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Seven Deadly Sins -Signs of Holy War-

This four-episode "second season" of Seven Deadly Sins popped up on Netflix - how does it move the story forward, and is it any good? Theron Martin investigates. ― Although this is (correctly) labeled as a TV series, that label can be misleading in this case, as it implies that it consists of more than just four episodes. That is clearly all that it was planned for, however, so what Netflix is listin...
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The Mike Toole Show - Where to Be-GIN with Gintama

This week, Mike explores the weird and wonderful world of Gintama, a smash hit in Japan with a slight barrier of entry in the West. So what makes this action comedy so special? ― Earlier this week-- actually yesterday, if you go by column publication date—it was Anime Day at the video games retailer GameStop. This wasn't a major event; honestly, it was just an excuse to hawk some anime-related games ...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride GN 4

The Ancient Magus’ Bride continues to find wonder in both its central romance and its magical world. Nick Creamer digs into the details. ― While Ancient Magus' Bride's first and second volumes focused primarily on the magical world surrounding Chise and Elias, the manga's third volume turned inward, highlighting the emotional baggage that inspires both of their actions. This fourth volume essentially...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt GN 1

With gorgeous art and bonus details left out of the anime version, the only thing missing from this Gundam Thunderbolt manga is the soundtrack. Lauren Orsini weighs its pros and cons. ― “To all you music lovers out there—no borders, no war. You're tuned to Thunderbolt Station, the pirate radio of freedom!” There's no shortage of work hazards out in the Thunderbolt Sector, where Federation and Zeon so...
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Wednesday, February 22

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Legendary's Godzilla Sequel Film Casts Bloodline Actor Kyle Chandler

Super 8 actor plays scientist father of Millie Bobby Brown's character ― Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Tuesday that Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Super 8, Bloodline) has joined the cast of Godzilla: King of Monsters, the sequel film to Legendary Pictures' 2014 Godzilla movie. Chandler plays a scientist and the father of the character that child actor Millie Bobby ...
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To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness Manga's Finale Listed on March 4

Sequel manga launched in 2010, inspired 2 TV anime, 2 OVA episodes ― Online bookstore e-hon lists the April issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine with the final chapter of Kentaro Yabuki and Saki Hasemi's To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga. The issue will ship on March 4. The previous issue of the magazine teased the manga's climax last month with the text "The troubled Rito makes a decision!" an...
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Yuri!!! on Ice Voted as Tokyo Anime Awards' Animation of the Year

Anime received 41,439 votes, followed by Joker Game, High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- ― This year's Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) held a poll for the Animation of the Year: Anime Fan Award. Fans voted on anime that screened or aired between October 18, 2015, and October 15, 2016. An earlier poll had already narrowed down a larger list of 550 to 100, and fans could vote once per day. The poll end...

Tuesday, February 21

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Anisong Top 100 Program Crowns 'Snow Halation,' Tiger & Bunny Themes

NHK's TV special Countdown Live: Anison Best 100! hosted by Nogizaka46 member Sayuri Matsumura aired on Saturday and announced the winners of the station's popular vote. While Neon Genesis Evangelion's "Cruel Angel's Thesis" opening topped a similar poll last year, followed by tried and true favorites from Sailor Moon, Touch, and Dragon Ball Z, NHK's results leaned more recent. The top choice is "...
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Yuri!!! on Ice's Main Characters Don Kigurumi for Store Event

The Shinjuku Marui Annex department store in Tokyo announced on Tuesday its plans for a Yuri!!! on Ice collaborative event. The store unveiled Yuri, Yūri, and Victor in animal kigurumi on a promotional image for the collaboration. The "Ice Castle Hasetsu Branch Office in Shinjuku Marui Annex" event will run in the event space on the store's sixth floor from March 1 to March 26. In addition to new ...

Fairy Tail Manga Is Already in 'Last Arc,' 60 Million Copies in Print

Franchise's 2nd anime film opens on May 6 ― The official website of the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film revealed in its introduction page on Wednesday that the manga is in its "last arc." It also revealed that the manga has over 60 million copies in print worldwide. The manga follows the adventures of world's most notorious mage guild, Fairy Tail. The manga launched in 2006 and has inspired two tel...
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Good Smile Racing Reveals 2017 Car With Tony's Hatsune Miku

The Good Smile Racing team revealed this year's machine design at Wonder Festival on Sunday. The company also announced the four young women who will serve as "Racing Miku Supporters" for the 2017 season. The Good Smile Company subsidiary unveiled this year's rewards for individual sponsors who donate money. Rewards include Max Factory's Nendoroid and figma Racing Miku figures. The project began a...
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Asahinagu Sports Manga Gets Film, Stage Play Starring Nogizaka46 Idols

Play opens in May, film with different cast slated for fall ― Toho opened a website revealing a stage play and a film based on Ai Kozaki's Asahinagu sports manga on Wednesday. Both the play and the film will star members of idol group Nogizaka46, though the cast will be different for each version. Asuka Saitō will star in the play as Asahi Tōjima. Other cast members include: Sayuri Inoue as Shōko Yas...
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Hand Shakers ‒ Episode 7

"When the show isn't assaulting the senses with its ludicrous animation, its numbing them into submission with some of the most inane plotting that anime has to offer."
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Silent Möbius Stage Play Reveals Cast Roles

The March issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine revealed the cast roles for the stage play adaptation of Kia Asamiya's paranormal police manga series Silent Mobius on Monday. While the cast had already been revealed last month, it did not reveal their corresponding roles until now. The cast with their roles includes: Karen Iwata as Katsumi Liqueur Saori Yasaka as Nami Yamigumo Mutsuki Arisawa...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 19-25

Erased, Magical Girl Site, Smokin' Parade, Spirits & Cat Ears manga; Konosuba novel ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Assassination Classroom Season 2 Part 1 BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 February 21 The Asterisk War Volume 3 Limited Edition BDCite Aniplex of America US$114.98 February 21 The Asterisk War Volume 3 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Aniplex of America ...
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Figure Build Close-up: 2016 S.H. Figuarts Naruto & Sasuke

Figures are provided courtesy of Bluefin Distributors Naruto and Sasuke may not be real, but to call their latest figures anything less than “lifelike” wouldn't be doing them justice. With soft poseable plastic and a variety of expressions, hands, and accessories, this pair can reenact any Naruto Shippuden scene in your living room. These 2016 S.H. Figuarts models are among Bandai's latest. The b...
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Discotek Licenses Captain Harlock Endless Orbit SSX Anime

1982 TV follow-up to Arcadia of my Youth slated for DVD release this year ― Discotek Media announced on Facebook on Tuesday that it has licensed the Captain Harlock Endless Orbit SSX (Arcadia of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX) television anime and plans to release it on DVD in North America this year. The 22-episode anime premiered in 1982 as a sequel to the Arcadia of My Youth film that debuted earlier...
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Bakemonogatari ‒ Episode 6

"Bakemonogatari's sixth episode marks the beginning of Suruga Monkey, the show's third arc."

