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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Aug 12-18

Mob Psycho 100 descends more than a few spaces while Danganonpa is on the ascent - find out how your favorite summer anime fare in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that the...
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A Certain Magical Index II BD+DVD

Despite a bevy of pitfalls, the wide range of subplots explored in the final season of the Index franchise will definitely give fans plenty to chew on while they wait for more. Theron Martin dives in. ― The Certain Magical Index franchise has four anime series and one movie to date, of which this was the third installment, airing in Fall of 2010. Although I consider it to be the weakest series in the...
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Corpse Party: Blood Covered GN 1

Corpse Party's manga adaptation isn't quite as good as it could be due to some issues with both art and story, but it still seems like it has potential. ― Based on the updated version of the horror visual novel/adventure game, Corpse Party: Blood Covered feels like When They Cry's younger sibling. It's trying really hard to hit all the same horror highlights, with some lighter moments thrown in to ke...
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The Mike Toole Show - Touched By a Galaxy Angel

Mike sings the praises of Right Stuf's recently resurrected space comedy, Galaxy Angel - and ruminates on the genre as a whole. ― Last week at Otakon, I somehow ended up in the audience at the Right Stuf's panel. There were some technical challenges, but we won't get into that—my big takeaway from the event was company head Shawne Kleckner extolling the virtues of a genre he simply referred to as spa...
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The Devil is a Part-Timer! GN 6

If you've been wondering what happened to Maou and his merry band post-anime, now's your chance to find out, when a mysterious little girl falls from the sky and claims the devil king as her father! ― Covering the first part of volume three of the novel series, volume six of The Devil is a Part-Timer's manga adaptation picks up pretty much where the anime left off. If you've been waiting for new mate...
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Sweetness & Lightning GN 1

Comfort food takes on a new meaning in the endearing and adorable first volume of Sweetness & Lightning, even as it stumbles a little when combining its genres. ― Manga has always excelled at creating genres you might not have expected to see, much less enjoy, and Gido Amagakure's Sweetness & Lightning is no exception. It combines “single dad raising a daughter” literature with a cooking story, and t...
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Wednesday, August 24

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Orange Alien Character Mikan Seijin Gets New TV Anime Shorts

20-second Mikan Seijin Arawaru shorts debuts Thursday after new PaRappa the Rapper anime's debut ― Fuji TV announced on Wednesday that it will air a new series of anime shorts based on Kazuma Shirasaki's "Mikan Seijin" character. The anime is titled Mikan Seijin Arawaru (The Orange Alien Appears), and will center on the surreal life of the titular character. The anime will premiere on the late-night ...
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Capcom Develops 3DS Game That Interacts With Public Transit Cards

Players use IC cards to get items, converse with characters; game supports 10 cards in Japan ― Capcom announced on Wednesday that it is developing a new, as-yet untitled Nintendo 3DS game that will use IC cards, which are used in Japan to pay for public transportation fares. Players tap the IC card on the Nintendo 3DS, which will give players items and allow them to converse with characters. The exac...
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Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls Slated for October in N. America, Europe

Idea Factory International announced on Tuesday that it will release Compile Heart's Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls (Chōjigen Taisen Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls: Yume no Gattai Special) PlayStation Vita game on October 18 in North America, and on October 21 in Europe. It also released new English screenshots for the game. IMG nepsega01.jpg IMG nepsega02.jpg IMG nepsega03.jpg IMG nepsega0...
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Kizumonogatari II Anime Film Earns 196 Million Yen in 1st 3 Days

148,200 tickets sold at 117 screens to rank #8 last weekend ― The Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen anime film opened in Japan last Friday, and earned 196,051,200 yen (about US$1.95 million) and sold 148,200 tickets in its first three days. The film opened on 117 screens and ranked #8 at the Japanese box office for Saturday and Sunday only (not counting Friday). The first film, Kizumonogatari Part 1: T...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Season 5 Reveals Visual, Returning Cast

Cast returns from previous seasons ― The official website of Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go, the fifth television anime season inspired by Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, unveiled a new key visual for the anime on Wednesday. In addition, the site revealed the anime's cast, who are all returning from previous seasons of the show. Hiroshi Kamiya as Takashi Natsume Kazuhiko ...
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Crunchyroll Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 4 With Subtitles, Streams Nanbaka Trailer

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX offered with English subtitles; Nanbaka premieres October ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it has added the fourth season of the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime series to its catalog. Crunchyroll is offering the series in its original Japanese audio with English subtitles. It is available for Crunchyroll users worldwide except for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong ...

Tuesday, August 23

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Ponycan USA Offers Replacement Discs for Sound! Euphonium Volume 1

Ponycan USA announced on Tuesday that it is offering replacement discs for its first volume of the Sound! Euphonium anime, after discovering that the audio on the first two episodes on the disc are only monoaural instead of stereo. The company will replace all discs of all those who purchased from RightStuf automatically, while those who did not purchase their discs from RightStuf will be able to ...
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Sony Announces PlayStation Now Cloud Gaming on PC, DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor

PS Now launches on PC in Europe "soon" with N. America to follow; DualShock 4 adaptor for PC/Mac offered ― Sony announced on Tuesday that it will bring its PlayStation Now cloud gaming service to Windows PCs. PC support will launch in parts of Europe "soon," with the North American launch arriving "shortly thereafter." Sony will also release a DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor device in early Septembe...
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Detective Conan 20th Anniversary Concert Planned for KyoMAF2016

A "TV & Movie 20th Anniversary Detective Conan Concert" will be held on September 17 at the ROHM Theater in Kyoto for this year's Kyoto International Manga and Anime Fair, or KyoMAF. Similar concerts were held in Tokyo and Osaka in March, where music from throughout the long history of the show was played by a special orchestra. The upcoming concert at KyoMAF will include theme songs from the TV ...
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'In This Corner of the World' Historical Film's 1st Full Trailer Reveals Cast, Staff

Rena Nounen, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Daisuke Ono, Megumi Han star in November 12 film ― The official website for the anime film In This Corner of the World began streaming the full trailer on Wednesday. The trailer is the first video for the film that features voice acting, and it reveals the film's voice cast. The cast includes: Rena Nounen as Suzu, the heroine Yoshimasa Hosoya as Shūsaku, her husband Nat...
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Sanrio Boys Designed as Cinderella-Seeking Princes

The official Twitter account for the Sanrio Danshi multimedia project is launching a new campaign featuring the mascot-loving ikemen as princes. The account has tweeted designs of Kōta Hasegawa, Yū Mizuno, Shunsuke Yoshino, and Ryō Nishimiya is formal attire holding an elaborate shoe. Evidently, they're seeking their own Cinderella. 【お知らせ】サンリオ男子につきまして新規撮り下ろし『メルヘンシリーズ』をご紹介いたします。順次商品化予定です。一人目、長谷川康太。...
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D.Gray-man Hallow ‒ Episode 8

