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Kamen Rider Battride War II

There is probably a good videogame waiting to burst forth out of Kamen Rider Battride War II.
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Answerman - Pain in the Neck

This week, is it unethical to get around a stream being blocked in your country? Is RWBY being judged unfairly? Why don't consumers use (HD) video tapes? Any why do older manga get new anime?
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Spell of Desire GN 1

If you're looking for a new romance about actual grown-up people and you enjoy magic as a plot conceit – or cute kitties and puppies with a little animal rescue thrown in – this is worth checking out.
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House of 1000 Manga - Danza and Tesoro

Shaenon takes a tour of two works by legendary mangaka Natsume Ono.
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No Game, No Life Episodes 1-12 Streaming

Has a way of blunting its worst instincts, of undercutting its bad turns with humor and, yes, honest-to-goodness feeling that makes even its bumpiest stretches surprisingly enjoyable.
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The X Button - Equal Crime

This week, we find something to think about with Akiba's Trip and unwholesome rewards! Plus Judas Code, Street Fighter dress-up, and the chance to win some One Piece!
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Silver Spoon Sub.DVD

Silver Spoon is a "slice-of-life" with a distinct and deliberate narrative arc just under the surface, clearly a deeply personal work for its creator, and all around a pleasant and thoughtful time in the boonies.
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RIGHT TURN ONLY!! - Shining Wings

Swords! Idols! VRMMORPGs! Food! There's a little bit of everything in this edition of RTO with new and upcoming manga, including SAO: Fairy Dance, Kaze Hikaru, as well as an untranslated title by Aya Nakahara and a digital release Rebecca read so you don't have to!
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Ranma ½ Blu-Ray Set 2

Despite a few failed jokes, the second 23 episode set is still largely entertaining fare. With one exception, familiar faces are supplemented nicely by amusing newcomers, though that one exception is especially obnoxious.
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Say I Love You. GN 1 & 2

Kanae Hazuki's story treads some ground we don't always see covered to give us a romance that is both a little unsettling and far from sickly sweet.
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Friday, August 1

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Haruka Terui Stars in Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha TV Anime

Ad introduces title character played by Engaged to the Unidentified voice actress Pony Canyon began streaming a 15-second television commercial on Friday for the upcoming original anime series Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha. Haruka Terui (Engaged to the Unidentified's Kobeni) plays Yūna in the commercial. In the video, the main character Yūna Yūki introduces herself: "Hero, depart! I'm Yūna Yūki. I'm a hero in middle school. Everyday is noisy, but it's very fun! Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha will begin broadcasting in October." Seiji Kishi (
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Legendary Celebrates the Japanese Theatrical Release of Godzilla

― Although Legendary's Godzilla came out in the US back in mid-May, it was finally released in Japan last Friday, marking the homecoming of the country's favorite lizard. Legendary posted a video on YouTube today to mark the occasion, featuring commentary from film director Gareth Edwards, actor Ken Watanabe, voice talent from the Japanese dub, red carpet footage, and more. It also includes a few shots from Tokyo Midtown's MIDTOWN meets GODZILLA summer event, which showcases a 1/7 scale Godzilla replica and giant footprints.
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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods' English Dub Previewed in 2 New Clips

Film to open in theaters on August 5 FUNimation Entertainment streamed two new clips from its English dub of the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods film on Thursday and Friday. Tickets for the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods North American film screenings are now on sale through the official English website. Screenings start on Tuesday, August 5 in nearly 800 theaters. A red carpet premiere was held on Thursday, July 3. Funimation describes the story: Following the events from the Dragon Ball Z

Funimation Announces More Attack on Titan Dub Cast Members

Chris Smith, Brett Weaver, Cris George, Jonathan C. Osborne, Brian Mathis, more Funimation announced more cast members for the second home video release of its English Attack on Titan dub on Friday: ORUO – Chris Smith GUNTHER – Brett Weaver BEANE – Cris George SAWNEY – Jonathan C. Osborne DARIUS – Brian Mathis DIETER – John Burgmeier MARLO – Todd Haberkorn MOBLIT – Jerry Jewell NICK – Francis Henry WALTZ – Kyle Phillips Episodes 14-25 of the anime will get a standard edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack, a Limited Edition, a Limited Edition Plus, and a
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Twitter Comic Illustrates Self-Defense Tactics for All Heights

― Artist and stamp creator Nakashima723 has put together an instructional graphic to help defend against unwanted sexual advances. The image, which has been shared 16,406 times, illustrates four specific defenses that could be used if a target finds themselves trapped between a wall and their attacker. The suggestions are based specifically on the difference between the attacker and defender's height. Image 1 If your attacker is approximately your height, with both arms blocking an exit, a swift jab to the tender armpit can cause a great deal of pain.
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, July 20-26

