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The List - 7 Eras of Japanese History via Anime

Travel back in time (and maybe have your gender swapped) to seven different periods of Japanese history, all from the comfort of your couch. ― The history of Japanese civilization is expansive, predating the Common Era by 10,000 years (the Jomon period). There's much more ground to cover compared to what kids get in U.S. history classes in high school, which rarely cover anything before the Boston T...
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Gyo [2-in-1 Deluxe Edition] GN

Junji Ito's death-stench horror gets the deluxe treatment with a new hardcover omnibus, but the subject matter might not work for everyone. ― Junji Ito is inarguably one of the masters of horror manga, utilizing both horror (physical revulsion) and terror (psychological reaction) to create gut-churning tales of the world gone mad. To a degree, he carries this out in his two-volume series Gyo from 200...
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ANNCast - Podcastoes O'Brien

Voice actor/director/professional Dungeons & Dragons player Liam O'Brien returns to the podcast after a 5-year hiatus to discuss his roles in Fate/Zero and Sailor Moon, along with the landscape for anime voice acting now and what it's like to be Gollum. ― ANNCast Episode 234: Podcastoes O'Brien Get the Flash Player to see this player. Voice actor/director/professional Dungeons & Dragons player Liam ...
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We Need Your Questions for the Director of The Pilot's Love Song

If you've got questions for the director of the high-flying fantasy series The Pilot's Love Song, we've potentially got answers for you! ― We've been given the opportunity to interview The Pilot's Love Song director Toshimasa Suzuki, and we need your help! NISA, who will be releasing the fantasy action drama The Pilot's Love Song on bluray September 22nd, asked for fan questions for Mr. Suzuki, whos...
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Noir Blu-Ray

Bee-Train's 2001 girls-with-guns classic returns on Blu-Ray, and holds up surprisingly well, despite some mediocre animation. ― Not all older series deserve the Blu-Ray treatment. For some it is because the show just isn't as iconic as people might like to think, while for others it's because the quality was never BD worthy in the first place. Noir, fortunately, does hold up well enough that its tran...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc [Episodes 1-24 Streaming]

Egypt Arc is JoJo in peak condition, as memorable and engaging an adventure as you could hope for. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is back. ― When we last left our heroes, they'd just arrived on the shores of Egypt, escaping the literal jaws of defeat in order to finally save Jotaro's mother. The journey there had been a lengthy and sometimes inconsistent one, with their various adventures indeed being plen...
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Monday, August 3

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Arnie Roth: Final Fantasy XII 'Remake' Comment Was Error in Use of Term

Arne Roth, the producer and music director of the "Distant Worlds: music from Final Fantasy" concert tour, posted a statement regarding his Saturday comment that there is a "Final Fantasy XII remake underway." Dear friends, In response to comments posted by fans, I want to rectify a statement made from the stage Saturday night at our Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY concert in Pittsburgh. ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 703

"So One Piece did a surprising thing this week: It actually abridged its own mandatory prologue that it usually sandwiches between the opening and recap."
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Red Ash Anime Kickstarter Campaign Reaches US$150,000 Goal

Comcept, Studio 4°C collaborate to produce 12-minute anime ― Comcept's Kickstarter campaign for it and Studio 4°C's Red Ash -Magicicada- anime project reached its initial goal of US$150,000 on Monday at 9:12 p.m. Japan Time (8:12 a.m. EDT). As of press time the campaign has raised US$151,348. The campaign will end on August 3 at 2:30 p.m. EDT. Each stretch goal will "unlock" a new minute of the story...
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Dariusburst Another Chronicle EX Scrolling Shooter Game Gets Port for PS4, PS Vita, PC

Dariusburst Chronicle Saviours slated for winter 2015 ― Kadokawa Games announced a new installment in the long-running Darius series of side-scrolling shoot-em-up games titled Dariusburst Chronicle Saviours during the "REAL ZUNTATA NIGHT ~Dai-happyōkai 2015~ Chara-Ani×ZUNTATA" event on Sunday. The game will port the arcade game Dariusburst Another Chronicle EX to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, ...
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Piece of Cake's George Asakura Starts Hazeru Hoshi Manga

Also: more details revealed for new series by Detroit Metal City/All Esper dayo! creator ― This year's 36th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine announced on Monday that George Asakura will launch a new manga series tentatively titled Hazeru Hoshi (Bursting Star) in the magazine's combined 42nd and 43rd issue, which Shogakukan will publish on September 14. The magazine teases: A story of ...
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Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni- PS Vita Game to Ship on December 10

'Aggressive enormous breasts hyper battle' game stars Aya Suzaki, Kanae Ito ― The official website for the Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni- PlayStation Vita game announced on Monday that the game will ship in Japan on December 10. The game will retail for 6,980 yen (about US$56) for the standard edition. The limited edition "Nyū Nyū DX Pack" version of the game (pictured below) will include a specially-des...
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Exist Archive Sideview RPG's 1st Teaser Video Previews Gameplay

PS4, PS Vita game stars Ryota Ohsaka, Aya Endo, Ai Kayano, Tetsuya Kakihara ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming the first teaser video on Monday for it and tri-Ace's Exist Archive -The Other Side of the Sky- sideview role-playing game for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4. The game stars: Ryota Ohsaka as Kanata Kujo Aya Endo as Ranze Miwakawa Ai Kayano as Mayura Tsukishiro Tetsuya Kakihara as Tokihisa ...
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Kenichi Suzumura Joins Concrete Revolutio TV Anime's Cast

Masafumi Mima joins staff as sound director for series premiering worldwide in October ― The official website for the Concrete Revolutio Chōjin Gensō (Concrete Revolutio - Superhero Fantasy) television anime series announced on July 24 that Kenichi Suzumura (Accel World's Ash Roller, Gintama's Okita Sougo) is joining the cast as Raito Shiba. Additionally, the site announced that Masafumi Mima (Attack...
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1st Attack on Titan Live-Action Film Debuts at #1, Earns 600 Million Yen

Pokémon, Love Live!, Anpanman stay in top 10 ― The first of two Attack on Titan live-action films debuted at #1 during the August 1-2 weekend, earning approximately 600 million yen (about US$4.8 million). The film sold approximately 467,000 tickets for the weekend. Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures'Minions 3D CG animated film opened at #2, and Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast ani...
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Himōto! Umaru-chan Manga Has 1.5 Million Copies in Print

The combined 36th and 37th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine is revealing on Thursday that Sankaku HEAD's Himōto! Umaru-chan manga has more than 1.5 million copies in print. The sibling gag comedy manga centers around Umaru, Taihei's little sister who boasts beautiful looks as well as prowess in both school and sports. However, she has a certain secret. "Himōto" is a pun on "imōto" (l...
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Love Live! Film's Box Office Earnings Surpass 3rd Madoka Magica Film

Film seen more than 1.5 million times, earns more than 2.2 billion yen ― The Love Live! The School Idol Movie film has been seen more than 1.5 million times as of August 1, 50 days after the film opened at the box office. The film has also earned more than 2.2 billion yen (about US$17.7 million) as of August 1, surpassing the box office earnings of Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellio...
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Monster Hunter X Game's Videos Introduce Hammer, Hunting Horn Weapon Classes

Guild style, aerial style, Hunting Art previewed for both weapons for game shipping on November 28 ― Capcom began streaming two introduction videos on Saturday for the Monster Hunter X (pronounced "Cross") Nintendo 3DS game. The videos introduce the "hammer" and "hunting horn" weapon classes. The videos feature guild and aerial fighting styles for both weapons, and also features each weapon class's H...
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Minami Takahashi Makes Cameo in 1st Live-Action Attack on Titan Film

Singer dyed her hair black for role ― AKB48 idol group member and general director Minami Takahashi confirmed in a message through the 755 chat service app on Saturday that she makes a minor appearance as a soldier in the first live-action Attack on Titan film. A fan who saw Takahashi's name in the film's credits asked her through 755, and she replied, "Yes, it's me." She also revealed that she had t...

