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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest Novel 1

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

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

Hatsune Miku: Bad∞End∞Night GN 1

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

Justin Sevakis, Daryl Surat and Mike Toole reconvene to take on Berserk, Ghost in the Shell, retro anime rereleases and a whole bunch of your Twitter questions! ― ANNCast Episode 296 - Supernerds United Justin Sevakis, Daryl Surat and Mike Toole reconvene to take on Berserk, Ghost in the Shell, retro anime rereleases and a whole bunch of your Twitter questions! You can listen to the show on our play...
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Void's Enigmatic Mansion GN 5

The final volume of Void's Enigmatic Mansion is far from perfect, but with stunning art and a largely satisfying conclusion, it's still worth a look. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Whether it's a monkey's paw or a magic lamp, all stories about wishes remind us that a wish can be as much curse as gift. That's a theme that's been explored in all four previous volumes of HeeEun Kim and JiEun Ha's Victori...
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Tuesday, May 23

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Alice & Zoroku ‒ Episode 7

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

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

The new Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma extra episode is full of food, fan service, and includes a super funny short.
ep. review

One Piece ‒ Episode 789

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

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

Monday, May 22

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Hakubo no Chronicle Manga Ends Serialization on May 29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Voices of a Distant Star manga slated for early 2018, Flowers of Evil gets omnibus re-release ― Vertical announced during its panel at Anime Central on Sunday that it has licensed Yui Tokiumi's Shōsetsu Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso - 6-nin no Etude (Novel Your Lie in April - Six People's Etude) light novel. The novel is a prequel to the story of the manga and anime, centering on the story of manga pro...
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91 Days Anime's Unaired 13th Episode Trailer Shows Young Vanettis

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

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

The Eccentric Family 2 ‒ Episode 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, May 21

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Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 Game's 2nd Promo Video Previews Job Classes

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

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

Inuyashiki Anime's Writer, Character Designer Revealed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, May 20

Fairy Tail Manga Ends Serialization in 10 Chapters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seven Seas Licenses Devilman, Devilman Vs. Hades Manga

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

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

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

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

March Comes In Like A Lion Anime Gets English Dub

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

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

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

Justin Sevakis, Daryl Surat and Mike Toole reconvene to take on Berserk, Ghost in the Shell, retro anime rereleases and a whole bunch of your Twitter questions! ― ANNCast Episode 296 - Supernerds United Justin Sevakis, Daryl Surat and Mike Toole reconvene to take on Berserk, Ghost in the Shell, retro anime rereleases and a whole bunch of your Twitter questions! You can listen to the show on our play...
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Vatican Miracle Examiner Anime Casts Sōma Saitō, Masashi Ebara

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

School-Live! Anime's English Dub Cast Revealed

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

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

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

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

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

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

"After last week's regrettable experimentation, Clockwork Planet has returned to its usual track of delivering familiar anime fight scenes through an overwhelmingly mediocre story and cast."
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Void's Enigmatic Mansion GN 5

The final volume of Void's Enigmatic Mansion is far from perfect, but with stunning art and a largely satisfying conclusion, it's still worth a look. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Whether it's a monkey's paw or a magic lamp, all stories about wishes remind us that a wish can be as much curse as gift. That's a theme that's been explored in all four previous volumes of HeeEun Kim and JiEun Ha's Victori...
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A Behind-the-Scenes Talk with the Director of Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry

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

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

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REC's Q-taro Hanamizawa Ends Cue Manga in June

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shiori Teshirogi Starts Batman and Justice League Manga

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love Live! Staff Makes Land of the Lustrous/Hōseki no Kuni CG TV Anime

October premiere, teaser visual also revealed ― The teaser website for the television anime of Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) manga revealed the anime's main staff and teaser visual on Friday. The series will premiere in October. Takahiko Kyōgoku (Love Live! School idol project, GATE) is directing the anime at the Orange CG animation studio (CG in new Evangelion, Macross Fron...
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Dansui! Play Pulls Off Watery Scenes on Dry Stage

