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Anime Spotlight - Saga of Tanya the Evil

A little girl with blond hair, blue eyes, and translucent skin. She flies in the sky, shoots down enemies relentlessly, and commands the force. Her name is Tanya Degurechaff. ― Saga of Tanya the Evil Official Website: http://youjo-senki.jp/ Official Twitter: @youjosenki Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery On air starting January 6, 2017 in Japan Key Staff Director: Yutaka Uemura (The Mysti...
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Show By Rock!!# Episodes 1-12 Streaming

In its second season, Sanrio's magical, musical adventure changes its format up despite recycling some of the first season's story. Is it an improvement or a step in the wrong direction? ― The first season of Show By Rock!! charmed audiences with an electric color scheme, anthropomorphic animal character designs, and toe-tapping musical numbers. Based on a rhythm phone game, it fleshed out this music...
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The Winter 2017 Anime Preview Guide

The Winter 2017 Anime Preview Guide has begun! Check back daily for fresh reviews of the entire winter anime season.
Available Now: Rewrite season 2 - Winter 2017 Shorts - Scum's Wish - Chaos;Child - Marginal #4 - Onihei - Super Lovers 2 - Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid - Kemono Friends - Hand Shakers - ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. - Gabriel DropOut - Tales of Zestiria the X - ēlDLIVE - Idol Incidents - Interviews with Monster Girls - and much more!
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Shelf Life - Chaos Dragon

Is the fantasy action series Chaos Dragon so bad it's good, or just plain bad? Gabriella Ekens bravely tries to find out. PLUS: all of this week's new releases and more! ― I spent some time playing the new Battlefield game over the holidays, and it reminded me that I have a consistent pattern when it comes to playing multiplayer shooters. I start off slightly bemused by how pretty the game is and ho...
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Time Travel Girl Episodes 1-12 Streaming

High school student Mari Hayase embarks on a time traveling adventure in search of her missing father, meeting famous inventors along the way. ― Time Travel Girl manages to make a not-incredibly-original premise into an enjoyable enough affair on the strength of its characters and the humanistic look at some of history's greatest achievers. The show requires the audience to overlook some necessarily ...
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The Ghost and the Lady [Hardcover] GN 2

This otherworldly take on the story of Florence Nightingale continues with more of its gorgeous art and ghostly twists on historical fiction. ― The narrator of Kazuhiro Fujita's The Ghost and the Lady, the famed Man in Grey who is said to haunt the Theatre Royal at Drury Lane, has never been shy about telling us that the story he is telling is a tragedy. And how could it be anything else? At the end ...
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Your Daily Streaming Reviews Schedule: Winter 2017

The results are in and we have your Daily Streaming Reviews schedule for Winter 2017! ― This season's poll results have been tallied and we've put together the schedule for the Winter 2017 Daily Streaming Reviews! Due to lack of interest in the shows, Anne Lauenroth will be wrapping up her reviews of Trickster and All Out!! this week. This season also marks the return of Classic Streaming reviews, wh...
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The List - 7 Anime Celebrating Their 20th Anniversary

Warning! This week's List might make you feel old, as several treasured anime classics round off their second decade in history this year! ― This week marked Japan's annual "Coming of Age Day" where individuals who turned the age of majority within the last year put on their very best and celebrate together. Hot spots were filled with smiling 20-year-olds in yukata. If the idea of someone born in 19...
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The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Novel 6

Things have slowed down for these unusual MgRonald's employees since the last catastrophe, but there are still a few divine mysteries to resolve before Satan can let his guard down again. ― They say that it's best not to meet your heroes. There's definitely some truth to that, because once you do, you're forced to realize that they're just people like the rest of us, prone to faults, failings, and be...
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Wednesday, January 18

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New PriPara Magical Girl TV Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, Story, Title, Visual

Arisa Date, Yō Taichi, Yuina Yamada star in Idol Time PriPara in April ― The official website for the PriPara franchise announced details on this year's new PriPara television anime on Wednesday. The new anime, Idol Time PriPara, introduces new settings, characters, and concepts. The new cast includes: Arisa Date as Yui Yumekawa, a bright and cheerful sixth-grade student of Avocado Academy who is fon...
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation Anime Listed With 25 Episodes

Japanese retailers Animate and Neowing are listing the Yowamushi Pedal New Generation television anime with nine Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video volumes with a total of 25 episodes. The series premiered in Japan on January 9. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan. The story of the original Yowamushi Pedal manga centers around Sakamichi Onoda, an otaku at Sōhoku High School. He lo...
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Trigger's Anime Beer Ad Pulled Off YouTube

NPO objects to commercial showing young people with beer ― Anyone looking to rewatch Kirin Beer's animated commercial by Trigger's Fukoka studio will be disappointed — the ad is no longer on YouTube. The most likely reason appears to be a public statement released by ASK, a Japanese non-profit specializing in the prevention of alcohol or drug related issues, encouraging Kirin Beer and Trigger to remo...
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Kabukibu! Kabuki Club Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

Film distributor Shochiku revealed on its official website that the television anime of Yuuri Eda's Kabukibu! light novel series will have 12 episodes of 25 minutes each. The anime will premiere in April on the TBS and BS-TBS channels. Kazuhiro Yoneda (Yona of the Dawn, Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara.) is directing the anime at Studio Deen. Yoshiko Nakamura (Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, Hiiro no K...
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Doraemon & Nobita Make Landfall on Antarctica

Nobita, Doraemon, and his friends are heading to Antarctica for their latest adventure in Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Nankyoku Kachi Kochi Daibōken (Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi). To celebrate the film, Nobita and Doraemon actually went to visit the penguins in the extreme cold 14,000 km away from Japan. Antarctica was the duo's second stop after first visitin...

Deadline: Warner Bros. In Negotiations for Western Attack on Titan Films

Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them producer would be on board ― Deadline Hollywood reported on Tuesday that Warner Bros. is in negotiations to get the film rights to the Attack on Titan franchise. Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them producer David Heyman would be on board to produce a proposed two-film project that would remake the 2015 Japanese live-action film adaptations. According to Dea...
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Saku wa Edo ni mo Sono Soshitsu Manga Gets Stage Play

Edo-period story of girls' interest in boys' love opens in Tokyo in May ― Theater company Republic of Shimaaan and free manga app comico launched a website on Friday to announce that Katana Sajima's Saku wa Edo ni mo Sono Soshitsu (That Character Blooms in Edo Too) manga series will receive a stage play adaptation in Japan this spring. Republic of Shimaaan's Sadayoshi Shimane will direct the producti...
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Gravity Rush 2 Game's 9-Minute Gameplay Video Shows Environments

Game slated for release in N. America on Friday after delay ― PlayStation Japan began streaming a nine-minute gameplay video on Friday for the Gravity Rush 2 PlayStation 4 game. The video shows Kat navigating through the game's environments using the variety of gravity powers at her disposal, including Lunar and Jupiter styles. PlayStation Japan began streaming a live-action promotional video earlier...
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Gintama's Life-Size Kondō Is Sweet as Honey for Jump Shop Display

Certain Jump Shop stores are celebrating Valentine's Day with large Gintama-themed displays. The Tokyo Dome City location features large figures of Gin and Sadaharu, while the Yokohama shop is displaying a particularly sweet life-size statue of Kondō. The shop is displaying character's honey-smeared body appears that the anime's 65th episode. Jump Shop allows and encourages fans to take pictures w...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 772

