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The Asterisk War GN 1

The Asterisk War's manga adaptation makes a perfectly serviceable debut, even if this magic high school adventure is nothing unique. Rebecca Silverman takes a look. ― If you've ever read or watched a Magic High School story before, you'll immediately be able to draw parallels to The Asterisk War. That's not because the manga adaptation of Yuu Miyazaki's light novel series isn't good, but rather becau...
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ANNCast - Berserk du Soleil

ANN reviewer Sam Leach joins Zac and Jacob on a blood-soaked journey through the first few episodes of Berserk, along with Danganronpa discussion and much more! ― ANNCast Episode 266: Berserk du Soleil ANN reviewer Sam Leach joins Zac and Jacob on a blood-soaked journey through the first few episodes of Berserk, along with Danganronpa discussion and much more! You can listen to the show on our playe...
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Kagerou Daze Novel 4

Kagerou Daze is slowly improving as a series, but it continues to suffer from less than stellar writing and unlikable characters. Rebecca Silverman breaks down this twisted story. ― Kagerou Daze has the dubious distinction of being one of the most difficult light novels currently being published in English to follow. In part, this is due to the dense language of the first two books, although that tha...
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Liselotte & Witch's Forest GN 1

This fantasy romance from Fruits Basket creator Natsuki Takaya weaves a magical blend of sweetness and melancholy, but can it stand apart from her previous work? Rebecca Silverman takes a look. ― Despite several of her other works being translated and released in English, Natsuki Takaya remains best known for her series Fruits Basket, whose light fantasy premise hid surprising emotional depths. Lisel...
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Kuromukuro Episodes 1-13 Streaming

This Netflix-licensed spring season anime is finally available for streaming! Was this mecha adventure worth the wait? Theron Martin takes a look. ― We've seen anime about a person from the present being catapulted into the future to become an ace mecha pilot before (see Buddy Complex, among possibly others), but a person from the past coming to the present instead? That's certainly a new twist. It's...
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Saturday, July 30

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Love Live's Yurika Kubo Promotes Blood Drive in Nara Prefecture

Donors get 8-minute voice clip as reward ― Getting people to voluntarily give up their own blood isn't always easy, forcing blood banks to think of strategies to attract donors. The Nara Prefecture Red Cross Blood Center and the Nara Story Tourism Executive Committee are choosing an appealing face from that prefecture to pull in a young crowd: voice actress Yurika Kubo (Hanayo in Love Live! School id...
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Affordable Animator Dorm Expansion Crowdfunding Closes Short of Goal

82% of US$10,000 pledged ― The IndieGoGo campaign to expand the low-income Animator Dormitory from housing six animators to eight has closed. It aimed to raise US$10,000 (about 1.03 million yen) but has only raised US$8,211 (about 849,000 yen) from 175 backers. However, its goal is considered "flexible," meaning that the campaign will keep the money it raised. The dormitory is the work of a non-profi...
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Handa-kun ‒ Episode 4

"Now that Handa's unwanted entourage has found a good balance of personalities, the supporting characters are beginning to carry their share of the series."
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King of Fighters XIV Game Introduces 'Team Psycho Soldier' In Video

Video previews gameplay for Athena, Chin, Kensou for game shipping on August 23 ― SNK Playmore began streaming a new trailer for its King of Fighters XIV PlayStation 4 fighting game on Thursday. The video highlights the fighters that make up Team Psycho Soldier: Athena, Chin, and Kensou, while previewing the team's music theme "tachi bou ke -Instrumental-." The company previously streamed videos for:...
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Wake Up to Soothing Swordsmen with Tōken Ranbu Alarm Clocks

Also: prepaid shopping card, microfiber towels ― Next month, the Japanese convenience store chain Lawson is launching a collaboration with the popular stage musical adaptation of the online game Tōken Ranbu. Fans of the suave swords can buy alarm clocks featuring their favorite characters as portrayed by their actors — and including voice clips from the actors to wake them up in the morning. Fr...
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Amanchu! ‒ Episode 4

"There are still plenty of Muppet-y faces and humorous moments scattered throughout, but the show's general mood has grown more introspective with each new episode."
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Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Despair Arc ‒ Episode 3

"Episode 3 of the Despair Arc is finally getting into the spirit of true despair, but what it doesn't show is just as interesting as what it does."
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Demon Gaze II PS Vita Game's Opening Movie Streamed

Video previews theme song, Best Selection Demongaze Music pre-order bonus CD ― Kadokawa Games began streaming the opening movie video on Friday for its Demon Gaze II sequel game for the PlayStation Vita. The video features the theme song "Starllica" by Haruka Shimotsuki. The end of the video previews the Best Selection Demongaze Music CD, which is a preorder bonus. The game will ship in Japan on Octo...
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Anime Limited Updates

Ouran High School Host Club Blu-ray, planned collection of Production I.G short films ― UK Anime Network reports that the following acquisitions were announced at the Anime Limited panel at Manchester MCM Comic Con. - Ouran High School Host Club (pictured right) will be released as a Collector's Edition Blu-ray in November. - Anime Limited plans to include a collection of short films by Production I....
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Vision of Escaflowne Ultimate Edition Details

Provisionally scheduled for December, will include TV series and films, director's cut episodes, three soundtrack CDs, art book ― Anime Limited has announced the following details for its Blu-ray "Ultimate Edition" release of Vision of Escaflowne. This is scheduled for December 2016, but Anime Limited adds, "It could be earlier than that." Until September 5, the set can be pre-ordered on the Anime Li...
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The Asterisk War GN 1

The Asterisk War's manga adaptation makes a perfectly serviceable debut, even if this magic high school adventure is nothing unique. Rebecca Silverman takes a look. ― If you've ever read or watched a Magic High School story before, you'll immediately be able to draw parallels to The Asterisk War. That's not because the manga adaptation of Yuu Miyazaki's light novel series isn't good, but rather becau...
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Kaiju Girls Short Anime Reveals 6 Additional Cast Members

