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Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories

For the duration of the time I played this game, I was thinking about other, better Gundam things I'd have rather been enjoying.
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Answerman - Recovery

Convention burnout! Up-and-coming anime directors! Spanish dubs! Typos on DVD boxes! All this and (very little) more, in this week's Answerman!
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House of 1000 Manga - Thermae Romae

"Thermae Romae is the perfect manga for fans of a) classical history and b) taking baths." Well, who doesn't love both of those?
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The X Button - Fragmentary

This week, we take a look at Bandai Namco's upcoming Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment! Plus Firefly Diary, Under Night In-Birth, and the secrets of an old NES nightmare-maker!
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Pile of Shame - Mermaid's Scar

Rumiko Takahashi's macabre OAV still holds up, and is still creepy, but the dub is really weird sounding.
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Brynhildr in the Darkness

The most recent offering from the creator of Elfen Lied strives to capture its predecessor's bloody magic, but even its highly appealing cast cannot carry the series through its many rough parts. As a result, it largely disappoints.
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Mazinger Z Sub.DVD Part 1

Watch it if you want to know what Yoshiyuki Tomino was reacting against when he made Mobile Suit Gundam. Watch it if you want to see the mecha traditions that Hideaki Anno drew on for Neon Genesis Evangelion. Do not watch it if you want to be entertained.
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World Is Still Beautiful Episodes 7 - 12

In the end, The World is Still Beautiful is charming shoujo comfort food.
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Chaika - The Coffin Princess season 1

Despite being steeped a little too much in current romcom humor and character relationship trends, this fantasy series from the creators of Scrapped Princess offers plenty enough merits to keeps its viewers coming back.
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Nobunaga The Fool 13 - 24

Nobunaga the Fool began as a flashy, goofy reimagining of world history that ripped historical figures out of their contexts and played with them. Unfortunately in its second half it begins to take itself far too seriously, and all of the flashy battles and sparkly effects that Satelight throws in cannot make this ending a success.
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Saturday, July 12

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Tōhai's Shinasaka Ends Bakuto Gambling Manga

Author began manga in Young Champion magazine in 2011 ― This year's 15th issue of Shonengahosha's Young Champion magazine is publishing the final chapter of Kōji Shinasaka's Bakuto gambling manga on Monday. The message at the end of the chapter thanks readers for loving the series, and also asks readers to look forward to the author's next work. The manga revolves around Baku Ōmura, a hot-blooded young man who attends the private Yagisawa High School. He hates people who break the rules, and as he takes on many of his schoolmates and adults in various games of gambling, he sees through cheating with his wit and skill.
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Montreal's Fantasia Hosts Western Premiere of Rurouni Kenshin - Kyoto Inferno Film

Also: Appleseed Alpha, Hal, Thermae Romae II, Crows Explode, Sweet Poolside, more ― Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival has announced that it will host the Western premiere of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno film on August 3. The film opens on August 1 in Japan, followed by Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends) on September 13. The festival describes the story: Quick, cunning, and unstoppable with a sword in his hand, Himura Kenshin was once a fearsome warrior-assassin. The day came when he could no longer face the consequences of his actions, and so he turned his back on these violent ways. The violence, however, didn't turn away from him… following the criminal conspiracy and furious conflicts in Tokyo, Kenshin is sure that he can now live the quiet, peaceful life he desires in the company of Kaoru and his other friends. But the tranquility is interrupted by a call of duty that cannot be ignored. Makoto Shishio, a high-ranking assassin like Kenshin, was seen as a liability by the new Meiji government. Their efforts to eliminate him left him horribly burned — but alive, and hungry for vengeance. He has gathered a host of killers in Kyoto, and now the reluctant killer Kenshin must draw his sword once again, for the sake not just of his loved ones but of the entire nation.
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Chi's Sweet Home Manga Goes on Hiatus Till Spring 2015

