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The List - 7 Manga for Monster Girl Lovers

First there were catgirls, then maids, then robot girls; presently, we live in the age of the monster girl. Here are seven shining examples of the genre. ― Supernatural romantic comedies have a strong, dedicated fanbase among both male and female readers. Commentary on its quality aside, Twilight was immensely popular and shone a light on a new sub-section of young adult novels. Vampire stories, inc...
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ANNCast - Encyclopedia Brits-Ani-ca

Anime scholars extraordinaire Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements drop by the ANNCast clubhouse to discuss their new book, the monolithic behemoth known as The Anime Encyclopedia: Third Revised Edition. ― ANNCast Episode 221: Encyclopedia Brits-Ani-ca Get the Flash Player to see this player. Anime scholars extraordinaire Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements drop by the ANNCast clubhouse to discuss ...
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Answerman - Endlessly Searching

Justin answers two questions about really long series: is longevity something the creators prefer? And why do they get licensed less? Plus, prospects for some re-releases, and why so much hentai got licensed back in the day. ― What happened? The questions dried up again! Once again this week, I was really desperate for questions. Is it because everybody is on spring break? Anyway, I need your help! ...
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Your Lie in April Episodes 1-22 Streaming

Your Lie in April paints adolescent love and musical performance in exuberant colors, and almost gets away with it, too. ― Your Lie in April is a beautiful show. That should be stated first, both because it's true, and because that's where the show itself begins. The first episode opens with a gorgeous, nearly wordless sequence of a girl chasing a cat through blooming spring flowers. Light piano sets...
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Log Horizon GN 1

Fans of the Log Horizon anime might find story questions answered more quickly in the first volume of this manga adaptation of the light novel. ― Log Horizon, like many a recent franchise, began its life as a series of light novels, in this case by Mamare Touno, before being adapted into both anime and manga. As might reasonably be expected, the difference in the adaptive mediums make each version a ...
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Review: The Anime Encyclopedia Third Revised Edition

The Anime Encyclopedia's third revision is an impressive achievement, steadfastly chronicling anime shorts, films, and series from 1917 through 2014. ― There is one thing that we can all agree on, hands down – The Anime Encyclopedia is one impressive piece of work. Co-written by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy, this tome attempts to chronicle and catalog a century's worth of Japanese animation w...
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House of 1000 Manga - Bakuman.

Jason straps in for a series of columns focusing on manga about manga, and naturally, his first stop is writer Tsugumi Ohba and artist Takeshi Obata's Bakuman. Plus: Jason's new project! ― In honor of my new Kickstarter, Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics, for the next two months I’m going to be writing about meta-manga: manga about manga artists! Please enjoy, and if you like, pleas...
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Bleach DVD 24

Theron marathons the second half of a Bleach filler arc, but maybe it isn't all that bad. ― Volume 24 covers episodes 330-342, which constitutes the second half of the series' final filler arc: the Nozomi/Kageroza/Reigai story. It also marks Ichigo's last gasp as a Soul Reaper before being completely depowered; in fact, the arc actually resolves in episode 341, allowing for the entirety of 342 to be ...
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Sunday, March 29

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Dog Days Sugar Manga Ends

Spinoff manga of fantasy action franchise launched last October ― The May issue of Kadokawa's Comptiq Ace magazine published the final chapter of Asuka Kanan's Dog Days Sugar manga on Thursday. The manga spinoff of the Dog Days television anime series launched in Comptiq Ace last October. Kadokawa will publish the manga's first and only compiled volume on April 25. Takuya Fujima launched an earlier m...

Saturday, March 28

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YaoiCon to Host Manga Artist Makoto Tateno

A Murmur of the Heart creator to appear at California's September event ― YaoiCon announced on Saturday that it will host manga artist Makoto Tateno at its September 18-20 event in Burlingame, California. The artist previously attended the convention in 2009. Digital Manga released Tateno's A Murmur of the Heart, 9th Sleep, Angelic Runes, A Bloody Kiss Tonight, Blue Sheep Reverie, Happy Boys, Hero He...
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L.A. Theme Park Celebrates Monster Hunter 4U With Gore Magala Roller Coaster, Statue

March 28-August 10 campaign is part of Monster Hunter Caravan Tour ― Capcom is promoting its Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate game with a campaign at the Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park in Los Angeles County, California from March 28 to August 10. The park has re-decorated a train on its giant Goliath roller coaster as the game's flagship Gore Magala monster. The campaign also features special Monster ...

Funimation Licenses The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, Show By Rock!! Anime

Also confirms continued streaming of Assassination Classroom, Fairy Tail, One Piece ― Funimation Entertainment announced at Anime Detour on Saturday that it has acquired the rights to Show By Rock!! and The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan. Streaming times will be announced at a later date. The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan will premiere in Japan on April 3. Funimation describes the story: From ...

Funimation Announces English Dub Casts for Ping Pong, Wanna Be the Strongest in the World

Dub trailer previews Ping Pong cast ― Funimation Entertainment announced the English dub casts for Ping Pong the Animation and Wanna be the Strongest in the World at Anime Detour on Saturday. The Ping Pong cast, under ADR director Christopher Bevins and ADR engineer Alyssa Galindo, includes: Aaron Dismuke as Yutaka Hoshino/Peco Micah Solusod as Makoto Tsukimoto/Smile Mark Stoddard as Jo Koizumi/Butte...
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The Rolling Girls ‒ Episode 12

"Rolling Girls wasn't great, but it deserved a better ending than this."
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Rozen Maiden's Peach-Pit Ends Kugiko-Chan ga Iru! Manga

2nd volume of cute horror series to ship in June ― This year's May issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine will publish the final chapter of manga duo Peach-Pit's Kugiko-Chan ga Iru! manga. The series' second compiled volume will ship on June 5. Peach-Pit debuted a two-part horror story titled Kugiko-san in Nakayoshi in August and September of 2011 before announcing that a full series would begin in D...
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GARO THE ANIMATION ‒ Episode 24

The adult-oriented fantasy action show comes to a close... for now.
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Hatsune Miku Gets New Manga in Ribon Shōjo Magazine

Series to begin May 1 ― The May issue of Shueisha's shōjo magazine Ribon will announce on Friday that a manga starring Hatsune Miku and other Vocaloid characters will premiere in the magazine's June issue on May 1. Yukari Somekawa will draw the series, titled MiraiTune. The characters have appeared in a number of other manga series, including earlier manga in Ribon. Dark Horse Comics published KEI's ...
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Billy Bat Manga Resumes on April 2

