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Astro Toy - Mega Drive Megatron

In his final Astro Toy column, David explores a Sega Megadrive with a secret. You might, in fact, say that it's a robot... in disguise. ― Mega Drive Megatron Maker: Takara/Tomy (with Sentinel) Series: Transformers / Hi☆sCoool! Seha Girls Price: $100 Well, let's get the big thing out of the way: this is my final Astro Toy column. The column is undergoing some major changes in format for 2015 and I've...
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The List - 7 Times Anime Danced Its Butt Off

There are dozens of times in anime where our heroes break out into a dance number; here are seven of the booty-shaking best. ― There is an undeniable crossover between voice actors, J-Pop, and otaku culture. If a voice actress can be marketed as an anisong singer, she can supplement her income outside of the sound booth with concerts, CD sales, and more merchandise. Sometimes all of this gets mashed...
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Yukarism GN 1

Yukarism's first volume isn't groundbreaking or fabulous, but it is an interesting story about how the past can bleed into the present. ― When Yukari Kobayakawa was born, his parents were told that he still had memories of his past life. This, the attending priest told them, was indicated by the huge scar that crossed his torso, like a cut from a sword. The scar eventually faded, but the priest's wor...
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Umineko When They Cry Episode 4: Alliance of the Golden Witch Volume 2 GN 8

Umineko: When They Cry's eighth series volume (and second in the arc) whips things back up to fever pitch by the end of the book, but it takes some time for it to get there. ― Warning: This review contains spoilers for previous volumes. The fourth arc of Ryukishi07's Umineko: When They Cry, Alliance of the Golden Witch distinguished itself from its brethren by reminding us of the existence of Battle...
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Answerman - Shouting Into The (Icy) Wind

It's only one week 'till Xmas, but Justin is distracted by getting hammered by questions about new seasons of every show under the sun. Also, interlaced Blu-rays, what convinced Japan to stream, and why there are still holdouts. ― I can't keep track of anything this week. It's insane. Between the Sony Pictures hack (which is just such a spectacular plane crash of an incident that I can barely wrap m...
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The ANNCast Holiday Special 2014

It's snowing outside and your relatives won't stop arguing, so why not curl up by the fire with Zac and Justin for a 2 and a half hour argument about movies and anime? ― The ANNCast Holiday Special 2014 Get the Flash Player to see this player. It's snowing outside and your relatives won't stop arguing, so why not curl up by the fire with Zac and Justin for a 2 and a half hour argument about movies a...
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Kiss of the Rose Princess GN 1

Kiss of the Rose Princess' first volume is a lot of fun. It may lack plot direction, but the jokes are spot-on. ― There is something about a reverse harem that invariably leads one to wonder whether or not it was based on an otome game. In the case of Kiss of the Rose Princess' first volume, those fleeting thoughts vanish fairly quickly as it becomes obvious that Aya Shouoto's shoujo series is less a...
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House of 1000 Manga - Learn English with Jojo's Bizarre Adventure!

Of all the many wonderful gifts bestowed upon us by Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, now we can count the gift of English among them. ― House of 1000 Manga Special: Learn English with Jojo's Bizarre Adventure! Beyond the level of "Where is the hotel?", you can tell a lot about cultural perceptions by how people study a language. In the early 1990s, when Japan was synonymous with big business, Mangajin maga...
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Monday, December 22

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Tokyo Ghoul Creator: Season 2 Will Be 12 Episodes

In response to a Twitter follower, Tokyo Ghoul manga creator Sui Ishida reported that the second Tokyo Ghoul anime season will be 12 episodes long. The new season, Tokyo Ghoul √A, will premiere on January 8, and Funimation will stream the anime as it airs in Japan. Whereas Ishida was credited with creating the original manga for the first season, Ishida is now also credited with the original story...
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Boruto -Naruto the Movie- Site Opens With Manga Excerpt

Sequel film to open in August ― The official website for Boruto -Naruto the Movie-, the upcoming film sequel to the Naruto manga and The Last -Naruto the Movie-, opened with an excerpt from the final chapter of the manga on Monday. The same panels appeared in the teaser video that announced next year's film, after the end of The Last -Naruto the Movie-. The comic reads: Naruto: You may be having a to...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Game's Jump Festa Trailer English-Dubbed

New DB game for PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One/PC debuts in U.S. on February 17 ― Bandai Namco Games America began streaming the English-dubbed Jump Festa trailer for the Dragon Ball Xenoverse fighting game on Sunday. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 consoles in Japan on February 5, 2015, and then in the United States on February 17. The first copies in Japan...
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Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4's Jump Festa Trailer English-Subtitled

PS4/Xbox One/PC game slated for 2015 from Bandai Namco, CyberConnect2 ― Bandai Namco Games America began streaming the English-subtitled version of the Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (Naruto Shippūden Narutimate Storm 4) fighting game's Jump Festa trailer on Sunday. Bandai Namco Games will ship the latest game by developer CyberConnect2 next year. The company announced last week that it will...
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Yoru no Yatterman Anime's New Promo Previews Cast, Screen mode's Song

Shizuka Itou, Chiaki Takahashi, Hiroyuki Yoshino join cast for January anime ― Tatsunoko Productions began streaming a new promotional video for the upcoming Yoru no Yatterman anime on Monday. The video features the opening theme song "Kyokugen Dreamer" (Limit Dreamer) by the duo Screen mode. Boyacky: I absolutely won't let you go! Tonzra: Hey! How long are you going to sleep!? Boyacky: I want to sav...
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Library Wars: Love & War Shōjo Manga Gets New Series in March

