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The List - 6 Awesome People of Color in Anime

Anime doesn't always get diversity right, but when it does, the results can be pretty awesome. ― It took three waves of live-action films, but Marvel finally announced its much anticipated Black Panther film adaptation starring Chadwick Boseman. Boseman will be the live-action film franchise's first proper super hero of color, after secondary characters Lt. Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes/War Machine and...
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Answerman - On Activism (and other stuff)

This week, Justin takes on an effort to halt the career of a controversial voice actor. Plus, romaji subtitles, early pre-orders, and the mysterious Animax. ― Wow, I can't believe the country is already getting clobbered by snow. I mean, it's barely halfway through November. This really doesn't bode well for the rest of the winter, does it? I mean, I'm here in the arid desserts of Southern Californi...
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ANNCast - New Super Game Show Bros.

It's Game Show time! So that means we're talkin' videogames with Todd Ciolek, Dave Riley and newcomer to the show Heidi Kemps. We cover: Smash Bros, Dragon Age Inquisition, and most importantly, Virtua Cop 3. ― ANNCast 206 - New Super Game Bros. Get the Flash Player to see this player. It's Game Show time! So that means we're talkin' videogames with Todd Ciolek, Dave Riley and newcomer to the show H...
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House of 1000 Manga - Gen Manga

Shaenon does the impossible and tries to marathon all of One Piece in a... wait, nope, this is about quirky underground manga from publisher Gen! ― Gen Manga My colleague Jason just spent the past two weeks of this column covering Naruto, the most popular manga of all time, at least in the U.S. It got such a positive response that we've decided to go all-mainstream, all the time. Which is why this w...
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The X Button - Sega Visions

This week, we ask ourselves just why we like Sega! Plus Rodea, high-school comedy, Persona, and a small goodbye to a small developer. ― We're talking about Sega this week. To get down to it, we're talking about Sega's legacy: the triumphs, the failures, and the fan devotion that endures in ways precious and disconcerting. If you want a good example of that mixture of appreciation and nostalgia, look...
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Sunday, November 23

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Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! Anime Previewed With English Subtitles

Anime of Nihei's 1st manga to air within 2nd Knights of Sidonia season's episode 8 ― Kings Records began streaming an English-subtitled promotional video for Blame! Tanmatsu Ikō Toshi (Blame! The Anicent Terminal City), the anime of Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! manga, on Sunday. The video first debuted at the Knights of Sidonia television anime premium event at Tokyo Dome City's Prism Hall earlier in the d...
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Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine Promo Video English-Subtitled

2nd Knights of Sidonia anime season to premiere next April ― Kings Records began streaming an English-subtitled promotional video for Sidonia no Kishi: Dai-kyū Wakusei Seneki (Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine), the second Knights of Sidonia anime season, on Sunday. The video first debuted at the Knights of Sidonia television anime premium event at Tokyo Dome City earlier in the day. The sec...
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Please Save My Earth Sequel Manga Ends, But New Sequel Is Set for March

Boku wa Chikyū to Utau continues Saki Hiwatari's story of Rin & the others ― Saki Hiwatari is ending her Please Save My Earth manga sequel Boku o Tsutsumu Tsuki no Hikari (Embraced by the Moonlight) in the January 2015 issue of Hakusensha's Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazine on Wednesday. However, she announced in the same issue that she will launch a new series called Boku wa Chikyū to Utau (I Sing With...
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Poll Ranks Top CLAMP Manga Among Young Japanese Working Women

Cardcaptor Sakura, Rayearth, xxxHolic come out on top ― The four manga creators known as CLAMP are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their pro debut. The editors of the website MyNavi Woman asked 248 readers — all working women between 22 and 34 — about their favorite CLAMP manga this month. Here are the results! 1 Card Captor Sakura 29.4% 2 Magic Knight Rayearth 26.2% 3 xxxHolic 5.2% 4 X (X/1999) ...

Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! 2015's Series Ranking

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, SAO, No Game, No Life, A Certain Magical Index lead list ― The 2015 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (This Light Novel Is Amazing!) guidebook reported its list of the top light novel series on Friday. This is the second year in a row that My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU topped the list. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Sword Art Online No Game, No Life A...
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Tales of Zestiria Character Videos Introduce Sergei, Symonne, and Lunarre

Bandai Namco Games also streams gameplay videos ― Bandai Namco Games' official YouTube channel is streaming character videos for Sergei, Symonne and Lunarre from its Tales of Zestiria role-playing game. Sergei (voiced by Hideyuki Hori) Symonne (voiced by Hiromi Igarashi) is a mysterious Seraph who treats Sorey with cold-hearted cynicism. Lunarre (voiced by Takehito Koyasu) is a cold-blooded assassin ...

Saturday, November 22

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Persona Q Launch Trailer Streamed

3DS game featuring Persona 3 & 4 characters to ship on Tuesday's ― Atlus USA streamed a launch trailer for its upcoming Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 3DS game on Thursday. The game itself will ship in North America on Tuesday. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will be available in in "The Wild Cards" premium edition and standard edition. The premium edition includes Tarot Card Set #2(Arcanas XI...
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Maria the Virgin Witch Exhibition Manga to End in December

Sequel to Moyashimon creator's Junketsu no Maria manga began in July; original manga gets TV anime in January ― The 49th issue of Kodansha's Good! Afternoon magazine announced on November 7 that Masayuki Ishikawa's Junketsu no Maria Exhibition (Maria the Virgin Witch Exhibition) manga will end in the magazine's 50th issue, which will ship in Japan on December 6. In addition, Kodansha is listing that ...
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Lord Marksman and Vanadis ‒ Episode 8

"The battle strategies here are clever and easy to follow, but an animated game of Risk does not a compelling series make."
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Bladestorm: Nightmare Video Unveils March Release in the West

Dynasty Warriors studio's PS4/Xbox One/PS3 strategy game will have 2 gameplay modes ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming an announcement trailer for Omega Force's Bladestorm: Nightmare on Wednesday. The game will ship in North America on March 3 and in Europe on March 6 for the PlayStation 4, XBox One, and will be available digitally for the PlayStation 3 on the same day for each region. The strategy...
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Iori Nomizu, Seiko Yoshida, Others Join The Testament of Sister New Devil Anime Cast

Kaori Sadohara will perform ending theme ― The official website for the the anime adaptation of anime adaptation of the Shinmai Maō no Testament (The Testament of Sister New Devil) light novel series by Tetsuto Uesu (Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero) announced the anime's additional cast on Friday. In addition, the website announced that Kaori Sadohara will perform the ending theme "Still Sis." She will al...
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Haruka Tomatsu, Yukari Tamura, Yui Horie Join Absolute Duo Cast

