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That Wolf-Boy is Mine! GN 4

This sweet shojo love story comes to a charming conclusion, as love triangles resolve without getting too hairy. Rebecca Silverman reflects on if this romance is worth reading. ― One of the best things about a short series is that they end. That may sound a bit too obvious to merit stating, but a short-and-sweet series, if done right, can be incredibly fulfilling. That's the case with Yoko Nogiri's T...
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Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant GN

This behind-the-scenes look at the clean-up effort following the Fukushima disaster is rich with narrative and artistic detail. Theron Martin explains what makes this biographical manga so unique. ― Manga is so typically a disposable entertainment form that it can be easy to lose sight of how compelling a format it can be when devoted to serious, non-dramatized nonfiction accounts. This is just such ...
review

There's a Demon Lord On the Floor GN 1

This supernatural workplace comedy takes on a fun premise that manages to avoiding some of the more tired aspects of its genres, even if it doesn't stand out much either. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Think The Devil is a Part-Timer meets Working!!. There's a Demon Lord on the Floor's first volume introduces a story that feels very much like a combination of those other two series' premises – ...
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Paying to Win in a VRMMO Novels 1 & 2

These first two novels have fun playing with the idea of the ridiculously overpowered protagonist from stories like Sword Art Online. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Prepare to have a new definition for the overpowered hero. Ichiro Tsuwabuki, leading man of Blitz Kiva's light novel series Paying to Win in a VRMMO, is nearly as perfect as a man can get. He's filthy rich, he once had successful ca...
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Sunday, April 23

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From Groupie to Mother: The Character Growth of Naruto's Sakura

Pink-haired ninja Sakura Haruno has changed a lot since she first appeared in Naruto over a decade and a half ago.
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That Wolf-Boy is Mine! GN 4

This sweet shojo love story comes to a charming conclusion, as love triangles resolve without getting too hairy. Rebecca Silverman reflects on if this romance is worth reading. ― One of the best things about a short series is that they end. That may sound a bit too obvious to merit stating, but a short-and-sweet series, if done right, can be incredibly fulfilling. That's the case with Yoko Nogiri's T...
ep. review

Eromanga Sensei ‒ Episode 3

"After her introduction in the previous episode, Eromanga Sensei's third episode gives some formal focus to rival author Elf Yamada."
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Resident Evil: heavenly island's Naoki Serizawa Launches New Manga Series on April 28

New series centers on female sports doctor ― The official Twitter account for the Nihon Bungeisha's Weekly Manga Goraku magazine revealed on Thursday that the manga's next issue (issue #2562) on April 28 will launch Naoki Serizawa's new manga series Sports Doctor "MAMA" (Mama wa Sports Doctor). 【次号予告】次号のGW特大合併号の週刊漫画ゴラクは、本誌初登場!巨弾シリーズ新連載!!芹沢直樹が描く「ママはスポーツドクター」が大増の70Pで登場!!!!来週の28日(金)発売のゴラクを、是非ともお楽しみくださいま...
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Live-Action Blade of the Immortal Film Streams 2 'Cannes' TV Ads

Film screens at Cannes Film Festival in May, opens in Japan on Saturday ― Warner Brothers began streaming two new "Cannes" commercials on Friday for the live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal "neo period drama" manga. Both ads preview the film's theme song "Live to Die Another Day ~Sonzai Shōmei~" (Live to Die Another Day ~Proof of Existence~) by Miyavi. The film will premiere in ...
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Code:Realize Anime Reveals TV Format, October Premiere, Cast, Staff, Promo Video

Game cast reprises roles with Saori Hayami joining as progatonist Cardia ― The "Code:Realize Fantastic Party" event in Kawasaki City revealed on Sunday that the previously revealed anime adaptation of Idea Factory and Design Factory's Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ (Code:Realize ~Sōsei no Himegimi) PlayStation Vita game is a television anime series that will premiere in October. The anime's webs...
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2nd Tokyo Ghoul Stage Play Reveals Cast, Staff, July Premiere

Ryo Matsuda replaces Yūki Ogoe to star in new stage play ― The official website for the second Tokyo Ghoul stage play based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga began streaming a commercial on Sunday to reveal some of the cast members in costume. (Note: The first video below can't be viewed the United States, New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea, and Australia.) The stage play stars: Ryo Matsuda as Ken Kane...
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Kamiko Nintendo Switch Game Gets English Release on April 27

Arcade-like action game launched in Japan on April 13 ― Nintendo is listing that it will release game publisher and developer Flyhigh Works and indie developer Skipmore's Kamiko game on the Switch in the United States on April 27. The game will cost US$4.99 and will be available on the Nintendo e-Shop. Flyhigh Works began streaming an introduction video for the game on April 12. Nintendo describes th...
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Tsuredure Children Anime Reveals Main Cast, Theme Song Artists

Series of 15-minute shorts premieres in July ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine is revealing the main cast and theme song details on Wednesday for the television anime of Toshiya Wakabayashi's Tsuredure Children (Idle Children) manga. The anime stars: Kaito Ishikawa as Takurō Sugawara Inori Minase as Chizuru Takano Tomoaki Maeno as Takeshi Gōda Yui Ogura a...
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5-Minute Fire Emblem Echoes Game's English Video Outlines Strategic Elements

Remake for 3DS ships in N. America, Europe on May 19 ― Nintendo began streaming a new English-narrated "A Master Class in Strategy" trailer on Saturday for its Fire Emblem Echoes -Shadows of Valentia- Nintendo 3DS game. The video previews the game's strategic elements. The video also outlines what bonuses various Amiibo figures will provide in-game. The game features animated cut scenes by Studio Kha...
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One Piece Reveals Anime Character Designs for Pudding, Big Mom

Toei also streams preview for next week's anime-original musical number ― The official website for the One Piece franchise revealed the anime character designs on Sunday for the characters Charlotte Pudding and Big Mom. Miyuki Sawashiro (Durarara!!'s Celty, 2011 Hunter × Hunter 's Kurapika) will voice the character Charlotte Pudding. Pudding is the 35th daughter of Big Mom, and she is Sanji's arrange...
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"Magic Mirror" in Shibuya Compliments Women Using Voice of Toshiki Masuda

The Japanese company Nissui has put up a "Magic Voice Mirror" in Shibuya as part of a campaign for a new line of soy milk cookies. Women can stand in front of the mirror and hear various compliments about their appearance from seiyu Toshiki Masuda. Directional speakers are used to make it sound like he is, "whispering sweetly into your ear." Toshiki Masuda is the voice of Mikado Sekimura in B-PRO...
ep. review

Berserk ‒ Episode 16

"For once, things seem to be looking up for Guts and his travelling party."
ep. review

Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 29

"This isn't just the peak of this second season's commitment to doubling down on the horror, it's easily one the direst moments in the entire Attack on Titan franchise series thus far."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 17

"The U.A. sports festival rages on with the beginning of the cavalry battle."
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Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 3

"The animation for the brief fight scene at the beginning isn't the sharpest, but this series has so much going for it on a conceptual front that minor problems like this can be overlooked."

Saturday, April 22

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Madoka Magica Characters Transform into Flower Fairies in Lawson Collaboration

Madoka, Mami, Homura, Sakura, Sayaka, and Kyōko from SHAFT's Puella Magi Madoka Magica will be transforming into flower fairies in a collaboration with the Japanese convenience store chain Lawson beginning on April 25. Lawson will be selling a variety of original goods for the campaign, which is a tie-up event for the 3rd Madoka Magica film, Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion. ...
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Castlevania Show's Adi Shankar Says He'd 'Love to Do' an R-Rated Mega Man Film

Producer Adi Shankar is currently working on the upcoming Castlevania animated series for Netflix, but he's also been recently discussing other video game adaptations he'd like to make. Shankar said in an interview with gaming website WWG on April 10 he would "love to do" an R-rated live-action film based on Capcom's Mega Man franchise. The producer also said he would also like to tackle an animat...
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Yuki Yuna Is a Hero Anime's Pachislot Game Video Posted

1st film of 2nd season opened in March, 2nd on April 15 ― Game company Daxel began streaming a promotional video for its pachislot (pachinko-parlor slot machine) based on the Yuki Yuna Is a Hero anime franchise on Monday. Daxel hasn't yet revealed when the machines will launch in pachinko parlors in Japan. The first Yuki Yuna Is a Hero anime's story takes place in the era of the gods, year 300. Yūna ...
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ufotable Animates Opening for BS Fuji's 'Anime Guild' Block

New block airs Anonymous Noise, Kado: The Right Answer, Grimoire of Zero, BanG Dream! anime ― Animation studio ufotable (The Garden of Sinners, Fate/Zero) posted its video opening for BS Fuji's new Anime Guild programming block on April 10. The block runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. BSフジ・新アニメ枠「アニメギルド」―OP映像をufotableにて制作致しました。クレジット付のバージョンをWEB限定で公開致します。 アニメギルド公式アカウント(@animegu...
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Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side ‒ Episode 2

"Maybe I blocked it out, but I don't remember so much Loki-assaulting-Lefiya action in the original Sword Oratoria novels."
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Man Forced to Breastfeed Alien Baby in New Manga

