This Week in Games - Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash

Dustin gets wet and wild with the girls of Senran Kagura on the PS4, along with this week's biggest news and other new game releases!

Tokyo Game Show 2017 Trailer Roundup

Catch up on all the latest videos coming out of TGS right here! We'll keep updating throughout the event, so be sure to check back.

Interview: Dai Sato

One of anime's most prolific screenwriters discusses his legacy of work on Eureka Seven, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Ghost in the Shell, and what it takes to succeed as a writer in the industry.

The Best Anime About Nerds

Many anime revolve around the lives of otaku and other oddballs, but how many actually get their depictions right? Paul Jensen shares his best recommendations.

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

To call the end of Danganronpa "shocking" would be an understatement! Jacob Chapman takes on the controversial final chapter in this SPOILER-FREE review.

Easing into Ys

It may never grab the spotlight like other long-running JRPG series, but the Ys games have a long legacy and a strong pedigree. With a new game on the horizon, here's everything a beginner needs to know.

Review: Neo-Yokio

It's an original anime by Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig and famous actor Jaden Smith, along with a celebrity voice cast. What could possibly go wrong? Mike Toole investigates Netflix's latest original.

Shelf Life - Hyouka Part 1

Paul Jensen takes a look at the long-awaited blu-ray of Kyoto Animation's unusual mystery series, along with a rundown of this week's new anime releases!
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Interview: Natsuko Takahashi

The screenwriter behind next season's URAHARA offers insights about how anime fandom has changed over the years and how Crunchyroll is perceived within the industry. ― Natsuko Takahashi is a veteran writer in the anime industry, having worked on the screenplay for projects like Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Moyashimon, and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. Although she wasn't officially announced as a gu...
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The Seven Deadly Sins: Season 1 BD+DVD

This straight-to-Netflix shonen manga adaptation is finally available to own on home release! Rebecca Silverman finds out if it was worth the wait. ― After an initial run on Netflix, the anime adaptation of The Seven Deadly Sins has arrived on Blu Ray and DVD. This season, which covers roughly the first fifteen volumes of Nakaba Suzuki's original manga, is a combination of interesting references to t...
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Metroid: Samus Returns

Samus is back in this expansive, extensive remake of Game Boy original Metroid II, but can it capture that old Metroid feeling? Dustin suits up to find out... ― There's a lot of bombast to a title like Samus Returns. Not just a nod to the original Metroid II subhead, this is indeed the return of Samus after an interminable hiatus for the Metroid franchise. It's been thirteen years since the last 2D M...
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The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya BD+DVD

One of the most compelling adventures in the Haruhi saga finally arrives on Blu-ray! Nick Creamer takes a look at this uniquely engrossing film. ― After the madcap adventures and slapstick comedy of Haruhi Suzumiya's first two seasons, the anime series was capped off with a film unlike anything that had come before. Somber, slow-paced, and introspective, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya represent...
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Thursday, September 21

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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, September 10-16

Dragon Ball Super, Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode, My Hero Academia rank in top 10 ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV September 17 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 13.3 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi September 15 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 8.9 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV September 17 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 8.8 Doraemon TV Asahi September 15 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 8.6 One Piece Fuji TV Septembe...
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Cold Stone Launches 'Yuri!!! on Ice Cream' Collaboration This Month

Ice cream shop chain Cold Stone Creamery announced on Thursday that it will launch a collaboration with the Yuri!!! on Ice anime on September 25. The collaboration will offer three types of "Yuri!!! on Ice Cream" treats. The three treats inspired by Yūri, Victor, and Yuri will be made with Cold Stone Creamery Japan's Coolly's frozen dessert drink. The "Yūri Katsudo on Ice" dessert is a sweet versi...
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Gamers! ‒ Episode 11

"This feels very much like what you'd get if you went to a fantasy theme park with a couple of RPG nerds."
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Yu Yu Hakusho Game App Reunites Anime Cast

Voice actors for Yusuke, Kuwabara, Kurama, Hiei return ― KLab Games announced a Yu Yu Hakusho smartphone game titled Yu Yu Hakusho 100% Maji Battle (100% Serious Battle) at Tokyo Game Show on Thursday. The app will reunite anime cast members, including Nozomu Sasaki as Yusuke, Shigeru Chiba as Kuwabara, Megumi Ogata as Kurama, and Nobuyuki Hiyama as Hiei. The app features super-deformed versions of Y...
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Gundam Twilight Axis Novel Gets Manga Adaptation

Azusa Makishima draws manga based on Ark Performance, Koujirou Nakamura's novel ― This year's tenth issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine announced on Wednesday that a manga adaptation of Ark Performance and Koujirou Nakamura's Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight AXIS novel will launch in the 11th issue on October 20. Azusa Makishima (Muv-Luv Alternative manga) is drawing the manga and Ark Performance i...
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Guests Ride Mini Train at One Piece Creator's Swank BBQ

One Piece creator Eiichirō Oda is one of the richest people in the manga business, earning millions in royalties each year from his smash-hit franchise. Maintaining that kind of popularity is no easy gig. Oda reportedly sleeps only three hours a night and expects similar determination from his editors. No can fault him for cutting loose on occasion, and when Oda parties, he goes big. Partygoers sh...

Funimation to Dub The Ancient Magus' Bride, Dies Irae, Kino's Journey, Juni Taisen, Urahara Anime

Crunchyroll also announces Dies irae streaming ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that will dub the following upcoming shows during the fall season: The Ancient Magus' Bride Dies irae Kino's Journey -the Beautiful World- the Animated Series Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Urahara Crunchyroll previously announced plans to stream all of the above titles except Dies irae, and announced on Thursday...
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Fate/Grand Order's Merlin Overshadows Namie Amuro's Retirement on Twitter

Singer Namie Amuro announced on Wednesday that she will retire on September 16, 2018. The sudden news that such a prominent figure in the realm of otaku music is retiring should have created waves on Twitter. Yet, someone named "Merlin" mysteriously overshadowed her by a large margin to lead on Twitter's trending topics list on Wednesday. The phenomenon perplexed film and music journalist Koremasa...
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Section23 to Release Naisho no Tsubomi, Kissdum R - Engage Planet Anime

Sentai Filmworks, Maiden Japan license anime for January releases ― Section23 Films announced in its January release slate on Thursday that its Sentai Filmworks label will release the Naisho no Tsubomi original video anime (OVA) on DVD on January 9. In addition, its Maiden Japan imprint will release the Kissdum R - Engage Planet (Engage Planet Kiss Dum) anime on Blu-ray Disc on January 2. Both will b...

Kakegurui Anime Has Original Ending

Original author Homura Kawamoto drafted story for finale ― The staff of the television anime adaptation of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui anime announced on Thursday that the 12th and final episode, which airs on Saturday, will have an anime-original ending. Kawamoto drafted the ending's story, which features [Highlight white text to read spoilers] a gamble between Yumeko Jabami and stu...
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Granblue Fantasy Reveals Sakura Character Design for Upcoming CCS Collab

Early last month, Cygames revealed two collaborations for its Granblue Fantasy smartphone game at the "Granblue Fantasy Natsu da! Umi da! Granblue da! SP" livestream event. The first collaboration is with DMM's Touken Ranbu mobile game and anime series that launched this month. The second is with Card Captor Sakura, expected to start next month. At the time, no further details were revealed. Final...
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New Game!! ‒ Episode 11

"It's nice to see New Game's dramatic ambition come back as we approach the end of the season, and the series does a solid job with this episode."
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The 25th Ward: The Silver Case Sequel Game Heads West on PS4, PC

Suda51's visual novel gets N. American, European release ― NIS America announced on Thursday that it will release the HD remake of The 25th Ward: The Silver Case in North America and Europe for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam. The game is slated for 2018, and it will be available digitally and in a physical limited edition. The game is a sequel to Grasshopper Manufacture's The Silver Case. It launched...
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12 Professional Rappers Start Their Own Zodiac War

In preparation for the upcoming Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War battle action anime premiere in the coming weeks, 12 professional MCs are duking it out in their own kind of battle. A video began streaming on Thursday starring rappers from Freestyle Dungeon rap battle television show rhyming about one of the twelve zodiac-themed fighters from the show. The entire idea was inspired by NisiOisin, the origina...
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Inuyashiki Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Qaijff's Ending Theme

Anime to premiere on October 12, stream on Amazon ― Fuji TV's Noitamina YouTube channel began streaming its second promotional video for television anime adaptation of Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki manga on Friday. The video, which debuted during the Noitamina block on Thursday, previews the band Qaijff's ending theme song "Ai wo Oshietekureta Kimi e" (To You Who Taught Me Love). The main cast includes: Fu...
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Pretty Sammy Sequel Project Starts Crowdfunding for Promo Video

Sequel to follow Sasami as 14-year-old middle school student ― Anime production company AIC launched a Campfire crowdfunding campaign for a five-minute promotional video for a sequel to Magical Girl Pretty Sammy (Mahō Shōjo Pretty Sammy) on Thursday. The project is seeking 10,000,000 yen (about US$89,000) by December 7 to fund a video to pitch to sponsors with the aim of green-lighting an anime serie...
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'Otaking' Tears Apart In Another World With My Smartphone's Animation

Former president of Gainax Toshio Okada, also known as "Otaking," is known for his opinionated personality that he has no qualms with expressing. He previously declared "otaku is dead," and he criticized the anime industry's production committee system last year. He also hasn't shied away from ripping apart anime he doesn't like, including Gundam: Reconguista in G. In the 195th episode of his Tosh...
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This Week in Anime - The Best and Worst Moments of Re:Creators

Now that Re:CREATORS has concluded, did it live up to the promise of its premise? This week in anime, we break down where the series soared and where it sank. ― Now that Re:CREATORS has come to an end, did the show live up to the promise of its premise? This week in anime, Nick and Jacob break down where the series soared and where it sank. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the particip...
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March comes in like a lion Anime's 2nd Season Reveals More Cast

