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House of 1000 Manga - Summit of the Gods

Shaenon gives thanks today for Jiro Taniguchi's manly man manga about manly men scaling manly mountains. ― The Summit of the Gods Jiro Taniguchi is an artist who hasn't made nearly as many appearances in the House of 1,000 Manga as he could. Jason Thompson discussed his blissfully plotless Walking Man a million years ago, he has a story in Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators, and is that really the only ...
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The X Button - Toad to Victory

This week, we examine the enigma of Toad and his big comeback game! Plus Etrian Odyssey crossovers, Guilty Gear accents, and some old remixes. ― I probably should address Thanksgiving this week, but it doesn't look like anyone, from department stores to pop-cultural commentators, wants to bother with it. That's OK with me. We'll move on to Christmas and its surrounding video game releases. One of th...
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Pile of Shame FINAL: Chie the Brat

The Pile of Shame recedes into the mists of history with one final installment, on Isao Takahata's criminally underseen Chie the Brat. ― Well folks, we've come to the end of the road. This will be the final Pile of Shame article. I need to stop writing about specific anime for a while, because it's a really good way to get burned out. Also, there's only so much appetite for articles on old and obscur...
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Game Review: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

A fanservice-heavy, dungeon-crawling, number-crunching marriage between Etrian Odyssey and Personas 3 and 4. What could possibly go wrong? ― Thrown together across time, the casts of Persona 3 and 4 navigate a very Etrian Odyssey labyrinth with a very Persona set of abilities. Though the series seem at odds with each other--Etrian Odyssey's barely-there story clashes with Persona's sappy melodrama an...
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Thursday, November 27

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3 Anime by Persona 4, Elfen Lied, Attack on Titan Helmers Teased in Video

Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace, Subete ga F ni Naru, Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri in Noitamina in 2015 ― The official website for Fuji TV's programming block noitamina began streaming a video for three new series that are set to premiere on the programming block in 2015. The first series featured, Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace (Mysterious Stories of Ranpo: Game of Laplace), is an anime inspired by late author ...
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House of 1000 Manga - Summit of the Gods

Shaenon gives thanks today for Jiro Taniguchi's manly man manga about manly men scaling manly mountains. ― The Summit of the Gods Jiro Taniguchi is an artist who hasn't made nearly as many appearances in the House of 1,000 Manga as he could. Jason Thompson discussed his blissfully plotless Walking Man a million years ago, he has a story in Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators, and is that really the only ...
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Psycho-Pass Film's Full Trailer, Story, More of Cast Unveiled

New visual unveiled for film debuting January 9 ― The official Psycho-Pass anime website began streaming a new full trailer for the upcoming Psycho-Pass film on Thursday. It also details more of the story and presents a new visual. Woman: A foreign terrorist group that illegally entered the country. There appears to be remnants of the deputy sheriff who escaped three years ago within their brains. Re...
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Coala Mode, 7!! Perform Theme Songs For Your Lie in April Anime's 2nd Half

Musical duo Coala Mode makes major debut with upcoming single "Nanairo Symphony" ― Fuji TV programming block noitamina announced during its "noitamina Announcement Conference 2015" that musical duo Coala Mode (seen right) and band 7!! will perform the new theme songs for the television anime adaptation of Naoshi Arakawa's Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April) manga during its second half. Coala...
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Sanrio's Unmotivated Egg Mascot Gudetama Gets More Shorts in Time for Thanksgiving

Sanrio's unmotivated egg mascot, Gudetama, managed to muster the energy to record some more shorts detailing just how tired he is of everything. If you're already over the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving food prep, you can find a kindred spirit Gudetama. Avex is distributing the shorts' catchy song for a short time. The anthropomorphized egg yolk does do a few things, like complain on Twitter an...
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Project Itoh Film The Empire of Corpses Announced For 2015

Staff also announced for Harmony, Genocidal Organ ― Fuji TV programming block noitamina announced during its "noitamina Announcement Conference 2015" that an anime adaptation of Project Itoh's Shisha no Teikoku (The Empire of Corpses) novel has been green-lit for a 2015 premiere. Ryoutarou Makihara will direct the film at WIT STUDIO (Attack on Titan, Hōzuki no Reitetsu). The film was announced in a p...
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Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace Anime Announced With Seiji Kishi, Lerche

Anime with late novelist Edogawa Ranpo's works as basis also has scripts by Yuki Yuna is a Hero's Makoto Uezu ― Fuji TV programming block noitamina announced during its "noitamina Announcement Conference 2015" that an anime inspired by late author Edogawa Ranpo's works titled Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace (Mysterious Stories of Ranpo: Game of Laplace) has been green-lit to premiere in 2015. The series...
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Subete ga F ni Naru Novel Gets Anime by Elfen Lied's Kanbe

A-1 Pictures adapts 1st installment in Hiroshi Mori's S&M series of mystery novels ― Fuji TV programming block noitamina announced during its "noitamina Announcement Conference 2015" that an anime adaptation of Hiroshi Mori's Subete ga F ni Naru (Everything Becomes F, with the subtitle 'The Perfect Insider') novel has been green-lit to premiere in 2015. Mamoru Kanbe (Elfen Lied, I''s Pure) is directi...

Attack on Titan Team, Code Geass Writer Make Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri Anime

Wit Studio animates series for 2015 ― Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block announced Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri (Knocking on the Walls of the Armored Fortress), a new anime that will premiere next year. The project reunites director Tetsuro Araki and Wit Studio, the team responsible for Attack on Titan. Code Geass creator Ichiro Okouchi is writing the scripts.

Noitamina Announces Punch Line Original Anime

Tetsuya Komuro composes music for Mappa anime series about boy who will destroy world if he sees underwear ― Fuji TV programming block noitamina announced during its "noitamina Announcement Conference 2015" that it will premiere a new original TV anime titled Punch Line in April 2015. Yutaka Uemura will direct the series at Mappa from scripts by Kotaro Uchikoshi, who is best-known for his scripts for...

