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The List - 7 Times Anime Danced Its Butt Off

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Todd looks at the good, bad, and downright strange highlights of the year! Plus SaGa’s return, Afterburner’s goodbye, and a bunch of holiday stories! ― The X Button will take next week off. It's time for a Christmas break, or as close as I can get to one now that I'm no longer a kid. I'll return the week after for more end-of-year retrospection, Guilty Gear ravings, and facts about old MSX games. Th...
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Toriko Part I DVD

Toriko is about manly men doing manly things in the most masculine way possible, and that's part of its particular charm. ― Garfield – the cat, not the president – once said, “If I couldn't eat, I'd just die.” While that was the punchline of a strip, it is essentially the basis of the anime series Toriko, based on the manga of the same name by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro. This collection of the first two ...
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Sunday, December 21

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Gintama Gets New TV Anime Series in April

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

Saturday, December 20

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

More details to be revealed on Monday ― A new commercial for Bandai Namco Games' March 26 PlayStation 3/PS Vita action role-playing game Sword Art Online: Lost Song aired during the final Sword Art Online II episode on Saturday. The commercial feature visuals of the game's original characters and teases, "The gears slowly turn… A brilliant scientist singing of peace in the VR world. The singer's guar...
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To Love-Ru Darkness Gets 2nd Season, New PS Vita Dating Sim

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

"Another comedy/character development episode, but with the focus on Shirou and Rin's burgeoning feelings for each other."
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2nd Nisekoi Season's New Voice Actress, April Premiere Revealed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yukarism GN 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kickstarter Asks Grisaia Project to Remove Hugging Pillow Rewards

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

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

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

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

Friday, December 19

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Terraformars 3DS Game's Ad Teases Gold Character

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

Naruto Stage Musical's Cast Unveiled in Costume

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

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

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

"This was a muddled episode, where neither its highs nor lows were too extreme."
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Otakon Vegas Freelance Opportunity

We're looking for someone who is already attending or lives in the Las Vegas area to do some freelance coverage at Otakon Vegas for us. Prior convention coverage experience is a plus, compensation and expenses included. Contact [email protected] to inquire.

The Last: Naruto The Movie to Play in U.S. Theaters

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

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

Monster Musume Lets Fans Submit Original Character Designs, Comics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Evangelion Anime Footage Debuts in 7th Animator Expo Short

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

Haikyu!! Volleyball TV Anime Gets Sequel

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

Thursday, December 18

Gate: Jiei-tai Ka no Chi ni te, Kaku Tatakaeri Military-Fantasy Novels Get TV Anime

Story of Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers traveling to alternate world began as web novel ― A television anime adaptation of Takumi Yanai's Gate: Jiei-tai Ka no Chi ni te, Kaku Tatakaeri (Gate: The Self-Defense Forces Fight Like This in Another Land) light novel series has been green-lit. The website for the anime made the announcement with a promotional video: Text: A super-scaled "Other-World x...
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Luffy Leads in One Piece Character Poll

Weekly Shonen Jump published the results for the yearly One Piece character poll on Monday. Monkey D. Luffy scored highest in the poll with 9,183 total votes. In fact, most of the Straw Hat crew rounded out the top 10 spots: Monkey D. Luffy: 9,183 votes Trafalgar Law: 8,794 votes Roronoa Zoro: 7,997 votes Sanji: 7,154 votes Sabo: 5,131 votes Portgas D. Ace: 5,124 votes Tony Tony Chopper: 3,336 Nam...
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JoJo's, Yu-Gi-Oh, Attack on Titan, Pokemon More Offered on Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day will take place nationwide on Saturday, May 2, 2015 ― Next year's Free Comic Book Day selection will include manga from publishers Viz Media, Kodansha Comics, and Udon Books. Viz Media will offer the a sampler that includes JoJo's Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki and Yu-Gi-Oh! by Kazuki Takahashi as well as a separate Pokemon sampler from its Perfect Square imprint. Udon Books ...
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3rd Live-Action Kenshin Film Wins Audience Award at Australia's Japanese Film Festival

