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Platinum End GN 3

Platinum End’s third volume is its best yet, with a strong balance of tension and beauty. Nick Creamer dives into the action. ― In many ways, Platinum End feels like a rewrite of Death Note. From its death game premise to its fantastical but tightly constrained powers, focus on identity puzzles, and grim reflections on morality, many elements of Platinum End feel like a recalibration of Ohba's first ...
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Shelf Life - Occultic;Nine Part 1

James Beckett gets into the most challenging spinoff of the Science Adventure Series, while Paul runs down all this week's new anime releases! ― I don't think I fully realized how much I'd missed Mr. Osomatsu until the second season started. That show really is my kind of anime comedy: wildly creative, totally bonkers, and not at all afraid to toss the viewer's expectations out the window. While I'm...
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I Hear the Sunspot GN

This unconventional boys-love story about a hearing impaired student breaks the mold in several nice ways. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― The third story about someone with hearing loss to come out in English in recent years, I Hear the Sunspot is also perhaps the most thoughtful. While A Silent Voice shines a light on bullying and So Cute it Hurts takes a romantic angle, Yuki Fumino's graphic ...
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A Silent Voice Ticket Giveaway

Eleven Arts Pictures is bringing A Silent Voice to select US and Canadian theaters starting October 20! In order to celebrate, Eleven Arts Pictures has share with ANN 3 pairs of tickets and some other wonderful gifts to give away to our readers. ― Eleven Arts Anime Studios is bringing A Silent Voice to select US and Canadian theaters starting October 20! In order to celebrate, Eleven Arts Animation ...
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Black Clover GN 8

Even if it's not the most original Shonen Jump adventure, Black Clover has gotten good at working with what it's got. Rebecca Silverman get into this saga's eighth volume. ― As a shounen fantasy action series, Black Clover is obviously derivative. There are clear elements of both the story and art that seem lifted from Fairy Tail, The Seven Deadly Sins, Dragonball, and several others, to the point wh...
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ANNCast - Fall 2017 Anime Roundup

Zac and Jacob run through as many Fall 2017 anime season premieres as they can, from Ancient Magus Bride to Inuyashiki, and have nothing but hot takes for you. Plus twitter time! ― ANNCast Episode 308 - Fall 2017 Anime Roundup Zac and Jacob run through as many Fall 2017 anime season premieres as they can, from Ancient Magus Bride to Inuyashiki, and have nothing but hot takes for you. Plus twitter ti...
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Tuesday, October 17

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Season Premiere: Mr. Osomatsu Season 2—Episodes 1-3

"Studio Pierrot seems determined to repeat the success of the first season, and I can't wait for what they have in store for us after this terrific return."
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Kemco's Werewolf Game Rei-Jin-G-Lu-P Gets Physical PS4 Release in Japan

Pre-orders for visual novel's 1st physical release begin on October 25 ― This week's issue of Kadokawa's Famitsu magazine is revealing on Thursday that Kemco's werewolf horror smartphone game Rei-Jin-G-Lu-P will get a physical release for PlayStation 4 in Japan. The visual novel is currently available digitally only. The physical PS4 version's pre-order period will begin on October 25. The game launc...
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This Week in Anime - How Does the Kino's Journey Remake Compare to the Original Series?

This season delivered a truly unexpected reboot in the form of a new Kino's Journey anime, so we compare notes on these two versions, what's changed, and why. ― Well over a decade has passed since Kino's Journey was first adapted into anime, but this season brought us an unexpected remake with Kino's Journey - the Beautiful World-. This week in anime, Jacob and Steve compare notes on how the characte...
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Doukoku Soshite... Game Gets PS4, PS Vita Remaster After 20 Years

Release adds new system, updated graphics, story revisions ― This week's issue of Kadokawa's Famitsu magazine is revealing on Thursday that El Dia's Doukoku Shoshite... romance suspense adventure game is getting a remaster for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The remaster, which El Dia first teased last November, will launch in Japan on April 26. The remaster will feature a “Trap Divergent Story” ...
review

Platinum End GN 3

Platinum End’s third volume is its best yet, with a strong balance of tension and beauty. Nick Creamer dives into the action. ― In many ways, Platinum End feels like a rewrite of Death Note. From its death game premise to its fantastical but tightly constrained powers, focus on identity puzzles, and grim reflections on morality, many elements of Platinum End feel like a recalibration of Ohba's first ...
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Digimon Adventure tri. 5th Anime Film Earns 94 Million Yen in 17 Days

Anime gets extended theatrical run in Japan ― Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 5: Coexistence (Digimon Adventure tri. Kyōsei) — the fifth anime film in the Digimon Adventure tri. anime film project — sold 61,900 tickets to earn 94 million yen (about US$835,000) at the box office in Japan in its first 17 days. The official website for the project also revealed on Tuesday that the fifth film will have a...
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Macross/Aquarion's Kawamori Unveils Spring TV Anime Jūshinki Pandora

Macross Frontier's Risa Ebata designs characters voiced by Tomoaki Maeno, Nao Toyama ― Anime creator Shoji Kawamori (Macross, Escaflowne, Aquarion) unveiled his latest title Jūshinki Pandora (Heavy Divine Unit Pandora) in a "New Project Briefing" event on Tuesday. The television anime series will premiere next spring. The tagline in the character visual above reads, "To live, we formed a pact." On th...
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DAYS Soccer TV Anime Gets Finale as 3 New Original Anime DVDs

Finals against Tōin Academy bundled with manga volumes 26-28 from March to July 2018 ― The official website for the anime of Tsuyoshi Yasuda's DAYS soccer manga revealed on Tuesday that the previously announced finale to the 2016 television anime's story will be available as three original anime DVDs (OADs) next year. The project will feature brand-new animation to depict the All-Japan High School So...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, October 9-15

2017 Detective Conan film sells 2,679 + 2,391 more, followed by your name., In This Corner of the World, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Sword Art Online the Movie ― The limited first pressing of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter sold 1,012 more copies for a new total of 65,691. In its 30th week, it rose from #29 to #18 on the overall DVD chart. Rena Takeda's Weekly Young Jump Premium DVD Takeda Ren...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, October 9-15

Sword Art Online the Movie sells 2,746 more, followed by 2017 Detective Conan film, Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours, The Eccentric Family 2, your name. ― Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours First Love Live! ~Step! Zero to One~ Blu-ray Memorial Box sold 1,759 more copies for a new total of 32,837 copies. In its third week on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart, it rose from #15 to #8. All Out!! The Stage [Blu-ray] d...
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Sony Music Launches Indie Game Label With PS4, Switch, PC Titles

Tiny Metal for PS4/Switch/PC, Deemo -Reborn- 3D VR for PS4, more ― Sony Music Entertainment (SME) announced on Tuesday that it has launched a new game publishing label named UNTIES. The company formed the label to publish games by indie developer teams as a response to the rise of small-scale indie development and digital publishing. The label aims to publish games with unique qualities that can only...
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Dragon's Crown Pro PS4 RPG Delayed to February 8

