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Love Live! School Idol Project Sub.Blu-Ray

They're too kawaii to live but too sugoi to die: Japan's most popular animated idols get the bluray treatment in the US, but did they manage to cast their spell on staff critic Nick Creamer? ― Idols are unstoppable these days. Their economic might is legend, a heavy fist of show sales that crushes all else underfoot. Their shows prompt sequels and then movies, their songs filling theaters and echoing...
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Answerman - Midwinter Blahs

It's a blah midwinter week, and Justin takes questions on whether we need a Criterion Collection for anime, whether companies are abusing Kickstarter, why there's so much Sailor Moon Crystal merchandise, and why Japan doesn't pre-record their voices. ― I don't know about you, but I've had real trouble staying awake and coherent this week. I blame the combination of short days and overcast weather, w...
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House of 1000 Manga - Cat Paradise

Jason adopts a manga all about magical cat familiars in an academy where pets are certainly allowed. If you've never read it, the time is meow. ― Cat Paradise "I've always loved animals, so I put them in my manga a lot.” —Yuji Iwahara There are so many manga about people partnered up with monsters, dragons and so on, you'd think there would be more manga about people partnered up with real-life anim...
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Nisekoi: False Love GN 7

Had this book not come directly after the Romeo and Juliet storyline, it may have made a bigger impact. ― There are many things about Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi: False Love that make it one of the most entertaining harem manga out there...and sadly, not a whole lot of them end up in this volume. That's not to say that it isn't still a good book; the final arc about Chitoge's mother is very strong in its c...
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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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Saturday, January 31

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3 More Blood Blockade Battlefront Voice Roles Unveiled

Mamoru Miyano as Doug Hammer, Keiji Fujiwara as Deldro Brody, Hikaru Midorikawa as Zed O'Brien ― The March issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is announcing three more character roles in the television anime of Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront manga on Wednesday. Mamoru Miyano will play Doug Hammer, Keiji Fujiwara will play Deldro Brody, and Hikaru Midorikawa will play Zed O'Brien. ...
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2nd Attack on Titan Compilation Film's Teaser Shows Female Titan

Jiyū no Tsubasa to open on June 27 with returning cast, staff ― The offical website for the Attack on Titan anime began streaming a teaser trailer for Shingeki no Kyojin Kōhen ~Jiyū no Tsubasa~ (Attack on Titan Part II: Wings of Freedom), the second compilation film of the television anime, on Saturday. The teaser highlights the Female Titan and introduces the scenario and main staff members. Armin: ...
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Get Ready For Gigantor Toys Later This Year

Mezco Toys recently announced that they've acquired the rights to produce collectibles based on Gigantor, so hopefully we'll get to see some fun figures and vinyls soon. The new products are expected to hit retails shelves in Q3 2015. In the meantime, we can fondly remember this nearly-60-foot-tall Gigantor statue that was erected back in 2009 (cover image). [Via ICv2]

Friday, January 30

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Shinjuku Swan Film's Teaser, Man With a Mission & UVERworld Songs Unveiled

Visual also unveiled for Ken Wakui's story helmed by Tokyo Tribes's Shion Sono ― The live-action film of Ken Wakui's Shinjuku Swan manga unveiled a teaser trailer, the tie-in songs, and a visual on Friday. The teaser features the theme song "Dive" by the band Man With a Mission. The manga follows Tatsuhiko Shiratori, a 19-year-old with no money or job in the (in)famous Kabukichō red-light district of...
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2nd Arpeggio of Blue Steel Film's Trailer, New Characters, Date Unveiled

Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Cadenza to open on October 3 ― The official website for the Arpeggio of Blue Steel anime franchise began streaming a trailer for the second Arpeggio of Blue Steel film, Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Cadenza, on Saturday. The trailer introduces five female characters and cast members and announces that the film will open on October 3. Text: The morals of the fog a...
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Hetalia Fans Can Get Valentine's Day Chocolates from Prussia Actor Atsushi Kousaka

Valentine's Day in Japan is typically celebrated by women giving chocolates to men, but this year, Hetalia fans have the chance to experience the opposite, and from a voice actor, too. To celebrate the upcoming launch of Hetalia The World Twinkle and the July 24 release date of the opening theme sung by Daisuke Namikawa's (Italy), Animate AKIBA Culture's ZONE is holding a special Valentine's Day e...
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New Anime Project's Site Opens Under Pony Canyon's Name

