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The List - Long Lost Anime Twins

Were these anime characters separated at birth? Not quite. ― Were these anime characters separated at birth? Not quite. We're used to seeing certain style characteristics to easily signify which character is the tsundere, the quiet bookworm, the gung-ho fighter, or the sneaky villain. With the huge number of anime, light novels, and manga produced each year, there are bound to be some design overlap...
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A Certain Magical Index II BD+DVD

Although this is the end of A Certain Magical Index II, it does not feel particularly conclusive. Granted, this could be because so many more novels exist after this point, but it does take away from the experience of watching it. ― There has been a trend recently of anime being self-aware. While generally not fully metafictional, the wink and nudge to the audience can waver between being clever and ...
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Answerman - I've Got A Blank Space Baby

Justin just HAS to address Princess Kaguya's Oscar chances. Plus, the weirdness of Japanese names, the lack of Vancouver anime dubs, and what happens to recalled discs. ― Oscar nominations were announced last week, and so I got the usual questions this week about The Tale of Princess Kaguya's chances at taking home Oscar gold. I get these questions every year, so I'm not going to do the whole song a...
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Fullmetal ANNCast: Brotherhood

Mike Toole joins Zac and Hope to finally decide, once and for all (and this is legally binding) which series is better: Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 or Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood? ― ANNCast 212 - Fullmetal ANNCast: Brotherhood Embedded audio player requires an HTML5-compliant browser. Mike Toole joins Zac and Hope to finally decide, once and for all (and this is legally binding) which series is be...
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Silver Spoon Season 2 Sub.DVD

Silver Spoon's second season is as good as the first, delivering a well-told story that gently takes hold of you and doesn't let go. ― Silver Spoon, based on the manga of the same name by Fullmetal Alchemist's Hiromu Arakawa, is definitely one of the best depictions of farm life in the entertainment world...which means that if you're squeamish, you want to be prepared. Arakawa's story never flinches ...
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House of 1000 Manga - Cat-Eyed Boy

Shaenon dares enter the vault of Kazuo Umezu's surrealist, ultraviolent horror serial, Cat-Eyed Boy. ― Cat Eyed Boy One of my all-time favorite pieces of comic art is a two-page spread from Jack Kirby's gonzo Planet of the Apes riff Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth. It's a four-color map of Kamandi's postapocalyptic world, packed with detail and such intriguing labels as “Wild Human Preserve,” “Island...
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Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-

Xrd is not just a next-generation fighting game, it's also a complete package in every department. Could it be the pinnacle of modern fighting games? ― The last fighting game release in the Guilty Gear series was (putting aside several patches) GGXX Accent Core in 2006: rights issues put another GG fighting game out of the question. After the strange, brilliant, and largely ignored Guilty Gear 2-- a ...
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The X Button - Blazing Trials

It’s a Kickstarter roundup this week, with firebirds and moons and blood-drenched throwbacks! Plus Fire Emblem, Xenoblade, and a second look at a Sega celebration. ― I mentioned Hi-sCoool! SeHa Girls a few weeks ago, as it does its best to broadside game nerds, and Sega nerds in particular, with their favorite things. It follows the school days of three giant-headed girls, and each is based on a Seg...
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Otakon Vegas 2015

Otakon Vegas wrapped a couple days ago, with JAM Project and the cast of Cowboy Bebop in attendance. Bamboo's got the full report and a cosplay gallery from the show floor. ― Otakon Vegas celebrated its second year this past weekend at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Just as last year, it occupied a sizable corner of the hotel's mezzanine, elevating it above the din and smok...
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Sunday, January 25

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Stay Warm with a USB-Powered, Inflatable Hug Pillow Heated to Human Body Temperature

The problem with traditional hug pillows is they just can't mimic the warmth of a human body. But now, with a new USB-powered hug pillow from Thanko's Raremono shop, you can enjoy the feeling of cozying up to a perfectly-heated, just-slightly-under-body-temperature 36 °C warm body. And, because it's inflatable, it's also very light (740 g [~1.6 lbs]), for all those times you need to roll it up for...
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Ballet du canard Manga About Same-Sex Couple Features Ballet BGM

Background music plays during reading on digital manga website ― Manga creator Omi Kohara began serializing a new manga series titled Ahiru no Ballet (Ballet du canard, lit. Ballet of the Duck) on Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha's free manga website "Comic Ruelle" on Sunday. The manga revolves around a female same-sex couple who begin taking free ballet lessons after realizing they were lacking exercise. Class...
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Hataraku Maou-sama! High School! Spin-Off Manga Ends Next Month

Spin-off of The Devil is a Part-Timer! light novel series began in 2012 ― The March issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Daioh magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Kurone Mishima's Hataraku Maou-sama! High School! (The Devil is a Part-Timer! High School!) spin-off manga will end in the next issue, which will be released on February 27. The manga is a spin-off of Satoshi Wagahara's original light nov...
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Kill Me Baby's Kaduho Starts New Manga Next Month

New series in Dengeki Daioh G takes place in a tearoom ― The 17th issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Daioh G magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Kaduho (Kill Me Baby) will begin a new series in the magazine's next issue, which will be released on February 27. The preview for the series hints that the manga will take place in a tearoom. Kaduho began his Kill Me Baby manga in 2008 in Hobunsha's Man...
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Food Blogger Makes Lunchtime Fun with Dog-shaped Fried Chicken

If you've been on the internet long enough, you'll know that some people have a lot of time on their hands when it comes to creating beautiful lunches. Just Google "bento art" and you'll see a treasure trove of intricate lunches, portraying everything from woodland creatures, to famous paintings, to anime characters. Japanese food blogger @hinami11 has been dazzling the Twittersphere with a new fo...
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Prison School Manga Goes on Hiatus Due to Author Getting Flu

Akira Hiramoto's school comedy manga now has 4 million copies in print ― This year's ninth issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine is revealing on Monday that Akira Hiramoto's Kangoku Gakuen (Prison School) manga will not appear in the issue because of the author's poor health. In addition to the announcement, Hiramoto's characters exclaim "He has influenza!?" and "For real…!?". Hiramoto apologized, and a...
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Yoshikazu Amami Launches Battle Spirits Burning Soul Manga in February

5-page prologue from Bōkoku no Siegfried (Das Nibelungenlied) manga creator ― Manga creator Yoshikazu Amami announced on Thursday that he draw the five-page prologue for his new Battle Spirits Burning Soul series in the March issue of Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine. The issue will go on sale on February 6. Sunrise announced the seventh Battle Spirits anime in December, and revealed that Sket Dance m...

