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Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer GN 3-4

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer finds its footing in a pair of volumes full of new characters and new adventures. ― I couldn't really figure out Biscuit Hammer within its first couple volumes. The plot was fairly simple - the Mage is planning to destroy the earth with the titular hammer, and the Princess and her twelve Beast Knights are meant to stand against him. To this you add the cynical personali...
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The List - 7 Deadly Games of Survival

An evil organization, a crowd of unwilling contestants, a bloody battle to see who will survive; it's a familiar setup, but these stories find new ways to keep it fresh. ― When Resident Evil was released for PlayStation in 1996, many video game fans caught their first taste of survival horror. The game, and the many that would follow, places players in deadly situations where they have to be fast on...
review

Black Lagoon GN 10

Warning: Black Lagoon may contain violence, law breaking, running with scissors, adult situations, parallel narratives, government spies, and just about everything else you've been warned against. And it's totally worth it. ― It's been a long wait for the crew of the Black Lagoon last sailed into our bookstores, but it looks like it was worth the wait. Volume ten of the violent (yet human) action ser...
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Answerman - Categorization Is Death

This week, Justin takes on the old shojo/shonen categories, whether Section23 should still keep doing their own dubs, whether the Japanese will ever get on Spotify, and why anime based on American stuff so rarely shows up here. ― It's Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of summer! I hope you all have something fun planned. I try not to go anywhere this weekend, because everyone inevitably tri...
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Nisekoi: False Love Sub.Blu-Ray 3

Another love interest gets added to the Nisekoi pile, but is it enough to inject some life into this standard harem comedy? ― Anime romantic comedies commonly depend heavily on regular infusions of new characters to sustain and periodically revitalize themselves, and so far the first Nisekoi series has been pretty good about pacing itself on this. In its second quarter the addition of Seishiro shook ...
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ANNCast - The Porn Ultimatum

Founder and owner of FAKKU.net, Jacob Grady, stops by to discuss the one subject we've never broached on ANNCast: porn. FAKKU is going legitimate; we discuss that transition, porn's place in anime fandom and pop culture, and much more. ― ANNCast Episode 226: The Porn Ultimatum Get the Flash Player to see this player. Founder and owner of FAKKU.net, Jacob Grady, stops by to discuss the one subject we...
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House of 1000 Manga - Inuyashiki

An old man becomes a cybernetic killing machine courtesy of the author of Gantz. Just don't get between him and the early bird special. ― Inuyashiki “When I see old men eating beef bowls alone, late at night…lonely old salarymen…I wonder what their joy in life is. Why are they eating alone? Don’t they have families to be with?” I almost read a YA shojo manga for this week, but instead, somehow, I'm ...
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Sunday, May 24

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Ultimate Retro Game Console Compatible with 11 Different Cartridges

Also: improved graphics, more convenient saving ― Retro gamers who are tired of hardware failures and the clutter of multiple, often clunky consoles now have something to look forward to. Cyber Gadget, a Japanese game accessory manufacturer, is developing a console, Retro Freak, that is compatible with the cartridges of 11 older consoles. These are: Family Computer (a Japanese Nintendo system equival...
ep. review

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ‒ Episode 20

"This one is going to be a doozy."
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Attack on Titan and Subaru Together Again for Test Drive Campaign

The upcoming live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan is seeing further publicity in Japan through another collaboration with automobile manufacturer Subaru. New Subaru models are being offered for test driving on the weekends of May 23 and May 30 as part of the "Gigantic Campaign". Anyone who participates in the test drive has the opportunity to win various prizes. For example, two versions of a...
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Show By Rock!! ‒ Episode 8

"This week's installment does viewers a disservice by rushing the plot point set up at the end of the previous episode."
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Mimi Meme MIMI Releases MV for Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches Anime Ending Theme

J-pop artist Mimi Meme MIMI has just released a brand new music video for her upcoming single, "Candy Magic". The song serves as the current ending theme for the anime Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, which began airing in April. The video features the single in its entirety, along with romanji lyrics coupled with an English translation. Mimi Meme MIMI sings of the transience of time and singular...
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Live-Action Death Note Show's Cast Unveiled in Costume

Masataka Kubota, Kento Yamazaki, Mio Yūki star in July live-action TV series ― The cast for this year's live-action Death Note television series debuted in costume on Monday. The cast, which differs from the previous live-action adaptations, includes (from left to right in photograph above): Kento Yamazaki (Kyo, Koi wo Hajimemasu's Nishiki, Another's Koichi) as L Masataka Kubota (live-action Rurouni ...
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Love Live! Collaborates with Japanese Domain Registry

Wallpapers, clear files, scrolls and more available as prizes ― The Japanese Internet domain registration site onamae.com (お名前.com) is launching a collaboration with Love Live! The School Idol Movie. Visitors who use the site to register for Internet domains or servers will receive several exclusive prizes. Those who register domains will receive a clear file featuring one of the Love Live! girls. Th...
ep. review

High School DxD BorN ‒ Episode 32

"This episode features a full-blown, out-of-left-field stunner, one which completely leaves me wondering how in the heck the series is going to explain it."
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Upcoming Manga Cafe in Shibuya Boasts Enormous Collection

Shibuya residents can look forward to a new hangout joint in the form of the upcoming manga cafe, Trigger (no relation to Studio Trigger). Within a calm atmosphere, the new cafe will house more than 4,000 manga for patrons to choose from and read leisurely. Customers can choose from several titles, including recent works and even older and rarer works one normally wouldn't find in a store. The ca...
ep. review

Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love Revolutions ‒ Episode 8

"It feels a bit as if the writer of the first episode of this season has made a return for this eighth one."
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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 20

"This episode of Kuroko's Basketball is very much about establishing a mood of uncertainty that revitalizes old characters."
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Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation ‒ Episode 8

Uh oh, we're heading toward the tail end of Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation, and the plot is unraveling faster than we'll ever have time to resolve.
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Haikyu!! Gets Egged with Gudetama

The popular Shonen Jump volleyball manga Haikyu!! is crossing over with Sanrio's laziest little mascot. 【ぐでたま×ハイキュー!!コラボ】今週発売の週刊少年ジャンプで衝撃のコラボが発表!ジャンプに掲載された画像以外にも、影山バージョンなどのデザインもゲットしましたよ!どんなグッズが発売されるのか、お楽しみに! #hq_anime pic.twitter.com/dLaYiVLRKQ— TVアニメ「ハイキュー!!」 (@animehaikyu_com) May 21, 2015 According to the anime's official Twitter, Gudetama—the apathetic little egg yolk—is being featured alongsi...
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Yamada-kun & the 7 Witches, Yankee-kun & Megane-chan Get Crossover Anime Short

