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Prince in His Dark Days GN 1

BL mangaka Hico Yamanaka makes the jump to shoujo with this bleak tale of a girl living in poverty roped into impersonating a missing rich boy. ― There's bleak, and then there's Atsuko's life in The Prince in his Dark Days. Everything about her life is drenched in misery: her mother is gone, her father, unable to cope with her loss, is an angry alcoholic, and there's not even enough money for Atsuko ...
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Gundam Reconguista in G Sub.Blu-Ray

Yoshiyuki Tomino returns to the director's chair for the first time in over ten years for this unorthodox Gundam series, but has the franchise's creator lost his edge? Lauren Orsini investigates. ― The confusion that is Gundam Reconguista in G begins with the name. The word comes from the Spanish reconquista, or “reconquest” in English, but has been altered for a hard “G” sound, as director Yoshiyuki...
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Assassination Classroom Season One Part Two BD+DVD

In the second half of this cult shonen hit's first season, Class E faces some of their greatest challenges yet! Rebecca Silverman breaks down the highs and lows. ― I hope that I can be as effective a teacher as Koro-sensei someday. Despite the fact that he's a giant tentacular octopus who destroyed the moon and threatens to do the same to the Earth, he also truly cares about his students and manages ...
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Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!

Theron Martin takes on the fourth installment of the Fate/kaleid franchise, which returns the series to a greater focus on story and action in a mysterious alternate world. ― At 12 episodes, the fourth installment of the Fate/kaleid liner franchise is its longest to date. It's apparently not the last installment in the franchise either, given the recent advertisement for an upcoming movie. That's goo...
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Saturday, October 1

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Bungo Stray Dogs Manga's 13th Volume Listed With Original Anime on Blu-ray

Amazon Japan is currently listing a limited edition of the 13th volume of Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's Bungo Stray Dogs manga with a bundled original anime on Blu-ray Disc. Amazon lists the volume as shipping on August 31, 2017. The listing also notes that the OVA will feature the same staff and cast as the television anime series. A flyer at the AnimeJapan event in March had listed the Bung...
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Card Captor Sakura Franchise Gets 'New News' in November

This year's November issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine is revealing on Monday that CLAMP's Card Captor Sakura franchise will have a "super super new news announcement for what everyone's been anxious about" in the December issue of the magazine, which will ship on November 3. The December issue will feature the Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card Hen manga on its cover, and the new chapter will ha...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Drifters Anime

Crunchyroll announced on Saturday on Twitter that it will stream the Drifters anime this fall. Crunchyroll said it will announce more details about the stream this week. The announcement featured a subtitled video from the original video anime (OVA) that shipped on DVD with the fifth volume of Kouta Hirano's Drifters manga on June 6. Crunchyroll hasn't stated if it will stream the OVA, the upcomin...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Utano☆Princesama Legend Star Anime

4h season in idol franchise premieres on Saturday ― Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it will stream Utano☆Princesama Legend Star, the fourth season of the Uta no Prince-sama anime, as it airs in Japan. The first episode will premiere on Crunchyroll on Saturday, with subsequent episodes set to stream on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Crunchyroll will stream the series for members in: the United Sta...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Bloodivores, Time Bokan 24 Anime

Both series to premiere on Saturday ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the Bloodivores and Time Bokan 24 anime series. Crunchyroll will stream Bloodivores starting on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. EDT, and the series will stream for members worldwide outside of China, Japan, and Korea. The site will start streaming Time Bokan 24 on Saturday at 7:00 a.m. EDT. The series will be available fo...
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Go Behind-the-Scenes of Hikaru Utada's 'Hanataba Wo Kimini' Track

Singer Hikaru Utada's new Fantôme album has done very well internationally since its release on September 28. The album is the singer's first release in nearly a decade and includes tracks like "Sakura Nagashi" (the Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo theme song) and "Hanataba Wo Kimini" (the theme song for the Toto Nee-Chan: Fatherly Sister drama). In a new video uploaded to YouTube, Utada will gi...
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Shibushi City Pulls 'Sexist' Eel Girl Ad

The city of Shibushi in Kagoshima came under fire after releasing an eel-farming ad that features an eel personified as a young woman in a school uniform bathing suit. The city quickly pulled the ad after receiving many complaints that the commercial is "sexist" and the concept of "cultivating" a woman is inappropriate. The video starts with a girl in a pool asking to be fed. A man narrates over i...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episodes 476-477

"The series' two principal characters have their long-awaited rematch in this week's double helping of Naruto Shippūden."

Friday, September 30

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3-D Model of Life-Size Oreimo Statue Unveiled

Ayase strikes a risque pose ― In honor of Tsukasa Fushimi's 10th anniversary since his debut as a light novel author with Jūsanban-me no Alice, fans were allowed to vote on which character from his more famous light novel series, Oreimo, would be converted into a life-size statue. The result was announced on a Nico Nico Douga live-streaming video on August 29: Ayase, who received about 40% of the vot...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, September 18-24

2 One-Punch Man volumes, 3 Tokyo Ghoul volumes, Goodnight Punpun, Haikyu!!, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Attack on Titan, Monster Musume The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on September 30. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 3One-Punch Man #1 Story: ONE / Art: Yuusuke Murata Viz Media 55 2 4Tokyo Ghoul #1 Sui Ishid...
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Nitroplus Blasterz Crossover Fighting Game Gets PC Release

PS4/PS3 versions shipped in N. America in February ― XSEED Games announced on Friday that it will release the crossover fighting game Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel on Windows PC this winter. The company previously released the game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in February. The game crosses over characters from Nitroplus properties and visual novels, as well as characters from prop...
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Gantz:O, Mr. Osomatsu Fuse Together in Weird CG World Magazine Collab Cover

The six Mr. Osomatsu brothers get a Gantz:O makeover for the October 8th cover of CG graphics magazine CG World. The Gantz character Jōichirō Nishi from the "full 3D CG" anime film GANTZ:O appears with different wacky expressions in the brothers' colors and pose amidst the movie's setting of Osaka's neon Dōtonbori district. The magazine includes a feature article about the GANTZ:O film, overseen b...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Tiger Mask W Anime

Wrestling anime premieres on Saturday ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream Tiger Mask W, Toei Animation's new anime based on Ikki Kajiwara and Naoki Tsuji's Tiger Mask manga. The first episode will stream on Saturday, October 1 at 3:45 p.m. EDT in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Central and South America including the Caribbean. In Japan, the anim...
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WWW.WAGNARIA!! Commercial, Takuya Kōno Ad Streamed

