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The List - Six Manga & Anime About Raising Kids

Anime usually takes us on incredible flights of fancy, but when it gets down to earth, the results can be incredible. Here are six manga and anime about the trials and tribulations of parenting. ― Anime and manga target a wide array of age demographics. Sure, there might be more in the teenage bracket but whether you're an office lady or a second grader, there's a manga magazine for you. This includ...
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Naruto Shippuden Uncut Set Volume 25

Uchiha Madara enters the fray of the Fourth Great Ninja War, and the sky is falling. ― The seemingly endless Fourth Great Ninja War continues to unfold in Naruto Shippūden: Volume 25, which collects episodes 310 through 322. With the exception of episodes 321 and 322, every installment found on this set is anime-original. Fortunately, as far as filler content goes, Volume 25 features far more hits th...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 2 GN 2

Things just keep on getting wilder as Jojo and Caesar encounter the Pillar Men underneath Rome. If Jojo's going to beat them, he had better hope Caesar's master Lisa Lisa will take him on in this action-packed, gravity-defying volume. ― One thing you can say about Hirohiko Araki's Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: there is never a dull moment. Battle Tendency, the second part in the ongoing megaseries, is le...
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The X Button - Voyage to Neptunia

This week: a look at the referential turns of Neptunia and Sega Hard Girls! Plus Mother 3 rumors, Kickstarter woes, and the secrets of Mega Man! ― It seems as though everyone's playing Firewatch this week. That's fine with me, because it's a very interesting game. Firewatch casts the player as fire lookout Henry, who monitors a patch of Shoshone National Forest in the late 1980s. Communicating only ...
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Corpse Party: Tortured Souls Blu-Ray

This well-animated OVA series is one of the most gruesomely graphic anime titles ever made. Does anything else about it actually matter? ― Whatever else might be said about this four episode OVA series, there's exactly one thing you need to know: it ranks among the most gruesomely graphic anime titles ever made. And really, does anything else about it actually matter? If hyperviolent fare on the leve...
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A Silent Voice GN 5

A Silent Voice’s fifth volume continues to examine the fragile bonds of young acquaintances with its trademark heart-catching acuity. ― A Silent Voice's fifth volume opens with a very unexpected change of pace - an action pastiche detailing the adventures of a rough and tumble hero known as Big Friend “N,” who gallantly fights at the side of his, well, big friend. Full of dynamic action panels, drama...
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Saturday, February 13

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Persona 3's Protagonist Sports Sony Audio Products in Anime Promo Ad

Campaign for Sony high-res audio products launches on March 1 ― Makoto Yūki, the name of the Persona 3 protagonist in the four-part Persona 3 anime film project, is sporting a pair of Sony headphones as well as a Sony Walkman in a new animated commercial titled "Persona 3 The Movie meets 'Walkman'." The commercial features Yumi Kawamura's song "Boku no Akashi" (My Proof), which serves as an insert so...
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Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū ‒ Episode 6

"Following his triumphant performance in the play, Yakumo turns introspective."
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GATE ‒ Episode 18

"Before everything is said and done in the episode, chaos reigns once again."
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Funimation Reveals Rage of Bahamut: Genesis Anime's English Dub Cast

Leah Clark, Tyson Rinehart, Brian Mathis, more star ― North American anime distributor Funimation announced the English dub cast for the Rage of Bahamut: Genesis television anime series during Katsucon panel on Saturday. The anime will ship in standard and limited editions on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on April 26. The cast, under ADR director Sonny Strait, ADR engineer Patrick Morphy, head writer John Bur...
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Funimation Reveals Black Butler: Book of Circus & Book of Murder Anime's Casts, Release Dates

Book of Circus TV series ships in April, Book of Murder OVA ships in May ― North American anime distributor Funimation announced at its Katsucon panel on Saturday the English dub casts and the home video release dates for the Black Butler: Book of Circus television anime series as well as the Black Butler: Book of Murder video anime series. Black Butler: Book of Circus will ship on April 19 in a limi...
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Mamoru Miyano Learned to Drive Thanks to Initial D

Trilogy's last film opened last weekend ― Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 3 -Mugen-, the last film in the new Initial D trilogy, premiered on February 6. Mamoru Miyano, who plays the main character, Takumi Fujiwara, attended a screening at the Shinjuku Piccadilly theater in Tokyo, along with Daisuke Ono (Ryōsuke Takahashi), Yūichi Nakamura (Keisuke Takahashi), Minoru Shiraishi (Itsuki Takeuchi), Tom...
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Ultraman's Mom Ends Stint as Fashion Model

Final fan event to be held on Valentine's Day ― Ultraman Taro's mom, Mother of Ultra, has been a fashion model for AMU Plaza Hakata, a shopping center in Fukuoka, since 2014. She's been called "history's biggest model ever" and has become an unlikely hit in Fukuoka. Yet on January 25, she announced that she is resigning from her position. To give her fans a touching farewell, Mother of Ultra will hol...
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Auditions Open to Be GACKT's Leading Lady in Upcoming FIlm

"Wild, beautiful woman" sought ― The Japanese singer Gackt, who has branched out into acting recently, will play the leading role in an upcoming film, Kāranukan. It will be set in his native Ryūkyū Islands. Gackt's character, Hikaru Ōyama, is a photographer graced with "beauty, knowledge and strength" on a photo shoot in the Yaeyama Islands far to the south of mainland Japan. One day, a sunbeam blind...
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Fuyumi Soryo's Mars Shōjo Manga Gets Live-Action Film Finale in June

Kis-My-Ft2's Taisuke Fujigaya, Masataka Kubota, Marie Iitoyo reprise TV show roles ― The ongoing live-action television adaptation of Fuyumi Soryo's shōjo manga Mars will conclude its story with a film. The film, titled Mars ~Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru! (Mars ~But, I Love You~) just like the television series, will open in theaters throughout Japan on June 18. The manga revolves around Kira and Rei, two...
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Smartphone Game Dekamusu Pits Hero Against Giant Girls

All-female country overrun by mysterious marauding maidens ― A recent smartphone game, Dekamusu, gives the old kaijū (giant monster) genre a unique (and raunchy) spin. Its name means "Giant Girls," and that's what the monsters are: skyscraper-sized girls on a rampage. The game is set in the fictional all-female country of Amazones. Its main exports are high-quality perfume and cosmetics, and it attra...
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Voice Actress Yukari Tamura Intends to Continue Singing

Singer confirms end of King Records contract based on her own wishes ― Voice actress Yukari Tamura announced on her official website on Saturday that she intends to continue singing, despite her contract with King Records ending on March 20. Tamura thanked fans for their concern and said that the decision to end her contract with King Records was based on her own considerations. Her contract with Kin...
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The List - Six Manga & Anime About Raising Kids

Anime usually takes us on incredible flights of fancy, but when it gets down to earth, the results can be incredible. Here are six manga and anime about the trials and tribulations of parenting. ― Anime and manga target a wide array of age demographics. Sure, there might be more in the teenage bracket but whether you're an office lady or a second grader, there's a manga magazine for you. This includ...
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Hai-Furi Maritime School TV Anime Previewed in 1st Promo Video

Girls train to protect the seas in April show by Non Non Biyori's writer, artist ― The official website for the television anime Hai-Furi celebrated Valentine's Day by posting the first promotional video. The video features the character song "Watashi-tachi Kinenbi," even though the anime has not yet announced the voice cast. Text: We're gonna be Blue Mermaids no matter what! Text: Akeno "Mike-chan" ...
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Naruto Shippuden Uncut Set Volume 25