The stage play of Tatsuya Kiuchi's Dansui! swimming manga debuted in Tokyo on May 11. Of course, much of the drama is set in the water, but most theater stages are not very conducive to installing swimming pools. To cope with this challenge, the play's staff and actors had to get creative. The actors move with techniques that recreate swimming strokes. Projection mapping, special lighting, and oth...
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KANNAsa-n! Manga Gets New Series in June Prior to Drama Adaptation

Live-action series adaptation premieres July ― The official website of Shueisha's YOU magazine revealed on Monday that Kaoru Fukaya will launch a new series for her KANNAsa-n! manga in the magazine's next issue on June 15. The story of the original manga centers on its straightforward and energetic protagonist Kanna Suzuki, who remains happy even with an unreasonable boss and a no-good husband and mo...
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Übel Blatt Creator's Winged Mermaids Manga Ends in June

Manga about nations waging war in flying boats launched in June 2015 ― The July issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Ours GH magazine revealed on Tuesday that Etorouji Shiono's Winged Mermaids manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 16. The last chapter will have a color opening page. Young King Ours GH describes the manga's story: Plate tectonics have sunk most landmasses, and seas domina...
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Saekano Flat ‒ Episode 6

"Now that Winter Comiket is in the bag, the series' future direction is unclear. At least this arc comes to a satisfying conclusion by not taking the path of least resistance."
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Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth PS4/PS Vita Game's Western Release Date Set

Last game in Utawarerumono trilogy ships September 5 ― Atlus USA announced on Thursday that its American and European release of the Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth (Utawarerumono: Futari no Hakuoro) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game is slated for September 5. Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth is the last game in the Utawarerumono trilogy. Atlus describes the story: Chaos has taken hold of the land in...
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Sanrio Character Collaboration Vote Includes Transformers, Animal Crossing

While the whole Sanrio crew is hoping to win this year's character popularity poll by collaborating with musicians and magical girls, the poll also has a secondary campaign to decide character merchandise tie-ins. Last year saw the lethargic Gudetama meet Godzilla monsters. The collaboration poll pairs Sanrio mascots with company and government mascots. The winner will hold an event at the Sanrio ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, May 1-7

My Hero Academia, Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode back in top 10 ― The Gō-chan. ~Moco to Chinjū no Mori no Nakama-tachi~ anime film aired on TV Asahi on Wednesday, May 3 at 4:00 a.m. and earned a 0.8% rating. The live-action drama adaptation of Ryō Ikuemi's Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo manga aired on TBS on Tuesday, May 2 at 10:00 p.m and earned an 9.5% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Househ...
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Pigtails, Complex x Complex, More Short Films to Screen in NYC

8 shorts scheduled for June 2 ― The Asia Society revealed eight Japanese animated short films that will screen at its New York Japan CineFest event on June 2. The screening will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in New York City. The eight titles are listed below. Pigtails Production I.G's 28-minute animated short film based on Machiko Kyō's Mitsuami no Kami-sama (Braided Pig-Tail Deity) manga. ...
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Fashion Store Offers More Pokémon Cosmetics, Food, Stationery

The Japanese fashion store for women Its'demo revealed the fifth wave of its Pokémon collaboration on Tuesday. This time, the offerings include cosmetics, food, and stationery. Here is the collaboration's new merchandise: Cushion foundation (six varieties)1,000 yen (about US$9) Multi palette eyeshadow (three varieties)1,800 yen (US$16) Hand cream (4 varieties)460 yen (US$4) Clear bottles (two vari...
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Tubi TV Adds Tide-Line Blue, Stratos 4 Anime

Also: Ninja Slayer, Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals ― Video streaming service Tubi TV began streaming the Tide-Line Blue, Stratos 4, Ninja Slayer, and Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals anime this week. All four series are available in Japanese with English subtitles. Tide-Line Blue takes place in a future where 90% of the Earth's surface is flooded. The survivors of humanity gathe...
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German Tech Blog Imagines PlayStation Vita Successor

The Nintendo Switch continues to perform well as an entry to hybrid consoles -- working as both a traditional console and a handheld. Nintendo's gaming peers, Sony and Microsoft, so far have not announced a console that's comparable in style. Microsoft's Xbox hasn't entered the handheld fray at all while the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita had trouble successfully breaking into Western m...
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Shout! Factory, Funimation to Screen In This Corner Of The World in U.S. Theaters (Updated)

Film screens on August 11 after LA Film Festival premiere in June ― Shout! Factory and Funimation Films announced on Wednesday that they are partnering to release Sunao Katabuchi's In This Corner Of The World film in United States theaters. The movie is set to screen in the U.S. on August 11. The companies describe the film: The award-winning story of IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD follows a young lady...