Sunday, August 2

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Aru Hi Inu no Kuni kara Tegami ga Kite Manga Gets Anime on DVD

Anime DVD bundled with Ciao magazine's next issue on September 3 ― The September issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine announced on Monday that Sayuri Tatsuyama's Aru Hi Inu no Kuni kara Tegami ga Kite (One Day A Letter Arrives from the Dog Kingdom) manga will receive an anime adaptation. The anime will ship on the Ciao Ciao TV! DVD bundled with the magazine's next issue, which Shogakukan will publish ...
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 17

"This arc stalled the plot with all the repetition and irritation of a skipping record."
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Fan-Favorite Digimon Omnimon Gets SHFiguarts Figure

Mini Tai, Matt figures included ― Earlier this year, the Japanese video game magazine Famitsū polled its readers on their favorite Digimon. Omnimon (known as Omegamon in Japan) won, so now Bandai is offering an S.H.Figuarts figure of the WarGreymon - MetalGarurumon fusion. The figure comes with two small figures of Taichi and Yamato (Matt), so fans can recreate the scene where they mount Omnimon's sh...
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Singer Daigo Stars in Monster Hunter X Game Ad

Singer and BREAKERZ band member Daigo is starring in a 30-second ad for Capcom's upcoming Monster Hunter X (pronounced Cross) game for the Nintendo 3DS. CAPCOM plans to release the game in Japan on November 28. In a longer video, Daigo offers his thoughts on the game. Daigo considers the Monster Hunter series his favorite and was excited to star in the commercial. He finds the hunting techniques "...
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Gangsta. ‒ Episode 5

"A big part of Gangsta.'s appeal lies in discovering the mushy-feely centers of these hardened men."
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Japan's Latest Culinary Concoctions: A Wet Burger and Lemon-Mint Soda

Salute Istanbul and improve excretion ― Even familiar foods can take on unexpected twists in the Land of the Rising Sun, and the hamburger is no exception. MOS Burger, a Japanese fast food chain, has unveiled a wet burger as its latest menu item. Inspired by the islak burger sold in Istanbul, its bun is soaked in a sweet-yet-spicy tomato sauce ("Napolitan sauce," a kind of pasta sauce invented in Jap...
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Live-Action Corpse Party Film Gets Uncut, 'Unlimited Edition'

Explicit scenes added to film of Team GrisGris horror games for September theatrical run ― 5pb. announced on Sunday that the live-action film of its Corpse Party game franchise is returning to theaters in an "Unlimited Edition" in September. The new edition will feature explicit sequences that were cut from the original theatrical release. The Unlimited Edition will begin playing on September 19: Tex...
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Kantō Crowns 2015's Hottest High School Boy

Hottest girl to be crowned on August 13 ― On July 28, Ryō Saruwatari (pictured below) was officially proclaimed the Hottest High School Boy in Japan's Kantō region. He won the Grand Prix at the Kantō High School Mister Con 2015, a contest held to determine the high school boy in the Tokyo area with the best looks. Saruwatari was surprised when his name was called, saying, "I'm glad because I really d...

Sentai Filmworks to Dub Chaika - The Coffin Princess Anime

Cast, more details to be announced later ― Sentai Filmworks announced at its Saturday panel at the San Japan convention that it will dub the Chaika - The Coffin Princess television anime into English. The company did not reveal any of the cast yet, and it told ANN that it will provide more details later. Chaika - The Coffin Princess centers around Toru Acura, a 20-year-old retired soldier meandering ...
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Yotsuba&'s Cardboard Robot Upgrades to Router

It's not every day that a robot made of boxes gets some added functionality. Danbo, the internet-renowned cardboard robot from the comedy manga Yotsuba&, has been converted into a special router. Known as the the Danboard Wireless Lan Router: DB-WRT01 and developed by Planex Communications, the compact device can communicate at 300Mbps and connect a variety of devices to Wi-Fi, including PCs and s...
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Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls' Rhythm Game Boasts 20+ Songs, 50+ Idols

2nd special video features 2nd season's opening ― The official website for the upcoming iOS/Android app The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage began streaming the second special video on Sunday. Text: Special Video #2 Narration: Producer-san, The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls makes its rhythm game debut! Narration: The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage Narration: The idols of Cind...
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Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō Gag Anime to Air on TV

Manga compares making tonkatsu with DJing at a club ― The previously revealed anime of author Iipyao and artist Yūjirō Koyama's Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō manga will air on television. The gag manga follows Agetarō Katsumata, a stupid but honest guy whose family has run a tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet) restaurant for three generations. He's also a beginner club DJ. The manga series began weekly serializatio...
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Wagnaria!!3 ‒ Episode 5

"The reason this episode works in spite of all the narrative hand-waving can be summed up in one word: Yamada."
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Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers ‒ Episode 5

"This is Rokka's opportunity to test its chops as a mystery story."
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Kodansha Launches 'Magazine Pocket' Manga App With New Fairy Tail, Ace of Diamond Spinoffs

Fairy Tail spinoff focuses on members of Sabertooth Guild ― Kodansha launched the free "Magazine Pocket" manga app for iOS and Android devices on Thursday. The app features manga that are already serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine, and it is also exclusively serializing two spinoff manga, one for Fairy Tail, and one for Ace of Diamond. Kyōta Shibano is drawing the Fairy Tail Gaiden: Keng...

Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid- TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Previews Voice Cast

Hitomi Harada performs opening theme; Mikako Izawa, Yuka Iguchi perform ending theme ― The official website for the Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid- television anime series began streaming the show's first promotional video on Sunday. The show's staff also revealed on Sunday that Hitomi Harada will perform the show's opening theme song "Overdrive," and Yuka Iguchi and Mikako Izawa will perform the ending the...
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Kengo Kawanishi, Juri Kimura Join Monster Strike Web Anime's Cast

Series based on mobile RPG debuts worldwide on October 10 ― The staff of the anime of mixi's Monster Strike mobile action role-playing game revealed two more characters and cast members for the anime at the "Monsuto Festival 2015" event in Chiba on Sunday. The official website has also updated with the character designs. The new cast is as follows: Kengo Kawanishi (Aldnoah.Zero's Kisaki Matsuribi, A ...
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Shonen Magazine Edge to Launch New Series by Sasameke's Gotsubo

Also: magazine to publish new manga by Hell's Kitchen author Gumi Amashi ― The official website for Kodansha's upcoming manga magazine Shōnen Magazine Edge revealed on Thursday that it will launch Ryuji Gotsubo's (Sasameke) Aramitama manga (pictured at right) and Gumi Amashi's (Hell's Kitchen) B no Shokutaku (B's Dining Table) manga (pictured in gallery below) in the magazine's inaugural issue on Sep...
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Iwate Prefecture's Tōno City Streams 'Kataribe Shōjo Honoka' Promotional Anime Short

Short centers on elementary school student who is a folklore storyteller ― The city of Tōno in Iwate prefecture began streaming a promotional anime short on Saturday titled 'Kataribe Shōjo Honoka' (Storytelling Girl Honoka). The 10-minute short centers on a girl named Honoka, an elementary school student who is a storyteller of Japanese folktales. After Honoka tells a story for her school, her friend...
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Monster Hunter X Game's Videos Introduce Dual Blades, Sword & Shield Weapon Classes

Capcom ships latest game in Monster Hunter franchise in Japan on 3DS on November 28 ― Capcom began streaming two introduction videos on Saturday for the Monster Hunter X (pronounced "Cross") Nintendo 3DS game. The videos introduce the "dual blades" and "sword and shield" weapon classes. The videos feature guild and aerial fighting styles for both weapons, and also features each weapon class's Hunting...
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Giant Killing's Tsujitomo Draws Poster for 95th Emperor's Cup Soccer Championship

Giant Killing's artist Tsujitomo is promoting the 95th Emperor's Cup All-Japan Soccer Championship Tournament with a new poster. The event, which kicks off on August 29, is open to every member club of the Japan Football Association. The competition is usually dominated by professionals in the J Leagues but its knock-out round format leaves room for—you guessed it—giant killers, which makes this c...
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'Love Like Aliens' Director Rashad Haughton to Produce Red Ash Main Theme Song

Comcept has raised $131,573 of US$150,000 goal with 37 hours left in campaign ― Comcept posted an update for its Red Ash -Magicicada- anime Kickstarter project on Saturday to announce that Rashad Haughton will produce the main theme song for the anime. Haughton, an American filmmaker and music industry veteran, previously collaborated with Studio 4°C and Shirogumi for the six-minute CG-animated short...

