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ANNCast (Video) - Live From Shinjuku

Zac and Jacob are in Japan for AnimeJapan 2017 and managed a live podcast while in Shinjuku! In This Corner of the World, Netflix Death Note and much much more! ― ANNCast Episode 291 - Live from Shinjuku Zac and Jacob are in Japan for AnimeJapan 2017 and managed a live podcast while in Shinjuku! In This Corner of the World, Netflix Death Note and much much more! NOTE: the MP3 version of this show is...
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The List - 6 Princesses Still Waiting in Another Castle

For one reason or another, these anime starring princesses never got "rescued" for release in the west! From fairytales to sci fi to ecchi, there's a princess for everyone in these forgotten gems. ― Over the course of writing this column, I've highlighted many series that remained outside of North American audiences' grasp. This includes mystery stories, magical girls, idols, and all around obscure ...
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Spirits & Cat Ears GN 1

Its story may not hold much weight under the surface, but if you're looking for kitty cosplay and bondage in a light romance, Spirits & Cat Ears is a breezy read. ― If you're a fan of Inu x Boku SS, Miyuki Nakayama's Spirits & Cat Ears is here to fill in for its absence. It's something of a spiritual successor to that series, with similar art and character relationships – not so similar that it feels...
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Live Photos from AnimeJapan 2017!


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PC Impressions - Senran Kagura: Estival Versus

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus has been ported to PC, which means PC gamers everywhere can finally enjoy the "power butt" pose. But is the port any good? Dustin checks it out. ― Senran Kagura is a series of action games where amply-endowed ninja girls beat each other up until their clothes fall off. Chances are good that you've already made up your mind on the series after that one sentence—it's preci...
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Erased [Hardcover] GN 1

Erased's first omnibus gives us a lot more detail than its animated adaptation as it kicks off the time travel mystery. ― We all have that incident, the one we wish we could change. It might be a tiny little statement or a major catastrophe; whatever it is, there's a vague wish that we could relive the moment in order to prevent it from happening, a certainty that if that one thing changed, everythin...
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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Novel 1

The isekai genre goes from swords and sorcery to pencils and paper pushing in this story about an economics student summoned to a fantasy world who becomes a very different kind of hero. ― Have you ever wondered why more of those heroes and heroines summoned to other worlds don't put their knowledge of modern life to work? Sure, in some stories the characters don't have that luxury thanks to convenie...
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Saturday, March 25

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ANNCast (Video) - Live From Shinjuku

Zac and Jacob are in Japan for AnimeJapan 2017 and managed a live podcast while in Shinjuku! In This Corner of the World, Netflix Death Note and much much more! ― ANNCast Episode 291 - Live from Shinjuku Zac and Jacob are in Japan for AnimeJapan 2017 and managed a live podcast while in Shinjuku! In This Corner of the World, Netflix Death Note and much much more! NOTE: the MP3 version of this show is...
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Yuzu Fairies Share the Joy of Citrus Liquor in Promotional Anime

Animation studio Fanworks has created a short web anime series to promote brewing company Ume no Yado's Yuzu citrus liquor. Yuzu7 is made in conjunction with Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) to spread awareness of Japan's local products worldwide. The series stars seven fairies, meant to represent the liquor's use of seven yuzu fruit. The fairies spread happiness wherever th...
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Granblue Fantasy TV Anime's 3rd Promo Video, Additional Cast Revealed

Kazuhiro Yamaji joins cast for anime premiering in Japan on April 1 ― The official website for the television anime of the Granblue Fantasy smartphone role-playing game began streaming a new promotional video on Friday. The video highlights a scene where Gran first meets Lyria, and previews the anime's ending theme, "Sora no Parade" (Parade of the Sky) by HARUHI. The website also announced this month...
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Escha Chron Anime is 2-Episode OVA

Wataru Hatano, Rina Satou join cast ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Avex Pictures' DIVE II Entertainment music label's "Escha Chron" stage recital project announced on Saturday that the anime will be a two-episode OVA. The website also revealed a new key visual and two "guest" cast members. Wataru Hatano will play guest character #1 Junta Kasai and Rina Satou will play guest charac...
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Final Fantasy XIV, 7-Eleven Release More In-Game Items in Japan

The official Twitter account for the Final Fantasy XIV game announced a new collaboration with 7-Eleven convenience stores on Friday. Fans can purchase campaign drinks in 7-Eleven stores throughout Japan to collect points to obtain in-game items. The collaboration's A Course items include: Eastern Battle Staff (for lancers and dragoons; 7 points) 50 tickets for use with the Aethernet transportatio...
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Kase-san and Morning Glories Yuri Anime Clip's Promo Video Streamed

Takuya Satō directs clip premiering soon on YouTube ― Pony Canyon began streaming a promotional video for the upcoming five-minute "animation clip" based on Hiromi Takashima's Kase-san and... Morning Glories (Asagao to Kase-san.) manga on Saturday. The video features Hanako Oku's image song "Kimi no Egao (album ver.)," which featured on her sixth album, titled good-bye, in 2012. The full clip will de...
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Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club Anime's Episode 13 Delayed

Website will update with new broadcast, streaming date at later time ― The official website for the television anime of Noriyuki Matsumoto's Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Minami Kamakura Kōkō Joshi Jitensha-Bu) manga announced on Friday that the airing of the anime's 13th episode will be delayed. The website will update on a new broadcast and streaming date for the episode at a late...
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HoneyWorks' 'Confess Your Love Committee' Film Series Gets TV Anime Special

Smartphone game app also in the works ― The official Twitter account for HoneyWorks' "Confess Your Love Committee: Romance Series" films announced on Saturday that the series will get a television anime special. The account also announced that a smartphone app game based on HoneyWorks' songs is in development. The project features Vocaloid songs by the "monster creator unit" HoneyWorks, and has thus ...
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Chain Chronicle 3's Attack on Titan Collaboration Introduction Video Streamed

The official website for the Chain Chronicle 3 smartphone game's collaboration with the Attack on Titan anime began streaming a collaboration introduction movie on Friday. The video previews the Attack on Titan characters' in-game abilities. The website also began streaming videos last Friday that feature Attack on Titan voice actors Yuuki Kaji (voice of Eren) and Yui Ishikawa (voice of Mikasa). I...
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Live-Action Blood-C Film's Teaser Video Reveals August 26 Premiere

Shutaro Oku directs adaptation of CLAMP, Production I.G's anime ― The official website for Asura Girl ~Blood-C Ibun~ (Asura Girl: Blood-C Another Story), the live-action film adaptation of CLAMP and Production I.G's Blood-C anime series, began streaming its first 30-second teaser video on Saturday. The video reveals that the film will open in Japanese theaters on August 26. The film will feature a co...
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Kado: The Right Answer Anime's 2nd Trailer Previews Opening Song

Toei's 1st CG TV anime series premieres on April 7 ― The official website for Toei Animation's original anime project Kado: The Right Answer began streaming a trailer for the anime on Saturday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Tabiji" (Travel Poem), which M.A.O will perform as her character Saraka Tsukai. The anime's second teaser trailer debuted on Friday. The project is Toei Anima...
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Hulu, Crafter Produce Original CG Anime Project The Relative Worlds

Yūhei Sakuragi directs 2-part anime premiering April 28 ― Streaming service Hulu and Hakuhodo's in-house animation studio Craftar are partnering to produce an original two-part "smart CG animation" project titled Soutai Sekai (The Relative Worlds). The first part will premiere via streaming on Hulu on April 28, and the second part will premiere on May 5. The anime's official website features the tagl...
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Series Finale: Fuuka ‒ Episode 12

"In my years of reviewing anime, I don't think I've ever covered a show that seemed to be running on autopilot harder than Fuuka."
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The List - 6 Princesses Still Waiting in Another Castle

For one reason or another, these anime starring princesses never got "rescued" for release in the west! From fairytales to sci fi to ecchi, there's a princess for everyone in these forgotten gems. ― Over the course of writing this column, I've highlighted many series that remained outside of North American audiences' grasp. This includes mystery stories, magical girls, idols, and all around obscure ...
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The Cosplay of AnimeJapan 2017: Day 1

KONOSUBA, Kemono Friends, Ensemble Stars, Black Butler, Attack on Titan and more.
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Spirits & Cat Ears GN 1

Its story may not hold much weight under the surface, but if you're looking for kitty cosplay and bondage in a light romance, Spirits & Cat Ears is a breezy read. ― If you're a fan of Inu x Boku SS, Miyuki Nakayama's Spirits & Cat Ears is here to fill in for its absence. It's something of a spiritual successor to that series, with similar art and character relationships – not so similar that it feels...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil ‒ Episode 11

"This is potent stuff from a direction that I hadn't expected."

Time Bokan 24 TV Anime Gets 2nd Season

Tatsunoko Production's 1st season ended on March 18 ― Anime studio Tatsunoko Production's booth at AnimeJapan revealed on Saturday that the Time Bokan 24 television anime will get a "Season 2." The series will air on NTV and Yomiuri TV. The first season premiered on October 1 and ended with the 24th episode on March 18. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. Crunchyroll describes the story: The...
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Gekijōban Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Yukishita no Chikai Film's Video Reveals Summer Premiere

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!'s cast, staff return for anime film ― The official website for the Prisma Illya anime series began streaming on Saturday the first promotional video for Gekijōban Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Yukishita no Chikai (Movie Version Fate/kaleid liner Prisma ☆ Illya: Oath Under the Snow), the franchise's upcoming anime film. The video reveals that the anime film will...
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Altair: A Record of Battles Anime Reveals More Cast, July Premiere

Takahiro Sakurai, Yu Kobayashi join cast for series based on historical fantasy manga ― A stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 for the television anime adaptation of Kotono Katō's historical fantasy manga Altair: A Record of Battles (Shōkoku no Altair) revealed on Saturday that the series will premiere in July on MBS' "Animeism" programming block. The event also revealed two more cast members. Yu Kobayashi...

