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A Certain Magical Index Novel 1

One of the most popular light novel series ever makes its debut in English thanks to Yen Press. Theron's got the breakdown. ― With all of the anime-associated light novels which have been filtering into the U.S. over the past few years, a series which founds a franchise consisting of close to 100 full-length episodes, five short episodes, and a movie seems like a natural choice. Hence Kazuma Kamachi'...
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Answerman - Ho-ho-hangover

It's the day after Christmas and we're already bored with our new toys. Let's talk about old Rumiko Takahashi shows, why Nickelodeon never liked anime, and how anime becomes a Hollywood remake. ― I am writing this earlier in the week. I am writing it on a plane to Seattle, wherein I will see my family. However, I must write this pretending it is later in the week, Christmas is over, and I'm on my wa...
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LBX GN 1 & 2

It may be aimed at little kids, but LBX's first two volumes are still good reads if you want something fast and action-packed. ― Someone once said that when you start putting Barbie and Ken in bed together, you have officially gotten too old to play with them. That same sentiment can be extended to the world of Hideaki Fujii's Little Battlers Experience manga: when you start to use toys to try and ta...
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Kite (live action) Blu-Ray/DVD

They made a live-action version of Kite, and Samuel L. Jackson's in it! The odds that it's any good must be pretty low, though, right? ― The live-action version of Kite is a 2014 South African production which is directly based on Yasuomi Umetsu's original 1998 OVA. It has a bit of a storied history, as its original director, David R. Ellis (Snakes on a Plane, Cellular, two Final Destination sequels)...
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Genshiken: Second Season GN 1

Genshiken is back for another semester, with the original cast having grown up and a new crop of otaku joining the club, but does it retain the series' magic? ― Genshiken has returned, bringing with it all the rapid-fire humor and distinctive sensitivity that made the first series so rewarding. A slice of life/light drama concerning an otaku club might not seem like the most fertile ground for compel...
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Saturday, December 27

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PreCure All Stars: Spring Carnival Movie's New Video Previews Go! Princess Precure

Cure Flora, Cure Mermaid, Cure Twinkle appear animated for 1st time ― A promotional video for Eiga Precure All Stars: Haru no Carnival (Precure All Stars the Movie: Spring Carnival) features the characters from Go! Princess Precure, the 12th Precure magical girl television anime series premiering on February 1. Megumi: One day, a single invitation arrived at the hands of the Pretty Cure team. Haruka:...
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3rd Dog Days Season's Pre-Broadcast Video Previews Nana Mizuki's Song

Season to premiere on January 10 with Nana Mizuki's opening song "No Limit" ― The official website for Dog Days'' (Dog Days Double Dash), the third anime season based on the original work by Masaki Tsuzuki (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha), began streaming the pre-broadcast promotional video on Saturday. The video previews "No Limit," the opening theme song by Nana Mizuki. The video notes that one season...
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Sailor Moon Crystal's Black Moon Arc Trailer Previews Chibi Usa, Sailor Pluto

2nd season to premiere on January 17 ― The official YouTube channel for the Sailor Moon franchise began streaming the trailer for the Black Moon arc of the ongoing Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal anime on Saturday. Misato Fukuen plays Chibi Usa/Sailor Chibi Moon, and Ai Maeda plays Sailor Pluto. Usagi: Time for the two of us I always wished for... And I finally got it. Usagi: Hey! Who's that hang...
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Sailor Moon Crystal Casts Misato Fukuen as Chibi Usa, Ai Maeda as Sailor Pluto

2nd season includes original manga's "Black Moon" arc with Chibi Usa ― A Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal screening event on Saturday announced that Misato Fukuen will play Chibi Usa/Sailor Chibi Moon and Ai Maeda will play Setsuna Meiō/Sailor Pluto in the ongoing anime. The anime premiered on July 5 and airs on the first and third Saturdays every month. Starting on January 17, the second season i...
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Suzuko Mimori, Ayaka Fukuhara Join Arpeggio of Blue Steel Film Cast

1st of 2 films with TV series' cast, staff to open on January 15 ― The February issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine is announcing on Monday that Suzuko Mimori (Yuki Yuna is a Hero, Fairy Tail) will play Ashigara, and Ayaka Fukuhara (Trinity Seven, The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls) will play Myoko in Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova DC. M.A.O (Gonna be the Twin-Tail!!, Brynhildr in the D...
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'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Anime's April Date, More Cast Unveiled

Haruka Tomatsu, Shizuka Ishigami, composer Keiji Inai, sound director Jin Aketagawa ― The second 2015 issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine is unveiling on January 5 a key visual, additional cast and staff, and April premiere date for the Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) television anime. Haruka Tomatsu will play the...
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Q Transformers TV Anime's Opening Sequence Streamed with OLDCODEX

OLDCODEX performs theme song, band's vocalist plays Lockdown in anime premiering January 6 ― The official website for the Q Transformers: Kaettekita Convoy no Nazo (Q Transformers: The Mystery of the Convoy Returns) anime began streaming the opening sequence for the series on Saturday. The beginning of the video features commentary by OLDCODEX, who perform the anime's opening theme, “physical.” Voca...

2 More Grisaia Visual Novels Get TV Anime

The Labyrinth of Grisaia, The Eden of Grisaia follow-ups slated for end of March ― The February issue of Mag Garden's Comic Garden magazine is announcing on January 5 that a television anime adaptation of the two remaining games in Frontwing's Grisaia visual novel trilogy has been green-lit. The anime of The Labyrinth of Grisaia (Grisaia no Meikyū/Le Labyrinthe de la Grisaia) fan disc/prequel and The...
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Manga of Persona 4's Naoto Ends on Saturday

Kami Kaze's Satoshi Shiki launched spinoff series in 2012 ― The February issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki Maoh released the final chapter of Satoshi Shiki's manga Persona x Tantei Naoto on Saturday. The magazine also announced that the third volume is slated to ship next spring. Shiki launched the series in Dengeki Maoh in 2012. The manga's story is a spinoff of the Persona 4 PlayStation 2 game and focuse...
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MPD-Psycho Manga's End Moved to 22nd Volume

Eiji Ohtsuka, Shou Tajima's manga about detective with multiple personalities launched in 1997 ― The 21st volume of Eiji Ohtsuka and Shou Tajima's MPD-Psycho manga is confirming on Monday that the series will end in the 22nd volume instead of the 21st. Tajima announced on his Twitter account in October that the manga would continue for one more volume beyond the planned conclusion. Ohtsuka and Tajima...

