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Scrapped Princess BD+DVD

One of the best fantasy series of the early 2000s is finally available again on Bluray. Theron Martin takes it for a spin. ― This 24 episode light novel adaptation originally aired during the Spring and Summer seasons of 2003 and saw its first DVD release in the U.S. in 2005-06, with its last Complete Collection rerelease being in 2007. Its original DVDs have aged rather poorly, as they are notorious...
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That Wolf-Boy is Mine! GN 4

This sweet shojo love story comes to a charming conclusion, as love triangles resolve without getting too hairy. Rebecca Silverman reflects on if this romance is worth reading. ― One of the best things about a short series is that they end. That may sound a bit too obvious to merit stating, but a short-and-sweet series, if done right, can be incredibly fulfilling. That's the case with Yoko Nogiri's T...
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Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant GN

This behind-the-scenes look at the clean-up effort following the Fukushima disaster is rich with narrative and artistic detail. Theron Martin explains what makes this biographical manga so unique. ― Manga is so typically a disposable entertainment form that it can be easy to lose sight of how compelling a format it can be when devoted to serious, non-dramatized nonfiction accounts. This is just such ...
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Wednesday, April 26

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MegaHouse Teases Color Version of Yuri on Ice's Victor Figure

A recent teaser image of Yuri on Ice's Victor for MegaHouse's GEM line has fans preparing to open up their wallets. The company released an image of Victor's hand from the colored figure prototype that's in development. The kicker? You can see the full colored prototype in Tuesday's issue of Monthly Hobby Japan. 【速報】開発中G.E.M.「ユーリ!!! on ICE ヴィクトル・二キフォロフ」彩色原型が4月25日発売「月刊ホビージャパン」最速掲載決定!続報は当アカで、お楽しみに ...
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Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Posts Teaser Visual, Character Stills

Masataka Kubota, Fumika Shimizu star in July 29 film based on Sui Ishida's manga ― The official website for the live-action film of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga revealed a new teaser visual for the film on Wednesday. The text on the visual reads, "The only entity who knows of the two worlds of humans and ghouls." The site also revealed stills from the film featuring the main cast. The cast is as fo...
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Onsen Musume Project Gets Manga, Fan Clubs, Local Event

Enbound, Inc.'s Onsen Musume (Hot Spring Girls) idol project is coming off a successful crowdfunding campaign where it earned 7,110,540 yen (US$64,009), enough to fund production of a drama CD (seven million yen/US$63,000) with the main cast. The project is now moving into its next steps: launching a manga, establishing two separate fan clubs, and planning its first live event. The manga version o...
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Idaho School Votes to Keep Sword Art Online Novel After Student Complaint

Complaint stated that novel allegedly contained "inappropriate language and drawings" ― Jerome Middle School in Idaho voted to retain the Sword Art Online: Aincrad light novel in its library on Monday after a student raised concern about "inappropriate language and drawings" in the novel. The school's English department formally made the complaint. The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) sen...
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Funimation Reveals Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor Anime's English Dub Cast

Dub premiered on Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. EDT ― Funimation revealed The English dub cast for its simuldub of the Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor anime on Tuesday. The simuldub premiered on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. EDT. The cast includes: Rachael Messer as Sistine Josh Grelle as Glenn Radars Monica Rial as Rumia Morgan Garrett as Celica Ben Phillips as Headmaster Rick Christopher Wehkamp as Halley Q...
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Chihayafuru Sequel Film Reveals 4 New Cast Members, 2018 Opening

Chihayafuru: Musubi casts Mio Yūki, Hayato Sano, Kaya Kiyohara, Kento Kaku ― The staff for the live-action films of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga revealed the upcoming sequel film's title, new cast members, and 2018 opening on Wednesday. The new film is titled Chihayafuru: Musubi (Chihayafuru: Conclusion). The new cast includes (from left to right): Mio Yūki as Sumire Hanano, a girl who falls in ...

Tuesday, April 25

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NieR: Automata Boss Recreated in Giant Bouquet

The NieR: Automata boss Opera crossed over into the land of living in an impressive bouquet arrangement. The monster was on display at NieR Concert in Osaka on Sunday. The gift is signed from "Ze:" and "Kunihiro". NieR: Automata has sold more than 500,000 physical and digital copies in Japan and Asia. Square Enix announced on April 4 that the the game's physical and digital versions have exceeded ...
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Yomawari Horror Game Gets Sequel For PS4, Vita

Game ships in Japan on August 24 ― Video game news website Dengeki Online revealed on Tuesday that Nippon Ichi Software is developing a sequel for its horror game Yomawari. The game, titled Shin Yomawari (Late Night Wandering), is slated for release on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on August 24. In the original game, players take the role of a little girl who uses a single flashlight to...
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SukaSuka ‒ Episode 3

"SukaSuka is close to being a good series, but it will need to shed some of its genre baggage if it's going to tackle a more ambitious storyline."
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Mini-Unit CYaRon's 2nd Single Gets Preview Video

The Love Live! Sunshine!! sub-idol group CYaRon! is adopting a pirate theme for their new single "Kinmirai Happy End" ("A Happy Ending in the Near Future") which also includes the track "Kaigantōri de Matteruyo" ("I'll Be Waiting on the Coastline"). Lantis is hosting a preview of the single that is slated for release on May 10. "Kinmirai Happy End" is CYaRon's second single. It includes both track...
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Grimoire of Zero ‒ Episode 3

"It's only been a few weeks, and Grimoire of Zero already has me torn on how I feel about it."
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GARNiDELiA, Konomi Suzuki to Perform at Anime Expo

Performing in Anisong World Matsuri event in L.A. convention in July ― The organizers of the Anime Expo convention announced on Tuesday that it will host GARNiDELiA and Konomi Suzuki as part of the convention's Anisong World Matsuri music festival event. They will perform on July 1 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. GARNiDELiA consists of composer Yoshinori Abe (toku) and vocalist Mai Mizuhashi...
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New Nobunaga's Ambition Game Revealed for Switch, PS4, PC

Nobunaga no Yabō: Taishi announced in Famitsu ― Video game news website Famitsu revealed on Tuesday that a new Nobunaga's Ambition (Nobunaga no Yabō) game is in development for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC. The game is titled Nobunaga no Yabō: Taishi (Nobunaga's Ambition: Aspiration). Famitsu magazine will reveal more information on Thursday. The long-running Nobunaga's Ambition historical ...
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Voice Actors Give Well Wishes to Yoshimasa Hosoya

Fellow voice actors are sending well wishes to Yoshimasa Hosoya, who has gone on hiatus to treat his throat after a doctor's diagnosis. Hiroki Yasumoto (Yasutora "Chad" Sado in Bleach, Agil/Andrew Gilbert Mills in Sword Art Online), who was working with Hosoya on the radio program Tensai Gunshi, wrote that he is waiting for Hosoya's recovery, as the team doesn't feel complete without him. The off...
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Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Anime Casts Yūki Wakai

Staff announces student council cast members this week ― The official website for the television anime of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga announced on Tuesday that Yūki Wakai will play the character Itsuki Sumeragi, a first-year student and member of the student council. The staff will reveal the cast for another student council member on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. ...
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Egglia: Legend of the Redcap Smartphone RPG Gets English Release This Summer

Game from Mother 3, Fantasy Life developer launched this month in Japan ― Game developer Brownies announced on Friday that its smartphone game Egglia: Legend of the Redcap will have an English release for iPhone and Android this summer. The company is also working on an "Episode 2" DLC for the game, which will introduce new eggs and areas to explore. Egglia is an RPG that follows the story of an elf ...