Provided with gender-switching device ― Alien abduction stories are a staple of pulp science fiction, complete with variations in which humans raise alien babies. Gender-switching stories are also perennially popular, especially in Japan. The manga Chichi no Jikan by Kuronosuke Shirata, published in book form by Tokuma Shoten on April 20, combines the two themes in a very bizarre way. Chichi no Jikan...
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REC's Q-taro Hanamizawa Starts New Manga in May

New Kanojo ga Bikini Armor ni Kigaetara manga centers on wife with secret ― This year's June issue of Shonengahosha's Monthly Young King Ours GH magazine announced on Monday that Q-taro Hanamizawa will start a new manga titled Kanojo ga Bikini Armor ni Kigaetara (If She Changes Into Bikini Armor) in next month's issue on May 16. The July issue will feature the manga on its front cover, and the first ...
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Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Gets Collaboration with Tenkaippin Ramen Chain, More

Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail is getting collaborations with Tenkaippin ramen, the restaurant Sweets Paradise, and the internet cafe Jijyuu Kuukan to celebrate the new anime film Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, which opens in theaters in Japan on May 6. At Tenkaippin ramen, fans will be able to eat "Special Collaboration Donburi" out of bowls with an illustration of a half-dragon Natsu on them. The ramen chai...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Characters Show Off Their Worldwide 'Image Girl' Dress

The Love Live! Sunshine!! "World Image Girl Election" poll held late last year paired each character with a corresponding country to make each a PR ambassador for different "regions" of the world. The highest combination of votes for each idol and region determined which member became the ambassador for each location. The Love Live franchise staff revealed the characters dressed in traditional or ...
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We Saw the New Karuta-filled Detective Conan Movie

The new Detective Conan movie is like Chihayafuru but with more murder.
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Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant GN

This behind-the-scenes look at the clean-up effort following the Fukushima disaster is rich with narrative and artistic detail. Theron Martin explains what makes this biographical manga so unique. ― Manga is so typically a disposable entertainment form that it can be easy to lose sight of how compelling a format it can be when devoted to serious, non-dramatized nonfiction accounts. This is just such ...
daily briefs

Toriko's Shimabukuro Publishes New 1-Shot in Grand Jump Magazine This Fall

This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro will publish a new one-shot manga in Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine this fall. Shimabukuro is publishing the 19-page "Chingiri" one-shot manga (pictured at right) in the same combined issue on Monday. He also recently published a different 29-page one-shot gag manga...
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Ryohgo Narita's New Bleach Novel Reveals Title, Digital Serialization Starting on April 28

Novel focusing on Shūhei Hisagi launches on Jump+, official Bleach app ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing the title on Monday for Ryohgo Narita's (Baccano!, Durarara!) new Bleach novel based on Tite Kubo's manga. The novel is titled Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World, and it will launch on both the Shonen Jump+ app and the official Bleach ...
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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory Game Reveals 2 New Characters

PS4/Vita game featuring 320+ Digimon ships in Japan this year, in early 2018 in West ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed two new female characters on Thursday for its Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game. The game will feature the new character Erika Mishima and the returning character Fei. Erika is "is a genius hacker who has the special power to li...
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Bandai Namco Ent. Reveals Weekly Shonen Jump Ore Collection Smartphone Game

Battle card game launches in Japan this summer ― This year's June issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Friday that Weekly Shonen Jump and Bandai Namco Entertainment are launching a smartphone game titled Weekly Shonen Jump Ore Collection (Weekly Shonen Jump My Collection) this summer. Bandai Namco Entertainment has also opened a website for the game. In the card battle game, players collec...

Fullmetal Alchemist, One Piece Voice Actor Ed Blaylock Passes Away

Voice actor for King Bradley, Sengoku was 64 ― Dallas, Texas-based radio station WRR 101 revealed on Thursday that voice actor and radio host Ed Blaylock (Thomas Edwin Blaylock, Jr.) passed away on Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 64. As a voice actor, Blaylock played the role of Fuhrer King Bradley in both the Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood television anime seri...
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More Do You Like Your Mom? Light Novel Campaigns Ahead of Mother's Day

"Personalized" voice clips, an online RPG, and a mini-museum ― Dachima Inaka's light novel Do You Like Your Mom? Her Normal Attack is Two Attacks at Full Power has sold very well and has inspired several unique promotional campaigns. With the second volume hitting store shelves on April 20 and Mother's Day approaching on May 14, its publisher, Fujimi Shobo, is unleashing more treats for readers yearn...
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Marvelous Establishes Company With Focus on Senran Kagura

Producer Kenichirō Takaki helms Honey∞Parade Games ― Game, anime, and stage production company Marvelous announced on Friday that it will establish a subsidiary company under the name Honey∞Parade Games on May 9. The new company's main focus will be the production and promotion of the Senran Kagura series, but it also aims to create "next generation" IP. Senran Kagura series producer Kenichirō Takaki...
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Saga Prefecture's 4 Anime Shorts Now Streaming With English Subtitles

Saga Prefecture's four anime shorts created to promote the area's tourism are now streaming with English subtitles. "Okaeri" ("Welcome Back") follows high school senior Sora who is aiming to be a professional soccer player. Unfortunately, Sora is injured and finds that the path to being a pro in Tokyo is now closed to him. He decides to find a new path in Saga Prefecture's Karatsu city. Kappei Yam...
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NieR: Automata Sells More Than 500,000 Copies In Japan & Asia

The official NieR Twitter account revealed on Friday that the PlayStation 4 version of NieR: Automata has sold more than 500,000 physical and digital copies in Japan and Asia. According to Media Create's most recent Japanese sales chart, more than 300,000 physical versions of the game have been shipped in Japan alone. Square Enix announced on April 4 that the the game's physical and digital versio...
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Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness Manga's Life-Size Lala Figure Completed

Shueisha's Jump Square first announced that Lala Satalin Deviluke will get her own life-size figure last month to mark the manga's end. To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga writer Saki Hasemi has since stated that Darkness is "not the final chapter" of To Love-Ru but the figure's creation marched forward none the less. Now completed, Lala will only go home with 10 lucky buyers. She's priced at 2,8...
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AR Game Maker Sues Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Legal Response to Pokémon Go

U.S. game company Candy Lab sued the county of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday over an ordinance that requires virtual and location-based augmented reality games to have a permit in order to operate in Milwaukee County Parks. Candy Lab is challenging the ordinance on the basis that it violates its First Amendment right to free speech. The county adopted the ordinance in January in response to the p...

Friday, April 21

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Series Premiere: KADO - The Right Answer ‒ Episodes 0-3

"Despite its methodical pacing and lack of a big emotional hook, KADO is thoughtfully written and carefully presented, with the potential to explore some really big ideas."
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Bookwalker Global to Release The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress Light Novel

Digital reading platform plans more English translations of light novels ― BookWalker Global, Kadokawa's English-language digital reading platform, announced on Friday that it will release the first volume of the light novel series The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress (Tatakau Panya to Kikaiji kake no Kanbanmusume) in English in June. The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress is the platform...
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Silent Möbius Creator Kia Asamiya Draws Visual for Maya Okamoto's Fictitious '90s Anime

Voice actress Maya Okamoto (Emma Sheen in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Orihime in Sakura Wars, Harumi in The Irresponsible Captain Tylor) recorded a CD for a classic '90s anime that never actually existed, and the key visual, drawn by Silent Möbius creator Kiya Asamiya, has just been released. The fictional anime is titled Raijin Hakkei -ZANAM- Femme Fatale Unmei no Onna, or "Thunder God Series 8 -ZAN...
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Viz Media Licenses Splatoon Manga

Also announces new Studio Ghibli picture books, Hello Kitty & Friends coloring book ― North American publisher Viz Media announced during its C2E2 panel on Friday that it has licensed Sankichi Hinodeya's Splatoon manga and plans to release the first volume in late 2017. In addition, the company announced that it will release The Art of My Little Pony: The Movie book in August, The Hello Kitty & Frien...
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Tamio Boy to Kuruwase Girl Live-Action Film's Trailer Reveals September Opening

Live-action Bakuman.'s Hitoshi Ōne directs film ― The official website for Tamio Boy to Kuruwase Girl, the live-action film adaptation of Chokkaku Shibuya's Okuda Tamio ni Naritai Boy - Deau Otoko Subete Kuruwaseru Girl (The Boy Who Wished to Be Tamio Okuda - The Girl Who Drove All the Men She Met Crazy) manga, began streaming a trailer and teaser video for the film on Thursday. Both videos reveal th...
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Robbery Suspect Description Evokes Detective Conan Villain

A recent theft in Fukuoka has police on the look out for a man with long hair and a black hat. The description has internet gumshoes wondering if they already know the culprit, none other than Detective Conan's Gin. The Black Organization officer is one of Conan's most ruthless opponents and the internet is abuzz that the character is the one behind the robbery. On Monday, the suspect and his two ...