Sentai Filmworks Schedules Big O Blu-ray Release for June

Also: rerelease of Kino's Journey; dubs confirmed for School-Live!, Chivalry of a Failed Knight ― Section 23 Films announced in its June release slate on Tuesday that Sentai Filmworks will release both seasons of The Big O anime on Blu-ray Disc on June 20. The release will include both English and Japanese audio. Sentai Filmworks announced in 2013 that it had licensed The Big O and 11 other Sunrise t...
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Android Idol U Debuts at Tokyo Department Store

Media company Dwango, Osaka University's Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, and department store chain Parco announced their android idol-raising project on Wednesday. "Androidol" U made her debut public appearance at the Ikebukuro Parco store in Tokyo with a Niconico live streaming broadcast. U used artificial intelligence to answer questions and speak live during the broadcast. She asked the audie...
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Daisuki Adds Heavy Metal L-Gaim, Aura Battler Dunbine Anime

Sunrise shows from early 80's stream for subscribers ― Video streaming service Daisuki added the Heavy Metal L-Gaim and Aura Battler Dunbine anime as subscriber exclusives this month. All 54 episodes of Heavy Metal L-Gaim and all 49 episodes of Aura Battler Dunbine are now streaming. Daisuki describes the story of Sunrise's Heavy Metal L-Gaim: In the binary solar system "Pentagona world," there is a ...
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Vertical Licenses Arakawa Under the Bridge, Imperfect Shojo, Voices of a Distant Star Manga

Company also licenses Anime Supremacy novel ― North American publisher Vertical announced at Katsucon on Saturday that it has licensed Hikaru Nakamura's Arakawa Under the Bridge, NisiOisin and Mitsuru Hattori's Imperfect Shojo, and Makoto Shinkai and Mizu Sahara's The Voices of a Distant Star manga. In addition, it has licensed Mizuki Tsujimura's Anime Supremacy novel. Vertical will release Arakawa U...
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Kemono Friends' Serval Stars in Fan VR Video

Niconico member JAK began streaming a Kemono Friends virtual reality video (VR) on Saturday. The video features a VR version of the character Serval that can interact with a user. Niconico 【VR】サーバルちゃんとフレンズになりたかった Schwarz created the VR model, and Unity Technologies Japan provided part of the script. The television anime adaptation of Nexon's Kemono Friends smartphone game stars Yuka Ozaki as Serva...
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Kado: The Right Answer Anime Gets Manga in March

Manga launches before CG TV anime's April premiere ― The March issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine revealed on Wednesday that Toei Animation's original anime project Kado: The Right Answer will get a manga adaptation that will launch in the next issue on March 22. Mutsumi Okuhashi (Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash manga) is drawing the manga. Toei Animation and novelist Mado Nozaki, the anime's script...
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Survival Game Club's Matsumoto Ends Kyōkai no Micrina Manga in 3rd Volume

Final volume of manga about world-conquering witch slated for April ― The second compiled book volume of Hidekichi Matsumoto's Kyōkai no Micrina (Micrina of Border) revealed last Friday that the manga's third volume will be its last. The third volume is slated to ship in April. The story begins when the titular witch Micrina crosses over from the demon world to the human world. Micrina is on a missio...
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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Ad Streamed, Expansion Pass Revealed

Expansion Pass adds original story, new challenges, harder difficulty ― Nintendo began streaming a new television commercial for its The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wii U and Switch game last week. The commercial shows clips of various action scenes and locales from the game. Nintendo also announced via video that it will offer an Expansion Pass for the game.The Expansion Pass will add more c...

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Anime Film Reveals Cast, Staff, New Characters, May 6 Premiere, Visual

Manga creator Hiro Mashima draws storyboard, serves as executive producer ― This year's 12th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine announced more details about the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film on Wednesday. The film will open in Japan on May 6, and the tagline on the new poster visual (pictured below) by manga creator Hiro Mashima reads, "That power … is it hope or destruction…?" Mashima is...
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Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter Anime Streams 1st Film's TV Ad

Tomodachi film opens with Suzuko Mimori's song on March 18 ― Pony Canyon began streaming a television commercial on Monday for the Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter) theatrical anime project's first film, titled Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō: Tomodachi (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter: Friends). The video previews Suzuko M...
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Dragons Make Dentistry Action-Packed

Not to mention surprisingly fatalistic and physiologically dark.
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Puzzle & Dragons X TV Anime Gets 2nd Season

1st season based on puzzle RPG debuted in July ― Pierrot President Michiyuki Honma announced on Monday at a press event for the fifth anniversary of GungHo Online Entertainment's Puzzle & Dragons smartphone game that a second season of the Puzzle & Dragons X anime has been green-lit. The studio will announce details about the second television anime season in the future. The anime will hold a collabo...

AIC Ad: New Megazone 23, Pretty Sammy Projects in the Works

Brand-new Megazone 23 work, Megazone 23 remake, Pretty Sammy sequel ― A wall advertising for the Japanese crowdfunding platform Campfire and art seller Manga Art lists several "projects in the works" from the anime production company AIC: "a brand-new project in the Megazone 23 franchise, a Megazone 23 remake, a Pretty Sammy sequel, and others." The advertising in Tokyo's Akihabara district this week...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, February 13-19

Uta-Pri Legend Star sells 2,484, followed by Mr. Osomatsu stage play, Eir Aoi, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE!, Magic-kyun Renaissance, Momoiro Clover Z ― Mr. Osomatsu on Stage ~Six Men's Show Time~ sold 2,382 more copies for a new total of 16,062. It dropped from #1 to #7 on the overall DVD chart. The Eir Aoi 5th Anniversary Special Live 2016 ~Last Blue~ at Nippon Budōkan concert DVD sold 1...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 13-19

Sound! Euphonium 2 sells 5,484, followed by Eir Aoi, Uta-Pri Legend Star, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE!, Magic-kyun Renaissance ― The Eir Aoi 5th Anniversary Special Live 2016 ~Last Blue~ at Nippon Budōkan concert Blu-ray Disc sold 5,276 copies to rank #5 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Momoiro Clover Z Tojinsai 2016 ~Onigashima~ Live Blu-ray dropped from #2 to #18 in its second week. I...
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Some of the 11th Annual Seiyū Awards Winners Announced

Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Mari Shimizu, Junko Hori, Ryusei Nakao, Sumi Shimamoto receive awards ― The organizers of the 11th Annual Seiyū Awards announced some of the winners on Tuesday. Merit Awards Award for the seiyū who have contributed to many genres, including foreign works, over the years Kiyoshi Kobayashi Agency: Haikyou Roles: Lupin III (Daisuke Jigen), Yōkai Ningen Bem (Bem), dub actor James Cobur...
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J-Novel Club Licenses Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest Novel

1st part now available digitally ― The digital publishing company J-Novel Club announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Ryō Shirakome's Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest (Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō) light novel series. The first 40 pages of the first volume of the series is now available on J-Novel Club's website, with half of the first volume available for members. It will ...
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Take a Look at the Evangelion Bullet Train's Cockpit

Also sign up for the ultimate train otaku tour ― The Neon Genesis Evangelion bullet train has shuttled passengers on the JR-West line from the Shin-Osaka Station to Hakata Station for over a year, giving fans a chance to drink Misato's wine, hear announcements by Kaworu, and with the right ticket, take a sit in an Evangelion cockpit. The cockpit is part of a diorama boarding experience limited to pas...
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EVE Adult Game Maker HimeyaSoft Files for Bankruptcy

Desire game's developer incurred 150 million yen in debt ― Adult game developer HimeyaSoft filed for bankruptcy on February 8 after reportedly incurring debts of about 150 million yen (about US$1.3 million). The company suspended operations around 2014. According to Tokyo Shōkō Research, HimeyaSoft peaked in August 1998, taking in one billion yen (about US$8.8 million) in revenue in one month. Howeve...
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Gabriel DropOut ‒ Episode 7

"After functioning as the perpetual straight man and voice of reason for the last six installments, Vignette April Tsukinose is finally given her own episode."
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Square Enix Launches New Studio, RPG Project With Tales Producer Hideo Baba

