Interview: Hironobu Sakaguchi and Kimihiko Fujisaka

The creator of the very first Final Fantasy and his chief character designer on Terra Battle discuss their new projects at Mistwalker and the legacy of their JRPG work.

This Week in Games - Remember That Ghost in the Shell Shooter?

Dustin straps in for a look at the recently-relaunched Ghost in the Shell online shooter to find out if it's still worth joining Section 9. PLUS: Pokemon GO, Dragon Ball FighterZ and much more!

Did Netflix Make A Decent Death Note Film?

Our full, spoiler-free report from the premiere of Netflix's hotly anticipated live-action Death Note film, complete with photos and what you should expect from the movie.

Interview: Castlevania producer Adi Shankar

The producer of Netflix's Castlevania answers a few questions about his favorite anime, working with an international team and dealing with fan expectations.

Explaining the English Light Novel Boom with Bookwalker Global

There were 80 light novels released in English in 2016, and 2017 has already surpassed that number. Kim Morrissey takes a in-depth look at the blossoming light novel market.

Interview: The Staff of Welcome to the Ballroom

We sat down with the talents behind the anime adaptation of this hit shonen manga to discuss what it was like bringing competitive dance to life through animation.

The Summer 2017 Anime Preview Guide

Looking for a fresh Summer anime? Our complete guide to the entire season is available now.
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Interview: Attack on Titan's Trina Nishimura and Yui Ishikawa

The voices behind Mikasa Ackerman come together to discuss what it's been like to be part of Attack on Titan's legacy!

Shelf Life - School-Live!

James Beckett discovers surprising thrills and chills in this slice of life drama that's more than it seems on the surface. Plus, all this week's new releases and a new Shelf Obsessed!
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No Game, No Life Zero

Despite being a far-flung film prequel to its source material, No Game No Life Zero might just outshine the original TV series. Kim Morrissy breaks down what makes this movie shine. ― No Game No Life Zero isn't like the No Game No Life you've seen before. It takes all the interesting themes of the original TV series and peels away all the fanservice and frivolities, resulting in a tonally different n...
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High School Life of a Fudanshi GN 1

This first volume about the life of a BL-loving straight boy struggles to be funny without too much cruelty. Rebecca Silverman weighs this comedy's pros and cons. ― If you distill it down to its most basic message, The High School Life of a Fudanshi is about all of the issues that come with being the “wrong” gender for a fandom. That's something plenty of people have experienced, from just not fittin...
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Vice & Luna - The Leaked Jedi

Perry's dedication to the True Fan Comic-Con Experience wavers when the footage he's waiting to see leaks while he's in line...
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Garo Season Two: Crimson Moon BD+DVD

Garo's second season never quite manages to redeem itself, resulting in a finale that's difficult to care about. Rebecca Silverman conducts her autopsy. ― It is a sad day when a series' explication takes so long that the monsters themselves get tired of listening to it and just attack. While that's not literally true of Garo: Crimson Moon, it still feels like the best explanation we've got for its ev...
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Review: Saga of Tanya the Evil

This unusual series combines dark comedy and war drama to shockingly entertaining effect. Nick Creamer delves into Tanya's cynical world. ― Saga of Tanya the Evil's first episode largely confirmed all my worst suspicions regarding the title. Framed from the perspective of a tiny girl who'd somehow risen to officer status within a faux-German military, it seemed to revel in nastiness, playing up the g...
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Thursday, July 27

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No Manga Nominated For Inaugural Ringo Awards

The 2017 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards, or "Ringo Awards," announced the nominees for its inaugural awards on Wednesday. The list of nominations does not include any Japanese manga. The awards are named for late comic artist Michael Lance Wieringo. The categories include Best Cartoonist, Writer, Artist or Penciller, Inker, Letterer, Colorist, Cover Artist, Series, Original Graphic Novel...
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Real-World Jonathan's Restaurant Inspires Alternate World Light Novel

Isekai (alternate world) is a popular genre of manga, anime, and especially light novels. In a typical isekai story, the usually male protagonist finds himself in a fantastical alternate world that is very different from the ordinary human world. However, Yutaka Funabashi and Sunao Tobe's new light novel takes a novel approach to draw from reality and focus on the actual Japanese family restaurant...
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Revolutionary Girl Utena Gets Another New Manga Chapter This Winter

1st new chapter debuted on Friday ― Chiho Saitō will draw another new chapter for her Revolutionary Girl Utena (Shōjo Kakumei Utena) manga this winter. Shogakukan's Flowers magazine will reveal more information. The first new chapter, titled "Shōjo Kakumei Utena After the Revolution," ran in the September issue of Flowers on Friday. The story takes place at Ohtori Academy after the end of the origina...
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Fairy Tail Creator Hiro Mashima Celebrates Manga's End

Fairy Tail creator Hiro Mashima's staff already celebrated the completion of the manga by giving Mashima a commemorative glass trophy earlier this month. Now, it's Mashima's turn to mark the series' conclusion. The final chapter of Fairy Tail debuted in this year's 34th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine on Wednesday. 今週号のFTの扉ページ、応募者全員に複製原画を無料でプレゼントしています。最後なので太っ腹ですね!詳しくは週刊少年マガジンをチェックしてください...
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Namco Museum Nintendo Switch Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launches via Nintendo eShop on Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a launch trailer for its Namco Museum game on Thursday. The collection of classic Namco arcade games will launch for the Nintendo Switch through the Nintendo eShop on Friday. The collection costs US$29.99 and includes Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Skykid, Galaga, Galaga '88, The Tower of Druaga, Rolling Thunder, Rolli...
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This Week in Anime - What's Really Going On In A Centaur's Life?

This world of mermaids, satyrs, and centaurs may seem peaceful at first, but are there more complex politics in play under its surface? Wild horses couldn't drag us away from solving this mystery! ― The world of A Centaur's Life is populated with six-limbed wonders like angelkin, goatmen, mermaids, and of course centaurs instead of the four-limbed humans of our world. But is there something deeper go...
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Angel Beats! -The Last Operation- Manga Launches on August 30

Yuriko Asami, Jun Maeda return for series with new story ― The official website for Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Comic magazine announced on Thursday that the Angel Beats! -The Last Operation- manga will launch in the October issue on August 30. Yuriko Asami is drawing the manga. As with Angel Beats!: Heaven's Door, Jun Maeda is credited with the original story, and Na-Ga is credited with the original char...
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My First Girlfriend is a Gal ‒ Episode 3

"Thanks to the way this episode was handled, the series is at least showing a little more promise."
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Monster Hunter: World Game's Videos Preview All 14 Weapons

Game slated for PS4, Xbox One in 2018 with PC release to follow ― The official website for Capcom's upcoming Monster Hunter: World game began streaming overview videos for all 14 of the game's weapons on Thursday. The videos preview gameplay with each weapon and include English text describing each item's strengths. Capcom also announced on Wednesday that it is holding a weapon design contest for the...
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Dragon Ball Super’s Hundredth Episode Shows Just How Badass Our New Female Super Saiyans Are

How better to celebrate 100 episodes than some good old Super Saiyan-on-Super Saiyan action?
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Sakura Quest ‒ Episode 17

