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Shelf Life - Kyousougiga

Gabriella Ekens plunges into the wildly creative world of Rie Matsumoto's frantic, fantastical family in Kyousougiga! PLUS: this week's new releases! ― Since I have relatives on both sides of the country, I'm used to the six hour ordeal of flying from coast to coast. Getting stuck in an airport for seven hours last Thursday after missing a connecting flight was a new and special brand of misery, how...
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Umineko When They Cry Episode 6: Dawn of the Golden Witch Volume 2 GN 14

Erika takes a new tack in this middle volume of three omnibuses. It's a good development, but the book has some overall pacing issues. ― Sometimes having the shoe on the other foot can work wonders. Other times, it can make us complacent. That seems to be the major factor at play here in the middle volume of Umineko: When They Cry's sixth arc, Dawn of the Golden Witch - with Battler having switched s...
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Species Domain GN 1

Fairy changelings aren't a common subject for manga set in high school, but Species Domain's unique take on the idea is well worth a read. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― The literature of changelings, fairy children left in exchange for more desirable human ones, has deep roots, with some theorizing that the stories were developed to explain children born with birth defects or conditions like A...
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ANNCast (Video) - Live From Shinjuku

Zac and Jacob are in Japan for AnimeJapan 2017 and managed a live podcast while in Shinjuku! In This Corner of the World, Netflix Death Note and much much more! ― ANNCast Episode 291 - Live from Shinjuku Zac and Jacob are in Japan for AnimeJapan 2017 and managed a live podcast while in Shinjuku! In This Corner of the World, Netflix Death Note and much much more! NOTE: the MP3 version of this show is...
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The List - 6 Princesses Still Waiting in Another Castle

For one reason or another, these anime starring princesses never got "rescued" for release in the west! From fairytales to sci fi to ecchi, there's a princess for everyone in these forgotten gems. ― Over the course of writing this column, I've highlighted many series that remained outside of North American audiences' grasp. This includes mystery stories, magical girls, idols, and all around obscure ...
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Spirits & Cat Ears GN 1

Its story may not hold much weight under the surface, but if you're looking for kitty cosplay and bondage in a light romance, Spirits & Cat Ears is a breezy read. ― If you're a fan of Inu x Boku SS, Miyuki Nakayama's Spirits & Cat Ears is here to fill in for its absence. It's something of a spiritual successor to that series, with similar art and character relationships – not so similar that it feels...
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PC Impressions - Senran Kagura: Estival Versus

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus has been ported to PC, which means PC gamers everywhere can finally enjoy the "power butt" pose. But is the port any good? Dustin checks it out. ― Senran Kagura is a series of action games where amply-endowed ninja girls beat each other up until their clothes fall off. Chances are good that you've already made up your mind on the series after that one sentence—it's preci...
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Erased [Hardcover] GN 1

Erased's first omnibus gives us a lot more detail than its animated adaptation as it kicks off the time travel mystery. ― We all have that incident, the one we wish we could change. It might be a tiny little statement or a major catastrophe; whatever it is, there's a vague wish that we could relive the moment in order to prevent it from happening, a certainty that if that one thing changed, everythin...
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Monday, March 27

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TsukiPro the Animation Unveils Staff, Teaser Video, Key Visual

Juria Matsumura directs anime at PRA ― The staff of the fictional talent agency project Tsukino Talent Production unveiled the staff for its TsukiPro the Animation television anime at AnimeJapan 2017 on Saturday. The official website also posted a new visual and teaser trailer on Saturday. The video previews songs from each of the anime's main idol groups. Keitaro Motonaga (Digimon Adventure tri., Da...
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2nd Live-Action Sagrada Reset Film's Trailer Streamed

1st film opened on Saturday; 2nd premieres in May ― Showgate began streaming a promotional video for the second live-action film of Yutaka Kōno's teen science-fiction/fantasy light novel series Sagrada Reset on Friday. Kana Hanazawa, the voice of Misora Haruki in the Sagrada Reset anime, narrates the video. The trailer also features flumpool's ending theme song for the second film "Namida Reset" (Tea...
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New Tama & Friends Anime's Project Anthropomorphizes Animal Characters

Fans of the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls franchise may appreciate a new work that will transform popular existing animal characters into human-like characters. Tama & Friends: Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka? (Tama & Friends: Do You Know My Tama?), the Tama and Friends short anime that premiered in October, is getting an anthropomorphization project. Tama & Friends: Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?'s boo...
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Digital Manga Launches New Kickstarter for Tezuka's Wonder 3, Other Titles

Ambassador Magma, Say Hello To Bookila, Yakeppachi's Maria, The Thief Inoue Akikazu, Dust 8, The Euphrates Tree, Metamorphose offered as backer rewards ― North American publisher Digital Manga Inc. launched a Kickstarter campaign on Monday to localize and publish Osamu Tezuka's Wonder 3 (Wonder Three) manga in English in one omnibus volume. The project is seeking to raise US$39,000 by April 26. If fu...
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Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu Anime Unveils 'Sword Action' Teaser Video

Toshiyuki Shirai directs July anime at ufotable ― The official website for Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu (Action Picture! Touken Ranbu), ufotable's television anime of the Touken Ranbu -Online- game, began streaming a "sword action introduction video" for the series on Sunday. The video introduces the show's weapons animators. (Note: The linked video is region-blocked to Japan.) The anime will star: Ryohei...
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Nippon Ichi Software Opens Teaser Site for New Title

Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) opened a teaser website for a new title on Monday. The URL reads "hakoniwa," which means "miniature garden." The website is streaming a teaser visual that shows 8-bit style 3D characters building an environment and then defending it from attackers.
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Clockwork Planet Anime's TV Spot Streamed

Series about amateur tinkerer, female automaton premieres on April 6 ― TBS began streaming a new TV spot for the anime adaptation of Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana's Clockwork Planet novels on Monday. The video previews fripSide's opening theme song "clockwork planet." The series will premiere on TBS on April 6 at 25:58 (effectively April 7 at 1:58 a.m.), and will also air on BS-TBS on April 8 at 25:0...
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Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens Manga Has 3 Chapters Left

Series began in 2005, inspired anime in 2008 ― This year's May issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine announced on Monday that Eri Takenashi's Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens manga will end in three chapters. The manga will not run in the June issue, so the final three chapters are scheduled for the July, August, and September issues. The September issue with the final chapter will ship on Ju...
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Funimation Announces 3 KanColle English Dub Cast Members

Felecia Angelle, Leah Clark, Cherami Leigh star ― Funimation Entertainment announced three cast members for its English dub of KanColle on Monday. Felecia Angelle plays Fubuki, Leah Clark plays Yuudachi, and Cherami Leigh plays Mutsuki. Funimation will release the series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc with English subtitles and an English dub on June 27. Funimation is releasing the series as the second home...
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Sōji Ishida Launches YU-NO Sci-Fi Game's Manga Adaptation

Remake of game by MAGES., 5pb. shipped on March 16 ― Kadokawa's Comic Clear website launched the first chapter of the manga adaptation of MAGES., 5pb. Games, and Hiroyuki Kanno's Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shōjo YU-NO (YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world.) visual novel on March 14. Sawji Ishida is drawing the manga. The next chapter will debut on April 14. The original game al...
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Traditional Crafts Exhibited at AnimeJapan 2017

Goods for Touken Ranbu, Yuri!!! on Ice, Lupin III, TsukiUta, Is the Order a Rabbit?? ― At AnimeJapan 2017 last weekend some of the official goods on sale included a collaboration with various traditional Japanese crafts. The merchandise on display at the convention couldn't be taken home, but attendees could place orders for the items. The items are still on sale through AnimeJapan's website through...
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Tsugumomo Anime's Opening Sequence Streamed