Yuuki Ono, Yōko Hikasa, Takuma Terashima, Tomoaki Maeno, Mika Kikuchi star in 1st Yankee-kun & Megane-chan anime ― The first Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches Blu-ray and DVD box sets will ship on August 26 with a crossover Yankee-kun to Megane-chan (Yankee-kun and Megane-chan) anime as a limited-edition bonus. It will be the first anime adaptation of the Yankee-kun to Megane-chan manga. The crossover...
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Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer GN 3-4

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer finds its footing in a pair of volumes full of new characters and new adventures. ― I couldn't really figure out Biscuit Hammer within its first couple volumes. The plot was fairly simple - the Mage is planning to destroy the earth with the titular hammer, and the Princess and her twelve Beast Knights are meant to stand against him. To this you add the cynical personali...
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Plastic Memories ‒ Episode 8

"This episode is preoccupied with the question "Can Giftia bodies regain their previous inhabitants' memories after they've been erased?""
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TrySail, ClariS Perform Classroom Crisis Anime's Themes

Duo ClariS perform 2nd anime theme song after relaunching with new member ― The official website for the original television anime Classroom Crisis revealed on Saturday that TrySail (pictured at right) will perform the opening theme song "Cobalt," and ClariS (illustration below left) will perform the ending theme song "Anemone." TrySail is a unit comprised of voice actresses Momo Asakura, Shiina Nats...
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Fafner Exodus 2nd Season's Promo Video Reveals October Premiere

Staff confirmed in April series would continue beyond 13 episodes ― The official website for the Fafner Exodus television anime series began streaming a promotional video on Sunday for the second season of the series. The second half of the show will premiere in October on MBS' "Animeism" programming block. The show's staff had confirmed in April that the show would continue beyond 13 episodes, and n...
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Akatsuki no Yona OAD Ship With 19th Manga Volume in September

New anime to adapt 2 bonus chapters from 12th manga volume ― Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Wednesday that the Akatsuki no Yona original anime DVD will ship with the limited edition of the original manga's 19th volume on September 18. The new anime will adapt two bonus chapters from Mizuho Kusanagi's 12th manga volume, titled "On That Back" and "Kija." "On That Back" follows an incide...
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Shiina's 37.5°C no Namida Manga Resumes, Gets Live-Action TV Series

TV show adapting manga about novice sick day care provider premieres in summer ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Cheese! magazine announced on Saturday that Chika Shiina's 37.5°C no Namida (37.5°C Tears) manga will be adapted into a live-action TV drama in Japan this summer. The series also resumed serialization in the magazine in the same issue with a new chapter. The manga centers around Momoko, a n...
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Aya Suzaki, Asuka Nishi's Radio Program Gets TV Anime Adaptation

2 voice actresses to voice themselves in studio feel. anime debuting in July ― Voice actresses Aya Suzaki (pictured left) and Asuka Nishi (pictured right) announced at an event in Tokyo on Sunday that their "SuzakiNishi" radio program will get a television anime adaptation starting in July. The SuzakiNishi THE ANIMATION anime will air on Tokyo MX TV, TV Kanazawa, and Sun TV. Both voice actresses will...
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Kōtarō Ishidate Resigns as Director of Tesagure! 3 Anime

Ishidate recommends Kuniosa Hirama to direct remainder of series ― Director and scriptwriter Kōtarō Ishidate revealed on his blog on Sunday that he has resigned as the director of the Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono: Spin-off Puru Purun Sharumu to Asobō (Tesagure! 3) television anime series as of May 20. Ishidate said in the blog post that he has no plans to explain the reason as to why he resigned. He added,...

Akira Ishida, Yuko Kaida Join Snow White with the Red Hair Anime's Cast

New key visual, character designs revealed for series premiering in July ― The staff of the television anime adaptation of Sorata Akiduki's Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair) manga revealed a new key visual (pictured below), character designs, and additional cast for the series on Saturday The new cast members include: Akira Ishida as Izana Yuko Kaida as Garack Previously reveal...

KLab Addresses Love Live! App English Translation Complaints in Statement

Players raise concerns that company softened, removed "playful same-sex banter" from game ― KLab America, which is handling the English release of the "Love Live! School Idol Festival" smartphone app, posted a statement on its Facebook page on Saturday regarding the English translation. Specifically, the statement addressed a complaint by players that KLab America has removed some implications of sam...

Sanrio Establishes N. American Branch to Create Large-Scale Films, Animated Works

Company aims to secure funding to create works to compete with Hollywood ― Reito Hatoyama — chief operating officer of Sanrio, Inc. and managing director of Sanrio Company, Ltd. — revealed at an investor and earnings report meeting on Friday that Sanrio will establish an American branch, called Sanrio Pictures Entertainment, in June. The new company will work to secure funding from outside of Japan t...

Saturday, May 23

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Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign ‒ Episode 8

"After a few weeks of easy vampire slaying, it's refreshing to see the cast encounter a real threat."
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27-Foot Balloon Promotes Shinjuku Swan in Shinjuku

To promote the upcoming film Shinjuku Swan, based on the manga by Ken Wakui, a balloon of Tatsuhiko over eight meters tall (about 27 feet) has been erected in Shinjuku Station Square in Tokyo. The balloon was partially funded by the crowdfunding site Green Funding. The balloon was unveiled and admired by Gō Ayano, who plays Tatsuhiko; Erika Sawajiri, who plays Ageha; screenwriter Osamu Suzuki; and...
ep. review

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc ‒ Episode 20

"This is a tie-up episode with a farewell to fallen comrades and Suzi Q's Bizarre Adventure."
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! ‒ Episode 8

"In the episode's second half, in a sequence marked by a beautifully building soundtrack and likely the best character animation this show's ever seen, Hikki told the truth."
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Yandere Simulator Will Let Players Love Their Sempai — To Death

The Yandere Simulator has been in development for over a year. The term yandere was coined for the sweet on the outside but possibly murderous on the inside girl. The game offers the experience of being that girl and her quest to get sempai to notice her — and absolutely no one else. Note: the videos below contain mature topics, including using information of a character's sexual assault to set up...
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Saitama Ranks #1 In One-Punch Man Character Poll

Young Jump Web Comics and Nico Nico have recently announced the results of a character poll for the popular web manga One-Punch Man. The titular one-punch man, Saitama aka Caped Baldy, topped the poll with 8,650 votes. Trailing just behind him in second with 8,390 votes is the cold-hearted telekinetic "Blizzard of Hell" Fubuki, who recently dethroned Licenseless Rider as number 2 in a previous cha...
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Aniplex USA Outlines Imported Fate/stay night: UBW Blu-ray Box II

At its Animazement panel on Saturday, anime distributor Aniplex of America outlined its release of Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] Blu-ray Disc Box II. It will import the box from Japan and release the set in North America on October 7. The set will ship simultaneously in Japan and North America. Preorders will begin in North, Central, and South America on Tuesday. Similar to the first set...
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Japanese Concerts Coming to a Town Near You

The summer convention season is approaching and many fans will head to their nearest event to pal with friends, cosplay, get their favorite series merchandise signed by voice actors, or attend one of the show's concerts. Did you know that plenty of Japanese bands are crossing the pond this summer for performances in the United States and abroad? Here's a handy list of many of the upcoming tours an...