"This episode was a step down from the flashback, but there are still some powerful moments to be found."
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Love Concierge Manga Gets Live-Action Adaptation

Manga about a love hotel employee giving love advice is based on a Twitter account ― The wraparound jacket band on the fourth volume of Hakase and Ueno's comedy manga Rabuho no Ueno-san (Love Concierge, or "Mr. Ueno of the Love Hotel") revealed on Tuesday that the series is getting a live-action adaptation. More details, including the actor who will play the main character Ueno, will be announced at ...
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A Silent Voice Film Gets Japanese Subtitled Movie Teaser/Trailer

Kyoto Animation, in a unique move, is supporting hearing impaired audience members with subtitled screenings and trailers for A Silent Voice, a film that stars a deaf main character. Previously, Kyoto Animation announced that there will be subtitled screenings of the upcoming film A Silent Voice once a day in all theater locations from September 24 to September 30. However, they just began stream...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, August 21-28

The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Laughing Under The Clouds anime; The Asterisk War novel ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Cross Ange Rondo of Angel and Dragon Collection 2 DVDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 August 23 Cross Ange Rondo of Angel and Dragon Collection 2 DVDCite Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 August 23 Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom: Warrior Spirit of the ...
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New Whistle! Soccer Manga Launches on September 26

Visuals of two boys from new manga shown ― Shogakukan's MangaOne, the app for Shogakukan's web comic magazine Ura Sunday, announced on Monday that Whistle! manga creator Daisuke Higuchi's new series will begin on September 26. The teaser reads: "14 years later — a new 'Whistle!' sounds!!" The teaser also includes images of two boys. MangaOne began reserializing the Whistle! manga in April. Whistle! c...
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Ichitarō Ai Marries Fellow Voice Talent Ai Sasaki

Voice Actor Ichitarō Ai announced via Twitter on August 20 that he married fellow voice actor Ai Sasaki. He wrote, "The report: This time, I, Ichitarō Ai, wanted to report that this month another Aoni Productions affiliate Ai Sasaki and I entered ourselves in the family registry. We are still two novices with quite a ways to go, but thank you very much for everyone's help towards us and for the su...
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Kickstarter Launches for Digital Card Game Based on Osamu Tezuka Characters

Artists redesign classic characters in project supervised by Tezuka's son ― Active Gaming Media's Project Atom launched a Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday for Astro Boy: Edge of Time, a digital collectible card game based on the works of God of Manga Osamu Tezuka. The project is seeking to raise US$50,000 by September 21. Active Gaming Media previously teased the project with a countdown website. The ...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Aug 12-18

Mob Psycho 100 descends more than a few spaces while Danganonpa is on the ascent - find out how your favorite summer anime fare in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that the...
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Tiger & Bunny, Trinity Seven Creators' Demental Man Novel Project Trailer Reveals More Visuals

Action novel about doctors fighting a dangerous virus slated for September 15 ― Kadokawa began streaming a 30-second trailer for Keiichi Satou and Kenji Saito's Demental Man novel project on Tuesday. The trailer features music composed by Yoshihiro Ike (Tiger & Bunny, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis) and narration from Kenjiro Tsuda. Satou (Tiger & Bunny, Asura, Karas, Rage of Bahamut Genesis, GANTZ:O direc...
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Buzzfeed Japan: International Recognition Kept Pokémon Out Of Olympics Closing Ceremony

As Captain Tsubasa, Pac-Man, Doraemon, Hello Kitty, and Mario made their appearances in Japan's show during the Rio Olympics' closing ceremony on Sunday night, many wondered where the Pokémon were, especially after rumors of their inclusion and a report from U.K. website The Telegraph which stated that the show may feature the Pokémon Go smartphone game and that one insider said a reference to Po...
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Demon Gaze II PS Vita Game's Release Date Moved Up 2 Weeks

The official website for the Demon Gaze II sequel game for the PlayStation Vita announced on Tuesday that the game's Japanese release date has moved up from October 13 to September 29. Kadokawa Games explained that October 13 was originally chosen as the release date because it was ideal for the market conditions at the time. The company cited "being able to create a high quality work early," "mar...

Fate/Grand Order Saber Artoria Pendragon Figure

Saber Artoria Pendragon is as majestic as ever with her cloak, crown, and swords in this high quality figure from Medicom Toy, available immediately on Tokyo Otaku Mode. ― Saber Artoria Pendragon is as majestic as ever with her cloak, crown, and swords in this Real Action Heroes figure by Medicom Toy. And the best part is, you don't have to wait months for your pre-order to arrive. She is available f...

Silver Spoon Manga Will Resume on August 31

Manga went on hiatus in February after returning from 8-month hiatus ― This year's 39th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Hiromu Arakawa is resuming her Silver Spoon manga in the following issue on August 31. The manga will be featured on the following issue's cover, and the magazine will offer readers a replica of the cover's art as a present. The ma...
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Kiitarō Shōnen no Yōkai Enikki Anime Reveals Staff, Visuals, October Debut

5-minute horror comedy shorts directed by Hisayoshi Hirasawa ― The staff for the television anime of Riichi Kageyama's Kiitarō Shōnen no Yōkai Enikki (Young Kiitarō's Yōkai Visual Diary) manga revealed the staff, new visuals and the anime's October premiere on Tuesday. Hisayoshi Hirasawa (Ojisan to Marshmallow, OZMAFIA!!) is directing the series at Creators in Pack. WORDS in STEREO is credited with t...
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A Certain Magical Index II BD+DVD

Despite a bevy of pitfalls, the wide range of subplots explored in the final season of the Index franchise will definitely give fans plenty to chew on while they wait for more. Theron Martin dives in. ― The Certain Magical Index franchise has four anime series and one movie to date, of which this was the third installment, airing in Fall of 2010. Although I consider it to be the weakest series in the...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, August 15-21

Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai sells 12,990 + 2,418, followed by Haikyu!!, PSO2, 2nd Yo-kai Watch film, 2016 Doraemon film ― The deluxe edition for the live-action film of Makino's Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai manga sold 12,990 copies to rank #2 on the overall DVD chart. The regular edition was #12 with 2,418 copies. The first "Simple Box 5,000-Yen Series" reissue for the Korean l...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, August 15-21

Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai sells 9,482, followed by Haikyu!, Grimgar, Three Leaves, Three Colors, My Hero Academia ― The deluxe edition for the live-action film of Makino's Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai manga sold 9,482 copies to rank #1 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Ch...
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Studio Trigger Celebrates 5th Anniversary in Anime Short With TeddyLoid Music

Short debuted after Space Patrol Luluco marathon stream on Monday ― The Nico Nico marathon stream of the Space Patrol Luluco anime ended on Monday with the debut of a new short animation. The short shows Trigger's mascots: Trigger, Muzzle, and Spring. The official Trigger Twitter account confirmed that TeddyLoid (the ending theme song composer of Space Patrol Luluco) composed the music in the short. ...
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Persona 5 Game's Ad Highlights Anne Takamaki