Friday, December 26

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BlazBlue Gets Smartphone Rhythm Game

Dead Spike eats to beat of character music in 2015 app ― The BlazBlue fighting game series is inspiring the Eat Beat Dead Spike-san (Eat Beat Mr. Dead Spike) smartphone rhythm game for Android and iOS devices. The character Ragna the Bloodedge's Dead Spike attack features in the free rhythm action game that is slated to launch in 2015. In the game, Dead Spike eats various things to the beat of BlazBl...
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Live-Action Patlabor Brings Back Shinobu Nagumo

Former police robot division leader returns as part of UN Relief Agency for Refugees ― Shinobu Nagumo, the popular character from the science-fiction anime franchise Mobile Police Patlabor, is returning in episode 12 of the franchise's live-action incarnation, The Next Generation -Patlabor-. The episode "Ōinaru Isan" (The Great Legacy) is the climax of the seventh and final part of the ongoing series...
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February Issue of Bessatsu Shōnen Champion to Come With Freebie Yowapeda Board Game

Whether you've been following Yowamushi Pedal in manga form, or catching the simulcast anime online, you've probably been wrapped up in the Inter High. Luckily, now you can relive the tension on your own in the form of a sugoroku board game. The February issue of Bessatsu Shōnen Champion will come with a freebie Yowamushi Pedal Inter High Kanagawa course sugoroku game, complete with little bicycle...
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Go! Princess Precure Casts Yu Shimamura, Masumi Asano, Hibiku Yamamura

Nao Toyama, Shiho Kokido play fairy partners & Shinnosuke Tachibana plays prince ― The official website for Go! Princess Precure, the 12th Precure magical girl television anime series premiering on February 1, announced the voice cast on Saturday. Yu Shimamura (Gundam Reconguista in G's Aida Surugan) plays the heroine Haruka Haruno, a first-year student at Noble Academy. Even now, she has cherished a...
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Evangelion's Universal Studios Japan Attraction Previewed in New Ad

Experience new story in Tokyo-3 in '4D', eat Angel curry buns & dessert ― Universal Studios Japan began streaming a new commercial for its new Evangelion attraction on Friday. The attraction is part of the Universal Cool Japan event (along with Attack on Titan, Resident Evil and Monster Hunter) which will run between January 23 and May 10. 【 #CM先行公開 】1/23、エヴァ史上初4Dアトラクション「エヴァンゲリオン・ザ・リアル 4-D」発進!あなたは、戦い...
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Attack on Titan's Universal Studios Japan Attraction Teased in New Ad

Recreate scenes with Eren's mother & female Titan, eat Corps rations & Colossal Titan mousse ― Universal Studios Japan began streaming a new commercial for its new Attack on Titan attraction on Friday. "Attack on Titan The Real" is part of the Universal Cool Japan event (along with Evangelion, Resident Evil and Monster Hunter) which will run between January 23 and May 10. 【 #CM先行公開 】あなたは、ここで「進撃の巨人」の世...
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KanColle Fever Heats Up With Full-Page Ads in Newspapers

As unavoidable as anime advertising is in some urban parts of Japan, fans are always still a little surprised to see full-page spreads in major newspapers. The December 26 morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun, one of the five national newspapers in Japan, ran a full-color ad for Kadokawa's upcoming KanColle anime. 朝日新聞に艦これのアニメ宣伝記事丸々1ページ載っててすごい http://t.co/urcGMEN3P7— マジキチポティトゥ (@umewo10) December ...

New York Times Manga Best Seller List, December 14-20

2 Attack on Titan volumes, Naruto, Assassination Classroom, Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance, Unofficial Hatsune Miku 2 Attack on Titan: No Regrets volumes, Spice and Wolf, Kingdom Hearts II The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on December 20. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 2Attack on Titan #1 Hajime Isayama Ko...
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Digital Manga's Ludwig B Kickstarter Meets Goal

4 hours remain in campaign to publish ― Digital Manga's Kickstarter campaign to localize and publish both volumes of Osamu Tezuka's Ludwig B manga met its goal on Friday with about four hours to go. The campaign had to raise US$21,600 to meet its goal, and as of press time the campaign has raised US$21,643. Digital Manga describes the series as: Born a musical genius, Ludwig van Beethoven struggles ...
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Lawson's Love Live Campaign Includes Fun Goodies, Transforming School Idol Festival Stickers

Lawson's winter Love Live campaign, which appropriately has Image Girl Umi Sonoda at the helm, is still going strong, with new goods still being added. Love Live fans have another week to participate in the onigiri receipt stamp rally. Every purchase of two or more qualifying products will earn a stamp. Collecting enough lets you enter for the chance to win original goods. Purchases of certain goo...

Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru PS Vita Game Commercial Previews New Characters

Takahiro and Studio Gokumi will supervise game's story ― FuRyu began streaming a 30-second commercial on Friday for Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru: Jukai no Kioku (Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Memory of the Woodland), its PlayStation Vita game based on the anime Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru (Yuki Yuna is a Hero). The trailer features the anime's opening theme, "Hoshi to Hana" (Stars & Flowers) by the five main voice...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 393

"A thoroughly necessary if unremarkable episode, it tries to toy with viewers' emotions but fails to exhibit a real sense that characters are in danger."

Your Lie in April Manga to End in February

Youth romance about a pianist and a violinist began in 2011; anime currently airing ― 2015's February issue of Kodansha's Gekkan Shonen Magazine will announce on January 6 that Naoshi Arakawa's manga Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) will end in the magazine's next issue on February 6. Kodansha Comics licensed the series and plans to release the first volume this coming spring. The company ...

Absolute Duo Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews More Footage

Light novel-based anime follows a boy who partners with a beautiful girl at magic combat school ― Media Factory began streaming the second promotional video on Friday for the television anime of Takumi Hiiragi-Boshi's Absolute Duo light novel series. The trailer previews the show's opening theme, "Absolute Soul" by Konomi Suzuki. I pray, that you will someday reach "Absolute Duo"... The story begins ...
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A Certain Magical Index Novel 1

One of the most popular light novel series ever makes its debut in English thanks to Yen Press. Theron's got the breakdown. ― With all of the anime-associated light novels which have been filtering into the U.S. over the past few years, a series which founds a franchise consisting of close to 100 full-length episodes, five short episodes, and a movie seems like a natural choice. Hence Kazuma Kamachi'...
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Answerman - Ho-ho-hangover

It's the day after Christmas and we're already bored with our new toys. Let's talk about old Rumiko Takahashi shows, why Nickelodeon never liked anime, and how anime becomes a Hollywood remake. ― I am writing this earlier in the week. I am writing it on a plane to Seattle, wherein I will see my family. However, I must write this pretending it is later in the week, Christmas is over, and I'm on my wa...

World Trigger Manga Goes on 1-Issue Hiatus Due to Author's Health

Next issue with Daisuke Ashihara's manga to be released on January 19 ― The combined fifth and sixth 2015 issue of Shueisha's weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on January 5 that due to author Daisuke Ashihara's sudden illness, the World Trigger manga will go on hiatus. Although the manga is listed on the survey postcard within the magazine, the manga is not featured in the issue. The manga w...

2015 Dragon Ball Film's Krillin Character Sketch Revealed

New film with original story, scripts, character designs by original creator Toriyama premieres in April ― The combined fifth and sixth issue of 2015 of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on January 5 the character design for Krillin in the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Dragon Ball Z: The F in Fukkatsu, or 'resurrection') film. The magazine lists that Krillin has "surprising...
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Blood-C Anime Gets Stage Play Next Summer

Persona 3, 4 stage play director Shutaro Oku adapts CLAMP, Production I.G's anime ― Theatrical company Nega Design Works announced on Friday that a stage play adaptation of the 2011 anime Blood-C has been green-lit. Shutaro Oku (Persona 3, Persona 4, Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena stage plays) will direct the play, while Jun'ichi Fujisaku will write the scripts. Fujisaku also wrote the scr...
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Gintama's Yorozuya Sneers in Celebration of New Anime For J-World Event

Gintama "In Your Face" Face Festival has Otae's Dark Matter, Patriot pastry, Kamui-themed bowl ― Fans aren't the only ones happy about Gintama's unexpected new television anime series- Shueisha's J-World in Tokyo indoor theme park began a Gintama "In Your Face" Face Festival event on December 22, and the main art for the event features Gintoki, Shinpachi, and Kagura with super smug faces. It's no su...
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Mysterious Joker Anime Gets 2nd Season in April

Hideyasu Takahashi's phantom thief story premiered in October ― The February 2015 issue of Shogakukan's Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic magazine is announcing on Tuesday that a second Mysterious Joker television anime season has been green-lit for April. In Hideyasu Takahashi's Kaitō Joker (Mysterious Joker) manga that inspired the anime, there is nothing in the world that the mysterious phantom thief Joker ...

