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Assassination Classroom Season One Part Two BD+DVD

In the second half of this cult shonen hit's first season, Class E faces some of their greatest challenges yet! Rebecca Silverman breaks down the highs and lows. ― I hope that I can be as effective a teacher as Koro-sensei someday. Despite the fact that he's a giant tentacular octopus who destroyed the moon and threatens to do the same to the Earth, he also truly cares about his students and manages ...
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Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!

Theron Martin takes on the fourth installment of the Fate/kaleid franchise, which returns the series to a greater focus on story and action in a mysterious alternate world. ― At 12 episodes, the fourth installment of the Fate/kaleid liner franchise is its longest to date. It's apparently not the last installment in the franchise either, given the recent advertisement for an upcoming movie. That's goo...
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Shelf Life - Super Gals!

Gabriella Ekens jumps back in time to the '90s with the trendy Super Gals! to see how this forgotten shojo gem has aged. Plus, all this week's new releases! ― It never fails. Whenever I have all the time in the world to work on the new release section, four or five things come out that week at most. But when I move to a new apartment and spend most of the week away from my work computer? Well, take ...
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Doamygar-D Sub.DVD

Doamygar D offers simple but endearing riffs on classic super robot staples, two minutes at a time. Nick Creamer investigates. ― It's a little surprising to me that a show like Doamygar-D would get a western release at all. The show is unabashedly insular - starring a young Kyoto confectioner known as Daijiro Kyougoku, it riffs on super robot cliches from nearly half a century ago, mixing them with s...
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The List - 8 Strange Versions of Western Historical Figures

In this Classic edition of The List, we take a more colorful look at history, as famous figures from the past return in wacky ways in your favorite anime and manga! ― Hey everyone, this classic List is brought to you courtesy of an uncooperative baby. Infants are rough and mine decided naps were out of the question this week. Thank you for understanding! I rocked out to Ozzy Osbourne's Prince of Dar...
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Wednesday, September 28

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Assassination Classroom Season One Part Two BD+DVD

In the second half of this cult shonen hit's first season, Class E faces some of their greatest challenges yet! Rebecca Silverman breaks down the highs and lows. ― I hope that I can be as effective a teacher as Koro-sensei someday. Despite the fact that he's a giant tentacular octopus who destroyed the moon and threatens to do the same to the Earth, he also truly cares about his students and manages ...
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'Idol Death Game TV' PS Vita Game's Trailer Previews Dialogue Scenes

Idols participate in deadly game to be part of idol group in October 20 game ― The official website of D3 Publisher's Idol Death Game TV PlayStation Vita game began streaming a trailer for the game on Wednesday. The video previews some dialogue scenes from the game's story. The game is slated for October 20 in Japan, and the game will also be compatible with the PlayStation TV. The story focuses on t...
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Berserk and the Band of the Hawk Game Streams Wyald Gameplay Video

Games ships in Japan on October 27, in N. America on February 21, in Europe on February 24 ― Koei Tecmo Games posted a gameplay video from Omega Force's Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (Berserk Musou) game to highlight the character Wyald on Wednesday. Koei Tecmo Games previously streamed gameplay videos for Guts (Guts in Berserker Armor), Griffith, Casca, Judeau, Schierke, Zodd, and Serpico. The ga...
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Landreaall Manga's Anime Casts Kenichi Suzumura, Atsuko Enomoto, More

Hiroaki Gohda directs February 25 anime at WillPalette ― The November issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine announced the main cast and staff for the original anime of Chika Ogaki's traditional fantasy manga Landreaall on Wednesday. The cast includes: Kenichi Suzumura as DX Lucafort Atsuko Enomoto as Ion Lucafort Kenjiro Tsuda as Rokkō Daisuke Hirakawa as Tō Rindō Junichi Suwabe as Li...
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Live-Action HaruChika Film Downplays Love Triangle, Mystery-Solving

Keisuke Koide joins cast as instructor Shinjirō Kusakabe ― The official website for the live-action film of Sei Hatsuno's HaruChika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru "concert band youth mystery" novel series updated on Wednesday. The site revealed a teaser video and a new visual, elaborated on the story of the film, and added Keisuke Koide to the cast. The website's story describes the same basic prem...
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Flip Flappers Anime's Promo Video Previews Opening Song

ZAQ performs "Serendipity" opening song for October 6 anime ― The AniChan service streamed a promotional video for the Flip Flappers television anime series on Wednesday. The video shows the same footage as the earlier second promotional video, but previews the anime's opening theme song "Serendipity" by ZAQ. The anime will premiere on October 6 at 9:00 p.m. on AT-X and at 10:00 p.m. on Tokyo MX. The...

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Manga Gets 1st Live-Action Film

Takashi Miike helms Part 4 story starring Kento Yamazaki, Ryunosuke Kamiki ― Toho and Warner Brothers announced at a press conference on Wednesday that both companies are collaborating for the first time to produce and distribute a live-action film adaptation of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable manga. The press conference lists the film as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Di...
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Izetta: The Last Witch Anime's English-Subtitled Trailer Posted

Anime premieres Saturday; Crunchyroll will stream, Funimation will provide English dub ― Crunchyroll began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the upcoming original anime Izetta: The Last Witch (Izetta, Die Letzte Hexe or Shūmatsu no Izetta) on Tuesday. The series will premiere on Saturday, October 1 at 11:00 p.m. on AT-X. Crunchyroll will stream the anime, and Funimation will provide an Engli...
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Kiitarō Shōnen no Yōkai Enikki Anime's Promo Video Features Suzu

Supernatural series of 5-minute shorts premieres on October 5 ― The staff for =the television anime of Riichi Kageyama's Kiitarō Shōnen no Yōkai Enikki (Young Kiitarō's Yōkai Visual Diary) manga posted a promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video features narration by the character Suzu (Arisa Nakata). The anime will premiere on October 5 at 10:33 p.m. on Tokyo MX, and will then premiere...

Tuesday, September 27

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Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto ‒ Bonus Episode 13

"Gakubun High's bespectacled wunderkind returns for a slightly disappointing swan song in Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto's delayed 13th episode."
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Black Butler Creator Draws Tōken Ranbu Anthology Cover

Yana Toboso, creator of the Black Butler manga, drew the front cover art of the new Tōken Ranbu anthology released on September 27. Square Enix's monthly magazine G Fantasy tweeted about the book, "The "Tōken Ranbu -ONLINE- Anthology Comic ~Sukueni no Jin~" anthology is on sale in Japan today. A splendid writing staff is gathered here now! Heartwarming, comedic, serious sword-men's various every d...

Crunchyroll to Stream BBK/BRNK Sequel, Izetta, Magical Girl Raising Project, Brave Witches

Bungo Stray Dogs' 2nd half also streaming; Funimation dubs Nanbaka, Izetta: The Last Witch ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will stream BUBUKI/BURANKI The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy (BBK/BRNK Hoshi no Kyojin), Izetta: The Last Witch (Izetta, Die Letzte Hexe or Shūmatsu no Izetta), Magical Girl Raising Project, Brave Witches, and the second half of Bungo Stray Dogs as they air in Japan. In ...
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Break Out Your Dancing Shoes, It's Time to 'Hare Hare Yukai' Again

A long, long time ago in the year 2006, there was a dance known as "Hare Hare Yukai" and fans across the globe dedicated their time and choreography skills to memorize it. It was the ending theme to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and every cosplay contest for the better part of a year featured dancers dressed as Haruhi, Yuki, Kyon, Itsuki and Mikuru recreating the sequence. FUNimation Entertain...
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Season Finale: D.Gray-man Hallow ‒ Episode 13

"For a tragedy, D.Gray-man Hallow closes on an empowering rather than a depressing note."
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Live-Action Alita: Battle Angel Film to Get IMAX Release

IMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox announced on Tuesday that James Cameron's upcoming Alita: Battle Angel live-action film, based on Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga, will screen in IMAX theaters worldwide. Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City, Spy Kids) is set to direct the film. James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment partner Jon Lan...
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Villian Teams Eagle Talon, Suicide Squad Meet in Crossover Promos