Nisekoi Gets Magical Girl Spinoff Manga Series

Taishi Tsutsui launches Magical Pâtissier Kosaki-chan in Shonen Jump+ on Monday ― Taishi Tsutsui (Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Sweets Honey) is launching an official Nisekoi spinoff manga series called Magical Pâtissier Kosaki-chan in the digital manga serivce Shonen Jump+ on Monday. 2015's first issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing the news that same day. As the manga's titl...
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American Diana Garnet Sings Naruto Anime's New Ending Theme

D.C. native & Naruto fan was winner of same contest that introduced Chris Hart to Japan ― American singer Diana Garnet will perform the next ending theme song for the Naruto Shippuden television anime. 2015's first issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing the news on Monday. Naruto Shippuden will use Garnet's first original single, which will debut next year. Garnet was born in W...
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AntiMagic Academy 'The 35th Test Platoon' Light Novels Get New Manga

Action fantasy series also has anime in the works ― The January issue of Kadokawa's Comic Alive magazine announced on Wednesday that Tōki Yanagimi's AntiMagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon" (Tai-Madō Gakuen 35 Shiken Shōtai) light novel series will get a new manga adaptation in the February issue on December 27. Yohei Yasumura will draw the series. The school action fantasy is set in a world where p...

Wednesday, November 26

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Usagi Yojimbo Creator Stan Sakai's Wife Sharon Passes Away

Sharon passed away Tuesday after her long battle with a brain tumor ― Sharon Sakai, the wife of Usagi Yojimbo comic artist Stan Sakai, passed away Tuesday morning from complications from a brain tumor. Stan took Sharon home to Pasadena, California for hospice care on Monday and she passed away surrounded by family. She was 61 years old. Sharon was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 2004. She...
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PriPara, Pretty Rhythm Franchises Get Crossover 3DS Game

Pretty Rhythm arcade game, anime franchise ended earlier this year after 4-year run ― The January issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine is announcing on Wednesday that a Nintendo 3DS game featuring syn Sophia's PriPara and Pretty Rhythm franchises will debut in Japan in March. The magazine hints that Lala will be able to Prism Jump like in Pretty Rhythm, and characters wearing Pretty Rhythm clothes wil...

Hetalia Anime of Anthropomorphized Nations Gets New Series

Hidekaz Himaruya's manga about bishōnen nations inspires 6th season, Hetalia The World Twinkle ― The January issue of Gentosha's Monthly Comic Birz magazine is announcing on Saturday that production on the anime Hetalia The World Twinkle has been green-lit. The magazine proclaims, "Hetalia's eagerly anticipated new series launches!!" Monthly Comic Birz will start unveiling new information in the foll...
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Japanese Film Pros Ranked Their Top Movies to Show Kids, with Ghibli Titles Sweeping the Top 3

Kodomo Eiga Plus, an entertainment web portal that specializes in children's films and children's film events, asked 132 film industry pros which movies they'd recommend the most for children to watch before they turn 13. Unsurprisingly, Ghibli movies took the top three spots, as well as many positions on the Top 15. While voters seemed to be in agreement about the top five movies, they had a toug...
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Director Guillermo del Toro Talks Pacific Rim 2 Plot Details

Director Guillermo del Toro revealed some of the plot details and setting for the Pacific Rim live-action film sequel. Del Toro stated that the sequel will take place a few years after the events in the original film, and that the world is now Kaiju-free. "It's a few years after the first one. It's not an immediate follow-up. It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world af...
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Daily Cosplay - Pokemon Conquest's Masamune

Character: Masamune Title: Pokemon Conquest Cosplayer: Bekalou Cosplay Photographer: Kiel MacDonald [Facebook] We asked Kiel: "Where's your favorite place you've ever shot photos, cosplay or otherwise?" "My favorite place I've shot so far was Kyoto, Japan. I didn't know any cosplayers when I traveled there, so most of what I took was just touristy photos, but the amount of cool aesthetics in Kyoto...
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Parasyte -the maxim- ‒ Episodes 8-9

"The show seems to be both gaining speed and growing in complexity, and it's only looking more confident as it enters this gripping second act."

Haikyu Animator Reprimanded by I.G for Indecent Comments, Images on Twitter

Female animator posted illustrations of Haikyu!! characters in a sexual manner ― On Thursday, the anime studio Production I.G. issued an apology message on its website regarding the behavior of one of its animators, Ayumi Kuroiwa, over social media website Twitter. After the animator posted crude comments and drawings over the online service, the company confirmed that Kuroiwa herself posted the twee...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, November 17-23

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Fairy Tail, Terra Formars, Ace of Diamond, Noragami in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Neon Genesis Evangelion 14 Premium Limited Edition 307,123 307,123 2014/11 Kadokawa Manga: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto / Orignal Story: Khara 1 1 2 Fairy Tail 46 268,796 269,918 2014/11 Kodansha Hiro Mashima 2 1 3 Te...
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Website Lets You Make Your Own Terrifying Titan

A Japanese website titled "Titan Montage" opened with its own Titan avatar creator inspired by Hajime Isayama's manga artwork. You can select from a series of options to recreate yourself and your friends as man-eating Titans. The program randomly generates backgrounds, so it's a surprise each time. The site is part of a collaboration for the Attack on Titan art exhibit. The exhibit opens on Frida...
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Gundam Build Fighters Try ‒ Episode 8

"The battles took a backseat to Gyanko's one woman show this week, but I wouldn't call that a bad thing."
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, November 17-23

Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, Shin Sangoku Musou 7: Empires debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: November 17-23 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Pokémon November 21 1,327,671 1,327,671 23DS Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Double Pack Pokémon November 21 90,497 90,497 3PS3 Shin Sangoku Musou 7: Empires (Dynasty ...
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Pop-Up Shop Offers Princess Jellyfish-Inspired Outfits

In celebration of the December 27 release of the live-action Princess Jellyfish film, Japanese fashion retailer Parco is setting up a few pop-up shops in Shibuya, Fukuoka, and online offering jellyfish-inspired clothing and accessory items. Items include: An embroidered shirt (9,500 yen [about US$80]) and socks (2,300 yen [about US$19.50]) from I am I: A cutsew blouse or dress (black or white) (7,...
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Unlimited Fafnir Anime Reveals More of Cast, Theme Songs

Hisako Kanemoto, Kana Hanazawa, more join cast; series voice actresses Rina Hidaka, Manami Numakura perform ending ― Staff for the upcoming anime of Tsukasa's Jūō Mujin no Fafnir (Unlimited Fafnir) light novel series announced additional cast members and information regarding the opening and ending theme songs during a Niconico Live stream on Wednesday. The newly announced cast members are: Hisako K...
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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Trailers Highlight Characters, Memorable Moments

Compilation game includes Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts Re:coded ― The North American PlayStation blog began streamng two trailers for its upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX game on Wednesday. The trailers show memorable moments, Disney and Final Fantasy characters, and Disney worlds from the franchise. The game is slated to ship...
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Funimation Adds Brothers Conflict Home Video Rights

Series to get English dub, fall 2015 release ― North Amercan anime distributor Funimation Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has acquired the rights to release the Brothers Conflict anime on DVD and Blu-ray. The company plans to dub the series and release it during fall 2015. Sylph magazine's original romance novel project centers around a girl who suddenly gains 13 stepbrothers — from 32 y...