Other top picks include Thermae Romae II, Giovanni's Island, Tamako Market film Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen) live-action film by director Keishi Ōtomo won the first ever Audience Award at the Japanese Film Festival in Australia. Festival attendees in Sydney and Melbourne cast 8,500 total votes during the festival runs from November 13-23 and November 27 ...
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Air Master's Shibata Starts Yōkai Banchō Manga

Series by 81diver creator to begin in January ― 2015's second issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine will announce on Monday that Yokusaru Shibata (Air Master, 81diver) will begin a new series in the fourth issue on January 27. The series will be titled Yōkai Banchō. The magazine also announced two other new titles. Yukari Nekota will begin a manga adaptation of Keigo Higashino's novel Tenkū no Hachi, ...
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Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru ‒ Episode 11

"Though this episode has left me a little trepidatious, I eagerly look forward to seeing what the series will accomplish in the end."
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JAST USA Adds Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque to Steam Greenlight

All ages version on Steam Greenlight, adult version available for preorder ― North American publisher JAST USA added the all-ages Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque: Editio Acturi visual novel to Steam's Greenlight on Wednesday. On Steam Greenlight, if enough people vote to say that they would buy the game if it were available on Steam, then JAST USA would make the game available on the PC. JAST...
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Namco Brings Pac-Man to Suburban Chicago With A Barcade

It seems that officially-licensed, video game-themed eateries aren't just for Japan anymore. The American branch of Namco Entertainment has staked out a space in Chicago suburb Schaumburg, IL's Woodfield Mall for Level 257, a "unique dining, entertainment & social experience inspired by PAC-MAN™." The 40,000-square-foot space will have a 180-seat restaurant; cocktail lounges with firepits; a sport...
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Yotsuba&! Teams Up With Casio For A Danbo Camera

Yotsuba&!'s lovable cardboard robot Danbo has seen more variations than one can imagine, and now it's helping you capture memories in the form of a camera. The collaboration with Casio repackages the company's two-part EX-FR10 camera into a Danbo case, which allows the user to use the LCD touchscreen through a window in the back of the case, and take pictures through one of Danbo's eyes in the fro...
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Daily Cosplay - Macross Frontier's Sheryl Nome

Character: Sheryl Nome Title: Macross Frontier Cosplayer: Okitasemi Cosplay Photographer: Muramatsuri Photos (Elmer Ma) Shoot Location: Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles This week we're featuring cosplay photographer Elmer Ma. We asked him: "Do you cosplay yourself? If so, what's been your favorite character to cosplay?" "Yes, I cosplay as myself every day. But seriously, I don't cosplay - I leave...

Nobunaga the Fool Anime Gets English Dub

She, The Ultimate Weapon, Saiyuki, DD Fist of the North Star, others slated for April release ― Section 23 Films announced its April 2015 release slate on Thursday and listed the first Nobunaga the Fool DVD and Blu-ray sets with an English dub. The series will ship on April 28. The release slate also includes She, The Ultimate Weapon and Saiyuki on DVD, Devil Survivor 2 on Blu-ray, and DD Fist of the...

Funimation to Stream Assassination Classroom Anime

Series to premiere on January 9 ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will stream the anime of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga as it airs in Japan. The first episode will premiere on Friday, January 9 at 1:00 p.m. EST and subsequent episodes will premiere on Fridays at 12:20 EST. Funimation began streaming a subtitled announcement video: Viz Media published the first v...
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Seal Your Love With An Oreimo Wedding Set

Whether Kirino Kousaka or Ruri Gokou is your best girl, you can formalize your devotion with a special wedding set, which includes special curtains, a custom seal, a fake marriage form, and a cake. The set is a collaborative effort between Oreimo and three companies, all interested in making sure your special day goes off without a hitch. Or, perhaps, with a hitch. The curtains are being sold by C...
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Nihon Falcom Unveils Tokyo Xanadu RPG for 2015

"Urban legend action RPG" will follow two high schoolers in modern Tokyo ― Game developer Nihon Falcom (Eiyū Densetsu, Ys) opened a teaser site on Thursday for a new project titled Tokyo Xanadu. The the "urban legend action RPG in a modern setting" will be the company's first title for 2015. The story will follow high schoolers Kō and Asuka in modern day Tokyo and the spirit world labyrinth "Xanadu."...
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Funimation Adds Home Video Rights for Nobunagun

