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ANNCast - SuperN.E.R.D.S.

Zac and Justin reteam with supernerds Mike Toole and Daryl Surat to chat about Chaika, Space Dandy, Captain Harlock, Otakon and more, and of course there's always Twitter Time!
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Answerman - Nobody Loves The Weeaboo

Why do Japanese companies have such terrible English? Why did Viz finish dubbing MONSTER? Plus, dealing with themes in writing reviews, and why everyone hates weeaboo.
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House of 1000 Manga - Unico

Shaenon takes a magical journey with Tezuka's famously adorable little unicorn, Unico.
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Karneval BD+DVD 1-4

Karneval is a story with interest and potential that ends too soon.
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The X Button - Hive Finds

This week brings pitches for dungeon treks, alien bug raids, and a nightmare long thought over. Plus Silent Hills, BlazBlue, and the results of an anime-editing contest!
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Review: Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late

Under Night is an elegantly designed game by people who have been at fighting games for a long time, and who deeply understand what's truly important about them.
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Pile of Shame - The Enemy's The Pirates!

Justin tries to return to an old 90s favorite that has become more famous for its obscure, awful dub.
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Terra Formars GN 1

While Terra Formars presents an interesting science fiction story that plays on our innate dislike of cockroaches (and long-standing jokes about how hard to kill they are), it doesn't present it as well as it might.
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 18

M3 the dark metal EPISODE 18 THE TRUTH OF YOMIJIMA
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anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day [Collector's Edition] BD+DVD

AnoHana is a story of high emotion. There's a lot of screaming, crying, laughing, and soppy emotional weltering of every flavor. It is tough to digest all of that in 100 minutes. In fact, it's not really recommended.
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Cardfight!! Vanguard GN 1

Overall, Cardfight!! Vanguard is going to be best enjoyed by those who are familiar with the game or just enjoy card battle games in general. It does make a real effort to be generally appealing, though.
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Baby Steps Episodes 1-12 Streaming

Baby Steps isn't big on thrilling sports action. It's interested in quieter, less immediate pleasures: the simple pleasures of good characters and good relationships moving slowly but surely in good directions.
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Friday, August 22

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Yen Press Adds Touya Mikanagi's Karneval Manga

Story of boy searching for friend to ship in N. America in March 2015 ― North American publisher Yen Press announced on Twitter on Friday that it licensed Touya Mikanagi's Karneval manga. Yen Press plans to begin releasing the series in March 2015. Mikanagi launched the fantasy action series in 2008, and Ichijinsha released the 13th compiled book volume in Japan in April. Madman Entertainment publishes the series in Austrailia. The manga follows Nai, a mysterious young boy who knows nothing other than his name and Karoku. With nothing but Karoku's bracelet from "Circus" to go on, Nai set out in search of Karoku when he was rescued from trouble by Gareki. When Gareki demands the bracelet in exchange for his help, Nai begins to travel with him and joins the National Defense Agency, “Circus” after getting involved with them and a freight train high-jacking. Nai will learn many new things as works together with various people. Gareki too will find the doors opening to worlds he never knew of before.
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Live-Action Maestro Film's Teaser Video Streamed

Adaptation of Akira Saso's manga about gro up of musicians opens on January 31 ― Film news website Cinema Today began streaming a teaser video on Friday for the live-action film adaptation of Akira Saso's Maestro manga. Tori Matsuzaka (Gatchaman, .hack//The Movie , live-action Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger) will star in the film, and he will co-star for the first time with Toshiyuki Nishida (Tsuri Baka Nisshi films, live-action Space Battleship Yamato, A Letter to Momo). Matsuzaka will play Kōsaka, a brilliant concert master, while Nishida will play the mysterious conductor Tendō.
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Viz to Preview Almost All New Shonen Jump Series from Japan

"Jump Start" campaign to start with new manga launching on September 8 Viz Media announced its new "Jump Start" initiative at its live Weekly Shonen Jump podcast recording at Japan Expo in California on Friday. Viz's digital anthology Weekly Shonen Jump will run the first three chapters of "almost every single" new series that debuts in Shueisha's original Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan. The first series under the Jump Start campaign will launch in both the Japanese and English versions of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on September 8. Two more series will then debut in September. The titles of these new series have yet to be announced in Japan.
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EVA Air Discontinues Hello Kitty Flights to Los Angeles

― If you've been wanting to fly on the Hello Kitty jetliner, your trans-Pacific options will dry up as of October 27. EVA Air, which operates a small fleet of Hello Kitty airplanes, has announced that they will be discontinuing their LAX-Taipei Hello Kitty jet service. The route was introduced just last September, with a maiden voyage that even included X Japan rockstar Yoshiki. Hello Kitty fans will still be able to enjoy EVA Air's Hello Kitty-themed flights between Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, and Guam, but they'll have to make the oceanic trip without the luxury of
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Yuruyuri's Namori Draws Fanart of Sailor Chibi Moon

Namori, the creator of the slice-of-life comedy manga Yuruyuri, is known for her cute character designs and innocent, wide-eyed depictions of young girls. She recently posted an illustration on her Pixiv account of Sailor Chibi Moon: Those interested in checking out more of her illustrations can check our her website or follow her on Twitter, where she also occasionally posts other fanart. [Via Nicotube Anime]
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Hyrule Warriors Wii U Game Adds Ghirahim, Zant Gameplay Videos

