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ANNCast (Video) - Sevakis of Death

Erstwhile co-host and current Answerman Justin Sevakis stops by the podcast to catch up on anime and industry news! Gundam on Hulu, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence and much more! ― ANNCast Episode 287 - Sevakis of Death Erstwhile co-host and current Answerman Justin Sevakis stops by the podcast to catch up on anime and industry news! Gundam on Hulu, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence and much much more! Yo...
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The Great Passage Episodes 1-11 Streaming

After lingering in licensing limbo for many months, The Great Passage is finally available streaming! Gabriella Ekens explores whether this uniquely low-key drama is worth watching. ― Before it fell victim to the Amazon anime hostage crisis of Fall 2016, The Great Passage was one of my most anticipated shows of that season. Based on an acclaimed novel, airing in the celebrated Noitamina programming b...
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Interviews With Monster Girls GN 1 & 2

Interviews With Monster Girls is more charming than not, even as its harem elements trip it up on occasion. ― There's almost no way to phrase the premise of this series without it sounding creepy. High school biology teacher Tetsuo Takahashi has always been fascinated by the human variations straight out of mythology known as demi-humans, but he had to give up writing his thesis on them in university...
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Sword of the Stranger BD+DVD

Sword of the Stranger offers a nearly perfect action package. ― Sword of the Stranger is something of a wonderful oddity. Bearing no source material or spinoff potential, it's one of those rare anime-original films that offer an unfiltered vision of a creator or even studio. Blessed with gorgeous art design and animation, it offers an incredibly pure distillation of precisely one thing: the classic s...
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Friday, February 24

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Gundam Creator Yoshiyuki Tomino Praises In This Corner of the World

Video discussion with director Sunao Katabuchi for new entertainment website ― AG-ON Premium, a Japanese web portal for pop culture news including anime, video games, and voice actor-related information, will open on March 17. To drum up anticipation for the website's launch, it has released a preview: the first part of a video discussion between Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of the Mobile Suit Gundam se...
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Cloudflare Web Service Error Leaks Website Data, Anime/Manga Companies Respond

ANN, Crunchyroll, Fakku, Funimation, NIS America provide comments ― Web performance and security service Cloudflare revealed on Thursday that a coding error has caused information leaks from websites that use Cloudflare. The leak caused some sensitive data to to be cached on search engines such as Google. Google researcher Tavis Ormandy spotted the leak last Friday, and Cloudflare CTO John Graham-Cum...
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Magikarp's Official Love Song Gets Dance Video

Love it or hate it, the Asian carp Pokémon known as Magikarp got its own official song last year. The "I Love Koiking" song showcases all of the fish's faults and weaknesses, but it is ultimately an ode to everything that makes Magikarp special. The official Pokémon website added a page on Friday that features a dance version of the song. The song's original animated music video is four minutes lo...
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Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya Film Reveals New Visual

The official website for the Prisma Illya anime series revealed a new visual for Gekijōban Fate/kaleid liner Prisma ☆ Illya Yukishita no Chikai (Movie Version Fate/kaleid liner Prisma ☆ Illya: Oath Under the Snow), the franchise's upcoming anime film, on Friday. The staff previously unveiled a teaser visual: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!!, the fourth television anime based on Hiroshi Hiroya...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil ‒ Episode 7

"This episode has a “day in the life” feel to it instead of feeling like part of the greater plot movement."
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Real-Life Mario Karting Company Sued by Nintendo

Company claims it had prior understanding with Nintendo ― The Shinagawa-based company MariCar lets visitors combine a tour of Japan's flagship city with geeky pleasure and the thrill of racing with its Mario Kart-themed go-cart tours. Customers don costumes from Nintendo's popular Mario Kart series (or of other well-known characters), then go careening through the streets of Tokyo through famous dist...
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Golden Bomber Band Makes Appearance in Chibi Maruko-chan Special

Visual kei rock band Golden Bomber will appear as guests in the Chibi Maruko-chan 1-Hour 30th Anniversary Special on March 19. The four members will voice a father, grandfather, mother, and grandmother that visits the Sakura household at the beginning of the program. Kenji Darvish is voicing the grandmother who appears wearing his trademark face makeup. Golden Bomber currently perform the series' ...
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Live-Action Teiichi no Kuni Film's 2nd Poster Visual Unveiled

Pre-order ticket art also shown ― The official website for the live-action film of Usamaru Furuya's Teiichi no Kuni (Teiichi's Country) manga revealed the film's second poster visual on Wednesday. In addition, the site also revealed the visuals that will appear on trading cards that will be included for those who pre-order tickets beginning on March 4. The pre-order cards are limited to only 200,000 ...
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Scum's Wish ‒ Episode 7

"Episode 7 makes the contrast between the lies little girls are told about romance and the reality they struggle to conquer in adolescence as painfully clear as possible."
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Hajimete no Gal Anime Reveals Main Staff, Character Visuals

Hiroyuki Furukawa directs anime at NAZ ― The official website for the television anime of Meguru Ueno's Hajimete no Gal (First-Time Gal) manga updated on Saturday with the main staff and visuals of the two lead characters. Hiroyuki Furukawa (My Wife is the Student Council President, Sin Strange Plus) is directing the anime and designing the characters at NAZ (Hamatora). Yūichirō Momose ("Sakura Inter...
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Monster Hunter XX Game's Campaign Offers Real Beekeeper Suit, In-Game Items

Capcom is holding a sweet Twitter campaign in the lead-up to the release of its upcoming Monster Hunter XX (pronounced as "Double Cross") Nintendo 3DS game on March 18. The "318 Honey, Please Campaign" will offer increasing numbers of in-game rewards to players depending on how many times they tweet with the project's hashtag from February 23 to March 10. In addition to in-game rewards, Twitter us...
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Wix Website Builder Buys Art Community Website DeviantArt

The Wix.com website builder company announced that it has acquired the art and design community website DeviantArt as of Wednesday. Wix purchased DeviantArt for US$36 million in cash, including US$3 million of assumed liabilities. According to Wix, DeviantArt will continue to operate as a separate site. DeviantArt users will be able to use Wix's web design tools for building an online presence and...
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BanG Dream! Project Reveals 8 More Band Cast Members

Hello, Happy World! & Pastel*Palettes band members revealed ― The staff of the BanG Dream! mixed-media project announced at the "BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!" event on Friday eight more cast members for the Hello, Happy World! and Pastel*Palettes bands. The new cast members, along with the previously revealed cast members for the bands' lead singers Kokoro Tsurumaki and Aya Maruyama, are as follows:...
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20th Century Boys, Beck Live-Action Director Producing Panda Bikini Group

Idol groups are continually expanding into more niched territory to stand out. Options run the gambit from religious to heavy metal, sci-fi fairies to yuri-bait, cougars to the unemployed, raving chainsaw killers to sister wives, and more than a few have opened up the option to date. With all this variety, wearing a bathing suit seems rather blase. Live-action film director Yukihiko Tsutsumi added...
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Fuuka ‒ Episode 9

"The show is painfully low-conflict at this point, and any new source of tension would help maintain my interest."

Funimation Comments on Website Data Breach

Funimation: passwords not viewable due to encryption ― Funimation Entertainment provided a comment on Friday regarding the July data breach of the Funimation website. The company confirmed that some names, e-mail addresses, and dates of birth may have been compromised — and it has sent notifications to customers potentially affected — but passwords were not viewable as they are encrypted. The full st...
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Crunchyroll Streams 4th Digimon Adventure tri. Film

Crunchyroll began streaming the fourth Digimon Adventure tri. film, Digimon Adventure tri. Part 4: Loss (Digimon Adventure tri. Sōshitsu), on Friday. As for the previous films, Digimon Adventure tri. Part 4: Loss is available for premium members in four parts. The stream is available in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerb...
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Answerman - Whatever Happened to Anime Cameos?

