Interview: The Staff of Welcome to the Ballroom

We sat down with the talents behind the anime adaptation of this hit shonen manga to discuss what it was like bringing competitive dance to life through animation.

The Summer 2017 Anime Preview Guide

Looking for a fresh Summer anime? Our complete guide to the entire season is available now.
Reviews Include: Gamers! - Classroom of the Elite - My First Girlfriend is a Gal - Magic Circle Guru-Guru - In Another World with my Smartphone - New Game!! - Angel's 3Piece! - Chronos Ruler - Princess Principal - A Centaur's Life - Hitorijime My Hero - Action Heroine Cheer Fruits - and much more!

Interview: Attack on Titan's Trina Nishimura and Yui Ishikawa

The voices behind Mikasa Ackerman come together to discuss what it's been like to be part of Attack on Titan's legacy!

Shelf Life - School-Live!

James Beckett discovers surprising thrills and chills in this slice of life drama that's more than it seems on the surface. Plus, all this week's new releases and a new Shelf Obsessed!

The Mike Toole Show - The Magnificent 1997

Mike straps in to his time machine for a trip back to the year 1997 to revisit some of his old favorites, from Battle Athletes to a little show called Berserk!

Series Premiere: The Reflection

Studio DEEN and Stan Lee team up for this summer's new superhero anime, with a controversial artistic style. Our weekly series reviews begin here!

The Controversial Legacy of Final Fantasy XII

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is an ambitious remaster of a game with a notoriously rocky development and release. Dustin turns the pages of Ivalice history for a look back.

The List - 6 Fantastic Female Friendships in Anime

Whether they're taking down monsters or just surviving the trials of high school, these gal pals have each other's backs through the best and worst of times.
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Vice & Luna - The Leaked Jedi

Perry's dedication to the True Fan Comic-Con Experience wavers when the footage he's waiting to see leaks while he's in line...
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Garo Season Two: Crimson Moon BD+DVD

Garo's second season never quite manages to redeem itself, resulting in a finale that's difficult to care about. Rebecca Silverman conducts her autopsy. ― It is a sad day when a series' explication takes so long that the monsters themselves get tired of listening to it and just attack. While that's not literally true of Garo: Crimson Moon, it still feels like the best explanation we've got for its ev...
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Review: Saga of Tanya the Evil

This unusual series combines dark comedy and war drama to shockingly entertaining effect. Nick Creamer delves into Tanya's cynical world. ― Saga of Tanya the Evil's first episode largely confirmed all my worst suspicions regarding the title. Framed from the perspective of a tiny girl who'd somehow risen to officer status within a faux-German military, it seemed to revel in nastiness, playing up the g...
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Genshiken: Second Season GN 9

Genshiken seeks to steer its most questionable plot arc into safer waters in its surprisingly thoughtful ninth volume. ― Genshiken Second Season has been a bit of a mess. In contrast with the original series' sensitive and remarkably grounded approach to fandom circles, Second Season has shifted from a promising setup into outright harem comedy territory, its characters moaning about their own cliche...
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Fate/Apocrypha — Episodes 1-3

While we wait for the newest animated entry in the Fate series to arrive on Netflix, Kim Morrissy has a look at the first three episodes straight from Japan. How does this "Great Grail War" compare to its predecessors? ― Note: While Fate/Apocrypha is not yet available streaming in English, this review comes courtesy of our Tokyo correspondent who watched these first three episodes in Japan. Fate/Apoc...
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Tuesday, July 25

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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 23-29

Dragon Ball Super, Monster Musume, And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online? anime; Generation Witch manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online? Limited Edition BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$84.98 July 25 And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online? BD/DVDCite Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 July 25 Captain Ha...
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New Tamagotchi! 3DS Game Announced for November 16

Players control various shops in 20th anniversary game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. announced the Tamagotchi no Puchipuchi Omisecchi~Ninki no Omise Atsumemashita~ (Tamagotchi's Tiny Shops~I've Gathered Popular Shops~) game for the Nintendo 3DS on Monday. The game will cost 5,300 yen and ship (about US$48) in Japan on November 16. The game will celebrate the franchise's 20th anniversary. The game...
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Figure Skating Pair Ryuichi Kihara, Miu Suzaki Perform to Yuri!! on Ice

Figure skating pair Ryuichi Kihara and Miu Suzaki were spotted performing this season's short program at Skate Detroit to a track that will be familiar to Yuri on Ice fans. In the video, the skaters are seen practicing to the anime's namesake track which is used as Yūri Katsuki's Free Skate background music. Fittingly, in the anime the track is an original composition put together by Yūri's friend...
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Toonami Adds 1 Hour to Programming

Adult Swim's Toonami programming block announced its new schedule on Tuesday, revealing that the block will now begin an hour earlier at 11:00 p.m. EDT. The new schedule, beginning July 29, is as follows: 11:00pm — Dragon Ball Super 11:30pm – Dragon Ball Z Kai 12:00am – JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 12:30am – Tokyo Ghoul 1:00am – Hunter X Hunter 1:30am – Lupin the 3rd 2:00am – Narut...
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Drive in Ultra Style in the Ultraman Toyota 86

Move over Char, one of Japan's top tokusatsu heroes is getting his own concept car. The Ultraman licensing brand "A Man of Ultra," a joint venture between Tsuburaya Productions and FIELDS Corp opened orders for the M78 × 86 concept car on Monday. The concept car was manufactured with many of the same companies behind the Toyota 86, including Sanei Shobō, Kotsu Time Sha, and Hattori Marking. The ca...
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Maiden Japan Licenses To Heart 2 Anime

BD/DVD slated for November 7 ― Section 23 Films announced in its November release slate on Tuesday that Maiden Japan will release the To Heart 2 television anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on November 7. Maiden Japan describes the series: Sometimes life leads us in circles. Sometimes it takes us on strange detours. Takaaki and Konomi have been friends since they were kids, but now that they're in high s...
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Funimation Announces English Casts for Saiyuki Reload Blast, Knight's & Magic, My First Girlfriend Is A Gal

Saiyuki Reload Blast dub premiered Monday ― Funimation revealed the English dub cast members for its previously announced simuldubs of Saiyuki Reload Blast, Knight's & Magic, and My First Girlfriend Is A Gal. The Saiyuki Reload Blast English dub premiered on Monday and new episodes will stream on Mondays at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The cast is as follows: Greg Ayres as Goku David Matranga as Sanzo Ian Sinclai...
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Mai Kuraki Awarded Guinness World Record for Most Theme Songs in a Single Anime Series

The Detective Conan anime series can add a Guinness World Record to its resume, thanks to Mai Kuraki. The singer was awarded the Guinness World Record for singing the most theme songs for a single animation series. Kuraki has performed 21 theme songs for long-running series and was acknowledged for her achievement at a ceremony on July 25. Kuraki first performed the ninth ending theme song "Secret...
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Elegant Yokai Apartment Life ‒ Episode 4

"Yushi now has to decide how "normal" and free of troubles he wants his life to be."
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Tokyo RPG Factory's Lost Sphear Game Trailer Reveals Release Date

Game slated for October 12 in Japan, January 23 in N. America/Europe ― Square Enix announced with a video on Tuesday that Tokyo RPG Factory's Lost Sphear game will launch in Japan for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on October 12. Additionally, the PlayStation Blog also announced that the game will ship in North America and Europe for PS4 on January 23, 2018. The game will also be available in the ...
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Restaurant to Another World ‒ Episode 4

"I still like the premise of this series, but I shouldn't be starting to find it dull only four episodes in."
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Bandai Namco's New VR Arcade Has Something for Everyone

Skiing, fishing, or piloting an Eva unit; it's all at VR Zone ― There's a new arcade in town, but it's not like any other arcade you may have been to. Bandai Namco Entertainment has opened its VR Zone in Shinjuku on July 14th, which is reputedly the biggest Virtual Reality game center in Japan. It's an ambitious venture—not only does Bandai Namco plan to expand their VR activities overseas, they also...
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Elegant Yokai Apartment Life Anime Casts Toru Ohkawa, Sayaka Ohara, Mamiko Noto, More

Koji Yusa, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuna Yoshino, Kenta Sasa also join cast ― The September issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed new cast for the television anime of Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life) light novel series on Wednesday. The new cast includes: Toru Ohkawa as Keiji Hase, Mizuki Hase's father Sayaka Ohara as Mizuha Hase, Mizuki Has...
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This Week in Anime - What's Stain's Real Problem With Heroes?