Also adventure mode opening and Ganondorf alternate costumes video Nintendo began streaming a Hyrule Warriors (Zelda Musō) gameplay video on Wednesday for Ghirahim, the demon lord who tried to use Zelda to resurrect his master Demise in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Ghirahim uses a Demon Blade in the video. Nintendo also began streaming a gameplay video last week for Zant, the being summoned by the evil witch Shia in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Zant uses a scimitar in the video. KOEI Tecmo Games began streaming the opening video for
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, August 10-16

Crimson Spell, Bleach, Deadman Wonderland, Fairy Tail, Loveless, Food Wars!, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Rosario + Vampire Season II, Dragonar Academy, Attack on Titan The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on August 16. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Crimson Spell #5 Ayano Yamane Viz Media 1 210Bleach #61 Tite Kubo Viz Media 2 3- Deadman Wonderland #4 Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou Viz Media 1 4-Fairy Tail #41 Hiro Mashima Kodansha Comics 1 5-Loveless #12 Yun Kouga Viz Media 1 67 Food Wars! #1 Story: Yūto Tsukuda / Art:
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ANNCast - SuperN.E.R.D.S.

Zac and Justin reteam with supernerds Mike Toole and Daryl Surat to chat about Chaika, Space Dandy, Captain Harlock, Otakon and more, and of course there's always Twitter Time!
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Hello Kitty Crossplays for Koei's Neo-Romance Game Event

Sanrio's queen of crossovers has some special keychains for KOEI's Kin-iro no Corda Seisō Gakuinsai 4 (La Corda D'Oro Seiso School Festival 4) event. Hello Kitty is donning a wig and boys' uniform to crossplay as Len Tsukimori and Ryotarou Tsuchiura from the La Corda D'Oro girls' romance games and anime series. The bow is a bit of a giveaway though. Attendees can get both for about US$7. Hello Kitty is celebrating her 40th birthday this year, with an

Ai Tenchi Muyo's Premise, New Characters Unveiled

Series of 5-minute episodes to premiere in October ― The official website for the new Tenchi Muyo! series, Ai: Tenchi Muyo!, updated on Friday with an introduction to the story and six new character designs. In the story, the world is in trouble because Washu is stirring up trouble again. In order to save the world from crisis, Tenchi goes undercover as a teacher in a girls' school. However, many problems arise as Tenchi is predisposed to finding trouble. The new characters include: Hachiko, the student council's enforcer. She's chivalrous, spirited, and fundamentally brave. She loves Momo and anyone who gets close to Momo is an enemy.
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Sakigake Otoko Juku, Peacock King Manga Available on English Renta

First chapters of 80's manga released digitally ― The first three volumes of Akira Miyashita's Sakigake!! Otoko Juku and the first three volumes of Makoto Ogino's Peacock King (Kujakuoh) are now available digitally in English through Renta. Each volume will cost one "ticket" (US$1) to rent for 48 hours and four "tickets" (US$4) to purchase. Renta describes Sakigake!! Otoko Juku: A violent action manga set in "Otokojuku" with its extreme Spartan curriculum, depicting the lives of the students overflowing with manliness, centered around Tsurugi Momotaro. Otokojuku gathers up delinquent youths around the nation who have nowhere else to go, and educates them in an extreme, militaristic manner. Momotaro, the head of the first-year class, is marked by the instructors, and during Otokojuku's specialty, the "Straight March", where students must move forward even if there are houses in the way, he is ordered to break into a yakuza office alone...!
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Get Cozy Beneath The Covers With Uta-Pri Sheets

― Body pillows are nice for those cold, lonely nights, but sometimes you just want to get a little closer to your favorite characters. With these Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 2000% sheets, featuring Cecil and Camus, you can literally throw yourself on top of them, and cozy up for a good night's sleep. Each sheet is made from polyester suede and measures 2400 x 1500mm, or about 94.5 x 59 inches, just large enough to lay on top of a queen-sized bed.
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Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers's 3DS Game Trailer Features Combat Gameplay, Game Modes

13 heroes and villains playable in "battle-action" game Bandai Namco Games began streaming the first full trailer for Marvel Disk Wars: Avengers Ultimate Heroes Nintendo 3DS game on Thursday. The trailer features gameplay with the "Disk" system, which allows players to change characters at any time during combat. The "battle-action" game will ship on November 13 in Japan for 4,740 yen (US$46). The trailer also announces that the game will have an original story. In addition to a story mode, the game will feature a gallery mode and different types of "challenge" modes, including survival, free battle, and communication battle. The challenge mode offers 13 playable characters:
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Tokyo's Kanto Area Crowns Its Hottest High School Boy

― Pretty boys aren't just for anime and video games. Thousands of Kantō region boys vied for the chance to call themselves the hottest high school boy in the area, in a contest that feels like a manga set-up. The first and second place winners of the 2nd "Kantō High School Mr. Contest 2014" for the Uniform High School Festival 2014 event were chosen on Sunday. From 1,000 applicants, seven finalists competed for the title and the opportunity to appear in
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New Futari H OVA's 1st Promo Streamed

