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Anime Expo 2015 News Roundup: Day One & Day Two

We're live at Anime Expo 2015 all weekend, but in case you're having trouble keeping up with the flurry of news, here's a roundup of everything you may have missed in the first two days of the con! ― We're live at Anime Expo 2015 all weekend, but in case you're having trouble keeping up with the flurry of news, here's a roundup of everything you may have missed yesterday! We'll have a cosplay galler...
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The List - 7 of the Worst Sore Losers

Some people just don't take defeat very well. These seven folks could use a lesson in being a good sport. ― Losing gracefully and admitting defeat is a skill and some characters, especially villains, aren't particularly good at it. It's never the losers fault that they didn't succeed. Blame is either passed around to the nearest person, or worse, the loser seeks revenge against whomever bested them....
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Monster Musume GN 6

Kimihito is already living with a harpy, a mermaid, a spider woman, a centaur, a slime girl, and a lamia. Could he possibly have room for a dullahan too? And what could possibly go wrong with a grim reaper in the house...? ― If there's one thing that Okayado's Monster Musume is, it's unashamed. There are bare breasts (and nipples) in proliferation, orgasms induced by a variety of thoughts and things,...
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Answerman - Why Are All The Parents Dead?

Why does anime delight in making its young heroes parent-less? Plus, how long does an episode take to animate? Does Funimation have DVD rights for the shows they're simul-dubbing? And what was ADV Kidz? ― Mitsuki asks: I was having a discussion (and by "discussion" I meant Tumblr post) about truly godawful cartoons, and someone brought up "Super Duper Sumos", and posted an image. Thing is, I noticed...
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Wanna Be the Strongest in the World! [Limited Edition] BD+DVD

Take it as a paean to joshi puroresu and Wanna Be the Strongest in the World fares pretty well. Take it any other way and, well... you'll see. ― Female pro wrestling in Japan (referred to as joshi puroresu) has existed to some degree since 1948, most typically as an independent promotion from male pro wrestling. Like pro wrestling in the States, Japanese pro wrestling is typically scripted, although ...
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House of 1000 Manga Finale: Part II

In the final installment of House of 1000 Manga, Jason both looks back at some of his favorites from the last 5 years and looks forward at what's to come! ― House of 1000 Manga: The End If this column was a horror movie, like the one it's named after (I've actually never even seen it), this is the part when the House of 1000 Manga burns down and the traumatized survivors tell the sheriff about how t...
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Magi DVD 2

With Magnoshutatt on the brink of war, can Aladdin convince its leader that non-magicians are human too? ― There is a style of literature known as “Naturalism,” which, in its simplest form, expresses the belief that it is impossible to overcome or rise above the situation you are born into. It isn't always seen in anime, and it certainly wasn't part of the first season of Magi, The Labyrinth of Magic...
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The X Button - Inner Stella

Have some imports this week with Tatsunoko tributes, Rhythm Heaven, and an RPG developer’s final days! And there’s Fire Emblem debate, Ace Attorney history, and Todd’s revelation of his favorite King of Fighters character! ― The Fire Emblem series has a few controversies, but you'll have to dig to find them. Those games with the more disturbing plot twists, such as Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy...
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Nobunagun BD+DVD

Oda Nobunaga, Jack the Ripper, Isaac Newtwon, and other historical greats pass on their talents to E-Gene holders to fight aliens. Wait, where are you going? ― There is something to be said for owning your concept. Nobunagun is essentially about giving descendants of mankind's greats access to their progenitors' abilities so that they can fight off aliens who have an uncanny knack for evolving, and h...
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Sunday, July 5

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Prison School Anime's Meiko TV Ad Posted

Akira Hiramoto's 'hellish prison life' story premieres on July 10 ― The official website for the television anime of Akira Hiramoto's Prison School manga began streaming a "underground student council Meiko (vice president)" TV ad on Saturday. The ad features the opening theme song "Ai no Prison" (Prison of Love) by Kangoku Danshi. The website began streaming an "underground student council Mari (pre...

Saturday, July 4

Sekai Project to Release G-senjou no Maou, Chrono Clock, Root Double PC Games

Also: Narcissu remake project; WORLD END ECONOMiCA 2 to be released this month ― Video game localizer and publisher Sekai Project revealed at its panel at Anime Expo on Saturday that it will release the following games: AKABEi SOFT2's G-senjou no Maou - The Devil on G-String, Purple Software's Chrono Clock, and Regista/Yeti's Root Double: Before Crime * After Days: Xtend Edition. The company addition...
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Glass Mask Story-Within-a-Story to be Revived on Stage

Play tells tale of Italian lady pirate ― A theatrical adaptation of Onna Kaizoku Bianca ("Pirate Woman Bianca"), a play performed in the manga and anime Glass Mask, will be staged from September 9 to 13 at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo in Shibuya. The cast includes Fūka Yuzuki as Bianca Castagni (the lead role played in the manga by Maya), Masakazu Nemoto as Silver, Keisuke Kaminaga as Lorenzo, and Moto...
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3rd Sailor Moon Musical Reveals Death Busters Cast in Costume

Stage musical opens in Tokyo in September ― The third new Sailor Moon musical unveiled the roles and costume photos for some of its Death Busters cast on Friday. The cast members were already revealed, and their roles are: Yuki Kaon and Kei Ōgi, two former Takarazuka Revue members who played male roles, as Professor Tomoe and Kaolinite, respectively. The members of Witches 5: Ayaka Ida as Mimete, Say...
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Evangelion Sports Car to Go on Display in Tokyo Gallery

Owner chosen by lottery in May ― Akio Mitsuoka, president of Mitsuoka Motors, announced on Wednesday that his company's Orochi sports car designed to resemble Neon Genesis Evangelion's Unit-01 will go on display for one week beginning on July 27 at the Mitsuoka Gallery Azabu in Tokyo "so that everyone can enjoy it." It will be exhibited with Evangelion illustrations and figures. The Evangelion Orochi...

Kodansha Comics Adds Princess Jellyfish, Real Account, Magatsuki Manga

Also: Noragami switches to monthly release; Fairy Tail gets omnibus release ― Kodansha Comics announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Saturday that it will release Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime) manga, Shizumu Watanabe and Okusho's Real Account manga, and Hoshino Taguchi's Magatsuki manga. Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish manga inspired a 2010 television anime series that Funimat...
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Studio 4°C Launches Japanese Crowdfunding Website

The back of Studio 4°C's Red Ash flyer at Anime Expo announced on Saturday that Studio 4°C is launching a Japanese crowdfunding platform. The platform's website is now live. The studio is using the platform to help fund its Red Ash -Magicicada- anime film, which is also being funded in an English-language Kickstarter in conjunction with a game Kickstarter from Keiji Inafune and Comcept. The compan...
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Shimoneta Anime Promo Videos Accompany Premiere

A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist series premiered on Saturday ― King Records began streaming three promotional videos for SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist (Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai) on Sunday. In the videos, Ayame gives Tanukichi a three-question "entrance exam," and each question is a dirty joke. Al...
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Moomin Theme Park to Open in Japan in 2017

Saitama location incorporates lake, forests ― Metsa, a theme park based on the Moomin franchise, is scheduled to open in Japan in 2017. After several years of searching, a suitable location has been found: Lake Miyazawa, which is located in a relatively undeveloped corner of Hannō, in Saitama Prefecture northwest of Tokyo. The park will be built on 187 km² (about 72 square miles) purchased from Seibu...

