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When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace Episodes 1-12 Streaming

Trigger's chuuni-drenched follow-up to Kill la Kill struggles to get out of that hit show's long shadow. ― When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace is many things. Firstly, it's a light novel adaptation, as its lengthy title might indicate. It has the familiar marks of the genre: chuunibiyou characters with insights into how they tick, goofy school antics and a harem for the main male chuuni. Yet...
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Tales Of The Industry - The Mecha Saw Combat

A harrowing story of survival, police, danger, high speeds and car wrecks involving a giant mecha, playing out in real life the streets of Los Angeles! ― Welcome to “Tales of the Industry,” a column where we will share stories from real working professionals in the anime business. This week, we have another anonymous tale contributed by a current or former members of the industry, with details chang...
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Tokyo Ravens BD+DVD part 1

It's an anime series involving magic teenagers at a magic school for magic people! Theron Martin investigates to find out what makes this one stand out. ― When Tokyo Ravens debuted in the Fall 2013 TV season, its adaptation of the eponymous light novel series failed to impress me with its first episode, and that does not change much on a repeat view. Indeed, the first episode is arguably the weakest ...
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Shelf Life - False Hopes

Lots of new releases this week. Plus, love triangles, angsty romances, and more:
- A Certain Scientific Railgun s1
- Looking Up At The Half-Moon
- Nisekoi v3
― Jump to this week's reviews: Looking Up At the Half-MoonA Certain Magical Railgun season 1Nisekoi volume 3. On Shelves This Week Devil Survivor 2: The Animation - Complete Collection Sentai - 325 min - Hyb - MSRP $69.98Currently cheapest at: ...
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VAMPS New York VIP Ticket Give-Away

VAMPS, the Japanese supergroup formed by HYDE (L'Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust), will perform a headlining show at New York City's Best Buy Theater on May 1st - ANN has two pairs of VIP tickets give away. ― VAMPS, the Japanese supergroup formed by HYDE (L'Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust), will perform a headlining show at New York City's Best Buy Theater on May 1st. Tickets are on sale...
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The List - 7 Anime About the Performing Arts

Those who tread beneath the proscenium arch take the spotlight this week as The List highlights anime all about the performing arts. ― Last week's column was all about women flexing their athletic muscles, so this week we're looking at the other side the coin: performing arts. The traditional Western performing arts include music, theatre, dance, comedy, and opera. In the East, performing arts expan...
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Dengeki Daisy GN 16

Dengeki Daisy's final volume arrives, but does it provide a sufficiently happy ending for those we care about? ― Few series, shoujo or otherwise, have consistently retained the air of excitement, tension, and romance that Kyousuke Motomi's Dengeki Daisy has over its sixteen volume run. While the story shifted from high school romance to technological thriller, essentially settling on a “romantic susp...
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Tuesday, April 21

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Beyond the Boundary Film's Theme Song's Full Music Video Streamed

The full theme song for the Gekijō-ban Kyōkai no Kanata -I'll Be Here- Mirai-hen film sequel to Kyoto Animation's Beyond the Boundary supernatural anime series began streaming on Tuesday. Minori Chihara, who voices Mitsuki Nase, returns to sing "Aitakatta Sora" (I Wanted to Meet the Sky). The television anime premiered in Japan in 2013, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime into several countries as ...
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One Week Friends' Hazuki Launches Boku ga Boku de Aru Tame ni Manga in Fall

One Week Friends manga previously adapted into TV anime ― The May issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine will reveal on Wednesday that Matcha Hazuki (One Week Friends) will launch a new manga series titled Boku ga Boku de Aru Tame ni (For Me to Remain Myself) in the magazine this fall. The magazine teases the plot: Can I even say in a few words what kind of person I am? Growing up and becoming ...
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Santa Company's Kenji Studio Streams English-Subtitled Coluboccoro Clip

Kickstarter funded DVD/Blu-ray release ― KENJI STUDIO, director Kenji Itoso's studio, released a three-minute, English-subtitled clip from its short anime film Coluboccoro on Monday to celebrate the success of its Kickstarter campaign to release the film on Blu-ray and DVD with English subtitles. As of press time, the campaign has earned US$38,077 with 10 days remaining. The first stretch goal, at US...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 19-25

Unlimited Psychic Squad anime; Kagerou Daze, Let's Dance a Waltz, Puella Magi Tart Magica, So, I Can't Play H manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Devil Survivor 2 The Animation Blu-ray Complete CollectionPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 April 21 Freezing Vibration DVD/Blu-ray Complete SetPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 April 21 Freezing Vibration DVD/Blu-r...
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Sailor Moon Crystal Character Song Album's Mars & Venus Duet Previewed

The official Sailor Moon Crystal Instagram account uploaded a preview for the Sailor Mars and Sailor Venuss' duet "Star on Stars" track from the upcoming "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Character Music Collection: Crystal Collection" album on Monday. Voice actors Rina Satou and Shizuka Itou perform the song with lyrics and arrangement by Akiko Kosaka. 「美少女戦士セーラームーンCrystal」キャラクター音楽集CrystalColl...
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Hakuoki Visual Novel Debuts on iOS, Android in US, Canada

Downloadable otome game includes new bonus chapter ― Japan-based digital content company Gloczus announced on Monday that it has released the otome visual novel Hakuoki on iOS and Android devices in the United States and Canada. This release will have a new chapter titled "Tea Ceremony," which includes six new characters and new Japanese audio recording. The port was previously released in Europe on ...
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Voice Actress Noriko Shitaya Gets Married

Shitaya plays Fate's Sakura Matō ― Voice actress Noriko Shitaya announced on her blog this Wednesday that she has married a man outside the industry. She describes her partner as someone who is the straight man to her scatterbrain, and also as someone warm and reliable. With her marriage, she says, she hopes to grow as a person and as an actress. Shitaya's anime roles include Sakura Matō in the Fate ...
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Anime Fans Rank the 'Must See' Anime Pilgrimage Sites

The real-world locales seen in popular anime series inspire fans to trek through Japan to reach their favorite "Holy Land." The Washinomiya Shrine in Lucky Star might be best known for hundreds of thousands of visitors it gets on New Year and through out the year. Recent sites of otaku adoration include Chichibu, the setting for the romantic drama anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, and Oarai, wh...
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Voice Actress Saori Hayami to Sing Snow White with the Red Hair's Opening

Hayami also stars as Snow White ― Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Japan opened an official website on Tuesday for voice actress Saori Hayami, announcing that her debut single as a solo artist, "Yasashii Kibou" (Kind Hope), will be the opening theme for the upcoming anime Akagami no Shirayukihime (Snow White With the Red Hair). Hayami previously performed theme songs for other anime, including Tsuk...
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When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace Episodes 1-12 Streaming

Trigger's chuuni-drenched follow-up to Kill la Kill struggles to get out of that hit show's long shadow. ― When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace is many things. Firstly, it's a light novel adaptation, as its lengthy title might indicate. It has the familiar marks of the genre: chuunibiyou characters with insights into how they tick, goofy school antics and a harem for the main male chuuni. Yet...
column

