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Tales Of The Industry - Anime Colony

A young Justin Sevakis goes to work for an ill-fated anime website that explodes in slow-motion in the hallowed halls of the Sci-Fi Channel. ― Welcome to “Tales of the Industry,” a column where we will share stories from real working professionals in the anime business. This week, we return to an autobiographical story by the author. Are you a current or former member of the anime business or conven...
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Gingitsune Sub.Blu-Ray

Gingitsune is a gentle story about a girl who can see her family shrine's spirits and their everyday lives. Is it worth your time? ― Based on the manga of the same name by Sayori Ochiai, Gingitsune is the anime equivalent of snuggling under a favorite blanket in front of the fire – a soft, warm experience that doesn't try to be anything more than it is. Slice of life with a supernatural twist, the st...
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Shelf Life - Space Invaders

This week, monsters that you can vanquish with your smartphone, and the next wave of space pioneers.
- Devil Survivor 2
- Space Brothers v.2
― Jump to this week's reviews: Devil Survivor 2: The AnimationSpace Brothers Collection 2 On Shelves This Week 5 Centimeters Per Second DVD Eastern Star - 63 min - Hyb - MSRP $24.95Currently cheapest at: $15.22 Rakuten Synopsis: Named for the speed at which che...
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The Mike Toole Show - Nintendo Power

Hey, Paisanos! Mike finds the secret warp zone to a world full of anime based on classic Nintendo games, for better and worse. ― It's been a Nintendo kind of month for me. My brother surprised me with a Wii U for my birthday, but see, my birthday was in March. Being a perpetually distracted person, I let the damn console sit in the corner of my living room, unopened, for a good six weeks. But May is ...
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Evergreen GN 1

A boy with a weak heart and a girl with a big one find each other in this charming romance from the author of Toradora. ― It isn't surprising that Evergreen comes from the pen of the woman who wrote both Toradora and Golden Time. There's an underlying layer of humanity to the story that goes beyond its stock characters in the same way her other works do, infusing a little something extra into what is...
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The List - 7 Characters That Can't Resist Cats

These seven folks just can't get enough feline companionship; meow might be the time for an intervention. ― Dogs may be man's best friend, but it's cats that rule the internet. Scientists have gone so far as trying to classifying the key qualities that make up "cat people" and "dog people." Male cat owners are perceived as "nicer" than those who don't own a cat, but also lean more "neurotic." Regard...
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Sword Art Online: Progressive Novel 1

Return to Aincrad's early days as Reki Kawahara writes about the start of Sword Art Online, the game of death. ― Reki Kawahara says in his afterward to this first volume of the Sword Art Online Progressive (SAOP) novel series that he was conflicted about bringing Kirito and Asuna together so early in the game. He fears that it will confuse readers and play fast and loose with the mythology establishe...
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Tuesday, June 2

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Twitter Users Discuss the 'Absolute Area' of the Ponytail

Net users in Japan are currently chiming in on a relatively new and strange trope for fictional female characters: the "Absolute Area" of the ponytail hairstyle. Image from TV Tropes The Absolute Area, or "Zettai Ryouiki", is a name for the area of bare skin between a girl's skirt and the stockings or socks she wears with them; the amount of skin that can be seen in between these article of cloth...
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Twitter User Creates Hestia's Knife from Danmachi

Twitter user Nachtgreif recreated Bell Cranel's powerful knife forged by Hephaestus from Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Nachtgreif, who works as an Anisong DJ, noted that since he isn't Bell, he had to use a little help to make the plastic knife glow. 俺はベルくんではないので、こうやって光らせます #danmachi pic.twitter.com/anzEvXSdnb— WAN Hohenheim (@Nachtgreif) May 30, 2015 しまっちゃうよー #danmachi pic.twi...
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Starmarie Idols Sing Cardfight!! Vanguard G's New Ending

"Mekurumeku Yūki" to air on July 19 in Bushroad's latest card game anime ― The idol grop Starmarie is contributing a new ending theme song to the Cardfight!! Vanguard G television anime this summer. The "Mekurumeku Yūki" (Dazzling Bravery) song will begin playing in the anime' 37th episode on July 19. It will then ship on a CD single on August 19. The group formed seven years ago, and the idols have ...
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Sailor Moon Classic Scenes Used in Miracle Romance Eyeliner Commercial

Though arriving a few months later than promised, Premium Bandai now has for sale a brand new addition to the Sailor Moon-inspired Miracle Romance makeup line. The company debuted a commercial featuring scenes from Sailor Moon Classic and Sailor Moon R to promote the eyeliner. Announced back in February, The Moon Stick Liquid Eyeliner, created by Creer Beaute, is now available on the online Premiu...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 31-June 6

Expelled from Paradise, Haikyu!!, Lupin The 3rd: From Siberia With Love, Nobunagun anime; So Cute It Hurts! manga ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date 5 Centimeters Per Second DVDPlease Discotek Media/Eastern Star US$24.95 June 2 Expelled from Paradise Blu-rayCite Aniplex of America US$49.98 June 2 Expelled from Paradise Limited Edition Blu-rayAnimeNewsNetwork Aniplex of Ameri...

Deadline: Mega Man Games Have New Animated Show in the Works

Dentsu, Man of Action collaborate on series slated for 2017 ― The entertainment trade news source Deadline reported on Tuesday that Dentsu Entertainment USA (Monsuno, LBX) and Man of Action Entertainment (Ben 10, Generator Rex) are developing a 26-episode animated Mega Man series. The television series is slated for 2017, the 30th anniversary of the game franchise. Dentsu holds the worldwide license ...
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Naruto, Yakitate Japan Singer TiA Moves onto Next Round in Brooklyn 'X' Factor

Japanese pop-singer Tia is competing in a singing competition in New York tonight. Tia qualified for the final round of the competition after winning the Cheryl Pepsii Award for her performance of Whitney Houston's rendition of "I Will Always Love You" at the Apollo Theater. 音楽の殿堂 アポロシアターアマチュアナイトに出場してきました。I performed at Apollo Theater .I got second place and advanced to next round . Show off is Se...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Casts Sōma Saito, Ai Kayano, Chinatsu Akasaki