Sora Tokui, Emiri Katō, Hiromi Igarashi, Megumi Han, Ayaka Suwa, Kaede Yuasa join fall anime ― The official website of the Kaijū Girls ~Ultra Kaijū Gijinka Keikaku~ series of anime shorts revealed more cast for the anime last Sunday. The additional cast includes: Sora Tokui as Pigmon Emiri Katō as Zetton Hiromi Igarashi as Red King Megumi Han as Eleking Ayaka Suwa as Gomora/Mikazuki Kuroda Kaede Yuas...
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Naruto Shippuden Narutimate Blazing Smartphone Game Gets English Release

iOS, Android game slated for release this year ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Naruto Shippuden Narutimate Blazing smartphone game has revealed that the game is getting an English release this year under the title Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Blazing. The game is slated for release this year for iOS and Android devices. Game developer GREE is developing the game, and Bandai...
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Live-Action Yowamushi Pedal Series Changes Actor for Akira Midōsuji Character

Takeshi Hayashino takes place of Mitsu Murata in live-action cast ― The official website of the live-action series of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal (Yowapeda) manga announced on Tuesday that the series changed the actor playing the character of Akira Midōsuji from Mitsu Murata to Takeshi Hayashino. Murata explained that he wanted to hand over the role to a new generation. Hayashino acknowledged t...
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Kuroko's Basketball Film Adapting Extra Game Manga Reveals Visuals, Spring 2017 Debut

Also: OLDCODEX performs theme song for all 3 compilation films opening this year ― The official website for the new Kuroko's Basketball anime film will adapt the Kuroko no Basuke Extra Game manga revealed visuals on Monday for the upcoming film. The visuals feature Kuroko, Akashi, Midorima, and Murasakibara wearing the uniforms of Vorpal Swords. The site also revealed that the film will open in sprin...

Crunchyroll Streams Street Fighter II Anime Film With English Sub, Dub

Company also adds more Miss Machiko episodes to catalog ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it is now streaming Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie in the United States and Canada. The film is streaming in both an English-subtitled and an English-dubbed version. Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie adapted CAPCOM's video game Super Street Fighter II in 1994. DIscotek Media released the film on ...
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Aniplex USA to Screen 1st Kizumonogatari Film in Theaters in Canada

Film screens in Calgary, Halifax, Vancouver, Toronto starting on August 28 ― Aniplex of America announced on Friday that it will screen the Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu anime film in Canada starting on August 28. Azoland Pictures is distributing the film, and screening will include a mini-poster gift for viewers while supplies last. Aniplex of America will sell tickets to the film through its offi...
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Mr. Osomatsu Stage Play's Adds Cast For F6 Versions of Main Characters

New cast revealed in costume for play opening in September ― The official website for the Osomatsu-san on STAGE ~SIX MEN'S SHOW TIME~ stage play adaptation of the Mr. Osomatsu anime series revealed on Wednesday that the play will feature the "F6" versions of the sextuplets, who will be played by a different cast. The site also revealed a visual of the new cast in costume. The F6 version's cast includ...

Funimation Reveals Broadcast Dub Cast for D.Gray-man Hallow Anime

Company also reveals license of episodes 52-103 of original D.Gray-man series ― Funimation announced the broadcast dub cast on Friday for the D.Gray-man Hallow television anime series. The dub will launch on August 3 at 9:00 p.m. EDT. Funimation is bringing back the entire original dub cast for the new series. The voice cast, under voice director Cris George, includes: Todd Haberkorn as Allen Walker ...
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Longest Five Minutes Game Gets English Release, Trailer

Adventure RPG slated for 2017 in N. America, Europe ― NIS America announced on Wednesday that it will release The Longest Five Minutes (Sekai Ichi Nagai Go-funkan) game for the PlayStation Vita and Windows PC via Steam in North America and Europe. The company began streaming an English trailer on Wednesday. The game's English release is slated for 2017. Nippon Ichi Software and SYUPRO-DX developed th...
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Hatenkō Yūgi Manga Goes on Hiatus Until November

Fantasy by Maria Holic's Endo went on 15-month hiatus in 2012-2013 ― The September issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine announced on Thursday that Minari Endo's Hatenkō Yūgi manga will go on hiatus starting with the next issue in August. The manga is slated to return in the January 2017 issue on November 28. The manga also went on a 15-month hiatus from February 2012 to May 2013. In ...
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Shiramine's Tales of Zestiria Manga Ends

Adaptation of video game debuted in January 2015 ― The September issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine announced on Thursday that Shiramine's manga adaptation of Bandai Namco Games' Tales of Zestiria video game will end in the next issue on August 28. The chapter will receive a center color page. The manga's full title is Tales of Zestiria: Michibiki no Koku (Tales of Zestiria: The Ti...
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Pet Monogatari's Nadeko on Your Smartphone

Phone wallpaper is your reward ― Nademonogatari ("The Tale of Nadeko"), the latest installment in NisiOisin's Monogatari light novel series, shipped on Friday. To commemorate the new book, a website has opened allowing fans of the series to... pet Nadeko. You see, naderu means "to pet" in Japanese, and Nadeko is the heroine of the story this time around. The book revolves around her gaining the power...
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Alderamin on the Sky ‒ Episode 4

"This is the crowning achievement for all the absolute trust and understanding that we've seen between this main pair so far."
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, July 18-24

The Boy and the Beast, One Piece Film Z films air ― Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast aired on NTV on Friday, July 22 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 10.9% rating. The One Piece Film Z aired on Fuji TV at the same date and time and earned a 6.0% rating. The second half of Soreike! Anpanman: Mija to Mahō no Lamp film aired on NTV on Friday, July 15 at 10:55 a.m. and earned a 2.5% rating. Title Station D...

Friday, July 29

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Least Impressive Pokémon Gets Its Own Official Love Song

Magikarp official fanclub page opens; Feebas remains unloved ― Magikarp is something of a joke in the world of Pokémon — it can only Splash around uselessly, it has no means of defense, its vacant expression makes it look dimwitted, and according to the anime you can't even eat it. But in a song posted to the official Japanese Pokémon YouTube channel, "I Love Koiking [Magikarp]," a young singer ...
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Square Enix Teases New 'Dramatic RPG' Kamitsuri in Video

More information to be revealed on August 1 ― Square Enix began streaming a teaser video for a new "dramatic RPG" titled Kamitsuri on Friday. The company promises to reveal more information on August 1. The video teases a calamity where the doors to the underworld are opened and demons swarm the earth. Bonds are severed, misfortune recurs. The final line of the teaser reads "Wave the treasure rod of ...