Saturday, January 24

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Toei Posts 'Baton Passing' Video Ahead of Go! Princess Precure Premiere

Also: Megumi Han posts thank you messages after final HappinessCharge Precure! episode airs ― Toei Animation posted a "A Message for Passing the Baton from Cure Lovely to Cure Flora" video on Saturday. The video features Aino Megumi, the main character of Happiness Charge Pretty Cure! whose alter ego is Cure Lovely. Cure Lovely thanks everyone for supporting her until now, and then she introduces Har...
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Shimajirō Kids' Anime Gets 3rd Theatrical Film

Tiger character saves his sister in film opening March 13 ― Shimajirō, the tiger cub character from Benesse's Kodomo Challenge educational line for preschoolers and its television anime spinoffs, will star in a third theatrical animated film, Shimajirō to Ōkiina Ki (Shimajirō and the Big Tree). The film will open in theaters on March 13. The website is streaming a trailer that features the theme song...
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Taboo-Tattoo's French Publisher: Anime Will Air in 2015

Shinjirō's battle action manga centers on boy with supernatural tattoo ― The Facebook page for Doki-Doki, the manga imprint of French publisher Bamboo Édition, reported on Friday that the anime adaptation of Shinjirō's Taboo-Tattoo manga will air in Japan this year. The manga's publisher in France also teased that it may know more details about the anime that have yet to be announced. The wraparound ...
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Durarara!!×2 ‒ Episode 3

"There's still a lot of magic and menace in this source material, but the animated series itself seems to be running on autopilot in a way that the first season never did."
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Non Non Biyori Anime Staff, nano.RIPE Band Return for 2nd Season

The March issue of Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine is announcing on Tuesday that the first Non Non Biyori anime season's staff and the rock band nano.RIPE are returning for the second season, Non Non Biyori Repeat. The band will once again contribute a song for the new season's opening theme. The staff includes: Director: Shinya Kawamo Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida Script: Reiko Y...
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New Yamato 2199 Film's Blu-ray to Have English Subtitles

Bandai Visual lists the May 27 Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases of Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Star-Voyaging Ark), last month's brand-new Yamato 2199 (Star Blazers 2199) film. Both the DVD and Blu-ray releases will include 38 minutes of bonus video extras (opening day stage greeting, special, teaser trailer, full trailer, commercials, promotional vide...
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Aldnoah.Zero ‒ Episode 15

"Inaho has been the whip-smart Mr. Battlefield Tactics golden boy all series, but it looks like he now has an intellectual as well as mecha combat and love interest rival, for Slaine may have actually one-upped him in this episode."
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La Corda d'Oro's Yuki Kure to End Yūsei no Fool Manga

Keiko Ishihara to also end fantasy manga Strange Dragon in Lala magazine ― The March issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine announced on Saturday that manga creator Yuki Kure will end her Yūsei no Fool (Planetary Fool) series in the next issue on February 24. The "school diary of a false queen" follows Sena, a girl who enrolled in a training school to become the queen as a substitute for her missing twi...
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Strange+'s Seven to Animate Okusama ga Seitokaichō!

The March issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex is announcing on Tuesday that studio Seven (Strange+, I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying) will animate the anime of Yumi Nakata's Okusama ga Seitokaichō! (My Wife Is the Student Council President!) manga. Hiroyuki Furukawa (Pocket Monsters XY, Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! animation director) will debut as a director with the anime. Dream Crea...
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The Rolling Girls ‒ Episode 3

After the exciting but largely self-contained theatrics of the first two episodes, it was something of an open question as to what Rolling Girls would actually be about. This third episode seemed to partially answer that question, as our titular girls rolled on into the Tokyo sub-country of Comima, where the Best Thunderoad and her Knights of the Twin Towers maintain the peace. Thunderoad apparen...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc ‒ Episode 3

"JJBA at its most self-aware and fun-loving, and I hope it's not the last we'll see of the silly side of Part III."
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Samurai PS3 Game Ukiyo no Shishi's Opening Movie Streamed

Spike Chunsoft's game starring Sakamoto Ryōma will ship on Thursday in Japan ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming the opening movie for its upcoming PlayStation 3 game Ukiyo no Shishi (Patriot of Ukiyo) on Thursday. The game is slated to ship on January 29. The game is a "what-if" story starring historical figure Sakamoto Ryōma, who has lost his memories. The player can choose one of six voices for the c...
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GARO THE ANIMATION ‒ Episode 15

"An entertaining episode, full of dumb jokes and camaraderie and a giant flaming bear."
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Clock Tower's Kōno, Ju-On's Shimizu Launch NightCry Kickstarter for PC Release

Short film previews horror game initially announced as "Project Scissors" ― Game developer Hifumi Kōno (Clock Tower, Steel Battalion, Infinite Space) and film director Takashi Shimizu (Ju-on/The Grudge movie franchise, Kiki's Delivery Service) and launched a KickStarter on Saturday to bring their upcoming horror game NightCry to PC and "possibly other platforms." The game is already slated for PlaySt...
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Alice in the Country of Hearts Stage Play Cast Unveiled in Costume

Musical opens February 4-11 in Tokyo ― The official blog for stage musical adaptation of QuinRose's Alice in the Country of Hearts (Heart no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~) game unveiled the main cast in costume on Friday. The musical will run from February 4 to February 11 in Tokyo. The cast includes: Kiyo Matsumoto (Amnesia the musical) as Alice Liddell Yū Yoshioka (Prince of Tennis the Mus...
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Itaru Hinoue's Holy Breaker Game Gets Sequel

Visual novel that debuted at Comiket 87 to ship on February 27 ― The official website for illustrator Itaru Hinoue's (Kanon, Air, Clannad, Little Busters!) Holy Breaker! -The Witch Betrayed Blue Moon Wicca- game announced on Friday that a sequel is in the works. The website also announced that regular sales of the original PC game will begin on February 27. The game's preorder period opened on Friday...
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The List - Long Lost Anime Twins

Were these anime characters separated at birth? Not quite. ― Were these anime characters separated at birth? Not quite. We're used to seeing certain style characteristics to easily signify which character is the tsundere, the quiet bookworm, the gung-ho fighter, or the sneaky villain. With the huge number of anime, light novels, and manga produced each year, there are bound to be some design overlap...
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Log Horizon 2 ‒ Episode 16

"There's no escaping the fact that when Log Horizon focuses on the younger team, things tend to drag."
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10th Animator Expo Short 'Yamadeloid' Streamed

Trigun: Badlands Rumble's Masahiro Emoto co-directs short at Graphinica, Inc. ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the full 10th short titled "Yamadeloid" on Friday. Takashi Horiuchi (Boku wa Ō-sama) and Masahiro Emoto (Trigun: Badlands Rumble assistant animation director) directed the short with supe...
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Akagami no Shirayuki-hime Manga Has 'Important Announcement' Next Month

The March issue of Hakusensha's Lala magazine announced on Saturday that an "important announcement" regarding Sorata Akiduki's Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Red-Haired Snow White) will be made in the magazine's next issue, which will be published next month. The manga will be featured on the cover of the issue, and will have color pages. The story of the shojo manga revolves around Shirayuki, a bea...
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Taiyō no Ie Manga Ends, Spin-Off Starts in Next Issue

Manga began in 2010, won 38th Kodansha Awards' shojo category ― The March issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine published the final chapter of Taamo's Taiyō no Ie manga on Saturday. The end of the chapter features a notice that announces that a spin-off of the manga will begin serializing in the next issue, and the first part of the spin-off will focus on the character Sugimoto, also known as "Radical...

