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Kiss of the Rose Princess GN 1

Kiss of the Rose Princess' first volume is a lot of fun. It may lack plot direction, but the jokes are spot-on. ― There is something about a reverse harem that invariably leads one to wonder whether or not it was based on an otome game. In the case of Kiss of the Rose Princess' first volume, those fleeting thoughts vanish fairly quickly as it becomes obvious that Aya Shouoto's shoujo series is less a...
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House of 1000 Manga - Learn English with Jojo's Bizarre Adventure!

Of all the many wonderful gifts bestowed upon us by Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, now we can count the gift of English among them. ― House of 1000 Manga Special: Learn English with Jojo's Bizarre Adventure! Beyond the level of "Where is the hotel?", you can tell a lot about cultural perceptions by how people study a language. In the early 1990s, when Japan was synonymous with big business, Mangajin maga...
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The X Button - Due Recognition

Todd looks at the good, bad, and downright strange highlights of the year! Plus SaGa’s return, Afterburner’s goodbye, and a bunch of holiday stories! ― The X Button will take next week off. It's time for a Christmas break, or as close as I can get to one now that I'm no longer a kid. I'll return the week after for more end-of-year retrospection, Guilty Gear ravings, and facts about old MSX games. Th...
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Toriko Part I DVD

Toriko is about manly men doing manly things in the most masculine way possible, and that's part of its particular charm. ― Garfield – the cat, not the president – once said, “If I couldn't eat, I'd just die.” While that was the punchline of a strip, it is essentially the basis of the anime series Toriko, based on the manga of the same name by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro. This collection of the first two ...
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story GN 3

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story ends on as high a note as it can while still being pretty depressing. ― Warning: contains some spoilers for the original Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Hanokage, the artist and apparent originator of this spin-off of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, says at the end of the volume that her idea was to see what would have happened had Mami not died so early on in the...
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Shelf Life - Designated x Diver

This week, characters dive into ancient caves, voluptuous breasts, and also some good old fashioned nostalgia.
- Cowboy Bebop
- Fatal Fury the Movie
- High School DxD New
― Shelf Worthy Cowboy Bebop Complete Series BD Fatal Fury: the Movie DVD Boob Show High School DxD New BD+DVD Rental Nothing this week Perishable Nothing this week Revisiting old classics is sometimes a little scary. There's always...
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Cowboy Bebop Scavenger Hunt - Winners!

― Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner: Mathew Vandiver from Lubbock, TX And our Runners Up: Liz Barillas, Glendale, CA Brandon Marksberry, Grayson, KY Matthew Shufflebarger, Grayson, KY Dani Schocken, Tampa, FL Didn't win? Click here to order your copy of Cowboy Bebop on Blu Ray or DVD right now,! Want more information about FUNimation's release of Cowboy Bebop? Click here!!
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Thursday, December 18

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Luffy Leads in One Piece Character Poll

Weekly Shonen Jump published the results for the yearly One Piece character poll on Monday. Monkey D. Luffy scored highest in the poll with 9,183 total votes. In fact, most of the Straw Hat crew rounded out the top 10 spots: Monkey D. Luffy: 9,183 votes Trafalgar Law: 8,794 votes Roronoa Zoro: 7,997 votes Sanji: 7,154 votes Sabo: 5,131 votes Portgas D. Ace: 5,124 votes Tony Tony Chopper: 3,336 Nam...
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JoJo's, Yu-Gi-Oh, Attack on Titan, Pokemon More Offered on Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day will take place nationwide on Saturday, May 2, 2015 ― Next year's Free Comic Book Day selection will include manga from publishers Viz Media, Kodansha Comics, and Udon Books. Viz Media will offer the a sampler that includes JoJo's Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki and Yu-Gi-Oh! by Kazuki Takahashi as well as a separate Pokemon sampler from its Perfect Square imprint. Udon Books ...
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3rd Live-Action Kenshin Film Wins Audience Award at Australia's Japanese Film Festival

Other top picks include Thermae Romae II, Giovanni's Island, Tamako Market film Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen) live-action film by director Keishi Ōtomo won the first ever Audience Award at the Japanese Film Festival in Australia. Festival attendees in Sydney and Melbourne cast 8,500 total votes during the festival runs from November 13-23 and November 27 ...
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Air Master's Shibata Starts Yōkai Banchō Manga

Series by 81diver creator to begin in January ― 2015's second issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine will announce on Monday that Yokusaru Shibata (Air Master, 81diver) will begin a new series in the fourth issue on January 27. The series will be titled Yōkai Banchō. The magazine also announced two other new titles. Yukari Nekota will begin a manga adaptation of Keigo Higashino's novel Tenkū no Hachi, ...
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Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru ‒ Episode 11

"Though this episode has left me a little trepidatious, I eagerly look forward to seeing what the series will accomplish in the end."
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JAST USA Adds Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque to Steam Greenlight

All ages version on Steam Greenlight, adult version available for preorder ― North American publisher JAST USA added the all-ages Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque: Editio Acturi visual novel to Steam's Greenlight on Wednesday. On Steam Greenlight, if enough people vote to say that they would buy the game if it were available on Steam, then JAST USA would make the game available on the PC. JAST...
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Namco Brings Pac-Man to Suburban Chicago With A Barcade

It seems that officially-licensed, video game-themed eateries aren't just for Japan anymore. The American branch of Namco Entertainment has staked out a space in Chicago suburb Schaumburg, IL's Woodfield Mall for Level 257, a "unique dining, entertainment & social experience inspired by PAC-MAN™." The 40,000-square-foot space will have a 180-seat restaurant; cocktail lounges with firepits; a sport...
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Yotsuba&! Teams Up With Casio For A Danbo Camera

Yotsuba&!'s lovable cardboard robot Danbo has seen more variations than one can imagine, and now it's helping you capture memories in the form of a camera. The collaboration with Casio repackages the company's two-part EX-FR10 camera into a Danbo case, which allows the user to use the LCD touchscreen through a window in the back of the case, and take pictures through one of Danbo's eyes in the fro...
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Daily Cosplay - Macross Frontier's Sheryl Nome

Character: Sheryl Nome Title: Macross Frontier Cosplayer: Okitasemi Cosplay Photographer: Muramatsuri Photos (Elmer Ma) Shoot Location: Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles This week we're featuring cosplay photographer Elmer Ma. We asked him: "Do you cosplay yourself? If so, what's been your favorite character to cosplay?" "Yes, I cosplay as myself every day. But seriously, I don't cosplay - I leave...