Commercial previews opening theme song for series premiering Saturday ― Aniplex began streaming a commercial and a character trailer for WWW.WAGNARIA!! (WWW.WORKING), the television anime of the web comic Web-ban Working!!, on Friday. The commercial previews the opening theme song "Eyecatch! Too much!," performed by the cast, and the character trailer introduces Takuya Kōno (voiced by Hiro Shimono). ...
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Record of Lodoss War Fantasy Story Gets Stage Play in January

AŌP idols perform The Grey Witch's opening ― Ryo Mizuno and Group SNE's Record of Lodoss War fantasy storyline is inspiring a stage play. The Lodoss-tō Senki: Haiiro no Majo (Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch) production will run for 14 performances from January 6 to January 14, 2017 at the Kinokuniya Southern Theater in Shibuya, Tokyo. The idol unit AŌP (Mr. Osomatsu) is contributing the opening ...
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The Anime Network to Stream Utano☆Princesama Legend Star

4th Series begins on October 1 ― Anime Network Online announced on Friday that it will stream Utano☆Princesama Legend Star, the fourth season of the Uta no Prince-sama anime, as it airs in Japan. The first episode will premiere for subscribers on October 1 in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Latin America, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Turkey, North Africa, and the Mi...
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Gintama Goes Ape for Halloween at J-World

Last year, Namco's J-World Tokyo indoor theme park gave us Prince of Tennis chocolates for Valentine's Day and a Naruto ninja haunted house for Halloween. This spooky season, the park is going gorilla and bringing out bananas with a Gintama event. J-World Tokyo offers changing themes devoted to manga from Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine. Gintama Halloween Gorifes 2016 is a "Festival of the gorilla...

Daisuki to Stream Long Riders!, Magic of Stella, March comes in like a lion, Occultic;Nine Anime

Also: Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans 2nd season ― Internet streaming service Daisuki announced on Friday that it will stream Long Riders!, Magic of Stella, March comes in like a lion, Occultic;Nine, and Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans season 2 for the fall 2016 season. Long Riders! and Magic of Stella will be exclusive to Daisuki in all available territories. Daisuki also announced that it will ...
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Answerman - Why Don't Promotional Anime Cafés Last Longer?

We're constantly running news stories about awesome anime themed cafes in Japan - but most of them seem like they're only open for about a week. What gives? ― Ophno Im'Portynce asks: I notice pretty regularly on ANN that there are themed restaurants that open up in Japan, particularly around the Tokyo area. These restaurants and merchandise shops are usually anime or game based and are themed around...
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Edogawa Ranpo's Boy Detectives Club Novels Get New Anime Shorts by DLE, Yoshitaka Amano

Chō Shōnen Tantei-dan NEO premieres in January with story set in 2117 ― A television anime remake of Edogawa Ranpo's Shōnen Tantei-dan (The Boy Detectives Club) novels will premiere on the Tokyo MX channel next January. The anime studio DLE (Eagle Talon) is collaborating with the publisher Poplar for the Chō Shōnen Tantei-dan NEO (The Ultra Boy Detectives Club NEO) anime shorts that tell brand-new or...

Gen Urobuchi's Thunderbolt Fantasy Puppet Series Gets Sequel

Japanese/Taiwanese co-production ended on Friday ― The 13th and final episode of the "chivalrous fantasy puppet show" Thunderbolt Fantasy ended on Friday with an announcement that production on a sequel has been green-lit. The project's official website will provide more information in the future. The AbemaTV service is streaming the first 12 episodes from October 4 to October 5 in Japan, followed by...
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Age 12 Anime's 2nd Season Promo Video Previews AŌP's Opening Theme

Sequel series about 12-year-old girl's everyday life premieres on October 3 ― The official YouTube channel of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine streamed a new promotional video on Thursday for the second season of the 12-Sai: Chiccha na Mune no Tokimeki (Age 12: A Little Heart-Pounding) television anime series based on Nao Maita's original manga. The video previews AŌP's new single "Ano ne Kimi Dake ni" tha...
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Prince in His Dark Days GN 1

BL mangaka Hico Yamanaka makes the jump to shoujo with this bleak tale of a girl living in poverty roped into impersonating a missing rich boy. ― There's bleak, and then there's Atsuko's life in The Prince in his Dark Days. Everything about her life is drenched in misery: her mother is gone, her father, unable to cope with her loss, is an angry alcoholic, and there's not even enough money for Atsuko ...

Gundam Thunderbolt Offered on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Release also includes 4K HDR sample videos of Gundam the Origin, Gundam UC, 0083, Endless Waltz; English dub/subtitles ― The Gundam.info portal site announced on Thursday that the Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky anime will get a 4K UltraHD Blu-ray Disc release in Japan on December 22. The release will feature the anime in 4K resolution with high-dynamic-range video, and will be the first...

Madoka Magica Franchise Gets Magia Record Smartphone Game

SHAFT, Ume Aoki, Gekidan Inu Curry return to work on game with new story ― Aniplex opened a website on Friday to reveal the Magia Record: Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Gaiden (Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story) smartphone game. Aniplex plans to release the game for iOS and Android devices in spring 2017. The website is streaming a promotional video for the game that features animation. (T...
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Funimation Streams New Clip of Escaflowne Anime's English Dub

DVD/BD of TV series, film slated for October 18 ― Funimation's official YouTube channel began streaming a clip on Thursday for its new English dub of the The Vision of Escaflowne television anime series. The clip previews a dubbed clip from the show's first episode, showing Van fighting off a land dragon, helped by a vision from Hitomi. Funimation will release a Blu-ray Disc collector's edition that ...
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Ao Oni The Animation Anime Film's 1st Promo Video Reveals Main Staff

Film adaptation with new story slated to open next year ― The official website for the Ao Oni: The Animation anime film began streaming a promotional video on Friday that reveals the film's main staff. The film, in comparison to the upcoming television anime comedy series, will be closer to the traditional mystery horror of the original game, although it will have a new story that is different from t...
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Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto Ad Shows Boruto Gameplay

Game slated for N. America/Europe on February 3, Japan on February 2 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a commercial for the Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto expansion for the Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 game on Friday. The video shows both Naruto and Boruto. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game in North America and Europe on February 3. The r...

'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' OVA Previewed in Video

New episode with original story features characters going to hot spring ― Warner Bros. Japan began streaming a promotional video on Friday for the original video anime (OVA) based on Fujino Ōmori's Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka?) light novel series. The OVA's original story features the characters at a hot spring. Ōmori su...

