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Shelf Life - A Gluten For Punishment

This week's new releases! Plus, three new reviews, including the tasty Yakitate!! Japan, Place to Place, and the third season of The World God Only Knows. ― We've got three reviews for you this week. I sank my teeth into the delectable Yakitate!! Japan, while Paul tackled Place to Place and the third season of The World God Only Knows. Jump to this week's reviews: Place to Place Complete Collection ...
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Sailor Moon BD+DVD Part Two

The second part of the first season of Sailor Moon is out, but did they manage to fix all those video problems? ― Well, they tried. It is apparent that the video quality has risen from the first disastrous release of Sailor Moon put out by Viz, and the untrained eye will mostly notice that in the Blu-Ray images are a bit clearer and the ghosting is less noticeable with the exceptions of the second an...
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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma GN 5

Food Wars! continues being chock-a-block with cliffhangers and competitions guaranteed to make you reluctant to put the book down once you've started reading. ― KFC and IHOP are not going to cut it when you've finished reading this volume of Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma. From breakfasts to tempt even the least enthusiastic morning eater to fried chicken that will make you wish you could pull it out o...
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The List - 7 Manga for Monster Girl Lovers

First there were catgirls, then maids, then robot girls; presently, we live in the age of the monster girl. Here are seven shining examples of the genre. ― Supernatural romantic comedies have a strong, dedicated fanbase among both male and female readers. Commentary on its quality aside, Twilight was immensely popular and shone a light on a new sub-section of young adult novels. Vampire stories, inc...
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ANNCast - Encyclopedia Brits-Ani-ca

Anime scholars extraordinaire Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements drop by the ANNCast clubhouse to discuss their new book, the monolithic behemoth known as The Anime Encyclopedia: Third Revised Edition. ― ANNCast Episode 221: Encyclopedia Brits-Ani-ca Get the Flash Player to see this player. Anime scholars extraordinaire Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements drop by the ANNCast clubhouse to discuss ...
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Answerman - Endlessly Searching

Justin answers two questions about really long series: is longevity something the creators prefer? And why do they get licensed less? Plus, prospects for some re-releases, and why so much hentai got licensed back in the day. ― What happened? The questions dried up again! Once again this week, I was really desperate for questions. Is it because everybody is on spring break? Anyway, I need your help! ...
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Your Lie in April Episodes 1-22 Streaming

Your Lie in April paints adolescent love and musical performance in exuberant colors, and almost gets away with it, too. ― Your Lie in April is a beautiful show. That should be stated first, both because it's true, and because that's where the show itself begins. The first episode opens with a gorgeous, nearly wordless sequence of a girl chasing a cat through blooming spring flowers. Light piano sets...
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Log Horizon GN 1

Fans of the Log Horizon anime might find story questions answered more quickly in the first volume of this manga adaptation of the light novel. ― Log Horizon, like many a recent franchise, began its life as a series of light novels, in this case by Mamare Touno, before being adapted into both anime and manga. As might reasonably be expected, the difference in the adaptive mediums make each version a ...
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Monday, March 30

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Aisawa Riku Manga Wins 19th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize's Top Award

A Silent Voice, Chiisana Koi no Monogatari, Sensha Yoshida also win Asahi Shimbun announced the winners for the 19th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize awards on Tuesday. Grand Prize Aisawa Riku Yoiko Hoshi Bungeishunju Riku is a 14-year-old middle school student who can turn on fake tears like a faucet. New Creator Prize A Silent Voice Yoshitoki Ōima Kodansha Young boy Jōya Ishida has the motto of...
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Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road ‒ Episode 24

"Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road never loses sight of what it is, a sports anime with a lot of heart and an uplifting message of friendship and support."
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Funimation Licenses Studio Trigger's Ninja Slayer Anime Series

Action series premieres in Japan on Niconico on April 16 ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Monday that it has acquired the streaming and home video rights to Ninja Slayer From Animation, the television anime adaptation of the Ninja Slayer novel series. Funimation will announce the simulcast start date and time at a later date. Funimation describes the story: Ninjas. Karate. Sushi. The dystopian...
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MMA Fighter Ronda Rousey's Always Been A Big Dragon Ball Z Fan

The anime community has been in a bit of a tizzy ever since MMA fighter, Olympian, actress, and author Ronda Rousey showed up to Wrestlemania with The Rock and completely dominated, all while rocking a Dragon Ball Z "It's Over 9000!!" shirt. Especially since there's a large contingent of anime fans who also profess to love professional wrestling. Rousey has been a fan for quite a while, though. Sh...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Baby Steps, I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying 2nd Seasons

I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying will premiere on April 2; Baby Steps 2 on April 5 ― Media service Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will stream Baby Steps 2 and I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying: 2nd Thread television anime. Baby Steps 2 will begin for all users on April 5 at 6 a.m. EDT in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America (Central and...
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Manga Artists Express Admiration for Live-Action Adaptation of Kite

Masamune Shirow, Hiroya Oku and more give their opinions ― Four manga artists and a voice actress — Marina Inoue — have expressed their admiration for the live-action American adaptation of Kite, which opens in Japan on April 11. Hiroya Oku, the creator of the similarly violent Gantz, wrote, "I was more than a little nervous about an original Japanese anime being adapted as a Hollywood film...

Dark Horse to Release Planetes Manga as Omnibus Volumes

Sci-fi series from Vinland Saga creator previously released by Tokyopop ― Dark Horse Comics confirmed with ANN on Monday that it will release Makoto Yukimura's Planetes manga in an omnibus format with all color pages included. The first volume is slated for December 22 for US$19.99. Tokyopop previously licensed and released the series in North America, and Bandai Entertainment released the 2003 anime...
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Yatterman Night ‒ Episode 12

"The series started incredibly strong, but lost momentum as it fell into more well-worn plots and ideas."
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Fukushima Gainax's Anime Museum Opens in April

Visitors to Fukushima Prefecture will soon be able to visit Kuso to Art no Museum - Fukushima Sakura Yugakusha, or the Museum of Fantasy and Art - Fukushima Sakura Yugakusha. The museum, which officially opens April 1, was founded by a subsidiary of animation production house Gainax, which will also be setting up an anime studio at the same site under the name Fukushima Gainax. The goal was to est...
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16th Animator Expo Short is Suda51's 'Tsukikage no Tokio'

Takanobu Mizuno directs story about eight guardians of the solar system ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, announced on Monday that the 16th short will be "Tsukikage no Tokio ~Tokio of the Moon's Shadow~" directed by Takanobu Mizuno at Kamikaze Douga and written by Goichi "Suda51" Suda (Grasshopper Manufacture). Da...
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Shelf Life - A Gluten For Punishment

This week's new releases! Plus, three new reviews, including the tasty Yakitate!! Japan, Place to Place, and the third season of The World God Only Knows. ― We've got three reviews for you this week. I sank my teeth into the delectable Yakitate!! Japan, while Paul tackled Place to Place and the third season of The World God Only Knows. Jump to this week's reviews: Place to Place Complete Collection ...
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Plastic Memories' 1st Episode Previewed in Video

Sora Amamiya, Yasuaki Takumi, Sayuri Yahagi, more star in anime premiering April 4 ― Aniplex began streaming a preview for the first episode of the Plastic Memories anime on Monday. The episode will be titled, "Hajimete no Partner" (First Partner.) Plastic Memories Ep.1 Preview by pKjd Michiru: Hello! I'm Michiru Kinushima from the Terminal Service! Zack: I'm Zack. Nice to meet you. Michiru: It's alm...
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Viz's Shonen Jump Adds Yūki Tabata's Black Clover Fantasy Manga to Regular Line-Up

