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The Mike Toole Show - What's The Criterion?

Mike wonders aloud which anime would be a good fit for the prestigious Criterion Collection.
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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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The List - 7 Shuttered American Anime Companies

Here's a salute to bygone American anime companies, we knew ye well.
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Answerman - I Am Not At SDCC

Since Justin isn't at SDCC, he can answer all your questions about anime studios' work on American cartoons, why short TV series don't get licensed, why voice actor commentaries are so rare, and the history of anime theme songs.
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Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn

Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn does little more than its assigned duty as a playground for battle-mecha carnage. It's enjoyable in quick little brawls, never outright terrible but always a bit tedious.
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Interview: Thomas Sirdey, Co-Founder, Japan Expo

The co-founder of last year's rocky Japan Expo 1st Impact talks about all the dramatic changes to this year's event, what went wrong last time and what to expect from this year's show at the San Mateo Event Center.
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One Week Friends Episodes 1-12 Streaming

What begins as an amnesia-seasoned sort-of romance eventually becomes something far richer: a gentle tale of connection and friendship, of evolving feelings and sweetly ordinary bonding.
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Knights of Sidonia

While the plot and characters of this 3D CG mecha series may not be especially compelling or fresh, the action, visuals, and setting details are sharp enough to keep viewers coming back.
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Kill la Kill [Limited Edition] BD+DVD 1

It's easy to understand what Kill La Kill wants to say in every moment because its ideas are simple, but conveyed in ways never quite seen before, and its healthy splashes of humor grow out of its thematic ideas rather than combating them.
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Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara Complete Series Streaming

If Her Flag Breaks is giggle out loud (if not laugh) funny in places, enjoyably self-referential in others, and just generally an entertaining show to watch. It may not be top-notch, but it is enjoyable
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Monday, July 28

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Danganronpa, Red Data Girl Manga End

Danganronpa lauched in 2013; Red Data Girl debuted in 2012 ― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa Shoten's Shōnen Ace magazine announced on Wednesday that Takashi Tsukimi's Danganronpa - Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō Kōkōsei and Ranmaru Kotone and Noriko Ogiwara's Red Data Girl manga series ended in the magazine's September issue on Saturday. The Danganronpa - Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō Kōkōsei manga launched in 2013, and Tsukimi drew the art for the adaptation of Spike Chunsoft's video game. The fourth compiled volume will

Sunday, July 27

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Japanese Box Office, July 14-20

Pokémon XY film, When Marnie Was There open at #1, #3, respectively Pocket Monster XY: Hakai no Mayu (Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction) debuted this week at #1. The film guest-stars Marika Matsumoto, Japanese pro soccer player Atsuto Uchida, Yoshiko Mita, Kouichi Yamadera, Shoko Nakagawa, Rika Adachi, and comedian duo Nakagawa-ke, and . In the film's story, a country called the Diamond Empire falls into chaos when the legendary Pokémon Diancie loses her power to control the Holy Diamond, the empire's power source, and so she enlists the help of Ash and his friends. The film ranked #2 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 393,181,683 yen (US$3,863,816) on 357 screens.
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, July 14-20

The Secret World of Arrietty, Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened films air Studio Ghibli's The Secret World of Arrietty aired on NTV on Friday, July 18 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 17.2% rating. Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened aired on TV Tokyo on Thursday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. an earned a 4.7% rating. The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee film, Konchū Monogatari Mitsubachi Hutch - Yūki no Melody, aired on TBS on Sunday, July 20 at 3:00 p.m. and earned a 2.5% rating. Soreike! Anpanman: Tobase! Kibō no Handkerchief

Harmony Gold to Release Robotech/Super Dimension Fortress Macross DVD Set

U.S. cartoon, its anime inspiration to ship together in September ― Harmony Gold USA announced on Friday that it will release its 1985 Robotech animated television series with the 1982 Super Dimension Fortress Macross television anime on DVD. Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Robotech The Classic Collection - Volume 1 exclusively through online retailer Amazon on September 23. The four-disc DVD set will include the first 18 episodes of both the American broadcast version of Robotech and the original and uncut Japanese version of

4th Sailor Moon Dub Clip Features Sailor Mercury, Mars

Kate Higgins and Cristina Vee star as Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars Viz Media introduced Kate Higgins as Sailor Mercury and Cristina Vee as Sailor Mars in the latest Sailor Moon English dub clip on Sunday. Todd Haberkorn appears as Jadeite and Stephanie Sheh as Sailor Moon. Viz also uploaded an extended version of the previous dub clip featuring Luna (Michelle Ruff) where Usagi transforms for the first time. The dub cast is as follows: Stephanie Sheh as Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon Kate Higgins as Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury
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Drawn & Quarterly Adds Shigeru Mizuki's Hitler, Tadao Tsuge's Trash Market Manga

