Interview: CoMix Wave's Koichiro Ito

Koichiro Ito has been there with Makoto Shinkai on every one of his films since 2003. We asked him what it was like working with Shinkai, and if success will change CoMix Wave.

The Spring 2017 Anime Preview Guide

The Spring 2017 Anime Preview Guide Simuldub Edition has begun!
Available Now: Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor - Love Tyrant - Attack on Titan Season 2 - My Hero Academia season 2

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (compilation movies)

Crunchyroll's first Anime Movie Night event kicked off with a Kabaneri double feature! Theron Martin has the details on the screening itself and how these movies stack up to the TV series version.

This Week in Games - Puyo Puyo Tetris

It's Tetris! It's Puyo Puyo! It's charming as heck, that's what - Dustin takes the Switch's new competitive puzzler out for a spin. PLUS: Night Trap and Vanquish rise from the grave, and much more!

The Biggest Animated Moments of Winter 2017

Now that the winter 2017 anime season has had time to settle, it's time to run through the finest moments of animation from the season! Kevin Cirugeda will be your guide.

This Week in Anime - Titan-Sized First Edition

There's so many new shows this season that we had to create a whole new feature to contain them all! Nick D and Micchy break down the biggest and smallest moments in anime this week.

Vice & Luna - 04/25/2017

What do you do with a stained waifu? Vice is about to find out the hard way.

Dragon Quest Heroes II

Dragon Quest Heroes II layers thoughtful strategy on top of a solid action-RPG base, but is it enough to stave off musou fatigue? Dustin dives in.
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The Art of Closed Captioning

Closed captioning the mountains of anime you see on streaming services is no small task; Justin Sevakis explains what goes in to making sure people can read their anime. ― For years, dubbed anime programming has been shown on video streaming services in the US – but without closed captioning for the hearing impaired. While both anime publishers and streaming providers knew that this wasn't ideal for ...
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ANNCast - Zacura Quest

Zac and Jacob take on Sakura Quest, Re:Creators, Nier: Automata, and a special trip down VHS fansub memory lane. ― ANNCast Episode 294 - Zacura Quest Zac and Jacob take on Sakura Quest, Re:Creators, Nier: Automata, and a special trip down VHS fansub memory lane. You can listen to the show on our player here, direct-download the MP3 version here, check out the show on Stitcher here, and we're also on...
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Noragami Season Two: Aragoto [Limited Edition] BD+DVD

Yato and his ragtag gang return in Noragami's long-awaited second season! Theron Martin explains why this next leg of the story made a much bigger splash than the first. ― The first season of the Noragami manga adaptation got off to a strong start with its story about a girl who finds herself associating with various Japanese gods and the Regalia who serve them, but it floundered later with an anime-...
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Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory Blu-Ray

Does this '80s-tastic, Top-Gun inspired OVA series hold up for modern Gundam fans? Lauren Orsini has the answers. ― There's a reason I refer to Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory as "Top Gundam" for short, and it's not simply because the intro song, “The Winner,” sounds so suspiciously like Danger Zone that it (along with other strangely familiar songs in the score) got composer Mitsuo Hagita a...
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Saturday, April 29

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Crunchyroll Adds Hellsing, Hellsing Ultimate, Baldr Force EXE, Chaos Dragon, Unbreakable Machine Doll Anime

5 anime added on Thursday ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added the Hellsing, Hellsing Ultimate, Baldr Force EXE, Chaos Dragon, and Unbreakable Machine-Doll anime to its catalog. Hellsing is available for users in the United States and Canada. Crunchyroll describes the anime: Witness the blood-soaked roots of a legend in Hellsing, the action-horror series that launched the careers of ...
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New Jersey's AnimeNEXT to Host Yuri!!! on Ice Staff

Animators, animation producer, color designer to attend June 9-11 event ― The official Twitter account for New Jersey-based anime convention AnimeNext announced on Thursday that it will host animators Junpei Tatenaka and Noriko Itou, animation producer Takahiro Ogawa, and color designer Izumi Hirose at its 2017 convention. Tatenaka previously worked at Disney Animation Japan before working on anime, ...

Friday, April 28

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Poll Answers the Question: Which Hot Spring Episodes Bring the Goods?

Anime is notorious for having one of two filler episode types: going to the beach or going to a hot spring resort. Both offer opportunities for fanservice by letting characters show off a little skin. In a medium where both these types of shows have become very by-the-book, viewers voted for which hot spring episodes are worth watching and separated the choices into two lists based on the viewer's...
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Capcom Plans 'Major' Title Launch by March 2018

Report outlines growth strategies for company over the fiscal year ― Capcom released its overview of strategies and plans for the new fiscal year, which will end on March 31, 2018. The report includes information on the company's growth strategies across various media, and indicates a planned release of a "major" title by the end of the fiscal year. The company's consumer strategies for the year incl...
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Not Lives' Wataru Karasuma Launches New Manga in Dengeki Daioh

Magazine launches 3 other new series in June ― This year's June issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine announced on Thursday that Wataru Karasuma (Not Lives) is preparing a new original manga for serialization. The magazine has not yet announced a title, preview image, or start date for the series. Karasuma launched the Not Lives manga (pictured right) in Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh...
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McDonald's Releases AKB48 Anime Commercial Sequel

Focuses on lifelong skills you can gain by working at McDonald's ― While Americans often view a job at McDonald's as a grimy, greasy, thankless job, in Japan McDonald's is largely free of these connotations. It's seen as a standard part-time job for teenagers looking to earn some money and gain career experience; even demon kings can make a good impression by working there. To really hit this reputat...
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Live-Action Double Mints Film's Trailer Streamed

Shunsuke Tanaka, Yasushi Fuchikami star in film opening on June 3 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Asumiko Nakamura's Double Mints boys-love manga began streaming a trailer on Friday. Nakamura drew a "special edition" of the Double Mints boys-love manga for the 62nd issue of Akaneshinsha's Opera magazine, which shipped on Friday. The issue also features a discussion with ...
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Love Live! App Teases 6 More Members of PDP Group

The teaser website for "Perfect Dream Project" (PDP), the "new project for KLab Games and Bushiroad's Love Live! School Idol Festival smartphone game, revealed silhouettes for six more characters on Friday. Perfect Dream Project is also the name of a new idol group in the game, different from µ's and Aqours. Three of the members have already been revealed: Shizuku Osaka, a first-year student. Her ...
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Gundam's Char Trades In His Toyota for a Road Bike

Mobile Suit Gundam's infamous Char Aznable has had no shortage of promotional car deals. The Zaku II pilot got an exclusive Toyota Auris II model with its own anime commercial and special features like a navigational guidance system is voiced by Char voice actor Shuuichi Ikeda and Lalah Sune voice actress Keiko Han. The relationship was a good one, but Char is also looking for an eco-friendly opt...
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Brave10 Stage Play's Visual Shows Cast in Costume

Play based on Kairi Shimotsuki's manga to run June 28 to July 2 in Tokyo ― The official Twitter account for the stage play adaptation of Kairi Shimotsuki's Brave10 manga revealed the play's main visual on Friday. The image shows all 14 cast members in costume. The play will run from June 28 to July 2 at the Zenrosai Hall Space Zero in Tokyo. Jun Yoriko is directing the play, penning the script, and h...
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Konbini Kareshi TV Anime Reveals Cast

Takuma Terashima, Kenichi Suzumura, more reprise roles from drama CDs ― The official Twitter account for Konbini Kareshi (Convenience Store Boyfriends), a multimedia project developed by Kadokawa's B's Log Comic magazine, announced the cast for the upcoming television anime adaptation on Thursday. All of the cast members listed below were previously involved with the project, and Mariko Nagai is join...
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Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta Voice Actors Appear at Dolphin Show

Two aquariums help promote upcoming film ― Since the title character of the upcoming anime film Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta (Lu over the wall) is a mermaid, it's only natural that aquariums would be interested in pumping up interest in it. Two aquariums in the Tokyo area are doing just that. Voice actors Shōta Shimoda (Kai), Kanon Tani (Lu) and Shinichi Shinohara (Lu's father) made an appearance at the d...
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Prince of Tennis Gets Rhythm Game for Smartphones

Game featuring character songs to launch this year ― Bushiroad and Akatsuki Inc. opened a teaser website on Friday for a new iOS and Android rhythm game based on Takeshi Konomi's The New Prince of Tennis (Shin Tennis no Ōji-sama) manga. The game, titled Shin Tennis no Ōji-sama Rising Beat is slated to launch this year. The smartphone game will feature a number of characters and character songs from t...