Sentai Filmworks Reveals Himōto! Umaru-chan's English Dub Cast

Video clip previews English dub with Umaru, Taihei's voice actors ― Sentai Filmworks revealed the full English dub cast and a new English dub clip for Himoto! Umaru-chan on Friday. The new clip showcases previously announced cast members Emily Neves and Adam Noble performing their respective roles as Umaru and Taihei. The rest of the main English cast is as follows: Sara Ornelas as Nana Ebina Jad Sax...
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Kodansha Comics to Publish Battle Angel Alita, Full-Color Attack on Titan: No Regrets Manga

Color pages previewed for Attack on Titan: No Regrets ― Kodansha Comics announced during its presentation at C2E2 on Friday that it will release Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita manga in hardcover 2-in-1 omnibus volumes beginning this holiday season. In addition, the company announced that it will release a full-color, hardcover, large-size edition of the Attack on Titan: No Regrets manga this fal...

Seven Seas Licenses To Love Ru, To Love Ru Darkness Manga

1st volumes slated for October ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed the To Love Ru (To Love-Ru -Trouble-) and To Love Ru Darkness (To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness) manga. The company plans to release the series concurrently, with To Love Ru as 2-in-1 omnibus volumes and To Love Ru Darkness as single volumes. The first volumes are slated for October 24 and October 31, resp...
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Manga Explores What It Would Be Like If Your Mom Was Your Age

Son, mother both 10 years old ― Chances are you probably know or have known kids who've acted wiser or more mature than their years, whether through being bossy or nurturing. But what if your mom was actually your age? How would that affect your childhood? That's the intriguing question Rei Neyuki asks in the webcomic Okaasan (10-sai) to Boku. ("My (10-Year-Old) Mom and Me."), now newly published in ...
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Blade Dance of Elementalers' Artist Draws Isekai Meikyū de Harem o Manga

Shachi Sogano launched original novel on "Shōsetsuka ni Narō!" website in 2011 ― The May issue of Kadokawa's Shonen Ace magazine revealed last month that Issei Hyōju will launch a manga adaptation of Shachi Sogano's Isekai Meikyū de Harem o (A Harem in the Fantasy World Dungeon) light novel series in the magazine's next issue on April 26. The original novel series centers on high school student Michi...
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Exile Election PS4/Vita Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

NIS's adventure game ships in Japan on April 27 ― The official website for Nippon Ichi Software's Tsuihō Senkyo (Exile Election) adventure game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita began streaming the second promotional video on Friday. In the video, Alice introduces the three rules of the "Exile Election" death game. The website began streaming the first promotional video in February and "exile im...
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Answerman - What Were VHS Fansubs Like?

Back in the 80s and 90s anime fansubs were distributed entirely on VHS tape - a whole ecosystem of tape sharing and trading that no longer exists. Justin breaks it down. ― Michael asks: Every once in a while, I'll stumble across old VHS fansubs; the unique quirks (like Kodocha's purple tapes) are absolutely fascinating. Were things like custom labels or tapes and fancy splashscreens common back then...
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Series Premiere: Sagrada Reset ‒ Episodes 1-3

"The show has some serious problems (mostly on the production side), but there is more promise to its story than most of its mid-tier brethren."
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Bungo Stray Dogs OVA Casts Masakazu Morita as Shōsaku Katsura

Blu-ray Disc ships with original manga's 13th volume on August 4 ― The official Twitter account for the Bungo Stray Dogs anime franchise revealed on Friday that it has cast Masakazu Morita as the new character Shōsaku Katsura (pictured below). The character will appear in the original anime that Kadokawa will publish on Blu-ray Disc as a bundle with the 13th volume of Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa...
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Series Premiere: Love Tyrant ‒ Episodes 1-3

"It delivers its jokes extremely well, and while it has issues everywhere else in terms of writing, pacing, and design, none of that is enough to distract from enjoying those punchlines."
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Escha Chron OVA Reveals Main Character Designs

2-episode anime stars Chika Anzai, Kiyono Yasuno ― The official website for the two-episode original video anime adaptation of Avex Pictures' DIVE II Entertainment music label's "Escha Chron" stage recital project revealed character designs and descriptions for four characters on Friday. The cast includes (Note: Name romanizations are not official.): Chika Anzai as Escha, a beautiful girl with a myst...
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Scientists and Engineers React to Mecha and Robot Anime

On a recent TV special, Japanese scientists and engineers gave their views on the past half century of robot anime.
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There's a Demon Lord On the Floor GN 1

This supernatural workplace comedy takes on a fun premise that manages to avoiding some of the more tired aspects of its genres, even if it doesn't stand out much either. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Think The Devil is a Part-Timer meets Working!!. There's a Demon Lord on the Floor's first volume introduces a story that feels very much like a combination of those other two series' premises – ...
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Series Premiere: Clockwork Planet ‒ Episodes 1-3

"It's definitely on the ugly side for anime, and it could stand to be more creative with its premise, but there's still potential here."
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Wataru Hatano Performs Hitorijime My Hero TV Anime's Opening Song

Series adapting Memeco Arii's boys-love spinoff manga premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Memeco Arii's Hitorijime My Hero manga revealed on Friday that Wataru Hatano will perform the opening theme song "Heart Signal" for the series. Genki Hikota composed and arranged the rap song, and shigeo provided the lyrics. Hatano and Hikota previously worked together...
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Store: Kemono Friends Gets Stage Musical, New Game

"New screen project" for franchise previously announced ― The Akihabara-based store Busō Shōten posted an image of the wraparound jacket band on the Kemono Friends Official Guide Book 2 book on Friday. The band reveals that the Kemono Friends franchise is getting a stage musical and a new game. The guide book also reaffirms that a "new screen project" has been green-lit for the franchise. The book wi...

Daichi Sorayomi Ends Keijo!!!!!!!! Aquatic Sports Manga

Manga inspired 12-episode anime series in October ― This year's combined 22nd and 23rd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine will publish the final chapter of Daichi Sorayomi's Keijo!!!!!!!! aquatic sports manga on Wednesday. The manga's 16th volume will ship in May, the 17th volume will ship in June, and the 18th volume will ship in July. Sorayomi launched the manga in Weekly Shonen S...
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Polka Dots Performs Theme Song For Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Anime Film

Hiro Mashima serves as executive producer for film opening on May 6 ― The official website for the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film announced on Friday that the two-member unit Polka Dots (pictured right) is performing the film's theme song "What You Are." The duo is composed of i☆Ris member Himika Akaneya and Mimi Meme MIMI member Yuki Takao. Polka Dots previously performed an insert song for the T...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film's 2nd Trailer Streamed With English Subtitles

Film starting Ryōsuke Yamada opens in Japan on December 1 ― Warner Bros. Japan began streaming an English subtitled version of the second trailer for the live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga on Friday. The trailer shows young Edward and Alphonse's attempt to bring their mother back to life with alchemy, and then previews action scenes with the brothers as adults. Warner Bros...
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7O3X: Fastest Finger First Anime's Quiz Videos Reveal Takuma Nagatsuka as Akira Sonohara

Anime based on Iqura Sugimoto's quiz club manga premieres in July ― Toei began streaming a quiz video on Tuesday for 7O3X Fastest Finger First, the television anime adaptation of Iqura Sugimoto's Nana Maru San Batsu (literally, "7 O 3 X" or "7 Right, 3 Wrong") manga. The video reveals the character Akira Sonohara, and the voice actor for the character asks if viewers can guess his identity. A separat...

Kohske's Gangsta. Manga Resumes on May 20

Series had been on hiatus since November 2015 due to author's poor health ― The official website of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic @ Bunch magazine revealed on Friday that Kohske's Gangsta. manga will resume in the magazine's July issue, which will ship on May 20. Additionally, from May 15-28, all 42 chapters of the manga released so far will be available to read for free on the website. The magazine had...
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The Relative Worlds Original CG Anime's Trailer Shows Parallel World Characters

2-part anime debuts on Hulu Japan on April 28, May 5 ― The official website for Hulu Japan and Craftar's original two-part "smart CG animation" project Soutai Sekai (The Relative Worlds) began streaming a trailer for the project on Friday. The video shows the characters and their alternate world counterparts interacting with each other, and also previews REOL's opening theme song "VIP KID." REOL are ...
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Haré+Guu's Kindaichi to End Liar x Liar Manga in 3 Chapters

Manga about stepbrother unknowingly falling in love with stepsister launched in 2010 ― The June issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine is revealing on Monday that Renjuro Kindaichi's Liar x Liar manga will end in three chapters. The magazine's April issue previously noted in February that the manga would end in four chapters, but the manga took a one-month break in the May issue. If there are no delays...
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BlazBlue CentralFiction Game Comes to Steam on April 26

Publisher H2 Interactive revealed on Thursday that it will release Arc System Works' BlazBlue: CentralFiction fighting game on the PC via Steam on April 26. The release will include the game's original soundtrack and a digital "Memorial Book." The game originally debuted in Japanese arcades in November 2015, and the game launched in Japan for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 on October 6. Aksys...
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Augmented Reality Girls Trinary App's 2nd Promo Video Highlights Features

