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Interview: Akihiro Kanayama

Veteran animator and industry legend Akihiro Kanayama talks about his life and career working on shows like Ashita no Joe and tells some tales of working with Osamu Tezuka himself. ― Akihiro Kanayama is a true veteran of anime. In his seventy-five years of life, he's seen the manga and anime industries rise and transform into the cultural forces they are today. In fact, as an animator and designer at...
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Cat's Eye Sub.DVD

The first season of Cat's Eye is so much a product of its time that the only way it could possibly be more 80s is if Cyndi Lauper had a guest appearance. ― Based on the manga by Tsukasa Hojo, the first season of Cat's Eye, which ran from 1983 – 1984, is so much a product of its time that the only way it could possibly be more 80s is if Cyndi Lauper had a guest appearance. Despite that (and that may n...
review

Ringing Bell DVD

A little lamb seeks vengeance for the death of his mother in this very atypical 1978 movie. Though technically meant to be family-friendly, it is a rare cautionary tale whose harsh lessons can leave an indelible impression. ― The 1978 movie version of Ringing Bell is based on the children's book Chirin no Suzu by Takashi Yanase, whose vastly more famous creation (at least in Japan) is Anpanman. It wa...
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Astro Toy - SH Figuarts Naruto

At long last, David covers a Naruto action figure. ― SH Figuarts Naruto Maker: Bandai Series: Naruto Price: $50 Boy, here's an overdue one. When I started this column I wondered to myself “I wonder when I'll order Naruto.” Well, it's been four years since then and here we are. Speaking of which, Naruto is now a 15-year-old series (the manga began in 1999!), one of the only truly big international hi...
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The List - 6 Series Starring Aspiring Mangaka

Every once and awhile, an anime series will set its focus on the manga industry and offer a few hints of what it's really like. ― The dream of being a manga artist is a common one in the anime fandom. Semi-active publisher Tokyopop once launched its "Rising Star of Manga" program purely to entice that set of fans wanting to make that dream become a reality. Results varied, with the extra lucky, like...
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Devils and Realist GN 1

While this is certainly not a horrible book, it is a mediocre one, and sometimes that feels more like a crime than if it had been unabashedly awful. ― Despite appearances, Devils and Realist is not based on an otome game. It also is not BL, although you could be forgiven for thinking that it might be – not a single female character is included in the cast, and most of the men are awfully pretty. And ...
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Announcement: Welcome to Daily Streaming Reviews!

Today ANN editorial is launching its newest project: daily reviews of new episodes as they air throughout the week. ― So a little less than a year ago I'd been in long talks with Bamboo Dong about leaving The Stream behind. For those who don't remember, The Stream was an attempt at doing Shelf Life for streaming anime series, ranking them in order from best to worst, dropping shows as they slowly bec...
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Answerman - Terrible People

This week, what's with all the cynical jerks? Are anime fans discriminated against? Also, the layout of an anime company, and where those text-free sequences come from. ― You guys absolutely buried me in great new questions this week. Since ANN participation seems to peak while school is in session, I'm going to make an educated guess and suggest that you're here because your actual homework is in a...
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Monday, September 1

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Sengoku Musou Chronicle 3, Resident Evil, Yakuza 0 More Featured at SCEJA Conference

Bloodborne, Let it Die, Tomorrow Children, Yakuza 0 also shown ― The Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia Press Conference 2014 on Monday presented videos for upcoming video game titles including Koei Tecmo's Sengoku Musou Chronicle 3, Q-Games' The Tomorrow Children, FromSoftware's Bloodborne, Gōichi "Suda 51" Suda and Grasshopper Manufacture's Let It Die, Sega's Yakuza 0, and Koei Tecmo's Dead or ...
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Bladedance of Elementalers

"The issues with Bladedance of Elementalers are disappointing, predictable, but not completely intolerable." ― Bladedance of Elementalers is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force PS4 Game Announced

Game slated for 2015 ― Compile Heart announced its new PlayStation 4 game Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force at the SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday. The game is slated for 2015. The segment from the press conference described the game: This is the story of godly weapons left on earth by their creators. They are known as Furies. Now that the Vile God has awoken. They will have to write a new page...
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Clean Up With A One Piece Tony Tony Chopper Vaccuum Robot

Cleaning can be a real drag, but not with this adorable pink and black Tony Tony Chopper vaccuuming robot, made to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the One Piece anime. The vaccuum comes with a charging stand, and can be set to vaccuum using three different paths. It also has sensors, which prevent it from tumbling down stairs, and features a low height, allowing it to get to hard-to-reach surf...
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Hanayamata

"Hanayamata's charm is undeniable if given a chance." ― Hanayamata is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair Game Unveiled for PS4

Video game publisher D3 unveiled its Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair PlayStation 4 game at the Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia Press Conference 2014 event on Monday. D3 announced plans to bring its Earth Defense Force game franchise to the PS4 last year. In the games, alien bugs have invaded Earth, and it is up to the player to save humanity. The series has sold 32 millio...
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Blue Spring Ride

"Blue Spring Ride is an enjoyable shoujo romance, not quite as different as you might hope, but it's still fun for fans of the genre." ― Blue Spring Ride is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Dragon Quest Metal Slime PS4, Light Pink PS Vita Unveiled

Special edition PS4 celebrates newly-announced Dragon Quest game ― Sony Computer Entertainment announced at its SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that it will release a "Dragon Quest Metal Slime Edition" PlayStation 4 and a light pink and white colored PlayStation Vita. The Metal Slime PS4 is designed to look like it is made out of a defeated metal slime, and also features images of the metal sli...
ep. review

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

"The character introductions keep on rolling with each new episode, and all of them add exponentially to the charm of the experience." ― Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Daily Cosplay - Sengoku Basara's Keiji

Character: Keiji Maeda Series/Movie: Sengoku Basara Cosplayer: Rae Photographer: Shutter Crazy Photos (Facebook) We asked photographer Leanne, "When did you first get into cosplay photography?" "Ever since my first Anime Convention in 2005, I've enjoyed seeing cosplayers. I took pictures at cons but never had arranged photoshoots. In 2011 I used the cons local forum to arrange cosplay shoots becau...
ep. review

Akame ga KILL!