Kodansha published 16th volume of Naoki Urasawa's manga on Monday ― This year's 17th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine announced on Thursday that Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki will resume their Billy Bat thriller manga in the magazine's next issue, which Kodansha will publish on April 2. The manga's story is set in 1949, when Japanese-American comic book artist Kevin Yamagata is drawing the p...
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Charlotte Anime's Staff, July Premiere Revealed

5 years after Angel Beats, new anime follows boys & girls with powers ― The May issue of Dengeki G's Magazine is announcing on Monday that Jun Maeda's Charlotte anime will premiere this July. The staff includes: Director: Yoshiyuki Asai Character Design: Kanami Sekiguchi Art Director: Kazuki Higashiji Sound Director: Satoki Iida As previously announced, Maeda is providing the original scenario for th...
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The Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls ‒ Episode 11

“Alignment” is actually a major theme this week as Cinderella Girls pairs off its last aspiring idols and the combination couldn't be more mismatched."
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The List - 7 Manga for Monster Girl Lovers

First there were catgirls, then maids, then robot girls; presently, we live in the age of the monster girl. Here are seven shining examples of the genre. ― Supernatural romantic comedies have a strong, dedicated fanbase among both male and female readers. Commentary on its quality aside, Twilight was immensely popular and shone a light on a new sub-section of young adult novels. Vampire stories, inc...
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Log Horizon 2 ‒ Episode 25

"And Log Horizon comes to an end. Temporarily, I hope. Pretty please?"

Steins;Gate 0 Follow-Up Game & Anime's Teaser Video, Staff Unveiled

Creator Chiyomaru Shikura, designer huke, producer Tatsuya Matsubara reunite ― The teaser video for Steins;Gate 0, the follow-up game and anime to the original Steins;Gate visual novel, began streaming on Saturday. Text: November 2010, in the Beta world line Text: This is the story after Rintaro Okabe was not able to save "her" on July 28. Text: The "him" of this time didn't know that a system called...
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 24

"The final episode of Aerial Girls was delivered, the wrap party is over, and Shirobako ends with them. Or so it seems."

Steins;Gate Creator Unveils New 'Science Visual Novel' Anonymous;Code

Game, about hacker in 2037 Tokyo, is unrelated to science-adventure games ― MAGES. President Chiyomaru Shikura announced a new "science visual novel" titled Anonymous;Code during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday. The game is unrelated to his science-adventure games (Chaos;HEAd, Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes, CHAOS;CHILD). Shikura streamed a teaser video: Text: Name: Chiyo...
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 11

"By introducing a character who can fight Koro Sensei on equal terms, the show forces itself to stop fooling around."
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Steins;Gate Creator's Paranormal Science Novel Occultic;Nine Gets Game

Yuuki Kaji, Ayane Sakura, Kaito Ishikawa star in story with art by Rental Magica's Pako ― MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura announced during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday that his "paranormal science" novel series Occultic;Nine is being adapted into a game. Text: Chiyomaru Shikura's newest project Text: The paranormal science novel Text: Don't get so turned on by her! Sh...

Steins;Gate 0 Follow-Up Game & Anime Announced

Chiyomaru Shikura: Zero is not a fan disc, but a "true sequel" ― MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura announced Steins;Gate 0, a follow-up game to the Steins;Gate visual novel, during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday. The game is not a fan disc, but a "true sequel," and will include stories from three of the Steins;Gate novels, as well as from some drama CDs. An anime adaptati...

5pb.'s 4th Science-Adventure Game Chaos;Child Gets Anime, PS4/PS3/Vita Ports

Psycho-suspense game slated for more platforms on June 25 ― MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura announced during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday that an anime adaptation of his Chaos;Child game has been green-lit. He also announced that the adventure game will come to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita platforms with a Z (18+) age rating on June 25. The game is Sh...
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Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie Manga Ends in April

Manga adaptation of crossover movie launched last August ― The May issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday Super magazine announced on Wednesday that Yutaka Abe and Denjirō Maru's manga adaptation of Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie will end on the magazine's next issue on April 25. Yutaka Abe and Denjirō Maru launched the manga last August. The pair also drew the three-chapter manga adaptation of...
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1980s Risque Comedy Manga Yarukkya Knight Gets Live-Action Film

Nonki Miyasu's high school comedy to play in theaters, stream on Niconico ― A live-action film adaptation of Nonki Miyasu's 1980s Weekly Shonen Jump manga Yarukkya Knight has been green-lit. The film is slated to open select theaters on May 23, and stream on Niconico the same day. Tomoya Nakamura (Aoi Honō) plays the lecherous male lead Gōsuke Makoto, and non-no magazine model Nina Endo plays the fem...
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Sleep Tight My Baby, Cradled in ihe Sky CG Film Plays in Japan

Orine Fukushima, Kikuko Inoue, Atsuko Tanaka, Hiroaki Hirata star in sci-fi anime Sleep Tight My Baby, Cradled in the Sky (Nemure Omoi Ko Sora no Shitone ni), the 3D CG-animated science-fiction film by director Naoya Kurisu and the Japanese independent animation label Hand to Mouse., will play in three limited screenings in Japan on April 12. The official website describes the story of the 50-minut...
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Live-Action Patlabor Film Promotes Toho Cinemas Rewards Card in Video

Shigeo abandons battle to see movie in theaters for free in new campaign ― A commercial for Toho Cinemas' Cine-Mileage rewards card featuring over-dubbed footage from the upcoming The Next Generation Patlabor: Shuto Kessen (Capital City Battle) film began streaming on Friday. Shigeo: All right! Everyone, keep it up! Oh no, we got done in! The arm! Man: Shige, do you know about the Cine-Mileage card? ...
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Persona 3 Manga's End in Next Volume Teased

Manga adapting Atlus' RPG began has been running for over 8 years ― The author's notes in the eighth compiled volume of Shuji Sogabe's Persona 3 manga has a message reading, "The series will complete in the next volume... Probably." The story of the manga revolves around the protagonist Minato Arisato, who transfers to Gekkōkan High School. However, as he heads to his new dormitory, listening to the ...

