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Say I Love You. GN 1 & 2

Kanae Hazuki's story treads some ground we don't always see covered to give us a romance that is both a little unsettling and far from sickly sweet.
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The List - 7 Shuttered American Anime Companies

Here's a salute to bygone American anime companies, we knew ye well.
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Answerman - I Am Not At SDCC

Since Justin isn't at SDCC, he can answer all your questions about anime studios' work on American cartoons, why short TV series don't get licensed, why voice actor commentaries are so rare, and the history of anime theme songs.
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Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn

Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn does little more than its assigned duty as a playground for battle-mecha carnage. It's enjoyable in quick little brawls, never outright terrible but always a bit tedious.
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Interview: Thomas Sirdey, Co-Founder, Japan Expo

The co-founder of last year's rocky Japan Expo 1st Impact talks about all the dramatic changes to this year's event, what went wrong last time and what to expect from this year's show at the San Mateo Event Center.
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One Week Friends Episodes 1-12 Streaming

What begins as an amnesia-seasoned sort-of romance eventually becomes something far richer: a gentle tale of connection and friendship, of evolving feelings and sweetly ordinary bonding.
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The X Button - Popular Mecha Nicks

Todd digs into the history of games inspired by Gundam, and he likes what he finds! Plus Ace Attorney, Fatal Frame, Gurumin, and a music game that's all about fighting!
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Knights of Sidonia

While the plot and characters of this 3D CG mecha series may not be especially compelling or fresh, the action, visuals, and setting details are sharp enough to keep viewers coming back.
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Kill la Kill [Limited Edition] BD+DVD 1

It's easy to understand what Kill La Kill wants to say in every moment because its ideas are simple, but conveyed in ways never quite seen before, and its healthy splashes of humor grow out of its thematic ideas rather than combating them.
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Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara Complete Series Streaming

If Her Flag Breaks is giggle out loud (if not laugh) funny in places, enjoyably self-referential in others, and just generally an entertaining show to watch. It may not be top-notch, but it is enjoyable
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Saturday, July 26

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Shout! Factory Adds Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger Sentai Show

Series was the basis of Saban's Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Shout! Factory announced that it will release the original Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger live-action sentai show on DVD for the first time in North America. Shout! Factory will offer more details in the future. Saban's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the subsequent Power Rangers series use recut footage from the Japanese Super Sentai franchise. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers primarily used footage from Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, and the currently running series,
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Say I Love You. GN 1 & 2

Kanae Hazuki's story treads some ground we don't always see covered to give us a romance that is both a little unsettling and far from sickly sweet.
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The List - 7 Shuttered American Anime Companies

Here's a salute to bygone American anime companies, we knew ye well.
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Yowamushi Pedal's Onoda Gets A Figma

― Everyone's favorite anime-loving, hill-climbing cyclist is getting his own figma. That's right, Sakamichi has not only pedaled his way into the hearts of many, but he'll be forever immortalized atop a bike thanks to Max Factory. The figure measures in at roughly 135 mm (about 5.3 in) and includes enough articulation points to allow Onoda to chug from his water bottle, raise his arms in victory, and even stand alongside his bike. The set includes a removable helmet, water bottle, detachable bicycle, three expressions, and an articulated figure stand. It can be
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Love Live's Nico Blew Up Twitter With Birthday Tweets

Akihabara also goes ga-ga ― July 22 was Nico Yazawa's birthday (of Love Live! School idol project). Accordingly, Twitter in Japan erupted with birthday messages, to the extent that "Nico Yazawa" attained a prominent position in NHK's News Web's display of the day's trending tweets. The other trending tweets were "legal drugs," "dangerous drugs," ”new name," "round fans," "end of break," "extra classes," "layer," "owner" and "high-five." The celebrations were not confined to the Internet — Akihabara, Tokyo's electronics and anime culture district, was festooned with various messages and displays congratulating the twin-tailed charmer.
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Ore-sama Kingdom's Yagami Starts Himitsu no Ōji-sama Manga in Ciao

Himitsu no Ōji-sama -Zettai Idol Project!- follows poor girl who is suddenly thrown into secret idol life ― The September issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine is announcing on August 3 that Chitose Yagami (Fall in love like a comic!, Caramel Kiss) will begin serializing a new manga series titled Himitsu no Ōji-sama -Zettai Idol Project!- (The Secret Prince -Absolute Idol Project!-) in the magazine's October issue on September 3. The serialization is in celebration of the magazine's 37th year of publication. The manga will follow female protagonist Asahi, who is super poor and has a part-time job. However, one day, she is thrown into the secret world of idols, which is filled with lots of handsome young men.
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Osamu Tezuka's The Mysterious Underground Men Wins Eisner Award