Funimation Announces English Dubs for 8 More Simulcast Titles, Brave Witches (Updated)

Seven Mortal Sins, Love Tyrant, WorldEnd, The Royal Tutor, Tsukigakirei, Tsugumomo, Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys, Kado: The Right Answer listed ― Funimation Entertainment updated its simuldub page with eight additional Spring season titles this week. The company is also listing an English dub for Brave Witches that will begin on May 8 at 10:00 p.m. EDT. Crunchyroll already streamed the series ...
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Yoshiyuki Tomino Discusses New G-Reco Movies, Anime & Film Industries

Shares thoughts on your name., Kemono Friends, Godzilla, more ― The original creator of Mobile Suit Gundam, Yoshiyuki Tomino, gave some details about the upcoming movie adaptation of Gundam Reconguista in G (G-Reco). Tomino had recently hinted about a new G-Reco project at the Romics anime and manga event in Rome, Italy. Tomino said,The way that things are actually progressing is a secret, but this ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 23-29

One-Punch Man, Fighting Foodons, Ultra Maniac anime ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date The Asterisk War Volume 4 BDPlease Aniplex of America US$74.98 April 25 The Asterisk War Volume 4 Limited Edition BDCite Aniplex of America US$114.98 April 25 Crusher Joe the Movie DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Discotek Media US$24.95 April 25 Dragon Ball Z Kai The Final Chapters Part 1 BDPleas...
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Danganronpa Staffers Make Zanki Zero RPG for PS4, Vita

New game is a survival RPG ― Video game news website Famitsu revealed on Tuesday that Spike Chunsoft is developing a new "survival RPG" titled Zanki Zero for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The team working on the game previously developed the Danganronpa series, and includes Yoshinori Terasawa and Takayuki Sugawara, among others. The game will tell the story of eight survivors who live in a ruin...
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Sentai Filmworks Sets August 22 Release Date for Beyond the Boundary Films

Section 23 Films announced in its August release slate that Sentai Filmworks release of the Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Past and Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Future films is slated for August 22 in one Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack. The release will have an English dub. The Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Past film opened in Japan in March 2015. The film is a compilation film ret...
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Kemono Friends Collaborates with Tobu, Kumamoto Zoos

Fans of Kemono Friends are flocking to the Tobu Zoo in Saitama in droves for a new collaboration event featuring character images, limited edition merchandise, and a special message from voice actress Saki Ono. The collaboration began on April 22 and will run until June 25. 26 character images have been installed in animal exhibits around the zoo, and a special one minute recording by the voice of...
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Muv-Luv Alternative Manga Ends on Thursday After 10 Years

Manga based on PC game began in 2007 ― The official blog for Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine announced on Monday that Azusa Maxima and Age's Muv-Luv Alternative manga will end in the June issue on Thursday. The manga launched almost ten years ago in the magazine's October 2007 issue. Kadokawa shipped the 16th compiled volume on October 27. The manga adapts adult game brand Age's visua...
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Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor ‒ Episode 4

"On the whole the fourth episode of Bastard Magic Instructor is still on a decided uptick from where the series started."
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Star Wars Manga Returns With Lost Stars Adaptation

LINE app also holds competition to draw Heir to the Jedi, Lords of the Sith manga ― The LINE Manga app revealed on Tuesday that it will release a manga adaptation of Claudia Gray's Lost Stars novel. Yūsaku Komiyama (Avengers: Zombies Assemble, Ixion Saga) is drawing the manga. The series will debut for free in the app on May 4, and a new chapter will debut every other Thursday. This is the time Gray'...
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New High School Fleet x City of Yokosuka Collaboration Features Exclusive Merchandise

High School Fleet (Haifuru) is getting a collaboration with the city of Yokosuka, Kanazawa, where the anime is set. From April 24 to December 9, fans who shop at any of 34 participating shops in the city will receive lottery tickets proportionate to the amount of money they spend. The lottery prizes will be original goods that will not be available anywhere else. Participating stores in Yokosuka ...
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The [email protected]'s Kotori Otonashi Gets Spinoff Manga

Tatsuya Takahashi, Mana's manga debuts on May 27 ― The June issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine is revealing on Thursday that Mana will launch the Asayake wa Kogoneiro The [email protected] (Morning Glow is Golden: The [email protected]) manga in the next issue on May 27. Tatsuya Takahashi (The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, Eromanga Sensei) is providing the story. The spinoff manga will center on the c...
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Sakura Quest Sheds Light on Japan's Obsession with the City

In Sakura Quest, a young girl is tasked with revitalizing a rural town. However, she wants to go back to Tokyo--despite there being nothing there for her.
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 16

"Tensions are running understandably high in the hours before the Inter High begins, but when it comes to who's on top, looks can be deceiving."
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Power Rangers' Original Megazord Joins Super Robot Wars X-Ω

Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger's Daizyujin added as part of limited-time event ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Super Robot Wars X-Ω smartphone game revealed on Tuesday that it will add the original Daizyujin (known as Megazord and retroactively as Dino Megazord in English) from Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, the series adapted into the first season of Saban's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, April 17-23

Haikyu!! stage show sells 10,020, followed by Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, live-action Oboreru Knife, Tenipuri Festa, LiSA ― The Hyper Projection Engeki Haikyu!! "Karasuno, Fukkatsu!" stage show sold 10,020 to rank #3 on the overall DVD chart. The DVD collector's edition for the live-action film of George Asakura's Oboreru Knife manga sold 5,522 copies to rank #5. The DVD standard edition was #48 with 520...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, April 17-23

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru sells 6,987, followed by Euphonium 2, LiSA, live-action Oboreru Knife, Tenipuri Festa ― LiSA's "Live is Smile Always -Never Ending Glory- at Yokohama Arena [the Moon]" concert debuted at #4 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart with 5,201 copies. "Live is Smile Always -Never Ending Glory- at Yokohama Arena [the Sun]" debuted at #5 with 5,014 copies. The Blu-ray collector's edition ...
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Ali Project, Minori Chihara to Perform at Anime Expo

Performing in Anisong World Matsuri event in L.A. convention in July ― The organizers of the Anime Expo convention announced on Monday that it will host Ali Project and Minori Chihara as part of the convention's Anisong World Matsuri music festival event. They will perform on July 1 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Ali Project is composed of Arika Takarano, who performs the vocals and writes ...
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Tsugumomo's Opening Song Artists Band Ja Naimon! Also Voice Guest Roles

Guest stars in episode 8 on May 21 ― The official website for the television anime of Yoshikazu Hamada's Tsugumomo manga announced on Tuesday that the music group Band Ja Naimon! will voice guest roles in the anime's eighth episode. That episode, "Ano Hi no Kagami-ke: Mote-Mote Fragrance," will premiere on May 21. The group also performs the anime's opening theme song "METAMORISER," which will go on ...
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Mysterious Girlfriend X's Riichi Ueshiba Launches New Manga in May

Ōkumo-chan Flashback follows boy who sees visions of his mother's high school past ― The June issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine revealed on Tuesday that Riichi Ueshiba will launch a new manga titled Ōkumo-chan Flashback in the magazine's next issue on May 25. The manga will have four color pages and will appear on the magazine's front cover. The manga will center on first-year high school studen...
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Daisuke Ono, Kenichi Suzumura, Showtaro Morikubo,Takuma Terashima Celebrate Orepara's 10th Anniversary

The music festival Original Entertainment Paradise (Orepara) will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with the help of seiyu Daisuke Ono (Black Butler, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure), Kenichi Suzumura (Fairy Tail, Gintama), Showtaro Morikubo (Naruto, Yowamushi Pedal), and Takuma Terashima (Durarara!!, Log Horizon). The voice actors will be serving as hosts for both Ore!! Summer in July and Or...
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Annecy Festival Screens A Silent Voice, In This Corner of the World, Lu over the wall

Blame, Ancien and the Magic Tablet, Rudolf the Black Cat, Mazinger Z footage screens out of competition ― The Annecy International Animation Film Festival announced the official selection of films that will be screened in and out of competition during the event. Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi), Sunao Katabuchi and MAPPA's In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no K...
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Hana ni Somu Manga Wins 21st Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize's Top Award

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū, Yomawari Neko, KochiKame's Osamu Akimoto also win ― The Asahi Shimbun newspaper announced the winners for the 21st Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize awards on Tuesday. Grand Prize Hana ni Somu Fusako Kuramochi Shueisha The story centers on Kano Sogabe, a girl who, through archery, met her best friend Haruta. When Haruta loses his family in a tragic accident that also cla...

