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The X Button - Falcoming Home

Todd studies Falcom games and wonders why they aren’t more popular! Plus NightyCry, Dead or Alive, and…well, King of Fighters, in a sense. ― I glance through Falcom's catalog this week, which means I should open with some weird, insubstantial trivia about a Falcom game. If you'll pardon an awful segue, there's nothing in Falcom games less substantial than Dela's outfit in the Brandish series. Koei t...
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Sword Art Online: Progressive GN 1

Sword Art Online Progressive is an initiative to go back and fill in some details that were skipped over by the time jump in the franchise's founding novel. How's it stack up? ― Sword Art Online Progressive is an initiative by original SAO author Reki Kawahara to go back and fill in and expand on some details/stories that were skipped over by the big time jump in the franchise's founding novel. This ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 1 GN 1

The first part of Hirohiko Araki's beloved, long-running insane shonen action-adventure series is out now in a super-fancy hardcover edition. Rebecca's here with the verdict. ― Take a Victorian melodrama, combine it with a Gothic novel, and inject it with a large amount of testosterone, and what do you get? The first arc of Hirohiko Araki's long-running manga JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Phantom Blood. ...
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Shelf Life - True Luv

A look at this week's new releases and a new contributor to Shelf Life joins the team. Plus, alien invasions and other uninvited guests!
- Engaged to the Unidentified
- Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
― Jump to this week's reviews: Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Complete Series BD and Engaged to the Unidentified Complete Series BD. On Shelves This Week A-Channel Complete Collection BD Sentai ...
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Onimonogatari Sub.Blu-Ray 4

Shinobu Time brings Monogatari’s focus to Araragi, Mayoi, and Shinobu in a story marked by ominous beginnings and tragic endings. ― Monogatari isn't just one stable show, with a central narrative and single genre you can use to describe it. It is many shows at once, meaning any given “Monogatari fan” can absolutely love one arc and have no interest in the next. One arc will be a slow-burning exorcism...
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The Mike Toole Show - What's Up, Tiger Mask?

Mike gets piledrived AND powerbombed on the mat by an enormous load of wrestling anime. ― Last May, I hopped a bus to New York City, on a mission to explore more Japanese pop culture. I'd previously made similar trips to take in the likes of Tokyo Godfathers and Steamboy and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, so you'd think that this was some sort of anime thing. A brisk few hours later, I was in Manha...
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Citrus GN 1

Seven Seas' latest yuri title might be one of those rare manga that's better the second time you read it. ― Seven Seas continues to be the leading purveyor of yuri manga in English with this latest offering. Where their previous releases by Milk Morinaga or currently out of print titles (such as The Last Uniform) were all more sweet than sexy, Citrus treads some different ground. The story follows Yu...
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Thursday, January 29

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Solar-Powered Bellhops and Android Staff Employed at Japanese Hotel

The Henn-na Hotel (Strange Hote)l at Huis Ten Bosch theme park near Nagasaki is hiring some unique employees starting in July. The "smart hotel" is teaming up with Kokoro, the makers behind the "Actroid" android, Aldebaran Robotics, and SoftBank to hire three uniformed reception androids, four service and porter androids, an industrial arm robot to manage the coat room, and cleaning robots. Kokoro...
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Naruto Manga's Final Volume Has 'Secret' on Wrap-Around Band

This year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump is listing on Monday that the 72nd and final volume of Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto manga will have a "secret" written on the wrap-around band attached to the volume. The 72nd volume is shipping in Japan on February 4.
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One Piece Manga Takes 1-Week Break

This year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga will not be included in the magazine's next issue. The manga will return in the 12th issue, which will be released on February 16.
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Shonen Jump to Launch 4 Manga, Including Detective Story by Psyren's Iwashiro

Kagamigami, Black Clover by Hungry Joker's Tabata, Kaizō Ningen Rogy, Ultra Battle Satellite ― This year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the manga will launch four new series over the next four weeks. Toshiaki Iwashiro (Psyren) will start Kagamigami (Mirror God, center left) in the 11th issue on February 9. In the story, the "famous detective(!?)" M...
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Assassination Classroom Anime Casts Saki Fujita, Megumi Ogata

Actresses to play assault robot Ritsu, transfer student Itona Horibe ― This year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that voice actresses Saki Fujita and Megumi Ogata are joining the cast of the Assassination Classroom anime. Fujita will play Ritsu, the "Autonomously Thinking Fixed Artillery" assault robot, while Ogata will play Itona Horibe, the transfer st...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven Gameplay Videos Posted

Joseph, Caesar, Diego, Josuke, more characters shown in videos ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming three gameplay videos of their upcoming fighting game JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven on Thursday. The videos are tutorials on the game's mechanics, and guides on how to fight certain characters. A release date is not set for the full game. although a demo is now available in Japan. Hiroshi Ma...
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Shonen Jump Ends Sports Medicine Manga Sporting Salt

2nd, 3rd volumes of Yūto Kubota's series to ship in April, June ― Yūto Kubota is ending the Sporting Salt manga in this year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Monday. Shueisha will publish the second compiled book volume in April, followed by the third one with exclusive added material in June. The story of Sporting Salt centers on Hiroyuki Shioya, a high school student who is...
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Videos Show Mihawk, Smoker, More in Action

Buggy the Clown, Tashigi gameplay also streamed, Nami and Usopp added to action game ― The official website for Bandai Namco Games' upcoming One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 action game began streaming four new character gameplay videos on Thursday. The videos feature Mihawk, Smoker, Buggy the Clown, and Tashigi. Also, the website added character descriptions for Nami, Usopp, Smoker, Tashigi, Mihawk, and...
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Onnanoko tte. Shōjo Advice Manga Gets TV Anime Shorts

Kanahei's series explains matters regarding girls' bodies, minds with experts ― The March issue of Shueisha's Ribon magazine is announcing on Tuesday that a television anime of Kanahei's shōjo manga Onnanoko tte. (About Girls) has been green-lit. The shorts will premiere in February and run every Thursday in the children's variety program OhaStu (Good Morning Studio). The manga is about the many worr...
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Etrian Mystery Dungeon Video Introduces Runemaster Class

Crossover game slated for April 7 in N. America ― Atlus USA began streaming a video on Wednesday introducing the Runemaster class in its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Etrian Mystery Dungeon. The class uses its elemental magic to defeat enemies. Atlus USA previously streamed a short videos detailing game's Landsknecht and Protector classes. The crossover between Etrian Mystery Dungeon is set for release ...

Wednesday, January 28

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Is This Order a Rabbit? Cast, Staff Return for 2nd Season

The March issue of Gekkan's Megami Magazine is announcing the main cast and staff for the second season of the Is the order a rabbit? television anime on Friday. The cast and staff is the same as the first season of the anime. The cast includes: Ayane Sakura as Cocoa Hoto Inori Minase as Chino Kafū Risa Taneda as Rize Tedeza Satomi Satou as Chiya Ujimatsu Maaya Uchida as Sharo Kirima Sora Tokui as...
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Mamoru Oshii Talks About His Films, Life, and Career in TIFF Talk

TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Bell Lightbox hosted director Mamoru Oshii last summer as part of their ongoing "In Conversation With..." series. For those who couldn't make it, the full interview is now available online: Oshii created Jin-Roh and Blood: The Last Vampire, and has directed projects like Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, The Sky Crawlers, and Urusei Yatsura. He has been worki...

