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The Fall 2017 Anime Preview Guide: SimulDub Edition

The Fall 2017 Anime Preview Guide SimulDub Edition has begun! Check back in for fresh previews of every new dub this season!
Available Now: Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond - Garo Vanishing Line - Juni Taisen: Zodiac War
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Fall 2017 Preview Guide! Here's how it goes: our team of critics write up their impressions instantly, to be posted here as they go along. Each ...
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Girls' Last Tour GN 2

This peaceful vision of the world after an apocalypse isn't the right read for all occasions, but it's a great read for when you need its unique brand of silent meditation. Rebecca Silverman weighs in. ― The world following an apocalypse is a theme that never goes out of style in science fiction, even if some points in history make it timelier than others. Most visions of a world destroyed take a dar...
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Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth

Does the newest entry in this difficult RPG series still hurt good enough to be worth the challenge? Todd Ciolek finds out. ― Etrian Odyssey games ask a lot. They require you to pace around dungeon grids full of nasty enemies. They require you to map out levels in the tradition of the hardest RPGs of 1986. They require you to try again and again, even after a sudden and vicious encounter wipes out yo...
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Sweet Blue Flowers [2-in-1 Edition] GN 1

This queen-sized release is an excellent way to dive into a yuri manga that's a cut above the rest. Rose Bridges explores what makes Takako Shimura's creation so special. ― On the surface, Sweet Blue Flowers has all the setup for a classic yuri premise: an all-girls' school full of students blushing at each other, kissing in hallways and against library stacks. The outside world of compulsory heteros...
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Anime Spotlight - My Girlfriend is Shobitch

High school student Haruka Shinozaki enjoyed living such a respectable life. However, the girl he fell in love with wasn't so normal... ― My Girlfriend is Shobitch Official Website: http://majimesugiru-anime.jp/ Official Twitter: @shobicchi_anime Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiere Date: October 11, 2017 Streaming available at: Amazon Anime Strike Key Staff Director: Nobuyoshi Nagayama (H...
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The Good Witch of the West Blu-Ray

This adaptation of Noriko Ogiwara's novel series finally gives English-language fans a conclusion to the tale, but other aspects of its production have not aged well. Rebecca Silverman gets into the details. ― The title The Good Witch of the West may be familiar to you – back in the day, TokyoPop released the first six volumes of the manga and first two of Noriko Ogiwara's original novels in English....
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Monday, October 23

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Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond ‒ Episode 3

"This week treats us to a rare glimpse of daily life for two of the first season's least-explored characters: Stephen and Chain."
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Hortensia Saga Smartphone Game Collaborates With Evangelion

The staff of Sega's Hortensia Saga smartphone role-playing game announced on the 29th episode of its official livestream on Friday that the game is collaborating with Evangelion. The game's official website opened a teaser page for the campaign that features silhouettes of Shinji, Asuka, Rei, Kaworu, and Mari. The collaboration is holding a pre-registration campaign that is offering various in-gam...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! ‒ Episode 16

"This episode ekes out enough heart and inspiration to create a story that's two parts whimsy, one part charm, and one part good ol' fashioned gumption."

Sunday, October 22

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VR Shampoo Serves Ramen at Ranma 1/2 Cafe

THE GUEST cafe & diner is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Rumiko Takahashi's Ranma 1/2 manga. Three locations in major metropolitan areas in Japan are hosting a collaboration cafe for the martial-arts romantic comedy. The collaboration menu will offer a variety of savory and sweet dishes. People who order the ramen will be able to order it with (1,490 yen; about US$13) or without (1,190 yen; U...
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Welcome to the Ballroom ‒ Episode 16

"I'm beginning to feel like we can't win for losing with this flawed adaptation, as every week I hope that maybe next time will give me something to love about this show instead."
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Taiko no Tatsujin Game Collaborates With Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower Film, A3! Game

The Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower anime film announced on Friday that it is collaborating with the Taiko no Tatsujin arcade game to offer an Acguy costume for Don Wada. The "Groovy Duel" song is planned to appear in the game in November. Players who use their Bana Passport cards and play the song will be able to receive the Acguy costume for Don-chan. Both the Mobile Suit Gundam Th...
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Voice Actor Rap Battle Project Releases 1st Music Video

The voice actor rap battle is set for the Animate Girls Festival at Ikebukuro Sunshine City next month and Idea Factory and Otomate finally put faces to the voices in the "Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle-" project's new music video. The rap idols are made up of four groups of three, each representing a major district in Tokyo. The groups are Ikebukuro Division Buster Bros (Subaru Kimura, Haruki ...
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In This Corner of The World Released Monday

Also Girls Und Panzer Der Film and second season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal ― On Monday October 23, Manga Entertainment will release Sunao Katabuchi's wartime drama In This Corner of the World as a Blu-ray/DVD combi, a Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD and a DVD. Shout! Factory has described the film: The award-winning story of IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD follows a young lady named Suzu Urano, who in 1944 moves to...
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 24

"This week's episode focused primarily on a strange and perhaps misguided goal: humanizing Rei's sister-abusing nemesis, Gotou."
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Land of the Lustrous ‒ Episode 3

"This episode gives Land of the Lustrous a sitcom feel; even when stuff happens, it calibrates right back to zero."
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The Ancient Magus' Bride ‒ Episode 3

"Despite my frustration with certain aspects of its visual execution, there was a lot to appreciate about this episode."

Free's Hiroko Utsumi Directs Banana Fish Shōjo Crime Action TV Anime

Mob Psycho 100's Hiroshi Seko scripts, Yuri!!! on Ice's MAPPA animates 2018 Noitamina show ― A website has opened at midnight on Monday to announce that a television anime adaptation of Akimi Yoshida's Banana Fish manga has been green-lit. The anime is part of the 40th anniversary of Yoshida's debut as a manga creator. It will air in Fuji TV's late-night anime programming block Noitamina next year. T...
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BLEND-S ‒ Episode 3

"Some scenes feel unnecessarily awkward, some are a bit too bland, and others hit the mark with just the right amount of silliness."
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The Promised Neverland Manga Has 2.1 Million Copies in Print

This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland manga has 2.1 million copies in print in Japan. When the fifth volume shipped in Japan on September 4, the manga had 1.5 million copies in print in Japan. Shirai and Demizu launched the manga in August 2016. The manga's sixth compiled volume will ship in J...
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The Fall 2017 Anime Preview Guide: SimulDub Edition

The Fall 2017 Anime Preview Guide SimulDub Edition has begun! Check back in for fresh previews of every new dub this season!
Available Now: Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond - Garo Vanishing Line - Juni Taisen: Zodiac War
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Fall 2017 Preview Guide! Here's how it goes: our team of critics write up their impressions instantly, to be posted here as they go along. Each ...
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Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth- ‒ Episode 3

"It's the most character development we've seen from Cardia thus far, setting our heroine up to be much more favorable in the future."
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Girls' Last Tour GN 2

This peaceful vision of the world after an apocalypse isn't the right read for all occasions, but it's a great read for when you need its unique brand of silent meditation. Rebecca Silverman weighs in. ― The world following an apocalypse is a theme that never goes out of style in science fiction, even if some points in history make it timelier than others. Most visions of a world destroyed take a dar...
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Inazuma Eleven Ares no Tenbin Game Launches in Summer 2018 for PS4, Switch, iOS, Android

Game ties in to new TV anime premiering in spring 2018 with parallel world story ― The official website for Level 5's Inazuma Eleven Ares no Tenbin video game revealed on Saturday that the game will launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch consoles, as well as for iOS and Android smartphones. The game will launch in summer 2018. Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino had revealed in May the company was develop...
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Level 5 Streams Previews For Inazuma Eleven Reloaded Event Anime, Inazuma Eleven Ares no Tenbin TV Anime

