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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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Anime and Manga Programming from San Diego Comic-con 2014

Full transcripts of San Diego's Thursday programming, including:
Anime Programming in the US
Making a Living in Manga in Japan with Felipe Smith
Lost in Translation
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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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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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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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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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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
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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

Tuesday, July 29

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Today in History: Kiki's Delivery Service

Hayao Miyazaki almost didn't make Kiki's Delivery Service. ― Twenty five years ago, July 29, 1989, Kiki's Delivery Service premiered in theatres in Japan. Kiki's Delivery Service, based on the eponymous novel by Eiko Kadono, was Hayao Miyazaki's third feature film for Studio Ghibli, but Miyazaki wasn't originally slated be the director at all. In 1987 Miyazaki, when the Kiki project was first planned, Miyazaki was working on My Neighbor Totoro and his Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata was working on
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Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair With Extended Production I.G Sequence Might Hit Theaters in 2015

― At the Dynamite Entertainment panel for San Diego Comic Con, director Quentin Tarantino chatted about release plans for Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, which combines both parts of Kill Bill into one film, along with some changes. Amongst those changes is an extended animation sequence from Production I.G Here's the quote from the panel: What's going on with that is originally back when Kill Bill was going to be one movie, I wrote an even longer anime sequence. So you see in the movie [O-Ren] kill her boss but then there was that long hair guy… The big sequence was her fighting that guy.
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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Gets TV Interview on Good Morning Texas

― Voice actors Christopher Sabat (Vegeta) and Jason Douglas (Beerus) appeared on WFAA's morning program Good Morning Texas with a slew of Dragon Ball Z fans to discuss Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The actors' respective characters faced off in a recent released dub clip, but the actors seemed cordial on TV regardless of how their characters might feel towards each other. Tickets for the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods North American film screenings are now on sale through the official English
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A Certain Scientific Railgun Scores Big with Customizable Tokyo Verdy Soccer Jerseys

― If you missed out on this summer's Pikachu x Japan national team jerseys, despair not—there are still cute soccer jerseys to be bought, especially if you're a fan of A Certain Scientific Railgun. The series is collaborating with J. League Division 2's Tokyo Verdy with a series of customizable jerseys featuring Gekota, the frog mascot from the show. The collaboration is timed in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Kazuma Kamachi's A Certain Magical Index light novel. Tokyo Verdy will be playing a match against Consadole Sapporo on November 1 at
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 27-August 2

Bleach, Dr. Slump films; Dear Brother, Problem children are coming from another world, aren't they?, Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash! anime; Kinoko Inu manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody/Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion - Mō Hitotsu no Hyōrinmaru Movie Double Feature DVDPlease Viz Media US$14.98 July 29 Dear Brother DVD Set 1Cite Anime Sols US$59.99 July 29 Dr. Slump: The Movies 1-5 DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Eastern Star US$29.95 July 29 Monster Rancher DVD Complete Season 2Please Eastern Star US$39.95 July 29 Monster Rancher DVD Complete Season 3

Live-Action Attack on Titan Confirmed for 2 Films

Hiroki Hasegawa, Kiko Mizuhara, Kanata Hongou, Takahiro Miura, Nanami Sakuraba, Satoru Matsuo, more join cast ― Live-action Attack on Titan film director Shinji Higuchi confirmed on Wednesday that the project will span two films. Both are slated to open next summer. The movies are currently filming across Japan including on Hashima Island in Nagasaki Prefecture. Higuchi stated that, with the supervision of Attack on Titan manga creator Hajime Isayama, the story will be based on the world and characters of the manga, while incorporating new characters and new formidable enemies.
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Flaunt Your Failures In The Form Of An Official "Yamcha Is Dead" T-Shirt

Dragon Ball Z's Yamcha's shortcomings as a support character may have earned him his fair share of heckles and memes over the years, but now you can wear that fatal moment on an official t-shirt. Destined to live alongside any "Coulson Lives" t-shirts out there, this "Yamcha Is Dead" t-shirt is made by Cospa, and comes in both white and orange. The shirt, as well as the popular meme that ensued, depicts Yamcha after his battle with one of Nappa's Saibamen during the Saiyan Saga.
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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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Space Brothers #0 Film Attendees Will Receive 'Volume 0' Manga

Manga creator Chūya Koyama writes original script for the origin film opening on August 9 ― The official website for Uchū Kyōdai #0 (Space Brothers #0, pronounced "Number Zero"), the first Space Brothers anime film, announced on Tuesday that movie attendees will receive a special "Volume 0" manga by Chūya Koyama. The character Brian Jay, a legendary astronaut in both Koyama's original manga and the television anime, will play an integral role in the film. The film will depict for the first time the "true reason" and the "starting point" behind Mutta and Hibito's goal of going to space. The film will also give more details on the other "Space
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New York Comic Con to Host Manga Artist Takeshi Obata