Yasuaki Takumi, Sora Amamiya Star in Plastic Memories Anime

Chinatsu Akasaki, Sayuri Yahagi, Megumi Toyoguchi, Satoshi Hino, more in April show ― The March issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki G's magazine is revealing the cast of the original anime Plastic Memories on Friday. Yasuaki Takumi as Tsukasa Mizugaki, a new employee at SA Corp.'s terminal service who joined after graduating high school. However, he does not know much about his job. Sora Amamiya as Isla, a G...
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KanColle ‒ Episode 4

"It's starting to look like this series won't be all parfaits and tea parties, but that's not necessarily a bad thing."
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Digital Manga Launches Kickstarter to Print Tezuka's Alabaster

Campaign seeks to raise US$29,200 to publish 2-volume revenge thriller ― North American publisher Digital Manga launched a Kickstarter campaign on Wednesday to localize and publish Osamu Tezuka's two-volume revenge suspense manga Alabaster in English. The campaign has a $29,200 goal, and will end on February 27, 2015 at 8:28 p.m. EST. Digital Manga describes the story: Once a famous athlete, now an ...
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Parasyte -the maxim- ‒ Episode 16

"Parasyte finally regained some momentum this week, as Shinichi confronted the super-parasite in a battle that consumed the first half of the episode."
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Gundam Build Fighters Try ‒ Episode 16

"By pitting Minato and Yuuma against one another, the series contrasts the two major schools of giant robot design."
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Ghibli's When Marnie Was There Gets N. American Premiere in NYC

NY Int'l Children's Film Fest to also show Takashi Murakami's Mememe no Kurage (Jellyfish Eyes) film ― The New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) announced on Wednesday that it has added Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There film to its lineup. The film will screen for the first time in North America at the festival on Friday, February 27 at 8:30 p.m. EST followed by an encore scree...
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Attack on Titan Real Escape Game Gets Trailer, New York Date

Event planned for April 11, location still unknown ― Details for the upcoming New York version of the Escape from the Walled City: Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) x Real Escape Game were announced in an official trailer last week. SCRAP will hold the New York event on April 11. The organizers have not announced the event's location. Attack on Titan Real Escape is an immersive, interactive game p...
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Toyota, Dwango Plan "Real Car Shogi" Match at Seibu Dome

Toyota Marketing Japan and the media company Dwango are planning a shogi (Japanese chess) match using real Toyota cars as pieces. The large scale match between 55-year-old 9-dan professional shogi player Yoshiharu Habu and 25-year-old 7-dan shogi player Masayuki Toyoshima will be held at the Seibu Dome in Saitama on February 8. The Seibu Dome will be repurposed into a giant game board. The cars re...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, January 19-25

Kimi ni Todoke, Kingdom, Fairy Tail, Handa-kun, Magi in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Kimi ni Todoke 23 269,387 269,387 2015/01 Shueisha Karuho Shiina 1 1 2 Kingdom 37 239,705 242,000 2015/01 Shueisha Yasuhisa Hara 2 2 3 Fairy Tail 47 148,182 322,522 2015/01 Kodansha Hiro Mashima 1 2 4 Handa-kun 3 139,787 139,787 20...

Funimation, Kodansha Develop Free-to-Play Fairy Tail Game

Online turn-based RPG lets players create a Wizard and explore Fiore ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Wednesday that has an agreement with Japanese publisher Kodansha to create a free-to-play online game based on Fairy Tail. Online video game developer and publisher GameSamba, for which Funimation CEO Gen Fukunaga serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, is developing the game. The game w...
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Sailor Moon Faces Off Against the Ayakashi Sisters in New Petit Chara Figures

Megahouse is adding another set of Sailor Moon figures to its Petit Chara line, this time with Sailor Moon facing off against the Ayakashi Sisters. The five-piece set includes Sailor Moon, Kōan, Berthier, Calaveras, and Petz. The set is priced at 3,000 yen (about US$25.50). For more information, check out the Premium Bandai website beginning January 29. Pre-orders will be accepted starting on Febr...

Japan's Video Game Rankings, January 19-25

Tales of Zestiria, Legend of Legacy, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Atelier Escha & Logy Plus debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: January 19-25 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS3 Tales of Zestiria Bandai Namco Games January 22 340,891 340,891 23DS Legend of Legacy FuRyu January 22 53,974 53,974 3Wii U Tacchi! Kirby Super Rainbow (Kirby: Canvas Curse) Nintendo Ja...

Ura Sunday Lets Fans Vote for Manga to Get Anime Adaptation

Highest voted manga gets anime adaptation, voting ends on April 30 ― Shogakukan 's web comic magazine Ura Sunday unveiled in its Manga ONE app that it is collecting votes to decide which of the manga it currently publishes will get an anime adaptation. Users can vote once every 12 hours, and the ranking updates every day. Votes will be tallied on April 30, and the manga that receives the highest numb...

Aniplex USA to Release Aldnoah.Zero Soundtrack

Hiroyuki Sawano's score offered in US, Canada ― Aniplex of America announced on Wednesday that it will release the Aldnoah.Zero anime soundtrack. The imported soundtrack will ship in the United States and Canada on February 10 for an MSRP of US$44.98 and a sales price of US$34.98. The soundtrack features 20 tracks of score composed by Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill). The anime's secon...
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Dress Your Toddler Up Like An Evangelion Rody

Evangelion has been collaborating with Rody for a while now, but what used to just be figurines and keychains has now given way to kids' clothing. Premium Bandai is currently accepting pre-orders for two Evangelion x Rody toddlers' clothing sets, which includes a bib and a marginally terrifying hooded onesie. Each outfit is selling for 4,212 yen (about U$35.80), and is expected to ship in March.
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Hakuoki Stage Musical's Digest Video Streamed

Video shows clips of stage performance ― The official website for the Hakuoki stage musical began streaming a digest video for the DVD release of the Hakuoki - Chikage Kazama Chapter stage musical. The video shows clips of the stage performance. The musical ran in Kyoto on January 10-12, and ran in Tokyo on January 17-25. The DVD of the performance will ship in Japan on May 22. Nobihiro Mōri directed...
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Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F to Be 1st Japanese Film in Imax 3D Theaters

Battle of Gods was the first film to open in 2D IMAX ― The upcoming film Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Dragon Ball Z: The F in Fukkatsu, or The Resurrected F) will be the first Japanese film to open in 3D IMAX Digital Theaters. The film will premiere in 18 3D IMAX screens as well as other 2D and 3D screens throughout Japan on April 18. 2013's Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods film was the first Japanese ...
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Yamada-kun & the Seven Witches Anime Ad Previews Image Song