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Sells Over 3 Million Copies Globally in 3 Days

Worldwide total includes 1.5 million+ in Japan, but does not yet include Europe ― Enterbrain's Famitsu magazine reported on Wednesday that the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Nintendo 3DS games have sold 3.04 million copies worldwide in three days, including over 1.5 million in Japan alone. The games combined hold the first-week sales record in Japan in 2014 so far. However, the worldw...
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The X Button - Toad to Victory

This week, we examine the enigma of Toad and his big comeback game! Plus Etrian Odyssey crossovers, Guilty Gear accents, and some old remixes. ― I probably should address Thanksgiving this week, but it doesn't look like anyone, from department stores to pop-cultural commentators, wants to bother with it. That's OK with me. We'll move on to Christmas and its surrounding video game releases. One of th...

Binan Kōkō Chikyū Bōei-bu Love! Anime's 2nd Video Reveals Opening Song, Tomokazu Sugita

"Handsome High School Earth Defense Club Love!" anime to debut on January 6 ― The official website for the upcoming original anime Binan Kōkō Chikyū Bōei-bu Love! (Handsome High School Earth Defense Club Love!) began streaming the second promotional video on Wednesday. The video features the opening theme "Zettai Muteki☆Fallin' LOVE☆" (Absolute Invincible☆Fallin' LOVE☆), as sung by the Defense Club's...
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Pokémon Rumble U and Amiibo Figures Are Kind Of Compatible

The Pokémon Rumble U game puts players in control of up to 100 toy-like Pokémon to battle, so it only makes sense that the game compatible with Nintendo's recent Amiibo figures, although Nintendo hasn't officially acknowledged it yet. The figures also don't work in a traditional sense. When Pokémon Rumble U was released in North America in August, it was programmed to use the Wii U's Near Field Co...
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Godzilla PS3 Game's Demo Videos Show New & Old Godzilla in Action

Original Toho kaijū & Legendary's incarnation wreak havoc in December 18 game ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming character demo videos for the PlayStation 3 game Godzilla on Thursday. Godzilla Godzilla (2014) The "ultra-destructive Godzilla action" game commemorates the 60th anniversary of the titular monster by letting you play the monster itself against human civilization, as you clear missions b...
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Nana Mizuki, T.M.Revolution, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, AKB48 Return to New Year's Kōhaku

Full artist lineup includes SKE48/NMB48, Momoiro Clover Z, Porno Graffitti ― The Japanese public television broadcaster NHK announced the full artist lineup for this year's Kōhaku Uta Gassen (Red and White Song Battle), the New Year's Eve singing contest that is Japan's most viewed music television program. This year's lineup includes the sixth consecutive performance of Nana Mizuki, the fifth appear...
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Persona 4 Arena Stage Play's Chie, Rise, Yukiko Unveiled in Costume

Mariya Ise, Natsuko Aso, Shiki Aoki star in Tokyo production in December ― The official website for the stage play based on the Persona 4 Arena (Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena) fighting game unveiled three of the cast members in costumes on Wednesday: Mariya Ise as Chie Satonaka Natsuko Aso as Rise Kujikawa Shiki Aoki as Yukiko Amagi The cast also includes: Keisuke Minami as Yu Narukami Ry...
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V6, May J., Sekai no Owari, HKT48 Make Their Debuts on New Year's Kōhaku

Ayumi Hamasaki will not sing in song battle after 15 appearances in a row ― The Japanese public television broadcaster NHK announced the artist lineup for this year's Kōhaku Uta Gassen (Red and White Song Battle), the New Year's Eve singing contest that is Japan's most viewed music television program. This year's lineup includes the debut appearances of Johnny & Associates band V6, AKB48 sister idol ...

Tuesday, November 25

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Kakureya Secret Gaming Base Gets Upgrades and Price Cut

Japanese furniture Cozy Room debuted its Kakurenya II ("hiding room II") model on Monday with upgrades and a price cut from the version released in June. Cozy Room said that the units would drop from 798,000 yen (US$7,823) to 398,800 yen (US$3,910) if it went into mass production. Kakureya II now includes a reclining seat and adjustable height table. Kakureya II measures 120 centimeters wide, 125 ...
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Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's Shiny Beldum Shown in Video

Pokémon will be offered for a limited time until January 14 ― The Pokémon Company began streaming a trailer on Friday previewing the Shiny Beldum Pokémon gift in its Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Nintendo 3DS games. The Beldum comes holding a Megagrossite Mega Stone and will be offered via Internet distribution from November 21 to January 14, the same time as Japan. The new titles wil...
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Yo-kai Watch will Hit the Stage in New Year's Eve Song Contest

Jibanyan, Captain Bully, Dream5, King Creamsoda to appear onstage ― As a nod to the increasing clout and popularity of the hit kids' anime series Yo-kai Watch, Jibanyan and Captain Bully will take the stage in this year's Kōhaku Uta Gassen, or "The Red and White Song Contest" (in costumed form, of course). This is an unusual move, given the all-ages audience of the Song Contest, and one that the pere...
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Crunchyroll Adds Hoshino Taguchi's Maga-Tsuki Manga

Love comedy about youth cursed by goddess launches on site today ― North American media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it is adding Hoshino Taguchi's Maga-Tsuki manga to the site. Crunchyroll is adding the full catalog of the manga on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. EST, and it will publish new chapters monthly at the same time they come out in Japan. Crunchyroll describes the manga ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, November 23-29

Amagami SS, Log Horizon, Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie, Nisekoi anime ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Amagami SS Blu-ray Complete CollectionPlease Sentai Filmworks US$89.98 November 25 Amagami SS DVD Complete CollectionPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 November 25 Log Horizon Blu-ray Collection 1Please Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 November 25 Log Horizon DVD Collection...
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Add Magic Knight Rayearth Boots To Your Stealth Cosplay Wardrobe

The designers at the mail order fashion site SuperGroupies are at it again with some Magic Knight Rayearth short boots for the wet, wintry season. Each design is modeled after one of the main heroines from Clamp's manga and anime series. Hikaru Shidou, Fuu Hououji, and Umi Ryuuzaki are represented in their respective red, green, and blue colors. The pairs are now available for pre-order for 21,38...
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Daily Cosplay - Halo Hayabusa Armor