Natsuki Hanae, Yoshihisa Kawahara also join cast for series premiering January 4 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Takumi Hiiragi-Boshi's Absolute Duo light novel series announced additional cast members and the broadcast date on Friday. The series will premiere on January 4 on AT-X. The new cast includes: Haruka Tomatsu as Imari Nagakura Yukari Tamura as Rito Tsukimi Yui ...
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Senran Kagura: Estival Versus Casts Kikuko Inoue, More

Minami Tsuda, Sora Tokui, Shiori Izawa, Reiko Suzuki join cast of PS4/PS Vita game ― Enterbrain's Famitsu website revealed the voice cast for the Senran Kagura: Estival Versus -Shōjo-tachi no Sentaku- game's five new playable characters on Friday. The revealed cast members are: Kikuko Inoue as Ryōki Ryōki is Ryōbi and Ryōna's older sister. She died in a past battle against yōma, but she is reborn for...
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Sword Art Online II ‒ Episode 20

"Though this episode wasn't a standout by any means, it was still a consistent and reasonably entertaining ride."
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Yowamushi Pedal 3DS Game's 2nd Promo Introduces Gameplay Modes

Game ships on January 29 ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming the second promotional video for its upcoming Yowamushi Pedal: Asu e no Kōkaiten (Yowapeda: High Cadence) Nintendo 3DS game on Wednesday. The video shows the different modes of gameplay, including Adventure, Mini Game, and Race parts. The game will feature new rivals for the characters to face, and will be full-voiced with an original stor...
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Welcome to the NHK's Oiwa to Launch Aka to Ao no Ehrenberg Manga

Series to launch in Comic Gum in December ― The January issue of Wani Books' Comic Gum magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Kendi Oiwa will begin a new series tentatively titled Aka to Ao no Ehrenberg (Red and Blue Ehrenberg) in the February issue on December 26. The tagline in the ad (pictured in image, right) reads "Snow White of the Garden of Eden (Virgin Paradise)." Oiwa ended Tsurumi Entangl...
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KenIchi Manga's Shun Matsuena to Launch Tokiwa Kitareri Series

Creator also releasing 3 one-shots after KenIchi manga's end in September ― This year's 52nd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple creator Shun Matsuena will launch the Tokiwa Kitareri manga series in the next issue. The first chapter will have color front cover and opening pages in the magazine's first 2015 issue when it go...
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Tokyo Ghoul's 2nd Season Slated to Premiere on January 8

This year's 52nd issue of Shueisha's Young Jump will announce on Thursday that the second anime season based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga will premiere on January 8 on Tokyo MX. Whereas Ishida was credited with creating the original manga for the first season, Ishida is now also credited with the original story concept for the second season. The first season and manga's story is set in Tokyo,...
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Log Horizon 2 ‒ Episode 8

"Though I'd hoped for more of an aesthetically dramatic finale, the episode definitely succeeded in pulling all of this narrative's pieces together."
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The List - 6 Awesome People of Color in Anime

Anime doesn't always get diversity right, but when it does, the results can be pretty awesome. ― It took three waves of live-action films, but Marvel finally announced its much anticipated Black Panther film adaptation starring Chadwick Boseman. Boseman will be the live-action film franchise's first proper super hero of color, after secondary characters Lt. Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes/War Machine and...
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Chaika - The Coffin Princess Manga Ends in Shonen Ace

Adaptation of Ichiro Sasaki's novels by Shinta Sakayama began in 2011 ― The January 2015 issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Shonen Ace magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Shinta Sakayama's manga adaptation of Ichiro Sasaki's Hitsugi no Chaika (Chaika - The Coffin Princess) light novels will end in the February issue of the magazine, which will ship next month. Hitsugi no Chaika's story centers around To...
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Masanobu Takashima, Seishirō Katō Join Live-Action Assassination Classroom Cast

L change the WorLd, Ninja Kids!!! actors play Takaoka, Itona in March film ― The official website for the live-action film of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga announced on Saturday that Masanobu Takashima (L change the WorLd's Daisuke Matoba, Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue's Takuya Yūki) will play Takaoka (pictured right), and Seishirō Katō (Ninja Kids!!!'s Rantaro, Friends: Mononoke Shima no...
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Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Ueda, Ami Koshimizu Join Gangsta. Anime's Cast

Tetsu Inada also joins for adaptation of Kohske's manga ― The January 2015 issue of Shinchosha's Comic@Bunch magazine announced on Friday additional cast for the anime adaptation of adaptation of Kohske's Gangsta. manga. The new cast is as follows: Takahiro Sakurai as Marco Adriano Kana Ueda as Loretta Cristiano Amodio Ami Koshimizu as Constance Raveau Tetsu Inada as Galahad Woeho Both the anime and...
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Persona Q Game Gets 2 Manga Series This Winter

3DS game with Persona 3, Persona 4 heroes to ship in N. America on Tuesday ― The January issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game is inspiring two manga series. The series are slated to launch in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine and Monthly Shōnen Sirius this winter. ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Maoh magaz...

Friday, November 21

Attack on Titan TV Anime Gets 2nd Season in 2016

2nd compilation film to open in Japan on June 27, 2015 ― A stage greeting event to celebrate the opening day of the Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen ~Guren no Yumiya~ (Attack on Titan Part I: Crimson Bow and Arrow) film announced on Saturday that the television anime will get a second season in 2016. The event also announced that the second anime compilation film, Shingeki no Kyojin Kōhen ~Jiyū no Tsubasa~ ...

1st Gundam: The Origin Episode's 2nd Trailer Streamed

Video previews Char's origin story starring Mayumi Tanaka, Megumi Han ― The official website for the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime began streaming the second 90-second trailer on Saturday. The trailer debuted on the free Gundam Channel application for iOS and Android devices. Gundam The Origin PV3 by pKjd The website also announced the main cast on Friday: Mayumi Tanaka as Casval Rem Deikun (Y...
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One Piece x Hello Kitty Collaboration Heads to Europe

Sanrio GmbH is teaming up with Toei Animation Europe for a collaboration that involves Hello Kitty and her old friend Chopper from One Piece. A preview image for the upcoming product line shows Chopper dressed up as Kitty, with Kitty wearing Chopper's pink hat. If the image looks a little familiar, it's because this isn't the first time that Sanrio has worked with One Piece. A 2011 merchandising c...
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Yen Press Adds Kingdom Hearts Light Novel Series

Also: Yen Press confirms SAO: Girls Ops, Madoka Magica: Rebellion ― Yen Press confirmed with ANN that it will release Tomoco Kanemaki's Kingdom Hearts light novel series in one omnibus volume through its Yen On imprint. The volume will ship on March 24, 2015 for US$16. Kanemaki wrote the two-volume light novel series with art by Shiro Amano, creator of the manga adaptations of the original Kingdom He...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Live-Action Mischievous Kiss 2 Season

Also debuting this week: the live-action series Time Taxi ― The media service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it stream Mischievous Kiss 2 ~Love in Tokyo~, the second season of the latest live-action adaptation of Kaoru Tada's classic unfinished shōjo manga Itazura na Kiss. The weekly streams will start on Monday, November 24 at 3:00 p.m. EST in the United States, Canada, and Latin America (Cent...
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Psycho-Pass 2 ‒ Episode 7

"Contains a story decision so poor that it basically dooms the rest of the season to wholesale incongruity with everything that came before it."