"Akame ga KILL!'s desire to be thought of as more than cheap and reflexive fun is the biggest strike against it." ― Akame ga KILL! is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Photo Feature: Space Brothers Exhibition in Kyoto

The Museum of Kyoto is hosting an exhibition for Chuya Koyama's Space Brothers franchise until September 23. The exhibit, which takes up two floors of the museum, features more than 200 pieces of original art from the manga as well as story summaries, anime storyboards, information about JAXA and space exploration, models of spacecraft, and of course, a very large inflatable Apo. ANN had a chance ...

Daisuki to Stream Aikatsu! TV Anime

Idol card show for girls begins Thursday ― Anime distribution website Daisuki.net confirmed on Monday that it will stream all 50 episodes of the original Aikatsu! television anime series. The first 13 episodes will premiere at 10:00 p.m. EDT on September 4, with a new batch of episodes added every week for the month of September. The episodes will be available for free with English subtitles in the U...
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Space Dandy Season 2

"If you love massive creativity, great writing, amazing visuals or just laughing so hard you pass out, then you owe it to yourself to check out Space Dandy Season 2." ― Space Dandy Season 2 is currently streaming on Funimation.

Dark Horse Licenses Fate/Zero Manga by Shinjirō

Manga adapts Gen Urobuchi's light novel series ― North American publisher Dark Horse Comics announced at its industry panel at Kumoricon on Monday that it will release manga artist Shinjirō's Fate/Zero manga. The series is the manga adaptation of Gen Urobuchi and Type-Moon's original Fate/Zero light novel series. The Fate/Zero manga series began serialization in Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine in 2011...
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Danganronpa: Another Episode's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Spinoff game slated for September 25 ― Spike Chunsoft unveiled a second promotional video on Monday at the SCEJA Press Conference for its upcoming Zettai Zetsubō Shōjo Danganronpa : Another Episode (Absolute Despair Girl Danganronpa: Another Episode) spinoff game. The PlayStation Vita game will ship in Japan on September 25. The story takes place between Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganron...

Mobile Suit Gundam Game Unveiled for PS4

Teaser video for 2015 game streamed ― Bandai Namco Games unveiled a teaser trailer at the SCEJA press conference on Monday for a new Mobile Suit Gundam game for PlayStation 4. The game is slated for 2015. Bandai Namco Games' PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita game Gundam Breaker 2 is slated for this winter in Japan. The game will feature over 100 Gunpla models. Gundam Tryage SP for Nintendo 3DS shipp...
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Interview: Akihiro Kanayama

Veteran animator and industry legend Akihiro Kanayama talks about his life and career working on shows like Ashita no Joe and tells some tales of working with Osamu Tezuka himself. ― Akihiro Kanayama is a true veteran of anime. In his seventy-five years of life, he's seen the manga and anime industries rise and transform into the cultural forces they are today. In fact, as an animator and designer at...
review

Cat's Eye Sub.DVD

The first season of Cat's Eye is so much a product of its time that the only way it could possibly be more 80s is if Cyndi Lauper had a guest appearance. ― Based on the manga by Tsukasa Hojo, the first season of Cat's Eye, which ran from 1983 – 1984, is so much a product of its time that the only way it could possibly be more 80s is if Cyndi Lauper had a guest appearance. Despite that (and that may n...
news

God Eater 2 Rage Burst Unveiled for PS4, PS Vita in Teaser

To have playable demo at Tokyo Game Show ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a teaser video to announce God Eater 2 Rage Burst for the Playstation Vita and Playstation 4 systems on Monday. Bandai Namco announced the game during Sony's SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday, and more details and a playable demo will be available during Tokyo Game Show. God Eater 2 launched in Japan last November on th...
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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Announced For PS4/PS3, Xbox One/Xbox 360, PC

Also: Trailer for remastered 1st Resident Evil game ― Capcom announced its new game titled Biohazard: Revelations 2 (Resident Evil: Revelations 2) at the SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday. The main staff of Resident Evil: Revelations will return to develop the new game, and the game will be released for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. The story for the game is comple...
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3 Fan-Made Touhou Project Games Head to PS4 as Digital Titles

Trailer also streamed for project that lets fans make games together with Sony ― Sony announced at its SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that three Touhou Project titles for the PlayStation 4 are in development from Mediascape. The games, titled Fushigi no Gensōkyō (Mysterious Land of Illusion), Touhou Aogami Engi (Touhou Blue God Omen), and Touhou Sky Arena Matsuri (Touhou Sky Arena Festival), a...

Dragon Quest Heroes For PS3/PS4 Announced With Development by Omega Force

Trailer streamed for game being made by Dynasty Warriors development team ― Square Enix announced a new game title titled Dragon Quest Heroes: Yamiryū to Sekai Ki no Shiro (Dragon Quest Heroes: The Darkness Dragon & the Castle of the World Tree) for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The announcement was made at the SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday. The game is scheduled to ship in 2015, and w...

