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So Cute It Hurts!! GN 7

So Cute It Hurts is still likely to send you into sugar shock, even though its final pages take things in a disturbing direction. Rebecca Silverman breaks down the twists and turns. ― As far as cross-dressing characters in manga go, Megumu Kobayashi may be one of the least convincing. Go Ikeyamada has a somewhat checkered history with that (one of her previous series, Uwasa no Midori-kun, has an even...
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Den-noh Coil Blu-Ray

Despite taking nine years to be released in English, this unique series about how augmented reality tech could change the world is more timely now than ever. Theron Martin dives in. ― Den-noh Coil is an original anime production and the brainchild of Mitsuo Iso, a name that even dedicated anime fans probably aren't familiar with unless they are steeped in knowledge of key animators. (He has done work...
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Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto GN 4

Sakamoto walks off into the sunset in this final volume of Nami Sato's breakout comedy manga. But do Sakamoto's adventures come to a surprisingly emotional conclusion instead? ― It's hard to believe, but with this volume of Nami Sato's breakout manga, our time with Sakamoto comes to an end. Whether it was planned this way or not, each volume ends up representing one season of Sakamoto's school life, ...
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Gundam Build Fighters Blu-Ray

Lauren Orsini takes a look at the first Gundam series revolving completely around Gunpla models. Is there secretly much more to this series underneath its toy commercial polish? ― Let's address the elephant in the room: Gundam Build Fighters is a toy commercial. However, it's an amazing toy commercial with beautiful animation, innovative mecha designs, humor, and heart—one that I want to watch again ...
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Saturday, July 23

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Kodansha Comics to Release Deluxe Edition of Ghost in the Shell Manga

New release to feature right-to-left format with Japanese sound effects for 1st time ― Kodansha Comics announced at Comic Con International in San Diego on Saturday that it will release a deluxe edition of Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell 1.5, and Ghost in the Shell 2 manga in 2017, coinciding with the release of the Ghost in the Shell live-action film, which opens on March 31...
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T.M.Revolution Stars as Thinly Veiled Version of Himself on B-Project: Kodō Ambitious

Episode aired July 24 ― Takanori Nishikawa (T.M.Revolution), the executive producer of the male pop idol series B-Project: Kodō Ambitious, starred in Episode 4 of the anime this Sunday as the character Takanori Nishiyama. Nishikawa has starred in anime before — including historical figures Ōkubo Toshimichi in Ryo and Sakai Tadatsugu in Sengoku Basara: Judge End — but he is primarily known f...
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91 Days ‒ Episode 3

"Like Avilio's revenge, this show looks like a slow but oh-so-satisfying burn."
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Alderamin on the Sky ‒ Episode 3

"This whole episode is pretty much the Ikta Show."
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Digimon Tamers' Digivice Returns After 15 Years

Corresponding card game also revived ― About 15 years after the culmination of the third Digimon series, Digimon Tamers, that series' Digivice, the D-Power (or D-Ark in Japan), will make a comeback. The D-Power will be available in two varieties: Takato's and Rika's (Ruki's). They will include new Digimon: Megidramon, Sakuyamon's miko mode, and Kuzuhamon's miko mode. When "certain conditions are met...
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Thunderbolt Fantasy ‒ Episode 3

"Thunderbolt Fantasy continues to be an exquisitely executed pile of clichés."
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Amanchu! ‒ Episode 3

"After an emotionally resonant first half, the latter part of episode 3 is almost like an instructional video for first-time divers, with humorous commentary courtesy of Pikari."
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So Cute It Hurts!! GN 7

So Cute It Hurts is still likely to send you into sugar shock, even though its final pages take things in a disturbing direction. Rebecca Silverman breaks down the twists and turns. ― As far as cross-dressing characters in manga go, Megumu Kobayashi may be one of the least convincing. Go Ikeyamada has a somewhat checkered history with that (one of her previous series, Uwasa no Midori-kun, has an even...
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Nintendo's Shares Double Since Pokémon Go's Launch, Company Doesn't Change Financial Forecast

Nintendo stated its "consolidated business results is limited" regarding the success of the app ― The Reuters news service reported on Tuesday that, as of Tuesday, Nintendo Co, Ltd.'s shares in the Japanese market have doubled since the launch of the Pokémon Go game in the United States on July 6, with a current market capitalization of 4.5 trillion yen (US$42.5 billion). Nintendo had the biggest dai...
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Aikatsu Stars! First Appeal Nintendo 3DS Game's Promo Shows Games Features

Aikatsu Stars! My Special Appeal game slated for winter with original story, new features ― The official website of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Aikatsu Stars! First Appeal, the Nintendo 3DS game based on the Aikatsu Stars! television anime, began streaming a promotional video for the game on Wednesday. The video highlights the game's features, and reveals more details on the Aikatsu Stars! My Specia...
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Media Blasters to Release Yami to Bōshi to Hon no Tabibito on Blu-ray Disc

Release will feature no blurring; current DVD owners will be able to upgrade to BD ― North American anime distributor Media Blasters announced on Tuesday that it will release the Yami to Bōshi to Hon no Tabibito (Yamibou) anime on Blu-ray Disc, although it did not provide a release date. Media Blasters released the anime on DVD on March 31, but the release contained the censorship blurring present in...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Season 5 Unveils New Visual, October Premiere

The fifth television anime season of Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go, unveiled a new character visual on Saturday. The visual features Takashi Natsume and Nyanko-sensei. The anime's official website also announced that the anime will premiere in October. An Animate collaboration cafe will be held this fall. The cafe will run in Kyoto from...