Ling Tosite SIGURE Remove 'Knife' From Psycho-Pass Film Theme Lyrics in TV Performance

Original lyrics of "Who What Who What" song also contained reference to blood ― Band Ling Tosite SIGURE announced on their official Twitter account that they changed the lyrics of their "Who What Who What" song during their performance on the "Music Station" television program after being requested to do so by the program's staff. The lines "Chi darake no jiyū ga" (Freedom covered in blood) and "Moro...
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Animator Lists New Gegege no Kitarō TV Project

In work he has done since 2012, digital artist Kei Yoshida lists himself as a character animator for a Gegege no Kitarō television project on his LinkedIn profile. The project is listed above his most recent work on the Majin Bone anime series. Shigeru Mizuki's supernatural manga Kitaro (GeGeGe no Kitarō) began in 1959 under the name Hakaba Kitarō. The stories center on an inhuman boy who straddle...
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Rei Tōma's New Manga Series is 'Bride of the Water God'

This year's March issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Cheese! magazine is announcing on Saturday that Rei Tōma's new manga will be titled Suijin no Hanayome (Bride of the Water God). The manga has the same basic premise of Mi-Kyung Yun's Bride of the Water God manhwa: a young girl who is chosen by a village as a sacrifice to the water god who causes calamity in their village when angered. Dark Horse Co...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 Slated for Steam on January 28

Idea Factory International announced on Wednesday that it will release Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 for PC via Steam on January 28. The company will offer the game for US$14.99 for the first week of its launch. Idea Factory has also planned Steam releases for Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 and Fairy Fencer F.
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Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds PS Vita Game Heads to PC

E-commerce and digital publishing company Degica released MAGES' Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds PlayStation Vita game on PC via Steam on Friday. The game launched on PS Vita in North America on August 5. It is also available on Xbox Live Arcade. 5pb./MAGES describes the game: A mysterious man known as the Phantom has awakened and hatches a plan to unseal his dark powers. By giving ancient weapons...
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Dragon Age, Young Ace Editors Get Into Fake Fight on Twitter

Result: face-off between magazines' characters ― It all started pleasantly enough, when the official Twitter account of the manga magazine Dragon Age noted that it had some fresh new titles coming up in February and March and the official account of Young Ace, another manga magazine, commented that it, too, had fresh new titles coming up. From there it escalated to insults, teasing, and some decidedl...

Friday, January 23

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Mexican Apparel Company Offers Sweet Dragon Ball Z Sneakers

Mexican clothing company Heredia Clothing has been promoting their line-up of Dragonball Z sneakers for a few months now, but fans heading to Expo TNT on January 31-February 1 in Guadalajara can also get their kicks autographed by the original Mexican voice actors for Goku and Vegeta, Mario Castañeda and Rene Garcia. The sneakers are selling for 400 pesos a pair (about US$27), and come in three va...
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Shonen Jump Theme Park Offers Prince of Tennis Valentine's Day Chocolates

Valentine's Day in Japan is celebrated by women giving chocolates to men. If the man in your life happens to be your favorite Prince of Tennis character, though, you can mark the occasion by just buying chocolate with his face on it. Shonen Jump's theme park, J-World Tokyo, will be selling official Prince of Tennis Valentine's Day chocolates from February 1 to 15. There will be 11 chocolates avail...

Naruto Stage Musical Unveils Orochimaru, Jiraiya in Costume

Kabuto Yakushi also unveiled before general ticket sales launch on Sunday ― The stage musical Live Spectacle Naruto unveiled more character visuals for the supporting cast members in costume on Saturday: Hiro Yūmi as Orochimaru Yoshiaki Umegaki as Jiraiya Tatsunari Kimura as Kabuto Yakushi The previously unveiled cast members include: Kōdai Matsuoka as Naruto Ryūji Satō as Sasuke Yui Itō as Sakura Ke...
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Crunchyroll Adds Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Side:P4 Manga

Crossover RPG's manga about Persona 4's protagonist to debut on Sunday ― Media service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will begin releasing the Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Side:P4 manga by Mizunomoto on Sunday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. EST. The manga will be available worldwide except in Japan, Lebanon, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Algeria, and Morocco. The manga...
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Etrian Mystery Dungeon Video Introduces Protector Class

Crossover game slated for April 7 in N. America ― Atlus USA began streaming a video on Friday introducing the Protector class in its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Etrian Mystery Dungeon. The class uses its "high DEF stats and tower shield to create an immovable object" that absorbs damaging attacks from their enemies. Atlus USA previously streamed a short video detailing game's Landsknecht class. The cr...
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Tokyo Ghoul √A ‒ Episode 3

"This episode is all character development and chemistry, so much of it that I could only cover about half of the interactions and subtle changes packed into the twenty-minute span."
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, January 11-17

Finder, One Piece, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Attack on Titan, Hatsune Miku: Unofficial Hatsune Mix, The Seven Deadly Sins, Kingdom Hearts II, Nisekoi, Assassination Classroom, Naruto The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on January 17. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 - Finder #7 Ayano Yamane Digital Manga P...

Toonami Loses an Hour of Programming

IGPX, Samurai Jack go on hiatus; no new Attack on Titan this week ― The official Tumblr for Adult Swim's Toonami block announced on Friday that the block will lose one half hour of programming this Saturday, and one hour of programming starting next Saturday. This Saturday, January 24, the block will run from 11:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. EST and will not air a new episode of Attack on Titan. On Saturday, ...
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Your lie in April ‒ Episode 14

"The episode did a lot to merge Kaori and Tsubaki's stories, so it didn't feel like the resolution to last episode's cliffhanger was neglected in favor of someone else's story."
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Star Wars: Battle Pod Arcade Game Previewed in Video

Arcade game similar to Japanese Gundam game launches today ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a preview video on Thursday to accompany the launch of the Star Wars: Battle Pod arcade game. The video previews the "Hoth" stage from The Empire Strikes Back and the game-original "Vader's Revenge" stage. The first-person pilot game shares hardware similarities with the developer's earlier Mobile Suit Gun...
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The Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls ‒ Episode 3

"Have you ever danced on stage? If so, you will immediately recognize the emotions that Uzuki, Mio, and Rin experience as they prepare for their first live performance."
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Beauty Company Launches Facial Cosmetics Line For Cosplayers

Liberta, a company that specializes in beauty and skincare products, is launching a line of cosplayer-targeted facial cosmetics called COSCOS. Aimed specifically at cosplayers, the line-up currently includes four items: HD foundation, setting powder, lip concealer, and makeup remover. The foundation comes in two shades: F1, a slightly pink-tinted shade which is recommended for female characters, a...

Voice Actor Rome Elliot Passes Away

Anime roles included Gravitation's Eiri, Genshiken's Kugayama ― ANN has confirmed that voice actor James Ward, also known as Rome Elliot, passed away on Thursday. Fellow voice actor Bill Rogers announced Ward's passing on his Facebook page and explained that Ward had been suffering from a tumor on his spinal cord. Ward played several roles in anime under the pseudonym Rome Elliot, including Mitsunori...
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Lychee Light Club's Usamaru Furuya Draws Portraits for Hire

Also: Shintaro Kago, Suehiro Maruo ― Pocopoco, a Japanese manga reading website, is offering manga fans a valuable opportunity to have their portraits drawn by professional artists. The site's supervisor, Usamaru Furuya (Lychee Light Club, Genkaku Picasso), is offering his services, along with Shintaro Kago (Punctures, Super Conductive Brains Parataxis), Kana Ohtsuki (an illustrator who specializes i...
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Death Parade ‒ Episode 3

A heartfelt game reveals a secret past and a tragic present for two childhood friends who may just have to mark it zero in the Quindecim bowling alley.
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Crunchyroll Launches Original Content Line With Hiroyuki Takahashi's HYPERSONIC music club

Webcomic will be exclusive to Crunchyroll; more new content to follow ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that is is launching a "Crunchyroll Originals" line for original content made in collaboration with Japanese creators. The line will span multiple types of media. The first installment in the line will be a full color webcomic HYPERSONIC music club by artist Hiroyuki Taka...
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God Eater 2: Rage Burst's 2nd Trailer Adds English Subtitles

PS Vita, PS4 game slated for February 19 in Japan ― Bandai Namco Games Asia began streaming an English-subtitled version of the second trailer for God Eater 2: Rage Burst on Friday. The original trailer streamed in December. The game will serve as the final chapter of God Eater 2. The game will include new features, such as a new scenario, a new weapon called a "Valiant Scythe," as well as a new acti...
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Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls Blu-rays to Include Games

9 volumes confirmed for monthly release in Japan ― The official website for Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls announced details on the anime's first Blu-ray and DVD sets on Saturday. In addition to a regular DVD and limited edition Blu-ray and DVD, the website is offering an "Idolm@ster Gravure for You! Pack" version, which will include the PlayStation 3 game Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Gravure for You! V...
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Trailer Explains Battle System

Comparison video shows PSP vs. HD graphics ― Square Enix North America began streaming a "Combat Special" and "Comparison Video" for its upcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game Final Fantasy Type 0 HD on Thursday. The combat video offers a detailed description of the battle system, including gameplay clips. The comparison video juxtaposes the graphics from the original PlayStation Portable version w...