Comcept, Studio 4°C Unveil 'Red Ash' Game, Anime Kickstarter Projects

2 Kickstarters to run seperately ― Comcept founder Keiji Inafune (Mega Man) and Studio 4°C founder Eiko Tanaka unveiled the companies' joint project "Red Ash" at their panel at Anime Expo on Saturday. The project is in two parts—an anime film from Studio 4°C and a action-adventure RPG from Comcept—and both are being funded with Kickstarter. Red Ash: The Indelible Legend (Red Ash: Kiganjō KalKanon no ...
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Comiket 88 Catalog Cover Drawn by Area 88's Kaoru Shintani

The staff of Comiket landed the perfect artist to draw the catalog cover for the event's 88th iteration. Kaoru Shintani, the creator of the Area 88 fighter pilot manga drew the cover featured on the physical and digital catalog. The DVD-ROM catalog features the manga's Mickey Simon in his fighter jet. Shintani is also participating in the dōjin circles "Hachijūhachiya" (the term for the 88th day ...

Crunchyroll to Stream Monster Musume, Million Doll This Summer; The Perfect Insider in October (Update)

Also: Symphogear GX, Teekyu 5, Gatchaman Crowds insight, Non Non Biyori repeat, subtitled Yu-Gi-Oh! GX ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Saturday that it will stream Monster Musume, Million Doll, Symphogear GX, Teekyu 5, Gatchaman Crowds insight, and Non Non Biyori repeat as they air in Japan this summer. In addition, it also plans to stream Perfect Insi...

Sunrise Announces New Gundam Series

Details slated for July 14 on teaser website ― Sunrise confirmed at its Anime Expo panel on Saturday that it is working on a new Gundam series. The company will announce details on its teaser website on July 14 at 11:00 p.m. EDT (July 15 at 12:00 p.m. JST). The announcement will have simultaneous English interpretation. Recap footage will have subtitles in English, French, Korean, Traditional Chinese...

Viz Adds Matsuri Hino's Shuriken & Pleats, Bisco Hatori's Behind the Scenes Manga

Shojo Beat to publish new series by Vampire Knight, Ouran authors in 2016 ― Viz Media announced at its Shojo Beat panel at Anime Expo on Saturday that the imprint will release the Shuriken and Pleats (Shuriken to Pleats) manga by Vampire Knight author Matsuri Hino, as well as the Behind the Scenes (Urakata!!) manga by Ouran High School Host Club author Bisco Hatori. Shuriken and Pleats revolves aroun...

Production I.G Makes Show for Fox's Animation Domination High-Def

Title not yet revealed at Anime Expo panel ― The anime studio Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, Blood, Psycho-Pass) announced during its Anime Expo panel on Saturday that it is producing a show for Fox's Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD) programming block. I.G has not revealed the show's title, but it will be promoted by Fox. The ADHD block has aired numerous parodies and tributes of a...
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Make Your Summer Sparkle with Love Live! Fireworks

Lawson, a Japanese convenience store chain, is capitalizing on a summer tradition and offering a Love Live! School idol project fireworks set. It comes with three bookmarks and uses illustrations from the smartphone app Love Live! School idol festival showing the girls in summer kimono. There are nine different bookmarks to collect in total (one for each character). Unfortunately for anyone dreami...
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Anime Expo 2015 News Roundup: Day One & Day Two

We're live at Anime Expo 2015 all weekend, but in case you're having trouble keeping up with the flurry of news, here's a roundup of everything you may have missed in the first two days of the con! ― We're live at Anime Expo 2015 all weekend, but in case you're having trouble keeping up with the flurry of news, here's a roundup of everything you may have missed yesterday! We'll have a cosplay galler...
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Ninja Slayer From Animation ‒ Episode 12

"Why have a show with a story and characters when you can just parade the bodacious heroine across the screen again and again?"
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The List - 7 of the Worst Sore Losers

Some people just don't take defeat very well. These seven folks could use a lesson in being a good sport. ― Losing gracefully and admitting defeat is a skill and some characters, especially villains, aren't particularly good at it. It's never the losers fault that they didn't succeed. Blame is either passed around to the nearest person, or worse, the loser seeks revenge against whomever bested them....
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Snow White With the Red Hair's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

Katsuyuki Konishi joins the cast as Sakaki, Raji's retainer ― Warner Brothers Japan began streaming the second promotional video for the television anime of Sorata Akiduki's Snow White with the Red Hair (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime) manga on Saturday. The video previews the opening theme song "Yasashi Kibō" (Kind Hope) by the anime's lead voice actress, Saori Hayami. Raji: Mirror, mirror... Who is the ...
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Monster Musume GN 6

Kimihito is already living with a harpy, a mermaid, a spider woman, a centaur, a slime girl, and a lamia. Could he possibly have room for a dullahan too? And what could possibly go wrong with a grim reaper in the house...? ― If there's one thing that Okayado's Monster Musume is, it's unashamed. There are bare breasts (and nipples) in proliferation, orgasms induced by a variety of thoughts and things,...

Funimation Reveals Dub Cast for One Piece Season 7

Matthew Mercer, Justin Cook, Lydia Mackay, Bruce Carey, more join cast for Sabaody Archipelago arc ― Funimation revealed more dub cast at its Anime Expo panel on Friday for the seventh season of the One Piece anime, which starts the show's Sabaody Archipelago arc. The additional cast is as follows: The Supernovas: Trafalgar Law - Matthew Mercer Eustass Kid - Justin Cook X Drake - D.C. Douglas Scratch...
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Rock Band Back-On to Perform at Otakon Matsuri Street Festival

Outdoor festival to be held day before July 24-26 convention ― Maryland convention Otakon announced on Friday that rock band Back-On will perform at the Otakon Matsuri on July 23. The Otakon Matsuri is an outdoor street festival held at West Shore Park in Baltimore's Inner Harbor the day before the convention. The four-member band has performed theme songs for anime such as Air Gear, Eyeshield 21, Fa...
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Daisuki Announces Streaming Details for Concrete Revolutio, Anime Consortium Japan to Co-produce

Anime Consortium Japan (ACJ) confirmed via press release on Friday that the Daisuki streaming service will stream the Concrete Revolutio television anime "worldwide" as it airs in Japan. The official English website for the series currently states that the series will "tentatively stream on Daisuki.net and other sites." The company also announced that it will co-produce the series. ACJ is also co-...
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Bandai Namco Streams Saint Seiya Soldiers' Soul English-Subtitled Trailer

PS3/PS4/PC game set to ship on September 25 in Japan/Europe, fall in N. America ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming an English-subtitled Japan Expo trailer for the upcoming Saint Seiya: Soldiers' Soul PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4/PC fighting game on Friday. The video confirms a September 25 release date for Europe. Bandai Namco Entertainment America streamed the same trailer at Anime E...
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Daisuki Confirms The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls 2nd Half Streaming

Anime Consortium Japan (ACJ) announced via a press release on Friday that the Daisuki service will stream the second cour of The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls anime as it airs in Japan. The first episode will premiere on the site July 17 at 11:30 a.m. EDT. The series will be available streaming worldwide except in Japan and China, and subtitles will be available in English, Korean, and traditional C...
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Dimension W Anime's Announcement Video Reveals Staff, TV Format

Bunny Drop/Oreshura's Kanta Kamei directs 2016 series at Studio 3Hz, Orange ― Funimation began streaming an announcement video on Saturday for the anime adaptation of Yuji Iwahara's Dimension W manga. The video reveals that the adaptation will be a television anime series, and it also previews animation and dialogue. The description on the video notes that the series will get a simultaneous worldwide...
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Daisuki to Stream Everyday Life with Monster Girls Anime in Asia, Central America, Latin America

Anime Consortium Japan Inc. announced on Friday that it will stream the Everyday Life with Monster Girls (Monster Musume) anime with English subtitles in Central America, some Latin American countries, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines on its Daisuki streaming service. Daisuki is the first international streaming service to announce the anime. The series will premiere on July 8 i...