Fate/Grand Order RPG's New Servant Berserker Previewed in TV Ad

Voiced by Kunihiko Yasui, designed by Fate/Prototype mantras/magic circles' PFALZ ― Type-Moon began streaming the sixth of seven weekly commercials for its Fate/Grand Order role-playing game for smartphones on Saturday. The commercial showcases the new Servant Berserker designed by artist PFALZ (Watatsuki Musou, Fate/Prototype command mantras & magic circles) and voiced by Kunihiko Yasui. It also fea...
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Gourmet Girl Graffiti Event Will Sell Real Version of Kirin's Meat Bag

The Kōfuku Graffiti Special Event ~Pokapoka Matsuri~ will bring together the cast of the "slightly erotic" food anime and sell a recreation of Kirin Morino's meat duffel bag. さらに!「きりんの肉バッグ」をイベント会場にて販売することが決定しました!! #koufukug pic.twitter.com/sYm0QqoyXl— TVアニメ「幸腹グラフィティ」 (@koufuku_g) May 15, 2015 そして、ぽかぽか祭りの会場では「きりんの肉バッグ」が販売決定。これさえ持っていれば、心もお腹も、さらに 「見た目」も幸腹に!!にくまみれー(tm) #koufukug pic.twitter.com/rBg2Oq...
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Nisekoi: ‒ Episode 7

"So based on this episode, Haru is going to fulfill the role of the girl who sees Raku as the Enemy of Womankind but still winds up falling for him anyway."
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The List - 7 Deadly Games of Survival

An evil organization, a crowd of unwilling contestants, a bloody battle to see who will survive; it's a familiar setup, but these stories find new ways to keep it fresh. ― When Resident Evil was released for PlayStation in 1996, many video game fans caught their first taste of survival horror. The game, and the many that would follow, places players in deadly situations where they have to be fast on...
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Black Lagoon GN 10

Warning: Black Lagoon may contain violence, law breaking, running with scissors, adult situations, parallel narratives, government spies, and just about everything else you've been warned against. And it's totally worth it. ― It's been a long wait for the crew of the Black Lagoon last sailed into our bookstores, but it looks like it was worth the wait. Volume ten of the violent (yet human) action ser...
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Wani Books' Monthly Comic Gum Magazine Suspends Publication

Magazine publishing Ikki Tousen preparing for "new start" ― The July issue of Wani Books' Monthly Comic Gum magazine is revealing on Tuesday that the magazine is suspending publication as of the July issue. The notice states that it is a temporary suspension, and the staff is currently "diligently preparing" for a "new start" for the magazine. The notice also states, "will it be online next!? Or mayb...

xxxHOLiC: Rei Manga Goes on 1-Month Break

Sequel series returned from 9-month hiatus last month ― This year's 26th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine is revealing on Monday that CLAMP's xxxHOLiC: Rei manga will go on a one-month break, and it will return in the 31st issue, which ships on June 29. The series went on hiatus in July 2014 and returned in the magazine's combined 22nd/23rd issue on April 27. After a magazine release delay, ...
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Initial D's Shigeno Launches Sailor Ace Baseball Manga

Manga centers on gyaru with gifted right arm who joins women's baseball club ― This year's 26th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine is revealing on Monday that Initial D manga creator Shuuichi Shigeno is launching a new series called Sailor Ace in the following issue on June 1. The first chapter will include four color pages. The tagline on the announcement reads "Gyaru is [playing] baseball!?" (Note:...
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23rd Animator Expo Short 'Memoirs of amorous gentlemen' Streamed

Short adapts Moyoco Anno's manga about women working in Parisian brothel in early 20th century ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the full 23rd short film "Memoirs of amorous gentlemen" ("Bikachō Shinshi Kaikoroku") on Friday. Warning: The video contains sexual content and may not be safe for work. T...

No Winners Announced for 6th Kyoto Animation Awards

Studio adds "Animation DO Special Award" for 1st time this year ― The official website of the anime studio Kyoto Animation (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star, K-ON!) announced the results of the sixth Kyoto Animation Award program on Friday. However, the studio awarded no grand prizes, no Animation DO Special Award prizes, and no honorable mentions in the manga, scenario, or novel categor...

Yōko Hikasa, Kana Ueda, Ai Kakuma, Chiaki Takahashi Star in Bikini Warriors TV Anime

Series based on Hobby Japan/Megahouse figure line to premiere in July ― The July issue of the Hobby Japan magazine is revealing the main cast and a key visual on Monday for the Bikini Warriors television anime series. The series is based on Hobby Japan and Megahouse's fantasy figure line of the same name. The main cast includes: Yōko Hikasa as Fighter (designed by Cute Devil Girlfriend manga artist H...

Queen's Blade Grimoire Books Get 2-Part OVA Series Starting This Fall

Kinji Yoshimoto returns as chief director for new OVA ― The July issue of the Hobby Japan magazine is revealing on Monday the the Queen's Blade Grimoire books are getting a two-part OVA adaptation starting this fall. The project will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the franchise. The magazine also revealed a key visual, which includes the following characters: Leina (pictured top left) Yōsaru no ...
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Sekai Project Adds Tobari & the Night of the Curious Moon Game

Also: Resette's Prescription, Sacrament Sheep, Memory's Dogma ― Video game and visual novel localization company Sekai Project announced at its FanimeCon panel on Friday that it has licensed the Tobari and the Night of the Curious Moon (Fushigi na Tsuki no Yoru no Tobari), Resette's Prescription ~Book of memory, Swaying steelyard~ (Resette no Shohōsen ~Kioku no Hon to Yureru Tenbin~), Sacrament no J...

City Hunter Manga Gets New Original Anime DVD

XYZ Edition release celebrates 30th anniversary of Tsukasa Hojo's series ― The July issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine is announcing on Monday that Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga is inspiring a new original anime DVD. The "Ryō no Propose" (Ryō's Proposal) DVD will be a special bonus for those who purchase all 12 volumes of City Hunter XYZ Edition. The manga's new version will go ...

Gainax Founder, Evangelion Designer Make TV Anime About Female Free Diver

Hiroyuki Yamaga reunites with Honneamise collaborator Yoshiyuki Sadamoto ― Gainax co-founder Hiroyuki Yamaga (Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honnêamise, This Ugly Yet Beautiful World, Daicon films) revealed at his Uru in Blue panel at FanimeCon on Friday that he is working with character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion, Summer Wars, Wings of Honneamise) on a television anime about a female ...
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Danchigai TV Anime of 5-Minute Shorts Premieres on July 9

The official website for the television anime of Kazusa Yoneda's Danchigai (Big Difference) four-panel manga revealed on Friday that the series will premiere on TV Saitama and KBS Kyoto on July 9 before premiering on TV Kanagawa, Sun TV, and AT-X. Each episode will be five minutes long. The comedy manga follows the everyday lives of five siblings—four sisters and one brother—who share a multi-unit...