Nobunaga the Fool Anime Gets English Dub

She, The Ultimate Weapon, Saiyuki, DD Fist of the North Star, others slated for April release ― Section 23 Films announced its April 2015 release slate on Thursday and listed the first Nobunaga the Fool DVD and Blu-ray sets with an English dub. The series will ship on April 28. The release slate also includes She, The Ultimate Weapon and Saiyuki on DVD, Devil Survivor 2 on Blu-ray, and DD Fist of the...

Funimation to Stream Assassination Classroom Anime

Series to premiere on January 9 ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will stream the anime of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga as it airs in Japan. The first episode will premiere on Friday, January 9 at 1:00 p.m. EST and subsequent episodes will premiere on Fridays at 12:20 EST. Funimation began streaming a subtitled announcement video: Viz Media published the first v...
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Seal Your Love With An Oreimo Wedding Set

Whether Kirino Kousaka or Ruri Gokou is your best girl, you can formalize your devotion with a special wedding set, which includes special curtains, a custom seal, a fake marriage form, and a cake. The set is a collaborative effort between Oreimo and three companies, all interested in making sure your special day goes off without a hitch. Or, perhaps, with a hitch. The curtains are being sold by C...
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Nihon Falcom Unveils Tokyo Xanadu RPG for 2015

"Urban legend action RPG" will follow two high schoolers in modern Tokyo ― Game developer Nihon Falcom (Eiyū Densetsu, Ys) opened a teaser site on Thursday for a new project titled Tokyo Xanadu. The the "urban legend action RPG in a modern setting" will be the company's first title for 2015. The story will follow high schoolers Kō and Asuka in modern day Tokyo and the spirit world labyrinth "Xanadu."...
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Funimation Adds Home Video Rights for Nobunagun

Series slated for Blu-ray/DVD release in summer 2015 ― Funimation Entertainment revealed in its ANN ad skin on Thursday that it has acquired the home video rights for Nobunagun, and later clarified that the rights include both Blu-ray and DVD. The company plans to release the series in summer 2015. Nobunagun is based on Masata Hisa's original "stylish action" manga and opens with high school girl Shi...
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Tokyo Salon Sells Dangling UtaPri Nail Charms

Tokyo nail salon Akiba Style, which specializes in anime-themed acrylic nails, is holding a special three-day sales event from December 23 to 25 where they are selling Uta no Prince-sama clip-on nail charms with Swarovski crystals. Each charm costs 1,500 yen (about US$12.60) and clips onto the end of your fingernail for a removable and reusable touch of sparkle that seems cute, but might not be th...
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KanColle Anime Listed With 6 50-Minute Blu-ray/DVD Volumes

The official website for the upcoming Kantai Collection -Kan Colle- anime updated on Friday with details on the Blu-ray and DVD releases. There are six planned volumes, with the sixth set listed as the finale. Amazon Japan's listings for the sets give each a 50-minute run time. The first limited edition Blu-ray and DVD will include newly recorded disc navigation voice, a "classified blueprints" in...
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Romance Your Favorite Fairy Tale Characters in Upcoming Smartphone Game

Frog Prince, Puss in Boots, Beast included ― An upcoming smartphone game, Saiai Märchen: Lotte Forest-no Douwa ("Second Love Fairy Tales: The Tale of Lotte Forest"), allows the player to meet their favorite heroes from Western folklore and get to know them well — perhaps even romantically. They may not be human, but that won't stop the main character! The story follows a 16-year-old girl named M...

Sentai Filmworks Adds Hayate the Combat Butler: Can't Take My Eyes Off You

Anime-original story premiered in 2012 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed Hayate the Combat Butler: Can't Take My Eyes Off You. The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan in 2012. Crunchyroll is also streaming the first Hayate the Combat Butler! television anime (2007-2008) and its Hayate the Com...
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DENKI-GAI ‒ Episode 12

"Denki-gai as a show on the whole was better than my weekly experience watching it."
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Project Itoh's Harmony Promo Previews Animation

Takahiro Sakurai narrates video for Takashi Nakamura and Michael Arias' film at STUDIO 4℃ ― The official website for the films of Project Itoh's novels began streaming a promotional video for Harmony. Takahiro Sakurai narrates the video, which first debuted during this week's episode of Psycho-Pass 2 in Fuji TV's Noitamina block. Text: From Project Itoh's Harmony Takahiro Sakurai: Project Itoh left a...
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Gundam Build Fighters Try ‒ Episode 11

"Try can be enjoyed on multiple levels depending on how far you get into Gundam lore."
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Kiss of the Rose Princess GN 1

Kiss of the Rose Princess' first volume is a lot of fun. It may lack plot direction, but the jokes are spot-on. ― There is something about a reverse harem that invariably leads one to wonder whether or not it was based on an otome game. In the case of Kiss of the Rose Princess' first volume, those fleeting thoughts vanish fairly quickly as it becomes obvious that Aya Shouoto's shoujo series is less a...
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Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A Anime Announcement Promo Streamed

1st novelization of manga also slated for January 23 ― Media Factory began streaming the announcement promotional video for the television anime of Chūgaku Akamatsu and Kobuichi's Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A (Hidan no Aria AA) manga on Thursday. The trailer also announces that first novelization of the Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A (Hidan no Aria AA) manga will ship on January 23. The story revol...
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House of 1000 Manga - Learn English with Jojo's Bizarre Adventure!

Of all the many wonderful gifts bestowed upon us by Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, now we can count the gift of English among them. ― House of 1000 Manga Special: Learn English with Jojo's Bizarre Adventure! Beyond the level of "Where is the hotel?", you can tell a lot about cultural perceptions by how people study a language. In the early 1990s, when Japan was synonymous with big business, Mangajin maga...
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Manga Artist Akiko Higashimura to Appear in Princess Jellyfish Film

Higashimura also gives opinions on film adapting her own manga scheduled to premiere December 27 ― Manga author Akiko Higashimura will appear in the live-action film adaptation of her Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime) manga. Higashimura will appear during the "fashion show" scene as a VIP with the main characters. When commenting on the film, she noted, "The sets, the mood, the cast... There's absolute...
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Tokyo Ghoul √A Anime's TV Spot Aired

Natsuki Hanae returns as Ken for 2nd season inspired by Sui Ishida's original manga ― A TV spot for the second season of the Tokyo Ghoul anime series began streaming on Thursday. Ken: I'll find the one-eyed king... Ken: I'll kill him... I don't want my precious people to be taken from me...! That's why I have to become strong...! Text: A different Tokyo Ghoul made by original creator Sui Ishida and d...
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Tales of Zestiria Anime Special's New Promo Looks Back at Past Tales of Games