Kiiro Yumi's take on Hiro Arikawa's sci-fi novels that also inspired anime, live-action film ― The February 2015 issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine is announcing on Wednesday that the Toshokan Sensō: Love & War Bessatsu-hen (Library Wars: Love & War Extra) manga series will launch in the May issue on March 24. Kiiro Yumi just ended the main Library Wars: Love & War manga in the same February 2015 is...
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Assassination Classroom Anime's 2-Minute Promo Streamed

Class 3-E receives order to kill their alien teacher in Winter 2015 anime ― The official website for the Assassination Classroom anime debuted a 130-second "long promotional video" and a new key visual on Monday. Nagisa (as voiced by Mai Fuchigami), Kaede (Aya Suzaki), Karma (Nobuhiko Okamoto), Yuma (Ryota Ohsaka), and Hiroto (Shintaro Asanuma) sing the opening theme song, "Seishun Satsubatsu-ron" (Y...

Sunday, December 21

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Astro Boy Reboot's 1st Image Unveiled

French/Monacan/Japanese project to use both 2D and CG animation ― The official website for the French, Monacan, and Japanese Astro Boy reboot project is now hosting a background image featuring the title character. Japan's Tezuka Productions, France's Caribara Animation, and Monaco's Shibuya Productions are collaborating on the series using both 2D and CG techniques. The show's planned 26 episodes wi...

Shonen Jump's J-Stars Victory VS+ Heads West on PS3/PS4/Vita

Summer release of manga crossover 3D fighter adds PS4 support, Arcade Mode ― Bandai Namco Games announced on Sunday that it will release the Shonen Jump manga crossover fighting game J-Stars Victory VS+ in the Americas next summer. It will run on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, "and for the first time ever, PlayStation 4." The Western release will also add an Arcade Mode. Over 50 characters from...

Discotek Adds Lupin III: Jigen's Gravestone, Yowapeda, Go Nagai World, Toei's Little Mermaid, Iria

Lupin III: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone to come with English dub ― Discotek announced on Sunday that it has licensed five new titles for North American distribution: Lupin III: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone (Lupin the IIIrd: Jigen Daisuke no Bohyō), Yowamushi Pedal, Iria - Zeiram the Animation, Little Mermaid (Andersen Dōwa - Ningyo Hime), and Go Nagai World (CB Chara Go Nagai World). Discotek also announ...
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Mushishi: The Next Chapter ‒ Episode 20

"It's a terrific note for the series to go out on, perfectly paced, directed, executed, and overflowing with the "passive forgiveness" that keeps Ginko going as a mushi master."
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Yoga Instructor Offers Pokemon-Themed Sessions for Convention Attendees

Florida yoga instructor Lacy Amoeba has been helping anime convention-goers stay relaxed and fit for several years, offering "nerd yoga" in the back of Winter Park, FL's A Comic Shop. She's since taken her practices to anime conventions, offering morning Pokemon-themed yoga sessions to anyone needing a break from the weekend hustle-and-bustle. Just last weekend she attended Holiday Matsuri 2014, o...
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Gugure! Kokkuri-san ‒ Episode 12

"This final episode focuses on the characters who give the show the most heart and humor, and everyone who appears plays their roles perfectly."
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Tales of Zestiria Game Promo Shows Off Cut Scenes

PS3 game slated for January 22 in Japan ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming an extended promotional video for Tales of Zestiria PlayStation 3 game on Sunday. Like the earlier promotional video for the game's anime special, the video recounts games from the Tales of franchise. Namco (now known as Bandai Namco Entertainment) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Tales of RPG series. One o...
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Wolf Girl & Black Prince ‒ Episode 12

"While the series may have never been completely original, it was fresh enough to make it a worthwhile watch for shojo romance fans of this ilk."
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Ochibi-san Stop-Motion Short Film Gets Making-Of Video

The IndieGoGo campaign for manga creator Moyoco Anno and director Masashi Kawamura's short film based on Anno's The Diary of Ochibi-san manga updated with a making-of video on Thursday. The campaign is seeking to raise US$3,000 by February 07, 2015. The update notes that the "Spring" part of the short is complete after eight days of shooting. The short film is part of Hideaki Anno's Japan Animator...
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CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon ‒ Episode 12

"Wherever the plot goes next, it will be with a stronger female lead than the series has previously had."
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Fans Vote For Which Anime Heroes They'd Rather Not Be

While most surveys ask fans which anime and manga protagonists they'd like to be, MyNavi Student recently asked its readers, "Which anime would you not want to be the hero of?" Readers' justifications ranged from, "I don't want to be bullied everyday," to "the hero is probably in pain every day," to "I would be too traumatized." Here is the top 10: Doraemon Dragon Ball A Dog of Flanders Neon Genes...
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World Trigger ‒ Episode 11

"It's the final daily streaming writeup for World Trigger, and this episode proves that the source was done a real disservice in this adaptation. "
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Gameplay Videos Pit Goku vs Beerus, Super 17