Band Ja Naimon! performs opening theme for series premiering April 2 ― The official website for the television anime of Yoshikazu Hamada's Tsugumomo manga began streaming the anime's opening sequence, featuring the opening theme song "METAMORISER" by Band Ja Naimon!, on Monday. The video will be available until 11:59 p.m. JST on April 1. The series will premiere on Animax on April 2 at 11:30 p.m., be...
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1st Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection Film's Teaser Video, Story Unveiled

Key visual revealed for July theatrical film ― The official website for the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection anime film project posted a teaser promotional video, key visual, and story for the first film on Monday. The video features Nana Mizuki's song "Silent Bible." In addition, the staff announced that Yōko Hikasa will play the new character Iris. In the story, a pair of researchers stay beh...
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Prolific Screenwriter Mari Okada Writes Autobiography

Traces her personal experiences' influence on her work ― Mari Okada is well-known for the many anime scripts she has written — anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Hanasaku Iroha - Blossoms for Tomorrow, A Lull in the Sea, and The Anthem of the Heart, among others. What is less well-known is how much of her own experiences she has put into her work. The ...
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Exclusive: Your Name. English Dub Clip Shows Body-Switching

Film opens April 7 in US, Canada ― Funimation shared an English dub clip for Makoto Shinkai's your name. film with ANN on Monday. The clip shows the Mitsuha's realization that she and Taki are switching places in real life, not in a dream. The clip will be available until the end of April. Funimation also began streaming English dub clips earlier this week. Mitsuha and Taki narrate the first clip abo...
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Answerman - How Do They Decide How Many Anime Discs Get Printed?

Sometimes the anime bluray you want sells out instantly,, sometimes it goes on deep discount 3 months after release. How do print runs work? ― Anonymous asks: How do anime companies decide the size of a bluray's "print run"? What goes wrong if they get it wrong and print too many or too few? When a new show is licensed, any and all dubs are made, the subtitles are done, the authoring is in the can, ...
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Shelf Life - Kyousougiga

Gabriella Ekens plunges into the wildly creative world of Rie Matsumoto's frantic, fantastical family in Kyousougiga! PLUS: this week's new releases! ― Since I have relatives on both sides of the country, I'm used to the six hour ordeal of flying from coast to coast. Getting stuck in an airport for seven hours last Thursday after missing a connecting flight was a new and special brand of misery, how...
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Frame Arms Girl Anime to Air From April to June

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 revealed on Thursday that the television anime of Kotobukiya's Frame Arms Girl model kit line will run from April to June, or one cour (quarter of a year). The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 3 at 25:05 (effectively April 4 at 1:05 a.m.), before airing later on BS11 and AT-X. Keiichiro Kawaguchi (Hayate the Combat Butler, Sket Dance is directing th...
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Sagrada Reset Anime Gets 24 Episodes

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime of Yutaka Kōno's teen science-fiction/fantasy light novel series Sagrada Reset will have 24 episodes. The official Twitter account previously revealed earlier this month that the anime will run for two cour (half of a year) without breaks. The series will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 5 at 11:30 p.m., and...

Studio 4°C, Anime Limited to Launch Mind Game Blu-ray Kickstarter

Campaign for fantasy film by Kick-Heart's Masaaki Yuasa starts Thursday to raise £4,500/US$5,700 ― Media distributor Anime Limited announced on Monday that it is partnering with Studio 4°C to launch a Kickstarter campaign for a Blu-ray Disc release of the Mind Game anime. The campaign for this 2004 film directed by Masaaki Yuasa (Ping Pong, The Tatami Galaxy, Kick-Heart, Devilman crybaby) will launch...
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Akiba's Trip's Street Fighter Episode is a Love Letter to Gamers

All the inside references in this episode of Akiba's Trip warm my shriveled gamer heart.
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Umineko When They Cry Episode 6: Dawn of the Golden Witch Volume 2 GN 14

Erika takes a new tack in this middle volume of three omnibuses. It's a good development, but the book has some overall pacing issues. ― Sometimes having the shoe on the other foot can work wonders. Other times, it can make us complacent. That seems to be the major factor at play here in the middle volume of Umineko: When They Cry's sixth arc, Dawn of the Golden Witch - with Battler having switched s...

'SukaSuka' Anime's New Promo Video Previews Animation

Anime listed with 12 episodes premieres on April 12 ― Kadokawa began streaming a promotional video on Monday for the television adaptation of Akira Kareno and illustrator ue's Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? (What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? or "SukaSuka" for short) light novel series. The video previews a song by Tamar...
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Hina Logi: From Luck & Logic Anime's 2nd Promo Video Introduces Characters

New anime adaptation of Bushiroad's card game premieres this summer ― Bushiroad began streaming a second promotional video on Sunday for the upcoming Hina Logi: From Luck & Logic anime adapation of its Luck & Logic card game. The video introduces the main characters of the series. Doga Kobo is animating the series. Hiroaki Akagi (episode director for Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū, GJ Club) is directing...
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4th AnimeJapan Event Attracts 145,453 Visitors Across 4 Days

5th convention to return to Tokyo Big Sight March 22-25, 2018 ― The fourth AnimeJapan event at the Tokyo Big Sight complex drew 145,453 people over the weekend. The event ran for four days, with industry-only days on March 23-24, and public days on March 25-26. The event exceeds last year's attendance of 135,323. That event was held over three days. At this year's event, about 4,051 visitors were bus...
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ID-0 Original Anime's Opening Video Streamed

Sayaka Sasaki performs opening theme for series premiering on April 9 ― The official website for ID-0, World Cosplay Summit's original anime project, began streaming the show's opening theme sequence on Monday. The video features Sayaka Sasaki's opening theme song "ID-0." The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 9 at 11:00 p.m., and will premiere later that evening on Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS11....
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J-Novel Club Licenses Ichiro Sakaki's Bluesteel Blasphemer Novels

1st part of novel by Scrapped Princess, Chaika - The Coffin Princess author now available digitally ― The digital publishing company J-Novel Club announced on Saturday that it has licensed Ichiro Sakaki's Bluesteel Blasphemer light novel series. The first 40 pages of the first volume of the series are now available on J-Novel Club's website, with half of the first volume available for members. J-Nove...
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Snuggle Steiff's Black Butler Ciel Teddy Bear for US$387

The Aniplex+ online store revealed a high-end teddy bear inspired by the Kuroshitsuji: Book of the Atlantic anime film character Ciel Phantomhive on Friday. German toymaker Steiff is producing the high-quality plush that costs 43,000 yen (about US$387). The teddy bear will wear Ciel's trademark eye patch and blue-and-black striped vest. Like all of the German company's plush toys, the Ciel bear w...
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Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun Anime's Promo Video Teases Main Characters

Monster Strike's Kazuya Ichikawa directs summer show at Studio Hibari ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Taku Sakamoto's Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun (Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun) manga began streaming the anime's "ver0.5" promotional video on Sunday. The video teases the story's main characters. Kazuya Ichikawa (Monster Strike the Animation, Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note) is direct...
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Jūni Taisen Anime's Teaser Video Reveals 12 Warriors

Adaptation of Nisioisin, Hikaru Nakamura's light novel premieres this year ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of writer Nisioisin (Monogatari Series, Medaka Box) and illustrator Hikaru Nakamura's (Saint Young Men, Arakawa Under the Bridge) light novel Jūni Taisen (12 Wars) began streaming the anime's teaser promotional video on Sunday. The video debuted at Graphinica's AnimeJa...
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Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Anime's Video Reveals Main Cast

Saori Hayami, Minami Tanaka, Tatsuya Tokutake star in MAPPA's summer anime ― The official website for the television anime of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga began streaming an updated version of the anime's first promotional video on Sunday. The video contains the anime's main cast. The anime will premiere in summer. The cast includes: Saori Hayami as Yumeko J...

Power Rangers Film Earns US$40.5 Million, Ranks #2 in Opening Weekend

Film earns US$18.7 million internationally for global total of US$59.2 million ― Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Sunday that Lionsgate's new Power Rangers film earned US$40.5 million in its opening weekend in the United States, ranking #2 in the box office behind Beauty and the Beast. The film earned US$18.7 million outside of the United States for a global total of US$59...

