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Anime Spotlight - My Girlfriend is Shobitch

High school student Haruka Shinozaki enjoyed living such a respectable life. However, the girl he fell in love with wasn't so normal... ― My Girlfriend is Shobitch Official Website: http://majimesugiru-anime.jp/ Official Twitter: @shobicchi_anime Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiere Date: October 11, 2017 Streaming available at: Amazon Anime Strike Key Staff Director: Nobuyoshi Nagayama (H...
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A Silent Voice Ticket Giveaway Winners

Come see a Silent Voice with us! ― Eleven Arts Anime Studios is bringing A Silent Voice to select US and Canadian theaters starting October 20! In order to celebrate, Eleven Arts Animation Studios has shared with ANN 3 pairs of tickets and some other wonderful gifts to give away to our readers. Tickets and theater list are available at elevenarts.net/asilentvoice. Eleven Arts Anime Studios has provi...
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The Good Witch of the West Blu-Ray

This adaptation of Noriko Ogiwara's novel series finally gives English-language fans a conclusion to the tale, but other aspects of its production have not aged well. Rebecca Silverman gets into the details. ― The title The Good Witch of the West may be familiar to you – back in the day, TokyoPop released the first six volumes of the manga and first two of Noriko Ogiwara's original novels in English....
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ID-0 — Episodes 1-12 Streaming

This 3DCG mecha series from last spring has finally debuted on Netflix, but was it worth the wait? Theron Martin has the answers. ― What do you get when the creator/director for the Code Geass franchise teams up with the writer behind Gundam Build Fighters? This 12-episode original anime production, which aired in Japan during the Spring 2017 season. After many months of waiting, Netflix has made the...
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Platinum End GN 3

Platinum End’s third volume is its best yet, with a strong balance of tension and beauty. Nick Creamer dives into the action. ― In many ways, Platinum End feels like a rewrite of Death Note. From its death game premise to its fantastical but tightly constrained powers, focus on identity puzzles, and grim reflections on morality, many elements of Platinum End feel like a recalibration of Ohba's first ...
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Shelf Life - Occultic;Nine Part 1

James Beckett gets into the most challenging spinoff of the Science Adventure Series, while Paul runs down all this week's new anime releases! ― I don't think I fully realized how much I'd missed Mr. Osomatsu until the second season started. That show really is my kind of anime comedy: wildly creative, totally bonkers, and not at all afraid to toss the viewer's expectations out the window. While I'm...
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Friday, October 20

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Hakumei to Mikochi Anime Reveals 1st Promo Video, Staff, Cast

Risae Matsuda, Shino Shimoji star in series about dwarf girls who live in forest ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Takuto Kashiki's Hakumei to Mikochi: Tiny little life in the woods (Hakumei and Mikochi) manga began streaming the show's first promotional video on Friday. The video reveals the show's staff and cast. The show stars: Risae Matsuda as Hakumei Shino Shimoji as ...
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Shogakukan Lists The Snack World Manga With 1 Volume

Manga launched on April 28, volume slated for December 12 ― Publisher Shogakukan is listing sho.t's manga adaptation of Level 5's The Snack World game with one volume. The volume is slated for December 12. Based on the Nintendo 3DS/Android/iOS game, the manga follows a young boy, Chup, who sets out on a quest of revenge after his village is destroyed to make space for a large-scale leisure center. Th...
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Kodansha Lists Mazinger Z Alter Ignition Manga With 1 Volume

Manga launched on May 19, volume slated for December 20 ― Publisher Kodansha is listing Yu Kinutani's (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Shion: Blade of the Minstrel) Mazinger Z Alter Ignition spinoff manga with one volume. The volume is slated for December 20. The manga shows new portrayals of events from the story of the original Mazinger Z manga, such as Kōji's first time seeing Mazinger Z,...
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Anime Tamago 2018 Video Reveals Anime Shorts' Visuals, Stories

Shorts feature works by Imagica, Robot, Tomason, Usagi.Ou, Nanahoshi, Picona ― The official website for the "Anime Tamago" (formerly "Anime Mirai") project began streaming a promotional video for this year's project on Friday. The video reveals each anime short's visual. The official website for the project has also revealed each anime's story. All six companies involved in the 2018 projects are new ...
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Creatures Family Days Japanese-Taiwanese Collaboration Anime's Video Previews Opening Song

Anime project revealed as TV anime, theme song by Rin Akatsuki ― Suncomics Project began streaming a promotional video for the Japanese-Taiwanese collaboration anime adaptation of Yanai's Jikken-hin Kazoku: Creatures Family Days manga on Friday. The video reveals that the anime will be a television anime, and also previews the anime's opening theme song "Early Days" by Rin Akatsuki. The anime will ai...
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Dynamic Chord, King of Prism Anime Get Manga

Both manga debut on November 17 ― The official website of Square Enix's GFantasy magazine revealed on Wednesday that the magazine's December issue will launch manga adaptations for the Dynamic Chord anime and the King of Prism by PrettyRhythm anime on November 17. Shiho Inaba is drawing the Dynamic Chord manga, which adapts the currently-airing anime. Sumika Sumio is drawing the King of Prism by Pret...
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Square Enix Hosts Final Fantasy Exhibit in California to Commemorate Franchise's 30th Anniversary

Exhibit at Gallery Nucleus to be held from December 2-January 7 ― Square Enix announced on Thursday that it will host a Final Fantasy art gallery titled "A Legacy of Art," at the Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California from December 2 through January 7. The art exhibit will commemorate the franchise's 30th anniversary. Final Fantasy series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and producer Shinji Hashimoto post...
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Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory Game Gets 1-Shot Manga

The December issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is revealing on Saturday that manga creator Naoki Akamine is launching a one-shot manga adaptation of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game in the magazine. The January issue of V Jump will publish the manga on November 21. Akamine previously worked on the manga adaptation of...
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Gintama Rumble Game Adds Kamui, Tsukuyo as Playable Characters

PS4/Vita game ships in Japan, Southeast Asia with English subtitles on January 18 ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Gintama Rumble (Gintama Ranbu) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita action game announced on Friday that Kamui and Tsukuyo will be playable characters in the game. They join previously announced playable characters Gintoki, Shinpachi, Kagura, Katsura (with short hair...
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Chihayafuru Sequel Film's Teaser Reveals March Opening Date

New poster visual also unveiled for 3rd live-action film ― The official website for the live-action films of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga unveiled a new teaser video and poster visual for Chihayafuru: Musubi (Chihayafuru: Conclusion), the upcoming sequel film, on Friday. The video reveals the film's March 17 opening date. The film will take place two years after the first two films. The film wil...
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Hayate the Combat Butler's Hata Has Already Drawn 6 Chapters of New Manga Series

Artist ended Hayate the Combat Butler in April ― Manga creator Kenjirou Hata revealed on Twitter last week that he has already written six chapters of a new manga series. He did not share a title or details on when the manga will debut. Hata commented on his new manga, "Right now, I read it and it seems interesting, but when everyone else has read it — if they think it is interesting then... I'd be h...

Thursday, October 19

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Anime Spotlight - My Girlfriend is Shobitch

High school student Haruka Shinozaki enjoyed living such a respectable life. However, the girl he fell in love with wasn't so normal... ― My Girlfriend is Shobitch Official Website: http://majimesugiru-anime.jp/ Official Twitter: @shobicchi_anime Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiere Date: October 11, 2017 Streaming available at: Amazon Anime Strike Key Staff Director: Nobuyoshi Nagayama (H...
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New Mr. Osomatsu Stage Play Casts Totoko, Iyami

Actors for Chibita, Hatabō return ― The official website for Osomatsu-san on STAGE ~SIX MEN'S SHOW TIME~ 2, the second stage play based on the Mr. Osomatsu anime series announced four new and returning cast members on Thursday: Arisa Deguchi as Totoko Akira Kubodera as Iyami Kimeru as Chibita Yūya Hara as Hatabō As previously announced, the main cast for both the main sextuplets and their "F6" versio...
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Series Premiere: Konohana Kitan—Episodes 1-3

"Studio Lerche is already delivering a warmly animated story filled with lovable characters and an interesting world. The fact that the characters are all adorable fox girls is just an added bonus."
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, October 9-15

Time Bokan, Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode, Pokémon Sun & Moon rank in top 10 ― The live-action series adaptation of Yū Suzunoki's Kounodori: Dr. Stork manga aired on TBS on Friday, October 13 at 10:00 p.m. and earned a 12.9% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV October 18 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 12.4 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV October 15 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 10.3...
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Saint Seiya: Next Dimension Manga to Return Next Spring With New Season