Magazine: Final Evangelion Film Slated for Fall-Winter 2015 With Utada Song

Record company source: singer will make song if film's opening date is set ― The first 2015 issue of Bungeishunjū's Weekly Bunshun magazine on Thursday featured an article on the return of singer Hikaru Utada. It quoted a record company source as saying that confidential talks are underway regarding her return to the music industry. The source added that it has been decided that she will sing the the...
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Daisuki to Stream Tsukimonogatari Anime

Also details The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls streaming plans ― Anime Consortium Japan announced on Friday that the Daisuki service will stream Tsukimonogatari, the anime of the first story in the "Final Season" of the NisiOisin's Monogatari Series. All four episodes will stream on December 31 after its Japanese premiere earlier that day. The English-subtitled stream will be available for free in the ...

Thursday, December 25

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Haikyu!! Spring Lottery Goods Go Floral

The official Haikyu!! website has posted a sneak peek at the anime's upcoming Ichiban Kuji prize collaboration. Titled "Haikyu!! ~Spring Training Camp~," the goods are delightfully bright and gaudy, like a cross between a 70s country kitchen and Scandinavian folk art. The prizes include an alarm clock, towels, a thermos set, a curry bowl, coasters, mascot charms, and a sports duffel. Each ticket w...
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Cut Down Your Hair Styling Time With Sailor Moon Cosplay Wigs

Fans who want to get their Sailor Moon Crystal costumes on point for next year's con season can find everything they need thanks to ACOS. The store is offering officially licensed costumes and pre-styled wigs for all the aspiring Sailor Guardians out there. The wigs vary in price with the cheapest being Sailor Mercury (10,000 yen or US$83) and the most expensive being Sailor Moon and Sailor Jupite...

Go! Princess Precure's Story, Characters, Singers Unveiled

3 middle school girls at boarding school transform into princesses in February anime ― The official website for Go! Princess Precure, the 12th Precure magical girl television anime series premiering on February 1, confirmed its story, characters, main staff, and theme song singers on Friday. The keyword of the new series is "princess," and the source of the Precures' power is "dreams." The story is ...
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Nana Mizuki, T.M. Revolution to Duet Again on New Year's Eve

Yo-kai Watch, Frozen also featured in special performances ― Japanese television station NTV posted its song lineup for Kōhaku Uta Gassen (The Red and White Song Contest), Japan's most viewed music program, on Thursday. The lineup revealed that Nana Mizuki and T.M. Revolution will again perform a duet for the contest. Kōhaku Uta Gassen has aired every New Year's Eve on NHK since 1951, and it features...

Little Witch Academia Streamed Again

Director has finished storyboards for Little Witch Academia 2 ― Studio Trigger announced on Thursday that it has reposted Little Witch Academia with English subtitles on YouTube for a limited time to celebrate the holidays. Trigger describes the story: Akko Kagari is an ordinary girl who joins the renowned witch academy for witch girls, Luna Nova Academy. When she was younger, she went to Magical Fes...
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Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru ‒ Episode 12

"So while this wasn't an absolutely perfect closing episode, it does plenty enough very well to reaffirm my ranking of this as one of 2014's top series overall."

Voice Actor Hidetoshi Nakamura Passes Away

To Love-Ru, Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, Corpse Princess actor was 60 ― Voice talent agency 81Produce announced that voice actor Hidetoshi Nakamura passed away on Wednesday. He was 60. Nakamura was born on July 12, 1954 in Tokyo. He was a narrator and voice actor who played a number of roles in anime and dubbed foreign films. His anime credits include Baki the Grappler's Styrdum, Mobile Suit Victory G...
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Holiday Greetings from the Anime World! (Part 3)

Celebrate the holidays by checking out these festive greetings from artists and companies within the anime and manga industry, and anime and manga properties! Series are listed alphabetically, while artists are listed by their surname. Click on each image for larger versions; they'll open in a new window automatically. Here's part 1 and part 2 in case you missed it. Nagian (Kanojo ga Flag o Oraret...
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Rina Hidaka Narrates Unlimited Fafnir TV Spot as Iris

Video previews opening theme by TRUSTRICK ― Japanese television station TBS aired a 30-second commercial for the upcoming anime of Tsukasa's Jūō Mujin no Fafnir (Unlimited Fafnir) light novel series on Friday. Rina Hidaka narrates the video as her character Iris Freyja. The video also features TRUSTRICK's opening theme song "Flying Fafnir." They appeared in the modern era. The seven ancient beings, D...
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Happy Cooking Graffiti TV Ad Previews Opening Theme

Shaft-animated series about cooking and eating to premiere on January 8 ― Japanese television station TBS aired a 30-second commercial for the upcoming television anime of Makoto Kawai's four-panel manga Happy Cooking Graffiti (Kōfuku Graffiti) on Friday. The video features the openingtheme song "Shiawase Nitsuite Watashi ga Shitteiru Itsutsu no Hōhō" (The five techniques I know for happiness) by Maa...
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2nd Tokyo Ghoul Season's Cast, Designs, Episode 1 Info Updated

Hiro Shimono, Aoi Yuki, Haruka Tomatsu join cast ― The official website for Tokyo Ghoul √A (Root A), the second anime season based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga, unveiled new cast members and character designs on Friday. The new cast includes: Hiro Shimono as Naki Aoi Yuki as Kurona Yasuhisa Haruka Tomatsu as Nashiro Yasuhisa The website also confirmed the following returning cast members from th...
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Kantai Collection -Kan Colle- Gets Special Edition PS Vita System

Portable unit with original Kan Colle etching accompanies game's May release in Japan ― The Sony Store in Japan will sell an exclusive special-edition PlayStation Vita portable system, with an original Kantai Collection -Kan Colle- design etching, in May. The limited-edition PS Vita will accompany the release of Kadokawa Games' Kantai Collection -Kan Colle- title, which after a delay, is now schedul...

'I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying' Anime Gets 2nd Season

Cool Kyōshinsha's 4-panel manga about married otaku gets new anime in April ― The 13th and last episode of the current I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying television anime announced on Friday that production on a second season has been green-lit. The new season will begin airing and streaming in April. Cool Kyōshinsha's original four-panel web manga I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Sayi...
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Parasyte -the maxim- ‒ Episode 12

"Overall, this episode wasn't the strongest Parasyte, but it's put the story in a good place to resume pursuing its own strongest elements."
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Holiday Greetings from the Anime World! (Part 2)

Celebrate the holidays by checking out these festive greetings from artists and companies within the anime and manga industry, and anime and manga properties! Series are listed alphabetically, while artists are listed by their surname. Click on each image for larger versions; they'll open in a new window automatically. Here's part 1 in case you missed it. Check back later today for part 3! Saa Har...
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Danganronpa AE Game Gets Spin-Off Manga in Dengeki Maoh

New manga by Machika Minami is told from the viewpoint of Tōko Fukawa, Genocider Shō ― The official blog for Kadokawa's Dengeki Maoh magazine announced on Thursday that an official spin-off manga of Spike Chunsoft's Zettai Zetsubō Shōjo: Danganronpa AE PlayStation Vita game titled Zettai Zetsubō Shōjo: Danganronpa AE - Genocider Mode will begin in the magazine's March issue, which is scheduled to be ...
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Show By Rock!! TV Anime Adds Mamoru Miyano, Megumi Han, More to Cast