Death Note, Bakuman. artist to appear at October Convention ― Viz announced Tuesday that manga artist Takeshi Obata will appear at New York Comic Con this October. Obata collaborated with writers on various manga, including Death Note, Bakuman., Hikaru no Go, and Ral Ω Grad. Viz Media published all four manga titles in North America, as well as the Death Note anime, the live-action Death Note films, and the Hikaru no Go anime. Media Blasters released part of the Bakuman. anime. Obata drew the manga adaptation of
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Add This Life-Size Flame-Flame Fruit From One Piece To Your Fruit Display

― While the Mera Mera no Mi (Flame-Flame Fruit) gave One Piece's Portgas D. Ace the enviable powers of fire manipulation, at the most, it will probably just give real-life buyers the satisfaction of confusing house guests reaching for the fruit bowl. That's because despite Bandai Shokugan's efforts as making this life-size Flame-Flame Fruit as similar as possible to the fictional version, it is just PVC and paint. Although, should you get too hungry just staring at it, the toy also comes with a piece of gum.
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Sabagebu! 1st Blu-ray to Include OVA Episode

DVD set also includes 3 character illustrations, 8 page color book ― The official Twitter account for the anime adaptation of Hidekichi Matsumoto's Sabagebu! manga announced on Tuesday that the first Blu-ray disc set will include an unaired episode, "Soshite Dareka Inakunatta" (And Someone Was Gone). In the 10-minute episode, the survival game club visits Miou's vacation villa and finds an aquatic training course. The volume will ship in Japan on September 24 for 7,000 yen (about US$69) and also include three character illustrations and an eight-page color book.

Parasyte Anime's Cast, Staff Revealed

Nobunaga Shimazaki, Aya Hirano, Kana Hanazawa star in October anime ― Japanese news source Mantan Web unveiled the cast, staff, and designs for the upcoming anime of Hitoshi Iwaaki's science-fiction horror manga Parasyte (Kiseijū) on Wednesday. The anime's full title will be Kiseijū: Sei no Kakuritsu. The cast includes: Nobunaga Shimazaki (Free!'s Haru, Date A Live's Shido) as Shinichi Izumi Aya Hirano (Fairy Tail's Lucy, Death Note's Misa) as Migi Kana Hanazawa (Tokyo Ghoul's Rize, Persona 4 the Golden Animation's Marie) as Satomi Murano
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Kenji Urai, Hayato Kakizawa Star in Death Note Musical

Japanese version will open in April 2015 ― Actors Kenji Urai and Hayato Kakizawa are double cast for the role of Light Yagami in the stage musical adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's manga Death Note. The actors will star in the Japanese version of the play at Tokyo's Nissay Theatre beginning in April 2015. A Korean version will run from July to August, 2015 with a different cast. Urai starred as Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask in several of the Sailor Moon musicals. He also appeared in
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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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See What Attack on Titan's Hange and Erwin Looked Like As Kids

Juvenile forms appear in online game ― Erwin and Hange are appearing as characters in Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, an online "social game." The twist is, they're kids now. Online reaction to their character design was largely excited chatter over their cuteness, although several fans noted that they barely seemed to have changed from their usual forms (seen below). Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind lets players fight Titans, explore their environment and upgrade their weapons with an online community. Young Erwin and Hange are
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Koei Tecmo Games Absorbs Gust Game Development Company

Merger will go into effect on October 1 KOEI Tecmo Holdings announced on Monday that it will merge its subsidiary game development company Gust and KOEI Tecmo Games into one company. The merger will go into effect on October 1. The company stated that intellectual property is becoming increasingly important with the rapid growth of the industry, thanks to mobile games and other new hardware. With the merger, the company hopes to streamline its processes. Gust will be dissolved after the merger date, but the "
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No.6's Kino Starts Setsuna Graffiti Manga

Story of boys who aim to be firework technicians launched on Monday in ARIA ― This year's September issue of Kodansha's ARIA magazine debuted a new manga series by No. 6 manga illustrator Hinoki Kino on Monday. The new series, titled Setsuna Graffiti, is a youth story that follows a group of boys whose goal is to become firework technicians. In the start of the story, the protagonist, who is afraid of fire, meets a mysterious boy in a rural town where he lives. Kino launched the manga adaptation of Atsuko Asano's nine-volume novel series
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, July 20-27

One Piece sells 12,816 + 12,695, followed by Kuroko's Basketball, Love Live!, The Wind Rises, Precure ― The Love Live! μ's →NEXT Love Live! 2014~Endless Parade~ DVD sold 4,641 copies to debut at #7 on the overall DVD chart. The Mamoru Miyano presents M&M Chronicle DVD sold 2,555 copies to land at #21. The stage play of Yowamushi Pedal's Interhigh arc (The Second Order) sold 1,266 more copies for a new total of 12,612. It dropped from #4 to #41 in its second week. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, July 20-27

