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Space Dandy Give-Away - Winners

Find out if you won! ― Thank you (again) for entering our contest (again). Winners: Patrick Nakasone, Honolulu, Hi Hiddi Jordan, Bailey, Mi Saul Diaz, Arleta, Ca Watch for our next give-away coming SOON! In the meantime, head over to SpaceDandy.com to find out more about FUNimation's awesome Space Dandy sets.
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Shelf Life - Hellfire and Ice

Lots of new releases this week. Plus, reviews of The Ambition of Oda Nobuna, and Hozuki's Coolheadedness. ― Jump to this week's reviews: Ambition of Oda Nobuna BD, Hozuki's Coolheadedness BD. On Shelves This Week Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Complete Series [Premier Edition] BD NIS America - 288 min - Sub - MSRP $64.99Currently cheapest at: $47.99 Right Stuf Synopsis: New high school student ...
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Eccentric Family Sub.Blu-Ray

This little-seen family adventure about a group of tanuki living in Kyoto has careful writing and beautiful scenery; Nick Creamer thinks it might just be a modern classic. ― In the guidebook accompanying Eccentric Family, series composer Shotaro Suga speaks frankly of the difficulty of condensing an entire book into an anime, and the question of where to even begin telling the story. “There are just ...
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The List - 7 Reasons Gentlemen Prefer Elves

Every good fantasy series has a few incredible elf ladies on display. Today, Lynzee decides to finally share the elf. ― The term "bombshell" was coined, very appropriately, during World War II to refer to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, and other sex symbols of the era. There aren't any elves in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but there are plenty of wild, voluptuous fantasy women wielding swor...
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Deadman Wonderland GN 7

Deadman Wonderland is a dark, unsettling look into a private prison abusing the system for the whims of the Warden and a few governmental higher ups. ― Ever since 1864, a “wonderland” has been a world where the rules of logic do not apply, a carnival that can be by turns fun and frightening. Deadman Wonderland has been playing with that definition since its first volume, and now in its seventh we beg...
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Answerman - Business Minded

Hey, did you know that we're probably in another anime market bubble right now? Plus, the likelihood of Evangelion TV Blu-rays in the US, how Blu-ray rights are different than DVD, and the difference between licensing and distribution. ― Hey, I have a ton of questions in the Answerman inbox! Thanks to everyone that sent one in. Predictably, many people are talking about the ADV Films website, which ...
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Tuesday, March 3

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Kanon Wakeshima Performs Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Anime's Ending

Yuka Iguchi performs "Hey World" opening for anime premiering in April ― Kanon Wakeshima (Vampire Knight, Selector Infected Wixoss) will perform the ending theme song for the television anime adaptation of Fujino Ōmori's Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) light novel series. Wakeshima's theme song, "RIGHT LIGHT RISE" will be ...
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Knights of Sidonia Compilation Film Clips Review Story

Digest videos look at world, Kunato, love story for March 6 film ― Websites Mantan Web and AnimeAnime.jp began streaming two scenes from the upcoming Knights of Sidonia compilation film on Wednesday. The clips review the same scene from the television anime. King Records is also hosting three new digest videos for the film: World Part Super-Sadistic Character Kunato Part Ultimate Love Story Part The ...
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4th Teekyū Season, Takamiya Nasuno Desu! Slated for April 6 With New Studio

The official websites for fourth Teekyū television anime season and the television anime spinoff Takamiya Nasuno Desu! announced on Tuesday that both will premiere on April 6 on the Tokyo MX station. The fourth Teekyū season will premiere at 25:05 (effectively 1:05 a.m. on April 7), while Takamiya Nasuno Desu! will premiere at 25:08. The websites had announced in December that the animation produc...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, February 23-March 1

CG Doraemon sells 12,146 more, followed by 2014 Godzilla, Black Butler musical, live-action Hot Road, Otomate Party ― Gareth Edwards and Legendary Pictures' 2014 Godzilla film sold 11,483 copies to debut at #8 on the overall DVD chart. Musical Kuroshitsuji -Chi ni Moeru Licorice- landed at #9 with 7,168 copies. The live-action Hot Road film sold 5,507 more copies for a new total of 43,256. It dropped...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 23-March 1

2014 Godzilla sells 17,658 + 6,397 + 5,250, followed by SAO II, Shirobako, Hyōka, Nanoha StrikerS box ― The regular edition of Gareth Edwards and Legendary Pictures' 2014 Godzilla film sold 17,658 copies to debut at #4 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The 3D & 2D Blu-ray edition sold another 6,397 copies at #14, and the complete limited-number pressing with a bundled S.H. Monster Arts Godzilla 2014...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, February 16-22

Hot Road sells 37,749, followed by CG Doraemon, Haikyu!!, live-action Lupin III, Free! ES, Yowapeda Grande Road ― The live-action Hot Road film sold 37,749 copies to rank #2 on the overall DVD chart. The standard edition of the live-action Lupin the Third film sold 4,065 copies to debut at #9, while the collector's edition was #18 with 2,420 copies. The Nobunaga no Chef 2 DVD Box landed at #19 with 2...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 16-22

CG Doraemon sells 12,251 + 8,661, followed by Hot Road, Free! ES, Haikyu!!, Yuruyuri Nachu Yachumi! ― The live-action Hot Road film sold 14,000 copies to top the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The collector's edition of the live-action Lupin the Third film sold 2,903 copies to debut at #12, while the standard edition was #16 with 2,035 copies. The Nobunaga no Chef 2 Blu-ray Box landed at #18 with 1,625 ...
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Bump of Chicken to Perform Last Live-Action Parasyte Film's Ending Song

CD single also includes Blood Blockade Battlefront theme ― The official website for the band BUMP OF CHICKEN announced on Tuesday that they will perform the ending theme "Colony" for the second and last live-action film of Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte (Kiseiju) science-fiction horror manga. BUMP OF CHICKEN also performed "Parade," the ending theme to the first Parasyte movie. The group will release a d...
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Porno Graffitti to Perform 2015 Detective Conan Film's Song

"Oh! Rival" signifies Detective Conan & phantom thief Kaitō Kid in April 18 film ― The rock band Porno Graffitti is contributing their song "Oh! Rival" as the theme song of Meitantei Conan: Gōka no Himawari (Detective Conan: The Hellfire Sunflowers), the 19th Detective Conan film which opens on April 18. The band created the new song specifically for the film. The "rival" in the title is in the Frenc...
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Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!! Manga Gets 3DS Game

"Petite love adventure" game with original scenario, new character to ship this year ― This year's seventh issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine will reveal on Thursday that Gō Ikeyamada's Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!! (Kobayashi Is So Cute That It's Painful!) manga is getting a Nintendo 3DS game. The "passionate love adventure" and "petit love adventure" game will ship in Japan this year. Ike...
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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Slated for PS4 in May in the West

Square Enix announced the release dates for the PlayStation 4 version of the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster game in the West on Monday. It will release the game on May 12 in North America, and on May 14 in Japan. The game comes bundled with a desktop calendar featuring art from Yoshitaka Amano as a pre-order exclusive item. The PS4 edition of the games allows players to transfer save files betwee...