Manga has more than 2.5 million copies in print ― An official YouTube channel for the upcoming television anime Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo) opened on Wednesday with a 30-second spot re-announcing the adaptation. The video states that the original manga has more than 2.2 million copies in print, and features the image song "ding!ging!dong!" by the main voice actors R...
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Another Man Arrested for Selling Fake Yo-kai Watch Medals

Police arrested a man on suspicion of copyright infringement for the sale of fake Yo-kai Watch medals. The suspect, 27-year-old unemployed male Higashiōsaka City resident Kōhei Ōsaka, allegedly sold the medals through online auctions last October. According to the police, the suspect sold fake four Yo-kai medals to two female buyers from Kawasaki City. The police seized many fake medals from the s...
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Capcom, DDR's Maeda Unveil crossbeats REV. Arcade Music Game

Produced by Naoki Maeda (Konami's Dance Dance Revolution, Bemani) ― Capcom unveiled the website for its new arcade rhythm game crossbeats REV. on Wednesday. This will be Capcom's first full-fledged arcade rhythm game, and it is being produced by composer Naoki Maeda, who once worked on Konami's Dance Dance Revolution and Bemani games. Capcom will hold a location test for the game from January 31 to F...
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The X Button - Falcoming Home

Todd studies Falcom games and wonders why they aren’t more popular! Plus NightyCry, Dead or Alive, and…well, King of Fighters, in a sense. ― I glance through Falcom's catalog this week, which means I should open with some weird, insubstantial trivia about a Falcom game. If you'll pardon an awful segue, there's nothing in Falcom games less substantial than Dela's outfit in the Brandish series. Koei t...
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Sword Art Online: Progressive GN 1

Sword Art Online Progressive is an initiative to go back and fill in some details that were skipped over by the time jump in the franchise's founding novel. How's it stack up? ― Sword Art Online Progressive is an initiative by original SAO author Reki Kawahara to go back and fill in and expand on some details/stories that were skipped over by the big time jump in the franchise's founding novel. This ...
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Bleach/Magi Theme Songs' Rock Band ViViD to Break Up

5-member band on Gundam Age opening to end final tour with April 29 concert ― The official website for the rock band ViViD announced on Wednesday that the band will stop performing together after their April 29 concert at Pacifico Yokohama National Convention Hall. The members and their agency PS Company apologized to their supporters for the sudden announcement, and thanked their fans for their sup...
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2nd PriPara TV Anime Season's Story, New Characters Unveiled

Game that inspired anime also announces 1 million users registered ― The staff of the 2nd PriPara anime series revealed the story and new characters for the anime on Wednesday. The story continues with Laala and her friends Mirei and Sophy, who are part of the "SoLaMi♡SMILE" PriPara idol unit, which is rising in popularity. In the PriPara amusement park, a new zone called "Dream Theater" has opened, ...
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Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! ‒ Episode 4

"After four straight weeks following the same routine, the show would be better served to start changing up the formula."
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Sword Art Online: Lost Song PS3/PS Vita Game's 3rd Promo Streamed

New continent, city, four-player co-op, flight-based gameplay featured in March 26 game ― The official website for Bandai Namco Games ' Sword Art Online: Lost Song PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita game began streaming the game's third promotional video on Wednesday. The beginning of the video features the following dialogue: Text: The newest chapter in Sword Art Online. Woman: Professor, you are do...
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Cross Ange tr. PS Vita Game's TV Spot Has Narration by Ange

Bandai Namco Games develops drama, shooting game based on Sunrise's anime ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming on Wednesday a TV spot for Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryū no Rondo tr. (with tr. pronounced as 'Trill.'), the upcoming PlayStation Vita game inspired by Sunrise's Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryū no Rondo (CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon) anime. Ange: What did you say!? Cross Ange is being turned i...

2nd My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Season's 1st Video Samples New Animation

Studio feel. animates April season instead of Brains Base ― The official website for the Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku sequel anime began streaming the first promotional video video for the series on Wednesday. Hachiman: Because it's important, because we don't want to lose it, we hide things, we pretend. That's why everyone lies. But... Hachiman: Yahari Ore no Seishun Love C...
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3rd New Sailor Moon Stage Musical to Run This Year

Tokyo production to follow 2 all-female revivals in 2013 & 2014 ― The 20th anniversary Sailor Moon website announced plans for a third new musical this year. The venues for the next production will include the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo. The website will provide more details in the future. The first all-female revival musical, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: La Reconquista, debuted in September of 2013. The...
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Yuu Watase: New Fushigi Yugi Manga Runs as Self-Contained Chapter

Yuu Watase, manga creator of Fushigi Yugi and Arata: The Legend, wrote on her blog on Monday that Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine is running her Fushigi Yugi: Byakko Ibun (Fushigi Yugi: Curious Tales of the Byakko) manga as a yomikiri, not a full series, in February. The term can mean a self-contained short story of a few chapters or less. The term usually means a one-shot story, but Monthly...
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Square Enix Teases 'Project Code Z' for PlayStation 4

New title to be unveiled at Tōkaigi event on January 31 ― Square Enix unveiled a website for its new game, tentatively titled Project Code Z, on Wednesday. The website shows that Square Enix will reveal more details at its booth in Tōkaigi, Dwango's annual game event which will be held from January 31 to February 1. Square Enix will run a Niconico livestream of its announcements from 11:00 a.m. to 5:...
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Live-Action Strobe Edge Film Previewed in Photos

Sōta Fukushi, Kasumi Arimura star in March film of Io Sakisaka's shōjo romance manga ― The live-action film of Io Sakisaka's adolescent romance manga Strobe Edge debuted a new set of photographs on Wednesday. Tagline: Even if the one I love has someone he loves, I love him. Comic Natalie posted the full set of photographs. Viz Media published the 10th and final volume of the manga in North America in...
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Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Manga Get Omnibus Reissues

VIZ Media announced earlier this month that it will launch a 3-in-1 omnibus collection of Kazuki Takahashi's YU-GI-OH! manga series on February 3. The omnibus will contain volumes one through three of the manga, which initially debuted in Weekly Shounen Jump magazine in 1996. There will be 13 YU-GI-OH! 3-in-1 editions, covering all 38 volumes of the manga. Dark Horse Comics announced on Tuesday th...

Seraph of the End Casts Tomoaki Maeno, Tatsuhisa Suzuki

Miyu Irino, Kensho Ono, Yūichi Nakamura star in April vampire anime ― The official website for the Seraph of the End television anime announced new cast members on Wednesday. Tomoaki Maeno will play Kureo Hiragi, "a Lieutenant General of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army. He is very ruthless as Shinoa calls him a 'monster,' and is willing to retaliate anyone who is against the Hiragi Family. His ambit...
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Parasyte Tribute Manga in Aria Magazine Ends

Angel Sanctuary, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, We Were There, Haré+Guu artists contributed ― This year's March issue of Kodansha's Aria magazine published the final installment of its "Neo Kiseijū f" (Neo Parasyte f) manga project on Wednesday. The project is a collection of one-shot tribute manga by different creators. Kodansha will publish the compiled book volume on March 23. The full list of contr...