Hajimete no Gal Anime's 1st Promo Shows Confession Scene

Romantic comedy anime premieres in July ― Kadokawa began streaming the first promotional video for the television anime of Meguru Ueno's Hajimete no Gal (First-Time Gal) manga on Saturday. At the beginning of the video Yukana looks down on the protagonist Junichi and says "gross." The video then introduces the main cast. The cast includes: Shintarō Asanuma as Junichi Hashiba Yuki Nagaku as Yukana Yam...

The Ancient Magus' Bride TV Anime's Video Shows Early Story Scenes

Cast, Wit Studio returns for 24 episodes debuting in October with Crunchyroll stream ― The official website of the television anime adaptation of Kore Yamazaki's The Ancient Magus' Bride (Mahō Tsukai no Yome) manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Saturday. The video shows the first parts of the story, when Elias takes in Chise to be his apprentice. The anime will premiere in Octo...
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Makeruna!! Aku no Gundan! Anime's Additional Cast, Theme Song, New Promo Video Revealed

Katsuyuki Konishi, Shigeru Chiba join cast for 5-minute series premiering on April 1 ― A stage event at the AnimeJapan 2017 event for the anime adaptation of voice actress Sora Tokui's Makeruna!! Aku no Gundan! (Don't Lose!! Evil Corps!) four-panel manga on Saturday revealed a new promotional video, new cast members, and the theme song for the anime. The new cast members are: Katsuyuki Konishi as Him...
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Chronos Ruler TV Anime's Promo Reveals Cast, Staff, Summer Premiere

Jun Fukuyama, Kaito Ishikawa, Rie Kugimiya, Kenji Akabane star in anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Taiwanese manga creator PONJEA's Chronos Ruler (Jikan no Shihaisha) manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Saturday. The video reveals the anime's cast, staff, and summer premiere. The cast includes (clockwise from top): Kaito Ishikawa as Kiri Victo...
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Made in Abyss Anime's 1st Promo Reveals Main Cast, Additional Staff

Mariya Ise, Miyu Tomita star in July anime ― Kadokawa began streaming the first promotional video for the television anime of Akihito Tsukushi's Made in Abyss manga on Saturday. The video introduces the lead cast and additional staff members. The website also revealed a new key visual. The series stars Mariya Ise as Regu and Miyu Tomita as Rico. The newly announced staff members are as follows: Assoc...
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Kubikiri Cycle OVA's 4th Trailer Streamed

4th of 8 planned volumes shipped on February 22, 5th volume slated for March 29 ― Aniplex began streaming a trailer on Saturday for Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregoto Tsukai (Decapitation Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Prankster), the original video anime project based on the first volume in NisiOisin's Zaregoto novel series. The fourth volume the OVA shipped on February 22, after the release d...
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High School Fleet OVA's Promo Outlines Story

New OVA set 1 month after main series debuts on May 24 ― The official website for the High School Fleet (Haifuri) television anime began streaming a new promotional video on Saturday for the series' original video anime (OVA). The video reveals the story for the OVA, set a month after the events of the series. The crew of the Harukaze relax after midterm exams, and a Coco receives a new mission. (Not...
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Anonymous Noise Anime's 2nd Promo Video, Theme Songs Revealed

Saori Hayami sings opening, ending theme songs for series ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Ryoko Fukuyama's shōjo manga Anonymous Noise (Fukumenkei Noise) began streaming a new promotional video on Saturday. The video highlights childhood scenes of the anime's main characters and previews some of the music from the series. The video also reveals that the band "in NO hurry...
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Little Witch Academia Anime's Video Previews 2nd Half, New Theme Songs

YURiKA, Yuiko Ōhara return for 2nd half's new theme songs ― The official website for the Little Witch Academia television anime series began streaming a new promotional video for the anime's second half on Saturday. The video reveals and previews the second half's new opening and ending theme songs. The second half will begin in April. YURiKA and Yuiko Ōhara are returning once again for the new openi...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria Anime's New Promo Video Streamed

12-episode spinoff TV series premieres on April 14 in Japan ― The official website of the television anime adaptation of Fujino Ōmori and illustrator Kiyotaka Haimura's spinoff light novel series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? Gaiden: Sword Oratoria) began streaming a new promotional video on Saturday. The v...
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Tomohiro Matsu's Hatena Illusion Light Novels Get Anime

Late author of Mayoi Neko Overrun! left series unfinished with 4 volumes ― Chinese streaming service bilibili's booth during the AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Saturday that late author Tomohiro Matsu's Hatena Illusion light novel series will get an anime adaptation. The series centers on Makoto Shiranui, a boy who travels to Tokyo seeking to become the apprentice of Mamoru Hoshisato, a world-famo...
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Crunchyroll's PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team! Webcomic Inspires Urahara Anime

Mugi Tanaka, Patrick Macias collaborated on webcomic ― Bilibili's booth at AnimeJapan 2017 announced on Saturday that Patrick Macias and Mugi Tanaka's webcomic PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team!, which runs on Crunchyroll, will inspire an original anime titled Urahara. The project's website states that Crunchyroll and "top Japanese creators" are partnering to create the anime. Crunchyroll describes the stor...

Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby Game Gets TV Anime By P.A. Works

Manga by S.Koisugi launched on Saturday, game currently in development ― Game developer Cygames announced during the AnimeJapan 2017 event on Saturday that its upcoming Uma Musume Pretty Derby game will get a television anime project as well as a manga. P.A. Works (A Lull in the Sea, Shirobako) is in charge of animation for the anime, while Cygames, Toho Animation, and Lantis are producing the anime....

Friday, March 24

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Sengoku Night Blood Smartphone Game Gets TV Anime This Fall

Smartphone game releases this year ― A stage event at the AnimeJapan 2017 event announced on Saturday that Marvelous, Kadokawa, and Idea Factory's Otomate otome game brand's upcoming collaborative Sengoku Night Blood smartphone game is getting a television anime adaptation that will premiere in fall 2017. Marvelous began streaming a video for the game that reveals the anime project and previews the g...
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Magical Circle Guru Guru Anime's 1st Promo Video Streamed

Production I.G animates series premiering this summer ― The official website for the new television anime adaptation of Hiroyuki Eto's Mahōjin Guru Guru (Magical Circle Guru Guru) manga began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Saturday. The video first appeared during a stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 on Saturday. The site also revealed the anime's key visual. The anime will premiere thi...
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New Peace Maker Kurogane Anime Is Film Series Starring Yuuki Kaji, Takahiro Sakurai

White Fox's anime of Nanae Chrono manga opens this year ― The official Twitter account for the new anime project based on Nanae Chrono's Peace Maker Kurogane manga revealed on Saturday that the project will be an anime film series that will open this year. The announcement did not explicitly state how many films the manga will get, but the kanji used to describe the first film is used to describe at ...
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Katsuyuki Konishi, Yō Taichi Join Magical Circle Guru Guru Anime's Cast

Production I.G animates series premiering this summer ― A stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 for the new television anime adaptation of Hiroyuki Eto's Mahōjin Guru Guru (Magical Circle Guru Guru) manga announced more cast members for the anime on Saturday. Katsuyuki Konishi (Gurren Lagann's Kamina, Rewrite's Sakuya Ootori) will play Kita Kita Oyaji and Yō Taichi (Erased's Kenya, Prison School's Anzu) wil...

New Owarimonogatari Anime Adapts 3rd Novel Volume in Summer

Adapts "Mayoi Hell," "Hitagi Rendezvous," "Ōgi Dark" arcs ― The official website for the Monogatari Series revealed on Saturday that the third novel in the NisiOisin's Owarimonogatari novels series is getting a television anime adaptation in summer. The site is streaming a promotional video for the anime (Note: The Youtube video on the site is region-locked to Japan). The third novel covers the "Mayo...
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Citrus Yuri Anime's TV Broadcast, Teaser Visual Revealed

A display at this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Saturday that the anime adaptation of Saburouta's yuri manga Citrus will air on television. In November, an anime adaptation of the series was announced to be in the works. The anime's official website also revealed a teaser visual for the upcoming series. Seven Seas is publishing the manga in North America, and it describes the story: Yuz...
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Anyone Can Become Extra for Live-Action The Anthem of the Heart Film

The official Twitter account for the live-action adaptation of The Anthem of the Heart (Kokosake or Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da.) anime film revealed on Tuesday that the film is recruiting extras. The recruitment announcement was posted on February 20, but the the title of the film and main cast were not announced until March 15. Both men and women of all ages can become extras for the film. Ext...
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Gamers! TV Anime's July Premiere, 12-Episode Run, Visual Revealed

Anime based on Sekina Aoi light novel series ― A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 revealed on Thursday that the television anime of Sekina Aoi and illustrator Saboten's Gamers! light novel series will premiere in July and run for 12 episodes. The flyer also announced that the light novel series has more than 400,000 copies in print. The anime's official website also opened on Saturday and revea...
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Live-Action Tomodachi Game Drama's Video Previews Theme Song

Series based on Yuki Sato manga premieres April 3 ― The official website of the live-action drama series adaptation of Yuki Sato's Tomodachi Game (Friends Games) manga began streaming a 30- and 15-second promotional video for the series last week. Both videos preview the film's theme song "Mr. Fake" by Amatsu. The series will premiere on Chiba TV on April 3 at 10:30 p.m., and it will also air on Tele...
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To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness App's Promo Video Shows Gravure Photo Shoots

Smartphone app also has puzzle games ― Game developer FuRyu began streaming a promotional video for To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness: Gravure Chance, the first smartphone app based on Kentaro Yabuki and Saki Hasemi's To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga, last Thursday. The game itself also launched last Thursday. In the video, Momo says that players can "create memories with their own hands" by using the...
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film's Featurette Tours Major's Apartment