We finally step outside the Poneglyph room and get some fresh air as we inch closer and closer to the end of the Zou arc.
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Discotek Media Licenses Midnight Eye Goku OVA

Yoshiaki Kawajiri directed 1989 OVA based on Buichi Terasawa's manga ― Discotek Media announced on Facebook on Tuesday that it has licensed the Midnight Eye Goku (Goku: Midnight Eye) original video anime (OVA) and will release it on DVD in May or June. The release will offer Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub. Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll, X) directed the 1989 OVA at Madhous...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 15-21

Tokyo Ghoul Void novel ships ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Fairy Tail Collection 6 BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$54.98 January 17 Naruto Shippuden Set 29 DVD UncutCite Viz Media US$39.99 January 17 Manga Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Dorohedoro GN 20AnimeNewsNetwork Viz Media US$12.99 January 17 Franken Fran GN 4Please Seven Seas Entert...
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Starmyu Stage Musical Reveals Cast, April Run

Arthur Lounsbery reprises role from 2015 anime ― The staff of the stage musical adaptation of the Starmyu anime series revealed the cast and theatrical run details last Saturday. (Top row, left to right): Taishi Sugie as Yūta Hoshitani Kenta Yamanaka as Tōru Nayuki Arthur Lounsbery as Kaito Tsukigami (reprising his role from the anime) (Middle row, left to right): Shogo Suzuki as Shō Tengeji Kensuke ...
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Nadesico Turns 20 with New Ruri Hugging Pillow Cover

Last week marked Japan's annual "Coming of Age Day" where individuals who turned the age of majority within the last year put on their very best and celebrate together. Anime fans also celebrated series that are now the age of majority, i.e. 20 years old. One of these shows is Martian Successor Nadesico, a sci-fi comedy starring the stone-faced, silver-haired Ruri. The character herself isn't 20 ...
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Danganronpa Another Episode Slated for June on PS4

NIS America announced on Tuesday that it will release Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls for PlayStation 4 in Europe on June 32 and North America on June 27. The game will be available physically and digitally, and the NIS America online store will offer a Limited Edition for US$54.99. The Limited Edition includes a 32-page hardcover artbook, 15-track soundtrack, Kurokuma tie and eye...

Shinkai's 'your name.' Anime Film Opens in Theaters in U.S., Canada on April 7

Radwimps creates English-language songs for English-dub screenings ― Funimation Films announced on Tuesday that it will open Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film in theaters in the United States and Canada on April 7. Funimation will host film screenings in both the original Japanese with English subtitles and an English dub. Funimation also revealed that the band Radwimps is creating all-new Engli...
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'Mighty Morphin' Meower Rangers' Is the Power Rangers Remake We Wanted

The Power Rangers and their nemesis Rita Repulsa are getting a modern make-over for this year's film release, but what if producers nixed the slick, cool redesign for the cute and furry route? The official Power Rangers YouTube channel shows the film that could have been with the "Mighty Morphin' Meower Rangers." The main cast is replaced with dubbed over felines and even Zordon looks quite a bit ...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Ajin: Demi-Human Anime for Home Video

Company plans Blu-ray/DVD release with special features ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has licensed Polygon Pictures' Ajin: Demi-Human anime for home video and video on demand. The company will release the series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD with special content and extras. The first season of the television anime premiered on January 15 and ran for 13 episodes. Netflix streamed new episo...
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Sentai Filmworks Announces Canadian Girls Und Panzer der Film Screenings

Film to screen in more than 30 cities ― Sentai Filmworks confirmed on Tuesday that its English-dubbed Girls Und Panzer der Film anime movie will open in more than 30 major Canadian cities on January 26. The company is collaborating with Eleven Arts for the screenings. Some theaters had already been listing screenings beginning on January 26. Eleven Arts debuted Sentai Filmworks' English dub of the Gi...
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Trickster ‒ Episode 14

We end our weekly review coverage of Trickster on a detour with the supporting cast, but that doesn't mean things might not get better for our floundering leads in the future!
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Anime Spotlight - Saga of Tanya the Evil

A little girl with blond hair, blue eyes, and translucent skin. She flies in the sky, shoots down enemies relentlessly, and commands the force. Her name is Tanya Degurechaff. ― Saga of Tanya the Evil Official Website: http://youjo-senki.jp/ Official Twitter: @youjosenki Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery On air starting January 6, 2017 in Japan Key Staff Director: Yutaka Uemura (The Mysti...
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March comes in like a lion Anime Casts Yuji Ueda as Eisaku Noguchi

Crunchyroll, Daisuki streaming TV series that premiered in October ― The official website for the television anime of Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion (Sangatsu no Lion) manga revealed last Friday that Yuji Ueda (Show By Rock!!'s Maple, Pokémon's Takeshi/Brock) will play Eisaku Noguchi. The character is a senior member of the science club in the original manga. March comes in like a lion prem...
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episodes 1-2

"It's a slow start, but with so much change in the air, it gets the timing right."
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The Royal Tutor TV Anime's 1st Teaser Video Reveals Spring Premiere

Katsuya Kikuchi directs story of teacher for 4 trouble-making princes ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Higasa Akai's The Royal Tutor (Ōshitsu Kyōshi Heine or Königliche Familie Lehrer) manga began streaming the series' first teaser video on Wednesday. The video previews the animation and reveals that the anime will debut this spring. Katsuya Kikuchi (Idol Memories, Sengok...
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Kei Toume Launches Revival of Kurogane Manga in February

Del Rey published Toume's original 5-volume manga in English, manga has been on hiatus since 2001 ― This year's fourth issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that manga creator Kei Toume will launch a revival of her Kurogane manga in the fifth issue of the magazine on February 1. The manga will be featured on the issue's front cover, and will also have a color opening page. Shu...
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KonoSuba 2’s Courtroom Trial is Both Hilarious and Depressing

Though, when you have a group as nebulous as our “heroes,” that’s probably to be expected.
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Show By Rock!!# Episodes 1-12 Streaming

In its second season, Sanrio's magical, musical adventure changes its format up despite recycling some of the first season's story. Is it an improvement or a step in the wrong direction? ― The first season of Show By Rock!! charmed audiences with an electric color scheme, anthropomorphic animal character designs, and toe-tapping musical numbers. Based on a rhythm phone game, it fleshed out this music...
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Tama-Pawns Anime Shorts About Animal World's Pawn Shop Debuts on January 27

Nao Tōyama, Hikaru Midorikawa star in 6 semi-monthly shorts ― Tama-Pawns, an anime series set in a pawn shop on an alternate animal world, will debut for free on the YouTube and Niconico streaming services on January 27. A trailer for this semi-monthly series of six anime shorts began streaming on Sunday: The cast includes: Nao Tōyama as Mihiro, only daughter of a pawn shopkeeper Hikaru Midorikawa as...