New OVA will be the first new anime for the series in 12 years ― The official website of Aki Katsu's Futari H (Manga Sutra) manga began streaming the first promotional video for the upcoming original anime video series (OVA) on Friday. The trailer features the OVA's theme song "Hana Hirari" (Light Flower) by The Zig Zags. The new video anime is slated to debut on October 10. The cast includes: Ayumi Tsunematsu as Yura Onoda Yūichi Nakamura as Makoto Onoda Chiwa Saito as Rika Kawada Sarah Emi Bridcutt as Narrator
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Answerman - Nobody Loves The Weeaboo

Why do Japanese companies have such terrible English? Why did Viz finish dubbing MONSTER? Plus, dealing with themes in writing reviews, and why everyone hates weeaboo.
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Gurren Lagann Stage Play's Cast Announced

Gainax supervises production featuring material not in 2007 TV anime ― The official website for the "Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann -Engeki-hen-" stage play announced cast members on Tuesday. The adaptation of Gainax's Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann anime series will run in Tokyo's Zenrōsai Hall Space Zero theater from October 22 to 26. The cast includes (from left to right): Kōtarō Itō as Simon, Shōta Motogawa as Kamina Konona Shiba as Yoko, Miku Ōno as Nia Takurō Sawada as Leeron, Seitarō Chiba as Kittan, Shungo Takasaki as Rossiu
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New Durarara! Manga Starts in Sylph in October

Yen Press to ship 1st 2 English volumes of Durarara!! Yellow Scarves Arc in September ― The October issue of Kadokawa's Sylph magazine announced on Friday that a new manga series inspired by Ryohgo Narita's Durarara!! light novel series will begin in the magazine's December issue, which is scheduled to be released on October 23. Yen Press publishes the original Durarara!! manga adapting the novels in North America, as well as its sequel Durarara!! Saika Arc. The company will release the continuation of the manga titled Durarara!! Yellow Scarves Arc
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Suzuko Mimori Joins Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru Anime's Cast

Btooom! voice actress plays wheelchair-using student in the Hero Club for October TV anime Pony Canyon began streaming a new character introduction video on Friday for the upcoming original anime series Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru. The video introduces new cast member Suzuko Mimori (Btooom!, Love Live!) as Mimori Tōgo. Mimori: Hero, go! Mimori: I'm Mimori Tōgo. Text: A responsible second-year student and member of the Hero Club. Mimori: My friend Yūna is full of energy. Though, she has a bit too much energy, and it gets me worried a bit.
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Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Film's Main Trailer Unveiled

Kenshin endures bloody battles in order to save Japan in September 13 film ― The official website for Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen), the second of two sequels to the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film, began streaming the main trailer for the film on Friday. The video features ONE OK ROCK's new theme song, although the title of the song has not yet been announced. Kenshin: There is an opponent that I must defeat. The man Makoto Shishio who became the hitokiri after me is threatening the country.
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Sadao Abe to Voice Migi in Live-Action Parasyte Films

Iryū actor also provides movement for CG character via motion capture ― Actor and voice actor Sadao Abe (Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki's Gōyan, Iryū - Team Medical Dragon series' Monji Arase, Ikebukuro West Gate Park's Hamaguchi) will voice Shinichi Izumi's Parasite Migi in the two live-action film adaptations of Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte (Kiseiju) science-fiction horror manga. Abe is not just voicing Migi, but he also wore a full-body motion capture suit and head-mounted cameras to provide Migi's movements. NTV will air a special video from the films featuring Migi moving and talking for the first time on Friday night during its
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Free! Eternal Summer's Next 3 Character Song CDs Previewed

Nagisa Hazuki, Rin Matsuoka, Rei Ryugazaki's singles ship on September 3 Lantis is previewing the next three character song CDs from the Free! Eternal Summer anime: Rin Matsuoka (Mamoru Miyano) 01.Over the Dream Lyrics: Saori Kodama Music & Arrangement: R・O・N 02.Gratefully Lyrics: Saori Kodama Music & Arrangement: Koshiro Honda 03.Over the Dream (OFF VOCAL) 04.Gratefully (OFF VOCAL) Nagisa Hazuki (Tsubasa Yonaga) 1.Boku Kakumei (My Revolution) Lyrics: Saori Kodama Music & Arrangement: Hiromitsu Kawashima 02.Prism SHOWTIME☆

Thursday, August 21

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Toronto Film Festival to Host North American Premiere of Princess Kaguya, Ghibli Documentary

Ghibli director Isao Takahata will attend screening ― The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will host the North American premiere Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and director Mami Sunada's The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness documentary about Studio Ghibli next month. Princess Kaguya will premiere with English subtitles on September 5 with Takahata present for the screening. The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness will premiere on Monday, September 8. TIFF describes the story: Okina (voiced by
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Akiva Goldsman in Talks to Write 3rd Ring Film Script

Goldsman previously penned Winter's Tale, I Am Legend, and The Da Vinci Code Winter's Tale, I Am Legend, and The Da Vinci Code writer Akiva Goldman is in talks to pen the script for F. Javier Gutierrez's Ring 3 film. David Loucka (House at the End of the Street, Dream House) and Jacob Estes (Mean Creek) worked on the draft that convinced Paramount to back the film. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (The Ring, The Ring Two) are producing the film. The first Hollywood film of The Ring premiered in 2002. Hideo Nakata, the director of the original 1998 Japanese
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Show Your Super Sonico Love With A 40-cm Figure