Tokyo-based "Studio Istolia" works on "Project Prelude Rune" ― Square Enix announced on Tuesday that it has established Studio Istolia, a new Tokyo-based studio working on a new RPG project tentatively titled "Project Prelude Rune." Former Tales series brand manager and producer Hideo Baba is the new studio head, and is also the producer on "Project Prelude Rune." Square Enix describes the new projec...
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New Live Spectacle Naruto Stage Musical Reveals Sakura, Kakashi, Orochimaru in Costume

Kabuto, Yamato, Sai, Tsunade visuals also revealed for May-August play ― The official website for the Live Spectacle Naruto stage musicals revealed on Tuesday seven cast visuals for Live Spectacle Naruto: Akatsuki no Shirabe (Live Spectacle Naruto: The Akatsuki Investigation), the new run that will feature a different story than the previous two productions. Yui Itō as Sakura Haruno Yūki Kimisawa as ...
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3 Men Charged With Sharing Shinkai's 'your name.' Film Online

Osaka-area government employee, 2 others allegedly used "Share" file-sharing software ― The Osaka Prefectural Police's Anti-Cybercrime Division filed charges against three suspects on Monday for violating the Copyright Act by sharing Makoto Shinkai's your name. film without permission. According to the police, the three male suspects include a 48-year-old local government employee in Kaizuka City in ...

Monday, February 20

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135,000-Yen Evangelion Unit-01 Statue Debuts at Wonder Festival

Prime 1 Studio unveiled new Evangelion statues at its booth at the winter edition of Wonder Festival 2017 on Sunday. The Evangelion Test Type-01 NONscale Statue inspired by Eva Unit-01 from the new Evangelion anime films will stand 76.8 centimeters (about 2.52 feet) tall. The polystone statue will cost 135,000 yen (about US$1,193). According to a pamphlet distributed at the event, the statue will...
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Voice Actor Kensho Ono Confirms Relationship With Kana Hanazawa

The 11th episode of the Bunshunhō Live (Bunshun Bazooka Live) streaming program of Bungeishunju's Weekly Bunshun magazine reported on Saturday that voice actors Kensho Ono and Kana Hanazawa are in a relationship. The episode revealed reported images of the pair after a double date at a Western restaurant in Tokyo's Yoyogi neighborhood on February 12. After eating and getting coffee, the group spli...
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 7

"If you've missed Hakogaku these last few weeks, this week is all about them."
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Ys Vlll: Lacrimosa of DANA Gameplay Video Streamed

Game ships for the PS4, PS Vita, PC in N. America, Europe in Fall 2017 ― Nihon Falcom began streaming a gameplay video for its Ys Vlll: Lacrimosa of DANA PlayStation 4 game on Monday. The video first debuted at NIS America's press event on Friday. It shows gameplay footage of the character-switching combat system. The game will shipped for the PlayStation Vita last July 21, and will ship for the PS4 ...
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ONIHEI ‒ Episode 7

"With its more balanced blend of character development and cop drama, this episode of Onihei feels like it's fulfilling the promise that its first episode showed."
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Final Fantasy Game Series Earns 3 Guinness Nods

The Final Fantasy game series earned itself three Guinness World Records; two for Final Fantasy XIV and one for the series as a whole. The awards were handed out at Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival during the EU Fanfest 2017 event in Frankfurt on Sunday. Final Fantasy XIV producer and director Naoki Yoshida was on hand to accept the achievements. Final Fantasy XIV was acknowledged for having the lon...

Hulu Streams 5 Mobile Suit Gundam Anime Series

Gundam 00, Gundam Wing, 08th MS Team, Gundam the Origin, Gundam Seed ― Hulu began streaming five Gundam anime series on Monday. The following series are available in their entirety with both English and Japanese audio to subscribers: Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (and Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Second Season) Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin Hulu also stre...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 777

"This episode is a million times better than the last re-animated clip show, so at least it's got that going for it."
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Final Fantasy Explorers Force Game Revealed for Smartphones

Multiplayer RPG slated for this year ― This year's April Issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine announced on Tuesday that Square Enix will release an iOS and Android game titled Final Fantasy Explorers Force this year. The game will be free to play with the option of in-game purchases. Like the first Final Fantasy Explorers game, Final Fantasy Explorers Force be a multiplayer RPG, but up to five players...
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Moyoco Anno Joins Evangelion Theme Singer, Composer on New Single

The more the merrier seems to the approach for "Cruel Angel's Thesis" singer Yoko Takahashi and Evangelion composer Shiro Sagisu's new collaborative single. Accomplished manga artist Moyoco Anno, the wife of Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno, has joined in to provide the jacket art for the now titled "Welcome to the stage!" single. The CD includes the track "TENSIONS - welcome to the stage," a rearr...
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Musou Stars Crossover Game Adds Nioh's William

Gameplay footage featuring William streamed ― Koei Tecmo Games streamed a special program for its Nioh PlayStation 4 game on Monday and announced that the game's protagonist William will be playable in the Musou Stars crossover game. Musou Stars producer Masaki Furusawa appeared on the program to share gameplay footage and information on the game. Previously confirmed characters for Musou Stars inclu...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? 4-Panel Spinoff Manga Ends 2nd Season

Ai Mai Mi's Choboraunyopomi drew manga based on Fujino Ōmori's characters ― Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine published the final chapter of the "second season" of Choboraunyopomi's DanMachi 4-Koma: Somosomo Dungeon ni Moguru no ga Machigaide wa Nai Darou ka (DanMachi 4-Panel: Isn't it Wrong to Go into the Dungeon in the First Place?) manga on Friday. Choboraunyopomi (Ai Mai Mi, Magical Somera-chan...
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Toyota's C-HR Takes on Street Fighter II's M. Bison

The marketing team over at Toyota are always thinking up new, fun ways to make their vehicles more appealing to potential buyers. The 2017 C-HR (Coupe High-Rider) is a crossover vehicle, a blend of features from SUVs and passenger cars. The company decided to take the word "crossover" literally by putting the vehicle in different environments. In this case, the world of Street Fighter II. The C-HR...
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Hiro Shimono Performs Opening Theme for Kabukibu! Anime

Hiro Shimono to sing "bright, rock" opening theme for April TV anime, Shinya to contribute drums ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Yuuri Eda's Kabukibu! light novel series announced on Monday that singer and voice actor Hiro Shimono is performing the opening theme song "Running High" for the series. ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.'s composer Ryo Takahashi is responsible ...
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 19

"Having an Alisha-centric episode this week was both a blessing and a curse."
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Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Film Sells 308,376 Tickets for 426 Million Yen at #1

1st anime since Shinkai's your name to top box office & Aniplex's best opening yet ― The Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film sold about 308,376 tickets for 425,762,760 yen (about US$3.76 milion) to top the Japanese box office during the February 18-19 weekend. The film opened in Japan on Saturday in 151 theaters. It is the first anime film to rank #1 in both weekend attendance and weekend box ...
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Production I.G is Animating Next Idolish 7 Music Video

The official Twitter account for the Idolish 7 multimedia franchise announced on Thursday that the next anime music video will be produced by Production I.G. The company will animate the single "Mission" by the group Re:Vale. Re:vale×Production I.GによるMUSIC VIDEO ANIMATION先行カットが到着しました!千くん主演ドラマ『Mission』の世界観を踏襲した圧巻のパフォーマンスが繰り広げられます。是非ご期待くださいませ。#アイナナ #Revale pic.twitter.com/VMJo4ZeLYG— [email protected]..
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Gintama ‒ Episode 323

"With the Four Heavenly Kings reunited, The Battle on Rakuyo shifts the focus to Kagura's family."
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Masaaki Yuasa's Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome Film's Promo Previews Voice Acting

Kana Hanazawa, Hiroshi Kamiya, Robert Akiyama voice characters in video ― Toho began streaming a preview video for Masaaki Yuasa's anime film of The Tatami Galaxy and The Eccentric Family author Tomihiko Morimi's Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome (The Night is Short, So Walk, Girl) novel on Monday. The video previews voice clips for Kana Hanazawa's Girl With Black Hair, Hiroshi Kamiya's School Festival...
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Answerman - How Do Japanese TV Shows Use So Much Anime Music?

