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Knights of Sidonia

While the plot and characters of this 3D CG mecha series may not be especially compelling or fresh, the action, visuals, and setting details are sharp enough to keep viewers coming back.
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Interview: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods with Justin Cook, Chris Sabat, and Sean Schemmel

The longtime English dub director and his leading men from Dragon Ball Z sit down to chat about the new film and their legacy with this historic franchise.
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Pile of Shame - Eiji

Hisashi Eguchi's boxing manga got a short movie treatment back in 1990, but does it hold up?
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Shelf Life - Multiple Choice

This week, lots and lots of lovely ladies, a healthy mix of pretty boys, and even a few animal-folk as well.
- Date A Live
- Karneval
- Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They?
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ANNCast - Justin Time

For the first time in ANNCast history, the co-host becomes the guest! Justin Sevakis talks at length about his business authoring blurays for the R1 anime industry, preparing streaming shows for Hulu and more!
review

Kill la Kill [Limited Edition] BD+DVD 1

It's easy to understand what Kill La Kill wants to say in every moment because its ideas are simple, but conveyed in ways never quite seen before, and its healthy splashes of humor grow out of its thematic ideas rather than combating them.
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Astro Toy - Chogokin Hello Kitty

David finds himself impressed with a full-on giant robot Hello Kitty from the Chogokin line.
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Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara Complete Series Streaming

If Her Flag Breaks is giggle out loud (if not laugh) funny in places, enjoyably self-referential in others, and just generally an entertaining show to watch. It may not be top-notch, but it is enjoyable
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The Battle Royale Slam Book Fanbook

If you have an interest in literary criticism or film studies, or if you're just really fascinated by the thought behind Battle Royale, The Battle Royale Slam Book is a very interesting read.
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Love Live! School Idol Project Season 2

Love Live! isn't a perfect show, but it is a lot of fun and one of the most enjoyable entries into the idol genre, a position it solidifies with this second season.
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Black Rose Alice GN 1

Despite not having a single character named “Alice” yet, Black Rose Alice is off to a promising start.
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Wednesday, July 23

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Ninja War Sakura, Kakashi Join Naruto SUN Storm Revolution Game

PS3/360/PC game ships in September with event anime ― This year's 35th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Sakura Haruno (Hyakukō no In version) and Kakashi Hatake (Great Ninja War version) will join the roster of Namco Bandai Games' Naruto Shippūden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (Narutimate Storm Revolution) fighting game. The game will feature new gameplay mechanics, including the Combination Ultimate Jutsu attacks that allow players to combine powers to create more powerful techniques. The game will also feature more than 100 playable characters from both the
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2014 Naruto Movie Titled 'The Last,' Slated for December 6

Manga creator Masashi Kishimoto conceives, designs, supervises 1st film in 2 years ― This year's 35th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday the title and opening date of the next Naruto film. The Last -Naruto the Movie- will open on December 6. It will be the first Naruto film in two years, and it is part of the larger "Naruto Shin Jidai Kaimaku Project" (Naruto's New Era Opening Project) marking the 15th anniversary of the original manga. Manga creator Masashi Kishimoto is credited with the original story, character designs, and chief story supervisor of the film. In particular, he is drawing new designs for the title character in the movie. The magazine notes for one set of designs, titled "Ramen Ichiraku": "Nar
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Kyō wa Kaisha Yasumimasu. Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series

Haruka Ayase stars in love story about office worker in her 30s Mari Fujimura's Kyō wa Kaisha Yasumimasu. manga will get a live-action television adaptation starring Haruka Ayase (Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror, Hotaru no Hikari, Socrates in Love) in October. The love story follows Hanae Aoishi, an office worker in her 30s who has never had a boyfriend. Hanae then starts dating a 21-year-old university student named Yūto Tanokura. Shigeki Kaneko (Honey & Clover, Summer Nude) is handling the scripts, and Hiroko Hazeyama is producing the series.
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Chi's Sweet Home, Pac-Man, Space Invader Decals Featured in MacBook Air Ad

― Apple's latest MacBook Air television ad has some familiar cameos. The commercial quickly runs through various decals on the back of the laptop, but if you look closely, you can spot Chi from Chi's Sweet Home, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Sanrio's one-and-only Hello Kitty mascot. The company has two versions of its laptop featured on its website, the 11-inch for US$899 and the 13-inch for US$999. Update: New video added.

