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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest Novel 1

An entire classroom is transported to another world in this isekai series, and its protagonist must go about getting superpowers the hard way. Rebecca Silverman investigates. ― If there's one thing that sets Arifureta apart from its fellow isekai stories, it's that in this case, an entire high school class is transported to another world, not just one lucky young individual. Not only does this make t...
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Sword Art Online Novel 10

We check back in with Asuna on the real-world side of things for the first time in the Alicization arc, as the mysteries behind this new virtual world begin to unravel. ― Whatever criticisms might be leveled against SAO creator Reki Kawahara, lack of ambition when it comes to imagining applications for virtual technology isn't one of them. The Soul Transfer Engine that was introduced in the last nove...
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Hatsune Miku: Bad∞End∞Night GN 1

This scattered volume proves that basing a manga on a Vocaloid song might not be the best idea. Rebecca Silverman explains why. ― Like Kagerou Daze, Bad End Night is based on a Vocaloid song. Unfortunately, that appears to be a premise too thin for an entire volume of manga, much less a series, and this volume can't quite decide if it's a mystery, a spoof on the “bad endings” of visual novels, or sel...
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Wednesday, May 24

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Sengoku Basara Dokugan Spinoff Manga Ends in June

Game franchise spinoff manga by Yasuyuki Nekoi launched in April 2016 ― This year's 12th issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion magazine revealed on Tuesday that Yasuyuki Nekoi's Sengoku Basara Dokugan manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 13. The story takes place in a new century in Japan, where Mogami Yoshiaki rules over a despotic government. A one-eyed man riding motorcycle appears...
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25th Ward: The Silver Case Sequel Game Gets Remake

Episodic sequel to Suda51's The Silver Case game originally released 2005-2007 ― Grasshopper Manufacture announced during the BitSummit event on Saturday that it will develop a remake of its The 25th Ward: The Silver Case (Silver Jiken: 25-Ku) sequel game. Gōichi Suda (also known as Suda51) stated that the game will be "almost a full remake, including the scenario." Grasshopper Manufacture did not an...
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Level-5 CEO: Next Inazuma Eleven Soccer Game to Be Developed for Smartphones Also

Also targeting "high-end game machines"; anime premieres in October ― Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino said in an interview with the Nikkei Trendy Net website on Tuesday that his company is planning on developing the Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin game for smartphones alongside "high-end game machines" at the same time. Hino did not state any specific platforms or a release date for the game. The story of In...
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Live-Action Anthem of the Heart Film's Teaser Highlights Jun Naruse

July 22 film based on anime by anohana creators ― Aniplex began streaming a web teaser trailer for the live-action film based on The Anthem of the Heart (Kokosake or Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da.) anime film on Wednesday. The video highlights protagonist Jun Naruse. (Note: The Youtube video linked above is region-locked to Japan.) The film will open in Japan on July 22. The cast includes: Kento Naka...
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Atsushi Abe, Yūichi Nakamura Narrate Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō Anime's Teaser Video

Co-stars reprise drama CD roles for July supernatural show ― The official website for the television anime of Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Refined Daily Life at the Supernatural Entity Apartment) light novel series posted a teaser video and key visual on Wednesday. The character Yūshi Inaba (as voiced by Atsushi Abe) and Mizuki Hase (Yūichi Nakamura) narrate the video. The anime wi...

Tuesday, May 23

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Shinji Gets in the Damn Boat with Eva Fish Grip

Where did you draw the line at ridiculous Evangelion merchandise? Was it the Tomato juice commercials? The Schick campaign where Gendo shed his beard? A NERV bucket? Hideaki Anno's crowning franchise has something for everyone even if that something has nothing to do giant robots. Case in point, the anime is starting its first collaboration with fishing gear. Next month a Unit-01 color-coded DRES...
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Yuri!!! on Ice Lottery Brings Plush Skater Prizes

This month's Minna no Kuji ("Lottery for Everybody"), a lottery that everyone can win, is bringing the boys of Yuri! on Ice into winners' hands. Starting on May 28, fans can try their hand at winning a large banner showing Victor, Yuri, and Yurio skating together, stuffed dolls of all three guys, zipper pouches inspired by their skating costumes, hand towels, rubber mascot characters, a wall-scro...
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Square Enix, Taro Yoko's SINoALICE Smartphone Game Slated for June 6

The official Twitter account for Square Enix's SINoALICE iOS and Android smartphone game announced on Tuesday that the game is slated to launch on June 6. The tweet noted that June 6 is creative director Taro Yoko's birthday, and also "butsumetsu" (an unlucky day associated with the death of Buddha). Pokelabo (Senki Zesshou Symphogear XD Unlimited, Senran no Samurai Kingdom) is developing the game...
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Kaijū Club Live-Action Series Reveals Cast, New Visual

Kanata Hongou, Ryūsei Yokohama, Masato Yano, Ryo Kato, Shogo Yamaguchi, more star in June series ― The official website for the Kaijū Club Kūsō Tokusatsu Seishunki (Kaijū Club Fictional Special Effects Youth Chronicle) live-action series revealed the main cast and a visual for the show on Monday. The cast, including previously announced star Kanata Hongou (live-action Gantz' Jōichirō Nishi, Attack on...
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Anime Ads Ask: Can Laundry Detergent Bring Romance?

Can the fluffy feeling of cotton and an alluringly clean scent foster a budding romance? Kao's Fragrance New Beads line of laundry detergents intends to find out in two animated advertisements. In the first ad titled "New Student", Kaori encounters Hanamura on a crowded subway train. The mixing smells of everyone on board is unpleasant but when the shifting train causes Kaori to draw close to Hana...
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Raiden V Side-Shooter Game Listed for PlayStation 4

Online retailer Amazon is listing a PlayStation 4 game titled Raiden V: Director's Cut Limited Edition from UFO Interactive. According to the Amazon page, the release will include a Raiden V Original Soundtrack CD. It is currently listed for release in North American on August 22. Microsoft originally announced plans to release the Raiden V side-shooter for Xbox One in Japan in 2015, but the game ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 21-27

Dimension W, Momokuri anime; Delicious in Dungeon, Descending Stories, Girls' Last Tour, The Royal Tutor manga; your name. novel ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Dimension W BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 May 23 Dimension W Limited Edition BD/DVDCite Funimation Entertainment US$84.98 May 23 Dragon Ball Z Kai The Final Chapters Part 2 BDAnimeNewsNetwork...
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Dress Up Your Drinks With an Extra Frilly Sailor Uniform

In 2015, concerned citizens everywhere found a solution to a nagging problem: bottle perspiration. Well, technically, condensation. It's not that there wasn't already a solution; table coasters have long protected furniture from troublesome rings left my chilled beverages. It's just that this wasn't a cute enough solution. Enter Kitan Club's bottle underwear. Panties be they striped, polka-dots, o...
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Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor ‒ Episode 8

"While this episode is fairly well-done overall, I'm longing for some fresher twists."
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Linked Horizon's New Attack on Titan CD Sells 25,273 in 1st Week

Also: Attack on Titan reports lower game sales ― Linked Horizon's Shingeki no Kiseki album, which includes the group's opening theme song for the second season of Attack on Titan, sold 25,273 copies in its first week to rank at #2 on Oricon's weekly chart. The album shipped in Japan on May 17. The sales number represents the CD-only standard edition, not the limited editions that bundle a DVD or Blu-...
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SukaSuka ‒ Episode 7

"The series has settled into a comfortable genre groove after last week's much-needed turnaround."
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Seven Seas Licenses Fauna and the Dragonewt's Seven Kingdoms Manga