Monday, March 2

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Gundam: The Origin I Earns 5.7 Million Yen Per Screen

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin I Blue-Eyed Casval opened in 13 theaters throughout Japan on Saturday, and it sold 56,397 tickets for 73,726,200 yen (about US$616,000) in two days. That gives the film a per-screen average of 5,671,246 yen (US$47,400), the highest of any film in Japan this weekend. It was #7 in total earnings at the weekend box office. Source: Narinari.com
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Kamisama Kiss 2 ‒ Episode 8

"This week's installment of Kamisama Kiss managed to get almost everything perfect."

Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F Film's Trailer Previews Frieza's New Form

Story, theme songs previewed for film opening April 18 in 2D, 3D, IMAX ― The official website for the Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Dragon Ball Z: The F in Fukkatsu, or The Resurrected F) anime film began streaming a trailer for the film on Sunday. The trailer previews the film's story, and also features Maximum the Hormone's battle song "F," as well as Momoiro Clover Z's theme song "Z no Chikai" ('T...
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Anime Japan 2015 Goes Traditional with Official Character Goods

Also: Fate/stay night x God Eater, UtaPri x Nozaki-kun crossovers ― Anime Japan 2015 will go traditional with its official character goods, offering attendees a taste of Japan's classic ceramic styles with anime characters or anime-inspired designs included. These cup and saucer sets have motifs inspired by Archer and Saber of Fate/stay night. They are fired in the style of Shikoku's Ōtani pottery an...
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Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road ‒ Episode 20

"While some reiteration works to strengthen the show's themes, other times it's just tiring."
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Hawaii's Kawaii Kon Adds Voice Actor Tohru Furuya, Artist Range Murata

Event planned for March 27-29 in Honolulu ― Hawaii anime convention Kawaii Kon announced on Monday that voice actor Tohru Furuya and artist Range Murata are joining the guest roster for the March 27-29 event in Honolulu. Furuya has lent his voice to a number of iconic roles including Amura Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam, Pegasus Seiya in Saint Seiya, Kyosuke Kasuga in Kimagure Orange Road, Yamcha in Drag...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse's English Launch Trailer Streamed

PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One/PC game shipped last week in West ― Bandai Namco Games Europe began streaming the English launch trailer for the Dragon Ball Xenoverse fighting game on Friday. The trailer shows the game's cast, customization features, and battles. Dragon Ball Xenoverse shipped for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 consoles in Japan on February 5 and debuted as the #1 ...
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Sakura-Con Will Host Singer Kanako Itou, Wit Studio's Otomi Deai, Katsuhiko Kitada, Arifumi Imai

Sakura-Con will take place at the Washington State Convention Center from April 3-5 ― Sakura-Con announced this week that it will host singer Kanako Itou and Wit Studio staff members Otomi Deai, Katsuhiko Kitada and Arifumi Imai in Seattle in April. Kanako Itou regularly performs themes for Nitroplus games and anime adaptations. Her works include theme songs for Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes, Chaos;HEA...
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Yatterman Night ‒ Episode 8

"This week's Yatterman Night was almost as silly as the last."
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Wake Up, Girls! Spinoff Manga About I-1 Club to End

Rival idol group stars in U.G.E's manga ― This year's April issue of Gakken's Megumi Magazine announced on Saturday that the U.G.E's Little Challenger: Wake Up, Girls! -side I-1club- spinoff manga will end in the following issue on March 30. U.G.E. writes the manga starring I-1 Club, the rivals to the title Wake Up, Girls! idol group. Gakkan shipped the first compiled volume in September. The origina...
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Space Dandy Give-Away - Winners

Find out if you won! ― Thank you (again) for entering our contest (again). Winners: Patrick Nakasone, Honolulu, Hi Hiddi Jordan, Bailey, Mi Saul Diaz, Arleta, Ca Watch for our next give-away coming SOON! In the meantime, head over to SpaceDandy.com to find out more about FUNimation's awesome Space Dandy sets.
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Digimonstory Cybersleuth Gameplay Previewed in Video

PS Vita game ships March 12 in Japan ― Japanese video game news source Famitsu streamed a gameplay demonstration for the upcoming PlayStation Vita game Digimonstory Cybersleuth. Below are two segments, followed by the full two-hour presentation. The game's story will follow either a female or male protagonist, depending on the player's choice. When strange phenomena begin occurring, the protagonist b...
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Battle Your Way Over to Lawson for Special KanColle Collaboration Goods

Hot on the heels of KanColle's Pizza Hut campaign, the ship girl anime will be collaborating with convenience store chain Lawson for a new campaign, featuring special goods, contests, and more. From March 3 to 16, customers who buy a bottle of Yunker energy drink will get one of four limited edition posters. There will also be a points lottery from March 17 to April 13 for customers who make quali...

Yen Press Licenses Horimiya, Rose Guns Days Season One, Final Fantasy Type-0 Side Story

Manga slated for later this year ― Yen Press announced on Sunday that it has licensed the Horimiya, Rose Guns Days Season One, and Final Fantasy Type-0 Side Story: The Reaper of the Icy Blade manga. The first volume of Daisuke Hagiwara's Horimiya is slated for October. Hagiwara launched the manga in Monthly G Fantasy in 2011 as a spinoff to HERO's Hori-san to Miyamura-kun four-panel school comedy man...

Lance n' Masques Anime's Main Cast Unveiled

Daiki Yamashita, Ari Ozawa, Manami Numakura, Suzuko Mimori star ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Hideaki Koyasu's light novel series Lance N' Masques announced the main cast on Tuesday. The cast includes: Daiki Yamashita (Yowamushi Pedal's Onoda) as Yōtarō Hanafusa Ari Ozawa (The Rolling Girls' Nozomi) as Makio Kidōin Manami Numakura (The IDOLM@STER's Hibiki) as Yoriko Sudo Suzuko ...
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Fairy Tail's Hiro Mashima Draws 24's Jack Bauer

24: Live Another Day, the 12-episode sequel to 24 that aired in the US last year, is coming to Blu-ray and DVD in Japan on March 4. To celebrate the occasion, Fairy Tail mangaka Hiro Mashima has contributed an illustration of Jack Bauer (played, of course, by Kiefer Sutherland), and it's pretty awesome: For reference, here's one of the many shots of Bauer pointing a gun. Source: 24 Japan Official ...
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Shelf Life - Hellfire and Ice

Lots of new releases this week. Plus, reviews of The Ambition of Oda Nobuna, and Hozuki's Coolheadedness. ― Jump to this week's reviews: Ambition of Oda Nobuna BD, Hozuki's Coolheadedness BD. On Shelves This Week Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Complete Series [Premier Edition] BD NIS America - 288 min - Sub - MSRP $64.99Currently cheapest at: $47.99 Right Stuf Synopsis: New high school student ...
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Eccentric Family Sub.Blu-Ray

This little-seen family adventure about a group of tanuki living in Kyoto has careful writing and beautiful scenery; Nick Creamer thinks it might just be a modern classic. ― In the guidebook accompanying Eccentric Family, series composer Shotaro Suga speaks frankly of the difficulty of condensing an entire book into an anime, and the question of where to even begin telling the story. “There are just ...