Hayao Miyazaki inducted into Hall of Fame at ceremony at SDCC Osamu Tezuka's The Mysterious Underground Men manga won this year's Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award at the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony on Friday at San Diego Comic Con. PictureBox released the book in English. Five manga titles vied for the award, including: The Heart of Thomas By Moto Hagio Fantagraphics Showa: A History of Japan, 1926–1939 By Shigeru Mizuki Drawn and Quarterly The Summit of the Gods
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Space Brothers #0 Film's Full Trailer Streamed

Film telling "starting point" of Nanba brothers' dream opens on August 9 ― The official website for Uchū Kyōdai #0 (Space Brothers #0, pronounced "Number Zero"), the first Space Brothers anime film, began streaming the first full trailer on Saturday. Text: "In order to continue drawing this dream, I wrote the dream's starting point." -Original Author Chūya Koyama Text: From the original scripts of original author Chūya Koyama Text: A story 4 years before chapter 1 Butler: I will now introduce your new training instructors. Eddie Jay! And his younger brother, Brian Jay!
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Code Geass: Oz the Reflection 02 Manga to Launch Next Month

1st spinoff series about female anti-terrorist mecha pilot ended in June ― The September issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Comp Ace magazine announced on Saturday that the Code Geass: Oz the Reflection 02 (Code Geass : Sōbō no Oz 02) manga will launch in the next issue on August 26. The first Code Geass: Oz the Reflection spinoff manga launched in 2012 and ended last month. The manga will continue the story of Aldrin Zevon, a girl in the Britannia Empire's anti-terrorist unit Glinda Knights who pilots the KMF Lancelot Grail. (The crest of the Glinda Knights indicates that the name is a reference to Glinda the Good Witch from the

The World God Only Knows Creator Draws Yōgashi Galaxy One-Shot Manga

Tamiki Wakaki's story follows girl who serves sweet shop's cosmic customers ― This year's 35th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that The World God Only Knows manga creator Tamiki Wakaki's Yōgashi Galaxy (Western Sweet Shop Galaxy) one-shot manga will appear in the next issue. The manga will include color pages in the magazine's combined 36th/37th issue on August 6. The one-shot's story will center on Komugi, the only daughter in a family who runs a cake shop that is about to go out of business. The shop serves cosmic customers.

Friday, July 25

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Crunchyroll Adds Himegoto Cross-Dressing TV Anime

Adaptation of Norio Tsukudani's four-panel manga to begin streaming on Monday ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the television anime adaptation of Norio Tsukudani's four-panel manga Himegoto. The first four episodes will debut for premium members on Monday at 12:00 p.m. ET, and they will be available for free members one week later. Crunchyroll will stream the series worldwide except in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, China, Cambodia, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan.
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, July 13-19

The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on July 19. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1Naruto #66 Masashi Kishimoto Viz Media 3 24Attack on Titan: No Regrets #1 Story: Gan Sunaaku / Original creator: Hajime Isayama / Art: Hikaru Suruga Kodansha Comics 4 36 Attack on Titan #1 Hajime Isayama Kodansha Comics 58 48Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance #1 Original creator:
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Hyrule Warriors Trailer, Character Gameplay Videos Streamed

Wii U game to ship September 26 in N. America ― The official YouTube account of KOEI Tecmo began streaming a trailer on Friday for the Zelda Muso (Hyrule Warriors) Wii U game on Friday. The video includes gameplay clips and introduces the playable characters: Link, Impa, Lana, Sheik, Darunia, Ruto, Midona, Agitha, Fi, and Zelda. Nintendo is also streaming several character videos featuring Ruto with the Zora Scale, Link with a gauntlet, and Zelda and a baton that looks like the Wind Waker. The game is slated to ship on September 26 in North America
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Pokemon Cars Make Their Way to the Tokyo Toy Show

― Ultraman wasn't the only with his own car at the Tokyo Toy 2014 Show last month. Both Pikachu and Fennekin had cars as well, courtesy of Toyota. The two Pokecars are modified Toyopet models, the car company's response to the Volkswagen Beetle. The Pikachu car is so adorable, it's a little hard to handle. Fennekin, on the other hand, requires you to climb in through his ear. Both would make for cute rides to cruise around town in while looking for your next
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Tears to Tiara II Slated for European, N. American Release