Also: Replacement of Eri Kitamura from game, promo for band Trichronika, spring premiere, manga project ― The staff of Sanrio's Show By Rock!! television anime announced on Wednesday the cast of the series. Excluding Retoree, all members of Plasmagica and ShinganCrimsonZ leader Crow will be returning from the mobile game and animated promotional video: Eri Inagawa (Pac-World) as Cyan, the gothic loli...
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Non Non Biyori Rural Comedy Anime's 2nd Season Title, Key Visual Unveiled

Non Non Biyori Repeat to have advance screening before TV premiere ― The February issue of Monthly Comic Alive magazine is unveiling the key visual and title of the second anime season inspired by Atto's Non Non Biyori manga on Saturday. The season's title is Non Non Biyori Repeat. In celebration of the manga selling over one million copies, the staff is holding a character popularity poll. There wil...
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Yuri Kuma Arashi Anime's 3rd Promo Introduces Story

Miho Arakawa, Ami Koshimizu, Junichi Suwabe, more star in January anime from Penguindrum's Ikuhara ― The official website for Kunihiko Ikuhara's Yuri Kuma Arashi (Yuri Bear Storm) television anime began streaming a third promotional video for the series on Saturday. Ruru: Roar roar! Once upon a time, the asteroid belt Kumaria exploded. Kumaria, which had turned into bits, became a meteor shower, and ...

österreich Performs 2nd Tokyo Ghoul Season's Opening Song

Solo project led by the cabs' former guitarist Kunimitsu Takahashi ― Next year's combined fourth and fifth issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine announced on Thursday that the project österreich is performing the opening song "Munō" (Incompetence) for the second season based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga. Ai Kamano of the alternative rock band haisuinonasa contributed to the newly written song ...
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StylipS, Edge of Life Perform Gundam Build Fighters Try's New Songs

"Mayomayo Compass wa Iranai," "Just Fly Away" begin playing in January ― StylipS, the voice actress group that now includes Arisa Noto, Maho Matsunaga, Moe Toyota, and Miku Itō, is contributing their seventh single "Mayomayo Compass wa Iranai" as the new ending theme song of the Gundam Build Fighters Try television anime. The group's official website confirmed on Wednesday that the song will begin pl...
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May J. Sings Gundam Reconguista in G's New Opening Theme

"Futari no Mahō" by anime's composer to debut in this week's episode ― The official website for the Gundam Reconguista in G television anime announced on Thursday that singer May J. is contributing her new song "Futari no Mahō" (Couple's Magic) as the opening theme song for the second half of the series. The opening will begin running in the anime's 14th episode, "Uchū, Mobile Suit-Sen" (Space, Mobil...

Wednesday, December 24

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Danganronpa: Unlimited Battle iOS Game Previewed in Video

Free game slated for January release in Japan ― Game developer Spike Chunsoft began streaming a promotional video for its upcoming Danganronpa: Unlimited Battle iOS game on Wednesday. Text: Danganronpa finally arrives as an app!! Togami: I don't have time to be your opponent Text: Danganronpa x Tension Action Chihiro: Believe in yourself. Text: The students from Danganronpa Kibo no Gakuen to Zetsubo ...
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Gundam Build Fighters Try ‒ Episode 12

"All three of our heroes' paths indicate that we're on the brink of something big."

Frozen Sells All-Time Record of 2.269 Million BD/DVD Sets to Top Spirited Away, Madoka Magica

Highest yearly Japanese home video sales since at least 1991; also tops Evangelion 2.22's records ― Disney's Frozen film sold 2,269,477 of its Blu-ray Disc/DVD "MovieNEX" sets to top Oricon's yearly Japanese home video ranking chart for 2014. The movie set the all-time record for yearly home video sales since Oricon began reporting these charts in 1991. Frozen surpassed the previous record-holder, Ha...
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Kumamon Suits Up As an Evangelion For New Collaboration

Kumamon, the bear mascot from Kumamoto prefecture, has dressed up as Himura Kenshin several times before, but now he's transforming into Evangelion Unit-01. The strange crossover is thanks to the Evangelion Exhibit, which is making a stop at the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art starting February 28, 2015. The exhibit has been touring Japan since 2013 and includes model sheets, image boards by Yo...
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Holiday Greetings from the Anime World! (Part 1)

Get yourself in the holiday spirit by checking out these holiday greetings from artists and companies within the anime and manga industry, and anime and manga properties! Series are listed alphabetically, while artists are listed by their surname. Click on each image for larger versions; they'll open in a new window automatically. And, tune in tomorrow for parts 2 and 3! 101 Hitome no Alice (Wing...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth, Fairy Fencer F Games Coming to Steam

Idea Factory will announce exact release dates for each title in the future ― Idea Factory International announced on Wednesday that it will release Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2, and Fairy Fencer F for PC via Steam. The company will announce exact release dates for each title in the future. The Entertainment Software Rating Board listed both Hyperdimension Ne...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, December 15-21

Detective Conan, The Seven Deadly Sins, Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto, Blue Spring Ride, Attack on Titan in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Detective Conan (Case Closed) 85 312,953 312,953 2014/12 Shogakukan Gosho Aoyama 1 1 2 The Seven Deadly Sins 12 307,374 307,374 2014/12 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 2 1 3 Haven't You ...
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Fate/Extra's Extra-Fingered Cover Gets Recalled

Kadokawa issued a recall for the sixth volume of Fate/Extra, ensuring readers that, no, the extra finger on Saber's hand wasn't some cheeky reference to the title or the volume number. Any issues left on newsstands will be replaced, and those who have already purchased it can send in their covers for a replacement. Or, you could just keep it because it's hilarious. The manga adapts Type-Moon's Fat...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, December 15-21

Final Fantasy Explorers, Gundam Breaker 2, Neptune Re;Birth 3 V Century, 12-Sai, Godzilla games ship ― Japan's Game Ranking: December 15-21 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yōkai Watch 2 Shin'uchi Level 5 December 13 532,724 1,776,895 23DS Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Pokémon November 21 167,534 2,118,015 33DS Final Fantasy Explorers Squar...
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Tottori Prefecture Uses Animated Short to Encourage Youngsters to Return to the Nest

Tourists may recognize Tottori Prefecture for its scenic coastline and unique rock formations, but anime fans may recognize the name for something else—the setting of Free! Iwatobi Swim Club. Specifically, the town of Iwami, which has offered plenty of Free!-related tourism perks in the past. That's why it's particularly fitting that Tottori Prefecture is using a muscled swimmer in its latest...
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Tomehane! Suzuri Kōkō Shodōbu Manga to End With Volume 14

Manga about school calligraphy club began in 2007 ― The 13th compiled volume of Katsutoshi Kawai's Tomehane! Suzuri Kōkō Shodōbu manga will announce on Friday that the 14th volume, which ships next spring, will be the last. The manga centers around Yukari Ōe, a girl who returns to Japan from Canada and finds herself joining her new high school's calligraphy club; without enough students, the tiny clu...
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Levi is Subjected to Another Figure Flop

Ichiban Kuji's new Attack On Titan lineup seems to have a bit of a problem according to fans. ― Figure making is a very delicate art. There is a fine line between making something that fans are willing to agree looks exactly like their favorite characters and what looks like a dilapidated hunk of plastic. In between those two, you have a spectrum of indistinguishability where fans believe the figure ...
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Kämpfer/Maburaho's Tsukiji Starts Kikensei Girl Manga

