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Shelf Life - Mobile Suit Gundam F91

This little-known Gundam movie has long been last to the sands of time, now available on Blu-ray for the first time. But is it any good? Gabriella Ekens finds out, plus all this week's new releases! ― I finally got started on my "watch popular anime that I skipped the first time around" New Year's resolution this week. Since the second season of Konosuba is airing now, it seemed like as good a time ...
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GANTZ:O

There may not be much to the story, but the sharp CG more than makes the experience in this Gantz splatterfest. Theron Martin digs deeper. ― The Gantz franchise has gone through three iterations over the past 17 years: manga, anime series, and a pair of live-action movies. Now its fourth version comes in a 3D CG movie from 2016, which has recently become available on Netflix. But this isn't any garde...
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My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World Novel 1

This wide-ranging parody of chuunibyou tropes pushes the envelope in some eyebrow-raising ways, but it's still bound to offer otaku fans a fun read. ― Whether you have a weird sibling or are the weird sibling, families often have dynamics that can feel odd to an outside perspective. In the case of Yuichi Sakaki's family in My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World, his older sister Mutsuko suffers from ...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride GN 5

Both the visual ambition and depth of story in the Ancient Magus's Bride take a leap forward in this memorable volume. ― The Ancient Magus' Bride's recent volumes have been reasonably focused affairs, prioritizing Chise and Elias' collective character development over the whimsical vignettes of the manga's early chapters. This fifth volume marks a return to episodic storytelling, as the leannan sidhe...
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ANNCast (Video) - Sevakis of Death

Erstwhile co-host and current Answerman Justin Sevakis stops by the podcast to catch up on anime and industry news! Gundam on Hulu, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence and much more! ― ANNCast Episode 287 - Sevakis of Death Erstwhile co-host and current Answerman Justin Sevakis stops by the podcast to catch up on anime and industry news! Gundam on Hulu, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence and much much more! Yo...
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The Great Passage Episodes 1-11 Streaming

After lingering in licensing limbo for many months, The Great Passage is finally available streaming! Gabriella Ekens explores whether this uniquely low-key drama is worth watching. ― Before it fell victim to the Amazon anime hostage crisis of Fall 2016, The Great Passage was one of my most anticipated shows of that season. Based on an acclaimed novel, airing in the celebrated Noitamina programming b...
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Tuesday, February 28

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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, February 20-26

Yuri!!! on Ice sells 12,965, followed by Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Yūsha Yoshihiko, Haikyu!!, Hetalia stage musical ― The DVD Box for Yūsha Yoshihiko to Michibikareshi Shichinin, the third live-action Dragon Quest-inspired Yūsha Yoshihiko fantasy television series, landed at #5 on the overall DVD chart with 5,167 copies. The stage musical Hetalia ~The Great World~ debuted at #11 with 3,357 copies. The ...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 20-26

Yuri!!! on Ice sells 33,181, followed by Love Live! Sunshine!!, Kubikiri Cycle, [email protected] Million Live! concert, Girls & Panzer disc ― The [email protected] Million Live! 3rd Live Tour Believe My [email protected]!! Live Blu-ray 06 & 07 @ Makuhari (Limited Complete Pressing) sold 10,696 copies to land at #5 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Girls & Panzer 2nd Heartful Tank Disc sold 9,716 copies to debut at #6. The B...
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Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun Anime's Main Staff, Visual Unveiled

Monster Strike's Kazuya Ichikawa directs Summer show at Studio Hibari ― The official website of the television anime of Taku Sakamoto's Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun (Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun) manga revealed the anime's main staff and visual on Tuesday. Kazuya Ichikawa (Monster Strike the Animation, Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note) is directing the anime at Studio Hibari, with scripts supervised and writte...
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Mikie Hara Shown in Costume for Live-Action Hurricane Polymar Film

Hara plays Polymar Suit researcher Rei Hieda, who transforms into Polymar Artemis ― The official website for the live-action film of Tatsunoko Productions' 1974 anime Hurricane Polymar revealed five stills on Tuesday of Mikie Hara in costume as her character Rei Hieda, including the character's Polymar Suit-equipped alter ego, Polymar Artemis. IMG mikie02.jpg IMG mikie03.jpg IMG mikie04.jpg IMG mikie...
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Rock Band Yoru no Honki Dance Performs RIN-NE Season 3's Opening Song

New season premieres April 8 ― This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that rock band Yoru no Honki Dance is performing the opening theme song "Shiny" for the third television anime season inspired by Rumiko Takahashi's RIN-NE (Kyōkai no Rinne) manga. The new anime season will premiere on NHK-E TV on April 8. New episodes will air every Saturday at 5:35...
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Legendary's Godzilla Sequel Film Casts Bates Motel Actress Vera Farmiga

The Conjuring actress plays mother of Millie Bobby Brown's character ― Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Monday that Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring, Bates Motel) has joined the cast of Godzilla: King of Monsters, the sequel film to Legendary Pictures' 2014 Godzilla movie. Farmiga plays the mother of the character that child actor Millie Bobby Brown plays. Variet...
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Re:Zero -Death or Kiss- PS4/Vita Game Delayed 1 Week to March 30

The official website for 5pb. Games' Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu -Death or Kiss (Re: Life in a different world from zero -Death or Kiss-) adventure game announced on Tuesday that the game has been delayed to March 30, one week after its original March 23 date, due to "various circumstances." The game will have an original story, taking place before the royal election at an event called ...
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Attack on Titan Stage Play's Teaser Video Highlights 3 Main Leads

Play debuts in July with 55-performance long run ― The official website for Live Impact Attack on Titan, the stage play adaptation of Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga, began streaming a teaser video for the play on Tuesday. The video highlights the three main cast members, and the play's long run and large cast. The previously announced cast includes: Hiroki Miura (The Prince of Tennis 3rd Seas...

Monday, February 27

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Anime-Focused 2.5D Musical School Opens in Tokyo in 2018

Jikei college group's Tokyo School of Anime will add a program devoted to 2.5D musicals in April 2018. The school will be the first of its kind in Japan. Tokyo School of Anime defines 2.5D musicals as those that are inspired by anime, manga, and video games. The school's website features cast images from the Haikyu!!, Kuroko's Basketball, and other stage adaptations. The new program will host the ...
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Terraformars Manga Goes on Hiatus Due to Yū Sasuga's Health

21st volume delayed indefinitely, pre-orders of original anime DVD cancelled ― This year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine is revealing on Thursday that Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana are putting their Terraformars manga on hiatus on March 9 due to Sasuga's health issues. (This year's 15th issue of Young Jump ships on March 9.) The magazine's editing staff added that the two creators ar...
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Ancien and the Magic Tablet Crosses Over With 5 GungHo Games

Ancien and the Magic Tablet's heroine Kokone is traveling to some new locations in her dreams. She and other characters from the film will appear in five different GungHo game titles, including Puzzle & Dragons, Divine Gate, Seventh Rebirth, Summon Board, and Kerihime Suites. Details, including each game's respective collaboration launch date, will be announced in the future. Ancien and the Magic ...
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Macross Delta Side Story, Hitokiri Share House Manga End in March

Are You Alice? duo launched Hitokiri Share House last year ― This year's April issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine announced on Tuesday that the Macross Delta: Kuroki Tsubasa no Shirokishi and Hitokiri Share House manga will end in the next issue on March 28. Azuki Fuji launched the Macross Delta: Kuroki Tsubasa no Shirokishi (White Knight of the Black Wing) manga in Monthly Comic Z...
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Saiyuki Reload Blast Anime Adds 2 More Returning Cast Members

Rei Igarashi, Takeshi Kusao reprise roles from previous Saiyuki anime ― The April issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine revealed two new cast members for the television anime adaptation of Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki Reload Blast manga on Tuesday. Rei Igarashi will voice Kanzeon Bosatsu, and Takeshi Kusao will voice Kougaiji. Both are reprising their roles from earlier installments in t...
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Tomokazu Seki Pens Book for Aspiring Voice Actors

