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Sword Art Online: Progressive Novel 2

Kirito's adventures continue in Reki Kawahara's second Progressive novel, which delves into the mechanics of the game much more than the show ever did. ― The second volume of Reki Kawahara's ambitious reimagining of Sword Art Online offers plenty of intriguing content, but perhaps none more so than its Afterword. In the Afterword for the first volume, he mentioned an intent to average about two floor...
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The X Button - Heaven Sense

This week: a chat with Final Fantasy XIV producer Naoki Yoshida! Plus Exist Archive, Red Ash, Dragon Quest, and a classic wonder-world! ― Some loyal readers may be tired of hearing about Red Ash, Keiji Inafune's Kickstarter attempt to relaunch Mega Man Legends in just about everything but name and storyline. You must forgive me, as I really enjoy the Legends games and want to see more in their gener...
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Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 DVD

I hope you like the '90s not only because this show is the most '90s thing ever, but also because it just doesn't have a whole lot else going for it. ― Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 definitely has an aesthetic. Now, whether it has a good aesthetic or not, that's the question. I hope you like the '90s. Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 is intensely, aggressively '90s, from its tone to its overall aesthetic to...
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Shelf Life - Sporty Spice

This week we get athletic with Ping Pong the Animation and Wanna Be the Strongest in the World. ― Jump to this week's reviews: Ping Pong the AnimationWanna Be the Strongest in the World! On Shelves This Week 009 Re: Cyborg BD+DVD Funimation - 104 min - Hyb - MSRP $34.98Currently cheapest at: $20.14 Amazon Synopsis: Long ago, nine humans were captured and weaponized into cyborgs. However, they rebell...
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Interview: Madoka Magica voice actress Ai Nonaka

The voice behind Madoka Magica's Kyoko Sakura and an enormous list of other fan favorite characters chats with us about her life, her hobbies, and her technique. ― Ai Nonaka is a veteran voice actress, having gotten her start in 2002 in shows like Kinnikuman and Platonic Chain; you likely know her as the feisty Kyoko Sakura from the smash hit Puella Magi Madoka Magica, but she's also well-known for h...
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Aldnoah.Zero Blu-Ray Vol. 1

Earth and Mars go to war in the first volume of creator Gen Urobuchi's sci-fi action hit, now in English and loaded with extras, but is this 6-episode single release worth the investment? ― What sets people apart from each other? That's a question that gets asked almost everyday, with various answers like “color,” “religion,” or “country of origin” all getting tossed around. In the world of Aldnoah Z...
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The Mike Toole Show -The Worst Anime of All Time

Fresh from his panel at Otakon, Mike runs down the absolute worst anime he's ever seen, and wonders what you might consider to be worse. ― Goku and Superman tangle furiously, then get caught up in a tender embrace; bystanders swarm them, holding up mobile phones to capture the moment. A massive line of kids, teenagers, and adults in an assortment of wigs, hats, and other odd clothes starts moving, it...
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Tokyo Ghoul GN 2

Tokyo Ghoul's second volume slows down the pace a little to examine what happens when the line between "monster" and "human" gets a little blurry. ― One of the greatest tropes in horror literature is the fear that the monsters might look just like us. I call it a trope due to its widespread use, but it remains an effective one, and in the second volume of Tokyo Ghoul, Sui Ishida takes that device and...
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Wednesday, July 29

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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...
review

Sword Art Online: Progressive Novel 2

Kirito's adventures continue in Reki Kawahara's second Progressive novel, which delves into the mechanics of the game much more than the show ever did. ― The second volume of Reki Kawahara's ambitious reimagining of Sword Art Online offers plenty of intriguing content, but perhaps none more so than its Afterword. In the Afterword for the first volume, he mentioned an intent to average about two floor...
ep. review

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...
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The X Button - Heaven Sense

This week: a chat with Final Fantasy XIV producer Naoki Yoshida! Plus Exist Archive, Red Ash, Dragon Quest, and a classic wonder-world! ― Some loyal readers may be tired of hearing about Red Ash, Keiji Inafune's Kickstarter attempt to relaunch Mega Man Legends in just about everything but name and storyline. You must forgive me, as I really enjoy the Legends games and want to see more in their gener...
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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...
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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...

Tuesday, July 28

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Boruto: Naruto the Movie Posts 3-Minute Video of Fan Tributes

Messages on what Naruto means to fans, set to music & footage from August 7 film ― Japanese film distributor Toho began streaming a special 215-second "Uketsugareru Michi" (The Path From One Generation to the Next) video for Boruto -Naruto the Movie- on Wednesday. The "tear-inducing" video debuted during the film's preview screening the day before. The video features messages from fans about what the...
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Rumiko Takahashi's Rin-ne Anime Casts Aya Endo, Fumi Hirano

Endo plays Kain's mother; character debuting in show's 18th episode on Saturday ― NHK's official website for the Kyōkai no Rinne television anime revealed on Monday that the show has cast Aya Endo (Macross Frontier's Sheryl, Yurikuma Arashi's Reia) as Kain's mother, and Fumi Hirano (Urusei Yatsura's Lum, Tokyo Ravens' Miyo) as Sakura's mother. Kain's mother will debut in the show's 18th episode airin...
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Star Wars Rice Paddy Art Grows in Aomori Prefecture

The village of Inakadate, Aomori Prefecture is hoping to drive tourism with a Star Wars-themed rice paddy. The image of R2-D2, C-3PO, and the newly introduced BB-8 take up a 1-hectare field. The varying colors are created using 11 varieties of rice. Village leader Koyu Suzuki presented the art on Wednesday with the image's artisans: local students that planted the rice in June. Storm Troopers were...
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Lost Dimension Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

DLC including quests, story content, costumes, and PSN avatars available for free until August 11 ― Atlus USA began streaming an English-dubbed launch trailer showcasing gameplay from FuRyu's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita game Lost Dimension on Tuesday. Atlus USA released the game physically and and digitally on the PlayStation Network in North America Tuesday. NIS America simultaneously release...
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The Last: Naruto the Movie Tops Both Blu-ray & DVD Charts With Franchise Highs

1st time that the Naruto franchise topped both charts simultaneously ― The Last: Naruto the Movie topped both the Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD charts from Oricon during its first week of sales after July 22. In the July 20-26 week, it sold 19,335 copies of the limited complete Blu-ray edition, and it also sold 18,565 of the limited complete DVD edition and 4,706 of the standard DVD edition. The movi...
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Rei Ayanami Gets Official Blue Paint Color

You can now paint any room in official "AYANAMIBLUE" paint by Turner Colour's J Colour line. The paint went on sale on July 26 and the company also plans to release variations on the shade in three types of acrylic gouache in October. The color is a blend between Water Blue and Frosty Blue, which speaks well to Rei's standoffish demeanor. A bust of the character painted entirely in the new color ...