Strategy RPG for PlayStation 3 will ship this fall Atlus confirmed on Friday that it will release the strategy RPG Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord for PlayStation 3 in North America and NIS America will release the game in Europe this fall. Atlus began streaming the opening video: The game will ship in North America on October 14 for US$39.99 and in Europe on November 11 for a yet undetermined price. Tears to Tiara II feature the original Japanese audio with English text. Although it will be the first title in the
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Pupa's Sayaka Mogi Will Start Nemureru Mori no Karon Manga in September

Sayaka Mogi, Kazu Inabe manga to begin monthly publication Septmeber 5 ― The 35th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine will announce Monday that Pupa manga creator Sayaka Mogi will start a new series on in Young Magazine the Third on September 5. The "sweetie-horror" manga is titled Nemureru Mori no Karon (Karon of the Sleeping Forest, pictured left). Mogi's manga, Pupa, inspired an anime adaptation in January. Mogi published a bonus chapter for the Pupa horror manga in the February issue of Comic Earth Star magazine on January 12. The main story of "ultimate sibling love"
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One Piece Credit Card Will Lead You To Riches

Point system set up to win original One Piece goods by making purchases ― Luffy and his crew have been on the search for One Piece for quite some time now. In the process, they've hit a number of ruts financially, where a little extra cash would have come in handy. Well, while in the Great Age of Pirates, credit may not work on the same system as that of this world, the creators of One Piece are teaming up with the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation to help put a little extra treasure in your pocket. Introducing the official

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

Romantic comedy currently streaming on Crunchyroll Sentai Filmworks announced on Friday that it has licensed the anime adaptation of Izumi Tsubaki's Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun) manga. The company plans to release the series on home video, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs. Sentai Filmworks describes the story: Love is the spirit that motivates an artist's journey. Or, rather, it can and should be. Of course, for mangaka artist Nozaki… he's clueless when it comes to those special feelings of love coming from his own classmate. It's the age-old tale: the girl's into a guy that barely knows they exist. And it's no different for Sakura. While all she can think about is him, all he cares about is the publication deadline looming over his head. Unfortunately, this all came about because Sakura didn't share her true feelings with Nozaki. This all leads to a huge misunderstanding – and, as a result, Sakura becoming his assistant. Little did she know, but she now works for one of her favorite mangakas. Only she's a he! And that's the strange part; Nozaki is the creator of the popular
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Sora no Method Anime Gets Manga Adaptation

Manga to premiere in August ahead of October anime ― The September issue of Dengeki Daioh will announce on Sunday that the upcoming Sora no Method (Method of the Heavens) anime will receive a manga adaptation starting in the magazine's October issue, which will ship on August 27. Yuka Namisaki will draw the series. The story begins one winter day when the wish of a few girls was realized with a miracle, changing the landscape of a town. "In the skies above this town, a disc is always there." Masayuki Sakoi will
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Diorama Set Lets Fans Recreate Their Favorite Monster Movie Scenes

― Action figures have let fans of all ages reenact some of their favorite anime and movie scenes for as long as toys have existed, but with Premium Bandai's newest diorama set, action buffs can now recreate the filming process, too. Created in collaboration with Tsuburaya Productions, the special effects studio behind Ultraman, the set includes working lights, lifts for a tiny replica jet, and a camera dolly for your cellphone, perfect to record any movie magic that might take place. It will also include three different skylines, allowing for a wide range of scenes.

Sentai Filmworks Adds Momokyun Sword

Reimagining of Momotaro folktale currently streaming on Crunchyroll Sentai Filmworks announced on Friday that it has licensed the anime Momokyun Sword. The company plans to release the series on home video. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs and describes the story: Momo Kyun Sword is a retelling of the Japanese folktale of Momotaro, only this time, instead of a boy named Momotaro, Momoko is a girl who was born inside of a peach! She lives with her companions, the dog god Inugami, the monkey god Sarugami, and the pheasant god Kijigami. However, when a demon army lead by the devil king invades her parade and steals the treasures that protect her land, she embarks of a grand adventure to retrieve the treasures and save the people.
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Mysterious Joker TV Anime's Trailer Introduces Cast, Staff