Monday, April 24

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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film's Visual Shows Edward, Alphonse

Fan event with anime & live-action casts scheduled for July 12 ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga posted a new visual for the film on Tuesday. The film's official website has an expanded version of the visual, showing Edward and Alphonse overlooking a town. In addition, a Fullmetal Alchemist fan event will take place on July 12, the a...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Exhibition to Showcase Original Illustrations

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is getting an exhibition of original illustrations this summer to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the manga, which was first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1987. The exhibition, titled "Hirohiko Araki's Original Illustrations JoJo Exhibition in Morioh, S-city 2017," will run alongside the "JoJo Festival in Morioh, S-city 2017" in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, from Augu...
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New Jersey's AnimeNEXT to Host ReLIFE's Tomochi Kosaka, Junko Yamanaka, Reina Ueda

Director, animator, voice actress to attend June 9-11 event ― The official Twitter account for New Jersey-based anime convention AnimeNext announced on Wednesday that it will host director Tomochi Kosaka, animator and character designer Junko Yamanaka, and voice actress Reina Ueda at its 2017 convention. Kosaka directed the television anime adaptation of Yayoiso's ReLIFE manga after previously servin...
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Isobe Isobee Monogatari: Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo Characters Star in Weird Music Video

The net anime Isobe Isobee Monogatari: Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo squeezes in surreal and topical gags in a short run time, parodying the likes of Gintama, Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō and Titanic. The comedy series has earned its own fanbase, including DJ and music producer Yasutaka Nakata perhaps best known for his work with Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Nakata recruited the characters to star in a promotional ...

'your name.' Anime Film Tops US$4 Million in N. America

3rd weekend earnings estimated at US$336,855 ― The Box Office Mojo website updated its box office estimates for the your name. anime film up through April 23. The film earned about US$336,855 at 168 theaters in the United States and Canada over the weekend of April 21-23, and ranked #24. In total, the film has earned an estimated US$4,074,629 in the United States and Canada after three weeks in theat...
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2nd Live-Action March comes in like a lion Film Opens at #4

Free! -Timeless Medley- Kizuna film opens at #10 Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter (Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter), the 21st Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime film, fell from #1 to #2 in terms of tickets sold its second weekend at the Japanese box office, after Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast film opened at #1. The film sold 580,000 tickets in its second weekend for a b...
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Live-Action Ajin Film's Teaser Trailer Streamed

Film starring Takeru Satoh opens September 30 ― The official website for the upcoming live-action film based on Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga began streaming a teaser trailer on Tuesday. The video highlights the characters the characters and action scenes. The film is slated to open in Japan on September 30. The cast includes: Takeru Satoh as Kei Nagai (center left) Gou Ayano as Satō (cente...
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Kodansha Recruiting Staff to Create 'Largest Scale Manga Application in History'

Leading Japanese publishing company Kodansha is recruiting staff to work on, "the overwhelmingly largest scale manga application in history," which they plan to launch at the end of 2017. Kodansha is the publisher Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Young Magazine, and a wide variety of individual manga titles, such as Attack on Titan, Cardcaptor Sakura, Fairy Tail, and The Seven Dea...
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TOKU to Air Ultraman Nexus Live-Action Series With English Subtitles

Olympusat, Inc.'s television channel TOKU announced on Monday that it will air the Ultraman Nexus live-action television series from May 9 to June 2. The show will air in Japanese with English subtitles on weekdays beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT. TOKU describes the series: This 37-episode Japanese television series follows the story of a powerful warrior whose main mission is to protect mankind from d...
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Dangun Feveron Arcade Game Launches for PS4 on April 28

Game developer M2 began streaming a promotional video for its PlayStation 4 port of Cave's 1998 arcade game Dangun Feveron on Tuesday. The video reveals that the game is slated for digital release in Japan on April 28. The disco-themed space shooter is for one or two players. It has not previously been released on home consoles. [Via Gematsu]
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Skater Evgenia Medvedeva Returns to Tokyo as Sailor Moon

Also receives autographed Yuri on Ice! artwork from staff ― Professional figure skater and anime fan Evgenia Medvedeva wooed viewers by reprising her turn as Sailor Moon during her performance at the Exhibition World Team Trophy 2017 in Tokyo on Sunday. Medvedeva opened the program dressed as Usagi Tsukino who is, as usual, running late for school. She encounters Luna and then proceeds to transform i...
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German PlayStation Teaser Lists Bandai Namco's Code Vein for PS4

The official German YouTube account for Sony's PlayStation consoles listed Bandai Namco Entertainment's upcoming Code Vein role-playing game for the PlayStation 4 on the teaser trailer it posted on Monday. Bandai Namco Entertainment previously streamed the same teaser, but did not announce the platform. The game is slated for release in 2018. Bandai Namco Entertainment describes the game: Bare You...
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Pani Poni Manga Gets 'Revival' With Special Edition Chapter

This year's fifth issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan published a special edition chapter for Hekiru Hikawa's Pani Poni manga on Tuesday. The "revival" chapter commemorates the Pani Poni Dash! anime's Blu-ray Disc box set, which ships in Japan on Wednesday. Hikawa published the original manga in Square Enix's Monthly G-Fantasy from 2000 to 2011. In 2005, the anime studios GANSIS and SHAFT pr...
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Enter Photo Contest to Have Your Cat Featured in Makoto Ojiro Manga

Makoto Ojiro's manga Neko no O-tera no Chion-san (Chion of the Cat Temple) is celebrating the release of its fourth volume with a chance for fans to have their cats appear in manga form. There will be two grand prize winning "most appealing" cats. One will appear in the series' fourth manga volume, which will be released on June 30, and the other will appear in manga form in the July 3 issue of th...
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Manga Artist Naoki Serizawa to Work on Game, Anime Character Design Next Year

Manga creator Naoki Serizawa revealed on Twitter on Monday that he will design characters for a game and anime next year. He did not share details on either the game or anime. In addition, Serizawa revealed that he is aiming to start a new shonen manga series and a one-shot manga this year. Serizawa will launch a new manga titled Sports Doctor "MAMA" (Mama wa Sports Doctor) in Nihon Bungeisha's We...
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Answerman - How Are TV Networks Associated With Anime?

Some anime only show on one channel in Japan, while others, like Attack on Titan, wind up on a dozen stations across the country - why is that? ― Kevin asks: Every once in a while I see an anime with a TV station logo which makes me wonder. Why do some anime shows only be on a single network? Like most of Toei shows are only on Fuji TV and naruto is only on TV Tokyo. Why do these studios get there s...
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Yutaka Yamamoto's 'Twilight' Anime Project Meets Crowdfunding Goal

Wake Up, Girls! director's new anime slated for 2018 ― The Campfire crowdfunding campaign for Yutaka Yamamoto's Hakubo (Twilight) original anime project met its goal of 15 million yen (about US$137,000) on Tuesday. The campaign will end on April 29, the anime is slated to open in theaters in 2018. Yamamoto himself is credited with the original work, script, direction and sound direction. Sunao Chikao...
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Atom The Beginning ‒ Episode 2

"Atom The Beginning is still getting its feet on the ground, but with two weeks of spectacular battles, the series is definitely off to a promising start."
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MF Bunko J Imprint's Novel Gets New TV Anime Project

Publisher to reveal title on May 1 ― The official blog of Kadokawa's MF Bunko J Editorial Department revealed on Monday that a work that the MF Bunko J imprint publishes will receive a television anime adaptation. The publisher will reveal the name of the title for the "next generation" project on May 1 at 12:00 p.m. Bunko J Editorial Department is holding a Twitter campaign for the anime project unt...
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Alice & Zoroku ‒ Episode 4

"The information we're given regarding Sana's origin and the various organizations at play is compelling, but the episode starts to feel overloaded at times."
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Pretend You're a Pokemon Master with Poke Balls on Your Belt

They function as mint cases ― Any child of the '90s — and many to this day — probably had visions of wandering around with Poke Balls strapped to their belt, ready to face off any challenger by releasing their most-trusted Pokemon dramatically from one of them. You can now indulge these dreams thanks to Premium Bandai, and with different varieties of Poke Ball too. The first set, which is ...
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Tsukasa Hojo's Angel Heart Manga Ends in May

Series related to City Hunter debuted in 2001 ― The June issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine announced on Tuesday that Tsukasa Hojo's Angel Heart 2nd Season manga will end in the next issue on May 25. The announcement image includes the messages "Angel Heart, conclusion" and "Thank you, City Hunter." The issue also announced the first part of a project to commemorate the end of the ...
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The Eccentric Family 2 ‒ Episode 3