Also: film clip shows "deep dive" ― Paramount Pictures began streaming a featurette with a tour of the Major's apartment the upcoming Ghost in the Shell live-action film on Friday. Paramount also streamed a clip featuring the Major's "Deep Dive" on Thursday. Dreamworks and Paramount are co-financing and co-producing the film. Paramount Pictures is the film's new distributor, after Dreamworks ended it...
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Hot Spring Idols Crowdfund Campaign Reaches Goal in 10 Days

Enbound, Inc.'s crowdfunding campaign for its Onsen Musume (Hot Spring Girls) multimedia idol project met its goal of five million yen (about US$45,000) in just 10 days. The project is focusing on musical events to raise tourism in Japan's hot spring areas with an ultimate goal to fund an anime and video game. The crowdfunding campaign added stretch goals that will fund production of a drama CD (s...
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The Alliance Alive 3DS RPG's Video Shows Different Worlds

Gameplay videos featuring ornithopter, combat also streamed ― The official website of for FuRyu Corporation's The Alliance Alive Nintendo 3DS game began streaming a new promotional video for the game last week. The video previews the game's different worlds, and shows elements and characters from each world. The site is also streaming two gameplay videos. The first video shows the ornithopter mechani...
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Haim Saban: Possible 6-Movie Arc Planned for Power Rangers

Saban Entertainment founder Haim Saban said in an interview with Variety on Wednesday that there is a "six-movie story arc" planned for the Power Rangers reboot. "If this film is as successful as I hope on March 24, on March 25 we'll have the first story meeting for Movie No. 2," Saban said. The film's director Dean Isrealite confirmed the plan with Entertainment Weekly on Friday. "It is true that...
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Funimation Streams English-Dubbed Steins;Gate Film Clip

Funimation began streaming an English-dubbed clip from Steins;Gate – The Movie – Load Region of Déjà Vu (Steins;Gate Fuka Ryōiki no Déjà vu) on Friday. The clip shows a scene where Kurisu imitates Okabe's Hououin Kyouma persona. Funimation's will release the film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack for on March 28. The film reunites the Steins;Gate television series' staff with a completely new sto...
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Samus Joins Street Fighter V Game Via Cammy Mod

Need a little more Metroid in your Street Fighter V? A new mod will give you just that by turning Cammy into Zero Suit Samus. Following in line with previous mods that transformed the game's roster into Overwatch characters, Khaledantar666 is turning the blonde camo bombshell into Samus for their Patreon followers. The mod is exclusive for followers temporarily. Street Fighter V is the latest entr...
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'SukaSuka' Anime Streams Live-Action Teaser Video

Fantasy anime premieres in April ― Kadokawa began streaming an "overseas edition" promotional video for the anime adaptation of Akira Kareno and illustrator ue's Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? (What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? or "SukaSuka" for short) light novel series on Friday. The video features live-action footage...
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PC Impressions - Senran Kagura: Estival Versus

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus has been ported to PC, which means PC gamers everywhere can finally enjoy the "power butt" pose. But is the port any good? Dustin checks it out. ― Senran Kagura is a series of action games where amply-endowed ninja girls beat each other up until their clothes fall off. Chances are good that you've already made up your mind on the series after that one sentence—it's preci...

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Anime Reveals Main Staff, Lead Voice Actor

Masahiro Hosoda directs upcoming TV anime starring Shōya Ishige ― The official Twitter account for Yu-Gi-Oh! anime franchise announced the main staff and lead cast member for Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, the upcoming sixth television anime in franchise, on Saturday. The account also revealed a new key visual. Masahiro Hosoda (Heroes ~Legend of Battle Disks~ , Nangoku Shounen Papuwa-kun) is directing the anime a...
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The Laughing Salesman Can Diagnose Your Deepest Desires

Are you hungry, greedy, or obsessed with getting shares? ― Moguro, the Laughing Salesman of Fujiko Fujio's manga Warau Salesman, can plumb the depths of his clients' hearts to diagnose their innermost desires. He can then help them satisfy those desires... though given the outcomes, his clients are really worse off than before they ever met him. If that sounds like a good deal to you, you can now vis...
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Yen Press Licenses Gabriel Dropout, Sword Oratoria, Hybrid x Heart Manga

Publisher also adds more Re:Zero manga ― Yen Press announced on Friday that it has licensed Ukami's Gabriel Dropout, Takashi Yagi's Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria, and Riku Ayakawa's Hybrid x Heart manga. Yen Press also announced that it has licensed Daichi Matsuse's Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-, Chapter 3: Truth of Zero (Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Sei...
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Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Director, Character Designer Launch Yakusoku ~sunnyrain memories~ Novels

Pony Canyon streams promo video for 1st novel ― Pony Canyon's YouTube channel for anime began streaming a teaser video for anime director Ryosuke Nakamura and animator Mieko Hosoi's new project Yakusoku ~sunnyrain memories~ (Promise ~sunnyrain memories~). Pony Canyon's PonyCan Books imprint will publish the first novel for the project in early summer. Nakamura and Hosoi previously served as director ...
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Ghost in the Shell S.A.C.'s 1/8-Scale Tachikoma Smart Toys Synchronize via Cloud

Connected hardware developer Cerevo announced on Thursday that it will release a 1/8-scale "smart toy" of the Tachikoma from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime. The company began streaming a promotional video for the model on Thursday. The model recreates the spider-like Tachikoma robots with artificial intelligence that appear in the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex television ...
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Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin Promo Video, October Premiere Revealed

New episode 27 with branching storyline to premiere in September ― The fourth episode of the regular streaming program Inazuma Walker premiered on Friday and debuted a promotional video for Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin, a new game and television anime in its Inazuma Eleven franchise. The promotional video begins around the 2:36:33 mark in the program's video below. The program also announced that t...
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Answerman - What Is "Key Art" And Why Is It Important?

You hear the phrase around anime promotional images all the time - "key art". What is key art, and what purpose does it serve? Justin gets into it. ― Mason asks: Oftentimes, in the weeks or months leading up to a new anime premiere, there will be a promotional video as well as what's referred to as a 'key visual' released. While a promo video seems to make sense, what's the point of a key visual? Wh...

Attack on Titan 2nd Season's 2nd Promo Video Features Beast Titan (Updated)

New TV anime series premieres on April 1 ― The official website for the Attack on Titan television anime began streaming the second promotional video for the second season on Saturday. The video features the Beast Titan and battle between the Titans and main human characters. Funimation Entertainment later streamed the video with English subtitles. The second season's first promotional video, which i...
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Japanese, Chinese Co-Produced Robomasters The Animated Series Reveals Videos, Cast, Staff

Yasutaka Yamamoto directs robot anime starring Daiki Yamashita, Yuichiro Umehara, Lynn ― The official website for the Japanese and Chinese co-produced Robomasters The Animated Series project began streaming a Japanese and a different Chinese promotional video on Friday. The videos preview the animation and main characters. The cast includes: (Note: The English spellings of the character names aren't ...
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The New Episode of Gundam Thunderbolt Shows That War Continues Even After It Ends

Even after both sides call it quits, not everybody is always on board. Some even welcome a never-ending conflict.
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Season Finale: Masamune-kun's Revenge ‒ Episode 12

"If this is the last we're going to see of Masamune-kun's Revenge, then this was an irritatingly unsatisfying way to handle it."
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Erased [Hardcover] GN 1

Erased's first omnibus gives us a lot more detail than its animated adaptation as it kicks off the time travel mystery. ― We all have that incident, the one we wish we could change. It might be a tiny little statement or a major catastrophe; whatever it is, there's a vague wish that we could relive the moment in order to prevent it from happening, a certainty that if that one thing changed, everythin...
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Madhouse Makes August Anime Film Kimi no Koe o Todoketai

Suzuko Mimori & new voice actress unit Now on Air star in story of high school girl & radio station ― Suzuko Mimori and Now on Air, the new voice actress unit formed from winners of the "Kimikoe Project" audition last August, are starring in an original anime film called Kimi no Koe o Todoketai (I Want to Send Your Voice) this August. The film depicts the adolescence of a high school girl in Shōnan, ...

Stan Lee, Hiroshi Nagahama's The Reflection Wave One Anime Reveals July Premiere, More Staff

12-episode anime to air on NHK ― Bandai Visual began streaming a teaser promotional video on Friday for The Reflection anime project, listed on the video's title under the name The Reflection Wave One. The anime is a collaboration series between American comic pioneer Stan Lee (Spider-Man, X-Men, Heroman), his Pow! Entertainment company, Studio DEEN, and director Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushi-Shi, Flowers ...