Love Live! Sunshine's Aquors, The [email protected] Cinderella Girls to Perform at Anime Expo

Cinderella Girls performers are Asami Takano, Haruka Yoshimura, Hiromi Igarashi, Rei Matsuzaki, Tomoyo Kurosawa, Yuko Iida ― The organizers of the Anime Expo convention announced on Thursday that it will host the full Aqours idol group and and six members of The [email protected] Cinderella Girls idol group as part of the convention's Anisong World Matsuri music festival event. The two acts will perform on ...
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DAYS Original Anime DVD Preview Show 'Dice Talk' Game

DVD to bundle with manga's 22nd volume on May 17 ― Pony Canyon began streaming a commercial for the original anime DVD (OAD) that will bundle with the limited edition 22nd volume of Tsuyoshi Yasuda's DAYS manga on May 17. The new anime is titled "Himitsu no Saikoro Talk-hen" (Secret Dice Talk Chapter). The commercial shows the team at training camp, playing a card game where the loser has to roll a d...
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New Racing Manga Portrays Bond Between Jockey and Centaur

As any jockey will tell you, the bond between jockey and horse is one of the crucial dynamics of racing. Longtime horse-and-jockey pairs come to know each other, respect each other, and get a sense for each other's moods just as if they were good friends. The manga Our Derby (Futari no Derby) by Masahito Sasaki explores this further, since the horse in this case is actually a centaur. In a world w...
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KADO - The Right Answer ‒ Episode 4

"Once again, this series goes out of its way to mix some moral dilemmas into the practical challenges that its characters face."
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Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! OVA Opens in Japanese Theaters on August 26

Anime about graduation to open for 3 weeks in 8 theaters ― The official website for Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! announced on Saturday that the Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! original video anime (OVA) will open in eight Japanese theaters from August 26 to September 15. The website also revealed a new main visual. The OVA will take place during Binan High School's March graduati...
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The Art of Closed Captioning

Closed captioning the mountains of anime you see on streaming services is no small task; Justin Sevakis explains what goes in to making sure people can read their anime. ― For years, dubbed anime programming has been shown on video streaming services in the US – but without closed captioning for the hearing impaired. While both anime publishers and streaming providers knew that this wasn't ideal for ...
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Gundam Build Fighters Teases News on May 7

The official website for Gundam Build Fighters posted a teaser image that appears to be the date and time "May 7, 2017 6:00 p.m." (201705071800). Gundam Build Fighters producer Masakazu Ogawa previously teased in a post tagged with Gundam Build Fighters that "one more special chapter" is in the works and that he expects to make an announcement in early May. The first Gundam Build Fighters televisi...
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Futari H Manga Holds Contest to Guess Baby's Name, Sex

One of manga's long-running romantic couples are finally expecting their first child. Yura Onoda and Makoto Onoda of Aki Katsu's Futari H (Manga Sutra) manga are pregnant; about six years after Katsu first made note of the upcoming plot development. The pace seems about right for a series that's been in print for 20 years. The manga's publisher is celebrating the upcoming birth by holding a contes...
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Love Tyrant ‒ Episode 4

"Maybe it's too early to be making harsh judgments, but the previously unstoppable comic pace of the series slows to a distinct crawl this week."
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Real-Life Pokémon Expo Gym to Close in Japan in September

"Edutainment" facility opened in 2015 ― The official website of Pokémon Expo Gym announced on Friday the facility will close on September 24. Sanoyas Holdings opened the facility in Osaka's Expo City complex on November 19, 2015. IT Media reported that the business will close with a loss of about 1.5 billion yen (about US$13.5 million), after its March consolidated report showed a 2.4 billion yen (ab...
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Answerman - What Is The Lifestyle Of A Manga Artist?

Just what kind of hours do manga artists keep and how much do they get paid? Justin explains it all. ― Fredrik asks: Given how I've noticed that there is an unfortunate pattern of some manga authors dying at young ages, that has lead me to wonder: what is the lifestyle of a mangaka actually like? Generally, is writing/drawing their main source of income, or is writing only a side-job for most author...
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Osake wa Fūfu ni Natte kara Alcohol Manga Gets TV Anime

Crystal na Yōsuke launched story of couple who enjoys alcohol in 2015 ― Shogakukan's free manga website Yawaraka Spirits revealed on Saturday that Crystal na Yōsuke's Osake wa Fūfu ni Natte kara alcohol manga is getting an anime adaptation. The "slightly sweet tipsy couple comedy" manga centers on the 28-year-old senior public relations company staff member Chisato Mizusawa. The story follows Chisato...
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Clockwork Planet ‒ Episode 4

"The more Clockwork Planet delves into its own premise, the more questions I end up left with."
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ANNCast - Zacura Quest

Zac and Jacob take on Sakura Quest, Re:Creators, Nier: Automata, and a special trip down VHS fansub memory lane. ― ANNCast Episode 294 - Zacura Quest Zac and Jacob take on Sakura Quest, Re:Creators, Nier: Automata, and a special trip down VHS fansub memory lane. You can listen to the show on our player here, direct-download the MP3 version here, check out the show on Stitcher here, and we're also on...
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Prosecutors Seek 3.5-Year Sentence for Russian Pokémon Go Blogger

Yekaterinburg court to issue verdict on May 11 ― Russian prosecutors requested a 3.5-year sentence on Friday for Ruslan Sokolovsky, a Russian blogger charged with inciting religious hatred for allegedly playing the Pokémon Go smartphone game in a church. The trial concluded in Yekaterinburg, Russia on Friday, and the judge said the verdict will be issued on May 11. Sokolovsky has been on trial since ...
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Tsukigakirei ‒ Episode 4

"I don't expect Tsukigakirei's CG character models to get any better, but I do hope the show stops assuming they're good enough to put front and center."
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Funimation Licenses Gonzo, Koji Morimoto's 18if TV Anime

Art of 18 multimedia project's anime premieres in July ― Funimation announced on Friday that it has licensed Koji Morimoto (Magnetic Rose, Extra, Beyond) and Gonzo's 18if television anime. The company will announce more details leading up to the anime's July premiere. Funimation also revealed that GameSamba has released the 18: Dream World smartphone game for iOS devices. The company also updated the...
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We Saw the New Fairy Tail Movie

And while it's not for newcomers, long time fans will have plenty of fun.
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat ‒ Episode 3

"Episode 3 comes much closer to being fully back in stride, finally regaining the spirit that made the first season entertaining."
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Sony Ships 60 Million PS4 Consoles Worldwide

Company estimates it will ship 18 million units in current fiscal year ― Sony Corporation released its financial results on Friday for fiscal year 2016, which began on April 1, 2016 and ended on March 31, 2017. The report revealed that Sony shipped 20.0 million PlayStation 4 consoles during fiscal year 2016. The company has shipped a total of 60 million units worldwide since the console's launch. The...
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Naked Ape Launches New Manga in ARIA Magazine in May

Story centers on estate management company that handles lingering souls ― The June issue of Kodansha's ARIA magazine announced on Friday that manga creator duo naked ape will launch a new manga tentatively titled Tsutsuji Mori Clean Service -Ihin Seiri Shimatsu Roku- (Tsutsuji Forest Clean Service -Estate Liquidation Management Chronicle-) in the magazine's July issue on May 27. naked ape member Otoh...
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My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected Light Novels Have 5 Million Copies in Print

This year's fifth issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine announced on Tuesday that Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel series has 5 million copies in print. Watari began the original My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel...
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Gakuen Psycho-Pass Spinoff Comedy Manga Ends

Manga that recasts characters as students in school launched in 2014 ― Mag Garden's Comic Blade website has announced that Shiina Soga's (Necromancer, Shōkoku no Altair-san) Psycho-Pass spinoff manga Gakuen Psycho-Pass (Psycho-Pass Academy) has ended. The manga's third and final compiled book volume is slated for June 10. Gakuen Psycho-Pass recasts the anime characters in super-deformed style as stud...
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Rainbow Days Manga's Side-Story Volume Slated for 2018

The 16th compiled book volume of Minami Mizuno's Rainbow Days manga revealed on Tuesday that the one book volume of the upcoming Rainbow Days side-story manga is slated for 2018. The new manga will launch in the August issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine on July 13, and Shueisha will publish the series on an irregular serialization schedule. Rainbow Days centers on a group of four male ...
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Space Battleship Yamato 2202 2nd Anime Film's Trailer Streamed

2nd film in 7-part project opens on June 24 ― The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project began streaming a trailer on Friday for the project's second film, subtitled Hasshin-hen (Departure Chapter). The film will open in Japan on June 24, and will screen in five m...
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Code:Realize Game, Fandisc Get PS4 Port This Year

Original PS Vita visual novel shipped in Japan in November 2014, in U.S. in October 2015 ― Idea Factory opened a website on Friday to reveal that its and Design Factory's Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ (Code:Realize ~Sōsei no Himegimi) PlayStation Vita game and the Code:Realize ~Shukufuku no Mirai~ PS Vita fandisc game are both getting a port for the PlayStation 4. The website is streaming a pro...
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Clione no Akari TV Anime's Promo Video Previews Opening Theme Song

aki performs opening, ending theme songs for July anime ― The official website for the television anime of Natural-Rain's illustrated online novel Clione no Akari (Clione's Light) began streaming a promotional video for the series on Friday. The video highlights the character Kyōko Tsukihashi, and previews the anime's opening theme song "Clione no Akari" by former SKE48 idol group member aki. The ani...
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21st Detective Conan Film's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Odex opens film in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam ― Southeast Asian film distributor Odex began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter (Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter), the 21st Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime film, on Friday. Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter opened in Japanese theaters on April 15. The film s...
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Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast For Love Tyrant Anime

Jad Saxton, Austin Tindle, Amber Lee Connors star ― Funimation revealed the English dub cast list on Wednesday for the Love Tyrant anime series. The English dub premiered on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. EDT. The cast — under ADR director Jerry Jewell, ADR engineer William Dewell, writer Monica Rial, and mixing engineer Andrew Tipps — includes: Jad Saxton as Guri Austin Tindle as Seiji Amber Lee Connors as A...
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Yūki Dōmoto's Girlish Number Manga Ends in May

Manga launched in March 2016 ― The June issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Comic magazine revealed on Friday that Yūki Dōmoto will end the manga adaptation of writer Wataru Watari (My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected novel series author) and artist QP:flapper's Girlish Number project in the magazine's next issue on May 30. Sentai Filmworks licensed the television anime adaptation, and it de...
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Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Anime Casts Karin Nanami, Mariya Ise

Voice actresses play student council members Yuriko Nishinotōin, Midari Ikishima ― The official website for the television anime of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga revealed more cast members on Wednesday and Thursday. Karin Nanami as Yuriko Nishinotōin Mariya Ise Midari Ikishima The previously announced cast includes: Saori Hayami as Yumeko Jabami Minami Tanaka...