App debuted on April 13 with anime ― The official website for Toei Animation and Gust's Augmented Reality Girls Trinary (Kakuchō Shōjo-Kei Trinary) "anime cross-link role-playing game" smartphone collaboration project's app began streaming a second promotional video for the project on Thursday. The video highlights the app's features, including communicating with the characters, story events, battles...
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Live-Action [email protected] Show Teases 1st Episode in Video

Series premieres in South Korea on April 28, will stream on Amazon Prime Video ― The official YouTube account for the live-action THE [email protected] Dream television series began streaming a teaser for the show's first episode on Thursday. The official website for the series revealed on March 3 that the [email protected] Dream series will begin airing in South Korea on April 28. The show will air on the S...
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ZUN Announces 16th Game in Touhou Project Series

Touhou: Hidden Star in Four Seasons debuts at Summer Comiket in August ― Japanese dōjin developer ZUN (founder and sole member of the Team Shanghai Alice dōjin game developer circle) revealed on Thursday that he is developing the 16th main installment in the Touhou Project series of "bullet hell" (danmaku) shooters, titled Touhou: Hidden Star in Four Seasons (Tōhō Tenkūshō). He added he hopes to have...
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In/Spectre Manga Ends, But Sequel Announced for June

Manga by Chasiba Katase based on Kyo Shirodaira's novel launched in 2015 ― This year's third issue of Kodansha's Shōnen Magazine R published the final chapter of Kyo Shirodaira and Chasiba Katase's manga In/Spectre (Kyokō Suiri or Invented Interface) manga on Thursday. A sequel series to the manga will begin in the magazine's next issue on June 20. The first chapter of the sequel will be a short stor...
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Crunchyroll Adds The Devil is a Part-Timer!, Blood Blockade Battlefront Anime

Junjō Romantica 3 also added ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added The Devil is a Part-Timer!, Blood Blockade Battlefront, and Junjō Romantica 3 anime series to its catalog. The Devil is a Part-Timer! is available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The anime premiered in 2013. Funimation streamed the series as...
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Boys Figure Skating Manga Anthology Sells Out at Launch

Sayo Yamamoto and MAPPA's hit anime series Yuri on Ice has made an impression outside of its female fanbase, resonating with professional figure skaters and the ice skating world as a whole. The popularity it's brought to the sport can be summed up as immense. An immediate example is the "Yuri!!! on Ice ~Figure Skate o 100-Bai Tanoshimu Shūchū Kōgi~" event with figure-skating choreographer Kenji M...
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Gundam the Origin Anime's Loum Arc Debuts on September 2

Episode 5 will double theater count, screening run compared to previous episodes ― Sunrise announced on Friday that "Clash at Loum," the fifth episode of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime and the first in the anime's "Loum Arc," will open in Japan on September 2 in 35 theaters — more than double the previous four episodes' 15 theaters. The episode's screenings will also be extended to four wee...
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Detective Conan Solves Monster-Killing Case in Monster Hunter XX

CAPCOM released details and a preview video for Monster Hunter XX 3DS video game's collaboration with the Detective Conan anime on Tuesday. The collaborative bonus quest is titled "Kodai-rin no Doku Kaichō Satsujin Jiken (Monster Hunter XX-hen)" (The murder case of venomous monsters in the ancient forest (Monster Hunter XX Chapter)). The upcoming DLC quest will unlock armor to transform the player...
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Katsuhiro Otomo Unveils Cutaway Painting Inspired by Bruegel's Tower of Babel

Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Steamboy, Memories) is a big fan of Dutch Renaissance painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. This interest became clear on April 13, when he unveiled the project he's been working on lately, a recreation of Bruegel's painting The (Little) Tower of Babel with a portion cut away to reveal the interior, at an event at Tokyo's DNP Ginza Building. Bruegel's painting (one of two of th...
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Akiba's Beat Game's Story Trailer Shows 'Delusions'

PS4/PS Vita ships this May in N. America, Europe ― XSEED Games began streaming a story trailer for its PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game Akiba's Beat on Thursday. The trailer introduced the game's concept of traveling between reality and "delusions." The game is slated for release on May 16 in North America. PQube will publish the game in Europe on May 19. The game shipped in Japan for PlayStat...
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Season Premiere: Saekano Season 2 ‒ Episodes 0-2

"The “flat” in the season's title is a musical note reference, but unless the show picks up more, it could be an unfortunately accurate label in another sense."
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TOKU to Air Ultraman Neos Live-Action Series With English Subtitles

12-episode series premieres May 1 ― Olympusat, Inc.'s television channel TOKU announced on Thursday that it will air the Ultraman Neos live-action series with English subtitles for the first time in the United States. TOKU plans to air all 12 episodes between May 1 and May 16. The episodes will air on weekdays at 7:00 p.m. EDT, a timeslot currently filled by Ultraman 80. TOKU also previously aired Ul...
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Series Premiere: Tsukigakirei ‒ Episodes 1-3

"A charming, intimate, and solidly realized character drama."
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SuperGroupies Unveils Cardcaptor Sakura Kimono Set

CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura is getting a themed kimono set complete with an obi clip, three different types of sandals, and three different iPhone cases. All of the items can be purchased on the otaku clothing site Super Groupies. Super Groupies will be accepting reservations until April 30. The kimono and obi clips will be delivered at the beginning of June, and the sandals and iPhone cases will b...
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King of Prism: Pride the Hero Film's Teaser Previews New Edel Rose Performers

Film premieres June 10 in Japan ― The official website for King of Prism: PRIDE the HERO, the new anime film that follows the Pretty Rhythm spinoff film KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm, began streaming a theatrical teaser for the film on Friday. The video features the song "Vivi°C Heart Session!" by the new members of Edel Rose, and introduces Edel Rose's new and returning members. The film will premie...
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Live-Action Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Stills Show Jōsuke, Kōichi

Stills shot at set for Nijimura brothers' house revealed ― The staff of the live-action film of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable manga revealed two new stills from the film on Thursday. The first still depicts Kento Yamazaki (Jōsuke Higashikata) and Ryunosuke Kamiki (Kōichi Hirose) on Toho's set for the Nijimura brothers' house, in a scene where Jōsuke is attacked by ...
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Air Master Creator Shibata's Yōkai Banchō Manga Listed as Ending on April 25

Manga to have "important announcement" alongside final chapter ― Amazon Japan's listing for this year's 10th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine reveals that the issue will contain the 30-page final chapter of Yokusaru Shibata's Yōkai Banchō manga. The description also repeats the previous issue's statement that there will be an "important announcement" regarding the series. The issue will ship in ...

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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, April 10-16

Live-action Hito wa Mita Me ga 100 Percent drama adaptation airs ― The Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare anime film aired on NTV on Friday, April 14 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 10.6% rating. The live-action drama series adaptation of Hiromi Ōkubo's Hito wa Mita Me ga 100 Percent manga aired on Fuji TV on Thursday, April 13 at 10:00 p.m. and earned a 9.5% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Aver...
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Japanese AI App Features Robot That Can Communicate Like a "Real Girlfriend"

The Japanese smartphone application and artificial intelligence engine SELF, which features a highly-detailed female robot named Ai Furuse, has just added upgraded conversation functionality, promising, "communication close to that of a real girlfriend or partner." The application attempts to model natural human expressions using new animation techniques. The robot character, Ai, can react to diff...
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3rd Hetalia Stage Musical's Title, Cast Revealed

Gaku Takamoto joins cast as Prussia for July musical ― The official website for the stage musical adaptations of Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia - Axis Powers manga announced the third musical's title and cast on Thursday. The musical is titled Hetalia ~in the new world~. Gaku Takamoto, pictured below, is joining the cast as Prussia. The cast members returning from the second musical are as follows: Ryōki...
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Fantasista Stella's Michiteru Kusaba Launches Manga About Fisheries Science Club

Ocean romance manga launched on Wednesday ― This year's 21st issue of Shogakukan's Shounen Sunday magazine published the first chapter of a new manga series by Fantasista Stella creator Michiteru Kusaba on Wednesday. The series is titled Daiku no Hatō (The Ninth Wave). The story revolves around Minato Ebihara, a modern high school boy from the city, who sets out for the city of Isahaya in Nagasaki f...
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Atlus Marketer Registers New 'Persona' Domain Names

Game business marketing solutions firm Ryu's Office, which has handled marketing for the Persona series and other Atlus games, registered the following domain names on April 4: P5AG.jp Persona8.jp Persona9.jp Persona10.jp In addition, the company registered P5R.jp on April 11 and the following domain names on April 18: P5D.jp P5U.jp P3D.jp Persona-Dance.jp PQ2.jp Atlus' Persona 5 game for PlayStat...
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Fans Can Manifest Quirks, Fight Villains at My Hero Academia Event in July

A My Hero Academia interactive puzzle-solving event called "Heroes Dead End Program" will open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya beginning on July 29. Fans will be able to solve various puzzles and ciphers as students at the Hero Academy, manifest Quirks, and fight Villains. The event will run at the Hulic Hall in Asakusabashi, Tokyo, at 2 PM and 5PM on Saturday, July 29 and 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 4:30 ...