Also: Mitsuo Iwata publishes memoir ― Tomokazu Seki has performed a wide range of roles in anime, like Shinya in Psycho-Pass, Domon in Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Yotarō in Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū, Lieutenant Sakuma in Joker Game, and Chichiri in Fushigi Yugi. He also teaches aspiring voice actors at a training school. He's now putting his expertise to even better use and publishing a book, Seiyū ni...
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Bang Dream! Smartphone Game Arrives in Mid-March

The staff of the BanG Dream! multimedia project revealed at an event on Friday that the BanDre! Girls Band Party! smartphone game is slated for mid-March. In addition, Aya Suzaki will play the game's navigator-like character Marina Tsukishima. The event offered a demo of the game's "collaboration live" feature, where five people play a single song together. The staff also announced eight additiona...
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My Hero Academia OVA Reveals Color Character Designs

The official website for the My Hero Academia anime revealed the color designs for the new characters that will appear in the original video anime (OVA) that will bundle with the limited edition 14th volume of Kohei Horikoshi's original manga. Habuko Mongoose, Tsuyu's friend, voiced by Maaya Uchida Romero Fujimi, voiced by Ryohei Kimura Kashiko Sekigai Kashiko Sekigai in hero form as Sensor Girl D...
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One Piece, Naruto, More Manga Creators Commemorate Final Makibao Volume

Popular manga creators like One Piece's Eiichiro Oda and Naruto's Masashi Kishimoto showed their support for colleague Tsunomaru in this year's 11th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Playboy magazine on Monday. Tsunomaru ended his Taiyō no Makibaō W (The Rising Sun from the Ocean) manga in the 20th volume on Februray 17. The volume also serves as a capstone the entire Makibaō series that began in 1995 wi...
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Yen Press Publishes Napping Princess/Ancien and the Magic Tablet Manga Simultaneously With Japan

1st chapter debuts; spinoff slated for March ― Yen Press announced on Monday that it will publish Hana Ichika's Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me (Hirune Hime ~Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari~ or Ancien and the Magic Tablet) manga simultaneously with Japan. The first chapter is available now and the second chapter will be available on March 10. Yen Press will also publish a spinoff on Marc...
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Chiruran: Shinsengumi Requiem Manga Gets Stage Play

Historical manga inspired Chiruran 1/2 spinoff ― The April issue of North Pictures' Comic Zenon magazine announced on February 25 that Shinya Umemura and Eiji Hashimoto's Chiruran – Shinsengumi Requiem (Chiruran: Shinsengumi Chinkon-ka) manga will be get a stage play adaptation. Comic Zenon describes the manga: On the eve of a new era, Kyoto was in chaos. Different factions were moving at cross-purp...
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Olympian Usain Bolt Joins Team Skull in Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon

The world's greatest sprinter Usain Bolt is seen rolling with Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon adversaries Team Skull in a new ad. Bolt challenges the viewer to a Pokémon battle where he will invariably run circles around the competition before deploying Pikachu's Thunderbolt attack. Bolt is the Olympian and third professional athlete to appear in a Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon ad this year. New York Yank...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Spinoff Manga About Ryū Launches

Square Enix's Gangan Online website launched the first chapter of Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? Familia Chronicle Episode Ryū, a manga adaptation of an Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? spinoff novel, on Thursday. Hinase Momoyama is illustrating the manga. The first 65-page chapter is available now in Japanese. The compiled volume for the original spino...
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Naoki Urasawa Manga Documentary TV Series Returns for 4th Season

NHK's documentary television series Urasawa Naoki no Manben (roughly translated, "Naoki Urasawa's Manga Exertions") will return for a fourth season on March 2. Veteran manga artist Naoki Urasawa (Monster, 20th Century Boys; pictured right in below image) hosts the program that showcases prominent manga artists. The show discusses the guest manga artists' individual styles, work methods, and workpl...
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Sony Sells 915,000 PlayStation VR Units Worldwide

Over 220 titles in development ― Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced on Monday that it has sold 915,000 PlayStation VRs worldwide as of February 19 (February 18 for North American sales). The system is available in 64 countries and regions. The press release also noted that, as of February 19, there are more than 100 PS VR software titles and experiences. More than 220 software titles are ...
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Yui no Shinobi Ninja Rice Ball Smartphone Game's Opening Video Streamed

The official website for the upcoming card-based smartphone game Yui no Shinobi began streaming the opening video on Friday. The video features visual kei band Kiryu's theme song "Gekkabijin." The website also began streaming a character video last Friday that previews the main character's voices. The anthropomorphized ninja rice ball characters represent flavors such as tuna mayonnaise, walleye p...
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Saku Sakamoto's Aragne no Mushikago Anime Film Opens in 2018

Horror film is written, directed, animated, scored by one person ― Saku Sakamoto's Aragne no Mushikago (Aragne's Insect Cage) horror anime film is slated to premiere in 2018. Sakamoto is producing the anime by himself, and it was originally slated for completion in fall 2017. The anime is now slated to open in theaters in Japan in 2018. Zelico Film began streaming a teaser video on February 18 and a ...
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Answerman - Is Subway Groping Really A Big Deal In Japan?

Sexual assault on subway cars is depicted in anime quite often (most recently in Scum's Wish) but how big a problem is it really in Japan? Justin explains. ― Strongman Lin asks: In a fair number of anime (e.g. Scum's Wish, Ore Monogatari), female characters get molested by creepers on the subway. Is this really such a prevalent problem in Japan? And if it is, in the instances of it that I've seen in...
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Viz: We Do Not Have Any Info on Hypothetical New Tokyo Ghoul Anime (Updated)

Update: Viz Media told ANN on Monday that Hamric misspoke or was misquoted about a new Tokyo Ghoul season. The anime receiving another season is My Hero Academia. The original article is below. The ICv2 website posted an interview with Kevin Hamric, Viz Media senior director – sales and marketing, on Monday. In the interview, ICv2 asked Hamric, "Anything change in the last few months in terms of t...

Little Witch Academia TV Anime's BD/DVD Releases Have English Subtitles

TV anime's 1st home video volume ships on April 19 ― The official website for the Little Witch Academia television anime revealed on Monday that the series' Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases will have English subtitles. The first Blu-ray Disc and DVD volume is slated to ship on April 19. The Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade anime shipped on Blu-ray Disc and DVD with Japanese, English, Chinese,...
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Shelf Life - Mobile Suit Gundam F91

This little-known Gundam movie has long been last to the sands of time, now available on Blu-ray for the first time. But is it any good? Gabriella Ekens finds out, plus all this week's new releases! ― I finally got started on my "watch popular anime that I skipped the first time around" New Year's resolution this week. Since the second season of Konosuba is airing now, it seemed like as good a time ...

Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali Has 2 Roles in Alita: Battle Angel

Moonlight star previously reported to play villain Vector ― The Movie Pilot website reported on Monday that Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) will have two roles in Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga. Ali reportedly revealed that he will have two roles in the film while speaking t...
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The New Chapter of Digimon Adventure tri Shows Selflessness is a Double-Edged Sword

It's also jam-packed with revelations about a past generation of DigiDestined and the hidden villains’ evil plan.
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GANTZ:O

There may not be much to the story, but the sharp CG more than makes the experience in this Gantz splatterfest. Theron Martin digs deeper. ― The Gantz franchise has gone through three iterations over the past 17 years: manga, anime series, and a pair of live-action movies. Now its fourth version comes in a 3D CG movie from 2016, which has recently become available on Netflix. But this isn't any garde...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria Anime's New Visual Revealed

Spinoff TV series premieres on April 14 ― The official website for the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? Gaiden: Sword Oratoria) television anime launched on Monday and revealed a new key visual. The website also revealed that the adaptation of the spinoff light novel series of the same name from author Fujino ...
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Macross Delta's 1st Walküre Album Wins Animation Album of the Year in Gold Disc Award

RADWIMPS' your name. soundtrack is Soundtrack Album of the Year ― The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) announced the Japan Gold Disc Awards for 2017 on Monday. Walküre Attack!, the debut album of the Macross Delta anime's in-story idol unit Walküre, won the Animation Album of the Year award. The album shipped last July and shipped more than 100,000 copies, earning the album a gold disc ...
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Akaza Samamiya's Bloody Mary Manga Ends