Character: Spartan soldier (Hayabusa Armor) Title: Halo series Cosplayer: Impact Props Photographer: Kiel MacDonald [Facebook] We asked Kiel: "What's your camera setup of choice?" "I still use my trusty Rebel T2i and prefer to use my 75-300mm zoom lens, as it has the sharpest results of my current lenses and does a great job compressing space. I do hope to expand my arsenal over the next year, tho...
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Comedian Tekken Animates New Year's Card Short

Short features song by musical duo YoshidaYamada ― The Japanese postal service's New Year's card website yubin-nenga.jp began streaming a new short movie on Tuesday with animation by Tekken, a comedian famous for emotional flip-book-style anime shorts. The short, titled "Nenga no Kizuna" (New Year's Card Bonds), features musical duo YoshidaYamada's new song "Aitakute." Text: On a certain morning, abr...
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Rage of Bahamut Genesis ‒ Episode 7

"It's not so much a "part two" as it is a bridge between different sections of the story."
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1st Lodoss Story by Creator in 8 Years Comes With Unaired Anime

Ryo Mizuno writes story accompanying Meshimase Lodoss-tō Senki Sorette Oishii no? DVD ― The retail site Manga Oh posted details on the upcoming Lodoss-tō Senki Sanmai (Record of Lodoss War Deluxe) set. The set will include Lodoss-tō Senki: Seiyaku no Hōkan Joshō (Record of Lodoss War: The Pledged Jeweled Crown: Prologue), the first text story that creator Ryo Mizuno has written in the fantasy franchi...
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Hydrate Your Skin With These Slightly Terrifying Hello Kitty Face Masks

Skincare enthusiasts who've been enjoying the recent popularity of face masks will tell you that while some of the nutrient-soaked masks can deliver some pretty good results, they're not exactly flattering. Sometimes they're downright frightening, which makes it a good thing that they're used in the privacy of your own home. That hasn't prevented Sanrio from trying to make their own cutesy version...
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Expelled from Paradise's 'CG Making' Video Streamed

Writer Gen Urobuchi, director Seiji Mizushima's film to open in 15 theaters across the United States on December 13 ― The official YouTube channel for scriptwriter Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero), Toei Animation, Nitroplus, and director Seiji Mizushima's (first Fullmetal Alchemistanime, Gundam 00) Expelled from Paradise (Rakuen Tsuihō) film project began streaming a fourth "film m...
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Cthulhu, Japanese Mythos Inspire Kadokawa's New Project Code RPGs

Natural Doctrine developer unveil dungeon & simulation RPGs ― Kadokawa Game Studio announced during a Tokyo press conference on Tuesday that it is developing two new games under the "Project Code" name for the PlayStation platform family. It describes Project Code -Daten- (Project Code: Fallen Angel) as a “Cthulhu Mythology x Dungeon RPG,” while Project Code -Tsukuyomi- is a “Japanese mythology x Str...
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Yona of the Dawn ‒ Episode 8

"Sorry, Su-won fans – this is another episode of Yona of the Dawn that lacks our beautiful, conflicted antagonist."
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Pile of Shame FINAL: Chie the Brat

The Pile of Shame recedes into the mists of history with one final installment, on Isao Takahata's criminally underseen Chie the Brat. ― Well folks, we've come to the end of the road. This will be the final Pile of Shame article. I need to stop writing about specific anime for a while, because it's a really good way to get burned out. Also, there's only so much appetite for articles on old and obscur...
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Watch Mangaka Daioki Draw in Wacom's Live Painting

Wacom, a company that makes digital drawing tablets, has uploaded a new video with mangaka Daioki, (Hirameki Hatsume-chan, Harumi Nation to its "Drawing with Wacom" series. In the video, the artist is using a Cintiq 24HD touch tablet. This ongoing series has included Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno designer Ryo Yambe, Hacks! mangaka Tetsuya Imagi, Kantai Collection artist Oguchi, Vocaloid artist Yo...
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Sword Art Online: Lost Song Game Brings Back Philia

Yui Ishikawa's treasure hunter returns as Spriggan in March 26 PS3/Vita game ― This week's issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki PlayStation magazine is reporting that the game character Philia is returning in Bandai Namco Games' Sword Art Online: Lost Song for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. As voiced by Yui Ishikawa, Philia first appeared in the Hollow Area of the earlier Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragmen...
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Japanese Scientists Bring Us Closer to World of Ghost in the Shell

New NTT Docomo project investigates GitS technology ― 25 years ago, Masamune Shirow's science-fiction manga Ghost in the Shell wowed readers with its advanced technology. Its various animated incarnations have inspired and intrigued viewers the world over. This month, NTT Docomo Ventures, a venture capital fund, is launching a project to help recreate some of the signature technology from Ghost in th...
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Rodea the Sky Soldier Game's 1st Trailer Unveiled

Wii U, 3DS title ships in Japan this coming spring ― Kadokawa unveiled the first trailer for its upcoming Rodea the Sky Soldier video game for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems on Tuesday. The video features the song "Forever" by chay, and stars voice talents Fumihiko Tachiki as Giato, as well as Kana Hanazawa as Ion. Text: The blue sky the boy looked up at as a child. Text: Those feelings from back...
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Kantai Collection Kai PS Vita Game's 1st Trailer Streamed

Port of browser game ships in Japan this coming spring ― Kadokawa began streaming a promotional video for its Kantai Collection Kai PlayStation Vita port of its free-to-play browser game on Tuesday. The video features each of the girls introducing themselves. Kadokawa Games announced the game at the “Kadokawa Game Studio Media Briefing 2013 Autumn” event, and it will be Kadokawa Game Studio's second ...

The Testament of Sister New Devil Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Cast

Yuichi Nakamura, Ayaka Asai star in "ecstasy battle action" anime in January ― Kadokawa began streaming a second promotional video for the anime adaptation of anime adaptation of the Shinmai Maō no Testament (The Testament of Sister New Devil) light novel series by Tetsuto Uesu (Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero) on Tuesday. The video features the anime's opening theme song, "Blade of Hope" by sweet ARMS. B...
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i☆Ris Idols Sing PriPara Anime's 3rd Opening Theme

Anime song unit also sang PriPara's 1st opening & voice-act in the anime ― The anime song idol unit i☆Ris announced on Sunday that they will release their eighth single on February 18, 2015. Amazon lists the untitled single as the third opening theme song for the PriPara television anime, and it should debut on the air in January. The group already performed the anime's first opening, "Make it!" The ...