― Super Sonico fans not content to just rest their weary wrists on her ample bosoms, or model her bikini, can add this statue to their figure collection. Measuring in at 41 cm (about 16 in), this bikini-wearing, food-eating Sonico figure from X Plus retails for 16,200 yen (about US$160). It's expected to ship on September 30. It may not be as big as the 1/2-scale figure by A-TOYS, but it's at least much cheaper—the 1/2-scale figure retailed for about $400.
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L.A. EigaFest Also Showing Giovanni's Island Anime Film

Festival will run from September 12-14 ― The Japan Film Society posted the schedule for the 4th Annual LA EigaFest in Hollywood. The September 12-14 weekend event will also screen Production I.G's Giovanni's Island anime film. Production I.G's Annecy-winning hand-animated Giovanni's Island film tells the story of two brothers living on the island of Shikotan. Their family and the people of the island hear of Japan's loss in the war and are told not to worry. However, their island gets caught in the middle of the continuing conflict in the west and is invaded by Russian soldiers. The boys meet a western girl on the island named Tanya and the older of the brothers, despite their language barriers, cultural differences, and warnings from friends, starts to fall in love with her. The boys' father gets lured out by the army is and is captured and taken to Siberia. The brothers embark on a journey to see their father again.

Kantai Collection's DMM Turns Construction Vehicles, Tools Into Girls for Next Game

Ore Tower ~Over Legend Endless Tower~ mobile card game pre-registration is now open DMM and Kadokawa Games opened pre-registration for its Ore Tower ~Over Legend Endless Tower~ mobile card game. The latest game from the makers of Kantai Collection reimagines construction vehicles and tools as female moe characters. An official launch date for the game has not yet been announced. The game requires the player to build a tower, and search the area to save girls from bosses. Once a girl is saved, the player can use her skills to help with the tower. Players who pre-register will receive the "Forklift" character.
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Male Gymnasts Don't Need Maneuver Gear to Fly High in Attack on Titan Routine

― Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School's men's rhythmic gymnastics team put on an inspiring performance at this year's interscholastic athletic competition. The guys performed a pretty funny routine to a medley of music, including part of Linked Horizon's "Guren no Yumiya," the first opening to Attack on Titan. "Guren no Yumiya" has been immensely popular. It ranked #2 in karaoke anime songs since last year, and spurred on a series of parody videos. The "Survey Corps" dance troupe
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Final Fantasy Explorers' Job Videos Preview Knight, Monk, Black Mage

3DS game slated for winter in Japan Square Enix began streaming the first three job preview videos for the upcoming Final Fantasy Explorers game for the Nintendo 3DS system on Thursday. The videos feature the Knight, Black Mage and Monk jobs available in the game. Knights have high defensive power and their role is to protect the party in the front lines. Black Mages have ranged attacks and low defense and should stand at a distance. Monks specialize in attack–they have low defense but versatile offensive abilities.
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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Game's Margaret Character Promo Streamed

Sho Minazuki, Shadow Labrys, Adachi/Marie dubbed videos also streamed ― Game Publisher Atlus Japan began streaming a character promotional video featuring Persona 4's Margaret for its upcoming 2D fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on Thursday. Margaret: I wonder what end- no... What meetings the fate of the visitor who just came will bring? Margaret: Oh my... Welcome to the Velvet Room. Margaret ...Well, whatever. Please go and buy 100 cans of cola for me, will you? Margaret: Elizabeth... Do you have no intention to return? Theo is worrying about you as well.
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Decepticon Maserati Driver Heading to Court

Anime News Network got in touch with the driver of the modified Maserati this week for details on the ongoing saga that's landing him a date in Quincy District Court. The driver, who asked to remain anonymous, regularly changes the color of the US$99,698 car with plasti dip. The Decepticon plasti dip was just the latest in his monthly car make-overs this summer. He also told ANN that while he most often drives the car, it is technically in his wife's name.

Diabolik Lovers, The Ambition of Oda Nobuna Get English Dubs

Also: Queen's Blade: Beautiful Warriors, Infinite Stratos II Sentai Filmworks unveiled its December release slate on Thursday, announcing that the Diabolik Lovers, The Ambition of Oda Nobuna, Queen's Blade: Beautiful Warriors, and Infinite Stratos 2 will get English dubs. Diabolik Lovers and Infinite Stratos II will be DVD-only releases, while The Ambition of Oda Nobuna and Queen's Blade: Beautiful Warriors will ship on both Blu-ray and DVD. Sentai Filmworks previously released English-dubbed versions of
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Sword Art Online II's Opening Shown in Original Animation Sketches

Animator Tetsuya Takeuchi's Kirito sketches unveiled A-1 Pictures began streaming a video on Thursday with Tetsuya Takeuchi's original animation sketches for one of the scenes in Sword Art Online II's opening sequence. The video plays the scene once, and then again in slow motion. Sword Art Online II adapts the third arc, Phantom Bullet, from Reki Kawahara's original light novel series. The arc from the fifth and sixth novel volumes features the heroine Sinon and the protagonist Kirito. Crunchyroll
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Space Brothers, AKB48 Founder, Others Take the "Ice Bucket Challenge"