Kurumada's new project to be detailed in November ― This year's 47th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion published the final chapter of the latest arc of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya: Next Dimension - The Myth of Hades on Thursday. The manga will go on hiatus and return with a new season "around next spring." The magazine also revealed that details on Kurumada's new "special project" will...
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Record of Grancrest War Anime's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Aniplex USA to release fantasy anime ― Aniplex of America began streaming an English-subtitled version of the first trailer for the anime adaptation of author Ryo Mizuno and illustrator Miyuu's Record of Grancrest War (Grancrest Senki) light novel series on Thursday. The anime premieres January 2018. Aniplex of America will distribute the anime but it has not yet revealed details. The cast members in...
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Mob Psycho 100 Stage Play Announces More Cast

Ryōma Baba, Takeshi Nadagi, Takuya Kawaharada, Gaku Matsumoto co-star ― The official Twitter account for the stage play based on ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga announced nine additional cast members on Thursday. The cast includes: Ryōma Baba as Arataka Reigen Takeshi Nadagi as Dimple Takuya Kawaharada as Teruki Hanazawa Gaku Matsumoto as Ritsu Kageyama Yūya Kido as Tenga Onigawara Yūta Hoshino as Hikaru ...
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Closers Online Game Changes Japanese Cast 'With Consideration for Anime Project'

New publisher took over Japanese localization earlier this year ― The official Japanese website for the Closers Online multiplayer online role-playing game announced a cast change for the Japanese version on Thursday to "accompany consideration of a Closers anime project." The new cast is as follows: Ryota Ohsaka as Haruto Kaguragi (previously Nobunaga Shimazaki) Hiromi Igarashi as Mikoto Amamiya (pr...
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Saga Prefecture's Project Aims to Recruit 10 Million for Team Rocket

Are you prepared for trouble? Are you ready and willing to blast off at the speed of light? Saga Prefecture's Sagaprise! project may have just the job for you. A teaser website for a collaboration with the Pokémon-snatching Team Rocket organization opened on Wednesday. At first, the website looks like the normal version of Saga Prefecture's official government website. However, Meowth soon appears...
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Yen Press to Simultaneously Publish Ryohgo Narita's Dead Mount Death Play Manga

Digital releases begin Friday ― Yen Press announced on Thursday that it will publish writer Ryohgo Narita and illustrator Shinta Fujimoto's new original manga Dead Mount Death Play simultaneously with Japan. The manga will launch digitally in English on Friday, the same day it launches in Square Enix's bi-monthly Young Gangan magazine in Japan. Fujimoto (Red Raven) launched the adaptation of Narita a...
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Tokyo Skytree Celebrates Macross' 35th Anniversary This Winter

The Tokyo Skytree Town complex is collaborating with Macross to celebrate the franchise's 35th anniversary. The "Macross 35th Anniversary Macross Blue Moon Show Case in Tokyo Skytree" event will be held inside Tokyo Skytree from January 9 to February 28. Tokyo Skytree's Tembo Galleria will have decorations featuring Macross characters, and the video content related to the franchise will screen on ...
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Kraken Releasing Licenses Garo: Kiba - The Dark Knight! Live-Action Special

BD ships in N. America on February 20 ― Section23 Films announced in its February release slate on Thursday that its Kraken Releasing label will release Garo: Kiba - The Dark Knight! (Kiba ~Ankoku Kishi Gaiden~) on Blu-ray Disc on February 20. Kraken Releasing describes the story: He was born the child of a Makai Knight and a Makai Priestess. He trained to become a Makai Knight and fight the nightmar...
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Kemono Friends Pavilion App Game's Promo Video Streamed

Pre-registration launched on Wednesday ― Bushiroad began streaming a Tokyo Game Show promotional video for its Kemono Friends Pavilion smartphone game on Thursday. The game's official website also announced on Wednesday that advance registration for the game is available now. More than 50,000 people have already pre-registered for the game. The game is offering in-game bonus items depending on how ma...
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Gundam Creator Yoshiyuki Tomino Discusses Giving Copyrights to Sunrise

Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino recently discussed the early days of the franchise with the Oricon website. Tomino described how he originally created Gundam merely "to survive," and how he collaborated with other Sunrise staffers to make the anime a hit. He also discussed the reason he passed the Gundam copyrights on to the Sunrise studio. Tomino said, "If I alone had kept the Gundam ...
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Live-Action Tsumasaki no Uchū Film's Trailer Previews Nodoka Kirishima Theme Song

Film opens gradually in Japan beginning in November ― The official website for live-action film adaptation of manni's Tsumasaki no Uchū (Tiptoe Universe) manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Sunday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "Kotoba ni Shitakute Dekinai Kotoba o" (Words That I Want to Say But Can't) by Nodoka Kirishima, who is also performing the lead role in t...
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Design Love Live! School Idol Festival All Stars' School Emblem

KLab Games and Bushiroad are preparing for next year's Love Live! School Idol Festival update next year. The game will see a name change to include "All Stars" and the addition of the Nijigasaki Academy's Idol Appreciation Club members which include the mysterious Rina Tennoji. The girls of Love Live Sunshine will also debut in the game. The creators are appealing to its players for part of the up...
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Pokémon GO Game Adds Sableye, Banette, More Hoenn Pokémon

1st 3rd-generation Pokémon launch on Friday ― Niantic announced on Thursday that Ghost-type Pokémon from the Hoenn region will debut in its Pokémon GO smartphone game for this year's Halloween event. The new Pokémon will be the first in the game from the main game series' third generation. The in-game Halloween event will launch on Friday at 3:00 pm. EDT and end on November 2 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The vi...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Watch Blood Blockade Battlefront

With the arrival of its second season, there's no better time to marathon this action-packed sci fi dramedy extravaganza! We make our case for BBB(&B) and share our hopes for its new season. ― With the arrival of its second season, Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond, there's no better time to marathon this action-packed NYC-themed sci fi dramedy extravaganza! This week in anime, Nick and Jacob make ...
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A Silent Voice Ticket Giveaway Winners

Come see a Silent Voice with us! ― Eleven Arts Anime Studios is bringing A Silent Voice to select US and Canadian theaters starting October 20! In order to celebrate, Eleven Arts Animation Studios has shared with ANN 3 pairs of tickets and some other wonderful gifts to give away to our readers. Tickets and theater list are available at elevenarts.net/asilentvoice. Eleven Arts Anime Studios has provi...
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Uirabu. -Uiuishii Koi no Ohanashi- Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Film about couple unable to express feelings premieres in 2018 ― This year's 22nd issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine revealed on Friday that Yukimo Hoshimori's Uirabu. -Uiuishii Koi no Ohanashi- (Uirabu.: Story of Innocent Love) manga is getting a live-action film adaptation. The film is slated to premiere in 2018. The next issue will publish more information about the film and a special one-sho...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 29

"With Kagura under Shizuma's spell and the fate of the Land of Water at stake, Boruto is about to face his most harrowing challenge yet."
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The Good Witch of the West Blu-Ray

This adaptation of Noriko Ogiwara's novel series finally gives English-language fans a conclusion to the tale, but other aspects of its production have not aged well. Rebecca Silverman gets into the details. ― The title The Good Witch of the West may be familiar to you – back in the day, TokyoPop released the first six volumes of the manga and first two of Noriko Ogiwara's original novels in English....
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Yakiniku-ten Sengoku Restaurant Comedy Manga Gets 2017 Net Anime

Satoshi Inomata, Tomomi MIneuchi, Rarisa Tago Takeda, more join cast ― Comic Smart's free manga app and website Ganma! announced that Fukumen Usagi's Yakiniku-ten Sengoku (Yakiniku Shop Sengoku) manga is getting an anime adaptation. The anime will premiere streaming this year through Ganma!'s anime-viewing feature. The cast includes: Satoshi Inomata as Sōji Ōyama Tomomi MIneuchi as Yae Sakura Rarisa ...
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World Trigger: Smash Borders Smartphone, PS Vita Game Ends Service in February

Game based on Daisuke Ashihara's manga launched in 2015 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will end service on the World Trigger: Smash Borders game for iOS, Android, and PlayStation Vita on February 22, 2018. Sales of in-game "Crystals" will end on November 22. Bandai Namco Entertainment originally released the "aim and hit smash action" game on iOS and Android devices in Jul...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Ships in Japan on February 1