Sunday, March 26

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Voice Actress Yuka Iguchi Gets Touchy in Million Arthur VR Demo Video

VRでセクハラしまくる井口裕香 pic.twitter.com/6s4ni7HDRH— れいん(@shou54081) March 19, 2017 [Via Hachima Kikō, Siliconera]
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Vatican Miracle Examiner Anime Casts Nobuhiko Okamoto, Junichi Suwabe

Yoshitomo Yonetani directs July series at J.C. Staff ― The official website for the anime adaptation Rin Fujiki's Vatican Miracle Examiner (Vatican Kiseki Chōsakan) mystery novel series began streaming a teaser video for the anime on Sunday. The video reveals the anime's main cast, with Nobuhiko Okamoto voicing Hiraga Josef Kō (left in picture below), and Junichi Suwabe voicing Roberto Nicholas (righ...
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Atlus Reveals Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey Remake for Fall

Game remakes Strange Journey 2009 Nintendo DS game with original ending, character ― Atlus announced during its "New Title Announcement Special Spring 2017" livestream on Sunday that it is developing Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey for the Nintendo 3DS, a remake of its Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Nintendo DS role-playing game. The game is slated for fall. The game will use the origin...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Toei Animation's Kado: The Right Answer Anime

Episodes 0, 1 debut on April 6 ― Crunchyroll announced on Sunday that it will stream Kado: The Right Answer, Toei Animation's original anime project. Crunchyroll will begin streaming the series' episode 0 and 1 on April 6 at 10:00 a.m. EDT. Crunchyroll will announce the territories for the stream at a later date. The television anime will premiere on Tokyo MX1 on April 7, and it will also air on MBS ...
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Aichi Prefecture Finds Ninja in Short Supply

Ninja are falling back into the shadows, much to the concern of officials in Aichi Prefecture. The government was attempting to put together an "Ieyasu Tokugawa and Hattori Hanzō Ninja Team," but found applicants in short supply. Officials were surprised to say the least, last year they were flooded with applicants. This year the numbers dwindled to only 10, including two from overseas, since appl...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 49

"One episode from the predicted conclusion of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, and our main characters are already dropping like flies."
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Season Finale: Interviews with Monster Girls ‒ Episode 12

"The series returns to a simpler slice of life premise in this final episode, but it does a good job of integrating the demi-humans' unique traits into the mix."
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Kaito × Ansa Puzzle-Solving TV Anime Debuts in July

Kazuki Katou, Takahiro Sakurai, wrestler Genichirō Tenryū star in anime ― A stage event at the Tokyo MX's AnimeJapan 2017 booth revealed the new "puzzle-solving TV anime" (nazo-toki TV anime) original anime Kaito × Ansa on Sunday. The anime will premiere in July on Tokyo MX. The cast includes: Kazuki Katou (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!'s Kikyo, B-PROJECT's Kento Aizome) as Kaito Aen Takahiro Sakurai (D.Gra...
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Series Finale: Seiren ‒ Episode 12

"Seiren finished up its third arc this week, in an episode entirely dedicated to the school's Christmas Eve festival."
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Zelda Fan Controls His Home With Ocarina

Have you ever wished you could control the world with a musical instrument the way Link does in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time? Pioneering fan of The Legend of Zelda Allen Pan found a way to do just that. He rigged his home to respond to various ocarina songs from the original game. Pan posted a video on March 17 that demonstrates how he can control his home via ocarina. Fellow tech-savvy ga...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 83

With the end of the exhibition match before the Tournament of Power, it's up to Goku and the others to return home and begin recruiting their ten member team.
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Monster Hunter XX Video Previews Show By Rock! Collaboration

Capcom released details and a preview video for Monster Hunter XX 3DS video game's collaboration with the Show By Rock! anime on Thursday. The anime is just one of the game's many lined-up collaborations and is set to debut on April 21. The video shows Shingan Crimsonz member Crow's costume and his Red Tomahawk Guitar will be available. The Show By Rock mission will ask players to hunt down a Bari...
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Blazing Transfer Student Manga Gets Live-Action Show on Netflix Worldwide

Drama will be sequel starring Johnny's West members this winter ― A live-action series adaptation of Kazuhiko Shimamoto's Blazing Transfer Student (Honō no Tenkōsei) manga has been green-lit. The eight-episode drama is titled Honō no Tenkōsei REBORN, and will be available on 190 countries on Netflix this winter. All seven members of the Johnny's West singing group will star in the series. The origina...
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New Manga Imagines Expert Pharmacist Reborn into Fantasy World

Wish fulfillment for pharmacy students ― Isekai stories, in which ordinary teenage boys are reborn into fantasy worlds — often closely resembling the settings of RPGs they've played plenty of — are all the rage these days, but the new manga Isekai Yakkyoku ("Fantasy World Pharmacy"), by Hijiri Kōya, puts an original spin on the formula. Based on a web novel series by the medical researcher ...
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Sekirei Romantic Comedy Manga to Return on May 2

"365 Days Without a Girlfriend" teased in revival of Sakurako Gokurakuin's manga ― The wraparound jacket band on Sakurako Gokurakuin's 2nd Brave Star ☆ Romantics manga volume announced on Saturday that Gokurakuin's earlier manga Sekirei is returning as a regular series. Sekirei will resume in this year's 10th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine on May 2. The advertisement for the manga has t...
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English Textbook Features Puella Magi Madoka Magica in Bento Reading

As the days until the new school year begins in Japan on April 1 wind down, students are starting to peruse their new textbooks. People already discovered that The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya features in a new edition of a first-year high school English textbook. Twitter users have also begun posting photos of Puella Magi Madoka Magica characters in Lesson 2 of an unconfirmed English textbook. 高...
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My Hero Academia Original Anime DVD's Promo Video Teases Zombie Attack

"Training of the Dead" DVD bundled with 14th manga volume ― The official website for the anime of Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga posted on Sunday a promotional video and key visual for the original anime DVD bundled with the 14th manga volume. The video and visual tease a "heroes vs zombies" theme: The 25-minute "Training of the Dead" anime centers on a joint practice session between Izuku'...
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'A Channel' TV Anime's Blu-ray Disc Box to Include New Video Anime

Also has all 12 TV episodes, 2 previous OVA episodes, all +A Channel shorts, CD ― A Blu-ray Disc Box for the 2011 A Channel television anime will ship on September 27 with a new original video anime (OVA) episode, "Nabe o Tabeyō" (Let's Eat a Pot). The box will also include all 12 television anime episodes, two previously released A-Channel + smile OVA episodes, all 11 +A Channel shorts, and a bonus ...
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Series Finale: Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū ‒ Episode 12

"For all of my criticisms this week, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu remains an incredible work of art."
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The Cosplay of AnimeJapan 2017: Day 2

From Hellsing to Steins;Gate, here's some more of the cosplay we ran across at AnimeJapan 2017.
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Species Domain GN 1

Fairy changelings aren't a common subject for manga set in high school, but Species Domain's unique take on the idea is well worth a read. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― The literature of changelings, fairy children left in exchange for more desirable human ones, has deep roots, with some theorizing that the stories were developed to explain children born with birth defects or conditions like A...
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Season Finale: Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga ‒ Episode 12

"The final episode of Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga is an understandably low-key affair after the non-stop ratcheting up of tension that the last few weeks delivered."

High School of the Dead Manga Creator Daisuke Satō Passes Away at 52

Also worked on Imperial Guards; High School of the Dead had been on hiatus since 2013 ― Writer and manga creator Daisuke Satō passed away due to ischemic heart disease on March 22. He was 52. His immediate family have already held a funeral service, and his younger sister Yūko Shinmyō was the chief mourner. Satō's works include the High School of the Dead (Highschool of the Dead in Japan) manga with ...