Frozen Home Video Tops Evangelion, Spirited Away's All-Time Records With 1.5 Million in Japan

1st title to sell 1 million Blu-rays or DVDs in 1 week in Japan since 2002's Spirited Away ― Disney's Frozen film sold 1,553,505 "MovieNEX" Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo sets in its first week, surpassing the previous Blu-ray Disc record holder, Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance, which sold 357,000 copies in its first week. According to the market survey firm Oricon, the movie also already topped Evangelion: 2.22's cumulative total of 465,000 copies to date. Frozen is the first title to sell one million copies — DVDs or Blu-ray Discs — in its first week in Japan in 12 years.

Tuesday, July 22

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Section23 Films Adds Jewel BEM Hunter Lime Anime

3-part game-based OVA once released by Media Blasters in 2001 ― North American anime distributor Section23 Films confirmed in its November 2014 release slate on Tuesday that it will release the Jewel BEM Hunter Lime original video anime project. Section23 Films will release the entire three-episode series on one DVD with English dubbing and subititles on November 4. The 1996-1997 anime adapts Silence's adult computer game of the same name. Sentai Filmworks describes the story: The Magic Spheres are incredibly dangerous and powerful magical artifacts, capable of absorbing negative emotions and transforming everyday objects into monstrous BEMS (bug eyed monsters). So when a demon manages to scatter six of them through the gate between the World of Magic and Earth, someone's got to get them back. Unfortunately, that job falls to master of disguise (and fan servicey costumes) Lime, the sometimes monstrous and generally lecherous monster hunter Bass and their ooey-gooey shape-shifting slime companion Poogie, none of whom are probably the best choices for a task of such monumental importance and urgency.
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Itazura na Kiss Gets Live-Action Sequel Special in September

Honoka Miki, Yūki Furukawa return in 3-hour special about honeymoon in Okinawa Kaoru Tada's classic unfinished shōjo manga Itazura Na Kiss is getting a sequel television drama special on September 12. The Itazura Na Kiss 2 ~Love in Okinawa special is a sequel to last year's Itazura Na Kiss ~Love in Tokyo television drama series. The special will again star model and actress Honoka Miki (Suzuki-sensei, Maria Watches Over Us) as Kotoko and Yūki Furukawa (High School Debut, Rich Man, Poor Woman) as Naoki. The story will follow Naoki and Kotoko on their honeymoon in Okinawa. Former
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 20-26

Appleseed Alpha, The Devil is a Part-Timer!, Hetalia The Beautiful World, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, The Severing Crime Edge anime; In Clothes Called Fat manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Appleseed Alpha Blu-rayPlease Columbia US$30.99 July 22 Appleseed Alpha DVDCite Columbia US$26.99 July 22 The Devil is a Part-Timer! DVD/Blu-ray Complete Series Limited EditionAnimeNewsNetwork FUNimation Entertainment US$69.98 July 22 The Devil is a Part-Timer! DVD/Blu-ray Complete Series Please FUNimation Entertainment US$64.98 July 22 Hetalia The Beautiful World DVD Set Limited Edition

Dragon Ball Z 2015 Film's 1st Teaser Streamed

Dragon Ball Z animation director Tadayoshi Yamamuro will direct the new movie ― The teaser for the 2015 Dragon Ball Z film is now streaming. The footage premiered on Fuji TV's morning program Mezamashi TV on Tuesday. The new anime film project was announced in the September issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine. Dragon Ball manga creator Akira Toriyama is personally credited with the original concept, screenplay and character designs of the new movie "that the entire universe eagerly awaits!!" The movie will open during the Golden Week string of holidays next spring, and a recent flyer
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Free's Aiichiro Also Has a Spirit Animal — A Duck