Sega Reveals Sonic Mania, New 3D Sonic Game For 2017

Completely new "Project Sonic 2017" game for PS4, Xbox One, PC, NX ships in holiday 2017 ― Sega announced at the "Sonic 25th Anniversary Party" at Comic Con International in San Diego on Friday that it is releasing a new Sonic the Hedgehog game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, NX, and PC in holiday 2017. The game's temporary title is "Project Sonic 2017." Sega had announced last month at a 25th anniv...
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Crunchyroll Adds 2 Series of Re:Zero Anime Shorts

Super-deformed spinoff airs after each new episode of main anime ― Crunchyroll announced that it added all eleven episodes of the Re:ZERO ~Starting Break Time From Zero~ shorts at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday. The company also announced that it will add all five of the Re:PETIT ~Starting Life in Another World from PETIT~ shorts, starting next Friday at 11:00 a.m. ET. Crunchyroll will then stream a new epis...
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Shigeru Mizuki's Showa 1953-1989: A History of Japan Wins Eisner Award

Drawn & Quarterly anthology that includes work by Yoshihiro Tatsumi also wins award ― The 2016 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony announced this year's winners on Friday at Comic Con International in San Diego. Shigeru Mizuki's Showa 1953-1989: A History of Japan (Volume 4 of Showa: A History of Showa Japan) won this year's Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award. Drawn & Quart...
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All Out!! Rugby Anime Casts Kōdai Sakai, Daiki Kobayashi, Daiki Hamano

22 character visuals unveiled for October TV anime ― Kōdai Sakai (Pupa's Yuuhei, The Lost Village's Mitsumune), Daiki Kobayashi (Nanbaka's Nico, Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage's Ōchū), and Daiki Hamano (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans's Dante, Prince of Stride: Alternative's HIsato) have joined the cast of the television anime of Shiori Amase's All Out!! rugby manga. The anime also unve...
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One Piece Film Gold to Screen in 33 Countries Including U.S., Canada

Countries also include Singapore, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia ― Anime Consortium Japan's (ACJ) ANIME NOW! news website reported on Saturday that the One Piece Film Gold anime movie will screen in 33 countries, including the United States, Canada, Singapore, China, and South Korea. The announcement was made at the film's Japanese premiere event on Saturday. The film previously held its wor...
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Shout! Factory's 30th Anniversary Release of Transformers: The Movie Features 4K Transfer

Shout! Factory announced at its panel at Comic Con International on Friday that it will release a 30th anniversary steelbook limited edition for Transformers: The Movie. The company will also release the film on standard edition Blu-ray Disc and DVD. All three editions are slated for September 13. Shout! Factory is creating a remaster of the film for the release, which includes a new 4K transfer o...

Friday, July 22

Funimation Reveals Details, Territories For Shin Godzilla License

Company's license extends to North, Central, South America & Caribbean ― Funimation Entertainment announced more details on Friday for its license of TOHO's Godzilla: Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) film. The company has licensed the theatrical, home entertainment, video on demand, and broadcast rights for the film, and its license covers North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. F...
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37th Doraemon Film's 1st Trailer Previews Antarctic Story

Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi opens in spring 2017 ― The official website for the next year's Doraemon film began streaming the first trailer on Friday. The video previews the Antarctic story of Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi (Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Nankyoku Kachi Kochi Daibōken). The beginning of the trailer introduces ...
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Nintendo Unveils Miniature NES With 30 Classic Games, Streams Preview Video

Hits stores in November ― The 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) dominated the video game industry in the late 1980s, an era that is fondly remembered by Nintendo fans as the company's high-water mark. It was also the time when many of Nintendo's most cherished franchises began. While nostalgic gamers face steep hurdles when trying to play NES games today, such as cartridge issues and the diff...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, July 11-17

One Piece: Heart of Gold, Yo-Kai Watch specials air ― The Soreike! Anpanman: Mija to Mahō no Lamp film aired on NTVon Friday, July 15 at 10:55 a.m. and earned a 2.5% rating. The Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages film aired along with the Pikachu to Pokémon Ongakutai film on TV Tokyo on July 14 at 6:00 p.m. and earned a 2.1% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating ...
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Robot Studios Creates Animated Short for Nagoya Railroad

The Nagoya Railroad Co. released a short animated promotional video meant to embody the railroad's slogan, “Connecting Hearts, Carrying You to Tomorrow” this week. Titled, “To the Place Where Important People Wait, Carrying Important Feelings,” the video features the song, "Kono Machi" (This Town), which Japanese folk singer Kazumasa Oda (Hikawa Maru Monogatari, The Snow Queen) wrote for the Nago...

Sharin no Kuni Visual Novel Localization Kickstarter Suspended, Restart Planned

Project was 39% funded with 8 days remaining ― AKABEi SOFT2, Frontwing, and Tokyo Otaku Mode's Kickstarter campaign to localize AKABEi SOFT2's visual novel Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shōjo updated on Friday to announce the cancellation of the project and plans to launch a new campaign. The project earned US$55,165 from 675 backers, but was only 39% funded with eight days remaining. The staff explain...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, July 10-16

2 One-Punch Man volumes, 3 Tokyo Ghoul volumes, 2 Orange volumes, Bleach, Haikyu!!, Assassination Classroom The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on July 16. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 8One-Punch Man #1 Story: ONE / Art: Yuusuke Murata Viz Media 46 2 1One-Punch Man #7 Story: ONE / Art: Yuusuke Murata Viz ...
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Mobius Final Fantasy Smartphone RPG Teaser Shows Gameplay Footage

Western release slated for August 3 ― Square Enix UK began streaming a teaser trailer showing gameplay footage from Mobius Final Fantasy smartphone role-playing game on Friday. The game's Western release is slated for August 3. Square Enix describes the game: Created by an all-star development team including producer Yoshinori Kitase and writer Kazushige Nojima – known for their work on the acclaimed...
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Cutie Honey -Tears- Live-Action Film's Trailer Shows Action Scenes, Battle Suit

Poster, visual, theme song also revealed ― The official website of Cutie Honey -Tears-, the new live-action film adaptation of Go Nagai's Cutie Honey manga, began streaming a new trailer on Friday. The video previews the theme song "BELIEVE" by lead actress Mariya Nishiuchi. The staff also revealed a new poster for the film and a photograph of Nishiuchi's character in the new battle suit. Nishiuchi (...

Digimon Adventure tri. Films' English Dub Announces More Returning Cast, Robbie Daymond as Joe

R. Martin Klein, Philece Sampler, Anna Garduno, Mari Devon return; Doug Erholtz voices Nishijima ― Film distribution company Eleven Arts announced a second round of voice actors for for the English dub of the Digimon Adventure tri. – Chapter 1: Reunion anime film on Wednesday. The cast members are: Robbie Daymond as Joe R. Martin Klein as Gomamon Philece Sampler as Mimi Anna Garduno as Palmon Mari De...
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Answerman - Is California The Otaku Promised Land?