A teaser website for a new anime project opened with a countdown that will end on Friday, February 6 at 6:00 p.m. (4:00 a.m. EST). The tagline reads, "The restoration of the world … begins." The website's domain name is registered under Pony Canyon's name. The front page's HTML source includes a meta tag for the description, "When the countdown reaches '0,' the world shall know the truth." Another...
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Tokyo Ghoul √A ‒ Episode 4

"It's weird to say that an episode packed with violent showdowns is more "transition stage" than climax, but that's definitely the case here."
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Eating Solo at the Pokemon Cafe is Less Lonely with Pikachu By Your Side

Diners have been flocking to Shibuya's Pokemon Cafe - Ω Ruby & α Sapphire, which will be open until its new date of March 15. With that limited time window, though, comes long lines, with customers often waiting several hours for the chance to bite down on adorable Pikachu-shaped foods. Inside, the cafe is filled with Pokemon-themed decor, complete with plush Pikachus spinning beats and peering ou...
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Horror Manga Artist Draws Annabelle Pictures for Japanese Theater

While the horror movie Annabelle was released in North America last year, it doesn't come out in Japan until February 28. In anticipation of its release, noted horror manga artist Nori Ochazuke drew these illustrations of the titular doll. They will be exhibited in Shinjuku Piccadilly, a Tokyo movie theater, in February 26. Ochazuke is a manga artist known for creating chilling short stories like ...
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Lupin III VS Detective Conan The Movie Streamed on Hulu

2013 crossover features showdown between title characters ― Hulu began streaming the 2013 crossover movie Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie on Friday. The film's production company, TMS Entertainment, posted the film on Hulu. The story pins Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan against Monkey Punch's Lupin III, who is accused of stealing a diamond. The events of the movie take place after the 2009 TV ...
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 3

"The content of this episode isn't much more objectionable than anything that's come before, but I can understand why it was delayed by a week in light of current events."
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Your lie in April ‒ Episode 15

"Weaves together two characters' ongoing stories by showing the similarities in their dilemmas, despite their differences at first."
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, January 18-24

Akame ga Kill!, 2 Black Butler volumes, Attack on Titan, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Sword Art Online: Progressive, Sword Art Online: Aincrad, Noragami, Assassination Classroom, Hatsune Miku: Unofficial Hatsune Mix The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on January 24. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 - Akame ga...
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 16

"This episode takes serious aim at authors who demand excessive control over the anime-making process, to the point where you wonder which real-life one angered its creators."
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11th Animator Expo Short Power Plant No.33 Streamed

Time of Eve's Yasuhiro Yoshiura helmed short animated at Studio Rikka, Trigger ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the full 11th short film Power Plant No.33 on Friday. Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Time of Eve, Patema Inverted) directed and wrote the script, and Studio Rikka and Trigger are animated the short....
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 397

"If anything, this filler arc is more proof that no one is ever really gone in the world of Naruto."
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Celebrate Your Extensive Yowapeda Knowledge With Tie-In Aptitude Test Goods

Test company Nippan's Yowamushi Pedal aptitude test is perfect for those who want to show off their in-depth knowledge about the series. Even if you don't pass, though, you can commemorate the occasion with special tie-in goods, including Yowapeda-themed happi, pillows, stationery sets, lucky charms, clear files, tapestries, pennants, and more. The items will be available for purchase on the day o...
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Death Parade ‒ Episode 4

A reality TV star and a depressed otaku go head-to-head in Quindecim's very own life-or-death arcade, and the results are a real knockout.
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The irregular at magic high school Game Collaborates With Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Agito

In-game costume is based on Final Fantasy games ― The Nicosei live broadcast "Lost Zero News Channel" revealed on Thursday that Square Enix's Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Lost Zero smartphone game will collaborate with the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy Agito games. The collaboration will launch this spring and include illustrated "costume cards" that will allow players to dress Lost Zero cha...
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Sword Art Online Lost Song's Gameplay Video, PS4 Prospects Unveiled