Back in the 80s, comedy anime characters would make cameo appearances in other anime all the time - why doesn't that happen anymore? Justin explains. ― Phoenix asks: Whatever happened to anime cameos? I feel like in the 80s and 90s they were relatively abundant. The Dirty Pair and Crusher Joe seemed to make it into every other 80s anime. Why, I was just watching Macross and wouldn't you know it, the...
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Morning Two Manga Magazine Celebrates Cat Day with Special "Morning Nyan" Collection

Cat festivals held across Tokyo ― February 22 is Cat Day in Japan, so deemed because of its three 2s ("two" sounds like nyā, "meow," in Japanese). To celebrate the occasion, the seinen manga magazine Monthly Morning two included a special section to its April issue called "Morning Nyan." It involves no less than 15 cat-related manga, including Yomawari Neko ("The Cat Night Watchman"), Neko no Kohana ...
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ANNCast (Video) - Sevakis of Death

Erstwhile co-host and current Answerman Justin Sevakis stops by the podcast to catch up on anime and industry news! Gundam on Hulu, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence and much more! ― ANNCast Episode 287 - Sevakis of Death Erstwhile co-host and current Answerman Justin Sevakis stops by the podcast to catch up on anime and industry news! Gundam on Hulu, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence and much much more! Yo...
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Polka Dots Performs Trinity Seven Eternal Library & Alchemic Girl Film's Insert Song

i☆Ris' Himika Akaneya, Mimi Meme MIMI's Yuki Takao debut as duo ― The official website for Trinity Seven: Eternal Library & Alchemic Girl (Gekijōban Trinity Seven - Yūkyū Toshokan to Renkinjutsu Shōjo), the upcoming anime film of Kenji Saito and Akinari Nao's Trinity Seven - The Seven Magicians manga, announced on Saturday that the musical duo Polka Dots will perform the insert song "Lost Days -Piano...
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ReLIFE Live-Action Film's Trailer Previews Sonoko Inoue's Ending Song

Film's star Taishi Nakagawa raps in cover of Ketsumeishi's "Sakura" ― The official website for the live-action film of Yayoiso's ReLIFE manga began streaming a music trailer on Friday. The video features the film's ending theme song "Sakura" by Sonoko Inoue. Taishi Nakagawa, who plays Arata in the film, performs rap in the song. The song is a cover of pop group Ketsumeishi's popular 14th single, whic...
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Ten Rocking Anime Songs from Winter 2017

As the Winter 2017 season speeds towards its end, let's take a look at some of the best songs that the season has to offer.
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The Great Passage Episodes 1-11 Streaming

After lingering in licensing limbo for many months, The Great Passage is finally available streaming! Gabriella Ekens explores whether this uniquely low-key drama is worth watching. ― Before it fell victim to the Amazon anime hostage crisis of Fall 2016, The Great Passage was one of my most anticipated shows of that season. Based on an acclaimed novel, airing in the celebrated Noitamina programming b...
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New Blame! Manga Adapting Upcoming Film Debuts on April 26

This year's April issue of Kodansha's Shonen Sirius magazine announced on Saturday that the manga adaptation of the upcoming new Blame! film will launch in the June issue of Shonen Sirius on April 26. Artist Kōtarō Sekine (Ninja Slayer Kills) is drawing the manga. The new anime film (pictured at right) is inspired by Tsutomu Nihei's original Blame! manga. The film will open on May 20 for a limited...
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Yume-100 Anime Shorts' Teaser Video Reveals March Debut

1st of 10 streaming episodes is set in Country of Black Tea ― A website launched for the series of anime shorts inspired by GCREST's Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama (The Kingdom of Dreams and the 100 Sleeping Princes or "Yume-100" for short) smartphone puzzle role-playing game on Friday. The website began streaming a teaser video for the shorts that reveals the series will debut at the end...
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The Silver Guardian Anime Reveals Main Cast, New Staff, April 1 Premiere

Chinese/Japanese adaptation of Chinese web comic takes place in virtual game world ― The official website for anime studio Emon's The Silver Guardian (Gin no Guardian) anime series revealed the anime's main cast, new visual, and April 1 premiere date on Friday. The anime will air on Tokyo MX. The anime stars: Jun Fukuyama as Riku Sui Gin (left) Yuka Saitou as Riku Lei (right) Emon describes the story...
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Masamune-kun's Revenge Anime Casts Mitsuki Saiga as Kanetsugu Gasō

Crunchyroll, Funimation stream ongoing anime series with subtitles, dub ― The official website of the television anime of Hazuki Takeoka and Tiv's Masamune-kun's Revenge (Masamune-kun no Revenge) manga revealed on Thursday that the anime has cast Mitsuki Saiga as the character Kanetsugu Gasō (seen below). The character already appears in the show's title sequence, but has not yet appeared in the main...
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Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys Anime Casts Hibiku Yamamura as Main Heroine

Cast from Spike Chunsoft's PS Vita game reprise roles for anime shorts premiering on April 12 ― A fan meeting at the UDX Theater in Akihabara for Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys, the television anime short series adaptation of Spike Chunsoft's Kenka Banchō Otome romance simulation game, revealed on Wednesday that Hibiku Yamamura will play the main character Hinako Nakayama (pictured below). The e...
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Fate/Grand Order Smartphone Game's Ad Previews 'Epic of Remnant' Event

New event launches on Friday ― The official website for the Fate/Grand Order smartphone role-playing game app began streaming an anime commercial for the game on Thursday. The ad promotes the "Epic of Remnant" event, showing the new Servants, and previewing the theme song "Lose Your Way" by ROUND TABLE feat. Dan. The event is launching on Friday evening in Japan. The original smartphone game inspired...
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Producer Adi Shankar Unveiles Poster for Netflix's Castlevania Series

Producer Adi Shankar revealed a poster for Netflix's Castlevania series on Wednesday. The series is slated to debut this year. The series will follow "the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself." Producer Adi Shankar announced in 2015 that he was working with Fred Seibert and Kevin Kolde of Fredera...
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'Important Announcement' for Honzuki no Gekokujō Light Novels Teased

Publisher TO Books posted a picture of the 10th volume of Miya Kazuki and Yō Shiina's Honzuki no Gekokujō ~Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen~ light novel series on its official Twitter account on Tuesday. The book's wraparound jacket band is blurred, and the Twitter post teases that the jacket band will have an important announcement. The volume (seen right) is slated for releas...

Live-Action Alita: Battle Angel Casts Michelle Rodriguez as Gelda

Fast and the Furious actress joins cast of Robert Rodriguez's film Entertainment Weekly magazine revealed on Wednesday that Michelle Rodriguez (Fast and the Furious) is part of the cast of Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga. According to Entertainment Weekly, Rodriguez plays Gelda in the film. Entertainment...

Ghibli Producer Suzuki: Hayao Miyazaki is Preparing to Work on New Feature Film

Suzuki stated at U.S. event that Miyazaki showed him storyboards for new work ― The joint communications news distribution site 47News (Japan Press Network) is reporting on Friday that according to Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki, Hayao Miyazaki is starting preparations to work on a new feature film. The news service stated that Suzuki revealed the news at an event in the United States on Thursd...
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New Blade of the Immortal Live-Action Film's Video Introduces Manji

Takuya Kimura stars in adaptation of Hiroaki Samura's manga premiering on April 29 ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal "neo period drama" manga revealed a video introducing the protagonist Manji on Thursday. The video features the film's theme song "Live to Die Another Day ~Sonzai Shōmei~" (Live to Die Another Day ~Proof of Existence~) per...
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6th Natsume's Book of Friends Anime's April Premiere, Theme Song Artists Revealed

Tomohisa Sakō performs opening theme, Rei Yasuda performs ending theme ― The official website of the anime adaptation of Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga revealed the ending theme song artist, April premiere, and a new visual on Friday for Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku, the planned sixth anime in the franchise. The site had revealed the opening theme song artist on Febru...
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Kemono Friends Concept Designer: Project to Continue After Anime

Kemono Friends concept designer Mine Yoshizaki revealed on his blog on Tuesday that there are plans to continue the Kemono Friends project. He added, "Right now it feels like a short 1-cour [quarter of a year] season, but look forward to Kaban-chan and the Friends' big adventure in an unknown world!" The original Kemono Friends smartphone game ended service on December 14, before the anime premier...

