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Nisekoi 2 Sub.Blu-Ray 2

Nisekoi's second season comes to a close with no romantic resolution in sight, but is the journey more important than the destination? Theron Martin investigates. ― This release covers the second half of the series – episodes 7-12. This run of episodes is average by franchise standards, including both the weakest entries of the season and one of the strongest. Aside from a sad magical girl parody don...
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ANNCast - A Thousand Miles

Zac and Jacob welcome Crunchyroll brand manager Miles Thomas to goof around for an entire hour about Danganronpa, Orange, Re:Zero, cake vs pastry donuts and much much more! ― ANNCast Episode 270: A Thousand Miles Zac and Jacob welcome Crunchyroll brand manager Miles Thomas to goof around for an entire hour about Danganronpa, Orange, Re:Zero, cake vs pastry donuts and much much more! You can listen t...
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That Wolf-Boy is Mine! GN 1

This first volume of Yoko Nagiri's supernatural shojo story is a cut above the pack thanks to its thoughtful take on old tropes. Rebecca Silverman takes a closer look. ― Literature is rife with mildly embarrassing titles obscuring really enjoyable books – just look at the romance section of any bookstore. Yoko Nagiri's That Wolf-Boy is Mine joins their ranks with this first volume. Despite its title,...
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Charlotte Blu-Ray 1

Renowned visual novel writer Jun Maeda returns to anime for his first series since Angel Beats! Nick Creamer investigates the opening beats of Charlotte. ― Jun Maeda is one of the more high-profile creators in anime circles, though he didn't initially build his reputation in anime at all. Maeda is instead largely famous for his visual novels - he was a central player in building KEY's reputation, whe...
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Monday, August 29

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Toei Animation, Koei Tecmo's Gust Brand Collaborate on Original Project

Preview event on September 16 in Tokyo to reveal more details about project launching this fall ― Toei Animation and Koei Tecmo Games' Gust brand (Atelier, Nights of Azure game series) launched a website on Monday to announce they are collaborating on a completely original project. The project is the first collaboration between the two companies, and will launch this fall. The two companies will host...
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Starmyu 2nd OVA's Ad Reveals Musical Parts By Team Ōtori, Team Hiragi

2nd OVA with extra video featuring Kao Kai ships in Japan on September 21 ― The official website of the Starmyu anime series began streaming a commercial for the second of its two-part original video anime (OVA) on Monday. The ad reveals that the second OVA will include the "✩✩Eien✭STAGE✩✩" (by Team Ōtori) and "Caribbean Groove" (by Team Hiragi) musical parts, as well as the special "Sing A Song! Mus...
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9th Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play Reveals 12 Cast Members in Costume

Key visual also revealed for play running in Tokyo, Osaka in September-October ― The staff of the ninth stage play adaptation of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal (Yowapeda) manga, titled Butai Yowamushi Pedal ~Hakone Gakuen Shinsedai, Shidō~ (Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play: Hakone Academy New Generation, Start), revealed visuals of the 12 main cast members in costume on Saturday. Keisuke Higashi as Taku...
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The Sacred Blacksmith Manga to End in 2 Chapters

Manga adaptation of Isao Miura's light novel series launched in 2009 ― Artist Kōtarō Yamada posted on his Twitter account on Sunday that his manga adaptation of author Isao Miura's The Sacred Blacksmith light novels will conclude in the next two chapters. If the manga is not delayed, it will end in Monthly Comic Alive's December issue on October 27. The manga's ninth compiled book volume previously n...
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Game's Video Shows Bow & Arrow Gameplay

Game slated for release for Nintendo NX, Wii U in 2017 ― The official Twitter account of Nintendo of Europe began streaming a video on Saturday previewing the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game, the newest installment in its The Legend of Zelda game series. The video shows combat using the bow and different types of arrows. Oh the fun you can have with a bow and arrow. #Zelda https...
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Shonen Jump Magazine Launches 11th 'Gold Future Cup' Contest

5 1-shot manga vie for this year's contest ― Shueisha announced in this year's 39th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine that it is hosting its 11th "Gold Future Cup" contest. The yearly contest usually features between four and seven one-shots by up-and-coming artists. Shueisha will publish the five works nominated this year in consecutive issues of Weekly Shonen Jump starting in the magazine's 40th...
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Wake Up, Girls! Performs Shakunetsu no Takkyū Musume Anime's Ending Theme Song

"Bokura no Frontier" theme song's single CD slated for November 25 ― The official website of the television anime adaptation of Yagura Asano's Shakunetsu no Takkyū Musume (Scorching Ping Pong Girls) manga announced on Sunday that voice actress group Wake Up, Girls! is performing the anime's ending theme song "Bokura no Frontier" (Our Frontier). The song's single CD is slated for release on November 2...

Sunday, August 28

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HoneyWorks, TrySail Perform Opening Song for Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o: Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai Film

Film based on HoneyWorks songs also gets Momo Asakura insert song ― The official website of Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o: Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai (I wait for the moment that you love me. Confession Executive Committee), the second anime film inspired by the HoneyWorks musical group's Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai ~Renai Series~ (Confession Executive Committee ~Love Series~) Vocaloid songs, revealed on Sunday th...
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Final Fantasy XV 33-Minute Gameplay Video Previews Japanese Dialogue

Game slated for PS4, Xbox One on November 29 after a delay ― Square Enix began streaming 33 minutes of gameplay from its Final Fantasy XV PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game on Sunday. The video features some of the same gameplay segments as the previously streamed English video, but with Japanese text and dialogue. The game is slated for release on November 29 after a delay. The game will have a Deluxe ...
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Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- ‒ Episode 22

"This episode introduces a curious complication that may help explain how this arc could cover the remaining three episodes of the season."
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Makoto Shinkai's your name. Film Earns Approximately 770 Million Yen in 2 Days

About 590,000 tickets sold in 1st 2 days; film predicted to earn 6 billion yen ― Makoto Shinkai's new your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film earned approximately 770,000,000 yen (about US$7.5 million) and sold approximately 590,000 tickets in its first two days on Friday and Saturday. The film earned about 348 million yen (US$3.41 million) on Friday, and about 422 million yen (US$4.13 million) on Sat...
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Orange ‒ Episode 9

"The group is almost all on the same page now, but that doesn't make handling adolescent romance any easier."
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Mr. Osomatsu Ichigeruge Plush Announced, Includes Attached Laptop

The online anime shop ACOS announced an "Ichigeruge" plush from the recent anime Mr. Osomatsu. It is priced at 1,900 yen, or about US$19, without tax and will be released on December 15. 【#おそ松さん】イチゲルゲのぬいぐるみキーホルダーが登場!立体で再現された姿はゲルゲファン必須アイテム!予約開始です♪https://t.co/WdrSB8KiPs pic.twitter.com/BAqVmEmMxR— アニメイトコスチューム館ACOS (@ACOS_animate) August 24, 2016 The purple, fluffy plush includes a mini attached cl...
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DAYS ‒ Episode 9