Samamiya to publish spinoff 1-shot chapter in March ― This year's April issue of Kadokawa's Asuka magazine published the final chapter of Akaza Samamiya's Bloody Mary manga on Friday. Samamiya will publish a spinoff one-shot for the manga in the May issue of the magazine, which ships on March 24. Viz Media's Shojo Beat imprint has licensed the series, and it describes the story: "Bloody" Mary, a vamp...
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TrySail Performs Eromanga Sensei TV Anime's Ending Song

Also: Nobunaga Shimazaki, Mikako Komatsu join cast ― The official website of the television anime of Tsukasa Fushimi's Eromanga Sensei light novels revealed on Sunday that the TrySail group will perform the anime's ending theme song "adrenaline!!!" In addition, the anime's official Twitter account revealed last Friday that Nobunaga Shimazaki will play Kunimitsu Shidō, and Mikako Komatsu will play Aya...
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Anime Tamago 2017 Shorts Previewed in Long 2nd Promo Video

4 shorts to screen at event on March 11, in Tokyo from April 22-28 ― The official website of the "Anime Tamago" (formerly "Anime Mirai") project began streaming a long version of the second promotional video on Monday for this year's four shorts. The shorts will screen at the Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas theater in Tokyo on March 11, as part of the Tokyo Anime Award Festival. Additionally, Theatre Shinjuk...

Marvel Reveals Marvel Future Avengers TV Anime, Manga Project

New anime for young boys premieres this summer, manga debuts on Tuesday ― Marvel announced on Monday that it is creating a new television anime series titled Marvel Future Avengers. The new series will air on the BS (broadcast satellite) channel Dlife this summer, and will be intended for a young male audience. The anime will follow Makoto, a young boy who gains superpowers due to an evil gene manipu...
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Yuri!! on Ice's Futon Covers, Calendar, Soccer Collaboration Revealed

After teasing silhouettes earlier this month, M's Factory revealed its Yuri!!! on Ice Japanese futon covers on Wednesday. The polyester covers with special illustrations of Yūri, Victor, and Yuri are available for pre-order now. If unexpected visitors arrive, people can flip the covers over to the plain white back and conceal the risqué ice skaters. Each futon cover costs 9,000 yen (about US$80),...
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Megumi Hayashibara Holds 1st Solo Live Concert in June

Concert will be voice actress, singer's 1st solo concert since debuting as singer 26 years ago ― Voice actress and singer Megumi Hayashibara announced on the Radio Kansai radio show on Saturday that she will have a live concert on June 11 at the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Tokyo. She will also host and record the 1300th episode of her "Hayashibara Megumi no Tokyo Boogie Night" radio show on the afternoo...
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Teekyū Creator Roots Relaunches Roots Beer Manga on Comic Earth Star Site

Manga about female office worker who loves beer had initial 4-panel version in Nico Nico Seiga ― Manga creator Roots relaunched a different version of his Roots Beer manga on the Comic Earth Star website on Sunday. Roots wrote and drew the first four-panel manga version of the manga on the Nico Nico Seiga website. Roots launched the manga on Nico Nico Seiga last April. The manga centers on Suzu, an o...
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Blame! Anime Film's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Film opens in Japan, streams worldwide on Netflix on May 20 ― Netflix began streaming an English-subtitled trailer last Thursday for the new anime film of Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! manga. The trailer is a subtitled version of the same video that debuted last Thursday. The film will open in Japanese theaters for a limited two-week engagement on May 20. The film will also stream exclusively on Netflix wor...

Sunday, February 26

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First Foreign Female Pro Shōgi Player Inspired by Naruto

Attains second kyū (rank) ― On February 20, Karolina Styczynska of Warsaw, Poland, attained the second kyū (rank) in women's shōgi, a chess-like board game primarily played in Japan. This officially makes her a professional player — the first time a foreign woman has done this. She managed a come-from-behind victory against Minami Sadamasu, a more advanced first-dan (level, considered higher tha...

Berserk Anime's New Visual, April 7 Premiere Revealed

1st 2 episodes of new arc to premiere together ― The official website of the Berserk television anime revealed a new visual and the April 7 premiere date for the anime on Monday. The anime will premiere on WOWOW on April 7 at 10:00 p.m. In the following weeks, the previous week's episode will air at 10:00 p.m., with new episodes airing at 10:30 p.m. MBS and TBS will air the premiere on April 7 at 26:...
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Actor Bill Paxton Passes Away at 61

Actor starred in Edge of Tomorrow as Master Sergeant Farell ― Actor Bill Paxton passed away on Saturday, February 25 due to complications from surgery. He was 61. Paxton acted or starred in such films as Apollo 13, Twister, The Terminator, Predator 2, Aliens, and Titanic. He has also starred in the film Edge of Tomorrow, the Hollywood adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's All You Need Is Kill light nove...
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Zootopia Wins Animated Feature Film Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Walt Disney Animation Studios' Zootopia film with the Animated Feature Film award at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday. Michael Dudok de Wit, Studio Ghibli, and Wild Bunch's The Red Turtle film had been nominated for the award. The full list of films that were nominated for the award include: The Red Turtle, Kubo and the Two Strings,...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 324

"Although this season's opening and ending spoiled the fact that she'd be appearing, The Battle on Rakuyo's eighth chapter provides us with our first real look at Kagura's mother Kouka."
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JoJo's Festival to Be Held at the Real 'S City'

Anime and manga can be obtuse about its settings, only stating that live in "Prefecture M" or "X City." An upcoming festival celebrating Hirohiko Araki's Jojo's Bizarre Adventure traveling to "S City Morioh Town," or in this case Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture. Morioh Town is the setting of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable. The festival will host an exhibition celebrating the ser...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Anime's New Visual Revealed

The official website of the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations television anime revealed a new visual for the anime on Monday. The series will premiere on TV Tokyo on April 5. The series features returning cast members from Naruto Shippūden and Boruto: Naruto the Movie. The upcoming television anime adaptation of Ukyō Kodachi and Mikie Ikemoto's Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga will feature an o...
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 20

"Both halves of this episode could easily have stood on their own and allowed for more development."
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New Awards Show to Honor Anime-Business Collaborations

Kadokawa's Takeshi Natsuno, Madhouse's Masao Maruyama head selection committee ― Anime committees frequently arrange collaborations, or cross-promotions, between their works and other businesses, be they restaurants, theme parks, car companies, video games, or traditional craft enterprises. It's a mutually beneficial partnership that brings in a new crowd to whatever the business is selling while rai...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 45

"The chaos of the battlefield combined with a brief love story and a Gundam 00 homage gives us a lot to take in this week."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 80

"The exhibition match between Universes 7 and 9 continues with the fight between Gohan and Lavender."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 778

"I was really surprised at how much I liked this episode, since it's mostly another clip show, but in reality it's so much more than that."
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Kirby Transforms Into Plushes, Pouches for 25th Anniversary

Character goods maker San-ei Bōeki revealed new merchandise on Wednesday to mark the 25th anniversary of a certain pink, puffy character. Hal Labratory and Nintendo released Hoshi no Kirby (Kirby's Dream Land) for Game Boy in 1992 and Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe (Kirby Super Star) for Super Famicom (SNES) in 1996. To celebrate the original game's anniversary, San-ei Bōeki is offering Kirby plushe...
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8-4 Company Will Not Handle Localization of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Game

Video game localization company 8-4 co-founder John Ricciardi posted last month on Twitter that his company will not be handling the localization of Monolith Soft's Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Switch game. The company had previously handled the localization of the previous game Xenoblade Chronicles X. The company has also handled the localization of such games as Fire Emblem Awakening, Drakeng...
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 20

"The show is usually great at joining its seemingly disparate plot elements, but it dropped the ball this week."
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Live-Action Hito wa Mita Me ga 100 Percent Series Casts Keita Machida

April series stars Mirei Kiritani, Asami Mizukawa, Ryō Narita ― The official website of the live-action series adaptation of Hiromi Ōkubo's Hito wa Mita Me ga 100 Percent (Woman's All About the Looks.) manga revealed on Wednesday that it has cast Gekidan EXILE member Keita Machida (seen below) as Takuma Maruo, a researcher who works in the same company as Jun Jōnouchi. Other previously announced cast...
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Hideaki Anno to Present Selection of His Favorite Tokusatsu at Shinjuku Theater

