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Chihayafuru Season 1 Premium Edition BD+DVD

This adaptation of the award-winning manga about karuta is finally available to own in a fancy special edition box! Bamboo Dong explores just what makes this series so special. ― On paper, Chihayafuru would probably be considered a sports anime. The characters spend most of their time training for, talking about, and playing sports. And most of the action and tension revolve around the outcome of spo...
review

Platinum End GN 2

Ohba and Obata's newest manga thriller expands its cast and slips into a comfortable rhythm for its second volume. Nick Creamer dives in. ― Platinum End's first volume established a cheekily cynical platform for a thriller. Opening with our suicidal hero Mirai, it proposed a scenario where twelve human candidates for godhood would have to fight it out, each of them blessed with some mix of angelic po...
review

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 1

This isekai adventure takes a turn for the slimy as its protagonist enters a fantasy world in perhaps the worst form possible. Theron Martin has the details. ― Isekai stories are pervasive in the Japanese light novel market these days, and stories where the world-jumping involves reincarnation with mind and memories intact are swiftly becoming more popular. We've already seen some odd twists on that ...
review

Review: Neo-Yokio

It's an original anime by Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig and famous actor Jaden Smith, along with a celebrity voice cast. What could possibly go wrong? Mike Toole investigates Netflix's latest original. ― They finally did it, folks: they animated Jaden Smith's Twitter account. That was what I thought after hearing Smith's character, Kaz, unwind the first of many bizarre pronouncements, in a bid...
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ANNCast - Nap Squad

Zac and Jacob tackle Kenji Kamiyama's Napping Princess, plus the end of summer anime, new movies, and plenty of your questions! ― ANNCast Episode 306 - Nap Squad Zac and Jacob tackle Kenji Kamiyama's Napping Princess, plus the end of summer anime, new movies, and plenty of your questions! You can listen to the show on our player here, direct-download the MP3 version here, check out the show on Stitc...
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Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters Blu-Ray Part Three

DBZ's saga comes to a close as heroes gather from across the universe to defeat Buu once and for all. Sam Leach dives into the conclusion to Toriyama's original epic. ― It's time for the final installment, not just of The Final Chapters, but of DBZ Kai as a whole. Before the recent movies and Dragon Ball Super, this was the definitive climax of Akira Toriyama's work. Appropriately, the Buu saga is ma...
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Monday, September 25

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Answerman - What's With All the Bondage Humor in Anime?

Why is something as risqué as S&M such an easy go-to for comedy even in family-friendly anime? Justin Sevakis has the answers. ― Brandi asked: what is up with anime and the S&M fetish? I'm not talking about hentai. It mostly comes out in the form of one of the men on the show turning out to be some kind of over the top masochist. I've seen this joke over an over again. Most recently in D-Frag! and i...
news

Kud Wafter Anime Crowdfunding Reaches Last Goal for Film Screening

Campaign raises 60 million yen in 69 days ― Visual Art's' Campire crowdfunding campaign for an anime adaptation of the Little Busters! spinoff visual novel Kud Wafter reached its final stretch goal of 60 million yen (about US$535,000) on Monday. The 200% stretch goal will allow the staff to produce a theatrical anime. The campaign launched on July 19. The campaign reached its initial goal in three da...
ep. review

Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 108

"Universe 7 is down three members in the Tournament of Power, and as they move on up to fighting tougher and tougher opponents, they'll need all the help they can get."
news

Garo: Kaminokiba Live-Action Film's Teaser Video Reveals January 6 Debut

Returning cast, JAM Project theme song also revealed ― The official website of the Garo franchise began streaming a teaser video for the upcoming Garo: Kaminokiba live-action film on Monday. The video reveals that the film will open in Japan on January 6. The official website also revealed more returning cast members: Miki Nanri as Rian Sakina Kuwae as Ryūme Miyavi Matsunoi as Amily Tomohito Wakizaki...

Chikara Sakura Directs One-Punch Man Anime's 2nd Season at J.C. Staff

Yoshikazu Iwanami directs sounds, main cast returns ― The official website for the anime adaptation of ONE and Yuusuke Murata's One-Punch Man manga announced the main staff and cast for the anime's second season on Tuesday. Chikara Sakurai (Magimoji Rurumo, episode director for Naruto Shippūden) is replacing Shingo Natsume to direct the season at J.C. Staff (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Children of ...
interest

Final Fantasy Gets 'Farewell' Exhibition, Tribute Video Contest

Also: Dissidia voice actor drama reading, Yamanote Line collab ― Square Enix's Final Fantasy franchise kicked off its 30th anniversary in Yokohama earlier this year with posters, themed bento boxes and a projection mapping of a short Final Fantasy XIV film on the wall of the Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel, and an exhibition of out-of-print and rare Final Fantasy Play Arts figures at the Yokoha...
ep. review

Season Finale: Knight's & Magic ‒ Episode 13

"It was nice to watch K&M build, developing and improving in the same way as many of the machines it focused on."
news

Attack on Titan 2 Game Gets Release in West on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Game ships in early 2018, covers story through events of anime's 2nd season ― Koei Tecmo America and Koei Tecmo Europe announced on Monday that they will release the Attack on Titan 2 game in the West physically for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, and digitally for PC via Steam in early 2018. The game will get a release in Japan on the PS4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, and PC ...
anime now

The Cosplay of the Tokyo Game Show 2017 -- Part I

Here are some of the cosplay highlights from the first public day of the Tokyo Game Show 2017.
ep. review

Season Finale: Princess Principal ‒ Episode 12

"While I came away from the episode feeling like they could have done more, the show definitely delivered a satisfactory ending nonetheless."
review

Chihayafuru Season 1 Premium Edition BD+DVD

This adaptation of the award-winning manga about karuta is finally available to own in a fancy special edition box! Bamboo Dong explores just what makes this series so special. ― On paper, Chihayafuru would probably be considered a sports anime. The characters spend most of their time training for, talking about, and playing sports. And most of the action and tension revolve around the outcome of spo...

Kemono Friends Director Tatsuki: No Longer Working on the Anime

Cites Kadokawa for sudden notice ― Kemono Friends director Tatsuki reported on Monday that he is no longer on the Kemono Friends anime project. He said that it was apparently on notification from publishing and production company Kadokawa, and he apologized to fans for the sudden news that he himself also found very disappointing. Nexon's original Kemono Friends app game launched in early 2016 and en...
daily briefs

A Certain Magical Index Season 3 Briefly Listed by Animax Show's Website

Animax's Aniculbu! (Anime Culture Club) variety program posted a preview of its October 1 episode with A Certain Magical Index producer Kohei Kawase and editor/producer Kazuma Miki as guests. The preview's description briefly listed the following: A Certain Magical Index Season 3's Broadcast Green-Lit! A Certain Magical Index, captivating many fans since season 1 began airing in 2008 and season 2 ...
news

Love Live! Gets Puchiguru Love Live! Smartphone Game

Game features µ's, Aqours characters, songs ― Pokelabo (Senki Zesshō Symphogear XD Unlimited, Senran no Samurai Kingdom, SINoALICE) and Sunrise announced and opened a website on Monday for a new smartphone game in the Love Live! franchise titled Puchiguru Love Live! (Mini-Stuffed Dolls Love Live!). The game is described as a "tap puzzle game," and it will feature the µ's characters from Love Live! Sc...
news

Maaya Sakamoto Returns to Perform Opening Theme for Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card TV Anime

Voice actress/singer previously performed 3rd opening for 1st anime series ― The official website for the television anime of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga revealed on Monday that Maaya Sakamoto is returning to the franchise to perform the show's opening theme song "CLEAR." Sakamoto wrote the song's lyrics and Ikimono-gakari member Yoshiki Mizuno composed the song. Sakamoto previously p...

Japanese Anime Home Video Commercial Sales Fall 16.6% in 1st Half of 2017

Overall home video sales see 10.6% decrease in 1st 6 months of 2017 ― The Japan Video Software Association (JVA) released a new sixth-month report Friday that includes the sales from the first half of the year from January to June. The total sales revenue for the home video market in Japan from January to June amounted to around 91,685,000,000 yen (about US$816 million), a 10.6% decrease over the sam...
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Arpeggio of Blue Steel Manga Gets 2 Spinoff Manga in November

Kazutora Tsunashi launches 4-panel gag manga, Sakura Ikeda launches "tribute comic" ― Manga creators Kazutora Tsunashi and Sakura Ikeda (Oreimo, Oreimo: Kuroneko) both revealed on September 16 and 21 respectively that they are launching two spinoff manga of Ark Performance's Arpeggio of Blue Steel manga. Tsunashi's manga is titled Yōkoso Aoki Hagane e! (Welcome to Blue Steel, pictured first below), a...
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Fireworks, Mutafukaz, 'Night is Short, Walk On Girl' Films Compete in Animation is Film Festival

Inaugural festival also holds special screening of Mind Game, takes place in Hollywood in October ― The inaugural "Animation is Film" festival announced its full competition film lineup last Wednesday. Newly announced films screening in competition include SHAFT and Nobuyuki Takeuchi's Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?, Studio 4°C and Guillaume "Run" Renard's Mutafukaz, and Sci...
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K: Missing Kings Stage Play Reveals 5 More Cast Members in Costume

4th play in franchise runs in Kyoto, Tokyo in October ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of the K: Missing Kings anime film revealed the visuals for five more cast members in costume last Friday. Kento Ono as Reisi Munakata Keisuke Ueda as Misaki Yata Konona Shiba as Neko Natsuki Ōsaki as Yashiro Isana Momoya Koyama as Kukuri Yukizome The other cast members include: Yoshihiko Aramak...
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Game Maker Voltage Establishes Vol Pictures to Develop Films, Anime

Company previously established new "Anime and IP Division" earlier this year ― The Japanese romance app game company Voltage Inc. announced last Thursday that it has established a new wholly-owned subsidiary named Vol Pictures. The new subsidiary will be formally established on October 2 with a capital stock of 30 million yen (about US$267,330). Vol Pictures will work on planning, development, and sa...
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Hikaru Utada Sings Live-Action Destiny - Kamakura Monogatari Film's Theme

Her 1st film theme since 2012's Evangelion: 3.0 is for supernatural manga-based film ― The official website for Destiny - Kamakura Monogatari, the live-action film of Ryohei Saigan's Kamakura Monogatari manga, revealed on Monday that Hikaru Utada will perform the film's theme song "Anata" (You). She created the song specifically for the film after reading the original manga and the film's plot. The s...
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One Piece 'Holographic' 3DCG Stage Event Premieres in 2018

Holographic screening to tell Marineford arc story with new characters, original story part ― This year's 43rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the previously announced One Piece "holographic" stage event has been delayed to an early 2018 premiere at the DMM VR Theater in Yokohama. The work will be titled "One Piece Dramatic Stage THE METAL ~Tsuioku no Marinefor...