Funimation Reveals Returning English Dub Cast for Attack on Titan

Season 2's dub premieres Saturday ― Funimation Entertainment announced its English dub cast for Attack on Titan season 2 on Thursday, confirming the following returning cast members: Bryce Papenbrook as Eren Josh Grelle as Armin Trina Nishimura as Mikasa Matthew Mercer as Levi Ashly Burch as Sasha Clifford Chapin as Conny Bryn Apprill as Christa J Michael Tatum as Erwin Jessica Calvello as Hange Jaso...
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Kodansha USA to Publish DAYS, Tsuredure Children Manga Digitally

Both 1st volumes slated for April 25 ― Kodansha Advanced Media announced on Tuesday that it will release Tsuyoshi Yasuda's DAYS and Toshiya Wakabayashi's Tsuredure Children manga as digital-first titles on April 25. Kodansha Comics previously confirmed that it plans to complete all digital-first titles, and the titles can potentially receive print releases in the future. Yasuda launched the DAYS socc...
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Seven Seas Licenses Monster Girl Doctor Light Novel Series

1st volume available in print, digitally on December 19. ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed Orikō Yoshino's Monster Girl Doctor (Monster Musume no Oisha-san) light novel series. The first single volume is slated for December 19 in both print and digital formats. Seven Seas describes the story, which is "endorsed by OKAYADO," the author of the Monster Musume manga: I...
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Nintendo's Lawsuit Against Real-Life Mario Kart Company Goes to Court

Nintendo's lawsuit against the Shinagawa-based company MariCar had its first oral proceedings at the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday, April 18. Nintendo is seeking damages of 10,000,000 yen (about USD $92,000) against the company, which rents out go-carts and Mario costumes and gives customers a chance to experience real-life Mario Kart on the streets of Tokyo. Nintendo is claiming that MariCar's ...
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'your name.,' Shin Godzilla, In This Corner of The World Film Producers Win Fujimoto Awards

Makoto Shinkai, Genki Kawamura, Akihiro Yamauchi, Yoshihiro Sato, Masao Maruyama, Taro Maki honored ― Japan's Eiga Engeki Bunka Kyōkai (Film Theater Culture Association) announced the winners of its 36th annual Fujimoto Awards on Thursday. The your name. film's staff, including director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura, received this year's general award. In addition, producers Akihiro Yama...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Anime Casts Takahiro Sakurai, Subaru Kimura

Also: Chiharu Sawashiro, Daiki Hamano, Yuki Nakashima, more ― The staff of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS television anime revealed additional cast members and character visuals for the anime on Friday. The cast includes (Note: The readings for some of the characters' kanji names aren't confirmed.): Shōya Ishige as Yūsaku Fujiki Takahiro Sakurai as mysterious creature Subaru Kimura as Shōichi Kusanagi Chiharu ...
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We Went to the Yuri!!! on Ice Celebration in Namja Town

We went to check out the special Yuri!!! on Ice celebration at the Namja Town theme park in Ikebukuro, and found a ton of character goods, tasty sweets, and photo spots waiting for us. ― From March to May of 2017, Namco's Namja Town (an indoor amusement park in Ikebukuro) has been a little frostier than usual (in a good way!) We went to check out the special Yuri!!! on Ice celebration and found a to...
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Series Premiere: Sakura Quest ‒ Episodes 1-3

"It's really impressive how many little details are packed into every scene, helping the characters and their tiny world of a town feel real."

Ange Vierge Trading Card Game Stops Development

TCG launched in 2013, inspired TV anime last year ― The official website for the Ange Vierge trading card game revealed on Thursday that Kadokawa is stopping development of the game this month. Kadokawa said in the announcement that it is stopping development of new releases for the trading card game as well as products related to the game. The related products will be the "Shiten ni Mau Otome-tachi"...
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Classic Streaming: Revolutionary Girl Utena ‒ Episodes 1-2

"If you've ever felt lonely, misunderstood, or like the only broken person in a society you couldn't relate to, Utena is a story for you." Jacob Chapman kicks off this king-sized 20th anniversary retrospective!
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Live-Action Asahinagu Film Reveals New Visual, Premiere Date

Film starring Nanase Nishino opens on September 22 ― The official website of the live-action film adaptation of Ai Kozaki's Asahinagu sports manga revealed the film's first poster visual on Thursday. The visual features lead actress Nanase Nishino as protagonist Asahi Tōjima with the catchphrase "Can even I become strong?" The website also revealed that the film will open in Japan on September 22. Th...
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Seven Mortal Sins Takes Paradise Lost and Adds Buxom, Naked Devils

Ever think that classic literature needed more fanservice?
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Paying to Win in a VRMMO Novels 1 & 2

These first two novels have fun playing with the idea of the ridiculously overpowered protagonist from stories like Sword Art Online. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Prepare to have a new definition for the overpowered hero. Ichiro Tsuwabuki, leading man of Blitz Kiva's light novel series Paying to Win in a VRMMO, is nearly as perfect as a man can get. He's filthy rich, he once had successful ca...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 3

"It makes sense that Next Generations would want to feature a stand-in for one of the franchise's most popular characters, but the end result is largely a watered-down version of Rock Lee."
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Live-Action Double Mints Film's Video Shows 2 Mitsuos' Relationship

Shunsuke Tanaka, Yasushi Fuchikami star in film opening on June 3 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Asumiko Nakamura's Double Mints boys-love manga began streaming a new promotional video on Thursday. The video introduces the story and two main characters and features comments from director Eiji Ueda. The film's staff previously released the video to crowdfunding backers. ...
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Bandai Namco Ent. Reveals Code Vein Role-Playing Game

"Dramatic exploration action RPG" launches in 2018 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment opened a website on Thursday to reveal the Code Vein "dramatic exploration action RPG." The game is slated for 2018, but Bandai Namco Entertainment hasn't yet revealed the game's platform(s) or price. Bandai Namco Entertainment has also launched a Twitter account for the game. Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe also reveal...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Anime Premieres on May 10

This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS television anime series will premiere in Japan on May 10 on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. The anime will air on Wednesdays at 6:25 p.m. A new program titled Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Hour will also air on BS Japan starting on May 12, and will air on Fridays at 5:00 p.m. on the st...
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New One Piece Magazine to Serialize Novel About Ace

Magazine launching in July celebrates 20th anniversary of original manga series ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Eiichiro Oda's One Piece franchise is getting a novel titled One Piece Novel "A". The novel will center on Ace's past, and will be serialized in the upcoming One Piece Magazine, a new magazine being published t...
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Sinbad Children's Film Trilogy Available on Amazon UK

Trilogy made by Nippon Animation ― UK Anime Network reports that Amazon Video UK is streaming the three films in Nippon Animation's recent Sinbad anime film trilogy. Each film has a runtime of around 50 minutes, and all the films are available for Amazon Prime members only. Amazon describes A Flying Princess and a Secret Island, subtitled here and dubbed here: An anime trilogy based on the literary c...
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Miyuki Sawashiro Joins One Piece Anime's Cast as Pudding

Mami Koyama listed as voice of Big Mom ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Miyuki Sawashiro (Durarara!!'s Celty, 2011 Hunter × Hunter 's Kurapika) will play the character Charlotte Pudding in the One Piece television anime series. Pudding is the 35th daughter of Big Mom, and she is Sanji's arranged fiancée. The issue is also...
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Fire Emblem Echoes 3DS Game's Opening Movie Streamed

Studio Khara animates cut scenes in 3DS remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden ― Nintendo began streaming the opening movie for its Fire Emblem Echoes -Shadows of Valentia- Nintendo 3DS game on Thursday. The video previews the animated cut scenes by Studio Khara (Rebuild of Evangelion). The game is a remake of 1992's Fire Emblem Gaiden, the second installment of the game franchise. The game shipped in Japan on...
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Konbini Kareshi TV Anime's Story Revealed (Updated)

Anime about high school boys who visit convenience store debuts in July ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Konbini Kareshi (Convenience Store Boyfriends), a multimedia project developed by Kadokawa's B's Log Comic magazine, revealed a story description for the anime on Thursday. It is spring, right around the time when new students start getting used to their school lives. ...
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Bushiroad to Host Milky Holmes, Vanguard, Buddyfight Guests at California Event

Mark Ishii, Aina Aiba, Shūta Morishima, Sora Tokui, Milky Holmes group to attend July 1-2 event ― The official website for Bushiroad's "Vanguard & Buddyfight Grand Festival" event revealed the first five guests for the event on Wednesday. The guests include: Mark Ishii (Cardfight!! Vanguard's Chrono Shindou) Aina Aiba (Cardfight!! Vanguard G NEXT's Tokoha Anjou) Shūta Morishima (Cardfight!! Vanguard'...
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DLE Produces Nui Nui Hinobori San Kyōdai Net Anime Shorts (Updated)

Takuya Eguchi, Kōtarō Nishiyama, Yūki Yonai star in series about brothers running a stuffed toy shop ― The goods company SunRise (not related to the anime studio of the same name) opened a website on Thursday to announce that it is producing a net anime series of shorts based on its "Nui Nui Hinobori San Kyōdai" plush and goods line. The anime shorts will also be titled Nui Nui Hinobori San Kyōdai (T...
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation Anime's New Video Highlights Inter High Arc