Kappei Yamaguchi, M.A.O Star in Magic Kaito TV Anime Series

Eri Kitamura, Mamoru Miyano also star in A-1 Pictures' Fall anime of Gosho Aoyama's thief ― This year's 40th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing the cast of the new television anime series based on Gosho Aoyama's Magic Kaito manga. Kappei Yamaguchi will play the title magician thief and his Kaito Kuroba alter-ego, after playing the same role in the Detective Conan anime....
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New Ys in Development for PS4, PS Vita Next Year

Nihon Falcom's video shows Adol's party battling in Gillia ― Nihon Falcom announced during Sony's SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that it is developing the latest installment in its Ys role-playing game franchise for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita systems next year. Nihon Falcom presented a video, narrated by Banjou Ginga, that shows Adol's three-member party engaging in a battle at the Geete ar...
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Senran Kagura Heads to PS4 on March 26, as Well as PS Vita

Marvelous offers Senran Kagura Estival Versus -Shōjo-tachi no Sentaku— (Girls' Choice) ― Marvelous announced during Sony's SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that it will release the latest Senran Kagura game, Senran Kagura Estival Versus -Shōjo-tachi no Sentaku- (Girls' Choice), on the PlayStation 4 console on March 26, 2015. The official Japanese PlayStation Twitter account then noted that this ...

Persona 5 Teaser Video Reveals PlayStation 4 Release

Slated for PS4, PS3 in 2015 in Japan ― Atlus announced during Sony's SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that it will offer its Persona 5 role-playing game for the PlayStation 4 console as well as for the PlayStation 3. However, the game is now slated for next year, instead of winter 2014 as initially announced. The news bulletins on the train reads, "Looking over bullying..." and "Died in classroo...

Disgaea 5 Unveiled for PS4 Next Spring

NIS presents more serious entry in RPG franchise ― Nippon Ichi Software announced during Sony's SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that it will offer the latest entry in the Disgaea franchise, Makai Senki Disgaea 5, on the PlayStation 4 console next spring. NIS America had previously confirmed that its parent company had plans to make Disgaea 5 in 2012. Nippon Ichi's series of comedic strategy rol...
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Koei Tecmo Makes New Neo Romance Game for PS Vita

Female-oriented franchise inspired Angelique, Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time, La Corda d'Oro anime ― Koei Tecmo Games announced during Sony's SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that it is making a new title in Neo Romance, its game franchise for female players, for the PS Vita "finally." The franchise has several game lines, including Angelique, Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time, and La Corda d...
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Latest Uta no Prince-sama Game to Debut on PS Vita

Broccoli unveils new installment in franchise that inspired 3 TV anime ― Broccoli announced during Sony's SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that the latest installment in the Uta no Prince-sama game franchise will debut on the PS Vita system. The franchise for female gamers inspired three television anime series. Source: Dengeki
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Luminous Arc Infinity Announced for PS Vita

Marvelous unveils video teasing voice actor Nobuhiko Okamoto, songs as important elements ― Marvelous announced during Sony's SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that Luminous Arc Infinity will debut on the PS Vita system. The trailer features voice actor Nobuhiko Okamoto and teases that songs are important elements in this installment. Marvelous made three Luminous Arc role-playing games for the N...
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Spike Chunsoft Makes New Way of the Samurai for PS Vita

Latest in action-adventure game franchise since 2004's Way of the Samurai 4 ― Sony announced during its SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that Spike Chunsoft is making a new Way of the Samurai game project for the PS Vita system. The action-adventure game franchise debuted on the PlayStation 2 in 2002, and the last installment, Way of the Samurai 4, shipped for the PlayStation 3 in 2011.

Hisako Kanemoto Stars in I.G's Maria the Virgin Witch Anime

Code Geass director Taniguchi helms January anime with R.O.D writer Kurata ― The official website for the anime of Masayuki Ishikawa's Maria the Virgin Witch (Junketsu no Maria - Sorcière de gré, pucelle de force) manga opened on Monday and revealed the cast, staf, and January 2015 broadcast premiere date. Hisako Kanemoto as Maria Yōko Hikasa as Artemis Mikako Komatsu as Priapos Kana Hanazawa as Ezek...

Sunday, August 31

Triage X Assassin Manga Gets Anime

Shoji Sato's story of nurses who operate as assassins at night ― A website opened on Monday to announce that an anime adaptation of Shoji Sato's Triage X manga has been green-lit. Yen Press publishes the manga in North America, and it describes the story: Mochizuki General Hospital boasts some of the most well-trained (and well-endowed) nurses in town. But though these ladies spend much of their day ...

Yen Press Licenses Manga Version of Disney's Big Hero 6 Film

Phi-Brain/EXILE manga artist Haruki Ueno adapts movie before it opens ― North American publisher Yen Press announced via Twitter on Sunday that it will publish the manga adaptation of Disney's animated movie Big Hero 6. Artist Haruki Ueno (Phi-Brain: Saigo no Puzzle, EXILE Monogatari) just launched the manga in the September issue of Kodansha's Magazine Special on August 20. According to Disney, this...

anohana/Toradora Main Staff Reunites For 2015 Anime Film

Tatsuyuki Nagai directs, Mari Okada scripts, Masayoshi Tanaka designs at A-1 Pictures ― A brand-new original anime film project from the staff of the anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.) and Toradora! anime was announced at the anohana Natsu Matsuri Final event on Sunday. Tatsuyuki Nagai will direct the film, Mari Okada will handle the script,...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, August 18-24

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth films air ― The television version of Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone aired on NTV on Friday, August 22 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 9.5% rating. The TV version of the director's cut Death (True)^2 version of Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth aired on NTV on Monday, August 18 at 1:59 a.m. and earned a 1.2% rating. K...
ep. review

Sabegebu! - Survival Game Club!

"Sabagebu! is an easy sell for fans of action movies and gag comedies, who will find that the show balances out to a solid effort." ― Survival Game Club! is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
ep. review

Rail Wars!

