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The List - 7 Best Dressed Male Anime Characters

Whose style came in first? What about the best suit? It's all in here!
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ANNCast - Wayward Sons

Justin returns for a Twitter show! More Wind Rises chat, Space Adventure Cobra, the Spring season and more are chewed over.
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Attack on Titan episodes 1-5 (English Dub)

It's not flawless, but Attack on Titan's dub is raw in the best way, successful at yanking out heartstrings and more impressively, maintaining the show's healthy sense of humor. The end result is one of the strongest dubs heard in many years.
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Hey, Answerman! - Bloody as Hell AND Burnt to a Crisp

Do screeners really sway critics to giving positive reviews? Is this the end of an era? Why can't you see the dub of Blue Dragon anywhere? And why are late night anime selling more on Blu-ray?
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House of 1000 Manga - The Legend of Koizumi

Jason checks out Hideki Ohwada's politically-charged mahjong manga, The Legend of Koizumi.
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Star Blazers 2199 Blu-Ray 1

Yamato 2199 starts with a slow burn, but as the titular space battleship rises into space, the series finds its stride and only gains momentum.
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The X Button - Flying Lessons

This week, Todd herds Kickstarters about hamsters, transhumanism, and pure chaos! Plus Freedom Wars, Oreshika, and an unoriginal take on Sega classics.
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Giovanni no Shima

Giovanni's Island is as powerful as it is predictable. It may be one of the few films to focus on the Kuril Islands, but its tale will prove immediately familiar to anyone acquainted with cinema's typical treatments of war-torn children.
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Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky GN 1

Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky is in fact about girls with no pants, but if you can get past that conceit, it's an enjoyable book. It's more of a fun diversion than a series to sink your teeth into, but it is also a good way into the franchise.
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Deadman Wonderland GN 1

Deadman Wonderland is overall a very gripping series, at least in its first two volumes. The story is dystopian, frightening, and guaranteed to make you angry.
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Mercenary Kings

Mercenary Kings is a tangled mess of a game most of the time, but a fun one almost as often.
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Sunday, April 20

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Atari Katagiri Remakes One Week Friends' Matcha Hazuki's Debut Manga Series

Kimi to Kami Hikōki to Meguri begins serialization next month ― The May issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Atari Katagiri (Vampire Hunter oneshot) will begin serializing a remake of Matcha Hazuki (One Week Friends)'s very first serialized manga Kimi to Kami Hikōki to. (You, a Paper Airplane, and...) in the magazine's June issue. The remake will be titled Kimi to Kami Hikōki to Meguri (You, a Paper Airplane, and Spinning) Hazuki's original 4-panel manga revolves around male high school student Kei, who seems to be interested romantically in his childhood friend Rin, who loves paper airplanes. However, he doesn't understand his own feelings. He knows that she's more important than a friend, but not a lover. Kei's normal life becomes complicated when Rin's classmate Ryūsuke becomes friends with her, as they both love paper airplanes. Kei's feelings fly wobbly ahead like the paper airplanes Rin loves so much.
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2014 Godzilla Film's New Video Offers Best Look Yet at Monster

Even more footage screened at WonderCon Anaheim on Saturday ― A new "Nature Has An Order" video for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla remake film debuted on Friday. The video offers the best look yet of how the titular monster looks in movie footage. Attendees of California's WonderCon Anaheim saw an exclusive extended clip from the film on Saturday. That clip showed the events leading up to the devastating tsunami scene in Friday's video, and it also confirmed that humans have more to worry about than just Godzilla.
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Sora Amamiya Leads Akame ga KILL! TV Anime's Cast

Voice of One Week Friends' Kaori plays heroine Akame for dark fantasy anime ― The May issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Sora Amamiya (THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukōgawa e! 's Shiho, One Week Friends' Kaori) will play the role of heroine Akame in the TV anime adaptation of Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro's Akame ga Kill! manga. The dark action fantasy manga follows the title character, Akame, a girl who was bought, and raised by the Empire as an assassin. After meeting Akame, a boy named Tatsumi vows to stand up to the evil of the corrupt Empire with the secret assassin group Night Raid and special weapons known as Teigu.
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Wagnaria!!'s Hiraike Directs Gugure! Kokkuri-san Anime at TMS

Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts's Oshima designs characters for supernatural comedy starring Ryou Hirohashi, Daisuke Ono ― The May issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine is announcing on Tuesday the staff for the anime adaptation of Midori Endō's Gugure! Kokkuri-san supernatural comedy manga. Yoshimasa Hiraike (Working!!, Amagami SS) will direct the anime at TMS Entertainment (Yowamushi Pedal, Brave10). Miwa Oshima (Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts, GJ Club) will design the characters. As previously announced, the anime will star Ryou Hirohashi (Working!!, Kaleido Star) as Kohina Ichimatsu,
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L.A. Fiesta Matsuri to Host Godzilla Special Effects Director Koichi Kawakita

Godzilla vs. Biollante film to screen twice on May 3 ― The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Los Angeles will host two special screenings of the Godzilla vs. Biollante film. The center will celebrate Godzilla's 60th anniversary with guest Koichi Kawakita, the special effects director from Godzilla vs. Biollante. The center will also host Norihiko Iwasaki of Marbling Fine Arts Company. Both screenings will be held on May 3. The first screening at 3:00 p.m. PDT will be dubbed in English while the second screening at 6:00 p.m. PDT will be subtitled. Both guests will give a live demonstration of special effects using miniatures following each screening. After the second screening, Anime Jungle will host a "G in Jungle" panel, Q&A and autograph session with the guests, and a special screening of Kawakita and Iwasaki's independent special-effects short "The God of Clay."
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Artist Kantoku Reports He Is Still Hospitalized

Henneko artist has been in the hospital for 1 month so far this year ― Novel illustrator Kantoku announced on Tuesday that he is still in the hospital for the recurrence of his pneumothorax condition. He wrote that so far this year he has already spent a month in the hospital. Kantoku noted that because of this he will no longer release the new book that he had planned to release at the "COMIC 1☆8" dōjinshi event at the Tokyo Big Sight event hall on May 29. Kantoku apologized to his fans who were waiting for the book and said he will continue to post updates in the future.

Saturday, April 19

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10th Anniversary Commemorative Fate Artbook Available As Lottery Prize

Other prizes made by popular artists available as well. ― 10 years ago, the first edition of the critically acclaimed visual novel Fate/stay night was released for the PC. Since then it has taken the world by storm, getting numerous remakes, an anime adaptation, and several spin-offs, including the prequel light novel and anime Fate/Zero. To celebrate 10 years of battling for the Holy Grail, Ichiban Kuji has teamed up with series developers Type-Moon to bring you a chance to win several prizes. The headliner prize of the campaign is the

Funimation Unveils Ben-To's English Dub Cast, Trailer

Austin Tindle, Morgan Garrett, Trina Nishimura, Felecia Angelle star in dub Funimation announced the English dub cast for its release of the Code:Breaker television anime series on Friday. Funimation will release the series in a BD/DVD combo set on July 8. Lead Cast Sato – Austin Tindle Shaga – Morgan Garrett Yarizuri – Trina Nishimura Oshiroi – Felecia Angelle Supporting Cast Shiraume – Tia Ballard Nikaido – Ian Sinclair Endo – Chris Rager Uchimoto – Keith Kubal Yamahara – Josh Grelle Dando – Patrick Seitz

Funimation Unveils A Certain Scientific Railgun S' English Dub Cast, Trailer

Mariela Ortiz, Teri Rogers, Leah Clark, Lydia Mackay, Apphia Yu, Megan Shipman join cast Funimation's Sakura-Con panel on Saturday announced the English dub cast for characters introduced in its July 1 release of the A Certain Scientific Railgun S television anime series. Funimation will release the first part of the series on DVD. Shinobu Nunotaba Mariela Ortiz Misaki Shokuho Teri Rogers Frenda Seivelun Leah Clark Shizuri Mugino Lydia Mackay Saiai Kinuhata Apphia Yu Rikou Takitsubo Megan Shipman Jerry Jewell is serving as ADR director.