Yūma Uchida plays new character Yūto Shinkai from Hakone Academy ― Toho began streaming a new promotional video for the Yowamushi Pedal New Generation anime on Thursday. The video previews the arc centering around the next Inter High competition, as well as its participant schools of Sohoku High School, Hakone Academy, and Kyoto Fushimi High School. In particular, it features the new character Yūto S...
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Santa Inoue's Tokyo Tribe 2 Manga Gets Stage Play

Play debuts in late September ― A stage play adaptation of Santa Inoue's Tokyo Tribe 2 manga has been green-lit. It will debut at the Shibuya O-East in late September under the title Tokyo Tribe. Imagine Itō is directing the stage play, and Hiroyuki Yashiro is credited for composition. Itō will also perform in the play himself alongside fellow Umebou dance group performers Shōji Tōyama, Makoto Endō, ...
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Award-Winning Manga Artist Seika Nakayama Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Magazine Princess Gold is celebrating award-winning shōjo manga artist Seika Nakayama's 40 year career with a bundled manga booklet. The June issue includes a 132-page bonus booklet titled "Konnichiwa! Nakayama Seika desu!!" (Hello! I'm Seika Nakayama!!) that includes retrospective works from her career. The stories include "Hana no Miyako (Gildirekk) no Sweets na Ichinichi" (One Day of Sweets in ...
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New PV Teases Idolish 7 Game's 3rd Installment

New installment not only introduces ŹOOĻ, but its obsessive fan Ryō Tsukumo who is related to the group's formation ― The official YouTube channel for the Idolish 7 multimedia franchise began streaming a promotional video for the mobile game's third part that introduces the new idol group ŹOOĻ. The group is made up of four members: Haruka Isumi (Yūya Hirose), Tōma Inumaru (Subaru Kimura), Minami Nats...
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Some Fans Didn't Win Passes to Sumire Uesaka's Strawberry-Picking Event, So ...

…They tailed her tour buses in an unofficial The [email protected] Cinderella Girls itasha caravan. Voice actress Sumire Uesaka (Anastasia in The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, Nonna and Piyotan in Girls und Panzer, Serika in Chaos;Child, Kikko Hoshino in Concrete Revolutio) gave the members of her fan club, Kolkhoz no Tamanegibatake ("Kolkhoz Onion Field"), a chance to go strawberry-picking with her on Ap...
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Million Arthur VR Game's Video Previews Combat in VR

PC game for HTC Vive system slated for spring ― Square Enix began streaming a promotional video for its Kai-Ri-Sei Million Arthur VR game on Monday. The video previews the virtual reality experience in the game, including the combat, avatar customization, and the ability to look at the environment around the player. The game will launch for the PC this spring. The game is compatible with the HTC Vive...

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Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter's 2nd Anime Film Outsells 1st, Ranks #1 in Mini-Theaters

Film had 3rd highest per-screen average on weekend Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō: Tamashii, the second of three anime films that portray the first six episodes of the second season of the Yuki Yuna Is a Hero anime, ranked #1 in the mini-theater ranking in its opening weekend, earning more than the first film in the series during their opening weekends. The film had the third-highest...
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China Chat Service's Elise Character Stamps Gets Animated Promo Video

The popular character Elise from the program "WeChat" is the star of a short animation from DMM Pictures. The Chinese program "WeChat" uses stamps similar to Japan's LINE service. The titular main character is a baking champ that lives in Sweet Town. The Elise stamp set was downloaded over 400 million times as of February 2017 and is overwhelmingly popular with Chinese women in their teens to 30s....
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ReLIFE Anime Voice Actor Kensho Ono Has Cameo in Live-Action Film Version

Voice actor Kensho Ono, the voice of protagonist Arata Kaizaki in the ReLIFE anime, has a cameo appearance in the live-action ReLIFE film, which opened in Japan on Saturday. He appears relaxing in a café scene where Kazuomi Ōga encourages Arata to confess to Chizuru Hishiro. Ono also played Arata in the ReLIFE stage play in September 2016, but Taishi Nakagawa (pictured right in costume as 27-year-...
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Season Premiere: Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku ‒ Episodes 1-2

"It's no longer Natsume against the world by a long shot, and his growing social circle paints yokai troubles in a new light."
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Japanese Comic Ranking, April 10-16

Attack on Titan, Detective Conan, One-Punch Man, Umimachi Diary, Ajin: Demi-Human in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Attack on Titan 22 373,742 1,026,591 2017/04 Kodansha Hajime Isayama 1 2 2 Detective Conan (Case Closed) 92 310,029 310,029 2017/04 Shogakukan Gosho Aoyama 2 1 3 One-Punch Man 13 133,227 512,846 2017/04...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 10-16

Monster Hunter XX retains #1 ranking for fifth week ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 10-16 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DSMonster Hunter XX Capcom March 18 43,941 1,366,093 59 2SwitchThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Including Limited Editions) Nintendo March 3 20,888 375,291 90 33DSMario Sports Superstars Nintendo March 30 10,698 61,879 4...
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Series Premiere: The Royal Tutor ‒ Episodes 1-3

"Heine's true comedic potential can shine when his deadpan attitude clashes with the princes' theatrics."
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Fukushima Gainax Produces 15-Minute Anime Short Set in Iwaki City

Short features personified warships Shiokaze, Sawakaze ― Anime studio Fukushima Gainax completed production on its "Jinryoku Senkan!? Shiokaze Sawakaze" anime short on Tuesday. The anime debuted at an event in Iwaki city in Fukushima prefecture on March 20. The Onahama City Planning Citizens Conference commissioned the anime last year, and the anime is set in the Onahama district in Iwaki city. The a...
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Gundam Build Fighters Producer Teases Announcement in Early May

Gundam Build Fighters producer Masakazu Ogawa revealed in a Twitter post tagged with Gundam Build Fighters on Wednesday that "one more special chapter" is in the works. He expects to be able to make an official announcement in early May, during Japan's Golden Week holidays. The Twitter account for the series had announced in April 2015 that the franchise would get several OVA projects, but it has ...

Himōto! Umaru-chan Anime's English Dub Casts Emily Neves as Umaru

Video previews dub for 2015 comedy anime ― Sentai Filmworks announced with a video on Wednesday that Emily Neves will star as Umaru Doma in its English dub of the Himōto! Umaru-chan television anime. Neves joins Adam Noble as Umaru's brother Taihei Doma. The videos description notes that Sentai Filmworks will reveal the anime's dub cast this week. Sentai Filmworks will release the anime on Blu-ray Di...
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Irregular at Magic High School Anime Film Reveals New Visual, Additional Cast

Jin Yamanoi, Satoshi Hino, Masaki Aizawa play USNA Magicians ― The official website for the Gekijōban Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Hoshi o Yobu Shōjo (The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Calls the Stars) anime film revealed three additional cast members and new key visual on Wednesday. Original light novel artist Kana Ishida illustrated the visual, pictured below. The new visual wi...

Seven Seas Licenses Yokai Girls Manga

Manga runs in Shueisha's Young Jump in Japan ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Kazuki Funatsu's Yokai Girls (Yōkai Shōjo -Monsuga-) manga. The first single volume is slated for November 7 in North America. Seven Seas describes the story: Nishizuru Yakki has always considered himself a fairly normal guy–he's graduated from school, works a part-time job, and has nev...
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Musicians Taku Takahashi, TeddyLoid, Pa's Lam System Perform at Anime Expo

Convention holds 1st electronic music concert on July 3 ― The organizers of the Anime Expo convention announced on Tuesday that musicians ☆Taku Takahashi, TeddyLoid, and Pa's Lam System will perform at this year's convention. The musical artists will perform at Neon District, the convention's first electronic music concert, on July 3 from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. The organizers will announce more artis...
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Answerman - Why Are Common English Loanwords Mistranslated So Often?

Often you'll see an English loanword like "Buruma" translated literally in subtitles even if it's obviously not accurate - why does that happen? ― Juliana asks: Why, when handling an English loanword, do translators so often use the literal English source-word, rather than the meaning the word most commonly has in actual Japanese usage? I can't think of a recent show that didn't render jusu (soda, s...
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Konbini Kareshi Mixed-Media Project Gets TV Anime

Anime about high school boys who visit convenience store debuts in July ― The staff of Konbini Kareshi (Convenience Store Boyfriends), a mixed-media project developed by Kadokawa's B's Log Comic magazine, announced on Thursday that the project is getting a television anime adaptation. The anime will premiere on TBS and other networks in July. Hayato Date (Saiyuki, Naruto) is directing the anime at St...

