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Shelf Life - Crusher Joe: The Movie

Paul gets a faceful of '80s action with Crusher Joe and runs down all this week's new anime releases from Haruhi Suzumiya to Umaru-chan! ― After avoiding the bandwagon for as long as possible, I finally played a bit of Overwatch last weekend. I had some fun, I have a better understanding of why people love it, and holy moly I'm terrible at it. More power to anyone who has the reaction time and teamw...
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Snow White with the Red Hair 2 BD+DVD

The second season of this charming fairytale romance finally comes to Blu-Ray! Theron Martin details what makes this particular shojo adaptation so special. ― The second season of Snow White with the Red Hair aired during the Winter 2016 season, covering episodes 13-24. Given the firm declaration of commitment from Zen near the end of the previous season and Shirayuki's generally secure position as a...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 18

Food Wars is still going strong as the Polaris Dorm gets ready to take on Azami Nakiri's corrupt new administration. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― There is rarely a dull moment in Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga, and while there's a small breather between storylines of this volume, the action is as intense as ever despite the climbing volume numbers. This eight...
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UQ Holder! GN 9

UQ Holder’s ninth volume makes the most of its prolonged training arc material. Nick Creamer weighs the pros and cons of Ken Akamatsu's latest series. ― UQ Holder has always been an inherently strange shounen property. With its focus on a team of heroes who are all gifted with some form of immortality, the manga has at time had trouble offering compelling opponents for its protagonists. And main char...
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Miss Hokusai BD+DVD

Miss Hokusai demonstrates the power of articulating life as it is lived, presenting a rich portrait of both its historical moment and its charming heroine. ― The great painter Hokusai is one of the most famous and internationally renowned artists in Japanese history. Responsible for works as recognized as The Great Wave off Kanigawa (itself an element of the vastly influential 36 Views of Mount Fuji)...
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Tuesday, May 30

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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, May 22-28

Yuri!! on Ice sells 18,283, followed by Granblue Fantasy, [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gekijō, Uta-Pri Legend Star, Gintama. ― Takuya Eguchi's Eguchi Takuya no Ore-tachi Datte Motto Iyasaretai! 3 Special Edition sold 1,344 copies to rank #19 on the overall DVD chart. The stage musical Corda d'Oro Blue Sky Second Stage sold 1,244 copies to land at #24. The stage recital Blood+ ~Kanojo ga Nemuru Aida ni...
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Marvel Future Avengers Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, July 22 Debut

Iron Man anime's director, designer, Madhouse studio reunite ― Marvel Future Avengers, the latest television anime based on the Marvel comic book superheroes, revealed its cast, staff, and world premiere date of July 22 on Tuesday. The cast stars: Eiji Hanawa as Iron Man Kazuhiro Nakaya as Captain America Yasuyuki Kase as Thor Kenichirou Matsuda as Hulk Kaori Mizuhashi as Wasp Aki Kanada as Makoto At...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, May 22-28

Yuri!! on Ice sells 45,276, followed by The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gekijō, Granblue Fantasy, Uta-Pri Legend Star, OVA High School Fleet ― The Blu-ray Disc for the "TsukiPro-Sai Fuyu no Jin Hiru no Bu: 2.5-Jigen Dance Live TsukiSute. Lunatic Live" event sold 3,551 copies to rank #19 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Catego...
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The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gekijō Anime's 2nd Ending Song Ranks #1

Single sold 37,000 copies, 4th character single to rank #1 after K-ON, Utano Princesama ― "THE [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS LITTLE STARS! Étude wa Ikkyoku Dake" single sold an estimated 37,000 copies and ranked #1 in Oricon's weekly singles chart for the May 22-28 week. It is the franchise's second single in a row to top the ranking, after last June's "THE [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER ...

Welcome to the Ballroom Anime's July 8 Debut, Theme Song Artist Revealed

Unison Square Garden's opening song "10% roll, 10% romance" tol debut in promotional video on June 7 ― The official website for the television anime of Tomo Takeuchi's Welcome to the Ballroom manga revealed the anime's July 8 premiere and a new visual on Tuesday. It also revealed that the rock band Unison Square Garden is performing the anime's opening theme song "10% roll, 10% romance." The band cre...
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Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun Soccer Anime's Video Reveals Image Song, July Debut

Rock band Bentham performs opening song "White" ― The official website for the television anime of Taku Sakamoto's Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun (Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun) manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video reveals the anime's July premiere, and it also reveals and previews the anime's image song "Boku kara Kimi e" (From Me to You) by the rock band Bentham. ...
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Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Reveals 5 More Cast Members

Shunya Shiraishi, Seika Furuhata, Tomoya Maeno, Dankan, Ryō Iwamatsu cast in July 29 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga revealed five new cast members for the film on Tuesday. Shunya Shiraishi as Nishio Nishiki Seika Furuhata as Yoriko Kosaka Tomoya Maeno as Ippei Kusaba Dankan as Hisashi Ogura Ryō Iwamatsu as Akihiro Kanō The film will open in Japa...
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Amazon's Crayon Shin-chan Spinoff Anime Gets Season 4

Etsuko Kozakura, Junichi Suwabe star in story about yokai Shin-chan in haunted town ― Amazon Japan announced on Monday that it will exclusively stream a fourth season of the Crayon Shin-chan Gaiden anime series beginning on Wednesday, May 31. The new season is titled Crayon Shin-chan: O-O-O-No Shinnosuke (an apparent homage to the classic supernatural manga and anime GeGeGe no Kitarō). The anime will...

Original High School Anime 'Just Because!' Unveils Trailer, Characters

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou's Hajime Kamoshida, Sword Art Online: Progressive's Kiseki Himura collaborate ― The staff of the Just Because! original anime project opened a website on Tuesday, which began streaming a trailer. The site describes the story: It is winter of their third year of high school, near the end of second semester, when students have very little time in high school left. Everyone was...

Monday, May 29

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Gamers' Osaka Store Transforms Into Eromanga Sensei's Takasago Books

The Gamers store in Namba, Osaka briefly rebranded itself as "Takasago Books," one of the locations in the Eromanga Sensei anime series. The store is one of protagonist Masamune's favorite places and where he regularly encounters Tomoe Takasago, the daughter of the shopkeeper. Visitors at the Gamers location can also meet up with Tomoe, and she'll even recommend new releases despite being reduced ...

Pet Girl of Sakurasou Creator, Sword Art Online: Progressive Manga Artist's Original Anime 'Just Because!' Revealed

Anime about high school students nearing graduation profiles characters, staff ― The July issue of Gakken's Megami Magazine revealed more details for the anime project collaboration that involves artist Kiseki Himura (Sword Art Online: Progressive manga, Tawawa on Monday) and light novel author Hajime Kamoshida (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou) on Tuesday. The new original anime is titled Just Because! The...
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DIVE!! TV Anime Gets VR Experience in July

Tomoki teaches diving from 10-meter board ― The official website for the television anime of Eto Mori's youth novel series DIVE!! announced on Monday that Virtual Gate will run a virtual-reality experience for the anime beginning in July. In the "Dive!! VR Lesson~Tomoki-hen" VR experience, Tomoki will give people diving lessons, and they will be able to experience diving from a 10-meter (about 33-foo...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Mini-Unit Guilty Kiss' 2nd Single Gets Preview Video

The Love Live! Sunshine!! sub-idol group Guilty Kiss is bringing the drama for their new single "Koware ya Suki" which also includes the track "Shadow gate to love". Lantis is hosting a preview of the single that is slated for release on June 21. "Koware Yasuki" is Guilty Kiss' second single. It includes both tracks, two off-vocal versions, and a drama track titled "Jū-ban Shōbu❤Numazu Yamaya no J...
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Kindaichi's Shin Kibayashi, Kosaku Shima's Kenshi Hirokane Launch Collaboration Manga

Shima Kōsaku no Jikenbo manga features protagonist in escape drama ― This year's 27th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine is announcing on Thursday that Kenshi Hirokane (Kōsaku Shima series, Human Crossing) and Shin Kibayashi (Bloody Monday, The Knight in the Area, Drops of God, Kindaichi Case Files) are working together to launch a new manga series in the magazine's 38th issue on August 17. The man...
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KenIchi Creator to End Tokiwa Kitareri!! Manga in June

11th volume listed with June 16 release; 12th, 13th volume for July 18 release ― This year's 27th issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Shun Matsuena's Tokiwa Kitareri!! manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 7. Amazon is listing the manga's 11th volume for a June 16 release, and the 12th and 13th volumes for a July 18 release. In the story, Tokiwa i...
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Orange Manga Gets 7th Compiled Volume