Tales Of The Industry - The Mecha Saw Combat

A harrowing story of survival, police, danger, high speeds and car wrecks involving a giant mecha, playing out in real life the streets of Los Angeles! ― Welcome to “Tales of the Industry,” a column where we will share stories from real working professionals in the anime business. This week, we have another anonymous tale contributed by a current or former members of the industry, with details chang...
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Ice Blade's Takahashi Launches Zankyō Manga in May

New manga will be creator's 1st Shogakukan series ― This year's 10th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine will announce on Friday that manga creator Tsutomu Takahashi (Tetsuwan Girl, Skyhigh, Bakuon Rettō) will launch a new series titled Zankyō (Resonance) in the magazine's 11th issue, which Shogakukan will publish on May 8. The manga will have a color opening page, and it will also ador...
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Oda's Psychic Detective Yakumo Manga Goes on Indefinite Hiatus

Artist Suzuka Oda takes maternity leave starting this month ― The June issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Asuka magazine will announce on Friday that Suzuka Oda's Psychic Detective Yakumo manga will go on an indefinite hiatus beginning this month due to the artist going on maternity leave. In the announcement, Oda writes that she will continue to check the her health constantly so that she can get back to w...
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Wizardry Online Game Adds Hestia's String in Collaboration Event

Also: Support item for adventurers to be revealed next week ― The online RPG Wizardry Online announced on Tuesday that it will be collaborating with the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka?) television anime. Beginning on Tuesday after maintenance ends, Hestia's string will be available as an accessory that is available for play...
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Compile Heart Teases Fairy Fencer F for PS4 in Video

Yoshitaka Amano, Nobuo Uematsu, Toshiki Inoue, Neptunia team reunite after earlier PS3 game ― The official website for Compile Heart's Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force game for PlayStation 4 began streaming a teaser video for the game on Tuesday. The video confirms the returning staff from the original Fairy Fencer F PS3 game. Compile Heart announced Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force at the SCEJA Pr...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, April 13-19

Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! sells 3,553, followed by Yowapeda, CG Doraemon, Assassination Classroom film song, Psycho-Pass 2 ― "Koro-sensa-tions," the theme song for the live-action Assassination Classroom film by the group "Sensa-tions," sold 1,275 more copies for a new total of 126,110. In its fifth week, it dropped from #9 to #23 on the overall DVD chart. Kenichi Suzumura Live Tour 2014 Ves...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, April 13-19

Yuki Yuna is a Hero sells 6,422, followed by Psycho-Pass 2, Yowapeda, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, Akame ga KILL! ― Kenichi Suzumura Live Tour 2014 Vessel sold 752 copies to debut at #24 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Yuki Yuna is a Hero 5 6,422 6,422 15/4/15 PC Animation 1 1 ...
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Moomin's Snufkin Voice Actor Hiroyuki Nishimoto Passes Away

Stage veteran also worked on Japanese dubs of animated Disney movies ― Actor Hiroyuki Nishimoto passed away on Sunday, April 19, due to aortic dissection. He was 88 years old. He is survived by his wife, Akiko. A wake will be held on April 26, and services will be held on April 27. Nishimoto began as a stage actor, joining acting troupes such as Bungakuza and co-founding the Gekidan Kumo group. He ha...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, April 6-12

Live-action Kin Kyori Renai sells 6,148 + 2,722, followe by Assassination Classroom film song, CG Doraemon, Bakumatsu Rock musical, When Marnie Was There ― The deluxe edition for the live-action film of Rin Mikimoto's Kin Kyori Renai manga debuted at #2 on the overall DVD chart. It sold 6,418 copies. The regular edition was #5 with 2,722 copies. "Koro-sensa-tions," the theme song for the live-action ...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, April 6-12

Fafner Exodus sells 5,818, followed by Kin Kyori Renai, Sailor Moon Crystal, Kamen Rider Drive & Black ― The deluxe edition for the live-action film of Rin Mikimoto's Kin Kyori Renai manga debuted at #6 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. It sold 5,641 copies. The regular edition was #23 with 872 copies. Kamen Rider Drive Blu-ray Collection 1 landed at #11 with 2,030 copies, followed by Kamren Rider B...
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Lovely Muco! Manga by Kemono to Chat's Mizushina Gets New TV Anime

Takayuki Mizushina's manga about dog & glass-blower already inspired TV shorts ― The seventh compiled volume of Takayuki Mizushina's Itoshi no Muco (Lovely Muco!) manga is announcing on Thursday that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit for this fall. The manga depicts the life of the pet dog Muco and his owner Komatsu, who lives in his glass-making workshop in the mountains. The manga al...
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Comic High! Magazine to End in May

Most series transferring to Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine ― The May issue of Futabasha's Comic High! magazine is announcing on Wednesday that the magazine's June issue, which will ship on May 22, will be its last. Azure Konno's Shiritsu Hakanai Gakuen (No Pants, No Problem), Sawaka Yamana's Shōnen Shōjo Rare Card, Idumi Kirihara's Saboten no Musume, and Sato Yoshimi's Dysmatopia manga series wi...

Monday, April 20

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Sailor Moon Crystal Character Song Album's Mercury & Jupiter Duet Previewed

The official Sailor Moon Crystal Instagram account uploaded a preview for the Sailor Mercury and Sailor Jupiter's duet "Mayonaka secret talk" (Midnight secret talk) track from the upcoming "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Character Music Collection: Crystal Collection" album on Monday. Voice actors Hisako Kanemoto and Ami Koshimizu perform the song with lyrics by Akiko Watanabe and arrangement...
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VoCE Magazine Includes Levi Make-Up Tutorial, Colossal Titan Mask

The June issue of the "beauty entertainment" magazine VoCE is focusing on Attack on Titan, specifically fan-favorite character Levi and the intimidating Colossal Titan. The issue will be released on April 23 and include a Levi make-up tutorial and a face mask that turns its wearer into a Titan. The magazine's cover also features Levi, making it yet another appearance of the brooding captain on the...
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19th Animator Expo Short Is Kazuya Tsurumaki, Hajime Ueda's "I can Friday by day!"

Kill la Kill's Sushio directs animation for upcoming short ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, revealed on Monday that the 19th short will be Kazuya Tsurumaki and Hajime Ueda's "I can Friday by day!" Tsurumaki (Evangelion Rebuild films) is directing and helming the storyboard for the short, and Ueda (Q-ko-chan) is i...
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Official Initial D Cars Will Compete in All Japan Rally Championship Round

Takumi Fujiwara will ride again, this time wrapped around the front of Toyota's newest 86. Two Initial D cars will compete in the 2015 All Japan Rally Championship Round 2 in Ehime prefecture as part of the promotional campaign for the Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō- film. A panda-colored "Fujiwara Tofu Shop 86" for Cusco and a red and black Morpho Initial D Sammy K186 will compete. The...