If you watch Japanese TV, you'll hear anime soundtracks - like the OSTs for Evangelion - used as background music on talk shows all the time. How does that happen? ― Henpaku asks: I noticed that certain Japanese TV programs (mostly those showing entertainment specials with famous guests doing weird Japanese people things) use a lot of anime OST. In fact a show just a few days ago used some BGM from ...
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Tokyo 7th Sisters Game's Anime Music Video Reveals Visuals, April Release

777☆Sisters perform song for smartphone game's 10-minute video ― The staff of Donuts' Tokyo 7th Sisters smartphone game revealed a key visual and a jacket visual for the animated music video "t7s Longing for summer Again And Again ~Harukaze~" (t7s Longing for summer Again And Again: Spring Breeze) on Saturday. The 10-minute video is slated to ship on Blu-ray Disc with a CD single for 777☆Sisters' son...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 44

"This was a complicated episode with certain scenes that stood out more than others."
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Vatican Miracle Examiner Anime Reveals TV Format, Staff, Visual, Summer Premiere

Yoshitomo Yonetani directs series at J.C. Staff ― An official website for the anime adaptation Rin Fujiki's Vatican Miracle Examiner (Vatican Kiseki Chōsakan) mystery novel series launched on Monday. The website revealed that the adaptation will be a television anime slated to premiere this summer. The website also revealed the anime's first visual and main staff. Yoshitomo Yonetani (Food Wars! Shoku...
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Seven Deadly Sins -Signs of Holy War-

This four-episode "second season" of Seven Deadly Sins popped up on Netflix - how does it move the story forward, and is it any good? Theron Martin investigates. ― Although this is (correctly) labeled as a TV series, that label can be misleading in this case, as it implies that it consists of more than just four episodes. That is clearly all that it was planned for, however, so what Netflix is listin...
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A Spoiler-Filled Talk with Tales of Berseria's Producer Fukaya

We sat down with the game's producer, Yasuhiro Fukaya, to answer all our spoiler-tastic questions about how Tales of Berseria connects to Tales of Zestiria and why.
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Accel World VS Sword Art Online Game's 4th Promo Video, 2nd TV Ad Streamed

PS4/PS Vita crossover game ships in Japan on March 16, in West this summer ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight began streaming the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game's fourth promotional video and second television commercial on Monday. The promotional video previews Kotoko x Luna's theme song "S x W -soul world-." The base...

Man Arrested for Threatening Voice Actress Nana Mizuki on Twitter

32-year-old allegedly admitted to charge, saying Mizuki did not respond to his email ― 32-year-old part-time worker and Nagahama City resident Akihiro Fukushima was arrested on Monday on the charge of obstructing business, after allegedly posting on Twitter that he would kill singer and voice actress Nana Mizuki. According the police investigation, the suspect from Shiga Prefecture admitted to the ch...
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Hozuki no Reitetsu Original Anime DVD's Promo Video Streamed

Anime ships with manga's 24th volume on March 23 ― The official website for the anime based on Natsumi Eguchi's Hozuki no Reitetsu manga began streaming a promotional video on Monday for anime's upcoming original anime DVD (OAD). The anime will the following returning and new cast members: Hiroki Yasumoto as Hōzuki Takashi Nagasako as Enma Daiō Daisuke Hirakawa as Momotaro Yumiko Kobayashi as Shiro H...
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film Gets 2 More Tribute Manga in March

Coppelion's Inoue, AD Police's Takezaki draw tribute chapters ― This year's March issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine revealed on Saturday that Tomonori Inoue (Coppelion) and Tony Takezaki (AD Police) will both draw tribute manga chapters for Dreamworks and Paramount's live-action Ghost in the Shell film. Both will appear in the magazine's April issue, which ships on March 21. The March issue ...

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Film Tops Japanese Weekend Box Office

Live-action One Week Friends film debuts at #3 ― The Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film ranked #1 in the Japanese box office for the February 18-19 weekend. The film opened in Japan on Saturday in 150 theaters. The film will screen in United States theaters for a one-night event on March 9, and will screen in Canada on March 17-19. Prior to the wide release, Aniplex of America will host a pre...
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March comes in like a lion Live-Action Films' 2 New Trailers Preview Theme Songs

Films adapting Chika Umino's manga open in Japan on March 18, April 22 ― Asmik Ace began streaming two new collaboration videos on Monday for the two live-action films based on Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion (Sangatsu no Lion) manga. The first video features the first film's theme song, "Be Noble" by Boku no Lyric no Bōyomi. The second video features the second film's theme song, "Haru no U...

Netflix Adds Gantz:O CG Anime Film With English Dub

Kaiji Tang, Austin Chase, Doug Erholtz, Tony Azzolino, more star in English dub ― Netflix in the United States added the GANTZ:O 3D CG anime film on Saturday. The film is available in both Japanese and English audio, with English, Japanese, French, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese subtitles. The film is based on Hiroya Oku's Gantz manga. The film lists Bob Buchholz as dialogue translator and director...
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Studio feel. Reveals Visual, Expanded Character Descriptions for Tsuki ga Kirei Original Anime

Rie Murakawa, Shōya Chiba, Konomi Kohara, Atsushi Tamaru star in series premiering in April ― The official website of anime studio feel.'s (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!, This Art Club Has a Problem!, Dagashi Kashi) upcoming original television anime series Tsuki ga Kirei (The Moon is Beautiful) revealed a teaser visual for the anime last Friday. The staff also revealed expanded character descri...
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'SukaSuka' Anime Reveals Main Cast, More Staff

Ryohei Arai, Akari Uehara, Machico, more join cast of April anime ― The official Twitter account and website of the anime adaptation of Akira Kareno and illustrator ue's Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? (What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? or "SukaSuka" for short) light novel series revealed the cast and additional staff of...
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Asahinagu Sports Manga Gets Important Announcement This Month

This year's 12th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Ai Kozaki's Asahinagu sports manga will get an important announcement in the magazine's next issue on February 27. The magazine also reveals that the manga's 22nd compiled book volume will ship on February 28. The manga centers on Asahi Tōjima, a first-year high school student at Futatsuzaka High School. She ...

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Real Escape Game Holds Space Brothers 'Astronaut Selection Exam'

Have you ever dreamed of becoming an astronaut? While it can't provide official certification, Scrap is collaborating with Space Brothers to offer the next best thing. The company's Real Escape Games are partnering with the franchise to hold an "Astronaut Selection Exam" beginning on March 17. Fans will be able to relive some of the challenges that Mutta encountered when he took astronaut exams in...
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Berserk Anime's New Cast, Theme Song Artists Revealed

Satomi Arai, Sumi Shimamoto, Kenta Miyake, Yoshino Nanjō join cast of April anime ― The official website of the Berserk television anime revealed the staff, cast, theme song artists, and teaser visual for the anime's next arc on Monday. The show's returning and new cast includes: Hiroaki Iwanaga as Guts Kaoru Mizuhara as Puck Yōko Hikasa as Farnese Kazuyuki Okitsu as Serpico Hiro Shimono as Isidro To...