Thursday, February 23

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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 496

"While the plot is somewhat scattered, this week's Naruto Shippūden is a pleasing enough sendoff for Team Asuma."
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Hajimete no Gal TV Anime Premieres in July

The April issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine is revealing on Saturday that the television anime of Meguru Ueno's Hajimete no Gal (First-Time Gal) manga will premiere in July. The anime's official website previously revealed the anime's teaser visual, along with a hint that the April issue of Monthly Shōnen Ace would reveal more information. The romantic comedy begins with Junichi "Jun...
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Pokémon Rival Listed as Potential Suspect in Tom Brady Super Bowl Jersey Theft

New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady pulled off the unthinkable by bringing his team back from the brink to win their fifth NFL championship. Not long after his historic moment, a still unknown person made off Brady's jersey that he wore during the game. The search for the culprit is still ongoing, but Brady shared some of his top suspects on Instagram. Among the top persons of interest inc...
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Masamune-kun's Revenge ‒ Episode 8

"The middle scenes of this episode are both the heaviest and best content that the series has yet seen."
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, February 13-19

Yo-kai Watch ranks in top 10 ― The live-action drama series adaptation of Akiko Higashimura's Tokyo Tarareba Girls (Tokyo Tarareba Musume) manga aired on NTV on Wednesday, February 15 at 10:00 p.m. and earned an 11.5% rating. The live action Super Salaryman Mr. Saenai drama adapting Fujiko Fujio's manga aired on NTV on Saturday, February 18 at 9:00 pm. and earned a 10.2% rating. Title Station Date Ti...
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CHAOS;CHILD ‒ Episode 7

"Onoe wished for a jaw-dropping new case for the newspaper club to investigate, and I'd say this one is as jaw-dropping as it gets."
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Mr. Osomatsu Contact Lens TV Ads Only Make Us Want More Anime

The Mr. Osomatsu comedy anime exploded in popularity during its run, selling out magazines, crowding out dōjinshi events, and claiming top spots on yearly trend lists. Despite its multitude of crossover merchandise campaigns and fan demand, the series hasn't gotten a proper sequel announcement. The recent special was a comedic tie-in with the Japan Racing Association. Animated ads, including one f...
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Crunchyroll Streams Gasaraki, Umi Monogatari Anime

Gasaraki available in both English & Japanese ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it is adding the Gasaraki and Umi Monogatari anime from Nozomi Entertainment to its catalog. Both series are now available in the United States and Canada. Gasaraki is available with the English dub and with Japanese audio and English subtitles; Umi Monogatari is available in Japanese wit...
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Mary and the Witch's Flower Anime Film Casts Hana Sugisaki as Mary, Unveils Trailer

Marnie's Hiromasa Yonebayashi directs film for July 8 premiere ― The official Facebook page for Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi's Mary and the Witch's Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) anime film announced on Friday that Hana Sugisaki (When Marnie Was There, live-action Blade of the Immortal) will play the lead character Mary. The staff also unveiled a new trailer, which is available in a Japanese ...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid ‒ Episode 7

"It's the inevitable beach episode!"
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Japanese Comic Ranking, February 13-19

Delicious in Dungeon, One Piece, Terraformars, Ace of Diamond Act II, MAJOR 2nd in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Delicious in Dungeon 4 315,869 315,869 2017/02 Kadokawa Ryōko Kui 1 1 2 One Piece 84 183,253 2,229,722 2017/02 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 3 3 Terraformars 20 146,768 146,768 2017/02 Shueisha Story: Yū Sasuga...
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Detective Conan's 'Shadow Person' Tries Out Gravure

Plenty of male-oriented manga magazines include gravure centerfolds and covers, usually featuring a voluptuous model in a skimpy bikini. Hakusensha's Young Animal and Young Animal Arashi, Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits, Akita Shoten's Young Champion, and Futabasha's Manga Action all regularly feature gravure models. Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday skews to a younger audience than the listed sein...
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Tubi TV Adds Mars Daybreak, Jin-Roh, Juden Chan, Z/X Ignition Anime

3 television anime, anime film added to streaming service ― Video streaming website Tubi TV posted the Mars Daybreak, Juden Chan, and Z/X Ignition television anime and the Jin-Roh anime film on Wednesday. All 26 episodes of Mars Daybreak are available in Japanese with English subtitles. The series premiered in 2004 and was based on a PlayStation 2 game that would debut in Japan in 2005. Bandai Entert...
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Rose of Versailles Art Book Marks Anniversaries of Riyoko Ikeda's Debut, Her Manga

In honor of the 50th anniversary of manga artist Riyoko Ikeda's debut, Fukkan.com is releasing the Versailles no Bara -Animation Album- art book in mid-March. This year also marks the 45th anniversary since Ikeda launched her Rose of Versailles manga in Shueisha's Margaret magazine. The book will include materials that depict main characters and famous scenes from the anime adaptation of Ikeda's o...

Discotek Licenses Fighting Foodons, Ultra Maniac, Freedom Anime

Also details Crusher Joe: The Movie release ― Discotek Media announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the Fighting Foodons, Ultra Maniac, and Freedom anime. The company also announced that its DVD release of Crusher Joe: The Movie is slated for April 25, and will be a two-disk set with both the 4:3 version and the 16:9 version. Discotek will release all 26 episodes of Fighting Foodons, the English...
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2nd My Hero Academia OVA Casts Ryohei Kimura, Maaya Uchida

"Training of the Dead" OVA ships with 14th manga volume on June 2 ― This year's 13th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Ryohei Kimura (Haikyu!! Second Season's Kōtarō, RIN-NE's Tsubasa; pictured right) and Maaya Uchida (Ai-Mai-Mi's Mii, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress' Ayame; pictured below left) are joining the cast of the original video anime (OVA) that will ...
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Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen Manga About French Escorts Inspires Beauty Items

Moyoco Anno's Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen manga recounts the life of Colette, a prostitute in an early 20th century French brothel. There, she makes men's dreams a reality with her coworkers Ivy and Mignon but can't help but imagine a life with her lover Leon. Leon, on the other hand, sees Colette as little more than a money source. This is the tale Anno weaves about women in love whose job it is...

Ole Golazo Soccer Manga Ends in Weekly Shonen Jump

Manga launched in November ― This year's 13th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is publishing the final chapter of Takamasa Moue's Ole Golazo soccer manga on Monday. The magazine thanked readers and asked them to await Moue's next work. The manga launched on November 28. Shueisha will publish the first two volumes in April and May, respectively. Viz Media's English digital edition of We...

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Anime Reveals More Cast, Staff

Hiroyuki Yamashita returns to direct TV anime premiering on April 5 ― This year's 13th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing more cast and staff for the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations television anime on Monday. The issue is also unveiling a new visual and revealing that the series will premiere on TV Tokyo on April 5. The newly revealed cast members returning from Boruto: Na...
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Final Fantasy XIV-related Live-Action Series Reveals Opening Movie, More Cast

Glay performs opening theme song for 'Daddy of Light' TV miniseries ― The official website of rock band Glay announced on Thursday that the group will perform the opening theme song "the other end of the globe" for the Final Fantasy XIV Hikari no Otōsan (Final Fantasy XIV Daddy of Light) live-action television miniseries. Oricon began streaming the miniseries' opening movie that previews Glay's theme...
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Crunchyroll Adds Super Gals! Anime to Catalog

Also: Crunchyroll App now available for Amazon FireTV users ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it has added the Super Gals! anime to its catalog. The anime is available for all members in the United States and Canada. Right Stuf licensed the series, and it describes the story: Sporting designer clothes, designer make-up, and designer nails, Ran Kotobuki is the very picture of a trendy Shibuya ...
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A Look Inside the Museum Dedicated to "The God of Manga"

It's hard to overstate the reputation of Osamu Tezuka, the "God of Manga." So we visited the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum to learn more about his life.
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KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! 2 ‒ Episode 7

"I think this is the most consistently funny episode so far – and for this franchise that's saying something."
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Interviews With Monster Girls GN 1 & 2

Interviews With Monster Girls is more charming than not, even as its harem elements trip it up on occasion. ― There's almost no way to phrase the premise of this series without it sounding creepy. High school biology teacher Tetsuo Takahashi has always been fascinated by the human variations straight out of mythology known as demi-humans, but he had to give up writing his thesis on them in university...
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Blame! Film's Full Trailer Reveals May 20 Opening, Cast, Song Artists

Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Sora Amamiya, Kazuhiro Yamaji, Mamoru Miyano star with song by angela ― A live-streamed "Blame Anime Film Project Unveiling" for the new anime film of Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! manga revealed the full one-minute trailer and a new poster visual on Niconico on Thursday. The trailer announced that the film will open in Japanese theaters for a limited two-week engagement on ...
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Yuri!!! on Ice, A Silent Voice Win Tokyo Anime Award Festival's Top Prizes

Makoto Shinkai, Reiko Yoshida, Tadashi Hiramatsu, Shunichiro Yoshihara, Hiroyuki Sawano also win ― The Tokyo Anime Award Festival revealed more of this year's winners on Thursday. Theatrical Animation Division A Silent Voice Television Animation Division Yuri!!! on Ice Animation of the Year: Anime Fan Award Yuri!!! on Ice Best Director Makoto Shinkai Best Script/Original Work Reiko Yoshida Best Anima...
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Armed Girl's Machiavellism Anime Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Artists, April 5 Premiere