Tuesday, January 17

Shout! Factory Licenses 1st 3 Digimon Adventure tri. Anime Films

Company plans home video, digital release of film with English subtitles, dub ― North American media company Shout! Factory and Toei Animation announced on Tuesday that Shout! Factory has acquired the North American broadcast and home entertainment distribution rights to the first three anime films in the six-part Digimon Adventure tri. film series. Shout! Factory plans to release the films with both...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, January 9-15

Utano Princesama Legend Star sells 14,725, followed by Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, One Piece Film Gold, The Seven Deadly Sins, Yuri!! on Ice ― Clip! Smap! Complete Singles sold 20,869 more copies to add to its total of 239,653. It stayed at #1 in its third week on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart, two week after the idol group disbanded. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Ar...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, January 9-15

Utano Princesama Legend Star sells 28,394, followed by Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Yuri!! on Ice, Kamen Rider Agito box 3, Kamen Rider Ghost box 4 ― Clip! Smap! Complete Singles sold 10,215 more copies to add to its total of 218,287. It from #1 to #2 in its third week on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart, two week after the idol group disbanded. Kamen Rider Agito Blu-ray Box 3 sold 1,835 copies to debut at ...
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Kamen Rider x Super Sentai: Chō Superhero Taisen Film's Teaser Posted

Crossover film opens on March 25 ― The official website of the upcoming Kamen Rider x Super Sentai: Chō Superhero Taisen (Ultra Superhero War) film began streaming a teaser for the film on Tuesday. The teaser shows Ex-Aid and Shishi Red from Kamen Rider Ex-Aid and Uchū Sentai Kyūranger, respectively, and shows the toys available to those who pre-order tickets for the film. The film will open in Japan...

Kyoto Driver Who Played Pokémon Go Just Before Fatal Accident Found Guilty

Crane truck driver had collided with minibike, leading to 39-year-old woman's death ― The Kyoto District Court found 48-year-old former driver Hiroki Negami guilty on Tuesday and sentenced him to one year and six months in prison, although the sentence is suspended for five years so he will not serve time if he remains on good behavior. Negami had been accused of causing the death of a 39-year-old wo...
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Troyca Animates Idolish 7 Anime Under Ei Aoki's Supervision

Cast reprise their roles from game; Shangri-La's Makoto Bessho directs anime ― The official website of Idolish 7, Bandai Namco's fictional male idol group multimedia project, announced the cast and staff of the project's anime adaptation on Tuesday. The cast includes: Idolish Seven Toshiki Masuda as Iori Izumi Yusuke Shirai as Yamato Nikaidō Tsubasa Yonaga as Mitsuki Izumi KENN as Tamaki Yotsuba Atsu...
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10th Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play Reveals 5 More Cast Members in Costume

All 5 except Takeshi Hayashino are returning from previous stage plays ― The staff of the 10th stage play adaptation of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal (Yowapeda) manga, titled Butai Yowamushi Pedal Shin Interhigh-hen ~Start Line~ (Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play: New Interhigh Arc ~Start Line~), revealed visuals of the five additional cast members in costume on Monday. All of the new cast members excep...

Eureka Seven AO Anime Gets New 'Final Episode' to Promote Game

New segment of episode debuts online every Tuesday for 4 weeks ― Pachinko game maker Sammy began streaming an extra episode of the Eureka Seven AO anime on Tuesday, as a promotional tie-in for its pachislot game based on the anime. The new episode is titled "Final Episode: One More Time -lord don't slow me down-." Currently, only the episode's "A-part" is available, with the B-part streaming on Janua...

Shinkai's 'your name.' Tops Spirited Away as Highest Grossing Anime Film Worldwide

your name.'s US$281 million gross surpasses Spirited Away's US$275 million ― As of this past week, Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film has surpassed Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away film in worldwide box office earnings. According to the Box Office Mojo website, Shinkai's film has earned a total of US$281 million worldwide to beat Spirited Away's US$275 million. In Japan, your name...
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Funimation Streams English-Dubbed Steins;Gate Film Trailer

Blu-ray/DVD listed for March 28 ― Funimation began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for Steins;Gate – The Movie – Load Region of Déjà Vu (Steins;Gate Fuka Ryōiki no Déjà vu) on Monday. Funimation's website still lists a March 28 release date for the Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack for the film. The film reunites the Steins;Gate television series' staff with a completely new story set after the "tr...
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Pokémon Evolved Mod for Ark: Survival Evolved Returns After DMCA Hit

The Pokémon Evolved mod designed by The Mystic Academy, hmind, and Tbjbu2, was previously hit with a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) claim but is now once again up and available for download on Steam. The mod brings the world of Pokémon to life by altering the Ark: Survival Evolved multiplayer online survival game. The Mystic Academy surmises that the previous DMCA was actually sent by a c...
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Yuuki Kaji Joins Live-Action Hokusai to Meshi Saeareba Cast as Voice of Plush Toy

TV drama series about cooking premieres January 22 ― The staff of the live-action television series adaptation of Sanami Suzuki's Hokusai to Meshi Saeareba (English title The meal with Hokusai, or lit. All You Need Is A Meal with Hokusai) cooking manga announced on Monday that Yuuki Kaji will voice the titular plush toy Hokusai. The series will premiere on MBS on January 22 at 1:05 a.m. (effectively ...
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'your name.' Meets Fist of the North Star in Fan-Made Manga

Anime and manga fans are always eager to make mashups combining their favorites stories. Dōjin group Ojō no Yokushitsu (Daughter's Bathroom) recently unveiled the Unu no Na wa. crossover manga that combines Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) film and Buronson and Tetsuo Hara's Fist of the North Star manga. Twitter user @melondorobou tweeted pictures of the dōjinshi manga on Friday. The J...
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Gabriel DropOut — Episodes 1-2

"As a high school comedy with an interesting twist, Gabriel DropOut is fantasy-flavored slice-of-life done right."
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Viewster Adds True Tears Anime Streaming

2008 series streams in N. America with English subtitles ― Streaming Service Viewster is now streaming the anime True Tears in North America. The stream is available in Japanese with English subtitles. Viewster describes the story: Shinichiro lives with Hiromi, the girl he loves. But she's hot and cold for him, and he can't figure out why. Noe likes him too and also, chickens. And finally his childho...
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Live-Action Zenigata Keibu Project Unveils Poster Visual for WOWOW Series

NTV, Hulu to premiere dramas on February 10, WOWOW's drama to premiere February 19 ― The official Twitter account for the three live-action programs based on the Inspector Zenigata character from Monkey Punch's Lupin III franchise unveiled a poster visual for WOWOW's Renzoku Drama W Zenigata Keibu Shikkoku no Hanzai File (Drama Series Double: Inspector Zenigata Jet-Black Crime Files) series on Monday...
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Shokotan to Help Select 2020 Tokyo Olympics' Mascot

31-year-old Shoko "Shokotan" Nakagawa, one of the hosts of the Meet Up at the Pokémon House? and fan of exoskeletons is signing on as an official member of the Mascot Selection Review Conference for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. The committee explained that Nakagawa was chosen for her deep understanding of Japanese subcultures, like anime, and what's popular in the eyes of young ...
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King of Fighters: World Smartphone Game Announced

iOS/Android MMORPG to launch first in China this summer ― The SNK Group announced with a video on Monday that a smartphone game titled The King of Fighters: World is in development for iOS and Android devices. The game is slated to launch first in China this summer, with other territories to follow. The game is billed as the first massive multiplayer online RPG for the King of Fighters game series. I...
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English Animator 'OtaKing' Previews 20-Min. Street Fighter Fan Film

Paul "Otaking" Johnson, an English animator who creates "retro anime-styled 2D animation films," announced on Saturday that he launched a Patreon campaign to cover his living expenses and allow him to focus on his current projects. He began streaming two videos to announce the campaign and preview his planned 20-minute Street Fighter fan film. The first video introduces Johnson and his projects an...