Story mode, more playable characters, Cell gameplay video also revealed ― The December issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is revealing on Saturday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball FighterZ game will launch in Japan on February 1 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The issue is also revealing more information about the game's story mode. In the story mode, as the mysterious Clone Army in...
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Naoki Urasawa's New 'Mujirushi' Manga is Collaboration with Paris' Louvre Museum

Shogakukan streams promo video for mini-series premiering on Friday ― The official Twitter account for Shogakukan's Big Comic Original magazine posted a promotional video on Thursday for Naoki Urasawa's new Mujirushi - Le signe des rêves (The Sign of Dreams) manga. The video reveals that the manga will be a collaboration project with Paris' Louvre Museum. The manga will launch in the magazine's 21st ...
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Devils and Realist Stage Musical Visuals Show Cast in Costume

2nd play runs in November ― The official website for the sequel stage musical adaptation of Madoka Takadono and Utako Yukihiro's Devils and Realist (Makai Ōji: Devils and Realist) manga revealed cast visuals for the play on Tuesday. Mashū Ishiwatari as William (reprising role from previous play) Taiyō Ayukawa as Dantalion (reprising role from previous play) Ryōta Tamura as Kevin Keito Sakurai as Sytr...
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Youmacon to Host Singer-Songwriter SAWA

November 2-5 event hosts singer, lyricist for The World Ends With You game, K-ON! film ― The staff of Detroit's Youmacon convention announced on Wednesday that the event will host singer SAWA as a guest. SAWA debuted in 2007 as the singer and lyricist for the soundtrack of Square Enix's The World Ends With You game. She also wrote the lyrics for the "Train-D" and "Hikari" songs from the K-ON! anime f...
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Summon Night 6: Lost Borders Game's N. American Release Slated for October 31

Publisher Gaijinworks announced on Tuesday that its new North American release date for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Summon Night 6: Lost Borders PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game is slated for October 31. The European release will "follow shortly," but Gaijinworks did not reveal an exact date. The company is currently hosting a prize campaign for the game. Gaijinworks earlier delayed the ga...
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Tokyo Tattoo Girls PS Vita/PC Game's Trailer Highlights Companions

Strategy game ships in N. America on November 14, Europe on November 17 ― NIS America began streaming a trailer for the Tokyo Tattoo Girls PlayStation Vita and PC strategy game on Wednesday. The video previews the game's six companions that players will choose. The game will launch in North America on November 14 and in Europe on November 17. The game will be available in both physical and digital co...
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Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel L.A. Premiere Event Tickets Sold Out

Aniplex of America revealed on Wednesday that its U.S. premiere event for Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, the first film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy, has sold out. The premiere event will be held at The Theater At Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on November 3. The venue has a capacity of 1,600. Tomonori Sudou, the film's director, and Noriko Shitaya, who pla...
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Idea Factory Int'l Releases Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms PS Vita Game in N. America, Europe in Spring 2018

Remake of 2008 PS2 game is sequel to Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds ― Idea Factory International announced on Wednesday that it will release the Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms (Hakuōki Shinkai: Hana no Shō) game on the PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe in spring 2018. The game will be available physically and digitally. The company hasn't yet revealed an exact release date. Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms originally l...
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Fire Emblem Warriors Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

New 3DS/Switch game ships on Friday in N. America, Europe ― Nintendo began streaming a launch trailer for the Fire Emblem Warriors (Fire Emblem Musou) New Nintendo 3DS and Switch game on Tuesday. The video features characters, gameplay, and information about additional downloadable content. The game shipped for both consoles in Japan on September 28, with a release to follow in North America and Euro...
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Live-Action Kids on the Slope Film's Teaser Reveals March 10 Opening

Norie Yamashita, Hokuto Matsumura, Tōru Nomaguchi join cast ― The official website for the live-action film of Yuki Kodama's Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) manga began streaming a teaser video for the film on Thursday. The video reveals the film's March 10 opening date. The video also previews a piano arrangement of "Someday My Prince Will Come" from Disney's Snow White. The arrangement wil...
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Gurazeni Baseball TV Anime Reveals Lead Voice Actor, Staff, Spring Debut

Fukushi Ochiai stars in Studio Deen anime directed by Ayumu Watanabe ― The staff for the television anime of Yūji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi's Gurazeni baseball manga revealed the anime's lead voice actor, main staff, spring 2018 premiere window, and visual on Thursday. Fukushi Ochiai will play protagonist Natsunosuke Bonda. The first visual below portrays Bonda, while the second picture is similarly ...

Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope 4K HD Remaster Also Heads West

PS4, PC game's October 28 release is simultaneous with Japan ― Square Enix announced on Wednesday that it will release the 4K and full HD remaster of Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope game in the West on October 28 on PlayStation 4 and PC. The release date is the same day as the Japanese release. The original game from Square Enix and tri-Ace shipped for the Xbox 360 in February 2009. An international vers...
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SNS Police Manga Gets Anime in 2018

Nogizaka46 idol Matsumura Sayuri stars as police protecting the peace on Twitter, Facebook, social media ― An anime adaptation of Kappii's SNS Police manga has been green-lit for a 2018 premiere. The announcement did not mention the anime's format, but lists a term commonly used for streaming. The manga's story centers around the titular "SNS Police" (Social Network Service Police), who protect the p...

Wednesday, October 18

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Mob Psycho 100's Reigen Anime Event Detailed

March 18 event to screen compilation with some new parts, centers on Reigen writing autobiography ― The official website for the BONES' television anime of ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga revealed more details on the "anime event" that the manga announced earlier in the day. The Mob Psycho 100 Reigen ~Shirarezaru Kiseki Reinōryokusha~ (The Miraculous Unknown Psychic) event will screen an anime compilation...
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Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon English Story Video Shows Necrozma's Arrival

Games ship worldwide on November 17 ― Nintendo UK began streaming a new English trailer for the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon Nintendo 3DS games on Friday. The video previews the game's story, and shows the arrival of Necrozma. The Pokémon Company previously streamed a Japanese story trailer. The games' story will center on Solgaleo, Lunala, and Necrozma. The games' new features will inclu...
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4th Touken Ranbu Stage Play Reveals Full Title, Cast Visuals

Tōken Ranbu: Jo-den Mitsura Boshi Katanagatari runs December 15-29 ― The official blog for the fourth Touken Ranbu stage play revealed the play's full title and four cast visuals on Wednesday. The stage play's full title is Tōken Ranbu: Jo-den Mitsura Boshi Katanagatari. The cast includes: Yoshihiko Aramaki as Yamanbagiri Kunihiro Naoki Takeshi as Dōdanuki Masakuni Masafumi Yokoyama as Yamabushi Kuni...
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Miseinen Dakedo Kodomo ja Nai Live-Action Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Hey! Say! JUMP performs theme song for December 23 film ― Toho began streaming a trailer for the live-action film adaptation of Kanan Minami's Miseinen Dakedo Kodomo ja Nai (I'm a Minor But I'm Not a Child) manga on Wednesday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "White Love" by Hey! Say! JUMP. The film will open in Japan on December 23. Tsutomu Hanabusa is directing the film. The f...
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Series Premiere: URAHARA—Episodes 1-3

"This show's clearly heartfelt outpouring of style isn't enough to make up for an underdeveloped story or cast."
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Etrian Odyssey V 3DS Game's Launch Trailer Previews Labyrinth Exploration

Game shipped in N. America, Europe on Tuesday ― Atlus USA began streaming the trailer for the Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth Nintendo 3DS game on Tuesday. The game launched physically and digitally in North America and digitally in Europe on Tuesday, and it will get a physical version in Europe on November 3. The launch edition for the game includes a 24-page art book, six-track music CD, and oute...
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Detective Conan 30th Anniversary Book is a Year and a Half in the Making

An anniversary book honoring Detective Conan creator Gosho Aoyama took a year and a half to complete, in part because of the long list of colleagues that contributed to it. The book compiles congratulatory messages and illustrations by: Mitsuru Adachi (Touch, Mix) Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma 1/2, Inuyasha) Monkey Punch (Lupin the Third) Ai Kozaki (Asahinagu) Keisuke Itagaki (Baki) Nobuyuki Fukumoto (K...
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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 3

"Soma's ability to adapt to his circumstances is one of his strongest weapons at Totsuki, and this story arc is making full use of it."
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Japanese Comic Ranking, October 9-15

Haikyu!!, Blue Exorcist, Grand Blue Dreaming, March comes in like a lion, Love Phantom in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Haikyu!! 28 152,628 517,446 2017/10 Shueisha Haruichi Furudate 1 2 2 Blue Exorcist 20 94,873 314,523 2017/10 Shueisha Kazue Kato 2 2 3 Grand Blue Dreaming 9 69,489 143,062 2017/10 Kodansha Story: K...