Kazuyuki Okitsu, Yuka Iguchi also join cast for next episode ― The official Twitter account for the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? anime announced five new cast members on Tuesday: Sōma Saito as Hermes Ai Kayano as Asfi Al Andromeda Chinatsu Akasaki as Yamato Mikoto Kazuyuki Okitsu as Kashima Ōka Yuka Iguchi as Hitachi Sagusa The new characters will appear in episode 10, which will...
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Dragon Quest Heroes Trailer Introduces Characters, Western Release Dates

PS4 game slated for October 13 in N. America, October 16 in Europe ― Square Enix North America began streaming a trailer on Tuesday for the PlayStation 4 game Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below. The video introduces the main characters' localized names, and announces that the game will ship on October 13 in North America. The game will also ship in Europe on October 16. Sq...
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Love Live! Rin's Acecook Ramen Commercial Streams

After much preparation and pushing back its midnight launch due to safety concerns, Acecook's Love Live! ramen is now on sale. The company "hired" μ's member, the cheerful and athletic Rin Hoshizora, to represent the brand. In her commercial, Rin introduces the "I Love Onion Pork Shoyu Ramen" and "I Love Leek and Spicy Pork Ramen" flavors and the special display cards featuring the anime's cast bu...
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Otakon to Host Directors Seiji Kishi, Shinji Takamatsu

Directors of Assassination Classroom, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! coming to Maryland ― Maryland anime convention Otakon announced on Tuesday that directors Seiji Kishi and Shinji Takamatsu will be guests at this year's event. Both are appearing courtesy of Pony Canyon. Kishi's directorial credits include My Bride is a Mermaid, Angel Beats, Humanity Has Declined, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, Arpeggio o...
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Tales Of The Industry - Anime Colony

A young Justin Sevakis goes to work for an ill-fated anime website that explodes in slow-motion in the hallowed halls of the Sci-Fi Channel. ― Welcome to “Tales of the Industry,” a column where we will share stories from real working professionals in the anime business. This week, we return to an autobiographical story by the author. Are you a current or former member of the anime business or conven...

Nintendo: Next Console's OS Is Not Android

Company responds to Nikkei's report that NX's OS is Android-based ― The Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei reported in an online article on Monday that Nintendo will use an Android-based operating system for its next console, currently codenamed NX. Kadokawa's Weekly ASCII asked Nintendo to respond, and a representative for Nintendo said, "We usually do not comment on online articles. However, this ...
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Heads to PC via Steam

HD port of PSP game already released on PS4/Xbox One ― Square Enix announced on Tuesday that it is bringing Final Fantasy Type-0 HD to PCs via Steam. It made the announcement at the 2015 MSI Computex Gaming Night in Taipei, and added that it will reveal the release date and other details in the future. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is the high-definition port of Square Enix's original Final Fantasy Type-0 ...
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 9

"This episode is packed like a sardine can with forward plot motion."
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Tokyo Tribe Gets 2 New Manga Chapters in July & August

Santa Inoue draws "Waru vs. Oni Kyōdai" chapters ― The July issue of Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Young Champion magazine announced on Tuesday that Santa Inoue will publish two new chapters of his Tokyo Tribe manga in the magazine's August and September issues. Akita Shoten will publish the August issue of the magazine on July 7, and the September issue on August 7. The chapters are titled "Waru vs. Oni K...
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Crunchyroll Adds Live-Action Dr. Coto's Clinic Show

2003 TV show of Takatoshi Yamada's medical manga ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it added the live-action television adaptation of Takatoshi Yamada's Dr. Koto Shinryōjo (Dr. Koto's Clinic) manga under the name Dr. Coto's Clinic. The website began streaming the series on Monday, June 1 at 8:00 p.m. EDT for viewers in the United States, Canada, Latin America, South Afr...
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Anime Expo to Preview New Work by Ninja Scroll's Kawajiri

Co-production with Tekken: Blood Vengeance's Yōichi Mōri ― The schedule for this year's Anime Expo revealed that Unified Pictures and Digital Frontier (Resident Evil: Degeneration, Tekken: Blood Vengeance) will preview a new co-production project by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Wicked City, Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust) and Yōichi Mōri (Tekken: Blood Vengeance) at a panel on July 2 at 6:15 p.m. An...
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Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi Gets Street Fighter IV Crossover Costumes

Uesugi Kenshin, Kasuga's gameplay also previewed from July 23 PS3/PS4 game Weekly Famitsu magazine is reporting on Thursday that CAPCOM's upcoming Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi action game will offer character costumes based on the Street Fighter IV game as downloadable content. It is also outlining the gameplay of the real-life historical figure Uesugi Kenshin and the ficional Kasuga. The game is an ...
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Gundam Gets Free-to-Play Realtime Simulation Game on PS Vita

Build fortresses & capture enemy fortresses in Mobile Suit Gundam Battle Fortress Mobile Suit Gundam Battle Fortress, a free-to-play real-time simulation game, will debut on the PS Vita in Japan. The game will revolve around building fortresses and capturing enemy fortresses. Weekly Famitsu magazine will provide more details on Thursday. Source: Famitsu via Hachima Kikō
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Boruto -Naruto the Movie- Gets Collaboration Comedy Manga

Kenji Taira's SD manga ties into August's Naruto sequel film ― The July issue of Shueisha's Saikyo Jump magazine is announcing on Friday that Kenji Taira (Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden, Uchiha Sasuke no Sharingan Den) will draw a "collaboration special manga" for the Boruto -Naruto the Movie- film in the magazine's September issue, which Shueisha will publish on August 1. The magazine descri...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, May 25-31

Kuroko's Basketball sells 8,650, followed by new Yamato 2199 film, SAO II, Kan Colle, Yona of the Dawn ― Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Kuroko's Basketball 3rd Season 2 8,650 8,650 15/5/27 BVS Animation 1 1 2 - Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune 7,176 7,176 15/5/27 BVS Animation 2 1 3 - Sword Art Online I...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, May 25-31

New Yamato 2199 film sells 17,983 + 7,307, followed by SAO II, Shirobako, Kan Colle, Kuroko's Basketball ― Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune [Limited First Edition] 17,983 17,983 15/5/27 BVS Animation 1 1 2 - Sword Art Online II 8 (Limited Complete Pressing) 13,099 13,099 1...
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Live-Action All Esper Dayo! Film's Teaser Reveals September Opening

Shion Sono's September 4 film of Kiminori Wakasugi's comedy manga ― A teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action film inspired by Kiminori Wakasugi's All Esper Dayo! (Minna! Esper Dayo!) science-fiction comedy manga debuted online on Tuesday. The teaser reveals the film's September 4 opening date. Man: There are many espers like you who have begun appearing. Text: They are espers. Text: Director Shi...