New York Times Manga Best Seller List, July 17-23

2 One-Punch Man volumes, 2 Orange volumes, 2 Tokyo Ghoul volumes, Haikyu!!, Noragami, Monster Musume: I ♥ Monster Girls, Fairy Tail Zero The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on July 23. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1One-Punch Man #1 Story: ONE / Art: Yuusuke Murata Viz Media 47 2 4Orange The Complete Colle...
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Steins;Gate Creator's Occultic;Nine Anime Unveils Key Visual

The official website for the anime adaptation of Occultic;Nine, the first light novel series by MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura (Steins;Gate), revealed the first key visual for the anime on Friday. The image features the main cast standing in a crowd. The staff and cast will reveal more information about the anime during a presentation on August 12. 150 followers of the @occultic_nine Twitter accoun...
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2016 Death Note Film's New Visual Shows Opposing Sides

The official website for Death Note Light up the NEW world, this year's live-action Death Note sequel film, unveiled a new poster visual on Friday. The visual shows Misa Amane and cyber terrorist Yūki Shien with Light on the left, L's successor Ryūzaki with L on the right, and Death Note investigator Tsukuru Mishima in the center. The new film will open in Japan on October 29. Those who purchased ...

Anime De Training! Ex Exercise Anime Gets 2nd Season, Adds Eri Suzuki to Cast

Season 2 premieres October 5 ― The official website for the Anime De Training! Ex (Ani Tore! EX) television anime shorts announced on Friday that a second season titled Ani Tore!! XX: Hitotsu Yane no Shita de (Ani Tore! XX for short) has been greenlit. The anime will premiere on October 5 on Tokyo MX and Sun TV. The new season will feature the return of the five main cast members, and will add Eri Su...
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ANNCast - Berserk du Soleil

ANN reviewer Sam Leach joins Zac and Jacob on a blood-soaked journey through the first few episodes of Berserk, along with Danganronpa discussion and much more! ― ANNCast Episode 266: Berserk du Soleil ANN reviewer Sam Leach joins Zac and Jacob on a blood-soaked journey through the first few episodes of Berserk, along with Danganronpa discussion and much more! You can listen to the show on our playe...
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Battery the Animation ‒ Episode 3

"Battery the Animation has slowed its pace a bit. Considering that the show was pretty chill to begin with, the result is some real low-energy entertainment."
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New Game! Inspires PS4, PS Vita Game Slated for January 26

Anime's voice cast reprise roles for adventure game ― 5pb. Games opened an official website for a video game adaptation of the anime New Game! on Thursday. The game, titled New Game! -The Challenge Stage!-, ships on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on January 26. The game centers on the anime's protagonist, Aoba Suzukaze, a month after beginning her new job at game company, Eaglejump. Alth...
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Answerman - Will Streaming Companies Free Anime From TV Format Limits?

Now that streaming has liberated programming from broadcast runtime standards, will anime production change too? Justin gets into it. ― Terry asks: I watched some House of Cards awhile ago, and I noticed the episodes were about 50 minutes each. I know no made-for-TV shows are 50 minutes, because of the commercial breaks. It got me thinking of the rise of streaming services and their in-house product...
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Japanese Transportation Authorities, Landmarks Issue Warnings to Pokémon Go Players

Since the first release of smartphone game Pokémon Go on July 6, aspiring trainers have been venturing out into the unknown in search of new and rare Pokémon. Some businesses have enjoyed an unexpected surge in customers, while some memorials and landmarks have found their inclusion inappropriate and have banned the game from their premises. Trainers have also begun to discover on their own that ...
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Nisekoi Romantic Comedy Manga Reaches 'Climax' Chapter

This year's 35th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi - False Love manga will have its "climax" chapter in the magazine's next issue, which will be the combined 36th and 37th issue that will ship on August 8. The chapter will have 25 pages and a color opening page. While the word "climax" written in the phonetic katakana alphabet often ...
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This Art Club Has a Problem! ‒ Episode 4

"This Art Club Has a Problem! seems to have settled into a comfortable pattern of three themed segments."
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Bleach Manga Enters 'Climax' In 2 Chapters

This year's 35th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Tite Kubo's Bleach manga will reach the story's "climax" in the next issue, which will be the combined 36th and 37th issue that will ship on August 8. The chapter will have a color opening page. The word "climax" written in the phonetic katakana alphabet often refers to the final chapter of a manga. In the...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 469

"Taken on its own, this week's episode is sure to delight fans of Naruto's increasingly scarce lighter side."
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Kagerou Daze Novel 4

Kagerou Daze is slowly improving as a series, but it continues to suffer from less than stellar writing and unlikable characters. Rebecca Silverman breaks down this twisted story. ― Kagerou Daze has the dubious distinction of being one of the most difficult light novels currently being published in English to follow. In part, this is due to the dense language of the first two books, although that tha...
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And Yet the Town Moves Manga Hints at Possible Ending in 4 Chapters

The official website of publisher Shonengahosha previewed the front cover of the September issue of its Young King Ours magazine on Friday. The cover hints that Masakazu Ishiguro's And Yet the Town Moves (Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru) manga will end in four chapters. The message is located on the cover art, on the towel that character Hotori Arashiyama is holding. By replacing all the red letters ...

Yuri!!! on Ice TV Anime Reveals Story, Key Visual, Character Designs, October Premiere

Series centers on faint-hearted ice skater who bets everything on one last season ― The official website for the Yuri!!! on Ice television anime series revealed the character designs, story, key visual, and October premiere on Friday. The series will star: Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Yūri Katsuki, a 23-year-old figure skater who is faint-hearted and gains weight easily. He's the "figure skater with the wor...
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Gantz:O CG Anime Film Reveals New Cast, Visual, 'Love' Teaser Video

M.A.O, Yuuki Kaji, Saori Hayami, Kenjiro Tsuda, more join cast for film opening in Japan on October 14 ― The official website of Gantz:O, the upcoming "full 3D CG" anime film based on Hiroya Oku's Gantz manga, revealed more cast, a new visual, and a "Love" teaser video for the film on Friday. The tagline on the new visual reads, "I will definitely live and return." The film's new cast includes: M.A.O...
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Overlord OVA's 'Ains' Promo Video Streamed

