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ANNCast - A Thousand Miles

Zac and Jacob welcome Crunchyroll brand manager Miles Thomas to goof around for an entire hour about Danganronpa, Orange, Re:Zero, cake vs pastry donuts and much much more! ― ANNCast Episode 270: A Thousand Miles Zac and Jacob welcome Crunchyroll brand manager Miles Thomas to goof around for an entire hour about Danganronpa, Orange, Re:Zero, cake vs pastry donuts and much much more! You can listen t...
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That Wolf-Boy is Mine! GN 1

This first volume of Yoko Nagiri's supernatural shojo story is a cut above the pack thanks to its thoughtful take on old tropes. Rebecca Silverman takes a closer look. ― Literature is rife with mildly embarrassing titles obscuring really enjoyable books – just look at the romance section of any bookstore. Yoko Nagiri's That Wolf-Boy is Mine joins their ranks with this first volume. Despite its title,...
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Charlotte Blu-Ray 1

Renowned visual novel writer Jun Maeda returns to anime for his first series since Angel Beats! Nick Creamer investigates the opening beats of Charlotte. ― Jun Maeda is one of the more high-profile creators in anime circles, though he didn't initially build his reputation in anime at all. Maeda is instead largely famous for his visual novels - he was a central player in building KEY's reputation, whe...
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Kuroko's Basketball GN 1

Even though it gets off to a slow start, this compilation of Kuroko's Basketball's first two volumes lays a strong foundation for a story that will only get stronger as it grows. ― If you pick up one new shonen sports title this year, it should probably be Haikyu, but if you're in the mood for more than one, Kuroko's Basketball is definitely worth a look. That's not an entirely fair comparison, of co...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Aug 12-18

Mob Psycho 100 descends more than a few spaces while Danganonpa is on the ascent - find out how your favorite summer anime fare in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that the...
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A Certain Magical Index II BD+DVD

Despite a bevy of pitfalls, the wide range of subplots explored in the final season of the Index franchise will definitely give fans plenty to chew on while they wait for more. Theron Martin dives in. ― The Certain Magical Index franchise has four anime series and one movie to date, of which this was the third installment, airing in Fall of 2010. Although I consider it to be the weakest series in the...
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Saturday, August 27

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Alderamin on the Sky ‒ Episode 8

"Overall, the series seems to be on an upward trend."
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Go Nagai Concert to Feature Music from Mazinger Z, Cutie Honey, Dororon Enma-kun

An orchestral concert featuring music from the works of Go Nagai will be coming to the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre on September 18. It will include songs from variety of his original works, such as Mazinger Z, Devilman, Cutie Honey, and Dororon Enma-kun. The concert will also feature special guest Ichiro Mizuki, who sang the theme songs for Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger, Godannar, Space Pirate Captai...
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Battery the Animation ‒ Episode 7

"The show continues to progress at its usual mild pace."
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Tōken Ranbu: Hanamaru TV Anime Adds 7 Additional Cast Members

2 lead cast members to perform anime's opening theme song ― The official website for Tōken Ranbu: Hanamaru TV anime updated its key visual and cast list on Friday with seven additional characters. The website also announced that Mitsuhiro Ichiki and Toshiki Masuda, who voice Yamatonokami Yasusada and Kashū Kiyomitsu, respectively, will perform the anime's opening theme song. The newly announced cast ...
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Aussie Restaurant Designs Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur-themed Poké-Burgers

The Sydney burger joint Down N' Out is offering new themed burgers featuring the classic Pokémon Pikachu, Charmander, and Bulbasaur. The burgers were designed by Down N' Out's creative director, Ben Kagan, and each comes with a trading card listing its ingredients. Prospective trainers are not given the choice of which burger they want, but are given one randomly. Kagan said, "The flavors and the...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, August 14-20

2 Tokyo Ghoul volumes, 2 Attack on Titan volumes, 2 One-Punch Man volumes, Haikyu!!, Assassination Classroom, One Piece, My Hero Academia The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on August 20. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Tokyo Ghoul #8 Sui Ishida Viz Media 1 2 1Tokyo Ghoul #1 Sui Ishida Viz Media 59 37Attack...
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Sanrio Characters Wish You Happy Birthday in Audio Greeting Cards

Sanrio fan or not, these cute audio greeting cards may at least bring about a smile. Gudetama, Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, Little Twin Stars, and Pom Pom Purin all send birthday wishes when their decorative greeting card opens. Sanrio Japan posted to their YouTube channel the preview videos for each character's card on August 23 along with a seventh card that includes everyone except Gude...
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Magical Girl Raising Project Anime Casts Yōko Hikasa, Inori Minase, More

Asuka Nishi, Risae and Satsumi Matsuda also join cast of October "survival action" anime ― The official website for the television anime of Asari Endō's Mahō Shōjo Ikusei Keikaku (Magical Girl Raising Project) "survival action" light novel series announced five additional cast members on Thursday. The new cast members are: Yōko Hikasa as Ruler Inori Minase as Swim Swim Risae Matsuda as Minael, Yunael...
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SHAFT's Zaregoto OVA Reveals Cast, Staff, Theme Songs

Yuuki Kaji, Aoi Yuki star; Sangatsu no Phantasia, Kalafina perform theme songs ― The official website for the Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregoto Tsukai (Decapitation Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Prankster) OVA project, based on the first novel in NisiOisin's Zaregoto novel series, announced the staff, cast, and theme songs on Saturday. The cast includes: Yuuki Kaji as Boku Aoi Yuki as Tomo Yu...
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Working/Wagnaria's New TV Anime Reveals Additional Cast, October Premiere

Momo Asakura, Ari Ozawa, Hiro Shimono, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Kousuke Toriumi join cast ― The official website for WWW.WORKING, the television anime of the web comic Web-ban Working!!, updated with a new key visual and additional cast and staff members on Friday. The website also announced that the series will premiere in October on Tokyo MX and other channels. The first episode will get an advanced scree...
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Leaked Photos Give Potential Look at Live-Action Ghost in the Shell's Section 9 Task Force

Several unconfirmed leaked photos from Rupert Sanders' upcoming live action Ghost in the Shell film have surfaced on the internet, giving a potential look at the costuming for the task force Public Security Section 9. Tawanda Manyimo as the explosives specialist, Borma (sometimes called Boma), showing his trademark optical implants: Yutaka Izumihara as the tactical sniper, Saito: Pilou Asbæk as th...
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Futagashira Live-Action Drama's 2nd Season Previews Actress Nanao in 7 Costumes

Nanao plays Okon, wife of former Akame Gang boss, in show premiering on September 17 ― The official website for the live-action series of Natsume Ono's Futagashira manga revealed a visual on Tuesday of actress Nanao (One Piece Film Gold) in seven different costumes for her character Okon for the second season of the series. Okon is the wife of Tatsugorō, the former boss of the Akame Gang. She maintai...
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Answerman - Do Salarymen Really Read Manga?