My Hero Academia Anime Unveils Character Designs for New Cast

― The official website of the My Hero Academia anime revealed the designs on Monday for three characters joining the cast in the second season. The new cast members include: Azu Sakura as Mei Hatsume, a genius from U.A.'s support department Saki Ogasawara as Itsuka Kendō, from U.A.'s class 1-B Kōji Okino as Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu, from U.A.'s class 1-B The cast from the first season is also returning...
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Viz's Shonen Jump to Run Nisekoi/Haikyu!! Crossover, Naoshi Komi 1-Shot

Komi's "Tokidoki" 1-shot ran in October ― Viz Media's digital manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump announced on Monday that it will publish Naoshi Komi's "Tokidoki" one-shot manga (pictured right) and the "Nisekyu" crossover one-shot between Komi's Nisekoi - False Love and Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! manga in the next issue on January 23. Komi published "Tokidoki" in Shueisha's Shonen Jump GIGA on Octo...
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Steve Jobs Manga's Authors Ume Tour Akihabara, Talk Tech in French TV Program

Steve Jobs was an enigmatic and controversial figure. His personality and work ethic were the subject of 2015's Steve Jobs film starring Michael Fassbender. His relationship with PC revolutionary Steve Wozniak is also in the film, and the focus of the manga Steves by Tokyo Toy Box manga team UME. UME launched their biographical manga in Big Comic Superior in 2014 and recently wrapped the manga aft...
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Shrine of the Morning Mist's Ugawa Ends Nekogoze Manga

Manga about female assassin, blind shamisen player began in 2014 ― Shonengahosha's Monthly Young King Ours GH magazine announced on Monday that Hiroki Ugawa's Nekogoze (Feline Blind Woman) manga will end in the next issue on February 16. Ugawa began the series in July 2014. Shonengahosha shipped the third compiled volume in July. The manga takes place in a fictional 1950's Japan that is occupied by t...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 318

"The second installment of The Battle on Rakuyo continues to lay the groundwork for what will likely be one of Gintama's most epic, action-packed story arcs."
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The Winter 2017 Anime Preview Guide

The Winter 2017 Anime Preview Guide has begun! Check back daily for fresh reviews of the entire winter anime season.
Available Now: Rewrite season 2 - Winter 2017 Shorts - Scum's Wish - Chaos;Child - Marginal #4 - Onihei - Super Lovers 2 - Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid - Kemono Friends - Hand Shakers - ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. - Gabriel DropOut - Tales of Zestiria the X - ēlDLIVE - Idol Incidents - Interviews with Monster Girls - and much more!
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D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die's Swery65 Starts 'White Owls' Studio

Orignal game project, mystery novel in the works ― Game director Hidetaka Suehiro (also known as Swery or Swery65) announced on Monday that he has launched a new game development company called White Owls. The company launched on November 1, 2016 in Osaka. The company's website lists an as-yet-untitled original game project. The website also has a "novels" section, which lists Swery's upcoming myster...
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Answerman - How Often Do Japanese Teenagers Live Alone?

It's a pretty common anime premise: high school-age teenager lives alone. But do Japanese teens actually live on their own? Justin explains. ― David asks: How common is it for Japanese teens to live on their own? You see it a fair bit, in anime and manga: teens living in a single person apartment, one that's either paid for by their family or paid for by part-time jobs. Do teens in Japan do this in ...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 39

"The wheels of the plot are in motion again, but there are several pieces of the puzzle that make me ask "why?""
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Overlord: Shikkoku no Senshi Anime Film's Key Visual, Theme Song Unveiled

People who attend 1st compilation film's screenings receive original novel ― The official website for the Overlord anime franchise unveiled the key visual on Sunday for Overlord: Shikkoku no Senshi (Overlord: The Dark Warrior), the second of two compilation films for the anime. The website also announced that OxT will perform the theme song "Laughter Slaughter." In addition, the website announced tha...
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Shelf Life - Chaos Dragon

Is the fantasy action series Chaos Dragon so bad it's good, or just plain bad? Gabriella Ekens bravely tries to find out. PLUS: all of this week's new releases and more! ― I spent some time playing the new Battlefield game over the holidays, and it reminded me that I have a consistent pattern when it comes to playing multiplayer shooters. I start off slightly bemused by how pretty the game is and ho...
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Shinkai's 'your name.' Tops S. Korean Box Office in 2nd Weekend

Japanese distributor Toho reports record profits due to anime film ― Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film remained at #1 at the South Korean box office in its second weekend. The film sold 739,534 tickets from Friday to Sunday to earn the equivalent of US$5.23 million, 30% of the weekend total in South Korea. The film is projected to surpass 3 million total tickets sold in the next...
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Time Travel Girl Episodes 1-12 Streaming

High school student Mari Hayase embarks on a time traveling adventure in search of her missing father, meeting famous inventors along the way. ― Time Travel Girl manages to make a not-incredibly-original premise into an enjoyable enough affair on the strength of its characters and the humanistic look at some of history's greatest achievers. The show requires the audience to overlook some necessarily ...
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This Anime Takes The "Scary" Out of Monsters

And puts in the "cute."

Shinkai's 'your name.' Rises to #2 at Box Office, Resident Evil Falls to #3

Dōbutsu Sentai Zyuohger vs. Ninninger: Mirai kara no Message from Super Sentai opens at #4 ― Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film rose from #3 to #2 at the Japanese box office in its 21st weekend. As of Sunday, 143 days after it opened in Japan, the film had earned 23.23 billion yen (about US$204 million). your name. is now the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, the...

Monday, January 16

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Nights of Azure 2 Game Delayed in Japan to Later This Year

KOEI Tecmo Games' Gust brand announced on Monday that it is delaying its Nights of Azure 2 (Yoru no Nai Kuni 2 ~Shingetsu no Hanayome~) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game. Gust originally announced the game with a planned December 22 release date, but on November 22 Gust announced that it was delaying the game until February 2017. Gust is now delaying the game until sometime this year. The st...
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Free Anime in Australia: 16/January - 22/January

The weekly update of anime available in Australia through free to air and online streaming. ― There are many ways to get your anime fix when digital TV and the internet allow for content to be released at a much greater rate. So, we have decided to start listing what's on week by week, to give you an idea of what you can watch and where. Free to Air AnimeLab On-Air Monday: Victoria from 10:30pm C31. ...
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your name., Shin Godzilla Earn Japan Academy Prize Nods

A Silent Voice, In This Corner of the World, One Piece Film Gold nominated for Animation, Shin Godzilla earns 10 nominations ― The Japan Academy Prize Association for excellence in film announced the nominees for the 40th annual awards on Monday. The five movies that have been nominated for Animation of the Year are: your name. A Silent Voice In This Corner of the World Rudolph to Ippaiattena One Pie...
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Clockwork Planet Anime's 1st Promo Video Introduces Cast

Yoshino Nanjō, Ai Kakuma star in adaptation of light novel series premiering in April ― TBS' official website for the television anime adaptation of Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana's Clockwork Planet novels began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Monday. The series will premiere in April on TBS and BS-TBS. The anime will star: Yoshino Nanjō as Naoto Miura Ai Kakuma as RyuZU Saori Ōnishi ...
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Minami Mizuno's Rainbow Days Manga Approaches 'Climax'

The February issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine revealed on Friday that Minami Mizuno's Nijiiro Days (Rainbow Days) manga is approaching its climax (Note: The word "climax" written in the phonetic katakana alphabet often refers to the final chapter of a manga.). The manga centers on a group of four male high school students who are close friends: Natsuki, Tomoya, Keiichi, and Tsuyoshi....