Over 50 works from about 50 years ― It's no secret that Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shin Godzilla, His and Her Circumstances) is a big fan of tokusatsu (special effects-heavy Japanese action stories). Astute viewers can pick up the influences in his work, he recreates scenes from them in Insufficient Direction (a manga by his wife, Moyoco, on their life together), and he's even curated a m...
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Shogakukan Lists Denpa Kyōshi Manga as Ending in 26th Volume

Shogakukan is listing the 26th volume of Takeshi Azuma's Denpa Kyōshi - He Is a Ultimate Teacher (Ultimate Otaku Teacher) manga as the final volume. The volume is listed with an April 18 release date. The preview page for this year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is also listing that the manga is entering its climax of the final arc. The issue ships on March 1. The manga...
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Isobe Isobee Monogatari Net Anime's 2nd Season Premieres on March 6

This year's 13th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that the second season of the Isobe Isobee Monogatari: Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo (Chronicle of Isobe -The Life Is Hard-) "mame anime" will begin streaming only on the Gyao! streaming service on March 6. The magazine also revealed that the anime won the Gyao Entertainment Service Award 2016 in the anime division. The anim...
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Your Complete Gundam Anime Guide - Part 1

Gundam is a massive franchise. It can be difficult to keep track of all the different series and movies. But don't worry, we're here to help. Let's start with the "U.C." side of Gundam.
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My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World Novel 1

This wide-ranging parody of chuunibyou tropes pushes the envelope in some eyebrow-raising ways, but it's still bound to offer otaku fans a fun read. ― Whether you have a weird sibling or are the weird sibling, families often have dynamics that can feel odd to an outside perspective. In the case of Yuichi Sakaki's family in My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World, his older sister Mutsuko suffers from ...

Turner Classic Movies Lists Airing of Belladonna of Sadness Film on March 5

The Turner Classic Movies channel is currently listing that it will air Eiichi Yamamoto's 1973 experimental anime film Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Belladonna) on March 5 at 2:15 a.m. The story of Belladonna of Sadness follows Jeanne (Katsutaka Ito) after she is assaulted by a local lord on her wedding night. Vowing revenge, she makes a deal with the Devil (Tatsuya Nakadai). The Devil trans...

Love Live! Sunshine!! Anime Gets 2nd Season This Fall

9-member Aqours held 1st major concert in Japan this weekend with 2nd tour set for August-September ― Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Aqours group announced at the "Aqours First LoveLive! ~Step! ZERO to ONE~" concert in Yokohama on Sunday that the Love Live! Sunshine!! anime is getting a second season this fall. The concert was the first major concert for the nine-girl Aqours group, and it took place on Satu...
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Kamen Sentai Gorider Net Series Revealed

3-episode series to feature 5 resurrected Kamen Rider characters ― TV Asahi began streaming a promotional video on Saturday to reveal the new three-episode Kamen Sentai Gorider net series. In the show's story, Emu Hōjō/Kamen Rider Ex-Aid wakes up and finds himself locked in a mysterious room. Suddenly, five men appear before him. These five men are previous Kamen Riders were supposed to be dead. Some...
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Shōnen Ashibe Go! Go! Goma-chan Anime Gets 2nd Season Premiering on April 4

Also: Hiromi Morishita, Junko Ogino's manga adaptation changes magazines ― NHK's official website for the Shōnen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan television anime series has revealed that the anime is getting a second series that will premiere on April 4. The new anime will air on NHK E-TV on Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. Additionally, the April issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine announced on Saturday that...

Viz Media Releases 6 One-Punch Man OVAs with Blu-ray Disc Release

Blu-ray Disc release with English dub, sub slated for April 25 ― Viz Media announced on Wednesday that the company will release six original video anime (OVA) episodes with its Blu-ray Disc releases of the One-Punch Man anime series. These OVA specials will be included in the Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack, as well as the standard Blu-ray Disc package. The DVD-only set will not include them. All home me...
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Next Sword Art Online Game Goes Analog

Board game designed by Love Letter's Seiji Kanai ― Sword Art Online may be about players trapped in a video game, but its latest game incarnation takes a step back to a more accessible format: the board game. Sword of Fellows puts players in the roles of Kirito and Asuna as they level up in the MMORPG Sword Art Online with the ultimate goal of escaping the game. Players progress through different sce...
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A3! Mobile Game Theme Tops Oricon Chart

Downloads now exceeds 2 million ― The "ikemen-raising" mobile game A3! burst onto the scene late last month, generating over 800,000 downloads in three days. 300,000 of those downloads took place on its launch day. The game's popularity continued to grow, as download numbers raised to 1.5 million in two weeks and finally topping two million downloads by February 21. It's not just the game itself that...

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ToraCon Offers Marriage Consulting for Anime Fans in Akihabara

For various, oft-debated reasons, young Japanese struggle to form romantic relationships or even successfully mingle with each other socially. For fans of subcultures like anime, manga and video games, finding a loving partner can be doubly difficult. That's why ToraCon, a marriage consulting office aimed at these fans, is opening this weekend, and in the most appropriate place — Akihabara, t...
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Koi wa Ameagari no You ni Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on March 6

This year's 13th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine is revealing on Monday that Jun Mayuzuki's Koi wa Ameagari no youni (Love is Like After the Rain) manga will reveal an important announcement in the magazine's next issue on March 6. The manga centers on 17-year-old high school student Akira Tachibana, a girl who barely expresses herself. She harbors a secret crush on Masami ...
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Celebrate Pokémon Day on February 27

Next Monday is the 21st anniversary of the day the original Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue Game Boy games went on sale in Japan. The Pokémon Company is offering a host of Pokémon Day celebrations to mark the occasion. A special version of Pikachu will appear in Niantic's Pokémon Go smartphone game beginning on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. ET. Every Pikachu that players encounter until March 6 at 5:00 p.m. ET...
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Japanese Environment Ministry Fights Climate Change with Moe

"Mirai Kimino" teaches "Ima Kimino" how to be more environmentally responsible ― As part of the international agreement on lowering carbon emissions reached in Paris in 2015, Japan has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26% by 2030. To educate ordinary Japanese about the energy-efficient lifestyle choices they can make to meet this goal, the Ministry of the Environment has launched a "...
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One Piece's Portrait of Pirates Swimsuit Figure Line Adds Kalifa

MegaHouse's Portrait of Pirates (P.O.P.) Limited Edition B.B. (Bathing Beauty) figure line unveiled a new Kalifa figure on Thursday. The former Iceberg secretary shows off her sexy side in a swimsuit inspired by her typical black dress from the One Piece anime. The new figure is about 120 millimeters (about 4.7 inches) tall. Kalifa is the 10th entry in the B.B. figure line that also includes gend...
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 19

"Focusing on Shimada, who's swiftly become my favorite character in the show, it chronologued his life story and philosophy on competition from childhood to the present day."
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Interviews with Monster Girls ‒ Episode 8

"Tetsuo may be an easygoing guy most of the time, but all the demi-human abilities in the world can't save his students from feeling his wrath if they flunk their exams."
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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga ‒ Episode 8

"Poor Yukio. It seems like no matter what incarnation of the Blue Exorcist universe we're in, he's destined to be plagued by his, shall we say, ambivalent feelings regarding his brother."
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Seiren ‒ Episode 8

"Seiren more or less returned to its usual standard this week, as the show wrapped up Toru's romance arc through a visit to Comiket."
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Descending Stories: Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū ‒ Episode 8

"Yakumo's recent medical crisis has wrecked his voice, and that's left him unable to perform rakugo – not just physically, but emotionally as well."
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Gakuen Babysitters Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on March 24

The official website for Hakusensha's LaLa magazine is teasing that the magazine's May issue will have a "super important announcement" for Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters manga when it ships on March 24. The issue will feature the manga on its front cover, and the chapter in the issue will also have a color page. Tokeino launched the series in LaLa in 2009, and Hakusensha published the manga's ...
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Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Game's New Trailer Previews Super Mario Bros. Outfits