― Rin's silver-haired kouhai is getting some time in the spotlight. Kyoto Animation revealed Aiichiro's duck spirit animal in its latest charm collection. The company confirmed it was a duck in the Free! Eternal Summer official guide book, but the charm collection is the first official artwork featuring the two. The company previously revealed Sosuke Yamazaki's animal is a whale shark. The series' other new character, Momotarō Mikoshiba, is referred to in the series as "The Sea of Japan's Sea Otter," but there isn't any official art yet.
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The World of Narue, Pacific Rim Win Seiun Awards

Guillermo del Toro's live-action film beats Gargantia, Psycho-Pass, Patema Inverted, Yamato 2199 ― The 53rd Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai or Japan SF Con/NUTS-CON) announced on Saturday the winners of the 45th Seiun Awards. Hollywood's live-action Pacific Rim film and Tomohiro Marukawa's manga The World of Narue (Narue no Sekai) both won awards. Pacific Rim is currently in talks with Japanese studios for a 13-episode animated series. A live-action film sequel is also in development. Marukawa's alien romantic-comedy ended in 2012. The manga follows the life of Narue, a schoolgirl on Earth who is actually an alien with super powers. Marukawa launched the manga in Monthly

Anime Sols Launches Streaming Campaigns for Dororo, Gordian

Each campaign set at US$2,700 Anime Sols launched crowdfunding campaigns to stream Osamu Tezuka's Dororo and Tatsunoko Production's Gordian, The Warrior (Toshi Gordian) robot anime on Sunday. The first 13-episodes each have a goal of US$2,700 each and both series have the first three episodes currently streaming on the website. Dororo is a 26-episode black-and-white anime series produced in 1969. Tezuka Productions describes the story: The setting is the middle of the Muromachi Period, during the 1470s after the Wars of Onin and Bunmei. The story begins in the Noto Peninsula of the Hokuriku District. The main character (Hyakkimaru), who lacks as much as 48 body parts, obtains a fake body and eliminates 48 monsters that were made from his body to retrieve his missing body parts.
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Sailor Moon's Perfume Gets Crystal Version

Blue bottle evokes Princess Serenity's kingdom ― The luxurious Sailor Moon perfume in Bandai's Miracle Romance cosmetic line is getting a variation themed after the new Sailor Moon Crystal anime. Taking its cues from Sailor Moon's alter ego's moon kingdom, Silver Millennium, it has a silver and light blue bottle. Eau de Toilette Sailor Moon Crystal will be included in the CreerBeaute line. Its price (5,400 yen, or $53) and the actual perfume inside are identical to the original Sailor Moon brand. It goes on sale in December, but preorders are being taken at
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Naruto Voice Actress Junko Takeuchi Will Attend Comic-Con Int'l

Comic-Con International will be held at the San Diego Convention Center on July 24-27 Viz Media announced on Monday that Junko Takeuchi, the voice actress behind Naruto Uzamaki, will attend the Comic-Con International San Diego event. Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution game producer Daisuke Koumoto will also be in attendance. Takeuchi last appeared at Comic-Con in 2011 as part of the U.S. premiere of Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds. Besides voicing the popular ninja, Takeuchi's other roles include Gon Freecss in the 1999 version of
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Wandering Son's Shimura to Launch Koiiji Manga in August

New manga series will launch in Kiss magazine. ― The September issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine is announcing on Friday that manga creator Takako Shimura will launch a new manga series Koiiji (Love Appetite) in the following issue on August 25. The story follows a girl named Mame, whose family runs a public bath. She has held on to feelings of unrequited love for her childhood friend for ten years. The title is a pun on "Kuiiji," a word for gluttony. Shimura ended her Wandering Son (Hōrō Musuko
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Knights of Sidonia

While the plot and characters of this 3D CG mecha series may not be especially compelling or fresh, the action, visuals, and setting details are sharp enough to keep viewers coming back.
feature

Interview: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods with Justin Cook, Chris Sabat, and Sean Schemmel

The longtime English dub director and his leading men from Dragon Ball Z sit down to chat about the new film and their legacy with this historic franchise.

