Interview: The Staff of One Piece Film Gold

One Piece Film Gold has taken the world by storm - and it's coming to select US theaters January 10. We got to chat with the staff of the Straw Hat Pirates' latest smash hit!

Review: Dragon Ball Fusions

This 3DS game is a goofy mashup of characters, places, and memorable flourishes from every corner of Dragon Ball. Todd Ciolek takes a look.

This Week in Games - Final Fantasy XV

It took 10 years, but Final Fantasy XV is finally out, and Noctis and the boys are ready for their epic road trip - Dustin is along for the ride. PLUS: Nintendo theme parks and more!

Answerman - Is There Too Much Anime Being Made?

Over 80 anime air every week. Seasons come and go where dozens of anime go unremembered. Is this healthy for the industry? Is there too much anime? Justin considers the angles.

Interview: Director Keiichi Hara on Miss Hokusai

Director Keiichi Hara brought Edo Japan - and the enigmatic life of the daughter of Japan's most famous artist - to lush, vibrant life in Miss Hokusai. Justin Sevakis has some questions.

The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Nov 19-25

Bungo Stray Dogs begins to gradually climb, while Izetta continues to gradually fall as the chart stabilizes in its final quarter. Where do your favorites rank?

Interview: The Creators of Pokemon Adventures

At over 150 million copies sold worldwide, the Pokemon Adventures manga has creatively expanded on the beloved games for just about 20 years; meet the artist and creator!
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ANNCast Interview: Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner

Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner joins us to talk all things Right Stuf - from bestsellers to the best releases to all things Gundam, plus your Twitter questions! ― ANNCast Episode 277: KLECK KLECK BOOM Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner joins us to talk all things Right Stuf - from bestsellers to the best releases to all things Gundam, plus your Twitter questions! You can listen to the show on our player...
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Ladies versus Butlers! Blu-Ray

This harem comedy from the late 2000s was a late bloomer for Western release, but is it still worth a watch after years in limbo? Theron Martin investigates. ― Some series are innovators within their genre, while others are mere followers. This 2010 adaptation of a light novel series is decidedly the latter. Even though it came relatively early in the wave of super-heavy fanservice shows of the late ...
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Monster Musume Favorite Character Contest

Vote for your favorite Monster Musume character in this official Monster Musume Popularity Contest! If you have a BookWalker Global account, you'll also be eligible for some Amazing Prizes. ― Contest Giveaway Manga Sale 1. Contest Details Vote for your favorite Monster Musume character in this official Monster Musume Popularity Contest! If you have a BookWalker Global account, you'll also be eligibl...
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Tohyo Game: One black ballot to you GN 1

Tohyo Game borrows a little too heavily from very recognizable sources for its horror plot, making this a weaker debut than it should have been. ― It isn't always easy to find the perfect metaphor for the kind of bullying that pervades the high school experience. Numerous manga authors have tried, with perhaps the most effective series being A Silent Voice due to its emotional honesty. We can't blame...
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In/Spectre GN 1

Despite some organizational issues, interesting characters and premise carry the first volume of this story about individuals with unusual connections to yokai. ― According to the author's notes included at the end, this manga is actually the adaptation of a 2011 novel originally titled Invented Inference: Steel Idol Nanase, which has not, to my knowledge, even been licensed yet for an English releas...
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Please Tell Me! Galko-chan GN 1

The conversations are never dull and quite often raunchy in this non-cloying take on high school girl humor. ― There's a myth that has somehow endured about how girls are less "gross," less preoccupied with bodily functions than boys. Please Tell Me! Galko-chan is here to help deconstruct that misconception. Not that this is any sort of deliberately informative work; Kenya Suzuki's short-form manga, ...
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Saturday, December 3

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Chain Chronicle Anime Project Streams Trailer for 2nd Film

2nd of 3 films adapting Sega's smartphone game opens in Japan on January 14 ― The official website for the Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari (Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas), the theatrical and television anime adaptation of Sega's Chain Chronicle smartphone game, began streaming a trailer for the theatrical project's second film on Friday. The film project is split into three films, wi...
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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Anime Streams Character Videos For Renzo, Konekomaru

Koji Yusa, Yuuki Kaji reprise roles for anime premiering on January 6 ― The official website for the Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga (Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujō Ō-hen) sequel anime began streaming two promotional video and a commercial highlighting characters Renzo Shima and Konekomaru Miwa on Friday. (Note: the videos on the official website are region-locked to Japan.) The anime will adapt the "Kyoto Imp...

Friday, December 2

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Yen Press Licenses More Kingdom Hearts Light Novel Series

Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep novels get omnibus release ― Yen Press announced on its Twitter account on Friday that it has licensed the Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep novels. Tomoco Kanemaki wrote both the four-volume Kingdom Hearts II and three-volume Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days novel series, with origina...
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Drifters ‒ Episode 9

"The disjointed pacing of the season's first half has given way to something much more assured, as the different pieces of the Drifters puzzle fall into place one by one."
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Twelve More Ninja Rice Balls Revealed

Salmon, tuna, Spam, and more ― The upcoming card-based smartphone game Yui no Shinobi reimagines popular rice ball flavors as ninja fighting to reclaim their land and serve their lord. While four character designs had been revealed earlier in November, twelve more have been unveiled since then, creating quite the cast of tasty young men. Masunosuke Sakenobe represents salmon and is described as an ov...
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Gundam the Origin Anime's Loum Arc Previewed in 2 English-subtitled Videos

1st of 2-volume arc opens in fall 2017 ― The Gundam.info portal site began streaming two English-subtitled videos on Friday for the Loum Arc of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime. The new arc will start next fall with volume 5, "Clash at Loum," and will end in 2018 with volume 6, "Rise of the Red Comet." Drama Version Mecha Version Both videos originally screened during the theatrical screening...
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Discotek Licenses Crusher Joe Anime Film, OVA Series

Gundam the Origin's Yoshikazu Yasuhiko directed 1983 film, Dirty Pair's Toshifumi Takizawa directed 2-episode OVA series ― Discotek Media announced on Friday that it has licensed Crusher Joe The Movie and Crusher Joe: The OVA's. The company plans to release the film in early 2017 on DVD. The company said it also plans to release the film on Blu-ray Disc "at some point in the future." Discotek Media d...
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Lostorage incited WIXOSS ‒ Episode 9

"While the overall shape of this current incarnation of the Selector game is still a little muddy, things are coming into sharper focus."
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Grave of the Fireflies Tops Poll of Anime's Most Miserable Endings

The Goo Ranking website asked readers which anime has the most "miserable bad ending" for its characters. The site conducted the poll from November 14 to November 16 and published the results on Friday. The #1 anime on the list comes as no surprise to most classic anime fans. Grave of the Fireflies follows 14-year-old Seita and his four-year-old sister Setsuko in the final days of World War II in ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable ‒ Episode 36

"JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a show that's mastered being both passive entertainment and the kind of show that glues your eyes to the screen."
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Sword Art Online Heroines Sparkle for Mobile Game Christmas Event

The girls of Sword Art Online are getting into the holiday spirit for a limited time event in the Sword Art Online: Code Register mobile game. Each of the female characters will appear in the special outfit until December 25. The outfits range from Santa-inspired to a glittering snow bride. Asuna Yuki Sinon Suguha Annette Players can participate in the event for a chance to get a six star Annette ...
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All Out!! ‒ Episode 9

"Jinko might not yet have scored their first victory, but they won their opponents and adviser's respect."
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Crunchyroll Adds More Catalog Titles From Funimation, Nozomi

Media distribution service Crunchyroll added eight titles from Nozomi Entertainment and five titles from Funimation Entertainment to its catalog this week. From Nozomi Entertainment, Please Teacher! and Please Twins! launched on Tuesday, and the Magic User's Club! TV anime and Magic User's Club! OAV launched on Wednesday. All of the above titles are available in the United States and Canada with b...
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Resident Evil Classifieds: Security Zombies Wanted for Live-Action Film Premiere

If those part-time retail and fast-food gigs aren't enough to make ends meet, becoming a zombie could be the answer. The part-time job news service An has a listing seeking security guard zombies for the world premiere of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The listing is searching for two zombies to act as security at the live-action film's world premiere red carpet event at Tokyo's Roppongi Hills ...