― The "Ice Bucket Challenge" has been sweeping across the Internet, and it seems as though Japan is not immune to its viral, charitable charms. The challenge, which involves dumping a bucket of ice water over the participant's head, is meant to raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more colloquially known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The participants then nominate others to join them in the challenge. While the stipulation is that those nominated must either participate or donate money to support ALS, some presumably have been doing both.
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Edge of Tomorrow, Godzilla to Win 'Cool Japan' Awards

Tom Cruise, Doug Liman, Legendary Pictures to be honored at Consul General of Japan's residence ― The summer blockbuster Godzilla and Edge of Tomorrow, the film based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka's light novel All You Need Is Kill, are set to win awards at the second annual Japan Cool Content Contribution Awards Ceremony on September 13. The Japan External Trade Organization, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Consulate General of Japan will award Tom Cruise with the J3C Acting Award and Doug Liman with the J3C Director Award for
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Leprechaun: Origins' Lipovsky to Direct Dead Rising Film

Live-action film to premiere on Crackle streaming service ― Zach Lipovsky (Leprechaun: Origins, Tasmanian Devils) has signed on to direct Crackle and Legendary Entertainment's live-action film adaptation of CAPCOM's Dead Rising zombie survival-horror video game. Tim Carter of Contradiction Films (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) wrote the film and is producing it with Tomas Harlan and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune produced the original Xbox 360 game in 2006. The story follows four characters as they attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse while hunting down the source of the infection that is giving rise to the undead.
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Akihabara Fans Vote For Favorite Silver-Haired Heroine

― Another street poll, another hair-color! The pedestrians of Akihabara have once again been asked to rank their favorite anime girls, this time with the focus on silver-haired heroines. Apparently, stereotypes for silver-haired characters are generally positive, with pollers using descriptors like "high-spec," "smarter," and "overwhelmingly pretty," although they were also described as "usually flat-chested." Here are the top seven silver-haired girls of anime according to those 100 fans:
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Japanese Comic Ranking, August 11-17

Attack on Titan, Silver Spoon, Naruto, Haikyu!!, P to JK in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Attack on Titan 14 487,481 1,340,238 2014/08 Kodansha Hajime Isayama 1 2 2 Silver Spoon 12 127,695 127,695 2014/08 Shogakukan Hiromu Arakawa 2 1 3 Naruto 70 125,648 744,891 2014/08 Shueisha Masashi Kishimoto 2 3 4 Haikyu!! 12 108,965 552,423 2014/08 Shueisha Haruichi Furudate 3 2 5 P to JK 5 104,905 104,905 2014/08 Kodansha Maki Miyoshi 5 1
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House of 1000 Manga - Unico

Shaenon takes a magical journey with Tezuka's famously adorable little unicorn, Unico.
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Karneval BD+DVD 1-4

Karneval is a story with interest and potential that ends too soon.

Mysterious Girlfriend X Manga Ends Next Month

Riichi Ueshiba's 2006 manga inspired TV anime in 2012 ― The October issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine is announcing on Monday that Riichi Ueshiba's Nazo no Kanojo X (Mysterious Girlfriend X) manga will end in the next issue, which will be released on September 25. The "unidentifiable love" manga revolves around Akira Tsubaki, who one day notices the anti-social transfer student Mikoto Urabe drooling on her desk while she is sleeping, and he tastes it. Eventually the two begin to date and get to know each other better.
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Sailor Moon Musical Gets 1st Overseas Run in Shanghai

Musical starring Sailor Chibi Moon, Sailor Pluto, Prince Demande, Saphir opened in Tokyo on Thursday ― The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise announced on Thursday that the a performance in Shanghai of the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Petite Étrangère musical is scheduled to be held in January. The Shanghai play will be the very first performance of any Sailor Moon musical outside of Japan. More details will be listed on the official website at a later time. In addition, the staff announced that a DVD release of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Petite Étrangère

Chibi Vampire's Kagesaki Starts New Manga in Comic High!

Sora x Lila ~Sora-iro no Lila to Okubyō na Boku~ follows boy whose childhood friend comes back an alien ― The preview for volume 114 of Futabasha's Comic High! magazine is listing that Yuna Kagesaki (Chibi Vampire, AiON) will begin a new series in the magazine titled Sora x Lila ~Sora-iro no Lila to Okubyō na Boku~ (Sky x Lila ~The Sky-Colored Lila and the Cowardly Me~). The manga will be featured on the cover of the issue, and will also have color introductory pages at the beginning of the magazine. The tagline for the series reads, “My girlfriend became an alien and came home!?”

Kuroko's Basketball Threat Suspect Gets 4.5 Years in Prison

Tokyo court sentences man who sent threats linked to popular manga ― Presiding Judge Iwao Maeda of the Tokyo District Court sentenced Hirofumi Watanabe to four years and six months in prison on Thursday for sending threats linked to the Kuroko's Basketball manga. This is the same sentence length that the prosecution had requested during the closing arguments of the case last month. Watanabe admitted to his crimes, but said that "taking responsibility for them is impossible," and that his crimes were "a good revenge" against his parents. At his trial, he also commented, saying, "After I'm released from prison, I'm going to end my life, which was and is still meaningless."
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Live-Action Itazura na Kiss Sequel's Opening Streamed

