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Rurouni Kenshin Part III: The Legend Ends BD+DVD

The final Kenshin film finds success in its terrific action, even if the trilogy is starting to look a little long in the tooth. ― Film trilogies are a tricky thing. It's relatively easy to make a single film with a coherent story - when a single work both introduces and concludes all of a story's narrative variables, you can create a sense of tight congruity throughout. But when a story is split acr...
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Shelf Life - Mobile Suit Gundam F91

This little-known Gundam movie has long been last to the sands of time, now available on Blu-ray for the first time. But is it any good? Gabriella Ekens finds out, plus all this week's new releases! ― I finally got started on my "watch popular anime that I skipped the first time around" New Year's resolution this week. Since the second season of Konosuba is airing now, it seemed like as good a time ...
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GANTZ:O

There may not be much to the story, but the sharp CG more than makes the experience in this Gantz splatterfest. Theron Martin digs deeper. ― The Gantz franchise has gone through three iterations over the past 17 years: manga, anime series, and a pair of live-action movies. Now its fourth version comes in a 3D CG movie from 2016, which has recently become available on Netflix. But this isn't any garde...
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My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World Novel 1

This wide-ranging parody of chuunibyou tropes pushes the envelope in some eyebrow-raising ways, but it's still bound to offer otaku fans a fun read. ― Whether you have a weird sibling or are the weird sibling, families often have dynamics that can feel odd to an outside perspective. In the case of Yuichi Sakaki's family in My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World, his older sister Mutsuko suffers from ...
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Wednesday, March 1

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Japan's Video Game Rankings, February 20-26

NieR:Automata, Super Robot Wars V, Harukanaru Jikū no Naka de 3 Ultimate, The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 games ship ― Japan's Game Ranking: February 20-26 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4NieR:Automata Square Enix February 23 198,542 198,542 85 2PS4 Super Robot Wars V (Including Limited Editions) Bandai Namco Entertainment February 23 100,15...
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Nana Maru San Batsu Anime Reveals Cast, Visual, July Premiere

Shun Horie, Umika Kawashima star in anime about quiz club ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Iqura Sugimoto's Nana Maru San Batsu (literally, "7 O 3 X" or "7 Right, 3 Wrong") manga announced on Thursday that Shun Horie will play the protagonist Shiki Koshiyama, and Umika Kawashima will play the heroine Mari Fukami. The role will be Kawashima's first regular appearance in a ...
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Wake-Up Girls! Yutaka Yamamoto Criticizes Attacked Idol

"You can't help how it looks when you return a present." ― Anime director and Ordet animation studio founder Yutaka "Yamakan" Yamamoto (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Fractale, Wake Up, Girls!) commented about a news story of a man getting sentenced to 14 years in prison for stabbing 21-year-old female singer Mayu Tomita (no relation to the former AKB48 member of the same name) on his blog on Tue...
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Teaser Shows Major Waking Up in New Body

Film starring Scarlett Johansson opens March 31 ― Paramount Pictures began streaming a new teaser trailer for its upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell film on Wednesday. The teaser shows Scarlett Johansson's character waking up in a new body. Dreamworks and Paramount are co-financing and co-producing the film. Paramount Pictures is the film's new distributor, after Dreamworks ended its distributio...
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Koisuru Shirokuma Petit Anime's 60-Second Version Streamed

Anime about polar bear in love with fearful seal will screen in theaters ― Shochiku began streaming the 60-second version of the "petit anime" adaptation of Koromo's Koisuru Shirokuma (Polar Bear in Love) manga on Wednesday. The full anime will screen in Japanese movie theaters before the trailers beginning on March 4. In the video, the Polar Bear describes a "meeting of destiny" with the Seal where ...
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Answerman - Why Is Incest Such A Common Topic In Anime?

"Why does incest come up so often as a story element in anime and manga?" you may have asked yourself at some point. You're not alone! ― John asks: In a recent episode of Hand Shakers a character revealed that had romantic feelings for their biological sibling. This is nothing new with series like OreImo, Boku wa Imoto ni Koi o Suru, and the classic Koi Kaze to name a few. Which got me to wonder abo...
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Toei, Gust's Augmented Reality Girls Trinary App Streams Opening Anime

Smartphone game's pre-registration open now ― The official website for Toei Animation and Gust's Augmented Reality Girls Trinary (Kakuchō Shōjo-Kei Trinary) "anime cross-link role-playing game" smartphone collaboration project's app began streaming the opening anime on Wednesday. The website for the project's anime also announced that the project will participate in the AnimeJapan 2017 event, which w...
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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. ‒ Episode 8

"It feels like the cat hasn't just left the bag, but actually curled up in front of a cozy wood stove after having too much food."
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The Royal Tutor Anime Casts Toshiyuki Morikawa as Victor

TV series starring Keisuke Ueda as tutor to 4 princes premieres on April 4 ― The official website for the the television anime adaptation of Higasa Akai's The Royal Tutor (Ōshitsu Kyōshi Heine or Königliche Familie Lehrer) manga announced on Wednesday that Toshiyuki Morikawa (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children's Sephiroth, Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Future Arc's Kyōsuke Munaka...
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ONIHEI ‒ Episode 8

"Heizo may have a reputation for being an oni, but the more we learn about him, the more at odds that reputation seems with reality."
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We Saw New Anime Film Ancien and the Magic Tablet

From the writer/director of Ghost in the Shell: SAC comes a story of steampunk dreams and corporate reality wrapped in a modern day fairy tale.

Tennessee Mother: Boy Wrote Daughter's Name in 'Death Note'

School district says suspended 4th grader poses no danger ― Michelle Killough, the mother of a 10-year-old girl who attends Grahamwood Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee, reported that a fellow fourth-grade boy had put her daughter's name on a "death list." Killough's research led her to discover the Death Note anime, and she noted similarities to the incident with her daughter. She said, “I was...
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France's Kaze Lists My Hero Academia Season 2 With Runtime Equal to Half Year

French anime publisher Kaze is listing the second season My Hero Academia with a total runtime equivalent to two cour (half of a year). Kaze is listing two total home video releases for the second season, each with a runtime of 318 minutes, which roughly corresponds to the runtime of one anime cour (quarter of a year). The anime will air on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. on the NTV (Nippon TV) and YTV (Yo...
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Otakon to Host Rock Band Flow as Musical Guest

Flow joins JAM Project in Anisong World Matsuri event on August 11-13 in Washington, D.C. ― American anime convention Otakon announced on Tuesday that the convention will host rock band Flow as part of the convention's Anisong World Matsuri music festival event. Flow consists of vocalists Kohshi and Keigo, guitarist Take, bassist Got's, and drummer Iwasaki. The band began when the brothers Kohshi and...
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Koi wa Ameagari no You ni Romance Manga Gets Anime