"Everything that makes this show special was on display this week, from its dynamic cast to its gorgeous environments, fantastical set pieces, and firm emotional center."
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Scrapped Princess BD+DVD

One of the best fantasy series of the early 2000s is finally available again on Bluray. Theron Martin takes it for a spin. ― This 24 episode light novel adaptation originally aired during the Spring and Summer seasons of 2003 and saw its first DVD release in the U.S. in 2005-06, with its last Complete Collection rerelease being in 2007. Its original DVDs have aged rather poorly, as they are notorious...
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A Look at the Adult Anime Market for Women in Japan

Anime Sōryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku no Yoru ni... is turning heads. Why? It's based off an erotic manga aimed at women. The market for adult women isn't just limited to anime, though.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 785

"Things have been moving slow, but we're also about to get bombarded with significant character introductions over the next few episodes, so I haven't found this build-up suffocating."
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Nui Nui Hinobori San Kyōdai Net Anime Shorts' TV Ad Streamed

Takuya Eguchi, Kōtarō Nishiyama, Yūki Yonai star in series debuting on Wednesday ― The goods company SunRise (not related to the anime studio of the same name) began streaming a television commercial on Monday for the net anime series of shorts based on its "Nui Nui Hinobori San Kyōdai" plush and goods line. The video introduces the three brothers who run the plush shop Nui Nui in the anime titled Nu...
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New Case Closed Real Escape Game Confirmed

Characters to be chosen by fan vote ― Real escape games, which challenge players to escape a room or building within a strict time limit by using environmental clues and solving puzzles, are welcoming their tenth anniversary as well as the fifth anniversary of their collaboration with Case Closed. To celebrate the occasion, SCRAP, the company that organizes them, conducted a poll to gauge interest in...
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Nippon Ichi Software Streams 360° Video For New Horror Title

Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) opened a teaser website and began streaming a 360° promotional video for a new horror title on Monday. The live-action video shows the approach to a shrine at night. NIS opened a separate teaser website earlier this month that streamed live-action videos of a dark room. The video game developer opened another separate teaser website in March and revealed the Hakoniwa Com...
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Retailers List Berserk Novel By Anime Scriptwriter Makoto Fukami

Retailers Amazon Japan, Rakuten, and Gamers are all listing that Kentarou Miura's Berserk manga will get a novel that will ship on June 23 titled Berserk: Honō Ryū no Kishi (Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight). The retailers list Makoto Fukami and Miura as the authors. Fukami is the series composition writer for the new Berserk series that premiered last year, as well as the continuation that premie...
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Gengoroh Tagame Ends My Brother's Husband Manga in May

Pantheon Books to debut manga in English in June ― The June issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine is revealing on Tuesday that Gengoroh Tagame is ending his My Brother's Husband (Otōto no Otto) manga in the magazine's next issue on May 25. The chapter will have a color opening page. Pantheon Books is releasing the manga in two-in-one omnibus volumes, and it describes the story: My Brother's Hu...
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Air Master's Yokusaru Shibata Launches Kai Tenwan Manga in May

Shibata's Yōkai Banchō manga ends on Tuesday ― This year's 10th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine (cover seen right) is revealing on Tuesday that Yokusaru Shibata will launch a new manga titled Kai Tenwan (title romanization not official) in the magazine's next issue on May 9. The manga will have a color opening page, and will feature on the issue's front cover. The manga's first chapter will be 3...
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Hotaru Odagiri Ends The Betrayal Knows My Name Manga, Starts New Work This Summer

Manga ended on Monday, 13th volume slated for May 24 ― Hotaru Odagiri ended her The Betrayal Knows My Name manga in the June issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Asuka magazine on Monday. The magazine notes that Odagiri will launch a new work "around" this summer. The 13th and final compiled book volume of The Betrayal Knows My Name is slated for May 24. Yen Press has released six omnibus volumes of the manga...
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Tatsuya Tops Irregular at Magic High School Character Popularity Poll

The official website for the Gekijōban Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Hoshi o Yobu Shōjo (The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Calls the Stars) anime film published the results of a character popularity poll on Monday for the franchise. Protagonist Tatsuya Shiba won the poll with 6,851 votes. Aniplex began streaming a special promotional video to commemorate the win. (Note: The You...

Yoshimasa Hosoya Replaced in Ensemble Stars Franchise, Not Replaced in Starmyu, Strike the Blood Anime

Tomoaki Maeno replaces Hosoya in Ensemble Stars app starting on May 31 ― The official Twitter account for Happy Elements K.K's Ensemble Stars! multimedia franchise announced on Sunday that Tomoaki Maeno is replacing Yoshimasa Hosoya to voice the character Hokuto Hidaka. Happy Elements K.K's will replace Hosoya's voice recording with Maeno's in the Ensemble Stars! app starting on May 31. Additionally,...
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Code:Realize Visual Novel Gets Stage Musical

Original PS Vita visual novel shipped in Japan in November 2014, in the U.S. in October 2015 ― The "Code:Realize Fantastic Party" event in Kawasaki City revealed on Sunday that Idea Factory and Design Factory's Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ (Code:Realize ~Sōsei no Himegimi) PlayStation Vita game is getting a stage musical adaptation. The musical's staff have launched an official website and a T...
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Hakuōki Shinkai PS4 Game's Promo Video Introduces Characters, Story

PS4 port of Hakuōki Shinkai games ships on July 13 ― Idea Factory began streaming a promotional video on Monday for its Hakuōki Shinkai: Fūkaden PlayStation 4 game. The video introduces the game's characters and previews some scenes from the game's story. The video also previews Aika Yoshioka's theme song "Isshin: Chi no Hate Made." The game ships in Japan on July 13. The game is a port of Idea Facto...
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Eromanga Sensei Novels Have 1 Million Copies in Print

The official Twitter account of Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko light novel imprint revealed on Saturday that Tsukasa Fushimi's Eromanga Sensei light novels have one million copies in print. The "new sibling romantic comedy" revolves around Masamune Izumi, a light novel author in high school. Masamune's little sister is Sagiri, a shut-in girl who hasn't left her room for an entire year. She even forces h...
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Touken Ranbu Gets 4th Stage Musical in Fall

2nd "Shinken Ranbu Sai" event also confirmed for Tokyo, Osaka, Saitama in December ― The official Twitter account of the Touken Ranbu stage musicals revealed on Sunday that a fourth stage musical has been green-lit. The franchise will also get its second "Shinken Ranbu Sai" live event. The musical will run from November 2017 to January 2018, and will have performances in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. The ...
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Kemono Friends Stage Play Debuts in June With Anime Cast

Dōbutsu Biscuit, PPP units reprise roles from anime, adds Hotaru Nomoto as Okapi ― The staff of the stage play adaptation of Nexon and Mine Yoshizaki's Kemono Friends franchise revealed on Monday that the play will run at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Club eX in Tokyo from June 14 to 18. Hiroki Murakami is directing the play and penning the script. The cast of the Dōbutsu Biscuit (Serval, Fennec, Raccoo...