Promo for December 30 special telling the beginning of Sorey, Mikleo, Alisha's journey also features new animation ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming an extended promotional video for Tales of Zestiria: Dōshi no Yoake (Tales of Zestiria: Dawn of the Fon Master), the anime special inspired by its upcoming upcoming Tales of Zestiria PlayStation 3 game on Thursday. Text: Everything started fro...
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Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A Adaptation is TV Anime

The official website for Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine is listing that the animated adaptation of Chūgaku Akamatsu and Kobuichi's Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A (Hidan no Aria AA) manga will be a television anime series. Media Factory had teased in July that there will be two new announcements for the "AA Project" this winter. The story revolves around Akari Mamiya, a first-year E-rank stude...
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Samurai Warriors/Sengoku Musou TV Anime's Promo Previews Yukimura in Action

Takeshi Kusao plays younger Sanada brother in January anime ― The official website for the television anime of Koei Tecmo Games' Samurai Warriors (Sengoku Musou) game franchise began streaming on Wednesday Yukinari: I show you the spirit of the Sanada, here and now! Nobuyuki: I will join the Tokugawa in order to protect the Sanada clan. Yukinari: I will hold my pride, and fight alongside Mitsunari. N...
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Live-Action Sukimasuki Film's 1st Trailer Streamed

Adaptation of manga by Bunny Drop's Yumi Unita to open on February 7 ― AMG Entertainment began streaming a trailer for the live-action film adaptation of Yumi Unita's Sukimasuki (roughly translated, Peephole Love) manga series on Wednesday. The film's staff has also revealed a theatrical poster. The "unique" coming-of-age story revolves around Heisaku, a male college student who loves to peep into cr...
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Sibling Comedy Manga Ane Log Gets 3rd OVA

2nd OVA ships with 6th volume of Kenji Taguchi's manga on Thursday ― The wrap-around jacket band on the sixth volume of Kenji Taguchi's comedy manga Ane Log - Moyako Nee-san no Tomaranai Monologue (Sister's Log - Moyako's Monologue That Won't Stop) announced on Thursday that the series' third original video anime (OVA) will ship with the manga's seventh volume. The third OVA will be titled "Watashi ...
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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Earns US$528,307 After 9th Weekend

Film ranked #21 in highest grossing anime films in North America ― Box Office Mojo is estimating that Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya earned a ninth weekend gross of US$18,694 in North America, bringing an overall total of US$528,307. The film is ranked at #49 for the weekend, ranked #21 in the highest grossing anime films, and #26 in highest grossing opening weekend...
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Daily Cosplay - Dawn of the Arcana's Nakaba and Loki

Character: Nakaba, Loki Title: Dawn of the Arcana Cosplayer: Nakaba- Ariel; Loki - June, both from Kumacos Photographer: Muramatsuri Photos (Elmer Ma) Shoot Location: Pacific Media Expo (Hilton Los Angeles Airport) This week we're featuring cosplay photographer Elmer Ma. We asked him: "Where's your favorite place you've ever shot photos, cosplay or otherwise?" "Anime Expo - with the new cosplay ph...

Wednesday, December 17

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Doraemon, Kenshin, Thermae Romae II Rank in 2014's Top 5 Japanese Films

Lupin III vs. Conan, Ghibli's Marnie, Pokémon make top 10; Frozen tops Western films in Japan ― Bunka Tsūshinsha reported on the top 10 Japanese films of 2014, based on estimated box office returns in Japan as of December: Rank Film Distributor Estimated Box Office 1 The Eternal Zero Toho 8.76 billion yen US$73.8 million 2 Stand By Me Doraemon Toho 8.38 billion yen US$70.6 million 3 Rurouni Kenshin: ...
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Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A Spinoff Manga Gets Anime

Media Factory had teased 2 announcements for the AA Project this winter ― The first 2015 issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine is confirming on Friday that an anime adaptation of Chūgaku Akamatsu and Kobuichi's Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A (Hidan no Aria AA) manga has been green-lit. Media Factory had teased in July that there will be two new announcements for the "AA Project" this winter. T...
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Terrorize Your Figure Collection With A Fully Articulated Titan Model

In case your figure collection needs more naked people or angry titans, Kotobukiya is releasing a 160 mm (~6.3") figure of Attack on Titan's Eren titan. The figure has an MSRP of 4,968 yen (about US$42.25), and is expected to ship February 28, 2015.
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Love Live Girls Get More Collaboration Outfits, Accessories

While Earth Music&Ecology is helping to outfit the Printemps mini-group in Love Live, Beams and Honey Bunch are making sure the other gals get their moment in the spotlight as well, as part of the "Love Live! ABC Project ~Apparel Brand Crossover~." Beams is teaming up with BiBi (Eli, Maki, Nico) for special t-shirts (4,200 yen [about US$35.50]): Honey Bunch is teaming up with lily white (Umi, Rin,...
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Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, Disgaea 5, The Awakened Fate Ultimatum Western Releases Scheduled

The Awakened Fate Ultimatum slated for March; Operation Abyss, Disgaea 5 slated for spring and fall 2015 ― NIS America announced its release plans for Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (Tokyo Shin Seiroku: Operation Abyss), Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, and The Awakened Fate Ultimatum (Kamisama to Unmei Kakumei no Cross Thesis) games. The company will release Experience, Inc. and CyberFront's Ope...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, December 8-14

Attack on Titan, Blue Spring Ride, MIX, Kuroko's Basketball in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Attack on Titan 15 1,010,545 1,011,559 2014/12 Kodansha Hajime Isayama 1 1 2 Blue Spring Ride 12 346,272 346,272 2014/12 Shueisha Io Sakisaka 2 1 3 MIX 6 189,387 189,387 2014/12 Shogakukan Mitsuru Adachi 3 1 4 Attack on Tita...

Steins;Gate Game Also Heading to iOS in the West

English translation may be different from JAST USA's PC release ― Publisher 5pb. confirmed on Twitter on Tuesday that the Steins;Gate scientific adventure visual novel will also be released on iOS devices in the West. The iOS version will be released after the PQube's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita releases. Company representative Geraint Evans told video game news website Siliconera that PQube w...
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Dress Up Your Human-Shaped Hug Pillow for Endless Cuddle Possibilites

Hug pillows (or dakimakura) have an established fanbase with limited edition character covers sold exclusively at Comiket and other anime and game events. The covers can be pretty pricey, and in the end, the pillow can't hug you back. Goods producer Bibi Lab are out to fix that. Introducing the "Cotton Wife" and "Cotton Husband" humanoid-shaped pillows, the next evolution is giant doll/hugging pil...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, December 8-14

3rd Yōkai Watch 2, Grand Theft Auto V, Shining Resonance games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: December 8-14 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yōkai Watch 2 Shin'uchi Level 5 December 13 1,244,171 1,244,171 23DS Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Pokémon November 21 152,384 1,950,481 3PS4 Grand Theft Auto V (Including Bundled Editions) Take-Two Int...
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Fans Weigh In On Which Character They'd Like to Date on Christmas

The Japanese anime, manga, and game goods app "otamart" held a questionnaire asking its users which anime character and celebrity they most want to go on a date with this Christmas. The survey was only held for 24 hours, but 1,752 total respondents (85.9% women, 14.1% men) weighed in on their preferred date. The winning anime characters were the gruff Yasutomo Arakita (women) of Yowamushi Pedal an...