Nana Mizuki voices quarter-American student in PS4/PS3 game slated for September 15 in Japan, February 14 in Americas ― Atlus began streaming a television commercial for its upcoming Persona 5 PlayStation 4 game on Tuesday. The video centers on Anne Takamaki, the beautiful but lonely quarter-American student voiced by Nana Mizuki. Atlus previously streamed a video showing the protagonist visiting a m...
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Disgaea 2 Heads to PC on January 30

Game maintains content from PSP version, includes 3 new characters, physical special edition ― NIS America announced on Monday that it will release its Disgaea 2 game on the PC via Steam on January 30. The new PC release will include all content from the original Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories game, as well as the Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days PlayStation Portable version of the game, along with an updated u...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Season 5 Reveals October 4 Debut, Theme Song Artists

Sasanomaly performs opening theme, Aimer performs ending theme ― The October issue of Hakusensha's Monthly LaLa magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go, the fifth television anime season inspired by Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, will premiere on October 4. The magazine is also revealing the theme song artists. Sasanomaly is performing the ...
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Ookiku Furikabutte/Big Windup Manga Goes on Hiatus Until July 2017

Author Asa Higuchi takes maternity leave for 2nd baby ― The October issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine is revealing on Thursday that Asa Higuchi will put her Ookiku Furikabutte (Big Windup!) manga on hiatus until July 2017. She will take maternity leave for her second baby. Higuchi took a similar hiatus for 11 months between December 2010 and November 2011. While before that hiatus, the m...
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Live-Action Blade of the Immortal Film Opens During Golden Week Next Spring

Takuya Kimura stars as immortal warrior Manji in Takashi Miike film ― The staff for the live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal "neo period drama" manga announced on Tuesday that the film will open in Japan during Golden Week next year. Golden Week is a string of Spring holidays in Japan, running from the end of April to the beginning of May. The production filmed entirely on locat...

Monday, August 22

Analyst: Pokémon Go Shows Downward Trend Among Players

App shows decline in daily active users, downloads, engagement, time spent ― Senior Analyst Victor Anthony from the brokerage firm Axiom Capital Management stated on Monday that the Pokémon Go game is on a downward trend in multiple areas, including daily active users, downloads, engagement (a measure of user activity), and time spent on the app per day. Statistics from app intelligence companies suc...
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Sweetness & Lightning ‒ Episode 8

"The idea of embracing something from the past while putting your own spin on it really suits this show."
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Taboo Tattoo ‒ Episode 8

"The show hasn't lost the plot so much as it's buried the plot in the backyard, hoping that it can make enough noise and spectacle to distract people from the suspicious odor of a decomposing narrative."
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Dark Horse to Publish New Zelda Art Book in February

Book will include art from upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game ― Dark Horse announced on Monday that it will publish a new book based on Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda franchise titled The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts. The book is slated for February 21. The book will be the first in a new line of The Legend of Zelda books. Dark Horse describes the book: Readers can peruse over ...
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New Game! ‒ Episode 8

"If nothing else, New Game seems adept at maintaining a consistent level of quality."
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Mob Psycho 100 ‒ Episode 7

"I'm guessing the show is currently rushing through material in order to hit some specific arc conclusion, and the current material is suffering the consequences."
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Kabaneri's Life-Size Mumei Figure Unveiled in Color

The life-size prototype figure of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress' Mumei was unveiled in color at the "Kabaneri & Battery Exhibition ~ Sanshin Mokuhyō de Rokkon Seijō ~" event in the first floor atrium of Odaiba Aqua City's Cinema Mediage on Sunday. The character's voice actress Sayaka Senbongi presented the figure to the audience. The Noitamina Shop opened a page for the figure where interested fa...
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The Morose Mononokean ‒ Episode 8

"The Morose Mononokean clearly has several more twists up its sleeve."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 753

"This episode creates the freshest sense of adventure I've felt in the One Piece anime since at least the beginning of Dressrosa."
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Bagpipe-Playing Charmander Balances on Pokéball in Portland

Portland, Oregon's "Unipiper," a street performer that gained attention for playing bagpipes on a unicycle dressed in various costumes, is jumping on the Pokémon Go craze. In a new video he abandons the unicycle for a giant Pokéball and plays the series' theme song dressed as Charmander. The Unipiper has appeared on America's Got Talent, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Bachelor, Portlandia, and Good Mornin...
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Aozora Yell, Kizumonogatari II Films Rank in Weekend Box Office Top 10

Shin Godzilla tops 3.8 billion yen ― The live-action film of Kazune Kawahara's Aozora Yell (Yell for the Blue Sky) manga opened in on 281 screens in Japan on Saturday and sold 160,000 tickets to earn 197,000,000 yen (US$1.96 million). The film placed #3 on Japan's weekend box office ranking in terms of tickets sold, but the new Ghostbusters film, which opened in Japan on Friday, outranked Aozora Yell...
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Romi Park, Rie Kugimiya Star in Nyanbo! Anime About Cat Version of Yotsuba&!'s Danbo Character

Anime premiering September 27 also casts Yui Horie, Yuko Sanpei, Junko Takeuchi ― NHK announced the main cast for its Nyanbo! television anime based on the cat version of the "Danbo" cardboard robot character within Kiyohiko Azuma's Yotsuba&! manga on Monday. The cast includes: Romi Park as Tora, Kotora's serious and reliable older brother Rie Kugimiya as Kotora, Tora's innocent and inquisitive young...
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Make Your Bed Look Exactly like Usagi's in Sailor Moon

Snuggle up with your dreams of Tuxedo Mask under Premium Bandai's duvet cover and pillow case set that transforms your bed into Usagi Tsukino's from Sailor Moon. The set is currently available for pre-order on their website and includes a single/twin size 150 x 200 cm (59 x 78.74 inches) duvet cover and a 43 x 63 cm (16.9 x 24.8 inches) pillow case for 7,020 yen (US$70). Shipping is scheduled for...

Girls und Panzer Film's Theatrical Run Tops 2.3 Billion Yen in 40 Weeks

Theatrical run will last at least a year ― The official blog for the Girls und Panzer anime franchise announced on Monday that the Girls und Panzer film has sold a total of 1,355,313 tickets for 2,315,264,894 yen (about US$23.08 million), as of August 21. The film is currently screening in two theaters, but beginning on August 27 the film will be playing in 15 theaters, including four new locations. ...
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Kato*Fuku Voice Actress Unit Ceases Activity

Duo consisting of Emiri Katō, Kaori Fukuhara to perform final event in September ― Voice Actress Kaori Fukuhara announced on Friday that she and Emiri Katō will cease performing as Kato*Fuku in September. The duo will hold their final live performance on September 10. The actresses became friends while working on Lucky Star together. As the unit Kato*Fuku, they performed ending theme songs for the Wh...
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Shōnen Jump Authors Comment on Bleach Ending

The 38th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, released on August 22, contains the very last chapter of Tite Kubo's long-running series Bleach. Kubo wrote, "One way or another, I was able to finish drawing it in 15 years! I'm very thankful to all of the people who read it." Comments from other manga artists whose works are serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump were published in the same issue. Several of them a...
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Final Fantasy XV Trailer Reveals English Voice Cast

Ray Chase, Robbie Daymond, Adam Croasdell, Chris Parson, more star ― Square Enix began streaming a new trailer revealing the English voice cast for its Final Fantasy XV PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game on Monday. The video features the English voice cast discussing their roles over clips from the game. The cast includes: Ray Chase as Noctis Lucis Caelum Robbie Daymond as Prompto Argentum Adam Croasdel...
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Answerman - When Did US Anime Publishers Transition from VHS to DVD?