Uchiha Madara enters the fray of the Fourth Great Ninja War, and the sky is falling. ― The seemingly endless Fourth Great Ninja War continues to unfold in Naruto Shippūden: Volume 25, which collects episodes 310 through 322. With the exception of episodes 321 and 322, every installment found on this set is anime-original. Fortunately, as far as filler content goes, Volume 25 features far more hits th...
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Sakura-Con to Host SAO Guests Reki Kawahara, Abec, More

Also: Pony Canyon's Masashi Ishihama, Takeo Takahashi, Hijiri Sanpei ― Seattle's Sakura-Con convention announced last week that it will host Sword Art Online light novel creator Reki Kawahara (pictured right), original character designer Abec, and the anime adaptations' producers Shinichiro Kashiwada and Kazuma Miki. They are attending in cooperation with anime and music production company Aniplex. K...
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Sound! Euphonium Anime Film's Full Trailer Streamed

Film looking back on 2015 TV series to open on April 23 ― The official website of the Sound! Euphonium (Hibike! Euphonium) anime project began streaming the first full trailer for the Gekijō-ban Hibike! Euphonium ~ Kitauji Kōkō Suisōraku-Bu e Yōkoso~ (Sound! Euphonium the Movie: Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band) anime film on Saturday. The film's first teaser debuted in December, follo...

Kiznaiver TV Anime's Ad Introduces Cast, Staff

Studio Trigger series stars Yuuki Kaji, Hibiku Yamamura, Yuka Terasaki ― Aniplex began streaming a new television commercial for Studio Trigger's Kiznaiver television anime series on Saturday. The commercial introduces the main cast and staff members, including three cast members unveiled on Saturday. The anime's cast includes: Yuuki Kaji (Attack on Titan's Eren Jaeger) as Katsuhira Agata: The story'...
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Terror in Resonance Stage Play Reveals 6 More Cast Members in Costume

Play based on Shinichiro Watanabe anime runs March 2-6 ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of the Terror in Resonance (Zankyō no Terror) anime revealed six additional cast members in costume this week. Eiji Takigawa as Shibazaki Katsuhiko Ibuka as Hamura Naoya Gōmoto as Kurahashi Mitsuaki Kanuka as Mukasa (reprising role from anime) Misaki Momose as Lisa Mishima Asami Yoshikawa as Ōz...
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Naruto: Scarlet Spring Spinoff Manga Tops U.S. Monthly BookScan January List

4 volumes each of One-Punch Man, Tokyo Ghoul also rank on list ― Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring spinoff manga topped Nielsen BookScan's Top 20 Graphic Novel chart for January. Viz Media released the manga on January 5. The top 20 list included nine manga volumes, all published by Viz Media. The list includes four volumes of ONE and Yuusuke Murata's One-Punch Man...
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Magic User's Club's Complete English Dub Offered in Stereo for 1st Time

North American licensing company Nozomi Entertainment announced on Tuesday that its upcoming release of the Magic User's Club (Maho Tsukai Tai!) original video anime (OVA) series will include stereo audio for the entirety of the anime's English dub for the first time. Some of the episodes in Media Blasters' previous release of the series only had mono audio. The Japanese audio will also be in ster...
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This Boy is a Professional Wizard DVD Offered With English Subtitles in Japan

The official website for the This Boy is a Professional Wizard (Kono Danshi, Mahō ga Oshigoto Desu.) television anime series is listing that the show's Japanese DVD release will include English subtitles. The DVD is listed with an April 15 release date. The four-episode series premiered in Japan on February 4. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan, and the company describes the a...
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Puzzle & Dragons X 3DS Game Gets TV Anime This Summer

Puzzle RPG featuring co-op play ships this summer in 2 versions ― This year's March issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine is revealing on Monday that the Puzzle & Dragons X ("Pazudora Cross") Nintendo 3DS puzzle role-playing game is inspiring a television anime series that will premiere this summer. The game is also inspiring a manga adaptation (pictured below) by Momota Inoue (Puzzle and D...

Vertical Licenses NisiOisin's Bakemonogatari Novels

Publisher to release series starting in December ― North American manga and novel publisher Vertical Comics announced at its panel at Katsucon on Friday that it has licensed NisiOisin and VOFAN's Bakemonogatari light novel series. The company plans to release the series starting in December. Kodansha released the novel series in Japan in two volumes in 2006. The story follows high school student and ...

Vertical Licenses Blame!, Dissolving Classroom, Immortal Hounds Manga

Company to release Blame! in 6-volume "master's edition" ― North American manga and novel publisher Vertical Comics announced at its panel at Katsucon on Friday that it has licensed Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! manga, Junji Ito's Yōkai Kyōshitsu (Dissolving Classroom) manga, and Ryō Yasohachi's Shinazu no Ryōken (Immortal Hounds) manga. Nihei launched the science-fiction action story Blame! as his first ma...
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KonoSuba's 1st Blu-ray/DVD to Include PC Game

Players follow Kazuma's party on quests in comedy RPG ― Kadokawa announced on Friday that the first limited edition Blu-ray Disc and DVD volume for the KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!! (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o!) anime will include an original PC game titled Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! in the life. The first Blu-ray Disc and DVD volume will ship on March 25 in...

Friday, February 12

Voice Actress Yukari Tamura's Contract With King Records Ends

King Records to give more information about actress' future activities after website reopens ― Yukari Tamura's official fan club "Mellow Pretty," as well as her music record company King Records and her talent management agency I'm Enterprise announced on her official web site on Saturday that Tamura's exclusive contract with King Records will end on March 20. King Records added that it had hoped to ...
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Amazon Opens Dragon Quest Online Store

Amazon Japan has opened an online store for fans of Dragon Quest. The shop makes hunting down those hard-to-find 30th anniversary items just a little bit easier. Franchise fans can look by character type from Slimes to vinyl characters or product type. The store carries trading cards, nano block sets, candy, cosplay, puzzles and home goods. Some of the current best sellers are a trick treasure ch...

Dimension W to Premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami Block on February 27

English dub casts Christopher R. Sabat, Eric Vale, Jad Saxton, J. Michael Tatum ― North American anime distributor Funimation announced on Friday that the Adult Swim network's Toonami programming block will start airing the Dimension W television anime on Saturday, February 27 at 12:30 a.m. (effectively Sunday, February 28 after midnight). The airing will mark the premiere of the English dub, before ...
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Heavy Object ‒ Episode 18

"Heavy Object seems really keen on bringing moral dilemmas to the fore in this story arc, but there's just too much going on, making it feel rushed and rough."
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Girls Beyond the Wasteland ‒ Episode 6

"This episode has only a handful of jokes – none of them funny – so all we're left with is the bare skeleton of a scenario we've all seen dozens of times already."
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Fairy Tail Zero's English Broadcast Dub Cast Revealed

Leah Clark, Clifford Chapin, Cris George, David Trosko, Jeannie Tirado star in tonight's premiere ― North American anime distributor Funimation announced the English broadcast dub cast for the Fairy Tail Zero anime on Friday. The first dubbed episode begins streaming on Friday at 9:00 p.m. EST. The cast, under ADR director and lead writer Tyler Walker, assistant director Aaron Dismuke, and ADR engine...
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Japanese Anime Fans Pick Their Ideal Marriage Partner

Anime fans in Japan have love on the brain, thanks in part to this weekend's holiday. Charapedia asked its readers which anime or manga character they'd most like to tie the knot with and live together happily ever after. What kind of qualities did voters look for in a husband or wife? Female characters with a gentle disposition or traditional feminine qualities ranked highly. Male characters with...
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Lupin the Third (TV 2015) ‒ Episode 19

"It's good that Nix is such a strong character, because it's all Lupin and him for most of this episode."
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Saint Seiya Fan in Peru Gets Guinness World Record For Largest Collection

The Guinness Book of World Records awarded Jorge Luis Vásquez Flores of Peru with a certificate recognizing him as the owner of the world's largest Saint Seiya memorabilia collection last month. Vásquez began collecting items related to his favorite television anime over 20 years ago and has amassed a collection of 6,688 items from action figures to magnets. Vásquez's collection is nearly twice th...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, January 31-February 6

My Hero Academia, One Piece, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Akame g Kill!, Assassination Classroom, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, 2 One-Punch Man volumes, Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, Noragami The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on February 6. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -My Hero Academi...
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Sailor Moon's Cosmic Heart Compact Joins Proplica Toy Line

Sailor Moon's Cosmic Heart Compact from Sailor Moon S is getting the high-end Proplica treatment from Bandai. Sailor Moon fans can now practice yelling "Moon Cosmic Power, Make Up!" with the sixth item in the toy line. The item is only available for pre-order for a few more weeks before Bandai ships the items in May. Each compact is 7,020 yen (US$62) and runs on three batteries to power the LED l...