Saturday, August 1

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Distant Worlds Conductor Arnie Roth: Final Fantasy XII 'Remake Underway'

The Final Fantasy Network fan news website posted a recording on Saturday of Final Fantasy Distant Worlds conductor Arnie Roth mentioning a Final Fantasy XII "remake." According to Final Fantasy Network, the video was taken at a concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Distant Worlds held a concert in Pittsburg on Saturday evening. In the video Roth says: And, there's a Final Fantasy XII remake underw...
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Danganronpa 2 Stage Play's Video Reveals Full Cast

Lead actors Nana Yamada, Ryūsei Yokohama also pictured in costume ― The official website of the Super Danganronpa 2 ~Sayonara Zetsubo Gakuen~ (Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Academy) stage play began streaming a video revealing the play's cast on Wednesday. Nobuyo Oyama narrates the video as Monokuma. The full cast includes: Ryūsei Yokohama as Hajime Hinata Nana Yamada as Chiaki Nanami Masahiro Inoue...
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World Cosplay Summit Contestants Visit Japan's Foreign Ministry

Representatives from 26 countries are in Japan for the week-long World Cosplay Summit events this week. Some of the contestants — representing the Philippines, Vietnam, Portugal, and Kuwait — headed to Japan's Foreign Ministry to meet the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minoru Kiuchi. Kiuchi thanked them for coming, complimented their costumes, and observed how Japanese culture was spr...

CLAMP Puts xxxHOLiC: Rei Manga on 1-Month Hiatus

Sequel series had a 9-month hiatus last year & another 1-month hiatus in June ― This year's 36th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine is announcing on Monday that CLAMP is putting their xxxHOLiC: Rei manga on hiatus until the 41st issue, which will ship on September 7. The series went on hiatus in July 2014 and returned in the magazine's combined 22nd/23rd issue on April 27. It went on another one-mont...
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Chaos Dragon ‒ Episode 5

"This episode was not peak form for Chaos Dragon, but the pacing is solid enough and the plot complex enough to keep this fantasy adventure from being boring."
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Kumamon Shows His Kumamoto School Spirit in Yowapeda Campaign

Hot off his motorcycle racing tour with actor Keanu Reeves, lovable Japanese mascot Kumamon is setting his sights on cycling with the Yowamushi Pedal crew. The bear is out to represent his home prefecture of Kumamoto, the stage for the race in Gekijōban Yowamushi Pedal (Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie). The brand-new film opens on August 28 and adds Mamoru Miyano as Shin Yoshimoto, the ace of Kumamoto ...
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Gatchaman Crowds insight ‒ Episode 5

"This week's Gatchaman Crowds insight wasn't just “an” election episode. This was the election episode."
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Charlotte ‒ Episode 5

"This diversion is more eventful than last week's, packing in humor, characterization, and foreshadowing."
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Enjoy the Summer Festivals in a Gintama Yukata

Premium Bandai is listing two special yukata for the many discerning Gintama fans. Rather than being outright replicas of Gintoki's kimono and the Shinsengumi's uniforms from the series, both yukata take color and print cues for something original. The Gintoki yukata includes a fan motif featuring the pattern on his own kimono. The rest of the print includes red, black, and blue dots in varying si...
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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Manga Has Over 7.7 Million in Circulation

The wraparound jacket band on Michiko Itou and Taiki Asatoki's first Shokugeki no Soma: L'étoile manga volume is announcing on Tuesday that Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's original Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma manga has over 7.7 million copies in circulation. The 14th volume of the main manga is also going on sale on Tuesday.
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Evangelion Juice Campaign Continues With 26-Episode Boxes

The second collaboration between Neon Genesis Evangelion and Kagome juice is adding another level for obsessive collectors. Starting on August 24, Kagome will issue 26 different juice boxes, each with a screenshot and story summary from one of the anime series' 26 episodes. Customers who get every box variation could recreate an episode timeline to show off. They're only available until October 3...
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'Brave Beats' Trademark, "bravebeats.net" Domain Registered

The trademark Brave Beats was filed for registration in anime, games, and other fields on Bandai Namco Pictures' behalf on July 10. The Internet domain name "bravebeats.net" has been similarly registered on behalf of the anime studio Sunrise on July 22. Neither Bandai Namco Pictures nor Sunrise has yet to announce a project by that name. Bandai Namco Pictures is the new children's intellectual pro...
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Yowapeda T-Shirts Turn into Instant Character Face Masks

For the Yowamushi Pedal cosplayer on a budget, perhaps you might settle for these interesting shirts. Inspired by the bike-riding anime, Akita Shoten's online store is planning to sell new "Yowamushi Pedal Change T-shirts". These double-layered shirts come with a character's face printed upside-down on the inside When one flips up the outer layer and pulls it over their head, they are able to wear...

To Love-Ru/Black Cat Manga Artist Kentaro Yabuki Gets Married

Announces marriage in To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness home Jump Square Black Cat creator and To Love-Ru artist Kentaro Yabuki is announcing in the September issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine on Tuesday that he has gotten married. I have met and married an amazing person who has the blessing of my family, friends, and everyone!! Home cooking sure is good. Yabuki created the Black Cat manga and ...
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Vocaloid-Inspired Nō Shō Sakuretsu Girl Film Promoted With Flash Mobs

The Nō Shō Sakuretsu Girl (Spinal Fluid Explosion Girl) live-action film based on Rerulili's Vocaloid song is getting a series of very musical promotions. A flash mob led by a leotard-wearing man with a tambourine appeared in a helicopter hanger, public squares, dance clubs, and anywhere else they could dance. The original song features vocals by Vocaloid character voices Hatsune Miku and Gumi (as...
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The List - 7 Eras of Japanese History via Anime

Travel back in time (and maybe have your gender swapped) to seven different periods of Japanese history, all from the comfort of your couch. ― The history of Japanese civilization is expansive, predating the Common Era by 10,000 years (the Jomon period). There's much more ground to cover compared to what kids get in U.S. history classes in high school, which rarely cover anything before the Boston T...

Digimon Adventure tri. Part I's Newest Video Features "Butter-Fly" Song

6-part anime to launch in theaters, on Blu-ray, on iTunes on November 21 ― Toei Animation began streaming the latest advance video for the first part of the Digimon Adventure tri. anime on Saturday. The same video, which features the theme song "Butter-Fly" by Kouji Wada, debuted at the Digimon Adventure Fes. 2015 event that same day. AiM (Ai Maeda) is returning for the first part's ending theme "I w...
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Classroom Crisis ‒ Episode 5

"The fact that we're already in the titular class's graduation trip five episodes in is a pretty good indicator of the core contradiction of this show, and of this episode in particular."
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Gyo [2-in-1 Deluxe Edition] GN

Junji Ito's death-stench horror gets the deluxe treatment with a new hardcover omnibus, but the subject matter might not work for everyone. ― Junji Ito is inarguably one of the masters of horror manga, utilizing both horror (physical revulsion) and terror (psychological reaction) to create gut-churning tales of the world gone mad. To a degree, he carries this out in his two-volume series Gyo from 200...
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To All The Corners Of The World Anime Film's Teaser Streamed

Fall 2016 film by Black Lagoon director about bride living in World War II ― The official website for the anime film of Fumiyo Kono's To All The Corners Of The World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) manga began streaming the first teaser trailer on Saturday. The film will open in theaters throughout Japan on Fall 2016. The award-winning story of Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni follows a bride named Suzu Urano a...