Live-Action Moribito Series' Final Season Reveals Additional Cast

Takeshi Kaga replaces late actor Mikijiro Hira, appears alongside 12 new roles in last season in November ― NHK announced the new cast members for the third and final season of its live-action television adaptation of Nahoko Uehashi's Moribito novel series on Sunday. The new cast includes: From left to right (alongside returning cast member Haruka Ayase, Mizuki Itagaki, and Masahiro Higashide): Yoshi...
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Noragami Stage Play Reveals More Cast in Costume, New Visual

Play opening on February 16 in Tokyo also reveals 8 ensemble cast members ― The official website for the second stage play adaptation of Adachitoka's Noragami manga announced eight additional cast members on Friday. Satoru Moritoki, Seiji Ishihara, Renshi Koyama, Masashi Harada, and Masako Miyasato will return from the original stage play as part of the ensemble. The ensemble will also feature Kōhei ...
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Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers Switch Game's Trailer Streamed

Game features 2 new characters, 2 graphics styles, "buddy mode" ― Capcom began streaming a trailer for its upcoming Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers game for Nintendo Switch on Friday. The video highlights some gameplay footage and showcases the Switch console's functionality allowing for competitive and collaborative play modes. The video features the song "Itoshisa to Setsunasa to Kok...
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Accel World vs. Sword Art Online Game's Opening Movie Streamed

KOTOKO, Luna Haruna sing theme song for crossover game releasing on March 16 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the opening movie for its Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Monday. The video features the game's theme song "SxW -soul world-" by Kotoko and Luna Haruna, who previously performed theme songs for the Accel World and Swo...
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Yuka Iguchi Performs Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria Anime's Opening Theme

Singer performed opening theme for original Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? anime ― The official website for Yuka Iguchi announced on Friday that the Japanese singer will perform the opening theme for the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? Gaiden: Sword Oratoria) anime. Iguchi previously perfor...

Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast for Fuuka Anime

Jill Harris, Aaron Dismuke star in dub premiering on January 25 ― Funimation announced the English dub cast for the Fuuka anime series on Sunday. Funimation also revealed the English dub cast for Puzzle & Dragons X, who are continuing their roles from when the broadcast dub premiered in July. The dub cast for Fuuka, led by ADR director Caitlin Glass, ADR engineer Brandon Peters, and ADR writer Jessic...

Otakon to Host Anisong World Matsuri Event With JAM Project

Convention to take place August 11-13 in Washington D.C. ― American anime convention Otakon announced on Thursday that the convention will host the Anisong World Matsuri music festival event, which will feature the anime song supergroup JAM Project, among other as-yet unannounced artists. Anisong World Matsuri will include concerts on Friday and Saturday, as well as other events held throughout the w...
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Watch Spriggan's Minagawa Draw His Latest Manga Kaiō Dante

Spriggan and Project ARMS artist Ryoji Minagawa launched his latest manga Kaiō Dante ("Dante" Ocean King) in Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine in December 2015. The story follows a boy living in the middle of the 18th century during the height of sea exploration. To celebrate the release of the manga's second volume, Minagawa is giving away a drawing to one lucky winner via lottery. User...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 74

"With another decent two-parter wrapped up, I'm hoping we're getting closer to that Universe Survival arc that was announced a while back now."

Live-Action Gintama Film Poster Reveals Katsura, Elizabeth, July 14 Opening (Updated)

Masaki Okada plays Katsura alongside Shun Oguri, Masaki Suda, Kanna Hashimoto ― The official website for the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga debuted a poster visual revealing the film's July 14 opening, and it features Masaki Okada in costume as his character Kotarō Katsura, Gintoki's longtime sworn friend. The image also shows his pet Elizabeth. The official website also began st...
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Bandai Launches Twitter Campaign for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Necktie, Earrings

Campaign promotes new Converse sneaker line ― Fans of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable can win neckties and earrings inspired by the ones worn by Yoshikage Kira and Rohan Kishibe. The clothing can be won by participating in a Twitter campaign. Follow @BANDAIFN, the Twitter account of Bandai Fashion Collection (or BanColle!) and retweet the following tweet announcing the contest: \フォロ...
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Treat Your Valentine to Mr. Osomatsu Parfait, Anime Cakes

Japan's otaku retail chain Animate unveiled the latest products in its line of Animate Cafe character cakes on Thursday. The Mr. Osomatsu "Valentine Cafe Set" offers themed parfaits that anime fans can choose for their sweethearts (or themselves). Mugs in the limited-edition set feature the likenesses of the six Osomatsu brothers and sweet treats. Each 10-centimeter (about 4-inch) chocolate banana...
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Kakegurui Manga Gets 4-Panel Comedy Spinoff Series

Spinoff manga appears alongside original series in Gangan Joker magazine ― The January issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine published the first two chapters on December 22 of Taku Kawamura's Kakegurui (Kakkokari) manga (pictured at right). The manga is a four-panel comedy spinoff of writer Homura Kawamoto and artist Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga series. The spinoff manga...
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Girls und Panzer Girls Become Waitresses for Restaurant Collaboration

For the Girls und Panzer film's latest collaboration, the anime's characters will transform into waitresses at the chain restaurant Coco's. The campaign will run from January 19 to March 1. People who order from the collaboration set menu will receive one of six themed A4-size clear files. A new file will be available every week. The collaboration menu includes beef hamburg steak (seen below), sea...
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Gantz Gets Pachinko Machine With CG Anime Footage

Character designs, footage based on Gantz:O CG anime film ― Pachinko machine maker Kyoraku Sangyo began streaming two videos on Monday for its pachinko machine based on Hiroya Oku's Gantz manga. The character designs and the footage in the machine are based on the recent Gantz:O CG anime film. The pachinko machine became available in parlors starting on Tuesday. The Gantz:O film opened in Japan in Oc...
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Life-Size Majora's Mask Replica Bewitches The Legend of Zelda Fans

Figure maker First 4 Figures unveiled on Monday its Majora's Mask figure inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask video game. The company is streaming a making-of video for the replica: First 4 Figures describes the mask in the original game: “You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?” The Majora's Mask is a mysterious artifact that was once used by the Ancient Tribe for their bewitchin...
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Iron Wok Jan! Chinese Cooking Manga Gets New Series

Shinji Saijyo's original manga was published in English from 2002-2007 ― Manga creator Shinji Saijyo launched a successor to his Iron Wok Jan! (Tetsunabe no Jan!) manga in the February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine on January 7. The manga is titled Tetsunabe no Jan!! 2nd (Iron Wok Jan!! 2nd). The original Iron Wok Jan! manga centers on a brilliant young chef named Jan Akiyama, who w...
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 14

"I'm glad to see Dezel taking a more active role in the story, because Rose's hesitation about the Seraphim is making it difficult for the story to include Mikleo, Lailah, and Edna."
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 14

"Classicaloid has yet to do a two-parter before, but this is a good place to start."
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The Ghost and the Lady [Hardcover] GN 2

This otherworldly take on the story of Florence Nightingale continues with more of its gorgeous art and ghostly twists on historical fiction. ― The narrator of Kazuhiro Fujita's The Ghost and the Lady, the famed Man in Grey who is said to haunt the Theatre Royal at Drury Lane, has never been shy about telling us that the story he is telling is a tragedy. And how could it be anything else? At the end ...
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Why Rebooting Little Witch Academia Was a Great Idea