"Each time Sakura Quest starts feeling a little too cozy, it goes and surprises me with new ideas and energy."
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No Game, No Life Zero

Despite being a far-flung film prequel to its source material, No Game No Life Zero might just outshine the original TV series. Kim Morrissy breaks down what makes this movie shine. ― No Game No Life Zero isn't like the No Game No Life you've seen before. It takes all the interesting themes of the original TV series and peels away all the fanservice and frivolities, resulting in a tonally different n...
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Egglia: Legend of the Redcap Smartphone Game Slated for August 3

New trailer streamed for upcoming English-language release ― DMM's Powerchord Studio and Brownies announced on Thursday that their English-language release of Egglia: Legend of the Redcap is slated for August 3. Powerchord Studio also began streaming a new trailer showcasing the gameplay. The game will be available for iOS and Android in North America, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, "man...
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Crunchyroll Adds Gungrave, Fractale, OniAi, Scrapped Princess Anime to Catalog

Funimation released all 4 series on home video ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it has added the OniAi, Scrapped Princess, Gungrave, and Fractale anime to its catalog. OniAi is available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Crunchyroll describes the series: Akiko is thrilled to be reuniting with Akito, the handsome older brother she...
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Touhou Suzunaan: Forbidden Scrollery. Manga Ends

Yen Press to debut manga about Touhou character Kosuzu Motoori in N. America in November ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Comp Ace magazine published the final chapter of Moe Harukawa's Touhou Suzunaan: Forbidden Scrollery. manga on Wednesday. The magazine also revealed that the manga's seventh and final volume will ship on September 26. The manga's story is set in the world of Gensōkyō, the world...
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Peach-Pit Ends 1st Part of Nishina Tesura wa Suirishinai Manga

Series about salaryman, high school girl who solve everyday mysteries launched in June ― This year's 35th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that the first part of manga artist duo Peach-Pit's new Nishina Tesura wa Suirishinai (Tesura Nishina Isn't Reasoning) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on August 3. The magazine published the manga's seventh chapter on Thursday....
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Monogatari Series Gets Smartphone Game App

Ad, more info for game will debut with Owarimonogatari Second Season anime on August 12-13 ― Kodansha and Aniplex announced on Thursday that the Monogatari Series of novels by NisiOisin is getting a smartphone game adaptation. The companies also opened a website for the game, which contains a visual of the series character Hitagi Senjōgahara drawn by Monogatari Series anime character designer Akio Wa...
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Irregular at magic high school Film Gets Manga in August

Film opened in Japan on June 17, wide screening in U.S. starts on Friday ― The September issue of Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine revealed on Thursday that The irregular at magic high school The Movie: The Girl Who Summons the Stars (Gekijōban Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Hoshi o Yobu Shōjo) anime film will get a manga adaptation that will begin serialization in the magazine's next issue on August 2...
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Yowamushi Pedal Gets New Stage Play About 'New Interhigh Arc' in October

Previous stage play cast members Kotarō Daigo, Masanari Wada, Saku Momose return for 11th stage play ― This year's 35th issue of Akita Publishing's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal (Yowapeda) cycling manga will get an 11th stage play adaptation in October. The stage play will center on the "New Interhigh Arc" portrayed in the Yowamushi Pedal ...
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Boruto Franchise Gets 3rd Novel on September 4

Kō Shigenobu returns to write 3rd novel in "Academy Chapter" ― Shueisha announced on Monday that the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga and anime franchise is getting a third novel that will ship on September 4. The novel will be the third installment in the "Academy chapter" of the franchise that centers on Boruto entering the ninja academy along with Sarada, Shikadai, Inojin, and Chōchō to face ...
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Seitokai Yakuindomo Anime Film Tops Mini-Theater Ranking in Japan

Film opened on July 21 Gekijōban Seitokai Yakuindomo, the theatrical anime project based on Tozen Ujiie's Seitokai Yakuindomo manga, topped the mini-theater ranking in its opening July 22-23 weekend in Japan. The film opened in Japan on July 21, and is currently screening in 16 theaters. Screenings of the film are distributing a "mini-vinyl booklet" with illustrations by Ujiie. The booklet will hav...
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Owarimonogatari Season 2 Anime Special's Trailer Previews ClariS' Theme Song

2-day special will air on August 12, 13; will stream on Crunchyroll ― The official website for Owarimonogatari Season 2, the two-day anime special based on the third novel in NisiOisin's Owarimonogatari novel series, began streaming a trailer for the anime on Thursday. The video previews the anime's ending theme song "SHIORI" by ClariS. (Note: The video at the link above is region-locked to Japan.) T...
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Mitsuboshi Colors TV Anime's Teaser Video Previews Animation

Anime stars Natsumi Hioka, Yūki Takada, Marika Kōno, premieres January ― The official website of the television anime adaptation of Katsuwo's Mitsuboshi Colors manga began streaming a teaser video for the anime on Thursday. The site also revealed a teaser illustration. (Note: The Youtube video below is region-locked for the United States, Mexico, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.) The series w...

Wednesday, July 26

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Fist of the North Star Stage Play About Random Thugs Adds Additional Cast

3 cast members announced for Jagi ― The official Twitter account for the upcoming stage play based on Buronson and Tetsuo Hara's Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no Ken) manga announced additional cast for the play on Monday. Nobuaki Kakuda (first image below), Keiichi Yamamoto (second image below), and Kōzō Takeda (third image below) are triple cast as Jagi, and will appear at different performances. ...
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Reverse Harem Manga Netsuiai Prince Gets Voiced Promotional PV

Manga creator Madoka Seizuki's Netsuai Prince: Onii-chan wa Kimi ga Suki reverse harem manga combines a brother complex, idols, and triplets for shōjo romance filled with heart-throbbing drama. The story stars Matsuri Amamiya who finds herself the new step-sister of triplet idols after her mom remarries. Of course, three potential love interests isn't enough, as the manga also introduces rival ido...
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Mitsuboshi Colors Anime Premieres on TV in January

This year's September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine (pictured right) announced on Thursday that the anime adaptation of Katsuwo's Mitsuboshi Colors manga will premiere on television in January 2018. The magazine also revealed a visual for the anime. Tomoyuki Kawamura (Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon, Good Luck Girl!) is directing the anime at the studio Silver ...
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Re:Zero's Ram Joins Twin Sister as Life-Size Figure for 1.48 Million Yen

Ram finally gets to join her sister from Re:Zero as a life-size statue. FigureX announced its Ram figure in February and recently revealed all the details. The 1:1-scale figure will stand about 154 centimeters (about 5'1") tall including the pedestal. The pedestal will feature a speaker that can interact with Bluetooth. Unlike her sister statue who carries a broom, this version of Ram will hold a...
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The Royal Tutor Stage Musical Reveals New Visual of Main Cast

The official Twitter account for the stage musical of Higasa Akai's The Royal Tutor (Ōshitsu Kyōshi Heine or Königliche Familie Lehrer) manga revealed another new visual of the main cast in costume on Tuesday. The staff also announced that it will host a live viewing of the musical's concluding festivities in Osaka on September 18. Tickets will distributed via raffle. The main cast of the anime (Y...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 17