Funimation Offers Unaired Free! Eternal Summer Episode

Series also gets Premium Edition with art book, cards, towel, decals, discount on OVA ― North American anime distributor Funimation confirmed at its Anime Expo panel on Friday that it has the rights to the unaired Free! Eternal Summer episode. The company will release the original video anime episode next year, and it will offer a discount to those who buy the Premium Edition of the television serie...

Friday, July 3

Viz Announces Print Plans for Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Manga

Next Yu-Gi-Oh! card to Shonen Jump subscribers also revealed ― Viz Media announced at its Shonen Jump panel at Anime Expo on Friday that it will release Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring (Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki) manga in print. The company plans to release the manga in winter 2016. The manga will end in its 10th chapter in Shueisha...
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SHAFT Opens 'Madogatari' Exhibit to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

The SHAFT animation studio is launching a special exhibition to celebrate the studio's 40th anniversary. Starting on November 27, the "Madogatari" exhibit will open in Tokyo and run for about a week before moving to Osaka on December 22 and then Sapporo on February 2. The exhibit is hosting an scroll-through gallery on the website combining sketches from the Madoka Magica and Monogatari series. Th...

Dimension W Manga by Darker Than Black/King of Thorn's Iwahara Gets Anime

Funimation is part of committee for near-future sci-fi action anime ― North American anime distributor Funimation announced at its Anime Expo panel on Friday that an anime is adapting the Dimension W manga by Darker Than Black character designer and King of Thorn manga creator Yuji Iwahara. Funimation said that it is "part of the committee of the anime" and screened a preview video. In the story, hum...
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Music Video Previews Rin Hoshizora Voice Actress Riho Iida's Debut Album

Voice actress and singer Riho Iida is previewing her upcoming debut album "rippi-rippi" in a new music video. The full-length video features the album's track "Hajimaritai Canon." The 11-track CD goes on sale on July 29 in three editions. Limited Edition A includes the CD and a Blu-ray with the above music video and a making-of feature, a photo book, and a concert ticket application. Limited Editi...
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Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan ‒ Episode 14

"Things returned more or less to normal this week for a slower outing of Yuki-chan."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 418

"Luckily, this week's venture into Flashback Land is material we haven't already seen before."

Funimation to Stream Venus Project: Climax Anime

Also acknowledges streaming of Chaos Dragon this summer ― North American anime distributor Funimation announced at its Anime Expo panel on Friday that it will stream the Venus Project: Climax anime series as it airs in Japan. Funimation also acknowledged that it will stream the Chaos Dragon television anime series, after its website briefly listed the anime. Venus Project tells the story of idols liv...
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Kinoko Collection Mushroom Girl Game Closes Shop

Server taken down on July 1 ― After a mere few months, the cute mushroom girls of Kinoko Collection have hung up their caps. According to an announcement posted on the game staff's official Twitter feed, Kinoko Collection's server was taken down on July 1 due to "financial difficulties" at Cmix, the game's developer. The staff deeply apologized for letting down those who had been awaiting improvement...

New York Times Manga Best Seller List, June 21-27

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Tokyo Ghoul, Naruto, Attack on Titan, Deadman Wonderland, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Seraph of the End, Noragami, Assassination Classroom, Big Hero 6 The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on June 27. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Mobile Suit Gundam: Th...

Right Stuf/Nozomi Ent. Add Big Windup! Season 2, Tamayura: Hitose, Umi Monogatari Anime

Also: A Town Where You Live, Pita Ten anime ― Anime retailer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and producer Nozomi Entertainment announced at their panel at Anime Expo on Friday that they will release the following titles: Tamayura - Hitotose, Umi Monogatari, Big Windup! Season 2 (Ookiku Furikabutte ~Natsu no Taikai-hen~), Pita Ten, and A Town Where You Live. Nozomi Entertainment will release the Tama...

Right Stuf/Sunrise to Release Original Gundam TV Anime on Blu-ray Disc

Also: Zeta Gundam, Gundam ZZ, Victory Gundam, After War Gundam X, Turn A Gundam film collection ― Anime retailer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Friday that it and Sunrise will release the original Mobile Suit Gundam television anime series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc this fall. The companies also revealed that they will release Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Mobile Sui...

Right Stuf/Nozomi Ent. to Release Revolutionary Girl Utena on Blu-ray Disc

Release will be 1st BD release from Nozomi Entertainment ― Anime retailer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and producer Nozomi Entertainment announced at their panel at Anime Expo on Friday that they will release the Revolutionary Girl Utena television anime series on Blu-ray Disc. The release will be Nozomi Entertainment's first Blu-ray Disc release. The release also marks the first time Revolutiona...

Toei Screens 1st 3 World Trigger Episodes with English Dub

Another company has not licensed the dub that Toei itself commissioned ― The Toei Animation booth at Anime Expo is screening the first three episodes of the World Trigger television anime with an English dub this week. Representatives of the studio emphasized with ANN that another company has not licensed the anime's dub. Rather, Toei Animation itself commissioned the English dub of the first six to ...

Crunchyroll to Stream My Wife is the Student Council President Anime

Uncensored version to air for premium members after the censored version ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the anime My Wife is the Student Council President (Okusama ga Seito Kaichō!) as it airs in Japan this summer. The first episode will stream at 6:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, and future episodes will stream on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. EDT. The stream will be available worldwide outsi...

Aksys Games Announces 3rd Game in Zero Escape Series

Puzzle adventure game slated for summer 2016 release ― North American video game distributor Aksys Games and creator Kōtarō Uchikoshi announced at their Anime Expo panel on Friday that it will release a third game in the Zero Escape game series. The game, tentatively titled Zero Escape 3, is slated for a summer 2016 release on Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Kōtarō Uchikoshi (Punchline), the direc...