Houchu Ohtsuka, Aoi Yūki, Asuka Nishi join cast of series debuting on October 14 ― The official website for the anime series based on Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion manga revealed three more cast members for the anime's second season on Friday. Houchu Ohtsuka will play Sakutarō Yanagihara, Aoi Yūki will play Megumi Takagi, and Asuka Nishi will play Chiho Sakura. Houchu Ohtsuka as Sakutarō Y...
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Interview: Natsuko Takahashi

The screenwriter behind next season's URAHARA offers insights about how anime fandom has changed over the years and how Crunchyroll is perceived within the industry. ― Natsuko Takahashi is a veteran writer in the anime industry, having worked on the screenplay for projects like Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Moyashimon, and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. Although she wasn't officially announced as a gu...
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Megazone 23 SIN Remake Project Meets Crowdfunding Goal on Last Day

Project also reveals new giant transforming Garland design ― Anime production company AIC's crowdfunding campaign to make a promotional video for its Megazone 23 SIN project met its 10-million-yen (US$89,000) goal on Thursday, its final day. The Campfire crowdfunding campaign ended after eventually raising 11,147,000 yen (about US$99,250). The project had been at 25% of its goal four days before its ...
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Series Finale: Sakura Quest ‒ Episode 25

"Overall, Sakura Quest was a mix of the typical and the surprising, in the same way that a forgotten small town can seem nostalgically familiar but still hide its own endearing quirks."
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This Fan-Made Fate/Grand Order Novel is a Great Alternate Universe Tale

The main story of the smartphone game Fate/Grand Order is currently ongoing. That doesn't mean there isn't room to explore other possibilities.
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The Seven Deadly Sins: Season 1 BD+DVD

This straight-to-Netflix shonen manga adaptation is finally available to own on home release! Rebecca Silverman finds out if it was worth the wait. ― After an initial run on Netflix, the anime adaptation of The Seven Deadly Sins has arrived on Blu Ray and DVD. This season, which covers roughly the first fifteen volumes of Nakaba Suzuki's original manga, is a combination of interesting references to t...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 25

"Not only does this episode give us a glimpse of the world outside of the Hidden Leaf, it marks the show's return to being an ensemble action-comedy."
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Inuyashiki Anime Reveals More Cast, Ending Theme Song

Sumire Uesaka, Sumire Morohoshi join cast; Qaijff performs theme ― The official website for the upcoming television anime adaptation of Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki manga revealed two more cast members on Thursday. Sumire Uesaka will play Inuyashiki's daughter Mari Inuyashiki, and Sumire Morohoshi will play Shishigami's classmate Shion Watanabe. Sumire Uesaka as Mari Inuyashiki Sumire Morohoshi as Shion W...
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Himōto! Umaru-chan R Anime's Video Previews Characters, Opening Song

Series with returning cast, staff premieres on October 8 ― The official website for Himōto! Umaru-chan R, the second anime season based on Sankaku Head's Himōto! Umaru-chan manga, began streaming a promotional video for the series on Thursday. The video previews the characters and the opening theme song "Nimensei ☆ Uraomote Life!" (Two-Sidedness ☆ Two-Faced Life!), which Aimi Tanaka is again performi...

Voltron Legendary Defender Show's Season 4 Trailer Reveals October 13 Debut

Show's 3rd season premiered on August 4 ― Netflix began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for the fourth season of Dreamworks' Voltron Legendary Defender animated series. The new season will premiere on October 13. The show's third season of seven episodes premiered on August 4. Netflix describes the fourth season: With Shiro back at the Castleship, Keith makes a choice that causes a rift between him ...
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Taiwanese Creator Yanai's Creatures Family Days Manga Gets Japanese-Taiwanese Collaboration Anime

Anime about strange family to air simultaneously in Japan, Taiwan in spring 2018 ― This year's November issue of Shinchosha's Comic @ Bunch magazine revealed on Thursday that Yanai's Jikken-hin Kazoku: Creatures Family Days manga is getting a Japanese-Taiwanese collaboration anime adaptation that will launch in spring 2018. The anime will air in Japan and Taiwan simultaneously. The manga will launch ...
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KLab, Kadokawa Collaborate on "Project Parallel" Multimedia Project

Project launches with mobile online game featuring idols who can use magic ― Smartphone game developer KLab announced on Thursday at Tokyo Game Show 2017 that it is collaborating with Kadokawa on the "Project Parallel" multimedia project. The project will start with a mobile online game. Music distributor JVC Kenwood Victor Entertainment and mobile online developer altplus are both cooperating on the...
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KLab Reveals Magatsu Wahrheit Smartphone Game

Final Fantasy XII's Miwa Shōda writes scenario for fantasy game ― Smartphone developer KLab announced at Tokyo Game Show on Thursday that it is developing a new smartphone game titled Magatsu Wahrheit. KLab originally announced the game as "Project FORCE" at a new game lineup event on May 25. Miwa Shōda (Final Fantasy XII) is writing the game's scenario, and Masaru Yokoyama is composing the main them...
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Zatch Bell Manga Gets Smartphone Browser Game

Game part of new BXD company's lineup alongside Dragon Ball Z, The [email protected] ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced during the Tokyo Game Show event on Thursday that Makoto Raiku's Zatch Bell (Konjiki no Gash!!) manga will get a smartphone browser game adaptation. The title will debut later than the new Dragon Ball Z, Family Stadium, and The [email protected] browser games that Bandai Namco Entertainment p...
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Kaiji Creator's Akagi Mahjong Manga Gets New Live-Action Miniseries in 2018

Nobuyuki Fukumoto's story already inspired anime, 2015 live-action show, this fall's live-action sequel ― The staff of the live-action television adaptation of Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Akagi mahjong manga announced on Thursday that production on a new series has been green-lit for next year. The new miniseries will run for three episodes. The new series is titled Akagi: Washizu Mahjong Kanketsu-hen (Akagi...
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Earth Defense Force 5 Game's Subtitled Promo Reveals December 7 Release Date for Japan

Game previously delayed from summer release window ― D3 Publisher began streaming its Tokyo Game Show trailer for Earth Defense Force 5 with English subtitles on Tuesday. The video reveals the PlayStation 4 game's December 7 release date for Japan. D3 Publisher also began streaming the game's fifth promotional video on Thursday. The game was initially slated for this summer but D3 Publisher delayed t...
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Love Live! School Idol Festival Game Reveals 2018 Update, Cast Members for PDP Characters

New game version will get new features, fully voiced original story that brings μ's, Aqours together ― KLab Games and Bushiroad announced during the Tokyo Game Show event on Thursday that their Love Live! School Idol Festival smartphone game will get a new version titled Love Live! School Idol Festival ALL STARS in 2018. The new version will include the members of Nijigasaki Academy's Idol Appreciati...
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Kyoei Toshi PS4 Game Adds Eva Unit-00, Unit-02, Mechagodzilla, Griffon, Abraham, Dada

Opening movie, TGS trailer, 2nd promo video streamed ― Kadokawa's Famitsu.com website revealed on Tuesday that Kyoei Toshi (City Shrouded in Shadow), Bandai Namco Entertainment's collaboration game with Granzella Inc., will add five new "giant shadows," including The Type J-9 Griffon and Type M-5 Abraham from Patlabor, Dada from Ultraman, the Type-3 Kiryū/Mechagodzilla from the Godzilla franchise, an...
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Tokyo Game Show 2017 Trailer Roundup

Here's our roundup of all the trailers and gameplay videos from this year's Tokyo Game Show. We'll be updating this article continually, so be sure to check back for more trailers added throughout the event. Tokyo Game Show 2017 runs from September 21-24. All videos below are listed in alphabetical order by title. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown for PS4, XB1, PC Bullet Girls Phantasia for PS4, PS Vita...
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Hitsuji no Ki Live-Action Film's Teaser Reveals February Debut

Ryo Nishikido stars in film about seaside town where 6 former convicts are sent to live ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Tatsuhiko Yamagami and Mikio Igarashi's Hitsuji no Ki (The Sheep's Tree) manga began streaming a teaser video for the film on Tuesday. The teaser reveals the film's February 3, 2018 opening date. The manga's story is set in a former seaport town that be...
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Astro Boy: Edge of Time Game Gets New Expansion Based on The Vampires

Free-to-play game based on Osamu Tezuka's works launched in April ― Active Gaming Media and Tezuka Productions announced on September 14 that their Astro Boy: Edge of Time digital card game received a new expansion that adds Vampires and Witches based on Tezuka's The Vampires manga to the game. The companies also added new skills to the game, as well as 100 new cards and a new faction. Active Gaming ...
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Bokurano's Mohiro Kitoh Puts Hayabusa-chan mo Tondemasu Manga on Hiatus

Manga about girl who can turn into fighter plane launched in January ― This year's 19th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine revealed on September 12 that manga creator Mohiro Kitoh is putting his Hayabusa-chan mo Tondemasu (Hayabusa-chan is Flying Too) manga on hiatus due to having to recover from surgery for his spinal canal stenosis. Kitoh noted that he will somehow be able to return to normal and...
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Gundam Versus Previews Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam Characters in Video

PS4 game launches on September 29 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a new video introducing playable pilot and mobile suit pairs for its Gundam Versus PlayStation 4 game on Monday. The video introduces the characters from the Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam and Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam: Steel Seven manga that will appear in the game. Bandai Namco Entertainment previously streamed s...
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Fruits Basket another Sequel Manga Ends With 3rd Volume

Sequel to Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket launched in September 2015 ― The second compiled book volume of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket another sequel manga revealed on Wednesday that the manga will end with its third volume. Takaya launched the sequel manga on the free "HanaLaLa online" in September 2015. Takaya had stated when she launched the manga that it was only planned to be two to three volum...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film's On-Set Photos Revealed

Film screens at TIFF on October 25 before wide release on December 1 ― Media news website Natalie revealed new on-set photos for the live-action film adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga on Wednesday. More images are available in Comic Natalie's article. The film will open the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 25 for its world premiere. The film will then have its wide ...
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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Game's Trailer Reveals 2018 Release

Vanillaware develops, George Kamitani directs PS4/Vita game ― Sony unveiled a new trailer for Atlus and Vanillaware's 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim game during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday. The video reveals the game's 2018 release date. Vanillaware is currently developing the game for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. George Kamitani (Dragon's Crown, Odin Sphere) is directing the game. The game's of...
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Square Enix Recruits Scenario Writers for New NieR-Related Work