School Battle Anime 'Hundred' Introduces Protagonist Hayato in Video

Yoshiaki Hasegawa stars as main character in April anime ― The official website for the upcoming television anime of Jun Misaki's light novel series Hundred posted a new promotional video focusing on the protagonist Hayato Kisaragi (voiced by Yoshiaki Hasegawa) on Friday. The anime will premiere in April. The cast includes: Yoshiaki Hasegawa as Hayato Kisaragi Rumi Ookubo as Emil Crossford Mayu Yoshi...
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Yuuki Kaji Joins Dimension W Anime Cast

Anime currently streaming on Funimation ― The official website for the Dimension W television anime announced on Wednesday that Yuuki Kaji will join the cast as Haruka Shimeyer, pictured right. The series premiered on January 10 and Funimation is streaming the series as it airs. Funimation is on the production committee for the series, and it describes the story: In the year 2071, the world's energy ...
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Mr. Osomatsu Inspires Live-Action Gay Porn Parody

The current anime hit, Mr. Osomatsu, won appreciation not just for its wacky comedy antics, but for the plethora of possibilities for shipping among its cast of six young men. Accordingly, DMM, a Japanese video website, is taking preorders for a gay pornographic parody of the series and its most popular shipping (in Japan), Ichimatsu and Karamatsu. The porn, called IchiKara Hajimeyō! ("Let's Start...
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Super Lovers Boys-Love Anime Unveils Female Cast

Atsuko Tanaka, Yoko Soumi, Ryoko Shiraishi, Mitsuki Saiga join cast ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Miyuki Abe's boys-love manga Super Lovers announced four additional cast members on Friday. Atsuko Tanaka as Haruko D. (Daniella) Dieckmann, Haru's mother and Ren's foster mother Yoko Soumi as Mikiko Kashiwagi, a lawyer who's friends with Haruko Ryoko Shiraishi as Kiri Kondō,...
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Monster Musume's 11th Manga Volume to Bundle New Original Anime DVD

Episode will adapt chapter set at the gym pool ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Okayado's Monster Musume manga announced on Saturday that the 11th compiled volume of the manga will bundle an original anime DVD (OAD). The volume will ship on November 12, 2016 and preorders must be placed before September 19. The OAD will adapt the manga's chapter 17 from the fourth volume, where Miia...
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Assassination Classroom season 2 ‒ Episode 6

"Assassination Classroom can do some very good work when it puts a little extra care into its writing."
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Answerman - How Was Anime Retouched for Television In The Old Days?

A little history about how all those digital underpants wound up on our favorite naked anime characters over the years and the arcane methods used to draw them. ― Maria asks: I've been watching old English dubs of Samurai Pizza Cats and Sailor Moon from the 90s and I wondered how they 'Airbrushed' and edited various things out before the use digital software. I had heard that for the 90s dub of Drag...
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'Full Metal Panic! Another' Light Novel Series to End Next Week

Naoto Ōkuro's spinoff set over a decade after Shoji Gatoh's original light novel series ― The official Twitter account of Fujimi Shobo's Fantasia Bunko imprint confirmed on Wednesday that the imprint will publish the 12th and final volume of Naoto Ōkuro's Full Metal Panic! Another spinoff novel series on February 20. It will also publish a Full Metal Panic! Another Short Stories collection that same ...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 448

"With less than a month before the premiere of Itachi Shinden, we can only hope that the final few episodes of Jiraiya's Ninja Scrolls are more entertaining than this."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 2 GN 2

Things just keep on getting wilder as Jojo and Caesar encounter the Pillar Men underneath Rome. If Jojo's going to beat them, he had better hope Caesar's master Lisa Lisa will take him on in this action-packed, gravity-defying volume. ― One thing you can say about Hirohiko Araki's Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: there is never a dull moment. Battle Tendency, the second part in the ongoing megaseries, is le...
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NIS Reveals Classic Dungeon Sengoku PS Vita Game

Latest entry in ClaDun 8-Bit retro RPG series to ship on May 26 ― Nippon Ichi Software updated its teaser website on Wednesday to reveal that its previously teased new project is Classic Dungeon Sengoku for the PlayStation Vita. The official website for the game will launch on Thursday. The website lists that the game will ship on May 26. Classic Dungeon Sengoku is the newest entry in the ClaDun seri...
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Eve Burst Error R Game's Opening Video Streamed

El Dia's remake for PS Vita, PC ships in Japan on April 28 ― El Dia began streaming the opening video on Thursday for its EVE Burst Error R visual novel remake for the the PC and PlayStation Vita. The game will ship in Japan on April 28. The first-edition limited version of the game will retail for 7,800 yen (about US$69) for both systems, and the download version will retail for 5,800 yen (US$51) fo...
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Gundam Thunderbolt Anime's 3rd Episode Arrives on March 18

Bandai revealed on Friday that it will release the third anime episode based on Yasuo Ohtagaki's Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt manga in Japan on March 18 at noon JST (11:00 a.m. EDT). The Gundam Fan Club app will have an early release on March 4 for paid subscribers. The second of four 18-minute episodes began streaming on Friday at 12:00 p.m. JST (10:00 a.m. EST), although the Gundam Fan Club ap...
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Final Fantasy XIV Details Patch 3.2 in 8-Minute Video

Patch arriving on February 23 includes new main scenario, side-story quest, raid dungeon, more ― The official YouTube channel for Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV game began streaming an eight-minute video on Friday that details the game's upcoming patch 3.2, titled "The Gears of Change." The patch arrives worldwide on February 23. English Version Japanese Version The patch will include a new main sce...
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Diaspolice Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series, Film Starring Shota Matsuda

4 directors helm 10-episode April series; film opens in summer ― A live-action television series and film adaptation of Richard Woo (a pseuodnym of Takashi Nagasaki) and Shinichi Sugimura's Diaspolice: Ihō Keisatsu manga has been green-lit, with Shota Matsuda (shown below in costume) starring in both the TV series and the film. The TV series will premiere on MBS and TBS in April as the first show in ...
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Kickstarter Launches to Localize Otomate's Beastmaster and Prince Visual Novel

Project seeks to release otome game on Steam, mobile devices ― Digital content company Gloczus and publisher b2g Studio launched a Kickstarter campaign on Wednesday to localize the otome game Beastmaster and Prince -Flower & Snow- (Mōjūtsukai to Ōji-sama ~Flower & Snow~) into English for release on PC via Steam. The project is seeking US$150,000 by March 12. The companies have also set a stretch goal...
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Live-Action Setoutsumi Film's Short Movie Skit, Poster Unveiled