Kanata Konami takes break to collect story ideas for manga about cat's everyday life ― This year's 33rd issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine is announcing on Thursday that Kanata Konami's Chi's Sweet Home manga will go on hiatus until spring 2015 due to the author collecting story ideas. Chi's Sweet Home centers around a kitten who gets lost after walking out into the real world for the first time. A boy named Yōhei Yamada discovers her, but the Yamada family's apartment building prohibits pets. After failing to find a new home, the Yamadas decide to defy the rules and raise Chi themselves. Most of Chi's coming-of-age stories revolve around the Yamadas or the cats, dogs, and the occasional rabbit that live in the neighborhood.
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Pia Carrot to Return as Otome Game for Female Players

Video features Pri Pia ~Prince Pia Carrot~ cast performing October game's theme song ― Dramatic Create will release the Pri Pia ~Prince Pia Carrot~ otome game (romance game for female players) for the PlayStation Portable in Japan on October 23. This game will be the Pia Carrot game franchise's first title that focuses on male characters. Dramatic Create began streaming a promotional video on Thursday that features the main cast's opening theme song "Blue Sky." The regular version will retail for 6,500 yen (about US$64), while the downloadable version will cost 5,500 yen (US$54). The first people to reserve copies will receive the "Tadaima Kenshū Chū" (Now in Training) drama CD starring the game's main cast.
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Sakanaction to Perform Live-Action Kin Kyori Renai Film's Theme Song

"Hasu no Hana" to feature in spinoff TV series that premieres next week ― Japanese rock band Sakanaction will perform the theme song "Hasu no Hana" (Lotus Flower) for the live-action film adaptation of Rin Mikimoto's shōjo manga Kin Kyori Renai. The song will also serve as the theme for the Kin Kyori Ren ~Season Zero~ spinoff live-action television series that will premiere on NTV on July 19. Kin Kyori Ren ~Season Zero~ will tell an all-new story about the manga's protagonist Haruka when he was in high school. Johnny's Jr. male idol group member Aran Abe will play Haruka before the character becomes a handsome
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Ghibli's When Marnie Was There Previewed 30 Seconds in Aired Footage

Arrietty director's film based on English children's classic to open next week ― Japan's NTV television network aired a special 30-second preview of Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie) film on Friday. Sara Takatsuki (GTO, Daily Lives of High School Boys, Haganai) and Kasumi Arimura (Amachan, Hagane no Onna, Clover), actresses who star as Anna and Marnie, introduce the clip. NTV also began airing a full trailer for the film last week. The channel is airing Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and

Friday, July 11

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Artists Celebrate 20 Years of Sailor Moon With L.A. Art Exhibit

― If you find yourself in Los Angeles between August 16-23, make sure to head to the Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics for "Meatball Head," a celebration of 20 years of Sailor Moon. The show will feature art pieces from dozens of artists and animators, many of whom are veterans in the entertainment industry. More info is in the flyer below:
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Crunchyroll Streams Magimoji Rurumo Anime by Yowapeda's Watanabe

"Magical slapstick comedy" begins streaming on Friday at 9 ET ― Media streaming service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it is streaming the television anime of the Magimoji Rurumo manga by Wataru Watanabe (Yowamushi Pedal). Streaming begins at 9:00 p.m. ET, and the streams are available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Latin America (Central and South America including the Caribbean Islands).
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Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star's U.S. Trailer Introduces Main Characters

Tecmo KOEI brings RPG to U.S. on September 23 Tecmo KOEI America streamed the trailer for the U.S. release of Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star on Friday. The trailer features clips from gameplay and cutscenes and introduces the main characters: Delta, Casty, Earthes and Ion. It features the theme song "Ar tonelico - Melody of Elemia." Techmo KOEI also released several new screenshots from the Japanese version of the game. Tecmo KOEI Europe describes the story: Ar nosurge is a Fantasy, Sci-fi, ‘7 Dimension’ RPG, that takes place in a world where music and song can create magic. It tells the compelling story of a civilization that lost their planet and has been roaming the edge of space for 2000 years in search of a new home.
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Crunchyroll to Stream Nobunaga Concerto TV Anime

Mamoru Miyano plays boy who time-travels & must become the warlord Nobunaga Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the television anime of Ayumi Ishii's historical manga Nobunaga Concerto. The series will stream on Wednesdays at 1:00 a.m. EDT, starting on July 16 for premium members and one week later for free members. The stream will be available worldwide except for Asia. Crunchyroll describes the story: Due to some unlikely events, Saburo is flung back in time to the Sengoku Era. In the past, he meets a young, but sickly Oda Nobunaga, one of Japan's greatest war lords. Unable to shake Saburo's uncanny resemblance to himself, Nobunaga asks Saburo to take his place as war lord. Equip with knowledge from the modern era, will Saburo be able to unite Japan?
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AniCool Crowdfunding Platform Launches with 'Serendipity' Project