Sakura Quest TV Anime Listed With 25 Episodes

― The official website for P.A. Works' new original television anime Sakura Quest revealed on Wednesday that the series' staff is planning a total of seven Blu-ray Disc and DVD sets for the anime. The first, fourth, and seventh sets will have three episodes each; and the second, third, fifth, and sixth sets will have four episodes each, for a total of 25 episodes. The website also revealed an image ...
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Kuroko's Basketball Last Game Film's English-Subtitled Video Streamed

Odex opens film in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam in May ― Southeast Asian film distributor Odex began streaming an English-subtitled promotional video for the Gekijōban Kuroko no Basuke Last Game (Kuroko's Basketball The Movie: Last Game) anime film on Wednesday. Odex will open the film in Malaysia on May 4, and will also open the film in Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, ...
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The Tragic Moral Of Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

The Gundam franchise has always been somewhat of a paradox: action-packed giant robot battles set against the horrors of war.
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Go Nagai Debuts New Mazinger Z Film's Footage at Annecy

Manga creator previews anime in France on June 14 ― The official website of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival announced on Monday that Go Nagai will unveil the first footage from the new anime film based on his Mazinger Z manga during the festival on June 14. Nagai will present the footage at a "Making Of" event at the festival. A launch event during the AnimeJapan 2017 event last mont...
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Action Heroine Cheer Fruits Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, New Characters, July Debut, Video

M.A.O, Rie Murakawa, Miku Itō, Yūki Hirose, Haruka Ishida, Erii Yamazaki, Moe Toyota, Haruka Shiraishi star ― The official Twitter account and website for the upcoming original television anime Action Heroine Cheer Fruits posted the cast, main staff, five additional main characters, and July premiere date for the anime on Tuesday and Wednesday. The website also posted a video that introduced the char...
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Deadline: Legendary's Godzilla Sequel Casts Aisha Hinds

Actress starred in Underground, Shots Fired, Under the Dome ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Tuesday that Aisha Hinds (Underground, Shots Fired, Under the Dome) has signed on to co-star in Godzilla: King of Monsters, the sequel film to Legendary Pictures' 2014 Godzilla movie. Variety revealed in January that child actor Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) will appear in the film. Th...
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Experience the JoJo Part 3 Finale at Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan revealed details about its JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders attraction slated for this summer. DIO and Jōtaro will appear as a 4D film where viewers can experience the characters' Stands first hand. "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The REAL 4-D: DIO's World" will show the final battle between Jōtaro and the vampire DIO starting on June 30. The show will run until Octo...
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Neko to Mata Short Anime About Cat Siblings Premieres on Thursday

Takuma Nagatsuka, Tasuku Hatanaka play leads ― Fuji TV's late-night variety program #Hi_Poul is premiering an original anime short series titled Neko to Mata on Thursday. Each episode will be 42 seconds long, and will air as a segment on the variety program. The series centers around two cats: a younger sister named Neko, and an older brother named Mata. Neko is a nekomata (a mythical two-tailed cat)...
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DMI's Juné Launches Kickstarter to Publish Delico Psyche's Boys-Love Manga in Print

Seeks US$47,000 to publish 3 erotic titles in print ― Digital Manga Inc.'s Juné imprint launched a Kickstarter campaign on Monday to fund print copies of four of Delico Psyche's boys-love manga volumes. The titles up for print are The Rest is a Love Thing?! (Nokorimono ni wa Ai ga Aru!?), Eroman: Paper, Pen, Sex (Ero man - kami to pen to SEX to!!), and two volumes of Pure Love's Sexy Time (Jun Ai Er...
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Seitokai Yakuindomo Anime Film's Theme Song Artists, 1st Trailer, Visuals Revealed

Triple Booking voice actresses sing theme for July 21 film ― The official website of Gekijōban Seitokai Yakuindomo, the theatrical anime project based on Tozen Ujiie's Seitokai Yakuindomo manga, began streaming the first trailer for the anime on Wednesday. The video highlights the return of the characters, and jokingly states that the film aims to earn 2 trillion yen (about US$20 billion). The site a...
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Manga Artist Shirow Miwa Honors Tokugawa Ieyasu on Anniversary of His Death

April 17 is an important date in Japanese history as it marks the death of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, a figure often credited with uniting Japan turning a tumultuous time ravaged by civil war. It was also on this date that the shogun's sword Sohayanotsurugi was designated as an important cultural asset. To mark the date, illustrator Shirow Miwa (Dogs: Bullets & Carnage, 7th Dragon) drew an illustrati...
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Layton's Mystery Journey Game's 3DS Version Ships in the West in Fall

iOS, Android version debuts worldwide on July 20, Japanese 3DS version also ships on July 20 ― Level 5 opened an English website for its Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy (Layton Mystery Journey: Katriel to Daifugō no Inbō), revealing that it will release the game on the Nintendo 3DS in the West early this fall. The game will be available on iOS and Android devices ...
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Sony's Sword Art Online Headphones Sell Out After Unexpectedly High Demand

Sony's Kirito and Asuna wireless headphones sold out almost immediately after unexpectedly high demand depleted its stock. The headphones were created as a collaboration item for Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale and went on sale for a limited time starting on February 22. The company planned to sell both of types of the headphones until April 28, but announced on April 14 that the item w...

Pokémon Sun & Moon Anime Starts Weekly Run on Disney XD in U.S. in May

1st 2 episodes previewed on Disney XD in December ― The official Twitter account of the Pokémon franchise revealed on Monday that the Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon (Pokémon Sun & Moon) anime will premiere its regular weekly run on Disney XD in the United States on May 12. Head to Alola with Ash and friends starting May 12! Catch #Pokemon the Series: Sun & Moon on Disney XD, US Trainers: https://t.co...
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Ultra Street Fighter II Game's Trailer Previews Different Game Modes

Soundtrack sampler video also posted for May 26 game ― Capcom began streaming a new trailer for its Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers Nintendo Switch game on Monday. The trailer previews the game's features, including a "classic style" mode, a "local battle" mode, an "internet battle" mode, a "buddy battle" mode, and a "Way of the Hado" mode. The video also shows the new character custom...
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Find Your Ideal Idol from King of Prism with Official Quiz

Fans of Pretty Rhythm's King of Prism franchise can now see which idol is best suited for them with an official quiz released to celebrate King of Prism's Twitter page reaching 50,000 followers. The quiz can be taken at this website. Fans can enter their date of birth, and then their "ideal" idol will be shown, with an image and message from the character (Japanese only). A Twitter account is req...
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The Silver Case Game's PS4 Launch Trailer Streamed

Game shipped Tuesday in N. America, ships Friday in Europe ― NIS America began streaming a launch trailer on Tuesday to correspond with its release of The Silver Case for the PS4 in North America. The trailer showcases footage from the game. The game shipped on PlayStation 4 on Tuesday in North America, and it will ship on April 21 in Europe. The game has digital, standard physical, and limited editi...
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UVERworld Performs Live-Action Gintama Film's Theme Song

Film opens July 14 in Japan ― The official website for the live-action film of the Gintama manga announced on Tuesday that the rock band UVERworld (Blue Exorcist, The Heroic Legend of Arslan) is performing the theme song. The band's vocalist TAKUYA∞ wrote and composed the song "DECIDED" specifically for the film. The film will open in Japan on July 14. Fukuda (live-action HK/Hentai Kamen, Mr. Nietzsc...

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Famitsu: PS VR Sells 102,000 Units in Japan

Kadokawa's video game news outlet Famitsu reported in a presentation on the state of the game industry on Friday that the PlayStation VR hardware has sold 102,000 units in Japan as of March 26. The report also noted that there continues to be a shortage on the market. The PS VR shipped worldwide on October 13. As of February 19, Sony Interactive Entertainment had sold 915,000 PlayStation VRs world...
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Series Premiere: "SukaSuka" ‒ Episodes 1-2

"There's an intriguing story to be found once you get past this light novel adaptation's triple-sentence title."
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Princes from The Royal Tutor, Yume 100 Give Romance Advice in 4-Week Collaboration

The currently airing television anime The Royal Tutor is getting a web collaboration with the smartphone game, Yume Oukoku to Nemureru 100 nin no Ouji-sama (The Dream Kingdom and the 100 Sleeping Princes). Higasa Akai, the original creator and manga artist of the Royal Tutor manga, will be creating collaboration visuals especially for the event. The collaboration will span four weeks and feature t...
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ReLIFE, Shuriken and Pleats, Children of the Whales Manga Win France's Mangawa Award

The official website for France's "Mangawa" award announced at the beginning of the month that Yayoiso's Relife, Matsuri Hino's Shuriken and Pleats, and Abi Umeda's Children of the Whales (Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau or Les enfants de la baleine) won the 2017 awards for the shōnen, shōjo, and seinen categories, respectively. French bookstore L'ange Bleu began holding the awards in 2005 in order...
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Series Premiere: Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor ‒ Episodes 1-3

"An underwhelming first episode sets a bad impression, but the series improves enough over the next two episodes to be decent."
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 16-22

Ocean Waves, My Hero Academia, Dagashi Kashi, Gatchaman II, Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle, Valkyrie Drive Mermaid anime; Ghost Diary manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 April 18 Dagashi Kashi BD/DVDCite Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 April 18 Gatchaman II DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks ...
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Watch Two Pro Pianists Play Themes from Yuri!!! on Ice