OVA featuring 30 minutes of chibi anime shorts ships with 11th novel volume on September 30 ― Kadokawa began streaming an "Ains version" promotional video on Thursday for the anime on Blu-ray Disc that will ship with the 11th volume of Kugane Maruyama's Overlord light novel series. The Blu-ray Disc will contain 30 minutes of new footage of the Pure Pure Purea Desu chibi anime short series, and will f...
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Gantz:O Film Premieres at Venice Int'l Film Festival Before Japanese Debut

CG anime film adapting Gantz manga's Osaka arc screens out of competition ― The official website for the 73rd Venice Film Festival announced on Thursday that the Gantz: O "full 3D CG" anime film will screen at the event out of competition. The festival will begin on August 31 and end on September 10. Gantz: O is slated to launch on October 14 in Japan. Other Japanese films that will screen at the eve...
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Sound! Euphonium 2 TV Anime Reveals New Visual

The official website of Hibike! Euphonium 2 (Sound! Euphonium 2), the second season of Kyoto Animation's television anime adaptation of Ayano Takeda's Hibike! Euphonium Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu e Yōkoso novel, revealed the anime's new visual on Friday. The website also revealed that the series will air on Tokyo MX, ABC Asahi Broadcasting, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, tvk, and BS11. The new series will pr...
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Trickster Anime's Additional Cast, Song Artist, New Visual, October 3 Premiere Revealed

Daisuke Ono, Takuya Masumoto, Makoto Furukawa join cast; Azusa Tadokoro performs ending theme ― The official website of the Trickster - Edogawa Rampo 'Shōnen Tantei-dan' Yori (Trickster - From Rampo Edogawa's "The Boy Detectives Club") television anime unveiled the anime's additional cast, theme song artist, a new visual, and the anime's October 3 premiere date on Thursday. Azusa Tadokoro will perfor...
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Gundam the Origin IV Anime's Cast, November 19 Debut Revealed

Saori Hayami plays Lalah Sune, Misato Fukuen plays Fraw Bow in 4th episode of anime ― The Gundam.info portal website revealed the cast, new visual, and November 19 debut date for Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin IV: Unmei no Zenya (Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin IV Eve of Destiny), the fourth episode of the Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin anime, on Thursday. As in previous installments, the fourth episode ...

Clannad/Charlotte Writer Jun Maeda Reveals He Needs Heart Transplant

Writer suffering from idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy reassures fans that he will write more stories ― Visual Art's/Key writer and composer Jun Maeda posted on his Twitter account on Thursday that his heart condition requires a heart transplant. He commented: "I went for a checkup. It seems I can't keep living with my heart, and I still need a heart transplant." He added that even as he thinks that...
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Amazon Also Streams Southern Cross, Mospeada Anime

Macross, Robotech also available on same platform ― Amazon's online streaming service began streaming the The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber Mospeada anime series in Japanese with English subtitles this week. Both series are available for free for Amazon Prime members or for US$0.99 per episode. ADV Films previously released both series on DVD in North America. Amazon also...
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One Piece Anime Reveals Cast for Zou Arc Characters Wanda, Carrot, Pedro

Fumiko Orikasa, Kanae Itō, Shinichiro Miki join cast for new arc premiering on Saturday ― The official website for the One Piece television anime series revealed some of the cast members on Friday for the new characters that will debut in the show's Zou Arc. The arc will premiere on Sunday with episode 751. The new cast includes (from left to right): Fumiko Orikasa (Bleach's Rukia) as Wanda Kanae Itō...
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Clothes Based on Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto, Flying Witch & More Headed to Stores

Sentai Filmworks, Ripple Junction also collaborate on My Love Story, RIN-NE, Bakuon!!, Onigiri clothes ― The apparel maker Ripple Junction, which specializes in pop culture tie-ins, is partnering with Sentai Filmworks to develop merchandise based on Sentai anime, including Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto, Bakuon!!, Flying Witch, RIN-NE, Onigiri and My Love Story. Ripple Junction and Sentai joined fo...

Thursday, July 28

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Sanrio Boys Smartphone Dating App Streams 1st Promo Video

Sanrio released the first teaser promotional video for its Sanrio Danshi ~ Watashi, Koi o, Shirimashita~ (Sanrio Boys ~ I knew love ~) smartphone dating app game. The teaser touches on the story, provides brief character introductions, and shows off game play and some special features. Sanrio announced the game and cast on July 6 and scheduled it for release this fall. Pre-registration for the ga...

Crunchyroll Hires Former Discovery Digital GM Colin Decker as COO

Projects will include developing original anime, launching events ― Entertainment news source Variety reported on Thursday that Crunchyroll has hired former Discovery Digital Networks senior vice president and general manager Colin Decker as chief operating officer (COO). Decker will handle revenue, operations, strategy, marketing, and brand expansion in the newly created role. Specifically, he will ...
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Japanese Gamers Discover Joys, Quirks & Frustrations of Pokémon Go

Anime industry also plays the game ― The smash hit smartphone game Pokémon Go debuted in Japan a week ago today, enabling Japanese gamers to discover what all the fuss is about. Like their counterparts overseas, they have enjoyed themselves while getting into bizarre, humorous or inappropriate situations with the game. @0315_kc found an Exeggcute in an odd position. (Incidentally, the Japanese name f...

Yen Press Licenses Spirits & Cat Ears, A Kiss and White Lily for Her Manga

2 series slated for February 2017 ― Manga publisher Yen Press announced on Thursday that it has licensed Miyuki Nakayama's Spirits & Cat Ears and Canno's A Kiss and White Lily for Her manga. Both titles are slated to launch February 2017. Yen Press describes Spirits & Cat Ears (Kudamimi no Neko): Neneko Iizuna is a shy girl with a secret: cat ears. Embarrassed over her feline appearance, Neneko has r...

Super Dimension Fortress Macross Begins English-Subtitled Streaming on Amazon

Robotech also available streaming on Amazon ― Amazon's video streaming service began streaming all 36 episodes of the original The Super Dimension Fortress Macross anime with English subtitles this week. The episodes are free for Amazon Prime members and can also be purchased for US$0.99 each. Lionsgate Home Entertainment announced plans to release the Robotech The Classic Collection - Volume 1 DVD i...