Jun Mayuzuki's story of 17-year-old girl in love with 45-year-old restaurant manager ― This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine is announcing on Monday that an anime adaptation of Jun Mayuzuki's Koi wa Ameagari no youni (Love is Like After the Rain) manga has been green-lit. The manga centers on 17-year-old high school student Akira Tachibana, a girl who barely express...
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Sagrada Reset Anime Reveals More of Cast, Visual, April 5 Premiere

Yuka Aisaka joins cast as character Eri Oka, Kei's underclassman ― The official website for the television anime of Yutaka Kōno's teen science-fiction/fantasy light novel series Sagrada Reset revealed additional cast, a visual, and the anime's April 5 premiere last week. The new cast includes Yuka Aisaka as the character Eri Oka (seen below). Eri was Kei's underclassman in junior high. She is known f...
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Tatsunoko's Infini-T Force Anime Reveals 1st Cast Member, Main Staff

Tomokazu Seki plays G-01, Psycho-Pass 2's Kiyotaka Suzuki directs Fall show with character designs by 'Oh! great' ― The official website of Tatsunoko Productions' Infini-T Force "full 3DCG" television anime revealed the anime's main staff and first cast member on Wednesday. Tomokazu Seki (Fate/stay Night's Gilgamesh, Psycho-Pass' Kōgami) will voice Gatchaman G-01/Ken Washio. Kiyotaka Suzuki (Psycho-P...
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Saori Hayami Voices Finland Mascot in Short Anime

The Embassy of Finland in Tokyo debuted a short anime about its Twitter account mascot "Fin-tan" on Monday. The Twitter account polled followers on who they would like to hear voice Fin-tan, and voice actress Saori Hayami was selected from the suggestions to voice the character. The short is the first anime to star an embassy's mascot. It was created in part to celebrate the 100th anniversary of F...

D.Gray-man Hallow Anime's Japanese Blu-rays & DVDs Cancelled

Volumes initially slated for September-February, then indefinitely delayed in September ― The official website of D.Gray-man Hallow, the second television anime of Katsura Hoshino's D.Gray-man manga, revealed on Wednesday that the Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases for the anime have been cancelled due to "various circumstances." All pre-orders for those volumes have also been cancelled. The Blu-ray Disc ...
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Haikyu!! Boys Make Cameo in High School Study Booklet Commercials

Juggling the many aspects of high school life can be brutal. There's the classes themselves, extracurricular sports, hobbies, hanging out with your friends, dating, maybe even a part-time job. It's easy for your grades to start slipping amidst the bustle. That's the predicament the boys of Haikyu!!'s Karasuno High faced in season 2. One way they could've coped with it is with Shinken Zemi Kōkō Kōz...

Tuesday, February 28

Hell Girl Gets New 12-Episode TV Anime in July

Series will have 6 new episodes, 6 "reminiscence" episodes; cast adds Misaki Watada ― The April issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine will confirm on Friday that a new television anime for the Hell Girl (Jigoku Shōjo) franchisehas been green-lit. The new anime is titled Jigoku Shōjo Yoi no Togi. It will have six new episodes and six "reminiscence" episodes, and will premiere in July on MBS, Tokyo MX...
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U.K.'s Anime Limited Streams A Silent Voice Film Trailer With English Subtitles

Film screens in U.K. in March, will open in 30 countries ― U.K. publisher Anime Limited began streaming an exclusive trailer for Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) anime film last week. The video reveals the film's U.K. screenings that will begin in March. The film's official website revealed last week that the movie will screen in 30 countries around the world. The fi...
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Kemono Friends Dominates Winter Anime on Twitter Rankings

This season's surprise sleeper hit is the most talked about winter 2017 anime series on Twitter, according to the Kadokawa Ascii Research Laboratories. The content and information trend analytics company revealed its research for the most Tweeted anime series between January 24 and February 21, crowning Kemono Friends as the top show by a large margin. The show had 1,257,696 Tweets made in the giv...
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D3Publisher Reveals Omega Labyrinth Z for PS4/PS Vita

This years March 16 issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine will unveil D3Publisher's upcoming PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game Omega Labyrinth Z on Friday. The magazine's website posted a preview image on Tuesday. D3Publisher opened a countdown website for a new game. The website features a pair of breasts and tells visitors not to touch or the game announcement will be delayed. According to the ...
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 8

"The senior members of Hakone Gakuen are taking forever to bow out, not that I'm complaining."
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Pikachu's Easter Merchandise is Pastels-a-Plenty

Spring is in the air anime and games are coming 'round to celebrate Easter by embracing flower, egg, and rabbit motifs. This is especially true for Pokemon's one and only Pikachu who is adorning itself with a flower crown and posing with painted eggs for a line of merchandise. "Pikachu's Easter" goods will appear in Pokemon Center stores throughout Japan starting on March 18. The items range from...
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Gabriel DropOut ‒ Episode 8

"No matter which one of the main characters is your favorite, you're likely to walk away from episode 8 thoroughly entertained."
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Tatsunoko's Infini-T Force 'Full 3DCG' TV Anime Slated for October

Tatsunoko Productions' "full 3DCG" anime Infini-T Force will begin airing this October on NTV and other channels. Digital Frontier (The Boy and the Beast, Wolf Children) is collaborating on the project as part of the celebration of Tatsunoko Production's 55th anniversary in October 2017. The anime will feature the heroes from four earlier Tatsunoko Productions anime: Tekkaman, the Space Knight, Ca...
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Kodansha USA Releases The Full-Time Wife Escapist, House of the Sun, Peach Heaven Manga Digitally

Manga by Mari Yoshino, Taamo, Tsunami Umino get English releases ― Kodansha Comics published the first volumes of Tsunami Umino's The Full-Time Wife Escapist (Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu), Taamo's House of the Sun (Taiyō no Ie), and Mari Yoshino's Peach Heaven (Momoiro Heaven!) manga on Tuesday. In The Full-Time Wife Escapist, Mikuri Moriyama has a graduate degree, but because of job scarcity ...
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Virgin-Killing Sweater Finds New Appeal on Male Cosplayers

Male crossplay is hardly a rare sight at Stateside conventions. Men have enthralled congoers as Hestia but have also found barriers to their hobby at Japanese conventions. A current trend, the "virgin-killing sweater," took over pixiv and garnered commentary from Takuya Eguchi and Sanrio mascot Kirimi-chan. During its height, female models posted numerous snapshots on Twitter and Instagram while w...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 26-March 4

Actually I Am..., Amagi Brilliant Park, The Betrayal Knows My Name, Izumo: Flash of a Brave Sword, Kyousogiga anime; Kase-san and Morning Glories, There's a Demon Lord on the Floor manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date 5 Centimeters Per Second BDPlease Discotek Media/Eastern Star US$29.95 February 28 Actually I Am... BDCite Discotek Media/Eastern Star US$39.95 Februa...
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Live-Action JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Film's Visual Shows Jōtarō Kūjō