Dragon Ball Z's 2015 Film Previewed on Mezamashi TV

Creator Akira Toriyama conceives, scripts, designs film opening next spring in Japan Fuji TV's morning program Mezamashi TV previewed new images for the 2015 Dragon Ball Z film on Tuesday. The images included a logo, Goku becoming a Super Saiyan, and an appearance by Shenlong. No further details were announced in the teaser. The new anime film project was announced in the September issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine. Dragon Ball manga creator Akira Toriyama is personally credited with the original concept, screenplay and character designs of the new movie "that the entire universe eagerly awaits!!" The movie will open during the Golden Week string of holidays next spring, and a recent flyer
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Pile of Shame - Eiji

Hisashi Eguchi's boxing manga got a short movie treatment back in 1990, but does it hold up?

What does Sailor Moon mean to you? - Winners!

Congratulations to all our winners! ― The Grand Prize Winner will be announced Tuesday, July 22! The original contest called for 5 winners. Grand Prize, First Place, Second Place and Most Creative to be chosen by the Sailor Moon licensors (Viz Media and Toei) and one Audience Favorite to be chosen by the ANN audience. In addition, because there have been so many amazing entries, we have decided to give away 3 Honorable Mentions. These winners will receive their choice of the Sailor Moon DVD Box Set or Combo Pack when they are released in November.

Hyrule Warriors Wii U Game Adds Ocarina of Time's Sheik, Ruto, Darunia

Warriors game that gathers together The Legend of Zelda characters ships August 24 in Japan, September 26 in N. America KOEI Tecmo Games announced on Tuesday that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time characters Sheik, Princess Ruto, and Darunia will join the roster for its Zelda Musō (Hyrule Warriors) Wii U video game. More details about the characters will be unveiled in the August 7 issue of Kadokawa's magazine Famitsu, which is scheduled to be released in Japan on Thursday. The game is slated to ship on September 26 in North America and August 14 in Japan. The game will

S. Korean Court: Cancelled One Piece Exhibition Can Be Held

Court rules that images similar to Rising Sun flag in manga are not reasons enough to cancel ― The Seoul Western District Court ruled on Thursday that an exhibition for Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga can be held, despite being cancelled by the War Memorial of Korea. The War Memorial museum in Seoul had cancelled the exhibition on July 9, just three days before it would have opened. The exhibit was scheduled to be held at the museum from July 12 until September 4, and mannequins of the characters and other pieces were planned to be displayed. Due to some opinions that the facility is a place of mourning for the activists that fought to gain independence from Japan when it occupied Korea, the staff decided to cancel the event. The museum had cited complaints that some images in the manga were reminiscent of Japan's Rising Sun flag.
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, July 14-20

Haikyu!! sells 12,515, followed by Yowapeda play, The Wind Rises, Ace of Diamond, Totoro ― The stage play of Yoshimushi Pedal's Interhigh arc (The Second Order) sold 11,346 copies to debut at #4 on the overall DVD chart. Ushijima the Loan Shark d Video powered by BeeTV Special landed at #36 with 1,314 copies. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Haikyu!! Vol. 1 DVD 12,515 12,515 14/7/16 TOH Animation 1 1 2 1 The Wind Rises 6,460 104,569 14/6/18 WDS Animation

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, July 14-20

Frozen sells record 1,514,256+32,249, followed by Haikyu!!, Spirited Away, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, Engaged to the Unidentified, Saki ― Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Frozen MovieNEX 1,514,256 1,514,256 14/7/16 WDS Animation 1 1 2 - Frozen MovieNEX Plus 3D (Limited Online Pre-Order Release) 39,249 39,249 14/7/16 WDS Animation 2 1 3 - Haikyu!! Vol. 1 Blu-ray 12,196 12,196 14/7/16 TOH Animation 3 1 4 - Spirited Away 9,560 9,560 14/7/16 WDS Animation 4 1 5 - Tangled MovieNEX 6,812 6,812 14/7/16 WDS
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, July 7-13