Series slated for Blu-ray/DVD release in summer 2015 ― Funimation Entertainment revealed in its ANN ad skin on Thursday that it has acquired the home video rights for Nobunagun, and later clarified that the rights include both Blu-ray and DVD. The company plans to release the series in summer 2015. Nobunagun is based on Masata Hisa's original "stylish action" manga and opens with high school girl Shi...
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Tokyo Salon Sells Dangling UtaPri Nail Charms

Tokyo nail salon Akiba Style, which specializes in anime-themed acrylic nails, is holding a special three-day sales event from December 23 to 25 where they are selling Uta no Prince-sama clip-on nail charms with Swarovski crystals. Each charm costs 1,500 yen (about US$12.60) and clips onto the end of your fingernail for a removable and reusable touch of sparkle that seems cute, but might not be th...
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KanColle Anime Listed With 6 50-Minute Blu-ray/DVD Volumes

The official website for the upcoming Kantai Collection -Kan Colle- anime updated on Friday with details on the Blu-ray and DVD releases. There are six planned volumes, with the sixth set listed as the finale. Amazon Japan's listings for the sets give each a 50-minute run time. The first limited edition Blu-ray and DVD will include newly recorded disc navigation voice, a "classified blueprints" in...
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Romance Your Favorite Fairy Tale Characters in Upcoming Smartphone Game

Frog Prince, Puss in Boots, Beast included ― An upcoming smartphone game, Saiai Märchen: Lotte Forest-no Douwa ("Second Love Fairy Tales: The Tale of Lotte Forest"), allows the player to meet their favorite heroes from Western folklore and get to know them well — perhaps even romantically. They may not be human, but that won't stop the main character! The story follows a 16-year-old girl named M...

Sentai Filmworks Adds Hayate the Combat Butler: Can't Take My Eyes Off You

Anime-original story premiered in 2012 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed Hayate the Combat Butler: Can't Take My Eyes Off You. The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan in 2012. Crunchyroll is also streaming the first Hayate the Combat Butler! television anime (2007-2008) and its Hayate the Com...
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DENKI-GAI ‒ Episode 12

"Denki-gai as a show on the whole was better than my weekly experience watching it."
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Project Itoh's Harmony Promo Previews Animation

Takahiro Sakurai narrates video for Takashi Nakamura and Michael Arias' film at STUDIO 4℃ ― The official website for the films of Project Itoh's novels began streaming a promotional video for Harmony. Takahiro Sakurai narrates the video, which first debuted during this week's episode of Psycho-Pass 2 in Fuji TV's Noitamina block. Text: From Project Itoh's Harmony Takahiro Sakurai: Project Itoh left a...
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Gundam Build Fighters Try ‒ Episode 11

"Try can be enjoyed on multiple levels depending on how far you get into Gundam lore."
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Kiss of the Rose Princess GN 1

Kiss of the Rose Princess' first volume is a lot of fun. It may lack plot direction, but the jokes are spot-on. ― There is something about a reverse harem that invariably leads one to wonder whether or not it was based on an otome game. In the case of Kiss of the Rose Princess' first volume, those fleeting thoughts vanish fairly quickly as it becomes obvious that Aya Shouoto's shoujo series is less a...
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Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A Anime Announcement Promo Streamed

1st novelization of manga also slated for January 23 ― Media Factory began streaming the announcement promotional video for the television anime of Chūgaku Akamatsu and Kobuichi's Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A (Hidan no Aria AA) manga on Thursday. The trailer also announces that first novelization of the Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A (Hidan no Aria AA) manga will ship on January 23. The story revol...
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House of 1000 Manga - Learn English with Jojo's Bizarre Adventure!