― Stone Free, Inc. and CEO Akira Ishiguro launched their AniCool crowdfunding platform with its first anime project. The website is currently accepting backers to raise 1,000,000 yen (about US$9,867) to fund "Serendipity," a 30-40 minute anime. Takuto Nakano is directing the project at Studio Azure. "Serendipity" follows Shu Aihara, a college senior who fails at finding a job and turns to suicide. When Haru, emissary from the underworld, comes to take Shu's soul to the beyond, he finds that his body isn't dead yet. Instead of patiently waiting for Shu to die, Haru decides to convince his soul to live instead by showing him what the world would like once he is gone.
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, June 29-July 5

Naruto, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Nisekoi, 2 Attack on Titan volumes, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, Pokémon Adventures, Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance, Sword Art Online: Aincrad, Fairy Tail The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on June 5. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Naruto #66 Masashi Kishimoto Viz Media 1 21Attack on Titan: No Regrets #1 Story: Gan Sunaaku / Original creator: Hajime Isayama / Art: Hikaru Suruga Kodansha Comics 2 3- Nisekoi: False Love #4 Naoshi Komi Viz Media 1 42Attack on Titan #1 Hajime Isayama Kodansha Comics 56 5-Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
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Live-Action Patlabor's Part 4 Trailer Streamed

Episode will have a cameo by Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki ― MaiDiGi TV began streaming a trailer for the fourth part of Mamoru Oshii's live-action The Next Generation Patlabor series on Thursday. The fourth part will premiere in theaters in Japan on August 30 and will include episode 6 "Daikaijū Arawaru Kōhen" (A Giant Monster Appears Part II) and episode 7 "Time Dokan. Episode six is the second half of a story about a mysterious giant sea creature. The story starts when a surfer suddenly disappears at sea. At the same time, a large sea monster appears. At the beach, marine biologist Nobuko Nanami is researching the incident, but the Section 2 Division 2 team just happened to be vacationing at the same seaside. They are caught in the investigation when the visiting tourists are excited to see a large robot like Labor fight a sea monster. Ghibli co-founder and former producer
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Shonen Jump Heroes Face Off in New Chess Set

― Bandai will release its "Strong 9" chess set featuring characters from popular Shonen Jump series. Characters from Dragon Ball Z Kai, One Piece, and Toriko will face off in a battle of wits to celebrate the premiere of the newest season of Dragon Ball Z Kai, the One Piece anime series' 15th anniversary, and Toriko starting its "Gourmet World" manga story line. The set includes six detailed pieces. Monkey D. Luffy and Yun adorn the King piece, Son Goku and the Thousand Sunny are the Queen piece,
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Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories

For the duration of the time I played this game, I was thinking about other, better Gundam things I'd have rather been enjoying.
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Rumiko Takahashi, Naoki Urasawa, and Others Help Celebrate Godzilla's 60th Birthday

― 21 names in the manga business, including Naoki Urasawa (Monster) and Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma ½) came together to celebrate Godzilla's 60th birthday with a special Big Comic Original tribute. The magazine itself is turning 40 this year, so this special edition marks the cumulative 100th anniversary of both properties. The authors contributing include: Kazuichi Hanawa Nobuyuki Hori + Yukio Miyama Yasushi Hoshino Mochiru Hoshisato Shinpei Itou Ippatsu
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Japan Expo to Host Fate/Zero, Madoka Magica Writer Gen Urobuchi

Psycho-Pass & Gargantia writer to appear in San Mateo, August 22-24 ― Japan Expo announced on Friday that it will host novel and screenplay writer Gen Urobuchi (Fate/Zero, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) at this year's convention. Urobuchi served as the head writer for the Puella Magi Madoka Magica television anime series, wrote the novel adaptation of Rei Hiroe's Black Lagoon action manga, developed the plots for the Phantom -Phantom of Inferno- game and the Phantom - The Animation spinoff, and supervised the scripts for the
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Answerman - Recovery