Back when VHS fell to the mighty DVD, how did the US anime industry transition to a new format, and what did that mean for the industry as a whole? ― Jake asks: I have been wondering for a while now about when the anime industry transitioned from VHS to DVD's. I know that the DVD player was introduced on the market in the mid 90's but like a lot of people I did not get around to transitioning until ...
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 8

"With no fanfare whatsoever, this week drops us back into the world of Zestiria, precisely where we left off three weeks ago with a tornado looming over the city of Ladylake."
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Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- ‒ Episode 21

"The problematic second part drags down what is otherwise a satisfying climax to a significant piece of this story arc."
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Persona 5 Game's New 'Short Movie' Features Protagonist Visiting Maid Cafe

Maid cafe visits can help increase stats in RPG shipping in Japan on September 15 ― Atlus' official YouTube channel streamed a new "short movie" video on Saturday for the upcoming Persona 5 game, featuring the protagonist visiting a maid cafe. The video begins with a maid named Kurara welcoming the protagonist to the cafe, and asking him what he would like to order. This brings up a menu of items, su...
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Season Finale: The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance ‒ Episode 8

"This may be the final episode of Dust Storm Dance, but its content makes clear that there's still a lot of Arslan anime to come."
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Corpse Party: Blood Covered GN 1

Corpse Party's manga adaptation isn't quite as good as it could be due to some issues with both art and story, but it still seems like it has potential. ― Based on the updated version of the horror visual novel/adventure game, Corpse Party: Blood Covered feels like When They Cry's younger sibling. It's trying really hard to hit all the same horror highlights, with some lighter moments thrown in to ke...
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Rensuke Oshikiri Launches Semai Sekai no Identity Manga Series

"Manga battle royale" series by Hi Score Girl author launched today in Morning Two magazine ― The October issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine launched Rensuke Oshikiri's new manga titled Semai Sekai no Identity (Small World's Identity) on Monday. The magazine describes the manga as a "manga battle royale." The first chapter featured a color opening page. The new manga is part of a slate of new s...
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Dempagumi.inc Peforms New Opening For The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Anime Starting in October

Idol group performs current ending theme ― This year's 38th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that The Disastrous Life of Saiki K., the television anime adaptation of Shūichi Asō's Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan manga, will get a new opening theme song for its late-night broadcast by Dempagumi.inc starting in October. The group is also performing the anime's ending theme song...
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Haikyu!! Anime Casts Ryūsei Nakao as Shiratorizawa Coach

Season featuring match between Karasuno High, Shiratorizawa Academy premieres in October ― This year's 38th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that Haikyu!! Karasuno Kōkō VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Kōkō (Haikyu!! Karasuno High vs Shiratorizawa Academy), the third television anime of Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! manga, has cast Ryusei Nakao. The voice actor will play Tanj...
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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Compilation Films' Teaser Video Streamed

1st compilation film debuts on December 31, 2nd on January 7; each film screens for 2 weeks ― The official Youtube channel of Fuji TV's noitamina programming block began streaming a teaser trailer for the compilation films of the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress anime on Monday. The video previews various scenes from the television anime, including scenes from the final battle. The compilation films wil...

ACCA TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals Staff, Cast, January Debut

Anime starring Hiro Shimono reunites main staff of One-Punch Man at MADHOUSE ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Natsume Ono's ACCA 13-Ku Kansatsu-Ka (ACCA: 13th Ward Observation Department) manga began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Monday. The video reveals the show's cast, staff, and January premiere date. The cast, as they are introduced in the above vi...
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Active Gaming Media Posts Link to Countdown Site Featuring Osamu Tezuka Characters

Active Gaming Media, a video game developer and localization company based in Osaka, posted a link on Facebook on Monday to a "http://trust-the-ministry.com/" website that features a countdown and silhouettes of characters from various Osamu Tezuka manga franchises. Active Gaming Media's Facebook post accompanying the link simply said "Soon..." and used the hashtags #secretproject, #tezuka, and #g...
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Gakuen Handsome TV Anime Premieres on October 3

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tohoku Penet's Gakuen Handsome PC game announced on Monday that the series will premiere on October 3 at 25:00 (effectively October 4 at 1:00 a.m.) on Tokyo MX and BS Fuji. Niconico's official "Gakuen Handsome Channel" will also stream each episode at noon the next day after the anime airs on television. The OVA's cast and the original ga...

Akame ga Kill! Manga Ends in 15th Volume

Manga began final arc in 2014, 3.3 million copies of series in print, inspired TV anime that aired on Toonami ― The 14th compiled book volume of Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro's Akame ga Kill! manga revealed on Monday that the manga's 15th volume will be the last. The volume is slated for this winter. In addition, the 14th volume's wraparound jacket band revealed that the manga series, including the Ak...
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Natsume Ono Launches New Skyscraper Blues Manga in December

1-shot intro manga for series published on Monday ― The October issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine announced on Monday that Natsume Ono will launch a new manga series titled Skyscraper Blues in the magazine in the February 2017 issue, which will ship on December 22. The October issue published an introductory one-shot for the manga, which takes place in New York, with a character named Rinji Sa...
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Shino Shimoji Performs Opening Theme for Magic of Stella Anime

Voice actress debuts as singer in anime opening ― The official website for the television anime of cloba.U's Magic of Stella (Stella no Mahō) manga revealed on Friday that voice actress Shino Shimoji will perform the opening theme song "God Save The Girls" for the anime. Shimoji is known for her work as a voice actress in the anime Aikatsu! as Akari Ōzora, and the theme song marks her debut as a sing...
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2nd Ajin OAD's Promo Video Shows Everyday Lives of Characters

OAD ships with manga's 9th volume on October 7 ― King Records began streaming a promotional video on Saturday for the original anime DVD bundled with a limited edition of the ninth volume of Gamon Sakurai's Ajin: Demi-Human manga. The video previews the stories in the anime, showing Satō wanting to play a game, Kō wondering if Izumi has a boyfriend, and Izumi getting a part-time job for food expenses...
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Tokyo 7th Sisters Game App Gets Music Video as '1st Anime Project'

Donuts released "Idol-raising rhythm adventure" smartphone game in 2014 ― The staff of Donuts' Tokyo 7th Sisters smartphone game announced at the "Tokyo 7th Sisters 2nd Live 16'→30'→34' -INTO THE 2ND GEAR-" event in Yokohama on Sunday that the game is getting an animated music video temporarily titled "t7s Longing for summer Again And Again." The staff announced the animated music video as "Part 1" o...