Friday, March 27

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Hit the Pool with a Black Butler Bikini

Hot Topic, ever the increasing supplier for all sorts of anime-themed apparel and accessories, is apparently selling Black Butler bikinis. The Black Butler two-piece is inspired by Ciel Phantomhive, and carries a retail price of $24.50 for the top and bottom separately. And although this "sailor swim" bikini isn't actually Sailor Moon, it comes pretty close. It, too, retails for $24.50 each for th...
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Assassination Classroom's Koro-Sensei Hangs Out in Tokyo With His Own VW Beetle

Koro-sensei and the rest of the Assassination Classroom characters hung out at Shibuya's Tower Records store to celebrate the March 27 release of the first Blu-Ray and DVD of the anime series. He was accompanied by Mai Fuchigami (Nagisa Shiota), as well as cosplayers dressed as Irina Jelavić/Bitch-sensei, Nagisa Shiota, and Karma Akabane. A video monitor at Tower Records will be playing a differen...
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Ace of Diamond Mizuno Sports Glasses Sell Out in 15 Minutes

Sportswear and sporting equipment company Mizuno started accepting pre-orders today for official Ace of Diamond sports glasses, modeled after those worn by catcher and captain Miyuki Kazuya. Each pair retailed for 7,600 yen (about US$63.80) before tax, with an estimated delivery date of late April. Soon after the reservation period opened, they Tweeted that the glasses had sold out in just 15 minu...
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Legend of Zelda for Wii U Delayed Until After 2015

Nintendo producer Eiji Aonuma announced in a video message on Friday that The Legend of Zelda game for Nintendo Wii U has been delayed until after 2015. Aonuma apologized for the delay and explained, "In these last three months, as the team has experience firsthand the freedom of exploration that hasn't existed in any Zelda game to date, we have discovered several new possibilities for this game. ...
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Love Live! SunShine!! Project Posts 2nd Teaser Image

Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Magazine posted the second teaser image for the upcoming Love Live! SunShine!! project. The text in the image is the same as the first teaser and reads, "Save me, Love Live!" In the new image, eight more girls join the scene. Previously released image: The image will also run in the May issue of Dengeki G's Magazine on Monday. [Via Otakomu]
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ANNCast - Encyclopedia Brits-Ani-ca

Anime scholars extraordinaire Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements drop by the ANNCast clubhouse to discuss their new book, the monolithic behemoth known as The Anime Encyclopedia: Third Revised Edition. ― ANNCast Episode 221: Encyclopedia Brits-Ani-ca Get the Flash Player to see this player. Anime scholars extraordinaire Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements drop by the ANNCast clubhouse to discuss ...
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Fairy Tail 'Real Puzzle Game' Opens in Tokyo, Osaka in April

April 25-May 31 event allows players to enter Fairy Tail world ― Game company Taito announced that it will open a "real puzzle game," titled "Fairy Tail Puzzle Quest ~Welcome to Fairy Tail!~," in Tokyo and Osaka on April 25. In the game, the players are members of the Fairy Tail guild, solving requests and progressing the story. Players will meet characters like Natsu, Lucy, Gray, and Erza, solving p...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, March 15-21

2Attack on Titan volumes, Naruto, Monster Musume, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Nisekoi, Seraph of the End, No Game, No Life, Kamisama Kiss, Akame ga Kill! The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on March 21. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1Attack on Titan #15 Hajime Isayama Kodansha Comics 1 22Naruto #69 Masashi Kishimoto V...
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Death Parade ‒ Episode 12

Everybody get your hands up, it's the final episode of Death Parade!
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Ultraman Monsters Get Their Own Tourism TV Show

Three baddies to leisurely visit Japanese sights ― It's finally time for the monsters of Ultraman to shine. Fuji TV recognized the popularity of the show's evil-doers among fans and greenlit Ultra Kaijū Sanpo (Ultra Monster Walk) to start at 12 AM on May 23 on Fuji TV One Sports/Variety. The show will run for 12 episodes to be aired monthly and stars the comedy trio Tokyo-03 as Alien Zarab (Satoshi I...
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Sayonara UmiharaKawase + PS Vita Game Heads West This Spring

Latest game in platformer series contains original 1994 game ― Video game publisher Agatsuma Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will release Sayonara UmiharaKawase + (Sayonara Umihara Kawase Chirari in Japan) on PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe this spring. The game is an enhanced version of the 2013 Nintendo 3DS game Sayonara Umihara Kawase, which Nintendo released digitally in ...
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Knights of Sidonia Gets 2 One-Shot Spinoff Manga

Yayoi Ogawa, Myako Iwako draw one-shots for Shonen Sirius, Aria ― Yayoi Ogawa (Tramps Like Us, Kimi wa Pet, Ginban Kishi) and will draw a one-shot spinoff manga for Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius. In addition, newcomer Myako Iwako will draw a one-shot spinoff in the June issue of Kodansha's Aria shojo magazine on April 28. Ogawa recommended the series to women,...
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Junji Majima, Shintarou Oohata, Koji Yusa Join Gangsta. Anime Cast

New cast to perform in drama CD ahead of summer anime ― The official Twitter account for the Gangsta. project announced three more cast members for the anime on Friday. The new cast members, who will also perform in the fourth drama CD shipping on April 29, are: Junji Majima as Emilio Benedetto Shintarou Oohata as Gaston Brown Koji Yusa as Domenico Arcangelo Shukou Murase (Dante's Inferno: An Animate...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 405

"Tenten's mini arc comes to a close this week, and although the episode adheres to many of the same conventions as the previous two arcs, it features its own distinctive twists."
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU 2nd Season's Commercial Aired

More returning cast confirmed for series premiering April 2 ― Japanese television station TBS is airing a 30-second commercial for the Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku sequel anime. The video opening theme song "Harumodoki" (Pseudo-Spring) by Nagi Yanagi. The website also updated on Friday with more additional cast, returning from the first season: Marina Inoue as Yumiko Miura N...
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Answerman - Endlessly Searching

Justin answers two questions about really long series: is longevity something the creators prefer? And why do they get licensed less? Plus, prospects for some re-releases, and why so much hentai got licensed back in the day. ― What happened? The questions dried up again! Once again this week, I was really desperate for questions. Is it because everybody is on spring break? Anyway, I need your help! ...
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Your Lie in April Episodes 1-22 Streaming

Your Lie in April paints adolescent love and musical performance in exuberant colors, and almost gets away with it, too. ― Your Lie in April is a beautiful show. That should be stated first, both because it's true, and because that's where the show itself begins. The first episode opens with a gorgeous, nearly wordless sequence of a girl chasing a cat through blooming spring flowers. Light piano sets...
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Log Horizon GN 1