Game will feature 20-30 hours of gameplay; character-specific episodes Sword Art Online Lost Song producer Yosuke Futami and theme song performer Eir Aoi appeared at Taiwan's Taipei Game Show on January 28 to talk about the game. In an interview with Dengeki Online, Futami said he would like to try a PlayStation 4 release, in addition to the previously planned PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita rel...
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The Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls ‒ Episode 4

"Episode four is leisurely paced, as Mio, Uzuki, and Rin are charged by the producer with making a PR video, and it works really well."
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Free! Eternal Summer Gets 8 Dumpling-Shaped Face Cushions

Big cushions with adorable faces to retail for 4,000 yen a piece ― Anime goods company Ensky announced on Friday that it will release Free! Eternal Summer “Big Omanjū Cushions” themed after the anime's characters in Japan. The cushions are called “omanjū” due to their similarity to Japanese dumpling-like sweets of the same name. The first round of cushions will ship in April, and are themed after the...
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Love Live! School Idol Project Sub.Blu-Ray

They're too kawaii to live but too sugoi to die: Japan's most popular animated idols get the bluray treatment in the US, but did they manage to cast their spell on staff critic Nick Creamer? ― Idols are unstoppable these days. Their economic might is legend, a heavy fist of show sales that crushes all else underfoot. Their shows prompt sequels and then movies, their songs filling theaters and echoing...
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Answerman - Midwinter Blahs

It's a blah midwinter week, and Justin takes questions on whether we need a Criterion Collection for anime, whether companies are abusing Kickstarter, why there's so much Sailor Moon Crystal merchandise, and why Japan doesn't pre-record their voices. ― I don't know about you, but I've had real trouble staying awake and coherent this week. I blame the combination of short days and overcast weather, w...
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Last Gargantia OVA's Trailer Teases Ledo's Story Finale

Kousuke Toriumi, Takahiro Sakurai join cast in 2nd half debuting on April 4 ― The official website for the Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet anime unveiled the theatrical teaser trailer and visual for the second and final volume of the original video animation (OVA) Suisei no Gargantia: Meguru Kōro, Haruka on Saturday. The trailer features the new character Reema, voiced by Inori Minase. It also note...
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend ‒ Episode 3

Tomoya can't come up with a good idea for his dating sim; is the show similarly struggling with finding the plot?
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Delayed 3rd Assassination Classroom Episode Rescheduled for Friday (Update 2)

The official Twitter account for the Assassination Classroom television anime announced on Friday that the delayed third episode will air on Fuji TV at 25:20 on Friday night (effectively 1:20 a.m. on Saturday in Japan or 11:20 a.m. on Friday EST). However, the account cautioned that the schedule is subject to change. The third Assassination Classroom episode was delayed last week due to "various c...
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Attack on Titan's Universal Studios Attraction Previewed in Video

Clone-oid figures, replica props shown from "Attack on Titan The Real" ― The Mainichi Shimbun paper's MaiDiGi service previewed Universal Studios Japan's Attack on Titan attraction that just opened last weekend in a new video. The "Attack on Titan The Real" collaboration recreates the world of Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga and anime. The attraction features a full-size, 15-meter (about 49-fo...
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Knights of Sidonia Compilation Film's Trailer Previews New Scenes, angela's Song

Film to open on March 6 before 2nd TV season premieres in April ― The official website for the Knights of Sidonia compilation film began streaming a new trailer on Friday. The video previews some of the new scenes that do not appear in the original television anime series and features angela's theme song "Sidonia." Text: Praised in 50 countries across the world Text: A thousand years since the destru...
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Plastic Memories Anime's 2nd Video Introduces Characters

"Love story born from digital memories" to premiere in April ― The official website for the Plastic Memories anime project began streaming the second promotional video on Friday. The video introduces the main characters, cast, and staff. Text: Tsukasa Mizugaki Text: Just graduated from high school and is a new member of the workforce starting this spring Text: That workplace is SA Corp.'s terminal se...
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BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend Game Also Gets PS Vita Release

Expansion gets new scenario based on BlazBlue: Remix Heart spinoff manga ― Video game developer Arc System Works revealed on Thursday that its BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend expansion game will get a downloadable version for the PlayStation Vita. Arc System Works will ship the game on April 23 in Japan for the PS4, PS3, and Xbox One. The company will release the PS Vita downloadable version at the ...
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Azito × Tatsunoko Legends Game Coming to Xbox One

Base defense strategy game lets players use Tatsunoko anime characters ― Game developer Hamster began streaming a teaser video in September for an upcoming Xbox One game tentatively titled Azito × Tatsunoko Legends. Tatsunoko Productions is collaborating with Hamster on the game, and the video includes clips from several Tatsunoko anime such as Gatchaman, Yatterman, Casshan, and Speed Racer. The game...