Friday, May 22

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Magi: Sinbad no Bōken's 5th OVA to Ship With 7th Manga Volume on July 15

Japanese publisher Shogakukan is listing that it will ship the limited edition seventh volume of Shinobu Ohtaka's and Yoshifumi Ōtera's spinoff manga Magi: Sinbad no Bōken (Magi: Adventure of Sinbad) with the fifth OVA on July 15. The limited edition with the anime DVD will retail for 3,218 yen (about US$25). The regular edition of the volume without the anime DVD will ship on July 17. The fifth O...
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TAGRO to End Hen Semi/Abnormal Physiology Seminar Manga in June

Comedy about ordinary person surrounded by abnormal people launched in 2006 ― The July issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine announced on Friday that TAGRO will end his Hen Zemi (Abnormal Physiology Seminar) manga in the next issue on June 22. TAGRO announced on Twitter in January that he aimed to end the manga at around chapter 90. The manga will end with chapter 87. In the comedy story, Nanako M...

Crowdfunding Campaign Seeks to Expand Animator Dorms

Project's US$15,000 goal would establish more housing for low-income animation staff ― NPO Animator Supporters founder Jun Sugawara launched an IndieGoGo campaign to expand dormitory housing for low-income animators on Friday. The campaign seeks to raise US$15,000 to grow the size of the program, which was established last year through a successfully-funded campaign. The project's goal is to expand t...
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Evangelion Director Hideaki Anno Turns 55!

Hideaki Anno, one of anime's most distinctive directors, turns 55 today. Although he is most famous for the 1995 TV series Neon Genesis Evangelion, which established him as a unique and controversial voice in the animation field, he has been involved in several projects over the years and his representation of the difficulties of social interaction and departure from the standard conventions of an...
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Ultraman/ Linebarrels of Iron Manga Creators Shimizu, Shimoguchi to Attend Comic-Con Int'l

Viz to release Ultraman manga in N. America ― Viz Media announced during its FanimeCon panel on Friday that Ultraman manga creators Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi will attend this year's Comic-Con International. The convention will take place July 9-12 at the San Diego Convention Center. Viz Media announced in February that it will ship the first volume of the Ultraman manga in August. Viz de...
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New Figures Imagine Free! Guys as Tiny Tots

The upcoming High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- film promises to take fans where the story of the Iwatobi Swim Club began during middle school. The Toys Works' booth is going even younger, and finally revealed its prototypes for its "Toy Works Yontengo Free!-Eternal Summer-" figure collection that was teased at this year's Winter Wonder Festival. Haruka Makoto Nagisa Rei Rin Sosuke Each measures ab...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 8

"This week the kids of Polaris head off on their special training camp, and as you might have guessed, this isn't a "test of courage" kind of place."
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Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan ‒ Episode 8

"If you want to see the Literature Club indulge in an old anime standby played perfectly straight, you've come to the right place."

Japan's Animation TV Ranking, May 11-17

Pokemon XY back in top 10 ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV May 17 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 13.8 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi May 15 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 9.4 Doraemon TV Asahi May 15 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 9.1 One Piece Fuji TV May 17 (Sun) 09:30 30 min. 8.6 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV May 17 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 8.3 Detective Conan NTV May 16 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 8.1 Drago...
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E3 Conference Will Stream in Theaters Across the U.S., Canada

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will stream in select theaters in the United States for its second consecutive year. Host and producer Geoff Keighley announced on Thursday that the event is again teaming up with PlayStation and Fathom Events and will stream in more theaters. Tickets are free but sell out quickly, with last year's disappearing in 15 minutes. The event will stream in at least...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, May 10-16

A Link to the Past, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Big Hero 6, Rosario + Vampire, Akame ga Kill!, Nisekoi, Dragonar Academy, Assassination Classroom, Attack on Titan, Naruto The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on May 16. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Shotaro Ishinomori V...
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 18

"Assassination Classroom is usually more creative than this."
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Lance N' Masques TV Anime to Air This Fall

The official website for the Lance N' Masques television anime announced on Friday that the series will premiere this fall on TBS. Lance N' Masques is adapted from Hideaki Koyasu's battle action novel series revolving around Yōtarō Hanafusa, a young man who is part of the last remaining order of knights in the 21st century, "Knights of the World." As he fights as the mysterious Knight Lancer, he m...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ‒ Episode 8

"Watching Bell improve before our eyes is impressive, to say the least."
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Giant Pac-Man Breaks Guinness World Record

Character recreated with 351 college students ― A crowd of 351 people at Tokyo Tower broke the Guinness World Record for Pac-Man Image Made with the Largest Number of People on May 21. The participants were mostly students of the Yamano Beauty College and wore yellow raincoats while standing in Pac-Man's iconic pie-like shape. In order for Guinness's drones to verify completion, the participants had ...
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Classroom Crisis Anime's Ad Reveals Core Cast

Showtaro Morikubo, Sora Amamiya, Ari Ozawa star in original anime premiering July 3 ― The official website for the original television anime Classroom Crisis began streaming a commercial introducing the three main cast members on Saturday. The website also unveiled more staff members and a new key visual. Classroom☆Crisis cast CM by pKjd The cast includes: Showtaro Morikubo as Kaito Sera, a young hot...
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Ayana Taketatsu Stars in Okusama ga Seitokaichō! Anime

Kazuyuki Okitsu co-stars in short anime premiering July 1 ― The official website for the upcoming anime of Yumi Nakata's Okusama ga Seitokaichō! (My Wife Is the Student Council President!) manga opened on Saturday with the cast and key visual. The cast includes: Ayana Taketatsu (Sword Art Online's Leafa, Oreimo's Kirino) as Ui Wakana Kazuyuki Okitsu (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure's Jonathan, Toradora!'s N...
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The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Opening Shown in Original Animation Sketches

Series to continue on July 17 ― Animation studio A-1 Pictures began streaming a video showcasing the key animation drawings behind the opening theme sequence for The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls anime. Noriko Takao composed the storyboard, Toshifumi Akai directed the sequence, and Yuusuke Matsuo helmed the key animation. The video is part of A-1 Pictures' tenth anniversary commemoration. Daisuki strea...
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College Student Working on Hatsune Miku Robot

As a serious upgrade from a body pillow, a Japanese university student has just brought Vocaloid icon Hatsune Miku into our world...sort of. A life-sized robot, designed to look like the synthesized idol singer, has recently been developed in Japan. The robot was created by Takuma Takemoto, a 23-year-old second-year student at Kwansei Gakuin University. With his creation's various features, one is...
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Answerman - Categorization Is Death

This week, Justin takes on the old shojo/shonen categories, whether Section23 should still keep doing their own dubs, whether the Japanese will ever get on Spotify, and why anime based on American stuff so rarely shows up here. ― It's Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of summer! I hope you all have something fun planned. I try not to go anywhere this weekend, because everyone inevitably tri...
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Nisekoi: False Love Sub.Blu-Ray 3

Another love interest gets added to the Nisekoi pile, but is it enough to inject some life into this standard harem comedy? ― Anime romantic comedies commonly depend heavily on regular infusions of new characters to sustain and periodically revitalize themselves, and so far the first Nisekoi series has been pretty good about pacing itself on this. In its second quarter the addition of Seishiro shook ...
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Ninja Slayer From Animation ‒ Episode 6

"Ninja Slayer has pivoted back towards the weird comedy of previous episodes, after a whole episode that failed to use this gag even once." PLUS: a look at the new dub!
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 413

"After twenty long weeks, the anime-original chunin exam arc has come to an abrupt end."