Viewster Streams Vampire Holmes Anime

Four-minute episodes adapt escape game app ― Video streaming service Viewster announced on Monday that it is streaming the television anime adaptation of Cucuri's escape game app Vampire Holmes as it airs in Japan. The first two four-minute episodes are now streaming with English subtitles. Director, producer, singer-songwriter, and original creator of the game Yoshinobu Sena stars in the anime as Ho...
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Maoh: Juvenile Remix Stage Play's Digest Video Streamed

Ryōsuke Ikeoka stars as Junya Andō in play currently running in Tokyo ― The staff of the stage play adaptation of Maoh: Juvenile Remix began streaming a digest video for the production on Monday. The play opened in AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo on April 18 and will run through April 26. The play will then be performed in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture's New Kobe Oriental Theater on May 1 and 2. Ryōsuke Ikeoka of ma...
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Kakashi's Face May be Revealed in Naruto Exhibition Guestbook

The Naruto art exhibition opening on April 25 in Tokyo may reveal one more remaining secret in the series: Kakashi's face. The Copy Ninja Kakashi is almost always depicted wearing a mask that covers up to his nose. Even when he does remove it, manga creator Masashi Kishimoto obscures his face, so fans have never seen Kakashi's full face. That may change during the exhibition. The Official Guestboo...

Naruto Sequel Spinoff Manga to Run in Viz's Shonen Jump

Mini-series will premiere April 27 ― Viz Media's digital manga magazine Shonen Jump confirmed on Monday that it will publish Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto spinoff manga Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring (Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki) in English on April 27. The mini-series will premiere the same day in Japan. The main Naruto manga by Masashi Kishimoto ended in...
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 3

"Arslan is obviously concerned with bigger ideas than the average fantasy-adventure anime."
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Space Battleship Yamato's Wave Motion Gun Cameos in Avengers Assemble

Tim Eldred is a storyboard artist and animation director for popular American cartoons like Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble. He also manages the Cosmo DNA website and Facebook page for Star Blazers/Space Battleship Yamato fans. In the latest episode of Avengers Assemble titled "Avengers Disassembled," Eldred was able...
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Kenji Studio's Coluboccoro Anime Kickstarter Meets its Goal

Itoso's Santa Company, Coluboccoro part of a planned fantasy anime trilogy ― Kenji Studio, director Kenji Itoso's studio, and Awesome Japan's Kickstarter campaign campaign to fund their Coluboccoro fantasy anime film met its goal of US$38,000 on Monday. The campaign seeks to add English subtitles to the short film Coluboccoro, and release it on DVD and Blu-ray. As of press time, the campaign has earn...

Sentai Filmworks Adds Hayate the Combat Butler Anime

First anime based on Kenjirou Hata's comedy manga aired in 2007 ― North American anime distributor Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed the Hayate the Combat Butler anime. The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video. Sentai Filmworks has also licensed the third anime series Hayate the Combat Butler: Can't Take My Eyes Off You and the fourth anime series Ha...
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Megumi Toyoguchi Joins Nisekoi: Cast as Chitoge's Mother

Series currently streaming on Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll, Hulu, Daisuki ― The official website for the Nisekoi anime announced on Monday that Megumi Toyoguchi (Danganronpa's Junko, Fullmetal Alchemist's Winry) is joining the cast of the Nisekoi: anime as Chitoge's mother Hana Kirisaki. Naoshi Komi's original Nisekoi - False Love manga and the anime revolve around Raku Ichijō (Kouki Uchiyama), a nor...
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Ghibli's Suzuki: We Wanted to Adapt the Parasyte Manga

Retired Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki revealed in a TokyoFM podcast with Genki Kawamura on April 13 that both he and Hayao Miyazaki were at one time interested in adapting Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte manga at Ghibli. However, at the time the rights to an adaptation were held by U.S. film production company New Line Cinema. Don Murphy's Angry Films first announced a live-action/CGI Hollywood adaptati...
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Composer: Mamoru Miyano Is 1st Male Voice Actor With #1 Single on Daily Chart

"Shine" single from Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love Revolutions anime shipped on Wednesday ― The market research firm Oricon reported on Monday that voice actor Mamoru Miyano's 12th single "Shine" ranked at #1 on the Oricon daily singles chart for April 18. Japanese composer and founder of the Elements Garden group Noriyasu Agematsu posted on his Twitter account on Sunday that the feat makes Miyano th...
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Kamen Rider Drive, Nin'ninger Films' Teaser Streamed

Both films to open together on August 8 ― Japanese production company Toei began streaming a teaser video for its upcoming Gekijō-ban Kamen Rider Drive and Shuriken Sentai Nin'ninger The Movie films on Sunday. The teaser shows scenes from both movies. The two films will open together on August 8. Those who pre-order tickets can get either a Kamen Rider Drive or Red Ninjer strap with a toy car. Toei p...
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Sailor Moon Crystal Character Song Album's 4 Generals Track Previewed

The official Sailor Moon Crystal Instagram account uploaded a preview for the Four General's "I'M GOING DOWN" track from the upcoming "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Character Music Collection: Crystal Collection" album on Friday. Voice actors Daisuke Kishio, Kousuke Toriumi, Masaya Matsukaze, and Eiji Takemoto perform the song as their characters Jadeite, Nephrite, Zoisite, and Kunzite. 「美少女...

New Lupin III Anime to Premiere This Fall With Original Composer (Update)

Franchise veteran Yuji Ohno returns to compose music for new series taking place in Italy ― The staff of the first new Lupin III television anime series in three decades announced on Tuesday that the series will premiere this fall in Japan on the Nihon TV channel and other broadcasters. Franchise veteran Yuji Ohno's involvement as composer was also announced. Ohno commented on his involvement, saying...
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Tokyo Ravens BD+DVD part 1

It's an anime series involving magic teenagers at a magic school for magic people! Theron Martin investigates to find out what makes this one stand out. ― When Tokyo Ravens debuted in the Fall 2013 TV season, its adaptation of the eponymous light novel series failed to impress me with its first episode, and that does not change much on a repeat view. Indeed, the first episode is arguably the weakest ...
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Shelf Life - False Hopes

Lots of new releases this week. Plus, love triangles, angsty romances, and more:
- A Certain Scientific Railgun s1
- Looking Up At The Half-Moon
- Nisekoi v3
― Jump to this week's reviews: Looking Up At the Half-MoonA Certain Magical Railgun season 1Nisekoi volume 3. On Shelves This Week Devil Survivor 2: The Animation - Complete Collection Sentai - 325 min - Hyb - MSRP $69.98Currently cheapest at: ...
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Show By Rock!! ‒ Episode 3

"Just like the first two episodes, this week's installment bites off a little more than it can chew."
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18th Animator Expo Short 'Diary of Ochibi' Streamed