Rumiko Takahashi's Rin-ne TV Anime Streams 1st Promo

Previews Kaito Ishikawa as title lead in April anime ― The official website for the television anime of Rumiko Takahashi's Kyōkai no Rinne (RIN-NE of the Boundary or RIN-NE) manga began streaming the first promotional video on Friday. Narrator & Text: Urusei Yatsura. Ranma 1/2. Inuyasha. Rumiko Takahashi's works which are beloved throughout the world. Narrator & Text: Here is Rumic World's latest wor...
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A Certain Magical Index II BD+DVD

Although this is the end of A Certain Magical Index II, it does not feel particularly conclusive. Granted, this could be because so many more novels exist after this point, but it does take away from the experience of watching it. ― There has been a trend recently of anime being self-aware. While generally not fully metafictional, the wink and nudge to the audience can waver between being clever and ...
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Answerman - I've Got A Blank Space Baby

Justin just HAS to address Princess Kaguya's Oscar chances. Plus, the weirdness of Japanese names, the lack of Vancouver anime dubs, and what happens to recalled discs. ― Oscar nominations were announced last week, and so I got the usual questions this week about The Tale of Princess Kaguya's chances at taking home Oscar gold. I get these questions every year, so I'm not going to do the whole song a...
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Erementar Gerad: Flag of Bluesky Manga's New Chapter Delayed Again

Next chapter of Elemental Gelade spin-off was listed initially to premiere in December ― The Comic Avarus free manga website updated on January 17, and posted a notice that the next chapter of Mayumi Azuma's Erementar Gerad: Ao no Senki (Erementar Gerad: Flag of Bluesky) manga will be published on March 17. The new chapter was first scheduled to be published on December 17, but was announced to be de...
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Senran Kagura: Estival Versus Game's 1st 17 Minutes Shown in Video

PS4/PSV game ships in Japan on March 25 ― Website Famitsu began streaming a gameplay video of the first 17 minutes of the upcoming Senran Kagura: Estival Versus: Shōjo-tachi no Sentaku PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Friday. In the prologue, sisters Ryōbi and Ryōna visit their deceased sister's grave, only to find that she might be alive. After chasing a person who they think might be thei...
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 15

"This episode didn't come together as well as others, but it's fun for viewers eager to learn more about the animation business and how collaborative it is."
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2nd New Sailor Moon Musical's Digest Video Promotes DVD

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Petite Étrangère DVD ships on January 28 with video, audio extras ― The official Sailor Moon YouTube channel began streaming a new video digest from the musical Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Petite Étrangère. The video promotes the Japanese DVD release of the musical. The DVD of the musical is scheduled to ship in Japan on January 28 for the price of 7,800 yen (about US$70)....
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3rd Assassination Classroom Episode Delayed (Updated)

The official Twitter account for the Assassination Classroom TV anime announced on Friday that the Fuji TV broadcast of the third episode has been delayed due to "various circumstances." The announcement also notes that future updates about the broadcast of the anime will be posted on the anime's official website. Two Japanese men — Kenji Gotō and Haruna Yukawa — were captured by the terrorist gro...
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Suicune, Gardevoir, Pikachu Join Pokkén Tournament Game's Roster

Previously-announced fighters for 2015 arcade game include Lucario, Machamp ― The staff of the Pokkén Tournament (Pokkén being a pun on the words Pokémon and 'fist') Japanese arcade game announced during the "Famitsu feat. January Issue" Nico Nico live program on Friday that Pokemon Suicune, Sirknight (Gardevoir), and Pikachu will join the roster of the fighting game. Previously-announced fighters in...
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Girls & Panzer Blu-ray Bundled With Brad Pitt's Fury in Japan

Bundle includes 2 special segments, Girls und Panzer promo video ― The Japanese branch of Amazon lists a bonus Girls und Panzer Blu-ray Disc bundled with the Japanese Blu-ray release of the World War II film Fury. The bundle is an Amazon.co.jp exclusive, and it will contain a special promotional video for the upcoming Girls und Panzer movie, as well as two special segments entitled "M4 Sherman in Gir...
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Japanese Manga Book Market Rises to Record 282 Billion Yen

US$2.3792 billion or 4% higher than 2013; market grows for 2nd straight year ― Oricon presented its "Annual Market Report" for book sales in 2014 on Friday. The reports covers book sales in Japan from December 30, 2013 to December 28, 2014. While the entire book market slumped, the market for compiled manga book volumes rose to 281.51 billion yen (about US$2.3792 billion). That is 104.0% of the 2013 ...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Game's 3rd Battle Image Video, TV Ad Posted

Gotenks, Super Buu, Vegeta, more characters shown from February multi-platform release ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming the second "battle image" video for the upcoming Dragon Ball Xenoverse game on Thursday. The video features Gotenks fighting Super Buu, Android 18 fighting Vegeta, and Vegeta fighting Goku. A new 15-second television commercial also began streaming. (The video below ends with th...

Hi-Fi Cluster Sci-Fi Crime Manga to End in Shonen Jump

Ippei Goto's series also runs in Viz's English Shonen Jump after "Jump Start" ― Ippei Goto is ending his science-fiction crime manga Hi-Fi Cluster in this year's ninth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Monday. Shueisha will publish the second compiled book volume in March, followed by the third volume in April. Goto launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in Japan in September, and ...
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Live-Action Dead Rising: Watchtower Film's Trailer Streamed

Movie based on Capcom's zombie survival-horror game to stream on Crackle on March 27 ― The live-action feature film Dead Rising: Watchtower's Facebook and Youtube pages began streaming the film's first teaser trailer on Thursday. The film, based on CAPCOM's zombie survival-horror game Dead Rising, will debut on March 27 on Sony's Crackle streaming service, as well as on other streaming services, DVD,...

Kyoto Animation Unveils Sound! Euphonium Cast With New Video

Tomoyo Kurosawa, Ayaka Asai, Moe Toyota, Chika Anzai in April high school music anime ― The official website for the Sound! Euphonium television anime unveiled a new promo video for the series. The video is a longer version of a previously revealed video, and it shows the cast and staff of the television anime at the studio Kyoto Animation, as well as confirming the anime's April premiere date. The c...
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Nippon Animation Makes Sinbad Adventure Film for July

Movie inspired by Arabian Nights marks anime studio's 40th anniversary ― The anime studio Nippon Animation confirmed on Friday that it is making the adventure anime film Sinbad: Sora Tobu Hime to Himitsu no Shima (Sinbad: The Flying Princess and the Secret Island) to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The family film is opening in Japan in July, and Nippon Animation and Shirogumi are collaborating on pl...
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2nd Baby Steps Season Casts Hiroshi Kamiya, Megumi Han

25-episode sequel introduces Alex O'Brien, Marcia O'Brien at a Florida academy ― NHK revealed on Friday that Hiroshi Kamiya will play the character of Alex O'Brien in the upcoming second season of the Baby Steps television anime. Also, Megumi Han will voice the character Marcia O'Brien (pictured below). The Baby Steps television anime is an adaptation of Hikaru Katsuki's manga of the same name, which...