Boruto: Naruto the Movie to Play in Over 80 U.S. Cities

In NY, California, Texas, Washington, Illinois, Missouri, & more states ― Viz Media and Eleven Arts announced on Monday that they will screen Boruto -Naruto the Movie- in over 80 cities in the United States, including the following 51 locations: State City Theater AZ Tempe Harkins Theatres - Valley Art CA Bakersfield Valley Plaza 16 CA Los Angeles Downtown Independent CA Murrieta Cal Oaks17 CA Rohner...
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Attack on Titan Beauty Campaign Cuts Down Unwanted Body Hair

On that day, humanity received a grim reminder. We lived in fear of unwanted body hair. Poster caption: "This is just a theory, but...I think the best way to get rid of unwanted body hair is with TBC." The live-action film adaptation of Attack on Titan is collaborating with beauty treatment company Aesthetic TBC in the new "Attack on Beauty" campaign. They, along with Japanese make-up company épil...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 26-August 1

009 Re:Cyborg, Galilei Donna, Inari Kon Kon, Monster Farm, No Game, No Life, Recently, My Sister Is Unusual, Windy Tales anime ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date 009 Re:Cyborg Movie DVD/BDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$34.98 July 28 Galilei Donna DVDPlease Discotek/Eastern Star US$39.95 July 28 Inari Kon Kon Complete Series + OVA DVD/BDPlease Funimation Entertainmen...
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Sengoku Basara Character Guest Stars on Q-Transformers Episode

Tiny Autobots were recently "on the air" with a Sengoku era samurai. Monday's episode of the anime web series Q Transformers: Kaettekita Convoy no Nazo, featuring chibi Autobots and Decepticons in silly adventures, included a special appearance by a character from the Sengoku Basara video game and anime series. The fourth episode of the anime was presented as a parody radio talk show that guest st...
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Comico Manga 'Neko E Nikki' Gets Flash Anime

Emi Hirayama to voice all characters ― The official website for Kayu Suzuo's Nekokirai no Ie ni Umareta Nekosuki ga Neko to Kurashi E Nikki (Picture Diary of Cat Lover, Who Was Born into a Family of Cat Haters, Living With Cats) manga announced on Thursday that the manga will get a Flash anime adaptation beginning on August 1. The short episodes will air on Chūkyō TV's "Nyan da? Full Channel," a late...
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Castle Town Dandelion ‒ Episode 4

"This episode focused on cramming as many different girls as possible into one half hour."
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Non Non Biyori Repeat ‒ Episode 4

"This is easily the best single episode I've reviewed in more than four seasons."
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Little Witch Academia Inspires 2 New Manga Series

Manga to begin in Shueisha's Ribon, Ultra Jump in August ― This year's September issue of Shueisha's Ribon shojo magazine will announce on Monday that a new manga series based on Little Witch Academia will premiere in the next issue on September 3. Yuka Fujiwara (Crash!, RaRaRa Hallelujah!) is drawing the series, titled Little Witch Academia: Tsukiyo no Ōkan (Crown of Midnight), and the anime's dire...
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Actually, I Am… ‒ Episode 4

"Actually, I Am… offered a bit of a surprise at the start of the season simply by being more competent than one might expect, but this storyline came out of nowhere."
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Gunpla Model Commercial Pays Homage to Gundam's 1st Episode

Bandai's commercial for the "Shinsei -Revive-" HGUC RX-78-2 Gundam, the latest 1/144 model for the first Gundam anime's original mobile suit, is paying homage to the series' first episode. The model is one of three slated in part for Gunpla's 35th anniversary. Bandai is also releasing the HGUC RX-77-2 Gun Cannon and the HGCE Freedom Gundam. The model is the first RX-78-2 Gundam gunpla in five year...
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Heads to PC on August 18

Trailer for PC version streamed ― Square Enix UK began streaming a trailer on Tuesday for the PC edition of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. The video comments reveal that the game is slated for release on Windows PC via Steam on August 18. Players who preorder the game will receive a Master Chocobo courier and Class Zero Moogle ward DLCs for Dota 2 as well as a Final Fantasy Type-0 HD loading screen. Final ...

Naruto Creator on Being Asked for Sequel: 'Please Let Me Rest Now'

He finally went on "honeymoon," even though his son is already as big as Boruto ― Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto and the cast of Boruto -Naruto the Movie- attended a preview screening for the film on Tuesday. During the event, Kishimoto talked about ending the manga after 15 years and then getting heavily involved in the movie, "I had thought that I could finally rest when I finished the mang...
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Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 DVD

I hope you like the '90s not only because this show is the most '90s thing ever, but also because it just doesn't have a whole lot else going for it. ― Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 definitely has an aesthetic. Now, whether it has a good aesthetic or not, that's the question. I hope you like the '90s. Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 is intensely, aggressively '90s, from its tone to its overall aesthetic to...
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2nd New Initial D Film's 1st Trailer English-Subtitled

Opens August 27 in Singapore ― Singaporean anime licensing company Odex began streaming an English-subtitled trailer of the Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō- (New Initial D the Movie Legend 2: Racer) film's first promotional video. The video reports the film's August 27 theatrical opening in Singapore, and features the song "Resurrection" by Back-On. The film opened in Japan on May 23. The fi...
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Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Ignition's Video Shows Emi, Quenser in Action

Sega released game in Japanese arcades on Tuesday ― The official website of Sega's Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Ignition fighting game began streaming a character introduction video for the game's new playable characters. The video show's The Devil is a Part-Timer!'s Emi Yūsa (The Hero Emilia) and Heavy Object's Quenser (with Milinda and Heivia) in action. The video confirms that Yōko Hikasa is rep...
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Dragon Quest X Getting PS4, NX Versions

Franchise's online game originally released on Wii, Wii U in 2013 ― Square Enix announced during a livestreamed presentation on Tuesday that it is bringing its Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online (Dragon Quest X: Awakening of the Five Races Online) online game to the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo's upcoming "NX" platform. Square Enix did not announce a release date for the new versions. ...

