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Yoshi's New Island

While it's not a truly bad game, Yoshi's New Island just really isn't much fun to actually play. In trying to make Yoshi's Island again, Arzest has made a game that can't hold a candle to the nearly two-decade-old original visually or creatively.
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The X Button - Cavalry Call

Todd talks with the developers of the Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs game! Plus Phoenix Wright, Kunio-Kun, and a strange question about RPGs.
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Sakura-Con 2014

Check out our round-up of news and images from this year's Sakura-con.
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Shelf Life - Me, Myself, and Yourself

This week, evil alien life forms, psychokinetic kids, mutant rats, and something strange in the water.
- From the New World pt 1
- Myself;Yourself
- Space Battleship Yamato (live-ation)
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Log Horizon Episodes 13-25 Streaming

Even though the show overall is kind of shaggy and rough around the edges, there's enough intelligence and quiet iconoclasm on display here to officially graduate Horizon from "good enough" to plain old good.
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RIGHT TURN ONLY!! - Midnight in Vinland

A-viking we shall go in this edition of RTO, as well as a-yokai hunting and a...secretarying? Hmm, that's really not a word. But no matter, because we've got new and upcoming manga releases right here for you, along with another Untranslated Gem, so click the link and start a-reading!
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Monster Musume GN 1 & 2

The first two volumes of Monster Musume are surprisingly fun, even if fanservicey harem is not your preferred genre.
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The Mike Toole Show - Rumiko Rundown

Upon the release of Ranma 1/2 on Bluray, Mike takes a stroll through the world of Rumiko Takahashi.
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Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust Blu-Ray

Battles are fought as much through blackjack as with weapons in this final installment of the cyberpunk movie trilogy. A great heroine, tense card-playing scenes, and much more nastiness carries the story through to its only reasonable conclusion.
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Attack on Titan episodes 1-5 (English Dub)

It's not flawless, but Attack on Titan's dub is raw in the best way, successful at yanking out heartstrings and more impressively, maintaining the show's healthy sense of humor. The end result is one of the strongest dubs heard in many years.
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Star Blazers 2199 Blu-Ray 1

Yamato 2199 starts with a slow burn, but as the titular space battleship rises into space, the series finds its stride and only gains momentum.
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Wednesday, April 23

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Akihabara Fans Vote For Favorite Blue-Haired Heroine

― A recent poll was conducted on the streets of Akihabara to see which blue-haired anime heroine is the best. Like the previous pink-hair poll, blue-haired characters have their own stereotypes. They are usually characterized as "cool," "intellectual," "unrewarded," and "low on luck." For this reason, they're usually secondary characters while the heroine gets "warm" hair colors. From the 100 people polled, here are the top blue-haired heroines: Top 7 Blue-Haired Anime Heroines
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Meiji-Era Ace Attorney Game's 1st Teaser Streamed

1st video for 3DS game shows new female character Susato Mikotoba CAPCOM began streaming the first teaser trailer on Thursday for the newest game in the Ace Attorney franchise, Dai Gyakuten Saiban -Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken- (Great Turnabout Trial: The Adventures of Ryūnosuke Naruhodō). The video explains that the game will take place at the end of the 19th century in the Empire of Japan (Japan's official name during the Meiji era, "a time of rapid change"). It will tell "one more story unknown" to history during the "dawn of the legal system."
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KanColle Girls Help Put Out Fires

Volunteer fire department hopes KanColle girls will attract new members. ― Volunteer firefighting brigade Shizuoka Fire Department No. 8 is hoping to recruit some new members by using the cute girls of KanColle. With five posters in all, the poster's creator, volunteer member Makoto Suzuki, hopes they will entice younger citizens to volunteer. The posters are unofficial, sadly, and Suzuki cautions that they're just "alternative fiction," but they're certainly eye-catching. [Via Yaraon via Liquor Shop Suzuki Blog]
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Dance Troupe Performs Incredible Attack on Titan Routine

― Everyone loves a good dance battle, but when a routine pays sweet homage to Attack on Titan? It's even better. Cinematographer Gerald Nonato recently uploaded his footage from this year's Ultimate Brawl XIV 2014, a dance competition that took place April 19 at the Fox Theater in Riverside, CA. Amongst the dance teams who competed was one called "Survey Corps," and true to their namesake, they were dressed in honor of the Survey Corps from Attack on Titan, with a set that even included a giant Titan.

Attack on Titan Manga Sells Over 30 Million

3rd series with verified sales over 30 million since 2009, after One Piece & Naruto ― The market research firm Oricon reported on Thursday that Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga has sold 30.37 million copies as of April 20. It is only the third series to sell 30 million copies since Oricon began reporting on book sales in 2009. (The first two were One Piece and Naruto; One Piece sold 38 million in 2011 alone.) The financial news source Nikkei had already reported in January that Kodansha published 30 million copies, but Oricon verified that 30 million copies were actually sold.
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Japanese Comic Ranking, April 14-20

Detective Conan, Attack on Titan, Maji!, Kingdom, 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 Case Closed (Detective Conan) 83 266,073 266,073 2014/04 Shogakukan Gosho Aoyama 1 1 2 Attack on Titan 13 260,129 1,390,637 2014/04 Kodansha Hajime Isayama 1 2 3 Magi 21 238,886 238,886 2014/04 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 3 1 4 Kingdom 34 157,826 157,826 2014/04 Shueisha Yasuhisa Hara 4 1 5 The Seven Deadly Sins 8 155,311 155,311 2014/04 Kodansha
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 14-20