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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film's Earns US$900,000 in 4th Weekend

Domestic gross estimated at US$39 million ― The Box Office Mojo film news website has estimated that Paramount Pictures' live-action Ghost in the Shell film earned US$900,000 at the United States box office in its fourth weekend of Friday-Sunday. The film has an estimated total gross of US$39,131,504 in the United States, and ranked #19 for the weekend. The fourth weekend gross is about a 63.5% drop ...
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Kemono Friends' New Game Arrives This Summer as Smartphone App

Anime-themed game is first in "Project G" game relaunch plans ― Bushiroad announced on Monday that its brand-new Kemono Friends game will debut on its Bushimo smartphone service this summer. Unlike the first game that was in development simultaneously with the anime and released before the anime, the new game will be themed around the anime. Bushiroad stated that the new game is the first in the fran...
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Live-Action Gintama Film's Trailer Shows How Gintoki, Shinpachi Meet

Film opens July 14 in Japan ― The official website for the live-action film of the Gintama manga began streaming a new web trailer for the film on Monday. The trailer depicts how Gintoki and Shinpachi meet. The site also revealed a new poster for the film. The film will open in Japan on July 14. Fukuda (live-action HK/Hentai Kamen, Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store) is directing the film, as wel...
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Nissin Uses Rose of Versailles Characters to Dramatize East-West Clash

... But probably not the East-West clash you think... ― East and West Japan have several well-known (domestically) differences: social attitudes, accents, fashion sense... and food. The food company Nissin conducted a marketing survey and found that areas west of Sekigahara (in Gifu Prefecture) preferred soup with a lighter, kelp-based broth, while easterners preferred a heavier broth that emphasize...
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Yu Yu Hakusho Honored with Themed Food, Drinks at Ikebukuro Cafe

25th anniversary of anime ― This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Yu Yu Hakusho anime, and fans of classic shōnen action are taking the opportunity to indulge in some nostalgia. AnimePlaza, a cafe in Ikebukuro, Tokyo that specializes in anime collaborations, is taking aim at this crowd with its latest theme, which gives fans a chance to have a relaxing lunch that also reminds them of favorite ...
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Universal Studios Japan's Dragon Ball Z Attraction is a Brand New Story

The official website for Universal Studio Japan's Shonen Jump Summer attraction line-up revealed that its Dragon Ball Z attraction will be a 4-D theater experience with a brand new story. The "Dragon Ball Z The Real 4-D at Super World Martial Arts Tournament" feature promises a new fight for Goku, but details will not be revealed until mid-May. The "World Martial Arts Tournament" is a reoccurring ...
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Ginban Kishi Manga By Tramps Like Us' Ogawa Approaches Climax

Also: Ogawa draws Blame! spinoff 1-shot manga ― This year's June issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine is revealing on Tuesday that Yayoi Ogawa's Ginban Kishi (Skating Rink Knight) manga is approaching its climax. The word "climax" written in phonetic katakana often indicates a manga series' final chapter. Ogawa launched the romantic comedy manga in Kiss in September 2012, and Kodansha published the mang...
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Horrify Your Friends with Junji Ito LINE Stickers

The social media application LINE has just released a new set of stickers featuring the art of horror manga artist Junji Ito. The sticker line, titled "Junji Ito You'll Meet a Horrible Fate," went on sale on April 20 for 240 yen (USD $2.20) or 100 LINE coins. Junji Ito is best known for the manga Uzumaki, Tomie, and Gyo, all of which have been published by Viz Media. Uzumaki and Tomie have inspire...
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Plier Mascot Ultimate Nipako Now Available as GPS Guide

Joins cast of moe teenage girls ― The Japanese toolmaker God Hand has a cute girl mascot for its pliers, the Ultimate Nipper, designed especially for model kits: Ultimate Nipako. With her massive blue twintails, she looks about like what a pair of pliers might look like if they came to life. Nipako fans can now hear her guide them via the GPS app Maplus+. Maplus+ is a navigation service for iOS and A...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 87

"This recruitment mini-arc before the Tournament of Power is asking a lot of its audience."
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Satoru Hiura's Hotaru no Hikari SP Manga Ends

Original Hotaru no Hikari series inspired 2 live-action TV series, 1 live-action film ― This year's June issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine is revealing on Tuesday that Satoru Hiura's Hotaru no Hikari SP manga will end in the magazine's July issue, which ships on May 25. Hiura launched the series in the magazine in January 2014. Kodansha published the manga's fifth volume (pictured at right) on Januar...
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Granblue Fantasy the Animation ‒ Episode 4

"Rackam really is the star this week, with Gran, Lyria, and Katalina largely taking a backseat and following his orders."

Voice Actor Yoshimasa Hosoya Goes on Hiatus to Treat Throat

Plans to return to work this year ― The staff of voice actor Yoshimasa Hosoya reported on Monday that he is going on hiatus from work to undergo treatment for his throat after a doctor's diagnosis. He plans to return to work before the end of this year. Hosoya's current roles include Rintarō Kira on Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys, Reiner Braun on Attack on Titan season 2, Fumikage Tokoyami on My...

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Anime Reveals Story Synopsis

6th anime series in Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise premieres on May 10 ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed a story synopsis on Monday for the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS television anime series. The city where network systems are developed: Den City. The giant company SOL Technology Co. is based there, and it uses advanced technology that it created to con...
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Season Premiere: Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episodes 1-3

"This second season already feels stronger than the first, with a more involved story and the return of most fan-favorite characters."

ReLIFE Anime Gets 4-Episode Finale Next March

Most of cast, staff return for new episodes on Blu-ray/DVD ― Production on an arc to conclude the ReLife television anime's story has been green-lit. The four new episodes will go on sale on Blu-ray and DVD next March. (highlight the following white text to read spoilers) [The finale will follow the story after the 13th episode until the end of Arata Kaizaki's ReLIFE experiment.] The arc will feature...
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From Groupie to Mother: The Character Growth of Naruto's Sakura

Pink-haired ninja Sakura Haruno has changed a lot since she first appeared in Naruto over a decade and a half ago.
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That Wolf-Boy is Mine! GN 4

This sweet shojo love story comes to a charming conclusion, as love triangles resolve without getting too hairy. Rebecca Silverman reflects on if this romance is worth reading. ― One of the best things about a short series is that they end. That may sound a bit too obvious to merit stating, but a short-and-sweet series, if done right, can be incredibly fulfilling. That's the case with Yoko Nogiri's T...
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Eromanga Sensei ‒ Episode 3

"After her introduction in the previous episode, Eromanga Sensei's third episode gives some formal focus to rival author Elf Yamada."
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Resident Evil: heavenly island's Naoki Serizawa Launches New Manga Series on April 28

New series centers on female sports doctor ― The official Twitter account for the Nihon Bungeisha's Weekly Manga Goraku magazine revealed on Thursday that the manga's next issue (issue #2562) on April 28 will launch Naoki Serizawa's new manga series Sports Doctor "MAMA" (Mama wa Sports Doctor). 【次号予告】次号のGW特大合併号の週刊漫画ゴラクは、本誌初登場!巨弾シリーズ新連載!!芹沢直樹が描く「ママはスポーツドクター」が大増の70Pで登場!!!!来週の28日(金)発売のゴラクを、是非ともお楽しみくださいま...
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Live-Action Blade of the Immortal Film Streams 2 'Cannes' TV Ads

Film screens at Cannes Film Festival in May, opens in Japan on Saturday ― Warner Brothers began streaming two new "Cannes" commercials on Friday for the live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal "neo period drama" manga. Both ads preview the film's theme song "Live to Die Another Day ~Sonzai Shōmei~" (Live to Die Another Day ~Proof of Existence~) by Miyavi. The film will premiere in ...
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Code:Realize Anime Reveals TV Format, October Premiere, Cast, Staff, Promo Video

Game cast reprises roles with Saori Hayami joining as progatonist Cardia ― The "Code:Realize Fantastic Party" event in Kawasaki City revealed on Sunday that the previously revealed anime adaptation of Idea Factory and Design Factory's Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ (Code:Realize ~Sōsei no Himegimi) PlayStation Vita game is a television anime series that will premiere in October. The anime's webs...
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2nd Tokyo Ghoul Stage Play Reveals Cast, Staff, July Premiere

Ryo Matsuda replaces Yūki Ogoe to star in new stage play ― The official website for the second Tokyo Ghoul stage play based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga began streaming a commercial on Sunday to reveal some of the cast members in costume. (Note: The first video below can't be viewed the United States, New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea, and Australia.) The stage play stars: Ryo Matsuda as Ken Kane...
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Kamiko Nintendo Switch Game Gets English Release on April 27

Arcade-like action game launched in Japan on April 13 ― Nintendo is listing that it will release game publisher and developer Flyhigh Works and indie developer Skipmore's Kamiko game on the Switch in the United States on April 27. The game will cost US$4.99 and will be available on the Nintendo e-Shop. Flyhigh Works began streaming an introduction video for the game on April 12. Nintendo describes th...
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Tsuredure Children Anime Reveals Main Cast, Theme Song Artists

Series of 15-minute shorts premieres in July ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine is revealing the main cast and theme song details on Wednesday for the television anime of Toshiya Wakabayashi's Tsuredure Children (Idle Children) manga. The anime stars: Kaito Ishikawa as Takurō Sugawara Inori Minase as Chizuru Takano Tomoaki Maeno as Takeshi Gōda Yui Ogura a...
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5-Minute Fire Emblem Echoes Game's English Video Outlines Strategic Elements

Remake for 3DS ships in N. America, Europe on May 19 ― Nintendo began streaming a new English-narrated "A Master Class in Strategy" trailer on Saturday for its Fire Emblem Echoes -Shadows of Valentia- Nintendo 3DS game. The video previews the game's strategic elements. The video also outlines what bonuses various Amiibo figures will provide in-game. The game features animated cut scenes by Studio Kha...
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One Piece Reveals Anime Character Designs for Pudding, Big Mom

Toei also streams preview for next week's anime-original musical number ― The official website for the One Piece franchise revealed the anime character designs on Sunday for the characters Charlotte Pudding and Big Mom. Miyuki Sawashiro (Durarara!!'s Celty, 2011 Hunter × Hunter 's Kurapika) will voice the character Charlotte Pudding. Pudding is the 35th daughter of Big Mom, and she is Sanji's arrange...