Say like you want to move to Japan to wallow around in awesome anime and manga swag all day, but can't afford it - is California the next best thing? ― James asks: I've noticed that the state of California has a lot of Anime Stores and other shops (like Little Tokyo) for Anime. Would California be the ideal place to live in and have access to acquiring physical Anime, Manga, and other related mercha...
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Japanese Anime Fans Vote on 'Best Character to Attend Festival With Wearing Yukata'

Anime! Anime! poll covers both male and female characters ― In Japan, summertime is the season for festivals and fireworks displays, and yukata, casual summer kimono, are frequently worn as part of the festivities. With that in mind, Japanese website Anime! Anime! decided it was the perfect time to poll their readers on which character they would most like to attend a festival with while wearing yuka...
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Den-noh Coil Blu-Ray

Despite taking nine years to be released in English, this unique series about how augmented reality tech could change the world is more timely now than ever. Theron Martin dives in. ― Den-noh Coil is an original anime production and the brainchild of Mitsuo Iso, a name that even dedicated anime fans probably aren't familiar with unless they are steeped in knowledge of key animators. (He has done work...
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Battery the Animation ‒ Episode 2

"Slowly, Takumi is opening himself up to truly enjoying his calling as an athlete."
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Berserk Creator Miura Wrote Plot For Anime-Original 3rd Episode

Episode featured anime-original apostle design based on apostle from manga's 14th volume ― This year's 15th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that Berserk manga creator Kentarou Miura wrote the original plan for the third episode of the new Berserk television anime series. The third episode featured an anime-original plot. The episode premiered in Japan on July 15. Miura ...
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Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Film Gets 4DX Screenings in Fall

Film opened on April 23, has earned over 800 million yen (about US$7.5 million) ― The official website of the Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions anime film announced on Friday that theaters in Japan will begin screening the film in 4DX and MX4D this fall. With the 4DX or MX4D systems, certain theaters have motion seats that move in sync with certain action sequences onscreen. Similarly, effects s...

Netflix, DreamWorks' Voltron Reimagining Gets 2nd Season in Late 2016

2nd season will premiere exclusively on Netflix ― The staff of Netflix and Dreamworks' Voltron: Legendary Defender animated series reimagining of the 1980s Voltron series confirmed on Thursday that the show will get a second season in late 2016 that will stream exclusively on Netflix. The show's executive producers Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, as well as writer Tim Hedrick announced the ...
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Fate/Extella Game's 2nd Ad Reveals Iskandar

New poll asks fans which Servant should Nero face off against ― Marvelous Inc. began streaming the second television commercial on Thursday for the Fate/Extella action game for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4. The game reveals that Iskandar (voiced by Akio Ohtsuka) will join the game as a playable character. Note: The below video can't be viewed in Australia, New Zealand, or the U.S. The game's of...
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Mobile Suit Gundam Film Trilogy Available With Subtitles for Free Streaming Until September

Gundam.info site streams movie trilogy with English subtitles until September 21 ― The official Gundam.info portal site announced on Thursday that the Mobile Suit Gundam - The Movie Trilogy is available to stream for free starting on July 22 at 12:00 p.m. JST (11:00 a.m. EDT) until September 21 at 12:00 p.m. JST. The films are available with English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), and K...

Adult Swim's Toonami to Air JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Anime Starting in October

TV broadcast will start with show's Part 1 ― Jason DeMarco, Vice President and Creative Director, On-Air for Adult Swim, confirmed on Twitter on Thursday that the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure television anime series will premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block starting in October. DeMarco also added that the airing will start with the show's Part 1. Viz Media had announced at Anime Expo earlie...
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Toei Reveals Tiger Mask W Anime's Promo Video, Staff, Fall Premiere

New visuals for 2 Tiger Mask characters unveiled ― Toei Animation opened a website for its upcoming Tiger Mask television anime on Friday, revealing the anime's title as Tiger Mask W (pronounced "Double"). The company began streaming a promotional video, showing the two Tiger Mask characters in the anime, and revealing the anime's staff and fall premiere on TV Asahi. The video reveals a new story des...

Thursday, July 21

Funimation Details Seraph of the End Anime's Collector's Edition, Reveals Ergo Proxy Blu-ray Disc Release (Updated)

Also: Company to release 1st Attack on Titan live-action film on October 6 on home video ― Funimation Entertainment announced at Comic Con International in San Diego on Thursday that it will release the Ergo Proxy television anime series on Blu-ray Disc for the first time in North America. The company will release the Blu-ray Disc this year and the release will mark the 10th anniversary of the series...
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King of Fighters XIV Game Introduces 'Team China' In Video

"KOF Station" program's 2nd episode features voice actors introducing new character for August 23 game ― SNK Playmore began streaming a new trailer for its King of Fighters XIV PlayStation 4 fighting game on Thursday. The video highlights the fighters that make up Team China: Shun'ei, Tung Fu Rue, and Meitenkun, while previewing the team's music theme "Inheritance." SNK Playmore is also streaming the...
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Mob Psycho 100 Anime Offers Fans Chances to Broadcast Their Artwork on Air

Will appear behind episodes' midpoint sponsor lists ― Before anime episodes start and sometimes also at their midpoint break, they will typically show a list of sponsors over a still from that week's episode. One of this season's anime, Mob Psycho 100, is offering fans a unique opportunity to contribute to the show by soliciting fan artwork or creations to use as the backdrop for the sponsor lists th...
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World of Final Fantasy PS4/Vita Game's Trailer Introduces World

Game gets Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Day One Edition ― Square Enix began streaming a new video for its upcoming World of Final Fantasy PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Thursday. The video previews the environments and locales featured in the game's world of Grymoire. In addition, Square Enix revealed that the game's PS4 version will get a Collector's Edition, which, in addition t...

Funimation Licenses TOHO's 2016 Shin Godzilla Film

Funimation to release film in theaters this year ― Funimation Entertainment announced at Comic Con International in San Diego on Thursday that it will release TOHO's Godzilla: Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) film. Funimation plans to release the film in theaters in late 2016. The film will open in Japan on July 29, and will have IMAX, MX4D, and 4DX screenings. The film is the 29th Godzilla film by TOHO. E...
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Pokémon GO App Now Available in Japan

Niantic released the Pokémon GO app in Japan on Friday. The Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch had both reported on Tuesday that McDonald's Holdings Co. will be involved with the introduction of the app to Japan. As part of the deal, the restaurant chain will become the game's first official sponsor, and McDonalds restaurants in Japan will become key locations for players. TechCrunch had reported ...
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A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV Side-Scrolling Prequel Game's Trailer Streamed

Game available as pre-order bonus for Final Fantasy XV from GameStop, EB Games on September 30 ― Square Enix began streaming a trailer on Thursday for A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV, its side-scrolling prequel game to the main Final Fantasy XV game. The video reveals the game's characters and combat features. The company will offer the prequel game as a bonus with the main game's September 30 releas...
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Street Fighter V Adds Juri to Roster

Premium Summer costume DLC for Ibuki, Cammy, Laura available with Juri on July 26 ― The official PlayStation Youtube channel began streaming a video on Thursday for Street Fighter V featuring Juri, a new character for the game that will debut on July 26 as a downloadable character. The character is playable at the Street Fighter V booth at San Diego Comic Con this week. Juri debuted in the series wit...
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First Love Monster Romantic Comedy Manga Gets Stage Play

Manga's 7th volume shipped on Friday with pop-a-point eraser ― A stage play adaptation of Akira Hiyoshimaru's First Love Monster (Hatsukoi Monster) manga has been green-lit. Information on the cast and the debut date will be revealed at a later date. Yen Press is releasing the manga in North America, and it describes the series. When fifteen-year-old Kaho Nikaidou leaves her sheltered home to start l...