Seven Deadly Sins Casts Maaya Sakamoto as Merlin

Actress currently voicing Eto in Tokyo Ghoul √A ― The official website for The Seven Deadly Sins anime series announced last week that voice actress Maaya Sakamoto is joining the cast as Merlin, the Sin of Gluttony. The prolific voice actress is also currently starring in Tokyo Ghoul √A as Eto. Her other recent roles include Shinobu Oshino in Tsukimonogatari, Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler: Book of...
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Steins;Gate's Shikura to Announce New Project on March 28

Game publisher 5pb. (Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes) reported at its "Migi mo Hidari mo Game da yo! 5pb. Matsuri 2015" (Games Left and Right! 5pb Festival 2015) event on Sunday that MAGES. and 5pb. representative director Chiyomaru Shikura will announce his new project on March 28. Shikura will livestream the announcement through his Twitcasting channel. The exact time of the livestream will be annou...
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1st Parasyte Film Reviewed in Digest Video

2nd, final film premieres in Japanese theaters on April 25 ― Film distributor Toho began streaming a digest video of the first film adapting Hitoshi Iwaaki's science-fiction manga Parasyte on Monday. The film originally premiered in Japan last November. The first of two films by director Takashi Yamazaki (live-action Space Battleship Yamato, Always: Sunset on Third Street) opened in Japan on November...
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Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes Promo Previews Story

Masachika Ichimura, Arisa Mizuki, Yuuji Tanaka, Marina Inoue, Mamiko Noto join cast for March film ― The official website for the 46th Doraemon film Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes (Doraemon: Nobita's Space Heroes) began streaming a promotional video for the film on Sunday. The video features the theme song for the film, "360°" by miwa. In the video, Doraemon and Director Burger try to set up a dram...
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The Eden of Grisaia, The Labyrinth of Grisaia Anime Begin With 60-Minute Special

April anime adapting visual novels previewed in TV spot ― A TV spot for The Eden of Grisaia and The Labyrinth of Grisaia TV anime series began airing in Japan this week. The video features The Eden of Grisaia anime's opening theme song, "Setsuna no Kajitsu" (Fruit of a Moment) by Maon Kurosaki. Text: Understand? I'm the god who picks you up. I am God. Got it? Text: Hey, Yuji. The meaning of life is s...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, February 16-22

The Wind Rises airs; The Seven Deadly Sins ranks ― Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises aired on NTV on Friday, February 20 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 19.5% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV February 22 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 14.9 Detective Conan NTV February 21 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 10.6 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV February 22 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. ...
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Kuroko's Basketball's New 3DS Gameplay Videos Show Special Moves

Videos show character-specific special moves for March 26 game ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming eight new gameplay videos for its upcoming Kuroko no Basuke: Mirai e no Kizuna (Kuroko's Basketball : Ties of the Future) Nintendo 3DS game. The videos show Imayoshi, Akashi, Kagami, Takao, Tsuchida, Izuki, Kasamatsu, and Fukui's special moves. Bandai Namco Games streamed the game's first promotional v...
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Denpa Kyōshi Anime Casts SKE48 Idol Rena Matsui as Suzune

Rena Matsui debuts as voice actress for heroine of April anime ― This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that SKE48 idol group member Rena Matsui has been cast in the role of Suzune Kagami in the television anime of Takeshi Azuma's Denpa Kyōshi - He Is an Ultimate Teacher manga. This is her first voice-acting role. Matsui commented on the role, ...
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3's 5th Promo Video Previews More Characters, Locales

New playable characters, locations from March 26 game ― The official website of Bandai Namco Games' upcoming One Piece : Pirate Warriors 3 action game began streaming the game's fifth promotional video on Monday. The video teases the story and locations in the game (including Thriller Bark. Shabondy Archipelago, Impel Down, and Marineford locations). It also shows Whitebeard, Marco, Jozu, Iva, Jinbe,...
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Rumiko Takahashi's Rin-ne Anime Casts Ryohei Kimura, Tetsuya Kakihara

Sora Tokui, Aya Suzaki, Tesshô Genda also in April anime ― This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing additional cast members for the television anime of Rumiko Takahashi 's Kyōkai no Rinne (RIN-NE of the Boundary or RIN-NE) manga on Wednesday. The additional cast members include: Ryohei Kimura as Tsubasa Jūmonji Tetsuya Kakihara as Masato Sora Tokui as Miho Ay...

Ace of Diamond TV Anime Gets 2nd Season in April

2013 baseball anime to continue ― This year's 14th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is announcing a second season for the 2013 television anime Ace of Diamond on Wednesday. It is titled Daiya no A ~Second Season~ (Ace of Diamond ~Second Season~). The magazine also previews an uncolored key visual for the new season. The new season will premiere on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, ...

Sunday, March 1

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3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Tengoku Arc 2nd Promo Shows Mecha Line-Up

2nd game in the two-part conclusion to the Super Robot Taisen Z series ships on April 2 ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a second promotional video for its upcoming PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita game Dai-3-ji Super Robot Taisen Z Tengoku-hen (3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Tengoku Arc). The 14-minute video shows the huge mecha line-up in action. The game is the second in the two-part conclusion to ...
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Sword Art Online: Lost Song Game's 5th TV Ad Previews Seven, Rain

2 new characters previewed from March 26 game ― The official website for Bandai Namco Games' Sword Art Online: Lost Song PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita game began streaming the pair of television commercials for the game on Tuesday. The "Rain" ad features the song "Yoru no Niji o Koete" (Over the Night Rainbow) by Luna Haruna, while the "Seven" ad features the song ”Cynthia no Hikari" (Cynthia's ...
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Singer Kano, Cast Perform Hōkago no Pleiades Anime's Theme Songs

The series will premiere on Japanese television stations this spring ― The official website for the Hōkago no Pleiades television anime announced series' theme song artists on Friday. Female vocalist Kano will perform the opening theme, "Stella-rium" and the series' five lead voice actresses Natsumi Takamori, Ayuru Ōhashi, Kanako Tateno, Yui Makino, and Saki Fujita will perform the ending theme "Koko...
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Durarara!!×2 ‒ Episode 8

"The Giant Plot Hammer came crashing down, and Durarara!! has my full attention and respect as a narrative again."

My Little Monster Listed on DVD/Blu-ray From NIS America

Subtitled Complete Series Premium Edition DVD/Blu-ray combo listed for spring ― Issue 1 of Right Stuf's 2015 Anime Catalog lists the My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun) television anime in an English-subtitled DVD/Blu-ray Combo release for this spring. According to the catalog, the Complete Series Premium Edition will ship in a collectible box with a premium art book for US$59.49 from NIS Amer...
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Gundam's Char Edges Out Amuro On Who Girls Would Rather Marry

Buzz+ News asked 200 women who they'd rather marry—Gundam's Char Aznable or Amuro Ray. The results were pretty close, but in the end, Char beat Amuro by a slim margin, capturing 53% of the votes. It's good news for Char, especially considering his origin story, Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin just premiered yesterday worldwide. What do you think? Team Char or Team Amuro? Let us know in the foru...
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Maria the Virgin Witch ‒ Episode 8

"The show hasn't made a misstep yet, and I trust it to stick the landing."
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Gourmet Girl Graffiti ‒ Episode 8

"This week's episode holds the dubious honor of being one of the most forgettable things I've watched this year."

