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Answerman - I Am Not At SDCC

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

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

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

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

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

While the plot and characters of this 3D CG mecha series may not be especially compelling or fresh, the action, visuals, and setting details are sharp enough to keep viewers coming back.
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Interview: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods with Justin Cook, Chris Sabat, and Sean Schemmel

The longtime English dub director and his leading men from Dragon Ball Z sit down to chat about the new film and their legacy with this historic franchise.
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Pile of Shame - Eiji

Hisashi Eguchi's boxing manga got a short movie treatment back in 1990, but does it hold up?
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Shelf Life - Multiple Choice

This week, lots and lots of lovely ladies, a healthy mix of pretty boys, and even a few animal-folk as well.
- Date A Live
- Karneval
- Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They?
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ANNCast - Justin Time

For the first time in ANNCast history, the co-host becomes the guest! Justin Sevakis talks at length about his business authoring blurays for the R1 anime industry, preparing streaming shows for Hulu and more!
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Kill la Kill [Limited Edition] BD+DVD 1

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

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

If you have an interest in literary criticism or film studies, or if you're just really fascinated by the thought behind Battle Royale, The Battle Royale Slam Book is a very interesting read.
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Friday, July 25

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Pupa's Sayaka Mogi Will Start Nemureru Mori no Karon Manga in September

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

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

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

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

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

Sentai Filmworks Adds Momokyun Sword

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

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

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

Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn

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

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

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

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

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

Magic Kaito Manga Gets TV Anime by A-1 Pictures

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

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

Thursday, July 24

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Ao Haru Ride Live Action Film's Promo Streamed

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

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

Dragon Ball Z 2015 Film's Extended Teaser Streamed

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

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

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

Little Battlers eXperience Coming to NickToons in August

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

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

Anime Sols Outlines 7 More Streaming Campaigns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 23

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Kumamon Helps Promote Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Sequel's Filming Locations

Specialty popcorn buckets will have images of Kumamon at film's iconic locations ― Moviecollection reported on Friday that Kumamon will have a special collaboration with the upcoming live-action Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen film. Specialty popcorn buckets purchased at Aeon Cinema and 109Cinemas will feature images of Kumamon at specific set locations from Kumamoto prefecture. The popcorn bucket includes images of Yamaga city's Yochiyoza Theatre, Uki city's Meiji-era courthouse and Mandakoh - previously Japan's largest coal mine - in Arao city. Kumamon will dress in the likeness of Kenshin at each of the locations.
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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax's Rise, Yukari, Junpei Trailers Streamed

Atlus USA ships fighting game in N. America on September 30 ― Game publisher Atlus USA began streaming character trailers featuring Rise, Yukari, and Junpei on Thursday for its upcoming 2D fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. The story takes place only a few days after the events of Persona 4 Arena, when the town of Inaba is clouded in a shroud of red fog in which time is warped and people disappear. Inaba has almost become like the world inside the television. To add to it all, the members of the Persona 4 team find Mitsuru and Akihiko being crucified on the Midnight Channel. In front of the Inaba students appear Yukari and Junpei, members of the Shadow Worker unit who have come to the rural town in order to save their upperclassmen.
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Kojima and Good Smile Preview Solid Snake Figma

Solid Snake has taken on a new mission, effectively sneaking his way into the figma and Nendoroid lineups ― The Good Smile Company must have been utilizing some pretty impressive stealth skills to keep their latest addition to their figma lineup a secret. As of this week, the masters of all things made from PVC, in association with Max Factory and Kojima Productions, have unveiled their newest figure, which will be infiltrating store shelves and homes soon enough. Presenting the first Metal Gear Solid Solid Snake figma. Kojima previewed the figure through its "Kojima Station" program, in which it shows off all of its latest developments. Afterwards, they began posting about it via Twitter. Good Smile and
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Detective Conan Gets A Real-Life Treasure Hunting Event

Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan, Magic Kaito, and Yaiba characters need your help to track down treasures in Tottori Prefecture, Japan. Three separate events taking place in the prefecture each have their own story incorporating one of Aoyama's characters. Participants are given coded treasure maps that take them to local tourist attractions. Winners get real prizes after solving the mysteries, including prize packs delivered by Conan himself, overnight stays, and even local eats.
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Japanese Comic Ranking, July 14-20