Rumiko Takahashi's Rin-ne Anime Casts Kaito Ishikawa, Marina Inoue

Hitomi Nabatame, Satsuki Yukino, Kappei Yamaguchi also star ― The official website for the television anime of Rumiko Takahashi's Kyōkai no Rinne (RIN-NE of the Boundary or RIN-NE) manga announced the voice cast on Friday. The website is also playing a promotional video previewing the cast. Kaito Ishikawa as title lead Rinne Rokudō Marina Inoue as heroine Sakura Mamiya Hitomi Nabatame as the black ca...

Thursday, January 22

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2nd Baby Steps Season Slated to Premiere on April 5

Also, Rose of Versailles anime to begin rerun on May ― The second season of the Baby Steps sports anime will begin airing on the NHK Educational TV channel on April 5 at 5:30 p.m. JST, with new episodes airing every week on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. JST. The Rose of Versailles anime is also set to rerun on the NHK BS Premium satellite television channel starting on May 6. The Baby Steps television anime i...
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Toho to Screen Anime-gatari Short Anime About Anime Club

Anime about Tokyo college club's chit-chat follows Kami-Usagi Rope shorts ― The Toho Cinemas chain will screen Anime-gatari (literally, Anime-chat), its second original short anime project, during intermissions. The new anime follows the rapid-fire chit-chat of "charming characters" at an anime club in a Tokyo university. Theaters in Tokyo's Kanto area are screening a short trailer for the project. A...
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Shinjirō's Battle Action Manga Taboo-Tattoo Gets Anime

Series by Fate/Zero manga artist centers on boy with supernatural tattoo ― The wraparound jacket band on the ninth volume of Shinjirō's Taboo-Tattoo manga announced on Friday that an anime adaptation is in the works. The jacket band also printed words of praise for the manga from Arpeggio of Blue Steel creators Ark Performance. Shinjirō launched the battle action manga in Comic Alive magazine from Ka...
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Cosplay Retailer Now Sells Official School Uniforms from Sailor Moon

Fans who want to cosplay as their favorite Sailor Guardians' everyday personas, or perhaps even as the girls' classmates, can now buy official school uniform costumes from ACOS. Available uniforms include Jūban Municipal Junior High School, Makoto (Sailor Jupiter)'s former school uniform, TA Academy for Girls, and Shiba Koen Junior High School. Costumes vary from 12,000 yen to 13,800 yen (about US...
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Haikyu!! Volleyball TV Anime Gets Compilation Film

Production I.G to return for TV anime's 2nd season ― This year's ninth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the first television anime season of Haruichi Furudate's volleyball manga will get a compilation film this year. The film is part of the "Haikyu!! Itadaki Project 2015." The magazine also announced that Production I.G is returning for the television anime...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 396

"It may not be the most action-oriented episode, but it's the best so far in this anime-original story and it at least offers something a little different than the usual fare."
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Upcoming Yoshitaka Amano Artbook Includes Yatterman, Gatchaman, Final Fantasy Artwork

Japanese publisher PIE International is releasing an artbook of Yoshitaka Amano works in North America titled YOSHITAKA AMANO: The World Beyond Your Imagination. The 224-page book features art from Yatterman, Gatchaman, Vampire Hunter D and the Final Fantasy game series. The publisher is hosting a video of the works from their recent exhibition in Japan. Customers can purchase the book from PIE's ...
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend ‒ Episode 2

"If you are looking for sexy harem antics then you are apparently going to have to look elsewhere."
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Fullmetal ANNCast: Brotherhood

Mike Toole joins Zac and Hope to finally decide, once and for all (and this is legally binding) which series is better: Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 or Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood? ― ANNCast 212 - Fullmetal ANNCast: Brotherhood Embedded audio player requires an HTML5-compliant browser. Mike Toole joins Zac and Hope to finally decide, once and for all (and this is legally binding) which series is be...
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Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire's Serizawa Plans New Saru Lock Series

Manga artist also teases new series unrelated to Saru Lock ― Manga artist Naoki Serizawa announced over Twitter on Thursday that he is planning new Saru Lock series for Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine. Serizawa began the action comedy manga Saru Lock in 2003 and Kodansha published the 22nd and final compiled volume in 2009. The series inspired a live-action film adaptation and TV drama in 2009. The...
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Snip Your Snap Kits with Sgt. Frog Nippers

Sgt. Frog's Keroro is very excited about building his next Gunpla. The character is teaming up with Nipa-ko, the mascot for GodHand Tools, a company that makes precision instruments like nail clippers, pliers, mounting devices, and full-flush nippers for model building. The collaboration features artwork from Sgt. Frog chief animation director Satoshi Koike, as well as a special pair of plastic mo...
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Sega's Wonder Festival Offerings Include T-Shirts, Figurines

Winter Wonder Festival is happening February 8, and companies are starting to drum up hype for their merchandise offerings. Sega will have a special UFO catcher game on hand where players can try to win one of two Love Live figures, either Nico or Kotori in their "No Brand Girls" costumes. Each figure measures 20cm (about 7.9") and comes with a special Wonder Festival stand. Only 500 of each will ...

Sentai Filmworks Casts Professional Cosplayer Jessica Nigri as Lead in Super Sonico

Nigri previously voiced Cinder Fall in RWBY ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it cast professional cosplayer Jessica Nigri as Sonico in its SoniAni: Super Sonico the Animation English dub. Nigri commented on her enthusiasm for the role: “I always felt a connection with Sonico. She's just got such a positive and genuine spirit about her that when they asked me about playing the part, I squ...

D-Frag! English Dub Casts Austin Tindle, Bryn Apprill, More

Voice actors cast as Kenji Kazama, Roka Shibasaki ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that Austin Tindle will play Kenji Kazama and Bryn Apprill will play Roka Shibasaki in its upcoming English dub of D-Frag!. The newly announced cast joins Whitney Rodgers as Chitose Karasuyama,Tia Ballard as Takao, Caitlin Glass as Minami Ohsawa and Megan Shipman as Sakura Mizukami. The full cast includ...
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Train Bishonen Monsters in Otomate's KLAP!! ~Kind Love And Punishment~ Game

Otomate, a subsection of Idea Factory that develops otome games like Amnesia, Diabolik Lovers, Hakuōki, and Angelique announced the voice cast for their latest title, KLAP!! ~Kind Love and Punishment~, and it looks...enticing? The story follows heroine Koyomi Yamashiro, a 23-year-old college grad with her eyes set on being a high school teacher. Unfortunately, Koyomi fails to place at any schools...
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Light Up Any Outfit with an LED "Hikaru" Skirt or Sneakers

Kayac creative director and interactive designer Kiyoyuki Amano is spearheading the "wearable special effects" skirt project, "Hikaru Skirt." The site claims the skirt turns the "zettai ryouiki" (i.e. the "absolute territory" between where a girl's skirt ends and her stockings begin) into "komorebi ryouiki,"or "territory where sunshine filters through the trees." The images show the model wearing ...

Section 23 Films Adds Patlabor Film, The World God Only Knows OVAs

Also: Ninja Scroll film release date set ― North American anime distributor Section 23 Films announced in its May release slate on Thursday that it will release Patlabor: The Movie on DVD and Blu-ray under its Maiden Japan imprint on May 5. In addition, Sentai Filmworks licensed The World God Only Knows OVAs and will release them as a set on Blu-ray and DVD on May 5. Manga Entertainment and Bandai Vi...