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Light Novels' 11th Volume is Series 'Epilogue'

Yomi Hirasaka, Buriki's series inspired 2 TV anime, several manga, live-action film ― The retail descriptions for the 11th volume of Yomi Hirasaka and illustrator Buriki's Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (Haganai) light novel series reveal that the volume will serve as the series' epilogue. The light novels' story begins with Kodaka — a half-Japanese/half-British transfer student whose delinquent-like b...
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Attack on Titan Manga Has 50 Million Copies in Print Worldwide, TOHO Estimates 5 Billion Yen Total for 1st Live-Action Film

1st film opened on 427 screens in Japan on Saturday after Hollywood premiere last month ― The Japanese entertainment news website Eiga.com reported on Saturday that Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga has surpassed 50 million copies in print worldwide. Kodansha Comics had revealed last month that the English-language edition of the manga has 2.5 million copies in circulation. The Japanese version ...
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Yoru no Nai Kuni Game's 3rd Promo Video Highlights New Characters

Satoshi Hino, Eriko Matsui, Saori Ōnishi join cast for game shipping on September 17 ― Game developer Gust (Atelier series) began streaming a third "movie file" video on Thursday for its Yoru no Nai Kuni (The Country Without a Night) role-playing game for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita systems. Illustrator Yoshiku is designing the characters for the "bishōjo selvan RPG." Tadan...

Toei Reveals Kamen Rider Ghost Series Premiering in October

Protagonist uses "Eyecons" to borrow powers from souls of past heroes ― Toei announced on Thursday that the next installment in its Kamen Rider live-action special effects franchise is titled Kamen Rider Ghost. Toei initially filed for the trademark for the series in April. Satoshi Morota (Kamen Rider Wizard, Kamen Raider Gaim, Kamen Rider Fourze) will direct the series off of Takurō Fukuda's (Ultras...
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Sony Sells 25.3 Million PS4 Units Worldwide

Sony announced on Thursday via its quarterly earning report that it sold 3 million units of its PlayStation 4 game console during the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 (from April 1 to June 30). The number is up from 2.7 million units sold during the same time last year. The company's games division earned US$2.37 billion, a 12.1% increase in revenue over the same period last year. The report attr...

7 Companies Invest US$3 Million in Anime Consortium Japan

4 major publishers, Good Smile Co., Toei Animation, Bushiroad invest in company ― Anime Consortium Japan announced on Friday that seven Japanese companies will invest 378.3 million yen (US$3.05 million) in Anime Consortium Japan (ACJ). Investors include Kodansha, Shueisha, Shogakukan, Kadokawa, Bushiroad Inc., Good Smile Company, and Toei Animation. While Toei Animation was a shareholder of ACJ previ...
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Video Shows Off Digimon Adventure tri Complete Digivice Model Features

Bandai began streaming a commercial for its Digimon Adventure tri. Complete Selection Animation Digivice on Friday. The video shows the toy's many sound effects and special features including voice recordings from eight of the show's cast members. Features include a die-cast antennae, inking, a clear pearl body, LED lights that flash in four colors, and an LED-lit white "half-mirror" screen. Voice...
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Tokyo Ghoul Jail PS Vita Game Slated for October 1

New character also teased, will be revealed in Weekly Shonen Jump's 37th/38th issue ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's upcoming Tokyo Ghoul Jail PS Vita game has revealed that the game will ship in Japan on October 1. Additionally, this year's 36th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump is teasing a new character on Monday through a silhouette. The combined 37th and 38th issue of...
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Capcom Reveals Monster Hunter X New Nintendo 3DS LL Variant, Weapon Intro Videos

Long sword, great sword classes highlighted for game shipping in Japan on November 28 ― Capcom announced on Thursday that it will release a special-edition Monster Hunter X New Nintendo 3DS LL (called XL in the West) bundle on November 28, the same day Monster Hunter X ships in Japan. The New Nintendo 3DS LL included in the bundle will have a red finish with the Monster Hunter X (pronounced Cross) lo...

Friday, July 31

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Food Wars's Erina Bathing Suit Figure is Ready for Summer

The reigning queen of Tōtsuki Culinary Academy is giving her God Tongue a break and heading to the pool. Alphamax and sculptor 2% created a figure based on a special chapter of the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga that depicts the savant chefs at the public pool. The 1/7-scale figure measures 25cm high (9.8in) and costs 10,584 yen (US$85). Erina looks pretty confident, as usual, although she wa...
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Ushio & Tora ‒ Episode 5

"The show has improved because we now face a world of more complex evils."
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Fate/Grand Order RPG's Promo Previews Game Mechanics

RPG debuted on Android devices on July 29, iOS version "coming soon" ― The official website of Type-Moon's Fate/Grand Order smartphone role-playing game began streaming a promotional video for the game on Thursday. The video peviews some of the game's mechanics, including the combat system, and the acquisition of new Servants and equipment. A TV commercial for the game was previously streamed in June...
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Prison School ‒ Episode 4

"Episode 4 is one of the finest examples of a prison break story in anime—and it's funny to boot."
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Live-Action Attack on Titan Director Insults Promotion Staff

Later apologizes, explains context ― Shinji Higuchi, director of the live-action Attack on Titan movie, found himself in hot water after comments he posted on Facebook. The Japanese movie review site Chō Eiga Hihan had given Attack on Titan a 40 out of 100. "I did it! If the experts had praised me, I wouldn't have known what to do, but this makes me feel better," he wrote. "Speaking of which, who are...
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Children's Detective Novels Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note Get TV Anime

Fall shorts about 5 grade schoolers who solve cases ― The anime studio Signal.MD announced in July that it is producing a television anime of Hitomi Fujimoto and Ryō Sumitaki's Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note (Detective Team Kazs' Case Notes) novel series. The anime will premiere on October 7 and run on the public broadcaster NHK's E-Tele channel from 6:45 p.m. to 6:54 p.m. as part of Tensai TV-kun program...
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The Obscure Egyptian God Medjed and His Bizarre Afterlife on the Japanese Internet

The Book of the Dead is an ancient Egyptian text describing the passage of departed souls into the afterlife and listing the spells they must recite to proceed through Duat (the Realm of the Dead). In Spell 17, the god Medjed is mentioned: "I know the name of that Smiter among them, who belongs to the House of Osiris, who shoots with his eye, yet is unseen." He is not referred to in any other cont...
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Seraph of the End Gets Original Event Anime

Jump Special Anime Festa will tour 9 cities in Japan this November ― The September issue of Shueisha's Jump Square is announcing on Tuesday that Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign is inspiring an original event anime at this year's Jump Special Anime Festa tour. The event will visit nine cities in Japan from November 3-15. In addition to the Seraph of the End original anime, the festival will debut a F...
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Black Lagoon's Katabuchi, Aimee Isobe's Animated Music Video Streamed

The mishmash* project, a sound production team consisting of programmer Toshiaki Mishima and producer Masuya Makomu, released its anime music video with director Sunao Katabuchi and singer Aimee Isobe on Friday. The track is titled "How much longer will I have you with me?" and is sung completely in English. How much longer will I have you with me? (EN_lyrics) mishmash*Aimee Isobe from Masu Masuya...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 17

"Another episode of Food Wars, another truly unpleasant female character. "

Tracking Board: Lionsgate is Working on Naruto Movie

Michael Gracey in talks to direct ― Hollywood news website The Tracking Board reported on Thursday that Lionsgate has closed the rights to adapt Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto manga into a film. Lionsgate is in talks with Michael Gracey to direct. Gracey has previously worked in visual effects and animation, and is now directing several upcoming films, such as an adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches an...
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New York Time Manga Best Seller List, July 19-25

Tokyo Ghoul, No Game, No Life, Akame ga Kill!, Log Horizon, Black Butler, The Devil is a Part-Timer, Big Hero 6, Attack on Titan, Bleach, Assassination Classroom The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on July 25. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 2Tokyo Ghoul #1 Sui Ishida Viz Media 6 2-No Game, No Life #2 (light...
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ANNCast - Podcastoes O'Brien

Voice actor/director/professional Dungeons & Dragons player Liam O'Brien returns to the podcast after a 5-year hiatus to discuss his roles in Fate/Zero and Sailor Moon, along with the landscape for anime voice acting now and what it's like to be Gollum. ― ANNCast Episode 234: Podcastoes O'Brien Get the Flash Player to see this player. Voice actor/director/professional Dungeons & Dragons player Liam ...
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Make Your Gym Trip Magical With Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya's Miyu's Bag

Outdoor Products is adding a little magic to gym bags. The company is taking pre-orders for its Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya bag with the same print seen on Miyu's luggage in the show. The purple and blue color motif is reminiscent of Miyu's magical girl costume and the butterfly and star print also mirrors Magical Sapphire's silhouette. The BrainPolice online shop will accept preorders until Au...
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To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness Manga Volume 15 Bundles New OVA

2 episodes adapt stories from the manga ― The September issue of Shueisha's Jump Square is announcing on Tuesday that the special edition of the 15th To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga volume will bundle two OVA episodes on DVD. The total runtime will be about 25 minutes. The first episode, "Ghost Story ~Kowai no wa Ikaga~" (How about something scary?), will adapt a side story from the manga's ninth...
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Answerman - What Needs To Be Approved By A Licensor?