Also: stage play, stage musical based on Nier: Automata announced ― Square Enix revealed on Tuesday that it is recruiting scenario and planning staff members for a new work related to the NieR series. The position will entail writing sub-quest stories and planning for the main story, NPC writing and design, and writing for item descriptions and in-game text. Relatedly, an official Twitter account for...
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Ojarumaru Anime Gets Live-Action Special in November

10-minute special stars Yūtarō, features 17-year-old Ojarumaru ― NHK announced on Wednesday that the Ojarumaru (Prince Mackaroo) anime will get a 10-minute live-action special titled "Ojarumaru Special Anime Janai de Ojaru?" (Ojarumaru Special, It's Not an Anime?) that will air on NHK E-Tele (NHK Educational) on November 3. The special celebrates the anime's 20th anniversary since premiering in 1998....
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Dragon's Crown Sidescrolling Action Game Gets PS4 Version in January

Dragon's Crown Pro supports 4K graphics, re-recorded fully orchestral soundtrack ― Sony revealed during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday that Atlus and Vanillaware are developing a PlayStation 4 version of their Dragon's Crown game titled Dragon's Crown Pro. The game will support 4K resolution, and will have a re-recorded fully orchestral soundtrack. In addition, Dragon's Crown Pro will be c...
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Dance With Devils: Fortuna Film Recasts Nesta With Rikiya Koyama

Keiji Fujiwara played character in television anime before medical treatment ― The official website for Rejet and Elements Garden's Dance With Devils: Fortuna anime film announced on Wednesday that Rikiya Koyama will voice Lord Nesta in the film. He will replace Keiji Fujiwara, who played the character in the game and television anime. Fujiwara's Air Agency had announced in August 2016 that Fujiwara ...
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Dragon Ball Z Bucchigiri Match Smartphone Browser Game Unveiled With Teaser Video (Updated)

Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a teaser for a new smartphone game titled Dragon Ball Z Bucchigiri Match on Thursday. Bandai Namco Entertainment describes the game as taking advantage of HTML5 technology, and that it "will involve one's surroundings to bring a new style of playing." Bandai Namco Entertainment and video game company Drecom founded game company BXD in May to develop a gam...
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Kow Yokoyama's Maschinen Krieger Sci-Fi Franchise Gets Hollywood Film Adaptation

It producer Roy Lee, Scott Bernstein producing project The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog reported on Wednesday that producers Roy Lee (It) and Scott Bernstein are producing a Hollywood film adaptation of Kow Yokoyama's Maschinen Krieger ZbV3000 franchise. Yokoyama, Kevin Munroe, Rick Privman, and Yumiko Miyano will be executive producers on the project. Kow Yokoyama created the universe alo...
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Square Enix Reveals Battle of Blades Smartphone Game

Game with 4-on-4 multiplayer, single player story by Fate/Apocrypha's Yuichiro Higashide slated for this year ― Square Enix revealed a new smartphone game titled Battle of Blades on Thursday. The game will have both a single player story and a four-on-four multiplayer mode. The game is slated for release on iOS and Android devices this year. The game's four-versus-four team multiplayer mode tasks tea...
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Steins;Gate Elite Game's Video Shows Anime Footage With Visual Novel Script

Updated version of game launches next spring for PS4/Vita/Switch ― The official Youtube channel of Kadokawa's Dengeki PlayStation magazine began streaming a gameplay clip of the Steins;Gate Elite game on Thursday. The video shows clips from the anime adaptation with the script from the visual novel, with voiced dialogue lines. Steins;Gate Elite is a major update of the original Steins;Gate game from ...
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Masakazu Yamaguchi's Furin Shokudō Manga Gets Live-Action Drama Adaptation

Series about adulterous businessman launched last year ― This year's 20th issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Masakazu Yamaguchi's (Dengeki Oshioki Musume Gōtaman) Furin Shokudō (Adultery Restaurant) manga is getting a live-action drama adaptation. The issue didn't state whether the adaptation will be a special or series, or if it will air on TV or stream online. The ma...
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Omiai Aite wa Oshiego, Tsuyoki na, Mondaiji. Anime's Video Previews Theme Song

Saki Hazuki performs "My one" theme song for anime premiering on TV, online on October 1 ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Sigma Torai's Omiai Aite wa Oshiego, Tsuyoki na, Mondaiji. (My Marriage Interview Partner is a Student, Strong, and a Problem Child.) adult romance manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video reveals and previews the anime's them...

Wednesday, September 20

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Fighting Game Adds Android 21 Original Character

Yamcha, Tien Shinhan (with Chiaotzu) also join as playable characters ― The November issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Bandai Namco Entertainment and Arc System Works' Dragon Ball FighterZ fighting game is adding an original playable character designed by Akira Toriyama named Android 21, who is described as a scientist possessing intelligence rivaling Dr. Gero. The game is...
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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT PS4 Game Adds Noctis

PS4 game launches in N. America on January 30 ― Sony revealed a trailer during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday for Square Enix's Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, the PlayStation 4 version of the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade game. The video reveals that Noctis from Final Fantasy XV will join the game's roster of playable characters. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will ship in Japan on January 11 and i...
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Preview IDOLiSH 7 Group Trigger's New Album 'Regality'

The Idolish 7 group Trigger released its first full-length album Regality on Wednesday and fans can try before they buy thanks to a streaming album preview video uploaded on the project's official YouTube page. The album includes the recently animated track "Daybreak Interlude." The "Daybreak Interlude" song was composed by Tetsuya Komuro who previously wrote theme songs City Hunter and Cyborg 009...
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Detective Conan Criminal Manga Reveals Secret of Cup Noodle's Mystery Meat

Fans of Nissin Foods' Cup Noodle instant ramen may know of the freeze-dried "mystery meat" cubes included in some varieties. The cubes are officially called "dice minchi" (diced mince), but Nissin Foods hasn't openly discussed what the mystery meat is actually made of. The company finally decided to reveal the secret of Cup Noodle's meat cubes in Mayuko Kanba's Detective Conan: Hannin no Hanzawa-s...
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1st Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution Film Opens at #8, 'Tamio Boy to Kuruwaseru Girl' Film Opens at #6

Kimi no Suizō o Tabetai live-action film stays at #7, 'Fireworks' Falls to #10 ― The live-action Okuda Tamio ni Naritai Boy - Deau Otoko Subete Kuruwaseru Girl (The Boy Who Wished to Be Tamio Okuda - The Girl Who Drove All the Men She Met Crazy) film, based on a manga by Chokkaku Shibuya, opened at #6 in the Japanese box office. The film sold 52,000 tickets to earn about 75 million yen (about US$667,...
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Classroom of the Elite ‒ Episode 11

"It was pluses and minuses in this week's Classroom of the Elite, as the island arc moved toward its endgame."
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Fans Can Watch Skating Duo Kihara & Suzaki Perform to Yuri!! on Ice at NHK Competition

Earlier this summer, figure skating pair Ryuichi Kihara and Miu Suzaki were spotted performing to the track "Yuri!!! on Ice" from the anime of the same name at Skate Detroit. While Yūri Katsuki uses the song as the background music for his Free Skate choreography, Kihara and Suzaki were said to be using it for their Short Program in upcoming competitions. The duo announced on their shared blog tha...
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Season Finale: Fastest Finger First ‒ Episode 12

"This anime had my favorite premise of the season and characters I wanted to know more about, but it lacked the execution to do either of those things justice. "
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Uta Macross Game App Recasts Macross 7's Mylene With Aya Hirano

Mylene's original voice actress Tomo Sakurai retired last year ― The official website for the Uta Macross Sumaho De Culture rhythm smartphone game confirmed on Wednesday that Aya Hirano (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's Haruhi Suzumiya, White Album's Yuki Morikawa, Fairy Tail's Lucy Heartfilia) is voicing the character Mylene Jenius in the game. She replaces Tomo Sakurai, who voiced the character ...
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All the Sailor Moon Merchandise, Finally in One Place

Fans of one of anime's most popular magical series of all time have enjoyed a sort of renaissance of the last five years. Sailor Moon became relevant again when, for its 20th anniversary, a new anime series was announced. This began an avalanche, with a new manga edition release, a total of three anime seasons, a two-part anime film project underway, new musical productions, and every kind of mer...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, September 11-17

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Ace of Diamond Act II, Fairy Tail, My Hero Academia, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card 3 122,895 122,895 2017/09 Kodansha CLAMP 1 1 2 Ace of Diamond Act II 9 100,541 100,541 2017/09 Kodansha Yūji Terajima 2 1 3 Fairy ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, September 11-17

Metroid Samus Returns debuts ― Japan's Game Ranking: September 11-17 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Winning Eleven 2018 Konami September 14 64,342 64,342 2NSwSplatoon 2 (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo July 21 37,481 1,138,962 70 33DSMetroid Samus Returns (Including Limited Editions) Nintendo September 15 30,855 30,855 4PS4Uncharted: The ...
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Intermediate Results Are In for Fantasia Bunko's Best Beach Babe

Those of you lamenting the end of summer, fear not, light novel publisher Fantasia Bunko has one last bit of hot weather fanservice for its readers. The imprint of Fujimi Shobo opened a poll for fans on August 21 to pick their favorite swimsuit girl or woman from the publisher's array of light novels. The intermediate results show that Slayers' Lina Inverse has still got it after all these years. ...
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The [email protected] Stella Stage PS4 Game's Trailer Streamed

Game story, systems unveiled ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the first promotional video for its The [email protected] Stella Stage PlayStation 4 game on Tuesday. In the game, players take on the role of a producer at 765 Pro. The presidents of 765 Pro and rival production company 961 Pro decide to hold a joint live concert called "Stella Stage," and in anticipation of the live event the player...
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Magical Circle Guru-Guru ‒ Episode 11

"In easily one of the best episodes of the series so far, Magical Circle Guru-Guru sets up a new story arc without overloading the audience with content."