New 6th volume compiles manga adaptation of Orange -Mirai- anime film, 2-chapter Suwa spinoff ― The sixth compiled book volume of Ichigo Takano's Orange manga is revealing on Wednesday that the manga will get a seventh volume. While the manga's main story has been compiled in the previous five volumes, the sixth volume compiles Takano's adaptation of the Orange -Mirai- (Orange: Future) anime film. Th...
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TV Show Calls Out Miyazaki for 'Retiring,' Apologizes for Misquoting Him

Anime fans often snicker at Hayao Miyazaki's supposedly repetitive and insincere retirement announcements. Fuji TV's Wide na Show program, which stars the comedy duo Downtown's Hitoshi Matsumoto and comedian Kōji Higashino, decided to call out the Studio Ghibli co-founder for his fickleness. The program featured a segment on Miyazaki on Sunday that showed apparent quotes from the director as he ex...
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Rensuke Oshikiri's Gyanprin Gambling Manga Inspires Smartphone Game

Fully-voiced game also features Oshikiri himself as voice actor, music composer ― Game developer PITTITE released an iOS and Android game based on Rensuke Oshikiri's Gyanprin manga last Friday. In the game, players race to be the first to arrive at a pachinko hall. Along the way, players can collect silver pachinko balls that they can use to enhance their abilities and items. The game is fully voiced...
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Kunihiko Ikuhara, Kotono Mitsuishi Attend Sailor Moon R Film Screening in July

An upcoming screening of Sailor Moon R: The Movie in Ginza will have two very special guests. Director Kunihiko Ikuhara, of Revolutionary Girl Utena, Penguindrum, and Yurikuma Arashi fame will attend the event with Usagi Tsukino voice actress Kotono Mitsuishi on July 1. The screening is part of what has become annual celebrations in honor of Usagi's birthday on June 30. An earlier screening will t...
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Game Developer Natsume Hints at Nintendo-Related E3 Announcement

Game developer and publisher Natsume Inc. hinted last Friday that it will have "E3 news to announce that will be sure to please Nintendo fans." The company urged readers to watch the company's social media feed for announcements leading up to the E3 trade show, which takes place from June 13 to 15. The company recently announced that it will release the Harvest Moon: Light of Hope game for PlaySta...
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Sony Ends Shipments of PlayStation 3 Console in Japan

Console ends 11-year run in home country ― As of last week, Sony's official product page for its last Japanese PlayStation 3 console model reports that shipments have ended. The PlayStation 3 console is also no longer listed in the Japanese PlayStation website's main menu or Sony Store, although both still list PlayStation 3 software titles. Several major retailers in Japan such as Bic Camera, Sofmap...
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Kemono Friends Gets Collaboration with Japan Racing Association

The Japan Racing Association (JRA) and the immensely popular Kemono Friends anime are teaming up for what's likely to be a new web game. The collaboration is only a teaser site for now, but the JRA previously collaborated with Kingdom just earlier this month with two online games. The teaser site features a button with the phrase "This collaboration is too cool!" and a counter. Each time the butto...
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Porno Graffitti, J☆Dee'Z Perform New Themes for Puzzle & Dragons X Anime

Both new songs premiere in July ― The "GungHo Festival 2017" event announced on Sunday that rock band Porno Graffitti will perform the new opening theme song for the second season of the Puzzle & Dragons X television anime. Musical and dance unit J☆Dee'Z will perform the new ending theme song "Colorful Jump." Both songs will premiere in the anime in July. Porno Graffitti has performed theme songs for...
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Answerman - How Is Coffee Brewed In Japan?

In anime, you often see people brewing coffee using unique, single-cup methods - are coffee machines just not that common in Japan? Justin's got the answer. ― Alvin asks: I noticed that in many anime series, characters are depicted brewing coffee either by pouring hot water over the grounds in paper filters or using instant coffee in homes and shops, including coffee shops. Are coffee brewing machin...
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Listen to Hitorijime My Hero's Opening Before the Premiere

Wataru Hatano is starring in the upcoming television anime Hitorijime My Hero as Natsuki, a friend of the main character Kōsuke Ōshiba played by Tomoaki Maeno. Besides his turn as Natsuki, Hatano is also performing the series' opening theme "Heart Signal." In the video, Hatano is a doll come to life. After his owner leaves the room, Hatano takes it upon himself to tidy up her room. The video is in...
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1st Haikara-san ga Tōru Anime Film Reveals Visual, Theme Song

Benio voice actress Saori Hayami performs "Yume no Hate made" ― The official website for the anime film adaptations of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga revealed a new key visual for the first film on Monday. The website also revealed that Saori Hayami, who is voicing Benio in the anime, will perform the film's theme song "Yume no Hate made" (Until the End of the Dream). Mariya Takeuchi (Agath...
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Shelf Life - Crusher Joe: The Movie

Paul gets a faceful of '80s action with Crusher Joe and runs down all this week's new anime releases from Haruhi Suzumiya to Umaru-chan! ― After avoiding the bandwagon for as long as possible, I finally played a bit of Overwatch last weekend. I had some fun, I have a better understanding of why people love it, and holy moly I'm terrible at it. More power to anyone who has the reaction time and teamw...
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The Lost Child Game's Debut Trailer Reveals August 24 Release

RPG's 1st copies include Dark Enoch DLC ― The full website for Kadokawa Games' "mythical concept" role-playing game The Lost Child opened on Monday and began streaming the game's debut trailer. The video reveals that the game will ship for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on August 24. The game will cost 6,800 yen (about US$61), and the first copies will include Dark Enoch Enoch Demon Ver....
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Becoming Super Saiyan is Way Easier Than It Used to Be

In the Dragon Ball franchise, transforming into a Super Saiyan for the first time was a massive hurdle---but not so much recently.
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Snow White with the Red Hair 2 BD+DVD

The second season of this charming fairytale romance finally comes to Blu-Ray! Theron Martin details what makes this particular shojo adaptation so special. ― The second season of Snow White with the Red Hair aired during the Winter 2016 season, covering episodes 13-24. Given the firm declaration of commitment from Zen near the end of the previous season and Shirayuki's generally secure position as a...
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The Glass Mask Year 3 Class D Film Opens on July 22

New film stars Hikaru Midorikawa as Karato Hijiri ― DLE Inc. opened a website on Monday for the theatrical anime based on the The Glass Mask Year 3 Class D short television anime series, which revealed the film's title as 3-Nen D-Gumi Glass no Kamen ~Tobidase Watashi-tachi no VR (Victory Road)~ (The Glass Mask Year 3 Class D ~Fly, Our VR). The site also began streaming a promotional video, and also r...

Former KAT-TUN Member Koki Tanaka Tests Positive for Marijuana Use

Tanaka was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of marijuana possession ― Singer, actor, and former KAT-TUN member Koki Tanaka has reportedly tested positive for marijuana use. Police are continuing their investigation into Tanaka's case. Music label Natural Ace announced on Thursday that Tanaka and his current rock band INKT will halt all of their scheduled activities, concerts, and industry work from...
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Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] Fighting Game's Console Opening Video Streamed

Game will ship for the PS4, PS3, Vita in Japan on July 20 ― Arc System Works began streaming the opening movie for the home version of Ecole Software and French-Bread's Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] fighting game on Monday. The video previews the game's characters, including new characters Phonon, Mika, Enkidu, and Erika Wagner. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlaySta...
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Restaurant to Another World Anime Reveals Teaser Video, More Cast, July 3 Premiere

Saori Ōnishi joins cast as Kuro ― The official website of the television anime of Junpei Inuzuka's Isekai Shokudō (Restaurant to Another World) light novel series began streaming the anime's teaser video on Monday. The site also revealed more cast members and the show's July 3 premiere date. The series will premiere on TV Tokyo on July 3 late at night at 1:35 a.m. (effectively on July 4), before airi...
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Nights of Azure 2 Game's 2nd Promo Video Reveals August 31 Release Date

New release date applies to PS4, PS Vita, Switch versions of game ― The official website for KOEI Tecmo Games and Gust's Nights of Azure 2 (Yoru no Nai Kuni 2 ~Shingetsu no Hanayome~) game began streaming the game's second promotional video on Monday. The video confirms the game's August 31 release date for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch. Gust originally announced the game w...
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21st Detective Conan Film Earns 6.35 Billion Yen, Sets New Record For Film Franchise

5th consecutive film to set new earnings record in film series ― The staff of the Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter (Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter) anime film, the 21st film in the Detective Conan franchise, announced on Monday that the film has earned more than 6.35 billion yen (about US$57 million) as of Sunday. The amount sets a new record for the Detective Conan film series. ...
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I Am Setsuna's Tokyo RPG Factory Teases Possible New Work With Visual