Chapter four will run in next week's issue and Viz will release subsequent chapters quickly to catch up to the Japanese release ― This week's issue of Viz Media's Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine announced on Monday that it will begin serializing Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga beginning in next week's issue. Chapter four will run in next week's issue and Viz will release subsequent chapters quic...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses The Eden of Grisaia, The Labyrinth of Grisaia Anime

Special, TV series based on adult PC game to premiere in April ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it licensed The Labyrinth of Grisaia 60-minute special and The Eden of Grisaia anime series. Sentai Filmworks will release the series "soon" through select digital outlets followed by a home video release. The Labyrinth of Grisaia is a collection of sequels for all of the game's heroines, and al...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Gets SD Spinoff Manga

Yu-Gi-Oh! D Team Zexal's Tomonaga to draw series ― The official website for Shueisha's Saikyo Jump manga magazine announced that an SD (super deformed) manga series for Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V will begin in the May issue on April 3. Akihiro Tomonaga (Yu-Gi-Oh! D Team Zexal) will draw the series, titled Yu-Gi-Oh Arc-V Saikyo Duelist Yūya (Strongest Duelist Yūya). The tagline reads "You can enjoy the Arc-V sto...
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Sailor Moon BD+DVD Part Two

The second part of the first season of Sailor Moon is out, but did they manage to fix all those video problems? ― Well, they tried. It is apparent that the video quality has risen from the first disastrous release of Sailor Moon put out by Viz, and the untrained eye will mostly notice that in the Blu-Ray images are a bit clearer and the ghosting is less noticeable with the exceptions of the second an...
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Disney Streams Polygon Pictures' 2nd Tsum Tsum Short

Super-deformed characters from mobile game and plush toys star in TV shorts ― Disney Japan began streaming the second episode from the Tsum Tsum series of comedy CG anime shorts on Monday. The series draws inspiration from the Line: Tsum Tsum mobile app game that also inspired a popular international line of plush toys. Hiroshi Chida directed the anime with CG supervisor Yoshiki Nakao at Polygon Pict...
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Vocaloid-Inspired Nou Shou Sakuretsu Girl Film Reveals Cast

Hinata Kashiwagi, Seika Taketomi in summer film based on rerulili's song ― The official website for the Nou Shou Sakuretsu Girl (Spinal Fluid Explosion Girl) live-action film announced the film's main cast earlier this month. The website also revealed that the film is slated to premiere this summer. The main cast includes: Hinata Kashiwagi as Hana Ichii Seika Taketomi as Hana Inasawa Moka Kamishirais...
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15 Nogizaka46 Idols Chosen for Joshiraku Stage Play

5 roles triple-cast for June play of manga by Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei's Kumeta & Toradora's Yasu ― An audition between the members of the Nogizaka46 idol group was held on Sunday to decide the casting for the upcoming stage play of Koji Kumeta and Yasu's Joshiraku manga. 15 out of the 39 members were selected for five triple-cast roles by scriptwriter and producer Keita Kawajiri and the fans who at...
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Yamaha Streams Master of Torque Net Anime's 2nd Season

Futuristic motorcycle anime originally launched in March 2013 ― YAMAHA began streaming the second season of the Master of Torque original net anime last Thursday. The video features the ending theme song "Rinne no Perihelion" (Perihelion of the Cycle of Rebirth) by Megumi Nishibayashi. Thec cast stars Hiroshi Kamiya, Atsuko Enomoto, Sanae Kobayashi, Saki Ogasawara, and Yoko Hikasa, among others. The ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, March 16-22

A Letter to Momo film airs ― A Letter to Momo aired on TBS on Sunday, March 22 at 2:59 a.m. and earned a 0.7% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV March 22 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 14.9 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV March 22 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 10.0 Detective Conan NTV March 21 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 9.2 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi March 20 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 9.0 Dorae...
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Spike Chunsoft Teases Fushigi no Chronicle for PS4/Vita in Video

Start of new Fushigi franchise after Mystery Dungeon (Fushigi no Dungeon) games ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a teaser movie for Fushigi no Chronicle: Furikaerimasen Katsu Made wa (Mystery Chronicle: I Won't Look Back Until I Win), the start of a new Fushigi game franchise after its popular Mystery Dungeon (Fushigi no Dungeon) games. The game will debut on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita system...
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Chi's Sweet Home Manga to Resume on April 9

Kanata Konami put series about cat's everyday life on hiatus last July ― This year's 18th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Morning magazine is announcing on Thursday that Kanata Konami is resuming her Chi's Sweet Home manga in the next issue on April 9. The next new weekly chapter will feature a color opening page. The magazine had announced last July that the weekly manga would go on hiatus until this spr...

One Peace Books Adds The Rising of the Shield Hero Fantasy Novel, Manga Series

Aneko Yusagi's Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari online fantasy & Aiya Kyu's manga companion ― One Peace Books confirmed with ANN on Sunday that it is releasing Aneko Yusagi's The Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari) light novel series and Aiya Kyū's manga adaptation in English. One Peace Books plans to release the first novel volume on September 15, the second novel volume on October 20, ...
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Japanese Man Arrested for Uploading Liar Game Manga via Share Program

Japan's Association of Copyright for Computer Software (ACCS) reported last Wednesday that the Chiba Prefectural Police's anti-cybercrime unit arrested a 36-year-old unemployed male suspect in Shinagawa, Tokyo last Tuesday on charges of violating the Copyright Act of Japan. The suspect allegedly used the file-sharing program Share to upload the 197th chapter of Shinobu Kaitani and Shueisha's Liar ...
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19th Detective Conan Film Casts Former Kara Idol Kang Jiyoung

Assassination Classroom actress plays art museum guide in April 18 film ― The official website for the 19th Detective Conan film, Detective Conan: Gōka no Himawari (Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno), announced on Monday that the film has cast Kang Jiyoung, a former member of South Korean pop girl group KARA. She will play a guide in an art museum, the setting of the film. Kang Jiyoung, a huge D...
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Crunchyroll Briefly Tweeted About Streaming Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life Season 3

On its Twitter account on Sunday, the media service Crunchyroll posted that it will stream the third season of the Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life television anime. However, the post does not link to a public press release or announcement, and the post has since been removed. The new season will premiere in July. Tomoko Fujinoki and supercell member Yoshiki Usa's Wooser no Sono Higurashi original 3D s...
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Kodocha Stage Play Casts Sailor Moon's Kotono Mitsuishi, TeniMyu's Ikkei Yamamoto

Evangelion voice actress to play Sana's mom in play opening on August 20 ― The May issue of Shueisha's Ribon magazine is announcing on Friday that the stage play of Miho Obana's Kodocha (Kodomo no Omocha) shojo manga has cast Kotono Mitsuishi (Sailor Moon, Evangelion) and Ikkei Yamamoto (Prince of Tennis musical) for the roles of Sana's mother Misako Kurata and the manager Rei Sagami, respectively. T...