1st print edition of game includes digital dice adventure gamebook DLC ― Atlus announced on Tuesday that it has delayed its release of Vanillaware's Dragon's Crown Pro PlayStation 4 game from January 25 to February 8. Atlus also revealed that first-print editions of the game will include a code for a digital gamebook DLC titled "Akuryō-shima no Hihō" (The Treasure of the Isle of Evil Spirits). The ga...
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.hack//G.U. Last Recode RPGs' 'Rebirth' Trailer Previews Story Scenes

PS4, PC compilation slated for November 1 in Japan, November 3 in N. America, late 2017 in Europe ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new trailer for .hack//G.U. Last Recode, its HD remaster of the .hack//G.U. games, on Monday. The trailer, titled "Rebirth," previews some scenes from the games' story. The compilation will launch in Japan for PlayStation 4 and PC on November 1, and on Novem...
daily briefs

'Hugtto! Precure' Trademark Filed

The Japan Patent Office reported a September 29 filing for a trademark on a "Hugtto! Precure" logo for various goods on Tuesday. The currently airing Precure (Pretty Cure) series, Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode, had its logo filed for trademark protection in October 2016 before it premiered on February 5. The titles for some of the earlier Pretty Cure magical girl anime series were also found throug...
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Netflix to Produce 30 'New' Anime Series for 2018 Release

News website The Verge revealed on Monday that Netflix plans to produce 30 "new" anime series for release in 2018, as part of its US$8 billion budget for developing and producing original television and film content next year. The company aims for 50% original content in its entire library by the end of 2018. The anime arriving on Netflix in 2018 include Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden, BONES'...

Monday, October 16

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Citrus Anime Casts Hisako Kanemoto, Rei Matsuzaki

Tomoaki Maeno, Kana Ueda also join cast of January yuri anime ― The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Saburouta's Citrus yuri manga revealed four new cast members for the anime on Monday. The new cast members include: Hisako Kanemoto as Sara Tachibana Rei Matsuzaki as Nina Tachibana Tomoaki Maeno as Shō Aihara Kana Ueda as Ume Aihara Previously announced cast members inc...
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ONE's Mob Psycho 100 Manga Gets Live-Action Drama in January

Netflix collaborates on drama starring Tatsuomi Hamada as Mob ― TV Tokyo announced on Tuesday that ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga is inspiring a live-action drama adaptation that will premiere in January. TV Tokyo is producing the series in collaboration with Netflix. Tatsuomi Hamada (seen left below) will star in the series as the main character Mob. TV Tokyo will air the series in its "MokuDora 25" tim...
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IG Port's Quarterly Report Shows Deficit Despite Increase in Sales

Company cites cost of high quality video production ― IG Port, the parent company of animation studios Production I.G, Wit Studio, XEBEC, Signal.MD, and publisher Mag Garden, released a report for the first quarter of this fiscal year (June 1-August 31) on Friday. The report showed a net loss for the period. The company reported consolidated sales of 2.1 billion yen (about US$18.7 million), a 67.4% i...
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Fanime Event to Host Voice Actress Satomi Satou in 2018

San Jose convention to take place next May ― Northern California anime convention FanimeCon announced on Sunday that it will host voice actress Satomi Satou at his year's event. The event will mark Satou's first United States convention appearance. Satou debuted as a voice actress in 2007. Her notable roles include K-ON!'s Ritsu Tainaka, Fairy Tail's Wendy, Assassination Classroom's Yukiko Kanzaki, a...
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One Piece's Nami Hawks Oranges for Kumamoto Prefecture

Straw Hat crew member Nami is helping move boxes of Kumamoto prefecture oranges for the "One Piece Mikan~Nami ga Aishita Mikan~" (One Piece Mandarin Oranges~Name Loves Mandarin Oranges~) campaign. Kumamoto is known for its mandarin orange production, although the area's output has begun to decrease over the years. Orange farmers were also affected negatively by the Kumamoto earthquake in April 201...
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Anime NYC to Host Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Screening With Director Fumihiko Sori

Convention to take place November 17-19 ― The first Anime NYC convention will screen the live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga as its closing film at 3:00 p.m. on November 19. The film's director Fumihiko Sori will attend the screening. The screening will be the film's United States premiere. Tickets will be available to Anime NYC attendees for US$10. Admission is included wi...
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Baby, The Stars Shine Bright Recreate Sakura's Dress from Heaven's Feel

Popular lolita fashion brand Baby, the Stars Shine Bright recreated the dress character Sakura Matō wears in the promotional poster for the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower film, currently in theaters in Japan. The collaboration was revealed on Friday, although pricing and a release date are still unknown. Potential buyers can take a look at the dress, currently on display at the ...
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The [email protected] Stella Stage Game Video Previews Rie Takahashi's New Character

PS4 game ships in Japan on December 21 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a second promotional video for its The [email protected] Stella Stage PlayStation 4 game on Monday. The video introduces new character Shiika, a new idol attached to 961 Pro. She is voiced by Rie Takahashi. In the game, players take on the role of a producer at 765 Pro. The presidents of 765 Pro and rival production company ...
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Answerman - Why Does Anime Occasionally Use English Songs?

Sometimes even famous English pop singles from artists like Duran Duran or Savage Garden get used as anime theme songs, but how does this process work and why? ― Jake asked: I have noticed in a few rare instances that openings or closing songs are in English. On the other hand you have some very old song selections like in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, which I understand has tons of music references, us...
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Taste Food Wars' Latest Plates at J-World

The J-World Tokyo theme park is serving up some of Food Wars' hottest plates from the latest season. Visitors can take their tongue on a culinary journey with Soma's Home Pepper Mochi, Terunori Kuga's Mapo Doufu with Rice, and Etsuya Eizan's Hainanese Chicken Rice. This marks the theme park's third menu recreation from the cooking anime series. All three menu items were completely supervised by Yu...
ep. review

Welcome to the Ballroom ‒ Episodes 14-15

"These two episodes appear to be taking the series in the wrong direction."

Funimation Lists Releases for Morose Mononokean, Ace Attorney, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Release dates added for Berserk, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Time Travel Girl ― Funimation Entertainment's online store is listing the following release dates for Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo packs that are part of its collaboration with Crunchyroll: Ace Attorney season one : January 23 Berserk (2016) season one: January 16 Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: January 16 The Morose Mononokean: January 16 Yama...
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Embarrass Your Cat with a Sanrio Mascot Hat

Is your Halloween ready for Hello Kitty inception? Dress your cat as some of Sanrio's best characters courtesy of Kawaii Kawaii Neko no Kiburimono (Cute Cute Cat's Head Gear). Each hat is only 600 yen (US$5.25) and can be purchased via capsule toys starting on October 19. If your cat is the agreeable type, this is their chance to be Hello Kitty, Cinnamon, Pompompurin, My Melody, Kuromi, or Kirimi-...
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Dentsu, OLM Make 3DCG Kids' Animated Series Tinpo for U.K. TV

