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House of 1000 Manga - Unico

Shaenon takes a magical journey with Tezuka's famously adorable little unicorn, Unico.
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Karneval BD+DVD 1-4

Karneval is a story with interest and potential that ends too soon.
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The X Button - Hive Finds

This week brings pitches for dungeon treks, alien bug raids, and a nightmare long thought over. Plus Silent Hills, BlazBlue, and the results of an anime-editing contest!
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Review: Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late

Under Night is an elegantly designed game by people who have been at fighting games for a long time, and who deeply understand what's truly important about them.
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Pile of Shame - The Enemy's The Pirates!

Justin tries to return to an old 90s favorite that has become more famous for its obscure, awful dub.
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Terra Formars GN 1

While Terra Formars presents an interesting science fiction story that plays on our innate dislike of cockroaches (and long-standing jokes about how hard to kill they are), it doesn't present it as well as it might.
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 18

M3 the dark metal EPISODE 18 THE TRUTH OF YOMIJIMA
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Shelf Life - Popular Culture

This week, the challenges of high school, fighting alien menaces, and evil masterminds.
- Gatchaman Crowds
- Terror in Resonance ep. 1-6
- Watamote
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anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day [Collector's Edition] BD+DVD

AnoHana is a story of high emotion. There's a lot of screaming, crying, laughing, and soppy emotional weltering of every flavor. It is tough to digest all of that in 100 minutes. In fact, it's not really recommended.
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Cardfight!! Vanguard GN 1

Overall, Cardfight!! Vanguard is going to be best enjoyed by those who are familiar with the game or just enjoy card battle games in general. It does make a real effort to be generally appealing, though.
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Baby Steps Episodes 1-12 Streaming

Baby Steps isn't big on thrilling sports action. It's interested in quieter, less immediate pleasures: the simple pleasures of good characters and good relationships moving slowly but surely in good directions.
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Thursday, August 21

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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Game's Margaret Character Promo Streamed

Sho Minazuki, Shadow Labrys, Adachi/Marie dubbed videos also streamed ― Game Publisher Atlus Japan began streaming a character promotional video featuring Persona 4's Margaret for its upcoming 2D fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on Thursday. Margaret: I wonder what end- no... What meetings the fate of the visitor who just came will bring? Margaret: Oh my... Welcome to the Velvet Room. Margaret ...Well, whatever. Please go and buy 100 cans of cola for me, will you? Margaret: Elizabeth... Do you have no intention to return? Theo is worrying about you as well.
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Decepticon Maserati Driver Heading to Court

Anime News Network got in touch with the driver of the modified Maserati this week for details on the ongoing saga that's landing him a date in Quincy District Court. The driver, who asked to remain anonymous, regularly changes the color of the US$99,698 car with plasti dip. The Decepticon plasti dip was just the latest in his monthly car make-overs this summer. He also told ANN that while he most often drives the car, it is technically in his wife's name.

Diabolik Lovers, The Ambition of Oda Nobuna Get English Dubs

Also: Queen's Blade: Beautiful Warriors, Infinite Stratos II Sentai Filmworks unveiled its December release slate on Thursday, announcing that the Diabolik Lovers, The Ambition of Oda Nobuna, Queen's Blade: Beautiful Warriors, and Infinite Stratos 2 will get English dubs. Diabolik Lovers and Infinite Stratos II will be DVD-only releases, while The Ambition of Oda Nobuna and Queen's Blade: Beautiful Warriors will ship on both Blu-ray and DVD. Sentai Filmworks previously released English-dubbed versions of
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Sword Art Online II's Opening Shown in Original Animation Sketches

Animator Tetsuya Takeuchi's Kirito sketches unveiled A-1 Pictures began streaming a video on Thursday with Tetsuya Takeuchi's original animation sketches for one of the scenes in Sword Art Online II's opening sequence. The video plays the scene once, and then again in slow motion. Sword Art Online II adapts the third arc, Phantom Bullet, from Reki Kawahara's original light novel series. The arc from the fifth and sixth novel volumes features the heroine Sinon and the protagonist Kirito. Crunchyroll
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Space Brothers, AKB48 Founder, Others Take the "Ice Bucket Challenge"

― The "Ice Bucket Challenge" has been sweeping across the Internet, and it seems as though Japan is not immune to its viral, charitable charms. The challenge, which involves dumping a bucket of ice water over the participant's head, is meant to raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more colloquially known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The participants then nominate others to join them in the challenge. While the stipulation is that those nominated must either participate or donate money to support ALS, some presumably have been doing both.
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Edge of Tomorrow, Godzilla to Win 'Cool Japan' Awards