Funimation Announces Garo -Vanishing Line- English Dub Cast

T. Axelrod, Madeleine Morris star in dub premiering Thursday ― Funimation Entertainment announced the English dub cast for Garo -Vanishing Line- on Wednesday. The cast includes: T. Axelrod as Sword Madeleine Morris as Sophie David Matranga as Luke Barry Yandell as Zaruba Felecia Angelle as Waitress Garret Storms as Ricardo Garret Storms and Chris Guerrero as Ricardo Horror Caitlin Glass is directing ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, October 9-15

Japan's Game Ranking: October 9-15 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Middle-earth: Shadow of War Warner Brothers Home Entertainment October 12 20,144 20,144 2NSwSplatoon 2 (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo July 21 19,622 1,232,523 72 3NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28 13,321 747,454 70 43DS Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's M...
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Retail Site Briefly Lists Sanrio Fate/Grand Order Items

Could the characters of the popular Fate/Grand Order have cute mascot merchandise in the works? The retail site Rakuen briefly listed a line of Fate/Grand Order goods produced by Sanrio. The items were listed as 14-centimeter nuigurumi (stuffed dolls) in two three-character sets. No images were included with the listings but the characters were revealed to be Mash Kyrielight, Emiya, Merlin, Jeanne...
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Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney 3DS Game's Trailer Reveals November Release Dates in West

Digital release launches in N. America on November 21, in Europe on November 23 ― Capcom began streaming a trailer for its Nintendo 3DS release of the Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney game on Tuesday. The video reveals that the game will launch via the Nintendo eShop in North America on November 21 and in Europe on November 23. The release will cost US$19.99 and have updated artwork, the added option to ...
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Voice Actress Sumire Uesaka's Gorgeous Ukiyo-e Prints Completed

The ukiyo-e (woodblock) prints of Girls und Panzer and The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls voice actress Sumire Uesaka are finally complete and the makers are throwing in bonuses for the 200 orders. The limited edition prints are retailing for 108,000 yen (US$958). The original art is drawn by animator Risa Ebata (Macross Frontier, AKB0048 next stage character design). . The paper is produced by livi...
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Mary and The Witch's Flower Premieres in U.S. Theaters on January 18

Film to screen with both English dub, Japanese audio with subtitles ― GKIDS and Fathom Events announced on Wednesday that they will premiere Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi's Mary and The Witch's Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) film in U.S. theaters on Thursday, January 18. Regular screenings will start nationwide on January 19. The premiere event will have two screenings: the English dub will sc...
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Seijuu Sentai Gingaman Actor Shouei Cameos in Mr. Osomatsu

The first season of the Mr. Osomatsu anime series spawned a multitude of collaborations while its episodes sometimes veered into parody that was too obvious to withstand network censorship. Fortunately, the series' latest cameo is 100% approved. Japanese actor Shouei (live-action Red Shadow: Akakage, Seijuu Sentai Gingaman) appears in the second season's third episode as himself. The episode, titl...

DARLING in the FRANXX Anime Video Reveals Story Teaser, January Premiere

New key visual revealed ― The official Twitter account for for Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures' original science-fiction television anime DARLING in the FRANXX posted a new video and key visual on Thursday. The video teases the story and reveals that the anime will premiere in January 2018 on Tokyo MX, BS11, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, ABC Asahi Broadcasting, and Mētele. オリジナルTVアニメーション「ダーリン・イン・ザ・フランキス」、201...
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Design Festa Gallery: SAA, the Multi-tasking Manga Maker

The Design Festa gallery is a permanent exhibition space in Harajuku that is dedicated to showing off the talents of young and upcoming artists in Japan. Although a wide variety of art is showcased at the Design Festa gallery, some artists work in the anime and manga industries or are strongly influenced by anime-style art. One such example is the artist SAA, a manga artist and illustrator who got...
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Answerman - Why Do Westerners Make Assumptions About Japan Because of Anime?

Western anime fans sometimes carry around a lot of incorrect assumptions about Japanese society thanks to anime, but what can be done about that? ― Hiroki asked: I'm Japanese, and I'm wondering why so many Americans seem to analyze all of Japan through late-night anime that very few people watch. They get a lot of misconceptions, thinking that we won't kiss people we like because we're all shy, and ...
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Yowamushi Pedal Anime Season 4's Title, Visual Revealed

Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line premieres in January ― The official website for the Yowamushi Pedal franchise revealed the title of the television anime series' fourth season as Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line on Thursday. The website also revealed a key visual for the anime with the tagline "Faster than anyone!" The fourth anime season will premiere in January. The season's story will begin from the Inter Hig...
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Series Premiere: Jūni Taisen Zodiac War—Episodes 1-3

"If you're looking for some dumb, crazy fun to get lost in this fall, Jūni Taisen should have you covered for the foreseeable future."
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Peace Maker Kurogane Film Project Reveals 3 More Rough Character Designs

1st film slated for June 2018 ― The official website for the two-part anime film series based on Nanae Chrono's Peace Maker Kurogane manga revealed three more rough character designs on Wednesday. Kappei Yamaguchi as Shinpachi Nagakura Kousuke Toriumi as Heisuke Tōdō Kenji Nomura as Sanosuke Harada The first film, titled Peacemaker Kurogane - Omou-michi (Path of Thoughts), is slated for June 2, 2018....
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Rock Band Kūsō Iinkai Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Anime Short

Project seeks 6 million yen for short with members' story, music ― Rock band Kūsō Iinkai announced on Wednesday that it will launch a crowdfunding campaign for an anime short on Friday. The muevo campaign will seek to raise 6 million yen (about US$53,000) to fund an anime short titled "Naniiiro no Nani" (What of What Color). The project revealed a key visual and character visuals. The band's vocalist...
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Series Premiere: Black Clover—Episodes 1-3

"If you can turn off the part of your brain that scans for clichés, the appeal of this story is pretty straightforward."
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ID-0 — Episodes 1-12 Streaming

This 3DCG mecha series from last spring has finally debuted on Netflix, but was it worth the wait? Theron Martin has the answers. ― What do you get when the creator/director for the Code Geass franchise teams up with the writer behind Gundam Build Fighters? This 12-episode original anime production, which aired in Japan during the Spring 2017 season. After many months of waiting, Netflix has made the...
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Mob Psycho 100 Manga Gets January Stage Play With Anime's Lead Actor

Voice actor Setsuo Ito reprises Mob in play; Reigen to "star" in March anime event ― The wraparound jacket band on ONE's 15th Mob Psycho 100 manga volume is revealing on Thursday that the manga will inspire a stage play adaptation. Voice actor Setsuo Ito will star in the play as Shigeo "Mob" Kageyama, reprising his role from the manga's television anime adaptation. The stage play will run from Januar...
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Funimation Reveals Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War Anime's English Dub Cast

Dub premieres Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. EDT ― Funimation revealed on Tuesday the English dub cast for its simuldub of the television anime of the Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War light novel series. The dub premieres on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The cast, under ADR director Vic Mignogna, lead ADR engineer Rickey Watkins, scriptwriters Alex Munis and Joel Bergen, and mixing engineer Neal Malley, include: Mark Sto...
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Rilakkuma Anime Reveals Title, Main Staff, Spring 2019 Release

Megane/Close-Knit's Naoko Ogigami pens Netflix stop-motion show animated by Domo's Dwarf ― The staff for the anime series of San-X's "Rilakkuma" character revealed the series' full title, main staff, and new spring 2019 release date on Wednesday. The series is now titled Rilakkuma to Kaoru-san (Rilakkuma and Kaoru-san). Masahito Kobayashi is directing the anime at Dwarf Studio (Domo), while Naoko Ogi...
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Live-Action Boys-Love Film Does The Flower Blossom? Casts Kōsei Amano

Kamen Rider Blade/Sailor Moon musical actor stars in February 24 film with Tsurugi Watanabe ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Shoko Hidaka's Does The Flower Blossom? (Hana wa Saku ka?) boys-love manga revealed on Wednesday that Kōsei Amano (Kamen Rider Blade's Kamen Rider Garren, Sailor Moon stage musical's Tuxedo Mask) will play the character Kazuaki Sakurai (seen left in ph...
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Major 2nd TV Anime's Visual Shows Father & Son

The staff on the television anime of Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga revealed the anime's visual on Thursday. The visual shows Goro the protagonist of the original Major manga, with his son Daigo, the protagonist of Major 2nd. The anime will premiere on NHK E-TV in April 2018. Mitsuda launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday in March 2015 as the first new installment in the manga serie...