Super Sonico the Animation Will Get English Dub

Dub cast reveal upcoming ― Section 23 Films announced its May release slate on Thursday along with the announcement that SoniAni: Super Sonico the Animation will get an English dub. Sentai Filmworks will release the series on Blu-ray and DVD on May 26. Sentai Filmworks teased a dub cast reveal on Tuesday. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime last year and plans to release it on home video. Crunchyroll...
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Voice Actress Kana Hanazawa Stars in Her 1st Live-Action Feature

Hanazawa will also perform the film's theme song ― Voice Actress Kana Hanazawa's official website announced on Friday that she will play the lead role in the live action film Kimi ga Inakucha Dame Nanda (It's Definitely No Good You're Not Here), which will open in theaters in Japan this March. This will be her first leading role in a live-action production. Hanazawa is also performing the film's them...
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ToHeart2 Dungeon Travelers RPG Headed to PS Vita

Original 2011 PSP game inspired an OVA ― Game developer Aquaplus opened an official website on Thursday for a PlayStation Vita port of the PlayStation Portable game ToHeart2 Dungeon Travelers. The game is slated for release on April 30 in Japan as a premium edition for 7,400 yen (about US$63), regular edition for 4,800 yen (US$41), and download edition for 4,017 yen (US$34). The premium edition will ...
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Shoji Kawamori and Hiroyuki Gotō to Give Seminar On Animation

Creator of Macross franchise to speak on what it takes to create something "original." ― All great masters in any field must first learn from those who came before. That is just as true in the animation industry as any other. In order to help cultivate those who wish to learn more about animation in various different forms, the Suginami Ward and the Association of Japanese Animators will be teaming u...
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Chuya-den Anime Seeks Crowd-Funding For Production

Full-length film revolving around chanbara sport premiered last year ― Yoshiyuki Kaneko (no relation to the voice actor of the same name)- also known as YOSHIKO- announced on Facebook on Wednesday that he is starting crowd-funding to produce a series of original video anime (OVA) episodes, titled Chuya-den ~To regain the missing sun~ (Noon & Night Legend ~To regain the missing sun~), revolving aroun...
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Silver Spoon Season 2 Sub.DVD

Silver Spoon's second season is as good as the first, delivering a well-told story that gently takes hold of you and doesn't let go. ― Silver Spoon, based on the manga of the same name by Fullmetal Alchemist's Hiromu Arakawa, is definitely one of the best depictions of farm life in the entertainment world...which means that if you're squeamish, you want to be prepared. Arakawa's story never flinches ...
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Anohana Team Airs Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da Film's Ad

Director, writer, designer also worked on Toradora! before 2015 film ― The official website for Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da (The Heart Wants to Shout), the original anime film from the anohana (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.) and Toradora! anime staff, opened on Friday and began streaming a teaser commercial. The commercial, which also aired on Fuji TV's Noitamina block on...
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House of 1000 Manga - Cat-Eyed Boy

Shaenon dares enter the vault of Kazuo Umezu's surrealist, ultraviolent horror serial, Cat-Eyed Boy. ― Cat Eyed Boy One of my all-time favorite pieces of comic art is a two-page spread from Jack Kirby's gonzo Planet of the Apes riff Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth. It's a four-color map of Kamandi's postapocalyptic world, packed with detail and such intriguing labels as “Wild Human Preserve,” “Island...

Attack on Titan's Universal Studios Japan Attraction Opens

Musician Hyde previews Evangelion & other attractions before Friday opening ― Universal Studios Japan is formally opening its new Attack on Titan attraction on Friday. "Attack on Titan The Real" is part of the Universal Cool Japan event (along with Evangelion, Resident Evil and Monster Hunter) which will run between January 23 and May 10. Musician and well-known Evangelion fan Hyde was among the cele...

Creative Intelligent Arts Steps Down From Under the Dog Anime

Studio Kinema Citrus now manages project with .hack//SIGN producer Koji Morimoto ― Creative Intelligent Arts (CIA) founder and CEO Hiroaki Yura announced on Thursday that his company is leaving the crowdfunded Under the Dog (UTD) anime project. The studio Kinema Citrus will now manage the project, and Aurora's Koji Morimoto (.hack//SIGN, Please Teacher, CANAAN) will replace Yura as the producer. Yura...
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Attack on Titan: No Regrets Anime's Promo Previews Last Episode

2nd episode shipping with 16th manga volume on April 9 ― Kodansha began streaming a promotional video for the second and final anime episode of the spinoff manga Attack on Titan: No Regrets (Shingeki no Kyojin Gaiden: Kuinaki Sentaku) on Thursday. Erwin: My name is Erwin Smith. How about doing a trade with me? Levi: Trade? Erwin: I won't go any further into your crimes, so enter the Survey Corps. Tex...
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Game's Luffy, Law, Doflamingo, Fujitora Videos Streamed

Game to debut in the Americas this summer ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming gameplay videos of Monkey D. Luffy, Trafalgar Law, Donquixote Doflamingo, and Fujitora for its One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 video game on Thursday: The game will debut in the Americas for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC (via Steam) this summer. The game will ship in Japan on March 26, but no Stea...
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Mysterious Girlfriend X's Ueshiba Draws Parasyte One-Shot Manga

One-shot is 5th in monthly series to promote Parasyte -the maxim- TV anime ― The March issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine is announcing on Saturday that manga creator Riichi Ueshiba will draw a one-shot based on Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte manga, titled "Migii no Tabi" (Migi's Journey). The one-shot is the fifth in a monthly series of original Neo Kiseijū (Neo Parasyte) stories by different creator...
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Rin-ne TV Anime Slated to Premiere on April 4

The official website for the Kyōkai no Rinne (RIN-NE of the Boundary or RIN-NE) television anime is now listing that the series will premiere on Saturday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. on the public broadcaster NHK's E Tele channel. The series based on Rumiko Takahashi's manga will run for 25 episodes. Seiki Sugawara (D-Fragments) is directing the anime at Brains Base (One Week Friends), and Michiko Yokote...
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W Juliet's Emura Starts Idea no Hana Manga's Final Arc

Shōjo manga creator is also drawing W Juliet II sequel ― The March issue of Hakusensha's Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazine is announcing on Monday that Emura's "exotic fantasy" shōjo manga Idea no Hana is entering its final story arc in the same issue. Emura first launched the manga on June 2012, and Hakusensha published the fourth compiled book volume last June. Viz Media published all 14 volumes of W ...
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Square Enix to Unveil New Arcade Game on January 29

Square Enix unveiled a new website on Thursday, teasing the announcement of a brand-new arcade game on Thursday, January 29. The website has a picture containing four logos, and background music. [Via Hachima Kikō]
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New Attack on Titan Plum Wine Features Illustration by Hajime Isayama

For those who missed out on last year's batch of Attack on Titan plum wines, more have been announced. This time, they feature original artwork from series creator Hajime Isayama. The collaboration is no coincidence—the plum wines are produced by the village of Hibiki in Oyama, Oita, which happens to be Isayama's hometown. Previous wines were even made from plums grown by Isayama's mother in ...