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"Magic Mirror" in Shibuya Compliments Women Using Voice of Toshiki Masuda

The Japanese company Nissui has put up a "Magic Voice Mirror" in Shibuya as part of a campaign for a new line of soy milk cookies. Women can stand in front of the mirror and hear various compliments about their appearance from seiyu Toshiki Masuda. Directional speakers are used to make it sound like he is, "whispering sweetly into your ear." Toshiki Masuda is the voice of Mikado Sekimura in B-PRO...
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Berserk ‒ Episode 16

"For once, things seem to be looking up for Guts and his travelling party."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 29

"This isn't just the peak of this second season's commitment to doubling down on the horror, it's easily one the direst moments in the entire Attack on Titan franchise series thus far."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 17

"The U.A. sports festival rages on with the beginning of the cavalry battle."
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Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 3

"The animation for the brief fight scene at the beginning isn't the sharpest, but this series has so much going for it on a conceptual front that minor problems like this can be overlooked."
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Madoka Magica Characters Transform into Flower Fairies in Lawson Collaboration

Madoka, Mami, Homura, Sakura, Sayaka, and Kyōko from SHAFT's Puella Magi Madoka Magica will be transforming into flower fairies in a collaboration with the Japanese convenience store chain Lawson beginning on April 25. Lawson will be selling a variety of original goods for the campaign, which is a tie-up event for the 3rd Madoka Magica film, Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion. ...
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Castlevania Show's Adi Shankar Says He'd 'Love to Do' an R-Rated Mega Man Film

Producer Adi Shankar is currently working on the upcoming Castlevania animated series for Netflix, but he's also been recently discussing other video game adaptations he'd like to make. Shankar said in an interview with gaming website WWG on April 10 he would "love to do" an R-rated live-action film based on Capcom's Mega Man franchise. The producer also said he would also like to tackle an animat...
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Yuki Yuna Is a Hero Anime's Pachislot Game Video Posted

1st film of 2nd season opened in March, 2nd on April 15 ― Game company Daxel began streaming a promotional video for its pachislot (pachinko-parlor slot machine) based on the Yuki Yuna Is a Hero anime franchise on Monday. Daxel hasn't yet revealed when the machines will launch in pachinko parlors in Japan. The first Yuki Yuna Is a Hero anime's story takes place in the era of the gods, year 300. Yūna ...
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ufotable Animates Opening for BS Fuji's 'Anime Guild' Block

New block airs Anonymous Noise, Kado: The Right Answer, Grimoire of Zero, BanG Dream! anime ― Animation studio ufotable (The Garden of Sinners, Fate/Zero) posted its video opening for BS Fuji's new Anime Guild programming block on April 10. The block runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. BSフジ・新アニメ枠「アニメギルド」―OP映像をufotableにて制作致しました。クレジット付のバージョンをWEB限定で公開致します。 アニメギルド公式アカウント(@animegu...
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Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side ‒ Episode 2

"Maybe I blocked it out, but I don't remember so much Loki-assaulting-Lefiya action in the original Sword Oratoria novels."
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Man Forced to Breastfeed Alien Baby in New Manga

Provided with gender-switching device ― Alien abduction stories are a staple of pulp science fiction, complete with variations in which humans raise alien babies. Gender-switching stories are also perennially popular, especially in Japan. The manga Chichi no Jikan by Kuronosuke Shirata, published in book form by Tokuma Shoten on April 20, combines the two themes in a very bizarre way. Chichi no Jikan...
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REC's Q-taro Hanamizawa Starts New Manga in May

New Kanojo ga Bikini Armor ni Kigaetara manga centers on wife with secret ― This year's June issue of Shonengahosha's Monthly Young King Ours GH magazine announced on Monday that Q-taro Hanamizawa will start a new manga titled Kanojo ga Bikini Armor ni Kigaetara (If She Changes Into Bikini Armor) in next month's issue on May 16. The July issue will feature the manga on its front cover, and the first ...
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Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Gets Collaboration with Tenkaippin Ramen Chain, More

Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail is getting collaborations with Tenkaippin ramen, the restaurant Sweets Paradise, and the internet cafe Jijyuu Kuukan to celebrate the new anime film Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, which opens in theaters in Japan on May 6. At Tenkaippin ramen, fans will be able to eat "Special Collaboration Donburi" out of bowls with an illustration of a half-dragon Natsu on them. The ramen chai...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Characters Show Off Their Worldwide 'Image Girl' Dress

The Love Live! Sunshine!! "World Image Girl Election" poll held late last year paired each character with a corresponding country to make each a PR ambassador for different "regions" of the world. The highest combination of votes for each idol and region determined which member became the ambassador for each location. The Love Live franchise staff revealed the characters dressed in traditional or ...
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We Saw the New Karuta-filled Detective Conan Movie

The new Detective Conan movie is like Chihayafuru but with more murder.
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Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant GN

This behind-the-scenes look at the clean-up effort following the Fukushima disaster is rich with narrative and artistic detail. Theron Martin explains what makes this biographical manga so unique. ― Manga is so typically a disposable entertainment form that it can be easy to lose sight of how compelling a format it can be when devoted to serious, non-dramatized nonfiction accounts. This is just such ...
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Toriko's Shimabukuro Publishes New 1-Shot in Grand Jump Magazine This Fall

This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro will publish a new one-shot manga in Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine this fall. Shimabukuro is publishing the 19-page "Chingiri" one-shot manga (pictured at right) in the same combined issue on Monday. He also recently published a different 29-page one-shot gag manga...

Ryohgo Narita's New Bleach Novel Reveals Title, Digital Serialization Starting on April 28

Novel focusing on Shūhei Hisagi launches on Jump+, official Bleach app ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing the title on Monday for Ryohgo Narita's (Baccano!, Durarara!) new Bleach novel based on Tite Kubo's manga. The novel is titled Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World, and it will launch on both the Shonen Jump+ app and the official Bleach ...
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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory Game Reveals 2 New Characters

PS4/Vita game featuring 320+ Digimon ships in Japan this year, in early 2018 in West ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed two new female characters on Thursday for its Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game. The game will feature the new character Erika Mishima and the returning character Fei. Erika is "is a genius hacker who has the special power to li...
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Bandai Namco Ent. Reveals Weekly Shonen Jump Ore Collection Smartphone Game

Battle card game launches in Japan this summer ― This year's June issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Friday that Weekly Shonen Jump and Bandai Namco Entertainment are launching a smartphone game titled Weekly Shonen Jump Ore Collection (Weekly Shonen Jump My Collection) this summer. Bandai Namco Entertainment has also opened a website for the game. In the card battle game, players collec...

Fullmetal Alchemist, One Piece Voice Actor Ed Blaylock Passes Away

Voice actor for King Bradley, Sengoku was 64 ― Dallas, Texas-based radio station WRR 101 revealed on Thursday that voice actor and radio host Ed Blaylock (Thomas Edwin Blaylock, Jr.) passed away on Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 64. As a voice actor, Blaylock played the role of Fuhrer King Bradley in both the Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood television anime seri...