Sunday, September 24

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Mr. Osomatsu Gets New Stage Play in February

Cast of previous stage play return ― The official website for the Osomatsu-san on STAGE ~SIX MEN'S SHOW TIME~ stage play adaptation of the Mr. Osomatsu anime series revealed on Monday that the production will get a new installment titled Osomatsu-san on STAGE ~SIX MEN'S SHOW TIME~ 2. The new stage play will run at the Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka on February 23-26, 2018, and will then run at the Tokyo...
ep. review

Welcome to the Ballroom ‒ Episode 12

"The show returns from the Brink of Despair this week by introducing new female characters who aren't just wilting wallflowers and actually using ballroom music during dance scenes."
ep. review

Season Finale: Katsugeki! Tōken Ranbu ‒ Episode 13

"Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu wasn't the most emotionally sophisticated or thematically intriguing show, but it ended well enough to tell its story in a rewarding manner."
ep. review

My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 37

"This episode delivers all the emotional thrust you might expect from this scenario, although it never quite reaches the spectacular highs that I was ready for."
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Chi to Hai no Joō Creator Asks Fans to Buy Manga to Prevent Cancellation

Sales of compiled books of Hajime Bako's Chi to Hai no Joō ("Queen of Blood and Ash," or Killing Vamp) manga have not lived up to expectations. As a result, Bako's editor apparently recently told him that if the first volume does not sell at least 1,000 more copies by a month before the third volume is slated to ship in November, the manga will be cancelled with the fourth volume. The desperate cr...
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Daiki Yamashita Joins the Business Shellfish Anime Shorts

The daily "Asa Da yo! Kaishain" (It's Morning! Clamployees) segment on Zip TV is one of the strangest animated shorts currently airing. The program stars a group of office worker mollusks with various attributes related to puns based on their names. They also routinely do tongue-in-cheek references to voice actors' other works like Idolish 7 characters, Gintama, and REBORN!. The program announced ...
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Vocaloid Gumi, Voice Actress Mami Kingetsu Sing for Akashi City

Voice actress Mami Kingetsu (GunXSword's Elena) and Megpoid Vocaloid voice synthesis mascot girl Gumi are teamed up to sing an original song for a promotional video for Akashi city in Hyogo prefecture. The song, "Akashi no A-Ka-Shi" premiered in the short video of the same name at the opening of this year's Tourism Expo at Tokyo Big Sight on Thursday. Akashi city was founded 88 years ago, in 1919,...
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Shigeru Mizuki's Yōkai Art Book Gets Reprint in November

In addition to creating manga such as GeGeGe no Kitarō and Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, Shigeru Mizuki is known for his yōkai (Japanese ghouls, monsters) art. Mizuki's work on yōkai has influenced Japan's popular culture for generations and inspired later depictions of the supernatural beings, such as in the Yo-kai Watch franchise. The popular Mizuki Shigeru Yōkai Gashū (Shigeru Mizuki Yōkai A...
news

Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond Anime Previewed in Video Before Premiere

2nd anime season premieres on October 7 ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront manga posted a final promotional video before the October 7 premiere of the second season, Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond (Kekkai Sensen & Beyond), on Monday. The video features the opening theme song "fake town baby" by Unison Square Garden. 『血界戦線 & BEYOND』放送直前PV...
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Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki Manga Artist Yū Passes Away

Passed away on July 1 despite gradually improving from chronic illness ― The husband of manga creator Yū announced on his wife's Twitter account on Monday that she passed away on July 1 due to sudden heart failure, while being treated for an unspecified illness. Yū's husband reported that she had been in poor health since the end of May, but she had been gradually improving. He added that her sudden ...
daily briefs

My Hero Academia Manga Takes 1-Week Break Due to Author's Sudden Illness

This year's 43rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine didn't publish a new chapter of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga on Monday as planned due to Horikoshi's sudden illness. While Shueisha printed the issue with a notice that the manga would appear in the issue, the mistake was due to the magazine already being printed before corrections could be made. Horikoshi previously took...

One Room TV Anime Gets Season 2 in 2018

Rie Takahashi, Inori Minase join cast in new season ― The official Twitter account and website for the One Room television anime announced on Sunday that production on a second season has been green-lit for broadcast next year. The new season will add Rie Takahashi and Inori Minase to the voice cast. The official website and Twitter account will announce the second season's broadcast schedule and oth...
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Female Band Silent Siren Sing Theme Song For Onyankopon 3DCG 'Dance' Anime

Anime about West African god helping Japanese high school girls premieres on October 6 ― The official website for the upcoming 3DCG "dance" anime Onyankopon revealed on Friday that Silent Siren will perform the anime's theme song "Papaya Payapa." The four-member female band made their major debut in 2012 and previously performed the theme song "secret base ~Kimi ga Kuretamono~" for the live-action an...
anime now

Japanese Idol Culture is Engrossing, But It Can Also Be Dangerous

In the anime 18if, an idol is stabbed by a fan enraged by a scandal in the tabloids. Such darkness is not unheard of in the idol industry of Japan.
ep. review

The Reflection ‒ Episode 10

"I've never quite known what was really going on in The Reflection, but this week is the first time it's actually affected my ability to enjoy the show."
review

Platinum End GN 2

Ohba and Obata's newest manga thriller expands its cast and slips into a comfortable rhythm for its second volume. Nick Creamer dives in. ― Platinum End's first volume established a cheekily cynical platform for a thriller. Opening with our suicidal hero Mirai, it proposed a scenario where twelve human candidates for godhood would have to fight it out, each of them blessed with some mix of angelic po...
news

Gundam Versus Game Reveals Gundam Age DLC in Video

Gundam AGE-1, Flit Asuno join game on September 26 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed at Tokyo Game Show 2017 on Sunday that it is adding playable mobile suits from the Mobile Suit Gundam Age anime into its Gundam Versus PlayStation 4 game. The game will add the Gundam AGE-1 mobile suit and Flit Asuno as its main pilot. The game will also add the RGE-B790 Genoace, RGE-B790CW Genoace Custom, WMS-GE...
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Bullet Girls Phantasia PS4, PS Vita Game Gets English Localization

H2 Interactive to also release game in Chinese, Korean in spring 2018 ― D3 Publisher and H2 Interactive both streamed an English trailer on Thursday for D3 Publisher's Bullet Girls Phantasia PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game. The description on the H2 Interactive video reveals that the game "will release on PS4 and PS Vita with localization in the spring of 2018." The company, based in South Ko...
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FuRyu Reveals 'Project One Room' PS4 Game

Composer Tomoko Sasaki returns for homage to 2000 Dreamcast game ROOMMANIA #203 ― Japanese video game developer FuRyu announced the temporarily titled "Project One Room" game at Sega's booth at Tokyo Game Show 2017 on Thursday. FuRyu has also opened a teaser site for the game with the phrase "Have a nice trip, see you later." The site lists the game for the PlayStation 4 console. Sega revealed more i...
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Land of the Lustrous Anime's Music Video Previews YURiKA's Theme Song

4 more cast members join series premiering on October 7 ― The official website for the television anime of Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) manga began streaming an anime music video for the series on Sunday. The video reveals and previews YURiKA's opening theme song "Kyōmen no Nami" (The Waves on the Mirror's Surface). The show also revealed four more cast members, including: ...
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Rina Hidaka, Airi Ootsu, Ai Kakuma Join Märchen Mädchen Anime's Cast

Anime based on late author Tomohiro Matsu's story premieres in 2018 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of late author Tomohiro Matsu and artist Kantoku's Märchen Mädchen (Fairy Tale Girls) light novel series revealed three more cast members for the series on Sunday. Rina Hidaka as Lynne Daves, who is the leader of the American school. She is a cruel girl who always has a smili...
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Masaaki Yuasa's 'Night is Short, Walk on Girl' Anime Film Wins Ottawa Int'l Film Festival Award

Mari Miyazawa's "Konigiri-Kun: Kitchen Sports Day" short wins Honourable Mention ― The Ottawa International Film Festival awarded Masaaki Yuasa's Night is Short, Walk On Girl (Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome) anime film with the Grand Prize for Features award on Saturday. The film screened in competition alongside Yuasa's other recent film Lu over the wall (Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta). Yuasa was the fir...
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Fate/Apocrypha Anime Previews 2nd Cour, New Theme Song Artists in Promo Video

LiSA, ASCA perform new theme songs ― The official website for the Fate/Apocrypha anime began streaming a promotional video on Saturday to preview the anime's second cour. (Note: The video on the show's official website is region-locked to Japan.) The video also reveals and previews the show's new theme songs. LiSA is performing the new opening theme song "ASH," and ASCA is performing the new ending t...
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The [email protected] SideM Anime's 2nd Promo Video Introduces Dramatic Stars Group

Yūma Uchida, Shugo Nakamura, Taku Yashiro star as members of idol group in anime premiering on October 7 ― The official website for The [email protected] SideM television anime series began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Saturday. The video starts with the members of Dramatic Stars, before introducing other characters. The video also previews the opening theme song "Reason!!" by 315 Stars...
daily briefs

Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 2 Anime Premieres on Toonami on October 7

Funimation announced on Saturday that Toonami's planned airing of the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans will premiere on October 7. Toonami had previously announced in July that the anime would debut in October. Funimation announced in July that it has licensed both seasons of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, and it will release each season in two sets starting lat...