No Game, No Life Zero Anime Film's 1st Promo Video Teases Millennia-Old Story

Most of cast returns as characters 6 millennia before Sora & Shiro ― The No Game, No Life Zero film event at AnimeJapan 2017 unveiled the film's first promotional video, staff, cast, and characters on Sunday. The video teases a story from myths erased from people's memories. Although the film features the same main cast members as the previous television anime, many of them play characters who lived ...
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Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu Reveals Main Cast, Theme Song Artists, More Staff

Ryohei Kimura, Kento Hama star in series premiering in July by ufotable ― A Touken Ranbu stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 revealed cast members and the opening and ending theme song artists on Sunday for Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu (Action Picture! Touken Ranbu), ufotable's television anime of the Touken Ranbu -Online- game. The show's official website is also streaming a "sword action introduction video" ...
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Live Animation Heart x Algorhythm Animated Virtual Idol Project Revealed For This Summer

"1st animated live documentary variety program" stars Minori Suzuki, Emiri Iwai ― A booth at the AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed the Live Animation Heart x Algorhythm "virtual idol project" on Saturday. The project is a Japanese-Chinese co-production. The project will debut this summer simultaneously in Japan and China. A flyer at AnimeJapan 2017 for the project describes it as the "first animated liv...
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Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru Season 2's Promo Video Reveals January 2018 Debut

Yasusada Yamatonokami, Kiyomitsu Kashū, more will return, joined by new characters ― Toho Animation announced at the AnimeJapan 2017 convention on Sunday that the Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru anime's previously announced sequel is a second television season premiering next January. A new teaser video promotes the second season: The second season will have the same setting as the first season. The 47 Touken...
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation Anime Casts Daisuke Ono, Yūma Uchida

Characters attend rival school Hakone Academy ― A stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 for the Yowamushi Pedal New Generation anime announced on Sunday that Daisuke Ono and Yūma Uchida will join the series as Masakiyo Dōbashi and Yūto Shinkai respectively. The anime's official website previously revealed the characters' designs earlier this month. Daisuke Ono as Masakiyo Dōbashi, a new second-year at Hakon...
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Toyota C-HR's Akira, Fist of the North Star, Street Fighter II Videos Streamed

Toyota's C-HR crossover SUV is collaborating with Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira manga, Tetsuo Hara's Fist of the North Star manga, Capcom's Street Fighter II game, and Takara Tomy's Tomica toy cars for a "Crossover the World" campaign. Toyota began streaming a 75-second promotional video for the collaboration on Friday. The video's story is set in Otomo's "Neo Tokyo 2017 Version," inspired by the settin...
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Re:Creators Anime Reveals New Key Visual

1st episode to stream on Amazon Prime Video before TV debut ― The official website for the Re:Creators original television anime project revealed a new key visual for the series on Sunday. The website also revealed on Sunday that the series will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video (the announcement doesn't specify if Amazon Prime Video will stream the series outside of Japan). The first episode ...
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Tatsunoko's Infini-T Force Anime Reveals Main Cast

Tomokazu Seki, Takahiro Sakurai, Kenichi Suzumura join cast ― The official website of Tatsunoko Productions' Infini-T Force television anime revealed the series's main cast on Sunday. The cast includes: Tomokazu Seki as Gatchaman/Ken Washio Takahiro Sakurai as Tekkaman/Jōji Minami Kenichi Suzumura as Polymar/Takeshi Yoroi Sōma Saitō as Casshan/Tetsuya Azuma The anime will premiere this October on NTV...
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Fate/Grand Order Smartphone Game Gets Stage Play Adaptation

Stage play runs in Tokyo from July 14-17 ― The "Fate Project 2017 Special Stage" event at AnimeJapan 2017 announced on Sunday that a stage play adaptation of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone role-playing game app has been green-lit. The stage play, titled Fate/Grand Order The Stage: Shinsei Entaku Ryōiki Camelot Replica; Agateram (Fate/Grand Order The Stage: Domain of the Holy Round Table Camelot Repl...
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New Mazinger Z Anime Film Stars Showtaro Morikubo, Ai Kayano

One Piece: Episode of Chopper's Junji Shimizu directs ― The "Mazinger Z Film (Working Title) Launch Event" at the AnimeJapan 2017 convention announced on Sunday that Showtaro Morikubo and Ai Kayano are starring in the new anime film based on Go Nagai's Mazinger Z manga. The event also debuted a new teaser video. Morikubo (center in photograph below) will play the familiar main lead Kōji Kabuto, and K...

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Fate/Apocrypha TV Anime Reveals New Promo Video, Cast, July Premiere

Series to stream exclusively on Netflix ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of TYPE-MOON and Yuichiro Higashide's Fate/Apocrypha novels began streaming the show's second promotional video on Sunday. The video reveals the show's cast, additional staff, and July premiere. The show will air on Tokyo MX, BS11, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and MBS. The series will also exclusively stream o...

1st Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Film Reveals Full Title, October 14 Premiere

1st film in trilogy subtitled "presage flower" ― The "Fate Project 2017" stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 announced the full title and the premiere date of the first film in the three-part Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film project on Sunday. The first film is titled Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower and will premiere in theaters in Japan on October 14. The staff of the Fate/stay ...
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Interactive Web Manga Shows Off Power of Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Story of former high school bandmates reuniting a decade later ― Sony is partnering with the music manga Shiori Experience: Jimi na Watashi to Hen na Ojisan ("Plain Me and the Strange Man") by Yūkō Osada and Kazuya Machida to advertise its wireless noise-cancelling stereo headphones, the MDR-XB950N1. It's taking a unique approach to doing so: by incorporating voice acting, music, and sound effects to...
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Jūni Taisen Anime Reveals Teaser Visual, Main Staff

Adaptation of Nisioisin, Hikaru Nakamura's light novel premieres this year ― Graphinica unveiled a teaser visual for the television anime adaptation of writer Nisioisin (Monogatari Series, Medaka Box) and illustrator Hikaru Nakamura's (Saint Young Men, Arakawa Under the Bridge) light novel Jūni Taisen (12 Wars) on Saturday. A teaser promotional video will premiere at Graphinica's AnimeJapan 2017 boot...

Altair: A Record of Battles Anime Reveals New Promo Video, Key Visual

Series to air for 2 cour ― A stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 for the television anime adaptation of Kotono Katō's historical fantasy manga Altair: A Record of Battles (Shōkoku no Altair) revealed a new promotional video for the show on Saturday. (Note: the video at the above link is region locked to Japan.) The official website for the anime also revealed a new key visual on Saturday. The show will pr...
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Godzilla Anime Is Film Trilogy Starring Mamoru Miyano

Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Tomokazu Sugita, Yuuki Kaji, Junichi Suwabe also star ― The "Animation Film Godzilla Special Stage" event at the AnimeJapan 2017 convention announced on Sunday that the Godzilla anime is a film trilogy. The event also announced that Mamoru Miyano is playing the lead role, Haruo Sakaki. The rest of the cast includes: Takahiro Sakurai plays Metphies, the Exif alien who ...
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Koichi Yamadera Voices 50 Characters in Higanjima X Net Anime's Finale

The official website for the Higanjima X anime shorts announced on Friday that Koichi Yamadera voices 50 characters in the 12th and final episode. Multimedia studio Tetra began streaming a promotional video for Yamadera's roles on Friday and a trailer for the 12th episode on March 18. The 12th episode premiered on Niconico and YouTube on Saturday. Each episode of the series is three minutes long, ...
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Attack on Titan Season 2 Blu-ray/DVDs to Include VR Anime

1st 2 volumes listed for June 21, August 18 ― Online retailer Amazon is listing first printings of the first Blu-ray Disc and DVD for the second season of Attack on Titan with "VR movie" and specially designed VR goggles. The movie is titled "Shingeki no Kyojin-ten 360° Taikan Theater 'Hoeru'" (Attack on Titan Exhibition 360-degree: Experience Theater "Roar"). The second Blu-ray Disc and DVD will als...
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Tales of Zestiria the X Anime's Final Episode Premieres April 29