Tuesday, January 27

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Shin Jigen Game Neptune VII PS4 Game Adds 4 New Characters

'Gold Third' characters voiced by Maaya Uchida, Ayana Taketatsu, Rina Hidaka, Haruka Tomatsu ― The 583rd volume of Kadokawa's Dengeki PlayStation magazine is revealing four new goddess characters on Thursday for the Shin Jigen Game Neptune VII (New Dimension Game: Neptunia Victory II) PlayStation 4 game. The four characters call themselves "Gold Third," and they each can change into a "Gold Form." Th...
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Gakuen Handsome-fy Yourself With Special Camera App

Tohoku Penet, the publishers behind Team YokkyuFuman's popular boys' love parody franchise, Gakuen Handsome, now has a camera smartphone app that lets you turn yourself "handsome." Assuming, of course, you're going by the game's aesthetic. Called "Handsome Camera," the app will be available in the iTunes App Store and GooglePlay in February 2015. Check out Tohoku Penet's website for their collecti...
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Yurikuma Arashi ‒ Episode 4

"Ikuhara has a talent for being lighthearted about the dourest material without losing his audience."
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Yona of the Dawn ‒ Episode 16

"Now in episode sixteen we begin to see who it might have been that Yona fell in love with."
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Italian Jazz Pianist Releases His Ode to Anime Themes in Tribute Album

Italian jazz pianist Giovanni Mirabassi released an anime theme tribute album titled "Animessi ~Le Chateau dans le Ciel~ last week filled with songs from Studio Ghibli films, and Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain and Lupin III. This isn't the first time Mirabassi showed off his love for anime. He previously included a track from Howl's Moving Castle on his album "Prima O Poi" in 2005. The composer announc...
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, XV Jump Festa Trailers Streamed

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD PS4, Xbox One game arrives in North America on March 17 ― PlayStation Japan began streaming the Jump Festa trailers for Square Enix's upcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game Final Fantasy Type 0 HD and Final Fantasy XV on Tuesday. Square Enix describes Final Fantasy Type-0 HD:Step into the fray as Class Zero, a group of fourteen students from an elite military academy whose c...
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Ambition of the Slimes JRPG Gets English Text Patch

Players control slimes fighting back against destructive humans ― Altairworks updated its Ambition of the Slimes strategy role-playing game with English text on Thursday. The mobile game is available on iTunes and Google Play. Altairworks describes the story: The world was on the brink of destruction. An evil race known as humans had appeared from out of nowhere, and had the world in the palm of thei...
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Cosplay as KanColle's Musashi with Official Prop Glasses

Those eager to cosplay Musashi from KanColle can now pre-order official cosplay glasses, complete with a special lens coating designed to mimic the character's own glasses. While they look cool, Cospa does caution that they might interfere with the your eyesight, and shouldn't be worn when operating a vehicle, or participating in any activity where clear vision is required. If it's just the frame ...

Toonami's Adjusted Schedule Cuts Attack on Titan, Cowboy Bebop, GiTS, Space Dandy

Programming block reduced to 3.5 hours on Saturdays ― The official Tumblr for Adult Swim's Toonami block announced on Tuesday that Attack on Titan, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, and Space Dandy will no longer air after February 7. The block was reduced to 12:00 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. on Saturdays, running for a total of 3.5 hours. The update promised more new shows in the future. Toonami did not guar...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 25-31

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, Lupin the 3rd: Napoleon's Dictionary anime; Blade Dance of Elementalers manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date A-Channel Blu-ray Complete CollectionPlease Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 January 27 Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade Blu-rayPlease Eastern Star/Discotek Media US$29.95 January 27 Log Horizon Blu-ray Collection 2Please Sentai Filmworks US$69.9...

Media Blasters Casts Daman Mills as Lead in Holy Knight OVA

MB VoiceWorks studio founded with Brittany Lauda, Melanie Ehrlich ― MB VoiceWorks, the in-house dubbing studio for Media Blasters, announced voice actor Daman Mills will play Shinta Mizamura in Holy Knight original video anime dub. Mills previously did voice work in Astro Vault, Super Ubie Island and Castle Dracula indie games. MB VoiceWorks is an in-house studio but its employees are separate from M...
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Hyogo Prefecture Planning a Statue to Celebrate Takarazuka Revue's 100th Anniversary

Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, the home of Japan's famous all-female Takarazuka Revue musical troupe is planning a commemorative statue to celebrate the troupe's 100th anniversary. Three designs were voted on by city residents. A total of 698 votes were cast and the winner received 497 votes. The local government will install the winning design (pictured right) near the Hankyu Railway's Takarazuka ...
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Viz Media Sets Pokémon: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction Manga, DVD Release

Film, manga adaptation slated for February ― Viz Media confirmed on Monday that it will release the manga adaptation of Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction under its Perfect Square imprint on February 3. Shogakukan published the manga by Kenji Kitamura in Japan in July. In addition, Viz set its DVD release of the film for February 17. The film premiered in Japan on July 19, and C...
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Muhyo & Roji's Yoshiyuki Nishi Hijacks Jump+ Twitter Account

Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation creator Yoshiyuki Nishi "hijacked" the official Shonen Jump+ app's Twitter account and posted "Twiman" images. The hijacking is to promote the upcoming Bakuman live-action film and the release of Nishi's Mamono Kanteishi Babiro manga. Source: Comic Natalie

Margaret McDonald, Leraldo Anzaldua Star in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions' English Dub Cast

Also Brittney Karbowski, Maggie Flecknoe, Emily Neves ― Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast for the television anime Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions anime on Thursday. The cast includes: David Wald as Narrator Leraldo Anzaldua as Yuta Togashi Margaret McDonald as Rikka Takanashi Brittney Karbowski as Sanae Dekomori Maggie Flecknoe as Shinka Nibutani Emily Neves as Kumin Tsuyuri Greg Ayre...
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Kill la Kill's Toonami Premiere Time Set

Aniplex USA announced on Tuesday that Kill la Kill's new premiere time on Adult Swim's Toonami block will be February 8 at 12:30 a.m. The series was originally slated to premiere at 11:30 p.m. on the same night, but Toonami's schedule changed after losing an hour of programming.
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Kamisama Kiss 2 ‒ Episode 3

"Manages to examine Tomoe more in-depth as Nanami takes a few steps forward in her goal of becoming a better god."