New York Times Manga Best Seller List, November 20-26

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, 2 Tokyo Ghoul volumes, 2 Black Butler volumes, 2 One-Punch Man volumes, Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, Blue Exorcist, Assassination Classroom ― Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Legendary Edition #1 Akira Himekawa Viz Media 4 25Tokyo Ghoul #1 Sui Ishida Viz Media 73 3-Black Butl...
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Seiren Original Anime Unveils 1st Promo Video, Omnibus Format

Theme songs, January air dates, male cast members also revealed ― The official website for Kisai Takayama's original anime series Seiren updated with the first promotional video, story details, theme song performers, air dates, promotional manga, and male cast members on Friday. Like Amagami SS, the anime is an omnibus work that will consist of four-episode arcs focusing on each of the main heroines....
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A Silent Voice Film Earns 2.2 Billion Yen, Sells 1.7 Million Tickets

More Japanese theaters to begin screenings this month ― Kyoto Animation's anime film of Yoshitoki Ōima's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) manga has sold about 1.7 million tickets after its eleventh weekend for 2.2 billion yen (about US$19.34 million) as of Wednesday. An additional 17 theaters will begin screening the film on December 3, with more to come throughout December and January. The film has s...
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ANNCast Interview: Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner

Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner joins us to talk all things Right Stuf - from bestsellers to the best releases to all things Gundam, plus your Twitter questions! ― ANNCast Episode 277: KLECK KLECK BOOM Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner joins us to talk all things Right Stuf - from bestsellers to the best releases to all things Gundam, plus your Twitter questions! You can listen to the show on our player...

Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast for One Piece Film Gold

Keith Silverstein plays Tesoro for film opening in U.S./Canadian theaters next month ― Funimation Entertainment announced the English dub cast for One Piece Film Gold on Thursday. The company also began streaming an English-dubbed trailer. The cast — under ADR director Joel McDonald, ADR scriptwriter Clint Bickham, and ADR engineer Matt Grounds — includes: Colleen Clinkenbeard as Luffy Christopher R....
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Answerman - Why Are Compilation Films Made?

It's a movie that edits together footage from a TV show you've already seen - what's the purpose of "Compilation Films" like Gurren Lagann's? Justin explains. ― Ryan asks: Why are compilation films of anime series in Japan so popular and why are they rarely licensed in the US? I just don't get it. Compilation films of TV anime have been made since at least the 1970s. They once filled an important ne...
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Skip Beat! Anime's Dub Teaser Previews English Opening Theme

Kickstarter-funded English dub to have four dubbed songs ― Pied Piper, Inc. began streaming a short teaser on Thursday for its Kickstarter-funded English dub of Skip Beat!, including the English version of the opening theme song "Dream Star," performed by Mela Lee and Cristina Vee. The video features Caitlin Glass, the voice of the protagonist Kyoko Mogami. The staff recorded English versions of the ...
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Keijo!!!!!!!! ‒ Episode 9

"Just when you think Keijo has maxed out on preposterousness, it comes up with something even more outlandish."
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Evangelion Creator Talks the Future of the Franchise

Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno on his studio, philosophy, and the future of his most famous series.
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 484

"After a month-long trip to the past, Naruto Shippūden returns to the current timeline in the first episode of Sasuke's Story: Sunrise."
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Pokémon Go, Rez Infinite, Street Fighter V Win at The Game Awards

Game developer Hideo Kojima honored with 2016 Industry Icon Award ― The Game Awards 2016 announced its list of winners at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Thursday, honoring the year's best video games. The winners include Niantic's Pokémon Go, Enhance Games' Rez Infinite, Capcom's Street Fighter V, and Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Pokémon Go won the categories of Best Fami...
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Piacevole! My Italian Cooking Anime's 1st Promo Video Streamed

Anime based on Atsuko Watanabe's cooking manga premieres on January 11 ― The official website for Piace: Watashi no Italian (Piacevole! My Italian Cooking), the anime adaptation of Atsuko Watanabe's Piacevole! manga, began streaming the anime's first full promotional video on Friday. (Note: the first video below can't be viewed in the U.S., Mexico, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.) The site p...
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Musou Stars Game's 1st Full Promo Video Reveals March 2 Release Date

Game adds characters from Toukiden, Dynasty Warriors, Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time ― The official website for Koei Tecmo Games and its Omega Force subsidiary's Musou Stars PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game began streaming the first full promotional video on Friday. The video reveals the game's March 2 release date in Japan, and the first-edition bonus of a download code for a Kasumi costum...
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Danganronpa 2.5 Video Anime's Introduction Video Streamed

Anime ships on Blu-ray Disc with limited editions of New Danganronpa V3 game on January 12 ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming an introduction video on Friday for the all-new original anime Super Danganronpa 2.5 Kamaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaisha (Super Danganronpa 2.5: Nagito Komaeda and the Destroyer of the World). The anime is being bundled on Blu-ray Disc with limited editions of the New Danganronp...

New Power Rangers Film Reveals Alpha 5 Character Concept Art

Bill Hader provides character's voice in March 24 film ― Game news website IGN revealed the concept art for the character Alpha 5 for the upcoming Power Rangers film on Wednesday. Bill Hader will provide the character's voice. In the original series, Alpha 5 assisted both Zordon and the Power Rangers. Lionsgate previously streamed a trailer for the film in October. The trailer features the song “I Wa...
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Lupin the IIIrd Chikemuri no Ishikawa Goemon Anime Film Reveals Trailer, Poster Visual

Takeshi Koike directs film opening on February 4 ― The official website for the Lupin the IIIrd Chikemuri no Ishikawa Goemon (Lupin the Third: Goemon Ishikawa's Spray of Blood) anime film began streaming a trailer for the film on Friday. The film's staff also revealed a new poster visual on Friday. The film will open in Japan on February 4. The new film will feature a returning staff from the Lupin t...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film Reveals December 2017 Release, Mustang's Costume

The staff of the live-action film based on Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga announced at Tokyo Comic Con on Friday that the film will premiere in Japan in December 2017. The Warner Bros. Japan booth at Tokyo Comic Con is additionally displaying Roy Mustang's costume (pictured below) worn in the actual film by actor Dean Fujioka (live-action Happy Marriage!?). Fumihiko Sori (live-action P...
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ACCA TV Anime Premieres on January 10

The official website for the television anime of Natsume Ono's ACCA 13-Ku Kansatsu-Ka (ACCA: 13th Ward Observation Department) manga revealed the anime's premiere date on Friday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 10 at 11:00 p.m., followed by Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and TV Setouchi at January 11 at 12:00 a.m., 12:30 a.m., and 2:10 a.m., respectively. The anime will also begin airing on BS1...
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ReLIFE Live-Action Film Casts Yudai Chiba as Ryō Yoake

Takeshi Furusawa directs April 2017 film based on Yayoiso's manga ― The official website for the live-action film of Yayoiso's ReLIFE manga announced on Friday that Yudai Chiba (The File of Young Kindaichi Returns: The File of Inspector Akechi) will play Ryō Yoake. Yoake is a staff member in the ReLIFE research institute, and the one who made an offer to protagonist Arata Kaizaki to rehabilitate his ...
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Cyborg 009 Call of Justice Anime Previews 2nd, 3rd Films in Videos

1st film currently screening alongside 2nd film, 3rd film opens on December 9 ― The official website of Cyborg 009 Call of Justice, Toho Animation's new 3D CG anime project based on Shotaro Ishinomori's classic science-fiction hero manga Cyborg 009, began streaming two "next episode previews" for the second and third films on Friday. Both videos preview the story of their respective films. The anime ...

Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding Trailer Reveals Mads Mikkelsen as Cast Member

Trailer also features 3D CG likeness of film director Guillermo del Toro ― Game developer Hideo Kojima unveiled a new trailer for his upcoming Death Stranding game during the Game Awards event in Los Angeles on Thursday. The trailer reveals that Mads Mikkelsen has joined the game's cast, and a character featuring his likeness appears in the trailer. A character based on the appearance of film directo...

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Trailer Shows Environments (Updated)

Trailer also hints at story for 2017 Wii U/Switch game ― Nintendo unveiled a new trailer on Thursday for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, its upcoming newest installment in its The Legend of Zelda game series. The trailer shows the various environments in the game, with hints of the game's larger plot. The trailer has an English and Japanese version, differing only in the game's title card lo...