'Mobile Police Patlabor Reboot' Short Anime Announced for October

Time of Eve's Yasuhiro Yoshiura, Mr. Osomatsu's Naoyuki Asano work on 10-minute short ― Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo), the anime shorts project from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, announced on Friday that it will release a short animation titled "Mobile Police Patlabor Reboot." The 10-minute short will debut as an extra during Japan Animator Expo's one...
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planetarian ‒ Episode 4

"This was another solid episode of Planetarian, its thematic bite only somewhat softened by the show's consistently mediocre visual execution."
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Transformers: The Movie Steelbook Update

December 12 Blu-ray will include documentary, plus audio commentary with director ― Manga Entertainment has announced further details of its December 12 release of Transformers: The Movie (the 1986 US movie animated by Toei Animation) as a 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook. (The artwork shown on the right is provisional.) The film has been restored and remastered from a 4K transfer o...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, July 18-24

Y's VIII, Sumikko Gurashi, Black Rose Valkyrie, Stranger of Sword City games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 18-24 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yo-Kai Watch 3 Sushi/Tempura Level 5 July 16 168,782 800,918 2PSV Y's VIII -Lacrimosa of DANA- (Including Limited Editions) Nihon Falcom July 21 43,753 43,753 33DS Sumikko Gurashi: Mura o Tsukuru...
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Yo-kai Watch Movie's Preview Video Shows Anime, Live-Action Segments

Film set in both anime, live-action world opens in Japan on December 17 ― Level-5 unveiled a new video for Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Sora Tobu Kujira to Double no Sekai no Daibōken da Nyan! (Yo-kai Watch The Movie: The Flying Whale and the Grand Adventure of the Double Worlds, Meow!), the third Yo-kai Watch film, during its "Level-5 Vision 2016 -New Heroes-" presentation on Wednesday. The video reveals some...
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 16

"Mayura Otomi might just be Twin Star Exorcists's secret MVP."
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Liselotte & Witch's Forest GN 1

This fantasy romance from Fruits Basket creator Natsuki Takaya weaves a magical blend of sweetness and melancholy, but can it stand apart from her previous work? Rebecca Silverman takes a look. ― Despite several of her other works being translated and released in English, Natsuki Takaya remains best known for her series Fruits Basket, whose light fantasy premise hid surprising emotional depths. Lisel...
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Level-5's Snack World Video Reveals TV Anime's April Premiere

Game slated for April 2017 for smartphones, July for 3DS, manga launches this winter ― Level-5 unveiled a new CG anime video for The Snack World cross-media project during its "Level-5 Vision 2016 -New Heroes-" presentation on Wednesday. The video shows more CG footage, while also featuring scenes from the previous pilot film, and also reveals that the television anime will premiere at prime time on ...
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All Out!! TV Anime's Teaser Video Previews Voice Cast

Toshinari Fukamachi, Chiharu Sawashiro, more added to cast for October anime ― The official website for the television anime of Shiori Amase's All Out!! rugby manga began streaming the anime's teaser video on Thursday. The video previews the show's animation and voice cast for the first time. The video also previews Yasuharu Takanashi's (Naruto Shippūden) background music. The show's website has also...
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Fantasy Life 2 Game's Promo Reveals That Game Will Release 'Soon'

Closed beta to launch on July 29 ― Level-5 unveiled a new promotional video for its Fantasy Life 2: Futatsu no Tsuki to Kamisama no Mura (FANTASY LIFE 2 Twin Moons and the Sacred Village) game during its "Level-5 Vision 2016 -New Heroes-" presentation on Wednesday. The video previews the game's features, and reveals that the game will debut "soon" on iOS and Android devices. In addition, Level-5 anno...
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1st Yo-kai Watch Game Gets Smartphone Version This Fall

Also: 2 new Yo-kai Watch smartphone games debut in November, March ― Leve-5 revealed three new Yo-kai Watch smartphone games during its "Level-5 Vision 2016 -New Heroes-" presentation on Wednesday. The games include YO-KAI WATCH for Smartphones, YO-KAI WATCH Geraporhythm, and YO-KAI DAIJITEN (Yo-kai Big Dictionary). YO-KAI WATCH for Smartphones is based on the first Yo-kai Watch Nintendo 3DS game. Th...
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Level-5 Reveals New Otome Yūsha Smartphone Game for This Winter

Video features animation by A-1 Pictures, character designs by Chinatsu Kurahana for game arriving this winter ― Level-5 revealed a new smartphone game titled Otome Yūsha (Otomé HERO) during its "Level-5 Vision 2016 -New Heroes-" presentation on Wednesday. The video reveals anime footage by A-1 Pictures, and previews some of the gameplay. The game will feature 24 male Slayer characters that players c...

Funimation Reveals Strike Witches Anime Film's English Dub Cast

Cristina Valenzuela, Bryn Apprill, more join cast; BD+DVD combo pack ships on October 4 ― Funimation announced the English dub cast on Wednesday for its release of the Strike Witches anime film. The new cast includes: Cristina Valenzuela as Shizuka Hattori Bryn Apprill as Heidemarie W. Schnaufer Krystal LaPorte as Nikka Edvardine Katajainen Monica Rial as Aleksandra I. Pokryshkin Alison Viktorin as R...
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Akumu no Sumu Ie: Ghost Hunt, Oyasumi Jack the Ripper Manga End

Ghost Hunt sequel series ended on Thursday; Oyasumi Jack the Ripper to end on August 27 ― The September issue of Kodansha's ARIA magazine revealed on Thursday that Ai Ninomiya, Ikuhiro Nao, and Kinako's Oyasumi Jack the Ripper manga is ending in next month's issue, which ships on August 27. Shiho Inada and Fuyumi Ono's Akumu no Sumu Ie: Ghost Hunt manga also ended in the September issue. The third an...
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ēlDLIVE Anime Reveals 1st Visual, January Premiere

Studio Pierrot animates TV anime of manga by Reborn!'s Akira Amano ― Studio Pierrot opened a website for the television anime adaptation of Akira Amano's ēlDLIVE manga on Thursday. The site revealed the anime's first visual and the anime's January premiere. Viz Media published the first three chapters of the manga in English digitally in September-October 2014 as part of its "Jump Start" initiative, ...