Masashi Kawamura helms short film based on Moyoco Anno manga ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the full 18th short film "The Diary of Ochibi" last Friday. The short is based on Moyoco Anno's The Diary of Ochibi-san (Ochibi-san) manga. Anno crowdfunded the short film. Masashi Kawamura (The Tatami Ga...
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Sanzoku Diary Original Anime DVD's Cast, Staff, Promo Video Unveiled

Taishi Murata plays hunter, manga creator Kentarō Okamoto in June anime ― Japanese publisher Kodansha's official Youtube channel began streaming a promotional video for the anime adaptation of Kentarō Okamoto's Sanzoku Diary manga on Sunday. The video reveals the anime's cast and staff, and previews the show's theme song "Usobuku Sanzoku" (Boastful Bandit). Kentarō: December 31, 2009. Snow. Text: Ken...
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Daiki Yamashita Cast as Takuma Seto in Ace of Diamond: 2nd Season Anime

Yowamushi Pedal, Sailor Moon Crystal actor plays middle school student baseball player ― The official website of the Ace of Diamond: Second Season TV anime announced on Tuesday that Daiki Yamashita (Yowamushi Pedal's Sakamichi. Sailor Moon Crystal's Umino) will play the character Takuma Seto in the series. The new season premiered on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, TV Setouchi, and TVQ Kyu...
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4th Naruto Epilogue Novel's Title, Story, Cover Unveiled

The official website for Shueisha's Jump J Books label of novels revealed the title, story, and cover illustration (seen right) for Konoha Hiden, the fourth of six planned Naruto epilogue novels. The novel, penned by Shō Hinata (Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan, Bakuman., Hentai Kamen novels) will be titled Naruto - Konoha Hiden: Shūgen Biyori (Naruto - Konoha Hidden Legend - A Good Day For a Wedding.) The ...
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Mayu Iizuka, Yui Watanabe Join Million Doll Summer Anime's Cast

Actresses play Rina, Momona in adaptation of manga about idols ― The staff of the Million Doll television anime announced on Tuesday that Mayu Iizuka and Yui Watanabe will be joining the cast of the anime as Rina and Momona, respectively. Aina Kusuda and Miku Itō were already announced to be cast in the anime, but the roles the actresses will play have not been announced. JTB Communications is also h...

Funimation Announces Noragami Anime English Dub Cast

Jason Liebrecht, Bryn Apprill, Micah Solusod lead English dub cast for 2014 TV anime ― North American anime distributor FUNimation Entertainment announced the English dub cast for the Noragami TV anime series on Saturday. The cast, under ADR director Mike McFarland and script writer Bonny Clinkenbeard, is: Jason Liebrecht as Yato Bryn Apprill as Hiyori Micah Solusod as Yukine Alexis Tipton as Kofuku ...
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DBZ: Resurrection 'F' Film Sells 716,000 Tickets for 960 Million Yen

Film earns 40.3% more than 2013's Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods in its 1st weekend ― The Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' film earned approximately 960 million yen (about US$8.1 million) in its first two days at the Japanese box office this weekend. The film sold approximately 716,000 tickets in its first weekend. The film sold 27.4% more tickets and earned 40.3% more in its first weekend than the 201...
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Dōkyūsei Anime to Be Screened in Theaters

The official Twitter account of the Dōkyūsei anime project revealed on Monday that the anime will be screened in theaters in Japan. The announcement also noted that the official Twitter account and the project's official website will reveal further details, such as the opening date and advance ticket booking dates, soon. The anime is adapting Asumiko Nakamura's Dōkyūsei (Classmates) boys-love mang...
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Seven to Produce Magical Somera-chan TV Anime

The June issue of Ichijinsha's Manga 4-Koma Palette magazine will announce on Wednesday that Japanese animation studio Seven will handle animation production on the anime adaptation of Choboraunyopomi's four-panel manga Magical Somera-chan (Fushigi na Somera-chan). The magazine also notes that the anime project will be a television anime series, and that Dream Creation is producing the anime. The ...
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Live-Action Death Note TV Drama to Feature New Cast, Near

New series premiering in July on NTV to feature original story ― The staff of the Death Note television drama adaptation revealed on Monday that the cast for the drama will differ from the previous live-action film adaptations. The TV series will also include N (Near). The previous live-action films and the musical did not include the character. The drama will also feature an original story not featu...
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Yamada-kun & the 7 Witches Box Set to Bundle Yankee-kun Collaborative Manga, Anime

Miki Yoshikawa writes original collaborative manga for boxset shipping on June 24 ― The official website for the Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches television anime series revealed on Sunday that the anime's first Blu-ray Disc and DVD box sets will include a Yankee-kun to Megane-chan collaborative manga and anime. Miki Yoshikawa, the original manga creator for both franchises, is drawing the collaborat...

Sunday, April 19

Super Saiyan God SS Vegeta Joins Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden 3DS Game

God SS form Goku, Golden Frieza also shown in video for Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale arcade game ― The June issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine is announcing on Tuesday that the Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden Nintendo 3DS game will include Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (Super Saiyan God SS) form Vegeta in the title as a Z assist character. The character will be available via a code that are prin...
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Check Out These Intricately Detailed Ghibli Models

Even though modelling is stereotypically associated with miniature character figures, robots, guns and trains in the anime fan community, almost anything can be rendered into a miniature form and put together painstakingly with the help of specialized tools, a lot of patience and fine fingerwork. Sankei's line of Ghibli 'Miniatuart' exemplifies this. This model of Aburaya, the bathhouse from Spiri...
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches ‒ Episode 2

"This may be a dumb comedy at heart, but it has the brain of a much smarter series."
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Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation ‒ Episode 3

"The episode was focused purely on world-building, and not very well either."
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Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign ‒ Episode 3

"While the story may be ripped beat-for-beat from the shonen action series playbook, it's an efficient execution of the genre."
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Plastic Memories ‒ Episode 3

"Plastic Memories hasn't yet regained its first episode's heights, but it's still on the right track. Let's just drop the preoccupation with Isla's plastic mammaries."
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Let Freeza Handle Your Passive Aggression with Dragon Ball Z Sticky Notes

Latest Ichiban Kuji promotion ― To celebrate the premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', Ichiban Kuji is holding a Dragon Ball Z-themed lottery. The prizes are 15 different sticky notes, most of which feature Freeza, the iconic supervillain who makes a comeback in the film, although Krilin, Vegita, Dende and Goku also make appearances. The notes come with stickers featuring various Dragon Ball Z...
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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 15

"Like last week, this episode's story is told in increasingly erratic, choppy scenes that each convey a darker mood than the last."
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Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love Revolutions ‒ Episode 3

"There are some artistic issues this week, with a lot of off-model faces, particularly on characters far from the screen, whether they are primaries or background roles."
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Migi Meatballs Stare Back at You as You Eat