Saturday, September 23

ep. review

Season Finale: Vatican Miracle Examiner ‒ Episode 12

"Vatican Miracle Examiner has been many things over its twelve-episode run, but I don't think “miraculous” is a word I would use to describe any of them."
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Voice Actress Ayana Taketasu Joins Akio Ohtsuka as Capybara, Tapir in Videos

Voice actor Akio Ohtsuka (Black Jack's Black Jack, Ghost in the Shell's Batou, Bleach's Shunsui Kyōraku) debuted as a capybara in a promotional video for Japanese building materials and housing equipment company Lixil last month. Ayana Taketatsu (Oreimo's Kirino, Sword Art Online's Leafa, Dagashi Kashi's Hotaru) is joining Ohtsuka in Lixil's latest "animal feeling" promotional videos that debuted ...
interest

13-Year-Old Makes Manga Debut in Saucy Cheese! Magazine

A middle school kid made their manga debut in Cheese! magazine's November issue released on Friday. The shōjo mag is known for publishing works focusing on more "mature" relationships than its peers. If the title image is any indicator, 13-year-old Shion Sakamaki's debut work Amaku Nigaku Mitashite (Fulfill Me Sweetly & Bitterly) will fit right in. The story centers on 17-year-old high school stud...
ep. review

Altair: A Record of Battles ‒ Episode 11

"All of this is leading up to a wedding worse than anything dreamed up by George R. R. Martin."
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Shōnen Magazine, MediBang App Hold 2nd World Manga Contest

The MediBang manga creation app and website is again collaborating with Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine to hold its second World Manga Contest. The contest is geared toward the readers of Weekly Shōnen Magazine and Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, but the submissions from people around the world are welcome. Fairy Tail manga creator Hiro Mashima is serving as a special judge. The contest is open to bot...
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Otomate Heroine Quiz Promotes Animate's Game Bundles

Retail chain Animate's official website began offering an Otomate heroine quiz on Thursday. The quiz reveals which Otomate game heroine the taker most closely resembles. The quiz's questions include "If you won the lottery, what would you do?," "What's your method for reducing stress?," and "What do you often read?" The questions the quiz offers depend on people's answers to previous questions. Qu...
ep. review

Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episode 23

"At this point in the series, I am exclusively invested in the fates of several characters who are extremely unlikely to get happy endings."
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UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2 Manga Gets 2 More Original Anime DVDs

Bundled with manga's 16th, 17th volumes after TV anime premieres this fall ― Manga creator Ken Akamatsu announced on Friday that his UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2 manga will inspire two more original anime DVDs after the upcoming television anime airs. The manga's 16th and 17th volumes will each have a limited edition that will bundle an original anime episode. The e-hon retailer lists the 16th vo...
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Become Goku With Dragon Ball's Flying Nimbus Pillow, Kamehameha Ball

Ever wanted to ride Goku's Flying Nimbus cloud that appears in Dragon Ball? Now you can. Although, it probably won't move as fast as Goku's. The Bandai Premium website began accepting pre-orders for a 100-centimeter (about 39-inch) Flying Nimbus cushion on Thursday. The cushion covered in "soft boa" fabric costs 8,000 yen (about US$71). Bandai Premium will accept pre-orders until November 7, and ...
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Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu Anime Launches Film Project

Announced at TV anime's finale ― The Katsugeki Touken Ranbu television anime ended on Sunday with an announcement that a theatrical film project is launching. The announcement does not specify the number of films in the project. Aniplex of America describes the story of the television anime: The year is 1863 as the tumultuous samurai era is coming to an end, Japan is split between the pro-shogunate a...
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Gundam Unicorn to Reveal New Project Next Spring

Sunrise head teases announcement at life-size Unicorn Gundam statue's ceremony ― A special ceremony on Saturday evening previewed Sunday's formal debut of the life-size statue of the Unicorn Gundam mobile suit from the Mobile Suit Gundam UC anime. Sunrise President Yasuo Miyakawa revealed during the ceremony at Tokyo's Odaiba island that a new Gundam Unicorn project will be unveiled next spring. Kouk...
anime now

All the Teachers' Superpowers to Remember in This Arc of My Hero Academia

In this arc of My Hero Academia the student heroes are facing off against their teachers--so now is the perfect time to review what exactly their powers are.
review

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 1

This isekai adventure takes a turn for the slimy as its protagonist enters a fantasy world in perhaps the worst form possible. Theron Martin has the details. ― Isekai stories are pervasive in the Japanese light novel market these days, and stories where the world-jumping involves reincarnation with mind and memories intact are swiftly becoming more popular. We've already seen some odd twists on that ...
ep. review

Made in Abyss ‒ Episode 12

"Even when the vignettes of Made in Abyss don't tie together in a tidy manner, everything ends up connected in the end."
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Lost Song Anime's Promo Video Reveals More Cast, Staff, Opening Song

Chiaki Takahashi, Asami Seto, Ai Kayano join cast; lead Konomi Suzuki sings opening ― The official website for the original television anime project Lost Song debuted the first promotional video and a new key visual on Saturday. The video and the website reveal additional cast and staff members as well as the opening theme song "Utaeba Soko ni Kimi ga Iru Kara" (If I Sing, You Will Be There) by main ...
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The [email protected] Stella Stage PS4 Game Adds New 961 Pro Idol Character

Also: The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Viewing Revolution game's 7th DLC previewed in video ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed a new idol character for the The [email protected] Stella Stage PlayStation 4 game at Tokyo Game Show 2017 on Saturday. Her name is Shiika and she's a new idol attached to 961 Pro. The character was previously teased on the game's official website. In the game, players take on the...
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Crunchyroll Adds Gunslinger Girl Anime to Catalog

13-episode series originally aired in 2003-2004 ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it has added the Gunslinger Girl television anime series to its catalog lineup. The anime is available for members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Crunchyroll describes the story: The Social Welfare Agency saves the lives of terminal patients usin...
daily briefs

Final Fantasy XV Game to Continue Development With New Content Into 2018

Square Enix announced at Tokyo Game Show 2017 on Saturday that it will continue to "enhance the story" of its Final Fantasy XV game with new content into next year. The game had held a survey in May-June asking fans what kind of content they would like to be added to the game, including story content, more playable characters, and upgrades. Square Enix also outlined the game's upcoming enhancement...

My Hero Academia Anime Casts Hiro Shimono, Misato Fukuen

Shimono plays Dabi, Fukuen plays Himiko Toga in final episode of anime ― The official website for the My Hero Academia television anime series revealed two new cast members for the second season on Saturday. The characters will appear in the anime's 25th and final episode, titled "Encounter," on September 30. The 24th episode that aired on Saturday also previewed the two characters. The new cast memb...
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D×2 Shin Megami Tensei Revelation Smartphone Game Launches This Year

Yuuki Ono, Yūsuke Kobayashi star in Sega, Atlus collaboration game ― Sega and Atlus announced at Tokyo Game Show 2017 on Saturday that their planned D×2 Shin Megami Tensei Revelation smartphone game will launch this year. The event also announced two characters and associated voice actors. Yuuki Ono as Protagonist (male) Yūsuke Kobayashi as Tarō Fuse (Codename: Megakin) Sega is developing the game fo...
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Crunchyroll to Host N. American Premieres of Black Clover, Urahara, Dies Irae Anime at Anime Weekend Atlanta

Also hosts N. American premiere of Recovery of an MMO Junkie ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will host the North American premieres of four anime series at the Anime Weekend Atlanta event. The anime include Black Clover, Dies Irae, Urahara, and Recovery of an MMO Junkie. All four anime will screen at the event before they premiere on television in Japan in October. The event will screen the...
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Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux Game's Opening Anime Video Streamed

3DS remake ships in Japan on October 26, in N. America in early 2018 ― Atlus began streaming the opening anime movie on Saturday for Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux, a Nintendo 3DS remake of its Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Nintendo DS game. The remake is slated for October 26 in Japan, and Atlus USA will release the game in North America in early 2018. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Jo...
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Bandai Namco Ent. Reveals Sword Art Online: Integral Factor Smartphone Game

New game takes place in Aincrad, stars Ari Ozawa as new heroine Koharu ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced at Tokyo Game Show 2017 on Saturday that it is developing a new smartphone game in the Sword Art Online franchise titled Sword Art Online: Integral Factor. The iOS and Android online RPG will be free to play, but in-game items can cost extra. Bandai Namco Entertainment hasn't yet revealed a r...
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Attack on Titan 2 Game Gets Release in Japan on PS4, PS Vita, Switch, PC

Game ships in early 2018, covers story through events of anime's 2nd season ― Koei Tecmo Games announced during Tokyo Game Show 2017 on Saturday that it will release the Attack on Titan 2 game in Japan on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in early 2018. The game's story will cover through the events of the anime's second season. KOEI Tecmo president and COO Hisash...
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Dies Irae Anime to Have 12 TV Episodes, 6 Online Episodes

The official website for the Dies Irae anime project revealed on Saturday that the anime will consist of 12 television episodes and six online streamed episodes, for a total of 18 episodes. Crunchyroll will stream the series worldwide outside of Asia, and Funimation will stream an English dub. The series will premiere late at night on Friday, October 6 at 1:05 a.m. (effectively Saturday morning) o...
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Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Launches in Japan on February 8

English gameplay video, 2nd Japanese trailer also streamed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced at Tokyo Game Show 2017 on Saturday that it will release the Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in Japan on February 8. Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming an English gameplay video for the game on Friday. Bandai Namco Entertainment additional...
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Gakuen Babysitters Anime Premieres in January

The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters manga announced on Friday that the anime will premiere in January. A flyer at AnimeJapan 2017 in March had stated that the series would premiere in the first quarter of 2018. The series will air on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Animax. Shūsei Morishita is directing the anime at animation studio Brains Base....