The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on July 26. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1Naruto #66 Masashi Kishimoto Viz Media 4 22Attack on Titan: No Regrets #1 Story: Gan Sunaaku / Original creator: Hajime Isayama / Art: Hikaru Suruga Kodansha Comics 5 3- Black Butler #17 Yana Toboso Yen Press 1 43Attack on Titan #1 Hajime Isayama Kodansha Comics 59 5-Fairy Tail
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Locodol TV Anime's 1st DVD/BD Volume Includes OVA Episode

The first volume's home video release is slated for September 24 ― The official website for the Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Locodol Yattemita (Locodol) television anime announced the first Blu-ray and DVD will include the 25-minute original video anime episode, "Nagarekawa, Annai Shite Mita" (I Tried to Show You Around Nagarekawa). The volume will also bundle a special event ticket, a manga booklet drawn by original creator Kōtarō Kosugi, an eye catch and ending illustration postcard set, and video bonus extras.
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Employees of Japanese Mobile Carrier Re-Enact The Yowamushi Pedal Opening

― Japanese mobile provider Au by KDDI is trying to drum up excitement for their new Anime Pass subscription service, an extension of their partnership with Saffron Digital that gives subscribers unlimited access to 500 classic and new anime titles on their smartphones and tablets for 400 yen (about US$3.90) a month. Their campaign includes a shot-for-shot recreation of the third Yowamushi Pedal opening theme song, acted out by cosplaying KDDI employees who just can't get enough of anime and
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Mujaki no Rakuen OAD Cast Announced

Anime stars Yasuaki Takumi, Mayuka Nomura, Sachie Hirai, Ayano Niina, more ― The September issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal Arashi magazine announced the original anime DVD cast of Uran's Mujaki no Rakuen (Paradise of Innocence) manga on Friday. The anime stars: Yasuaki Takumi (The Familiar of Zero F's Ari) as Shōta Mayuka Nomura (Rescue Me!'s Sayaka Shimizu) as Konomi Sachie Hirai as Manatsu Ayano Niina (Star Driver's Kanako) as Rio Nana Inoue (Magikano's Rika) as Nako Kanami Satou (Akame ga KILL!'s Aria) as Sayo Hideki Araki is directing the anime. The DVD will be bundled with the sixth limited-edition manga volume on August 29.
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Kamen Rider Battride War II

There is probably a good videogame waiting to burst forth out of Kamen Rider Battride War II.
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Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Sequels' Summer Compilation TV Spot Streamed

Both films opening August 1 & September 13 ― The official YouTube channel for the live-action Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen film began streaming the "summer compilation" TV spot on Friday. The commercial features the theme song "Mighty Long Fall" by the band ONE OK ROCK, who also performed the first live-action Rurouni Kenshin film's theme song. Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno) will open on August 1, followed by Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends) on September 13. The film is holding a promotional campaign in all 47 prefectures in Japan:
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Answerman - Pain in the Neck

This week, is it unethical to get around a stream being blocked in your country? Is RWBY being judged unfairly? Why don't consumers use (HD) video tapes? Any why do older manga get new anime?
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Shonen Jump Features 3D Girls for the 1st Time in 18 Years

Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is breaking its 18-year dry spell on three-dimensional girls. This year's 36th issue, slated to hit store shelves in Japan on August 4, will include gravure images of actress Rika Adachi and Nogizaka46 idol Rina Ikoma dressed as the girls from Nisekoi. The last time the boys' magazine included gravure images was in 1996 with actress Yumi Adachi, who recently appeared as the spider woman Jorōgumo in the live-action

Yozakura Quartet's Yasuda Designs Characters for New Tenchi Muyo! Series

Series of 5-minute episodes slated to premiere in October ― Character designer Suzuhito Yasuda (Durarara!!, Yozakura Quartet) will design the characters for the new Tenchi Muyo! series, Ai: Tenchi Muyo!. Hiroshi Negishi (Tenchi Universe, Saber Marionette J) is returning to the franchise to direct and Masaki Kajishima is credited as the original creator. The characters include: Tenchi Masaki, the school's new student teacher. He's genetically predisposed to getting into trouble. Momo Kawanaga, the school's student council president. She is straight-forward and honest and has a strong sense of justice.
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The Seven Deadly Sins Anime's Game, Cast, Staff Announced

Anime of Nakaba Suzuki's fantasy manga to premiere on October 5 ― This year's combined 36th/37th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is announcing on Wednesday the cast and staff for the upcoming anime of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins manga. The magazine also revealed that a game based on the series is currently in production and will announce more details in the magazine's next issue, along with information regarding the opening and endings themes for the show. The cast includes: Meliodas: Yuuki Kaji (
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Next Front Line in Battle Against Titans: Chichibu