Regalia Anime Halts Broadcast After Episode 4, Will Restart Airing in September

Staff will adjust schedule of production; home video release delayed by 1 month ― The official website for Infinite's Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars original television anime series announced on Thursday that the anime will cease broadcast and streaming after its fourth episode (airing on Thursday), and will launch again on September 1. (The restart date will vary depending on the station.) The anim...
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Akira Amano's Exhibit Shows New Anime Video Featuring Reborn!, ēlDLIVE

1st Reborn! anime footage since TV anime ended in 2010; video streams on August 4 ― The "Amano Akira Illustrations Exhibition" event is presenting a special collaboration mini anime video of Akira Amano's Reborn! and ēlDLIVE manga starting this week. The video celebrates the event's opening, and it will stream on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ app on August 4. The video features the first anime footage of R...
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Manga Entertainment Releasing Pokemon Films

Amazon also lists 30th anniversary edition of Akira, Blu-ray release of 1986 Transformers: The Movie ― UK Anime Network reports that Amazon UK is listing the following Manga Entertainment releases. Some of them have also been confirmed on Manga's Twitter feed, see below. October 3 - Digimon: Digital Monsters Season 1 October 24 - Pokémon The Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages (pictured right) on DVD ...
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Cheer Boys!! ‒ Episode 4

"Production values and visual direction continue to suffer in this episode, but the characters' growing trust and closeness adds depth to the show."
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Oh My Goddess! Creator Fujishima, Cosplayer Otogi Announce Birth of Child

Couple recently announced marriage, pregnancy ― Manga artist Kousuke Fujishima (Oh My Goddess!, You're Under Arrest) tweeted a letter on July 26 apologizing for recent events and announcing the birth of his and cosplayer Nekomu Otogi's child. Apology and birth report I'm sorry to have worried all of you, the fans, with the sudden announcement the other day. I want to once again offer an apology to ha...

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Japanese Comic Ranking, July 18-24

Kingdom, JoJolion, Magi, One Piece, Fairy Tail in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Kingdom 43 408,235 409,223 2016/07 Shueisha Yasuhisa Hara 1 1 2 JoJolion 13 192,033 192,404 2016/07 Shueisha Hirohiko Araki 2 1 3 Magi 30 163,344 307,956 2016/07 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 3 2 4 One Piece 82 146,021 2,159,066 2016/07 Shue...
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Bishonen Idol Magazine Includes Fist of the North Star: Strawberry Flavor Characters

Gag idol group featured alongside B-Project, Tsukiuta, The Idolmaster SideM, more ― The gag idol group from the parody anime Fist of the North Star: Strawberry Flavor made an appearance in the newest issue of the Japanese boys idol magazine MY★STAR vol.6 from Dengeki Girl's Style on Tuesday. The "pure-hearted" idol group, Nanto DE 5 MEN, includes Fist of the North Star characters Shu, Juda, Shin, Re...

Digimon Adventure tri. Films' English Dub Casts Johnny Yong Bosch as T.K., Tara Sands as Kari

Returning cast members for Patamon, Angemon announced; new cast member for Gatomon ― Film distribution company Eleven Arts announced a third round of voice actors for for the English dub of the Digimon Adventure tri. – Chapter 1: Reunion anime film on Wednesday. The cast members are: Johnny Yong Bosch as T.K. Laura Summer as Patamon Dave Mallow as Angemon Tara Sands as Kari Kate Higgins as Gatomon an...
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Time Bokan 24 Anime's Promo Video Reveals Main Cast

Akihisa Wakayama, Akari Kitō star in October anime ― Level-5 unveiled a promotional video and main cast for its and Tatsunoko Productions' upcoming Time Bokan 24 television anime during its "Level-5 Vision 2016 -New Heroes-" presentation on Wednesday. Shigeru Chiba narrates the video. < The cast includes: Akihisa Wakayama as Tokio Akari Kitō as Calen Eri Kitamura as Bimajo Hiroaki Hirata as Tsubuyakk...
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New Inazuma Eleven Anime, Game Revealed

TV anime slated for summer 2017 ― Game developer Level-5 announced Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin, a new game and television anime in its Inazuma Eleven franchise, during its "Level-5 Vision 2016 -New Heroes-" presentation on Wednesday. The company also streamed a short pilot film, animated by OLM and featuring the theme song "Teppen e Dash" by pugcat's. In the story, protagonist Asuto Inamori's socc...
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Kochikame Manga Gets Novel Crossovers With Girls Und Panzer, Cheer Boys!, Mr. Osomatsu

Also Orphen, Haruchika, Nazutoki wa Dinner no Ato de ― Shueisha has announced a new 6-part crossover novel anthology as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of Osamu Akimoto's police comedy manga KochiKame. This Vs. KochiKame: Novelization Anthology will ship on September 17 for 1,600 yen, or about US$15.30. KochiKame, which is short for Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo ("This i...
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Level-5 Unveils Lady Layton Game Starring Professor Layton's Daughter

3DS/Android/iOS puzzle game slated for spring 2017 ― Game developer Level-5 announced during its "Level-5 Vision 2016 -New Heroes-" presentation on Wednesday that the new game in its Professor Layton puzzle game franchise is Lady Layton: Fugō-ō Ariadne no Inbō (Lady Layton: Millionaire King Ariadne's Conspiracy). The game is slated for spring 2017 on Nintendo 3DS, Android, and iOS. Level-5 began stre...
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Answerman - Why Aren't Anime/Manga Sales Numbers Public?