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS TV Anime's Visual, Designs Revealed

6th Yu-Gi-Oh! anime premieres spring, features transforming protagonist, VR duels ― The official website of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, the upcoming sixth anime in the Yu-Gi-Oh! television anime franchise, revealed the designs and visual for the anime on Monday. The anime's main character Yūsaku Fujiki (pictured below) possesses a cool and sharp mind, and has the skills to be a hacker. He excels at quickly jud...
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Planetarian Net Anime Inspires Real Planetarium Project

The Planetarian net anime is inspiring a special planetarium feature at Koriyama City Fureai Science Center in Fukushima Prefecture from March 4 to April 5. A special presentation at the science center's planetarium will talk about the world of the anime during the collaboration. The anime character Yumemi Hoshino will provide an original presentation against the backdrop of the planetarium's star...
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Live-Action Gintama Film Posters Preview Tetsuya & Tetsuko

Ken Yasuda, Akari Hayami shown in costume ― The staff for the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga debuted two new poster visuals on Monday. The visuals show Tetsuya and Tetsuko Murata. The siblings run the blacksmith shop, handed down by their father Jintetsu, which forged the legendary Benizakura sword that is key to the story. Ken Yasuda as Tetsuya Murata Akari Hayami as Tetsuko Mur...
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Osamu Tezuka's Daughter to Hold Discussion with Black Jack Parody Artist

Artist has been hired by Tezuka Production ― Drawing parodies of famous works is a risky business, since the original creators or their estate might not appreciate the joke. On the other hand, it might propel you to fame and acclaim, as was the case with Tsunogai, artist of the Black Jack parody manga #Konna Black Jack wa Iya Da ("This Black Jack is Bad"). She will be the subject of a discussion even...
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Sumire Uesaka to Go Strawberry-Picking with Her Fan Club

Barbecue, discussion, photography also on schedule ― Voice actress Sumire Uesaka (Sanae in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, Nonna and Piyotan in Girls und Panzer, Serika in Chaos;Child) is giving the members of her fan club, Kolkhoz no Tamanegibatake ("Kolkhoz Onion Field"), a chance to do some field work with the actress herself. It's not picking onions, though, but something a little sweeter: str...
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Interviews with Monster Girls ‒ Episode 7

"Interviews With Monster Girls has been a character-focused series thus far, but the show shifts into world-building mode this week."
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Make a Statement in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Loungewear

Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure characters are known for their distinctive style. Now fans of the franchise can dress like these fashionable characters without even leaving their homes. The Premium Bandai website revealed a new line of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure loungewear on Thursday. The JoJo's Bizarre Roomwear line features outfits inspired by Jōsuke Higashikata, Okuyasu Nijimura, and ...
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 19

"Like Princess Tutu, this episode of ClassicaLoid takes a turn for the metafictional."
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Descending Stories: Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū ‒ Episode 7

"We finally get to revisit one of the oddest (and most controversial) parts of the first season – Miyokichi and Sukeroku's death."
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Sword Art Online's Traditional Craft Goods Line Offers Kirito, Asuna Kokeshi Dolls

The retail chain Animate unveiled the Sword Art Traditional line of collaboration merchandise on Thursday to promote Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale, which will open in Japan on Saturday. The anime and producers of Japanese traditional crafts are teaming up for the project. All of the products in the line are hand-made by artisans. The merchandise showcases regional traditional crafts f...
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The Mike Toole Show - Where to Be-GIN with Gintama

This week, Mike explores the weird and wonderful world of Gintama, a smash hit in Japan with a slight barrier of entry in the West. So what makes this action comedy so special? ― Earlier this week-- actually yesterday, if you go by column publication date—it was Anime Day at the video games retailer GameStop. This wasn't a major event; honestly, it was just an excuse to hawk some anime-related games ...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride GN 4

The Ancient Magus’ Bride continues to find wonder in both its central romance and its magical world. Nick Creamer digs into the details. ― While Ancient Magus' Bride's first and second volumes focused primarily on the magical world surrounding Chise and Elias, the manga's third volume turned inward, highlighting the emotional baggage that inspires both of their actions. This fourth volume essentially...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 79

"This show works for me a lot more when there's a bigger story in motion."
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Anonymous Noise Anime Adds Daisuke Ono, Jun Fukuyama, Ayahi Takagaki to Cast

Anime based on Ryoko Fukuyama's shōjo manga premieres in April ― This year's sixth issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed three more cast members on Monday for the television anime of Ryoko Fukuyama's shōjo manga Anonymous Noise (Fukumenkei Noise). The new cast members include: Daisuke Ono as Haruyoshi Ayahi Takagaki as Miō Jun Fukuyama as Kuro The previously revealed cast members inclu...
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We Saw the New Sword Art Online Movie

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Bungo Stray Dogs Anime Gets New Film Project, Stage Play

Kafka Asagiri & Sango Harukawa's "battle action" manga already inspired 2 TV seasons ― The Bungo Stray Dogs franchise's "Mayo(w)i Inu-tachi no Utage Sono Ni" event announced on Sunday that production on a brand-new film project has been green-lit. The event in Yokohama also announced that a stage play adaptation has been green-lit, and details will be made public in the near future. The "battle actio...
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1st Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Film Listed on September 30 by Theater

The advance ticket page for the Toho Cinemas Kinshicho theater in Tokyo lists the first Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel film with an opening date of September 30. As of Sunday, the other theaters in the Toho Cinemas chain only list the film's opening within "2017." The staff of the Fate/stay night franchise announced last March that the film project will be split into three separate films, with the ...
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The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gekijō TV Anime Reveals Cast, Visual, April 4 Premiere

Donyatsu's Mankyū directs series of 5-minute shorts ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Bandai Namco Entertainment and Kuma-Jet's The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gekijō (The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Theater) manga revealed the show's cast, key visual, and April 4 premiere date on Sunday. The anime will premiere on April 4 at 9:55 p.m. on Tokyo MX and BS11, and will then a...
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ID-0 Anime Reveals Promo Video, Story, More Cast, Visual, April 9 TV Premiere

Character designs also revealed for original anime series by World Cosplay Summit, Goro Taniguchi ― The official website for ID-0, World Cosplay Summit's original anime project, revealed the anime's television format, additional cast members, character designs, April 9 premiere, story details, and a key visual on Sunday. Bandai Visual also began streaming the show's first promotional video on Sunday....
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Final Fantasy XIV Game's Stormblood Opening Trailer Reveals Samurai Job

Game's 2nd expansion launches in Japan, N. America, Europe on June 20 ― The official YouTube channel for Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV game began streaming a new opening trailer on Saturday for the game's upcoming Stormblood expansion. The trailer reveals the new job Samurai. Square Enix originally revealed the new job at the "Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival" in Frankfurt, Germany on Saturday. The e...
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Crunchyroll Streams The Dragon Dentist 2-Part Anime Outside of N. America

Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it will stream The Dragon Dentist, the feature-length version of the first short from the Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo) project. Crunchyroll is streaming the firs episode of the special now, and it is available to members in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime in ...
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Square Enix Reveals New Screenshots For Final Fantasy VII Remake, Kingdom Hearts III Games

The official Twitter accounts for Square Enix's Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts franchises revealed two new screenshots for the Final Fantasy VII remake game and one new screenshot for the Kingdom Hearts III game on Saturday. Square Enix originally revealed the screenshots at the MAGIC 2017 event in Monaco on Saturday. Looks like Cloud has been spotted in this new #FFVII Remake screenshot Tetsuya...