Seibu Railways x Attack on Titan promotion on Ikebukuro Line ― On August 6, Seibu Railways joins the onslaught of companies doing cross-promotions with Attack on Titan. Japanese rail fans can participate in a "stamp rally" to accumulate points to win prizes. According to a clip on Seibu Railways' "Attack on Chichibu" website, Levi, Eren and Mikasa are sallying forth to "Wall Chichibu" to fight the Titans — and taking the train for the first time. Chichibu is a mountain town northwest of Tokyo reachable via an extension of Seibu Railways' Ikebukuro Line. At one of six departure stations (Ikebukuro, Nerima, Tokorozawa, Irumashi, Hannou and East Hannou) and five different points in Chichibu (the train station, Chichibu Shrine, Chichibu Park Bridge, Jigen Temple and the Takasago Hormone restaurant) fans can scan QR codes containing more voice clips that elaborate the story — making the expedition something like a survey.
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Tensai Bakabon Comedy Manga Spoofs Dog of Flanders in 1st Anime Feature

Film by Eagle Talon's Frogman set to open next spring ― The official website for the Tensai Bakavon~Yomigaeru Flanders no Inu (Tensai Bakavon~The Resurrection of The Dog of Flanders) began streaming a teaser trailer for the anime film on Friday. The film will be the first full-length anime film project for Tensai Bakabon, Fujio Akatsuka's comedy manga about an idiotic boy and his father. (The film's title is deliberately spelled different from the manga's title.) The film's story will start from the last scene of

Digimon Adventure Anime Returns Next Spring in High School Sequel

Digimon Adventure TV, Digimon films get Blu-ray boxes in 2015 ― The Digimon Adventure 15th Anniversary Event announced on Friday that the characters of the first Digimon Adventure anime are returning next spring. The video shown at the end of the event described the main character Taichi as being 17 years old in high school with his Digimon partner Agumon. The sequel anime series will tell a "new story" "for all the 'DigiDestined' in the world." "Now, [once] again, the adventure evolves." A pamphlet at the event confirmed that the project is a new animation series in production.

Kamisama Kiss/Kamisama Hajimemashita Manga Gets 2nd Anime Season

Julietta Suzuki's supernatural romantic comedy shōjo manga published by Viz ― This year's 17th issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Julietta Suzuki's Kamisama Kiss (Kamisama Hajimemashita) manga is inspiring a second television anime season. The story begins with Nanami, a girl who finds herself homeless after her father leaves. She comes to the home of a man who offers to let her stay over — only to discover it is a Shinto shrine. The man happened to be a deity who has just transferred his status and his yōkai to Nanami. That yōkai's name is Tomoe, and a contract between him and Nanami can only be sealed in one way: with a kiss.

San Diego Police: Comic-Con Cosplayer's Injuries Were From Fall

Teen believed to have fallen after climbing a gate ― Police released further information on Thursday regarding the recent injuries suffered by a cosplayer attending San Diego's Comic-Con International event. Police have ruled that the 17-year-old cosplayer, who was admitted to a local hospital for skull and eye-socket fractures and cerebral hemorrhaging, sustained the injuries from a fall. After reviewing surveillance footage, police stated the victim was climbing a gate after an altercation with an older man and fell approximately six feet at 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning. She was found unconscious and bleeding near the Marriott Marquis and Marina pool near the San Diego Convention Center. The girl, who has not been identified because she is a minor, does not remember entirely what happened. Police stated she was under the influence of drugs.

Thursday, July 31

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The Last -Naruto the Movie-'s Longer Teaser Streamed

Tsuneo Kobayashi directs December 6 film with "final episode" tagline ― The official website for the next Naruto film, titled The Last -Naruto the Movie-, began streaming a longer teaser trailer on Friday. Narrator: The manga Japan can boast of to the world: Naruto. It's been 15 years since the start of its serialization. His battle is moving toward a shocking development! And so, in winter 2014, finally, the curtain will open on the last stage. The super epic film that connects to the next generation begins! To what's beyond the original work...
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Her Universe Collaborates With Ghibli For Clothing Line

― Sci-fi apparel company Her Universe was effortlessly chic at San Diego Comic Con last weekend, spearheading the very first "Geek Couture" fashion event in convention history alongside Hot Topic and Nerdist Industries. The show featured 36 pieces from 36 different designers, all showing a more fashionable side of geek fashion outside of logo tees and your stereotypical nerd swag. During the show, Her Universe's Ashley Eckstein announced that the company would be launching a line of
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Tickets for X Japan's NYC Concert Go on Sale on Friday