Baseball Manga Major to Resume After 5-Year Hiatus

Takuya Mitsuda to continue manga in March after 78 volumes, 53 million copies ― Takuya Mitsuda will continue his long-running Major manga series on Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in March. This will be the first new chapter in the manga in the five years since it ended in 2010. Mitsuda first serialized Major in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine from 1994 until 2010. The story beg...
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Square Enix Teases Arcade-Related Project With Final Fantasy Reference

Sqaure Enix unveiled a new website on Friday for an as-yet unannounced new title. The website contains a graphic with the "white glove" menu cursor common to most games in Square Enix's Final Fantasy series. The cursor points to the text, "Coming! JAEPO 2015." The company is offering 30 passes to a stage event that will announce the new project on February 14. JAEPO, or the Japan Amusement Expo, i...

Team Aims to Pierce Moon With Evangelion's Spear of Longinus

Project to raise 100 million yen to plant 24-cm spear on moon ― Hakuto, Japan's first civilian team that aims to send an unmanned lunar expedition, unveiled the "Project to Pierce the Moon With the Spear of Longinus" on Friday. The project is part of the 20th anniversary of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime, and Hakuto is the only team from Japan competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The project aim...
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5th Milky Holmes TD Episode Delayed Due to "Circumstances'

The official website for the Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD television anime announced on Friday that the fifth episode, "Carol no Minoshirokin" (Carol's Ransom), has been delayed from its planned broadcast on Saturday, January 31. The website explained that the delay was "due to circumstances." The first episode of the anime will rerun instead on Saturday. The third episode of Assassination Classr...
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Musical Duo Yuzu Animated for Crayon Shin-chan's New Ending

Duo perform "Ola!!" for 2015 film set in Mexico & appear in TV anime's ending ― The musical duo Yuzu are contributing their new song "Ola!!" as the theme song of Eiga Crayon Shin-chan: Ora no Hikkoshi Monogatari ~Saboten Daishūgeki (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: My Story About Moving ~The Great Cactus Attack~), the film opening on April 18. In addition, the Crayon Shin-chan television anime will begin ...

Thursday, January 29

Kūsen Madōshi Kōhosei no Kyōkan Anime Teases Iori Nomizu's Song, Reveals Delay

"D.O.B" opening song teased before series premiere, delayed from April to July ― The official website for the television anime of Yū Moroboshi's Kūsen Madōshi Kōhosei no Kyōkan (Aerial Combat Wizard Candidates' Instructor) light novel series began streaming a teaser video on Friday. The video previews the opening theme song "D.O.B" sung by voice actress and singer Iori Nomizu. It also announces that ...
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Noitamina Anime Block Announces Results From 'Best Theme Song' Poll

Fuji TV's Noitamina anime block announced the winning track list from its best theme song poll on Thursday. Fans were able to pick their top 10 favorite anime theme songs from the block's 10 year history in December. The winners are included on the upcoming multi-album "Noitamina FAN BEST" collection. The track list includes: Honey and Clover Opening "Dramatic" by YUKI Honey and Clover II Opening ...
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Muhyo & Roji's Yoshiyuki Nishi Draws Haikyu!!

Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation creator Yoshiyuki Nishi "hijacked" the official Shonen Jump+ app's Twitter account again, this time with Haikyu!! art. #ツイマンコラボ 祝!ハイキュー映画化/西 pic.twitter.com/qpThW7WqEW— 少年ジャンプ+ (@shonenjump_plus) January 29, 2015 The hijacking is to promote the upcoming Haikyu!! compilation film and the release of Nishi's Mamono Kanteishi Babiro manga.
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 4th Promo Showcases Main Characters

Video features characters' unique abilities, customization options ― Bandai Namco Games released the fourth promo for its upcoming fighting game Dragon Ball Xenoverse on Wednesday. The video showcases playable characters, including Goku, Piccolo, Trunks, Vegeta, Gohan, Tien Shinhan, and Yamcha. Players can also choose to play as one of the show's villains, including Frieza, Cell, Majin Boo, and Andro...
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Nintendo Schedules 'Project Giant Robot' for Wii U in U.S.