Fans of the Log Horizon anime might find story questions answered more quickly in the first volume of this manga adaptation of the light novel. ― Log Horizon, like many a recent franchise, began its life as a series of light novels, in this case by Mamare Touno, before being adapted into both anime and manga. As might reasonably be expected, the difference in the adaptive mediums make each version a ...
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Naruto's 4th Epilogue Novel Slated For May 1

The official website for Shueisha's Jump J Books label of novels announced on Friday that Konohagakure Hiden, the fourth of six planned Naruto epilogue novels, is scheduled for May 1. The novel will be penned by Shō Hinata (Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan, Bakuman., Hentai Kamen novels). A teaser image for the novel (seen right) was also unveiled. The website also lists that Gaara Hiden will now ship in Ju...
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend ‒ Episodes 11 & 12

"What these episodes don't do is give the series a sense of finality, either in a thematic or a storytelling sense."
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night PS Vita Game's Chie Promo Streamed

Yui Horie voices kung fu-loving girl in June 25 spin-off rhythm game ― Atlus began streaming a new promotional video starring the Persona 4 character Chie Satonaka for its Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita rhythm game on Friday. The video features a remix of the Persona 4 theme song "Pursuing My True Self" by Shihoko Hirata. Chie: OK, let's do this! Take a look at my Satonaka-style dance ...
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Getbackers' Seimaru Amagi Ends Genji the Death's Friend Manga

Bronze: Zetsuai since 1989's Minami Ozaki launched manga in English & Japanese last May ― DeNA's free Manga Box smartphone and tablet app published the 43rd chapter of Seimaru Amagi and Minami Ozaki's Genji the Death's Friend (Tōkyō Genji Monogatari) manga last Saturday, revealing that Amagi will conclude the manga in the next chapter on March 28. Manga Box describes the story: "People often die arou...

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled TV Ad Previews 3rd Episode

Commercials for 5.1ch Blu-ray release of both seasons of original series also streamed ― The official website for the Code Geass: Akito the Exiled anime project unveiled a new TV commercial for the third episode on Friday. The movie previews some of the scenes from the episode, and also features the anime's opening theme song, "More Than Words" by voice actress and singer Maaya Sakamoto. Lelouch: Gen...
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The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Original Video Anime Bundled With Manga

The ninth limited-edition volume of Puyo's The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan manga will bundle the previously revealed original video anime on October 26. The exclusive original anime Blu-ray Disc will have the same staff and cast as the television anime, and it will run about 25 minutes long. A television anime of the original manga has already been green-lit for 16 episodes. It will premiere...

Drifters Manga by Hellsing's Hirano Has Anime in the Works

Kouta Hirano's action story already inspired 2012 anime short ― The May issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine is announcing on Monday that an anime adaptation of Kouta Hirano's Drifters manga is in the works. The story of the manga centers around Shimazu Toyohisa, the real-life samurai who fought in the pivotal Battle of Sekigahara. In his dying moments, Shimazu is transported to a world ...
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Live-Action Shinjuku Swan Trailer Unveils Insert Song

Movie premieres in Japan on May 30 ― The official website of the live-action film of Ken Wakui's Shinjuku Swan manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Friday. The trailer previews the film's story, as well as the film's insert song "Collide" by UVERworld and theme song "Dive" by Man With a Mission, and notes its May 30 opening date. Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine announced on March 2013 tha...
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Hello!! Kin-iro Mosaic TV Anime's 2nd TV Ad Streamed

School comedy series premieres on April 5 ― The official website for the upcoming Hello!! Kin-iro Mosaic anime series began streaming the second television commercial on Friday. The video previews scenes from the show, and features the opening theme song "Yume-iro Parade" (Dream-Colored Parade) by Rhodanthe*. Narrator and Text: Our sparkly daily life is about to start again! Narrator: The sweet and f...
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Kamen Rider Drive, Nin'ninger Get 1-Hour Crossover Special

Franchises also getting movies this summer ― The official Toei YouTube channel began streaming a promotional video for its upcoming Shuriken Sentai Nin'ninger VS Kamen Rider Drive Haruyasumi Gattai 1-jikan Special (Shuriken Sentai Nin'ninger VS Kamen Rider Drive: 1-Hour Spring Break Combo Special) on Saturday. The special will take over both shows' slots on Sunday. In the special, a yōkai and Roidmud...

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Sōma's 6th TV Ad Promotes April 3 Premiere

J.C. Staff's cooking series based on Yūto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki's manga ― The official website for the Food Wars: Shokugeki no Sōma television anime began streaming the sixth commercial on Friday. The ad features the opening theme "Kibō no Uta" (The Song of Hope) by ULTRATOWER. Narration: In this school, cooking skills determine everything! Narration and Text: The "taste" experience cuisine battle, beg...
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3rd Naruto Epilogue Novel's Title, Story, Cover Unveiled

The official website for Shueisha's Jump J Books label of novels revealed the title, story, and cover illustration (seen right) for Sakura Hiden, the third of six planned Naruto epilogue novels. The novel, penned by Tomohito Ōsaki (Gintama, Black Cat, Nurarihyon no Mago novels), will be titled Naruto - Sakura Hiden: Shiren, Haru Kaze ni Nosete (Naruto - Sakura Hidden Legend - Feelings of Love, Rid...
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Dead or Alive, Ikki Tousen Girls Join Senran Kagura: Estival Versus Roster

Ayane, Sonsaku, Kan-u, Ryofu are playable via paid DLC after launch ― During the live stream for the Japanese launch of its Senran Kagura: Estival Versus: Shōjo-tachi no Sentaku game, Marvelous announced on Thursday that characters from other franchises will join the game's playable roster: Ayane from Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Sonsaku, Kan-u, Ryofu from Ikki Tousen: Extravaganza Epoch These charact...