Coproduction to have 78 short episodes ― The United Kingdom's BBC television network CBeebies has greenlit American Greetings Entertainment's 3DCG children's animated series Tinpo. Japan's Dentsu and OLM and Los Angeles-based studio Sprite Entertainment are producing the series in Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The series will have 78 seven-minute episodes, and it is slated to prem...
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Takuya Eguchi's Weird Doodles Sneak into TsukiPro

Voice actor Takuya Eguchi's questionable drawings are an on-going gag, showing up nearly everywhere he goes. They've appeared as bonus gifts for CD purchases, LINE stamps, Animate Stores, and promos for tablets. You can spot an Eguchi character by its characteristically blank eyes and full, red lips. A lot like the faces on the room decor in the second episode of TsukiPro the Animation. Eguchi sta...
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Animation Director Junichi Hayama to Attend Michigan's Youmacon

Convention hosts JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood director in November ― The staff of Detroit's Youmacon convention announced on Saturday that the event will host animation director Junichi Hayama as a guest. Hayama began his career in animation in 1983, and he trained under Masami Suda on Fist of the North Star. He served as director, character designer, and chief animation director on the Jo...
ep. review

Season Premiere: Himōto! Umaru-chan R—Episodes 1-2

"This second season retains the same premise and core staff as the original, but it may as well be an entirely new series. Himouto 2.0 is better and more enjoyable across the board."
daily briefs

One Piece Manga Has 430 Million Copies in Print Worldwide

Hiroyuki Nakano, editor-in-chief of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, announced at a press event for Shueisha's new 2017 publications on Monday that Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga has more than 430 million copies in print worldwide. The series has 360 million copies in print in Japan and 70 million copies in print outside of Japan. As of April, the manga had 350 million copies in print in Ja...
ep. review

Series Premiere: A Sister's All You Need—Episodes 1-2

"For all its jogging in place with such a bad cast thus far, the series has an intangible something that makes it feel like it could be worth following."
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Shelf Life - Occultic;Nine Part 1

James Beckett gets into the most challenging spinoff of the Science Adventure Series, while Paul runs down all this week's new anime releases! ― I don't think I fully realized how much I'd missed Mr. Osomatsu until the second season started. That show really is my kind of anime comedy: wildly creative, totally bonkers, and not at all afraid to toss the viewer's expectations out the window. While I'm...
news

'Fake' Shin Megami Tensei Side-Scrolling PC Game Gets Free Download

Shin Megami Tensei: Synchronicity Prologue centers on Jack Frost, Pyro Jack ― Atlus announced on Monday that it is releasing the Shin Megami Tensei: Synchronicity Prologue game as a free download for PC. The game featuring Jack Frost and Pyro Jack is available to download until December 24. A promotional video for Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux, the Nintendo 3DS remake of Atlus' Shin Megam...
anime now

Juni Taisen's Boar is More Sympathetic Than She Seems

While I don't see her actions as "forgivable," I do find her to be a pitiful--and even sympathetic--character.
ep. review

Series Premiere: Anime-Gataris—Episodes 1-2

"Anime-Gataris isn't particularly innovative, but it presents immediately likable characters, lands its jokes, and knows its audience very well."
daily briefs

Gurazeni Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on October 26

This year's 47th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine is revealing on Thursday that Yūji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi's baseball manga Gurazeni will have an "important announcement" in the magazine's 48th issue on October 26. The manga will feature on the cover of the 48th issue, and the chapter in the issue will have an opening color page. The manga is inspiring a television anime series that is sla...
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1st Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Film Opens at #1

Yamato 2202 opens at #8, live-action Love and Lies at #10 Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, the first film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy, opened this past weekend at #1 at the Japanese box office by both attendance and box office earnings. It sold 247,509 tickets for 413,030,840 yen (about US$3.69 million) in two days for a per-screen average of 3,226,802 ...
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Shunsaku Hayashi's 'Railment' Short Qualifies for Oscar Consideration

Award-winning 9-minute film has screened in film festivals around the world ― Cartoon news site Cartoon Brew revealed in its list of animated short films eligible for the 90th Academy Awards in 2018 that Shunsaku Hayashi's "Railment" short is qualified for Oscar nomination. While the short is qualified, it is not known if Hayashi entered the short film for consideration. Hayashi describes the film: I...
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CLAMP's HiGH&LOW Manga Volume Bundles Original 5-Minute Anime

Volume shipping on Tuesday also bundles Flash anime of manga ― The official website for CLAMP's HiGH&LOW g-sword manga revealed on September 16 that the DVD bundled with a limited edition of the manga's compiled book volume will include an original five-minute anime titled "SWORD+MIGHTY-hen," in addition to including the other Flash anime inspired by the manga. The volume ships in Japan on Tuesday. T...
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Black Clover Gets Card Battle Arcade Game in November

Players use cards to cast spells, use characters to defeat enemy ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed on Monday that it is developing a card battle arcade game based on Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga titled Black Clover Grimoire Battle. The game will arrive in arcades in Japan on November 2. In the game, players use cards to use spells and characters. Players can use a party of up to five characte...
daily briefs

Principal Live-Action Film Opens on March 3

The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Ryo Ikuemi's Principal manga revealed on Monday that film will open in Japan on March 3. The site is also streaming a new teaser video that is region-locked to Japan. The cast includes: Yuina Kuroshima as Shima Sumitomo Nozomu Kotaki as Gen Tatebayashi Mahiro Takasugi as Wao Sakurai Rina Kawaei as Haruka Kunishige, Shima's classmate Mitsu...
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Geno Studio Reveals New TV Anime Project By Baccano!/Durarara!! Director Takahiro Ōmori

New project is nearly 10 years in the making ― Geno Studio announced on Monday that it will produce an original television anime series by director Takahiro Ōmori (Baccano!, Durarara!! all seasons, Natsume's Book of Friends all seasons, Samurai Flamenco). The announcement noted that the project has been in planning for about 10 years. The above image reads, "Roughly 10 years in the making. This is a ...

Geno Studio to Produce TV Anime of Seita Horio's Kokkoku: Moment by Moment Manga

Staff, cast, January premiere, 1st promo video also revealed ― Geno Studio announced on Monday that it will produce a television anime adaptation of Seita Horio's Kokkoku: Moment by Moment manga. The anime will premiere in January and will air at 12:30 a.m. on Mondays on Tokyo MX and BS11. Amazon Prime will exclusively stream the series inside and outside of Japan. The company had teased on Tuesday t...
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Fate/Grand Order's Hitoshi Nanba Directs Golden Kamuy Anime at Geno Studio

Baccano!/Durarara!!'s Noboru Takagi handles series composition ― Geno Studio announced on Monday that it will produce the television anime adaptation of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga. The company had teased on Tuesday that it would reveal three new television anime projects on Monday. Hitoshi Nanba (Fate/Grand Order: First Order, Gosick, Heroman, Baki the Grappler, We have always been 10 cm apart....
daily briefs

Nippon Ichi Opens Teaser Site for New Game

Game developer Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) opened a teaser site for a "new game" on Monday. The site text says more information about the game will be revealed "in a few days." Nippon Ichi Software is celebrating its 25th anniversary over the course of the next year. The official 25th anniversary for the company will be on July 12, 2018. Source: Famitsu.com
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Major 2nd TV Anime Premieres in April 2018