Dragon Quest XI Game Unveiled With Differing PS4/3DS Versions

Square Enix aims to offer game "within 30th anniversary" of franchise with NX version also ― Square Enix confirmed during a livestreamed presentation on Tuesday that it is developing Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki wo Motomete (Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time), the eleventh game in the main Dragon Quest series of role-playing games. The game celebrates the series' 30th anniversary since...
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Hosoda's Boy & the Beast Film Ranks #2, Love Live! Earns 2 Billion Yen

The Boy and the Beast grossed more than 2.5 billion yen, watched 1.98 million times ― Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast film retained its #2 spot at the Japanese box-office for the July 25-26 weekend. The film earned 336,963,100 (about US$2.72 million) and sold around 249,722 tickets during the weekend. As of July 27, the film has earned more than 2.5 billion yen (US$20.2 million), with a current...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, July 20-26

The Last Naruto the Movie sells 18,565 + 4,706, followed by 1st Yo-kai Watch film, Kuroko's Basketball, Gintama, Yowapeda play ― The Yowamushi Pedal Interhigh Arc The Winner stage play sold 2,065 more copies for a new total of 17,858. It dropped from #1 to #19 on the overall DVD chart. Gekijōban Ultraman Ginga S Kessen! Ultra 10 Yūshi!! landed at #26 with 1,462 copies. Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san. Z & Ki...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, July 20-26

The Last Naruto the Movie sells 19,335, followed by SNAFU TOO, Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls, Your Lie in April, Gundam Reconguista in G ― Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - The Last Naruto the Movie (Limited Complete Pressing) 19,335 19,335 15/7/22 ANX Animation 1 1 2 - My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! Vol. 2 (Limited ...
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One Piece Kabuki Play's Lead Actor Plays Luffy, Hancock, & Shanks

Ichikawa Ennosuke IV stars in October 7-November 25 production in Tokyo ― The staff of the previously announced kabuki stage play inspired by Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga announced the play's cast in an event on Tuesday. The staff also revealed a photograph of lead actor Ichikawa Ennosuke IV in costume as Luffy. The kabuki stage play's full cast is as follows: Ichikawa Ennosuke IV as Luffy, Hancock...
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Gundam Conquest V PS Vita Game's Promo Streamed

Video previews game's strategy, action, multiplayer modes ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a promotional video for its upcoming Gundam Conquest V PS Vita game on Tuesday. The video previews the game's various mechanics, including a strategic section that allows players to produce resources and build armies, an action section that allows players to control their mobile suits, and a multipl...
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Persona 4 Manga to End in 11th Volume

Udon Entertainment releasing manga's first English volume in September ― The wraparound jacket band on the 10th compiled book volume of Shuji Sogabe's Persona 4 manga adaptation announced on Monday that the manga's 11th volume will be its last. North American publisher Udon Entertainment announced in June that it had licensed the manga. Udon describes the manga's story: When the small rural town of I...
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Gargantia Novel Sequel's Story Outline, Designs Posted

18-year-old Ledo & planned 2nd season's hero, heroine, mecha shown in design roughs ― The official blog for the Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet anime posted the story outline and character design rough for Ledo from the upcoming novel sequel. The design rough depicts Ledo two years after the previous original video anime (OVA) project, when he is 18 years old: The website describes the story: Russe...
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Spike Chunsoft, Tri-Ace's Exist Archive RPG Unveiled for 2015

PS4/PS Vita "sideview RPG" project re-unites Valkyrie Profile, Star Ocean developers ― This week's issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is running a 14-page special preview on game developer Spike Chunsoft and Tri-Ace's new "sideview RPG," Exist Archive -The Other Side of the Sky-, on Thursday. Art by the game's character designer Tarō Minoboshi adorns the issue's front and back cover. The art...

Monday, July 27

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Franco-German Artist is Making a Torii Gate Made of Speakers

A Franco-German artist is tasked reinterpreting an iconic symbol of Japanese culture. The torii gate is usually seen outside of Shinto shrines as a marker designating an entrance into a sacred space. Benoît Maubrey is creating a more interactive version than the traditional red ones found throughout Japan. Meriken Park in Kobe will be the site of a torii made entirely out of 300 recycled speakers....
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Goku Goes 'Super Sandwich' in Fox's Animation Domination Spoof

Goku and crew are no strangers to senseless destruction. Most of the group sports an impressive kill count only exceeded by the number of explosions required to achieve it. Fox's Animation Domination High-Def released its latest anime-inspired spoof detailing what happens when Goku uses his powers to create sandwich. The Animation Domination video series has poked fun at anime series numerous time...
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Shokotan Grooves to the Pikachu Dance

The cutest Pokemon parade is heading back to Yokohama in a few short weeks. The latest invasion is dance themed and aptly titled "Odoru? Pikachū Tairyō Hassei-chū!" (Dance? Pikachu All Over the Place). The unabashedly geeky Shoko Nakagawa—known by her stage name, Shokotan—appeared with her cohosts of the Pokémon Get☆TV television program to show off her Pikachu dance moves. Shokotan has hosted the...
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Shelf Life - Sporty Spice

This week we get athletic with Ping Pong the Animation and Wanna Be the Strongest in the World. ― Jump to this week's reviews: Ping Pong the AnimationWanna Be the Strongest in the World! On Shelves This Week 009 Re: Cyborg BD+DVD Funimation - 104 min - Hyb - MSRP $34.98Currently cheapest at: $20.14 Amazon Synopsis: Long ago, nine humans were captured and weaponized into cyborgs. However, they rebell...
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Capcom Postpones Street Fighter V Beta Test

Capcom announced in a blog post on Monday that it postponing the first beta test for Street Fighter V until further notice. The beta was supposed to launch on July 23 and run for five days for players who pre-ordered the PlayStation 4 version of Street Fighter V, but many users found the game unplayable due to server issues. Capcom decided to take the servers offline after three days. "We will be ...
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Kumamon Meets Keanu Reeves at Suzuka Circuit

The net in Japan is abuzz with a picture of a lovable Japanese mascot hanging out with Neo from The Matrix. なんと!俳優のキアヌ・リーブスさんとお会いできたモーン!! pic.twitter.com/JAkcdL6G01— くまモン【公式】 (@55_kumamon) July 26, 2015 Tweet: "Wow! I just met Keanu Reeves!" The official Kumamon Twitter has recently been posting pictures of the Kumamoto Prefecture mascot hanging out with Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves at Suzuka Circ...
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Attack on Titan Manga Has 2.5 Million Copies in Print in English

Kodansha USA announced at Anime Expo on July 4 that the English-language edition of Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga has 2.5 million copies in circulation. The English version has 15 volumes in print, whereas the original Japanese version's first 15 volumes had 44 million copies as of April. As of July 18, the manga's first volume has spent 107 weeks on the New York Times manga bestseller li...
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Kyoto Animation's Shop Throws Makoto a Birthday Party With New Merchandise

Kyoto Animation's official shop is planning a birthday party for Free! Eternal Summer's Makoto. The reliable swim club president is celebrating on November 17 and KyoAni plans to ship off some exclusive merchandise for him. The items include a wall scroll (1,620 yen/US$13), cushion cover (3,240 yen/US$27), a hanging sign (2,160 yen/US$18), a rubber strap set (1,080 yen/US$9), and a pin (200 yen/1...
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THR: Eiji Ohtsuka Writes Book, Toei Produces Anime as Tie-Ins to Western Movie 'Temple'

Book by MPD Psycho creator tells ghost stories about temples in Japan The Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday that Toei Animation is producing a 15-part anime series based on a book by MPD Psycho's Eiji Ohtsuka. The book will be released as a tie-in to the western horror-thriller film Temple, which Toei Animation is financing. Ohtsuka's book will tell ghost stories about real Japanese temples, as...