Discotek Adds Rayearth TV, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas, Descendants of Darkness, IGPX, Lupin III: Bank of Liberty

North American anime distributor Discotek Media announced on Friday that it will release the Magic Knight Rayearth television anime, the Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas original video anime, the Descendants of Darkness television anime, the IGPX television series, and the Lupin III: Bank of Liberty (Lupin III: From Russia With Love) television special next year. The 1994-1995 Magic Knight Rayearth an...
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GARO THE ANIMATION ‒ Episode 8

"This is easily the most fun GARO's ever been."
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Rumi Ookubo, Yoshimasa Hosoya Join Death Parade Anime Cast

Tomoaki Maeno, Asami Seto to reprise roles from original Death Billiards short ― The official website for Death Parade, the upcoming television anime based on the Anime Mirai short Death Billiards, Broadcaster NTV has updated on Friday with the main cast. The following cast members will reprise their roles from the original short film: Tomoaki Maeno (Akatsuki no Yona, Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live) as D...
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Terraformars ‒ Episode 9

"It's a good thing the script has more or less been able to keep up, because the animation sure hasn't."
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Bid For the Chance to Enjoy A Private Dinner with Yoshiki

Musician and songwriter Yoshiki is once again giving one deep-pocketed fan the chance to enjoy a private dinner with him. All the recipient has to do is win a charity auction, which is already at $13,000, with 19 days to go. The winner (and a guest) will have 90 minutes to dine and chat with Yoshiki in either Los Angeles or Tokyo, depending on the preferences of the bidder. The proceeds of the cha...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, November 9-15

2 Attack on Titan volumes, Nisekoi, Bleach, Fairy Tail, No Game, No Life, All You Need is Kill, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Black Butler, UQ Holder The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on November 15. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1Attack on Titan #14 Hajime Isayama Kodansha Comics 2 28Nisekoi: False Love ...
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Chinese Girl Wins Award For Essay Comparing Gundam SEED to Sino-Japanese Relations

Appeals for the "eternal peace" seen at the end of the series ― The Gundam franchise has always been one to engage its viewers in deep thought on a number of topics such as environmentalism, religious radicalism, and of course, war. One college student from China decided to make the jump and take these thoughts to a new level, comparing Gundam SEED to the current state of Sino-Japanese relations. Yao...
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PreCure All Stars: Spring Carnival Movie's Teaser Features Song and Dance

New PreCure All Stars movie slated for March 14 ― Th official website for the Precure All Stars film series began streaming a trailer on Thursday for Eiga PreCure All Stars: Haru no Carnival (Precure All Stars the Movie: Spring Carnival), the next film in the series. Like the six previous Precure All Stars films, the film will feature the characters from all Precure television series. In the story, t...
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Project Itoh Film Project's New Promo Streamed

2015 film project adapts late novelist's sci-fi stories Genocidal Organ,Harmony ― Noitamina began streaming a new commercial on Thursday for the 2015 anime film project based on late science fiction author Project Itoh's novels Genocidal Organ and Harmony. Narrator: He said, "Stories continue to exist by feeding off of someone." Consequently, he left his story behind. He left his Project behind. What...
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Your lie in April ‒ Episode 7

"This is a highly distinctive chapter of Your Lie in April due to the inventive camera-work."
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Disgaea 5's 1st Promo Previews Anime Opening

PS4 RPG to ship on March 26 ― PlayStation Japan began streaming the first promotional trailer on Thursday for its upcoming the PlayStation 4 game Makai Senki Disgaea 5, the newest installment in the Disgaea strategy RPG video game series. The trailer showcases the game's main characters and previews some new gameplay. The video features the game's main theme song, "Kill Real" by Mamoru Miyano. The te...
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DENKI-GAI ‒ Episode 8

"Rather than going for an introspective coming-of-age vignette, Denki-gai plays it all raunchy and rude."
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Answerman - On Activism (and other stuff)

This week, Justin takes on an effort to halt the career of a controversial voice actor. Plus, romaji subtitles, early pre-orders, and the mysterious Animax. ― Wow, I can't believe the country is already getting clobbered by snow. I mean, it's barely halfway through November. This really doesn't bode well for the rest of the winter, does it? I mean, I'm here in the arid desserts of Southern Californi...
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ANNCast - New Super Game Show Bros.

It's Game Show time! So that means we're talkin' videogames with Todd Ciolek, Dave Riley and newcomer to the show Heidi Kemps. We cover: Smash Bros, Dragon Age Inquisition, and most importantly, Virtua Cop 3. ― ANNCast 206 - New Super Game Bros. Get the Flash Player to see this player. It's Game Show time! So that means we're talkin' videogames with Todd Ciolek, Dave Riley and newcomer to the show H...
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Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru ‒ Episode 7

"Veteran anime fans have seen this kind of content innumerable times before, somehow it is done just a little better here."
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Nagoya Store's Lanky Mannequin Gets Naruto Makeover

The Meitetsu Department Store in Nagoya, Japan has a distinctive mannequin outside its men's department. Nana-chan is a popular meeting spot because she's easy to spot in the shopping district —she's 20 feet tall. The staff change her outfits monthly, but recently she's wearing an orange jumpsuit that fans of a certain ninja will recognize. 変化完了!11月25日(火)まで変化してるので、名古屋にお越しの際は、名鉄百貨店メンズ館前ナナちゃん人形を見に来て...
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Yoshitaka Yamaya, Ayane Sakura, Inori Minase, More Star in Miritari Comedy Anime

Misaki Suzuki, Ayano Terasaki, Nao Toyama also star in anime slated for January ― The January 2015 issue of Ichijinsha's 4-koma Palette magazine is announcing on Saturday the cast of the anime adaptation of Mamo Williams' Miritari! manga, and also notes that the anime will premiere in January 2015. The cast will star: Nao Toyama as Liutenant Lutgalnikov Misaki Suzuki as Captain Aria Ayane Sakura as S...
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Attack on Titan Film's New Umaibo Snack Promo Stars Armin

Eren, Mikasa, Jean also appear in promo for campaign at Namco arcades ― Namco began streaming a second promotional video on Friday for the crossover between its line of Umaibo puffed corn snacks and the upcoming Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen ~Guren no Yumiya~ (Attack on Titan Part I: Crimson Bow and Arrow) film: Armin: D-De-Delicious... Deliciousssss!! Eren: Armin... Armin: Eren!! Eren: You were the one ...
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3rd Magi: Adventure of Sinbad Episode Previewed in Video