Naruto Shippūden Arc For Adaptations of 3 Novels Continues Through February

Sasuke's Story arc already premiered on Thursday, Shikamaru, Konoha arcs in January, February ― The second compiled book volume of Ukyō Kodachi and Mikie Ikemoto's Boruto manga revealed on Friday the premiere date for the rest of the arcs of the Naruto Shippūden anime that will adapt three epilogue novels in the Naruto franchise. The first part, which adapts Shin Towasa's Naruto: Sasuke's Story - Sun...

Thursday, December 1

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Yuri!!! on Ice ‒ Episode 9

"It's a very difficult balance to strike, but like a good surgeon, Yuri!!! on Ice's writing manages to be both cutting and gentle."
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Saki Setting to Hold Summit for Anime Holy Sites

Ryoko Shiraishi to hold discussion ― The Lucky Star shrine in Washimiya, the Girls und Panzer bastion of Ōarai, and now the your name setting of Hida: these are just a few of the more well-known anime "holy sites" that dot Japan. When an anime is set in a certain locale, or even if background scenery strongly resembles a certain locale, that anime's fans will flock to the area to see the sights for t...

Evangelion Studio Khara Sues Gainax for 100 Million Yen in Royalties

Gainax allegedly owes royalties to Khara for income on properties that Hideaki Anno worked on ― The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper reported on Friday that Studio Khara has filed a lawsuit against Gainax regarding a 100 million yen (about US$878,777) debt that Gainax allegedly owes Khara. According to the filing at the Tokyo District Court's Tachikawa Branch, Khara and Gainax had an agreement that Khara w...
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Become a Mascot-Loving Ikemen With Sanrio Boys Cosplay

The retail chain Animate's cosplay shop ACOS unveiled Sanrio Danshi (Sanrio Boys) cosplay school uniforms on Thursday. The outfits transform Sanrio fans into mascot-loving ikemen characters from the multimedia project. The Hijirikawa High School uniforms include a jacket with embroidered patch, pants, and a neck tie. People who want to create accurate cosplay will have to supply their own white s...
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Brave Witches ‒ Episode 8

"This episode displays a rare and welcome serious side to the most laid-back of all of the Witches in the group."
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The Sailor Guardians Know a Good Car When They See One in Latest Ford Commercial

Last month, Usagi and Luna longed for a 2017 Ford Fusion in the company's latest Overdub advertisement. In the company's latest commercial, she's convinced the other Sailor Guardians of the vehicle's many perks especially its parking assistance feature. The cast of Viz's new dub for the original series return to reprise their roles, too. Ford has previously created Overdub YouTube ads with David H...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, November 21-27

Pokémon Sun & Moon, Yo-Kai Watch, Maho Tsukai Precure! in top 10 ― The live-action drama adaptation of Tsunami Umino's Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu manga aired on TBS on Wednesday, November 23 at 10:00 p.m. and earned a 13.6% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV November 27 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 14.2 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV November 27 (Sun) 18:00 30...
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The Red Turtle Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards

NY Film Critics Awards choose Zootopia as Best Animated Feature ― The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced its nominees for the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday. Michael Dudok de Wit and Studio Ghibli's The Red Turtle received a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category. The other nominees include Kubo and the Two Strings, Finding Dory, Moana, Trolls, and Zootopia....
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Race to Make Your Own Sonic Plush at Build-A-Bear

Build-A-Bear Workshop announced on Thursday that it is partnering with Sega to offer Sonic the Hedgehog plush. This year marks Sonic's 25th anniversary, and this is the first time Build-A-Bear has collaborated with Sega. A limited-edition bundle available online for US$35 includes an exclusive Gold Ring and 4-inch by 6-inch print. The Sonic Team designed the print in Japan for Build-A-Bear. The o...
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Getter Robo Inspires Mahjong-Themed Manga

Story based on Ken Ishikawa, Go Nagai's robot franchise launches this month ― Takeshobo's Kindai Mahjong (Modern Mahjong) magazine announced on Thursday that it will begin a new manga series titled Getter Robo High in its January 15, 2017 issue, which ships on December 15. The word "high" in the title is spelled with the kanji character for a mahjong tile. Bingo Morihashi (Devil May Cry 3 & 4, 7th Dr...
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Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- Gets PC Release on December 14

Steam release of Arc System Works fighting game includes bundle with all DLC ― Arc System Words revealed on Wednesday that it will release its Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- fighting game on the PC via Steam on December 14. The game will cost US$49.99, with a "One Dawn Bundle" that includes all the DLC for the game for US$64.99. The game will have a 10% discount on launch, and will also include the "Gui...
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Girls und Panzer Collaborates on 6th Ibaraki Blood Drive

Girls und Panzer is again teaming up with the Ibaraki Prefecture Red Cross Blood Center to promote a blood drive. The anime's characters Miho, Saori, Hana, Yukari, and Mako appear as nurses on promotional posters in blood donation rooms. The collaboration is running from December 1 to January 31. People who donate 400 milliliters of blood in Ibaraki Prefecture during that period will receive one ...
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Danganronpa 1&2 Reload Slated for March on PS4

NIS America announced on Thursday that it will release Danganronpa 1&2 Reload, its PlayStation 4 combo pack of the first and second Danganronpa games, on March 14 in North America and March 17 in Europe. The game will be available both physically and digitally, with a limited physical edition available through NIS America's online store. Spike Chunsoft released Danganronpa 1 • 2 Reload for PlaySta...
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Uverworld, Rin Akatsuki Sing Themes for Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Anime

Sequel anime to premiere on January 6 ― The January 2017 issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine announced the theme songs for the upcoming Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga (Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujō Ō-hen) sequel television anime on Friday. Rock band UVERworld will perform the opening theme song and singer Rin Akatsuki will perform the ending theme song. UVERworld performed the first opening for the first B...

Voice Actor Cole Brown Passes Away

Brown played One Piece's Blackbeard, Izetta's Lord Redford, more ― Voice actor Cole Brown passed away on Friday, November 18. He was 60. Brown contributed to English dubs for Funimation Entertainment for over 10 years. His many roles include Blackbeard in One Piece, Heaven Canceller in A Certain Magical Index, Vahriz in The Heroic Legend of Arslan, the Celestial Spirit King in Fairy Tail, and the nar...
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Pokkén Tournament Fighting Game Adds Empoleon

New playable character available in arcade game on December 15 ― The official Twitter account of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Pokkén Tournament fighting game announced on Thursday that it will add Empoleon (Emperto) as a playable character in the game's arcade version on December 15. Bandai Namco Entertainment and Nintendo released the game on the Wii U in North America, Europe, and Japan on March 18...
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IT Gijinka Keikaku Anime Turns Tech Jargon Into Pretty Girls

Ai Kakuma, Satomi Arai, Ayane Sakura star as UDP, IP, Ether ― IT Gijinka Keikaku (IT Anthropomorphization Project), a project that turns information technology terms into pretty girl characters, is inspiring a "Gijinka de Manabo!" (Learn via Anthropomorphization!) anime with popular voice actresses. The anime stars the following voice cast members: Ai Kakuma as UDP (User Datagram Protocol) Satomi Ara...
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Here's What the Upcoming Cardcaptor Sakura Anime is All About

It may not be coming until January 2018, but here's a little introduction to the plot of the new Cardcaptor Sakura anime.
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 34

"It does feel like the show is back on track after some messy table-setting episodes."
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Ladies versus Butlers! Blu-Ray

This harem comedy from the late 2000s was a late bloomer for Western release, but is it still worth a watch after years in limbo? Theron Martin investigates. ― Some series are innovators within their genre, while others are mere followers. This 2010 adaptation of a light novel series is decidedly the latter. Even though it came relatively early in the wave of super-heavy fanservice shows of the late ...
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Assassination Classroom Spinoff Anime Koro Teacher Quest! Begins Streaming on December 23

On Japan's dTV, UULA, other services ― The first 2017 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the Koro Teacher Quest anime series will start streaming on December 23. This adaptation of Jō Aoto and Kizuku Watanabe's Koro-sensei Q! (Koro Teacher Quest!) manga will run on the dTV, UULA, and other services. Watanabe and Aoto began the Koro-sensei Q! manga, which is a ...
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Blue Exorcist Manga Gets Unaired Anime DVD, Drama CD

Anime DVD's episode will not air on TV, while drama CD adapts Bloody Fairy Tale novel ― The January 2017 issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine is announcing on Friday that Kazue Katō's Blue Exorcist manga will bundle both an anime DVD and a drama CD. The anime DVD will come with the 19th manga volume in April 4, and it will feature an episode that will not be in the television anime. The "Money, Mone...
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Missions of Love's Toyama Starts Jimikon Manga

Love-filled series launches in Nakayoshi magazine on December 28 ― The January issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine revealed on Thursday that manga creator Ema Toyama (Missions of Love, Manga Dogs) will launch a new manga titled Jimikon (A Plain Wedding) in the magazine's February issue, which will ship on December 28. The announcement describes the series as "a series of one-shots.” The love-fill...
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Nobuhiro Watsuki Launches Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc Manga in Spring 2017

2-chapter spinoff series about criminal Ashitarō revealed to be prologue to new arc ― The January 2017 issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine is revealing on Friday that Nobuhiro Watsuki will draw a new arc in his Rurouni Kenshin manga that will take place in Hokkaido. The new manga will launch in spring 2017. The January issue of Jump SQ. is also publishing the second chapter of Watsuki and his wife ...