Viz Adds Twin Star Exorcists Manga by Good Luck Girl/Binbō-gami ga's Sukeno

Yoshiaki Sukeno's supernatural action manga to debut next summer ― North American publisher Viz Media will release Twin Star Exorcists (Sōsei no Onmyōji), the latest manga from Good Luck Girl! (Binbō-gami ga!) creator Yoshiaki Sukeno. The website ICv2 describes the story of "two exorcists of equal strength who are fated to marry and produce a child, the ultimate spiritual warrior." Sukeno launched th...
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Hidamari Sketch Theme Song Performers marble to Go on Hiatus

Duo behind songs in Tamayura, Squid Girl, Mitsudomoe to pursue separate careers ― The anime song duo marble announced on Monday that the unit is going on hiatus. Vocalist/lyricist micco and guitarist/composer Tatsuya Kikuchi explained that they discussed the matter and decided to pursue separate careers to "step up" as artists. They have not decided how long marble will be on hiatus. They thanked the...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, November 17-23

Free! ES sells 8,673, followed by Haikyu!!, Yowapeda, Yamato 2199, Insufficient Direction ― The Yowamushi Pedal Special Event ~Le Tour de Yowapeda!~ sold 6,198 copies to debut at #4 on the overall DVD chart. The DVD Box for the live-action television adaptation of Kazuhiko Shimamoto's Aoi Honō debuted at #23 with 1,285 copies. Pacific Rim sold 864 more copies for a new total of 25,163. In its 11th we...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, November 17-23

Love Live! sells 30,960, followed by Free! ES, Haikyu!!, K-ON! box, Yamato 2199 ― The All You Need Is Kill (Edge of Tomorrow) Blu-ray & DVD set sold 5,746 more copies for a new total of 29,836. In its second week, it dropped from #2 to #8 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The Blu-ray Box for the live-action television adaptation of Kazuhiko Shimamoto's Aoi Honō debuted at #10 with 3,849 copies. The ...
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Dark Souls II Heads to PS4, Xbox One on April 7

Scholar of the First Sin edition offers all 3 DLC packs, new NPCs, more on all platforms ― Bandai Namco Games announced on Monday that it will release Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin for not only PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC (via Steam with DirectX 9/DirectX11 support), but also for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The new edition of From Software's dark action role-playing game will available ...
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Attack on Titan 3DS Game's Updated Chain Edition Profiled in 3-Minute Video

Online co-op & more characters, stages, missions, voices, fine-tuning in December 4 release ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a new three-minute introductory video for the Shingeki no Kyojin ~Jinrui Saigo no Tsubasa~ CHAIN (Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Humanity CHAIN) Nintendo 3DS game on Tuesday. The video highlights the improvements in the new version: Internet cooperative play, limited text c...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Game's Latest TV Ad Streamed

PS4/PS3/Xbox One/Xbox 360 game arrives in Japan on February 5 with Jaco pre-order bonus ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming the latest television commercial for its video game Dragon Ball Xenoverse on Tuesday. The narrator proclaims the game as the latest and most powerful evolution in Dragon Ball games ever, and further proclaims that the history of Dragon Ball will change. The game will ship for t...

Monday, November 24

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Pankis! 2-jigen TV Anime to Debut in January

TV series about 'spirits of sound' is part of project that includes music, manga, stage play, voice actors ― The television channel BS11 will air a new television anime series titled Pankis! 2-jigen (Pankis! 2D) starting on January 8. DLE is creating the anime as part of a larger "5D Project," where the five "dimensions" include an anime, a manga, music, a stage play, and voice actors. One of the goa...
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Akiba's Trip 2's English PS4 Launch Trailer Streamed

PS3 and PS Vita port shipped in North America in August ― The official PlayStation channel began streaming the English launch trailer on Wednesday for XSEED Game's Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed PlayStation 4 role-playing game. The game hits store shelves in North America on Tuesday. The PlayStation 4 version includes livestreaming options, a "Toybox Mode" that starts a new game with all previously...

Clannad Kickstarter Adds Side Stories, Manga Stretch Goals

Stretch goal for HD assets already met ― North American visual novel distributor Sekai Project announced its stretch goals on Sunday for the Clannad crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The first new stretch goal at US$200,000 will be for HD assets. VisualArt's/Key currently has assets as 1280x960, and now Sekai Project is asking them to process it at 1280x720 for widescreen support. The campaign ha...
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Spruce Up Your Bathroom with a Lustful Trinity Seven Shower Curtain

If you've ever wanted to bathe with Trinity Seven's Lilith Asami, now you can. Sort of. At the very least, you can bathe while she sits beside you half-naked. Kadokawa is taking pre-orders for a limited quantity of made-to-order "lustful" Lilith shower curtains, to be manufactured after the reservation closes on December 17. Each one is selling for 4,104 yen (about US$34.75) after tax, with a ship...
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Gainax, Subaru's Hōkago no Pleiades Project Gets 4-Panel Manga

Mirai Denki will draw series based on magical girl collaboration between anime studio, car maker ― The January issue of Ichijinsha's Manga 4-Koma Pallette magazine announced on Saturday that Hōkago no Pleiades, the animation collaboration project between car maker Subaru and animation studio Gainax, will get a four-panel manga adaptation starting in the magazine's February issue on December 22. Mirai...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, November 10-16

Magic Kaito 1412, Yōkai Watch, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Pokemon XY on list ― The live-action drama of Kyō wa Kaisha Yasumimasu. aired on NTV on Wednesday, November 12 at 10:00 p.m. and earned a 15.8% rating. The live-action drama adaptation of Nobunaga Concerto aired on Fuji TV on Monday, November 10 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 11.6% rating. The Resident Evil: Apocalypse (Biohazard 2 Apocalypse) special edit...
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Sanrio's Stop-Motion Nutcracker Fantasy Gets New Edition With Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Original film premiered in 1979 ― 35 years later, Sanrio is bringing back its 1979 Christmas film Nutcracker Fantasy (Kurumiwari Ningyō) to Japanese theaters in a new edition on Saturday. Sebastian Masuda, an artist (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's music videos) and leading figure in the "Harajuku Kawaii Culture," is directing the new edition, and singer/model Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is performing the theme song. The ...
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Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road ‒ Episode 8

"The true strength of this episode came from Arakita and Onoda's blundering attempts to connect to one another."
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Daily Cosplay - Kill la Kill's Nui Harime

Character: Nui Harime Title: Kill la Kill Cosplayer: Zerggiee Cosplay Photographer: Kiel MacDonald [Facebook] We asked Kiel: "When did you first get into cosplay photography?" "I started cosplay photography after I attended Fanime Con (a Northern Californian anime convention) for a few years. I had a very low performance point and shoot camera at the time, so was not excited about taking photos wi...
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When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace ‒ Episode 8