Keiji Fujiwara, Ayumi Fujimura play Hinahoho, Pipirika in OVA shipping on December 18 ― Shogakukan began streaming a promotional video for Magi: Adventure of Sinbad original video anime's third episode on Friday. The video is narrated by voice actor Kazuya Nakai (One Piece, Gintama). Narrator: Magi: Adventure of Sinbad. The boy crosses the ocean to a new stage. Sinbad: There's still stuff out there! ...
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Durarara!!×2 Anime's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Series will stream in North America on Crunchyroll, Aniplex Channel, and Hulu in January ― Aniplex of America began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the Durarara!!×2 television anime series on Wednesday. The company announced yesterday that it is offering the series and it will stream in North America on the Aniplex Channel, Hulu, and Crunchyroll. Durarara!!×2 adapts Ryohgo Narita's origina...
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64-y.o. Singer Shows That Enka Is Still Cool With A Cover of the Evangelion Theme

Enka, a musical genre that takes its roots and inspirations from 19th century Japanese traditional music but was reinvigorated in the 1960s, has a bad rap amongst the younger generation for being out-of-date and a little cheesy. That's not to say it's disappeared—enka artists continue to place on Oricon charts every so often, and it's even experienced a bit of a resurgence with the hipster cr...
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Tennis Star Kei Nishikori Gets Fan Art by Prince of Tennis Creator

Kei Nishikori is one of the hottest players in tennis this year. He is the first player from Japan in history to make it to the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings and ranked fifth behind the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. He's also the first Asian male player to reach a Grand Slam singles final. Besides distinguishing himself among some of the best tennis players in the world, Nishiko...

Power Rangers Alumni Return in Super Megaforce TV Finale

Finale to air on Saturday with Jason David Frank & other veterans ― IGN began streaming a trailer on Monday for the Power Rangers Super Megaforce finale, which will air on Nickelodeon on Saturday, November 22 at 12:00 p.m. ET. The trailer depicts veteran rangers returning to fight, including Jason David Frank as Tommy Oliver, the original Green Ranger. Power Rangers Super Megaforce is Saban's newest ...
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Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Manga to End Next Summer

Osamu Takahashi to end adaptation of game in 18th volume ― The 17th volume of Osamu Takahashi's Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project (Shin Seiki Evangelion: Ikari Shinji Ikusei Keikaku) manga is announcing on Saturday that the series will end in the next volume next summer. The original Shin Seiki Evangelion: Ikari Shinji Ikusei Keikaku game has the player "raising" Shinji Ikari,...
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Final Fantasy Type-0's New English Trailer Debuts, Before It Plays in Theaters

"We Have Arrived" trailer to play in U.S. before "the season's biggest blockbuster films" ― Square Enix began streaming a new "We Have Arrived" extended cinema trailer for the upcoming Final Fantasy Type-0 HD PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game on Friday. (The game's director Hajime Tabata debuted the trailer earlier on a Square Enix Presents episode.) A shorter version of this English-dubbed trailer wil...

Gundam The Origin Casts Mayumi Tanaka as Casval/Young Char

Megumi Han, Shuuichi Ikeda, Jin Urayama also star in February 28 screenings ― The official website for the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime announced the main cast on Friday: Mayumi Tanaka as Casval Rem Deikun (Young Char Aznable) Megumi Han as Artesia Som Deikun (Young Sayla Mass) Jin Urayama as Degwin Sodo Zabi , Banjou Ginga as Gihren Zabi, Shinshū Fuji as Sasuro Zabi Kenta Miyake as Dozle Zab...

Vampire Knight Manga Gets New Chapter in February

Also: More stage play cast revealed in costume ― The January issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine is announcing on Saturday that Matsuri Hino will draw an all-new chapter of her Vampire Knight manga in the March 2015 issue of LaLaDX on February 10. The "Vampire Knight Special Edition" chapter will be 40 pages long. The issue is also revealing more cast of the Night Class in costume for the stage play ...

Thursday, November 20

Battle of the Planets/Gatchaman Gets Reboot by Beyblade Team

Corus to launch action remake in Fall 2017 with Japanese, global partners ― Canadian media company Corus Entertainment announced on Thursday that it is remaking Gatchaman, the classic science-fiction hero anime franchise known in English as Battle of the Planets, with the Beyblade team. It plans to launch the reboot in Fall of 2017. Colin Bohm, Vice President and Head of Corus Kids, outlined the pla...

Khara's Japan Animator Expo Posts TeddyLoid Music Video

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt contributor's video about being "attacked and ravished by many girls" ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the full third short titled "ME!ME!ME!" on Friday. The music video features the musician Teddyloid (Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt) and rapper daoko. The offici...
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Sentai Filmworks Announces Infinite Stratos 2's English Dub Cast

Josh Grelle, Monica Rial return from 1st season to star in follow-up ― Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast for the television anime Infinite Stratos 2 anime on Wednesday. The cast, under director Matt Greenfield, includes: Josh Grelle as Ichika Orimura Monica Rial as Houki Shinonono Shannon Emerick as Charlotte Dunois Tiffany Grant as Laura Bodewig Brittney Karbowski as Cecilia Alcott Hil...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 387

"Equal parts riveting and tedious, it's a clumsy concoction of the progress we've been waiting for wedged in between more flashbacks."
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Celebrate the Final Volume of the Evangelion Manga With Canvas Sneakers

SuperGroupies, the purveyor of a wide assortment of otaku fashion accessories, is teaming up with the Evangelion store to celebrate the release of the fourteenth and last volume of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's Neon Genesis Evangelion manga with a pair of very cool canvas sneakers. The hi-top sneakers feature a red and black color scheme, and canvas uppers that feature panels from Sadamoto's manga. The sho...

Digital Manga's Tezuka Kickstarter Fails to Meet US$380,000 Goal

Company raised 7% of its overall goal ― North American publisher Digital Manga's Kickstarter campaign to publish Osamu Tezuka's 13-volume The Three-eyed One and seven-volume Rainbow Parakeet manga failed to meet its US$380,000 goal on Thursday. The company raised US$26,971, or approximately 7% of its total. The campaign had additional stretch goals to publish Wonder Three, Alabaster, Vampires, and Bi...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, November 10-16

My Love Story!!, Naruto, Ane no Kekkon, Ajin - Demi-Human, L DK in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 My Love Story!! 7 140,419 140,419 2014/11 Shueisha Art: Aruko / Story: Kazune Kawahara 1 1 2 Naruto 71 135,052 761,470 2014/11 Shueisha Masashi Kishimoto 1 3 3 Ane no Kekkon 8 107,672 109,165 2014/11 Shogakukan Keiko Nis...
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 7