2 more video skits slated for early March, April for film opening on July 2 ― The official website of the live-action film adaptation of Kazuya Konomoto's Setoutsumi manga began streaming a short movie featuring a skit on Thursday. The skit video, titled "Kendama," features Utsumi (Sousuke Ikematsu) recording Seto (Masaki Suda) trying to succeed at Kendama. The site also revealed a new poster visual ...
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Joker Game Spy Anime's Theme Songs, More Cast, Character Visuals Revealed

Synopses for first 3 episodes also revealed for Production I.G series premiering in April ― The official website of Production I.G's television anime of Kōji Yanagi's spy mystery novel Joker Game announced the opening and ending theme song artists for the anime on Wednesday. Rock band Quadrangle is performing the opening theme song "Reason Triangle," while Magic of Life is performing the ending theme...
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ReLIFE Anime's Main Staff Announced

New director Tomo Kosaka helms series penned by Big Windup! writers ― The fifth volume of Yayoiso's ReLIFE manga (cover pictured at right) announced the main staff of the manga's anime adaptation on Friday. Tomo Kosaka (episode animation director for Giant Killing, Yowamushi Pedal) is directing the anime, and Kazuho Hyodo (Himegoto, Wanna Be the Strongest in the World, Big Windup!) and Michiko Yokote...

Megan Shipman, Lara Woodhull Star in Pandora in the Crimson Shell Anime's English Dub

1st dub episode premieres on Friday ― Funimation Entertainment announced its English broadcast dub cast on Thursday for the Pandora of the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn (Kōkaku no Pandora - Ghost Urn) anime. The first dubbed episode will debut on Friday at 11:40 a.m. EST. The cast, under ADR director Jerry Jewell; ADR engineers James Baker, Brian Leonard, and Jose Sandoval; and lead writer Samuel Wooley, ...

Thursday, February 11

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Final Code Geass: Akito the Exiled Episode Earns 43 Million Yen on 36 Screens

Ranks #9, below #2 Nobunaga Concerto, #6 Yo-kai Watch, #7 Ninninger vs. ToQGer ― The fifth and final Code Geass: Akito the Exiled episode opened in 36 theaters in Japan this past weekend. It sold 36,161 tickets for 43,099,100 yen (about US$375,000) to rank #9 in the weekend's box office chart. The Code Geass: Akito the Exiled series is a spinoff of the original Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion te...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, February 1-7

Maho Tsukai Precure! debuts ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV February 7 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 14.2 Doraemon TV Asahi February 5 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 9.5 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi February 5 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 9.5 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV February 7 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 8.8 Detective Conan NTV February 6 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 8.4 Dragon Ball Super Fuji TV Februa...
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Horror Fan Recreates Junji Ito Characters Using Make-Up With Creepy Results

Horror manga artist Junji Ito is the brain behind the terrifying tales in Fragments of Horror, Gyo, Uzumaki and Tomie. His art style is distinctive for its sunken eyes and mastering the creepy smirk. Twitter user @mamakiteru has brought the horrifying creations to life one at a time through the clever use of make-up. Yōkai Kyōshitsu 伊藤潤二先生作品「溶解教室」のワンシーンを一人二役しました♪♪ pic.twitter.com/bo5TXugbRG— いくら ...

Bakuon!! Anime About High School Girls on Motorcycles Reveals More of Cast, Theme Songs

Unshou Ishizuka, Yōko Hikasa, Shinichiro Miki join cast; Sayaka Sasaki & main cast sing themes ― The official website for the television anime of Mimana Orimoto's Bakuon!! manga revealed additional cast and details on the opening and ending themes for the anime on Friday. The additional cast includes (from left to right): Unshou Ishizuka as Hayakawa, a super-butler who serves the Minowa family Yōko H...
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Columbia Records Reveals Dragon Ball 30th Anniversary CD Set's Track Listing

Columbia Records is releasing a three disc CD and DVD set to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Dragon Ball anime's television premiere. The company listed the accompanying DVD's line-up but the actual songs on the two disc set were still a mystery. Columbia Records updated with all 38 tracks. Here's what you'll find on the set. Disc 1 "Makafushigi Adventure!" by Hiroki Takahashi (Dragon Ball ...
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Midori/Shōjo Tsubaki Horror Manga Gets Live-Action Film Starring Risa Nakamura

Film about orphan girl abused by freak show troupe opens in May ― A live-action film adaptation of Suehiro Maruo's Shojo Tsubaki horror manga has been green-lit. The film will open in Japan in May, and will star fashion model Risa Nakamura (seen in poster visual below) in her film acting debut as the protagonist Midori. Other cast members include Shunsuke Kazama, Misaki Morino, rock band SuG frontman...
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Haruchika – Haruta & Chika ‒ Episode 6

"This week's episode of Haruchika didn't set the world on fire, but it was still one of the more promising installments."
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Wagamama High Spec Anime's Cast, Staff Unveiled

Mariko Honda, Megu Sakuragawa, Mai Goto, Chiyo Ousaki star in anime debuting with PC game ― PC game distribution company Hobibox opened a website for an animation division last Friday and posted cast and staff information for the upcoming Wagamama High Spec television anime. The cast includes: Mariko Honda (Etotama's Inutan) as Kaoruko Rokuonji (far left, in image to the right) Megu Sakuragawa (Love ...
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Register Your Marriage With The Merry Pirates of One Piece

The cast of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon have appeared on several marriage registration designs but there's no reason other franchises shouldn't get in on the martial bliss. Konin Todoke, the company behind the Sailor Moon registration forms, are introducing the cast of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece series for couples. A total of 10 designs are available. One features the Straw Hat pirates while the ot...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, February 1-7

My Hero Academia, Platinum End, The New Prince of Tennis, Kingdom, Grand Blue in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 My Hero Academia 7 149,444 149,444 2016/02 Shueisha Kohei Horikoshi 1 1 2 Platinum End 1 105,213 105,213 2016/02 Shueisha Story: Tsugumi Ohba / Art: Takeshi Obata 2 1 3 The New Prince of Tennis 17 88,193 88...
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Ghost in the Shell Realize Project Sets Sights on Half-Size Tachikoma

The Ghost in the Shell Realize Project launched in 2014 with the goal to bring the sci-fi tech from Masamune Shirow's franchise into the real world. Since its launch, the project has introduced a 3D model of Motoko Kusanagi, superhuman sports, optical camouflage, virtual reality, and humanoid robots. One group is pushing the robot angle by working on a functioning, half-size Tachikoma. Developers ...
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Selector Destructed WIXOSS Film's 1st 8 Minutes Streamed

Film opens Saturday in Japan ― The official website for the Selector WIXOSS anime franchise began streaming the first eight minutes of the Selector Destructed Wixoss anime film on Thursday. Takuya Satō is directing the film, with series composition and scripts by Mari Okada. Kyuta Sakai designed the characters, and J.C. Staff is animating the film. Kanon Wakeshima returns to perform the main theme so...
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ERASED ‒ Episode 6

"ERASED pulled together nicely this week, in an episode that wasn't a series highlight, but was still a fine board-adjusting maneuver."
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Joel McDonald, Chris Burnett, Alexis Tipton Star in Divine Gate Anime's English Dub

1st dub episode to premiere on Friday ― Funimation Entertainment announced its English broadcast dub cast for the Divine Gate television anime series on Thursday. The first dubbed episode will debut on Friday at 9:30 a.m. EST. The cast, under ADR director Clifford Chapin, lead writer Monica Rial, and ADR engineers Nagaris Johnson, Domonique French, and Jeremy Woods, includes: Joel McDonald as Akane C...
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Wandering Son's Shimura Draws Manga Short for Hana Kanazawa's Song

"Tōmei na Onna no Ko" single debuts February 24 ― Manga artist Takako Shimura (Wandering Son, Aoi Hana character design for Aldnoah.Zero) will draw a short manga series to accompany voice actress and singer Kana Hanazawa's new single "Tōmei na Onna no Ko" (Transparent Girl). The manga will be included as a store bonus when the single CD ships on February 24. Yukari Yamazaki of the pop rock group Kuki...
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Active Raid ‒ Episode 6

"This week's episode was a thematically bulletproof ode to giant robots that also fit perfectly within the world and concerns of Active Raid."