Persona 4: Dancing All Night's Crossdressing DLC Previewed in Video

Costumes for Yu, Yosuke, Kanji previewed for game shipping on June 25 ― Atlus began streaming a promotional video on Friday that previews the paid "School Festival Women's Clothing + Wakame Set" DLC for the Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita video game in Japan. The set will include outfits for Yu, Yosuke, and Kanji. Yu's outfit is in the style of a female gang leader, Yosuke's outfit is i...
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Ai Kayano Joins School-Live/Gakkō Gurashi! Anime's Cast

Series starring Inori Minase, Ari Ozawa, M.A.O to premiere on July 9 ― The July issue of Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine is revealing on Saturday that Ai Kayano (Say "I love you."'s Mei Tachibana, Girls und Panzer's Saori Takebe) will join the cast of the School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) TV anime as the character Sakura Megumi (nicknamed Megu-nee, pictured top left in image below). The magazine is al...

Non Non Biyori Repeat Sequel Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

2nd season inspired by Atto's countryside slice-of-life manga to debut in July ― The official website for Non Non Biyori Repeat, the second anime season inspired by Atto's Non Non Biyori manga, began streaming the show's second promotional video on Friday. The text in the beginning of the video reads: Non Non Biyori Original Work: Atto (Serialized in Monthly Comic Alive / Published by Kadokawa) Will ...
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Sōma Saitō, Yōko Hikasa, Aoi Yuki Star in Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers TV Anime

Kenichi Suzumura, Rina Satou, Ai Kakuma, Kouki Uchiyama also star in July anime ― The official Japanese and English websites for the television anime adaptation of Ishio Yamagata's Rokka no Yūsha (Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers) fantasy light novel series revealed the show's cast, character designs, and character descriptions on Friday. The series will star: Sōma Saitō as Adlet Yōko Hikasa as Nache...
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Unlimited Psychic Squad's Manga Gets Sequel With Completely Original Story

New Zettai Karen Children spinoff focused on Andy to have supervision by original creator Shiina ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday S magazine will announce on Saturday that Shinichi Inotsume and Rokurou Ōgaki will launch a new manga, titled Hōrōsha (Wanderer), in the magazine's next issue, which Shogakukan will publish on June 25. The manga is a spinoff of Takashi Shiina's Zettai Karen C...
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Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e Light Novel Inspires Animated TV Ad

Light novel about "inferior" students at prestigious high school ships on May 25 ― Kadokawa began streaming two versions of an animated television ad to promote author Syohgo Kinugasa and illustrator Shunsaku Tomose's Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e (Welcome to the Classroom of the Supreme Ability Doctrine) light novel. Media Factory Bunko J will publish the light novel in Japan on May 2...
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Tokyo Ghoul Stage Play's Cast Shown in Costume

Play of horror manga to play in Tokyo, Kyoto in July ― The official website for the stage play of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga unveiled the cast in costume on Thursday: Yūki Ogoe as Ken Kaneki Aya Tabata as Tōka Kirishima Shōgo Suzuki as Nishiki Nishio Shūto Miyazaki as Hideyoshi Nagachika Yuri Hamada as Rize Kamishiro Mitsu Murata as Uta Tomokazu Yoshida as Renji Yomo Yoshitaka Yamagami as Yamori ...

Goku From Dragon Ball Super Manga Promotion Unveiled

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' manga artist Toyotarō to launch manga on June 20 ― An image of Goku from Toyotarō's manga version of the upcoming Dragon Ball Super television anime series debuted on Thursday. Toyotarō will launch the manga in the extra-large August issue of V Jump on June 20. Dragon Ball manga creator Akira Toriyama is credited with the manga's original story. Toyotarō previously dre...
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Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden's Combat Tutorial Video Streamed

3DS fighting game gets demo version on May 28 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a "combat tutorial" video for its upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden Nintendo 3DS fighting game on Thursday. One of the game's developers, Honda Cheese, narrates the video, which showcases some of the playable and Assist characters in team battles. The video also reveals that the game will get a demo versi...

Crowdfunding for Gay Dating Sim Fantastic Boyfriends' English Version Launched

Campaign seeks US$20,000 by June 29 to develop English version of smartphone RPG ― Japanese developer Lifewonders launched an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday to release an English version of the Fantastic Boyfriends: Legends of Midearth (Shōkan Yūsha to F-Kei no Kareshi) smartphone role-playing game. The campaign is seeking to raise US$20,000 by June 29. As of press time the campaign has...
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Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi Gets Resident Evil Crossover Costumes

Also: Capcom streams animated clip from PS4/PS3 game shipping on July 23 ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will announce on Monday that CAPCOM's upcoming Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi action game will offer character costumes based on the Resident Evil series as paid downloadable content. The costumes include Maeda Keiji dressed as Resident Evil 5's Chris Redfield, Kataku...
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Ghibli's When Marnie Was There Previewed in Video Before U.S. Opening on Friday

N. American theater list updated with new showings ― The Slash Film entertainment blog began streaming an exclusive clip from the upcoming English-language theatrical release of Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There film. The clip previews a scene from the film's English dub where Anna (Hailee Steinfeld) arrives at her new summer home and meets Setsu (Grey Griffin) and Kiyomasa Oiwa (John C. Reilly)....

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Crunchyroll to Run Mugi Tanaka's PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team! Comic

Webcomic featuring PARK Harajuku store mascots launches on May 28 ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will serialize artist Mugi Tanaka's original webcomic PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team! on May 28. Crunchyroll will publish new pages of the webcomic every week, along with additional art, character biographies, and other bonus materials. Crunchyroll describes the webcom...
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Japanese Government Holds Conference on TPP's Effects on Comiket

Anime fans divided on issue ― The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement under negotiation among 12 countries around the Pacific Rim, will standardize intellectual property laws. In Japan, this includes reclassifying copyright infringement as a crime that can be prosecuted without the victim's consent. In Japan, it is currently a shinkokuzai, or a crime that can only be prosecuted i...
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Dr. Wheelo, Jackie Chun Join Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden Game as Assists

3DS fighting game to ship in Japan on June 11 ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden Nintendo 3DS game will include Dr. Wheelo and Jackie Chun as Z Assist characters. Dr. Wheelo, antagonist of the Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest film, is a scientist with a cyborg body who experiments in biotechnology. Jack...
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Cardcaptor Sakura Gets Charming Watch, Umbrella

The popular magical girl classic Cardcaptor Sakura has recently served as the inspiration for some new accessories. SuperGroupies, the Japanese fashion site, is set to release two new pieces of apparel stylized with a bright pink color and cute fashion points all too indicative of the manga's aesthetic. The first is an analog charm wristwatch, created in collaboration with designer Feerique Gateau...
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Punch Line ‒ Episode 7

"If episode 6 was the Big Reveal episode then episode 7 is the Big Reveal Part 2."