Blood Blockade Battlefront TV Anime Gets 2nd Season in 2017

Shigehito Takayanagi, Yasuko Kamo take over as director, writer for anime based on Yasuhiro Nightow's manga ― The January 2017 issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine is announcing on Friday that the Blood Blockade Battlefront television anime will get a second season titled Kekkai Sensen & Beyond (Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond) in 2017. BONES will once again animate the series. Shigehito Takayan...
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Final Fantasy XV Game's Digital Sales, Physical Shipments Exceed 5 Million Copies on 1st Day

Square Enix announced on Thursday that its Final Fantasy XV PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game sold more than 5 million copies on its first day when it went on sale worldwide on Tuesday. The number includes download sales and shipments of the game's first edition. This is the fastest record for Square Enix's Final Fantasy franchise. The game set a new record for first-day download sales for a Square ...
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Original Anime Series One Room Casts M.A.O

Original series of shorts featuring designs by Kantoku premieres in January ― The official website for the original anime series of shorts One Room announced on Thursday that M.A.O is playing Yui Hanasaka, one of the anime's three heroines. Yui is a 17-year-old girl from Hokkaido who goes to Tokyo in order to take her college entrance exams. She lives with her older sister while in Tokyo, and she is ...
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Macross Frontier's Megumi Nakajima Returns From Musical Hiatus, Performs Ending for Fūka Anime

1st single since nearly 3-year hiatus ships on February 15 ― Voice actress and singer Megumi Nakajima and the Flying Dog music agency announced on Thursday that Nakajima is returning from a nearly three-year hiatus to continue her musical activities. She is slated to perform the ending theme song "Watashi no Sekai" (My World) for the upcoming Fūka television anime series, which premieres on January ...
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Live-Action One Week Friends Film's Trailer Previews Sukima Switch Song

Film starring Haruna Kawaguchi, Kento Yamazaki premieres February 18 ― The official website of the live-action film of Matcha Hazuki's One Week Friends (Isshūkan Friends) manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Wednesday. The trailer features the film's theme song "Kanade for Isshūkan Friends," by Sukima Switch. "Kanade for Isshūkan Friends" is a new version of Sukima Switch's second single "...
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Hurricane Polymar Live-Action Film's Teaser Video Shows Junpei Mizobata in Costume

Power Rangers' Koichi Sakamoto directs May 2017 film ― Tatsunoko Productions began streaming a teaser video for the live-action film adaptation of its 1974 anime Hurricane Polymar on Wednesday. The video features Junpei Mizobata (live-action Hana-Kimi, Detective Conan) in costume as the titular character. The film is slated to open at Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 and other theaters in May 2017 as part of ...

Bandai Takes Down Life-size Gundam Statue in Tokyo on March 5

"Tokyo Gundam Project," "Gundam Front Tokyo" attraction also end in April ― The Gundam.info portal site announced on Thursday that Bandai will dismantle and take down the life-size Gundam statue on March 5. The statue has stood outside the DiverCity Tokyo mall in Odaiba, Tokyo since 2012. The "Tokyo Gundam Project," which aims to revitalize Tokyo's waterfront area through initiatives with the Tokyo g...

Pokémon Sun/Moon Games Sell 3.7 Million Copies in 1st 2 Weeks in N. America

Games sold 85% more than Pokémon X/Y in same launch period ― Nintendo and The Pokémon Company revealed on Wednesday that they have sold a total of 3.7 million copies of the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Nintendo 3DS games in North America in less than two weeks. The games have sold more than 85% more than the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games, which previously held the record for the fastest-selling Ninte...
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My Hero Academia, Black Clover, Food Wars! Event Anime Get DVD Releases

The first 2017 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the event anime being screened during the Jump Special Anime Festa event for My Hero Academia, Black Clover, and Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma will all get DVD releases bundled with future volumes of their respective manga. The event anime for My Hero Academia will ship on DVD with a limited edition of the 13...
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Whistle! Anime's 'Voice Remake' Reveals New Cast Members, December 17 Streaming Debut

Yui Makino voices Yuki Kojima, performs remake of "Sweet Days" ending theme song ― The first 2017 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the "voice remake" of the 2002 television anime of Daisuke Higuchi's Whistle! soccer manga will begin streaming on December 17. The anime will stream on the Anime Hodai, UNEXT, d Anime Store, dTV, and Geo Channel services. In add...
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ЯeaL, RIZE Perform New Gintama TV Anime's Theme Songs

New TV anime premieres on January 9 ― The first 2017 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing the theme song artists for the new television anime for Gintama on Monday. The four-member all-girls band ЯeaL will perform the opening theme song "Kagerō." RIZE (Shion no Oh) will perform the ending theme song "Silver." The issue is also revealing a key visual for the series. The new ser...
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3rd Kizumonogatari Film's Trailer Highlights Araragi, Shinobu's Relationship

Final film in trilogy opens in Japan on January 6 ― The official website for the the Kizumonogatari film trilogy began streaming a trailer for the third and final film, Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen (Cold Blood), on Thursday. The trailer highlights Araragi and Shinobu's relationship (Note: The linked video is region-locked to Japan). The film will premiere in Japan on January 6. Those who pre-orde...
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Little Witch Academia TV Anime's Promo Video Reveals Song Artists, January 8 Premiere

YURiKA performs opening song, Yuiko Ōhara returns for ending song ― The official website of the Little Witch Academia television anime series began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video reveals and previews the show's opening and ending theme songs, as well as the January 8 premiere. Yuiko Ōhara, who previously performed the theme song for the Little Witch Academia: The E...
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Monster Musume Favorite Character Contest

Vote for your favorite Monster Musume character in this official Monster Musume Popularity Contest! If you have a BookWalker Global account, you'll also be eligible for some Amazing Prizes. ― Contest Giveaway Manga Sale 1. Contest Details Vote for your favorite Monster Musume character in this official Monster Musume Popularity Contest! If you have a BookWalker Global account, you'll also be eligibl...

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Yuri!!! On Ice's Makkachin Tissue Case Heads to Real-Life Rinks

The official Twitter account for the Yuri!!! On Ice television anime announced on Sunday that Victor's dog-shaped tissue case is heading to the real world. In the anime, figure skater Victor appears rink-side with a brown tissue box case inspired by his own poodle named Makkachin. The real Makkachin tissue cases will be made of fluffy "poodle boa" fabric and retail for 3,400 yen (about US$30). Av...
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Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan by Volume: 2016

5 Makoto Shinkai books, 3 Sword Art Online books, 3 The irregular at magic high school books, 2 No Game, No Life books, 2 Overlord books ― This list covers sales surveyed from November 23, 2015 to November 20, 2016. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Publisher Release Date Author 1 1,196,994 Novel your name. Kadokawa 2016/06 Makoto Shinkai 2 321,834 Sword Art Online 17 Kadokawa 2016/04 Story: Reki ...
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Power Ranger Film's Rita Repulsa Hijacks Official Twitter Account

The new Power Rangers film stars Elizabeth Banks as classic villain Rita Repulsa, albeit heavily modernized and sans giant hair horns. Instead, the character shows an strange affinity for weird products like coyote urine hunting spray. At least, that's what she was promoting when the character took over the official Power Rangers Twitter account for Cyber Monday. 65 million years later and I'm sti...

Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan by Series: 2016

Shinkai's your name. sells 1.4 million + 283,000, followed by KonoSuba, Sword Art Online, Re:Zero, Overlord ― This list covers sales surveyed from November 23, 2015 to November 20, 2016. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Publisher Author 1 1,417,661 Novel your name. Kadokawa Makoto Shinkai 2 1,174,562 KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!! Kadokawa Writer: Natsume Akatsuki/ Illustrati...
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Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Volume: 2016

4 One Piece books, 3 Attack on Titan books, 1 Hunter x Hunter book, 5 Assassination Classroom books, 5 Haikyu books ― This list covers sales surveyed from November 23, 2015 to November 20, 2016. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Publisher Release Date Author 1 2,981,494 One Piece 80 Shueisha 2015/12 Eiichiro Oda 2 2,696,528 One Piece 81 Shueisha 2016/04 Eiichiro Oda 3 2,532,488 One Piece 82 Shueis...
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Girlish Number Anime Casts Amina Satō as Nanami Sakuragaoka

New character appears in show's episode 9 on Friday ― The January issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Magazine revealed on Wednesday that the Girlish Number television anime has cast Amina Satō (AKB0048's Yūka Ichijō, Triage X's Oriha Nishida) as the new character Nanami Sakuragaoka, who will appear in the anime's ninth episode on Friday. Nanami already appeared as a background character in the show's fo...

Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2016

One Piece sells 12 million, followed by Assassination Classroom, Kingdom, Attack on Titan, Haikyu!! ― This list covers sales surveyed from November 23, 2015 to November 20, 2016. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Publisher Author 1 12,314,326 One Piece Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 2 6,887,192 Assassination Classroom Shueisha Yusei Matsui 3 6,595,968 Kingdom Shueisha Yasuhisa Hara 4 6,544,081 Attack on Ti...
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Monsters vs. Aliens' Rob Letterman Directs Live-Action Pokémon Film

Film now titled "Detective Pikachu" with Guardians of the Galaxy, Gravity Falls writers ― Entertainment news source Deadline reported on Wednesday that Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, Goosebumps) is directing Legendary Entertainment's planned live-action Pokémon film. The report refers to the film's title as "Detective Pikachu," confirming previous reports that the film will feature t...
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Life-Size Statue of Oreimo's Ayase Previewed in 1/2-scale Prototype

In honor of Tsukasa Fushimi's 10th anniversary since his debut as a light novel author with Jūsanban-me no Alice, fans were allowed to vote on which character from his more famous light novel series, Oreimo, would be converted into a life-size statue. The series' star Kirino was passed over in favor of her best friend Ayase with 40% of the vote. A 3-D model of the statue's proposed pose was shown...
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Sound! Euphonium 2 ‒ Episode 9

Asuka's true nature finally comes to light in this emotionally charged episode of Sound! Euphonium.
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Pacific Rim: Maelstrom Casts Shyrley Rodriguez, Zhang Jin, More

Additional Chinese cast members include Wesley Wong, Lily Ji, Chen Zitong, Lan Yingying, Qian Yongchen ― Entertainment news website Deadline Hollywood reported last week that Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham's 2013 science-fiction robot film, has cast American actress Shyrley Rodriguez (The Get Down) and Chinese actors Zhang Jin (The Grandmaster), Wesley Won...
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Girlish Number ‒ Episode 8

"Though there were some brief comic interludes courtesy of Kuzu-P, the almost total lack of Chitose made this a more contemplative and emotionally focused episode than ever."
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56-Year-Old JoJo Creator Araki Wins Best Dresser Award

The Men's Fashion Unity association held the 45th Best Dresser Awards in Tokyo on November 30. The JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga's fashionable creator Hirohiko Araki received the Best Dresser Award for the academic and cultural category at the event. Entertainment news website MAiDiGiTV began streaming videos from Araki's appearance at the event on Wednesday. After Araki receives his award in the...
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 9

"Episode 9 proves that Nanbaka knows how to crank out a strong episode from time to time."
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Japanese Comic Ranking, November 21-27

Terraformars, Magi, Hozuki no Reitetsu, One Piece, Major 2nd in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Terraformars 19 149,758 303,803 2016/11 Shueisha Story: Yū Sasuga / Art: Kenichi Tachibana 1 2 2 Magi 31 145,343 297,803 2016/11 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 2 2 3 Hozuki no Reitetsu 23 138,540 138,752 2016/11 Kodansha Natsumi...
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21st Detective Conan Film's Visual Unveiled

Film's 1st teaser debuts at the end of TV special on December 9 ― The official website of Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter (Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter), the 21st Detective Conan anime film, revealed the film's visual, illustrated by original manga creator Gosho Aoyama, on Wednesday. The film will open in Japanese theaters on April 15, 2017. A teaser for the film will appear at th...
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Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go ‒ Episode 8

"This episode takes place almost entirely in late afternoon and twilight settings, as it tells the story of Natori's origins."

Funimation Reveals Dragon Ball Super English Dub Cast (Updated)

Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, Jason Douglas, more return ― Toei Animation and Funimation Entertainment announced the cast for its English dub of Dragon Ball Super on Wednesday. The cast includes: Sean Schemmel as Goku Christopher R. Sabat as Vegeta Jason Douglas as Beerus Ian Sinclair as Whis Sonny Strait as Krillin Kyle Hebert as Gohan Monica Rial as Bulma Christopher R. Sabat as Piccolo Alex...
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Fairy Tail's Hiro Mashima Already Beat FFXV

Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV role-playing game dropped in Japan on Tuesday, prompting excited fans to download and marathon through the game as soon as possible. Fairy Tail manga creator Hiro Mashima was no exception. He wrote on Twitter that he was counting down the hours until the game was available. He also mentioned the benefit of being self-employed, in this case. FF15まであと4時間!明日は休むと自分で決められる...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, November 21-27

SD Gundam, Sengoku Musou, Aikatsu Stars!, Code:Realize, RPG Tsukuru Fes games ship ― Japan's Game Ranking: November 21-27 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Pokémon Sun / Pokémon Moon Pokémon November 18 375,665 1,966,294 2 PSVSD Gundam G Generation Genesis Bandai Namco Entertainment November 22 88,324 88,324 3PS4SD Gundam G Generation Genesis Ba...
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Attack on Titan 3DS Adventure Game's 1st Trailer Shows Cast

Anime cast returns for game where players must escape a mysterious castle ― Koei Tecmo's Ruby Party began streaming the first trailer for Shingeki no Kyojin: Shichi Kara no Dasshutsu (Attack on Titan: Escape From the Brink of Death), its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game based Attack on Titan, on Wednesday. The video introduces the main cast, who are all returning from the television anime. At the end of th...
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Interviews with Monster Girls/Demi-chan wa Kataritai Anime Reveals Female Cast, Ending Song, January 7 Debut in Video

Kaede Hondo, Minami Shinoda, Shiina Natsukawa, Yōko Hikasa, Lynn join Junichi Suwabe ― A streamed LineLive program announced the female cast members in the television anime of Petosu's comedy manga Interviews with Monster Girls (Demi-chan wa Kataritai) on Wednesday. The anime's second promotional video also lists the voice actresses, ending theme song, and January 7 premiere. Text: Cute demis have cu...
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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection Anime's Character Designs Unveiled

2 films set 3 months after 2nd A's with new characters besides Florian sisters ― The main three character designs for the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection anime film project debuted on Wednesday. The characters pictured below are Nanoha Takamachi (top), Fate T. Harlaown (bottom left), and Hayate Yagami (bottom right). Yukari Tamura, Nana Mizuki, and Kana Ueda reprise their respective roles as t...