"Without the show's one fantastic character in the spotlight, there's not much left to care about."
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Love Live! Sunshine!! ‒ Episode 9

"Overall, this is a delightful, cute, and moving episode."
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Food Wars! The Second Plate ‒ Episode 9

"While we do miss out on most of the food prep, which is a shame, the ending more than makes up for it with Soma's impressive chutzpah."
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Premium Bandai Offers Huggable Pokémon PC Cushions Featuring Eevee, Pikachu

Premium Bandai has announced huggable Eevee PC cushions as part of their new Pokémon-themed PC cushion line. Reservations opened on August 25 and will run until October 31, and the items will be shipped in November. The PC cushions have two detachable parts: an Eevee stuffed animal and an arm rest pillow. Both are made of polyester. The arm rest pillow has a keyboard design on it, with original i...
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Smite Foes in Style with Space Sheriff Gavan's Laser Blade

Gavan Dynamic! ― If you've been itching to vanquish evil lately but just don't have a cool enough weapon for it, never fear: Tamashii Lab, which fashions collectible items from Bandai properties, has developed the laser blade from the iconic 1980s action show Space Sheriff Gavan. Kenji Ohba, the actor who portrayed Gavan, is summoned to test out the sword. He is very impressed, especially with its s...
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Naval City of Yokosuka Uses High School Fleet to Draw Tourists

Models efforts after Ōarai's success with Girls und Panzer ― The popular spring 2016 anime High School Fleet is set in Yokosuka, a Tokyo suburb with an American naval base and Japanese naval port and training facilities. To capitalize on being showcased in the anime, the city is promoting its connections to the show and attracting tourists interested in cute high school girls and the military. High S...
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New Macross Game App Is a Rhythm Game Slated for Next Spring

Songstresses from franchise's 34-year history teased ― A television commercial debuted on Sunday, and it revealed more details on DeNA's new smartphone game app based on the Macross anime franchise. Uta Macross Sma-Pho De-Culture (Song Macross Smartphone De-Culture) is a rhythm game launching next spring. The commercial says that songstresses from throughout the history of the Macross franchise will ...
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Japanese Readers Choose Shonen Jump's Worst Heroines

Unexpected "winner" ― Heroines in shōnen manga tend to be nice girls, sometimes with combat abilities, who usually end up falling in love with the hero. Like any protagonists, they're supposed to be likeable and relatable... but sometimes we get characters who are anything but: lazy, brutal, arrogant, incompetent, and/or selfish. To designate the worst heroines in Weekly Shonen Jump's history, the ed...
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Natsuki Hanae Performs New Ending Theme For The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Anime Starting in October

Voice actor, singer performs current opening theme ― This year's 39th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that The Disastrous Life of Saiki K., the television anime adaptation of Shūichi Asō's Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan manga, will get a new ending theme song titled "Kokoro" (Heart) for its late-night broadcast by Natsuki Hanae starting in October. The song's single will sh...
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Kuroko's Basketball Extra Game Film's Title Revealed

Tadatoshi Fujimaki writes "original episode" for film opening in spring 2017 ― This year's 39th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing the title of the anime film adaptation of Tadatoshi Fujimaki's Kuroko no Basuke Extra Game on Monday. The film is titled Gekijōban Kuroko no Basuke Last Game (Kuroko's Basketball The Movie: Last Game). The magazine also revealed a second teaser v...
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Rewrite ‒ Episode 9

"For all the serious matters being explained, the episode still finds room for some fun."
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Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama Fantasy RPG App Gets Anime Shorts & TV Anime

Kenichi Suzumura, Ayumu Murase, Showtaro Morikubo, Sōichirō Hoshi, Mamoru Miyano, Daiki Yamashita voice princes ― The Summer Festival 2016 event for GCREST's Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama (The Kingdom of Dreams and the 100 Sleeping Princes or "Yume-100" for short) smartphone puzzle role-playing game announced on Sunday that two major anime adaptation projects are launching. A series of a...
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Handa-kun ‒ Episode 8

"While this episode is amusing from time to time, it doesn't reach the heights of humor that I was hoping it would."
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Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Despair Arc ‒ Episode 7

"The Benadryl Blood Flood has finally come crashing down on the Despair Arc, continuing this prequel's inevitable plunge into hell."

Girls & Panzer Anime Gets 'Final Chapter' Sequel

Announced with promo video at "Girls & Panzer Heartful Tank Carnival II" on Sunday ― The "Girls & Panzer Heartful Tank Carnival II" event announced on Sunday that production on a Girls & Panzer anime sequel titled Girls & Panzer Saishūshō (Girls & Panzer: The Final Chapter) has been green-lit. The promotional video that made the announcement featured the following screenshots: The cast of Anglerfish ...

Makoto Shinkai's your name. Film Gets Release in 85 Countries, Regions

Latest film by 5 Centimeters per Second, The Garden of Words director opened in Japan on Friday ― The staff of Makoto Shinkai's new your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film announced at a stage greeting event in Tokyo on Sunday that the film will be distributed in 85 countries and regions. Anime Expo hosted the film's world premiere on July 3 in Los Angeles. Shinkai attended the screening. The film ope...
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Mr. Osomatsu Stage Play Reveals Cast in Costume for Iyami, Chibita, Totoko, Hatabō

Mitsu Murata, Kimeru, more join cast for play running in Tokyo, Osaka in September-October ― The official website for the Osomatsu-san on STAGE ~SIX MEN'S SHOW TIME~ stage play adaptation of the Mr. Osomatsu anime series revealed four more cast members in costume on Saturday. Mitsu Murata as Iyami Kimeru as Chibita Ran Sakai as Totoko Yūya Hara as Hatabō The play's staff had released pictures of the ...
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Final Fantasy XV Spinoff Game Justice Monsters Five Arrives on iOS/Android on August 30

The staff of the Final Fantasy XV game announced during a "Final Fantasy XV powered by Dengeki PS Premium Event" livestream event on Sunday that the Justice Monsters Five smartphone spinoff pinball game will arrive in Japan, America, and Europe on iOS and Android on August 30. The game's official English Twitter account had stated in June that the game would arrive on iOS and Android at the end of...
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Persona 5 Game's New 'Short Movie' Shows Protagonist at Public Bath

Long soak helps protagonist increase stats in RPG shipping in Japan on September 15 ― Atlus' official YouTube channel began streaming a new "short movie" video on Saturday for the upcoming Persona 5 game, featuring the protagonist at a public bath. In the video, the protagonist is in the public bath and thinking that maybe it's because there are few customers today, but the water is lukewarm. He then...

Saturday, August 27

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SCREEN mode Performs Bungō Stray Dogs Anime's New Opening Theme

Band streams music video for new song debuting with anime's 2nd half in October ― The official website for the band SCREEN mode announced on Saturday that the duo will perform the opening theme song "Reason Living" for the second half of the television anime adaptation of Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's Bungō Stray Dogs manga. SCREEN mode previously performed theme songs for the Food Wars! The Sec...
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Thunderbolt Fantasy ‒ Episode 8

"While our party has decided that they've figured out the twist, I suspect that it won't be so cut and dry."