Miku Itō joins cast, performs opening theme song ― The staff for the television anime of Karuna Kanzaki and Yūya Kurokami's Armed Girl's Machiavellism (Busō Shōjo Machiavellism) manga revealed the show's additional cast, theme song artists, and April 5 premiere date on Thursday. The anime will air on the Tokyo MX, AT-X, TV Aichi, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting, and BS11 channels. Miku Itō...
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Brave Witches Anime's Unaired 13th Episode Previewed in TV Ad

Episode will screen in 11 Japanese theaters starting on May 13 ― Kadokawa began streaming a television ad on Thursday for the unaired 13th episode of the Brave Witches anime series. The episode will debut on May 13 in 11 theaters across Japan. The 12th and final episode of the anime announced in December that the 13th episode would screen in theaters. In addition to the theatrical release, the episod...
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Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome Anime Film Previews Asian Kung-Fu Generation's Theme Song in Trailer

Film featuring main staff from The Tatami Galaxy opens in Japan on April 7 ― Toho Animation began streaming a new 90-second trailer on Wednesday for Masaaki Yuasa's anime film of The Tatami Galaxy and The Eccentric Family author Tomihiko Morimi's Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome (The Night is Short, So Walk, Girl) novel. The video previews Asian Kung-Fu Generation's theme song "Arano wo Aruke" (Walk t...
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Yūji Moritaka Draws Sequel to Akio Chiba's Captain Baseball Manga

New sequel to debut in April, 38 years after manga's conclusion ― This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine announced on February 15 that manga creator Yūji Moritaka (also known as Jōkura Kōji) will launch a sequel manga to Akio Chiba's Captain manga in the magazine's ninth issue on April 5. The story will follow Captain protagonist Takao Taniguchi in his third year of high school, as...
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Wake Up, Girls' Yutaka Yamamoto to Announce New Anime Film Project on Saturday

Yamamoto was considering new project in December ― Anime director Yutaka Yamamoto (Yamakan) announced on Tuesday that he will appear alongside critic Tsunehiro Uno on the livestream program "Anime Gyōkai no Mirai wa Akarui desu ka? Sore tomo..." (Is the Anime Industry's Future Bright? Or is it...) on Saturday to announce his new anime film project in the program's second half. The program's first hal...
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Sony, Mitsui Launch New Joint Company to Oversee Animax, Kids Station Channels

New AK Holdings company to expand into global anime market, host events around the world ― Japanese satellite channel Animax announced on Thursday that its parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan (SPEJ) established a new joint venture company called AK Holdings in partnership with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. on February 13. AK Holdings will officially launch on March 31. SPEJ has a majority stock in ...
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21st Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Nominees Announced

Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau, Golden Kamuy, Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū, SAD GiRL, more nominated ― The Asahi Shimbun paper announced the eight nominees on Thursday for the 21st Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. The awards commemorate the contributions of the manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka (Astroboy/Mighty Atom, Kimba the White Lion/Jungle Emperor, Phoenix, Black Jack) by recognizing the manga that b...
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Dark Horse Licenses Hatsune Miku: Future Delivery Manga

Manga by writer, artist of Overlord manga slated for October 4 ― Dark Horse Comics announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Satoshi Ōshio and Hugin Miyama's Hatsune Miku: Future Delivery - Little Asimov and the Green Thing Left Behind manga. The company will release the first volume of the two-volume manga on October 4. Dark Horse describes the manga: Writer Satoshi Oshio and artist Hugin Miyama t...

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Your Forgotten Goldfish is Back for Vengeance in Shibuya Kingyo Manga

Goldfish aren't an uncommon starter pet for kids. So long as its owner doesn't overfeed it and cleans its tank, "Bubbles" is pretty low maintenance. However, more than their fair share of well-meaning fish have ended up getting a "burial at sea" and flushed down the commode. This might explain why goldfish of every size and shape are turning on humans in Hiroaki Aoi's Shibuya Kingyo manga. The sto...
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Akame ga KILL!'s Takahiro Launches New Hinowa ga Yuku! Manga on June 24

Akame ga KILL! ended in December, inspired 2014 TV anime ― The sixth compiled book volume (seen below left) of Kei Toru's Akame ga KILL! ZERO prequel manga revealed on Wednesday that manga creator Takahiro is launching a new manga tentatively titled Hinowa ga Yuku! (Hinowa Conquers!) in Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine on June 24, with strelka providing the art. The preview image shows a cha...

Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film Reveals December 1 Opening, CG Alphonse

"Japanese film industry's 1st" use of some techniques to create CG Alphonse ― The official website for the live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga revealed the film's December 1 opening date on Thursday. In addition, the site revealed a new still featuring Alphonse Elric in full CG. The Comic Natalie website reports that the CG Alphonse employs some techniques for the first tim...
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Attack on Titan Characters Take the Runway in Fashion Collaboration

The long anticipated second season of Attack on Titan will be here in a few short months, but before they wage war against giant humanoids, the Survey Corps top members will take their fight to the runway. Attack on Titan is collaborating with the Tokyo Girls Collection 2017 SPRING/SUMMER fashion line on March 25 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo. Illustrations showing the characters in so...
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Live-Action JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Film's Visual Shows Angelo

he official website for the live-action film of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable manga posted a visual showing Takayuki Yamada in costume as the serial killer Anjūrō "Angelo" Katagiri. The website previously revealed visuals showing Kento Yamazaki as protagonist Jōsuke Higashikata, Ryunosuke Kamiki as Kōichi Hirose, Nana Komatsu as Yukako Yamagishi, Masaki Okada as...
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 45

"This episode did its job in getting us further into the final conflict with Yuto and raising the stakes between our two combatants."

Report: 2.5 Million Funimation Accounts Compromised in Data Breach

User names, dates of birth, email addresses, passwords exposed ― The "Have I been pwned?" and Vigilante websites, which check for database breaches, both list a data breach as having occurred on Funimation's website last July. "Have I been pwned?" reported that 2,491,103 accounts may have been compromised, while Vigilante puts the number at 2,513,525 accounts. The compromised information purportedly ...
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Persona 5's Velvet Room Previewed in English-Dubbed Video

Game ships on April 4 with English dub, downloadable Japanese track ― Atlus began streaming an English-dubbed video for its upcoming Persona 5 game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 game on Tuesday. The video shows the game's version of the Velvet Room, where the player can create new Personas, and its inhabitants: Master Igor, Caroline, and Justine. Atlus USA is releasing Persona 5 in the West on ...
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Build Your Own Walking, Talking, Singing Astro Boy Robot (for US$1,600)

Robot can communicate, use onboard camera to remember faces ― Tezuka Productions, NTT Docomo, Fujisoft, Vaio, and Kodansha announced its new "Atom Project," named after the protagonist of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom) manga. The highlight of the project is "Japan's first real character-based communication robot" that can speak and move. Kodansha is streaming a series of videos that demonst...
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ComiXology Lists Tsutomu Nihei's Aposimz Manga

1st chapter slated for Friday, shares name with story element in Knights of Sidonia ― ComiXology is listing the first chapter of APOSIMZ, a new manga by Tsutomu Nihei, under Kodansha Comics. The first chapter will debut this Friday. Humble Bundle offered a prologue chapter for Nihei's upcoming Ningyō no Kuni (Country of Dolls) manga from Kodansha Comics under the title APOSIMZ (pictured right) last m...
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D3Publisher Countdown Site 'Trolled' Into Delaying Game Reveal by Years

Game company D3Publisher has had mixed results with its game teaser countdown sites. In 2016, a week-long reveal was cut short when fans found "edf5" in the source code, all but confirming that the big reveal was for Earth Defense Force 5. The company sped up its reveal to a single day as a result. The company also had its Omega Labyrinth countdown site in 2015, which sped up if visitors rapidly c...
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Akiba'S Trip The Animation ‒ Episode 8

"A mild parody of professional wrestling is the order of the day, complete with elaborate costumes and a convenient supply of ladders and folding chairs."
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 21

"This week, we get more of the thing Nanbaka stumbles with the most: lore."
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, February 13-19

Kamaitachi no Yoru, Digimon World, Diabolik Lovers games ship ― Japan's Game Ranking: February 13-19 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4For Honor Ubisoft February 16 40,062 40,062 2PS4 Nioh Koei Tecmo Games February 9 25,776 101,253 90 33DS Pokémon Sun / Pokémon Moon Pokémon November 18, 2016 14,610 3,163,538 84 43DSDragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 P...
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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. ‒ Episode 7

"Even though the big reveal itself wasn't much of a shocker, all the little interactions leading up to it provided excellent buildup for the episode's climax."
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Lupin III's Fujiko Bares All to Recreate Anime Opening

Lupin the 3rd's femme fatale is never shy to show a little skin, especially if she can use it to her advantage to make off with a pricey item. Crane King is will stock a topless Fujiko bust in its arcade machines for anyone who wants to pull off the impossible and take her home. Fujiko keeps the bust barely safe for work by placing her hands strategically across her chest. The pose is recreating ...