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

Higashimura also gives opinions on film adapting her own manga scheduled to premiere December 27 ― Manga author Akiko Higashimura will appear in the live-action film adaptation of her Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime) manga. Higashimura will appear during the "fashion show" scene as a VIP with the main characters. When commenting on the film, she noted, "The sets, the mood, the cast... There's absolute...
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Tokyo Ghoul √A Anime's TV Spot Aired

Natsuki Hanae returns as Ken for 2nd season inspired by Sui Ishida's original manga ― A TV spot for the second season of the Tokyo Ghoul anime series began streaming on Thursday. Ken: I'll find the one-eyed king... Ken: I'll kill him... I don't want my precious people to be taken from me...! That's why I have to become strong...! Text: A different Tokyo Ghoul made by original creator Sui Ishida and d...
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Tales of Zestiria Anime Special's New Promo Looks Back at Past Tales of Games

Promo for December 30 special telling the beginning of Sorey, Mikleo, Alisha's journey also features new animation ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming an extended promotional video for Tales of Zestiria: Dōshi no Yoake (Tales of Zestiria: Dawn of the Fon Master), the anime special inspired by its upcoming upcoming Tales of Zestiria PlayStation 3 game on Thursday. Text: Everything started fro...
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Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A Adaptation is TV Anime

The official website for Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine is listing that the animated adaptation of Chūgaku Akamatsu and Kobuichi's Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A (Hidan no Aria AA) manga will be a television anime series. Media Factory had teased in July that there will be two new announcements for the "AA Project" this winter. The story revolves around Akari Mamiya, a first-year E-rank stude...
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Samurai Warriors/Sengoku Musou TV Anime's Promo Previews Yukimura in Action

Takeshi Kusao plays younger Sanada brother in January anime ― The official website for the television anime of Koei Tecmo Games' Samurai Warriors (Sengoku Musou) game franchise began streaming on Wednesday Yukinari: I show you the spirit of the Sanada, here and now! Nobuyuki: I will join the Tokugawa in order to protect the Sanada clan. Yukinari: I will hold my pride, and fight alongside Mitsunari. N...
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Live-Action Sukimasuki Film's 1st Trailer Streamed

Adaptation of manga by Bunny Drop's Yumi Unita to open on February 7 ― AMG Entertainment began streaming a trailer for the live-action film adaptation of Yumi Unita's Sukimasuki (roughly translated, Peephole Love) manga series on Wednesday. The film's staff has also revealed a theatrical poster. The "unique" coming-of-age story revolves around Heisaku, a male college student who loves to peep into cr...
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Sibling Comedy Manga Ane Log Gets 3rd OVA

2nd OVA ships with 6th volume of Kenji Taguchi's manga on Thursday ― The wrap-around jacket band on the sixth volume of Kenji Taguchi's comedy manga Ane Log - Moyako Nee-san no Tomaranai Monologue (Sister's Log - Moyako's Monologue That Won't Stop) announced on Thursday that the series' third original video anime (OVA) will ship with the manga's seventh volume. The third OVA will be titled "Watashi ...
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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Earns US$528,307 After 9th Weekend

Film ranked #21 in highest grossing anime films in North America ― Box Office Mojo is estimating that Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya earned a ninth weekend gross of US$18,694 in North America, bringing an overall total of US$528,307. The film is ranked at #49 for the weekend, ranked #21 in the highest grossing anime films, and #26 in highest grossing opening weekend...
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Daily Cosplay - Dawn of the Arcana's Nakaba and Loki

Character: Nakaba, Loki Title: Dawn of the Arcana Cosplayer: Nakaba- Ariel; Loki - June, both from Kumacos Photographer: Muramatsuri Photos (Elmer Ma) Shoot Location: Pacific Media Expo (Hilton Los Angeles Airport) This week we're featuring cosplay photographer Elmer Ma. We asked him: "Where's your favorite place you've ever shot photos, cosplay or otherwise?" "Anime Expo - with the new cosplay ph...

Wednesday, December 17

Doraemon, Kenshin, Thermae Romae II Rank in 2014's Top 5 Japanese Films

Lupin III vs. Conan, Ghibli's Marnie, Pokémon make top 10; Frozen tops Western films in Japan ― Bunka Tsūshinsha reported on the top 10 Japanese films of 2014, based on estimated box office returns in Japan as of December: Rank Film Distributor Estimated Box Office 1 The Eternal Zero Toho 8.76 billion yen US$73.8 million 2 Stand By Me Doraemon Toho 8.38 billion yen US$70.6 million 3 Rurouni Kenshin: ...
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Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A Spinoff Manga Gets Anime