The official website for the live-action film of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable manga posted a visual showing Yusuke Iseya in costume as Jōtarō Kūjō. The website previously revealed visuals showing Kento Yamazaki as protagonist Jōsuke Higashikata, Ryunosuke Kamiki as Kōichi Hirose, Nana Komatsu as Yukako Yamagishi, Masaki Okada as Keichō Nijimura, Mackenyu as Oku...
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Idol Nana Asakawa is the Detective Conan 'Shadow Person' Gravure Model

The identity of Detective Conan's 'Shadow Person' gravure star was revealed to be none other than 17-year-old idol and actress Nana Asakawa. Publisher Shogakukan revealed the SUPER ☆ GiRLS member as the girl behind the mask in this year's 14th issue of Weekly Shōnen Sunday on March 1. In the issue, Asakawa wears a black full-body leotard to take on the role. She also appears in more standard gravu...

Man Sentenced to 14 Years for Stabbing Singer

21-year-old singer Mayu Tomita testified in court ― The Tokyo District Court sentenced Tomohiro Iwazaki (28) to 14 years and six months in prison on Tuesday for stabbing 21-year-old singer and songwriter Mayu Tomita (pictured at right, no relation to the former AKB48 member of the same name) before an event last May. Tomita was in critical condition after receiving nearly two dozen stab wounds on the...
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21st Detective Conan Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Mai Kuraki performs song for film opening April 15 ― The official website for Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter (Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter), the 21st Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime film, began streaming the first full trailer for the film on Wednesday. The video previews Mai Kuraki's theme song "Togetsukyō ~Kimi Omofu~." The film will open in Japanese theaters on April 15. T...
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Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Film Teases Original Manga's Climax in Trailer

Manga creator Hiro Mashima draws storyboards as executive producer of May 6 film ― The official website for the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film began streaming a teaser trailer on Wednesday. The teaser emphasizes that Hiro Mashima's original manga is in the "final arc" as it heads "towards the climax!" Natsu: We're the Fairy Tail mages! Text: Fairy Tail Final Arc Narrator: A decade after starting i...
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Haikyu!! Characters Hunt Eggs at Easter-Themed J-World Event

Japan has traditionally ignored Easter, but recent years have seen more amusement park decorations and themed chocolates inspired by the bunny- and egg-filled holiday. Namco's J-World Tokyo indoor theme park will hold a Haikyu!!-themed event this spring to celebrate Easter, which falls on April 16 this year. The "Haikyu!! Karasuno Easter in J-World" event will be held from March 11 to May 7. Durin...
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film Introduces Characters in 'Motion Posters'

The official Twitter account for the upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell film posted eight "motion posters" introducing the film's characters on Monday. The posters show Scarlett Johansson as Major, Pilou Asbæk (Lucy) as Batou, Takeshi Kitano (Battle Royale) as Aramaki, Lasarus Ratuere (Terra Nova) as Ishikawa, Tawanda Manyimo (The Rover) as Borma, Yutaka Izumihara (Unbroken) as Saito, Danusia...
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Hentai Publisher Fakku Looks Into Sales at Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Jacob Grady, founder of hentai manga website and publisher Fakku, told news website ICv2 in January that the company plans to begin selling books to brick-and-mortar retailers. "We are ready to begin selling to retailers immediately," Grady said. "It's something I'm starting to investigate now." Fakku's website has a job listing for a "Marketing and Sales Coordinator" who will communicate with bot...
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Rurouni Kenshin Part III: The Legend Ends BD+DVD

The final Kenshin film finds success in its terrific action, even if the trilogy is starting to look a little long in the tooth. ― Film trilogies are a tricky thing. It's relatively easy to make a single film with a coherent story - when a single work both introduces and concludes all of a story's narrative variables, you can create a sense of tight congruity throughout. But when a story is split acr...
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Attack on Titan's 3DS Escape Game Delayed by 6 Weeks to May 11

The official website of Shingeki no Kyojin: Shichi Kara no Dasshutsu (Attack on Titan: Escape From the Brink of Death), KOEI Tecmo's upcoming Attack on Titan-based Nintendo 3DS game developed by its Ruby Party team, revealed on Tuesday that the game has been delayed from March 30 to May 11 to improve the game's quality. KOEI Tecmo previously streamed a trailer for the game earlier this month. The ...
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Btooom! App Producer: Anime Gets Season 2 If App Ranks #5 in Japan

Masato Hayashi, the producer of Asobimo's Btooom! Online game app, promised at the end of the game's unveiling event on Monday that if the game ranks in the top 5 of Japan's app sales chart, the second season of the Btooom! anime will be made. The multiplayer smartphone game of Junya Inoue's Btooom! manga is dubbed a "stealth bomber action" game, where the mechanics center on bombs, the one weapon...
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We Saw the New Trinity Seven Movie

And while it succeeds at adding new and meaningful layers to the overall story, it's too bad there isn't more of it.
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, February 20-26

Yuri!!! on Ice sells 12,965, followed by Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Yūsha Yoshihiko, Haikyu!!, Hetalia stage musical ― The DVD Box for Yūsha Yoshihiko to Michibikareshi Shichinin, the third live-action Dragon Quest-inspired Yūsha Yoshihiko fantasy television series, landed at #5 on the overall DVD chart with 5,167 copies. The stage musical Hetalia ~The Great World~ debuted at #11 with 3,357 copies. The ...

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

Yuri!!! on Ice sells 33,181, followed by Love Live! Sunshine!!, Kubikiri Cycle, [email protected] Million Live! concert, Girls & Panzer disc ― The [email protected] Million Live! 3rd Live Tour Believe My [email protected]!! Live Blu-ray 06 & 07 @ Makuhari (Limited Complete Pressing) sold 10,696 copies to land at #5 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Girls & Panzer 2nd Heartful Tank Disc sold 9,716 copies to debut at #6. The B...
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Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun Anime's Main Staff, Visual Unveiled

Monster Strike's Kazuya Ichikawa directs Summer show at Studio Hibari ― The official website of the television anime of Taku Sakamoto's Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun (Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun) manga revealed the anime's main staff and visual on Tuesday. Kazuya Ichikawa (Monster Strike the Animation, Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note) is directing the anime at Studio Hibari, with scripts supervised and writte...
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Mikie Hara Shown in Costume for Live-Action Hurricane Polymar Film