"If Shirobako continues in this direction, it could prove itself to be something not just entertaining and thoughtful, but truly original and great."
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Somebody Recreated the Entirety of Tokyo Disneyland in Minecraft

We've seen some cool Minecraft creations over the years, including scenes from Spirited Away and Attack on Titan, and this one is no exception. Disney-lover ぷんすけ has painstakingly recreated every nook and cranny of Tokyo Disneyland, including parking garages, and the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, and even the insides of several rides (watch the video below to see a tour of Winnie the Pooh's Hunny Hunt, ...
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Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle Smartphone Game Previewed in Trailer

Smartphone fighting game is slated for this winter ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a trailer for the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle smartphone fighting game on Thursday. The game lets players fight against many iconic Dragon Ball Z characters while traversing a world map. Those who pre-register for the game will obtain Trunks as a playable character. The game is slated for release this wi...
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Watch the PG RX-0 Unicorn Gundam Kit Assemble Itself In This Ad

In a recent advertisement for the Perfect Grade 1:60 scale RX-0 Unicorn Gundam, the model virtually assembles itself, then transforms to show off its Destroy and Unchained modes. The finished model is fully poseable and comes with a handful of fun features, including the ability to transform without reassembly, and an LED system that makes it look like the Psycho-Frame is glowing. It also comes wi...
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Alice in the Country of Hearts Stage Play Announces Main Cast

Actors unveiled for Alice, Blood, Elliot, Vivaldi, Gowland ― The official website for the stage musical adaptation of QuinRose's Alice in the Country of Hearts (Heart no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~) game announced the main cast on Thursday. The musical will run from February 4 to February 11 in Tokyo. The cast includes: Kiyo Matsumoto (Amnesia the musical) as Alice Liddell Yū Yoshioka (Pri...
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Fuchiko is Ready to Do Battle in Kantai Collection Crossover

The popular drink buddy "Fuchiko no Cup" is getting a battleship makeover courtesy of Kantai Collection -Kan Colle-. The six cute figures are ready to hop into any beverage and take claim victory like only an anthropomorphic battleship can! Kadokawa is releasing the six-figure collection that includes “Sitting Akagi,” “Lemon and Kaga,” “Fubuki Holding On,” “Propped-Up Kongo,” “Hanging Shimakaze,”...
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Mobile RPG Soul Knight Kickstarter Reaches Goal

Game with Disgaea game director added Hiroshi Kato as background designer ― Awesome Japan's Kickstarter campaign for Plantago Games' mobile role-playing game Soul Knight reached its goal of US$60,000 on Thursday. The goal of the project is to recreate the "good 'ole JRPG" on a smartphone platform. A turn-based game, Soul Knight will also allow players to play with up to four friends. The game feature...
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House of 1000 Manga - Gen Manga

Shaenon does the impossible and tries to marathon all of One Piece in a... wait, nope, this is about quirky underground manga from publisher Gen! ― Gen Manga My colleague Jason just spent the past two weeks of this column covering Naruto, the most popular manga of all time, at least in the U.S. It got such a positive response that we've decided to go all-mainstream, all the time. Which is why this w...

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Anime Short English-Dubbed

Pokémon undergo Mega Evolution, Primal Reversion in Hoenn region from November 21 games ― The Pokemon Company streamed the English dub of the "Mega Special Animation" short inspired by the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire games on Thursday. The short features Pokémon undergoing the newly discovered Mega Evolution and Primal Reversion in the Hoenn region. Daiki Tomiyasu (episodes of Pocke...
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12-Minute Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- Promo Shows Playable Characters, Multiple Modes

PS3/PS4 fighting game to ship on December 4 ― Arc System Works began streaming a new 12-minute store promotional video for its Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game on Thursday. The video previews the game's multiple modes, including challange, mission, training and others. The online matchmaking mode will allow PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 owners battle against each other. A...
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Godzilla PS3 Game's 3rd Promo Video Previews Rival Battles

King Ghidorah, Biollante, Mothra, Mecha Godzilla, Jet Jaguar, Hedorah, Destoroyah, more in December 18 game ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming the third promotional trailer for the PlayStation 3 game Godzilla on Thursday. The video previews many of Godzilla's iconic fights against monsters from the franchise. The narrator notes that the game commemorates the 60th anniversary of the titular monster....

Ghost in the Shell Online Shooter Game Previewed in Trailer

Nexon Korea's "hacking FPS" originally slated for early 2014 ― Nexon Korea began streaming a trailer for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell: First Connection Online game on Wednesday during the G-STAR 2014 game exhibition. The trailer features the game's first-person shooter gameplay and previews mechanics found within the game. Players can choose from multiple attributes: Speed, which increases a chara...
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'Gum Kare!' Handsome Chewing Gum Boyfriends Want You to Bite Them

Kazuya Nakai, Yuuki Kaji, Kenichi Suzumura, more voice Lotte's brands of gum ― Sources like Sankei Biz reported in September that Japanese youths have begun distancing themselves from chewing gum. Since 2004 at its peak with sales of 188.1 billion yen (about US$1.586 billion), the gum market in Japan has increasingly fallen, with sales being cut by two-thirds as of 2013. The companies blame the use o...
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Dawn of the Arcana's Rei Tōma Launches New Series in February

Series centering on wife of a God to run in Shogakukan's Cheese magzine ― The January issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Cheese! magazine is announcing on Saturday that Rei Tōma will launch a new series in the magazine's April 2015 issue in February. The manga will feature the wife of a God as the protagonist. Tōma will end her Rokka Melt - Fiancé wa Yukiotoko (Rokka Melt - Fiancés Are Abominable Snowmen...
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Studio Ghibli Documentary's Trailer English-Subtitled

The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness to open in NYC on November 28, & be sold via download on December 9 ― North American distributor GKids will begin playing the Studio Ghibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness (Yume to Kyōki no Ōkoku) on November 28 in New York City. It also began streaming an English-subtitled trailer: GKids will release the film via digital download on December 9, and on DVD ...

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1st Knights of Sidonia Season Gets Compilation Film

Director Shizuno compiles all 12 episodes with new sequences, redone sound effects in March ― The January issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine is announcing on Tuesday that a theatrical film edition of the first Knights of Sidonia television anime season will open next March. The film will be a compilation of all 12 episodes of the season with new sequences and redone sound effects. Kobun S...

Tsutomu Nihei's Blame Manga Gets Animated in Knights of Sidonia

2nd Knights of Sidonia season to premiere next April with new director ― The January issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! manga will be animated within Sidonia no Kishi: Dai-kyū Wakusei Seneki (Knights of Sidonia: War of the Ninth Planet), the second Knights of Sidonia anime season. The second Knights of Sidonia season will premiere next ...