"The filler train keeps on rolling as this week's Boruto: Naruto Next Generations shines a spotlight on Sarada."
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Kyoto Animation Grills Fans With Trivia Questions Before New Films' Premieres

Kyoto Animation is preparing for the upcoming releases of its Free! -Take Your Marks-, Gekijō-ban Hibike! Euphonium: Todoketai Melody, and Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take On Me films. As a lead-up to their releases, the studio posted tests about previous related anime on Twitter on July 15. However, only diehard fans may be able to answer correctly. 【京アニ映画year】もうすぐ夏休みですね。…でもその前に!岩鳶高校&鮫柄学園、北...
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Etrian Odyssey V Trailer Shows Dragoon Class

3DS game slated for this fall ― Atlus USA began streaming a trailer for its upcoming Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth Nintendo 3DS game on Wednesday. The video previews the Dragoon class, which emphasizes defense to take damage for party members. Atlus USA will release the game this fall. The launch edition will include a 24-page art book, six-track music CD, and outer box. The game will have Englis...
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Classroom of the Elite ‒ Episode 3

"Classroom of the Elite's third episode revealed more about the show's overall intentions, while generally plugging away at its larger game."
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Japanese Comic Ranking, July 17-23

Kingdom, Tokyo Ghoul:re, Detective Conan, The Seven Deadly Sins, JoJolion in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Kingdom 47 487,871 487,871 2017/07 Shueisha Yasuhisa Hara 1 1 2 Tokyo Ghoul:re 12 408,322 408,322 2017/07 Shueisha Sui Ishida 2 1 3 Detective Conan 93 357,941 359,564 2017/07 Shogakukan Gosho Aoyama 3 1 4 The ...
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Nanoha Reflection Film Earns 98 Million Yen at Box Office, 124 Million in Merchandise Sales

Film opened at 73 theaters on Saturday ― The Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection anime film sold 56,900 tickets on Saturday and Sunday to earn 98,053,000 yen (about US$875,380). The film opened on Saturday at 73 theaters and ranked at #8 in the Japanese box office. In addition, the film has sold 123,984,060 yen (US$1,107,475) in merchandise at theaters. In the story, a pair of researchers stay beh...
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Doflamingo's Feather Coat Gets Even Bigger for Shibuya Ad

The One Piece's Dressrosa Arc will be released on home video as part of the One Piece Log Collection in Japan on July 28. The "Log Collection" are home video releases with higher episode counts than the original DVDs. The Shibuya subway station is commemorating the release with a huge ad of Doflamingo in his pink feather coat. The coat isn't just painted on, but is actually fluffy to the touch. Th...

Nintendo Switch Sells 4.7 Million Units Worldwide

Top selling Switch games listed ― Nintendo updated its sales data through June 30, revealing that it has sold more than 4.7 million units of its Nintendo Switch console worldwide. In addition, it has sold 13.6 million units of Nintendo Switch software. The total worldwide unit sales for Nintendo's other recent consoles and handheld devices are as follows: DeviceHardware Unit Sales (in Millions)Softwa...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, July 17-23

Splatoon 2, Layton's Mystery Journey games debut in top 2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 17-23 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1NSwSplatoon 2 (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo July 21 648,085 648,085 23DSLayton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy Level-5 July 20 70,867 70,867 33DSHey! Pikmin Nintendo July 13 21,628 87,49...
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Rie Kanō's Slow Motion o Mō Ichido Manga Featured on Akari Machi Album

Rei Kanō, the creator of the manga Slow Motion o Mō Ichido (Once More in Slow Motion) drew the inside cover art for singer Akari Machi's new album EXPO Machi Akari. Machi is a fan of television shows from the 80s and 90s while Slow Motion o Mō Ichido depicts a boy and girl who are big fans of 1980s idols. The jacket illustration depicts the manga's heroine Yakushimaru dressed as Akari Machi. The a...
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TOKU Premieres 3 Ultra Tokusatsu Series in August (Update)

Neo Ultra Q, Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster, Ultraman Zero: The Chronicles to air ― Olympusat, Inc.'s television channel TOKU announced on Tuesday that it will air the Neo Ultra Q, Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster, and Ultraman Zero: The Chronicles live-action television series. TOKU will premiere the Neo Ultra Q series on August 15, and it will air on weekdays at 7:00 p.m. EDT. TOKU describes the series: Based ...
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Fastest Finger First ‒ Episode 4

"After a momentous first three episodes with consistently rising action, Fastest Finger First has reached a dull interlude."
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Enjoying Pokémon GO Fest Despite Its Problems

Did Pokémon GO Fest Chicago have issues? Yes. Did I still enjoy my time there? Yes, and I'm glad I went. To be honest, I'm not necessarily a glass-half-full type of person. However, this event has gotten overwhelmingly negative press that I don't fully agree with. Players have a right to be upset over the problems on Saturday, but some of the feedback feels overly harsh. Let's take a look at what ...
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Blue Reflection Game's Trailer Previews Combat

Game launches for PS4, PC in N. America on September 26; in Europe on September 29 ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming a new trailer for Gust's Blue Reflection (Blue Reflection - Maboroshi ni Mau Shōjo no Ken) game on Tuesday. The trailer previews the game's menu-driven combat system. The game will launch for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in North America on September 26, followed by Europe on Sept...
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Food Wars! English Dub to Stream on HIDIVE

Anime streaming service HIDIVE announced on Wednesday that it will stream the English dub of Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma beginning on July 31. New dubbed episodes will launch in installments every Monday at at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Sentai Filmworks premiered the English dub at Los Angeles' Anime Expo earlier this month. The company will release the series on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc/DVD premi...
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Answerman - Why Aren't Tezuka and Ishinomori Anime Popular In The West?

Fans of Astro Boy, Cyborg 009 and other timeless classics have long asked: why isn't this stuff more popular with American audiences? ― Nik asks: Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori are two of my favorite manga/anime creators. My favorite aspect of their works is the "retro" and "rounded" look of the characters. Properties like Cyborg 009, Kikaider, and Astro Boy are extremely appealing to me in an ...
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Senran Kagura Game Series to Announce New Title on August 1

Marvelous, Honey∞Parade Games hold live streaming event on Tuesday ― Marvelous and Honey∞Parade Games will hold a live streaming presentation to announce a new Senran Kagura work on August 1 at 6:00 p.m. The presentation will stream on YouTube and Niconico. The 90-minute program will announce a new title or titles and provide the more information about the Shinobi Rifure -Senran Kagura- game, which i...
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Kina Kazuharu's Mainichi JK Kikaku Illustration Project Gets Anime

Project to hold auditions for "#0 pilot" about high school girls ― The official website for Kina Kazuharu's Mainichi JK Kikaku (Everyday High School Girl Project) illustration project announced on Wednesday that an anime adaptation has been green-lit. The project will hold auditions for new voice actors to have roles in the project's "#0 pilot animation." A kickoff event for the anime project will be...
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Watching Kizumonogatari Alongside VR Shinobu is a Short Bit of Surreal Fun

Ever want to chill out and watch some anime with everyone’s favorite little-girl vampire? Well thanks to VR, you can---and for free.
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In Another World With My Smartphone ‒ Episode 3

"For much of this third episode, things actually threaten to happen in this series, only to amount to nothing at all."
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High School Life of a Fudanshi GN 1