New Dragon Ball game for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC to ship in Japan on February 5 ― Shueisha's Jump Festa 2015 event premiered three gameplay videos for the upcoming Dragon Ball Xenoverse game. The videos show Super Saiyan God Goku versus Beerus, Beerus versus Whis, and Super Saiyan 4 Goku versus Super 17. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 consoles...
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The Fruit of Grisaia ‒ Episode 12

"Here's hoping that this can manage to end as well as it began."
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Daily Cosplay - Final Fantasy VII's Tifa Lockhart

Character: Tifa Lockhart Title: Final Fantasy VII Cosplayer: Rina Photographer: Muramatsuri Photos (Elmer Ma) Shoot Location: Oakland & San Francisco, CA This week we're featuring cosplay photographer Elmer Ma. We asked him: "What tips can you offer cosplayers to get the shots that they want?" "Don't be hesitant to let the photographer know your thoughts! Everyone gets different things out of anim...
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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Blu-ray/DVD Release Slated For February

Universal Studios Home Entertainment releases first Ghibli film in N. America on February 17 ― Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced it will release Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya in a Blu-ray combo pack on February 17, 2015. Princess Kaguya is the first Studio Ghibli film to be distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment in North America. The offic...
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Haikyu Anime Sequel Celebrated With Art by Manga Creator, Director, Character Designer

Haruichi Furudate, Susumu Mitsunaka, Takahiro Kishida draw tributes to sequel & Christmas cards ― The Haikyu!! "super stage" event at Jump Festa 2015 confirmed on Saturday that production of an anime sequel has been green-lit. It also unveiled a new visual by character designer Takahiro Kishida. Manga creator Haruichi Furudate drew Christmas cards for distribution at Jump Festa: 刷り上って参りました、明日からのジャンフェ...
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One Week Friends Manga Slated to End on January 22

The January issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine is announcing on Monday that Matcha Hazuki's Isshukan Friends (One Week Friends) manga will end in the magazine's next issue, which will ship on January 22. The issue will feature the manga on its front cover, and the manga's final chapter, "Mata, Tomodachi ni Natte Kudasai." (Please Be My Friend, Again.), will have a color opening page. Th...
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Lord Marksman and Vanadis ‒ Episode 12

"This was meant to be a "big" episode for the series, but for some reason, it sure didn't feel like it."
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Astro Toy - Mega Drive Megatron

In his final Astro Toy column, David explores a Sega Megadrive with a secret. You might, in fact, say that it's a robot... in disguise. ― Mega Drive Megatron Maker: Takara/Tomy (with Sentinel) Series: Transformers / Hi☆sCoool! Seha Girls Price: $100 Well, let's get the big thing out of the way: this is my final Astro Toy column. The column is undergoing some major changes in format for 2015 and I've...
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Celestial Method ‒ Episode 12

"As of the events of this week, I'm kind of wishing that Celestial Method had left it to our imaginations and just ended with episode eleven."
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CyberConnect2 CEO Interviewed on Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

Bandai Namco America visits developer of its fighting game franchise ― Bandai Namco Games America streamed its Tokyo visit to CyberConnect2, the developer of its Narutimate (Ultimate Ninja) fighting game franchise for Naruto. In the video, CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Maruyama discussed his company's plans for the recently announced Naruto Shippūden Narutimate Storm 4 (Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja S...
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One Piece: Episode of Chopper Film's New Edition Teased in Ads

New Year's Eve airing to add epilogue based on previously unanimated manga art ― Two television commercials aired this week and last week for the 2014 special edition of the 2008 film One Piece: Episode of Chopper + Fuyu ni Saku, Kiseki no Sakura. The new edition will add new animated footage to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the One Piece television anime. The new special edition will air on Fu...
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Man With A Mission, Alisa Takigawa Perform The Seven Deadly Sins' New Songs

"Seven Deadly Sins" opening, "Season" ending to debut next year ― The official website for The Seven Deadly Sins television anime confirmed that the rock band MAN WITH A MISSION and singer Alisa Takigawa will perform the anime's second set of opening and ending theme songs, respectively. Man With A Mission's opening theme is simply titled "Seven Deadly Sins" in English, and its CD single will go on s...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven PS3/PS4 Game's Promo Streamed

Hiroshi Kamiya voices manga artist Rohan Kishibe in upcoming game ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming the first promotional video for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game on Sunday. The beginning of the video features narration from character Rohan Kishibe (voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya): Rohan: Well... It doesn't matter if the number of people that know about...
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One Piece Manga Inspires Kabuki Play Next Fall

Ennosuke Ichikawa IV to star as lead ― A traditional Japanese kabuki stage play inspired by Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga was announced at the Jump Festa event on Sunday. Tokyo's Shinbashi Enbujō theater will host the play throughout October and November 2015, and it will star Ennosuke Ichikawa IV (seen right) as the lead. Ichikawa IV commented on the collaboration, saying, "The One Piece manga is s...

Digital Manga Rainy Cocoa With Bilingual Voices Gets TV Anime

Hiro Shimono, Joel McDonald, Hikaru Midorikawa, Ian Sinclair, Mamoru Miyano, Vic Mignogna, more ― The official website for the Japanese/English digital manga Rainy Cocoa announced on Saturday that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit for next year. The creators describe Rainy Cocoa as one of the world's first digital manga which allows readers to toggle between Japanese and English text a...