1st Garo Anime Film's 2nd Teaser Trailer, May Debut, Visual Unveiled

Story set 4 years after 1st Garo TV anime ― The second teaser trailer for Garo -Divine Flame-, the first Garo anime film, debuted at the "Garo 10-Shūnen Kinen -Makai no En-" (Garo 10th Anniversary Makai Party) event at Chiba's Maihama Amphitheater on Thursday. The event also revealed the film's May opening and previewed a new visual and screenshots from the film. The new teaser is streaming online an...
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Hideo Kojima Counts Down the Top 10 Films of 2015

Video game director Hideo Kojima launched the first episode of his "Hideo Tube" video series on Thursday. The pilot episode counts down his picks for the top 10 films of 2015 with guest and novelist Kenji Yano. Both men saw their fair share of films last ear, with Yano admitting to going to the cinema at least 100 times (although 11 were just to watch Mad Max: Fury Road). Kojima admits he lost cou...
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Dragon Quest Heroes II Adds 6 New Characters

Action game slated for May 27 in Japan ― This year's 11th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will unveil six new playable characters for Square Enix's Dragon Quest Heroes II: Futago no Ō to Yogen no Owari (Dragon Quest Heroes II: The Twin Kings and the End of the Prophecy) action game for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita on Monday. Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) returned to design...
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Otome Game Ozmafia!! Gets Short Anime This Summer

Poni-Patchet's game licensed in English by MangaGamer ― The official Twitter for the game brand Poni-Pachet confirmed on Thursday that an anime adaptation of its game Ozmafia!! has been green-lit for this summer. The Machi Asobi Vol. 15 event revealed last fall that it will be composed of anime shorts. Poni-Patchet released the otome game (game aimed at female players) in 2013 on PC, and later a Play...

Attack on Titan Team's Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Anime Previewed in 2nd Video

EGOIST's titular opening theme sampled before April premiere ― The second promotional video for Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri), the April original television anime from WIT Studio (Attack on Titan), debuted tonight during Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block. A long version of the video is now streaming on the anime's official website. The video features the opening theme song...
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The X Button - Voyage to Neptunia

This week: a look at the referential turns of Neptunia and Sega Hard Girls! Plus Mother 3 rumors, Kickstarter woes, and the secrets of Mega Man! ― It seems as though everyone's playing Firewatch this week. That's fine with me, because it's a very interesting game. Firewatch casts the player as fire lookout Henry, who monitors a patch of Shoshone National Forest in the late 1980s. Communicating only ...

2nd Digimon Adventure tri. Film's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Ketsui to open in Japan on March 12 with theme songs by Kouji Wada ― The promotional movie for the second film in the Digimon Adventure tri. film series, Digimon Adventure tri. Ketsui (Determination), debuted on the films' website on Friday. Like the first video, the new video ends with a teaser for the third part, Digimon Adventure tri. Kokuhaku (Confession), which will open this summer. In the seco...
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KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!! ‒ Episode 4

"This is all a rousing round or two of fun, provided that you can tolerate what the artistry isn't doing."
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Corpse Party: Tortured Souls Blu-Ray

This well-animated OVA series is one of the most gruesomely graphic anime titles ever made. Does anything else about it actually matter? ― Whatever else might be said about this four episode OVA series, there's exactly one thing you need to know: it ranks among the most gruesomely graphic anime titles ever made. And really, does anything else about it actually matter? If hyperviolent fare on the leve...

EGOIST Creates Opening Song for Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Anime From Attack on Titan Team

April anime by Attack on Titan studio & director, who gets his own Spring art exhibit ― The artist group EGOIST is creating a song specifically for the opening theme of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri), the April original television anime from WIT Studio (Attack on Titan). The song shares the same English title as the anime. EGOIST, a group produced by supercell composer ryo, had...
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Attack on Titan Game Will Get 4-Player Online Coop Mode After Launch

Separate March 24 update will add 10 items & costumes to game ― Koei Tecmo Games announced during a livestream event on Thursday that it will provide a free post-release update for its upcoming Attack on Titan game. The update will introduce an online cooperative mode that will support up to four players, with cross-platform play from the game's PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita vers...
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Dark Souls III's Opening Cinematic Trailer Streamed

PS4/Xbox One/PC game slated for April 12 in N. America, Europe ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming an opening cinematic trailer for its upcoming Dark Souls III PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC game on Monday. The game is slated to ship in Europe and North America on April 12. The "Apocalypse Edition" available in Europe for those who pre-order the game on comes with a metal case and a...
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The Morose Mononokean Supernatural Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime

Crunchyroll publishing Kiri Wazawa's manga digitally ― Square Enix announced on Thursday that Kiri Wazawa's The Morose Mononokean (Fukigen na Mononokean) is getting a television adaptation. Square Enix opened an official website for the anime and unveiled the show's first teaser visual, which shows the characters Hanae Ashiya, Haruitsuki Abeno, and Moja Moja. Crunchyroll is publishing the manga digit...
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Terraformars Film's Live-Action Prequel Previewed in Video

Prequel premieres online on April 24 with some of the film's cast ― The official website for the Terraformars television anime posted a project promotional video for the entire franchise on Wednesday. It promotes the original manga, the April 29 live-action film, this spring's second television anime season, and the upcoming games for amusement centers and smartphones. It also offers footage from the...

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Studio Seeks US$10,000 for Fatal Fury Live-Action Fan Film

Time Window Studio is hoping to garner financial favor to the tune of US$10,000 for its film Embers, a fan film based on SNK's fighting game franchise Fatal Fury. The campaign notes that the film will be a live-action version of the Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle anime TV special. The project does not appear to be endorsed by SNK. The project has a total of five to eight minutes shot with green scre...
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Japanese Artists Play 'Picture Telephone' for PiTaPa Ad

The game of "telephone" is simple. A group of players sit in a line, the first whispering a sentence into the next player's ear. Each player does the same and the end result is often something wildly different than what was said at the start. The company Surutto KANSAI took a new spin on this concept to promote its PiTaPa ticketing smart card system. The company met with artists, a total of 10, ha...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, February 1-7

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: February 1-7 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4 Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Bandai Namco Entertainment February 4 64,446 64,446 85 2PSV Dragon Quest Builders: Alefgard o Fukkatsu Seyo (Including Bundled Editions) Square Enix January 28 46,391 224,407 87 3PS4 ...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 309

"This week's Gintama confirms that no matter how dark things get, humor will always be the backbone of this franchise."
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Mikasa Voice Actress Plays Koei Tecmo's Attack on Titan Game

Yui Ishikawa celebrates Mikaasa's birthday before PS4/PS3/Vita game's February 18 launch ― Koei Tecmo posted the first video showing Attack on Titan's Mikasa voice actress Yui Ishikawa playing the company's Attack on Titan game on Wednesday. At least one more video is teased with Ishikawa and Koei Tecmo's producer Hisashi Koinuma. As Ishikawa notes in the video, Wednesday, February 10 also happens to...
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Trillion: God of Destruction PS Vita Game's Western Release Dates Revealed

Idea Factory International announced on Wednesday that Compile Heart's Trillion: God of Destruction (Makai Shin Trillion) PlayStation Vita role-playing game is slated for release in North America on March 29 and in Europe on April 1. The company also released screenshots featuring the character Levia: IMG levia-character-art.png IMG levia-1-.jpg IMG levia-2-.jpg IMG levia-3-.jpg IMG levia-4-.jpg I...