Convention burnout! Up-and-coming anime directors! Spanish dubs! Typos on DVD boxes! All this and (very little) more, in this week's Answerman!
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Crunchyroll Streams Invaders of the Rokujyoma!? Anime

Series about a guy with supernatural female roommates premieres today Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the television anime of Takehaya's Invaders of the Rokujyōma!? (Rokujyōma no Shinryakusha!?) light novel series. The series will stream on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. EDT starting on July 11 for premium members and one week later for free members. The stream will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Latin America, Turkey, Europe excluding German speaking countries and cities, North Africa, and the Middle East.
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Readers Rank the Best Anime Series To Watch On Your Day Off

Don't want to change out of your pajamas? Not to worry! goo Ranking provides the list for the top anime to watch on your day off. ― When the stress of work has gotten to be too much, we all like to take some time off and just enjoy ourselves for a while. But the question remains, what to do? The weather is great outside, but going out sounds so tiring right now. You could read a book, but right now that feels too close to studying. That's when the idea hits you – the idea to watch anime. But what should you watch? Well never fear, because goo Ranking has taken a survey asking fans what they think is the best anime to watch on their day off.
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Bladedance of the Elementalers Anime

Series stream will premiere on Monday Sentai Filmworks announced on Friday that it has acquired the streaming and home video rights for Blade Dance of the Elementalers (Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance), the television anime adaptation of Yū Shimizu's light novel series of the same name. Crunchyroll will stream the series as it airs. In Yū Shimizu's original "elemental fantasy" Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance novels, only a pure girl may enter into a spirit contract. At Areishia Spirit Academy, the daughters of nobility are assembled to take elite classes and become spirit elementalists. A boy named Kamito happened to be peeping on a student named Claire while she was taking a bath, and he accidentally makes a contract with a spirit instead of Claire. Now, Kamito has become something once thought impossible in this world — a male spirit elementalist.
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Crunchyroll Adds Bladedance of Elementalers Anime

Fantasy about a boy who accidentally becomes 1st known male to make contract with a spirit premieres Monday Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream Bladedance of Elementalers (Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance), the television anime adaptation of Yū Shimizu's light novel series of the same name. The series will stream on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. EDT starting on July 14 for premium members and one week later for free members. The stream will be available in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, Latin America, Europe (except Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vatican City, Moldova, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, and Ukraine), the Middle East, and North Africa.
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Final Fantasy Explorers Trailer Announces Winter Release in Japan

Multi-player action RPG to debut on Nintendo 3DS Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct stream on Friday that Final Fantasy Explorers will debut for the Nintendo 3DS system in Japan this winter. The trailer highlights gameplay, summons (Ramuh, Shiva and Ifrit) and a multiplayer boss battle with Ifrit. The game's "job system" is influenced by Final Fantasy V. Up to four players can form a party with white mages, black mages, monks, knights, archers, ninjas and paladins. The players' jobs will be familiar ones from the main Final Fantasy series.
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Funimation Licenses Tokyo ESP Anime

Cruncyroll to also simulcast series outside of N. America FUNimation Entertainment announced on Friday that it has acquired the streaming and home video rights for the anime of Hajime Segawa's Tokyo ESP manga. The episodes will stream on Fridays at 2:05 p.m. EDT starting on July 11. In addition, Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the series on Fridays at 2:15 p.m. EDT in Bahrain, Cyprus, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian, Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Holy See (Vatican City State), Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Monaco, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Algeria, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, and Western Sahara.
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New Free! Character's 'Spirit Animal' is a Whale Shark

― The members of the Iwatobi Swim Club have gotten tons of merchandise, whether its glasses, stamps, tote bags, or jewelry, featuring each character with a corresponding animal. Haruka has his dolphin, Makoto is an Orca, Rin is a shark, Nagisa is a penguin, and Rei is a butterfly. The Kyoto Animation Shop revealed that the series' newest character, Sosuke Yamazaki, is a whale shark in its latest charm collection. If you aren't familiar with the whale shark, it's a "gentle giant," and the largest surviving fish species. Unlike Rin's toothier animal, the whale shark is "filter-feeding," like a large whale. They're covered in spots, 4.9 ft wide and 31.8 ft long, with over 300 rows of tiny teeth.
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1st Pokémon XY Movie's New TV Spots Introduce Guest Voice Cast