Frozen sells 299,197 more, followed by Love Live!, Girls & Panzer, Koimonogatari, Ghost in the Shell Arise ― The Mamoru Miyano presents M&M Chronicle Blu-ray Disc sold 6,043 copies to debut at #12 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Frozen MovieNEX 299,197 1,813,453 14/7/16 WDS Animation 1 2 2 - Love Live! 2nd Season 2 (Limited Special Edition) 41,865 41,865 14/7/25 BVS Animation 2 1 3 - Girls und Panzer Kore ga Hontō no Anzio-Sen Desu! 35,909

Monday, July 28

Funimation's Senran Kagura Release Does Not Include OVA Episodes

6 OVA episodes previously listed will not be included with Tuesday's release ― North American anime licensor Funimation revealed on its blog on Monday that its release of Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash! will not include six OVA episodes. The company had accidentally listed that the release would include six OVA episodes, but the company noted that it does not have the rights to those extras. Funimation is shipping its release of Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash! with an English dub in a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack on Tuesday for US$69.99. The release includes all 12 episodes in the series, and also includes episode commentary, promotional videos, Japanese commercials, textless opening and closing songs, a U.S. trailer, and other trailers.
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Yokohama Faces An Adorable Flood of Pikachus

― While there are literally hundreds of Pokémon to choose from when it comes to finding a favorite, many still find themselves drifting towards Pikachu, the pudgy and adorable electric rat that's captured the hearts of fans of all ages since day one. Luckily, for those immune to Pikachu overload, there are plenty of ways to celebrate this rosy-cheeked critter, including Pikachu cafes filled with Pikachu-shaped foods. If you find yourself in Yokohama between August 9-17, you can also check out "Pikachu Tairyo Hassei Chu," or "Pikachus All Over the Place," an event spread out over 14 locations around town.

Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete TV Anime's Cast, Staff Announced

Takuma Terashima, Hatsumi Takada, Kappei Yamaguchi, Atsumi Tanezaki lead cast for October anime ― The official website for the TV anime adaptation of Trumple's Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete (À la recherche du futur perdu-, lit. Seeking a Lost Future) adult visual novel updated with the series' staff and cast on Tuesday. The anime will premiere on Japanese television in October. The series stars: Takuma Terashima (Sacred Seven, The IDOLM@STER) as Sō Akiyama Hatsumi Takada (Maria Holic, Shin Koihime Musō: Otome Tairan) as Kaori Sasaki Kei Mizusawa (
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 15

M3 the dark metal - Vacant Heart of Morning Gray
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Evangelion Voice Actress Megumi Ogata to Attend Anime Revolution

Vancouver convention to also host Production I.G CEO Mitsuhisa Ishikawa ― Anime Revolution announced Monday that it will host Megumi Ogata as an honorary guest at its 2014 convention in Vancouver. Ogata made her debut as Kurama in Yū Yū Hakusho, and went on to play a variety of both male and female roles, including Shinji Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Haruka Tenou/Sailor Uranus (Sailor Moon series). Her more recent roles include Makoto Naegi (Danganronpa The Animation), Ayumu Ohzora (Tokyo ESP), and Ricardo Gavanni (
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Kaseifu ga Ita. Manga Gets Anime Bundled With Ciao Magazine

Story follows a girl and the mysterious creature who acts as a maid ― The September issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine will announce on August 3 that Shio Ebina's manga Kaseifu ga Ita. will get an anime adaptation on the next Ciao Ciao TV bonus DVD bundled with the November issue of the magazine on September 3. The manga revolves around sixth grader, Matsumae Himeno and the mysterious creature Kaseifu-Ita-Mitaidesu ("Appears to have been a maid"). Kaseifu takes care of Himeno while her father is away from home, but the two always seem to get into trouble. Kaseifu is able to become a human for one minute at a time.
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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Gets A Live-Action Trailer, Sort Of

― With theatrical screenings of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods beginning around the country in just over seven days (or, if you must, over 9,000 minutes), Funimation is trying to drum up some extra excitement with a live-action trailer. Produced in collaboration with the guys over at Mega64, who have in the past reimagined Bioshock Infinite, Batman, and others, this trailer has it all, including a flaming shoe, and aluminum foil armor. Incidentally, an extended trailer was