Berserk Musou Game's Latest Gameplay Videos Highlight Casca, Judeau

Wyald added as playable character for game shipping in Japan on October 27 ― Koei Tecmo Games began streaming two new gameplay videos on Saturday for its Berserk Musou game that highlight the playable characters Casca and Judeau. The site previously streamed gameplay videos for Guts and Griffith earlier this month. The game's official site also announced on Friday that the character Wyald is joining ...
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Square Enix Reveals Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival Arcade Game

Rhythm-action arcade game launches in Japan on September 27 ― Square Enix opened a website on Saturday to announce the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival arcade game. The game will launch in Japanese arcades on September 27. Square Enix is streaming an announcement trailer for the game. Square Enix had teased a possible arcade version of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy in February. The first Final...
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Final Fantasy Type-0's Ace Joins Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade Game

New "Conflict of the Gods" event also announced ― Square Enix announced on Saturday at the "Dissidia Summer Festival" event in Chiba that the Final Fantasy Type-0 character Ace will join the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade game as a playable character. His Type will be Shoot. Square Enix also announced the "Conflict of the Gods" update, which will feature players aligning with either the god Spiritus (...
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Amanchu! ‒ Episode 8

"This week's dual-segment Amanchu! presents us with two separate character studies, giving the audience a chance to view Ai and Futaba through the eyes of Makoto and Hikari."
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Square Enix Reveals Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia Smartphone Game

Newest game in Dissidia series arrives this year for iOS, Android ― Square Enix opened a website on Saturday to announce the Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia smartphone game. Square Enix is also streaming a teaser trailer for the game. The game's current character roster includes: Warrior of Light (Final Fantasy), Firion (Final Fantasy II), Onion Knight (Final Fantasy III), Cecil Harvey (Final Fant...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable ‒ Episode 22

"This is the point in the series where it's clear that we're more or less done establishing the town of Morioh."
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Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara Gets 10th Anniversary Exhibition

Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara will hold its first exhibition in Harajuku's Laforet Museum for one week in November. The exhibition is Khara's first and will commemorate the studio's 10th anniversary. The event will showcase production materials from the Evangelion films and Japan Animator Expo. The exhibition will run from November 23-30. Anno founded Khara to produce the four-film remake of his Eva...
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Give Your Hair Virtual Idol Shine with Hatsune Miku-Endorsed Lux Products

Virtual idol Hatsune Miku is promoting shiny, straight hair as the spokesmodel for Lux shampoo and conditioner. In an upcoming commercial, Miku sees Ghost in the Shell star Scarlett Johansson in video billboard for Lux Straight & Beauty shampoo and conditioner and decides to use the products herself. The commercial will premiere on August 30 and feature Miku without her trademark twintails. "Hello...
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Cocktail Prince Mobile Game Streams 3 Character Videos

Cocktail Prince, the upcoming smartphone game by Geechs that revolves around a cast of attractive young male bartenders who all represent cocktails, is streaming three voice videos for its characters Kiss in the Dark, Pink Lady, and Seventh Heaven. The characters are voiced by Takuya Satou, Mutsumi Tamura, and Daiki Yamashita. Kiss in the Dark Voiced by: Takuya Satou A man with an adult sex appeal...
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Tiger Mask W Wrestling Anime Reveals Voice Cast's Roles, October Premiere

Taku Yashiro cast as protagonist Tiger Mask, Yuichiro Umehara cast as Tiger the Dark ― The staff of Toei Animation's new Tiger Mask W (pronounced "Double") anime based on Ikki Kajiwara and Naoki Tsuji's Tiger Mask manga revealed the roles for each of the previously announced cast members during TV Asahi's "Roppongi Hills Natsu Matsuri Summer Station" event on August 17. The official website has been ...
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Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet's Latest English Trailer Reveals Yukari as Playable Character

PS4 game ships in N. America on September 6, in Europe on September 9 ― NIS America's official YouTube channel began streaming a new trailer on Friday for the Touhou Gensou Rondo: Bullet Ballet PlayStation 4 game that reveals that Yukari is a playable character in the game. The video also features Yukari's theme song "Necrofantasia." NISA had conducted a character poll in May that allowed players to ...
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Nisekoi 2 Sub.Blu-Ray 2

Nisekoi's second season comes to a close with no romantic resolution in sight, but is the journey more important than the destination? Theron Martin investigates. ― This release covers the second half of the series – episodes 7-12. This run of episodes is average by franchise standards, including both the weakest entries of the season and one of the strongest. Aside from a sad magical girl parody don...
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MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death PS Vita Game's 2nd English Story Trailer Streamed

Compile Heart's dungeon-crawling game ships in N. America on September 13, in Europe on September 16 ― Idea Factory International began streaming the second English story trailer on Friday for its upcoming release of Compile Heart's MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death (MeiQ no Chika ni Shisu) PlayStation Vita game. Idea Factory International previously streamed the first story trailer and opening movie earlier ...
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Gust's Nights of Azure Game Gets Sequel For PS4, PS Vita on December 22

Production I.G's Jun'ichi Fujisaku supervises story for sequel RPG ― Koei Tecmo Games' Gust brand revealed on Thursday that its Nights of Azure (Yoru no Nai Kuni) game is getting a sequel titled Yoru no Nai Kuni 2~Shingetsu no Hanayome~ (The Country Without a Night 2: The New Moon's Bride). The game will ship for both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on December 22. The game will feature a new ...
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Live-Action Adaptation of The Star of Guidance Novels Not Announced

Kadokawa Haruki Jimusho's official website for Issui Ogawa's Michibiki no Hoshi (Star of Guidance) science-fiction novel series announced on Thursday that an anime project was in development, but did not announce a live-action adaptation. The image that announced the adaptation (pictured above) stated that an "anime project is in development" and added that "a screen adaptation project is in devel...

Zaregoto OVA's 1st Trailer Previews Cast

Yuuki Kaji, Aoi Yuki, more star in 8-part OVA debuting on October 26 ― The official website for the Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregoto Tsukai (Decapitation Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Prankster) OVA project, based on the first novel in NisiOisin's Zaregoto novel series, began streaming the first trailer for the anime on Saturday. (Note: The linked video is region-locked to Japan.) OVA「クビキリサイ...
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Robot, Imagica Make Live-Action/CG Project 'Luna'

8K/HDR project retells Princess Kaguya story in modern Japanese high school ― The anime studio Robot and video post-production company Imagica announced on Saturday that they have partnered to produce a next-generation media project titled "Luna." The project combines live-action and CG images to create a modern retelling of the classic Japanese tale of Princess Kaguya. Production of the 17-minute pr...
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Sayaka Senbongi, Katsuyuki Konishi Join Magic-kyun Renaissance Anime Cast

Also: Akio Ohtsuka, Tarusuke Shingaki, Daisuke Hirakawa, Junko Minagawa, Yukari Tamura ― The official website for the Magic-kyun Renaissance multimedia project announced additional cast members for the television anime on Saturday. The new cast members are: Sayaka Senbongi (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress's Mumei) as Kohana Aigasaki (protagonist) Katsuyuki Konishi (Gurren Lagann's Kamina) as Chieri Tōd...

Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 2 Reveals 2nd Promo Video, Theme Song Artists, New Cast

Character, mech designs also revealed for sequel premiering on October 2 ― The Gundam.info portal revealed more information on Saturday about the second season of the Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans anime, including the sequel show's theme song artists, new cast members, and new character and mech designs. Additionally, the site began streaming a second promotional video for the series on Sa...
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One Piece Film Gold's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Franchise's latest anime film premieres in Australia on September 3 ― Australian distribution company Madman Entertainment began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for One Piece Film Gold on Friday. The film will premiere in Australia on September 3 at Madman Anime Festival. The anime's official Japanese website began streaming the same trailer with no subtitles in May. The video previews the fil...

Friday, August 26

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Pre-Orders Open for Nendoroid Meta Knight from Kirby

Good Smile Company has opened pre-orders for a new Nendoroid Meta Knight figure from the Kirby video game series. Pre-orders will end on September 21, and the figure will be released in March 2017. The figure can assume a variety of poses and is approximately 60mm in height. It comes with a stand and several optional parts, including Meta Knight's cape, wings, and sword, as well as a large slashi...
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Alderamin on the Sky ‒ Episode 8

"Overall, the series seems to be on an upward trend."
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Go Nagai Concert to Feature Music from Mazinger Z, Cutie Honey, Dororon Enma-kun

An orchestral concert featuring music from the works of Go Nagai will be coming to the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre on September 18. It will include songs from variety of his original works, such as Mazinger Z, Devilman, Cutie Honey, and Dororon Enma-kun. The concert will also feature special guest Ichiro Mizuki, who sang the theme songs for Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger, Godannar, Space Pirate Captai...
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Battery the Animation ‒ Episode 7

"The show continues to progress at its usual mild pace."
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Tōken Ranbu: Hanamaru TV Anime Adds 7 Additional Cast Members

2 lead cast members to perform anime's opening theme song ― The official website for Tōken Ranbu: Hanamaru TV anime updated its key visual and cast list on Friday with seven additional characters. The website also announced that Mitsuhiro Ichiki and Toshiki Masuda, who voice Yamatonokami Yasusada and Kashū Kiyomitsu, respectively, will perform the anime's opening theme song. The newly announced cast ...
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Aussie Restaurant Designs Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur-themed Poké-Burgers

The Sydney burger joint Down N' Out is offering new themed burgers featuring the classic Pokémon Pikachu, Charmander, and Bulbasaur. The burgers were designed by Down N' Out's creative director, Ben Kagan, and each comes with a trading card listing its ingredients. Prospective trainers are not given the choice of which burger they want, but are given one randomly. Kagan said, "The flavors and the...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, August 14-20

2 Tokyo Ghoul volumes, 2 Attack on Titan volumes, 2 One-Punch Man volumes, Haikyu!!, Assassination Classroom, One Piece, My Hero Academia The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on August 20. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Tokyo Ghoul #8 Sui Ishida Viz Media 1 2 1Tokyo Ghoul #1 Sui Ishida Viz Media 59 37Attack...
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Sanrio Characters Wish You Happy Birthday in Audio Greeting Cards

Sanrio fan or not, these cute audio greeting cards may at least bring about a smile. Gudetama, Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, Little Twin Stars, and Pom Pom Purin all send birthday wishes when their decorative greeting card opens. Sanrio Japan posted to their YouTube channel the preview videos for each character's card on August 23 along with a seventh card that includes everyone except Gude...
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Magical Girl Raising Project Anime Casts Yōko Hikasa, Inori Minase, More

Asuka Nishi, Risae and Satsumi Matsuda also join cast of October "survival action" anime ― The official website for the television anime of Asari Endō's Mahō Shōjo Ikusei Keikaku (Magical Girl Raising Project) "survival action" light novel series announced five additional cast members on Thursday. The new cast members are: Yōko Hikasa as Ruler Inori Minase as Swim Swim Risae Matsuda as Minael, Yunael...

SHAFT's Zaregoto OVA Reveals Cast, Staff, Theme Songs

Yuuki Kaji, Aoi Yuki star; Sangatsu no Phantasia, Kalafina perform theme songs ― The official website for the Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregoto Tsukai (Decapitation Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Prankster) OVA project, based on the first novel in NisiOisin's Zaregoto novel series, announced the staff, cast, and theme songs on Saturday. The cast includes: Yuuki Kaji as Boku Aoi Yuki as Tomo Yu...
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Working/Wagnaria's New TV Anime Reveals Additional Cast, October Premiere

Momo Asakura, Ari Ozawa, Hiro Shimono, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Kousuke Toriumi join cast ― The official website for WWW.WORKING, the television anime of the web comic Web-ban Working!!, updated with a new key visual and additional cast and staff members on Friday. The website also announced that the series will premiere in October on Tokyo MX and other channels. The first episode will get an advanced scree...
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Leaked Photos Give Potential Look at Live-Action Ghost in the Shell's Section 9 Task Force

Several unconfirmed leaked photos from Rupert Sanders' upcoming live action Ghost in the Shell film have surfaced on the internet, giving a potential look at the costuming for the task force Public Security Section 9. Tawanda Manyimo as the explosives specialist, Borma (sometimes called Boma), showing his trademark optical implants: Yutaka Izumihara as the tactical sniper, Saito: Pilou Asbæk as th...
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Futagashira Live-Action Drama's 2nd Season Previews Actress Nanao in 7 Costumes

Nanao plays Okon, wife of former Akame Gang boss, in show premiering on September 17 ― The official website for the live-action series of Natsume Ono's Futagashira manga revealed a visual on Tuesday of actress Nanao (One Piece Film Gold) in seven different costumes for her character Okon for the second season of the series. Okon is the wife of Tatsugorō, the former boss of the Akame Gang. She maintai...
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Answerman - Do Salarymen Really Read Manga?