Viz Media Announces Partnership With TubiTV to Stream Anime in U.S., Canada

Anime already available include Death Note, Naruto, Sailor Moon Crystal, Sailor Moon ― Viz Media announced at its panel at Comic Con International in San Diego on Thursday that it is partnering with streaming website TubiTV to stream anime for free in the U.S. and Canada. All of the anime is streaming with Japanese audio and English subtitles. Series available include Death Note, the original Naruto ...
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Viz Media to Release Princess Mononoke Artbook, RWBY Books

Company previously released The Art of Princess Mononoke in 2014 ― Viz Media announced at its panel at Comic Con International in San Diego on Thursday that it will release a Princess Mononoke artbook. The company said it would reveal more details soon. Viz Media previously published The Art of Princess Mononoke hardcover artbook in August 2014, and has also published Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Monono...
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This Art Club Has a Problem! ‒ Episode 3

"None of the storylines within the episode are laugh-out-loud funny, but they are worth a chuckle, which nicely layers over the sweeter aspects of the show."
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Berlin Museum's 'Anime Architecture' Exhibit Features Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell Art

Art by Hiromasa Ogura, Mamoru Oshii, Atsushi Takeuchi, Takashi Watabe to be displayed ― The Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin, Germany, will be holding a contemporary "Anime Architecture" exhibition featuring background art from the films Patlabor (1989), Ghost in the Shell (1995) and Ghost in the Shell 2 Innocence (2004). Atsushi Takeuchi's pencil layout for a Ghost in th...
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planetarian ‒ Episode 3

"Overall, Planetarian continues to tell a small but poignant story with understated grace."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 468

"This week's Naruto Shippūden brings Ashura and Indra's story to a satisfying (albeit rushed) conclusion."
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One Piece's Luffy, Chopper Make Cameo in Usagi Rope Anime

On Thursday, One Piece's Luffy and Chopper appeared on the Kami-Usagi Rope: Warau Asa ni wa Fuku Kitarutte Majissu ka!? anime, which airs within the Mezamashi TV program on Fuji TV. The collaboration episode, titled "Pirate Ship," is part of the build-up to this Saturday's premiere of One Piece Film Gold. Mayumi Tanaka, voice of Luffy, and Ikue Otani, Chopper, joined as special guests for the epi...
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Yoshino Nanjō, Ayami Tsukui Star in New Tama and Friends Anime

Series with 1-minute episodes will premiere in October ― The official website for the Tama and Friends anime announced the main staff and cast for the upcoming new series of shorts. The website also announced that the series will premiere in October in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. The anime stars Ayami Tsukui (Chobitto-Zukan) and Yoshino Nanjō (Love Live!). Kachidoki Studio is producing the anime in col...
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Udon Ent. to Release Street Fighter Novel, Dragon's Crown Manga

Company also announces 3 more Manga Classics releases, 5 more artbooks ― Udon Entertainment announced at its panel at Comic Con International in San Diego on Thursday that it will release Street Fighter The Novel, Atlus and yuztan's Dragon's Crown manga, and the The Count of Monte Cristo, The Jungle Book, and The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe Manga Classics. The company also announced five new artbook r...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game Ships in Japan on November 2

Game slated for October in the the west ― Famitsu announced on Thursday that the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 PlayStation 4 edition will ship in Japan on November 2. Pre-orders for the game opened on Thursday. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game in North America on October 25 and in Europe on October 28. The company will release the game on PC via Steam worldwide on October 28. Players will f...

Ryuta Amazume Ends Nana to Kaoru Manga Next Month

Series began in 2008; inspired OVA, live-action films ― This year's 15th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine announced on Friday that Ryuta Amazume's Nana to Kaoru manga will end next month. The last chapter will appear in Young Animal's 16th issue, which will ship on August 12. The final chapter will feature an opening page in full color. Nana to Kaoru launched in 2008 in Young Animal Arashi...
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Mr. Osomatsu Stage Play's 6 Main Cast Members Pictured in Costume

Official photographs of the sextuplets revealed ― The staff of the Mr. Osomatsu stage play revealed the six main cast members in full costume on Tuesday. Shōta Takasaki as Osomatsu Yūsuke Kashiwagi as Karamatsu Keisuke Ueda as Choromatsu Ryō Kitamura as Ichimatsu Ren Ozawa as Jūshimatsu Ryotaro Akazawa as Todomatsu Shin'ichi Ono is directing the play. The play will run for seven showings at the Umeda...
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Viz Media to Publish Astra Lost in Space Manga by Sket Dance's Shinohara Online

Manga will be available for free ― Viz Media announced during its Weekly Shonen Jump panel at Comic-Con International on Thursday that it will publish Kento Shinohara's Astra Lost in Space manga online for free. The manga will be available "soon." Shinohara (Sket Dance) launched the manga in May on Shueisha's Shōnen Jump Plus app. The manga is launching simultaneously with its own voice drama. Viz Me...
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Yowamushi Pedal Spare Bike Anime Casts Daisuke Sakaguchi, Mariya Ise

Theatrical anime begins 2-week run in Japan on September 9 ― The official Twitter account for the Yowamushi Pedal Spare Bike spinoff manga's anime adaptation announced two new cast members on Thursday. The new cast members are: Daisuke Sakaguchi (Gintama's Shinpachi) as Shūsaku Itokawa, Tōdō's friend Mariya Ise (Fairy Tail's Levi) as Minamizu, the team manager at Hakone Gakuen Yowamushi Pedal: Spare ...
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Phantasy Star Online 2 Game Announces Godzilla: Resurgence Event