Hara plays Polymar Suit researcher Rei Hieda, who transforms into Polymar Artemis ― The official website for the live-action film of Tatsunoko Productions' 1974 anime Hurricane Polymar revealed five stills on Tuesday of Mikie Hara in costume as her character Rei Hieda, including the character's Polymar Suit-equipped alter ego, Polymar Artemis. IMG mikie02.jpg IMG mikie03.jpg IMG mikie04.jpg IMG mikie...
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Rock Band Yoru no Honki Dance Performs RIN-NE Season 3's Opening Song

New season premieres April 8 ― This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that rock band Yoru no Honki Dance is performing the opening theme song "Shiny" for the third television anime season inspired by Rumiko Takahashi's RIN-NE (Kyōkai no Rinne) manga. The new anime season will premiere on NHK-E TV on April 8. New episodes will air every Saturday at 5:35...
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Legendary's Godzilla Sequel Film Casts Bates Motel Actress Vera Farmiga

The Conjuring actress plays mother of Millie Bobby Brown's character ― Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Monday that Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring, Bates Motel) has joined the cast of Godzilla: King of Monsters, the sequel film to Legendary Pictures' 2014 Godzilla movie. Farmiga plays the mother of the character that child actor Millie Bobby Brown plays. Variet...
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Re:Zero -Death or Kiss- PS4/Vita Game Delayed 1 Week to March 30

The official website for 5pb. Games' Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu -Death or Kiss (Re: Life in a different world from zero -Death or Kiss-) adventure game announced on Tuesday that the game has been delayed to March 30, one week after its original March 23 date, due to "various circumstances." The game will have an original story, taking place before the royal election at an event called ...
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Attack on Titan Stage Play's Teaser Video Highlights 3 Main Leads

Play debuts in July with 55-performance long run ― The official website for Live Impact Attack on Titan, the stage play adaptation of Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga, began streaming a teaser video for the play on Tuesday. The video highlights the three main cast members, and the play's long run and large cast. The previously announced cast includes: Hiroki Miura (The Prince of Tennis 3rd Seas...

Monday, February 27

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Anime-Focused 2.5D Musical School Opens in Tokyo in 2018

Jikei college group's Tokyo School of Anime will add a program devoted to 2.5D musicals in April 2018. The school will be the first of its kind in Japan. Tokyo School of Anime defines 2.5D musicals as those that are inspired by anime, manga, and video games. The school's website features cast images from the Haikyu!!, Kuroko's Basketball, and other stage adaptations. The new program will host the ...
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Terraformars Manga Goes on Hiatus Due to Yū Sasuga's Health

21st volume delayed indefinitely, pre-orders of original anime DVD cancelled ― This year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine is revealing on Thursday that Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana are putting their Terraformars manga on hiatus on March 9 due to Sasuga's health issues. (This year's 15th issue of Young Jump ships on March 9.) The magazine's editing staff added that the two creators ar...
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Ancien and the Magic Tablet Crosses Over With 5 GungHo Games

Ancien and the Magic Tablet's heroine Kokone is traveling to some new locations in her dreams. She and other characters from the film will appear in five different GungHo game titles, including Puzzle & Dragons, Divine Gate, Seventh Rebirth, Summon Board, and Kerihime Suites. Details, including each game's respective collaboration launch date, will be announced in the future. Ancien and the Magic ...
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Macross Delta Side Story, Hitokiri Share House Manga End in March

Are You Alice? duo launched Hitokiri Share House last year ― This year's April issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine announced on Tuesday that the Macross Delta: Kuroki Tsubasa no Shirokishi and Hitokiri Share House manga will end in the next issue on March 28. Azuki Fuji launched the Macross Delta: Kuroki Tsubasa no Shirokishi (White Knight of the Black Wing) manga in Monthly Comic Z...
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Saiyuki Reload Blast Anime Adds 2 More Returning Cast Members

Rei Igarashi, Takeshi Kusao reprise roles from previous Saiyuki anime ― The April issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine revealed two new cast members for the television anime adaptation of Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki Reload Blast manga on Tuesday. Rei Igarashi will voice Kanzeon Bosatsu, and Takeshi Kusao will voice Kougaiji. Both are reprising their roles from earlier installments in t...
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Tomokazu Seki Pens Book for Aspiring Voice Actors

Also: Mitsuo Iwata publishes memoir ― Tomokazu Seki has performed a wide range of roles in anime, like Shinya in Psycho-Pass, Domon in Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Yotarō in Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū, Lieutenant Sakuma in Joker Game, and Chichiri in Fushigi Yugi. He also teaches aspiring voice actors at a training school. He's now putting his expertise to even better use and publishing a book, Seiyū ni...
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Bang Dream! Smartphone Game Arrives in Mid-March

The staff of the BanG Dream! multimedia project revealed at an event on Friday that the BanDre! Girls Band Party! smartphone game is slated for mid-March. In addition, Aya Suzaki will play the game's navigator-like character Marina Tsukishima. The event offered a demo of the game's "collaboration live" feature, where five people play a single song together. The staff also announced eight additiona...
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My Hero Academia OVA Reveals Color Character Designs

The official website for the My Hero Academia anime revealed the color designs for the new characters that will appear in the original video anime (OVA) that will bundle with the limited edition 14th volume of Kohei Horikoshi's original manga. Habuko Mongoose, Tsuyu's friend, voiced by Maaya Uchida Romero Fujimi, voiced by Ryohei Kimura Kashiko Sekigai Kashiko Sekigai in hero form as Sensor Girl D...
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One Piece, Naruto, More Manga Creators Commemorate Final Makibao Volume

Popular manga creators like One Piece's Eiichiro Oda and Naruto's Masashi Kishimoto showed their support for colleague Tsunomaru in this year's 11th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Playboy magazine on Monday. Tsunomaru ended his Taiyō no Makibaō W (The Rising Sun from the Ocean) manga in the 20th volume on Februray 17. The volume also serves as a capstone the entire Makibaō series that began in 1995 wi...
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Yen Press Publishes Napping Princess/Ancien and the Magic Tablet Manga Simultaneously With Japan

1st chapter debuts; spinoff slated for March ― Yen Press announced on Monday that it will publish Hana Ichika's Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me (Hirune Hime ~Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari~ or Ancien and the Magic Tablet) manga simultaneously with Japan. The first chapter is available now and the second chapter will be available on March 10. Yen Press will also publish a spinoff on Marc...
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Chiruran: Shinsengumi Requiem Manga Gets Stage Play

Historical manga inspired Chiruran 1/2 spinoff ― The April issue of North Pictures' Comic Zenon magazine announced on February 25 that Shinya Umemura and Eiji Hashimoto's Chiruran – Shinsengumi Requiem (Chiruran: Shinsengumi Chinkon-ka) manga will be get a stage play adaptation. Comic Zenon describes the manga: On the eve of a new era, Kyoto was in chaos. Different factions were moving at cross-purp...
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Olympian Usain Bolt Joins Team Skull in Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon

The world's greatest sprinter Usain Bolt is seen rolling with Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon adversaries Team Skull in a new ad. Bolt challenges the viewer to a Pokémon battle where he will invariably run circles around the competition before deploying Pikachu's Thunderbolt attack. Bolt is the Olympian and third professional athlete to appear in a Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon ad this year. New York Yank...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Spinoff Manga About Ryū Launches

Square Enix's Gangan Online website launched the first chapter of Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? Familia Chronicle Episode Ryū, a manga adaptation of an Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? spinoff novel, on Thursday. Hinase Momoyama is illustrating the manga. The first 65-page chapter is available now in Japanese. The compiled volume for the original spino...
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Naoki Urasawa Manga Documentary TV Series Returns for 4th Season

NHK's documentary television series Urasawa Naoki no Manben (roughly translated, "Naoki Urasawa's Manga Exertions") will return for a fourth season on March 2. Veteran manga artist Naoki Urasawa (Monster, 20th Century Boys; pictured right in below image) hosts the program that showcases prominent manga artists. The show discusses the guest manga artists' individual styles, work methods, and workpl...
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Sony Sells 915,000 PlayStation VR Units Worldwide

Over 220 titles in development ― Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced on Monday that it has sold 915,000 PlayStation VRs worldwide as of February 19 (February 18 for North American sales). The system is available in 64 countries and regions. The press release also noted that, as of February 19, there are more than 100 PS VR software titles and experiences. More than 220 software titles are ...
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Yui no Shinobi Ninja Rice Ball Smartphone Game's Opening Video Streamed

The official website for the upcoming card-based smartphone game Yui no Shinobi began streaming the opening video on Friday. The video features visual kei band Kiryu's theme song "Gekkabijin." The website also began streaming a character video last Friday that previews the main character's voices. The anthropomorphized ninja rice ball characters represent flavors such as tuna mayonnaise, walleye p...
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Saku Sakamoto's Aragne no Mushikago Anime Film Opens in 2018

Horror film is written, directed, animated, scored by one person ― Saku Sakamoto's Aragne no Mushikago (Aragne's Insect Cage) horror anime film is slated to premiere in 2018. Sakamoto is producing the anime by himself, and it was originally slated for completion in fall 2017. The anime is now slated to open in theaters in Japan in 2018. Zelico Film began streaming a teaser video on February 18 and a ...
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Answerman - Is Subway Groping Really A Big Deal In Japan?

Sexual assault on subway cars is depicted in anime quite often (most recently in Scum's Wish) but how big a problem is it really in Japan? Justin explains. ― Strongman Lin asks: In a fair number of anime (e.g. Scum's Wish, Ore Monogatari), female characters get molested by creepers on the subway. Is this really such a prevalent problem in Japan? And if it is, in the instances of it that I've seen in...
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Viz: We Do Not Have Any Info on Hypothetical New Tokyo Ghoul Anime (Updated)

Update: Viz Media told ANN on Monday that Hamric misspoke or was misquoted about a new Tokyo Ghoul season. The anime receiving another season is My Hero Academia. The original article is below. The ICv2 website posted an interview with Kevin Hamric, Viz Media senior director – sales and marketing, on Monday. In the interview, ICv2 asked Hamric, "Anything change in the last few months in terms of t...

Little Witch Academia TV Anime's BD/DVD Releases Have English Subtitles

TV anime's 1st home video volume ships on April 19 ― The official website for the Little Witch Academia television anime revealed on Monday that the series' Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases will have English subtitles. The first Blu-ray Disc and DVD volume is slated to ship on April 19. The Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade anime shipped on Blu-ray Disc and DVD with Japanese, English, Chinese,...
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Shelf Life - Mobile Suit Gundam F91

This little-known Gundam movie has long been last to the sands of time, now available on Blu-ray for the first time. But is it any good? Gabriella Ekens finds out, plus all this week's new releases! ― I finally got started on my "watch popular anime that I skipped the first time around" New Year's resolution this week. Since the second season of Konosuba is airing now, it seemed like as good a time ...

Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali Has 2 Roles in Alita: Battle Angel

Moonlight star previously reported to play villain Vector ― The Movie Pilot website reported on Monday that Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) will have two roles in Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga. Ali reportedly revealed that he will have two roles in the film while speaking t...
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The New Chapter of Digimon Adventure tri Shows Selflessness is a Double-Edged Sword

It's also jam-packed with revelations about a past generation of DigiDestined and the hidden villains’ evil plan.
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GANTZ:O

There may not be much to the story, but the sharp CG more than makes the experience in this Gantz splatterfest. Theron Martin digs deeper. ― The Gantz franchise has gone through three iterations over the past 17 years: manga, anime series, and a pair of live-action movies. Now its fourth version comes in a 3D CG movie from 2016, which has recently become available on Netflix. But this isn't any garde...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria Anime's New Visual Revealed

Spinoff TV series premieres on April 14 ― The official website for the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? Gaiden: Sword Oratoria) television anime launched on Monday and revealed a new key visual. The website also revealed that the adaptation of the spinoff light novel series of the same name from author Fujino ...
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Macross Delta's 1st Walküre Album Wins Animation Album of the Year in Gold Disc Award

RADWIMPS' your name. soundtrack is Soundtrack Album of the Year ― The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) announced the Japan Gold Disc Awards for 2017 on Monday. Walküre Attack!, the debut album of the Macross Delta anime's in-story idol unit Walküre, won the Animation Album of the Year award. The album shipped last July and shipped more than 100,000 copies, earning the album a gold disc ...
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Akaza Samamiya's Bloody Mary Manga Ends

Samamiya to publish spinoff 1-shot chapter in March ― This year's April issue of Kadokawa's Asuka magazine published the final chapter of Akaza Samamiya's Bloody Mary manga on Friday. Samamiya will publish a spinoff one-shot for the manga in the May issue of the magazine, which ships on March 24. Viz Media's Shojo Beat imprint has licensed the series, and it describes the story: "Bloody" Mary, a vamp...
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TrySail Performs Eromanga Sensei TV Anime's Ending Song

Also: Nobunaga Shimazaki, Mikako Komatsu join cast ― The official website of the television anime of Tsukasa Fushimi's Eromanga Sensei light novels revealed on Sunday that the TrySail group will perform the anime's ending theme song "adrenaline!!!" In addition, the anime's official Twitter account revealed last Friday that Nobunaga Shimazaki will play Kunimitsu Shidō, and Mikako Komatsu will play Aya...
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Anime Tamago 2017 Shorts Previewed in Long 2nd Promo Video

4 shorts to screen at event on March 11, in Tokyo from April 22-28 ― The official website of the "Anime Tamago" (formerly "Anime Mirai") project began streaming a long version of the second promotional video on Monday for this year's four shorts. The shorts will screen at the Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas theater in Tokyo on March 11, as part of the Tokyo Anime Award Festival. Additionally, Theatre Shinjuk...