Crunchyroll Streams Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans With English Dub

Also adds Gakuen Alice, A Town Where You Live ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming the English-dubbed version of the Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans anime, and has added the Gakuen Alice and A Town Where You Live anime. Crunchyroll will add five new dubbed episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans every Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. EST starting on February 28. ...

Anime Industry Celebrates 100th Anniversary by Streaming Oldest Works With Subtitles

64 works, including oldest surviving film from 1917, available streaming ― The National Film Center at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo opened a "Japanese Animated Film Classics" website on Wednesday with a collection of classic animated works from Japan available streaming with English subtitles. The website will be open until the end of 2017. To view the videos, visit this page, select a ti...
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Intermediary Results are In for NHK's Best 100 Anime Ranking

NHK updated the results of its ongoing online poll of the 100 best anime of all time. The TV station is holding the poll to honor the medium's 100th anniversary. The TV program announcing the results is a long way away — May 3 — but the poll closes on March 31. NHK has released the intermediary results to check in again with fans on the status of their favorite shows. There has been some...
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Answerman - Are Anime Music Videos A Dying Art?

Do anime fans still watch - or for that matter, create - anime music videos like they used to? Justin refreshes his understanding of the AMV scene. ― Federico asks: Is it just an impression, or are anime fans no longer interested in making and sharing anime music videos? I thought that, with the increasing availability of new series, new music and cheap or otherwise easy-to-use video editing program...
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Toei's The Animal Family Stop-Motion Anime Crowdfunding Campaign Launches

Project to adapt Randall Jarrell's children's novel raised 68% of goal in 2 days ― Japanese film production and distribution company Toei and director Tomoyasu Murata (Mr. Children's "Hero" music video) launched their crowdfunding campaign for an animated version of Randall Jarrell's The Animal Family (Riku ni Agatta Ningyo no Hanashi) children's novel on Tuesday. As of press time, the Makuake crowdf...
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The Knight in the Area Soccer Manga Ends in 5 Chapters

Hiroaki Igano, Kaya Tsukiyama's series debuted in 2006 ― This year's 12th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Hiroaki Igano and Kaya Tsukiyama's The Knight in the Area (Area no Kishi) soccer manga will end in five more chapters. If serialization continues without breaks, the manga will end in this year's 17th issue on March 29. Igano and Tsukiyama's original manga ce...
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Nobunaga no Shinobi TV Anime Gets 2nd Season in April

1st season about ninja girl, samurai debuted in October ― This year's fifth issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine is announcing on Thursday that the Nobunaga no Shinobi (Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) television anime based on Naoki Shigeno's four-panel manga will get a second season. The new season is slated to premiere in April. The manga's eleventh compiled book volume will ship with a DVD of ...
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We Saw the Live-Action One Week Friends Movie

And it is as cute as the manga and anime that spawned it--if a bit more melodramatic.
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Sword of the Stranger BD+DVD

Sword of the Stranger offers a nearly perfect action package. ― Sword of the Stranger is something of a wonderful oddity. Bearing no source material or spinoff potential, it's one of those rare anime-original films that offer an unfiltered vision of a creator or even studio. Blessed with gorgeous art design and animation, it offers an incredibly pure distillation of precisely one thing: the classic s...

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Director's Cut Game's PS4 HD Remaster Revealed

RPG with updated graphics features share function, trophy support, remote play ― Square Enix announced during a Star Ocean anamnesis live streaming program that it will release Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Director's Cut for the PlayStation 4. The game will be an HD remaster of tri-Ace's PlayStation 2 game of the same name. In the below video, staff members begin announcing the game around the 1:...
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Final Ancient Magus' Bride Anime Part Teased in Trailer

3rd part to open in theaters on August 19, ship with 8th manga volume on September 9 ― Shochiku began streaming a teaser trailer for the final part of Mahō Tsukai no Yome: Hoshi Matsu Hito (The Ancient Magus' Bride - The Man Who Waits for Stars), the three-part anime project based on Kore Yamazaki's manga The Ancient Magus' Bride (Mahō Tsukai no Yome), on Wednesday. The half-minute teaser ran with th...
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Director Seijun Suzuki Passes Away at 93

Avant-garde director worked on Lupin III: Part II, Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon ― Filmmaker and actor Seijun Suzuki passed away in a Tokyo hospital on February 13 due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 93. Suzuki was born in Tokyo in 1923. He joined Nikkatsu Studio in 1954 as an assistant director, and debuted as a full-fledged director with his film Victory Is Mine in 1...
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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul Anime's 2nd 'Short Story' Video Features Kaiser, Jeanne

Kaiser & Jeanne discuss why both remain Orelans knights in video ― The official website for the Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul television anime, the sequel to 2014's Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, began streaming the anime's second "short story" video on Tuesday. The video shows Kaiser as a knight commander sparring with Jeanne, and sharing the reasons they remained as Orleans knights in the aftermath of th...
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Super Dragon Performs Drive Head Anime's Opening Song

Spring anime stars Natsumi Fujiwara, Sachi Kokuryu, Kei Shindou, Sachika Misawa ― The official website of Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Kidō Kyūkyū Keisatsu (Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Mobile Emergency Police), the first television anime inspired by Takara Tomy's long-running Tomica line of miniature toy cars, revealed on Wednesday that the dance and vocal unit SUPER★DRAGON is performing the ani...
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Love Kome Anime Casts Kenjiro Tsuda, Reveals Key Visual

Anime about rice personified as boys premieres April 5 ― The website for the Love Kome -We Love Rice- original television anime updated on Tuesday with a new key visual (pictured below) and an additional cast member. Kenjiro Tsuda is joining the cast as Koshihikari. The staff also announced that the series will premiere on April 5 on Tokyo MX and Sun TV, and also air on Tochigi TV and RNC. The show's...
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Legendary's Godzilla Sequel Film Casts Bloodline Actor Kyle Chandler

Super 8 actor plays scientist father of Millie Bobby Brown's character ― Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Tuesday that Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Super 8, Bloodline) has joined the cast of Godzilla: King of Monsters, the sequel film to Legendary Pictures' 2014 Godzilla movie. Chandler plays a scientist and the father of the character that child actor Millie Bobby ...

To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness Manga's Finale Listed on March 4

Sequel manga launched in 2010, inspired 2 TV anime, 2 OVA episodes ― Online bookstore e-hon lists the April issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine with the final chapter of Kentaro Yabuki and Saki Hasemi's To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga. The issue will ship on March 4. The previous issue of the magazine teased the manga's climax last month with the text "The troubled Rito makes a decision!" an...

Yuri!!! on Ice Voted as Tokyo Anime Awards' Animation of the Year

Anime received 41,439 votes, followed by Joker Game, High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- ― This year's Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) held a poll for the Animation of the Year: Anime Fan Award. Fans voted on anime that screened or aired between October 18, 2015, and October 15, 2016. An earlier poll had already narrowed down a larger list of 550 to 100, and fans could vote once per day. The poll end...

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Anisong Top 100 Program Crowns 'Snow Halation,' Tiger & Bunny Themes

NHK's TV special Countdown Live: Anison Best 100! hosted by Nogizaka46 member Sayuri Matsumura aired on Saturday and announced the winners of the station's popular vote. While Neon Genesis Evangelion's "Cruel Angel's Thesis" opening topped a similar poll last year, followed by tried and true favorites from Sailor Moon, Touch, and Dragon Ball Z, NHK's results leaned more recent. The top choice is "...
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Yuri!!! on Ice's Main Characters Don Kigurumi for Store Event

The Shinjuku Marui Annex department store in Tokyo announced on Tuesday its plans for a Yuri!!! on Ice collaborative event. The store unveiled Yuri, Yūri, and Victor in animal kigurumi on a promotional image for the collaboration. The "Ice Castle Hasetsu Branch Office in Shinjuku Marui Annex" event will run in the event space on the store's sixth floor from March 1 to March 26. In addition to new ...