AKB48 Founder Plans Japan48 Idol Group for Olympics, Phillipines Spinoff

Niigata's NGT48 group announced; more local groups planned ― AKB48 founder and producer Yasushi Akimoto announced the formation of the Niigata-based idol group NGT48 at the "AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 1035" event in Tokyo on Sunday. His aim in creating another local group, he says, is to ultimately form an idol group called "Japan48" by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Japan48 will draw its members fro...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 1 GN 1

The first part of Hirohiko Araki's beloved, long-running insane shonen action-adventure series is out now in a super-fancy hardcover edition. Rebecca's here with the verdict. ― Take a Victorian melodrama, combine it with a Gothic novel, and inject it with a large amount of testosterone, and what do you get? The first arc of Hirohiko Araki's long-running manga JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Phantom Blood. ...
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Monster Hunter's Universal Studios Attraction Previewed in Video

Life-size Zinogre, Seregios, Felyne recreations; Zinogre Tail churros, Felyne & Melynx buns offered ― The Mainichi Shimbun paper's MaiDiGi service previewed Universal Studios Japan's Monster Hunter attraction that just opened this past weekend. The attraction features live-size recreations of Zinogre, Seregios (the first one ever of the new main monster in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate), and Felyne. Atte...

Tales of Zestiria PS3 RPG Offers Alisha Epilogue as DLC

"Alisha After Episode" offered for free February 12-28, for 1,300 yen after ― The website for Bandai Namco Games's PlayStation 3 game Tales of Zestiria confirmed on Tuesday that the game will begin offering an "Alisha After Episode -Hitomi ni Utsurumono-" (Alisha After Episode -What Reflects in Her Eyes-) epilogue as downloadable content on February 12. The DLC will eventually cost 1,300 yen (about U...
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The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls G4U Home Video, PS3 Bundle Previewed in Video

Game bundled with 1st volume of anime lets players photograph idols in school uniforms, swimsuits ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a TV spot for the first DVD and Blu-ray of the The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls anime and its "The iDOLM@STER Gravure for You! Pack" version, which will include the PlayStation 3 game Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Gravure for You! Volume 1. Narrator: A luxurious pack pa...
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Square Enix Announces School of Ragnarok Arcade Game

Mistwalker's Fujisaka designs characters, Monaca's Okabe composes music for 2015 'tactical 5D action' game ― The February 12 issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is announcing on Thursday that Square Enix will release a completely new arcade game titled School Ragnarok. Square Enix is aiming to release the "next dimension online 1 vs 1 tactical 5D action" arcade game sometime in 2015. Mistwalk...
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Capcom Announces Dragon's Dogma Online Game

Online version of 2012 Dragon's Dogma action RPG has new features, including ones from Dark Arisen ― The February 12 issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is announcing on Thursday that Capcom will release Dragon's Dogma Online, an online version of 2012's Dragon's Dogma game. The game will feature with new contents, including the new contents added in 2013's Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen expansi...
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Sailor Moon Fan Draws Cute Yuri Kuma Arashi Crossover Art

Pixiv user じじ山 recently reimagined Sailor Moon characters as characters from Kunihiko Ikuhara 's Yuri Kuma Arashi, and we thought it was too cute not to share. Here are Blue Saphir and Prince Demand drawn as bears, in both their human and bear forms: ユリクマごっこ by じじ山 on pixiv Here are Sailor Saturn and Chibiusa: ユリクマごっこ2 by じじ山 on pixiv じじ山 draws a lot of Sailor Moon fanart, so check out her Pixiv p...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, January 19-25

Live-action Kenshin sold 27,850 + 12,378 + 3,536 + 854 + 731, followed by Eight Ranger 2, Yowapeda play, Haikyu!!, Yowapeda Grande Road ― The limited complete pressing of Kanjani Eight's Eight Ranger 2 sold 39,416 copies to debut at #1 on the overall DVD chart. The regular edition debuted at #11 with 2,814 copies. The regular edition of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends landed at #2 with 27,850 copies...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, January 19-25

Live-action Kenshin sold 19,810 + 14,070 + 12,498 + 1,661, followed by Eight Ranger 2, Free! ES, Haikyu!!, Urusei Yatsura ― The limited complete pressing of Kanjani Eight's Eight Ranger 2 sold 30,916 copies to debut at #1 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The deluxe edition of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends landed at #3 with 19,810 copies, while the regular edition was right below #4 with 14,070 c...
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New Volume of Kodoku no Gourmet Manga Planned After 18-Year Hiatus

Masayuki Kusumi, Jiro Taniguchi's manga about traveling salesman eating local cuisine ― Manga creator Masayuku Kusumi reported in an interview published on Monday that he will publish the second collected volume of his Kodoku no Gourmet (The Solitary Gourmet) manga this year, 18 years after he published the first volume in 1997. The second volume will collect the chapters of the manga that were publi...
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Kodansha Was Japan's Top Publisher in 2014 for 2nd Consecutive Year

Kadokawa jumps to #2 with 109.7% increase in sales after consolidation ― Oricon revealed as a part of its "Annual Market Report" for book sales on January 22 that Kodansha was again Japan's top publisher in 2014, keeping the top spot from 2013. The company's sales increased 1.9% from 2013, with total sales of 101.83 billion yen (about US$859 million). Oricon reported that Kodansha has a 9.9% share of...

Fushigi Yugi Gets New Manga About Priestess of Byakko

Yuu Watase launches Fushigi Yugi: Byakko Ibun in same universe ― The March issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Yuu Watase, manga creator of Fushigi Yugi and Arata: The Legend, will launch the new Fushigi Yugi: Byakko Ibun (Fushigi Yugi: Curious Tales of the Byakko) manga. The manga will start in the magazine's next issue, which will ship in Japan on February...

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Singer AKINO with bless4 Releases 1st Album in 8 Years

Aquarion Evol, Amagi Brilliant Park opening themes included in 10th annivesary album ― The official website for singer AKINO announced on Monday that she will release her second album, titled Dicennia, on March 25. It is her first album in eight years since Lost in Time. The title Dicennia — literally "decades" in Latin — symbolizes the 10th anniversary of her solo debut in 2005, and her aspirations ...
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Naruto Shippuden Fan Video Teases Incredible Fight Between Tenten and Neji

Epic Rival, the company behind the popular "Naruto Shippuden: Dreamers Fight" fan film, released the opening sequence for their latest project, "Naruto Shippuden: Dance of War." From the description: "The 4th Great Ninja War is near. Two Hidden Leaf ninja say goodbye to where they grew into ninja, by holding a ceremony to test their own resolve." The full video, which is expected to be between 7-8...
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Ichirō Takahashi Launches Kuroko's Basketball Replace PLUS Manga

Shueisha's free online manga magazine Shonen Jump+ launched the manga adaptation of Sawako Hirabayashi's Kuroko no Basuke -Replace- novel series on Tuesday. Ichirō Takahashi (Volleyball Tsukai Gōda Gō) is drawing the manga, which is titled Kuroko no Basuke Replace PLUS. The first chapter is now available to read. Shueisha will publish the second chapter on February 24. The novels tell the story of...
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Protect Your Cards with Hatsune Miku Trading Card and Tabletop Game Accessories