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Event Report: Nerima Anime Carnival

The Nerima Ward in West Tokyo is steeped in the history of anime. It's the home of Toei Animation and the now-defunct Mushi Productions, two of the very oldest anime studios. Today, that history continues to be celebrated with the yearly Nerima Anime Carnival held in fall. Contrary to what the name may indicate, the Nerima Anime Carnival is a rather low-key affair. The entire event is restricted t...
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Nintendo Explains Why Mini Super Famicom Lacks EarthBound RPG

In an interview with Kadokawa's Famitsu.com website on October 11, Kazuyoshi Nishi of Nintendo's general affairs department explained why the North American SNES Classic Edition console contained the EarthBound (Mother 2) RPG, but the Japanese Classic Mini Super Famicom did not. Nishi said that the list of games included in the Japanese release was intended to balance the genre and character of ev...
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MF Bunko J Light Novel Heroines Get Witchy for Halloween

The heroines of publisher MF Bunko J light novels are still trying to win your vote before October 31. The characters are dressing up as witches to cast a spell to win your vote. For the month of October, participating bookstores will hold a Halloween Fair. Customers who purchase a book will receive a sticker featuring one of the heroines in costume. There are a total of six varieties including Re...

Yoko Taro: Will Make Drakengard Sequel 'If Producer Gives Him Money'

Creator also comments on possibilities for NieR sequel, wants to make adult video ― Game designer and NieR game series creator Yoko Taro said in a Q&A session at the SEA Summit event in Singapore on October 13 that he would make a new work in the Drakengard (Drag-On Dragoon) series if a producer gave him money. He directed the statement to a Square Enix producer who was also present at the talk. Taro...
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20+ Manga Creators Celebrate To Love-Ru -Trouble- in 10th Anniversary Book

Shueisha is releasing the To Love-Ru -Trouble- Series 10-Shūnen Anniversary Book Trouble Chronicle book on November 2 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the To Love-Ru franchise. The editorial department of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine revealed on Tuesday the list of creators contributing illustrations to the book. Here are the manga creators and artists who provided tribute illustrations: Osamu...
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Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto English Dub Clips Streamed

BD/DVD release slated for November 21 ― Sentai Filmworks began streaming two more English dub clips for Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto on Tuesday. The cast includes: Houston Hayes as Sakamoto Greg Ayres as Kubota Andrew Love as Atsushi Adam Noble as Kenken Gabriel Regojo as Mario Genevieve Simmons as Fujita Ty Mahany as 8823 (Hayabusa) Chris Patton as Sera Luci Christian as Aina Joanne Bonasso as Sh...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 15-21

Orange, Super Lovers anime; Tokyo Ghoul:re, Hachune Miku's Everyday Vocaloid Paradise manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Howl's Moving Castle BD/DVDPlease GKIDS US$29.95 October 17 Howl's Moving Castle DVDCite GKIDS US$19.96 October 17 Hunter x Hunter Set 3 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Viz Media US$49.99 October 17 Hunter x Hunter Set 3 DVDPlease Viz Media US$39.99 October ...
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Man Charged with Illegally Dumping 585 AKB48 CDs

One man has found himself in hot water with Chikushino, Fukuoka authorities after he illegally dumped 585 AKB48 CDs. In what appears to be another case of trying to buy up CDs to affect idol events, Chikushino police arrested a local resident, a man in his 30s, for dumping the CDs at a mountain in the neighboring city of Dazaifu in June. Strangely, the CDs were originally purchased by a man living...

Seven Deadly Sins Ranks #4 Among Netflix Shows Most Watched Within 24 Hours

24-episode 1st series debuted in November 2015 ― Netflix released on Tuesday a list of its top 20 exclusive shows in terms of which full seasons were watched most within the first 24 hours of release. The Seven Deadly Sins ranked at #4 on the list, after Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Fuller House, and Marvel's The Defenders. Netflix defined the practice of watching an entire season as quickly as...
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Seven Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker Attached to Live-Action Lone Wolf and Cub

Paramount acquires film rights ― The Hollywood Reporter reported on Tuesday that Paramount has the rights to the live-action film adaptation of Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima's samurai manga Lone Wolf and Cub, and Andrew Kevin Walker (Seven, Sleepy Hollow, Wolfman) is on board to write the script. Justin Lin is producing the project with his Perfect Storm Entertainment banner along with Marissa McMaho...
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Retailer Animate Offers Fate/Grand Order Halloween Illustration Cards

Following on the heels of Kaito Kid-cosplaying characters, Fate/Grand Order's characters stepped in line next to reveal their Halloween costumes. The Animate retail chain is partnering with the smartphone game to give away Halloween-themed illustration cards for its Fate Halloween festival promotion. People who visit an Animate store between Halloween and November 26 will receive one campaign illu...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses The Life of Budori Gusko Anime Film

2012 film adapts Kenji Miyazawa's classic novel ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the 2012 The Life of Budori Gusko (Guskō Budori no Denki) anime film. The film will be available digitally and a home video release will follow. Sentai Filmworks describes the story: Based on the 1932 fantasy novel by Kenji Miyazawa, the film is a fairy tale that follows an anthromorphic cat n...
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Series Premiere: UQ Holder!—Episodes 1-3

"Hopefully the adaptive streamlining works in the series' favor in the long run, instead of leaving the viewers behind in an attempt to be too many things at once."
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Kodansha Comics Publishes Until Your Bones Rot Manga Digitally

New horror title to be announced every week in October ― Kodansha Comics announced on Tuesday that it has released the first volume of Yae Utsumi's Until Your Bones Rot (Hone ga Kusaru Made) manga digitally. The publisher is announcing a new digital horror title every Tuesday for the month of October; the first was Seita Horio's Kokkoku: Moment by Moment. Kodansha Comics describes Until Your Bones Ro...
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Toei: Mazinger Z: Infinity Anime Film to Premiere in Europe, No Confirmed Screenings in U.S., Latin America (Updated)

Anime premieres in Italy on October 28, opens in Japan on January 13 ― Toei Animation announced on Tuesday that the upcoming Gekijōban Mazinger Z / Infinity (Movie Version Mazinger Z: Infinity) anime film will premiere in Europe. The post also previously included a note for screenings in the United States and Latin America that "will be announced soon," but the line has since been removed. Toei Anima...
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Season Premiere: Mr. Osomatsu Season 2—Episodes 1-3

"Studio Pierrot seems determined to repeat the success of the first season, and I can't wait for what they have in store for us after this terrific return."
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Kemco's Werewolf Game Rei-Jin-G-Lu-P Gets Physical PS4 Release in Japan

Pre-orders for visual novel's 1st physical release begin on October 25 ― This week's issue of Kadokawa's Famitsu magazine is revealing on Thursday that Kemco's werewolf horror smartphone game Rei-Jin-G-Lu-P will get a physical release for PlayStation 4 in Japan. The visual novel is currently available digitally only. The physical PS4 version's pre-order period will begin on October 25. The game launc...
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This Week in Anime - How Does the Kino's Journey Remake Compare to the Original Series?

This season delivered a truly unexpected reboot in the form of a new Kino's Journey anime, so we compare notes on these two versions, what's changed, and why. ― Well over a decade has passed since Kino's Journey was first adapted into anime, but this season brought us an unexpected remake with Kino's Journey - the Beautiful World-. This week in anime, Jacob and Steve compare notes on how the characte...
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Doukoku Soshite... Game Gets PS4, PS Vita Remaster After 20 Years

Release adds new system, updated graphics, story revisions ― This week's issue of Kadokawa's Famitsu magazine is revealing on Thursday that El Dia's Doukoku Shoshite... romance suspense adventure game is getting a remaster for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The remaster, which El Dia first teased last November, will launch in Japan on April 26. The remaster will feature a “Trap Divergent Story” ...
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Platinum End GN 3

Platinum End’s third volume is its best yet, with a strong balance of tension and beauty. Nick Creamer dives into the action. ― In many ways, Platinum End feels like a rewrite of Death Note. From its death game premise to its fantastical but tightly constrained powers, focus on identity puzzles, and grim reflections on morality, many elements of Platinum End feel like a recalibration of Ohba's first ...
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Digimon Adventure tri. 5th Anime Film Earns 94 Million Yen in 17 Days

Anime gets extended theatrical run in Japan ― Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 5: Coexistence (Digimon Adventure tri. Kyōsei) — the fifth anime film in the Digimon Adventure tri. anime film project — sold 61,900 tickets to earn 94 million yen (about US$835,000) at the box office in Japan in its first 17 days. The official website for the project also revealed on Tuesday that the fifth film will have a...