Nintendo 3DS game ships in N. America on February 28 ― XSEED Games began streaming a "Let's-a-Go! Trailer" on Friday for its upcoming release of the Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (Bokujō Monogatari: Mitsu no Sato no Taisetsu na Tomodachi) Nintendo 3DS game. The trailer previews Super Mario Brothers costumes that will be available to use in the game. The Mario outfit will grant a running speed boost...
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How to Import Using Amazon Japan

Sometimes, local stores don't have the anime merch you want. When that happens, one option is to import through Amazon.co.jp. Here's how.
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The Ancient Magus' Bride GN 5

Both the visual ambition and depth of story in the Ancient Magus's Bride take a leap forward in this memorable volume. ― The Ancient Magus' Bride's recent volumes have been reasonably focused affairs, prioritizing Chise and Elias' collective character development over the whimsical vignettes of the manga's early chapters. This fifth volume marks a return to episodic storytelling, as the leannan sidhe...
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Wake Up, Girls' Yutaka Yamamoto Reveals 2018 Twilight Anime Film Project

Launches crowdfunding for last in "Tōhoku trilogy" after blossom, Wake Up, Girls! ― Anime director Yutaka Yamamoto (Yamakan) announced on the live-streamed program "Anime Gyōkai no Mirai wa Akarui desu ka? Sore tomo..." (Is the Anime Industry's Future Bright? Or is it...) on Saturday that his new original anime film project is slated for 2018 under the title Hakubo (Twilight). He is accepting crowdfu...

New Hell Girl Anime TV Series Listed in July by Retailers

Japanese retailers Tsutaya and Honya Club list a Kessakusen Kachōfūgetsu volume of Miyuki Etoo's Hell Girl (Jigoku Shōjo) manga in March. According to the listing, the volume bundles a booklet of production designs for a "new anime series of Hell Girl [starting] to air in July." The manga volume compiles popular chapters from Etoo's manga adaptation of the earlier anime. Stories in the Hell Girl f...
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Live-Action Double Mints Film Reveals Teaser Video, Poster

Shunsuke Tanaka, Yasushi Fuchikami star in adaptation of Asumiko Nakamura's boys-love manga ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Asumiko Nakamura's Double Mints boys-love manga began streaming the film's teaser video on Friday. The film's staff also revealed a poster visual. The film will open in Japan this summer. The manga's story revolves around two characters with similar...
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Beautiful Bones -Sakurako's Investigation- Novels Get Live-Action TV Series Adaptation

Alisa Mizuki stars in series premiering on Fuji TV in April ― Fuji TV opened a website on Friday to announce that a live-action television series based on Shiori Ōta's Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (A Corpse is Buried Under Sakurako's Feet. or Beautiful Bones -Sakurako's Investigation-) light novel series will premiere in April. The series will air on Fuji TV on Sundays at 9:00 p...
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Retailer Lists Anime Adaptation For Killing Bites Manga

Japanese online retailer 7net is currently previewing the cover of the April issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Hero's magazine, which lists an anime adaptation for illustrator Kazasa Sumita (Witchblade Takeru) and storywriter Shinya Murata's (Jackals) Killing Bites manga. The Monthly Hero's website is also previewing the cover image for the April issue, but the version on its website doesn't include t...
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My Hero Academia 2nd Season's 3rd Promo Video Previews Kenshi Yonezu's Opening Theme

New key visual, video highlighting Tsuru & Momo also revealed ― The official website for the My Hero Academia television anime series began streaming a third promotional video on Saturday for the show's second season. The video previews Kenshi Yonezu's opening theme song "Peace Sign." The official website also revealed a new key visual for the second season. TOHO also began streaming a new character ...
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Clockwork Planet TV Anime Premieres on April 6

The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana's Clockwork Planet novels announced on Saturday that the anime will premiere on April 6. The anime will premiere on TBS on April 6 at 25:58 (effectively April 7 at 1:58 a.m.), and will also air on BS-TBS on April 8 at 25:00 (effectively April 9 at 1:00 a.m.). The anime will star: Yoshino Nanjō as Naot...
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Bandai's Home Video Release of Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Won't Include English Subs

Bandai Visual confirmed with ANN on Friday that its home video release of the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project will not feature English subtitles. Bandai Visual's Blu-ray Disc release of the seven-part Space Battleship Yamato 2199 film project in 2012-2013 (and later 2015 compila...
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2nd Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Film Launches on June 24

The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project revealed on Saturday that the project's second film, subtitled Hasshin-hen (Departure Chapter), will open in Japan on June 24. The film will screen in five more theaters than the first film, for a total of 20 theaters....
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Digimon Adventure tri. Anime's 5th Film to Open This Year

The staff for the Digimon Adventure tri. six-part anime film series revealed at a stage greeting event at the Shinjuku Wald 9 theater in Tokyo on Saturday that the fifth film in the project, titled Digimon Adventure tri. Kyōsei (Union or Symbiosis), will open in Japan sometime this year. The fourth film, Digimon Adventure tri. Part 4: Loss (Digimon Adventure tri. Sōshitsu, pictured at right), open...
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Tsugumomo TV Anime's Promo Video Reveals April 2 Premiere

New key visual, more cast also revealed ― The official website for the television anime of Yoshikazu Hamada's Tsugumomo manga began streaming the anime's first full promotional video on Friday. The video previews Band Ja Naimon!'s opening theme song "METAMORISER," and also reveals the show's April 2 premiere date. The website has also revealed a new key visual (pictured below). The series will premie...

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Gundam Creator Yoshiyuki Tomino Praises In This Corner of the World

Video discussion with director Sunao Katabuchi for new entertainment website ― AG-ON Premium, a Japanese web portal for pop culture news including anime, video games, and voice actor-related information, will open on March 17. To drum up anticipation for the website's launch, it has released a preview: the first part of a video discussion between Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of the Mobile Suit Gundam se...

Cloudflare Web Service Error Leaks Website Data, Anime/Manga Companies Respond

ANN, Crunchyroll, Fakku, Funimation, NIS America provide comments ― Web performance and security service Cloudflare revealed on Thursday that a coding error has caused information leaks from websites that use Cloudflare. The leak caused some sensitive data to to be cached on search engines such as Google. Google researcher Tavis Ormandy spotted the leak last Friday, and Cloudflare CTO John Graham-Cum...
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Magikarp's Official Love Song Gets Dance Video

Love it or hate it, the Asian carp Pokémon known as Magikarp got its own official song last year. The "I Love Koiking" song showcases all of the fish's faults and weaknesses, but it is ultimately an ode to everything that makes Magikarp special. The official Pokémon website added a page on Friday that features a dance version of the song. The song's original animated music video is four minutes lo...
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Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya Film Reveals New Visual

The official website for the Prisma Illya anime series revealed a new visual for Gekijōban Fate/kaleid liner Prisma ☆ Illya Yukishita no Chikai (Movie Version Fate/kaleid liner Prisma ☆ Illya: Oath Under the Snow), the franchise's upcoming anime film, on Friday. The staff previously unveiled a teaser visual: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!!, the fourth television anime based on Hiroshi Hiroya...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil ‒ Episode 7

"This episode has a “day in the life” feel to it instead of feeling like part of the greater plot movement."
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Real-Life Mario Karting Company Sued by Nintendo

Company claims it had prior understanding with Nintendo ― The Shinagawa-based company MariCar lets visitors combine a tour of Japan's flagship city with geeky pleasure and the thrill of racing with its Mario Kart-themed go-cart tours. Customers don costumes from Nintendo's popular Mario Kart series (or of other well-known characters), then go careening through the streets of Tokyo through famous dist...
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Golden Bomber Band Makes Appearance in Chibi Maruko-chan Special

Visual kei rock band Golden Bomber will appear as guests in the Chibi Maruko-chan 1-Hour 30th Anniversary Special on March 19. The four members will voice a father, grandfather, mother, and grandmother that visits the Sakura household at the beginning of the program. Kenji Darvish is voicing the grandmother who appears wearing his trademark face makeup. Golden Bomber currently perform the series' ...
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Live-Action Teiichi no Kuni Film's 2nd Poster Visual Unveiled