Fantasy manga follows dragon archaeologist, human girl ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Monday that it has licensed Kiyohisa Tanaka's Fauna and the Dragonewt's Seven Kingdoms (Ryuu no Nanakuni to Minashigo no Fana) manga. The first single volume is slated for a print release on January 16, 2018. Seven Seas describes the story: In a fantastical future, humans are no longer the dominant species–...
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 20

"This sprint may have taken some time, but the storytelling kept it interesting and tense."
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Goku Takes on Broly God in Universal Studios Japan Attraction Ad

Osaka's Universal Studios Japan theme park is prepping for an exciting summer filled with Shonen Jump characters and attractions. Jōtaro and Dio, the cast of Gintama and One Piece, and of course Dragon Ball Z's Goku will enthrall visitors with tasty treats and interactive shows. Goku specifically will star in a 3DCG movie as part of the Dragon Ball the Real 4D experience. Earth's toughest fighter ...
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Sakura Wars Co-Writer Unveils PS Vita Game

Red Entertainment's "Our World is Ending" game previewed ― Video game news website Famitsu revealed Red Entertainment's new adventure game Oretachi no Sekai wa Shimatteiru (Our World is Ending) on Tuesday. Sakura Wars co-writer Naoki Morita is on staff for the game along with character designer Eiri Shirai and scenario writer Tarō Achi. Weekly Famitsu magazine will reveal more information on the game...
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Mr. Osomatsu Sextuplets Celebrate Birthday with a Stop-Motion Cake

The sextuplet stars of Mr. Osomatsu are celebrating their birthday this year with a new stop-motion video. The 45-second ad shows a double layer cake, frosted with each character's image color, and decorated with cookies of the brothers' faces. The stop-motion video took approximately 1,000 pictures to complete. The video was created by Tsuneo Goda's dwarf studio, the home of brown monster charact...
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El Shaddai Team Reveals The Lost Child RPG for PS4, PS Vita

Trailer previews game slated to ship in Japan this summer ― Kadokawa Games announced on Tuesday that it will release the "mythical concept" role-playing game The Lost Child for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan this summer. A teaser website opened on Tuesday and began streaming a teaser trailer for the game. The video introduces the game's story and features the character Lucifel. El Shadda...
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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Heads to PS4, Xbox One in Japan, West

Action RPG also launches for PC in Japan this fall ― This week's issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is revealing on Thursday that the Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen game will get new PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC releases in Japan this fall. Capcom also announced that the action role-playing game will get PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases in the West this fall. The announcement marks the fi...
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Grimoire of Zero ‒ Episode 7

"After last episode's downer ending, Grimoire of Zero moves into slightly darker territory this week, though the results are decidedly mixed."
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My Hero Academia Shows Superpowers Aren't Inherently Good or Evil

What would you do if everyone told you that your superpower would make you a great villain?
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God Narrates In Another World With My Smartphone Anime's 2nd Promo Video

Katsumi Fukuhara, Maaya Uchida, Yui Fukuo star in July TV anime ― The official YouTube channel for the television anime of Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World With My Smartphone (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni.) light novel series began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Tuesday. The character God narrates the video to introduce the story. EXIT TUNES' Line Live account also announced t...
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Deadline: Saw's James Wan to Produce Resident Evil Reboot Film

Mortal Kombat's reboot's Greg Russo to write scripts for 1st reboot ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Monday that James Wan (director for Saw, Furious 7, The Conjuring) will produce the first reboot film for the Resident Evil film franchise. The website also reported that Greg Russo (Mortal Kombat reboot film, Robotech) will write the scripts. German film production company Constantin...
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In Another World With My Smartphone Anime Reveals Cast, Theme Song Artists, July 11 Debut

Katsumi Fukuhara, Maaya Uchida, Yui Fukuo, Nanami Yamashita, more in cast; AŌP sings opening ― Exit Tunes' Line Live account announced the cast, theme songs, and July 11 premiere for the television anime of Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World With My Smartphone (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni.) light novel series in a live stream on Tuesday: Katsumi Fukuhara as Touya Mochizuki Maaya Uchida as Elze Si...
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Hitorijime My Hero Boys-Love Anime Casts Wataru Hatano, Takayuki Kondou, 3 More

Yūto Adachi, Daiki Yamashita, Seiichirō Yamashita also cast in July anime ― The official website for the television anime of Memeco Arii's Hitorijime My Hero manga announced more of the cast on Tuesday. Wataru Hatano will play Natsuki, a friend of Kōsuke. Takayuki Kondou plays another friend, the detective Hōjō. Yūto Adachi and Daiki Yamashita play Kensuke's classmates Yamabe and Fukushige, respectiv...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, May 15-21

A Silent Voice sells 7,482, followed by Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, live-action Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu, Yowapeda New Generation, Uta-Pri Legend Star ― The live-action adaptation of Rina Yagami's Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu romantic comedy manga series dropped from #3 to #11 in its second week on the overall DVD chart. It added 1,807 copies to its total of 6,166. The limited first pressing of...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, May 15-21

A Silent Voice sells 25,078 + 5,442, followed by Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Sound! Euphonium, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Little Witch Academia ― Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - A Silent Voice Film Blu-ray Limited First Edition 25,078 25,078 17/5/17 KYA/A Silent Voice Film Production Committee Animation 1 1 2 - Touken ...
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Inuyashiki Manga's Last Volume Slated for Late September

October TV anime's new visual also unveiled ― The ninth volume of Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki manga series revealed on Tuesday that the manga's 10th and final compiled book volume is slated for release in late September. The manga will end its serialization in five chapters. The official website of the manga's upcoming television anime adaptation also revealed a new visual for the anime on Monday. Kodans...
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Niantic: 'This Summer Will be Legendary' for Pokémon Go

Niantic Labs' global marketing product lead Archit Bhargava said during his speech at the 21st Annual Webby Awards on May 15 that "this summer will be legendary." The event awarded Pokémon Go with "Best Mobile Game." (Jump to 19:07 in the video below.) While some players were briefly able to acquire Legendary Pokémon in the game before, Niantic removed them to promote "fairness," and then announce...

Netflix Debuts Little Witch Academia TV Anime's 1st 13 Episodes on June 30

Anime premiered in Japan in January, runs for 25 episodes ― Media news website IGN revealed on Monday that Netflix will debut the first 13 episodes of the Little Witch Academia television anime outside Japan on June 30. The show is slated for 25 episodes, but Netflix did not announce the debut date for the rest of the series' episodes. The television anime premiered on January 8 on Tokyo MX, BS11, an...
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Sanrio Boys Anime's Promo Video Reveals January Premiere

Takuya Eguchi, Sōma Saitō, Jun Oosuka, Hiroyuki Kagura, Yūma Uchida star in anime ― The official website for Sanrio's Sanrio Danshi (Sanrio Boys) anime began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video reveals the anime's January 2018 premiere, and shows how the previously shown key visual was "filmed" on location. The website features the tagline "What's wrong with boys?" The a...

Monday, May 22

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Mary and the Witch's Flower Anime Film Casts Ryunosuke Kamiki

Kamiki works with director Yonebayashi for 2nd time in July 8 film ― The official Twitter account for Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi's upcoming Mary and the Witch's Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) anime film revealed on Tuesday that the film has cast Ryunosuke Kamiki (The Secret World of Arrietty's Sho, your name.'s Taki) as Peter. This is the second time Kamiki will work with director Yonebayas...
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Voice Actress Saeko Zōgō Marries, Reveals Wedding Photos

Voice actress Saeko Zōgō revealed on Twitter that she married and had a wedding reception on Sunday. She did not reveal the identity of her husband. Zōgō said she was deeply moved by everyone who offered their blessings on her wedding day. She said she was nervous during her wedding, but she now feels relief after having gone through the ceremony. Zōgō posted pictures of herself and the wedding gu...
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Universal Studios Japan Details This Summer's Shonen Jump Attractions

Osaka's Universal Studios Japan theme park unveiled all the details of this year's Universal Jump Summer attractions. This year's Shonen Jump collaboration will feature One Piece, Dragon Ball, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and Gintama and run from June 30 to October 1. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Universal Studios Japan's first One Piece Premier Show. More than one million people have atte...