Sega's online role-playing game Phantasy Star Online 2 will be getting a Godzilla crossover event to celebrate the upcoming film Godzilla: Resurgence, which will debut in Japan as Shin Godzilla on July 29. The event was announced during a NicoNico broadcast on July 17 and will begin in August. 【『PSO2放送局』第44回放送中!】いきなりの新コラボ情報!7/29に最新作映画「シン・ゴジラ」の公開を控えた、日本が世界に誇る大スター「ゴジラ」とのコラボが8月に決定!ゴジラロビーやゴジラスーツも登場!詳細...
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March comes in like a lion TV Anime's Cast, October Premiere Revealed

Kengo Kawanishi, Ai Kayano, Kana Hanazawa, Misaki Kuno star in anime of Chika Umino manga ― This year's 15th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine is revealing the main cast and October premiere of the television anime of Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion (Sangatsu no Lion) manga on Friday. The cast includes: Kengo Kawanishi as Rei Kiriyama Ai Kayano as Akari Kawamoto Kana Hanazawa as Hi...
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Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto GN 4

Sakamoto walks off into the sunset in this final volume of Nami Sato's breakout comedy manga. But do Sakamoto's adventures come to a surprisingly emotional conclusion instead? ― It's hard to believe, but with this volume of Nami Sato's breakout manga, our time with Sakamoto comes to an end. Whether it was planned this way or not, each volume ends up representing one season of Sakamoto's school life, ...
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DAYS Soccer Anime Confirmed for 24 Episodes

The official website for the television anime of Tsuyoshi Yasuda's soccer manga DAYS announced details on the anime's Blu-ray Disc and DVD release on Wednesday. The first six three-episode volumes will ship from October 19, 2016 to March 15, 2017. The remaining three two-episode volumes will ship from April 18 to June 14, 2017 for a total of 24 episodes. The television series will run for two cour...
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Funimation, Crunchyroll Stream One Piece: Heart of Gold Special

Funimation and Crunchyroll are now both streaming the One Piece: Heart of Gold television special. Crunchyroll had announced on Saturday that it would stream the special this week. The One Piece: Heart of Gold special aired on July 16 from 9:00-11:10 p.m. The special ties in to One Piece Film Gold, which opens in Japan on Friday. The special's story centers around a mysterious treasure called "Pur...
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S.A's Maki Minami Ends Koi wa Hito no Hoka Manga in August

Minami launched series last September; 2nd volume shipped on Wednesday ― This year's 16th issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine announced on Wednesday that Maki Minami (S.A, Voice Over!: Seiyuu Academy) will end her Koi wa Hito no Hoka (Love is for Other People) manga in the magazine's next issue, which Hakusensha will publish on August 5. The "bewitching romance bound with a promise" manga fol...
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Live-Action Kizudarake no Akuma Film Unveils Cast

Rika Adachi, Manami Enosawa, more star in February 2017 film about bullying ― The staff of the live-action film of Volvox Sumikawa's Kizudarake no Akuma (Demon Covered in Scars) manga revealed the film's main cast on Thursday. The cast includes (from left to right): Top Row: Rika Adachi as Mai Kasai, the main character who has left her past of being a bully, but meets with someone who seeks revenge M...
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Sengoku Basara: Sanada Yukimura-Den Game's 3rd Promo Video Previews Game System

Game's playable characters include Sanada Yukimura, Benmaru, Bontenmaru, Date Masamune, Sanada Masayuki ― CAPCOM began streaming the third promotional video on Wednesday for its Sengoku Basara: Sanada Yukimura-Den (Sengoku Basara: The Legend of Sanada Yukimura) game. The video previews some of the game's system features, such as Sanada Blood, Tegata Mission, Rokumaru Challenge, Nijiiro Chance, and Bu...
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Tomokazu Sugita, Mai Nakahara, Jun Fukuyama Join Poco's Udon World Anime's Cast

New visual unveiled for October series set in "udon prefecture" ― The official website for the Poco's Udon World television anime series revealed more cast and a new visual for the series on Thursday. The new cast includes: Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama's Gintoki) as Shinobu Nakajima Mai Nakahara (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU's Haruno) as Rinko Oishi Jun Fukuyama (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion's L...

Magical Girl Raising Project TV Anime's Promo Reveals Cast, Theme Song, October Premiere

Nao Tōyama, Manami Numakura cast as leads; Numakura performs opening theme song ― The official website of the television anime of Asari Endō's Mahō Shōjo Ikusei Keikaku (Magical Girl Raising Project) "survival action" light novel series began streaming a new promotional video on Thursday, revealing the anime's cast, character designer, theme song, and October premiere. The site also revealed a new vi...

Wednesday, July 20

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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 15

"This week, TSE shines the spotlight on Ryogo once again and tries to course-correct its lackluster character and worldbuilding. For the most part, it does a pretty good job."
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Aya Uchida Voices Idol Version of Umi Monogatari Character in Animated Music Video

The character Marin from Sanyo Bussan's Umi Monogatari pachinko franchise has lately been breaking into the music industry as the idol "iMarine." This Monday she launched an animated music video for her new song "Dive to Blue." Aya Uchida of Love Live! fame voiced iMarine for the song. Yuta Kubota (Ping Pong, BBK/BBNK episode director), also known as kubotabee, directed the animation and Tamaya 20...

Legendary Acquires Live-Action Pokémon Film Rights With Production Starting in 2017

Film will be based on Detective Pikachu character; Toho, Universal Pictures to distribute film ― Legendary Entertainment and The Pokémon Company announced on Thursday that Legendary Entertainment's film division Legendary Pictures has acquired the live-action film rights for the Pokémon franchise. The film will start production in 2017, and will feature the Detective Pikachu character, which debuted ...
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Cheer Boys!! ‒ Episode 3

"The storytelling of Cheer Boys!!, complete with satisfying character development and a well-paced plot, is the heart of the show."
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Former Ghibli Production Staffer Criticizes All Films Since Kiki's Delivery Service

"They dump all responsibility on the director's shoulders" ― Hirokatsu Kihara was a member of the production staff at Studio Ghibli, working on Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro, and Kiki's Delivery Service in the 1980's. More than two decades later, the producer gave an interview to British style magazine Dazed at London's Hyper Japan festival last weekend, and confessed he thinks all the films...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, July 11-17

One Piece, Chihayafuru, Major 2nd, Magi, Handa-kun in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 One Piece 82 252,853 2,013,045 2016/07 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 3 2 Chihayafuru 32 192,358 192,358 2016/07 Kodansha Yuki Suetsugu 2 1 3 Major 2nd 5 146,004 146,004 2016/07 Shogakukan Takuya Mitsuda 3 1 4 Magi 30 144,612 144,612 2016/0...