Tom Cruise, Doug Liman, Legendary Pictures to be honored at Consul General of Japan's residence ― The summer blockbuster Godzilla and Edge of Tomorrow, the film based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka's light novel All You Need Is Kill, are set to win awards at the second annual Japan Cool Content Contribution Awards Ceremony on September 13. The Japan External Trade Organization, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Consulate General of Japan will award Tom Cruise with the J3C Acting Award and Doug Liman with the J3C Director Award for
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Leprechaun: Origins' Lipovsky to Direct Dead Rising Film

Live-action film to premiere on Crackle streaming service ― Zach Lipovsky (Leprechaun: Origins, Tasmanian Devils) has signed on to direct Crackle and Legendary Entertainment's live-action film adaptation of CAPCOM's Dead Rising zombie survival-horror video game. Tim Carter of Contradiction Films (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) wrote the film and is producing it with Tomas Harlan and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune produced the original Xbox 360 game in 2006. The story follows four characters as they attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse while hunting down the source of the infection that is giving rise to the undead.
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Akihabara Fans Vote For Favorite Silver-Haired Heroine

― Another street poll, another hair-color! The pedestrians of Akihabara have once again been asked to rank their favorite anime girls, this time with the focus on silver-haired heroines. Apparently, stereotypes for silver-haired characters are generally positive, with pollers using descriptors like "high-spec," "smarter," and "overwhelmingly pretty," although they were also described as "usually flat-chested." Here are the top seven silver-haired girls of anime according to those 100 fans:
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Japanese Comic Ranking, August 11-17

Attack on Titan, Silver Spoon, Naruto, Haikyu!!, P to JK in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Attack on Titan 14 487,481 1,340,238 2014/08 Kodansha Hajime Isayama 1 2 2 Silver Spoon 12 127,695 127,695 2014/08 Shogakukan Hiromu Arakawa 2 1 3 Naruto 70 125,648 744,891 2014/08 Shueisha Masashi Kishimoto 2 3 4 Haikyu!! 12 108,965 552,423 2014/08 Shueisha Haruichi Furudate 3 2 5 P to JK 5 104,905 104,905 2014/08 Kodansha Maki Miyoshi 5 1
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House of 1000 Manga - Unico

Shaenon takes a magical journey with Tezuka's famously adorable little unicorn, Unico.
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Karneval BD+DVD 1-4

Karneval is a story with interest and potential that ends too soon.

Mysterious Girlfriend X Manga Ends Next Month

Riichi Ueshiba's 2006 manga inspired TV anime in 2012 ― The October issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine is announcing on Monday that Riichi Ueshiba's Nazo no Kanojo X (Mysterious Girlfriend X) manga will end in the next issue, which will be released on September 25. The "unidentifiable love" manga revolves around Akira Tsubaki, who one day notices the anti-social transfer student Mikoto Urabe drooling on her desk while she is sleeping, and he tastes it. Eventually the two begin to date and get to know each other better.
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Sailor Moon Musical Gets 1st Overseas Run in Shanghai

Musical starring Sailor Chibi Moon, Sailor Pluto, Prince Demande, Saphir opened in Tokyo on Thursday ― The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise announced on Thursday that the a performance in Shanghai of the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Petite Étrangère musical is scheduled to be held in January. The Shanghai play will be the very first performance of any Sailor Moon musical outside of Japan. More details will be listed on the official website at a later time. In addition, the staff announced that a DVD release of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Petite Étrangère
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Chibi Vampire's Kagesaki Starts New Manga in Comic High!

Sora x Lila ~Sora-iro no Lila to Okubyō na Boku~ follows boy whose childhood friend comes back an alien ― The preview for volume 114 of Futabasha's Comic High! magazine is listing that Yuna Kagesaki (Chibi Vampire, AiON) will begin a new series in the magazine titled Sora x Lila ~Sora-iro no Lila to Okubyō na Boku~ (Sky x Lila ~The Sky-Colored Lila and the Cowardly Me~). The manga will be featured on the cover of the issue, and will also have color introductory pages at the beginning of the magazine. The tagline for the series reads, “My girlfriend became an alien and came home!?”

Kuroko's Basketball Threat Suspect Gets 4.5 Years in Prison

Tokyo court sentences man who sent threats linked to popular manga ― Presiding Judge Iwao Maeda of the Tokyo District Court sentenced Hirofumi Watanabe to four years and six months in prison on Thursday for sending threats linked to the Kuroko's Basketball manga. This is the same sentence length that the prosecution had requested during the closing arguments of the case last month. Watanabe admitted to his crimes, but said that "taking responsibility for them is impossible," and that his crimes were "a good revenge" against his parents. At his trial, he also commented, saying, "After I'm released from prison, I'm going to end my life, which was and is still meaningless."
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Live-Action Itazura na Kiss Sequel's Opening Streamed