The Wind Rises sells 6,758 more, followed by Initial D, Hozuki no Reitetsu, Mekaku City Actors, Saiyuki Gaiden ― The fourth installment of the Legend of the Galactic Heroes stage play production sold 1,601 copies to debut at #18 on the overall DVD chart. Game Center CX Arino no Chōsen in Budōkan sold 1,501 more copies for a new total of 11,205. It dropped from #3 to #20 in its second week. The musical Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon -La Reconquista- sold 1,152 copies to debut at #28. The DVD-Box for the live-action television adaptation of the Dr. DMAT manga was #30 with 1,071 copies. The first volume of
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Monthly Ikki Magazine Announces New Magazine Launching This Winter

Tenten Hosokawa, Tanato, Totempole, Yūta Nishio featured after Ikki ends publication ― The September issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Ikki magazine is announcing on Friday that Shogakukan will launch a new magazine this coming winter — although the announcement qualified that the launch will be in 2015. The November issue of Monthly Ikki will announce more details on September 25 — the same day that Monthly Ikki suspends publication after 14 years. The announcement adds that the new magazine will run works by such creators as Tanato, Totempole, Yūta Nishio, and
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Brothers Conflict Gets 2 Original Video Anime Volumes

Christmas, Valentine stories with Gero, main voice cast performing themes ― The official website for the Brothers Conflict television anime series announced on Tuesday that two original video anime (OVA) volumes have been green-lit for this year and next year. The volumes will have the themes of Christmas and Valentine's Day, and the staff and cast will return for them. Gero will return to perform the opening, and ASAHINA Bros.+JULI — the group formed by the main voice cast — will also return for the ending. However, they will perform new songs for the OVAs.

Monday, July 21

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Viz's Shonen Jump to Publish 1-Shot by Psyren Author

Story about boy who can control spirits gets English release next Monday ― This year's 34th issue of Viz Media's digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the company will publish the "Shikigami Twilight Days" one-shot by Psyren author Toshiaki Iwashiro in the magazine's next issue on July 28. Viz Media describes the one-shot as follows: From the creator of Psyren, Toshiaki Iwashiro, comes a ghostly one-shot about a boy who can control powerful spirits. This supernatural detective story features bizarre crimes that require more than just a sharp wit to solve!
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Shelf Life - Multiple Choice

This week, lots and lots of lovely ladies, a healthy mix of pretty boys, and even a few animal-folk as well.
- Date A Live
- Karneval
- Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They?
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ANNCast - Justin Time

For the first time in ANNCast history, the co-host becomes the guest! Justin Sevakis talks at length about his business authoring blurays for the R1 anime industry, preparing streaming shows for Hulu and more!
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Chage Forms New Band '1/6' After Aska's Drug Arrest

Aska was arrested in May due to drug charges, released on bail on July 3 ― 56-year-old musician Chage announced on his blog that his new band 1/6 (pronounced "one slash six") will go on tour beginning in September. The band takes its name from Chage's birthday, January 6, and includes vocalist and guitarist Keisuke Murakami (of MULTI MAX), guitarist Susumu Nishikawa, female vocalist Fumina Hisamatsu, drummer Kyōichi Satō, keyboardist Rie Chikaraishi, and Takehiro Kojima on bass. Chage mentioned that he chose the name of the band not only because it was his birthday, but because he wanted it to be a name of a band that would become beloved to fans. The band will make stops in Miyagi Prefecture on September 11, 16 in Tokyo, 18 in Hiroshima, 23 in Aichi, 24 in Osaka, and finally, Fukuoka on the 26th.
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Digimon 15th Anniversary Digivice Toys Revealed