Names, marketing, merchandise, key art - what aspects of an American home video release need direct approval from the Japanese company that owns the show? ― Hey guys, I could really use some new questions! It's the dog days of summer, so people are kind of checked out... and not sending in questions for me to answer. So come on, send me something! [email protected] Thanks!! Julian asks...
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Earthbound, Tales of Symphonia, Donkey Kong Mii Costumes Added to Super Smash Bros

The Mii Fighters is Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS are getting some new downloadable costumes today, including new stages and modes. Nintendo announced the new costumes over the last few days. They include the big bad crocodile King K. Rool from the Donkey Kong game franchise. A Flying Man costume from Earthbound (Mother). The birdmen already appear in the game in the Ma...
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Sayaka Nakaya Stars in Magical Somera-chan Anime From Ai Mai Mi Creators

Staff returns for 3rd anime based on Choboraunyopomi's works ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Choboraunyopomi's four-panel manga Magical Somera-chan (Fushigi na Somera-chan) announced the main cast and additional staff members on Saturday. Former AKB48 idol Sayaka Nakaya leads the cast as Somera Nonomoto. Other cast members include: Kaede Hondo as Kukuru Nonomoto Rika Mom...

Flying Witch Manga About Teen Witch Gets TV Anime

Chihiro Ishizuka's story of 15-year-old witch who moves to northern Japan ― A television anime adaptation of Chihiro Ishizuka's Flying Witch manga has been green-lit. The comical story follows the 15-year-old witch Makoto Kowata and the other boys and girls in her daily life. With her black cat Chito, the somewhat aimless girl moved from Yokohama to live with her second cousin at Aomori in verdant no...

One-Punch Man TV Anime Streams 2nd Promo Video

Series to premiere in October with streaming by Viz, Daisuki ― The official website for the One-Punch Man television anime began streaming the second promotional video on Saturday. The original manga's story revolves around the titular super hero who has trained so hard that his hair has fallen out, and who can overcome any enemy with one punch. However, because he is so strong, he has become bored a...
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Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' Film's English-Dubbed 'Piccolo' Trailer Posted

Dub to play in N. American theaters from August 4-12 ― Funimation Entertainment began streaming a "Frieza Force Dossier - Enemy Piccolo" video on Thursday for its upcoming North American screening of the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' anime film. The film will play in North American theaters from August 4 to August 12. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' premiered on 658 screens in both 2D and 3D in the...
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We Need Your Questions for the Director of The Pilot's Love Song

If you've got questions for the director of the high-flying fantasy series The Pilot's Love Song, we've potentially got answers for you! ― We've been given the opportunity to interview The Pilot's Love Song director Toshimasa Suzuki, and we need your help! NISA, who will be releasing the fantasy action drama The Pilot's Love Song on bluray September 22nd, asked for fan questions for Mr. Suzuki, whos...
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Noir Blu-Ray

Bee-Train's 2001 girls-with-guns classic returns on Blu-Ray, and holds up surprisingly well, despite some mediocre animation. ― Not all older series deserve the Blu-Ray treatment. For some it is because the show just isn't as iconic as people might like to think, while for others it's because the quality was never BD worthy in the first place. Noir, fortunately, does hold up well enough that its tran...
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Digimon World -next 0rder- Game's 1st Teaser Promo Video Streamed

Bandai Namco ships PS Vita game in Japan in 2016 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the first teaser promotional video on Friday for its Digimon World -Next 0rder- PlayStation Vita game. Text: Evolve our world. Text: "Digimon World" series' latest work Bandai Namco Entertainment plans to release the game in 2016. The game stars Takuto, who is a senior high school student who has loved Digim...
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Sunrise Reveals Mori no Ongakudan Series of Online Anime Shorts

Gintama's Fujita directs gag shorts about forest animals starting a rock band ― Sunrise and Pony Canyon began streaming the first episode in a series of anime shorts titled Mori no Ongakudan (Musicians of the Forest) on Wednesday. The short features three vignettes. In the first vignette, "Let's Start a Band," Mouse and Squirrel approach Raccoon as he's washing vegetables in the river, and they sugge...

Attack on Titan: Junior High Spinoff Manga Gets TV Anime Adaptation

Production I.G. produces series premiering in October ― Production I.G opened a website on Friday to reveal that Saki Nakagawa's Attack on Titan: Junior High (Shingeki! Kyojin Chūgakkō) spinoff manga based on Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga is getting a television anime adaptation that will premiere on MBS and other stations in October. The site is currently streaming a promotional video that ...
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Biohazard/Resident Evil Game Series Gets 1st Stage Play in Tokyo in October

Chris, Piers, Rebecca investigate bioterrorism incident in western Australia in play ― Capcom opened a website on Friday to announce that the Biohazard (Resident Evil) video game series is getting its first stage play adaptation. The Biohazard the Stage adaptation will premiere at Tokyo's EX Theater Roppongi near the end of October. Avex Live Creative and Ace Crew Entertainment are in charge of the p...
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Arslan Senki x Musou Game's TV Ad Highlights Narsus

PS4/PS3 game ships in Japan on October 1, in N. America/Europe for PS4/PS3/Xbox One in early 2016 ― KOEI Tecmo Games began streaming a television ad for the Arslan Senki x Musou PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 game on Friday. The ad highlights the character Narsus' (voiced by Daisuke Namikawa). KOEI Tecmo Games previously streamed action introduction videos for Daryun and Gieve earlier this month. Ko...
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Charlotte TV Anime's 'Making of' Video Shows Production

Video will only be available until August 3 ― International television channel Animax Asia began streaming an English-subtitled "Charlotte, Making of" video on Monday. The video shows the development of Jun Maeda's Charlotte TV anime, introduces the show's story and characters, visits P.A. Works ' studio, and feature messages from the staff and cast. The video will only be available until August 3. T...
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Japan Animator Expo Streams Mahiro Maeda, Otaro Maijo's 'Hammerhead' Short

Short about near-invincible superhuman kicks off project's 3rd season ― The official website for Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo), the weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the 25th short on Friday to kick off the project's third season. Note: The video contains graphic violence and may not be safe for work. Otaro Maijo (...
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Rudolph to Ippaiattena Children's Books Get 3D CG Film Adaptation

Summer 2016 film about cats stars Mao Inoue, Ryohei Suzuki ― Japanese film production and distribution company TOHO unveiled a new 3D CG film titled Rudolph to Ippaiattena on Friday. The film will adapt Hiroshi Saitō's original 1986 children's book of the same name. The film will star Mao Inoue and Ryohei Suzuki in the lead roles, with Inoue playing Rudolph, and Suzuki playing Ippaiattena. The film w...
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2015 Dengeki Gunpla King Crowned

The winners of the 2015 Dengeki Gunpla King contest, which seeks the highest examples of Mobile Suit Gundam figure modelling, were crowned. The winner of the grand prize (Dengeki Gunpla King), which carries a purse of 200,000 yen ($1,617), is entitled "Jeanne d'Arc" and was submitted by Papa Fumitoshi. It also won in the Open category, which carries a purse of 50,000 yen (about $400). Second place...
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Hetalia Franchise Gets Musical Adaptation in Tokyo in December

Hidakaz Himaruya's original manga centers on anthropomorphized nations ― Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia - Axis Powers manga and television anime franchise is getting a musical adaptation in Tokyo in December. The musical will run at the Zepp Blue Theater Roppongi from December 24-29. Yūsei Naruse (Yowamushi Pedal, Diabolik Lovers stage plays) is writing the script for the musical, and Kōtarō Yoshitani (S...
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Attack on Titan Live-Action Series' Trailer Previews Story

3-episode prequel series to live-action films will premiere on August 15 ― The official website for Shingeki no Kyojin ~Hangeki no Noroshi~ (Attack on Titan: Counterattack's Beacon), the live-action series based on Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga and its live-action film adaptations, began streaming a trailer for the series on Friday. The trailer features the show's theme song "Hangeki no Ha" ...
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Love Live! Girls Don Movie Costumes for Petit Nendoroid Figures

The stars of box-office topping Love Live! The School Idol Movie are getting a tie-in Petit Nendoroid figures in their costumes from the film's "Angelic Angel" sequence. Pre-orders are opening tomorrow, but Good Smile Company's Kahotan is giving a sneak peek of all nine girls. Umi, Honoka, and Kotori Rin, Hanayo, and Maki Eli, Nico, and Nozomi The figures will be sold individually or as a whole s...
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Live-Action Terraformars Teaser Previews Story

Film project also running contest with chance to appear in the film ― The official website of the live-action film adaptation of Kenichi Tachibana and Yū Sasuga's Terraformars science-fiction manga began streaming a teaser for the film on Friday. Narrator: To fulfill the dream of Martian colonization, humanity transformed certain creatures. Text: Transforming Mars into Earth: The terraforming project...