Ultra PRO has released images for its upcoming line of Vocaloid trading card and tabletop game accessories, which includes standard-size deck protector sleeves, deck boxes, and play mats featuring Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka, and Kagamine Rin and Len. The products will be available in April. [Via ICv2]
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Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road ‒ Episode 15

"We had to wait an extra week for this episode, but it was worth it."
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Anime Japan 2015 to Feature Charity Auction for "Chance to Go 2-D" As Gundam Pilot

Anime studios will include winners in anime illustrations ― This year's Anime Japan, like last year's, will feature a charity auction. The 2014 auction featured autographed posters, scripts and illustrations from anime like Yowamushi Pedal, Gatchaman Crowds and the Puella Magi Madoka Magica film series. This year's auction will include these things, along with the "right to go to the second dimension...
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Saekano -blessing flowers- for PS Vita Slated for April 30

The official website for the PlayStation Vita adventure game based on the Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata) anime announced on Monday that the game is slated for April 30. A limited edition with an original soundtrack CD and a B2-size cloth poster will retail for 8,800 yen (about US$74), a regular edition for 6,800 yen (US$57), and a download edition for 6,0...
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Big Hero 6 Tops Yo-kai Watch for 4th Straight Weekend

Disney's Big Hero 6 topped the Japanese box office for the fourth weekend in a row this past weekend, selling 260,000 tickets for 349.4 million yen (about US$2.950 million). It has now sold a grand total of 5.5 million tickets for a new total of more than 7 billion yen (US$60 millon). Meanwhile, Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan! (Yo-kai Watch the Movie: It's the Secret of Birth, Meow!), whic...
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Band FLOW to Perform at New Jersey's AnimeNEXT Convention

Band recently performed ending theme for Seven Deadly Sins ― AnimeNEXT announced on Monday that the Japanese rock band FLOW will perform at the June 12-14 event in Somerset, New Jersey as a musical guest. The band previously performed at AnimeFest in Texas last year. FLOW has performed themes for Naruto, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Eureka Seven, Eureka Seven AO, and Samurai Flamenco. The gr...
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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Love Live Get Official Credit Cards

There's no reason anime fans should be putting their character goods purchases on a boring old credit card. Especially not if they can whip out a shiny piece of plastic with their favorite anime characters on it. Sumitomo Mitsui is launching an official Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Innocent VISA card, complete with a specially-tailored points program for fans interested in procuring some limited ed...
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Pilaf Gang Cast Records for Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F Film

Shigeru Chiba, Eiko Yamada, Tesshô Genda pose for picture during recording session ― Voice actors Shigeru Chiba and Eiko Yamada wrote on Twitter on Saturday that they recorded their roles of Pilaf and Mai for this year's Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F film. Yamada is pictured with Chiba and Tesshô Genda (voice of Shu) in her tweet. Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Dragon Ball Z: The F in Fukkatsu, or The ...

Two Cosplayers Fined for Fake Weapons Near Canada's G-Anime Convention

18-year-olds' fake weapons seized by police ― Two 18-year-old cosplayers in camouflage fatigues and carrying replica weapons on their way to the G-Anime convention in Gatineau, Quebec were fined CA$270 (about US$217) by police officers on Friday. They were arrested and their weapons confiscated, but were not charged for any criminal activity. The two men, one wearing a mask, parked their car near the...
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Final Fantasy XV Director Would Want a Simultaneous Worldwide Release

Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata said in an interview with Mexican game website LevelUp last Monday that he hopes to release the game simultaneously worldwide. He explained that he wants to give players around the world the same Final Fantasy XV experience. The official German PlayStation Blog listed Final Fantasy XV for 2015, but no release date has been formally announced in any region. [...
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I Am a Hero Manga Gets Osaka-Based Spinoff

Tokyo Yamimushi's Honda will draw side story manga this summer ― This year's fourth issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume announced on Tuesday that Kengo Hanazawa's psychological zombie thriller manga I Am a Hero will get a side story spinoff this summer. Yuuki Honda (Tokyo Yamimushi) will pen the spinoff, titled I am a Hero in Osaka. In the original manga, Hideo is an aspiring manga creator who once st...
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Fox's Animation Domination Spoofs Afro Samurai with Steve Urkel-san

Fox's Animation Domination High-Def had some fun with Family Matters in their latest video, spoofing Afro Samurai and sprinkling in a few nods to the series. Can you spot all the references? Help us start a tally in the forums!
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Designer Reimagines Pokemon as Corporate Logos

San Francisco design agency Pictogram has reimagined several Pokemon as corporate logos, joking that "since the Pokémon Corporate Personhood Act of 2015, as spearheaded by Professor OAK, Pokémon became free to start their own companies, mandating the design of Pokémon brand identities." Here are some of our favorites: Zubat: A mysterious company also under the Team Rocket Holdings umbrella, Zubat ...
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Time of Eve's Yasuhiro Yoshiura Pens Next Animator Expo Short

Power Plant No.33 Short will debut on Friday ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango announced the 11th animated short, titled Power Plant No.33, on Monday. The full short will premiere on January 30. Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Time of Eve, Patema Inverted) is directing and writing the script, and Studio Rikka and Trigger are an...
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Shelf Life - True Luv

A look at this week's new releases and a new contributor to Shelf Life joins the team. Plus, alien invasions and other uninvited guests!
- Engaged to the Unidentified
- Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
― Jump to this week's reviews: Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Complete Series BD and Engaged to the Unidentified Complete Series BD. On Shelves This Week A-Channel Complete Collection BD Sentai ...

Viz Media Licenses Shotaro Ishinomori's Link to the Past Manga

The Legend of Zelda comic ran Nintendo Power in early 90's ― Viz Media announced on Monday that it has licensed the Shotaro Ishinomori's The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past manga under its Perfect Square imprint, and will release the one-volume graphic novel in May. Ishinomori (Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider) drew the series in Nintendo Power magazine, and it was later compiled and released in one volum...

Viz's Shonen Jump Adds My Hero Academia

Series will run simultaneously with Japanese release ― This week's issue of Viz Media's Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine announced on Monday that it will begin serializing Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia) manga beginning in next week's issue. The series will run simultaneously with Japan beginning with the February 9 issue. Horikoshi launched the series in Shueisha's Week...
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Onimonogatari Sub.Blu-Ray 4

Shinobu Time brings Monogatari’s focus to Araragi, Mayoi, and Shinobu in a story marked by ominous beginnings and tragic endings. ― Monogatari isn't just one stable show, with a central narrative and single genre you can use to describe it. It is many shows at once, meaning any given “Monogatari fan” can absolutely love one arc and have no interest in the next. One arc will be a slow-burning exorcism...
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Yatterman Night ‒ Episode 3

"Yatterman Night is excellent at tonal shifts, and episode 3 showcased that perfectly."
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Yowamushi Pedal 3DS Game's 3rd Promo Features Narration by Midōsuji

1st copies of January 29 game come with reversible poster, code to download voice actor commentary ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming the third promotional video for its Yowamushi Pedal: Asu e no Kōkaiten (Yowapeda: High Cadence) Nintendo 3DS game on Monday. In the video, Akira Midōsuji introduces the system of the game, all while making snarky comments. When he shows the various mini-games that le...