"At this point, the most we can hope for are new forays into life-threatening melodrama to mirror the show's constant fresh forays into oddly framed T&A." ― Rail Wars! is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Japanese Box Office, August 23-24

1st new Initial D anime film opens ― Stand By Me Doraemon, the 36th Doraemon film and franchise's first CGI film, stayed at #1 in its third weekend. Satoshi Tsumabuki, who previously played 30-year-old Nobita in a series of live-action Toyota car commercials, also plays Nobita as a young man in the film. The film also ranked #1 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 486,536,293 yen (US$4,674,865) on 3...
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Funimation Challenges Other US Distributors To Participate in Ice Bucket Challenge

Funimation participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge a couple of days ago, as nominated by voice actor Todd Haberkorn. The challenge raises awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The company has nominated their friends at Viz Media, Aniplex of America, Sentai Filmworks, and Crunchyroll to take part in the challenge. Those interested in making a monetary donation can check out the AL...
ep. review

DRAMAtical Murder

"DRAMAtical Murder hits you like a sack of "what?" ― DRAMAtical Murder is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, August 17-23

Monster Musume, Deadman Wonderland, 2 Attack on Titan volumes, Attack on Titan Before the Fall, Attack on Titan No Regrets, Fairy Tail, Food Wars!, Dragonar Academy The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on August 23. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Monster Musume #4 Okayado Seven Seas Entertainment 1 23Deadma...
review

Ringing Bell DVD

A little lamb seeks vengeance for the death of his mother in this very atypical 1978 movie. Though technically meant to be family-friendly, it is a rare cautionary tale whose harsh lessons can leave an indelible impression. ― The 1978 movie version of Ringing Bell is based on the children's book Chirin no Suzu by Takashi Yanase, whose vastly more famous creation (at least in Japan) is Anpanman. It wa...
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Daily Cosplay - Avatar: The Last Airbender's Prince Zuko

Character: Prince Zuko Series/Movie: Avatar: The Last Airbender Cosplayer: Puppetsfalls Photographer: Colin Kelly We asked photographer Colin Kelly, "What tips can you offer those getting into cosplay photography to get the shots they want?" "The best networking will be at conventions. When you go to conventions, bring cards with your contact information on them and pass them out. When photographi...
ep. review

Barakamon

"Barakamon's stellar execution has made it one of my favorite shows of the season." ― Barakamon is currently streaming on Funimation. Nick writes about anime, storytelling, and the meaning of life at Wrong Every Time.
ep. review

Sailor Moon Crystal

"Sailor Moon Crystal isn't dead in the water yet, but if it becomes engaging later on, these first four episodes will probably be skippable." ― Sailor Moon Crystal is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
ep. review

Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 49

"It isn't going to move any mountains, but if you're looking for a more grounded slice of life with a sharp, poignant undercurrent, it's got you covered. ― Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 49 is currently streaming on Funimation.
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Sword Art Online II

"As pure entertainment, Sword Art Online tends to work even when its hackneyed writing is otherwise dragging it down - it's a mixed bag of parts." ― Sword Art Online II is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.

Claymore Manga to Publish 'Grand Finale' in October

Fantasy adventure, about half-human woman who hunts shape-shifting creatures, launched in 2001 ― The October issue of Shuiesha's Jump Square magazine is announcing on Thursday that the "grand finale" of Norihiro Yagi's Claymore manga series will appear in the following issue on October 4. The fantasy adventure manga, which follows a half-human woman who hunts shape-shifting yōma creatures in a mediev...
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Astro Toy - SH Figuarts Naruto

At long last, David covers a Naruto action figure. ― SH Figuarts Naruto Maker: Bandai Series: Naruto Price: $50 Boy, here's an overdue one. When I started this column I wondered to myself “I wonder when I'll order Naruto.” Well, it's been four years since then and here we are. Speaking of which, Naruto is now a 15-year-old series (the manga began in 1999!), one of the only truly big international hi...
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Yen Press Also Adds Log Horizon, The Devil is a Part-Timer! Manga Series

Company is also releasing original light novels next year ― North American publisher Yen Press announced via Twitter on Friday that it will also publish the manga adaptations of Mamare Touno and Kazuhiro Hara's Log Horizon and Satoshi Wagahara and Oniku's The Devil is a Part-Timer! (Hataraku Maou-sama!) light novel series. The company did not state which manga adaptations of the series it has license...
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Jun Fukuyama Joins The Seven Deadly Sins Anime's Cast

Fukuyama's character King previewed in TV spot for October anime ― The official website for the television anime of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) manga began streaming a new TV commercial for the series on Sunday. The video reveals that voice actor Jun Fukuyama (Working!!'s Sōta, Hamatora's Birthday) will play the role of King. King: Grizzly Sin, King. Text: Sin of sloth K...
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Isuca Action Anime Slated For 2015 With Director Akira Iwanaga

Animation studio ARMS animates TV anime with Afilia Saga theme song ― The staff list for the anime adaptation of Osamu Takahashi's Isuca action manga was revealed on Sunday. The anime is scheduled to air in 2015. Akira Iwanaga (Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee) will direct the anime at ARMS (Himawari!!, Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny) with series composition by Masashi Suzuki (Kanokon: The Girl Who Cried Fox, T...
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Musical Unit fripSide Gets 1st Solo Arena Concert

Yokohama Arena concert by A Certain Scientific Railgun, Black Bullet theme song performers to be held on March 1, 2015 ― The musical unit fripSide announced on Saturday that it will hold its first solo arena concert on March 1, 2015. Ticket pre-orders for the "fripSide LIVE TOUR 2014-2015 FINAL in YOKOHAMA ARENA" concert will be held from September 19 to 26 for those who purchase the unit's latest al...
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Persona 4 Arena Stage Play's Elizabeth, Naoto Cast