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Kinnikuman Creator Calls Out Groping Cosplayer On Twitter

A cosplayer of the title character of Kinnikuman (Ultimate Muscle) has reportedly been causing quite a bit of trouble and discomfort at last weekend's Wonder Festival in Tokyo. He was first spotted pretending to film a Gundam cosplayer's rear at a low angle. Witnesses later reported seeing him flip the skirts and grope the breasts of other cosplayers wearing female kigurumi (adult onesies). The co...
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night Game's English-Dubbed Chie Video Streamed

Lyric video for "Backside Of The TV (Lotus Juice Remix)" song also posted ― Atlus USA began streaming a character video for its upcoming Persona 4: Dancing All Night PS Vita game on Thursday. The video previews the English dub for the character Chie Satonaka (voiced by Erin Fitzgerald). Atlus previously streamed the Japanese version of the video in March. Atlus USA also began streaming a lyric video ...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 421

"The second half of this week's Naruto Shippūden showcases some of the most exciting action the show has featured in a long time."
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Sailor Guardians Go Caroling as Petit Chara Figures

Megahouse is continuing its line of Sailor Moon Petit Chara figures with Christmas in July. The holiday-themed figures pair Sailor Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, and Chibi Moon with festive accessories like a caroling book, a candle, a sack of gifts, and angel wings. Each character is also adorned with a Santa hat (in their respective color) and maribou dress. Sailor Venus also comes with A...
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Death Note (Drama) ‒ Episode 4

"This episode was a rollercoaster ride, with some of the show's best moments and dullest moments so far."
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Eagle Talon's DLE Makes Public Service Announcements

Also: meat industry commercials ― DLE, the studio behind the comedy anime series Eagle Talon, is now applying its Flash animation skills to various public service announcements. One campaign, Kokoro no Tōkyō Kakumei ("Tokyo Revolution of the Heart"), in collaboration with the Tokyo Metropolitan government, aims to improve Tokyoites' public manners and regard for others. The video reminds viewers that...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, July 20-26

Doraemon special, Soreike! Anpanman film air ― The second half of Soreike! Anpanman: Ringo Bōya to Minna no Negai aired on NTV on Friday, July 24 at 4:20 p.m. and earned a 3.2% rating. Yuruyuri Nachu Yachumi! aired on TV Tokyo on Saturday, July 25 at 3:35 a.m. and earned a 0.3% rating. The live-action Death Note drama series aired on NTV on Sunday, July 26 at 10:30 p.m. and earned a 10.6% rating. Tit...
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Live-Action Attack on Titan Cast Get Fashion Mag Shoot

Live-action Mikasa Ackerman is in the spotlight on the front cover of a fashion magazine. As one of the stars in the live action Attack on Titan adaptation,American-Korean actress and fashion icon Kiko Mizuhara graces the cover of the latest issue of Japanese monthly women's magazine 25ans along with co-star Haruma Miura, who plays Eren Jaeger in the movie. She and Miura are both featured within t...
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Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace ‒ Episode 5

"Rather than a stage play aesthetic, this week gives us a literal window into Kagami's mind and past actions."

SHAFT's Prism Nana Anime Project Will Be an OVA Slated for This Year

Magical girl project was announced in 2012, ― The official Facebook page for Studio SHAFT's Magical Suite Prism Nana anime project posted a comment last month that an Original Video Animation is slated for this fall or winter. The project is planning several releases within the year, and will announce details at this year's Summer Comic Market (Comiket), August 14-16. SHAFT first announced the projec...
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Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō Gag Manga Gets Anime Adaptation

Manga compares making tonkatsu with DJing at a club ― This year's 36th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will announce on Monday that author Iipyao and artist Yūjirō Koyama's Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō manga will get an anime adaptation. The magazine did not specify the anime's format. The gag manga follows Agetarō Katsumata, a stupid but honest guy whose family has run a tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet)...
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Sachiko Vocaloid Makes Song Debut, Creators Discuss Making Her

Sachiko, the newest Vocaloid idol modeled after Enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi, had her album hit virtual shelves on the Vocaloid Shop online store on Monday. On Tuesday, a special launch event was held that Kobayashi attended, alongside Vocaloid project leader Katsuki Ishikawa and developer Masashi Yoshida. At the event, they discussed the development behind Sachiko's character and the intricacie...

Disney to Release 'Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki' Blu-ray Set

Set includes 13 feature films, 1972 Yuki no Taiyō short, 3 Akado Suzunosuke episodes ― Disney announced on Thursday that it will release "The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki" Blu-ray box set. In addition to Miyazaki's 11 feature films, the set will include a bonus disc with the 1972 television pilot film Yuki no Taiyō (Yuki's Sun), three episodes of the 1972-1973 series Akado Suzunosuke (Little Sam...
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1st Ever Dead or Alive Festival Will Stream on August 1

Japan is holding its first-ever Dead or Alive Festival fan event celebrating the lovely ladies from the fighting franchise. The event will stream live on YouTube starting at 12:00 a.m. EST on August 4. The event will include a cosplay contest featuring Taiwanese celebrity cosplayer Neneko and special appearances by Honoka voice actress Ai Nonaka and Marie Rose voice actress Mai Aizawa. An in-game ...
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KanColle Kai for PS Vita Delayed Again

Kadokawa Games announced on Friday that it has delayed the Kantai Collection Kai PlayStation Vita port of its free-to-play browser game again from August 27 to November 26. The company announced the game at the “Kadokawa Game Studio Media Briefing 2013 Autumn” event. The game's release date was previously pushed back from May to August. The release will include a regular edition for 5,800 yen (abo...
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Shonen Jump Runs Boruto: Naruto The Movie Manga One-Shot

Variant cover for The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring also bundled ― Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto and Kenji Taira (Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals) have drawn a "Boruto -Road to "B"-" manga one-shot for this year's 36th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The manga one-shot is a collaboration with next week's Boruto -Naruto The Movie- release. The issue also bu...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc [Episodes 1-24 Streaming]

Egypt Arc is JoJo in peak condition, as memorable and engaging an adventure as you could hope for. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is back. ― When we last left our heroes, they'd just arrived on the shores of Egypt, escaping the literal jaws of defeat in order to finally save Jotaro's mother. The journey there had been a lengthy and sometimes inconsistent one, with their various adventures indeed being plen...