Discotek's Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Release Will Not Have Japanese Dub

Film planned for DVD/Blu-ray in early September ― North American anime distributor Discotek Media stated on its Facebook page on Monday that its upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of the Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust film will only contain the original English audio, and will not contain the Japanese dub. Discotek stated that it was required not to include the Japanese dub by the film's Japanese licensor...
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Snow White with the Red Hair TV Anime Slated for July 6 Premiere

The official website for the television anime of Sorata Akiduki's Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair) manga revealed the anime's July 6 premiere date on Tuesday. The show will premiere on Tokyo MX on July 6 at 24:00 (effectively July 7 at midnight), and will air on the same time slot every Monday. Other channels airing the anime include: Yomiuri TV, July 7, 2:29 a.m. TV Aichi,...

Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan by Volume: 2015 (First Half)

3 SAO books, 2 The irregular at magic high school, 1 Kagerou Daze, 4 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, 5 Naruto ― This list covers sales surveyed from November 17, 2014 to May 17, 2015. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Publisher Release Date Author 1 311,059 Sword Art Online Progressive 003 Kadokawa 2014/12 Story: Reki Kawahara Illustration: abec 2 231,261 The irregular at magic high school 15 Kadok...
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Anohana's Menma Sings Chocolate Song in Kokosake/Meiji Ad

Chocolate maker offers prizes before The Anthem of the Heart's October 16 opening ― The food maker Meiji is holding a "Meiji x Kokosake & Anohana Receipt Drawing Campaign" from June 2 to October 16, to commemorate the September 19 opening of The Anthem of the Heart (Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da. or Kokosake) film. The anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mad...

Monday, June 1

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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, May 18-24

Ultimate Otaku Teacher back in top 10 ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV May 24 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 14.1 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV May 24 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 9.1 Doraemon TV Asahi May 22 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 9.0 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi May 22 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 9.0 One Piece Fuji TV May 24 (Sun) 09:30 30 min. 8.7 Detective Conan NTV May 23 (Sat) 18:00 30 mi...
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Ayuru Ōhashi, Atsumi Tanezaki, Hibiku Yamamura Leave Toritori Talent Agency

Company merged with Trias Pro to become Power Rise ― Voice actresses Ayuru Ōhashi (pictured right), Atsumi Tanezaki, and Hibiku Yamamura each announced separately that they are leaving the Toritori Talent Agency. The announcements come at the same time as Toritori merging with the Trias Pro talent agency. The new company changed its name to Power Rise. Ōhashi announced she will go freelance. Tanezaki...
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Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash Game, Amiibo Figure Head West

3DS game currently in development, slated for October release ― Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct presentation on Monday that it will release the Nintendo 3DS game Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (Nagenawa Action! Guruguru! Chibi-Robo!) in North America and Europe this October. In addition, the Chibi-Robo Amiibo figure will also ship in the west as part of a bundle with the physical release of the g...
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Neko Atsume Casual Cat Game Gets Web Manga

The recent popular entertainment app is brought to new territory in the form of cute little short comics, as announced on Twitter. 大人気アプリ『ねこあつめ』がデンシバーズhttp://t.co/2eo9V4qyvEにてマンガ化!! その名も『金言ねこあつめ』(著者:つきみゆい、監修:Hit-Point)ヽ(•̀ω•́ )ゝ pic.twitter.com/pRwuojqzmi— デンシバーズ編集部 (@denshi_birz) May 29, 2015 Neko Atsume, the casual game in which players can live out a "crazy cat person" fantasy by setting out to...

Love Live! Idols Are 1st Anime Character Group to Top Weekly Album Chart Since K-ON!

μ's Best Album Best Live Collection II sells 85,000 ― The Love Live! anime's μ's Best Album Best Live Collection II sold 85,000 copies to top Oricon's album sales chart for the May 25-31 week. The franchise's idol group "μ's" is the first in-anime character group to top the weekly album chart since the K-ON! anime's Ho-kago Tea Time did in 2010. It is also the first Love Live! CD to top the weekly al...
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Nichijō's Keiichi Arawi Designs Robot Garage Kit Packaging

3D CGI modeler Kazushi Kobayashi (Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, Reideen) is also the sculptor behind Sentinel's MechatroWeGo toy robots. The models are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and cost 2,200 yen (about US$18), making them affordable to collect. You can also find them available for import for US$38.99. The series of garage kits and figures are getting a boost through a ...
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Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure Launches in the West on June 11

Digital-only game launched in Japan on Sunday ― Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct presentation on Monday that it will release Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure (Dr. Mario Gyakuten! Tokkouyaku & Saikin Bokumetsu) in North America and Europe on June 11. As in Japan, the game will be exclusive to the Nintendo eShop. The game launched in Japan on Sunday. The game offers three modes of gameplay: standar...
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Godzilla's Nuclear Origins Glossed Over in PlayStation Game

Godzilla's origins as a monster born from nuclear radiation and atomic bomb testing is well known. Shunsuke Fujita, the producer of the Godzilla PlayStation 3 and PS4 action game even admits "radiation is something that can never be disassociated with Godzilla." However, this bit of Godzilla's history is mysteriously absent from Fujita's game and he and the rest of the staff are mum as to why. The...
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Animator Expo Ends 2nd Season, Will Resume With 3rd Season in July

Final short for the season was "Rapid Rouge" ― The official website for Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, updated on Monday to announce that the second season is now complete. A third season will begin in the middle of July, again to release a new episode every Friday. Two titles were listed for the second season but...

