The List - 6 Fantastic Female Friendships in Anime

Whether they're taking down monsters or just surviving the trials of high school, these gal pals have each other's backs through the best and worst of times.

Interview: Tokyo Ghoul (live-action) Director Kentarō Hagiwara

The director behind this challenging action/horror manga adaptation discusses the process behind bringing the shock and wonder of Tokyo Ghoul to life on the big screen.

Why Affordable Housing for Animators Matters (and What You Can Do to Help)

Callum May takes an inside look at the Animator Supporters Dormitory Project that aims to give affordable housing to overworked animators. Find out how you can help support the lifeblood of the anime industry!

This Week in Games - Accel World vs. Sword Art Online

The unimaginably popular worlds of light novel author Reki Kawahara collide in a new RPG. Dustin takes it for a spin. PLUS: Toy Story Kingdom Hearts and much more!

Interview: Ali Project

The idol royalty behind a string of hit anisong themes from Code Geass to Kizumonogatari answers a few questions about her incredible career (and her incredible fashion!)

The Controversial Legacy of Final Fantasy XII

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is an ambitious remaster of a game with a notoriously rocky development and release. Dustin turns the pages of Ivalice history for a look back.

Interview: Konomi Suzuki

She's the rising star behind a solid stack of anisong hits, including themes for Re:Zero, Akashic Record of Bastard Magic Instructor and more, and we had a few questions for her.

The Summer 2017 Anime Preview Guide

Looking for a fresh Summer anime? Our complete guide to the entire season is available now.
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Fate/Apocrypha — Episodes 1-3

While we wait for the newest animated entry in the Fate series to arrive on Netflix, Kim Morrissy has a look at the first three episodes straight from Japan. How does this "Great Grail War" compare to its predecessors? ― Note: While Fate/Apocrypha is not yet available streaming in English, this review comes courtesy of our Tokyo correspondent who watched these first three episodes in Japan. Fate/Apoc...
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School-Live! Blu-Ray

This one-of-a-kind combination of slice-of-life and horror starts strange and finishes strong. Theron Martin explores just what makes this series so special. ― The first episode of this series is one of the biggest cases of misdirection in anime history, as both the opening theme and first twenty minutes suggest that this is going to be a high-spirited slice-of-life series about schoolgirls. Sure, th...
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Haruchika: Haruta & Chika BD+DVD

Haruchika is just good enough to set viewers up for disappointment when it fails to deliver on its potential. Rebecca Silverman explains what went wrong. ― There are some shows that tease you with their mediocrity, occasionally showing flashes of, if not brilliance, than at least intrigue before turning around and slumping back into uninteresting and disappointing you all over again. Haruchika is one...
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Kakegurui — Episodes 1-3

While this psychosexual thriller about high-stakes high school gambling won't be available on Netflix for a few more months, Kim Morrissy's got the scoop on its first three episodes straight from Japan. Is Kakegurui worth hyping up? ― Note: While Kakegurui is not yet available streaming in English, this review comes courtesy of our Tokyo correspondent who watched these first three episodes in Japan. ...
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Saturday, July 22

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Ouran's Bisco Hatori Draws 1-Shot Manga in August

The August issue of Hakusensha's Melody magazine revealed on June 28 that manga creator Bisco Hatori will draw a one-shot manga titled "Takaga 930-oku Kōnen no" (It's Only 93 Billion Light Years of) in the magazine's next issue on August 28. The magazine describes the manga: Who is the opponent the girl hates enough to kill? And for what reason? Viz Media has published Hatori's Ouran High School H...
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Agumon to Appear in Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters Anime

Chika Sakamoto voices character in episode premiering August 12 ― The Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters anime has shifted the focus from "Digimon" to "Appmon," new creatures each based on a different smartphone app. Now, the show's website has announced that the anime will finally feature a familiar face: Agumon. Chika Sakamoto, the voice of Agumon from Digimon Adventure, is returning to the role for ...
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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episode 16

"Our heroes are finally en route to forming a concentrated force against Charioce."
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Fate/Apocrypha — Episodes 1-3

While we wait for the newest animated entry in the Fate series to arrive on Netflix, Kim Morrissy has a look at the first three episodes straight from Japan. How does this "Great Grail War" compare to its predecessors? ― Note: While Fate/Apocrypha is not yet available streaming in English, this review comes courtesy of our Tokyo correspondent who watched these first three episodes in Japan. Fate/Apoc...
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Platinum Games' Lost Order Smartphone Game's Video Reveals Backstory

Yasumi Matsuno directs, Akihiko Yoshida designs art for game slated for iOS/Android devices ― Cygames opened a website for Platinum Games' Lost Order smartphone game last week. The site is streaming a prologue video that shows concept art for the game's world with narration. The video's unnamed narrator describes the history of the game's central setting, the city of Alshrad. Colonized nearly 600 yea...
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your name. Film, Love Live! Franchise Rank in Hakuhodo's Fan Expenditure Study

Detective Conan, One Piece, Dragon Ball, Final Fantasy included in rankings ― Ad firm Hakuhodo released its "Content Fan Expenditure Behavior Study" for 2017 on July 5. The study ranks media franchises, groups, and artists in two categories: reach, and expenditure power. Reach is how many people participated in the franchise for the year by spending on it, while expenditure power is how much a franch...
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Live-Action Gintama Film Sells 1 Million Tickets in 8 Days

Also: Net show sets record for dTV service ― The live-action film adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga has sold more than 1 million tickets as of Friday, eight days after the film opened in Japan on July 14. The film itself has earned more than 1.3 billion yen (about US$11.7 million). Additionally, the three-episode live-action net show on Docomo's dTV streaming service has also set a record...
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Idol K Manga Gets New 1-Shot in August

The August issue of Kodansha's Shōnen Magazine Edge revealed on July 15 that Tatsuki Miyazawa and Tōru Kawai are publishing a one-shot manga for Idol K, the manga spinoff of GoRA and GoHands' K franchise, in the magazine's next issue on August 17. Miyazawa was in charge of series composition for the original anime. The manga reimagines if the characters in the franchise were all idols. The origina...
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Land of the Lustrous Reveals 2 More Character Designs

Diamond, Bort previewed for series premiering in October ― The official website for the television anime of Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) manga revealed two more character designs on Saturday for Diamond and Bort. Diamond, whose hardness level is 10. While Diamond's hardness level is the highest at 10, Diamond's toughness level is lower compared to Bort because Diamond is on...
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No Manga Win at 2017 Eisner Awards

Sonny Liew's The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye comic wins Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award ― The 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards revealed its winners at Comic-Con International on Saturday. Sonny Liew's The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye comic won this year's Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award. The comic, originally published in Singapore, also received...
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Marvel vs Capcom Infinite Game's New Trailer Reveals 4 More Characters

Haggar, Nemesis, Frank West, Spider-Man join roster for game arriving on September 19 ― Capcom began streaming a fourth gameplay trailer on Friday for its Marvel vs. CAPCOM Infinite fighting game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The video reveals the following playable characters: Haggar (Final Fight), Nemesis (Resident Evil), Frank West (Dead Rising), and Spider-Man. The video also shows footage...
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Shout! Factory to Release Megaranger, Gingaman Live-Action Series

21st, 22nd Super Sentai series aired in 1997-1999 ― Shout! Factory announced at its panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Friday that it will release the Super Sentai: Megaranger (Denji Sentai Megaranger) and the Gingaman (Seijū Sentai Gingaman) television series. Amazon lists that Megaranger will ship on DVD on October 31. Denji Sentai Megaranger was Toei's 21st Super Sentai series, and i...
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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Detonation Anime Film Slated For 2018

1st film in 2-part project opened on Saturday, will screen in U.S. in October ― The official Twitter account for the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha franchise announced on Saturday that the second of the two announced films in the franchise is titled Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Detonation. The film is slated for 2018. The Twitter account also revealed two visuals. The first of the films, Magical Girl Lyr...

Friday, July 21

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Crunchyroll Reveals Streaming Territories, Premiere Date For The Reflection Anime

Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream Stan Lee, Hiroshi Nagahama, and Studio DEEN's The Reflection anime series starting on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The anime will be available to members worldwide except in Asia. Crunchyroll originally announced in April that it would stream the series. Funimation is listing the anime as part of its summer simuldub lineup. The company hasn't yet r...
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Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun Manga Goes on Hiatus Until October

Manga to resume in Grand Jump's 21st issue ― This year's 16th issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Yoichi Takahashi is putting his Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun soccer manga on hiatus until the magazine's 21st issue, which Shueisha will publish on October 4. The manga last went on hiatus last August, and resumed in November. Rising Sun revolves around Tsubasa as he aims to...
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Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World Novels Go On Hiatus

Series will resume this fall ― The Bleach smartphone app revealed that Ryohgo Narita's (Baccano!, Durarara!) new Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World novel series is going on hiatus. The novel series will return again this fall. The novel series launched on both the Shonen Jump+ app and the official Bleach app on April 28. Bleach manga author Tite Kubo recently drew the character designs for the two new...
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Series Premiere: Vatican Miracle Examiner — Episodes 1-3

"It's just trying to do so much, in a sandbox that it might be too unfamiliar with, that it comes across as a campy cheese-fest with little depth to speak of."
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.hack//G.U. Last Recode Gets Physical PS4 Release In Americas

Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Friday that the PlayStation 4 version of .hack//G.U. Last Recode will receive a physical edition in the Americas in 2017. As previously announced, the game will also receive a digital version for PS4 and PC via Steam. The game is also slated to ship in Europe in late 2017. The game will be available both physically and digitally for PlayStation 4, an...
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Series Premiere: Made in Abyss — Episodes 1-3

"Riko is this story's Dante, Reg is her Virgil, and together they've set off to find out what really hides in the shadows at the center of the world."
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Nights Of Azure 2 Game Trailer Previews Dramatic Scenes