My Hero Academia's newest villain is bloodthirsty to a shocking extreme, but does he have a good reason to hate heroes so much? This week, we take a look at the world through his creepy red eyes. ― Welcome to our new twice-weekly format for This Week in Anime! Going forward, two members of our team will discuss just one hot new anime topic in each column, starting off with a discussion of My Hero Aca...
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ForwardWorks' Sora to Umi no Aida Smartphone Game Gets Anime in 2018

TMS Entertainment animates story of 6 female space fishermen ― The staff of ForwardWorks' Sora to Umi no Aida (The Space Between the Sky and Sea) multimedia project announced on Tuesday that TMS Entertainment will animate a television anime adaptation. The anime will premiere in 2018. The staff also announced that ForwardWorks will release the smartphone game for iOS and Android devices in Japan in O...
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Vice & Luna - The Leaked Jedi

Perry's dedication to the True Fan Comic-Con Experience wavers when the footage he's waiting to see leaks while he's in line...

Alice or Alice Sister-Complex Manga Gets TV Anime

Story of twin sisters & their brother by Unlimited Fafnir artist ― The September issue of Comic Cune magazine is announcing on Thursday that a television anime of Riko Korie's Alice or Alice - Siscon Nii-san to Futago no Imōto (Alice or Alice - The Brother With a Sister Complex and His Twin Sisters) manga has been green-lit. The previous issue had teased that the magazine would have a major announcem...
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14 Powerful Servants You Won't Need to Break the Bank For in Fate/Grand Order

Not willing or able to spend the big bucks to get those ultra-rare servants? Don't worry. You'll be fine.
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Garo Season Two: Crimson Moon BD+DVD

Garo's second season never quite manages to redeem itself, resulting in a finale that's difficult to care about. Rebecca Silverman conducts her autopsy. ― It is a sad day when a series' explication takes so long that the monsters themselves get tired of listening to it and just attack. While that's not literally true of Garo: Crimson Moon, it still feels like the best explanation we've got for its ev...
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Square Enix Announces Dia Horizon Project, TV Anime With Promo Video

Anime about boy and girl with intertwined lives premieres in October ― Square Enix announced the Dia Horizon multimedia project on Tuesday. The first part of the project will be a television anime that will premiere in October. The project's official website began streaming a promotional video that introduces the story. The text and dialogue in the video says: What is beyond the farthest horizon? The...

Tomohiro Matsu's Märchen Mädchen Light Novels Get Anime, Manga

Late author of Mayoi Neko Overrun! worked on fantasy story for 3 years before passing away ― The second volume of the late author Tomohiro Matsu and artist Kantoku's Märchen Mädchen (Fairy Girls) light novel series revealed on Tuesday that the novels will get both anime and manga adaptations. The announcement does not reveal the format of the anime. The novels center on Hazuki Kagimura, a normal girl...
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Sensei! Live-Action Film's Trailer Reveals SPITZ Theme Song, Film's Full Title

Sensei! ...Suki ni Natte mo Ii desu ka? film opens on October 28 ― The official website for the live-action film of Kazune Kawahara's Sensei! manga began streaming a trailer for the film last week. The trailer previews the film's theme song "Uta Usagi" by the band SPITZ, and also reveals the film's full title of Sensei! ...Suki ni Natte mo Ii desu ka? (Teacher! ...Is it All Right For Me to Like You?)...
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Attack on Titan Manga's 24th Volume to Bundle Anime DVD

More details in volume 23 on August 9 ― The staff of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine revealed during a livestream program on Monday that the 24th compiled book volume of Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga will bundle an original anime DVD (OAD). The staff did not reveal the details of the OAD, but stated that the manga's 23rd volume will have more details. The 23rd volume will ship in Japan o...

KonoSuba Comedy Fantasy Anime Gets New Anime Project

1st season of anime premiered January 2016, 2nd season in January 2017 ― Voice actors Jun Fukushima and Rie Takahashi announced in the HiBiKi radio program on Tuesday that Natsume Akatsuki's KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!! light novels are inspiring a new anime project. The announcement did not reveal the format for the anime. Fukushima and Takahashi play the characters Kazuma and...
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Shinkai's your name. Anime Film Tops 25 Billion Yen in Japan

Film is #4 all-time highest-earning film in Japan, just below Frozen's 25.5 billion yen ― Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no na wa.) anime film has grossed a cumulative 25.03 billion yen (about US$224 million) as of Sunday. It remains the #4 highest-earning film of all time on the Japanese box office chart, just below Disney's Frozen at #3 with 25.5 billion yen (about US$229 million). Box Office Mo...

Monday, July 24

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Kannagi Creator to Launch New Manga This Winter

Eri Takenashi ends Kannagi manga on Thursday; manga gets art exhibition ― The 12th and final compiled book volume of Eri Takenashi's Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens manga (seen right) is revealing on Thursday that Takenashi will begin serializing a new manga in Monthly Comic Rex magazine this winter. The October issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine will reveal details about the new manga on...

Kemono Friends Confirms 2nd Season, But 'Will Take Some Time'

1st anime aired January-March ― The Hōrindō Comic Plaza bookstore posted a photo of the fifth official guidebook for the Kemono Friends anime on Twitter on Monday. The photo confirms that the book's wraparound jacket band is announcing a "second season," but with text that reads, "It will take some time, so please wait!" Japanese online bookstore Honya Club listed a thumbnail image of the same book, ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 798

"Suddenly, my exhaustion with the Seducing Woods vanishes as we're able to set our sights on one very clear and challenging conflict."
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Love and Lies ‒ Episode 4

"While I appreciated learning more about this government's unsettling practices, there was simply too much flat exposition and not enough soapy angst and romantic entanglements this week."
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Love and Lies Anime Casts Eri Kitamura as Shū Igarashi

Kitamura also narrates anime ― The official website for the television anime of Musawo's Love and Lies (Koi to Uso) manga revealed on Monday that Eri Kitamura will voice Yukari's classmate Shū Igarashi. Kitamura is also responsible for the narration of the anime. The anime premiered in Japan on July 3. Seiki Takuno (Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Poco's Udon World, Sekkō Boys) is working with LIDE...
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Princess Principal ‒ Episode 3

"This week gave us nothing that wasn't fairly predictable, but it was still well-done nonetheless."
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Justice League's Ezra Miller Cosplays as Fullmetal Alchemist's Ed at Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con International brought out all the superheroes this weekend in the one event where fans can catch glimpses of Chris Hemsworth, Ben Affleck, Mark Ruffalo, and Cate Blanchette in the same place. One of the DC Universe's biggest stars, Justice League's Flash actor Ezra Miller, was also there, but he wasn't in red supersuit. Miller spent the weekend dressed as none other than Edward...
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Aho Girl Creator Questions Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store Creator's Income, Expense Claims

Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store manga artist Matsukoma posted a response on Twitter on July 17 to a friend's teasing that he should be celebrating the series having more than two million copies in print. To demonstrate the reality of his situation, Matsukoma posted a graph of his expenses for the year so far. The graph states that Matsukoma's 2017 expenses include 2,191,028 yen (about US$19...
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Aikatsu Stars Meets Aikatsu in 2-Episode Cross-Over

It's an idol inception in an upcoming two-episode crossover of Bandai Namco Pictures' Aikatsu franchise. The currently airing Aikatsu Stars! will feature the cast from the original Aikatsu to celebrate the anime series' fifth anniversary. Original protagonist Ichigo Hoshimiya and character Akari Ōzora from season two will appear in the first crossover episode on August 17. The second crossover epi...
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New Light Novel's OP Main Character Literally Levels Up by Existing

There's plenty of actual criticism for the flood of isekai light novels, and mainly their protagonists, for being ridiculous over-powered wish-fulfillment. Detractors state that the characters typically have superficial flaws while also having "Chosen One" abilities that make any conflict a snap to overcome. Still, none of those previous protagonists hold a candle to 15-year-old Lana who levels up...
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Clean Freak! Aoyama kun ‒ Episode 4

"There are no real laugh-out-loud moments this week, and I blame this undercurrent of anxiety on a show that doesn't quite know what it wants to be."

William Winckler Productions Announces English-Dubbed Pilots of PriPara, Net Ghost PiPoPa Anime

Company also records pilot dub for Nintama Rantaro spinoff anime ― William Winckler Productions confirmed with ANN that is has recorded English-dubbed pilot episodes of the PriPara, Net Ghost PiPoPa, and Nintama Rantaro no Uchū Daibōken with Cosmic Front Next anime series. The company produced English dubs for several episodes of each series. WowMax Next is in charge of marketing and distributing the...
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Women in Portugal are Forming Real Keijo!! Teams

Last year's sports series Keijo!!!!!!!! was unique take: combining sumo with floating arenas. Oh yeah, and all the moves were based around weaponized T&A. Keijo!!!!!!!! was great for walking the line of shōnen sports manga themes of camaraderie and training sequences with absurd special attacks like "Shoryucans" and "Gate of Bootylon." It was only a matter of time until someone tried to adapt the ...
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A Centaur's Life ‒ Episode 3

"It's time for our weekly dose of monster girl slice-of-life antics, along with the looming threat of totalitarianism!"
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Answerman - Is It Ethical To Import Anime From Other Countries?

Anime fans in the UK will often import low-price American anime box sets - but is that ethical? What's the impact on their own local anime distributors? Justin gets into it. ― Jason asks: What do Japanese licence holders think of people in the UK importing US region 1 discs? How legal is this? Some times a show never seems to get a UK release and isn't available for streaming either. Japanese produc...
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Knight's & Magic ‒ Episode 4

"Thankfully, Knight's & Magic was willing to meet me halfway this week by spreading its focus around more."
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King of Prism: Pride the Hero Anime Film Gets Stage Play

Masashi Igarashi reprises role as Minato in November play ― An official website opened on Monday to announce that the King of Prism: Pride the Hero anime film is inspiring a stage play. The play, titled King of Prism -Over the Sunshine!-, will run at Umeda Arts Theater Drama City in Osaka on November 2-5 and at AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo on November 8-12. The cast includes: Shōhei Hashimoto as Shin Ichij...
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Akira Bike Makes Appearance in Ready Player One Movie Trailer

A familiar motorcycle showed up in a car chase scene in the recently released trailer for Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One dystopian pop-culture sci-fi flick. The iconic red motorcycle from Katsuhiro Otomo's cyberpunk masterpiece Akira shows up in the last third of the trailer. Ernest Cline's original novel, dubbed "holy grail of pop culture" features a plethora of early Japanese video game and...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 100

"I enjoy the Universe 6 Saiyans, but the writing here is so bizarre and half-baked that I couldn't tell you what they were going for."
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The Season Finale of Gundam Thunderbolt Reveals the Hidden Danger of Newtypes

There is one topic in Gundam that is hard to avoid: Newtypes. And Gundam Thunderbolt shows we still have a lot to learn about them
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Review: Saga of Tanya the Evil

This unusual series combines dark comedy and war drama to shockingly entertaining effect. Nick Creamer delves into Tanya's cynical world. ― Saga of Tanya the Evil's first episode largely confirmed all my worst suspicions regarding the title. Framed from the perspective of a tiny girl who'd somehow risen to officer status within a faux-German military, it seemed to revel in nastiness, playing up the g...
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Katsugeki! Tōken Ranbu ‒ Episode 4

"Now that the full team has been assembled, it remains to be seen if the show will find enough to do with them to tell a story beyond these pretty but only partly connected events."

LionsGate to Offer Replacement Discs for Yu-Gi-Oh! Film 'Dubtitle' Issues

No comments on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex ― LionsGate issued a statement to ANN earlier this month regarding a disc replacement program for Anchor Bay's U.S. release of the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions anime film. ANN confirmed the release featured both Japanese and English audio, but the only subtitle track matched the localized English dub, not the Japanese script. LionsGate's...
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Nanoha Reflection Film Opens at #8, Anthem of the Heart at #9 at Japanese Box Office

Gintama stays at #2, Pokémon falls to #4, Mary and the Witch's Flower falls to #6 ― The Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection anime film opened at #8 in the Japanese box office for the weekend. The film opened in Japan on Saturday. Masaki Tsuzuki is credited with the original work, and also penned the film's script. Takayuki Hamana (The Prince of Tennis, Library War, Appleseed XIII) directed the fil...
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Satsuriku no Tenshi/Angel Slaughter Game, Manga Franchise Gets TV Anime

Yen Press to release horror escape manga starting in November ― The official Twitter account for artist Kudan Naduka and author Makoto Sanada's Angel Slaughter (Satsuriku no Tenshi) game and manga franchise announced on Monday that a television anime adaptation is in the works. The account stated that it will reveal more details about the anime at a later date. The announcement image for the anime ab...
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Idol Incidents Smartphone Game Shuts Down on July 31

Game launched last October, inspired TV anime, manga ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of MAGES.' Idol Incidents (Idol Jihen) multimedia project announced on Monday that the smartphone game will shut down its service on July 31 at 3:00 p.m. 5pb. Games and MAGES had announced the project as a social smartphone game in 2014 with a slated release in fall 2014. However, the game ...
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Felipe Smith Launches Kickstarter for New Death Metal Zombie Cop Comic

Smith's Peepo Choo is 1st manga serialized in Japanese magazine anthology by American ― Comics and manga creator Felipe Smith launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign on July 19 for his new comic project titled Death Metal Zombie Cop. The campaign aims to raise US$22,000 to fund the first issue of the comic. Smith noted that if the story has enough interested readers, he will continue the story. ...
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Live-Action Love and Lies Film Previewed in 2 New Videos, Poster

Shōgo Sakamoto covers Masaharu Fukuyama's "Hello" song for film opening on October 14 ― The official website for the live-action film of Musawo's Love and Lies (Koi to Uso) manga began streaming two new trailers for the film on Monday. The videos preview the theme song "Hello" by Shōgo Sakamoto. The song is a cover of Masaharu Fukuyama's song. The videos also reveal that the film will open in Japan o...