Kalafina to Sing Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works' 2nd Season Ending

Kalafina previously performed Aldnoah.Zero, Puella Magi Madoka Magica films, The Garden of Sinners/recalled out summer, Fate/Zero themes ― The official website for Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works television anime announced that pop trio Kalafina will perform the second season's ending theme song, "ring your bell." The second season will premiere in April. Kalafina previously performed the first...
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CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon ‒ Episode 21

"The title for episode 21 is “The One Left Behind,” and as things turn out, it is a fitting one for multiple reasons."
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Cuddle Up With A Terraformars Cockroach Plush

Terraformars is getting a lottery goods campaign, and one of the big prizes fans can win is a plush Terraformar, a humanoid cockroach that lives on Mars. Whether or not its cute is in the eyes of the beholder, perhaps, but it's certainly unique. Other lottery prizes are a little more standard, and include a tapestry, a jumbo two-sided cushion, towels, glasses, mascot straps, bandanas, and masking ...
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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 8

"What Izuki does when all eyes are on him will clinch the game between Kaijo and Seirin."
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Log Horizon 2 ‒ Episode 21

"A low-key episode this week, tying up loose ends from the finished arc and setting out new threads for some future ones."
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Kamen Rider #4 Net Movies Starring Mitsuru Matsuoka Planned

Kamen Rider #5, #6 characters also planned ― Actor and Kamen Rider Drive theme song singer Mitsuru Matsuoka (Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate) signed on to star in a series of net movies as the brand new Kamen Rider #4. Matsuoka will also perform the net series' theme song "time." The first of three dVideo Special – Kamen Rider #4 net movies will premiere on the streaming servi...
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World End Economica #2 English Release Delayed

North American visual novel distributor Sekai Project announced on February 19 that the second episode of Spice and Wolf author Isuna Hasekura's visual novel World End Economica will not meet its May release date. The company wrote that seven out of 11 chapters are translated and six are edited. Sekai Project is also still working on the Unity engine port and updating the graphics to 1080p for epi...
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Girls & Panzer Tank Vase is Appropriately Elegant

Some of the gals from Girls und Panzer would tell you that tanks can be pretty cute. And what better way to gussy one up than to use it as a vase? Made using traditional Kasama-yaki pottery techniques, heralding from Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, the tank is a reference to a scene with series protagonist Hana Isuzu, who is highly skilled in ikebana, or Japanese flower arrangement. Only 100 were made...
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Bloodborne Gameplay Video Reveals Darkbeast Boss

Game will arrive in North America on March 24 ― Gaming news website IGN began streaming a new video revealing the Darkbeast boss in From Software's Bloodborne action role-playing game. The game's PR manager Kitao describes the monster as "an electric beast emerging from giant skeletal remains. It has lightning coursing through its body and bombards the player with erratic and off-speed movements." So...
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2nd New Initial D the Movie's TV Ad Posted

Cast, staff return for 2nd film in reboot film series ― Avex began streaming a television commercial for Shin Gekijōban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō- (New Initial D the Movie Legend 2: Racer), the second film in the new Initial D film trilogy, on Sunday. The ad features the theme song "The Brave (D Version)" by BACKDRAFT SMITHS. Text: Young Magazine's 35th anniversary work Text: Original creator: Shuuich...
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Mimori Tōgo, Miyoshi Karin Gameplay Shown in New Yuki Yuna is a Hero PS Vita Game Promos

Mimori, Miyoshi power up and take on a boss in new videos ― Game publisher FuRyu began streaming a more gameplay videos for Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru: Jukai no Kioku (Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Memory of the Woodland), its PlayStation Vita game based on the anime Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru (Yuki Yuna is a Hero), on Friday. The videos shows Mimori Tōgo and Miyoshi Karin's basic combat mechanics against monst...
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FLOW to Perform Image Song For Live Spectacle Naruto Stage Play

'Hikari Oikakete' (Chasing the Light) to be featured at play premiering this month ― The official website for the Live Spectacle Naruto stage play announced on Sunday that the band FLOW will provide the official image song for the play. The song, titled "Hikari Oikakete" (Chasing the Light,) is being previewed in a video: The website is also hosting a comment video from FLOW about the collaboration: ...
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Persona 3 Game Gets 3rd Stage Play in June

Cast, staff return for Persona 3 the Weird Masquerade ~Bismuth Crystal~ ― The official website for the stage play adaptations of Atlus' Persona 3 video game announced on Sunday that a third play has been green-lit. The third play, titled Persona 3 the Weird Masquerade ~Sōen Kesshō~ (Persona 3 the Weird Masquerade ~Bismuth Crystal~), will premiere on June 4 at the Theater G Rosso venue in Tokyo, retur...
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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Anime's TV Spot Has Narration by Erina

Risa Taneda plays character in April 'cooking battle' anime ― Warner Brothers began streaming the second TV spot for the Shokugeki no Soma television anime on Sunday. The video features rock band Ultratower's opening theme song, "Kibō no Uta" (Song of Hope,) and also has narration by voice actress Risa Taneda as her character Erina. Erina: At this academy, cooking decides everything. A cooking battle...
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Eir Aoi Performs The Heroic Legend of Arslan TV Anime's Ending

"Lapis Lazuli" single ships in Japan on April 22 ― The official website for The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) television anime announced on Sunday that Eir Aoi (Fate/Zero ending theme, Sword Art Online second opening theme) will perform the anime's ending theme song. Aoi will perform the song "Lapis Lazuili," which will be composed and arranged by Yusuke Kato (CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and D...
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The Heroic Legend of Arslan TV Anime's 4th Ad Previews Silvermask

Yuuki Kaji announced to voice character in April anime ― The official website for The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) television anime began streaming a new commercial on Sunday. The ad announces that Yuuki Kaji (Otome Yōkai Zakuro, Attack on Titan) will play the mysterious lord Silvermask. Silvermask: I don't need people who aren't useful to me! Narrator: The Heroic Legend of Arslan. Silverma...

Psycho-Pass Xbox One Game's May 28 Date, Bonus Extras Revealed

Blu-rays with added footage, Xbox One console decal, SmartGlass voices offered ― 5pb., the music and game brand of MAGES., revealed the release date, retail prices, and bonus extras for its Xbox One game inspired by the anime Psycho-Pass. Psycho-Pass: Sentaku Naki Kōfuku (Psycho-Pass: Happiness Without Choice) will ship on May 28 for 7,800 yen (about US$65) for the regular edition, or for 9,800 yen (...