Every month we see anime and manga sales charts from Japan, but there's no equivalent in the US - how come we never see sales info anywhere else? Justin gets into it. ― "Oshino Hunter" asks: In Japan exact sales numbers are given for all anime and manga, but in America, we get NO stats on anime sales, and only what has sold better than others for manga. Why is this? Even in Japan, publishers do not ...
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Level-5 Announces New Cross Media Project Megaton-kyū Musashi

Anime, game, Shonen Jump collaboration, toys planned ― Game developer Level-5 announced a new cross media project titled Megaton-kyū Musashi during its "Level-5 Vision 2016 -New Heroes-" presentation on Wednesday. The project includes a television anime, game, collaboration with Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump, toys by Bandai, and an internet anime spinoff titled "After School." The company also stream...
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Genshiken: Second Season Sequel Manga Ends in August

Shimoku Kio's sequel inspired TV anime in 2013 ― The September issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine revealed on Monday that Shimoku Kio's Genshiken: Second Season (Genshiken: Nidaime) sequel manga will end in the magazine's next issue, which Kodansha will publish on August 25. Kodansha Comics publishes the manga in North America, and it describes the story: A new academic year means new mem...
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Billy Bat Manga to End in 3 More Chapters

2nd half of Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki manga's final arc began in June ― This year's 35th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine is announcing on Thursday that Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki's Billy Bat manga will end after three chapters. If the manga runs with no delays, the manga will end on the magazine's 38th issue on August 18. Urasawa and Nagasaki had announced in January that the ma...
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Kuromukuro Episodes 1-13 Streaming

This Netflix-licensed spring season anime is finally available for streaming! Was this mecha adventure worth the wait? Theron Martin takes a look. ― We've seen anime about a person from the present being catapulted into the future to become an ace mecha pilot before (see Buddy Complex, among possibly others), but a person from the past coming to the present instead? That's certainly a new twist. It's...
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Ghibli Cinema Screenings in August

Includes seasons in Edinburgh and Manchester ― The U.K. cinema screenings of Ghibli films in August include one season at the Edinburgh Filmhouse cinema between August 5 and 28, and another Ghibli season at Manchester's Home Cinema from August 1. Other Ghibli screenings are listed at the Studio Ghibli Forever website.
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Otome Yōkai Zakuro Supernatural Manga Gets Stage Play in January

Lily Hoshino manga previously inspired TV anime in 2010 ― A stage play adaptation of Lily Hoshino's Otome Yōkai Zakuro manga has been green-lit. It will run at Zenrosai Hall Space Zero in Tokyo from January 18 to January 25, 2017. The play's official website revealed the cast. Kōsuke Asuma as Kei Agemasa Tomohito Wakizaki as Riken Yoshinokazura Kaisei Abe as Ganryū Hanakiri Yūya Asato as Omodaka Sato...
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High Speed! Is 4th Free! Blu-ray to Top Weekly Chart

2nd, 3rd, 6th BD of anime's 1st season previously ranked #1 on overall BD chart ― The Blu-ray Disc release for the High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- anime film sold 14,642 copies in its debut week, and ranked #1 on Oricon's weekly animation and overall Blu-ray Disc chart for the July 18-24 week. The Blu-ray Disc release of the film is the fourth home video release in the Free! anime franchise that ha...

Fairy Tail Manga Gets 10th Anniversary Art Exhibit in September

Exhibit to feature art from entire manga, life-size figures, exclusive merchandise ― This year's 35th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail manga will get an art exhibit to celebrate the manga's 10th anniversary. The exhibit will take place for nine days from September 17 to 25 at Tokyo Skytree Town, and will feature art from the manga's first...
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Live-Action One Week Friends Film's New Visual Reveals More Cast, February 18 Opening

Sairi Itō, Keisuke Okada, and Ryō Iwase join cast ― The official website of the live-action film of Matcha Hazuki's One Week Friends (Isshūkan Friends) manga revealed a new visual for the film on Wednesday. The visual reveals the film's February 18, 2017 opening date, as well as additional cast. The additional cast includes Sairi Itō, Keisuke Okada, and Ryō Iwase in as-yet unspecified roles. Haruna K...

Pokémon Go Gets 10 Million Downloads in Japan on 1st Day, 75 Million Worldwide

Similarweb: 24% of Android users in Japan have downloaded game The New York Times newspaper reported last Friday that 10 million people downloaded the Pokémon Go game in its first day of release in Japan last Thursday. Web analytics company Similarweb reports that 24% of Android users in Japan have downloaded the game, surpassing the users of Snapchat, WhatsApp, and KakaoTalk in the country. In add...

Big Order Manga by Future Diary's Sakae Esuno Ends

Manga gets epilogue chapter in August; Yen Press licensed manga ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine published the final chapter of Sakae Esuno's Big Order manga on Tuesday. Esuno will publish an epilogue chapter in the magazine's October issue on August 26. Yen Press licensed the manga, and it describes the story: When Eiji Hoshimiya was asked his heart's desire, the young...

Tokyo ESP Manga by Ga-Rei's Hajime Hasegawa Ends

Manga inspired anime in 2014; Vertical publishes manga in N. America ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine published the final chapter of Hajime Segawa's Tokyo ESP manga on Tuesday. The manga had a total of 76 chapters. Vertical is releasing Tokyo ESP in North America, and it describes the manga's story: Rinka Urushiba's world is turned upside down when she wakes up one day-...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Draws His Characters Playing Pokémon Go

Also: Pokémon Go character designer Yusuke Kozaki posts commemorative art ― Pokémon Go launched in Japan on Friday, allowing Yu-Gi-Oh! manga creator Kazuki Takahashi to join the craze. Takahashi created a three-part piece of art to show his enthusiasm for the game, saying that he's already walked 10 kilometers and has managed to catch a Pikachu. みなさんフォローありがとうございます! コメントもありがとう!楽しく読ませてもらってます! 昨日は10キロ歩い...

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Animatrix's Koji Morimoto Directs Commercial for Navigation App

Director, animator imagines a "car that narrows the distance between people" ― Anime director Koji Morimoto created a 30-second commercial for the Japanese smartphone navigation app NAVIelite. The video streamed on Monday. Moritomo referenced the project in an interview with New People. "I would like to have a car that narrows the distance between people," he said. "The cars these days are too fast. ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 24-30

Love Live! The School Idol Movie, When They Cry Rei; The Asterisk War, Immortal Hounds, Queen Emeraldas, Re:Zero, Sweetness and Lightning manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Code Breaker BD/DVD S.A.V.E. EditionPlease Funimation Entertainment US$29.98 July 26 Night Warriors - Darkstalkers' Revenge OVA DVDPlease Discotek Media/Eastern Star US$29.95 July 26 Date A Liv...
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Shakunetsu no Takkyū Musume TV Anime About Girls' Ping Pong Reveals Main Cast