Fairy Tail Manga Is Already in 'Last Arc,' 60 Million Copies in Print

Franchise's 2nd anime film opens on May 6 ― The official website of the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film revealed in its introduction page on Wednesday that the manga is in its "last arc." It also revealed that the manga has over 60 million copies in print worldwide. The manga follows the adventures of world's most notorious mage guild, Fairy Tail. The manga launched in 2006 and has inspired two tel...
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Good Smile Racing Reveals 2017 Car With Tony's Hatsune Miku

The Good Smile Racing team revealed this year's machine design at Wonder Festival on Sunday. The company also announced the four young women who will serve as "Racing Miku Supporters" for the 2017 season. The Good Smile Company subsidiary unveiled this year's rewards for individual sponsors who donate money. Rewards include Max Factory's Nendoroid and figma Racing Miku figures. The project began a...
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Asahinagu Sports Manga Gets Film, Stage Play Starring Nogizaka46 Idols

Play opens in May, film with different cast slated for fall ― Toho opened a website revealing a stage play and a film based on Ai Kozaki's Asahinagu sports manga on Wednesday. Both the play and the film will star members of idol group Nogizaka46, though the cast will be different for each version. Asuka Saitō will star in the play as Asahi Tōjima. Other cast members include: Sayuri Inoue as Shōko Yas...
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Hand Shakers ‒ Episode 7

"When the show isn't assaulting the senses with its ludicrous animation, its numbing them into submission with some of the most inane plotting that anime has to offer."
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Silent Möbius Stage Play Reveals Cast Roles

The March issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine revealed the cast roles for the stage play adaptation of Kia Asamiya's paranormal police manga series Silent Mobius on Monday. While the cast had already been revealed last month, it did not reveal their corresponding roles until now. The cast with their roles includes: Karen Iwata as Katsumi Liqueur Saori Yasaka as Nami Yamigumo Mutsuki Arisawa...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 19-25

Erased, Magical Girl Site, Smokin' Parade, Spirits & Cat Ears manga; Konosuba novel ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Assassination Classroom Season 2 Part 1 BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 February 21 The Asterisk War Volume 3 Limited Edition BDCite Aniplex of America US$114.98 February 21 The Asterisk War Volume 3 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Aniplex of America ...
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Figure Build Close-up: 2016 S.H. Figuarts Naruto & Sasuke

Figures are provided courtesy of Bluefin Distributors Naruto and Sasuke may not be real, but to call their latest figures anything less than “lifelike” wouldn't be doing them justice. With soft poseable plastic and a variety of expressions, hands, and accessories, this pair can reenact any Naruto Shippuden scene in your living room. These 2016 S.H. Figuarts models are among Bandai's latest. The b...
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Discotek Licenses Captain Harlock Endless Orbit SSX Anime

1982 TV follow-up to Arcadia of my Youth slated for DVD release this year ― Discotek Media announced on Facebook on Tuesday that it has licensed the Captain Harlock Endless Orbit SSX (Arcadia of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX) television anime and plans to release it on DVD in North America this year. The 22-episode anime premiered in 1982 as a sequel to the Arcadia of My Youth film that debuted earlier...
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Bakemonogatari ‒ Episode 6

"Bakemonogatari's sixth episode marks the beginning of Suruga Monkey, the show's third arc."

Sentai Filmworks Schedules Big O Blu-ray Release for June

Also: rerelease of Kino's Journey; dubs confirmed for School-Live!, Chivalry of a Failed Knight ― Section 23 Films announced in its June release slate on Tuesday that Sentai Filmworks will release both seasons of The Big O anime on Blu-ray Disc on June 20. The release will include both English and Japanese audio. Sentai Filmworks announced in 2013 that it had licensed The Big O and 11 other Sunrise t...
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Android Idol U Debuts at Tokyo Department Store

Media company Dwango, Osaka University's Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, and department store chain Parco announced their android idol-raising project on Wednesday. "Androidol" U made her debut public appearance at the Ikebukuro Parco store in Tokyo with a Niconico live streaming broadcast. U used artificial intelligence to answer questions and speak live during the broadcast. She asked the audie...

Daisuki Adds Heavy Metal L-Gaim, Aura Battler Dunbine Anime

Sunrise shows from early 80's stream for subscribers ― Video streaming service Daisuki added the Heavy Metal L-Gaim and Aura Battler Dunbine anime as subscriber exclusives this month. All 54 episodes of Heavy Metal L-Gaim and all 49 episodes of Aura Battler Dunbine are now streaming. Daisuki describes the story of Sunrise's Heavy Metal L-Gaim: In the binary solar system "Pentagona world," there is a ...
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Vertical Licenses Arakawa Under the Bridge, Imperfect Shojo, Voices of a Distant Star Manga

Company also licenses Anime Supremacy novel ― North American publisher Vertical announced at Katsucon on Saturday that it has licensed Hikaru Nakamura's Arakawa Under the Bridge, NisiOisin and Mitsuru Hattori's Imperfect Shojo, and Makoto Shinkai and Mizu Sahara's The Voices of a Distant Star manga. In addition, it has licensed Mizuki Tsujimura's Anime Supremacy novel. Vertical will release Arakawa U...
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Kemono Friends' Serval Stars in Fan VR Video

Niconico member JAK began streaming a Kemono Friends virtual reality video (VR) on Saturday. The video features a VR version of the character Serval that can interact with a user. Niconico 【VR】サーバルちゃんとフレンズになりたかった Schwarz created the VR model, and Unity Technologies Japan provided part of the script. The television anime adaptation of Nexon's Kemono Friends smartphone game stars Yuka Ozaki as Serva...
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Kado: The Right Answer Anime Gets Manga in March

Manga launches before CG TV anime's April premiere ― The March issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine revealed on Wednesday that Toei Animation's original anime project Kado: The Right Answer will get a manga adaptation that will launch in the next issue on March 22. Mutsumi Okuhashi (Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash manga) is drawing the manga. Toei Animation and novelist Mado Nozaki, the anime's script...
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Survival Game Club's Matsumoto Ends Kyōkai no Micrina Manga in 3rd Volume

Final volume of manga about world-conquering witch slated for April ― The second compiled book volume of Hidekichi Matsumoto's Kyōkai no Micrina (Micrina of Border) revealed last Friday that the manga's third volume will be its last. The third volume is slated to ship in April. The story begins when the titular witch Micrina crosses over from the demon world to the human world. Micrina is on a missio...
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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Ad Streamed, Expansion Pass Revealed

Expansion Pass adds original story, new challenges, harder difficulty ― Nintendo began streaming a new television commercial for its The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wii U and Switch game last week. The commercial shows clips of various action scenes and locales from the game. Nintendo also announced via video that it will offer an Expansion Pass for the game.The Expansion Pass will add more c...

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Anime Film Reveals Cast, Staff, New Characters, May 6 Premiere, Visual

Manga creator Hiro Mashima draws storyboard, serves as executive producer ― This year's 12th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine announced more details about the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film on Wednesday. The film will open in Japan on May 6, and the tagline on the new poster visual (pictured below) by manga creator Hiro Mashima reads, "That power … is it hope or destruction…?" Mashima is...
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Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter Anime Streams 1st Film's TV Ad

Tomodachi film opens with Suzuko Mimori's song on March 18 ― Pony Canyon began streaming a television commercial on Monday for the Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter) theatrical anime project's first film, titled Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō: Tomodachi (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter: Friends). The video previews Suzuko M...
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Dragons Make Dentistry Action-Packed

Not to mention surprisingly fatalistic and physiologically dark.
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Puzzle & Dragons X TV Anime Gets 2nd Season

1st season based on puzzle RPG debuted in July ― Pierrot President Michiyuki Honma announced on Monday at a press event for the fifth anniversary of GungHo Online Entertainment's Puzzle & Dragons smartphone game that a second season of the Puzzle & Dragons X anime has been green-lit. The studio will announce details about the second television anime season in the future. The anime will hold a collabo...