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma's New Video, Cast, Theme Performers Unveiled

Natsuki Hanae, Yuuki Ono, Saori Onishi, Takahiro Sakurai join Spring TV anime ― The "Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Super Stage" event at Jump Festa 2015 unveiled a new promotional video, more cast members, and the performers of the opening and ending theme songs for the television anime on Sunday. Narrator: Tōtsuki Culinary Academy. Students who graduate: Under one percent. The palace of cooking that ...

Naruto Shippuden Anime's Next Arc Begins in January

Director had hinted in interview that a new development would start in early 2015 ― A poster at the Jump Festa 2015 event revealed on Sunday that the new arc in the Naruto Shippuden anime will be titled "Naruto no Senaka ~Nakama no Kiseki~" (The Back of Naruto ~The Miracle of Comrades~), and will premiere in January. The poster features characters Naruto, Hinata, Tenten, Neji, Lee, Kiba, Ino, Sakura,...
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Naoki Urasawa Puts Billy Bat Manga on Hiatus Until April

Weekly series had just returned from another hiatus in October ― 2015's combined 4th/5th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine is reporting on Thursday that Naoki Urasawa will put his Billy Bat manga on hiatus until April. Kodansha is compiling the latest published chapters into the manga's 16th volume, which will ship in March. The manga had just returned from a hiatus in October. Urusawa put the ser...

Gintama Gets New TV Anime Series in April

New series based on Hideaki Sorachi's action comedy manga to air on TV Tokyo ― The Gintama event at Jump Festa 2015 announced on Sunday that a new television anime series has been green-lit. The new series will premiere on TV Tokyo and its affiliates in April 2015. Hideaki Sorachi's original Gintama action comedy manga inspired a television anime that premiered in 2006 and continued (with several ext...

Saturday, December 20

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Sword Art Online: Lost Song's New Characters Teased in Ad

More details to be revealed on Monday ― A new commercial for Bandai Namco Games' March 26 PlayStation 3/PS Vita action role-playing game Sword Art Online: Lost Song aired during the final Sword Art Online II episode on Saturday. The commercial feature visuals of the game's original characters and teases, "The gears slowly turn… A brilliant scientist singing of peace in the VR world. The singer's guar...

To Love-Ru Darkness Gets 2nd Season, New PS Vita Dating Sim

To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness 2nd season & True Princess game ― The "To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness Super Stage" event at Jump Festa 2015 announced on Sunday that production on a second television anime season, To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness 2nd, has been green-lit. The event unveiled the new season's key visual and title logo. The new season will reunite the main cast and staff from the first season. ...
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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ‒ Episode 11

"Another comedy/character development episode, but with the focus on Shirou and Rin's burgeoning feelings for each other."

2nd Nisekoi Season's New Voice Actress, April Premiere Revealed

Ayane Sakura plays new character Haru Onodera ― The official Twitter account for the Nisekoi manga and anime confirmed on Sunday that the second television anime season will premiere in April. It also announced that voice actress Ayane Sakura will play a new character, Haru Onodera. The staff and cast held a stage event at Jump Festa 2015 on Sunday. TVアニメ2期「ニセコイ:」2015年4月より放送開始です!☆*:.。. (≧▽≦) .。.:*☆ 新...
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Sailor Moon Crystal ‒ Episode 12

"Delivers the worst possible version of the Sailor Moon story - a pile of strung-together superhero and romance clichés."
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Resident Evil Revelations 2's Opening Cinematic Posted

Claire Redfield, Moira Burton featured from PS4/PS3/Xbox One/Xbox 360/PC/Vita game ― Capcom posted the opening cinematic for its Resident Evil Revelations 2 survival horror game on Friday. The video teases that "we see Claire Redfield and Moira Burton abducted by... someone." Capcom will release the game for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. Beginning on February 17 in Nor...
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CUBETYPE's Touhou Project Dōjin Shooter Heads to PS4

Gensō no Rondo joins ZUN, Mediascape's "Play, Doujin" project ― Mediascape officially unveiled the "Play, Doujin" project, which will publish dōjin games (such as fan-made Touhou Project titles) on PlayStation platforms, on Thursday. The company will release games on both the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita in collaboration with Touhou Project creator ZUN. Mediascape announced that CUBETYPE, a circle known...
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Monogatari 'Final Season's' Tsukimonogatari Opening Streamed

Saori Hayami sings "Orange Mint" as Yotsugi Ononoki for New Year's Eve anime ― The official website for Tsukimonogatari (Possession Story), the anime of the first story in the "Final Season" of the NisiOisin's Monogatari Series, began streaming the opening animation sequence on Saturday. The video features the opening theme song "Orange Mint" sung by the character Yotsugi Ononoki (as voiced by Saori ...
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Sword Art Online II ‒ Episode 24

"Sword Art Online has sometimes struggled and sometimes flat-out failed, but it's always wanted to be a show that's actually about something, and I respect that."
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Live-Action Prophecy/Yokokuhan Teaser Unveils June 6 Premiere

Toma Ikuta, Erika Toda star in adaptation of Tetsuya Tsutsui's suspense manga ― The official website for the live-action adaptation of Tetsuya Tsutsui's suspense manga Prophecy (Yokokuhan) began streaming the film's teaser trailer on Saturday. The trailer reveals that the film will open on June 6. At the beginning of the video, the Newspaper Man says, "You're misunderstanding. I'm not doing this for ...
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Armin Leads the Survey Corps in the Attack on Stretching