The official website for the Tales of Zestiria the X anime announced on Saturday that the 25th and final episode will air on Tokyo MX on April 29 at 9:30 p.m., and also stream on Niconico. The 24th episode will air at the regularly scheduled time on Sunday at 11:00 p.m. The first season premiered in July, and the second season premiered in January. Daisuki is streaming the series worldwide outside...
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ANNCast (Video) - Live From Shinjuku

Zac and Jacob are in Japan for AnimeJapan 2017 and managed a live podcast while in Shinjuku! In This Corner of the World, Netflix Death Note and much much more! ― ANNCast Episode 291 - Live from Shinjuku Zac and Jacob are in Japan for AnimeJapan 2017 and managed a live podcast while in Shinjuku! In This Corner of the World, Netflix Death Note and much much more! NOTE: the MP3 version of this show is...
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Yuzu Fairies Share the Joy of Citrus Liquor in Promotional Anime

Animation studio Fanworks has created a short web anime series to promote brewing company Ume no Yado's Yuzu citrus liquor. Yuzu7 is made in conjunction with Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) to spread awareness of Japan's local products worldwide. The series stars seven fairies, meant to represent the liquor's use of seven yuzu fruit. The fairies spread happiness wherever th...
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Granblue Fantasy TV Anime's 3rd Promo Video, Additional Cast Revealed

Kazuhiro Yamaji joins cast for anime premiering in Japan on April 1 ― The official website for the television anime of the Granblue Fantasy smartphone role-playing game began streaming a new promotional video on Friday. The video highlights a scene where Gran first meets Lyria, and previews the anime's ending theme, "Sora no Parade" (Parade of the Sky) by HARUHI. The website also announced this month...
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Escha Chron Anime is 2-Episode OVA

Wataru Hatano, Rina Satou join cast ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Avex Pictures' DIVE II Entertainment music label's "Escha Chron" stage recital project announced on Saturday that the anime will be a two-episode OVA. The website also revealed a new key visual and two "guest" cast members. Wataru Hatano will play guest character #1 Junta Kasai and Rina Satou will play guest charac...
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Final Fantasy XIV, 7-Eleven Release More In-Game Items in Japan

The official Twitter account for the Final Fantasy XIV game announced a new collaboration with 7-Eleven convenience stores on Friday. Fans can purchase campaign drinks in 7-Eleven stores throughout Japan to collect points to obtain in-game items. The collaboration's A Course items include: Eastern Battle Staff (for lancers and dragoons; 7 points) 50 tickets for use with the Aethernet transportatio...
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Kase-san and Morning Glories Yuri Anime Clip's Promo Video Streamed

Takuya Satō directs clip premiering soon on YouTube ― Pony Canyon began streaming a promotional video for the upcoming five-minute "animation clip" based on Hiromi Takashima's Kase-san and... Morning Glories (Asagao to Kase-san.) manga on Saturday. The video features Hanako Oku's image song "Kimi no Egao (album ver.)," which featured on her sixth album, titled good-bye, in 2012. The full clip will de...
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Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club Anime's Episode 13 Delayed

Website will update with new broadcast, streaming date at later time ― The official website for the television anime of Noriyuki Matsumoto's Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Minami Kamakura Kōkō Joshi Jitensha-Bu) manga announced on Friday that the airing of the anime's 13th episode will be delayed. The website will update on a new broadcast and streaming date for the episode at a late...
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HoneyWorks' 'Confess Your Love Committee' Film Series Gets TV Anime Special

Smartphone game app also in the works ― The official Twitter account for HoneyWorks' "Confess Your Love Committee: Romance Series" films announced on Saturday that the series will get a television anime special. The account also announced that a smartphone app game based on HoneyWorks' songs is in development. The project features Vocaloid songs by the "monster creator unit" HoneyWorks, and has thus ...
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Chain Chronicle 3's Attack on Titan Collaboration Introduction Video Streamed

The official website for the Chain Chronicle 3 smartphone game's collaboration with the Attack on Titan anime began streaming a collaboration introduction movie on Friday. The video previews the Attack on Titan characters' in-game abilities. The website also began streaming videos last Friday that feature Attack on Titan voice actors Yuuki Kaji (voice of Eren) and Yui Ishikawa (voice of Mikasa). I...
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Live-Action Blood-C Film's Teaser Video Reveals August 26 Premiere

Shutaro Oku directs adaptation of CLAMP, Production I.G's anime ― The official website for Asura Girl ~Blood-C Ibun~ (Asura Girl: Blood-C Another Story), the live-action film adaptation of CLAMP and Production I.G's Blood-C anime series, began streaming its first 30-second teaser video on Saturday. The video reveals that the film will open in Japanese theaters on August 26. The film will feature a co...
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Kado: The Right Answer Anime's 2nd Trailer Previews Opening Song

Toei's 1st CG TV anime series premieres on April 7 ― The official website for Toei Animation's original anime project Kado: The Right Answer began streaming a trailer for the anime on Saturday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Tabiji" (Travel Poem), which M.A.O will perform as her character Saraka Tsukai. The anime's second teaser trailer debuted on Friday. The project is Toei Anima...
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Hulu Japan, Crafter Produce Original CG Anime Project The Relative Worlds (Updated)

Yūhei Sakuragi directs 2-part anime premiering April 28 ― Streaming service Hulu Japan and Hakuhodo's in-house animation studio Craftar are partnering to produce an original two-part "smart CG animation" project titled Soutai Sekai (The Relative Worlds). The first part will premiere via streaming on Hulu Japan on April 28, and the second part will premiere on May 5. The anime's official website featu...
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Series Finale: Fuuka ‒ Episode 12

"In my years of reviewing anime, I don't think I've ever covered a show that seemed to be running on autopilot harder than Fuuka."
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The List - 6 Princesses Still Waiting in Another Castle

For one reason or another, these anime starring princesses never got "rescued" for release in the west! From fairytales to sci fi to ecchi, there's a princess for everyone in these forgotten gems. ― Over the course of writing this column, I've highlighted many series that remained outside of North American audiences' grasp. This includes mystery stories, magical girls, idols, and all around obscure ...
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The Cosplay of AnimeJapan 2017: Day 1

KONOSUBA, Kemono Friends, Ensemble Stars, Black Butler, Attack on Titan and more.
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Spirits & Cat Ears GN 1

Its story may not hold much weight under the surface, but if you're looking for kitty cosplay and bondage in a light romance, Spirits & Cat Ears is a breezy read. ― If you're a fan of Inu x Boku SS, Miyuki Nakayama's Spirits & Cat Ears is here to fill in for its absence. It's something of a spiritual successor to that series, with similar art and character relationships – not so similar that it feels...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil ‒ Episode 11

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Time Bokan 24 TV Anime Gets 2nd Season

Tatsunoko Production's 1st season ended on March 18 ― Anime studio Tatsunoko Production's booth at AnimeJapan revealed on Saturday that the Time Bokan 24 television anime will get a "Season 2." The series will air on NTV and Yomiuri TV. The first season premiered on October 1 and ended with the 24th episode on March 18. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. Crunchyroll describes the story: The...
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Gekijōban Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Sekka no Chikai Film's Video Reveals Summer Premiere

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!'s cast, staff return for anime film ― The official website for the Prisma Illya anime series began streaming on Saturday the first promotional video for Gekijōban Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Sekka no Chikai (Movie Version Fate/kaleid liner Prisma ☆ Illya: Oath Under the Snow), the franchise's upcoming anime film. The video reveals that the anime film will pre...

Altair: A Record of Battles Anime Reveals More Cast, July Premiere

Takahiro Sakurai, Yu Kobayashi join cast for series based on historical fantasy manga ― A stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 for the television anime adaptation of Kotono Katō's historical fantasy manga Altair: A Record of Battles (Shōkoku no Altair) revealed on Saturday that the series will premiere in July on MBS' "Animeism" programming block. The event also revealed two more cast members. Yu Kobayashi...