Cyntia sings theme for series premiering with September 12 honeymoon special ― The opening sequence for the live-action television sequel series Itazura Na Kiss 2 ~Love in Tokyo debuted on Tuesday. The video features model and actress Honoka Miki (Suzuki-sensei, Maria Watches Over Us) as Kotoko and Yūki Furukawa (High School Debut, Rich Man, Poor Woman) as Naoki, as the couple goes on dates throughout the streets of Tokyo. The girl band Cyntia performs the theme song "Kiss Kiss Kiss." Like first television series, the sequel adapts
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Mikako Komatsu, Hiroyuki Yoshino Join Gangsta. Anime's Cast

Yoshiko Sakakibara also joins cast for anime, 3-part drama CD project ― The October issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic @ Bunch magazine revealed additional cast members for the anime adaptation of Kohske's Gangsta. manga on Thursday. The additional cast is as follows: Hiroyuki Yoshino as Doug (pictured top right in above image) Yoshiko Sakakibara as Gina Paulklee (pictured top left in above image) Mikako Komatsu as Ginger (pictured bottom left in above image) The three voice actors will also play the same parts in the upcoming three-part drama CD series. Both the anime and drama CD project will star

Wednesday, August 20

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Kōji Matsumoto Starts Next Higanjima Horror Manga Sequel

Series is inspiring a new live-action film, drama television series ― This year's 38th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine is published the first chapter of Kōji Matsumoto's Higanjima 48-nichi-go… (Nirvana Island: 48 Days Later...) sequel manga on Monday. The manga is the third in Matsumoto's horror manga series and takes place after civilization around the world has collapsed and is now dominated by blood-thirsty vampires. The frightened survivors live in hiding. The original 33-volume Higanjima manga also inspired a live-action film in 2010 and a live-action series in Japan last year. Funimation

Funimation Streams Hellsing Ultimate Trailer

Last two episodes of Hellsing Ultimate will ship in October FUNimation's official Twitter account streamed a trailer for Hellsing Ultimate Volumes IX and X on Wednesday. Volumes IX and X will ship on DVD and Blu-Ray combo for US$33.74 on October 28. The last two episodes will have both subtitles and an English dub, and will feature trailers, commentary, and interviews. FUNimation gave a synopsis of the season finale: Coming this Fall, prepare yourself for the epic conclusion to one of anime's most brutal and action-packed series of all time. All hell has broken loose, as The Major and his Millennium Organization wreck havoc on downtown London. With Alucard and Alexander battling it out to the death, only Seras and Integra can stop this mad man from laying waste to the rest of the world.
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Uncut Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Home Video Release Slated for October

Blu-ray and DVD release will include additional 20 min. of footage Funimation announced Wednesday that it will release Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods on Blu-ray and DVD in North America on October 7. The home video release will include two versions of the film: an uncut version with an additional 20 minutes of footage not shown in theaters, and the theatrical cut. Funimation describes the story: Following the events of the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it's too late. Only Goku, humanity's last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus's from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe!
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JAPIC Offering 2 Month Stay in Tokyo for International Animators

― The Japan Image Council (JAPIC) is accepting applications for its A-AIR Tokyo 2015 (Animation Artists in Residence Tokyo 2015) program. Three lucky artists from around the world will get to stay in Tokyo for 70 days between January 7 and March 17, 2015. Winners will have their travel expenses and rental accommodations paid while receiving a living allowance and expert assistance. Winners will also have the opportunity to work with Japanese creators and present their work. The three selected candidates will travel to Japanese animation studios while working on a project to be completed by the end of their stay.
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, August 11-17

Hyrule Warriors debuts at #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: August 11-17 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yōkai Watch 2 Ganso/Honke Level 5 July 10 118,526 2,212,518 73 2Wii U Zelda Musou (Hyrule Warriors) (Including Limited Editions) KOEI Tecmo Games August 14 69,090 69,090 80 3 3DS Yoshi's New Island Nintendo July 24 29,933 144,162 4Wii U Mario Kart 8 Nintendo May 29 28,221 627,635 80 53DS Dragonball Heroes Ultimate Mission 2
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Daisuki to Also Stream Hanamonogatari Anime

All 5 episodes to stream August 21 ― Anime distribution site Daisuki, announced on Tuesday that it will stream Hanamonogatari, the latest story arc in the Monogatari anime series. All five episodes will premiere on August 21. The English-subtitled stream will be available for free in the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The episodes will also be available on Daisuki's iOS app. The Monogatari Series Second Season's sequel anime adapts NisiOisin's Hanamonogatari (Flower Story) novel. The story follows Suruga Kanbaru as she continues to attend Naoetsu High School, even though her beloved upperclassmen Hitagi and Koyomi do not attend anymore. While training one day, she hears the rumor of the Lord Devil, a figure that is said to be able to grant any wish. Although she was afraid that it might be herself, she finds that the person playing Lord Devil is Rōka Numachi, one of Suruga's middle school classmates.
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Rock Out With Color-Coordinated Uta-Pri Nail Polish

Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 2000% is all about the glamor and the stage presence, and now fans can support their favorite boy band with officially-branded nail polish. Considering all the color-coordinated merchandise that's already out there, like these costume pouches, ribbon charms, and more, it's kind of surprising that it's taken the licensors this long to come up with nail polish, but now here it is. The nail polish comes in seven different colors, one for each member of STARISH, and each sporting a silhouette of the corresponding character.