Cyntia sings theme for series premiering with September 12 honeymoon special ― The opening sequence for the live-action television sequel series Itazura Na Kiss 2 ~Love in Tokyo debuted on Tuesday. The video features model and actress Honoka Miki (Suzuki-sensei, Maria Watches Over Us) as Kotoko and Yūki Furukawa (High School Debut, Rich Man, Poor Woman) as Naoki, as the couple goes on dates throughout the streets of Tokyo. The girl band Cyntia performs the theme song "Kiss Kiss Kiss." Like first television series, the sequel adapts
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Mikako Komatsu, Hiroyuki Yoshino Join Gangsta. Anime's Cast

Yoshiko Sakakibara also joins cast for anime, 3-part drama CD project ― The October issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic @ Bunch magazine revealed additional cast members for the anime adaptation of Kohske's Gangsta. manga on Thursday. The additional cast is as follows: Hiroyuki Yoshino as Doug (pictured top right in above image) Yoshiko Sakakibara as Gina Paulklee (pictured top left in above image) Mikako Komatsu as Ginger (pictured bottom left in above image) The three voice actors will also play the same parts in the upcoming three-part drama CD series. Both the anime and drama CD project will star

Wednesday, August 20

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Kōji Matsumoto Starts Next Higanjima Horror Manga Sequel

Series is inspiring a new live-action film, drama television series ― This year's 38th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine is published the first chapter of Kōji Matsumoto's Higanjima 48-nichi-go… (Nirvana Island: 48 Days Later...) sequel manga on Monday. The manga is the third in Matsumoto's horror manga series and takes place after civilization around the world has collapsed and is now dominated by blood-thirsty vampires. The frightened survivors live in hiding. The original 33-volume Higanjima manga also inspired a live-action film in 2010 and a live-action series in Japan last year. Funimation

Funimation Streams Hellsing Ultimate Trailer

Last two episodes of Hellsing Ultimate will ship in October FUNimation's official Twitter account streamed a trailer for Hellsing Ultimate Volumes IX and X on Wednesday. Volumes IX and X will ship on DVD and Blu-Ray combo for US$33.74 on October 28. The last two episodes will have both subtitles and an English dub, and will feature trailers, commentary, and interviews. FUNimation gave a synopsis of the season finale: Coming this Fall, prepare yourself for the epic conclusion to one of anime's most brutal and action-packed series of all time. All hell has broken loose, as The Major and his Millennium Organization wreck havoc on downtown London. With Alucard and Alexander battling it out to the death, only Seras and Integra can stop this mad man from laying waste to the rest of the world.
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Uncut Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Home Video Release Slated for October

Blu-ray and DVD release will include additional 20 min. of footage Funimation announced Wednesday that it will release Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods on Blu-ray and DVD in North America on October 7. The home video release will include two versions of the film: an uncut version with an additional 20 minutes of footage not shown in theaters, and the theatrical cut. Funimation describes the story: Following the events of the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it's too late. Only Goku, humanity's last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus's from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe!
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JAPIC Offering 2 Month Stay in Tokyo for International Animators

― The Japan Image Council (JAPIC) is accepting applications for its A-AIR Tokyo 2015 (Animation Artists in Residence Tokyo 2015) program. Three lucky artists from around the world will get to stay in Tokyo for 70 days between January 7 and March 17, 2015. Winners will have their travel expenses and rental accommodations paid while receiving a living allowance and expert assistance. Winners will also have the opportunity to work with Japanese creators and present their work. The three selected candidates will travel to Japanese animation studios while working on a project to be completed by the end of their stay.
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, August 11-17

Hyrule Warriors debuts at #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: August 11-17 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yōkai Watch 2 Ganso/Honke Level 5 July 10 118,526 2,212,518 73 2Wii U Zelda Musou (Hyrule Warriors) (Including Limited Editions) KOEI Tecmo Games August 14 69,090 69,090 80 3 3DS Yoshi's New Island Nintendo July 24 29,933 144,162 4Wii U Mario Kart 8 Nintendo May 29 28,221 627,635 80 53DS Dragonball Heroes Ultimate Mission 2
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Daisuki to Also Stream Hanamonogatari Anime

All 5 episodes to stream August 21 ― Anime distribution site Daisuki, announced on Tuesday that it will stream Hanamonogatari, the latest story arc in the Monogatari anime series. All five episodes will premiere on August 21. The English-subtitled stream will be available for free in the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The episodes will also be available on Daisuki's iOS app. The Monogatari Series Second Season's sequel anime adapts NisiOisin's Hanamonogatari (Flower Story) novel. The story follows Suruga Kanbaru as she continues to attend Naoetsu High School, even though her beloved upperclassmen Hitagi and Koyomi do not attend anymore. While training one day, she hears the rumor of the Lord Devil, a figure that is said to be able to grant any wish. Although she was afraid that it might be herself, she finds that the person playing Lord Devil is Rōka Numachi, one of Suruga's middle school classmates.
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Rock Out With Color-Coordinated Uta-Pri Nail Polish

Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 2000% is all about the glamor and the stage presence, and now fans can support their favorite boy band with officially-branded nail polish. Considering all the color-coordinated merchandise that's already out there, like these costume pouches, ribbon charms, and more, it's kind of surprising that it's taken the licensors this long to come up with nail polish, but now here it is. The nail polish comes in seven different colors, one for each member of STARISH, and each sporting a silhouette of the corresponding character.