Pop In Q Anime Film's Trailer Shows Fantasy World, Teases Dance Sequence

New visuals, additional cast and staff revealed ― Toei Animation began streaming a trailer for its upcomingoriginal anime film Popin Q on Wednesday. The trailer shows the film's five heroines transported to another world, where they are asked to save the world with dance. In addition, the film's website revealed a new key visual and opened character pages for the five main characters from the Popin r...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, July 11-17

Yo-Kai Watch 3, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd, Uppers games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 11-17 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yo-Kai Watch 3 Sushi/Tempura Level 5 July 16 632,135 632,135 2PSV The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd (Including Limited Editions) Kadokawa Games July 14 10,485 10,485 33DS Story of ...
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Sentai Filmworks to Release Aoharu x Machinegun Anime With English Dub

Section 23 Films announced in its November release slate that the Aoharu x Machinegun anime will get an English dub. Sentai Filmworks will release the anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on November 15. The company will also release Gatchaman Crowds Insight and Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine with English dubs on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in November. Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine wil...
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Yo-Kai Watch Sells More Than 10 Million Copies in Japan

Yo-kai Watch 3 launched in Japan last week ― Japanese video game news source Famitsu reported on Wednesday that Level 5's game series has sold more than 10 million copies in Japan. The total physical copies sold as of July 17 is 10,438,903. This number does not include digital sales. Level 5 announced the Yokai Watch franchise in 2011 with a game, manga, and anime already planned. The first game for ...
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Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy Tops 100 Million Yen at Japanese Box Office

Film opened on 44 screens on July 9 ― Anime distributor Aniplex announced on Wednesday that the Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy film has sold 70,133 tickets for a total of 105,611,860 yen (about US$990,000) in the ten days since it opened in Japanese theaters. The film opened on 44 screens in Japan on July 9 at #10 on Japan's weekly box office chart. The film sold 22,818 tickets for a total of 35,516,460 ...
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Answerman - Why Does Anime Go Unlicensed?

In an age when almost every anime series gets licensed, how and why exactly do some shows still fall between the cracks? Justin breaks it down. ― Imogen asks: With the recent news article about Sentai dubbing Amagi Brilliant Park I was curious to know if there's a reason why one of Kyoto Animation's other works 'Hyouka' hasn't had any distribution beyond Japan when all of their other shows have? Is ...

Sentai Filmworks Reveals When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace English Dub Cast, Video

Mateo Mpinduzi-Mott, Shanae'a Moore, Melissa Molano, more star ― Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast for When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace on Wednesday. The company also began streaming an English-dubbed clip. The cast, under director Kyle Colby Jones, includes: Mateo Mpinduzi-Mott as Ando Shanae'a Moore as Tomoyo Melissa Molano as Hatoko Maggie Flecknoe as Sayumi Sasha Paysing...
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Osaka Landmark Displays Golden Chopper Statue for One Piece Film Gold

Confectionery Glico displays Billiken statue ― A golden Billiken statue of popular One Piece character Chopper is on display at the Tsūtenkaku Tower in Osaka to celebrate the upcoming anime movie One Piece Film Gold, which opens in Japan on July 23. A Billiken is a type of statue that originated in the United States and became popular in Japan during in the Meiji Period, and it is said to bring good...
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Gundam Build Fighters Blu-Ray

Lauren Orsini takes a look at the first Gundam series revolving completely around Gunpla models. Is there secretly much more to this series underneath its toy commercial polish? ― Let's address the elephant in the room: Gundam Build Fighters is a toy commercial. However, it's an amazing toy commercial with beautiful animation, innovative mecha designs, humor, and heart—one that I want to watch again ...
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One Piece Dai Kaizoku Colosseum 3DS Game's Ad Previews Gild Tesoro in Action

2D fighting game slated for release on September 21, demo version on July 27 ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's upcoming One Piece Dai Kaizoku Colosseum (One Piece Great Pirate Colosseum) Nintendo 3DS game began streaming a commercial for the game on Tuesday. The video previews Luffy fighting with Gild Tesoro, the antagonist of the upcoming One Piece Film Gold movie. In addition,...
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K -Lost Small World- Stage Play's Cast Photographed in Costume

Play based on Yukako Kabei spinoff novel begins run on July 22 ― The official website of K -Lost Small World, the new stage play for the K media project, unveiled photographs of five more characters in costume on Wednesday. Saki Funaoka as Aya Ōgai Masanori Wada as Mikoto Suoh Takuya Kishimoto as Gen Shiotsu Yoshihiko Aramaki as Kuroh Yatogami Ryo Matsuda as Yashiro Isana (special video footage) The ...
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One Piece Manga Creator Eiichiro Oda: Story Is About 65% Finished

Manga debuted in 1997 & was 60% finished in 2012 ― The second issue of the "Dai One Piece Shimbun" promotional publication printed an interview with One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda on Wednesday. In the interview, Oda states that he has finished around 65% of the manga. He adds that he cannot do any more long stories besides One Piece. Oda previously mentioned in a previous issue of the One Piece Shimb...

Knights of Sidonia Co-Director Helms Blame! Anime Film

New visual unveiled; Nihei teases sneak peek of film at San Diego Comic Con ― The official website of the upcoming anime film adaptation of Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! manga revealed on Wednesday that Hiroyuki Seshita (Ajin) will direct the film at Polygon Pictures. Seshita previously co-directed the anime adaptation of another Nihei manga, Knights of Sidonia, at Polygon Pictures also. The site also unvei...
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Cheer Boys!! Cheerleading Novel Gets Stage Play in December

TV anime about university squad also now airing ― A stage play adaptation of Ryō Asai's Cheer Danshi!! (Cheer Boys!!) novel has been green-lit. The play, titled Live Performance Stage Cheer Danshi!!, will run at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo from December 9 to 18. The play will star Reo Honda, Kazuki Furuta, Yūya Hirata, Kōki, Kōji Saikawa, Yū Fukuzawa, and Akira Takano. Masami Itō will direct the play,...
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New Digimon Universe TV Anime Casts Makoto Furukawa, Mai Fuchigami, Ryou Hirohashi

New Digimon anime premieres October ― The official website for the television anime of the Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters multimedia project revealed additional cast members and character designs on Wednesday. The additional cast includes: Makoto Furukawa as Yūjin Ōzora, a 13-year old first year junior high student, and a childhood friend of Haru. He possesses a hot-blooded personality, and has lea...