Funimation Streams English-Dubbed Trailer for Hyouka Anime

Adam Gibbs, Madeleine Morris, Dallas Reid, Jill Harris star in dub slated for July ― Funimation began streaming a trailer on Thursday for its home video release of the Hyouka anime. The video previews the anime's English dub. Funimation also revealed the anime's English dub cast. The cast, with ADR directors Mike McFarland and Cris George, and ADR writers Emily Neves and Bonny Clinkenbeard, include: ...
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New Nintendo 2DS XL Variant Announced for July Release

New variant has larger screen, faster processor, no 3D functionality ― Nintendo announced on Thursday that it will begin offering a New Nintendo 3DS variant called the New Nintendo 2DS XL (LL in Japan) beginning on July 13 in Japan, and on July 28 in North America. Like the New Nintendo 3DS XL, the new variant will offer the same 82% larger screen size in comparison to the original Nintendo 3DS, as w...
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Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Film's Promo Video Highlights Action

Film opens in Japan, 16 other countries including U.S. in May ― The official website for the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film began streaming a new promotional video for the film on Friday. The video highlights the show's action. The film will open in Japan on May 6, and will also open in at least 16 countries besides Japan in May, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia,...
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Kids on the Slope Live-Action Film Confirmed for 2018

Film adaptation of Yuki Kodama manga stars Yuri Chinen, Taishi Nakagawa, Nana Komatsu ― Shogakukan opened a website on Friday to confirm that a live-action film adaptation of Yuki Kodama's Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) manga has been green-lit. The film is slated to open in 2018. The film stars Hey! Say! JUMP!'s Yuri Chinen as protagonist Kaoru Nishimi. Taishi Nakagawa (left in picture bel...
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Nobunaga Shimazaki Cosplays as His Fate/Grand Order Character, Edmond

Part of promotion for upcoming Fate/Extra CCC crossover event ― Viewers of Fate/Grand Order Chaldea Radio Station, a weekly radio show hosted by Fate/Grand Order voice actresses Rie Takahashi (Mash Kyrielight) and Minami Tanaka (Nitocris), were in for a special treat during a special Nico Nico livestream on April 26: Nobunaga Shimazaki dressed up as his character Edmond Dantes, and in his detective g...
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Kozueko Morimoto's Ashi-Girl Manga to Have 'Important Announcement' Next Month

Shueisha's preview for the July issue of its Cocohana magazine revealed on Friday that the issue will have an "important announcement" for Kozueko Morimoto's Ashi-Girl manga. The issue will ship on May 27 and it will feature Ashi-Girl on the cover. In the story, 16-year-old Yui Hayakawa is prone to being late, losing things, and dozing off, and she has no interest in love or style. One day she acc...

Thursday, April 27

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Watch My Hero Academia With Japanese Cast Members This Saturday

This Saturday, My Hero Academia cast members Daiki Yamashita (Izuku Midoriya) and Tasuku Hatanaka (Denki Kaminari) and producer Wakana Okamura will live-stream commentary for the latest episode on Twitter. The cast will react along with the series' fifth episode, give a behind the scenes look at production, and talk about the upcoming episode starting at Saturday, 5:00 p.m. JST (Friday, 4:00 a.m. ...
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Detective Conan: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital Manga Ends, 2 New Detective Conan Spinoff Manga Launch

Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare adaptation, gag manga launch next month ― This year's June issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday S magazine published the final chapter of Yutaka Abe and Jirō Maruden's manga adaptation of the Detective Conan: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital film based on Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan (Case Closed) manga on Thursday. Abe and Maruden launched the manga in Septemb...
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Collar X Malice PS Vita Game Slated for Summer 2017

Aksys Games announced on its official blog on Tuesday that its English release Otomate's Collar X Malice PlayStation Vita otome game is slated for this summer. The game will be available physically and digitally. The company describes the game: A dangerous shadow organization launches a campaign of fear and violence in the city of Shinjuku, pushing society to the brink of chaos. As a young police...
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Create Your Own Dragon Ball Character — And Win a 3D Figure of It

Kirin Beverage is running a Dragonball campaign from April 25 to June 8 that lets fans create their own Dragon Ball characters and enter to win 3D figures of said characters. After designing their original characters, fans can increase their power levels by inputting the codes attached to bottles of Kirin Mets Grapefruit. The characters with the highest power levels are printed on the campaign we...
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Wonder 3 Manga Kickstarter Campaign Ends After Raising US$82,137

Campaign reached goal in 3 days ― North American publisher Digital Manga Inc.'s Kickstarter campaign to localize and publish Osamu Tezuka's Wonder 3 (Wonder Three) manga in English ended on April 26 after raising US$82,137. The campaign launched on March 27 and exceeded its goal of US$39,000 within three days. The manga is slated for release in one omnibus volume in August. The campaign also offered...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, April 17-23

Pokémon Sun & Moon, Yo-kai Watch rank in top 10 ― The live-action drama adaptation of Ryō Ikuemi's Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo manga aired on TBS on Tuesday, April 18 at 10:00 p.m and earned an 11.1% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV April 23 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 10.4 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV April 23 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 7.5 Doraemon TV Asahi April 21 (Fr...

Voice Actress Aoi Yūki Takes Hiatus From Solo Music Career, Closes Fan Club

Yūki released latest solo "petit" album in December ― Voice actress and singer Aoi Yūki announced on her official fan club AoimAniA's website on Friday that she is taking a temporary break from her career as a solo singer beginning on Friday. AoimAniA, which focuses on her work as a solo artist, also announced that it will stop accepting new members on May 31 and will end service on June 30. Yūki exp...
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Create Your Own Case Closed Character on Face Maker Website

Your character could appear in a Case Closed story ― Gosho Aoyama (Case Closed, Yaiba, Magic Kaito) has sold 200 million volumes of manga worldwide. Most of these are of his signature series, Case Closed, which is sold in 25 countries and has become one of the most well-known and popular manga. To celebrate the achievement, Aoyama has started a campaign to design witness characters for an upcoming my...
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Macross Delta's Junna & Minori Suzuki, Wake Up, Girls! to Perform at Anime Expo

2 acts to perform at Anisong World Matsuri event at L.A. convention in June ― The organizers of the Anime Expo convention announced on Thursday that it will host the full Wake Up, Girls! idol group and Walküre members Minori Suzuki and JUNNA as part of the convention's Anisong World Matsuri music festival event. The two acts will perform on June 30 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Avex and 81...
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Kemono Friends Joins Forces with 4 More Zoos (with Goods in Tow)

After a wildly successful crossover event with the Tobu City Zoo in Saitama, Kemono Friends is getting new collaborations with Sapporo Maruyama Zoo, Chiba Zoological Park, Kyoto Municipal Zoo, and Fukuoka Municipal Zoo. The project is called "Meeting Zoo Friends!" and will run from April 28 to May 31. Each zoo will be selling original merchandise featuring new illustrations of the characters Kaba...
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The Seven Princes of the Thousand Year Labyrinth Manga's Sequel Ends

Seven Seas publishes original manga in N. America ― This year's June issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum published the final chapter of author Yu Aikawa and artist Haruno Atori's Sennen Meikyū no Nana Ōji -Eikyū Kairō no Kishi- manga, the sequel to their The Seven Princes of the Thousand Year Labyrinth manga, on Friday. Aikawa and Haruno Atori began the original manga series in the magazine ...

Live-Action Death Note Film's Producer Responds to Whitewashing Controversy

Netflix's adaptation slated for August 25 ― Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee, one of the producers of Netflix's upcoming live-action Death Note film, responded to criticisms the film has received for whitewashing – casting White actors to play roles written for other races – in an interview with BuzzFeed on Wednesday. Lee does not believe the film is a case of whitewashing. "I can understand the criti...
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Devils and Realist Stage Musical Gets Sequel in November

Mashū Ishiwatari, Taiyō Ayukawa reprise roles as William, Dantalion ― This year's June issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum announced on Friday that the stage musical adaptation of Madoka Takadono and Utako Yukihiro's Devils and Realist (Makai Ōji: Devils and Realist) manga will get a sequel this November. Mashū Ishiwatari and Taiyō Ayukawa (both pictured below) will reprise their roles as Wi...
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Sakura Quest ‒ Episode 4

"This is Sakura Quest's first attempt at setting up a true multi-episode arc, but it hardly feels like just set-up."
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Puchimas! Manga Gets New Original Anime DVD in 2018

Series' 5th, 6th volumes bundled anime DVDs in 2013, 2014 ― The June issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki Maoh magazine revealed on Thursday that a compiled book volume of Akane's Puchimas! -Petit Idolm@ster- manga will bundle a new original anime DVD in 2018. The magazine also published the manga's 100th installment on Thursday. Akane launched the four-panel manga series in the magazine in 2008, and Kadokawa...
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Classic Streaming: Revolutionary Girl Utena ‒ Episode 3

"The rule going forward is question everything, which is a very fun rule to follow."
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The Bears' School, Tinny Anime Films' Promo Video Streamed

Films open simultaneously in Japan on August 25 ― Toho Animation began streaming a promotional video for the anime films of the Kuma no Gakkō (The Bears' School) and Tinny - Fūsen Inu Monogatari (Tinny - Balloon Dog Story) picture books on Thursday. The films, titled Eiga Kuma no Gakkō: Patissier Jackie to Ohisama no Sweets (The Bears' School The Movie: The Patissier Jackie and the Sun's Sweets) and ...
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Power Rangers' Original Blue, Black Rangers Aren't Impressed by Reboot Film

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers original cast members David Yost (Billy/Blue Ranger) and Walter Jones (Zack/Black Ranger) shared their thoughts about Lionsgate's Power Rangers live-action film at the C2E2 convention in Chicago. The film, which opened in the U.S. in March, has taken home US$129.2 million, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its share of critics, Yost and Jones included. The two ori...
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Up Close With Kazuki Higashiji's EARTH COLORS (Video)