Atto's Non Non Biyori Manga Gets 'New Anime Project'

Countryside story inspired 2 TV anime seasons, 2 original anime DVDs ― The wraparound jacket band on Atto's 11th Non Non Biyori manga volume revealed on Tuesday that production on a new anime has been green-lit. The announcement did not reveal the anime's format. The manga takes place in the countryside, where the nearest bookstore is 20 minutes away by bicycle, a certain "Ju_p" magazine comes out on...
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Tales of the Abyss Stage Play's Character Visuals Unveiled

Play to run at fan event at June 2 ― The official website for the "Tales of Festival" event revealed the cast and character visuals for Tales of the Stage, a stage play based on Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales of the Abyss PlayStation 2 and Nintendo 3DS game, on Friday. The cast is as follows: Kota Iwaki as Luke Fon Fabre Sena from The Hoopers as Tear Grants Shunichi Takahashi as Jade Curtiss Chih...
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Akira's Katsuhiro Otomo Tribute Book Gets Exhibition

The OTOMO: A Global Tribute to the Mind Behind Akira book was released simultaneously in France and Japan in January and in North America in March. The book, which honors Katsuhiro Otomo's win at France's Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2015, contains 80 contributions from the creator's contemporaries. That artwork will go on display at the "Tribute to Otomo Exhibition" in Shibuya on Ju...
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World's Largest Manga Library Planned at Former Tokushima Grade School

Proposed library to have 300,000 books, digital lending ― Electronic book company Media Do president Yasushi Fujita (43) is cooperating with his home town of Naka, Tokushima to open a manga library on the site of a former grade school. The library will have more than 300,000 manga books, making it the world's largest manga library, larger than the Kyoto International Manga Museum. The project is plan...
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Kemono Friends Opening Theme Certified Gold

Single debuted in February ― The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) announced on Monday that the Kemono Friends opening theme song "Yōkoso Japali Park e" (Welcome to Japali Park) has been downloaded more than 100,000 times, earning the single a gold certification. The single launched on February 8. Eight members of the main cast — Serval, Fennec, Common Raccoon, and the five PPP idols — p...
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A3! Ikemen Game Gets New Ad on Stations' Big Screens

The "ikemen-raising" mobile game A3! found success both as a game proper and due to its theme song CDs. Boasting over three million downloads, the game's promotion is taking the next step with videos scheduled to air on big screens outside of some of Japan's major train stations. A new promotional video will air on the Hit Vision screens outside Tokyo's Shibuya station and Osaka's Ebisu station on...
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Tekken 7's 3rd Character Trailer Shows Kuma, Josie Rizal, More

Story trailer, Rage Arts collection also streamed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a third character episode trailer for its upcoming Tekken 7 fighting game on Monday. The video introduces Kuma, Josie Rizal, Ling Xiaoyu, Claudio Serafino, Paul Phoenix, Panda, and Shaheen. The first trailer showed Marshall Law, Feng Wei, Bob, Bryan Fury, Devil Jin, Hwoarang, Gigas, and Katarina Alv...
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120 'Painful' Cars Will Converge on Motor Park in Maibara

Japan's itasha cars run the gambit from official to horrific. Some have even crossed the ocean, with recent sightings in Miami. Whatever the flavor, itasha cars are usually a rare occurrence. This weekend, a meeting of itasha drivers and their beloved vehicles will coverage on the Okuibuki Motor Park in Maibara, Shiga as part of the ARC Championship IV. The free event is open to viewing and anyone...
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Seven Seas Licenses Giant Spider & Me Manga

Post-apocalyptic story about girl & spider slated for February ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Monday that it has licensed Kikori Morino's Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale (Owari Nochi, Asanagi Gurashi) manga. The first volume is slated for February 20. Seven Seas describes the story: A young girl named Nagi and a giant spider make an unusual pair in this post-apocalyptic story, but...
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Sentai Filmworks Sets September 5 Release Date for Tamako Love Story Film

Section23 Films announced in its September release slate that Sentai Filmworks' release of the Tamako Love Story film is slated for September 5 in one Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack. The release will have an English dub. It describes the film: While everyone else is excited about high school finally coming to an end, Tamako has a sad realization: getting older means losing touch with friends as ...
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Maiden Japan to Release Good Witch of the West Anime

BD/DVD slated for September 5 ― Section 23 Films announced in its September release slate on Monday that Maiden Japan will release the Good Witch of the West (Nishi no Yoki Majo - Astraea Testament) anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The English-subtitled release is slated for September 5. Maiden Japan describes the story: Firiel's life has always been a little unusual… after all, how many girls are rais...

Chihayafuru Anime Gets English Dub

Section 23 Films announced in its September release slate on Monday that Sentai Filmworks will release Chihayafuru with an English dub. The first season will ship on September 12 on dual-language Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack. The combo pack will include art cards, two karuta cards, character cards, a booklet, and a glossary. The anime adapts Yuki Suetsugu's ongoing manga seri...
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Business Woman Evaluates Her Life in Marui Retail Store's Anime Ads

The retail-store company Marui Group is promoting its mission of "happiness" by creating a promotional net anime series titled "Neko ga Kureta Marui Shiawase" (The Round Happiness a Cat Gave), which follows a businesswoman trying to keep it all together. Protagonist Mari Hirakura joined the workforce almost 10 years ago. Even though she talks to her friends about things like jobs, marriage, age, a...
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Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden Listed as 2017 TV Anime (Updated)

Composer and lyricist management company MiracleBus posted on May 1 that Evan Call is handling the music and Takahiro Ikeda is the music director for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden anime. The anime is listed on both their pages as a 2017 television anime. Kyoto Animation announced an anime project based on author Kana Akatsuki and illustrator Akiko Takase's Violet Evergarden novel in May 2016...
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Atom The Beginning ‒ Episode 6

"Fun as this show can be, I'm really starting to want a more obvious plot from it."

20-Year Veteran Anime Technical Director Reports 100,000-Yen Monthly Salary

Taiki Nishimura says he must work on 2 projects simultaneously ― Anime technical director Taiki Nishimura reported on his Twitter account on Monday that his monthly income is 100,000 yen (about US$900) for each anime that he works on. Nishimura noted that he has been working in the anime industry for 20 years. Nishimura said that he needs at least 150,000 yen (US$1,350) to 200,000 yen (US$1,800) in i...
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Grape the Penguin Finally Embraced by His One True Love

Grape-kun, the lovestruck elderly penguin at Tobu Zoo finally was finally embraced by his love, the Humboldt penguin from the Kemono Friends anime series. Well, sort of. Grape-kun has pined for a character cut-out in his enclosure for almost a month, going so far as to show mating displays. The character's voice actress Ikuko Chikuta visited the zoo on May 20 and stopped by Grape-kun's home to sho...
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2nd Tokyo Ghoul Stage Play's Video Previews Cast in Costume

Ryo Matsuda stars in play opening in June ― The official website for the second Tokyo Ghoul stage play based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga began streaming the play's second commercial on Monday. The video previews the cast performing in costume. (Note: The first video below can't be viewed the United States, New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea, and Australia.) The site previously streamed the first ...
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Answerman - What Are Those Radio Exercises Kids Do In Japan?