Thursday, March 26

2003 Astro Boy Anime Gets New DVD Release by Mill Creek Entertainment

Sony previously released the series on five individual volumes in 2009 ― Mill Creek Entertainment will release the 2003 Astro Boy anime series in a 50-episode, complete DVD box set, according to online retailer Amazon's listing. Amazon does not specify which languages are included on the DVDs. It is set to retail for US$14.98 on May 5. Sony previously released the series on five individual volumes in...
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Classroom Crisis Anime's TV Ad Reveals Staff, Premise, July Premiere

Gundam BF director, Saekano writer, Oreimo designer in 'school x work romantic comedy' ― The official website for the original television anime Classroom Crisis began streaming a teaser commercial that announced its main staff and July premiere on Friday: Character Design: Hiro Kanzaki (Oreimo, EUREKA SEVEN AO, Go! Go! 575) Series Script Supervisor, Scripts: Fumiaki Maruto (Saekano: How to Raise a Bo...
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Kuroko's Basketball's Tetsuya #2 Gets A 35 Cm Plush

Tetsuya #2, the adorable pup from Kuroko's Basketball (and the pet of Tetsuya Kuroko), is getting a 35 cm (about 13.7 in) plush... just about tall enough to be considered life-size. The plush is available for pre-order from Movic for 6,800 yen (about US$57) and is expected to ship in mid-June. [Via Nijimen]
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Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions Concert Adds More Tour Dates in N. America, Australia

Concerts previously held in Washington DC, Philadelphia ― The Pokemon Company International announced new locations for its "Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions" concert series on Thursday. The company plans to announce more dates and locations at a later time. The current list of upcoming tour dates is: CityDateLocation Baltimore, MD 5/1/2015 Joseph Meyerhoff Hall New York, NY 6/6/2015 Theater at Madison ...
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Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim, Akiba's Trip Coming to PC This Spring

XSEED Games announced on Thursday that it will release Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim and Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed for PC via Steam this spring. The PC edition of Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim will have a new translation, widescreen support, the ability to warp to and from checkpoints, and a new "Catastrophe Mode" where the player is unable to purchase healing items, and any healing items acq...
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KanColle ‒ Episode 12

"It's a bit of a stretch to call the ending of Kancolle a surprise, but it's certainly disappointing."
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Tokyo's Kantō Area Crowns This Year's Hottest High School Boy and Girl

Somehow, this past weekend marked the third annual Kantō High School Mr. Contest 2015, an event at the "Uniform High School Graduation Party 2015 Supported by Samurai ELO" to crown the hottest high school boy in the Kantō region. Over 1,200 participated, with eight finalists competing for the title, and the opportunity to appear in Samurai ELO fashion magazine. The Grand Prix winner was Hiroki Sas...
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Tiger & Bunny's Sakakibara Launches New Haira no SP Manga

Sakikabara serializing new series starting April 14 ― The 177th issue of Kadokawa's Kadokawa Niconico Ace online magazine revealed on Wednesday that Mizuki Sakakibara (Tiger & Bunny) will launch a new manga series titled Haira no SP -Ryūbatsu-chō Chōsa Shikkōbu Dai-3-Ka (Haira no SP -Ryūbatsu Agency Investigation Executives, Division 3) in the magazine's next issue, which Kadokawa and Niconico Video ...
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Aquarion Logos Staff Send Out Casting Call

The staff of the upcoming Aquarion Logos television anime are seeking two voice actors to join the cast. Applicants need minimal experience since the staff will guide them before recording. The parts are small and should take only about three hours of work. Prospective voice actors will need to travel to Tokyo, but travel and snack expenses will be paid. The actual compensation is 30,000 yen (abou...
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Danganronpa Mystery Game at Anime Conji Updates with Instructional Video

In case you were hoping for a little more info about the Danganronpa-themed murder mystery game that will be hosted by NIS America at San Diego's Anime Conji, the video game and anime publishers have since uploaded an instructional video to their Youtube channel: The event starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4 in the Sheraton Hotel. Participants have until 6:00 p.m. to gather clues throughout ...
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Attack on Titan, Madoka Magica, Initial D's Online Games to End Service

Browser games will end in May, 3DS game will end in June ― Strategy & Partners announced on Thursday that both the Puella Magi Madoka Magica Online and Shingeki no Kyojin -Hangeki no Tsubasa- Online (Attack on Titan: The Wings of Counterattack Online) browser games will end service on May 28. Puella Magi Madoka Magica Online launched in August 2012. While the game is free to play, items cost money. T...
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Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and The Beast Film Gets Manga

Sentō Jōsai Masurawo's Renji Asai draws Shonen Ace manga of Summer Wars director's latest ― The Boy and The Beast (Bakemono no Ko), the upcoming anime film from director Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children), is inspiring a manga series before the movie opens. The May issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine announced on Thursday that Renji Asai (Se...
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Konami: Kojima Productions' Name Was Changed in Restructuring

Director Kojima still working on Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain ― Konami addressed the recent removal of the Kojima Productions logo from its website over Twitter on Wednesday, stating that the Kojima Productions and other internal companies have had their names changed as part of Konami's restructuring. Director Hideo Kojima and his team are still working on Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain at...
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Infamous Dragon Ball Z Scene Gets A Figure

Yamcha's unfortunate ending has been the butt of many jokes over the years, with endless memes and even an official t-shirt, but now you can immortalize that moment forever with a figure. Premium Bandai, which is accepting pre-orders starting today, also has some other suggestions for what to do with little Yamcha: The figure costs 3,456 yen (about US$29) and is expected to ship in August. Sadly, ...
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W Juliet's Emura Ends Idea no Hana Manga in April

"Exotic fantasy" shōjo manga about traveling entertainer launched in 2012 ― The May issue of Hakusensha's Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazine announced on Thursday that Emura will end her Idea no Hana "exotic fantasy" shōjo manga in the magazine's next issue, which Hakusensha will publish on April 25. The manga entered its final story arc last January. The magazine teases: What unbelievable sight was refl...
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The Testament of Sister New Devil ‒ Episode 12

"A distinct effort is made to wrap things up while still leaving plenty of room for the sequel."
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Tokyo Ghoul: Jack Spinoff Gets Original Video Anime

Story of how investigators Arima & Fura met over a case in 13th Ward ― The end of the final Tokyo Ghoul √A anime episode announced on Friday that an original video anime (OVA) adaptation of the Tokyo Ghoul: Jack prequel spinoff has been green-lit and is slated for this year. In addition to the OVA this year and a stage play in Tokyo and Kyoto, there is more in the franchise planned. In Tokyo Ghoul: J...
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Review: The Anime Encyclopedia Third Revised Edition

The Anime Encyclopedia's third revision is an impressive achievement, steadfastly chronicling anime shorts, films, and series from 1917 through 2014. ― There is one thing that we can all agree on, hands down – The Anime Encyclopedia is one impressive piece of work. Co-written by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy, this tome attempts to chronicle and catalog a century's worth of Japanese animation w...
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House of 1000 Manga - Bakuman.