Marvel Reveals Marvel Future Avengers TV Anime, Manga Project

New anime for young boys premieres this summer, manga debuts on Tuesday ― Marvel announced on Monday that it is creating a new television anime series titled Marvel Future Avengers. The new series will air on the BS (broadcast satellite) channel Dlife this summer, and will be intended for a young male audience. The anime will follow Makoto, a young boy who gains superpowers due to an evil gene manipu...
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Yuri!! on Ice's Futon Covers, Calendar, Soccer Collaboration Revealed

After teasing silhouettes earlier this month, M's Factory revealed its Yuri!!! on Ice Japanese futon covers on Wednesday. The polyester covers with special illustrations of Yūri, Victor, and Yuri are available for pre-order now. If unexpected visitors arrive, people can flip the covers over to the plain white back and conceal the risqué ice skaters. Each futon cover costs 9,000 yen (about US$80),...
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Megumi Hayashibara Holds 1st Solo Live Concert in June

Concert will be voice actress, singer's 1st solo concert since debuting as singer 26 years ago ― Voice actress and singer Megumi Hayashibara announced on the Radio Kansai radio show on Saturday that she will have a live concert on June 11 at the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Tokyo. She will also host and record the 1300th episode of her "Hayashibara Megumi no Tokyo Boogie Night" radio show on the afternoo...
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Teekyū Creator Roots Relaunches Roots Beer Manga on Comic Earth Star Site

Manga about female office worker who loves beer had initial 4-panel version in Nico Nico Seiga ― Manga creator Roots relaunched a different version of his Roots Beer manga on the Comic Earth Star website on Sunday. Roots wrote and drew the first four-panel manga version of the manga on the Nico Nico Seiga website. Roots launched the manga on Nico Nico Seiga last April. The manga centers on Suzu, an o...
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Blame! Anime Film's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Film opens in Japan, streams worldwide on Netflix on May 20 ― Netflix began streaming an English-subtitled trailer last Thursday for the new anime film of Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! manga. The trailer is a subtitled version of the same video that debuted last Thursday. The film will open in Japanese theaters for a limited two-week engagement on May 20. The film will also stream exclusively on Netflix wor...

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First Foreign Female Pro Shōgi Player Inspired by Naruto

Attains second kyū (rank) ― On February 20, Karolina Styczynska of Warsaw, Poland, attained the second kyū (rank) in women's shōgi, a chess-like board game primarily played in Japan. This officially makes her a professional player — the first time a foreign woman has done this. She managed a come-from-behind victory against Minami Sadamasu, a more advanced first-dan (level, considered higher tha...

Berserk Anime's New Visual, April 7 Premiere Revealed

1st 2 episodes of new arc to premiere together ― The official website of the Berserk television anime revealed a new visual and the April 7 premiere date for the anime on Monday. The anime will premiere on WOWOW on April 7 at 10:00 p.m. In the following weeks, the previous week's episode will air at 10:00 p.m., with new episodes airing at 10:30 p.m. MBS and TBS will air the premiere on April 7 at 26:...

Actor Bill Paxton Passes Away at 61

Actor starred in Edge of Tomorrow as Master Sergeant Farell ― Actor Bill Paxton passed away on Saturday, February 25 due to complications from surgery. He was 61. Paxton acted or starred in such films as Apollo 13, Twister, The Terminator, Predator 2, Aliens, and Titanic. He has also starred in the film Edge of Tomorrow, the Hollywood adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's All You Need Is Kill light nove...
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Zootopia Wins Animated Feature Film Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Walt Disney Animation Studios' Zootopia film with the Animated Feature Film award at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday. Michael Dudok de Wit, Studio Ghibli, and Wild Bunch's The Red Turtle film had been nominated for the award. The full list of films that were nominated for the award include: The Red Turtle, Kubo and the Two Strings,...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 324

"Although this season's opening and ending spoiled the fact that she'd be appearing, The Battle on Rakuyo's eighth chapter provides us with our first real look at Kagura's mother Kouka."
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JoJo's Festival to Be Held at the Real 'S City'

Anime and manga can be obtuse about its settings, only stating that live in "Prefecture M" or "X City." An upcoming festival celebrating Hirohiko Araki's Jojo's Bizarre Adventure traveling to "S City Morioh Town," or in this case Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture. Morioh Town is the setting of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable. The festival will host an exhibition celebrating the ser...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Anime's New Visual Revealed

The official website of the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations television anime revealed a new visual for the anime on Monday. The series will premiere on TV Tokyo on April 5. The series features returning cast members from Naruto Shippūden and Boruto: Naruto the Movie. The upcoming television anime adaptation of Ukyō Kodachi and Mikie Ikemoto's Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga will feature an o...
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 20

"Both halves of this episode could easily have stood on their own and allowed for more development."
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New Awards Show to Honor Anime-Business Collaborations

Kadokawa's Takeshi Natsuno, Madhouse's Masao Maruyama head selection committee ― Anime committees frequently arrange collaborations, or cross-promotions, between their works and other businesses, be they restaurants, theme parks, car companies, video games, or traditional craft enterprises. It's a mutually beneficial partnership that brings in a new crowd to whatever the business is selling while rai...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 45

"The chaos of the battlefield combined with a brief love story and a Gundam 00 homage gives us a lot to take in this week."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 80

"The exhibition match between Universes 7 and 9 continues with the fight between Gohan and Lavender."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 778

"I was really surprised at how much I liked this episode, since it's mostly another clip show, but in reality it's so much more than that."
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Kirby Transforms Into Plushes, Pouches for 25th Anniversary

Character goods maker San-ei Bōeki revealed new merchandise on Wednesday to mark the 25th anniversary of a certain pink, puffy character. Hal Labratory and Nintendo released Hoshi no Kirby (Kirby's Dream Land) for Game Boy in 1992 and Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe (Kirby Super Star) for Super Famicom (SNES) in 1996. To celebrate the original game's anniversary, San-ei Bōeki is offering Kirby plushe...
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8-4 Company Will Not Handle Localization of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Game

Video game localization company 8-4 co-founder John Ricciardi posted last month on Twitter that his company will not be handling the localization of Monolith Soft's Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Switch game. The company had previously handled the localization of the previous game Xenoblade Chronicles X. The company has also handled the localization of such games as Fire Emblem Awakening, Drakeng...
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 20

"The show is usually great at joining its seemingly disparate plot elements, but it dropped the ball this week."
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Live-Action Hito wa Mita Me ga 100 Percent Series Casts Keita Machida