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Anime's Cast, Staff Unveiled

Jun'ichi Wada to direct at Satelight with returning cast ― The "SOS Dan web site" at haruhi.tv "disappeared" on Thursday but is now hosting an image announcing the cast and staff of the upcoming anime The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan. The image also says the anime's official website will be open in a few days. The page is accessible from the front page by answering the distance in light years to...

Aniplex USA Licenses Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Anime

Upcoming otaku romantic comedy to stream on Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll, Hulu ― Aniplex of America announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the upcoming anime Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata as Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend and will simulcast the series on Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll, and Hulu. Fumiaki Maruto's original light novels with illustrations by Kurehito Misaki revolve around ...

Sentai Filmworks Adds Saikano/She, The Ultimate Weapon

Viz Media previously released 2002 anime series on DVD ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the anime She, The Ultimate Weapon (Saikano). The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video. Viz Media previously licensed the 2002 anime series based on Shin Takahashi's manga and released it on DVD in North America in 2004. Sentai Filmworks describes the story:...
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Prince of Tennis Special Hanten Coats Previewed

Those who were on the fence about whether or not to drop some coin on an official Prince of Tennis hanten coat can now at least see what they actually look like. 【JF2015商品】王子様を背中に羽織る!推しプリウェア!!はちまき付き!ショウワノートブースにて限定発売です! pic.twitter.com/xx8w4rnBWl— POMMOP (@showanote02) December 16, 2014 Somehow, they're even more amazing than the product drawings. Hanten are short winter coats that can be worn by b...

Grisaia Trilogy Kickstarter Reaches Its Goal

Sekai Project's Kickstarter raised US$160,000 to localize 3 games ― Sekai Project's Kickstarter campaign to bring Frontwing's Grisaia game trilogy to the West on PC met its goal on Wednesday, less than a day after it launched. As of press time, the campaign has raised US$161,097. The total goal covers the costs of translation, licensing, development, and voices. Sekai Project is working with the crea...

Grisaia Trilogy Kickstarter Reaches 90% of Goal in 12 Hours

Sekai Project's Kickstarter seeks US$160,000 to localize 3 games ― Sekai Project launched its Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday to bring Frontwing's Grisaia game trilogy to the West on PC. In less than 12 hours, the Kickstarter earned more than 90% of its US$160,000 goal. As of press time, the campaign has raised US$150,029. The total goal covers the costs of translation, licensing, development, and vo...
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The X Button - Due Recognition

Todd looks at the good, bad, and downright strange highlights of the year! Plus SaGa’s return, Afterburner’s goodbye, and a bunch of holiday stories! ― The X Button will take next week off. It's time for a Christmas break, or as close as I can get to one now that I'm no longer a kid. I'll return the week after for more end-of-year retrospection, Guilty Gear ravings, and facts about old MSX games. Th...
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Toriko Part I DVD

Toriko is about manly men doing manly things in the most masculine way possible, and that's part of its particular charm. ― Garfield – the cat, not the president – once said, “If I couldn't eat, I'd just die.” While that was the punchline of a strip, it is essentially the basis of the anime series Toriko, based on the manga of the same name by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro. This collection of the first two ...
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Yamada-kun & the Seven Witches Casts Tomokazu Sugita, Yuuki Ono, Mai Nakahara

Voice cast members play 2nd-year students in anime of Miki Yoshikawa's manga ― The original anime DVD bundled with Miki Yoshikawa's 15th Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo) manga volume revealed on Wednesday that Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama, Macross Frontier), Yuuki Ono (Kuroko's Basketball, Durarara!!×2) and Mai Nakahara (Clannad, Fairy Tail) joined the cast for the Yamada-k...
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PriPara, Pretty Rhythm Crossover 3DS Game's Promo Streamed

Male idol Hiro Hayami from Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live is also playable in March 19 game ― Takara Tomy began streaming the first promotional video for the PriPara & Pretty Rhythm: PriPara de Tsukaeru Oshare Item 1450! Nintendo 3DS game on Monday. The video first premiered at the PriPara x Pretty Rhythm Christmas event on Sunday. The video features the song "Shooting Star" by voice actress Satomi Akesa...
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Pixel's Film Posters Feature Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Galaga, More

Action comedy slated for summer 2015 ― Sony Pictures Entertainment revealed its tie-in film posters its upcoming action comedy film Pixels. The film will feature the video game franchises 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, T...
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New Yamato 2199 Film's 'Must-See' Trailer Streamed

Film promising "true ending" of the Yamato 2199 story premiered in Japan earlier this month ― Shochiku began streaming a “must-see” trailer for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Star-Voyaging Ark), this year's brand-new Yamato 2199 (Star Blazers 2199) film. In the video, Fomuto Berger (voiced by Junichi Suwabe) explains that a certain race of people are...
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PriPara Film's Trailer Teases Multiple Stories

Pretty Rhythm characters Aira, Mia, Naru star in upcoming film for arcade game for girls ― Avex began streaming a trailer for the upcoming Gekijō-ban PriPara Mi~nna Atsumare! Prism Tours! film on Wednesday. The trailer features the PriPara insert song "Marble Make up a-ha-ha!" by Himika Akaneya and Yū Serizawa, Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future theme song "Life is Just a Miracle ~Ikiteru tte Subarashii~" ...
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Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions Orchestral Concert Series Heads to Baltimore

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to perform concert on May 1, 2015 ― The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced on Tuesday that it will participate in the Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions concert series. Susie Benchasil Seiter will conduct the concert featuring musical arrangements and timed visuals from the Pokémon video games, including: Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal Pok...
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Barakamon Manga Shortlisted for Stan Lee Excelsior Award