The events of the two Little Witch Academia films have been thrown out the window for the new TV anime--and it's a good choice storywise.
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My Hero Academia Season 2 Casts Azu Sakura, Saki Ogasawara, Kōji Okino

2nd season of anime premieres in April ― This year's seventh issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed three new cast members for the second season of the My Hero Academia anime on Monday. The new cast includes: Azu Sakura as Mei Hatsume, a genius from U.A.'s support department Saki Ogasawara as Itsuka Kendō, from U.A.'s class 1-B Kōji Okino as Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu, from U.A.'s class ...
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Honeybee Black's Dynamic Chord Project for Female Gamers Gets Anime

4 rock bands' careers & personal lives traced in project from Starry Sky team ― Asgard's honeybee black label announced on Sunday that an anime adaptation of its Dynamic Chord otome project for female gamers is "coming soon." The "Dynamic Chord No Limit Vocal Live 2017" event made the announcement through a teaser video: The project follows the musical careers and personal lives of several bands unde...
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37th Doraemon Film Features Cameo by Japanese Comedy Duo Savanna

37th Doraemon film opens in Japan on March 4 ― The official website for the Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Nankyoku Kachi Kochi Daibōken (Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi) anime film announced on January 8 that the Japanese comedy duo Savanna, consisting of Masumi Yagi and Shigeo Takahashi, will make a cameo appearance in the film. Yagi and Takahashi will voice Octogon ...

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New Live Spectacle Naruto Stage Musical Reveals Visuals For Naruto, Sasuke, Itachi

New run with different story plays in Tokyo, Osaka in May-August ― The official website for the Live Spectacle Naruto series of stage musicals revealed three cast visuals on Saturday for Live Spectacle Naruto: Akatsuki no Shirabe (Live Spectacle Naruto: The Akatsuki Investigation), the new run of the musical that will feature a different story than the previous two musicals. Kōdai Matsuoka as Naruto ...
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Kirakira Precure a la Mode Anime's New Trailer Previews Story

14th Precure series premieres in Japan on February 5 ― Toei Animation's website for the Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode anime began streaming a story introduction trailer for the series on Saturday. The site had streamed a character introduction trailer last week. The show stars: Karen Miyama as Cure Whip/Ichika Usami, who has a rabbit motif and enjoys shortcake Haruka Fukuhara as Cure Custard/Himari Ar...
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Arc System Works Reveals Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 Arcade Game

Answer, Baiken join as new playable characters for game available this spring ― Arc System Works announced on Saturday that it will release the Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 arcade game in Japan this spring. The game will feature the new characters Answer (voiced by Tomokazu Seki) and Baiken (voiced by Mayumi Asano). The new game will also feature balance modifications such as new techniques for previous pla...
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on January 25

This year's seventh issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine is revealing on Wednesday that the magazine's eighth issue on January 25 will have an "important announcement" for Miki Yoshikawa's Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches manga. The final page of the Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches chapter in the seventh issue also hints that an "extra-large project" will be announced in the eighth issue. Y...
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Rose of Versailles Collaborates With Valentine's Day Chocolate Sale

Every year, Japanese women buy chocolate to give to their significant others on Valentine's Day. The men then return the favor on White Day, March 14. This year, women will be flocking to the upper floors of Takashimaya department stores to buy high-end Rose of Versailles-themed chocolates. Japan's Takashimaya department stores are collaborating with Riyoko Ikeda's manga for the chain's annual Amo...
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Accessories Designer Taps Into Pac-Man, Space Invaders for High-End Items

British fashion accessories designer Anya Hindmarch's latest collection is tapping into 80s and 90s nostalgia, from the classic yellow smiley face to the familiar pixelated faces of Namco's Pac-Man and Taito's Space Invaders. The games' ghosts and and aliens were revitalized by Hindmarch into a series of purses, bags, coats, and other accessories. A first look at our new space in @galerieslafayet...
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Yuri!!! on Ice Co-Creator Visits Main Character's Hometown

Yuri!!! on Ice co-creator Mitsurou Kubo recently traveled to Karatsu, Saga. Anime fans may know the city as Hasetsu, main character Yūri Katsuki's hometown. Akinori Kawakami, representative of Karatsu's Michelin-starred steak restaurant Caravan, is also the president of the "Association to Connect Hasetsu and Karatsu." Kawakami posts Yuri!!! on Ice-related messages and images on his Twitter and Fa...
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 13

"March's underlying material remains strong, but its ways of executing on that material can be pretty shaky."
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Bandai Namco Holds Retro Game Manga/Writing Contest

Game Center CX host Shin'ya Arino judges ― Bandai Namco has opened its extensive catalog of classic video games to Japanese fans interested in creating dōjin works (fanfiction, or fan-made video games) based on them. In order to encourage more creative output, it is holding a contest for manga, novellas and essays based on its games. Suggested themes include "What happened to Pac-Man's hands?," "Moji...
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Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū ‒ Episode 15

"Our rambunctious rakugoka is going through a rough patch, and while he doesn't find all the answers in this episode, he does scrounge up the motivation to keep moving forward."
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Your Daily Streaming Reviews Schedule: Winter 2017

The results are in and we have your Daily Streaming Reviews schedule for Winter 2017! ― This season's poll results have been tallied and we've put together the schedule for the Winter 2017 Daily Streaming Reviews! Due to lack of interest in the shows, Anne Lauenroth will be wrapping up her reviews of Trickster and All Out!! this week. This season also marks the return of Classic Streaming reviews, wh...
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High School Fleet, Barakamon Voice Actress Nozomi Furuki Marries

Japanese voice actress Nozomi Furuki announced on her official blog on Thursday that she has married and entered the family register. Furuki did not name the person she married. Furuki said, "[He's] that sort of bright person that's natural and laughs spontaneously when we're together. I want to build a family who can't suppress their smiling faces." The voice actress thanked fans for their suppor...
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Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi Spinoff Manga Ends

Kadokawa to release spinoff as 10th volume of main manga on March 27 ― The February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine published the final chapter on Saturday of HaccaWorks* and Nanao's Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi (Aka ya Akashi ya Ayakashi no) spinoff manga series, titled Aka ya Akashi ya Ayakashi no Bangaihen. Nanao and HaccaWorks* launched the spinoff manga on September 15...
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The List - 7 Anime Celebrating Their 20th Anniversary

Warning! This week's List might make you feel old, as several treasured anime classics round off their second decade in history this year! ― This week marked Japan's annual "Coming of Age Day" where individuals who turned the age of majority within the last year put on their very best and celebrate together. Hot spots were filled with smiling 20-year-olds in yukata. If the idea of someone born in 19...