Boruto -Naruto the Movie- Story Teased

Naruto sequel film to to open in theaters in Japan on August 7 ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will reveal a plot summary for the upcoming film Boruto -Naruto the Movie- on Monday. [Highlight white text to read spoilers] Boruto is the son of the 7th Hokage Naruto who completely rejects his father. Behind this, he has feelings of wanting to surpass Naruto, who is respected as...
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Wish Upon the Pleiades ‒ Episode 7

"Desperately returning to old, tired plotlines this week."
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Sumo Jockeys Join the Japan Racing Association's Latest Campaign

It looks like race horses in Japan are about to get a serious workout on the racetrack. The Japanese Racing Association is collaborating with the Japan Sumo Association to hold a special event: the Japan Sumo Derby. This short promo released on May 17, along with the official site reveal very little about what this strange-sounding event entails. Regardless, the derby is already slated to open on ...
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 7

"Takeo joins a school club so he can use his strength to help them win. Along the way, we get to see what makes the show so special among shojo romances."
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2nd Utawarerumono Game's 1st Trailer Introduces Main Characters

Roles revealed for Inori Minase, Nozomi Yamamoto, Takahiro Sakurai, Takuya Eguchi ― AQUAPLUS began streaming the first trailer for Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen (Utawarerumono: The False Mask), the upcoming second game in the Utawarerumono series, on Thursday. The video introduces the main characters and cast, including returning character Kurou (Tsuyoshi Koyama). The cast includes: Keiji Fujiwara...
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Diabolik Lovers Stage Play Cast Unveiled in Costume

Play based on vampire drama CD/PSP game to run in Tokyo August 26-30 ― The official blog for the Diabolik Lovers stage play unveiled visuals of the cast in costume on Thursday. The cast is: Taiki Yamazaki as Ayato Sakamaki Shōhei Hashimoto as Kanato Sakamaki Katsuhiko Ibuka as Laito Sakamaki Yūya Asato as Shu Sakamaki Shungo Takasaki as Reiji Sakamaki Kazumi Doi as Subaru Sakamaki Ayumi Takamura as Y...
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Papercrafter Makes IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls' Rin From 76 Parts

Papercrafter "S.V." has created an impressive rendition of The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls' Rin Shibuya from 76 tiny pieces of paper. Niconico ペーパークラフト 渋谷凛 You can download the data to print off the pieces yourself and follow S.V.'s instructions (in Japanese). When finished, she measures 27.2 cm or 10.7 inches high. S.V. has also made a complex papercraft version of the Weatherloid Airi. Niconico ...

Magical Warfare English Dub Cast Unveiled

Gabriel Regojo, Allison Sumrall, Sara Ornelas star ― North American anime distributor Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast for Magical Warfare on Thursday. The cast, under director Christopher Ayres, includes: Gabriel Regojo as Takeshi Nanase Allison Sumrall as Mui Aiba Sara Ornelas as Kurumi Isoshima Scott Gibbs as Kazumi Ida Clint Bickham as Gekko Nanase Leraldo Anzaldua as Tsuganashi Ai...
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ANNCast - The Porn Ultimatum

Founder and owner of FAKKU.net, Jacob Grady, stops by to discuss the one subject we've never broached on ANNCast: porn. FAKKU is going legitimate; we discuss that transition, porn's place in anime fandom and pop culture, and much more. ― ANNCast Episode 226: The Porn Ultimatum Get the Flash Player to see this player. Founder and owner of FAKKU.net, Jacob Grady, stops by to discuss the one subject we...
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New Angel Beats! Episode Previewed in Video

Jun Maeda's "Hell's Kitchen" anime to ship in BD set in June ― Aniplex began streaming a third short promotional video on Thursday for the Angel Beats! anime's all-new special episode, "Hell's Kitchen." The episode will feature in the television anime's Blu-ray Box release that is slated to ship in Japan on June 24. The original anime's co-creator Jun Maeda is writing the episode's scenario. The anim...
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The Yokohama BayStars Baseball Team Gets a Bishōnen Make Over

A baseball team from Japan is set to make hearts go doki-doki in a new drawing. Eight members of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars have been re-imagined by mangaka Moyu in shōjo manga style, appearing as a dreamy life-sized group of stylized bishōnen. The top row features, from left to right, players Sho Aranami, Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh, Taiki Sekine, Yasuaki Yamasaki, and Hiroyuki Shirasaki. The bottom row ...
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House of 1000 Manga - Inuyashiki

An old man becomes a cybernetic killing machine courtesy of the author of Gantz. Just don't get between him and the early bird special. ― Inuyashiki “When I see old men eating beef bowls alone, late at night…lonely old salarymen…I wonder what their joy in life is. Why are they eating alone? Don’t they have families to be with?” I almost read a YA shojo manga for this week, but instead, somehow, I'm ...
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Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon Unveiled for 3DS This Year

"Even greater, randomly created dungeons" with Legendary & Mythical Pokémon ― Nintendo announced on Thursday that it will release Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, the next Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game, for the Nintendo 3DS system. It will debut in Japan this fall, in North America this winter, and in Europe next spring. Nintendo describes the latest installment: Players can look forward to even greater...
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Super Robot Wars BX 3DS Game's Promo Streamed

Game's official website will run campaign for more pre-order bonuses ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a promotional movie for its upcoming Super Robot Wars BX Nintendo 3DS game on Wednesday. The video previews the attacks of some of the mecha included in the game. The video also reveals the pre-order bonuses for the game, which includes a download code for a Nintendo 3DS theme. The game's...
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Date A Live PS Vita Game's Promo Previews New Story, Characters

Ayana Sakura voices new character Rio Sonogami for game shipping on July 30 ― The official website of Compile Heart's Date a Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation PS Vita game began streaming a promotional movie for the game on Wednesday. The video previews the story of both Date A Live: Rinne Utopia and Date A Live: Ars Install games. The video also reveals a new "After Story" scenario for the game t...
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Samurai Warriors 4-II Game's Announcement Trailer Streamed

PS3/PS4/Vita/PC action game slated for September 29 in North America ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming an English-subtitled announcement trailer for its upcoming Samurai Warriors 4-II action game on Thursday. The trailer reveals the new character Naomasa Ii (based on the Japanese historical figure Ii Naomasa) and the game's North American release date of September 29. The trailer also previews the...
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Chaos Dragon TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Previews Opening Theme Song

Natsumi Kon to perform opening for series premiering on July 2 ― The official website for the Chaos Dragon television anime project began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Thursday. The video previews Natsumi Kon's (Majestic Prince, One Week Friends) opening theme song "ISOtone." The beginning of the video outlines the anime's story: Our country's name is Nil Kamui. It's a small countr...