Marty Adelstein: One Piece Live-Action Series 'Could Set New Record for TV Production Costs'

Adelstein's Tomorrow Studios to produce show based on long-running Eiichiro Oda manga ― Producer Marty Adelstein (Prison Break, Teen Wolf), the producer for both the live-action Cowboy Bebop and One Piece projects, commented in Japanese regarding the One Piece adaptation on Friday: I have been a fan of One Piece for 20 years. It is an honor to be entrusted with such an important work by Shueisha and ...
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Ace of Diamond Gets 5th Stage Play in September

1st of stage plays not directed by Shintarō Asanuma ― A fifth stage play adaptation of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond (Daiya no A) baseball manga has been green-lit. The play will run at the Shin Kobe Oriental Theater in Kobe on September 7-10, at the JMS Aster Plaza in Hiroshima on September 12-14, at the Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center on September 17-18, and Theater 1010 in Tokyo on September 20...
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Little Witch Academia: Chamber Of Time Game's Video Previews Theme Song

Yuki Ōhara returns to perform theme song for game shipping in Japan on November 30, Americas in early 2018 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a teaser promotional video on Monday for Little Witch Academia: Chamber Of Time game for PlayStation 4 and PC. The video previews the game's theme song "Toki no Mirage" (Time's Mirage) by Yuiko Ōhara. Ōhara also performed the ending theme song for the...
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Kirakira Precure a la Mode Anime Casts Daisuke Hirakawa, Hisao Egawa

Both voice actors play servants of Noir in newest Precure anime ― The official website for the Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode anime series revealed new cast members and characters for the anime on Saturday. The new cast includes: Daisuke Hirakawa as Elisio, a servant of Noir who uses cards to target the weak points of the Precures. He has an eerie laugh, and always looks like he is plotting something. ...
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Azusa Satou, Tomoyo Kurosawa Join Idol Time Pripara Anime's Cast

New Pripara anime premiered on April 4 ― The official website for the PriPara franchise revealed two new characters on Sunday for Idol Time Pripara, the newest television anime series in the franchise. Azusa Satou as Falala, a girl who sleeps within the clock tower of Paparajuku. Once in a while, she wakes up to play the harp. She appears only during Super Idol Time to grant Rare Coord. The Punikon m...
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Black Clover Anime Reveals Character Design for Yami

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga revealed the character visual for Junichi Suwabe's character Yami Sukehiro on Monday. The 35th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will reveal the voice actress for Noelle and other Black Bulls members on July 31. The anime will premiere in Japan in October on TV Tokyo, and Crunchyroll will str...

Sunday, July 23

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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Anime's Season 2 Visual Revealed

The official website for the television anime of Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga revealed the visual for the anime's upcoming second season on Monday. The new season will premiere in early 2018. The manga centers on a high school boy named Kusuo Saiki. He possesses supernatural powers that cause unfortunate events in his everyday life. The first season premiered as a "double br...
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The Betrayal Knows My Name's Odagiri's New Work Gets Title, August 24 Launch

Shinomiya-kun ni Wake ga Aru manga centers on siblings with secret ― This year's September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Asuka magazine announced on Monday that Hotaru Odagiri's new manga series will launch in the October issue on August 24. The manga is titled Shinomiya-kun ni Wake ga Aru (Shinomiya Has a Reason). The manga will feature on the cover of the October issue, and the first chapter will hav...

Retailer Listing For Kemono Friends Guidebook Suggests Possible 2nd Anime Season (Updated)

― Japanese online bookstore Honya Club is listing the fifth official guidebook for the Kemono Friends anime with a thumbnail picture that shows the book's wraparound jacket band. The words on the wraparound band suggest that a second season is in the works for the anime, although the words could also mean that a second installment in another part of the franchise (such as a game or stage play) is al...
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Welcome to the Ballroom ‒ Episode 3

"We know Tatara's determination through dance, but seeing him with his family, we get to know a little bit about who he is as a regular person."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 29

"Last week left us off the Iida confronting the villain, and this week throws Midoriya into the mix along with Todoroki."
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Prince of Tennis Valentine Program Will Count Down from 50

The mountain of likely expired chocolates sent to Shueisha offices this year to elect readers' fan-favorite Prince of Tennis are all counted and the results will be announced on August 14 via livestream on Nico Nico Douga. The outpouring of gifts was huge; it took eight employees to count the sweets with numbers exceeding 180,000. The "Happy Summer Valentine" program will reveal which characters r...
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Gem-Themed Land of the Lustrous Anime Inspires Real Jewelry

The jewelry brand Tasaki is collaborating with the television anime of Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) manga to release real-world jewelry inspired by the gem-themed series. The anime's characters are getting their own necklaces with diamonds, pearls, and multi-colored stones. Each piece of fashion jewelry will be inspired by a certain character and their characteristic min...
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Actress Rika Adachi Cosplays as Kemono Friends' Serval

The Kemono Friends franchise has a new celebrity fan. Actress Rika Adachi posted pictures on Instagram and Twitter of herself cosplaying as Serval on Sunday. Adachi wore the outfit for her appearance on the FM Nack 5 radio station's "Nack5 Special 'Anison Friends'" program. Adachi hosted the program with singer-songwriter and actor Yūtaro Miura. In the station's first program dedicated to anime so...
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Canadian G4 Channel Stops Broadcast in September

Television provider Shaw announced on June 30 that the Canadian G4 television channel will stop broadcasting on September 1. Rogers Cable, another television provider, has confirmed on Twitter that the channel is shutting down. According to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the channel lost 35% of its subscribers in 2015. The American G4 channel was also shut ...
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The Big Differences Between the New Pokémon Movie and the TV Show

The new Pokémon movie is a retelling of the start of the TV series. But what is different and what remains the same?
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Genshiken: Second Season GN 9

Genshiken seeks to steer its most questionable plot arc into safer waters in its surprisingly thoughtful ninth volume. ― Genshiken Second Season has been a bit of a mess. In contrast with the original series' sensitive and remarkably grounded approach to fandom circles, Second Season has shifted from a promising setup into outright harem comedy territory, its characters moaning about their own cliche...
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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Invites Rinko Kikuchi, Takashi Miike, Eric Beckman

Actor Hiroyuki Sanada, more also invited ― The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its list of membership invitations on June 28. The list includes 774 invitations, the largest number of invitations in the Academy's history. The invitations are part of a series of new membership rules to promote diversity in the Academy's ranks, after last year's nominations led to a backlash agains...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride TV Anime Casts Daisuke Namikawa, Satoshi Hino, Mutsumi Tamura

Anime premieres in Japan on October 7; Crunchyroll screens 1st 3 episodes in U.S. theaters on July 26 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kore Yamazaki's The Ancient Magus' Bride manga revealed three more cast members for the series on Sunday. The site also revealed the show's premiere date on Japanese TV. Daisuke Namikawa as Lindel Satoshi Hino as Mikhail Renfred Mutsumi Ta...
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Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō TV Anime Reveals October Premiere, Theme Song Titles

GUNP launches new web manga on Comic Clear website on July 30 ― The official website for the Wake Up, Girls! franchise revealed on Friday that the Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō (Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter) television anime series will premiere in Japan in October on TV Tokyo, Sendai Broadcasting, and AT-X. The website also revealed the titles of the theme songs on Sunday. The Wake Up, Girls! idol group a...
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Shogi Meshi Gourmet Manga Gets Live-Action Series This Month