Egg Firm Anime Company Partners With Sword Art Online, Code Geass, Madoka Magica Creators

Reki Kawahara, Ichiro Okouchi, Akiyuki Simbo are shareholders with Kazuma Miki's company as a partner ― Anime production company Egg Firm announced on Wednesday that it is collaborating with light novel author Reki Kawahara (Sword Art Online, Accel World), scriptwriter Ichiro Okouchi (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion), director Akiyuki Simbo (Puella Magi Madoka Magi...
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Fakku's Urotsukidoji Manga Kickstarter Campaign Ends Successfully

Publisher did not meet stretch goal for Toshio Maeda to update manga's artwork ― Hentai website Fakku's Kickstarter campaign to publish a remastered edition of Toshio Maeda's Urotsukidoji (Urotsukidōji: Legend of the Overfiend) manga in English ended successfully on Tuesday, raising US$60,021 of its US$47,000 goal. The campaign did not meet its US$87,000 stretch goal for Maeda to update the artwork a...
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Dansui! Manga About Boys' Swimming Team Gets Live-Action Adaptation

Tatsuya Kiuchi's manga about 3 boys trying to recruit new swimmers to save team ― This year's 16th issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Tatsuya Kiuchi's Dansui! manga is getting a live-action adaptation. The announcement does not specify the format of the adaptation or the release date. The manga centers on a certain school swim team that is on the verge of being...

Tuesday, July 19

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One Piece ‒ Episode 750

"It's not mind blowing or anything, but considering how benign and underwhelming the last three episodes have been, this Silver Mine Arc finale manages to offer some interesting things to talk about."
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While Korea Waits for Pokémon Go, Here's 'Pororo Go'

Alternative: play Pokémon Go near the demilitarized zone ― As the popular Pokémon Go app rolls out to countries around the world, developer Niantic has said it expects the game's launch in South Korea to be particularly difficult. But even though the game has yet to launch in Korea, the excitement is real—real enough for another app game titled Pororo Go to step up to the plate. Korean augmented real...
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New Game! ‒ Episode 3

"This should be an encouraging sign for anyone who came into New Game hoping that the show would include some musings on the creative process."

New Power Rangers Film's Main Cast Photographed in Armor

Film slated for March 2017 ― The USA Today newspaper revealed a new image from the new Power Rangers film on Tuesday. The photograph shows another shot of the Power Rangers in their armor, but with their faces visible. Entertainment Weekly magazine unveiled the first look at the costumes in May. The magazine describes the outfits as "translucent extraterrestrial armor that crystallizes around their b...
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Mob Psycho 100 - Episodes 1-2

"Mob Psycho 100 brings Mob and Reigen's feelings to life through dynamic layouts elevating crass, funny, and occasionally heartfelt material."
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Lion Voltron/Beast King GoLion Figure Listed From Soul of Chogokin

Beast King GoLion—better known in the west as Lion Voltron—will get a diecast metal figure from Soul of Chogokin. According to the product's Amazon Japan listing, the GX-71 Beast King GoLion features the five separate lions that can be assembled into a 27-centimeter (about 10.6-inch) figure. It will also come with weapons and a weapon stand. Earlier this month, Tamashii Nations and Bandai release...
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Clifford Chapin, Chuck Huber Star in Funimation's Servamp English Broadcast Dub

Mike McFarland, Alejandro Saab, Stephen Sanders, Brian Olvera also star ― Funimation Entertainment announced its English broadcast dub cast for Servamp on Tuesday. The cast, under director Sonny Strait, includes: Clifford Chapin as Mahiru Chuck Huber as Kuro Mike McFarland as Belkia Alejandro Saab as Koyuki Stephen Sanders as Ryusei Brian Olvera as Sakuya Servamp premiered in Japan on July 5, and FUn...
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Hideaki Anno Apologizes for Delay on Final Evangelion Film

"Now I feel like I can continue working on Evangelion" ― On July 19, during an interview about the completion of upcoming film Godzilla: Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) film, director Hideaki Anno commented on the long-awaited final film in Gainax's four-part remake of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series. The staff of the Godzilla press event made an official statement asking the audience to please ...

My Hero Academia Gets 'Vigilante' Spinoff Manga

Also: Samon the Summoner/Mr. Osomatsu spinoff, side stories for other Shonen Jump titles ― This year's first volume of Shueisha's Shonen Jump GIGA magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia) manga will get a spinoff manga titled "Vigilante -Boku no Hero Academia ILLEGALS-" in the second issue on August 20. The magazine did not specify if the man...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 17-23

Plastic Memories, Softenni anime; Love in Hell Death Life manga; Re:Zero light novel ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Bleach Set 1 BDPlease Viz Media US$54.97 July 19 Children Who Chase Lost Voices BD/DVD Sentai SelectsCite Sentai Filmworks US$19.98 July 19 C - Control BD/DVD SAVE EditionAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation Entertainment US$29.98 July 19 A Certain Magical Inde...

Pokémon Sun & Moon Games Introduce Newly Discovered Pokémon in Video

Wimpod, Bounsweet, Comfey, Mudsdale, Mimikyu, Bewear profiled ― A new video introduces the "newly discovered" Pokémon — specifcically Wimpod, Bounsweet, Comfey, Mudsdale, Mimikyu, and Bewear — from the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games on Tuesday. The video also notes that the games let players host their own competition using the Pokémon Global Link and strengthen their Pokémon with Hyper Training....
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Grandia III Game Listed for PS4

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is listing Grandia III on PlayStation 4. The game is rated "T" for "Teen." The Grandia III role-playing game launched for PlayStation 2 in 2005. Source: Gematsu (Sal Romano)
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WSJ & TechCrunch: McDonald's Sponsors Pokémon Go's Wednesday Launch in Japan

McDonald's locations would become Pokemon Go locations The Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch both reported on Tuesday that McDonald's Holdings Co. will be involved with the introduction of Pokémon Go to Japan. As part of the deal, the restaurant chain would become the game's first official sponsor, and McDonalds restaurants in Japan would become key locations for players. TechCrunch reports that t...
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Persona 5 Anime Special's Preview Video Reveals A-1 Pictures Animation