NickToons Streams 1st Episode of Little Battlers eXperience Anime

Series will premiere on NickToons on Sunday, August 24 ― The official NickToons website is streaming the first episode of Little Battlers eXperience (Danbōru Senki), "Starting Small." The series will premiere on the channel on Sunday, August 24. Get More: LBX Episodes,LBX,LBX Games The episode's ending credits also reveals the series dub cast: Van: Cole Hanson Kaz: Brett Bauer Amy: Shannon Chen-Kent Len/Lex: Jonathan Love Tyler: Ryan Luhning Cilian: Paul Cowling Devin: Brendan Hunter Damon: Jesse Gervais
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The Seven Deadly Sins 3DS Game Teaser Previews Gameplay

Game will feature original story Namco Bandai Games began streaming a teaser promotional video for its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Nanatsu no Taizai Unjust Sin (The Seven Deadly Sins Unjust Sin) on Wednesday. The video introduces the original manga's premise of Elizabeth's search for the warriors known as the Seven Deadly Sins, and also includes the previously unveiled teaser trailer for The Seven Deadly Sins anime. The action adventure game will feature an original story.
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Fan-Ensemble Pays Tribute To Sailor Moon With Symphony Concert in New York

― iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra, a chamber ensemble that puts together anime, cartoon, and video game-inspired medlies every month, is paying tribute to Sailor Moon with a concert it's calling "Sailor Moon Symphony: SeraSymphony Live!" The fan-created arrangement, courtesty of Artistic Director Bobbie Lee Crow III, will feature themes and background music from all five seasons of the original Sailor Moon in a five-movement symphony, which includes a concerto performed by violinist Christina Bouey and composer-pianist Yasuhiko Fukuoka.
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Million Arthur Game Gets Live-Action TV Show

Live-action show based on smartphone card game slated to air on October 3 ― An official website for a live-action television adaptation of Square Enix's Jitsuzai-Sei Million Arthur smartphone card game opened on Wednesday announcing that the series will premiere on October 3. The each installment of the 24 episode series will run for 15 minutes. The "girls entertainment" show will star an all female cast. The website also announced the cast for the show: Seren Kusunoki as Arthur – Fencer of the Castle Arisa Fujisaki as Arthur - Place of Finesse
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Character Breads Puts the "Pan" In Lupin III

Grab a piece of this new collaboration while you're on the run ― They say that man cannot live on bread alone. Still, that doesn't mean that man does not need bread at all, and considering the amount of running that Arsene Lupin III and his dream team of thievery put in on any given day, proper nutrition is a pretty important factor. To make sure that each member of Lupin's band of crooks gets something that suits their needs, and in commemoration of the upcoming live-action Lupin III movie, convenience stores KIOSK and NEWDAYS, in conjunction with are releasing a line of bread products based after the main cast of
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Girl Friend BETA Anime Gets 1st Promo

Series with a current cast of 20 to premiere on October 12 ― The official YouTube channel for the Girl Friend (Kari) (Girl Friend BETA) television anime began streaming an opening movie on Wednesday. The series is slated to premiere on October 12. The text in the video reads: 2014 Fall Now girls are... The brightest season The big hit game with an army of 80 gorgeous voice actresses that over 5 million people have fallen in love with is finally... A new story is set in motion I can't take my eyes off those girls
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The X Button - Hive Finds

This week brings pitches for dungeon treks, alien bug raids, and a nightmare long thought over. Plus Silent Hills, BlazBlue, and the results of an anime-editing contest!
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Review: Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late

Under Night is an elegantly designed game by people who have been at fighting games for a long time, and who deeply understand what's truly important about them.
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Queen's Blade: Vanquished Queens Gets New Anime Episode

4th episode depicts battle between former queen Aldra & assassin Irma ― Online retailer Amazon lists Hobby Japan's Queen's Blade art book Vanquished Queens 3 in a September 30 limited-edition bundle with the Vanquished Queens Niizuma Musan anime. The anime Blu-ray Disc will feature the decisive battle between the amnesiac former queen Aldra and Irma, the assassin who vows vengeance. The veteran mercenary Echidna will also appear in the anime. The illustrated short stories in the original 2011 Vanquished Queens visual book depict the defeats in battle of various
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Weta Workshop Shows Off Its Godzilla Concept Art

Weta Workshop, the special-effects studio behind Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, released some concept art from its work on Gareth Edwards' Godzilla film. The studio's Christian Pearce and Andrew Baker both worked on 2D and 3D design elements of the titular monster. A hardback artbook was released to coincide with the live-action film. The 156-page Godzilla: The Art of Destruction book contains more concept art and sketches.
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PriPara Anime Film's 1st Teaser Hints at Pretty Rhythm Tie-In

Pretty Rhythm characters Aira, Mia, Naru appear alongside Lala, Mirei, Sophie in trailer for spring film ― Avex began streaming a teaser for the upcoming PriPara anime film on Tuesday. The video features PriPara characters Lala, Mirei, and Sophie, as well as a brief clip of Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream's Aira, Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future's Mia, and Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live's Naru. The clip in question debuted in the first episode of the anime. The film is scheduled to open next spring. The story of the television anime revolves around Lala, an elementary school girl who wants to become an idol in Pri
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Live-Action Tokyo Tribe Film's Trailer Features a Rap Battle