Sequel series to air on NHK-E TV ― This year's 47th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that the television anime adaptation of Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga will premiere on NHK E-TV in April 2018. Mitsuda launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday in March 2015 as the first new installment in the manga series in five years. Shogakukan published ...
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Himōto! Umaru-chan Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Sankaku Head's manga inspired 2 TV anime series ― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine is revealing on Thursday that Sankaku Head's Himouto! Umaruchan manga will end in three more chapters, in the magazine's 50th issue. The issue also asks fans to wait for a follow-up report in the 50th issue. Sankaku Head launched the manga in Weekly Young Jump in 2013 (after running an ea...
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Mobius Final Fantasy Game's Event Tells Tidus' Story During 'Eternal Calm'

'Eternal Calm' video bridged story between Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2 ― Square Enix launched a collaboration event for its Mobius Final Fantasy smartphone role-playing game in Japan on Saturday. The new "Dream Within a Dream" ("Eien no Yume") event ties Mobius Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy X together, and depicts the story of Tidus during the events of the Eternal Calm video that bridges th...
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Director Yasuhiro Irie to Launch Kickstarter for Anime of Halloween Pajama Manga

Irie launched manga in 2013, planned 20-minute anime musical adapts "Halloween Pajama in Seattle" chapter ― Anime director Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Scorching Ping Pong Girls, Code:Breaker) revealed on Monday that he will launch a Kickstarter campaign on Friday, October 20 to adapt his Halloween Pajama manga into a 20-minute anime. The planned anime is titled "Halloween Pajama ...

New Gundam Seed, Gundam Seed Destiny English Dub Reveals More Cast

Kevin T. Collins, Carrie Keranen, Lisa Ortiz, Tom Wayland, Ben Pronsky, more join cast ― Sunrise revealed more cast members on Friday for its new English dub for its release of the HD remastered versions of Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny. The new cast includes: Kevin T. Collins as Rau Le Creuset Carrie Keranen as Murrue Ramius Lisa Ortiz as Natarle Badgiruel Tom Wayland a...
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Manga Time Kirara Miracle Magazine Reveals Destinations for Serialized Manga

Manga magazine ended with December issue on Monday, ongoing series land in sister magazines, website ― The December issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Miracle magazine (seen right) revealed on Monday that due to the magazine ceasing publication, the Urara Meirochō (by Harikamo), Jōkamachi no Dandelion (Ayumu Kasuga), and Gankutsu-sō no Fuyajō-san (Satori Kōnosu) manga will move to the Manga Time ...
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Gintama Ranbu Game's English Release in Southeast Asia Slated for January 18

English-subtitled trailer, SPYAIR videos streamed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia revealed on Monday that its Southeast Asian release of the upcoming Gintama Ranbu action game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, and Indonesia) is slated for January 18 with the title Gintama Rumble. The game will have English subtitles. Bandai Namco E...

Sunday, October 15

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Baby Steps Tennis Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Hikaru Katsuki's series launched in 2007; inspired 2 TV anime, live-action series ― This year's 46th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Hikaru Katsuki's Baby Steps manga will end in three more chapters, including the one Kodansha will publish on Wednesday. Katsuki launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Magazine in 2007. Kodansha published the manga's 46th compiled ...
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Street Fighter V Game Adds Zeku as Playable Character

Character available on October 24 ― Capcom revealed on Sunday that it is adding Zeku to its Street Fighter V fighting game. The character has appeared in previous installments in the series as a non-playable character, and the character's Street Fighter V appearance will be the first time the character is playable. The character will be available in the game on October 24. Street Fighter V is the lat...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 331

"As the series slowly winds to a close, it's nice to see loose ends tied up and seldom-seen supporting players get their final hurrahs."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 809

"This episode does a good job keeping what it has to offer entertaining, but man, I'm ready to speed things up."
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Series Premiere: Land of the Lustrous—Episodes 1-2

"This early on, it's not the characters compelling me to keep watching, but the world itself as a whole."
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Tiger & Bunny's Kotetsu, Barnaby Look Stoic in New Figure Set

Tiger & Bunny is one of the most in demand anime series and recently awarded the honor of being NHK's best anime of all time. Its accolades hasn't nailed it a new anime adaptation, but there's still new merchandise pushed out every quarter or so. The latest? Kotetsu and Barnaby sit down in plush looking chairs to stare across at one another, preferably with a roaring fire in the background. The G...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! ‒ Episode 15

"We spend a lot more quality time with Aqours this week and get a more impactful emotional resolution as a result."
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Manga Creator Akino Kondoh Illustrates Hikashu Band's CD Cover

Manga creator Akino Kondoh provided the jacket art for the techno-pop band Hikashu's latest CD. The CD, titled Anguri, shipped on Tuesday. The CD is Hakushu's 23rd original album and its first release since its Ikite Koi Chinmoku album debuted in 2015. The band's official YouTube channel posted a commercial for the album in September. Similar to Ikite Koi Chinmoku, the band recorded all 13 of the ...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Real Escape Game Gets Image Song

The Love Live! Sunshine!! Real Escape Game "Kotō no Suizokukan kara no Dasshutsu" (Escape from the Isolated Island's Aquarium) is getting its own image song. The song, titled "Kimi no Hitomi o Meguru Bōken," features on the CD for the "Yūki wa Doko ni? Kimi no Mune ni!" ending theme song of the anime's second season. Lantis began streaming on Wednesday a video for the CD's release that previews bo...
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Food Wars! The Third Plate Anime Casts Sho Hayami as Azami Nakiri

Character debuts in show's 5th episode on October 31 ― This year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Food Wars! The Third Plate, the third season of the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime has cast Sho Hayami (Assassination Classroom's Gakuhō Asano, Bleach's Sōsuke Aizen, Gintama's Umibouzu) as the character Azami Nakiri (pictured upper right in image at righ...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 111

"We still have quite a few characters left on the Universe 7 team, which makes me worried that we're going to spend a lot more time slowly chipping away at our main cast before the more dramatic stuff comes up again."
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Season Premiere: Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond—Episodes 1-2

"The main advantage this sequel has over its predecessor is that it may be more watchable for those who were intimidated by the first season's sheer rapidity."
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Series Premiere: The Ancient Magus' Bride—Episodes 1-2

"Rather than lacking in creative vision, the show seems confident enough in its characterization and strength of writing to resist the urge to show off too much early on in the plot."
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Isobe Isobee Monogatari, Hungry Marie Manga End

Isobe Isobee Monogatari gets 2 side-story chapters in November, January ― This year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the last chapter of Ryō Nakama's Isobe Isobee Monogatari ~Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo~ manga and Ryūhei Tamura's Hungry Marie manga on Monday. The issue also revealed that Isobe Isobee Monogatari ~Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo~ will have two side-story chapters. The first o...
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Series Premiere: BLEND-S—Episodes 1-2

"This could be a good “palate cleanser” show, the kind of thing you watch to help your brain relax after binging something more intense."