Take a tour through the incredible background art of PA Works' Kazuki Higashiji, whose brilliant backdrops brought life to Angel Beats, Nagi no Asukara, Charlotte and more! ― In March 2017, PA Works sponsored a gallery exhibition in Akihabara of the art of Kazuki Higashiji, renowned art director and background artist on shows like A Lull in the Sea (Nagi no Asukara), Charlotte, Tari Tari, Hanasaku I...
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Sagrada Reset ‒ Episode 4

"This all could have been paced and plotted better, without so much chaff."
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Gundam Versus PS4 Game Heads West This Fall

Action game ships in Japan on July 6 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming an announcement trailer for the Gundam Versus PlayStation 4 game on Thursday. The game is slated to ship in the West this fall. Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe also began streaming both English and Spanish versions of the trailer. The game's official Japanese website began streaming a video earlier this month ...
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Noragami Season Two: Aragoto [Limited Edition] BD+DVD

Yato and his ragtag gang return in Noragami's long-awaited second season! Theron Martin explains why this next leg of the story made a much bigger splash than the first. ― The first season of the Noragami manga adaptation got off to a strong start with its story about a girl who finds herself associating with various Japanese gods and the Regalia who serve them, but it floundered later with an anime-...
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New Sailor Moon Musical Reveals More Cast, Visual

Musicals' 'final chapter' debuts in Tokyo, Aichi, Osaka in September ― The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise announced more cast and revealed the main visual on Thursday for Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Le Mouvement Final-, the upcoming production in the Sailor Moon stage musicals. The website describes the musical as the "final chapter" of the Sailor Moon musicals, and it will conclude t...
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A Son Stalks His Own Father Online in FINAL FANTASY XIV: Daddy of Light

I've seen stranger plans to try to reconnect with family...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 4

"The series ratchets up the silliness this week to deliver its strongest episode yet."
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Yoshiyuki Sadamoto Really Wishes Resigning Politician Would Take Off the Evangelion Tie

Neon Genesis Evangelion original character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto really wishes Japan's Reconstruction Minister would do him a solid and take off his Evangelion tie. Masahiro Imamura made headlines earlier this month for getting into a tiff with a journalist over his handling of voluntary evacuees and their needs. During his heated exchange, Imamura was wearing a tie depicting characters from...
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Dallas Radio Station Hosts Public Memorial Service For Voice Actor Ed Blaylock on May 2

Event is open to public to honor voice actor who passed away earlier this month ― Dallas, Texas-based radio station WRR 101 will host a memorial service to honor voice actor Ed Blaylock on May 2 at 11:45 a.m. at the Latino Cultural Center near downtown Dallas. The event is open to the public, and WRR 101 reached out to ANN to confirm that fans of Blaylock's anime work are encouraged to attend. Blaylo...
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Retailer: Yuki Kodama's Kids on the Slope Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Manga about 2 boys in 1960s inspired TV anime in 2012 ― Retailer Rakuten's listing of this year's June issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine features a cover image that reveals that Yuki Kodama's Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) manga is getting a live-action film adaptation. The magazine will ship in Japan on Friday. The manga follows a naive boy and a scruffy boy in a provincial to...
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Nintendo Sells 2.74 Million Switch Consoles Worldwide

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sells 3.84 million copies; 3DS worldwide sales at 66.12 million units ― Nintendo revealed in its year-end financial report on Wednesday for the fiscal year ending on March 31 that it has sold 2.74 million Switch consoles worldwide. This number includes 600,000 units in Japan, 1.2 million units in the Americas, and 940,000 units in other regions. Nintendo said it al...
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Tomino no Jigoku Manga to End in 4th Volume

Manga on hiatus until summer, story in "final phase" ― The third compiled book volume of Suehiro Maruo's Tomino no Jigoku (Tomino the Damned) manga revealed on Monday that the manga's fourth volume will be its last. The manga went on hiatus earlier this month, and will resume this summer as it heads toward its "final phase." The manga centers on a set of twins with an older brother and younger sister...
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NISA to Release Yomawari: Midnight Shadows Sequel Game in N. America, Europe This Fall

Game ships on PS4, PS Vita in Japan on August 24, Western version to add Steam release ― NIS America announced on Thursday that it will release the Shin Yomawari sequel game in North America and Europe this fall under the title Yomawari: Midnight Shadows. NIS America is releasing the game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC via Steam. The company describes the game: The follow-up to 2016's cu...
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Gundam: Battle Operation PS3 Game to Cease Operation in July

Game's sequel Gundam: Battle Operation Next debuted in 2015 ― The official website of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation PlayStation 3 game announced on Thursday that it will cease operations on the game as well as the Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation Support Appli for the PlayStation Vita on July 31. Items will no longer be available to purchase after May 31. The g...
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7O3X: Fastest Finger First Anime's Quiz Videos Reveal Satsumi Matsuda Jinko Sasajima

New key visual also revealed for series premiering in July ― Toei began streaming a quiz video on Tuesday for 7O3X Fastest Finger First, the television anime adaptation of Iqura Sugimoto's Nana Maru San Batsu (literally, "7 O 3 X" or "7 Right, 3 Wrong") manga. The video reveals the character Jinko Sasajima, and the voice actress for the character asks if viewers can guess her identity. A separate "an...
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Miyazawa Kenji no Shotaku Live-Action Series' Cast Revealed

Show premiering on June 17 casts Misuzu Kanno, Ikusaburo Yamazaki, Anna Ishibashi, more ― The official website of the live-action series adaptation of Santa Uonome's Miyazawa Kenji no Shotaku (Kenji Miyazawa's Dining Table) manga revealed a poster visual and the cast for the series on Wednesday. The poster shows Ryohei Suzuki in costume as Kenji Miyazawa. The main cast includes (from left to right in...
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angela, Mashiro Ayano to Perform at Anime Expo

2 acts to perform at Anisong World Matsuri event at L.A. convention in July ― The organizers of the Anime Expo convention announced on Tuesday that it will host angela and Mashiro Ayano as part of the convention's Anisong World Matsuri music festival event. The two acts will perform on July 1 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. angela is comprised of keyboardist and guitarist Katsu and vocalist ...
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Ultraman Geed Series Revealed With Star Tatsuomi Hamada

16-year-old Hamada plays son of Ultraman Zero antagonist Belial ― Tsuburaya Productions opened a website on Thursday to reveal Ultraman Geed (pronounced "Jeed"), the new Ultraman series debuting on TV Tokyo and its affiliates on July 8. The series will air on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m., and will have 25 episodes. 16-year-old actor Tatsuomi Hamada is playing Riku Asakura, who can transform into the titula...
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Sailor Moon Crystal Gets 2 Board Games This Year

Dyskami Publishing Company will release more board games in 2018 ― Board game company Dyskami Publishing Company announced on Wednesday that it is developing a line of official board games based on the Sailor Moon Crystal anime. The first two games are titled Sailor Moon Crystal Dice Challenge and Sailor Moon Crystal Truth or Bluff. Sailor Moon Crystal Dice Challenge is a dice battle game where playe...
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Area 88 Creator Kaoru Shintani Takes Hiatus From Manga

Manga creator was former Leiji Matsumoto assistant; drew Twin Hawks, I Dream of Mimi, more ― Manga creator Kaoru Shintani announced on his official Twitter account on Wednesday that he would be taking a hiatus from drawing manga. The announcement coincided with his 66th birthday, and just as he finished the manuscript for the last chapter of his current manga Christie: London Massive. He stated in hi...
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Super Mario & Crew Head to U.S. as Happy Meal Toys

Japan's Super Mario Happy Meal toys landed stateside this week. Collectors can find them at participating McDonald's fast food restaurants until May 22. The toy line includes jumping Mario, Luigi in a pipe, Princess Peach, Bowser, a red Koopa shell, a 1-Up Mushroom, Yoshi, and Invincible Mario. Europe previously got its own version of the Happy Meal toys, albeit with some differences. That run in...
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Principal Live-Action Film Reveals More Cast

Rina Kawaei, Mitsuki Tanimura, Tomohiro Ichikawa, Mashiro Ayano, more join 2018 film ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Ryo Ikuemi's Principal manga revealed more of the film's cast members on Tuesday. The additional cast includes: Top row, left to right: Rina Kawaei as Haruka Kunishige, Shima's classmate Mitsuki Tanimura as Yumi Tatebayashi, Gen's older sister, and a music...

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DBZ VR Toy Lets Fans Do a Kamehameha, Test Power Levels

Anime goods company MegaHouse announced a Dragonball Z VR headset called "BotsNew Characters VR DRAGONBALL Z" that will let fans do a Kamehameha attack and measure opponents' power levels. The headset will be released at the end of June and will be retailing for 12,000 yen (US$110). It is designed to be used with a smartphone between 4 and 6 inches in size. Also included are finger controllers th...