The official website of game developer and Square Enix subsidiary Tokyo RPG Factory revealed a new visual on Monday, possibly hinting at a new project. Tokyo RPG Factory developed the I Am Setsuna (Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna) role-playing game. The game shipped in February 2016 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan, and last July for the PS4 and PC in the West. The game also received a Sw...
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Spice & Wolf Manga 'Heads Toward Finale' in 16th Volume

Keito Koume's manga adaptation of Isuna Hasekura's novels launched in 2007 ― The 15th compiled book volume of Keito Koume's manga adaptation of Isuna Hasekura's Spice & Wolf novels revealed on Saturday that the manga is "heading toward the finale" in its 16th volume. The manga entered its final arc in the 13th volume. The novel series' story centers around the travels of the merchant Kraft Lawrence, ...
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Bokutachi ga Yarimashita Live-Action TV Series' Cast, July Premiere Revealed

Masataka Kubota, Mei Nagano, Mackenyu, Shōtarō Mamiya, more star in series ― The official website of the live-action television series adaptation of Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Hikaru Araki's Bokutachi ga Yarimashita (We Did It) manga revealed the manga's cast and July premiere on Monday. The cast includes: Masataka Kubota as Tobio Masubuchi Mei Nagano as Renko Aogawa Mackenyu as Tetsujin Ishihashi Shōtar...
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Singer Hitomi Noda Retires From Entertainment Industry

Noda is founding member of READY TO KISS idol group, acted in Corpse Party live-action film ― Singer Hitomi Noda announced last Friday that she will "graduate" from her idol group READY TO KISS and will retire from the entertainment industry. She will have her last live performance with READY TO KISS at the Shibuya Club Quatro on June 28. Noda issued a statement regarding her retirement, saying "My d...
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Hayate the Combat Butler's Final 2 Volumes Get Limited Editions With Side Stories

Both volumes slated for June 16 ― Shogakukan's listings for the 51st and 52nd compiled book volumes of Kenjirou Hata's Hayate the Combat Butler (Hayate no Gotoku!) manga reveal that both volumes will get limited editions that will bundle side stories. The 51st volume's side stories are teased as centering on secrets and hidden sides to the characters, while the 52nd volume's side stories are teased a...

Sunday, May 28

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New Haikyu!! Stage Play's Visual Revealed

The official website of Hyper-Projection Engeki Haikyu!! "Shinka no Natsu" (Hyper-Projection Stage Play Haikyu!! "Summer of Evolution"), the new stage play adaptation of Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! volleyball manga, revealed the first visual for the play on Monday. The site also revealed that the play will feature characters from the Karasuno High School, Nekoma High School, and Fukurōdani Academ...
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8th Kyoto Animation Awards Grants Honorable Mention in Full-Length Novel Category

Anime studio awards no grand prize winners this year ― The official website of the anime studio Kyoto Animation (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Sound! Euphonium, A Silent Voice) announced the results of the eighth Kyoto Animation Award program on Saturday. The studio awarded an honorable mention in the full-length novel category for Hiroshi Yūki's Nijūseiki Denki Mokuroku (20th Century Electricit...
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Moto Hagio Launches New Poe no Ichizoku Manga Next Spring

Author recently wrote 1st new chapters for manga 4 decades after original series ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine revealed on Saturday that Moto Hagio's Poe no Ichizoku (The Poe Clan) manga is getting a new series that will launch in the magazine next spring. Hagio recently wrote two new chapters for the manga titled Poe no Ichizoku: Haru no Yume. The first chapter debuted in...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 790

"For once, the shine of the anime's modern look is not at all in conflict with the earthier tone of the story."
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Lucky Star 10th Anniversary CD Collection Includes 50+ Tracks

The Lucky Star anime series was a late 2000s phenomenon thanks in part to its catchy opening dance sequence, casually irreverent humor, and the backing of fan-favorite studio Kyoto Animation. The anime series is now a decade old, if you can believe it. Music production company Lantis is noting the series' anniversary with a four-disc CD release of all of Lucky Star's ending themes and character so...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 92

"This episode is an odd 50/50 divide between the best and worst parts of this mini-arc."
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Shogakukan Reveals Details For Yuki Kodama's New Manga Series

New omnibus series centers on girl who has unexpected meeting in garden ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine revealed details on Saturday for the new manga series by Kids on the Slope/Sakamichi no Apollon author Yuki Kodama. The new omnibus series is titled Chiisako no Niwa (Chiisako's Garden), and it centers on a girl who has an unexpected meeting in the garden of her house. The...
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Alice & Zoroku ‒ Episode 8

"Despite its focus on new characters, this week's Alice & Zoroku is among the show's strongest episodes yet."
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Re:Zero VR App Gets Emilia Version on June 6

Dospara Stores in Japan launch testing booth campaign; VR app featuring Rem launched for iOS, Android devices on Friday ― The official website of the Dospara PC parts store revealed on Friday that the "Life in an Alternate World With Rem in VR" smartphone app now has testing booths in Dospara stores and 22 stores throughout Japan. The booths allow people to try the VR app for themselves. The campaign...
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The Eccentric Family 2 ‒ Episode 8

"Now that both the brotherly scions of Kyoto are gone, the next generation must find their own way."
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The Snack World Franchise Gets New Manga Adaptation

Manga adaptation based on Level 5 game gets digital, physical serializations ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Shōnen Sunday Super magazine launched the manga adaptation of Level 5's The Snack World game on Thursday. The artist for the series is sho.t. Prior to its magazine launch, the series debuted on Shonen Sunday's Webry website on April 28. Based on the Nintendo 3DS/Android/iOS game, the manga fo...
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Eromanga Sensei ‒ Episode 8

"Sometimes savvy execution assists in delivering such divisive material."
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Bungō to Alchemist Smartphone Game Teases New Literary Figure

DMM Games' upcoming Bungō to Alchemist (Literary Masters and Alchemist) smartphone game teased its newest literary figure on Friday. If at least 200,000 people pre-register for the game, all players will receive the character. The teased character has a "deep connection to Soseki Natsume," who is also a character in the game. Some net commenters believe the new writer character may be Masaoka Shik...
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Granblue Fantasy the Animation ‒ Episode 9

"Although not much actually happens in the episode, it still manages to set up the next major battle/plot point while being enjoyable in a “calm before the storm” sense."
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Mitsuo Hashimoto Directs Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō Anime

The June issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Friday that Mitsuo Hashimoto (Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku, Battle B-Daman: Fire Spirits, Initial D: Fifth Stage) will direct the television anime of Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Refined Daily Life at the Supernatural Entity Apartment) light novel series. The anime will premiere in July on Tok...
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 34

"When it's operating at Peak Insanity, Attack on Titan has a way of making the most out of even the slightest bit of development."
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Granblue Fantasy's Cygames, Kodansha Launch Manga Label

Cycomi label will focus on publishing compiled book volumes for manga on Cycomi website ― Game developer Cygames and publisher Kodansha announced on Friday that they have formed a business partnership to launch the new "Cycomi" label. The new label shares a name with Cygames' digital manga website, where the company posts manga based on its games. The new label will focus on publishing compiled book ...
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High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- Film's Event Streams Digest Video

The official website for the High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- anime film began streaming a digest video of the "Iwatobi Chūgaku Suiei-bu Kirokukai Otsukaresama Party" (Iwatobi Junior High School Swimming Club Meet Appreciation Party) event on Friday. The video features the anime's main cast speaking, drawing, and reading lines at the event, which was held at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan arena in Tokyo o...
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Little Witch Academia Anime Gets PS4 Game This Year

"Exciting action adventure game" Little Witch Academia: Toki no Mahō to Nana Fushigi ― A teaser commercial announced on Monday morning that an game adaptation of the Little Witch Academia anime has "finally" been green-lit for the PlayStation 4 console. Bandai Namco Entertainment will ship the Little Witch Academia: Toki no Mahō to Nana Fushigi (Little Witch Academia: The Magic of Time and the Seven ...
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Haikyu!! Manga Gets New Stage Play in 5 Japanese Cities This Fall

Volleyball franchise's 4th play begins run in Tokyo in September ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! volleyball manga will get a new stage play in five cities in Japan this fall. The new play, titled Hyper-Projection Engeki Haikyu!! "Shinka no Natsu" (Hyper-Projection Stage Play Haikyu!! "Summer of Evolution"), will f...
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Robotics;Notes Sequel, Steins;Gate Update, Switch Version of Anonymous;Code Revealed

Chaos;Child debuts on Android on Sunday; Chiyomaru Studio's games heading to Steam ― The production company Mages. announced its Robotics;Notes DaSH game sequel, its Steins;Gate Elite update, and a Nintendo Switch version of its Anonymous;Code game at the "Chiyo-St. Live 2017 -Genesis-" event on Sunday. Mages. also announced the Android launch of the Chaos;Child game and confirmed the PC download rel...
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Basara's Yumi Tamura Ends 7SEEDS Manga After Nearly 16 Years