Macross/Aquarion's Kawamori Unveils Spring TV Anime Jūshinki Pandora

Macross Frontier's Risa Ebata designs characters voiced by Tomoaki Maeno, Nao Toyama ― Anime creator Shoji Kawamori (Macross, Escaflowne, Aquarion) unveiled his latest title Jūshinki Pandora (Heavy Divine Unit Pandora) in a "New Project Briefing" event on Tuesday. The television anime series will premiere next spring. The tagline in the character visual above reads, "To live, we formed a pact." On th...
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DAYS Soccer TV Anime Gets Finale as 3 New Original Anime DVDs

Finals against Tōin Academy bundled with manga volumes 26-28 from March to July 2018 ― The official website for the anime of Tsuyoshi Yasuda's DAYS soccer manga revealed on Tuesday that the previously announced finale to the 2016 television anime's story will be available as three original anime DVDs (OADs) next year. The project will feature brand-new animation to depict the All-Japan High School So...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, October 9-15

2017 Detective Conan film sells 2,679 + 2,391 more, followed by your name., In This Corner of the World, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Sword Art Online the Movie ― The limited first pressing of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter sold 1,012 more copies for a new total of 65,691. In its 30th week, it rose from #29 to #18 on the overall DVD chart. Rena Takeda's Weekly Young Jump Premium DVD Takeda Ren...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, October 9-15

Sword Art Online the Movie sells 2,746 more, followed by 2017 Detective Conan film, Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours, The Eccentric Family 2, your name. ― Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours First Love Live! ~Step! Zero to One~ Blu-ray Memorial Box sold 1,759 more copies for a new total of 32,837 copies. In its third week on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart, it rose from #15 to #8. All Out!! The Stage [Blu-ray] d...
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Sony Music Launches Indie Game Label With PS4, Switch, PC Titles

Tiny Metal for PS4/Switch/PC, Deemo -Reborn- 3D VR for PS4, more ― Sony Music Entertainment (SME) announced on Tuesday that it has launched a new game publishing label named UNTIES. The company formed the label to publish games by indie developer teams as a response to the rise of small-scale indie development and digital publishing. The label aims to publish games with unique qualities that can only...
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Dragon's Crown Pro PS4 RPG Delayed to February 8

1st print edition of game includes digital dice adventure gamebook DLC ― Atlus announced on Tuesday that it has delayed its release of Vanillaware's Dragon's Crown Pro PlayStation 4 game from January 25 to February 8. Atlus also revealed that first-print editions of the game will include a code for a digital gamebook DLC titled "Akuryō-shima no Hihō" (The Treasure of the Isle of Evil Spirits). The ga...
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.hack//G.U. Last Recode RPGs' 'Rebirth' Trailer Previews Story Scenes

PS4, PC compilation slated for November 1 in Japan, November 3 in N. America, late 2017 in Europe ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new trailer for .hack//G.U. Last Recode, its HD remaster of the .hack//G.U. games, on Monday. The trailer, titled "Rebirth," previews some scenes from the games' story. The compilation will launch in Japan for PlayStation 4 and PC on November 1, and on Novem...
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'Hugtto! Precure' Trademark Filed

The Japan Patent Office reported a September 29 filing for a trademark on a "Hugtto! Precure" logo for various goods on Tuesday. The currently airing Precure (Pretty Cure) series, Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode, had its logo filed for trademark protection in October 2016 before it premiered on February 5. The titles for some of the earlier Pretty Cure magical girl anime series were also found throug...
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Netflix to Produce 30 'New' Anime Series for 2018 Release

News website The Verge revealed on Monday that Netflix plans to produce 30 "new" anime series for release in 2018, as part of its US$8 billion budget for developing and producing original television and film content next year. The company aims for 50% original content in its entire library by the end of 2018. The anime arriving on Netflix in 2018 include Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden, BONES'...

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Citrus Anime Casts Hisako Kanemoto, Rei Matsuzaki

Tomoaki Maeno, Kana Ueda also join cast of January yuri anime ― The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Saburouta's Citrus yuri manga revealed four new cast members for the anime on Monday. The new cast members include: Hisako Kanemoto as Sara Tachibana Rei Matsuzaki as Nina Tachibana Tomoaki Maeno as Shō Aihara Kana Ueda as Ume Aihara Previously announced cast members inc...
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ONE's Mob Psycho 100 Manga Gets Live-Action Drama in January

Netflix collaborates on drama starring Tatsuomi Hamada as Mob ― TV Tokyo announced on Tuesday that ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga is inspiring a live-action drama adaptation that will premiere in January. TV Tokyo is producing the series in collaboration with Netflix. Tatsuomi Hamada (seen left below) will star in the series as the main character Mob. TV Tokyo will air the series in its "MokuDora 25" tim...
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IG Port's Quarterly Report Shows Deficit Despite Increase in Sales

Company cites cost of high quality video production ― IG Port, the parent company of animation studios Production I.G, Wit Studio, XEBEC, Signal.MD, and publisher Mag Garden, released a report for the first quarter of this fiscal year (June 1-August 31) on Friday. The report showed a net loss for the period. The company reported consolidated sales of 2.1 billion yen (about US$18.7 million), a 67.4% i...
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Fanime Event to Host Voice Actress Satomi Satou in 2018

San Jose convention to take place next May ― Northern California anime convention FanimeCon announced on Sunday that it will host voice actress Satomi Satou at his year's event. The event will mark Satou's first United States convention appearance. Satou debuted as a voice actress in 2007. Her notable roles include K-ON!'s Ritsu Tainaka, Fairy Tail's Wendy, Assassination Classroom's Yukiko Kanzaki, a...
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One Piece's Nami Hawks Oranges for Kumamoto Prefecture

Straw Hat crew member Nami is helping move boxes of Kumamoto prefecture oranges for the "One Piece Mikan~Nami ga Aishita Mikan~" (One Piece Mandarin Oranges~Name Loves Mandarin Oranges~) campaign. Kumamoto is known for its mandarin orange production, although the area's output has begun to decrease over the years. Orange farmers were also affected negatively by the Kumamoto earthquake in April 201...
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Anime NYC to Host Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Screening With Director Fumihiko Sori

Convention to take place November 17-19 ― The first Anime NYC convention will screen the live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga as its closing film at 3:00 p.m. on November 19. The film's director Fumihiko Sori will attend the screening. The screening will be the film's United States premiere. Tickets will be available to Anime NYC attendees for US$10. Admission is included wi...
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Baby, The Stars Shine Bright Recreate Sakura's Dress from Heaven's Feel

Popular lolita fashion brand Baby, the Stars Shine Bright recreated the dress character Sakura Matō wears in the promotional poster for the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower film, currently in theaters in Japan. The collaboration was revealed on Friday, although pricing and a release date are still unknown. Potential buyers can take a look at the dress, currently on display at the ...
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The IDOLM@STER Stella Stage Game Video Previews Rie Takahashi's New Character

PS4 game ships in Japan on December 21 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a second promotional video for its The IDOLM@STER Stella Stage PlayStation 4 game on Monday. The video introduces new character Shiika, a new idol attached to 961 Pro. She is voiced by Rie Takahashi. In the game, players take on the role of a producer at 765 Pro. The presidents of 765 Pro and rival production company ...
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Answerman - Why Does Anime Occasionally Use English Songs?

Sometimes even famous English pop singles from artists like Duran Duran or Savage Garden get used as anime theme songs, but how does this process work and why? ― Jake asked: I have noticed in a few rare instances that openings or closing songs are in English. On the other hand you have some very old song selections like in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, which I understand has tons of music references, us...
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Taste Food Wars' Latest Plates at J-World

The J-World Tokyo theme park is serving up some of Food Wars' hottest plates from the latest season. Visitors can take their tongue on a culinary journey with Soma's Home Pepper Mochi, Terunori Kuga's Mapo Doufu with Rice, and Etsuya Eizan's Hainanese Chicken Rice. This marks the theme park's third menu recreation from the cooking anime series. All three menu items were completely supervised by Yu...
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Welcome to the Ballroom ‒ Episodes 14-15

"These two episodes appear to be taking the series in the wrong direction."