Band will also appear at New York Comic Con ― Tickets will go on sale for X Japan's upcoming concert in New York City's Madison Square Garden on Friday, August 1. X Japan band leader Yoshiki will reunite with his bandmates to perform the concert on October 11. The band will perform fan favorites and previously unreleased tracks. The group will also appear at New York Comic Con, where Yoshiki will attend a panel with Marvel's Stan Lee to discuss their collaborations, including the comic series based on Yoshiki,
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3D CG Doraemon Sits Down For A Real Life Interview

Doraemon joins Tetsuko Kuroyanagi to talk about his brand new CG animated movie. ― It has been almost 45 years since Doraemon first traveled back in time from the 22nd century to meet his best friend Nobita. Since then, he has starred in numerous different forms of media, including manga, anime, video games, and more, each time using his secret tools from the future to have fun and get out of pinches. This time, it seems that Doraemon is pulling out a super special secret tool that has helped him visit the third dimension to sit down with television personality

Funimation Streams Cancelled Psycho-Pass Episode

Episode broadcast delayed indefinitely in Japan due to related current events ― Thursday's broadcast of the fourth episode of the Psycho-Pass Extended Edition was cancelled in Japan and episode five was aired instead. North American distributor FUNimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has streamed the fourth episode this week as planned and will stream both the fifth and sixth episodes next week to catch up. Funimation stated the episode was skipped in Japan "due to recent incidents." The Psycho Pass website announced the delayed broadcast on Thursday,
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Priscilla Ahn's Latest Album Includes When Marnie Was There Theme

Priscilla Ahn, whose song "Fine on the Outside" is featured in Ghibli's When Marnie Was There film, released her latest album on iTunes this month. Just Know That I Love You includes not only the movie's theme song but other tracks inspired by the film, including "Marnie." Ahn offered her thoughts on the film, stating that she wrote "Fine on the Outside" nine years ago she "was thinking about my time as a teenager, and how lonely and difficult it was at times. I would literally sit on my bed and look out the window at night at the moon, and wonder if I was loved... if anyone would miss me if I was gone."
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Spell of Desire GN 1

If you're looking for a new romance about actual grown-up people and you enjoy magic as a plot conceit – or cute kitties and puppies with a little animal rescue thrown in – this is worth checking out.
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Capsule Servant Game Promo Features Mini Fate Series Characters

Tower defense game to ship with Fate/hollow ataraxia PS Vita game ― Kadokawa began streaming a promotional video on Thursday for Capsule Servant, which will bundle with the Fate/hollow ataraxia PlayStation Vita game. Capsule Servant is a tower defense game where players can use characters from several works in the Fate series. Players can control either Shiro (regular mode) or Rin (difficult mode). The full game, which is a port of Type-Moon's Fate/hollow ataraxia PC game, is slated to ship for the PlayStation Vita in regular and limited-edition versions in Japan on November 27. The limited edition will bundle an Avenger Nendoroid Petit figure and setting materials book and retail for 8,000 yen (about US$79). The regular version will retail for 6,000 yen (US$59).
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Hajime Yamamura's Ten ni Hibiki Manga Will End in August

Manga began publication in 2009 ― The September issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine will announce on Wednesday that Hajime Yamamura's orchestral manga Ten ni Hibiki (A Sound to Heaven) will end in the magazine's October issue on August 30. The final chapter will feature 48 color pages. Ten ni Hibiki tells the story of Kuzumi Akio, a young boy who plays the violin. One day, he watches his childhood friend, Sonari Hibiki, conduct an orchestra perfectly despite her young age. Akio is impressed and decides to further his career in music. The story follows him into adulthood as he tries to master the instrument.

Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru Anime by Akame ga Kill! Writer Announced

Persona 4's Seiji Kishi to direct original anime at Studio Gokumi ― A teaser website for an original anime series titled Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru (Yūna Yūki is a Hero) opened on Thursday introducing the anime's main staff. The series will air on MBS' "Animeism" block in starting in October. The staff includes: Original Work: Project 2H Series Planning: Takahiro (MinatoSoft) Director: Seiji Kishi Series Organizer: Makoto Uezu Character Designer: BUNBUN Animation Character Designer and Director: Takahiro Sakai
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Japanese Gamers Pick Their Favorite Video Game Companies

― A recent poll in Japan questioned 500 men and women about their video game buying habits. Of the 500 participants, 138 responded that they play video games and 73 replied that they have a favorite video game company they consistently patronize. Here are the favorite developers based on the 73 respondents' answers: Nintendo, 41.1%: One male participant mentioned his favorite series were Mario and Legend of Zelda, and two female participants mentioned
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House of 1000 Manga - Danza and Tesoro

Shaenon takes a tour of two works by legendary mangaka Natsume Ono.
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Digimon All-Star Rumble Game for PS3, Xbox 360 Announced