Bikini Warriors Anime's Promo Video Showcases Characters

Yōko Hikasa, Kana Ueda, Ai Kakuma, Chiaki Takahashi star in July 7 anime ― The official website for the Bikini Warriors television anime began streaming the first promotional video on Monday. The video profiles the characters and notes that the anime will premiere on July 7: Text: Heroines, wear armor (bikini). It is time to fight. Text: Bikini Warriors Text: The battle commences on Tuesday, July 7, ...
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Bravely Second Sequel Game Headed West in 2016

3DS RPG developed by Square Enix ― Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct presentation on Monday that Square Enix's Nintendo 3DS game Bravely Second: End Layer will get a Western release in 2016. The game is a sequel to the Nintendo 3DS game Bravely Default, but features a new protagonist as well as returning characters. The game shipped in Japan on April 23. Main character designer Akihiko Yo...
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Tiny Pikachu Figures Makes For the Perfect Drink Companion

The makers of Cup no Fuchico, the popular series of perch-on-cup drink companions, is collaborating with Pokemon's Pikachu, offering a line of PUTITTO figures that includes playful poses. There are six variants in total, including a secret pose. Each blind box figure will sell for 300 yen and will launch at the end of this month. Kitan Club has previously collaborated with Disney, Kantai Collectio...
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Kūsen Madōshi Kōhosei no Kyōkan Anime's Promo Video Profiles Misora

Nozomi Yamamoto voices 14-year-old aerial combat wizard candidate in July 8 anime ― The official website for the anime of Yū Moroboshi's Kūsen Madōshi Kōhosei no Kyōkan (Aerial Combat Wizard Candidates' Instructor) light novel series began streaming the first character promotional video on Monday. The video profiles the character Misora Whitale voiced by Nozomi Yamamoto. Misora is the 14-year-old sec...
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Little Battlers eXperience: Baku Boost 3DS Game Headed West

Game with customizable robots slated for August 21 ― Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct presentation on Monday that it will release the Nintendo 3DS game Danbōru Senki Baku Boost in the West as LBX: Little Battlers eXperience. The game will be available on August 21. The game features customizable robots and six-player multiplayer over local wireless. Danbōru Senki Baku Boost shipped in Ja...

Nikkei: Nintendo's Next Console to Use Android-Based OS

Console codenamed NX to be detailed next year ― The Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei is reporting on Monday that Nintendo will use an Android-based operating system for its next console, currently codenamed NX. Nikkei cites a "certain party of interest." Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata had noted last year that with the iOS or Android operating system, developers have a common platform to m...
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Gingitsune Sub.Blu-Ray

Gingitsune is a gentle story about a girl who can see her family shrine's spirits and their everyday lives. Is it worth your time? ― Based on the manga of the same name by Sayori Ochiai, Gingitsune is the anime equivalent of snuggling under a favorite blanket in front of the fire – a soft, warm experience that doesn't try to be anything more than it is. Slice of life with a supernatural twist, the st...
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Shelf Life - Space Invaders

This week, monsters that you can vanquish with your smartphone, and the next wave of space pioneers.
- Devil Survivor 2
- Space Brothers v.2
― Jump to this week's reviews: Devil Survivor 2: The AnimationSpace Brothers Collection 2 On Shelves This Week 5 Centimeters Per Second DVD Eastern Star - 63 min - Hyb - MSRP $24.95Currently cheapest at: $15.22 Rakuten Synopsis: Named for the speed at which che...
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Tokyo Ghoul: Jack Original Video Anime Teased in 1st Promo Video

Fall spinoff shows how investigators Kishō Arima, Taishi Fura first met ― During the "Tokyo Ghoul √A Ghoul Carnival" event on Sunday, the Tokyo Ghoul anime cast presented the first promotional video with animation for the original video anime (OVA) of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul: Jack prequel spinoff manga. The video announced that the new anime will debut this fall. The anime's official website began s...
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Kenichi Suzumura Cast as Nao Matsubara in Ace of Diamond: 2nd Season Anime

Uta no Prince-sama, The Garden of Sinners actor plays manager of Ugumori baseball team ― This year's 27th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine will announce on Wednesday that Kenichi Suzumura (Uta no Prince-sama's Masato Hijirikawa, The Garden of Sinners' Mikiya Kokutō) will play the character Nao Matsubara in the Ace of Diamond: Second Season TV anime series. The magazine describes the charact...
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Kamisama Kiss' 2nd OAD's Promo Video Previews Manga's 'Past Arc'

2 episodes to ship with manga volumes 22, 23 later this year ― The official website for the television anime series based on Julietta Suzuki's Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss) manga began streaming a promotional video on Thursday for the second original anime DVD project. (Click on the screenshot to see the video.) The OAD project will have two episodes that will adapt the manga's "past arc," w...
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A Corpse is Buried Under Sakurako's Feet Light Novels Inspire Manga

TV anime adaptation of Shiori Ōta, Tetsuo novels to premiere this fall ― The July issue of Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine is revealing on Thursday that it will publish a manga adaptation of author Shiori Ōta and illustrator Tetsuo's mystery light novel series A Corpse is Buried Under Sakurako's Feet (Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru). Too Mizuguchi ("Kore wa Boku no Seigi da" 1-shot)...

Detective Conan Manga Takes Break Until Early Summer

Shonen Sunday to republish previous chapters starting next week ― This year's 27th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan (Case Closed) manga is going on a break with plans to resume in early summer. Starting with the 28th issue, Shonen Sunday will start publication on the Meitantei Conan Fukkoku Rensai Series (Detective Conan...
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Tokyo Ghoul Jail PS Vita Game's Teaser Reveals Fall Release Date

"Adventure RPG" features original protagonist designed by manga creator Sui Ishida ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a teaser promotional video on Monday for the Tokyo Ghoul Jail PlayStation Vita game. The trailer reveals the "adventure RPG" will ship this fall. Bandai Namco Entertainment had revealed the game in January under the title Tokyo Ghoul Masquerader. The game will feature a stor...

Teekyū Tennis Manga Gets Stage Play Adaptation

Piyo, Roots' original manga series has inspired 5 TV anime series ― The official website for the Teekyū television anime series revealed on Monday that the franchise is getting a stage play adaptation. The "Butaiban Teekyū: Senpai to Meguriau Jikan Tachi" (Stage Version Teekyū: The Times I Happened Across My Upperclassman) stage play will run for eight performances between July 29 through August 2 at...
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Arslan TV Anime Casts Kousuke Toriumi, Wataru Hatano, Manami Numakura

Yumi Uchiyama joins main cast as Etoile in anime's 2nd half ― The official website for The Heroic Legend of Arslan television anime announced the new main characters and their voice cast members for the anime's second half. Kousuke Toriumi as Rajendra, the second prince of the great eastern kingdom Shindra Wataru Hatano as Jaswant, a Shindra soldier and Rajendra's subordinate Manami Numakura as Alfri...
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Eevee Evolutions Captured in Silver & Gold Necklaces