Amazon U.S. Launches Anime Strike Paid Streaming Service

Update - we spoke with VP of Amazon Digital Video Michael Paull and got a few comments on the record about their new service, Anime Strike. ― Update 2017.01.14 - Comments from Michael Paull, VP of Digital Video at Amazon, are available below. Amazon U.S. launched the Anime Strike streaming service on Thursday as its first branded on-demand subscription service. The paid service is offering more than ...
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The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Novel 6

Things have slowed down for these unusual MgRonald's employees since the last catastrophe, but there are still a few divine mysteries to resolve before Satan can let his guard down again. ― They say that it's best not to meet your heroes. There's definitely some truth to that, because once you do, you're forced to realize that they're just people like the rest of us, prone to faults, failings, and be...
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The Game and Anime References in Keijo!!!!!!!! You Might Have Missed

Keijo!!!!!!!! is full of fun anime and game references ...most of which involve boobs and butts.
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Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Film Reveals Main Visual

The official website for the Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale anime film revealed the film's main visual on Friday. The tagline on the visual reads "It's just is a game, or so I thought." The film will screen in United States theaters for a one-night event on March 9. Tickets to the film are on sale now. Prior to the wide release, Aniplex of America will host a premiere event in Hollywood, Californi...

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Crunchyroll Streams Kuroko's Basketball 'Episode 75.5' OVA

OVA about Kuroko's birthday originally shipped on home video in Japan in December 2015 ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it is now streaming the "75.5th Quarter" OVA episode of Kuroko's Basketball. The episode is titled "Saikō no Present Desu" (The Greatest Present). The episode is available for members in North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Ze...
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Kairi Shimotsuki's Brave10 Manga Gets Stage Play

Also: Brave10 Tawamure spinoff manga ends ― The February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine announced on Saturday that Kairi Shimotsuki's Brave10 manga is getting a stage play adaptation this summer. Shimotsuki drew an original artwork for the announcement (pictured below). The website for the television anime adaptation of the manga had announced in March 2012 that a stage play adaptati...
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Ghibli Museum Attracts 10 Million Visitors

Museum in Tokyo opened in October 2001 ― The Ghibli Museum in Tokyo held a ceremony on Saturday to celebrate hitting the milestone of having 10 million visitors. The museum originally opened in October 2001, and sees about 650,000 visitors a year. The museum's director, Kiyofumi Nakajima, said during the ceremony that Hayao Miyazaki said he was "delighted" by the news. Nakajima also said that he does...

NISA's House of Five Leaves Anime License Expires

Edo-era anime based on Natsume Ono's manga aired in 2010 ― NIS America confirmed with ANN on Friday that its license for the House of Five Leaves television anime series is expiring. The company added that it has "no current plans on renewing the license." NIS America didn't confirm with ANN when the license is expiring, but the anime retailer The Anime Corner Store noted in a weekly newsletter on Fr...
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HY Band Performs Live-Action Hokusai to Meshi Saeareba Series' Theme Song

Mone Kamishiraishi plays lead role in January 22 series, also appears in theme song's music video ― The staff of the live-action television series adaptation of Sanami Suzuki's Hokusai to Meshi Saeareba (English title The meal with Hokusai, or lit. All You Need Is A Meal with Hokusai) cooking manga announced on Monday that five-man band HY will perform the series' theme song "Happy." The series will ...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Announces Worldwide 'Image Girl' Poll Results

The official website for the Love Live! anime announced the results of the Love Live! Sunshine!! "World Image Girl Election" poll on Friday. People around the world voted for one Aquors girl each to become PR ambassadors for different "regions" of the world. Here are the results: Chika Takami: Taiwan Riko Sakurauchi: Germany Kanan Matsuura: Australia Dia Kurosawa: Singapore Yō Watanabe: China Yosh...
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Musou Stars Game Streams Character Action Videos for Zhao Yun, Ryu Hayabusa, More

Sanada Yukimura, Tamaki, Millennia, Horō previewed for upcoming PS4/PS Vita game ― Koei Tecmo Games began streaming three action character introduction videos this week for its Musou Stars PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game. The videos highlight Zhao Yun, Sanada Yukimura, Tamaki, Ryu Hayabusa, Millennia, and Horō. Zhao Yun Sanada Yukimura Tamaki Ryu Hayabusa Millennia Horō Previously confirmed c...
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Chain Chronicle Anime Project Streams Trailer for 3rd Film

2nd film premiered on Saturday, TV anime version premiered on January 7 ― The official website for Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari (Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas), the theatrical and television anime adaptation of Sega's Chain Chronicle smartphone game, began streaming a trailer for the theatrical project's third film on Friday. The site also revealed the poster visual for the third ...
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Top-Selling Anime CD Singles: 2016

SKE48's 2016 PriPara film theme sells 365,328, followed by Time Bokan 24, Monster Hunter, Kindaichi, Ace Attorney ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 20, 2015 to December 11, 2016. Rank Estimated Sales in Discs Title Anime Artist 1 365,328 Chicken Line PriPara Mi~nna no Akogare Let's Go PriPari SKE48 2 288,361 Fantastic Time Time Bokan 24 Hey!Say!JUMP 3 180,218 Panorama Monster Hunter Sto...
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Top-Selling Animation DVDs in Japan: 2016

Mr. Osomatsu #1 sells 66,275, followed by 2nd Yo-kai Watch film, more Mr. Osomatsu, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, The Boy and the Beast ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 20, 2015 to December 11, 2016. Rank Estimated Sales in Discs Title Maker Release Date Artist/Categtory 1 66,275 Mr. Osomatsu 1st Matsu (Limited First Pressing DVD) AVP 16/1/29 Animation 2 63,568 Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Enma Daio...
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Comico Classifieds: 'Extra' Manga Character Wanted

Ever dream of becoming a character in your favorite manga? The manga website and app comico could make your daydreams into reality. comico is taking applications for one person to fill the "manga extra performer part-time job" position. The part-time job news service An posted a listing for the position on Thursday. An is partnering with comico for the project, and it is accepting applications unt...
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Top-Selling Animation Blu-ray Discs in Japan: 2016

Love Live! The School Idol Movie sells 224,278, followed by Girls und Panzer film, Love Live! Sunshine!!, Gundam The Origin III, Mr. Osomatsu ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 20, 2015 to December 11, 2016. Rank Estimated Sales in Discs Title Maker Release Date Artist/Categtory 1 297,427 Zootopia MovieNEX WDS 16/8/24 Animation 2 224,278 Love Live! The School Idol Movie (Limited Special ...
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New Baki TV Anime Teased With 2017 Premiere

The cover of this year's seventh issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion teased this week that the new television anime of Keisuke Itagaki's Baki (New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero) manga will air in 2017. The anime will feature the "Most Evil Death Row Convicts" arc from the manga. Baki is the second installment in Itagaki's overall series. The manga ran for 31 volumes in ...
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Seven Seas Licenses Spirit Circle Manga by Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer Creator

Manga about a boy and a ghost slated for October ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Satoshi Mizukami's Spirit Circle manga. The company plans to release the series in single volumes with new lettering and translations. The first volume is slated for on October 10. Seven Seas describes the series: Fuuta Okeya can see ghosts. Besides that—and the bandage he always keeps...
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Cyber Dimension Neptune: 4 Goddesses Online Opening Movie Previews Theme Song

Compile Heart's PS4 game ships on February 9 in Japan ― The official website for Cyber Dimension Neptune: 4 Goddesses Online, the latest game in the Compile Heart's Hyperdimension Neptunia series, began streaming the game's opening movie on Thursday. The video previews the game's opening theme "Pikon de Metafiction" by Erabareshi. The game's the playable characters will include holy knight Neptune, b...

Discotek Adds Babel II OVA Series

DVD release slated for April ― Discotek Media announced on Thursday that it has licensed the 1992 original video anime (OVA) series Babel II and will release it on DVD in April. The release will include Japanese audio and the English dub from Streamline Pictures. The four-episode Babel II OVA adapts Mitsuteru Yokoyama's manga of the same name, but with an alternate ending based on Yokoyama's sequel m...