Aniplex USA Adds Expelled from Paradise Anime Film

FMA director Mizushima & Madoka Magica writer Urobuchi's film to play in 15 U.S. theaters ― Aniplex of America announced during its live streaming show on Wednesday that it will release the Rakuen Tsuihō - Expelled from Paradise anime movie. It will show the film in 15 theaters across the United States starting December 13, and moviegoers will receive a free exclusive poster, while supplies last. Tic...

Aniplex USA Adds Durarara!!×2 TV Anime

Streams on Aniplex Channel, Hulu, and Crunchyroll ― Aniplex of America announced during its live streaming show on Wednesday that it is offering the Durarara!!×2 television anime series. Durarara!!×2 adapts Ryohgo Narita's original light novels and and is the sequel to 2010's Durarara!! television anime. Takahiro Omori is directing the anime at new studio Shuka with series composition by Noboru Takag...

New The Last -Naruto the Movie- Image Features Naruto x Hinata

More story info, tie-in campaigns revealed for film opening on December 6 ― This year's 52nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing a new image from the upcoming The Last -Naruto the Movie- film on Saturday. The new image features Naruto and Hinata. [Warning: The image below and its accompanying text has spoilers for the final chapter of the Naruto manga.] The new image features...
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Parasyte -the maxim- ‒ Episode 7

"Parasyte continues to become more fascinating and confident as its twisted narrative unwinds."
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Nominations for Top Buzzwords of 2014 are In

"Kabe don," Yo-kai Watch, "Let It Go" among them ― Every year the Jiyuu Kokumin Sha holds awards for the top buzzwords in Japan that year called the Ryuukougo Taishou. On November 19 the 50 nominees for this year's awards were announced. The nominee list is a snappy overview of the top trends in Japanese public (and particularly web) discourse over the year. Of interest to anime and manga fans is "ka...
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V Jump, Furyu's The Legend of Legacy RPG's Promos, Gameplay Trailer Streamed

3DS game goes on sale in Japan on January 22, 2015 ― FuRyu released the second promotional video for The Legend of Legacy Nintendo 3DS role-playing game on Tuesday. The trailer introduces the game's main characters. Masataka Matsura (Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky) is directing the game. Ryo Hirao (Final Fantasy XII) is designing the characters based on original designs by Tomomi Kobayashi...
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Gundam Build Fighters Try ‒ Episode 7

"Forget about who deserves or needs to win the most. Love for the game is all that matters."
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Tsukuroi Tatsu Hito Live-Action Film's Trailer Streamed

Film based on Aoi Ikebe's dressmaking manga to premiere on January 31 ― A trailer for the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Aoi Ikebe's Tsukuroi Tatsu Hito manga began streaming on Wednesday. The trailer features the film's theme song, "Kitte no Nai Okurimono" (A Present with No Stamp) by Ken Hirai. The website also unveiled the official poster for the movie (seen right). Comic Natalie streamed...
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Fan Recreates Final Fantasy VII's Gaia in Little Big Planet 2

Jamie Colliver took it upon himself to recreate Final Fantasy VII in its entirety using the creation tools in Little Big Planet 2 and the results are adorable. In a playlist of over 100 video clips, fans can settle in for a bit of super-deformed nostalgia as Square-Enix's story replays with a different look. Colliver recreated the whole story of the course of two years and 31 playable levels. The ...
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Ani-Song World Tour Announces Performers for Las Vegas Shows

2-day event will host Jam Project, Yoko Ishida, Yousei Teikoku, ChouCho, Faylan, Sayaka Sasaki, and bamboo from the group milktub ― The 2015 Ani-Song World Tour event in Las Vegas announced its band line-up on Tuesday. The two-day event will host Jam Project, Yoko Ishida, Yousei Teikoku, ChouCho, Faylan, Sayaka Sasaki, and bamboo from the group milktub. JAM Project, which stands for Japan Animation-s...
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Chaika - The Coffin Princess Avenging Battle ‒ Episode 7

"For all its good points, the series is in danger of taking it too slow for too long."

Japan's Video Game Rankings, November 10-16

One Piece, Hanayamata, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: November 10-16 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS3 Call of Duty Advanced Warfare (Subtitled Edition) Square Enix November 13 79,586 79,586 2PS3 World Soccer Winning Eleven 2015 Konami November 13 71,303 71,303 3PS4 Call of Duty Advanced Warfare (Subtitled Edit...

Japanese Diet Members Form Manga/Anime/Game Caucus

Group aims to preserve materials related to anime, manga, games; introduce tax breaks for creators ― Japanese Diet member Taro Yamada (pictured right) announced on Twitter that he and other politicians formed a caucus to discuss manga, anime and games. Yamada will serve as head of the group and promises to "work hard in order to protect the manga, anime, and games." According to the Tweet, the group ...

Live-Action Attack on Titan Films' Eren, Mikasa, 11 Others Unveiled in Costume

7 of 13 characters are original to film version ― Japanese film news websites Eiga.com and Sanspo unveiled the first character visuals for the upcoming live-action Attack on Titan films. The cast includes: Haruma Miura as Eren Kiko Mizuhara as Mikasa Kanata Hongo as Armin Satomi Ishihara as Hans/Hanji Nanami Sakuraba as Sasha Takahiro Miura as Jean Hiroki Hasegawa as Shikishima Ayame Misaki as Hiana ...
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Tiger & Bunny Characters Get Raccoon Makeovers For Rascal Collaboration

The characters of Tiger & Bunny - The Rising - are getting a unique makeover... into adorable raccoons, thanks to a new collaboration between the movie and Rascal the Raccoon. The crossover shows Kotetsu, Barnaby, and Ryan as pudgy-faced raccoons, and can be purchased as a variety of goods: Canvas tote (2 designs) (2,000 yen [about US$17]) Zippered pouch (2,000 yen [about US$17]) Sports towel (2 d...
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Final Fantasy Series Gets Its 1st Magazine

Publication includes game news, item codes ― Japanese convenience store Lawson's online store is now accepting pre-orders for Final Fantasy Magazine, which is billed as the first magazine specializing in Final Fantasy news. The first issue, for winter 2014, will ship on Friday. The magazine will retail for 700 yen (about US$6) and include game news as well as item codes for six Final Fantasy games: F...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, November 16-22

The Wind Rises film; Yu-Sibu anime; Gou-dere Sora Nagihara, Prophecy, Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire manga; A Certain Magical Index novel ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date A Certain Magical Index Season 1 Blu-ray/DVD CompletePlease Funimation Entertainment US$49.98 November 18 Death Note Complete SeriesPlease Viz Media US$44.82 November 18 I Couldn't Become a Hero, ...
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SCREEN mode Performs Yoru no Yatterman Opening Song

Anime series celebrating 40th anniversary of the Time Bokan franchise to premiere in January ― The official website for the group SCREEN mode (Gingitsune and Gundam Build Fighters Try ending themes) announced on Wednesday that they will perform the opening theme "Kyokugen Dreamer" (Limit Dreamer) for the upcoming Yoru no Yatterman anime series. Yoru no Yatterman will premiere January 2015. The group...
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The X Button - Sega Visions

This week, we ask ourselves just why we like Sega! Plus Rodea, high-school comedy, Persona, and a small goodbye to a small developer. ― We're talking about Sega this week. To get down to it, we're talking about Sega's legacy: the triumphs, the failures, and the fan devotion that endures in ways precious and disconcerting. If you want a good example of that mixture of appreciation and nostalgia, look...
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Yona of the Dawn ‒ Episode 7

"This episode may be set up, but it still gives us a lot to think about as Yona prepares to make her next move."
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Most In Demand Voice Actresses of 2014

This year has seen over 100 different anime series on the television airways, along with plenty of anime films in theaters, and direct-to-DVD releases bundled with reader's favorite manga. Nikkei Entertainment looked at all the anime released from January to September, evaluated its cast, and ranked the most in-demand voice actresses for the year based on their number of lead roles. The number one...