You see it all the time in anime - the radio plays simple instructions and folks gather to do some basic calisthenics. Is that really a thing in Japan? ― Matt asks: Anime often depict radio calisthenics as something geared toward children or older people, but everyone always appears aware of what it is. Are radio calisthenics as ubiquitous as they appear? And what made them so popular? Radio Taisou,...
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Kowloon's Gate Game Gets VR Project for PlayStation VR

Kowloon's Gate VR Suzaku slated to launch this summer ― Zeque's Kowloon's Gate game for PlayStation is getting a virtual-reality project for PlayStation VR. Jetman and Sony Music Entertainment opened an official website for the project, titled Kowloon's Gate VR Suzaku, and Jetman began streaming a teaser video on Sunday. The project will feature stereoscopic sound and is slated to launch in Japan thi...
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Alice & Zoroku ‒ Episode 7

"Although episode 6 largely shoved the show's more otherworldly elements to the side, the latest installment does a satisfying job of blending the two different sides of this series."
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Live-Action Peach Girl Film Opens at #3 in Japanese Box Office

Detective Conan stays at #2, Teiichi no Kuni falls to #8 Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter (Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter), the 21st Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime film, stayed at #2 at the Japanese box office in its sixth weekend, below Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast film (which is on its fifth week at #1). The film has earned a total of 6.1 billion yen (about US$5...
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The New Food Wars! Special Episode is Deliciously Fun

The new Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma extra episode is full of food, fan service, and includes a super funny short.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 789

"The return of Jimbei, the whale-shark fishman and former member of the Seven Warlords, is so exciting that it's naturally going to dominate my enthusiasm for the whole episode."
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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest Novel 1

An entire classroom is transported to another world in this isekai series, and its protagonist must go about getting superpowers the hard way. Rebecca Silverman investigates. ― If there's one thing that sets Arifureta apart from its fellow isekai stories, it's that in this case, an entire high school class is transported to another world, not just one lucky young individual. Not only does this make t...
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Hakubo no Chronicle Manga Ends Serialization on May 29

11th volume slated for June 30 ― This year's 25th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Masami Yuuki's (Birdy the Mighty, Mobile Police Patlabor) Hakubo no Chronicle manga series will end on May 29. The magazine's 11th and final compiled book volume is slated for June 30. The manga's 10th volume previously noted in February that the manga will will end on the...
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Ice Blade's Tsutomu Takahashi Turns 'NeuN 9' 1-Shot into Full Series

Manga set in 1940 centers on boy who carries Hitler's DNA ― This year's 25th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine launched the first chapter of Tsutomu Takahashi's new NeuN 9 manga series on Monday. Takahashi will publish the manga once a month in the weekly magazine. He developed the series from his original one-shot that he published in Weekly Young Magazine on January 19. The manga takes plac...
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Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Anime Reveals New Key Visual

The official website for the television anime of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga revealed a new key visual and the show's broadcast channels on Monday. The 12-episode series will premiere in July and air on Tokyo MX and MBS. Yuichiro Hayashi (Garo the Animation, PES: Peace Eco Smile) is directing the anime at MAPPA, and Yasuko Kobayashi (Attack on Titan, Gar...
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Live-Action Gintama Film Unveils On-Set Photos of Yuuya Yagira, Ryo Yoshizawa

Film opens on July 14 ― The staff of the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga unveiled two new photographs from the set on Monday. The photos depict Yuuya Yagira and Ryo Yoshizawa as their characters Toshiro Hijikata and Sougo Okita, respectively. The film will open in Japan on July 14. Yūichi Fukuda (live-action HK/Hentai Kamen, Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store) is directing the...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game's Switch Version Gets Release in N. America, Europe This Fall

4th DLC pack also gets Western release in June ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe both announced on Monday that they will release the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 video game for the Nintendo Switch console. Both companies will release the game in their respective regions this fall. The July issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Bandai Namco E...
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Onsen Yōsei Hakone-chan's Daisuke Yui Launches New Manga in June

Yumizuka Iroha wa Tejun ga Daiji! manga centers on seemingly perfect girl ― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Daisuke Yui will launch a new manga titled Yumizuka Iroha wa Tejun ga Daiji! (The Process is Important for Iroha Yumizuka) in the Shonen Jump+ app on June 13. The manga will be an "archery girl comedy" centering around a girl who at f...
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Kaasan - Mom's Life Manga to End in June

Saibara will launch new work about "mother who has moved on" in October ― The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper announced on Monday that Rieko Saibara's Mainichi Kāsan (Kaasan - Mom's Life) manga will end in the newspaper's June 26 issue, and the manga's 14th and final volume is slated for September. Saibara will launch a new manga in the newspaper in October. When asked why she is ending the manga, Saibara...
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Resident Evil's Constantin Film to Produce Hollywood Monster Hunter Film

Company plans to market film to distributors in late 2017 to early 2018 ― Martin Moszkowicz, chairman of the board at German film production company Constantin Film, confirmed with entertainment news magazine Variety on Sunday that it is producing the Hollywood live-action film adaptation of Capcom's Monster Hunter action game franchise. Moszkowicz also told Variety that Constantin Film plans to "bri...
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New Game!! Anime Season 2 Reveals 4 New Cast Members

Arisa Suzuki, Hitomi Ohwada, Manaka Iwami, Kaori Nazuka join cast of July anime ― The official website for the television anime of Shōtarō Tokunō's New Game! manga revealed four new cast members for the anime's second season (titled New Game!!, with an additional exclamation mark) on Monday. The new cast members include: Arisa Suzuki as Momiji Mochizuki Hitomi Ohwada as Tsubame Narumi Manaka Iwami as...
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Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Casts Kai Ogasawara as Hide

Film opens on July 29 ― The official website for the live-action film of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga revealed on Monday that Kai Ogasawara (seen below) will play Hideyoshi "Hide" Nagachika, Ken's best friend. The previously announced cast includes: Masataka Kubota (live-action Death Note, Mars, Photo Braver 7 television series) as Ken Kaneki Fumika Shimizu as Tōka Kirishima Yuu Aoi (live-action Ru...

Resident Evil Films' Producer Plans Reboot Film

Paul W.S. Anderson directed 6 films in live-action movie franchise since 2002 ― Martin Moszkowicz, chairman of the board at German film production company Constantin Film, confirmed with entertainment news magazine Variety on Sunday that it is developing a reboot film for the Resident Evil film franchise. Constantin Film produced all six films in the Paul W.S. Anderson-directed Resident Evil franchis...
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Vertical to Release Your Lie in April Light Novel in July

The Voices of a Distant Star manga slated for early 2018, Flowers of Evil gets omnibus re-release ― Vertical announced during its panel at Anime Central on Sunday that it has licensed Yui Tokiumi's Shōsetsu Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso - 6-nin no Etude (Novel Your Lie in April - Six People's Etude) light novel. The novel is a prequel to the story of the manga and anime, centering on the story of manga pro...