Dark Horse Adds Legal Drug, Drug & Drop, Oreimo: Kuroneko

Also: Satoshi Kon's OPUS, Seraphim: 266613336 Wings, digital CLAMP manga ― North American publisher Dark Horse Comics announced during its Sakura-Con panel on Saturday that it has licensed the Legal Drug, Drug & Drop, Oreimo: Kuroneko, Satoshi Kon's OPUS, and Seraphim: 266613336 Wings manga books. Dark Horse will release an omnibus edition of the three-volume supernatural series Legal Drug on September 10, 2014. The story centers on Kazahaya Kudō and Rikuō Himura as they work at the mysterious drugstore Green Drug. The series launched in 2001 and went on hiatus in 2003.

Yen Press Adds A Certain Magical Index Light Novels

Also King of Eden, Gou-Dere Sora Nagihara, Love at Fourteen, The Angel of Elhamburg, PandoraHearts art book, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ― North American publisher Yen Press annouced during its Sakura-Con panel on Saturday that it licensed A Certain Magical Index light novel series. "Kazuma Kamachi's epic tale of clashing Magicians and Espers" with Kiyotaka Haimura's illustrations will be part of the publisher's new Yen On imprint for novels this winter. Yen On will also be the new umbrella imprint for previous novel offerings, such as Spice and Wolf, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya,

Sword Art Online II to Stream Worldwide

Aniplex of America to hold premiere events in U.S., France, Germany, HK, Taiwan, Korea, Japan Aniplex of America announced at its Sword Art Online panel on Saturday that it will stream the Sword Art Online II television anime series as it airs in Japan this summer. In addition, the company will host Sword Art Online II Premiere Screening Events in the United States, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. More details about the streaming and premiere events will be announced at a later time. Aniplex is also announcing details of its fan-interactive “
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First Commercial Powered Suit Is 'Ninja-Powered'

― Active Link Corporation unveiled its Power Loader Light PLL-04 Ninja on Monday, touted as the industry's first passive walking control and active walking auxiliary control hybrid power suit. When the user begins walking, the auxiliary motor activates to stabilize the user's movements. The passive walking control is also activated. These controls assist the wearer in walking on different terrains from walking down the street, up stairs, or climbing hills. With the power suit's assistance, it can reach speeds up to 12 kph (about 7.5 mph).
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Shinji's Tape Player Gets A Tech Upgrade With New Sony Walkman F

Sony is upgrading Shinji Ikari's tape player so he can continue to listen to the same track over and over again in high-definition audio. The Sony Walkman F Evangelion Series: SDAT is engraved to look like Shinji's classic SDAT tape player and can be ordered with pre-installed Evangelion films' soundtracks. The Walkman comes with a set of XBA-H3 headphones and a retro-styled box and retails for 87,000 yen (~US$870). Customers can opt for a version without headphones and special box for 43,000 (~US$430).
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The List - 7 Best Dressed Male Anime Characters

Whose style came in first? What about the best suit? It's all in here!
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Creator & Cast Celebrate 2nd My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Season

Industry folks excited for new season and the author's "marriage" ― The series staff and cast turned to Twitter to celebrate the announced second anime season based on Wataru Watari's Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) light novel series. Creator Watari thanked everyone for their support, writing, "Then what announcement can I make on the Nico-sei program? I guess I have no choice but to get married before 8:00..." というわけで、解禁らしい!『やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。』アニメ第2期製作決定しました〜!皆様のご声援のおかげです!ありがとうございます!で、今日のニコ生、俺は何を重大発表すればいいの?あと20時間で結婚するしかないのか…
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Tamako Love Story Film's Novel Adaptation's TV Spot Streamed

Stories about Tamako, Midori's feelings, Choi's budding love will be published in June Kyoto Animation began streaming the TV spot for the novel inspired by its Tamako Love Story film on Saturday. The text in the spot reads: Tamako: The me of today really is the real me, right? Midori: The only one who is unable to change... Is me. Choi: I am... The prince's ally. Text: The story of three girls who stand at the entrance to the universe. The novel will tell two original stories focusing on the feelings of Tamako and Midori, as well as Choi's heart that is in love as she searches for a bride for the prince on the southern island. Certain elements written in the novel will not be animated in the film.
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Francesca: Girls Be Ambitious Anime's 2nd Promo Previews Theme Song