Bento Books Adds Shin Megami Tensei Spinoff Novel Series

Quantum Devil Saga novels written by game series' Yu Godai ― Bento Books announced on Tuesday that it will release the Quantum Devil Saga novel series by Shin Megami Tensei game writer Yu Godai. The novels are set in the world of the game series. The first of five novels, Avatar Tuner, will ship on July 31. Bento Books describes the story: In the post-apocalyptic Junkyard warring tribes battle to unify all six territories, and thus gain access to Nirvana, the promised land. After one battle Serph, the leader of the upstart Embryon tribe, rescues a mysterious girl and discovers he and his fellow fighters have gained the ability to transform into mystical, demon warriors. But these new powers and the enigmatic Sera threaten to upend the balance of power in the Junkyard, and within the Embryon tribe itself.
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Boston Theatre Puts On Play About Astro Boy and Tezuka

Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy, in addition to being a historically important piece of entertainment, is also widely beloved around the world. And now, some sixty-plus years after its first inception as a manga, it's been granted additional life on the stage, thanks to the efforts of playwright and director Natsu Onoda Power, and the folks at the Company One theater company. Titled Astroy Boy and the God of Comics, this production is running every Wednesday thru Sunday at the Boston Center for the Arts' Plaza Theatre until August 16.
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Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike Spin-Off Gets One-Shot in Monthly Shonen Champion

One-shot will follow the race between Hakone Academy and Sōhoku High School. ― This year's 35th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion will announce on Thursday that a special one-shot of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal cycling manga will premiere in the September issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Champion on August 6. Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike - Sore Ike Arakita-kun (Yowamushi Pedal Spare Bike: Go With That, Arakita-kun) will tell the story of a match between Hakone Academy and Sōhoku High School. The
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See Your Favorite Pokemon XY Stars In A Planetarium Show

Discover the wonders of the universe through along with Ash and friends. ― The world of Pokémon is one that holds many unfathomable mysteries, that range from being hidden in the depths of the see to the tops of mountain tops. However, there is one organization that is dedicated to discovering one aspect of the Pokémon world that very few have ever seen. Japanese technology development company, Konica Minolta invites you and your family to join them, as well as Ash and friends, to visit PAXA, the Pokémon Aerospace eXploration Agency, for a look into the depths of space.

Funimation Streams Bayonetta: Bloody Fate English Dub Trailer

Hellena Taylor reprises role as title character from video games Funimation began streaming an English-dubbed trailer on Sunday for its upcoming release of the Bayonetta: Bloody Fate film. The cast includes: Hellena Taylor as Bayonetta Grey DeLisle as Jeanne Yuri Lowenthal as Luka Grant Albrecht as Balder Dave Fennoy as Rodin John Kassir as Enzo Richard Epcar as Narrator Funimation describes the film: Based on the best-selling franchise, this pulse-pounding feature length anime shows you a side of Bayonetta you've never seen before! Twenty years after her awakening, the hottest witch in gaming history is still searching for clues that could help unravel the mysteries of her dark past. Aided in her quest by the clandestine weapon smith Rodin – and his deadly creations: Scarborough Fair – Bayonetta continues to leave a trail of angel corpses in her irresistible wake. Her search for answers leads to encounters with a mysterious – and eerily familiar – little girl, a vengeance-obsessed journalist, and a deadly white-haired beauty that seems to know more about Bayonetta than the witch herself. Fans of the
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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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Persona 4 Arena Stage Play Cast Members Announced

Stage play debuts on December 19 ― The official website for the Persona 4 Arena stage play announced the first round of cast members on Thursday. The play is based on the Persona 4 Arena (Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena) PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 fighting game which features characters from Atlus' Persona game franchise. The production was announced in June and it will run in the Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijō Playhouse from December 19 to December 23. The cast includes: Keisuke Minami as Yu Narukami
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Aya Shouoto's He's My Only Vampire Manga Will End in 2 More Chapters

Yen Press licensed series about a vampire and his subordinate ― The September issue of Kodansha's ARIA magazine is announcing on Monday that Aya Shouoto's He's My Only Vampire (Junketsu + Kareshi) manga will end in two more chapters. If the manga does not take a break, it will end in the November issue on September 27. The shōjo manga follows a vampire named Aki and the girl named Kana who he saved from death and turned into his subordinate. Aki is looking for the seven "Stigmas" to save his twin brother, but Kana's schoolmate happens to hold one of the Stigmas.
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Nisekoi: Yomeiri!? PS Vita Game's 1st Promo Samples Anime's Humor

Anime's voice cast returns in romance/adventure game from Konami shipping this fall in Japan ― Kondami began streaming the first promotional video for the Nisekoi: Yomeiri!? PlayStation Vita game inspired by Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi manga on Monday. The promotional video debuted at the Jump Victory Carnival, which was held in Tokyo and Osaka this month. Text: News flash Chitoge: Hey, hey, Darling, listen! Nisekoi is turning into a PS Vita game! This is all thanks to my popularity, huh? Raku: Wait, why!? It's because of the support of the fans!
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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
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