Sony Offers Neptunia VII-Engraved PS4 Consoles

Consoles with Next Purple, Noire, or Shugo Megami HD covers to ship in Japan on April 23 ― Sony Japan is offering PlayStation 4 consoles with limited-edition engraved hard-drive covers of Compile Heart's Shin Jigen Game Neptune VII game. The package comes in three different character editions (Next Purple, Noire, Shugo Megami) and in two different colors (Jet Black, Glacier White) with silver etching...
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fripSide, Steins;Gate's Abo Make Music for Mages.' 1st Browser Game

Hyper Galaxy Fleet real-time sci-fi simulator set on all-girl colonization fleet ― Game company MAGES. opened a website for its first PC browser game, Chō Ginga Sendan (Hyper Galaxy Fleet) on Sunday. In this free-to-play real-time science-fiction simulation game, aliens are invading the earth and goal is to find a new home for humans to live. The players take on the role of the commander of an all-g...

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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD PSP/HD Comparison Video Posted

Video previews game's higher-definition graphics ― Square Enix began streaming a PSP/HD comparison video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD PlayStation 4/Xbox One action RPG on Thursday. By using the same scene in the comparison, the video highlights the graphical improvements compared to the PSP version. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is the high-definition PS4/Xbox One port of Square Enix's original Final Fantas...

2nd 'I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying' Season Reveals Song, Title, Premiere Date, Visuals

"Thread 2" to premiere on April 2 with song by Yukari Tamura, Kenichi Suzumura ― The official website for the I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying television anime unveiled the theme song, title, premiere date, key visual, and character designs of the second season. Danna ga Nani o Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2-sure-me (I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying Thread 2) will premiere on TV S...
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Inti Creates Unveils New Gal*Gun Shooting Game for 2015

Players shoot girls with "Pheromone Shots" in high school ― Game maker Inti Creates (Mega Man Zero) announced a new Gal*Gun game at its Inti Creates Fan Festa 2015 event on Saturday. The Xbox 360/PlayStation3 shooting game franchise has players dealing with waves of girls with "Pheromone Shots." Players can also pinpoint the girls' weak spots with "Ecstasy Shots" and other special weapons. The new ga...
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Mega Man Zero Makers Announce Azure Striker Gunvolt Sequel

Inti Creates offers 3DS sequel to collaboration with comcept's Keiji Inafune ― Game maker Inti Creates (Mega Man Zero) announced at its Inti Creates Fan Festa 2015 event on Saturday that a sequel of its Nintendo 3DS download title Azure Striker Gunvolt has been green lit. Inti Creates developed the first game with comcept's Keiji Inafune of Mega Man/Rockman fame. For the sequel, the event unveiled an...
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XBlaze Lost: Memories Visual Novel Heads West This Summer

XBlaze Code: Embryo sequel ships in Japan in April ― Aksys Games announced on Friday that it will release XBlaze Lost: Memories, the sequel to Arc System Works' XBlaze Code: Embryo visual novel, on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita this summer. Aksys describes the story of the "blue memories adventure" game: Play as the enigmatic pink-haired protagonist as she navigates through a weird and wondrous ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc ‒ Episode 8

"Several surprisingly cliché ideas that don't really match each other, all slapped together into a comedy episode that just isn't very funny."
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Live-Action Patlabor's Feature Film Trailer Streamed

The Next Generation -Patlabor- feature to open in Japanese theaters May 1 ― Cinema Today began streaming the trailer for Mamoru Oshii's live-action feature-length The Next Generation -Patlabor- film on Friday. The story involves Section 2 Division 2 tracking down and fighting a terrorist who takes 10 million citizens in Tokyo hostage. Oshii is directing and writing the feature-length film that will o...

'MechaTsuku' Contest Finalist Videos Preview 5 Potential Mecha Anime

Winning promo video will get anime on Fuji TV ― Smartphone novel production company Every Star began streaming five promotional videos for the finalists in its "Bokutachi no Mitai Mecha Anime o Tsukurou Seisaku Iinkai" ('Let's make the mecha anime we want to see' production committee), or "MechaTsuku" for short, contest on Sunday. The video with the highest play count by March 31 will get an anime ad...
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The Rolling Girls ‒ Episode 8

"Everything just worked, and really sold the fundamental promise Rolling Girls so often makes but only occasionally keeps."
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Aldnoah.Zero ‒ Episode 20

For most of the series the Boy Wonders have been the only characters showing much real brainpower. Beginning with this episode, however, one of the adults finally starts showing some cunning. Despite Inaho and Slaine's superlative mental efforts, that adult could end up being the tipping point of the series' end plot run. That person is, of course, Count Mazuurek, who is the only Vers Knight so fa...
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Yo-Kai Watch Will Promote Tourism in Hawaii With Short Anime

Jibanyan becomes a tourist ambassador ― Hawaii Tourism Japan announced on Friday that it will launch a promotion in collaboration with the kids' anime and game franchise Yo-Kai Watch. The collaboration is planning a Hawaii-original short anime. The promotion, "Aloha! Yo-Kai Watch Rakuen Hawaii ♪ de Geragerapo!!" will launch on March 1 and run for two years with the aim of promoting tourism in Hawaii ...
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GARO THE ANIMATION ‒ Episode 20

"This was our long awaited “turn Octavia into a real character” episode, and it did not disappoint."
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Ushijima the Loan Shark Gets Comedy Spin-Off

4-panel series with SD characters to start March 2 ― The 14th issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Big Comic Spirits announced on Friday that Shohei Manabe's Ushijima the Loan Shark (Yamikin Ushijima-kun) manga will get a comedy spin-off titled Yamikin ♥Ushijima-Kyun on the Yawaraka Spirits website. Yūsuke Matsumoto will pen the four-panel series, which will start March 2. Manabe's original Ushijima the Loa...
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Final Fantasy XV's 1st World Introduction Video Showcases Wildlife

Game demo will ship with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD in March ― Square Enix North America began streaming its "World of Wonder Vol. 1" trailer for Final Fantasy XV on Friday. The video showcases Final Fantasy XV's creatures using the game's real-time graphics engine. The upcoming PlayStation 4/Xbox One action RPG is now in development. Square Enix previously announced some sections of the game will be pl...
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The List - 7 Reasons Gentlemen Prefer Elves

Every good fantasy series has a few incredible elf ladies on display. Today, Lynzee decides to finally share the elf. ― The term "bombshell" was coined, very appropriately, during World War II to refer to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, and other sex symbols of the era. There aren't any elves in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but there are plenty of wild, voluptuous fantasy women wielding swor...
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Deadman Wonderland GN 7

Deadman Wonderland is a dark, unsettling look into a private prison abusing the system for the whims of the Warden and a few governmental higher ups. ― Ever since 1864, a “wonderland” has been a world where the rules of logic do not apply, a carnival that can be by turns fun and frightening. Deadman Wonderland has been playing with that definition since its first volume, and now in its seventh we beg...
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Make Your Hug Pillow Experience More Pleasurable with Rub-Activated Talking

The phrase "pillow talk" has never been so literal until now. Former Kyushu Institute of Technology researcher Koichi Uchimura is launching a crowdfunding campaign for his Ita-Supo, the first talking hug pillow that responds to your caresses. The pillow case, which is being crowdfunded via Makuake, comes with two sensors, conveniently placed inside internal pouches at the breasts and crotch area. ...
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Mitarai - Tantei Mitarai Kiyoshi no Jiken Kiroku Manga Gets Live-Action Drama

Original novel that inspired manga also inspired live-action drama in 2007 ― This year's 14th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine will announce on Thursday that a live-action drama adaptation of Souji Shimada's Mitarai - Tantei Mitarai Kiyoshi no Jiken Kiroku (Mitarai- The Case Records of Detective Kiyoshi Mitarai) manga has been green-lit. The series, titled Tensai Tantei Mitarai ~Nankai Jiken File...
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Nōnai Poison Berry Manga Ends in March

"Accidental love" story launched in 2009, is inspiring live-action film this year ― The official website for Shueisha's Cocohana magazine is listing that Setona Mizushiro's Nōnai Poison Berry (Poison Berry in My Brain) will end in the magazine's May issue, which will ship in Japan on March 28. The announcement also mentions that the issue will reveal more information on the live-action film adapting ...