Most anime may not be as mainstream in Japan as we would like to believe, but what about manga? Does the average working adult really read comics on the train? ― Vithuyan asks: I have heard that manga is very popular among salary-men in Japan, is that true? Yes. Although most of them are not reading Shonen Jump. Seinen manga magazines ("seinen" literally means youth, but in terms of manga demographi...
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Working/Wagnaria's New TV Anime Streams Videos for Hana, Sayuri

Anime adaptation of web comic spinoff stars Haruka Tomatsu, Yōko Hikasa, more ― The official website for WWW.WORKING, the television anime of the web comic Web-ban Working!!, began streaming two new trailers, each introducing a different character, on Friday. The first video focuses on Hana Miyakoshi (Haruka Tomatsu) and the second video focuses on Sayuri Muranushi (Yōko Hikasa). (Note: The YouTube v...
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This Art Club Has a Problem! ‒ Episode 8

"This Art Club has a Problem may not always know how to handle its side characters, but it continues to do a good enough job with its leads."
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ANNCast - A Thousand Miles

Zac and Jacob welcome Crunchyroll brand manager Miles Thomas to goof around for an entire hour about Danganronpa, Orange, Re:Zero, cake vs pastry donuts and much much more! ― ANNCast Episode 270: A Thousand Miles Zac and Jacob welcome Crunchyroll brand manager Miles Thomas to goof around for an entire hour about Danganronpa, Orange, Re:Zero, cake vs pastry donuts and much much more! You can listen t...
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Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Future Arc ‒ Episode 7

"Even with a one-episode vacation from the main plot, Danganronpa 3 has me on the edge of my seat."
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Pacific Media Expo Hosts Animators Masashi Kudo, Mamoru Yokota

California convention takes place November 11-13 ― The staff for the Pasadena convention Pacific Media Expo announced over the past week that it will host animator and character designers Masashi Kudo and Mamoru Yokota as guests of honor. Kudo made his debut as character designer on the Bleach anime, where he adapted original author Tite Kubo's designs for animation. He has also done design work for ...
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That Wolf-Boy is Mine! GN 1

This first volume of Yoko Nagiri's supernatural shojo story is a cut above the pack thanks to its thoughtful take on old tropes. Rebecca Silverman takes a closer look. ― Literature is rife with mildly embarrassing titles obscuring really enjoyable books – just look at the romance section of any bookstore. Yoko Nagiri's That Wolf-Boy is Mine joins their ranks with this first volume. Despite its title,...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 473

"Minor flaws aside, episode 473 almost brings the Kaguya fight to a close—and that alone is cause for celebration."
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Cygames Announces Project Awakening Game for 'High-End Consumers'

Company also reveals Lost Order smartphone game with staff members Yasumi Matsuno, Akihiko Yoshida ― Cygames (Granblue Fantasy) announced a new game titled Project Awakening at its Cygames Next 2016 event last Sunday. Cygames revealed the game as a "completely new title intended for high-end consumers." The company didn't specify what platform(s) the new game will be for. Cygames is streaming a trail...
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Musical Group ALTIMA Announces Hiatus

Vocalist MAON, former m.o.v.e rapper MOTSU, fripSide producer SAT aim to recharge ― The three-member music unit ALTIMA announced on Friday that they are going on hiatus. The members made the announcement on the first day of the "Animelo Summer Live 2016 -Toki-" concert event at the Saitama Super Arena. They explained that they are "going into a recharging phase to become even bigger." The group forme...

Evangelion's Studio Turns 'Dragon Dentist' Short Into Its 1st TV Special

Animator Expo's 1st short inspires 2-part February special from Khara ― The official website for Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo), the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, revealed on Friday that the project's first short "The Dragon Dentist" is inspiring a feature-length version that will air next February on the NHK BS Prem...
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Dream Festival! Idol Anime's Promo Video Reveals TV Broadcast, October 7 Premiere

Sōma Ishihara, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Masaki Ōta, more star in anime of "2.5D" idol project ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Dream Festival! — the all-male "2.5D idol project" from several Bandai Namco Group companies — began streaming the first promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals that the anime will also get a television broadcast (the anime was originally ann...
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Bungō Stray Dogs Anime's 2nd Half Premieres on October 5

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's Bungō Stray Dogs manga announced on Friday that the anime's second half (starting with the 13th episode) will premiere on Tokyo MX and WOWOW on October 5 at 25:05 (effectively October 6 at 1:05 a.m.). The anime's staff had announced the show's split-season plans in June. The first 12 episodes aired in Ap...
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Shūmatsu no Izetta Original TV Anime Premieres on October 1

The official website for the upcoming original anime Shūmatsu no Izetta (Izetta of the End) revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on October 1 at 11:00 p.m. on AT-X. The anime will also air on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, and BS11. In the story, in 1939, the imperialist nation of Germania launched a sudden invasion of its neighboring countries. This conflagration engulfed all of Europe in one fell ...
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Valkyria: Azure Revolution Game's January 19 Release, PS Vita Version Revealed in Video

Daisuke Ono, Saori Hayami, Maaya Sakamoto, more star in Sega's RPG ― Sega began streaming a new teaser video for the Valkyria: Azure Revolution role-playing game on Friday that reveals the game's January 19 release date in Japan. The video also reveals that the game will also ship for the PlayStation Vita in addition to the previously announced PlayStation 4 version. The game was previously slated fo...
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The Seven Deadly Sins -Signs of Holy War- Anime Special's 2nd Promo Video Previews Original Story

Manga author Nakaba Suzuki writes story for 4-episode anime premiering on August 28 ― The official website for the television anime of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins manga began streaming a second promotional video on Friday for Nanatsu no Taizai -Seisen no Shirushi- (The Seven Deadly Sins -Signs of Holy War-), the four-episode television anime special. The video previews the special's all-new...
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Trick or Alice Video Anime's Promo Previews 1st Episode

1st episode of OVA based on otome game ships on December 22 ― The official website for the original video anime of little cheese's Trick or Alice romance game began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Friday. The video previews the first episode, and reveals that the first episode will ship on December 22. The anime stars: Hikaru Isshiki as Arisa Minase/Alice Homare Kashiwagi as Nao Kur...

Sentai Filmworks to Release Angelic Layer Anime on Blu-ray Disc

Company's December slate also includes Little Busters! EX, My Love Story!!, Wakaba Girl, more ― Section23 Films announced via press release on Thursday that Sentai Filmworks will release the Angelic Layer anime based on CLAMP's original manga on Blu-ray Disc on December 13. The release will include both English and Japanese language tracks and English subtitles. Sentai Filmworks describes the series:...

Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters TV Anime's Trailer, Theme Song Artists Revealed

Amatsuki performs opening theme song, Riho Iida performs ending theme song ― The official website of the Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters anime began streaming a trailer for the anime on Thursday. The trailer introduces Haru and Gatchmon (Note: The Youtube video is region-locked outside of Japan). In addition, the site revealed the anime's theme song artists. Amatsuki will perform the opening theme s...
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Girlish Number Anime's New Visuals, Theme Song Artist Revealed

Main female cast performs both opening, ending theme songs for TV anime premiering on October 6 ― The official website for the television anime of Wataru Watari and QP:flapper's Girlish Number novel project unveiled a new key visual, character visuals, and the theme song artists for the anime on Friday. The main female cast — consisting of Sayaka Senbongi, Kaede Hondo, Yui Ishikawa, Eri Suzuki, and S...
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Magic of Stella TV Anime Premieres on October 3

The official website for the television anime of cloba.U's Magic of Stella (Stella no Mahō) manga revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on AT-X on October 3 at 10:30 p.m. The series will also begin airing on Tokyo MX, MBS, and TV Aichi on October 4, and on BS11 on October 5. The "high school girls x dōjin games" story follows Tamaki Honda, a first-year high school girl who joins a somewh...
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Toshiyuki Morikawa Replaces Keiji Fujiwara in Crayon Shin-chan Anime