Yuki Asakura, Asami Yoshikawa star in upcoming stage play adaptation of fighting game running from December 19-23 ― The official website for the Persona 4 Arena stage play announced last week that 29-year old actress Asami Yoshikawa (top) and gravure idol Yuki Asakura (bottom) will join the cast of the Persona 4 Arena stage play as Elizabeth and Naoto Shirogane, respectively. The cast will also star:...
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Teekyū Anime About Girls' Tennis Team Gets 4th Season

3rd season of anime adaptation of Roots and Piyo's manga aired last year ― Manga creator Roots announced on Sunday that a fourth season of the anime adaptation of his and artist Piyo's Teekyu tennis manga has been green-lit. The announcement was originally made at the Teekyu High-Fiving Party event on Sunday. Piyo launched the manga in Earth Star Entertainment's Comic Earth Star magazine in early 201...

Saturday, August 30

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Crunchyroll Adds Watashi ga Motete Dousunda Manga

Also: "Manga 2.5" of After School of the Earth, Renai Senka -The Special Class of Love-, Tonari-no Kashiwagi-san ― Media service Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it will release Junko's Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (What's The Good of Me Being Popular, or Boys, kiss him instead of me). Crunchyroll users will get to choose the official English title for the manga in a contest in which Kodansha wil...
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Rock Band Glay to Perform New Ace of Diamond TV Anime Opening

Band makes 1st song to be used in anime in 15 years ― Rock band Glay will perform the third opening theme song for the television anime adaptation of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond baseball manga. Glay will release the "Hashire! Mirai" (Run Ahead to the Future!) song as a single on October 15 in both a regular edition CD and a CD and DVD combo pack. Ace of Diamond will use the song as its new opening...
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Crunchyroll to Also Stream One Piece '3D2Y' Anime Special

Stream for 2-hour "mysterious episode" available in U.S., Canada, S. Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will simulcast the "One Piece '3D2Y' Ace no Shi wo Koete! Luffy Nakama to no Chikai" (One Piece '3D2Y' Overcome Ace's Death! The Oath With Luffy's Crewmates) television special. Crunchyroll will stream the special on Au...

A Certain Scientific Railgun Manga's New Arc Delayed Due to Artist's Sudden Illness

Start date for new arc not announced ― Keitarō Ono, the editor of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun) manga, announced on Tuesday that the beginning of the new arc of the manga has been delayed to September due to author Motoi Fuyukawa's sudden illness. The editor apologized for the delay. Motoi Fuyukawa is providing the art and story for the adaptation of Kazuma Kamachi's spi...
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Uwa-Koi Romance Manga Ends in September

Series by Aki Sora author received two live-action film adaptations ― This year's 18th issue of Shonengahosha's Young King magazine announced on Monday that Masahiro Itosugi's Uwa-Koi manga will end in the magazine's 20th issue on September 22. The "tension-filled non-stop triangle love story" follows Yuno and Yukiteru, Yuno's childhood friend who lives with her. They are the official "best couple" o...
ep. review

Aldnoah.Zero

"Aldnoah.Zero is hardly doing anything daring with its storytelling, but even if it ultimately fails to be a quality series, it's still quite entertaining." ― Aldnoah.Zero is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Shōnen Hollywood Franchise Gets New Manga Set in Hawaii

Idols travel to Hawaii for side story ― The November issue of Kodansha's ARIA magazine announced that Ikuyo Hashiguchi's original work Shōnen Hollywood will get a new manga beginning in the magazine's November issue on September 27. Hashiguchi will write and Sora Sumeraki will draw the series, titled Shounen Hollywood: Holly Trip for You. The story follows the anime's idols as they travel to Hawaii t...
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Phoenix Wright vs. Professor Layton's English Launch Trailer Streamed

Game was released in physical and digital format on Friday ― Nintendo steamed the launch trailer for the Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney (Layton-kyōju vs. Gyakuten Saiban) Nintendo 3DS crossover game on Thursday. The game was released in physical and digital format on Friday. The game is arrived in Europe March 28. Studio BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, Darker than Black, Wolf's Rain) pro...
ep. review

Magimoji Rurumo

"If you have a soft spot for magical girls and perverted boys, and you want to see that formula done right, it just might prove worth your time." ― Magimoji Rurumo is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Korean Live-Action Absolute Boyfriend Drama Coming to DramaFever

Actress Kim Ha Neul is listed as playing the series' lead in the latest adaptation of Yuu Watase's manga ― Absolute Boyfriend manga. The Korean drama is currently in the works. Actress Kim Ha Neul is listed as playing the series' lead. Other cast and staff are not yet announced. DramaFever describes the story: In the Korean version of Absolute Boyfriend, the lead (Kim Ha Neul) is not a teenager, but ...
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Mangetsu Man Reminds Tokyoites to Pick Up Their Trash

Disguised superhero maintains historic Tokyo bridge ― Look! In the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... a full moon? Mangetsu ("Full Moon") Man is the latest superhero to hit Tokyo's streets, but he's not here to fight crime. No, he fights grime. Armed with only a trusty broom, a dust pan and some trash bags, he sweeps away rubbish and campaigns against littering on his website. He seems particula...
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Hozuki no Reitetsu OAD's 'Summer Version' Teaser Streamed

1st OAD and manga bundle slated for February 23 ― The official website for the supernatural television anime Hōzuki no Reitetsu posted a "summer version" teaser video for the upcoming original anime DVD episodes on Saturday. Text: A new OAD (original anime DVD) is currently in production! Hozuki: Everyone enjoying summer, hello. Now then, August is just about over, but is this the time to be thinking...