Shichisei Orion to draw series with character designs by Shigeo Hamashima ― 2015's February issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius will announce on Friday that Toshihiko Tsukiji will write the story for a new manga series tentatively titled Kikensei Girl (Danger Girl) starting in the next issue on January 26. Shichisei Orion to draw series and Shigeo Hamashima will collaborate on character design....
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Trinity Seven ‒ Episodes 8-12

"In looking back at the series' last five episodes, did anything which transpired elevate the series from the doldrums in which it was trapped? No, not really."
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LBX GN 1 & 2

It may be aimed at little kids, but LBX's first two volumes are still good reads if you want something fast and action-packed. ― Someone once said that when you start putting Barbie and Ken in bed together, you have officially gotten too old to play with them. That same sentiment can be extended to the world of Hideaki Fujii's Little Battlers Experience manga: when you start to use toys to try and ta...
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Kite (live action) Blu-Ray/DVD

They made a live-action version of Kite, and Samuel L. Jackson's in it! The odds that it's any good must be pretty low, though, right? ― The live-action version of Kite is a 2014 South African production which is directly based on Yasuomi Umetsu's original 1998 OVA. It has a bit of a storied history, as its original director, David R. Ellis (Snakes on a Plane, Cellular, two Final Destination sequels)...
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Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Game Gets 2 New Manga

Side:P3, Side:P4 focus on protagonists from their respective games ― The February 2015 issue of Kodansha's Shonen Sirius magazine is announcing on Friday that Atlus' Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game is inspiring two new manga series next year. Sō Tobita will pen the Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Side:P3 manga in the March issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, which ...
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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Earns US$552,080 After 10th Weekend

Universal Studios Home Entertainment releases first Ghibli film in N. America on February 17 ― Box Office Mojo is estimating that Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya earned a 10th weekend gross of US$22,600 in North America, bringing an overall total of US$552,080. The film is ranked at #46 for the weekend, ranked #21 in the highest grossing anime films, and #26 in highe...
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Masakazu Morita Joins Kuroko's Basketball 3rd Season's Cast

Morita plays Haizaki in anime premiering January 10 ― The sixth issue of 2015 of Shueisha's Jump Next is announcing Saturday that Masakazu Morita will join the cast of the third Kuroko's Basketball television anime season. Morita will play the character Shōgo Haizaki, a former member of the Teikō Junior High basketball team and a current player at Fukuda Integrated Academy. The website for the series...
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FROGMAN's 3rd The Rose of Versailles Parody Short Streamed

Tomokazu Sugita joins cast, dresses up as character from flash shorts ― DLE Inc. began streaming the second animated short of FROGMAN's The Rose of Versailles remake for the parody project "Channel 5.5" on Wednesday. In the episode, Oscar and her friends go to a low-class Japanese bar. The customers ask for Western items, like cake and bread. When threatened, the waiter notes that he doesn't have bre...
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New Robot Girls Z Anime Shorts' Characters, Story, Cast, Staff Unveiled

6 monthly shorts inspired by Great Mazinger Vs. Getter Robo films start in spring Robot Girls Z+, the new Robot Girls Z anime, will be six monthly shorts that will debut next spring. The protagonists of Team Z will appear in the new shorts, along with the reformed Team G, Team LOD, Team Gō, and characters that first appeared in the franchise's online game. The new shorts' story will be based two cl...

The Testament of Sister New Devil Gets Original Anime Blu-ray

Tetsuto Uesu's 8th light novel to bundle unaired anime in June ― The February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine is announcing on Friday that Tetsuto Uesu's eighth Shinmai Maō no Testament (The Testament of Sister New Devil) light novel volume will bundle an original anime Blu-ray Disc. The bundle will ship next June with an unaired original anime. The light novels are already inspiring ...
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Have Fun in School with Fantasy Weapon Pencil Toppers

Capsule toy company Kitan Club is making note-taking a lot more fun with these medieval weapon-inspired pencil caps, though we wouldn't be surprised if all productivity ground to a sudden halt. Each one costs 200 yen (about US$1.65), and can be found at various capsule toy machines across Japan. [Via Hachima Kikou]
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Giovanni's Island "e-Sakuga" Multi Touch Book Lets You Explore the Film's Key Frames

If you're still searching for a last minute gift this holiday season, Onebilling Inc.'s Giovanni's Island E-SAKUGA Animation Key Frames Collection might just fit the bill. Available from the Apple iBook store in both Japanese and English on December 24, it features key frames from Production I.G's Giovanni's Island, along with a proprietary "Sakugami" feature that allows readers to flip through th...
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Seoul Erects an 8-Meter, 3-Ton Tobot Kia Robot Statue

Visitors to the Sky Park outside Seoul's Lotte Mall Gimpo Airport shopping complex will find themselves staring at a giant 8-meter (26 ft.), 3-ton (6,000 lb) statue of Deltatron, erected to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Tobot, a South Korean transforming robot cartoon aimed at kids. Similar to Transformers, Tobots transform from vehicles, though each Tobot is the combined product of several c...

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Madoka Magica Girls Get Their Own Themed Purses

SuperGroupies, the purveyors of all manners of otaku-inspired fashion accessories, is releasing a collection of Madoka Magica handbags, each one inspired by the outfits of each girl. The larger Madoka, Sayaka, and Kyoko bags retail for 9,800 yen (about US$81) and are designed to hold A4-size notebooks, while the smaller Homura and Mami bags retail for 7,800 yen (about US$64.60). The company is als...
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Funimation Works Directly with Khara on Evangelion 3.33 Home Video Release

Funimation announced on Tuesday that it is working directly with Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara for the upcoming Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo home video release. Studio Khara has decided it will create its own special subtitle tracks for the release. Eleven Arts and FUNimation Entertainment screened the theatrical print of Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo in theaters across the United States ...
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Yakuza 0 Gets 4 Special Edition PlayStation 4 Consoles

Two different designs available in either black or white ― Voice actor Riki Takeuchi and the staff of Yakuza 0 unveiled two special Ryu ga Gotoku 0: Chikai no Basho (Yakuza 0: Place of Oath) PlayStation 4 models during a live streaming event on Monday. The system will ship on the same day as the game, March 12, 2015, and retail for 41,980 yen (about US$348). Pre-orders are open via the Sony Store. Th...
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Lia to Sing Theme Song for Angel Beats! 1st Beat PC Game

Key Visual Arts game based on 2010 anime to ship May 29 ― Japanese singer Lia (Air, Clannad) announced on her blog on Tuesday that she will sing the theme song "Heartily Song" for the upcoming Angel Beats! 1st Beat PC game. Angel Beats! co-creator Jun Maeda revealed a possible adaptation in November of 2010. After two years, Visual Art's President Takahiro Baba re-acknowledged the possibility of a ga...
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Gamers Pay Respect to Departed Friend in FFXIV

Friends and fellow gamers across the internet came out to pay their respects on Sunday when 29-year-old Tai passed away from complications due to renal failure. Tai was active on Final Fantasy XIV's Gilgamesh server where he played his level 50 Bard, Codex Vahlda, and also made friends on the gaming site Backloggery.com. Players on Final Fantasy XIV paid their respects across servers on Sunday whe...
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Bessatsu Manga Goraku Magazine to End on Thursday