Pre-order ticket art also shown ― The official website for the live-action film of Usamaru Furuya's Teiichi no Kuni (Teiichi's Country) manga revealed the film's second poster visual on Wednesday. In addition, the site also revealed the visuals that will appear on trading cards that will be included for those who pre-order tickets beginning on March 4. The pre-order cards are limited to only 200,000 ...
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Scum's Wish ‒ Episode 7

"Episode 7 makes the contrast between the lies little girls are told about romance and the reality they struggle to conquer in adolescence as painfully clear as possible."
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Hajimete no Gal Anime Reveals Main Staff, Character Visuals

Hiroyuki Furukawa directs anime at NAZ ― The official website for the television anime of Meguru Ueno's Hajimete no Gal (First-Time Gal) manga updated on Saturday with the main staff and visuals of the two lead characters. Hiroyuki Furukawa (My Wife is the Student Council President, Sin Strange Plus) is directing the anime and designing the characters at NAZ (Hamatora). Yūichirō Momose ("Sakura Inter...
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Monster Hunter XX Game's Campaign Offers Real Beekeeper Suit, In-Game Items

Capcom is holding a sweet Twitter campaign in the lead-up to the release of its upcoming Monster Hunter XX (pronounced as "Double Cross") Nintendo 3DS game on March 18. The "318 Honey, Please Campaign" will offer increasing numbers of in-game rewards to players depending on how many times they tweet with the project's hashtag from February 23 to March 10. In addition to in-game rewards, Twitter us...
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Wix Website Builder Buys Art Community Website DeviantArt

The Wix.com website builder company announced that it has acquired the art and design community website DeviantArt as of Wednesday. Wix purchased DeviantArt for US$36 million in cash, including US$3 million of assumed liabilities. According to Wix, DeviantArt will continue to operate as a separate site. DeviantArt users will be able to use Wix's web design tools for building an online presence and...
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BanG Dream! Project Reveals 8 More Band Cast Members

Hello, Happy World! & Pastel*Palettes band members revealed ― The staff of the BanG Dream! mixed-media project announced at the "BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!" event on Friday eight more cast members for the Hello, Happy World! and Pastel*Palettes bands. The new cast members, along with the previously revealed cast members for the bands' lead singers Kokoro Tsurumaki and Aya Maruyama, are as follows:...
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20th Century Boys, Beck Live-Action Director Producing Panda Bikini Group

Idol groups are continually expanding into more niched territory to stand out. Options run the gambit from religious to heavy metal, sci-fi fairies to yuri-bait, cougars to the unemployed, raving chainsaw killers to sister wives, and more than a few have opened up the option to date. With all this variety, wearing a bathing suit seems rather blase. Live-action film director Yukihiko Tsutsumi added...
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Fuuka ‒ Episode 9

"The show is painfully low-conflict at this point, and any new source of tension would help maintain my interest."

Funimation Comments on Website Data Breach

Funimation: passwords not viewable due to encryption ― Funimation Entertainment provided a comment on Friday regarding the July data breach of the Funimation website. The company confirmed that some names, e-mail addresses, and dates of birth may have been compromised — and it has sent notifications to customers potentially affected — but passwords were not viewable as they are encrypted. The full st...
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Crunchyroll Streams 4th Digimon Adventure tri. Film

Crunchyroll began streaming the fourth Digimon Adventure tri. film, Digimon Adventure tri. Part 4: Loss (Digimon Adventure tri. Sōshitsu), on Friday. As for the previous films, Digimon Adventure tri. Part 4: Loss is available for premium members in four parts. The stream is available in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerb...
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Answerman - Whatever Happened to Anime Cameos?

Back in the 80s, comedy anime characters would make cameo appearances in other anime all the time - why doesn't that happen anymore? Justin explains. ― Phoenix asks: Whatever happened to anime cameos? I feel like in the 80s and 90s they were relatively abundant. The Dirty Pair and Crusher Joe seemed to make it into every other 80s anime. Why, I was just watching Macross and wouldn't you know it, the...
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Morning Two Manga Magazine Celebrates Cat Day with Special "Morning Nyan" Collection

Cat festivals held across Tokyo ― February 22 is Cat Day in Japan, so deemed because of its three 2s ("two" sounds like nyā, "meow," in Japanese). To celebrate the occasion, the seinen manga magazine Monthly Morning two included a special section to its April issue called "Morning Nyan." It involves no less than 15 cat-related manga, including Yomawari Neko ("The Cat Night Watchman"), Neko no Kohana ...
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ANNCast (Video) - Sevakis of Death

Erstwhile co-host and current Answerman Justin Sevakis stops by the podcast to catch up on anime and industry news! Gundam on Hulu, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence and much more! ― ANNCast Episode 287 - Sevakis of Death Erstwhile co-host and current Answerman Justin Sevakis stops by the podcast to catch up on anime and industry news! Gundam on Hulu, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence and much much more! Yo...
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Polka Dots Performs Trinity Seven Eternal Library & Alchemic Girl Film's Insert Song

i☆Ris' Himika Akaneya, Mimi Meme MIMI's Yuki Takao debut as duo ― The official website for Trinity Seven: Eternal Library & Alchemic Girl (Gekijōban Trinity Seven - Yūkyū Toshokan to Renkinjutsu Shōjo), the upcoming anime film of Kenji Saito and Akinari Nao's Trinity Seven - The Seven Magicians manga, announced on Saturday that the musical duo Polka Dots will perform the insert song "Lost Days -Piano...
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ReLIFE Live-Action Film's Trailer Previews Sonoko Inoue's Ending Song

Film's star Taishi Nakagawa raps in cover of Ketsumeishi's "Sakura" ― The official website for the live-action film of Yayoiso's ReLIFE manga began streaming a music trailer on Friday. The video features the film's ending theme song "Sakura" by Sonoko Inoue. Taishi Nakagawa, who plays Arata in the film, performs rap in the song. The song is a cover of pop group Ketsumeishi's popular 14th single, whic...
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Ten Rocking Anime Songs from Winter 2017

As the Winter 2017 season speeds towards its end, let's take a look at some of the best songs that the season has to offer.
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The Great Passage Episodes 1-11 Streaming

After lingering in licensing limbo for many months, The Great Passage is finally available streaming! Gabriella Ekens explores whether this uniquely low-key drama is worth watching. ― Before it fell victim to the Amazon anime hostage crisis of Fall 2016, The Great Passage was one of my most anticipated shows of that season. Based on an acclaimed novel, airing in the celebrated Noitamina programming b...
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New Blame! Manga Adapting Upcoming Film Debuts on April 26

This year's April issue of Kodansha's Shonen Sirius magazine announced on Saturday that the manga adaptation of the upcoming new Blame! film will launch in the June issue of Shonen Sirius on April 26. Artist Kōtarō Sekine (Ninja Slayer Kills) is drawing the manga. The new anime film (pictured at right) is inspired by Tsutomu Nihei's original Blame! manga. The film will open on May 20 for a limited...
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Yume-100 Anime Shorts' Teaser Video Reveals March Debut

1st of 10 streaming episodes is set in Country of Black Tea ― A website launched for the series of anime shorts inspired by GCREST's Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama (The Kingdom of Dreams and the 100 Sleeping Princes or "Yume-100" for short) smartphone puzzle role-playing game on Friday. The website began streaming a teaser video for the shorts that reveals the series will debut at the end...
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The Silver Guardian Anime Reveals Main Cast, New Staff, April 1 Premiere

Chinese/Japanese adaptation of Chinese web comic takes place in virtual game world ― The official website for anime studio Emon's The Silver Guardian (Gin no Guardian) anime series revealed the anime's main cast, new visual, and April 1 premiere date on Friday. The anime will air on Tokyo MX. The anime stars: Jun Fukuyama as Riku Sui Gin (left) Yuka Saitou as Riku Lei (right) Emon describes the story...
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Masamune-kun's Revenge Anime Casts Mitsuki Saiga as Kanetsugu Gasō