Seven Seas Licenses Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch Novel

Original stories by Ryo Mizuno inspired anime, manga adaptations ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Ryo Mizuno's original Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch novel. The company will release the volume in a "Gold Edition" on October 31. The release is based on Kadokawa Shoten's 2013 deluxe edition. Seven Seas Entertainment describes the story: Parn, a reckless but pas...

Seven Seas Licenses Cutie Honey A Go Go! Manga

Hideaki Anno collaborated on Shinpei Ito's 2003 manga based on Go Nagai's story ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Shinpei Ito and Hideaki Anno's Cutie Honey A Go Go! (Cutie Honey aGoGo!) manga. The company plans to release the manga in a 386-page omnibus edition on September 26. Seven Seas describes the manga: Tokyo is under seige by the terrorist organization known ...
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Screenwriter's Resume Lists Script for Western Gegege no Kitarō Film

Screenwriter Simon Nagel's LinkedIn profile lists a past job as a story writer for Toei Animation, working with a team on a Gegege no Kitarō film for four months in 2012. He lists the film project as a Gegege no Kitarō reboot aimed at Western audiences. Similarly, digital artist Kei Yoshida had listed himself as a character animator for a Gegege no Kitarō television project on his LinkedIn profile...
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NIS Opens Countdown Site For New Title

Japanese video game company Nippon Ichi Software opened a teaser site for a new title on Thursday. As of press time, the site features a colorful number "5" and the letters "N," "G" and "E" in red. The site previously displayed a colorful number "7" and only the letter "E," as pictured below. Nippon Ichi Software hasn't revealed any other details about the title. NIS opened a different teaser site...
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Bowser Demonstrates Nintendo Switch Console's Parental Controls

Bowser is the last character that comes to mind when parenting is involved but the dastardly princess-napper is the father to seven equally mischievous kid koopas (or at least Bowser Jr., his other offspring were demoted from his lineage, apparently). Nintendo brought out Bowser and Bowser Jr. introduce the Nintendo Switch console's parental controls. The app will allow parents to monitor what kin...
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Sakura-Con Hosts Gen Urobuchi, Nitroplus Producers, Thunderbolt Fantasy Puppeteers

Madoka Magica, Psycho-Pass writer also attended Seattle convention in 2012 ― Seattle's Sakura-Con convention announced on Thursday that it will host writer Gen Urobuchi. Nitroplus president and executive producer Digitarou and producer Koh Kitaoka will also attend. In addition, the convention will host guests from Pili International Multimedia, Taiwan's largest puppet media production company, which ...

Seven Seas Licenses Dragon Half Manga

1989 manga about half-dragon girl inspired 1993 OVA ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Ryusuke Mita's Dragon Half manga. The company will release the seven-volume series in three omnibus volumes that will also include bonus material, color illustrations, silver foil wraparound covers, and the Dragon Half Z epilogue. The first volume is slated for December 26. Seven Se...
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Seven Seas Licenses Sleeping Beauty Manga by Bunny Drop's Yumi Unita

Fantasy manga follows high school girl who loves to sleep ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Yumi Unita's Sleeping Beauty (Nemuremehime) manga. The first single volume is slated for November 21. Seven Seas Entertainment describes the series: High school student Yaneko loves to sleep, so much that she can barely wake up of her own accord. That is, until she is roused f...
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Tokyo Joypolis Reveals Its Sword Art Online Attractions

Tokyo's Joypolis theme park revealed more details this week on its upcoming collaboration with the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale film. The attractions are launching on January 21 and running until to February 26. The "Gekijō-ban Sword Art Online -Ordinal Scale- - in JOYPOLIS Extra Stage Joypolis o Kōryaku Seyo!" (Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale - in Joypolis Extra Stage Capture Joypol...
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All Out!! ‒ Episode 14

"The clock is ticking if Sekizan wants to be the one taking his team to Hanazono, and there's no room for slowing down."
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, January 2-8

3 One-Punch Man volumes, The Ancient Magus' Bride, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, 2 Tokyo Ghoul volume, Tomie, Blue Exoricist, Attack on Titan ― Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -One-Punch Man #10 Story: ONE / Art: Yuusuke Murata Viz Media 1 2-The Ancient Magus' Bride #6 Kore Yamazaki Seven Seas Entertainment 1 33The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Legendary Editi...

Blue Reflection PS4/PS Vita Game's Character Video Introduces Protagonist

"Heroic RPG" centers on high school heroine who fights as magical girl to achieve wish ― KOEI Tecmo Games' Gust brand began streaming a character video on Friday for its upcoming Blue Reflection - Maboroshi ni Mau Shōjo no Ken (Blue Reflection - The Girl's Sword That Dances in Illusion) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game. The video previews story scenes featuring the main character Hinako Shirai...
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Answerman - Why Are High School Jobs Not Allowed In Anime?

In shows like Yu Yu Hakusho, characters in high school are prohibited from having a job after school - is that a real thing? Justin gets into it. ― Skylar asks: Why aren't high school students allowed to have after school jobs in anime? Is this true of all high schools in Japan? Shows like Yu Yu Hakusho and Saiki Kusuo no Sainan (to name a few) have episodes dedicated to characters having to help th...
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Sentai Filmworks Streams Amagi Brilliant Park English Dub Trailer

Full cast list revealed for series shipping February 28 ― Sentai FIlmworks began streaming a full trailer for its English dub of Amagi Brilliant Park on Friday. The company also announced the full English cast list. The series stars Adam Gibbs as Seiya Kanie, Molly Searcy as Isuzu Sento, and Cindy Lou Parker as Princess Latifah. The rest of the cast, under ADR director Christopher Ayres and ADR write...
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NTR: Netsuzou Trap TV Anime Casts Ai Kakuma, Hiromi Igarashi

Daisuke Ono, Ryota Ohsaka also star in 2017 adaptation of yuri manga ― The official website for the television anime of Naoko Kodama's yuri manga NTR: Netsuzou Trap announced two more cast members on Friday. Ai Kakuma will play the protagonist Yuma Okasaki, and Hiromi Igarashi will play her childhood friend Hotaru Mizushina. The anime will premiere in 2017. The visual on the anime's official website ...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 489

With Itachi's story behind us, the anime moves into adapting Shikamaru's story, with much more faithful results.
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Granblue Fantasy Anime's 1st TV Ad Previews Bump of Chicken Song

TV anime premiers in April after special airs on January 21 ― The official website for the anime of Cygames' Granblue Fantasy smartphone game began streaming the anime's first television commercial on Friday. Like the second promotional video, the commercial previews Bump of Chicken's theme song "Go." (Note: The YouTube video on the official website is region-locked to Japan.) The website also reveal...
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Gintama Starts Its New Season Strong With Fourth Wall-Breaking Humor

Even after three seasons and a movie, Gintama is still nuts.
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King of Prism: PRIDE the HERO Anime Film's New Trailer Reveals June 10 Debut

New visual also revealed for followup film to KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm ― The official website of King of Prism: PRIDE the HERO, the new anime film that follows the Pretty Rhythm spinoff film KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm, began streaming a new teaser video on Friday. The video reveals the film's June 10 premiere date. The website also revealed a new main visual for the film. Masakazu Hishida, wh...
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