Arslan: The Warriors of Legend Heads West on PS4/PS3/Xbox One

Physical PS4/Xbox One releases & digital PS3 release ― Koei Tecmo announced on Thursday that it will release Arslan: The Warriors of Legend (Arslan Senki x Musou) for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Xbox One in North America and Europe "in early 2016." The game will be available in Europe as physical releases for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and on PlayStation 3 digitally. Koei Tecmo Games and Omega...
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Final Fantasy Explorers Heads West in January 2016

January 26 in N. America, January 29 in Europe ― Square Enix announced on Thursday that it will release Final Fantasy Explorers on Nintendo 3DS in the West in January 2016. The game will debut in North America on January 26 for US$39.99 and in Europe on January 29. The game had shipped in Japan on December 18, 2014. December 18 was also the anniversary of the first Final Fantasy game, so first copies...
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Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Slated for February 4 in Japan

Boruto & Sarada bonuses previewed ― This year's 36th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment will release Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (Naruto Shippūden Narutimate Storm 4) in Japan on February 4, 2016. The 7,600-yen (about US$70) game was previously scheduled for the PlayStation 4 this fall. The magazine also previewed the c...
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Anata o Zutto Aishiteru Anime Film's Teaser English-Subtitled

Film based on children's book series opens on August 20 in Singapore ― Singaporean anime licensing company Odex began streaming an English-subtitled teaser of the Anata o Zutto Aishiteru anime film on Tuesday. The video reveals that the film will open in Singapore exclusively in Golden Village cinemas on August 20. The partial cast list consists of: Marina Watanabe as Sera Kappei Yamaguchi as Zesta K...
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TouhouCon 2015 to Host Riddle Story of Devil Artist Sunao Minakata

Illustrators Banpai Akira, Shinoasa to also attend September 18-20 event in Anaheim ― TouhouCon announced on Tuesday that it will host illustrators Sunao Minakata, Banpai Akira, and Shinoasa at its September 18-20 convention in Anaheim, California. All three illustrators will participate in a guest panel, and will hold autograph signings. They will also exhibit their art at the convention's exhibit h...
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Harmony Anime Film's Promotional Video Reveals Cast, Theme Song

Miyuki Sawashiro, Shinichiro Miki, Akio Ohtsuka, Cho, more star in film opening on December 4 ― The official website for the upcoming anime films based on the works of late novelist Project Itoh began streaming a video announcing the cast for Harmony on Thursday. The promotional video also unveils the theme song "Ghost of a smile" by EGOIST. The cast includes: Miyuki Sawashiro as Tuan Kirie Yoshiko S...

Gakuen Handsome OVA's Opening Video Streamed

Nekoroji performs theme song "Tokimeki☆Boyfriend" for anime shipping on August 28 ― The official website of Gakuen Handsome the Animation, the video anime adaptation of Tohoku Penet's popular boys-love game Gakuen Handsome, began streaming the opening for the anime on Thursday. The video features Nekoroji's opening theme song "Tokimeki☆Boyfriend." Nekoroji played the character Teruhiro Saionji in the...

Ajin Anime Film Project's 2nd Promo Video Reveals Cast

1st film in planned trilogy starring Mamoru Miyano, Yoshimasa Hosoya opens in November ― The official website for Ajin, the anime film trilogy of Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga, began streaming the anime's second teaser promo video on Thursday. The video reveals the films' cast, and also reveals that the first film, subtitled "Shōdō" (Impulse), will open in Japan in November. The cast is as ...
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La Corda d'Oro 4 PS Vita Game's Teaser Promo Previews Scenes

2016 PS Vita game continues story from La Corda d'Oro 3 game with same characters ― The official website of KOEI Tecmo Games' upcoming La Corda D'oro 4 dating simulation game began streaming a teaser promotional video for the game on Monday. The video previews some of the scenes from the game, and confirms its 2016 release date. Text: Are you going to end it here? Narrator: A summer where you clashed...
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Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' Film's English-Dubbed 'Vegeta' Trailer Posted

Dub to play in N. American theaters from August 4-12 ― Funimation Entertainment began streaming a "Frieza Force Dossier - Enemy Vegeta" video on Wednesday for its upcoming North American screening of the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' anime film. The film will play in North American theaters from August 4 to August 12. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' premiered on 658 screens in both 2D and 3D in the...
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Digimon GEM Figure Line Adds Ken & Wormmon, Takeru & Angemon, Hikari & Angewomon

The GEM line of high-quality figures revealed plans to add Ken Ichijōji with Wormmon, Takeru Takaishi and Angemon, and Hikari Yagami and Angewomon. The figure series already includes Mimi Tachikawa with Palmon, Kōshirō "Izzy" Izumi with Tentomon, Sora Takenouchi with Piyomon, and Joe Kido with Gomamon. The Ken figure comes with replacement parts so buyers can change his facial from normal to smil...
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Insurance Company's TV Ad Depicts Mazinger Z as Retiring Section Manager

Subordinates discuss Go Nagai's classic robot character as hero of the company ― Insurance company Manulife began streaming a web commercial titled "Mazinger Kachō ~Second Life e Mazin-go!~ (Section Manager Mazinger Mazin-goes to a Second Life!) promoting its "Mirai no Tabi" campaign. The video depicts Go Nagai's classic Mazinger Z robot as a company's section manager. In the video, section manager M...
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Bandai Celebrates Zeta Gundam 30th Anniversary With Transforming Psycho Gundam

The Premium Bandai shop is celebrating the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam's 30th anniversary with a limited, transforming MRX-009 Psycho Gundam figure. The imposing Gundam is part of Bandai's Assault Kingdom Shokugan (lit. "candy") figure line. Pre-orders opened on July 22 for 9,990 yen (about US$81). The Psycho Gundam measures 200mm (about 8in) and is posable. It can also transform into its defensive "...

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Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Slated for the West on October 6 with Special Edition

Sega announced on Wednesday that it will release its Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax fighting game for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in the West on October 6. The announcement also noted that the game's Western release will also have a "special launch edition" with a soundtrack CD of music from notable Sega composers, including Teruhiko Nakagawa, Naofumi Hataya, Kenichi Tokoi, and Jun Senoue. ...

Comcept's Red Ash Game Project Funded by FUZE Entertainment

Game green-lit for PC, PS4, Xbox One ― Game developer Comcept announced on the Kickstarter campaign page for its Red Ash: The Indelible Legend game on Wednesday that Chinese digital entertainment company FUZE Entertainment has funded the project. The announcement noted that the game's prologue "The KalKanon Incident" will be developed to completion, and will be released for the PC, PlayStation 4, and...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 282

"Gintama episode 282 is brimming with droll humor and Saint Seiya references."
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Metal Gear Solid Composer Talks Konami Fall Out

By now, the video gaming community is all but painfully aware of the sudden divorce between game director Hideo Kojima and game developer Konami. Solid Snake himself has even tweeted the fact that studio Kojima Productions has been disbanded, the studio logo having been removed from advertisement posters for the upcoming title, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. To address Kojima's startling s...
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 17

"This week on My Love Story!!, we get some Christmas in July."
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Sanrio Mascots Promote Pacifism on 70th Anniversary of Japan's Surrender

On August 14, 1945, Japan announced its surrender to the Allied Forces it would come to be known as V-J Day before signing the Japanese Instrument of Surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri on September 2. This year marks the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender but the anniversary is also in the midst of debate over constitutional revisions with criticism honed in on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Sanr...
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San Francisco's J-Pop Summit to Host Magica Wars Singer Anna Yano

Space Brothers #0, When Marnie Was There, The Case of Hana and Alice films will screen at August event ― The organizers of the J-Pop Summit event in San Francisco announced on Tuesday that the event will host Japanese singer Anna Yano. She will perform on the event's main stage and host a meet-and-greet with fans. Yano provided the opening theme "All Over" for the 2014 series of anime shorts Magica W...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, July 20-26

Kimi ni Todoke, Space Brothers, Kingdom, Magi, JoJolion in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Kimi ni Todoke 24 256,302 256,302 2015/07 Shueisha Karuho Shiina 1 1 2 Space Brothers 26 206,944 206,944 2015/07 Kodansha Chūya Koyama 2 1 3 Kingdom 39 183,696 391,171 2015/07 Shueisha Yasuhisa Hara 1 2 4 Magi 26 162,187 318,826...
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Girls und Panzer Gears Up for 3rd Ibaraki Blood Drive

Girls und Panzer is collaborating with the Japanese Red Cross Society in Ibaraki prefecture for a third time next month. The campaign is using promotional posters of Girls und Panzer characters Miho, Saori, Hana, Yukari, and Mako as nurses, doctors, and patients. Donors who give 400ml of blood can receive posters, pins, and clear files. The campaign will start on August 1 and run until August 31. ...
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Live-Action Lychee Light Club Film's Cast, Staff, Teaser Unveiled