Crunchyroll, Funimation stream ongoing anime series with subtitles, dub ― The official website of the television anime of Hazuki Takeoka and Tiv's Masamune-kun's Revenge (Masamune-kun no Revenge) manga revealed on Thursday that the anime has cast Mitsuki Saiga as the character Kanetsugu Gasō (seen below). The character already appears in the show's title sequence, but has not yet appeared in the main...
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Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys Anime Casts Hibiku Yamamura as Main Heroine

Cast from Spike Chunsoft's PS Vita game reprise roles for anime shorts premiering on April 12 ― A fan meeting at the UDX Theater in Akihabara for Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys, the television anime short series adaptation of Spike Chunsoft's Kenka Banchō Otome romance simulation game, revealed on Wednesday that Hibiku Yamamura will play the main character Hinako Nakayama (pictured below). The e...
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Fate/Grand Order Smartphone Game's Ad Previews 'Epic of Remnant' Event

New event launches on Friday ― The official website for the Fate/Grand Order smartphone role-playing game app began streaming an anime commercial for the game on Thursday. The ad promotes the "Epic of Remnant" event, showing the new Servants, and previewing the theme song "Lose Your Way" by ROUND TABLE feat. Dan. The event is launching on Friday evening in Japan. The original smartphone game inspired...
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Producer Adi Shankar Unveiles Poster for Netflix's Castlevania Series

Producer Adi Shankar revealed a poster for Netflix's Castlevania series on Wednesday. The series is slated to debut this year. The series will follow "the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself." Producer Adi Shankar announced in 2015 that he was working with Fred Seibert and Kevin Kolde of Fredera...
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'Important Announcement' for Honzuki no Gekokujō Light Novels Teased

Publisher TO Books posted a picture of the 10th volume of Miya Kazuki and Yō Shiina's Honzuki no Gekokujō ~Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen~ light novel series on its official Twitter account on Tuesday. The book's wraparound jacket band is blurred, and the Twitter post teases that the jacket band will have an important announcement. The volume (seen right) is slated for releas...

Live-Action Alita: Battle Angel Casts Michelle Rodriguez as Gelda

Fast and the Furious actress joins cast of Robert Rodriguez's film Entertainment Weekly magazine revealed on Wednesday that Michelle Rodriguez (Fast and the Furious) is part of the cast of Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga. According to Entertainment Weekly, Rodriguez plays Gelda in the film. Entertainment...

Ghibli Producer Suzuki: Hayao Miyazaki is Preparing to Work on New Feature Film

Suzuki stated at U.S. event that Miyazaki showed him storyboards for new work ― The joint communications news distribution site 47News (Japan Press Network) is reporting on Friday that according to Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki, Hayao Miyazaki is starting preparations to work on a new feature film. The news service stated that Suzuki revealed the news at an event in the United States on Thursd...
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New Blade of the Immortal Live-Action Film's Video Introduces Manji

Takuya Kimura stars in adaptation of Hiroaki Samura's manga premiering on April 29 ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal "neo period drama" manga revealed a video introducing the protagonist Manji on Thursday. The video features the film's theme song "Live to Die Another Day ~Sonzai Shōmei~" (Live to Die Another Day ~Proof of Existence~) per...
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6th Natsume's Book of Friends Anime's April Premiere, Theme Song Artists Revealed

Tomohisa Sakō performs opening theme, Rei Yasuda performs ending theme ― The official website of the anime adaptation of Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga revealed the ending theme song artist, April premiere, and a new visual on Friday for Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku, the planned sixth anime in the franchise. The site had revealed the opening theme song artist on Febru...
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Kemono Friends Concept Designer: Project to Continue After Anime

Kemono Friends concept designer Mine Yoshizaki revealed on his blog on Tuesday that there are plans to continue the Kemono Friends project. He added, "Right now it feels like a short 1-cour [quarter of a year] season, but look forward to Kaban-chan and the Friends' big adventure in an unknown world!" The original Kemono Friends smartphone game ended service on December 14, before the anime premier...

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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 496

"While the plot is somewhat scattered, this week's Naruto Shippūden is a pleasing enough sendoff for Team Asuma."
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Hajimete no Gal TV Anime Premieres in July

The April issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine is revealing on Saturday that the television anime of Meguru Ueno's Hajimete no Gal (First-Time Gal) manga will premiere in July. The anime's official website previously revealed the anime's teaser visual, along with a hint that the April issue of Monthly Shōnen Ace would reveal more information. The romantic comedy begins with Junichi "Jun...
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Pokémon Rival Listed as Potential Suspect in Tom Brady Super Bowl Jersey Theft

New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady pulled off the unthinkable by bringing his team back from the brink to win their fifth NFL championship. Not long after his historic moment, a still unknown person made off Brady's jersey that he wore during the game. The search for the culprit is still ongoing, but Brady shared some of his top suspects on Instagram. Among the top persons of interest inc...
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Masamune-kun's Revenge ‒ Episode 8

"The middle scenes of this episode are both the heaviest and best content that the series has yet seen."
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, February 13-19

Yo-kai Watch ranks in top 10 ― The live-action drama series adaptation of Akiko Higashimura's Tokyo Tarareba Girls (Tokyo Tarareba Musume) manga aired on NTV on Wednesday, February 15 at 10:00 p.m. and earned an 11.5% rating. The live action Super Salaryman Mr. Saenai drama adapting Fujiko Fujio's manga aired on NTV on Saturday, February 18 at 9:00 pm. and earned a 10.2% rating. Title Station Date Ti...
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CHAOS;CHILD ‒ Episode 7

"Onoe wished for a jaw-dropping new case for the newspaper club to investigate, and I'd say this one is as jaw-dropping as it gets."
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Mr. Osomatsu Contact Lens TV Ads Only Make Us Want More Anime

The Mr. Osomatsu comedy anime exploded in popularity during its run, selling out magazines, crowding out dōjinshi events, and claiming top spots on yearly trend lists. Despite its multitude of crossover merchandise campaigns and fan demand, the series hasn't gotten a proper sequel announcement. The recent special was a comedic tie-in with the Japan Racing Association. Animated ads, including one f...
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Crunchyroll Streams Gasaraki, Umi Monogatari Anime

Gasaraki available in both English & Japanese ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it is adding the Gasaraki and Umi Monogatari anime from Nozomi Entertainment to its catalog. Both series are now available in the United States and Canada. Gasaraki is available with the English dub and with Japanese audio and English subtitles; Umi Monogatari is available in Japanese wit...
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Mary and the Witch's Flower Anime Film Casts Hana Sugisaki as Mary, Unveils Trailer

Marnie's Hiromasa Yonebayashi directs film for July 8 premiere ― The official Facebook page for Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi's Mary and the Witch's Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) anime film announced on Friday that Hana Sugisaki (When Marnie Was There, live-action Blade of the Immortal) will play the lead character Mary. The staff also unveiled a new trailer, which is available in a Japanese ...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid ‒ Episode 7

"It's the inevitable beach episode!"
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Japanese Comic Ranking, February 13-19

Delicious in Dungeon, One Piece, Terraformars, Ace of Diamond Act II, MAJOR 2nd in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Delicious in Dungeon 4 315,869 315,869 2017/02 Kadokawa Ryōko Kui 1 1 2 One Piece 84 183,253 2,229,722 2017/02 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 3 3 Terraformars 20 146,768 146,768 2017/02 Shueisha Story: Yū Sasuga...
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Detective Conan's 'Shadow Person' Tries Out Gravure

Plenty of male-oriented manga magazines include gravure centerfolds and covers, usually featuring a voluptuous model in a skimpy bikini. Hakusensha's Young Animal and Young Animal Arashi, Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits, Akita Shoten's Young Champion, and Futabasha's Manga Action all regularly feature gravure models. Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday skews to a younger audience than the listed sein...
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Tubi TV Adds Mars Daybreak, Jin-Roh, Juden Chan, Z/X Ignition Anime

3 television anime, anime film added to streaming service ― Video streaming website Tubi TV posted the Mars Daybreak, Juden Chan, and Z/X Ignition television anime and the Jin-Roh anime film on Wednesday. All 26 episodes of Mars Daybreak are available in Japanese with English subtitles. The series premiered in 2004 and was based on a PlayStation 2 game that would debut in Japan in 2005. Bandai Entert...
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Rose of Versailles Art Book Marks Anniversaries of Riyoko Ikeda's Debut, Her Manga

In honor of the 50th anniversary of manga artist Riyoko Ikeda's debut, Fukkan.com is releasing the Versailles no Bara -Animation Album- art book in mid-March. This year also marks the 45th anniversary since Ikeda launched her Rose of Versailles manga in Shueisha's Margaret magazine. The book will include materials that depict main characters and famous scenes from the anime adaptation of Ikeda's o...