Friday, April 21

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More Do You Like Your Mom? Light Novel Campaigns Ahead of Mother's Day

"Personalized" voice clips, an online RPG, and a mini-museum ― Dachima Inaka's light novel Do You Like Your Mom? Her Normal Attack is Two Attacks at Full Power has sold very well and has inspired several unique promotional campaigns. With the second volume hitting store shelves on April 20 and Mother's Day approaching on May 14, its publisher, Fujimi Shobo, is unleashing more treats for readers yearn...
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Marvelous Establishes Company With Focus on Senran Kagura

Producer Kenichirō Takaki helms Honey∞Parade Games ― Game, anime, and stage production company Marvelous announced on Friday that it will establish a subsidiary company under the name Honey∞Parade Games on May 9. The new company's main focus will be the production and promotion of the Senran Kagura series, but it also aims to create "next generation" IP. Senran Kagura series producer Kenichirō Takaki...
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Saga Prefecture's 4 Anime Shorts Now Streaming With English Subtitles

Saga Prefecture's four anime shorts created to promote the area's tourism are now streaming with English subtitles. "Okaeri" ("Welcome Back") follows high school senior Sora who is aiming to be a professional soccer player. Unfortunately, Sora is injured and finds that the path to being a pro in Tokyo is now closed to him. He decides to find a new path in Saga Prefecture's Karatsu city. Kappei Yam...
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NieR: Automata Sells More Than 500,000 Copies In Japan & Asia

The official NieR Twitter account revealed on Friday that the PlayStation 4 version of NieR: Automata has sold more than 500,000 physical and digital copies in Japan and Asia. According to Media Create's most recent Japanese sales chart, more than 300,000 physical versions of the game have been shipped in Japan alone. Square Enix announced on April 4 that the the game's physical and digital versio...
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Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness Manga's Life-Size Lala Figure Completed

Shueisha's Jump Square first announced that Lala Satalin Deviluke will get her own life-size figure last month to mark the manga's end. To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga writer Saki Hasemi has since stated that Darkness is "not the final chapter" of To Love-Ru but the figure's creation marched forward none the less. Now completed, Lala will only go home with 10 lucky buyers. She's priced at 2,8...
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AR Game Maker Sues Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Legal Response to Pokémon Go

U.S. game company Candy Lab sued the county of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday over an ordinance that requires virtual and location-based augmented reality games to have a permit in order to operate in Milwaukee County Parks. Candy Lab is challenging the ordinance on the basis that it violates its First Amendment right to free speech. The county adopted the ordinance in January in response to the p...
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Series Premiere: KADO - The Right Answer ‒ Episodes 0-3

"Despite its methodical pacing and lack of a big emotional hook, KADO is thoughtfully written and carefully presented, with the potential to explore some really big ideas."
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Bookwalker Global to Release The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress Light Novel

Digital reading platform plans more English translations of light novels ― BookWalker Global, Kadokawa's English-language digital reading platform, announced on Friday that it will release the first volume of the light novel series The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress (Tatakau Panya to Kikaiji kake no Kanbanmusume) in English in June. The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress is the platform...
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Silent Möbius Creator Kia Asamiya Draws Visual for Maya Okamoto's Fictitious '90s Anime

Voice actress Maya Okamoto (Emma Sheen in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Orihime in Sakura Wars, Harumi in The Irresponsible Captain Tylor) recorded a CD for a classic '90s anime that never actually existed, and the key visual, drawn by Silent Möbius creator Kiya Asamiya, has just been released. The fictional anime is titled Raijin Hakkei -ZANAM- Femme Fatale Unmei no Onna, or "Thunder God Series 8 -ZAN...
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Viz Media Licenses Splatoon Manga

Also announces new Studio Ghibli picture books, Hello Kitty & Friends coloring book ― North American publisher Viz Media announced during its C2E2 panel on Friday that it has licensed Sankichi Hinodeya's Splatoon manga and plans to release the first volume in late 2017. In addition, the company announced that it will release The Art of My Little Pony: The Movie book in August, The Hello Kitty & Frien...
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Tamio Boy to Kuruwase Girl Live-Action Film's Trailer Reveals September Opening

Live-action Bakuman.'s Hitoshi Ōne directs film ― The official website for Tamio Boy to Kuruwase Girl, the live-action film adaptation of Chokkaku Shibuya's Okuda Tamio ni Naritai Boy - Deau Otoko Subete Kuruwaseru Girl (The Boy Who Wished to Be Tamio Okuda - The Girl Who Drove All the Men She Met Crazy) manga, began streaming a trailer and teaser video for the film on Thursday. Both videos reveal th...
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Robbery Suspect Description Evokes Detective Conan Villain

A recent theft in Fukuoka has police on the look out for a man with long hair and a black hat. The description has internet gumshoes wondering if they already know the culprit, none other than Detective Conan's Gin. The Black Organization officer is one of Conan's most ruthless opponents and the internet is abuzz that the character is the one behind the robbery. On Monday, the suspect and his two ...

Sentai Filmworks Reveals Himōto! Umaru-chan's English Dub Cast

Video clip previews English dub with Umaru, Taihei's voice actors ― Sentai Filmworks revealed the full English dub cast and a new English dub clip for Himoto! Umaru-chan on Friday. The new clip showcases previously announced cast members Emily Neves and Adam Noble performing their respective roles as Umaru and Taihei. The rest of the main English cast is as follows: Sara Ornelas as Nana Ebina Jad Sax...
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Kodansha Comics to Publish Battle Angel Alita, Full-Color Attack on Titan: No Regrets Manga

Color pages previewed for Attack on Titan: No Regrets ― Kodansha Comics announced during its presentation at C2E2 on Friday that it will release Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita manga in hardcover 2-in-1 omnibus volumes beginning this holiday season. In addition, the company announced that it will release a full-color, hardcover, large-size edition of the Attack on Titan: No Regrets manga this fal...

Seven Seas Licenses To Love Ru, To Love Ru Darkness Manga

1st volumes slated for October ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed the To Love Ru (To Love-Ru -Trouble-) and To Love Ru Darkness (To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness) manga. The company plans to release the series concurrently, with To Love Ru as 2-in-1 omnibus volumes and To Love Ru Darkness as single volumes. The first volumes are slated for October 24 and October 31, resp...
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Manga Explores What It Would Be Like If Your Mom Was Your Age

Son, mother both 10 years old ― Chances are you probably know or have known kids who've acted wiser or more mature than their years, whether through being bossy or nurturing. But what if your mom was actually your age? How would that affect your childhood? That's the intriguing question Rei Neyuki asks in the webcomic Okaasan (10-sai) to Boku. ("My (10-Year-Old) Mom and Me."), now newly published in ...
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Blade Dance of Elementalers' Artist Draws Isekai Meikyū de Harem o Manga

Shachi Sogano launched original novel on "Shōsetsuka ni Narō!" website in 2011 ― The May issue of Kadokawa's Shonen Ace magazine revealed last month that Issei Hyōju will launch a manga adaptation of Shachi Sogano's Isekai Meikyū de Harem o (A Harem in the Fantasy World Dungeon) light novel series in the magazine's next issue on April 26. The original novel series centers on high school student Michi...
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Exile Election PS4/Vita Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

NIS's adventure game ships in Japan on April 27 ― The official website for Nippon Ichi Software's Tsuihō Senkyo (Exile Election) adventure game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita began streaming the second promotional video on Friday. In the video, Alice introduces the three rules of the "Exile Election" death game. The website began streaming the first promotional video in February and "exile im...
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Answerman - What Were VHS Fansubs Like?