Namie Amuro to Retire From Singing Next September

One Piece, Inuyasha singer celebrated her 25th career anniversary this year ― Singer Namie Amuro announced on her website on Wednesday that she will retire on September 16, 2018. She promised to put her all into her final album and concerts in the year leading up to her retirement. This past September 16 was the 25th anniversary of her debut. She thanked all her fans for their support throughout the ...
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In Another World With My Smartphone ‒ Episode 11

"Once again, Isekai Smartphone's most damning weakness is its startling unwillingness to even try."
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Final Fantasy Gets Its 1st Ever Roller Coaster at USJ

Universal Studio Japan debuts Final Fantasy XR Ride next year ― We've had Final Fantasy weddings. And Final Fantasy noodles. And Final Fantasy noodle hats. But you know what we haven't had? A Final Fantasy roller coaster. Until now. Universal Studios Japan announced that it will host the world's first Final Fantasy coaster as part of its Cool Japan campaign next year. The Final Fantasy XR Ride combin...

ID-0 Anime Debuts on Netflix on October 6

World Cosplay Summit's original anime premiered in Japan in April ― Netflix will begin streaming ID-0, World Cosplay Summit's original anime project, on October 6. The anime premiered on Tokyo MX on April 9, and also aired on Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS11. The series is streaming exclusively on Netflix in Japan, but has not yet debuted overseas. The show's complete Blu-ray Disc and DVD box set shipped ...
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DMM Games Cancels Controversial Shrine Moe Girl Project, Causes Speculation

DMM Games (Kan Colle, Tōken Ranbu) announced on September 11 that it is canceling development of its "pure Japanese-style simulation RPG" Yashiro ni Hoheto that anthropomorphizes real Shinto shrines in Japan as moe girls. The company said it no longer plans to release the game, and it has destroyed all information related to existing pre-registrations. The developer announced the game on March 15....
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DARLING in the FRANXX Anime Ad Reveals 2nd Round of Characters

Video introduces two more characters with their robot ― The official Twitter account for Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures' original science-fiction television anime DARLING in the FRANXX posted a fourth video ad, introducing a second pair of characters and their Franxx (the show's type of woman-shaped robot). The characters' names are Code:015 "Ichigo" and Code:056 "Goro," and their Franxx is Delphini...
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Answerman - Why Is Sentai Filmworks Phasing Out DVDs?

Sentai Filmworks made a big announcement about phasing out DVDs forever - but why? Justin has a few ideas... ― Jake asked: I was reading a recent article that stated Sentai Filmworks was essentially phasing out their DVD releases by 2019 and are primarily going to release Blu-ray only with a few exceptions. I know you have got this question in the past on who buys DVD's Vs. Blu-rays which seems to b...
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Elegant Yokai Apartment Life ‒ Episode 12

"This episode had a clear idea of what it wanted to say and managed to do so without any significant hiccups."

Cardcaptor Sakura's Clear Card Arc TV Anime Slated for January 7

New visual also unveiled before promo video debuts on September 22 ― The official website for the television anime of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga announced on Wednesday that the anime will premiere at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018. The anime will then repeat on Fridays at 11:45 p.m. The website also unveiled a new visual and character designs: A new promotional video will debut...
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Metroid: Samus Returns

Samus is back in this expansive, extensive remake of Game Boy original Metroid II, but can it capture that old Metroid feeling? Dustin suits up to find out... ― There's a lot of bombast to a title like Samus Returns. Not just a nod to the original Metroid II subhead, this is indeed the return of Samus after an interminable hiatus for the Metroid franchise. It's been thirteen years since the last 2D M...
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Juni Taisen: Zodiac War is Half Fate, Half Monogatari

We got two see the first two episodes of upcoming fall anime Juni Taisen. It’s Brutal, violent, and all kinds of messed up.

New Legend of the Galactic Heroes Anime Reveal Cast, Staff, Promo Video, Dates, Title

Mamoru Miyano, Kenichi Suzumura star in spring TV season before 3 2019 films ― The "New Anime Project The Legend of the Galactic Heroes Event ~Star-Crossed~" unveiled the main cast, main staff, first promotional video, release schedule, and titles for Production I.G's new anime of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novels The Legend of the Galactic Heroes on Wednesday. The new cast stars: Mamoru M...
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Live-Action Anonymous Noise Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

In-story band in NO hurry to shout makes major debut with "Close to me" song ― The official website for the live-action film of Ryoko Fukuyama's shōjo manga Anonymous Noise (Fukumenkei Noise) unveiled a new trailer and visual for the film on Wednesday. The video reveals and previews the film's theme song "Close to me" by in NO hurry to shout, the film's in-story band, which will make its major debut ...
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Final Fantasy XV's Multiplayer Expansion Slated for October 31

Expansion includes new story & new theme song by Emiko Suzuki, Nobuo Uematsu ― Square Enix began streaming a trailer for its upcoming "Comrades" multiplayer expansion for its Final Fantasy XV game on Tuesday. The video reveals the expansion's October 31 release for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and also previews the expansion's new theme song "Choosing Hope," performed by Emiko Suzuki, and composed...
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Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Adds 16 Cast Members

Yōko Hikasa, Yuko Kaida, Takaya Hashi, Mutsumi Tamura, Yoshino Nanjō, more join cast of October 5 anime ― The official website for the anime of Labo Asai's Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons (literally, "Even So, Sinners Dance with Dragons: Dances with the Dragons") light novel series revealed 16 new cast members for the show on Wednesday. (Note: The romanizations for the chara...
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In This Corner of the World is 2nd Anime This Year to Put 2 BD Releases in Top 3

Film's Limited Special Edition, Standard Edition BD releases ranked #1, #3 in overall BD chart ― Both the Limited Special Edition and Standard Edition Blu-ray Disc releases of Sunao Katabuchi's In This Corner of the World anime film ranked in Oricon's overall Blu-ray Disc chart for the September 11-17 week, at #1 and #3 respectively. The Limited Special Edition sold 24,015 copies, while the Standard ...
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Steins;Gate Elite Game Teased as 'Full Animation Adventure'

Video game news website Famitsu posted a teaser for a feature on the upcoming Steins;Gate Elite game that will run in this Thursday's issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine. In its teaser, Famitsu describes Steins;Gate Elite as a "Full Animation Adventure," and posted two screenshots from the Steins;Gate anime adaptation with visual novel captions. Steins;Gate Elite is a major update of the original Ste...

Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi in Talks to Direct Live-Action Akira

2 films planned, each covering 3 volumes of Katsuhiro Otomo's original manga ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Tuesday that Warner Brothers is negotiating with Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) to direct its live-action Akira film project. Deadline describes the film's story as taking place "in the rebuilt New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves...

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Full Metal Panic! Anime's 1st Season Gets 3-Film 'Director's Cut'

1st TV anime based on Shoji Gatoh's light novels debuted in 2002 ― Shikidouji, the illustrator of Shoji Gatoh's Full Metal Panic! light novel series, revealed on Wednesday that production has been green-lit on a "director's cut" version of the first Full Metal Panic! television anime series from 2002. The director's cut will consist of three films. The announcement does not state if the film trilogy ...
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Monster Hunter: World Game's Worldwide January 26 Launch Revealed

New Nergigante monster, game's Digital Deluxe, Collector's Editions also unveiled ― Sony unveiled a new trailer during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday for Capcom's upcoming Monster Hunter: World game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The trailer reveals the game's simultaneous worldwide launch date of January 26 for the PS4 and Xbox One, and also reveals a new monster named Nergigant...
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The Reflection ‒ Episode 9

"Despite The Reflection's flagrant disregard for television episode structure, I still find myself enjoying the show."
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Dynasty Warriors 9 PS4 Game's Trailer Reveals 2018 Release Window

Game ships in early 2018 in Japan, N. America, Europe ― Sony revealed a trailer during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday for KOEI Tecmo Games' Dynasty Warriors 9 (Shin Sangoku Musou 8) game. The trailer revealed the game's early 2018 release window in Japan, and Koei Tecmo America streamed the same trailer, confirming that the window holds for North America and Europe as well. KOEI Tecmo Game...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Shinichiro Watanabe's Blade Runner Short (Update)

Short to stream on September 26 ― Crunchyroll and VRV announced on Tuesday that they will exclusively stream the "Blade Runner Black Out 2022" anime short in all territories outside of Asia on September 26. Crunchyroll also began streaming an English-subtitled version of the video showcasing some designs and animation tests for the short. Sony Japan will release the short on its YouTube channel in As...

Shinobu Ohtaka's Magi Manga Ends in 4 Chapters

Fantasy manga launched in 2009 ― Shinobu Ohtaka announced on Shonen Sunday's website on Wednesday that her Magi manga will end in four chapters. A Magi chapter ran in the 43rd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine on Wednesday, so if there are no breaks the manga will end on October 18. Ohtaka launched the manga in 2009 after finishing her Sumomomo Momomo manga. Shogakukan published the...
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Official Twitter Account Announces Plans to Celebrate Ga-Rei-Zero Anniversary in 2018

A new Twitter account launched on Monday for Ga-Rei-Zero, a supernatural action anime series that is approaching its 10th anniversary. The Twitter account was launched in direct response to the upcoming milestone. The account's inaugural tweet shows the series' main characters Yomi and Kagura embracing and laughing. あの衝撃の第1話から10年!TVアニメ「喰霊-零-」は2018年で放送10周年を迎えます!10周年に向けて喰霊-零-10周年記念公式ツイッタースタートいたしました!...
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20th Century Boys, Monster's Naoki Urasawa Launches New Series in October

Manga to run in Big Comic Original ― This year's 19th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Original magazine announced on Wednesday that manga creator Naoki Urasawa will launch a new series in the 21st issue on October 20. The title and other details on the new series have not yet been revealed. Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine announced last year that it would debut a new manga by Urasawa i...
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Shadow of the Colossus PS4 Remake's Trailer Streamed

Full remake of 2005 game slated for 2018 ― Sony unveiled a new trailer for its PlayStation 4 remake of Shadow of the Colossus during its Tokyo Game Show press conference on Tuesday. The video shows scenes from the game captured from a PlayStation 4 Pro system. The game is slated for 2018. Bluepoint, the company that handled the 2011 remaster, is also developing the PlayStation 4 remake. Fumito Ueda's...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, September 17-23

Matoi the Sacred Slayer anime; Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight, Sweet Blue Flowers, Rose Guns Days Season Three manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Matoi the Sacred Slayer BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 September 19 Matoi the Sacred Slayer DVDCite Sentai Filmworks US$49.98 September 19 One Piece Collection 20 DVD UncutAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation Entertainment...
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Ni no Kuni II PS4/PC Game's Tokyo Game Show Trailer Streamed

Game ships worldwide on January 19 ― Sony unveiled a trailer for Bandai Namco Entertainment and Level-5's Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PlayStation 4 and PC game during its Tokyo Game Show press conference on Tuesday. The trailer, which starts at 19:50 in the video below, previews English-language gameplay and cut scenes. The game is slated for worldwide release on January 19. Bandai Namco Entertai...
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Tottori City Honors Late Manga Creator Jiro Taniguchi with 11ft High Sand Sculpture

The manga world lost a bright star earlier this year when creator Jiro Taniguchi passed away at the age of 69. Known for his signature style of fine line art and shading without ink, Taniguchi attracted adult fans of his honest portrayal of every day people. His stories like Kodoku no Gourmet about a solitary salesman named Gorō Inagashira as he travels all over Japan is just one example of his po...