Yui Makino, Hiroki Takahashi, Asami Tano lead cast for upcoming TV anime promoting Hokkaido ― The staff for the Francesca: Girls Be Ambitious TV anime began streaming the second promotional video for the show on Saturday. The video features the anime's ending theme song, "Sasayaki wa 'Crescendo'" (A Whisper is a 'Crescendo') by voice actress Yui Makino, who plays the role of the titular character, Francesca. In the past few weeks, the official Francesca Facebook page has also announced new cast members: (Note: Historical Japanese names are written in this article in western order, as on the official website.)
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Momo Kyun Sword TV Anime's 1st Promo Previews Opening Theme

Voice actress Haruka Chisuga performs "Momoiro Fantasy" (Peach Pink Fantasy) for summer anime ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Kibidango Project's digital light novel Momo Kyun Sword began streaming the first promotional video for the series on Saturday. The video features the anime's opening theme song, “Momoiro Fantasy” (Peach Pink Fantasy) by voice actress Haruka Chisuga. The video introduces the anime's cast members who have been announced so far: Ayana Taketatsu (Sword Art Online, High School DxD) as Momoko (lit. peach child), a girl based off of Momotaro. She's a spacey girl born from a peach. Raised by an old man and woman, she lives together with her dog god, monkey god, and pheasant god.
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2014 Godzilla Film's Throwback Poster, Featurette Debut

Film opens on May 16 ― The Warner Bros. UK Trailers official YouTube channel posted a "Meet the Director" featurette with Godzilla director Gareth Edwards on Thursday. Gareth Edwards' and Legendary Pictures' 2014 Godzilla film got a new poster on Monday. The poster reads in Japanese "King ga Kaete Kita" (The King Has Returned). The film's cast lineup includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston, Richard T. Jones, Juliette Binoche, and Sally Hawkins. The film will open in 3D, 2D, and at IMAX theaters on May 16.
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Daisuki to Stream Satelight's Robot Anime M3 that dark metal

Sci-fi series from Sailor Moon's Satō, anohana's Okada, Macross' Kawamori premiering on Monday ― Media distribution service and retailer Daisuki announced on Saturday that it will stream the M3 - Sono Kuroki Hagane television anime series under the title M3 that dark metal as it premieres in Japan. The streaming will debut on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET, and new episodes will be added every week immediately after they air in Japan. Daisuki describes the story: A distorted, endlessly black darkness. The location where the dark swallowed everything and took everything from us has become known as the Lightless Realm.
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Ghibli's Takahata to Present Kaguya at France's Annecy

French film festival to honor Takahata ― France's annual Annecy International Animation Film Festival announced on Friday that The Tale of Princess Kaguya, the latest film from Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday,Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind), will open the festival. Takahata will appear during the screening on June 9. The festival will also give Takahata an Honorary Award to salute his career and contributions to animation. “Filmmaker of an exceptional scale, Mr. Takahata is also a great humanist whose work has become a reference for those who believe in the greatness of animation as a cinematic art form," said Festival Artistic Director Marcel Jean.

Friday, April 18

Funimation Unveils Code:Breaker's English Dub Cast, Trailer

Jackie Ross, Micah Solusod, Jād Saxton, Aaron Roberts, Lydia Mackay star in dub Funimation announced the English dub cast for its June 24 release of the Code:Breaker television anime series on Friday. Funimation will release the series in a BD/DVD combo set. Sakura Jackie Ross Ogami Micah Solusod Aoba Jad Saxton Sato Aaron Roberts Kanda Lydia Mackay Prime Minister Ben Phillips Hitomi David Matranga Toki Todd Haberkorn Gotoku Sonny Strait Yuki Jerry Jewell Mother Yuki Morgan Garrett Nenene Cherami Leigh Yukihina Eric Vale Hachioji