Live-action film based on Santa Inoue's Tokyo Tribe 2 manga will open August 30 ― A new TV spot for the live-action film adaptation of Santa Inoue's Tokyo Tribe 2 (Tokyo Tribes) manga began airing on Wednesday. The video features the film's main theme song, "HOPE – TOKYO TRIBE ANTHEM" by YOUNG DAIS, SIMON, Y'S & AI. Narrator: The tribes will destroy Tokyo! All of you, put everything on the line and try to steal from each other! Tokyo Tribe! Rapping Man: What you really want is L-O-V-E. The story follows the struggles of street gangs in a near-future version of Tokyo. The movie will star
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Kunihiko Ikuhara's 'Penguinbear' Site Starts Countdown

Ikuhara and manga artist Akiko Morishima launched the Yuri Kuma Arashi manga in February ― Director Kunihiko Ikuhara's "Penguinbear" website started a "cownt down" on Wednesday, beginning with the number 5. The image shows a birthday cake, shots from the Yuri Kuma Arashi manga adaptation, streets, a monitor displaying a screen test image, storyboard sheets, people, and other objects. The website opened in 2012 with the tagline, "Find it, without getting caught in that transparent storm." Ikuhara and manga artist Akiko Morishima launched the

Princess Jellyfish Live-Action Film's 1st Trailer Introduces Story, Cast

Rena Nōnen stars as jellyfish otaku Tsukimi in December 27 film adapting Akiko Higashimura's Kuragehime manga ― The official website for the live-action film of Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime) manga updated on Wednesday, and began streaming the first trailer for the film. Narrator: Otaku- The culture that Japan boasts about to the world. Tsukimi: Um... I'm sure you know plenty well that the raising of jellyfish is very difficult, but you're not supposed to raise those two kind of jellyfish in the same tank! Clerk: Whoa! Whoa!? What is up with you!?

Amagi Brilliant Park Anime's 1st Promo Streamed

KyoAni's series to premiere in October ― Kadokawa began streaming the first promotional video for Kyoto Animation's anime adaptation of Shoji Gatoh's Amagi Brilliant Park light novel series on Wednesday. The video first premiered at the Comic Market 86 event over the weekend, and features the opening theme song "Extra Magic Hours" by AKINO with bless4. The series will star: Kouki Uchiyama (Soul Eater Not!, Haikyu!!, Nisekoi) as Seiya Kanie Ai Kakuma (Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara, Dragonar Academy,
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Nogizaka46 Idols Star in Film of City Lights Manga

Hiroyuki Ohashi's short story manga about ESP research club ― Hiroyuki Ohashi's manga short story series City Lights will get a live-action film adaptation titled Chōnōryoku Kenkyū-bu no 3-nin (ESP Research Club's 3 Members) on December 6 from Match Point. The film will star three members of the Nogizaka46 idol group: Manatsu Akimoto, Erika Ikuta, and Nanami Hashimoto. Nobuhiro Yamashita (live-action Cream Lemon) will direct the film off scripts by Shinji Imaoka and Kōsuke Mukai. Shunsuke Kida is composing the music.

Tomoaki Maeno, Masakazu Morita, Kana Hanazawa Join World Trigger Cast

Keiji Fujiwara, Takeshi Kusao also star in October TV anime of Shonen Jump manga ― This year's 39th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing more of the voice cast for the television anime of Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga on Monday. Specifically, the issue is announcing more of the cast for the Border members, although three were previously revealed: [From top left] Rie Kugimiya as Kirie Konami Jun Fukuyama as Kyōsuke Karasuma Tomoaki Maeno as Reiji Kizaki Keiji Fujiwara as Takumi Rindō Takeshi Kusao as Masafumi Shinoda

Hunter x Hunter Manga Goes on 2-Week Hiatus Due to Back Pain

― This year's 39th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that artist Yoshihiro Togashi is putting his Hunter x Hunter manga on a two-week hiatus, due to serious lower back pain. The manga is not running in the 39th issue nor the 40th issue, as Togashi undergoes treatment. However, he aims to return in the 41st issue, which will ship on September 8. The manga went on a brief hiatus in July, and Togashi resumed his manga in

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, Tales of Xillia 2 Games' Launch Trailers Streamed

Both RPGs from Bandai Namco Games available in N. America on Tuesday Bandai Namco Games began streaming the launch trailers on Tuesday for the North American release of its Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment PlayStation Vita game and its Tales of Xillia 2 PlayStation 3 game. In Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, by exploring the 76 cities in Aincrad, players can pick up new friends and party members for their adventures. Kirito can also deepen his relationship with his partners by hanging out with them in the cities, going out on dates, or holding hands. The game will include characters Asuna (
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New Scout Regiment Members Get Their Uniforms in Latest Attack on Titan Dub Clip

Episodes 14-25 will ship in multiple editions on September 23 ― North American anime distributor FUNimation Entertainment began streaming a new clip from the English dub of Attack on Titan on Tuesday. The clip shows the new Scout Regiment members getting their uniforms; including the signature green cloaks. Episodes 14-25 of the anime will get a standard edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack, a Limited Edition, a Limited Edition Plus, and a Funimation.com-exclusive Collector's Edition on September 23. New cast members
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