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sin Nanatsu no Taizai Anime's Promo Video Features Astaroth's Character Song

Series premiering in April to feature 14 character songs ― 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), began streaming a promotional video on Saturday. The video is a music video for Azusa Tadokoro's character Astaroth, Demo...
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Shōjo Manga Expert Uses Statistics to Reveal 'What Girls Truly Want'

Midori Makita can rightfully call himself a manga expert — he's read thousands and thousands of pages of manga over many years. But he works as a statistical analyst and approaches manga from an analytical point of view, collecting data from each series he reads to reveal what it says about the larger manga-reading audience. So far he's mostly focused on erotic manga aimed at a male readershi...
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Doraemon Figure Recreates His 1st Corocoro Comic Cover

Doraemon 1st appeared on the cover of the magazine 40 years ago ― Medicom's Vinyl Collectible Dolls line adding a special throwback Doraemon figure next month. The figure is modeled after the futuristic cat's first appearance on the cover of Corocoro Comic magazine 40 years ago. The figure measures 17cm (6.7in) high and depicts Doraemon singing, albeit poorly. It was the image selected for the cover...
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Love Kome: We Love Rice Original TV Anime Gets Manga

Love Kome ~Rice is beautiful~ manga launches on February 24 with original story ― The official Twitter account for the Love Kome -We Love Rice- original television anime series announced on February 10 that the anime will get a manga adaptation titled Love Kome ~Rice is beautiful~. The manga will have an original story, and will launch on Comic Smart's free manga website Ganma! on February 24. The an...
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Aniplex USA to Screen 3rd Kizumonogatari Film in U.S. Theaters Starting on April 7 (Updated With Video)

Theatergoers will get bonus item while supplies last ― Aniplex of America announced at its panel at Anime Milwaukee on Saturday that it will screen the Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen anime film in theaters in the United States starting on April 7. Azoland Pictures is distributing the film, and the screening will include a bonus giveaway item for viewers while supplies last. Aniplex of America will ...
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 18

"It feels like both Harunobu and Shimada are rubbing off on Rei in a positive way."
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Tokyo Police Team Up with ēlDLIVE to Fight Illegal Employment

ēlDLIVE and Tokyo Metropolitan Organized Crime Measures' 1st Division collaborated on a poster encouraging proper employment of foreigners in Japan. The poster will be put up in areas around Tokyo starting in mid-February. The reminder to focus on legal avenues of employing foreigners comes not long after Prime Minister Shinzō Abe spoke on looser immigration policies as part of his economic reform...
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Seiren ‒ Episode 7

"This episode really felt like two full-fledged teenagers starting a relationship."
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Fuuka ‒ Episode 8

"While this was definitely one of Fuuka's best episodes, the real big news is that this anime is starting to majorly diverge from its source material."
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Tokyo Department Store to Host Hiro Mashima Art Exhibition

Mashima himself to sign autographs ― On March 22, the department store Matsuya Ginza in Tokyo will put on an exhibition of the manga of Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail, Rave Master). The exhibition will include manga rough drafts, full-color illustrations, sketches, and planning documents and give visitors a sense of "the world of Hiro Mashima." Merchandise related to Mashima's works will also be on sale. M...
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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga ‒ Episode 7

"This adaptation of the Impure King arc has already been more satisfying and engaging than the original series' conclusion, so I'm excited to see where things go from here."
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Kōji Megumi, Meebu's Acma:Game Manga to End in 22nd Volume (Updated)

Manga launched in 2013, 22nd volume slated for April 17 ― The 21st compiled book volume of manga artist Kōji Megumi and story creator Meebu's Acma:Game manga revealed on Friday that the manga's 22nd volume will be its last. The 22nd volume is slated to ship on April 17. The manga centers around Teruaki Oda, a high school senior gifted in smarts, looks, and money. This seemingly perfect scion of Japan...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt GN 1

With gorgeous art and bonus details left out of the anime version, the only thing missing from this Gundam Thunderbolt manga is the soundtrack. Lauren Orsini weighs its pros and cons. ― “To all you music lovers out there—no borders, no war. You're tuned to Thunderbolt Station, the pirate radio of freedom!” There's no shortage of work hazards out in the Thunderbolt Sector, where Federation and Zeon so...
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Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale's AR Yuna, LiSA Perform at Film Event

A promotional event for the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film featured an augmented reality (AR) performance by the character Yuna on Wednesday. After the talk portion of the event, Yuna appeared via AR technology to perform a medley of three songs from the film: "Ubiquitous dB," "longing," "Break Beat Bark!" Yuna introduced LiSA as a secret guest after finishing her own performance. Yuna...
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Anime Boston to Host Voice Actor Toru Furuya

Convention takes place on March 31-April 2 ― The Anime Boston convention announced on Friday that it will host veteran voice actor Tohru Furuya as a guest at this year's convention. Furuya has lent his voice to a number of iconic roles including Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam, Pegasus Seiya in Saint Seiya, Kyosuke Kasuga in Kimagure Orange Road, Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Kamen in Sailor Moon, Sabo in One ...
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Lionsgate Streams 2 New Power Rangers Film Previews

Live-action film opens on March 24 ― Lionsgate began streaming a one-minute "All-Star Trailer" and a 30-second "Let's Go" television spot for the upcoming Power Rangers film on Friday. Lionsgate posted a teaser trailer in October that featured the song “I Walk The Line” by singer Halsey and hinted at the film's darker tone. Power Rangers Virtual Reality experience artwork offered a closer look at the...
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Your Complete Slayers Anime Guide

Classic anime Slayers has multiple television series, movies, and OVAs so it can be difficult to keep them all straight. But don't worry, we’re here to help.
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Space Battleship Yamato 2022 Anime's 1st 12 Minutes Streamed

1st of 7-part theatrical anime project opens on February 25 ― The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project began streaming the first 12 minutes of the first part on Saturday. The same footage aired during a special earlier in the evening. The anime features the foll...

Love and Lies Manga Gets TV Anime by Yamada-kun & the Seven Witches Team

Boy falls in love in future Japan where love is forbidden by the government ― This year's 12th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine is reporting on Wednesday that a television anime adaptation of Musawo's Love and Lies (Koi to Uso) manga has been green-lit for broadcast this summer. Seiki Takuno (Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Poco's Udon World, Sekkō Boys) is working with LIDEN FILMS again ...
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My Hero Academia Anime's New Character Video Highlights Todoroki, Tokoyami

Yuuki Kaji, Yoshimasa Hosoya reprise roles for 2nd season premiering on March 25 ― TOHO began streaming a new 30-second ad on Saturday for the upcoming second season of the My Hero Academia anime. The video highlights the characters Shōto Todoroki (voiced by Yuuki Kaji) and Fumikage Tokoyami (voiced by Yoshimasa Hosoya). TOHO previously streamed videos for Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugo, Ochaco Urara...
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Irregular at Magic High School Anime Film's New Promo Video Reveals Staff

Risako Yoshida directs June 17 film at studio 8-Bit ― The official website for the Gekijōban Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Hoshi o Yobu Shōjo (The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Calls the Stars) anime film began streaming the film's first full promotional video on Saturday. (Note: The video on the official website is region-blocked to Japan.) The site has also revealed the film's s...
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NIS America Reveals Release Dates for Danganronpa V3, Disgaea 5, Cladun Returns, Operation Abyss, Operation Babel Games

Danganronpa V3 ships on September 26 in N. America, September 29 in Europe ― NIS America announced the release dates during a livestreamed press event on Friday for the following video games: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on September 26 (N. America), September 29 (Europe) Disgaea 5 Complete for Nintendo Switch on May 23 (N. America), May 26 (Europe) Psycho-Pa...