Back in the 80s and 90s anime fansubs were distributed entirely on VHS tape - a whole ecosystem of tape sharing and trading that no longer exists. Justin breaks it down. ― Michael asks: Every once in a while, I'll stumble across old VHS fansubs; the unique quirks (like Kodocha's purple tapes) are absolutely fascinating. Were things like custom labels or tapes and fancy splashscreens common back then...
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Series Premiere: Sagrada Reset ‒ Episodes 1-3

"The show has some serious problems (mostly on the production side), but there is more promise to its story than most of its mid-tier brethren."
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Bungo Stray Dogs OVA Casts Masakazu Morita as Shōsaku Katsura

Blu-ray Disc ships with original manga's 13th volume on August 4 ― The official Twitter account for the Bungo Stray Dogs anime franchise revealed on Friday that it has cast Masakazu Morita as the new character Shōsaku Katsura (pictured below). The character will appear in the original anime that Kadokawa will publish on Blu-ray Disc as a bundle with the 13th volume of Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa...
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Series Premiere: Love Tyrant ‒ Episodes 1-3

"It delivers its jokes extremely well, and while it has issues everywhere else in terms of writing, pacing, and design, none of that is enough to distract from enjoying those punchlines."
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Escha Chron OVA Reveals Main Character Designs

2-episode anime stars Chika Anzai, Kiyono Yasuno ― The official website for the two-episode original video anime adaptation of Avex Pictures' DIVE II Entertainment music label's "Escha Chron" stage recital project revealed character designs and descriptions for four characters on Friday. The cast includes (Note: Name romanizations are not official.): Chika Anzai as Escha, a beautiful girl with a myst...
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Scientists and Engineers React to Mecha and Robot Anime

On a recent TV special, Japanese scientists and engineers gave their views on the past half century of robot anime.
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Series Premiere: Clockwork Planet ‒ Episodes 1-3

"It's definitely on the ugly side for anime, and it could stand to be more creative with its premise, but there's still potential here."
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Wataru Hatano Performs Hitorijime My Hero TV Anime's Opening Song

Series adapting Memeco Arii's boys-love spinoff manga premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Memeco Arii's Hitorijime My Hero manga revealed on Friday that Wataru Hatano will perform the opening theme song "Heart Signal" for the series. Genki Hikota composed and arranged the rap song, and shigeo provided the lyrics. Hatano and Hikota previously worked together...
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Store: Kemono Friends Gets Stage Musical, New Game

"New screen project" for franchise previously announced ― The Akihabara-based store Busō Shōten posted an image of the wraparound jacket band on the Kemono Friends Official Guide Book 2 book on Friday. The band reveals that the Kemono Friends franchise is getting a stage musical and a new game. The guide book also reaffirms that a "new screen project" has been green-lit for the franchise. The book wi...

Daichi Sorayomi Ends Keijo!!!!!!!! Aquatic Sports Manga

Manga inspired 12-episode anime series in October ― This year's combined 22nd and 23rd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine will publish the final chapter of Daichi Sorayomi's Keijo!!!!!!!! aquatic sports manga on Wednesday. The manga's 16th volume will ship in May, the 17th volume will ship in June, and the 18th volume will ship in July. Sorayomi launched the manga in Weekly Shonen S...
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Polka Dots Performs Theme Song For Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Anime Film

Hiro Mashima serves as executive producer for film opening on May 6 ― The official website for the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film announced on Friday that the two-member unit Polka Dots (pictured right) is performing the film's theme song "What You Are." The duo is composed of i☆Ris member Himika Akaneya and Mimi Meme MIMI member Yuki Takao. Polka Dots previously performed an insert song for the T...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film's 2nd Trailer Streamed With English Subtitles

Film starting Ryōsuke Yamada opens in Japan on December 1 ― Warner Bros. Japan began streaming an English subtitled version of the second trailer for the live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga on Friday. The trailer shows young Edward and Alphonse's attempt to bring their mother back to life with alchemy, and then previews action scenes with the brothers as adults. Warner Bros...
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7O3X: Fastest Finger First Anime's Quiz Videos Reveal Takuma Nagatsuka as Akira Sonohara

Anime based on Iqura Sugimoto's quiz club manga premieres in July ― Toei began streaming a quiz video on Tuesday for 7O3X Fastest Finger First, the television anime adaptation of Iqura Sugimoto's Nana Maru San Batsu (literally, "7 O 3 X" or "7 Right, 3 Wrong") manga. The video reveals the character Akira Sonohara, and the voice actor for the character asks if viewers can guess his identity. A separat...

Kohske's Gangsta. Manga Resumes on May 20

Series had been on hiatus since November 2015 due to author's poor health ― The official website of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic @ Bunch magazine revealed on Friday that Kohske's Gangsta. manga will resume in the magazine's July issue, which will ship on May 20. Additionally, from May 15-28, all 42 chapters of the manga released so far will be available to read for free on the website. The magazine had...
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The Relative Worlds Original CG Anime's Trailer Shows Parallel World Characters

2-part anime debuts on Hulu Japan on April 28, May 5 ― The official website for Hulu Japan and Craftar's original two-part "smart CG animation" project Soutai Sekai (The Relative Worlds) began streaming a trailer for the project on Friday. The video shows the characters and their alternate world counterparts interacting with each other, and also previews REOL's opening theme song "VIP KID." REOL are ...
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Haré+Guu's Kindaichi to End Liar x Liar Manga in 3 Chapters

Manga about stepbrother unknowingly falling in love with stepsister launched in 2010 ― The June issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine is revealing on Monday that Renjuro Kindaichi's Liar x Liar manga will end in three chapters. The magazine's April issue previously noted in February that the manga would end in four chapters, but the manga took a one-month break in the May issue. If there are no delays...
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BlazBlue CentralFiction Game Comes to Steam on April 26

Publisher H2 Interactive revealed on Thursday that it will release Arc System Works' BlazBlue: CentralFiction fighting game on the PC via Steam on April 26. The release will include the game's original soundtrack and a digital "Memorial Book." The game originally debuted in Japanese arcades in November 2015, and the game launched in Japan for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 on October 6. Aksys...
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Augmented Reality Girls Trinary App's 2nd Promo Video Highlights Features

App debuted on April 13 with anime ― The official website for Toei Animation and Gust's Augmented Reality Girls Trinary (Kakuchō Shōjo-Kei Trinary) "anime cross-link role-playing game" smartphone collaboration project's app began streaming a second promotional video for the project on Thursday. The video highlights the app's features, including communicating with the characters, story events, battles...
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Live-Action [email protected] Show Teases 1st Episode in Video

Series premieres in South Korea on April 28, will stream on Amazon Prime Video ― The official YouTube account for the live-action THE [email protected] Dream television series began streaming a teaser for the show's first episode on Thursday. The official website for the series revealed on March 3 that the [email protected] Dream series will begin airing in South Korea on April 28. The show will air on the S...
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ZUN Announces 16th Game in Touhou Project Series

Touhou: Hidden Star in Four Seasons debuts at Summer Comiket in August ― Japanese dōjin developer ZUN (founder and sole member of the Team Shanghai Alice dōjin game developer circle) revealed on Thursday that he is developing the 16th main installment in the Touhou Project series of "bullet hell" (danmaku) shooters, titled Touhou: Hidden Star in Four Seasons (Tōhō Tenkūshō). He added he hopes to have...
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In/Spectre Manga Ends, But Sequel Announced for June

Manga by Chasiba Katase based on Kyo Shirodaira's novel launched in 2015 ― This year's third issue of Kodansha's Shōnen Magazine R published the final chapter of Kyo Shirodaira and Chasiba Katase's manga In/Spectre (Kyokō Suiri or Invented Interface) manga on Thursday. A sequel series to the manga will begin in the magazine's next issue on June 20. The first chapter of the sequel will be a short stor...
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Crunchyroll Adds The Devil is a Part-Timer!, Blood Blockade Battlefront Anime

Junjō Romantica 3 also added ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added The Devil is a Part-Timer!, Blood Blockade Battlefront, and Junjō Romantica 3 anime series to its catalog. The Devil is a Part-Timer! is available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The anime premiered in 2013. Funimation streamed the series as...
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Boys Figure Skating Manga Anthology Sells Out at Launch

Sayo Yamamoto and MAPPA's hit anime series Yuri on Ice has made an impression outside of its female fanbase, resonating with professional figure skaters and the ice skating world as a whole. The popularity it's brought to the sport can be summed up as immense. An immediate example is the "Yuri!!! on Ice ~Figure Skate o 100-Bai Tanoshimu Shūchū Kōgi~" event with figure-skating choreographer Kenji M...
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Gundam the Origin Anime's Loum Arc Debuts on September 2

Episode 5 will double theater count, screening run compared to previous episodes ― Sunrise announced on Friday that "Clash at Loum," the fifth episode of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime and the first in the anime's "Loum Arc," will open in Japan on September 2 in 35 theaters — more than double the previous four episodes' 15 theaters. The episode's screenings will also be extended to four wee...
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