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Machico Performs Ending Theme For Age 12 Anime's 2nd Season

Sequel series about 12-year-old girl's everyday life premieres on October 3 ― The official Twitter account for the 12-Sai: Chiccha na Mune no Tokimeki (Age 12: A Little Heart-Pounding) television anime series announced on Saturday that voice actress and singer Machico will perform the ending song "Yūki no Tsubasa" (Wings of Courage) for the anime's second season. Miyu Yuzuki is writing the lyrics, Ta...

Jump Special Anime Festa Reveals Partial Lineup, Teases New Anime Title

My Hero Academia gets original event anime set between 1st, 2nd seasons in November-December event ― This year's 38th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that this year's Jump Special Anime Festa will be held in five cities on November 27 and December 4. According to the announcement, the event will feature My Hero Academia, Twin Star Exorcists, Isobe Isobee Monogatari...
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Japanese Prime Minister Cosplays as Mario at the Olympics

Captain Tsubasa, Pac-Man, Doraemon, Hello Kitty make cameos ― While the Olympic Closing Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro did not feature an appearance of Pokémon GO as previously rumored, it did feature Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wearing the costume of iconic Nintendo character Mario. .@Tokyo2020 here we come! #RioToTokyo pic.twitter.com/cyidw24TVr— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) August 22, 2016...
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Orange ‒ Episode 8

"Orange is still a fine show, but this episode's mixture of individual weaknesses marks it as one of the series' worst."
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DAYS ‒ Episode 8

"We took two steps forward and one step back on DAYS this week."
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Food Wars! The Second Plate ‒ Episode 8

"This may be the first time that we've seen Soma come so close to admitting that he's not up to a challenge."
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The Mike Toole Show - Touched By a Galaxy Angel

Mike sings the praises of Right Stuf's recently resurrected space comedy, Galaxy Angel - and ruminates on the genre as a whole. ― Last week at Otakon, I somehow ended up in the audience at the Right Stuf's panel. There were some technical challenges, but we won't get into that—my big takeaway from the event was company head Shawne Kleckner extolling the virtues of a genre he simply referred to as spa...

Drifters TV Anime Casts Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Daisuke Ono, Wataru Takagi, Akira Ishida

Anime premieres October 7 ― The official website for the television anime of Kouta Hirano's Drifters manga presented additional cast members and character profiles on Sunday. Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Kuroko's Basketball's Kazunari Takao) as the pilot Naoshi Kanno Daisuke Ono (Attack on Titan's Erwin Smith) as Wild Bunch gang founder Butch Cassidy Wataru Takagi (Naruto Shippuden's Tobi) as Wild Bunch gang me...
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The Devil is a Part-Timer! GN 6

If you've been wondering what happened to Maou and his merry band post-anime, now's your chance to find out, when a mysterious little girl falls from the sky and claims the devil king as her father! ― Covering the first part of volume three of the novel series, volume six of The Devil is a Part-Timer's manga adaptation picks up pretty much where the anime left off. If you've been waiting for new mate...
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Rewrite ‒ Episode 8

"Nearly everything that the series has done so far now looks like a set-up specifically for this episode."
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Berserk ‒ Episode 8

"Of course the show gets much closer to watchable right when it's ending. Berserk really is a tragedy!"
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Cygames, Platinum Games Develop Granblue Fantasy Project Re:LINK Action RPG

Cygames streams promo video; Nobuo Uematsu, Tsutomu Narita compose music ― Cygames announced during a stage and live-stream event on Sunday that Platinum Games is developing the Granblue Fantasy Project Re:LINK game based on Cygames' Granblue Fantasy smartphone game. The official website for the game also began streaming a promotional video on Sunday. Project Re:LINK is an action role-playing game fe...

Granblue Fantasy The Animation TV Anime Series Premieres in January

Yuuki Ono, Nao Tōyama, Rie Kugimiya, Miyuki Sawashiro star in series based on Cygames' smartphone game ― Cygames announced during a stage and live-stream event on Sunday that the anime adaptation of its Granblue Fantasy smartphone game is a television anime series titled Granblue Fantasy the Animation. The series will premiere in January. The anime's official website began streaming the show's first ...

Yuri!!! on Ice Anime's New Promo Video Reveals Casting of Mamoru Miyano, Tomoaki Maeno, More

Yoshimasa Hosoya, Kensho Ono, Ayumu Murase, Yūtarō Honjō, Hiroki Yasumoto, Kenji Nojima also join cast ― The official website for the Yuri!!! on Ice television anime series began streaming a new promotional video on Sunday, which reveals more cast members. The staff had originally revealed the video and the cast at an event in Tokyo on Sunday. The new characters are all ice skaters from various count...
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Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 Game's 2nd Trailer Streamed in Japanese, English

Sequel game for 3DS to arrive on August 25 in Japan, in early fall in N. America ― Game developer Inti Creates began streaming a second trailer for its Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 (Armed Blue Gunvolt Sō in Japan) Nintendo 3DS sequel game in Japanese on Friday and in English on Saturday. English Version Japanese Version The game will arrive in Japan on the Nintendo eShop on August 25, and will retail for ...
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Closing Ceremony at Rio Olympics Might Feature Pokémon GO Game

The U.K. website The Telegraph is reporting on Saturday that this year's Olympics Closing Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro might feature the wildly popular Pokémon GO smartphone game. As is tradition, the event will feature a handover to the next Summer Olympic Games, which will take place in Tokyo in 2020. The handover includes a segment where the next host city puts on a show. Details on what will hap...

Studio 4°C Animates Fight Sequence in Episode of The Amazing World of Gumball TV Series

Cartoon Network streams sequence about fighting mothers from animated show's latest episode ― Cartoon Network began streaming a "Mom VS Mom" clip on Saturday from the The Amazing World of Gumball animated television series that features an "anime-style" fight featuring the mother of the show's protagonists. Ben Bocquelet, who created the cartoon, confirmed on Twitter on Friday that Studio 4°C animate...
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MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death PS Vita Game's 1st English Story Trailer Streamed

Dungeon-crawling game by Compile Heart ships in N. America on September 13, in Europe on September 16 ― Idea Factory International began streaming the first English story trailer on Friday for its upcoming release of Compile Heart's MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death (MeiQ no Chika ni Shisu) PlayStation Vita game. Idea Factory International previously streamed the game's opening movie, customization trailer, a...
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Persona 5 Game's Latest Video Shows Protagonist Working at Coffee Shop

PS4/PS3 game slated for September 15 in Japan, February 14 in Americas ― Atlus' official Youtube channel streamed a new "short movie" video for its upcoming Persona 5 PlayStation 4 game on Friday featuring the protagonist learning how to work at a coffee shop. The video starts with the protagonist making coffee and thinking that this time it looks like it'll be good. After he tries it, he celebrates ...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game's Gamescom Trailer, Japanese Ad Streamed

PS4/Xbox One/PC game arrives in N. America on October 25, in Europe on October 28 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming the Gamescom trailer on Saturday for the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Bandai Namco Entertainment also began streaming the game's first Japanese commercial on Saturday. The ad mentions that first editions of the game will come with a...