Digimon Adventure tri.'s Junya Ikeda, Taifū no Noruda's Shūhei Nomura, 7 more star ― The official website for live-action film adaptation of Usamaru Furuya's Lychee Light Club manga revealed the main cast, staff, and teaser trailer on Thursday. The film will open in Japan this winter. Eisuke Naitō is directing the film and collaborating with Keisuke Tominaga on the script. The film will have an origi...
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Overlord ‒ Episode 4

"This is absolutely aggrandizement of the highest order towards Mr. Awesome Sauce Protagonist, but this series gets away with it better than most because of how uncomfortable Momonga continues to be with it."
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, July 20-26

Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi, Makai Shin Trillion games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 20-26 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yo-Kai Watch Busters Aka Neko-dan/Shiro Inu-tai Level-5 July 11 95,369 1,009,905 2PS3 Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi (Including Limited Editions) Capcom July 23 58,889 58,889 3PS4 Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi (Including Limited...
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Digimon Adventure Tai's Goggles Up for Pre-Order

Now you can designate yourself as the leader of your DigiDestined friends with a pair of official goggles. The Digimon Adventure Memorial Goods: Taichi Googles are up for pre-order at the Premium Bandai shop for 4,860 (US$39) and will ship in December after orders close on September 30. The pre-order page notes that the goggles are reproduced faithfully from the pair in the show and will let the w...

Stitch! Anime Gets 1st Special in 3 Years

Yuu Aoi guest stars as robot who teams up with Stitch ― A new Stitch! anime special, Stitch! Perfect Memory, will air on Japan's Disney channel on August 7. This will be the first new anime special for the franchise in three years. Yuu Aoi will guest star in the special as "Tiira," an information analysis robot from the Galactic Federation. In the story, a mysterious giant tank rocket begins stealing...
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Chibi Maruko-chan Gets Movie Tie-In Manga

Original creator Momoko Sakura draws new manga ― This year's September issue of Shueisha's Ribon magazine will announce on Monday that Momoko Sakura will begin a new Chibi Maruko-Chan series in the October issue on September 3. The short manga series, Chibi Maruko-Chan: Kimi o Wasurenai yo (I Won't Forget You), will be based on the upcoming anime film. Sakura herself is in charge of the film's script...
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Answerman - Why Did So Many OVA Series End Prematurely?

So many of those classic OVA series from the 80s and 90s ended after only one or two episodes. Justin investigates why. ― Hey guys, I could really use some new questions! It's the dog days of summer, so people are kind of checked out... and not sending in questions for me to answer. So come on, send me something! [email protected] Thanks!! Parker asks: I recently purchased Discotek's D...
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Boruto -Naruto the Movie- Promotes Job Site by Turning Job Search into Chūnin Exams

Pseudo chūnin exams are being administered to thrust people into a far more dangerous place than the world of ninja—the world of salaried employment. Boruto -Naruto the Movie- is teaming up with Japanese job site Baitoru as they open up a special new online page. The "Chūnin Part-time Job Recruitment Has Begun!" page on the site likens part-time recruitment into chūnin exams used in Naruto where s...
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Oscar-Nominated 'Dam Keeper' Animators Work With Anime Studio

anima inc. produced Cat Sh*t One short; Tonko House to adapt Japanese children's book for film ― Japanese animation studio anima inc. announced in April that it has partnered with Tonko House, the studio behind the 2015 Oscar-nominated animated short "The Dam Keeper." Toy Story 3 art director and Tonko House co-founder Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi also announced the partnership through his Twitter account...
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New 3DS Face Plate Offers Game & Watch-Inspired Working Clock

Face plate also has thermometer but no games ― Video game accessory and novelty company Columbus Circle will release a New Nintendo 3DS face plate that is designed to look like Nintendo's early handheld "Game & Watch" systems on September 30. The "Retro Plate & Watch" will have a working thermometer and clock with alarm and timer, but it is not an officially licensed Nintendo product and will not hav...
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Tom Cruise Pitches Edge of Tomorrow Sequel Concept

Actor Tom Cruise said at the New York premiere for his Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation film on Monday that he pitched an idea for a sequel to the Edge of Tomorrow film. He presented the idea when he met with Edge of Tomorrow screenwriter (and Rogue Nation director) Christopher McQuarrie and Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman. Cruise also asked his co-star Emily Blunt about her availability fo...
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Monster Musume ‒ Episode 4

"If the previous episode was light on truly bizarre monster girl antics, Suu the Slime Girl is poised to fix that issue single-handedly."
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Dragon Quest XI Has 'No Concrete Plan' to Head West Yet

The official English-language Twitter account for the Dragon Quest game franchise responded on Wednesday to fans asking about whether the Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki wo Motomete (Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time) game will be coming to the West. The account said that the team does not have "a concrete plan" at the moment, but the team will consider it "as we've done in the past fo...

Gainax's Princess Maker Sim Returns as Phone App

Customizable 3D characters, dungeon exploration, "harvest festival" in Mgame's version ― Online game developer Mgame announced on Monday that it is developing a Princess Maker game for Android and iOS devices. Mgame has opened a website for the game, and also began streaming a video that previews some of the game's features. In the game, players take on the role of a father who adopts an orphan girl ...
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Bandai Namco: Dragon Ball Xenoverse's Online Features Are Not Shut Down

Bandai Namco Entertainment clarified through its Twitter account that it was not shutting down online support for its Dragon Ball: Xenoverse fighting game on Tuesday. This is in response to reports of players receiving an in-game message on Tuesday, stating that online service for the game had "ended," and some of the game's features would be shut down. Bandai Namco Entertainment unveiled the game...
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Bakumatsu Rock -howling soul- Manga Ends

Accompanying anime adaptation of game premiered in July 2014 ― The September issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine published the final chapter of Shinshu Ueda's Bakumatsu Rock -howling soul- manga on Tuesday. The magazine also notes that Ichijinsha will publish the manga's second and final compiled book volume on September 25. The manga adapts Marvelous AQL's Bakumatsu Rock game. The ...
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Koei Tecmo Teases Game Outside Warriors/Musou Franchise

Game developer and publisher Koei Tecmo Games launched a teaser website on Wednesday for a new project by its Omega Force team (Warriors games). The teaser site contains the text "This is not 'Warriors,'" in both English and Japanese, indicating that the new project will not be part of Omega Force's Warriors (Musou) series of action games. It also features a countdown that will end on August 5 (in...
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K: Countdown Manga Ends, K: Dream of Green Manga Launches

New manga about Green Clan "jungle" will publish prologue in September ― The September issue of Kodansha's Aria magazine published the final chapter of Rei Rairaku and Yui Kuroe's K: Countdown manga on Tuesday. The magazine also notes that Rairaku and Kuroe will start a new K manga spinoff titled K: Dream of Green in Aria. The new manga will depict a story from the point of view of the Green Clan "ju...

Nana Mizuki's 33rd Single Sells 38,244 CDs to Rank #3

22nd Top-10 single has Symphogear GX opening "Exterminate" ― Nana Mizuki 's 33rd single "Exterminate" sold 38,244 copies to rank #3 on Oricon's CD singles chart for the July 20-26 week. The single includes the Senki Zesshō Symphogear GX television anime's opening theme song "Exterminate," the Tower of Princess iOS/Android game's theme song "Bramble," and eat Ehime Asahi TV's Hakkyu Seishun 2015 Mezas...
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Live-Action Orange Film's Poster Shows Heroine as a Teen & Adult

Production still of Kakeru Naruse (Kento Yamazaki) also shown ― The staff of the live-action film of Ichigo Takano's Orange shōjo manga unveiled the film's poster on Wednesday. The poster depicts the protagonist Takamiya Naho (Tao Tsuchiya) in both her present 16-year old and future 26-year old self. The text on the poster reads: In the spring of my second year of high school, I got a letter. The sen...

Yuuki Kaji Stars as an Assassin in Osiris no Tenbin Anime

August 1 debut of assassin who meets targets to decide whether to execute them ― The 10-episode original anime Osiris no Tenbin (The Balance of Osiris) will premiere this Saturday, August 1 at midnight. It is the first original anime on the newly revamped Fuji TV On Demand service. The dark suspense story is set in the modern day and centers around an assassin enshrouded in mystery. To decide whether...
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