This first volume about the life of a BL-loving straight boy struggles to be funny without too much cruelty. Rebecca Silverman weighs this comedy's pros and cons. ― If you distill it down to its most basic message, The High School Life of a Fudanshi is about all of the issues that come with being the “wrong” gender for a fandom. That's something plenty of people have experienced, from just not fittin...
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manni's Tsumasaki no Uchū Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2018

Akihisa Yachida directs film about socially withdrawn woman ― The free manga and novel app Comico revealed on Friday that manni's Tsumasaki no Uchū (Tiptoe Universe) manga is getting a live-action film adaptation. The film is slated to open in Japan in 2018. The manga's story centers on Aki, who has cut off her relationships with other people. The themes of the series are past, the voice of the heart...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Fighting Game's Closed Beta Signups Delayed to August 22

PS4, Xbox One closed beta takes place September 16-18 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it and Arc System Works will delay the closed beta signups outside Japan for their Dragon Ball FighterZ 2D fighting game to August 22. Bandai Namco Entertainment noted that it delayed the signups to accommodate more players in the closed beta. The original date for the signups was scheduled fo...
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Super Robot Wars X-Ω Adds Panzer World Galient, Hacka Doll, Robot Girls Z

Sunrise's SanMusu ~Girl's Battle Bootlog also joins for limited-time event ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Super Robot Wars X-Ω smartphone game revealed on Monday and Tuesday that it will add Sunrise's Robot Girls Z anime, SanMusu ~Girl's Battle Bootlog novels, and DeNA's Hacka Doll characters for a limited time as part of a summer event, as well as Sunrise's Panzer World Gali...

Toei Reveals Kamen Rider Build Series Premiering in September

Series will feature genius physicist fighting mysterious creatures in divided Japan ― Toei officially revealed on Wednesday that the next installment in its Kamen Rider live-action special effects franchise is titled Kamen Rider Build. Toei initally filed for the trademark for the series in May. The protagonist of the new series will be a genius physicist. Key to the series will be the protagonist's ...

Animator/Director Shoichi Masuo Passes Away at 57

Worked on Macross: Do You Remember Love? & several Gainax projects, directed Submarine 707R, Demonbane ― Studio Khara announced on Wednesday that animator and director Shoichi Masuo passed away on Monday at 11:36 a.m. while under medical care for an unspecified illness. He was 57. His close relatives will hold a private wake and funeral service. Masuo is a noted key animator who specialized in mecha...
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New Tony Taka Project to be Revealed on Thursday

Illustrator Tony (Tony Taka) posted on his official PR Twitter account on Monday that Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine will officially announce the new project that he is involved with in this week's issue on Thursday. Tony previously stated that he is working on a smartphone role-playing game, an arcade trading card game, a "real" (physical) trading card game, and a consumer console game. Tony ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, July 17-23

Touken Ranbu stage play sells 7,280, followed by Starmyu, My Hero Academia, Precure Dream Stars! film, Yowapeda stage play ― The stage play Touken Ranbu Kuradashi Eizo-shū - Kyōden Moyuru Honnōji ~Saien~ Hen sold 7,280 copies to rank #3 on the overall DVD chart. The stage play Yowamushi Pedal Shin Interhigh-Hen ~Star Line~ was #15 with 1,578 copies. Space Squad Gavan VS Dekaranger landed at #29 with ...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, July 17-23

Touken Ranbu stage play sells 9,954, followed by Frame Arms Girl, Starmyu, Space Squad Gavan VS Dekaranger, Little Witch Academia ― The stage play Touken Ranbu Kuradashi Eizo-shū - Kyōden Moyuru Honnōji ~Saien~ Hen sold 9,954 copies to rank #4 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Space Squad Gavan VS Dekaranger and Girls in Trouble Collector's Pack landed at #7 with 3,120 copies. The stage play Yowamus...

Tuesday, July 25

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Bandai Streams 30-Minute Gameplay Video for Ni no Kuni II Game

PS4/PC game to have simultaneous worldwide launch on January 19 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America streamed a thirty minute video for its upcoming Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PS4 and PC game on Saturday. The video features gameplay footage of its E3 demo with commentary. The game is slated for January 19. Bandai Namco Entertainment initially announced in June that the game would ship on Novembe...
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Magical Circle Guru-Guru ‒ Episode 3

"While Magical Circle Guru-Guru remains as amusing as ever, the rapid-fire pacing of the show's humor doesn't work quite as well when applied to the overall plot."
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Tokyo Olympics Committee President Proposes Manga Parade at 2020 Games

Japan is gearing up for its turn hosting the Olympics in 2020. The country's hosting of the world's largest international sporting event has been under scrutiny from its announcement. From criticism over excessive spending, to debate over the design of the main stadium, to allegations that the original logo was plagiarized, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been plagued with controversy. Former prime m...
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Shin Godzilla Film, Kochikame Manga Win Seiun Awards

Yasumi Kobayashi's Ultraman F, Naoyuki Kato, Peter Tieryas, Ken Liu, James Tiptree, Jr., Nihonium also win ― The 56th Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai) announced the winners of the 48th Seiun Awards on Saturday. The members of the 56th Japan Science Fiction Convention at "Donburacon-LL" in Shizuoka in Shizuoka Prefecture voted on the winners from April 2 to May 28. The awards ceremon...

Funimation Announces Simuldub Casts for A Centaur's Life, Hina Logic, Gamers!, Convenience Store Boy Friends

Also: premiere date listed for Tsuredure Children ― Funimation Entertainment announced English dub casts for A Centaur's Life, Hina Logic - from Luck & Logic, Gamers!, and Convenience Store Boy Friends on Tuesday. In addition, Funimation is listing Tsuredure Children's English dub premiere for August 16 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The cast for A Centaur's Life is as follows: Kristin Sutton as Himeno Kimihara S...
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New Game!! ‒ Episode 3

"We're only three episodes in, and it already feels like Aoba and company have faced as many challenges as they did throughout the first season."
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Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star PC Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launched Tuesday on Steam, Switch on Tuesday ― XSEED Games began streaming a launch trailer for the PC version of Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star on Tuesday. The game launched for PC via Steam on Tuesday. The trailer showcases the gameplay and various playable characters. The North American Nintendo Switch version also launched on Tuesday. The Nintendo Switch port of the game shipped in Europe on ...