John Gremillion Plays D in New Vampire Hunter D English Dub

New dub also stars Luci Christian, David Wald ― Sentai Filmworks announced with a video on Wednesday that John Gremillion will play the title character in its new English dub of the Vampire Hunter D OVA. Gremillion joins David Wald as Count Magnus Lee and Luci Christian as Doris Lang. Streamline Pictures previously dubbed the OVA into English. Sentai Filmworks will release the OVA on DVD and Blu-ray ...
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God Eater ‒ Episode 3

"God Eater has its flaws, but they weren't apparent in episode three, which was a gorgeous respite from a cliché plot."
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X Japan Primed to Beat Slipknot for Loudwire's Best Live Band

Tickets on sale now for upcoming London concert ― The Rock news website Loudwire is holding its Best Live Band poll and Japanese rock group X Japan is slaying the competition. The group beat out both Linkin Park and Avenged Sevenfold to enter the quarterfinals against Slipknot. Yoshiki and crew are well on their way to semi-finals though. Votes are accepted until Tuesday at 10 a.m. EST, but Slipknot ...
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 16

"If The Heroic Legend of Arslan can give its protagonist some faults and everyone else more genuine character growth, it could be a much better show."
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Himōto! Umaru-chan's 3rd Mini Anime Episode Streamed

Previews of character song CD singles also streamed ― Toho Animation began streaming the third episode of the mini anime series "Himōto! Umaru-chanS" on Monday as a commercial for the Himōto! Umaru-chan television anime's first DVD and Blu-ray sets. The stream is available for 24 hours. In the short, Kirie Motoba joins Umaru and Ebina on an imaginary trip to the sea. Toho Animation previously streame...

Japanese Home Video Game Market Dips

Overseas market grows while domestic market continues downward trend ― The Computer Entertainment Society (CESA) published the results of its annual survey on home video games, "2015 CESA Games White Paper," on Monday, reporting a dip in the Japanese home video game market. The market scale of home video game hardware and package software in 2015 was valued at 373.4 billion yen (US$3.03 billion), dow...
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Snow White with the Red Hair ‒ Episode 4

"Snow White with the Red Hair is best when it lets the character interactions tell the bulk of the story."
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Answerman - Why Do Older Shows Go Unstreamed?

Every season there are a handful of shows that don't get licensed for simulcasting, and frequently they're never heard from again. What's up with that? ― Chris asks: So, I have noticed over the past few years or so that certain series that have a following already have gotten passed up for streaming rights (i.e., Nanoha ViVid, Dog Days", Milky Holmes, etc. just to name a few) for other properties th...
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Japanese Mascots Ossan, Sanasenabona, Koakkuma, & Akkuma Invade San Francisco

The Japanese mascot Ossan, along with a strange idol group and the bear mascots Koakkuma and Akkuma are turning up in San Francisco for the J-Pop Summit on August 8 and 9. Ossan made his American debut at Anime Expo earlier this month and one of Japan's most popular prefectural mascots next to Funyassi and Kumamon. The old man, whose "real name" is Shinichi Sakai unique for being humanoid and havi...

Vocaloid Producer Shiina Mota Passes Away at 20

Artist released 1st album in 2012 ― Electronic music production company UMAA posted a notice on Sunday to announce that vocaloid producer Shiina Mota (also known as Powapowa-P, real name Ryo Mizoguchi) passed away on Thursday. He was 20. Shiina Mota began composing desktop music at 14, and shortly after started using Vocaloids. He put out his first album in 2012 and his second in 2013. The official w...
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Dragon Quest XI, Monster Battle Scanner Logos Posted Before Announcement

On the eve of Square Enix's announcement of the newest main Dragon Quest game, the official Dragon Quest website is hosting unlinked thumbnail images with the following logos: Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete (Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time) Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Scanner Square Enix has yet to formally announce these titles. The website is also hosting images for pr...
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Gatchaman Crowds insight ‒ Episode 4

"Tsubasa is a good kid. She's doing her best. And in a different show, a simpler show about actual heroes and villains, her ways of tackling the world would actually do some good."
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3rd Lovely Muco! Anime's Cast, October Premiere Revealed

Satoshi Hino replaces Shinichi Tanioka as Komatsu in series about pet dog ― This year's 16th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine revealed more details on Tuesday for the third anime based on Takayuki Mizushina's Itoshi no Muco (Lovely Muco!) manga. The show's official website is also launching on Tuesday. The third anime will premiere in Japan on TV Tokyo in October. The show's cast is as follows: S...
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Interview: Madoka Magica voice actress Ai Nonaka

The voice behind Madoka Magica's Kyoko Sakura and an enormous list of other fan favorite characters chats with us about her life, her hobbies, and her technique. ― Ai Nonaka is a veteran voice actress, having gotten her start in 2002 in shows like Kinnikuman and Platonic Chain; you likely know her as the feisty Kyoko Sakura from the smash hit Puella Magi Madoka Magica, but she's also well-known for h...
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Classic Review: Paranoia Agent ‒ Episode 3

"What with the alternate selves and identity questions, this week's Paranoia Agent largely played out like a very concise version of Perfect Blue."
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Aldnoah.Zero Blu-Ray Vol. 1

Earth and Mars go to war in the first volume of creator Gen Urobuchi's sci-fi action hit, now in English and loaded with extras, but is this 6-episode single release worth the investment? ― What sets people apart from each other? That's a question that gets asked almost everyday, with various answers like “color,” “religion,” or “country of origin” all getting tossed around. In the world of Aldnoah Z...
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New Nintendo 3DS XL Gets Metallic Red Variant in Japan