Trash Market slated for February 2015, Hitler for 2015-2016 ― North American publisher Drawn & Quarterly announced at their Comic-Con International panel on Sunday that it will release Shigeru Mizuki's Hiter and Tadao Tsuge's Trash Market manga. Trash Market is slated for release in February 2015 and will retail for US$22.95. The volume contains six stories about life in post-World War II Japan. Drawn & Quarterly describe the story: “Trash Market” and “Gently Goes the Night” touch on key topics for Tsuge: the charming lowlifes of the Tokyo slums and the WWII veterans who found themselves unable to forget the war. “Song of Showa” is an autobiographical piece about growing up in a Tokyo slum during the Occupation of Japan with an abusive grandfather and an ailing father, and finding brightness in the joyful people of the neighborhood.
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Miritari! 4-Panel Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime

A high school student is caught between two warring Dukedoms Ichijinsha announced at its Miritari! booth at WonderFest that an anime adaptation of Mamo Williams' four-panel comedy manga is in the works. The story takes place during a conflict between the Krakozhia Dukedom and the Grania Republic. In the midst of the fighting, a savior appears to the Krakozhia Dukedom, and it is a high school student named Sōhei Yano. Two female soldiers, First Lieutenant Ruto and Second Lieutenant Haruka, appear in tanks to intrude on Sōhei's everyday life, followed by the enemy soldier Shachirofu, all of whom use firearms without hesitation at his house.
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The Mike Toole Show - What's The Criterion?

Mike wonders aloud which anime would be a good fit for the prestigious Criterion Collection.
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Shino Shimoji, Yu Wakui, Yui Ishikawa Star in New Aikatsu TV Anime

3rd series slated for October premiere ― The official website for the Aikatsu! television anime series announced that Shino Shimoji, Yu Wakui, and Yui Ishikawa will join the cast. The three voice actresses will play new junior idols at the Starlight Academy, Akari Ōzora, Sumire Hikami, and Hinaki Shinjō, respectively. Sumire Morohoshi is returning as the protagonist, Ichigo Hoshimiya. The new series will debut in October. Pictured left to right: Sumire Hikami is a quiet and "cool" type who likes fortune-telling, Akari Ōzora is a "cute" type who admires Ichigo and is klutzy but cheerful and positive, and Hinaki Shinjō is a "pop" type and a fashionable girl who knows the
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Danny Choo Shows Off the Pulley System Behind His Smart Doll

― Culture Japan's Danny Choo recently showed off a proof-of-concept video for the mechanical pulley system that will be used inside the Mirai Suenaga Smart Doll, inching ever closer to the dream of having a doll that can autonomously move and interact with its owner via a smartphone app. The next version aims to have the pulleys attached to internal motors. Those interested in the Smart Doll project can follow the progress here. Cover image from smartdoll.jp

Terra Formars Promo Video Introduces OVA's Story

OVA episodes to bundle with manga volumes; television anime to premiere this fall Warner Brothers Anime began streaming a trailer for the OVA adaptation of Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana's Terra Formars manga on Sunday. The first volume of the OVA will ship with the 10th volume of the manga on August 20 and the second volume will ship with the 11th volume in November. The trailer ends with a teaser for the upcoming television anime, which is slated for this fall. The story of the original manga begins in the year 2577, hundreds of years after scientists sent cockroaches and mold to terraform Mars. However, when the first manned ships land on Mars, they encounter large humanoid cockroaches with great strength, and are wiped out. Humanity then sends elite warriors to Mars to eliminate the cockroaches.
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The Seven Deadly Sins Anime Commercial Streamed

Series to premiere on October 5 ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins manga began streaming a promotional video on Sunday. The anime series is slated to premiere on October 5. The text and narration in the commercial says: "The strongest, worst knighthood. Once, there were seven deadly sins who were feared for planning to overthrow the kingdom. That adventure will overturn the world. Wrath. Envy. Greed. Sloth. Lust. Gluttony. Pride."
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Honda's Asimo Robot Has Coffee-Serving Skills

― Honda began working on its humanoid Asimo robot as early as 1986, and it's made literal leaps and bounds since then. The current version can walk backwards, forwards, go up and down stairs, recognize multiple faces at once, and work in your local Starbucks. The robot's dexterous hands can both pour and serve drinks, whether they're in a glass or a soft paper cup, with ease. Asimo is also bilingual in both Japanese and English, too. But human baristas aren't out of work yet. Asimo's battery life only lets him run for about 40 minutes, probably not long enough to work a standard eight-hour shift.