Voice Actor Miyu Irino Goes on Hiatus to Study Abroad in 2017

Voice of Mr. Osomatsu's Todomatsu, Kingdom Hearts' Sora, Spirited Away's Haku ― Voice actor Miyu Irino announced on his online diary on Wednesday that he is taking a short hiatus from his career after his solo live concerts in January. He explained that he will be studying abroad, which he has been considering doing for a long time. Irino added he has been interested in overseas living and entertainm...
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Yowamushi Pedal Season 3's 2nd Video Introduces New Captains, New Song, New Hakone Ace

Takaaki Natsushiro performs "Cadence" opening for anime premiering January 9 ― The official website for the Yowamushi Pedal anime posted the second promotional video for Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation, the third anime season based on Wataru Watanabe's original manga, on Thursday. The video begins with Kinjō appointing Teshima as Sōhoku High's new captain, and then introduces Sōhoku's rivals at Hakon...
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Nanbaka Ponders If We Really Are Who We Pretend to Be

Nanbaka episodes are full of crazy, overblown antics by a larger-than-life cast of misfits. Despite this, it can still surprise viewers by hitting the brakes and shifting into the introspective.
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Tohyo Game: One black ballot to you GN 1

Tohyo Game borrows a little too heavily from very recognizable sources for its horror plot, making this a weaker debut than it should have been. ― It isn't always easy to find the perfect metaphor for the kind of bullying that pervades the high school experience. Numerous manga authors have tried, with perhaps the most effective series being A Silent Voice due to its emotional honesty. We can't blame...
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Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2's TV Ad Reveals Theme Songs, January 8 Premiere

Cast, staff return for season with songs by Minami, Flow ― The official website for the Tales of Zestiria the X (pronounced "cross") television anime began streaming the second season's television commercial on Wednesday. The ad features the season's new ending theme song "Innosense" by FLOW, and it also announces the season's January 2017 premiere. Text: … And so, the story heads towards the long-aw...
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Force of Will Film's 2nd Trailer Previews Ramayana-based Short 'Raam'

Thai animation studio RiFF Studio handles short ― The official YouTube channel for Force of Will the Movie, the animated film adaptation of the Force of Will trading card game, began streaming the second trailer for the film on Sunday. The trailer focuses on "Raam: The Bridge to Lanka," a short based on the poem Ramayana. The staff describes the "Raam: The Bridge to Lanka" short as follows: The story...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride Anime's Part 2 Trailer Shows Riichi

2nd of 3 parts to open in theaters in February, ship with manga volume in March ― Shochiku began streaming a trailer for the second part of The Ancient Magus' Bride: Those Awaiting a Star (Mahō Tsukai no Yome: Hoshi Matsu Hito), the three-part anime based on Kore Yamazaki's manga The Ancient Magus' Bride (Mahō Tsukai no Yome), on Wednesday. Riichi: Welcome to the Library of the Forest. Elias: It all ...
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Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki 3DS Game's Promo Previews Theme Song

King Cream Soda performs theme song for December 15 game ― Level-5 began streaming a promotional video for the Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki Nintendo 3DS game on Tuesday. The video previews the game's theme song "Banzai! Aizenkai!" by King Cream Soda, who also performed the "Geragerapō no Uta" theme song of the Yo-kai Watch television anime. The game will ship on December 15 in Japan, and will include add...
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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection Anime Will Be 2 Films

Story set 3 months after 2nd A's with new characters besides Florian sisters ― The January 2017 issue of Gakken's Megami Magazine revealed on Wednesday that the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection anime film project will be two films, with the first film slated for next summer in Japan. The second film has no planned release date, but Seven Arcs Pictures producer Tatsuya Tanaka stated in an interv...
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Fate/Extella Game's English Trailers Highlight Karna, Elizabeth Bathory, Lu Bu, More

Medusa, Gilgamesh, Iskandar, Jeanne D'Arc trailers also featured from PS4/PS Vita action game ― XSEED Games posted seven English-subtitled trailers since last week to highlight the Servants Karna, Elizabeth Bathory, Lu Bu, Medusa, Gilgamesh, Iskandar, and Jeanne D'Arc from its upcoming Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita action game. The company previously streamed traile...
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Hayate the Combat Butler Creator Kenjirou Hata Teases New Manga Series in 2017

Hata now drawing Hayate's last arc, Ad Astra per Aspera series ― Manga creator Kenjirou Hata wrote in the first 2017 issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine on Wednesday that he wants to start a new series next year. A reader asked Shonen Sunday's manga creators what they would like to try out in 2017, and Hata answered, "New series." Hata resumed his Hayate the Combat Butler (Hayate no G...
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Live-Action Blade of the Immortal Film's Stills Show Filming of Climactic Battle

Filming took place November 2015-January 2016, all filmed in Kyoto Prefecture ― The staff for the live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal "neo period drama" manga unveiled on Wednesday new stills from the filming of the movie. The stills are taken from the movie's climactic action scene, filmed in a set made to look like a village. Filming took place entirely in Kyoto Prefecture fr...

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One Piece Film Gold Begins Listing Theaters for U.S. Screenings

Funimation to screen film in U.S., Canada on January 10-17 ― The Fandango site began offering pre-sale tickets for the January screenings of the One Piece Film Gold anime movie in North America, and the site offers searches by city or ZIP code. The One Piece Podcast compiled a partial list of participating theaters in the United States. Fandango is not necessarily listing all of the theaters that wil...
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Studio 4°C Makes Sentai Heroes Sukiyaki Force TV Anime Shorts

Anime about sukiyaki ingredients protecting Gunma premieres January 9 with 5-minute episodes ― Studio 4°C announced on Tuesday that it is collaborating with Gunma TV to produce a television anime titled Sentai Heroes Sukiyaki Force - Gunma no Heiwa o Negau Season (The Season of Wishing for Gunma's Peace). The anime will premiere on Gunma TV on January 9 and will air one five-minute episode every week...
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Jiro Taniguchi Explores Venice in Louis Vuitton Travel Book

In 2014, manga creator Jiro Taniguchi continued his relationship with France when he was hired by luxury brand Louis Vuitton to pen one of its travel books. The company has published a number of high-end travel guides for destinations like London and New York, but Taniguchi's book exploring Venice is unique for being entirely illustrated. Until recently, the volume was only available in Louis Vuit...
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Yuyushiki Special OVA Ships on February 22 With Returning Cast, Staff

Director, writer, cast all return from 2013 TV anime ― The January 2017 issue of Gakken's Megami Magazine revealed the returning cast, returning staff, and February 22 release date for the new special original video anime (OVA) episode based on Komata Mikami's four-panel manga Yuyushiki on Wednesday. Kaori (episode director on Code:Breaker, .hack//Quantum) returns to direct the anime at Kinema Citrus...

Gundam Unicorn RE:0096 to Run on Toonami Starting January

Reedit of OVA series for TV premieres on Toonami on January 7, 1:00 a.m. EST ― The official Facebook page of Adult Swim's Toonami television programming block in the United States announced on Tuesday that it will run the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096 television anime beginning on January 7 at 1:00 a.m. EST. (The below graphic lists "January 2," but Toonami normally runs on Saturdays.) The 22-ep...
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City Erects 9.3-meter Replica of Dragon Quest's King Slime — Out of Hay

Not to be outdone by Chikuzen's seven-meter straw Shin Godzilla, Saitama Prefecture's Gyōda city has constructed a 9.3-meter replica of Dragon Quest's King Slime monster out of hay in its Ancient Lotus Park. This is the city's third year constructing straw art in the park. The King Slime was made by harvesting straw from a rice paddy in Gyōda that also was cut to create Dragon Quest art during the...
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Pharmaceutical Company's Eye Drop Anime Gets More Episodes

Japanese company Santen Pharmaceuticals added more episodes to its Eyedrops online anime short series. The company is producing the shorts to teach people about how the human eye works, and how eyedrops can help maintain it. Of course, they've judged that the easiest way to make this understandable is by using anthropomorphized anime versions of eyedrop active ingredients. The anime's prologue and...
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Trickster ‒ Episode 9

"This episode is a case study of Trickster at its messiest."
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, November 27-December 3

Death Parade, God Eater, Heavy Object, Shimoneta anime; Holy Corpse Rising, Scumbag Loser manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Death Parade Limited Edition BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$84.98 November 29 Death Parade BD/DVDCite Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 November 29 God Eater Volume 1 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Aniplex of America US$89.98 November 29 Heave...
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Pokémon Sun & Moon Starters Star in Animated Shorts

Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, and of course Pikachu are shown playing together in a series of animated shorts. The starters from Pokémon Sun & Moon are taking over Twitter thanks in part to a hugely successful game launch. Nintendo is continuing the campaign with these shorts showing the Pokémon interact with their corresponding elemental attributes. If you haven't made a decision as to which starter i...
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Summer Lesson VR Game's Add-On Pack Features 'Touching'

Additional contents slated for December 1 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced that it will release an add-on pack for its Summer Lesson virtual reality game on December 1 for 1,490 yen (US$13). The add-on pack, titled Summer Lesson: Miyamoto Hikari Second Feel, will add six outfits for Hikari and add situations where the players "feel they are actually touching the character in front of them." Spe...