The new wave of Eevee merchandise continues with a series of necklaces. There are nine necklaces for each of the evolutions represented on a silver, gold, or rose gold pendant with a semi-precious or precious stone. The price varies depending on which metal the buyer chooses. The jewelry is being made in a collaboration with K Uno. Options include: Eevee with a diamond. The diamond was chosen for ...
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Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast Film Previews Mr. Children Theme in New Trailers

Summer Wars director's July 11 film about boy trained by supernatural creature ― The official website of Mamoru Hosoda's upcoming The Boy and the Beast film began streaming the film's second full trailer and third teaser trailer on Monday. The new videos preview the theme song "Starting Over" performed by the rock band Mr. Children. Kumatetsu: Let me see your face properly. Kyūta: I—it's a monster! K...
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Tokyo Ghoul: Jack Original Video Anime's Fall Release, Screens Unveiled

During an event on Sunday, the Tokyo Ghoul anime cast presented a new promotional video for the original video anime (OVA) of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul: Jack prequel spinoff manga. They also announced that the new anime will debut this fall. The anime's official website and Twitter account presented screens from the video: In Tokyo Ghoul: Jack, an incident involving a human-devouring Ghoul occurs i...

Sunday, May 31

Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan by Series: 2015 (First Half)

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU sells 624,815, followed by The irregular at magic high school, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Naruto, SAO: Progressive ― This list covers sales surveyed from November 17, 2014 to May 17, 2015. Rank Estimated Copies Sold in Period Title Publisher Author 1 624,815 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Shogakukan Wataru Watari Illustration: Ponkan8 2 592,084 The...
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L.A. Area's Gallery Nucleus Exhibits Hatsune Miku

The Gallery Nucleus in the Los Angeles suburb of Alhambra announced that it will be displaying an art in an exhibition focusing on virtual idol Hatsune Miku from July 2-19. The exhibit is titled "Hatsune Miku Dreams of Electric Sheep" in reference to Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? novel from which Blade Runner was based. The exhibit is a collaboration between the gallery and...
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Blood Blockade Battlefront ‒ Episode 9

"The plot may be stringing us along this week, but if you came for action or pathos, this episode delivers as hard as you've come to expect."
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches ‒ Episode 8

"As is often the case with the witches, Noa plays off of Yamada's personality quite well."

Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Volume: 2015 (First Half)

2 One Piece books, 2 Attack on Titan, 2 Naruto, 3 Haikyu, 1 Blue Spring Ride ― This list covers sales surveyed from November 17, 2014 to May 17, 2015. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Publisher Release Date Author 1 3,079,249 One Piece 76 Shueisha 2014/12 Eiichiro Oda 2 2,735,955 One Piece 77 Shueisha 2015/04 Eiichiro Oda 3 1,831,800 Attack on Titan 15 Kodansha 2014/12 Hajime Isayama 4 1,561,770 ...
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Plastic Memories ‒ Episode 10

"Like a couple of episodes before it, this one was a waste until the last few minutes."

Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2015 (First Half)

The Seven Deadly Sins (7,059,400) edges out One Piece (7,046,066), followed by Assassination Classroom, Attack on Titan, Haikyu!! ― This list covers sales surveyed from November 17, 2014 to May 17, 2015. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Publisher Author 1 7,059,400 The Seven Deadly Sins Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 2 7,046,066 One Piece Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 3 5,231,158 Assassination Classroom Shueisha...
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Oodles of Love Live! Noodles Stocked at Akihabara Animate

Distribution rescheduled over safety concerns ― To promote the upcoming Love Live! movie, the Akihabara branch of Animate, a major anime goods retailer, is selling cup ramen featuring the Rin. It comes in two flavors, onion and leek. It can be bought individually for 200 yen ($1.61) or in 12-cup boxes for 2,400 yen ($19.40). The boxes come with a free clear file featuring Rin holding a steaming bowl ...
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Show By Rock!! ‒ Episode 9

"Show By Rock!! is headed in the right direction as it begins to set itself up for an epic conclusion."
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Live-Action Death Note Show Casts Misa, Light's Father

Photo idol Hinako Sano, Sukiyaki Western Django's Yutaka Matsushige join July drama ― Popular photo idol Hinako Sano (live-action Jigoku Sensei Nube) will play the idol Misa Amane in July's live-action Death Note television series, while Yutaka Matsushige (Sukiyaki Western Django, Miss Hokusai) will play Sōichirō Yagami. Misa is an idol, popularly known as "Misa-Misa," who literally dedicates her li...
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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 21

"The focus is on punny Izuki and happy-go-lucky Koganei for a lighter than usual episode that feels like a respite between acts of a play."
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Rock Band Mr. Children Performs Theme for Hosoda's The Boy & The Beast

"Staring Over" debuts on June 4 album, before Summer Wars helmer's latest film opens on July 11 ― The popular band Mr. Children is contributing the theme song for The Boy and The Beast (Bakemono no Ko), the first new anime film from director Mamoru Hosoda in three years. Hosoda had listened to the song "Starting Over" on Mr. Children's upcoming June 4 album Reflection, and praised it, "It definitely ...
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Danmachi Dōjinshi Event Has Disappointing Turn Out

Is Danmachi's popularity hanging by a string? ― On June 14, a dōjinshi event dedicated exclusively to the popular light novel and anime series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ("Danmachi" for short), Dungeon Kumikyoku, will be held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Trade Center in Hamamatsu Town. Dungeon Kumikyoku will have room for a hundred dōjin circles and a large cosplay spac...
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New Chibi-Robo Comes to 3DS with Amiibo in Japan

Latest entry adds lasso action in physical/download release this fall ― Nintendo announced during its live-streamed Nintendo Direct presentation on Sunday that it will release Nagenawa Action! Guruguru! Chibi-Robo! (Lasso Action! Twirl! Chibi-Robo!) for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan this fall. It will be available in physical packages and via download this fall, along with a Chibi-Robo Amiibo figure. In ...
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Hello Kitty Cosplays Love Live! Girls

Various character goods available ― To celebrate the upcoming Love Live! movie, Hello Kitty is donning the costumes of Love Live!'s cast. These ultra-cute versions of the μ's girls will appear on clear files (350 yen/$2.83)... ... ballpoint pens (450 yen/$3.63)... ... towelettes (750 yen/$6.05)... ... plushies (which come in two varieties, one selling at 1,500 yen/$12.11 and the other, bigger version...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! ‒ Episode 9