The villain-protagonists of Himitsu Kessha Taka no Tsume (Secret Society Eagle Talon) introduces another team of villains in three comical crossover promotional videos (English subtitles may be accessed in the videos' Closed-Caption options). DLE animation studio, producer of the flash animation Eagle Talon, uploaded these short videos on September 11 to its YouTube Channel. Eagle Talon originally...
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Strike Witches Erica Hartmann 1941, Kantai Collection - Suirai Sentai Chronicle Manga End

Ninja Slayer manga arc ends, Melty Blood spinoff manga to end next month ― This year's November issue of Kadokawa's Comp Ace magazine published the final chapters of Tsuchii's Strike Witches Erica Hartmann 1941 manga and Yasuhiro Miyama's Kantai Collection - Suirai Sentai Chronicle manga on Monday. Comp Ace also ran the final chapter of the Ninja Slayer manga's Ninja Slayer Geisha Karate Shinkansen A...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, September 25-October 1

Chaika The Coffin Princess Avenging Battle, Koi Koi Seven, The Eden of Grisaia, Maria the Virgin Witch, Mikagura School Suite, Rainy Cocoa anime; Happiness, The Prince in His Dark Days, Welcome to the Ballroom manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Chaika The Coffin Princess Avenging Battle BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 September 27 Chaika The Coffin Princess Ave...
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Superhero Comedy Anime 'To Be Hero' Profiles More of Cast in Video

Excel Saga's Shinichi Watanabe helms anime about unlikely ugly hero ― The AniChan service streamed a promotional video for To Be Hero, one of the first original anime series from Emon Animation Company's Haoliners brand, on Tuesday. Text: Earth's greatest crisis is incoming! Text: No. 1 Black Hoihoi Empire!! Text: No. 2 Iron Shrimp Man! Text: To Be Hero Text: Huh!? Text: That guy's a hero? Text: An u...
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You're Not Sadako When You're Hungry in Snickers' Latest TV Ad

Snickers candy bar's latest ad campaign has shown what a bad case of 'hangry' looks like. This Super Bowl ad this year, for instance, showed Marilyn Monroe as a disgruntled Willem Dafoe until she satiated her hunger with a Snickers. Another showed Betty White getting tackled in a game of football until she has a Snickers and transforms back into "Mike." Each commercial ends with the phrase, "You'r...
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Cheating Craft Anime Introduces Battles in the School Exam Room

Majestic Prince's Keitaro Motonaga directs anime premiering October 5 ― The AniChan service streamed a promotional video for Cheating Craft, one of the first original anime series from Emon Animation Company's Haoliners brand, on Tuesday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on October 5 at 6:30 p.m. Text: In this world, exams are the only laws of survival Text: School Shokatsu Text: Cheating Craft Te...
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Funimation Streams Castle Town Dandelion English Dub Trailer

Bryn Apprill stars in anime shipping November 15 on home video ― Funimation Entertainment began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for its home video release of the Castle Town Dandelion (Jōkamachi no Dandelion) television anime on Tuesday. The cast, under ADR director Clifford Chapin, includes: Bryn Apprill as Akane Sakurada Tia Ballard as Aoi Sakurada Ricco Fajardo as Shu Sakurada Michelle Rojas a...
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New Orleans' Mysterious Pikachu Statue Raises US$2,000

The mysterious Pikachu statue that appeared in a New Orleans' park in August sold for US$2,000 at auction on last Sunday. The statue was briefly erected by unknown artists at an unused fountain in Coliseum Square before being donated for auction to raise funds benefiting the Coliseum Square Association. The statue was ultimately sold by the Neal Auction Company for US$2,000 to a just as mysterious...
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Matoi the Sacred Slayer Anime Preview Goes Behind the Scenes at White Fox

Original anime premieres October 4 ― The official website for WHITE FOX's original television anime Matoi the Sacred Slayer began streaming an 18-minute preview special on Tuesday. The special begins by showing the staff at a shrine, and then plays a trailer for the series (also embedded by itself below). The special then goes behind the scenes at the animation studio White Fox. The video shows anima...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 757

"Once again we're entering the wonderful world of One Piece flashbacks."
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Eromanga Sensei Anime Reveals Lead Voice Actor, Main Staff

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka plays Masamune, Ryohei Takeshita directs, Cinderella Girls' Tatsuya Takahashi writes ― A Nico Nico Live stream for the anime of Tsukasa Fushimi's light novel series announced the anime's lead voice actor and main staff on Tuesday. Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is playing Masamune Izumi, and Ryohei Takeshita (Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun chief animation director) and Tatsuya Takahashi (And you ...
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Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!

Theron Martin takes on the fourth installment of the Fate/kaleid franchise, which returns the series to a greater focus on story and action in a mysterious alternate world. ― At 12 episodes, the fourth installment of the Fate/kaleid liner franchise is its longest to date. It's apparently not the last installment in the franchise either, given the recent advertisement for an upcoming movie. That's goo...
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New Danganronpa V3 Game to Bundle Original Anime on January 12

Super Danganronpa 2.5 anime to feature Danganronpa 2's Nagito Komaeda ― This week's issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is reporting on Thursday that Spike Chunsoft will ship its New Danganronpa V3: Minna no Koroshiai Shin Gakki (New Danganronpa V3: Everyone's New Semester of Killing) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on January 12. A limited edition will be available on that day with t...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Girls & Panzer Film With Theatrical Release Plans

Acquired in N. America, UK, Ireland, Australia, NZ for distribution, streaming ― North American anime distributor Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it licensed the Girls und Panzer der Film anime for North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and other territories. The company will announce more details on "distribution, release date, and streaming offerings," and it...
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Landreaall Fantasy Manga Gets Original Anime

Chika Ogaki's 29th manga volume to bundle anime disc in February ― The November issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine is announcing on Wednesday that an original anime of Chika Ogaki's traditional fantasy manga Landreaall has been green-lit. The manga's 29th volume will have a limited-edition bundle with the original anime disc on February 25. The alternate-world story begins with the...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, September 19-25

One Piece sells 6,769, followed by Musical Touken Ranbu, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE!, OVA Starmyu, Dempagumi.inc ― The Musical Touken Ranbu ~Atsukashiyama Ibun~ DVD sold 4,404 copies to debut at #5 on the overall DVD chart. The Touken Ranbu Kyoden: Moyuru Honnōji stage play sold 958 more copies for a new total of 21,076 copies. It dropped from #11 to #25 in its third week. Dempagumi.inc'...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, September 19-25

Musical Touken Ranbu sells 5,033, followed by OVA Starmyu, Flying Witch, 2 Nana Mizuki Blu-rays, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! ― The Musical Touken Ranbu ~Atsukashiyama Ibun~ Blu-ray Disc sold 5,033 copies to debut at #6 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The Touken Ranbu Kyoden: Moyuru Honnōji stage play sold 814 more copies for a new total of 26,776 copies. It dropped from #18 to #25 in ...
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Aiura's Chama Launches Inning! Baseball Manga

Also: Sekina Aoi's Gamers! light novel series gets manga ― The November issue of Kadokawa's Shounen Ace magazine announced on Monday that Chama (Aiura) will launch the Inning! baseball manga in the next issue. The December issue will ship in Japan on October 26. The new manga series will focus on a girls' baseball club at a certain high school. The club only has three members and is about to be aboli...
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Crunchyroll Adds 'Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto' Anime's Unaired 13th Episode

Episode remained unaired due to Kumamoto quake coverage delaying all episodes by a week ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it has added the 13th and final episode of the Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto television anime. The episode did not air as planned this past spring. Special news coverage of the Kumamoto earthquakes delayed the anime's second episode in April. As a...
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Hiro Fujiwara Draws Maid Sama!, Does Yuki Fall to Hell? Crossover Manga

'Military history story concerning boys and girls' ended on Saturday ― The November issue of Hakusensha's Monthly LaLa magazine announced on Saturday that Hiro Fujiwara will release a Maid Sama! and Does Yuki Fall To Hell? crossover manga in the February issue on December 24. Fujiwara's Does Yuki Fall To Hell? (Yuki wa Jigoku ni Ochiru no Ka) manga ended in the same November issue. Does Yuki Fall To ...