Testament of Sister New Devil English Dub Stars Lauren Landa, Chris Hackney

Funimation to release series on BD/DVD on October 31 ― Funimation Entertainment announced the English dub cast for The Testament of Sister New Devil anime on Tuesday. The cast, under ADR director Wendee Lee, is as follows: Chris Hackney as Basara Toujou Lauren Landa as Mio Naruse Kira Buckland as Maria Naruse Xanthe Huynh as Yuki Nonaka Cindy Robinson as Kurumi Nonaka Wendee Lee as Chisato Hasegawa ...
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One-Punch Man Manga Has 13 Million Copies in Print

The 119th chapter of ONE and Yuusuke Murata's One-Punch Man manga announced on Thursday that the manga has 13 million copies in print. Shueisha published the chapter on its Tonari no Young Jump website. The manga had 12 million copies in print as of March 30. Murata's manga series adapts ONE's original web manga of the same name. Murata's manga is currently running on Shueisha's free Tonari no Yo...
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Mazinger Z's Garada K7 Foe Gets 1-Meter Tall Figure

One of Mazinger Z's most iconic enemies is getting a one-meter (3.2ft) tall figure to commemorate the series' 45th anniversary. The Garada K7 figure is part of the "Kyūkyoku Zōkei" line and is available for pre-order on the Premium Bandai shopping site. The humanoid Mechanical Beast is the first foe Mazinger Z faces. His noticeable design features two scythes attached to his head like horns but c...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 23-29

Dragon Ball Super, Monster Musume, And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online? anime; Generation Witch manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online? Limited Edition BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$84.98 July 25 And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online? BD/DVDCite Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 July 25 Captain Ha...
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New Tamagotchi! 3DS Game Announced for November 16

Players control various shops in 20th anniversary game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. announced the Tamagotchi no Puchipuchi Omisecchi~Ninki no Omise Atsumemashita~ (Tamagotchi's Tiny Shops~I've Gathered Popular Shops~) game for the Nintendo 3DS on Monday. The game will cost 5,300 yen and ship (about US$48) in Japan on November 16. The game will celebrate the franchise's 20th anniversary. The game...
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Figure Skating Pair Ryuichi Kihara, Miu Suzaki Perform to Yuri!! on Ice

Figure skating pair Ryuichi Kihara and Miu Suzaki were spotted performing this season's short program at Skate Detroit to a track that will be familiar to Yuri on Ice fans. In the video, the skaters are seen practicing to the anime's namesake track which is used as Yūri Katsuki's Free Skate background music. Fittingly, in the anime the track is an original composition put together by Yūri's friend...
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Toonami Regains Half Hour of Programming (Update)

Adult Swim's Toonami programming block announced its new schedule on Tuesday, revealing that the block will again begin a half hour earlier at 11:00 p.m. EDT. The new schedule, beginning July 29, is as follows: 11:00pm — Dragon Ball Super 11:30pm – Dragon Ball Z Kai 12:00am – JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 12:30am – Tokyo Ghoul 1:00am – Hunter X Hunter 1:30am – Lupin the 3rd 2:00am –...
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Drive in Ultra Style in the Ultraman Toyota 86

Move over Char, one of Japan's top tokusatsu heroes is getting his own concept car. The Ultraman licensing brand "A Man of Ultra," a joint venture between Tsuburaya Productions and FIELDS Corp opened orders for the M78 × 86 concept car on Monday. The concept car was manufactured with many of the same companies behind the Toyota 86, including Sanei Shobō, Kotsu Time Sha, and Hattori Marking. The ca...
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Maiden Japan Licenses To Heart 2 Anime

BD/DVD slated for November 7 ― Section 23 Films announced in its November release slate on Tuesday that Maiden Japan will release the To Heart 2 television anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on November 7. Maiden Japan describes the series: Sometimes life leads us in circles. Sometimes it takes us on strange detours. Takaaki and Konomi have been friends since they were kids, but now that they're in high s...

Funimation Announces English Casts for Saiyuki Reload Blast, Knight's & Magic, My First Girlfriend Is A Gal

Saiyuki Reload Blast dub premiered Monday ― Funimation revealed the English dub cast members for its previously announced simuldubs of Saiyuki Reload Blast, Knight's & Magic, and My First Girlfriend Is A Gal. The Saiyuki Reload Blast English dub premiered on Monday and new episodes will stream on Mondays at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The cast is as follows: Greg Ayres as Goku David Matranga as Sanzo Ian Sinclai...
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Mai Kuraki Awarded Guinness World Record for Most Theme Songs in a Single Anime Series

The Detective Conan anime series can add a Guinness World Record to its resume, thanks to Mai Kuraki. The singer was awarded the Guinness World Record for singing the most theme songs for a single animation series. Kuraki has performed 21 theme songs for long-running series and was acknowledged for her achievement at a ceremony on July 25. Kuraki first performed the ninth ending theme song "Secret...
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Elegant Yokai Apartment Life ‒ Episode 4

"Yushi now has to decide how "normal" and free of troubles he wants his life to be."
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Tokyo RPG Factory's Lost Sphear Game Trailer Reveals Release Date

Game slated for October 12 in Japan, January 23 in N. America/Europe ― Square Enix announced with a video on Tuesday that Tokyo RPG Factory's Lost Sphear game will launch in Japan for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on October 12. Additionally, the PlayStation Blog also announced that the game will ship in North America and Europe for PS4 on January 23, 2018. The game will also be available in the ...
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Restaurant to Another World ‒ Episode 4

"I still like the premise of this series, but I shouldn't be starting to find it dull only four episodes in."
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Bandai Namco's New VR Arcade Has Something for Everyone

Skiing, fishing, or piloting an Eva unit; it's all at VR Zone ― There's a new arcade in town, but it's not like any other arcade you may have been to. Bandai Namco Entertainment has opened its VR Zone in Shinjuku on July 14th, which is reputedly the biggest Virtual Reality game center in Japan. It's an ambitious venture—not only does Bandai Namco plan to expand their VR activities overseas, they also...
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Elegant Yokai Apartment Life Anime Casts Toru Ohkawa, Sayaka Ohara, Mamiko Noto, More

Koji Yusa, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuna Yoshino, Kenta Sasa also join cast ― The September issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed new cast for the television anime of Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life) light novel series on Wednesday. The new cast includes: Toru Ohkawa as Keiji Hase, Mizuki Hase's father Sayaka Ohara as Mizuha Hase, Mizuki Has...
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This Week in Anime - What's Stain's Real Problem With Heroes?

My Hero Academia's newest villain is bloodthirsty to a shocking extreme, but does he have a good reason to hate heroes so much? This week, we take a look at the world through his creepy red eyes. ― Welcome to our new twice-weekly format for This Week in Anime! Going forward, two members of our team will discuss just one hot new anime topic in each column, starting off with a discussion of My Hero Aca...
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ForwardWorks' Sora to Umi no Aida Smartphone Game Gets Anime in 2018

TMS Entertainment animates story of 6 female space fishermen ― The staff of ForwardWorks' Sora to Umi no Aida (The Space Between the Sky and Sea) multimedia project announced on Tuesday that TMS Entertainment will animate a television anime adaptation. The anime will premiere in 2018. The staff also announced that ForwardWorks will release the smartphone game for iOS and Android devices in Japan in O...
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Vice & Luna - The Leaked Jedi

Perry's dedication to the True Fan Comic-Con Experience wavers when the footage he's waiting to see leaks while he's in line...

Alice or Alice Sister-Complex Manga Gets TV Anime

Story of twin sisters & their brother by Unlimited Fafnir artist ― The September issue of Comic Cune magazine is announcing on Thursday that a television anime of Riko Korie's Alice or Alice - Siscon Nii-san to Futago no Imōto (Alice or Alice - The Brother With a Sister Complex and His Twin Sisters) manga has been green-lit. The previous issue had teased that the magazine would have a major announcem...
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14 Powerful Servants You Won't Need to Break the Bank For in Fate/Grand Order

Not willing or able to spend the big bucks to get those ultra-rare servants? Don't worry. You'll be fine.
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Garo Season Two: Crimson Moon BD+DVD

Garo's second season never quite manages to redeem itself, resulting in a finale that's difficult to care about. Rebecca Silverman conducts her autopsy. ― It is a sad day when a series' explication takes so long that the monsters themselves get tired of listening to it and just attack. While that's not literally true of Garo: Crimson Moon, it still feels like the best explanation we've got for its ev...