AIC Ad: New Megazone 23, Pretty Sammy Projects in the Works

Brand-new Megazone 23 work, Megazone 23 remake, Pretty Sammy sequel ― A wall advertising for the Japanese crowdfunding platform Campfire and art seller Manga Art lists several "projects in the works" from the anime production company AIC: "a brand-new project in the Megazone 23 franchise, a Megazone 23 remake, a Pretty Sammy sequel, and others." The advertising in Tokyo's Akihabara district this week...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, February 13-19

Uta-Pri Legend Star sells 2,484, followed by Mr. Osomatsu stage play, Eir Aoi, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE!, Magic-kyun Renaissance, Momoiro Clover Z ― Mr. Osomatsu on Stage ~Six Men's Show Time~ sold 2,382 more copies for a new total of 16,062. It dropped from #1 to #7 on the overall DVD chart. The Eir Aoi 5th Anniversary Special Live 2016 ~Last Blue~ at Nippon Budōkan concert DVD sold 1...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 13-19

Sound! Euphonium 2 sells 5,484, followed by Eir Aoi, Uta-Pri Legend Star, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE!, Magic-kyun Renaissance ― The Eir Aoi 5th Anniversary Special Live 2016 ~Last Blue~ at Nippon Budōkan concert Blu-ray Disc sold 5,276 copies to rank #5 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Momoiro Clover Z Tojinsai 2016 ~Onigashima~ Live Blu-ray dropped from #2 to #18 in its second week. I...
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Some of the 11th Annual Seiyū Awards Winners Announced

Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Mari Shimizu, Junko Hori, Ryusei Nakao, Sumi Shimamoto receive awards ― The organizers of the 11th Annual Seiyū Awards announced some of the winners on Tuesday. Merit Awards Award for the seiyū who have contributed to many genres, including foreign works, over the years Kiyoshi Kobayashi Agency: Haikyou Roles: Lupin III (Daisuke Jigen), Yōkai Ningen Bem (Bem), dub actor James Cobur...

J-Novel Club Licenses Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest Novel

1st part now available digitally ― The digital publishing company J-Novel Club announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Ryō Shirakome's Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest (Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō) light novel series. The first 40 pages of the first volume of the series is now available on J-Novel Club's website, with half of the first volume available for members. It will ...
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Take a Look at the Evangelion Bullet Train's Cockpit

Also sign up for the ultimate train otaku tour ― The Neon Genesis Evangelion bullet train has shuttled passengers on the JR-West line from the Shin-Osaka Station to Hakata Station for over a year, giving fans a chance to drink Misato's wine, hear announcements by Kaworu, and with the right ticket, take a sit in an Evangelion cockpit. The cockpit is part of a diorama boarding experience limited to pas...
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EVE Adult Game Maker HimeyaSoft Files for Bankruptcy

Desire game's developer incurred 150 million yen in debt ― Adult game developer HimeyaSoft filed for bankruptcy on February 8 after reportedly incurring debts of about 150 million yen (about US$1.3 million). The company suspended operations around 2014. According to Tokyo Shōkō Research, HimeyaSoft peaked in August 1998, taking in one billion yen (about US$8.8 million) in revenue in one month. Howeve...
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Gabriel DropOut ‒ Episode 7

"After functioning as the perpetual straight man and voice of reason for the last six installments, Vignette April Tsukinose is finally given her own episode."
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Square Enix Launches New Studio, RPG Project With Tales Producer Hideo Baba

Tokyo-based "Studio Istolia" works on "Project Prelude Rune" ― Square Enix announced on Tuesday that it has established Studio Istolia, a new Tokyo-based studio working on a new RPG project tentatively titled "Project Prelude Rune." Former Tales series brand manager and producer Hideo Baba is the new studio head, and is also the producer on "Project Prelude Rune." Square Enix describes the new projec...
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New Live Spectacle Naruto Stage Musical Reveals Sakura, Kakashi, Orochimaru in Costume

Kabuto, Yamato, Sai, Tsunade visuals also revealed for May-August play ― The official website for the Live Spectacle Naruto stage musicals revealed on Tuesday seven cast visuals for Live Spectacle Naruto: Akatsuki no Shirabe (Live Spectacle Naruto: The Akatsuki Investigation), the new run that will feature a different story than the previous two productions. Yui Itō as Sakura Haruno Yūki Kimisawa as ...
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3 Men Charged With Sharing Shinkai's 'your name.' Film Online

Osaka-area government employee, 2 others allegedly used "Share" file-sharing software ― The Osaka Prefectural Police's Anti-Cybercrime Division filed charges against three suspects on Monday for violating the Copyright Act by sharing Makoto Shinkai's your name. film without permission. According to the police, the three male suspects include a 48-year-old local government employee in Kaizuka City in ...

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135,000-Yen Evangelion Unit-01 Statue Debuts at Wonder Festival

Prime 1 Studio unveiled new Evangelion statues at its booth at the winter edition of Wonder Festival 2017 on Sunday. The Evangelion Test Type-01 NONscale Statue inspired by Eva Unit-01 from the new Evangelion anime films will stand 76.8 centimeters (about 2.52 feet) tall. The polystone statue will cost 135,000 yen (about US$1,193). According to a pamphlet distributed at the event, the statue will...
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Voice Actor Kensho Ono Confirms Relationship With Kana Hanazawa

The 11th episode of the Bunshunhō Live (Bunshun Bazooka Live) streaming program of Bungeishunju's Weekly Bunshun magazine reported on Saturday that voice actors Kensho Ono and Kana Hanazawa are in a relationship. The episode revealed reported images of the pair after a double date at a Western restaurant in Tokyo's Yoyogi neighborhood on February 12. After eating and getting coffee, the group spli...
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 7

"If you've missed Hakogaku these last few weeks, this week is all about them."
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Ys Vlll: Lacrimosa of DANA Gameplay Video Streamed

Game ships for the PS4, PS Vita, PC in N. America, Europe in Fall 2017 ― Nihon Falcom began streaming a gameplay video for its Ys Vlll: Lacrimosa of DANA PlayStation 4 game on Monday. The video first debuted at NIS America's press event on Friday. It shows gameplay footage of the character-switching combat system. The game will shipped for the PlayStation Vita last July 21, and will ship for the PS4 ...
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ONIHEI ‒ Episode 7

"With its more balanced blend of character development and cop drama, this episode of Onihei feels like it's fulfilling the promise that its first episode showed."
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Final Fantasy Game Series Earns 3 Guinness Nods

The Final Fantasy game series earned itself three Guinness World Records; two for Final Fantasy XIV and one for the series as a whole. The awards were handed out at Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival during the EU Fanfest 2017 event in Frankfurt on Sunday. Final Fantasy XIV producer and director Naoki Yoshida was on hand to accept the achievements. Final Fantasy XIV was acknowledged for having the lon...

Hulu Streams 5 Mobile Suit Gundam Anime Series

Gundam 00, Gundam Wing, 08th MS Team, Gundam the Origin, Gundam Seed ― Hulu began streaming five Gundam anime series on Monday. The following series are available in their entirety with both English and Japanese audio to subscribers: Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (and Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Second Season) Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin Hulu also stre...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 777

"This episode is a million times better than the last re-animated clip show, so at least it's got that going for it."
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Final Fantasy Explorers Force Game Revealed for Smartphones

Multiplayer RPG slated for this year ― This year's April Issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine announced on Tuesday that Square Enix will release an iOS and Android game titled Final Fantasy Explorers Force this year. The game will be free to play with the option of in-game purchases. Like the first Final Fantasy Explorers game, Final Fantasy Explorers Force be a multiplayer RPG, but up to five players...
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Moyoco Anno Joins Evangelion Theme Singer, Composer on New Single

The more the merrier seems to the approach for "Cruel Angel's Thesis" singer Yoko Takahashi and Evangelion composer Shiro Sagisu's new collaborative single. Accomplished manga artist Moyoco Anno, the wife of Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno, has joined in to provide the jacket art for the now titled "Welcome to the stage!" single. The CD includes the track "TENSIONS - welcome to the stage," a rearr...
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Musou Stars Crossover Game Adds Nioh's William

Gameplay footage featuring William streamed ― Koei Tecmo Games streamed a special program for its Nioh PlayStation 4 game on Monday and announced that the game's protagonist William will be playable in the Musou Stars crossover game. Musou Stars producer Masaki Furusawa appeared on the program to share gameplay footage and information on the game. Previously confirmed characters for Musou Stars inclu...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? 4-Panel Spinoff Manga Ends 2nd Season

Ai Mai Mi's Choboraunyopomi drew manga based on Fujino Ōmori's characters ― Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine published the final chapter of the "second season" of Choboraunyopomi's DanMachi 4-Koma: Somosomo Dungeon ni Moguru no ga Machigaide wa Nai Darou ka (DanMachi 4-Panel: Isn't it Wrong to Go into the Dungeon in the First Place?) manga on Friday. Choboraunyopomi (Ai Mai Mi, Magical Somera-chan...
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Toyota's C-HR Takes on Street Fighter II's M. Bison