Jason straps in for a series of columns focusing on manga about manga, and naturally, his first stop is writer Tsugumi Ohba and artist Takeshi Obata's Bakuman. Plus: Jason's new project! ― In honor of my new Kickstarter, Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics, for the next two months I’m going to be writing about meta-manga: manga about manga artists! Please enjoy, and if you like, pleas...
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Wrestler Kazuchika Okada Voices Character Based on Him in World Trigger

Pro wrestler to face off against Yuma in extra segment of episode premiering April 5 ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha 's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that professional wrestler Kazuchika Okada will voice a character in the World Trigger TV anime. The wrestler will play a C-Class Border member that is designed after himself. The character will premiere in the 24th episode on...

Digimon, .hack//SIGN Voice Actress Brianne Brozey Underwent 5-Hour Surgery After Accident

Brozey was injured on the set of NCIS: Los Angeles in March 2011 ― Voice actress Brianne Brozey is having difficulty speaking after undergoing a life-threatening, five-hour surgery to correct an injury that happened on the set of NCIS: Los Angeles in March 2011 where she worked as an assistant location manager. A falling steel grip head from a light stand hit Brozey on her neck, shoulder, and lower b...
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Resurrection 'F' Version Frieza Joins Dragon Ball Xenoverse Game as DLC

Tagoma's scouter, Gohan's jersey also included in 3rd round of DLC ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha 's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the golden version of Frieza that will appear in the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ film will also be playable in the Dragon Ball Xenoverse fighting game as part of the third round of DLC. This form of Frieza is simply known as "...
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High School Star Musical Anime Cast Sings Premise in Video

Natsuki Hanae, Kensho Ono, Arthur Lounsbery, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Tomoaki Maeno, Junichi Suwabe, Daisuke Hirakawa in Fall show ― The official website for this fall's new musical television anime, High School Star Musical (Kōkō Hoshi Kageki), began streaming a promotional video on Thursday. The same video debuted at AnimeJapan 2015 last weekend. In the video, the cast sings the premise of the story in th...

Tokyo Ghoul for PS Vita Adds New Main Lead Designed by Manga Creator

Game features original story created in collaboration with Sui Ishida ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the PS Vita adventure role-playing game Tokyo Ghoul: Masquerader will feature a new protagonist designed by original manga creator Sui Ishida. In addition, Ishida collaborating on the game's original story, which does not appear in the m...
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Generations from Exile Tribe Performs One Piece's New Theme Song

"Hard Knock Days" to begin playing on April 5 ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the all-male group Generations from EXILE Tribe will perform the new opening theme song for the One Piece television anime. The song "Hard Knock Days" will begin playing in the anime on April 5. Generations from EXILE Tribe is a seven-member unit that formed in...

Naruto Spinoff Manga Mini-Series to Begin on April 27

Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki takes story to new generation ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the spinoff manga mini-series Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki (Naruto Spinoff: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Month) will start on April 27. The combined 22nd/23rd issue of Weekly Shon...
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Video Shows Shanks in Action

Game shipped in Japan for PS3, PS4, PS Vita on Thursday ― The official website of Bandai Namco Games' One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 action game began streaming a character gameplay video for Shanks on Thursday, showing the character in action. Bandai Namco Games previously revealed character gameplay videos for Crocodile, Enel, Roronoa Zoro, Mihawk, Smoker, Buggy the Clown, Tashigi, Ace, Chopper, Sabo...
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XBlaze Lost: Memories Visual Novel's Video Introduces Cast, Story

Ayumi Fujimura, Iori Nomizu, Nao Toyama star in PS3/Vita release from Arc System Works, Aksys ― The official website for XBlaze Lost: Memories, the sequel to Arc System Works' XBlaze Code: Embryo visual novel, began streaming the second promotional video on Thursday. The video teases, "When the 'girls' guided by fate meet … a new 'story' is set in the motion." The video introduces the protagonist Wat...
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Uran's Paradise of Innocence Manga Gets New Anime DVD

DVD bundled with 8th Mujaki no Rakuen manga volume ― A leaflet in Uran's seventh Mujaki no Rakuen (Paradise of Innocence) manga volume is announcing on Friday that the manga's eighth limited-edition volume will bundle a new original anime DVD (OAD). Hakusensha will publish the eighth volume on August 28. Takashi Nishikawa (Strange+, Sin Strange Plus) is directing the anime, and Softgarage is collabor...
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Date A Live for PS Vita Previewed in Promo Video

Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation combines PS3 games Rinnne Utopia, Ars Install ― The official website for the PS Vita game Date A Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation began streaming the promotional video that debuted at AnimeJapan 2015 this past weekend. The video introduces the paradise world of Eden and the Irregular race that sprang into being in the digital world. This new edition combines the tw...
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A-1 Pictures Animates Tansa Quest Smartphone Game's Promo, Ad

Maaya Uchida sings game's theme song in commercial ― The official website of the Aniplex Mobile's upcoming Tansa Quest smartphone role-playing game began streaming a promotional video and a 30-second commercial for the game on Tuesday. A-1 Pictures animated both videos, and they feature Maaya Uchida (who plays the role of Mayu in the game) performing the game's theme song "Susume! Joshi Yūsha-bu" (Ad...

Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker Fate System Trailer Streamed

Game will ship in North America on May 5 ― Atlus USA began streaming a new trailer for its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker on Wednesday. The trailer introduces the "fate system" that allows the player to strengthen characters through different choices. Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker (Devil Survivor 2 Break Record in Japan) is a port of the Nintendo DS game Devil Survivor 2...