Sunday, May 21

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91 Days Anime's Unaired 13th Episode Trailer Shows Young Vanettis

"Day 13" episode contains 3 stories focusing on time periods before, during anime's story ― Shochiku began streaming a trailer on Sunday for "Day 13," an unaired episode for the 91 Days anime that will be included in the seventh volume of the anime's Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video release in Japan. The video shows a young Nero, Fio, Frate, and Vanno. The "Day 13" episode will contain three stories. ...
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The [email protected] Million Live! Theater Days Smartphone Game Surpasses 1 Million Pre-Registered Players

Bandai Namco Entertainment launches smartphone game this year ― The official Twitter account for the The [email protected] Million Live! Theater Days smartphone game revealed on Thursday that the game has received 1 million pre-registered users. The game's staff will host a live-stream event on Niconico on May 30 to thank fans for reaching the milestone. Bandai Namco Entertainment began accepting pre-regist...
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The Eccentric Family 2 ‒ Episode 7

"This episode's finale found the show at its most somber and intimate."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 91

"The main bulk of this episode comes from cycling once more through some of the other universes to get an update on where they're at in the recruitment process."
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Attack on Titan Planetarium Show's Trailer Streamed

20-minute planetarium show screens at 2 Tokyo locations until October ― Konica Minolta Planetarium began streaming a trailer on May 10 for Shingeki no Kyojin In the Dome -Heishi-tachi no Hoshizora- (Attack on Titan In the Dome -The Soldiers' Starlit Sky-), the planetarium show based on the Attack on Titan franchise. The show is screening at the Konica Minolta Planetarium "Tenkū" in Oshiage, Tokyo fro...
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'B-Project' Stage Play Reveals Cast in Costume for Thrive, KiLLER KiNG Groups

Stage play debuts in July in Tokyo ― The official website for "B-Project on Stage Over the Wave!," the stage play adaptation of the B-Project franchise, revealed visuals on Friday for cast members in costume for the groups Thrive and KiLLER KiNG. The cast for Thrive includes (from left to right): Yūta Kishimoto as Goshi Kaneshiro Reo Mitani as Yuta Ashu Tom Fujita as Kento Aizome The cast for KiLLER ...
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Iwaihime: Matsuri Game's Opening Movie Streamed

PS4/Vita port of Ryukishi07's PC game ships on July 20 in Japan ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming the opening movie on Thursday for Iwaihime: Matsuri, its PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita port of DMMGames and Ryukishi07's Iwaihime PC horror game. The video previews Chinatsu Akasaki's opening theme song "Hōri Uta." The game will ship in Japan on July 20. The port contains a new prologue that wi...
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Granblue Fantasy the Animation ‒ Episode 8

"I hope we get more of these goofier stories going forward, because they help to make the series feel more like its own tale and less like a series of game checkpoints."
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Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 7

"This episode feels like it's setting the stage for the next few even while carrying forward its plot and action."
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Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine Smartphone Game Inspires Net Anime Shorts

Akatsuki, Kadokawa's baseball club smartphone game launches in June ― The official website of Akatsuki and Kadokawa's Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine smartphone game began streaming two episodes of the Katato THE Animation animated shorts this week. The shorts adapt the four-panel Hachi Nai Gaiden: Senryoku Gai! Katato-chan spinoff manga that is serialized on the website. Pop Team Epic manga creator Bk...
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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episode 7

"Much like Nina, every high makes me harder to please, and I'm always ready for the next climax."
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The Five Attack on Titan Episodes You May Have Missed

Did you know that, in the three year gap between season one and two of Attack on Titan, five special episodes were released on DVD?
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Sword Art Online Novel 10

We check back in with Asuna on the real-world side of things for the first time in the Alicization arc, as the mysteries behind this new virtual world begin to unravel. ― Whatever criticisms might be leveled against SAO creator Reki Kawahara, lack of ambition when it comes to imagining applications for virtual technology isn't one of them. The Soul Transfer Engine that was introduced in the last nove...
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 33

"After two months of nonstop suspense and action, not to mention a veritable parade of twists and reveals, we finally get a genuine breather episode."
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Mazinger Z Interval Peace, Mazinger Z Alter Ignition Manga Launch

Takahiro Ozawa, Yu Kinutani work on 2 new manga series ― The June issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine launched the Mazinger Z Interval Peace manga series on Friday. Takahiro Ozawa (Tokyo Toy Box, Giga Tokyo Toy Box) is in charge of the manga's scenario, Kaoru Osada (Gunparade March Another Princess) is drawing the manga, and Go Nagai is credited with the original work. The manga is a spinoff w...
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Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 Game's 2nd Promo Video Previews Job Classes

Atlus, Spike Chunsoft game ships for 3DS in Japan on August 31 ― Atlus began streaming the second promotional video on Saturday for it and Spike Chunsoft's Sekaiju to Fushigi no Dungeon 2 (Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2) Nintendo 3DS game. The video introduces the town of Ovelfei, where adventurers gather to start their travels. The video also introduces some of the job classes and the new sub-class system...
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Action Heroine Cheer Fruits Anime Reveals Promo Video, July 6 Premiere, Theme Song Artists

8 main voice cast members perform both opening, ending theme songs ― The official website for the upcoming original television anime Action Heroine Cheer Fruits began streaming the show's first promotional video on Sunday. The video introduces the show's characters, and reveals that the anime will premiere on TBS on July 6 late at night at 2:28 a.m. (effectively on July 7), and it will then air on BS...

Inuyashiki Anime's Writer, Character Designer Revealed

Hiroya Oku's manga confirmed to end serialization in 5 chapters ― This year's 12th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine is revealing the writer and character designer on Tuesday for the television anime adaptation of Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki manga. The issue is also revealing that the manga will end its serialization in five chapters. Oku planned to end the manga in 10 volumes, and the manga's ninth v...
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Gosei Sentai Dairanger Actor Tatsuya Nōmi Passes Away

47-year-old actor played Tengensei Daigo in 1993-1994 series ― Kōichi Nōmi, the older brother of Gosei Sentai Dairanger actor Tatsuya Nōmi (real name: Takashi Nōmi), revealed on Saturday that Tatsuya passed away on Thursday. Chōdenshi Bioman actress Michiko Makino also confirmed his death on her blog on Sunday. He was 47. Nōmi played the role of Tengensei Daigo (Daigo of the Heavenly Illusion Star) /...

Aniplex USA to Stream Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Anime's English Dub Exclusively on Hulu

Dub starring Johnny Yong Bosch, Christine Marie Cabanos, Kira Buckland premiered at Sakura-Con in April ― Aniplex of America announced at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it plans to stream the English dub for the Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga anime exclusively on Hulu. Aniplex of America had premiered the English dub at Sakura-Con last month. The dub stars Johnny Yong Bosch as Yukio Okumura, ...
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Aniplex USA Launches Campaign For Fate/Grand Order Smartphone Game

Aniplex's smartphone game launches in U.S., Canada this summer ― Aniplex of America announced a "Master Recruitment Campaign" at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday for Aniplex's planned release of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game. The campaign is a Facebook campaign for North American players of the game, and it launched on Saturday. The more likes the Facebook page gets, the more bonuses pla...

Saturday, May 20

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DIVE!! TV Anime to Stream Exclusively on Amazon Prime Video

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Eto Mori's youth novel series DIVE!! revealed on Wednesday that the anime will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in Japan and foreign countries. The anime will premiere on Fuji TV's Noitamina block in July, and Amazon has an exclusivity deal with Fuji TV's Noitamina shows. Kaoru Suzuki (Pupipō!, episode director for Hellsing TV, Ba...
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Ojisan and Marshmallow Manga Creator Draws 1-Shot About AKB48 Members

This year's 11th issue of Futabasha's Manga Action magazine published a one-shot manga by Rekomaru Otoi on Tuesday featuring AKB48 idol group members Yuki Kashiwagi and Mayu Watanabe. The manga features Otoi himself interviewing Kashiwagi and Watanabe, and the idols talking about their plans to be idols even 10 years from now. In the end, Kashiwagi and Watanabe promise to give Otoi another intervi...
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Eromanga Sensei ‒ Episode 7

"If there's nothing here for the people that aren't watching for the self-insert value, you at least have to admire the masterful execution of it for those who are."
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Mini-Unit AZALEA's 2nd Single Gets Preview Video

The Love Live! Sunshine!! sub-idol group AZALEA is going sweet pink for their new single "GALAXY HidE and SeeK" which also includes the track "INNOCENT BIRD". Lantis is hosting a preview of the single that is slated for release on May 31. "GALAXY HidE and SeeK" is AZALEA's second single. It includes both tracks, two off-vocal versions, and a drama track titled "Numazu Sweets❤Hunting". AZALEA is co...
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Aniplex USA to Stream The Moment You Fall in Love Anime Film on Crunchyroll (Updated With Video)

2nd film in HoneyWorks' Confession Executive Committee series premieres June 6 ― Aniplex of America announced at its industry panel at Anime Central on Saturday that its The Moment You Fall In Love (Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o: Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai) film will stream on Crunchyroll on June 6. The Moment You Fall In Love is the second anime film inspired by the HoneyWorks musical group's Kokuhaku Jikk...