Rie Takahashi Replaces Risa Taneda for Fate/Grand Order's Matthew Role

Voiced dialogue for other characters Taneda voiced in game remain unchanged ― The official website of Aniplex and Type-Moon's Fate/Grand Order smartphone game announced on Monday that the voice actress for the role of Matthew Kyrielite has been changed from Risa Taneda to Rie Takahashi. The announcement stated that the change was made due to an upcoming update for the game on October 1 that would nec...
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Eromanga Sensei Anime Gets 'Big Announcement' on Tuesday

The staff for the anime of Tsukasa Fushimi's light novel series Eromanga Sensei announced on Sunday that the anime will have a "big announcement" during a Nico Nico Live stream on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. JST. The stream page hints at the announcement with the text "Eromanga Sensei won't end with just the anime adaptation?!" It further hints that the anime is just the first part of a larger project to...
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2nd Kuroko's Basketball Compilation Film Unveils Visuals

Visuals feature painted backgrounds by OLDCODEX member YORKE ― The staff of the Kuroko's Basketball film trilogy unveiled new visuals for Winter Cup Sōshū-hen ~Namida no Saki e~ (Winter Cup Compilation ~Beyond the Tears~), the second film in the trilogy, on Monday. Like the visuals for the first film, these new visuals feature backgrounds painted by OLDCODEX member and painter Yorke. The visuals port...

Monday, September 26

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Crunchyroll to Stream Kaiju Girls Anime

1st episode premieres worldwide outside Asia on Tuesday, 6:00 a.m. EDT ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will stream the Kaijū Girls ~Ultra Kaijū Gijinka Keikaku~ series of anime shorts as it airs in Japan. The first episode will stream worldwide outside of Asia on Tuesday, September 27 at 6:00 a.m. EDT. Crunchyroll describes the anime: Humanity's battle of many yea...
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Super Sailor Moon's Kaleidomoon Scope Joins Proplica Line

Super Sailor Moon's Kaleidomoon Scope from Sailor Moon SuperS is getting the high-end Proplica treatment from Bandai. Sailor Moon fans can now practice their twirling while yelling "Moon Gorgeous Meditation" with the seventh item in the toy line. The item is available pre-order starting on September 30 and will ship in March. Each wand is 13,000 yen (US$129) and has both functioning lights and so...
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Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 Gets Full-Voice Remake for PS Vita

Game ships with Harukanaru Toki no Naka De 3: Izayoiki Aizōban on February 23 ― Koei Tecmo Games will release a full-voice remake of the Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 PlayStation 2 game for PlayStation Vita. The release will include the Harukanaru Toki no Naka De 3: Izayoiki Aizōban fan disc remake, and the set is slated to ship on February 23, 2017. The Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 Ultimate set will ...
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Season Finale: Mob Psycho 100 ‒ Episode 12

"I'm going to miss Mob and his friends, and I hope we see them again soon."
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Survey Asks Fans Which Showa-Era Anime They Want to Reboot

Both the Hollywood and the Japanese film industry have released their fair shares of remake films this summer. From Ghostbusters to Shin Godzilla, both sides of the Pacific have been able to fill their nostalgia quota by re-experiencing old favorites. In light of this trend, the animeanime.jp website asked its readers which Showa-era (1926-1989) anime they would want a studio to remake. Their sur...
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Season Finale: The Morose Mononokean ‒ Episode 13

"With this finale, The Morose Mononokean pulled a heartwarming ending from two previous episodes of sadness."
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Tokyo Police Join Forces With Final Fantasy to End Traffic Accidents

Square Enix is set to release the World of Final Fantasy PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on October 27. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police decided to utilize the game's release for a collaborative campaign to promote traffic safety. The traffic division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police made a poster that aims to put an end to traffic accidents. The poster's title reads, "Traffic Accident 'Final...
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Monster Hunter Stories Game's Ads Preview Story, Partner Monsters

1st RPG in franchise ships on 3DS in Japan on October 8 ― Camcom began streaming two commercials for its upcoming Monster Hunter Stories Nintendo 3DS role-playing game on Monday. The first ad previews the game's adventure story while the second focuses on "otomon," or monsters that can be the player's partner in battle. The game will ship in Japan on October 8. The package version will retail for 5,8...
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Sentai Filmworks Adds Uta no Prince-sama Legend Star Anime

4th anime season premieres October 1 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed Utano☆Princesama Legend Star (Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE Legend Star), the fourth season of the Uta no Prince-sama anime. The company plans to release the series digitally and home video. Sentai Filmworks has also licensed the first three seasons and has released the first two on home video. Niconico st...
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Shin Godzilla to Screen in Canada on October 12, 19, 24

Funimation Entertainment announced on Monday that Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's Shin Godzilla film will open in Canadian theaters on October 12, October 19, and October 24. Funimation will host two premieres in Los Angeles on October 3 and in New York on October 5 (one day before New York Comic Con 2016.) The film will then screen with English subtitles in over 440 theaters in the United State...
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March comes in like a lion's Ryūnosuke Kamiki Appears at Shōgi Tournament

Gets ranked as amateur ― March comes in like a lion revolves around the traditional Japanese chess-like game of shōgi, so it's not surprising that Ryūnosuke Kamiki, who plays Rei in the upcoming live-action film adaptation of the manga, appeared at J:COM-Hai, an annual shōgi tournament for kids. "I'd like to introduce many more people to shōgi through my involvement with March comes in like a lion," ...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Nyanbo! Anime

Series stars cat version of "Danbo" character from Yotsuba&! ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will stream Nyanbo! television anime as it airs in Japan. The first episode will stream worldwide outside of Asia on Monday, September 26 at 6:15 p.m. In Japan, the anime will air on NHK-E TV on Tuesdays at 6:40 a.m. and at 5:20 p.m. as part of a "mini anime" corner program. Each episode will be fiv...
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Japanese FLCL Blu-ray to Offer English Subtitles

King Amusement Creative announced on Monday that it will release a Blu-ray Disc box set for FLCL with English subtitles. The Blu-ray Disc set will ship on November 23 for 9,599 yen (about US$96) including tax. The release will also include a second disc with special features that will not have English subtitles. These features include music videos for songs by the pillows, promotional videos, a no...
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Nyanko Days 4-Panel Manga Gets TV Anime

Series about a shy girl and her cats debuted in 2014 ― Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Cune magazine announced on Tuesday that Tarabagani's Nyanko Days manga will get a television anime adaptation. An official Twitter account for the series also opened on Tuesday. The four-panel manga follows a shy girl named Tomoko who comes home from school and is greeted by her three (personified) cats. Tarabagani began ...
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'Miss Bernard said.' Bookworm Gag Anime's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Shōjo Fractal performs theme song for series premiering October 6 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Yūki Shikawa's Miss Bernard said. (Bernard-jō Iwaku.) manga began streaming a promotional video on Monday. The video previews the theme song "Love! Library!" by Shōjo Fractal, a duo consisting of Miya Amamiya and Risa Yuzuki. 【PV公開】2016年10月よりテレ玉、tvk、KBS京都、サンテレビ、AT-Xにて放送予定のアニメ『バ...
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Prince of Tennis II's Ryō Shishido Character Gets 2nd CD After 10 Years

Hyōtei Academy's Ryō Shishido's long-awaited second solo character album for The Prince of Tennis II is almost here. It's been about 10 years since Shishido's last solo album Zero came out on February 8, 2006. This new album, I'll be right here, becomes available on September 28. In excitement for the new release, Toshiyuki Kusuda, the voice of Shishido, commented on Twitter on September 21, "the...