Countdown Site Teases Next Gundam Project

A teaser site, g-tekketsu.com, opened on Friday with a countdown, a silhouette of a mecha, and the message "Next G Coming Soon." The countdown will end on July 15 at 12:00 p.m. JST (July 14 at 11:00 p.m. EDT). Sunrise's official Gundam website reported on the site's opening. [Via Yaraon!]
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Japanese Women Rank Their Favorite Romantic Gestures

Japanese women have chimed in on just what makes their hearts go doki-doki. According to a rather unorthodox survey, a group of 600 Japanese women were asked the question "Hypothetically, which romantic gesture would you have your lover do?". The survey was conducted by Dio Chemicals, Ltd, who also discovered that women would much rather have a man at their side to guide any intrusive insects out ...
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Overlord Promo Videos Preview 1st Episode

Series about a player ruling over NPCs in a closed MMORPG to premiere July 7 ― Media Factory began streaming a pair of promotional videos for the anime Overlord on Friday. The video preview the anime's first episode "End and Beginning" and the opening theme "Clattanoia" by OxT The "normal version" of the video features Overlord's protagonist Momonga (Satoshi Hino) narrating the state of his world ins...
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Pokkén Tournament Fighting Game Adds Charizard, Weavile

Arcade launch date set for July 16 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming Pokkén Tournament videos on Friday introducing Charizard (Lizardon) and Weavile (Manyula) as playable characters in the fighting game. The game's official website also announced that the game will debut in Japanese arcades on July 16. The playable pokémon thus far include Lucario, Machamp, Gardevoir, Suicune, Gengar, and ...
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Yūma Uchida, Yu Kobayashi Join Classroom Crisis Anime Cast

Series premiered in Japan; will premiere on Hulu, Crunchyroll, Viewster, Daisuki, Aniplex Channel ― The official website for the Classroom Crisis anime announced two more cast members on Saturday. Yūma Uchida as Nagisa Kiryu,a third-year transfer student and new chief of the patents development division. He is the younger brother of Kazuhisa and Yūji. Yu Kobayashi as Angelina, a member of the account...
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Seven Seas Licenses Angel Beats!: Heaven's Door Manga

1st volume of prequel series slated for February ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed the manga Angel Beats!: Heaven's Door. The first volume is slated to ship on February 9, 2016. The manga is a prequel to the anime series, and follows the formation of the Afterlife Battlefront. The story adapts the Angel Beats!: Track Zero light novel. Yuriko Asami began the ongoing s...

Viz Media Reveals Sailor Moon S Dub Cast

Erica Mendez, Lauren Landa, Christine Marie Cabanos added to cast ― Viz Media announced new English dub cast members for the Sailor Moon S anime series at its Sailor Moon panel at Anime Expo on Friday. The new cast members are: Erica Mendez as Haruka Tenoh / Sailor Uranus Lauren Landa as Michiru Kaioh / Sailor Neptune Christine Marie Cabanos as Hotaru Tomoe / Sailor Saturn Keith Silverstein as Profes...

D. Gray-man Manga Relaunches in New Jump Square Crown Magazine

Blood Blockade Battlefront manga also returns ― This year's August issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine announced on Saturday that a new quarterly magazine, titled Jump Square Crown will launch on July 17. The new magazine will publish Katsura Hoshino's D.Gray-man and Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront Back 2 Back. Shueisha ended its Jump SQ. 19 magazine in February with plans to launc...
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Eva Collabs with Game Developer for Matchmaking Real-Escape Event

Defend Neo Tokyo-3 from an Angel attack ― Evacon—a Japanese convention for die-hard Neon Genesis Evangelion fans—is teaming up with Japanese game developer RealD Game for a rather interesting get-together event. Known as "Escape from Neo-Tokyo 3," this upcoming event will be held in Shiodome in Tokyo. In this scenario, Neo-Tokyo 3 is under attack by an Angel, and it's up to Shinji and Rei to defend i...
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Crunchyroll Adds Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life: Phantasmagoric Arc Anime

3rd season of series about mysterious mascot character premieres in Japan on Friday ― Media distribution site Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life: Phantasmagoric Arc (Wooser no Sono Higurashi Mugen-hen), the third anime adaptation of Yoshiki Usa and Tomoko Fujinoki's Wooser no Sono Higurashi (Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life) manga. The site will stream the seri...
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San Diego Comic Con to Stay In Place Through 2018

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced on Thursday that the Comic-Con International convention will stay in San Diego until at least 2018. The convention's location contract was set to expire next year. The decision to extend that contract an additional two years comes despite the fact that convention organizers had been considering moving to a larger location in Southern California such as Lo...

Hikaru Utada Announces Birth of Baby Boy, Work on New Album

Album to be singer/songwriter's 1st studio release in 6 years ― Singer Hikaru Utada announced on her official website on Friday that she gave birth to a boy. In addition, she announced that she began work on a new album during her pregnancy. She is still working on the album and plans to release additional information when she can. It has been six years since Utada's last studio album release. She ha...
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Answerman - Why Are All The Parents Dead?

Why does anime delight in making its young heroes parent-less? Plus, how long does an episode take to animate? Does Funimation have DVD rights for the shows they're simul-dubbing? And what was ADV Kidz? ― Mitsuki asks: I was having a discussion (and by "discussion" I meant Tumblr post) about truly godawful cartoons, and someone brought up "Super Duper Sumos", and posted an image. Thing is, I noticed...
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Prison School Anime's Mari TV Ad Posted

Akira Hiramoto's 'hellish prison life' story premieres on July 10 ― The official website for the television anime of Akira Hiramoto's Prison School manga began streaming a "underground student council Mari (president)" TV ad on Friday. The ad features the opening theme song "Ai no Prison" (Prison of Love) by Kangoku Danshi. North American publisher Yen Press licensed Akira Hiramoto's original manga f...
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Kouichi Yamadera to Voice Corazon in One Piece Anime

Character to debut in July 5 episode ― The official website for the One Piece anime announced on Thursday that Kouichi Yamadera will play Corazon, Donquixote Doflamingo's younger brother and Trafalgar Law's savior. Yamadera will make his debut as Corazon, who appears in the show's new opening animation, in the episode premiering on July 5. Yamadera has voiced roles in more than 200 anime, including N...
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Voltage Streams Boys Over Flowers Romance App's Opening Movie

"Romance drama app" available now on iOS/Android ― The official website of Voltage's Hana Yori Dango - F4 to First Kiss (Boys Over Flowers - First Kiss With the F4) "romance drama app" began streaming the game's opening movie on Thursday. The video previews the game's characters from Yoko Kamio's Boys Over Flowers manga. Text: Eitoku Academy, where celebrities go to school. Text: The people who rule ...
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One Piece Manga #78 Gets 3.8-Million Print Run

Japanese publisher Shueisha has produced 3.8 million copies for the first printing of the 78th volume of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece pirate manga. Shueisha shipped the volume in Japan on Friday. The 77th volume also received a 3.8-million print run when it shipped in April. The 75th volume of the manga, which shipped last September, was the 12th consecutive volume of the manga to get a print run of f...
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Wanna Be the Strongest in the World! [Limited Edition] BD+DVD

Take it as a paean to joshi puroresu and Wanna Be the Strongest in the World fares pretty well. Take it any other way and, well... you'll see. ― Female pro wrestling in Japan (referred to as joshi puroresu) has existed to some degree since 1948, most typically as an independent promotion from male pro wrestling. Like pro wrestling in the States, Japanese pro wrestling is typically scripted, although ...

CyberConnect2 Working on 3 Games for New Generation Consoles (Updated)

CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama told Kadokawa's Famitsu magazine in March that the company had three unannounced titles it is developing in commemoration of the company's 20th anniversary. CyberConnect2 had posted a recruitment ad in Famitsu and on its website (pictured at right) featuring keywords for the three games. Matsuyama clarified with Famitsu which keywords were for which titles: Titl...
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The Anthem of the Heart Film's 3rd TV Ad Streamed

Film by AnoHana staff about girl whose voice was sealed away opens in Japan on September 19 ― The official website for The Anthem of the Heart (Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da. or Kokosake), the original anime film from the anohana (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.) and Toradora! anime staff, posted a 15-second version and a 30-second version of the third television ad for the f...
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Sunrise Reveals Classicaloid Comedy TV Anime for 2016

Gintama's Fujita directs slapstick music series about robot-like famous composers ― Sunrise and NHK have announced that they will produce the Classicaloid television anime series. The series will premiere on NHK's E-TV station in 2016. Yoichi Fujita (Gintama anime franchise) is directing the anime at Sunrise. Makoto Tsuchibayashi (Sengoku Basara franchise) is serving as original character designer. N...