Aniplex USA Reveals Home Video Release Plans For Blue Exorcist, Occultic;Nine, WWW.WAGNARIA!! Anime

Occultic;Nine to include English dub ― Aniplex of America revealed the home video release plans for the Blue Exorcist, Occultic;Nine, and WWW.WAGNARIA!! anime series at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday. The first Blue Exorcist television anime series premiered in 2011. Aniplex of America is releasing the complete 25-episode series plus the Blue Exorcist: Kuro Runs Away From Home OVA episode an...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 21

"This isn't a heart-pounding, exciting episode, but it continues the show's fun elaborations on the B-tier characters to a really effective degree."
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Cheer Fruits Original TV Anime Gets Manga in June

Azuse draws manga about girls becoming "local heroines" ― This year's sixth issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion Retsu magazine revealed on Tuesday that the upcoming original television anime Action Heroine Cheer Fruits will get a manga adaptation in the magazine's next issue on June 20. Azuse (Valkyrie Drive Siren -Breakout-) will draw the manga, and it will have a color opening page. The anime wi...
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Sword Oratoria ‒ Episode 6

"Here at the halfway point of the series, Aiz at last takes center stage."
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Sekai Project Reveals 'Maiden Voyage' Brand for Otome, Boys-Love Games

1st title in new brand is The Bell Chimes for Gold adult game ― Video game and manga publisher Sekai Project announced at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it is launching a new brand titled "Maiden Voyage" to publish otome and boys-love games. The first game the company plans to release under the new brand label is Japanese developer Otsusun Club's The Bell Chimes for Gold (Kane no Tame ni...
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New Nintendo 2DS XL Slime Console Oozes into Stores on July 29

The Dragon Quest franchise is celebrating its 30th anniversary. This means tons of tie-in merchandise featuring the series' iconic slime monster, not only to mark the achievement but also to hop on the upcoming release of Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete (Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time). The game is slated to ship for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, and the Nintendo Switc...
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Berserk ‒ Episode 20

"If I'd stumbled upon this episode out of context, I'd probably have lasted no longer than a few minutes."
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Voice Actresses Revealed for Yasushi Akimoto-Produced Idol Unit 22/7

8-member group has both anime idol characters, real world counterparts ― Sony Music Records and Aniplex announced the cast members for 22/7, the new "dimension-crossing" idol group that AKB48 founder and producer Yasushi Akimoto is producing, over the past week. The cast members, their characters, and the characters' designers are as follows: Chiharu Hokaze as Reika Satō, 17 years old. She is the stu...
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Hatsune Miku: Bad∞End∞Night GN 1

This scattered volume proves that basing a manga on a Vocaloid song might not be the best idea. Rebecca Silverman explains why. ― Like Kagerou Daze, Bad End Night is based on a Vocaloid song. Unfortunately, that appears to be a premise too thin for an entire volume of manga, much less a series, and this volume can't quite decide if it's a mystery, a spoof on the “bad endings” of visual novels, or sel...
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A Newbie's Guide to the Cyberpunk World of BLAME!

With new anime film BLAME! hitting Netflix today, you might be wondering what exactly BLAME! is. Don’t worry. We’re here to help.
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Inti Creates Releases Mighty Gunvolt Burst, Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack For Switch

Mighty Gunvolt Burst also gets 3DS release in June ― Inti Creates announced on Friday that it will release the Mighty Gunvolt Burst and Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack games for the Nintendo Switch console. Mighty Gunvolt Burst will also be available for Nintendo 3DS. Mighty Gunvolt Burst English Version Mighty Gunvolt Burst Japanese Version Inti Creates describes the Mighty Gunvolt Burst 2-D act...

Fairy Tail Manga Ends Serialization in 10 Chapters

Manga will end with 63rd compiled volume ― This year's 25th issue of Kodansha's Weekly SHonen Magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail manga will end in 10 chapters, including the chapter Kodansha will publish on Wednesday. The 61st compiled book volume of the manga revealed on Wednesday that Mashima will end the series in two more volumes, or in the 63rd volume. Mashima also...
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Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter's 3rd Anime Film Previewed in Video

New key visual also revealed for film premiering on July 8 ― Pony Canyon began streaming a promotional video on Saturday for the Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter) theatrical anime project's third and final film, titled Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō: Yakusoku (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter: Promise). The video previews S...
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Digimon Adventure tri. Stage Play Reveals Main Cast, Visual, Story

Stage play centers on 8 DigiDestined taking camping trip on August 1 ― The official website for the Digimon Adventure tri. ~8-gatsu Tsuitachi no Bōken~ (Digimon Adventure tri.: The Adventure on August 1) stage play adaptation revealed the show's visual, main cast, story, and ticketing information on Saturday. The play stars (first row left to right then second row left to right in image above): Gaku ...
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Gamers! TV Anime Reveals Main Cast, Theme Song Artists

Key visual, broadcast stations also revealed for series premiering in July ― The official website for the television anime of Sekina Aoi and illustrator Saboten's Gamers! light novel series revealed the show's main cast, theme song artists, new key visual, and broadcast stations on Saturday. The anime stars: Megumi Han as Keita Amano Hisako Kanemoto as Karen Tendo Manaka Iwami as Chiaki Hoshinomori R...

Friday, May 19

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Kemono Friends Anime Gets Adult Parody Video

Well, it happened. We all should have expected it, although we hoped it wouldn't come to this. Last season's sleeper-hit anime Kemono Friends has inspired an adult parody video. The adult video maker Total Media Agency (TMA) recently revealed (link NSFW) its planned DVD releases for July. The list includes a DVD titled Kemo Mimi Cosplayers ~Yōkoso Japari Park e~ (Furry-Eared Cosplayers: Welcome to...
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2 Fire Emblem Echoes Trailers Stream With Game Launch

Strategy RPG with Studio Khara animation shipped Friday in N. America, Europe ― Nintendo began streaming two videos for its Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia game on Friday to coincide with the game's launch. The first video previews the game's DLC season pass, which offers all five DLC packs with additional maps and classes. The second video is a "fanfare" trailer that quotes game reviews. The...
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Deadline: Godzilla: King of Monsters Casts Charles Dance, Sally Hawkins

Hawkins to reprise role from 2014 film ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Thursday that Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) will join the cast of Godzilla: King of Monsters, the sequel film to Legendary Pictures' 2014 Godzilla movie. In addition, Sally Hawkins (Paddington, Blue Jasmine) will reprise her role of Dr. Vivienne Graham from the 2014 film. Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga (Up in the ...
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Pachinko Company Sells Creativity With Anime Video