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Rina Hidaka, Manami Numakura Lead Unlimited Fafnir Anime's Cast

Anime of action light novel series to premiere in January ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Tsukasa's Jūō Mujin no Fafnir (Unlimited Fafnir) light novel series announced on Wednesday the main cast members for the series: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (The Idolm@ster, Sword Art Online) as Yū Mononobe Rina Hidaka (Heaven's Memo Pad, Tamako Love Story) as Iris Freyja Manami Numakura (The Idolm@st...
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Cuddle Up With These New Ichiban Kuji Pokémon Prizes

Win plushies, hooded blankets, powder room supplies, and more! ― There's nothing more calming than a fuzzy friend by your side to cuddle up with on a warm day. That reassuring quality can easily be doubled if your companion is something as adorable and iconic as a Pokémon. Now, with Ichiban Kuji's latest lineup of lottery prizes, you too can have a chance to win one of several items based on the soot...
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Phantasy Star Online 2 Stage Play's Promo, Cast Comment Video Streamed

Voice talents Shouta Aoi, Emi Nitta, Kazuhiko Inoue, Hiroki Takahashi, Atsuko Enomoto, more star in December play ― Sega began streaming a promotional video on Wednesday for its upcoming Phantasy Star Online 2 stage play, "Phantasy Star Online 2-ON STAGE-". The video features the cast members in costume: The video also unveils the story of the play. The story revolves around normal male high school s...
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Haikyu! Jump Special Anime Festa Anime Gets DVD Release

Mark Ishii stars as Lev in episode to ship in bundle with manga on March 4 ― This year's 52nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the special episode of Haikyu!! shown at the Jump Anime Festa event earlier this month is scheduled to be released on DVD in Japan in a limited edition bundle with the 15th compiled volume of Haruichi Furudate original Haikyu!! mang...
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3rd Kuroko's Basketball Anime Slated to Premiere on January 10

This year's 52nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Saturday that the third Kuroko's Basketball television anime season will premiere on January 10 at 26:58 (effectively January 11 at 2:58 a.m.) on the MBS station. It will then premiere on Tokyo MX TV station and on the BS11 channel on January 13. Weekly Shonen Jump also unveiled a new illustration of players Akashi a...

Rokka no Yūsha Fantasy Light Novels Get TV Anime

6 heroes are chosen to save the world from a dark enemy — but 7 show up ― The wraparound jacket band on Kei Toru's third Rokka no Yūsha manga volume is announcing on Friday that a television anime adaptation of Ishio Yamagata's original Rokka no Yūsha fantasy light novel series has been green-lit. 「六花の勇者」TVアニメ化決定 pic.twitter.com/ajaYpsKNwj— IEEE802.11 (@IEEE80211) November 19, 2014 The story centers ...

'Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father!' Novels Get New Original Video Anime

18th & last novel volume to ship on March 25; 17th volume to bundle drama CD ― This year's 52nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Saturday that Tomohiro Matsu's 18th and last Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! (Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai!) light novel volume will bundle a new original video anime (OVA). The bundle with the "Ijin-tachi to no Haru" original video ani...

Masashi Kishimoto to Start Work on Next Title After Naruto After Next Summer

New Naruto manga mini-series to launch in April along with art exhibit ― The January issue of Kadokawa's Entermix magazine is publishing an interview with Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto on Friday. In the interview, Kishimoto says that he will start the new Naruto spinoff manga mini-series in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine next spring. Entermix specifies that the mini-series will launc...

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A Silent Voice Author Ōima Wants to Draw Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Artist's next series teased with rough sketches, interview ― This year's 51st issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine unveiled rough drafts of character designs for A Silent Voice - Koe no Katachi author Yoshitoki Ōima's next series on Wednesday. The designs and story are not yet final, but Ōima told the magazine that she would like to draw something different from her past work. "Next, I want to...

Idea Factory to Release Omega Quintet Game in N. America, Europe in Spring 2015

Compile Heart's RPG/idol simulation hybrid game shipped on PS4 in Japan in October ― Idea Factory International announced on Tuesday that it will release Compile Heart's Omega Quintet hybrid role-playing and idol-simulation game on the PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe in spring 2015. The company will release the title physically and digitally. Idea Factory International describes the game as...
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3rd Animator Expo Short is "ME!ME!ME!" TeddyLoid Music Video

Music video about being "attacked and ravished by many girls" debuts on Friday ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, announced on Monday that the third short in the project will be a music video titled "ME!ME!ME!" The music video will debut on the website on Friday. Niconico is currently streaming a preview for the wor...
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Trinity Seven ‒ Episode 7

The plot moves forward a little but it isn't enough to maintain Trinity Seven's weekly reviews.
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Get Ready for the Human Instrumentality Project with Evangelion 2015 Calendars

2015 is approaching quickly, and that means only one thing—Angels. Not the nice ones with the halos and the soft wings—the mean, gigantic, humanity-destroying ones. Next year marks the start of events in Neon Genesis Evangelion, and there's no better way to herald the death and rebirth of our world than with an official Evangelion 2015 calendar. Luckily, for fans who like variety, there ...

Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd North American Launch Trailer Streamed

Video shows customizable items, music video maker, more ― The PlayStation channel began streaming the North American launch trailer for the Playstation 3 and PS Vita game Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA F 2nd- on Tuesday. The video includes the songs "Decorator" by livetune and introduces some customizable items, the game's music video editing feature, and more. Those who preordered the game received the ...
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Author Naoki Hyakuta Thinks Hayao Miyazaki's Got a Few Screws Loose

Best-selling author and screenwriter Naoki Hyakuta (Kaizoku to Yobareta Otoko, The Eternal Zero) and acclaimed animated film director Hayao Miyazaki are entangled in a bit of a feud that reached a boiling point this weekend. The tiff started regarding Hyakuta's novel The Eternal Zero about two grandchildren trying to find the truth about their grandfather's death, a Kamikaze pilot who had no inter...
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Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- Story Mode Trailer Streamed

North American release slated for December 16 ― Arc System Works began streaming the story mode trailer for its Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game on Friday. The game will ship in Japan on December 4, followed by the North American version on December 16. The game will be available for the PlayStation 3 for US$69.99 and PlayStation 4 for US$79.99. As a launch bonus, the DLC c...
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The Labyrinth of Grisaia Sequel Visual Novel Gets Manga

Manga based on The Fruit of Grisaia ended this week ― Shū Hirose's Grisaia no Kajitsu ~Sanctuary Fellows~ manga adapting Frontwing's The Fruit of Grisaia (Le Fruit de la Grisaia) visual novel ended on Tuesday with an announcement that a new series based on the visual novel's sequel, The Labyrinth of Grisaia (Grisaia no Meikyū/Le Labyrinthe de la Grisaia), will begin on December 16 in Akita Shoten's C...
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Yowamushi Pedal Christmas Roll Cakes Come in 37 Types

Priroll is offering 37 different Christmas roll cakes featuring characters from the Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road anime series. Designs either feature screenshots from the television series or super-deformed renditions of the characters printed on the cake in edible ink. Each cake comes with with an original sticker and costs 2,057 (about US$18). Source: Comic Natalie
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Kyudo Boys' Keiko Nishi to Launch Ta-Tan Manga in Big Comic Original

Also: new series based on Agatha Christie's The A.B.C. Murders, more ― This year's 23rd issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Original will announce on Thursday that it will launch three new series and one one-shot manga in the coming issues. Keiko Nishi will begin a new series titled Ta-Tan in next year's second issue of the magazine. This will be the josei manga artist's first series in a seinen magazine...
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Star-Struck Miyavi Meets Hayao Miyazaki

Just because you're a chart-topping musician and producer, and you're hanging out with Angelina Jolie on the red carpet for her next directorial project (Miyavi is playing Imperial Japanese Army Sergeant Mutsuhiro Watanabe in Unbroken), doesn't mean you don't still get starstruck. A week ago, Miyavi had the chance to exchange a few words with Hayao Miyazaki at the Governors Awards. As he wrote in ...
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Mizuki Sakakibara's Tiger & Bunny Manga to End

Viz Media is publishing the series in N. America ― The 159th issue of Niwango's Kadokawa Niconico Ace announced on Tuesday that Mizuki Sakakibara's Tiger & Bunny manga adaptation will end on December 16. The original anime series centers around heroes for hire — super powered beings known as NEXT who wear sponsor logos while fighting crime on live television. The original series premiered in 2011. K...
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FROGMAN's 1st The Rose of Versailles Parody Short Streamed

"Channel 5.5" series has also parodied Ghost in the Shell, Lupin III, more ― DLE Inc. began streaming the first animated short of FROGMAN's Rose of Versailles remake for the parody project "Channel 5.5" on Sunday. Mayo Suzukaze, who played Oscar in the stage musicals of The Rose of Versailles at the Takarazuka Revue, is reprising her role in this and upcoming shorts. Sora Amamiya plays Marie Antoinet...

Ayane Sakura, Haruka Tomatsu Join My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime's 2nd Season's Cast

Also: 1st character designs unveiled for series premiering this coming spring ― The staff of the Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku sequel anime announced on Tuesday that Ayane Sakura (Dream Eater Merry, You Lie in April) and Haruka Tomatsu (Zettai Karen Children, Coppelion) will join the cast of the series. Sakura will play Iroha Isshiki, while Tomatsu will play Kaori Orimoto. Th...
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Final Fantasy Franchise Gets 3 New Smartphone Apps in 2015

Final Fantasy Legends: Jikū no Suishō, Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius, franchise app with Triple Triad mini-game announced ― Square Enix announced at its “Final Fantasy for Smartphone 2015 New Work Announcement Conference” press conference in Tokyo that it will release two new Final Fantasy games for smartphone devices sometime this winter. The games- titled Final Fantasy Legends: Jikū no Suishō (Final ...
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Japanese Box Office, November 8-9

Clover, Kin Kyori Renai, Eiga HappinessCharge PreCure!, Stand By Me Doraemon rank in top 10 ― The live-action film of Toriko Chiya's Clover manga fell from #2 to #3 in its second week. The film stars Emi Takei (Rurouni Kenshin's Kaoru) as Saya, a young office lady (OL) who's never had a romantic relationship because she never gave up on a boy she liked in middle school. KANJANI Eight band member Tada...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, November 10-16

Yo-kai Watch Box 1 sells 2,136, followed by Crayon Shin-chan, Persona 4 the Golden, Crows Explode, Bodacious Space Pirates movie ― The standard edition of Crows Explode sold 1,400 more copies for a new total of 18,914. In its fourth week, it dropped from #13 to #18. Pacific Rim sold 1,104 more copies for a new total of 24,299. In its 11th week, rose from #25 to #22. Gekijō-ban Kamen Rider Gaim Soccer...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, November 10-16

Edge of Tomorrow sells 24,090 + 7,550, followed by Bodacious Space Pirates movie, Persona 4 the Golden, Tales of Festival, Sailor Moon Crystal ― The All You Need Is Kill (Edge of Tomorrow) Blu-ray & DVD set sold 24,090 copies to debut at #2 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The movie's 3D & 2D Blu-ray Set sold 7,550 copies at #6. The limited first edition of Tales of Festival 2014 was #12 with 3,776...

Film Actor Ken Takakura Passes Away

Star of Abashiri Prison, Golgo 13, The Yellow Handkerchief, Black Rain, Dearest ― Film actor Ken Takakura passed away on November 10 at 3:49 a.m. in a Tokyo hospital due to lymphoma. He was 83. Takakura was born under the name Kōichi Oda in Fukuoka Prefecture. He graduated from Meiji University's School of Commerce and joined Toei in 1955 as part of Toei's second round of "New Face" talent. He became...
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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Grosses US$373,489 After 5th Weekend

Isao Takahata's anime to open in more theaters across the U.S. ― Box Office Mojo is estimating that Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya earned a fifth weekend gross of US$40,472 in North America, bringing an overall total of US$373,489. The film is currently not ranked for the weekend, ranked #24 in the highest grossing anime films, and #26 in highest grossing opening we...
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Fan Re-imagines Yowapeda Cast As Tim Burton-Style Characters

Twitter user @dorothyy7 has garnered a lot of attention for an inspired piece of fanart, which re-imagines the cast of Yowamushi Pedal in the style of Tim Burton drawings. 総北箱学〜ティム・バートン風味〜 pic.twitter.com/r8vbFn2Kjj— どろしー (@dorothyy7) November 15, 2014 The piece of art has been a hit online, with over 2.5k retweets and almost 5k favorites on Twitter. [Via Nijimen]
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