Saturday, August 20

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Milk Morinaga Ends Hana & Hina After School Yuri Manga in November

Morinaga launched manga in April 2015; Seven Seas to release 1st volume on March 14 ― Manga creator Milk Morinaga announced on her official Twitter account on Monday that she is ending her Hana & Hina After School (Hana to Hina wa Hōkago) yuri manga in November. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga, and it describes the story: Hana and Hina are two high school girls working at the same charact...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! ‒ Episode 8

"Aqours is taking a longer path to the Love Live than μ's ever did, and that's the perfect decision for a show like Love Live Sunshine."
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Dragon Quest Slime-Flavored Chewing Gum Returns Alongside Original Goods Campaign

As part of the 30th anniversary celebration for the Dragon Quest video game series, the Japanese candy company Lotte will be producing slime and metal slime-flavored chewing gum. The slime gum will be sour lime flavored with a slimy texture, and the metal slime gum will be mint-lime flavored with a stiffer texture to emulate metal. The paper that the pieces of gum are wrapped in will have images ...
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The Dresscodes Performs Theme Song for Live-Action Oboreru Knife Film

Film based on teen romance manga opens on November 5 ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of George Asakura's Oboreru Knife manga announced on Thursday that the band The Dresscodes will perform the movie's theme song. The song is titled "Comic Generation," and singer of The Dresscodes, Ryōhei Shima, will be re-recording the song for the movie. Shima is also acting in the film in hi...
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Handa-kun ‒ Episode 7

"Instead of scrambling to keep up with an endless line of newcomers, the audience is able to sit back and enjoy the antics of the Handa Force this week."
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Learn English via JoJo's Bizarre Adventure!

Not your conventional textbook, the Learn More English in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 2 book is available for pre-order now and set to ship on August 26. The first book, Learn English in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, came out on October 24, 2014 and both editions, listed for 1,080 yen (US$11) each, are created by JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's author Hirohiko Araki. Their English translations were over...
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91 Days ‒ Episodes 6-7

"All in all, 91 Days managed to recover from its momentary dip in quality, and the visuals have as well."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable ‒ Episode 21

"Ever since day one, the show has been teasing the eventual inclusion of Yoshikage Kira, and this week finally pays that foreshadowing off."
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Digimon Universe Appli Monsters Manga Begins Next Month

Also: free advanced version of 3DS game to launch September 21 ― The October issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine announced on Saturday that a Digimon Universe Appli Monsters manga series will begin in the next issue on September 21. Naoki Akamine is drawing the series and Akiyoshi Hongō is credited as the original creator. The magazine also announced that "Digimon Universe Appli Monsters Cyber Arena,...
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PS Vita System Receives World of Final Fantasy Makeover

Two World of Final Fantasy-themed PS Vita models, White Primero and Black Oobito, will launch in Japan alongside the game on October 27. Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia collaborated with Square Enix to produce the new editions, which also come with other World of Final Fantasy content, such as an original PS Vita home screen theme and an original game art design package. The Sony Store ...
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AŌP Performs New Opening Theme For Age 12 Anime's 2nd Season

Idol group's newest single slated to ship on November 9 ― The official website for the idol unit AŌP announced on Friday that the group will perform the opening theme song "Ano ne, Kimi Dake ni" for the second season of the 12-Sai: Chiccha na Mune no Tokimeki (Age 12: A Little Heart-Pounding) television anime series. The series will premiere in October. "Ano ne, Kimi Dake ni" is AŌP's ninth single an...
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Cospa Sells Sabo's Coat from One Piece

The anime goods website Cospa is now offering reproductions of Sabo's coat from One Piece. The coat is priced at 20,520 yen with tax, or US $201. Pre-orders are being taken on the product website, and items will be delivered at the end of November. The coat includes the belt around the left arm, just like Sabo's coat in the anime, and there is a lining that hides the buttons in the front. Eiichir...
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Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Games Get Stage Musical Adaptation

Ryūnosuke Matsumura, Maon Kurosaki star in play premiering January 2017 ― Nega Design Works opened a website on Wednesday revealing that a musical stage play based on Nihon Falcom's Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (Eiyū Densetsu: Sen no Kiseki) game series has been green-lit for January 2017 at Zepp Blue Theater Roppongi. Ryūnosuke Matsumura (stage play adaptations of Terror in Resonance and S...
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Thunderbolt Fantasy ‒ Episodes 6-7

"These two episodes explore over how well this ragtag group of strong personalities can possibly function as a group, and the prognosis isn't good."
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Akechi Keibu no Jikenbo Spinoff Manga Ends

5th compiled book volume of manga focusing on Kengo Akechi character slated for November 17 ― The September issue of Kodansha's Magazine Special published the final chapter of Yuki Sato's Akechi Keibu no Jikenbo spinoff manga on Saturday. Kodansha will publish the manga's fifth and final compiled book volume on November 17. The manga is a spinoff of Fumiya Sato and Seimaru Amagi's Kindaichi Shōnen no...
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Sweetness & Lightning GN 1

Comfort food takes on a new meaning in the endearing and adorable first volume of Sweetness & Lightning, even as it stumbles a little when combining its genres. ― Manga has always excelled at creating genres you might not have expected to see, much less enjoy, and Gido Amagakure's Sweetness & Lightning is no exception. It combines “single dad raising a daughter” literature with a cooking story, and t...
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Amanchu! ‒ Episode 7

"Although virtually no time is spent in the water this week, episode 7 is carried by fun character interactions and a relaxing atmosphere."