More characters revealed for Inazuma Eleven Ares no Tenbin ahead of spring premiere ― Level 5 began streaming a preview on Saturday for the Inazuma Eleven Reloaded event anime. Inazuma Eleven Reloaded is "another episode 27" of the Inazuma Eleven series, and is an all-new work. The episode will stream at the "Inazuma Eleven Big Revival Festival" that will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight event hall on ...
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Bungo Stray Dogs Stage Play Reveals New Visual Featuring 12 Main Cast Members

Play runs in Yokohama, Osaka, Tokyo this winter ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of the Bungo Stray Dogs anime revealed a new visual for the play on Saturday. The play will run at the KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre in Yokohama on December 22-24, at the Morinomiya Piloti Hall in Osaka on January 12-13, and at AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo from January 31 to February 4. Norihito Nakayashiki is...
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Minori Chihara Performs Ending Theme For Violet Evergarden Anime

Series by Kyoto Animation premieres in Japan in January, on Netflix outside of Japan in spring 2018 ― Music producer Lantis announced on Saturday that Minori Chihara is performing the ending theme song "Michishirube" (Guidepost) for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden anime series. The single for the ending theme will ship on January 31, the same day that TRUE's single for the opening theme "Sincerel...
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Fate/Extra Last Encore Anime Reveals Kousuke Toriumi as Archer in Video

Toriumi reprises role for series premiering "next winter" ― The official website for Fate/Extra Last Encore, the television anime of the Fate/Extra game, revealed on Sunday that Kousuke Toriumi will reprise the role of Archer in the anime. The website also revealed a character visual, and is streaming a character ad. (Note: The linked character ad is region-locked to Japan.) The anime will premiere "...
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Girls' Last Tour ‒ Episode 3

"This show has really nailed the three episode rule, propelling itself into being one of my favorite anime of the season so far."
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Dies Irae ‒ Episode 2

"Sadly, neither the harem-potential expansion nor the action upgrade has made this series any better."

Saturday, October 21

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Trinity Seven Author Kenji Saito Launches New Manga

Porabora draws new Goodbye! Isekai Tensei manga launching in December ― This year's sixth issue of Kodansha's Shōnen Magazine R revealed on Friday that manga creator Kenji Saito is launching a new manga titled Goodbye! Isekai Tensei (Goodbye! Fantasy World Reincarnation) in the magazine's next issue on December 20. Saito is credited with the original work, while Porabora is drawing the manga. The man...
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Mr. Osomatsu's Latest Merch Promotes Beauty, Health

Totoko's perennial admirers are collaborating with makeup brush maker Koyudo to release a product that will make real-world women beautiful. The collaboration is offering makeup brushes inspired by Mr. Osomatsu's Matsuno brothers. Koyudo is the manufacturer of Kumano, Hiroshima's kumanofude (Kumano Brush), which is a government-designated traditional craft in Japan. Each of the special Mr. Osomat...
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Bikkuriman Chocolate Snacks Launch 2nd One Piece Collaboration

Lotte is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Bikkuriman chocolate wafers. To celebrate the occasion, the company is teaming up with Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga, which also happens to be marking its 20th anniversary this year. The second edition of One Piece-man Choco snacks will go on sale in Japan on October 24. The One Piece snacks will be available in two versions: Supernova and New Worl...
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Oh! Great's Biorg Trinity Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

Otaro Maijo writes story for manga that began in 2012 ― This year's 11th issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that artist Oh! Great and writer Otaro Maijo's Biorg Trinity manga will end in two chapters. The manga takes place in a world where a disease called the "bio bug" has swept humanity. Those infected can absorb objects through holes in their hands and fuse with them. The...
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Manga Creator, Illustrator Hisashi Eguchi Designs High-End Shirts

Manga creator and illustrator Hisashi Eguchi (Stop!! Hibari-kun!, The Kotobuki Goro Show) designed a second set of items, called Kotobuki Studio Border Shirts, for Niigata-based clothing brand G.F.G.S. The shirts come in sky blue and tangerine varieties, and they are available now through the company's website. The knit shirts feature wide stripes and have the Kotobuki Studio tag on the left sleev...
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GARO: Vanishing Line ‒ Episode 3

"Garo embraces its ridiculousness and deflects the worst tendencies of its material by hanging everything on one excellent new character."
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Hayate x Blade 2 Yuri Action-Comedy Manga Ends in November

Manga sequel launched in 2013 ― The November issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Shizuru Hayashiya's Hayate x Blade 2 manga will end in the magazine's next issue on November 17. Hayashiya launched manga in Ultra Jump in August 2013. Shueisha published the manga's fifth compiled book volume on June 19. The manga is a sequel to Hayashiya's Hayate x Blade manga. Seven Seas ...
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Satellite System, Evangelion Navigate Fans to Nearest Curry Restaurant

Fans have been speculating since September about how a curry chain, anime, and GPS satellites could join forces for a collaboration. They got their answer on Monday. The Curry House CoCo Ichibanya (CoCoICHI) restaurant chain is launching its collaboration with the Evangelion anime and the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) on Tuesday. The videos above demonstrate how to use the collaboration app...
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero Season 2 ‒ Episode 3

"With an episode title like “Everyday Life,” you can't expect much action, adventure, or high drama this week, but what we get instead is probably the funniest episode of the franchise to date."
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Ultimate Build-Your-Own PC Has Hatsune Miku Dancing Inside

An Osaka PC build has all the bells and whistles, including a dancing Miku hologram on the inside. Twitter user ippupu_ava shared a video captured a few days ago at the computer store PC Ones in Osaka where the build is currently on display. これがPCのサイドパネルだなんて。信じられる?#自作erオフ会 pic.twitter.com/S0kE1lm9sM— Wキーから指が離れない@大阪赤選手 (@ippupu_ava) October 14, 2017 But mini-Miku will take her performance on the ro...
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Kino's Journey - the Beautiful World- ‒ Episode 3

"I want to be optimistic about this adaptation, but it has not been doing itself many favors so far."
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Re:CREATORS Spinoff Manga About Magane Listed With 1 Volume

Manga launched on August 6, volume slated for December 19 ― The November issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX, which shipped on Thursday, is listing Tatsuhiko Ida's (Blade, XBlade, Beauty but Beast) Chikujōin-san Hashagisugi (Chikujōin-san is Having Way Too Much Fun) manga spinoff of the Re:CREATORS anime with only one compiled volume. The volume is slated for December 19. The manga centers on the...
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One-Punch Man Artist Yuusuke Murata Draws Poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming Box Set

One-Punch Man manga artist Yuusuke Murata is revisiting Marvel's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to create a poster for the Spider-Man: Homecoming film's premium Blu-ray release in Japan. The full artwork isn't public yet, but a rough sketch showing Tom Holland's Spider-Man slinging two webs with Iron Man in the background was released. Murata's previous art for the film featured Spider-Man and T...
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Recovery of an MMO Junkie ‒ Episode 3

"Our heroes take a real-world step back and a virtual step forward in the romance department this week."
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Series Premiere: Inuyashiki Last Hero—Episodes 1-2

"Regardless of what turns this story may take, it's already working with something special."
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Just Because! ‒ Episode 3

"In spite of slight execution issues, Just Because! continues to be a roundly phenomenal experience."
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Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth

Does the newest entry in this difficult RPG series still hurt good enough to be worth the challenge? Todd Ciolek finds out. ― Etrian Odyssey games ask a lot. They require you to pace around dungeon grids full of nasty enemies. They require you to map out levels in the tradition of the hardest RPGs of 1986. They require you to try again and again, even after a sudden and vicious encounter wipes out yo...
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King of Prism Pride the Hero Anime Film Earns 600 Million Yen

2nd film spinoff of Pretty Rhythm franchise sells 340,000 tickets since June 10 opening Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web news website reported on Saturday that the King of Prism: PRIDE the HERO anime film earned more than 600 million yen (about US$5.28 million) and sold more than 340,000 tickets at the Japanese box office. The film's DVD and Blu-ray Disc release in Japan is set for January 26. The fil...
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Final Fantasy XV Game's Multiplayer Expansion Delayed to Early November

The official Twitter account for the Final Fantasy XV video game announced on Friday that the game's multiplayer expansion for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, titled "Comrades," is delayed until early November, "due to final adjustments & to create the best possible experience." The expansion was originally scheduled for October 31. The expansion takes place during the original game's 10-year timeskip...
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School-Live! Manga Resumes on December 22

Manga about girls who survive zombie apocalypse launched in 2012, inspired anime in 2015 ― The official Twitter account for Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara family of magazines revealed on Saturday that Norimitsu Kaihō and Sadoru Chiba's School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) manga will return from hiatus in the February issue of Manga Time Kirara Forward on December 22. The manga went on hiatus starting in the ...