Game launches in Japan on August 31 for PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch ― Gust began streaming a new trailer for its upcoming Nights of Azure 2 (Yoru no Nai Kuni 2 ~Shingetsu no Hanayome~) game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PC. The video showcases different characters and cutscenes from the game. Koei Tecmo Games and Gust will release the game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo ...
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Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Novels Gets New Manga

Chiako Nagaoka draws manga inspired by Chiaki Kisaki, Hako Ichiiro's light novel series ― The August issue of Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine revealed on Tuesday that Chiaki Kisaki and illustrator Hako Ichiiro's Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Hakata Pork Bones Ramens) light novel series will get a second manga adaptation titled Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Dai 2-Shō (Chapter 2), which will launch on August 18. U...
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Viz Media to Release My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Spinoff Manga Digitally

Spinoff follows crime-fighting quirk holders without approval to fight evil ― Viz Media announced at its Shonen Jump panel at Comic-Con International on Friday that it will release Hideyuki Furuhashi and Court Betten's My Hero Academia: Vigilantes (Vigilante -Boku no Hero Academia ILLEGALS-) manga digitally on its Shonen Jump website starting on August 7. Viz Media will release new chapters weekly un...
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Hatsune Miku Goes Post-Apocalyptic for Magical Mirai Event

Japan's most iconic virtual idol has joined the world of Mad Max in the "Dune" music video for "Suna no Wakusei" (Planet of Sand) the theme song for the Magical Mirai 2017 event. Miku appears to be the idol of apocalypse, backed by a posse of skull-wearing supporters. Hachi wrote, composed, and arranged the song and Minakata Laboratory animated the music video. The company has previously worked wi...
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Date A Live Rio Reincarnation HD PS4 Game's Promo Video Streamed

Port of 2015 PS Vita game ships October 12 in Japan ― Compile Heart began streaming a promotional video for Date A Live Rio Reincarnation HD, its PlayStation 4 port of Date A Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation, on Thursday. The video reveals that the game will launch in Japan on October 12 in regular, limited, and download editions. The limited edition will come with a drama CD starring Nobunaga Sh...
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King of Prism: PRIDE the HERO Anime Film Gets 4DX Screenings

Film to open in Hong Kong, Taiwan ― The official website for the King of Prism: PRIDE the HERO anime film announced on Friday that the film will get 4DX screenings at 52 Japanese theaters beginning on August 26. The film will open in Hong Kong on the same day, and then in Taiwan on September 1. With the 4DX or MX4D systems, certain theaters have motion seats that move in sync with certain action sequ...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Cast Teach Choreography for Upcoming Festival

Planning to enjoy the Love Live! Sunshine!! activities this summer? The series' real-life setting of Numazu is holding its 70th annual fireworks festival on the Kano river this weekend. A Love Live! Sunshine!! stage event will take place over two days, including a choreographed dance to Aqours' single "Sunshine Pikka Pika Ondo." Don't know the moves? The cast from the anime series are more than ha...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, July 10-16

When Marnie Was There, Erased, Pokemon Heroes - Latias & Latios films air ― When Marnie Was There aired on NTV on Friday, July 14 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 9.7% rating. The live-action film adaptation of Kei Sanbe's Erased manga aired on Fuji TV on Tuesday, July 11 at 9:00 p.m. and earned an 8.1% rating. Pokemon Heroes - Latias & Latios aired on TV Tokyo on Sunday, July 16 at 1:35 a.m. and earned a 0...
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Futari Monologue Manga Gets Live-Action Drama Web Series

Series about introverted girl & gal stars Haruka Fukuhara, Miki Yanagi ― Yū Tsunamino's Futari Monologue manga is inspiring a live-action drama. The series will stream on AbemaTV's AbemaGOLD Channel beginning in October, though the first episode will stream early on July 28. Cygames began streaming a promotional video: The series stars Haruka Fukuhara (Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode's Cure Custard) as ...

Ushio & Tora English Dub Cast, Clip Revealed

Brett Weaver, Allison Sumrall return from OVA as Tora, Asako ― Sentai Filmworks revealed the full English dub cast and an English dub clip for Ushio & Tora on Friday. The clip showcases cast members David Matranga and Brett Weaver performing their roles as Ushio and Tora, respectively. Some of the cast members are returning from ADV's English dub of the earlier Ushio & Tora original video anime, nota...
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Monster Hunter Bridal Fair Brings Fandom Fantasy to Nuptials

Newly wed couples have shared their fandom, sometimes subtly with themed registration forms, bling, or going all out with an entire themed wedding ceremony. Couples planning their fandom-fueled ceremony can get a major leg up from Capcom. The company is providing Monster Hunter wedding previews at 23 venues across Japan dubbed "Monster Hunter x Bridal Fair". The bridal event gives prospective coup...
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Manga Creator Reveals His Recommendation List for Live-Action Gintama Film

Shueisha released the Eiga Gintama Silver Memories Visual Book for the live-action Gintama film on July 14, the same day as the film opened in Japan. The book includes a message to fans with the original manga creator Hideaki Sorachi's "recommended points" for the film that he thinks people who see the film might like. The tongue-in-cheek list includes aspects of the film such as Shun Oguri's (who...

Harukana Receive Beach Volleyball Manga Gets TV Anime

Manga launched in Manga Time Kirara Forward in 2015 ― The cover of this year's September issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine will announce on Monday that Nyoijizai's Harukana Receive manga will get a television anime adaptation. The story centers on Haruka, a girl who has a complex about how she is very tall, and Kanata, who is about to give up beach volleyball because she is too ...
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Taiko no Tatsujin Gets English Release in Southeast Asia

Game includes your name., Kemono Friends, Crayon Shin-chan film theme songs ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia began streaming a promotional video on Friday, announcing an Southeast Asian English release for the PlayStation 4 game Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum Session (Taiko no Tatsujin: Sesson de Dodon ga Don). The game will be available this year, and it will bundle with a Taiko drum set controller. The g...
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Gyakuten Saiban: Sono 'Shinjitsu', Igi Ari! Manga Ends

Manga adaptation of Ace Attorney anime launched in March 2016 ― The September issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine published the final chapter of Naoyuki Kageyama's Gyakuten Saiban: Sono "Shinjitsu", Igi Ari! manga on Friday. The manga is based on the Ace Attorney television anime. The 24-episode anime premiered in Japan in April 2016. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. Kageyama lau...
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Answerman - Why Aren't Anime Sales Figures Made Public?

We'd really love to know exactly how well our favorite anime sold on Bluray and DVD. Why do they keep these numbers from us? Justin gets into it. ― Michael asks: I was wondering if you could explain the mindset behind why anime companies seem to be so secretive with their sales numbers. I could be wrong about this, but I don't see any benefit to not releasing how many units "title x" sold or how man...
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Digimon Universe Appli Monsters Manga Ends in August

Manga by Naoki Akamine launched last September ― The September issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Friday that Naoki Akamine's Digimon Universe Appli Monsters manga will end in the magazine's next issue on August 21. The franchise also has a currently-airing anime. The anime's site describes the story: Everyone in the world uses smartphone apps. But inside them lurks unknown creatures cal...
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Yumeko’s Twisted Insanity Makes Kakegurui Both Fascinating and Terrifying

To call her a "compulsive gambler" is one massive understatement.
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School-Live! Blu-Ray

This one-of-a-kind combination of slice-of-life and horror starts strange and finishes strong. Theron Martin explores just what makes this series so special. ― The first episode of this series is one of the biggest cases of misdirection in anime history, as both the opening theme and first twenty minutes suggest that this is going to be a high-spirited slice-of-life series about schoolgirls. Sure, th...
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Nippon Ichi Software Teases New Game For Summer 2018

Kadokawa's Famitsu website revealed a teaser image from game developer Nippon Ichi Software on Thursday that teases a new game project slated for summer 2018. Nippon Ichi Software had sent out the image on its summer greeting card. Nippon Ichi Software is celebrating its 25th anniversary over the course of the next year. The official 25th anniversary for the company will be on July 12, 2018. As pa...
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Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness Game Heads to iOS in Japan on July 27

Game slated for release in N. America, Europe last September ― Mages. and 5pb. revealed on Tuesday that they will release their Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness game on iOS on July 27. The game launched in Japan for Xbox One in Japan in May 2015. The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita ports shipped in March 2016. 5pb. released the game on the Xbox One in Hong Kong last November with both English and ...
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The Lost Child Game's 2nd Trailer Previews Anime Cutscenes

Sawaki Takeyasu's PS4, PS Vita game arrives in Japan on August 24 ― Kadokawa Games began streaming the second trailer on Friday for its "mythical concept" role-playing game The Lost Child. The game will ship for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on August 24. The video previews anime cutscenes, the game's cast, and gameplay. The game will cost 6,800 yen (about US$61), and the first copies w...
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Marvelous Streams Launch Trailer For Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star Game's Switch Version

Switch, PC version launch in N. America on July 25 ― Marvelous began streaming a launch trailer on Friday for the Nintendo Switch version of its Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star video game. The port shipped in Japan on Thursday and will ship in North America on July 25. The game will include more than 30 DLC outfits, including 33 outfits already released for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versio...
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Kud Wafter Anime Crowdfunding Campaign Reaches Goal

Campaign raises 30 million yen in 3 days ― Visual Art's' Campire crowdfunding campaign for an anime adaptation of the Little Busters! spinoff visual novel Kud Wafter reached its main goal of 30 million yen (about US$268,000) on Friday. The campaign launched on Wednesday. The campaign was originally seeking to raise 30 million yen to fund a 20-minute original video anime (OVA). If the project raises m...
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One Piece Reveals 'One Piece Day,' Kyoto Collaboration, Oda Comment on Live-Action TV Series

One Piece will also "hijack" covers of 28 Shueisha magazines ― The announcement of a live-action One Piece Hollywood television series wasn't the only news to come out of the press conference today at the Tokyo One Piece Tower amusement park. The Japan Anniversary Association announced that July 22 is now officially considered "One Piece Day." July 22, 2017 is the day that One Piece is officially cel...
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Code Geass Twitter Account Launches 7-Day Countdown

The official Twitter account for the Code Geass franchise posted an image on Thursday that says "7 More Days." The Twitter post also said "sun_kōjirō." Sunrise had announced in November at the Code Geass 10th Anniversary event that the original anime series is getting a three-part compilation anime film series, as well as a sequel project titled Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch (Code Geass: Lelouch...
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Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! OVA's Trailer Streamed

"Series concluding chapter" opens in Japanese theaters on August 26 ― Pony Canyon began streaming a trailer on Friday for the Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! original video anime (OVA). The video previews the unit Chikyū Bōei-bu's opening theme song "Eien Mirai Love You All." The OVA, subtitled "Ai to Seishun no Sotsugyō!" (The Graduation of Love and Youth), will screen in eight Japane...