― Those anxiously awaiting news about Bandai's Digimon 15th Anniversary Digivice don't have any longer to wait. A first look at the new toys have been unveiled, along with new details. In a nod to original 1999 Digivice, the new Digivices have the same body shape, with one for Taichi "Tai" Kamiya and one for Yamato "Matt" Ishida. The Digimon—Agumon, Biyomon, Gabumon, Gatomon, Gomamon, Palmon, Patamon, and Tentomon—can digivolve all the way to their Mega Forms, including Omnimon (Omegamon). Wizardmon will be playable, and Diablomon will appear as a boss.
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Shin Strange+ DVD/BD Includes Unaired Episode

Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan ― The official website for Shin Strange+ (Sin Strange Plus) announced on Thursday that the Blu-ray and DVD release will include an unaired episode. The volume goes on sale in Japan on October 19. The second season based on Verno Mikawa's original manga premiered on July 3. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan and describes the story: Strange+ Season 2 is a comedic mystery focused on a boy named Kou who joins his brother's detective agency. Hilarious hijinks ensue with every new client that books them.
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Yamaha's Master of Torque Net Anime Gets 2nd Season

Futuristic motorcycle anime launched on YouTube in March ― The fourth and final episode of YAMAHA's Master of Torque original net anime debuted on Friday with the message "Season 2 Coming in Winter." More information will be announced via e-mail. The series chronicles the exploits of three young motorcyclists riding through a semi-fictional Tokyo in the near-future. YAMAHA created the series to appeal to the global audience and express the "fun of riding motorcycles and the kind of lifestyle they can bring" with a focus on the MT-09 and MT-07 models. The episodes were released on

One Week Friends Manga's Final Volume Ships in April 2015

Matcha Hazuki began manga that inspired TV anime in 2012 ― The sixth compiled volume of Matcha Hazuki's Isshūkan Friends. (One Week Friends) manga is announcing on Tuesday that the seventh and final volume of the manga will be released in Japan on April 22, 2015. The story of the manga revolves around Yūki, a boy who wants to become friends with his classmate and desk neighbor Kaori. However, she gently declines his friendship, saying, “But, my... Memories of my friends disappear in a week...” Even so, Yūki wants to become her friend, and so the two become friends over and over again as the weeks pass.
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Free! Bitter Chocolate Lottery Prizes Are Almost Too Sweet

― Taito Toys has unveiled their third set of Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club lottery prizes, and they're almost too cute to handle. Dubbed Free! ~Bitter Chocolate~, the prizes range from figures, to rubber mascot straps, to large stickers and cards, to multi-use cloths, and special framed posters. The Makoto and Nagisa figures are 10 cm (about 3.9") in height, while the smaller figures of the boys perched atop blocks of chocolate are 7 cm (about 2.76") in height.
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Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate Trailer Streamed

Multi-platform game slated for N. America, Europe in September KOEI Tecmo Europe began streaming a trailer on Monday for its Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita. The game will ship in North America on September 2 and in Europe on September 5. The North American PS3 and PS Vita versions will be download only for US$49.99 and US$39.99, respectively, and the PS4 and Xbox One versions will retail for US$59.99. Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (Musō Orochi 2 Ultimate) was
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Kill la Kill [Limited Edition] BD+DVD 1

It's easy to understand what Kill La Kill wants to say in every moment because its ideas are simple, but conveyed in ways never quite seen before, and its healthy splashes of humor grow out of its thematic ideas rather than combating them.
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Grandpa Makes Totoro for Grandkids After Move

― Hidebochi has run an udon shop for 32 years and worked as a "weekend carpenter" for 52 years. But this summer, the 59-year-old undertook a different sort of construction. He decided to make Totoro for his grandchildren who just moved from Vancouver, Canada to live with him in Mihama, Mie Prefecture, Japan. Like the young protagonists in Studio Ghibli's 1988 film Totoro, Hidebochi's granddaughters moved far from the world they knew to a new home in the country. 6-year-old Ringo and 3-year-old Mei, who shares a name with one of the stars of
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Chain Chronicle Smartphone RPG Gets Anime With Akira Ishida, Ayane Sakura