Sunday, March 29

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Maria the Virgin Witch ‒ Episode 12

"In the end, Maria the Virgin Witch stands as a successful and even feminist work of humanism."
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Ayumi Shiina Draws Baby Love One-Shot Sequel Manga in June

Original manga concluded in 1999 ― The May issue of Shueisha's Ribon magazine is announcing on Friday that Ayumi Shiina (A Fairy Tale for You, Dream Medicine) will draw a 32-page one-shot sequel to her Baby Love shōjo manga in the magazine's next issue, which Shueisha will publish on May 1. The manga's title is "Baby Love -10 Years After-." The original manga's story begins when Seara falls in love w...
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Tekken 7 Adds Josie Rizal, Jin, Devil Jin to Roster

Jin available on March 31, then Devil Jin on April 7, followed by Josie Rizal ― Bandai Namco Games unveiled three new characters for its Tekken 7 fighting game on Sunday. Josie Rizal is a new series character, a model and martial artist from the Philippines. Mari Shimazaki (Bayonetta) designed the character. Jin and Devil Jin are returning characters from the series. Bandai Namco Games will add Jin t...
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Aqua+ Website Teases Hakuoro's Mask From Utawarerumono

Japanese game maker Aquaplus posted a "secret" website that teases, "Dig for Next AQ." Repeatedly clicking the rock image on the site will "unearth" the apparent image of Hakuoro's mask from the Utawarerumono game. Aquaplus had announced a sequel to its Utawarerumono game in 2011, but has yet to release it. According to Aquaplus in 2011, the tentatively titled Utawarerumono 2 will take place in th...
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Create the Perfect Beer Head with Takara Tomy's Portable Sonic Foaming Device

Takara Tomy has a huge collection of devices, all made for the sole purpose of creating the perfect pour. There's Sonic Hour, a plate that will generate head under a variety of glasses via sonic vibrations. They also have beer servers, to help get that perfect distinction between clear pours and foam, as well as special steins and can kegs. But none of those are as convenient as Sonic Hour Portabl...
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Gourmet Girl Graffiti ‒ Episode 12

"This final episode plays to the show's strengths, avoids most of its weaknesses, and touches on the ideas that sit at the core of the premise."

Naruto, Boruto, Sarada Unveiled From Naruto Spinoff Manga Mini-Series

Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki takes story to new generation ― The Comic Natalie website posted images of Boruto (Bolt), Sarada (Salad), and Naruto himself from Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki (Naruto Spinoff: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Month), the Naruto spinoff manga mini-series that will launch on April 27. The combined 22nd/23rd is...
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CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon ‒ Episode 25

"As graceless as it may have sometimes been in execution, it accomplishes a lot more, and more effectively, than the bulk of recent anime series have."
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Captain Harlock CG Film's English Dub Clips Streamed

Film heads to release via DVD, Digital HD, and Video on Demand on March 31 ― The distribution company Ketchup Entertainment is streaming two English dub clips and their Japanese language counterparts for its March 31 release of the 3D anime film Space Pirate Captain Harlock via DVD, Digital HD, and Video on Demand. The release (under the title Harlock: Space Pirate) will have both English dubbing and...
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15th Animator Expo Short 'Obake-chan' Streamed

Short consists of comical vignettes starring a ghost girl ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the full 15th short film "Obake-chan" on Friday. Shigeto Koyama (Big Hero 6, Gundam: Reconguista in G) directed the short. Koyama and designer Tsuyoshi Kusano (Valvrave the Liberator, Captain Earth) are cred...
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Cup no Fuchiko Collaborates with Disney for Crossover and Character Figures

Cup no Fuchico, the popular series of perch-on-cup drink companions, is collaborating with Disney at last, offering a line of figures that includes Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and a girl dressed as the above. Each blind box figure will sell for 529 yen in limited quantities at Village Vanguard bookstores. [Via Comic Natalie]
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'PokemonRumbleWorld.com' Domain Registered in U.S.

The website domain "PokemonRumbleWorld.com" was registered in the United States on Wednesday. The website is currently blank. The Australian Classification Board began listing a "Pokemon Rumble World" multi-platform game on its website last week. The board rated the game as PG for "mild violence, online interactivity." The rating lists the publisher as Nintendo Co., Ltd. The Pokemon Company and Ni...

Spear of Longinus Crowdfunding Project Now Accepting International Backers

The "Project to Pierce the Moon With the Spear of Longinus" crowdfunding campaign opened an English page for international backers. Backers not residing in Japan can select rewards in the 5,000 and 50,000 yen tiers, including having your name inscribed on the spear, an Evangelion Unit 01 Set (poster by Ikuto Yamashita, sticker, and blueprint of the lunar payload releasing machine), a Rei Ayanami S...
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Alex Roe, Aimee Teegarden Joins Hollywood's Rings Sequel

Rings is slated to open on November 13 ― Actors Alex Roe and Aimee Teegarden joined the cast of F. Javier Gutierrez's Rings live-action horror film. Roe (The 5th Wave) will play the male lead Holt opposite Miranda Lutz (Somewhere Beautiful, The Fifth Wheel). Teegarden (Friday Night Lights, Aim High television series) is co-starring. The film began shooting in Atlanta this week. Rings is a sequel to T...
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Tokyo Ghoul √A ‒ Episode 12

"Tokyo Ghoul was a deeply flawed, but wholly unique experience, and it went out as strong as it possibly could."
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Durarara!!×2 ‒ Episode 12

"There were so many matryoshka wheels spinning around in this season that the story ultimately seemed to be locked in place."
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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma GN 5

Food Wars! continues being chock-a-block with cliffhangers and competitions guaranteed to make you reluctant to put the book down once you've started reading. ― KFC and IHOP are not going to cut it when you've finished reading this volume of Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma. From breakfasts to tempt even the least enthusiastic morning eater to fried chicken that will make you wish you could pull it out o...
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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 12

"This week on Kuroko's Basketball, get ready to have some feelings."
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Sony Releases Samurai Warriors, Resident Evil PS4 Covers

Engraved covers come as add-ons with PS4 purchase ― Sony Japan announced engraved hard drive covers for the PlayStation 4 Samurai Warriors (Sengoku Musou) and Resident Evil (Biohazard) this month. The covers each come in black with gold etching or white with silver etching. Each cover one can now be purchased as an add-on for 2,000 yen (about US$19) but they must be purchased along with a PS4 body. K...
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Aldnoah.Zero ‒ Episode 24

"There is a better series laying somewhere amongst this content than what we actually got."
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Tom-H@ck, Masayoshi Ōishi Make Ace of Diamond: 2nd Season's Ending Song

Artists reunite after making 1st anime's 1st two opening themes ― The official Twitter account for the Ace of Diamond television anime announced on Sunday that Tom-H@ck and Masayoshi Ōishi are contributing the ending theme song for Daiya no A ~Second Season~ (Ace of Diamond: Second Season). The two are credited for the song "Kimero!!" as the new unit name "OxT" (pronounced "okuto"). Tom-H@ck previous...
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Naomi, Ange Narrate New Cross Ange tr. PS Vita Game TV Spots

Naomi claims Ange is wearing her rider suit in video for game releasing on May 28 ― The official website for the the Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryū no Rondo tr. PlayStation Vita game began streaming two new commercials for the game on Friday. The commercials feature narration by Naomi (voiced by Sayuri Hara) and Ange (Nana Mizuki), as well as the anime's first opening theme song, "Kindan no Resistance" (F...
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30-Second The Heroic Legend of Arslan TV Spot Aired Before April Premiere