Square Enix Announces Dia Horizon Project, TV Anime With Promo Video

Anime about boy and girl with intertwined lives premieres in October ― Square Enix announced the Dia Horizon multimedia project on Tuesday. The first part of the project will be a television anime that will premiere in October. The project's official website began streaming a promotional video that introduces the story. The text and dialogue in the video says: What is beyond the farthest horizon? The...

Tomohiro Matsu's Märchen Mädchen Light Novels Get Anime, Manga

Late author of Mayoi Neko Overrun! worked on fantasy story for 3 years before passing away ― The second volume of the late author Tomohiro Matsu and artist Kantoku's Märchen Mädchen (Fairy Tale Girls) light novel series revealed on Tuesday that the novels will get both anime and manga adaptations. The announcement does not reveal the format of the anime. The novels center on Hazuki Kagimura, a normal...
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Sensei! Live-Action Film's Trailer Reveals SPITZ Theme Song, Film's Full Title

Sensei! ...Suki ni Natte mo Ii desu ka? film opens on October 28 ― The official website for the live-action film of Kazune Kawahara's Sensei! manga began streaming a trailer for the film last week. The trailer previews the film's theme song "Uta Usagi" by the band SPITZ, and also reveals the film's full title of Sensei! ...Suki ni Natte mo Ii desu ka? (Teacher! ...Is it All Right For Me to Like You?)...
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Attack on Titan Manga's 24th Volume to Bundle Anime DVD

More details in volume 23 on August 9 ― The staff of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine revealed during a livestream program on Monday that the 24th compiled book volume of Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga will bundle an original anime DVD (OAD). The staff did not reveal the details of the OAD, but stated that the manga's 23rd volume will have more details. The 23rd volume will ship in Japan o...

KonoSuba Comedy Fantasy Anime Gets New Anime Project

1st season of anime premiered January 2016, 2nd season in January 2017 ― Voice actors Jun Fukushima and Rie Takahashi announced on the HiBiKi radio program on Tuesday that Natsume Akatsuki's KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!! light novels are inspiring a new anime project. The announcement did not reveal the format for the anime. Fukushima and Takahashi play the characters Kazuma and...
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Shinkai's your name. Anime Film Tops 25 Billion Yen in Japan

Film is #4 all-time highest-earning film in Japan, just below Frozen's 25.5 billion yen ― Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no na wa.) anime film has grossed a cumulative 25.03 billion yen (about US$224 million) as of Sunday. It remains the #4 highest-earning film of all time on the Japanese box office chart, just below Disney's Frozen at #3 with 25.5 billion yen (about US$229 million). Box Office Mo...

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Kannagi Creator to Launch New Manga This Winter

Eri Takenashi ends Kannagi manga on Thursday; manga gets art exhibition ― The 12th and final compiled book volume of Eri Takenashi's Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens manga (seen right) is revealing on Thursday that Takenashi will begin serializing a new manga in Monthly Comic Rex magazine this winter. The October issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine will reveal details about the new manga on...

Kemono Friends Confirms 2nd Season, But 'Will Take Some Time'

1st anime aired January-March ― The Hōrindō Comic Plaza bookstore posted a photo of the fifth official guidebook for the Kemono Friends anime on Twitter on Monday. The photo confirms that the book's wraparound jacket band is announcing a "second season," but with text that reads, "It will take some time, so please wait!" Japanese online bookstore Honya Club listed a thumbnail image of the same book, ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 798

"Suddenly, my exhaustion with the Seducing Woods vanishes as we're able to set our sights on one very clear and challenging conflict."
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Love and Lies ‒ Episode 4

"While I appreciated learning more about this government's unsettling practices, there was simply too much flat exposition and not enough soapy angst and romantic entanglements this week."
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Love and Lies Anime Casts Eri Kitamura as Shū Igarashi

Kitamura also narrates anime ― The official website for the television anime of Musawo's Love and Lies (Koi to Uso) manga revealed on Monday that Eri Kitamura will voice Yukari's classmate Shū Igarashi. Kitamura is also responsible for the narration of the anime. The anime premiered in Japan on July 3. Seiki Takuno (Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Poco's Udon World, Sekkō Boys) is working with LIDE...
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Princess Principal ‒ Episode 3

"This week gave us nothing that wasn't fairly predictable, but it was still well-done nonetheless."
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Justice League's Ezra Miller Cosplays as Fullmetal Alchemist's Ed at Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con International brought out all the superheroes this weekend in the one event where fans can catch glimpses of Chris Hemsworth, Ben Affleck, Mark Ruffalo, and Cate Blanchette in the same place. One of the DC Universe's biggest stars, Justice League's Flash actor Ezra Miller, was also there, but he wasn't in red supersuit. Miller spent the weekend dressed as none other than Edward...
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Aho Girl Creator Questions Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store Creator's Income, Expense Claims

Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store manga artist Matsukoma posted a response on Twitter on July 17 to a friend's teasing that he should be celebrating the series having more than two million copies in print. To demonstrate the reality of his situation, Matsukoma posted a graph of his expenses for the year so far. The graph states that Matsukoma's 2017 expenses include 2,191,028 yen (about US$19...
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Aikatsu Stars Meets Aikatsu in 2-Episode Cross-Over

It's an idol inception in an upcoming two-episode crossover of Bandai Namco Pictures' Aikatsu franchise. The currently airing Aikatsu Stars! will feature the cast from the original Aikatsu to celebrate the anime series' fifth anniversary. Original protagonist Ichigo Hoshimiya and character Akari Ōzora from season two will appear in the first crossover episode on August 17. The second crossover epi...
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New Light Novel's OP Main Character Literally Levels Up by Existing

There's plenty of actual criticism for the flood of isekai light novels, and mainly their protagonists, for being ridiculous over-powered wish-fulfillment. Detractors state that the characters typically have superficial flaws while also having "Chosen One" abilities that make any conflict a snap to overcome. Still, none of those previous protagonists hold a candle to 15-year-old Lana who levels up...
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Clean Freak! Aoyama kun ‒ Episode 4

"There are no real laugh-out-loud moments this week, and I blame this undercurrent of anxiety on a show that doesn't quite know what it wants to be."

William Winckler Productions Announces English-Dubbed Pilots of PriPara, Net Ghost PiPoPa Anime

Company also records pilot dub for Nintama Rantaro spinoff anime ― William Winckler Productions confirmed with ANN that is has recorded English-dubbed pilot episodes of the PriPara, Net Ghost PiPoPa, and Nintama Rantaro no Uchū Daibōken with Cosmic Front Next anime series. The company produced English dubs for several episodes of each series. WowMax Next is in charge of marketing and distributing the...
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Women in Portugal are Forming Real Keijo!! Teams

Last year's sports series Keijo!!!!!!!! was unique take: combining sumo with floating arenas. Oh yeah, and all the moves were based around weaponized T&A. Keijo!!!!!!!! was great for walking the line of shōnen sports manga themes of camaraderie and training sequences with absurd special attacks like "Shoryucans" and "Gate of Bootylon." It was only a matter of time until someone tried to adapt the ...
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A Centaur's Life ‒ Episode 3

"It's time for our weekly dose of monster girl slice-of-life antics, along with the looming threat of totalitarianism!"
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Answerman - Is It Ethical To Import Anime From Other Countries?