Godzilla Anime Film Reveals Full Title, Story, New Visual, November Premiere

Film with story by Gen Urobuchi takes place 20,000 years in the future ― The official website for Polygon Pictures' Godzilla anime film revealed the film's November debut in Japan and the film's full title on Friday. The full title is Godzilla: Kaijū Wakusei (Godzilla: Monster Planet). The site also revealed a new visual for the film: The tagline on the above poster reads "We will definitely take bac...
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Atom the Beginning Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme Song

Anime starring Yūichi Nakamura, Takuma Terashima premieres on April 15 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tetsuro Kasahara's Atom the Beginning manga began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video previews the opening theme song "Kaidoku Funō" (Indecipherable) by After the Rain. The series will premiere at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 on NHK....
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Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō Anime Reveals Teaser Visual

Kodansha opened a website on Friday for the television anime adaptation of Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Refined Daily Life at the Supernatural Entity Apartment) light novel series, and the site revealed a teaser visual for the anime. The series will premiere in July. The novels' story centers on Yūshi Inaba, a 16-year-old boy whose parents died three years ago. He moved into his...
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Gakuen Babysitters TV Anime Reveals Visual

Japanese publishing company Hakusensha revealed a visual for the television anime adaptation of Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters manga on Friday. The visual features the show's main characters Ryūichi and Kotarō. The 12-episode anime will premiere in the first quarter of 2018 on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Animax. Tokeino launched the series in LaLa in 2009, and Hakusensha published the manga's 13th comp...
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Kami-sama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama TV Anime Gets 'New Series' on April 6

Currently-running TV anime premiered in October 2015, anime film premieres on April 28 ― The official website of the Kami-sama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama (God Apprentices: Secretive Cocotama) television anime began streaming a promotional video for a "new series" for the anime on Friday. The new series premieres on April 6 with a new time slot of 5:55 on Thursdays on TV Tokyo. The Kami-sama Minarai...
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Blame! Anime Film Adds Saori Hayami to Cast

Hayami plays Sanakan in film debuting on May 20 ― The official website for the new anime film of Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! manga revealed a new cast member on Friday. Saori Hayami will play Sanakan, a protective system known as a Safeguard that is intent on annihilating and exterminating humans. The film will open in Japanese theaters for a limited two-week engagement on May 20. The film will also strea...
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7O3X: Fastest Finger First TV Anime's Teaser Promo Video Introduces Story

Series about high school quiz club premieres in July ― The official website for 7O3X Fastest Finger First, the television anime adaptation of Iqura Sugimoto's Nana Maru San Batsu (literally, "7 O 3 X" or "7 Right, 3 Wrong") manga, began streaming a teaser promotional video for the series on Friday. The anime will premiere on NTV in July, and will have 12 episodes. The show stars: Shun Horie as Shiki ...

Global Anime Song Streaming Service ANiUTa Unveiled with Over 50,000 Songs

Features Love Live!, Yuri!!! on Ice, K-On!, Attack on Titan, Macross, more ― Over 30 Japanese production companies and record labels announced on Friday that they are launching ANiUTa, the world's first anime song streaming service. ANiUTa offers a new dedicated service for listening worldwide to music from animation (Japanese and some overseas titles), game, Vocaloid, and tokusatsu (special effects)...

Princess Principal Original TV Anime Revealed With Cast, Staff, Promo Video, Summer 2017 Debut

Spy action series set in London follows 5 girls; smartphone game also in development ― The Princess Principal Project unveiled a website on Friday to announce Princess Principal, an original television anime series set to premiere in Japan this summer. The website began streaming a promotional video for the series and revealed the anime's synopsis, cast and staff, and character designs. The "spy acti...
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Sakuya Amano's Konohana Kitan Manga Gets Anime

Manga centers on fox spirits who work as hostesses at otherworldly hot spring hotel ― The fifth compiled book volume of Sakuya Amano's Konohana Kitan manga revealed on Friday that the manga will get an anime adaptation. Gentosha's Comic Birz magazine will reveal more information at a later date. The manga's story is set in Kokohana-tei, a hot spring hotel located in an inn town between our world and ...
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Dies Irae TV Anime's Promo Video Reveals Cast, Staff

Kousuke Toriumi, Yui Sakakibara, Ayaka Fukuhara star in anime of Light's visual novel ― Visual novel publisher Light revealed on Friday that it has opened the official website for the television anime adaptation of its Dies irae adult visual novel. The site is streaming a promotional video for the anime, which lists the anime's cast and staff. While neither the website nor the video list a debut date...
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Live-Action Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Film's Stills Show Jōsuke, Jōtarō

Film starring Kento Yamazaki as Jōsuke Higashikata opens on August 4 in Japan ― The staff of the live-action film of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable manga revealed two new stills from the film on Friday. The stills depict Jōsuke Higashikata (Kento Yamazaki) and Jōtarō Kūjō (Yusuke Iseya) during the filming of the scene where Angelo uses his stand to attack Jōsuke and...

Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film's 4-Minute Clip Shows Rooftop Jump Scene

Film opens on March 31 ― Paramount Pictures began streaming an extended clip for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell live-action film on Thursday. The clip shows a scene where Major jumps and abseils from a rooftop to enter a building, echoing the opening action scene from the 1995 Ghost in the Shell anime film. The scene is also referenced in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Ghost in the Shel...

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Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight AXIS Novel Gets Net Anime in June

Anime adapts Ark Performance, Koujirou Nakamura's novel set after Gundam Unicorn ― Sunrise announced on Friday that it is producing an anime adaptation of Ark Performance and Koujirou Nakamura's Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight AXIS novel. The anime will debut streaming for members of the Gundam Fan Club in June. The anime's official website is streaming a promotional video for the anime (Note: The video ...
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Sailor Moon's Kotono Mitsuishi Narrates Wonder Woman Trailer

What does Kotono Mitsuishi and Gal Gadot have in common? Both actresses also play the roles of two of the most iconic super heroines: Sailor Moon and Wonder Woman. Mitsuishi has voiced her magical girl counterpart for 25 years while Gadot is new to the scene. As a sort of informal baton passing, Mitsuishi narrates the Japanese trailer for Wonder Woman, slated to open in Japan on August 25. In the ...
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Live-Action Blade of the Immortal Film's Character Trailers Streamed

Film opens April 29 in Japan ― Warner Brothers Japan began streaming five character trailers for the live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal "neo period drama" manga on Friday. The trailer featuring the lead characters Manji and Rin is available on the film's website, and the other trailers are below. Kagehisa Anotsu: Shira and Hyakurin: Makie Otono-Tachibana: Yaobikuni, Kagimura H...

Yuri Lowenthal, Kate Higgins Reprise Roles as Suzaku, C.C. in Code Geass: Akito the Exiled

Blu-ray/DVD ships on June 27 ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that Yuri Lowenthal and Kate Higgins will reprise their roles as Suzaku and C.C., respectively, in its English dub of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled. Previously announced cast members include: Micah Solusod as Akito Hyuga Jeannie Tirado as Leila Malcal Ricco Fajardo as Ryo Sayama Aaron Dismuke as Yukiya Naruse Elizabeth Maxwe...
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Crunchyroll Adds Love Tyrant Anime This Spring, Gundam Wing to Catalog

Renai Bōkun/Love Tyrant anime premieres April 6 in Japan ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the television anime adaptation of Megane Mihoshi's Renai Bōkun (The very lovely tyrant of love) manga under the title Love Tyrant this spring. In addition, Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will add Gundam Wing to its catalog. Times and regions for Love ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, March 13-19

Final Time Bokan 24, Super Salaryman Mr. Saenai episodes air Library Wars: The Last Mission's "on air edition" aired on TBS on Sunday, March 19 at 2:05 a.m. and earned a 1.3% rating. 5 Centimeters Per Second aired on TV Asahi on Friday, February 17 at 3:25 a.m. and earned a 1.1% rating. The final episode of the live-action Super Salaryman Mr. Saenai drama adapting Fujiko Fujio's manga aired on NTV ...
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Pokémon Go's Water Festival Event Debuts Shiny Magikarp, Gyarados

The Pokémon Go development team announced a global Water Festival for the smartphone game on Wednesday. The event, which is increasing Water-type Pokémon spawns, launched at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday. The announcement specifically mentioned Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and their Evolutions as Pokémon that players are more likely to encounter in the wild. In addition, when players visit areas whe...
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Shiori Furukawa's Five Manga Gets Live-Action Series

Romance manga ran from 2004 to 2011, sequel ongoing ― Manga artist Shiroi Furukawa revealed on her Twitter account on Thursday that a live-action drama based on her manga Five will premiere on Fuji TV and Fuji TV on Demand this summer. A commemorative press conference featuring the main cast and a video preview was held on Thursday. The cast is as follows: Nana Osakawa as Hina Asō Ryūji Satō as Toshi...
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My Hero Academia Season 2 Promo Videos Streamed With English Dub, Subtitles

Funimation Entertainment began streaming two more promotional videos for its English dub of My Hero Academia's second season on Thursday. In addition, Crunchyroll began streaming two English-subtitled promotional videos. Dubbed trailers: Subtitled trailers: The series will premiere in Japanese with English subtitles on Crunchyroll and Hulu on April 1, and FunimationNow will stream the English dub....
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Sword Art Online Collaborates With Kanda Myōjin Shrine

The Kanda Myōjin Shrine has attracted otaku visitors, in part due to its proximity to Akihabara, but also because its official mascot is Love Live's Nozomi Tōjō, who works at the shrine in the anime series. The shrine's choice to hire Nozomi brought an influx of Love Livers, and the mix of anime and traditional Japanese culture even caught the eye of One Piece creator Eiichirō Oda. This year the s...
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Crunchyroll, Hulu to Stream My Hero Academia Season 2 With Subtitles

Funimation to stream English dub ― Funimation Entertainment and Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that the English-subtitled simulcast of My Hero Academia's second season will simulcast on Crunchyroll and Hulu beginning on April 1. Crunchyroll also announced that it will stream the first season of My Hero Academia with English subtitles before April 1 in the following territories: the United States, ...
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Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys Anime's Video Highlights Yuta Mirako

Cast from Spike Chunsoft's PS Vita game reprise roles for anime shorts premiering on April 12 ― The official YouTube channel of Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys, the television anime short series adaptation of Spike Chunsoft's Kenka Banchō Otome romance simulation game, began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video introduces the character Yuta Mirako. Previous video...
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CHAOS;CHILD ‒ Episode 11

"This week's whole display of villainous reveals is so ridiculous and over-the-top that I'm beginning to question its authenticity."
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Daisuki to Stream [email protected] Cinderella Girls Theater Anime Shorts

Series of 5-minute episodes to premiere April 4 in Japan ― Streaming service Daisuki announced on Wednesday that it will stream the television anime adaptation of Bandai Namco Entertainment and Kuma-Jet's The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Theater (The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gekijō) manga. The service will announce more details at a later date. The anime will premiere in Japan on April 4 at 9:55 p....
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Director Oshii Interested in a Hollywood Patlabor Comedy Remake 'Like Ghostbusters'

We're a week out from the premiere of Hollywood's Ghost in the Shell movie, but Mamoru Oshii, the director of the original 1995 film, already has an idea of which work from his portfolio he'd like to see Hollywood tackle. In an interview with IGN, Oshii said that he'd like to see Hollywood take on Patlabor, the mecha police anime that he and a group of creative collaborators developed in the late ...
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Tatsunoko's Infini-T Force Anime Teaser Shows CG Action

Anime premieres in October on new programming block ― The official website of Tatsunoko Productions' Infini-T Force television anime began streaming a new teaser video on Thursday. The video previews the main characters and the anime's "full 3DCG" action. The anime will premiere this October on NTV and other channels. The series will air as part of NTV's new "AnichU" one-hour programming block. The p...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid ‒ Episode 11

"This episode is focused more on showing us the cozy contentment and warm, peaceful life that Kobayashi and her dragons have built for themselves."
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The Royal Tutor Anime's Character Trailer Introduces Main Cast

4 princes introduce each other, their tutor in video ― The official website for the the television anime adaptation of Higasa Akai's The Royal Tutor (Ōshitsu Kyōshi Heine or Königliche Familie Lehrer) manga began streaming a new character trailer on Thursday. In the video, the fifth prince Richt (voiced by Shouta Aoi) introduces the fourth prince Leonhardt (Daisuke Hirose), Leonhardt introduces the t...
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Akiba'S Trip The Animation ‒ Episode 12

"For the most part, this episode feels like a detour that the series didn't really need to take."