Yumiri Hanamori, Minami Tanaka, Marika Kōno, Yūki Kuwahara, Ayaka Imamura, Hisako Tōjō star ― The staff of the television anime adaptation of Yagura Asano's Shakunetsu no Takkyū Musume (Scorching Ping Pong Girls) manga announced the anime's main cast during a Niconico live broadcast on Tuesday. In addition, the broadcast announced that the main six cast members will perform the anime's theme song "Sh...
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Gabriel Dropout Manga Gets Anime From Himoto! Umaru-chan Staff

Manga about an angel skipping school for a game obsession began in 2013 ― This year's September issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki Daioh magazine announced on Wednesday that Ukami's Gabriel Dropout manga will get a television anime adaptation. The anime will reunite the main staff from summer 2015's Himoto! Umaru-chan anime. Masahiko Ohta is directing the series off series composition by Takashi Aoshima at ...
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Eiichiro Oda Knows What the Final One Piece Panel Will Be

"It's very cool" ― Fuji TV announcer Daijirō Enami appeared at a Tokyo premiere event for One Piece Film Gold on Saturday and shared a tidbit from his recent interview with One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda: when Enami asked if Oda has the manga's final panel already planned out, he received an emphatic "yes." Oda also assured him that "it's very cool." Enami met with Oda in the One Piece creator's firs...
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Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Future Arc ‒ Episode 3

"With no class trial system to give new deaths context, we'll have to log each one away as just another clue in a much longer game."
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World of Final Fantasy Theme Song Video Previews Game Footage

PS4/PS Vita game slated for release in October in N. America, Europe, Japan ― Square Enix began streaming a video preview of the opening theme and some footage from its upcoming World of Final Fantasy PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game. Aoi Mizu (also known as mizuki from her performance of the second Aldnoah.Zero opening theme) performs the opening theme song "Innocent²," composed by Ryo Yamaza...
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Taboo Tattoo ‒ Episode 4

"This week, Taboo Tattoo tries to be an action series, a horror series, a comedy, a drama, and a romance all at once, and the result is honestly kind of a mess."
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Sweetness & Lightning ‒ Episode 4

"While episode 4 still has its share of tender moments, it contains quite a bit more comedy than its predecessors."
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New Game! ‒ Episode 4

"Some formulaic but effective humor, a bit of character development, and a couple moments of fanservice just to make sure the audience is still paying attention."
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Berserk Musou Game Delayed to October 27

Game to ship for PS3/PS4/Vita in Japan, includes PC release in the west ― The official website of KOEI Tecmo Games and Omega Force's Berserk Musou game revealed on Tuesday that the game's release date in Japan has been delayed to October 27. The announcement notes that the game was delayed to further increase the game's quality. The game was originally slated for September 21. KOEI Tecmo Games previo...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, July 18-24

Nobunaga Concerto film sells 5,062 + 4,896, followed by High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-, One Piece, 2nd Yo-kai Watch film, PSO2 anime ― The Special Edition DVD for the live-action film of Ayumi Ishii's Nobunaga Concerto manga sold 5,062 copies to rank #5 on the overall DVD chart. The Standard Edition was #5 with 4,896 copies. The stage play of the Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! anime landed at ...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, July 18-24

High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- sells 14,642, followed by Macross Delta, Nobunaga Concerto film, Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Maaya Uchida ― The Special Edition Blu-ray for the live-action film of Ayumi Ishii's Nobunaga Concerto manga sold 4,897 copies to rank #6 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The Standard Edition was #16 with 1,929 copies. Maaya Uchida's Uchida Maaya Hello, 1st contact! 2016....
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Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Opening Theme Single Ranks #4 With 47,154 Copies

3rd straight single to rank in top 5; next single slated for August 3 ― "Aozora Jumping Heart" (Blue Sky Jumping Heart), the third single of the Love Live! Sunshine!! franchise's nine-girl idol group Aqours, sold 47,154 copies to rank #4 on Oricon's CD singles chart for the July 18-24 week. The single's title song serves as the opening theme song of the Love Live! Sunshine!! television anime. The sin...
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Titan Comics Licenses Assassin's Creed 4 Manga by Welcome to the N.H.K.'s Oiwa

Manga launched in 2013, ended in 2014 with 2 volumes ― Titan Comics announced during Comic-Con International this past week that it has licensed Takashi Yano and Kendi Oiwa's Assassin's Creed: Awakening (Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag -Kakusei-) manga, an adaptation of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag game. Titan Comics has not revealed a release date for the manga in North America. The manga...

Actor Charlie Hunnam Will Not Appear in Pacific Rim 2 Film

Actor Charlie Hunnam said in an interview with Yahoo! Movies on Monday that he will not appear in Pacific Rim 2, the planned sequel to Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham's 2013 science-fiction robot film. He mentioned that there was an early draft of the script that heavily featured him, but the film's schedule was constricted due to "politics and business surrounding filmmaking." His schedule ...

Nintendo Shares Drop 18% After It Reminds Investors It Did Not Develop Pokémon Go

Company loses US$6.7 billion in market value after minimizing game's impact on its income ― Nintendo's shares on the Japanese stock market dropped by 18 percent on Monday, and is dropping as much as six percent on Tuesday, after Nintendo issued a report last Friday. The report noted that company expected the impact of the Pokémon Go game on its annual net income to be limited, and clarified that it d...
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D.Gray-man Hallow ‒ Episode 4

"Where episodes 1-3 covered an average of 6.3 manga chapters per episode, we're down to 4 chapters this week, resulting in enough time to let the nicely crafted symmetries sink in."
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Mob Psycho 100 ‒ Episode 3

"This episode was a cutting exploration of peer pressure and adolescent anxiety that did tremendous work in further establishing Mob as an excellent protagonist."
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The Morose Mononokean ‒ Episode 4

"It's good to see The Morose Mononokean proving it's more than a one-trick pony."
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 4

"If Tales of Zestiria the X hadn't hooked you fully before, this is the episode that cements it as a fantasy worth paying attention to."
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film's Cyborg Designs Unveiled

Lord of the Rings' Weta Workshop shows models at Comic-Con ― Design studio Weta Workshop (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, I, Robot, King Kong) showed off some of its physical effects at its Comic-Con International booth this past weekend. Among its displays was a first look at some of the cyborgs for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell live-action film. IGN shared a video of the display: Weta Workshop pro...
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