NickToons Streams 1st Episode of Little Battlers eXperience Anime

Series will premiere on NickToons on Sunday, August 24 ― The official NickToons website is streaming the first episode of Little Battlers eXperience (Danbōru Senki), "Starting Small." The series will premiere on the channel on Sunday, August 24. Get More: LBX Episodes,LBX,LBX Games The episode's ending credits also reveals the series dub cast: Van: Cole Hanson Kaz: Brett Bauer Amy: Shannon Chen-Kent Len/Lex: Jonathan Love Tyler: Ryan Luhning Cilian: Paul Cowling Devin: Brendan Hunter Damon: Jesse Gervais
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The Seven Deadly Sins 3DS Game Teaser Previews Gameplay

Game will feature original story Namco Bandai Games began streaming a teaser promotional video for its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Nanatsu no Taizai Unjust Sin (The Seven Deadly Sins Unjust Sin) on Wednesday. The video introduces the original manga's premise of Elizabeth's search for the warriors known as the Seven Deadly Sins, and also includes the previously unveiled teaser trailer for The Seven Deadly Sins anime. The action adventure game will feature an original story.
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Fan-Ensemble Pays Tribute To Sailor Moon With Symphony Concert in New York

― iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra, a chamber ensemble that puts together anime, cartoon, and video game-inspired medlies every month, is paying tribute to Sailor Moon with a concert it's calling "Sailor Moon Symphony: SeraSymphony Live!" The fan-created arrangement, courtesty of Artistic Director Bobbie Lee Crow III, will feature themes and background music from all five seasons of the original Sailor Moon in a five-movement symphony, which includes a concerto performed by violinist Christina Bouey and composer-pianist Yasuhiko Fukuoka.
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Million Arthur Game Gets Live-Action TV Show

Live-action show based on smartphone card game slated to air on October 3 ― An official website for a live-action television adaptation of Square Enix's Jitsuzai-Sei Million Arthur smartphone card game opened on Wednesday announcing that the series will premiere on October 3. The each installment of the 24 episode series will run for 15 minutes. The "girls entertainment" show will star an all female cast. The website also announced the cast for the show: Seren Kusunoki as Arthur – Fencer of the Castle Arisa Fujisaki as Arthur - Place of Finesse
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Character Breads Puts the "Pan" In Lupin III

Grab a piece of this new collaboration while you're on the run ― They say that man cannot live on bread alone. Still, that doesn't mean that man does not need bread at all, and considering the amount of running that Arsene Lupin III and his dream team of thievery put in on any given day, proper nutrition is a pretty important factor. To make sure that each member of Lupin's band of crooks gets something that suits their needs, and in commemoration of the upcoming live-action Lupin III movie, convenience stores KIOSK and NEWDAYS, in conjunction with are releasing a line of bread products based after the main cast of
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Girl Friend BETA Anime Gets 1st Promo

Series with a current cast of 20 to premiere on October 12 ― The official YouTube channel for the Girl Friend (Kari) (Girl Friend BETA) television anime began streaming an opening movie on Wednesday. The series is slated to premiere on October 12. The text in the video reads: 2014 Fall Now girls are... The brightest season The big hit game with an army of 80 gorgeous voice actresses that over 5 million people have fallen in love with is finally... A new story is set in motion I can't take my eyes off those girls
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The X Button - Hive Finds

This week brings pitches for dungeon treks, alien bug raids, and a nightmare long thought over. Plus Silent Hills, BlazBlue, and the results of an anime-editing contest!
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Review: Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late

Under Night is an elegantly designed game by people who have been at fighting games for a long time, and who deeply understand what's truly important about them.
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Queen's Blade: Vanquished Queens Gets New Anime Episode

4th episode depicts battle between former queen Aldra & assassin Irma ― Online retailer Amazon lists Hobby Japan's Queen's Blade art book Vanquished Queens 3 in a September 30 limited-edition bundle with the Vanquished Queens Niizuma Musan anime. The anime Blu-ray Disc will feature the decisive battle between the amnesiac former queen Aldra and Irma, the assassin who vows vengeance. The veteran mercenary Echidna will also appear in the anime. The illustrated short stories in the original 2011 Vanquished Queens visual book depict the defeats in battle of various
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Weta Workshop Shows Off Its Godzilla Concept Art