Most anime may not be as mainstream in Japan as we would like to believe, but what about manga? Does the average working adult really read comics on the train? ― Vithuyan asks: I have heard that manga is very popular among salary-men in Japan, is that true? Yes. Although most of them are not reading Shonen Jump. Seinen manga magazines ("seinen" literally means youth, but in terms of manga demographi...
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Working/Wagnaria's New TV Anime Streams Videos for Hana, Sayuri

Anime adaptation of web comic spinoff stars Haruka Tomatsu, Yōko Hikasa, more ― The official website for WWW.WORKING, the television anime of the web comic Web-ban Working!!, began streaming two new trailers, each introducing a different character, on Friday. The first video focuses on Hana Miyakoshi (Haruka Tomatsu) and the second video focuses on Sayuri Muranushi (Yōko Hikasa). (Note: The YouTube v...
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This Art Club Has a Problem! ‒ Episode 8

"This Art Club has a Problem may not always know how to handle its side characters, but it continues to do a good enough job with its leads."
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ANNCast - A Thousand Miles

Zac and Jacob welcome Crunchyroll brand manager Miles Thomas to goof around for an entire hour about Danganronpa, Orange, Re:Zero, cake vs pastry donuts and much much more! ― ANNCast Episode 270: A Thousand Miles Zac and Jacob welcome Crunchyroll brand manager Miles Thomas to goof around for an entire hour about Danganronpa, Orange, Re:Zero, cake vs pastry donuts and much much more! You can listen t...
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Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Future Arc ‒ Episode 7

"Even with a one-episode vacation from the main plot, Danganronpa 3 has me on the edge of my seat."
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Pacific Media Expo Hosts Animators Masashi Kudo, Mamoru Yokota

California convention takes place November 11-13 ― The staff for the Pasadena convention Pacific Media Expo announced over the past week that it will host animator and character designers Masashi Kudo and Mamoru Yokota as guests of honor. Kudo made his debut as character designer on the Bleach anime, where he adapted original author Tite Kubo's designs for animation. He has also done design work for ...
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That Wolf-Boy is Mine! GN 1

This first volume of Yoko Nagiri's supernatural shojo story is a cut above the pack thanks to its thoughtful take on old tropes. Rebecca Silverman takes a closer look. ― Literature is rife with mildly embarrassing titles obscuring really enjoyable books – just look at the romance section of any bookstore. Yoko Nagiri's That Wolf-Boy is Mine joins their ranks with this first volume. Despite its title,...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 473

"Minor flaws aside, episode 473 almost brings the Kaguya fight to a close—and that alone is cause for celebration."
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Cygames Announces Project Awakening Game for 'High-End Consumers'

Company also reveals Lost Order smartphone game with staff members Yasumi Matsuno, Akihiko Yoshida ― Cygames (Granblue Fantasy) announced a new game titled Project Awakening at its Cygames Next 2016 event last Sunday. Cygames revealed the game as a "completely new title intended for high-end consumers." The company didn't specify what platform(s) the new game will be for. Cygames is streaming a trail...

Friday, August 26

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Musical Group ALTIMA Announces Hiatus

Vocalist MAON, former m.o.v.e rapper MOTSU, fripSide producer SAT aim to recharge ― The three-member music unit ALTIMA announced on Friday that they are going on hiatus. The members made the announcement on the first day of the "Animelo Summer Live 2016 -Toki-" concert event at the Saitama Super Arena. They explained that they are "going into a recharging phase to become even bigger." The group forme...
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Evangelion's Studio Turns 'Dragon Dentist' Short Into Its 1st TV Special

Animator Expo's 1st short inspires 2-part February special from Khara ― The official website for Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo), the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, revealed on Friday that the project's first short "The Dragon Dentist" is inspiring a feature-length version that will air next February on the NHK BS Prem...
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Dream Festival! Idol Anime's Promo Video Reveals TV Broadcast, October 7 Premiere

Sōma Ishihara, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Masaki Ōta, more star in anime of "2.5D" idol project ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Dream Festival! — the all-male "2.5D idol project" from several Bandai Namco Group companies — began streaming the first promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals that the anime will also get a television broadcast (the anime was originally ann...
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Bungō Stray Dogs Anime's 2nd Half Premieres on October 5

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's Bungō Stray Dogs manga announced on Friday that the anime's second half (starting with the 13th episode) will premiere on Tokyo MX and WOWOW on October 5 at 25:05 (effectively October 6 at 1:05 a.m.). The anime's staff had announced the show's split-season plans in June. The first 12 episodes aired in Ap...
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Shūmatsu no Izetta Original TV Anime Premieres on October 1

The official website for the upcoming original anime Shūmatsu no Izetta (Izetta of the End) revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on October 1 at 11:00 p.m. on AT-X. The anime will also air on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, and BS11. In the story, in 1939, the imperialist nation of Germania launched a sudden invasion of its neighboring countries. This conflagration engulfed all of Europe in one fell ...
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Valkyria: Azure Revolution Game's January 19 Release, PS Vita Version Revealed in Video

Daisuke Ono, Saori Hayami, Maaya Sakamoto, more star in Sega's RPG ― Sega began streaming a new teaser video for the Valkyria: Azure Revolution role-playing game on Friday that reveals the game's January 19 release date in Japan. The video also reveals that the game will also ship for the PlayStation Vita in addition to the previously announced PlayStation 4 version. The game was previously slated fo...
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Animaga Expo 2016 in Melbourne this Weekend

Animaga will visit the Melbourne Showgrounds for the first time this weekend from the 27th to the 28th of August 2016. ― Animaga returns to Melbourne with special guests, Japanese voice actor Tohru Furuya (Amuro Ray from Mobile Suit Gundam, Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon) amd Ryoko Shiraishi (Hayate from Combat Butler), Japanese artist Tony Taka and many more... Details Where: Melbourne Showgrounds, Ep...
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The Seven Deadly Sins -Signs of Holy War- Anime Special's 2nd Promo Video Previews Original Story

Manga author Nakaba Suzuki writes story for 4-episode anime premiering on August 28 ― The official website for the television anime of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins manga began streaming a second promotional video on Friday for Nanatsu no Taizai -Seisen no Shirushi- (The Seven Deadly Sins -Signs of Holy War-), the four-episode television anime special. The video previews the special's all-new...
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Trick or Alice Video Anime's Promo Previews 1st Episode

1st episode of OVA based on otome game ships on December 22 ― The official website for the original video anime of little cheese's Trick or Alice romance game began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Friday. The video previews the first episode, and reveals that the first episode will ship on December 22. The anime stars: Hikaru Isshiki as Arisa Minase/Alice Homare Kashiwagi as Nao Kur...