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn ships on PS4; Ace Attorney compilation game also makes list ― Japan's Game Ranking: March 31-April 6 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yōkai Watch Level 5 July 11 34,690 754,910 85 2PS3 Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Jigoku-hen Bandai Namco Games April 10 31,724 174,156 3 PS4 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Including Limited Editions) Square Enix April 14 31,326 31,326 43DS Ace Attorney 123 Naruhodō (Pheonix) Selection (Including Limited Editions)
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Girls und Panzer Director Interested In Making Pro Wrestling Anime

Hopes to make it accessible to non-wrestling fans Tsutomu Mizushima, the director of anime such as Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan, Squid Girl and Girls und Panzer, revealed on Twitter on April 12 that he would be interested in making a pro wrestling anime. "The problem is whether or not there'll be a request for one." His tweet prompted a flurry of questions from followers. When asked what sort of approach he would take, Mizushima responded that he'd like to make it "so that both pro wrestling fans and anime fans would enjoy it." He wrote that he would personally like to see "serious matches" and set aside the issue of whether the rivalries will be scripted or real. When another user mentioned

Sentai Filmworks Adds No Game, No Life

Anime premiered on April 9 on Crunchyroll ― North American anime distributor Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the television anime of Yuu Kamiya's No Game, No Life light novel series. The company plans to release the series on home video. Crunchyroll is currently streaming the series as it airs in Japan. The story of No Game, No Life centers around Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister whose reputations as brilliant NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training)
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Nikkei: Sega to Port Chain Chronicle to PS Vita

Sega's smartphone game features Akira Ishida, Ayane Sakura, Maaya Uchida, Kotori Koiwai ― Japanese financial news source Nikkei reported on Wednesday that Sega's smartphone game Chain Chronicle will get a PlayStation Vita port this summer with the help of Sony Computer Entertainment. The port will feature the same story and gameplay, but with additional characters and scripts. In the game, players recruit characters into an army in order to defeat the menacing Black Army. The game's name derives from the interlocking relationships among this vast cast of more than 200 characters.
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Monster Hunter Collaborative Guitar Lets You Play Some Fierce Jams

Other collaborative goods include a Rathalos emblem necklace from Royal Order and golfing goods from casco Kira. ― 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of CAPCOM's best-selling fantasy RPG series Monster Hunter. To get things pumped up, CAPCOM has decided to team up with a number of different companies to release some of the most ridiculously cool items based off of a flying dragon beast you've ever seen. First up, ESP Guitars has worked hard to create a playable guitar modeled after the in-game item, the Rathalos Firesword, which looks as dangerous to play as the sword is to wield. For 2,300,000 yen (22411.20 USD), you too can own this musical instrument of mass destruction, which comes complete with its own impressively designed hard case.
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Famitsu Awards Monster Hunter 4 'Game of the Year'

Pokémon, Grand Theft Auto V, Kancolle, Kouichi Yamadera, Maaya Sakamoto also among award winners Enterbrain's Famitsu magazine announced the Famitsu Awards 2013 winners in a ceremony on Wednesday at the Tokyo Dome Hotel. The awards honor the best in game software released between January 1 and December 31 of last year, and are based on popular votes. Game of the Year Monster Hunter 4 CAPCOM Best Hit Prize Pokémon XY Pokémon Innovation Prize Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar Games Character Voice Prize Kouichi Yamadera Maaya Sakamoto Awards of Excellence
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Yoshi's New Island

While it's not a truly bad game, Yoshi's New Island just really isn't much fun to actually play. In trying to make Yoshi's Island again, Arzest has made a game that can't hold a candle to the nearly two-decade-old original visually or creatively.
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The X Button - Cavalry Call

Todd talks with the developers of the Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs game! Plus Phoenix Wright, Kunio-Kun, and a strange question about RPGs.
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NIS Makes New Hayarigami Horror Game for PS3, Vita

Full site to open on May 1 Nippon Ichi Software's teaser website for a new Hayarigami project revealed on Thursday that Shin Hayarigami is being simultaneously produced for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. The full website will open on May 1. The horror adventure game franchise opened a pink teaser website on April 1 that announced that "production on a new Hayarigami has been green-lit." However, since April 1, the site has been slowly darkening and changing to a creepier image as time passes.
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Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle 3DS Game Trailer Streamed

Robot action game to arrive in the Americas this summer Namco Bandai Games began streaming a trailer for its upcoming robot action 3DS game Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle on Tuesday. The company announced in January that the game will arrive in the Americas this summer. The game draws inspiration from the Tenkai Knights animated series that Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Co., Ltd (Sho-Pro) and the Canadian toymaker Spin Master Entertainment are running on Cartoon Network: In the story, Guren, Ceylan, Toxsa and Chooki accidentally fall through an inter-dimensional portal. When they find themselves on the other side, the group are on another world and have assumed the mantles of Bravenwolf, Tributon, Valorn, and Lydendor — otherwise known as the legendary
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Soul Calibur: Lost Swords Game's English Launch, Taki Trailers Posted

Free-to-play game available exclusively for PS3 Namco Bandai Games began streaming the North American launch trailer for its fighting game Soul Calibur: Lost Swords on Tuesday. The trailer features five of the game's playable characters. Namco Bandai Games Europe also began streaming the individual trailer for Taki. The company previously streamed character videos for Hilde, Mitsurugi, Siegfriend, Sophitia, Ivy, and Pyrrha. Namco Bandai Games is distributing the game via the PLAYSTATION Network as a free-to-play game exclusively for the PlayStation 3 console. The game was
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Bandai Namco Games' Rise of Incarnates Announcement Trailer Posted

Combat PC game by Tekken/SoulCalibur creators features super-powered characters Bandai Namco Games began streaming an announcement trailer for its Rise of Incarnates 3D combat PC game on Tuesday. Bandai Namco Games describes the game "forged by creators of the Tekken and SoulCalibur franchises": It was a true catastrophe. Despite the differences in geographical location, it was the same scene the world over: Meteorites fell from the sky, causing a spread of massive cold fronts over several areas. This so-called "cube phenomenon" has enveloped the world, and the people live in perpetual fear of what will become of their planet.
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Blue Exorcist Gets Double-Feature Stage Play in June