Weta Workshop, the special-effects studio behind Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, released some concept art from its work on Gareth Edwards' Godzilla film. The studio's Christian Pearce and Andrew Baker both worked on 2D and 3D design elements of the titular monster. A hardback artbook was released to coincide with the live-action film. The 156-page Godzilla: The Art of Destruction book contains more concept art and sketches.
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PriPara Anime Film's 1st Teaser Hints at Pretty Rhythm Tie-In

Pretty Rhythm characters Aira, Mia, Naru appear alongside Lala, Mirei, Sophie in trailer for spring film ― Avex began streaming a teaser for the upcoming PriPara anime film on Tuesday. The video features PriPara characters Lala, Mirei, and Sophie, as well as a brief clip of Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream's Aira, Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future's Mia, and Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live's Naru. The clip in question debuted in the first episode of the anime. The film is scheduled to open next spring. The story of the television anime revolves around Lala, an elementary school girl who wants to become an idol in Pri
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Live-Action Tokyo Tribe Film's Trailer Features a Rap Battle

Live-action film based on Santa Inoue's Tokyo Tribe 2 manga will open August 30 ― A new TV spot for the live-action film adaptation of Santa Inoue's Tokyo Tribe 2 (Tokyo Tribes) manga began airing on Wednesday. The video features the film's main theme song, "HOPE – TOKYO TRIBE ANTHEM" by YOUNG DAIS, SIMON, Y'S & AI. Narrator: The tribes will destroy Tokyo! All of you, put everything on the line and try to steal from each other! Tokyo Tribe! Rapping Man: What you really want is L-O-V-E. The story follows the struggles of street gangs in a near-future version of Tokyo. The movie will star
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Kunihiko Ikuhara's 'Penguinbear' Site Starts Countdown

Ikuhara and manga artist Akiko Morishima launched the Yuri Kuma Arashi manga in February ― Director Kunihiko Ikuhara's "Penguinbear" website started a "cownt down" on Wednesday, beginning with the number 5. The image shows a birthday cake, shots from the Yuri Kuma Arashi manga adaptation, streets, a monitor displaying a screen test image, storyboard sheets, people, and other objects. The website opened in 2012 with the tagline, "Find it, without getting caught in that transparent storm." Ikuhara and manga artist Akiko Morishima launched the

Princess Jellyfish Live-Action Film's 1st Trailer Introduces Story, Cast

Rena Nōnen stars as jellyfish otaku Tsukimi in December 27 film adapting Akiko Higashimura's Kuragehime manga ― The official website for the live-action film of Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime) manga updated on Wednesday, and began streaming the first trailer for the film. Narrator: Otaku- The culture that Japan boasts about to the world. Tsukimi: Um... I'm sure you know plenty well that the raising of jellyfish is very difficult, but you're not supposed to raise those two kind of jellyfish in the same tank! Clerk: Whoa! Whoa!? What is up with you!?

Amagi Brilliant Park Anime's 1st Promo Streamed

KyoAni's series to premiere in October ― Kadokawa began streaming the first promotional video for Kyoto Animation's anime adaptation of Shoji Gatoh's Amagi Brilliant Park light novel series on Wednesday. The video first premiered at the Comic Market 86 event over the weekend, and features the opening theme song "Extra Magic Hours" by AKINO with bless4. The series will star: Kouki Uchiyama (Soul Eater Not!, Haikyu!!, Nisekoi) as Seiya Kanie Ai Kakuma (Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara, Dragonar Academy,
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Nogizaka46 Idols Star in Film of City Lights Manga

Hiroyuki Ohashi's short story manga about ESP research club ― Hiroyuki Ohashi's manga short story series City Lights will get a live-action film adaptation titled Chōnōryoku Kenkyū-bu no 3-nin (ESP Research Club's 3 Members) on December 6 from Match Point. The film will star three members of the Nogizaka46 idol group: Manatsu Akimoto, Erika Ikuta, and Nanami Hashimoto. Nobuhiro Yamashita (live-action Cream Lemon) will direct the film off scripts by Shinji Imaoka and Kōsuke Mukai. Shunsuke Kida is composing the music.

Tomoaki Maeno, Masakazu Morita, Kana Hanazawa Join World Trigger Cast

Keiji Fujiwara, Takeshi Kusao also star in October TV anime of Shonen Jump manga ― This year's 39th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing more of the voice cast for the television anime of Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga on Monday. Specifically, the issue is announcing more of the cast for the Border members, although three were previously revealed: [From top left] Rie Kugimiya as Kirie Konami Jun Fukuyama as Kyōsuke Karasuma Tomoaki Maeno as Reiji Kizaki Keiji Fujiwara as Takumi Rindō Takeshi Kusao as Masafumi Shinoda

Hunter x Hunter Manga Goes on 2-Week Hiatus Due to Back Pain

― This year's 39th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that artist Yoshihiro Togashi is putting his Hunter x Hunter manga on a two-week hiatus, due to serious lower back pain. The manga is not running in the 39th issue nor the 40th issue, as Togashi undergoes treatment. However, he aims to return in the 41st issue, which will ship on September 8. The manga went on a brief hiatus in July, and Togashi resumed his manga in