Fujiwara takes break for medical treatment; 1st episode with Morikawa airs on Friday ― TV Asahi announced on Friday that Toshiyuki Morikawa (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children's Sephiroth, Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Future Arc's Kyōsuke Munakata, seen right) will replace Keiji Fujiwara in the role of character Hiroshi Nohara in the Crayon Shin-chan anime while Fujiwara is taki...
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Gundam VR Daiba Assault's Promo Video Shows Tohru Furuya Experiencing VR

VR experience launched on Friday at Diver City Tokyo Plaza ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a promotional video on Thursday for the "Gundam VR Daiba Assault" virtual-reality experience. The video features Amuro Ray's voice actor Tohru Furuya as he tries out the experience for himself. The video also reveals clips of the experience from the viewer's eyes, showing that the scene is equipped...
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Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors Game's New Trailer Highlights Yurine

PS Vita game releases September 20 in N. America, September 23 in Europe ― NIS America began streaming on Thursday a trailer for its upcoming Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors PlayStation Vita game, highlighting the character Yurine Kazato. NIS America previously streamed a trailer last Thursday for Kuroe Ise. The company also previously streamed trailers for Lily and Shinoa. NIS America will release th...

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Hinako Note Manga About Girl With Poor Speech Gets TV Anime

Manga launched in Comic Cune supplement in August 2014, 2nd volume slated for Saturday ― The October issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Cune magazine is revealing on Saturday that a television anime adaptation of Mitsuki's Hinako Note manga has been green-lit. The manga centers on titular protagonist Hinako, who is poor at speaking, and lives in a rural part of Japan. She wants to improve her speech t...

Star of Guidance Science Fiction Novels Have Anime Planned for Fall 2018

Range Murata illustrates 4 volumes about spacefaring humanity supporting other civilizations ― Kadokawa Haruki Jimusho's official website for Issui Ogawa's Michibiki no Hoshi (Star of Guidance) science fiction novel series revealed on Thursday that an anime project is in the works. A "screen adaptation" project is in the works for completion in fall of 2018. The site describes the novel series' story...
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Phantasy Star Online 2's Shin Godzilla Event Continues with Wearable Godzilla Suit

A new promotional video has been released for the Shin Godzilla collaboration event in Sega's online role-playing game Phantasy Star Online 2. The event began on August 10 with the Heisei version of Godzilla invading the game lobby, and it will last through September 7. A wearable Godzilla suit and mini Godzilla device appeared on Wednesday. The event also features destroyable-city room goods and ...
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Arc System Works, Story of Seasons Creator Announce Birthdays Game With Western Release Planned

NIS America to localize PS4 god game in N. America, Europe ― Arc System Works announced on Thursday that it is collaborating with Bokujō Monogatari (Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons) game series creator Yasuhiro Wada (TOYBOX Inc.) on a new PlayStation 4 god game, tentatively titled Birthdays. The game ships on January 19, 2017 in Japan. NIS America announced that it will publish the game in North Americ...
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Psyduck Shows Off Dance Moves in Fan-Created Animated Video

An animated video of the perpetually confused water-type Pokémon Psyduck dancing to the song "GOIN'!!!" from The [email protected] Cinderella Girls has been making waves across the internet. The video was created using the freeware program MikuMikuDance, or MMD, which was originally created for the Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku. ポケモンGOIN'!!!コダック マシシ氏 pic.twitter.com/mohOw1mpjr— [email protected] (@enupi_mmd...
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Mia REGINA Performs Opening Theme for Matoi the Sacred Slayer Anime

Group debuted in August, performed ending theme for Momokuri ― The official website for WHITE FOX's original television anime Matoi the Sacred Slayer announced on Wednesday that Mia REGINA will perform the opening theme song "Choumusubi Amyuretto" (Bowknot Amulet). The single will be available for purchase on October 26 for 1,200 yen (roughly US$12). Singers Fūri Uebana, Waka Kirishima, and Risuko Sa...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, August 15-21

5 Centimeters Per Second film airs ― Makoto Shinkai's 5 Centimeters Per Second anime film aired on TV Tokyo on Saturday, August 20 at 3:15 a.m. and earned a 0.6% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV August 21 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 10.1 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi August 19 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 9.1 Doraemon TV Asahi August 19 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 8.7 Chibi Maruko...
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Miss Hokusai Film's New English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Film about Japanese artist screens October 14 in New York, Los Angeles ― Yahoo! Movies began streaming a new English-subtitled trailer for Production IG's Miss Hokusai film on Thursday. Distribution company GKids will release the film in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on October 14, in time for the awards season, and then follow with a broader North American release. GKids' website has a list o...
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Japanese Fan Builds Impressive Gundam Model Using Only Legos

One dedicated Japanese fan, who goes by the handle JAN, has created an impressive model of the RX-78-2 Gundam using only Legos. The model took about 1.5 months to construct, and they worked on it for an average of two hours every day. Even though the model is made of Legos, the joints move, and it can hold its beam rifle and prepare to fire. No adhesive was used to hold the Legos together, and non...
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Rhodanthe* Performs Theme Song for Kin-iro Mosaic/KINMOZA! Special Anime Episode

Group made up of KINMOZA! voice actresses to release single in November ― The official website for the Kin-iro Mosaic (KINMOZA!) anime announced on Thursday that voice actress unit Rodanthe* will perform the theme song for the Kin-iro Mosaic: Pretty Days special episode. The theme song single CD, "Happy * Pretty * Clover," will ship on November 19 and will cost 1,500 yen (roughly US$15). In addition ...
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Madman Streams 2016 Death Note Film's Trailer With English Subtitles

Live-action sequel film screens in Australian theaters this year ― Australian distributor Madman Entertainment began streaming on Thursday an English-subtitled trailer for this year's live-action Death Note sequel film, Death Note Light up the NEW world. The trailer reveals that the film screens in theaters in Australia this year. The website for Madman Anime Festival 2016 also revealed that the even...
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Square Enix's Final Fantasy Tabletop Games Coming to N. America, Europe

Square Enix is bringing the Final Fantasy TCG: Opus 1 tabletop game and a new addition,Chocobo's Crystal Hunt, to Europe in September and North America in October. Previously released in Japan and selling over 3.5 million boosters, Final Fantasy TCG: Opus 1 will be available in a different configuration for its Europe and North America releases. The two player game will be sold in the traditional...
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Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice's Animated Prologue Streamed With English Dub

Demo launches; game slated for September 8 ― Capcom released the eight-minute animated prologue for its Nintendo 3DS courtroom game, Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice, with an English dub on Thursday. The game's demo launched on Thursday, and the game itself will be available digitally on September 8. The game's theme is a "courtroom revolution." The game is set in Japan (the United States in the Engl...
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Nobunaga no Shinobi TV Anime's Additional Cast, October 4 Premiere Revealed