Post-apocalyptic survival manga centers on groups of people who wake up after cryogenic sleep ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine published the final chapter of Yumi Tamura's 7SEEDS manga on Saturday. The manga's 34th volume will ship on June 9, and the 35th and final volume will ship on August 10. A limited edition of the 35th volume will include a drama CD. Tamura will launch ...
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Miyazaki's Return - Part Two: Relevance in a Post-Ghibli World

Famed director Hayao Miyazaki is back. But in a Japan where more and more non-Ghibli anime films are mainstream hits, what does his return mean?
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 18

Food Wars is still going strong as the Polaris Dorm gets ready to take on Azami Nakiri's corrupt new administration. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― There is rarely a dull moment in Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga, and while there's a small breather between storylines of this volume, the action is as intense as ever despite the climbing volume numbers. This eight...
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Hanamaru Kindergarten's Yuto Ends Princess Biyori Manga, Starts New Series

New Asmodeus Will Not Give Up manga centers on Catholic priest, demon ― This year's 11th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine revealed on May 19 that Hanamaru Kindergarten manga creator Yuto will end the Princess Biyori manga in the next issue, which ships on June 2. The manga centers on two sisters whose world is turned upside down when suddenly their town becomes connected to the realm of f...
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New Utano Princesama Anime Revealed as Brand-New Film

Broccoli announced new anime project for franchise in December ― The "Utano☆Princesama Maji LoveLive 6th Stage" event revealed this weekend that the previously announced new anime project for the franchise is a brand-new anime film (as opposed to a compilation film). Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 1000%, the first anime season adapting Broccoli's dating simulation video game for female players, premi...
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Studio Gokumi's Toji no Miko Anime Reveals 4 Main Characters

Original anime project centers on female sword wielders ― The official website for Studio Gokumi's Toji no Miko (The Shrine Maiden Swordwielders) original anime project revealed character designs and details for four characters on Friday. Kanami Etō, a second-year student in the middle division of Minoseki Academy. She is 13 years old. Her sword is Chidori. She's in the middle division, but she has t...
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Dragon Quest X Launches on PS4 on August 17, on Switch on September 21 in Japan

Square Enix revealed the Japanese release dates on Saturday for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch versions of its Dragon Quest X game. The PlayStation 4 version will be available on August 17, and the Nintendo Switch version will be available on September 21. The game will have physical and digital versions for both consoles, and will cost 4,800 yen (about US$43). Players of the game's Wii ver...
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Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Reveals English Poster, Worldwide Streaming of Launch Event

Lauch event on June 2 features appearances by Masataka Kubota, Kentarō Hagiwara, Sui Ishida ― The staff for the live-action film of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga revealed the film's overseas poster on Sunday. The Japanese entertainment news website Cinema Today will also stream a launch event for the film live worldwide. The official website for the film has posted details in English about the event...

Crunchyroll Adds More Catalog Titles, Adds Dragon Ball Super for Europe

RIN - Daughters of Mnemosyne, Gundam Seed, Gundam Seed Destiny among new titles ― Crunchyroll announced on Sunday that it has expanded its territories where fans can watch Dragon Ball Super. The following countries and territories in Europe can now watch the series: The Aland Islands, Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland...
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Former KAT-TUN Member Koki Tanaka, Rock Band INKT Halt Current Industry Work

Tanaka was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of marijuana possession ― Music label Natural Ace issued a statement on Thursday regarding the arrest of singer, actor, and former KAT-TUN member Koki Tanaka. The statement noted that Tanaka and his current rock band INKT will halt all of their scheduled activities, concerts, and industry work from May 25 onward. The band was scheduled to have an event in...

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Minoru Furuya's Wanitokagegisu Manga Gets Live-Action Series in July

Series stars Teppei Arita, Tsubasa Honda, Kento Kaku, Kaito Yoshimura, more ― A live-action television series adaptation of Minoru Furuya's Wanitokagegisu manga has been green-lit. The series will premiere on TBS' "Teppen! Sui-Dora!!" programming block in July, and will air every Wednesday from 11:56 p.m. to 12:26 a.m. Toshio Tsuboi will direct the series, while Izumi Takahashi will pen the script. T...
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Captain Tsubasa Stage Play's Additional Cast, Teaser Visual Revealed

"Super Experience" stage play runs in August-September in Tokyo ― The official website for Super Experience Stage Captain Tsubasa, the stage play adaptation of Yōichi Takahashi's Captain Tsubasa soccer manga, revealed new cast and a new teaser visual for the play on Wednesday. The additional cast includes: Kazuki Watanabe as Ken Wakashimizu Ryū Kiyama as Ryō Ishizaki Keita Ōsone as Kazuo Tachibana Ry...
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Iriko Aoiro's Manga Anthropomorphizes Japan's Prefectures

Iriko Aoiro launched the Japonism 47 comedy manga in 2011 to showcase what makes each of Japan's prefectures unique. The manga anthropomorphizes the 47 prefectures of Japan and highlights regional differences. The fourth compiled book volume, titled Japonism 47 Appare Nippon Minaoshi-hen (Japonism 47 Splendid Japan Review Edition), shipped on Tuesday. The characters who represent Hyogo, Miyagi, Wa...
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Moto Hagio's Poe no Ichizoku Manga Gets All-Female Takarazuka Stage Play

Stage play debuts next January, stars Rio Asumi, Ayase Senna ― The famous all-female musical theater troupe Takarazuka Revue announced on Tuesday that its Flower Troupe will perform a stage play adaptation of Moto Hagio's Poe no Ichizoku (The Poe Clan) manga. The play will run at the Takarazuka Grand Theater on January 1, 2018 to February 5, and then at the Tokyo Takarazuka Theater on February 16, 20...
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Sword Art Online Character Designer Collaborates With Kids' Clothing Brand

Character designer Shingo Adachi (Sword Art Online, Wagnaria!!, Galilei Donna) is collaborating with the Japanese children's clothing brand Betty on a new project. For the first part of the project, Adachi contributed illustrations of characters wearing Betty products. The characters appear on a display at Betty's new store in Harajuku, Tokyo, which opened on May 3. Betty debuted in 2003, and the ...
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Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 8

"This is one of the meatiest episodes to date, fully demonstrating the breadth of its quality characterizations."
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Arakawa: Silver Spoon Manga Will Show Hachiken After Graduation

Manga has been on hiatus since September ― Hiromu Arakawa revealed her plans for her Silver Spoon manga in the 41st issue of Ichijinsha's Febri magazine on April 18. She said that she had planned to depict Hachiken's first year in detail and then rush through the second year and show a shortened third year. After that, the story will show Hachiken and the other characters after graduation, and that s...
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J-World Tokyo Theme Park Marks Reborn! Anime's 10th Anniversary

Namco's J-World Tokyo indoor theme park revealed the details of its new Reborn! event on Thursday. The "Future Edition" event is one part of a three-part celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of the anime of Akira Amano's Katekyo Hitman Reborn! manga. The event will offer merchandise with new "Chibi World" illustrations of the anime's characters. "Chibi World" is the theme park's line of origin...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 22

"This will likely go down as one of the fan favorite showdowns of the sports festival."
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Ayame-kun no Nonbiri Nikushoku Nisshi Live-Action Film's Teaser Reveals Cast

October 7 film stars Mario Kuroba, Rika Adachi, more ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Mai Machi's Ayame-kun no Nonbiri Nikushoku Nisshi (The diary about Ayame's easygoing and aggressive days. or lit. Ayame's Carefree Journal on Meat-Eating) manga began streaming a teaser video for the film on Wednesday. The video reveals the film's cast. The film opens in Japan on October...
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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episode 8

"This is the first time that production problems interfered with the show's ability to be entertaining, resulting in an uncharacteristically dour experience."
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Fans Choose Heiji Hattori as Detective Conan Escape Game's Main Character

Scrap's Real Escape Game revealed the main character and title of its newest Detective Conan attraction on Wednesday. Fans voted for Heiji Hattori (also known as Harley Hartwell in English) to star in "Scotland Yard kara no Dasshutsu" (Escape From Scotland Yard). The attraction's story is set in the newly opened theme park Tōto London City. Attractions like the Tower Bridge Coaster, Buckingham Maz...
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Berserk ‒ Episode 21

"Seeing Berserk run out of everything just when we reach a moment fans have been anticipating for such a long time is unfortunate."
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Fumiko Fumi Launches New Ai to Noroi Manga in July