Game to ship in N. America on November 11, Europe & Australia this fall Bandai Namco Games announced the Digimon All-Star Rumble game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on Thursday. Prope (Digimon Adventure for PSP) is developing the party-arena multiplayer game, which will feature the franchise's famous Digimon who are able to "digivolve" into their respective advanced forms. The 12 "base" Digimon include Agumon, Biyomon, Dorulumon, Gabumon, Gatomon, Shoutmon, Tentomon, and Veemon. 32 Digimon forms are available for up to four players to battle in a
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Moon Prism Power-Up Your Balloon Art With Princess Serenity and Queen Elsa

― We've all seen our fair share of balloon art—dogs, mice, maybe a princess hat or two. But Sailor Moon fan and self-proclaimed balloon artist Robin Trout is giving the craft a royal makeover, successfully twisting balloons into two familiar princesses. Princess Serenity and Elsa balloon art by my amazing friend @serenitysp9 and photo by me! #SailorMoon #Frozen pic.twitter.com/MJLVWtuGsn— Casi (@SailorMoonLife) July 30, 2014 Robin isn't new to the
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Tales of Zestiria's Slay's Fusions With 4 Party Members Unveiled

Players can combine with fellow party members to use the powers of fire, wind, water and earth ― This year's 36th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing more details on the "Kamui" system used in Tales of Zestiria on Monday. The "Kamui" battle feature will allow players to fuse with human and heavenly being characters. In the game, Slay will be able to fuse with Lyra (voiced by Miyu Matsuki), changing his form to wield a large sword with strong flames. Fusing with Dezel (voiced by Daisuke Ono) will allow Slay to fly with blade wings and unleash tornadoes against enemies. Fusions with Edna (

The Last -Naruto the Movie-'s 15-Second Trailer Aired

Longer trailer for December 6 film premieres in movie theaters on Friday ― The first trailer for The Last -Naruto the Movie- aired on Thursday after the broadcast of Naruto Shippūden in Japan: Narrator: It finally comes to an end! The great film that connects to the next generation begins! Narrator: To what's beyond the original work... The Last -Naruto the Movie- Naruto: Let's get going. The full version of the video will premiere in Japanese movie theaters on Friday. The Last -Naruto the Movie- will open in Japanese theaters on December 6, and will be the first

Naruto's Sasuke Uchiha Gets Spin-Off Manga in Saikyo Jump

Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden author pens Uchiha Sasuke no Shuringan Den ― The September issue of Shueisha's Saikyo Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that a new spin-off manga of Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto will begin in the November issue, which is scheduled to be released on October 3. The spin-off titled Uchiha Sasuke no Shuringan Den (Sasuke Uchiha's Shuringan Legend) will be drawn by Kenji Taira. The manga will revolve around Sasuke Uchiha, a user of the Sharingan eye. Although he is usually cool, he also has a humorous side to him.
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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Game's Akihiko, Aigis Character Promos Streamed

2nd Arena fighting game uniting Persona 3, 4 characters ships in Japan in August, N. America in September ― Game Publisher Atlus Japan began streaming two character promotional video featuring Persona 3's Akihiko Sanada and Aegis (Aigis in the English version) for its upcoming 2D fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on Thursday. Akihiko: A bad reaction, huh... I'm lucky. Somtimes, this kind of things is actually a bulls-eye. I'm going to keep going. This is is my pre-emptive attack! Akihiko: You sure have some good hobbies, huh? You make it sound like this is the entrance to Hell.
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Monogatari's NisiOisin Gets 1-Shots in Weekly Shonen Jump

Manga adaptations of 'Aru Asa Okitara' and 'Henshin Ganbō!' stories planned ― This year's 36th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump is announcing on Monday that author NisiOisin will get two one-shot manga adaptations in upcoming issues. Artist Yūya Kawada (Smoky B.B.) will draw the adaptation of "Aru Asa Okitara" (When I Awoke One Morning) in the 37th issue and Masaru Miyokawa (St&rs) will draw "Henshin Ganbō!" (Reply Requested!) in the 38th issue. The Kodansha Box imprint released NisiOisin's Owarimonogatari Part III novel of his ongoing
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Est Em Plans to End Golondrina Manga in 6th Volume

Story of female bullfighter to continue in book form after IKKI stops publication ― Manga artist est em posted on her Twitter account last Friday that she plans to end her Golondrina manga after six volumes. Four volumes of the manga are currently on sale now. Em launched the work about a female bullfighter in Shogakukan's Monthly Ikki magazine in 2011, but the magazine revealed last week that it will suspend publication with its November issue on September 25. Em added that by the time the Monthly Ikki stops publication, the magazine will have published through volume 5 of the manga. Em also
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, July 21-27