Keijo!!!!!!!! Manga Creator Explains Cancellation

Denies rumors that manga was cancelled due to poor anime sales ― Manga creator Daichi Sorayomi posted details regarding the ending of his Keijo!!!!!!!! manga series on his blog on Sunday. He began by saying that he was told even before the anime aired that he should finish the manga after the anime finished. He denied rumors that the manga was cancelled due to poor sales of the anime's home video vo...
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Death Note the Musical's Video Shows Footage From 2015 Performances

Rerun of 2015 musical runs September 2-24 ― HoriPro began streaming a commercial on Tuesday for the rerun of Frank Wildhorn's Death Note the Musical. The video contains footage from the 2015 performances. The rerun will run at the New National Theatre in Tokyo from September 2 to 24. The main cast members, who are reprising their roles, include (from left to right): Kenji Urai (Aoi Honō, Kamen Rider ...
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Koe de Oshigoto!'s Konno Starts New Manga in May

Nobunaga-sensei no Osanazuma centers on middle school teacher, young bride ― The June issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Tuesday that Azure Konno will launch a new manga titled Nobunaga-sensei no Osanazuma (Mr. Nobunaga's Young Bride) in the magazine's next issue on May 25. The manga will center on the relationship between a middle school teacher who has a knack for gal games an...
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Rabi Laby Platformer Games Get Bundle Release on PS Vita

Bundle contains all 3 Rabi Laby games, Witch's Cat spinoff ― Kadokawa's Famitsu.com revealed on Tuesday that Silver Star Japan is releasing a game titled Rabi Laby: Puzzle Out Stories for the PlayStation Vita. The game bundles all three Rabi Laby games, as well as the Witch's Cat spinoff game. The PS Vita version will include updated graphics and an easy mode. In the Rabi Laby (Rabbit Labyrinth) plat...
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This Summer's New Swimming Anime Will Get Female Fans Thirsty

Kyoto Animation's Free! anime series and films have been nothing short of a phenomenon, ushering in a more blatant focus on female audiences' interest in sports anime. Sports anime has always been popular with women viewers, but Free! reignited series made with that audience in mind instead of as an after thought. As soon as everyone finally settled on which Iwatobi Swim Club member was their boyf...
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Attack on Titan Manga Has 66 Million Copies in Print

Marketing company CDG revealed on Monday that Hajime Isayama's Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) manga has more than 66 million copies in print. Isayama launched the manga in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009, and Kodansha published the 22nd compiled book volume in Japan on April 7. Kodansha Comics publishes the series in print in English, and it released the 21st volume on April 18. Crunchyroll...
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Live-Action Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Film's Trailer, New Visual Posted

Film opens August 4 in Japan ― The official website for the live-action film of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable manga posted a trailer and new banner visual on Thursday. The video introduces the characters and the concept of "Stands." The film's title is JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond wa Kudakenai Dai-Ichi-Shō (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chap...
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See Early Motion Capture Techniques in Lost Behind-The-Scenes Video from Silent Hill 2

A video showing the early motion capture techniques used to make Konami's ground-breaking horror video game Silent Hill 2 was recently rediscovered by actor Guy Chihi, who voiced and did the motion capture for the game's protagonist, James Sunderland. Chihi posted the video on his official YouTube page, saying in the comments, "It was lost in storage for more than 15 years. I only found it because...
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Strike Witches Spinoff Novel Series Noble Witches Gets Manga Adaptation

Strike Witches Erica Hartmann 1941 artist to launch series next month ― This year's June issue of Kadokawa's Comp Ace magazine announced on Wednesday that a manga adaptation of the Noble Witches spinoff novel series will launch in the July issue on May 26. The magazine posted a short preview chapter and Tsuchii, the artist for the manga adaptation, posted a preview image on Twitter: 先ほどブレちゃん内でも告知がありま...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, April 17-23

Kingdom, Magi, Ace of Diamond Act II, Attack on Titan, Case Closed in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Kingdom 46 438,106 438,106 2017/04 Shueisha Yasuhisa Hara 1 1 2 Magi 33 221,579 221,579 2017/04 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 2 1 3 Ace of Diamond Act II 7 155,751 157,358 2017/04 Kodansha Yūji Terajima 3 1 4 Attack on Ti...
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Anchor Bay to Release Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Film on Home Video, Digital HD

Digital release slated for June 13, home video for June 27 ― Anchor Bay Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it will release the Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions film on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Digital HD. The digital version is slated for June 13 and the Blu-ray Disc and DVD will ship on June 27. The release will include both the English and Japanese audio tracks, as well as four featurett...
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Former Nogizaka46 Idol Nanami Hashimoto Seen with Record Label Executive

The Japanese singer and model Nanami Hashimoto (24), who retired from the popular idol group Nogizaka46 in October 2016, has been seen meeting clandestinely with Shunsuke Muramatsu (53), a company director and executive vice president at large record company Sony Music Entertainment. Until the end of the Japanese fiscal year in March 2017, Muramatsu was working as the president of Sony Music Labe...
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Orange Manga Gets New Chapter in May

Series that ended in 2015 inspired live-action film, anime ― The June issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Tuesday that Ichigo Takano's Orange manga will get a new chapter in the next issue on May 25. Takano (Yume Miru Taiyō) launched the original shōjo manga in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine in 2012 and moved it to Monthly Action in 2013. The manga ended in August 2015, an...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 17-23

Fire Emblem Echoes, Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition, Dungeon Travelers 2-2, PaRappa the Rapper games ship ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 17-23 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DSFire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Including Limited Editions) Nintendo April 20 131,668 131,668 23DSPro Yakyū Famista Climax Bandai Namco Entertainment April ...

Amazon's Anime Strike Streams Darker Than Black Season 1

Series available with English dub, Japanese with subtitles ― Amazon's Anime Strike streaming platform posted the 26-episode first season of Darker Than Black on Tuesday. The series is available in Japanese with English subtitles and with Funimation Entertainment's English dub. Anime Strike describes the story: A new and deadly breed of covert agents walks the streets. These assassins and spies wield ...
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Seven Seas Licenses OKAYADO's 'Deadline Summoner' 1-Shot Manga for Digital Release

39-page prototype to 12 Beast available now ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has acquired the digital publishing license for OKAYADO's one-shot manga "Deadline Summoner" ("Shisen no Shōkanshi"). The company released the manga digitally in North America for US$2.99 on Wednesday. Seven Seas describes the story as a "prototype short" to OKAYADO's other series 12 Beast. The story...
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Answerman - Why Are OVA Episodes Seldom Licensed?

Popular shows like To Love Ru get OVA episodes that sometimes take forever to get licensed for release in the US or just never show up at all - what's the deal? ― mattrinstl asks: Why is it so hard for companies to license OVA's? There are any number of series with plot moving events that happen between series in OVA form, and most of the time we have to end up looking at Quasi legal sites to watch ...
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The Royal Tutor ‒ Episode 4

"It's field trip time on The Royal Tutor, as Heine takes his inconspicuously well-dressed students out to visit the capital."
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Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Story Trailer Reveals September Release Date

Game adds Ultron, Sigma, Hulk, Chris Redfield, Thor, Chun Li, more ― PlayStation began streaming a story trailer for Capcom's Marvel vs. CAPCOM Infinite PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC fighting game on Tuesday. The trailer reveals the that the game will ship on September 19. The video also reveals new characters for the game, including Ultron, Sigma (Mega Man X), Strider Hiryu (Strider), Hulk, Chris ...
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Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku ‒ Episode 3

"While I wouldn't want to see Natsume Yujin-Cho devolve wholly into horror, this episode did a great job breaking the routine to show that the series can still be full of surprises."

New Fate/Extella Work is in Production

Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star's Nintendo Switch port ships in July ― A special Fate/Extra CCC live-streaming event revealed on Tuesday that a new Fate/EXTELLA work is in production. The staff did not reveal details about the title but said Servant action will be important in the new work. Mafia Kajita served as MC at the event, and voice actors Yui Ogura (voice of Fate/Extra CCC's Passion Lip), Norik...
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Luffy Unleashes 'Gear Fourth' Technique in New Portrait of Pirates Figure

Luffy looks ready to unleash his Gomu Gomu no Kong Gun in MegaHouse's new Portrait of Pirates (P.O.P.) figure. The "Portrait of Pirates One Piece 'SA-MAXIMUM' Monkey D. Luffy Gear '4' 'Bound Man'" figure captures the truly impressive size and proportions shown in the anime series. His girthy abdomen, Busoshoku Haki covered limbs, and intimidating steam curling around his body are all accurately r...
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How Goku is Learning that Raw Power Isn’t Everything

As Goku gathers his team for the upcoming tournament in Dragon Ball Super, he is also learning an important point: In the battle to come, power isn’t nearly as important as strategy.
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Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory Blu-Ray

Does this '80s-tastic, Top-Gun inspired OVA series hold up for modern Gundam fans? Lauren Orsini has the answers. ― There's a reason I refer to Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory as "Top Gundam" for short, and it's not simply because the intro song, “The Winner,” sounds so suspiciously like Danger Zone that it (along with other strangely familiar songs in the score) got composer Mitsuo Hagita a...

Sumitomo, Crunchyroll's Parent Chernin Group Announce Strategic Partnership

Sumitomo, Crunchyroll partnered in 2015 to fund anime co-productions ― Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, a subsidiary of the Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corporation, announced a strategic partnership on Wednesday with The Chernin Group, a media company run by former News Corporation executive Peter Chernin. Under this new business partnership, both companies hope to expand into the media and en...
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Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age PS4 Remaster's English Trailer Streamed

Game ships on July 11 in N. America, Europe; July 13 in Japan, Asia ― Square Enix North America began streaming an English-dubbed spring trailer for the Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age PlayStation 4 game on Tuesday. The video previews the remaster's story. The game will ship in North America and Europe on July 11 and in Japan and Asia on July 13. The game will ship with a Collector's and Limited Edi...

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Anime Film to Play in U.S., 15 Other Countries in May

U.K., Ireland, Australia, NZ, 9 Central/South American countries, Thailand, France ― The official website for the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film announced on Wednesday that the film will open in at least 16 countries besides Japan in May. As of April 26, the countries will be the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, nine countries in Central America and South America...
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Clione no Akari TV Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, July Premiere

Sayuri Matsumura, Shunya Ōhira, Natsuko Hara, more star in anime ― The staff for the television anime of Natural-Rain's illustrated online novel Clione no Akari (Clione's Light) opened a Twitter account and website on Wednesday. The website revealed the anime's staff, cast, and July premiere. The cast includes: Sayuri Matsumura as Minori Amamiya Shunya Ōhira as Takashi Aoi Natsuko Hara as Kyōko Tsuki...
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MegaHouse Teases Color Version of Yuri on Ice's Victor Figure

A recent teaser image of Yuri on Ice's Victor for MegaHouse's GEM line has fans preparing to open up their wallets. The company released an image of Victor's hand from the colored figure prototype that's in development. The kicker? You can see the full colored prototype in Tuesday's issue of Monthly Hobby Japan. 【速報】開発中G.E.M.「ユーリ!!! on ICE ヴィクトル・二キフォロフ」彩色原型が4月25日発売「月刊ホビージャパン」最速掲載決定!続報は当アカで、お楽しみに ...
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Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Posts Teaser Visual, Character Stills

Masataka Kubota, Fumika Shimizu star in July 29 film based on Sui Ishida's manga ― The official website for the live-action film of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga revealed a new teaser visual for the film on Wednesday. The text on the visual reads, "The only entity who knows of the two worlds of humans and ghouls." The site also revealed stills from the film featuring the main cast. The cast is as fo...
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Onsen Musume Project Gets Manga, Fan Clubs, Local Event

Enbound, Inc.'s Onsen Musume (Hot Spring Girls) idol project is coming off a successful crowdfunding campaign where it earned 7,110,540 yen (US$64,009), enough to fund production of a drama CD (seven million yen/US$63,000) with the main cast. The project is now moving into its next steps: launching a manga, establishing two separate fan clubs, and planning its first live event. The manga version o...