Digital Manga Inc. Announces DMG Payment Restructuring, Updated Release Schedule

Also: 8 new Project-H licenses ― Digital Manga Publishing announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Thursday that it is restructuring its Digital Manga Guild to pay localizers upfront as freelancers. The previous system was a revenue share, in which workers were paid based on the success of the manga they were assigned. The Digital Manga Guild allows translators, editors, and letterers with no experien...

Aniplex USA's Fate/stay night: UBW Trailer Previews Dub

Aniplex releases 1st season on Blu-ray/DVD on August 25 ― Aniplex of America began streaming a trailer on Thursday for its Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works home video release. The trailer previews the English dub starring Bryce Papenbrook as Shirou Emiya, Mela Lee as Rin Tohsaka, and Kari Wahlgren as Saber. The previously announced English dub cast, under ADR director and script writer Tony Oli...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Wakaba Girl Anime

Sentai Filmworks licensed the series based on 4-panel manga ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the anime Wakaba Girl as it airs in Japan this summer. The stream times have not yet been announced. The stream will be available in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Sentai Filmworks announced on T...

Aniplex USA Offers English Dub for Your Lie in April, Subtitled Tsukimonogatari BD Release

Patrick Seitz to direct Your Lie in April's dub; Bang Zoom! holds open auditions ― Aniplex of America announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Thursday that it will release an English dub of Your Lie in April with ADR director Patrick Seitz. Bang Zoom! Entertainment is holding open auditions for the dub at Anime Expo. Bang Zoom! Entertainment is also hosting open auditions for Aldnoah.Zero this weeken...
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JAST USA Adds SoniComi, Flowers PC Games

Company reveals release months for Shiny Days, Raidy III, Seinarukana ― JAST USA announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Thursday that it has licensed Innocent Grey's Flowers -Spring Arc and Nitroplus' Communication With Sonico (SoniComi) games. Innocent Grey's (Kara no Shoujo series) Flowers -Spring Arc PC game is a mystery story that takes place at an all-girls boarding school in the middle of a fo...

Digimonstory Cybersleuth Heads West in 2016

New info on Tales of Zestiria, Sword Art Online games also detailed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced at its Anime Expo panel on Thursday that it will release the Digimonstory Cybersleuth PlayStation 4/PlayStation Vita game in North and South America in 2016. The company also announced new details for its releases of the Tales of Zestiria game (including a PC version of Tales of Symhponi...
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Tokyopop Plans Manga Publishing Relaunch, More Projects

Tokyopop announced at its Anime Expo panel on Thursday that it is planning to begin publishing manga again in 2016. The company is seeking to license "hidden gems that are not yet noticed" from small or independent publishers. In addition, Tokyopop plans to publish art books and collectors editions, and will consider light novels. The company is also looking to get into film and television product...

Vertical Adds Attack on Titan: Lost Girls Novel, Nichijō, FukuFuku: Kitten Tales Manga

Sushi Chef Sukiyabashi Jiro book by acclaimed chef Jiro Ono also licensed ― North American manga publisher Vertical announced at Anime Expo on Thursday that it has licensed the following books: Sushi Chef Sukiyabashi Jiro (Sukiyabashi Jirō Jun o Nigiru), the Nichijō and FukuFuku: Kitten Tales (Fuku Fuku Nya~n Neko da Nyan) manga, and the Attack on Titan: Lost Girls novel spinoff. Sushi Chef Sukiyabas...

Concrete Revolutio Anime's 1st English-subtitled Promo Video Introduces Cast

Daisuki to "tentatively" stream October series ― Bandai Visual began streaming the first promotional video on Friday for the Concrete Revolutio Chōjin Gensō (Concrete Revolutio - Superhero Fantasy) television anime series. The staff have also opened an English website, and Daisuki is streaming an English-subtitled version of the trailer. The video introduces the main cast from the Superhuman Bureau: ...

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Motoko Kusanagi Gets Fishy in Mentaiko Campaign

Say hello to Mentaiko Kusanagi in her new promotional collaboration. Sci-fi anime classic Ghost in the Shell is teaming up with seafood production company Umeya to sell some fish. Their mentaiko (marinated pollock or cod roe), is used in many Japanese dishes, and is currently being sold in special Ghost in the Shell: Arise Alternative Architecture packaging. The special packaging features protagon...

Trigger Teases New Project & New Inferno Cop/Little Witch Academia Crossover Short

Studio's 4th major project has yet to be announced in Japan ― Studio Trigger teased a new project, its fourth major project, at its Anime Expo panel on Thursday. It showed preliminary designs of several school students as well as a verdant city in the sea, intersected with bridges. The staff members added that the project has yet to be announced in Japan. Because of that, they disallowed photographs ...

Aniplex USA Details Fate/stay night: UBW, Durarara!!×2 Shō Release Details

Englsh dub cast revealed for Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ― At its Anime Expo panel on Thursday, Aniplex of America revealed the release details for its first box set of Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works and its release of Durarara!!×2 Shō. Aniplex of America will release the first season of Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works in a limited-edition Blu-ray Disc box set and a complete ...
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Underground Idol 'Masked Girls' Group Gets Web Manga

A brand new Japanese web comic places these Japanese pop singers in a grand battle royale. The underground idol group known as Masked Girls are being illustrated on Kadokawa Web in Masked Girls: Steam Guns Girl. Much like the idol group donning masks for their performances, Steam Guns Girl depicts a group of poor girls that live in the isolated city of Steam Guns that wear masks when participating...

Crunchyroll Adds Ushio & Tora Anime

Sentai Filmworks licensed the series ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the Ushio & Tora television anime as it airs in Japan. The stream times are not yet set. The stream will be available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Scandinavia, Netherlands, Middle East, North Africa, and ...
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Viz Media Adds K: Missing Kings Film, K: Return of Kings 2nd Season

Viz Media announced at its Anime Expo panel on Thursday that it has acquired the rights to the K film, K Missing Kings, and the second television anime series, K Return of Kings. The film premiered in Japan on July 12. Eleven Arts screened the film in theaters in North America, starting in Los Angeles on July 18. The official website for the film outlined the story: [Note: Highlight the text below...
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Garakowa -Restore the World- Trailer Highlights Story, Characters

Official English title revealed for Vitreous Flower & Destroy the World ― Pony Canyon began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for Garakowa -Restore the World- (Glass no Hana to Kowasu Sekai) on Thursday. The English title on the Japanese version is Vitreous Flower & Destroy the World, but the promotional video introduces the new English title. The main cast includes: Yumiri Hanamori (Etotama's U...
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Final Fantasy VII: The Series Proof of Concept Video Recreates Game Scenes in Live-Action

Live-action fan series have gotten more attention lately with the Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope pilot and The Zelda Project. Director Roth Rind, PermaGrin Films, and the Rind-Raja Picture Company are joining in with their own live-action Final Fantasy VII project. The team released a proof of concept video for Final Fantasy VII: The Series to show how Roth and crew always imagined the original Play...