Funimation Reveals English Dub Casts for King's Game, Konohana Kitan Anime

Coby Lewin, Bryn Apprill star in King's Game; Lindsay Seidel, Dawn M. Bennett star in Konohana Kitan ― Funimation announced the English dub casts on Saturday for the King's Game The Animation and Konohana Kitan television anime series. The English dub for King's Game The Animation premieres on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The cast and staff includes: Cast: Coby Lewin as Nobuaki Bryn Apprill as Natsuko ...
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Record of Grancrest War Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, New Visual, 3 More Cast Members

Satoshi Mikami, Ayane Sakura, Ari Ozawa join cast for series premiering in January ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of author Ryo Mizuno and illustrator Miyuu's Record of Grancrest War (Grancrest Senki) light novel series revealed a second promotional video, a second key visual, and the broadcast information for the anime on Saturday. (Note: The second promotional video at t...
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Full Metal Panic! Anime's 3-Film Director's Cut Project Reveals Dates, Teaser Video, Visual

3 films telling 1st anime season open in November, January ― The official website for the three-film director's cut anime project for the first season of the Full Metal Panic! television anime series began streaming a teaser video for the project on Saturday. The website also revealed the titles and release dates for the three films. The films will screen in Tokyo at the Kadokawa Cinema Shinjuku and ...

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory Anime's New Promo Video Streamed

New key visual also revealed for series premiering in spring 2018 ― Media Factory began streaming a new promotional video on Saturday for the for the Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory television anime series. A panel at the Fantasia Bunko Festival 2017 event screened the video earlier on Saturday. Media Factory also began streaming the Japan version of the "0.2" promotional video on Saturday that t...
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Bandai Namco Ent. Reveals Full Metal Panic! Tatakau Who Dares Wins PS4 Game

Simulation RPG slated for 2018 ― A panel at the Fantasia Bunko Festival 2017 event on Saturday announced that the Full Metal Panic franchise is getting a PlayStation 4 game titled Full Metal Panic! Tatakau Who Dares Wins (Full Metal Panic! Fight Who Dares Wins). B.B. Studio is developing the simulation RPG with a slated release in 2018. Bandai Namco Entertainment will publish the game. The panel also...

High School DxD Hero Anime's Promo Video Streamed

4th season premieres in 2018 ― Media Factory began streaming the first promotional video on Saturday for High School DxD Hero, the fourth season of the High School DxD television anime series. A panel at the Fantasia Bunko Festival 2017 event had screened the video earlier on Saturday. Yoshifumi Sueda (Rail Wars!, episode director for Gosick, MAOYU, So I Can't Play H) is directing the series at Passi...
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2nd Code Geass Anime Compilation Film Opens on February 10

The official website for the Code Geass project revealed on Saturday that Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch - Handō (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion - The Rebellion Path), the second film in the planned compilation film trilogy for the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 anime series, will open in Japan on February 10. The three films are titled, in ...

High School DxD Anime's 4th Season Reveals Title, Staff, 2018 Premiere

High School DxD Hero has new staff, studio ― A panel at the Fantasia Bunko Festival 2017 event on Saturday announced that the previously revealed fourth season of the High School DxD television anime series is titled High School DxD Hero. The anime will premiere in 2018. The panel also screened the first promotional video for the new series, which revealed the show's staff. The panel also showed the ...

Ore ga Suki nano wa Imōto dakedo Imōto ja nai Light Novels Get Anime

"Awkward sibling romantic comedy" series centers on siblings tied together by light novel ― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Fantasia Bunko light novel imprint announced on Saturday that Seiji Ebisu's Ore ga Suki nano wa Imōto dakedo Imōto ja nai (The One I Love is My Little Sister But She's Not a Little Sister) light novel series. Kadokawa streamed a commercial for the light novel series ...

Date A Live Light Novels Get New Anime Series

Light novel series previously inspired 2 TV anime series, anime film ― Original Date A Live light novel author Koushi Tachibana announced on Twitter on Saturday that a new anime series is in the works for the franchise. The text in the below announcement image reads, "Now then, let's start our new date." Tachibana launched the light novel series in March 2011 with illustrations by Tsunako. Fujimi Sho...
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Sonic Forces Game's Japanese Trailer, English 'Behind-the-Screens' Video Streamed (Updated)

Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC game debuts in November ― Sega began streaming a trailer for the Sonic Forces game in Japanese on Friday. The video previews the playable characters and game story. Sega Europe also began streaming a second speed battle "behind-the-screens" video on Friday. Sega will release Sonic Forces Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC game in North America and Euro...
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Moyoco Anno Artwork Collected in Limited Edition 2018 Calendar

Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen and Sakuran manga creator Moyoco Anno has a new calendar of artwork for next year. Titled "Moyoco Girl," the calendar collects art from the last two years as well as new works by the artist. Highlights include images from her current manga Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen and aged up versions of the protagonists from Sugar Sugar Rune. The calendar is limited edition with ...
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Funimation Streams New Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Clips

Movie is currently screening in U.S. theaters until October 22 ― Funimation began streaming four more English-subtitled clips from the the live-action Tokyo Ghoul film this week. Touka introduces Kaneki to Uta, who makes masks for ghouls: Kaneki fighting against CCG agent Amon: Kaneki realizes he hungers for human flesh: Kaneki asks Touka for training to defend against humans who hunt ghouls: The mov...
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Ajin: Demi-Human Home Release Details

Collectors Blu-ray and Standard DVD released November 27 ― Anime Limited has announced details of its home release of Ajin: Demi-Human on November 27. It will be released as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray (pictured) and a standard DVD. On-disc content is identical in either edition, and includes the first TV season (13 episodes), subbed and dubbed; the film Ajin: Demi-Human - Compel, subitled...
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Anime NYC to Host Gundam Producers Shin Sasaki, Masakazu Ogawa

Iron-Blooded Orphans voice actor Kyle McCarley to also attend ― The staff of the Anime NYC convention announced on Friday that the convention will host Gundam series producers Shin Sasaki and Masakazu Ogawa. Sasaki will attend the SUNRISE and Gundam Thunderbolt panel and Ogata will attend the Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans English dub cast panel and signing along with voice actor Kyle McCar...

Friday, October 20

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JoJo Part 3 Real Escape Game Reveals Original Character D'yer Mak'er

Scrap revealed the original character and his corresponding voice actor that will appear in the new JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders real escape game next month. The attraction, titled JoJo no Kimyō na Kan kara no Dasshutsu (Escape From JoJo's Bizarre Mansion) will include the enemy character D'yer Mak'er voiced by Hiroki Yasumoto. The character's name is a reference to a Led Zeppelin ...
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Touken Ranbu Musical Tops Weekly CD Singles Chart for 1st Time

Single is from franchise's 3rd stage musical ― "Shōri no Gaika," the single by the "Tōken Danshi formation of Mihotose" group from the Tōken Ranbu Mihotose no Komoriuta stage musical, sold 90,149 copies and ranked #1 on the Oricon weekly single chart for the September 25-October 1 week. The single shipped in Japan on September 27. It is the first single in the franchise to top the ranking. The "Tōken...
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Director Yasuhiro Irie Launches 'Halloween Pajama in Seattle' Anime Kickstarter

Anime director Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Scorching Ping Pong Girls, Code:Breaker) launched the Kickstarter campaign for his "Halloween Pajama in Seattle" anime project on Friday. As previously announced, the project seeks to raise 20 million yen (about US$178,600) by December 5 to fund a 20-minute anime plus opening and ending sequences. The production is expected to finish ...
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Re:Zero VR Apps Gets PC, PSVR Ports

Gugenka announced PC and PlayStation VR ports of its VR de Emilia to Isekai Seikatsu - Hizamakura-hen & Soine-hen (Life in Another World With Emilia via VR: Lap Sleeping & Sleeping Together Versions) and VR de Rem to Isekai Seikatsu - Hizamakura-hen & Soine-hen (Life in Another World With Rem via VR: Lap Sleeping & Sleeping Together Versions) smartphone apps on Thursday. The PC versions are availa...
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1st Eureka Seven Hi Evolution Film Gets 4DX/MX4D Screenings in Japan

Screenings begin October 28 ― The official website for the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film trilogy announced on Friday that the first film will get 4DX and MX4D screenings at 71 Japanese theaters starting on October 28. Those who attend the screenings will receive a strip of film like the sample pictured below. With the 4DX and MX4D systems, certain theaters have motion seats that move in sync with...