July 19 film stars Sugar Sugar Rune's Marika Matsumoto as Diancie, pro soccer player Atsuto Uchida, idol Shoko Nakagawa The Pokemon Company began streaming three new TV spots for the upcoming Pocket Monster XY: Hakai no Mayu to Diancie (Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction) film on Friday. All three feature the film's ending theme song, "Yoake no Ryūseigun" (Daybreak Meteor Cluster) by girl band SCANDAL. Diancie: I... Can't do anything! Majima: Princess! Satoshi: Diancie!! Narrator: The first Pokémon the Movie XY. Diancie: I won't give up!!
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Nanana's Buried Treasure Series Replaces Illustrator Akaringo

Non also takes over spin-off novel series for illustrator, who is suffering from poor health Enterbrain posted a notice on its website on Friday, announcing that illustrator Akaringo will step down from the duties of providing art for Kazuma Ōtorino's Ryūgajō Nanana no Maizōkin (Nanana's Buried Treasure) light novel series, as well as its spin-off Ikkyū Tensai no Kimete Fuhon'i Meisuiri (The Many Reluctant Inferences That Tensai Ikkyū Makes) due to the illustrator's poor health. In Akaringo's place, Non will take over the duties of illustrator for both series.
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Attack on Titan Novel Illustrated by Last Exile's Range Murata

Ryō Kawakami pens Kakuzetsu Toshi no Jōō based on Hajime Isayama's manga ― This year's 33rd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is confirming on Wednesday that a new Attack on Titan novel will debut on August 1. The first volume of Ryō Kawakami's two-volume Kakuzetsu Toshi no Jōō (The Queen of the Isolated City) novel will ship on that date with illustrations by Range Murata (Last Exile, Blue Submarine No. 6, Shangri-La). The tagline for the novel is, "Can people really be this cruel…" Kodansha describes the story:
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Toshiki Masuda, Maaya Uchida Join Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo Anime Cast

Ryota Ohsaka, Saori Hayami star in 1st romantic comedy anime DVD on December 17 ― This year's 33rd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Toshiki Masuda and Maaya Uchida are joining the cast of the Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo manga's original anime DVD project. Masuda will play the class vice-president and supernatural phenomenon research club vice-president Toranosuke Miyamura (pictured top left), while Uchida will play the club member Miyabi Itō (bottom left). The first original anime DVD will ship on December 17.
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Disney's Frozen Gets Its Own Limited-Edition PlayStation 4

Elsa & Anna etched onto hard drive bay cover for 42,980 yen ― After topping the Japanese box office for 16 weekends in a row, Disney's Frozen can add one more feat — its very own PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 4 Frozen Limited Edition takes the standard Jet Black console with a 500GB hard drive and adds a Frozen laser-etched hard drive bay cover with the sisters Elsa and Anna. Sony's online store will offer this exclusive edition on July 16 for 42,980 yen (about US$425). [Via Hachima Kikō]
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Vancouver's Anime Revolution to Host Attack on Titan Voice Actress Marina Inoue

Anime convention will run August 22-24 ― Anime Revolution announced on Wednesday that it would host voice actress Marina Inoue at its August 22-24 convention in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is Inoue's first appearance at a convention outside of Japan. Inoue recently starred in the Attack on Titan anime series as Armin Arlelt. She's also starred in Haganai, Date-A-Live, No-Rin, Freezing Vibration, Infinite Stratos 2, Hayate the Combat Butler, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II and many more anime.
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Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Sequels Previewed in 5-Minute Highlight Reel

Takeru Satoh reprises title role in films opening August 1 & September 13 ― The animeanime.jp website began streaming over five minutes of video from this summer's Rurouni Kenshin live-action films on Friday. The "highlight reel special" aims to acquaint filmgoers with the first film in five minutes. The video notes that a March 21, 2013 Internet Research poll found that 87% of potential viewers were looking forward to these sequels. It also notes that the two films have a combined budget of 3 billion yen (about US$30 million). The video features the theme song "Mighty Long Fall" by the band