Yuji Ueda, Daisuke Hirakawa, Shūta Morishima, Naoko Matsui, more join cast ― This year's 18th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine is revealing additional cast and the October 4 premiere for the television anime of Naoki Shigeno's Nobunaga no Shinobi four-panel manga on Friday. The additional cast includes: Yuji Ueda as Saitō Tatsuoki Daisuke Hirakawa as Takanaka Hanbē Shūta Morishima as Maeda...
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Classicaloid TV Anime Slated to Premiere on October 8

The official Twitter account for the television anime Classicaloid announced that episodes will begin airing October 8, 5:30 p.m. JST (October 8, 4:30 a.m. EST) on the NHK E-Tele station. Yoichi Fujita (Gintama anime franchise, Mr. Osomatsu) is directing the anime at Sunrise. Makoto Tsuchibayashi (Sengoku Basara franchise) is serving as original character designer. Seiichi Hashimoto (Fusé: Memoirs...
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Charlotte Blu-Ray 1

Renowned visual novel writer Jun Maeda returns to anime for his first series since Angel Beats! Nick Creamer investigates the opening beats of Charlotte. ― Jun Maeda is one of the more high-profile creators in anime circles, though he didn't initially build his reputation in anime at all. Maeda is instead largely famous for his visual novels - he was a central player in building KEY's reputation, whe...
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Please tell me! Galko-chan Manga to Bundle Original Anime DVD

December 22 bundle comes after schoolgirl comedy TV anime shorts premiered in January ― Japanese online retailers are listing Kenya Suzuki's fourth Oshiete! Galko-chan (Please tell me! Galko-chan) manga in a special-edition bundle with an original anime DVD on December 22. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the original manga and plans to release the series in North America beginning on November 22. S...
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Haikyu!! Season 3 Slated to Premiere on October 7

This year's 39th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the third Haikyu!! television anime season will premiere on October 7. The Haikyu!! Karasuno Kōkō VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Kōkō (Haikyu!! Karasuno High vs Shiratorizawa Academy) anime will run on the MBS, TBS, CBC, RKB Mainichi Broadcasting, HBC, TBC (Tohoku Broadcasting Co., Ltd.), and BS-TBS channels. Th...

Studio Trigger Animator Takafumi Hori Works on Latest Episode of Steven Universe Animated Series

New episode titled "Mindful Education" premieres on Thursday ― Rebecca Sugar, the creator of Cartoon Network's Steven Universe animated television series, reposted a Tumblr post on Wednesday from Studio Trigger animator Takafumi Hori, who stated that he worked on the latest episode of the series, which premieres at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday. The new episode is titled "Mindful Education." Hori also dr...
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Utawarerumono: Futari no Hakuoro Game's Opening Movie Previews Suara's Theme Song

3rd installment in trilogy ships in Japan for PS4, PS3, PS Vita on September 21 ― AQUAPLUS began streaming the opening movie on Thursday for its Utawarerumono: Futari no Hakuoro (Utawarerumono: The Two Hakuoros) game. The video features animation by WHITE FOX, and previews Suara's opening theme song "Hikari." The game is the third climatic installment in AQUAPLUS' Utawarerumono trilogy, and the compa...
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Amazon to Stream [email protected] Live-Action S. Korean Show to Prime Members Globally

Simultaneous stream in English, Japanese to debut in early 2017 ― The official website of The [email protected], the South Korea-based live-action show based on The [email protected] franchise, revealed on Thursday that Amazon Prime Video will stream the series for Amazon Prime members globally. Amazon will stream the show simultaneously as it airs on South Korean television. Amazon stated that it will localize...

5pb. Games Develops Re:Zero Video Game

Re: Life in a different world from zero -Death or Kiss- game is based on Tappei Nagatsuki's fantasy light novel series ― 5pb. Games has opened a website to reveal that it is developing a Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu -Death or Kiss (Re: Life in a different world from zero -Death or Kiss-) game based on author Tappei Nagatsuki and illustrator Shinichirou Otsuka's Re:Zero light novel series. 5...
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Glass Mask Creator Discusses Latest Stage Play Before Trailer

New play runs from September 1 to 26 in Osaka, Tokyo ― Shochiku began streaming a video for the new stage play adaptation of Suzue Miuchi's Glass no Kamen (Glass Mask) manga on Wednesday. The video shows Miuchi commenting on her choice of actors, and her favorite scenes in the play, before showing a trailer for the play. The play will run at Osaka's Shochiku-za from September 1 to 11, and then at Tok...
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Live-Action Oboreru Knife Film's Trailer Previews Romance Story

Film based on George Asakura's shōjo manga also reveals new poster ― The official website for the live-action film of George Asakura's Oboreru Knife manga unveiled a new trailer and poster for the film on Thursday. The manga tells the story of Natsume, a sixth-grade girl who has to move from Tokyo to a decidedly different town in the countryside. Upon meeting a boy named Kōichirō there, "something" s...

Jump Special Anime Festa Screenings to Feature Black Clover

Food Wars! to have original story at event on November 27, December 4 ― This year's 39th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga will be part of this year's Jump Special Anime Festa. While the announcement doesn't specifically state that the manga will get an event anime that will debut at the event, it does state that those who att...

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All Out!! Rugby Anime Reveals More of Cast, October 6 Debut, New Visual

Takaya Hashi, Haruka Yoshimura cast in anime based on Shiori Amase manga ― The official website of the television anime of Shiori Amase's All Out!! rugby manga revealed the additional cast, a new visual, and the anime's October 6 premiere on Thursday. The visual contains the text "Give it your all until the end!" The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on October 6, and will also begin airing on MBS on O...
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Lupin III: Jigen's Gravestone Film's September Screening Teases Announcement

The official website of the Lupin the Third: Jigen's Gravestone anime film announced on Tuesday that the film will get a special screening event at Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 theater on September 9. Director Takeshi Koike, composer James Shimoji, scriptwriter Yuuya Takahashi, and producer Yu Kiyozono will be present at the screening, which will feature an announcement. Originally released in June 201...
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New Anime Project for Read or Die Novels Considered

The wraparound jacket band on the 12th volume of Hideyuki Kurata and Studio Orphee's R.O.D -Read or Die- novel series revealed on Thursday that a new anime project is "under consideration." A quote on the jacket band by Tomonori Ochikoshi, producer of the 2003 television anime adaptation and president of anime studio A-1 Pictures, teases ongoing discussions. The novel series received a three-episo...
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Blue Giant Jazz Manga Ends, But Sequel Series Begins in September

Story of boy who aims to become world's best saxophone player launched in 2013 ― This year's 17th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine published the final chapter of Shinichi Ishizuka's Blue Giant manga on Thursday. Starting in the next issue on September 10, Ishizuka will launch a sequel series titled Blue Giant Supreme, which sees protagonist Dai travel overseas. The manga centers on Dai Miyamo...
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Ayane Performs Opening Theme For Japanese/Chinese Soul Buster Anime

Studio Pierrot, Youku Tudou collaborate on series premiering in October ― Singer Ayane announced on Twitter on Wednesday that she will perform the opening theme song titled "SOUL BUSTER" for the upcoming Soul Buster anime. Chiyomaru Shikura is writing the song lyrics and composing the tune, while Akira Okuyama is handling the arrangement. Ayane has previously performed theme songs for W~Wish, Ayakas...
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Live-Action Laughing Under the Clouds Film Casts Renn Kiriyama, Yūki Furukawa

New visuals show new characters for 2017 film ― The staff of the live-action live-action film adaptation of Kemuri Karakara's Laughing Under the Clouds (Donten ni Warau) manga revealed on Thursday that it has cast Renn Kiriyama (Kamen Rider W, Ju-On: The Final Curse) and Yūki Furukawa (live-action Itazura na Kiss, Lychee Light Club). Kiriyama (below) will play the character Shirasu Kinjō. Shirasu arr...
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 20

"After last week's tightly constructed and emotionally draining climax, we get a simultaneously messier and even more affecting follow-up."