Who knew that looking stiff and scared was a stretch routine? ― The brave souls in the Survey Corps who venture beyond the walls to take on Titans must undergo extensive training to be counted among the best. They must be both sound in mind and in body, and be in peak physical condition. Thinking over the physical exertion they must go through day after day, it's only natural to think that their typi...
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Dragon Quest Heroes 2nd Promo Video Introduces New Villain

Main cast introduced for PS3/PS4 game shipping February 26 ― Square Enix began streaming a second promotional video on Saturday for its upcoming PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game Dragon Quest Heroes: Yamiryū to Sekai Ki no Shiro (Dragon Quest Heroes: The Darkness Dragon & the Castle of the World Tree). The video offers a look at the new antagonist, who introduces himself as Helmut. The video intro...
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Final Fantasy Agito's Jump Fest Trailer Streamed

Smartphone game slated for release in N. America ― Square Enix began streaming a Final Fantasy Agito trailer that is being shown at the Jump Festa event over the weekend. The video is the game's fifth game's fifth trailer, titled "Shingun" (Advance). In the free-to-play Final Fantasy Agito mobile game, players are elite Akademia cadets aiming to become an Agito by completing combat missions and deepe...
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Percentage of Middle-Aged Hikikomori Unexpectedly High

Researcher estimates at least a million in Japan ― Asaichi, a Japanese news program on NHK, recently shed a light on Japan's reclusive hikikomori community — adults who withdraw into their homes for extended periods of time, only emerging to go shopping. Sometimes referred to as "SNEPs" (Solitary Non-Employed Persons), they are commonly thought of as young adults going through a difficult phase ...
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Log Horizon 2 ‒ Episode 12

"This was definitely not a high-stakes episode, but it gave the show some needed resolution and downtime, and the pieces are already assembling for the show's next act."
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Gets Special Edition PS4

Also: game's Jump Festa trailer streamed ― Square Enix unveiled a special "Suzaku Edition" PlayStation 4 at Jump Festa on Saturday as a tie-in with its upcoming PlayStation 4 game Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. The system will ship on the same day as the game, March 19, and retail for 46,980 yen (about US$393). Pre-orders will open on Monday. The system will include the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD game, a Dual...
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Piccolo Saves Christmas When He's Not Saving Namekians

Comic book fan, cosplay aficionado, and 15-year veteran deputy sheriff Michael Wilson (@knightmage) brought cheer to countless families on December 18 when he strolled into his local Ohio Toys R Us dressed as Dragon Ball's Piccolo and paid off everyone's layaways. He posted pictures on Facebook, adding, "There's going to be some happy people when they find out their layaway's was paid off thanks t...

Yo-kai Watch to Air in U.S., Europe, Other Regions Globally

Jibanyan and Whisper's names will remained unchanged ― Level-5 president Akihiro Hino announced at the Eiga Yo-kai Watch Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan! event on Saturday that the anime Yo-Kai Watch will be broadcast overseas. Hino specifically mentioned America and Europe, but said there would be other regions. Hino stated that, although many of the Yo-kai's names will be changed, Jibanyan and Whisper's w...
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The List - 7 Times Anime Danced Its Butt Off

There are dozens of times in anime where our heroes break out into a dance number; here are seven of the booty-shaking best. ― There is an undeniable crossover between voice actors, J-Pop, and otaku culture. If a voice actress can be marketed as an anisong singer, she can supplement her income outside of the sound booth with concerts, CD sales, and more merchandise. Sometimes all of this gets mashed...
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Yukarism GN 1

Yukarism's first volume isn't groundbreaking or fabulous, but it is an interesting story about how the past can bleed into the present. ― When Yukari Kobayakawa was born, his parents were told that he still had memories of his past life. This, the attending priest told them, was indicated by the huge scar that crossed his torso, like a cut from a sword. The scar eventually faded, but the priest's wor...

Mushishi: The Next Chapter Gets Film in Early Summer

Special compilation of main manga's last arc "Suzu no Shizuku" ― The Mushishi: The Next Chapter anime's television broadcast ended on Sunday with an announcement that the Mushishi: The Next Chapter's Suzu no Shizuku arc will play in theaters early in Summer 2015. The film will be a special compilation of "Suzu no Shizuku," which was the last two-chapter arc in the main manga series. The anime's websi...
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Blood Blockade Anime's Jump Festa 2015 Promo Unveiled

More characters featured in newest video for April anime from Bones ― Shueisha revealed a new promotional video for the television anime of Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront manga on Saturday at the Jump Festa 2015 event. Text: The city called New York disappered in a single instant. Leonard: This place is bustling, just as usual. A town where uncommon things are commonplace. I want to te...
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GARO THE ANIMATION ‒ Episode 12

"This was an important, well-executed episode, but it also made a number of small missteps, character-wise."
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Terraformars ‒ Episode 13

"It's not perfect by any means, but it can be a heck of a lot of fun when it puts its best foot forward."
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Final Fantasy XV English-Dubbed Jump Festa Promo Streamed

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD game to bundle demo for Final Fantasy XV in March ― Square Enix began streaming an English-dubbed version of the Final Fantasy XV game trailer that is being shown at the Jump Festa event over the weekend. The PlayStation 4/Xbox One game Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will include a chance for players to try a "Episode Duscae" demo of Final Fantasy XV. The game will cost 6,800 yen (US...