Heroes' Masi Oka Appears in Netflix's Live-Action Death Note Film

Hawaii Five-0 actor is also a producer on the film ― Actor and Producer Masi Oka (Heroes, Hawaii Five-0) stated in an interview with Entertainment Weekly earlier this month that he will have a part in Netlfix's live-action Death Note film. As previously reported, he also served as producer on the film. The film will premiere via streaming on Netflix in 2017. Adam Wingard (The Guest, You're Next) is t...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 766

"Luffy's got a plan and that plan is to sneak into Big Mom's territory all on his own in an attempt to rescue Sanji."

Final Fantasy XV Launch Trailer Streamed

PS4/Xbox One game launched Tuesday internationally ― The official YouTube channel for Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game began streaming a launch trailer for the game on Tuesday. The video shows clips from the story and gameplay, and features the song "Fast Lane" by Bad Meets Evil. Final Fantasy XV launched on Tuesday, November 29 outside Japan after a delay. The game has ...
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Shōnen Hollywood Anime Gets Expanded 'Complete Edition' of Final Episode

Staff crowdfunded longer 26th episode, aims to finish by next fall ― Scriptwriter Ikuyo Hashiguchi confirmed on Monday that the Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 50 anime will get a "complete edition" of its 26th and final episode. (While the anime has 13 episodes, the episode count includes the 13 previous episodes from the Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 49 anime.) The episode was funded by a c...
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Universal Confirms Nintendo Attractions Are Coming to Both Orlando & Hollywood Parks

Already planning for area in Japan park that costs more than Harry Potter's ― In a video posted on Tuesday, Nintendo and Universal Creative confirmed that their theme park collaboration will not only be featured at Universal Studios Japan, but also the Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. The video does not mention the fourth Universal theme park, Universal Studios Singapore. It ...
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In/Spectre GN 1

Despite some organizational issues, interesting characters and premise carry the first volume of this story about individuals with unusual connections to yokai. ― According to the author's notes included at the end, this manga is actually the adaptation of a 2011 novel originally titled Invented Inference: Steel Idol Nanase, which has not, to my knowledge, even been licensed yet for an English releas...
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'The File of Young Kindaichi Returns' Manga Returns With New Arc in December

Manga went on hiatus in September after "Shirohebi Kura Satsujin Jiken" arc ― This year's 53rd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Seimaru Amagi and Fumiya Sato's Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo R (The File of Young Kindaichi Returns) manga is returning in the magazine's first 2017 issue on December 12. It will introduce a new arc titled "Seiren-tō Satsujin Jiken" (T...
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Why Char’s True Rival Isn't Amuro Ray

The rivalry between Char Aznable and Amuro Ray put Gundam on the map. But there is a another contender for Char’s prominent rival--and perhaps a more thematically meaningful one.
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Please Tell Me! Galko-chan GN 1

The conversations are never dull and quite often raunchy in this non-cloying take on high school girl humor. ― There's a myth that has somehow endured about how girls are less "gross," less preoccupied with bodily functions than boys. Please Tell Me! Galko-chan is here to help deconstruct that misconception. Not that this is any sort of deliberately informative work; Kenya Suzuki's short-form manga, ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, November 21-27

Babymetal sells 13,821, followed by Bungo Stray Dogs, Yo-kai Watch box, Tsukiuta, 2016 Anpanman film ― The Live at Wembley Babymetal World Tour 2016 kicks off at the SSE Arena, Wembley concert disc sold 13,821 copies to rank #1 on the overall DVD chart. Rock Musical Bleach ~Mō Hitotsu no Chijō landed at #23 with 1,166 copies. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/C...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, November 21-27

Babymetal at London sells 38,041, followed by Love Live! Sunshine!!, Strike the Blood II, Re:zero, Macross Delta ― The Live at Wembley Babymetal World Tour 2016 kicks off at the SSE Arena, Wembley concert disc sold 38,041 copies to rank #2 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The limited first edition of Is This Order a Rabbit? Rabbit House Tea Party 2016 sold 3,883 copies to land at #12. Rank Last Wee...
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Kubikiri Cycle Anime Volumes 3 to 8 Delayed by a Month

2nd volume of OVA series based on NisiOisin's Zaregoto novels ships on Wednesday ― The official website for Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregoto Tsukai (Decapitation Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Prankster), the original video anime project based on the first volume in NisiOisin's Zaregoto novel series, announced on Tuesday that the release date of volumes three to eight of the anime have each b...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, November 14-20

Kamen Rider Mach/Kamen Rider Heart sells 2,714 + 1,795, followed by Yowapeda Spare Bike, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE!, 2016 Shin-chan, K stage play ― Drive Saga Kamen Rider Mach/Kamen Rider Heart Shift Ride Crosser/Shift Heartron Edition sold 2,714 copies to debut at #9 on the overall DVD chart. The regular edition was #24 with 1,795 copies. The stage play K -Lost Small World- landed at #...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, November 14-20

Kamen Rider Mach/Kamen Rider Heart sells 6,518 + 2,599, followed by Love Live! Sunshine!!, Yowapeda Spare Bike, K stage play, Kuromukuro ― Drive Saga Kamen Rider Mach/Kamen Rider Heart Shift Ride Crosser/Shift Heartron Edition sold 6,518 copies to debut at #6 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The regular edition was #14 with 2,599 copies. The stage play K -Lost Small World- landed at #20 with 1,611 ...
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Death Note Light up the NEW world Film Has Earned 2 Billion Yen

Live-action film franchise has sold more than 10 million tickets ― The live-action Death Note Light up the NEW world film has earned 2 billion yen (about US$17.85 million) and sold 1.5 million tickets as of Wednesday. The entire live-action film franchise has sold more than 10 million tickets. The 2006 live-action Death Note film sold 2.27 million tickets, while the 2008 Death Note: The Last Name seq...
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Tōken Ranbu Gets New Stage Musical in March

Tōken Ranbu - Bakumatsu Tenrōden runs in Shanghai in January ― The Tōken Ranbu - Bakumatsu Tenrōden stage musical announced during its final performance in Tokyo on Sunday that a new Tōken Ranbu musical will run from March to April next year. The new play will feature the characters Ishikirimaru, Nikkari Aoe, Tonbokiri, Monoyoshi Sadamune, Ookurikara, and one more character. The musical will announce...

Funimation Licenses The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Film

Film based on 4th light novel volume available in 1st half of 2017 on BD/DVD ― North American anime distributor Funimation confirmed on Monday that it has licensed Kyoto Animation's The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya anime film. It will release the film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in the first half of 2017. The 163-minute film is based on the fourth volume in the light novel series by Nagaru Tanigawa a...

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Japanese Musician Aska Arrested Again for Alleged Illegal Stimulant Use

Chage and Aska duo member previously sentenced for drug use in 2014 ― Tokyo Metropolitan Police announced on Monday that musician Aska (Shigeaki Miyazaki), a member of the musical duo Chage and Aska with Chage (Shuji Shibata), has been arrested for allegedly using stimulants in violation of Japan's drug control laws. The 58-year-old singer was previously sentenced for illegal drug use in 2014 to thre...
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Final Fantasy XV RPG Gets Live-Action Trailer Before Launch

2 Japanese ads for game also streamed ― The official YouTube channel for Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV game began streaming a live-action trailer for the game on Monday. The trailer features the game's theme song "Stand By Me," as covered by Florence and the Machine. The official PlayStation Japan Youtube channel also began streaming two commercials, which proclaim that the game is already a worldwi...
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Occultic;Nine ‒ Episode 8

"I was hoping that Occultic;Nine would be more like a rollercoaster, but it's still approaching its conclusions with fits and starts rather than charging ahead with force."
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2nd Itazura na Kiss Live-Action Film's Trailer Previews College Story

2nd of 3-part film project opens in Japan in January ― Oricon began streaming a trailer on Monday for Itazura na Kiss The Movie Part 2 Campus-Hen (Mischievious Kiss the Movie Part 2: Campus Arc), the second live-action film in the three-part film adaptation of Kaoru Tada's shōjo romantic comedy manga Itazura na Kiss. The video previews the characters' transition to college life. In the second film, t...
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Ultraman Orb Amazon Spinoff Series Debuts December 26

Ultraman Orb THE ORIGIN SAGA explores past of Gai Kurenai, Jugglus Juggler ― The staff of the Ultraman Orb television series announced on Monday that the show's planned spinoff is titled Ultraman Orb THE ORIGIN SAGA. The 12-episode series will debut on the Amazon Prime instant video service on December 26. A new episode will stream every Monday. The series will explore the past of protagonist Gai Kur...
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The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Celebrates 5th Anniversary With Gekijō Anime Short