Fairy Tail, Magi, Case Closed, Ace of Diamond, Kingdom in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Fairy Tail 44 237,059 237,059 2014/07 Kodansha Hiro Mashima 1 1 2 Magi 22 195,709 195,709 2014/07 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 2 1 3 Case Closed (Detective Conan) 84 182,207 182,207 2014/07 Shogakukan Gosho Aoyama 3 1 4 Daiya no A (Ace of Diamond) 42 146,726 146,726 2014/07 Kodansha Yūji Terajima 4 1 5 Kingdom 35 145,732 145,732 2014/07 Shueisha
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, July 14-20

Oreshika 2, Atelier Shallie, Gundam Tryage SP debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 14-20 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yōkai Watch 2 Ganso/Honke Level 5 July 10 331,946 1,648,653 73 2PSV Ore no Shikabane o Koete Yuke 2 (Including Limited Editions) Sony Computer Entertainment July 17 93,775 93,775 87 3 PS3 Atelier Shallie: Tasogare no Umi no Renkinjutsushi (Including Limited Editions) Gust July 17 43,744 43,744 43DS Gundam Tryage SP Bandai Namco Games
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Kamigami no Asobi, Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 2000% Will End in August

Original stories also inspired anime series. ― Manga creator Utako Yukihiro announced on her official Twitter account on Wednesday that her manga adaptation of Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 2000% and her friend Moto Sumida's manga adaptation of Kamigami no Asobi will both end in the October issue of ASCII Media Works' Monthly Sylph magazine on August 22. Kamigami no Asobi adapts Nippon Ichi Software and Broccoli's dating simulation game and revolves around heroine Yui Kusanagi, who is ordered by Zeus, a god and the headmaster of a school he created, to teach the meaning of love to young and handsome gods. The reason he has for doing this is to cancel the negative effects of the weakening bond between the world of the divine and the world of the humans.
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Lupin III vs. Detective Conan Film Gets Manga Adaptation

Also: Detective Conan 1st film's manga adaptation ends ― This year's September issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday Super will announce on Friday that Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie will get a manga adaptation starting in the magazine's next issue on August 25. Yutaka Abe and Denjirō Maru, who drew the three-chapter manga adaptation of the Lupin III vs. Detective Conan television special among other Detective Conan spinoffs, will return to draw the movie adaptation. The September issue also published the final chapter of Abe and Maruden's manga
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Durarara!! 3way standoff -alley- Manga Ends Next Month

Manga series tells story of original character from PSP game ― This year's September issue of ASCII Media Works' Monthly Sylph magazine announced on Tuesday that the Durarara!! 3way standoff -alley- manga will end in the magazine's next issue on August 22. The manga adapts the PlayStation Portable game of the same name, which is itself inspired by Ryohgo Narita and Suzuhito Yasuda's Durarara!! light novels and anime. The game debuted in 2010 and received a PlayStation Vita port last month. Izuco Fujiya (Kataribe no List) is drawing the manga, which focuses on the game's original character, Yoshimune Miyoshi (nicknamed "Yoshiyoshi").
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Hello Kitty Dictionary Gets Axed Over Murderous Description

― Reading can be a little scary at first, especially when there are a lot of big words and difficult phrases. But thanks to publisher Harper Collins and Hello Kitty, reading can be much more fun and adorable. That is, unless you want to know what a "necklace" is. Harper Collins recently yanked all their editions of Hello Kitty Dictionary (the product page now directs to a "Page Not Found" message), which claims to be full of "Cupcakes and rainbows, bumblebees and, of course,
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Haikyu!! Volleyball Anime's 3DS Game Trailer Previews Special Edition

Special edition will include a cast DVD and original RPG story Bandai Namco Games streamed a trailer on Tuesday for its Haikyu!! Tsunage! Itadaki no Keshiki!! (Haikyu!! Connect! View from the top!!) game for the Nintendo 3DS. The trailer features the items included with the special edition version of the game, including a DVD with a 40-minute cast talk and a 10-minute "RPG picture drama," six postcards, a booklet with character designs from the RPG story, and a special edition carrying case. The special edition will retail for 7,600 yen (about US$74.96).
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One Week Friends Episodes 1-12 Streaming

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

Todd digs into the history of games inspired by Gundam, and he likes what he finds! Plus Ace Attorney, Fatal Frame, Gurumin, and a music game that's all about fighting!
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Luigi's 'Death Stare' Makes It Into Japanese Mario Kart 8 Commercial