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Viz Media Releases Juni Taisen Manga Digitally For Free

Akira Akatsuki's manga launched in Japan on Saturday ― The Twitter account for Viz Media's Shonen Jump brand announced on Friday that it will begin releasing Akira Akatsuki's (Medaka Box, Luger Code 1951) Juni Taisen: Zodiac War manga digitally for free on Saturday. The manga launched in Japan on Shueisha's Shōnen Jump+ app and website on Saturday. The manga adapts writer Nisioisin (Monogatari Series...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Game Launches for PC This Winter

iOS/Android game launched in Japan in November, worldwide in January ― The Tokyo Game Show stage event for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links game announced on Friday that the game will get a PC release in Japan in winter 2017. The game's official English Facebook page also confirmed that the game will launch for PC via Steam in English this winter. Players will be able to transfer their game data between the ...
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CLAMP's Illustration Inspires New Code Geass Anniversary Figure

Megahouse's G.E.M. figure line announced on Friday a new figure to celebrate the Code Geass anime's 10th anniversary. The "G.E.M. Series Code Geass Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 CLAMP works in Lelouch & Suzaku" figure will feature both the series' protagonist Lelouch and his friend and enemy Suzaku. Manga creator team CLAMP's illustration inspired the figure's design. The illustration first appeared in ...
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Laughing Under the Clouds Gaiden Anime Now Listed With 9 20-Minute Installments

Shochiku Films' English information page for Laughing Under the Clouds Gaiden (Donten ni Warau Gaiden) is now listing the anime with nine 20-minute installments. The anime's official website is still listing the theatrical film series with three parts. The anime project was initially announced as a film, and the staff later clarified that it will be a film trilogy. Prior to the official announceme...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2's Switch Launch Trailer Streamed

Sequel shipped on Friday in the Americas ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new trailer on Friday for the Nintendo Switch version of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 game to accompany the game's launch on Friday. The release includes three new systems. The new ad-hoc co-op feature will let players connect and play with up to six players locally for the first time in the Dragon Ball Xenover...
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Little Witch Academia TV Anime Listed as '1st' in Website URL

The official website for the Little Witch Academia television anime series, previously http://tv.littlewitchacademia.jp, now redirects to a new URL http://littlewitchacademia.jp/tv1st/. Though the new URL contains the designation "1st," no sequels for the television series have been announced. The television anime premiered on January 8 on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Kansai TV. Netflix streamed the series...
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Famous Manga Artists Draw Kumamoto's Mascot for a Good Cause

Kumamoto Prefecture suffered a damaging earthquake last year that even affected its iconic Kumamoto Castle. Since the quake, the anime industry and its fans have come out to show support and raise money for repairs. Participants include Pokemon Go, One Piece, Anime Tamago (formerly Anime Mirai), and Prince of Tennis creator Takeshi Konomi. A new project will be released on September 25 to continue...
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Etrian Odyssey V Game's Trailer Previews Harbinger Class

Atlus USA to release 3DS game on October 17 ― Atlus USA revealed a new game trailer for the Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth Nintendo 3DS game on Thursday. The trailer previews the Harbinger class. The company previously streamed trailers for the Fencer, Dragoon, Warlock, Masurao, Botanist, and Pugilist, Rover, and Necromancer classes. Atlus USA will release the game on October 17. The launch editio...
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Nintendo's Iwata Honored with Once-A-Year Unlockable Switch Game

The beloved Nintendo company president Satoru Iwata passed away in 2015. Since then, fans and game developers alike have expressed their appreciation for the man that ushered in gaming innovations such as the Nintendo DS and introduced motion control to games with the Nintendo Wii. Iwata's colleagues at Nintendo are no exception, as players recently discovered an homage to Iwata hidden in the code...
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DMM Games Unveils 1st Original PS4 Game

"Machiavellism adventure" game slated for 2018 ― DMM Games announced on Friday at Tokyo Game Show that it is developing its first original game exclusively for PlayStation 4. The game is titled Demeritocracy Arui wa Alias Roos no 2-tsu no Kao (Demeritocracy or the Two Faces of Alias Roos) and it is slated for 2018. In the "Machiavellism adventure" game, players must gather evidence and form strategie...
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Review: Neo-Yokio

It's an original anime by Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig and famous actor Jaden Smith, along with a celebrity voice cast. What could possibly go wrong? Mike Toole investigates Netflix's latest original. ― They finally did it, folks: they animated Jaden Smith's Twitter account. That was what I thought after hearing Smith's character, Kaz, unwind the first of many bizarre pronouncements, in a bid...
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Girl Finds Her Perfect 'Tough Guy' Romance in Primitive Man Boyfriend Manga

Manga protagonist Mito must have felt her heart flutter while watching Caesar in War for the Planet of the Apes or otherwise maintained a long-standing crush on Brendan Fraser in Encino Man. Whatever the reason, Mito is looking for love but finds herself uninterested in modern, herbivore (i.e. passive, indifferent) guys. Through literal divine intervention, she finds herself travelling back in tim...
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Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Videos Preview Mantine Surfing, Returning Characters

New photo feature also higlighted in video ― The Official Pokémon YouTube Channel began streaming new English and Japanese trailers for the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon Nintendo 3DS games on Friday. The trailers preview a new Mantine Surf and Alola Photo Club features, and reintroduces returning characters Lillie, Hau, and Mina. The games will be available worldwide on November 17. Ninten...
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Gundam.info Streams English Commercial for New Gundam Base Tokyo Shop

Earlier this month, the 1/1-scale RX-0 Unicorn Gundam made its public debut at Diver City Tokyo Plaza on Odaiba Island, replacing the long-standing 1/1-scale version of Amuro Ray's RX-78. The new mecha also heralded the opening of the new "The Gundam Base," a Gunpla paradise that replaced the previous "Gundam Front Tokyo" mini-theme park. Gundam.info, the franchise's official news website, began s...
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Does The Flower Blossom? Boys-Love Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Tsurugi Watanabe stars in film opening next spring ― A website and a Twitter account for a live-action adaptation of Shoko Hidaka's Does The Flower Blossom? boys-love manga opened on Friday. The film will premiere theatrically next spring. The movie stars Tsurugi Watanabe (pictured below) in his first film role as Yōichi Minagawa. Kaori Tanimoto is directing. Hidaka debuted the manga in 2009 and Gent...
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ANNCast - Nap Squad

Zac and Jacob tackle Kenji Kamiyama's Napping Princess, plus the end of summer anime, new movies, and plenty of your questions! ― ANNCast Episode 306 - Nap Squad Zac and Jacob tackle Kenji Kamiyama's Napping Princess, plus the end of summer anime, new movies, and plenty of your questions! You can listen to the show on our player here, direct-download the MP3 version here, check out the show on Stitc...
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Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel's Characters Become Rice Bowl Restaurant Workers

The donburi (rice bowl) chain Nakau's official English website describes it as "the restaurant where you can enjoy everyday Japanese meals without breaking the bank." However, it seems that the restaurant is doing more than branching out to support foreign diners. Even Masters and Servants on the quest for the Holy Grail are starting to enjoy the chain's tasty offerings. The Kyoto International Ma...
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GRANRODEO, Luck Life Return for Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple Film's Theme Songs

Film opens in early spring 2018 ― The official website for the Bungo Stray Dogs anime franchise announced the opening and ending theme song performers for the Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple anime film on Friday. GRANRODEO, the band behind the first anime's opening theme song, is returning to perform the opening theme song for the film. Likewise, Luck Life, the group that performed the ending theme song...
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Answerman - Why Don't Anime Musicals Get US Releases?

Japan has an ocean of stage musicals based on anime, from Naruto to Sailor Moon - why don't they ever get released in the States? Justin considers the angles. ― Bunny asked: Sailor Moon's new musical cast were guests at a state anime convention, but I don't see it getting much further than that. We only have fansubs as a source, but I'd like to support it legally. I was wondering what would it take ...
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Success Teases New Umihara Kawase Game for Nintendo Switch

Game developer Success teased the latest work in a series for Nintendo Switch at its Tokyo Game Show booth on Friday. The character silhouette on the poster appears to be the title character from the Umihara Kawase platform game series. The original Umihara Kawase game shipped for the Super Famicom in Japan in 1994. The Umihara Kawase Shun game shipped for PlayStation in Japan in 1997. The most re...
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Atelier Lydie & Suelle Game Heads West in Early 2018

Trailer previews launch for Switch, PS4, PC via Steam ― Koei Tecmo America announced on Friday that Gust's Lydie to Suelle no Atelier ~Fushigi no Kaiga no Renkinjutsushi~ game will ship in the West under the title Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings in early 2018. The game will launch for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam. Koei Tecmo America and Koei Tec...

Symphogear's Tokyo Game Show Event Cancelled Due to Net Threat

Live recording of radio program was scheduled for Sunday ― The official website for the Senki Zesshō Symphogear XD Unlimited smartphone game announced on Friday that the "Senki Zesshō Symphogear Radio Tokyo Game Show Shucchō-han" event scheduled to be held at Bushiroad's booth on Sunday has been cancelled. The event was cancelled due to an online post threatening the safety of people appearing at the...
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Who’s Winning Dragon Ball Super’s Tournament of Power So Far?

With the start of the Tournament of Power, 80 fighters on 10 different teams began a 48 minute battle royal. Now with only 30 minutes remaining, a mere 33 are left.
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Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters Blu-Ray Part Three

DBZ's saga comes to a close as heroes gather from across the universe to defeat Buu once and for all. Sam Leach dives into the conclusion to Toriyama's original epic. ― It's time for the final installment, not just of The Final Chapters, but of DBZ Kai as a whole. Before the recent movies and Dragon Ball Super, this was the definitive climax of Akira Toriyama's work. Appropriately, the Buu saga is ma...