My Girlfriend is Shobitch Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, Fall Premiere

Aoi Yūki, Mitsuhiro Ichiki star in series produced by diomedea ― The official website for Boku no Kanojo ga Majime Sugiru Shobitch na Ken (My girlfriend is Shobitch) — the television anime adaptation of Namiru Matsumoto's Boku no Kanojo ga Majime Sugiru Shojo Bitch na Ken (My Girlfriend is Faithful Virgin Bitch) manga — revealed the show's main cast, staff, and fall premiere on Friday. (Note: the off...
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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take On Me Anime Film Previewed in 2nd Teaser Video

Sequel film opens in Japan on January 6 ― Kyoto Animation began streaming a second teaser video on Friday for Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take On Me (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! the Movie: Take On Me), the upcoming film in the Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! (Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!) franchise. The film will open in Japan on January 6. In the film, Rikka is now a third-year student...
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Warriors All-Stars Game's Videos Highlight Millennia, Arnice

Game slated for N. America on August 29, for Europe on September 1 ― Koei Tecmo Europe streamed two new highlight videos for its upcoming Warriors All-Stars crossover game on Monday and Thursday. The first video highlights the character Millennia from the Deception series, while the second video highlights Arnice from the Nights of Azure series. Koei Tecmo America will release the game in North Ameri...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Adds Krillin, Piccolo (Update)

Closed beta signups for PS4, Xbox One to start on July 26 ― The September issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Friday that Krillin and Piccolo are joining the roster of playable characters in Arc System Works and Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball FighterZ 2D fighting game. Arc System Works will open signups for a closed beta test on July 26. The test will be available for the PlaySt...

Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Passes Away at 41

Studio Gonzo animated Linkin Park's "Breaking the Habit" music video in 2004 ― Chester Bennington, the lead singer of rock band Linkin Park, passed away on Thursday. He was 41. He is survived by his wife Talinda Bentley, and six children. The singer was found dead in his home near Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County coroner's office stated that the authorities are investigating the death as a possibl...
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Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii Anime Premieres in April 2018

The staff of the television anime adaptation Fujita's Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (Love is Hard for an Otaku) manga revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block in April 2018. The anime will star: Arisa Date as Narumi Momose Kent Itō as Hirotaka Nifuji Miyuki Sawashiro as Hanako Koyanagi Tomokazu Sugita as Tarō Kabakura Yuuki Kaji as Naoya Nifuji The mang...

Funimation Adds The Reflection Anime to Streaming Lineup

Premiere dates for Gamers!, Convenience Store Boy Friends, My First Girlfriend is a Gal revealed ― Funimation Entertainment has updated its summer streaming lineup to include The Reflection anime. The premiere date and time has not yet been revealed. The list has also added the following premiere dates: Gamers!, premiering Thursday, July 27 at 4:00 p.m. Convenience Store Boy Friends, premiering Thurs...
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Anime Gets 2nd Season in Early 2018

1st season premiered in July 2016 ― This year's 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the television anime of Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga will get a second season in early 2018. The anime's official Twitter account previously hinted at a sequel. The manga centers on a high school boy named Kusuo Saiki. He possesses supernatural powers...
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Junichi Suwabe Joins Black Clover Anime's Cast

Suwabe plays Yami Sukehiro in October TV anime ― This year's 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Junichi Suwabe will play the character Yami Sukehiro in the television anime adaptation of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga. The magazine's 35th issue on July 31 will reveal the voice actress for Noelle and other Black Bulls members. The show's staff will also ...

One Piece Manga Gets Live-Action Hollywood TV Show

Marty Adelstein's Tomorrow Studios produces show ― The One Piece 20th anniversary event revealed on Friday that Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between producer Marty Adelstein (Prison Break, Teen Wolf) and ITV Studios, will produce a live-action Hollywood television show adaptation of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga. Tomorrow Studios is also producing a live-action television series adaptation of Cow...

Thursday, July 20

Clip for Netflix's Live-Action Death Note Film Shows Ryuk, Light's Meeting

Film premieres on August 25 ― Netflix began streaming a clip from its live-action film of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note manga on Thursday. The clip shows Ryuk and Light meeting, and Light using the titular Death Note for the first time. The film will premiere via streaming on Netflix on August 25. Netflix previously streamed a trailer for the film in March. Netflix previously revealed f...
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Best Saber Cosplay Yet Uses Projection Mapping Tech

Saber (Artoria Pendragon) is a popular character to cosplay from the Fate franchise. Even cats are getting in on the costumed action. Gomi and his tech circle TechnoAlta revealed what may be the best Saber cosplay yet in a "Summoning the 'King of Knights'" video earlier this month. The video begins with the project's complete two-minute cosplay video then explains the multi-faceted approach Gomi a...
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Viz Media Licenses Inio Asano's Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction Manga

Goodnight Punpun author's sci-fi manga about high school students sees Western release ― Viz Media announced at Comic-Con International on Thursday that it will publish Inio Asano's Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction manga in English. The series revolves around the strange everyday life of the very ordinary high school girl Kadode Koyama, her friend Ouran Nakagawa, and others in a world where a g...

Viz Media to Release Black Torch, Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga in English

Viz to release 3 titles under Shonen Jump imprint ― Viz Media announced at Comic-Con International on Thursday that it will release Tsuyoshi Takaki's Black Torch, Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War, and Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga under its Shonen Jump imprint. Viz Media describes Black Torch: Jiro Azuma is descended from of a long line of shinobi, and he also can talk...
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Viz Media Licenses Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge Anime Film

Also: cast announcements for Greed Island Arc ― Viz Media announced at Comic-Con International on Thursday that it has licensed the Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge anime film. It will release the film in spring 2018. Viz Media also announced the following cast members for the Greed Island Arc of the Hunter x Hunter anime series: Biscuit Krueger: Tara Sands Genthru: Todd Haberkorn Nostrade: Beau Billin...
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Crunchyroll Adds Haibane Renmei, Eureka Seven AO, Code Geass, Slayers Revolution Anime

Also: Laughing Under the Clouds, Ga-Rei-Zero ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added the following anime to its catalog. Crunchyroll is also teasing four more title announcements. Haibane Renmei (available in the United States and Canada) Laughing Under the Clouds (available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa) Eureka Seven AO ...
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William Winckler Productions Announces English Dubs for 3 More Ultraman Films

Cast lists revealed, including William Knight original Ultraman ― William Winckler Productions announced on Thursday that it has recorded English dubs for three more Ultraman films: Mega Monster Battle Ultra Galaxy The Movie, Ultraman Zero The Revenge of Belial, and Ultraman Saga. The company confirmed with ANN that Tsuburaya is planning to release the films with William Winckler Productions' English...
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Yakuza Kiwami Trailer Previews Fighting Styles, Minigames

PS4 game ships August 29 in N. America, Europe ― Sega America began streaming an English-subtitled promotional video for its Yakuza Kiwami (Ryū ga Gotoku Kiwami) PlayStation 4 game on Thursday. The video previews different fighting styles, town exploration, and minigames such as Mahjong and karaoke. Sega is also releasing a digital comic for the game series on its website. The comic begins with event...
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20 Years Later, Xenogears Gets New Figures Teased

Nearly 20 years after Square Enix (then Squaresoft) debuted its psychological mecha role-playing game Xenogears, the video game is getting all new series of figures. Square Enix announced at San Diego Comic Con that the game's original mechanical designer Junya Ishigaki is supervising the figure line as well as reworking the designs. The announcement tweet included the hashtags "Wander Arts," a r...
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One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition Launches for Switch on September 29

Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Thursday that One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition will launch digitally for Nintendo Switch on September 29. As previously announced, the game will launch digitally for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam on August 25. Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe will also release the game digitally for PS4 and PC on August 25, and physically and digitally...
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Udon Ent. Licenses Otherworldly Izakaya "Nobu" Manga

Also: full color Mega Man MasterMix, more Manga Classics, Street Fighter comic ― Udon Entertainment announced at its Comic-Con International panel on Thursday that it will publish Virginia Nitōhei's Otherwordly Izakaya "Nobu" (Isekai Izakaya "Nobu") manga series. The first volume is slated for 2018. The manga adapts Natsuya Semikawa's novel series of the same name. Udon Entertainment describes Other...
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Kids of My Hero Academia Enjoy a BBQ for New Goods

The kids of My Hero Academia are spending their mid-summer barbecuing together by the river. At least, according to a new collaborative image created for the Ikebukuro P'Parco shop. The art will serve as the focal point for new collaborative goods that will go on sale on August 2. The characters' shirts in the image read "Plus Ultra," which is also one of the key terms for the new goods. While we ...
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Series Premiere: Gamers! — Episodes 1-2