Hajimete no Gal Anime's 1st Promo Shows Confession Scene

Romantic comedy anime premieres in July ― Kadokawa began streaming the first promotional video for the television anime of Meguru Ueno's Hajimete no Gal (First-Time Gal) manga on Saturday. At the beginning of the video Yukana looks down on the protagonist Junichi and says "gross." The video then introduces the main cast. The cast includes: Shintarō Asanuma as Junichi Hashiba Yuki Nagaku as Yukana Yam...

The Ancient Magus' Bride TV Anime's Video Shows Early Story Scenes

Cast, Wit Studio returns for 24 episodes debuting in October with Crunchyroll stream ― The official website of the television anime adaptation of Kore Yamazaki's The Ancient Magus' Bride (Mahō Tsukai no Yome) manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Saturday. The video shows the first parts of the story, when Elias takes in Chise to be his apprentice. The anime will premiere in Octo...
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Makeruna!! Aku no Gundan! Anime's Additional Cast, Theme Song, New Promo Video Revealed

Katsuyuki Konishi, Shigeru Chiba join cast for 5-minute series premiering on April 1 ― A stage event at the AnimeJapan 2017 event for the anime adaptation of voice actress Sora Tokui's Makeruna!! Aku no Gundan! (Don't Lose!! Evil Corps!) four-panel manga on Saturday revealed a new promotional video, new cast members, and the theme song for the anime. The new cast members are: Katsuyuki Konishi as Him...
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Chronos Ruler TV Anime's Promo Reveals Cast, Staff, Summer Premiere

Jun Fukuyama, Kaito Ishikawa, Rie Kugimiya, Kenji Akabane star in anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Taiwanese manga creator PONJEA's Chronos Ruler (Jikan no Shihaisha) manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Saturday. The video reveals the anime's cast, staff, and summer premiere. The cast includes (clockwise from top): Kaito Ishikawa as Kiri Victo...

Made in Abyss Anime's 1st Promo Reveals Main Cast, Additional Staff

Mariya Ise, Miyu Tomita star in July anime ― Kadokawa began streaming the first promotional video for the television anime of Akihito Tsukushi's Made in Abyss manga on Saturday. The video introduces the lead cast and additional staff members. The website also revealed a new key visual. The series stars Mariya Ise as Regu and Miyu Tomita as Rico. The newly announced staff members are as follows: Assoc...
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Kubikiri Cycle OVA's 4th Trailer Streamed

4th of 8 planned volumes shipped on February 22, 5th volume slated for March 29 ― Aniplex began streaming a trailer on Saturday for Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregoto Tsukai (Decapitation Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Prankster), the original video anime project based on the first volume in NisiOisin's Zaregoto novel series. The fourth volume the OVA shipped on February 22, after the release d...
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High School Fleet OVA's Promo Outlines Story

New OVA set 1 month after main series debuts on May 24 ― The official website for the High School Fleet (Haifuri) television anime began streaming a new promotional video on Saturday for the series' original video anime (OVA). The video reveals the story for the OVA, set a month after the events of the series. The crew of the Harukaze relax after midterm exams, and a Coco receives a new mission. (Not...
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Anonymous Noise Anime's 2nd Promo Video, Theme Songs Revealed

Saori Hayami sings opening, ending theme songs for series ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Ryoko Fukuyama's shōjo manga Anonymous Noise (Fukumenkei Noise) began streaming a new promotional video on Saturday. The video highlights childhood scenes of the anime's main characters and previews some of the music from the series. The video also reveals that the band "in NO hurry...
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Little Witch Academia Anime's Video Previews 2nd Half, New Theme Songs

YURiKA, Yuiko Ōhara return for 2nd half's new theme songs ― The official website for the Little Witch Academia television anime series began streaming a new promotional video for the anime's second half on Saturday. The video reveals and previews the second half's new opening and ending theme songs. The second half will begin in April. YURiKA and Yuiko Ōhara are returning once again for the new openi...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria Anime's New Promo Video Streamed

12-episode spinoff TV series premieres on April 14 in Japan ― The official website of the television anime adaptation of Fujino Ōmori and illustrator Kiyotaka Haimura's spinoff light novel series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? Gaiden: Sword Oratoria) began streaming a new promotional video on Saturday. The v...
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Tomohiro Matsu's Hatena Illusion Light Novels Get Anime

Late author of Mayoi Neko Overrun! left series unfinished with 4 volumes ― Chinese streaming service bilibili's booth during the AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Saturday that late author Tomohiro Matsu's Hatena Illusion light novel series will get an anime adaptation. The series centers on Makoto Shiranui, a boy who travels to Tokyo seeking to become the apprentice of Mamoru Hoshisato, a world-famo...
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Crunchyroll's PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team! Webcomic Inspires Urahara Anime

Mugi Tanaka, Patrick Macias collaborated on webcomic ― Bilibili's booth at AnimeJapan 2017 announced on Saturday that Patrick Macias and Mugi Tanaka's webcomic PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team!, which runs on Crunchyroll, will inspire an original anime titled Urahara. The project's website states that Crunchyroll and "top Japanese creators" are partnering to create the anime. Crunchyroll describes the stor...

Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby Game Gets TV Anime By P.A. Works

Manga by S.Koisugi launched on Saturday, game currently in development ― Game developer Cygames announced during the AnimeJapan 2017 event on Saturday that its upcoming Uma Musume Pretty Derby game will get a television anime project as well as a manga. P.A. Works (A Lull in the Sea, Shirobako) is in charge of animation for the anime, while Cygames, Toho Animation, and Lantis are producing the anime....

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Sengoku Night Blood Smartphone Game Gets TV Anime This Fall

Smartphone game releases this year ― A stage event at the AnimeJapan 2017 event announced on Saturday that Marvelous, Kadokawa, and Idea Factory's Otomate otome game brand's upcoming collaborative Sengoku Night Blood smartphone game is getting a television anime adaptation that will premiere in fall 2017. Marvelous began streaming a video for the game that reveals the anime project and previews the g...
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Magical Circle Guru Guru Anime's 1st Promo Video Streamed

Production I.G animates series premiering this summer ― The official website for the new television anime adaptation of Hiroyuki Eto's Mahōjin Guru Guru (Magical Circle Guru Guru) manga began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Saturday. The video first appeared during a stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 on Saturday. The site also revealed the anime's key visual. The anime will premiere thi...
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New Peace Maker Kurogane Anime Is Film Series Starring Yuuki Kaji, Takahiro Sakurai

White Fox's anime of Nanae Chrono manga opens this year ― The official Twitter account for the new anime project based on Nanae Chrono's Peace Maker Kurogane manga revealed on Saturday that the project will be an anime film series that will open this year. The announcement did not explicitly state how many films the manga will get, but the kanji used to describe the first film is used to describe at ...
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Katsuyuki Konishi, Yō Taichi Join Magical Circle Guru Guru Anime's Cast

Production I.G animates series premiering this summer ― A stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 for the new television anime adaptation of Hiroyuki Eto's Mahōjin Guru Guru (Magical Circle Guru Guru) manga announced more cast members for the anime on Saturday. Katsuyuki Konishi (Gurren Lagann's Kamina, Rewrite's Sakuya Ootori) will play Kita Kita Oyaji and Yō Taichi (Erased's Kenya, Prison School's Anzu) wil...