Idaho School Votes to Keep Sword Art Online Novel After Student Complaint

Complaint stated that novel allegedly contained "inappropriate language and drawings" ― Jerome Middle School in Idaho voted to retain the Sword Art Online: Aincrad light novel in its library on Monday after a student raised concern about "inappropriate language and drawings" in the novel. The school's English department formally made the complaint. The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) sen...

Funimation Reveals Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor Anime's English Dub Cast

Dub premiered on Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. EDT ― Funimation revealed The English dub cast for its simuldub of the Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor anime on Tuesday. The simuldub premiered on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. EDT. The cast includes: Rachael Messer as Sistine Josh Grelle as Glenn Radars Monica Rial as Rumia Morgan Garrett as Celica Ben Phillips as Headmaster Rick Christopher Wehkamp as Halley Q...
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Chihayafuru Sequel Film Reveals 4 New Cast Members, 2018 Opening

Chihayafuru: Musubi casts Mio Yūki, Hayato Sano, Kaya Kiyohara, Kento Kaku ― The staff for the live-action films of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga revealed the upcoming sequel film's title, new cast members, and 2018 opening on Wednesday. The new film is titled Chihayafuru: Musubi (Chihayafuru: Conclusion). The new cast includes (from left to right): Mio Yūki as Sumire Hanano, a girl who falls in ...

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NieR: Automata Boss Recreated in Giant Bouquet

The NieR: Automata boss Opera crossed over into the land of living in an impressive bouquet arrangement. The monster was on display at NieR Concert in Osaka on Sunday. The gift is signed from "Ze:" and "Kunihiro". NieR: Automata has sold more than 500,000 physical and digital copies in Japan and Asia. Square Enix announced on April 4 that the the game's physical and digital versions have exceeded ...
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Yomawari Horror Game Gets Sequel For PS4, Vita

Game ships in Japan on August 24 ― Video game news website Dengeki Online revealed on Tuesday that Nippon Ichi Software is developing a sequel for its horror game Yomawari. The game, titled Shin Yomawari (Late Night Wandering), is slated for release on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on August 24. In the original game, players take the role of a little girl who uses a single flashlight to...
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SukaSuka ‒ Episode 3

"SukaSuka is close to being a good series, but it will need to shed some of its genre baggage if it's going to tackle a more ambitious storyline."
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Mini-Unit CYaRon's 2nd Single Gets Preview Video

The Love Live! Sunshine!! sub-idol group CYaRon! is adopting a pirate theme for their new single "Kinmirai Happy End" ("A Happy Ending in the Near Future") which also includes the track "Kaigantōri de Matteruyo" ("I'll Be Waiting on the Coastline"). Lantis is hosting a preview of the single that is slated for release on May 10. "Kinmirai Happy End" is CYaRon's second single. It includes both track...
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Grimoire of Zero ‒ Episode 3

"It's only been a few weeks, and Grimoire of Zero already has me torn on how I feel about it."
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GARNiDELiA, Konomi Suzuki to Perform at Anime Expo

Performing in Anisong World Matsuri event in L.A. convention in July ― The organizers of the Anime Expo convention announced on Tuesday that it will host GARNiDELiA and Konomi Suzuki as part of the convention's Anisong World Matsuri music festival event. They will perform on July 1 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. GARNiDELiA consists of composer Yoshinori Abe (toku) and vocalist Mai Mizuhashi...
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New Nobunaga's Ambition Game Revealed for Switch, PS4, PC

Nobunaga no Yabō: Taishi announced in Famitsu ― Video game news website Famitsu revealed on Tuesday that a new Nobunaga's Ambition (Nobunaga no Yabō) game is in development for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC. The game is titled Nobunaga no Yabō: Taishi (Nobunaga's Ambition: Aspiration). Famitsu magazine will reveal more information on Thursday. The long-running Nobunaga's Ambition historical ...
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Voice Actors Give Well Wishes to Yoshimasa Hosoya

Fellow voice actors are sending well wishes to Yoshimasa Hosoya, who has gone on hiatus to treat his throat after a doctor's diagnosis. Hiroki Yasumoto (Yasutora "Chad" Sado in Bleach, Agil/Andrew Gilbert Mills in Sword Art Online), who was working with Hosoya on the radio program Tensai Gunshi, wrote that he is waiting for Hosoya's recovery, as the team doesn't feel complete without him. The off...
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Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Anime Casts Yūki Wakai

Staff announces student council cast members this week ― The official website for the television anime of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga announced on Tuesday that Yūki Wakai will play the character Itsuki Sumeragi, a first-year student and member of the student council. The staff will reveal the cast for another student council member on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. ...
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Egglia: Legend of the Redcap Smartphone RPG Gets English Release This Summer

Game from Mother 3, Fantasy Life developer launched this month in Japan ― Game developer Brownies announced on Friday that its smartphone game Egglia: Legend of the Redcap will have an English release for iPhone and Android this summer. The company is also working on an "Episode 2" DLC for the game, which will introduce new eggs and areas to explore. Egglia is an RPG that follows the story of an elf ...

Funimation Announces English Dubs for 8 More Simulcast Titles, Brave Witches (Updated)

Seven Mortal Sins, Love Tyrant, WorldEnd, The Royal Tutor, Tsukigakirei, Tsugumomo, Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys, Kado: The Right Answer listed ― Funimation Entertainment updated its simuldub page with eight additional Spring season titles this week. The company is also listing an English dub for Brave Witches that will begin on May 8 at 10:00 p.m. EDT. Crunchyroll already streamed the series ...
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Yoshiyuki Tomino Discusses New G-Reco Movies, Anime & Film Industries

Shares thoughts on your name., Kemono Friends, Godzilla, more ― The original creator of Mobile Suit Gundam, Yoshiyuki Tomino, gave some details about the upcoming movie adaptation of Gundam Reconguista in G (G-Reco). Tomino had recently hinted about a new G-Reco project at the Romics anime and manga event in Rome, Italy. Tomino said,The way that things are actually progressing is a secret, but this ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 23-29

One-Punch Man, Fighting Foodons, Ultra Maniac anime ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date The Asterisk War Volume 4 BDPlease Aniplex of America US$74.98 April 25 The Asterisk War Volume 4 Limited Edition BDCite Aniplex of America US$114.98 April 25 Crusher Joe the Movie DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Discotek Media US$24.95 April 25 Dragon Ball Z Kai The Final Chapters Part 1 BDPleas...
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Danganronpa Staffers Make Zanki Zero RPG for PS4, Vita

New game is a survival RPG ― Video game news website Famitsu revealed on Tuesday that Spike Chunsoft is developing a new "survival RPG" titled Zanki Zero for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The team working on the game previously developed the Danganronpa series, and includes Yoshinori Terasawa and Takayuki Sugawara, among others. The game will tell the story of eight survivors who live in a ruin...
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Sentai Filmworks Sets August 22 Release Date for Beyond the Boundary Films

Section 23 Films announced in its August release slate that Sentai Filmworks release of the Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Past and Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Future films is slated for August 22 in one Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack. The release will have an English dub. The Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Past film opened in Japan in March 2015. The film is a compilation film ret...
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Kemono Friends Collaborates with Tobu, Kumamoto Zoos

Fans of Kemono Friends are flocking to the Tobu Zoo in Saitama in droves for a new collaboration event featuring character images, limited edition merchandise, and a special message from voice actress Saki Ono. The collaboration began on April 22 and will run until June 25. 26 character images have been installed in animal exhibits around the zoo, and a special one minute recording by the voice of...
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Muv-Luv Alternative Manga Ends on Thursday After 10 Years

Manga based on PC game began in 2007 ― The official blog for Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine announced on Monday that Azusa Maxima and Age's Muv-Luv Alternative manga will end in the June issue on Thursday. The manga launched almost ten years ago in the magazine's October 2007 issue. Kadokawa shipped the 16th compiled volume on October 27. The manga adapts adult game brand Age's visua...
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Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor ‒ Episode 4

"On the whole the fourth episode of Bastard Magic Instructor is still on a decided uptick from where the series started."
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Star Wars Manga Returns With Lost Stars Adaptation

LINE app also holds competition to draw Heir to the Jedi, Lords of the Sith manga ― The LINE Manga app revealed on Tuesday that it will release a manga adaptation of Claudia Gray's Lost Stars novel. Yūsaku Komiyama (Avengers: Zombies Assemble, Ixion Saga) is drawing the manga. The series will debut for free in the app on May 4, and a new chapter will debut every other Thursday. This is the time Gray'...
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New High School Fleet x City of Yokosuka Collaboration Features Exclusive Merchandise

High School Fleet (Haifuru) is getting a collaboration with the city of Yokosuka, Kanagawa, where the anime is set. From April 24 to December 9, fans who shop at any of 34 participating shops in the city will receive lottery tickets proportionate to the amount of money they spend. The lottery prizes will be original goods that will not be available anywhere else. Participating stores in Yokosuka ...
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The [email protected]'s Kotori Otonashi Gets Spinoff Manga