Under the Dog Kickstarter for Live-Action Short, Music Video Launches

Staff note that project is "next step" toward Under the Dog TV anime series ― Japanese music company Exit Tunes launched the Kickstarter campaign for the new Under the Dog live-action short and music video on Friday. The project is seeking to raise US$50,000 by November 17 to fund the two projects and a special edition release of the original anime. If the project is successful, the live-action short...
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Leiji Matsumoto Appears on Former SMAP Member's TV Show

Manga creator Leiji Matsumoto (Space Battleship Yamato, Galaxy Express 999) appeared on former SMAP idol group member Goro Inagaki's Goro Deluxe television program this week. The first of two episodes featuring Matsumoto premiered on TBS on Thursday at 24:58 (effectively Friday morning at 12:58 a.m.), and the second episode will debut on October 26. The television program showcases one book in eve...
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Lost Dimension Strategy RPG Gets PC Release on October 30

PS3/Vita game debuted in 2014 ― United Kingdom-based video game publisher Ghostlight announced on Friday that it will release FuRyu's strategy role-playing game Lost Dimension on PC via Steam on October 30. Ghostlight began streaming a trailer for the PC version: The Steam version will include Atlus' original localization, higher resolution artwork, mouse/keyboard and controller support, Steam Achiev...
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Sanrio's Fate/Grand Order Collaboration Goods Debut in November

After online retailer Rakuten listed collaboration plushes, there is now confirmation that Sanrio is designing a variety of character merchandise for the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game. Sanrio's official website unveiled goods featuring its versions of the game's characters on Thursday. The collaboration items include acrylic key holders, tin badges, A4-size clear files, mugs, mini hand towels,...

Christine Marie Cabanos Returns for Squid Girl Season 2 English Dub

Full cast, dubbed clip revealed ― Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast for Squid Girl Season 2 on Friday, and began streaming a dubbed clip. Most of the cast members are new but Christine Marie Cabanos is reprising the title role. The full cast list is as follows Christine Marie Cabanos as Squid Girl Kira Vincent-Davis as Eiko Aizawa Luci Christian as Chizuru Aizawa Greg Ayres as Takeru Ai...
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Drifters Anime Sequel Casts Tomoaki Maeno as Shylock VIII

Episodes 13, 14 ship on BD on December 23 ― The official website for the Drifters anime revealed on Saturday that Tomoaki Maeno will play Banzelmashin Shylock VIII in the sequel. The website also revealed a visual for the new character. In addition, the website revealed details of the home video release of the anime's episodes 13 and 14. The episodes will ship on Blu-ray Disc in regular and limited-e...
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Answerman - Are There Really Gangs In Japanese Schools?

You see delinquents and gang members of all stripes in anime high school - but are they really a thing in Japan? Justin gets into it. ― Kevin asked: Are gangs really prevalent among high schoolers (off the top of my head, gangs chasing Yusuke in YuYu, Baki, Shinici in Parasyte)? They do exist! They're not THAT prevalent, but they are definitely a prominent part of Japanese society. Every society has...
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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Fighting Game's 3rd Character Video Streamed

Noel Vermillion, Chie Satonaka, Waldstein added to game for PS4, Switch, PC ― Arc System Works began streaming a third character introduction trailer on Friday for its Blazblue Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The video reveals Noel Vermillion from BlazBlue: CentralFiction, Chie Satonaka from Persona 4 Arena, and Waldstein from Under Night...
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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Game Gets PC Release on October 27

Release includes all DLC from PS4 version ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe announced on Friday that they will release the Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Deluxe Edition game digitally for PC on October 27. In addition to the main game, the release will include all three chapter of the "Abyss of the Shrine Maiden" DLC and the "Lord of the Inferno" DLC for...
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Series Premiere: King's Game The Animation—Episodes 1-3

"A cheesy B-movie in anime form that's arrived just in time for Halloween, heralded by buckets of crappy-looking blood and a Lostprophets-ass theme song."
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Sweet Blue Flowers [2-in-1 Edition] GN 1

This queen-sized release is an excellent way to dive into a yuri manga that's a cut above the rest. Rose Bridges explores what makes Takako Shimura's creation so special. ― On the surface, Sweet Blue Flowers has all the setup for a classic yuri premise: an all-girls' school full of students blushing at each other, kissing in hallways and against library stacks. The outside world of compulsory heteros...
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3rd Itazura na Kiss Live-Action Film's Poster Visual Revealed

Proposal film slated for last spring opens on November 25 ― The official Twitter account of the three-part film adaptation of Kaoru Tada's shōjo romantic comedy manga Itazura na Kiss revealed a poster visual for the third film on Friday. The film, titled Itazura na Kiss the Movie 3 ~Propose-Hen~ (Itazura Kiss the Movie 3: The Proposal Arc), will open in Japan on November 25. In the third film's story...

Exclusive: B: The Beginning Anime's English Dub Cast Revealed

Ray Chase, Kyle McCarley, more star in series debuting on Netflix next spring ― Production I.G. USA announced the English dub cast for the upcoming B: The Beginning anime anime on Friday. The cast is as follows: Ray Chase as Keith / Dr. Flick Kyle McCarley as Koku John DeMita as Gilbert / Puzo Doug Stone as Boris Faye Mata as Lily Johnny Yong Bosch as Minatsuki Xander Mobus as Laica / Henry Allegra C...
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Hakumei to Mikochi Anime Reveals 1st Promo Video, Staff, Cast

Risae Matsuda, Shino Shimoji star in series about dwarf girls who live in forest ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Takuto Kashiki's Hakumei to Mikochi: Tiny little life in the woods (Hakumei and Mikochi) manga began streaming the show's first promotional video on Friday. The video reveals the show's staff and cast. The show stars: Risae Matsuda as Hakumei Shino Shimoji as ...
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Shogakukan Lists The Snack World Manga With 1 Volume

Manga launched on April 28, volume slated for December 12 ― Publisher Shogakukan is listing sho.t's manga adaptation of Level 5's The Snack World game with one volume. The volume is slated for December 12. Based on the Nintendo 3DS/Android/iOS game, the manga follows a young boy, Chup, who sets out on a quest of revenge after his village is destroyed to make space for a large-scale leisure center. Th...
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Kodansha Lists Mazinger Z Alter Ignition Manga With 1 Volume

Manga launched on May 19, volume slated for December 20 ― Publisher Kodansha is listing Yu Kinutani's (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Shion: Blade of the Minstrel) Mazinger Z Alter Ignition spinoff manga with one volume. The volume is slated for December 20. The manga shows new portrayals of events from the story of the original Mazinger Z manga, such as Kōji's first time seeing Mazinger Z,...
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Anime Tamago 2018 Video Reveals Anime Shorts' Visuals, Stories