Yōjo Senki TV Anime's Teaser Video Previews 'Monster' Protagonist

Character designs also revealed for 3 main characters ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of author Carlo Zen and illustrator Shinobu Shinotsuki's Yōjo Senki (The Military Chronicles of a Little Girl) light novel series began streaming the anime's teaser promotional video on Friday. The anime now has the full title Yōjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil. The video and the tagline o...
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Edinburgh Psycho-Pass Movie Screening November 1

Plus director Q&A with Naoyoshi Shiotani and Tokyo Marble Chocolate screening ― Although most of the Scotland Loves Anime festival screenings in Edinburgh will be in October, there will also be a screening of the Psycho-Pass movie on November 1 at 5.30 p.m. It will be accompanied by a live Q&A with Naoyoshi Shiotani, who has directed all the anime incarnations of Psycho-Pass to date. Tickets are avai...

4th Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki OVA's 1st Promo Video Centers on Ryōko

1st BD to ship on November 30 ― The official website of Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki Dai-4-Ki, the fourth OAV in the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki OVA series, began streaming a Ryōko version of its first promotional video on Thursday. Ai Orikasa narrates the video as Ryōko. Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web site additionally began streaming a different version of the first promotional video on Friday. Masami Kikuchi na...
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Extra Silent Voice and Your Name Screenings at Edinburgh Scotland Loves Anime

A Silent Voice on October 25, Your Name on October 26 ― UK Anime Network reports that extra screenings have been added for the films A Silent Voice and Your Name (pictured) during the Edinburgh leg of the 2016 Scotland Loves Anime festival. (The original festival screenings of the films, both on October 22, have sold out.) The extra screening of A Silent Voice is on Tuesday October 25 at 5.50 p.m., t...
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BlazBlue: CentralFiction Game Slated for November 1 in N. America

Aksys Games announced on Thursday that it will release Arc System Works' BlazBlue: CentralFiction fighting game in North America on November 1 on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The version will not contain an English dub, and will be the first North American release in the series without an English dub included. The North American release will have a limited edition release, which includes a col...

Brave Witches Anime's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Crunchyroll's stream of Strike Witches spinoff anime begins on October 5 ― Crunchyroll began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the Brave Witches spinoff television anime on Thursday. In addition, Crunchyroll announced more details for its simulcast of the anime. Crunchyroll's stream will begin on October 5 at 2:05 p.m. EDT, and will be available for users worldwide except in Asia. Crunchyrol...
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Death Note the Musical Gets Rerun in September

Main characters reprise roles; Karin Takahashi, Kazutaka Ishii, Tetsuya Bessho join cast ― Frank Wildhorn's 2015 Death Note the Musical will get a rerun in September at Tokyo's New National Theater, and will also get performances in Toyama and Osaka. HoriPro is streaming a video for the musical that includes footage from the 2015 performances. The main cast members, who are reprising their roles, inc...
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Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie's English-Dubbed Trailer Streamed

Film to screen in U.S. on October 15 for 1 day only ― Eleven Arts began streaming an English-dubbed trailer on Thursday for the United States screening of Yo-kai Watch: The Movie, the first Yo-kai Watch anime film. The film will screen in select theaters in the United States on October 15 for one day only. Eleven Arts describes the film: In YO-KAI WATCH: THE MOVIE EVENT, Jibanyan, Whisper, and Nate m...
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Voice Actress Megumi Toyoguchi Announces Marriage, Pregnancy, Hiatus from Work

Actress recently voiced roles in Danganronpa 3, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4 anime ― Voice actress Megumi Toyoguchi announced on the website of her agency 81 Produce on Friday that she is taking a hiatus from work "for a little while" so she can make preparations for giving birth. Toyoguchi said that she got married "a few years ago," and is now pregnant. She added that substitute actresses will t...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Aooni The Blue Monster Anime

Magical Girl Raising Project, Bungo Stray Dogs streaming details also revealed ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream Aooni The Blue Monster (Ao Oni: The Animation), a series of television anime shorts based on the horror game franchise Ao Oni. Crunchyroll's stream will begin on Sunday, October 2 at 3:15 p.m. EDT, and will be available worldwide outside of Asia. Crunchyroll also anno...

Funimation Reveals Chaos Dragon Anime's English Dub Cast (Updated)

Company to also offer content on upcoming VRV streaming service ― Funimation announced the English dub cast on Thursday for its home video release of the Chaos Dragon television anime. In addition, Funimation announced that it will offer content on VRV, Crunchyroll parent company Ellation's content platform of streaming services. The Chaos Dragon cast, under ADR director Felecia Angelle, assistant AD...
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Exclusive: Anime Tamago 2017 Shorts' Visuals, Plot Synopses Revealed

Studio Comet, 4°C, Nippon Animation, WAO, Studio Live, SSS-Studio participate ― The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) revealed the visuals and synopses for the anime shorts chosen for the coming year's "Anime Tamago" (formerly "Anime Mirai") project on Friday. As in previous years, the anime shorts will train young animators on-the-job as part of the Japanese government's Agency of Cultural Af...
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Junichi Suwabe Asks People to Stop Illegal Uploading

Voice actor Junichi Suwabe discussed illegal uploading on his official Twitter account on Wednesday. He said: Production costs are required to make programs. If [producers] can't recover production costs, then [the show] will end, and it's also not possible to make new programs. Why is illegal uploading bad? There might not be much thinking along those lines, but it's essentially the same act as l...
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Aniplex USA to Stream WWW.WAGNARIA!! Anime

Stream begins on Crunchyroll on Saturday, on Daisuki 1 week after original broadcast ― Aniplex of America announced on Thursday that it will stream the WWW.WAGNARIA!! (WWW.WORKING!!) anime. The anime will premiere on Crunchyroll on Saturday, October 1 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, and will also stream on the Daisuki service one week after the original broadcast. Aniplex of America posted an English-subtitled tr...
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Lupin III's Inspector Zenigata Gets His Own Live-Action Show

Ryohei Suzuki plays title character with Atsuko Maeda, Takahiro Miura in 2017 ― A live-action series project titled Zenigata Keibu (Inspector Zenigata), based on the character from Monkey Punch's Lupin III franchise, has been green-lit. NTV, WOWOW, and Hulu Japan are collaborating on the project, with NTV showing the main story, and WOWOW and Hulu Japan showing different stories after the NTV airing....
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Patlabor's Freebie Kiichi Gotō Calendar Makes Magazine Sell Out

The November issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Big Comic Spirits magazine went on sale in Japan on Tuesday, but it's already sold out in many stores and online. The boost in sales is due to the issue's bundled, exclusive calendar of Patlabor's Captain Kiichi Gotō. Many magazines in Japan offer similar free bonuses to encourage people to purchase the magazine, but few items become as much of a marketin...