Viz Media Licenses Boruto TV Anime, Plans Simulcast (Updated)

Series to simulcast on Hulu, also stream on Crunchyroll ― Viz Media announced on Thursday that it has acquired the digital, broadcast, home video, and merchandising rights for the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations television anime series. Viz plans to simulcast the series on Hulu beginning on April 5, with new episodes every Wednesday. Crunchyroll announced that it will also stream the anime this sprin...
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Look Inside Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Kazuki Takahashi's Extravagant Home

A Japanese net user recently posted screenshots of an official video of Yu-Gi-Oh! manga creator Kazuki Takahashi's large and luxurious home. His residence boasts a large Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise collection, science-fiction figure collection, theater room, extensive home video collection, and impressive workspace. The video may be from a DVD that bundled with the eighth issue of Shueisha's Jump Ryū bo...

Netflix's Live-Action Death Note Film's New Still Revealed (Updated)

Film starring Nat Wolff, Keith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley premieres on August 25 ― Mantan Web debuted a still for Netflix's live-action Death Note film on Thursday, and described the image as a character who "appears to be Ryuk" (voiced by Willem Dafoe) sitting with Light Turner (played by Nat Wolff). However, the character sits in a pose characteristic of L in the original manga, and the outfit mat...
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 49

"It can't completely make up for some of this final arc's biggest missteps, but a healthy dose of wish fulfillment and refreshingly solid production values make TSE's penultimate episode satisfying overall."

Oshii Calls Hollywood Film the 'Most Gorgeous Ghost in the Shell Yet'

Video also shows director Rupert Sanders', star Scarlett Johansson's comments ― Paramount Pictures' Japanese YouTube channel began streaming an on-set video for the live-action Ghost in the Shell film on Thursday. In the video, Ghost in the Shell anime film director Mamoru Oshii says, "I think there is no doubt that [this live-action film] will become the most gorgeous work made in Ghost in the Shell...
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Bakemonogatari ‒ Episode 10

"Nadeko seems to barely be an active participant in her own suffering."
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sin Nanatsu no Taizai Anime's 2nd Video Previews Opening Song

Seven Mortal Sins TV anime premieres on April 14 ― The official website for the sin Nanatsu no Taizai, the television anime adaptation of Hobby Japan's multimedia project The 7 Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai, not to be confused with the similarly named manga by Nakaba Suzuki) began streaming the series' second promotional video on Thursday. The video previews Mia REGINA's opening theme song "My Sweet...
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Why [Redacted] Had to Die in Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

Iron-Blooded Orphans has killed off more than a few characters in its run, but few have been more shocking--and necessary--than the most recent one.
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Kase-san and Morning Glories Yuri Manga Gets Anime Clip

Takuya Satō directs clip premiering soon on YouTube ― An official website for an anime adaptation of Hiromi Takashima's Kase-san and... Morning Glories (Asagao to Kase-san.) manga launched on Thursday to announce that the yuri series is getting an "animation clip." Asagao to Kase-san. is the title of the first compiled book volume of Takashima's Kase-san and... manga. The clip will be about five minu...
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Nana Maru San Batsu TV Anime Gets 12 Episodes, Synopsis, Official English Title

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime adaptation of Iqura Sugimoto's Nana Maru San Batsu (literally, "7 O 3 X" or "7 Right, 3 Wrong") manga will get 12 episodes. The flyer also revealed the anime's official title: "7O3X Fastest Finger First." The anime will premiere on NTV in July. Masaki Ōzora (12-Sai: Chiccha na Mune no Tokimeki) is directi...
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Tsugumomo Anime Gets 12 Episodes

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime of Yoshikazu Hamada's Tsugumomo manga will get 12 episodes. The series will premiere on Animax on April 2 at 11:30 p.m., before airing later that evening on Tokyo MX and BS11. The series will also stream on Abema TV and d Anime Store. Ryōichi Kuraya (episode director and storyboard artist for A Town Where...
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Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters Anime to Air 52 Episodes

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters anime will air 52 episodes. The anime premiered in Japan last October, and aired its 24th episode on March 18. The anime airs on TV Tokyo every Saturday at 7:00 a.m. The anime's website describes the series: Everyone in the world uses smartphone apps. But inside them lurks unknown creature...
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Atom the Beginning Anime Gets 12 Episodes

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime adaptation of Tetsuro Kasahara's Atom the Beginning manga will have 12 episodes. The series will premiere at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 on NHK. The first episode will then stream on Amazon Prime Video in Japan at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 16. The anime will have a stage event on Sunday at AnimeJapa...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria Anime Gets 12 Episodes

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime of Fujino Ōmori and illustrator Kiyotaka Haimura's spinoff light novel series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? Gaiden: Sword Oratoria) will get 12 episodes. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, B...
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Love and Lies TV Anime Premieres in July

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime adaptation of Musawo's Love and Lies (Koi to Uso) manga will premiere in July. Seiki Takuno (Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Poco's Udon World, Sekkō Boys) is working with LIDEN FILMS again as the anime's director. Musawo launched the manga in DeNA's MangaBox app in both English and Japanese in August 2...

A Centaur's Life Anime Debuts on TV in July

Fumitoshi Oizaki is general director, Naoyuki Kanno directs at Emon ― A flyer from animation brand Haoliners' booth at this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the anime adaptation of Kei Murayama's A Centaur's Life (Centaur no Nayami or A Centaur's Worries) will be a television anime that will air on Tokyo MX from July to September with 12 episodes. Fumitoshi Oizaki (AOKANA: Four ...
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Shin Godzilla Sequel by Hideaki Anno Not Announced

The official Twitter account of Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara clarified an earlier message regarding the next Godzilla work, explaining that Anno did not state that he is working on the sequel to the Shin Godzilla film, and that the message referred to the upcoming Hollywood Godzilla film sequel and Polygon Pictures' Godzilla anime film. The message appeared as a text message at the end the Shin God...
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Sanrio Collaborates With Japan Countdown Music Program for New Short Anime Series

Series premieres as segment of Japan Countdown show this year ― A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the Japan Countdown music program and Sanrio are collaborating on a new short anime series. The show will debut this year as a segment of the Japan Countdown program at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. Japan Countdown airs on TV Osaka, TV Tokyo, TV Hokkaido, TV Aichi, TV Setou...
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Hajimete no Gal TV Anime Gets 10 Episodes, OVA

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime of Meguru Ueno's Hajimete no Gal (First-Time Gal) manga will get 10 episodes and one OVA. The anime will premiere in July. The series will have a stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 Saturday, and main cast member Nagaku will attend the event. The anime's main cast includes Shintarō Asanuma as Junichi Hashiba, ...
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Grimoire of Zero TV Anime Gets 12 Episodes

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime of Kakeru Kobashiri's Zero Kara Hajimeru Mahō no Sho (Grimoire of Zero) light novels will have 12 episodes. The anime will premiere on AT-X on April 10 at 11:30 p.m., and will then air later that evening on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, BS Fuji, and KBS Kyoto. The show will then air on tvk on April 11. The anime will...
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Gintama Anime to Air Reruns With New Opening, Ending Songs Starting in April

This year's 17th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that, starting on April 2, the Gintama. anime will begin airing rerun episodes with the title Yorinuke Gintama-san (similar to the title of rerun of the show that aired from April 2010 to 2011, titled Yorinuki Gintama-san). The rerun will have new opening and ending songs, and will feature comments by the cast ...
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Gakuen Babysitters Anime Will Air on TV in Q1 2018

Anime based on Hari Tokeino manga will have 12 episodes ― A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the anime adaptation of Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters manga will be a television anime that will premiere in the first quarter of 2018 on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Animax. The anime's timeslot will be announced at a later date, but will be "around midnight." The anime will ...

Mizuki Kawashita Launches Ichigo 100% Sequel Manga in April

Original manga ran from 2002-2005, inspired 2005 TV anime ― This year's 17th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that manga creator Mizuki Kawashita is launching a sequel to her Ichigo 100% (Strawberry 100%) manga titled Ichigo 100% East Side Story in Shueisha's Jump Giga magazine on April 28. The manga centers on middle school student Junpei Manaka and his relation...
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Vatican Miracle Examiner TV Anime Gets 12 Episodes, OVA

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime adaptation Rin Fujiki's Vatican Miracle Examiner (Vatican Kiseki Chōsakan) mystery novel series will have 12 episodes and one OVA. The anime will premiere this summer. Yoshitomo Yonetani (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Brave King GaoGaiGar) is directing the anime at J.C. Staff (The Disastrous Life of Saiki...