Thursday, July 10

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Aoi Teshima to Perform Ronia the Robber's Daughter's Theme Song

3D CG series based on Astrid Lindgren's children's book to air in October ― Singer and actress Aoi Teshima will perform the theme song "Haru no Sakebi" (Spring's Shout) for Goro Miyazaki's (Tales from Earthsea, From Up On Poppy Hill) upcoming television anime adaptation of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren's Ronia the Robber's Daughter children's fantasy book. Miyazaki is writing the lyrics, and Hiroko Taniyama is composing the song. Teshima previously performed the theme songs for both of Miyazaki's other works: Tales from Earthsea and
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Sailor Moon Dub Voice Director Writes Tell-All Book

Roland Parliament, the voice director of DiC's original Sailor Moon dub, penned a tell-all book about the process of bringing the English version of the anime to life. Sailor Moon Reflections details Parliament's process of bringing show to life and describing the "attention to detail that went into making the English version of Sailor Moon the standard by which all English translations of foreign animations are judged." The book contains a forward by Sail
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Kiminori Wakasugi's Kappei Manga to End in 3 Chapters

Story follows isolated martial artist's attempt to rejoin modern society Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine will announce on Friday that Kiminori Wakasugi (Detroit Metal City) will end his Kappei comedy manga in the next three chapters. Wakasugi began the series in Young Animal's May 2011 issue after Detroit Metal City ended its run in the same magazine. Kappei's fifth compiled volume shipped in Japan on June 27. The plot summary is as follows: Kappei is a martial artist living in a secluded and isolated small island, among many young men training vigorously with their Master to survive the July 1999 apocalypse predicted by Nostradamus — which never came. The Master finally gave up in 2011, disbanded the martial art camp, and sent members back to modern-day Japan. With no knowledge of the modern world, K
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New Bakumatsu Rock Game to Bundle Bonus Anime Episode

PS Vita/PSP game videos introduce "God of Rock" Perry Junior ― Famitsu began streaming a promotional video on Friday announcing Marvelous AQL's PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable game Bakumatsu Rock: Ultra Soul. The game will get an "Ultra Soul Box" limited edition release bundled with an OVA episode titled "Mystery! Onsen de Kaijiken ze yo!!" (Mystery! Myserious event at the Hot Springs!!). In the episode's story, Ryōma and the other go relax at a beautiful hot springs, but a murder case begins at their inn. The victim has the mysterious number "69" written on the back of their leg.
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Captain Harlock's Arcadia Ship Gets the Soul of Chogokin Treatment

Bring back your favorite space pirate memories ― Soul of Chogokin has carved a name for itself with its line of immaculately sculpted mecha figures, from Mazinger Z to the Eva units. Now it's turned its gaze to the iconic 1970s series Captain Harlock and is presenting fans with a replica of the eponymous captain's starship, the Arcadia. The Soul of Chogokin GX-67 Space Pirate Ship Arcadia is 47 centimeters long (or about 1'6.5'') and based primarily off of the version of the Arcadia seen in the 1979 movie
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House of 1000 Manga - Thermae Romae

"Thermae Romae is the perfect manga for fans of a) classical history and b) taking baths." Well, who doesn't love both of those?
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Crunchyroll to Stream Ai Mai Mi, Strange+ 2nd Seasons

Both comedy anime series premiered today Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the second seasons of Ai Mai Mi (Choboraunyopomi Gekijō Dainimaku Ai Mai Mi: Mōsō Catastrophe) and Strange+ (Sin Strange Plus). Ai Mai Mi season two will broadcast on Thursdays starting on July 10 at 2:00 p.m. EDT for premium members and one week later for free members. The stream will be available worldwide outside of Japan. The series, which adapts Choboraunyopomi's four-panel manga, follows girls in a manga club — Ai, Mai, Mī, and Ponoka-
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Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair's 2nd Trailer Features Class Trial Gameplay