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Fighting Game Reveals 3 More Playable Characters, Consoles in Video

Rachel Alucard, Hazama, Weiss Schnee added to game arriving next year for PS4, Switch, PC ― Arc System Works began streaming a second character introduction trailer on Sunday for its Blazblue Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The video reveals Rachel Alucard and Hazama from the BlazBlue CentralFiction game and Weiss Schnee from RWBY as play...
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I Hear the Sunspot GN

This unconventional boys-love story about a hearing impaired student breaks the mold in several nice ways. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― The third story about someone with hearing loss to come out in English in recent years, I Hear the Sunspot is also perhaps the most thoughtful. While A Silent Voice shines a light on bullying and So Cute it Hurts takes a romantic angle, Yuki Fumino's graphic ...
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Even in Boruto's Peaceful World, Prejudice Still Runs Deep

During Naruto's era, prejudice was nothing rare. In Boruto's era, things are peaceful on the surface. But deep down, some things never change.

Broccoli Reports 70% Drop in Profits in 1st Half of Fiscal Year

Company owns Uta no Prince-sama, Di Gi Charat, Galaxy Angel franchises ― Media company Broccoli reported on Friday that its individual sales from the March 1 through August 31 time period as 2.252 billion yen (about US$20.13 million), a 19.17% decrease from the same period last year. The company's operating income is 99 million yen (about US$885,328), a 73.39% drop from the same period last year, wit...
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Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mash Kyrielight Game Launches for Free on December 6

The official website for the Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mash Kyrielight PlayStation VR game revealed on Saturday that the game will launch for free on December 6 on the PlayStation Store. The "Fate VR drama" project will allow players to enter the world of Fate/Grand Order and meet with the Servant Mash Kyrielight. Aniplex released the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game in Japan in summer 2015. The g...
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Granblue Fantasy Smartphone Game Gets New TV Anime

1st 13-episode TV anime premiered on April 1, unaired episode ships on October 25 ― The official Twitter account for the Granblue Fantasy the Animation TV anime series announced on Sunday that Cygames' Granblue Fantasy smartphone game is getting a new television anime work. The post stated the staff will reveal more details about the new work at a later date. The first anime adaptation of the smartph...
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Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope 4K, Full HD Remaster Revealed for PS4, PC

Remaster of 4th game in franchise launches in Japan on November 28 ― Square Enix announced with a video on Wednesday that it is producing a 4K and full HD remaster of it and tri-Ace's Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope game. The game will launch in Japan digitally for the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam on November 28 for 2,800 yen (about US$25). The game will also be compatible with the PS4 Pro. The origina...
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Yuiko Ōhara Performs Land of the Lustrous Anime's Ending Theme

Creditless ending animation video also streamed ― The official website for the television anime of Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) manga revealed on Saturday before the show's second episode aired that Yuiko Ōhara is performing the show's ending theme song "Kirameku Hamabe" (Sparkling Beach). Ōhara previously performed theme songs for the Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted P...

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Idol Time Pripara 'Holographic' Live Event Adds More Performances, Voice Actress Guests

1st "holographic" stage event in franchise launched on Friday ― The official website for Idol Time Pripara Minna Atsumare Yokopama! Yume Kawa Magical Live, the franchise's first "holographic" stage event, revealed on Friday that the stage event will get additional performances from November 6 to 12. The additional performances will feature appearances by voice actresses Yō Taichi and Yuina Yamada on ...
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Osamu Tezuka's Ayako Manga Ending Collected for 1st Time

Publisher Fukkan.com and bookstore Tsutaya are collaborating to release Osamu Tezuka's Ayako manga in two compiled books with its original magazine ending for the first time. The book set will ship at the end of December. The manga originally ran in Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine from 1972 to 1973. The series was later compiled into book volumes, but the releases did not include the ending that a...
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Season Premiere: March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 23

"Stuck between Shimada's personal arc and future adventures with Meijin Souya, this premiere was the kind of palette-cleansing intermission you'd normally get at a story's halfway point."
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Japanese Model Yūtarō Cosplays to Promote Ōji-sama ni wa Doku ga aru. Manga

Japanese male model Yūtarō tried out his best maid and prince cosplay to promote the release of the sixth volume of Jun Yuzuki's Ōji-sama ni wa Doku ga aru. (The Cute Prince with Black Poison) manga. The volume was released on Friday. Ōji-sama ni wa Doku ga aru. launched in Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine in 2015 and several volumes have ranked on Oricon's best-seller manga list. The story fol...
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Series Premiere: Code Realize—Episodes 1-2

"This isn't an amazing story thus far, but since the characters themselves have some promise, it may turn out to be a pretty good time."
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Minori Suzuki Performs Opening Song for Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles Anime

The official Twitter account for voice actress and singer Minori Suzuki (Macross Delta's Freyja Wion) announced on September 30 that she will perform the opening theme song for the television anime of Naru Narumi's Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles) manga. The song will mark Suzuki's solo debut. Kenji Seto (both seasons of The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water) i...
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Series Premiere: Dies Irae—Episodes 0-1

"Starting with episode 0 was a risky move because of its potential to alienate, but little about episode 1 catches much attention positive or negative."
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NHK's Educational Warring-States Manga Gets Anime Video

Masato Taniguchi's Watashi no Tame ni Kassen Shinaide! -Renai Yōso Shika Nai Sengoku Drama- (Don't Battle for My Sake!: Warring-States Drama With Only Romance Elements) manga has inspired a promotional video. The video will premiere on NHK's various channels on Saturday and air irregularly. The video will also debut on NHK's Domo, Manga Desu. website, which seeks to educate people about Japan's NH...
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Series Premiere: Girls' Last Tour—Episodes 1-2

"This series makes the experience of nearly catching hypothermia in a roaring snowstorm look so pleasant."
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Aksys Games Streams Ad For Bad Apple Wars PS Vita Game

Aksys Games released Idea Factory, Otomate's game on Friday ― Aksys Games began streaming a video on Friday for its release of Idea Factory and Otomate's Bad Apple Wars game. The video previews the game's story. Aksys Games released the game for the PlayStation Vita on Friday, after a delay from its original September 29 release date. The company describes the game: After a sudden car accident on her...
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Ditto Transforms Into All Your Necessary Household Goods

Ditto has been a busy Pokemon, attempting to infiltrate the video game giant's plush brand and the Pikachu-centric parade in Yokohama. There's something about the creature's simplistic facial expression that appeals to fans, and so his stealthy merchandise domination continues with more and more variants. Pokemon Centers caught on to the craze and went a step further, imaging if Ditto could trans...
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Altair: A Record of Battles ‒ Episodes 13-14

Our coverage of Altair concludes this season, as this ambitious show unfortunately rushes through the start of its next arc.
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Ikuto Yamashita's Evangelion Anima Novels With Alternate Ending Get Print Book Release in Japan