Creepy dish to be served up at Tokyo meat festival ― Taking cues from the parasitic Migi from the recent anime Parasyte -the maxim- anime series, these one-eyed meatballs are being served up in Tokyo later in the month. Not to worry, though, they're not alien parasites; they're 100% Japanese beef. Cooked in a rich demi-glace, they actually look pretty yummy. Takashi Yamazaki, director of the Parasyt...
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Perform a Kamehameha and More in the Science of Dragon Ball Z Exhibit

The popular Science of Dragon Ball Z (Dragon Ball de Kagaku) exhibit is returning to Japan for Fuji TV's Spring Fest 2015 LIFE !S LIVE festival. The exhibit first debuted in Nagoya last year, but fan demand brought it back, this time to Tokyo. The fantasy and futuristic elements are made into reality through a series of fun exhibits but admittedly, there's not a ton of science going on. Examples ...
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Chi's Sweet Home Manga to End With 12th Volume

Final volume of Kanata Konami's cat series to bundle Chi clock in June ― The Kodansha Comic Plus website revealed that Kanata Konami's Chi's Sweet Home manga will end in the 12th volume slated to ship on June 23. The limited-edition volume will cost 3,800 yen (about US$32) and bundle an alarm clock that features the same voice of Chi heard in the anime adaptation. Kodansha's Weekly Morning magazine a...
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Kamen Rider Solid Gold Statues Come in Expensive and Very Expensive

Kamen Rider #1, the Kamen Rider that started it all 40 years ago, is being immortalized in solid gold. The figure comes in a large version measuring 200mm (about 8 inches) and weighing 100g (about 1/4 a lb). The smaller one is half the height at 100mm (about 4 inches) and weighs 35g (about 1 1/4 ounces). Tokuriki Honten, a company specializing in gold for almost 300 years is casting the figures. ...
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Sailor Moon Crystal ‒ Episode 20

"A couple of lovely art deco-inspired pictures of Sailor Moon can't make up for the messed up proportions, flat, derpy faces, and characters recognizable only by their colors."
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Kashimashi's Inugami Ends Butter Nut! Manga

Romantic comedy about college roommates launched last year ― The May issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine published the final chapter of Sukune Inugami's Butter Nut! manga on Saturday. The college life romantic comedy follows a female college student named Ryō who goes to college in Tokyo and becomes a member of her school's movie club "Butter Nut." Ryō's expectations of a dreamlike colle...
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High School DxD BorN ‒ Episode 3

"Even when this show shifts into a serious and dramatic mode – as it does for most of this episode – it still finds time and space for fan service."
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Kei Toume's Sing 'Yesterday' for Me Manga to End in June

Lament of the Lamb author launched coming-of-age story in 1997 ― This year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Kei Toume's Sing Yesterday for Me (Yesterday o Utatte) manga will end in the next chapter. Shueisha plans to publish the final chapter in the 13th issue of Grand Jump, which ships in Japan on June 3. Toume launched the manga in Business Jump in 1997, and...
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VAMPS New York VIP Ticket Give-Away

VAMPS, the Japanese supergroup formed by HYDE (L'Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust), will perform a headlining show at New York City's Best Buy Theater on May 1st - ANN has two pairs of VIP tickets give away. ― VAMPS, the Japanese supergroup formed by HYDE (L'Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust), will perform a headlining show at New York City's Best Buy Theater on May 1st. Tickets are on sale...

Takara Tomy's WIXOSS Franchise Gets Film

Selector Infected Wixoss, Selector Spread Wixoss anime series premiered last year ― The staff of the selector franchise announced on Sunday at a fan event for the franchise that production on a new film has been green-lit. The staff wrote on Twitter, saying: We announced this at the event a few moments ago, but production on a selector film has been green-lit! selector isn't ending yet! selector will...
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Heroic Legend of Arslan Discs to Bundle New Manga, Anime

Hiromu Arakawa to write original 4-panel manga for July release ― The official website for The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) television anime announced on Sunday that the series' first Blu-ray Disc and DVD limited editions will bundle four original four-panel manga by original manga artist Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist, Silver Spoon). The release will also include a short anime adaptat...
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Expelled from Paradise, Space Dandy, Kill la Kill Receive Seiun Award Nominations

Evangelion, Moyashimon, Oh My Goddess!, Mysterious Girlfriend X manga also nominated ― The 54th Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai) revealed the list of nominees for the 46th Seiun Awards on Saturday. The awards this year are separated into nine categories: Japanese Long Story, Japanese Short Story, Translated Long Story, Translated Short Story, Media, Comic, Art, Nonfiction, and a "Fr...
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Yellow's Makoto Tateno to End Vampire Romanshiki Manga

Fantasy story about young woman in 1918 launched in August 2013 ― The May issue of Akita Shoten's Princess Gold magazine revealed on Thursday that Makoto Tateno's Vampire Romanshiki manga will end in two more chapters. Tateno publishes the manga in every other issue, so if the manga continues at that same rate it will end in the August issue on July 16. Vampire Romanshiki takes place in 1918 in Japan...

Fate/Grand Order Smartphone Game's TV Ad Features New Saber Character

Black Rock Shooter's huke designs new character for iOS/Android game arriving this summer ― The official website for the upcoming iOS and Android game Fate/Grand Order began streaming a "Saber edition" television ad on Saturday. The ad reveals a new Saber character designed by huke (Black Rock Shooter, Steins;Gate). Mamiko Noto will voice the character in the game. The video also features the song "S...
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Kamisama Kiss Manga's 2nd OAD to Ship in 2 Parts

2 episodes covering manga's "past arc" to ship with manga volumes 22, 23 later this year ― The 21st volume of Julietta Suzuki's Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss) manga is revealing more details on Monday about the second original anime DVD project announced earlier this month. The OAD project will have two episodes that will adapt the "past arc," which spans from mid-volume 14 to volume 17 in th...
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Amnesia: Memories Game's English Promo Video Streamed

Idea Factory to release romance game digitally for PS Vita, Steam this August ― Idea Factory International released an English promotional video on Friday for the Amnesia: Memories romance game. The company plans to release the otome game digitally on the PlayStation Vita and on Steam this August. The game will have English subtitles and Japanese audio. Idea Factory International also released a set ...

Saturday, April 18

Dragon Ball Z Resurrection 'F' Film to Screen in 74 Countries

Film debuted on 658 screens in Japan on Saturday ― The staff of the Dragon Ball Z Resurrection 'F' film revealed at a first-day screening event at Shinjuku's Wald9 theater in Tokyo on Saturday that the film will screen in 74 countries worldwide. Funimation hosted the North American premiere of the film on April 11 in Los Angeles. The company plans to release the film in more theaters with an English ...
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Blood Blockade Battlefront ‒ Episode 3

"The fact that this show has a compelling story and likable characters is almost icing on the cake for how solid the production is across every single frame."