Game will ship in North America and Europe in September NIS America began streaming the second official trailer for Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair on Wednesday. The PlayStation Vita game is slated for release in North America on September 2 and in Europe on September 5. It will receive both physical and digital releases. NIS America describes the story: Jabberwock Island -- once a popular tourist destination, this now uninhabited island remains oddly pristine. You and your classmates at the elite Hope's Peak Academy have been brought to this island by your super-cute teacher for a "lovey-dovey, heart-throbbing school trip." Everyone seems to be having fun in the sun...until Monokuma returns to restart his murderous game! Trapped on this island of mutual killing, your only hope of escape rests in solving the island's mysteries. But be warned—sometimes the truth can be its own despair...
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Miyazaki Is Spending All His Free Time At His Favorite Place... Studio Ghibli

― Despite having retired from making full-length feature films, legendary director Hayao Miyazaki just can't stop going to work. According to accomplished Studio Ghibli producer and former president Toshio Suzuki, who's now co-producing the studio's When Marnie Was There, Miyazaki is at the studio every single day. Of course, it's not like Miyazaki doesn't have plenty of other things on his plate—his Nutcracker exhibit opened earlier this year at the Ghibli Museum, and he's
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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Will Be Region-Free

PS3/Xbox 360 game to ship September 30 in N. America Atlus USA announced on Thursday that it will release Persona 4 Arena Ultimax without region locking to North and South America. The story takes place only a few days after the events of Persona 4 Arena, when the town of Inaba is clouded in a shroud of red fog in which time is warped and people disappear. Inaba has almost become like the world inside the television. To add to it all, the members of the Persona 4 team find Mitsuru and Akihiko being crucified on the Midnight Channel. In front of the Inaba students appear Yukari and Junpei, members of the Shadow Worker unit who have come to the rural town in order to save their upperclassmen.
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Crunchyroll Adds Encouragement of Climb Second Season

Series about mountain climbing premieres today Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream Encouragement of Climb Second Season (Yama no Susume Second Season). The first episode will premiere for premium members at 1:00 p.m. EDT and for free members next week. Future episodes will stream on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. The stream will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Demark, Iceland, Netherlands, Turkey, Latin America (Central and South America including Caribbean), Spain, Portugal, France and DOM/TOM, Belgium,Andorra, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany,Austria, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Italy, Romania, the Middle East, and North Africa.
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Sentai Filmworks Adds Samurai Jam -Bakumatsu Rock- Anime

Otome game-based series about Samurai-era rockers is streaming on Crunchyroll Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed Samurai Jam -Bakumatsu Rock-. The series began streaming on Crunchyroll last Wednesday. The story is set in the Bakumatsu era, at the end of the shoguns' rule over Japan in the middle of the 19th century. The Tokugawa shogunate use the brainwashing "Heaven's Songs" by the top idols in Shinsengumi to subjugate the country and its people. In this Japan, writing or singing any songs besides the "Heaven's Songs" is a capital offense. Ryōma Sakamoto and the other rockers rise up and change the world with rock 'n' roll for freedom and justice.
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Hamatora Mooncakes Capture the Taste of Summer

Only 5,000 boxes to be produced. ― The second season of Hamatora, titled Re:Hamatora is one of the many anime that has started up this summer season. Of course, while you're watching your summer anime, odds are you are bound to get the munchies for something sweet. Well, you'll be happy to know that the creators of Hamatora, in collaboration with Yokohama Mooncakes, have come up with the perfect treat to settle your cravings. Of course the taste is not the only thing that will make these orange peel flavored mooncakes highly desirable. These collaborative treats go on sale starting July 9, after which they will be available for one week only, ending on July 15. That's not all, these mooncakes will only be on sale in Yokohama's Minato Mirai 21 district, where they will be available at 18 different stores, including the popular
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Metagross Mega Evolution Debuts in Pokémon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire 3DS Games

Elite Four champion Steven uses Mega Brooch to Mega Evolve his Pokémon in November 21 game ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Coro Coro Comic magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Metagross will receive a Mega Evolution form in the upcoming Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire video games for the Nintendo 3DS. Elite Four Champion Daigo (Steven) Mega Evolves his Metagross using a Mega Brooch. The new titles will remake the 2003 Game Boy Advance games Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire. The games are slated to ship on November 28 in Europe and November 21 in Japan, North America, and Australia.
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2015 Doraemon Film is Nobita no Space Heroes Uchū Eiyū-ki

Doraemon's group turn into space heroes to fight monsters for upcoming film ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Coro Coro Comic magazine is announcing on Tuesday that the title of the 2015 Doraemon feature film will be titled Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes Uchū Eiyū-ki (Doraemon: Nobita's Space Hero Record of Space Heroes). The film will feature Doraemon, Nobita, Shzuka, Gian, and Suneo as heroes in space that fight against monsters. Doraemon has the power of a super punch, Nobita can use a cat's cradle move, the bath-loving Shizuka can control water, Gian has super strength, and Suneo has a drill on his arm.