UK schoolkids rate graphic novels to promote reading, school libraries ― The Stan Lee Excelsior Award announced on Tuesday that Satsuki Yoshino's Barakamon manga is among the eight graphic novels on the shortlist for next year's award. The other titles are Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore's All-New Ghost Rider: Engines of Vengeance, Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder's Rocket Girl Volume 1, Pierre Veys and...
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New Initial D the Movie Legend 2's Title, Date, Visual Unveiled

2nd film in trilogy featuring new cast of Mamoru Miyano, Maaya Uchida, more premieres on May 23 ― The staff of Shin Gekijōban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō- (New Initial D the Movie Legend 2: Racer)— the second film in the new Initial D film trilogy— announced on Wednesday that the film will premiere in Japan on May 23. The staff also unveiled the first key visual for the film (seen above). The cast from...
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Psycho-Pass Film Given R15+ Age Rating

The official Twitter account for the Psycho-Pass anime franchise announced that Japan's Film Classification and Rating Committee (Eirin) has rated the upcoming Psycho-Pass film as R15+. Theaters are required to restrict films with this rating to viewers 15 years old or older. As a result, the staff will enforce the rating at the planned advance screening on December 19. Nitroplus President Takaki ...
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Himitsu - Top Secret Sci-Fi Shōjo Manga Gets Live-Action Film by Kenshin Director

Psychological story by Moon Child/Kaguya Hime's Reiko Shimizu also inspired TV anime ― A live-action film of Reiko Shimizu's psychological science-fiction shōjo manga Himitsu - Top Secret has been green-lit. Keishi Ōtomo (live-action Rurouni Kenshin, Ryōmaden) is directing the film, and distributor Shochiku will open the film in theaters in Summer 2016. The mystery story takes place in Japan five dec...
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Blood Blockade Battlefront Anime Reveals More Voice Roles, Designs

Gilbert F. Alstein, Chain Sumeragi, Steven A. Starphase, K.K., Femto in supernatural sci-fi action story by Trigun's Nightow ― The 17th issue of Shueisha's Jump Square 19 magazine is announcing the roles for various voice cast members in the television anime of Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront manga on Friday: Shinji Ogawa as Gilbert F. Alstein Yu Kobayashi as Chain Sumeragi Mitsuru Miya...
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Sayaka Mogi's Horror Manga Pupa Has New Project in the Works

Mogi's debut work "attains even lower depths" after 2014 TV anime ― The wraparound jacket band on Sayaka Mogi's second Switch Witch manga volume is announcing on Saturday that Mogi's Pupa manga has a "new project in the works." The advertisement teases that Mogi's debut work "attains even lower depths…!!" Hakusensha's Young Champion magazine will reveal more information. Mogi's horror tale of "ultima...
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Tamayura Films' Cast, Story, Title, Date, Visual Unveiled

Aya Uchida, Mayu Iizuka join cast in Tamayura: Graduation Photos on April 4 ― The official website for the Tamayura franchise unveiled additional cast, story, titles, release date, and key visual for the four films that will complete the story. Aya Uchida and Mayu Iizuka will play kōhai (students younger than the original characters) as Fū Sawatari (Ayana Taketatsu) and the others become third-year s...

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Super 17, Original Anime to Appear in Dragon Ball Xenoverse Game

New Dragon Ball game for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC to ship in Japan on February 5 ― The February 2015 issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is revealing on Saturday that Super 17 from Dragon Ball GT will appear in the upcoming Dragon Ball Xenoverse game. The magazine will also announce that the game will feature an original video anime (OVA) relating to the events in the game. The game will shi...
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Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 6 Game's Event Trailer Streamed

Latest game in Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time series to ship on March 12 ― KOEI Tecmo began streaming an event trailer for the upcoming Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 (Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 6) PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable game on Sunday. The trailer previews the main cast and the game's story. The current character roster is as follows: Takuma Terashima as Hajime Arima (age ...
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7 AKB48 Idols Form Yo-kai Watch Sub-Group for Ending Theme

Haruka Shimazaki also voice-acts in Yo-kai Watch movie ― Haruka Shimazaki and six other members of the idol group AKB48 are forming a sub-group called "NyaaKB with Tsuchinokopanda" for the new ending theme song of the Yo-kai Watch television anime. The announcement was made at the 4th AKB48 Red and White Competition Song Battle event at the Tokyo Dome City Hall. The new ending theme will begin airing...

North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 14-20

The Ambition of Oda Nobuna anime; Citrus, Girls und Panzer: Little Army, Demon From Afar, He's My Only Vampire, Love at Fourteen, Master Keaton manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date The Ambition of Oda Nobuna Blu-ray Complete CollectionPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 December 16 The Ambition of Oda Nobuna DVD Complete CollectionCite Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 Decembe...
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Shippers Rejoice! 10,000 Anime Fans Pick Their Favorite Same-Sex Pairings

There's a whole side of anime fandom dedicated to pairing their favorite characters together in romantic relationships, be it a male harem lead with one of his five adoring female friends, or two volleyball players who can't stand each other (I'm talking about you, Haikyu). The pairing of two male characters is considered the realm of fujoshi, and series creators aren't ignorant of their female fa...
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Yona of the Dawn ‒ Episode 11

"Yona's almost halfway done with gathering her warriors – Su-won had better start watching his back."

Viz Media Adds Mikansei No. 1, Sgt. Frog, Hands Off! Digitally

All three series previously released by Tokyopop ― Viz Media announced on Tuesday it will release Majiko's Mikansei No. 1, Mine Yoshizaki's Sgt. Frog, and Kasane Katsumoto's Hands Off! manga digitally in North America. Tokyopop released both volumes of Mikansei No. 1 in print. Viz Media describes the story: You know what they say: If the century fits, then...travel back in time to become a pop-singin...
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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Gameplay Clip Previews Hashirama vs. Madara

PS4, Xbox One, PC game slated for 2015 ― Bandai Namco Games previewed gameplay footage from its upcoming fighting game Naruto Shippūden Narutimate Storm 4 (Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4) during a NicoNico livestream event on Tuesday. The brief clip below shows a battle between Hashirama and Madara. Bandai will ship the game sometime next year, and announced on Sunday that it will release t...
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Saki Fujita Sings, Toshiyuki Toyonaga Writes Durarara!!×2 Song

Ruri Hijiribe, Mikado Ryūgamine voice actors collaborate on insert song ― The official website for Durarara!!×2 posted a preview for the background song "little world" on Wednesday. Saki Fujita, the voice of Ruri Hijiribe, will perform the song written by Toshiyuki Toyonaga, the voice of Mikado Ryūgamine. The song will be included on Toyonaga's debut album, Reason..., which ships on Wednesday. OKAMOT...