2nd Gundam the Origin Volume's Title, Fall Release Revealed

"Kanashimi no Artesia" to center around Casval & Artesia's separation, MS development ― The first volume of Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin opened in a limited two-week engagement in Japanese theaters on Saturday, and it ended with a teaser of the second volume, "Kanashimi no Artesia" (Sorrowful Artesia). The second volume will play in Japanese theaters this fall. The teaser notes that story moves thre...

Blood Blockade Battlefront Gets New Character, Bump of Chicken Song

Rie Kugimiya revealed as voice actress of mystery girl White for April TV anime ― The April issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is announcing on Wednesday that the Blood Blockade Battlefront anime will include an original character named White. Rie Kugimiya (Fairy Tail, Gintama, Fullmetal Alchemist) will voice the character, who is a mysterious and beautiful girl that appears before Leo. The mag...
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Shishō 2chan Novels Get TV Anime, Live-Action Film, TV Drama

Kamen Rider Gaim actor Mahiro Takasugi plays main character in adaptations of series that began in 2003 ― The Shishō (Master Teacher) series, a series of supernatural novels posted on the internet forum 2channel (2chan) by author Uni is inspiring a live-action film, live-action drama, and TV anime series in 2016 as part of a larger project. The live-action film will be a hybrid of both live-action an...

Amagi Brilliant Park's 7th Blu-ray/DVD to Include Unaired Episode

Kyoto Animation TV anime's final volume to ship on June 26 ― The seventh Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of Kyoto Animation's Amagi Brilliant Park anime will include a special unaired episode. The release will also include the 13th and final episode that aired on television. The television series' seventh Blu-ray Disc and DVD release is slated to ship in Japan on June 26. The release will also include t...
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Maaya Sakamoto to Perform Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture's Opening Theme

Cornelius, Shintaro Sakamoto contribute to song for anime's TV broadcast ― The official website for the Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture television anime announced on Friday that Maaya Sakamoto (The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled) will perform the series' opening theme song. Composer Cornelius (Appleseed: Ex Machina) will compose and arrange the song "Anata wo...

Friday, February 27

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Stand By Me Doraemon, Rurouni Kenshin Win Japan Academy Prizes

Robot cat's 1st 3D film competed with When Marnie Was There, Giovanni's Island, Conan, Doraemon, Buddha 2 ― Stand By Me Doraemon, the first 3D CG film starring the anime robot cat Doraemon, won the animation category in the 37th Annual Japan Academy Prizes on Friday. The film was competing against Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There, Giovanni's Island, Detective Conan: Dimensional Sniper, and Buddh...
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Idoling!!! Idol Group to Break Up in October

Group formed in 2006, performed Fairy Tail, Katekyo Hitman Reborn! songs ― The Idoling!!! female idol group announced on Friday that they will break up this October. The group's Idoling!!! variety television program will conclude on the Fuji TV network in September. According to sources connected with the group, the decision for the group to break up was made during management meetings that have been...
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Tokyo Ghoul √A ‒ Episode 8

"This is the final calm before the storm, and Tokyo Ghoul spends this time in its signature way: with quiet conversations between complex characters."
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Celebrate 40 Years of Hana to Yume at Namjatown

Kamisama Kiss, nine older manga showcased ― Namco's indoor theme park Namcotown will hold a special collaboration event with manga anthology Hana to Yume from March 7 to April 5 to commemorate the latter's 40th anniversary. Although their recent hit Kamisama Kiss gets pride of place, the event will also spotlight some of Hana to Yume's other noteworthy manga: Patalliro! (1979), Please Save My Earth (...
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The irregular at magic high school: Lost Zero x Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Collaboration Detailed

Smart phone game offers crossover costumes, item ― Square Enix unveiled more details on Friday about the collaboration campaign between the Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Lost Zero smartphone game and the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy Agito games. The collaboration event will run from March 1-8. During this time, monsters from Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will appear in Lost Zero on an exclusive sta...
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 7

"If you're here for the mix of silly and subtle humor, this episode is among the show's best."

Star Trek Actor Leonard Nimoy Passes Away

83-year-old voiced characters in Transformers, Kingdom Hearts ― Leonard Nimoy's wife Susan Bay Nimoy confirmed to The New York Times that the actor passed away this Friday morning. He was 83. The cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy announced that he had the disease last year, and attributed it to his smoking habit, though he quit three decades prior. Nimoy was be...
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Death Parade ‒ Episode 8

Two men enter Quindecim and one of them is a murderer. Nona wants to find out how Decim will handle this. The answer? Air hockey.
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Your lie in April ‒ Episode 19

"With so much to resolve in the series' final episodes, this feels like an unnecessary diversion."
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, February 15-21

Akame ga Kill!, Deadman Wonderland, Gangsta., 2 Black Butler volumes, Attack on Titan, Hatsune Miku: Unofficial Hatsune Mix, World Trigger, Death Note, Assassination Classroom The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on February 21. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 8Akame ga Kill! #1 Story: Takahiro / Art: Tetsuya...
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Rurouni Kenshin's Watsuki Ends Embalming Frankenstein Manga

Series began in 2007 ― This year's April issue of Shueisha 's Jump Square will announce on Wednesday that Nobuhiro Watsuki's Embalming - The Another Tale of Frankenstein will end in the following issue on April 4. Watsuki (Rurouni Kenshin, Buso Renkin) began the series with collaboration from his wife Kaoru Kurosaki in 2007, and Shueisha shipped the 9th compiled volume in December. Watsuki put the se...
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Detective Conan Invites Hungry Diners to His Pop-Up Cafe in Shibuya

In honor of the 19th Detective Conan film, Detective Conan: Gōka no Himawari (Detective Conan: The Hellfire Sunflowers), which opens April 18, the Tower Records Cafe at Shibuya's Tower Records will be transformed into the Detective Conan Cafe. The special Conan cafe will be open from March 28 to May 10, and will include limited edition character goods with original illustrations, as well as Conan-...
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Answerman - Business Minded

Hey, did you know that we're probably in another anime market bubble right now? Plus, the likelihood of Evangelion TV Blu-rays in the US, how Blu-ray rights are different than DVD, and the difference between licensing and distribution. ― Hey, I have a ton of questions in the Answerman inbox! Thanks to everyone that sent one in. Predictably, many people are talking about the ADV Films website, which ...
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 20