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, Tales of Xillia 2 Games' Launch Trailers Streamed

Both RPGs from Bandai Namco Games available in N. America on Tuesday Bandai Namco Games began streaming the launch trailers on Tuesday for the North American release of its Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment PlayStation Vita game and its Tales of Xillia 2 PlayStation 3 game. In Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, by exploring the 76 cities in Aincrad, players can pick up new friends and party members for their adventures. Kirito can also deepen his relationship with his partners by hanging out with them in the cities, going out on dates, or holding hands. The game will include characters Asuna (
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New Scout Regiment Members Get Their Uniforms in Latest Attack on Titan Dub Clip

Episodes 14-25 will ship in multiple editions on September 23 ― North American anime distributor FUNimation Entertainment began streaming a new clip from the English dub of Attack on Titan on Tuesday. The clip shows the new Scout Regiment members getting their uniforms; including the signature green cloaks. Episodes 14-25 of the anime will get a standard edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack, a Limited Edition, a Limited Edition Plus, and a Funimation.com-exclusive Collector's Edition on September 23. New cast members

Tuesday, August 19

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North American Anime, Manga Releases, August 17-23

Mayo Chiki! anime; The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Strike Witches: 1937 Fuso Sea Incident manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date A Certain Scientific Railgun Season 2 DVD Part 2Please FUNimation Entertainment US$59.98 August 19 Mayo Chiki! Blu-ray Complete ColectionCite Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 August 19 Mayo Chiki! DVD Complete ColectionAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 August 19 Manga Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Graphic Novel (GN) 2Please Kodansha Comics
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Man With A Decepticon Maserati Pulled Over For Impersonating Police

― A Massachusetts man may find himself appearing in front of Quincy District Court after his modified Maserati landed him in hot water with law enforcement. The unnamed owner of the vehicle modified the US$99,698 car to resemble Barricade from Michael Bay's 2007 Transformers film. While we doubt the car had the same transforming abilities to pose a threat to Shia LaBeouf and the Massachusetts populous at large, its color scheme did resemble a police car. The owner was pulled over after a police officer mistook the luxury car for a legitimate police vehicle and took the owner in for impersonating a police officer.

Girl Friend BETA TV Anime Adds 15 More Cast Members

Haruka Tomatsu, Maaya Uchida, Rie Kugimiya, others join ― The official Twitter account for the Girl Friend (Kari) (Girl Friend BETA) television anime announced a new cast member every day from August 6 through August 20. The full list of new cast members is: Haruka Tomatsu as Nonoka Sasahara Kaori Ishihara as Yuzuko Hazuki Kikuko Inoue as Kanata Amatsu Aoi Yūki as Isuzu Shiranui Yukari Tamura as Koruri Tokitani Minori Chihara as Mahiro Natsume Minako Kotobuki as Saya Kagurazaka Minami Tsuda as Mutsumi Shigino
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Mini Nyanko-Sensei Steals Food From Tiny Spoons in Natsume's Book of Friends Accessories

― Miniature figures of office ladies, magical girls, Sailor Scouts, and others perched carefully atop glasses and mugs have been popular for some time now, but Natsume's Book of Friends has found a way to make this trend even cuter. Starting August 21, select arcades across Japan will offer these adorable keychains featuring a tiny Nyanko-sensei peering over little spoons. Best of all, the Nyankos can be removed, and perched on spoons of your choice, or nestled into food items.
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Lupin III Creator Monkey Punch Draws Live-Action Cast for Upcoming Film

Live-action film set to open on August 30 ― In collaboration with the upcoming live-action adaptation of Lupin III, series creator Monkey Punch provided an illustration of the live-action cast in the Lupin III anime style. The movie stars Shun Oguri as Lupin, Meisa Kuroki as Fujiko Mine, Tetsuji Tamayama as Daisuke Jigen, Gou Ayano as Goemon Ishikawa, and Tadanobu Asano as Detective Kōichi Zenigata. Ryuhei Kitamura is directing the film, and Mataichirō Yamamoto is writing the script. The story will follow Lupin and his partners in crime before they became a gang. They will infiltrate the high security of the Ark of Navarone, a gigantic fortress-like safe, to lay claim to the Crimson Heart of Cleopatra within. It is said that whoever possesses this treasure shall "unite the world."