Hiromi Sakamoto, Masahiro Inoue recreate manga's 1st arc & Kyōto Fujō-Ō-hen ― The cast for the upcoming "Ao no Exorcist: Ao no Homura Kakusei-hen/Kyōto Fujō-Ō-hen" (Blue Exorcist: Awakening the Blue Flame Chapter/Kyoto's Unclean King Chapter) double-feature stage play was announced on Tuesday. The play is scheduled to open in June and will star Hiromi Sakamoto as Rin Okumura and Masahiro Inoue as Yukio Okumura. The rest of the cast includes: Azusa Togashi as Shiemi Moriyama Takafumi Maeuchi as Renzō Shima Kaoru Maruwaka as Konekomaru Miwa

Oldest Surviving Anime Short by Phoenix Film's Kon Ichikawa Found

1935 "Yowamushi Chinsengumi" short discovered in California ― The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the United States discovered the oldest known surviving anime short by Kon Ichikawa, the late director who earned acclaim in animation and live action. "Yowamushi Chinsengumi" (Cowardly Samurai Squad) is a five-minute animated short dating back to 1935. The short is the third Hana Yori Dango short about Dangonosuke the samurai boy. In the story, Dangonosuke rescues a woman captured by bandits. (The series is named after the same Japanese saying — literally meaning "choosing dumplings over flowers" — that inspired the title wordplay in
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Power Rangers Super Megaforce Inspires Fall 2014 Game

Super Megaforce is Saban's newest N. American adaptation of Toei's Super Sentai franchise ― Bandai Namco announced at its Gamers Day event that Japanese developer Seventh Chord will create the Power Rangers Super Megaforce game for Nintendo's 3DS console this fall. The side-scrolling action game follows the series' Rangers as they fight an alien invasion sent to take over Earth. The Ranger's supernatural guardian Gosei, gives the group special items that will let them transform into any of the franchise's Red Rangers. Power Rangers Super Megaforce is Saban's newest North American adaptation of
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AKB48 Idol Anna Iriyama Stars in Film of Ao Oni Horror Game

July 5 movie of horror game that makes players solve puzzles to escape a demon ― 18-year-old AKB48 member Anna Iriyama (seen left in photo) will be making her acting debut by starring in the film adaptation of the free online horror game Ao Oni (Blue Demon). Iriyama (also known as "Annin") commented that she was surprised that she would be making her debut as an actress, and as the main character of a film to boot. She added that although she is happy, she also feels pressure and confusion. According to Iriyama, there are members of
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Yūichi Nakamura, Yuuki Kaji, Shinnosuke Tachibana Join Haikyu Cast

Kuroo, Gozume, Yaku of Nekoma High School's volleyball team ― This year's combined 22nd/23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Yūichi Nakamura, Yuuki Kaji, and Shinnosuke Tachibana are joining the cast of the Haikyu!! television anime. They will play Tetsurō Kuroo, Kenma Gozume, and Morisuke Yaku, respectively, of Nekoma High School's volleyball team. The story of Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! manga and anime follows Shōyō Hinata (voiced by Ayumu Murase), who began playing volleyball after seeing the "small giants" who played the sport when he was in elementary school. He suffers a crushing defeat in his first and last tournament in middle school at the hands of his rival Tobio Kageyama (

Hunter X Hunter Manga's Return Slated for June 2

― This year's combined 22nd/23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Yoshihiro Togashi will resume his Hunter x Hunter manga in the 27th issue on June 2. The tagline for the manga's return reads, "What is being aimed for is darkness. What is being hunted is hope. What blocks the way is endless despair." Shueisha and Viz Media announced on Tuesday that the manga's return will run in the Japanese and English versions of

Apple's Steve Jobs & Woz Inspire Manga by Tokyo Toybox's Ume

Steves manga to follow early years of tech company's founders ― Ume, the manga creator duo known for Tokyo Toybox, will launch a new series called Steves in this year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine on June 27. The manga will follow the early years of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the co-founders of the technology company Apple. While the ebook site Puboo is already running the manga, the Big Comic Superior serialization will include major rewrites. Thermae Romae manga creator Mari Yamazaki
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Fatal Frame Horror Game's Hollywood Film Also Still in the Works

Separate from Kadokawa's 2014 Japanese film; Kindaichi's Kibayashi pens manga in Manga Box ― The Famitsu website reported on Tuesday that a film adaptation project of Tecmo's Fatal Frame (Zero or Project Zero) horror game franchise will also launch in Hollywood. The franchise has received multiple film adaptation offers since about a decade ago, but Famitsu emphasized that this Hollywood adaptation will start after the current new Fatal Frame project is completed. Kadokawa unveiled a separate Japanese live-action film earlier on Tuesday. The Japanese film by

Tuesday, April 22

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Rin Mikimoto's Kin Kyori Renai Shōjo Manga Gets Live Action Film

Former NEWS group member Tomohisa Yamashita stars in love story of tsundere teacher, genius student Rin Mikimoto's shōjo manga series Kin Kyori Renai will get a live-action film adaptation this October starring former NEWS group member Tomohisa Yamashita. Yamashita (Kurosagi, Dragon Zakura, Ikebukuro West Gate Park, Ashita no Joe) will star in the film as a tsundere (initially aloof and abrasive, but later kind-hearted) teacher named Haruka Sakurai. The original manga depicts the love story between the handsome tsundere teacher Haruka and the super cool genius female high school student Yuni Kururugi. Haruka toys with every woman he sees — including Yuni — striking a balance between his cold demeanor and harsh language and actions that make women's hearts throb. Mikimoto launched the series in
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Hatsune Miku and Friends Are Extra Sweet As Taiyaki