Flying Witch Anime's English Dub Cast, Clip Revealed

Stephanie Wittels stars in dub debuting on home video in October ― Sentai Filmworks announced the full English dub cast for Flying Witch on Tuesday. The company also began streaming a dubbed clip featuring Stephanie Wittels as Makoto, Juliet Simmons as Chinatsu, Adam Gibbs as Kei, and Chaney Moore as Nao. The cast, under director Shannon Reed, assistant director Kyle Jones, and writer Marta Bechtol, ...
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Season Finale: Tsuredure Children ‒ Episode 12

"Tsuredure Children came to an abrupt end this week, finishing off a charming season with one more dose of warm fuzzies."
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Gungrave VR Game's Trailer Previews Shooting Action

PlayStation VR version slated for this year; other VR compatibility to follow ― Korean video game publisher Blueside and Korean developer Iggymob unveiled a trailer for their Gungrave VR "cinematic action shooting game" during Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference on Tuesday. The trailer begins at 42:36 in the video below. The PlayStation VR game is slated for this year. The developers will preserv...
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Japanese Netizens Choose Their Grotesque Anime Must-Watch List

Do you feel that crisp chill in the air? That's autumn at the doorstep and with the changing of the season, all the spooks, terrors, and gory horror come out to romp. If you're a fan of the gruesome and bloody, Goo Ranking readers weighed in on the top choices of guro anime, even for the squeamish. The number one choice is unsurprisingly the fan-favorite Attack on Titan. If viewers can stomach gia...
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Season Finale: Love and Lies ‒ Episode 12

"Unfortunately, for all of its angsty histrionics and wheel-spinning, Love and Lies ends up not having anything to say at all."
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Gal*Gun 2 Game Announced for PS4, Switch

PQube to publish game in the West ― Inti Creates announced on Tuesday that it will release Gal*Gun 2, the newest installment in its Gal*Gun game series, for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch this winter. PQube will publish the game in North America and Europe. Inti Creates will have a playable demo of the PS4 version at Tokyo Game Show this week. The shooting game franchise has players dealing with w...
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Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Gets VR PS4 Release in Spring 2018

PS2 game by Metal Gear Solid's Hideo Kojima originally shipped in 2003 ― Sony revealed during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday that Konami and Cygames are collaborating to develop a virtual-reality PlayStation 4 version of Konami's Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner game titled Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀RS (Anubis Zone of the Enders: M∀RS in Japan). The game is slated for spring 2...
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Kemono Friends' Fox Girls Try to Figure Out Udon in Animated Short

The popular Kemono Friends anime series has had no shortage of collaboration opportunities, namely with zoos across Japan, the Japan Racing Association, and the Animelo Live Summer concerts. The latter two got tie-in animated shorts starring the animal girls from the series. Nissin Cup Noodle is the latest to hire the colorful cast to promote its wares. In a one minute short released on Tuesday, K...
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This Week in Anime - How Meta Does Re:Creators Get?

What did this anime about fictional characters confronting their makers have to say about the creative process? This week in anime, we tackle the conclusion of Sota and Altair's story. ― Re:CREATORS is a story about fictional characters meeting the people who created them, but just how far does its metafictional rabbit hole go? This week in anime, Micchy and Steve follow Sota and Altair's tale all th...
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My Hero Academia Smash Spinoff Manga to End With 5th Volume in November

Comedy spinoff launched in 2015 ― Manga artist Hirofumi Neda announced on Twitter earlier this month that the Boku no Hero Academia Smash!! (My Hero Academia Smash) manga will end with the fifth volume in November. Neda launched the spinoff manga on Shueisha's Jump+ app in 2015 around the time the My Hero Academia anime was announced. The manga tells original gag episodes in four-panel strips. Shueis...
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Berserk Creator Reveals He Based Band of the Hawk on High School Friendship

Berserk manga creator Kentarou Miura spoke at the "Hakusensha Sokujitsu Debut Manga Shō" (Hakusensha Same-Day Debut Manga Awards) event on Sunday. Members of the editorial departments of Hakusensha's various manga magazines attended to review and critique manuscripts that aspiring manga creators brought to the event. The appearance marked Miura's first speech of this kind, and his topic was "guide...
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Yakuza Studio's Fist of the North Star Game Trailer Reveals February 22 Release Date

Game to feature manga characters, original characters ― Sega announced during Sony's PlayStation press conference at Tokyo Game Show 2017 on Tuesday that its Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no Ken) PlayStation 4 game, Hokuto ga Gotoku, will ship in Japan on February 22, 2018. Sega also debuted a trailer, which begins at 54:05 in the video below. Yakuza Studio is developing the game in the vein of its ...
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A Certain Magical Virtual-On Game's Video Reveals February 15 Release Date

Game features 4th pilot-dependent weapon for Virtuaroids ― Sega began streaming a promotional video for its Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On (A Certain Magical Virtual-On) game for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on Tuesday. The video reveals that the game will ship in Japan on February 15. The PS4 version of the game will cost 7,990 yen (about US$72), and the PS Vita version will cost 6,990 yen (U...
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Event Report: "Anime Day" at Tokyo Meat Festival

Pigging out on steak while grooving to an anisong concert sounds like a very specific definition of paradise. I did not realize how much I craved this until I actually experienced it. Tokyo's NikuFes (“Meat Festival”) has been getting more anime-influenced over the years. In 2015, the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma actress Minami Takahashi had her own Food Wars! booth, where she cooked meat dishes f...
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Final Fantasy IX Also Debuts on PS4 in West Today

Game also launched via PS Store in Japan ― Square Enix's Final Fantasy IX game launched on PlayStation 4 via the PlayStation Store in the West on Tuesday. PlayStation began streaming a launch trailer for the release. Sony also announced during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday that the game is available in Japan for the PS4 via the PlayStation Store. The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) r...
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Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain Game Announced for PS4 in 2018

D3 Publisher's Earth Defense Force 5 game ships on December 7 ― Yuke and D3 Publisher announced at Sony's PlayStation conference at Tokyo Game Show on Tuesday that the Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain game for PlayStation 4 will debut in 2018. D3 Publisher also began streaming the game's first trailer on Tuesday. D3 Publisher announced in June that it is delaying its Earth Defense Force 5 PS4 game from...
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What It's Like to Come Back Just to See Brock and Misty after a Decade Away from Pokémon

I hadn’t seen any Pokémon anime (other than the recent film) in the past 13 or 14 years, but knew I had to tune in.
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Neko Atsume Smartphone App Gets PS VR Game in 2018

Hit-Point's cat-collecting game launched in 2014 ― Sony announced at its PlayStation press conference at Tokyo Game Show on Tuesday that Hit-Point's smartphone app Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector is inspiring the Neko Atsume VR game for PlayStation VR in 2018. The original cat-collecting game has been downloaded more than 19 million times worldwide since it debuted in October 2014. The Neko Atsume no Ie...
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PS4 Animax App Gets Exclusive Streaming Programs 'Soon'

App gets update in December ― Sony announced during its Tokyo Game Show press conference on Tuesday that the PlayStation 4 app for its Animax anime channel will get an update in December. The company announced that the app will get exclusive streaming programs "soon." Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan (SPEJ) established a new joint venture company called AK Holdings in partnership with Mitsui & Co., ...
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The [email protected] Stella Stage PS4 Game Revealed for December

Teased with 765Pro idol Haruka Amami ― Sony revealed during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday that Bandai Namco Entertainment is working on a new game in The [email protected] franchise titled The [email protected] Stella Stage. The game is slated for the PlayStation 4 in Japan on December 21. The video shown during the conference featured Haruka Amami, one of the first 765 Production idol characters who d...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, September 11-17

In This Corner of the World sells 13,682, followed by P to JK film, Haikyu stage play, your name., Takuya Eguchi ― The deluxe limited first pressing for the live-action film of Maki Miyoshi's P to JK manga landed at #3 on the overall DVD chart with 5,920 copies. The regular edition was #11 with 2,098 copies. The Hyper-Projection Engeki Haikyu!! "Shōsha to Haisha" stage play was #4 with 4,910 copies. ...
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Square Enix Reveals Left Alive Game for PS4, PC With Armored Core Director

Metal Gear Solid's Yoji Shinkawa designs characters, Takayuki Yanase designs mecha ― Sony revealed during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday that Square Enix is working on a new PlayStation 4 and PC game titled Left Alive. The game is slated for release in 2018. Toshifumi Nabeshima, who produced many titles in From Software's Armored Core mecha action series, serves as the game's director. Yoj...
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Gundam: Battle Operation 2 PS4 Sequel Revealed for 2018

Original game shut down on July 31, Gundam: Battle Operation Next still ongoing ― Sony announced during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday that Bandai Namco Entertainment is developing Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2, a sequel to its Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation and Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation Next games, for the PlayStation 4. The game is slated for release in 2018. Th...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, September 11-17