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma's April Premiere, Designs Unveiled

Exclusive beef stew supervised by manga's consultant also served at Jump Festa ― A wall illustration at Warner's Jump Festa 2015 booth confirmed that the television anime of the Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma manga will premiere in April. The anime's character designs are also on display at Jump Festa, including the debut of Ikumi Mito's designs and the super-deformed designs: 設定画がワーナーブースで見られます!凄い再現度をぜ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc Anime Previewed in Promo

Iggy the dog makes debut in January 9 anime ― Warner Brothers began streaming a promotional video for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc sequel anime on Saturday. The video premiered at the Jump Festa 2015 event. Jotaro: You damn dog! Text: Egypt Arc Jotaro: He's not normal... Text: New friends Jotaro: Hey now, don't struggle too much... You're letting out farts. Jotaro: Hey, ...
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Nekota no Koto ga Ki ni Natte Shikatanai. Manga Gets Event Anime

Rie Ōuta began manga about girl curious about boy with cat face in Ribon last year ― The February 2015 issue of Shueisha's Ribon magazine is announcing on Saturday that an event anime adaptation of Rie Ōuta's Nekota no Koto ga Ki ni Natte Shikatanai. (I'm So Interested in Nekota That I Can't Help Myself.) manga for girls has been green-lit. The anime will be screened at the Ribon Festa 2015 event. Th...
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Terraformars Jump Festa 2015 Promo Looks Back on Series

Final episode of action series premiered on Friday ― Shueisha is airing a promotional video for the television anime adaptation of Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana's sci-fi Terraformars at this year's Jump Festa event. The video looks back at the anime series, which aired the final episode on Friday. The video begins with a line by Akari: "The flames of over 1.25 million species burn up! Don't underes...

Kickstarter Asks Grisaia Project to Remove Hugging Pillow Rewards

Sekai Project's game campaign reached US$160,000 goal on 1st day ― Sekai Project announced on Friday that Kickstarter requested it to remove reward tiers with hugging pillow (dakimakura) covers from its Grisaia game trilogy crowdfunding campaign. The Kickstarter campaign has hugging pillow covers listed as rewards for pledges of US$420 or more, and the cover is also listed as an add-on for US$110. Th...

Aniplex to Release Imported Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Blu-ray Set

5-disc set to include 13 episodes, ship in Japan, N. America on March 25 ― Aniplex of America announced on Friday that it will import the Fate/stay night (Unlimited Blade Works) - Blu-ray Disc Box I from Japan and release the set in North America on March 25. The set will ship simultaneously in Japan and North America. Preorders also became available in North, Central, and South America on Friday. Th...
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Hatsune Miku to Perform at Lantis Festival in Las Vegas

Virtual idol will perform alongside JAM Project, others at January event ― Lantis Records announced on Friday that virtual singer Hatsune Miku will perform at its 2015 Anisong World Tour - Lantis Festival in Las Vegas on January 16-17. The virtual idol will perform alongside JAM Project (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel MonstersGX), YOUSEI TEIKOKU (Future Diary), Sayaka Sasaki (Cardfight!! Vanguard), Faylan (Tokyo ESP...

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Terraformars 3DS Game's Ad Teases Gold Character

Game based on Yū Sasuga, Kenichi Tachibana's sci-fi manga to ship on April 2 ― The official Youtube channel for FuRyu games began streaming a television commercial for Terraformars: Akaki Hoshi no Gekitō (Fierce Battle on the Crimson Planet), the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game based on Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana's Terraformars manga, on Thursday. The narrator intones that in the game, "total warfare...

Naruto Stage Musical's Cast Unveiled in Costume

Story to cover manga's 1st-27th volumes, include songs, dance, acrobatics ― Character visuals of the stage musical Live Spectacle Naruto's main cast members in costume were unveiled on Saturday. The visuals include images of Kōdai Matsuoka as Naruto, Ryūji Satō as Sasuke, Yui Itō as Sakura, and Kenta Suga as Gaara. Kōdai Matsuoka as Naruto Ryūji Satō as Sasuke Yui Itō as Sakura Kenta Suga as Gaara Th...

Seraph of the End's English-Subtitled Trailer, Split-Season Plans, More Cast Unveiled

Nobuhiko Okamoto, Kaito Ishikawa, Yuka Iguchi, Hiroyuki Sawano join anime debuting in April ― NBCUniversal Entertainment began streaming the official trailer for the Seraph of the End television anime with English subtitles on Friday. The trailer reveals that the anime will run in two split cours (quarters of the year) next year: from April to June and then from October to December. The anime's offic...
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Your lie in April ‒ Episode 11

"This was a muddled episode, where neither its highs nor lows were too extreme."
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The Last: Naruto The Movie to Play in U.S. Theaters

In NYC, Boston, Houston, Dallas, L.A., S.D., S.F., Seattle, other cities starting February 20 ― North American anime distributor Viz Media announced on Friday that it is collaborating with film distributor Eleven Arts to release The Last: Naruto The Movie in theaters in the United States. The English-subtitled theatrical run will begin on February 20, and it will "initially screen in 20 major U.S. ci...
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Durarara!! Cell Signal Service Truck Takes Visual Cues from Celty

Japanese mobile provider Au by KDDI is providing its customers with additional cell coverage this Comiket 87 with a Celty Sturluson-inspired Durarara!! signal-boosting mobile base station truck. The truck is outfitted with giant ears remniscent of Celty's helmet and a Durarara!! wrap. Cosplaying Au employees will also be wandering around Tokyo Big Sight with portable Wi-Fi hotspots for anyone who ...