Yen Press' Light Novel Imprint Adds Log Horizon, No Game No Life, Devil is a Part-timer!

Yen On imprint plans more than 24 books next year after initial success ― North American publisher Yen Press' publishing director Kurt Hassler told Publisher's Weekly that the company's Yen On light novel imprint will release Mamare Touno and Kazuhiro Hara's Log Horizon, Yuu Kamiya's No Game, No Life, Satoshi Wagahara and Oniku's The Devil is a Part-Timer (Hataraku Maou-sama), and Shinobu Wakamiya an...
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Invaders of the Rokujyōma!?

"Anyone looking for a light, entertaining way to kill half an hour each week will find that Invaders of the Rokujyoma!? fits the bill quite nicely." ― Invaders of the Rokujyōma!? is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Daily Cosplay - Beauty and the Beast's Belle

Character: Belle Series/Movie: Beauty and the Beast Cosplayer: Puppetsfalls Photographer: Colin Kelly We asked photographer Colin Kelly, "What tips can you offer cosplayers to get the shots that they want?" "Communication – let photographers know something about the character, especially if he or she has no idea what the cosplay is based on. Be aggressive - get in the photographers faces and let t...
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The List - 6 Series Starring Aspiring Mangaka

Every once and awhile, an anime series will set its focus on the manga industry and offer a few hints of what it's really like. ― The dream of being a manga artist is a common one in the anime fandom. Semi-active publisher Tokyopop once launched its "Rising Star of Manga" program purely to entice that set of fans wanting to make that dream become a reality. Results varied, with the extra lucky, like...
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Devils and Realist GN 1

While this is certainly not a horrible book, it is a mediocre one, and sometimes that feels more like a crime than if it had been unabashedly awful. ― Despite appearances, Devils and Realist is not based on an otome game. It also is not BL, although you could be forgiven for thinking that it might be – not a single female character is included in the cast, and most of the men are awfully pretty. And ...
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Fate/stay night TV Anime's 3rd Character Ad Highlights Shirō Emiya

Anime of original game's 'Unlimited Blade Works' route to premiere on October 4 ― A third character ad for ufotable's Fate/stay night television anime began airing on Saturday. The ad focuses on Shirō Emiya, "a boy who seeks to become an Ally of Justice." He is one of the Masters in the Holy Grail War, and his Servant is Saber. The ad features the theme song "ideal white" by Mashiro Ayano. Shirō: The...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

"Stardust Crusaders is a slice of something special. Its blend of sincerity and silliness both fully adopts and plays fast n' loose with the muscle-bound chivalry holding it aloft." ― JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Yukana, Yukari Tamura, Hisako Kanemoto Join Gugure! Kokkuri-san Anime

Kazutomi Yamamoto also joins cast as Yamamoto-kun for October TV anime ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Midori Endō's Gugure! Kokkuri-san manga announced new cast members for the series on Saturday. The new cast members include: Yukana (Wedding Peach, Infinite Stratos) as Tama Hisako Kanemoto (Squid Girl, Sailor Moon Crystal) as Jimeko Kazutomi Yamamoto (Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Bloo...
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Anime Director Toshio Hirata Passes Away

Unico, Pet Shop of Horrors, Barefoot Gen 2 director was 76 ― Anime director Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle, Black Lagoon) stated over Twitter on Wednesday that he heard of fellow director Toshio Hirata's passing on Monday, August 25. He was 76. Katabuchi wrote the following Tweets commenting on his passing: It appears that Toshio Hirata a.k.a. Pon-san passed away on the 25th. I'm so sad that words ...
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4th Persona 4 the Golden Animation Blu-ray/DVD Comes With New Episode

New episode being released on December 10 is alternate Adachi ending ― The official website for the Persona 4 the Golden Animation television anime announced on Saturday that an alternate ending episode titled “Thank you Mr. Accomplice” will be included on the fourth Blu-ray and DVD volume of the series. The volume will be released on December 10. The episode will focus on Adachi, and the website li...
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Live-Action Patlabor's Part 5 Trailer Streamed

Episodes about sniper Kasha, white crocodile mystery to premiere in October ― The animeanime.jp website began streaming a trailer for the fifth part of Mamoru Oshii's live-action The Next Generation -Patlabor- series began streaming on Friday. The project's fifth part will premiere in Japan on October 18 and include episode 8, "Enkyori Sogeki 2000" (Long-range Sniping 2000), and episode 9, "Crocodile...

1st Attack on Titan Compilation Film's Trailer Streamed

Anime to include unaired scene with Eren, Jean in November ― Pony Canyon began streaming a trailer for the Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen ~Guren no Yumiya~ (Attack on Titan Part I: Crimson Bow and Arrow) film on Saturday. The compilation film will open in Japan on November 22. The anime's official website announced that the film will include a new Training Corps scene with Eren and Jean that did not air i...

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Ghost in the Shell Arise #4's 1st 9 Minutes Streamed

Final episode about Fire Starter terrorist to open on September 6 ― The official website the for Ghost in the Shell Arise anime project began streaming the first nine minutes of the the fourth installment on Friday. The fourth episode, titled "border:4 Ghost Stands Alone," will open in select theaters in Japan on September 6 and run for two weeks. The story begins amidst demonstrations to protest pri...
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Tokyo Ghoul

"Even with its short run of too-gross-to-defend episodes in Shuu's arc, Tokyo Ghoul has been an enthralling ride for fans of the macabre, filled with great action scenes and nuanced characters." ― Tokyo Ghoul is currently streaming on Funimation.
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Paramount Pictures Project Asks Artists to Reimagine Ninja Turtles As Kappa