Rio Uchida stars in series about female shogi player who overanalyzes food choices ― The Fuji TV on Demand streaming service announced on Saturday that Nagisa Matsumoto's Shogi Meshi (Shogi Food or Meals shogi player loved) manga is getting an eight-episode live-action series adaptation that will stream on the service starting on July 31. The series will also air on Fuji TV starting on August 2. Rio ...
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Mari Ozawa's Gin no Spoon Manga Ends in September

Manga about brother who learns to cook for his siblings inspired live-action TV series in June 2015 ― The September issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine is revealing on Tuesday that Mari Ozawa's Gin no Spoon (Silver Spoon; no connection to the Hiromu Arakawa manga with a similar name) manga will end in its next chapter. The manga won't be in the October issue, and will end in the November issue on Septe...
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Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish Manga Ends on August 25

Manga resumed in June after hiatus since January 2016 ― The September issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine is revealing on Tuesday that Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish manga will end in the October issue, which will ship on August 25. The October issue will bundle a special Clara and Tarareba magnet. The August issue of Kiss had teased in June that the manga was heading toward its ending. The man...
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Toriko Chiya's Tokyo Alice Manga Returns With '2nd Season,' Gets Drama on Amazon

Manga centers on woman who loves shopping, slowly falls in love ― Amazon Prime Video in Japan announced on Friday that Toriko Chiya's Tokyo Alice manga is getting a live-action series adaptation that will stream only on the service starting on August 25. Additionally, the September issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine is revealing on Tuesday that the original manga is entering its "second season" starti...
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Dame×Prince Smartphone Game Gets TV Anime in January 2018

Kaito Ishikawa, Yuichiro Umehara, Sōma Saitō, Ryohei Kimura star in series about idiosyncratic princes ― NHN PlayArt Corp. opened a website on Saturday to announce that its Dame×Prince (aka "DamePri") smartphone app is getting a television anime adaptation in January 2018 titled Dame×Prince Anime Caravan. The anime will air on the Tokyo MX and BS Fuji channels. The anime stars: Kaito Ishikawa as Nare...

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Yasushi Akimoto-Produced Idol Unit 22/7 Gets Anime Project

"Dimension-crossing" idol group held their 1st live event on Saturday ― 22/7, the new "dimension-crossing" idol group that AKB48 founder and producer Yasushi Akimoto is producing, announced at their first live event on Saturday that the group is getting an anime project. The group's official YouTube channel also posted a lyric video for their song "Boku wa Sonzai Shiteinakatta," but the video is regi...
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Gakuen Babysitters Anime Reveals Main Cast

Kōtarō Nishiyama, Nozomi Furuki star in 2018 anime ― This year's September issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine is announcing the main cast of the television anime adaptation of Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters manga on Monday. Kōtarō Nishiyama (Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!'s Atsushi) as Ryūichi Kashima Nozomi Furuki (The Seven Deadly Sins' Ellen) as Kotarō Kashima Yuichiro Umehara (Cute High E...
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Marui Group Starts Investing in Anime Production Committees

Summer season's Aho Girl, Tsuredure Children are company's 1st anime investments ― Japanese retail company Marui Group invested in its first television anime productions with this summer's Aho Girl and Tsuredure Children anime. Marui will hold a promotional campaign for both shows at its Shinjuku Marui Annex store in Tokyo beginning from August 8 to 30. The campaign will offer special illustrations a...
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Code:Realize Otome Game Gets PS4 Console Variant

Idea Factory's Code:Realize game is not only getting a television anime, but also a PlayStation 4 model in Japan. Sony announced on Thursday that Code:Realize ~Bouquet of Rainbows~ (Code:Realize ~Saikō no Hanataba~), the PlayStation 4 port of the Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ PS Vita game and the Code:Realize ~Shukufuku no Mirai~ fan disc, will get a limited-edition tie-in PlayStation 4 model...
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Kyoto Animation Awards Takes Year Off, Will Return in 2018

Staff prepares to revamp awards program ― The official website for anime studio Kyoto Animation (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Sound! Euphonium, A Silent Voice) announced on Friday that it will not hold the ninth annual Kyoto Animation Awards this year. The program will return in 2018 for the 10th annual awards. The staff explained that it is taking the time to improve the awards, and the 10th a...
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Viz's Sailor Moon SuperS Dub Casts Chris Niosi as Pegasus

Viz Media announced at its Sailor Moon panel at Comic-Con International on Saturday that Chris Niosi will voice Pegasus in its English dub of Sailor Moon SuperS. Sailor Moon SuperS is the fourth television anime series based on Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon manga. Viz Media is streaming all five television anime series on Hulu with English subtitles. Viz is also releasing the anime on Blu-ray Disc ...
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your name. Cafe Bus Rolls Out in Tokyo in August

The Willer bus company operates only two open-top "restaurant buses" in Japan. The company, Cool Japan Travel, THE GUEST cafe & diner, and the Anime Tourism Association decided to partner and utilize those buses for a special "your name. Cafe Bus" experience. The cafe bus inspired by Makoto Shinkai's hit anime film will operate in Tokyo from August 3 to September 29. Willer's two restaurant buses ...
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Galaxy Express 999 Composer Masaaki Hirao Passes Away

Hirao debuted as singer in 1958; opened music school, NPO ― Composer and singer Masaaki Hirao passed away due to pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital on Friday night. He was 79. Hirao debuted as a singer in 1958, and along with Mickey Curtis and Keijirō Yamashita, he gained popularity as a member of "Rockabilly Sannin Otoko" (Three Rockabilly Men). He switched to composing in 1966, and songs he composed for...

Funimation Reveals The Reflection Anime's English Simuldub Cast

Vic Mignogna stars as X-On; Stan Lee plays himself ― Funimation Entertainment announced its English dub cast for The Reflection anime on Saturday. A premiere date for the simuldub has not yet been announced, but Funimation noted that it is coming this summer. The cast includes: Vic Mignogna as X-On Aviva Pressman as Eleanor Everts Yasmina Shaw as Steel Ruler Talya Sindel as Lisa Livingston Laila Berz...
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Altair: A Record of Battles ‒ Episode 3

"Each episode has built on the previous one to make this an engaging story with a fascinating political and historical fantasy background."
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Vertical Licenses Chi's Sweet Adventure Spinoff Manga

Also sets release window for Kabukimonogatari novel ― Vertical announced at its Comic-Con International panel on Saturday that it will release the full-color Chi's Sweet Adventure (Kyō no Koneko no Chii) spinoff manga beginning in May 2018 and Chi's Sweet Coloring Book! coloring book in December 2017. Kinoko Natsume's Chi's Sweet Adventure manga is based on the animated series of the same name, which...
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Boruto's Showtaro Morikubo Gears Up for Next DVD Challenge

Voice actor and singer Showtaro Morikubo has played a wide variety of roles. He currently stars as ninja Shikamaru Nara in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations and Atsumu Ozaki in Clean Freak! Aoyama kun, but neither role has prepared him for the real-life challenges in his DVD series. The Marukubo Marutarō DVD series stars Morikubo attempting other occupations. The first DVD put him on board a ship an...
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Revolutionary Girl Utena ‒ Episodes 15-16

"It's been a while since the last review, so let's continue our journey through the Black Rose Arc by getting a little personal."
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Alex de Campi, Max Gladstone Contribute to Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network Anthology

Company details booth-exclusive Akira pins ― Kodansha Comics announced at its panel at Comic-Con International on Saturday that Alex de Campi (No Mercy, Archie vs. Predator) and Max Gladstone (Craft Sequence) will contribute to its Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network comic anthology. The anthology will be an "international collaboration between Shirow Masamune and Western comics creators." The ...