Viz Media Announces Print Edition for World Trigger Manga

Sci-fi action series available in print on October 7 ― North American publisher Viz Media announced during its Sakura-Con panel on Friday that it will publish a print edition of Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga on October 7. Viz Media previously added the series to its digital anthology Weekly Shonen Jump. Viz Media describes the series as follows: Weekly Shonen Jump's newest series is out of this world! A gate to another dimension has burst open, and from it emerge gigantic invincible creatures that threaten all of humanity. Earth's only defense is a mysterious group of warriors who have co-opted the alien technology in order to fight back!
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Singer May'n to Perform in Hollywood in July

Macross F theme song performer holds concert at Musicians Institute J-Pop and anime singer May "May'n" Nakabayashi will perform in Hollywood this July. The concert is the first stop in the United States for her 10th Anniversary “dots and lines” World Tour which started in February. May'n, who performed songs as the Macross Frontier anime's "Galactic Fairy" idol Sheryl Nome, will appear on July 17 at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. May'n last visited Hollywood in 2012 for her “ROCK YOUR BEATS” World Tour.
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John Lennon's Son Sean Co-Creates Ghost in the Shell Arise 3's Ending Song

Lennon wrote & sang lyrics while soundtrack composer Cornelius scored & arranged ― Sean Lennon, the son of the late musician John Lennon and artist Yoko Ono, co-created the ending theme song for Ghost in the Shell Arise border: 3 Ghost Tears with Keigo Oyamada (also known as Cornelius). A professional musician in his own right, Lennon wrote the lyrics and sang the song "Heart Grenade," while Cornelius composed and arranged the music. The collaboration came about when Cornelius, who is scoring the anime's soundtrack, attended a live performance by Ono in London. He talked with Lennon about his current projects, and when Lennon heard about
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Super GT Car Gets Optimus Prime/Speed Racer Crossover Makeover

― To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Transformers, Takara Tomy is unveiling a number of surprises, including a crossover with the Super GT Team Mach racing team. Takara Tomy, which currently owns 20% of Tatsunoko Production, the studio behind Mach Go Go Go (Speed Racer), is giving the team's car an Optimus Prime-inspired makeover, complete with a fictional backstory. More information will be revealed at a later time. [Source: Takara Tomy via TFW2005]
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, April 6-12

Naruto, Crimson Spell, Sword Art Online, Bleach, Wolf Children, 2 Attack on Titan volumes, Magi, Alice in the Country of Clover The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on April 12. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1 Naruto #65 Masashi Kishimoto Viz Media 2 2- Crimson Spell #3 Ayano Yamane Viz Media 1 35 Sword Art Online: Aicrad Reki Kawahara and Tamako Nakamura Yen Press 2 42 Bleach #60 Tite Kubo Viz Media 2 59 Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki Original creator: Mamoru Hosoda/ Art: Yū/ Original Character Design:
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Aniplex, Bang Zoom! to Host Open Auditions for Magi: Kingdom of Magic Dub

1st Magi series also held open auditions Aniplex of America announced at its industry panel at Sakura-Con on Friday that it plans to dub Magi - The Kingdom of Magic, the second anime adaptation of Shinobu Ohtaka's Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic manga series. Aniplex and dubbing studio Bang Zoom! Entertainment will hold open auditions for the dub at the Bang Zoom! booth at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California from July 3-6. The companies also held open auditions last year for the first season of
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ANNCast - Wayward Sons

Justin returns for a Twitter show! More Wind Rises chat, Space Adventure Cobra, the Spring season and more are chewed over.

Sailor Moon's April 27 Live-Streamed Event to Unveil New Anime Cast

Guests include producer, director, manga editor, stage musical's cast ― The official website for the Sailor Moon manga/anime franchise's 20th anniversary reported this month that there will be a special stage event at the Niconico Chōkaigi 3 convention on April 27 at 4:00 p.m. (3:00 a.m. ET). The website then reported that the event will unveil the cast for the new Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal anime, and all five main cast members from the stage musical will also appear. Scheduled guests include the new anime's director
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Super Durable Detective Conan Tote Made of Ballistic Nylon