New Owarimonogatari Anime Adapts 3rd Novel Volume in Summer

Adapts "Mayoi Hell," "Hitagi Rendezvous," "Ōgi Dark" arcs ― The official website for the Monogatari Series revealed on Saturday that the third novel in the NisiOisin's Owarimonogatari novels series is getting a television anime adaptation in summer. The site is streaming a promotional video for the anime (Note: The Youtube video on the site is region-locked to Japan). The third novel covers the "Mayo...
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Citrus Yuri Anime's TV Broadcast, Teaser Visual Revealed

A display at this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Saturday that the anime adaptation of Saburouta's yuri manga Citrus will air on television. In November, an anime adaptation of the series was announced to be in the works. The anime's official website also revealed a teaser visual for the upcoming series. Seven Seas is publishing the manga in North America, and it describes the story: Yuz...
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Anyone Can Become Extra for Live-Action The Anthem of the Heart Film

The official Twitter account for the live-action adaptation of The Anthem of the Heart (Kokosake or Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da.) anime film revealed on Tuesday that the film is recruiting extras. The recruitment announcement was posted on February 20, but the the title of the film and main cast were not announced until March 15. Both men and women of all ages can become extras for the film. Ext...
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Gamers! TV Anime's July Premiere, 12-Episode Run, Visual Revealed

Anime based on Sekina Aoi light novel series ― A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 revealed on Thursday that the television anime of Sekina Aoi and illustrator Saboten's Gamers! light novel series will premiere in July and run for 12 episodes. The flyer also announced that the light novel series has more than 400,000 copies in print. The anime's official website also opened on Saturday and revea...
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Live-Action Tomodachi Game Drama's Video Previews Theme Song

Series based on Yuki Sato manga premieres April 3 ― The official website of the live-action drama series adaptation of Yuki Sato's Tomodachi Game (Friends Games) manga began streaming a 30- and 15-second promotional video for the series last week. Both videos preview the film's theme song "Mr. Fake" by Amatsu. The series will premiere on Chiba TV on April 3 at 10:30 p.m., and it will also air on Tele...
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To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness App's Promo Video Shows Gravure Photo Shoots

Smartphone app also has puzzle games ― Game developer FuRyu began streaming a promotional video for To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness: Gravure Chance, the first smartphone app based on Kentaro Yabuki and Saki Hasemi's To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga, last Thursday. The game itself also launched last Thursday. In the video, Momo says that players can "create memories with their own hands" by using the...
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film's Featurette Tours Major's Apartment

Also: film clip shows "deep dive" ― Paramount Pictures began streaming a featurette with a tour of the Major's apartment the upcoming Ghost in the Shell live-action film on Friday. Paramount also streamed a clip featuring the Major's "Deep Dive" on Thursday. Dreamworks and Paramount are co-financing and co-producing the film. Paramount Pictures is the film's new distributor, after Dreamworks ended it...
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Hot Spring Idols Crowdfund Campaign Reaches Goal in 10 Days

Enbound, Inc.'s crowdfunding campaign for its Onsen Musume (Hot Spring Girls) multimedia idol project met its goal of five million yen (about US$45,000) in just 10 days. The project is focusing on musical events to raise tourism in Japan's hot spring areas with an ultimate goal to fund an anime and video game. The crowdfunding campaign added stretch goals that will fund production of a drama CD (s...
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The Alliance Alive 3DS RPG's Video Shows Different Worlds

Gameplay videos featuring ornithopter, combat also streamed ― The official website of for FuRyu Corporation's The Alliance Alive Nintendo 3DS game began streaming a new promotional video for the game last week. The video previews the game's different worlds, and shows elements and characters from each world. The site is also streaming two gameplay videos. The first video shows the ornithopter mechani...
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Haim Saban: Possible 6-Movie Arc Planned for Power Rangers

Saban Entertainment founder Haim Saban said in an interview with Variety on Wednesday that there is a "six-movie story arc" planned for the Power Rangers reboot. "If this film is as successful as I hope on March 24, on March 25 we'll have the first story meeting for Movie No. 2," Saban said. The film's director Dean Isrealite confirmed the plan with Entertainment Weekly on Friday. "It is true that...
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Funimation Streams English-Dubbed Steins;Gate Film Clip

Funimation began streaming an English-dubbed clip from Steins;Gate – The Movie – Load Region of Déjà Vu (Steins;Gate Fuka Ryōiki no Déjà vu) on Friday. The clip shows a scene where Kurisu imitates Okabe's Hououin Kyouma persona. Funimation's will release the film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack for on March 28. The film reunites the Steins;Gate television series' staff with a completely new sto...
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Samus Joins Street Fighter V Game Via Cammy Mod

Need a little more Metroid in your Street Fighter V? A new mod will give you just that by turning Cammy into Zero Suit Samus. Following in line with previous mods that transformed the game's roster into Overwatch characters, Khaledantar666 is turning the blonde camo bombshell into Samus for their Patreon followers. The mod is exclusive for followers temporarily. Street Fighter V is the latest entr...
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'SukaSuka' Anime Streams Live-Action Teaser Video

Fantasy anime premieres in April ― Kadokawa began streaming an "overseas edition" promotional video for the anime adaptation of Akira Kareno and illustrator ue's Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? (What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? or "SukaSuka" for short) light novel series on Friday. The video features live-action footage...
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PC Impressions - Senran Kagura: Estival Versus

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus has been ported to PC, which means PC gamers everywhere can finally enjoy the "power butt" pose. But is the port any good? Dustin checks it out. ― Senran Kagura is a series of action games where amply-endowed ninja girls beat each other up until their clothes fall off. Chances are good that you've already made up your mind on the series after that one sentence—it's preci...

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Anime Reveals Main Staff, Lead Voice Actor

Masahiro Hosoda directs upcoming TV anime starring Shōya Ishige ― The official Twitter account for Yu-Gi-Oh! anime franchise announced the main staff and lead cast member for Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, the upcoming sixth television anime in franchise, on Saturday. The account also revealed a new key visual. Masahiro Hosoda (Heroes ~Legend of Battle Disks~ , Nangoku Shounen Papuwa-kun) is directing the anime a...
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The Laughing Salesman Can Diagnose Your Deepest Desires

Are you hungry, greedy, or obsessed with getting shares? ― Moguro, the Laughing Salesman of Fujiko Fujio's manga Warau Salesman, can plumb the depths of his clients' hearts to diagnose their innermost desires. He can then help them satisfy those desires... though given the outcomes, his clients are really worse off than before they ever met him. If that sounds like a good deal to you, you can now vis...
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Yen Press Licenses Gabriel Dropout, Sword Oratoria, Hybrid x Heart Manga

Publisher also adds more Re:Zero manga ― Yen Press announced on Friday that it has licensed Ukami's Gabriel Dropout, Takashi Yagi's Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria, and Riku Ayakawa's Hybrid x Heart manga. Yen Press also announced that it has licensed Daichi Matsuse's Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-, Chapter 3: Truth of Zero (Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Sei...
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Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Director, Character Designer Launch Yakusoku ~sunnyrain memories~ Novels

Pony Canyon streams promo video for 1st novel ― Pony Canyon's YouTube channel for anime began streaming a teaser video for anime director Ryosuke Nakamura and animator Mieko Hosoi's new project Yakusoku ~sunnyrain memories~ (Promise ~sunnyrain memories~). Pony Canyon's PonyCan Books imprint will publish the first novel for the project in early summer. Nakamura and Hosoi previously served as director ...
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Ghost in the Shell S.A.C.'s 1/8-Scale Tachikoma Smart Toys Synchronize via Cloud

Connected hardware developer Cerevo announced on Thursday that it will release a 1/8-scale "smart toy" of the Tachikoma from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime. The company began streaming a promotional video for the model on Thursday. The model recreates the spider-like Tachikoma robots with artificial intelligence that appear in the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex television ...
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Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin Promo Video, October Premiere Revealed

New episode 27 with branching storyline to premiere in September ― The fourth episode of the regular streaming program Inazuma Walker premiered on Friday and debuted a promotional video for Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin, a new game and television anime in its Inazuma Eleven franchise. The program also announced that the anime will premiere in October, though it was originally slated for summer. The ...
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Answerman - What Is "Key Art" And Why Is It Important?