Monster Musume Lets Fans Submit Original Character Designs, Comics

Selected fanart will run in Monthly Comic Ryū ― The official website for Okayado's Monster Musume manga series began accepting four-panel comics and color illustrations for the Monster Musume world on Friday. The entries may include original characters. The illustrations and comics will be displayed on the official site and select works will be published in the May issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Co...

Funimation to Stream Kamisama Kiss 2, Tokyo Ghoul √A, Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 50

One Piece, Fairy Tail, Yona of the Dawn, Garo the Animation to also return ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Friday that it will stream the Kamisama Kiss 2 (Kamisama Hajimemashita), Tokyo Ghoul √A, and Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 50 sequel anime. In addition, it will continue to stream One Piece, Fairy Tail, Yona of the Dawn, and Garo the Animation. Kamisama Kiss 2 will premiere on Janua...
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Daily Cosplay - Rurouni Kenshin Group

Character: Several (see below) Title: Rurouni Kenshin Cosplayer: Himura Kenshin - Okitasemi Cosplay Kamiya Kaoru - dokitude Sagara Sanosuke - Chris Hiko Seijuro - Peter Makimachi Misao - Misa Yukyuzan Anzi - Brian Shinomori Aoshi - JestersLabyrinth Cosplay" Takani Megumi - Akai-Chan Cosplay and Photography Photographer: Muramatsuri Photos (Elmer Ma) Shoot Location: Anime Expo (Los Angeles Conventi...
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Toyota's Prius c Journeys Through Dragon Quest and Monster Hunter

While the Prius c (sold in Japan as the Aqua) has always been marketed towards city-dwellers, Toyota assures road trip aficionados that it's great for lengthy road trips and grand adventures, too. Especially the kinds of journeys you'd experience in Dragon Quest or Monster Hunter. The TV spot for the Aqua shows the vehicles driving through Austria to the tune of Dragon Question III's "Adventure." ...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed PS Vita Game Heads to N. America, Europe

Franchise's 1st action game slated for spring 2015 ― Idea Factory International announced on Friday that it will bring the PlayStation Vita game Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (Chōjigen Action Neptune U) to North America and Europe in spring 2015. The company also released a battle gameplay trailer. Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed debuted in Japan in August as the franchise's...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, December 7-13

Naruto, 2 Attack on Titan volumes, Black Butler, Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma, No Game, No Life, Assassination Classroom, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Millennium Snow The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on December 13. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1Naruto #68 Masashi Kish...
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Kamisama Kiss Stage Musical Cast Unveiled in Silhouette

Onikiri, Kotetsu, Narukami, more cast in March play in Tokyo ― A photograph of the cast — in silhouette — from the Kamisama Kiss stage musical debuted on Friday. The photograph shows the four main cast members: Saki Terashima as Nanami Ren Yagami as Tomoe Keisuke Minami as Kurama Shōta Takasaki as Mizuki A clearer official photograph will debut in January. More cast members were alos announced: Mao ...
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Psycho-Pass 2 ‒ Episode 11

"In the end, it fundamentally misunderstands the ideas behind the franchise it was continuing."
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Sword Art Online Light Novels Have More Than 16.7 Million Copies in Print Worldwide

Sales numbers include Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea, Thailand, America, Canada, Great Britain ― The Dengeki Bunko editorial department announced on the Sword Art Online anime's Twitter account on Friday that the original light novel series has more than 16,700,000 copies in print worldwide. The number includes sales in Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea, Thailand, America, Canada, and Great Britain. Dengeki B...
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Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Promo Streamed

PS4, Xbox One, PC game slated for 2015 from Bandai Namco, CyberConnect2 ― Shueisha's V Jump magazine began streaming a promotional video for Bandai Namco Games' fighting game Naruto Shippūden Narutimate Storm 4 (Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4) on Friday. Bandai Namco Games will ship the latest game that CyberConnect2 developed next year. The company announced on Sunday that it will release ...
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Umineko When They Cry Episode 4: Alliance of the Golden Witch Volume 2 GN 8

Umineko: When They Cry's eighth series volume (and second in the arc) whips things back up to fever pitch by the end of the book, but it takes some time for it to get there. ― Warning: This review contains spoilers for previous volumes. The fourth arc of Ryukishi07's Umineko: When They Cry, Alliance of the Golden Witch distinguished itself from its brethren by reminding us of the existence of Battle...
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Answerman - Shouting Into The (Icy) Wind

It's only one week 'till Xmas, but Justin is distracted by getting hammered by questions about new seasons of every show under the sun. Also, interlaced Blu-rays, what convinced Japan to stream, and why there are still holdouts. ― I can't keep track of anything this week. It's insane. Between the Sony Pictures hack (which is just such a spectacular plane crash of an incident that I can barely wrap m...
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The ANNCast Holiday Special 2014

It's snowing outside and your relatives won't stop arguing, so why not curl up by the fire with Zac and Justin for a 2 and a half hour argument about movies and anime? ― The ANNCast Holiday Special 2014 Get the Flash Player to see this player. It's snowing outside and your relatives won't stop arguing, so why not curl up by the fire with Zac and Justin for a 2 and a half hour argument about movies a...
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 11