― For anyone who's ever bemoaned the durability of the average tote bag, this new Detective Conan tote from Premico might be just the thing you need. Embellished with Conan's signature bow tie, albeit in black, this tote is constructed from CORDURA® Brand ballistic nylon... the same material used in bulletproof vests. The tote comes with several features, including a special Detective Conan 2014 pouch, an elastic band for carrying a water bottle, a key charm, a removable bow tie, and mesh pockets for organizing your belongings. For a limited time, buyers will also receive binoculars.
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Tiger & Bunny: The Rising Gets Canadian Theatrical Release

Film to open in 35 cities for two days in June Viz Media announced on Friday that Eleven Arts will host screenings of the Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising- film in 35 Canadian cities on June 26 and 29. The cities include, among others, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver. Tickets will sell for C$12.95 for adults and C$10.95 for children under 12. Attendees will receive a Tiger & Bunny Poster. The film opened in the United States last month but has not yet premiered in Canada.
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Ninja Slayer Gets 3-D Animated Book Trailer

Studio Trigger to animate upcoming anime adaptation Enterbrain began streaming an animated book trailer titled "Katana Sword and Oiran Sorcery" for the latest volume in the Ninja Slayer novel series, Pistol Karate Kesshiken. The video also teases the anime adaptation of the novel series by Studio Trigger, but Studio Trigger was not directly involved in the production of the trailer. Ninja Slayer will be represented at Anime Expo, which will be held in Los Angeles, California from July 3-6. The "cyberpunk ninja action drama" is set in the near-future city of Neo Saitama, where ninja souls have been unleashed. The story follows Fujikido Kenji, a salaryman whose wife and children were killed in a ninja battle. He is then possessed by a ninja soul and becomes a ninja slayer, devoted to killing all ninja to avenge his family.
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Short Peace Project's Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day Launch Trailer Streamed

Suda 51 and Yōhei Kataoka's game ships today in Europe Bandai Namco Games Europe began streaming a "Run for your life" trailer on Friday for the 2D-scrolling action game Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day, the fifth part of Katsuhiro Otomo's Short Peace omnibus project. The game, which also includes the four Short Peace short films, ships for PlayStation 3 on Friday in Europe, and is also slated for release in the Americas this spring. Short Peace is a compilation of four short films: Otomo's Combustible,
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Over 32,000 Fans Vote For Gintama Cover Character

― This year's 21st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing the result of this year's Gintama character poll on Monday. Over 32,000 fans weighed in to choose their favorite character to appear on the cover with Gintoki. The votes were tallied and Shinsengumi "Demonic Vice-Commander" Tōshirō Hijikata came out on top with a total of 4,446 votes. Tōshirō Hijikata - 4,446 votes Sōgo Okita- 3,041 votes Shinsuke Takasugi - 3,304 votes
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: ASB Gameplay Video Features Mohammed Avdol

Also: "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles revealed as new anime ending theme ― The European arm of Bandai Namco Games posted a gameplay trailer from its upcoming JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle game this week. Player Bilal (a.k.a Silvius) demonstrates the combos for Mohammed Avdol and his Stand Magician's Red. Previous gameplay videos featured Jōtarō Kūjō, Jean Pierre Eiffel, and Noriaki Kakyoin. In related news, the third episode of the anime JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, which aired on Friday, revealed the new ending theme "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles. The previous seasons used the song "Roundabout" by Yes as the ending theme, but the first two episodes of
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Attack on Titan episodes 1-5 (English Dub)

It's not flawless, but Attack on Titan's dub is raw in the best way, successful at yanking out heartstrings and more impressively, maintaining the show's healthy sense of humor. The end result is one of the strongest dubs heard in many years.
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Eir Aoi Returns to Perform Sword Art Online II Opening Theme

Anime series to premiere in July ― The official Twitter account for the Sword Art Online II anime announced on Friday that Eir Aoi will be returning to perform the series' opening theme song. Aoi previously performed the theme song "Niji no Oto" for Sword Art Online: Extra Edition and the second opening "Innocence" for Sword Art Online. The series will premiere in July. Yoshitsugu Matsuoka will reprise his role as the main protagonist Kirito from the Sword Art Online anime series.