Series based on Hiromu Arakawa's manga adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka's novels premieres April 5 ― The official website for The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) television anime began streaming a new 30-second commercial on Sunday. The commercial features the anime's opening theme song, "Boku no Kotoba Dewanai Kore wa Boku-tachi no Kotoba" (These Aren't My Words, They're Our Words) by the band UV...
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Ushio & Tora Casts Ai Kayano, Ayahi Takagaki, Kana Hanazawa

Yuuka Nanri, Aki Toyosaki, Keiji Fujiwara, Yui Makino join Maaya Sakamoto, Nana Mizuki, Tasuku Hatanaka, Rikiya Koyama, Mikako Komatsu, Kiyono Yasuno ― The official website for the television anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's supernatural battle manga Ushio & Tora (Ushio to Tora) confirmed more of the voice cast and unveiled the anime visual and character designs on Sunday. A promotional video unveiled the ...
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Aikatsu Idol Franchise Gets New Shōjo Manga in Ciao Magazine

Usagi Mochi draws new series after Bambi Shirayuki stopped due to poor health ― The May issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine is announcing on Friday that manga creator Mochi-Usagi will launch a new Aikatsu series in the next issue on May 1. The shōjo magazine teases Aikatsu Go! Go! Go! will "power up with increased happiness!" The story of the Aikatsu! game and anime franchise begins with Ichigo, who ...
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Bandai Namco's God Eater Games Get New Manga

God Eater anime to premiere this summer ― The May issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki Maoh magazine announced on Friday that manga creator Yogenme will launch a God Eater ~side by side~ manga adaptation of Bandai Namco's God Eater game franchise. The manga will debut in the next issue on April 27. The game is also inspiring an anime that will premiere this summer. Takayuki Hirao (God Eater, The Garden of Sin...
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Ju-on: The Final Film's Teaser Looks Back on Horror Franchise

"Final" film in franchise to open in Japan on June 20 ― The official Japanese website of the Ju-on horror film series began streaming a teaser for the Ju-on: The Final film on March 17. The teaser looks back on the previous films in the series, and notes that it has repeatedly earned first place for Japanese polls for "Scariest Horror Movie Series." The Ju-on: The Final is promoted as the last film i...
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Nodame Cantabile's Ninomiya Draws "Episode 0" One-Shot Manga for Live-Action Film

Manga available for free until March 28 ― The official website of the Gunjōiro no, Toori Michi (An Ultramarine Path) live-action film announced last Saturday that Tomoko Ninomiya (Nodame Cantabile, 87Clockers) drew a 20-page one-shot manga titled "Episode 0" based on the film. The manga わs available for free on Amazon, Rakuten Books, and Mook from March 21 to 27, and is also appearing in pamphlets th...
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Tasuku Hatanaka, Rikiya Koyama Star in Ushio & Tora TV Anime in Summer

Mikako Komatsu, Kiyono Yasuno. Maaya Sakamoto, Nana Mizuki also star ― The cast of the anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's Ushio to Tora (Ushio & Tora) manga was announced on Sunday at the Sunday Fes 2015 event at the Pacifico Yokohama venue. Tasuku Hatanaka will play Ushio, while Rikiya Koyama will play Tora. Mikako Komatsu will play Asako, and Kiyono Yasuno will play Mayuko. In addition, Nana Mizuki and Maa...
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Dog Days Sugar Manga Ends

Spinoff manga of fantasy action franchise launched last October ― The May issue of Kadokawa's Comptiq Ace magazine published the final chapter of Asuka Kanan's Dog Days Sugar manga on Thursday. The manga spinoff of the Dog Days television anime series launched in Comptiq Ace last October. Kadokawa will publish the manga's first and only compiled volume on April 25. Takuya Fujima launched an earlier m...

Saturday, March 28

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YaoiCon to Host Manga Artist Makoto Tateno

A Murmur of the Heart creator to appear at California's September event ― YaoiCon announced on Saturday that it will host manga artist Makoto Tateno at its September 18-20 event in Burlingame, California. The artist previously attended the convention in 2009. Digital Manga released Tateno's A Murmur of the Heart, 9th Sleep, Angelic Runes, A Bloody Kiss Tonight, Blue Sheep Reverie, Happy Boys, Hero He...
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L.A. Theme Park Celebrates Monster Hunter 4U With Gore Magala Roller Coaster, Statue

March 28-August 10 campaign is part of Monster Hunter Caravan Tour ― Capcom is promoting its Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate game with a campaign at the Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park in Los Angeles County, California from March 28 to August 10. The park has re-decorated a train on its giant Goliath roller coaster as the game's flagship Gore Magala monster. The campaign also features special Monster ...

Funimation Licenses The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, Show By Rock!! Anime

Also confirms continued streaming of Assassination Classroom, Fairy Tail, One Piece ― Funimation Entertainment announced at Anime Detour on Saturday that it has acquired the rights to Show By Rock!! and The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan. Streaming times will be announced at a later date. The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan will premiere in Japan on April 3. Funimation describes the story: From ...

Funimation Announces English Dub Casts for Ping Pong, Wanna Be the Strongest in the World

Dub trailer previews Ping Pong cast ― Funimation Entertainment announced the English dub casts for Ping Pong the Animation and Wanna be the Strongest in the World at Anime Detour on Saturday. The Ping Pong cast, under ADR director Christopher Bevins and ADR engineer Alyssa Galindo, includes: Aaron Dismuke as Yutaka Hoshino/Peco Micah Solusod as Makoto Tsukimoto/Smile Mark Stoddard as Jo Koizumi/Butte...
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The Rolling Girls ‒ Episode 12

"Rolling Girls wasn't great, but it deserved a better ending than this."
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Rozen Maiden's Peach-Pit Ends Kugiko-Chan ga Iru! Manga

2nd volume of cute horror series to ship in June ― This year's May issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine will publish the final chapter of manga duo Peach-Pit's Kugiko-Chan ga Iru! manga. The series' second compiled volume will ship on June 5. Peach-Pit debuted a two-part horror story titled Kugiko-san in Nakayoshi in August and September of 2011 before announcing that a full series would begin in D...
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GARO THE ANIMATION ‒ Episode 24

The adult-oriented fantasy action show comes to a close... for now.
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Hatsune Miku Gets New Manga in Ribon Shōjo Magazine

Series to begin May 1 ― The May issue of Shueisha's shōjo magazine Ribon will announce on Friday that a manga starring Hatsune Miku and other Vocaloid characters will premiere in the magazine's June issue on May 1. Yukari Somekawa will draw the series, titled MiraiTune. The characters have appeared in a number of other manga series, including earlier manga in Ribon. Dark Horse Comics published KEI's ...

Billy Bat Manga Resumes on April 2

Kodansha published 16th volume of Naoki Urasawa's manga on Monday ― This year's 17th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine announced on Thursday that Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki will resume their Billy Bat thriller manga in the magazine's next issue, which Kodansha will publish on April 2. The manga's story is set in 1949, when Japanese-American comic book artist Kevin Yamagata is drawing the p...
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Charlotte Anime's Staff, July Premiere Revealed

5 years after Angel Beats, new anime follows boys & girls with powers ― The May issue of Dengeki G's Magazine is announcing on Monday that Jun Maeda's Charlotte anime will premiere this July. The staff includes: Director: Yoshiyuki Asai Character Design: Kanami Sekiguchi Art Director: Kazuki Higashiji Sound Director: Satoki Iida As previously announced, Maeda is providing the original scenario for th...
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The Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls ‒ Episode 11

“Alignment” is actually a major theme this week as Cinderella Girls pairs off its last aspiring idols and the combination couldn't be more mismatched."
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The List - 7 Manga for Monster Girl Lovers

First there were catgirls, then maids, then robot girls; presently, we live in the age of the monster girl. Here are seven shining examples of the genre. ― Supernatural romantic comedies have a strong, dedicated fanbase among both male and female readers. Commentary on its quality aside, Twilight was immensely popular and shone a light on a new sub-section of young adult novels. Vampire stories, inc...
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Log Horizon 2 ‒ Episode 25

"And Log Horizon comes to an end. Temporarily, I hope. Pretty please?"