Naruto Shippūden Anime's Ending on 500th Episode Confirmed

Last episode will air tonight ― The official Twitter account of the Naruto Shippūden anime confirmed on Wednesday that the anime will end with tonight's episode. Beginning with the original Naruto anime, the anime has been airing since October 2002. The anime The Snack World will begin airing in the show's 7:25 p.m. time slot on TV Tokyo starting on April 13. The final episode is also the finale for ...

Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond TV Anime Premieres in October

Anime will have 12 episodes, will "reproduce the comic more faithfully" ― A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond (Kekkai Sensen & Beyond), the second anime season based on Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront manga, will premiere on MBS, Tokyo MX, and BS11 in October. The anime will have 12 episodes. The text on the flyer ...
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6th Natsume's Book of Friends Anime Has 11 Episodes, 2 OVAs

Series premieres on April 11 ― A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku, the planned sixth anime in the franchise based on Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, will premiere on April 11. The anime will have 11 episodes and 2 OVA episodes titled "Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni" and "Nyanko-sensei to Hajimete no Otsukai." Th...
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Zatch Bell's Makoto Raiku Abruptly Ends Vector Ball Manga

School fantasy series began last year ― This year's 16th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine published the final chapter of Makoto Raiku's Vector Ball on Wednesday. Raiku explained on his blog that it has ended due to his own "weakness." The manga was not polling well, and his editor proposed a new story development, but Raiku found it too unpleasant to write. In the month between the story me...
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Funimation Reveals More Code Geass: Akito the Exiled English Dub Cast Members

Alex Organ, Jad Saxton, Joel McDonald star in dub ― Funimation Entertainment announced three cast members for its English dub cast for Code Geass: Akito the Exiled on Wednesday. The revealed cast members are as follows: Alex Organ as Shin Hyuga Jad Saxton as Jean Rowe Joel McDonald as Ashley Ashra Funimation previously revealed five dub cast members on Monday and Tuesday: Micah Solusod as Akito Hyuga...

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Haikara-san ga Tōru Anime Films' Debut Dates, Titles, Staff Revealed

Kazuhiro Furuhashi directs November film, Mitsuko Kase directs 2018 film ― The official website for the anime film adaptation of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga revealed the new debut dates, the titles, and the staff for the two films on Thursday. The first film, titled Gekijōban Haikara-san ga Tōru Zenpen - Benio, Hana no 17-sai, will open in Japan on November 11. The second film is titled ...
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Crunchyroll Adds Gundam Build Fighters, More Dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal streamed ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it has added Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Fighters Try to its catalog. The episodes are available worldwide outside of Asia. In addition, Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it has added the English dubs of both Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal to its catalog. The streams are available in the United State...
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Pac-Man Rickshaw Gobbles Octopus Balls in Osaka This Weekend

Bandai Namco Entertainment's Asobi Motto project announced that its Pac-Man rickshaw will appear in Osaka as the project's fourth part. The Pac-Man rickshaw will be available to ride in the area around Osaka's Tsūtenkaku tower on Saturday and Sunday. The two-meter (about seven-foot) tall Pac-Man rickshaw will chase after takoyaki octopus balls, a famous food of Osaka. People wearing takoyaki hats ...
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Jan-Ken-Pon 4-Panel Manga Earns Guinness Record for Most Strips

Shōji Izumi's Jan-Ken-Pon four-panel manga received the Guinness World Record for "Most strips published for the same yonkoma manga series" at a ceremony on Monday. As of November 24, the manga had published 15,000 strips. Izumi launched the manga in the Asahi Shōgakusei Shimbun newspaper in September 1969. The story centers on the everyday lives of a level-headed older sister named Jan, a lively ...

New Mazinger Z Anime Film Reveals 1st Visual

The staff of the upcoming theatrical anime film based on Go Nagai's Mazinger Z unveiled the first visual for the film on Thursday. The tagline on the visual reads, "That could become either a god or a demon." The film, tentatively titled Gekijōban Mazinger Z (Mazinger Z The Movie), is commemorating the 45th anniversary of the original Mazinger Z manga and television anime series. Toei Animation is...
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Gundam Statue's Final Days Shown in Time-Lapse Video

It's certainly the end of one specific fan chapter of the life-size Gundam statue. Videographer Darwinfish105 has taken time-lapsed videos of the statue since it rose and Shizuoka in 2010, and continued with its disassembly to transport it to Odaiba, itsdecoratations for Christmas, and shot it in High-Dynamic Range. In short, he's filmed the statue in its various forms for almost a decade. But the...
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Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters Manga Gets Anime Adaptation

Manga by Me & My Brothers creator launched in 2009 ― The cover of the May issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine will announce on Thursday that Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters manga will get an anime adaptation. The magazine had teased an announcement last month. Tokeino launched the series in LaLa in 2009, and Hakusensha published the manga's 13th compiled volume on August 5. Hakusensha will publish ...
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Hinako Note Anime Reveals New Key Visual

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Mitsuki's Hinako Note manga updated on Wednesday with a new key visual with all six characters that have been revealed thus far.' Kadokawa's booth at Anime Japan this March 25-26 will distribute stickers with super-deformed images of the Hinako Note characters. The anime stars (Note: Not all character name romanizations are confirmed.): M...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, March 13-19

Tokyo Ghoul:re, The Seven Deadly Sins, Chihayafuru, Fairy Tail, P to JK in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Tokyo Ghoul:re 10 302,287 302,287 2017/03 Shueisha Sui Ishida 1 1 2 The Seven Deadly Sins 25 205,909 205,909 2017/03 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 2 1 3 Chihayafuru 34 192,622 197,596 2017/03 Kodansha Yuki Suetsugu 3 2 ...
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Detective Conan's Ran & Shinichi Tie the Knot on Marriage Application

It's wedding bells for Detective Conan's Ran Mōri and Shinichi Kudō in a recently released marriage application image. The application's design is drawn by series creator Gosho Aoyama and bundled with the May issue of Shogakukan's CanCam magazine set for release on Thursday. The image depicts Ran in a wedding dress being embraced by Shinichi dressed as the Black Knight. The scenario comes from epi...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, March 13-19

Monster Hunter, Senran Kagura, Accel World vs Sword Art Online, YU-NO, Future Card Buddyfight games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: March 13-19 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DSMonster Hunter XX Capcom March 18 848,467 848,467 40 2PS4 Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash (Including Limited Editions) Marvelous March 16 53,747 53,747 70 3PSVAccel World ...
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Season Finale: Nanbaka ‒ Episode 25

"It became obvious as Nanbaka ran down its episode count that it wouldn't be able to tie up all its loose ends, but I never expected it to leave all of them hanging."
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Sentai Filmworks to Premiere Anonymous Noise at Anime Boston

World premiere scheduled for April 1 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it will host the world premiere of the Anonymous Noise (Fukumenkei Noise) anime at Anime Boston on April 1. The screening will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, and it will be available for free for the first 1,000 Anime Boston attendees. The company will offer a free gift for attendees and offer a chance to wi...
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Hand Shakers ‒ Episode 11

"I have absolutely no idea how the show plans to end, but if this week is any indication, it's going to be just as much of a debacle going out as it was coming in."
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T-sensei Anime Casts Nobunaga Shimazaki, Sets April Premiere on New Production I.G App

"Vertical Anime" app to stream short anime ― The wrap-around jacket band for the fifth volume of Takana Yukue's T-sensei comedy manga announced on Thursday that Nobunaga Shimazaki (Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club's Haru, My Love Story!!'s Suna) will voice the title character in the upcoming anime adaptation. The volume also announced that the anime will premiere in April on Production I.G's "Tate Anime" (V...

Crunchyroll's Japanese Head Steps Down

Co-founder/CEO Kun Gao takes over for Vincent Shortino ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced at a "thank you meeting" in Japan on Friday that co-founder and CEO Kun Gao will take over as representative director of Crunchyroll's Japanese branch, Crunchyroll K.K., on April 1. The current representative director Vincent Shortino will step down on March 31. Crunchyroll issued a statement: At...
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Go Behind-the-Scenes of Ghost in the Shell's Amazing Props

The Ghost in the Shell franchise has inspired real-life technology like "facial hacking", Tachikoma that adapt its personality based on the user, camouflage, and more. The live-action Ghost in the Shell film also pushed technological innovation to bring some of its characters to life. The staff and New Zealand's Weta Workshop took up the challenge using 3D printing to create an endoskeleton. Myth ...
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Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Film Earns Over 2 Billion Yen

Film ranks #10 at Japanese box office in 5th weekend ― The Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale anime has sold 1,439,149 tickets to earn 2,026,861,020 yen (about US$18.2 million) at the Japanese box office as of Monday. The film ranked #10 at the Japanese box office in its fifth weekend. The film opened in Japan on February 18, and sold about 308,376 tickets for 425,762,760 yen (about US$3.76 mi...
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Answerman - Do Japanese Fans Care What's Popular Overseas?

How much do Japanese fans care about what Western fans love? Justin gets into it. ― Will asks: Do Japanese citizens pay much attention to the trends, adaptations and popularity of their media exports or is this just a particular case where they are out of the loop? Do they talk about how anime, manga, tokusatsu, etc do overseas at all? Japanese consumers generally don't care very much what goes on i...
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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. ‒ Episode 11

"With only one episode left, I hope we'll have the time to resolve all these dangling threads."