New magazine Manga Goraku Special will launch in March ― The February issue of Nihonbungeisha's Bessatsu Manga Goraku magazine, which ships on Thursday, will be the last. A new magazine, Manga Goraku Special, will launch on March 10 to replace Bessatsu Manga Goraku. Rui Takatō's Hakure Idol Jigokuhen, Jin Kagetsu's Sasahito, Tomoshi Kuga's Tenpai Gaiten, Kaoru Curry zawa's Neko mo Kuwanai, Hideki Ow...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 21-27

Horus: Prince of the Sun, Sword Art Online: Extra Edition anime ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Horus: Prince of the Sun (Little Norse Prince Valiant) DVDPlease Discotek Media/Eastern Star US$24.95 December 23 Kill la Kill DVD/Blu-ray 3 Limited Edition + CDCite Aniplex of America US$74.98 December 23 Kill la Kill Blu-ray 3AnimeNewsNetwork Aniplex of America US$49.98 ...
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Good Smile Racing Gets Ready For A New Season With Racing Miku 2015

Good Smile Racing, the subsidiary company of Good Smile Company that sponsors the Team UYKO Super GT 300 race team, unveiled the design for Racing Miku 2015, the Hatsune Miku design that will grace their vehicles and promo materials for the next year. The illustration was designed by Koyama Shigeto and illustrated by Taiki. Those wanting a 3D version in their hands will have to wait—the Racin...
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Somehow, Funasshi's Album Hit #4 in the Weekly Album Charts

Funasshi, the pear-shaped mascot of Tokyo suburb Funabashi, apparently scraped together enough songs to record an album. Titled Uki Uki Funassyi ♪ ~ Official Funassyi Album: Pear Juice Splash! ~, it also did remarkably well, placing fourth on weekly album sales charts and selling 12,000 copies its first week. The album marks the first time that a local mascot has placed in the top 5 since 1968. Wh...

Funimation to Stream Death Parade Anime

Series about a bar where people play high-stakes games after death to premiere January 9 ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it will stream Death Parade, the television series based on the Anime Mirai short Death Billiards. The first episode will stream on January 9 at 12:28 p.m. EST and subsequent episodes will stream on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. EST. Funimation describes the story: The...
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Yona of the Dawn ‒ Episode 12

"This is another strong episode, albeit not quite as good as the last few. "
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Bandai Namco Games' Rise of Incarnates Jump Festa Trailer Previews Fenrir

PC fighting game designed by Soul Calibur/Tekken Creators ― Bandai Namco Games Europe began streaming the Jump Festa 2014 trailer for its upcoming Rise of Incarnates 3D combat PC game on Sunday. The trailer previews the character Brad Burrell/Fenrir. Bandai Namco Games describes the game "forged by creators of the Tekken and SoulCalibur franchises": It was a true catastrophe. Despite the differences ...
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When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace ‒ Episode 12

"Ultimately, this show requires a high tolerance for inconsistency."
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Rage of Bahamut Genesis ‒ Episode 11

"This episode is much more about what didn't happen than what did."
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Clannad Kickstarter Project Adds English Translation for Side Stories

Kickstarter project less than $55,000 away from next anthology manga stretch goal ― North American visual novel distributor Sekai Project announced on Sunday that the Clannad crowdfunding campaign had reached its second stretch goal to release an English translation and PC port of the Clannad Hikari Mimamoru Sakamichi de side stories. The side stories started out as a series of drama CDs that were e...
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Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road ‒ Episode 12

"This episode focused on the boys' friendship and support for one another, and while it can be a little overemotional, it never rings insincere."
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Toei's Robot Girls Z Gets New Anime in 2015

Dynamic Planning, Toei's project turns "legendary super robots into beautiful girls" ― The cast and staff of the Robot Girls Z anime announced during their live-streamed "Robot Girls Z Christmas Eve Special" on Tuesday that production on a new anime, Robot Girls Z+, has been green-lit for 2015. The Robot Girls Z anime is the current incarnation of Toei Robot Girls, the project that turns Dynamic Plan...
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Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life Anime Gets 3rd Season in 2015

Yoshiki Usa and Tomoko Fujinoki's comedy manga inspires new season ― The official website for the anime of Yoshiki Usa and Tomoko Fujinoki's Wooser no Sono Higurashi (Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life) manga announced on Christmas Eve that production on a third season has been green-lit. The official Twitter account stated that the third season will premiere in 2015 and that more details will be announced ...
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Genshiken: Second Season GN 1

Genshiken is back for another semester, with the original cast having grown up and a new crop of otaku joining the club, but does it retain the series' magic? ― Genshiken has returned, bringing with it all the rapid-fire humor and distinctive sensitivity that made the first series so rewarding. A slice of life/light drama concerning an otaku club might not seem like the most fertile ground for compel...
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Yo-kai Watch Takes Over Kyushu Bullet Train

Kyushu's Kumamoto station also redecorates for occasion ― Japan Rail's Kyushu division is the latest company to fall under Yo-kai Watch's spell. On December 20, a new bullet train was unveiled with Yo-kai Watch characters painted on its exterior. It departed Kumamoto station bound for Hakata after an official ceremony attended by the Kumamoto station manager, Jibanyan (who was named station manager f...
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New Kuroko's Basketball 3DS Game's 1st Promo Streamed

3rd Kuroko's Basketball game for a portable system to ship on March 26 ― Bandai Namco began streaming the first promotional trailer for the upcoming Kuroko no Basket: Mirai e no Kizuna (Kuroko's Basketball: Ties to the Future) "miraculous basketball action game" for the Nintendo 3DS system on Sunday. Kuroko and Kagami narrate the video, explaining that the upcoming game will be a "Basketball action" ...
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Final Fantasy Legends Smartphone Game's Jump Festa Trailer Streamed

Lia performs theme song for smartphone game being released this winter ― Square Enix began streaming the Jump Festa 2015 promotional video for its upcoming Final Fantasy Legends: Jikū no Suishō (Final Fantasy Legends: Crystal of Space-Time) smartphone game on Sunday. The video features the game's main theme song, "Timeless Tomorrow" by Lia. Text: A new Final Fantasy story that crosses time Text: The ...
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Assassination Classroom 3DS, Smartphone Games Previewed in Video

Players (try to) kill Koro-Sensei in games slated for 2015 ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a second promotional video for Ansatsu Kyōshitsu: Kuro-Sensei Dai Houimou (Assassination Classroom Koro-Sensei Great Besiegement), its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game based on the Assassination Classroom anime, on Sunday. Koro-Sensei (voiced by Jun Fukuyama) narrates the video to explain the game to Nagisa. The...
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Shonen Jump's J-Stars Victory VS+ Western Release Has Japanese Voice Track

Website Siliconera is reporting that the localized release of Shonen Jump and Bandai Namco Games' J-Stars Victory VS+ game for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita will feature the original Japanese audio track with English subtitles. The updated version of the Japanese release will ship in the Americas next summer, and will add an Arcade Mode. Over 50 characters from at least 3...
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2nd Live-Action Parasyte Film's Teaser Hints at Story's Finale

Final film based on Hitoshi Iwaaki's sci-fi manga to open on April 25 ― TOHO began streaming a teaser trailer for Kiseijū Kanketsu-hen, the second and final part of the Parasyte (Kiseijū) movie series. The teaser announces that the film will be released in Japan on April 25, 2015. Narrator: The story of the number one hit movie Parasyte is finally comes to a close! Text: The shocking finale Man: It's...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, December 15-21

2nd live-action Kenshin film sells 21,563 + 14,215, followed by Game Center CX, Free! ES, Haikyu!!, Ace of Diamond, Yowapeda ― The regular edition of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno sold 21,563 copies to land at #1 on the overall DVD chart. The deluxe edition was #5 with 14,215 copies. Game Center CX DVD-Box 11 sold 20,241 copies to debut at #2. The live-action Kodoku no Gourmet Season 4 DVD-Box debut...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, December 15-21

2nd live-action Rurouni Kenshin film sells 18,047 + 12,695, followed by Expelled from Paradise, Free! ES, Haikyu!!, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure ― The deluxe edition of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno sold 18,047 copies to debut at #2 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The regular edition was #5 with 12,695 copies. The live-action Kodoku no Gourmet Season 4 Blu-ray Box landed at #30 with 2,387 copies. Ran...