"With sharp comedy and surprisingly strong character writing, Gamers! has a good chance at standing out in a crowded genre."
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Pacific Rim: Uprising's 1st Teaser Trailer Highlights Jaegers

Film opens February 23 ― The official Pacific Rim Twitter account posted a teaser trailer for the Pacific Rim: Uprising sequel film on Thursday. The teaser highlights the films "Jaeger" mecha, and shows star John Boyega. What is a Jaeger? It's you, times a thousand. Now accepting pilot applications at https://t.co/wmtSHdTiHq. #PacificRimUprising pic.twitter.com/NUaOoRQf8t— Pacific Rim (@PacificRim) J...
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Relive 10 Years of Oresama Teacher Manga in Anniversary PV

Best-selling shōjo manga Oresama Teacher first launched in Hana to Yume magazine 10 years ago. Creator Izumi Tsubaki created the story of Mafuyu Kurosaki, a girl attempting to reform her delinquent ways now that she's entered high school. Publisher Hakusensha is commemorating the manga's 10th anniversary with a one-minute promotional video that gives a quick lowdown of the characters and their rel...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 16

"Denki and Iwabe's unlikely friendship helps drive home the theme of using individual strengths to overcome weakness and sheds some additional light on both characters' personalities."
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Turkish Transforming Robot Car Appears for Transformers Film's Japanese Release

Some fans were dubious about the Letrons project when the Turkish company Letvision unveiled prototypes last year. People question if it draws inspiration from Transformers without giving credit or receiving authorization. However, it appears that the transforming robot car has finally gotten some official recognition from the franchise. The official Letrons Facebook page posted photographs this w...

Voltron: The Legendary Defender's 7-Episode Season 3 Premieres August 4, Season 4 in October (Updated With Trailer)

A.J. Locascio cast as Prince Lotor ― The staff of DreamWorks Animation Television and Netflix's Voltron Legendary Defender series announced at Comic-Con International on Thursday that the third season will be seven episodes and will premiere on August 4. The fourth season will premiere in October. In addition, the staff announced that A.J. Locascio is voicing Prince Lotor, and introduced four half-ga...
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Iwaihime: Matsuri Game's Character Videos Introduce Kanae, Lilia, Mayu

PS4, Vita port of 2016 PC horror game slated for September 7 ― The official website for Iwaihime: Matsuri, Nippon Ichi Software's PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita port of DMMGames and Ryukishi07's Iwaihime PC horror game, began streaming three more character introduction videos this week. The videos highlight Kanae Minobe (Yuka Otsubo), Lilia Nunokawa (Sarah Emi Bridcutt), and Mayu Hinagata (Ryouko...
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Daisuke Namikawa, Persona 4 the Golden Animation Offer VR Voice Actor Training

VR Theater announced the world's first voice actor training course utilizing virtual reality on Tuesday. The beginner's course will features voice actor Daisuke Namikawa and the Persona 4 the Golden Animation anime. The voice acting agency Stay Luck, which Namikawa founded, is partnering with VR Theater to provide the VR training course for voice actors. Namikawa acts as a navigator for the course...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III PS4 Game's Web Ad Streamed

RPG ships in Japan on September 28 ― Nihon Falcom began streaming a web commercial for its The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III PlayStation 4 "story role-playing game" on Thursday. The game's official website also revealed that Fie Claussell, Emma Millstein, Gaius Worzel, Millium Orion, and Celine will appear in the game. The newly announced voice cast members, who are reprising their roles...

Fairy Tail TV Anime Gets 'Final Season' in 2018

Fairy Tail Zero prequel TV anime debuted in 2016 ― Fairy Tail manga creator Hiro Mashima revealed on his official Twitter account on Thursday that the "final season" of the series' television anime adaptation will premiere in 2018. Mashima said in English, "The Final Season of FAIRY TAIL TV anime will go on air in 2018!" The Fairy Tail Zero prequel anime (pictured right), the franchise's most recent ...
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Series Premiere: My First Girlfriend is a Gal — Episodes 1-2

"While these first two episodes definitely wallow in crudeness most of the time, they also show flashes of potential substance."
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Nanbaka Stage Play Reveals Character Visuals

Tomoru Akazawa, Airu Shiozaki, Ryō Kitazono, Junpei Yasukawa star in September play ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of Shō Futamata's Nanbaka manga revealed four character visuals on Thursday. Tomoru Akazawa as Jūgo Airu Shiozaki as Rock (returning from the anime) Ryō Kitazono as Uno Junpei Yasukawa as Nico The cast also includes: Kimeru as Kiji Mitsuba (returning from the anime)...
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Kiki's Delivery Service Giveaway 75 minutes left!

We've extended the entry deadline for Kiki's Deliver Service merch by half a day, which means you have 75 minutes to enter for you chance at some really cool Kiki's Deliversy Service merchandise and theatrical tickers. ― GKIDS and Fathom Events are partnering to bring Academy Award-winning Hayao Miyazaki's Kiki's Delivery Service to select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day event on July 23 & ...
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Former Background Characters Get a Chance to Shine in Boruto

There are a lot of Naruto characters. But in Boruto, we're given a chance look closer at the characters who've had less time in the spotlight.
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Sakura Quest ‒ Episode 16

"After one more misguided misadventure from Kadota clues the Tourism Board team into something lurking beneath the surface of Sakura Pond, they set out in search of answers."
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Haruchika: Haruta & Chika BD+DVD

Haruchika is just good enough to set viewers up for disappointment when it fails to deliver on its potential. Rebecca Silverman explains what went wrong. ― There are some shows that tease you with their mediocrity, occasionally showing flashes of, if not brilliance, than at least intrigue before turning around and slumping back into uninteresting and disappointing you all over again. Haruchika is one...
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Niantic Confirms Legendary Pokémon to Debut at Pokémon GO Fest

Players at Chicago event to unlock new Pokémon on Saturday ― Game developer Niantic announced on Thursday that the first Legendary Pokémon will appear in the Pokémon GO smartphone game at Pokémon GO Fest Chicago on Saturday. Niantic's global marketing product lead Archit Bhargava had said in May that "this summer will be legendary." The game's official website began streaming a promotional video for ...
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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen PS4, Xbox One, PC Release in Japan Slated for October 5

Promotional videos posted for Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, Dragon's Dogma Online season 3.0 update ― The official website for Capcom's Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen game revealed on Tuesday that the game's PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC release is slated for October 5 in Japan. Capcom has not revealed a Western release date for the PS4 and Xbox One versions. In addition, Capcom is streaming promotiona...
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Uta Macross Rhythm Game App Previews Gameplay in Promotional Video

iOS, Android game slated for release this summer ― The official Twitter account for the Uta Macross Sumaho De Culture rhythm smartphone game posted a new promotional video on Wednesday. The video previews the game's mechanics, including the rhythm game parts and the ability to gain new character outfits, character voices, and songs. The song featured in the video is "Rune ga Pikatto Hikattara," the f...
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Drive Girls PS Vita Game's Western Release Delayed to September 8

Aksys Games announced on Wednesday that its planned release of Tamsoft's Drive Girls PlayStation Vita game has been delayed to September 8. The game was previously slated for August 11. Tamsoft released the PS Vita game in Japan on January 26. Rising Star Games released the game in Europe digitally and physically on June 9. Aksys Games describes the game: In a world under assault by an army of mec...
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Girls & Panzer Reveals Video for 1st Film in 6-Part Project, New PS4 Game

1st anime episode slated for December 9, PS4 game with online play slated for winter ― The official website for the Girls und Panzer franchise began streaming a teaser video on Thursday for the first episode in the six-part Girls und Panzer das Finale anime project. The second half of the video reveals that Bandai Namco Entertainment is developing a game for the franchise titled Girls und Panzer Drea...
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Code:Realize Anime's 2nd Promo Video Introduces Cast, Story

Anime based on Idea Factory's PS Vita game premieres in October ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Idea Factory's Code:Realize game began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Thursday. Note: The first video below is region-locked and can't be viewed in the U.S., S. Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, or Australia The anime will premiere in October, and it stars: Saori ...

Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii Manga Gets TV Anime on Noitamina (Updated)

Arisa Date, Kent Itō, Miyuki Sawashiro, Tomokazu Sugita, Yuuki Kaji star ― A video screened on the ALTA Vision big screen in Shinjuku in Tokyo on Thursday announced that Fujita's Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (Love is Hard for an Otaku) manga is getting a television anime series. A-1 Pictures is producing the anime, and the series will air on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block. The anime will star: A...
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Crunchyroll, LeSean Thomas' Children of Ether Animation's Teaser Video Posted

Crunchyroll to screen premiere in 300 U.S. theaters on July 26 alongside The Ancient Magus' Bride ― Crunchyroll began streaming a teaser trailer on Wednesday for its Children of Ether animation collaboration with creator LeSean Thomas (Cannon Busters, The Boondocks). Crunchyroll will screen the premiere of the animation with a behind-the-scenes look in 300 United States theaters on July 26 alongside ...