"Musani's resident Dostoevsky fangirl richly deserves this place in the sun."
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night PS Vita Game's Protagonist Promo Streamed

Daisuke Namikawa voices calm leader in June 25 spin-off rhythm game ― Atlus began streaming a new promotional video starring the Persona 4 protagonist for its Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita rhythm game on Monday. The video features Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth opening theme "Maze of Life" by Shihoko Hirata and Yumi Kawamura. Yū: I'll do it. Just watch. I'll convey how wonderful i...
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Toshiyuki Morikawa, Chiwa Saito Lead Ninja Slayer Anime's Cast

Sho Hayami, Sora Amamiya, Risa Taneda, Masane Tsukayama, Tessho Genda, Goblin also star in spring anime ― The official website for Ninja Slayer From Animation, the anime adaptation of the Ninja Slayer novel series announced the cast for the series on Friday. Toshiyuki Morikawa as Ninja Slayer Sho Hayami as Fujio Katakura/Dark Ninja Chiwa Saito as Nancy Lee Sora Amamiya as Koki Yamamoto Risa Taneda as...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 401

"It's refreshing to see two taijutsu users go at it, and the animators take no shortcuts, meaning we get to see every kick, punch and defensive maneuver."
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New Initial D the Movie Legend 2 Film's Teaser Streamed

Cast, staff return for 2nd film in reboot film series ― Avex began streaming a teaser trailer on Friday for Shin Gekijōban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō- (New Initial D the Movie Legend 2: Racer), the second film in the new Initial D film trilogy. The trailer features the theme song "The Brave (D Version)" by BACKDRAFT SMITHS. Text: The stage changes to the "mountain pass." Narrator: The second film. The ...
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Attack on Titan Water Cooler Campaign Offers 1/1-Scale Maneuver Gear

Japanese water cooler manufacturer Aqua Clara's Attack on Titan tie-in campaign launched today with more tangible prizes than just good health and well-hydrated skin. The company is offering a clear file of its water cooler carrying "Hydration Corps" members to anyone who purchases a "Dress-Up Server" cooler Attack on Titan panel featuring Eren, Levi, or the Colossal Titan. One person will get the...

Show By Rock!! TV Anime's Promo, Staff, April Premiere Date Unveiled

Takahiro Ikezoe directs adaptation of Sanrio's rhythm game at studio BONES ― The official website for the Show By Rock!! TV anime adaptation of Sanrio's mobile rhythm game of the same name unveiled the first animated promotional video for the series on Friday. Text: A single girl Text: Wandered into another world. Text: Now, fates will collide The website also updated, and unveiled the full staff lis...
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Alas, the Power/Rangers Short Film Is Quickly Disappearing

So far, several million people have gobbled up Adi Shankar and Joseph Kahn's Power/Rangers reimagination of the classic super sentai series, but that number is hitting a plateau. Both Kahn's Vimeo and Shankar's YouTube videos have been pulled, due to a copyright claim from Saban. Shankar released a statement, saying: Today, I was deeply disappointed to learn that Saban Brands decided to attack my ...
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Resident Evil Revelations 2's PS4 Frame Rate, PC Co-op Issues Highlighted

Capcom offering refunds to PC users due to lack of local co-op ― Players have discovered that Capcom's new Resident Evil Revelations 2 survival horror game for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC platforms runs at an unstable frame rate on the PlayStation 4. Digital Foundry released two videos that compares the game's frame rate on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In addition,...
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Dragon Quest Heroes Heads West on PS4 in 2015

Action RPG comes to N. America, Europe as PS4 exclusive ― Sony announced on Wednesday that Square Enix will bring its Dragon Quest Heroes action RPG to North America and Europe in 2015 as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. The company plans to release both physical and digital download editions (via PlayStation Store). Sony describes the game: In Dragon Quest Heroes, the protagonists must rise up against ins...
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Production I.G Unveils More Cast for Miss Hokusai Film

Yutaka Matsushige, Gaku Hamada, more in historical anime about Hokusai's daughter ― Production I.G announced additional cast members for its Miss Hokusai film on Friday. The newly announced actors include Yutaka Matsushige (live-action Kodoku no Gourmet television series, live-action Detective Conan movie), Gaku Hamada (live-action Space Brothers movie), Kengo Kora (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, l...
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Fans Have Already Tracked Down the Real-Life Location of 'Love Live! SunShine!!'

Love Live! fans are in a tizzy of speculation about "Love Live! SunShine!!," a new project revealed on Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Magazine website. While fans have been wondering whether or not it's a new game or a new OVA, or even a spin-off based on the mobile game Love Live! School Idol Festival's "normal" students, others have already tracked down the real-life locale featured in the promo shot. I...
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Namco Bandai Unveils Ray Gigant PS Vita Game

Dungeon RPG with 3 protagonists to ship in Japan this summer ― Bandai Namco Games unveiled the new Ray Gigant PlayStation Vita dungeon role-playing game on Thursday. Experience Inc. (Students of the Round, Demon Gaze) is developing the game with Bandai Namco Games, and the two companies will ship the game this summer in Japan. Bandai Namco Games is also streaming a promotional video for the game. The...

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Plastic Memories' Opening and Ending Themes Revealed

Eri Sasaki to sing opening theme, Asami Imai to sing ending theme for April TV anime ― The official website for the Plastic Memories original TV anime project revealed on Friday that Eri Sasaki will perform the anime's opening theme and Asami Imai will perform the ending theme. The title of the opening theme is "Ring of Fortune," and will be performed by Eri Sasaki (THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no ...
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Perfume's Ayaka Nishikawa Tops Female Idol Singer Ranking

The readers over at Goo Ranking weighed in last month on their favorite female idol singers. The poll takers were split evenly between 250 men and 250 women, but the winner was clearly Ayaka "A-chan" Nishikawa from the girl idol group Perfume. A-chan is the unofficial "center" of Perfume with fellow members Ayano "Nocchi" Oomoto and Yuka "Kashiyuka" Kashino, although the other two members didn't r...