Shinkai's your name. is Japan's Highest-Grossing Film for 2016

3rd Ushijima the Loan Shark film opens at #4 for weekend box office ― Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film sold 637,000 tickets on 296 screens for 860 million yen (about US$8.57 million) over the September 24-25 weekend to maintain its #1 ranking for its fifth time. In total, the film has sold 8,500,000 tickets for 11.1 billion yen (about US$111 million) as of September 25. The fil...
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Answerman - Why Are Anime Series So Short These Days?

It seems like anime series used to run longer - 26 to 52 episodes, rather than the nonstop drip of 12- and 13-episode shows we get now. Why did things change? Justin gets into it. ― Mathias asks: Looking back at the past decades, it seems that less anime shows were made, but that they ran for a longer time, often going over fifty or even a hundred episodes. What made producers switch to the current ...
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Shelf Life - Super Gals!

Gabriella Ekens jumps back in time to the '90s with the trendy Super Gals! to see how this forgotten shojo gem has aged. Plus, all this week's new releases! ― It never fails. Whenever I have all the time in the world to work on the new release section, four or five things come out that week at most. But when I move to a new apartment and spend most of the week away from my work computer? Well, take ...

Zaregoto OVA's 2nd Trailer Previews Sangatsu no Phantasia's Theme Song

1st of 8 planned OVAs ships on October 26 ― The official website for Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregoto Tsukai (Decapitation Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Prankster), the OVA project based on the first volume in NisiOisin's Zaregoto novel series, began streaming the second trailer for the anime on Monday. (Note: The linked video is region-locked to Japan.) The video previews Sangatsu no Phanta...
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Takara Tomy Opens Teaser Website for New Zoids Project

Takara Tomy opened a new website on Monday that teases, "a new ZOIDS project has started!" and the phrase "coming soon." The image features the Lion-type Zoid Shield Liger and the image of a male soldier. Tomy launched the Zoids science-fiction mecha franchise as a model kit line in 1983. Michiro Ueyama drew a 14-volume manga series for the franchise in 1999-2001 that Viz Media released in English...
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Mob Psycho 100 Manga Inspires Smartphone Puzzle App

App features same cast as anime series ― Shogakukan began streaming a commercial on Monday for the Mob Psycho 100 Psychic Puzzle smartphone puzzle game, which launched for iOS and Android devices on Monday. The game is free to play, but in-game items cost extra. In the game, players work to connect at least three same-color blocks and erase them. As players erase blocks, a skill gauge rises, and once...
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Azure Striker Gunvolt OVA's English-subtitled Promo Video Reveals Returning Cast

Kaito Ishikawa, Megu Sakuragawa, Ayumu Murase, Masashi Yukita star in anime slated for winter ― Game developer Inti Creates began streaming an English-subtitled promotional video on Monday for the anime adaptation of its Azure Striker Gunvolt (Armed Blue Gunvolt in Japan) Nintendo 3DS game. The video reveals that Ippō Yamada (Mega Man Zero, Mighty No.9) and Ryo Kawakami (Mega Man ZX) are composing th...
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Pharmaceutical Company Creates Anthropomorphisized Eye Drop Anime to Teach Ocular Health

Eri Kitamura, Yōko Hikasa, Mamiko Noto, Emiri Katō, more cast members join 4 episode project ― Japanese company Santen Pharmaceuticals is running a new information campaign in Japan to teach people about how the human eye works, and how eyedrops can help maintain it. Of course, they've judged that the easiest way to make this understandable is by using anthropomorphized anime versions of eyedrop acti...
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Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare by Chrono Crusade's Moriyama, Drakengard Director Yokō Gets Stage Play

Play based on "dark battlefield action" manga about students with powers in battlefield debuts December ― A stage play adaptation of manga creator Daisuke Moriyama and game director Tarō Yokō's Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare (Thou Shalt Not Die) manga has been green-lit. The play's title will be Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare Rei (Thou Shalt Not Die Zero), and it will run at Shinjukumura Live in Tokyo from...
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Hell Girl Anime Gets Stage Play in November

Franchise has inspired 3 TV anime, 3 manga, live-action series ― A stage play adaptation of the Hell Girl (Jigoku Shōjo) anime and manga franchise has been green-lit. The play will run at Shibuya's CBGK theater in Tokyo from November 9 to 13. Stories in the franchise usually begin with bullied or tormented people accessing the Hell Correspondence website, allowing them to submit a request to eliminat...
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Tokyo Int'l Film Festival Screens Genocidal Organ, Gantz:O, In the Corner of this World Films

Also: your name., Shin Godzilla, Chain Chronicle, Itazura na Kiss, Cyborg 009 Call of Justice, more ― The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) announced its lineup on Monday for the 29th official festival. This year's festival will be held from October 25 through November 3 at Roppongi Hills, EX Theater Roppongi, and other venues in Tokyo. The following films will screen out of competition in the...
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Battery Anime Passes Baton to The Great Passage in Ad

The Great Passage will premiere in Battery's previous noitamina timeslot on October 13 ― The official Youtube channel of Fuji TV's noitamina programming block began streaming a video on Monday that features both the Battery and The Great Passage anime. The video is labelled as a "baton passing" video, which begins with scenes from the Battery anime before zooming out to reveal that it is a television...
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RIN-NE Anime's 3rd Season Visual Shows Anematsuri Annette Hitomi

The staff of the television anime adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi's RIN-NE (Kyōkai no Rinne) manga revealed a new visual for the anime's third season on Monday. The visual reveals the character Anematsuri Annette Hitomi, the "lady in the shopping mall." The third season will premiere in spring 2017. The RIN-NE 2 television anime series premiered in Japan on April 9. The anime's official website not...

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Assassination Classroom Compilation Film's Visual Shows Nagisa, Karma 7 Years Later

The official website of the anime project of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom (Ansastsu Kyōshitsu) manga unveiled a new visual on Monday for the Gekijōban Ansatsu Kyōshitsu: 365-Nichi no Jikan (Assassination Classroom The Movie: 365 Days) compilation film. The visual shows Nagisa and Karma seven years after the events of the story. The site also revealed the pre-order bonuses for the film, w...
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Kenji Kamiyama Teases Ghost in the Shell News

Anime director Kenji Kamiyama teased news of a new Ghost in the Shell in his official Twitter account on September 19. @jackal27 I want to report a new in the near future may. Can looking forward to it?— 神山健治:Kenji Kamiyama (@kixyuubann) September 19, 2016 He posted the above Tweet in response to a fan inquiring about a possible third season of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex televisio...
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Say "I Choose You" to Your Betrothed with Pikachu Bridal Jewelry

Shinjuku clothing store sells Pokémon rings, other goods ― Since Pokémon has been around for 20 years, its fanbase has grown up. Some of them have even gotten married, or are thinking about doing so. If your loved one shares your enthusiasm for Pocket Monsters, why not seal your relationship with jewelry of the beloved critters? The clothing store Alta in Shinjuku, Tokyo, is selling a range of Pokém...
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Season Finale: Love Live! Sunshine!! ‒ Episode 13

"It's been a long journey for Aqours, but in the end, they were able to find that "shine" they were looking for."
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Series Finale: Orange ‒ Episode 13

"Overall, while this finale didn't do much to address the show's consistent failings, it succeeded in selling its own emotional peaks on the back of its consistently excellent character writing."
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Listen to Kyubey, Magical Girls on Madoka Magica Headphones

Japanese electronics company Denon began accepting preorders on Friday for headphones inspired by the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime films. The wireless, noise-cancelling headphones include Bluetooth capabilities. These special-edition AH-GC20 headphones feature original guidance recordings from the anime's main characters. The recordings from Kyubey, Madoka, Homura, Sayaka, Kyōko, and Mami incl...
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Season Finale: Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 13

"Tales of Zestiria the X manages to end its season with the same finality of a good last chapter when you know the author's working on a sequel."
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Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors Game's Latest Trailer Highlights Mizuki

PS Vita game arrives on October 11 in N. America, on September 23 in Europe ― NIS America began streaming a trailer on Friday for its upcoming Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors PlayStation Vita game, highlighting the character Mizuki Kurushima. NIS America previously streamed trailers for Shinoa Akizuki, Lily Arisugawa, Kuroe Ise, Yurine Kazato, and Tsukasa Yaegashi. NIS America will release the game on...
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your name.'s Trailer Gets Reworked Into Horror Film

"Wherever you are in the world, I'm going to go and see you... NO MATTER WHAT" ― your name. tells the tale of two seemingly ordinary youngsters who switch bodies in their dreams and become determined to meet each other in real life. It is very sentimental and romantic, like Makoto Shinkai's other films, but also has an optimistic, hopeful tone. But could its premise have been used for a horror story ...