"For whatever reason, the show turns and sprints away from a discussion that it chose to start."
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Yoshiki Descends Upon Hello Kitty's 40th Anniversary Parade On A Flying Gondola

Musician, producer, songwriter, and X Japan leader Yoshiki made an appearance at Sanrio Puroland's Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary parade, arriving in an airborne gondola that deposited him regally onto the stage. He then spoke a few words before taking a selfie with Hello Kitty, and riding off on a float. The entire spectacle can be seen below: The event also debuted a new Yoshikitty costume, as wel...
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Mushishi: The Next Chapter ‒ Episode 16

"It's a cozy resting place for the series this week after some emotionally tense preceding stories."
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Japanese Box Office, November 15-16

Live-action Kamisama no Iu Toori, Expelled From Paradise debut ― The live-action film adaptation of Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Akeji Fujimura's Kami-sama no Iu Toori (As the Gods Will) survival-horror manga premiered this weekend at #1. Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Crows Zero) is directing and Sōta Fukushi (live-action Library Wars/Toshokan Sensō) will star in the film about a high school class that m...
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4th Animator Expo Short is Akira Honma and Hayato Tanaka's 'Carnage'

Short will follow a one-armed woman in quest for revenge ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, announced on Monday that the 4th short will be titled "Carnage." The video will debut on the website on Friday. Akira Honma (episode animation director on Dennō Coil, assistant animation director on A Letter to Momo) will hel...
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Gundam Reconguista in G's Raraiya Stars in Guide Dog Poster

Every season, the National Federation of All Japan Guide Dog Training Institution puts out a poster in collaboration with an anime property. This fall, the non-profit institution is working with Gundam Reconguista in G to feature Raraiya Monday, along with a labrador retriever puppy appropriately named Amuro. The poster will be posted in 7,000 elementary and junior high schools, as well as a few o...
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Etrian Odyssey V Game Announced

Game announced during an Atlus live stream on Monday ― Atlus announced during a live stream on Monday that the next game in the Etrian Odyssey series, Etrian Odyssey V, is currently in development. A release date or a platform for the game has yet to be announced. The official website for the game also began streaming a teaser trailer. The staff includes Shigeo Komori as director, Yuji Himukai as cha...
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Etrian Odyssey and Mystery Dungeon Crossover Game Announced

Nintendo 3DS game slated for March 5 in Japan ― Atlus and Spike Chunsoft announced during the "Seikaiju no Meikyū Real Time RPG Nicosei" livestream event on Monday that the companies will collaborate to develop Sekaiju to Fushigi no Dungeon, a crossover between the Etrian Odyssey (Seikaiju no Meikyū) and Mystery Dungeon (Fushigi no Dungeon) game series. The Nintendo 3DS game is slated for release on ...
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Pigeon Romance Visual Novel Hatoful Boyfriend Heads to PS4/PS Vita

Game slated for 2nd quarter of 2015 ― Sony's PlayStation Blog announced on Monday that Hato Moa's pigeon dating simulator Hatoful Boyfriend will get a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita release in the second quarter of 2015. In the game, the player is a human female who is seeking to fall in love with a pigeon at a school for gifted birds. The game features portraits of every bird that suggest what t...
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Gugure! Kokkuri-san ‒ Episode 8

"It's hard not to notice the lack of fast-paced madcap humor here, which is usually the show's strength."
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Game Review: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

A fanservice-heavy, dungeon-crawling, number-crunching marriage between Etrian Odyssey and Personas 3 and 4. What could possibly go wrong? ― Thrown together across time, the casts of Persona 3 and 4 navigate a very Etrian Odyssey labyrinth with a very Persona set of abilities. Though the series seem at odds with each other--Etrian Odyssey's barely-there story clashes with Persona's sappy melodrama an...
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Akame ga KILL! ‒ Episode 21

"I have to wonder what conclusion the series is aiming for at this point, as it is giving no clear indication what it's building towards."
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Taito Makes Idol-Raising Smartphone Game Idol Chronicle

Space Invaders maker's Android/iOS game slated for this winter ― Japanese video game publisher Taito's official Youtube channel began streaming a trailer for the Idol Chronicles idol-raising smartphone game on Wednesday. The game is slated for release for Android and iOS devices this winter. Basic gameplay will be free, but certain aspects of the game will be available for a fee. Those who pre-regist...

Viz Media's Coppelion Dub Casts Erica Lindbeck, Cassandra Lee Morris, Shelby Lindley

Sci-fi action series to premiere on Neon Alley and Hulu on Thursday ― Viz Media announced the English dub cast for its Neon Alley and home video release of Coppelion on Monday. The entire science-fiction action series will premiere dubbed on Neon Alley and Hulu on Thursday. The cast includes: Erica Lindbeck as Ibara Naruse Cassandra Lee Morris as Aoi Fukasaku Shelby Lindley as Taeko Nomura Max Mittel...
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Showtaro Morikubo Performs Garo Anime's New Ending Song

STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION [R.O.N] composes song debuting in January ― Music publisher Lantis announced on Monday that voice actor and musician Showtaro Morikubo is performing the new ending theme song for the ongoing Garo: Honoo no Kokuin television anime. The new theme song, as yet untitled, will begin airing in January. The musician and former Oldcodex member STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION [R.O.N] composed th...
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5pb.'s Kadenz Game's "Magic Side" Promo Streamed

The game will be released for PS Vita in Japan on December 11 ― 5pb. began streaming the "magic side" promotional video for its Kadenz fermata//Akkord:fortissimo adventure game for the PlayStation Vita on Friday. The video introduces the game's magic-using characters and cast. The adventure game being developed by both 5pb. and La'cryma (True Tears PC game, Sora o Tobu, Mittsu no Hōhō) will tell the ...