Paramount Pictures has asked artists from all over the world to contribute to its Legend of the Yokai project, which features the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as inspired by kappa, water-dwelling yokai often found in Japanese folklore. Here's the copy describing the project: Long before the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles captured the hearts of people around the world, there were the Kappa Yokai, myt...
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Terror in Resonance

"This is a unique, exciting show that will appeal to people who care about our societal trajectory or value animation as an artform." ― Terror in Resonance is currently streaming on Funimation.
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Tokyo ESP

"Tokyo ESP's only significant problem so far is that it sometimes gets just corny enough to detract from its more serious elements." ― Tokyo ESP is currently streaming on Funimation.
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Parasyte Tribute Manga Will Also Run in Aria Magazine for Women

Series of one-shots from multiple authors also runs in Afternoon ― The November issue of Kodansha's ARIA magazine will begin the Neo Kiseijū (Neo Parasyte) tribute manga series for Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte manga on September 27 with two one-shots by MikiMaki (Para☆Dise) and Miki Rinno (Juon -video side-). The tribute manga series consists of one-shots by various manga artists to promote the upcomin...
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Persona 4 the Golden Animation

"Fans of the Persona 4 video games will probably be able to fill in the story's gaps and take more interest in Marie's story, but The Golden is a hard-to-follow, unfulfilling mess for the uninitiated." ― Persona 4 the Golden Animation is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Black Butler: Book of Circus

"Black Butler: Book of Circus doesn't have much to offer those who aren't already enamored with the series, but it's a fun, solid return to form for the show's fans." ― Black Butler: Book of Circus is currently streaming on Funimation.
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Gundam's Tomino Thinks Young Voice Actors All Sound the Same

Yoshiyuki Tomino, the opinionated creator of the Gundam franchise recently lamented the state of anime's voice acting industry in the September issue of Bandai Visual's Beat Magazine. Fresh from casting his upcoming Gundam Reconguista in G anime television series, Tomino said, "All of the young voice actors had been contaminated by currently trendy anime. All of their voices sounded the same to me...
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Locodol

"It really isn't all that great, but somehow it's easy to watch and there are moments of fun in nearly every episode. " ― Locodol is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Argevollen

"It doesn't live up to the sleekness and swiftness of its namesake mech, but neither is it a trundling clunker on its way to the scrapyard." ― Argevollen is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Funimation to Stream One Piece '3D2Y' Anime Special

2-hour "mysterious episode" to premiere Saturday night ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Friday that it will simulcast the "One Piece '3D2Y' Ace no Shi wo Koete! Luffy Nakama to no Chikai" (One Piece '3D2Y' Overcome Ace's Death! The Oath With Luffy's Crewmates) television special. The two-hour special will stream at 12:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday, August 31 (Saturday night). The "mysterious episode" ...
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One Week Friends Gets Stage Play

Manga-based stage play to open in November ― A teaser website opened on Friday announcing a stage play adaptation of Matcha Hazuki's One Week Friends manga. The play will run from November 14 to November 24 at CBGK Shibugeki!! in Shibuya. The story begins with Yūki, a boy who wants to become friends with his classmate and desk neighbor Kaori. However, she gently declines his friendship, saying, “But,...
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Hinata Tops Weekly Shonen Jump's Haikyu!! Character Poll

This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced the winners in the latest Haikyu!! character poll. Despite his short stature, Karasuno's Shoyo Hinata topped the results with 12,720 votes. Both Hinata and Sugawara dethroned "King" Kageyama, who was voted #1 in the magazine's previous poll. Here's the full results: Shoyo Hinata -12,720 votes Kōshi Sugawara - 11,254 votes T...

Ai Tenchi Muyo Brings Back Original Characters

Ryoko, Ayeka, Sasami, Washu, Mihoshi return ― The official website for the new Tenchi Muyo! series, Ai Tenchi Muyo!, updated on Friday with five new character designs, reintroducing the series' classic characters. The returning characters include: Ryoko Ayeka Sasami Washu Mihoshi The website also released a new key visual of Ryoko and Ayeka. In the story, the world is in trouble because Washu is stir...
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Naruto Shippuden

"Naruto really is ending, even if it's taking its sweet time to get there." ― Naruto Shippuden is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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GLASSLIP

"The awkward, drunken, low-stakes chaos is strangely captivating in its own way, but there's not much here to recommend this late in the game." ― GLASSLIP is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Xenoblade Chronicles Offered on New Nintendo 3DS

Game slated for next year ― Nintendo president Satoru Iwata unveiled a remake of Xenoblade Chronicles for Nintendo's newly announced systems, New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL, at the Nintendo Direct presentation on Friday. Iwata stated that Nintendo previously wanted to port the game to Nintendo 3DS, and the increased power of the New Nintendo 3DS made it possible. The game is slated for next...
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While Hello Kitty Isn't A Cat, She's Isn't Not A Cat, Either

With all of the commotion flitting around regarding Hello Kitty—or rather, Kitty White's identity, we're glad plenty of folks have been chasing down Sanrio for some clarification. While Sanrio does insist that Kitty is a little girl, and definitely not a cat, she's at least not a human little girl. Or really, any particular type of little girl. She's simply an anthropomorphization or personif...
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Bakumatsu Rock

"Bakumatsu Rock becomes more bearable over time as you start to realize that it doesn't fit easily into a category." ― Bakumatsu Rock is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Love Stage!!