Steins;Gate 0 Follow-Up Game & Anime's Teaser Video, Staff Unveiled

Creator Chiyomaru Shikura, designer huke, producer Tatsuya Matsubara reunite ― The teaser video for Steins;Gate 0, the follow-up game and anime to the original Steins;Gate visual novel, began streaming on Saturday. Text: November 2010, in the Beta world line Text: This is the story after Rintaro Okabe was not able to save "her" on July 28. Text: The "him" of this time didn't know that a system called...
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 24

"The final episode of Aerial Girls was delivered, the wrap party is over, and Shirobako ends with them. Or so it seems."

Steins;Gate Creator Unveils New 'Science Visual Novel' Anonymous;Code

Game, about hacker in 2037 Tokyo, is unrelated to science-adventure games ― MAGES. President Chiyomaru Shikura announced a new "science visual novel" titled Anonymous;Code during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday. The game is unrelated to his science-adventure games (Chaos;HEAd, Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes, CHAOS;CHILD). Shikura streamed a teaser video: Text: Name: Chiyo...
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 11

"By introducing a character who can fight Koro Sensei on equal terms, the show forces itself to stop fooling around."
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Steins;Gate Creator's Paranormal Science Novel Occultic;Nine Gets Game

Yuuki Kaji, Ayane Sakura, Kaito Ishikawa star in story with art by Rental Magica's Pako ― MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura announced during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday that his "paranormal science" novel series Occultic;Nine is being adapted into a game. Text: Chiyomaru Shikura's newest project Text: The paranormal science novel Text: Don't get so turned on by her! Sh...

Steins;Gate 0 Follow-Up Game & Anime Announced

Chiyomaru Shikura: Zero is not a fan disc, but a "true sequel" ― MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura announced Steins;Gate 0, a follow-up game to the Steins;Gate visual novel, during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday. The game is not a fan disc, but a "true sequel," and will include stories from three of the Steins;Gate novels, as well as from some drama CDs. An anime adaptati...

5pb.'s 4th Science-Adventure Game Chaos;Child Gets Anime, PS4/PS3/Vita Ports

Psycho-suspense game slated for more platforms on June 25 ― MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura announced during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday that an anime adaptation of his Chaos;Child game has been green-lit. He also announced that the adventure game will come to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita platforms with a Z (18+) age rating on June 25. The game is Sh...
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Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie Manga Ends in April

Manga adaptation of crossover movie launched last August ― The May issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday Super magazine announced on Wednesday that Yutaka Abe and Denjirō Maru's manga adaptation of Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie will end on the magazine's next issue on April 25. Yutaka Abe and Denjirō Maru launched the manga last August. The pair also drew the three-chapter manga adaptation of...
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1980s Risque Comedy Manga Yarukkya Knight Gets Live-Action Film

Nonki Miyasu's high school comedy to play in theaters, stream on Niconico ― A live-action film adaptation of Nonki Miyasu's 1980s Weekly Shonen Jump manga Yarukkya Knight has been green-lit. The film is slated to open select theaters on May 23, and stream on Niconico the same day. Tomoya Nakamura (Aoi Honō) plays the lecherous male lead Gōsuke Makoto, and non-no magazine model Nina Endo plays the fem...
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Sleep Tight My Baby, Cradled in the Sky CG Film Plays in Japan

Orine Fukushima, Kikuko Inoue, Atsuko Tanaka, Hiroaki Hirata star in sci-fi anime Sleep Tight My Baby, Cradled in the Sky (Nemure Omoi Ko Sora no Shitone ni), the 3D CG-animated science-fiction film by director Naoya Kurisu and the Japanese independent animation label Hand to Mouse., will play in three limited screenings in Japan on April 12. The official website describes the story of the 50-minut...
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Live-Action Patlabor Film Promotes Toho Cinemas Rewards Card in Video

Shigeo abandons battle to see movie in theaters for free in new campaign ― A commercial for Toho Cinemas' Cine-Mileage rewards card featuring over-dubbed footage from the upcoming The Next Generation Patlabor: Shuto Kessen (Capital City Battle) film began streaming on Friday. Shigeo: All right! Everyone, keep it up! Oh no, we got done in! The arm! Man: Shige, do you know about the Cine-Mileage card? ...

Persona 3 Manga's End in Next Volume Teased

Manga adapting Atlus' RPG began has been running for over 8 years ― The author's notes in the eighth compiled volume of Shuji Sogabe's Persona 3 manga has a message reading, "The series will complete in the next volume... Probably." The story of the manga revolves around the protagonist Minato Arisato, who transfers to Gekkōkan High School. However, as he heads to his new dormitory, listening to the ...

Friday, March 27

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Hit the Pool with a Black Butler Bikini

Hot Topic, ever the increasing supplier for all sorts of anime-themed apparel and accessories, is apparently selling Black Butler bikinis. The Black Butler two-piece is inspired by Ciel Phantomhive, and carries a retail price of $24.50 for the top and bottom separately. And although this "sailor swim" bikini isn't actually Sailor Moon, it comes pretty close. It, too, retails for $24.50 each for th...
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Assassination Classroom's Koro-Sensei Hangs Out in Tokyo With His Own VW Beetle

Koro-sensei and the rest of the Assassination Classroom characters hung out at Shibuya's Tower Records store to celebrate the March 27 release of the first Blu-Ray and DVD of the anime series. He was accompanied by Mai Fuchigami (Nagisa Shiota), as well as cosplayers dressed as Irina Jelavić/Bitch-sensei, Nagisa Shiota, and Karma Akabane. A video monitor at Tower Records will be playing a differen...
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Ace of Diamond Mizuno Sports Glasses Sell Out in 15 Minutes

Sportswear and sporting equipment company Mizuno started accepting pre-orders today for official Ace of Diamond sports glasses, modeled after those worn by catcher and captain Miyuki Kazuya. Each pair retailed for 7,600 yen (about US$63.80) before tax, with an estimated delivery date of late April. Soon after the reservation period opened, they Tweeted that the glasses had sold out in just 15 minu...
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Legend of Zelda for Wii U Delayed Until After 2015

Nintendo producer Eiji Aonuma announced in a video message on Friday that The Legend of Zelda game for Nintendo Wii U has been delayed until after 2015. Aonuma apologized for the delay and explained, "In these last three months, as the team has experience firsthand the freedom of exploration that hasn't existed in any Zelda game to date, we have discovered several new possibilities for this game. ...
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Love Live! SunShine!! Project Posts 2nd Teaser Image

Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Magazine posted the second teaser image for the upcoming Love Live! SunShine!! project. The text in the image is the same as the first teaser and reads, "Save me, Love Live!" In the new image, eight more girls join the scene. Previously released image: The image will also run in the May issue of Dengeki G's Magazine on Monday. [Via Otakomu]
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ANNCast - Encyclopedia Brits-Ani-ca

Anime scholars extraordinaire Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements drop by the ANNCast clubhouse to discuss their new book, the monolithic behemoth known as The Anime Encyclopedia: Third Revised Edition. ― ANNCast Episode 221: Encyclopedia Brits-Ani-ca Get the Flash Player to see this player. Anime scholars extraordinaire Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements drop by the ANNCast clubhouse to discuss ...
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Fairy Tail 'Real Puzzle Game' Opens in Tokyo, Osaka in April

April 25-May 31 event allows players to enter Fairy Tail world ― Game company Taito announced that it will open a "real puzzle game," titled "Fairy Tail Puzzle Quest ~Welcome to Fairy Tail!~," in Tokyo and Osaka on April 25. In the game, the players are members of the Fairy Tail guild, solving requests and progressing the story. Players will meet characters like Natsu, Lucy, Gray, and Erza, solving p...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, March 15-21

2Attack on Titan volumes, Naruto, Monster Musume, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Nisekoi, Seraph of the End, No Game, No Life, Kamisama Kiss, Akame ga Kill! The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on March 21. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1Attack on Titan #15 Hajime Isayama Kodansha Comics 1 22Naruto #69 Masashi Kishimoto V...
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Death Parade ‒ Episode 12

Everybody get your hands up, it's the final episode of Death Parade!
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Ultraman Monsters Get Their Own Tourism TV Show

Three baddies to leisurely visit Japanese sights ― It's finally time for the monsters of Ultraman to shine. Fuji TV recognized the popularity of the show's evil-doers among fans and greenlit Ultra Kaijū Sanpo (Ultra Monster Walk) to start at 12 AM on May 23 on Fuji TV One Sports/Variety. The show will run for 12 episodes to be aired monthly and stars the comedy trio Tokyo-03 as Alien Zarab (Satoshi I...
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Sayonara UmiharaKawase + PS Vita Game Heads West This Spring

Latest game in platformer series contains original 1994 game ― Video game publisher Agatsuma Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will release Sayonara UmiharaKawase + (Sayonara Umihara Kawase Chirari in Japan) on PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe this spring. The game is an enhanced version of the 2013 Nintendo 3DS game Sayonara Umihara Kawase, which Nintendo released digitally in ...
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Knights of Sidonia Gets 2 One-Shot Spinoff Manga

Yayoi Ogawa, Myako Iwako draw one-shots for Shonen Sirius, Aria ― Yayoi Ogawa (Tramps Like Us, Kimi wa Pet, Ginban Kishi) and will draw a one-shot spinoff manga for Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius. In addition, newcomer Myako Iwako will draw a one-shot spinoff in the June issue of Kodansha's Aria shojo magazine on April 28. Ogawa recommended the series to women,...
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Junji Majima, Shintarou Oohata, Koji Yusa Join Gangsta. Anime Cast

New cast to perform in drama CD ahead of summer anime ― The official Twitter account for the Gangsta. project announced three more cast members for the anime on Friday. The new cast members, who will also perform in the fourth drama CD shipping on April 29, are: Junji Majima as Emilio Benedetto Shintarou Oohata as Gaston Brown Koji Yusa as Domenico Arcangelo Shukou Murase (Dante's Inferno: An Animate...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 405

"Tenten's mini arc comes to a close this week, and although the episode adheres to many of the same conventions as the previous two arcs, it features its own distinctive twists."
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU 2nd Season's Commercial Aired

More returning cast confirmed for series premiering April 2 ― Japanese television station TBS is airing a 30-second commercial for the Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku sequel anime. The video opening theme song "Harumodoki" (Pseudo-Spring) by Nagi Yanagi. The website also updated on Friday with more additional cast, returning from the first season: Marina Inoue as Yumiko Miura N...
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Answerman - Endlessly Searching

Justin answers two questions about really long series: is longevity something the creators prefer? And why do they get licensed less? Plus, prospects for some re-releases, and why so much hentai got licensed back in the day. ― What happened? The questions dried up again! Once again this week, I was really desperate for questions. Is it because everybody is on spring break? Anyway, I need your help! ...
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Your Lie in April Episodes 1-22 Streaming

Your Lie in April paints adolescent love and musical performance in exuberant colors, and almost gets away with it, too. ― Your Lie in April is a beautiful show. That should be stated first, both because it's true, and because that's where the show itself begins. The first episode opens with a gorgeous, nearly wordless sequence of a girl chasing a cat through blooming spring flowers. Light piano sets...
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Log Horizon GN 1

Fans of the Log Horizon anime might find story questions answered more quickly in the first volume of this manga adaptation of the light novel. ― Log Horizon, like many a recent franchise, began its life as a series of light novels, in this case by Mamare Touno, before being adapted into both anime and manga. As might reasonably be expected, the difference in the adaptive mediums make each version a ...
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Naruto's 4th Epilogue Novel Slated For May 1

The official website for Shueisha's Jump J Books label of novels announced on Friday that Konohagakure Hiden, the fourth of six planned Naruto epilogue novels, is scheduled for May 1. The novel will be penned by Shō Hinata (Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan, Bakuman., Hentai Kamen novels). A teaser image for the novel (seen right) was also unveiled. The website also lists that Gaara Hiden will now ship in Ju...
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend ‒ Episodes 11 & 12

"What these episodes don't do is give the series a sense of finality, either in a thematic or a storytelling sense."
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night PS Vita Game's Chie Promo Streamed

Yui Horie voices kung fu-loving girl in June 25 spin-off rhythm game ― Atlus began streaming a new promotional video starring the Persona 4 character Chie Satonaka for its Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita rhythm game on Friday. The video features a remix of the Persona 4 theme song "Pursuing My True Self" by Shihoko Hirata. Chie: OK, let's do this! Take a look at my Satonaka-style dance ...
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Getbackers' Seimaru Amagi Ends Genji the Death's Friend Manga

Bronze: Zetsuai since 1989's Minami Ozaki launched manga in English & Japanese last May ― DeNA's free Manga Box smartphone and tablet app published the 43rd chapter of Seimaru Amagi and Minami Ozaki's Genji the Death's Friend (Tōkyō Genji Monogatari) manga last Saturday, revealing that Amagi will conclude the manga in the next chapter on March 28. Manga Box describes the story: "People often die arou...

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled TV Ad Previews 3rd Episode

Commercials for 5.1ch Blu-ray release of both seasons of original series also streamed ― The official website for the Code Geass: Akito the Exiled anime project unveiled a new TV commercial for the third episode on Friday. The movie previews some of the scenes from the episode, and also features the anime's opening theme song, "More Than Words" by voice actress and singer Maaya Sakamoto. Lelouch: Gen...
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The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Original Video Anime Bundled With Manga

The ninth limited-edition volume of Puyo's The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan manga will bundle the previously revealed original video anime on October 26. The exclusive original anime Blu-ray Disc will have the same staff and cast as the television anime, and it will run about 25 minutes long. A television anime of the original manga has already been green-lit for 16 episodes. It will premiere...