Sunday, November 23

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Zipang/Silent Service's Kawaguchi to Launch Aircraft Carrier Manga

Kūbo Ibuki to center around Japan's largest defense vessel ― This year's 23rd issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine is announcing more information on the latest manga series by Kaiji Kawaguchi (Eagle, Zipang, The Silent Service) on Tuesday. Kawaguchi is launching Kūbo Ibuki (Aircraft Carrier Ibuki) in collaboration with journalist Osamu Eya in the following issue on December 10. The magazine tease...
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Wolf Girl & Black Prince ‒ Episode 8

"This episode gives viewers only a brief chance to catch their breath before plowing ahead to the new love-rival-of-the-day formula."
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Saki Episode of Side A Blu-ray Box to Add New Anime Short

Short adapts comic story about Kuro's birthday for March 18 box ― The official website for the Saki anime franchise announced on Friday that Pony Canyon will release a Blu-ray Disc box of the 2012 high school mahjong anime Saki Episode of Side A . The box will ship with the first 12-episode run, as well as the four special episodes, on March 18, 2015. The box will also feature a new "short original a...
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Ling Tosite Sigure Performs Psycho-Pass Film's Theme Song

Band provided themes for both Psycho-Pass anime seasons ― The band Ling Tosite Sigure is performing the theme song for upcoming Psycho-Pass anime film. The band announced on Friday that their new song "Who What Who What" will be the film's theme song. Ling Tosite Sigure is a three-piece band that includes singer and guitarist Toru "TK" Kitajima, singer and bassist Miyoko "345" Nakamura, and drummer M...
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CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon ‒ Episode 8

"The late stages of this episode mark a major shift by making a dramatic leap forward in the plot."

Chinese Naruto Online Game's Latest Trailer Streamed

Pain, new characters shown in latest video ― The website for the official Chinese online Naruto game began streaming a new trailer last week. The trailer introduces previously unseen new characters and Pain from the anime and manga series. Namco Bandai Games announced its Naruto Online collaboration with China's Tencent Games and Naruto Ultimate games' CyberConnect2 last year. Tencent is also collabo...
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World Trigger ‒ Episode 7

"This episode continues World Trigger's main problem of lingering on what should be brief exposition segments for so long that not much happens through the entire episode."
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Americana Dawn PC RPG Set in Colonial America Launches New Kickstarter

Project signs on Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow composer Soshiro Hokkai ― Bit Bonton's English- and Japanese-language PC role-playing game, Americana Dawn, launched a new Kickstarter campaign and a Steam Greenlight drive on Saturday. The RPG is set in Colonial America and brings together staff members from the United States and Japan. Bit Bonton describes the story: Americana Dawn is a role playing game...
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Granrodeo's GraP & RodeO Anime's 3rd Episode Streamed

GraP teaches RodeO guitar ― Music production company Lantis began streaming the third episode of the GraP & RodeO original anime inspired by the musical duo Granrodeo (Kuroko's Basketball opening themes) on Wednesday. In this episode, GraP asks RodeO if he plays any instruments, and RodeO responds that his instrument is his voice. GraP makes fun of him and afterwards starts to teach him guitar. The a...
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The Fruit of Grisaia ‒ Episode 8

"The Fruit of Grisaia has had some rocky moments, but this episode isn't one of them."
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Garo Gets 2 New Manga Series

Hells Angels' Sin'Ichi Hiromoto to pen Garo the Bible ― The January issue of Wani Books' Monthly Comic Gum magazine is announcing on Wednesday that it will launch two more manga inspired by the live-action and anime franchise Garo. The magazine will launch Garo the Bible by Sin'Ichi Hiromoto (Hells Angels, STONe, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi) and Garo -Makai no Hana- by Shizuku Ichigono (Ichigo no H...
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Celestial Method ‒ Episode 8

"Celestial Method has upped its pace, and while there's still plenty of slice-of-life moments this time, there's also more of a feeling that everything has a purpose."
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Garo Gets 3 New Live-Action Films & Show, New TV Anime & Film, Stage Musical

Ryūga, Bikū, Raiga get films & Garo anime gets 2nd season & film ― The Kinrō Kanshasai 2015 event announced several new projects in the Garo franchise on Sunday, including three live-action movies, a new live-action television series, a second anime season, an anime movie, and a stage musical. Garo -Gold Storm- Shō, a new series with Ryūga Dōgai as the lead character, will debut as a theatrical film ...
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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ‒ Episode 7

"It's so thrilling that it's almost too much to stomach during a single viewing."

Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! Anime Previewed With English Subtitles

Anime of Nihei's 1st manga to air within 2nd Knights of Sidonia season's episode 8 ― Kings Records began streaming an English-subtitled promotional video for Blame! Tanmatsu Ikō Toshi (Blame! The Anicent Terminal City), the anime of Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! manga, on Sunday. The video first debuted at the Knights of Sidonia television anime premium event at Tokyo Dome City's Prism Hall earlier in the d...
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Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine Promo Video English-Subtitled

2nd Knights of Sidonia anime season to premiere next April ― Kings Records began streaming an English-subtitled promotional video for Sidonia no Kishi: Dai-kyū Wakusei Seneki (Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine), the second Knights of Sidonia anime season, on Sunday. The video first debuted at the Knights of Sidonia television anime premium event at Tokyo Dome City earlier in the day. The sec...
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Please Save My Earth Sequel Manga Ends, But New Sequel Is Set for March

Boku wa Chikyū to Utau continues Saki Hiwatari's story of Rin & the others ― Saki Hiwatari is ending her Please Save My Earth manga sequel Boku o Tsutsumu Tsuki no Hikari (Embraced by the Moonlight) in the January 2015 issue of Hakusensha's Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazine on Wednesday. However, she announced in the same issue that she will launch a new series called Boku wa Chikyū to Utau (I Sing With...
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Poll Ranks Top CLAMP Manga Among Young Japanese Working Women

Cardcaptor Sakura, Rayearth, xxxHolic come out on top ― The four manga creators known as CLAMP are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their pro debut. The editors of the website MyNavi Woman asked 248 readers — all working women between 22 and 34 — about their favorite CLAMP manga this month. Here are the results! 1 Card Captor Sakura 29.4% 2 Magic Knight Rayearth 26.2% 3 xxxHolic 5.2% 4 X (X/1999) ...

Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! 2015's Series Ranking

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, SAO, No Game, No Life, A Certain Magical Index lead list ― The 2015 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (This Light Novel Is Amazing!) guidebook reported its list of the top light novel series on Friday. This is the second year in a row that My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU topped the list. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Sword Art Online No Game, No Life A...
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Tales of Zestiria Character Videos Introduce Sergei, Symonne, and Lunarre

Bandai Namco Games also streams gameplay videos ― Bandai Namco Games' official YouTube channel is streaming character videos for Sergei, Symonne and Lunarre from its Tales of Zestiria role-playing game. Sergei (voiced by Hideyuki Hori) Symonne (voiced by Hiromi Igarashi) is a mysterious Seraph who treats Sorey with cold-hearted cynicism. Lunarre (voiced by Takehito Koyasu) is a cold-blooded assassin ...