Sega Sammy Holdings CEO: Live-Action/Animated Sonic the Hedgehog Film in the Works

Sony Pictures to collaborate on film slated for 2018 ― Sega Sammy Holdings president and CEO Hajime Satomi said in an interview with international economic news website The World Folio on Wednesday that the company in planning to create a live-action and animation hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog film in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment. According to Satomi, the film is slated for 2018. "Like ...

Crunchyroll Adds Flame of Recca Anime Streaming

Also adds live-action Iida City travelogue ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it has added the Flame of Recca anime to its catalog with both the English dub and Japanese dub with English subtitles. In addition, Crunchyroll will simulcast the live-action travelogue series Iida Tokimeki Trip (Linear Mirai Toshi: Iida Tokimeki Tabi), which focuses on Iida City in Nagano P...
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Myriad Colors Phantom World ‒ Episodes 5 and 6

"Phantom World has spent most of its early episodes on character-centered pieces so far, and that does not change with episodes 5 and 6."
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Hideo Kojima Will Launch YouTube Channel 'Hideo Tube'

Video game director Hideo Kojima has another project up his sleeve for when he isn't working on his new studio Kojima Productions or visiting his fellow creative friends J.J. Abrams and Avi Arad in California. Kojima is launching a YouTube program dubbed "Hideo Tube" tomorrow. Thanks for waiting, maybe tomorrow HIDEO TUBE "top 10 movies in 2015" will be up on YOU TUBE! Guest: Mr.Kenji Yano pic.twi...

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash English Broadcast Dub Cast Revealed

Also: Assassination Classroom returning dub cast confirmed ― Funimation Entertainment announced the English broadcast dub cast for Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash on Wednesday. The first dubbed episode will debut streaming at 9:00 p.m. EST as part of Funimation's Dubbletalk block. The cast, under directors Mike McFarland and Felecia Angelle, ADR engineers Peter Hawkinson and Manuel Aragon, and lead writer...

Fire Emblem Fates' Touching Feature Still Present for Married Couples in Western Release

Feature was removed from other sections of the game ― An episode of GameSpot's "The Lobby" revealed on Tuesday that the "petting" feature is still present in the Western release of the Fire Emblem Fates Nintendo 3DS games, but only for scenes involving married couples. During certain parts of the game, the player's avatar can "wake up" the character they have married by touching their face on the 3DS...
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New Wake Up, Girls! Anime Short's Title, World Premiere, New Character Revealed

Sendai Airport Transit image girl Minase appears in new short ― The official website for the Wake Up, Girls! franchise posted more details and images from the new anime short. The "Wake Up, Girls! no Miyagi PR Yarasete Kudasai!" (Wake Up Girls! Please Let Us Promote Miyagi!) short is part of a larger "Wake Up, Miyagi! Fure-Ai Project in Taiwan" campaign to promote Miyagi (the anime's home prefecture)...
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Momoiro Clover Z & KISS Collaboration Get Ukiyo-e Art Prints

American rock group KISS and Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z joined forces last year on a new track "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina." The song got a full animated and live-action music video with art by Sushio (Kill la Kill) and got a huge digital launch in 120 countries. Japan marked the event with an official postage stamp. This year the group is returning to Japan—in the form of traditional u...
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When Marnie Was There Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi: Next Project Might Be Ghibli Work

Director will attend Oscars ceremony on February 28 When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty director Hiromasa Yonebayashi said in an interview with The Associated Press that his next project might be a Studio Ghibli work. However, he declined to share any details on what this project might be. Yonebayashi left the staff of Studio Ghibli at the end of 2014. He stated that he would li...

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun English Dub Casts Monica Rial as Kashima

Series to ship on DVD, Blu-ray, limited edition combo pack on March 29 ― Sentai Filmworks announced with a video on Wednesday that Monica Rial will play Yū Kashima in its English dub of Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun. Rial joins Scott Gibbs, who plays Mikoto Mikoshiba (Mikorin). The series ship on March 29. The DVD complete collection retails for US$59.98, the Blu-ray Disc collection retails for US$69.98,...
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Answerman - How Are Short Anime Series Shown on Television?

Short anime comes in a huge variety of runtimes and start times. How in the world do they keep the television anime schedule straight in Japan? ― K. Anna asks: I recently got into shorts last year with "I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying" and I was actually really surprised by the number of shorts that come out each year. But with each show varying in length starting with anything from two...
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ZAQ Returns to Sing Concrete Revolutio Season 2's Opening Theme

As-yet-untitled theme ships on singer's 11th single on April 27 ― The official website for the Concrete Revolutio Chōjin Gensō (Concrete Revolutio - Superhero Fantasy) television anime series announced on Wednesday that ZAQ will return to sing the second season's opening theme song. She also sang the first season's opening theme "Katararezu Tomo." The as-yet-untitled theme song will be ZAQ's 11th CD ...
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3rd Kamisama Kiss 'Past Arc' Original Anime DVD Previewed in Video

2 more episodes to ship with manga volumes 24-25 on April 20, August 19 ― The official website for the ongoing original anime DVD (OAD) project based on Julietta Suzuki's Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss) manga began streaming a promotional video for the third OAD on Wednesday. The ongoing OAD project has four announced episodes so far. The first two episodes adapt the manga's "past arc," which ...
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A Silent Voice GN 5

A Silent Voice’s fifth volume continues to examine the fragile bonds of young acquaintances with its trademark heart-catching acuity. ― A Silent Voice's fifth volume opens with a very unexpected change of pace - an action pastiche detailing the adventures of a rough and tumble hero known as Big Friend “N,” who gallantly fights at the side of his, well, big friend. Full of dynamic action panels, drama...
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The Little Match Girl Manga's Anime Promo Video Debuts

Hibiku Yamamura plays girl with matches that turn delusions into reality in NAZ anime ― The Kadokawa Anime channel on the YouTube service began streaming the one-minute anime promotional video for The Little Match Girl (Match Shōjo) manga by Sanami Suzuki on Wednesday. The original manga follows the somewhat mysterious daily life of an enigmatic girl named Rin. Her "delusion matches" turns momentary ...
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Prince of Stride: Alternative ‒ Episode 6

"It's a satisfying story, but way too predictable to be supremely entertaining."
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Qualidea Code TV Anime Casts Chika Anzai, Yūma Uchida

HENNEKO, Date A Live, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU authors create story for multimedia project ― The March issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Newtype magazine revealed the cast for the Chiba characters in the Qualidea Code television anime series on Wednesday. The revealed cast includes: Chika Anzai as Asuha Chigusa, the head of Chiba City. She is Kasumi's younger sister, and she's usually pretty listless,...