Also: 18-minute gameplay video streamed ― Aniplex began streaming a preview of Persona 5 the Animation -The Day Breakers-, the tie-in television special for Atlus' upcoming Persona 5 RPG, on Tuesday. The video reveals the main staff. Unlike the game's opening animation, which is animated by Production I.G, the special is animated at A-1 Pictures. In addition, Atlus began streaming an 18-minute gamepl...
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Nazotokine Puzzle-Solving TV Anime to Premiere in October

Natsuko Hara, Sora Tokui, Eriko Matsui, Sarara Yashima, Mikoi Sasaki star ― The studio Tengu Kobou opened a website for Nazotokine, a "puzzle-solving TV anime" (nazo-toki TV anime) which will premiere on Tokyo MX and other stations in October. The cast features: Natsuko Hara as Tokine Amino Sora Tokui as Hacchin Eriko Matsui as Kyōka Mizukami Sarara Yashima as Yoshie Yamasumi Mikoi Sasaki as Natsuko ...
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Sweetness & Lightning - Episodes 1-3

"This story of an unconventional family brought together by cooking hits all the right emotional notes without veering into “overly sappy” territory."
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Persona 5 TV Anime Special & Manga's Launch Dates Announced

Production I.G's opening footage, more details on game & headphones announced ― Atlus announced new details about its Persona 5 role-playing game at its "Persona 5 Complete Unveiling Premiere" event on Tuesday. The tie-in television anime special Persona 5 the Animation -The Day Breakers- will premiere on September 3 from 7:00 to 7:55 p.m. on Tokyo MX, followed by airings on Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, and...
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2nd Bakumatsu Rock Stage Musical's Cast Photographed in Costume

2nd stage play with new characters, story debuts in August ― The staff of Chō Kageki Bakumatsu Rock (Ultra Musical Bakumatsu Rock), the stage musical adaptation of Marvelous AQL's Bakumatsu Rock PlayStation Portable game, revealed visuals of the cast in costume on Tuesday for the musical's new production debuting this year. Shinji Rachi as Sakamoto Ryōma Ryō Mitsuya as Katsura Kogorō Teruma as Hijika...
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Macross Delta Anime Gets Flight/Shooting Game on PS Vita

Bandai Namco to offer Macross Delta Scramble on October 20 ― This week's issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is reporting on Thursday that Bandai Namco Entertainment is turning the ongoing Macross Delta television anime into a PS Vita game. The "flight action shooting" game Macross Delta Scramble will ship on October 20. The game will feature the anime's lead character, the pilot Hayate Immel...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, July 11-17

2nd Yo-kai Watch film sells 8,358 more, followed by Haikyu!!, Boruto, Yowapeda play, PriPara ― The stage play Yowamushi Pedal Sōhoku Shin Sedai, Shidō ranked #8 on the overall DVD chart with 3,529 copies. PriPara Christmas Dream Live landed at #14 with 1,549 copies. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 1 Eiga Yo-kai Watch: En...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, July 11-17

[email protected] SideM sells 14,454, followed by Haikyu!!, Boruto, Arpeggio's Trident, Yowapeda play ― "The [email protected] SideM 1st Stage [email protected]!~ Live Blu-ray [Complete Side]" concert disc sold 14,454 copies to debut at #2 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Arpeggio of Blue Steel's Trident The Last "Thank you for your 'Blue' @ Makuhari Messe" concert disc sold 3,485 copies at #8. The stage play Yowamushi ...
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Super Lovers Original Anime DVD's Ad Posted

"Premium anime DVD" bundled with limited edition of 10th manga volume on January 1 ― The official Twitter account of the television anime of Miyuki Abe's boys-love manga Super Lovers posted a commercial for the upcoming "premium anime DVD". The DVD is bundled with a limited edition of the manga's 10th volume, which will ship on January 1, 2017. The anime will be one episode that is about 20 minutes l...
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Gravity Rush 2 Slated for December With Anime Prequel by Evangelion's Khara

Latest trailer introduces new character Angel ― Sony announced on Tuesday that it will release the Gravity Rush 2 PlayStation 4 game in North America and the United Kingdom on December 2. The sequel will also debut in Japan on December 1 and in Europe on Novmber 30. Those who pre-order the game from participating retailers will receive alternate white costume DLC for Kat, as well as the Select Soundt...
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One Piece Anime Previews Zou Arc's Debut in Video

751st episode premieres on July 31 ― Toei Animation began streaming a video preview for the One Piece anime's 751st episode on Tuesday. The episode, titled "Bōken Kaimaku Maboroshi no Shima 'Zou' Tōchaku" (A New Adventure - Arrival in Zou, the Mysterious Island), will debut the anime's Zou arc on Sunday, July 31. The Zou arc picks up after the show's Silver Mine arc, which debuted on June 26. The Sil...

2016 Godzilla: Resurgence Film's 2nd Trailer, Ads Show Monster's Rampage

Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi collaborate on July 29 film ― Toho began streaming the second trailer and two 15-second commercials for its upcoming Godzilla: Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) film on Tuesday. The trailer shows the titular monster as it plows through Tokyo, and the Japanese Self-Defense Force attempts to stop it. The film will open in Japan on July 29, and will have IMAX, MX4D, and 4DX screeni...
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Mogura no Uta Sequel Film's Title, Additional Cast, December 23 Opening Revealed

Eita, Tsubasa Honda, Nanao, Arata Furuta cast in Mogura no Uta: Hong Kong Kyōsōkyoku ― The official website for the sequel film to the live-action film adaptation of Noboru Takahashi's Mogura no Uta crime manga revealed the film's title additional cast, and December 23 opening on Tuesday. The film is titled Mogura no Uta: Hong Kong Kyōsōkyoku (Hong Kong Capriccio). The new cast includes (clockwise fr...
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Taishi Murata Joins RIN-NE 2 Anime's Cast as Matsugo

Character will debut in show's 42nd episode on July 30 ― The official website of the RIN-NE 2 television anime series announced on Tuesday that Taishi Murata will play the character Matsugo in the anime. The character will debut in the show's 42nd episode "Shinigami Shōgakkō Dōsōkai" (Shinigami Elementary School Reunion) on July 30. The character is Rinne Rokudō's former elementary school classmate. ...
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My Love Story!! Anime's English Trailer Reveals New Release Schedule

Sentai Filmworks now offers anime in 1 Complete Collection BD/DVD release on December 20 ― Sentai Filmworks began streaming an English trailer for its English-dubbed release of the My Love Story!! anime on Monday. The trailer reveals that the release will now only have a Complete Collection containing the entire series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, which will ship on December 20. Sentai Filmworks confirme...
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