Media Factory had teased 2 announcements for the AA Project this winter ― The first 2015 issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine is confirming on Friday that an anime adaptation of Chūgaku Akamatsu and Kobuichi's Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A (Hidan no Aria AA) manga has been green-lit. Media Factory had teased in July that there will be two new announcements for the "AA Project" this winter. T...
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Terrorize Your Figure Collection With A Fully Articulated Titan Model

In case your figure collection needs more naked people or angry titans, Kotobukiya is releasing a 160 mm (~6.3") figure of Attack on Titan's Eren titan. The figure has an MSRP of 4,968 yen (about US$42.25), and is expected to ship February 28, 2015.
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Love Live Girls Get More Collaboration Outfits, Accessories

While Earth Music&Ecology is helping to outfit the Printemps mini-group in Love Live, Beams and Honey Bunch are making sure the other gals get their moment in the spotlight as well, as part of the "Love Live! ABC Project ~Apparel Brand Crossover~." Beams is teaming up with BiBi (Eli, Maki, Nico) for special t-shirts (4,200 yen [about US$35.50]): Honey Bunch is teaming up with lily white (Umi, Rin,...
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Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, Disgaea 5, The Awakened Fate Ultimatum Western Releases Scheduled

The Awakened Fate Ultimatum slated for March; Operation Abyss, Disgaea 5 slated for spring and fall 2015 ― NIS America announced its release plans for Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (Tokyo Shin Seiroku: Operation Abyss), Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, and The Awakened Fate Ultimatum (Kamisama to Unmei Kakumei no Cross Thesis) games. The company will release Experience, Inc. and CyberFront's Ope...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, December 8-14

Attack on Titan, Blue Spring Ride, MIX, Kuroko's Basketball in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Attack on Titan 15 1,010,545 1,011,559 2014/12 Kodansha Hajime Isayama 1 1 2 Blue Spring Ride 12 346,272 346,272 2014/12 Shueisha Io Sakisaka 2 1 3 MIX 6 189,387 189,387 2014/12 Shogakukan Mitsuru Adachi 3 1 4 Attack on Tita...

Steins;Gate Game Also Heading to iOS in the West

English translation may be different from JAST USA's PC release ― Publisher 5pb. confirmed on Twitter on Tuesday that the Steins;Gate scientific adventure visual novel will also be released on iOS devices in the West. The iOS version will be released after the PQube's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita releases. Company representative Geraint Evans told video game news website Siliconera that PQube w...
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Dress Up Your Human-Shaped Hug Pillow for Endless Cuddle Possibilites

Hug pillows (or dakimakura) have an established fanbase with limited edition character covers sold exclusively at Comiket and other anime and game events. The covers can be pretty pricey, and in the end, the pillow can't hug you back. Goods producer Bibi Lab are out to fix that. Introducing the "Cotton Wife" and "Cotton Husband" humanoid-shaped pillows, the next evolution is giant doll/hugging pil...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, December 8-14

3rd Yōkai Watch 2, Grand Theft Auto V, Shining Resonance games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: December 8-14 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yōkai Watch 2 Shin'uchi Level 5 December 13 1,244,171 1,244,171 23DS Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Pokémon November 21 152,384 1,950,481 3PS4 Grand Theft Auto V (Including Bundled Editions) Take-Two Int...
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Fans Weigh In On Which Character They'd Like to Date on Christmas

The Japanese anime, manga, and game goods app "otamart" held a questionnaire asking its users which anime character and celebrity they most want to go on a date with this Christmas. The survey was only held for 24 hours, but 1,752 total respondents (85.9% women, 14.1% men) weighed in on their preferred date. The winning anime characters were the gruff Yasutomo Arakita (women) of Yowamushi Pedal an...

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Anime's Cast, Staff Unveiled

Jun'ichi Wada to direct at Satelight with returning cast ― The "SOS Dan web site" at haruhi.tv "disappeared" on Thursday but is now hosting an image announcing the cast and staff of the upcoming anime The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan. The image also says the anime's official website will be open in a few days. The page is accessible from the front page by answering the distance in light years to...

Aniplex USA Licenses Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Anime

Upcoming otaku romantic comedy to stream on Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll, Hulu ― Aniplex of America announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the upcoming anime Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata as Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend and will simulcast the series on Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll, and Hulu. Fumiaki Maruto's original light novels with illustrations by Kurehito Misaki revolve around ...