Tokyo Shin Seiroku: Operation Abyss, Corpse Party Blood Drive, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 21-27 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yōkai Watch 2 Ganso/Honke Level 5 July 10 180,880 1,829,533 73 23DS Yoshi's New Island Nintendo July 24 58,285 58,285 3 Wii U Mario Kart 8 Nintendo May 29 18,129 560,487 80 4PSV Ore no Shikabane o Koete Yuke 2 (Including Limited Editions) Sony Computer Entertainment July 17 17,690 111,465 67 5 PSV Tokyo Shin Seiroku: Operation Abyss (Including Limited Editions)
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Japanese Comic Ranking, July 21-26

Inu × Boku SS, Vagabond, Magi, Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun, Giant Killing in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Inu × Boku SS 11 252,606 252,606 2014/07 Square Enix Cocoa Fujiwara 1 1 2 Vagabond 37 243,422 243,422 2014/07 Kodansha Story & Art: Takehiko Inoue / Original Novel: Eiji Yoshikawa 2 1 3 Magi 22 191,513 387,222 2014/07 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 2 2 4 Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun 5 185,392 185,392 2014/07 Square Enix Izumi Tsubaki 4 1 5 Giant Killing 32
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Tokyo International Film Festival to Host Hideaki Anno Event

50 works from Evangelion creator to be featured at October festival ― The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival on October 23-31 will host a large event dedicated to the works of Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno. The "Hideaki Anno's World" exhibition will screen around 50 of Anno's works. The screenings will include Anno's theatrical and television anime, as well as his independent works during his student days, short films, commercial films, and promotional videos. This will be the first event to host such a scope of Anno's works.

Wednesday, July 30

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Universal Studios Japan Hosts 2015 Event with Attack on Titan, Evangelion Attractions (Updated)

"Universal Cool Japan" event to also feature Monster Hunter, Resident Evil attractions ― Japanese financial news source Nikkei reported on Thursday that Universal Studios Japan in Osaka will host a limited-time exhibit next year called "Universal Cool Japan." The official Twitter account for the Attack on Titan anime series has revealed that the theme park will host a "Shingeki no Kyojin the Real" attraction for visitors to experience "the fear and despair" of the series "right in front of their eyes." The Twitter account also linked to an official website on
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Soul Reviver Manga Has Live-Action Hollywood Film in the Works

Tohru Fujisawa, Manabu Akishige's manga centers on 2 people who salvage souls Tohru Fujisawa (GTO) and Manabu Akishige's (D-ASH, GO-ON!) Soul Reviver manga has a live-action Hollywood adaptation in the works. Edward Zwick (director, The Last Samurai, Glory, Courage Under Fire) and Marshall Herskovitz (producer, The Last Samurai, Traffic, I Am Sam) are in charge of the film at Herskovitz's The Bedford Falls Company. Fujisawa said that he is looking forward to what kind of shape a Hollywood adaptation will take for his Japanese comic and its worldview. Zwick said of the adaptation that he has always been influenced by Japanese films, and he is pleased that through this project he will be able to expand his relationship with Japanese films and also shoulder part of the burden on this product of Japanese culture.

San Diego Police Arrest 29-Year-Old Male in Alleged Assault on Comic-Con Cosplayer

Teenage victim was found bleeding and unconscious on Sunday morning ― San Diego Harbor Police stated they have arrested a 29-year-old Justin Kalior on Sunday in the alleged assault of a 17-year-old cosplayer at San Diego's Comic-Con International event. Kalior is being charged with "sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of minor." The cosplayer, whose name is being withheld because she is a minor, was found unconscious, beaten, and bleeding near the Marriott Marquis and Marina pool by the San Diego Convention Center around 1:00 a.m. Sunday, according to police Sgt. Todd Rakos. Her mother stated that the attack happened on her daughter's birthday, and her first visit to the event. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.
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Today in History: End of the Meiji Era

The era of Rurouni Kenshin and many other titles ended on July 30th, 1912. ― On July 30, 1912 Emperor Mutsuhito, posthumously named Emperor Meiji, died. Emperor Meiji was the 122nd emperor of Japan and reigned from February 3, 1867 until July 30th, 1912. Mutsuhito was born on November 3, 1852 during the Edo Period. Established by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603, the Tokugawa Shogunate ruled Japan throughout the Edo period (Named after the city of Edo, now Tokyo, where Tokugawa established his capital), and the emperor, while officially the head of state, was effectively a mere figure head.
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Ayumi Tsunematsu Stars in New Futari H OVA

1st OVA volume slated for October 10 ― The wraparound jacket band on the 61st volume of Aki Katsu's Futari H (Manga Sutra) manga is announcing on Tuesday that voice actress Ayumi Tsunematsu will star in the new original anime video series as Yura Onoda. Tsunematsu has previously voiced Ageha Chōno in Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil, Maiya Hisau in Fate/Zero, Takako Kawajiri in Hanasaku Iroha - Blossoms for Tomorrow, and Marina Ismail in Gundam 00. The new video anime is slated to debut on October 10. The band The Zig Zags will perform the
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Masaaki Yuasa's Studio Shows Off The Animation Technique Behind Ping Pong