Black Clover Anime's 1st Trailer Streamed

Crunchyroll to stream anime when it premieres in October ― The Crunchyroll Arabic YouTube channel began streaming a preview video on Thursday for the television anime adaptation of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga. (Note: The video below is region blocked in some Middle Eastern countries and in Asia.) The anime will premiere in Japan in October on TV Tokyo, and Crunchyroll will stream the series star...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel PC Version's Release Slated for August 2

XSEED Games revealed on Wednesday that it will release the PC version of Nihon Falcom's The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel game on August 2 via Steam, GOG.com, and the Humble Store. The game will have a launch week discount of 10% off its US$39.99, €39.99, and £29.99 regular price. The PC version will add more than 5,000 new voiced dialogue lines, which is about a 50% increase compared to ...
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Fire Emblem Warriors Game's Video Shows Marth, Chrom Conversing

Nintendo Switch, 3DS game arrives in Japan on September 28, in the West this fall ― Koei Tecmo began streaming a new video for its Fire Emblem Warriors (Fire Emblem Musou) Nintendo 3DS and Switch game on Wednesday. The video shows a conversation between Marth and Chrom. Previously revealed characters for the game include Marth (Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light) and Chrom (Fire Emblem...
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Is the Order a Rabbit?? Special Episode Reveals 2 Visuals

Ticket pre-purchases for November 11 screening also get acrylic plate with art ― The official website for Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?? ~Dear My Sister~, the new special episode for the anime Is the order a rabbit?? (Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka??), revealed two new visuals that will feature on special merchandise for the anime. Those who pre-purchase a ticket for the episode's screening will get a ticket...
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Occultic;Nine Game Slated for Release on September 28

1st screenshots of game based on Chiyomaru Shikura novels revealed ― Kadokawa's Famitsu website revealed the first screenshots for MAGES. and 5pb.'s visual novel game adaptation of Chiyomaru Shikura's Occultic;Nine novel series on Thursday. The staff also opened a website for the game that reveals the game's September 28 release date for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One. Shikura anno...
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Vancouver's AniRevo to Host Voice Actors Katsuyuki Konishi, Shizuka Itou

This year's summer event to take place on August 4-6 ― Vancouver convention AniRevo announced on Wednesday that it will host Japanese voice actors Katsuyuki Konishi and Shizuka Itou at this year's summer event. Konishi had his major voice acting debut in the GaoGaiGar: King of the Braves 1997 anime series, voicing the character VolFogg. Since then, he has voiced roles in such anime as Dai-Guard (Hiro...
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Paranormal Activity 3, 4 Directors in 'Final Negotations' to Direct Mega Man Film

20th Century Fox acquired film rights earlier this year, producing with Masi Oka, Chernin Entertainment ― Film news source The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Wednesday that directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are in "final negotiations" to write and direct 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment's planned film project based on Capcom's Mega Man franchise. According to the report, 20th Century...
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Otakon to Host Attack on Titan, Welcome to the Ballroom Producer Tetsuya Kinoshita

Convention to be held August 11-13 in D.C. ― The staff of the Otakon convention announced on Wednesday that it will host producer Tetsuya Kinoshita at this year's convention. Kinoshita has contributed to popular works including the "Origin of O-ren" segment of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Ghost Hound, Blade of the Immortal, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings, Battle Girls - Time Paradox, From the New Wo...

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Funimation Announces English Dub Casts for Space Patrol Luluco, Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars Anime (Updated)

Brittney Karbowski & Justin Briner star in Luluco, Amber Lee Connors & Bryn Apprill in Regalia ― Funimation Entertainment announced the English dub casts for Space Patrol Luluco and Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars on Wednesday. The Space Patrol Luluco English dub cast, under ADR director Christopher Bevins and writer John Burgmeier, includes: Brittney Karbowski as Luluco Justin Briner as Nova Jamie M...
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Crunchyroll Adds Chargeman Ken Anime Streaming

All 65 episodes now available in U.S., Canada ― Crunchyroll added the full Chargeman Ken anime series to its streaming catalog on Wednesday. The stream is available in the United States and Canada. Crunchyroll describes the series: Infamous among anime fans in Japan, this 1974 series by Knack Productions is known for its nonsensical plots, absurdly incompetent animation, and brutal 10-year-old hero. ...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, July 10-16

The Seven Deadly Sins, Ace of Diamond Act II, Hunter x Hunter, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Tokyo Tarareba Girls in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 The Seven Deadly Sins 27 153,726 153,726 2017/07 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 1 1 2 Ace of Diamond Act II 8 88,509 88,509 2017/07 Kodansha Yūji Terajima 2 1 3 Hunter x Hunter 3...

Voice Actor Daisuke Namikawa Apologizes After Adultery Report

Publication alleges Namikawa had relationship with agency employee ― Japanese publication Weekly Bunshun published an article on Wednesday, claiming to have evidence that voice actor Daisuke Namikawa has had an adulterous relationship with a female employee at his agency for many years. The 41-year-old voice actor issued a statement on his agency's website on the same day, apologizing for causing tro...
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Series Premiere: Classroom of the Elite — Episodes 1-2

"If it can navigate the intersection of melodramatic school drama and incisive cultural commentary, this could be a pretty great show."
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Monster Strike Game's Fullmetal Alchemist Campaign References Buddhist Item Ad

The Monster Strike smartphone game launched the Monster Strike Alchemy Campaign in collaboration with the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise on Friday. To kick off the collaboration, XFlag began streaming several television commercials that surprised some net commenters. Two of the commercials feature "Game Girl Yuka-chan," who explains in the videos that putting one's hands together brings happiness o...

Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 10-16

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age, Hey! Pikmin, Ever Oasis, 100% Pascal Sensei, Hakoniwa Company Works games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 10-16 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age Square Enix July 13 100,764 100,764 23DSHey! Pikmin Nintendo July 13 65,867 65,867 3PS4Gundam Versus (Including Limited Editions) Ba...
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Series Premiere: Fastest Finger First — Episodes 1-3

"A show that might seem middle-of-the-road to some is actually my pick of the summer so far."

Sentai Filmworks Streams Food Wars! English Dub Clip

Full English cast revealed ― Sentai Filmworks revealed the full English dub cast and an English-dubbed clip for the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime on Wednesday. The cast, including the previously announced main cast for the first three episodes, is as follows: Blake Shepard as Soma Yukihira Jad Saxton as Megumi Tadokoro Scott Gibbs as Satoshi Isshiki Luci Christian as Yuki Yoshino Kelley Peters a...
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Imōto Sae Ireba Ii. Anime's Teaser Video Reveals Character Designs

Silver Link anime starring Yūsuke Kobayashi, Nozomi Yamamoto premieres this fall ― The official website of the television anime of Yomi Hirasaka's Imōto Sae Ireba Ii. (It'd be Good if Only Little Sister Was Here) light novel series began streaming a teaser video on Wednesday. The video reveals the animation character designs for five members the main cast. The cast is as includes (beginning with the ...
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The [email protected] SideM Live On [email protected] App Streams 2 Pre-Registration Bonus MVs

Bandai Namco Entertainment's upcoming The [email protected] SideM Live On [email protected] app has jumped to over 100,000 pre-registered users, prompting it to release the promised 30,000 pre-registration and 100,000 pre-registration bonus music videos at the same time. The first music video is the track "∞ Possibilities" sung by the in-game idol group SEM (voiced by Yoshiki Nakajima, Junya Enoki, and Kent Itō). Re...
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Sanrio Reveals Fullmetal Alchemist Character Goods Collaboration

Sanrio announced on Wednesday that it is collaborating with Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga to produce special character designs and merchandise. The announcement image features Ed and a cat that perhaps Al befriended. The collaboration also launched an official Twitter account on Wednesday. Sanrio's Fullmetal Alchemist designs will begin appearing on various goods, including apparel an...
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Kud Wafter Anime Promo Streamed With Crowdfunding Launch

Project seeks to fund OVA based on Little Buster! spinoff ― Visual Art's launched its Campfire crowndfunding project for an anime adaptation of the Little Busters! spinoff visual novel Kud Wafter on Wednesday. The company also posted a five-minute promotional video for the anime. The campaign is seeking to raise 30 million yen (about US$268,000) to fund a 20-minute original video anime (OVA). If the ...

'Glitter Force Doki Doki' Listed for August 18 on Netflix

Cast includes Stephanie Sheh, Melissa Fahn, Debi Derryberry, Erica Lindbeck ― Netflix is listing a placeholder page for a series titled Glitter Force Doki Doki. The first season is slated to premiere on August 18. The page lists cast members Stephanie Sheh, Melissa Fahn, Debi Derryberry, and Erica Lindbeck. Netflix describes the series: Four girls summon their inner superheroes to defend Earth and th...
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Limited-Edition Kemono Friends Merch Sells Out in Okinawa

Although the Kemono Friends anime has not aired in Okinawa, the franchise's limited-edition goods have become surprisingly popular in the southernmost prefecture of Japan. Okinawa-themed merchandise with illustrations by Kemono Friends conceptual designer Mine Yoshizaki went on sale at five souvenir shops and supermarkets in Okinawa on July 1. The goods, which feature anthropomorphized girl versio...
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Kyoto Animation Streams Promo Videos for Anime Starring Mascot Character Baja

Anime to be included with BD bundled with event tickets ― Kyoto Animation began streaming two promotional videos for an anime titled "Baja no Studio" (Baja's Studio), which centers on Kyoto Animation's mascot character Baja. The anime will be included on a Blu-ray Disc bundled with tickets to Kyoto Animation and Animation Do fan event from October 28-29. The Blu-ray Disc will also be sold separately ...

Man Arrested for Threatening Voice Actress Sumire Uesaka (Updated)

20-year-old student allegedly threatened to kill Uesaka ― Tokyo's Akasaka Police Station arrested the 20-year-old fifth-year technical college student Tatsuya Onodera on Wednesday on the charge of interfering with work duties after he allegedly posted threats online to kill voice actress Sumire Uesaka. Police arrested Onodera in the Hiyoridamachi area of Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, and he reported...
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Answerman - Why Do People Make Curry Rice When Camping?

According to anime, it's possible - and common - to make Japanese-style curry when camping. But is it all just an elaborate, mouth-watering fantasy? Justin chimes in. ― Cole asks: What's up with curry and rice being the camping meal of choice? Seem like cooking rice and making curry (chopping vegetables and meat) make this meal one of the most inconvenient and more difficult meals to prepare outside...