The marketing team over at Toyota are always thinking up new, fun ways to make their vehicles more appealing to potential buyers. The 2017 C-HR (Coupe High-Rider) is a crossover vehicle, a blend of features from SUVs and passenger cars. The company decided to take the word "crossover" literally by putting the vehicle in different environments. In this case, the world of Street Fighter II. The C-HR...
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Hiro Shimono Performs Opening Theme for Kabukibu! Anime

Hiro Shimono to sing "bright, rock" opening theme for April TV anime, Shinya to contribute drums ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Yuuri Eda's Kabukibu! light novel series announced on Monday that singer and voice actor Hiro Shimono is performing the opening theme song "Running High" for the series. ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.'s composer Ryo Takahashi is responsible ...
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 19

"Having an Alisha-centric episode this week was both a blessing and a curse."
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Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Film Sells 308,376 Tickets for 426 Million Yen at #1

1st anime since Shinkai's your name to top box office & Aniplex's best opening yet ― The Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film sold about 308,376 tickets for 425,762,760 yen (about US$3.76 milion) to top the Japanese box office during the February 18-19 weekend. The film opened in Japan on Saturday in 151 theaters. It is the first anime film to rank #1 in both weekend attendance and weekend box ...
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Production I.G is Animating Next Idolish 7 Music Video

The official Twitter account for the Idolish 7 multimedia franchise announced on Thursday that the next anime music video will be produced by Production I.G. The company will animate the single "Mission" by the group Re:Vale. Re:vale×Production I.GによるMUSIC VIDEO ANIMATION先行カットが到着しました!千くん主演ドラマ『Mission』の世界観を踏襲した圧巻のパフォーマンスが繰り広げられます。是非ご期待くださいませ。#アイナナ #Revale pic.twitter.com/VMJo4ZeLYG— [email protected]..
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Gintama ‒ Episode 323

"With the Four Heavenly Kings reunited, The Battle on Rakuyo shifts the focus to Kagura's family."
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Masaaki Yuasa's Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome Film's Promo Previews Voice Acting

Kana Hanazawa, Hiroshi Kamiya, Robert Akiyama voice characters in video ― Toho began streaming a preview video for Masaaki Yuasa's anime film of The Tatami Galaxy and The Eccentric Family author Tomihiko Morimi's Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome (The Night is Short, So Walk, Girl) novel on Monday. The video previews voice clips for Kana Hanazawa's Girl With Black Hair, Hiroshi Kamiya's School Festival...
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Answerman - How Do Japanese TV Shows Use So Much Anime Music?

If you watch Japanese TV, you'll hear anime soundtracks - like the OSTs for Evangelion - used as background music on talk shows all the time. How does that happen? ― Henpaku asks: I noticed that certain Japanese TV programs (mostly those showing entertainment specials with famous guests doing weird Japanese people things) use a lot of anime OST. In fact a show just a few days ago used some BGM from ...
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Tokyo 7th Sisters Game's Anime Music Video Reveals Visuals, April Release

777☆Sisters perform song for smartphone game's 10-minute video ― The staff of Donuts' Tokyo 7th Sisters smartphone game revealed a key visual and a jacket visual for the animated music video "t7s Longing for summer Again And Again ~Harukaze~" (t7s Longing for summer Again And Again: Spring Breeze) on Saturday. The 10-minute video is slated to ship on Blu-ray Disc with a CD single for 777☆Sisters' son...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 44

"This was a complicated episode with certain scenes that stood out more than others."
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Vatican Miracle Examiner Anime Reveals TV Format, Staff, Visual, Summer Premiere

Yoshitomo Yonetani directs series at J.C. Staff ― An official website for the anime adaptation Rin Fujiki's Vatican Miracle Examiner (Vatican Kiseki Chōsakan) mystery novel series launched on Monday. The website revealed that the adaptation will be a television anime slated to premiere this summer. The website also revealed the anime's first visual and main staff. Yoshitomo Yonetani (Food Wars! Shoku...
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A Spoiler-Filled Talk with Tales of Berseria's Producer Fukaya

We sat down with the game's producer, Yasuhiro Fukaya, to answer all our spoiler-tastic questions about how Tales of Berseria connects to Tales of Zestiria and why.
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Accel World VS Sword Art Online Game's 4th Promo Video, 2nd TV Ad Streamed

PS4/PS Vita crossover game ships in Japan on March 16, in West this summer ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight began streaming the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game's fourth promotional video and second television commercial on Monday. The promotional video previews Kotoko x Luna's theme song "S x W -soul world-." The base...

Man Arrested for Threatening Voice Actress Nana Mizuki on Twitter

32-year-old allegedly admitted to charge, saying Mizuki did not respond to his email ― 32-year-old part-time worker and Nagahama City resident Akihiro Fukushima was arrested on Monday on the charge of obstructing business, after allegedly posting on Twitter that he would kill singer and voice actress Nana Mizuki. According the police investigation, the suspect from Shiga Prefecture admitted to the ch...
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Hozuki no Reitetsu Original Anime DVD's Promo Video Streamed

Anime ships with manga's 24th volume on March 23 ― The official website for the anime based on Natsumi Eguchi's Hozuki no Reitetsu manga began streaming a promotional video on Monday for anime's upcoming original anime DVD (OAD). The anime will the following returning and new cast members: Hiroki Yasumoto as Hōzuki Takashi Nagasako as Enma Daiō Daisuke Hirakawa as Momotaro Yumiko Kobayashi as Shiro H...
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film Gets 2 More Tribute Manga in March

Coppelion's Inoue, AD Police's Takezaki draw tribute chapters ― This year's March issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine revealed on Saturday that Tomonori Inoue (Coppelion) and Tony Takezaki (AD Police) will both draw tribute manga chapters for Dreamworks and Paramount's live-action Ghost in the Shell film. Both will appear in the magazine's April issue, which ships on March 21. The March issue ...

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Film Tops Japanese Weekend Box Office

Live-action One Week Friends film debuts at #3 ― The Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film ranked #1 in the Japanese box office for the February 18-19 weekend. The film opened in Japan on Saturday in 150 theaters. The film will screen in United States theaters for a one-night event on March 9, and will screen in Canada on March 17-19. Prior to the wide release, Aniplex of America will host a pre...
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March comes in like a lion Live-Action Films' 2 New Trailers Preview Theme Songs

Films adapting Chika Umino's manga open in Japan on March 18, April 22 ― Asmik Ace began streaming two new collaboration videos on Monday for the two live-action films based on Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion (Sangatsu no Lion) manga. The first video features the first film's theme song, "Be Noble" by Boku no Lyric no Bōyomi. The second video features the second film's theme song, "Haru no U...

Netflix Adds Gantz:O CG Anime Film With English Dub

Kaiji Tang, Austin Chase, Doug Erholtz, Tony Azzolino, more star in English dub ― Netflix in the United States added the GANTZ:O 3D CG anime film on Saturday. The film is available in both Japanese and English audio, with English, Japanese, French, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese subtitles. The film is based on Hiroya Oku's Gantz manga. The film lists Bob Buchholz as dialogue translator and director...
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Studio feel. Reveals Visual, Expanded Character Descriptions for Tsuki ga Kirei Original Anime

Rie Murakawa, Shōya Chiba, Konomi Kohara, Atsushi Tamaru star in series premiering in April ― The official website of anime studio feel.'s (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!, This Art Club Has a Problem!, Dagashi Kashi) upcoming original television anime series Tsuki ga Kirei (The Moon is Beautiful) revealed a teaser visual for the anime last Friday. The staff also revealed expanded character descri...
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'SukaSuka' Anime Reveals Main Cast, More Staff

Ryohei Arai, Akari Uehara, Machico, more join cast of April anime ― The official Twitter account and website of the anime adaptation of Akira Kareno and illustrator ue's Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? (What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? or "SukaSuka" for short) light novel series revealed the cast and additional staff of...
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Asahinagu Sports Manga Gets Important Announcement This Month

This year's 12th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Ai Kozaki's Asahinagu sports manga will get an important announcement in the magazine's next issue on February 27. The magazine also reveals that the manga's 22nd compiled book volume will ship on February 28. The manga centers on Asahi Tōjima, a first-year high school student at Futatsuzaka High School. She ...
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