Galaga Game Inspires Animated Series

The Nuttery Entertainment announces agreement with Bandai Namco Ent. ― Sweden- and L.A.-based production company The Nuttery Entertainment announced with entertainment news source Variety on Friday that it has signed an agreement with Bandai Namco Entertainment to develop an animated series and other projects based on the classic video game Galaga. The production company plans to develop new characte...
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Love Live! School Idol Festival Popularity Contest Elects Character With Hidden Face

"Perfect Dream Project" (PDP), the new project for KLab Games and Bushiroad's Love Live! School Idol Festival smartphone game revealed the July ranking of its nine new characters. Users chose their favorites in poll held from July 4-10. This month's winner is Rina Tennoji, perhaps surprisingly since the character's actual face is still a mystery. Or maybe her quirkiness is winning players over? Se...
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Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory Unveils New Characters, Battle Modes

Returning characters also highlighted for PS4/PS VIta game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe revealed a new character named K for Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory on Friday. K (pictured below) is a "mysterious hacker" who "wants to chase the criminal who is hunting for your account." The company also confirmed the return of character Jimmy Ken (below), leader of the hacker group "Demon...
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Ouran's Bisco Hatori Draws 1-Shot Manga in August

The August issue of Hakusensha's Melody magazine revealed on June 28 that manga creator Bisco Hatori will draw a one-shot manga titled "Takaga 930-oku Kōnen no" (It's Only 93 Billion Light Years of) in the magazine's next issue on August 28. The magazine describes the manga: Who is the opponent the girl hates enough to kill? And for what reason? Viz Media has published Hatori's Ouran High School H...
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Agumon to Appear in Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters Anime

Chika Sakamoto voices character in episode premiering August 12 ― The Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters anime has shifted the focus from "Digimon" to "Appmon," new creatures each based on a different smartphone app. Now, the show's website has announced that the anime will finally feature a familiar face: Agumon. Chika Sakamoto, the voice of Agumon from Digimon Adventure, is returning to the role for ...
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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episode 16

"Our heroes are finally en route to forming a concentrated force against Charioce."
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Fate/Apocrypha — Episodes 1-3

While we wait for the newest animated entry in the Fate series to arrive on Netflix, Kim Morrissy has a look at the first three episodes straight from Japan. How does this "Great Grail War" compare to its predecessors? ― Note: While Fate/Apocrypha is not yet available streaming in English, this review comes courtesy of our Tokyo correspondent who watched these first three episodes in Japan. Fate/Apoc...
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Platinum Games' Lost Order Smartphone Game's Video Reveals Backstory

Yasumi Matsuno directs, Akihiko Yoshida designs art for game slated for iOS/Android devices ― Cygames opened a website for Platinum Games' Lost Order smartphone game last week. The site is streaming a prologue video that shows concept art for the game's world with narration. The video's unnamed narrator describes the history of the game's central setting, the city of Alshrad. Colonized nearly 600 yea...
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your name. Film, Love Live! Franchise Rank in Hakuhodo's Fan Expenditure Study

Detective Conan, One Piece, Dragon Ball, Final Fantasy included in rankings ― Ad firm Hakuhodo released its "Content Fan Expenditure Behavior Study" for 2017 on July 5. The study ranks media franchises, groups, and artists in two categories: reach, and expenditure power. Reach is how many people participated in the franchise for the year by spending on it, while expenditure power is how much a franch...
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Live-Action Gintama Film Sells 1 Million Tickets in 8 Days

Also: Net show sets record for dTV service ― The live-action film adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga has sold more than 1 million tickets as of Friday, eight days after the film opened in Japan on July 14. The film itself has earned more than 1.3 billion yen (about US$11.7 million). Additionally, the three-episode live-action net show on Docomo's dTV streaming service has also set a record...
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Idol K Manga Gets New 1-Shot in August

The August issue of Kodansha's Shōnen Magazine Edge revealed on July 15 that Tatsuki Miyazawa and Tōru Kawai are publishing a one-shot manga for Idol K, the manga spinoff of GoRA and GoHands' K franchise, in the magazine's next issue on August 17. Miyazawa was in charge of series composition for the original anime. The manga reimagines if the characters in the franchise were all idols. The origina...
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Land of the Lustrous Reveals 2 More Character Designs

Diamond, Bort previewed for series premiering in October ― The official website for the television anime of Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) manga revealed two more character designs on Saturday for Diamond and Bort. Diamond, whose hardness level is 10. While Diamond's hardness level is the highest at 10, Diamond's toughness level is lower compared to Bort because Diamond is on...
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No Manga Win at 2017 Eisner Awards

Sonny Liew's The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye comic wins Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award ― The 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards revealed its winners at Comic-Con International on Saturday. Sonny Liew's The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye comic won this year's Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award. The comic, originally published in Singapore, also received...
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Marvel vs Capcom Infinite Game's New Trailer Reveals 4 More Characters

Haggar, Nemesis, Frank West, Spider-Man join roster for game arriving on September 19 ― Capcom began streaming a fourth gameplay trailer on Friday for its Marvel vs. CAPCOM Infinite fighting game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The video reveals the following playable characters: Haggar (Final Fight), Nemesis (Resident Evil), Frank West (Dead Rising), and Spider-Man. The video also shows footage...

Shout! Factory to Release Megaranger, Gingaman Live-Action Series

21st, 22nd Super Sentai series aired in 1997-1999 ― Shout! Factory announced at its panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Friday that it will release the Super Sentai: Megaranger (Denji Sentai Megaranger) and the Gingaman (Seijū Sentai Gingaman) television series. Amazon lists that Megaranger will ship on DVD on October 31. Denji Sentai Megaranger was Toei's 21st Super Sentai series, and i...
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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Detonation Anime Film Slated For 2018

1st film in 2-part project opened on Saturday, will screen in U.S. in October ― The official Twitter account for the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha franchise announced on Saturday that the second of the two announced films in the franchise is titled Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Detonation. The film is slated for 2018. The Twitter account also revealed two visuals. The first of the films, Magical Girl Lyr...

Friday, July 21

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Crunchyroll Reveals Streaming Territories, Premiere Date For The Reflection Anime

Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream Stan Lee, Hiroshi Nagahama, and Studio DEEN's The Reflection anime series starting on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The anime will be available to members worldwide except in Asia. Crunchyroll originally announced in April that it would stream the series. Funimation is listing the anime as part of its summer simuldub lineup. The company hasn't yet r...
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Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun Manga Goes on Hiatus Until October

Manga to resume in Grand Jump's 21st issue ― This year's 16th issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Yoichi Takahashi is putting his Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun soccer manga on hiatus until the magazine's 21st issue, which Shueisha will publish on October 4. The manga last went on hiatus last August, and resumed in November. Rising Sun revolves around Tsubasa as he aims to...
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Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World Novels Go On Hiatus

Series will resume this fall ― The Bleach smartphone app revealed that Ryohgo Narita's (Baccano!, Durarara!) new Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World novel series is going on hiatus. The novel series will return again this fall. The novel series launched on both the Shonen Jump+ app and the official Bleach app on April 28. Bleach manga author Tite Kubo recently drew the character designs for the two new...
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Series Premiere: Vatican Miracle Examiner — Episodes 1-3

"It's just trying to do so much, in a sandbox that it might be too unfamiliar with, that it comes across as a campy cheese-fest with little depth to speak of."
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.hack//G.U. Last Recode Gets Physical PS4 Release In Americas

Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Friday that the PlayStation 4 version of .hack//G.U. Last Recode will receive a physical edition in the Americas in 2017. As previously announced, the game will also receive a digital version for PS4 and PC via Steam. The game is also slated to ship in Europe in late 2017. The game will be available both physically and digitally for PlayStation 4, an...
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Series Premiere: Made in Abyss — Episodes 1-3

"Riko is this story's Dante, Reg is her Virgil, and together they've set off to find out what really hides in the shadows at the center of the world."
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Nights Of Azure 2 Game Trailer Previews Dramatic Scenes

Game launches in Japan on August 31 for PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch ― Gust began streaming a new trailer for its upcoming Nights of Azure 2 (Yoru no Nai Kuni 2 ~Shingetsu no Hanayome~) game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PC. The video showcases different characters and cutscenes from the game. Koei Tecmo Games and Gust will release the game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo ...
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Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Novels Gets New Manga

Chiako Nagaoka draws manga inspired by Chiaki Kisaki, Hako Ichiiro's light novel series ― The August issue of Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine revealed on Tuesday that Chiaki Kisaki and illustrator Hako Ichiiro's Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Hakata Pork Bones Ramens) light novel series will get a second manga adaptation titled Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Dai 2-Shō (Chapter 2), which will launch on August 18. U...
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Viz Media to Release My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Spinoff Manga Digitally

Spinoff follows crime-fighting quirk holders without approval to fight evil ― Viz Media announced at its Shonen Jump panel at Comic-Con International on Friday that it will release Hideyuki Furuhashi and Court Betten's My Hero Academia: Vigilantes (Vigilante -Boku no Hero Academia ILLEGALS-) manga digitally on its Shonen Jump website starting on August 7. Viz Media will release new chapters weekly un...
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Hatsune Miku Goes Post-Apocalyptic for Magical Mirai Event

Japan's most iconic virtual idol has joined the world of Mad Max in the "Dune" music video for "Suna no Wakusei" (Planet of Sand) the theme song for the Magical Mirai 2017 event. Miku appears to be the idol of apocalypse, backed by a posse of skull-wearing supporters. Hachi wrote, composed, and arranged the song and Minakata Laboratory animated the music video. The company has previously worked wi...
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Date A Live Rio Reincarnation HD PS4 Game's Promo Video Streamed

Port of 2015 PS Vita game ships October 12 in Japan ― Compile Heart began streaming a promotional video for Date A Live Rio Reincarnation HD, its PlayStation 4 port of Date A Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation, on Thursday. The video reveals that the game will launch in Japan on October 12 in regular, limited, and download editions. The limited edition will come with a drama CD starring Nobunaga Sh...
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King of Prism: PRIDE the HERO Anime Film Gets 4DX Screenings

Film to open in Hong Kong, Taiwan ― The official website for the King of Prism: PRIDE the HERO anime film announced on Friday that the film will get 4DX screenings at 52 Japanese theaters beginning on August 26. The film will open in Hong Kong on the same day, and then in Taiwan on September 1. With the 4DX or MX4D systems, certain theaters have motion seats that move in sync with certain action sequ...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Cast Teach Choreography for Upcoming Festival

Planning to enjoy the Love Live! Sunshine!! activities this summer? The series' real-life setting of Numazu is holding its 70th annual fireworks festival on the Kano river this weekend. A Love Live! Sunshine!! stage event will take place over two days, including a choreographed dance to Aqours' single "Sunshine Pikka Pika Ondo." Don't know the moves? The cast from the anime series are more than ha...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, July 10-16

When Marnie Was There, Erased, Pokemon Heroes - Latias & Latios films air ― When Marnie Was There aired on NTV on Friday, July 14 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 9.7% rating. The live-action film adaptation of Kei Sanbe's Erased manga aired on Fuji TV on Tuesday, July 11 at 9:00 p.m. and earned an 8.1% rating. Pokemon Heroes - Latias & Latios aired on TV Tokyo on Sunday, July 16 at 1:35 a.m. and earned a 0...
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Futari Monologue Manga Gets Live-Action Drama Web Series

Series about introverted girl & gal stars Haruka Fukuhara, Miki Yanagi ― Yū Tsunamino's Futari Monologue manga is inspiring a live-action drama. The series will stream on AbemaTV's AbemaGOLD Channel beginning in October, though the first episode will stream early on July 28. Cygames began streaming a promotional video: The series stars Haruka Fukuhara (Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode's Cure Custard) as ...

Ushio & Tora English Dub Cast, Clip Revealed

Brett Weaver, Allison Sumrall return from OVA as Tora, Asako ― Sentai Filmworks revealed the full English dub cast and an English dub clip for Ushio & Tora on Friday. The clip showcases cast members David Matranga and Brett Weaver performing their roles as Ushio and Tora, respectively. Some of the cast members are returning from ADV's English dub of the earlier Ushio & Tora original video anime, nota...
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Monster Hunter Bridal Fair Brings Fandom Fantasy to Nuptials

Newly wed couples have shared their fandom, sometimes subtly with themed registration forms, bling, or going all out with an entire themed wedding ceremony. Couples planning their fandom-fueled ceremony can get a major leg up from Capcom. The company is providing Monster Hunter wedding previews at 23 venues across Japan dubbed "Monster Hunter x Bridal Fair". The bridal event gives prospective coup...
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Manga Creator Reveals His Recommendation List for Live-Action Gintama Film

Shueisha released the Eiga Gintama Silver Memories Visual Book for the live-action Gintama film on July 14, the same day as the film opened in Japan. The book includes a message to fans with the original manga creator Hideaki Sorachi's "recommended points" for the film that he thinks people who see the film might like. The tongue-in-cheek list includes aspects of the film such as Shun Oguri's (who...

Harukana Receive Beach Volleyball Manga Gets TV Anime

Manga launched in Manga Time Kirara Forward in 2015 ― The cover of this year's September issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine will announce on Monday that Nyoijizai's Harukana Receive manga will get a television anime adaptation. The story centers on Haruka, a girl who has a complex about how she is very tall, and Kanata, who is about to give up beach volleyball because she is too ...
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Taiko no Tatsujin Gets English Release in Southeast Asia

Game includes your name., Kemono Friends, Crayon Shin-chan film theme songs ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia began streaming a promotional video on Friday, announcing an Southeast Asian English release for the PlayStation 4 game Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum Session (Taiko no Tatsujin: Sesson de Dodon ga Don). The game will be available this year, and it will bundle with a Taiko drum set controller. The g...
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Gyakuten Saiban: Sono 'Shinjitsu', Igi Ari! Manga Ends

Manga adaptation of Ace Attorney anime launched in March 2016 ― The September issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine published the final chapter of Naoyuki Kageyama's Gyakuten Saiban: Sono "Shinjitsu", Igi Ari! manga on Friday. The manga is based on the Ace Attorney television anime. The 24-episode anime premiered in Japan in April 2016. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. Kageyama lau...
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Answerman - Why Aren't Anime Sales Figures Made Public?