In This Corner of the World sold 24,015 + 19,594, followed by The Idolm#ster SideM stage event, P & JK film, Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki, Haikyu!! stage play ― The Idolm#ster SideM 2nd Stage [email protected] Stars~ Live Blu-ray [Complete Side] sold 23,683 copies to rank #2 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The deluxe limited first pressing for the live-action film of Maki Miyoshi's P to JK manga landed at #4 wit...
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Final Fantasy IX Launches on PS4 in Japan Today

Game previously re-released on smartphones, PC in 2016 ― Sony announced during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday that Square Enix's Final Fantasy IX game is now available in Japan for the PlayStation 4 via the PlayStation Store. The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) ratings board had issued a rating for the game on the PS4 earlier today. Square Enix most recently re-released Final Fantasy ...
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Genocidal Organ Anime Film's 1st 14 Minutes Streamed

BD/DVD ships in Japan on October 25; Funimation release with English dub ships on November 7 ― The official Youtube channel of Fuji TV's Noitamina block began streaming the first 14 minutes of Genocidal Organ, the anime film based on Project Itoh's novel of the same name, last Friday. The video promotes the film's home video Blu-ray Disc and DVD release in Japan on October 25. (The same video debuted...
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Elegant Yokai Apartment Life Anime's New Visual Features Naomi Chiaki

The official website for the television anime of Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life) light novel series unveiled a new visual for the anime's second cour on Tuesday. The visual shows Toshihiko Seki's character Naomi Chiaki. The second cour will start on October. The anime premiered in Japan on Tokyo MX and Yomiuri TV on July 3, and on BS11 on July 4 as par...
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European Raings Board Lists Final Fantasy IX With PS4 Release

The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) ratings board has issued a rating for a PlayStation 4 release of Square Enix's Final Fantasy IX game. Square Enix most recently re-released Final Fantasy IX on iOS and Android devices in February 2016, and on PC via Steam in April 2016. Square Enix describes the game: Zidane and the Tantalus Theater Troupe have kidnapped Princess Garnet, the heir of Alexand...
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Japanese Government Moves Forward With Plans to Relax Visa Restrictions for Foreign Animators

The Japanese government is moving forward with plans to relax visa status regulations for foreigners seeking to get jobs in Japan after graduating from Japanese colleges or vocational schools in fields such as animation, design, or cooking. In March, the government established the "Cool Japan Talent Raising Investigation Commission" to open communication with experts and industry professionals ab...

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Viewster Adds School Days, Humanity Has Declined Anime

Also: Magical Heart Kokoro-chan OVA, The Everyday Tales of a Cat God ― Video streaming service Viewster added the School Days and Humanity Has Declined anime earlier this month. The service also announced that it has added The Everyday Tales of a Cat God back to its streaming lineup. All three series are available in Japanese with English subtitles. In addition to the twelve episodes of the 2007 Scho...
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New Crayon Shin-chan 3DS Game Previewed in Video Ad

Game slated for November 30 in Japan ― FuRyu began streaming a television commercial for its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game based on Crayon Shin-Chan on Friday. The game, titled Crayon Shin-Chan, Gekiatsu! Oden World Dai Konran, is slated to ship on November 30 in Japan. FuRyu also began streaming the full song and dance by the character "OdenMan," who appears in the commercial played by comedian Yoshio ...
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Season Finale: Restaurant to Another World ‒ Episode 12

"As these twelve episodes stand, this was a solid dish, but perhaps one that could have used just a little more seasoning."
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Crunchyroll Adds A Certain Magical Index, Eureka Seven Films

A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion,Eureka Seven - good night, sleep tight, young lovers films stream ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it has added the A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion and Eureka Seven - good night, sleep tight, young lovers anime films to its catalog. Both films are available in the United States and Canada. Crunchyroll describes A Certain Magical ...
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'Sekirei 365' Manga Begins Regular Serialization

This year's 19th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine announced on Friday that Sakurako Gokurakuin's Sekirei: Kanojo no Inai 365-Hi no Koto (Regarding 365 Days Without a Girlfriend) manga will begin serializing regularly in the 20th issue on October 6. Gokurakuin began the manga in Young Gangan on May 2 but only two chapters have been published so far. (Square Enix publishes Young Gangan t...
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Season Finale: Clean Freak! Aoyama kun ‒ Episode 12

"It had its funny moments, but in the end, Clean Freak! Aoyama kun never fully figured out what it wanted to be."

Discotek Licenses Barefoot Gen, Yowamushi Pedal Films, Photon OVA

All releases slated for December ― Discotek Media announced on Monday that it has licensed Barefoot Gen, Barefoot Gen 2, Yowamushi Pedal the Movie, and Photon the Idiot Adventures. All three are slated for home video release in December; the Barefoot Gen movies will be on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, Yowamushi Pedal will be on a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack, and Photon will be DVD only. Discotek will release...
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Knight's & Magic ‒ Episode 12

"This penultimate outing for the series does a great job of showing how far the series has come, proceeding on the same level as the ever-escalating technology that drives its story."
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Japanese Men & Women Rank Their Underwear Preferences, Habits

While the traditional women's white panties has gotten its fair share of reinterpretations recently, it would be remiss to say that its the overwhelming favorite of both wearers and fans of lingerie. The website Rakuten Infoseek Woman asked both men and women to weigh in on their underwear preferences. Many stated that they aren't opposed to receiving lingerie as a gift (60%) although they said it...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 805

"With Sanji's flashback finished and Luffy's battle with Cracker nearing its end, the Whole Cake Island arc is getting ready to change gears, and what's coming next is a wild ride all its own."
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Kemono Friends Collaborates With Zoo That Inspired Franchise

Keio Corporation, Tama Zoological Park, and Inokashira Park Zoo are partnering for Kemono Friends' newest zoo collaboration. The "Keio no Densha ni Notte Dōbutsu-tachi ni Ai ni Ikō! Tama & Inokashira Zoo x Kemono Friends Stamp Rally" (Let's Ride Keio Trains and Go Meet Animals! Tama & Inokashira Zoo x Kemono Friends Stamp Rally) event will be held from September 21 to October 22. The first 9,000 p...
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Hana ni Kedamono Romance Manga Gets Live-Action TV Adaptation

Yōsuke Sugino, Yuri Nakamura star in drama slated for this fall ― Miwako Sugiyama's Hana ni Kedamono manga is inspiring a live-action television adaptation this fall. The drama will be available simultaneously on dTV and Fuji TV On Demand. The manga is a romance between innocent new girl Kumi and handsome playboy Hyō. The adaptation stars, from right to left starting with the top row in the image abo...
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A Centaur's Life ‒ Episode 11

"It's been a weird atonal mess of a show, but the characters grew on me, and its quirky observations on life are often super-accurate."
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Ghost Pokemon Haunt Your Drinks as Cup Companions

The spookiest denizens of the Pokemon world are here to haunt your drinks for Halloween season. This is the pocket-sized monsters' second collection of PUTITTO capsule toys and they will go on sale at Pokemon Centers starting on September 30. A total of seven Ghost-type Pokemon were chosen for this release, including the popular Mimikyu. Haunter uses his "Lick" attack to get a taste of your juice...
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Level-5 Reveals Otome Yūsha Smartphone Game's Fall Launch in Video

Game originally slated to launch in Japan last winter ― The official website for Level-5's Otome Yūsha (Otomé HERO) smartphone game streaming a promotional video on Friday. The video reveals that the game is slated to launch this fall. Level-5 planned to release the game for iOS and Android devices in Japan last winter. However, the company later revised its release window to this spring. The company...
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Princess Principal ‒ Episode 11

"Overall, Case 23 is every bit of what the penultimate episode for a series like this should be."
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Creator Nobuyuki Fukumoto Tries Out Kaiji VR's Perilous Balancing Act

Manga creator Nobuyuki Fukumoto has continually put his characters in high-stakes situations, but the tables turned on September 14 when he was put in Kaiji's footsteps in the Kaiji VR ~Zetsubō no Tekkotsu Watari~ (Kaiji VR ~Steel Beam Crossing of Despair~) PlayStation VR game. Game developer Solid Sphere launched the title in Japan on August 28 for 1,800 yen (about US$16).. The scenario is based ...
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Live-Action Yowamushi Pedal's Eiji Takigawa Suffers Spinal Cord Injury During Filming

Drops out of October's Show By Rock!! musical ― Actor Eiji Takigawa's agency Eri Office announced on Monday that, following an accident on the set of the live-action Yowamushi Pedal 2 television series, Takigawa has been diagnosed with a spinal chord injury. Takigawa was transported to a hospital via helicopter and has already undergone surgery. He is still at the hospital to focus on medical treatme...
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Pokkén Tournament DX Game's Video Introduces Blaziken

Game ships on September 22 ― The official Japanese YouTube channel for Pokémon began streaming a new video for the Pokkén Tournament DX game on Monday. The video introduces the playable Pokémon Blaziken. The game will ship on September 22. Physical and digital copies of the game will be available. The Nintendo Switch game will feature the 16 playable Pokémon from the original Wii U Pokkén Tournament;...
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Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Opens in U.S. Theaters on October 16-22

English-subtitled teaser trailer streamed ― Funimation Films announced on Monday that its U.S. theatrical release of Tokyo Ghoul is slated for October 16-22. Theater locations are listed on Funimation's website. Funimation also began streaming an English-subtitled teaser trailer. The film premiered on July 3 at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, July 7 in Berlin, and July 10 at the Marunouchi Piccadilly thea...
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Onsen Musume Multimedia Project Debuts 2nd Anime Music Video

The idols of the Onsen Musume multimedia project held their "SPRiNGS 1st LIVE “NOW ON☆SENSATION!!" event on August 20. SPRiNGS is the nine-member idol group made up of the voice actresses attached to the project. Voice actresses Yūki Takada, Yurika Endō, Rika Nagae, Natsumi Hioka, Yūki Kuwahara, Karin Takahashi, Minami Shinoda, and Misaki Watada opened with "Future Imagination!" and closed with "J...
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Chaos;Child PS4/PS Vita Game Ships in October in N. America, Europe

Trailer streamed to accompany release date announcements ― Game publisher PQube announced on Monday that it will release Chaos;Child in Europe on October 13 and North America on October 24. The game will be available physically on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. PQube also began streaming a new trailer: The game's story is set after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hits Tokyo's Shibuya ward on November...
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Gundam Versus Previews Gundam F91 Characters in Video

PS4 game launches on September 29 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a new video introducing playable pilot and mobile suit pairs for its Gundam Versus PlayStation 4 game on Friday. The video introduces the characters from the Mobile Suit Gundam F91 anime that will appear in the game. Bandai Namco Entertainment previously streamed similar videos for Gundam 08th MS Team, Mobile Suit G...
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Answerman - What is "Video Post-Production"?