April series stars Mirei Kiritani, Asami Mizukawa, Ryō Narita ― The official website of the live-action series adaptation of Hiromi Ōkubo's Hito wa Mita Me ga 100 Percent (Woman's All About the Looks.) manga revealed on Wednesday that it has cast Gekidan EXILE member Keita Machida (seen below) as Takuma Maruo, a researcher who works in the same company as Jun Jōnouchi. Other previously announced cast...
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Hideaki Anno to Present Selection of His Favorite Tokusatsu at Shinjuku Theater

Over 50 works from about 50 years ― It's no secret that Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shin Godzilla, His and Her Circumstances) is a big fan of tokusatsu (special effects-heavy Japanese action stories). Astute viewers can pick up the influences in his work, he recreates scenes from them in Insufficient Direction (a manga by his wife, Moyoco, on their life together), and he's even curated a m...
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Shogakukan Lists Denpa Kyōshi Manga as Ending in 26th Volume

Shogakukan is listing the 26th volume of Takeshi Azuma's Denpa Kyōshi - He Is a Ultimate Teacher (Ultimate Otaku Teacher) manga as the final volume. The volume is listed with an April 18 release date. The preview page for this year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is also listing that the manga is entering its climax of the final arc. The issue ships on March 1. The manga...
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Isobe Isobee Monogatari Net Anime's 2nd Season Premieres on March 6

This year's 13th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that the second season of the Isobe Isobee Monogatari: Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo (Chronicle of Isobe -The Life Is Hard-) "mame anime" will begin streaming only on the Gyao! streaming service on March 6. The magazine also revealed that the anime won the Gyao Entertainment Service Award 2016 in the anime division. The anim...
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Your Complete Gundam Anime Guide - Part 1

Gundam is a massive franchise. It can be difficult to keep track of all the different series and movies. But don't worry, we're here to help. Let's start with the "U.C." side of Gundam.
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My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World Novel 1

This wide-ranging parody of chuunibyou tropes pushes the envelope in some eyebrow-raising ways, but it's still bound to offer otaku fans a fun read. ― Whether you have a weird sibling or are the weird sibling, families often have dynamics that can feel odd to an outside perspective. In the case of Yuichi Sakaki's family in My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World, his older sister Mutsuko suffers from ...

Turner Classic Movies Lists Airing of Belladonna of Sadness Film on March 5

The Turner Classic Movies channel is currently listing that it will air Eiichi Yamamoto's 1973 experimental anime film Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Belladonna) on March 5 at 2:15 a.m. The story of Belladonna of Sadness follows Jeanne (Katsutaka Ito) after she is assaulted by a local lord on her wedding night. Vowing revenge, she makes a deal with the Devil (Tatsuya Nakadai). The Devil trans...

Love Live! Sunshine!! Anime Gets 2nd Season This Fall

9-member Aqours held 1st major concert in Japan this weekend with 2nd tour set for August-September ― Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Aqours group announced at the "Aqours First LoveLive! ~Step! ZERO to ONE~" concert in Yokohama on Sunday that the Love Live! Sunshine!! anime is getting a second season this fall. The concert was the first major concert for the nine-girl Aqours group, and it took place on Satu...
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Kamen Sentai Gorider Net Series Revealed

3-episode series to feature 5 resurrected Kamen Rider characters ― TV Asahi began streaming a promotional video on Saturday to reveal the new three-episode Kamen Sentai Gorider net series. In the show's story, Emu Hōjō/Kamen Rider Ex-Aid wakes up and finds himself locked in a mysterious room. Suddenly, five men appear before him. These five men are previous Kamen Riders were supposed to be dead. Some...
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Shōnen Ashibe Go! Go! Goma-chan Anime Gets 2nd Season Premiering on April 4

Also: Hiromi Morishita, Junko Ogino's manga adaptation changes magazines ― NHK's official website for the Shōnen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan television anime series has revealed that the anime is getting a second series that will premiere on April 4. The new anime will air on NHK E-TV on Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. Additionally, the April issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine announced on Saturday that...

Viz Media Releases 6 One-Punch Man OVAs with Blu-ray Disc Release

Blu-ray Disc release with English dub, sub slated for April 25 ― Viz Media announced on Wednesday that the company will release six original video anime (OVA) episodes with its Blu-ray Disc releases of the One-Punch Man anime series. These OVA specials will be included in the Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack, as well as the standard Blu-ray Disc package. The DVD-only set will not include them. All home me...
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Next Sword Art Online Game Goes Analog

Board game designed by Love Letter's Seiji Kanai ― Sword Art Online may be about players trapped in a video game, but its latest game incarnation takes a step back to a more accessible format: the board game. Sword of Fellows puts players in the roles of Kirito and Asuna as they level up in the MMORPG Sword Art Online with the ultimate goal of escaping the game. Players progress through different sce...
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A3! Mobile Game Theme Tops Oricon Chart

Downloads now exceeds 2 million ― The "ikemen-raising" mobile game A3! burst onto the scene late last month, generating over 800,000 downloads in three days. 300,000 of those downloads took place on its launch day. The game's popularity continued to grow, as download numbers raised to 1.5 million in two weeks and finally topping two million downloads by February 21. It's not just the game itself that...

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ToraCon Offers Marriage Consulting for Anime Fans in Akihabara

For various, oft-debated reasons, young Japanese struggle to form romantic relationships or even successfully mingle with each other socially. For fans of subcultures like anime, manga and video games, finding a loving partner can be doubly difficult. That's why ToraCon, a marriage consulting office aimed at these fans, is opening this weekend, and in the most appropriate place — Akihabara, t...
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Koi wa Ameagari no You ni Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on March 6

This year's 13th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine is revealing on Monday that Jun Mayuzuki's Koi wa Ameagari no youni (Love is Like After the Rain) manga will reveal an important announcement in the magazine's next issue on March 6. The manga centers on 17-year-old high school student Akira Tachibana, a girl who barely expresses herself. She harbors a secret crush on Masami ...
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Celebrate Pokémon Day on February 27

Next Monday is the 21st anniversary of the day the original Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue Game Boy games went on sale in Japan. The Pokémon Company is offering a host of Pokémon Day celebrations to mark the occasion. A special version of Pikachu will appear in Niantic's Pokémon Go smartphone game beginning on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. ET. Every Pikachu that players encounter until March 6 at 5:00 p.m. ET...
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Japanese Environment Ministry Fights Climate Change with Moe

"Mirai Kimino" teaches "Ima Kimino" how to be more environmentally responsible ― As part of the international agreement on lowering carbon emissions reached in Paris in 2015, Japan has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26% by 2030. To educate ordinary Japanese about the energy-efficient lifestyle choices they can make to meet this goal, the Ministry of the Environment has launched a "...
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One Piece's Portrait of Pirates Swimsuit Figure Line Adds Kalifa