We'd really love to know exactly how well our favorite anime sold on Bluray and DVD. Why do they keep these numbers from us? Justin gets into it. ― Michael asks: I was wondering if you could explain the mindset behind why anime companies seem to be so secretive with their sales numbers. I could be wrong about this, but I don't see any benefit to not releasing how many units "title x" sold or how man...
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Digimon Universe Appli Monsters Manga Ends in August

Manga by Naoki Akamine launched last September ― The September issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Friday that Naoki Akamine's Digimon Universe Appli Monsters manga will end in the magazine's next issue on August 21. The franchise also has a currently-airing anime. The anime's site describes the story: Everyone in the world uses smartphone apps. But inside them lurks unknown creatures cal...
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Yumeko’s Twisted Insanity Makes Kakegurui Both Fascinating and Terrifying

To call her a "compulsive gambler" is one massive understatement.
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Nippon Ichi Software Teases New Game For Summer 2018

Kadokawa's Famitsu website revealed a teaser image from game developer Nippon Ichi Software on Thursday that teases a new game project slated for summer 2018. Nippon Ichi Software had sent out the image on its summer greeting card. Nippon Ichi Software is celebrating its 25th anniversary over the course of the next year. The official 25th anniversary for the company will be on July 12, 2018. As pa...
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Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness Game Heads to iOS in Japan on July 27

Game slated for release in N. America, Europe last September ― Mages. and 5pb. revealed on Tuesday that they will release their Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness game on iOS on July 27. The game launched in Japan for Xbox One in Japan in May 2015. The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita ports shipped in March 2016. 5pb. released the game on the Xbox One in Hong Kong last November with both English and ...
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The Lost Child Game's 2nd Trailer Previews Anime Cutscenes

Sawaki Takeyasu's PS4, PS Vita game arrives in Japan on August 24 ― Kadokawa Games began streaming the second trailer on Friday for its "mythical concept" role-playing game The Lost Child. The game will ship for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on August 24. The video previews anime cutscenes, the game's cast, and gameplay. The game will cost 6,800 yen (about US$61), and the first copies w...
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Marvelous Streams Launch Trailer For Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star Game's Switch Version

Switch, PC version launch in N. America on July 25 ― Marvelous began streaming a launch trailer on Friday for the Nintendo Switch version of its Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star video game. The port shipped in Japan on Thursday and will ship in North America on July 25. The game will include more than 30 DLC outfits, including 33 outfits already released for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versio...
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Kud Wafter Anime Crowdfunding Campaign Reaches Goal

Campaign raises 30 million yen in 3 days ― Visual Art's' Campire crowdfunding campaign for an anime adaptation of the Little Busters! spinoff visual novel Kud Wafter reached its main goal of 30 million yen (about US$268,000) on Friday. The campaign launched on Wednesday. The campaign was originally seeking to raise 30 million yen to fund a 20-minute original video anime (OVA). If the project raises m...
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One Piece Reveals 'One Piece Day,' Kyoto Collaboration, Oda Comment on Live-Action TV Series

One Piece will also "hijack" covers of 28 Shueisha magazines ― The announcement of a live-action One Piece Hollywood television series wasn't the only news to come out of the press conference today at the Tokyo One Piece Tower amusement park. The Japan Anniversary Association announced that July 22 is now officially considered "One Piece Day." July 22, 2017 is the day that One Piece is officially cel...
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Code Geass Twitter Account Launches 7-Day Countdown

The official Twitter account for the Code Geass franchise posted an image on Thursday that says "7 More Days." The Twitter post also said "sun_kōjirō." Sunrise had announced in November at the Code Geass 10th Anniversary event that the original anime series is getting a three-part compilation anime film series, as well as a sequel project titled Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch (Code Geass: Lelouch...
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Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! OVA's Trailer Streamed

"Series concluding chapter" opens in Japanese theaters on August 26 ― Pony Canyon began streaming a trailer on Friday for the Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! original video anime (OVA). The video previews the unit Chikyū Bōei-bu's opening theme song "Eien Mirai Love You All." The OVA, subtitled "Ai to Seishun no Sotsugyō!" (The Graduation of Love and Youth), will screen in eight Japane...

My Girlfriend is Shobitch Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, Fall Premiere

Aoi Yūki, Mitsuhiro Ichiki star in series produced by diomedea ― The official website for Boku no Kanojo ga Majime Sugiru Shobitch na Ken (My girlfriend is Shobitch) — the television anime adaptation of Namiru Matsumoto's Boku no Kanojo ga Majime Sugiru Shojo Bitch na Ken (My Girlfriend is Faithful Virgin Bitch) manga — revealed the show's main cast, staff, and fall premiere on Friday. (Note: the off...
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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take On Me Anime Film Previewed in 2nd Teaser Video

Sequel film opens in Japan on January 6 ― Kyoto Animation began streaming a second teaser video on Friday for Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take On Me (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! the Movie: Take On Me), the upcoming film in the Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! (Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!) franchise. The film will open in Japan on January 6. In the film, Rikka is now a third-year student...
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Warriors All-Stars Game's Videos Highlight Millennia, Arnice

Game slated for N. America on August 29, for Europe on September 1 ― Koei Tecmo Europe streamed two new highlight videos for its upcoming Warriors All-Stars crossover game on Monday and Thursday. The first video highlights the character Millennia from the Deception series, while the second video highlights Arnice from the Nights of Azure series. Koei Tecmo America will release the game in North Ameri...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Adds Krillin, Piccolo (Update)

Closed beta signups for PS4, Xbox One to start on July 26 ― The September issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Friday that Krillin and Piccolo are joining the roster of playable characters in Arc System Works and Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball FighterZ 2D fighting game. Arc System Works will open signups for a closed beta test on July 26. The test will be available for the PlaySt...

Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Passes Away at 41

Studio Gonzo animated Linkin Park's "Breaking the Habit" music video in 2004 ― Chester Bennington, the lead singer of rock band Linkin Park, passed away on Thursday. He was 41. He is survived by his wife Talinda Bentley, and six children. The singer was found dead in his home near Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County coroner's office stated that the authorities are investigating the death as a possibl...
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Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii Anime Premieres in April 2018

The staff of the television anime adaptation Fujita's Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (Love is Hard for an Otaku) manga revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block in April 2018. The anime will star: Arisa Date as Narumi Momose Kent Itō as Hirotaka Nifuji Miyuki Sawashiro as Hanako Koyanagi Tomokazu Sugita as Tarō Kabakura Yuuki Kaji as Naoya Nifuji The mang...

Funimation Adds The Reflection Anime to Streaming Lineup

Premiere dates for Gamers!, Convenience Store Boy Friends, My First Girlfriend is a Gal revealed ― Funimation Entertainment has updated its summer streaming lineup to include The Reflection anime. The premiere date and time has not yet been revealed. The list has also added the following premiere dates: Gamers!, premiering Thursday, July 27 at 4:00 p.m. Convenience Store Boy Friends, premiering Thurs...
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Anime Gets 2nd Season in Early 2018

1st season premiered in July 2016 ― This year's 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the television anime of Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga will get a second season in early 2018. The anime's official Twitter account previously hinted at a sequel. The manga centers on a high school boy named Kusuo Saiki. He possesses supernatural powers...
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Junichi Suwabe Joins Black Clover Anime's Cast

Suwabe plays Yami Sukehiro in October TV anime ― This year's 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Junichi Suwabe will play the character Yami Sukehiro in the television anime adaptation of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga. The magazine's 35th issue on July 31 will reveal the voice actress for Noelle and other Black Bulls members. The show's staff will also ...

One Piece Manga Gets Live-Action Hollywood TV Show

Marty Adelstein's Tomorrow Studios produces show ― The One Piece 20th anniversary event revealed on Friday that Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between producer Marty Adelstein (Prison Break, Teen Wolf) and ITV Studios, will produce a live-action Hollywood television show adaptation of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga. Tomorrow Studios is also producing a live-action television series adaptation of Cow...
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