My Girlfriend is Shobitch Anime Adds Juri Nagatsuma, Miki Hase, Marin Mizutani to Cast

Series premieres on October 11 ― The official website for Boku no Kanojo ga Majime Sugiru Shobitch na Ken (My girlfriend is Shobitch) — the television anime of Namiru Matsumoto's Boku no Kanojo ga Majime Sugiru Shojo Bitch na Ken (My Girlfriend is Faithful Virgin Bitch) manga — revealed three more cast members for the series on Friday. The new cast members include: Juri Nagatsuma as Saori Igarashi Mi...
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Toji no Miko Smartphone Game's Teaser, Visual Unveiled

New character visuals for anime series also revealed ― Square Enix revealed a teaser trailer and visual on Thursday for its smartphone game based on Studio Gokumi's original anime project Toji no Miko (The Shrine Maiden Swordwielders). The video reveals the game's full title of Toji no Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi (The Shrine Maiden Swordwielders: A Cutting Flash of Steel). The first part of th...

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Anime's 1st Promo Video Previews Story

Sequel series with returning staff, cast premieres on January 7 ― The official website for the television anime of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Friday. The video previews the show's story, with Sakura now in middle school and her having strange dreams. The anime will premiere on NHK BS Premium at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 7, 201...
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Honey So Sweet Live-Action Film Opens on March 31

Shō Hirano, Yūna Taira star in film based on Amu Meguro's manga ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Amu Meguro's Honey So Sweet manga revealed on Thursday that the film will open in Japan on March 31, 2018. Yūna Taira (seen below) will play Nao Kogure, while Shō Hirano of the Johnny's Jr. idol group Mr. KING will play Taiga Onise. In addition, Ryūsei Yokohama (below) will pl...
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Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation Browser Game Gets New Character

Minami Tsuda voices new Misaki character ― KOEI Tecmo Games revealed during the Tokyo Game Show event on Thursday that Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation, the newest installment for its Dead or Alive Xtreme game series, will get a new character named Misaki. Minami Tsuda will voice the character. The character is described as a girl who moved to the Venus archipelago, and is the exclusive support ch...
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=LOVE Idol Group Makes Voice Acting Debut in 1st Haikara-san ga Tōru Anime Film

1st in 2-film series opens in Japan on November 11; films have planned screenings in U.S. ― The official website for the anime film adaptations of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga revealed on Wednesday that idol group =LOVE (pronounced "equal love") members Maika Sasaki, Hitomi Takamatsu, and Shōko Takiwaki will make their voice acting debut in the first film. Sasaki, Takamatsu, and Takiwaki ...
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Ms. Koizumi loves ramen Manga Gets Game App

More info about game on Sunday during Tokyo Game Show ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Naru Narumi's Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles) manga revealed on Tuesday that the manga will get a game adaptation. Avex Pictures will announce more details about the game at its booth in the Tokyo Game Show event on Sunday, and its information page lists the gam...
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Bandai Namco Ent. Reveals Sword Art Online Replication VR Game

Players play as unnamed player in Aincrad fighting alongside Kirito, Asuna ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced a new VR project titled Sword Art Online Replication at Tokyo Game Show 2017 on Friday. The game will take place in Aincrad during the events of the first season of the anime. Players of the VR game will play as an unnamed player (pictured below left) stuck in Aincrad, alongside a heroine...
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Kodansha Adds Rave Master, All Out!!, Shojo Fight Manga Digitally

All Out!!, Shojo Fight debut on September 26, Rave Master on October 3 ― Kodansha Comics announced on Wednesday that it will release all 35 volumes of Hiro Mashima's Rave Master manga digitally on October 3. Pre-orders will be 40% off. The company's site is also additionally listing that it will release Shiori Amase's All Out!! and Yoko Nihonbashi's Shojo Fight manga. The company will release the fir...
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NieR: Automata Game's Worldwide Digital Sales, Shipments Exceed 2 Million

Square Enix revealed during the Tokyo Game Show event on Thursday that its NieR: Automata game has sold and shipped a combined number of over 2 million copies worldwide. The number counts both physical shipments and digital sales. As of May 29, the game had sold over 1.5 million physical and digital copies. The game shipped for the PlayStation 4 in Japan on February 23, followed by North America o...
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Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Anime Delayed to April 2018

Anime was slated to premiere on October 5 ― The official website for the anime of Labo Asai's Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons (literally, "Even So, Sinners Dance with Dragons: Dances with the Dragons") light novel series announced on Friday that the anime is delayed until April 2018. The announcement cited "production circumstances" as the reason for the delay. TBS also repo...
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Earth Defense Force 4.1 Gets Spinoff Scrolling Shooter Game in Fall

PS4/Vita game casts players as Wing Divers ― D3 Publisher announced during the Tokyo Game Show event on Thursday that it is working on a spinoff game of its Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair game titled Earth Defense Force 4.1: Wingdiver the Shooter. The new game is a top-down vertical scrolling shooter slated for this fall in Japan for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. In the ...

Kenja no Mago Fantasy Novels Get Anime

Story about reincarnated boy who grows up with magical talent but no common sense debuted in 2015 ― Kadokawa began streaming a promotional video for Shunsuke Ogata's manga adaptation of Tsuyoshi Yoshioka's Kenja no Mago (The Wise Grandson or lit. The Sage's Grandson) novels on Friday. The video reveals that the story is getting an anime adaptation. The announcement did not reveal the anime's format. ...
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Crunchyroll Adds Hero Tales, Shigurui, Tenchi in Tokyo, Noir, More Kaleido Star to Catalog

Funimation previously released all 5 anime on home video ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it has added the Hero Tales and Shigurui: Death Frenzy anime series to its catalog. Crunchyroll also announced on Thursday that it added the Noir, Tenchi Muyo! Tenchi in Tokyo, and Kaleido Star: New Wings anime series to its catalog. Hero Tales is available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom...

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NYCC Lists 'Batman Ninja' Anime Film by Kill la Kill Writer Kazuki Nakashima

Kamikaze Douga's Junpei Mizusaki directs, Afro Samurai's Takashi Okazaki draws character designs ― The New York Comic Con event announced on Thursday that it will host Kamikaze Douga CEO and founder Junpei Mizusaki, character designer Takashi Okazaki, and writer Kazuki Nakashima as part of a panel to announce a new 2018 anime film project titled Batman Ninja by Warner Bros. Japan and Warner Bros. Hom...
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Tsuki ni Yorisou Otome no Sahō Game Gets PS4 Port in October

Promo video streamed for PS4 version of PC/Vita game ― PlayStation Japan's YouTube account began streaming a promotional video for a PlayStation 4 version of Tsuki ni Yorisou Otome no Sahō ~Hidamari no Hibi~ on Thursday. The game is slated to ship on October 26 in Japan, and a demo version launched on Tuesday. The story of the game revolves around Yūsei Ōkura, a boy who was born as an unwanted child ...
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Spike Chunsoft's Zanki Zero RPG Teaser Trailer Details Clone Survival Story

8 main characters unveiled for PS4/Vita game ― The PlayStation Japan YouTube channel began streaming a teaser trailer for Spike Chunsoft's Zanki Zero PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game. The video details the game's premise and characters. The game focuses on the last eight humans left alive, each one labelled with a different sin: police officer Minamo (pride), editor Haruto (sloth), rich young ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, September 10-16

Dragon Ball Super, Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode, My Hero Academia rank in top 10 ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV September 17 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 13.3 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi September 15 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 8.9 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV September 17 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 8.8 Doraemon TV Asahi September 15 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 8.6 One Piece Fuji TV Septembe...
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Cold Stone Launches 'Yuri!!! on Ice Cream' Collaboration This Month

Ice cream shop chain Cold Stone Creamery announced on Thursday that it will launch a collaboration with the Yuri!!! on Ice anime on September 25. The collaboration will offer three types of "Yuri!!! on Ice Cream" treats. The three treats inspired by Yūri, Victor, and Yuri will be made with Cold Stone Creamery Japan's Coolly's frozen dessert drink. The "Yūri Katsudo on Ice" dessert is a sweet versi...
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Gamers! ‒ Episode 11

"This feels very much like what you'd get if you went to a fantasy theme park with a couple of RPG nerds."
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Yu Yu Hakusho Game App Reunites Anime Cast

Voice actors for Yusuke, Kuwabara, Kurama, Hiei return ― KLab Games announced a Yu Yu Hakusho smartphone game titled Yu Yu Hakusho 100% Maji Battle (100% Serious Battle) at Tokyo Game Show on Thursday. The app will reunite anime cast members, including Nozomu Sasaki as Yusuke, Shigeru Chiba as Kuwabara, Megumi Ogata as Kurama, and Nobuyuki Hiyama as Hiei. The app features super-deformed versions of Y...
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Gundam Twilight Axis Novel Gets Manga Adaptation

Azusa Makishima draws manga based on Ark Performance, Koujirou Nakamura's novel ― This year's tenth issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine announced on Wednesday that a manga adaptation of Ark Performance and Koujirou Nakamura's Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight AXIS novel will launch in the 11th issue on October 20. Azusa Makishima (Muv-Luv Alternative manga) is drawing the manga and Ark Performance i...
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Guests Ride Mini Train at One Piece Creator's Swank BBQ

One Piece creator Eiichirō Oda is one of the richest people in the manga business, earning millions in royalties each year from his smash-hit franchise. Maintaining that kind of popularity is no easy gig. Oda reportedly sleeps only three hours a night and expects similar determination from his editors. No can fault him for cutting loose on occasion, and when Oda parties, he goes big. Partygoers sh...