Nintendo announced on Monday that the New Nintendo 3DS LL (called XL in the West) will get a "Metallic Red" variant in Japan on August 27. The New Nintendo 3DS and the New Nintendo 3DS LL shipped in Japan on October 11 in "Metallic Black" and "Metallic Blue." Japan added the "Pearl White" color on June 11. The new 3DS systems include a new analog c-stick near the A, B, X and Y buttons, which works...
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Shin Megami Tensei IV 3DS Game Sells 600,000 Copies Worldwide

Atlus announced on Monday that it will release a "best collection" version of its Shin Megami Tensei IV Nintendo 3DS game in Japan on October 8. The announcement noted that the original version of the game has sold 600,000 copies worldwide. The "best collection" version of the game will retail for 2,980 yen (about US$24) for either the package or the download edition. The game shipped in Japan in ...
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Non Non Biyori Manga Creator Atto Works on New Anime

Atto designs original characters for unannounced anime project ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive magazine revealed on Monday that Non Non Biyori manga creator Atto is creating original character designs for a new anime that is being planned. The announcement did not reveal any other details about the new anime. The October issue of the magazine will include a collaborative cover...
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Aikatsu! My No. 1 Stage 3DS Game's 1st Footage Streamed

Game with new karaoke feature to ship in Japan on November 26 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the first game footage on Monday for the Aikatsu! My No. 1 Stage Nintendo 3DS game. The first three minutes of the video feature an interview with actress and singer Sayaka Kanda. Kanda introduces the game's "Aikara" karaoke feature, and she also previews the headset and ribbon that will come wi...

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge Manga Ends

Manga was adapted into 13-episode TV anime in 2013 ― Manga creator Tatsuhiko Hikagi announced on his Twitter account last Wednesday that he will end his his Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge manga in the September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive, which Kadokawa published on Monday. The manga revolves around Kiri Haimura, a boy who loves to cut girls' hair. He happens to meet Iwai Mushanokōji, a girl...
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La Corda D'oro Stage Play Stars Pictured in Costume

Additional cast for September 4-13 stage play also unveiled ― The staff of the La Corda d'Oro Blue Sky stage play unveiled the main cast in costume on Saturday. The announcement also revealed additional cast for the stage play. Risako Ito as Kanade Kohinata Takehisa Maeyama as Kyoya Kisaragi Mario Kuroba as Ritsu Kisaragi The rest of the cast includes: Shōta Onuma as Sakaki Daichi Shōta Takasaki as H...

High Speed! Free! Starting Days Film Reveals Character Designs, Descriptions

6 main characters revealed for film opening on December 5 ― The official website for the High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- anime film revealed the designs for the six main characters on Monday. The site had revealed the character descriptions last week. The characters and descriptions include: Nobunaga Shimazaki as Haruka Nanase. A first-year at the Iwatobi Middle School who holds special feelings fo...
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Ore ga Ojō-sama Gakkō ni "Shomin Sample" Toshite Gets-rareta Ken Anime's Cast, October Premiere Revealed

Atsushi Tamaru, Yū Serizawa, Rika Tachibana, more star in October romantic comedy ― The official website of the upcoming Ore ga Ojō-sama Gakkō ni "Shomin Sample" Toshite Gets-rareta Ken (The Case of My Abduction as a "Commoner Sample" by a School for Rich Ladies) anime unveiled the anime's cast and October premiere date on Monday. Atsushi Tamaru as Kimito Kagurazaka An extremely normal high school st...
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Pokemon Singer Sachiko Kobayashi Gets Vocaloid Make-Over

Enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi is lending her chops to Yamaha's newest Vocaloid, aptly named Sachiko. Sachiko was designed by artist foo*. The library includes over 400 types of vocal material. Kobayashi held an interview with Yamaha to talk about her feelings about becoming a Vocaloid. She said that while she's used to covering other singers' songs, she was happy to be covered by her own Vocaloid....

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High Speed! Free! Starting Days Film's New Teaser Shows Brief Animation

Trailer teases how swimming boys' future began in December 5 film ― The official website of the High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- anime film updated on Monday with a new teaser trailer ("Teaser #1") with brief instances of animated footage. Text: Director: Yasuhiro Takemoto Text: Character Designer: Futoshi Nishiya Text: Production: Kyoto Animation Makoto & Text: At that moment, the future began. Mak...
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Boruto: Naruto the Movie's New TV Ads Accent Father's Bonds

2 ads focus on Boruto's relationship with Naruto, Sasuke for August 7 film ― The official website for the upcoming Boruto -Naruto the Movie- anime film began streaming two television commercials for the film on Monday. The first commercial is titled "Parent and Child, Student and Teacher," and the second commercial is titled "Father." The commercials promote the "Naruto ga Hokage ni Natta Hi" (The Da...
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Coffee Girl Group Stars in Whodunnit Web Game

Which Yukiko-tan stole the key? ― Cowgirl Yukiko-tan, the mascot of MegMilk Snow Brand Coffee, is now starring in an online detective game, Yukiko-tan no Coffee Labyrinth: Kaette Kita Meitantei ("Yukiko-tan's Coffee Labyrinth: The Detective Returns"), along with her five fellow Yukiko-tans. It seems that the local factory has stopped running, and Yukiko-tan must find the key to get it started again. ...
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Charlotte ‒ Episode 4

"Despite the leisurely pace on this one, Charlotte hasn't struck out yet."
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Durarara!! ×2 The Second Arc ‒ Episode 4

"Durarara!! continues to keep it simple this week with a story about the love and hatred that two girls share toward everyone's favorite not-bartender, Shizuo Heiwajima."
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Yuruyuri Nachu Yachumi!+ Episode Preview Reveals August 20 Date, Theme Song

Opening theme "Yurishurashushushu" previewed ― The Yuruyuri anime project began streaming a video previewing the first episode of the Yuruyuri Nachu Yachumi!+ anime on Monday. The video previews the anime's opening theme "Yurishurashushushu" by Nanamori Chū Gorakubu, the unit formed by the anime's main voice actresses, and also reveals the episode's August 20 premiere on TV Tokyo. Text: The fun campi...
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Say Hello to Black Jack Confronts Effects of Adult ADHD

Although ADHD — Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder — is often thought of as a disorder affecting exuberant kids, it can also affect adults, with disastrous results on their personal and professional lives. It can especially be severe if the disorder isn't recognized for what it is, leading the patients to blame themselves and possibly leading to social ostracism or other baleful c...
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Live-Action Terraformars Film Casts Kenshin's Takei, Yamapi & Changes Some Characters