[email protected] director Mankyū, studio Gathering reunite for 2017 TV anime ― The [email protected] franchise began streaming a The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gekijō (The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Theater) anime short on Monday to celebrate the fifth anniversary of The [email protected] Cinderella Girls game. In the video, idols Emi, Suzuho, and Uzuki host a presentation to mark the anniversary. Niconico シンデレラガールズ劇場 5...
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Voice Actors' Line Stickers Inspire Cute Plush Keychains

The Line social networking and instant messaging app allows users to communicate through a words as well as a huge variety of stickers. The "Seiyū Stamp" sticker set features cute illustrated versions of Japanese voice actors. Sega's online shop is letting those stickers enter the real world as plush keychains. Hiroshi Kamiya The 14-centimeter (about 6-inch) plush keychains recreate Line stickers ...
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Hatsune Miku Holds Concert With Kodō Taiko Group

An official website and Twitter account for Hatsune Miku's latest collaborative concert launched on Thursday. The virtual idol is teaming up with the famous taiko group Kodō for special concerts on March 4-5. The concerts are part of NHK's This is Nippon Premium Theater series of performances to welcome the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo. The series aims to promote and highlight Japanese traditional cultu...
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Star Ocean anamnesis Smartphone Game's Animated Trailer Previews Theme Song

Closed beta test ends for iOS/Android game ― Square Enix began streaming an animated trailer for its upcoming Star Ocean anamnesis iOS and Android game on Monday. The video features the theme song "Dakara Boku wa Fukō ni Sugatteimashita" (So I was clinging to misfortune), the major debut song of the rock band "Kamisama, Boku wa Kizuiteshimatta" (God, I couldn't help but notice you). The action battle...
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Girls & Panzer Film Earns 2.4 Billion Yen During 1-Year Theatrical Run

Tokyo theater to continue screening film intermittently after run ends ― The official blog for the Girls und Panzer anime franchise announced on Monday that the Girls und Panzer der Film anime movie sold 1,421,237 tickets and earned 2,440,849,294 yen (US$21,743,110) as of November 27, after one year and one week in theaters. The film opened in Japanese theaters on November 21, 2015. Certain theaters ...
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Smell Like a Skater With Yuri!!! On Ice Body Products

From face cushions and Nendoroids to sweatshirts, the popular television anime Yuri!!! on Ice has already unveiled a variety of products to let fans experience their favorite characters in new ways. Now the Cozy Wave retail website is offering fans a chance to smell the "floral scents of love" through hand cream, body soaps, and fabric mists. Hand Cream Yuri Body Soap Viktor Body Soap Yūri Body S...
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4th Digimon Adventure tri. Film's Plot Summary Revealed

Film opens on February 25 in Japan ― The official website for the Digimon Adventure tri. six-part anime film series revealed an outline of the story of Digimon Adventure tri. Sōshitsu (Loss), the fourth film in the series, on Friday. [Note: the plot summary below contains spoilers for the first three films.] Following Meicoomon's rampage and the Reboot, Tai (Taichi) and the others leave behind a dist...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 68

"Easily the most exciting thing about this episode is the preview for next week."
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Answerman - Why Isn't There More Political Anime?

America has countless political dramas of every stripe - why is the genre so limited among anime and manga? Justin gets into it. ― Jake asks: One thing I was recently thinking about was why there are no anime about Japanese politics. Here in the US, it seems we can not get enough politically themed shows weather it be a comedy like VEEP or a serious drama like House of Cards. Even in manga one of th...
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DC Comics' Live-Action TV Shows Offer Final Fantasy XV Xbox One

The upcoming Final Fantasy XV PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game is teaming up with DC Comics' live-action television shows that air on The CW network. Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow are participating in a campaign to offer an exclusive Final Fantasy XV Xbox One console. The game's official YouTube account began streaming crossover promotional videos for the campaign on Wed...
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Mamoru Oshii to Receive Annie Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award

Director to receive Winsor McCay Award in February ― The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced on Monday that director Mamoru Oshii will receive the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievemnet at its 44th Annual Annie Awards. The awards ceremony will be held on February 4, 2017. The award is "given to individuals in recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art ...
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Miss Hokusai, Red Turtle, your name Nominated for Annie Awards

Mamoru Oshii, Voltron, Kubo and the Two Strings also honored ― The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced the nominees for its 44th Annual Annie Awards on Monday. Production I.G's Miss Hokusai, Michael Dudok de Wit and Studio Ghibli's The Red Turtle, and Makoto Shinkai's Your Name. all received nominations in the Best Animated Feature - Independent category. The other two nom...
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The KanColle Movie is Full of Dark Revelations

What could be dark about cute anthropomorphic warships skating across the ocean? A lot, actually.
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 34

"Nothing major happens in the plot this episode, but it still strengthens our cast and story through glimpses of what passes for mundanity in the worlds of Tekkadan and Gjallarhorn."
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Survival Game Club! Manga Ends on December 1

Hidekichi Matsumoto starts new series in April issue of Nakayoshi ― The January issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine will publish the the final chapter of Hidekichi Matsumoto's shōjo manga Sabagebu! (Survival Game Club!) on Thursday. The magazine notes that Kodansha will ship the manga's final 13th volume in April. The issue also announces that Matsumoto will launch a new manga in the magazine's A...
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Takaaki Natsushiro, Saeki YouthK Perform Themes for Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation Anime

3rd season based on Wataru Watanabe's cycling manga premieres on January 9 ― The official website for the Yowamushi Pedal anime revealed the theme song artists on Monday for Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation, the third anime season based on Wataru Watanabe's original manga. Takaaki Natsushiro is performing the opening theme song "Cadence." Singer-songwriter Saeki YouthK (Yūsuke Saeki) is performing the...

Keisuke Itagaki's Baki Manga Gets TV Anime Adaptation

31-volume series serves as 2nd installment in Keisuke Itagaki's franchise ― The first 2017 issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine is revealing on Thursday that Keisuke Itagaki's Baki (New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero) manga is getting a television anime adaptation. The announcement notes that future issues of Weekly Shonen Champion will reveal more details about the...
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Flip Flappers ‒ Episode 8

"Most of this episode was more frivolous and predictable than what I expect out of Flip Flappers, ultimately wasting too much time in a series approaching its final quarter."

Toonami Asia Premieres English Dub of Dragon Ball Super in Southeast Asia, India on January 21 (Updated)

Airing will mark "international English dub premiere" of series ― Toonami Asia announced on Monday that it will premiere the Dragon Ball Super television anime series in Southeast Asia and India on January 21. The show will have a "sneak peek" preview airing of the first episode on December 17. The airing will be the series' international English dub premiere. Toonami Asia is streaming a clip from th...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Manga Gets Spinoff in December

Spinoff series centers on daily life of dragon character Kanna ― The January issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Friday that Coolkyoushinja's Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid manga will receive a spinoff starting in its February issue, which will ship on December 24. Manga artist Mitsuhiro Kimura (Dullahan-chan wa Kubittake) will draw the new series, titled Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid ...

your name. Anime Film Earns 19.4 Billion Yen to Surpass Princess Mononoke

KanColle film debuts at #5; In This Corner of the World rises to #6 ― Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no na wa.) anime film has earned 19,492,000,000 yen (about US$174 million) as of Sunday, surpassing the 19.3 billion yen earnings of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke anime film. The film has also sold 14,986,000 tickets. The film ranked at #2 in its 14th weekend, losing the top ...
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First Love Monster Stage Play's Cast Revealed in Costume

Play based on Akira Hiyoshimaru manga runs March 3-12 ― The official website of the stage play adaptation of Akira Hiyoshimaru's First Love Monster (Hatsukoi Monster) manga revealed the cast on Monday, with a visual of the main cast in costume. (From left to right): Kokoro Okuda as Kaho Nikaidō Daiki Sagawa as Tomu Kaneko Yoshihiko Aramaki as Kanade Takahashi Yūki Kamisato as Ginjirō Sannomiya Other ...
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Tokyo Theater Brings Back 1st Girls & Panzer Film Even After 1-Year Run Ended

Movie opened in Japan on November 21, 2015 ― The Cinema City theater in Tokyo announced on Sunday that it will intermittently screen the Girls und Panzer der Film anime movie even after the film ended its one-year run. The theater noted that screening the film on Fridays and weekends will become more difficult during the openings of big movies, but it will find time to screen the film irregularly on ...
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