MegaHouse's Portrait of Pirates (P.O.P.) Limited Edition B.B. (Bathing Beauty) figure line unveiled a new Kalifa figure on Thursday. The former Iceberg secretary shows off her sexy side in a swimsuit inspired by her typical black dress from the One Piece anime. The new figure is about 120 millimeters (about 4.7 inches) tall. Kalifa is the 10th entry in the B.B. figure line that also includes gend...
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 19

"Focusing on Shimada, who's swiftly become my favorite character in the show, it chronologued his life story and philosophy on competition from childhood to the present day."
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Interviews with Monster Girls ‒ Episode 8

"Tetsuo may be an easygoing guy most of the time, but all the demi-human abilities in the world can't save his students from feeling his wrath if they flunk their exams."
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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga ‒ Episode 8

"Poor Yukio. It seems like no matter what incarnation of the Blue Exorcist universe we're in, he's destined to be plagued by his, shall we say, ambivalent feelings regarding his brother."
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Seiren ‒ Episode 8

"Seiren more or less returned to its usual standard this week, as the show wrapped up Toru's romance arc through a visit to Comiket."
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Descending Stories: Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū ‒ Episode 8

"Yakumo's recent medical crisis has wrecked his voice, and that's left him unable to perform rakugo – not just physically, but emotionally as well."
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Gakuen Babysitters Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on March 24

The official website for Hakusensha's LaLa magazine is teasing that the magazine's May issue will have a "super important announcement" for Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters manga when it ships on March 24. The issue will feature the manga on its front cover, and the chapter in the issue will also have a color page. Tokeino launched the series in LaLa in 2009, and Hakusensha published the manga's ...
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Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Game's New Trailer Previews Super Mario Bros. Outfits

Nintendo 3DS game ships in N. America on February 28 ― XSEED Games began streaming a "Let's-a-Go! Trailer" on Friday for its upcoming release of the Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (Bokujō Monogatari: Mitsu no Sato no Taisetsu na Tomodachi) Nintendo 3DS game. The trailer previews Super Mario Brothers costumes that will be available to use in the game. The Mario outfit will grant a running speed boost...
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How to Import Using Amazon Japan

Sometimes, local stores don't have the anime merch you want. When that happens, one option is to import through Amazon.co.jp. Here's how.
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Wake Up, Girls' Yutaka Yamamoto Reveals 2018 Twilight Anime Film Project

Launches crowdfunding for last in "Tōhoku trilogy" after blossom, Wake Up, Girls! ― Anime director Yutaka Yamamoto (Yamakan) announced on the live-streamed program "Anime Gyōkai no Mirai wa Akarui desu ka? Sore tomo..." (Is the Anime Industry's Future Bright? Or is it...) on Saturday that his new original anime film project is slated for 2018 under the title Hakubo (Twilight). He is accepting crowdfu...

New Hell Girl Anime TV Series Listed in July by Retailers

Japanese retailers Tsutaya and Honya Club list a Kessakusen Kachōfūgetsu volume of Miyuki Etoo's Hell Girl (Jigoku Shōjo) manga in March. According to the listing, the volume bundles a booklet of production designs for a "new anime series of Hell Girl [starting] to air in July." The manga volume compiles popular chapters from Etoo's manga adaptation of the earlier anime. Stories in the Hell Girl f...
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Live-Action Double Mints Film Reveals Teaser Video, Poster

Shunsuke Tanaka, Yasushi Fuchikami star in adaptation of Asumiko Nakamura's boys-love manga ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Asumiko Nakamura's Double Mints boys-love manga began streaming the film's teaser video on Friday. The film's staff also revealed a poster visual. The film will open in Japan this summer. The manga's story revolves around two characters with similar...
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Beautiful Bones -Sakurako's Investigation- Novels Get Live-Action TV Series Adaptation

Alisa Mizuki stars in series premiering on Fuji TV in April ― Fuji TV opened a website on Friday to announce that a live-action television series based on Shiori Ōta's Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (A Corpse is Buried Under Sakurako's Feet. or Beautiful Bones -Sakurako's Investigation-) light novel series will premiere in April. The series will air on Fuji TV on Sundays at 9:00 p...
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Retailer Lists Anime Adaptation For Killing Bites Manga

Japanese online retailer 7net is currently previewing the cover of the April issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Hero's magazine, which lists an anime adaptation for illustrator Kazasa Sumita (Witchblade Takeru) and storywriter Shinya Murata's (Jackals) Killing Bites manga. The Monthly Hero's website is also previewing the cover image for the April issue, but the version on its website doesn't include t...
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My Hero Academia 2nd Season's 3rd Promo Video Previews Kenshi Yonezu's Opening Theme

New key visual, video highlighting Tsuru & Momo also revealed ― The official website for the My Hero Academia television anime series began streaming a third promotional video on Saturday for the show's second season. The video previews Kenshi Yonezu's opening theme song "Peace Sign." The official website also revealed a new key visual for the second season. TOHO also began streaming a new character ...
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Clockwork Planet TV Anime Premieres on April 6

The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana's Clockwork Planet novels announced on Saturday that the anime will premiere on April 6. The anime will premiere on TBS on April 6 at 25:58 (effectively April 7 at 1:58 a.m.), and will also air on BS-TBS on April 8 at 25:00 (effectively April 9 at 1:00 a.m.). The anime will star: Yoshino Nanjō as Naot...
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Bandai's Home Video Release of Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Won't Include English Subs

Bandai Visual confirmed with ANN on Friday that its home video release of the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project will not feature English subtitles. Bandai Visual's Blu-ray Disc release of the seven-part Space Battleship Yamato 2199 film project in 2012-2013 (and later 2015 compila...
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2nd Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Film Launches on June 24

The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project revealed on Saturday that the project's second film, subtitled Hasshin-hen (Departure Chapter), will open in Japan on June 24. The film will screen in five more theaters than the first film, for a total of 20 theaters....
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Digimon Adventure tri. Anime's 5th Film to Open This Year

The staff for the Digimon Adventure tri. six-part anime film series revealed at a stage greeting event at the Shinjuku Wald 9 theater in Tokyo on Saturday that the fifth film in the project, titled Digimon Adventure tri. Kyōsei (Union or Symbiosis), will open in Japan sometime this year. The fourth film, Digimon Adventure tri. Part 4: Loss (Digimon Adventure tri. Sōshitsu, pictured at right), open...
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Tsugumomo TV Anime's Promo Video Reveals April 2 Premiere

New key visual, more cast also revealed ― The official website for the television anime of Yoshikazu Hamada's Tsugumomo manga began streaming the anime's first full promotional video on Friday. The video previews Band Ja Naimon!'s opening theme song "METAMORISER," and also reveals the show's April 2 premiere date. The website has also revealed a new key visual (pictured below). The series will premie...
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