Sentai Filmworks to Release Angelic Layer Anime on Blu-ray Disc

Company's December slate also includes Little Busters! EX, My Love Story!!, Wakaba Girl, more ― Section23 Films announced via press release on Thursday that Sentai Filmworks will release the Angelic Layer anime based on CLAMP's original manga on Blu-ray Disc on December 13. The release will include both English and Japanese language tracks and English subtitles. Sentai Filmworks describes the series:...

Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters TV Anime's Trailer, Theme Song Artists Revealed

Amatsuki performs opening theme song, Riho Iida performs ending theme song ― The official website of the Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters anime began streaming a trailer for the anime on Thursday. The trailer introduces Haru and Gatchmon (Note: The Youtube video is region-locked outside of Japan). In addition, the site revealed the anime's theme song artists. Amatsuki will perform the opening theme s...
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Girlish Number Anime's New Visuals, Theme Song Artist Revealed

Main female cast performs both opening, ending theme songs for TV anime premiering on October 6 ― The official website for the television anime of Wataru Watari and QP:flapper's Girlish Number novel project unveiled a new key visual, character visuals, and the theme song artists for the anime on Friday. The main female cast — consisting of Sayaka Senbongi, Kaede Hondo, Yui Ishikawa, Eri Suzuki, and S...
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Magic of Stella TV Anime Premieres on October 3

The official website for the television anime of cloba.U's Magic of Stella (Stella no Mahō) manga revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on AT-X on October 3 at 10:30 p.m. The series will also begin airing on Tokyo MX, MBS, and TV Aichi on October 4, and on BS11 on October 5. The "high school girls x dōjin games" story follows Tamaki Honda, a first-year high school girl who joins a somewh...
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Toshiyuki Morikawa Replaces Keiji Fujiwara in Crayon Shin-chan Anime

Fujiwara takes break for medical treatment; 1st episode with Morikawa airs on Friday ― TV Asahi announced on Friday that Toshiyuki Morikawa (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children's Sephiroth, Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Future Arc's Kyōsuke Munakata, seen right) will replace Keiji Fujiwara in the role of character Hiroshi Nohara in the Crayon Shin-chan anime while Fujiwara is taki...
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Gundam VR Daiba Assault's Promo Video Shows Tohru Furuya Experiencing VR

VR experience launched on Friday at Diver City Tokyo Plaza ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a promotional video on Thursday for the "Gundam VR Daiba Assault" virtual-reality experience. The video features Amuro Ray's voice actor Tohru Furuya as he tries out the experience for himself. The video also reveals clips of the experience from the viewer's eyes, showing that the scene is equipped...
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Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors Game's New Trailer Highlights Yurine

PS Vita game releases September 20 in N. America, September 23 in Europe ― NIS America began streaming on Thursday a trailer for its upcoming Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors PlayStation Vita game, highlighting the character Yurine Kazato. NIS America previously streamed a trailer last Thursday for Kuroe Ise. The company also previously streamed trailers for Lily and Shinoa. NIS America will release th...

Hinako Note Manga About Girl With Poor Speech Gets TV Anime

Manga launched in Comic Cune supplement in August 2014, 2nd volume slated for Saturday ― The October issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Cune magazine is revealing on Saturday that a television anime adaptation of Mitsuki's Hinako Note manga has been green-lit. The manga centers on titular protagonist Hinako, who is poor at speaking, and lives in a rural part of Japan. She wants to improve her speech t...

Star of Guidance Science Fiction Novels Have Anime Planned for Fall 2018

Range Murata illustrates 4 volumes about spacefaring humanity supporting other civilizations ― Kadokawa Haruki Jimusho's official website for Issui Ogawa's Michibiki no Hoshi (Star of Guidance) science fiction novel series revealed on Thursday that an anime project is in the works. A "screen adaptation" project is in the works for completion in Fall of 2018. The site describes the novel series' story...
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Phantasy Star Online 2's Shin Godzilla Event Continues with Wearable Godzilla Suit

A new promotional video has been released for the Shin Godzilla collaboration event in Sega's online role-playing game Phantasy Star Online 2. The event began on August 10 with the Heisei version of Godzilla invading the game lobby, and it will last through September 7. A wearable Godzilla suit and mini Godzilla device appeared on Wednesday. The event also features destroyable-city room goods and ...
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Arc System Works, Story of Seasons Creator Announce Birthdays Game With Western Release Planned

NIS America to localize PS4 god game in N. America, Europe ― Arc System Works announced on Thursday that it is collaborating with Bokujō Monogatari (Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons) game series creator Yasuhiro Wada (TOYBOX Inc.) on a new PlayStation 4 god game, tentatively titled Birthdays. The game ships on January 19, 2017 in Japan. NIS America announced that it will publish the game in North Americ...
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Psyduck Shows Off Dance Moves in Fan-Created Animated Video

An animated video of the perpetually confused water-type Pokémon Psyduck dancing to the song "GOIN'!!!" from The [email protected] Cinderella Girls has been making waves across the internet. The video was created using the freeware program MikuMikuDance, or MMD, which was originally created for the Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku. ポケモンGOIN'!!!コダック マシシ氏 pic.twitter.com/mohOw1mpjr— [email protected] (@enupi_mmd...
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Mia REGINA Performs Opening Theme for Matoi the Sacred Slayer Anime

Group debuted in August, performed ending theme for Momokuri ― The official website for WHITE FOX's original television anime Matoi the Sacred Slayer announced on Wednesday that Mia REGINA will perform the opening theme song "Choumusubi Amyuretto" (Bowknot Amulet). The single will be available for purchase on October 26 for 1,200 yen (roughly US$12). Singers Fūri Uebana, Waka Kirishima, and Risuko Sa...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, August 15-21

5 Centimeters Per Second film airs ― Makoto Shinkai's 5 Centimeters Per Second anime film aired on TV Tokyo on Saturday, August 20 at 3:15 a.m. and earned a 0.6% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV August 21 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 10.1 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi August 19 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 9.1 Doraemon TV Asahi August 19 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 8.7 Chibi Maruko...
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Miss Hokusai Film's New English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Film about Japanese artist screens October 14 in New York, Los Angeles ― Yahoo! Movies began streaming a new English-subtitled trailer for Production IG's Miss Hokusai film on Thursday. Distribution company GKids will release the film in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on October 14, in time for the awards season, and then follow with a broader North American release. GKids' website has a list o...
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Japanese Fan Builds Impressive Gundam Model Using Only Legos

One dedicated Japanese fan, who goes by the handle JAN, has created an impressive model of the RX-78-2 Gundam using only Legos. The model took about 1.5 months to construct, and they worked on it for an average of two hours every day. Even though the model is made of Legos, the joints move, and it can hold its beam rifle and prepare to fire. No adhesive was used to hold the Legos together, and non...
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Rhodanthe* Performs Theme Song for Kin-iro Mosaic/KINMOZA! Special Anime Episode