Seiken Tsukai no World Break's Promo Video, More Cast Unveiled

Akira Ishida, Takehito Koyasu, Rie Kugimiya, Hikaru Midorikawa, more join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Akamitsu Awamura's Seiken Tsukai no World Break (Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman) light novel series began streaming a promotional video on Monday. The trailer introduces the characters. It also previews the ending theme "Magna Idea" sung by Fortuna (a group composed of...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, December 8-14

The Seven Deadly Sins makes top 10; final live-action Jigoku Sensei Nube episode airs ― The live-action drama of Kyō wa Kaisha Yasumimasu. aired on NTV on Wednesday, December 10 at 10:00 p.m. and earned a 15.9% rating. The live-action drama adaptation of Nobunaga Concerto aired on Fuji TV on Monday, December 8 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 11.1% rating. The final episode of the live action drama of Takes...
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Yo-kai Watch Has Highest Opening of Any Japanese Film Since 2000

Anime film's weekend box office tops record-holder Howl's Moving Castle ― The Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan! (Yo-kai Watch the Movie: It's the Secret of Birth, Meow!) anime film had the highest-grossing opening weekend of any Japanese film since at least the year 2000. With an opening weekend of 1,628,893,000 yen (about US$13.58 million), it has surpassed the previous record-holder, Hayao Mi...

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Viz's Shonen Jump to Publish NisiOisin, Takeshi Obata's Manga 1-Shot

This week's issue of Viz Media's Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine announced that it will publish the manga one-shot "RKD-EK9" by artist Takeshi Obata (Death Note, Bakuman., Hikaru no Go) and writer NisiOisin (Monogatari series, Medaka Box, Katanagatari). The manga with the theme of "paradise" will run in a special digital issue next week, while the main Weekly Shonen Jump magazine takes a one-w...

2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! Film Teaser Recaps 20 Years of Manga, Anime

2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! film tells new story with original protagonists Yūgi, Kaiba ― The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper's MAiDiGiTV began streaming a video for the new Yu-Gi-Oh! film on Monday. The video recaps the last 20 years of Kazuki Takahashi's Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and most of the anime series within the franchise. The protagonists of the new film are Yūgi Mutō's and Seto Kaiba of the original manga and anime s...

3rd Working!!/Wagnaria!! Season's July Premiere, Title, Staff, Cast Unveiled

Yumi Kamakura takes over as director at A-1 Pictures; original cast returns ― A flyer inserted in Karino Takano's 13th Working!! (Wagnaria!!) comedy four-panel manga volume is revealing on Thursday that the third television anime season will premiere in Japan in July. It also reveals that the title will be Working!!! with three exclamation points. The magazine lists the staff for the new season. Yumi...
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Khara's Japan Animator Expo's 8th Short is 'Tomorrow from there' by Akemi Hayashi

Next short in series will premiere online on January 9 ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, announced that theeighth short is titled "Tomorrow from there." It will stream on the official website on January 9. Niconico 第8話「そこからの明日。」予告編/日本アニメ(ーター)見本市 Akemi Hayashi (Fruits Basket chief animation director) will direct th...

Yo-kai Watch Film Beats Out Disney's Big Hero 6 at Japanese Box Office

Film sets TOHO record with 1,484,916 tickets sold ― The movie data firm Kōgyō Tsūshin reported on Monday that the Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan! (Yo-kai Watch the Movie: It's the Secret of Birth, Meow!) anime film opened this past weekend at #1 in the Japanese box office, ahead of Disney's Big Hero 6. The Yo-kai Watch film sold a record 1,484,916 tickets for 1,628,893,000 yen (about US$13.58...
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Fan Remakes Japanese PS1 Cult Classic LSD: Dream Emulator

Fans of Asmik Ace Entertainment's PlayStation video game LSD: Dream Emulator can now get their hands on a preliminary build of LSD Revamped, a fan-made remake of the video game. The game, made by a fan named Figglewatts, has been in development since October 2011. The project website is currently soliciting feedback on bugs, asset submissions, and donations for future Oculus Rift support. Those on...
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One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X Game Video Features Sabo, Amiibo Support

Amiibos unlock costumes for main playable characters ― The official website for Bandai Namco Games' Nintendo 3DS title One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X debuted the third promotional video on Monday. The video highlights the addition of the character Sabo and support for Amiibo figure. The video also features the theme song "Beyond the Borderline" by Hiroshi Kitadani and Mayumi Tanaka (Luffy). The Ami...
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Malaysian Finalist Wins This Year's Gunpla Builder's World Cup

The victors of Bandai's annual Gunpla Builders World Cup have been crowned, with the title going to Malaysia's Andy Wong, whose "Invaders Found" model and diorama was modified from the Master Grade PMX-003 The O kit. Second place went to Japan's Miki Yoshihisa, with third going to Taiwan's Lin Zih-Ciao. In the Junior Course, Korean youngster An Ji Hoon took the honor with "The Innocence of Childho...
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Funimation to Stream Wit Studio's Rolling Girls Anime

Series about girls on motocycles in futuristic Japan to stream this winter ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Monday that it will stream The Rolling Girls as it airs in Japan. The company will announce the streaming times at a later date. The Rolling Girls is the first original television anime from Wit Studio (anime adaptations of Attack on Titan, Hōzuki no Reitetsu). Kotomi Deai (second Silver...

Funimation Adds Inari Kon Kon Home Video Rights

Romance about a girl and a fox deity who grants her the ability to shape-shift streamed earlier this year ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Monday that it has acquired to the anime Inari Kon Kon (Inari Kon Kon Koi Iroha). The company plans to release the series in 2015 with English subtitles only. Funimation streamed the series as it aired this past winter. Morohe Yoshida's original romantic co...
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More Items Revealed from Love Live ABC Project Fashion Collaboration

The complete collection of pieces for the "Love Live! ABC Project ~Apparel Brand Crossover~" from Earth Music&Ecology, Beams, and Honey Bunch has been posted, and it's looking like all of the girls' clothing items and accessories will be available for purchase. Honoka: Kotori: Hanayo: Eli: Nico: Umi: Nozomi: Rin: For a full price list, check out the ABC Project website.
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KanColle Anime's 1st Blu-Ray/DVD Release Promo Streamed

Anime will premiere on January 7 ― Kadokawa began streaming the first promotional trailer for the upcoming Kantai Collection -Kan Colle- anime's first Blu-ray and DVD release. The trailer features the opening theme "Miiro" (Sea Color) by AKINO from bless4 (Amagi Brilliant Park). The limited edition Blu-ray and DVD sets will ship on March 27 for 7,600 yen (about US$64) and 6,600 yen (US$56), respectiv...
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Haiyore! Nyaruko-san F OVA's 1st Promo Streamed

New OVA in Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! series was announced in August ― The official website for the Haiyore! Nyaruko-san F original video anime (OVA) project began streaming the first 15-second promotional video on Monday. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san F CM by pKjd Xebec animated both the first and second anime series and Tsuyoshi Nagasawa (Kyo no Gononi, MM!, To Love-Ru) directed the series. The series sta...