NIS America to Release Ys VIII, Culdecept Revolt, RPG Maker, Tokyo Tattoo Girls, Touhou Kobuto V Games

Company to release 5 games in N. America, Europe ― NIS America announced during a livestreamed press event on Friday that it will release the following video games: Ys Vlll: Lacrimosa of DANA Tokyo Tattoo Girls (Irezumi no Kuni) Culdcept Revolt RPG Maker Fes (RPG Tsu Cool Fes) Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle NISA will release Nihon Falcom's Ys Vlll: Lacrimosa of DANA game on the PlayStation 4, PlayStat...
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All Out!! Stage Play Reveals Rival Characters in Costume

Play to open from May 25-June 4 in Tokyo ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of Shiori Amase's All Out!! manga revealed visuals of six more cast members in costume on Friday. The visuals show characters from Keijo High School and Tōdō Dai Sagami High School, rival schools for the main characters at Jinko High School. Mashū Ishiwatari as Atsushi Miyuki Kazumi Doi as Tadakazu Taira Hir...

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Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Aqours Concert Gets Screenings in U.S. Theaters in March

1st concert for 9-member Aqours group takes place in Japan on February 25-26 ― Azoland Pictures announced on Friday that it will host delayed screenings of the "Aqours First LoveLive! ~Step! ZERO to ONE~" concert of Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Aqours group. The event is the first major concert for the nine-girl Aqours group, which will take place on February 25 and 26 at the Yokohama Arena. The U.S. thea...
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Cardcaptor Sakura Fan in Peru Gets Guinness World Record For Largest Collection

The Guinness Book of World Records awarded Sofia Pichihua of Peru with a certificate recognizing her as the owner of the world's largest Cardcaptor Sakura memorabilia on December 11. Pichihua began her collection as a school girl over 17 years ago. Her collection consists of 1,086 items including games, trading cards, action figures, calendars, stickers, comic books, DVDs, and stuffed animals. In ...
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XSEED Games Streams 'Bachelors' Trailer For Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Game

3DS game ships in N. America on February 28 ― XSEED Games began streaming a "Bachelors Trailer" on Friday for its upcoming release of the Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (Bokujō Monogatari: Mitsu no Sato no Taisetsu na Tomodachi) Nintendo 3DS game. The video introduces the characters Wayne, Ford, Hinata, Yuzuki, and Ludus. The company previously streamed a trailer introducing the game's bachelorettes...
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Live-Action Koi ga Heta demo Ikitemasu TV Adaptation Casts Rin Takanashi, Kei Tanaka

Kaho Tsuchimura, Yasushi Fuchikami also star in April TV series ― The staff of the live-action television series adaptation of Akira Fujiwara's Koi ga Heta demo Ikitemasu (I'm Bad at Love But I'm Living) manga announced the main cast on Saturday. The adaptation stars Rin Takanashi as the protagonist Misa Chigasaki, Kei Tanaka as Keisuke Ojima, Kaho Tsuchimura as Misa's roommate Chihiro Enomoto, and Y...
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Magikarp App Splashes Into Smartphones This Spring

A teaser website for the Haneru! Koiking (Splash! Magikarp) smartphone game for iOS and Android devices launched on Thursday. The app inspired by Pokémon's least effective creature is slated to launch this spring. The website features the front cover of an extra February 16 edition of the fictional Pokémon App Newspaper. The headlines read, "Scoop! Mysterious Holes Appear" and "In a peaceful town,...
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'Miffy' Children's Book Creator Dick Bruna Passes Away

Rabbit character was popular in Japan, appeared in TV anime ― Dick Bruna, creator of the children's book character Miffy, passed away on Thursday at 89. The Dutch writer and illustrator died peacefully in his sleep. Bruna began writing the internationally popular rabbit character Miffy (known as Nijntje in Dutch) in 1955. Since then, more than 80 million Miffy books have been sold worldwide, translat...
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Rue de Sèvres Publishes Late Manga Creator Jiro Taniguchi's La Forêt Millénaire Project

French publisher releases unfinished work about boy, grandfather this fall ― French publisher Rue de Sèvres confirmed with AnimeLand (a sister publication of ANN) on Friday that late manga creator Jiro Taniguchi had been working on a project titled La Forêt Millénaire (The Millennium Forest) at the time of his death. Taniguchi had been working on the project for Rue de Sèvres, and it was planned for ...
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Story, Theme Song Details Revealed for Saga Prefecture's 'Okaeri' Anime Short

Japan's Saga Prefecture has two promotional anime shorts in the works, "Tadaima" (I'm Home) and "Okaeri" (Welcome Back). Staff revealed more information about the second short, including a key visual and theme song information on Thursday. "Okaeri" follows high school senior Sora who is aiming to be a professional soccer player. Unfortunately, Sora is injured and finds that the path to being a pro...
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Sentai Filmworks Teases English Dub for Chivalry of a Failed Knight

Sentai Filmworks posted a teaser video on Friday, revealing plans to dub the Chivalry of a Failed Knight. The post has the caption the caption "Well, it's official!" and the video shows Sentai Filmworks ADR director Christopher Ayres working on the title. Well, it's official! #chivalryofafailedknight pic.twitter.com/wacjWDJgRB— Sentai Filmworks (@Sentaifilmworks) February 17, 2017 The series premi...
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Scum's Wish ‒ Episode 6

"After three episodes of tempting and torment, Hanabi has started falling to the dark side of the force, finally turned by Darth Minagawa's cruelest wound."
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Everything is Bloody Terrifying with Saya no Uta VR Filter

Before penning Madoka Magica, Gen Urobuchi crafted an erotic horror visual novel for Nitroplus titled Saya no Uta. In the game, protagonist Fuminori Sakisaka barely survives a car accident that claims the life of his parents. When he awakens in the hospital he finds himself unable to correctly process the sensory information around him and instead sees everything as pulsing gore and monsters. This...
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One Piece Anime Casts Kousuke Toriumi as Adult Stelly

Vivi, Shirahoshi return in episode 777 ― The official website for the One Piece franchise announced on Friday that Kousuke Toriumi (Hakuoki's Hajime Saitō, Naruto's Kiba Inuzuka) will play Stelly as an adult. The character, Sabo's adopted younger brother, appeared with Luffy and Ace in previous episodes depicting their childhood. Toriumi will debut as Stelly in the anime's 777th episode, "Reverie e Ō...
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Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada Game's Western Release Slated for May

Trailer streamed for PS4/PC game ― Koei Tecmo America and Koei Tecmo Europe announced on Friday that the Western release of the Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada (Sengoku Musou ~Sanada Maru~) game is slated for May 23 in North America and May 26 in Europe. The game will be available for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam. Those who preorder the game will receive Sanada colors costumes for Kunoichi, Ina,...
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Mr. Osomatsu Butt Mousepads are Finally a Thing That Exists

Japan is no stranger to breast and butt mousepads, although admittedly its usually the female characters that are chosen for this type of merchandise. HobbyJapan announced its changing things up and releasing butt mousepads of all six of the Matsuno brothers. If you've ever wanted to relax your wrist on a Matsuno tush, now is the time. Each one costs 4,800 yen (US$42). Customers are in for a bit ...