Group made up of KINMOZA! voice actresses to release single in November ― The official website for the Kin-iro Mosaic (KINMOZA!) anime announced on Thursday that voice actress unit Rodanthe* will perform the theme song for the Kin-iro Mosaic: Pretty Days special episode. The theme song single CD, "Happy * Pretty * Clover," will ship on November 19 and will cost 1,500 yen (roughly US$15). In addition ...
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Madman Streams 2016 Death Note Film's Trailer With English Subtitles

Live-action sequel film screens in Australian theaters this year ― Australian distributor Madman Entertainment began streaming on Thursday an English-subtitled trailer for this year's live-action Death Note sequel film, Death Note Light up the NEW world. The trailer reveals that the film screens in theaters in Australia this year. The website for Madman Anime Festival 2016 also revealed that the even...
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Square Enix's Final Fantasy Tabletop Games Coming to N. America, Europe

Square Enix is bringing the Final Fantasy TCG: Opus 1 tabletop game and a new addition,Chocobo's Crystal Hunt, to Europe in September and North America in October. Previously released in Japan and selling over 3.5 million boosters, Final Fantasy TCG: Opus 1 will be available in a different configuration for its Europe and North America releases. The two player game will be sold in the traditional...
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Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice's Animated Prologue Streamed With English Dub

Demo launches; game slated for September 8 ― Capcom released the eight-minute animated prologue for its Nintendo 3DS courtroom game, Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice, with an English dub on Thursday. The game's demo launched on Thursday, and the game itself will be available digitally on September 8. The game's theme is a "courtroom revolution." The game is set in Japan (the United States in the Engl...
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Nobunaga no Shinobi TV Anime's Additional Cast, October 4 Premiere Revealed

Yuji Ueda, Daisuke Hirakawa, Shūta Morishima, Naoko Matsui, more join cast ― This year's 18th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine is revealing additional cast and the October 4 premiere for the television anime of Naoki Shigeno's Nobunaga no Shinobi four-panel manga on Friday. The additional cast includes: Yuji Ueda as Saitō Tatsuoki Daisuke Hirakawa as Takanaka Hanbē Shūta Morishima as Maeda...
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Classicaloid TV Anime Slated to Premiere on October 8

The official Twitter account for the television anime Classicaloid announced that episodes will begin airing October 8, 5:30 p.m. JST (October 8, 4:30 a.m. EST) on the NHK E-Tele station. Yoichi Fujita (Gintama anime franchise, Mr. Osomatsu) is directing the anime at Sunrise. Makoto Tsuchibayashi (Sengoku Basara franchise) is serving as original character designer. Seiichi Hashimoto (Fusé: Memoirs...
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Charlotte Blu-Ray 1

Renowned visual novel writer Jun Maeda returns to anime for his first series since Angel Beats! Nick Creamer investigates the opening beats of Charlotte. ― Jun Maeda is one of the more high-profile creators in anime circles, though he didn't initially build his reputation in anime at all. Maeda is instead largely famous for his visual novels - he was a central player in building KEY's reputation, whe...

Thursday, August 25

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Please tell me! Galko-chan Manga to Bundle Original Anime DVD

December 22 bundle comes after schoolgirl comedy TV anime shorts premiered in January ― Japanese online retailers are listing Kenya Suzuki's fourth Oshiete! Galko-chan (Please tell me! Galko-chan) manga in a special-edition bundle with an original anime DVD on December 22. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the original manga and plans to release the series in North America beginning on November 22. S...
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Haikyu!! Season 3 Slated to Premiere on October 7

This year's 39th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the third Haikyu!! television anime season will premiere on October 7. The Haikyu!! Karasuno Kōkō VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Kōkō (Haikyu!! Karasuno High vs Shiratorizawa Academy) anime will run on the MBS, TBS, CBC, RKB Mainichi Broadcasting, HBC, TBC (Tohoku Broadcasting Co., Ltd.), and BS-TBS channels. Th...

Studio Trigger Animator Takafumi Hori Works on Latest Episode of Steven Universe Animated Series

New episode titled "Mindful Education" premieres on Thursday ― Rebecca Sugar, the creator of Cartoon Network's Steven Universe animated television series, reposted a Tumblr post on Wednesday from Studio Trigger animator Takafumi Hori, who stated that he worked on the latest episode of the series, which premieres at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday. The new episode is titled "Mindful Education." Hori also dr...
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Utawarerumono: Futari no Hakuoro Game's Opening Movie Previews Suara's Theme Song

3rd installment in trilogy ships in Japan for PS4, PS3, PS Vita on September 21 ― AQUAPLUS began streaming the opening movie on Thursday for its Utawarerumono: Futari no Hakuoro (Utawarerumono: The Two Hakuoros) game. The video features animation by WHITE FOX, and previews Suara's opening theme song "Hikari." The game is the third climatic installment in AQUAPLUS' Utawarerumono trilogy, and the compa...
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Amazon to Stream [email protected] Live-Action S. Korean Show to Prime Members Globally

Simultaneous stream in English, Japanese to debut in early 2017 ― The official website of The [email protected], the South Korea-based live-action show based on The [email protected] franchise, revealed on Thursday that Amazon Prime Video will stream the series for Amazon Prime members globally. Amazon will stream the show simultaneously as it airs on South Korean television. Amazon stated that it will localize...

5pb. Games Develops Re:Zero Video Game

Re: Life in a different world from zero -Death or Kiss- game is based on Tappei Nagatsuki's fantasy light novel series ― 5pb. Games has opened a website to reveal that it is developing a Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu -Death or Kiss (Re: Life in a different world from zero -Death or Kiss-) game based on author Tappei Nagatsuki and illustrator Shinichirou Otsuka's Re:Zero light novel series. 5...
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Glass Mask Creator Discusses Latest Stage Play Before Trailer

New play runs from September 1 to 26 in Osaka, Tokyo ― Shochiku began streaming a video for the new stage play adaptation of Suzue Miuchi's Glass no Kamen (Glass Mask) manga on Wednesday. The video shows Miuchi commenting on her choice of actors, and her favorite scenes in the play, before showing a trailer for the play. The play will run at Osaka's Shochiku-za from September 1 to 11, and then at Tok...
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Live-Action Oboreru Knife Film's Trailer Previews Romance Story

Film based on George Asakura's shōjo manga also reveals new poster ― The official website for the live-action film of George Asakura's Oboreru Knife manga unveiled a new trailer and poster for the film on Thursday. The manga tells the story of Natsume, a sixth-grade girl who has to move from Tokyo to a decidedly different town in the countryside. Upon meeting a boy named Kōichirō there, "something" s...