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The Testament of Sister New Devil 2nd Season's Promo Video Posted

2nd season based on Tetsuto Uesu's light novel series to premiere in October ― Kadokawa began streaming the first promotional video on Wednesday for The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST, the second season of The Testament of Sister New Devil television anime series. The second season will premiere in October. The "rather risque battle action" story centers around Basara Tōjō, a first-year high sch...
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This UFO Catcher Game Is Totally Rigged

Twitter user @sdvx_NKPFON posted this video to the Internet after having a disastrous time trying to nab a figure from a UFO catcher machine. Most prize games are designed to be pretty hard, but this is something else. 取らせる気ねーだろこれwwwwwwwwwwwwww pic.twitter.com/Kr3hBvZ1SX— ねこぱんだ (@sdvx_NKPFON) March 25, 2015 Afterwards, he laughs, because there really is no other proper response. [Via Hachima Kikou...
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Strike A Pose for the New Kamen Rider Arcade Game

The new Narerunda! Kamen Rider Drive arcade game will have players interacting in a totally fun way—striking poses. The game, which will roll into amusement centers across Japan this month, allows players to henshin into Kamen Rider Drive. As enemies appear, the player must strike different poses in order to pull off special moves. The game will be updated over time to coincide with events ha...
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K-ON's Aki Toyosaki Has A New Gig... Announcing the Weather

Voice actress Aki Toyosaki, known for roles like K-ON's Yui Hirasawa, Yuruyuri's Chitose Ikeda, and more, has a new job. She'll be the weather announcer for TV Tokyo's Charge 730! Tuesday mornings beginning April 1. Charge 730! airs every weekday morning at 7:30 AM JST. Toyosaki got a head start on her blog after posting the news of her new gig. She attached a photo of cherry blossoms, adding, "We...
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Gundam Build Fighters Try ‒ Episode 24

"All three main characters had powerful reasons to fight one-on-one with the Gunpla Academy members, making every stage of the battle interesting."

Sony Pictures Acquire Live-Action Robotech Film Rights

Producers, writer of 300 involved as rights move from Warner Bros. ― The entertainment trade news source Variety reported on Wednesday that Sony Pictures has acquired the live-action film rights to the Robotech property, and "views the project as a potential film franchise." The Deadline website reported in February that the "Hollywood Gang" producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton (300, The Immortal...
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Parasyte -the maxim- ‒ Episode 24

"Well, that was… an ending."
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Hear the Kingdom Hearts Soundtrack Like Never Before with the Official Tribute Album

Today marks the release of Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts Tribute Album, with ten contributing artists. Those eager to get a taste of the album can listen to samples at the link above. Here's the full track list: Dearly Beloved feat. Suemitsu & The Suemith Riku~Kairi~Sora feat. jizue A Piece of Peace~Under the Sea~Traverse Town feat. fox capture plan Traverse Town feat. Jimanica Always on My Mind fe...
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Japanese Karaoke Goers Are Tired of Hearing Cruel Angel's Thesis

If you go to karaoke bars, even in America, you can count on a few things. There will be plenty of drunk performances and without fail, someone will warble through Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville." Karaoke in Japan is whole 'nother level, with private rooms and a huge selection of tracks. These places aren't limited to the Billboard Top 100 and have a variety of anisongs to choose from for aspirin...
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Crunchyroll Adds Koichi Sakamoto's Live-Action 009-1 Film

Site also adds Power Office Girls 2013, Onna Nobunaga, Ordinary Miracles, Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced that it added Koichi Sakamoto's live-action 009-1: The End of the Beginning film, the Power Office Girls 2013, Onna Nobunaga, and Ordinary Miracles drama series, and the Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse paranormal live-action series. 009...
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Popular Bishonen Voice Actors Cover "Senbonzakura"

Song released on Actors3 CD ― A group of handsome voice actors with large female fan followings has released its own cover of the hit Hatsune Miku song "Senbonzakura." The voice actors — Naozumi Takahashi, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Takuya Satou, Shouta Aoi and Toshiki Masuda — are part of a musical drama CD series called Actors in which they play students and sing Vocaloid songs. "Senbonzakura" i...
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The Heroic Legend of Arslan TV Anime's 8th Ad Previews Battle

Series based on Hiromu Arakawa's manga to premiere April 5 ― The official website for The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) television anime began streaming the eighth commercial on Sunday. The commercial features the anime's opening theme song, "Boku no Kotoba Dewanai Kore wa Boku-tachi no Kotoba" (These Aren't My Words, They're Our Words) by the band UVERworld and previews some of the upcoming...

Fairy Tail Manga, Anime Run Same Story Within Same Week

Manga bonus chapter to become March 28 anime episode ― This year's 17th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine shipped on Wednesday with an extra Fairy Tail chapter, titled Fairy Tail of the Dead Meeeeeeeeen, along with the main manga chapter. This extra story will also be the March 28 episode of the Fairy Tail anime, resulting in the manga and anime running the same story within the same week. ...
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April Showers Bring Sailor Moon Umbrellas

Sailor Moon Crystal Volume 7 Blu-ray also shown ― The mail-order fashion site Super Groupies is collaborating with the Sailor Moon Crystal anime to create a series of super-cute, frilly umbrellas. The umbrellas come in five color variations to represent the Inner Sailor Guardians. Each one is topped with a bow and a planetary symbol charm. They retail for 5,800 yen (about US$48) and pre-orders open ...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, March 16-22

Tokyo Ghoul:re, Fairy Tail, Ace of Diamond, Ahiru no Sora, Skip Beat! in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Tokyo Ghoul:re 2 434,675 434,675 2015/03 Shueisha Sui Ishida 1 1 2 Fairy Tail 48 255,062 255,062 2015/03 Kodansha Hiro Mashima 2 1 3 Daiya no A (Ace of Diamond) 46 186,887 186,887 2015/03 Kodansha Yuji Terajima 3 1...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, March 16-22

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: March 16-22 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4 Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (Including Bundled Editions) Square Enix March 19 92,094 92,094 2PS3 Resident Evil Revelations 2 Capcom March 19 73,373 73,373 3PS4 Battlefield Hardline Electronic Arts March 19 68,823 68,...

Seven Seas Licenses A Certain Scientific Accelerator Manga

Spinoff about Accelerator began in 2013 ― North American manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the manga A Certain Scientific Accelerator (Toaru Majutsu no Index Gaiden: Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator). The first volume is slated for October and the second is slated for January 2016. Arata Yamaji began the spinoff series about the A Certain Magical Index ch...
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Otomen's Aya Kanno to Visit Toronto Comics Arts Festival

Requiem of the Rose King author makes her first N. American appearance ― Viz Media announced on Wednesday that Aya Kanno (Otomen, Requiem of the Rose King) will appear as a guest at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) for an interview, panel, and book signing. This will be the manga artist's first North American appearance. Akita Shoten's Yuri Yamamoto, Kanno's editor, will also appear at the even...