Russian Blogger Jailed for Playing Pokémon Go in Church Released

21-year-old still charged with "enticing religious hatred," trial still pending ― A lawyers' group stated on September 8 that a court in Yekaterinburg, Russia released Russian blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky from pre-trial detention for allegedly playing Pokémon Go inside a church. Sokolovsky was originally ordered to stay in jail until November pending a trial, but filed an appeal against the arrest. Soko...
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i☆Ris Voice Actor/Idol Group Gets Its Own Webcomic

Drawn by longtime collaborator Yūta Taneda ― The idol group i☆Ris, which consists of voice actors Saki Yamakita, Yuu Serizawa, Himika Akaneya, Yuuki Wakai, Miyu Kubota and Azuki Shibuya, now has its own webcomic, courtesy of Yūta Taneda, who has illustrated i☆Ris merchandise for about two years. Temporarily titled Shūkan i☆Ris ("Weekly i☆Ris"), the manga follows the women in two different formats: a ...
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Koei Tecmo Reveals La Corda d'Oro Octave Game For Smartphones

1st smartphone game in the series features characters from previous games, slated for 2017 ― Koei Tecmo Games' Ruby Party brand announced a new installment in its La Corda D'Oro game series on September 9 titled La Corda D'Oro Octave. The game is slated for release on smartphones in 2017, and is the first game in the series designed for smartphones. The game's official website began streaming a promo...
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LETRONS: Turkish Transforming Robots in Disguise

We've seen Angry Birds transform into Autobots and Decepticons. We've seen people transform into Optimus Prima and Grimlock. We've even seen several individuals and companies attempt transforming mini cars. Now, for possibly the first time, we get to witness a full-size car transform into an anthropomorphic robot and move around. What an age to be alive. Check out, Turkish "startup and R&D company...
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Ryo Orikasa's 'Suijun-Genten' Short Wins Award at Ottawa Int'l Animation Festival

2015 clay-animated short focuses on postwar poet Yoshirō Ishihara ― The Ottawa International Animation Festival announced at an awards ceremony on Saturday that Ryo Orikasa's "Suijun-Genten" ("Datum Point") short won the Award for Best Experimental or Abstract Animation. The festival released a quote from the jury that assigned the award, saying "Loved the texture. The granularity of the sound and me...
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Season Finale: Rewrite ‒ Episode 13

"A weak ending to a lackluster series."

Orange Time-Travelling Manga Gets Anime Sequel Film Written by Creator

November 18 film retells story from Suwa's view, then continues story ― The 13th and final episode of the orange television anime series ended on Monday with an teaser trailer that announced that a theatrical anime film has been green-lit. The title of the film is orange -Mirai- (orange: Future). The film will play for a limited two-week engagement throughout Japan starting on November 18. Voice: Sin...
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Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Despair Arc ‒ Episode 11

"The best moments in this little exclamation point to the Despair Arc come from the ever-scene-stealing Junko Enoshima."
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Anime Casts Kouichi Yamadera, Rie Tanaka

Voice actors voice main character Kusuo Saiki's grandparents ― This year's 43rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced new cast members on Monday for The Disastrous Life of Saiki K., the television anime adaptation of Shūichi Asō's Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan manga. Kouichi Yamadera (Lupin the Third's Zenigata, Dragon Ball Super's Beerus) will play Kumagorō Saiki, while Rie Tanaka (Mobi...
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91 Days ‒ Episode 11

"The day of reckoning has come for the Vanetti family."
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Thunderbolt Fantasy ‒ Episode 12

"Everything is now in place for a thunderous conclusion."
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Doamygar-D Sub.DVD

Doamygar D offers simple but endearing riffs on classic super robot staples, two minutes at a time. Nick Creamer investigates. ― It's a little surprising to me that a show like Doamygar-D would get a western release at all. The show is unabashedly insular - starring a young Kyoto confectioner known as Daijiro Kyougoku, it riffs on super robot cliches from nearly half a century ago, mixing them with s...

One-Punch Man TV Anime Gets 2nd Season, Game App

1st 12-episode series premiered in October, is currently airing on Toonami ― The staff and cast for the television anime adaptation of ONE and Yuusuke Murata's One-Punch Man manga announced at the "One Punch Man Fall Festival" event on Sunday that the anime is getting a second season. The staff also announced that the series is getting a smartphone game app next year. Madhouse and director Shingo Nat...
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Digitimes: Foxconn Begins Trial Production on Nintendo NX Game System

The Taiwanese technology news source Digitimes reported on Friday that, according to its industry sources, the Taiwan-based Foxconn Electronics company has started trial production on Nintendo's next-generation platform, codenamed "NX." The sources also said that annual production on the system is estimated at 9.5-10 million units. Nintendo announced in April that it plans to release the game syst...
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Root Letter Mystery Game Gets Special Edition for N. America, Europe

PS4, PS Vita game ships in N. America, Europe this year ― U.K. retailer Rice Digital announced on Friday that it is releasing a special "Pen Pal Edition" of PQube and Kadokawa Games' English release of the √Letter (pronounced "Root Letter") PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game. Rice Digital is releasing the edition in North America and Europe. The Pen Pal Edition contains: The standard version of ...

SILVER LINK Announces Original Anime Project For 10th Anniversary

Studio established in 2007 works on upcoming Magic of Stella, Chaos;Child, Brave Witches anime ― The Japanese anime studio SILVER LINK announced on Sunday that it is producing an original anime project to commemorate the studio's 10th anniversary. The company was established in December 2007 when it became independent from the Frontline company. SILVER LINK held an exhibition event this weekend in To...
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Kiitarō Shōnen no Yōkai Enikki Anime's DVD/BD Listed With Bonus Unaired Episode

Supernatural series of 5-minute shorts premieres on October 5 ― Amazon Japan's listings for both the Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of the television anime of Riichi Kageyama's Kiitarō Shōnen no Yōkai Enikki (Young Kiitarō's Yōkai Visual Diary) manga list that the releases will include all 12 anime episodes plus a bonus 13th episode. The bonus episode is listed as having an original story. The DVD and ...

Kodansha Comics Previews Attack on Titan Anthology Book in Video

256-page hardcover book ships on October 18 ― Kodansha Comics began streaming a video on Friday that previews its upcoming Attack on Titan Anthology graphic novel. The video lists the artists involved in the anthology and previews some of the visuals. The project will consist of a 256-page, full-color hardcover book that is slated to ship on October 18. The book retails for US$29.99. The full book wi...

Digimon Adventure tri. Anime's 1st Film Gets More Screenings in U.S. Starting on September 29

Film will screen with English dub in 18 U.S. theaters ― Toei Animation and Eleven Arts announced on Saturday that it will host more screenings of the Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 1: Reunion film with an English dub starting on September 29. Theatergoers will receive a limited-edition miniposter created for U.S. audiences. Eleven Arts has posted a list of theaters that will show the film and screen...
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Yen Press Licenses Tsukumizu's Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō Manga

Manga follows 2 girls traveling in Kettenkrad after end of the world ― Manga publisher Yen Press LLC announced on Twitter on Sunday that it has licensed Tsukumizu's Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō (The End Girl Trip) manga. The company didn't provide a release date or format for the series. The manga centers on Chito and Yuri, two women who travel aimlessly in their beloved Kettenkrad vehicle in the endless rui...