Drifters Manga by Hellsing's Hirano Has Anime in the Works

Kouta Hirano's action story already inspired 2012 anime short ― The May issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine is announcing on Monday that an anime adaptation of Kouta Hirano's Drifters manga is in the works. The story of the manga centers around Shimazu Toyohisa, the real-life samurai who fought in the pivotal Battle of Sekigahara. In his dying moments, Shimazu is transported to a world ...
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Live-Action Shinjuku Swan Trailer Unveils Insert Song

Movie premieres in Japan on May 30 ― The official website of the live-action film of Ken Wakui's Shinjuku Swan manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Friday. The trailer previews the film's story, as well as the film's insert song "Collide" by UVERworld and theme song "Dive" by Man With a Mission, and notes its May 30 opening date. Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine announced on March 2013 tha...
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Hello!! Kin-iro Mosaic TV Anime's 2nd TV Ad Streamed

School comedy series premieres on April 5 ― The official website for the upcoming Hello!! Kin-iro Mosaic anime series began streaming the second television commercial on Friday. The video previews scenes from the show, and features the opening theme song "Yume-iro Parade" (Dream-Colored Parade) by Rhodanthe*. Narrator and Text: Our sparkly daily life is about to start again! Narrator: The sweet and f...
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Kamen Rider Drive, Nin'ninger Get 1-Hour Crossover Special

Franchises also getting movies this summer ― The official Toei YouTube channel began streaming a promotional video for its upcoming Shuriken Sentai Nin'ninger VS Kamen Rider Drive Haruyasumi Gattai 1-jikan Special (Shuriken Sentai Nin'ninger VS Kamen Rider Drive: 1-Hour Spring Break Combo Special) on Saturday. The special will take over both shows' slots on Sunday. In the special, a yōkai and Roidmud...

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Sōma's 6th TV Ad Promotes April 3 Premiere

J.C. Staff's cooking series based on Yūto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki's manga ― The official website for the Food Wars: Shokugeki no Sōma television anime began streaming the sixth commercial on Friday. The ad features the opening theme "Kibō no Uta" (The Song of Hope) by ULTRATOWER. Narration: In this school, cooking skills determine everything! Narration and Text: The "taste" experience cuisine battle, beg...
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3rd Naruto Epilogue Novel's Title, Story, Cover Unveiled

The official website for Shueisha's Jump J Books label of novels revealed the title, story, and cover illustration (seen right) for Sakura Hiden, the third of six planned Naruto epilogue novels. The novel, penned by Tomohito Ōsaki (Gintama, Black Cat, Nurarihyon no Mago novels), will be titled Naruto - Sakura Hiden: Shiren, Haru Kaze ni Nosete (Naruto - Sakura Hidden Legend - Feelings of Love, Rid...
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Dead or Alive, Ikki Tousen Girls Join Senran Kagura: Estival Versus Roster

Ayane, Sonsaku, Kan-u, Ryofu are playable via paid DLC after launch ― During the live stream for the Japanese launch of its Senran Kagura: Estival Versus: Shōjo-tachi no Sentaku game, Marvelous announced on Thursday that characters from other franchises will join the game's playable roster: Ayane from Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Sonsaku, Kan-u, Ryofu from Ikki Tousen: Extravaganza Epoch These charact...

Thursday, March 26

2003 Astro Boy Anime Gets New DVD Release by Mill Creek Entertainment

Sony previously released the series on five individual volumes in 2009 ― Mill Creek Entertainment will release the 2003 Astro Boy anime series in a 50-episode, complete DVD box set, according to online retailer Amazon's listing. Amazon does not specify which languages are included on the DVDs. It is set to retail for US$14.98 on May 5. Sony previously released the series on five individual volumes in...
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Classroom Crisis Anime's TV Ad Reveals Staff, Premise, July Premiere

Gundam BF director, Saekano writer, Oreimo designer in 'school x work romantic comedy' ― The official website for the original television anime Classroom Crisis began streaming a teaser commercial that announced its main staff and July premiere on Friday: Character Design: Hiro Kanzaki (Oreimo, EUREKA SEVEN AO, Go! Go! 575) Series Script Supervisor, Scripts: Fumiaki Maruto (Saekano: How to Raise a Bo...
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Kuroko's Basketball's Tetsuya #2 Gets A 35 Cm Plush

Tetsuya #2, the adorable pup from Kuroko's Basketball (and the pet of Tetsuya Kuroko), is getting a 35 cm (about 13.7 in) plush... just about tall enough to be considered life-size. The plush is available for pre-order from Movic for 6,800 yen (about US$57) and is expected to ship in mid-June. [Via Nijimen]
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Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions Concert Adds More Tour Dates in N. America, Australia

Concerts previously held in Washington DC, Philadelphia ― The Pokemon Company International announced new locations for its "Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions" concert series on Thursday. The company plans to announce more dates and locations at a later time. The current list of upcoming tour dates is: CityDateLocation Baltimore, MD 5/1/2015 Joseph Meyerhoff Hall New York, NY 6/6/2015 Theater at Madison ...
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Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim, Akiba's Trip Coming to PC This Spring

XSEED Games announced on Thursday that it will release Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim and Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed for PC via Steam this spring. The PC edition of Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim will have a new translation, widescreen support, the ability to warp to and from checkpoints, and a new "Catastrophe Mode" where the player is unable to purchase healing items, and any healing items acq...
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KanColle ‒ Episode 12

"It's a bit of a stretch to call the ending of Kancolle a surprise, but it's certainly disappointing."
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Tokyo's Kantō Area Crowns This Year's Hottest High School Boy and Girl

Somehow, this past weekend marked the third annual Kantō High School Mr. Contest 2015, an event at the "Uniform High School Graduation Party 2015 Supported by Samurai ELO" to crown the hottest high school boy in the Kantō region. Over 1,200 participated, with eight finalists competing for the title, and the opportunity to appear in Samurai ELO fashion magazine. The Grand Prix winner was Hiroki Sas...
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Tiger & Bunny's Sakakibara Launches New Haira no SP Manga

Sakikabara serializing new series starting April 14 ― The 177th issue of Kadokawa's Kadokawa Niconico Ace online magazine revealed on Wednesday that Mizuki Sakakibara (Tiger & Bunny) will launch a new manga series titled Haira no SP -Ryūbatsu-chō Chōsa Shikkōbu Dai-3-Ka (Haira no SP -Ryūbatsu Agency Investigation Executives, Division 3) in the magazine's next issue, which Kadokawa and Niconico Video ...
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Aquarion Logos Staff Send Out Casting Call

The staff of the upcoming Aquarion Logos television anime are seeking two voice actors to join the cast. Applicants need minimal experience since the staff will guide them before recording. The parts are small and should take only about three hours of work. Prospective voice actors will need to travel to Tokyo, but travel and snack expenses will be paid. The actual compensation is 30,000 yen (abou...
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Danganronpa Mystery Game at Anime Conji Updates with Instructional Video

In case you were hoping for a little more info about the Danganronpa-themed murder mystery game that will be hosted by NIS America at San Diego's Anime Conji, the video game and anime publishers have since uploaded an instructional video to their Youtube channel: The event starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4 in the Sheraton Hotel. Participants have until 6:00 p.m. to gather clues throughout ...
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Attack on Titan, Madoka Magica, Initial D's Online Games to End Service

Browser games will end in May, 3DS game will end in June ― Strategy & Partners announced on Thursday that both the Puella Magi Madoka Magica Online and Shingeki no Kyojin -Hangeki no Tsubasa- Online (Attack on Titan: The Wings of Counterattack Online) browser games will end service on May 28. Puella Magi Madoka Magica Online launched in August 2012. While the game is free to play, items cost money. T...
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Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and The Beast Film Gets Manga