Final Fantasy XV Gameplay Video, Trailer Streamed

Game's environments, dungeon, monsters shown in videos ― Video game news source IGN began streaming two new videos for Square Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy XV PlayStation 4/Xbox One action RPG. The first video (off an Xbox One console) shows some of the game's rural environments, and how to navigate through them. The second video shows a dungeon that players can travel to, and some of its monster inh...
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD's English Gameplay, Combat Videos Posted

Videos preview game's story, gameplay, combat mechanics ― Square Enix began streaming two new English videos for its upcoming Final Fantasy Type-0 HD PlayStation 4/Xbox One action RPG on Thursday. The first video is a gameplay overview, broadly going over the story and mechanics of the game, and features some of the English voice acting. The end of the video previews the Final Fantasy XV -Episode Dus...
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Kensho Ono, Screen Mode Perform Kuroko's Basketball Teikō Arc Anime Themes

GRANRODEO, OLDCODEX will return for final arc ― This year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will announce on Monday that Kensho Ono will perform the second opening theme "ZERO" and SCREEN mode will perform the second ending theme "Ambivalence" for the third Kuroko's Basketball anime. The themes will cover the Teikō arc. Then, GRANRODEO and OLDCODEX will return to perform the third opening...
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Compile Heart's Neptunia VII Game's Opening Movie Streamed

PS4 game featuring new characters to ship in Japan on April 23 ― Compile Heart began streaming the opening movie on Wednesday for its upcoming Shin Jigen Game Neptune VII (New Dimension Game: Neptunia Victory II) PlayStation 4 game. The opening movie introduces the main characters, including the recently revealed new characters B-sha, K-sha, C-sha, and S-sha. Compile Heart previously teased the new c...
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero PS Vita Game's 2nd Promo Shows Combat Abilities

Yūna Yūki fights monsters large and small in new video ― Game publisher FuRyu began streaming a second promotional video for Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru: Jukai no Kioku (Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Memory of the Woodland), its PlayStation Vita game based on the anime Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru (Yuki Yuna is a Hero), on Thursday. The video shows Yūna Yūki's basic combat mechanics against monsters both large and...

Digital Manga Reaches Kickstarter Goal to Print Tezuka's Alabaster

Company expects to ship both volumes in September ― North American publisher Digital Manga's Kickstarter campaign reached its goal of US$29,200 on Thursday to localize and publish Osamu Tezuka's two-volume revenge suspense manga Alabaster in English. The company expects to ship both volumes in September. The campaign will end on February 27, 2015 at 8:28 p.m. EST. Digital Manga describes the story: ...
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Parasyte -the maxim- ‒ Episode 20

"Suffice it to say, this was not the show I signed up for."
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend ‒ Episode 7

"The most important thing is that we are now four down and one to go when it comes to expanding Aki's harem to its full extent."
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Saekano -blessing flowers- PS Vita Game's 1st Promo Video Streamed

Voice actress Kiyono Yasuno introduces game modes ― Game developer MAGES began streaming the first promotional video for the Saekano -blessing flowers- PlayStation Vita game on Wednesday. The video features narration by the character Megumi Katō (voiced by Kiyono Yasuno) and introduces the different game modes. The game will utilize Live 2D software, which moves the characters with CGI, but retains t...
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Etrian Mystery Dungeon Video Introduces Hexer Class

Class inflicts status ailments on foes ― Atlus USA began streaming a video on Thursday introducing the Hexer class in its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Etrian Mystery Dungeon. The class uses curses to inflict status ailments on enemies. Atlus USA previously announced the Dancer, Landsknecht, Protector, and Runemaster classes. The crossover between Mystery Dungeon game series and Etrian Odyssey series i...
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3rd Death Note The Musical English Song Features Rem

Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!, Wicked) sing as Rem the death god ― The third full English song from Frank Wildhorn's Death Note the Musical, as sung by Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!, Wicked), debuted online. Manolakos is singing as the death god Rem. Although the song is in English and is sung by English actors, there is no word on an English version of the musical at this time. The upcoming stage musi...
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'Love Live! SunShine!!' Project Teased With Image

The official website for Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Magazine unveiled a teaser image labelled "Love Live! SunShine!! Start" on Thursday. The text in the image reads "Save me, Love Live!" An article will run in the April issue of Dengeki G's Magazine on Saturday. Image © 2013 Project Love Live!
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Videos Show Robin, Moriah, Perona, Magellan, Brook in Action

Drum Island, Alabasta, Mock Town, and Skypiea location profiles also posted ― The official website for Bandai Namco Games' upcoming One Piece : Pirate Warriors 3 action game began streaming five new character gameplay videos on Thursday. The videos feature Robin, Moriah, Perona, Magellan, and Brook. The website also added character descriptions for Robin, Moriah, Perona, Magellan, and Brook, as well ...

Funimation Licenses Jinsei - Life Consulting Anime

Full series to stream today ― North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has acquired streaming and home video rights for Jinsei - Life Consulting. The full English-subtitled series will be available streaming for Funimation subscribers at 6:00 p.m. EST on Thursday. The episodes will be the broadcast versions, and Funimation plans to release the final vers...

Aoharu x Kikanjū Survival Games Manga Gets TV Anime

Cross-dressing high school girl, host, and ero-manga artist form a survival games team ― The wrap-around band on the sixth volume of NAOE's Aoharu x Kikanjū (Aoharu x Machinegun) manga will announce on Friday that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit. NAOE began the series as a two-part short and then premiered the full series in Square Enix's GFantasy magazine in January 2013. The manga ...
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Isao Takahata Offers His Thoughts on War, Constitution

Says Grave of the Fireflies shouldn't be considered anti-war film ― While Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies is commonly viewed as an anti-war film, the director himself offered a contrary view in an interview earlier this year with the newspaper Kanagawa Shimbun. Grave of the Fireflies is considered an anti-war film, but while anti-war films are meant to prevent wars and stop them, that movie d...
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Kotori Koiwai Joins Nisekoi Anime's 2nd Season as Fū

2nd series adapting Naoshi Komi's Shonen Jump manga premieres in April ― This year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Kotori Koiwai (Joshiraku, Mekakucity Actors) will join the cast of the second television anime season of Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi manga. Naoshi Komi's original manga and the anime revolve around Raku Ichijō (Kouki Uchiyama), a normal high school ...

Vampire Holmes Original Creator Sena Yoshinobu Voices Lead in TV Anime

Nobunaga Shimazaki, Ayahi Takagaki also play characters in anime premiering April 4 ― The official website for the TV anime adaptation of Cucuri's escape game app Vampire Holmes announced the cast for the series on Thursday: Director, producer, singer-songwriter, and original creator of the game Yoshinobu Sena as Holmes Nobunaga Shimazaki (Free! Eternal Summer, Glasslip) as Hudson Ayahi Takagaki (Spe...
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Rest Your Wrists On A Life-Sized Lovely x Cation Bosom Mousepad

Super Sonico already has her own "life-sized" 3D mousepad, but not all oppai are built the same. Pink Pineapple, the eroge studio behind the OVA adaptation of Hibiki Works' Lovely x Cation visual novel, tweeted a few photos of their latest character good—a mousepad featuring character Aya Inubosaki, whose appeal apparently resides in her "modest" breasts. The character is clothed, but the pic...
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PS4 Gets Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest Crossover Cover Plate in Japan

Sony only making 100 copies of cover plate ― Sony is holding a contest from February 24 to April 26, with the opportunity to win a special PlayStation 4 cover plate that features art from both the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series. The cover plate's design features a Slime (a traditional monster from the Dragon Quest series), and a Moogle (a recurring race in the Final Fantasy series). The contes...
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The Seven Deadly Sins' 2nd New Spinoff Manga by Creator Posted

Stories about young Hendrickson, Gilthunder as protagonists available until May 10 ― The Japanese version of DeNA's free Manga Box smartphone and tablet app added Nakaba Suzuki's two spin-off manga of his original manga The Seven Deadly Sins on Tuesday. The first spinoff manga, titled Naku na, Tomo yo (Don't Cry, My Friend), is about Hendrickson and Dreyfus' younger years. The second spinoff manga, t...
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