Eva Info, the official site for Evangelion-related news and information, revealed on October 5 that Kadokawa will publish Ikuto Yamashita's Evangelion ANIMA 1 and Evangelion ANIMA 2 novels in book form on November 30 in Japan to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the novel series. Yamashita serialized the two novels in Dengeki Hobby Magazine in 2008-2013. The novels offer a "what if" alternate en...
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A Silent Voice Ticket Giveaway

Eleven Arts Pictures is bringing A Silent Voice to select US and Canadian theaters starting October 20! In order to celebrate, Eleven Arts Pictures has share with ANN 3 pairs of tickets and some other wonderful gifts to give away to our readers. ― Eleven Arts Anime Studios is bringing A Silent Voice to select US and Canadian theaters starting October 20! In order to celebrate, Eleven Arts Animation ...
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The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! TV Anime Reveals Theme Song Artists, More of Staff, January Debut

Machico, Miku Itō sing opening, ending; Kenji Kawai scores music for shogi story ― The official website for the television anime of Shiratori Shirow and Shirabi's The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! (Ryūō no Oshigoto!) light novel series updated on Saturday with the theme song artists, additional staff members, January 2018 premiere information, a key visual, and character designs. Machico is singing the ...
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Series Premiere: GARO Vanishing Line—Episodes 1-2

"GARO's first episode reaches ludicrous heights, but its sophomore slump is more of a misfire."
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Season Premiere: Yuki Yuna is a Hero Season 2—Episodes 1-2

"This series could still reach the heights of its predecessor's power, but it's off to a milder start and isn't quite there yet."
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The Real Shirobako: Talking With an Average Anime Production Assistant

2014's Shirobako follows the life of an anime production assistant, so we sat down with a real one to ask her about her job.
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Series Premiere: Recovery of an MMO Junkie—Episodes 1-2

"Keep an eye on this one, as it could certainly carve out a niche for itself with its solid character writing and direction."
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Black Clover GN 8

Even if it's not the most original Shonen Jump adventure, Black Clover has gotten good at working with what it's got. Rebecca Silverman get into this saga's eighth volume. ― As a shounen fantasy action series, Black Clover is obviously derivative. There are clear elements of both the story and art that seem lifted from Fairy Tail, The Seven Deadly Sins, Dragonball, and several others, to the point wh...
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Kazune Kawahara Draws 2-Page Side Story for Sensei! Manga

Live-action film adaptation of manga opens in Japan on October 28 ― The November issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine published a two-page side story by Kazune Kawahara for her Sensei! manga on Friday. The side story is set a number of years after the ending of the original manga. The side story commemorates the opening of Sensei! ...Suki ni Natte mo Ii desu ka? (Teacher! ...Is it All Right...
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ICv2: U.S. Manga Sales Up 29% in 2016

Growth in Pokémon manga, multiple genres cited as factor ― Milton Griepp, CEO of comics industry news source ICv2, stated on October 5 that manga sales in the United States increased 29% to US$110 million in 2016, compared to 2015. Griepp reported the number during the ICv2 Insider Sessions conference that the company regularly holds during New York Comic Con. While Griepp credited Viz Media's Pokémo...
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Chūka Ichiban!/Cooking Master Boy Manga Gets Sequel in November

Manga is sequel to manga about battling Chinese gourmet chefs ― Manga creator Etsushi Ogawa announced on Saturday that he will launch a sequel manga series to his Chūka Ichiban! (Cooking Master Boy) manga series titled Chūka Ichiban! Kiwami on Kodansha's Magazine Pocket app in November. New chapters of the manga will appear every two weeks. The original manga is set during a fictitious 19th century C...
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Mary and The Witch's Flower Lead Actress Hana Sugisaki Awarded at BIFF

Sugisaki wins Face of Asia award for up and coming Asian performers ― The Busan International Film Festival in South Korea awarded Japanese actress Hana Sugisaki with its Face of Asia award for her performance as the main character Mary in Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi's Mary and the Witch's Flower anime film. The award honors up-and-coming Asian actors and actresses. The film had its debut s...
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Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux Promo Video Teases Fake Jack Frost/Pyro Jack Platformer

3DS remake of DS game slated for October 26 in Japan ― Atlus began streaming a short promotional video on Friday for Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux, the Nintendo 3DS remake of its Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Nintendo DS game. The video shows animated clips from gameplay. The video also briefly advertises the game as a side-scrolling action game featuring Jack Frost and Pyro Jack, b...
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Kickstarter Launches for English Translation of Order Land! Game

Project seeks to release game on Steam, Xbox Live, Switch ― Game manufacturer Poisoft opened a Kickstarter campaign for an English-language release of its Order Land! role-playing and simulation game on Thursday. If the project reaches its 5 million yen (about US$44,573) goal by November 11, the game will get an English release in North America and Europe on PC via Steam, Xbox Live, and Nintendo Swit...
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Crayon Shin-chan's 26th Anime Film Revealed for 2018

Film set in Chinatown features kung-fu action ― The staff of the Crayon Shin-chan anime announced the franchise's 26th anime film on Friday. The film, titled Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Bakumori! Kung-Fu Boys ~Ramen Tairan~ (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Bakumori! Kung-Fu Boys Ramen Rebellion), will open in Japan during the Golden Week spring holidays in 2018. The kung-fu action film will be set in a Chinato...
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4th Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film Reveals Title, Visual, January 27 Opening

4th film in 7-part series to center on Yamato reaching Telezart ― The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project revealed information about the fourth film in the project on Saturday. The fourth film is subtitled "Tenmei-hen" (Karma Chapter), and it will open in Japan...

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Game Developer Cave Teases New Project

Game developer Cave (DoDonPachi Resurrection, Akai Katana) announced a new project currently titled "3jus" on Friday. The company opened a teaser website with a visual and introduction by writer Yūri Shibamura (Gunparade March, Touken Ranbu Online). The introduction teases the start of a war born out of the majority's discontent with exploitation from the rich and powerful minority. War begins, th...
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Diabolik Lovers More,Blood Stage Play Reveals New Main Cast

3rd stage play for franchise opens January 24-28 in Japan ― The official website for the stage play adaptations of the Diabolik Lovers anime and game franchise announced the main cast for the third stage play, Diabolik Lovers More,Blood, on Friday. Two of the cast members are returning from the previous play, but most of the cast members are new. Kazuhara Ara as Ayato Sakamaki (replacing Taiki Yamaza...
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March comes in like a lion Season 2's English-subtitled Trailer Streamed

Series premieres Saturday ― Aniplex began streaming a new English-subtitled trailer for the second season of March Comes in like a Lion anime series on Friday. The second season of March comes in like a lion premiered on NHK channels on Saturday, October 14, and Crunchyroll will stream the series in some territories beginning on the same day. The show will have 22 episodes. The second season features...
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Voice Actor Kouki Uchiyama Discusses My Hero Academia's 3rd Season

The official website of the My Hero Academia anime posted a special interview with Tomura Shigaraki's voice actor Kouki Uchiyama on Friday. Uchiyama discussed his work on both previous seasons of the anime as well as the upcoming third season. In response to a question asking if he knows what will happen to Shigaraki in the next season, Uchiyama said: Shigaraki is not a character who appears every...
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Series Premiere: Kino's Journey the Beautiful World—Episodes 1-2