Is the order a rabbit? Anime Gets 2nd Season

1st season of adaptation of 4-panel manga premiered in Japan last April ― The cover of the March issue Gakken's Megami Magazine is announcing on Friday that a second season of the television anime adaptation of Koi's Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? (Is the order a rabbit?) manga has been green-lit. The magazine will feature interviews with the cast and staff of the anime. In the four-panel manga, the main...

Sailor Moon Crystal Unveils Black Moon's Cast, Designs

Mamoru Miyano, Tsubasa Yonaga, Hiroki Takahashi, Houko Kuwashima join cast ― The official website for the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon anime unveiled the cast and character designs for the Black Moon Clan on Monday. From left to right, Mamoru Miyano plays Prince Demande who seeks the Silver Crystal and Sailor Moon herself. Tsubasa Yonaga plays Saphir, the alchemist who harbors misgivings about his old...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, January 12-18

Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro airs; Danchi Tomoo makes top 10 ― Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro aired on NTV on Friday, January 16 at 9:00 pm and received a 14.5% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV January 18 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 16.5 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV January 18 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 11.1 Detective Conan NTV January 17 (Sat) 18:00 30 min....
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Fushigi Yugi Gets Stage Play Starring Golden Bomber's Kyan

Play to retell Yuu Watase's fantasy manga through Tamahome's eyes in March ― Golden Bomber band member Yutaka Kyan will act in his first starring role in the stage play adaptation of Yuu Watase's Fushigi Yugi manga. The play will run from March 19 to 29 at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Club eX venue. Kyan will play Tamahome, the young man who meets the manga's female lead Miaka after she is transported ...
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Gō Ikeyamada's 'So Cute It Hurts!!' Manga Enters Last Arc

Romance comedy manga licensed by Viz, sells 2.3 million copies ― The 10th volume of Gō Ikeyamada's cross-dressing romance comedy manga So Cute It Hurts!! revealed on Monday that the manga will begin its last arc in its 11th volume. It also notes that the manga series has sold over 2,300,000 copies. The manga's story revolves around twin brother and sister Mitsuru and Megumu Kobayashi who switch place...
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Artist Tsugano Ends Mangaya Manga

Gaki Tsugano ends manga about rival teen manga creators ― Gaku Tsugano ended the Mangaya manga series in the March issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine on Monday. Kadokawa will publish the second and final compiled book volume on March 26. Tsugano began the manga last June, and Kadokawa shipped the first book volume last November. The story begins when second-year high school studen...

Vampire Romantic Comedy Manga Jitsu wa Watashi wa Gets TV Anime

Eiji Masuda's story of boy who cannot keep a secret, but has a crush on vampire girl ― This year's ninth issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine is announcing on Thursday that a television anime adaptation of Eiji Masuda's Jitsu wa Watashi wa ([Actually,] I Am) manga has been green-lit for this year. The romantic comedy centers around Asahi Kuromine, who has a crush on a cute girl nam...

Sunday, January 25

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IA/VT -Colorful- Vocaloid Game Slated for Early Summer

The official website for Marvelous AQL's IA/VT -Colorful- (Ia Visual Tracks Colorful) PlayStation Vita rhythm game confirmed last week that the game will debut early this summer. The game had been first slated for release on July 7 last year, but was pushed back once until July 31, and again until fall 2014, and delayed again to 2015. The game centers around the virtual diva "Ia" and features more...
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Australia's Siren Visual Delays Memories, Nodame Cantabile After Sony Cyber Attack

Australian anime distributor Siren Visual announced on Sunday that it is delaying its release of Katsuhiro Otomo's Memories anthology film and the first Nodame Cantabile television anime series. Siren Visual was unable to correspond with Sony to get needed materials for both releases due to last year's hacking attack on Sony. A Blu-ray Disc release of Memories and a home video release of Nodame Ca...
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CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon ‒ Episode 16

"Cross Ange has mostly played serious throughout its run, but every once in a while it does stick in a comedy break; episode 16 is largely that."
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Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai Anime to Air in July

The official website of Mag Garden reported last week that the television anime series Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai will premiere in July. The anime adapts Hirotaka Akagi's school comedy light novel series of the same name. The orignal novel series' story is set 16 years after the "Law for Public Order and Morals in Healthy Child-Raising" banned coarse language in the ...
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Yuki Midorikawa Draws 1-Shot, Puts Natsume's on 1-Month Break

The March issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine revealed on Saturday that Yuki Midorikawa will publish a one-shot manga in the magazine's May issue, which will be released in Japan on March 26. This will be Midorikawa's first completely original one-shot manga in the ten years since she published "Hoshi mo Mienai" in Lala DX magazine in 2005. (She has published a one-shot manga of Hotarubi no Mori e...

AKB48 Spawns NGT48 Sister Idol Group in Niigata

Auditions begin in March for 5th group in Japan & 7th group worldwide ― The female idol group AKB48 will spawn NGT48, a new sister group based in Niigata Prefecture. A video at the evening session of the "AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 1035 2015" event made the annoucement at Tokyo Dome City Hall on Sunday. Auditions for the first generation of NGT48 members will begin in March. A new theater will ...
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Maria the Virgin Witch ‒ Episode 3

"One of the most intriguing and sophisticated shows this season."
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Mirei Kiritani Stars in Film of Shojo Manga Heroine Shikkaku

Momoko Kōda's romantic comedy about girl who believe she must marry her childhood friend ― A live-action film adaptation of Momoko Kōda's shōjo manga Heroine Shikkaku (No Longer the Heroine) has been green-lit. The romantic comedy center around Hatori Matsuzaki, a high school girl who firmly believes that she has to marry her childhood friend someday. The manga ran in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret mag...
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Descendants of Darkness to Launch 'Big Project' in 2015

The March 1 issue of Hakusensha's The Hana to Yume magazine announced on Saturday that a "big project" for Yoko Matsushita's supernatural horror manga Descendants of Darkness (Yami no Matsuei) will launch in 2015. Matsushita serialized the main Descendants of Darkness manga in Hana to Yume from 1994 to 2002. There was an eight-year gap between the 11th Descendants of Darkness book volume and the 1...
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Gourmet Girl Graffiti ‒ Episode 3

"The series continues to take a very sensuous approach to the act of eating, but it's less obnoxious in execution this week."
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Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger Cast Will Attend Lexington Convention

American Power Ranger cast, Ultraman cast will also attend Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger cast members Takumi Hashimoto, Reiko Chiba, and Yūta Mochizuki will attend the Lexington Comic & Toy Convention on March 13-15 at the Heritage Hall at the Lexington Convention Center in Kentucky. Hashimoto starred as Boi/Tiger Ranger, Chiba starred as Mei/Ptera Ranger, and Mochizuki starred as Geki/Tyranno Ranger. Sa...
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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 3

"Episode three complicates everything, and shows us that good and evil are never as simple as they seem."
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Japan Society in NY to Hold N. American Premiere of Tezuka's Completed Legend of the Forest Film

Completed animated film premiered at Hiroshima Film Festival last year ― The Japan Society in New York City will host the North American premiere of Osamu Tezuka's completed Legend of the Forest (MoriI no Densetsu) film on February 21. The world premiere of Osamu Tezuka's Legend of the Forest: Part 2 screened at the Hiroshima International Animation Film Festival last August. Tezuka's eldest son, Mak...