Jump Special Anime Festa Screenings to Feature Black Clover

Food Wars! to have original story at event on November 27, December 4 ― This year's 39th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga will be part of this year's Jump Special Anime Festa. While the announcement doesn't specifically state that the manga will get an event anime that will debut at the event, it does state that those who att...
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All Out!! Rugby Anime Reveals More of Cast, October 6 Debut, New Visual

Takaya Hashi, Haruka Yoshimura cast in anime based on Shiori Amase manga ― The official website of the television anime of Shiori Amase's All Out!! rugby manga revealed the additional cast, a new visual, and the anime's October 6 premiere on Thursday. The visual contains the text "Give it your all until the end!" The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on October 6, and will also begin airing on MBS on O...
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Lupin III: Jigen's Gravestone Film's September Screening Teases Announcement

The official website of the Lupin the Third: Jigen's Gravestone anime film announced on Tuesday that the film will get a special screening event at Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 theater on September 9. Director Takeshi Koike, composer James Shimoji, scriptwriter Yuuya Takahashi, and producer Yu Kiyozono will be present at the screening, which will feature an announcement. Originally released in June 201...
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New Anime Project for Read or Die Novels Considered

The wraparound jacket band on the 12th volume of Hideyuki Kurata and Studio Orphee's R.O.D -Read or Die- novel series revealed on Thursday that a new anime project is "under consideration." A quote on the jacket band by Tomonori Ochikoshi, producer of the 2003 television anime adaptation and president of anime studio A-1 Pictures, teases ongoing discussions. The novel series received a three-episo...
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Blue Giant Jazz Manga Ends, But Sequel Series Begins in September

Story of boy who aims to become world's best saxophone player launched in 2013 ― This year's 17th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine published the final chapter of Shinichi Ishizuka's Blue Giant manga on Thursday. Starting in the next issue on September 10, Ishizuka will launch a sequel series titled Blue Giant Supreme, which sees protagonist Dai travel overseas. The manga centers on Dai Miyamo...
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Ayane Performs Opening Theme For Japanese/Chinese Soul Buster Anime

Studio Pierrot, Youku Tudou collaborate on series premiering in October ― Singer Ayane announced on Twitter on Wednesday that she will perform the opening theme song titled "SOUL BUSTER" for the upcoming Soul Buster anime. Chiyomaru Shikura is writing the song lyrics and composing the tune, while Akira Okuyama is handling the arrangement. Ayane has previously performed theme songs for W~Wish, Ayakas...
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Live-Action Laughing Under the Clouds Film Casts Renn Kiriyama, Yūki Furukawa

New visuals show new characters for 2017 film ― The staff of the live-action live-action film adaptation of Kemuri Karakara's Laughing Under the Clouds (Donten ni Warau) manga revealed on Thursday that it has cast Renn Kiriyama (Kamen Rider W, Ju-On: The Final Curse) and Yūki Furukawa (live-action Itazura na Kiss, Lychee Light Club). Kiriyama (below) will play the character Shirasu Kinjō. Shirasu arr...
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 20

"After last week's tightly constructed and emotionally draining climax, we get a simultaneously messier and even more affecting follow-up."

Christoph Waltz in Talks to Star in James Cameron's Alita: Battle Angel

Inglourious Basterds actor would play character Dyson Ido in James Cameron-produced project ― Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Wednesday that actor Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, Spectre, The Legend of Tarzan) "is in early negotiations" to star in James Cameron's Alita: Battle Angel, the planned live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Al...
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Bamboo Blade C & BB Deformer Manga End

Series' final volumes ship October 25 ― The September issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine published the final chapters of both Masahiro Totsuka and Jingu Takao's Bamboo Blade C manga and Totsuka and Saki Azumi's BB Deformer spin-off manga on Thursday. The final compiled book volumes for both series — Bamboo Blade C's seventh volume and BB Deformer's second volume — will ship in Japan o...
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Cheer Boys!! ‒ Episode 7

"Just when our main seven seem to have resolved their emotional baggage, the nine new members pile on plenty of their own."
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Japanese Comic Ranking, August 15-21

Case Closed, The Seven Deadly Sins, Attack on Titan, Ace of Diamond Act II, Terra Formars in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Case Closed (Detective Conan) 90 345,684 345,684 2016/08 Shogakukan Gosho Aoyama 1 1 2 The Seven Deadly Sins 22 302,390 302,390 2016/08 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 2 1 3 Attack on Titan 20 276,130 1,...

Japan's Video Game Rankings, August 15-21

Tales of Berseria, Collar × Malice games ship ― Japan's Game Ranking: August 15-21 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4 Tales of Berseria Bandai Namco Entertainment August 18 173,537 173,537 2PS3 Tales of Berseria Bandai Namco Entertainment August 18 76,186 76,186 33DS Yo-Kai Watch 3 Sushi/Tempura Level 5 July 16 62,343 1,120,378 43DS Dragon Ball F...
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Namie Amuro Performs Theme Song, Insert Song for 2016 Death Note Film

Film opens on October 29 after 3-episode Hulu mini-series ― The official website for Death Note Light up the NEW world, this year's live-action Death Note sequel film, announced on Wednesday that Namie Amuro (pictured with Ryuk in the promotional image to the right) is performing the theme song "Dear Diary" and the insert song "Fighter" for the film. "Dear Diary" is a ballad that is based on the film...
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Mitsudomoe's Norio Sakurai Starts Mini-Series in Weekly Shonen Champion

Rororro! to begin in September ― This year's 39th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion announced on Thursday that Norio Sakurai (Mitsudomoe) will begin a new short series titled Rororro! in the magazine's 44th issue on September 29. The advertisement for the manga features two girls, and the story description says the manga is about a girl named Chitose who has trouble making friends. The r...
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Paramount Pictures Streams Rings Horror Film Trailer

Film sequel to The Ring slated for October 28 ― Paramount Pictures began streaming a trailer for its Rings live-action horror film on Wednesday. The film is slated for October 28, 2016 after several delays. Paramount Pictures describes the story: A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days ...
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Nanbaka Anime's 2nd Promo Previews Opening Theme, October Premiere

Hashiguchikanaderiya hugs The Super Ball performs opening; cast performs ending ― The official website for the Nanbaka The Numbers television anime announced the opening and ending theme songs for the anime. Hashiguchikanaderiya hugs The Super Ball, a collaboration between pop music act Hashiguchikanaderiya and two-man unit The Super Ball (The Morose Mononokean), will perform the opening theme song "...
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Answerman - What Is Anime Midstream?

A scrappy little company called Anime Midstream picked up the series B'tx recently, so it's the perfect time for a refresher on just who Anime Midstream are. ― Drew asks: This past week I saw the article on ANN about a company called Anime Midstream releasing anime B'tX. I was excited because I liked that anime and it never was completely released here before, but it got me wondering who was this co...
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Kuroko's Basketball GN 1

Even though it gets off to a slow start, this compilation of Kuroko's Basketball's first two volumes lays a strong foundation for a story that will only get stronger as it grows. ― If you pick up one new shonen sports title this year, it should probably be Haikyu, but if you're in the mood for more than one, Kuroko's Basketball is definitely worth a look. That's not an entirely fair comparison, of co...