Funimation Lists Releases for Morose Mononokean, Ace Attorney, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Release dates added for Berserk, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Time Travel Girl ― Funimation Entertainment's online store is listing the following release dates for Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo packs that are part of its collaboration with Crunchyroll: Ace Attorney season one : January 23 Berserk (2016) season one: January 16 Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: January 16 The Morose Mononokean: January 16 Yama...
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Embarrass Your Cat with a Sanrio Mascot Hat

Is your Halloween ready for Hello Kitty inception? Dress your cat as some of Sanrio's best characters courtesy of Kawaii Kawaii Neko no Kiburimono (Cute Cute Cat's Head Gear). Each hat is only 600 yen (US$5.25) and can be purchased via capsule toys starting on October 19. If your cat is the agreeable type, this is their chance to be Hello Kitty, Cinnamon, Pompompurin, My Melody, Kuromi, or Kirimi-...
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Dentsu, OLM Make 3DCG Kids' Animated Series Tinpo for U.K. TV

Coproduction to have 78 short episodes ― The United Kingdom's BBC television network CBeebies has greenlit American Greetings Entertainment's 3DCG children's animated series Tinpo. Japan's Dentsu and OLM and Los Angeles-based studio Sprite Entertainment are producing the series in Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The series will have 78 seven-minute episodes, and it is slated to prem...
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Takuya Eguchi's Weird Doodles Sneak into TsukiPro

Voice actor Takuya Eguchi's questionable drawings are an on-going gag, showing up nearly everywhere he goes. They've appeared as bonus gifts for CD purchases, LINE stamps, Animate Stores, and promos for tablets. You can spot an Eguchi character by its characteristically blank eyes and full, red lips. A lot like the faces on the room decor in the second episode of TsukiPro the Animation. Eguchi sta...
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Animation Director Junichi Hayama to Attend Michigan's Youmacon

Convention hosts JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood director in November ― The staff of Detroit's Youmacon convention announced on Saturday that the event will host animation director Junichi Hayama as a guest. Hayama began his career in animation in 1983, and he trained under Masami Suda on Fist of the North Star. He served as director, character designer, and chief animation director on the Jo...
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Season Premiere: Himōto! Umaru-chan R—Episodes 1-2

"This second season retains the same premise and core staff as the original, but it may as well be an entirely new series. Himouto 2.0 is better and more enjoyable across the board."
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One Piece Manga Has 430 Million Copies in Print Worldwide

Hiroyuki Nakano, editor-in-chief of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, announced at a press event for Shueisha's new 2017 publications on Monday that Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga has more than 430 million copies in print worldwide. The series has 360 million copies in print in Japan and 70 million copies in print outside of Japan. As of April, the manga had 350 million copies in print in Ja...
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Series Premiere: A Sister's All You Need—Episodes 1-2

"For all its jogging in place with such a bad cast thus far, the series has an intangible something that makes it feel like it could be worth following."
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Shelf Life - Occultic;Nine Part 1

James Beckett gets into the most challenging spinoff of the Science Adventure Series, while Paul runs down all this week's new anime releases! ― I don't think I fully realized how much I'd missed Mr. Osomatsu until the second season started. That show really is my kind of anime comedy: wildly creative, totally bonkers, and not at all afraid to toss the viewer's expectations out the window. While I'm...

'Fake' Shin Megami Tensei Side-Scrolling PC Game Gets Free Download

Shin Megami Tensei: Synchronicity Prologue centers on Jack Frost, Pyro Jack ― Atlus announced on Monday that it is releasing the Shin Megami Tensei: Synchronicity Prologue game as a free download for PC. The game featuring Jack Frost and Pyro Jack is available to download until December 24. A promotional video for Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux, the Nintendo 3DS remake of Atlus' Shin Megam...
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Juni Taisen's Boar is More Sympathetic Than She Seems

While I don't see her actions as "forgivable," I do find her to be a pitiful--and even sympathetic--character.
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Series Premiere: Anime-Gataris—Episodes 1-2

"Anime-Gataris isn't particularly innovative, but it presents immediately likable characters, lands its jokes, and knows its audience very well."
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Gurazeni Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on October 26

This year's 47th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine is revealing on Thursday that Yūji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi's baseball manga Gurazeni will have an "important announcement" in the magazine's 48th issue on October 26. The manga will feature on the cover of the 48th issue, and the chapter in the issue will have an opening color page. The manga is inspiring a television anime series that is sla...
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1st Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Film Opens at #1

Yamato 2202 opens at #8, live-action Love and Lies at #10 Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, the first film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy, opened this past weekend at #1 at the Japanese box office by both attendance and box office earnings. It sold 247,509 tickets for 413,030,840 yen (about US$3.69 million) in two days for a per-screen average of 3,226,802 ...
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Shunsaku Hayashi's 'Railment' Short Qualifies for Oscar Consideration

Award-winning 9-minute film has screened in film festivals around the world ― Cartoon news site Cartoon Brew revealed in its list of animated short films eligible for the 90th Academy Awards in 2018 that Shunsaku Hayashi's "Railment" short is qualified for Oscar nomination. While the short is qualified, it is not known if Hayashi entered the short film for consideration. Hayashi describes the film: I...
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CLAMP's HiGH&LOW Manga Volume Bundles Original 5-Minute Anime

Volume shipping on Tuesday also bundles Flash anime of manga ― The official website for CLAMP's HiGH&LOW g-sword manga revealed on September 16 that the DVD bundled with a limited edition of the manga's compiled book volume will include an original five-minute anime titled "SWORD+MIGHTY-hen," in addition to including the other Flash anime inspired by the manga. The volume ships in Japan on Tuesday. T...
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Black Clover Gets Card Battle Arcade Game in November

Players use cards to cast spells, use characters to defeat enemy ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed on Monday that it is developing a card battle arcade game based on Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga titled Black Clover Grimoire Battle. The game will arrive in arcades in Japan on November 2. In the game, players use cards to use spells and characters. Players can use a party of up to five characte...
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Principal Live-Action Film Opens on March 3

The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Ryo Ikuemi's Principal manga revealed on Monday that film will open in Japan on March 3. The site is also streaming a new teaser video that is region-locked to Japan. The cast includes: Yuina Kuroshima as Shima Sumitomo Nozomu Kotaki as Gen Tatebayashi Mahiro Takasugi as Wao Sakurai Rina Kawaei as Haruka Kunishige, Shima's classmate Mitsu...
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Geno Studio Reveals New TV Anime Project By Baccano!/Durarara!! Director Takahiro Ōmori

New project is nearly 10 years in the making ― Geno Studio announced on Monday that it will produce an original television anime series by director Takahiro Ōmori (Baccano!, Durarara!! all seasons, Natsume's Book of Friends all seasons, Samurai Flamenco). The announcement noted that the project has been in planning for about 10 years. The above image reads, "Roughly 10 years in the making. This is a ...

Geno Studio to Produce TV Anime of Seita Horio's Kokkoku: Moment by Moment Manga

Staff, cast, January premiere, 1st promo video also revealed ― Geno Studio announced on Monday that it will produce a television anime adaptation of Seita Horio's Kokkoku: Moment by Moment manga. The anime will premiere in January and will air at 12:30 a.m. on Mondays on Tokyo MX and BS11. Amazon Prime will exclusively stream the series inside and outside of Japan. The company had teased on Tuesday t...
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Fate/Grand Order's Hitoshi Nanba Directs Golden Kamuy Anime at Geno Studio

Baccano!/Durarara!!'s Noboru Takagi handles series composition ― Geno Studio announced on Monday that it will produce the television anime adaptation of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga. The company had teased on Tuesday that it would reveal three new television anime projects on Monday. Hitoshi Nanba (Fate/Grand Order: First Order, Gosick, Heroman, Baki the Grappler, We have always been 10 cm apart....
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Nippon Ichi Opens Teaser Site for New Game

Game developer Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) opened a teaser site for a "new game" on Monday. The site text says more information about the game will be revealed "in a few days." 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. Source: Famitsu.com
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Major 2nd TV Anime Premieres in April 2018

Sequel series to air on NHK-E TV ― This year's 47th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that the television anime adaptation of Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga will premiere on NHK E-TV in April 2018. Mitsuda launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday in March 2015 as the first new installment in the manga series in five years. Shogakukan published ...
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Himōto! Umaru-chan Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Sankaku Head's manga inspired 2 TV anime series ― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine is revealing on Thursday that Sankaku Head's Himouto! Umaruchan manga will end in three more chapters, in the magazine's 50th issue. The issue also asks fans to wait for a follow-up report in the 50th issue. Sankaku Head launched the manga in Weekly Young Jump in 2013 (after running an ea...
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Mobius Final Fantasy Game's Event Tells Tidus' Story During 'Eternal Calm'

'Eternal Calm' video bridged story between Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2 ― Square Enix launched a collaboration event for its Mobius Final Fantasy smartphone role-playing game in Japan on Saturday. The new "Dream Within a Dream" ("Eien no Yume") event ties Mobius Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy X together, and depicts the story of Tidus during the events of the Eternal Calm video that bridges th...
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Director Yasuhiro Irie to Launch Kickstarter for Anime of Halloween Pajama Manga

Irie launched manga in 2013, planned 20-minute anime musical adapts "Halloween Pajama in Seattle" chapter ― Anime director Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Scorching Ping Pong Girls, Code:Breaker) revealed on Monday that he will launch a Kickstarter campaign on Friday, October 20 to adapt his Halloween Pajama manga into a 20-minute anime. The planned anime is titled "Halloween Pajama ...