Anime fans in the UK will often import low-price American anime box sets - but is that ethical? What's the impact on their own local anime distributors? Justin gets into it. ― Jason asks: What do Japanese licence holders think of people in the UK importing US region 1 discs? How legal is this? Some times a show never seems to get a UK release and isn't available for streaming either. Japanese produc...
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Knight's & Magic ‒ Episode 4

"Thankfully, Knight's & Magic was willing to meet me halfway this week by spreading its focus around more."
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King of Prism: Pride the Hero Anime Film Gets Stage Play

Masashi Igarashi reprises role as Minato in November play ― An official website opened on Monday to announce that the King of Prism: Pride the Hero anime film is inspiring a stage play. The play, titled King of Prism -Over the Sunshine!-, will run at Umeda Arts Theater Drama City in Osaka on November 2-5 and at AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo on November 8-12. The cast includes: Shōhei Hashimoto as Shin Ichij...
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Akira Bike Makes Appearance in Ready Player One Movie Trailer

A familiar motorcycle showed up in a car chase scene in the recently released trailer for Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One dystopian pop-culture sci-fi flick. The iconic red motorcycle from Katsuhiro Otomo's cyberpunk masterpiece Akira shows up in the last third of the trailer. Ernest Cline's original novel, dubbed "holy grail of pop culture" features a plethora of early Japanese video game and...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 100

"I enjoy the Universe 6 Saiyans, but the writing here is so bizarre and half-baked that I couldn't tell you what they were going for."
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The Season Finale of Gundam Thunderbolt Reveals the Hidden Danger of Newtypes

There is one topic in Gundam that is hard to avoid: Newtypes. And Gundam Thunderbolt shows we still have a lot to learn about them
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Review: Saga of Tanya the Evil

This unusual series combines dark comedy and war drama to shockingly entertaining effect. Nick Creamer delves into Tanya's cynical world. ― Saga of Tanya the Evil's first episode largely confirmed all my worst suspicions regarding the title. Framed from the perspective of a tiny girl who'd somehow risen to officer status within a faux-German military, it seemed to revel in nastiness, playing up the g...
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Katsugeki! Tōken Ranbu ‒ Episode 4

"Now that the full team has been assembled, it remains to be seen if the show will find enough to do with them to tell a story beyond these pretty but only partly connected events."

LionsGate to Offer Replacement Discs for Yu-Gi-Oh! Film 'Dubtitle' Issues

No comments on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex ― LionsGate issued a statement to ANN earlier this month regarding a disc replacement program for Anchor Bay's U.S. release of the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions anime film. ANN confirmed the release featured both Japanese and English audio, but the only subtitle track matched the localized English dub, not the Japanese script. LionsGate's...
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Nanoha Reflection Film Opens at #8, Anthem of the Heart at #9 at Japanese Box Office

Gintama stays at #2, Pokémon falls to #4, Mary and the Witch's Flower falls to #6 ― The Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection anime film opened at #8 in the Japanese box office for the weekend. The film opened in Japan on Saturday. Masaki Tsuzuki is credited with the original work, and also penned the film's script. Takayuki Hamana (The Prince of Tennis, Library War, Appleseed XIII) directed the fil...
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Satsuriku no Tenshi/Angel Slaughter Game, Manga Franchise Gets TV Anime

Yen Press to release horror escape manga starting in November ― The official Twitter account for artist Kudan Naduka and author Makoto Sanada's Angel Slaughter (Satsuriku no Tenshi) game and manga franchise announced on Monday that a television anime adaptation is in the works. The account stated that it will reveal more details about the anime at a later date. The announcement image for the anime ab...
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Idol Incidents Smartphone Game Shuts Down on July 31

Game launched last October, inspired TV anime, manga ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of MAGES.' Idol Incidents (Idol Jihen) multimedia project announced on Monday that the smartphone game will shut down its service on July 31 at 3:00 p.m. 5pb. Games and MAGES had announced the project as a social smartphone game in 2014 with a slated release in fall 2014. However, the game ...
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Felipe Smith Launches Kickstarter for New Death Metal Zombie Cop Comic

Smith's Peepo Choo is 1st manga serialized in Japanese magazine anthology by American ― Comics and manga creator Felipe Smith launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign on July 19 for his new comic project titled Death Metal Zombie Cop. The campaign aims to raise US$22,000 to fund the first issue of the comic. Smith noted that if the story has enough interested readers, he will continue the story. ...
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Live-Action Love and Lies Film Previewed in 2 New Videos, Poster

Shōgo Sakamoto covers Masaharu Fukuyama's "Hello" song for film opening on October 14 ― The official website for the live-action film of Musawo's Love and Lies (Koi to Uso) manga began streaming two new trailers for the film on Monday. The videos preview the theme song "Hello" by Shōgo Sakamoto. The song is a cover of Masaharu Fukuyama's song. The videos also reveal that the film will open in Japan o...

Marty Adelstein: One Piece Live-Action Series 'Could Set New Record for TV Production Costs'

Adelstein's Tomorrow Studios to produce show based on long-running Eiichiro Oda manga ― Producer Marty Adelstein (Prison Break, Teen Wolf), the producer for both the live-action Cowboy Bebop and One Piece projects, commented in Japanese regarding the One Piece adaptation on Friday: I have been a fan of One Piece for 20 years. It is an honor to be entrusted with such an important work by Shueisha and ...
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Ace of Diamond Gets 5th Stage Play in September

1st of stage plays not directed by Shintarō Asanuma ― A fifth stage play adaptation of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond (Daiya no A) baseball manga has been green-lit. The play will run at the Shin Kobe Oriental Theater in Kobe on September 7-10, at the JMS Aster Plaza in Hiroshima on September 12-14, at the Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center on September 17-18, and Theater 1010 in Tokyo on September 20...
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Little Witch Academia: Chamber Of Time Game's Video Previews Theme Song

Yuki Ōhara returns to perform theme song for game shipping in Japan on November 30, Americas in early 2018 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a teaser promotional video on Monday for Little Witch Academia: Chamber Of Time game for PlayStation 4 and PC. The video previews the game's theme song "Toki no Mirage" (Time's Mirage) by Yuiko Ōhara. Ōhara also performed the ending theme song for the...
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Kirakira Precure a la Mode Anime Casts Daisuke Hirakawa, Hisao Egawa

Both voice actors play servants of Noir in newest Precure anime ― The official website for the Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode anime series revealed new cast members and characters for the anime on Saturday. The new cast includes: Daisuke Hirakawa as Elisio, a servant of Noir who uses cards to target the weak points of the Precures. He has an eerie laugh, and always looks like he is plotting something. ...
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Azusa Satou, Tomoyo Kurosawa Join Idol Time Pripara Anime's Cast

New Pripara anime premiered on April 4 ― The official website for the PriPara franchise revealed two new characters on Sunday for Idol Time Pripara, the newest television anime series in the franchise. Azusa Satou as Falala, a girl who sleeps within the clock tower of Paparajuku. Once in a while, she wakes up to play the harp. She appears only during Super Idol Time to grant Rare Coord. The Punikon m...
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Black Clover Anime Reveals Character Design for Yami

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga revealed the character visual for Junichi Suwabe's character Yami Sukehiro on Monday. The 35th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will reveal the voice actress for Noelle and other Black Bulls members on July 31. The anime will premiere in Japan in October on TV Tokyo, and Crunchyroll will str...