Nintendo plans Star Fox, Legend of Zelda, Devil's Third U.S. releases ― Nintendo released its nine-month earnings report on Thursday, which revealed the company's localization plans for 2015. The report includes Nintendo's tentatively titled "Project Giant Robot" for the Wii U, which is slated for release in Japan this year and in the United States in the first half of 2015. Shigeru Miyamoto introduc...
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Newest Trailer Goes Behind the Scenes of Momoiro Clover Z Vs. KISS Music Video

The official YouTube channel for girl idol group Momoiro Clover Z (Sailor Moon Crystal, Bodacious Space Pirates) added a new trailer that goes behind the scenes of their "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina" music video with American rock band KISS. The video shows the groups meeting for the first time. Frontman Paul Stanley (who measures 6' feet tall) comments on how "little" the girl band members are (th...
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NIS America Streams The Awakened Fate Ultimatum Story, Character Promos

Trailers introduce Ariael, Jupiel ― NIS American began streaming a second promotional video and character videos for its release of Nippon Ichi's The Awakened Fate Ultimatum (Kamisama to Unmei Kakumei no Cross Thesis) PlayStation 3 game on Thursday. NIS America will release it in North America on March 17 and in Europe on March 20. NIS America describes the story: Several years after a certain revolu...
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Jojo Creator Draws Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Composer Giorno-Style for CD Cover

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure creator Hirohiko Araki drew the album cover for musician and composer Akira Senju's "Main Themes" collection, which includes a variety of themes written over the past 30 years for TV shows like the 2012 revival of Iron Chef, Ryusei Wagon, and several NHK series. Fans of Araki's work have been quick to note that Senju's pose is reminiscent of Giorno Giovanni from Jojo's Biz...
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Game Adds Rob Lucci as Playable Character

Blackbeard, Sir Crocodile, Daz Bones, Wiper, Enel, Jesus Burgess, Bellamy, "Tin-Plate" Wapol will also be in game ― This year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will announce on Monday that the upcoming game One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 will add Rob Lucci as a playable character. The advertisement also teases Blackbeard, Sir Crocodile, Daz Bones, Wiper, Enel, Jesus Burgess, Bellamy, and "T...
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Akira's Katsuhiro Otomo Wins Angoulême's Top Prize

Otomo is 1st Japanese artist to win award ― The 42nd annual Angoulême International Comics Festival awarded Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Steamboy, Short Peace) awarded the Grand Prix award for lifetime achievement. Otomo is the first Japanese manga artist to win the award. The other nominees for the award were Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta) and Belgian comic artist Hermann (Jeremiah) Katsuhiro Otom...
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Hatsune Miku and Shiteyanyo Goods Make Their Way to Arcades

Taito's Hatsune Miku x Shiteyanyo prize campaign is giving arcade-goers two chances to nab bizarre merchandise featuring Miku and her strange leggy pal. The campaign features two sets of merchandise. The mini-figurines are currently available in arcades throughout Japan, with the Miku x Shiteyanyo plush keychains to follow in March. Shiteyanyo originated in 2010 when pivix user Ryūsei drew a parod...
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1st Tamayura Film's Trailer Previews Maaya Sakamoto's Song

Last 3 films to open in August 2015, November 2015, February 2016, followed by "graduation ceremonies" ― The official website for the Tamayura franchise unveiled the trailer for the first of four films that will complete the story. The trailer debuts the theme song "Kore Kara" (From Now On) written and sung by Maaya Sakamoto. Fū: Next spring, we will graduate. Text: Tamayura last arc. 1st of 4 parts....
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Prince of Tennis Creator Commentates for NHK at All Australian Open

Provides commentary for Japan's Kei Nishikori's third round match. ― With the Australian Open on its way to wrapping up, tennis fans are gripping their seats with excitement. During times like these, it is the duty of all good sports programs to bring commentary that can convey just that sort of excitement. This past week, NHK's headliner sports news program Saturday Sports did just that by inviting ...
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House of 1000 Manga - Cat Paradise