Lupin III's Shun Oguri, Kane Kosugi, Pacific Rim's Rinko Kikuchi also star ― The live-action film of Kenichi Tachibana and Yū Sasuga's science-fiction manga Terraformars announced 12 more cast members on Monday. The movie adapts the Bugs 2 arc from the manga's first volume. Emi Takei (live-action Rurouni Kenshin's Kaoru, Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu's Tsubaki, Ai to Makoto's Ai, Clover's Saya) stars as the ...
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Wagnaria!!3 ‒ Episode 4

"Takanashi, Satou, and Todoroki all have complicated feelings to work through in this episode, which is bad news for anyone foolish enough to wander into the crossfire."
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Boruto: Naruto the Movie's New Manga One-Shot Previewed

Cast & creator's greetings before midnight screenings, New Konoha Times handout also revealed ― The Comic Natalie website posted an excerpt from Naruto Hiden Zai no Sho Official Movie Book, the bonus booklet offered to people who watch Boruto -Naruto the Movie- next month. While supplies last, participating theaters will give away two million copies to audience members. The book debuts the manga shor...
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The Unlimited - Hyōbu Kyōsuke Manga Ends

Ōgaki also drawing Hōrōsha spinoff manga ― The September issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday S magazine published the final chapter of Rokurou Ōgaki's The Unlimited - Hyōbu Kyōsuke manga on Saturday. The magazine also notes that Shogakukan will publish the manga's sixth and final compiled book volume on September 18. The manga adapts The Unlimited - Hyōbu Kyōsuke television anime spinoff of Takashi S...
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Hakone Volcano Erupts on Small Scale

Volcanic ash appears in smoke ― Ōwaku Valley, a part of Mount Hakone with high volcanic activity, has been showing more signs of an impending eruption recently. The smoke which regularly issues from its vents was mingled with ash, turning noticeably gray, for about ten seconds around noon on July 21. On June 30 and July 1, it had also erupted on a very small scale, ejecting material to a distance of ...
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New Gundam Seed Astray Work to Launch in Gundam Ace Magazine

New work will be 11th in Gundam Seed Astray series ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine announced on Friday that Koichi Tokita and Tomohiro Chiba are working on a new entry in the Gundam Seed Astray spinoffs titled Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Astray: Tenkū no Princess (Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Astray: Princess of the Sky). The magazine did not specify the format of the new work, but not...
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KanColle Fans on What They Expect from a Second Season

KanColle fans eagerly anticipating a second season of the anime (the first season of which concluded in March) have taken to Twitter and shared their thoughts/requests/demands on what they'd like to see using the hashtag #艦これアニメ二期に期待すること ("Expectations of the Second KanColle Season"). As usual, they range from the very vague to the outlandishly absurd. @HitoriNanasaka hoped for the emergence of Ry...

Discotek Adds 1976 Gaiking, Wicked City Anime

Ninja Scroll/Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust's Kawajiri directed 1987 Wicked City film ― North American anime distributor Discotek Media announced at its panel at Otakon on Sunday that it will release the classic 1976 robot anime series Gaiking (Daikū Maryū Gaiking) and the Wicked City (Yōjū Toshi) anime film on home video. Gaiking will be available with English subtitles next year. Shout! Factory previo...
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Komori-san wa Kotowarenai Anime to Air in October

I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying's Cool-Kyou-Sinnjya writes about girl who can't refuse to do favors ― The September issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Original magazine announced on Monday that the anime of Cool-Kyou-Sinnjya's Komori-san wa Kotowarenai (Komori Can't Refuse!) manga will premiere on television in October. The manga revolves around middle school student Shuri Komori, who is to...
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Detroit Metal City/All Esper Dayo! Creator to Start New Manga

Kiminori Wakasugi to launch series in October ― Manga creator Kiminori Wakasugi announced on his official Twitter account on Wednesday that he will begin a new series in October. 今後の予定は「みんな!エスパーだよ!」8月に7巻、9月に最終8巻発売。10月からは新連載が始まるので宜しくお願いします。— 若杉公徳 (@wakasugi_k) July 23, 2015 Wakasugi announced his plans to end his current manga, All Esper Dayo! (Minna! Esper Dayo!), earlier this month. Kodansha will re...
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Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers ‒ Episode 4

"Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers shows its hand as a hybrid fantasy adventure/mystery. "
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The Mike Toole Show -The Worst Anime of All Time

Fresh from his panel at Otakon, Mike runs down the absolute worst anime he's ever seen, and wonders what you might consider to be worse. ― Goku and Superman tangle furiously, then get caught up in a tender embrace; bystanders swarm them, holding up mobile phones to capture the moment. A massive line of kids, teenagers, and adults in an assortment of wigs, hats, and other odd clothes starts moving, it...
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Tokyo Ghoul GN 2

Tokyo Ghoul's second volume slows down the pace a little to examine what happens when the line between "monster" and "human" gets a little blurry. ― One of the greatest tropes in horror literature is the fear that the monsters might look just like us. I call it a trope due to its widespread use, but it remains an effective one, and in the second volume of Tokyo Ghoul, Sui Ishida takes that device and...
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Aikatsu! Anime Adds Kotori Koiwai, Sanae Fuku to Cast

Bandai's original arcade card game gets collaboration with Hatsune Miku ― The official website for the Aikatsu! television anime series revealed on Sunday that two new characters will be joining the series when it enters its "fourth season" (fourth year of broadcast, see key visual below) in October. Kotori Koiwai (The Seven Deadly Sins' Elaine, Non Non Biyori's Renge Miyauchi) will join the series a...
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Osomatsu-san TV Anime Adds Kenichi Suzumura, Sachi Kokuryu to Cast

Suzumura to play Iyami, Kokuryu to play Chibita in series premiering this fall ― The official website for Osomatsu-san, the third television anime series based on Fujio Akatsuka's (Akko-chan, Tensai Bakabon, Hennako-chan) Osomatsu-kun gag manga, revealed two more cast members on Sunday. The new cast members are: Kenichi Suzumura (Accel World's Ash Roller, Gintama's Okita Sougo) as Iyami Sachi Kokuryu...
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Akiko Higashimura Resumes Princess Jellyfish Manga

Also: 1st part of Tokyo Alice manga ends, details revealed for Higashimura's new series in Morning Two ― Manga creator Akiko Higashimura resumed serialization on her Kuragehime (Princess Jellyfish) manga on Saturday in the September issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine. Higashimura last published a chapter of the main series in the magazine in the December 2014 issue in October. Higashimura had drawn tw...
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Summary, Release Dates Revealed for New Naruto Shinden Novels