Japan's Animation TV Ranking, April 6-12

Ultimate Otaku Teacher, Soreike! Anpanman still in top 10 ― Eiga Crayon Shin-chan: Gachinko! Gyakushū no Robo Tō-chan aired as part of the Doraemon Crayon Shin-Chan Haru da! Eiga da! 3-Jikan Anime Matsuri Crayon Shin-Chan (Doraemon Crayon Shin-Chan It's Spring! It's a Movie! 3-Hour Anime Festival: Crayon Shin-Chan) special on TV Asahi on Friday, April 10 at 7:44 p.m. and earned a 12% rating. Title St...
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Japan's Maglev Train Breaks World Record at 366 mph

Taking the train is a regular sight in anime. Characters wait at the station with their classmates before boarding to go to school every morning. In at least one episode, the crew of friends get together for a long, scenic ride to the beach. Getting overwhelmed during a train line switch at the busy Tokyo station is a character's introductory plot point. Anime characters and Japan denizen's commut...
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Resident Evil/Biohazard: heavenly island Manga Goes on 3-Month Hiatus

Manga based on survival horror game series returns on July 9 ― This year's 20th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion announced on Thursday that Naoki Serizawa's Biohazard: heavenly island manga will go on a 3-month hiatus. The manga will return in the magazine's 32nd issue on July 9. Serizawa launched the Biohazard: heavenly island in Weekly Shōnen Champion on January 15, and Akita Shoten s...
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Mitsukoshi Department Store Employs Meet-and-Greet Robot Aiko

The Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo has hired a new, temporary greeter for its store. Clad in a traditional kimono, Aiko Chihara smiles and bows to customers on the ground floor as they enter the high-end store. What separates Aiko from the rest of the staff is that she isn't alive. Aiko is a convincing android made by Toshiba on display from April 20-21 as part of a larger Toshiba event. He...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc ‒ Episode 15

"It's not the defeat of Pet Shop, but everything that comes afterward that makes this episode so special."
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Tokyo Ghoul Horror Stage Play's Cast, Staff Unveiled

Anime's Chūji Mikasano to script July adaptation of Sui Ishida's manga ― This year's 20th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine is announcing the main cast and staff of the Tokyo Ghoul stage play on Thursday. The play will run at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo from July 2-8 and at the Kyōto Gekijō from July 18-20. The cast will include: Yūki Ogoe as Ken Kaneki Aya Tabata as Tōka Kirishima Shōgo ...
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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ‒ Episode 15

"This marks week two of ufotable knocking it out of the park with anime-original material."
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Gintama Zone in Shonen Jump Theme Park Let's You Hit Hijikata Where it Hurts

Zone also has special menu items, fortunes, and photo areas ― On April 24, a zone dedicated to Gintama will open at J-World, a theme park in Ikebukuro's Sunshine City shopping complex devoted to Shonen Jump properties. It will recreate the quasi-historic Edo of the source manga. Among its highlights will be a target practice area where participants can shoot Okita's bazooka at his vice commander, Hij...
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Sayaka Mogi Draws 2 Pupa Chapters in June, July

Sibling horror series ended in December 2013 ― This year's May issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion Retsu will announce on Tuesday that Sayaka Mogi will draw two new chapters of her Pupa manga in the June and July issues on May 19 and June 16, respectively. Mogi launched the manga in the inaugural issue of Earth Star Entertainment's Comic Earth Star magazine in 2011, and the series ended in Decembe...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!

"SNAFU is full of good kids making exactly the kind of wincingly relatable mistakes that exemplify precocious, lonely adolescence."
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ‒ Episode 3

With the glimpse into Bell's start as an adventurer, we're getting a better idea of how Bell and Hestia's bond was formed and continues to grow.
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Selector Infected Wixoss -peeping analyze- Manga to End

Prequel spinoff manga began last July ― This year's May issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine announced on Saturday that the Selector Infected Wixoss -peeping analyze- manga will end in the June issue on May 19. The series began last July, and Shueisha shipped the first compiled volume in December. Manatsu Suzuki (World Conquest Zvezda Plot, Abe-kun no Nanakakan Sensen) draws the manga, and the ani...
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Life-Size Patlabor Promotes Traffic Safety Outside Himeji Castle

A recent stop for the life-size Patlabor AV-98 Ingram is the beautiful Himeji Castle in Hyōgo Prefecture. The Ingram has made it's rounds from the Tokyo Marathon, baseball games to shopping malls. On Wednesday two Ingrams made a stop outside the castle at the request of local authorities to promote a traffic safety campaign. イングラム×姫路城 #パトレイバー 後ろから望遠で撮ったほうがいい感じかも pic.twitter.com/LuxqhIIEWe— ちゃぷモン (...
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The List - 7 Anime About the Performing Arts

Those who tread beneath the proscenium arch take the spotlight this week as The List highlights anime all about the performing arts. ― Last week's column was all about women flexing their athletic muscles, so this week we're looking at the other side the coin: performing arts. The traditional Western performing arts include music, theatre, dance, comedy, and opera. In the East, performing arts expan...
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Dengeki Daisy GN 16

Dengeki Daisy's final volume arrives, but does it provide a sufficiently happy ending for those we care about? ― Few series, shoujo or otherwise, have consistently retained the air of excitement, tension, and romance that Kyousuke Motomi's Dengeki Daisy has over its sixteen volume run. While the story shifted from high school romance to technological thriller, essentially settling on a “romantic susp...
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Godzilla, Crayon Shin-Chan, Eagle Talon Characters Walk the Red Carpet

The newly appointed tourism ambassador of Tokyo, Godzilla himself, walked a red carpet event to celebrate the grand opening of the Shinjuku Toho Building on Thursday. The new commercial building includes a movie theater, hotel, and restaurants in the the area's Kabukicho entertainment district and opened for eager shoppers on Friday. The ceremony boasted Godzilla, actress Masami Nagasawa, Tokyo M...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 3

"If the world of Food Wars were suddenly to sink in the ocean, most of the characters wouldn't need flotation devices – they could all just bob along on their enormous egos."
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Rin Kimura Ends K: The First Before K: Dog & Cat Launches

Latest K anime-inspired manga to debut on May 18 ― The May issue of Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy magazine published the final chapter of Rin Kimura (Maigoya) and GoRA member Hideyuki Furuhashi's K: The First manga (pictured right) on Saturday. The magazine also announced that the duo's K: Dog & Cat manga (pictured below) will launch in the next issue on May 18. K: The First launched with Kimura's ...
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Tomonori Inoue's Coppelion Manga to Enter Final Arc

Story of 3 genetically enhanced girls debuted in 2008 ― The May issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine is announcing on Monday that the final arc of Tomonori Inoue's Coppelion manga will begin in the next issue on May 20. The manga launched in Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine in 2008 and moved to Monthly Young Magazine in 2012. The story is set in 2036, after radioactive contamination from a nucl...
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Boys Over Flowers Manga Gets Musical Adaptation

Nationwide open auditions to be held for role of Tsukushi ― This year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine is announcing on Monday that Yoko Kamio's Boys Over Flowers (Hana yori Dango) manga is getting a musical adaptation. The staff for the adaptation will hold a country-wide open casting call for the lead role of Tsukushi Makino. The staff will announce more details about the musical and th...
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Lord of Magna Game's English-dubbed Announcement Trailer Streamed

XSeed Games to release strategy RPG for Nintendo 3DS this spring ― XSeed Games began streaming an announcement trailer on Thursday for the Lord of Mangna: Maiden Heaven (Kinki no Magna) Nintendo 3DS game. Th company will ship the game in North America this spring. The strategy RPG follows Luchs Eduard, a young man who has inherited the Famille inn from his family. The inn has no guests, so Luchs make...
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Stella Glow Promo Video Outlines Game's World, System

Konomi Suzuki performs theme song for game shipping in Japan on June 4 ― Sega began streaming a promo video on Thursday for its and Imageepoch's Stella Glow simulation role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS. The video previews the cast, outlines the game's worldview, and previews the battle system, song magic system, sync system, and free missions. Atlus USA will release the game in the Americas this...