The pachinko and pachinko slot machine maker Sanyo Bussan wants to draw upon ingenuity in its business to entertain gamblers. The company posted the "Chizu no Nai Bōken" (Adventure Without a Map) anime video on Friday to explain its goals. Sanyo is streaming short and long versions of the video, which features the theme song "Kimo Monogatari" (Your Story) performed by Miwako Yamane. The video cent...
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KonoSuba PS4/PS Vita Game's Trailer Shows Bonus Shooting Game

Attack the Destroyer bonus game comes with 1st printings of KonoSuba game ― 5pb began streaming a trailer that showcases the KonoSuba: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World! Attack the Destroyer game that is a bonus for those who pre-order or buy the first-print edition of the upcoming Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! -Kono Yokubukai Game ni Shinpan o! game. The trailer shows the four main play...
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Gonzo's 18if Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, Visuals

Nobunaga Shimazaki, Takehito Koyasu, Kaori Nazuka star in July anime ― The official website for Koji Morimoto and Gonzo's 18if television anime updated on Friday with the main cast, additional staff, key visual, and character visuals on Friday. The staff also announced that an advance screening of episode one will be held at the "25th Anniversary GONZO FESTA 2017" event on June 18. The cast is as fol...
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Graphic Lists The Top 'Best Girls' Since 1983

The argument of "best girl" or "waifu" is recent lingo within the anime fandom but the concept behind it is nearly as old as the anime medium itself. Tokuma Shoten's Animage magazine has held a vote every year since 1979 asking the ubiquitous question, "Who is this year's 'Best Girl'?" as part of its Anime Grand Prix feature. Fans recently put together a graphic showing the top five winners for ea...
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Fuji TV President Steps Down in June

Chihiro Kameyama produced live-action dramas, films, anime ― The Fuji TV network announced on May 9 that president Chihiro Kameyama will step down from his position in June. Masaki Miyauchi, the head of BS Fuji, the network's cable, satellite, and internet broadcaster, will fill the position. CEO Hisashi Hieda announced his resignation the following day. Kameyama produced live-action dramas and films...
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Nyaruko Author's New Light Novel Fails to Make Waves

Nyaruko: Crawling with Love light novel author Manta Aisora debuted Hero Onii-chan to Last Boss Imōto Bakken! Seikenzer (The Hero Big Brother and the Last Boss Little Sister Draw a Sword! Seikenzer) with art by Yū Kodama last month. The hero comedy story follows the Tsurugi twins: Kanato the older brother and Minato the younger sister. Minato had returned from studying abroad, and the pair go to a...

Seven Seas Licenses Devilman, Devilman Vs. Hades Manga

Zac Davisson to translate series for 2018 debut ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Go Nagai's original Devilman manga and Go Nagai and TEAM MOON's Devilman Vs. Hades. Zac Davisson (Kitaro, Showa: A History of Japan) is translating both series. Seven Seas will release Devilman in two hardcover omnibus volumes under the title Devilman: The Classic Collection. The first ...
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Revolutionary Girl Utena ‒ Episode 7

"While this start to Juri's arc is pretty basic in its ideas compared to many others, it evokes some of the strongest emotions."
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Anime Expo to Host World Cosplay Summit's U.S. Preliminary

SPJA looking to hold regional qualifiers in the future ― Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) announced on Friday that it is organizing the U.S. Preliminary for the World Cosplay Summit (WCS). The event will take place during the masquerade at Anime Expo on July 2. SPJA CEO Mark Manansala commented that the organization is "looking forward to partnering with other events across the ...
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Right Stuf/Nozomi Ent. to Release Galaxy Angel Z, Ninja Nonsense, Zeta Gundam: A New Translation on Blu-ray

Trade-in program for Zeta Gundam: A New Translation DVDs revealed ― Right Stuf announced during its Anime Central panel on Friday that its Nozomi Entertainment imprint will release Galaxy Angel Z on Blu-ray Disc in 2018. In addition, Nozomi Entertainment will release Ninja Nonsense on Blu-ray Disc and Right Stuf will release Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation on Blu-ray Disc through its partn...

March Comes In Like A Lion Anime Gets English Dub

Bang Zoom! Entertainment holds auditions at Anime Central ― Aniplex of America announced at Bang Zoom! Entertainment's Anime Central panel on Friday that it is producing an English dub of March comes in like a lion. Bang Zoom! Entertainment will hold open auditions Friday through Sunday from 11 am to 12:15 pm at Anime Central, with call back auditions in the afternoon. The story of March comes in lik...
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Dragon Ball's Newest Goku Figures Go Super Saiyan in Prize Machines

Banpresto's Amusement Ichiban Kuji unveiled its Dragon Ball Z Super Masters Diorama figures on Wednesday. The figures will debut at game centers in Japan on May 28, and each attempt to retrieve the figures from a prize machine will cost 5,000 yen (about US$45). The 18-centimeter (about 7-inch) Super Saiyan Son Goku will come in four color variants. "The Original" variant recreates one of Akira To...
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Air Setting Takes Wing as Anime Pilgrimage Site

Japan's Anime Tourism Association opened the "Otozurete Mitai Nihon no Anime Seichi 150" (150 Sacred Anime Sites I Want to Visit) poll last July to let fans of anime in any country vote for the anime pilgrimage sites they most want to visit. Although the Anime Tourism Association announced the results of the poll on March 25, news of the Air anime setting's presence on the list began to spread onl...
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Vatican Miracle Examiner Anime Casts Sōma Saitō, Masashi Ebara

Key visual revealed for summer mystery anime ― The official website for the anime adaptation Rin Fujiki's Vatican Miracle Examiner (Vatican Kiseki Chōsakan) mystery novel series revealed two additional cast members and a key visual on Saturday. The new cast members are as follows: Sōma Saitō as Lauren Di Luca, a mysterious genius who assists Hiraga in investigations by providing information and suppl...

School-Live! Anime's English Dub Cast Revealed

Brittney Karbowski, Luci Christian, Juliet Simmons, Cynthia Martinez star ― Sentai Filmworks announced the English cast of School-Live! and began streaming four new videos this Friday. The voice actresses for the main characters include Brittney Karbowski as Yuki Takeya, Luci Christian as Yuri Wakasa, Juliet Simmons as Kurumi Ebisuzawa, and Cynthia Martinez as Miki Naoki. The videos preview the Engli...
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High School Fleet OVA's Promo Video Previews 2nd Part

New OVA set 1 month after main series ships on May 24 ― The official website for the High School Fleet (Haifuri) television anime began streaming a preview video on Friday for the series' original video anime (OVA). The video previews the OVA's second half. (Note: The YouTube video on the official website is region-locked to Japan.) The OVA is slated to ship on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on May 24. Retaile...
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Answerman - Why Is Random English Used So Much In Japan?