Media Blasters to Release Yosuga no Sora, My Wife is the Student Council President Anime on Blu-ray Disc

English dub for My Wife is the Student Council President stars Brittany Lauda, Matt Shipman ― Media Blasters announced at Liberty City Anime Con in New York on Friday that it will release the Yosuga no Sora: In Solitude Where We Are Least Alone and the My Wife is the Student Council President television anime series on Blu-ray Disc. The company had previously released Yosuga no Sora on DVD in May 201...
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Media Blasters Reveals Full English Dub Cast for Rio - Rainbow Gate! Anime

Brittany Lauda, Todd Haberkorn, Kira Buckland, more join cast ― Media Blasters announced the full English dub cast for the Rio - Rainbow Gate! television anime series at Liberty City Anime Con in New York on Friday. The full cast includes: Amber Lee Connors as Rio Rollins Amanda Julina as Mint Clark Brittany Lauda as Rina Tachibana Natalie Hoover as Anya Hellsing Amanda Lee as Elle Adams Caitlynn Fre...
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PriPara Reveals New In-Anime Idol Team, Visual For 2017 Musical, Creamy Mami Collaboration

Arcade game to feature Creamy Mami costumes starting in October ― The staff of the PriPara franchise announced on Saturday that the the PriPara television anime series is getting a new idol team, and also revealed a visual for the musical that will have a new run next year. Additionally, the staff announced that the PriPara arcade game is getting a collaboration with Creamy Mami. The new idol team de...
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Poco's Udon World Anime Reveals More Cast, Ending Theme Artist, October 8 Premiere

Kana Hanazawa, Shinnosuke Tachibana, Kousuke Toriumi, more join cast ― The official website for the Poco's Udon World television anime series revealed the fourth wave of the main cast on Saturday, and also revealed the show's ending theme artist and premiere date. The newly announced cast members are: Kana Hanazawa (Ange Vierge's CodeΩ46 Xenia) as Sae Fujiyama Takaya Kuroda as (Durarara!!'s Simon) as...
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Aozora Yell Live-Action Film's 3 Ads Preview Themes of Love, Youth, Cheering

Film based on Kazune Kawahara's manga debuted in Japan on Saturday ― TOHO film's official YouTube channel streamed three new commercials on Wednesday for the live-action film of Kazune Kawahara's Aozora Yell (Yell for the Blue Sky) manga. The first ad is a "youth" version, the second is a "love" version, and the third is a "cheering" version. These three themes are illustrated in each trailer. The fi...
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Battery TV Anime's Teaser Video Previews anderlust's New Ending Song

Musical duo also performed series' 1st opening, ending ― The official website for the television anime of Atsuko Asano's Battery baseball novels began streaming the show's third teaser video on Friday. The video previews anderlust's new ending theme song "Wakamono no Subete" (All the Young People). The song premiered in the anime's sixth episode on Friday. Ryosuke Nakamura (Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash...
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Makoto Shinkai's your name. Anime Film Promotes Suntory Water in 2nd Ad

Suntory began streaming a second tie-up commercial with Makoto Shinkai's new your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film on Thursday. The "Taki no Omoi" (Taki's Thoughts) commercial shows the character Taki Tachibana drinking Suntory Minami Alps Ten'nensui, which is mineral water. Shinkai himself directed the commercial. Toho previously streamed three television commercials for the film last Friday. An...
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Gundam the Origin Anime's 4th Episode Previewed in 2nd Subtitled Video

New episode concluding Char, Sayla's story debuts this fall ― Bandai began streaming the second English-subtitled trailer on Saturday for Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin IV: Unmei no Zenya (Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin IV Eve of Destiny), the fourth episode of the Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin anime. The current Char/Sayla arc of the anime will end with the fourth episode this fall. The fourth episode...

Friday, August 19

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3rd Haikyu!! Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Characters

Season featuring match between Karasuno High, Shiratorizawa Academy premieres in October ― The official website for the Haikyu!! Karasuno Kōkō VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Kōkō (Haikyu!! Karasuno High vs Shiratorizawa Academy) anime began streaming the second promotional video on Friday. The video previews the players from Shiratorizawa Academy. The 33rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump revealed the...
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Persona 5 Anime Special's TV Ad Streamed

A-1 Pictures' anime for Atlus' RPG premieres September 3 ― A new television commercial for Persona 5 the Animation -The Day Breakers-, the tie-in television special for Atlus' upcoming Persona 5 RPG, began streaming on Friday. The video previews the animation and characters. Рекламный ролик Persona 5 the Animation -The Day Breakers- #ペルソナ5 #Persona5 Запуск с 3 сентября. pic.twitter.com/kMjHhVmaon— Ка...
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Book of Inspirational Quotes from Pokémon Planned for Fall

A Pokémon-themed inspirational book titled The Pokémon Book of Joy will be released this fall, capitalizing on the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon series as well as the surge of interest that has followed the release of the wildly popular smartphone game Pokémon Go. The book will contain illustrations and inspirational quotes from an assortment of popular Pokémon and characters that will, "set yo...
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Pre-Registration Opens for Next Egykoi! Gag Otome Game About Egyptian Gods

The Egykoi! ~Egypt Kami to Koishi yo~ (Egy-love! Egyptian Gods and Love) gag otome game by Goodia, Inc was first released in January and starred Egyptian god Medjed, Horus, and Anubis. It was latest in Japan's strange interest in the obscure deity, and Goodia has decided to combine its cult status with the recent male idol trend sweeping anime and multimedia projects in its next game, Egykoi! ~Egy...
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Alderamin on the Sky ‒ Episode 7

"This episode is nothing too spectacular, but the series is definitely smoothly sailing right now."
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Fans Design Pokémon-Themed Shoes Using Nike Customization Service

A new novelty account on Tumblr and Instagram called Pokémon Nike ID, or PokeID, shows fans how to create a variety of Pokémon-themed shoes through Nike's online customization service, Nike ID. Clicking on the various shoes on the PokeID Tumblr will bring up the Nike ID customization page where each can be purchased. Some examples are shown below. These KD9s are repping Bulbasaur's part reptilian...
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Tōken Ranbu: Hanamaru TV Anime Adds 5 Additional Cast Members

Key visual shows characters voiced by Junji Majima, Kazuyuki Okitsu, Kento Hama, Soma Saitō, Kaito Ishikawa ― The official website of Tōken Ranbu: Hanamaru, one of two television anime adaptations of DMM's Tōken Ranbu online browser game, announced five additional cast members on Friday. The website also unveiled an updated key visual with all ten characters that have currently been announced. The ne...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, August 7-13

2 Tokyo Ghoul volumes, Fairy Tail, My Hero Academia, One Piece, One-Punch Man, Yona of the Dawn, Attack on Titan, Haikyu!!, Attack on Titan: Before the Fall The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on August 13. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 10Tokyo Ghoul #1 Sui Ishida Viz Media 58 2 -Fairy Tail #55 Hiro Mashim...
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Details Revealed for Final Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3 Limited Edition Box Set

Details were announced for the limited edition Sailor Moon Crystal Season III Volume 3 box set. The Japanese Blu-ray/DVD limited edition will be released on August 31. It will contain five episodes, Act. 34 through Act. 38, and will include a 28-page booklet as well as commentary from the cast and director Chiaki Kon. The cover art will feature Sailor Chibi Moon, Sailor Pluto, and Sailor Saturn. ...

Pokémon Sun & Moon Games' Trailer Introduces 4 New Pokémon

Crabrawler, Sandygast, Palossand, Stufful to appear in games shipping November 23 ― The official Pokémon Company International YouTube channel began streaming a reveal trailer on Friday, officially confirming four new Pokémon for the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games. The new Pokémon are: Crabrawler, a fighting-type Sandygast, a ghost- and ground-type Palossand, a ghost- and ground-type tha...