Tales of Heart R Western Release Confirmed

PS Vita game slated for Winter 2014 ― A video message from Tales series producer Hideo Baba confirms that the Tales of Hearts R PlayStation Vita game will get a Western release this winter. He also asks fans to look forward to more news about Tales of Zestiria and Tales of Hearts R. The game was briefly listed on video game retailer GameStop's website as a "GameStop exclusive" with a release by Bandai Namco Games, but was later removed. The game shipped in Japan last year. The original
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Hey, Answerman! - Bloody as Hell AND Burnt to a Crisp

Do screeners really sway critics to giving positive reviews? Is this the end of an era? Why can't you see the dub of Blue Dragon anywhere? And why are late night anime selling more on Blu-ray?
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Store Your Jewelry In Dio's Coffin From Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

Seawater-stained version also available ― Sentinel Co. has made a box that looks just like the coffin of Dio Brando, the primary villain of the manga series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. This one, though, is a mere 190 mm long (about 7½ inches) — more for storing jewelry and miniature accessories than a megalomaniacal vampire. Baubles not included. The box will come in two versions: one black, the other a bluish-green tint. This is the "ocean floor version," designed to mimic what the coffin would look like after lying on the sea floor for a century.
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Chō Megami Shinkō Noire: Gekishin Black Heart's Battle Movie Streamed

Franchise's 1st simulation RPG to ship for PS Vita on May 29 ― Video game developer Compile Heart began streaming the battle movie for its Chō Megami Shinkō Noire: Gekishin Black Heart video game for PlayStation Vita on Friday. In the video, the mini versions of Neptune (Rie Tanaka), Vert (Rina Satou), and Blanc (Kana Asumi) face off against Noire (Asami Imai). In the beginning of the video, Noire laughs at Neptune, asking her if she really thinks she can fight with the power gap between the two teams. An angry Neptune retorts, saying that she definitely won't lose. After Noire tells the three goddesses not to regret their decision, the four girls transform and begin to fight.
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Date A Live: Ars Install PS3 Game's New Promo Previews Theme Song

sweet ARMS performs "Installation" opening theme for June 27 PS3 game ― The official website for Date A Live: Ars Install, Compile Heart's second PlayStation 3 game inspired by Koushi Tachibana's Date A Live light novel series and anime, began streaming a new official promotional video on Friday. The video features the game's opening theme song, "Installation" by sweet ARMS (Iori Nomizu, Misuzu Togashi, Kaori Sadohara, and Misato). The video introduces the story of the game, in which protagonist Shido Itsuka is playing an alternate virtual reality game. When he arrives in the virtual world, he finds a mysterious girl named Maria Arusu (voiced by
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Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment's New 60-Second Commercial is Narrated by Kirito

First copies of PS Vita game shipping on April 24 to come with code for wedding dress costume Namco Bandai Games began streaming a 60-second TV spot for its Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment PlayStation Vita role-playing game on Sunday. The commercial is exactly the same as the one posted last week, but this version has narration by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as his character Kirito. Kirito: 2022: That was the year that a single researcher created a game in which players could not escape until they cleared it. It was a Death Game where Game Over equaled death. An online game in which approximately 10,000 players were trapped alive...
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Persona Q 3DS Game's Weak Point, Group Attack Promos Streamed

Persona 3, 4 heroes/heroines gather for June 5 Nintendo 3DS RPG ― Japanese video game publisher Atlus began streaming an introduction video to for its upcoming Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game on Friday: Makoto: Jack Frost. Yosuke: Whoa! Makoto: Jack Frost. Naoto: Go! Sukuna-Hikona! Mitsuru: Penthesilea! Shinjiro: Castor! Yū: Go! Izanagi! Yū: We won. Yukari: Here we go, Io! Yukari: I've got you in my sights! One hit bulls-eye! Teddy: It's time for Teddy's stage time! Teddy's a bullet of passion!
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Short Peace Film Opens in Several U.S. Cities on Friday

Shuhei Morita's Oscar-nominated "Possessions" among shorts by Hiroaki Ando, Hajime Katoki, Katsuhiro Otomo Short Peace, an anthology of four short anime films from directors Shuhei Morita, Hiroaki Ando, Hajime Katoki, and Katsuhiro Otomo, will open in several cities throughout the United States on Friday. It will open in still more cities over the coming weeks. Among the four shorts is "Possessions," the anime that was nominated for an Academy Award this past year. The following theaters will screen the film: State City Theater Date Address Ticket link
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Maaya Sakamoto Narrates 2nd htoL#NiQ Video