Series will premiere on October 6 ― The official website for the television anime of Hideyasu Takahashi's Mysterious Joker (Kaitō Joker) manga began streaming a trailer on Friday introducing the anime's cast and staff. The anime will premiere on October 6 on the Tokyo MX TV and the KIDS STATION channel on October 26. The cast includes: Ayumu Murase as Joker Yumiko Kobayashi as Hachi Hiro Shimono as Spade Miyuki Sawashiro as Queen The staff includes: Original creator: Hideyasu Takahashi
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Answerman - I Am Not At SDCC

Since Justin isn't at SDCC, he can answer all your questions about anime studios' work on American cartoons, why short TV series don't get licensed, why voice actor commentaries are so rare, and the history of anime theme songs.
game review

Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn

Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn does little more than its assigned duty as a playground for battle-mecha carnage. It's enjoyable in quick little brawls, never outright terrible but always a bit tedious.
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Deep-Pocketed Fans Buy All Thirteen Idolm@ster Standees

Photo shoot staged in ordinary Tokyo street ― Earlier this year, Aniplex+ held a promotion for the upcoming THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukōgawa e! by selling thirteen different life-size IDOLM@STER character standees. Shipping is now underway, and some IDOLM@STER fans seem to have bought all thirteen of them, which would cost about $1,922. They are sharing their tales of idolatry on Twitter. 等身大POP間近に見て、何が凄いってあの描線なんですよ…! じっくり観てショック受けました。絵の原寸を思うともうね、シルエットの完成度は言うに及ばず線の掠れも味になってて柔らかさを感じて。。アニメーターさん本当に凄い&錦織監督素晴らしい。
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Kirito and Asuna Top Fan Poll of Best Anime Couples

― Anime website Charapedia asked 10,000 fans to vote on their anime "it" couple. Unsurprisingly with the popularity of Sword Art Online and its currently airing sequel, stars Kirito and Asuna topped the poll with 977 votes. Here's the top 20 most popular couples, followed by the top ten voted by men and women. A total of 58.1% of the voters were male, 41.7% were female, and 89.9% in their teens or 20s. Top 20 Couples (Overall) Rank Character Title
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Girls & Panzer Theaterical Film Previewed in Teaser

New tanks, characters appear in upcoming film reuniting TV anime's director, staff Bandai Visual began streaming a new teaser for the upcoming Girls und Panzer anime film on Friday. Text: The talked-about anime Girls und Panzer that started the tank boom Text: Is returning as a brand-new, full-length film! Yukari: Nishizumi, Nishizumi! Did you hear? It looks like our new activities are being made into a full-length movie that's currently in production! Text: All the staff from Girls und Panzer including the director Tsutomu Mizushima reunite!
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Magi: Adventure of Sinbad Anime Spin-off Gets 3rd Episode in December

2nd episode of adaptation of Shinobu Ohtaka, Yoshifumi Ōtera's manga ships in August ― This year's 35th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday is announcing on Wednesday that a third episode of the original video anime (OVA) adaptation of the spin-off manga Magi: Sinbad no Bōken (Magi: Adventure of Sinbad) has been green-lit, and will be bundled with the special edition bundle of the fifth volume of the manga in December. The second episode of the anime (listed as the "second half") will be bundled with the special edition of

Magic Kaito Manga Gets TV Anime by A-1 Pictures

New TV anime airs in time slot before Detective Conan in October ― This year's 35th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that a television anime adapting Gosho Aoyama's Magic Kaito manga has been green-lit. The anime will be animated by A-1 Pictures, and will broadcast in the time slot before the anime adaptation of Aoyama Detective Conan beginning in October. The anime is one of the projects being done in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Detective Conan's serialization in
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Live-Action Kami-sama no Iu Toori Film's Promo Streamed

Takashi Miike's adaptation of horror-survival manga opens on November 15 TOHO began streaming a promotional video on Wednesday for the live-action film adaptation of Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Akeji Fujimura's Kami-sama no Iu Toori (As the Gods Will) manga. The film will premiere in Japan on November 15. The story of the original horror-survival manga begins when strange and frightening things start happening at Shun Takahata's high school. After his teacher is killed, he and his classmates must play horrifying games in order to avoid death.

Thursday, July 24

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Ao Haru Ride Live Action Film's Promo Streamed

Film starring Tsubasa Honda, Masahiro Higashide to open on December 13 TOHO began streaming a 30-second promotional video on Friday for the live-action film adaptation of Io Sakisaka's Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride) manga. The film will open in Japan on December 13. The trailer's narration is as follows: Blue Spring is... the radiance of the moment. Blue Spring is... sweet, dazzling. Blue Spring is... fragile, painful, fleeting. Blue Spring is... always making mistakes. The story revolves around Futaba Yoshioka (played by Tsubasa Honda), a girl who was in love with a boy named Kō Tanaka (played by Masahiro Higashide) in middle school. However, after a misunderstanding, their relationship as friends ends when he transfers schools over summer vacation. In high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets Kō again, this time under the name of Kō Mabuchi.