Inafune Updates on Mighty No. 9 Progress in New Year's Video

Team is currently working on porting, promoting video game ― Keiji Inafune announced in a new video that Comcept's Mighy No. 9 multi-platform video game is "pretty much" finished. The staff is now working on porting and promoting the game. Inafune (Megaman) and his company raised more than US$3.5 million in its crowdfunding campaign for the game in October 2013. The side-scrolling adventure will be r...
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Toukiden: Kiwami Game's 'Infinite Mission' Trailer Streamed

Game heads to PS4, PS Vita on March 31 ― KOEI Tecmo American began streaming its Toukiden: Kiwami game's "Infinite Mission" Trailer on Sunday. The new game mode will let players battle an infinite number of Oni. KOEI Tecmo America will release the game on March 31 for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. The hunting action game will be available in packaged and digital versions. The company notes that the game...
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Gundam the Origin Gets 4-Panel Comedy Manga Spinoff & 24th Volume

Hybrid Four-Panel's Kazuya Tani draws Char & Casval gag comedy ― The March issue of Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine is announcing on Monday that Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin manga is inspiring a four-panel comedy manga spinoff. Kazuya Tani is launching the "original slapstick gag" comedy Char to Casval (Char and Casval) in the next issue on February 26. Char Aznable was the main ...
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The Mike Toole Show - What's Up, Tiger Mask?

Mike gets piledrived AND powerbombed on the mat by an enormous load of wrestling anime. ― Last May, I hopped a bus to New York City, on a mission to explore more Japanese pop culture. I'd previously made similar trips to take in the likes of Tokyo Godfathers and Steamboy and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, so you'd think that this was some sort of anime thing. A brisk few hours later, I was in Manha...
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Citrus GN 1

Seven Seas' latest yuri title might be one of those rare manga that's better the second time you read it. ― Seven Seas continues to be the leading purveyor of yuri manga in English with this latest offering. Where their previous releases by Milk Morinaga or currently out of print titles (such as The Last Uniform) were all more sweet than sexy, Citrus treads some different ground. The story follows Yu...
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Free!'s Haruka Gets A Super Deformed Bathtime Figure

Free!'s Haruka loves being in the water, even if it's just a bathtub. It makes it extra appropriate that Groove Garage's latest entry in their "bath defo" (bath deformed) line of character goods includes Haru lounging in a tub with his spirit animal, a dolphin. The figure measures 9.5 cm (~3.7") and is priced at 3,980 yen (about US$33.80). It is expected to ship later this year. The other "bath de...
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This Year's Sapporo Snow Festival Will Include A Love Live Sculpture

The annual Sapporo Snow Festival (English), which takes place this year between February 5 to 11, will include a Love Live! snow sculpture. The sculpture will be located at the Odori site in Nishi 9-chome, Citizen's Square, and will feature Honoka, Kotori, and Umi. It will be illuminated every night until 10:00 p.m. JST. In addition to the snow sculpture, there will also be a booth with special go...
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Evangelion & Resident Evil's Universal Studios Attractions Previewed in Videos

Vistors can scan themselves for custom 3D Evangelion figures; Hyde makes opening remarks ― The Mainichi Shimbun paper's MaiDiGi service previewed Universal Studios Japan's Evangelion and Resident Evil attractions that just opened this weekend. The "Evangelion the Real 4D" collaboration is the first “4D” project for the Evangelion anime franchise. The attraction runs in the Universal Studio Cinema 4D ...
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Stay Warm with a USB-Powered, Inflatable Hug Pillow Heated to Human Body Temperature

The problem with traditional hug pillows is they just can't mimic the warmth of a human body. But now, with a new USB-powered hug pillow from Thanko's Raremono shop, you can enjoy the feeling of cozying up to a perfectly-heated, just-slightly-under-body-temperature 36 °C warm body. And, because it's inflatable, it's also very light (740 g [~1.6 lbs]), for all those times you need to roll it up for...
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Ballet du canard Manga About Same-Sex Couple Features Ballet BGM

Background music plays during reading on digital manga website ― Manga creator Omi Kohara began serializing a new manga series titled Ahiru no Ballet (Ballet du canard, lit. Ballet of the Duck) on Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha's free manga website "Comic Ruelle" on Sunday. The manga revolves around a female same-sex couple who begin taking free ballet lessons after realizing they were lacking exercise. Class...
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Hataraku Maou-sama! High School! Spin-Off Manga Ends Next Month

Spin-off of The Devil is a Part-Timer! light novel series began in 2012 ― The March issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Daioh magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Kurone Mishima's Hataraku Maou-sama! High School! (The Devil is a Part-Timer! High School!) spin-off manga will end in the next issue, which will be released on February 27. The manga is a spin-off of Satoshi Wagahara's original light nov...
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Kill Me Baby's Kaduho Starts New Manga Next Month

New series in Dengeki Daioh G takes place in a tearoom ― The 17th issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Daioh G magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Kaduho (Kill Me Baby) will begin a new series in the magazine's next issue, which will be released on February 27. The preview for the series hints that the manga will take place in a tearoom. Kaduho began his Kill Me Baby manga in 2008 in Hobunsha's Man...
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Food Blogger Makes Lunchtime Fun with Dog-shaped Fried Chicken

If you've been on the internet long enough, you'll know that some people have a lot of time on their hands when it comes to creating beautiful lunches. Just Google "bento art" and you'll see a treasure trove of intricate lunches, portraying everything from woodland creatures, to famous paintings, to anime characters. Japanese food blogger @hinami11 has been dazzling the Twittersphere with a new fo...

Prison School Manga Goes on Hiatus Due to Author Getting Flu

Akira Hiramoto's school comedy manga now has 4 million copies in print ― This year's ninth issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine is revealing on Monday that Akira Hiramoto's Kangoku Gakuen (Prison School) manga will not appear in the issue because of the author's poor health. In addition to the announcement, Hiramoto's characters exclaim "He has influenza!?" and "For real…!?". Hiramoto apologized, and a...
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Yoshikazu Amami Launches Battle Spirits Burning Soul Manga in February

5-page prologue from Bōkoku no Siegfried (Das Nibelungenlied) manga creator ― Manga creator Yoshikazu Amami announced on Thursday that he will draw the five-page prologue for his new Battle Spirits Burning Soul series in the March issue of Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine. The issue will go on sale on February 6. Sunrise announced the seventh Battle Spirits anime in December, and revealed that Sket Da...
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