Kodansha Temporarily Suspends Vinland Saga Manga in US

Listings for 6th volume pulled from online retailers ― Kodansha USA confirmed with on Monday that its Vinland Saga manga releases are "temporarily suspended." Several readers noticed listings for the sixth compiled volume have been pulled from retailers. Kodansha USA released five two-in-one omnibus volumes in North America. Amazon is currently listing a 2017 release date for volume 6. The series ha...
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Official Japanese RWBY Fanbook Includes Art From Yoshitoshi Abe, Range Murata, Others

Warner Bros. Japan has posted their Comiket 87 offerings, and there's a good spread of merchandise, including hoodies from Shirobako, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders, Selector Spread Wixoss, Strike the Blood, and Terraformars; clear files from A Certain Magical Index, and more. For fans of Roosterteeth's RWBY, there's also an official Japanese fan book, which features illustrations fro...

Steins;Gate -The Committee of Antimatter- Novel Cancelled

Sequel novel was slated to ship in 4 weeks ― Game publisher 5pb. announced on Monday that the novel Steins;Gate -The Committee of Antimatter-, which was slated for release on January 16, has been cancelled due to "various circumstances." The novel's release date had already been pushed back from August. Chōshirō Miwa was writing the novel, and Tadasu Yoshida was illustrating it. In addition, Chiyomar...
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Etrian Mystery Dungeon Crossover Game's US Trailer, Pre-Order Bonus, Cover Art Unveiled

Etrian Odyssey and Mystery Dungeon crossover game to ship March 5 in Japan, Spring 2015 in N. America ― Atlus USA began streaming a trailer on Monday for Atlus and Spike Chunsoft's upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Etrian Mystery Dungeon (Sekaiju to Fushigi no Dungeon). The trailer features the dungeon crawling gameplay, as well as mechanics on how the two games will crossover. Atlus USA also announced that...

Angel Beats! PC Game Scheduled for May 29 Release

Promotional video also unveiled for visual novel where story events are altered by player input ― Key Visual Arts revealed at its announcement conference that the release date of the Angel Beats! PC game is May 29. A promotional video was also screened at the event: Yuri: Revenge against God, and we're on the frontlines. Five years since the 2010 anime's broadcast, it finally gets an adventure game a...
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Digimonstory Cybersleuth PS Vita Game's New Promo Previews Cutscenes

1st copies of March game come with product code for black-colored Agumon, Gabumon ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a new promotional video for its upcoming Digimon Cybersleuth PlayStation Vita game on Monday. The video is narrated by voice actress Maaya Sakamoto, who voices Kyōko. The video begins with the following narration: Text: A not-so-distant future in which cyberspace has become another k...

Angel Beats! Gets New Episode With Anime Blu-ray Box

Blu-ray box containing "Hell's Kitchen" episode written by Jun Maeda ships in Japan in June ― The staff of the Angel Beats! and Charlotte anime series announced on Monday that the upcoming Japanese Blu-ray box release of the Angel Beats! anime will include an all-new episode titled "Hell's Kitchen." The episode, which has a scenario written by Jun Maeda, is described as the second special anime, with...

Key Visual Arts Announces Charlotte TV Anime for 2015

Jun Maeda writes original concept, scripts for original anime celebrating Key's 15th anniversary ― Key Visual Arts revealed at the announcement conference for its new work that a new original anime titled Charlotte is scheduled to premiere in 2015. The announcement was made with a video: Text: And so, in 2015... Text: It's time to move to a new frontier Text: 5 years since Angel Beats! Text: We were ...
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Kyōkai no Rinne Anime's Sakura, Rinne Character Sketches Unveiled

25-episode series adapting Rumiko Takahashi's manga premieres this spring ― The combined fourth and fifth issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday the first two character designs from the television anime adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi's Kyōkai no Rinne (Rinne of the Boundary or RIN-NE) manga. Director Seiki Sugawara commented on directing the anime, saying that he has b...
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Heads West on PS3/PS4/Vita/PC

English-subtitled Jump Festa trailer streamed for game shipping in the Americas summer 2015 ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming an English-subtitled version of the One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 video game's Jump Festa trailer that premiered this weekend at the Jump Festa event. The video lists that the game will be released in the Americas for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, as we...
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Tokyo Ghoul Creator: Season 2 Will Be 12 Episodes

In response to a Twitter follower, Tokyo Ghoul manga creator Sui Ishida reported that the second Tokyo Ghoul anime season will be 12 episodes long. The new season, Tokyo Ghoul √A, will premiere on January 8, and Funimation will stream the anime as it airs in Japan. Whereas Ishida was credited with creating the original manga for the first season, Ishida is now also credited with the original story...
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Boruto -Naruto the Movie- Site Opens With Manga Excerpt

Sequel film to open in August ― The official website for Boruto -Naruto the Movie-, the upcoming film sequel to the Naruto manga and The Last -Naruto the Movie-, opened with an excerpt from the final chapter of the manga on Monday. The same panels appeared in the teaser video that announced next year's film, after the end of The Last -Naruto the Movie-. The comic reads: Naruto: You may be having a to...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Game's Jump Festa Trailer English-Dubbed

New DB game for PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One/PC debuts in U.S. on February 17 ― Bandai Namco Games America began streaming the English-dubbed Jump Festa trailer for the Dragon Ball Xenoverse fighting game on Sunday. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 consoles in Japan on February 5, 2015, and then in the United States on February 17. The first copies in Japan...
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Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4's Jump Festa Trailer English-Subtitled

PS4/Xbox One/PC game slated for 2015 from Bandai Namco, CyberConnect2 ― Bandai Namco Games America began streaming the English-subtitled version of the Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (Naruto Shippūden Narutimate Storm 4) fighting game's Jump Festa trailer on Sunday. Bandai Namco Games will ship the latest game by developer CyberConnect2 next year. The company announced last week that it will...
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Yoru no Yatterman Anime's New Promo Previews Cast, Screen mode's Song

Shizuka Itou, Chiaki Takahashi, Hiroyuki Yoshino join cast for January anime ― Tatsunoko Productions began streaming a new promotional video for the upcoming Yoru no Yatterman anime on Monday. The video features the opening theme song "Kyokugen Dreamer" (Limit Dreamer) by the duo Screen mode. Boyacky: I absolutely won't let you go! Tonzra: Hey! How long are you going to sleep!? Boyacky: I want to sav...
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Library Wars: Love & War Shōjo Manga Gets New Series in March

Kiiro Yumi's take on Hiro Arikawa's sci-fi novels that also inspired anime, live-action film ― The February 2015 issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine is announcing on Wednesday that the Toshokan Sensō: Love & War Bessatsu-hen (Library Wars: Love & War Extra) manga series will launch in the May issue on March 24. Kiiro Yumi just ended the main Library Wars: Love & War manga in the same February 2015 is...

Assassination Classroom Anime's 2-Minute Promo Streamed

Class 3-E receives order to kill their alien teacher in Winter 2015 anime ― The official website for the Assassination Classroom anime debuted a 130-second "long promotional video" and a new key visual on Monday. Nagisa (as voiced by Mai Fuchigami), Kaede (Aya Suzaki), Karma (Nobuhiko Okamoto), Yuma (Ryota Ohsaka), and Hiroto (Shintaro Asanuma) sing the opening theme song, "Seishun Satsubatsu-ron" (Y...
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