Shorts feature works by Imagica, Robot, Tomason, Usagi.Ou, Nanahoshi, Picona ― The official website for the "Anime Tamago" (formerly "Anime Mirai") project began streaming a promotional video for this year's project on Friday. The video reveals each anime short's visual. The official website for the project has also revealed each anime's story. All six companies involved in the 2018 projects are new ...
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Creatures Family Days Japanese-Taiwanese Collaboration Anime's Video Previews Opening Song

Anime project revealed as TV anime, theme song by Rin Akatsuki ― Suncomics Project began streaming a promotional video for the Japanese-Taiwanese collaboration anime adaptation of Yanai's Jikken-hin Kazoku: Creatures Family Days manga on Friday. The video reveals that the anime will be a television anime, and also previews the anime's opening theme song "Early Days" by Rin Akatsuki. The anime will ai...
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Dynamic Chord, King of Prism Anime Get Manga

Both manga debut on November 17 ― The official website of Square Enix's GFantasy magazine revealed on Wednesday that the magazine's December issue will launch manga adaptations for the Dynamic Chord anime and the King of Prism by PrettyRhythm anime on November 17. Shiho Inaba is drawing the Dynamic Chord manga, which adapts the currently-airing anime. Sumika Sumio is drawing the King of Prism by Pret...
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Square Enix Hosts Final Fantasy Exhibit in California to Commemorate Franchise's 30th Anniversary

Exhibit at Gallery Nucleus to be held from December 2-January 7 ― Square Enix announced on Thursday that it will host a Final Fantasy art gallery titled "A Legacy of Art," at the Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California from December 2 through January 7. The art exhibit will commemorate the franchise's 30th anniversary. Final Fantasy series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and producer Shinji Hashimoto post...
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Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory Game Gets 1-Shot Manga

The December issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is revealing on Saturday that manga creator Naoki Akamine is launching a one-shot manga adaptation of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game in the magazine. The January issue of V Jump will publish the manga on November 21. Akamine previously worked on the manga adaptation of...
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Gintama Rumble Game Adds Kamui, Tsukuyo as Playable Characters

PS4/Vita game ships in Japan, Southeast Asia with English subtitles on January 18 ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Gintama Rumble (Gintama Ranbu) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita action game announced on Friday that Kamui and Tsukuyo will be playable characters in the game. They join previously announced playable characters Gintoki, Shinpachi, Kagura, Katsura (with short hair...
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Chihayafuru Sequel Film's Teaser Reveals March Opening Date

New poster visual also unveiled for 3rd live-action film ― The official website for the live-action films of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga unveiled a new teaser video and poster visual for Chihayafuru: Musubi (Chihayafuru: Conclusion), the upcoming sequel film, on Friday. The video reveals the film's March 17 opening date. The film will take place two years after the first two films. The film wil...
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Hayate the Combat Butler's Hata Has Already Drawn 6 Chapters of New Manga Series

Artist ended Hayate the Combat Butler in April ― Manga creator Kenjirou Hata revealed on Twitter last week that he has already written six chapters of a new manga series. He did not share a title or details on when the manga will debut. Hata commented on his new manga, "Right now, I read it and it seems interesting, but when everyone else has read it — if they think it is interesting then... I'd be h...
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Anime Spotlight - My Girlfriend is Shobitch

High school student Haruka Shinozaki enjoyed living such a respectable life. However, the girl he fell in love with wasn't so normal... ― My Girlfriend is Shobitch Official Website: http://majimesugiru-anime.jp/ Official Twitter: @shobicchi_anime Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiere Date: October 11, 2017 Streaming available at: Amazon Anime Strike Key Staff Director: Nobuyoshi Nagayama (H...
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New Mr. Osomatsu Stage Play Casts Totoko, Iyami

Actors for Chibita, Hatabō return ― The official website for Osomatsu-san on STAGE ~SIX MEN'S SHOW TIME~ 2, the second stage play based on the Mr. Osomatsu anime series announced four new and returning cast members on Thursday: Arisa Deguchi as Totoko Akira Kubodera as Iyami Kimeru as Chibita Yūya Hara as Hatabō As previously announced, the main cast for both the main sextuplets and their "F6" versio...
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Series Premiere: Konohana Kitan—Episodes 1-3

"Studio Lerche is already delivering a warmly animated story filled with lovable characters and an interesting world. The fact that the characters are all adorable fox girls is just an added bonus."
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, October 9-15

Time Bokan, Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode, Pokémon Sun & Moon rank in top 10 ― The live-action series adaptation of Yū Suzunoki's Kounodori: Dr. Stork manga aired on TBS on Friday, October 13 at 10:00 p.m. and earned a 12.9% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV October 18 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 12.4 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV October 15 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 10.3...
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Saint Seiya: Next Dimension Manga to Return Next Spring With New Season

Kurumada's new project to be detailed in November ― This year's 47th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion published the final chapter of the latest arc of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya: Next Dimension - The Myth of Hades on Thursday. The manga will go on hiatus and return with a new season "around next spring." The magazine also revealed that details on Kurumada's new "special project" will...

Record of Grancrest War Anime's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Aniplex USA to release fantasy anime ― Aniplex of America began streaming an English-subtitled version of the first trailer for the anime adaptation of author Ryo Mizuno and illustrator Miyuu's Record of Grancrest War (Grancrest Senki) light novel series on Thursday. The anime premieres January 2018. Aniplex of America will distribute the anime but it has not yet revealed details. The cast members in...

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Mob Psycho 100 Stage Play Announces More Cast

Ryōma Baba, Takeshi Nadagi, Takuya Kawaharada, Gaku Matsumoto co-star ― The official Twitter account for the stage play based on ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga announced nine additional cast members on Thursday. The cast includes: Ryōma Baba as Arataka Reigen Takeshi Nadagi as Dimple Takuya Kawaharada as Teruki Hanazawa Gaku Matsumoto as Ritsu Kageyama Yūya Kido as Tenga Onigawara Yūta Hoshino as Hikaru ...
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Closers Online Game Changes Japanese Cast 'With Consideration for Anime Project'

New publisher took over Japanese localization earlier this year ― The official Japanese website for the Closers Online multiplayer online role-playing game announced a cast change for the Japanese version on Thursday to "accompany consideration of a Closers anime project." The new cast is as follows: Ryota Ohsaka as Haruto Kaguragi (previously Nobunaga Shimazaki) Hiromi Igarashi as Mikoto Amamiya (pr...
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Saga Prefecture's Project Aims to Recruit 10 Million for Team Rocket

Are you prepared for trouble? Are you ready and willing to blast off at the speed of light? Saga Prefecture's Sagaprise! project may have just the job for you. A teaser website for a collaboration with the Pokémon-snatching Team Rocket organization opened on Wednesday. At first, the website looks like the normal version of Saga Prefecture's official government website. However, Meowth soon appears...
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Yen Press to Simultaneously Publish Ryohgo Narita's Dead Mount Death Play Manga

Digital releases begin Friday ― Yen Press announced on Thursday that it will publish writer Ryohgo Narita and illustrator Shinta Fujimoto's new original manga Dead Mount Death Play simultaneously with Japan. The manga will launch digitally in English on Friday, the same day it launches in Square Enix's bi-monthly Young Gangan magazine in Japan. Fujimoto (Red Raven) launched the adaptation of Narita a...
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Tokyo Skytree Celebrates Macross' 35th Anniversary This Winter

The Tokyo Skytree Town complex is collaborating with Macross to celebrate the franchise's 35th anniversary. The "Macross 35th Anniversary Macross Blue Moon Show Case in Tokyo Skytree" event will be held inside Tokyo Skytree from January 9 to February 28. Tokyo Skytree's Tembo Galleria will have decorations featuring Macross characters, and the video content related to the franchise will screen on ...
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Kraken Releasing Licenses Garo: Kiba - The Dark Knight! Live-Action Special

BD ships in N. America on February 20 ― Section23 Films announced in its February release slate on Thursday that its Kraken Releasing label will release Garo: Kiba - The Dark Knight! (Kiba ~Ankoku Kishi Gaiden~) on Blu-ray Disc on February 20. Kraken Releasing describes the story: He was born the child of a Makai Knight and a Makai Priestess. He trained to become a Makai Knight and fight the nightmar...
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Kemono Friends Pavilion App Game's Promo Video Streamed