Thursday, September 29

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Musician's English Cover of your name's Theme is Beautiful

Singer and cover artist Rebecca Watanabe took on the task of translating RADWIMP's theme song “Zen Zen Zense” from Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film and the results are beautiful. First, here's the original version. The original song delivers the lyrics and a pretty difficult tempo, starting slow and then quickly speeding up. Watanabe manages to mirror the flow in an eloquent way her cover. B...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, September 19-25

Final Ace Attorney, RIN-NE 2 episodes air ― The final episode of the live-action drama adaptation of Miyuki Kitagawa's Seisei Suru hodo, Ai Shiteru manga aired on TBS on Tuesday, September 20 at 10:00 p.m. and earned a 9.1% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV September 25 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 12.5 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV September 25 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. ...

Report: Anime Industry Up 12% in 2015

Industry market value estimated at 1.83 trillion yen ― The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) published its "Anime Industry Report 2016," which examines industry trends from 2015, on Friday. According to the report, the total market value of the anime industry in 2015 was 1.83 trillion yen (about US$18.1 billion), up about 12% from 2014's 1.63 trillion yen. This continues the industry's upward ...
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Store Your Treasures in Chibi Moon's Stallion Rêve

Bandai opened a pre-order page for its recreation of Sailor Chibi Moon's Stallion Rêve communication device. The colorful orb appears in Sailor Moon SuperS and is used by Chibi-Usa to talk to the mysterious Pegasus. While Bandai's version won't allow you to communicate with magic horses, it does work as a great container for rings and other jewelry. The Stallion Rêve has two sections inside it, t...

Shonen Jump to Debut 2 Series From Mitsukubi Condor, Koi no Cupid Yakenohara Jin Creators

Ibitsu no Amalgam, Spring Weapon Number One manga to premiere in October ― This year's 44th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will announce two new series on Monday. Ryō Ishiyama's Ibitsu no Amalgam (Distorted Amalgam) manga will begin in the 45th issue on October 10 and Tomohiro Hasegawa's Spring Weapon Number One will begin in the 46th issue on October 17. Ishiyama was an honorable mention for...

Sentai Filmworks Adds Matoi the Sacred Slayer Anime

Magical girl series premieres on October 4 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed WHITE FOX's original television anime Matoi the Sacred Slayer. The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on October 4 at 11:00 p.m. The anime will premiere on Sun TV and KBS Kyoto an hour later, and will also air on BS11 on October 6. ...
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New Senran Kagura Game to be Unveiled October 6

Series producer Kenichirō Takaki announced a new work for the Senran Kagura series in a Famitsu livestream event on Niconico on Thursday. Famitsu magazine will unveil details on October 6. Takaki shared an image related to the new project, pictured below. He also commented that he would like to make a VR game. The franchise began with the release of the original Senran Kagura game on the Nintendo ...
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Dead or Alive Xtreme 3's Keijo! Crossover Shown in Video

The girls of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 show off their Keijo!!!!!!!! (Hip Whip Girl) swimsuits in the game's latest collaboration video. They even try their hand at the manga and anime's aquatic sport, a variation on the sumo circle only the players are on a circular water platform and must knock their opponent in using only their "assets." In Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, that also means exploding swimsuit...

Takuan and Batsu's Daily Demon Diary Manga Ends in Shonen Jump

Series about a boy and the daughter of Enma began in May ― This year's 44th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will publish the final chapter of Kentarō Itani's Takuan and Batsu's Daily Demon Diary (Takuan to Batsu no Nichijō Enmachō) manga. The second compiled volume will ship in Japan on November 4 and the third volume will ship on December 31. The manga began on May 16, and Viz Media previewed...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses ClassicaLoid Anime

Comedy series with magical composers to premiere October 8 ― Sentai FIlmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed the television anime Classicaloid. The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video. The series will begin airing in Japan October 8, 5:30 p.m. JST (October 8, 4:30 a.m. EST) on the NHK E-Tele station. Sentai Filmworks describes the story: Kanae's got a two oddba...
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Majestic Prince Film's Trailer, Subtitle Revealed

Subtitle chosen from fan entries; film opening November 4 ― The official website for the Majestic Prince anime posted a key visual and a trailer for the upcoming upcoming film on Thursday. In addition, the website announced the film's full title, Gekijōban Majestic Prince: Kakusei no Idenshiko (Majestic Prince the Movie: Awakening of Genetics). The staff took fan suggestions for the film's subtitle, ...
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 25

"Hopefully this is a one-time lull in what has otherwise been a rewarding story arc."
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Gundam Reconguista in G Sub.Blu-Ray

Yoshiyuki Tomino returns to the director's chair for the first time in over ten years for this unorthodox Gundam series, but has the franchise's creator lost his edge? Lauren Orsini investigates. ― The confusion that is Gundam Reconguista in G begins with the name. The word comes from the Spanish reconquista, or “reconquest” in English, but has been altered for a hard “G” sound, as director Yoshiyuki...
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Series Finale: Cheer Boys!! ‒ Episode 12

"From a bloated cast to sloppy art to a lack of sports action, Cheer Boys!! had some clear issues, but I can't help but concede its good points."
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A Silent Voice Anime Film Tops 1 Billion Yen in 12 Days

Film has sold 775,092 tickets from September 17-28 ― Kyoto Animation's anime film of Yoshitoki Ōima's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) manga has earned over 1 billion yen (over US$9.9 million) as of September 28, its 12th day at the Japanese box office. The film sold 775,092 tickets for 1,018,396,150 yen (US$10.034 million). The film opened on September 17 on 120 screens and ranked #2 at box offices i...
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3rd Digimon Adventure tri. Anime Film Tops 55 Million Yen in 4 Days

Film opened in 11 theaters on Saturday ― Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 3: Confession (Digimon Adventure tri. Kokuhaku), the third movie in the Digimon Adventure tri. anime film series, has sold 33,765 tickets for over 55 million yen (about US$540,000) in the four days since opening in 11 theaters on September 24. The film topped the Mini Theater Ranking chart, just as the first two movies had done ...
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YouTube, Crunchyroll, Daisuki to Stream Cardfight!! Vanguard G NEXT Anime

English dub planned by November for latest anime based on Bushiroad card games ― The entertainment company Bushiroad announced on Thursday that Cardfight!! Vanguard G NEXT, the latest series of the Cardfight!! Vanguard G anime, will stream on the YouTube, Crunchyroll, and Daisuki services. The series is premiering on October 2 in Japan, and the three streaming services will post new episodes every Sa...
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New Tama & Friends Anime's Additional Cast, Staff, October 1 Premiere Revealed