Manga launches in Shinchosha's yom yom literary magazine ― The 44th issue of Shinchosha's yom yom literary magazine revealed on May 19 that Fumiko Fumi will launch a new manga titled Ai to Noroi (Love and Curses) in the magazine's next issue in July. The magazine teases the manga's story: When news about Boy A circulated back then, I thought I'd destroy the world, and ask for someone's forgiveness. S...
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Sword Oratoria ‒ Episode 7

"For a story that's nominally about her, Aiz is one of the least interesting things in it, even during this week's fight scene."
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Platinum Games Plans to Publish Its Own Titles

1st self-published game will be small in scope ― Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba stated in an interview with Japanese games website Gamespark on May 21 that it intends to publish its own games, alongside the planning and development. Inaba stated that the first title that the company plans to publish on its own will be small in scope, but will be "purely platinum-colored," and will deliver on t...
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Kemono Friends' Videos Preview Character Song, Soundtrack CDs

The official YouTube channel for the Kemono Friends television anime began streaming promotional videos for the Japari Café drama and character song album and the anime's original soundtrack CD on Friday. The videos preview many of the tracks on both CDs. The Japari Café drama and character song album will feature five songs, including a special version of the anime's opening theme song "Yōkoso Ja...
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Miyazaki's Return - Part One: The Creation of a Legend

Famed anime film maker Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement. But what does all this mean for the industry and how did Miyazaki become a legend in the first place?
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UQ Holder! GN 9

UQ Holder’s ninth volume makes the most of its prolonged training arc material. Nick Creamer weighs the pros and cons of Ken Akamatsu's latest series. ― UQ Holder has always been an inherently strange shounen property. With its focus on a team of heroes who are all gifted with some form of immortality, the manga has at time had trouble offering compelling opponents for its protagonists. And main char...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Game Adds Tio Plato, Randolph Orlando, Olivert Reise Arnor

Game will ship in Japan on September 28 ― The official website of Nihon Falcom's The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III PlayStation 4 RPG revealed on Thursday that Tio Plato, Randolph Orlando, and Olivert Reise Arnor, all characters from previous games in the franchise, will make appearances in the game. Falcolm also revealed the Japanese voice cast for these characters. Kaori Mizuhashi as Ti...
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Nights of Azure 2 Game Briefly Listed With August 31 Release Date

Retailer Yodobashi briefly listed the PlayStation 4 version of KOEI Tecmo Games and Gust's Nights of Azure 2 (Yoru no Nai Kuni 2 ~Shingetsu no Hanayome~) game with a release date of August 31. The website now lists a general 2017 release timeframe, but a cache of the August 31 listing still exists. Gust originally announced the game with a planned December 22, 2016 release date, but Gust announced...
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Clockwork Planet Anime's New Visual Adds AnchoR

The official website for the anime adaptation of Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana's Clockwork Planet novels revealed a new visual for the anime on Friday. The visual adds the character AnchoR alongside the other characters. The series premiered on April 6. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime with English subtitles as it airs in Japan. Funimation began streaming an English-dubbed version on May 8. Sour...

Phoenix Comicon Staff Ban Prop Weapons Following Man's Arrest

Power Rangers actor Jason David Frank releases statement after armed suspect allegedly enters con with intent to kill him ― Arizona convention Phoenix Comicon announced on Thursday that it has banned all prop weapons for the duration of the convention "as a result of recent events." The announcement contains a detailed list of the kinds of prop weapons banned and the props still allowed. The event is...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, May 15-21

The Seven Deadly Sins, Fairy Tail, One Piece, Major 2nd, Days in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 The Seven Deadly Sins 26 249,485 249,485 2017/05 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 1 1 2 Fairy Tail 61 160,291 160,291 2017/05 Kodansha Hiro Mashima 2 1 3 One Piece 85 120,263 2,283,348 2017/05 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 4 4 Major 2nd 9...
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Perfect World Romance Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Manga centers on reunion, romance between 26-year-old woman, disabled man ― The July issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine revealed on Thursday that Rie Aruga's Perfect World manga will get a live-action film adaptation. The manga centers on 26-year-old Tsugumi Kawana, an employee in an interior design company. When she attends a get-together with employees from a construction firm, she has an unexpected...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, May 15-21

Danganronpa 1•2 Reload PS4 game debuts ― Japan's Game Ranking: May 15-21 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1SwitchMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28 28,781 440,696 23DSMonster Hunter XX Capcom March 18 12,643 1,479,189 63 3SwitchThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Including Limited Editions) Nintendo March 3 10,849 465,631 90 43DSDragon Ball ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, May 15-21

Top 12 anime listed; Pokémon Sun & Moon, Yo-kai Watch, My Hero Academia make list ― The Kaiketsu Zorori: Uchū no Yūsha-tachi movie aired on NHK-E on Saturday, May 20 at 3:55 p.m. and earned a 0.6% rating. Love Live! The School Idol Movie aired on NHK-E on Saturday, May 20 at 12:25 a.m. and earned a 0.3% rating. The live-action drama adaptation of Ryō Ikuemi's Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo manga aired on ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, May 8-14

My Hero Academia stays in top 10 ― The live-action drama adaptation of Ryō Ikuemi's Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo manga aired on TBS on Tuesday, May 9 at 10:00 p.m and earned an 9.9% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV May 14 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 10.8 Doraemon TV Asahi May 12 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 8.0 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi May 12 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 8.0 Dete...
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Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu Anime's Ad Promotes 1st BD/DVD Volume

Anime premieres in July, 1st volume out on July 26 ― The official website of the Katsugeki! Tōken Ranbu (Action Picture! Touken Ranbu) television anime series began streaming a commercial on Saturday for the anime's first Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video volume. The first volume is slated for July 26, and will include the first episode, with limited editions including a CD and a booklet. (Not...
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Monster Hunter XX Game's Switch Version Reveals August 25 Release in Video

Nintendo releases designed Switch console for game, adds multiplayer to 3DS, Switch versions ― Capcom announced on Saturday that its Nintendo Switch port of the Monster Hunter XX (pronounced as "Double Cross") game will ship in Japan on August 25. The package edition retails for 5,800 yen (about US$52) and the download edition retails for 5,546 yen (US$50). The game will have 1080p support for the Sw...
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Blend S Waitress TV Anime's Main Staff, Visual Unveiled

Ryouji Masuyama directs October anime, with writer Go Zappa, character designer Yousuke Okuda ― A-1 Pictures opened a website for its television anime adaptation of Miyuki Nakayama's Blend S four-panel manga on Saturday. The site reveals the anime's main staff and visual. Ryouji Masuyama (Gurren Lagann Parallel Works' "Drill the Heavens with Your XXX!!!" director, The [email protected] episode director) is ...
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Black Butler Gets New Musical Covering Story of Anime Film

5th musical adapts "Luxury Liner" arc, runs from December 2017 through February 2018 ― The official Twitter account of the musical adaptations of Yana Toboso's Black Butler manga announced on Saturday that a fifth musical has been green-lit. The new musical is titled Musical Kuroshitsuji - Tango on the Campania, and will adapt the story of the manga's "Gōka Kyakusen" (luxury liner) arc, which appeare...

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KonoSuba PS4/PS Vita Game's Trailer Outlines Plot

Game ships on September 7 in Japan with bonus shooting game for 1st-print editions ― 5pb began streaming a trailer for its Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! -Kono Yokubukai Game ni Shinpan o! game on Friday. The video outlines the game's plot, and shows the different characters that players can pursue a story route for. (Note: The video is region-locked in some countries, including the United Sta...
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Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age PS4 Remaster's Videos Outline Gambit System, Story

Game ships on July 11 in N. America, Europe; on July 13 in Japan, Asia ― Square Enix began streaming two videos for the Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age PlayStation 4 game on Thursday and Friday. The first video is in English, and outlines the game's license board system, which allows players to customize each character's abilities, and the Gambit System, which allows players to automate their charac...
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Annecy Festival Screens French/Japanese Animated Film Mutafukaz

Ankama, Studio 4°C announced project in 2011 ― The staff of Mutafukaz, the upcoming animated film based on Guillaume "Run" Renard's comic series of the same name, announced on Friday that the film is finished and it will screen at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 13. Annecy's official website lists the film as 90 minutes long. French video game and comics publisher Ankama and ...
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Revolutionary Girl Utena ‒ Episodes 8-9

"Questions upon questions flood Utena's universe after this game-changing ninth episode."
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Tubi TV Adds Midori Days, Panda-Z the Robonimation Anime

World Trigger anime also added ― Video streaming service Tubi TV began streaming Midori Days, Panda-Z the Robonimation, and World Trigger. All three titles are available in Japanese with English subtitles. Midori Days follows the story of high school delinquent Seiji Sawamura who is desperate to have a girlfriend. One morning he wakes up to discover that his right hand has become a girl named Midori ...
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Hoshizora no Memoria Visual Novel Kickstarter Meets Initial Goal