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Orange Alien Character Mikan Seijin Gets New TV Anime Shorts

20-second Mikan Seijin Arawaru shorts debuts Thursday after new PaRappa the Rapper anime's debut ― Fuji TV announced on Wednesday that it will air a new series of anime shorts based on Kazuma Shirasaki's "Mikan Seijin" character. The anime is titled Mikan Seijin Arawaru (The Orange Alien Appears), and will center on the surreal life of the titular character. The anime will premiere on the late-night ...
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Capcom Develops 3DS Game That Interacts With Public Transit Cards

Players use IC cards to get items, converse with characters; game supports 10 cards in Japan ― Capcom announced on Wednesday that it is developing a new, as-yet untitled Nintendo 3DS game that will use IC cards, which are used in Japan to pay for public transportation fares. Players tap the IC card on the Nintendo 3DS, which will give players items and allow them to converse with characters. The exac...
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Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls Slated for October in N. America, Europe

Idea Factory International announced on Tuesday that it will release Compile Heart's Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls (Chōjigen Taisen Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls: Yume no Gattai Special) PlayStation Vita game on October 18 in North America, and on October 21 in Europe. It also released new English screenshots for the game. IMG nepsega01.jpg IMG nepsega02.jpg IMG nepsega03.jpg IMG nepsega0...
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Kizumonogatari II Anime Film Earns 196 Million Yen in 1st 3 Days

148,200 tickets sold at 117 screens to rank #8 last weekend ― The Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen anime film opened in Japan last Friday, and earned 196,051,200 yen (about US$1.95 million) and sold 148,200 tickets in its first three days. The film opened on 117 screens and ranked #8 at the Japanese box office for Saturday and Sunday only (not counting Friday). The first film, Kizumonogatari Part 1: T...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Season 5 Reveals Visual, Returning Cast

Cast returns from previous seasons ― The official website of Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go, the fifth television anime season inspired by Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, unveiled a new key visual for the anime on Wednesday. In addition, the site revealed the anime's cast, who are all returning from previous seasons of the show. Hiroshi Kamiya as Takashi Natsume Kazuhiko ...

Crunchyroll Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 4 With Subtitles, Streams Nanbaka Trailer

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX offered with English subtitles; Nanbaka premieres October ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it has added the fourth season of the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime series to its catalog. Crunchyroll is offering the series in its original Japanese audio with English subtitles. It is available for Crunchyroll users worldwide except for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong ...
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Ponycan USA Offers Replacement Discs for Sound! Euphonium Volume 1

Ponycan USA announced on Tuesday that it is offering replacement discs for its first volume of the Sound! Euphonium anime, after discovering that the audio on the first two episodes on the disc are only monoaural instead of stereo. The company will replace all discs of all those who purchased from RightStuf automatically, while those who did not purchase their discs from RightStuf will be able to ...

Sony Announces PlayStation Now Cloud Gaming on PC, DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor

PS Now launches on PC in Europe "soon" with N. America to follow; DualShock 4 adaptor for PC/Mac offered ― Sony announced on Tuesday that it will bring its PlayStation Now cloud gaming service to Windows PCs. PC support will launch in parts of Europe "soon," with the North American launch arriving "shortly thereafter." Sony will also release a DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor device in early Septembe...
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Detective Conan 20th Anniversary Concert Planned for KyoMAF2016

A "TV & Movie 20th Anniversary Detective Conan Concert" will be held on September 17 at the ROHM Theater in Kyoto for this year's Kyoto International Manga and Anime Fair, or KyoMAF. Similar concerts were held in Tokyo and Osaka in March, where music from throughout the long history of the show was played by a special orchestra. The upcoming concert at KyoMAF will include theme songs from the TV ...
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'In This Corner of the World' Historical Film's 1st Full Trailer Reveals Cast, Staff

Rena Nounen, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Daisuke Ono, Megumi Han star in November 12 film ― The official website for the anime film In This Corner of the World began streaming the full trailer on Wednesday. The trailer is the first video for the film that features voice acting, and it reveals the film's voice cast. The cast includes: Rena Nounen as Suzu, the heroine Yoshimasa Hosoya as Shūsaku, her husband Nat...
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Sanrio Boys Designed as Cinderella-Seeking Princes

The official Twitter account for the Sanrio Danshi multimedia project is launching a new campaign featuring the mascot-loving ikemen as princes. The account has tweeted designs of Kōta Hasegawa, Yū Mizuno, Shunsuke Yoshino, and Ryō Nishimiya is formal attire holding an elaborate shoe. Evidently, they're seeking their own Cinderella. 【お知らせ】サンリオ男子につきまして新規撮り下ろし『メルヘンシリーズ』をご紹介いたします。順次商品化予定です。一人目、長谷川康太。...
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D.Gray-man Hallow ‒ Episode 8

"This episode was a step down from the flashback, but there are still some powerful moments to be found."
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Love Concierge Manga Gets Live-Action Adaptation

Manga about a love hotel employee giving love advice is based on a Twitter account ― The wraparound jacket band on the fourth volume of Hakase and Ueno's comedy manga Rabuho no Ueno-san (Love Concierge, or "Mr. Ueno of the Love Hotel") revealed on Tuesday that the series is getting a live-action adaptation. More details, including the actor who will play the main character Ueno, will be announced at ...
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A Silent Voice Film Gets Japanese Subtitled Movie Teaser/Trailer

Kyoto Animation, in a unique move, is supporting hearing impaired audience members with subtitled screenings and trailers for A Silent Voice, a film that stars a deaf main character. Previously, Kyoto Animation announced that there will be subtitled screenings of the upcoming film A Silent Voice once a day in all theater locations from September 24 to September 30. However, they just began stream...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, August 21-28

The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Laughing Under The Clouds anime; The Asterisk War novel ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Cross Ange Rondo of Angel and Dragon Collection 2 DVDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 August 23 Cross Ange Rondo of Angel and Dragon Collection 2 DVDCite Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 August 23 Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom: Warrior Spirit of the ...
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New Whistle! Soccer Manga Launches on September 26

Visuals of two boys from new manga shown ― Shogakukan's MangaOne, the app for Shogakukan's web comic magazine Ura Sunday, announced on Monday that Whistle! manga creator Daisuke Higuchi's new series will begin on September 26. The teaser reads: "14 years later — a new 'Whistle!' sounds!!" The teaser also includes images of two boys. MangaOne began reserializing the Whistle! manga in April. Whistle! c...
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Ichitarō Ai Marries Fellow Voice Talent Ai Sasaki

Voice Actor Ichitarō Ai announced via Twitter on August 20 that he married fellow voice actor Ai Sasaki. He wrote, "The report: This time, I, Ichitarō Ai, wanted to report that this month another Aoni Productions affiliate Ai Sasaki and I entered ourselves in the family registry. We are still two novices with quite a ways to go, but thank you very much for everyone's help towards us and for the su...
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Kickstarter Launches for Digital Card Game Based on Osamu Tezuka Characters