"Going forward, I hope that this adaptation will follow the first episode's example rather than the second's."
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Viewster Adds Night on the Galactic Railroad, Street Fighter II Films

Both films streaming in Japanese, English ― Viewster is now streaming the Night on the Galactic Railroad and Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie anime films. Both are available in Japanese with English subtitles and with the English dubs. Kenji Miyazawa's 1934 novel Ginga Tetsudō no Yoru (Night on the Galactic Railroad) inspired the 1985 anime film directed by Gisaburo Sugii. Central Park Media and...
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Man with a Mission's Music Video Shows Off Inuyashiki's Action

The wolf-mask wearing band Man with a Mission performed the opening theme song "My Hero" for this season's Inuyashiki sci-fi action anime series by MAPPA. In the music video for the song, footage of the band is interspersed with scenes from the television anime. No word if the band choice was at all influenced by the title of the anime series, but we'd like to think so. Man with a Mission previous...
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Tokyo Xanadu eX+ Ships on December 8 in N. America

No release date announced for PC version ― Aksys Games announced on Friday that it will release the PlayStation 4 game Tokyo Xanadu eX+, the enhanced version of Nihon Falcom's Tokyo Xanadu game, in North America on December 8. Tokyo Xanadu EX+ will also get a PC release, but Aksys Games has not yet announced the release date. The limited edition release for PlayStation 4 includes a White Shroud statu...
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Manga Characters Dress Up as Kaito Kid for Halloween Project

Shogakukan's manga characters are getting in the Halloween spirit. The main characters of ten series are dressing up as Magic Kaito's Kaito Kid for the publisher's Halloween promotion this year. A website for the campaign opened on Friday. In addition to Magic Kaito, the manga participating in the project are Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san, Queens Quality, Shitsuji-tachi no Chinmoku, Koi Furu Colorful...
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K: Missing Kings Stage Play Commercial Streamed

Performances to be held October 19-22 in Kyoto, October 26-29 in Tokyo ― Marvelous began streaming a 15-second commercial for K: Missing Kings stage play on Friday. The video shows clips from performance. The performances will take place at the Kyoto Theater on October 19-22 and at the Galaxy Theater in Tokyo on October 26-29. The play will also get live viewing screenings at theaters in Japan, Hong ...
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NANA's Ai Yazawa Draws Commercial Artwork for JUJU's Latest Single

Manga Artist Ai Yazawa has created new artwork for singer JUJU's latest single Iiwake. Yazawa's character artwork was used for the album's latest commercial. It starts out in monochrome and is slowly colored in over the course of the commercial. Yazawa said she received a request to create the art, so she listened to the song and its lyrics on repeat all day until the point that she could sing alo...
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Koei Tecmo Previews Nintendo Switch Ports of 3 Warriors Titles in Video

Games ship in Japan on November 9 ― Koei Tecmo began streaming a promotional video for its Nintendo Switch ports of Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires (Shin Sangoku Musou 7: Empires), Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada (Sengoku Musou ~Sanada Maru~), and Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (Musō Orochi 2 Ultimate) on Friday. The video previews the games in that order. All three games will ship on November 9 in Japan....
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ANNCast - Fall 2017 Anime Roundup

Zac and Jacob run through as many Fall 2017 anime season premieres as they can, from Ancient Magus Bride to Inuyashiki, and have nothing but hot takes for you. Plus twitter time! ― ANNCast Episode 308 - Fall 2017 Anime Roundup Zac and Jacob run through as many Fall 2017 anime season premieres as they can, from Ancient Magus Bride to Inuyashiki, and have nothing but hot takes for you. Plus twitter ti...
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Series Premiere: Just Because!—Episodes 1-2

"Just Because! has demonstrated a remarkable ability to breathe life into all its characters so far."
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Boruto & Naruto Prank Kami-Usagi Rope in TOHO Cinema Ads

Boruto and Naruto are pranking paper rabbit Rope and his quick-tempered squirrel friend Akira in new ads to promote TOHO Cinemas. The ad was created specifically to promote the new theater opening in Ueno on November 4. In the ad, Boruto asks Rope and Akira about the new cinema, but before they answer another Boruto appears with the same question, then another, and finally Naruto, too. The ads are...

2nd Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Film's Title, 2018 Debut Revealed

Trilogy's 2nd film titled Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, the first film in the three-part Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film project, opened on Saturday, and it ends with a teaser trailer for the second film. According to the trailer, Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly will debut in 2018. The first film will ...
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Sold-Out Mr. Osomatsu Magazine Issue Gets 'Unprecedented' Reprinting

Both the animated siblings from Mr. Osomatsu and the real-world actors behind their voices are gracing magazine shelves this month in Japan. Kadokawa Media Factory's book and manga news magazine Da Vinci is getting an "unprecedented" additional printing due to demand. The November issue featuring Mr. Osomatsu voice actors on the cover shipped on October 6 and sold out in stores soon after going on...
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Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto English Dub Stars Houston Hayes

Full cast, dubbed clip revealed ― Sentai Filmworks announced the full English dub cast for Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto on Friday. The company also began streaming the first of three English dub clips. The cast includes: Houston Hayes as Sakamoto Greg Ayres as Kubota Andrew Love as Atsushi Adam Noble as Kenken Gabriel Regojo as Mario Genevieve Simmons as Fujita Ty Mahany as 8823 (Hayabusa) Chris P...
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Chaos;Child PS4/PS Vita Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launched on Friday in Europe, ships on October 24 in N. America ― Game publisher PQube began streaming a launch trailer for its English-language release of the Chaos;Child PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Friday. The game shipped in Europe on Friday, and PQube will release the game in North America on October 24. The game is available physically and digitally on both platforms. A "Giga...
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Thermae Romae's Mari Yamazaki Honored With Order of the Star of Italy

Yamazaki is 1st Japanese manga creator to receive honor ― The Italian government conferred manga creator Mari Yamazaki with the Order of the Star of Italy, Commendatore (Commander, third class) decoration at the Italian ambassador's residence in Tokyo on Friday. The president of Italy confers the order to expatriates or foreigners who have contributed to the growth of Italian culture and friendly rel...
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Answerman - Is Anime Streaming Consumer-Friendly?

Justin follows up Wednesday's Answerman with a conversation about competition, service and consumer friendliness in the world of anime streaming. ― On Wednesday I wrote about the current state of anime streaming to North America, and how it might be better than there being a single place to stream everything, because that would've created a monopoly. While the column was fairly well-received, there ...