― Luigi's competitive dark side was discovered back in May with the release of Mario Kart 8. Dubbed "Luigi's Death Stare," the character achieved meme status after appearing into a multitude of fan videos on YouTube. Nintendo, perhaps intentionally, included Luigi's now signature look in a recent Japanese Mario Kart commercial. One specific fan, "D-Piddy" decided to reinact the scene on cosplayers at Anime Expo earlier this month in a live-action montage.
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 14

M3 the dark metal - Sounds of Regret
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Haikyu! Team 'Hijacks' Multiple Websites

Team gears up for big national tournament ― The Karasuno High volleyball squad (of Haikyu!!) has begun the Inter-High tournament, pitting its skills against those of volleyball squads from all around Japan. To psyche themselves up for the daunting task, its members have hijacked the various websites associated with their show. Shōyō has taken over the anime's official site. Tobio appeared on Mainichi Broadcasting Service's page. (He has since been replaced.) Kōshi adorns the margins of
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.moe Domains Now Available for All Fans

― Interlink Co., a Japanese Internet service provider, opened general registration for anyone coveting a ".moe" internet domain on Tuesday. Registration costs 1,944 yen (about US$19). Interlink polled visitors at Paris' Japan Expo earlier this month to gauge interest in the .moe internet domains. The response was overwhelming. So far, video game developer AQUAPLUS, the makers of Utawarerumono, To Heart, and White Album, registered their website. Others include
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Ninja War Sakura, Kakashi Join Naruto SUN Storm Revolution Game

PS3/360/PC game ships in September with event anime ― This year's 35th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Sakura Haruno (Hyakukō no In version) and Kakashi Hatake (Great Ninja War version) will join the roster of Namco Bandai Games' Naruto Shippūden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (Narutimate Storm Revolution) fighting game. The game 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

2014 Naruto Movie Titled 'The Last,' Slated for December 6

Manga creator Masashi Kishimoto conceives, designs, supervises 1st film in 2 years ― This year's 35th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday the title and opening date of the next Naruto film. The Last -Naruto the Movie- will open on December 6. It will be the first Naruto film in two years, and it is part of the larger "Naruto Shin Jidai Kaimaku Project" (Naruto's New Era Opening Project) marking the 15th anniversary of the original manga. Manga creator Masashi Kishimoto is credited with the original story, character designs, and chief story supervisor of the film. In particular, he is drawing new designs for the title character in the movie. The magazine notes for one set of designs, titled "Ramen Ichiraku": "Nar
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Kyō wa Kaisha Yasumimasu. Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series

Haruka Ayase stars in love story about office worker in her 30s Mari Fujimura's Kyō wa Kaisha Yasumimasu. manga will get a live-action television adaptation starring Haruka Ayase (Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror, Hotaru no Hikari, Socrates in Love) in October. The love story follows Hanae Aoishi, an office worker in her 30s who has never had a boyfriend. Hanae then starts dating a 21-year-old university student named Yūto Tanokura. Shigeki Kaneko (Honey & Clover, Summer Nude) is handling the scripts, and Hiroko Hazeyama is producing the series.
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Chi's Sweet Home, Pac-Man, Space Invader Decals Featured in MacBook Air Ad

― Apple's latest MacBook Air television ad has some familiar cameos. The commercial quickly runs through various decals on the back of the laptop, but if you look closely, you can spot Chi from Chi's Sweet Home, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Sanrio's one-and-only Hello Kitty mascot. The company has two versions of its laptop featured on its website, the 11-inch for US$899 and the 13-inch for US$999. Update: New video added.

Frozen Home Video Tops Evangelion, Spirited Away's All-Time Records With 1.5 Million in Japan

1st title to sell 1 million Blu-rays or DVDs in 1 week in Japan since 2002's Spirited Away ― Disney's Frozen film sold 1,553,505 "MovieNEX" Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo sets in its first week, surpassing the previous Blu-ray Disc record holder, Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance, which sold 357,000 copies in its first week. According to the market survey firm Oricon, the movie also already topped Evangelion: 2.22's cumulative total of 465,000 copies to date. Frozen is the first title to sell one million copies — DVDs or Blu-ray Discs — in its first week in Japan in 12 years.
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