Fuji TV Makes Jojo's Bizarre Adventure's David Production Its Subsidiary

Former GONZO staffers founded company in 2007 that also animated Ben-To, Level E, Neptunia Fuji TV announced on August 8 that the David Production animation studio became its subsidiary as of August 1. David Production's anime projects will continue, and Fuji TV stated that it also hopes to expand to audiences overseas. The studio has been producing the recent JoJo's Bizarre Adventure television anime series. That series is now adapting Part 3 of Hirohiko Araki's manga, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders. Aside from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure,
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Pizza Hut Japan Launches Their Pizza Cat Campaign, With Lots of Cat Videos

Pizza Hut Japan has opened a website for Pizza Cat, a new campaign that features two things that are universally beloved—pizza and cats. Sadly, they bear no resemblance to the Samurai Pizza Cats, and it looks like they'd rather nap than fight bad guys, but they're at least pretty adorable. If you need to waste some time at work today, the Pizza Cat website is full of cat videos, including videos of these furry employees trying to take orders, make pizza, and deliver food.

2nd Durarara! TV Anime Gets New Cast Key Visuals

Series set to premiere January 2015 ― The official website for Durarara!!×2 released three new key visuals for the upcoming second season of the Durarara!! series. The key visuals include the new character Aoba Kuronuma as well as returning characters Kururi Orihara, Mairu Orihara, Shinra Kishitani, Celty Sturluson, Erika Karisawa, Walker Yumasaki, Kyohei Kadota, and Saburo Togusa. Miyuki Sawashiro will return to her role as Celty Sturluson and Toshiyuki Toyonaga will reprise his role as Mikado Ryūgamine.

Bulbasaur Planter Sales Halted for Copyright Infringement

Pokémon International sends cease and desist to 3D printer design sales website ― 3D printer design sharing website Shapeways received a cease and desist from Pokémon International on Friday regarding artist Claudia Ng's design for a ceramic planter resembling the Pokémon Bulbasaur. The planter was on sale on the website, but Shapeways removed the listing after receiving the order. According to Ng, Pokémon International is "asking for all the money associated with this model." The original listing did not directly label the design as a Poké
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"No More" Piracy Mascots Get Lottery Prizes

Celebrate an end to movie piracy with Ichiban Kuji ― The anime and movie industry are often prone to piracy. Whether it be for the sake of posting online or reselling, many films have been illegally recorded by individuals pretending to be loyal customers. It was for this sake that the anti-piracy mascots Camera Man and Patrol Lamp Man were created for the "No More Movie Theft" campaign. This month, Ichiban Kuji decided to pay homage to these two hardworking mascots by holding a special goods lottery for them.

Stand By Me Doraemon 3D CG Film to Open in 21 Countries

Stand By Me Doraemon to be 1st Doraemon movie in 11 of the 21 countries Stand By Me Doraemon, the first 3D CG film starring the anime robot cat Doraemon, will play in 21 more countries and territories after opening in Japan this month. The countries and territories in Asia include South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei*, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos*, Cambodia*, Myanmar*, the Philippines*, and Indonesia. The European release includes Italy*, San Marino*, Vatican City*, Malta*, Monaco*, Switzerland*, and Spain. It will be the first
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Pile of Shame - The Enemy's The Pirates!

Justin tries to return to an old 90s favorite that has become more famous for its obscure, awful dub.
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Terra Formars GN 1

While Terra Formars presents an interesting science fiction story that plays on our innate dislike of cockroaches (and long-standing jokes about how hard to kill they are), it doesn't present it as well as it might.
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Introducing Clearasil's New Mascot: Kagerou Project's Momo Kisaragi

Animated Momo appears in Tokyo promotional event ― Clearasil, a brand of skincare products owned by Reckitt Benckiser, unveiled a new Japanese mascot: Momo Kisaragi, the peppy idol of Kagerou Project. She appeared in animated form at an event in Tokyo on August 15 formally designating her Clearasil's new "image character." Momo claims to have been "very surprised" at her selection. "I also heard about previous mascots, and they're very impressive senpai [a term used for upperclassmen or higher-ranking colleagues]. It's like a dream, being given such a big role."
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Naegi, Tōgami, Komaeda Return in Danganronpa: Another Episode PS Vita Game

PS Vita game starring Makoto Naegi's sister as the protagonist ships on September 25 ― The September 4 issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is announcing on Thursday that Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc's Makoto Naegi (voiced by Megumi Ogata) and Byakuya Tōgami (Akira Ishida) will return in the upcoming Zettai Zetsubō Shōjo Danganronpa : Another Episode (Absolute Despair Girl Danganronpa: Another Episode) spinoff game. In addition, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair's Nagito Komaeda (also voiced by Megumi Ogata) will also appear.
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M3 The Dark Metal PS Vita Game's 2 TV Spots Preview Gameplay

Action adventure game ships on November 20 with first copies bundled with radio program episode, reversible game jacket Namco Bandai Games began streaming two TV spots for its upcoming M3 the dark metal Mission Memento Mori PlayStation Vita game on Tuesday. Narrator: On a night when stars fall, they hear a song with new possibilities. A dark, zapping story from the view points of eight characters. M3 the dark metal Mission Memento Mori. Narrator: On a night when stars fall, they hear a song with new possibilities. A strange Kuro that appeared suddenly. A dark, zapping story from the view points of eight characters. What is the new possibility and conclusion that will be reached by aligning ways of thinking?
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Haikyu!! Volleyball Anime's 3DS Game's New Promo Previews Characters