My Hero Academia Anime Casts Yuuki Kaji as Shōto Todoroki

TV anime of Kōhei Horikoshi's superhero manga premieres in April ― This year's 11th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Yuuki Kaji will voice the character Shōto Todoroki in the television anime of Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia) manga. The magazine is also showing the character designs for Shōto in both his school uniform and hero c...
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Final Fantasy IX RPG Launches on Smartphones

Game offered with 20% discount until February 21 ― Square Enix released its Final Fantasy IX role-playing game on both iOS and Android devices on Tuesday. Square Enix is offering the game with a 20% discount on both platforms until February 21. Square Enix describes the game: Zidane and the Tantalus Theater Troupe have kidnapped Princess Garnet, the heir of Alexandria. To their surprise, however, the...
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PlayStation 4 Gets Limited Edition Star Ocean 5 Model in Japan

Jet Black & Glacier White models will ship on same day as game on March 31 ― The official Japanese PlayStation blog announced on Thursday that Sony will release a "Star Ocean 5" model of the PlayStation 4 console that will celebrate the release of Square Enix's Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness role-playing game. The bundle will include the special PS4 unit in either Jet Black or Glacier Whit...
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Bandai Namco Files Trademark for 'Ultimate Ninja Blazing' in Europe

Bandai Namco Entertainment filed a trademark for "Ultimate Ninja Blazing" in Europe on Tuesday. Bandai Namco Entertainment filed a similarly named "Narutimate Blazing" trademark in Japan last September, along with "Narutimate Braves" and "Narutimate Wars." The "Narutimate" word is used in Japan as a subtitle for video games in the Naruto franchise, such as Narutimate Storm, Narutimate Accel, or Na...
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Street Fighter V's Karin Character Video, Alex DLC Revealed

Street Fighter III's Alex will be first DLC character in March ― CAPCOM began streaming a character introduction video for Karin Kanzuki on Tuesday. The video explains her unique V-Skill, and highlights some combos and her general gameplay in conjunction with her V-Trigger ability. CAPCOM confirmed that Alex will be the first DLC character for the game, and will be available in March. Alex first appe...
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Ace Attorney 6 Game's New Prosecutor Nayuta Sadmadhi Revealed

3DS game set in both Kurain & Japan, with Apollo Justice as protagonist of Japan story ― The official website for CAPCOM's Gyakuten Saiban 6 (Ace Attorney 6) Nintendo 3DS game revealed a new character for the game named Nayuta Sadmadhi (not official romanization). He is described as a public prosecutor of the Kurain Kingdom, and also an international prosecutor with the authority to participate in ca...

Voice Actress Yukari Tamura Cancels Concert & Radio Shows, Puts Site on Hiatus

Staff Twitter account closes & fan club's operating company changes ownership ― Yukari Tamura's official fan club "Mellow Pretty," as well as her music record company King Records and her talent management agency I'm Enterprise, announced "important" upcoming changes on Wednesday. Her previously announced "Tamura Yukari 2016 Fuyu Live Kaisai" concert has been cancelled due to "various circumstances" ...

Dagashi Kashi's English Broadcast Dub Casts Todd Haberkorn, Tabitha Ray, Sara Ragsdale

Jeremy Inman, Justin Pate also voice characters in dub premiering Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. EST ― North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment posted the English dub cast for its broadcast dub of the Dagashi Kashi television anime on Tuesday. Funimation will stream the dubbed first episode on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. EST. The dub cast, under director Kyle Phillips, ADR directors Jeremy Woods an...

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Manga Creator Yoshikazu Ebisu Makes Magical Girl Anime Short

Yoyogi Animation Gakuin students, staff animate Mahō Ossan Shōjo Eibsu★chan ― The Yoyogi Animation Gakuin school presented the original anime short Mahō Ossan Shōjo Eibsu★chan (Magical Geezer Girl Ebisu-chan) this week. This collaboration between the school and manga creator/entertainer Yoshikazu Ebisu had evolved from concepts that Ebisu had left out of four-panel manga displayed at the school. The ...
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Kana Hanazawa Sings 'Prius! Impossible Girls' Song

Toyota's "Prius! Impossible Girls" project released its first song "Shijō no Koe" (Test Drive Voices) produced by Oster Project with the Vocaloid GUMI late last month. The song is part of the company's overall campaign turning 40 car parts into girls. One of the parts, and arguably the lead, is the 2ZR-FXE engine voiced by Kana Hanazawa. The voice actress returned to the role to sing the engine gi...
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Sailor Moon Gets 4th Round of Candy Compacts

The Sailor Moon candy compacts gashapon continue to be popular. Bandai has released three variations so far, covering all of Sailor Moon's compacts, Chibi Moon's compacts, the Silver Crystal, the Starry Music Box, and Luna-P. The latest round of the "Minaturely Tablet" line are special color versions of the Crystal Star compact to represent each of the original five Sailor Guardians. The theme is...
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Netflix, DreamWorks' Voltron Reimagining Teased in Image

DreamWorks Animation Television unveiled this week the official logo and a teaser image for Voltron: Legendary Defender, a reimagining of the 1980s animated Voltron project which will stream exclusively on the Netflix service. The company said that the new series will feature "a mix of action, comedy and an epic storyline spearheaded by yet-to-be-announced veteran animation talent and longtime Vol...
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Snow White with the Red Hair ‒ Episode 17

"While the introduction of an abduction plot does seem to run counter to expectations, it also isn't reducing the story to a simple damsel in distress tale."
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 7-13

Akame ga Kill, IGPX, Lord Marksman and Vanadis, Shirobako anime; Angel Beats!: Heaven's Door manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Akame ga Kill Collection 1 Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$129.98 February 9 Akame ga Kill Collection 1 Blu-rayCite Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 February 9 Akame ga Kill Collection 1 DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmw...
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Get a Closer Look at Yukai Engineering's Singing, Dancing Hatsune Miku Nendoroid

At this year's WonderFest Winter, Yukai Engineering's iDoll Tokyo in partnership with Good Smile Company, debuted a Hatsune Miku figure that can sing, dance, and communicate. The Hatsune Miku by iDoll x Nendoroid was presented as a live exhibit that showcased the figure's abilities. Hatsune Miku utilizes 10 articulated joints to dance, react to questions, and assist users in conjunction with a sm...
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BBK/BRNK ‒ Episode 5

"This episode is a small step up in overall quality from its predecessor, thanks to a more nuanced pair of Bubuki duelists and a reduction in clunky character movements."
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Endride Anime Reveals More Character Designs by Rurouni Kenshin's Watsuki, Bastard!!'s Hagiwara

Yūma Uchida, Shizuka Itou join cast ― The official website for the Endride television anime posted character designs for the main characters on Wednesday, and added Yūma Uchida and Shizuka Itou to the cast. Each character was designed by either Nobuhiro Watsuki (Rurouni Kenshin, Buso Renkin) or Kazushi Hagiwara (Bastard!!). Kensho Ono as Shun Asanaga (designed by Watsuki) Toshiki Masuda as Emilio Ran...
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Cardcaptor Sakura's 3rd Ending Theme Inspires SD Figures

The third ending theme to CLAMP and Madhouse's Cardcaptor Sakura anime series is inspiring three super-deformed figures. The song "Fruits Candy" shows Sakura, Kero, and Tomoyo making sweets together. The three figures recapture that with a tiny 5cm-high Sakura holding a fancy cake, Tomoyo holding a box of chocolates, and Kero looking ready to eat next to a giant chocolate heart. All three figures...
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Trustrick to Perform Shonen Maid Anime's Opening Theme

My Love Story!!, Unlimited Fafnir duo contribute song for April anime ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Ototachibana's Shōnen Maid manga announced on Tuesday that Trustick will perform the anime's opening theme song. The Trustrick duo consists of vocalist Sayaka Kanda and guitarist Billy. Trustrick performed the opening theme songs for the Unlimited Fafnir anime that premiere...
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Dōkyūsei/Classmates Boys-Love Film's May U.S. Opening Listed, Then Removed (Updated)

― Update: Eleven Arts has removed a Twitter post that indicated that the Dōkyūsei (Classmates) anime film will open in the United States in May. The original article appears below: Film distribution company Eleven Arts announced over Twitter on Tuesday that the anime film of Asumiko Nakamura's Dōkyūsei (Classmates) boys-love manga will open in theaters in the United States this May. Aniplex of Ameri...
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Keijo!!!!!!!! Aquatic Sports Anime's 1st Key Visual Posted

Shogakukan's official website for Weekly Shonen Sunday posted the first key visual for the anime of Daichi Sorayomi's Keijo!!!!!!!! aquatic sports manga on Wednesday. The visual also appeared in the magazine's 11th issue on Wednesday to accompany the anime announcement. The manga takes place in an alternate Japan where a sport called "Keijo" by law in 2003 became a sport alongside horse racing, bo...