"Love Stage's first seven episodes set up a romance that looks at its characters as people, not just two guys who are supposed to kiss." ― Love Stage!! is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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New Gargantia OVA's Full Trailer Features New Character

TRUE performs theme song for 2-part OVA ― The official Bandai Visual Youtube channel began streaming the full trailer for the upcoming two-part Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet original video animation (OVA) Suisei no Gargantia -Meguru Kōro, Haruka- on Friday. The trailer features the new character Reema, voiced by Inori Minase, and the theme song "Hajimari no Tsubasa" (First Wing) by TRUE. Note: th...
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Daily Cosplay - Rise of the Guardians' Tooth Fairy

Character: Tooth Fairy Series/Movie: Rise of the Guardians Cosplayer: Kyuu Vixen Photographer: Colin Kelly We asked photographer Colin Kelly, "Everyone has a "dream shoot." If you could go anywhere in the world, with any character ever imagined, what would your dream shoot be?" "I'd like to go back to Paris and then back to Ireland for a week or two each. Both places would make such amazing backdr...
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Free! Eternal Summer

"Free! benefits from expert pacing, top-shelf animation, an upbeat musical score, and relatable character drama that isn't just for the ladies. " ― Free! Eternal Summer is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Announcement: Welcome to Daily Streaming Reviews!

Today ANN editorial is launching its newest project: daily reviews of new episodes as they air throughout the week. ― So a little less than a year ago I'd been in long talks with Bamboo Dong about leaving The Stream behind. For those who don't remember, The Stream was an attempt at doing Shelf Life for streaming anime series, ranking them in order from best to worst, dropping shows as they slowly bec...
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Bravely Second Trailer Previews World Map, Turn-Based Combat

Sequel to 2012's Nintendo 3DS game to ship this winter in Japan ― Square Enix began streaming a promotional trailer for Bravely Second, the sequel to the Nintendo 3DS game Bravely Default, on Friday. The trailer announces that the game will ship this winter in Japan. The trailer showcases the world and town maps featured in the game, battle gameplay and music from Supercell's Ryo. Main character desi...

Nintendo Unveils New 3DS Models With More Controls, NFC Support

New, larger models include new shoulder buttons, mirco-SD slot, NFC technology ― Nintendo announced on Friday during its Nintendo Direct video presentation that new Nintendo 3DS models will be available in Japan on October 11. The new 3DS will retail for 16,000 yen (about US$154) and the new 3DS XL will go for 18,800 yen (about US$180). A Western release date was not announced. The new 3DS systems wi...
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Xenoblade Chronicles' Shulk Joins Super Smash Bros. Lineup

2010 Wii RPG's protagonist is latest to join roster ― The official website for the Super Smash Brothers game for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U began streaming a promotional video announcing that Xenoblade Chronicles' Shulk will be a playable character in the upcoming fighting game. Monolith Soft, the video game development company behind Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenosaga games, also created a promotional im...
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The Last -Naruto the Movie-'s Lee, Gaara, Temari, Tenten, Chōji Character Sketches Unveiled

Kishimoto designed new, mature looks for characters for December film ― The combined 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday the character designs for Rock Lee, Gaara, Temari, Tenten, and Chōji Akimichi for the upcoming The Last -Naruto the Movie- film. Gaara's description reads, "His gourd is compact! ...The biggest change is the largeness of his gourd! It's chain...
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Wolf Girl & Black Prince TV Anime's 1st Promo Streamed

TYO Animations romantic comedy series starring Takahiro Sakurai, Kanae Ito premieres in October ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Ayuko Hatta's Wolf Girl & Black Prince (Ōkami Shōjo to Kuro Ōji) manga began streaming the first promotional video for the series on Friday. Sign: I'm a wolf girl! Text: Erika Shinohara (voiced by Kanae Ito) Erika: Isn't it just the best when yo...
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Answerman - Terrible People

This week, what's with all the cynical jerks? Are anime fans discriminated against? Also, the layout of an anime company, and where those text-free sequences come from. ― You guys absolutely buried me in great new questions this week. Since ANN participation seems to peak while school is in session, I'm going to make an educated guess and suggest that you're here because your actual homework is in a...
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Director: Dog Days" Takes Place 3 Months After 2nd Season

Mamoru Miyano, Nana Mizuki, Yui Horie, more return to star in 3rd season of fantasy anime Dog Days director Junji Nishimura is revealing in an interview featured in the October issue of Gakken's Megami Magazine that the story of the third season of Dog Days will take place two to three months after the second season during fall vacation. Shinku and his team will show up every episode, but the regu...
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Outlaw Star's Mitsuru Hongo Directs World Trigger Anime

Toei anime adaptation of Daisuke Ashihara's manga premieres on October 5 ― This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday the main staff for the television anime of Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga. Mitsuru Hongo (Outlaw Star, Immortal Grand Prix second series) is directing the anime at Toei Animation with series composition by Hiroyuki Yoshino (Macross Front...
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Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie Opens in U.S. on Friday

Highest-grossing Naruto film opens in select theaters Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie opens in U.S. theaters on Friday. The 2012 film features a story and character designs personally created by original manga creator Masashi Kishimoto and was the highest-grossing film in the Naruto franchise, making 1.46 billion yen (about US$18.3 million). The Eleven Arts website lists theater and ticket informat...
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Shonen Jump to Launch Hi-Fi Cluster, Sporting Salt Manga

Ippei Gotō & Yūto Kubota's series to debut on September 13 & 22 ― This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Ippei Gotō's Hi-Fi Cluster (pictured center left) and Yūto Kubota's Sporting Salt manga (bottom left) will launch in the magazine in September. Hi-Fi Cluster will debut in the 42nd issue on September 13, while Sporting Salt will debut in the 4...
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Live-Action Clover Film's Teaser Video, Trailer Unveiled

More cast also added for November 1 film adapting Toriko Chiya's romance manga ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Toriko Chiya's Clover manga updated on Thursday, and began streaming a new trailer and teaser video. The official website also announced additional cast members: Natsuna Erena Mizusawa Kento Nagayama Haruka Kinami Yasuko Mitsura Risa Naito Kenji Murakami Taku Su...
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