2D action game to ship June 19 in Japan Nippon Ichi Software began streaming the second narrated movie on Wednesday for its htoL#NiQ -Hotaru no Nikki- PlayStation Vita action game. Voice actress Maaya Sakamoto again narrates the video, which provides more details on the game's plot: On December 31 of the year 9999, in the hail of rubble, at the bottom of the bottom of some gloomy ruins, inside a cabin that looks on the verge of collapsing, Mion met the mysterious Hotaru, and the shadow Hotaru who can move smoothly through the shadows like she's swimming. Shadow Hotaru moves the rubble with a mysterious power, and makes a path for Mion to advance.
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Cross-Dressing Shōjo Manga Liar Lily/Usotsuki Lily to End in 2 Weeks

Mixed Vegetables' Komura to end comedy about girl & her crossdressing 1st boyfriend on May 2 ― The official blog for the editors of Shueisha's Margaret magazine announced on Thursday that they will "finally publish the moving last chapter" of Ayumi Komura's Liar Lily (Usotsuki Lily) manga. The finale will appear in this year's 11th issue of the magazine on May 2. The slapstick romantic comedy centers around Hinata Saotome, a first-year high school student who gets asked out by a boy. Her new boyfriend En Shinohara happens to be a devastatingly handsome boy … and a cross-dresser. En has complete hatred for all males — including himself — and loves the female form.
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BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma for PS Vita Previewed in 3-Minute Video

Slated for next Thursday in Japan & June 24 in N. America with all PS3 characters plus beach story, enhanced Abyss Mode Arc System Works began streaming a three-minute promotional video for the PS Vita version of its BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma 2D fighting game on Friday. Arc System Works will ship the game in Japan next Thursday, April 24, and Aksys Games will then release it in North America on June 24. The release will include all the playable characters from the PlayStation 3 version. The version will also add more story content, an updated Abyss Mode, and a summary of
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Stand By Me Doraemon 3D CG Film's Full Trailer Posted

Film recreating famous chapters from robot cat's manga opens on August 8 ― The Cinema Today website began streaming the full trailer for Stand By Me Doraemon, the first 3D CG film starring the anime robot cat Doraemon, on Friday. The trailer features the theme song by Motohiro Hata and notes that the film will recreate famous chapters in the manga, including "Mirai no Kuni kara Harubaruto" (All the Way from a Future Land), "Sayonara, Doraemon" (Farewell, Doraemon), and "Nobita no Kekkon Zenya" (The Night Before Nobita's Wedding).
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Robot Girls Z Movie Version's Trailer Streamed

10 theaters in Japan to screen all 9 episodes on May 31 Toei Animation began streaming a trailer on Thursday for the theatrical version of the Robot Girls Z anime series. Toei will screen the anime in 10 theaters throughout Japan on May 31. The theaters will screen all nine episodes of the series that ran on the Toei Channel, as well as the new "minibokko" episode, titled "Hakunetsu! Chō Ginga Daisensō" (Climax! Super Galactic Great War) with guest stars "Imaichi Moenai Musume" and "Kore Janai Robo." The screening will also include other material.
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Liar Lily/Usotsuki Lily Shōjo Manga Has TV Anime Listed by Amazon

Girl's 1st boyfriend is a crossdresser in Ayumi Komura's slapstick romantic comedy ― Amazon Japan's listing for the May issue of Shueisha's free electronic publication Margaret Comics News reports that a television anime adaptation of Ayumi Komura's shōjo manga Liar Lily (Usotsuki Lily) has been green-lit. Shueisha has not made this announcement through other venues. The slapstick romantic comedy centers around Hinata Saotome, a first-year high school student who finally gets asked out by a boy. Her new boyfriend En Shinohara happens to be a devastatingly handsome boy … and a cross-dresser. En has complete hatred for all males — including himself — and loves the female form.
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