Anly, Ayumikurikamaki to Perform Theme Songs For 'New Series' of Naruto Anime (Updated)

New themes to premiere in October ― This year's 43rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Anly and Ayumikurikamaki will perform the new theme songs for the "new series" of the Naruto anime franchise. Anly (pictured below) is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from the isolated Ie Island off of Okinawa, and she will perform the opening theme song "Kara no Kokoro." ...

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Is the Order a Rabbit?? Anime's New Special Episode Gets Theatrical Screening in Japan

New episode was announced in May ― The official website for the Is the Order a Rabbit?? television anime series announced on Sunday that the new special anime episode for the series announced in May will get a theatrical screening in Japan. The staff will announce details about the screening in the future on the anime's official website and Twitter account. Tokyo MX began rebroadcasting anime's secon...
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Season Finale: Food Wars! The Second Plate ‒ Episode 13

"Even though The Second Plate has had its issues with pacing and art, it really pulled it all together in a very satisfying way."
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Take a Look Back at 25 Years of Sailor Moon with Anniversary Guidebook

Also: figure of Sailor Moon eating parfait ― With manga, anime, live-action series, stage musicals, and a massive pile of merchandise, the Sailor Moon series has a lot to offer its fans. Now they can relive the franchise's highlights in a 20th anniversary guidebook. The book includes information on the recent exhibit in Roppongi Hills, an overview of Sailor Moon-related merchandise, and interviews w...
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PLAMAX Recreates Pacific Rim's Gipsy Danger in 1/350 Scale

Good Smile Company opened preorders for Max Factory's PLAMAX JG-02: Gipsy Danger figure kits on Wednesday. The 1/350-scale figure recreates Gipsy Danger, a Mark-3 American Jaeger that Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori pilot in the Pacific Rim film. The kit comes ready to assemble, and it includes decals and an LED light for the turbine on the Jaeger's chest. The figure stands about 230 millimeters (9....
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Series Finale: Handa-kun ‒ Episode 12

"While it may not be spectacular, this episode is competent and entertaining enough to wrap the series up on a positive note."
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Alderamin on the Sky ‒ Episode 12

"The main attraction is still the back-and-forth on military tactics, but this series has also become an unexpectedly strong display of character development."
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Cast, Staff Discuss A Silent Voice Anime Film in Making-Of Video

Kyoto Animation began streaming a making-of video for its A Silent Voice anime on Thursday. The video introduces the film's story and features interviews with the cast and staff. The film adaptation of Yoshitoki Ōima's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) manga opened on September 17 on 120 screens and ranked #2 at box offices in Japan. The film earned 283,000,000 yen (about US$2.8 million) and sold 20...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable ‒ Episode 26

"JJBA finally delivered a Rock Paper Scissors episode, the perfect blend of ordinary mundanity and psychological warfare that can be heightened to absurd melodrama. "
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Megami Meguri Public Transit Card 3DS Game's Promo Reveals December 8 Release

New characters & Collector's Package, Complete Edition contents revealed ― The official website of CAPCOM's Megami Meguri (Goddess Tour), the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game that will use IC cards, began streaming a promotional video on Tuesday. The video reveals the game's December 8 release date. The video also introduces a new character named Amaterasu, a "goddess among goddesses" who will accompany pl...
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Custom Final Fantasy XV Xbox Up for Grabs for 1 Lucky Winner

Fans that pre-ordered Final Fantasy XV on Square Enix's website now have a chance to win a custom Xbox One console. The one-of-a-kind model imitates protagonist Noctis' "Engine Blade" weapon. The prize is one of the weekly "Carbuncle Surprises" made available to customers who pre-order the game. The prizes range from action figures, real clothing based on character's outfits, a new entertainment s...
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Missions of Love's Toyama Starts Imōto no o Shigoto wa Jikyū 2000-en Manga

Story of unfortunate girl who becomes fake little sister debuted on September 17 ― Ema Toyama launched the Imōto no o Shigoto wa Jikyū 2000-en (My Little Sister's Hourly Pay Is 2000 Yen) manga in the November issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Family magazine on September 17. The "fake family" four-panel manga centers on a high school girl named Mieko. Lured by high salary, Mieko puts herself forward fo...
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Evangelion's Yoshiyuki Sadamoto Designs Characters for Upcoming Mystery RPG

Tomokazu Sugita, Hekiru Shiina headline all-star cast ― Preorders are being taken for Black Rose Suspects, a suspenseful mystery RPG for smartphones. It has attracted attention for its character designs, which are by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Summer Wars, Nadia: Secret of Blue Water). After another Great Depression called the Greatest Gap, the world has come under the rule of a sin...
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Trickster TV Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Gackt's Opening Song

Gackt also voices character in anime premiering on October 3 ― Bandai Visual began streaming the third promotional video for the Trickster - Edogawa Rampo 'Shōnen Tantei-dan' Yori (Trickster - From Rampo Edogawa's "The Boy Detectives Club") television anime on Saturday. This latest video had debuted during the early premiere showing of the first episode on Friday. It features the opening theme song "...
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Power Rangers Ninja Steel Recasts Yellow Ranger

Nico Greetham replaces Chantz Simpson in new series ― Saban Brands announced earlier this month Nico Greetham will replace Chantz Simpson as Yellow Ranger in Power Rangers Ninja Steel, the 24th season of the Power Rangers franchise, "due to unforeseen circumstances." Greetham confirmed the news on his Twitter account on September 19. I am thrilled to join the new Power Rangers Ninja Steel cast! #yell...

'Rewrite' TV Anime Gets 2nd Season Next January

"Moon Arc/Terra Arc" season announced in current anime's Saturday finale ― The final episode of the current Rewrite television anime ended with an announcement video stating that a second season will premiere next January on Tokyo MX, MBS, BS11, and other channels. The announcement lists the second season as Rewrite 2nd Season Moon-Hen/Terra-Hen (Rewrite 2nd Season Moon Arc/Terra Arc). (The above lin...
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The List - 8 Strange Versions of Western Historical Figures

In this Classic edition of The List, we take a more colorful look at history, as famous figures from the past return in wacky ways in your favorite anime and manga! ― Hey everyone, this classic List is brought to you courtesy of an uncooperative baby. Infants are rough and mine decided naps were out of the question this week. Thank you for understanding! I rocked out to Ozzy Osbourne's Prince of Dar...
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Season Finale: Amanchu! ‒ Episode 12

"Futaba, Hikari, and the rest of the club go for one last dive in this week's satisfying finale."

KochiKame Manga Gets Collaborations With 11 Shonen Jump Manga This Year

Collaboration manga with My Hero Academia, Food Wars!, Nisekoi, more commemorate Kochikame's finale ― This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on September 17 that 11 Weekly Shonen Jump manga will hold collaborations with Osamu Akimoto's Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo ("Kochikame") police comedy manga, which ended in the same issue. The "Minna no K...
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Series Finale: Battery the Animation ‒ Episodes 10-11

"Battery the Animation has made its way to the finish line with the energy of a geriatric trying to parallel park."
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Sengoku Chōjū Giga Anime Reveals More Cast, Staff, October 8 Premiere

Megumi Hayashibara to narrate series of 5-minute anime shorts ― The official website of the ILCA anime studio's Sengoku Chōjū Giga (Sengoku Wildlife Caricatures) television anime revealed additional cast, staff, and the anime's October 8 premiere on September 13. Additionally, the site announced on Wednesday that voice actress Megumi Hayashibara will narrate the series. The anime's full title is now ...
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Rainy Cocoa Anime's 3rd Season Reveals Title, Cast, Staff, Theme Song Artist

Rainy Cocoa in Hawaii premieres on October 2 ― The official website for the Rainy Cocoa television anime franchise revealed the October 2 premiere date on Friday for Rainy Cocoa in Hawaii, the anime's third season. (The third season was previously listed on the site under the title Rainy Cocoa: Rainy color Waikiki). The anime will premiere on October 2 on Sun TV at 10:27 p.m. and on Tokyo MX at 10:28...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, September 12-18