"Can you at least give me twenty minutes to breath, SNAFU? I'm not sure my heart can take this."
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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Gets Limited-Edition New 3DS XL

NFC reader for older 3DS systems, Amiibo cards also offered in Japan on July 30 ― Nintendo announced during Sunday's live-streamed Nintendo Direct presentation that it will release a limited-edition New Nintendo 3DS XL (known as the New Nintendo 3DS LL in Japan) system to accompany the July 30 Japanese launch of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. The limited edition will come with the game already...
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The Mike Toole Show - Nintendo Power

Hey, Paisanos! Mike finds the secret warp zone to a world full of anime based on classic Nintendo games, for better and worse. ― It's been a Nintendo kind of month for me. My brother surprised me with a Wii U for my birthday, but see, my birthday was in March. Being a perpetually distracted person, I let the damn console sit in the corner of my living room, unopened, for a good six weeks. But May is ...
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Bandai Namco's 'Project Treasure' Wii U Game Outlined in 1st Video

4-player co-op action game via eShop download ― Sunday's live-streamed Nintendo Direct presentation debuted the first video for Bandai Namco Entertainment's tentatively titled "Project Treasure" game for Wii U: Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada is working on the "four-player co-op action game." It will be free to play, and will focus on progressing through multiple stages, defeating traps and e...
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New Dr. Mario Game Debuts on 3DS in Japan

eShop download with new touch-based mode, "Special Remedy" items, online one-on-one battles ― Nintendo launched the Dr. Mario Gyakuten! Tokkōyaku & Saikin Bokumetsu (Dr. Mario Reversal! Special Remedy & Germ Buster) game on the Nintendo 3DS via an eShop download on Sunday. The company presented an introductory video during its live-streamed Nintendo Direct presentation: The game offers three modes of...
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Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Coming to Wii U/3DS

Soccer, rugby, golf, table tennis, beach volleyball, more teased before August 2016 Olympics ― Nintendo announced during its live-streamed Nintendo Direct presentation on Sunday that Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2015 Olympic Games is in development for the Wii U and 3DS. According to the presentation and the teaser video, players can compete in soccer, rugby, golf, track & field, rhythmic gymnastics, tab...
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Evergreen GN 1

A boy with a weak heart and a girl with a big one find each other in this charming romance from the author of Toradora. ― It isn't surprising that Evergreen comes from the pen of the woman who wrote both Toradora and Golden Time. There's an underlying layer of humanity to the story that goes beyond its stock characters in the same way her other works do, infusing a little something extra into what is...
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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ‒ Episode 21

"Today marks the second week of Shirou/Archer's fight and the third week of Archer's lecture."

Fire Emblem if Game's 'My Castle' Introduction Video Streamed

Village-building system outlined for 3DS game shipping on June 25 ― Nintendo began streaming a trailer on Sunday for the upcoming Fire Emblem game, titled Fire Emblem if in Japan. The video introduces "my castle" system, which allows players to build their own castle and village. The village can include weapon and accessory shops, public baths, cafeterias, and more. Players can also call characters t...
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Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon Game's 1st Promo Video Reveals Release Date

Latest game in Mystery Dungeon series ships on September 19 in Japan ― Nintendo revealed a trailer on Sunday during its Nintendo Direct livestream for the Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon (Pokémon Chō Fushigi no Dungeon) 3DS game. The video reveals that the game will ship in Japan on September 19 for 4,700 yen (about US$39) for the package edition or the download edition. The game is slated for North Am...
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Dragon Quest VIII 3DS Port's Promo Video Previews Voice Cast

Port with voiced event scenes, new characters, new scenarios to ship on August 27 ― Square Enix began streaming a promotional video on Sunday for the Nintendo 3DS port of its 2004 PlayStation 2 role-playing game Dragon Quest VIII: Sora to Umi to Daichi to Norowareshi Himegimi (Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King). All of the event scenes in the Nintendo 3DS port will be fully voiced. The ga...
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Capcom Reveals Monster Hunter X For 3DS

Also: MonHun Nikki Pokapoka Airū-mura DX 3DS game ships on September 10 ― Capcom revealed at the "Monster Hunter: Hunter no Tsudoi 2015" event on Sunday that it is developing the Monster Hunter X (pronounced Cross) game for the Nintendo 3DS. Capcom plans to release the game in Japan this winter. Capcom and Nintendo both streamed a promotional video for the game during a Nintendo Direct livestream pre...
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Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid- Anime Adds Yurika Kubo, Asami Seto, More to Cast

Yuna Yoshino, Masumi Tazawa, Hitomi Harada also cast in "beautiful girl sexy battle action" anime ― The official website for the Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid- television anime series revealed additional cast members and character designs on Tuesday. The additional cast includes: Yuna Yoshino as Akira Hiiragi Masumi Tazawa as Kasumi Shigure Asami Seto as Charlotte Shalzen Hitomi Harada as Momoka Sagara The...
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Puzzle & Dragons Mobile Game Collaborates With Attack on Titan, Ghost in the Shell, Duel Masters

iOS/Android game adds multiplayer co-op mode, Evangelion, Batman: Arkham Knight collaborations ― GungHo Online Entertainment revealed at the "GungHo Festival 2015" event on Sunday that its Puzzle & Dragons iOS and Android game will collaborate with the Attack on Titan, Ghost in the Shell, and Duel Masters franchises. GungHo is collaborating with Kōkaku Kidōtai Shin Gekijō-ban (Ghost in the Shell: The...
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Anime Expo Hosts IA, Sengoku Musou's Wagakki Band

2 acts to perform at Cool Japan Festival on July 4 at Club Nokia L.A. Live ― Anime Expo announced on Saturday that it will host rock band Wagakki Band and Vocaloid diva IA at the "Anime Expo presents Cool Japan Festival" event on Saturday, July 4 at Club Nokia L.A. Live. Wagakki Band, a group that combines rock with traditional Japanese instruments and features a vocalist who recites Japanese poetry,...
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Himōto! Umaru-chan TV Anime Casts Tetsuya Kakihara, Hiroki Yasumoto