Campaign funds limited edition Western release ― Sekai Project's Kickstarter campaign for a limited edition physical Western release of developer Favorite's Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish upon a Shooting Star- visual novel met its initial goal of US$45,000 on Friday. If the project reaches its US$75,000 stretch goal, the Hoshizora no Memoria Eternal Heart fandisk will also get an English translation, and...
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Makoto Kobayashi Draws What's Michael? Manga's Cat for 1st Time in 29 Years

Cat comedy manga What's Michael?'s creator Makoto Kobayashi released a special illustration of the series' title character for the first time in 29 years on Thursday. The illustration features on the front covers of this year's 26th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Morning magazine and Weekly D Morning digital magazine. The illustration is part of manga creator Jōkura Kōji's (also known as Yūji Moritaka...
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Crunchyroll to Add Monster Strike the Movie Anime Streaming

Film streams June 2 ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the Monster Strike the Movie anime film beginning on June 2. The stream will be available worldwide outside of Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. The film opened in December and topped the Japanese box office in its first weekend. The film tells a prequel story before the events of the net anime series. Crunchyroll is ...
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KADO - The Right Answer ‒ Episode 7

"Whenever an alien shows up and starts giving away advanced technology, it's only a matter of time before someone tries to make money off the situation."
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Mamoru & Usagi Hear Wedding Bells for New Petit Chara Figures

Usagi Tsukino's dreams of martial bliss have finally come true thanks to a new Petit Chara figure set from MadHouse. The figures include Usagi in a stunning wedding dress, Mamoru in a snappy tux, and Luna and Artemis wearing flower collars. The figures' design is based on a new illustration creator Naoko Takeuchi drew for Konin Todoke's "Romance Wedding" marriage applications last year. Cards dep...
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Seven Seas Licenses Leiji Matsumoto's Captain Harlock Manga

Classic manga ran from 1977-79 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Leiji Matsumoto's original Space Pirate Captain Harlock manga. The company will release the series in two hardcover omnibus editions under the title Captain Harlock: The Classic Collection. Zack Davisson is translating the series. Seven Seas describes the story: After a mysterious sphere collides with T...
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Henkei Shojo Anime Short Redefines 'Transforming Girl'

DLE began streaming the "one chorus version" of the Henkei Shojo (Transformation Girls) net anime shorts' theme song "Me-Chu-Pa-La" on Friday. The video features animation from the first short, titled "Haru-hen" (Haru Version), which debuted on March 27. The theme song performed by Haru is available for download on the project's official website. The first short (embedded below) has been viewed mo...
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No Game, No Life Film's Visual Shows Returning Characters

Konomi Suzuki returns to perform film's theme song ― The official website for the upcoming No Game, No Life Zero film revealed a new key visual on Friday. The website also revealed that Konomi Suzuki, the opening theme song performer for the television anime, will also perform the film's theme song "There is a Reason." The song will be included on the No Game, No Life "complete album" No Song No Life...
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Clockwork Planet ‒ Episode 8

"Even when a giant robot is laying waste to the city, it still feels like the story is going nowhere."
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Victor's Butt Steals the Spotlight on Yuri!!! on Ice Soundtrack Cover

The Yuri!!! On Ice soundtrack cover art has forgone ice-skating imagery in favor of Victor's well-sculpted backside. Yuri, Yurio, Macchin, and even a bowl of katsudon are also on the cover drawn by series character designer Tadashi Hiramatsu. The album is slated for release on June 28 and includes a TV-size version of the opening theme "History Maker" by Dean Fujioka and illustration from the firs...
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City Hunter Gets Spinoff Manga About Fan Reborn Into Manga's World

Manga to launch in July following conclusion of Angel Heart 2nd Season ― This year's July issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine announced on Thursday that Sokura Nijiki will launch a manga titled Kyō Kara City Hunter in the September issue on July 25. The manga is about a 40-year-old unmarried woman who has been obsessed with City Hunter's Ryō Saeba since high school. One day she is h...
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Women Reveal Their Top Fate/Grand Order Servants

The Fate/Grand Order smartphone game will be in Western players' hands soon enough. The reappearance and familiar franchise faces and new servants will again face off in a quest for the Holy Grail. The new shake-up on the premise has gamers re-evaluating who is there favorite servant. The Anime! Anime! website tried to find out by asking players, specifically female players, who is their favorite ...
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Sagrada Reset ‒ Episode 8

"This three part arc culminates in Kei solving not one, but two different ladies' problems, all without a hint of distress or uncertainty on his part."
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Revolutionary Girl Utena Gets New Manga Chapter in July

Chiho Saito to draw manga for Flowers magazine ― This year's July issue of Shogakukan's Flowers magazine announced on Saturday that a new Revolutionary Girl Utena manga will run in the magazine's September issue on July 28. Original artist Chiho Saito is drawing the new manga. The magazine did not say if the new manga will continue past the September issue. Be-Papas — a group of industry professional...
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Answerman - Is Netflix A Salve For The Anime Business?

Could Netflix's influence solve the many production and salary woes plaguing the anime industry? Justin considers the angles. ― Earl asks: The trailer for the new Castlevania anime came out today and my coworkers and I were remarking on the animation quality. It's an American production (despite what I thought initially), but it got me thinking... Would Netflix-style contracts/production be a way ou...
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Irregular at Magic High School Film's Characters Star as Beans in TV Ads

Gekijōban Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Hoshi o Yobu Shōjo is collaborating with Dentsu's Mameshiba characters to promote the anime film's opening in Japanese theaters on June 17. The irregular at magic high school anime's characters Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba share a last name that is also part of the bean dog character line's name. The collaboration's first television commercial began streaming on Thur...
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Love Tyrant ‒ Episode 8

"Despite being a parody of the whole harem genre, Love Tyrant delivers a surprisingly straight take on the ridiculous battle action and backstory complications of shows like Love Hina and Tenchi Muyo."

Square Enix CEO: Final Fantasy VII Remake, Kingdom Hearts III Launch in Next 3 Years

Games announced in 2015, 2013 ― Square Enix president and CEO Yosuke Matsuda revealed at a financial results briefing session for Square Enix Holdings on May 11 that the Final Fantasy VII remake and Kingdom Hearts III games are slated for release in about the next three years. Commenting on a presentation slide featuring game releases for fiscal year 2017 and the future, Matsuda said, "We plan to lau...
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Anime Expo Hosts Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel Author Fujino Ōmori

Author appears at 1st N. American convention in July ― BookWalker announced on Friday that Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? light novel series author Fujino Ōmori will attend Los Angeles anime convention Anime Expo as its special guest. He will participate in a panel and autograph sessions. The convention appearance will be Ōmori's first in North America. In addition to hosting Ōmori...
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The Titles of Those Re:Creators Songs You Can't Get Out of Your Head

Like many fans of Re:Creators, I have had one nagging question: "What are the names of those awesome vocal-filled background songs?"
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Miss Hokusai BD+DVD

Miss Hokusai demonstrates the power of articulating life as it is lived, presenting a rich portrait of both its historical moment and its charming heroine. ― The great painter Hokusai is one of the most famous and internationally renowned artists in Japanese history. Responsible for works as recognized as The Great Wave off Kanigawa (itself an element of the vastly influential 36 Views of Mount Fuji)...
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Gonzo's 18if TV Anime's Video Shows Dream World

Nobunaga Shimazaki, Takehito Koyasu, Kaori Nazuka star in July anime ― The official website for Koji Morimoto and Gonzo's 18if television anime began streaming the series' first promotional video on Friday. The video previews Haruto's journey in the dream world. Gonzo also began streaming two more six-minute "18 Yume Sekai VR" (18 Dream World VR) 360° videos for mobcast's 18: Kimi to Tsunagaru Puzzle...
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Tekken 7 Game's Opening CInematic, 4th Character Trailer Streamed

PS4, Xbox One, PC game slated for June 2 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the opening cinematic for its upcoming Tekken 7 fighting game on Tuesday. The company also began streaming a fourth character episode trailer on Thursday. The video introduces Raven, Dragunov, Lili, Asuka, Leo, and Yoshimitsu. The first trailer showed Marshall Law, Feng Wei, Bob, Bryan Fury, Devil Jin, Hwoarang, Gig...
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Kodansha Comics Releases Battle Angel Alita Manga Digitally Before Print Release

Classic manga series available digitally with new translation ― Kodansha Comics announced on Wednesday that its English language release of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita manga will be available digitally on comiXology and Kindle before its print release. Volumes 1-3 are available now in the comiXology Originals line for US$10.99 each or free with comiXology membership. Volumes 4-6 are set for ...
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NISA Streams Opening Movie For Ys VII: Lacrimosa of DANA Game