Sentai Filmworks Adds Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Higurashi Anime (Update)

Adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka's space opera novels gets 1st English release ― Sentai Filmworks announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Thursday that it has licensed the Legend of the Galactic Heroes and both seasons of the When They Cry - Higurashi (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) anime series, as well the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei OVA. The Legend of the Galactic Heroes video anime series adapts Yoshik...

Sentai Filmworks Acquires Ushio & Tora, Gate, School-Live!, Wakaba Girl, Aoharu x Machinegun Anime

Company also adds To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness 2nd sequel ― Sentai Filmworks announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Thursday that it has licensed the following summer 2015 titles: Gate: Jiei-tai Ka no Chi ni te, Kaku Tatakaeri, School-Live!, Ushio & Tora, Wakaba Girl, To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness 2nd, and Aoharu x Machinegun. Gate: Jiei-tai Ka no Chi ni te, Kaku Tatakaeri (Gate: The Self-Defense F...

Viz Adds Legend of Galactic Heroes Novels, One-Punch Man Anime (Updated)

Also: Boruto the Movie, more Dragon Ball full-color manga, Death Note on Blu-ray ― Viz Media announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Thursday that it has licensed Yoshiki Tanaka's The Legend of the Galactic Heroes novels, the anime adaptation of Yuusuke Murata and ONE's manga One-Punch Man, and Boruto the Movie. The Legend of the Galactic Heroes will be released from Viz Media's Haikasoru imprint. Ha...

Crunchyroll to Stream GATE Anime

Stream begins on July 3 ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the anime GATE (Gate: Jiei-tai Ka no Chi ni te, Kaku Tatakaeri) as it airs in Japan. The stream will premiere on July 3 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The stream will be available in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Europe (excluding French and French-speaking territories), the Middle Eas...
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Mosoko Miyatsuki Teaches Surprised Faces in 5th Wacom & Manga University Instructional Video

The American branch of Wacom, a company that makes digital drawing tablets, has released its fifth video with mangaka Mosoko Miyatsuki (Ani ga Rival!) and publisher Manga University. In this video, Miyatsuki teaches viewers how to draw characters' surprised expressions using an Intuos Manga Pen & Touch Small tablet and the Celsys software Clip Studio Paint Pro program. Miyatsuki (also known as Sao...
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Danganronpa: Another Episode Opening Movie Streamed in English

Prequel PS Vita game to ship on September 1 ― The official PlayStation YouTube channel began streaming the opening movie of Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls Thursday. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is the third PlayStation Vita game in the Daganronpa series and is set to ship in North American on September 1 and in Europe on September 4. NIS America describes the sto...

Studio 4°C, Keiji Inafune's Comcept Tease 'Red Ash' Collaboration Project

Companies will host joint panel at Anime Expo ― Video game development company Comcept began streaming a teaser video on Thursday for a project titled "Red Ash: The Indelible Legend" ("Red Ash: Kiganjō Calcannon no Majo," or "Red Ash: The Witch of Mechanical Armor Castle Calcannon"). Comcept is collaborating with anime production company Studio 4°C. The companies will reveal more information on Satur...

Sanrio's American Branch Plans Hello Kitty Film for 2019

Budget estimated at 20 to 30 billion yen ― Sanrio announced on Thursday that it is planning a new Hello Kitty film for 2019. The film will be produced at Sanrio's new American subsidiary, Sanrio Media & Pictures Entertainment. The film has an estimated production budget of 20 to 30 billion yen (about US$160 million-240 million). Sanrio's films and animated works in Japan typically have a budget of se...
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 13

"This show is a lot of fun, but I'd love to see it become something even more than that."
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Sailor Moon Musical Cast Celebrates Usagi's Birthday Across Tokyo

This past Tuesday celebrated the birth of everyone's favorite pretty soldier in a sailor suit (and later, her future daughter). The ditzy, bun-headed protagonist of Sailor Moon—Usagi Tsukino—has her birthday on June 30, with her daughter from the future Chibi-Usa sharing the date as well. In commemoration, the main cast of the current Sailor Moon musical celebrated with a special trip across Tokyo...

Ad At Anime Expo: Parasyte -the maxim- to Air on Toonami This Fall (Updated)

Anime already streaming on Crunchyroll ― An ad on a truck parked outside this year's Anime Expo convention in Los Angeles stated on Thursday that Parasyte -the Maxim- will air on Adult Swim's Toonami block this fall. The 24-episode series based on Hitoshi Iwaaki's manga premiered in October. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan and Sentai Filmworks licensed the series for North Americ...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 278

"In an episode in which virtually every female Gintama character gets a chance to bring the funny, the proceedings are over-the-top as usual."
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House of 1000 Manga Finale: Part II

In the final installment of House of 1000 Manga, Jason both looks back at some of his favorites from the last 5 years and looks forward at what's to come! ― House of 1000 Manga: The End If this column was a horror movie, like the one it's named after (I've actually never even seen it), this is the part when the House of 1000 Manga burns down and the traumatized survivors tell the sheriff about how t...

A.D. Police, Cybuster Director Hidehito Ueda Passes Away

H2, Transformers: Armada director had been fighting cancer for more than 1.5 years ― Anime screenwriter Takao Koyama (Dragon Ball Z, Urusei Yatsura) reported on his website on Tuesday that anime director and storyboard artist Hidehito Ueda passed away on June 28. He was 61. Koyama noted that Ueda was a junior of his at Tatsunoko Productions, and two men worked together on Time Bokan Series, Shōwa Ahō...
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Ayane Sakura, Yumiri Hanamori, Risa Taneda Star in Vitreous Flower & Destroy the World Film

From the New World's Masashi Ishihama directs A-1 Pictures film opening this year ― The official website for the Vitreous Flower & Destroy the World (Glass no Hana to Kowasu Sekai) anime film revealed the film's main cast on Thursday. The main cast includes: Yumiri Hanamori (Etotama's Uritan, The Rolling Girls' Chiaya) as Remo "I must return to the flower patch..." A girl who has lost her memories. S...
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Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment, Lost Song Games' English Trailer Streamed (Updated)

Re: Hollow Fragment for PS4 gets renewed English translation ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming an English trailer from Japan Expo on Thursday for both the Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment and Sword Art Online Lost Song games. The company also confirmed that Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment for the PlayStation 4 will receive a renewed English translation. The game will get a ...
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Magi DVD 2

With Magnoshutatt on the brink of war, can Aladdin convince its leader that non-magicians are human too? ― There is a style of literature known as “Naturalism,” which, in its simplest form, expresses the belief that it is impossible to overcome or rise above the situation you are born into. It isn't always seen in anime, and it certainly wasn't part of the first season of Magi, The Labyrinth of Magic...
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One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 Game's English Video Previews Punk Hazard Arc

Game ships for PS4/PS3/PS Vita/PC in August in Europe, N. America, Middle East, Australasia ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming an English trailer from Japan Expo on Thursday for the One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 game. The game previews the Punk Hazard arc from the Eiichiro Oda's original manga and the anime adaptation. The game will ship in North America on August 25, and will then shi...
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Tales of Symphonia HD Gets PC Release, Tales of Zestiria Gets Collector's Edition in Europe