― Fans who can't get enough of their favorite Vocaloids, and who also love the sweet, delectable sensation of biting into fresh taiyaki, can now celebrate both joys at the same time. Starting April 25, visitors to the Aeon Mall in Makuhari New City can stop by the Flair Trust stand located inside Cospa Asia and buy Hatsune Miku and friends-shaped "chara-yaki." There are six characters total, including Miku, Luka, Rin, Len, Kaito, and Meiko. Fans can choose to buy 8 pieces for ¥400 or 18 pieces for ¥800. Each purchase of over ¥400 will also come with a randomly selected special bookmark, featuring each character.
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Takahata & Ghibli's Tale of Princess Kaguya Heads to Cannes

No other animated films to screen at the Directors' Fortnight ― The Cannes Film Festival's official Directors' Fortnight website added The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, the latest film from Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko), to its schedule on Tuesday. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya is the only animated film to screen at the Directors' Fortnight. The movie is based on the famous Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter), which centers on a princess named Kaguya who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant. The film

Dynasty Warriors Gundam: Reborn PS3 Game Trailer Streamed

Tactical action game available digitally on the PlayStation Store in July Namco Bandai Games America began streaming a trailer showing gameplay and cutscene footage for its upcoming PlayStation 3 game Dynasty Warriors Gundam: Reborn (Shin Gundam Musou) on Tuesday. The game will receive a digital-only release on the PlayStation Store in July. Namco Bandai Games announced plans for the game's release in the Americas in February. Shin Gundam Musou shipped in Japan on December 19 for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Dynasty Warriors
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Madoka Magica Light-Up Soul Gems Re-Released

― Premium Bandai, Bandai's official shopping website, began offering light-up LED replicas of the Soul Gem and Homulily's Dark Orb from the Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Move 3: Rebellion for pre-order on Monday. The set includes interchangable tops that emulates the magical girls' soul gems as they become more corrupted and Homulily's Dark Orb. Premium Bandai previously released light-up Soul Gems and brass Grief Seeds. The set retails for 5,400 yen (about US$54) and is scheduled to ship in August.
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 20-26

Nekomonogatari (Black), Eureka Seven anime; first Sword Art Online light novel ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Eureka Seven Blu-ray Part 1Please FUNimation Entertainment US$44.98 April 22 Eureka Seven Blu-ray Part 1 Limited EditionCite FUNimation Entertainment US$49.98 April 22 Eureka Seven DVD Part 1Please FUNimation Entertainment US$34.98 April 22 Eureka Seven Blu-ray Part 2AnimeNewsNetwork FUNimation Entertainment US$44.98 April 22 Eureka Seven DVD Part 2Please FUNimation Entertainment US$34.98
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One Piece: Unlimited World Red English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

PS3, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS game to ship in June for N. America, Europe Namco Bandai Games Europe began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Tuesday for its One Piece: Unlimited World Red game, which is slated for release on PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U platforms on June 12 in North America and June 27 in Europe. The game allows for up to four players to play together, and players can explore the world of One Piece with their friends. Players can embark on different quests and battle enemies with many of the manga and anime's familiar characters. The game also allows players to fish, catch bugs, hunt for treasure, and more to develop and train their characters. The game features the original character Red (voiced by
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Naruto SUN Storm Revolution Trailer Previews Akatsuki's Untold Story

Game with original animation slated for September Namco Bandai Games Europe began streaming a trailer on Tuesday for its Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution game for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC via Steam. The subtitled trailer previews the game's original animation by Studio Pierrot telling the story of the Akatsuki. Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution will feature new gameplay mechanics, including the Combination Ultimate Jutsu attacks that allow players to combine powers to create more powerful techniques. The game will also feature more than 100 playable characters from both the
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App Lets Users Miku-fy Their Smartphones

Hatsune Miku application available for iPhone and Android. ― Piapro has announced this week that they will be undertaking the development of two separate Hatsune Miku applications for Android and iPhone. While the apps are not available for download yet, Piapro has decided to give us a sneak peek at what the two will look like. First, the Android application will contain a Hatsune Miku Music Player application. Through this application, users can make playlists as well as add album art and song information. The player will be done up in a color scheme fitting that of the Vocaloid popstar and will greet you with her smiling face whenever you decide to open it.
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BloodRayne Side-Scrolling Action Game Announced for Japan (Update)

Game published by Arc System Works slated for May 1 ― Game developer Arc System Works ended its "BRCS" countdown with the announcement of the Japanese localization of the latest game in the BloodRayne series, BloodRayne: Crimson Slayer (BloodRayne: Betrayal). The side-scrolling "vampire action" game will be available for download on PlayStation 3 in Japan on May 1. The website included a promotional movie: Texas-based game company Terminal Reality developed the first BloodRayne game for North America in 2002 for GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox, and followed with a PC and Mac release.
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Tales of Heart R English Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Also: Tales of Xillia 2 announced for August 19 ― The North American and European arms of Bandai Namco Games began streaming an announcement trailer on Tuesday for its Tales of Heart R PlayStation Vita game. The game is slated for release in Europe and the Americas this Winter. Bandai Namco Games Europe describes the story: Tales of Hearts R follows the story of Kor Meteor, a brave young man living in a small village by the sea, as he sharpens his fighting skills under the watchful eye of his grandfather. Impressed with Kor's growing skill, his grandfather bequeaths to him a special type of weapon known as a Soma. Soma users must possess exceptionally strong Spiria, the source of all life from which the human mind and will are derived.
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Shelf Life - Me, Myself, and Yourself

This week, evil alien life forms, psychokinetic kids, mutant rats, and something strange in the water.
- From the New World pt 1
- Myself;Yourself
- Space Battleship Yamato (live-ation)
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Rise Kujikawa Joins Persona 4 Arena Ultimax as Playable Character