Lupin III: Part IV to Premiere on Toonami With English Dub

Series begins June 17 ― TMS Entertainment announced in a press release on Thursday that Lupin III: Part IV will premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami block on June 17. The series will air weekly with an English dub. Discotek Media previewed the English dub at Katsucon and will release the series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD this year. Richard Epcar, the voice of Daisuke Jigen from Lupin III: Part II, returned ...
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Sagrada Reset ‒ Episode 7

"Overall, this arc is an improvement. The animation is still nonexistent and the character stuff doesn't work at all, but that's how low Sagrada Reset's standards have gotten."

Saint Seiya Manga Gets Live-Action Hollywood Film

Toei Animation, Chinese distribution company co-produce ― The Eiga.com news website reported on Friday that a Hollywood live-action film based on Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya manga has been green-lit. Toei Animation and Chinese distribution company A Really Good Film Company (ARGF) are co-producing the film. Polish director Tomek Baginski, who previously directed the Academy Award-nominated short an...
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Shinsei Kamattechan Find Themselves in the Hands of Titan in Collaboration Movie

A special collaboration movie created for the Attack on Titan season two ending theme "Yūgure no Tori" (Birds of Twilight) by Shinsei Kamattechan showing the band performing in the hands of a Titan began streaming exclusively on GyaO on Thursday. In the video, the members of the group are hanging out and discussing the storyboards for their latest music video, when suddenly one of the members, Nok...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game Ships for Nintendo Switch in Japan in Fall

Release features 3 new systems ― The July issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is revealing on Saturday that the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 game will ship for the Nintendo Switch in Japan this fall. The release will include three new systems. The new ad-hoc co-op feature will let players connect and play with up to six players locally for the first time in the Dragon Ball Xenoverse series. Using the moti...
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Anime Expo Hosts Final Fantasy Creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, Game Designer Kimihiko Fujisaka

Developer Mistwalker members have panel, autograph sessions at July convention ― Los Angeles convention Anime Expo announced on Thursday that it will host Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and designer and artist Kimihiko Fujisaka as guests. They will participate in a panel and have autograph sessions. Sakaguchi was an employee at Square since its inception as an independent company in 1986. H...
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Sakura Quest ‒ Episode 7

"The show truly feels like an ensemble piece for the girls of the Tourism Board this time around, even if it leaves the town-revitalizing elements more on the back-burner."
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The Latest Arc of Dragon Ball Super Reveals What Our Heroes Are Willing to Fight For

You know, besides the fate of the world.
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 7

"Despite being a reasonably solid piece of shonen anime, episode 7 is also Boruto's weakest entry to date."
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Former Sailor Moon Musical Star Returns as Sailor Cosmos

Usagi actress Satomi Okubo appears in visual with Chibi Chibi actresses ― The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise announced on Thursday that Satomi Okubo, who played Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon in the 2013-2015 stage musicals, will play Sailor Cosmos in Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Le Mouvement Final-. The website also revealed a new visual for the upcoming production in the Sailor Moon stage...

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2nd Tokyo Ghoul Stage Play Reveals 4 More Character Visuals

Mitsu Murata, Tomokazu Yoshida, Tadayoshi Katō, Maho Tomita star ― The official website for the second Tokyo Ghoul stage play based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga revealed four new character visuals on Thursday. Mitsu Murata as Uta Tomokazu Yoshida as Renji Yomo Tadayoshi Katō as Yoshimura Maho Tomita as Itori The website revealed five new character visuals last Friday. The cast also includes: Ryo...
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Love Live! School Idol Festival Reveals 6 New Characters in PDP Group