Itachi Shinden chronicling Itachi's childhood ships in 2 parts in September, October ― The official website for Shueisha's Jump J Books label of novels has revealed the release dates for the two new Shinden novels in Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto franchise that the company revealed last month. Shueisha will release the Itachi Shinden (The True Legend of Itachi) novel in two parts: the first part, Itachi...
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Funimation Reveals Collector's Edition Contents for Tokyo Ghoul, Black Lagoon Anime

North American anime distributor Funimation revealed the contents of its upcoming collector's editions of Tokyo Ghoul season one and the Black Lagoon anime at its Otakon panel on Saturday. Funimation will release the collector's edition of Tokyo Ghoul season one on September 22. The set will include: Premium Collector's Box with Clear Sleeve Revealing Kaneki and Rize's Transformation from Human to...
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36th Doraemon the Movie: Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016 Film's 1st Trailer Previews Story

Remake of 1989 film opens in Japan in March 2016 ― The official website for the 36th Doraemon film, 36th Doraemon the Movie: Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016 (Eiga Doraemon Shin Nobita no Nihon Tanjō), began streaming the film's first trailer on Friday. Nobita: That's it! I'm gonna run away from home! Time to take the first step to freedom and independence! Doraemon: Looks like you made the first m...

Bandai Visual Reveals Comet Lucifer Original TV Anime's Music Video, Staff, Cast, Story

Infinite Stratos/Macross Frontier's Yasuhito Kikuchi directs sci-fi series premiering in October ― Bandai Visual began streaming a music video on Sunday for its original television anime series Comet Lucifer. TRUE performs the video's song "Story of Lucifer," which also serves as one of the show's image song. The anime series will premiere in October. The show's official website has also revealed the...
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Avengers Gets Zombie Manga on Japanese Mangabox App

Zombies crash Stark's birthday party in manga by Age of Ultron prequel artist Yūsaku Komiyama ― Artist Yūsaku Komiyama (Ixion Saga) will post the Avengers: Zombies Assemble manga on the Japanese version of the Mangabox app on Wednesday. The Japan-exclusive Avengers story will follow the Marvel superhero team as they gather for a surprise birthday party for Tony Stark. However, zombies crash the party...

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La Corda D'oro 4 Sequel Announced for PS Vita in 2016

Characters teased from La Corda D'oro 3 dating sim for women, which inspired Blue Sky anime ― Koei Tecmo Games annnounced the next game in its La Corda D'oro dating simulation franchise during the "Neo Romance Festa: La Corda D'oro Featuring Jinnan High School Op. 2" event on Saturday. La Corda D'oro 4 will debut on the PS Vita system next year. The event unveiled a promotional video for the new game...
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Moyashimon Gets Limited Edition Sake in August

The bacteria of Masayuki Ishikawa's Moyashimon manga and anime series found their perfect collaboration with Shunnōten brewery in Yamanashi. The ancient sake brewery was founded in 1790 under the name Yorozuya, but later changed it to Shunnōten in the 1930s. Shunnōten will release 1,200 sake bottles featuring Aspergillus oryzae (the bacteria used to make sake) drawn by Ishikawa on the label. The ...

Man Arrested for Threatening K-ON! Voice Actress Satomi Satou on Twitter

Suspect allegedly said he would hurt Satou at August concert after being ignored ― Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested a man on Saturday for allegedly threatening voice actress Satomi Satou at a live concert. According to the police, the suspect is Jun Yasumoto, a 39-year-old unemployed resident of Settsu City, Osaka. According to the investigation, the suspect posted, "I will hurt you at an August co...
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Psycho-Pass XBox One Game Offered in English in Hong Kong

5pb. announced at the Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2015 event this week that it will offer Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness (Psycho-Pass: Sentaku Naki Kōfuku), its Xbox One game inspired by the anime Psycho-Pass, in both English and Chinese in Hong Kong this fall. 5pb. has not announced whether the game will be available in English in other countries and territories. The Xbox One console has no regio...
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Japanese Sex Toy Company Explores Possibilities of Virtual Reality

Can head-mounted displays deliver a satisfying sexual experience? ― Tenga, a Japanese manufacturer of masturbation aids, is breaking into a new frontier: virtual reality. Using a head-mounted display and headphones, it's conducting experiments with the SR (Substitutional Reality) System, which substitutes live footage and reality with pre-recorded footage. A recent example involved adult video actres...
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Viz's Shojo Beat Adds The Heiress and the Chauffeur Manga

2-volume series follows a model student and her chauffeur in the Taishō period ― Viz Media's Shojo Beat imprint announced at its Otakon panel on Saturday that it has licensed Keiko Ishihara's The Heiress and the Chauffeur (Ojō-sama no Untenshu) manga. The first volume will be available in May. The story takes place in the Taishō era, at a girl's school where one young lady, Sayaka, earns the envy of ...
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Hideaki Anno, Ikuto Yamashita Collaborate on Official Eva Train

The Eva Unit-01 is getting a sleek remodel as the "500 TYPE EVA, " a bullet train that will run on Japan Railways' Sanyo Shinkansen Line. The line opened 40 years ago while Neon Genesis Evangelion premiered on Japanese television 20 years ago. The two are coming together for the Shinkansen Evangelion Project. Anime director Hideaki Anno and original mecha designer Ikuto Yamashita are working dire...

Funimation Licenses Project Itoh Films

Also announces theatrical run for Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, The Boy and the Beast, Psycho-Pass ― North American anime distributor Funimation announced at its Otakon panel on Saturday that it has licensed the upcoming Project Itoh films: The Empire of Corpses, Genocidal Organ, and Harmony. The three films are all based on works by late novelist Project Itoh. Funimation will release the films ...

Funimation Licenses Speed Racer, Noein Anime

Also: Assassination Classroom season 2 ― North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment announced at its Otakon panel on Saturday that it has licensed Speed Racer, Noein, and Assassination Classroom season 2. Funimation will release Speed Racer (Mach Go Go Go) for the first time on Blu-ray and in Japanese with English subtitles. The set will also include the English audio. The collection w...