Captain Harlock CG Film DVD Listed in N. America by Ketchup Entertainment

English/Japanese DVD listed, with Netflix streaming also ― The distribution company Ketchup Entertainment lists a DVD release of the 3D anime film Space Pirate Captain Harlock on March 3. According to the listing on the online retailer Amazon, the DVD will have both an English dubbing and "the original Japanese version." Director Shinji Aramaki's CG film adapted Leiji Matsumoto's classic Captain Harl...
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Winners For Original Mobile Suit Championship Contest Announced

Three original mobile suit designs chosen ― The Gundam.info portal site announced the winners of the three "courses" of their Gundam Build Fighters Try Original Mobile Suit Championship contest. Held between last September and this January, the contest highlights original mobile suit designs by Gundam fans and celebrates the currently airing Gundam Build Fighters Try television anime. The contest has...
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We Actually Do Listen...

Fewer ads for those of you who are bothered by them. ― In our recent survey about advertising on ANN, and the resulting feedback in the forum, we noticed two issues in particular that bothered a lot of people, and we felt we could rectify fairly easily. We were surprised to learn that a very significant portion of our readers, 46% of you, do not consider the double-underlined in-text ads to be accept...
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Bloodborne Gets Bundle With Its Own Limited-Edition PS4 Variant

System comes in 2 colors, includes laser-etched HDD bay cover & limited first edition of the game ― Sony unveiled a "Bloodborne Limited Edition" PlayStation 4 console bundle on Thursday as a tie-in with From Software's upcoming PlayStation 4 game Bloodborne in Japan. The system bundle will ship on the same day as the game, March 26, and retail for 47,480 yen (about $402, plus tax). The system comes i...

Wednesday, January 21

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Gundam Build Fighters Try ‒ Episodes 14-15

"There are ways in which Try falls short of its predecessor— and also distinct ways it has improved on it."
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Parasyte -the maxim- ‒ Episode 15

"A fairly slow episode this week, and one that largely reflected the strengths and weaknesses of the show at the moment."
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Japanese Comic Ranking, January 12-18

Fairy Tail, Magi, One Piece, Ace of Diamond, Blue Exorcist in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Fairy Tail 47 174,340 174,340 2015/01 Kodansha Hiro Mashima 1 1 2 Magi 24 134,099 134,099 2015/01 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 2 1 3 One Piece 76 104,862 2,761,576 2014/12 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 4 4 Daiya no A (Ace of Diamond) ...
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Singer Rikki Will Hold North American Final Fantasy Concert Debut in New Jersey

Singer performed Final Fantasy X's "Suteki da ne" theme song Final Fantasy X singer Rikki will make her North American concert debut with game franchise composer Nobuo Uematsu, Grammy-winning conduct Arnie Roth, and fellow singer Susan Calloway at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on January 31. Rikki performed the game's main theme "Suteki da ne" and has also worked with both Sound H...
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Xi Gundam Wins Gundam Build Fighters Try Anime Appearance Poll

Last year, the Gundam.info portal site held a poll to let fans choose between 2,000 different Gundam models to appear in Gundam Build Fighters Try. The poll accepted votes until November 12, and then announced the top 10 Gundam on November 28. A total of 52,861 votes were cast. The top 10 mecha were (in no particular order): RX-124 Gundam TR-6 [Woundwort] Xi Gundam Shisukudo Shisukudo [A.E.U.G] S...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, January 12-18

Kenka Banchō 6 ~Soul & Blood~, Diabolik Lovers limited edition debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: January 12-18 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yōkai Watch 2 Shin'uchi Level 5 December 13 50,244 2,372,371 65 23DS Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Pokémon November 21 24,964 2,457,623 33DS Kenka Banchō 6 ~Soul & Blood~ Spike Chunsoft January 15 24,27...
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Download the Score for the Hiroshima Ballad Based on Barefoot Gen Author's Poem

Shortly after Barefoot Gen author Keiji Nakazawa's death in 2012, his wife Misayo discovered a poem that he had written entitled "Hiroshima, Ai no Kawa" (The love rivers of Hiroshima). Asked later, Misayo recalled a time when Nakazawa may have started writing the poem. When she noticed that the word genbaku (atomic bomb) was not in it, Nakazawa replied, "You don't have to say genbaku. The river sy...

D-Frag! English Dub Casts Whitney Rodgers, Tia Ballard

Voice actresses cast as Chitose Karasuyama, Takao ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Wednesday that Whitney Rodgers will play Chitose Karasuyama and Tia Ballard will play Takao in its upcoming English dub of D-Frag!. The company is announcing cast members every day for the next three days. The newly announced cast joins Caitlin Glass as Minami Ohsawa and Megan Shipman as Sakura Mizukami. D-Frag!...
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KanColle ‒ Episode 3

"Since its source material is light on story content, KanColle is free to do as it pleases, and if the writers want to use that freedom to make an action series with dramatic weight, then more power to them."
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Former AKB48 Idol's Crowdfunding Campaign Includes Date Rewards

The former AKB48 idol Anna Mori is crowdfunding her first photobook after recently turning 20 years old (the "age of majority" in Japan, similar to turning 18 in the U.S.) and quickly raised 2,000,000 yen (about US$16,957) with a little help from some unique backer rewards. Mori offered three dates for backers who paid 200,000 yen (US$1,695). All three dates are sold out. Backers could choose bet...

Anohana Team's Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da Film's Key Visual Unveiled

Teaser to premiere Thursday night in Japan ― Anime news website AnimeAnime posted and removed an article on Thursday unveiling the first key visual (pictured right) for the original anime film Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da (The Heart Wants to Shout) from the anohana (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.) and Toradora! anime staff. A 15-second teaser will air on Fuji TV's Noitamina...
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The Testament of Sister New Devil ‒ Episode 3

"I still feel like this story has potential – and the end of this episode may provide the kick the show needs to start using it."

Omega Shenron, SS4 Gogeta Join Dragon Ball Xenoverse Game

Screenshots, Western DLC content unveiled ― Bandai Namco Games announced on Wednesday that Omega Shenron and Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta will join its upcoming game Dragon Ball Xenoverse. The company also unveiled screenshots. In addition to the newly announced characters, the screenshots preview several characters' Villainous forms. The game's antagonist Towa will be able to turn characters evil with the ...
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Sailor Moon Wands and Brooches Inspire Sweets-Shaped Trinkets

Sailor Moon fans will soon be able to decorate their belongings with accessories that look good enough to eat. Of course, it helps that they're shaped like cookies, cupcakes, and chocolates. Made by Re-Ment, a toy company known for their tiny figurines and miniature food sets, the six piece set features charms shaped like a Transformation Brooch cupcake, a Cutie Moon Rod macaroon cookie, a Crystal...
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Sushi and Beyond Book About Japanese Food Gets TV Anime

Rareko to direct anime that chronicles British writer's trip to Japan with his family ― British travel and dining journalist Michael Booth's book Sushi and Beyond (Japanese title: Eikoku Ikke, Nihon o Taberu, or "British Family, Eat Japan) will get a television anime adaptation that will begin airing on NHK World for an international audience on April 12. The series will also air on NHK for Japan beg...
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Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-

Xrd is not just a next-generation fighting game, it's also a complete package in every department. Could it be the pinnacle of modern fighting games? ― The last fighting game release in the Guilty Gear series was (putting aside several patches) GGXX Accent Core in 2006: rights issues put another GG fighting game out of the question. After the strange, brilliant, and largely ignored Guilty Gear 2-- a ...