Sentai Filmworks Adds Unlimited Psychic Squad Spinoff Anime

Zettai Karen Children spinoff aired in 2013 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the Zettai Karen Children (Psychic Squad) spinoff anime The Unlimited - Hyōbu Kyōsuke as Unlimited Psychic Squad. The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in 2013. Manglobe animated the series instead of Synergy SP, who animat...
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Mevius Final Fantasy Confirmed as a Mobile Game

Yoshinori Kitase will produce RPG with story by Kazushige Nojima ― Enterbrain's Famitsu Magazine will publish an interview with Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and producer Yoshinori Kitase (Final Fantasy VII) on Thursday, where they will unveil Mevius Final Fantasy for iOS and Android. Kitase himself will produce the game and Kazushige Nojima (Final Fantasy VII) is writing the RPG's story. ...
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Enjoy A Cardcaptor Sakura Tea Party with Lottery Goods

Cardcaptor Sakura's next line-up of Ichiban Kuji lottery goods is just too sweet—pun completely intended. Called "Keroberos and the Tea Party," it includes an actual teapot and tea cups, and a variety of adorable Kero goods. Prize A: Kero plush (25 cm) Prize B: Macaroon cushion (30 cm) Prize C: Teapot (12 cm) Prize D: Kero or Spinner Sun pouch (12 cm) Prize E: Decal set (2 varieties) (A5) Pri...

Gainax, Subaru's Hōkago no Pleiades TV Anime Previewed in 1st Video

Houko Kuwashima joins cast in spring 2015 TV anime ― Warner Brothers Japan began streaming the promotional video that debuted at Tuesday's production unveiling for the Hōkago no Pleiades television anime. The video revealed that Houko Kuwashima will join the cast as the male character Minato. Subaru: Why are you here, Aoi? Aoi: It doesn't have anything to do with you, Subaru! Not even one little bit!...
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Daily Cosplay - Monster Hunter's Male and Female Kirin Armor

Character: Kirin Armor, Male and Female Title: Monster Hunter Cosplayer: Peter; Tamayaki Cosplay Photographer: Muramatsuri Photos (Elmer Ma) Shoot Location: Lake Tahoe, Nevada This week we're featuring cosplay photographer Elmer Ma. We asked him: "What's your camera setup of choice?" "Canon EOS6D with either a 24-105mm F4.0 or a 70-200mm F2.8. I try not to use much in the way of lighting setups, b...

Steins;Gate Game Headed West on PS3/PS Vita

English translation may be different from JAST USA's PC release ― Game publisher PQube announced on Tuesday that it will release the game Steins;Gate on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in English in both North America and Europe. Company representative Geraint Evans told video game news website Siliconera that PQube will get the game directly form MAGES, so they do not yet know if the translation ...
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story GN 3

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story ends on as high a note as it can while still being pretty depressing. ― Warning: contains some spoilers for the original Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Hanokage, the artist and apparent originator of this spin-off of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, says at the end of the volume that her idea was to see what would have happened had Mami not died so early on in the...
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Mushishi: The Next Chapter ‒ Episode 19

"This turns out to be a really excellent, downright heart-stopping episode even when you know what's coming every step of the way."
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Cell Companies Team Up With Kuroko's Basketball, KanColle to Offer Wi-Fi at Comiket 87

Customers of SoftBank and NTT DoCoMo visiting Comiket 87 will hopefully have plenty of bandwidth to Tweet all of their cosplay photos. Both companies are teaming up with anime properties to provide cell signal-boosting mobile base station vehicles, as well as other services. SoftBank's collaboration with Kuroko's Basketball includes not only a mobile base station vehicle with a special character w...
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Rage of Bahamut Genesis ‒ Episode 10

"For a dumb swashbuckling action show, Rage of Bahamut Genesis has shown over and over again that it can be smart when it wants to be."
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Tokyo Ghoul Tops Fan Poll of Manga That Finished Serialization in 2014

Japanese news service Gadget Tsūshin asked readers to vote for the winner of "Complete Manga Prize 2014," and perhaps surprisingly, Naruto didn't take first place. That distinction belonged to Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul, which was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump between 2011 and 2014. Other notable titles include the long-running Asari-chan Ai no Marchen Shōjo, which has been serialized i...

Digimonstory Cybersleuth PS Vita Game Slated for March 12 in Japan

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Rumi Ookubo play male, female protagonists in upcoming game from Bandai Namco Games ― The February 2015 issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is revealing on Saturday that Bandai Namco Games' Digimonstory Cybersleuth PlayStation Vita game will be released in Japan on March 12 in Japan. In addition, the magazine lists the voice cast for the game: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (The Idolm@ster...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 Game Announced

Diego Brando and Rudol von Stroheim to appear in the new tag fighting game ― The February 2015 issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is revealing on Saturday a new JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fighting game, titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven is currently in development. The "stylish tag JoJo's action game" will ship for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and does not currently have a relea...
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Houko Kuwashima Joins Hōkago no Pleiades TV Anime's Cast

Gainax, Subaru collaboration TV anime premieres in Japan in spring 2015 ― A promotional video screened at the production press conference for the upcoming Hōkago no Pleiades TV anime revealed that Houko Kuwashima will join the cast of the anime as the male character Minato. The promotional video also revealed that the anime will premiere on Japanese television stations Tokyo MX, ABC, BS Fuji, Tochigi...
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Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Game Adds The Last Version Naruto

Game featuring greatest number of fighters in series history ships in Japan in 2015 ― The February 2015 issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is revealing on Saturday that the version of Naruto Uzumaki that appears in The Last -Naruto the Movie- will participate in fights in the recently-announced Naruto Shippūden Narutimate Storm 4 (Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4) PlayStation 4 game. The ga...