Funimation to Dub The Ancient Magus' Bride, Dies Irae, Kino's Journey, Juni Taisen, Urahara Anime

Crunchyroll also announces Dies irae streaming ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that will dub the following upcoming shows during the fall season: The Ancient Magus' Bride Dies irae Kino's Journey -the Beautiful World- the Animated Series Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Urahara Crunchyroll previously announced plans to stream all of the above titles except Dies irae, and announced on Thursday...
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Fate/Grand Order's Merlin Overshadows Namie Amuro's Retirement on Twitter

Singer Namie Amuro announced on Wednesday that she will retire on September 16, 2018. The sudden news that such a prominent figure in the realm of otaku music is retiring should have created waves on Twitter. Yet, someone named "Merlin" mysteriously overshadowed her by a large margin to lead on Twitter's trending topics list on Wednesday. The phenomenon perplexed film and music journalist Koremasa...
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Section23 to Release Naisho no Tsubomi, Kissdum R - Engage Planet Anime

Sentai Filmworks, Maiden Japan license anime for January releases ― Section23 Films announced in its January release slate on Thursday that its Sentai Filmworks label will release the Naisho no Tsubomi original video anime (OVA) on DVD on January 9. In addition, its Maiden Japan imprint will release the Kissdum R - Engage Planet (Engage Planet Kiss Dum) anime on Blu-ray Disc on January 2. Both will b...

Kakegurui Anime Has Original Ending

Original author Homura Kawamoto drafted story for finale ― The staff of the television anime adaptation of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui anime announced on Thursday that the 12th and final episode, which airs on Saturday, will have an anime-original ending. Kawamoto drafted the ending's story, which features [Highlight white text to read spoilers] a gamble between Yumeko Jabami and stu...
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Granblue Fantasy Reveals Sakura Character Design for Upcoming CCS Collab

Early last month, Cygames revealed two collaborations for its Granblue Fantasy smartphone game at the "Granblue Fantasy Natsu da! Umi da! Granblue da! SP" livestream event. The first collaboration is with DMM's Touken Ranbu mobile game and anime series that launched this month. The second is with Card Captor Sakura, expected to start next month. At the time, no further details were revealed. Final...
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New Game!! ‒ Episode 11

"It's nice to see New Game's dramatic ambition come back as we approach the end of the season, and the series does a solid job with this episode."
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The 25th Ward: The Silver Case Sequel Game Heads West on PS4, PC

Suda51's visual novel gets N. American, European release ― NIS America announced on Thursday that it will release the HD remake of The 25th Ward: The Silver Case in North America and Europe for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam. The game is slated for 2018, and it will be available digitally and in a physical limited edition. The game is a sequel to Grasshopper Manufacture's The Silver Case. It launched...
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12 Professional Rappers Start Their Own Zodiac War

In preparation for the upcoming Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War battle action anime premiere in the coming weeks, 12 professional MCs are duking it out in their own kind of battle. A video began streaming on Thursday starring rappers from Freestyle Dungeon rap battle television show rhyming about one of the twelve zodiac-themed fighters from the show. The entire idea was inspired by NisiOisin, the origina...
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Inuyashiki Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Qaijff's Ending Theme

Anime to premiere on October 12, stream on Amazon ― Fuji TV's Noitamina YouTube channel began streaming its second promotional video for television anime adaptation of Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki manga on Friday. The video, which debuted during the Noitamina block on Thursday, previews the band Qaijff's ending theme song "Ai wo Oshietekureta Kimi e" (To You Who Taught Me Love). The main cast includes: Fu...

Pretty Sammy Sequel Project Starts Crowdfunding for Promo Video

Sequel to follow Sasami as 14-year-old middle school student ― Anime production company AIC launched a Campfire crowdfunding campaign for a five-minute promotional video for a sequel to Magical Girl Pretty Sammy (Mahō Shōjo Pretty Sammy) on Thursday. The project is seeking 10,000,000 yen (about US$89,000) by December 7 to fund a video to pitch to sponsors with the aim of green-lighting an anime serie...
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'Otaking' Tears Apart In Another World With My Smartphone's Animation

Former president of Gainax Toshio Okada, also known as "Otaking," is known for his opinionated personality that he has no qualms with expressing. He previously declared "otaku is dead," and he criticized the anime industry's production committee system last year. He also hasn't shied away from ripping apart anime he doesn't like, including Gundam: Reconguista in G. In the 195th episode of his Tosh...
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March comes in like a lion Anime's 2nd Season Reveals More Cast

Houchu Ohtsuka, Aoi Yūki, Asuka Nishi join cast of series debuting on October 14 ― The official website for the anime series based on Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion manga revealed three more cast members for the anime's second season on Friday. Houchu Ohtsuka will play Sakutarō Yanagihara, Aoi Yūki will play Megumi Takagi, and Asuka Nishi will play Chiho Sakura. Houchu Ohtsuka as Sakutarō Y...
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Megazone 23 SIN Remake Project Meets Crowdfunding Goal on Last Day

Project also reveals new giant transforming Garland design ― Anime production company AIC's crowdfunding campaign to make a promotional video for its Megazone 23 SIN project met its 10-million-yen (US$89,000) goal on Thursday, its final day. The Campfire crowdfunding campaign ended after eventually raising 11,147,000 yen (about US$99,250). The project had been at 25% of its goal four days before its ...
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Series Finale: Sakura Quest ‒ Episode 25

"Overall, Sakura Quest was a mix of the typical and the surprising, in the same way that a forgotten small town can seem nostalgically familiar but still hide its own endearing quirks."
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This Fan-Made Fate/Grand Order Novel is a Great Alternate Universe Tale

The main story of the smartphone game Fate/Grand Order is currently ongoing. That doesn't mean there isn't room to explore other possibilities.
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 25

"Not only does this episode give us a glimpse of the world outside of the Hidden Leaf, it marks the show's return to being an ensemble action-comedy."
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Inuyashiki Anime Reveals More Cast, Ending Theme Song

Sumire Uesaka, Sumire Morohoshi join cast; Qaijff performs theme ― The official website for the upcoming television anime adaptation of Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki manga revealed two more cast members on Thursday. Sumire Uesaka will play Inuyashiki's daughter Mari Inuyashiki, and Sumire Morohoshi will play Shishigami's classmate Shion Watanabe. Sumire Uesaka as Mari Inuyashiki Sumire Morohoshi as Shion W...
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Himōto! Umaru-chan R Anime's Video Previews Characters, Opening Song

Series with returning cast, staff premieres on October 8 ― The official website for Himōto! Umaru-chan R, the second anime season based on Sankaku Head's Himōto! Umaru-chan manga, began streaming a promotional video for the series on Thursday. The video previews the characters and the opening theme song "Nimensei ☆ Uraomote Life!" (Two-Sidedness ☆ Two-Faced Life!), which Aimi Tanaka is again performi...

Voltron Legendary Defender Show's Season 4 Trailer Reveals October 13 Debut

Show's 3rd season premiered on August 4 ― Netflix began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for the fourth season of Dreamworks' Voltron Legendary Defender animated series. The new season will premiere on October 13. The show's third season of seven episodes premiered on August 4. Netflix describes the fourth season: With Shiro back at the Castleship, Keith makes a choice that causes a rift between him ...
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Taiwanese Creator Yanai's Creatures Family Days Manga Gets Japanese-Taiwanese Collaboration Anime

Anime about strange family to air simultaneously in Japan, Taiwan in spring 2018 ― This year's November issue of Shinchosha's Comic @ Bunch magazine revealed on Thursday that Yanai's Jikken-hin Kazoku: Creatures Family Days manga is getting a Japanese-Taiwanese collaboration anime adaptation that will launch in spring 2018. The anime will air in Japan and Taiwan simultaneously. The manga will launch ...
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KLab, Kadokawa Collaborate on "Project Parallel" Multimedia Project

Project launches with mobile online game featuring idols who can use magic ― Smartphone game developer KLab announced on Thursday at Tokyo Game Show 2017 that it is collaborating with Kadokawa on the "Project Parallel" multimedia project. The project will start with a mobile online game. Music distributor JVC Kenwood Victor Entertainment and mobile online developer altplus are both cooperating on the...
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KLab Reveals Magatsu Wahrheit Smartphone Game

Final Fantasy XII's Miwa Shōda writes scenario for fantasy game ― Smartphone developer KLab announced at Tokyo Game Show on Thursday that it is developing a new smartphone game titled Magatsu Wahrheit. KLab originally announced the game as "Project FORCE" at a new game lineup event on May 25. Miwa Shōda (Final Fantasy XII) is writing the game's scenario, and Masaru Yokoyama is composing the main them...
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Zatch Bell Manga Gets Smartphone Browser Game

Game part of new BXD company's lineup alongside Dragon Ball Z, The [email protected] ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced during the Tokyo Game Show event on Thursday that Makoto Raiku's Zatch Bell (Konjiki no Gash!!) manga will get a smartphone browser game adaptation. The title will debut later than the new Dragon Ball Z, Family Stadium, and The [email protected] browser games that Bandai Namco Entertainment p...
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Kaiji Creator's Akagi Mahjong Manga Gets New Live-Action Miniseries in 2018

Nobuyuki Fukumoto's story already inspired anime, 2015 live-action show, this fall's live-action sequel ― The staff of the live-action television adaptation of Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Akagi mahjong manga announced on Thursday that production on a new series has been green-lit for next year. The new miniseries will run for three episodes. The new series is titled Akagi: Washizu Mahjong Kanketsu-hen (Akagi...
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Earth Defense Force 5 Game's Subtitled Promo Reveals December 7 Release Date for Japan

Game previously delayed from summer release window ― D3 Publisher began streaming its Tokyo Game Show trailer for Earth Defense Force 5 with English subtitles on Tuesday. The video reveals the PlayStation 4 game's December 7 release date for Japan. D3 Publisher also began streaming the game's fifth promotional video on Thursday. The game was initially slated for this summer but D3 Publisher delayed t...
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Love Live! School Idol Festival Game Reveals 2018 Update, Cast Members for PDP Characters

New game version will get new features, fully voiced original story that brings μ's, Aqours together ― KLab Games and Bushiroad announced during the Tokyo Game Show event on Thursday that their Love Live! School Idol Festival smartphone game will get a new version titled Love Live! School Idol Festival ALL STARS in 2018. The new version will include the members of Nijigasaki Academy's Idol Appreciati...
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Kyoei Toshi PS4 Game Adds Eva Unit-00, Unit-02, Mechagodzilla, Griffon, Abraham, Dada