Evo 2015 Tournament's 9-Game Roster Unveiled

Ultra Street Fighter IV, Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax, Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-, Super Smash Bros., more ― Tournament organizer Mike Ross and Mr. Wizard from fighting game website Shoryuken announced the lineup of games for this year's Evolution Championship Series during a Twitch livestream on Tuesday. The full list of games is as follows: Ultra Street Fighter IV Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Super Smash B...
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The X Button - Blazing Trials

It’s a Kickstarter roundup this week, with firebirds and moons and blood-drenched throwbacks! Plus Fire Emblem, Xenoblade, and a second look at a Sega celebration. ― I mentioned Hi-sCoool! SeHa Girls a few weeks ago, as it does its best to broadside game nerds, and Sega nerds in particular, with their favorite things. It follows the school days of three giant-headed girls, and each is based on a Seg...
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Otakon Vegas 2015

Otakon Vegas wrapped a couple days ago, with JAM Project and the cast of Cowboy Bebop in attendance. Bamboo's got the full report and a cosplay gallery from the show floor. ― Otakon Vegas celebrated its second year this past weekend at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Just as last year, it occupied a sizable corner of the hotel's mezzanine, elevating it above the din and smok...
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Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!

"As a parody of a genre that can still entertain in its own right, this series walks the line of critiquing and venerating the magical girl genre with finesse."
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Yo-kai Watch, Be Blues Win 60th Shogakukan Awards

Joō no Hana, Asahinagu, Aoi Honō also win this year ― The judging committee of the 60th Shogakukan Manga Awards announced this year's winners on Wednesday. Each winning title will be honored with a bronze statuette and a prize of 1 million yen (about US$8,520). Shogakukan itself publishes all five of the winners. Best Children's Manga Yo-kai Watch Noriyuki Konishi Serialized in Coro Coro Comic (Shoga...
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Grisaia Game Trilogy Green-Lit for Steam

Sekai Project seeked votes to publish bishojo visual novel via PC service ― Sekai Project confirmed on their Twitter account that the Grisaia series of visual novels, titled The Fruit of Grisaia, The Labyrinth of Grisaia, and The Eden of Grisaia, have been green-lit under Steam Greenlight. The program allows developers to advertise their game or software, and community support decides which titles wi...
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Vampire Knight Stage Play Shown in Photos

Nogizaka46 idol Yumi Wakatsuki stars as heroine in all-female play adaptation of Matsuri Hino's manga ― The stage play of Matsuri Hino's Vampire Knight manga opened in Tokyo on Wednesday, and website Comic Natalie is hosting photos from the play. Comic Natalie has a large amount of additional photos. Root, a female model of "boys-style" clothing, plays Zero Kiryū. Nogizaka46 idol group member Yumi Wa...
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Attack on Titan Gets Crossover With Maple Story Game

Dress up as main characters, fight with Colossal titan on Wall Rose, more ― Nexon's Maple Story online game began a crossover with Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga and anime adaptation on Tuesday. Characters that are level 30 and above are able to enter the special Attack on Titan collaboration world through a portal. Special coins are needed to participate in episodic content themed after the ...
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Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow 2nd OVA's Home Release Previewed in Video

Aegean Umi no Megami premiered in Japanese theaters on January 10 ― Kadokawa began streaming a promotional video for the home video release Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow Vol. 2 - Aegean Umi no Megami (Goddess of the Aegean Sea) original video anime (OVA) on Wednesday. The video features the project's main theme song, "Connect Link" by Yoko Ishida (Ah! My Goddess, Pretear). Narrator: The Blu...
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1st Sailor Moon Anime to Rerun on Japanese TV

NHK announced in a briefing on Wednesday that the first Sailor Moon anime series will rerun on their NHK BS Premium satellite television service. The rerun is scheduled to begin on April 6, and it will show one episode every Monday at 6:30 p.m. JST. NHK explained that this has become a venue for "masterpiece anime"; BS Premium also ran such anime as Anne of Green Gables and Nichijou - My Ordinary ...
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Snow Miku 2015 Events Promoted in TV Ad

Snow sculptures, live concerts, goods sales, other events in week-long event ― A 15-second commercial began airing on Tuesday for Snow Miku 2015, an annual event held alongside the Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido to celebrate the winter-inspired Hatsune Miku character "Snow Miku." Events will be held from February 5 to February 11 across three separate locales. The Odori Nishi 11-chome Site will di...
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Digital Boys-Love Comedy Manga Narudoma Gets 2015 TV Anime

Kometokaita Meter's story of narcissistic Hagito, masochistic Kei, other colorful characters ― The wraparound jacket band on Kometokaite Meter's first Narudoma manga volume is announcing on Friday that a television anime has been green-lit for this year. The "unorthodox hard surreal gag" comedy centers around the narcissistic (narushi na) Hagito and the masochistic (domazo na) Kei. Together they are ...
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Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy Game's 1st English Trailer Streamed

PS Vita games heads to North America on April 14 ― NIS America began streaming its first English trailer for for Experience, Inc. and 5pb.'s Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (Tōkyō Shin Seiroku: Operation Abyss) PlayStation Vita game on Tuesday. The story follows two girls who hold the key to solving serial kidnappings in Tokyo. Contrary to rumors, the case is not just an urban legend. Victims conti...
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Kamisama Kiss Stage Musical's Nanami Unveiled in Costume

4th character visual revealed as cast & director offer comments ― A new visual for the Kamisama Kiss (Kamisama Hajimemashita) stage musical debuted on Wednesday. It shows the character of Nanami Momozono, played by actor Saki Terashima. Each actor also made some comments in a media event on Wednesday. Terashima said, "It's been eight years since I was last part of a stage play, but being gathered to...
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Yamada-kun & the Seven Witches TV Anime Casts Tomokazu Sugita, Yuuki Ono

Actors reprise roles of 2nd-year students from OADs of Miki Yoshikawa's manga ― The official website for the Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo) television anime confirmed on Tuesday that Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama, Macross Frontier) and Yuuki Ono (Kuroko's Basketball, Durarara!!×2) will also star in the series. Sugita will play second-year student Hideaki Tsurukawa, and Ono ...
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Atelier Shallie Game's Gameplay, Event Videos Streamed

PS3 alchemy RPG to ship in North America on March 10, in Europe on March 13 ― Game publisher KOEI Tecmo Europe began streaming an English-dubbed gameplay and event videos for its release of the Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea PlayStation 3 game on Tuesday. The game serves as the final chapter in the "Dusk" trilogy, and takes place in a world where the waterbeds are drying up and plant lif...
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Sailor Moon Now Offers a Heart-Shaped Mobile Phone

Heart phone comes with Sailor Moon stickers, charm, heart-shaped charger in March ― Bandai has us covered on heart-shaped Sailor Moon pins, charms, and bags. So why not a heart-shaped mobile phone? Presenting the Heart x Sailor Moon Collaboration Set: The "Heart" is actually a mobile phone that Yahoo! mobile and Willcom will begin offering in late March. However, the Premium Bandai service's Heart x ...
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Kuroko's Basketball 3DS Gameplay Videos Streamed

2nd Kuroko's Basketball game for 3DS ships March 26 ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming two gameplay videos for the Kuroko no Basuke Mirai e no Kizuna (Kuroko's Basketball: Ties of the Future) Nintendo 3DS game on Sunday. The game is slated for release in Japan on March 26 for 5,690 yen (about US$48). Outdoor version: Indoor Version: Unlike the previous 3DS game, the new one lets players move charac...
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Yūya Kanzaki's Ouroboros Manga 'Nearing Climax' in Comic @ Bunch Mag

Live-action adaptation starring Shun Oguri, Toma Ikuta premiered last week ― The March issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic @ Bunch magazine revealed on Wednesday in its preview image for the April issue that Yūya Kanzaki's Ouroboros -Keisatsu o Sabaku wa Ware ni Ari- manga is "on the verge of the climax in this magazine." In Japanese, the word "climax" is often used to mean "ending." The preview adds...
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