KochiKame, Pokemon specials air ― The live-action drama adaptation of Miyuki Kitagawa's Seisei Suru hodo, Ai Shiteru manga aired on TBS on Tuesday, September 13 at 10:00 p.m. and earned a 7.9% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV September 18 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 10.6 Doraemon TV Asahi September 16 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 8.0 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi September...
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Kyoto Animation's A Silent Voice Anime Film Earns 410 Million Yen in 1st 3 Days

Film sold 300,000 tickets, ranked #2 in opening weekend ― Kyoto Animation's anime film adaptation of Yoshitoki Ōima's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) manga earned more than 410,000,000 yen (about US$4 million) and sold more than 300,000 tickets in its first three days. The film opened on September 17 on 120 screens (Monday was a holiday in Japan). The film earned 283,000,000 yen (about US$2.8 million...
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Haifuri/High School Fleet Anime Gets OVA Project in 2017

12-episode TV anime series originally premiered in April ― The staff of the High School Fleet (Haifuri) television anime series announced at the "High School Fleet presents Yokosuka Sekidōsai" event at the Yokosuka Arts Theatre in Kanagawa prefecture on Saturday that the franchise is getting an original video anime (OVA) project that will debut in 2017. The announcement didn't give any other details ...
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Live-Action March comes in like a lion Films' 1st Still Features Ryunosuke Kamiki as Rei

The official Twitter account for the two live-action films of Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion (Sangatsu no Lion) manga revealed a still from the films on Saturday. The still reveals Ryunosuke Kamiki in costume as Rei Kiriyama. The two films will open in Japan on March 18 and April 22, respectively. Kamiki and director Keishi Ōtomo previously worked together on the live-action Rurouni Kens...
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Digimon Adventure tri. Anime's 4th Film Opens on February 25

The staff for the Digimon Adventure tri. six-part anime film series revealed at a stage greeting event at the Shinjuku Wald 9 theater in Tokyo on Saturday that the fourth film in the project, titled Digimon Adventure tri. Sōshitsu (Loss), will open in Japan on February 25. The third film, Digimon Adventure tri. Kokuhaku (Confession, pictured at right), opened in Japan on Saturday and will screen i...
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Orange Manga Gets 2-Part Spinoff About Future Suwa

Takano to debut spinoff manga in October ― This year's November issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine announced on Saturday that manga artist Ichigo Takano will draw a two-part spinoff of her Orange manga. The spinoff, titled orange -Suwa Hiroto-, will focus on Spoiler, highlight text to read: [Naho and Suwa's lives in the world where Kakeru passed away at age 17.] The first half will run in t...
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Natsume Ono's ACCA Manga Ends in October

Series began in 2013; anime adaptation slated for January ― This year's 10th issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine announced on Saturday that Natsume Ono's ACCA 13-Ku Kansatsu-Ka (ACCA: 13th Ward Observation Department) manga will end in the next issue on October 25. Ono launched the manga series in Monthly Big Gangan magazine in June 2013. Square Enix shipped the fifth compiled volume i...
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Keijo!!!!!!!! Anime's Home Video Releases Get 6 'Bonus Anime'

1st of 6 DVD/BD volumes slated for release on November 23 in Japan ― The official website for the television anime of Daichi Sorayomi's aquatic sports manga Keijo!!!!!!!! (Hip Whip Girl) announced on Wednesday that all six Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video releases for the series will come with a "completely new bonus anime." The announcement didn't state if the six bonus anime will be extra e...

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Fans Compare Changes from Regalia Re-Broadcast Episodes

The Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars anime series was suddenly halted for a month in July to fix what its producer Takayuki Nagatani cited as a "recognizable difference between the show's planned quality [and the current quality]." The show's first four episodes were aired again, this time with quality corrections. Fans are now comparing screenshots to see what kind of things were adjusted. Example...
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Hi-sCool! Seha Girls Gets Bonus Episode on Series DVD

"Sports Festival" episode ships on November 3 ― The complete DVD box set of the Hi-sCool! Seha Girls anime will ship in Japan on November 3 and bundle an original anime episode. The episode it titled "Dai-54-Kai Hanpa Jano! Zenryoku de Guu! Yūshō Suru no wa Only You! Subete no Gakkō Gyōji o Kako ni Suru! SeHaGaga Gakuen Taiikusai" (54th "Awesome! As Good As It Gets! Only You Can Achieve Victory! Leav...
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Anime Fans Choose the Strongest Robot Pilots

Gundam series is dominant; pick your choice in ANN's poll! ― Mecha anime have been hallmarks of the medium for decades, but it's usually the robots themselves that get the spotlight, glory, and figures. Charapedia, a Japanese anime/manga/game character database, conducted a poll of its readers to determine which robot pilots in anime were the strongest. The poll was carried out from September 9 to 14...
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Giant Killing Soccer Manga Goes on Hiatus

42nd compiled book volume ships October 21 ― This year's 43rd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Morning magazine announced on Wednesday that Masaya Tsunamoto and Tsujitomo's Giant Killing soccer manga is going on hiatus. The same issue announced that Nichijou's Keiichi Arawi will be launching a new series titled CITY in the next issue on September 29. Weekly Morning first published Giant Killing in 2007. Th...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, September 11-17

3 One-Punch Man volumes, Monster Musume, 3 Tokyo Ghoul volumes, Haikyu!!, Attack on Titan, Seraph of the End The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on September 17. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1One-Punch Man #8 Story: ONE / Art: Yuusuke Murata Viz Media 2 2 2Monster Musume #9 Okayado Seven Seas Entertainmen...

Netflix to Debut Kuromukuro's 2nd Season in U.S. on October 10

Season includes episodes 14-26 ― The U.S. Netflix website has revealed that it will begin streaming the second season (episodes 14-26) of the Kuromukuro anime series on October 10. The anime's 26th and final episode will premiere in Japan on September 29. Ponycan USA plans to release the series in the United States. Ponycan USA describes Kuromukuro: During the construction of the Kurobe Dam, an ancie...
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Mamoru Miyano Gets Caught in a Rain Storm for Uta Pri OP MV

Singer and voice actor Mamoru Miyano is putting on the waterworks for his latest single's music video, "Tempest." The track serves as the opening for this season's Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE Legend Star anime series. The song is Miyano's 15th single and is being released simultaneously with his 16th single, "The Birth," on October 12. "The Birth" is the theme song for the Ajin: Shōgeki film. The...

FunimationNow App to Launch on PS Vita

Funimation Entertainment announced on Friday that it will launch its FunimationNow streaming app on PlayStation Vita. The company also confirmed plans to launch upgraded apps on Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox and PlayStation consoles. In addition, Funimation is building a new website that will stream video on mobile devices regardless of whether or not the user has the FunimationNow app.
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Sanrio Puts The Great Passage Mascots' Heads into Books

Characters will provide commentary about each episode ― The Great Passage (Fune wo Amu) novel and upcoming anime series follows the employees at the Genbu Shobō publishing company. Two employees, Majime and Masashi, work together to compile a medium-sized Japanese dictionary titled "The Great Passage." Sanrio is creating mascot characters to represent the series and literally putting their heads in b...

Bikini Warriors Anime Gets OVA on December 7

2-episode OVA to bundle with "hyper sexy edition" of some TV anime episodes ― The official website for the Bikini Warriors anime announced that an original video anime (OVA) will ship on December 7 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The release will include two OVA episodes and a "hyper sexy edition" of six of the 12 episodes that aired on TV. The total runtime of the release is 32 minutes. The first episode w...
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Answerman - How Does The Train System Work In Japan?