Queen's Blade Gets New Anime, Figure Project

Shinya Oosaki designs characters for Queen's Blade Unlimited ― The official website for Queen's Blade opened a website for a new mixed-media project titled Queen's Blade Unlimited on Friday. The project will include a new anime and figure line tied to a new story. Shinya Oosaki (Tokyo Necro) of Unkown Games is redesigning the characters, including those in the visual above, with the theme "coolness a...
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Masamune-kun's Revenge ‒ Episode 7

"This is the obligatory beach episode, since you can't have this many hot girls hanging around in an anime without one of these coming up eventually."
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God Eater Online Game's 2nd Promo Video Previews Gameplay, Opening

Franchise's 1st smartphone MMORPG launched in Japan on Wednesday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the second promotional video on Friday for God Eater Online, the first smartphone game in the God Eater franchise. The video previews gameplay, opening animation by the franchise's frequent collaborating studio ufotable, and the song "Get Your World" by the new Japanese rock band touch my sec...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episodes 494-495

"Naruto Shippūden serves up an extra-large helping of silly this week, with two episodes dedicated to showcasing the show's lighter side."
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Answerman - Do Japanese High School Kids Really Hang Out On The Roof?

In countless anime, the hero and heroine hang out on the roof of their school - do Japanese kids actually do that? ― Chibi Chetsko asks: Are students permitted to eat their lunches and hang out on the roof during breaks or is this an anime-exclusive thing only? We've seen it countless times...but some recent series like Watamote have told us the door to the roof is always locked. Is this true? Also,...
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Gender-Swapped Sōgo Okita Figure Will Whip You Into Shape

MegaHouse's GEM line of figures covers a variety of anime series, but it has specifically released characters from the Gintama anime for the last seven years. To celebrate, the figure line opened the "G.E.M. Gintama Commercialization Election - 7 Year Edition" website in September to select one of four figures for release. Choices included Kagura (Two years later version), Sōgo Okita (gender-swap...
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Sword Art Online Film Ends With 'SAO Will Return' Teaser

The Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film opened in Japan on Saturday, and it ended with a teaser that read "SAO will return." Yen Press is publishing the novels and manga in North America, and describes the series: In the year 2022,​ gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online - a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other - opens its virtual doors.​ Now p...
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Wit Studio's Tales of the Rays Opening Video Previews Alexandros' Song

Crossover smartphone RPG slated for this year ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming an opening video for for its upcoming Tales of the Rays smartphone role-playing game on Friday. The video features the opening animation by Wit Studio (Attack on Titan) and Alexandros' opening theme song "New Wall." Bandai Namco Entertainment also began streaming a 30-second television commercial for the game o...
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Atom the Beginning Anime Casts Takahiro Sakurai, Mikako Komatsu

Ayane Sakura, Kengo Kawanishi, Nobuo Tobita, Yoshino Nanjō also join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tetsuro Kasahara's Atom the Beginning manga revealed six more cast members on Friday. The new cast members are: Takahiro Sakurai (Code Geass' Suzaku Kururugi) as Moriya Tsutsumi Mikako Komatsu (Fuuka's Sara Iwami) as Motoko Tsutsumi Ayane Sakura (Love Live!'s Arisa A...
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Final Fantasy XIV's Real Life Escape Game Takes Brains and Teamwork

If you thought facing the mighty dragon Bahamut in Final Fantasy XIV was hard...

Man Arrested in Japan for Releasing Ange Vierge Anime With Chinese Subtitles

26-year-old suspect was allegedly member of Chinese subtitling and distribution group ― The Kyoto Prefectural Police arrested a 26-year-old Chinese man on Thursday on the charge of violating the Copyright Act. Police allege that the man is a member of the group "Jimaku Gumi," who illegally subtitle anime in Chinese and distribute them through file sharing software. According to police, the suspect ha...
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Sagrada Reset Anime's 2 Ads Preview Yui Makino's Opening Theme

Collaboration live-action/anime visual also revealed ― The official website for the television anime of Yutaka Kōno's teen science-fiction/fantasy light novel series Sagrada Reset began streaming two new ads for the anime on Friday. Both ads preview Yui Makino's opening theme song "Reset." 30-second version 15-second version The novel series is also inspiring two live-action films starring Yuina Kuro...
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Sayori Ochiai's Gingitsune Manga Goes on Hiatus

Manga inspired TV anime in 2013 ― The March issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine is announcing on Saturday that Sayori Ochiai will put her Gingitsune manga on hiatus starting from that issue. In the story, Makoto is the heiress to a shrine that was built in honor of Inari. Even though her father manages the shrine, Inari's messenger, Gintarō, suddenly appears in her life marking her as the true su...
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The Royal Tutor Anime's 1st Promo Video Previews Shōgo Sakamoto's Opening Theme

Shinnosuke Tachibana, Daisuke Namikawa join cast for series premiering in April ― The official website for the the television anime adaptation of Higasa Akai's The Royal Tutor (Ōshitsu Kyōshi Heine or Königliche Familie Lehrer) manga began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Friday. The video reveals and previews Shōgo Sakamoto's opening theme song "Shoppoi Namida" (Salty Tears). The sho...
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Genco Postpones Ensemble Stars! TV Anime Series

Anime based on idol-training smartphone game was originally slated to premiere this year ― Genco and Happy Elements announced on Friday that they are postponing Ensemble Stars! The Animation, the planned television anime adaptation of Happy Elements K.K's Ensemble Stars! smartphone game. The anime was planned to premiere this year, but the staff said the anime is now postponed due to "various circums...
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Ultraman Orb Film's Trailer Features Teamup With Ultraman X's Daichi

Film opens in Japan on March 11 ― Anime news website Anime! Anime! began streaming a new trailer for Gekijōban Ultraman Orb - Kizuna no Chikara Okari Shimasu (Ultraman Orb the Movie - I'll Borrow the Power of Bonds), the live-action film of the Ultraman Orb series, on Thursday. The trailer features Gai Kurenai of Ultraman Orb teaming up with Daichi Ōzora of Ultraman X. The film opens in Japan on Marc...
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Room Mate Anime Series Reveals Visual, Staff, April 12 Premiere

5-minute series of shorts is male spinoff of OneRoom anime ― The official Twitter account for the Room Mate television anime series revealed the show's first visual, main staff, and April 12 premiere date on Friday. The series of five-minute shorts will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 12 at 10:40 p.m., and will also air on Sun TV. The show will also stream on Niconico and on AbemaTV. The anime is the "...
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Kamen Rider x Super Sentai: Chō Superhero Taisen Film's Latest Video Features Poppi Pipopapo

2 versions of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid's Hiiro Kagami also appear in teaser for March 25 film ― Toei began streaming a teaser video for the upcoming Kamen Rider x Super Sentai: Chō Superhero Taisen (Ultra Superhero War) film on Wednesday. The video features narration by the character Poppi Pipopapo (Kamen Rider Ex-Aid), and also reveals that there will be two versions of Hiiro Kagami (Kamen Rider Ex-Aid) i...
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Live-Action Ajin Film's Additional Cast Revealed

Gou Ayano plays antagonist Satō for September 30 film ― The staff of the the upcoming live-action film based on Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga announced additional cast for the film on Friday. The additional cast (including previously announced lead actor Takeru Satoh) includes: Takeru Satoh as Kei Nagai (center left) Gou Ayano as Satō (center right), the antagonist and member of an ajin ter...
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Pokémon Go Game's Update With Generation 2 Pokémon Now Available

The official Twitter account for the Pokémon franchise announced on Thursday that the update for the Pokémon Go smartphone game that is releasing 80 new Generation 2 Pokémon for the game is now live. The update includes Pokémon from the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games. In addition to new Pokémon, gender-specific variations are now available in the game. Some evolutions of...
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Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun Anime Premieres This Summer

Manga creator Taku Sakamoto posted an image of the seventh compiled book volume of the Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun (Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun) manga on Twitter on Friday. The wraparound jacket band of the volume reveals that the anime will premiere this summer. Sakamoto published the manga in Shueisha's Miracle Jump magazine in 2014, and then resumed the series in Weekly Young Jump in 2015. Shuei...
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