Fate/Stay night's 'Heaven's Feel' Route Gets Film

1st promo also streamed for ufotable-animated film following Sakura Matō ― The staff and cast of the upcoming Fate/stay night anime announced on Sunday at the Fate/stay night announcement conference in Shinagawa, Tokyo that an animated film adaptation of the original game's 'Heaven's Feel' route has been green-lit. The first promotional video that announced the adaptation was also unveiled at the event: 「Fate/stay night」Heaven's Feel PV01 by pKjd The promotional video features Noriko Shitaya as Sakura and Noriaki Sugiyama as Shirō, and both voice talents took part in the event.

New Fate/stay night TV Anime is 'Unlimited Blade Works'

New promo for 2-cour anime unveils route following Rin, Archer ― The staff and cast of the upcoming Fate/stay night anime announced on Sunday at the Fate/stay night announcement conference in Shinagawa, Tokyo that the story of the anime will follow the original game's 'Unlimited Blade Works' route. A new promotional video for the anime premiered at the event: The staff also announced that the anime will premiere on Japanese television on October 4, and will be split up into two cours. The latter half of the anime will premiere in April 2015. Newcomer

Udon Entertainment Licenses Kill La Kill Manga, More

3 more Manga Classics, 9 artbooks, Robotech artbook project, Katamari comic Udon Entertainment announced at its San Diego Comic Convention panel on Saturday that it has licensed the Ryou Akizuki's Kill la Kill manga adaptation, the complete Katamari webcomic by Alex Culang and Raynato Castro, three new Manga Classics titles, and nine art books. The company also announced an original artbook project for Robotech. Akizuki (Asura Cryin', Uchuu no Stellvia) began the ongoing Kill la Kill manga in Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine last October shortly after the anime premiered. The North American release is slated for 2015. Kadokawa

Saturday, July 26

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Air Gear's Oh! great Designs Original Monster for Digimonstory Cybersleuth

PS Vita game with character designs by Suzuhito Yasuda slated for 2015 ― Japanese news website 4gamer revealed two new designs on Friday for the Digimonstory Cybersleuth PlayStation Vita game, including a creature designed by Air Gear and Tenjo Tenge manga artist Oh! great. The monster (pictured above), is called "Eater." Eater is a bug that suddenly appears in cyberspace, exhausting the data of any human or Digimon that touches it. The new character (pictured below) is Arata Sanada, a mysterious boy dressed in white that the protagonist meets in a dungeon.
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Tekken 7 Fighting Game's Announcement Trailer Streamed

New trailer streaming with Japanese and English voice tracks Bandai Namco Games began streaming the full-length trailer for its Tekken 7 arcade fighting game on Friday. The trailer premiered at the company's panel at Comic Con International in San Diego. The trailer is streaming with English and Japanese voice tracks. Tekken series producer Katushiro Harada acknowledged that he had not planned on announcing the latest installment in the Tekken fighting game franchise at Evo 2014. However, he had "no choice but to announce" it when the game's logo

Kodansha USA Adds Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Let's Dance a Waltz Manga

Yoshikawa's "love x kiss x comedy" manga is inspiring original anime DVDs Kodansha USA announced at its Comic-Con panel on Saturday that it licensed Miki Yoshikawa's Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo) and Natsumi Ando's Let's Dance a Waltz (Waltz no Ojikan) manga. The story of Miki Yoshikawa's original "love x kiss x comedy" manga begins when Yamada, the high school's worst problem child, bumps into the beautiful honor student Shiraishi on the stairs, and their lips touch as they fall. When they regain their wits, they realize that they have swapped bodies. As time progresses, the two realize that this is not the only mysterious happening in the school.

Legendary Pictures Tease More Monsters After Godzilla

Comic-Con Int'l video showed Rodan, Mothra, Ghidorah from TOHO ― Legendary Pictures showed a new Project Monarch teaser video at its Comic-Con International panel on Saturday. The video featured classic monsters from TOHO's monster franchises including Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah. Legendary Pictures elaborated that these are monsters they want to use in the future. Japan's TOHO Studios is open to letting them, but nothing has been green-lit yet. The video is similar to those used to promote this year's Godzilla film.
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Photo Feature: Media Factory Bunko Natsu no Gakuensai

The Sacred Blacksmith, The Familiar of Zero, Aria the Scarlet Ammo artists, more draw illustrations for anime-themed summer event Media Factory held its "MF Bunko Natsu no Gakuensai 2014" (Media Factory Books Summer School Festival 2014) event last weekend, and besides having a concert for past Media Factory novel anime adaptations such as Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero) written by the late Noboru Yamaguchi, Hidan no Aria (Aria the Scarlet Ammo) by Chūgaku Akamatsu, No Game, No Life by Yuu Kamiya, and Hentai Ōji to Warawanai Neko. (HENNEKO) by Sou Sagara, the event at the Akihabara UDX complex in Tokyo featured a large illustration gallery with the theme of a school festival:

Shout! Factory Adds Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger Sentai Show