Bushiroad, KLab revealed 3 members of "Perfect Dream Project" group last month ― The teaser website for "Perfect Dream Project" (PDP), the new project for KLab Games and Bushiroad's Love Live! School Idol Festival smartphone game, revealed six new characters on Thursday. The official website for the group teased the six new members last month. The new members of the group include: Ayumu Uehara, a sec...
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[email protected] Cinderella Girls VR Game's 5th DLC Previewed in Video

"Tulip" DLC adds new song, idols on Thursday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a Japanese and English video for its The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Viewing Revolution game on Sunday and Monday, respectively. The videos preview the game's fifth DLC, "Tulip," which includes the song and new idols. The DLC debuted on Thursday. The game launched in Japan last October, on the same day as the Pl...
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Culdcept Revolt 3DS Game's English Overview Trailer Outlines Mechanics

Card-collecting strategy game ships on August 29 in N. America, on September 1 in Europe ― NIS America began streaming an overview trailer for Omiya Soft's Culdcept Revolt card-collecting strategy game on Wednesday. The video features English narration detailing the game's mechanics. NIS America will release the game for the Nintendo 3DS in North America on August 29, and in Europe on September 1, an...
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Death Note Actor, Voice Actor Shidou Nakamura Takes Hiatus to Treat Lung Cancer

Actor voiced Ryuk in Death Note anime, live-action films ― Film distributor and theater company operator Shochiku announced on Thursday that actor, voice actor, and kabuki actor Shidou Nakamura is taking a hiatus from his stage performances to undergo hospital treatment for early-stage lung cancer. The actor, 44, wrote in a handwritten statement that doctors said he would "be able to recover" if he "...
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Live-Action The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Film Adds Seiichi Tanabe, Yuki Uchida to Cast

Actors play Saiki's parents in film opening on October 21 ― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Seiichi Tanabe (Kimi wa Pet's Hasumi Shigehito, NANA 2's Mr. Kawano) and Yuki Uchida (Kami no Shizuku, Doctor X) will join the cast of the live-action film of Shūichi Asō's Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.) manga. Tanabe and Uc...
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Blame! Anime Film's Unaired Video Highlights 'The Ancient Terminal City'

Film opens in Japan, streams worldwide on Netflix on Saturday ― The official website for the new anime film of Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! manga began streaming an unaired long promotional video for the film titled "The Ancient Terminal City." The cast, director, and assistant director appeared at an advance screening on May 4 to mark the film's completion. The film will then open in Japanese theaters for...

Fairy Tail Creator Teases 'Lots of Plans' Even After Manga Ends

Manga slated to end in volume 63 ― Manga creator Hiro Mashima posted on his Twitter account regarding the future of the Fairy Tail franchise on Wednesday. His post reads, "Even though the original manga is ending, I don't think Fairy Tail is done just yet. I have a lot of plans, so please look forward to them." 原作が終了してもフェアリーテイルはまだ終わらないと思いますよ。色々企画もあるので楽しみにしててくださーい!— 真島ヒロ (@hiro_mashima) May 17, 2017 T...
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1st Film in Eureka Seven Trilogy Reveals September Debut, Cast Additions

Toshiyuki Morikawa replaces Keiji Fujiwara as Holland, Tohru Furuya plays Renton's father ― The official website for the new Eureka Seven anime trilogy revealed the cast and September 16 opening for the first film on Thursday. Toshiyuki Morikawa will play the character Holland in the film, replacing Keiji Fujiwara from the original television anime. (Fujiwara is taking a break "for a while" from his ...
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Samsung Licenses SmartBoy Phone Add-on to Play GameBoy Cartridges

It started as an April Fool's joke, but Hyperkin's Android phone add-on that allows users to play their Game Boy cartridges was just licensed by Samsung for use on its phones. The SmartBoy, which was previously limited to developer kits and marred by potential red tape now has a release window for the U.S. and South Korea. The device is compatible with Samsung phones which feature a USB-Type C con...
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Kodansha USA to Release Kasane, Real Girl, This Is a Love Story Manga Digitally

3 shojo series launch May 30 ― Kodansha Comics announced on Tuesday that it will release Daruma Matsuura's Kasane, Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo), and Chika's This Is a Love Story (Kore wa Koi no Hanashi) shōjo manga digitally on May 30. In Kasane, the title character is an ugly girl who is severely bullied by her classmates because of her appearance. Kasane's beautiful late mother bequeathed her...
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Do You Like Your Mom? Light Novel Sales Exceed 100,000