Opening movie, TGS trailer, 2nd promo video streamed ― Kadokawa's Famitsu.com website revealed on Tuesday that Kyoei Toshi (City Shrouded in Shadow), Bandai Namco Entertainment's collaboration game with Granzella Inc., will add five new "giant shadows," including The Type J-9 Griffon and Type M-5 Abraham from Patlabor, Dada from Ultraman, the Type-3 Kiryū/Mechagodzilla from the Godzilla franchise, an...
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Tokyo Game Show 2017 Trailer Roundup

Here's our roundup of all the trailers and gameplay videos from this year's Tokyo Game Show. We'll be updating this article continually, so be sure to check back for more trailers added throughout the event. Tokyo Game Show 2017 runs from September 21-24. All videos below are listed in alphabetical order by title. Ace Attorney 6 for smartphones Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown for PS4, XB1, PC Atelier ...
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Hitsuji no Ki Live-Action Film's Teaser Reveals February Debut

Ryo Nishikido stars in film about seaside town where 6 former convicts are sent to live ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Tatsuhiko Yamagami and Mikio Igarashi's Hitsuji no Ki (The Sheep's Tree) manga began streaming a teaser video for the film on Tuesday. The teaser reveals the film's February 3, 2018 opening date. The manga's story is set in a former seaport town that be...
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Astro Boy: Edge of Time Game Gets New Expansion Based on The Vampires

Free-to-play game based on Osamu Tezuka's works launched in April ― Active Gaming Media and Tezuka Productions announced on September 14 that their Astro Boy: Edge of Time digital card game received a new expansion that adds Vampires and Witches based on Tezuka's The Vampires manga to the game. The companies also added new skills to the game, as well as 100 new cards and a new faction. Active Gaming ...
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Bokurano's Mohiro Kitoh Puts Hayabusa-chan mo Tondemasu Manga on Hiatus

Manga about girl who can turn into fighter plane launched in January ― This year's 19th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine revealed on September 12 that manga creator Mohiro Kitoh is putting his Hayabusa-chan mo Tondemasu (Hayabusa-chan is Flying Too) manga on hiatus due to having to recover from surgery for his spinal canal stenosis. Kitoh noted that he will somehow be able to return to normal and...
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Gundam Versus Previews Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam Characters in Video

PS4 game launches on September 29 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a new video introducing playable pilot and mobile suit pairs for its Gundam Versus PlayStation 4 game on Monday. The video introduces the characters from the Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam and Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam: Steel Seven manga that will appear in the game. Bandai Namco Entertainment previously streamed s...
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Fruits Basket another Sequel Manga Ends With 3rd Volume

Sequel to Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket launched in September 2015 ― The second compiled book volume of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket another sequel manga revealed on Wednesday that the manga will end with its third volume. Takaya launched the sequel manga on the free "HanaLaLa online" in September 2015. Takaya had stated when she launched the manga that it was only planned to be two to three volum...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film's On-Set Photos Revealed

Film screens at TIFF on October 25 before wide release on December 1 ― Media news website Natalie revealed new on-set photos for the live-action film adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga on Wednesday. More images are available in Comic Natalie's article. The film will open the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 25 for its world premiere. The film will then have its wide ...
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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Game's Trailer Reveals 2018 Release

Vanillaware develops, George Kamitani directs PS4/Vita game ― Sony unveiled a new trailer for Atlus and Vanillaware's 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim game during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday. The video reveals the game's 2018 release date. Vanillaware is currently developing the game for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. George Kamitani (Dragon's Crown, Odin Sphere) is directing the game. The game's of...
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Square Enix Recruits Scenario Writers for New NieR-Related Work

Also: stage play, stage musical based on Nier: Automata announced ― Square Enix revealed on Tuesday that it is recruiting scenario and planning staff members for a new work related to the NieR series. The position will entail writing sub-quest stories and planning for the main story, NPC writing and design, and writing for item descriptions and in-game text. Relatedly, an official Twitter account for...
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Ojarumaru Anime Gets Live-Action Special in November

10-minute special stars Yūtarō, features 17-year-old Ojarumaru ― NHK announced on Wednesday that the Ojarumaru (Prince Mackaroo) anime will get a 10-minute live-action special titled "Ojarumaru Special Anime Janai de Ojaru?" (Ojarumaru Special, It's Not an Anime?) that will air on NHK E-Tele (NHK Educational) on November 3. The special celebrates the anime's 20th anniversary since premiering in 1998....
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Dragon's Crown Sidescrolling Action Game Gets PS4 Version in January

Dragon's Crown Pro supports 4K graphics, re-recorded fully orchestral soundtrack ― Sony revealed during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday that Atlus and Vanillaware are developing a PlayStation 4 version of their Dragon's Crown game titled Dragon's Crown Pro. The game will support 4K resolution, and will have a re-recorded fully orchestral soundtrack. In addition, Dragon's Crown Pro will be c...
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Dance With Devils: Fortuna Film Recasts Nesta With Rikiya Koyama

Keiji Fujiwara played character in television anime before medical treatment ― The official website for Rejet and Elements Garden's Dance With Devils: Fortuna anime film announced on Wednesday that Rikiya Koyama will voice Lord Nesta in the film. He will replace Keiji Fujiwara, who played the character in the game and television anime. Fujiwara's Air Agency had announced in August 2016 that Fujiwara ...
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Dragon Ball Z Bucchigiri Match Smartphone Browser Game Unveiled With Teaser Video (Updated)

Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a teaser for a new smartphone game titled Dragon Ball Z Bucchigiri Match on Thursday. Bandai Namco Entertainment describes the game as taking advantage of HTML5 technology, and that it "will involve one's surroundings to bring a new style of playing." Bandai Namco Entertainment and video game company Drecom founded game company BXD in May to develop a gam...
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Kow Yokoyama's Maschinen Krieger Sci-Fi Franchise Gets Hollywood Film Adaptation

It producer Roy Lee, Scott Bernstein producing project The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog reported on Wednesday that producers Roy Lee (It) and Scott Bernstein are producing a Hollywood film adaptation of Kow Yokoyama's Maschinen Krieger ZbV3000 franchise. Yokoyama, Kevin Munroe, Rick Privman, and Yumiko Miyano will be executive producers on the project. Kow Yokoyama created the universe alo...
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Square Enix Reveals Battle of Blades Smartphone Game

Game with 4-on-4 multiplayer, single player story by Fate/Apocrypha's Yuichiro Higashide slated for this year ― Square Enix revealed a new smartphone game titled Battle of Blades on Thursday. The game will have both a single player story and a four-on-four multiplayer mode. The game is slated for release on iOS and Android devices this year. The game's four-versus-four team multiplayer mode tasks tea...
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Steins;Gate Elite Game's Video Shows Anime Footage With Visual Novel Script

Updated version of game launches next spring for PS4/Vita/Switch ― The official Youtube channel of Kadokawa's Dengeki PlayStation magazine began streaming a gameplay clip of the Steins;Gate Elite game on Thursday. The video shows clips from the anime adaptation with the script from the visual novel, with voiced dialogue lines. Steins;Gate Elite is a major update of the original Steins;Gate game from ...
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Masakazu Yamaguchi's Furin Shokudō Manga Gets Live-Action Drama Adaptation

Series about adulterous businessman launched last year ― This year's 20th issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Masakazu Yamaguchi's (Dengeki Oshioki Musume Gōtaman) Furin Shokudō (Adultery Restaurant) manga is getting a live-action drama adaptation. The issue didn't state whether the adaptation will be a special or series, or if it will air on TV or stream online. The ma...
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Omiai Aite wa Oshiego, Tsuyoki na, Mondaiji. Anime's Video Previews Theme Song

Saki Hazuki performs "My one" theme song for anime premiering on TV, online on October 1 ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Sigma Torai's Omiai Aite wa Oshiego, Tsuyoki na, Mondaiji. (My Marriage Interview Partner is a Student, Strong, and a Problem Child.) adult romance manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video reveals and previews the anime's them...

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Fighting Game Adds Android 21 Original Character

Yamcha, Tien Shinhan (with Chiaotzu) also join as playable characters ― The November issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Bandai Namco Entertainment and Arc System Works' Dragon Ball FighterZ fighting game is adding an original playable character designed by Akira Toriyama named Android 21, who is described as a scientist possessing intelligence rivaling Dr. Gero. The game is...
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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT PS4 Game Adds Noctis

PS4 game launches in N. America on January 30 ― Sony revealed a trailer during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday for Square Enix's Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, the PlayStation 4 version of the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade game. The video reveals that Noctis from Final Fantasy XV will join the game's roster of playable characters. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will ship in Japan on January 11 and i...
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Preview IDOLiSH 7 Group Trigger's New Album 'Regality'

The Idolish 7 group Trigger released its first full-length album Regality on Wednesday and fans can try before they buy thanks to a streaming album preview video uploaded on the project's official YouTube page. The album includes the recently animated track "Daybreak Interlude." The "Daybreak Interlude" song was composed by Tetsuya Komuro who previously wrote theme songs City Hunter and Cyborg 009...
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Detective Conan Criminal Manga Reveals Secret of Cup Noodle's Mystery Meat

Fans of Nissin Foods' Cup Noodle instant ramen may know of the freeze-dried "mystery meat" cubes included in some varieties. The cubes are officially called "dice minchi" (diced mince), but Nissin Foods hasn't openly discussed what the mystery meat is actually made of. The company finally decided to reveal the secret of Cup Noodle's meat cubes in Mayuko Kanba's Detective Conan: Hannin no Hanzawa-s...
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1st Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution Film Opens at #8, 'Tamio Boy to Kuruwaseru Girl' Film Opens at #6