Netflix's Live-Action Death Note Film's 1st Trailer Shows Nat Wolff as Light

Film starring Willem Defoe, Keith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley premieres on August 25 ― Netflix began streaming the first trailer for its live-action Death Note film on Wednesday. The video previews Nat Wolff as Light Turner. The film will premiere via streaming on Netflix on August 25. Shall we begin? #DeathNote pic.twitter.com/fEd12Gm32c— Netflix US (@netflix) March 22, 2017 Adam Wingard (The Guest,...
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Battle Girl High School Anime's 1st Video Reveals Cast, Staff

Noriaki Akitaya directs July anime starring game's returning cast ― The official website for COLOPL's Battle Girl High School smartphone role-playing game began streaming the first promotional video for the anime adaptation on Wednesday. The video reveals the main cast, staff, and July premiere. The smartphone game's main cast are reprising their roles for the anime. The cast includes: Aya Suzaki as ...
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Live-Action Gintama Film's On-Set Photos Show Beetle Hunting, More

Shun Oguri, Masaki Suda, Kanna Hashimoto, Masaki Okada shown in costume ― Comic Natalie and other websites posted on-set photographs from the live-action film of the Gintama manga on Wednesday. The photos are from an on-set press visit in Ibaraki Prefecture on August 24 of last year. The photos in Comic Natalie's tweet below show the three main cast members hunting rhinoceros beetles and apparently r...
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We Saw the First Live-Action March comes in like a lion Film

And it's like the anime... only even more depressing.
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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Novel 1

The isekai genre goes from swords and sorcery to pencils and paper pushing in this story about an economics student summoned to a fantasy world who becomes a very different kind of hero. ― Have you ever wondered why more of those heroes and heroines summoned to other worlds don't put their knowledge of modern life to work? Sure, in some stories the characters don't have that luxury thanks to convenie...
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O-Parts Hunter's Seishi Kishimoto Launches Mad Chimera World Manga

Battle action series launches in Morning Two magazine on April 22 ― This year's May issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine revealed on Wednesday that Seishi Kishimoto (O-Parts Hunter, Sukedachi Nine) is launching a new manga titled Mad Chimera World in the magazine's June issue, which will ship on April 22. The battle action series will feature a color page in the issue. Kishimoto launched the Suke...
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Made in Abyss TV Anime Premieres in July

Publisher Kadokawa posted an advertisement on Monday for the television anime adaptation of Akihito Tsukushi's Made in Abyss manga at Tokyo's Kokusai Tenjijō station on the Rinkai line before this week's AnimeJapan 2017 event. The advertisement reveals that the series will premiere in July. Masayuki Kojima (Black Bullet, Tibetan Dog) is directing the anime at the studio Kinema Citrus (Scorching Pi...
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Next Godzilla, Evangelion Works Confirmed

Director Hideaki Anno appeared at the first session of the Shin Godzilla vs. Evangelion Symphony on Wednesday, and the event ended with confirmation of the next Godzilla work and the previously revealed next new Evangelion film. Update: Anno himself did not make the announcement, and the announcement did not specifically say Shin Godzilla. The announcement appeared as a text message at the end of ...
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Warau Salesman New Anime's Guest Voice Actors Revealed

Takuya Eguchi, Kana Asumi, Toshihiko Seki, Sōma Saitō, Kouki Miyata, Hideyuki Kanaya star in April anime ― The staff of Warau Salesman NEW, the new television anime adaptation of Fujiko Fujio A's (Motoo Abiko) Warau Salesman (The Laughing Salesman) manga, revealed some of the show's guest voice actors on Wednesday. The guest voice actors include Takuya Eguchi (episode 1), Kana Asumi (episode 1), Tosh...

Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō Supernatural Light Novels Get TV Anime in July

Hinowa Kōzuki's 2003-2009 novels about boy who lives in apartment full of monsters ― The May issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine is revealing on Saturday that a television anime adaptation of Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Refined Daily Life at the Supernatural Entity Apartment) light novel series has been green-lit for a July premiere. The magazine's next issue in Apr...
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No Game, No Life Zero Anime Film Slated for July 15

Publisher Kadokawa posted an advertisement for the No Game, No Life Zero anime film at Tokyo's Kokusai Tenjijō station on the Rinkai line before this week's AnimeJapan 2017 event. The advertisement reveals the film's opening date as July 15. The film will have a stage event at the AnimeJapan 2017 event on Sunday. The film's returning cast includes: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Sora Ai Kayano as Shiro Yō...
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Kyoko Okazaki's River's Edge Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2018

Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World's Isao Yukisada helms film starring Fumi Nikaidō, Ryō Yoshizawa ― A live-action film adaptation of Kyoko Okazaki's River's Edge manga has been green-lit. It will open in Japan in 2018. Fumi Nikaidō (Himizu, Inuyashiki, Wolf Girl & Black Prince) is playing Haruna Wakagusa, and Ryō Yoshizawa (Kamen Rider Fourze, Gintama, Tomodachi Game) is playing Ichirō Yama...
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Shonen Sunday Launches 6 Manga by The World God Only Knows Creator, Others

Takahiro Arai, Michiteru Kusaba, Tamiki Wakaki launch new series in April, May ― This year's 17th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that it is launching six new manga series this spring. The new series' titles, debut dates, and teaser text include: Tenshō no Quadruple by Takahiro Arai (Cirque du Freak) in issue 19 on April 5 "The youth epic where four people's ...

Igarashi's Bloodstained Game Cancels Wii U Version for Switch

Backers can change to Switch, any other platform, cancel order ― Producer Koji "IGA" Igarashi stated in an update on Tuesday that he has cancelled the Wii U version of his Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night game in favor of the game's Nintendo Switch version. Igarashi explained that the campaign was conducted during the height of the Wii U's popularity, but that the situation has changed after the Swi...
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Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Anime's Video Confirms Summer Debut, TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND Music

MAPPA adapts Homura Kawamoto, Tōru Naomura's gambling manga ― The official website for the television anime of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga began streaming a promotional video on Wednesday. The video confirms the anime's summer premiere. The video also reveals that TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND (Witch Craft Works, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!) will...
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Oscar Will Have You in Palm of Her Hand at Rose of Versailles Trick Art Exhibit

Also: kabe-don with Andre ― Yokohama's Artrick Museum takes a fun and lighthearted approach to art with its trick art: artwork that provides the illusion that it's bursting out of its two-dimensional limitations to engage with the visitor. It's long been a staple of funhouses or art exhibits that don't take themselves too seriously. This year, fans of classic anime will have a reason to check it out,...

Welcome to the Ballroom Anime's Video Features Unison Square Garden Song

Shimba Tsuchiya, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Ayane Sakura, Toshiyuki Morikawa star in July anime ― The official website for the television anime of Tomo Takeuchi's Welcome to the Ballroom manga began streaming the anime's third promotional video on Wednesday. Just as the first promotional video featured the Unison Square Garden song "Chandelier Waltz," the new video features a collaboration track with Unison S...
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DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon Comedy Anime Film Teased for This Fall

Flash animation series Eagle Talon's crossover with Justice League ― Anime studio DLE Inc. announced on Wednesday that it is producing the DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon anime film, and it is streaming a teaser trailer with English narration for the project. The video outlines the film's story with self-referential jokes, and states that the film will be "in theaters this fall... probably." The film...

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Lupin III's Curry Restaurant Collaboration Offers Fiat 500

The official website for the Curry House CoCo Ichibanya (CoCo Ichi) restaurant chain's collaboration with the Lupin the Third franchise updated on Tuesday. The website revealed a visual of Lupin using a uniform to sneak into CoCo Ichi for his own possibly nefarious purposes. The site also announced a project to give away a real version of the character's Fiat 500. People can use their CoCo Ichi re...
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Miyazawa Kenji no Shotaku Gourmet Manga Gets Live-Action Series

Manga follows Night on the Galactic Railroad author sharing food with family ― Santa Uonome's Miyazawa Kenji no Shotaku (Kenji Miyazawa's Dining Table) manga is inspiring a live-action series in June. The drama will premiere on WOWOW Prime in June and will air on Saturdays at 10:00 p.m. Ryohei Suzuki is playing the role of Kenji Miyazawa. Osamu Minorikawa is directing the series and Natsuko Ikeda is ...
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Teases 'Facial Hacking' Project in Video

The official Japanese website for the live-action Ghost in the Shell film began streaming a mysterious "Facial Hacking" teaser on Tuesday. The video previews a project that will use leading projection mapping technology and mark a first experiment for the film industry. In Masamune Shirow's original Ghost in the Shell manga and its anime adaptations, characters undergo cyberization to change their...
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Nintendo Wins Patent Lawsuit Over 3D Technology in 3DS

Inventor Seijiro Tomita filed suit in 2011, won case in 2013 ― The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found in favor of Nintendo Co Ltd on Friday in a patent lawsuit filed by Tomita Technologies regarding technology used in the Nintendo 3DS system. Former Sony Corporation employee and inventor Seijiro Tomita sued Nintendo and its U.S. branch in 2011, claiming Nintendo infringed on...
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Atlus Plans New Title Announcement Live Stream for March 26

Atlus announced that it will hold a live stream entitled "New Title Announcement Special Spring 2017" on March 26 at 6:00 a.m. EDT via NicoNico and Fresh. The event will introduce Atlus' new titles that are slated to launch later this year. A highlight of the stream will be the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, which Atlus revealed on Tuesday as a full remake of the ...
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Ads Show Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Hair in Everyday Situations

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links game launched for iOS and Android devices in Japan on November 17, and as of Friday, it has been downloaded more than 33,330,000 times. The game's official website began streaming two "Fighting?" promotional videos on Friday. In the first video, a teacher interrogates high school students who think only about Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. The principal shows up and surprises them ...
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TOKU to Air Ultraman 80 With English Subtitles

Olympusat, Inc.'s television channel TOKU announced that it will air the original Ultraman 80 series beginning on March 27. TOKU confirmed with ANN that the series will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The Screener website lists that the show will air two new episodes every Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT. The live-action show, produced by Tsuburaya Productions and directed b...
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Netflix to Stream Selection of Classic Voltron Episodes (Updated)

Staff of new series select episodes for streaming ― Netflix will stream 12 episodes of the original Voltron series under the title Voltron 84 on Friday. The episodes will be selected and presented by staff members of Dreamworks and Netflix's Voltron: Legendary Defender series. World Events Productions, Ltd. (WEP) and the late Peter O'Keefe adapted the first 1984-1985 Voltron television series from tw...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 19-25

Attack on Titan: Junior High, Girls Und Panzer This is the Real Anzio Battle anime; Clockwork Planet, Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Attack on Titan: Junior High Limited Edition BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$84.98 March 21 Attack on Titan: Junior High BD/DVDCite Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 March 21 BlazB...
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Photo Feature: Brave Witches, Idolish 7 Pop-Up Stores in Osaka

The Namco store in Osaka is just around the corner from the main street of the city's famed Den Den Town area (Osaka's equivalent of Akihabara). The store's first floor plays host to a rotating series of pop-up stores for anime and other franchises, usually having one or two at a time. The first floor also features an an area where fans can participate in multiple Ichiban Kuji lotteries. The upper...