Sekai Project Enters Manga Publishing Market with GATE

Satoru Sao's manga adapts Takumi Yanai's light novel series that also inspired ongoing TV anime ― North American visual novel publisher and localizer Sekai Project announced at its panel at Otakon on Saturday that it is launching a new manga publishing initiative. The company's first title will be Satoru Sao, Takumi Yanai, and Daisuke Izuka's GATE (Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri) manga. T...
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Sekai Project to Release fault milestone two side:above, Nekopara Vol. 0 PC Games

Also: Tenshin Ranman, Nenokami: The two princess knights of Kyoto, Witch boy magical piece ― North American visual novel publisher and localizer Sekai Project announced at its panel at Otakon on Saturday that it will release the following visual novels: Yuzusoft's Tenshin Ranman, Kuro Irodoru Yomiji's Nenokami: The two princess knights of Kyoto, Rosemary House's Witch boy magical piece, Alice in Diss...
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First Yuri Dating Game for Women Announced

Plot likely to be sad ― R-INFINITY has announced an upcoming dating sim for smartphones that purports to be the first yuri game aimed at women. Details are limited — even a title hasn't been announced — but artwork and a tagline are available. The tagline translates to "I wonder what sort of goodbye we'll have." R-INFINITY is seeking four scenario writers and has a job posting linked to the...
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Red Ash Game Prototype Video Streamed

Kickstarter for Comcept's game has eight days to go ― Game developer Comcept began streaming a prototype video for its Red Ash: The Indelible Legend (Red Ash: Kiganjō KalKanon no Majo, or "Red Ash: The Witch of Mechanical Armor Castle Calcannon") game on Saturday. The video uses place-holder assets (including Mighty No. 9 characters) to "show off the atmosphere" the developers want to create. The gam...
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One Piece Lottery Offers Tea Time Straw Hat-Style in New Artwork

The Straw Hat Pirates are taking a load-off and enjoying some afternoon tea in an upcoming lottery prize. Ichiban Kuji's mid-August lottery is offering a brand-new art piece drawn by One Piece artist Eichiro Oda. Known as the "One Piece Picture Clip Collection ~Sanji's Afternoon Tea~", this framed art portrays the Straw Hats (and other guests) relaxing in formal attire as the crew's cook serves up...
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4 More Touhou Project Games Head to PlayStation Platforms

Adventures of Scarlet Curiosity, Double Focus, Mononobe no Futo and the 7 Trials, Toho Sky Arena: Matsuri Climax ― Mediascape announced on Friday that it will release four Touhou Project games in the second half of 2015. Touhou Kōkishin (Adventures of Scarlet Curiosity) for PlayStation 4 Double Focus (tentative title) for PlayStation Vita Mononobe no Futo to Nanatsu no Shiren (Mononobe no Futo and th...

Kodansha Comics Adds Queen Emeraldas, Complex Age, Forget Me Not Manga

Leiji Matsumoto's 1978 space opera Queen Emeraldas gets 1st English release ― Kodansha Comics announced at its panel at Otakon on Saturday that it has licensed Leiji Matsumoto's Queen Emeraldas, Yui Sakuma's Complex Age, and Nao Emoto's Forget Me Not (Soredemo Boku wa Kimi ga Suki) manga. Matsumoto launched the Queen Emeraldas space opera manga in 1978 in Weekly Shonen Magazine after publishing a one...
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GATE ‒ Episode 4

"After the big action pieces of the previous episodes, episode 4 is a much lower-key affair."
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Becca to Perform at Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival in Los Angeles

Event will host Black Butler singer in its inaugural year ― The Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival 2015 announced via press release last week that singer and voice actress Becca will perform at the Los Angeles event in August. Becca's performance will take place at Japanese music promoter Kawaii Kakkoii Sugoi's audition finals. Becca has performed theme songs for Black Butler and Ultraviolet: Code 044, in a...
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MangaGamer Adds propeller's Tokyo Babel, The Shadows of Pygmalion Visual Novels

Company to release 1st Supipara chapter on Steam ― Software publishing company MangaGamer announced at its panel at Otakon on Saturday that it will release the following visual novels: Supipara chapter 1, Liarsoft's Kindred Spirits on the Roof, propeller's Tokyo Babel and The Shadows of Pygmalion, and Princess Evangile W Happiness. Mangagamer had launched a crowdfunding campaign to release the first ...

Deadman Wonderland Creators Will Launch Smokin' Parade Manga in August

Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou ended Deadman Wonderland manga in 2013 ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine announced on Saturday that manga creators Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou (Deadman Wonderland, Eureka Seven manga) will launch a new series titled Smokin' Parade in the magazine's next issue, which Kadokawa will publish on August 26. Kataoka and Kondou launched their D...

Media Blasters Adds More Ladies vs. Butlers Dub Cast, Streams Clips

Amber Lee Connors, Brittany Lauda added to cast ― North American anime distributor Media Blasters revealed more cast members on Friday for its English dub of the Ladies versus Butlers! anime. The new cast includes Amber Lee Connors as Tomomi Saikyou and Brittany Lauda as Kaoru Daichi. Additionally, Media Blasters began streaming a video on Friday featuring dubbed clips from the show. Media Blasters p...
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Super Robot Wars BX Game's 14-Minute 2nd Promo Video Streamed

3DS game featuring 16 mech titles ships in Japan on August 20 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming two versions of the second promotional video on Friday for its upcoming Super Robot Wars BX Nintendo 3DS game. The footage in both videos is the same, but the music used differs. The videos preview the characters and mech featured in the game, as well as the the game's original characters and or...
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Resident Evil Revelations 2's PS Vita Release Date Revealed in Video

August 18 release will include 4 main chapters, extra episodes, DLC, costumes ― Sony began streaming a promotional video on Friday to reveal that it will release the PlayStation Vita version of Resident Evil Revelations 2 on August 18. The release will include the four main chapters, extra episodes, DLC, and costumes. The game debuted digitally first in four episodes, with the first episode required ...
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Dragon Quest Smartphone Game Hoshi no Dragon Quest Revealed

Also: full title revealed for Dragon Quest Heroes II game ― Square Enix opened a teaser website on Thursday revealing that it is developing Hoshi no Dragon Quest (Dragon Quest of the Planet), a smartphone game spinoff of the Dragon Quest role-playing game series. Square Enix will release the game for iOS and Android devices this year. This year's 35th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine i...

Persona 4: Dancing All Night Slated for September 29 Release in the West

Atlus USA releases English-dubbed character videos for Teddie, Kanami ― Atlus USA announced on Thursday that it will release the Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita video game on September 29 in North America. Atlus USA also began streaming two character videos on Thursday for Teddie and Kanami. Atlus USA will release a launch edition and "Disco Fever" edition of the game. The standard laun...

Nobuyo Oyama Does First Work Since Revealing Illness

Danganronpa voice actress to reprise Monokuma role in stage play ― Theater production company Cornflakes announced on Friday that voice actress Nobuyo Oyama will play Monokuma in the Super Danganronpa 2 ~Sayonara Zetsubō Gakuen~ (Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Academy) stage play. Oyama will make new recordings as Monokuma for the play. The role will be Oyama's first work since her husband, actor Kei...
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