Pre-registration launched on Wednesday ― Bushiroad began streaming a Tokyo Game Show promotional video for its Kemono Friends Pavilion smartphone game on Thursday. The game's official website also announced on Wednesday that advance registration for the game is available now. More than 50,000 people have already pre-registered for the game. The game is offering in-game bonus items depending on how ma...
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Gundam Creator Yoshiyuki Tomino Discusses Giving Copyrights to Sunrise

Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino recently discussed the early days of the franchise with the Oricon website. Tomino described how he originally created Gundam merely "to survive," and how he collaborated with other Sunrise staffers to make the anime a hit. He also discussed the reason he passed the Gundam copyrights on to the Sunrise studio. Tomino said, "If I alone had kept the Gundam ...
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Live-Action Tsumasaki no Uchū Film's Trailer Previews Nodoka Kirishima Theme Song

Film opens gradually in Japan beginning in November ― The official website for live-action film adaptation of manni's Tsumasaki no Uchū (Tiptoe Universe) manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Sunday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "Kotoba ni Shitakute Dekinai Kotoba o" (Words That I Want to Say But Can't) by Nodoka Kirishima, who is also performing the lead role in t...
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Design Love Live! School Idol Festival All Stars' School Emblem

KLab Games and Bushiroad are preparing for next year's Love Live! School Idol Festival update next year. The game will see a name change to include "All Stars" and the addition of the Nijigasaki Academy's Idol Appreciation Club members which include the mysterious Rina Tennoji. The girls of Love Live Sunshine will also debut in the game. The creators are appealing to its players for part of the up...
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Pokémon GO Game Adds Sableye, Banette, More Hoenn Pokémon

1st 3rd-generation Pokémon launch on Friday ― Niantic announced on Thursday that Ghost-type Pokémon from the Hoenn region will debut in its Pokémon GO smartphone game for this year's Halloween event. The new Pokémon will be the first in the game from the main game series' third generation. The in-game Halloween event will launch on Friday at 3:00 pm. EDT and end on November 2 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The vi...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Watch Blood Blockade Battlefront

With the arrival of its second season, there's no better time to marathon this action-packed sci fi dramedy extravaganza! We make our case for BBB(&B) and share our hopes for its new season. ― With the arrival of its second season, Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond, there's no better time to marathon this action-packed NYC-themed sci fi dramedy extravaganza! This week in anime, Nick and Jacob make ...
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Uirabu. -Uiuishii Koi no Ohanashi- Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Film about couple unable to express feelings premieres in 2018 ― This year's 22nd issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine revealed on Friday that Yukimo Hoshimori's Uirabu. -Uiuishii Koi no Ohanashi- (Uirabu.: Story of Innocent Love) manga is getting a live-action film adaptation. The film is slated to premiere in 2018. The next issue will publish more information about the film and a special one-sho...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 29

"With Kagura under Shizuma's spell and the fate of the Land of Water at stake, Boruto is about to face his most harrowing challenge yet."
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The Good Witch of the West Blu-Ray

This adaptation of Noriko Ogiwara's novel series finally gives English-language fans a conclusion to the tale, but other aspects of its production have not aged well. Rebecca Silverman gets into the details. ― The title The Good Witch of the West may be familiar to you – back in the day, TokyoPop released the first six volumes of the manga and first two of Noriko Ogiwara's original novels in English....
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Yakiniku-ten Sengoku Restaurant Comedy Manga Gets 2017 Net Anime

Satoshi Inomata, Tomomi MIneuchi, Rarisa Tago Takeda, more join cast ― Comic Smart's free manga app and website Ganma! announced that Fukumen Usagi's Yakiniku-ten Sengoku (Yakiniku Shop Sengoku) manga is getting an anime adaptation. The anime will premiere streaming this year through Ganma!'s anime-viewing feature. The cast includes: Satoshi Inomata as Sōji Ōyama Tomomi MIneuchi as Yae Sakura Rarisa ...

World Trigger: Smash Borders Smartphone, PS Vita Game Ends Service in February

Game based on Daisuke Ashihara's manga launched in 2015 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will end service on the World Trigger: Smash Borders game for iOS, Android, and PlayStation Vita on February 22, 2018. Sales of in-game "Crystals" will end on November 22. Bandai Namco Entertainment originally released the "aim and hit smash action" game on iOS and Android devices in Jul...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Ships in Japan on February 1

Story mode, more playable characters, Cell gameplay video also revealed ― The December issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is revealing on Saturday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball FighterZ game will launch in Japan on February 1 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The issue is also revealing more information about the game's story mode. In the story mode, as the mysterious Clone Army in...
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Naoki Urasawa's New 'Mujirushi' Manga is Collaboration with Paris' Louvre Museum

Shogakukan streams promo video for mini-series premiering on Friday ― The official Twitter account for Shogakukan's Big Comic Original magazine posted a promotional video on Thursday for Naoki Urasawa's new Mujirushi - Le signe des rêves (The Sign of Dreams) manga. The video reveals that the manga will be a collaboration project with Paris' Louvre Museum. The manga will launch in the magazine's 21st ...
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Devils and Realist Stage Musical Visuals Show Cast in Costume

2nd play runs in November ― The official website for the sequel stage musical adaptation of Madoka Takadono and Utako Yukihiro's Devils and Realist (Makai Ōji: Devils and Realist) manga revealed cast visuals for the play on Tuesday. Mashū Ishiwatari as William (reprising role from previous play) Taiyō Ayukawa as Dantalion (reprising role from previous play) Ryōta Tamura as Kevin Keito Sakurai as Sytr...
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Youmacon to Host Singer-Songwriter SAWA

November 2-5 event hosts singer, lyricist for The World Ends With You game, K-ON! film ― The staff of Detroit's Youmacon convention announced on Wednesday that the event will host singer SAWA as a guest. SAWA debuted in 2007 as the singer and lyricist for the soundtrack of Square Enix's The World Ends With You game. She also wrote the lyrics for the "Train-D" and "Hikari" songs from the K-ON! anime f...
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Summon Night 6: Lost Borders Game's N. American Release Slated for October 31

Publisher Gaijinworks announced on Tuesday that its new North American release date for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Summon Night 6: Lost Borders PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game is slated for October 31. The European release will "follow shortly," but Gaijinworks did not reveal an exact date. The company is currently hosting a prize campaign for the game. Gaijinworks earlier delayed the ga...
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Tokyo Tattoo Girls PS Vita/PC Game's Trailer Highlights Companions

Strategy game ships in N. America on November 14, Europe on November 17 ― NIS America began streaming a trailer for the Tokyo Tattoo Girls PlayStation Vita and PC strategy game on Wednesday. The video previews the game's six companions that players will choose. The game will launch in North America on November 14 and in Europe on November 17. The game will be available in both physical and digital co...
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Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel L.A. Premiere Event Tickets Sold Out

Aniplex of America revealed on Wednesday that its U.S. premiere event for Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, the first film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy, has sold out. The premiere event will be held at The Theater At Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on November 3. The venue has a capacity of 1,600. Tomonori Sudou, the film's director, and Noriko Shitaya, who pla...
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Idea Factory Int'l Releases Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms PS Vita Game in N. America, Europe in Spring 2018

Remake of 2008 PS2 game is sequel to Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds ― Idea Factory International announced on Wednesday that it will release the Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms (Hakuōki Shinkai: Hana no Shō) game on the PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe in spring 2018. The game will be available physically and digitally. The company hasn't yet revealed an exact release date. Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms originally l...
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Fire Emblem Warriors Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

New 3DS/Switch game ships on Friday in N. America, Europe ― Nintendo began streaming a launch trailer for the Fire Emblem Warriors (Fire Emblem Musou) New Nintendo 3DS and Switch game on Tuesday. The video features characters, gameplay, and information about additional downloadable content. The game shipped for both consoles in Japan on September 28, with a release to follow in North America and Euro...
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Live-Action Kids on the Slope Film's Teaser Reveals March 10 Opening

Norie Yamashita, Hokuto Matsumura, Tōru Nomaguchi join cast ― The official website for the live-action film of Yuki Kodama's Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) manga began streaming a teaser video for the film on Thursday. The video reveals the film's March 10 opening date. The video also previews a piano arrangement of "Someday My Prince Will Come" from Disney's Snow White. The arrangement wil...
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Gurazeni Baseball TV Anime Reveals Lead Voice Actor, Staff, Spring Debut

Fukushi Ochiai stars in Studio Deen anime directed by Ayumu Watanabe ― The staff for the television anime of Yūji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi's Gurazeni baseball manga revealed the anime's lead voice actor, main staff, spring 2018 premiere window, and visual on Thursday. Fukushi Ochiai will play protagonist Natsunosuke Bonda. The first visual below portrays Bonda, while the second picture is similarly ...

Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope 4K HD Remaster Also Heads West

PS4, PC game's October 28 release is simultaneous with Japan ― Square Enix announced on Wednesday that it will release the 4K and full HD remaster of Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope game in the West on October 28 on PlayStation 4 and PC. The release date is the same day as the Japanese release. The original game from Square Enix and tri-Ace shipped for the Xbox 360 in February 2009. An international vers...
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SNS Police Manga Gets Anime in 2018

Nogizaka46 idol Matsumura Sayuri stars as police protecting the peace on Twitter, Facebook, social media ― An anime adaptation of Kappii's SNS Police manga has been green-lit for a 2018 premiere. The announcement did not mention the anime's format, but lists a term commonly used for streaming. The manga's story centers around the titular "SNS Police" (Social Network Service Police), who protect the p...
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Mob Psycho 100's Reigen Anime Event Detailed

March 18 event to screen compilation with some new parts, centers on Reigen writing autobiography ― The official website for the BONES' television anime of ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga revealed more details on the "anime event" that the manga announced earlier in the day. The Mob Psycho 100 Reigen ~Shirarezaru Kiseki Reinōryokusha~ (The Miraculous Unknown Psychic) event will screen an anime compilation...
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Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon English Story Video Shows Necrozma's Arrival

Games ship worldwide on November 17 ― Nintendo UK began streaming a new English trailer for the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon Nintendo 3DS games on Friday. The video previews the game's story, and shows the arrival of Necrozma. The Pokémon Company previously streamed a Japanese story trailer. The games' story will center on Solgaleo, Lunala, and Necrozma. The games' new features will inclu...
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4th Touken Ranbu Stage Play Reveals Full Title, Cast Visuals

Tōken Ranbu: Jo-den Mitsura Boshi Katanagatari runs December 15-29 ― The official blog for the fourth Touken Ranbu stage play revealed the play's full title and four cast visuals on Wednesday. The stage play's full title is Tōken Ranbu: Jo-den Mitsura Boshi Katanagatari. The cast includes: Yoshihiko Aramaki as Yamanbagiri Kunihiro Naoki Takeshi as Dōdanuki Masakuni Masafumi Yokoyama as Yamabushi Kuni...
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Miseinen Dakedo Kodomo ja Nai Live-Action Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Hey! Say! JUMP performs theme song for December 23 film ― Toho began streaming a trailer for the live-action film adaptation of Kanan Minami's Miseinen Dakedo Kodomo ja Nai (I'm a Minor But I'm Not a Child) manga on Wednesday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "White Love" by Hey! Say! JUMP. The film will open in Japan on December 23. Tsutomu Hanabusa is directing the film. The f...
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Series Premiere: URAHARA—Episodes 1-3

"This show's clearly heartfelt outpouring of style isn't enough to make up for an underdeveloped story or cast."

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Etrian Odyssey V 3DS Game's Launch Trailer Previews Labyrinth Exploration

Game shipped in N. America, Europe on Tuesday ― Atlus USA began streaming the trailer for the Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth Nintendo 3DS game on Tuesday. The game launched physically and digitally in North America and digitally in Europe on Tuesday, and it will get a physical version in Europe on November 3. The launch edition for the game includes a 24-page art book, six-track music CD, and oute...
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Detective Conan 30th Anniversary Book is a Year and a Half in the Making

An anniversary book honoring Detective Conan creator Gosho Aoyama took a year and a half to complete, in part because of the long list of colleagues that contributed to it. The book compiles congratulatory messages and illustrations by: Mitsuru Adachi (Touch, Mix) Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma 1/2, Inuyasha) Monkey Punch (Lupin the Third) Ai Kozaki (Asahinagu) Keisuke Itagaki (Baki) Nobuyuki Fukumoto (K...
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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 3

"Soma's ability to adapt to his circumstances is one of his strongest weapons at Totsuki, and this story arc is making full use of it."
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Japanese Comic Ranking, October 9-15

Haikyu!!, Blue Exorcist, Grand Blue Dreaming, March comes in like a lion, Love Phantom in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Haikyu!! 28 152,628 517,446 2017/10 Shueisha Haruichi Furudate 1 2 2 Blue Exorcist 20 94,873 314,523 2017/10 Shueisha Kazue Kato 2 2 3 Grand Blue Dreaming 9 69,489 143,062 2017/10 Kodansha Story: K...

Funimation Announces Garo -Vanishing Line- English Dub Cast

T. Axelrod, Madeleine Morris star in dub premiering Thursday ― Funimation Entertainment announced the English dub cast for Garo -Vanishing Line- on Wednesday. The cast includes: T. Axelrod as Sword Madeleine Morris as Sophie David Matranga as Luke Barry Yandell as Zaruba Felecia Angelle as Waitress Garret Storms as Ricardo Garret Storms and Chris Guerrero as Ricardo Horror Caitlin Glass is directing ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, October 9-15

Japan's Game Ranking: October 9-15 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Middle-earth: Shadow of War Warner Brothers Home Entertainment October 12 20,144 20,144 2NSwSplatoon 2 (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo July 21 19,622 1,232,523 72 3NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28 13,321 747,454 70 43DS Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's M...
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Retail Site Briefly Lists Sanrio Fate/Grand Order Items

Could the characters of the popular Fate/Grand Order have cute mascot merchandise in the works? The retail site Rakuen briefly listed a line of Fate/Grand Order goods produced by Sanrio. The items were listed as 14-centimeter nuigurumi (stuffed dolls) in two three-character sets. No images were included with the listings but the characters were revealed to be Mash Kyrielight, Emiya, Merlin, Jeanne...
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Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney 3DS Game's Trailer Reveals November Release Dates in West

Digital release launches in N. America on November 21, in Europe on November 23 ― Capcom began streaming a trailer for its Nintendo 3DS release of the Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney game on Tuesday. The video reveals that the game will launch via the Nintendo eShop in North America on November 21 and in Europe on November 23. The release will cost US$19.99 and have updated artwork, the added option to ...
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Voice Actress Sumire Uesaka's Gorgeous Ukiyo-e Prints Completed

The ukiyo-e (woodblock) prints of Girls und Panzer and The [email protected] Cinderella Girls voice actress Sumire Uesaka are finally complete and the makers are throwing in bonuses for the 200 orders. The limited edition prints are retailing for 108,000 yen (US$958). The original art is drawn by animator Risa Ebata (Macross Frontier, AKB0048 next stage character design). . The paper is produced by livi...
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Mary and The Witch's Flower Premieres in U.S. Theaters on January 18

Film to screen with both English dub, Japanese audio with subtitles ― GKIDS and Fathom Events announced on Wednesday that they will premiere Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi's Mary and The Witch's Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) film in U.S. theaters on Thursday, January 18. Regular screenings will start nationwide on January 19. The premiere event will have two screenings: the English dub will sc...
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Seijuu Sentai Gingaman Actor Shouei Cameos in Mr. Osomatsu

The first season of the Mr. Osomatsu anime series spawned a multitude of collaborations while its episodes sometimes veered into parody that was too obvious to withstand network censorship. Fortunately, the series' latest cameo is 100% approved. Japanese actor Shouei (live-action Red Shadow: Akakage, Seijuu Sentai Gingaman) appears in the second season's third episode as himself. The episode, titl...