Science SARU, a production studio founded by Masaaki Yuasa (Ping Pong, Kick-Heart) and Eunyoung Choi (key animation for Kick-Heart, Space Dandy) recently posted a video showing some of the flash animation techniques used in Ping Pong. Flash animation in Ping Pong from Science SARU on Vimeo. Video description: Some people asked us about our special animation technique in the Ping Pong TV series. In this short video you can see the “insides” of two scenes we worked on for the show. Animators developed a new digital technique, in order to get slow movements, turnings and big zooms, that would have been very difficult in hand drawn animation.

Sentai Filmworks Announces Watamote English Dub Cast

David Matranga, Emily Neves costar with Monica Rial Sentai Filmworks announced the full English dub cast for WATAMOTE on Wednesday. The series will ship on Blu-ray and DVD on August 26. The cast, directed by Emily Neves, includes: Monica Rial as Tomoko Kuroki David Matranga as Tomoki Kuroki Emily Neves as Yuu Margaret McDonald as Hina Ashley Miller as Okada Blake Shepard as Kiyota Clint Bickham as Suzuki Blake Shepard as Yandere Boy John Johnston as Teacher Carli Mosier as Nurse Johnny De La Cerda as Kosaka

Funimation Announces A Certain Magical Index II Dub Cast

English dub will premiere at Otakon convention on August 8-10 Funimation announced the English dub cast for its home video release of A Certain Magical Index II on Wednesday. The dub will premiere at Baltimore's Otakon convention on August 8-10. The cast includes: Alex Moore as Agnese Sanctis Kristin Sutton as Angelene Bryn Apprill as Awaki Musujime Ed Blaylock as Charles Conder Rachel Robinson as Lidvia Lorenzetti Lauren Landa as Lucia Jennifer Green as Oriana Thomson Mallorie Rodack as Orsola Aquinas Bob Carter as Ouma Yamisaka
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Open Up Your Own Polar Bear Cafe With Ichiban Kuji

New lottery includes stuffed animal versions of all your favorite furry friends and much more! ― Nobody can really tell you where what inspired Polar Bear Cafe. To say that it has a unique premise and cast of characters would be a gross understatement. But one thing that everyone can say for sure is that the series is strangely endearing, so much so that many people wish that they could take part in this fuzzy everyday life. Well, thanks to the marvel that is the Ichiban Kuji lottery system, you too can finally know what it's like to be a customer at the

Seven Seas Licenses 12 Beast, Servamp Manga

Manga title by Monster Musume's OKAYADO slated for April 2015 Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Tanaka Strike's Servamp and and OKAYADO's 12 Beast manga. The first volumes are slated for March 2015 and April 2015, respectively. Servamp is currently serialized in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Gene. The series launched with the magazine in 2011 and Media Factory published the sixth compiled volume with a drama CD in Japan last week. The story follows a first year high school student named Mahiru Shirota, who finds a black cat named Kuro. Kuro turns out to be a Servamp: a servant vampire. Mahiru ends up getting tangled up in a conflict between vampires.
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No Game, No Life Episodes 1-12 Streaming

Has a way of blunting its worst instincts, of undercutting its bad turns with humor and, yes, honest-to-goodness feeling that makes even its bumpiest stretches surprisingly enjoyable.
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The X Button - Equal Crime

This week, we find something to think about with Akiba's Trip and unwholesome rewards! Plus Judas Code, Street Fighter dress-up, and the chance to win some One Piece!
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Beerus Learns About Goku in New Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Dub Clip

Film to open in theaters on August 5 FUNimation Entertainment began streaming a new clip of its English dub of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods on Wednesday. Tickets for the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods North American film screenings are now on sale through the official English website. Screenings start on Tuesday, August 5 in nearly 800 theaters. A red carpet premiere was held on Thursday, July 3. Funimation describes the story: Following the events from the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it's too late. Only Goku, humanity's last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe! Fans of the series will be delighted to know that Battle of Gods is an original work from

Monthly Ikki Magazine's Individual Series' Plans Announced

Magazine details which series will cease publication, go on to different publications or published in separate volumes. ― The September issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Ikki magazine announced the fates of its series on Friday after the magazine suspends publication. The following series will end in the October issue: Hideki Arai and Taichi Yamada's Kūya Shōnin ga Ita Seiman Dōman's Nickelodeon The following series will end in the November issue Shunju Aono's Ikki to Watashi Yanboru Chūō's Kuma Fūfu Notsu's Songbook Ayumi Osada's Nōken Sakumi Yoshino's period Kumiko Suekane's
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Spelunking Necklace Charms Dive Into Unexpected Crevices

― ekoD Works has a penchant for humorous clothing and accessories. The company took to Campfire, a Japanese crowdfunding website, to raise 400,000 yen (about US$3,917) to create a series of "diving" necklace charms. Whether it's a parachuting pilot, a swim team diver, a rock climber, or just a free-falling business man, these charms have one destination: women's cleavage. The successful campaign has already raised its target to mass produce what was previously a limited supply of necklaces.