Tatsuya Takahashi, Mana's manga debuts on May 27 ― The June issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine is revealing on Thursday that Mana will launch the Asayake wa Kogoneiro The [email protected] (Morning Glow is Golden: The [email protected]) manga in the next issue on May 27. Tatsuya Takahashi (The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, Eromanga Sensei) is providing the story. The spinoff manga will center on the c...
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Sakura Quest Sheds Light on Japan's Obsession with the City

In Sakura Quest, a young girl is tasked with revitalizing a rural town. However, she wants to go back to Tokyo--despite there being nothing there for her.
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 16

"Tensions are running understandably high in the hours before the Inter High begins, but when it comes to who's on top, looks can be deceiving."
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Power Rangers' Original Megazord Joins Super Robot Wars X-Ω

Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger's Daizyujin added as part of limited-time event ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Super Robot Wars X-Ω smartphone game revealed on Tuesday that it will add the original Daizyujin (known as Megazord and retroactively as Dino Megazord in English) from Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, the series adapted into the first season of Saban's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, April 17-23

Haikyu!! stage show sells 10,020, followed by Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, live-action Oboreru Knife, Tenipuri Festa, LiSA ― The Hyper Projection Engeki Haikyu!! "Karasuno, Fukkatsu!" stage show sold 10,020 to rank #3 on the overall DVD chart. The DVD collector's edition for the live-action film of George Asakura's Oboreru Knife manga sold 5,522 copies to rank #5. The DVD standard edition was #48 with 520...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, April 17-23

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru sells 6,987, followed by Euphonium 2, LiSA, live-action Oboreru Knife, Tenipuri Festa ― LiSA's "Live is Smile Always -Never Ending Glory- at Yokohama Arena [the Moon]" concert debuted at #4 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart with 5,201 copies. "Live is Smile Always -Never Ending Glory- at Yokohama Arena [the Sun]" debuted at #5 with 5,014 copies. The Blu-ray collector's edition ...
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Ali Project, Minori Chihara to Perform at Anime Expo

Performing in Anisong World Matsuri event in L.A. convention in July ― The organizers of the Anime Expo convention announced on Monday that it will host Ali Project and Minori Chihara as part of the convention's Anisong World Matsuri music festival event. They will perform on July 1 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Ali Project is composed of Arika Takarano, who performs the vocals and writes ...
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Tsugumomo's Opening Song Artists Band Ja Naimon! Also Voice Guest Roles

Guest stars in episode 8 on May 21 ― The official website for the television anime of Yoshikazu Hamada's Tsugumomo manga announced on Tuesday that the music group Band Ja Naimon! will voice guest roles in the anime's eighth episode. That episode, "Ano Hi no Kagami-ke: Mote-Mote Fragrance," will premiere on May 21. The group also performs the anime's opening theme song "METAMORISER," which will go on ...
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Mysterious Girlfriend X's Riichi Ueshiba Launches New Manga in May

Ōkumo-chan Flashback follows boy who sees visions of his mother's high school past ― The June issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine revealed on Tuesday that Riichi Ueshiba will launch a new manga titled Ōkumo-chan Flashback in the magazine's next issue on May 25. The manga will have four color pages and will appear on the magazine's front cover. The manga will center on first-year high school studen...
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Daisuke Ono, Kenichi Suzumura, Showtaro Morikubo,Takuma Terashima Celebrate Orepara's 10th Anniversary

The music festival Original Entertainment Paradise (Orepara) will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with the help of seiyu Daisuke Ono (Black Butler, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure), Kenichi Suzumura (Fairy Tail, Gintama), Showtaro Morikubo (Naruto, Yowamushi Pedal), and Takuma Terashima (Durarara!!, Log Horizon). The voice actors will be serving as hosts for both Ore!! Summer in July and Or...
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Annecy Festival Screens A Silent Voice, In This Corner of the World, Lu over the wall

Blame, Ancien and the Magic Tablet, Rudolf the Black Cat, Mazinger Z footage screens out of competition ― The Annecy International Animation Film Festival announced the official selection of films that will be screened in and out of competition during the event. Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi), Sunao Katabuchi and MAPPA's In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no K...
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Hana ni Somu Manga Wins 21st Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize's Top Award

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū, Yomawari Neko, KochiKame's Osamu Akimoto also win ― The Asahi Shimbun newspaper announced the winners for the 21st Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize awards on Tuesday. Grand Prize Hana ni Somu Fusako Kuramochi Shueisha The story centers on Kano Sogabe, a girl who, through archery, met her best friend Haruta. When Haruta loses his family in a tragic accident that also cla...

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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film's Visual Shows Edward, Alphonse

Fan event with anime & live-action casts scheduled for July 12 ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga posted a new visual for the film on Tuesday. The film's official website has an expanded version of the visual, showing Edward and Alphonse overlooking a town. In addition, a Fullmetal Alchemist fan event will take place on July 12, the a...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Exhibition to Showcase Original Illustrations

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is getting an exhibition of original illustrations this summer to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the manga, which was first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1987. The exhibition, titled "Hirohiko Araki's Original Illustrations JoJo Exhibition in Morioh, S-city 2017," will run alongside the "JoJo Festival in Morioh, S-city 2017" in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, from Augu...
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New Jersey's AnimeNEXT to Host ReLIFE's Tomochi Kosaka, Junko Yamanaka, Reina Ueda

Director, animator, voice actress to attend June 9-11 event ― The official Twitter account for New Jersey-based anime convention AnimeNext announced on Wednesday that it will host director Tomochi Kosaka, animator and character designer Junko Yamanaka, and voice actress Reina Ueda at its 2017 convention. Kosaka directed the television anime adaptation of Yayoiso's ReLIFE manga after previously servin...
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Isobe Isobee Monogatari: Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo Characters Star in Weird Music Video

The net anime Isobe Isobee Monogatari: Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo squeezes in surreal and topical gags in a short run time, parodying the likes of Gintama, Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō and Titanic. The comedy series has earned its own fanbase, including DJ and music producer Yasutaka Nakata perhaps best known for his work with Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Nakata recruited the characters to star in a promotional ...

'your name.' Anime Film Tops US$4 Million in N. America

3rd weekend earnings estimated at US$336,855 ― The Box Office Mojo website updated its box office estimates for the your name. anime film up through April 23. The film earned about US$336,855 at 168 theaters in the United States and Canada over the weekend of April 21-23, and ranked #24. In total, the film has earned an estimated US$4,074,629 in the United States and Canada after three weeks in theat...
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2nd Live-Action March comes in like a lion Film Opens at #4

Free! -Timeless Medley- Kizuna film opens at #10 Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter (Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter), the 21st Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime film, fell from #1 to #2 in terms of tickets sold its second weekend at the Japanese box office, after Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast film opened at #1. The film sold 580,000 tickets in its second weekend for a b...
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Live-Action Ajin Film's Teaser Trailer Streamed

Film starring Takeru Satoh opens September 30 ― The official website for the upcoming live-action film based on Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga began streaming a teaser trailer on Tuesday. The video highlights the characters the characters and action scenes. The film is slated to open in Japan on September 30. The cast includes: Takeru Satoh as Kei Nagai (center left) Gou Ayano as Satō (cente...
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Kodansha Recruiting Staff to Create 'Largest Scale Manga Application in History'

Leading Japanese publishing company Kodansha is recruiting staff to work on, "the overwhelmingly largest scale manga application in history," which they plan to launch at the end of 2017. Kodansha is the publisher Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Young Magazine, and a wide variety of individual manga titles, such as Attack on Titan, Cardcaptor Sakura, Fairy Tail, and The Seven Dea...
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TOKU to Air Ultraman Nexus Live-Action Series With English Subtitles

Olympusat, Inc.'s television channel TOKU announced on Monday that it will air the Ultraman Nexus live-action television series from May 9 to June 2. The show will air in Japanese with English subtitles on weekdays beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT. TOKU describes the series: This 37-episode Japanese television series follows the story of a powerful warrior whose main mission is to protect mankind from d...
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Dangun Feveron Arcade Game Launches for PS4 on April 28

Game developer M2 began streaming a promotional video for its PlayStation 4 port of Cave's 1998 arcade game Dangun Feveron on Tuesday. The video reveals that the game is slated for digital release in Japan on April 28. The disco-themed space shooter is for one or two players. It has not previously been released on home consoles. [Via Gematsu]
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Skater Evgenia Medvedeva Returns to Tokyo as Sailor Moon

Also receives autographed Yuri on Ice! artwork from staff ― Professional figure skater and anime fan Evgenia Medvedeva wooed viewers by reprising her turn as Sailor Moon during her performance at the Exhibition World Team Trophy 2017 in Tokyo on Sunday. Medvedeva opened the program dressed as Usagi Tsukino who is, as usual, running late for school. She encounters Luna and then proceeds to transform i...
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German PlayStation Teaser Lists Bandai Namco's Code Vein for PS4

The official German YouTube account for Sony's PlayStation consoles listed Bandai Namco Entertainment's upcoming Code Vein role-playing game for the PlayStation 4 on the teaser trailer it posted on Monday. Bandai Namco Entertainment previously streamed the same teaser, but did not announce the platform. The game is slated for release in 2018. Bandai Namco Entertainment describes the game: Bare You...
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Pani Poni Manga Gets 'Revival' With Special Edition Chapter

This year's fifth issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan published a special edition chapter for Hekiru Hikawa's Pani Poni manga on Tuesday. The "revival" chapter commemorates the Pani Poni Dash! anime's Blu-ray Disc box set, which ships in Japan on Wednesday. Hikawa published the original manga in Square Enix's Monthly G-Fantasy from 2000 to 2011. In 2005, the anime studios GANSIS and SHAFT pr...
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Enter Photo Contest to Have Your Cat Featured in Makoto Ojiro Manga

Makoto Ojiro's manga Neko no O-tera no Chion-san (Chion of the Cat Temple) is celebrating the release of its fourth volume with a chance for fans to have their cats appear in manga form. There will be two grand prize winning "most appealing" cats. One will appear in the series' fourth manga volume, which will be released on June 30, and the other will appear in manga form in the July 3 issue of th...
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Manga Artist Naoki Serizawa to Work on Game, Anime Character Design Next Year

Manga creator Naoki Serizawa revealed on Twitter on Monday that he will design characters for a game and anime next year. He did not share details on either the game or anime. In addition, Serizawa revealed that he is aiming to start a new shonen manga series and a one-shot manga this year. Serizawa will launch a new manga titled Sports Doctor "MAMA" (Mama wa Sports Doctor) in Nihon Bungeisha's We...
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Answerman - How Are TV Networks Associated With Anime?