Also: Persona Q to get crossover with Etrian Odyssey ― Japanese gaming news source Famitsu teased the contents on Tuesday of its next issue's 13-page feature on Persona Q and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultrasuplex Hold) by announcing that Persona 4's Rise Kujikawa will be a playable character in the latter game. Rise was a prominent character in Persona 4, but only appeared as a navigator in Persona 4 Arena. The magazine will ship on April 24. The contents will include eight pages on
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Power Rangers' Tsuyoshi Nonaka Draws Easter Mecha

The Easter Bunny is given a new robotic look this season ― Famed mecha designer Tsuyoshi Nonaka decided to get into the Easter spirit and put out a little something for his fans. Last year, Nonaka drew two separate robots, consisting of a chick hatching out of an Easter egg and a giant robo-bunny. This year, he decided to take it a step further, showing the combine ability of the two into what Nonaka called on his Facebook his "Bunny Megazord." Nonaka has been drawing similar holiday-themed mecha for his Facebook page for a while now, including a robot Santa, a Turkey Transformer, and the most nightmare-inducing Halloween mech you will ever see.

New Ace Attorney Set in 19th Century With Ancestor Named Ryūnosuke

Dai Gyakuten Saiban -Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken- set in Meiji-era Japan ― This week's issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is reporting that the new Ace Attorney (Gyakuten Saiban) game for Nintendo 3DS, Dai Gyakuten Saiban -Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken- (Great Turnabout Trial: The Adventures of Ryūnosuke Naruhodō), will be set in the 19th century in Meiji-era Japan. It will feature Ryūnosuke Naruhodō, the "ancestor of a certain passionate, bluffing lawyer." He will have a familiar sense of passionate justice and he can pull through in a pinch.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment Heads to N. America This Summer

PS Vita digital download to have multiplayer mode & dating element Bandai Namco Games announced at their Global Gamers Days event on Tuesday that Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment will be downloadable on PlayStation Vita in North America this summer. By exploring the 76 cities in Aincrad, players can pick up new friends and party members for their adventures. Kirito can also deepen his relationship with his partners by hanging out with them in the cities, going out on dates, or holding hands. The game will include characters Asuna (
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Log Horizon Episodes 13-25 Streaming

Even though the show overall is kind of shaggy and rough around the edges, there's enough intelligence and quiet iconoclasm on display here to officially graduate Horizon from "good enough" to plain old good.
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RIGHT TURN ONLY!! - Midnight in Vinland

A-viking we shall go in this edition of RTO, as well as a-yokai hunting and a...secretarying? Hmm, that's really not a word. But no matter, because we've got new and upcoming manga releases right here for you, along with another Untranslated Gem, so click the link and start a-reading!
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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call Heads West in 2014

Nintendo 3DS rhythm game sequel boasts 221 songs, over 60 characters, Versus Mode Square Enix announced on Tuesday that it is bringing its Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call game to North America and Europe this year. The Nintendo 3DS rhythm game sequel will collect 221 songs from the Final Fantasy video games series from Square Enix (formerly Square Soft), and will have appearances by over 60 characters. It will also add a Versus Mode, allowing players to challenge their friends to rhythm game battles. The game is shipping in Japan on Thursday by itself and with its own exclusive
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Attack on Titan's Levi and Eren Chow Down On Burgers & Fries

New Lotteria burger set comes with Titan merchandise ― Lotteria, a South Korean fast-food burger chain, is releasing a new Attack on Titan-themed meal set in Japan. For ¥500 ($4.87), customers can get either a cheeseburger or a teriyaki burger, small French fries, a small drink and an Attack on Titan item. The choice is between a mini-towel with a Titan drawn in the "chimichara" style or a clear file of Levi and Eren enjoying the burger set. The promotion launches on April 25. Quantities are limited. Lotteria has previously collaborated with
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Man to Be Charged for Cutting Up & Selling K-ON! Trailer Reel

Former projectionist accused of auctioning pieces of trailer's film online ― Japanese police sent the case of a former projectionist to the prosecutors after he allegedly cut up the actual film reels for the K-ON! movie's trailer and auctioned them online. The suspect, who is in his 40s, worked in a theater in Hakodate City. In October 2011, two months before the movie would open in Japan, he allegedly cut up the trailer's film reel and put the strips on online auctions. The suspect is accused of violating Japan's Copyright Law.

Fist of the North Star Gets DVD Magazine

DVD, magazine celebrates 30 years since the broadcast of Hokuto no Ken TV anime ― Publisher DeAgostini announced on Tuesday that Buronson and Tetsuo Hara's Fist of the North Star manga will have a biweekly Hokuto no Ken DVD collection magazine in Japan beginning in May. The DVD will sample scenes from various animated media from the franchise, and the magazine will include plenty of visuals and data explaining the beauty of the footage. The magazine is being published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1984 anime adaptation of
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Award-Winning Author/Space Dandy Writer Toh EnJoe to Appear in NYC

EnJoe's Self-Reference ENGINE recieved Special Citation honor at Philip K. Dick Awards ceremony ― According to the official website of North American publisher Viz Media's Haikasoru imprint, writer Toh Enjoe will be in New York City this May for series of reading events. EnJoe will first appear at the PEN World Voices Festival on May 3 at the Monkey Business–Japan/America: Writers' Dialogue. The event's co-sponsors — the Asia Society, The Japan Foundation, A Public Space, and Monkey Business — provides description on the talk: Matthew Sharpe and Laird Hunt join Hideo Furukawa and
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: ASB Gameplay Video Features DIO