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled Anime's Digest, Suzaku Videos Streamed

Anime project's delayed 3rd episode to premiere on May 2 ― The official website for the Code Geass: Akito the Exiled anime project began streaming a 10-minute special digest video and a Suzaku Kururugi promotional video for the third episode on Friday. The digest video compiles scenes from the ongoing project's third episode, "Kagayaku Mono Ten Yori Otsu" (Something Sparkling Falling From Heaven). Th...
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PS Vita Saekano -blessing flowers- Game's Michiru, Eriri Videos Streamed

Game about "raising" a heroine for doujin work to ship on April 30 ― The official website for the Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata -blessing flowers- ( Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend -blessing flowers-) game for the PlayStation Vita began streaming two new test scene videos on Friday. The videos feature a swimming scene with Michiru (voiced by Sayuri Yahagi) and a sleeping scene with Eriri (S...
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CLAMP's xxxHOLiC: Rei Manga to Return From 9-Month Hiatus

xxxHOLiC's latest dark fantasy series went on hiatus in July ― This year's 21st issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine is announcing on Monday that CLAMP's xxxHOLiC: Rei manga will resume in the combined 22nd/23rd issue on April 27. The chapter will include a center color image. The series went on hiatus in July. After a magazine release delay, the series launched in the magazine in March 2013. Ko...

Friday, April 17

Attack on Titan Live-Action Film's New Trailer Previews Colossal Titan

1st film in 2-film project opens in Japan on August 1 ― The official website for the two Attack on Titan live-action films began streaming a new trailer on Friday. The official website revealed earlier on Friday a new poster for the film and the second movie title: Attack on Titan: End of the World. The first movie will open on August 1, and the second movie will open on September 19. Director Shinji...
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Upcoming Lottery Includes Hestia Figure as Grand Prize

Also: Akihabara store gives away free strings ― Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? will be featured in Minna no Kuji ("Lottery for Everybody"), a lottery that everyone can win. The Grand Prize will be a figure of Hestia. The figure is different than the one Kotobukiya teased earlier this week. As for the other prizes, they are: a cushion a desk mat a scarf towel a glass one of three ba...
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Colossal Titan Makes Unexpected Appearance in Mega Shark Versus Kolossus

The Asylum, the mastermind film group behind the jokey horror and "mockbuster" films like Sharknado, Snakes on a Train, Transmorphers, and Atlantic Rim are releasing their latest Mega Shark feature this year and it co-stars a very familiar looking monster. Mega Shark Versus Kolossus, or Mega Shark Versus Great Titan as it's called in Japan, pits the prehistoric giant shark versus a mechanized Colo...
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Samurai Warriors/Sengoku Musou Stage Play Leads Unveiled in Costume

Shintarō Anzai plays Sanada Yukimura, Shōta Onuma plays Sanada Nobuyuki, Keisuke Ueda plays Ishida Mitsunari in play premiering in May ― The official website for the stage play of KOEI Tecmo's Sengoku Musou (Samurai Warriors) games unveiled the lead cast in costume on Monday. Shintarō Anzai as Sanada Yukimura Shōta Onuma as Sanada Nobuyuki Keisuke Ueda as Ishida Mitsunari The cast will star (seen abo...
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Nisekoi:

"Nisekoi has always been a bit more artistically ambitious than most other harem series, and this second episode is probably its most ambitious."
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Oodles of Goodies from Tōken Ranbu Swords-as-Boys Game

Contact lenses, hair ties, book covers and more ― The mobile and PC game Tōken Ranbu has inspired quite a bit of merchandise lately, much of it related to the character Munechika Mikazuki, the incarnation of a tachi forged by medieval blacksmith Munechika Sanjo. The game imagines various Japanese swords as good-looking men. ACOS, a chain of cosplay outfitters, is partnering with DOLCE Contact to make...
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The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan

"Though the first two episodes were basically just Nagato and Kyon's Harmless High School Life, the third episode has seen Haruhi staging a full-scale invasion of their club."
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Kaiketsu Zorori: Uchū no Yūsha-tachi Film Trailer Teases Original Story

Children's film about a fox bandit to open September 12 ― The official website for the upcoming Kaiketsu Zorori: Uchū no Yūsha-tachi (The Incredible Zorori: Heroes of Space) is now streaming a trailer for the film. Though the film is based on Yutaka Hara's Kaiketsu Zorori series of children's books, the movie will tell an original story. Hara himself appears in the trailer as an animated character. T...
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Mamoru Miyano Takes to the Beach in UtaPri Theme MV

Voice actor, singer, and bishonen heartthrob Mamoru Miyano took over the beach in his music video "Shine." The song is the opening theme for the third season of the popular male idol series Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love Revolutions. In the video, Miyano and his dancer buds play beach ball on a color-saturated beach while busting out some moves. The song is Miyano's 12th single and is currently ra...
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 13

"This episode accomplishes its goal of adding some depth to a pair of previously flat characters."
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Award-Winning Manga Artist Kou Kojima Passes Away

Sennin Buraku artist was 87 ― Comic Natalie reported on Friday that manga artist Kou Kojima passed away on Tuesday. He was hospitalized last November due to a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 87. Kojima began his long-running adult manga Sennin Buraku (Hermit Village) in 1956, and in 2006 it set the record for longest-running serialized comic by a single cartoonist. The series was adapted into a 1963-1964...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, April 5-11

One Piece, Big Hero 6, 2 Attack on Titan volumes, Fairy Tail, Soul Eater, Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma, Assassination Classroom, Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on April 11. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -One Piece #74 Eiichiro Oda Viz Med...
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Food Wars! Star Yoshitsugu Matsuoka Shows Off His Cooking Prowess

He starts off with making the series' Peanut Butter Octopus... ― The food battle series Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma has the staff and cast trying their own hand at the culinary arts. Animation and music producer Noriko Dohi presented her abilities to recreate cuisine from the show. Now the voice of Sōma Yukihira himself, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, is taking the stage in a monthly cooking program titled Fo...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia U Western Release Dates Unveiled

Also: Re;Birth2, Re;Birth3 headed to Steam ― Idea Factory International announced at its inaugural press event on Thursday that Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (Chōjigen Action Neptune U) will get a physical edition that will ship for PlayStation Vita on May 19 in North America and May 22 in Europe. A digital edition will also be available, though not until May 27 in Europe. Hyperdimensio...