Key visual for Haikyu!! Quest mini-game also unveiled for September 25 game Bandai Namco Games began streamiing a new promotional video on Tuesday for its Haikyu!! Tsunage! Itadaki no Keshiki!! (Haikyu!! Connect! View from the top!!) game for the Nintendo 3DS. The video introduces the game's many characters, and also unveils the official key visual drawn by Production I.G for the "Haikyu!! Quest" mini-game that will be included with the first copies of the game. The game will allow players to experience the world of Haikyu!!
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Selector Spread Wixoss Sequel TV Anime's Comiket 86 Promo Streamed

Cast, staff return for October sequel to Selector Infected Wixoss ― The official website for Selector Spread Wixoss sequel anime began streaming the first promotional video for the upcoming series on Tuesday. The video premiered at Comic Market 86 over the weekend. In the video, Rūko says to Hitoe, "That's why... I want to see Tama!" The video also lists the staff and cast for the sequel anime. The anime will feature the following returning cast: Ai Kakuma as Rūko Kominato Misaki Kuno as Tama Asami Seto as Iona Urazoe
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, August 11-17

Hōzuki no Reitetsu sells 3,989, followed by The Wind Rises, Kamen Rider, Mekakucity Actors, live-action Rurouni Kenshin ― The Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider War feat. Super Sentai film sold 2,856 more copies for a new total of 7,758. In its second week, it dropped from #5 to #9 on the overall DVD chart. The Collector's Pack edition of the film sold 1,255 more copies for a new total of 4,532. It dropped from #9 to #33. The DVD Special Price Edition of the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film sold 1,767 more copies for a new total of 7,839. In its seventh week, it stayed steady at #20. The Dempagumi.inc Live DVD "World Wide Dempa Tour 2014 in Nippon Budōkan ~Yume de Owaran yo—!~ added 1,089 copies to its total of 12,767. In its third week, it dropped from #25 to #39.
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, August 11-17

Frozen sells 73,985 more, followed by Hōzuki no Reitetsu, Mekakucity Actors, Noragami, Love Live! ― The Love Live! μ's →NEXT Love Live! 2014~Endless Parade~ Blu-ray Disc sold 1,051 more copies for a new total of 36,713. In its fourth week, it ranked #17 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The collector's pack for the Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider War feat. Super Sentai film sold 990 more copies for a new total of 4,920. In its second week, it dropped from #10 to #19. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker
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Taiwanese Live Action Skip Beat Streaming on DramaFever

1st 10 episodes of drama debuted on August 13 ― International video streaming site DramaFever confirmed on August 12 that it will stream the Taiwanese live-action adaptation of Yoshiki Nakamura's romantic comedy manga Skip Beat!. The first ten episodes of the drama began streaming on August 13. The drama premiered in December 2011 in Taiwan and has a total of 23 episodes. DramaFever gives the synopsis: Desperate to capture the heart of her friend, Gong Xi (Ivy Chen) gives up on college to support Bu Puo Shang's (Lee Dong Hae) dream of stardom. Through odd jobs, Gong Xi launches Shang into fame, only to be betrayed. Vowing vengeance, Gong Xi auditions for the biggest talent agency, determined to out-shine her backstabbing friend. Meanwhile, fellow talent Dun He Lian (Choi Si Won) disapproves of Gong Xi's motives, but can't help but fall for her. Revenge never tasted so sweet!
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Live-Action Jigoku Sensei Nube Show's Footage Previewed on TV

NTV program shows off "oni hand," CG monsters for October drama KANJANI 8's Ryūhei Maruyama appeared on NTV's morning program Sukkiri! on Thursday to talk about his role as the title character in the upcoming live-action television series adaptation of Takeshi Okano and Sho Makura's Jigoku Sensei Nube manga. He showed off the make-up job on his character's "oni hand" and introduced drama clips featuring CG monsters. The new series shifts the story's setting from elementary school to high school. The drama series is slated to premiere in October.
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Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends TV Features Preview Kenshin vs. Hiko

Behind-the-scenes footage features Masaharu Fukuyama as Seijūrō Hiko Fuji TV's Mezamashi TV and NTV's Zip! morning programs each recently aired a feature on Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen), the second of two sequels to the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film. The features include behind-the-scenes footage of Masaharu Fukuyama as Seijūrō Hiko. In the two interview scenes, Fukuyama talks about how the swordfighting scenes were difficult because they were tough on his body. He also mentions that because this was his first time having this experience in his mid-40s, he felt fatigued, and he thought that Kenshin (played by
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 18

M3 the dark metal EPISODE 18 THE TRUTH OF YOMIJIMA
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