Gangsta. TV Anime's 'Promo Video 1.5' Streamed

Series starring Kenjiro Tsuda, Junichi Suwabe to premiere in July ― The official website for the television anime of Kohske's Gangsta. manga began streaming a "1.5" promotional video on Thursday. The show's previously announced cast includes: Kenjiro Tsuda as Nicolas Brown Junichi Suwabe as Worick Arcangelo Mamiko Noto as Alex Benedetto Ami Koshimizu as Constance Raveau Masako Isobe as Joel Raveau Hi...
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Masataka Kubota, Kento Yamazaki Star in Live-Action Death Note TV Series

Actress Mio Yūki to play Near in series premiering in July ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump is revealing the main cast on Monday for this year's Death Note television drama adaptation. The cast, which differs from the previous live-action adaptations, is as follows: Masataka Kubota (live-action Rurouni Kenshin's Akira, Limit's Wataru, Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru's Shinya, ...

Nisekoi: Sequel Anime's 8th Episode to Adapt Magical Girl Spinoff Manga

Magical Pâtissier Kosaki-chan launched in Shonen Jump+ in December ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the upcoming eighth episode of the Nisekoi: sequel television anime series will adapt the spinoff manga Magical Pâtissier Kosaki-chan. Taishi Tsutsui is writing the official spinoff manga based on Naoshi Komi's original Nisekoi - False Love ...
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Sumire Morohoshi Joins Haikyu!! Anime's 2nd Season as Hitoka Yachi

2nd season based on Haruichi Furudate's volleyball manga will premiere in October ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing more information on Monday about the second season of the Haikyu!! television anime series. The second season will premiere in October on MBS, Tokyo MX TV, CBC, BS11, and other television channels. The issue will also reveal a new visual for...

New Cyborg 009 Anime Project Gets Event Screening this Fall

Selected theaters in Japan will reveal poster promoting fall screening on Saturday ― The Cyborg 009 50th anniversary anime project will get an event screening in Japanese theaters this fall. Selected theaters in Japan will reveal a poster promoting the fall event screening on Saturday. These theaters include: Shunjuku Wald9 (Tokyo) Yokohama Burg 13 T-Joy Kyoto Umeda Burg 7 (Osaka) Hiroshima Wald 11 T...

Akagi Mahjong Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series in July

Series by Kaiji's Nobuyuki Fukumoto inspired 2005 TV anime series ― The BS and Sky Perfect television stations revealed on Thursday that Nobuyuki Fukumoto's (Kaiji) mahjong gambling manga Akagi will get a live-action television series starting in July. The 10-episode series will premiere on July 17 on the BS Sukapa! station, and will air on Friday nights at 9 p.m. Each episode will be an hour long. H...

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Live-Action Bakuman Film Teaser Narrated by One Piece's Tanaka

Rurouni Kenshin's Takeru Satoh, Ryunosuke Kamiki star as aspiring manga creators ― The official website for the live-action film of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Bakuman. manga began streaming the film's teaser trailer on Thursday. The trailer includes narration by Mayumi Tanaka, who voices One Piece's Luffy and Dragon Ball Z's Krillin — both characters from famous Weekly Shonen Jump manga. Text: ...
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So Cute It Hurts/Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!! 3DS Opening Previews Original Character

Gō Ikeyamada's shōjo manga inspires August 27 game ― Happinet Games began streaming the opening movie for its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!! Game Demo Kyun-Moe MAX ga Tomaranai (*´ェ'*) (Kobayashi Is So Cute That It's Painful! Heart-squeezing Moe Max Won't be Stopped Even Though It's A Game (*´ェ'*)). The video introduces the main cast, including game-original character E...

Crunchyroll to Stream Kyoto Animation's Amagi Brilliant Park

2014 anime's 1st 6 episodes available on Wednesday 11:00 p.m. EDT for premium users ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it added Kyoto Animation's Amagi Brilliant Park television anime to its catalog. The show's first six episodes will be available at 11:00 p.m. EDT in subtitled format for premium users in the United States and Canada, and will be available to free us...
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SMAP's Takuya Kimura Guest-Stars as Crayon Shin-chan's Entire Family

I'm Home star plays even the dog in his 1st voice-acting roles on anime comedy show ― 42-year-old SMAP band member Takuya Kimura will voice his first guest roles in the long-running family television anime Crayon Shin-chan. The collaboration is a crossover with I'm Home, the revived live-action television series starring the actor who is often nicknamed "Kimutaku." In the story, the faces of Crayon S...
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Love Live's Rin Will Star in Ramen Commercial

Much like a real-life Japanese idol, a member of the fictional idol group μ's from the popular anime Love Live! will star in an actual commercial to be broadcast in Japan. In a collaboration with Acecook, the cheerful and athletic Rin Hoshizora will advertise two flavors of instant ramen, the packaging designed to feature Rin and her bandmates on the lid. The two flavors feature stylized names to...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 272

"Paced well and fraught with (humorous) tension, the conclusion of this storyline pulls off a near-perfect landing."
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Ibaraki Prefecture Continues Its Moe Self Defense Force Mascot Campaign

Last year, Ibaraki prefecture, the home of Oarai city and Girls und Panzer, debuted its moe mascots for the area's Japan Self-Defense Forces' Provincial Cooperation Office. The prefecture is continuing the campaign and revealed its new poster design this month. The mascots include Hibari (Japan Air Self-Defense Force), Nobara (Maritime Self-Defense Force), and Kōme (Japan Ground Self-Defense Force...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, May 11-17

Barakamon, Fairy Tail, Your Lie in April, Assassination Classroom, Tokyo Tarareba-jō in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Barakamon 11 207,220 207,220 2015/05 Square Enix Satsuki Yoshino 1 1 2 Fairy Tail 49 164,870 164,870 2015/05 Kodansha Hiro Mashima 2 1 3 Your Lie in April 11 104,155 104,155 2015/05 Kodansha Naoshi A...
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Kyōkai no Rinne ‒ Episode 7

"It's apparent that Rumiko Takahashi came up with her ideal formula back in the '90s, and she isn't budging from it."
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Chiba Baseball Team's Anime Collaboration Isn't a SNAFU

The Chiba Lotte Marines baseball team and the My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! anime series are pairing up for some original artwork and an event with the series' voice cast. The tie-in is one of a few recent campaigns between the series and businesses in Chiba, which is also the setting for the show. Tickets go on sale today and include three games from June 9-11. The event will host cast membe...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, May 11-17

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster arrives on PS4 ― Japan's Game Ranking: May 11-17 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4 Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Square Enix May 14 15,913 15,913 23DS Puzzles & Dragons: Super Mario Brothers Edition Gung Ho Online Entertainment April 29 13,844 232,683 3PSV Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition Sony Computer Entert...