Sentai Filmworks Adds Saikano/She, The Ultimate Weapon

Viz Media previously released 2002 anime series on DVD ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the anime She, The Ultimate Weapon (Saikano). The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video. Viz Media previously licensed the 2002 anime series based on Shin Takahashi's manga and released it on DVD in North America in 2004. Sentai Filmworks describes the story:...
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Prince of Tennis Special Hanten Coats Previewed

Those who were on the fence about whether or not to drop some coin on an official Prince of Tennis hanten coat can now at least see what they actually look like. 【JF2015商品】王子様を背中に羽織る!推しプリウェア!!はちまき付き!ショウワノートブースにて限定発売です! pic.twitter.com/xx8w4rnBWl— POMMOP (@showanote02) December 16, 2014 Somehow, they're even more amazing than the product drawings. Hanten are short winter coats that can be worn by b...

Grisaia Trilogy Kickstarter Reaches Its Goal

Sekai Project's Kickstarter raised US$160,000 to localize 3 games ― Sekai Project's Kickstarter campaign to bring Frontwing's Grisaia game trilogy to the West on PC met its goal on Wednesday, less than a day after it launched. As of press time, the campaign has raised US$161,097. The total goal covers the costs of translation, licensing, development, and voices. Sekai Project is working with the crea...

Grisaia Trilogy Kickstarter Reaches 90% of Goal in 12 Hours

Sekai Project's Kickstarter seeks US$160,000 to localize 3 games ― Sekai Project launched its Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday to bring Frontwing's Grisaia game trilogy to the West on PC. In less than 12 hours, the Kickstarter earned more than 90% of its US$160,000 goal. As of press time, the campaign has raised US$150,029. The total goal covers the costs of translation, licensing, development, and vo...
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The X Button - Due Recognition

Todd looks at the good, bad, and downright strange highlights of the year! Plus SaGa’s return, Afterburner’s goodbye, and a bunch of holiday stories! ― The X Button will take next week off. It's time for a Christmas break, or as close as I can get to one now that I'm no longer a kid. I'll return the week after for more end-of-year retrospection, Guilty Gear ravings, and facts about old MSX games. Th...
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Toriko Part I DVD

Toriko is about manly men doing manly things in the most masculine way possible, and that's part of its particular charm. ― Garfield – the cat, not the president – once said, “If I couldn't eat, I'd just die.” While that was the punchline of a strip, it is essentially the basis of the anime series Toriko, based on the manga of the same name by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro. This collection of the first two ...
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Yamada-kun & the Seven Witches Casts Tomokazu Sugita, Yuuki Ono, Mai Nakahara

Voice cast members play 2nd-year students in anime of Miki Yoshikawa's manga ― The original anime DVD bundled with Miki Yoshikawa's 15th Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo) manga volume revealed on Wednesday that Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama, Macross Frontier), Yuuki Ono (Kuroko's Basketball, Durarara!!×2) and Mai Nakahara (Clannad, Fairy Tail) joined the cast for the Yamada-k...
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PriPara, Pretty Rhythm Crossover 3DS Game's Promo Streamed

Male idol Hiro Hayami from Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live is also playable in March 19 game ― Takara Tomy began streaming the first promotional video for the PriPara & Pretty Rhythm: PriPara de Tsukaeru Oshare Item 1450! Nintendo 3DS game on Monday. The video first premiered at the PriPara x Pretty Rhythm Christmas event on Sunday. The video features the song "Shooting Star" by voice actress Satomi Akesa...

Pixel's Film Posters Feature Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Galaga, More

Action comedy slated for summer 2015 ― Sony Pictures Entertainment revealed its tie-in film posters its upcoming action comedy film Pixels. The film will feature the video game franchises Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders. Several video game companies and license-holders — including Atari, Konami, Bandai Namco Games, Nintendo, Columbia Pictures Industries, T...
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New Yamato 2199 Film's 'Must-See' Trailer Streamed

Film promising "true ending" of the Yamato 2199 story premiered in Japan earlier this month ― Shochiku began streaming a “must-see” trailer for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Star-Voyaging Ark), this year's brand-new Yamato 2199 (Star Blazers 2199) film. In the video, Fomuto Berger (voiced by Junichi Suwabe) explains that a certain race of people are...
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PriPara Film's Trailer Teases Multiple Stories