Artists redesign classic characters in project supervised by Tezuka's son ― Active Gaming Media's Project Atom launched a Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday for Astro Boy: Edge of Time, a digital collectible card game based on the works of God of Manga Osamu Tezuka. The project is seeking to raise US$50,000 by September 21. Active Gaming Media previously teased the project with a countdown website. The ...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Aug 12-18

Mob Psycho 100 descends more than a few spaces while Danganonpa is on the ascent - find out how your favorite summer anime fare in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that the...
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Tiger & Bunny, Trinity Seven Creators' Demental Man Novel Project Trailer Reveals More Visuals

Action novel about doctors fighting a dangerous virus slated for September 15 ― Kadokawa began streaming a 30-second trailer for Keiichi Satou and Kenji Saito's Demental Man novel project on Tuesday. The trailer features music composed by Yoshihiro Ike (Tiger & Bunny, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis) and narration from Kenjiro Tsuda. Satou (Tiger & Bunny, Asura, Karas, Rage of Bahamut Genesis, GANTZ:O direc...
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Buzzfeed Japan: International Recognition Kept Pokémon Out Of Olympics Closing Ceremony

As Captain Tsubasa, Pac-Man, Doraemon, Hello Kitty, and Mario made their appearances in Japan's show during the Rio Olympics' closing ceremony on Sunday night, many wondered where the Pokémon were, especially after rumors of their inclusion and a report from U.K. website The Telegraph which stated that the show may feature the Pokémon Go smartphone game and that one insider said a reference to Po...
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Demon Gaze II PS Vita Game's Release Date Moved Up 2 Weeks

The official website for the Demon Gaze II sequel game for the PlayStation Vita announced on Tuesday that the game's Japanese release date has moved up from October 13 to September 29. Kadokawa Games explained that October 13 was originally chosen as the release date because it was ideal for the market conditions at the time. The company cited "being able to create a high quality work early," "mar...

Fate/Grand Order Saber Artoria Pendragon Figure

Saber Artoria Pendragon is as majestic as ever with her cloak, crown, and swords in this high quality figure from Medicom Toy, available immediately on Tokyo Otaku Mode. ― Saber Artoria Pendragon is as majestic as ever with her cloak, crown, and swords in this Real Action Heroes figure by Medicom Toy. And the best part is, you don't have to wait months for your pre-order to arrive. She is available f...

Silver Spoon Manga Will Resume on August 31

Manga went on hiatus in February after returning from 8-month hiatus ― This year's 39th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Hiromu Arakawa is resuming her Silver Spoon manga in the following issue on August 31. The manga will be featured on the following issue's cover, and the magazine will offer readers a replica of the cover's art as a present. The ma...
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Kiitarō Shōnen no Yōkai Enikki Anime Reveals Staff, Visuals, October Debut

5-minute horror comedy shorts directed by Hisayoshi Hirasawa ― The staff for the television anime of Riichi Kageyama's Kiitarō Shōnen no Yōkai Enikki (Young Kiitarō's Yōkai Visual Diary) manga revealed the staff, new visuals and the anime's October premiere on Tuesday. Hisayoshi Hirasawa (Ojisan to Marshmallow, OZMAFIA!!) is directing the series at Creators in Pack. WORDS in STEREO is credited with t...
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A Certain Magical Index II BD+DVD

Despite a bevy of pitfalls, the wide range of subplots explored in the final season of the Index franchise will definitely give fans plenty to chew on while they wait for more. Theron Martin dives in. ― The Certain Magical Index franchise has four anime series and one movie to date, of which this was the third installment, airing in Fall of 2010. Although I consider it to be the weakest series in the...

Tuesday, August 23

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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, August 15-21

Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai sells 12,990 + 2,418, followed by Haikyu!!, PSO2, 2nd Yo-kai Watch film, 2016 Doraemon film ― The deluxe edition for the live-action film of Makino's Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai manga sold 12,990 copies to rank #2 on the overall DVD chart. The regular edition was #12 with 2,418 copies. The first "Simple Box 5,000-Yen Series" reissue for the Korean l...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, August 15-21

Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai sells 9,482, followed by Haikyu!, Grimgar, Three Leaves, Three Colors, My Hero Academia ― The deluxe edition for the live-action film of Makino's Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai manga sold 9,482 copies to rank #1 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Ch...

Studio Trigger Celebrates 5th Anniversary in Anime Short With TeddyLoid Music

Short debuted after Space Patrol Luluco marathon stream on Monday ― The Nico Nico marathon stream of the Space Patrol Luluco anime ended on Monday with the debut of a new short animation. The short shows Trigger's mascots: Trigger, Muzzle, and Spring. The official Trigger Twitter account confirmed that TeddyLoid (the ending theme song composer of Space Patrol Luluco) composed the music in the short. ...
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Persona 5 Game's Ad Highlights Anne Takamaki

Nana Mizuki voices quarter-American student in PS4/PS3 game slated for September 15 in Japan, February 14 in Americas ― Atlus began streaming a television commercial for its upcoming Persona 5 PlayStation 4 game on Tuesday. The video centers on Anne Takamaki, the beautiful but lonely quarter-American student voiced by Nana Mizuki. Atlus previously streamed a video showing the protagonist visiting a m...
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Disgaea 2 Heads to PC on January 30

Game maintains content from PSP version, includes 3 new characters, physical special edition ― NIS America announced on Monday that it will release its Disgaea 2 game on the PC via Steam on January 30. The new PC release will include all content from the original Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories game, as well as the Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days PlayStation Portable version of the game, along with an updated u...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Season 5 Reveals October 4 Debut, Theme Song Artists

Sasanomaly performs opening theme, Aimer performs ending theme ― The October issue of Hakusensha's Monthly LaLa magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go, the fifth television anime season inspired by Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, will premiere on October 4. The magazine is also revealing the theme song artists. Sasanomaly is performing the ...
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Ookiku Furikabutte/Big Windup Manga Goes on Hiatus Until July 2017

Author Asa Higuchi takes maternity leave for 2nd baby ― The October issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine is revealing on Thursday that Asa Higuchi will put her Ookiku Furikabutte (Big Windup!) manga on hiatus until July 2017. She will take maternity leave for her second baby. Higuchi took a similar hiatus for 11 months between December 2010 and November 2011. While before that hiatus, the m...
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Live-Action Blade of the Immortal Film Opens During Golden Week Next Spring

Takuya Kimura stars as immortal warrior Manji in Takashi Miike film ― The staff for the live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal "neo period drama" manga announced on Tuesday that the film will open in Japan during Golden Week next year. Golden Week is a string of Spring holidays in Japan, running from the end of April to the beginning of May. The production filmed entirely on locat...