Professional pianists Chiharu Sudo and Ryo Sonoda have uploaded their take on music from the popular ice skating anime Yuri!!! on Ice, which aired in Fall 2016. First is a four-hand duet version of the Yuri!!! on Ice theme. Chiharu Sudo also released a solo performance of Yuri's free-skating song, Piano Concerto In B-Minor: Allegro Appasionato. Yuri!!! on Ice was voted Animation of the Year at the...
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Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] Heads To PS4, PS3, PS Vita

Game features new playable character ― Video game news website Famitsu revealed on Tuesday that Ecole Software and French-Bread will release the arcade game Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. The home version will add a new playable character Enkidu, among other new features. Famitsu magazine will reveal more details on Thursday. The arcade versi...
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Idea Factory's Mr. Osomatsu Game Gets PS Vita Variant in Japan

The official Japanese PlayStation Blog announced on Tuesday that Osomatsu-san The Game Hachamecha Shūshoku Advice: Dead or Work (Mr. Osomatsu The Game Nonsense Employment Advice: Dead or Work) game is getting a PlayStation Vita variant in Japan. The "glacier white" PlayStation Vita will feature the six Matsuno brothers engraved on the handheld system. The release will include a Mr. Osomatsu theme...
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Detective Conan Creator's Various Manga Have 200 Million Copies in Print

Gosho Aoyama starts new Magic Kaito mini-series on April 26 ― The 21st issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that manga creator Gosho Aoyama's various manga series have a combined 200 million copies in print worldwide. To commemorate the milestone, Aoyama will draw a new mini-series, the first in three years, for his Magic Kaito manga. The first chapter will ap...
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Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Anime Film Reveals New Key Visual

The official website for the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film revealed a new key visual on Wednesday. The website also announced that Tetsuya Kakihara (voice of Natsu) and Aya Hirano (Lucy) will attend an opening day stage greeting event at Tokyo's Toho Cinemas Shinjuku on May 6. The website revealed last Wednesday that theaters showing the film will give viewers a free booklet while supplies las...
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Is VR the Future of Anime?

Imagine if there was a way to be part of your favorite anime. Well, at least one major anime studio is already working on that.
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Series Premiere: Grimoire of Zero ‒ Episodes 1-2

"While the characters and the premise have a lot to offer, they're not clicking quite as well as I would have hoped."
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The Anthem of the Heart Live-Action Film's Teaser Previews Story

Film based on anime opens on July 22 ― The official website of the live-action film adaptation of The Anthem of the Heart (Kokosake or Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da.) anime film began streaming a new teaser for the film on Tuesday. The video previews the film's story. (Note: The Youtube video below is region-blocked in the United States, South Korea, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand.) The film will...
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One Piece 3rd Theme Park Attraction Gets Original Character by Oda

3rd attraction debuts April 29, with theme song by GReeeeN ― The staff of the "One Piece Live Attraction 3 Phantom" production revealed a new character for the attraction named Ann. Original author Eiichiro Oda designed the character. The attraction will debut in the Tokyo One Piece Tower indoor theme park on April 29. The GReeeeN music group wrote a theme song for the attraction titled "4 ever Don!!...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, April 10-16

Touken Ranbu stage play sells 18,734, followed by Haikyu!!, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, live-action Your Lie in April, Shin Godzilla ― The repeat performance of Butai Touken Ranbu Kyoden Moeyur Honnōji, the stage play adaptation of DMM's Touken Ranbu online browser game, sold 18,734 copies to rank #2 on the overall DVD chart. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter fell from #6 to #7 in its fourth wee...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, April 10-16

Touken Ranbu stage play sells 25,780, followed by Haikyu!!, Love Live! Sunshine!!, live-action Your Lie in April, Kamen Rider Ex-Aid ― The repeat performance of Butai Touken Ranbu Kyoden Moeyur Honnōji, the stage play adaptation of DMM's Touken Ranbu online browser game, sold 25,780 copies to rank #2 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The live-action Your Lie in April film's Blu-ray Deluxe Edition la...
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Isekai Shokudō TV Anime's Staff, Visual, Summer Premiere Revealed

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!'s Masato Jinbo directs, supervises scripts at Silver Link ― The official website of the television anime of Junpei Inuzuka's Isekai Shokudō (Restaurant to Another World) light novel series revealed the anime's staff, visual, and summer premiere on Tuesday. Masato Jinbo (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!, Chaos;Child) is directing the anime at Silver Link, and...
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Attack on Titan Gets Planetarium Show in May

A planetarium show for the Attack on Titan franchise titled Shingeki no Kyojin In the Dome -Heishi-tachi no Hoshizora- (Attack on Titan In the Dome -The Soldiers' Starlit Sky-) has been green-lit. The show will run at the Konica Minolta Planetarium "Tenkū" in Oshiage, Tokyo from May 20 to October 1, and at the Konica Minolta Planetarium "Manten" in Ikebukuro, Tokyo from May 27 to October 29. In ad...
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DMM Pictures Reveals Anime-Gataris Original Anime for Fall

Anime about school's anime research club stars Kaede Hondo, Sayaka Senbongi, Hisako Tōjō ― DMM Pictures, DMM's new animation label, opened a website for a new original television anime titled Anime-Gataris (Anime Stories) on Tuesday. The site is streaming a teaser video for the anime. The anime will premiere this fall. The anime centers on Minoa Asagaya, a new high school student in Sakaneko Private ...

New Megazone 23 Anime Project Plans Crowdfunding for Promo Video

TV anime planned for Megazone 23 XI with Monogatari, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure designers ― Anime production company AIC revealed on Friday that it would launch a crowdfunding campaign on the Campfire site for a five-minute promotional video for Megazone 23 XI. Megazone 23 XI (pronounced "sai" as in the Greek letter) is AIC's tentatively titled brand-new anime project in the Megazone 23 franchise. The ...
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Touhou Genso Wanderer Previewed on Nintendo Switch for Demonstration Only

Developer Aqua Style has no plans for release; NIS America released previous version on PS4/Vita in March ― Game developer Aqua Style posted on Sunday that it is developing a playable Nintendo Switch version of its Fushigi no Gensokyo 3 -The Tower of Desire- Reloaded (Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded) game for demonstration at Touhou Project's Hakurei Jinja Reitaisai event on May 4. Aqua Style currentl...
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Beyblade Gets New Manga Based on TV Personalities

Gag manga launches Friday ― Manga artist Chihiro Gokitsune announced plans on Twitter last Friday to launch a new Beyblade manga titled Beyblade Soul Taku & Shō. The gag manga series will premiere June issue of Shogakukan's Corocoro Ichiban! magazine, which ships on Friday. The protagonists of the series, Taku and Shō, are based a pair of real-life "bladers" who appear at tournaments and on Beyblade...
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Square Enix & Platinum Games CEOs are Actual Bosses in NieR: Automata DLC

Square Enix North America began streaming videos showing off the game's upcoming DLC for NieR: Automata on Monday. One of the new features is three more coliseums, one of which hides perhaps undefeatable bosses. After continually goading an NPC, players can face none other than Yosuke Matsuda and Kenichi Sato, the respective CEOs of Square Enix and Platinum Games. The characters are "CEOs...the st...
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 15

"With Koga and Teshima's years-long feud resolved, the floodgates have opened on a slough of new conflicts for the characters of Yowamushi Pedal New Generation."

Himōto! Umaru-chan Anime's English Dub Casts Adam Noble as Taihei Doma

Dub previewed in video ― Sentai Filmworks began streaming a video on Monday for its English dub of the Himōto! Umaru-chan television anime. The video reveals Adam Noble as the voice of the character Taihei Doma. The videos description notes that Sentai Filmworks will reveal the anime's dub cast this week. Sentai Filmworks will release the anime on Blu-ray Disc on May 30. The anime, based on Sankaku H...
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Studio Khara Recruiting Animators, Technical Staff for New Evangelion Film

Animation company Studio Khara is apparently looking for new talent to work on the final installment in the Rebuild of Evangelion film tetralogy. Studio Khara was founded by the director and original creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion Hideaki Anno in 2006 after he left Gainax. The company is headquarted in the Suginami ward in Tokyo and has worked on Bungo Stray Dogs, Erased, Gurren Lagann, Kill ...
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'your name.' Anime Film Tops US$3.4 Million After 2nd Weekend in N. America

2nd weekend earnings estimated at US$733,722 ― The Box Office Mojo website updated its box office estimates for your name. on Monday. The total box office earnings in the United States and Canada is US$3,369,779 as of Sunday. The film earned approximately US$733,722 at 292 theaters over the April 14-16 weekend, and ranked #14. your name. earned US$1,813,781 in its debut weekend beginning on April 7, ...
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Funimation Streams KanColle English Dub Trailer

DVD/Blu-ray ships June 27 ― Funimation Entertainment began streaming an English dub trailer for KanColle on Monday. The English cast, under director Jerry Jewell, includes: Felecia Angelle as Fubuki Leah Clark as Yuudachi Cherami Leigh as Mutsuki Jeannie Tirado as Kaga Tia Ballard as Akagi Elizabeth Maxwell as Nagato Morgan Garrett as Mutsu Madeleine Morris as Ooyado Christina Kelly as Yamato Megan S...
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