Combos showcased for April PS3 fighting game with demo now available ― The European arm of Bandai Namco Games posted a gameplay trailer from its upcoming JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle game on Tuesday. Player Bilal (a.k.a Silvius) demonstrates the combos for DIO and a special situation finish with Jōtarō Kūjō Previous gameplay videos featured Jōtarō Kūjō, Jean Pierre Eiffel, and Noriaki Kakyoin. The game's demo is now available on the PLAYSTATION Network and will allow players to use Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli, Jōtarō Kūjō, and Dio Brando in Arcade mode. Players who download and play the demo can earn 100,000G for the full game, which will
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, April 14-20

Yowapeda sells 2,216, followed by Nameko, Kamen Rider x Super Sentai, Hozuki no Reitetsu, Kamen Rider Gaim ― The Chōeiyūsai Kamen Rider x Super Sentai Live & Show 2014 sold 1,657 copies to debut at #18 on the overall DVD chart. The third volume of Kamen Rider Gaim sold 861 copies to rank #31. The special price edition of the Crows Zero II film sold 718 more copies to add to its total of 2,502. It rose from #49 to #39 in its third week. The special price edition of the Crows Zero film sold 709 more copies for a new total of 2,576. It also rose from #45 to #40 in its third week.

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, April 14-20

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! -Heart Throb- sells 5,323, followed by Engaged to the Unidentified, Saki - The Nationals, 3rd Madoka Magica film, Yowapeda Yōko Hikasa's Glamorous Live Blu-ray sold 1,913 copies to debut at #10 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The third volume of Kamen Rider Gaim sold 1,171 copies to rank #15. The limited Blu-ray & DVD set for the Pacific Rim film sold 1,125 more copies to add to its total of 123,694. It ranked #17 in its 19th week. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! -Heart Throb- 2 (Blu-ray)

Hunter x Hunter Manga to Resume in June

Yoshihiro Togashi to resume manga in Japanese & English after more than 2 years Shueisha and Viz Media announced on Tuesday that Yoshihiro Togashi will resume his Hunter X Hunter manga series once again in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in June. It will run simultaneously in English. Togashi went on hiatus after his longest uninterrupted run of the manga in March 2012. Shueisha shipped the 32nd compiled volume in Japan in December 2012, and Viz Media just released the same volume in North America this month. The manga inspired two television anime series including one that has been
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'No Touching At All' Boys-Love Manga's Live-Action Film Trailer Posted

Film of Kou Yoneda's manga to open on May 31 ― The Japanese film website Cinema Today posted a trailer on Monday for the live-action film of Kou Yoneda's boys love manga No Touching At All (Dōshitemo Furetakunai). The trailer reveals that the film will premiere on May 31. RUN and GUN band member Kousuke Yonehara (Ushijima the Loan Shark) will play Toshiaki Shima, while Masashi Taniguchi (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) will play Yōsuke Togawa. This will be director Chihiro Amano's first feature film, and
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Ouran's Bisco Hatori to Launch Urakata!! Manga in May

Millennium Snow creator draws super-negative college boy's encounter with mysterious group ― The June issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine is announcing on Thursday that manga creator Bisco Hatori will start her new series Urakata!! in the following issue on May 24. The "hyper youth days" manga will debut with a 55-page chapter including a color opening page. The story follows Ranmaru, a super-negative college student. One day, he encounters a mysterious group on campus who turns his life into turmoil. The fourth and final volume of Bisco Hatori's
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Girls & Panzer's 5th Vita Gameplay Video Shows Battle Royale Mode

Battle Royale lets players choose customized teams of tanks for the ultimate dream matchups ― The official website for the PlayStation Vita game Girls und Panzer: Senshadō, Kiwamemasu! (Girls und Panzer: Master, Senshadō!) began streaming the fifth gameplay video on Tuesday. The video depicts the game's Battle Royale mode. This mode lets players choose their own customized teams of tanks for the ultimate dream matchups. Players can experience the entire Girls und Panzer story with over 30 available tanks and over 50 characters. In their tanks, players can fire, hide, and ride freely about. The realtime zapping system lets them also instantly switch between any friendly tank and get behind their controls. The game will include in-tank radio chatter never before heard in the anime.
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See Sanrio's Stars In Your Eyes With Character Contact Lenses

Designs feature Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Little Twin Stars. Sanrio fans who can't take their eyes off Hello Kitty and the rest of her friends now no longer have a reason to. SHO-BI Corp is releasing Sanrio-licensed contact lenses, with Hello Kitty and her friends printed right on them. Each pair of lenses cost ¥2,160 ($21), and are available in Hello Kitty dark brown, Hello Kitty caramel, My Melody pink lace, and Little Twin Stars brown stars. For contact specs, check out SHO-BI's website. Surprisingly, this isn't the first time that
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Nana Mizuki's Supernal Liberty Album Tops Weekly Chart

Sells 76,000 as her 2nd album ever to rank #1, after 2009's Ultimate Diamond Supernal Liberty, the 10th original album from voice actress and singer Nana Mizuki, sold about 76,000 copies to top Oricon's album sales chart for the April 14-20 week. The April 16 album is Mizuki's second to rank #1, after her seventh album Ultimate Diamond accomplished the same feat four years and 10 months ago in June 2009. She was the first voice actress or voice actor with a #1 album on Oricon's weekly chart. Supernal Liberty is Mizuki's first new album in about 16 months. (Her

Monday, April 21

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Fatal Frame/Project Zero Horror Franchise Gets New Wii U Game

KOEI Tecmo Games jointly producing new horror adventure game with Nintendo KOEI Tecmo Games announced on Tuesday that Fatal Frame (Zero or Project Zero), Tecmo's hit horror game that sold 1.3 million copies, is getting a new Wii U game. KOEI Tecmo Games is developing the horror adventure game jointly with Nintendo. The companies will reveal a release date and price at a later time. The original game follows a heroine who uses a Camera Obscura that can photograph spirits. She engages with spirits in a dilapidated Japanese-style house and other settings that gave the title (and its many follow-ups) a particular Japanese ambiance. The original game debuted on the
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Life-Size Patlabor Ingram Cheers On The Chiba Lotte Marines Baseball Team