Erika Kaiho, Kaoru Katai, Natsumi Sugita, Kazusa Aranami, Karin Isobe, more join short anime ― The official website of Tama & Friends: Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka? (Tama & Friends: Do You Know My Tama?), the new Tama and Friends short anime, revealed the show's additional staff, additional cast, and premiere dates on September 20. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on October 1 at 7:00 a.m. within th...
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Daisuke Sakaguchi Plays Near in Live-Action Death Note Mini-Series Prequel

Final episode of 3-episode series premieres on Friday ― The official website of Death Note Light up the NEW world, this year's live-action Death Note sequel film, announced on Thursday that voice actor Daisuke Sakaguchi (Gintama's Shinpachi Shimura, Baccano!'s Jacuzzi Splot) played Near in the live-action Death Note NEW GENERATION prequel mini-series currently streaming on Hulu Japan. Near appeared i...
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Bungo Stray Dogs Anime's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Anime premieres on October 5, Crunchyroll to stream anime as it airs ― Crunchyroll began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Wednesday for the second half of the Bungo Stray Dogs television anime. The anime's second half (starting with the 13th episode) will premiere on Tokyo MX and WOWOW on October 5 at 25:05 (effectively Tuesday, October 6 at 1:05 a.m.). Crunchyroll will stream the anime as i...
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BBK/BRNK Sequel Anime's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Anime premieres on Saturday, Crunchyroll to stream anime as it airs ― Crunchyroll began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Wednesday for the BUBUKI/BURANKI The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy (BBK/BRNK Hoshi no Kyojin) sequel television anime series. The anime will premiere on Saturday, October 1 on AT-X at 9:30 p.m. and on Tokyo MX on the same day at 10:00 p.m. The anime will also air on KBS Kyot...
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New Baki Martial Arts Anime Will Portray 'Death Row Convicts' Arc

December 6 OAD will feature 5 convicts from around the world heading to Japan ― This year's 44th issue of of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that the new original anime DVD adaptation of Keisuke Itagaki's Baki manga will portray the "Most Evil Death Row Convicts" arc in the manga. The arc is portrayed in the Baki manga, the second installment in the series, and fea...

Overlord Anime Has Compilation Film in the Works

TV anime premiered in Japan in July 2015 ― The wraparound jacket band of the 11th volume of Kugane Maruyama's Overlord light novel series is revealing on Friday that the novels' anime adaptation is getting a compilation film. The announcement didn't mention an opening date for the film. The 13-episode Overlord television anime series premiered in Japan in July 2015. The story takes place in the year ...
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Live-Action Laughing Under the Clouds Adds 4 New Cast Members

Masaki Kaji, Ryuuya Wakaba, Junya Ikeda, Eita Okuno cast in 2017 film ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Kemuri Karakara's Laughing Under the Clouds (Donten ni Warau) manga revealed four additional cast members on Thursday, which include: Masaki Kaji as Zenzō Inukai, the oldest member of the Yamainu Squad The Fūma Clan of ninjas plotting to rule the world (from left to right in picture...
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Hikaru Utada's New Fantôme Album Debuts at #6 on U.S. iTunes Chart

Singer's 1st full album in 8 years also debuts at #12 on French iTunes album chart ― Singer Hikaru Utada's new Fantôme album is ranked at #6 on the U.S. iTunes album chart as of press time on Thursday. The album is also ranked at #12 on the French iTunes album chart as of Thursday. The album, which Universal Music released on Wednesday, is Utada's first full album in eight years. Utada's This Is the ...
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Live-Action Dragon Emperor Film's Trailer Previews Cast

Film starring famous manga creators opens in Japan on October 15 ― Japanese entertainment news website Cinema Today began streaming a trailer on Thursday for the live-action film adaptation of Takeshi Ichihara and Naoki Konno's Ryūtei -Dragon Emperor- manga. The video previews the film's cast. The film will debut in Japan on October 15. The film was funded through a successful crowdfunding campaign l...
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Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation Anime's Promo Video Previews Sōhoku's Return

Cast returns for 3rd season premiering in January ― The official website for the Yowamushi Pedal anime began streaming a promotional video for Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation, the third anime season based on Wataru Watanabe's original manga, on Thursday. The video features the returning Sōhoku team. Text: Original Story: Wataru Watanabe (serialized in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion) Voice: Sōh...
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Babymetal Music Group Gets Live-Action/Animated Shorts by Warner Bros.

Warner's Blue Ribbon Content, Amuse USA make action-adventure about idol metal unit ― Warner Bros. announced on Wednesday that it is producing an original shortform series based on Japanese idol and heavy metal fusion group Babymetal. Warner Bros. describes the series: The action-adventure will take viewers inside the magical world of heavy metal music as it comes under attack, and one lonely god, Ki...

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Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! Boys Return to Hot Springs

The beautiful boys from the Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! anime are returning to the hot springs. Oedo Onsen Monogatari, a Japanese hot spring hotel chain, began streaming on Monday a television commercial that features the main characters of the series. The anime started its collaboration with the hot spring chain in March 2015 when the campaign released images of characters in yukata....

Live-Action Guyver Movies Get Limited Re-Issue

Early 90's films starred Mark Hamill, David Hayter ― Warner Archive is now offering manufactured-on-demand DVD re-issues of The Guyver and The Guyver 2 (Guyver 2: Dark Hero) live-action films. New Line Cinema released The Guyver directly to video in 1991 and the sequel in 1994. New Line Cinema then released both on DVD in 2004. The first film stars Jack Armstrong as the protagonist Sean Barker and Ma...
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Complete Your Cardcaptor Sakura Halloween Costume with Her OP Dress

Takara Tomy, the makers of the interactive Clow Card set want to give Cardcaptor Sakura fans the full experience. The company is now accepting pre-orders for an official Cardcaptor Sakura costume modeled after her outfit from the series' first opening animation. The costume, which includes the blouse and dress as a single piece, along with Sakura's hat, gloves, and wings costs 16,200 yen (US$161)...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, September 19-25

Tokyo Ghoul:re, Kimi ni Todoke, Skip Beat!, Space Brothers, Fairy Tail in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Tokyo Ghoul:re 8 287,735 607,543 2016/09 Shueisha Sui Ishida 1 2 2 Kimi ni Todoke 27 180,360 180,360 2016/09 Shueisha Karuho Shiina 2 1 3 Skip Beat! 39 156,825 157,372 2016/09 Hakusensha Yoshiki Nakamura 3 1 4 Spa...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, September 19-25

Utawarerumono: Futari no Hakuoro, One Piece Dai Kaizoku Colosseum games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: September 19-25 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PSV Utawarerumono: Futari no Hakuoro (Including Limited Editions) AquaPlus September 21 47,363 47,363 90 2PS4 Persona 5 (Including Limited, Bundled Editions) Atlus September 15 45,178 309,971 74 3PS4...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Flip Flappers Anime

Magical girl series to premiere October 6 in Japan ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the he FLIP FLAPPERS television anime series. The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video. The anime will premiere in Japan on October 6 at 9:00 p.m. on AT-X and at 10:00 p.m. on Tokyo MX. The series will also air on BS Fuji and Sun TV. Sentai Filmworks describes t...