Voice Actors Takeshi Kusao, Yuka Saitou Get Married

Dragon Ball Z's Trunks, Student Council's Discretion's Chizuru Akaba work for the same production company ― Voice actress Yuka Saitou (28) announced her marriage to voice actor Takeshi Kusao (49) on her blog on Wednesday. Both work for Aoni Production. Saitou describes Kusao as a kind and playful person with a big heart who always takes care of her. She also said her job will not change. Saitou voice...
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Yowamushi Pedal Voice Actors to Compete Against Each Other on Their Own Bicycles (Updated)

Crunchyroll sponsors its own Sohoku High School Bicycle Club racers in California ― The cast of the bicycle racing anime Yowamushi Pedal have made a special announcement. Six members of the cast will be competing with their own bicycles, emulating their bike-riding counterparts in the anime. The Japan Cycle Sports Center is hosting the voice actors in their own teams that line up with their respectiv...

Muv-Luv Spinoff Novel Schwarzesmarken Gets Anime (Update)

Prequel to Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse in production ― Adult visual novel developer Age announced on its official website on Thursday that the serialized novel Schwarzesmarken has an anime in the works. Hiroki Uchida wrote the novel's scenario and CARNELIAN designed the characters and provided illustrations. Age's Hirohiko Yoshida is credited as the original creator. The novel ran for 41 chapt...
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Unofficial Fried Pikachu Cutlet Looks More Sad Than Delicious

Pokemon bento boxes and designs are nothing new. Fans have come up with all sorts of ways to make their lunch cuter. However, an online market in South Korea is selling Pikachu pork cutlets and the effect is less cute and more sad. The item is appearing at various food stalls in South Korea. The online listing is selling 30 Pikachu-shaped cutlets for 9000 won (about US$8). Would you eat it, or is ...
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Super Robot Wars BX Unveiled With Mecha From 16 Anime

Giant Gorg, Galient, SD Gundam Gaiden, Gundam AGE, Macross 30 join franchise ― Japanese video game news source Famitsu unveiled the newest game in the Super Robot Wars (Super Robot Taisen) crossover franchise on Thursday. The new Nintendo 3DS game, Super Robot Wars BX, has thus far unveiled mecha from 16 robot anime and game titles, including five that are new to the game franchise. The anime are: Au...
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Blade & Soul Fantasy MMORPG Heads West This Winter

Korean game inspired 2014 TV anime ― The official website for video game publisher NCSoft announced on Wednesday that the Korean martial arts fantasy MMORPG Blade & Soul is coming to North America and Europe this winter. The company also streamed a promotional video. NCSoft describes the game: Blade & Soul is an action-based martial arts MMORPG set in a fantastical Ancient Eastern world, with a story...

Steins;Gate Game's Western PS3/Vita Trailer Posted

Metal Upa, Future Gadget Lab badges offered in limited edition on June 5 ― PQube Games began streaming a character trailer for its Western release of the Steins;Gate game for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on Wednesday. PQube Games will release the game in Europe on June 5, although it has not announced a North American date. Rick Digital is offering worldwide an exclusive "Steins;Gate El Psy Kon...
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Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3, Samurai Warriors 4-II Head West

Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 slated for June 24, Samurai Warriors 4-II for October 2 in Europe ― Koei Tecmo Europe confirmed on its official Twitter account on Wednesday that it would be bringing both Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 and Samurai Warriors 4-II to Europe. Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 is the third installment in the series of portable spinoffs of the main Samurai Warriors action video ga...
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Danchigai TV Anime to Have 4 Theme Songs by Cast

Each female main character will have theme song sung by her voice actress ― The July issue of Ichijinsha's Manga 4-Koma Palette magazine is announcing the character theme songs for the television anime of Kazusa Yoneda's Danchigai (Big Difference) four-panel manga on Friday. Each of the four female main characters will have her own theme song in the anime, sung by her respective voice actress. These ...

Gangsta. TV Anime Reveals More Cast, Staff, Theme Song Performers

Hideyuki Umezu, Tomokazu Seki, Sayaka Ohara, more join cast for July anime ― The July issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic @ Bunch magazine is revealing additional cast, staff, and theme song performers for the anime of Kohske's Gangsta. manga on Thursday. The additional cast includes: Hideyuki Umezu as Uranos Corsica Tomokazu Seki as Striker Sayaka Ohara as Beretta Yuuta Kasuya as Colt Yu Shimamura a...

Live-Action Pixels Film's 2nd Trailer Streamed

Trailer shows iconic video game characters in action ― Sony Pictures began streaming the second trailer to Chris Columbus' live-action Pixels film on Tuesday. The film will feature the video game franchises Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders. Several video game companies and license-holders — including Atari, Konami, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Nintendo, Colu...
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New Dynasty Warriors Game by Omega Force Teased

KOEI Tecmo also announces Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 for December ― Koei Tecmo Games announced during its "Romance of the Three Kingdoms 30th Anniversary Announcement" event on Tuesday that its Omega Force team is working on a new installment in the Shin Sangokumusō (Dynasty Warriors) action game franchise. Koei Tecmo also announced a number of other games, including the Sangokushi Sō Sō Den On...
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Chibi Maruko-chan Planetarium Show to Open in Tokyo

Konica Minolta "Tenkū" Planetarium hosting show from July 18 to August 31 ― The Konica Minolta "Tenkū" Planetarium in Tokyo Skytree Town will run a Chibi Maruko-chan planetarium show from July 18 to August 31. The show, titled "Planetarium Chibi Maruko-chan, Hoshi ni Negai wo" (Planetarium Chibi Maruko-chan, Wish Upon a Star), celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Chibi Maruko-chan anime since it fi...

Godzilla's TOHO Sues Over Monster Film Starring Anne Hathaway

Voltage's Colossal film about woman in Tokyo "under attack by Godzilla and a giant robot" ― Japanese film production and distribution company Toho has filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in California federal court against American film production company Voltage Pictures (The Hurt Locker, Dallas Buyers Club) for allegedly infringing on Toho's Godzilla copyright. Toho claims that Voltage Pictures used the God...
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Yotsuba&! Creator Draws Eva's Asuka, Rei for WonderFest 2015

This year's summer Wonder Festival at Makuhari Messe promises to bring boatloads of anime figures and goods to peruse on July 26. Kantai Collection has been popular the last few years while Sega has promoted characters from its games and properties. This year will also mark the 20th anniversary of Hideaki Anno's Neon Genesis Evangelion television series. The iconic mecha anime is getting a new Blu...
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