Analyst: Pokémon Go Shows Downward Trend Among Players

App shows decline in daily active users, downloads, engagement, time spent ― Senior Analyst Victor Anthony from the brokerage firm Axiom Capital Management stated on Monday that the Pokémon Go game is on a downward trend in multiple areas, including daily active users, downloads, engagement (a measure of user activity), and time spent on the app per day. Statistics from app intelligence companies suc...
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Sweetness & Lightning ‒ Episode 8

"The idea of embracing something from the past while putting your own spin on it really suits this show."
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Taboo Tattoo ‒ Episode 8

"The show hasn't lost the plot so much as it's buried the plot in the backyard, hoping that it can make enough noise and spectacle to distract people from the suspicious odor of a decomposing narrative."
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Dark Horse to Publish New Zelda Art Book in February

Book will include art from upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game ― Dark Horse announced on Monday that it will publish a new book based on Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda franchise titled The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts. The book is slated for February 21. The book will be the first in a new line of The Legend of Zelda books. Dark Horse describes the book: Readers can peruse over ...
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New Game! ‒ Episode 8

"If nothing else, New Game seems adept at maintaining a consistent level of quality."
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Mob Psycho 100 ‒ Episode 7

"I'm guessing the show is currently rushing through material in order to hit some specific arc conclusion, and the current material is suffering the consequences."
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Kabaneri's Life-Size Mumei Figure Unveiled in Color

The life-size prototype figure of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress' Mumei was unveiled in color at the "Kabaneri & Battery Exhibition ~ Sanshin Mokuhyō de Rokkon Seijō ~" event in the first floor atrium of Odaiba Aqua City's Cinema Mediage on Sunday. The character's voice actress Sayaka Senbongi presented the figure to the audience. The Noitamina Shop opened a page for the figure where interested fa...
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The Morose Mononokean ‒ Episode 8

"The Morose Mononokean clearly has several more twists up its sleeve."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 753

"This episode creates the freshest sense of adventure I've felt in the One Piece anime since at least the beginning of Dressrosa."
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Bagpipe-Playing Charmander Balances on Pokéball in Portland

Portland, Oregon's "Unipiper," a street performer that gained attention for playing bagpipes on a unicycle dressed in various costumes, is jumping on the Pokémon Go craze. In a new video he abandons the unicycle for a giant Pokéball and plays the series' theme song dressed as Charmander. The Unipiper has appeared on America's Got Talent, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Bachelor, Portlandia, and Good Mornin...
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Aozora Yell, Kizumonogatari II Films Rank in Weekend Box Office Top 10

Shin Godzilla tops 3.8 billion yen ― The live-action film of Kazune Kawahara's Aozora Yell (Yell for the Blue Sky) manga opened in on 281 screens in Japan on Saturday and sold 160,000 tickets to earn 197,000,000 yen (US$1.96 million). The film placed #3 on Japan's weekend box office ranking in terms of tickets sold, but the new Ghostbusters film, which opened in Japan on Friday, outranked Aozora Yell...
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Romi Park, Rie Kugimiya Star in Nyanbo! Anime About Cat Version of Yotsuba&!'s Danbo Character

Anime premiering September 27 also casts Yui Horie, Yuko Sanpei, Junko Takeuchi ― NHK announced the main cast for its Nyanbo! television anime based on the cat version of the "Danbo" cardboard robot character within Kiyohiko Azuma's Yotsuba&! manga on Monday. The cast includes: Romi Park as Tora, Kotora's serious and reliable older brother Rie Kugimiya as Kotora, Tora's innocent and inquisitive young...
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Make Your Bed Look Exactly like Usagi's in Sailor Moon

Snuggle up with your dreams of Tuxedo Mask under Premium Bandai's duvet cover and pillow case set that transforms your bed into Usagi Tsukino's from Sailor Moon. The set is currently available for pre-order on their website and includes a single/twin size 150 x 200 cm (59 x 78.74 inches) duvet cover and a 43 x 63 cm (16.9 x 24.8 inches) pillow case for 7,020 yen (US$70). Shipping is scheduled for...

Girls und Panzer Film's Theatrical Run Tops 2.3 Billion Yen in 40 Weeks

Theatrical run will last at least a year ― The official blog for the Girls und Panzer anime franchise announced on Monday that the Girls und Panzer film has sold a total of 1,355,313 tickets for 2,315,264,894 yen (about US$23.08 million), as of August 21. The film is currently screening in two theaters, but beginning on August 27 the film will be playing in 15 theaters, including four new locations. ...
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Kato*Fuku Voice Actress Unit Ceases Activity

Duo consisting of Emiri Katō, Kaori Fukuhara to perform final event in September ― Voice Actress Kaori Fukuhara announced on Friday that she and Emiri Katō will cease performing as Kato*Fuku in September. The duo will hold their final live performance on September 10. The actresses became friends while working on Lucky Star together. As the unit Kato*Fuku, they performed ending theme songs for the Wh...
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Shōnen Jump Authors Comment on Bleach Ending

The 38th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, released on August 22, contains the very last chapter of Tite Kubo's long-running series Bleach. Kubo wrote, "One way or another, I was able to finish drawing it in 15 years! I'm very thankful to all of the people who read it." Comments from other manga artists whose works are serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump were published in the same issue. Several of them a...
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Final Fantasy XV Trailer Reveals English Voice Cast

Ray Chase, Robbie Daymond, Adam Croasdell, Chris Parson, more star ― Square Enix began streaming a new trailer revealing the English voice cast for its Final Fantasy XV PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game on Monday. The video features the English voice cast discussing their roles over clips from the game. The cast includes: Ray Chase as Noctis Lucis Caelum Robbie Daymond as Prompto Argentum Adam Croasdel...
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Answerman - When Did US Anime Publishers Transition from VHS to DVD?

Back when VHS fell to the mighty DVD, how did the US anime industry transition to a new format, and what did that mean for the industry as a whole? ― Jake asks: I have been wondering for a while now about when the anime industry transitioned from VHS to DVD's. I know that the DVD player was introduced on the market in the mid 90's but like a lot of people I did not get around to transitioning until ...
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 8

"With no fanfare whatsoever, this week drops us back into the world of Zestiria, precisely where we left off three weeks ago with a tornado looming over the city of Ladylake."
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Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- ‒ Episode 21

"The problematic second part drags down what is otherwise a satisfying climax to a significant piece of this story arc."
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Persona 5 Game's New 'Short Movie' Features Protagonist Visiting Maid Cafe

Maid cafe visits can help increase stats in RPG shipping in Japan on September 15 ― Atlus' official YouTube channel streamed a new "short movie" video on Saturday for the upcoming Persona 5 game, featuring the protagonist visiting a maid cafe. The video begins with a maid named Kurara welcoming the protagonist to the cafe, and asking him what he would like to order. This brings up a menu of items, su...
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Season Finale: The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance ‒ Episode 8

"This may be the final episode of Dust Storm Dance, but its content makes clear that there's still a lot of Arslan anime to come."
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