Anime about secret lazy home life of perfect little sister premieres on July 8 ― This year's 27th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine will confirm on Thursday that the television anime adaptation of Sankaku Head's Himōto! Umaru-chan manga has cast Tetsuya Kakihara (Log Horizon's Lundellhaus, Fairy Tail's Natsu) as Alex (pictured left) and Hiroki Yasumoto (Yowamushi Pedal's Shingo Kinjō, Bl...
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Bloodstained Kickstarter Reaches Wii U Stretch Goal, Adds Goal for PS Vita

Koji Igarashi's game also adds stretch goal for asynchronous online multiplayer ― The Kickstarter fundraising campaign for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the new game by former Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi, reached its new stretch goal of US$3 million (including PayPal contributions) on Sunday for a Wii U port. The creators were already planning to release the game on Xbox One, PlayStation ...
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GungHo, Acquire's Divine Gate Smartphone Game Gets Anime Adaptation

Anime based on "panel RPG" to center on characters Akane, Aoto, Midori, Arthur ― GungHo Online Entertainment announced at its "GungHo Festival 2015" event on Sunday that it and Acquire's Divine Gate iOS and Android app is getting an anime adaptation. GungHo also presented character line art for the four characters who will be central to the anime's story (the colored images below the line art are the...

Saturday, May 30

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Toriko's Shimabukuro Draws 'Warai no Kamigami' 1-Shot Manga

This year's 27th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Toriko manga creator Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro is drawing the one-shot manga "Warai no Kamigami ~Saishūkai~" (The Gods of Laughter: The Final Chapter). The 19-page "god gag" comedy will run in the following issue on June 8. The magazine teases that "the gods of laughter descend to Earth!! Will they save the ...
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High School DxD BorN ‒ Episode 33

"Can a show be faulted for stumbling a bit in an attempt to push well beyond what its genre is normally capable of?"
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc ‒ Episode 21

"This episode is a good example of the perils that come with telling a legendary manga's story after 20 years have passed between saturation and adaptation."
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Hanshin Tigers Baseball Team Gets Special Manga Issue

Rumiko Takahashi among manga artists included ― To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Nishinomiya's storied baseball team, the Hanshin Tigers, Big Comic Original is printing a special issue devoted entirely to them. It will include manga about the Tigers from manga artists who count themselves in the "Tiger Faction"; a double-sided pin-up featuring Urusei Yatsura's Lum and AKB48 singer Sayaka Yamamoto...
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Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign ‒ Episode 9

"This was a straightforward scene-setting episode."

Adult Swim's Toonami to Run Akame ga Kill, Michiko & Hatchin

2 anime shows to premiere on August 8 & June 20 ― The staff of Adult Swim's Toonami block announced during their MomoCon panel on Saturday that the block will run the Akame ga Kill and Michiko & Hatchin television anime. Akame ga Kill will premiere on August 8, while Michiko & Hatchin will premiere on June 20. Akame ga Kill will be Sentai Filmworks' first show to premiere on the current Toonami block...
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Kickstarter Campaign Launches to Fund Competitive Pokémon Documentary

Two-time U.S. national Pokemon champion Wolfe Glick launched a Kickstarter campaign with director and cameraman Dan Karlok (Law & Order, Asleep at the Wheel: The Making of 'Ride with Bob') and producer Matt Weaver (Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Chef's Table) to make a documentary about international competitive Pokémon players. To Be The Very Best will follow several competitive players up until their mat...
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MPD-Psycho Manga Extended Again to 23rd Volume

Eiji Ohtsuka, Shou Tajima's manga about detective with multiple personalities launched in 1997 ― Shou Tajima announced on his official Twitter account on May 22 that his MPD-Psycho manga will not end in the 22nd volume. In response to a question about when the 23rd and final volume will be released, Tajima said that he thinks the series will just barely be completed this year. The manga's 22nd volume...
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Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation ‒ Episode 9

"Last week, I posed the question: can Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation save itself? I heard the answer this week loud and clear, and I can't say I was happy to hear it."
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Hatsune Miku Figure Transforms From Virtual Idol to Rody Horse

The strange fascination with the children's Rody horse toy and otaku interests continues. Evangelion got a series of toddler clothing and figurines recently. Now, the virtual idol Hatsune Miku is getting in on the action by transforming herself into a Rody courtesy of a new figure by Tamashii Nations. If your Hatsune Miku transforms onto a Rody, can another Hatsune Miku figure ride it? The transfo...
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Honda Founder's Biographical Manga Gets Bilingual Ani-Manga Video Series

6-episode video series is based on Honda Sōichirō Honden manga ― Car and motorcycle manufacturer Honda began streaming the first English "animated manga" video on Monday that adapts illustrator Shinji Hikino (Big Wing, Chape! Tsugaru Tetsudō Shiki Monogatari, Minna no Bus) and author Jinpachi Mōri's Honda Sōichirō Honden manga. The manga tells the story of Sōichirō Honda, who founded Honda in 1948. S...
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Naruto Characters Infiltrate Classic Hokusai Woodprint

Woodprint hand-made by craftsmen ― Aniplex is offering Naruto fans a variation on Katsushika Hokusai's world-famous woodprint The Great Wave Off Kanagawa featuring the Naruto cast. The woodprints are made individually by hand by expert craftsmen, so supplies are limited. Craftsmen carefully carve lines into wooden blocks. Printing involves rubbing a sheet of Japanese paper onto the carved block. The...
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Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love Revolutions ‒ Episode 9

"Given the history of the series, it seems unlikely that Haruka will actually choose anyone when this season comes to a close, but this episode makes Reiji a real contender."
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Godzilla, Shin-chan Get Official Japan Residency Papers

Both the city-destroying Godzilla and the mischievous Shin-chan were recently tasked with important tourism duties. Godzilla was hired as an official tourism ambassador for Tokyo's Shinjuku ward while Shin-chan headed to Mexico as the appointed "Japan-Mexico Exchange Amigo." Now, Shin-chan has returned to Japan and both the stars were awarded proof that they are welcome in their native country. Th...

2nd Durarara!!×2 Season Unveils Song Performers, More Cast, Date, Visual

Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Revalcy perform songs; Houko Kuwashima, KENN, Kikuko Inoue join July 4 anime ― The official website for the Durarara!! anime franchise unveiled the theme song performers, more cast members, the premiere date, and a new key visual for Durarara!!×2 Ten — the second of three seasons for the Durarara!!×2 television series. Mikado Ryūgamine's voice actor Toshiyuki Toyonaga is not only ...