You see random English words used all over anime - in the credits, roadsigns, even in the dialogue. Why is that? Justin gets into it. ― "Hiruzawa Nakari" asks: Why do many official anime websites have their main navigation links ("Top, News, On-Air, Story, Cast & Staff," etc.) in English? Are they trying to make site international, or is it because it just looks cool? Those websites are clearly not ...
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Onsen Musume Project Announces Wixoss TCG Collaboration, Launches Fan Clubs

Enbound's Onsen Musume (Hot Spring Girls) mixed media idol project hit the ground running when its crowdfunding campaign reached its goal in 10 days. The campaign ended after earning 7,110,540 yen (about US$64,000), enough to fund production of a drama CD with the main cast. The project then added a manga, fan clubs, and a live event. For its next step, the project announced on Thursday a collabor...
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Love Tyrant ‒ Episode 7

"This episode offers a lot of insight into Guri's character, while being packed with enough lightheartedness and humor to keep the show moving at the same fun pace."
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Fate/Grand Order Stage Play Reveals Videos, Visuals, Cast, Staff

Hiroki Sana, Akari Nanawo, Yū Takahashi star in July play ― The official website for Fate/Grand Order The Stage: Shinsei Entaku Ryōiki Camelot Replica; Agateram (Fate/Grand Order The Stage: Domain of the Holy Round Table Camelot Replica; Agateram), the stage play adaptation of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone role-playing game app, began streaming a promotional video for the play on Friday. Aniplex is...
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Clockwork Planet ‒ Episode 7

"After last week's regrettable experimentation, Clockwork Planet has returned to its usual track of delivering familiar anime fight scenes through an overwhelmingly mediocre story and cast."
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A Behind-the-Scenes Talk with the Director of Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry director talks about making the film, some of the secrets you might miss, and the importance of foreign fans.
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Poupelle of Chimney Town Picture Book Gets Anime Film in 2019

Author, comedian Akihiro Nishino makes directorial debut ― Comedian, writer, and illustrator Akihiro Nishino's Entotsu-chō no Poupelle (Poupelle of Chimney Town) picture book is getting an anime film adaptation that is slated to premiere in 2019. Nishino is making his directorial debut to helm the project. The story is set in a town surrounded by a wall that stands 4,000 meters (about 2.5 miles) tall...
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REC's Q-taro Hanamizawa Ends Cue Manga in June

Manga about troublesome idol group launched in 2015 ― The June issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Friday that Q-taro Hanamizawa will end his Cue manga in the magazine's next issue on June 19. The manga centers on Hira, a lazy manager who is ordered by his company to be the producer for COPPE, the company's rookie idol group full of trouble-making girls. While all the girls m...
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Wagamama High Spec OC Sequel Visual Novel's Opening Movie Streamed

Madosoft releases sequel on August 25 in Japan ― Visual novel developer Madosoft began streaming the opening video on Thursday for Wagamama High Spec OC (the OC stands for "Over Clock"), the sequel to the Wagamama High Spec adult visual novel. The video previews the opening theme song "Hey Darling!" by Matsushita. Shōta Horie wrote, composed, and arranged the song. gram6design produced the video. The...
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Live-Action The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Film's New Visual Shows Saiki's Parents

Seiichi Tanabe, Yuki Uchida play Kusuo Saiki's father, mother in October 21 film ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Shūichi Asō's Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.) manga revealed a new visual for the film on Friday. The visual reveal the parents of protagonist Kusuo Saiki. Seiichi Tanabe (Kimi wa Pet's Hasumi Shigehito, NANA 2's Mr. Kawano) will play Kus...

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Gets New Anime Film on January 6

Staff, cast return for new story about Yūta, Rikka's travels throughout Japan ― Kyoto Animation revealed on Friday that it is producing an all-new film for the Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! (Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai!) franchise titled Eiga Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Take On Me (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! the Movie: Take On Me). The film will open on January 6. Kyoto Animation also beg...
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Nora, Princess, and Stray Cat TV Anime Shorts Reveals Staff, Cast, Summer Premiere

Harukaze's original adult visual novel for PC gets PS Vita port, manga, novel ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Harukaze's Nora, Princess, and Stray Cat. (Nora to Ōjo to Noraneko Heart) adult visual novel revealed on Friday that the series of anime shorts will premiere this summer. The website also revealed the show's main staff and cast. Kenshirō Morii (Wake Up, Girl Zoo!...

Hayao Miyazaki's 'Last' Feature Film Begins 3-Year Production in October

Studio Ghibli hires animators for Spirited Away director's last feature ― Studio Ghibli posted a job recruitment notice for animators on director Hayao Miyazaki's "final" film on Friday. The studio is hiring in-between animators and background artists on a three-year contract starting on October 1. The notice emphasized that the film is "director Hayao Miyazaki's final feature animation film" due to ...
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Lu over the wall Anime Film's 140-Second Clip Streamed

Masaaki Yuasa's film opened in Japan on Friday ― Industry news website Natalie began streaming a 140-second clip from director Masaaki Yuasa's Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta (Lu over the wall or "Song of Lu who Informs the Dawn") anime film on Friday. The rest of the video is the same footage from a previous trailer. Lu over the wall opened in Japan on May 19. The film will then screen at this year's Annecy...

Shiori Teshirogi Starts Batman and Justice League Manga

Manga centers on Justice League heading to Gotham City to stop Joker, super-villain team ― The July issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine revealed more details for the planned manga featuring DC Comics characters by Shiori Teshirogi on Friday. The manga is titled Batman and Justice League, and features Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern, and Aquaman. The story wi...
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Red Entertainment Launches Site for 'New World Project'

Game developer and publisher Red Entertainment launched a website at the URL "http://oreowa.jp" for a "Shin Sekai Project" (New World Project) on Thursday. The website has a countdown that will end on May 25, and will reveal a new panel on the website every day until the full title is revealed. Red Entertainment staff member Naoki Morita will share details of the production process for the new pro...
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Warriors All-Stars Game's Trailer, Story, Interaction Mechanics Unveiled

Game slated for N. America on August 29, for Europe on September 1 ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming a new trailer and revealed the story and interaction mechanics for its Warriors All-Stars (Musou Stars) crossover game on Thursday. The trailer highlights the characters aligned to the Tamaki Clan. Koei Tecmo America describes the game's story and interaction mechanics: Summoned from a diverse rang...
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Fumito Ueda 'May' Return to Open-World Game Like Shadow of the Colossus

Developer released The Last Guardian game in December ― Game designer Fumito Ueda stated during the Nordic Game Conference in Sweden on Thursday that might return to making an open-world game similar to his previous Shadow of the Colossus game. He explained that Shadow of the Colossus was made an open-world game due to his previous game Ico being very linear. He added, "now I've completed The Last Gu...
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Asian Kung-Fu Generation Performs Concert in L.A. on July 2

Band performed theme songs for Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, ERASED ― Rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation announced on Friday that it will host a concert at the Teragram Ballroom venue in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 2. Tickets for the event go on sale on May 23 at 10:00 a.m. The concert is part of the band's 2017 world tour. The world tour kicks off in Tokyo on June 26-27. After the performance in Los ...
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Live-Action Blade of the Immortal Film's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Magnet Releasing licenses film in N. America ― Entertainment news website Screen Daily began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Thursday for Takashi Miike's live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal manga. Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has licensed the film for North America. The company previously released Miike's 13 Assassins film in North America. Bl...
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Kin-iro Mosaic's Yui Hara Draws 'My Little Princess' 1-Shot Manga

― Manga creator Yui Hara published a one-shot manga titled "Watashi no Chiisana Ohime-sama" ("My Little Princess") on Cygames' Cycomi manga website on Monday. The comedy manga centers on two girls. Kanade Ōji is the school idol whom all the girls adore, while Tsukihi Soga is the girl who sees herself as a hidden rival to Kanade. Tsukihi fiercely opposes Kanade in everything, but Kanade somehow ends ...
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MAGES' 'B-Project' Fictional Male Idol Project's Stage Play Reveals Cast

Stage play debuts on July 28 ― The official website for "B-Project on Stage Over the Wave!," the stage play adaptation of the B-Project franchise, revealed new cast members on Tuesday. The cast includes: Toman as Ryūji Korekuni (Kitakore) Yoshihide Sasaki as Tomohisa Kitakado (Kitakore) Yūta Kishimoto as Goshi Kaneshiro (Thrive) Reo Mitani as Yuta Ashu (Thrive) Tom Fujita as Kento Aizome (Thrive) Ryō...
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