Some anime only show on one channel in Japan, while others, like Attack on Titan, wind up on a dozen stations across the country - why is that? ― Kevin asks: Every once in a while I see an anime with a TV station logo which makes me wonder. Why do some anime shows only be on a single network? Like most of Toei shows are only on Fuji TV and naruto is only on TV Tokyo. Why do these studios get there s...
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Yutaka Yamamoto's 'Twilight' Anime Project Meets Crowdfunding Goal

Wake Up, Girls! director's new anime slated for 2018 ― The Campfire crowdfunding campaign for Yutaka Yamamoto's Hakubo (Twilight) original anime project met its goal of 15 million yen (about US$137,000) on Tuesday. The campaign will end on April 29, the anime is slated to open in theaters in 2018. Yamamoto himself is credited with the original work, script, direction and sound direction. Sunao Chikao...
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Atom The Beginning ‒ Episode 2

"Atom The Beginning is still getting its feet on the ground, but with two weeks of spectacular battles, the series is definitely off to a promising start."
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MF Bunko J Imprint's Novel Gets New TV Anime Project

Publisher to reveal title on May 1 ― The official blog of Kadokawa's MF Bunko J Editorial Department revealed on Monday that a work that the MF Bunko J imprint publishes will receive a television anime adaptation. The publisher will reveal the name of the title for the "next generation" project on May 1 at 12:00 p.m. Bunko J Editorial Department is holding a Twitter campaign for the anime project unt...
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Alice & Zoroku ‒ Episode 4

"The information we're given regarding Sana's origin and the various organizations at play is compelling, but the episode starts to feel overloaded at times."
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Pretend You're a Pokemon Master with Poke Balls on Your Belt

They function as mint cases ― Any child of the '90s — and many to this day — probably had visions of wandering around with Poke Balls strapped to their belt, ready to face off any challenger by releasing their most-trusted Pokemon dramatically from one of them. You can now indulge these dreams thanks to Premium Bandai, and with different varieties of Poke Ball too. The first set, which is ...
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Tsukasa Hojo's Angel Heart Manga Ends in May

Series related to City Hunter debuted in 2001 ― The June issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine announced on Tuesday that Tsukasa Hojo's Angel Heart 2nd Season manga will end in the next issue on May 25. The announcement image includes the messages "Angel Heart, conclusion" and "Thank you, City Hunter." The issue also announced the first part of a project to commemorate the end of the ...
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The Eccentric Family 2 ‒ Episode 3

"Everything that makes this show special was on display this week, from its dynamic cast to its gorgeous environments, fantastical set pieces, and firm emotional center."
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A Look at the Adult Anime Market for Women in Japan

Anime Sōryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku no Yoru ni... is turning heads. Why? It's based off an erotic manga aimed at women. The market for adult women isn't just limited to anime, though.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 785

"Things have been moving slow, but we're also about to get bombarded with significant character introductions over the next few episodes, so I haven't found this build-up suffocating."
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Nui Nui Hinobori San Kyōdai Net Anime Shorts' TV Ad Streamed

Takuya Eguchi, Kōtarō Nishiyama, Yūki Yonai star in series debuting on Wednesday ― The goods company SunRise (not related to the anime studio of the same name) began streaming a television commercial on Monday for the net anime series of shorts based on its "Nui Nui Hinobori San Kyōdai" plush and goods line. The video introduces the three brothers who run the plush shop Nui Nui in the anime titled Nu...
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New Case Closed Real Escape Game Confirmed

Characters to be chosen by fan vote ― Real escape games, which challenge players to escape a room or building within a strict time limit by using environmental clues and solving puzzles, are welcoming their tenth anniversary as well as the fifth anniversary of their collaboration with Case Closed. To celebrate the occasion, SCRAP, the company that organizes them, conducted a poll to gauge interest in...
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Nippon Ichi Software Streams 360° Video For New Horror Title

Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) opened a teaser website and began streaming a 360° promotional video for a new horror title on Monday. The live-action video shows the approach to a shrine at night. NIS opened a separate teaser website earlier this month that streamed live-action videos of a dark room. The video game developer opened another separate teaser website in March and revealed the Hakoniwa Com...
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Retailers List Berserk Novel By Anime Scriptwriter Makoto Fukami

Retailers Amazon Japan, Rakuten, and Gamers are all listing that Kentarou Miura's Berserk manga will get a novel that will ship on June 23 titled Berserk: Honō Ryū no Kishi (Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight). The retailers list Makoto Fukami and Miura as the authors. Fukami is the series composition writer for the new Berserk series that premiered last year, as well as the continuation that premie...
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Gengoroh Tagame Ends My Brother's Husband Manga in May

Pantheon Books to debut manga in English in June ― The June issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine is revealing on Tuesday that Gengoroh Tagame is ending his My Brother's Husband (Otōto no Otto) manga in the magazine's next issue on May 25. The chapter will have a color opening page. Pantheon Books is releasing the manga in two-in-one omnibus volumes, and it describes the story: My Brother's Hu...
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Air Master's Yokusaru Shibata Launches Kai Tenwan Manga in May

Shibata's Yōkai Banchō manga ends on Tuesday ― This year's 10th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine (cover seen right) is revealing on Tuesday that Yokusaru Shibata will launch a new manga titled Kai Tenwan (title romanization not official) in the magazine's next issue on May 9. The manga will have a color opening page, and will feature on the issue's front cover. The manga's first chapter will be 3...
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Hotaru Odagiri Ends The Betrayal Knows My Name Manga, Starts New Work This Summer

Manga ended on Monday, 13th volume slated for May 24 ― Hotaru Odagiri ended her The Betrayal Knows My Name manga in the June issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Asuka magazine on Monday. The magazine notes that Odagiri will launch a new work "around" this summer. The 13th and final compiled book volume of The Betrayal Knows My Name is slated for May 24. Yen Press has released six omnibus volumes of the manga...
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Tatsuya Tops Irregular at Magic High School Character Popularity Poll

The official website for the Gekijōban Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Hoshi o Yobu Shōjo (The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Calls the Stars) anime film published the results of a character popularity poll on Monday for the franchise. Protagonist Tatsuya Shiba won the poll with 6,851 votes. Aniplex began streaming a special promotional video to commemorate the win. (Note: The You...

Yoshimasa Hosoya Replaced in Ensemble Stars Franchise, Not Replaced in Starmyu, Strike the Blood Anime

Tomoaki Maeno replaces Hosoya in Ensemble Stars app starting on May 31 ― The official Twitter account for Happy Elements K.K's Ensemble Stars! multimedia franchise announced on Sunday that Tomoaki Maeno is replacing Yoshimasa Hosoya to voice the character Hokuto Hidaka. Happy Elements K.K's will replace Hosoya's voice recording with Maeno's in the Ensemble Stars! app starting on May 31. Additionally,...
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Code:Realize Visual Novel Gets Stage Musical

Original PS Vita visual novel shipped in Japan in November 2014, in the U.S. in October 2015 ― The "Code:Realize Fantastic Party" event in Kawasaki City revealed on Sunday that Idea Factory and Design Factory's Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ (Code:Realize ~Sōsei no Himegimi) PlayStation Vita game is getting a stage musical adaptation. The musical's staff have launched an official website and a T...
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Hakuōki Shinkai PS4 Game's Promo Video Introduces Characters, Story

PS4 port of Hakuōki Shinkai games ships on July 13 ― Idea Factory began streaming a promotional video on Monday for its Hakuōki Shinkai: Fūkaden PlayStation 4 game. The video introduces the game's characters and previews some scenes from the game's story. The video also previews Aika Yoshioka's theme song "Isshin: Chi no Hate Made." The game ships in Japan on July 13. The game is a port of Idea Facto...
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Eromanga Sensei Novels Have 1 Million Copies in Print

The official Twitter account of Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko light novel imprint revealed on Saturday that Tsukasa Fushimi's Eromanga Sensei light novels have one million copies in print. The "new sibling romantic comedy" revolves around Masamune Izumi, a light novel author in high school. Masamune's little sister is Sagiri, a shut-in girl who hasn't left her room for an entire year. She even forces h...
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Touken Ranbu Gets 4th Stage Musical in Fall

2nd "Shinken Ranbu Sai" event also confirmed for Tokyo, Osaka, Saitama in December ― The official Twitter account of the Touken Ranbu stage musicals revealed on Sunday that a fourth stage musical has been green-lit. The franchise will also get its second "Shinken Ranbu Sai" live event. The musical will run from November 2017 to January 2018, and will have performances in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. The ...
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Kemono Friends Stage Play Debuts in June With Anime Cast

Dōbutsu Biscuit, PPP units reprise roles from anime, adds Hotaru Nomoto as Okapi ― The staff of the stage play adaptation of Nexon and Mine Yoshizaki's Kemono Friends franchise revealed on Monday that the play will run at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Club eX in Tokyo from June 14 to 18. Hiroki Murakami is directing the play and penning the script. The cast of the Dōbutsu Biscuit (Serval, Fennec, Raccoo...
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