Manga Creator Enaga Takabatake Passes Away

29-year-old creator passed away due to stroke in August ― The Japan Cartoonists Association revealed on Thursday that manga creator Enaga Takabatake passed away due to a stroke on August 21. Takabatake was 29. The family held a funeral on August 24 and a Buddhist memorial service on October 7. Takabatake began publishing manga online under the pen name "President Takabatake" in high school. Takabatak...
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Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film's Latest Subtitled Clip Shows Kaneki Fleeing from Rize

Movie will screen in select theaters in U.S. from October 16-22 ― Funimation began streaming a new English-subtitled clip from the live-action Tokyo Ghoul film on Thursday. The clip shows Kaneki's struggle to flee from Rize, who plans to devour him. The movie will screen in select U.S. theaters from October 16-22. Tickets and showtimes can be found on the Funimation website. The film premiered on Jul...
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Kaiji Gambling Manga Gets Variety Program in December

Contestants to participate in "life reversal battles" to win money ― TBS opened an official website on Friday for a variety program inspired by Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Kaiji manga. The program, titled Jinsei Gyakuten Battle Kaiji (Life Reveral Battle Kaiji), is slated to air at the end of the year. Participants on the program will take on "life reversal battles" inspired by challenges in the manga. Some ...
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The New Chapter of Digimon Adventure tri is all About the Crushing Weight of Responsibility

Though that’s not to say it doesn’t have its fair share of giant monster battles.
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Amanchu! ‒ Episode 13

If you enjoyed the easygoing misadventures of Hikari, Futaba, and the rest of the Diving Club back in 2016, odds are you'll eat up this bonus installment of Amanchu!
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Swery65 to Launch New Crowdfunding Campaign for The Good Life Game Before Year Ends

Fig crowdfunding campaign ended on Thursday without reaching goal ― Game developer Hidetaka Suehiro (also known as Swery or Swery65) posted a message regarding the crowdfunding campaign for developer White Owls' proposed game The Good Life on Thursday. The game's Fig crowdfunding campaign failed to reach its US$1,500,000 goal and ended on Thursday. Suehiro outlined his perceived reasons for the campa...
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Cineplex Lists Canadian Screenings for A Silent Voice Anime Film in November

Also: Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles screens film on October 16 ― Canadian theater chain Cineplex is listing that it will screen the A Silent Voice anime film in Canada in November. The locations and showtimes are available on the Cineplex website. All screenings will be in Japanese audio with English subtitles and will begin on November 10, although exact screening dates vary by theater. Naoko Y...
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Major 2nd Manga Gets TV Anime

Sequel series starring son of protagonist of 1st manga premiered in 2015 ― The cover of this year's 47th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga is getting a television anime adaptation. The magazine's 46th issue had teased on Wednesday that the 47th issue would have an "important announcement" for the manga. The 47t...
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Toji no Miko Anime to Air for 6 Months, Reveals Theme Song Artists

6 main cast members perform both themes for series premiering in January ― The official website for Studio Gokumi's original anime project Toji no Miko (The Shrine Maiden Swordwielders) announced on Friday that the series will air for six months from January to June 2018. The anime will air on Tokyo MX, MBS, BS11, and AT-X. The site also revealed the show's theme song artists on Friday. Voice actress...
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Tubi TV Streams Mr. Osomatsu Anime's 2nd Season

Crunchyroll, Viz Media also stream sequel series that premiered on October 2 ― North American streaming service Tubi TV began streaming the first episode of the second season of the Mr. Osomatsu television anime series on Thursday. The anime premiered in Japan on October 2, and Crunchyroll began streaming the series on the same day. Viz Media's website is also streaming the series. Viz Media acquired...
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go90 Streaming Service Adds All 4 Seasons of Hell Girl Anime

Anime available in Japanese with English subtitles ― Verizon Media's go90 streaming service began streaming all four seasons of the Hell Girl anime (which includes the recent Hell Girl: Fourth Twilight) on Thursday. All four seasons are available in Japanese with English subtitles. Stories in the Hell Girl franchise usually begin with bullied or tormented people accessing the Hell Correspondence webs...
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Kouji Kikkawa Performs Ending Song for Mazinger Z: Infinity Film

Film opens in Japan in January ― The official website for the upcoming Gekijōban Mazinger Z / Infinity (Movie Version Mazinger Z: Infinity) anime film announced on Thursday that Kouji Kikkawa (seen left in picture below) will perform the film's ending theme song "The Last Letter." Kikkawa commented that the song was made with the image of a pilot and his robot going beyond their limits and sharing a ...
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Juné to Exclusively Publish Sakira's Ore Miko! Manga

Manga by boys love manga creator slated for spring 2018, 1st chapter previewed ― The official Twitter account for Digital Manga Inc.'s Juné imprint revealed on Thursday that boys love manga creator Sakira is launching an exclusive project with Juné for a manga titled Ore Miko!. The manga is slated for a spring 2018 release, and the first chapter is available to preview on Juné's site. Juné also annou...
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Servamp Manga Has 'Big Announcement' in November

The November issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine revealed on Friday that Strike Tanaka's Servamp manga will have a "big announcement" in the magazine's next issue on November 15. Seven Seas Entertainment publishes the manga in North America, and it describes the manga: When a stray black cat named Kuro crosses Mahiru Shirota's path, the high school freshman's life will never be the sam...

Basilisk Sequel Anime's Cast, Staff, January Premiere Revealed

Tasuku Hatanaka, Inori Minase, more star in anime by Seven Arcs Pictures, Vivid Strike!'s Junji Nishimura ― The official website for Basilisk ~Ōka Ninpōchō~ – the television anime adaptation of Masaki Yamada's Ōka Ninpōchō Basilisk Shinshō (Ōka Ninja Scrolls Basilisk New Chapter) novels – revealed the anime's cast, staff, new visual, and January premiere date on Friday. The cast includes (Note: Chara...
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1st Peace Maker Kurogane Anime Film's Teaser Video Previews Animation

1st film slated for June 2018 ― The official website for the two-part anime film series based on Nanae Chrono's Peace Maker Kurogane manga began streaming a teaser video for Peace Maker Kurogane - Omou-michi (Path of Thoughts), the first film in the series, on Friday. The video previews the animation. The first film is slated for June 2, 2018. The second film, titled Peace Maker Kurogane - Yūmei (Fat...

Ashita no Joe Manga Inspires New TV Anime With Orignal Story in Spring 2018

You Moriyama directs story about underground boxer to celebrate manga's 50th anniversary ― Ikki Kajiwara (pen name Asao Takamori) and Tetsuya Chiba's Ashita no Joe manga is inspiring a new television anime series that will premiere in spring 2018. The anime is titled Megalobox, and while it is based on Ashita no Joe, it will tell an original story. The anime is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the...
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Hakumei to Mikochi Anime Premieres in January

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Takuto Kashiki's Hakumei to Mikochi: Tiny little life in the woods (Hakumei and Mikochi) manga revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere in January. The manga follows the titular characters Hakumei and Mikochi, two nine-centimeter-tall (about 3.5-inch-tall) dwarf girls who live deep in a forest, making their home in the hollow of a ...
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Crunchyroll Adds More Catalog Titles, March comes in like a lion Season 2 Streaming Details

Danganronpa 3, .hack//Legend of the Twilight, Dragonaut added ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that its simulcast of the second March comes in like a lion anime season will premiere on Saturday, October 14 at 12:30 p.m. EDT, about one hour later than the premiere time previously listed on the website. The stream will be available in North America, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zea...
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