PS4, PS Vita, PC game arrives in N. America on September 12, in Europe on September 15 ― NIS America began streaming the opening movie on Thursday for its upcoming release of Nihon Falcom's Ys Vlll: Lacrimosa of DANA game. NISA plans to release the game on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Steam in North America on September 12 and in Europe on September 15. The PS4 and PS Vita versions will h...
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Red Entertainment Reveals Our World is Ended PS Vita Game

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash's Eiri Shirai designs characters for adventure game ― Game developer and publisher Red Entertainment revealed the Our World is Ended (Ore-tachi no Sekai wa Owatteiru.) PlayStation Vita game on Thursday. The adventure game is slated for this fall. The company had launched a teaser website for the game last week. The staff has also launched a Twitter account for the game. The...
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Saiyuki Reload Blast Anime Reveals July 5 Premiere, More Cast

Kaho Kouda, Jin Yamanoi join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki Reload Blast manga revealed two more cast members and the show's July 5 premiere date on Friday. The new cast members include: Kaho Kouda as Crown Prince Nataku Jin Yamanoi as Dokugakuji Saiyuki Reload Blast will premiere on July 5 on AT-X at 10:30 p.m., and will then air on Tokyo...
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Battle Girl High School Anime Reveals Visual, Theme Song Artists, July 2 Premiere

18 main cast members perform opening song by kz ― The official website for COLOPL's Battle Girl High School smartphone role-playing game revealed the key visual, theme song artists, and premiere date on Friday for the anime adaptation of the game. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 2 at 24:30 (effectively July 3 at 12:30 a.m.) before airing on Kansai TV at 25:55 (effectively at 1:55...
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KanColle Film Earns 560 Million Yen After March Screenings

Film opened in Japan in November, had 4DX, MX4D screenings in February ― Kadokawa's Famitsu.com website reported on Friday that the Kantai Collection: KanColle anime film earned a total of 560 million yen (about US$5 million) after finishing its March screenings in Japan. The film's Blu-ray Disc and DVD release in Japan is slated for August 30. The limited edition version of the releases will feature...
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Kimi no Koe o Todoketai Anime Film's Teaser Reveals August 25 Opening

Film adds Yuuki Kaji, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Masako Nozawa to cast ― The official website of Kimi no Koe o Todoketai, Madhouse's original anime film project, began streaming a teaser video for the film on Friday. The video reveals the film's August 25 opening in Japan. In addition, the site revealed additional cast for the film. Yuuki Kaji will play the character Daigo Koyurugi, Tatsuhisa Suzuki will play...
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Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles Anime Reveals Key Visual, Main Staff

Asterisk War's Kenji Seto directs series at Studio Gokumi ― The official website for the television anime of Naru Narumi's Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles) manga revealed the show's key visual and main staff on Friday. Kenji Seto (both seasons of The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water) is directing the series at Studio Gokumi (Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Ur...
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Made in Abyss Anime Premieres on July 7

The official website for the television anime of Akihito Tsukushi's Made in Abyss manga revealed on Friday that the series will premiere on July 7. The series will air on AT-X, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting, Saga TV, and BS11. In the story, an enormous pit and cave system called the "Abyss" is the only unexplored place in the world. Strange and wonderful creatures ...
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Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Film Earns 3.35 Billion Yen Worldwide

Film sells 2.75 million tickets worldwide ― The staff of the Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale anime film announced on Friday that the film has earned more than 3.35 billion yen (about US$30.1 million) worldwide, and has sold more than 2,750,000 tickets. The film has earned 2,503,140,460 yen (about US$22.5 million) and sold 1,758,928 tickets in Japan as of Wednesday. The film opened in France...
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DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon Comedy Anime Film Opens in October

Film staff runs auction campaign for rights to use Eagle Talon characters to "increase budget" ― The official website of DLE Inc.'s DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon anime film revealed on Thursday that the film will open in Japan on October 21. In addition, the film's staff is running an auction, supposedly in order to increase the budget for the film to match Hollywood standards. The auction allows p...
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Clione no Akari TV Anime's Promo Video Highlights Minori

Sayuri Matsumura plays character in July anime ― The official website for the television anime of Natural-Rain's illustrated online novel Clione no Akari (Clione's Light) began streaming a promotional video for the series on Friday. The video highlights the character Minori Amamiya. The anime's cast includes: Sayuri Matsumura as Minori Amamiya Shunya Ōhira as Takashi Aoi Natsuko Hara as Kyōko Tsukiha...
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Kids on the Slope Live-Action Film Reveals More Cast Members

Erina Mano, Dean Fujioka, Baijaku Nakamura join 2018 film ― The official blog for the live-action film adaptation of Yuki Kodama's Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) manga revealed additional cast members for the film on Friday. The additional cast includes (from left to right in picture above): Erina Mano as Yurika Fukahori, the mysterious woman whom Sentarō falls in love with at first sight D...
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Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Casts Kabuki Actor Minosuke Bandō as Uta

Film opens on July 29 ― The official website for the live-action film of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga revealed on Friday that kabuki actor Minosuke Bandō will play Uta, a mask maker for ghouls. The previously announced cast includes: Masataka Kubota (live-action Death Note, Mars, Photo Braver 7 television series) as Ken Kaneki Fumika Shimizu as Tōka Kirishima Yuu Aoi (live-action Rurouni Kenshin's ...
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Live-Action Gintama Film Inspires Net Show on July 15

dTV also gets "movie comic" that adapts manga with sound effects, animation ― Docomo's dTV streaming service announced on Friday that the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga is inspiring a live-action net show that will premiere on the service on July 15, one day after the film's opening in Japan. The show will feature the same cast and staff as the film, and will adapt a "popular" st...
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NTR: Netsuzou Trap Anime's 1st Promo Shows Secret Relationship

Anime adaptation of Naoko Kodama's yuri manga premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime of Naoko Kodama's yuri manga NTR: Netsuzou Trap began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Friday. The video shows the secret relationship between Yuma and Hotaru. The series will premiere in July. The anime's official website has the text blurb, "We have a secret we can't tell ...
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Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita. TV Anime Shorts' Cast, Theme Song Artist Revealed

Saki Hazuki performs theme song "secret" for Summer anime ― The official website for the television anime of Hanamaluo's adult romance manga Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita. (There Was a Beast Inside the Skirt.) revealed the anime's cast and theme song artist on Friday. The staff also confirmed that the anime's episodes are each five minutes long. The cast includes: Hotaru Hanakage as Shizuka Komin...

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CAPCOM to Release Monster Hunter XX for Switch

Nintendo 3DS game shipped in Japan on March 18 ― Capcom announced on Friday that it will release a port of its Monster Hunter XX (pronounced as "Double Cross") game for the Nintendo Switch. It did not reveal a release date for the game. The game shipped in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS on March 18. Monster Hunter XX features a new "Style Power-up," which allows players to designate a Hunting Art as an "...

Seven Seas Licenses Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Manga

Volume 1 slated for February 2018 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga. It will release the manga's first compiled book volume on February 6, 2018. Seven Seas describes the manga: In the wake of a space-wide civil war instigated by Saga–the Gemini Gold Saint–a new team of Saints comes together with the goal of protecting ...
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Hajimete no Gal Anime Casts Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Kenji Akabane, Minoru Shiraishi

Romantic comedy series premieres in July ― The July issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine revealed more cast members for the television anime of Meguru Ueno's Hajimete no Gal (First-Time Gal) manga on Friday. The new cast includes Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Shinpei Sakamoto (left in picture below), Kenji Akabane as Keigo Ishida (center), and Minoru Shiraishi as Minoru Kobayakawa (right). The ani...
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Re:Zero Novel Illustrator Gets 1st Artbook

If you're still hankering for more Re:Zero or are an avid fan of the light novel's artwork, illustrator Shinichirou Otsuka will get his first artbook on September 23. The Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Shinichirou Otsuka Art Works Re:BOX contains all the pictures of your favorite girl, whether its Emilia or Rem. Additionally, as if customers needed more to sweeten the deal, the set not ...
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JoJo's Araki Maintains Vampire Status in Poll of Unaging Celebrities

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure creator Hirohiko Araki has enjoyed another claim to fame outside of his popular, long-running manga series. The 56-year-old is known to be a snappy dresser and some speculate suspiciously youthful for his age. Microsoft's How Old Do I Look? website placed him at approximately 27-years-old in 2015, and fans have jokingly dated his existence as far back as 3,000 BC. Accordin...
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Pikachu Continue to Multiply in This Year's Yokohama Parade