2015 Dragon Ball Film's Gohan Character Sketch Revealed

Yuko Minaguchi also returns to cast for Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F ― The February 2015 issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is revealing on Saturday the character design for Son Gohan in the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Dragon Ball Z: F Is For Fukkatsu, or 'resurrection') film. The magazine lists that Gohan's normal fighting clothes are nowhere to be seen, and instead, he will fight in a g...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, December 8-14

Princess Kaguya sells 2,947 more, followed by Yo-kai Watch box, All You Need Is Kill, Nora-Sco, Persona 4 the Golden ― The convenience store limited edition of All You Need Is Kill (Edge of Tomorrow) sold 2,365 more copies for a new total of 7,070. In its second week, it dropped from #6 to #18. The standard edition of Thermae Romae II sold 1,063 more copies for a new total of 7,976. In its third week...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, December 8-14

Expelled from Paradise sells 28,312 + 1,754, followed by Strike Witches O.V.A., Persona 4 The Golden, Sailor Moon Crystal ― The All You Need Is Kill (Edge of Tomorrow) Blu-ray & DVD set sold 1,740 more copies for a new total of 37,351. In its fourth week on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart, it dropped from #19 to #24. The Kikaider Reboot Blu-ray Special Edition debuted at #28 by selling 1,551 copies. R...
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Ultraman Ginga S Film's 2nd Trailer Previews Villain

Tatsuhisa Suzuki to star as new villain Etalger in film opening on March 14 ― The official website for the tokusatsu series Ultraman Ginga S began streaming the second promotional trailer on Sunday for the Gekijōban Ultraman Ginga S Kessen! Ultra 10 Yūshi!! (Ultraman Ginga S the Movie: Showdown! Ultra 10 Warriors!!) film. Tatsuhisa Suzuki will star as the new villain, Etalger. The movie will open in ...
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Live-Action Blue Spring Ride Film Opens at #1 in Box Office

Aikatsu film also opens, ranks #1 in viewer satisfaction ― The movie data firm Kōgyō Tsūshin reported on Monday that the live-action film of Io Sakisaka's Blue Spring Ride (Ao Haru Ride) romance manga opened this past weekend at #1 in the Japanese box office. The film sold 210,000 tickets for 307 screens and earned about 241 million yen (US$2.05 million). The story revolves around Futaba Yoshioka (pl...

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Love Live Collaborates with Earth Music&Ecology Fashion Label

Japanese fashion brand Earth Music&Ecology is collaborating with the girls of Love Live, specifically Printemps, the mini-group consisting of Honoka, Kotori, and Hanayo. Each girl was given her own special outfit, which will be available starting January 17, 2015 in select stores and online, with early sales at Comiket 87 at the Japan Label booth (#315). Fans can also buy necklaces in gold or silv...
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One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X Game Offers Amiibo Support This Winter

Mario, Luigi, Link, Fox Amiibos to unlock costumes for 3DS game ― Bandai Namco Games announced on Monday that the One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X (One Piece: Chō Grand Battle! X) Nintendo 3DS game will offer Amiibo support in an upcoming patch this winter. The Mario, Link, and Fox Amiibos offer their costumes to Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji, respectively. The Luigi Amiibo will also give Luffy a Luigi cost...
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Misato's Car From the Evangelion Movies Gets A Die-Cast Model

Die-cast car collectors will soon be able to add Misato Katsuragi's Mazda Cosmo Sport 110 to their displays. Tomica, Takara Tomy's die-cast toy line, will be selling the cars starting January 17, 2015, with a retail price of 700 yen (about US$5.90). The white car is seen in the Rebuild of Evangelion movies and replaces Misato's classic ride from the series, her blue Renault Alpine A310. Cover imag...
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Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road ‒ Episode 11

"It's infuriating to know that no matter how many predictions we make, we're still probably a month away from the race's conclusion."
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Atelier Escha & Logy Plus Game's Promo Video Previews Main Cast

Upcoming PS Vita port of Atelier Escha & Logy to ship on January 22 ― Gust began streaming a new promotional trailer on Sunday for Atelier Escha & Logy Plus, the upcoming PlayStation Vita port of its Atelier Escha & Logy PlayStation 3 game. The video previews the game's main cast and battle gameplay. Atelier Escha & Logy Plus will include a new episode, the character Nio as a party member, all DLC fr...
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When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace ‒ Episode 11

"It may not have packed the dramatic punch that it initially promised, but this latest run of episodes has still been a solid effort overall."
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Fan Recreates the Parasyte Opening in the Style of the Manga

If you've ever wondered what the Parasyte opening theme would look like if it were drawn in the style of Hitoshi Iwaaki's original manga, Niconico user くろはら has you covered. According to the video description: Somewhere on Earth, someone thought... "If Parasyte's anime adaptation looked more like the original manga, maybe people would be less turned off by it....... " Niconico 【Hand-drawn】Parasyte...
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Khara's Japan Animator Expo's 7th Short is 'until You come to me.' by Tadashi Hiramatsu

Shikabane Hime: Kuro episode director helms latest short ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, announced that theseventh short is titled "until You come to me." It will stream on the official website on December 19. Niconico 第7話「until You come to me.」予告編/日本アニメ(ーター)見本市 Tadashi Hiramatsu (Shikabane Hime: Kuro, Dennō Coi...
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Shelf Life - Designated x Diver

This week, characters dive into ancient caves, voluptuous breasts, and also some good old fashioned nostalgia.
- Cowboy Bebop
- Fatal Fury the Movie
- High School DxD New
― Shelf Worthy Cowboy Bebop Complete Series BD Fatal Fury: the Movie DVD Boob Show High School DxD New BD+DVD Rental Nothing this week Perishable Nothing this week Revisiting old classics is sometimes a little scary. There's always...
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Daily Cosplay - Black Butler's Blue Lotus and Sin

Character: Undertaker, Grell Sutcliff Title: Black Butler Cosplayer: Undertaker: Blue Lotus; Grell Sutcliff: Sin Photographer: Muramatsuri Photos (Elmer Ma) This week we're featuring cosplay photographer Elmer Ma. We asked him: "When did you first get into cosplay photography?" "Anime Expo 2013, Day 1" == Are you a cosplay photographer, or a cosplayer? Each week, we'll be featuring a different cos...
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Defend Cute Mushroom Girls from Bamboo Shoots in Upcoming Game

Japanese consumers have long been divided over their preferences for Meiji's two chocolate snack brands, Kinoko-no Yama ("Mushroom Mountain") and Takenoko-no Sato ("Bamboo Shoot Village"). Particularly fierce partisans in this debate have exaggerated the divide into a ferocious struggle, the "Mushroom-Bamboo Shoot War," complete with online videos and fan art. An upcoming game, Kinoko Collection ~...

DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition, Devil May Cry 4 Head to PS4, Xbox One

Capcom will release DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition on March 17, 2015 ― Video game producer Ninja Theory's Dominic Matthews announced on Monday that Ninja Theory and Capcom will release DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 17, 2015. Capcom will release the game in retail and digital versions in Europe and North America for US$39.99/€39.99. Capcom and...
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Gakkyu Hotei Joins Viz's Shonen Jump as Weekly Series

"Shocking court mystery" manga series follows an elementary school court system ― Viz Media announced Nobuaki Enoki and Takeshi Obata's "shocking court mystery" manga series Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment will be added to the line-up of its Weekly Shonen Jump online magazine. Viz Media describes the story:As problems continue to plague the elementary school system, a new solution is enacted in the for...