Dachima Inaka's light novel series Do You Like Your Mom? Her Normal Attack is Two Attacks at Full Power has had successful, albeit unique, campaign runs. The first volume sold 12,000 copies in nine days and its publisher, Fujimi Shobo, announced the first and second volume sales combined have topped 100,000 earlier this month. Illustrator Pochi celebrated the sales milestone with a special picture...
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Splatoon 2 Trailer Shows Single-Player Mode

Nintendo Switch game ships July 21 ― Nintendo began streaming a "single player" trailer for Splatoon 2 during its ARMS Nintendo Direct presentation on Wednesday. Nintendo describes the game's single-player mode: Callie—of Squid Sisters fame—has gone missing and it's up to you, with the help of Marie, to search for Callie and the Great Zapfish while battling against the Octarian army. Use different we...
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ARMS Nintendo Switch Game Reveals 3 More Fighters in Video

Nintendo Direct also shows different versus modes, online play, demo dates ― Nintendo began streaming a Nintendo Direct presentation for its upcoming fighting game ARMS on Wednesday. The video introduces three new fighters — Kid Cobra, Byte & Barq, Twintelle — and previews ARM attributes, different versus modes, and online multiplayer. At about 20:07, the presentation switches to a preview of Splatoo...
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Kozueko Morimoto's Ashi-Girl Time Travel Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series

Yuina Kuroshima, Kentarō star in September drama ― A live-action television series based on Kozueko Morimoto's Ashi-Girl manga has been green-lit. The twelve-episode series will premiere on NHK on September 23. The series stars Yuina Kuroshima (live-action Sagrada Reset, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) as the main character Yui Hayakawa and Kentarō (Sensei!) as Tadakiyo Hagikuhachirō, the man she me...
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World Election Visual Novel's PS Vita Version Listed With July 20 Release

Amazon is listing the PlayStation Vita version of Whirlpool's World Election visual novel game with a July 20 release date. The story is set in a world where, 20 years ago, five different worlds merged together. A world government kept the peace after the event. But soon, people called neo's, who possess special abilities, begin appearing. The protagonist is one such person. The protagonist attend...
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Touhou Kabuto Game Heads to Switch, Delayed on PS4/PS Vita

Game now slated for September in N. America, Europe ― NIS America announced on Wednesday that it will also release its Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle for Nintendo Switch. As a result, it is delaying the game's PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions from July 4 to September 5 in North America and June 30 to September 8 in Europe. The Switch version is slated for the same day. The Switch and PS4 ve...
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Kingdom Heads to the Races for JRA's Annual Derby

A web-based collaboration between the Japan Racing Association (JRA) and the Kingdom anime launched on Wednesday. The "Kingdom Derby" collaboration is promoting the 84th Japanese Derby, which will be held on May 28. The collaboration features three main parts, including two games and a battlefield maker. Players must solve 21 puzzles with Shin to retrieve the strongest horse (named Derby) in the r...
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Gantz's Hiroya Oku to End Inuyashiki Manga in Volume 10

The ninth volume of Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki manga series is confirming on Tuesday that the manga will reach its conclusion in the next volume. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in print in North America, and it released the sixth compiled volume on February 21. Crunchyroll is also releasing the series digitally, and it describes the story. Ichiro Inuyashiki is down on his luck. While only 58...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, May 8-14

One Piece, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Haikyu!!, The Saga of Evil Tanya, Food Wars! in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 One Piece 85 300,285 2,163,085 2017/05 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 3 2 The Heroic Legend of Arslan 7 204,569 204,909 2017/05 Kodansha Story: Yoshiki Tanaka / Art: Hiromu Arakawa 2 1 3 Haikyu!! 26 124,086...
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Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Announced for PS4, PC, Switch

Game demo available at E3 2017 ― Natsume Inc. announced on Tuesday that it is collaborating with Rising Star Games to release Harvest Moon: Light of Hope for PlayStation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch in Japan, North America, and Europe. The developers plan to reveal the game at this year's E3 video game convention, where PC and Nintendo Switch demos will be available to play. In the game's story, the pl...
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Writer Makes Love Rice TV Anime's Rice Pizza