The Pikachu population in Yokohama is growing out of control in the annual Yokohama parade. Last year's march of 1,000 Pikachu will be outdone this year as organizers promise at least 1,500 of the iconic rodent when the event kicks off on August 9. This year's event is titled "Pikachū Dake janai Pikachū Tairyō Hassei-chū!" (Not Only Pikachu, but a Lot of Pikachu-chu!) and will culminate on August ...
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat ‒ Episode 7

"Iori seems to see Aki as the kind of competition that can drive his team, but can Aki keep Blessing Software together for another project?"
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Monster Strike Gets New 5-Episode Idol Spinoff Anime Special

Mon-Soni! D'Artagnan no Idol Sengen debuts June 14 with many staffers from Lucifer special ― The smartphone game Monster Strike is inspiring a five-episode original anime special titled Mon-Soni! D'Artagnan no Idol Sengen (Monster Sonic! D'Artagnan's Idol Declaration) this summer. The new anime will begin streaming on the YouTube service at 7:00 p.m. (6:00 a.m. EDT) on June 14. The story of Mon-Soni!...
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Yūri, Victor Reach Out for Yuri!!! on Ice's New Scale Figures

Chara-Ani's Toy'sworks brand revealed designs for its second wave of Yuri!!! on Ice scale figures on Wednesday. The Yūri Katsuki and Victor Nikiforov figures are slated to go on sale around fall 2017. In the special illustrations, Yūri and Victor look like they are reaching out to each other and are about to hold hands. The studio MAPPA, which animated the Yuri!!! on Ice television anime, provide...
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Tsukigakirei ‒ Episode 7

"I continue to be impressed by the variety of ways Tsuki ga Kirei explores the smaller foibles of adolescent romance."
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Madoka Magica's Gekidan Inu Curry Illustrates New Utena Album

A combination of two giant magical franchises has lead to one very distinct album cover. Gekidan Inu Curry, the mind behind Madoka Magica's symbolic labyrinths unleashed their unique aesthetic for the Revolutionary Girl Utena Barbara Waisei-ko Mokushiroku: Arsenothelus Zettai Fukkatsu Hikari to Orpheus Zettai Meifu Yami compilation CD. The album collects all of composer J.A. Caesar's equally symbo...
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Pokémon Magikarp Jump Game Launches for iOS, Android Devices

Free-to-play with in-app purchases in multiple languages ― The Pokémon Company released the Pokémon Magikarp Jump smartphone game for iOS and Android devices on Tuesday. The official Pokémon YouTube channels began streaming promotional videos for the game in English and Japanese. In the game, players raise and train Magikarp to jump as high as possible. Players can compete to become League Champion. ...
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Attack on Titan Returns to Joypolis Theme Park This Summer

The Tokyo Joypolis theme park announced on Thursday that it will hold a new Attack on Titan event from July 13 to October 1. The Attack on Titan in Joypolis Season 2 event will feature collaboration attractions, merchandise, and food. The event will again feature a life-size statue of an Attack on Titan character. Tokyo Joypolis is holding a Twitter campaign to reveal the character for this year's...
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Takuya Satō, Yōko Hikasa Join Cast of Altair: A Record of Battles Anime

TV series starring Ayumu Murase premieres on July 7 ― The July issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Thursday character designs and two new cast members for this summer's television anime of Kotono Katō's historical fantasy manga Altair: A Record of Battles (Shōkoku no Altair). Takuya Satō will play Ibrahim, and Yōko Hikasa will play Shara. The anime stars: (Note: character n...
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Angels, Tourists Descend on Gabriel Dropout's Setting City

Hamamatsu, Shizuoka is one of the latest cities in Japan to capitalize on its status as an anime setting and pilgrimage site. The city is the setting of Ukami's Gabriel DropOut manga, and the series' television anime adaptation debuted in January. The city is collaborating with the anime to release sightseeing maps that highlight locations in the anime. The collaboration also launched an official ...
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Chaos;Child PS4, PS Vita Game Heads West in 2017

PQube releases MAGES.' murder mystery game in Europe, N. America ― PQube announced on Thursday that it will release MAGES.' Chaos;Child game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Europe and North America in the third quarter of 2017. The company began streaming a teaser trailer for the release. The game's story is set after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hits Tokyo's Shibuya ward on November 6, 2009,...
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A-1 Pictures Animates Blend S Manga for Fall Broadcast

TV anime about cafe waitress premieres in October ― The July issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Carat magazine is revealing on Sunday that A-1 Pictures (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend, Ace Attorney, Oreimo 2) is animating the television anime adaptation of Miyuki Nakayama's Blend S four-panel manga. The anime is slated to premiere in October. The manga's story centers on a girl named M...
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Sakura Quest ‒ Episode 8

"Shiori is an interesting character, but while this arc is clearly set to build her up more, she's not strong enough to carry it on her own yet."
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Re:Creators Shows That in Our World, Even Fictional Heroes Can Be Villains

Just because you're a hero in a fantasy world, that doesn't mean you'd be a hero in ours.
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 8

"For the first time since the premiere's cold open, there's some genuine progression in the overall plot."
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Weekly Shonen Jump Ore Collection Smartphone Game's Franchises Revealed

Dragon Ball, One Piece, Rurouni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakusho, My Hero Academia, To Love-ru, more included ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed some of the franchises on Monday that will feature in the Weekly Shonen Jump Ore Collection (Weekly Shonen Jump My Collection) smartphone game. The franchises include: Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho Wingman Dragon Ball Yu Yu Hakusho Jigoku Sensei Nube Rurouni Kenshin Hos...
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Inuyashiki Anime Reveals Visuals for 2 Main Characters

The official website for the upcoming television anime adaptation of Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki manga revealed the character designs for the two main characters Inuyashiki and Shishigami on Tuesday. The site revealed a new visual for the anime on Monday. The television anime series will premiere in October on Fuji TV's Noitamina block. Keiichi Satou (Tiger & Bunny, Gantz:O, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis) ...
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Staff Replaces Comedian Galigali Galixon's Scene in Live-Action Gintama Film

Comedian was arrested, released earlier this month for driving under the influence ― A public relations official for TV Tokyo revealed on Thursday that the staff of the live-action film adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga is replacing the scene (or scenes) in which comedian Galigali Galixon appears in the film. TV Tokyo is an investor in the film. Galixon was arrested and released on May 12...

Former KAT-TUN Member Koki Tanaka Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Police officer allegedly found marijuana while searching car Tanaka was driving ― Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested singer, actor, and former KAT-TUN member Koki Tanaka in Shibuya on Wednesday for suspicion of marijuana possession. Tanaka denied the suspicion, claiming the marijuana authorities found was not his. According to police, Tanaka was driving a van on a road in the second district of the D...
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Tsukiuta Stage Play Reveals Cast For 4th, 5th Runs

New plays premiere in October, December respectively ― The official Twitter account of the stage adaptation of the Tsukiuta franchise announced new cast members for the franchise's fourth and fifth stage plays on Thursday. The cast for the Six Gravity group includes: (Note: Images in costume are from a previous version of the musical.) Kentarō Menjō as Hajime Mutsuki Hiroki Nakada as Haru Yayoi Tatsu...
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Bandai Namco Ent., Drecom Start New Company to Produce Dragon Ball Z, [email protected] Browser Games

New BXD company to also develop distribution platform service for games ― Bandai Namco Entertainment and video game company Drecom announced on Thursday that they have established a new company called BXD that will develop a gaming platform distribution service to release HTML5-based online games. The company will launch its service in spring 2018 with new games for the Dragon Ball Z, Famista, and Th...

Nintendo Shares Hit Highest Point Since 2008

Shares close higher than last year's Pokémon Go peak, puts company as top 19 listed company ― The Financial Times newspaper reported on Wednesday that, as of that day, Nintendo Co, Ltd.'s shares in the Japanese market gained 3.2 percent to close at 31,880 yen (about US$285), the company's highest closing level since 2008. The company closed higher than its previous peak on July 20 last year, when Nia...
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Knights & Magic Anime's Video Reveals New Cast, Songs, July 2 Premiere

Yasuaki Takumi, Kazuyuki Okitsu, Shizuka Itou join cast; fhana, Ayaka Ohashi perform songs ― The official website for the television anime of Hisago Amazake-no's Knight's & Magic light novel series began streaming a second promotional video on Thursday. The video reveals additional cast, staff, and the July 2 premiere date for the anime. The video also reveals and previews the anime's opening theme s...

Animated Castlevania Series' Trailer Reveals July Netflix Premiere

Series based on Castlevania III game centers on last Belmont attempting to defeat Dracula ― Netflix began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for its Castlevania animated series based on Konami's game series of the same name. The video reveals that the series will premiere on July 7. The series will follow "the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extin...
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