Basilisk Sequel Novels Get TV Anime, Manga

Tatsuya Shihira also launches manga of Masaki Yamada's novels on July 24 ― A television anime adaptation of Masaki Yamada's Ōka Ninpōchō Basilisk Shinshō (Ōka Ninja Scrolls Basilisk New Chapter) novels has been green-lit. The anime's staff revealed a key visual. Tatsuya Shihira (Q, Robotics;Notes Revival Legacy) will also launch a manga adaptation in this year's 34th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazin...
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Why The Swordplay in The New Touken Ranbu Anime Looks So Amazing

The combat in the new Touken Ranbu series looks good. Really good. There's a reason for that.
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Kakegurui — Episodes 1-3

While this psychosexual thriller about high-stakes high school gambling won't be available on Netflix for a few more months, Kim Morrissy's got the scoop on its first three episodes straight from Japan. Is Kakegurui worth hyping up? ― Note: While Kakegurui is not yet available streaming in English, this review comes courtesy of our Tokyo correspondent who watched these first three episodes in Japan. ...
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Series Premiere: In Another World With My Smartphone — Episodes 1-2

"This series starts with the bare minimum of ambition and hasn't even managed to fulfill that."
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Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Anime Reveals Cast, Staff

Nobunaga Shimazaki, Yoshimasa Hosoya star in anime premiering in October ― The official website for the anime adaption of Labo Asai's Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons (lit: Even So, Sinners Dance with Dragons: Dances with the Dragons) light novel series opened and revealed the anime's main cast and staff on Wednesday. The website also revealed that the anime will premiere on ...
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AnimeFest to Screen Ancien and the Magic Tablet, Lu over the wall, 'The Night is Short Walk On, Girl' Anime Films

Directors Kenji Kamiyama, Masaaki Yuasa, Signal.MD staff attend August 17-20 convention ― Dallas anime convention AnimeFest announced on June 20 that it will screen Signal.MD's Ancien and the Magic Tablet anime film, as well as Science Saru's Lu over the wall and The Night is Short Walk On, Girl anime films. Signal.MD staff members, including writer and director Kenji Kamiyama, animation director Mot...
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Wonderful Everyday/Subahibi Visual Novel's Kickstarter for Physical Goods Delayed

Game still slated for launch on PC in late August ― Game developer and publisher Frontwing announced on Tuesday that it is delaying its planned Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for KeroQ's Wonderful Everyday ~Diskontinuierliches Dasein~ (Subarashiki Hibi: Furenzoku Sonzai) visual novel. The campaign was slated to launch on Tuesday. Frontwing said that the reason for the delay was due to KeroQ staff ...

Funimation Reveals Restaurant to Another World Anime's English Dub Cast

Dub premieres on Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. EDT ― Funimation Entertainment announced the dub cast for its English dub of the Restaurant to Another World anime. The dub cast, under ADR director Alexis Tipton, ADR engineer Deryk Elkins, writer Jamie Marchi, and mixing engineer Gino Palencia, include: Christopher R. Sabat as Master Jill Harris as Aletta Stephanie Young as Red Queen Charlie Campbell as Artoriu...
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Production I.G's 'Vertical Anime' App Debuts Enoshimanz Jellyfish Anime

Anime centers on 3 jellyfish who are frequent visitors of Enoshima Aquarium ― Production I.G's "Tate Anime" (Vertical Anime) smartphone app began streaming a new anime titled Enoshimanz on Monday. The anime will have five episodes, and is streaming a new episode every week. The anime promotes the new Enoshima Aquarium, and is set in Enoshima in the Shōnan region. The anime centers on three jellyfish ...
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Live-Action Death Note Film's Mia Poster Revealed

Director Adam Wingard shared a poster for Netflix's live-action film of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note manga on Tuesday. The new poster features Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton. Earlier posters showed Ryuk (voiced by Willem Dafoe),Keith Stanfield as L, and Nat Wolff as Light Turner. The film will premiere via streaming on Netflix on August 25. In addition to Wolff, Stanfield, Qualley, ...

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Saga!!! on Ice Campaign Returns for Round 2 in Karatsu

Karatsu in Saga Prefecture is gearing up for another round of Yuri!!! on Ice events starting in December. The city serves as the inspiration for the fictional Hasetsu, the hometown of underdog figure skater Yūri Katsuki. A street festival to celebrate Karatsu Castle's acceptance as a UNESCO heritage site is one of the events planned. One of the castle's towers is currently under renovations but it...
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Series Premiere: Magical Circle Guru-Guru — Episodes 1-2

"Magical Circle Guru-Guru is a must-see for RPG enthusiasts, nostalgic 90s anime fans, and anyone who enjoys a good fantasy comedy."
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Season Premiere: New Game!! — Episodes 1-2

"New Game's appeal as a moe workplace comedy remains intact, and the show's newfound dramatic ambition has already yielded an impressive result."

Tokyopop to Release Chinese Comic Bloodivores Digitally

Series inspired Chinese/Japanese anime last year ― Tokyopop announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with China's Artention Films Corp and TencentHoldings Ltd. to release the manhua (Chinese comic) Bloodivores through its POP Comics digital platform. Tokyopop will also release eBook volumes for the series. Artention president Kim Zheng commented that the company "has partnered with Tokyopop to brin...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 16-22

Three Leaves, Three Colors, Time Jam Valerian & Laureline anime; Aho-Girl, Kakegurui, Gundam Wing The Glory of Losers, Sekirei, Waiting for Spring manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Chivalry of a Failed Knight Premium Edition BD/DVD Box SetPlease Sentai Filmworks US$169.98 July 18 K: Return of Kings BD/DVDCite Viz Media US$69.99 July 18 K: Return of Kings DVDAnime...
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Series Premiere: Elegant Yokai Apartment Life — Episodes 1-3

"Despite my criticism of the execution, the show is progressing in an interesting direction, and I'm happy to be more invested now than I was after the first episode."
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Conan Stars in TV Ads for Magic Kaito Manga's 5th Volume

For the first time in about 10 years, Gosho Aoyama's Magic Kaito manga received a new book publication. The series' fifth compiled book volume shipped on Tuesday. To celebrate the occasion, the protagonist of Aoyama's Detective Conan (Case Closed) manga is appearing in television commercials to promote the release. In the commercials, a kigurumi version of Conan Edogawa reads the Magic Kaito manga...

Figure Skater Johnny Weir To Attend Crunchyroll Expo to Talk About Yuri!!! on Ice

Event to take place from August 25-27 in Santa Clara ― Crunchyroll announced that it will host Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir at this year's Crunchyroll Expo event. Weir will participate in a discussion on the Yuri!!! on Ice anime and hold at least one autograph session. Weir commented in Crunchyroll's announcement: I am a new convert to anime because of the brilliance that is Yuri!!! On ICE and I...
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Series Premiere: Welcome to the Ballroom — Episodes 1-2

"This is an engaging start to the show and a pretty good adaptation of the manga."
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Despite Shōnen Jump Controversy, the Magazine's Erotic Art History is Decades Old

Female nudity has been par for the course since the 1960s ― This year's 31st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine became the center of a controversy and discussion online after shipping on July 3. Some people believe that the issue's illustrations of Tadahiro Miura's Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san (Yūna of Yuragi Manor) manga characters for a popularity poll are inappropriately sexual for a magazin...

Little Busters Spinoff Kud Wafter's Anime Crowdfunding Detailed

Project seeks 30 million yen for 20-minute OVA ― Visual Art's opened a Campfire page to detail its crowdfunding for an anime adaptation of the Little Busters! spinoff visual novel Kud Wafter. The campaign, which has not yet launched, will seek to raise 30 million yen (about US$268,000) to fund a 20-minute original video anime (OVA). If the project raises more than it's initial goal it will allow the ...
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Funimation to Stream Simuldub for In Another World With My Smartphone Anime

Dub premieres July 30 ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it will stream an English simuldub for the In Another World With My Smartphone anime. The dub will premiere on Sunday, July 30 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The anime premiered earlier this month and Crunchyroll is streaming the series in Japanese with English subtitles as it airs in Japan. Takeyuki Yanase (Himegoto, Onsen Yōsei Hakone-ch...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses New Initial D Film Trilogy

Films debuted 2014-2016 in Japan ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the new trilogy of Initial D films: New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 1: Awakening (Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 1 -Kakusei-), New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 2: Racer (Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō-), and New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 3: Dream (Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Lege...
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Irregular at magic high school Film Tops 500 Million Yen

Film opened in Japan on June 17 ― The official website for The irregular at magic high school The Movie: The Girl Who Summons the Stars (Gekijōban Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Hoshi o Yobu Shōjo) anime film announced on Tuesday that that the film has earned more than 500 million yen (about US$4.46 million). The website also announced that theater attendees for the film's sixth week (July 22-28) in theate...
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Comic-Con Int'l to Screen Netflix's Live-Action Death Note Film

Director, producer, cast to appear at Thursday screening for Q&A ― Comic-Con International announced on Tuesday that it will screen Netflix's live-action film of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note manga on Thursday, July 20. Director Adam Wingard, producer Masi Oka, and cast members Nat Wolff (Light Turner), Margaret Qualley (Mia Sutton), and Keith Stanfield (L) will attend the screening for...
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Precure a la Mode Film Promises Sweet Treats for Moviegoers

The Eiga Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode: Paris to! Omoide no Mille-Feuille!​! (Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode the Movie: With Paris! Mille-Feuille of Memories) anime film will make good on its namesake by offering excited moviegoers a trio of delicious donuts. The Mister Donut fast-food chain is making three confections that come in a themed box. One of the treats is a Pekorin donut that recreates the...
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Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars Trailer Reveals September 19 Home Video Release