Even anime that do not focus on food often feature some delectable-looking dishes. In addition to restaurants and cafes that offer anime-inspired foods, hungry fans sometimes attempt to recreate cooking from their favorite series or films. The Anime! Anime! website writer Shizuku Tsukino launched her "AniMeshi Tsuttemita" (I Tried to Make Anime Food) column on the site in 2015, and her 20th instal...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, May 8-14

Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin adventure game debuts ― Japan's Game Ranking: May 8-14 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1SwitchMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28 36,440 411,915 23DSMonster Hunter XX Capcom March 18 15,002 1,466,546 62 3SwitchThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Including Limited Editions) Nintendo March 3 11,916 454,783 90...

Live-Action I Kill Giants Film Reveals Stills of Zoe Saldana, Madison Wolfe

Film of International Manga Award winner centers on socially awkward girl who imagines giants ― XYZ Films revealed still images from the upcoming film based on Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura's International Manga Award-winning graphic novel I Kill Giants on Wednesday. The stills show Madison Wolfe (Joy, Trumbo) as the main character Barbara and Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek, Avatar)...

English-Subtitled Death Parade, The Rolling Girls, More Move to Crunchyroll

Dragonar Academy, Freezing, High School DxD BorN, Maken-Ki, Shonen Maid, Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, BlazBlue Alter Memory ― Funimation Entertainment updated its list of subtitled anime that will leave Funimation's streaming service and begin streaming on Crunchyroll as part of the two companies' partnership. The following series will move on May 18: Death Parade Dragonar Academy Freezing High Scho...
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Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Aqours Group Offers Tour Goods for Overseas Fans

The Love Live! Sunshine!! franchise's nine-girl idol group Aqours released their ninth single, "Happy Party Train," on April 5. The girls will hold a concert tour for the single in Japan in August and September. Although most foreign fans will probably be unable to attend, the tour's staff did not want to leave overseas fans out of the fun. The tour is offering some of the "Aquors 2nd Love Live! ...
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Answerman - Why Aren't New Dubs Made For Old-School Shows?

There are a few exceptions, like Escaflowne and Sailor Moon, but most older anime don't get new English dubs. Why is that? Justin has an answer. ― Leigh asks: I'd like to know why dubbing companies don't take more chances on old-school anime. I mean, just look at how long it took my favorite character, Locke the Superman, to get a subtitled DVD release for his feature film. There's a market for nost...
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X Japan Leader Yoshiki Recovers From Surgery

90% recovery expected after 6 months ― YOSHIKI, leader of rock band X Japan, successfully underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. His surgical wound is expected to partially heal in six weeks, and he is expected to make a 90% recovery after six months. However, the recovery period for the sharp pain he experiences in his left arm remains unknown. According to his d...
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Madoka Magica Magia Record Smartphone Game Delayed to July

RPG with Momo Asakura as new magical girl originally slated for May ― The official website for the Magia Record: Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Gaiden (Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story) smartphone game announced on Wednesday that the game's release has been delayed until mid-July. The developers want to continue to improve the overall quality of the game. Aniplex originally planned to rel...
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Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku ‒ Episode 6

"Nishimura and Kitamoto have been around since season one, but we've known nothing about them until now."
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World Embryo, Chrono Crusade's Daisuke Moriyama Launches Manga

Mourning Bride centers on mafia brothers, grandfather's mysterious fiancé ― Daisuke Moriyama (World Embryo, Chrono Crusade) launched the Mourning Bride manga in the June issue of Kodansha's Shōnen Magazine Edge magazine on Wednesday. The manga features on the cover of the issue, and the first chapter has color opening pages. The story centers on the four brothers of the Corsarino mafia family: oldest...
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All the Playable Characters in Accel World VS Sword Art Online

With new crossover game Accel World VS Sword Art Online coming west this July, you might be wondering who you can play as. Here's the full list.
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Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor ‒ Episode 7

"This episode suggests that Re=L will be at the heart of the new story arc, but I'm not convinced putting so much storytelling weight on her was a good idea."
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