Series was the basis of Saban's Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Shout! Factory announced that it will release the original Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger live-action sentai show on DVD for the first time in North America. Shout! Factory will offer more details in the future. Saban's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the subsequent Power Rangers series use recut footage from the Japanese Super Sentai franchise. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers primarily used footage from Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, and the currently running series,
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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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The List - 7 Shuttered American Anime Companies

Here's a salute to bygone American anime companies, we knew ye well.
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Yowamushi Pedal's Onoda Gets A Figma

― Everyone's favorite anime-loving, hill-climbing cyclist is getting his own figma. That's right, Sakamichi has not only pedaled his way into the hearts of many, but he'll be forever immortalized atop a bike thanks to Max Factory. The figure measures in at roughly 135 mm (about 5.3 in) and includes enough articulation points to allow Onoda to chug from his water bottle, raise his arms in victory, and even stand alongside his bike. The set includes a removable helmet, water bottle, detachable bicycle, three expressions, and an articulated figure stand. It can be
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Love Live's Nico Blew Up Twitter With Birthday Tweets

Akihabara also goes ga-ga ― July 22 was Nico Yazawa's birthday (of Love Live! School idol project). Accordingly, Twitter in Japan erupted with birthday messages, to the extent that "Nico Yazawa" attained a prominent position in NHK's News Web's display of the day's trending tweets. The other trending tweets were "legal drugs," "dangerous drugs," ”new name," "round fans," "end of break," "extra classes," "layer," "owner" and "high-five." The celebrations were not confined to the Internet — Akihabara, Tokyo's electronics and anime culture district, was festooned with various messages and displays congratulating the twin-tailed charmer.
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Ore-sama Kingdom's Yagami Starts Himitsu no Ōji-sama Manga in Ciao

Himitsu no Ōji-sama -Zettai Idol Project!- follows poor girl who is suddenly thrown into secret idol life ― The September issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine is announcing on August 3 that Chitose Yagami (Fall in love like a comic!, Caramel Kiss) will begin serializing a new manga series titled Himitsu no Ōji-sama -Zettai Idol Project!- (The Secret Prince -Absolute Idol Project!-) in the magazine's October issue on September 3. The serialization is in celebration of the magazine's 37th year of publication. The manga will follow female protagonist Asahi, who is super poor and has a part-time job. However, one day, she is thrown into the secret world of idols, which is filled with lots of handsome young men.
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Osamu Tezuka's The Mysterious Underground Men Wins Eisner Award

Hayao Miyazaki inducted into Hall of Fame at ceremony at SDCC Osamu Tezuka's The Mysterious Underground Men manga won this year's Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award at the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony on Friday at San Diego Comic Con. PictureBox released the book in English. Five manga titles vied for the award, including: The Heart of Thomas By Moto Hagio Fantagraphics Showa: A History of Japan, 1926–1939 By Shigeru Mizuki Drawn and Quarterly The Summit of the Gods
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Space Brothers #0 Film's Full Trailer Streamed

Film telling "starting point" of Nanba brothers' dream opens on August 9 ― The official website for Uchū Kyōdai #0 (Space Brothers #0, pronounced "Number Zero"), the first Space Brothers anime film, began streaming the first full trailer on Saturday. Text: "In order to continue drawing this dream, I wrote the dream's starting point." -Original Author Chūya Koyama Text: From the original scripts of original author Chūya Koyama Text: A story 4 years before chapter 1 Butler: I will now introduce your new training instructors. Eddie Jay! And his younger brother, Brian Jay!
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Code Geass: Oz the Reflection 02 Manga to Launch Next Month

1st spinoff series about female anti-terrorist mecha pilot ended in June ― The September issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Comp Ace magazine announced on Saturday that the Code Geass: Oz the Reflection 02 (Code Geass : Sōbō no Oz 02) manga will launch in the next issue on August 26. The first Code Geass: Oz the Reflection spinoff manga launched in 2012 and ended last month. The manga will continue the story of Aldrin Zevon, a girl in the Britannia Empire's anti-terrorist unit Glinda Knights who pilots the KMF Lancelot Grail. (The crest of the Glinda Knights indicates that the name is a reference to Glinda the Good Witch from the

The World God Only Knows Creator Draws Yōgashi Galaxy One-Shot Manga

Tamiki Wakaki's story follows girl who serves sweet shop's cosmic customers ― This year's 35th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that The World God Only Knows manga creator Tamiki Wakaki's Yōgashi Galaxy (Western Sweet Shop Galaxy) one-shot manga will appear in the next issue. The manga will include color pages in the magazine's combined 36th/37th issue on August 6. The one-shot's story will center on Komugi, the only daughter in a family who runs a cake shop that is about to go out of business. The shop serves cosmic customers.
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