Saturday, November 22

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Persona Q Launch Trailer Streamed

3DS game featuring Persona 3 & 4 characters to ship on Tuesday's ― Atlus USA streamed a launch trailer for its upcoming Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 3DS game on Thursday. The game itself will ship in North America on Tuesday. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will be available in in "The Wild Cards" premium edition and standard edition. The premium edition includes Tarot Card Set #2(Arcanas XI...
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Maria the Virgin Witch Exhibition Manga to End in December

Sequel to Moyashimon creator's Junketsu no Maria manga began in July; original manga gets TV anime in January ― The 49th issue of Kodansha's Good! Afternoon magazine announced on November 7 that Masayuki Ishikawa's Junketsu no Maria Exhibition (Maria the Virgin Witch Exhibition) manga will end in the magazine's 50th issue, which will ship in Japan on December 6. In addition, Kodansha is listing that ...
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Lord Marksman and Vanadis ‒ Episode 8

"The battle strategies here are clever and easy to follow, but an animated game of Risk does not a compelling series make."
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Bladestorm: Nightmare Video Unveils March Release in the West

Dynasty Warriors studio's PS4/Xbox One/PS3 strategy game will have 2 gameplay modes ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming an announcement trailer for Omega Force's Bladestorm: Nightmare on Wednesday. The game will ship in North America on March 3 and in Europe on March 6 for the PlayStation 4, XBox One, and will be available digitally for the PlayStation 3 on the same day for each region. The strategy...
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Iori Nomizu, Seiko Yoshida, Others Join The Testament of Sister New Devil Anime Cast

Kaori Sadohara will perform ending theme ― The official website for the the anime adaptation of anime adaptation of the Shinmai Maō no Testament (The Testament of Sister New Devil) light novel series by Tetsuto Uesu (Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero) announced the anime's additional cast on Friday. In addition, the website announced that Kaori Sadohara will perform the ending theme "Still Sis." She will al...
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Haruka Tomatsu, Yukari Tamura, Yui Horie Join Absolute Duo Cast

Natsuki Hanae, Yoshihisa Kawahara also join cast for series premiering January 4 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Takumi Hiiragi-Boshi's Absolute Duo light novel series announced additional cast members and the broadcast date on Friday. The series will premiere on January 4 on AT-X. The new cast includes: Haruka Tomatsu as Imari Nagakura Yukari Tamura as Rito Tsukimi Yui ...
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Senran Kagura: Estival Versus Casts Kikuko Inoue, More

Minami Tsuda, Sora Tokui, Shiori Izawa, Reiko Suzuki join cast of PS4/PS Vita game ― Enterbrain's Famitsu website revealed the voice cast for the Senran Kagura: Estival Versus -Shōjo-tachi no Sentaku- game's five new playable characters on Friday. The revealed cast members are: Kikuko Inoue as Ryōki Ryōki is Ryōbi and Ryōna's older sister. She died in a past battle against yōma, but she is reborn for...
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Sword Art Online II ‒ Episode 20

"Though this episode wasn't a standout by any means, it was still a consistent and reasonably entertaining ride."
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Yowamushi Pedal 3DS Game's 2nd Promo Introduces Gameplay Modes

Game ships on January 29 ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming the second promotional video for its upcoming Yowamushi Pedal: Asu e no Kōkaiten (Yowapeda: High Cadence) Nintendo 3DS game on Wednesday. The video shows the different modes of gameplay, including Adventure, Mini Game, and Race parts. The game will feature new rivals for the characters to face, and will be full-voiced with an original stor...
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Welcome to the NHK's Oiwa to Launch Aka to Ao no Ehrenberg Manga

Series to launch in Comic Gum in December ― The January issue of Wani Books' Comic Gum magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Kendi Oiwa will begin a new series tentatively titled Aka to Ao no Ehrenberg (Red and Blue Ehrenberg) in the February issue on December 26. The tagline in the ad (pictured in image, right) reads "Snow White of the Garden of Eden (Virgin Paradise)." Oiwa ended Tsurumi Entangl...
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KenIchi Manga's Shun Matsuena to Launch Tokiwa Kitareri Series

Creator also releasing 3 one-shots after KenIchi manga's end in September ― This year's 52nd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple creator Shun Matsuena will launch the Tokiwa Kitareri manga series in the next issue. The first chapter will have color front cover and opening pages in the magazine's first 2015 issue when it go...
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Tokyo Ghoul's 2nd Season Slated to Premiere on January 8

This year's 52nd issue of Shueisha's Young Jump will announce on Thursday that the second anime season based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga will premiere on January 8 on Tokyo MX. Whereas Ishida was credited with creating the original manga for the first season, Ishida is now also credited with the original story concept for the second season. The first season and manga's story is set in Tokyo,...
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Log Horizon 2 ‒ Episode 8

"Though I'd hoped for more of an aesthetically dramatic finale, the episode definitely succeeded in pulling all of this narrative's pieces together."
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Chaika - The Coffin Princess Manga Ends in Shonen Ace

Adaptation of Ichiro Sasaki's novels by Shinta Sakayama began in 2011 ― The January 2015 issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Shonen Ace magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Shinta Sakayama's manga adaptation of Ichiro Sasaki's Hitsugi no Chaika (Chaika - The Coffin Princess) light novels will end in the February issue of the magazine, which will ship next month. Hitsugi no Chaika's story centers around To...
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Masanobu Takashima, Seishirō Katō Join Live-Action Assassination Classroom Cast

L change the WorLd, Ninja Kids!!! actors play Takaoka, Itona in March film ― The official website for the live-action film of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga announced on Saturday that Masanobu Takashima (L change the WorLd's Daisuke Matoba, Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue's Takuya Yūki) will play Takaoka (pictured right), and Seishirō Katō (Ninja Kids!!!'s Rantaro, Friends: Mononoke Shima no...
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Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Ueda, Ami Koshimizu Join Gangsta. Anime's Cast

Tetsu Inada also joins for adaptation of Kohske's manga ― The January 2015 issue of Shinchosha's Comic@Bunch magazine announced on Friday additional cast for the anime adaptation of adaptation of Kohske's Gangsta. manga. The new cast is as follows: Takahiro Sakurai as Marco Adriano Kana Ueda as Loretta Cristiano Amodio Ami Koshimizu as Constance Raveau Tetsu Inada as Galahad Woeho Both the anime and...
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Persona Q Game Gets 2 Manga Series This Winter

3DS game with Persona 3, Persona 4 heroes to ship in N. America on Tuesday ― The January issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game is inspiring two manga series. The series are slated to launch in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine and Monthly Shōnen Sirius this winter. ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Maoh magaz...
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