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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Anime's Season 2 Visual Revealed

The official website for the television anime of Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga revealed the visual for the anime's upcoming second season on Monday. The new season will premiere in early 2018. The manga centers on a high school boy named Kusuo Saiki. He possesses supernatural powers that cause unfortunate events in his everyday life. The first season premiered as a "double br...
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The Betrayal Knows My Name's Odagiri's New Work Gets Title, August 24 Launch

Shinomiya-kun ni Wake ga Aru manga centers on siblings with secret ― This year's September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Asuka magazine announced on Monday that Hotaru Odagiri's new manga series will launch in the October issue on August 24. The manga is titled Shinomiya-kun ni Wake ga Aru (Shinomiya Has a Reason). The manga will feature on the cover of the October issue, and the first chapter will hav...

Retailer Listing For Kemono Friends Guidebook Suggests Possible 2nd Anime Season (Updated)

― Japanese online bookstore Honya Club is listing the fifth official guidebook for the Kemono Friends anime with a thumbnail picture that shows the book's wraparound jacket band. The words on the wraparound band suggest that a second season is in the works for the anime, although the words could also mean that a second installment in another part of the franchise (such as a game or stage play) is al...
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Welcome to the Ballroom ‒ Episode 3

"We know Tatara's determination through dance, but seeing him with his family, we get to know a little bit about who he is as a regular person."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 29

"Last week left us off the Iida confronting the villain, and this week throws Midoriya into the mix along with Todoroki."
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Prince of Tennis Valentine Program Will Count Down from 50

The mountain of likely expired chocolates sent to Shueisha offices this year to elect readers' fan-favorite Prince of Tennis are all counted and the results will be announced on August 14 via livestream on Nico Nico Douga. The outpouring of gifts was huge; it took eight employees to count the sweets with numbers exceeding 180,000. The "Happy Summer Valentine" program will reveal which characters r...
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Gem-Themed Land of the Lustrous Anime Inspires Real Jewelry

The jewelry brand Tasaki is collaborating with the television anime of Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) manga to release real-world jewelry inspired by the gem-themed series. The anime's characters are getting their own necklaces with diamonds, pearls, and multi-colored stones. Each piece of fashion jewelry will be inspired by a certain character and their characteristic min...
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Actress Rika Adachi Cosplays as Kemono Friends' Serval

The Kemono Friends franchise has a new celebrity fan. Actress Rika Adachi posted pictures on Instagram and Twitter of herself cosplaying as Serval on Sunday. Adachi wore the outfit for her appearance on the FM Nack 5 radio station's "Nack5 Special 'Anison Friends'" program. Adachi hosted the program with singer-songwriter and actor Yūtaro Miura. In the station's first program dedicated to anime so...
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Canadian G4 Channel Stops Broadcast in September

Television provider Shaw announced on June 30 that the Canadian G4 television channel will stop broadcasting on September 1. Rogers Cable, another television provider, has confirmed on Twitter that the channel is shutting down. According to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the channel lost 35% of its subscribers in 2015. The American G4 channel was also shut ...
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The Big Differences Between the New Pokémon Movie and the TV Show

The new Pokémon movie is a retelling of the start of the TV series. But what is different and what remains the same?
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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Invites Rinko Kikuchi, Takashi Miike, Eric Beckman

Actor Hiroyuki Sanada, more also invited ― The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its list of membership invitations on June 28. The list includes 774 invitations, the largest number of invitations in the Academy's history. The invitations are part of a series of new membership rules to promote diversity in the Academy's ranks, after last year's nominations led to a backlash agains...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride TV Anime Casts Daisuke Namikawa, Satoshi Hino, Mutsumi Tamura

Anime premieres in Japan on October 7; Crunchyroll screens 1st 3 episodes in U.S. theaters on July 26 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kore Yamazaki's The Ancient Magus' Bride manga revealed three more cast members for the series on Sunday. The site also revealed the show's premiere date on Japanese TV. Daisuke Namikawa as Lindel Satoshi Hino as Mikhail Renfred Mutsumi Ta...
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Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō TV Anime Reveals October Premiere, Theme Song Titles

GUNP launches new web manga on Comic Clear website on July 30 ― The official website for the Wake Up, Girls! franchise revealed on Friday that the Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō (Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter) television anime series will premiere in Japan in October on TV Tokyo, Sendai Broadcasting, and AT-X. The website also revealed the titles of the theme songs on Sunday. The Wake Up, Girls! idol group a...
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Shogi Meshi Gourmet Manga Gets Live-Action Series This Month

Rio Uchida stars in series about female shogi player who overanalyzes food choices ― The Fuji TV on Demand streaming service announced on Saturday that Nagisa Matsumoto's Shogi Meshi (Shogi Food or Meals shogi player loved) manga is getting an eight-episode live-action series adaptation that will stream on the service starting on July 31. The series will also air on Fuji TV starting on August 2. Rio ...
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Mari Ozawa's Gin no Spoon Manga Ends in September

Manga about brother who learns to cook for his siblings inspired live-action TV series in June 2015 ― The September issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine is revealing on Tuesday that Mari Ozawa's Gin no Spoon (Silver Spoon; no connection to the Hiromu Arakawa manga with a similar name) manga will end in its next chapter. The manga won't be in the October issue, and will end in the November issue on Septe...
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Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish Manga Ends on August 25

Manga resumed in June after hiatus since January 2016 ― The September issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine is revealing on Tuesday that Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish manga will end in the October issue, which will ship on August 25. The October issue will bundle a special Clara and Tarareba magnet. The August issue of Kiss had teased in June that the manga was heading toward its ending. The man...
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Toriko Chiya's Tokyo Alice Manga Returns With '2nd Season,' Gets Drama on Amazon

Manga centers on woman who loves shopping, slowly falls in love ― Amazon Prime Video in Japan announced on Friday that Toriko Chiya's Tokyo Alice manga is getting a live-action series adaptation that will stream only on the service starting on August 25. Additionally, the September issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine is revealing on Tuesday that the original manga is entering its "second season" starti...
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Dame×Prince Smartphone Game Gets TV Anime in January 2018

Kaito Ishikawa, Yuichiro Umehara, Sōma Saitō, Ryohei Kimura star in series about idiosyncratic princes ― NHN PlayArt Corp. opened a website on Saturday to announce that its Dame×Prince (aka "DamePri") smartphone app is getting a television anime adaptation in January 2018 titled Dame×Prince Anime Caravan. The anime will air on the Tokyo MX and BS Fuji channels. The anime stars: Kaito Ishikawa as Nare...
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