Trigger's Kiznaiver Anime Adds More Cast, Theme Songs, April Premiere

Nobunaga Shimazaki, Rina Satou, Kōtarō Nishiyama join cast; Boom Boom Satellites perform opening ― The official website for Studio Trigger's Kiznaiver television anime series announced three new cast members, the theme song artists, and broadcast information on Wednesday. The series will premiere in April on Tokyo MX, ABC Asahi, and BS11, though the staff will host an advance screening of the first t...
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BPO Publishes Viewer Complaint About Man Catching Brother Masturbating in Anime

The Japanese Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization (BPO) watchdog group has recently published viewer complaints from January, one stemming from a masturbation scene from a late night anime program. According to the complaint, the scene featured a man teasing his brother after catching him masturbating. The parents stated that while the anime airs during a late night block, the ...
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Accel World: Infinite Burst Key Visual Posted

The staff of the Accel World: Infinite Burst anime film shared a new key visual with news outlets on Wednesday to accompany the announcement of the release date. The film will open on July 23 in Japan. Original light novel series author Reki Kawahara (Sword Art Online) is writing the story for the original new anime, and it will add new characters. The returning staff and cast include:Original Cre...

Austin Tindle, Ricco Fajardo, Natalie Hoover Star in Prince of Stride English Broadcast Dub

Jason Liebrecht, Clifford Chapin, Micah Solusod, more also voice characters ― North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment posted the first English-dubbed episode for the Prince of Stride: Alternative anime on Tuesday. The broadcast dub cast, under director Caitlin Glass, ADR engineers Domonique French and Matt Grounds, and writer Monica Rial, includes: Natalie Hoover as Nana Sakurai Aus...

One-Punch Man Creator's Mob Psycho 100 Anime Presents Teaser Video With Cast, Staff

Setsuo Itō, Takahiro Sakurai star in BONES show with Death Parade director, Ajin writer, Ghost in the Shell composer ― The official website for the television anime of ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga posted a teaser promotional video that lists the main cast and staff on Wednesday. Text: When he hits 100%, something happens Text: Setsuo Itō as Shigeo "Mob" Kageyama Sign: Talk About Spirits Agency Text: Ta...
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Attack on Titan Game's Training Grounds & PS3/PS Vita Gameplay Videos Posted

Attack on Titan game to ship February 18 ― Koei Tecmo began streaming two gameplay videos from its upcoming Attack on Titan game. The videos features gameplay from the training grounds, and gameplay from the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of the game. Last month Koei Tecmo uploaded a series of gameplay videos titled, "Teach Me, Captain Levi," introducing the stages of gameplay. Several m...
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Mr. Osomatsu ‒ Episode 18

"Everything from Mario Kart to Mad Max is parodied throughout this episode's Wacky Races-like clusterfudge."

Actor Ken Watanabe Undergoes Surgery for Early-Stage Stomach Cancer

Godzilla/Last Samurai star delays Broadway return to The King and I to recuperate ― The agency of 56-year-old actor Ken Watanabe announced on Tuesday that he underwent an operation for stomach cancer in its early stages. The cancer was discovered during a full medical checkup in January, so Watanabe received laparoscopic surgery. He is now recuperating after the successful operation. Watanabe was pla...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, February 1-7

Mr. Osomatsu sells 8,743 more, followed by Piece of Cake, Saiyuki Gaiden Monkey Perm, One Piece, Empire of Corpses ― The live-action film of the Piece of Cake manga sold 1,959 copies to rank #16 on the overall DVD chart. The live-action film of Atsuko Nanba's shōjo high school romance manga Senpai to Kanojo sold 956 copies of its special edition at #36. Funassyi's Funa no Mix 3 ~Nassyi Bakansu Hokkai...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 1-7

Empire of Corpses sells 6,871, followed by Mr. Osomatsu, 2015 Aikatsu! film, Steins;Gate ― The live-action film of the Piece of Cake manga sold 1,612 copies to rank #17 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Empire of Corpses (Limited Complete Pressing) 6,871 6,871 16/2/3 ANX Animation 1 1 2...
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Fairy Tail Stage Play Reveals Kento Ono in Costume as Hibiki

Play to run in Ikebukuro from April 30-May 9 ― The official website for the stage play of Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail manga revealed a visual of Kento Ono in costume as Hibiki Lates on Wednesday. The website unveiled a visual of D-BOYS actor Shuuto Miyazaki, Atsushi Shiramata, and Hirofumi Araki in costume as the protagonist Natsu Dragneel, Gray Fullbuster, and Jellal Fernandes, respectively, last mont...
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Unsung Story RPG's Developer Loses Key Staff, Shifts to Other Projects

Development goals unchanged, though with no release date set yet ― Game developer Playdek announced in a Kickstarter update for its Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians role-playing game on Sunday that the loss of key staff members has "impacted" its progress on the game. Playdek elaborated that "for the financial strength of the company," it will focus in the near term on other products for which it ...
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Gundam Thunderbolt Anime Episode 2 Previewed in Ad

Wide digital release of 2nd episode on Friday in Japan ― Bandai Visual began streaming a commercial for the second anime episode based on Yasuo Ohtagaki's Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt manga on Monday. Bandai Visual previously streamed a longer promotional video last month. The second of four 18-minute episodes will begin streaming on Friday at 12:00 p.m. JST, though the Gundam Fan Club app hosted a...
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Terraformars Film Gets Live-Action Prequel Special

Prequel premieres April 24, & will share some cast with film along with new cast ― Docomo's dTV streaming service announced on Tuesday that it will premiere a live-action special based on the live-action film of Kenichi Tachibana and Yū Sasuga's science-fiction manga Terraformars manga on April 24, just five days before the film. The live-action drama will be a prequel to the film titled Terraformars...
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'And you thought there is Never a girl online?' Anime Slated for April 7

The 48th volume of Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko Magazine is revealing on Wednesday that the television anime of author Shibai Kineko and illustrator Hisasi's Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko ja nai to Omotta? (And you thought there is Never a girl online?) light novels will premiere on the Tokyo MX channel at 11:30 p.m. on April 7. It will also premiere on the Sun TV and BS11 channels on April 7 at 26:00 ...
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Accel World: Infinite Burst Film Slated for July 23

Film with original story, characters by Reki Kawahara opens in 24 theaters ― The 48th volume of Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko Magazine is revealing on Wednesday that the Accel World: Infinite Burst anime will be a film opening in Tokyo's Shinjuku Piccadilly and 23 other theaters in Japan on July 23. The official website for the Accel World franchise previously streamed a promotional video for the anime fi...

Spice & Wolf Light Novel Series Gets Sequel on 10th Anniversary

Holo & Lawrence's story resumes on April 9 in Dengeki Bunko Magazine ― The 48th volume of Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko Magazine is revealing on Wednesday that author Isuna Hasekura is writing a sequel to his Spice & Wolf light novel series to celebrate both the series' 10th anniversary, and the 10th anniversary since his novel writing debut with the first Spice & Wolf novel in February 2006. The sequel w...
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