DARLING in the FRANXX Anime Video Reveals Story Teaser, January Premiere

New key visual revealed ― The official Twitter account for for Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures' original science-fiction television anime DARLING in the FRANXX posted a new video and key visual on Thursday. The video teases the story and reveals that the anime will premiere in January 2018 on Tokyo MX, BS11, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, ABC Asahi Broadcasting, and Mētele. オリジナルTVアニメーション「ダーリン・イン・ザ・フランキス」、201...
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Design Festa Gallery: SAA, the Multi-tasking Manga Maker

The Design Festa gallery is a permanent exhibition space in Harajuku that is dedicated to showing off the talents of young and upcoming artists in Japan. Although a wide variety of art is showcased at the Design Festa gallery, some artists work in the anime and manga industries or are strongly influenced by anime-style art. One such example is the artist SAA, a manga artist and illustrator who got...
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Answerman - Why Do Westerners Make Assumptions About Japan Because of Anime?

Western anime fans sometimes carry around a lot of incorrect assumptions about Japanese society thanks to anime, but what can be done about that? ― Hiroki asked: I'm Japanese, and I'm wondering why so many Americans seem to analyze all of Japan through late-night anime that very few people watch. They get a lot of misconceptions, thinking that we won't kiss people we like because we're all shy, and ...
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Yowamushi Pedal Anime Season 4's Title, Visual Revealed

Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line premieres in January ― The official website for the Yowamushi Pedal franchise revealed the title of the television anime series' fourth season as Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line on Thursday. The website also revealed a key visual for the anime with the tagline "Faster than anyone!" The fourth anime season will premiere in January. The season's story will begin from the Inter Hig...
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Crunchyroll Adds Four Series (Updated)

Crunchyroll adds Chrono Crusade, Cowboy Bebop, The Tatami Galaxy and Peacemaker Kurogane ― Anime UK News reports that Crunchyroll has added the following titles: Chrono Crusade (24 episodes, pictured right), available here. Cowboy Bebop (26 episodes), available here. The Tatami Galaxy (11 episodes, pictured left), available here. Peacemaker Kurogane (24 episodes), available here. Update - Anime Limit...
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Series Premiere: Jūni Taisen Zodiac War—Episodes 1-3

"If you're looking for some dumb, crazy fun to get lost in this fall, Jūni Taisen should have you covered for the foreseeable future."
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Peace Maker Kurogane Film Project Reveals 3 More Rough Character Designs

1st film slated for June 2018 ― The official website for the two-part anime film series based on Nanae Chrono's Peace Maker Kurogane manga revealed three more rough character designs on Wednesday. Kappei Yamaguchi as Shinpachi Nagakura Kousuke Toriumi as Heisuke Tōdō Kenji Nomura as Sanosuke Harada The first film, titled Peacemaker Kurogane - Omou-michi (Path of Thoughts), is slated for June 2, 2018....
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Rock Band Kūsō Iinkai Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Anime Short

Project seeks 6 million yen for short with members' story, music ― Rock band Kūsō Iinkai announced on Wednesday that it will launch a crowdfunding campaign for an anime short on Friday. The muevo campaign will seek to raise 6 million yen (about US$53,000) to fund an anime short titled "Naniiiro no Nani" (What of What Color). The project revealed a key visual and character visuals. The band's vocalist...
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Series Premiere: Black Clover—Episodes 1-3

"If you can turn off the part of your brain that scans for clichés, the appeal of this story is pretty straightforward."
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Fireworks Cinema Release on November 15

Shaft film will be released in UK and Ireland ― Anime Limited has announced that it will release Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka? (Fireworks, Should We See It From the Side or the Bottom?), the anime film adaptation of director Shunji Iwai's 1993 live-action drama, in cinemas on November 15 in the UK and Ireland. An official website giving venues and booking links is here. The f...
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Mob Psycho 100 Manga Gets January Stage Play With Anime's Lead Actor

Voice actor Setsuo Ito reprises Mob in play; Reigen to "star" in March anime event ― The wraparound jacket band on ONE's 15th Mob Psycho 100 manga volume is revealing on Thursday that the manga will inspire a stage play adaptation. Voice actor Setsuo Ito will star in the play as Shigeo "Mob" Kageyama, reprising his role from the manga's television anime adaptation. The stage play will run from Januar...
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Funimation Reveals Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War Anime's English Dub Cast

Dub premieres Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. EDT ― Funimation revealed on Tuesday the English dub cast for its simuldub of the television anime of the Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War light novel series. The dub premieres on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The cast, under ADR director Vic Mignogna, lead ADR engineer Rickey Watkins, scriptwriters Alex Munis and Joel Bergen, and mixing engineer Neal Malley, include: Mark Sto...
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Rilakkuma Anime Reveals Title, Main Staff, Spring 2019 Release

Megane/Close-Knit's Naoko Ogigami pens Netflix stop-motion show animated by Domo's Dwarf ― The staff for the anime series of San-X's "Rilakkuma" character revealed the series' full title, main staff, and new spring 2019 release date on Wednesday. The series is now titled Rilakkuma to Kaoru-san (Rilakkuma and Kaoru-san). Masahito Kobayashi is directing the anime at Dwarf Studio (Domo), while Naoko Ogi...
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Live-Action Boys-Love Film Does The Flower Blossom? Casts Kōsei Amano

Kamen Rider Blade/Sailor Moon musical actor stars in February 24 film with Tsurugi Watanabe ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Shoko Hidaka's Does The Flower Blossom? (Hana wa Saku ka?) boys-love manga revealed on Wednesday that Kōsei Amano (Kamen Rider Blade's Kamen Rider Garren, Sailor Moon stage musical's Tuxedo Mask) will play the character Kazuaki Sakurai (seen left in ph...
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Major 2nd TV Anime's Visual Shows Father & Son

The staff on the television anime of Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga revealed the anime's visual on Thursday. The visual shows Goro the protagonist of the original Major manga, with his son Daigo, the protagonist of Major 2nd. The anime will premiere on NHK E-TV in April 2018. Mitsuda launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday in March 2015 as the first new installment in the manga serie...
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Event Report: Nerima Anime Carnival

The Nerima Ward in West Tokyo is steeped in the history of anime. It's the home of Toei Animation and the now-defunct Mushi Productions, two of the very oldest anime studios. Today, that history continues to be celebrated with the yearly Nerima Anime Carnival held in fall. Contrary to what the name may indicate, the Nerima Anime Carnival is a rather low-key affair. The entire event is restricted t...
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Nintendo Explains Why Mini Super Famicom Lacks EarthBound RPG

In an interview with Kadokawa's Famitsu.com website on October 11, Kazuyoshi Nishi of Nintendo's general affairs department explained why the North American SNES Classic Edition console contained the EarthBound (Mother 2) RPG, but the Japanese Classic Mini Super Famicom did not. Nishi said that the list of games included in the Japanese release was intended to balance the genre and character of ev...
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MF Bunko J Light Novel Heroines Get Witchy for Halloween

The heroines of publisher MF Bunko J light novels are still trying to win your vote before October 31. The characters are dressing up as witches to cast a spell to win your vote. For the month of October, participating bookstores will hold a Halloween Fair. Customers who purchase a book will receive a sticker featuring one of the heroines in costume. There are a total of six varieties including Re...

Yoko Taro: Will Make Drakengard Sequel 'If Producer Gives Him Money'

Creator also comments on possibilities for NieR sequel, wants to make adult video ― Game designer and NieR game series creator Yoko Taro said in a Q&A session at the SEA Summit event in Singapore on October 13 that he would make a new work in the Drakengard (Drag-On Dragoon) series if a producer gave him money. He directed the statement to a Square Enix producer who was also present at the talk. Taro...
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