Film to be screened on August 21 ― Video game news website IGN began streaming a new trailer for Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars, the new CG-animated sequel to the 1997 film Starship Troopers, on Monday. Sony Pictures Entertainment also announced to IGN that the film will ship on September 19 as a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack, a regular Blu-ray Disc, and a regular DVD. Fathom Events will sc...
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Sakura Wars Joins Puyo Puyo Quest for Limited Time

The Sakura Wars franchise has its own little anniversary, including an exhibit looking back on 20 years of steampunk video game and anime battles. Since then, the franchise continues to get occasional merchandise and most recently, tie-in booster packs for the card game Crusade. The next game tie-in is with Sega's Puyo Puyo Quest mobile game starting on July 24. The characters Sakura and Erika are...
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Watch Yuri!!! on Ice Character Designer Draw Phichit

Much of the of the Yuri!!! on Ice fandom centers around Victor and Yūri, followed by Yuri and Otabek, but fans also have a special place in their heart for Yūri's former skating club member and fountain of purity Phichit Chulanont. Series character designer Mitsurou Kubo showed the Thai skater some love earlier this month when she drew the character at Paris' Japan Expo. She then uploaded a video ...
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Imōto Sae Ireba Ii. Anime Announces Cast, Staff

Yūsuke Kobayashi, Nozomi Yamamoto, more star in SILVER LINK anime ― The official website of the television anime of Yomi Hirasaka's Imōto Sae Ireba Ii. (It'd be Good if Only Little Sister Was Here) light novel series announced the main staff and cast on Wednesday. The cast is as follows: Yūsuke Kobayashi as Itsuki Hashima Nozomi Yamamoto as Chihiro Hashima Hisako Kanemoto as Nayuta Kani Ai Kakuma as ...
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Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! Film Opens at #1, Live-Action Gintama at #2

Gintama sets 2-day record for Japanese live-action films in Japan in 2017 ― Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Kimi ni Kimeta!), this year's Pokémon film, sold 436,000 tickets to earn 516 million yen (about US$4.61 million) in its first two days and open at #1 at the Japanese box office. The film opened on Saturday on 368 screens. The anime earned 159.3% of the opening weeken...
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Anime NYC to Hold Gundam Thunderbolt Anime Concert

Compilation film to make U.S. premiere at convention on November 19 ― LeftField Media and Sunrise announced on Tuesday that the first Anime NYC convention will hold a Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt anime music concert led by composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi. In addition to leading and performing in the concert, Kikuchi will speak at panels and sign autographs. The convention will also host the United State...

Silver Spoon Manga Goes Back on Hiatus After 3 Chapters

Manga had returned earlier this month ― This year's 34th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine announced on Wednesday that Hiromu Arakawa's Silver Spoon manga will go back on hiatus in the 35th issue on July 26. The manga had just returned from hiatus in the 32nd issue on July 5. The magazine has not yet announced when the series will resume. The manga centers on Yūgo Hachiken, as well ...
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12 Upcoming Servants You Should Save Up For in Fate/Grand Order

As a veteran player of the Japanese version, let me tell you what you might want to hold out for.
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5th Black Butler Musical Reveals 2nd Main Visual, More Cast Visuals

Takuya Uehara, Yoshihide Sasaki return after 2 years for musical debuting in December ― The official website for Musical Kuroshitsuji - Tango on the Campania, the fifth stage musical adaptation of Yana Toboso's Black Butler manga, revealed the second main visual, the full cast, and more cast visuals for the musical on Tuesday. The main cast includes: Takuya Uehara as Grelle Sutcliff Ryōsuke Mikata as...
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Live-Action Death Note Film's Light Poster Revealed

The ICv2 website posted a poster for Netflix's live-action film of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note manga on Monday. The new poster features Nat Wolff as Light Turner. Earlier posters showed Ryuk (voiced by Willem Dafoe) and Keith Stanfield as L. The film will premiere via streaming on Netflix on August 25. In addition to Wolff, Stanfield, and Dafoe, the film stars Margaret Qualley as M...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, July 10-16

Kizumonogatari III sells 2,834, followed by Junichi Suwabe & Tomoaki Maeno, 2016 Yo-kai Watch film, Totoro, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter ― Junichi Suwabe and Tomoaki Maeno's "Seiyū Datte Tabi Shimasu the 2nd Vol. 1 Suwabe Junichi, Maeno Tomoaki/Toyama-hen" sold 2,338 copies to rank #8 on the overall DVD chart. The limited first pressing of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter sold 696 more copies for...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, July 10-16

Kizumonogatari III sells 29,683 + 1,968, followed by ClariS, Kamen Rider Den-O box, Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Sumire Uesaka ― ClariS 1st Budōkan Concert ~2tsu no Kamen to Ushinawareta Taiyō~ concert Blu-ray Disc sold 5,018 copies to rank #4 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Kamen Rider Den-O Blu-ray Box 2 sold 3,750 copies to land at #5. Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Blu-ray Collection 2 was #7 with 2,964. Sumire Ue...
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Mimi Meme Mimi Music Group Disbands, Voice Actress Yuki Takao Retires in September

Group performed songs for Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Sweetness & Lightning, Akiba's Trip ― The members of the music group Mimi Meme Mimi announced on their official website on Tuesday that they are disbanding after the "Mimi Meme Mimi Live 2017 ~Bon Voyage!~" concert on September 9. In addition, group member and voice actress Yuki Takao will retire from the entertainment industry. In the annou...
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San Francisco's J-Pop Summit to Host Singers May'n, Azumi Inoue, Yuyu

Event slated for September 9-10 ― The organizers of the J-Pop Summit event in San Francisco announced last week that the event will host singers May'n, as well as singer Azumi Inoue and her daughter Yuyu. May'n performed songs as the Macross Frontier anime's "Galactic Fairy" idol Sheryl Nome. Beyond her performances for Macross Frontier, May'n has performed theme songs for anime series including Acce...
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Arcana Heart 3: Love Max Six Stars!!!!!! PC Port Crowdfunding Campaign Reveals New Characters

New US$500, US$800 pledge levels also added ― Game developer Examu revealed more details for its Kickstarter project for an English PC port of Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX SIX STARS!!!!!! on Sunday. The project's website revealed the three new characters and Arcana that will serve as the stretch goals for the campaign, and it also revealed new pledge levels. Examu streamed a video outlining the three new ...
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Inio Asano Ends Reiraku Manga

Manga ends its 5-month run ― Inio Asano revealed on Twitter on Friday that the next issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine will publish the last chapter of his Reiraku (Downfall) manga. This year's 16th issue goes on sale on July 28. Asano also announced that the compiled volume for Reiraku will be released sometime in the fall of this year. The manga follows a manga artist who is divorci...

'It' Remake's Director Andy Muschietti to Develop Live-Action Robotech Project

Furious 7, Aquaman's James Wan previously approached to direct ― Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Monday that director Andy Muschietti (Mama, It) "has been tapped" to develop and direct Sony's planned live-action Robotech film. Sony previously approached James Wan (Furious 7), who is currently directing the Aquaman film. In addition, Andy Muschietti's creative partner and ...

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Series Premiere: Restaurant to Another World — Episodes 1-3

"There's something undeniably wonderful about a dish you only get to eat every so often."
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Japanese Celebrities Star in Dragon Quest XI's Live-Action TV Ads

The official website for the Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete (Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time) role-playing game began streaming five television commercials on Monday that star Japanese celebrities. The live-action videos feature people "looking forward to [the game] too much." Voice actor Banjou Ginga, who narrated ads for the first-generation Dragon Quest in 1987, narrat...
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Series Premiere: Love and Lies — Episodes 1-3

"Despite my initial misgivings, I wound up unexpectedly invested in the soap-opera levels of romantic entanglement these teenagers are getting themselves into."
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Arika's 'Mysterious Fighting Game' With Street Fighter EX Characters Slated for 2018

PS4 game to launch simultaneously in N. America, Europe, Japan ― Game developer ARIKA announced at The Evolution Championship Series 2017 tournament on Sunday that it has begun development on its as-yet-untitled "Mysterious Fighting Game" for PlayStation 4. The game is slated for simultaneous release in North America, Europe, and Japan in 2018. A beta/server test is slated for the end of 2017, and pr...
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Ai Mai Mi Comedy Manga Gets Stage Play

Stage adaptation to run for ten performances in August ― The official website of the television anime adaptation of Choboraunyopomi's Ai Mai Mi four-panel manga announced on Monday that the franchise will receive a stage play adaptation, Ai Mai Mi The Musical. The stage play will run for ten performances from August 15-20 at the Shinjuku Theater Brats. The cast includes Miya Amamiya, Yūka Amemiya, Y...
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Yuri!! on Ice TV Anime Gets 4DX Theater Screenings

Yuri on Ice fans will get the chance to fill the cool breeze off the ice rink in an upcoming 4DX theater showing. The entire 12-episode anime series will be shown in sensory-enhanced screenings in theaters throughout Japan starting on September 23. 4DX screenings include moving seats, water, scents, smoke, and more. なんと、「ユーリ!!! on ICE」のテレビシリーズ全12話の体感型アトラクション・シアター4DX上映が9月23日(土)より全国の劇場にて決定しました!!!劇場公...
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Funimation Adds Chronos Ruler to Simuldub Lineup

Dub of time fantasy series to premiere August 2 ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Monday that it will offer a simuldub for the Chronos Ruler anime beginning on August 2 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The anime premiered in Japan on July 7, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series with English subtitles as it airs. Taiwanese creator Jea Pon's original manga centers on "Chronos Rulers," those who fight the tim...
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Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 3 Gets Stage Play Adaptation

Stage play to open December 2018 ― The official Twitter account for the Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 game announced on Saturday that the game will get a stage play adaptation in December 2018 in Tokyo and Osaka. Hideyuki Nishimori is directing and Fumi Tsubota is writing the script. Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of Harukanaru Toki no Naka de stage plays. Nishimori also directed and wrote t...