KanColle Television Anime Gets Sequel

Final episode airs with announcement ― The final episode of the KanColle television anime aired on Tokyo MX on Thursday and announced that the series will get a sequel. The announcement does not specify whether the sequel will be a new television anime, film, or some other kind of work. The show premiered on January 7 and Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan. Source: Moca News
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FLOW, Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Akira Release New Songs on N. American iTunes

Music artists FLOW, Asian Kung-Fu Generation, and Akira released new albums for North American fans on iTunes and Amazon this month. Fans of FLOW's anime theme songs will be especially excited about the band's latest album release, "Kiwami." The album collects 18 tracks, all of them anime theme songs from the band's career. The track listing includes: 7 –seven- (The Seven Deadly Sins ED) AWAKE (Ki...
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Bleach DVD 24

Theron marathons the second half of a Bleach filler arc, but maybe it isn't all that bad. ― Volume 24 covers episodes 330-342, which constitutes the second half of the series' final filler arc: the Nozomi/Kageroza/Reigai story. It also marks Ichigo's last gasp as a Soul Reaper before being completely depowered; in fact, the arc actually resolves in episode 341, allowing for the entirety of 342 to be ...

Sentai Filmworks Announces Nobunaga The Fool's English Dub Cast

Scott Gibbs, Juliet Simmons, Mike Yager, Greg Ayres, David Wald star ― Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast for the television anime Nobunaga The Fool anime on Wednesday. The cast, under director Chris Ayers, includes: Scott Gibbs as Nobunaga Oda Juliet Simmons as Joan Kaguya d'Arc Mike Yager as Akechi Mitsuhide Greg Ayres as Toyotomi Hideyoshi David Wald as Leonardo Da Vinci Luci Christia...
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Yona of the Dawn ‒ Episode 24

"There are endings that wrap everything up in a nice little bow and endings that just sort of stop. Then there are those like Yona of the Dawn's final episode."
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Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! ‒ Episode 12

"This finale is packed to the brim with fast-paced action and hard-hitting revelations, but it never feels rushed."
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Konami Hires Staff For New Metal Gear As Kojima Station Goes on Hiatus

March 26 broadcast of Kojima Station was cancelled ― Following last week's reports that Metal Gear Solid series creator Hideo Kojima is leaving Konami after completing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami issued a notice on both their Japanese and English websites stating that it is currently hiring new staff to lead the development of a new Metal Gear title. The English statement reads: “Kon...
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Maaya Sakamoto, Cornelius to Perform New Ghost in the Shell Film's Theme Song

Design for new character Pyromania for TV series also unveiled ― The official website for the Ghost in the Shell franchise announced on Friday that Maaya Sakamoto and Cornelius will perform the main theme song for the upcoming Kōkaku Kidōtai Shin Gekijō-ban (Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie) film. The song will be titled "Mada Ugoku" (It Still Moves.) Cornelius will also compose and arrange the song...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU 2nd Season's New Promotional Video Previews Drama

Nagi Yanagi, Saori Hayami, Nao Toyama perform theme songs for anime premiering ― The official website for the Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku sequel anime began streaming a new promotional video on Sunday. The video previews some of the upcoming drama and the announced opening theme song "Harumodoki" (Pseudo-Spring) by Nagi Yanagi. Oregairu S2 AnimeJapan PV by pKjd Text: His tw...
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Disgaea 5 PS4 Game Previewed in 16-Minute Gameplay Video

Video previews games mechanics, story, character creation for game shipping Thursday in Japan ― Japanese game website 4Gamer began streaming a 16-minute gameplay video of Nippon Ichi Software's upcoming Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance PlayStation 4 strategy role-playing game on Wednesday. The video outlines the game's mechanics and character creation process, as well as some of the game's story. Bef...
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Discotek Delays Castle of Cagliostro Blu-ray release

According to online retailer Amazon's listing, North American anime distributor Discotek Media has delayed its Blu-ray release of Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro until June 23. The release was previously slated to ship on April 28. Online retailer Right Stuf is offering a Collector's Edition of the Blu-ray. The Right Stuf website also lists a June 23 release date. Discotek Media delayed the DV...
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The Labyrinth of Grisaia ~Sanctuary Fellows~ Manga Ends

Single volume to ship April 20; The Eden of Grisaia manga to begin soon ― Akita Shoten's online magazine Champion Cross published the conclusion of Shū Hirose's The Labyrinth of Grisaia ~Sanctuary Fellows~ manga on March 17. The comic also reveals that Akita Shoten will publish the manga's single compiled book volume on April 20, and The Eden of Grisaia (Grisaia no Rakuen) manga sequel will launch in...
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Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition Adds Vergil, Lady, Trish as Playable Characters

Capcom streams Xbox One, PS4 announcement trailer ― Capcom video game director Hideaki Itsuno announced new details for this summer's Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition PlayStation 4 an Xbox One game release on Monday. The game will add three new playable characters: Vergil, Lady, and Trish. Vergil was added as a playable character in DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition as part of the Vergil's Bloody...

Int'l Manga Award Winner I Kill Giants Gets Hollywood Live-Action Film

Oscar-winning short film director Anders Walter attached ― Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura's International Manga Award-winning graphic novel I Kill Giants will get a live-action film adaptation with Oscar award-winning short film director Anders Walter (Helium). Treehouse Pictures and Chris Columbus (Pixels, Harry Potter films) will produce the film and Kelly will write the adaptation for the screen. ...

Senran Kagura Costume Trailer Brings the Bounce to Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

16 costumes from anime, game series now available ― The official Dead or Alive channel began streaming a trailer for the Senran Kagura DLC costume bundles for Dead or Alive 5: Last Round. The pack includes 16 costumes from the Senran Kagura game and anime series and is now available for download in Japan. The costume packs will be available for purchase individually, or with a costume pass. The costu...
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Ao Oni ver.2.0 Sequel Film's Teaser Streamed

Taishi Nakagawa stars in sequel horror film opening in Japan on July 4 Famitsu began streaming the first teaser trailer on Tuesday for Ao Oni ver.2.0, the sequel to the film adaptation of the free online horror game Ao Oni (Blue Demon). The sequel film will open in Japan on July 4. The film's staff also released a new poster visual for the film, featuring the monster Fuwatty. The story and setting ...

Death Parade Final Episode's Long Preview Streamed

Last episode to air in Japan on Friday ― Production company VAP began streaming a "long version" of a preview for the final episode of the Death Parade television anime on Tuesday. The 12th and final episode will air in Japan on Friday. Funimation is streaming the series as it airs, and the company describes the story: There is a place after death that's neither heaven nor hell. A bar that serves you...
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