― Baseball is wildly popular in Japan, so it's no surprise that even a Patlabor AV-98 Ingram would want in on the action. To drum up publicity for the next installment of The Next Generation -Patlabor- project, the live-size, 8 meter (26.2 feet) robot made a visit to QVC Marine Field on April 20, where it even sported a scarf in support of the Chiba Lotte Marines. QVCマリンフィールドにてマリーンズvsホークス戦、絶賛警備中です!♯TNGパトレイバー
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Fairy Tail Characters to Appear in Divine Gate Smartphone Game

Puzzle dungeon-explorer game to include 22 characters ― GunHo Online Entertaintment and Acquire's smartphone game Divine Gate will introduce characters from Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail manga this Wednesday. The game's official Twitter account has listed 22 characters that will ultimately join the game: Natsu, Erza, Zerif, Yukino, Kagura, Ichiya, Chelia, Ultear, Gray, Juvia, Laxus, Gildarts, Mavis, Jellal, Lucy, Wendy, Gajeel, Lisanna, Mirajane, Rogue, Sting, and Minerva. Divine Gate is available for free download on iOS and Android. In the game, players explore dungeons, solving puzzles to uncover panels and reveal treasure or monsters. The game has included more than 200 unique characters,
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Fatal Frame/Project Zero Horror Game Gets Live-Action Film

Fall film to adapt novel by MPD-Psycho's Ohtsuka with 2 Seventeen magazine models ― A live-action film adaptation of Fatal Frame (Zero or Project Zero), Tecmo's hit horror game that sold 1.3 million copies, has been green-lit. Ayami Nakajō and Aoi Morikawa, two popular models in the Japanese magazine Seventeen, are starring in this film opening throughout Japan this fall. The original game follows a heroine who uses a Camera Obscura that can photograph spirits. She engages with spirits in a dilapidated Japanese-style house and other settings that gave the title (and its many follow-ups) a particular Japanese ambiance. The film will actually adapt a novelization of the game by
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Miyazaki is Agitated Over the Latest Ghibli Movie Poster

― Everyone's favorite grump is at it again, this time over a poster for Studio Ghibli's upcoming film, When Marnie Was There. According to Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura, who attended a recent press conference, studio co-founder and legendary director Hayao Miyazaki is angry after having seen the poster on the walls of the studio, saying that using a blonde girl on the poster to capture audience's attention is "outdated and unnecessary." The movie is an
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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Trailer Features Classic Monsters

Game slated for Fall in Japan, early 2015 in the West CAPCOM began streaming a promotional video on Monday for its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Monster Hunter 4G in Japan). The video features the return of the monsters Daimyo Hermitaur and Diablos, among others. The game is slated for release in Japan this Fall and in the West in early 2015. Players will be able to transfer some data from Monster Hunter 4 to Monster Hunter 4G.

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Is the Order a Rabbit?

Series currently airing on Crunchyroll Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed the anime adaptation of Koi's Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? (Is the order a rabbit?) manga. The company plans to release the series on home video. Crunchyroll is currently streaming the series as it airs in Japan. In the four-panel manga, the main character Cocoa (a pun of “hot cocoa”) arrives at the cafe Rabbit House one day, excited for rabbits. She actually all but lives in that café. She meets lots of different girls there, including a tiny and cool girl named Chino (from “cappucino”), a tough and soldier-esque girl named Rize (“Thé des Alizés” tea), a spacey and quintessentially Japanese girl named Chiya (“Uji matcha” tea), and the ordinary but dignified Sharo (“Kilimanjaro” coffee).

New Yamato 2199 Film's Title, Date, Studio Announced

Also: Compilation film to open in October before new film's December opening ― The producer, chief director, and voice cast of the Space Battleship Yamato 2199 project announced the title, opening date, and animation studio for the upcoming brand-new film on Monday. XEBEC is animating Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Star-Voyaging Ark) for a December 6 release with returning chief director Yutaka Izubuchi. Unlike the previous Yamato 2199 event screenings in theaters, the new film will have a full nationwide release.
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Monster Musume GN 1 & 2

The first two volumes of Monster Musume are surprisingly fun, even if fanservicey harem is not your preferred genre.
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Final Fantasy Agito Smartphone Game's Second Trailer Streamed

Square Enix now accepting pre-registration Square Enix began streaming a second trailer on Monday for its Final Fantasy Agito game for iOS and Android. Square Enix is currently accepting pre-registration for the game, and players that pre-register will receive the "street clothes" costume for use in the game. Players can aim to become an Agito by completing combat missions and deepening their friendships by interacting with NPCs. The fate of the world is reliant on the game's "decision" system where votes of players affect the world's history.
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Snow Miku 2015 Design Contest Now Open

― Think you have the creative chops to design a Hatsune Miku outfit that will appear on hundreds of thousands of merchandise items, and get its own dolls, Nendoroids, plushes, and more? Then you're just in time for the annual Snow Miku design contest sponsored by Good Smile Company and Piapro. This year's theme is "Plants (Grass, Flowers, and Trees) of Winter in Hokkaido" and will feature not only a costume design contest for Hatsune Miku, but for her rabbit friend