You see it in the credits of anime blurays and DVDs all the time - but what does "video post-production" actually entail? Justin has the answer. ― Craig asked: Just finished watching the third Berserk film, The Advent and in the credits I saw your name. for Video post production. What exactly do you do in terms of post production(clean up, video/audio compression, restoration?)? Do all companies who...
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Fullmetal Alchemist Anime Director Criticizes Upcoming Live-Action Film

At a stage show on September 16th at Nikufes (Meat Festival) Tokyo 2017, Fullmetal Alchemist anime director Seiji Mizushima criticized the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist live-action film, saying that, “It was a bad idea to only use Japanese actors.” Mizushima made these comments at a roundtable discussion with anime producers Hiroshi Kanemaru (Popin Q) and Tomoki Misawa (Urawa no Usagi-chan). The to...
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Sentai Filmworks to Phase Out DVDs by 2019

Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it will gradually phase out DVDs from its product lineup by 2019. However, the company will offer DVD releases for second or third seasons of titles that it has already released on DVD. The company will release older titles on DVD that have no existing Blu-ray Disc materials. Sentai Filmworks will design future premium box sets to house Blu-ray Discs only....
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New Blue Exorcist Stage Play Reveals 2nd Key Visual

The official website for Ao no Exorcist: Shimane Illuminati-hen, the new stage play adaptation of Kazue Katō's Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist) manga, revealed the play's second key visual on Friday. The website revealed the first key visual and 14 character visuals in August. The play will adapt the Illuminati arc from the 10th to 15th volumes of Katō's original manga. The leader of the Illuminati,...
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The Different Types of "Gal" in My First Girlfriend is a Gal

My First Girlfriend is a Gal is all about one boy's relationships with the various gals around him. But what exactly is a "gal"?
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The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya BD+DVD

One of the most compelling adventures in the Haruhi saga finally arrives on Blu-ray! Nick Creamer takes a look at this uniquely engrossing film. ― After the madcap adventures and slapstick comedy of Haruhi Suzumiya's first two seasons, the anime series was capped off with a film unlike anything that had come before. Somber, slow-paced, and introspective, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya represent...
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Dynamic Chord Anime Reveals Visual for Liar-S Band

The official website for the anime of the honeybee black label's Dynamic Chord otome project revealed a new visual for its in-universe group Liar-S on Monday. Liar-S is a newcomer rock band that made its major debut three years after its formation. The band is also performing the show's second ending theme song "Diamond Eyes." The project follows the musical careers and personal lives of several b...
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Boruto Franchise Gets 4th Novel in November

This year's 41st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on September 11 that the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga and anime franchise is getting a fourth novel that will ship in November. The novel will be a novelization of the "school trip" arc. The first novel in the series shipped on May 2, the second novel shipped on July 4, and the third novel (seen right) shipped on Se...
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K: Missing Kings Stage Play Reveals 9 Cast Members in Costume

4th play in franchise runs in Kyoto, Tokyo in October ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of the K: Missing Kings anime film revealed visuals of nine cast members in costume on September 8 and on Sunday. Yoshihiko Aramaki as Kuroh Yatogami Kandai Ueda as Mikoto Suō Karin Isobe as Anna Kushina Juri as Izumo Kusanagi Takahisa Maeyama as Tatara Totsuka Kenya Nakao as Rikio Kamamoto Kaor...
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Minami Mizuno's Koi wo Shiranai Boku-tachi wa Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on October 13

The October issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine revealed on September 13 that Minami Mizuno's Koi o Shiranai Boku-tachi wa (We Who Know Nothing of Love) manga will have an "important announcement" in the magazine's next issue on October 13. The manga centers on Eiji and Naohiko, two first-year high school students who have been friends since middle school. Naohiko has been in a long-dis...
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Futari H Manga Has 'Big News' on Friday, Author Ends Tōmei Ningen Kyōtei Manga

Tōmei Ningen Kyōtei manga launched in July 2014 ― This year's 18th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on September 8 that Aki Katsu's Futari H (Manga Sutra) manga will have a big announcement in the magazine's next issue on Friday. Katsu also ended his Tōmei Ningen Kyōtei (Invisible Man - Pact) manga last Friday. The manga's fifth and final compiled book volume is slated for October...
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Go Nagai Ends Gekiman! Cutie Honey-hen Manga on September 29

Autobiographical manga about Cutie Honey's creation launched in July 2016 ― The 2,580th issue of Nihonbungeisha's Weekly Manga Goraku magazine revealed last Friday that Go Nagai will end his Gekiman! Cutie Honey-hen manga in its next chapter on September 29. The autobiographical manga reveals the production of Nagai's Cutie Honey franchise, going into particular detail about the intended simultaneous...
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Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card Manga Has 1.5 Million Copies in Print

The third volume of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga announced on Wednesday that the manga has 1.5 million copies in print. The Cardcaptor Sakura manga franchise as a whole has 16.5 million copies in print. A limited edition of the manga volume bundled the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen Prologue - Sakura to Futatsu no Kuma video anime on DVD. The DVD includes English subtitles. The a...
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Square Enix Launches Countdown Site for New Smartphone Game

Square Enix opened a website for a new game project for iOS and Android devices last Friday. The site features a countdown that ends on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. JST, as well as a scrolling gallery of weapons from various other game franchises, with accompanying quotes. Seen below is the Virtuous Contract from NieR: Automata. Other weapons shown include the Ice Sword and Left Hand Sword from Romancin...
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Houchu Ohtsuka Voices Live-Action Ajin Film's Ad Videos

Ohtsuka voiced antagonist Satō in Ajin anime ― Toho began streaming two commercials last Friday for Ajin, the live-action film based on Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga. Houchu Ohtsuka, the voice of antagonist Satō in the television and film anime adaptations of the manga, narrates both videos. The film will open in Japan on September 30. In addition to regular and IMAX screenings, the film wi...
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Director Tabata: Final Fantasy XV 'Achieves' 6.5 Million Units Worldwide

Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata revealed during an interview with GameSpot on Saturday that Final Fantasy XV has "achieved over 6.5 million units" worldwide. Tabata didn't specify if the number is combined digital sales and shipments (as with previous milestone announcements for the game) or another metric. Tabata also stated that he has seen Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the W...

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Fighting Game Introduces Yōsuke, Linne

New fighting game crosses over Blazblue, UNIB, Persona 4, RWBY ― Arc System Works began streaming a new character introduction trailer for its Blazblue Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game last Friday. The video reveals that Yōsuke Hanamura from Persona 4 Arena and Linne from Under Night In-Birth are joining the game as playable characters. Blazblue Cross Tag Battle is a crossover between the Arc...
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Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Game Posts Tutorial Videos for Characters

PS4/Xbox One/PC fighting game ships on Tuesday ― Capcom began streaming videos last Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday for its upcoming Marvel vs. CAPCOM Infinite fighting game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The videos are tutorials for various characters in the game, including Mega Man X, Morrigan, Ryu, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Gamora, Chris Redfield, Spencer, The Hulk, Dormammu...
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Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Film Earns 40 Million Yuan, Ranks #3 in China

Film is 11th highest earning Japanese film, 9th highest earning anime film in China ― The Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film opened in China last Friday and earned 40 million yuan (660 million yen or about US$6.11 million) in its first three days in 6,000 theaters to rank #3 in the Chinese box office. The film is now the 11th highest earning Japanese film in Chinese box office history, and th...
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Welcome to the Ballroom Anime's Video for 2nd Half Previews New Unison Square Garden Song

Anime's 2nd half debuts with new opening, ending theme songs next Saturday ― The official website for the Welcome to the Ballroom anime unveiled a new promotional video and visual for the anime's second half on Monday. The video previews the anime's new opening theme song "Invisibile Sensation" by Unison Square Garden. Aside from Unison Square Garden, Mikako Komatsu is also returning to perform the n...

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Poe no Ichizoku Takarazuka Stage Play Unveils Rio Asumi in Costume

Asumi plays Edgar Portsnell in stage play running January-March ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of Moto Hagio's Poe no Ichizoku (The Poe Clan) manga by the famous all-female musical theater troupe Takarazuka Revue revealed a new visual on Sunday of Rio Asumi in costume as the character Edgar Portsnell. The play will run at the Takarazuka Grand Theater on January 1, 2018 to Februa...
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Square Enix's Grand Marche no Meikyū Smartphone Game Shuts Down in November

Game launched in September last year ― The official website for Square Enix's Grand Marche no Meikyū (Grand Marche Labyrinth) smartphone game announced last Friday that the game will end service on November 30. The announcement cited difficulties in delivering a product that users could be satisfied with as the reason for the game shutting down. The game launched in September 2016 for iOS and Android...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 107

"I was already happy with the Master Roshi episode we got a few weeks back, but I think I like this one even more."
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Leotard Reinvented as 'Whole Body Panties'

Pillow panties seemed like the final frontier in underwear. After water bottle cozies and sleepwear for your sleeping accessories, I thought there was nowhere else to go. Obviously, I am not as creative as the masterminds at the Village Vanguard Online Store. Behold, full body panties! Or, more accurately, a leotard that is made to look like a pair of women's underwear. The item description notes...
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Bandai Recreates Sailor Moon's Silver Crystal as Face Powder Case