Japan's train system is referenced constantly in anime - so how exactly does it work? Justin gets into it. ― Tayler asks: How do kids in Japan pay for the trains that they are constantly using? Train use is something that seems to happen in nearly every school anime, but I don't think I've ever seen one that actually mentioned the price of a train ride, or why kids are able to seemingly just walk on...
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DMI's Juné Imprint Licenses Junko's Ōji no Kikan Manga

Kou Yoneda's Twittering Birds Never Fly's 3rd volume ships in February 2017 ― Digital Manga Inc's Juné imprint's Facebook page announced on Monday that it has licensed Junko's Ōji no Kikan (The Prince's Time) manga. Juné gave a tentative release schedule of late spring/summer 2017 for the compiled book volume. Juné also announced that the third volume of Kou Yoneda's Twittering Birds Never Fly is ten...
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WWW.WORKING Anime Streams Character Trailers for Miri, Rui

Anime adapting Working!!/Wagnaria! webcomic spinoff premieres on October 1 ― Aniplex began streaming two new character trailers WWW.WORKING, the television anime of the web comic Web-ban Working!!, on Friday. The videos feature Miri Yanagiba (voiced by Momo Asakura) and Rui Nagata (Ari Ozawa). (Note: The YouTube videos linked are region-locked outside of Japan). The website previously streamed videos...
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Gundam the Origin's Yasuhiko, Monogatari Series' Nisioisin Each End Manga Series

Ten no Ketsumyaku, Zerozaki Kishishiki no Ningen Knock manga both end ― The November issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine published the final chapter of Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's Ten no Ketsumyaku manga and NisiOisin and Chomoran's Zerozaki Kishishiki no Ningen Knock manga on Saturday. Ten no Ketsumyaku is Yasuhiko's third manga on modern history, after Nijiiro no Trotsky and Ōdō no Inu. The manga cente...
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'91 Days' Anime Episode 11 Still Scheduled to Premiere on Friday

The official website for the 91 Days television anime announced on Thursday that one Japanese station, CBC, will delay its broadcast of the anime's 11th episode from Friday, September 23 to Friday, September 30. However, the website emphasized that episode 11 will still air as originally scheduled on Friday, September 23 on the TBS and MBS stations, and it will run as originally scheduled on Satur...
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Fairy Tail Gaiden: Raigō Issen Spinoff Manga is Last in Fairy Tail Gaiden Series

Manga's 3rd and final compiled book volume slated for November 17 ― Kodansha's "Magazine Pocket" manga app published the final chapter of Kyōta Shibano's Fairy Tail Gaiden: Raigō Issen (Fairy Tail Spinoff: Flash of Great Lightning) spinoff of Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail manga on September 14. The manga's end also ended the Fairy Tail Gaiden series of spinoff stories. Fairy Tail Gaiden: Raigō Issen focu...
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Senran Kagura 5th Anniversary Page Features Teaser for 'Continuing Fight' in 2017

The official website of the Senran Kagura franchise teased a new announcement on Friday, with text that mentions, "In 2017, the girls' fight will continue." The series is currently celebrating its fifth anniversary. The site is hosting pictures that look back on previous games in the series. The franchise began with the release of the original Senran Kagura game on the Nintendo 3DS in September 20...
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Girlish Number Anime Previewed in TV Ad

Series based on Wataru Watari, QP:flapper's novel project premieres on October 6 ― The official website for the television anime of Wataru Watari and QP:flapper's Girlish Number novel project began streaming a commercial for the series on Friday. The anime will premiere on TBS on October 6 at 2:28 a.m., and will then premiere Sun TV on October 7 and on BS-TBS on October 8. The show's cast includes: S...
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Hobby Japan's sin Nanatsu no Taizai Anime Casts Yui Ogura, Chiaki Takahashi

TV series centers on beautiful demons representing 7 deadly sins ― The official website for sin Nanatsu no Taizai, the television anime adaptation of Hobby Japan's multimedia project The 7 Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai, not to be confused with the similarly named manga by Nakaba Suzuki), revealed two more cast members on Friday. Yui Ogura (Yurikuma Arashi's Sumika Izumino) as Beelzebub (representing...
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Shūmatsu no Izetta Anime's 5th Promo Video Previews AKINO with bless4's Opening Theme Song

Anime about witch fighting army to premiere on October 1 ― The official website for the upcoming original anime Shūmatsu no Izetta (Izetta of the End) began streaming the show's fifth promotional video on Friday. The video previews AKINO with bless4's opening theme song "Cross the Line." The official site had streamed a commercial last week that also previewed the song. The series will premiere on Oc...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Season 5's TV Ad Previews Sasanomaly's Theme Song

New anime based on Yuki Midorikawa's manga premieres on October 4 ― The official website for Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go, the fifth television anime season inspired by Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, began streaming a commercial for the anime on Wednesday. The video previews Sasanomaly's opening theme song "Takarabako" (Treasure Chest). The anime will premiere on Octob...
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Paramount's Live-Action Rings Film Delayed to February 2017

Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Thursday that Paramount Pictures is delaying the release of its Rings live-action horror film to February 3, 2017. The film was previously slated for a release on October 28 after several previous delays. Paramount Pictures describes the story: A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterio...
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Gakuen Handsome TV Anime Streams 1st Promo Video

Series with double cast premieres on October 3 ― The official YouTube channel for the television anime adaptation of Tohoku Penet's Gakuen Handsome PC game began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Thursday. The series will premiere on October 3 at 25:00 (effectively October 4 at 1:00 a.m.) on Tokyo MX and BS Fuji. Niconico's official "Gakuen Handsome Channel" will also stream each episo...
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Hitsuji no Ki Manga About Former Convicts Living in Town Gets Live-Action Film

Film slated for 2018 stars Ryo Nishikido, Fumino Kimura, Kazuki Kitamura, Yuka, more ― A live-action film adaptation of Tatsuhiko Yamagami and Mikio Igarashi's Hitsuji no Ki (The Sheep's Tree) manga has been green-lit. The film will open in Japan in 2018. Ryo Nishikido will star in the lead role as Hajime Tsukisue, a kind-hearted public servant who is one of the few who know about the government proj...
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Masamune-kun's Revenge Anime's Staff, Visual, January Premiere Revealed

Mirai Minato directs, Silver Link animates comedy about boy aiming to get revenge on girl who bullied him ― The official website of the television anime of Hazuki Takeoka and Tiv's Masamune-kun's Revenge (Masamune-kun no Revenge) manga revealed the main staff, visual, and January premiere date of the anime on Friday. The anime will premiere in January on the Tokyo MX, AT-X, and BS Fuji channels. Mira...
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Makoto Shinkai's 'your name.' Anime Film Earns 10 Billion Yen in 28 Days

Film is 1st non-Ghibli, non-Miyazaki anime film to earn 10 billion yen ― Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film has earned more than 10 billion yen (about US$98 million) as of Thursday, after 28 days in Japanese theaters. The film has also sold more than 7.7 million tickets as of Wednesday, and ranked at #1 for its first four weeks in theaters. The film is the first anime film since ...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Dream Festival! Idol Anime

Site also adds Looking Up At The Half-Moon, Pita-Ten, Ninja Nonsense to catalog ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the anime adaptation of Dream Festival! — the all-male "2.5D idol project" from several Bandai Namco Group companies. The stream will begin on Friday, September 23 at 9:00 a.m. EDT, with the second episode premiering on October 7. The anime will be available worldwid...
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Crunchyroll Adds Digimon Adventure tri. Anime's Part 3 on Friday

Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming Digimon Adventure tri. Kokuhaku (Confession), the third movie in the Digimon Adventure tri. anime film series, on Friday at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The site had previously stated in August that it would premiere the film in October. The anime will be available for premium users in the following territories: the United States, Canada, South Afri...

Rumiko Takahashi's RIN-NE Manga Gets 3rd Anime Season in Spring 2017

New season will again air on NHK-E TV ― This year's 44th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on September 28 that Rumiko Takahashi's RIN-NE (Kyōkai no Rinne) manga is getting a third television anime season that will premiere in spring 2017. The issue also reveals a key visual for the new season, and features comments from voice actress Marina Inoue (Sakura) and voice act...
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