Clifford Chapin, Bryn Apprill Star in Unbreakable Machine Doll English Dub

Trailer streamed for series shipping on home video in March ― Funimation Entertainment began steaming the English-dubbed trailer for Unbreakable Machine Doll on Monday. The series will ship on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on March 3 in both a standard edition and a limited edition with an art booklet and rigid art box. The cast includes: Clifford Chapin as Raishin Bryn Apprill as Yaya Kristin Sutton as Cha...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses DD Fist of the North Star Spinoff Anime

Gag series debuted in 2013 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed the anime based on Kajio's spinoff manga DD Fist of the North Star (DD Hokuto no Ken). The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video. The series premiered in Japan in April 2013 and Crunchyroll began streaming the series in June 2013. Sentai Filmworks describes the series: To be its evangelist...
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Fans Vote For Series With the Most Unfashionable Everyday Clothing

The world of anime and manga has plenty of noteworthy costumes, from battle armor to team jerseys and school uniforms galore. But sometimes when the characters are just hanging out with their friends in everyday clothing, or gracing the covers of CDs and promo posters, their wardrobe choices aren't so fashionable. Japanese portal site Goo asked its readers which anime series had the un-coolest eve...
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Artist Keinojou Mizutama Passes Away

MAOYU character designer was 55 ― Keinojou Mizutama's partner announced over Mizutama's Twitter account on Monday that the artist passed away on Saturday after a long period of hospitalization. She was 55. Mizutama, along with toi8, designed the characters for the original MAOYU novels, which received an anime adaptation in 2013. She also headed the character concept designs for the anime Brigadoon a...

Date A Live Movie to Be All-New Work Next Summer

Original author Tachibana will supervise Date A Live: Mayuri Judgment ― The official website for the Date A Live anime announced on Monday that the upcoming film is titled Gekijōban Date A Live: Mayuri Judgment (Date A Live the Movie: Mayuri Judgment) and will premiere summer 2015 with an original story supervised by the original light novel author Koushi Tachibana. The staff unveiled the title and r...

Final Fantasy XV English-Dubbed TGS Trailer Streamed

Video first unveiled in October, now with English voice-overs ― Square Enix UK began streaming on Monday an English-dubbed version of its PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game Final Fantasy XV's Tokyo Game Show trailer, which previously streamed with subtitles. The PlayStation 4/Xbox One game Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will include a chance for players to try a "Episode Duscae" demo of Final Fantasy XV. The g...
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Death Billiards' Death Parade Show Listed With 12 Episodes

Japanese television station NTV's program licensing catalog lists the upcoming anime Death Parade at 12 30-minute episodes. The anime, which expands on the Anime Mirai short Death Billiards will premiere on January 9 after an advance screening on December 28. The catalog describes the story: Queen Dequim is a bar in a corner of the world where the souls of dead people gather. Gray-haired bartender...
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Cowboy Bebop Scavenger Hunt - Winners!

― Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner: Mathew Vandiver from Lubbock, TX And our Runners Up: Liz Barillas, Glendale, CA Brandon Marksberry, Grayson, KY Matthew Shufflebarger, Grayson, KY Dani Schocken, Tampa, FL Didn't win? Click here to order your copy of Cowboy Bebop on Blu Ray or DVD right now,! Want more information about FUNimation's release of Cowboy Bebop? Click here!!
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Gugure! Kokkuri-san ‒ Episode 11

"There are a few moments where the episode hints at what might have been had the core gimmick been more fully explored, but it doesn't really deliver."

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui Replaces Eri Kitamura in Cast Due to Health Issue

Rina Satou to take over Chisato Saeki role in PS3/Vita port with full-voicing ― Game developer Kaga Create announced that Rina Satou is replacing Eri Kitamura in its Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui voice cast, due to Kitamura's poor health during production. Kitamura had played Chisato Saeki, Natsumi's classmate, in the earlier Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna release. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui, a ...
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Lord Marksman and Vanadis ‒ Episode 11

"Some poor choices aside, there's a lot of high-stakes climax in this episode."
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Attack on Titan: No Regrets #2 Takes 2nd Place on U.S. Monthly BookScan November List

Naruto; Black Butler; No Game, No Life; Fairy Tail, Attack on TItan also rank ― The second volume of Gan Sunaaku's Attack on Titan: No Regrets manga took the #2 slot on Nielsen BookScan's Top 20 Graphic Novel chart for November. This is the volume's first rank on the chart. The 67th volume of Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto manga dropped from #1 to #3, two lower than its October rank. Yana Toboso's Black ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, December 1-7

Magic Kaito 1412, Dragon Ball Z Kai, HappinessCharge Precure! rank ― The live-action drama of Kyō wa Kaisha Yasumimasu. aired on NTV on Wednesday, December 3 at 10:00 p.m. and earned a 14.1% rating. The live-action drama adaptation of Nobunaga Concerto aired on Fuji TV on Monday, December 1 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 11.8% rating. The live action drama of Takeshi Okano and Sho Makura's Jigoku Sensei N...
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Day Break Illusion Anime Gets Epilogue Web Novel

Epilogue takes place in America for original anime that premiered last year ― Artist Ryū Naitō announced on his official Twitter account on Monday that he will provide the illustrations for a Gen'ei o Kakeru Taiyō (il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion) web novel titled Gen'ei ni Mau Shirogane (The Silver That Dances in the Illusion) that will serve as an epilogue to the original anime s...
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Atelier Shallie Game's English-Dubbed Trailer Posted

PS3 alchemy RPG to ship in North America on March 10, in Europe on March 13 ― Game publisher Koei Tecmo America began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for its release of the Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea PlayStation 3 game on Monday. The game serves as the final chapter in the "Dusk" trilogy, and takes place in a world where the waterbeds are drying up and plant life is dying. Two yo...

A Silent Voice Anime Project Is a Theatrical Film

Yoshitoki Ōima's manga ended in Weekly Shonen Magazine last month ― The wraparound jacket band on the seventh and final compiled volume of Yoshitoki Ōima's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) manga is announcing on Wednesday that the manga's anime project will be a theatrical film. More details will be unveiled in future issues of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine. Crunchyroll describes the story: I wish...

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Heads West on PS4, Xbox One, Steam

Game franchise's "final massive strike" from developer CyberConnect2 ― Bandai Namco Games announced on Sunday that it will release its Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 fighting game for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC (via Steam) in the West. This will be the "final massive strike" of the Narutimate Storm (Ultimate Ninja Storm) series as the fighting game series from CyberConnect2 "goes to th...
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