Amnesia: Memories Heads West on PS Vita and Steam

Romance game for female players inspired 2013 anime ― Idea Factory International announced at its inaugural press event on Thursday that it will release the Amnesia: Memories (Amnesia V Edition) romance visual novel game in English on the PlayStation Vita and the PC (via Steam) in August. The game will be digital-only, in Japanese with English subtitles. The game's story begins on the morning of Augu...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II's Gameplay Video Streamed

PS4 game ships April 23 in Japan ― PlayStation Japan began streaming a gameplay video for Compile Heart's PlayStation 4 game Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II (Shin Jigen Game Neptune VII) on Thursday. The video demonstrates battle and field exploration, with a focus on losing lives. Compile Heart revealed previously revealed new characters who call themselves "Gold Third," and they each can change ...
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2015 Crayon Shin-Chan Film's 2nd Trailer Previews Theme Song, Guest Cast

Film guest-starring Maaya Sakamoto, Daisuke Namikawa, Rino Sashihara opens on Saturday ― The official website for the Eiga Crayon Shin-chan: Ora no Hikkoshi Monogatari ~Saboten Daishūgeki (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: My Story About Moving ~The Great Cactus Attack~) film began streaming a second trailer last month introducing the guest characters. The video also features the film's theme song "OLA!!" ...
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Sailor Moon Crystal Character Song Album's Minako Solo Track Previewed

The official Sailor Moon Crystal Instagram account uploaded a preview for Minako Aino/Sailor Venus' "♥ (Heart) ga Tonjau Sora Dakara" (Because This is the Sky My Heart Flies In) track from the upcoming "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Character Music Collection: Crystal Collection" album on Friday. Voice actress Shizuka Itou sings the track with lyrics by Aki Hata and composition by Yoshimasa ...

Retailer: Noragami Manga Gets 2 More Original Anime DVDs

2 DVDs to ship with 15th, 16th volumes of manga ― Retailer HMV revealed on Twitter on Friday that Adachitoka's Noragami manga will get two anime DVDs that will ship with limited editions of the 15th and 16th volumes of the manga. According to HMV, the limited edition version of the 15th volume will ship in Japan in November, and will retail for 3,780 yen (about US$32) including tax. HMV notes that th...
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Retailer: 2nd The Seven Deadly Sins OVA to be Bundled With Manga

New episode to be an omnibus of short stories featuring main characters ― Convenience store chain Lawson's online shopping website HMV posted a listing for a limited edition bundle of the 16th volume of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) manga that includes an original video animation (OVA) episode. The volume is scheduled to ship in Japan in August. The page lists that the the...

Singer Yui Announces Marriage, Pregnancy

Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood theme song performer started activities with band Flower Flower in 2013 ― Vocalist and guitarist of band Flower Flower and former solo singer Yui announced on Friday that she has married a man outside of the show business industry, and is currently pregnant. As a message to her fans, she wrote, My partner is someone outside of the industry. In addition, I have...

Boruto -Naruto the Movie- Film's 1st Teaser Trailer Previews Animation

Yuko Sanpei voices Boruto in new film premiering on August 7 ― The official website for the Boruto -Naruto the Movie- anime film began streaming the film's first teaser trailer on Friday. The trailer features narration by Houchu Ohtsuka, the voice of Jiraiya. Text: Chief Production Supervisor: Masashi Kishimoto Narrator: Long ago, there was a war. During this, the world united into one team, and one ...
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2nd Parasyte Live-Action Film's 4 TV Ads Posted

Final film of Hitoshi Iwaaki's sci-fi manga to open on April 25 ― Film distributor TOHO began streaming four TV ads on Friday for the Kiseijū Kanketsu-hen (Parasyte: The Final Act) film. The first ad features Bump of Chicken's ending theme song "Colony." Raging Billows Version Speech Version Teaser Type BUMP OF CHICKEN also performed "Parade," the ending theme to the first Parasyte movie. Shota Somet...
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Seiken Densetsu: Rise of Mana PS Vita Game's Trailer Streamed

Game's original winter release moved to spring ― Square Enix began streaming an updated trailer for its Seiken Densetsu: Rise of Mana PlayStation Vita game on Thursday. The video highlights the game's transformation mechanics, and features the game's theme song "Believe in the Spirit" by KOKIA. The video also reveals the game's updated release window of spring 2015 in Japan. Text: Seiken Densetsu: Ri...
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New Initial D the Movie Legend 2 Film's 1st Promo Video Streamed

Cast, staff return for 2nd film in reboot film series opening on May 23 ― Avex Pictures began streaming two versions of the first promotional video on Friday for Shin Gekijōban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō- (New Initial D the Movie Legend 2: Racer), the second film in the new Initial D film trilogy. The videos feature the song "Resurrection" by Back-On. Takuma: Old man... Is GTR something amazing? Takesh...
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Live-Action Attack on Titan Films' Poster, 2nd Movie Title Unveiled

The official website for the two Attack on Titan live-action films unveiled a new poster for the movies on Friday. Theaters in Japan will begin displaying the poster on April 25. The first movie will open on August 1, and the second movie will open on September 19. In addition, the website also revealed the title of the second movie as Attack on Titan: End of the World. Director Shinji Higuchi con...

Death Note Manga Gets Live-Action TV Drama in July

Supernatural suspense manga previously inspired anime, 3 live-action films, musical ― This year's 21st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note manga is inspiring a live-action TV drama adaptation premiering in July. The magazine is announcing the drama at the end of Monday's chapter of Obata and Nobuaki Enoki's Gakkyu Ho...

Monster Musume TV Anime's Cast, Staff Revealed

Sora Amamiya, Ari Ozawa, Natsuki Aikawa star in series premiering in July ― The June issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Ryū magazine will announce the cast and staff of the TV anime adaptation of the Monster Musume (Monster Musume no Iru Nichijō or Everyday Life with Monster Girls) manga on Saturday. The series is set to debut in July. So far, the cast includes: Sora Amamiya as Miia Ari Ozawa as ...
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Gakuen Prince's Jun Yuzuki Starts New Series in Bessatsu Friend Magazine

Ōji-Sama ni wa Doku ga Aru launches next month ― The May issue of Bessatsu Friend revealed on Monday that Jun Yuzuki (Gakuen Prince, Rose & Wolf) will begin a new manga series in the magazine's June issue, which ships on May 13. The series, titled Ōji-Sama ni wa Doku ga Aru (The Prince Has Poison), will tell the story of a "too-beautiful childhood friend" who has a secret. The first chapter will be 5...
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Ninja Slayer From Animation

Mike Toole begins his perilous journey seeking the secrets of Studio Trigger's bombastic new comedy, Ninja Slayer!
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