Kyoto Police Arrest 2 Chinese Suspects for Uploading Anime

Suspects allegedly uploaded The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya Drei!! ― Kyoto Prefectural Police arrested two Chinese company workers, Liang Wang (30) and Wangyi Yang (20), on Wednesday on suspicion of violating the Japanese Copyright Act. Kyoto Prefectural Police found both suspects by using their computer IP addresses. According to the police, both suspect...
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Sanrio Donates to Earthquake-hit Area Every Time its Video is Watched

Sanrio Japan uploaded a video on September 26 starting a new initiative of "One Action for One Love" to help the Kumamoto and Oita prefecture areas still heavily affected by the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit this past April. The video states that Sanrio has "thoughts they want to send to everyone in Kumamoto and Oita." The company will donate one yen for every time the video is played. The ini...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Girlish Number Anime

Anime about aspiring voice actress premieres on October 6 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the television anime of Wataru Watari and QP:flapper's Girlish Number novel project. The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video. The anime will premiere in Japan on TBS on October 6 at 2:28 a.m., and will then premiere Sun TV on October 7 and on BS-TBS on O...
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Answerman - How Do You Keep Up With So Much Anime?

With the fall season upon us, it's a reminder of just how much new anime there is every season. Justin considers the angles - and we'd love to hear your secrets for keeping up! ― Nathan asks: I'm an anime fan since the late 90s, returning to regular watching after a hiatus since around 2004. Now, EVERYTHING seems to be coming over, and the front page of Anime News Network seems like a deluge of unfa...
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Pacific Rim 2 Casts The Belko Experiment's Adria Arjona

Production on sequel film begins in November in Australia ― Deadline Hollywood reported on Monday that actress Adria Arjona (The Belko Experiment, Life of the Party, Emerald City) has joined the cast of Pacific Rim 2, the planned sequel to Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham's 2013 science-fiction robot film. The film will debut in theaters on February 23, 2018. Production begins in November in Aus...
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Live-Action Gundam Short Imagines a Documentary After the One Year War

2 Federation & Zeon engineers look back at First Gundam conflict that altered humanity ― Rhizomatiks, a Japanese avant-garde media arts studio, created an eight-minute live-action short called "Gundam Behind the Front." The video presents a fictional documentary on the aftermath of the One Year War seen in the first Mobile Suit Gundam television series and movies. Sunrise, the anime studio behind the...

Live-Action JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Project Shoots in Spain, Aims to Cover Entire Part 4

Producer wants to adapt all of Diamond Is Unbreakable in multiple films ― Kento Yamazaki, the lead actor in the live-action film adaptation of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable manga, revealed during the project's Wednesday press conference that the project is filming almost entirely on location in Spain. Director Takashi Miike acknowledged that the original manga's se...
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A Silent Voice Anime Film's Theme Song Sampled in AIKO's Music Video

Filmgoers get 4-frame film strip starting Saturday ― Kyoto Animation posted a music video clip for "Koi o Shita no wa," AIKO's theme song for A Silent Voice anime film, on Wednesday. The singer released the song as her 36th single on September 21. Starting on Saturday, people who see the film will receive a 35-millimeter four-frame film strip from the movie at participating theaters, while supplies l...
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Assassination Classroom Season One Part Two BD+DVD

In the second half of this cult shonen hit's first season, Class E faces some of their greatest challenges yet! Rebecca Silverman breaks down the highs and lows. ― I hope that I can be as effective a teacher as Koro-sensei someday. Despite the fact that he's a giant tentacular octopus who destroyed the moon and threatens to do the same to the Earth, he also truly cares about his students and manages ...
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'Idol Death Game TV' PS Vita Game's Trailer Previews Dialogue Scenes

Idols participate in deadly game to be part of idol group in October 20 game ― The official website of D3 Publisher's Idol Death Game TV PlayStation Vita game began streaming a trailer for the game on Wednesday. The video previews some dialogue scenes from the game's story. The game is slated for October 20 in Japan, and the game will also be compatible with the PlayStation TV. The story focuses on t...
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Berserk and the Band of the Hawk Game Streams Wyald Gameplay Video

Games ships in Japan on October 27, in N. America on February 21, in Europe on February 24 ― Koei Tecmo Games posted a gameplay video from Omega Force's Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (Berserk Musou) game to highlight the character Wyald on Wednesday. Koei Tecmo Games previously streamed gameplay videos for Guts (Guts in Berserker Armor), Griffith, Casca, Judeau, Schierke, Zodd, and Serpico. The ga...
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Landreaall Manga's Anime Casts Kenichi Suzumura, Atsuko Enomoto, More

Hiroaki Gohda directs February 25 anime at WillPalette ― The November issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine announced the main cast and staff for the original anime of Chika Ogaki's traditional fantasy manga Landreaall on Wednesday. The cast includes: Kenichi Suzumura as DX Lucafort Atsuko Enomoto as Ion Lucafort Kenjiro Tsuda as Rokkō Daisuke Hirakawa as Tō Rindō Junichi Suwabe as Li...
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Live-Action HaruChika Film Downplays Love Triangle, Mystery-Solving

Keisuke Koide joins cast as instructor Shinjirō Kusakabe ― The official website for the live-action film of Sei Hatsuno's HaruChika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru "concert band youth mystery" novel series updated on Wednesday. The site revealed a teaser video and a new visual, elaborated on the story of the film, and added Keisuke Koide to the cast. The website's story describes the same basic prem...
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Flip Flappers Anime's Promo Video Previews Opening Song

ZAQ performs "Serendipity" opening song for October 6 anime ― The AniChan service streamed a promotional video for the Flip Flappers television anime series on Wednesday. The video shows the same footage as the earlier second promotional video, but previews the anime's opening theme song "Serendipity" by ZAQ. The anime will premiere on October 6 at 9:00 p.m. on AT-X and at 10:00 p.m. on Tokyo MX. The...