Sentō Jōsai Masurawo's Renji Asai draws Shonen Ace manga of Summer Wars director's latest ― The Boy and The Beast (Bakemono no Ko), the upcoming anime film from director Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children), is inspiring a manga series before the movie opens. The May issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine announced on Thursday that Renji Asai (Se...
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Konami: Kojima Productions' Name Was Changed in Restructuring

Director Kojima still working on Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain ― Konami addressed the recent removal of the Kojima Productions logo from its website over Twitter on Wednesday, stating that the Kojima Productions and other internal companies have had their names changed as part of Konami's restructuring. Director Hideo Kojima and his team are still working on Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain at...
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Infamous Dragon Ball Z Scene Gets A Figure

Yamcha's unfortunate ending has been the butt of many jokes over the years, with endless memes and even an official t-shirt, but now you can immortalize that moment forever with a figure. Premium Bandai, which is accepting pre-orders starting today, also has some other suggestions for what to do with little Yamcha: The figure costs 3,456 yen (about US$29) and is expected to ship in August. Sadly, ...
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W Juliet's Emura Ends Idea no Hana Manga in April

"Exotic fantasy" shōjo manga about traveling entertainer launched in 2012 ― The May issue of Hakusensha's Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazine announced on Thursday that Emura will end her Idea no Hana "exotic fantasy" shōjo manga in the magazine's next issue, which Hakusensha will publish on April 25. The manga entered its final story arc last January. The magazine teases: What unbelievable sight was refl...
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The Testament of Sister New Devil ‒ Episode 12

"A distinct effort is made to wrap things up while still leaving plenty of room for the sequel."
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Tokyo Ghoul: Jack Spinoff Gets Original Video Anime

Story of how investigators Arima & Fura met over a case in 13th Ward ― The end of the final Tokyo Ghoul √A anime episode announced on Friday that an original video anime (OVA) adaptation of the Tokyo Ghoul: Jack prequel spinoff has been green-lit and is slated for this year. In addition to the OVA this year and a stage play in Tokyo and Kyoto, there is more in the franchise planned. In Tokyo Ghoul: J...
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Wrestler Kazuchika Okada Voices Character Based on Him in World Trigger

Pro wrestler to face off against Yuma in extra segment of episode premiering April 5 ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha 's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that professional wrestler Kazuchika Okada will voice a character in the World Trigger TV anime. The wrestler will play a C-Class Border member that is designed after himself. The character will premiere in the 24th episode on...

Digimon, .hack//SIGN Voice Actress Brianne Brozey Underwent 5-Hour Surgery After Accident

Brozey was injured on the set of NCIS: Los Angeles in March 2011 ― Voice actress Brianne Brozey is having difficulty speaking after undergoing a life-threatening, five-hour surgery to correct an injury that happened on the set of NCIS: Los Angeles in March 2011 where she worked as an assistant location manager. A falling steel grip head from a light stand hit Brozey on her neck, shoulder, and lower b...
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Resurrection 'F' Version Frieza Joins Dragon Ball Xenoverse Game as DLC

Tagoma's scouter, Gohan's jersey also included in 3rd round of DLC ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha 's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the golden version of Frieza that will appear in the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ film will also be playable in the Dragon Ball Xenoverse fighting game as part of the third round of DLC. This form of Frieza is simply known as "...
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High School Star Musical Anime Cast Sings Premise in Video

Natsuki Hanae, Kensho Ono, Arthur Lounsbery, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Tomoaki Maeno, Junichi Suwabe, Daisuke Hirakawa in Fall show ― The official website for this fall's new musical television anime, High School Star Musical (Kōkō Hoshi Kageki), began streaming a promotional video on Thursday. The same video debuted at AnimeJapan 2015 last weekend. In the video, the cast sings the premise of the story in th...

Tokyo Ghoul for PS Vita Adds New Main Lead Designed by Manga Creator

Game features original story created in collaboration with Sui Ishida ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the PS Vita adventure role-playing game Tokyo Ghoul: Masquerader will feature a new protagonist designed by original manga creator Sui Ishida. In addition, Ishida collaborating on the game's original story, which does not appear in the m...
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Generations from Exile Tribe Performs One Piece's New Theme Song

"Hard Knock Days" to begin playing on April 5 ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the all-male group Generations from EXILE Tribe will perform the new opening theme song for the One Piece television anime. The song "Hard Knock Days" will begin playing in the anime on April 5. Generations from EXILE Tribe is a seven-member unit that formed in...

Naruto Spinoff Manga Mini-Series to Begin on April 27

Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki takes story to new generation ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the spinoff manga mini-series Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki (Naruto Spinoff: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Month) will start on April 27. The combined 22nd/23rd issue of Weekly Shon...
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Video Shows Shanks in Action

Game shipped in Japan for PS3, PS4, PS Vita on Thursday ― The official website of Bandai Namco Games' One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 action game began streaming a character gameplay video for Shanks on Thursday, showing the character in action. Bandai Namco Games previously revealed character gameplay videos for Crocodile, Enel, Roronoa Zoro, Mihawk, Smoker, Buggy the Clown, Tashigi, Ace, Chopper, Sabo...
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XBlaze Lost: Memories Visual Novel's Video Introduces Cast, Story

Ayumi Fujimura, Iori Nomizu, Nao Toyama star in PS3/Vita release from Arc System Works, Aksys ― The official website for XBlaze Lost: Memories, the sequel to Arc System Works' XBlaze Code: Embryo visual novel, began streaming the second promotional video on Thursday. The video teases, "When the 'girls' guided by fate meet … a new 'story' is set in the motion." The video introduces the protagonist Wat...
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Uran's Paradise of Innocence Manga Gets New Anime DVD

DVD bundled with 8th Mujaki no Rakuen manga volume ― A leaflet in Uran's seventh Mujaki no Rakuen (Paradise of Innocence) manga volume is announcing on Friday that the manga's eighth limited-edition volume will bundle a new original anime DVD (OAD). Hakusensha will publish the eighth volume on August 28. Takashi Nishikawa (Strange+, Sin Strange Plus) is directing the anime, and Softgarage is collabor...
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Date A Live for PS Vita Previewed in Promo Video

Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation combines PS3 games Rinnne Utopia, Ars Install ― The official website for the PS Vita game Date A Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation began streaming the promotional video that debuted at AnimeJapan 2015 this past weekend. The video introduces the paradise world of Eden and the Irregular race that sprang into being in the digital world. This new edition combines the tw...
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A-1 Pictures Animates Tansa Quest Smartphone Game's Promo, Ad

Maaya Uchida sings game's theme song in commercial ― The official website of the Aniplex Mobile's upcoming Tansa Quest smartphone role-playing game began streaming a promotional video and a 30-second commercial for the game on Tuesday. A-1 Pictures animated both videos, and they feature Maaya Uchida (who plays the role of Mayu in the game) performing the game's theme song "Susume! Joshi Yūsha-bu" (Ad...

Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker Fate System Trailer Streamed

Game will ship in North America on May 5 ― Atlus USA began streaming a new trailer for its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker on Wednesday. The trailer introduces the "fate system" that allows the player to strengthen characters through different choices. Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker (Devil Survivor 2 Break Record in Japan) is a port of the Nintendo DS game Devil Survivor 2...
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