Collector's edition to include 30-minute anime DVD when it ships on October 16 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment's official English Tales of blog announced on Thursday that the HD edition of Tales of Symphonia will get a PC digital release via Steam in 2016. The blog also revealed that the European release of Tales of Zestiria will have a collector's edition. This edition will include: 4 Chibi Kyun Chara ...
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Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden 3DS Game's English Trailer Streamed (Updated)

European release gets 3DS bundle on October 16 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming an English "extreme fighting" Japan Expo trailer on Thursday for Arc System Works' Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden fighting game for Nintendo 3DS. The company will release the game in Europe, the Middle East, and Australasia on October 16, and it will then release the game in the Americas on October 20. ...
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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Game's English Promo Video Previews Kana-Boon Song (Updated)

European pre-order bonuses, collector's edition detailed for game shipping this fall ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming an English-subtitled Japan Expo trailer on Thursday for the Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (Naruto Shippūden Narutimate Storm 4) game. The video previews Kana-Boon's opening song "Spiral" and previews Kaguya Ōtsutsuki — the first user of chakra — who will ...
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Bandai Namco Ent. Streams Project X Zone 2 Game's 1st Promo Video

3DS game ships in Japan on November 12; European release delayed to early 2016 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a Japan Expo trailer in English for its Project X Zone 2 sequel 3DS game on Thursday. The trailer reveals the more than 30 characters that will be playable in the game. Bandai Namco Entertainment also streamed a Japanese trailer for the game on Thursday. The first 7.5 min...
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Grand Kingdom Game's 2nd Promo Video Reveals More Cast

Ai Kayano, Hiroyuki Yoshino, more join cast for PS4/PS Vita game shipping on October 22 ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a second promotional video on Thursday for its Grand Kingdom tactical role-playing game for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita consoles. The video reveals more characters and voice cast members, and reveals the following character class types: Fighter, Hunter, Witch, and Medic....
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Daisuki's ACJ Hosts Anime Scriptwriter Shou Aikawa at Anime Expo

Fullmetal Alchemist, Un-Go writer to announce new TV series at panel on Friday ― Anime Consortium Japan's (ACJ) Daisuki service announced on Wednesday that the company is hosting anime writer Shou Aikawa as a guest at this year's Anime Expo, which will run from July 2-5. ACJ and Aikawa will be announcing a new animated TV series at the convention that the company noted "has not even been announced in...
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Magi: Adventure of Sinbad's New Original Video Anime Previewed in Video

Conclusion to "Capture of Valefor Dungeon" story ships on July 7 ― Shogakukan began streaming a promotional video for the Magi: Adventure of Sinbad original video anime's fifth episode on Wednesday. The video previews the episode's story and characters. Text: The legitimate prologue Valefor: This is dark magic. Sinbad: Dark magic? Valefor: A frightening and powerful magic that changes people into mon...

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Zelda Manga Series by Akira Himekawa Returns After 7 Years

Duo had drawn Skyward Sword prologue in 2011 after drawing 1998-2008 manga series ― The two manga creators who go by the name Akira Himekawa announced on Thursday that they are returning to The Legend of Zelda manga series in 2015 after a seven-year hiatus. They have already begun drawing the manga, and they posted the art below to celebrate the news: "2015, after 7 years … The Legend of Zelda manga ...

Fullmetal Alchemist Staff Makes Superhero Anime Concrete Revolutio

Kaito Ishikawa, Sumire Uesaka, Aki Toyosaki star in story of Tokyo overflowing with superhumans ― After collaborating on the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime, director Seiji Mizushima, writer Shou Aikawa, and the studio BONES are making the television anime series Concrete Revolutio Chōjin Gensō (Concrete Revolutio - Superhero Fantasy). The new series will premiere in October and run for half a year. ...
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Female Band Silent Siren Covers 'secret base' for Live-Action anohana

Band's 4 members were fans of the anime before covering ZONE's hit 2001 song ― The four-member female band Silent Siren are performing the theme song for the live-action television special adaptation of the anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day anime. Their cover of ZONE's hit 2001 song "secret base ~Kimi ga Kuretamono~" is their first theme song for a live-action television project. The original 2011 ...
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Mario 64 Fan Recreates Game with Unreal Engine

YouTuber aryoksini has used the Unreal Engine 4 and assets from the Unreal marketplace to recreate parts of the fan-favorite Mario 64 platformer. The video, which has reached almost 2.5 million views, shows environments from the game in various art styles from realistic to whimsical. The famous plumber wanders in snowy mountains, dank basements, and even a realistic living room. The trade-off of s...

Funimation Issues Statement on Fan Art & Trademark Rights

Draws distinction between copyrights & trademarks, which it must enforce or lose ― North American anime distributor Funimation is issuing the following statement on fan art and intellectual property — particularly trademarks — on Wednesday. The company notes that while it tends not to enforce its copyrights, it must enforce trademarks or face losing them under United States law. The entire statement ...
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26 Countries Prepare for World Cosplay Summit 2015 in Nagoya

Cosplay enthusiasts are preparing to descend on Nagoya City in Aichi prefecture for the 13th annual World Cosplay Summit. A total of 26 countries are competing for the title. Last year's event brought in 227,000 people to watch the competition that ultimately crowned Russia's Nek and Nichi as champions. The festival's opening ceremonies will take place at Laguna Ten Bosch in Gamagori City on July ...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, June 22-28

Tokyo Ghoul:re, Silver Spoon, What Did You Eat Yesterday?, My Love Story!!, The Seven Deadly Sins in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Tokyo Ghoul:re 3 260,637 629,991 2015/06 Shueisha Sui Ishida 1 2 2 Silver Spoon 13 203,087 728,942 2015/06 Shogakukan Hiromu Arakawa 1 2 3 What Did You Eat Yesterday? 10 181,852 181,852 ...
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Top Manga/Anime Artists Illustrate Educational Book Series

Kadokawa Shoten, Japanese publisher of various manga and Newtype magazine, is now releasing a brand new series crafted to educate as well as entertain. The new Kadokawa Manga Learning Series has already released its first 15 volumes as of June 30. These volumes are collectively known as "Japanese History," and cover the beginning of Japan, the introduction of Buddhism to the country, the Samurai e...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 22-28

Fire Emblem Fated, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 22-28 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Fire Emblem Fates Birthright/Conquest Nintendo June 25 260,675 260,675 65 2PSV Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Including Limited and Bundled Editions) Atlus June 25 94,036 94,036 90 33DS Fire Em...

Type-Moon's Tsukihime Doujin Game Gets Remake

New character "Noel" unveiled ― The tenth volume of Kadokawa's Type Moon Ace magazine announced details on a remake of Type-Moon's doujin game Tsukihime (Lunar Legend Tsukihime) on Wednesday. Type-Moon writer Kinoko Nasu and character designer Takashi Takeuchi (Fate/Stay Night) discussed the game in an interview, saying that the remake will have improved graphics and scenario. The setting is moving f...
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Stop-Motion Commercial Shows Off Highly-Posable Goku Figuarts

Tamashii Nations and Bandai have a series of highly-posable Dragon Ball character figures lined up to tie-in with this year's Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' film and Dragon Ball Super TV anime. Bandai is adding Super Saiyan Son Goku Super Warrior Awakening version, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Son Goku, Golden Frieza, and Ultimate Son Gohan to the Figuarts line, Super Saiyan Trunks to the Figuar...