South Korean One Piece Exhibition Cancelled Due to Japanese Flag Art

War Museum respecting activists during Japanese occupation finds flag inappropriate ― Seoul, South Korea's War Museum announced on Thursday that it has cancelled a planned exhibition centered around Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga has been cancelled due to protests of the Japanese flag appearing in art being displayed, among other reasons. The exhibit was scheduled to be held at the museum from Saturday until September 4, and mannequins of the characters and other pieces were planned to be displayed. Due to some opinions that the facility is a place of mourning for the activists that fought to gain independence from Japan when it occupied the country, the staff decided to cancel the event. According to the organizers, within the materials they were shown before permitting the event, there were no images of the Japanese flag. After hearing many opinions, the staff decided it would not be appropriate to hold the event.
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Japan Expo USA to Host Director/Designer Shinji Aramaki

Japan Expo Second Impact to be held in San Mateo, California August 22-24 ― Organizers of the American incarnation of the Japan Expo convention announced that prolific mechanical designer Captain Harlock film director Shinji Aramaki will attend as a Guest of Honor. Aramaki worked as a desginer for many popular franchises including Transformers, Genesis Climber Mospeada (adapted into Robotech), Bubblegum Crisis, Gasaraki, s-CRY-ed, Witch Hunter Robin, Wolf's Rain, Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War, and
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Voice Actor Masakazu Morita to Attend K: Missing Kings' L.A. Screening

U.S. theaters & showtimes listed with Canadian release planned for late September ― Film distribution company Eleven Arts announced that the upcoming animated film K: Missing Kings will debut theatrically in the United States on July 18 at L.A.'s Downtown Independent theater. The screening will include a Q&A session with the film's voice actor Masakazu Morita (Yukari Mishakuji) and producer Gou Nakanishi (Flowers of Evil, Fafner, Knights of Sidonia). Eleven Arts plans to screen the film in over 45 theaters across the U.S. starting on July 18. The company also

Anime Mirai Announces Projects for 2015

Makoto Tezuka, Youhei Suzuki, Ken'ichi Ishikura, Yumiko Suda to direct next year's shorts ― The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) announced its choices for the Anime Mirai 2015 program on Tuesday. Applications were accepted from May 30 to June 27. The selected projects include: "Aki no Kanade" (Aki's Music-Playing) Director: Youhei Suzuki (The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat.) Producer: Yuji Matsukura (Witch Craft Works, Selector Infected Wixoss) Animation Production Producer: Atsushi Fujishiro (The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat.,
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Super Hero Generation Game Unites Ultraman, Kamen Rider, Gundam Characters

SD Gundam G Generation's Tom Create develops RPG shipping on October 23 ― This week's issue of Kadokawa's Famitsu magazine announced on Thursday that Bandai Namco Games is developing the Super Hero Generation simulation role-playing game for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita consoles. The game will unite characters from the Kamen Rider, Ultraman, and Gundam franchises. Tom Create, the studio that has handled the SD Gundam G Generation game series for more than 16 years, is developing the new game. In the game, players will control three players (one from each of the three franchises) to oppose a "great evil" whose plan is to destroy the world.

Ryohgo Narita's Stealth Symphony Manga Ends Next Week

Manga with Yōichi Amano also running simultaneously in English in Viz's Weekly Shonen Jump ― This year's 33rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will publish the last chapter of Ryohgo Narita (Durarara!!, Baccano!) and artist Yōichi Amano's (Over Time) Stealth Symphony manga on Monday. The "sensational fantasy" series launched in the magazine on February 24. Viz Media's English Weekly Shonen Jump is publishing the manga digitally. The story follows Jig, a young boy who embarks on a magical journey to rid himself of an unfortunate curse.
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