Noragami's 2nd Season Title, Fall Premiere, New Visual Unveiled

Noragami Aragoto to adapt popular arc from Adachitoka's manga ― The July issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine is unveiling the title, premiere timeframe, and a new teaser visual of the second Noragami television anime season on June 6. Noragami Aragoto will premiere this fall. The cast will appear at a Noragami Aragoto event in Tokyo on August 8. The new season will adapt the manga's popular B...
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Fate/Grand Order RPG's New Servant Archer Previewed in TV Ad

Voiced by Nobunaga Shimazaki, designed by Rental Magica's pako ― Type-Moon began streaming the seventh of seven weekly commercials for its Fate/Grand Order role-playing game for smartphones on Saturday. The commercial showcases a new Servant Archer designed by pako (Rental Magica, Un-Go) and voiced by Nobunaga Shimazaki. It also features the game's theme song "Shikisai" (Color) by Maaya Sakamoto. As ...
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Nisekoi: ‒ Episode 8

"Magical girl parodies have been a common element of harem series since the beginning. In the first half of this episode, that tradition continues."
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Yuu Watase's Arata: The Legend Manga to Resume in July

Mythical fantasy has been on hiatus since February 2014 ― Manga creator Yuu Watase confirmed on her official Twitter account on Thursday that her Arata: The Legend (Arata Kangatari) manga will resume in this year's 32nd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine on July 8. She reported earlier this month that the return date had been decided. Watase said that she had hoped to publish two new...
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The List - 7 Characters That Can't Resist Cats

These seven folks just can't get enough feline companionship; meow might be the time for an intervention. ― Dogs may be man's best friend, but it's cats that rule the internet. Scientists have gone so far as trying to classifying the key qualities that make up "cat people" and "dog people." Male cat owners are perceived as "nicer" than those who don't own a cat, but also lean more "neurotic." Regard...

Monster Musume Casts Yu Kobayashi as Smith, Opens Exchange Host Site

Prospective hosts can sign up to invite guest monsters before July anime premiere ― The official website for the television anime of OKAYADO's Monster Musume (Monster Musume no Iru Nichijō or Everyday Life with Monster Girls) manga announced a new voice cast member on Saturday. Yu Kobayashi will play Smith, the Interspecies Cultural Exchange coordinator who is key to the story. The anime also opened ...
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Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan ‒ Episode 9

"This was the first time in three weeks I've felt at all invested in these characters, so I'm considering this a win."
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Sword Art Online: Progressive Novel 1

Return to Aincrad's early days as Reki Kawahara writes about the start of Sword Art Online, the game of death. ― Reki Kawahara says in his afterward to this first volume of the Sword Art Online Progressive (SAOP) novel series that he was conflicted about bringing Kirito and Asuna together so early in the game. He fears that it will confuse readers and play fast and loose with the mythology establishe...
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Squall, Bartz Join Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade Game's Lineup

Team Ninja develops game hitting Japanese arcades this fall ― Square Enix revealed during a location test report livestream event for the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade game on Thursday that Final Fantasy VIII protagonist Squall Leonhart and Final Fantasy V protagonist Bartz Klauser will join the game's lineup. Game director Takeo Kujiraoka and producer Ichirō Hazama hosted the livestream. (Note: Bart...
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The Drops of God Enters 'Final Arc' with New Manga

New series focuses on "marriage" between wine, food ― This year's 26th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine began serialization on Thursday on Tadashi Agi and Shū Okimoto's Marriage ~Kami no Shizuku Saishūshō~ (Marriage ~The Drops of God Final Arc~) manga. The new manga serves as the final arc for The Drops of God manga. The theme of the final arc is the "marriage" between wine and food. The first ch...
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Crunchyroll Adds DNA2 Anime to Catalog

Site adds Dallos, more territories for Gunslinger Stratos, 1st 2 seasons of UtaPri, Kinmoza! ― Media distribution site Crunchyroll revealed on Friday that it is adding the DNA² television anime and OVA to its catalog. Crunchyroll's stream of both the dubbed and subtitled versions is available now to premium users in the U.S. and Canada. Free users in the same regions can watch the first five episodes...
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Humanity Has Declined's Tanaka to Launch Outlaw Wonderland Project

Ninja Slayer From Animation's saitom to design characters for summer project ― The July issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Magazine announced on Saturday that Romeo Tanaka (Humanity Has Declined, Aura: Maryūinkōga Saigo no Tatakai) will launch the Outlaw Wonderland project this summer. Tanaka is providing the story, and saitom (Ninja Slayer From Animation, Bikini Warriors) is designing characters for th...
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Touhou-Based 'Memories of Phantasm' Episode 5 Teased in Video

5th episode by Manpaku Jinja now available on DVD at dōjinshi shops ― Dōjin (self-published) circle Manpaku Jinja began streaming a preview on Friday for the fifth episode of its "Gensō Bankakyō ~The Memories of Phantasm~" (Kaleidoscope of Illusions: The Memories of Phantasm) anime project based on the Touhou Project games. The fifth episode is titled "Hana no Ihen no Shō (Zenpen)" (Flower's Disaster...
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Former Cave Company Director Under Investigation for Malpractice

Deathsmiles, Akai Katana developer estimates 29 million yen in damages ― Japanese game developer Cave (DoDonPachi Resurrection, Akai Katana) issued a statement on Friday about a former company director who is now under investigation for malpractice. The director in question was in charge of new business development. According to Cave, this director abused the power to order supplies, accepting bribes...
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La Corda d'Oro Blue Sky Anime Gets Stage Play

Sengoku Musou stage play's Kōtarō Yoshitani to direct September 4-13 play ― The official website for the television anime La Corda d'Oro Blue Sky announced on Friday that the series will receive a stage play adaptation. The play will run in Tokyo's Zenrōsai Hall Space Zero theater from September 4 to 13. Kōtarō Yoshitani (Sengoku Musou, Amnesia, Bakumatsu Rock stage plays, Alice in the Country of Hea...
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Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold 3DS RPG Video Previews Cooking

Players cook for special effects in game to ship in N. America on August 4 ― Atlus USA began streaming a cooking promotional video on Friday for the Nintendo 3DS role-playing game Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight (Shin Sekai-ju no Meikyū 2: Fafnir no Kishi). In the game, players can gather ingredients and cook more than 70 Japanese, Western, and Chinese recipes to earn special effects. The ...
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