The Garden of Words Studio Animates Public Service Campaign Commercial

Yoshitoshi Shinomiya directs commercial aimed at young people ― Anime studio CoMix Wave Films (The Garden of Words, Peeping Life) announced on Wednesday that it has produced an animated commercial for NHK and public advertising company Ad Council Japan. Yoshitoshi Shinomiya, a poster illustrator for The Garden of Words, directed the short. The commercial is part of a campaign, aimed at young people, ...
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Art Director Shichiro Kobayashi Discusses Work & Life Philosophy in French TV Program

The French television program toco toco began streaming its interview with award-winning anime art director Shichiro Kobayashi on Wednesday. Kobayashi started his career in anime art directing in 1966, and he founded the anime art studio Kobayashi Productions in 1968. Kobayashi's extensive anime series credit list includes art direction for Berserk, Nodame Cantabile, Blood+, Revolutionary Girl Ute...
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Funimation Briefly Listed Chaos Dragon on Site

The website for North American anime distributor Funimation briefly featured a site for the Chaos Dragon television anime series with the trademark copyright listed as "© Licensed by FUNimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved." The site provided a summary for the series and featured some key art, but did not mention whether Funimation will stream the series or release the series on home vid...
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Figure Skater Plays Kaiji in Tokyo Casino Project App's TV Ad

Nobunari Oda utters gambler's catchphrase from Nobuyuki Fukumoto's manga/anime ― Colopl's casino resort simulation game app Tokyo Casino Project recreated the world of Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Kaiji manga and anime in a television commercial that began airing on Wednesday. Professional figure skater Nobunari Oda stars as the title character, with a little help from makeup and a prosthetic nose. Logo: Colo...

Last Persona 3 Film's Video, Story, Title, Date, Staff, Visual Unveiled

Winter of Rebirth finale to open January 23 with director Tomohisa Taguchi ― The official website for the Persona 3 film series updated at midnight on Thursday, and unveiled the newest promotional video, story introduction, title, release date, staff, and teaser visual for Persona 3 the Movie #4 Winter of Rebirth. The last film will open in Japanese theaters on January 23, 2016. Yukari: Your life is ...
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Mamoru Hosoda's 2nd Boy & The Beast/Suntory Drink Crossover Ad Posted

Summer Wars director's studio animates campaign between his new film & Green Da-Ka-Ra mascots ― Director Mamoru Hosoda and his Studio Chizu animated a few crossover commercials between Hosoda's latest film The Boy and The Beast and Suntory's drink brand Green Da-Ka-Ra. The second ad, "Market," debuted on Wednesday with a song to tell the story: Narrator: Mugi-chan and Green Dakara-chan take a little ...
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New Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Comics Licensed

Boom! Studios has acquired the rights to publish new comics based on the live-action special-effects franchise Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Saban Brands. The company will launch its new project with a set of six exclusive, one-page comics at Comic-Con International at San Diego next week. As their title indicates, the new comics will focus on the first 1993-1995 incarnation of the Power Range...
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The X Button - Inner Stella

Have some imports this week with Tatsunoko tributes, Rhythm Heaven, and an RPG developer’s final days! And there’s Fire Emblem debate, Ace Attorney history, and Todd’s revelation of his favorite King of Fighters character! ― The Fire Emblem series has a few controversies, but you'll have to dig to find them. Those games with the more disturbing plot twists, such as Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy...
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Code Geass: Akito the Exiled #4's 1st 8 Minutes Streamed

4th episode of 5-episode series to premiere in Japan on Saturday ― The official website for the the Code Geass: Akito the Exiled anime project began streaming the first eight minutes of the fourth episode on Wednesday. The episode, "Nikushimi no Kioku Kara" (From the Memories of Hatred), will premiere in Japan on Saturday. The anime's official website revealed last week that the anime's fourth episod...
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Gundam: The Origin II Unveils Premiere Date, Cast, Staff

Ayumi Fujimura, Tohru Furuya, Toshihiko Seki join cast of episode premiering October 10 ― The official website for the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin original video anime project announced the main cast, staff, and premiere date for the second episode on Wednesday. The episode, "Artesia's Sorrow," will open for a limited two-week engagement in 15 Japanese theaters on October 31. Most of the staff and...
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Nobunagun BD+DVD

Oda Nobunaga, Jack the Ripper, Isaac Newtwon, and other historical greats pass on their talents to E-Gene holders to fight aliens. Wait, where are you going? ― There is something to be said for owning your concept. Nobunagun is essentially about giving descendants of mankind's greats access to their progenitors' abilities so that they can fight off aliens who have an uncanny knack for evolving, and h...
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Arslan Senki x Musou Game's 1st Promo Video Reveals Gameplay Footage

Koei Tecmo's PS4/PS3 game ships in Japan with limited edition on September 17 ― Koei Tecmo Games began streaming the first promotional video on Wednesday for the Arslan Senki x Musou PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 game. The promo reveals gameplay footage for the first time, and introduces the four confirmed playable characters. Koei Tecmo Games and Omega Force are developing the Warriors-style game ...
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Hayate the Combat Butler, Zettai Karen Children Manga Will Have Important Announcements in Shonen Sunday

This year's 31st issue of Shonen Sunday announced on Wednesday that the 32nd issue will publish a "super important announcement" related to Kenjirou Hata's Hayate the Combat Butler manga on July 8. The website also states that "School Trip Level 5" is coming to an end, and teases a "new stage." Hata's original manga inspired the first Hayate the Combat Butler television anime (2007-2008) and its H...

God Eater Anime's 1st Episode Delayed, Replaced with Special

1st episode to debut 1 week later to deliver work "with quality level that fans can approve of" ― The official website for the God Eater television anime series announced on Wednesday that ufotable has postponed the planned broadcast of the first episode on Tokyo MX TV. The first episode was originally scheduled to air on the channel on July 5. The notice stated that a special program titled "God Eat...
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'Avengers: Age of Ultron Episode 0' 1-Shot Manga's Main Color Visual Posted

1-shot by Ixion Saga's Komiyama shipped in Japan on Wednesday ― Kodansha published the main color visual online on Wednesday for the "Avengers: Age of Ultron Episode 0" one-shot manga. Kodansha published the manga in the 31st issue of Shonen Magazine on Wednesday. Yūsaku Komiyama (Ixion Saga manga) drew the manga. The 30th issue of the magazine had described the one-shot as follows: Tony Stark, the h...
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Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno Film Trailer Streamed With English Subtitles

Film opened in Japan on April 18 ― Singaporean anime distribution company Odex began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the 19th Detective Conan anime film, Detective Conan: Gōka no Himawari (Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno), on Tuesday. The trailer, which first streamed in March, features rock band Porno Graffitti's theme song "Oh! Rival." The film premiered Japan on April 18. From Ap...
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Himōto! Umaru-chan Gets PS Vita Game by FuRyu This Winter

"Himōto-raising simulation" game ― The July 16 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine is announcing on Thursday that Sankaku Head's Himōto! Umaru-chan manga is inspiring a PlayStation Vita game this winter. The "himōto-raising simulation" game Himōto! Umaru-chan: Himōto Ikusei Keikaku (The Himōto Raising Project) will cost 6,480 yen (about US$53) for the regular edition or 9,980 yen (US$82) f...
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