Kimi no Suizō o Tabetai live-action film stays at #7, 'Fireworks' Falls to #10 ― The live-action Okuda Tamio ni Naritai Boy - Deau Otoko Subete Kuruwaseru Girl (The Boy Who Wished to Be Tamio Okuda - The Girl Who Drove All the Men She Met Crazy) film, based on a manga by Chokkaku Shibuya, opened at #6 in the Japanese box office. The film sold 52,000 tickets to earn about 75 million yen (about US$667,...
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Classroom of the Elite ‒ Episode 11

"It was pluses and minuses in this week's Classroom of the Elite, as the island arc moved toward its endgame."
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Fans Can Watch Skating Duo Kihara & Suzaki Perform to Yuri!! on Ice at NHK Competition

Earlier this summer, figure skating pair Ryuichi Kihara and Miu Suzaki were spotted performing to the track "Yuri!!! on Ice" from the anime of the same name at Skate Detroit. While Yūri Katsuki uses the song as the background music for his Free Skate choreography, Kihara and Suzaki were said to be using it for their Short Program in upcoming competitions. The duo announced on their shared blog tha...
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Season Finale: Fastest Finger First ‒ Episode 12

"This anime had my favorite premise of the season and characters I wanted to know more about, but it lacked the execution to do either of those things justice. "
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Uta Macross Game App Recasts Macross 7's Mylene With Aya Hirano

Mylene's original voice actress Tomo Sakurai retired last year ― The official website for the Uta Macross Sumaho De Culture rhythm smartphone game confirmed on Wednesday that Aya Hirano (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's Haruhi Suzumiya, White Album's Yuki Morikawa, Fairy Tail's Lucy Heartfilia) is voicing the character Mylene Jenius in the game. She replaces Tomo Sakurai, who voiced the character ...
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All the Sailor Moon Merchandise, Finally in One Place

Fans of one of anime's most popular magical series of all time have enjoyed a sort of renaissance of the last five years. Sailor Moon became relevant again when, for its 20th anniversary, a new anime series was announced. This began an avalanche, with a new manga edition release, a total of three anime seasons, a two-part anime film project underway, new musical productions, and every kind of mer...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, September 11-17

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Ace of Diamond Act II, Fairy Tail, My Hero Academia, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card 3 122,895 122,895 2017/09 Kodansha CLAMP 1 1 2 Ace of Diamond Act II 9 100,541 100,541 2017/09 Kodansha Yūji Terajima 2 1 3 Fairy ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, September 11-17

Metroid Samus Returns debuts ― Japan's Game Ranking: September 11-17 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Winning Eleven 2018 Konami September 14 64,342 64,342 2NSwSplatoon 2 (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo July 21 37,481 1,138,962 70 33DSMetroid Samus Returns (Including Limited Editions) Nintendo September 15 30,855 30,855 4PS4Uncharted: The ...
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Intermediate Results Are In for Fantasia Bunko's Best Beach Babe

Those of you lamenting the end of summer, fear not, light novel publisher Fantasia Bunko has one last bit of hot weather fanservice for its readers. The imprint of Fujimi Shobo opened a poll for fans on August 21 to pick their favorite swimsuit girl or woman from the publisher's array of light novels. The intermediate results show that Slayers' Lina Inverse has still got it after all these years. ...
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The [email protected] Stella Stage PS4 Game's Trailer Streamed

Game story, systems unveiled ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the first promotional video for its The [email protected] Stella Stage PlayStation 4 game on Tuesday. In the game, players take on the role of a producer at 765 Pro. The presidents of 765 Pro and rival production company 961 Pro decide to hold a joint live concert called "Stella Stage," and in anticipation of the live event the player...
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Magical Circle Guru-Guru ‒ Episode 11

"In easily one of the best episodes of the series so far, Magical Circle Guru-Guru sets up a new story arc without overloading the audience with content."

Namie Amuro to Retire From Singing Next September

One Piece, Inuyasha singer celebrated her 25th career anniversary this year ― Singer Namie Amuro announced on her website on Wednesday that she will retire on September 16, 2018. She promised to put her all into her final album and concerts in the year leading up to her retirement. This past September 16 was the 25th anniversary of her debut. She thanked all her fans for their support throughout the ...
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In Another World With My Smartphone ‒ Episode 11

"Once again, Isekai Smartphone's most damning weakness is its startling unwillingness to even try."
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Final Fantasy Gets Its 1st Ever Roller Coaster at USJ

Universal Studio Japan debuts Final Fantasy XR Ride next year ― We've had Final Fantasy weddings. And Final Fantasy noodles. And Final Fantasy noodle hats. But you know what we haven't had? A Final Fantasy roller coaster. Until now. Universal Studios Japan announced that it will host the world's first Final Fantasy coaster as part of its Cool Japan campaign next year. The Final Fantasy XR Ride combin...

ID-0 Anime Debuts on Netflix on October 6

World Cosplay Summit's original anime premiered in Japan in April ― Netflix will begin streaming ID-0, World Cosplay Summit's original anime project, on October 6. The anime premiered on Tokyo MX on April 9, and also aired on Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS11. The series is streaming exclusively on Netflix in Japan, but has not yet debuted overseas. The show's complete Blu-ray Disc and DVD box set shipped ...
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DMM Games Cancels Controversial Shrine Moe Girl Project, Causes Speculation

DMM Games (Kan Colle, Tōken Ranbu) announced on September 11 that it is canceling development of its "pure Japanese-style simulation RPG" Yashiro ni Hoheto that anthropomorphizes real Shinto shrines in Japan as moe girls. The company said it no longer plans to release the game, and it has destroyed all information related to existing pre-registrations. The developer announced the game on March 15....
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DARLING in the FRANXX Anime Ad Reveals 2nd Round of Characters

Video introduces two more characters with their robot ― The official Twitter account for Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures' original science-fiction television anime DARLING in the FRANXX posted a fourth video ad, introducing a second pair of characters and their Franxx (the show's type of woman-shaped robot). The characters' names are Code:015 "Ichigo" and Code:056 "Goro," and their Franxx is Delphini...
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Answerman - Why Is Sentai Filmworks Phasing Out DVDs?

Sentai Filmworks made a big announcement about phasing out DVDs forever - but why? Justin has a few ideas... ― Jake asked: I was reading a recent article that stated Sentai Filmworks was essentially phasing out their DVD releases by 2019 and are primarily going to release Blu-ray only with a few exceptions. I know you have got this question in the past on who buys DVD's Vs. Blu-rays which seems to b...
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Elegant Yokai Apartment Life ‒ Episode 12

"This episode had a clear idea of what it wanted to say and managed to do so without any significant hiccups."

Cardcaptor Sakura's Clear Card Arc TV Anime Slated for January 7

New visual also unveiled before promo video debuts on September 22 ― The official website for the television anime of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga announced on Wednesday that the anime will premiere at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018. The anime will then repeat on Fridays at 11:45 p.m. The website also unveiled a new visual and character designs: A new promotional video will debut...
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Juni Taisen: Zodiac War is Half Fate, Half Monogatari

We got two see the first two episodes of upcoming fall anime Juni Taisen. It’s Brutal, violent, and all kinds of messed up.

New Legend of the Galactic Heroes Anime Reveal Cast, Staff, Promo Video, Dates, Title

Mamoru Miyano, Kenichi Suzumura star in spring TV season before 3 2019 films ― The "New Anime Project The Legend of the Galactic Heroes Event ~Star-Crossed~" unveiled the main cast, main staff, first promotional video, release schedule, and titles for Production I.G's new anime of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novels The Legend of the Galactic Heroes on Wednesday. The new cast stars: Mamoru M...
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Live-Action Anonymous Noise Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

In-story band in NO hurry to shout makes major debut with "Close to me" song ― The official website for the live-action film of Ryoko Fukuyama's shōjo manga Anonymous Noise (Fukumenkei Noise) unveiled a new trailer and visual for the film on Wednesday. The video reveals and previews the film's theme song "Close to me" by in NO hurry to shout, the film's in-story band, which will make its major debut ...
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Final Fantasy XV's Multiplayer Expansion Slated for October 31

Expansion includes new story & new theme song by Emiko Suzuki, Nobuo Uematsu ― Square Enix began streaming a trailer for its upcoming "Comrades" multiplayer expansion for its Final Fantasy XV game on Tuesday. The video reveals the expansion's October 31 release for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and also previews the expansion's new theme song "Choosing Hope," performed by Emiko Suzuki, and composed...
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Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Adds 16 Cast Members

Yōko Hikasa, Yuko Kaida, Takaya Hashi, Mutsumi Tamura, Yoshino Nanjō, more join cast of October 5 anime ― The official website for the anime of Labo Asai's Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons (literally, "Even So, Sinners Dance with Dragons: Dances with the Dragons") light novel series revealed 16 new cast members for the show on Wednesday. (Note: The romanizations for the chara...
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In This Corner of the World is 2nd Anime This Year to Put 2 BD Releases in Top 3

Film's Limited Special Edition, Standard Edition BD releases ranked #1, #3 in overall BD chart ― Both the Limited Special Edition and Standard Edition Blu-ray Disc releases of Sunao Katabuchi's In This Corner of the World anime film ranked in Oricon's overall Blu-ray Disc chart for the September 11-17 week, at #1 and #3 respectively. The Limited Special Edition sold 24,015 copies, while the Standard ...
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Steins;Gate Elite Game Teased as 'Full Animation Adventure'

Video game news website Famitsu posted a teaser for a feature on the upcoming Steins;Gate Elite game that will run in this Thursday's issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine. In its teaser, Famitsu describes Steins;Gate Elite as a "Full Animation Adventure," and posted two screenshots from the Steins;Gate anime adaptation with visual novel captions. Steins;Gate Elite is a major update of the original Ste...

Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi in Talks to Direct Live-Action Akira

2 films planned, each covering 3 volumes of Katsuhiro Otomo's original manga ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Tuesday that Warner Brothers is negotiating with Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) to direct its live-action Akira film project. Deadline describes the film's story as taking place "in the rebuilt New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves...
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