Discotek Licenses Fighting Foodons, Ultra Maniac, Freedom Anime

Also details Crusher Joe: The Movie release ― Discotek Media announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the Fighting Foodons, Ultra Maniac, and Freedom anime. The company also announced that its DVD release of Crusher Joe: The Movie is slated for April 25, and will be a two-disk set with both the 4:3 version and the 16:9 version. Discotek will release all 26 episodes of Fighting Foodons, the English...
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2nd My Hero Academia OVA Casts Ryohei Kimura, Maaya Uchida

"Training of the Dead" OVA ships with 14th manga volume on June 2 ― This year's 13th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Ryohei Kimura (Haikyu!! Second Season's Kōtarō, RIN-NE's Tsubasa; pictured right) and Maaya Uchida (Ai-Mai-Mi's Mii, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress' Ayame; pictured below left) are joining the cast of the original video anime (OVA) that will ...
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Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen Manga About French Escorts Inspires Beauty Items

Moyoco Anno's Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen manga recounts the life of Colette, a prostitute in an early 20th century French brothel. There, she makes men's dreams a reality with her coworkers Ivy and Mignon but can't help but imagine a life with her lover Leon. Leon, on the other hand, sees Colette as little more than a money source. This is the tale Anno weaves about women in love whose job it is...

Ole Golazo Soccer Manga Ends in Weekly Shonen Jump

Manga launched in November ― This year's 13th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is publishing the final chapter of Takamasa Moue's Ole Golazo soccer manga on Monday. The magazine thanked readers and asked them to await Moue's next work. The manga launched on November 28. Shueisha will publish the first two volumes in April and May, respectively. Viz Media's English digital edition of We...

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Anime Reveals More Cast, Staff

Hiroyuki Yamashita returns to direct TV anime premiering on April 5 ― This year's 13th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing more cast and staff for the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations television anime on Monday. The issue is also unveiling a new visual and revealing that the series will premiere on TV Tokyo on April 5. The newly revealed cast members returning from Boruto: Na...
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Final Fantasy XIV-related Live-Action Series Reveals Opening Movie, More Cast

Glay performs opening theme song for 'Daddy of Light' TV miniseries ― The official website of rock band Glay announced on Thursday that the group will perform the opening theme song "the other end of the globe" for the Final Fantasy XIV Hikari no Otōsan (Final Fantasy XIV Daddy of Light) live-action television miniseries. Oricon began streaming the miniseries' opening movie that previews Glay's theme...
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Crunchyroll Adds Super Gals! Anime to Catalog

Also: Crunchyroll App now available for Amazon FireTV users ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it has added the Super Gals! anime to its catalog. The anime is available for all members in the United States and Canada. Right Stuf licensed the series, and it describes the story: Sporting designer clothes, designer make-up, and designer nails, Ran Kotobuki is the very picture of a trendy Shibuya ...
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A Look Inside the Museum Dedicated to "The God of Manga"

It's hard to overstate the reputation of Osamu Tezuka, the "God of Manga." So we visited the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum to learn more about his life.
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KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! 2 ‒ Episode 7

"I think this is the most consistently funny episode so far – and for this franchise that's saying something."
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Blame! Film's Full Trailer Reveals May 20 Opening, Cast, Song Artists

Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Sora Amamiya, Kazuhiro Yamaji, Mamoru Miyano star with song by angela ― A live-streamed "Blame Anime Film Project Unveiling" for the new anime film of Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! manga revealed the full one-minute trailer and a new poster visual on Niconico on Thursday. The trailer announced that the film will open in Japanese theaters for a limited two-week engagement on ...
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Yuri!!! on Ice, A Silent Voice Win Tokyo Anime Award Festival's Top Prizes

Makoto Shinkai, Reiko Yoshida, Tadashi Hiramatsu, Shunichiro Yoshihara, Hiroyuki Sawano also win ― The Tokyo Anime Award Festival revealed more of this year's winners on Thursday. Theatrical Animation Division A Silent Voice Television Animation Division Yuri!!! on Ice Animation of the Year: Anime Fan Award Yuri!!! on Ice Best Director Makoto Shinkai Best Script/Original Work Reiko Yoshida Best Anima...
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Armed Girl's Machiavellism Anime Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Artists, April 5 Premiere

Miku Itō joins cast, performs opening theme song ― The staff for the television anime of Karuna Kanzaki and Yūya Kurokami's Armed Girl's Machiavellism (Busō Shōjo Machiavellism) manga revealed the show's additional cast, theme song artists, and April 5 premiere date on Thursday. The anime will air on the Tokyo MX, AT-X, TV Aichi, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting, and BS11 channels. Miku Itō...
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Brave Witches Anime's Unaired 13th Episode Previewed in TV Ad

Episode will screen in 11 Japanese theaters starting on May 13 ― Kadokawa began streaming a television ad on Thursday for the unaired 13th episode of the Brave Witches anime series. The episode will debut on May 13 in 11 theaters across Japan. The 12th and final episode of the anime announced in December that the 13th episode would screen in theaters. In addition to the theatrical release, the episod...
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Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome Anime Film Previews Asian Kung-Fu Generation's Theme Song in Trailer

Film featuring main staff from The Tatami Galaxy opens in Japan on April 7 ― Toho Animation began streaming a new 90-second trailer on Wednesday for Masaaki Yuasa's anime film of The Tatami Galaxy and The Eccentric Family author Tomihiko Morimi's Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome (The Night is Short, So Walk, Girl) novel. The video previews Asian Kung-Fu Generation's theme song "Arano wo Aruke" (Walk t...
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Yūji Moritaka Draws Sequel to Akio Chiba's Captain Baseball Manga

New sequel to debut in April, 38 years after manga's conclusion ― This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine announced on February 15 that manga creator Yūji Moritaka (also known as Jōkura Kōji) will launch a sequel manga to Akio Chiba's Captain manga in the magazine's ninth issue on April 5. The story will follow Captain protagonist Takao Taniguchi in his third year of high school, as...
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Wake Up, Girls' Yutaka Yamamoto to Announce New Anime Film Project on Saturday

Yamamoto was considering new project in December ― Anime director Yutaka Yamamoto (Yamakan) announced on Tuesday that he will appear alongside critic Tsunehiro Uno on the livestream program "Anime Gyōkai no Mirai wa Akarui desu ka? Sore tomo..." (Is the Anime Industry's Future Bright? Or is it...) on Saturday to announce his new anime film project in the program's second half. The program's first hal...
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Sony, Mitsui Launch New Joint Company to Oversee Animax, Kids Station Channels

New AK Holdings company to expand into global anime market, host events around the world ― Japanese satellite channel Animax announced on Thursday that its parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan (SPEJ) established a new joint venture company called AK Holdings in partnership with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. on February 13. AK Holdings will officially launch on March 31. SPEJ has a majority stock in ...
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21st Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Nominees Announced

Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau, Golden Kamuy, Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū, SAD GiRL, more nominated ― The Asahi Shimbun paper announced the eight nominees on Thursday for the 21st Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. The awards commemorate the contributions of the manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka (Astroboy/Mighty Atom, Kimba the White Lion/Jungle Emperor, Phoenix, Black Jack) by recognizing the manga that b...
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Dark Horse Licenses Hatsune Miku: Future Delivery Manga

Manga by writer, artist of Overlord manga slated for October 4 ― Dark Horse Comics announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Satoshi Ōshio and Hugin Miyama's Hatsune Miku: Future Delivery - Little Asimov and the Green Thing Left Behind manga. The company will release the first volume of the two-volume manga on October 4. Dark Horse describes the manga: Writer Satoshi Oshio and artist Hugin Miyama t...
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