New Gundam Seed, Gundam Seed Destiny English Dub Reveals More Cast

Kevin T. Collins, Carrie Keranen, Lisa Ortiz, Tom Wayland, Ben Pronsky, more join cast ― Sunrise revealed more cast members on Friday for its new English dub for its release of the HD remastered versions of Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny. The new cast includes: Kevin T. Collins as Rau Le Creuset Carrie Keranen as Murrue Ramius Lisa Ortiz as Natarle Badgiruel Tom Wayland a...
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Manga Time Kirara Miracle Magazine Reveals Destinations for Serialized Manga

Manga magazine ended with December issue on Monday, ongoing series land in sister magazines, website ― The December issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Miracle magazine (seen right) revealed on Monday that due to the magazine ceasing publication, the Urara Meirochō (by Harikamo), Jōkamachi no Dandelion (Ayumu Kasuga), and Gankutsu-sō no Fuyajō-san (Satori Kōnosu) manga will move to the Manga Time ...
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Gintama Ranbu Game's English Release in Southeast Asia Slated for January 18

English-subtitled trailer, SPYAIR videos streamed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia revealed on Monday that its Southeast Asian release of the upcoming Gintama Ranbu action game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, and Indonesia) is slated for January 18 with the title Gintama Rumble. The game will have English subtitles. Bandai Namco E...

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Baby Steps Tennis Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Hikaru Katsuki's series launched in 2007; inspired 2 TV anime, live-action series ― This year's 46th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Hikaru Katsuki's Baby Steps manga will end in three more chapters, including the one Kodansha will publish on Wednesday. Katsuki launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Magazine in 2007. Kodansha published the manga's 46th compiled ...
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Street Fighter V Game Adds Zeku as Playable Character

Character available on October 24 ― Capcom revealed on Sunday that it is adding Zeku to its Street Fighter V fighting game. The character has appeared in previous installments in the series as a non-playable character, and the character's Street Fighter V appearance will be the first time the character is playable. The character will be available in the game on October 24. Street Fighter V is the lat...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 331

"As the series slowly winds to a close, it's nice to see loose ends tied up and seldom-seen supporting players get their final hurrahs."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 809

"This episode does a good job keeping what it has to offer entertaining, but man, I'm ready to speed things up."
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Series Premiere: Land of the Lustrous—Episodes 1-2

"This early on, it's not the characters compelling me to keep watching, but the world itself as a whole."
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Tiger & Bunny's Kotetsu, Barnaby Look Stoic in New Figure Set

Tiger & Bunny is one of the most in demand anime series and recently awarded the honor of being NHK's best anime of all time. Its accolades hasn't nailed it a new anime adaptation, but there's still new merchandise pushed out every quarter or so. The latest? Kotetsu and Barnaby sit down in plush looking chairs to stare across at one another, preferably with a roaring fire in the background. The G...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! ‒ Episode 15

"We spend a lot more quality time with Aqours this week and get a more impactful emotional resolution as a result."
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Manga Creator Akino Kondoh Illustrates Hikashu Band's CD Cover

Manga creator Akino Kondoh provided the jacket art for the techno-pop band Hikashu's latest CD. The CD, titled Anguri, shipped on Tuesday. The CD is Hakushu's 23rd original album and its first release since its Ikite Koi Chinmoku album debuted in 2015. The band's official YouTube channel posted a commercial for the album in September. Similar to Ikite Koi Chinmoku, the band recorded all 13 of the ...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Real Escape Game Gets Image Song

The Love Live! Sunshine!! Real Escape Game "Kotō no Suizokukan kara no Dasshutsu" (Escape from the Isolated Island's Aquarium) is getting its own image song. The song, titled "Kimi no Hitomi o Meguru Bōken," features on the CD for the "Yūki wa Doko ni? Kimi no Mune ni!" ending theme song of the anime's second season. Lantis began streaming on Wednesday a video for the CD's release that previews bo...
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Food Wars! The Third Plate Anime Casts Sho Hayami as Azami Nakiri

Character debuts in show's 5th episode on October 31 ― This year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Food Wars! The Third Plate, the third season of the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime has cast Sho Hayami (Assassination Classroom's Gakuhō Asano, Bleach's Sōsuke Aizen, Gintama's Umibouzu) as the character Azami Nakiri (pictured upper right in image at righ...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 111

"We still have quite a few characters left on the Universe 7 team, which makes me worried that we're going to spend a lot more time slowly chipping away at our main cast before the more dramatic stuff comes up again."
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Season Premiere: Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond—Episodes 1-2

"The main advantage this sequel has over its predecessor is that it may be more watchable for those who were intimidated by the first season's sheer rapidity."
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Series Premiere: The Ancient Magus' Bride—Episodes 1-2

"Rather than lacking in creative vision, the show seems confident enough in its characterization and strength of writing to resist the urge to show off too much early on in the plot."
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Isobe Isobee Monogatari, Hungry Marie Manga End

Isobe Isobee Monogatari gets 2 side-story chapters in November, January ― This year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the last chapter of Ryō Nakama's Isobe Isobee Monogatari ~Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo~ manga and Ryūhei Tamura's Hungry Marie manga on Monday. The issue also revealed that Isobe Isobee Monogatari ~Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo~ will have two side-story chapters. The first o...
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Series Premiere: BLEND-S—Episodes 1-2

"This could be a good “palate cleanser” show, the kind of thing you watch to help your brain relax after binging something more intense."

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Fighting Game Reveals 3 More Playable Characters, Consoles in Video

Rachel Alucard, Hazama, Weiss Schnee added to game arriving next year for PS4, Switch, PC ― Arc System Works began streaming a second character introduction trailer on Sunday for its Blazblue Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The video reveals Rachel Alucard and Hazama from the BlazBlue CentralFiction game and Weiss Schnee from RWBY as play...
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Even in Boruto's Peaceful World, Prejudice Still Runs Deep

During Naruto's era, prejudice was nothing rare. In Boruto's era, things are peaceful on the surface. But deep down, some things never change.

Broccoli Reports 70% Drop in Profits in 1st Half of Fiscal Year

Company owns Uta no Prince-sama, Di Gi Charat, Galaxy Angel franchises ― Media company Broccoli reported on Friday that its individual sales from the March 1 through August 31 time period as 2.252 billion yen (about US$20.13 million), a 19.17% decrease from the same period last year. The company's operating income is 99 million yen (about US$885,328), a 73.39% drop from the same period last year, wit...
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Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mash Kyrielight Game Launches for Free on December 6

The official website for the Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mash Kyrielight PlayStation VR game revealed on Saturday that the game will launch for free on December 6 on the PlayStation Store. The "Fate VR drama" project will allow players to enter the world of Fate/Grand Order and meet with the Servant Mash Kyrielight. Aniplex released the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game in Japan in summer 2015. The g...

Granblue Fantasy Smartphone Game Gets New TV Anime

1st 13-episode TV anime premiered on April 1, unaired episode ships on October 25 ― The official Twitter account for the Granblue Fantasy the Animation TV anime series announced on Sunday that Cygames' Granblue Fantasy smartphone game is getting a new television anime work. The post stated the staff will reveal more details about the new work at a later date. The first anime adaptation of the smartph...
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Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope 4K, Full HD Remaster Revealed for PS4, PC

Remaster of 4th game in franchise launches in Japan on November 28 ― Square Enix announced with a video on Wednesday that it is producing a 4K and full HD remaster of it and tri-Ace's Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope game. The game will launch in Japan digitally for the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam on November 28 for 2,800 yen (about US$25). The game will also be compatible with the PS4 Pro. The origina...
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Yuiko Ōhara Performs Land of the Lustrous Anime's Ending Theme

Creditless ending animation video also streamed ― The official website for the television anime of Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) manga revealed on Saturday before the show's second episode aired that Yuiko Ōhara is performing the show's ending theme song "Kirameku Hamabe" (Sparkling Beach). Ōhara previously performed theme songs for the Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted P...
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