Anime Production Companies, Manga Publishers Crack Down on Piracy

580 copyright violators will receive content removal requests beginning Friday ― The Japanese government, along with 15 anime production companies and manga publishers, will initiate an anti-piracy campaign, focusing predominately on China, next month. The Cultural Affairs Agency estimates a loss of 560 billion (about US$5.5 billion) yen to Chinese piracy in major cities in 2012. The Ministry of Economy estimated damages of two trillion yen (US$19.6 billion) from America in 2013. The enforcement will begin on Friday and span five months. It will cover 500 manga titles and 80 anime titles with online reading, storage, video sharing, and torrent sites marked as specific targets. The companies and government will begin sending requests for content removal on Friday to about 580 identified violators.
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Keep Non Non Biyori Close To Your Heart With A Secret Tie

Bring a little bit of the countryside with you no matter where you go. ― When life throws you a curve ball or two, you may need to have a bit of mental escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life. And nobody knows the virtue of enjoying simple pleasures of life like the cast of Non Non Biyori. Unfortunately, not everybody can live in the countryside, or even get there very easily. To remedy this problem, Cospa has designed a number of new Non Non Biyori goods, designed to take a piece of simplicity and innocence with you wherever you go.
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Futari wa Pretty Cure Voice Actress Youko Honna Announces Marriage

Voice of Nagisa Misumi/Cure Black, Koi Suru Tenshi Angelique's Ange marries person outside of industry ― Voice actress Youko Honna announced on her official blog on Wednesday that she has married to a person unrelated to the industry that she had been dating for some time. She described the individual as very cheerful and having a wonderful smile, and added that he is very kind to everyone. Finally, she wrote, "I can finally say this line: '...I've fallen in love with someone.'" Honna is possibly best known for her role as Nagisa Misumi/Cure Black in the first
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Shinshokan's Yuri Manga Magazine Hirari Ends Publication

Magazine that launched in 2010 featured works by Milk Morinaga, Gido Amagakure ― The 14th volume of Shinshokan's yuri manga magazine Pure Yuri Anthology Hirari announced on Wednesday that that it will end publication with that issue. The magazine first launched in 2010 with a new issue released every four months. The magazine's staff expressed its heartfelt gratitude to both the authors and readers for their support across the 14 issues. The staff added that while the physical pages of Hirari will disappear, the "genes" will "tenaciously and strongly" live on. The notice ends by saying, "Let's meet again, somewhere."

Takahiro Sakurai, Hiroko Taguchi Lead Le Fruit de la Grisaia Anime's Cast

Ryouko Tanaka, Tomoe Tamiyasu, Kaori Mizuhashi, Ai Shimizu also join cast; Maon Kurosaki, fripside's Yoshino Nanjou perform theme songs ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of the Le Fruit de la Grisaia (Grisaia no Kajitsu) adult PC game updated on Wednesday, and unveiled the cast and theme song performers for the series. The series will star: Takahiro Sakurai (.hack//Roots, Psycho-Pass) as Yūji Kazami, the male protagonist. A foreign exchange student who transfers to Mihama Academy, his sister died in an accident when he was young, and his parents have also passed away. He has a very callm personality, but sometimes the things he says that seem out of place make him stand out.

New Junjo Romantica Boys-Love Anime is 3rd TV Series

2nd season adapting Shungiku Nakamura's manga premiered in 2008 ― The wrap-around band around the 18th compiled volume of Shungiku Nakamura's Junjō Romantica (Innocent Romantic) boys-love manga is announcing on Thursday that a third season of the television anime adaptation of the manga has been green-lit. The 17th volume of the manga had listed last year that the manga had more anime in the works, but did not specify the variety. The manga already inspired two anime seasons in 2008, and Right Stuf licensed both for North America.

Comic Blade Ceases Publication, Replaced with Comic Garden Magazine

Most series become available online; Monochrome Factor's Sorano's new series, Elemental Gelade one-shot published in new print magazine ― The September issue of Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Blade magazine is announcing on Wednesday that the magazine will cease publication as of the September issue. The following series from the magazine will continue to be published online at the magazine's new website that will open on September 1, and will be available to read for free monthly: Sketchbook by Totan Kobako Mahō Tsukai no Yome (Bride of the Mage) by Kore Yamazaki Chichi Kogusa (Father & Child Grass) by Mi Tagawa
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