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Manga Gets 1st Live-Action Film

Takashi Miike helms Part 4 story starring Kento Yamazaki, Ryunosuke Kamiki ― Toho and Warner Brothers announced at a press conference on Wednesday that both companies are collaborating for the first time to produce and distribute a live-action film adaptation of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable manga. The press conference lists the film as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Di...
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Izetta: The Last Witch Anime's English-Subtitled Trailer Posted

Anime premieres Saturday; Crunchyroll will stream, Funimation will provide English dub ― Crunchyroll began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the upcoming original anime Izetta: The Last Witch (Izetta, Die Letzte Hexe or Shūmatsu no Izetta) on Tuesday. The series will premiere on Saturday, October 1 at 11:00 p.m. on AT-X. Crunchyroll will stream the anime, and Funimation will provide an Engli...
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Kiitarō Shōnen no Yōkai Enikki Anime's Promo Video Features Suzu

Supernatural series of 5-minute shorts premieres on October 5 ― The staff for =the television anime of Riichi Kageyama's Kiitarō Shōnen no Yōkai Enikki (Young Kiitarō's Yōkai Visual Diary) manga posted a promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video features narration by the character Suzu (Arisa Nakata). The anime will premiere on October 5 at 10:33 p.m. on Tokyo MX, and will then premiere...
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Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto ‒ Bonus Episode 13

"Gakubun High's bespectacled wunderkind returns for a slightly disappointing swan song in Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto's delayed 13th episode."
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Black Butler Creator Draws Tōken Ranbu Anthology Cover

Yana Toboso, creator of the Black Butler manga, drew the front cover art of the new Tōken Ranbu anthology released on September 27. Square Enix's monthly magazine G Fantasy tweeted about the book, "The "Tōken Ranbu -ONLINE- Anthology Comic ~Sukueni no Jin~" anthology is on sale in Japan today. A splendid writing staff is gathered here now! Heartwarming, comedic, serious sword-men's various every d...

Crunchyroll to Stream BBK/BRNK Sequel, Izetta, Magical Girl Raising Project, Brave Witches

Bungo Stray Dogs' 2nd half also streaming; Funimation dubs Nanbaka, Izetta: The Last Witch ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will stream BUBUKI/BURANKI The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy (BBK/BRNK Hoshi no Kyojin), Izetta: The Last Witch (Izetta, Die Letzte Hexe or Shūmatsu no Izetta), Magical Girl Raising Project, Brave Witches, and the second half of Bungo Stray Dogs as they air in Japan. In ...
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Break Out Your Dancing Shoes, It's Time to 'Hare Hare Yukai' Again

A long, long time ago in the year 2006, there was a dance known as "Hare Hare Yukai" and fans across the globe dedicated their time and choreography skills to memorize it. It was the ending theme to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and every cosplay contest for the better part of a year featured dancers dressed as Haruhi, Yuki, Kyon, Itsuki and Mikuru recreating the sequence. FUNimation Entertain...
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Season Finale: D.Gray-man Hallow ‒ Episode 13

"For a tragedy, D.Gray-man Hallow closes on an empowering rather than a depressing note."

Tuesday, September 27

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Live-Action Alita: Battle Angel Film to Get IMAX Release

IMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox announced on Tuesday that James Cameron's upcoming Alita: Battle Angel live-action film, based on Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga, will screen in IMAX theaters worldwide. Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City, Spy Kids) is set to direct the film. James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment partner Jon Lan...
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Villian Teams Eagle Talon, Suicide Squad Meet in Crossover Promos

The villain-protagonists of Himitsu Kessha Taka no Tsume (Secret Society Eagle Talon) introduces another team of villains in three comical crossover promotional videos (English subtitles may be accessed in the videos' Closed-Caption options). DLE animation studio, producer of the flash animation Eagle Talon, uploaded these short videos on September 11 to its YouTube Channel. Eagle Talon originally...
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Strike Witches Erica Hartmann 1941, Kantai Collection - Suirai Sentai Chronicle Manga End

Ninja Slayer manga arc ends, Melty Blood spinoff manga to end next month ― This year's November issue of Kadokawa's Comp Ace magazine published the final chapters of Tsuchii's Strike Witches Erica Hartmann 1941 manga and Yasuhiro Miyama's Kantai Collection - Suirai Sentai Chronicle manga on Monday. Comp Ace also ran the final chapter of the Ninja Slayer manga's Ninja Slayer Geisha Karate Shinkansen A...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, September 25-October 1

Chaika The Coffin Princess Avenging Battle, Koi Koi Seven, The Eden of Grisaia, Maria the Virgin Witch, Mikagura School Suite, Rainy Cocoa anime; Happiness, The Prince in His Dark Days, Welcome to the Ballroom manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Chaika The Coffin Princess Avenging Battle BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 September 27 Chaika The Coffin Princess Ave...
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Superhero Comedy Anime 'To Be Hero' Profiles More of Cast in Video

Excel Saga's Shinichi Watanabe helms anime about unlikely ugly hero ― The AniChan service streamed a promotional video for To Be Hero, one of the first original anime series from Emon Animation Company's Haoliners brand, on Tuesday. Text: Earth's greatest crisis is incoming! Text: No. 1 Black Hoihoi Empire!! Text: No. 2 Iron Shrimp Man! Text: To Be Hero Text: Huh!? Text: That guy's a hero? Text: An u...
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You're Not Sadako When You're Hungry in Snickers' Latest TV Ad

Snickers candy bar's latest ad campaign has shown what a bad case of 'hangry' looks like. This Super Bowl ad this year, for instance, showed Marilyn Monroe as a disgruntled Willem Dafoe until she satiated her hunger with a Snickers. Another showed Betty White getting tackled in a game of football until she has a Snickers and transforms back into "Mike." Each commercial ends with the phrase, "You'r...
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Cheating Craft Anime Introduces Battles in the School Exam Room

Majestic Prince's Keitaro Motonaga directs anime premiering October 5 ― The AniChan service streamed a promotional video for Cheating Craft, one of the first original anime series from Emon Animation Company's Haoliners brand, on Tuesday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on October 5 at 6:30 p.m. Text: In this world, exams are the only laws of survival Text: School Shokatsu Text: Cheating Craft Te...
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Funimation Streams Castle Town Dandelion English Dub Trailer