Funimation Reveals One Piece Dub Cast for Thriller Bark Arc

Chris Guerrero, Felecia Angelle, Alex Moore, Jamie Marchi, more join cast ― North American anime licensor FUNimation Entertainment revealed more of the English dub cast for the One Piece television anime series at San Diego Comic Con on Thursday. The cast for the Thriller Bark arc is as follows: Andrew T. Chandler as Absalom Jamie Marchi as Cindry Jerry Jewell as Hildon Marcus D. Stimac as Hogback Ray Hurd as Kumacy Alex Moore as Lola Chris Guerrero as Gecko Moria Felecia Angelle as Perona Funimation also confirmed that

Dragon Ball Z 2015 Film's Extended Teaser Streamed

Dragon Ball Z animation director Tadayoshi Yamamuro will direct 2015 film ― The official website for the 2015 Dragon Ball Z film posted an extended teaser trailer Wednesday. The footage in the teaser previously aired on Fuji TV's morning program Mezamashi TV on Tuesday. Text: The entire universe eagerly awaits Text: Original concept, scripts, character design Text: Akira Toriyama Shenlong: Now, say your wish. I will grant you any one wish only. Text: There's someone I want you to revive. Shenlong: Your wish has been granted.
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Video Game Characters for Pixels Film Revealed

Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger and more to join film Sony Pictures Entertainment announced on Tuesday that its upcoming action comedy film Pixels will feature the video game characters Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders. Several video game companies and license-holders, including Atari, Konami, Bandai Namco Games, Nintendo, Columbia Pictures Industries, Taito, and Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, are collaborating with Sony Pictures on the film.
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Don't Fall Into Depravity With Magi the Board Game

Voice actors from the Magi anime give a preview of the game's heart-pounding excitement! Shinobu Ohtaka's Magi hit 22 volumes this month, with the latest one coming out on July 18. Fans of the series were treated to a special surprise, as this volume came bundled with a brand new multiplayer board game based on the Magi franchise, titled "The Heart-throbbing Fall Into Depravity Game" (Doki Doki Daten Geemu). The game is designed to be played by two to four players and will consist of an original set of unique gameplay rules. The goal for all of the players at the board is to survive as you each get closer to "falling into depravity." If you are able to collect three character cards as allies, or be the last one standing after every other player has "fallen into depravity," then you have won!

Little Battlers eXperience Coming to NickToons in August

1st episode sneak peek is now streaming ― The official NickToons website for Little Battlers eXperience (Danbōru Senki) announced the series will premiere in August. The website is currently streaming sneak peek of the first episode. Get More: LBX Episodes,LBX,LBX Games Dentsu Entertainment USA announced plans to air the series on U.S. television in 2011. Namco Bandai signed on to create toys for the franchise in North America and debuted its LBX figure SprüKits at New York Toy Fair in February. NickToons
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Godzilla Looms Over Tokyo Garden

Godzilla returns to Tokyo to light up his original fans' world ― Since Godzilla, the King of Monsters, will be returning to his rightful home of Japan this week, it's only right that he revisits a few of his favorite stomping grounds. In particular, this iconic giant will be paying a visit to the gardens of Tokyo Midtown, which coincidentally, are built on the same site that once belonged to the Ministry of Defense. The replica which will be placed in the middle of Tokyo Midtown, will be built in 1/7 scale of

Anime Sols Outlines 7 More Streaming Campaigns

Company will add Belfy and Lil'bit, Goku no Daibōken, Time Bokan, Temple the Balloonist, Wonder 3, Kerokko Dematan Anime Sols announced on Wednesday that it will launch seven more shows for streaming campaigns over the coming months. The site recently launched US$2,700 crowdfunding campaigns to stream the first 13 episodes of Osamu Tezuka's Dororo and Tatsunoko Production's Gordian, The Warrior (Toshi Gordian). The site will add director Gisaburô Sugii (Touch, Dororo) and Osamu Tezuka's Goku no Daibōken and Tatsunoko Production's Space Ace on July 26. Gisaburô Sugii spans 39 episodes and
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Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 3DS Game Gets Manga Adaptation