Pretty Rhythm characters Aira, Mia, Naru star in upcoming film for arcade game for girls ― Avex began streaming a trailer for the upcoming Gekijō-ban PriPara Mi~nna Atsumare! Prism Tours! film on Wednesday. The trailer features the PriPara insert song "Marble Make up a-ha-ha!" by Himika Akaneya and Yū Serizawa, Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future theme song "Life is Just a Miracle ~Ikiteru tte Subarashii~" ...
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Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions Orchestral Concert Series Heads to Baltimore

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to perform concert on May 1, 2015 ― The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced on Tuesday that it will participate in the Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions concert series. Susie Benchasil Seiter will conduct the concert featuring musical arrangements and timed visuals from the Pokémon video games, including: Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal Pok...
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Barakamon Manga Shortlisted for Stan Lee Excelsior Award

UK schoolkids rate graphic novels to promote reading, school libraries ― The Stan Lee Excelsior Award announced on Tuesday that Satsuki Yoshino's Barakamon manga is among the eight graphic novels on the shortlist for next year's award. The other titles are Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore's All-New Ghost Rider: Engines of Vengeance, Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder's Rocket Girl Volume 1, Pierre Veys and...
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New Initial D the Movie Legend 2's Title, Date, Visual Unveiled

2nd film in trilogy featuring new cast of Mamoru Miyano, Maaya Uchida, more premieres on May 23 ― The staff of Shin Gekijōban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō- (New Initial D the Movie Legend 2: Racer)— the second film in the new Initial D film trilogy— announced on Wednesday that the film will premiere in Japan on May 23. The staff also unveiled the first key visual for the film (seen above). The cast from...
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Psycho-Pass Film Given R15+ Age Rating

The official Twitter account for the Psycho-Pass anime franchise announced that Japan's Film Classification and Rating Committee (Eirin) has rated the upcoming Psycho-Pass film as R15+. Theaters are required to restrict films with this rating to viewers 15 years old or older. As a result, the staff will enforce the rating at the planned advance screening on December 19. Nitroplus President Takaki ...
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Himitsu - Top Secret Sci-Fi Shōjo Manga Gets Live-Action Film by Kenshin Director

Psychological story by Moon Child/Kaguya Hime's Reiko Shimizu also inspired TV anime ― A live-action film of Reiko Shimizu's psychological science-fiction shōjo manga Himitsu - Top Secret has been green-lit. Keishi Ōtomo (live-action Rurouni Kenshin, Ryōmaden) is directing the film, and distributor Shochiku will open the film in theaters in Summer 2016. The mystery story takes place in Japan five dec...
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Blood Blockade Battlefront Anime Reveals More Voice Roles, Designs

Gilbert F. Alstein, Chain Sumeragi, Steven A. Starphase, K.K., Femto in supernatural sci-fi action story by Trigun's Nightow ― The 17th issue of Shueisha's Jump Square 19 magazine is announcing the roles for various voice cast members in the television anime of Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront manga on Friday: Shinji Ogawa as Gilbert F. Alstein Yu Kobayashi as Chain Sumeragi Mitsuru Miya...
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Sayaka Mogi's Horror Manga Pupa Has New Project in the Works

Mogi's debut work "attains even lower depths" after 2014 TV anime ― The wraparound jacket band on Sayaka Mogi's second Switch Witch manga volume is announcing on Saturday that Mogi's Pupa manga has a "new project in the works." The advertisement teases that Mogi's debut work "attains even lower depths…!!" Hakusensha's Young Champion magazine will reveal more information. Mogi's horror tale of "ultima...
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Tamayura Films' Cast, Story, Title, Date, Visual Unveiled

Aya Uchida, Mayu Iizuka join cast in Tamayura: Graduation Photos on April 4 ― The official website for the Tamayura franchise unveiled additional cast, story, titles, release date, and key visual for the four films that will complete the story. Aya Uchida and Mayu Iizuka will play kōhai (students younger than the original characters) as Fū Sawatari (Ayana Taketatsu) and the others become third-year s...
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