You hear the phrase around anime promotional images all the time - "key art". What is key art, and what purpose does it serve? Justin gets into it. ― Mason asks: Oftentimes, in the weeks or months leading up to a new anime premiere, there will be a promotional video as well as what's referred to as a 'key visual' released. While a promo video seems to make sense, what's the point of a key visual? Wh...

Attack on Titan 2nd Season's 2nd Promo Video Features Beast Titan (Updated)

New TV anime series premieres on April 1 ― The official website for the Attack on Titan television anime began streaming the second promotional video for the second season on Saturday. The video features the Beast Titan and battle between the Titans and main human characters. Funimation Entertainment later streamed the video with English subtitles. The second season's first promotional video, which i...
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Japanese, Chinese Co-Produced Robomasters The Animated Series Reveals Videos, Cast, Staff

Yasutaka Yamamoto directs robot anime starring Daiki Yamashita, Yuichiro Umehara, Lynn ― The official website for the Japanese and Chinese co-produced Robomasters The Animated Series project began streaming a Japanese and a different Chinese promotional video on Friday. The videos preview the animation and main characters. The cast includes: (Note: The English spellings of the character names aren't ...
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The New Episode of Gundam Thunderbolt Shows That War Continues Even After It Ends

Even after both sides call it quits, not everybody is always on board. Some even welcome a never-ending conflict.
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Season Finale: Masamune-kun's Revenge ‒ Episode 12

"If this is the last we're going to see of Masamune-kun's Revenge, then this was an irritatingly unsatisfying way to handle it."
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Erased [Hardcover] GN 1

Erased's first omnibus gives us a lot more detail than its animated adaptation as it kicks off the time travel mystery. ― We all have that incident, the one we wish we could change. It might be a tiny little statement or a major catastrophe; whatever it is, there's a vague wish that we could relive the moment in order to prevent it from happening, a certainty that if that one thing changed, everythin...
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Madhouse Makes August Anime Film Kimi no Koe o Todoketai

Suzuko Mimori & new voice actress unit Now on Air star in story of high school girl & radio station ― Suzuko Mimori and Now on Air, the new voice actress unit formed from winners of the "Kimikoe Project" audition last August, are starring in an original anime film called Kimi no Koe o Todoketai (I Want to Send Your Voice) this August. The film depicts the adolescence of a high school girl in Shōnan, ...

Stan Lee, Hiroshi Nagahama's The Reflection Wave One Anime Reveals July Premiere, More Staff

12-episode anime to air on NHK ― Bandai Visual began streaming a teaser promotional video on Friday for The Reflection anime project, listed on the video's title under the name The Reflection Wave One. The anime is a collaboration series between American comic pioneer Stan Lee (Spider-Man, X-Men, Heroman), his Pow! Entertainment company, Studio DEEN, and director Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushi-Shi, Flowers ...

Godzilla Anime Film Reveals Full Title, Story, New Visual, November Premiere

Film with story by Gen Urobuchi takes place 20,000 years in the future ― The official website for Polygon Pictures' Godzilla anime film revealed the film's November debut in Japan and the film's full title on Friday. The full title is Godzilla: Kaijū Wakusei (Godzilla: Monster Planet). The site also revealed a new visual for the film: The tagline on the above poster reads "We will definitely take bac...
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Atom the Beginning Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme Song

Anime starring Yūichi Nakamura, Takuma Terashima premieres on April 15 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tetsuro Kasahara's Atom the Beginning manga began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video previews the opening theme song "Kaidoku Funō" (Indecipherable) by After the Rain. The series will premiere at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 on NHK....
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Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō Anime Reveals Teaser Visual

Kodansha opened a website on Friday for the television anime adaptation of Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Refined Daily Life at the Supernatural Entity Apartment) light novel series, and the site revealed a teaser visual for the anime. The series will premiere in July. The novels' story centers on Yūshi Inaba, a 16-year-old boy whose parents died three years ago. He moved into his...
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Gakuen Babysitters TV Anime Reveals Visual

Japanese publishing company Hakusensha revealed a visual for the television anime adaptation of Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters manga on Friday. The visual features the show's main characters Ryūichi and Kotarō. The 12-episode anime will premiere in the first quarter of 2018 on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Animax. Tokeino launched the series in LaLa in 2009, and Hakusensha published the manga's 13th comp...
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Kami-sama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama TV Anime Gets 'New Series' on April 6

Currently-running TV anime premiered in October 2015, anime film premieres on April 28 ― The official website of the Kami-sama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama (God Apprentices: Secretive Cocotama) television anime began streaming a promotional video for a "new series" for the anime on Friday. The new series premieres on April 6 with a new time slot of 5:55 on Thursdays on TV Tokyo. The Kami-sama Minarai...
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Blame! Anime Film Adds Saori Hayami to Cast

Hayami plays Sanakan in film debuting on May 20 ― The official website for the new anime film of Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! manga revealed a new cast member on Friday. Saori Hayami will play Sanakan, a protective system known as a Safeguard that is intent on annihilating and exterminating humans. The film will open in Japanese theaters for a limited two-week engagement on May 20. The film will also strea...
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7O3X: Fastest Finger First TV Anime's Teaser Promo Video Introduces Story

Series about high school quiz club premieres in July ― The official website 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, began streaming a teaser promotional video for the series on Friday. The anime will premiere on NTV in July, and will have 12 episodes. The show stars: Shun Horie as Shiki ...

Global Anime Song Streaming Service ANiUTa Unveiled with Over 50,000 Songs

Features Love Live!, Yuri!!! on Ice, K-On!, Attack on Titan, Macross, more ― Over 30 Japanese production companies and record labels announced on Friday that they are launching ANiUTa, the world's first anime song streaming service. ANiUTa offers a new dedicated service for listening worldwide to music from animation (Japanese and some overseas titles), game, Vocaloid, and tokusatsu (special effects)...

Princess Principal Original TV Anime Revealed With Cast, Staff, Promo Video, Summer 2017 Debut

Spy action series set in London follows 5 girls; smartphone game also in development ― The Princess Principal Project unveiled a website on Friday to announce Princess Principal, an original television anime series set to premiere in Japan this summer. The website began streaming a promotional video for the series and revealed the anime's synopsis, cast and staff, and character designs. The "spy acti...
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Sakuya Amano's Konohana Kitan Manga Gets Anime

Manga centers on fox spirits who work as hostesses at otherworldly hot spring hotel ― The fifth compiled book volume of Sakuya Amano's Konohana Kitan manga revealed on Friday that the manga will get an anime adaptation. Gentosha's Comic Birz magazine will reveal more information at a later date. The manga's story is set in Kokohana-tei, a hot spring hotel located in an inn town between our world and ...
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Dies Irae TV Anime's Promo Video Reveals Cast, Staff

Kousuke Toriumi, Yui Sakakibara, Ayaka Fukuhara star in anime of Light's visual novel ― Visual novel publisher Light revealed on Friday that it has opened the official website for the television anime adaptation of its Dies irae adult visual novel. The site is streaming a promotional video for the anime, which lists the anime's cast and staff. While neither the website nor the video list a debut date...
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Live-Action Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Film's Stills Show Jōsuke, Jōtarō

Film starring Kento Yamazaki as Jōsuke Higashikata opens on August 4 in Japan ― The staff of the live-action film of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable manga revealed two new stills from the film on Friday. The stills depict Jōsuke Higashikata (Kento Yamazaki) and Jōtarō Kūjō (Yusuke Iseya) during the filming of the scene where Angelo uses his stand to attack Jōsuke and...

Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film's 4-Minute Clip Shows Rooftop Jump Scene

Film opens on March 31 ― Paramount Pictures began streaming an extended clip for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell live-action film on Thursday. The clip shows a scene where Major jumps and abseils from a rooftop to enter a building, echoing the opening action scene from the 1995 Ghost in the Shell anime film. The scene is also referenced in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Ghost in the Shel...
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