Pokémon XY Episode About Sunken Passenger Ship Delayed

South Korean ferry sank on Wednesday with hundreds dead or missing ― The official website for the Pokémon XY television series announced on Monday that the previously scheduled episode for Thursday, April 24, "Kaitei no Shiro! Kuzumō to Doramidoro!!" (Castle at the Bottom of the Ocean! Skrelp and Dragalge!!), has been delayed indefinitely "due to circumstances." A South Korean ferry sank off the southern coast of South Korea on Wednesday. Of the 462 passengers, including 325 high school students, 87 have been confirmed dead and 215 remain missing.
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Atelier/Ar Tonelico's Gust Posts Mystery Teaser Video

Video hints at connection to Ciel no Surge PS Vita game, sequel ― Video game developer Gust began streaming a mystery teaser video titled "ERROR 421" on YouTube on Monday (421 represents the date April 21, the date on which it was posted). The video recaps various scenes from the Ciel no Surge PS Vita game's interaction portions with series heroine Ion (voiced by Ai Kakuma). In the blurry portion of the video, characters such as Castie (Inori Minase) and Neiaflask (Maaya Uchida) are shown for short periods of time. In the end of the video, Ion says, "The one who was late reaching the me who was only there for that period of time was you."
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Cuticle Detective Inaba's Mochi Launches New Manga

Fantasy-comedy manga centered on a witch's manservant ― The May issue of Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan published the first chapter of Mochi's new manga series "Majyo no Geboku to Maō no Tsuno" (The Witch's Manservant and the Devil's Horn) this month. The new comedy-fantasy series centers on a witch's manservant running about to procure a devil's horn for a certain unnamed reason. Mochi is best known for the creating the manga series Cuticle Detective Inaba, which follows the story of Hiroshi Inaba (

Kousuke Fujishima Resumes Paradise Residence Manga's Serialization Next Month

2008 irregularly-published manga moves from good! Afternoon magazine to Monthly Afternoon ― The June issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine is announcing on Friday that Ah My Goddess' Kousuke Fujishima will resume serializing his Paradise Residence manga series in the magazine's July issue, which will be released in Japan on May 24. The manga had previously serialized irregularly in Kodansha's good! Afternoon magazine in 2008. Fujishima commented that while he is unsure as to which chapter to start from, he is excited to start writing again.
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New Live-Action Lupin III Film's 1st Footage Unveiled on TV Show

Adaptation of Monkey Punch's manga opens in theaters August 30 ― The first footage from the new live-action film of Monkey Punch's Lupin III manga was unveiled during TBS's Asachan (Morning Chance) program on Monday. The story will follow Lupin and his partners in crime before they became a gang. They will infiltrate the high security of the Ark of Navarone, a gigantic fortress-like safe, to lay claim to the Crimson Heart of Cleopatra within. It is said that whoever possesses this treasure shall "unite the world."
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Haruki Plans to Resume The Parasite Doctor Suzune

Sci-fi manga launched in 2004, inspired live-action films in 2011 ― Manga creator Haruki announced on his official Twitter account this month that he plans to resume his Kisei Jūi Suzune (The Parasite Doctor Suzune) manga soon. The series launched in Takeshobo's Doki! magazine in 2004. The story of Kisei Jūi Suzune revolves around a female doctor who fights to destroy parasites that increase its host's power and sexual desire. Suzune's father, a genius parasite scholar, disappeared when Suzune was a child. Distributed by
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Schoolyard Brawl Manga Akira No. 2 Gets Live-Action Film

Gokaiger's Ryōta Ozawa stars as 2nd most powerful boy in high school of delinquents ― A live-action film of Hiromasa Okushima's schoolyard brawl manga Akira No. 2 has been green-lit. The "yankee" (delinquent) manga follows Akira, the No. 2 boy in a high school that is full of students with disciplinary issues. The story follows the battles within the student body for the alpha male position. Ryōta Ozawa (Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger) will star as Akira, kick-boxer Yasuhiro Kidō will play the gang leader Tsutomu. The cast also includes Maasa Igarashi, Shōdai Fukuyama, and Manami Hashimoto.
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Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Aya Hisakawa Join Ghost in the Shell Arise Cast

Suzuki plays Motoko's lover, Shunsuke Sakuya replaces late Tomoyuki Dan as Ishikawa, Ai Kayano plays agent Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Aya Hisakawa, Ai Kayano, and Shunsuke Sakuya are joining the cast of the Ghost in the Shell Arise anime for the third episode, which will play in Japanese theaters on June 28. Suzuki will play the new character Akira Hose, Motoko Kusanagi's lover. A new facet of Motoko will be revealed through this custom-made cyborg engineer. Hisakawa will play another new character, Dr. Zhinzhee Bekka Arr Thied of the Republic of Kuzan's government water enterprise.

Ping Pong/Kick-Heart's Yuasa Directs Adventure Time Episode

Clip streamed from "Food Chain" written by director of Kaiba, Mind Game, The Tatami Galaxy ― The staff and cast of the American animated series Adventure Time announced at WonderCon Anaheim on Saturday that Masaaki Yuasa wrote, storyboarded, and directed the upcoming episode "Food Chain." The Vulture website is streaming an exclusive clip from the episode of the surreal post-apocalyptic fantasy comedy: Yuasa is now directing the television anime of Taiyo Matsumoto's Ping Pong manga. He also created the "Kick-Heart" short with funds raised via Kickstarter. His other works include

Sakura Wars Voice Actress Chisa Yokoyama Is 5 Months Pregnant

Voice of Hunter × Hunter's Biscuit Krueger married Tripolysm bassist Chaka in 2009 Chisa Yokoyama, the 44-year-old lead voice actress in Sakura Wars and other anime, announced on Saturday that she is five months pregnant with her first child. She also revealed that she is anxious because she had a miscarriage in the early stages of a pregnancy last year. She kept this news confidential from everyone except an extremely small group that included her relatives. Now that she is in her fifth month, she felt ready to announce her current pregnancy. While she cannot feel completely at ease yet, she said that she is getting through this calmly with the support of everyone around her.
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