Funimation Reveals 5 Code Geass: Akito the Exiled English Dub Cast Members

Micah Solusod, Jeannie Tirado, more star ― Funimation Entertainment announced five members of its English dub cast for Code Geass: Akito the Exiled on Monday and Tuesday. The revealed cast members are as follows: Micah Solusod as Akito Hyuga Jeannie Tirado as Leila Malcal Ricco Fajardo as Ryo Sayama Aaron Dismuke as Yukiya Naruse Elizabeth Maxwell as Ayano Kosaka Funimation will release the series on...
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Toukiden 2 Game's N. American Launch Trailer Streamed

New trailer showcases PS4 game ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming a new trailer for Toukinden 2 on Tuesday to correspond with its release of the game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC in North America. The trailer showcases a scene where the game's characters use their different weapons and abilities to defeat an enemy. The game will ship in Europe on March 24 for the same gaming platform...
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Sentai Filmworks to Release Gatchaman Fighter on DVD

1979 series previously edited into Eagle Riders ― Section 23 Films announced in its July release slate on Tuesday that Sentai FIlmworks will release the Gatchaman Fighter (Kagaku Ninja-Tai Gatchaman F) anime on DVD on July 4. The DVD will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The 1979-1980 series is the third Gatchaman television anime, and it has not previously been released in North America uncut....
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Doctor Strange Manga Adaptation Ends

Series runs on MangaBox app, had original prequel ― The sixteenth chapter of Haruichi's manga adaptation of Marvel's Doctor Strange film announced on Wednesday that the final chapter will launch on DeNA's free MangaBox app on March 29. The series launched on Manga Box app on November 30. Mangabox also ran a series of bonus Doctor Strange four-panel manga alongside the main manga. Before the launch of...
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Prince of Tennis CD Art Mosaic Debuts in Shibuya Station

The official website for The Prince of Tennis anime announced on Monday that a giant mosaic Ryōma mosaic is being displayed at the Tokyu Toyoko Line Shibuya Station Super Board for one week ending on March 26. The mosaic's image is made of The Prince of Tennis CD jacket art. The art features music CD jacket art from a total of 395 titles chosen in a fan poll that included 800 songs. The mosaic and...
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Precure Dream Stars! Film Opens at #5, but Kuroko's Basketball Earns More

Kamiyama's Ancien and the Magic Tablet opens at #9, live-action March comes in like a lion at #7 ― The Eiga Precure Dream Stars! (Precure The Movie: Dream Stars!) anime film ranked #5 in attendance in its first weekend. It sold 135,000 tickets for 158 million yen (about US$1.4 million). The film is the 22nd and latest in the Precure All Stars film series. It featured 12 Precure from 2015's Go! Prince...
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Re:Creators Anime's 2nd Commercial Previews Ending Theme

Anime about fictional characters entering the real world premieres April 8 ― The official website for the Re:Creators original television anime project began streaming the anime's second commercial on Sunday. The video previews Mashiro Ayano's ending theme song "NewLook." (Note: the video on the website is region-locked to Japan.) The anime will have a total of 22 main episodes, and three special pro...
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Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X 3DS Game's Video Highlights Mechanics

Game ships with 3,300 cards in Japan on April 27 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a promotional video on Tuesday for its Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X game for the Nintendo 3DS. The video previews the game's modes, mechanics, and features. The card battle adventure game is the latest in the Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission series, and it will ship in Japan on April 27. Both t...
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ONIHEI ‒ Episode 11

"At long last, Heizo's wife Hisae is finally getting her own story, which delves into her past to show her strength when faced with a difficult situation."

3DS Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology Remake Features New Scenario

Atlus to ship remake of Radiant Historia game in Japan on June 29 ― Atlus launched a teaser website on Tuesday that for a new Radiant Historia title. This week's issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is revealing on Thursday that the role-playing game, titled Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology, will be a full remake of the original Radiant Historia game. The game will include new scenario and ...
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 11

"While one story of these three satisfactorily concludes where we left off last time, the other two left me wanting a meal with a bit more substance."
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The Sword Art Online Movie in 4D Really Needs Seat Belts

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale was released as a normal film in Japan, but last week it got the “4D” treatment complete with rumbling seats, fog machines, and smell-o-vision.
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Gabriel DropOut ‒ Episode 11

"While it's always been clear that Satania isn't as evil as she thinks, this story features her at her most selfless."
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Square Enix Reveals Seiken Densetsu Collection for Nintendo Switch

Video previews set of 1st 3 Mana games shipping in Japan on June 1 ― Square Enix announced on Tuesday that it will release the first three games in its Seiken Densetsu (Mana) series on the Nintendo Switch as Seiken Densetsu Collection. Both the physical and digital versions will retail for 4,800 yen (US$42). The game set will ship in Japan on June 1. The official Twitter account of the series streame...
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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory Game Heads West in 2018

Video streamed for PS4/PS Vita game featuring 320+ Digimon ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe announced on Tuesday that its Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game will ship in the West in early 2018. The release will feature the original Japanese dub and English and German subtitles. The game will be available physically and digitally for the PlayStatio...
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Kase-san Yuri Manga's Poster Lists Animators

The yuri manga event Yuriten 2017 revealed a poster for Hiromi Takashima's Kase-san and... yuri manga series on Saturday. The poster credits Takuya Satō (Girls Beyond the Wasteland, Say "I love you.") as director, and Kyuta Sakai (Steins;Gate, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-) for "sakuga," which can mean 'animator" in the context of animation production. While the poster's credits and the...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, March 13-19

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru sells 5,597, followed by Haikyu!!, live-action Museum, Euphonium 2, Assassination Classroom anime film ― The live-action film of Ryōsuke Tomoe's Museum (Museum - The Serial Killer is Laughing in the Rain) manga sold 1,514 copies to rank #13 on the overall DVD chart. The stage musical Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon -Amour Eternal- sold 1,451 copies to land at #16. The stage adaptat...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, March 13-19

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru sells 6,897, followed by Euphonium 2, Haikyu!!, Suzuko Mimori, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid ― Suzuko Mimori's Mimori Suzuko Live Tour 2016 "Grand Review" Final at Nippon Budokan Blu-ray sold 4,024 copies to rank #8 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Nana Mizuki Live Park x MTV Unplugged: Nana Mizuki sold 1,374 more copies for a new total of 14,769. It fell from #3 to #19 in its...
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Kirakira Precure a la Mode Anime Gets Film in October

14th Precure anime premiered on February 5 ― Toei began streaming a special video on Tuesday that reveals that the Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode anime will get an anime film in October. The anime, which is the 14th entry in the Precure animated series, premiered on February 5 at 8:30 a.m. on the ABC and TV Asahi channels and their affiliates. The show's theme is a crossover of colorful sweets with coo...
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The King of Fighters' Chinese CG Series Slated for This Summer With Japanese Voices

Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV's special effects team works on 20-episode series ― SNK announced that the planned animated adaptation of The King of Fighters fighting game franchise will premiere this summer under the title The King of Fighters: Destiny. SNK is streaming a trailer for the show. The video shows iconic scenes from early in The King of Fighters and Fatal Fury series' shared story, includi...

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Anime Reveals New Duelist Character Designs

Duelists Gō Onizuka, Aoi Zaizen debut in May anime ― The staff of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, the upcoming sixth anime in the Yu-Gi-Oh! television anime franchise, revealed the designs of two new duelist characters for the anime on Tuesday. Gō Onizuka (left) goes by the handle Go Onizuka (Go鬼塚) in the VR space, and regards himself as a rival to Playmaker/Yūsaku. Aoi Zaizen (right) goes by the handle of Blue An...

Sword Art Online Film Earns Over 600 Million Yen Outside Japan

Sold 700,000 tickets overseas, made US$1.35 million in 1st N. American weekend ― The Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale anime has sold over 700,000 tickets for the equivalent of more than 600 million yen (about US$5.32 million) in foreign box office ticket sales outside Japan. The film surpassed US$1.35 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend in North American theaters. The film also op...
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Sword Art Online Film Strip Gets US$1,300 Auction Bid

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale is enjoying box office success in Japan, having sold over one million tickets and earning over 1 billion yen (about US$8.8 million). The North American opening weekend this month pulled an additional US$1.35 million. Moviegoers in Japan also get the added bonus of a cut of film, and as is traditional, some are being sold at auction and reaching exorbitant prices. On...

In Another World With My Smartphone Light Novels Get Summer TV Anime

Takeyuki Yanase directs at Production Reed ― A television anime adaptation of Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World With My Smartphone (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni) light novel series has been green-lit. It will premiere this summer. Takeyuki Yanase (Himegoto, Onsen Yōsei Hakone-chan) is directing the anime at Production Reed. Natsuko Takahashi (My Love Story!) is supervising and writing the series ...
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