Bandai's cosmetics brand Creer Beaute unveiled Pretty Guardians Color Powder as the latest item in its well-established Miracle Romance line on Friday. The Silver Crystal that appears in the story of Sailor Moon inspired the color powder's design. The five-color face powder is inspired by the five main Sailor Guardians. The powder includes five types of moisturizing ingredients. Once applied, the...
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Emon Unveils Evil or Live Animated Series for October Premiere

Series about teenagers in rehab facility for net addiction stars Shinichiro Ueda, Kouki Uchiyama, Chika Anzai ― Emon Animation Company announced on Thursday that it is producing Evil or Live, an animated adaptation of a Tencent webcomic by Li Xiaonan that will premiere on Tokyo MX-1 on October 10. The show will have 12 episodes, with each episode being 25 minutes long. Emon describes the show: In thi...
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Welcome to the Ballroom ‒ Episode 11

"Everyone ought to have learned a little something from this exercise, which we should see going forward into part two of the story."
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Katsugeki! Tōken Ranbu ‒ Episode 12

"With everyone from the First and Second lined up to get their moment of glory, I'm concerned the show won't have enough time to give us much insight into its characters' feelings."
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Himōto! Umaru-chan Manga Has 3 Million Copies in Print

The official Twitter account for Sankaku Head's Himōto! Umaru-chan manga revealed on Thursday that the series' compiled book volumes have a total of 3 million copies in print in Japan. The manga's 11th compiled volume will ship on Tuesday. Sankaku Head launched the manga in Weekly Young Jump in 2013 (after running an earlier two-chapter Himōto! Umaru-chan! version in Miracle Jump in 2012). The man...
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One Piece Anime's Upcoming 1-Hour Special Previewed in 3rd Promo Video

Special debuts Namie Amuro's new theme song on October 1 ― The official One Piece YouTube channel began streaming a third promotional video on Friday for the anime's upcoming one-hour special. The video previews famed betrayals between friends across time, and teases [Highlight white text to read spoilers] Luffy's battle with Sanji, the climax (but not the finale) of the Whole Cake Island Arc. Filmma...
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New Z/X Anime Slated to Air in 2019, Based on Upcoming Manga

Takuya Fujima launches manga basis this week ― The "Z/Xtreme 2017.Autumn" event at Tokyo's Akihabara district revealed on Sunday that the previously announced new anime adaptation of the Z/X game franchise is slated to air in 2019. The new television anime will be based on the Z/X Code reunion manga adaptation that artist Takuya Fujima (Weiß Survive, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid) and story creat...
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The Legends Behind the Characters of Fate/Apocrypha

One of the biggest appeals of the Fate franchise is the use of historical and mythological figures. Knowing about a character's backstory makes that character all the more interesting.
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Fate/Apocrypha Anime Gets Episode 12.5 Recap

The official website for the Fate/Apocrypha anime announced on Sunday that the anime will get an "episode 12.5" that will serve as a recap episode to tie together the anime's first and second cours. The episode will premiere on September 23. The anime will have a total of 25 episodes. The series premiered on July 1, and began its exclusive stream on Netflix on July 3. The show will premiere on Net...
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Saori Hayami Performs Ending Theme For Code:Realize Anime

Series based on Idea Factory's video game premieres on October 7 ― The official website for the Code:Realize television anime series revealed on Saturday that Saori Hayami will perform the ending theme song "twinkle." Hayami is also starring in the show as Cardia. The anime will premiere on October 7. The series will also stream on 18 online services in Japan starting on October 9. The anime stars: S...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film to Open Tokyo Int'l Film Festival

October 25 screening will mark world premiere ahead of December 1 wide release in Japan ― The official website for the Tokyo International Film Festival announced on Saturday that the live-action film adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga will open the festival. The film will screen at the festival on October 25, and the screening will be the film's world premiere. The film will op...
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Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō Anime Reveals New Visual

The official website for the Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō (Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter) television anime series revealed a new key visual on Saturday. The tagline on the below image reads, "Everyone as one. A new chapter starts." The anime will premiere in Japan at night on Monday, October 9 at 2:05 a.m. (effectively Tuesday morning) on TV Tokyo. The show will also air on Sendai Broadcasting and AT-X ...
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Crunchyroll Streams Trinity Blood, Sands of Destruction Anime

Also: Girls Bravo, Kaleido Star, Master of Martial Hearts, Kurau: Phantom Memory series ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it has added the Sands of Destruction and Trinity Blood anime series to its catalog. Sands of Destruction is available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Trinity Blood is available in the United States and Canada. Funimation...
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Crunchyroll Streams New English-subtitled Trailer for Black Clover Anime

Anime premieres on October 3 ― Crunchyroll began streaming a third English-subtitled promotional video on Friday for the television anime adaptation of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga The video previews the anime's opening song "Haruka Mirai" by Kankaku Piero. The video features the same footage as the trailer streamed on the official website last week. The anime stars: Newcomer Gakuto Kajiwara as A...
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Fate/Grand Order App Hits 10 Million Downloads in Japan

Delight Works announced at a stage event at the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair on Sunday that its Fate/Grand Order game has reached more than 10 million downloads in Japan. To celebrate, Delight Works is hosting a campaign for the game. In addition, players will receive 30 Saint Quartz if a Twitter post gets 100,000 retweets between now and September 24 at 6:00 p.m. As of press time the post...

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Series Finale: Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 22

"The finale of Re:CREATORS may not be the most exciting of episodes, but it's the absolute perfect ending for this series."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 36

"The students' Final Exams continue as we knock out the remaining challenges in the lead-up to Midoriya and Bakugo's match against All Might."
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Maximum the Hormone Band's Manga Launches

The manga inspired by the Maximum the Hormone band launched in this year's fall issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Aniki magazine on Friday. Band member Maximum the Ryo-kun is writing the story, and Hideaki Fujii (Battle Spirits: Shōnen Toppa Bashin, LBX - Little Battlers eXperience, Shin Megamitensei DEVIL CHILDREN) is drawing the series. The story of the manga, titled Maximum the Ryo-kun no Hissats...
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Meowth Prepares for Trouble at Build-A-Bear Workshop

Following in the footsteps of a Squirtle, who debuted as a plush at the chain in June, the newest member of Build-A-Bear Workshop's Pokémon line is Meowth. Build-A-Bear Workshop began offering Meowth as a plush on Thursday. The Meowth set exclusive to the retailer's online shop includes Meowth, a Quick Ball hoodie, a Team Rocket hoodie, an online-only sound chip with six Meowth sounds, and an exc...
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Delicious in Dungeon Manga Animated PV Cooks Up Mushroom Men

Scrounging up tasty cuisine in the darkest depths of a dungeon is tough going for adventurers. Ryōko Kui's Delicious in Dungeon manga follows the knight Laios in a month-long race against the clock to confront the dragon that ate his sister, and that means cooking up what he can find in its lair. The manga's fifth volume was released on August 10. The staff decided to celebrate by creating a stop-...
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Kirby 25th Anniversary Poll Lets Fans Vote for Favorite Copy Ability

Nintendo opened voting on Thursday for a poll that asks fans what their favorite Copy Ability from the Kirby video game series is. The poll is marking both the franchise's 25th anniversary and the upcoming release of the Kirby: Battle Royale game. Fans can choose their favorite Copy Ability from a list of 57 options. The Copy Abilities available in the poll are (listed in the order they appear in ...
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Altair: A Record of Battles ‒ Episode 10

"Things are really heating up for Torqye, and Mahmut's going to have to really step it up if he wants to be successful."
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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episode 22

"This episode continues the final quarter's fairly steep downward trajectory, delivering not much in the way of action to make room for a lot of character reveals that don't make much sense."
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Actor Tadanobu Asano Becomes Pikachu Fan in Pokkén Tournament DX Ad

Actors Tadanobu Asano (live-action Parasyte's Gotō, live-action Kiki's Delivery Service's Dr. Ishi) and Mana Ashida (live-action Bunny Drop's Rin, Pacific Rim's young Mako) star in a new television commercial for the Pokkén Tournament DX game that debuted on Thursday. Although initially unenthusiastic, Asano becomes "Pikachu Man" in the video and yells "Go, Pikachu!," "Thunderbolt, Pika—!," and ot...
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Vatican Miracle Examiner ‒ Episode 11

"While this episode is about three times sillier than anything from the Hitler arc, it's only about ten percent as entertaining."
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Make Your Own Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution Film Trailer

The official website for the Psalms of Planets Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution film series began a special promotion for the first film on Thursday. Fans can access a trailer maker page on the website to create their own original anime trailers. First, people must choose four of 20 possible three-second videos to include in the trailer. Then, they can choose between Hiroya Ozaki's "Glory Days" theme son...
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Made in Abyss ‒ Episode 11

"With only an episode's worth of screen-time under their belt, Nanachi has already managed to become a delightful and essential addition to Made in Abyss' universe."
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Unison Square Garden, Mikako Komatsu Perform Welcome to the Ballroom Anime's New Theme Songs

"Invisible Sensation," "Swing heart direction" debut in anime next Saturday ― The official websites for the musical artists Unison Square Garden and Mikako Komatsu announced on Saturday that they are returning to the Welcome to the Ballroom anime to perform its new theme songs. Unison Square Garden (pictured right) performs the new opening "Invisible Sensation," while Komatsu (pictured below) sings t...
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Yen Press Launches Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One Manga Simultaneously With Japan

Kento Eida debuted spinoff of Goblin Slayer! light novels on Friday ― Yen Press announced on Friday that it is launching the Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One manga in English that day — which is also the same day it debuted in Japan. Artist Kento Eida is serializing this manga spinoff of Kumo Kagyu's Goblin Slayer! light novel series in Shueisha's Young Gangan magazine in Japan. SB Creative publish...
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Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War Anime's 3rd Promo Video Reveals Opening Song

Rock band Panorama Panama Town performs "Rapture" theme; video previews story's past ― The official website for the television anime of the Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War light novel series began streaming the third promotional video on Saturday. The video previews scenes set in the past that was not depicted in the original light novel series. It also introduces the opening theme song "Rapture" by the rock...
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You’ve Probably Never Seen the True Final Episode to Eureka Seven: AO

Which is a shame, because it's pretty darn good conclusion.
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