Jason adopts a manga all about magical cat familiars in an academy where pets are certainly allowed. If you've never read it, the time is meow. ― Cat Paradise "I've always loved animals, so I put them in my manga a lot.” —Yuji Iwahara There are so many manga about people partnered up with monsters, dragons and so on, you'd think there would be more manga about people partnered up with real-life anim...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Game's 'History-Changing' Antagonist Unveiled

"One behind the curtains changing history" in February 5 PS4/PS3/Xbox One/Xbox 360/PC game ― This year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is unveiling on Monday the "one behind the curtains changing history" in the Dragon Ball Xenoverse game. The new character Domigura appears in the shadows of two other antagonists, Mira and Towa, but his objective and true identity remain wrappe...
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Nisekoi: False Love GN 7

Had this book not come directly after the Romeo and Juliet storyline, it may have made a bigger impact. ― There are many things about Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi: False Love that make it one of the most entertaining harem manga out there...and sadly, not a whole lot of them end up in this volume. That's not to say that it isn't still a good book; the final arc about Chitoge's mother is very strong in its c...
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Heidi, Girl of the Alps Draws Japanese Tourists to Switzerland

Early Takahata anime's influence remains strong 40 years later ― Heidi, an 1880 novel by Swiss author Johanna Spyri, is one of the classics of children's literature. Its portrayal of innocent youth, pristine mountain landscapes, and simple pastoral life have appealed to people of all generations, both genders, and many nations and languages. Its reception in Japan, however, is particularly strong. To...

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Heads West This Summer

14 playable characters, 23 support characters in PS3/Vita fighting game ― Sega announced on Thursday that it will release Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax in North America and Europe on PlayStation 3 and PS Vita this summer. The trailer above boasts that the English version has 14 playable characters and 23 support characters — the same as in the Japanese version. "Developed by Ecole and French Bread i...
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The Testament of Sister New Devil ‒ Episode 4

"As of this week, I can say with authority that watching The Testament of Sister New Devil is more fun than shoveling out after a blizzard."
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Violinist Lindsey Stirling Covers Hatsune Miku's "Senbonzakura"

Classically trained violinist and electro-pop artist Lindsey Stirling released a cover of Kurousa-P and Hatsune Miku's "Senbonzakura" on Tuesday. "Senbonzakura" has enjoyed immense popularity since its original upload to Nico Nico Douga, receiving more than 4.3 million views in less than a year. The song has since rocketed to the tops of the karaoke charts, inspired a novel, and featured in a Toyo...
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Square Enix's School of Ragnarok Game Teaser Trailer Streamed

Natsuki Hanae, Nao Toyama, Fumihiko Tachiki voice characters in online action arcade game ― Square Enix began streaming the first trailer for its upcoming School of Ragnarok arcade game on Thursday. The song featured in the trailer is performed by Yoko Takahashi (Shakugan no Shana, Cross Ange, Neon Genesis Evangelion). Narrator: The world is in its Warring Academies period. The ten academies called "...
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Tecmo Koei's Deception IV Gets Expanded Version, New Protagonist

PS4 version slated for Japanese release on March 26 ― Koei Tecmo's Deception IV: Blood Ties (Kagero: Dark Side Princess) is getting an upgraded PlayStation 4 version with additional protagonists in March. Kagero: Mō 1-ri no Princess (Kagero: One More Princess) is slated for release in Japan on March 26. The game adds new protagonist Virgilie. Millennia (Kagero: Deception II), Reina (Deception III: Da...
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Dragon's Dogma Online Game Previewed in Trailer

Capcom plans to begin service in online version of 2012 game with added features sometime this year ― The official website for Capcom's Dragon's Dogma Online game began streaming the first trailer for the game on Thursday. Text: In a new world that connects hearts together Text: Stand up alongside your comrades Text: Fight together Text: Help each other Speech bubble: Hello~ Speech bubble: What are y...
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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.

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...

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. http://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=l-Kin2fVVI0&u=/watch%3Fv%3DWCxUVUZ-6NE%26feature%3Dem-up...
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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."

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...

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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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