Maaya Uchida, Kotori Koiwai, Junichi Yanagita, Shiori Mikami also star in short anime adapting Sega's online RPG Sega Networks announced on Monday at the “Chain Chronicle 1 Year Anniversary Offline Event" that an anime adaptation of the smartphone RPG has been green-lit. The anime will adapt different stories of the game's various characters. The anime will be a short anime, and will star a cast featuring Akira Ishida (Slayers Try, Danganronpa The Animation), Ayane Sakura (Dream Eater Merry, Is the order a rabbit?), Maaya Uchida (Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live,
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"Moon Animate Make-Up!" Sailor Moon Fan Animation Project Revealed At Last

― "Moon Animate Make-Up!," a fan project that used the talents of animators around the 'net to recreate episode 28 of the first season, "Fractious Friends," is now available to view. Over 250 animators participated in the project, contributing at least one shot—drawn in their own personal style—towards the shot-for-shot remake. For a list of credits, turn on the video annotations. [Via Twitter]
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Hori-san & Miyamura-kun School Manga Gets 3rd Video Anime at New Studio

Independent anime studio Marone owner Tarō Yamada also hints at 4th episode in OVA series with new director, character designs ― Tarō Yamada, the general producer on the original video anime (OVA) adaptation of HERO's Hori-san & Miyamura-kun manga, revealed in an interview on Monday that a third episode in the series is currently in production at his new animation studio, Marone. He noted that from episode three, the anime will "be independent animation production, in a serious sense." Yamada also added that within the company's space, the anime's director, storyboard director and others are present, but a majority of the animators work from home.
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F. Javier Gutierrez to Direct Hollywood's 3rd Ring Film

Before The Fall director to helm 3rd film inspired by Japanese horror classic ― F. Javier Gutierrez (Before The Fall) will direct the third Hollywood live-action film in The Ring horror franchise at Paramount Pictures. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (The Ring, The Ring Two) are producing the film. The first Hollywood film of The Ring premiered in 2002. Hideo Nakata, the director of the original 1998 Japanese Ringu, directed The Ring Two, a Hollywood sequel that debuted in 2005. Sadako 3D 2, which premiered in Japan last August, was the latest film in the
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Japanese Box Office, July 12-13

K: Missing Kings, live-action Say, "I Love You". films debut ― The live-action film adaptation of Kanae Hazuki's Suki-tte Ii na yo (Say I Love You.) manga premiered this week at #2. The story of first love centers around Mei Tachibana (Haruna Kawaguchi), a girl who has never made friends, and Yamato Kurosawa (Sōta Fukushi), the school's most popular boy. British boy band One Direction performed the film's theme song. The film did not rank on Box Office Mojo's chart. The American live-action film All You Need Is Kill
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, July 7-13

Live-action GTO, Nobunaga no Chef, Dōsōsei ~Hito wa, Sando, Koi o Suru~ dramas air ― The live-action drama adaptation of Fumi Saimon's Dōsōsei ~Hito wa, Sando, Koi o Suru~ (Alumni ~People Fall in Love Three Times~) manga aired on TBS on Thursday, July 10 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 10.9% rating. The new live-action drama adaptation of Tohru Fujisawa's GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka) manga aired on Fuji TV on Tuesday, July 8 at 10:00 p.m. and 9.7% rating. The live-action drama adaptation of Takurō Kajikawa's Nobunaga no Chef (A Chef of Nobunaga) manga aired on

Saban Contacts Chroma Squad Game Team Due to Power Ranger Similarities

Tactical turn-based manager game stars Sentai heroes ― Behold Games notified the Kickstarter backers of its Chroma Squad video game that it was approached by Saban Brands due to similarities to the Power Rangers franchise. According to a backers-only update, the Brazil-based game company was offered to either split the royalties with Saban or go to court to prevent Chroma Squad's release. Behold Games told gaming website Joystiq that it chose "a win-win negotiation" to discuss terms with Saban. The company wrote in its update that
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