Game shipped on June 5 in Japan. ― The preview for the October issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Maoh magazine will announce that a manga adaption of the Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game will launch in the magazine's October issue. Manga artist Akaume will draw the adaptation. The magazine is also serializing Shūji Sokabe's Persona 3 and Persona 4 manga adaptations, Ryō Yasohachi's Persona 4 & Persona 3 & Persona 3 Portable Tartarus Gekijō, and Satoshi Shiki's
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Square Enix Holds Final Fantasy Music Contest

Composer Nobuo Uematsu will judge the entries Square Enix is holding a one-of-a-kind contest for musicians and Final Fantasy fans. The company is holding a music contest in collaboration with its Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Nintendo 3DS game. Contestants need only send a video of themselves performing the series' iconic main theme, whether on an instrument or singing, for a chance to win the grand prize. Legendary Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu will be judging the submissions, which must be under one minute and 30 seconds long and include a signed piece paper naming your favorite
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Interview: Thomas Sirdey, Co-Founder, Japan Expo

The co-founder of last year's rocky Japan Expo 1st Impact talks about all the dramatic changes to this year's event, what went wrong last time and what to expect from this year's show at the San Mateo Event Center.
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Akiba's Trip 2's 2 English Trailers Posted, PS4 Port Release Revealed

PS3, PS Vita version delayed by 1 week to August 12 ― Video game publisher XSEED Games began streaming two English trailers on Wednesday for its Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed role-playing game. The company also announced on Twitter on Wednesday that it will ship the game in North America on August 12 for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, and also also revealed that it will release the PS4 port this holiday season. XSEED originally planned to ship Akiba's Trip 2 in the U.S. under the title
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Sword Art Online Producer Shinichiro Kashiwada to Attend Otakon

Associate producer for Madoka Magica, Oreimo attends August event ― The staff for the Otakon convention announced on Wednesday that Sword Art Online producer Shinichiro Kashiwada will attend the August 8-10 convention in Baltimore. In addition to serving as a chief producer for Sword Art Online, Kashiwada was also an associate producer for other Aniplex titles such as Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Oreimo, World Conquest Zvezda Plot, The irregular at magic high school, and Nanana's Buried Treasure. He previously attended Anime Boston last year.
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Celebrate Sailor Moon Crystal with the First Official Visual Book

― Can't get enough of the new Sailor Moon Crystal anime? Now you can own the very first official visual book from Kodansha, complete with staff and voice actor info, and settings. The book will also include images of Momoiro Clover Z, who performs the opening theme song "Moon Pride," information about goods and music, and a DVD that includes the trailer. The softcover book will be 64 pages long, and is scheduled to be released on August 22. It can be pre-ordered from
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Drift Inside A Jaeger At Legendary's SDCC Booth with Oculus VR

― Those who have always harbored dreams of piloting a giant robot can finally get their chance this weekend at San Diego Comic Con... if virtual reality counts. Legendary Pictures (Booth #3920) teamed up with Guillermo del Toro and Oculus VR to create an immersive virtual reality experience for Pacific Rim called "Drift with the Rift," which allows users to experience the inside of the Jaeger cockpit from a user-controlled point of view, as well as encounter a Kaiju.
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Street Fighter Characters Enjoy the Beach with Udon SDCC Exclusives

― Today is the first official day of San Diego Comic Con for general attendees, which means buried deep within the throngs of people in the exhibit hall are show exclusives, featuring special figures, comics, t-shirts, and more. For Street Fighter fans, it could mean scoring an illustration of Cammy, Vega, or C. Viper lounging at the beach. Udon (Booth #4529) will have a few Comic Con exclusives on hand, including a special edition of Street Fighter IV - Wages of Sin featuring a C. Viper vs. Dan dust jacket illustrated by James Ghio, with a beach image of C. Viper tucked inside illustrated by Arnold Tsang:
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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Game's Marie Character Promo Streamed

Persona 4 The Golden character available as DLC in PS3 fighting game shipping August 28 in Japan, September 30 in N. America ― Game Publisher Atlus Japan began streaming a character promotional video featuring Persona 4 The Golden's Marie for its upcoming 2D fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on Thursday. Marie will be featured in the game as a playable fighter accessible as DLC. Marie: We were able to meet again... Welcome back. I never forgot. Marie: It's this room's rules, so I can't talk specifics. But... You already noticed, right? That something crazy is starting to happen in this town.
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