Discotek Licenses Magical Canan, The Adventures of the Little Prince Anime

Also: Fist of the North Star, True Tears on BD, Chargeman Ken on DVD ― Discotek Media announced on Monday that it has licensed the Magical Canan and The Adventures of the Little Prince television anime and plans to release both on DVD on October 31. In addition, Discotek announced that it will release True Tears and Fist of the North Star on Blu-ray Disc and Chargeman Ken on DVD, also on October 31. ...
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Shimogamo Siblings Return to Board Real Train From The Eccentric Family

In a new case of life mimicking art, two young tanuki walked aboard an Eizan Electric Railway (Eiden) train in Kyoto on Thursday. Net commenters wondered if this was another case of The Eccentric Family's Shimogamo family members making an appearance in the real world. A real tanuki version of the anime's protagonist Yasaburō ended up stuck in a well at the actual Shimogamo Shrine last month. The ...
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Series Premiere: Clean Freak! Aoyama kun — Episodes 1-3

"This is certainly an unusual entry in the soccer anime genre and, thanks to its comedy-sports combo, a memorable one too."
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Dragon Quest XI Game's Prologue Video Streamed

Game ships for PS4, 3DS in Japan on July 29 ― Square Enix began streaming a prologue video for its upcoming Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete (Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time) role-playing game on Monday. Square Enix also began streaming ads for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4 versions. Nintendo 3DS: PlayStation 4: The game will ship in Japan for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 797

Happy 100th One Piece review to Sam Leach! The Whole Cake Island arc is just getting started, as we approach the 800th episode of the show!
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Dragon Quest Writer's Hometown Unveils Metal Slime Statue

The Dragon Quest franchise's 30th anniversary has brought all kinds of tie-in goods, from laptops to chewing gum. The city of Sumoto on Awaji Island in Hyōgo prefecture created something far more permanent to remember the video game series and its ubiquitous slime enemy. On Sunday, a metal statue of the slime, alongside the Sword and Shield of Erdrick, was erected in the Sumoto Civic Plaza Square ...
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LA Anime Film Festival Announced for September 15-17

Lineup includes Kiki's Delivery Service, Miss Hokusai, 009 Re: Cyborg, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence ― Event company Rydgen and film distribution company Azoland Pictures announced on Monday that they will host their first Los Angeles Anime Film Festival (LA-AFF) event from September 15-17. The lineup will include theatrical screenings of "over 20" anime films, as well as an opening night red carpet ...
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'iMarine Project's' 'Deep Blue Song' 9-Minute Mini-Anime Streamed

Sanyo Bussan's nine-minute "Deep Blue Song" mini-animation, part of the larger "iMarine Project," began streaming on Sunday. The anime stars Aya Uchida as iMarine, Maaya Uchida as Wendy, and Ayane Sakura as Ūny. The three characters sing the track "Deep Blue Town, Oide yo!" at approximately the four-minute mark. The episode ends on a cliffhanger with "to be continued." Two music videos set to the ...
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The [email protected] Cinderella Girls VR Game Listed With July 18 U.S. Release

The official U.S. PlayStation website is listing a July 18 release date for the The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Viewing Revolution PlayStation VR game. The title launched in Japan on October 13, on the same day as the PlayStation VR. Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia released the game in English for Southeast Asia on April 21. The title creates a "never-before-seen magical stage" concert at the Maih...
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XSEED to Release Ys Seven on PC This Summer

Upgraded game to be available on Steam, GOG, Humble Store ― XSEED Games announced on Wednesday that it will release Nihon Falcom's Ys SEVEN for Windows PC this summer. The game will be available via Steam, GOG, and the Humble Store, and it will be upgraded with full HD, 60fps framerate, controller compatibility, and achievements on Steam and GOG. The company describes the game: Offering satisfyingly ...
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Made in Abyss, ReLIFE, Momokuri Vie for Top Spot in Web Manga General Election

Pixiv and Nippon Shuppan Hanbai Inc. opened voting for its "Web Manga General Election." A total of 50 titles are available for voting until August 7 and the winner will be announced on September 9. The winners will be highlighted with displays in bookstores and on a large signboard in at the Shinjuku station. The 50 selected titles were chosen from 1,600 nominations. Several of the works are eith...

GKIDS Licenses Studio Ghibli's Catalog for Blu-ray/DVD Release (Updated)

1st 6 releases slated for this fall ― GKIDS announced on Monday that it has licensed most of Studio Ghibli's catalog for Blu-ray Disc and DVD distribution in North America. The company will re-release all the titles on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, starting with Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, and Princess Mononoke on October 21, followed by Castle in ...
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TsukiPro the Animation TV Anime Reveals New Promo Video, Visuals

Series about 4 male idol units debuts in October ― The official website for the TsukiPro the Animation television anime began streaming a new promotional video for the series on Sunday. The video teases a performance by SolidS and introduces the anime's theme song CDs, which will ship in October. The website also revealed two new key visuals for the anime. The visuals feature the groups SolidS and Qu...
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Answerman - Why Can't Some Older Anime Be Remastered?

Some older anime get sparkling, crystal-clear remasters, while others have muffled audio and compromised video - why is that? Justin gets into it. ― Geoffrey asks: There are some older series (especially Toei series) that can't be properly shown in HD because the original materials (usually the audio) were lost or junked. Why is that? Why would they get rid of the original masters? For Saint Seiya, ...
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Japanese, Chinese Co-Produced RoboMasters The Animated Series' 2nd Video Previews Opening Song

Project based on robot competition Daiki Yamashita, Yuichiro Umehara, Lynn ― Dandelion Animation Studio began streaming the Japanese version of the second promotional video for the Japanese and Chinese co-produced RoboMasters The Animated Series project on Saturday. The video previews un:c's opening theme song "super nova" for the Japanese version of the series. The staff also revealed the series' se...
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Rensuke Oshikiri's Misumisō Horror Manga About Bullying Gets 2018 Live-Action Film

Live-action Lychee Light Club's Eisuke Naitō directs film ― A live-action film adaptation of Rensuke Oshikiri's Misumisō horror manga will open in Japan in 2018. Eisuke Naitō (live-action Lychee Light Club) is directing the film. The manga centers on Haruka Nozaki, a young middle school girl who, due to her father's job, has to transfer from her school in Tokyo to a school which is about to close, lo...
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How I Got Into the Anime Industry

Many anime fans have the same dream of wanting to "work in anime." Let me tell you my story of how I got into this field of work.
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Series Premiere: A Centaur's Life — Episodes 1-2

"A Centaur's Life is the first monster girl anime I've seen to get into the geopolitical situation of a world populated by fauns, angels, and merfolk."

Kingdom Hearts III to Have 2nd Playable Character, Possible Switch Release

PS4, Xbox One game slated to launch in 2018 ― Game director Tetsuya Nomura revealed in an interview with video game news source IGN at D23 Expo on Saturday that Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts III game will have another playable character besides Sora. He said, "Unfortunately we're not able to disclose who it is yet, but there will be [another playable character]." Nomura also revealed that more than tw...
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Gintama 'Project Last Game's' English-Subtitled Asian Release Teased in Video

PS4/Vita game will get English-subtitled release in Southeast Asia ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia began streaming an English-subtitled video for its "Gintama Project Last Game" action video game on Monday. The video is an English-subtitled version of the game's teaser video. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan, and for the PS4 with English subtitles in Singapore,...
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Gundam Thunderbolt Season 2 Gets Compilation Film in November

Film to premiere at Anime NYC in U.S. ― The official website for the Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt anime revealed on Monday that the anime will get a compilation film titled Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Bandit Flower. The anime will screen in 15 Japanese theaters from November 18 to December 1. (Note: The video in the link above is region-locked to Japan.) The Anime NYC convention will host a prem...
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Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Game Adds Darkstalkers' Jedah as Playable Character

Game ships for PS4, Xbox One, PC on September 19 ― Capcom revealed during the Evolution Championship Series 2017 tournament on Sunday that it has added the character Jedah from Darkstalkers as a playable character in its Marvel vs. CAPCOM Infinite fighting game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The video shows competitive fighting game player Ryan "Filipino Champ" Ramirez and competitive fighting ...
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Street Fighter V Adds Final Fight's Abigail as Playable Character

Abigail debuts with new stage on July 25 ― Capcom revealed during the Evolution Championship Series 2017 tournament on Friday that it will add Abigail from the Final Fight series as a playable character to its Street Fighter V fighting game. The character will be available on July 25 along with a new "Metro City Bay Area" stage. Abigail debuted in the first Final Fight arcade game in 1989. Other char...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Trailer Reveals Trunks

Closed beta signups for PS4, Xbox One to start on July 26 ― Arc System Works and Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed a new trailer for their Dragon Ball FighterZ 2D fighting game during the Evolution Championship Series 2017 tournament on Sunday. The trailer shows the character Trunks — specifically the "Future Trunks" that appears in the story's "Cell Saga." The company also revealed details on the ...

Tekken 7 Adds Fatal Fury's Geese Howard as Playable Character

Fatal Fury's 1st main antagonist arrives this winter ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed during the Evolution Championship Series 2017 tournament on Sunday that it will add the character Geese Howard from SNK's Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series to its Tekken 7 fighting game this winter. Geese Howard debuted in the first Fatal Fury game in 1991, and is the first main antagonist in the serie...

Arc System Works Reveals Blazblue Cross Tag Battle Crossover Fighting Game, Jubei for Blazblue

Blazblue Cross Tag Battle crosses over Blazblue, UNIB, Persona 4, RWBY ― After the Blazblue: CentralFiction grand finals at the Evolution Championship Series 2017 tournament on Sunday, Arc System Works announced that it is developing a new crossover fighting game titled Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, and introduced the Jubei character for the Blazblue: CentralFiction game. Blazblue Cross Tag Battle is a ...
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