Dan Green, Eric Stuart Return for Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Film's English Dub

Voice actors for Yugi, Kaiba reprise roles from anime ― 4K Media announced on Friday that voice actors Dan Green and Eric Stuart are reprising their roles as Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba, respectively, for the North American English dub of the Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions film. The Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions film opened in Japan on April 23 and will open outside of Japan i...

Idolish 7 Multimedia Project Has Anime in the Works

Bandai Namco's project also includes smartphone game, manga, anime music videos ― The staff of Idolish 7, Bandai Namco's fictional male idol group multimedia project, announced during a Niconico livestream event on Friday that an anime adaptation is in the works. Game producer Ayaka Negishi said that the story of the anime will be similar to the game. The format of the anime has not yet been revealed...
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2nd Promo Video for Sanrio Boys Smartphone Dating App Streamed

Sanrio released the second promotional video for its Sanrio Danshi ~ Watashi, Koi o, Shirimashita~ (Sanrio Boys ~ I knew love ~) smartphone dating app game. Sanrio announced the game and cast on July 6 and scheduled it for release this September. Pre-registration for the game is ongoing and the website is running a campaign where those who register will receive special in-game gifts based on the ...

Zaregoto OVA Will Have 8 Volumes Covering 1st Novel

SHAFT animates OVA of NisiOisin's novel series ― The official website for the Zaregoto OVA project based on NisiOisin's novel series on Saturday announced that there are eight planned DVD and Blu-ray Disc volumes, all titled Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregoto Tsukai (Decapitation Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Prankster) after the first Zaregoto novel. The website also revealed a key visual. Th...
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This Art Club Has a Problem! ‒ Episode 7

"This week's Art Club did make me smile, even if those smiles were tempered by a few checks on how much time was left in the episode."
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Diver City Tokyo Hosts Gundam VR Experience Starting on August 26

Players cling to life-size Gundam statue's hand in new VR demo ― The Gundam.info portal announced on Friday that the "VR ZONE Project i Can" area at the Diver City Tokyo Plaza will host a "Gundam VR Daiba Assault" virtual-reality experience starting on August 26. Diver City Tokyo Plaza on Tokyo's artificial island of Odaiba is also the location of the life-size Gundam statue, a Gundam Cafe, and the G...
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Battery the Animation ‒ Episodes 5-6

"Battery the Animation continues to be naturalistic in both its drama and production, depicting intense – if commonplace – adolescent struggles in a realistic way."
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Answerman - Why Are Later Volumes Of Anime and Manga So Hard To Find?

Sometimes finding middle or late volumes of an older anime or manga release is next-to-impossible and can run you some serious cash; Justin explains why. ― Vincent asks: I started buying anime on DVD back in high school and have gradually transitioned to buying Blu-rays. I've happened to notice that later volumes of certain series tend to sell out and go out of print significantly faster than the be...
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King of Fighters XIV Game Introduces Teams K', Women Fighters in Videos

Videos highlight final 2 teams before game's August 23 release in U.S. ― SNK Playmore began streaming two new trailers for its PlayStation 4 fighting game The King of Fighters XIV on Thursday. The videos highlight the fighters that make up Team K' (K', Kula, and Maxima) and Team Women Fighters (King, Mai, and Alice). Team K''s music theme is "KD-SR" and Team Women Fighters' music theme is "Splendid S...
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Idol Memories Anime's New Promo Video Highlights StarRing Unit

Project Frontier's opening theme song also previewed in video for anime premiering on October 2 ― The official website for Happy Elements' original television anime series Idol Memories began streaming a promotional video on Friday that highlights the in-show unit StarRing and their song "High Touch Girl." The website also began streaming a video on Friday that previews Project Frontier's opening the...
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GANTZ:O CG Anime Film's Animated Music Video Streamed

The Dresscodes performs theme song for film opening on October 14 ― TOHO began streaming an animated music video on Friday for GANTZ:O, the upcoming full 3D CG anime film based on Hiroya Oku's Gantz manga. The video features The Dresscodes' theme song "Ningen Video" (Human Video). The band's single featuring the song will ship on October 12. Daisuke Ono stars in the film as Masaru Katō. Other cast me...
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Kin-iro Mosaic/KINMOZA! Special Episode Previewed in 1st Teaser Video

Episode centering on Shinobu to screen in Japanese theaters starting on November 12 ― Kadokawa began streaming the first teaser video on Friday for the special anime episode of the Kinmoza! Kiniro + Mosaic anime, titled Kin-iro Mosaic: Pretty Days. The episode will screen in theaters across Japan starting on November 12. In the episode, the school festival is on the horizon and something is off with ...
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Promo Video Streamed for OVA Shipping With My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! PS Vita Game

Anime shipping on BD on October 27 will focus on Iroha Isshiki ― 5pb. Games began streaming a promotional video on Friday for the original video anime on Blu-ray Disc that will ship with the Yahari Game demo Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku (Even Though It's a Game, My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected. Sequel) PlayStation Vita game. Note: the below video can't be viewed in ...
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Steins;Gate Game Gets PC Steam Release in September

Game shipped in English on PC in 2014; PS3, Vita in August 2015 ― 5pb. Games began streaming a video on Friday to announce that its Steins;Gate game is getting a Windows PC release via Steam. Famitsu additionally added that the game will arrive on September 9 Japan time. Note: The below video can't be viewed in Australia, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, and the U.S. 5pb. Games has opened an official En...
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Saki Mahjong Manga to Have 'Important Announcement' on September 2

This year's 17th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine revealed on Friday that the next issue, which ships on September 2, will have an "important announcement" for Ritz Kobayashi's Saki manga. Yen Press is publishing the original Saki manga in North America digitally, and it will release the fifth volume on August 30. Yen Press describes the series: Saki's never been a big fan of mahjong. ...
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Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON Reveals 5 Anime-Original Characters

Ayaka Asai, Michiyo Murase, Yūma Uchida, more join cast for series premiering in October ― The official website for the Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON television anime series revealed five new cast members on Friday. The cast includes (from left to right in above image, character name romanizations aren't official): Ayaka Asai as Mil, a young girl the same age as Ryuto who is a hard worker and honest...

Anime Midstream Licenses B't X TV Anime Series

Series based on manga by Saint Seiya's Kurumada originally aired in 1996 ― Dallas-based anime licensing company Anime Midstream, Inc. announced at its panel at AnimeFest on Sunday that it has licensed the B't X television anime series. The company plans to release the series on DVD with the Japanese language track with English subtitles, and with an English dub. Anime Midstream has not yet announced ...
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Zaregoto Anime Project is OVA Debuting on October 26

SHAFT animates OVA based on NisiOisin's novel series ― ANN confirmed on Friday that screenings of the Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen (Passionate Blood) film began with a video announcing that the anime of NisiOisin's Zaregoto novel series will be an original video anime (OVA) that will debut on October 26. The video mentioned that the volume shipping on October 26 is "Vol. 1." The screening also rev...
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