Christoph Waltz in Talks to Star in James Cameron's Alita: Battle Angel

Inglourious Basterds actor would play character Dyson Ido in James Cameron-produced project ― Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Wednesday that actor Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, Spectre, The Legend of Tarzan) "is in early negotiations" to star in James Cameron's Alita: Battle Angel, the planned live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Al...
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Bamboo Blade C & BB Deformer Manga End

Series' final volumes ship October 25 ― The September issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine published the final chapters of both Masahiro Totsuka and Jingu Takao's Bamboo Blade C manga and Totsuka and Saki Azumi's BB Deformer spin-off manga on Thursday. The final compiled book volumes for both series — Bamboo Blade C's seventh volume and BB Deformer's second volume — will ship in Japan o...
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Cheer Boys!! ‒ Episode 7

"Just when our main seven seem to have resolved their emotional baggage, the nine new members pile on plenty of their own."
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Japanese Comic Ranking, August 15-21

Case Closed, The Seven Deadly Sins, Attack on Titan, Ace of Diamond Act II, Terra Formars in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Case Closed (Detective Conan) 90 345,684 345,684 2016/08 Shogakukan Gosho Aoyama 1 1 2 The Seven Deadly Sins 22 302,390 302,390 2016/08 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 2 1 3 Attack on Titan 20 276,130 1,...

Japan's Video Game Rankings, August 15-21

Tales of Berseria, Collar × Malice games ship ― Japan's Game Ranking: August 15-21 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4 Tales of Berseria Bandai Namco Entertainment August 18 173,537 173,537 2PS3 Tales of Berseria Bandai Namco Entertainment August 18 76,186 76,186 33DS Yo-Kai Watch 3 Sushi/Tempura Level 5 July 16 62,343 1,120,378 43DS Dragon Ball F...
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Namie Amuro Performs Theme Song, Insert Song for 2016 Death Note Film

Film opens on October 29 after 3-episode Hulu mini-series ― The official website for Death Note Light up the NEW world, this year's live-action Death Note sequel film, announced on Wednesday that Namie Amuro (pictured with Ryuk in the promotional image to the right) is performing the theme song "Dear Diary" and the insert song "Fighter" for the film. "Dear Diary" is a ballad that is based on the film...
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Mitsudomoe's Norio Sakurai Starts Mini-Series in Weekly Shonen Champion

Rororro! to begin in September ― This year's 39th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion announced on Thursday that Norio Sakurai (Mitsudomoe) will begin a new short series titled Rororro! in the magazine's 44th issue on September 29. The advertisement for the manga features two girls, and the story description says the manga is about a girl named Chitose who has trouble making friends. The r...
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Paramount Pictures Streams Rings Horror Film Trailer

Film sequel to The Ring slated for October 28 ― Paramount Pictures began streaming a trailer for its Rings live-action horror film on Wednesday. The film is slated for October 28, 2016 after several delays. Paramount Pictures describes the story: A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days ...
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Nanbaka Anime's 2nd Promo Previews Opening Theme, October Premiere

Hashiguchikanaderiya hugs The Super Ball performs opening; cast performs ending ― The official website for the Nanbaka The Numbers television anime announced the opening and ending theme songs for the anime. Hashiguchikanaderiya hugs The Super Ball, a collaboration between pop music act Hashiguchikanaderiya and two-man unit The Super Ball (The Morose Mononokean), will perform the opening theme song "...
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Answerman - What Is Anime Midstream?

A scrappy little company called Anime Midstream picked up the series B'tx recently, so it's the perfect time for a refresher on just who Anime Midstream are. ― Drew asks: This past week I saw the article on ANN about a company called Anime Midstream releasing anime B'tX. I was excited because I liked that anime and it never was completely released here before, but it got me wondering who was this co...
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Orange Alien Character Mikan Seijin Gets New TV Anime Shorts

20-second Mikan Seijin Arawaru shorts debuts Thursday after new PaRappa the Rapper anime's debut ― Fuji TV announced on Wednesday that it will air a new series of anime shorts based on Kazuma Shirasaki's "Mikan Seijin" character. The anime is titled Mikan Seijin Arawaru (The Orange Alien Appears), and will center on the surreal life of the titular character. The anime will premiere on the late-night ...
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Capcom Develops 3DS Game That Interacts With Public Transit Cards

Players use IC cards to get items, converse with characters; game supports 10 cards in Japan ― Capcom announced on Wednesday that it is developing a new, as-yet untitled Nintendo 3DS game that will use IC cards, which are used in Japan to pay for public transportation fares. Players tap the IC card on the Nintendo 3DS, which will give players items and allow them to converse with characters. The exac...
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Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls Slated for October in N. America, Europe

Idea Factory International announced on Tuesday that it will release Compile Heart's Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls (Chōjigen Taisen Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls: Yume no Gattai Special) PlayStation Vita game on October 18 in North America, and on October 21 in Europe. It also released new English screenshots for the game. IMG nepsega01.jpg IMG nepsega02.jpg IMG nepsega03.jpg IMG nepsega0...
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Kizumonogatari II Anime Film Earns 196 Million Yen in 1st 3 Days

148,200 tickets sold at 117 screens to rank #8 last weekend ― The Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen anime film opened in Japan last Friday, and earned 196,051,200 yen (about US$1.95 million) and sold 148,200 tickets in its first three days. The film opened on 117 screens and ranked #8 at the Japanese box office for Saturday and Sunday only (not counting Friday). The first film, Kizumonogatari Part 1: T...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Season 5 Reveals Visual, Returning Cast

Cast returns from previous seasons ― The official website of Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go, the fifth television anime season inspired by Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, unveiled a new key visual for the anime on Wednesday. In addition, the site revealed the anime's cast, who are all returning from previous seasons of the show. Hiroshi Kamiya as Takashi Natsume Kazuhiko ...

Crunchyroll Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 4 With Subtitles, Streams Nanbaka Trailer

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX offered with English subtitles; Nanbaka premieres October ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it has added the fourth season of the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime series to its catalog. Crunchyroll is offering the series in its original Japanese audio with English subtitles. It is available for Crunchyroll users worldwide except for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong ...
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