"It's focused, creative, fun, heart-warming, and gives depth to a character who desperately needed it."
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Pony Canyon's Comiket 87 Goods Include Pixellated Free! Keychains, More

Also goods for Kamisama Kiss, Sakura Trick, Beyond the Boundary, and others. ― We previewed Pony Canyon's waterproof Attack on Titan bath set a while back, but they've got some other fun goodies in store for this year's Winter Comiket as well, including keychains, clear files, meal sets, and other character goods. Free Eternal Summer Iwatobi Set - 3,000 yen (about US $25.54) Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, a...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 392

"With almost no recap clips and no lingering shots that overstay their welcome, this episode features expertly executed plot progression from start to finish."
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Rock Band KISS Collaborating With Sailor Moon Crystal's Momoiro Clover Z

The U.S. rock band KISS is no stranger to merchandise collaborations with Japan, but the masked glam rock band is marking its first time working with a Japanese musical artist with a new single next year. KISS and the Japanese pop idol group Momoiro Clover Z are set to release a new single together on January 28, 2015. The first announced track is “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina,” composed by Paul St...
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Date A Live Rinnne Utopia Heads to PS Vita Next Summer

New characters, new scenarios added to original PS3 game ― Compile Heart revealed on Friday that it will release a PS Vita version of its Date A Live Rinnne Utopia game next summer. According to the teaser video, the PS Vita version will feature new characters and new scenarios, particularly to tell what happens after the original game's story and show a new Eden. The March issue of Dragon Magazine w...
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3rd Dog Days Season's 4th Character TV Ad Features Sharu

Season to premiere on January 10 with Nana Mizuki's opening song "No Limit" ― The official website for Dog Days'' (Dog Days Double Dash), the third anime season based on the original work by Masaki Tsuzuki (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha), began streaming the fourth character introduction commercial on Friday. The video introduces the new character Sharu. The commercial proclaims, "The three heroes are ...
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2nd Aldnoah.Zero Season's 2nd TV Ad English-Subtitled

Streaming begins January 10 with opening song by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki ― Aniplex of America began streaming a second television commercial for the second season of the Aldnoah.Zero television anime on Thursday. The video features the opening theme "&Z" by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki, and notes that the anime will begin streaming on January 10, 2015 Eir Aoi will perform the ending theme song "Gene...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Anime's Egypt Arc Slated for January 9

The January issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine is announcing on Friday that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc will premiere on January 9 at 24:30 (effectively January 10, at 12:30 a.m.). The series cast will return for the new arc, including: Daisuke Ono as Jotaro Kujo Unshou Ishizuka as Joseph Joestar Kenta Miyake as Mohammed Abdul Daisuke Hirakawa as Noriaki Kakyoin Fum...

Akame ga Kill Manga to Start Last Arc in 12th Volume

Dark action fantasy manga's 12th volume to ship next spring ― Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro's 11th Akame ga Kill manga volume is announcing on Monday that the manga will start its final arc in the next volume. The 12th volume will ship next summer. The dark action fantasy manga inspired an ongoing television anime. The anime premiered in July, and Sentai Filmworks licensed the series in North America....
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Duo moumoon Performs Assassination Classroom's Ending Song

Visual of Class 3-E assembled unveiled before January 9 premiere ― 2015's combined fourth and fifth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the music duo Moumoon will perform the ending theme song "Hello, shooting-star" for the Assassination Classroom television anime. The single will go on sale in February. The duo's vocalist/lyricist Yuka and guitarist/composer ...
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Nihon Falcom Launches New 'Evolution' Project Tied to Legend of Heroes

Next step after Zero no Kiseki, Ao no Kiseki received PS Vita remakes ― The official Twitter account of the game company Nihon Falcom teased on Friday: "Zero no Kiseki, Ao no Kiseki, and now… a new project launches in the Evolution Series! We plan to unveil more details soon." A website opened for the project with the following tagline, "A new project launches in the Evolution Series. Evolution, flig...
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Umimachi Diary Live-Action Film's Teaser Streamed

Story of 3 sisters who meet half-sister after father's death premieres in Japan on June 13 ― Cinema Today began streaming a teaser trailer on Thursday for the live-action film adaptation of Akimi Yoshida's Umimachi Diary (Seaside Town Diary) manga. Text: Second daughter - Yoshino Text: Third daughter - Chika Yoshino: My father died, and my younger half-sister came to Kamakura. Text: Fourth daughter -...

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled's 3rd Episode Previewed in Video

Yukana reprises role as C.C. in original video anime with May 2 premiere screening ― The official website for the Code Geass: Akito the Exiled anime project unveiled the trailer for the third episode on Friday. The video features the anime's opening theme song, "More Than Words" by voice actress and singer Maaya Sakamoto. Suzaku: Year 2017 in the Imperial Calendar. The Holy Britannia Empire invaded t...

New Evangelion Anime Footage Debuts in 7th Animator Expo Short

Video by Evangelion team apparently set after Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the full seventh short titled "until You come to me." on Friday. The short features previously unseen new Evangelion footage, apparently set after the story of the third new Evangelion...

Haikyu!! Volleyball TV Anime Gets Sequel

1st 25-episode season ended in September ― The combined fourth and fifth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that production on a sequel to the Haikyu!! television anime has been green-lit. Production I.G's anime adaptation of Haruichi Furudate's volleyball manga premiered in April. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series for North American digital and home video ...
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