Bryn Apprill stars in anime shipping November 15 on home video ― Funimation Entertainment began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for its home video release of the Castle Town Dandelion (Jōkamachi no Dandelion) television anime on Tuesday. The cast, under ADR director Clifford Chapin, includes: Bryn Apprill as Akane Sakurada Tia Ballard as Aoi Sakurada Ricco Fajardo as Shu Sakurada Michelle Rojas a...
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New Orleans' Mysterious Pikachu Statue Raises US$2,000

The mysterious Pikachu statue that appeared in a New Orleans' park in August sold for US$2,000 at auction on last Sunday. The statue was briefly erected by unknown artists at an unused fountain in Coliseum Square before being donated for auction to raise funds benefiting the Coliseum Square Association. The statue was ultimately sold by the Neal Auction Company for US$2,000 to a just as mysterious...
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Matoi the Sacred Slayer Anime Preview Goes Behind the Scenes at White Fox

Original anime premieres October 4 ― The official website for WHITE FOX's original television anime Matoi the Sacred Slayer began streaming an 18-minute preview special on Tuesday. The special begins by showing the staff at a shrine, and then plays a trailer for the series (also embedded by itself below). The special then goes behind the scenes at the animation studio White Fox. The video shows anima...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 757

"Once again we're entering the wonderful world of One Piece flashbacks."
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Manga: The New Generation Talk in London October 17

Talk at Foyles Bookstore on Charing Cross Road ― There will be a talk on Manga: The New Generation on October 17 at London's Foyles Bookstore featuring Ken Niimura and Miki Yamamoto. It is presented by the Japan Foundation, which describes it as follows: This October, the Japan Foundation welcomes two promising artists, Ken Niimura and Miki Yamamoto, to illustrate their works in this talk event as we...
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Eromanga Sensei Anime Reveals Lead Voice Actor, Main Staff

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka plays Masamune, Ryohei Takeshita directs, Cinderella Girls' Tatsuya Takahashi writes ― A Nico Nico Live stream for the anime of Tsukasa Fushimi's light novel series announced the anime's lead voice actor and main staff on Tuesday. Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is playing Masamune Izumi, and Ryohei Takeshita (Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun chief animation director) and Tatsuya Takahashi (And you ...
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Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!

Theron Martin takes on the fourth installment of the Fate/kaleid franchise, which returns the series to a greater focus on story and action in a mysterious alternate world. ― At 12 episodes, the fourth installment of the Fate/kaleid liner franchise is its longest to date. It's apparently not the last installment in the franchise either, given the recent advertisement for an upcoming movie. That's goo...

New Danganronpa V3 Game to Bundle Original Anime on January 12

Super Danganronpa 2.5 anime to feature Danganronpa 2's Nagito Komaeda ― This week's issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is reporting on Thursday that Spike Chunsoft will ship its New Danganronpa V3: Minna no Koroshiai Shin Gakki (New Danganronpa V3: Everyone's New Semester of Killing) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on January 12. A limited edition will be available on that day with t...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Girls & Panzer Film With Theatrical Release Plans

Acquired in N. America, UK, Ireland, Australia, NZ for distribution, streaming ― North American anime distributor Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it licensed the Girls und Panzer der Film anime for North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and other territories. The company will announce more details on "distribution, release date, and streaming offerings," and it...
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Landreaall Fantasy Manga Gets Original Anime

Chika Ogaki's 29th manga volume to bundle anime disc in February ― The November issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine is announcing on Wednesday that an original anime of Chika Ogaki's traditional fantasy manga Landreaall has been green-lit. The manga's 29th volume will have a limited-edition bundle with the original anime disc on February 25. The alternate-world story begins with the...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, September 19-25

One Piece sells 6,769, followed by Musical Touken Ranbu, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE!, OVA Starmyu, Dempagumi.inc ― The Musical Touken Ranbu ~Atsukashiyama Ibun~ DVD sold 4,404 copies to debut at #5 on the overall DVD chart. The Touken Ranbu Kyoden: Moyuru Honnōji stage play sold 958 more copies for a new total of 21,076 copies. It dropped from #11 to #25 in its third week. Dempagumi.inc'...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, September 19-25

Musical Touken Ranbu sells 5,033, followed by OVA Starmyu, Flying Witch, 2 Nana Mizuki Blu-rays, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! ― The Musical Touken Ranbu ~Atsukashiyama Ibun~ Blu-ray Disc sold 5,033 copies to debut at #6 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The Touken Ranbu Kyoden: Moyuru Honnōji stage play sold 814 more copies for a new total of 26,776 copies. It dropped from #18 to #25 in ...
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Aiura's Chama Launches Inning! Baseball Manga

Also: Sekina Aoi's Gamers! light novel series gets manga ― The November issue of Kadokawa's Shounen Ace magazine announced on Monday that Chama (Aiura) will launch the Inning! baseball manga in the next issue. The December issue will ship in Japan on October 26. The new manga series will focus on a girls' baseball club at a certain high school. The club only has three members and is about to be aboli...
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Crunchyroll Adds 'Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto' Anime's Unaired 13th Episode

Episode remained unaired due to Kumamoto quake coverage delaying all episodes by a week ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it has added the 13th and final episode of the Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto television anime. The episode did not air as planned this past spring. Special news coverage of the Kumamoto earthquakes delayed the anime's second episode in April. As a...
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Hiro Fujiwara Draws Maid Sama!, Does Yuki Fall to Hell? Crossover Manga

'Military history story concerning boys and girls' ended on Saturday ― The November issue of Hakusensha's Monthly LaLa magazine announced on Saturday that Hiro Fujiwara will release a Maid Sama! and Does Yuki Fall To Hell? crossover manga in the February issue on December 24. Fujiwara's Does Yuki Fall To Hell? (Yuki wa Jigoku ni Ochiru no Ka) manga ended in the same November issue. Does Yuki Fall To ...

Rie Takahashi Replaces Risa Taneda for Fate/Grand Order's Matthew Role

Voiced dialogue for other characters Taneda voiced in game remain unchanged ― The official website of Aniplex and Type-Moon's Fate/Grand Order smartphone game announced on Monday that the voice actress for the role of Matthew Kyrielite has been changed from Risa Taneda to Rie Takahashi. The announcement stated that the change was made due to an upcoming update for the game on October 1 that would nec...
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Eromanga Sensei Anime Gets 'Big Announcement' on Tuesday

The staff for the anime of Tsukasa Fushimi's light novel series Eromanga Sensei announced on Sunday that the anime will have a "big announcement" during a Nico Nico Live stream on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. JST. The stream page hints at the announcement with the text "Eromanga Sensei won't end with just the anime adaptation?!" It further hints that the anime is just the first part of a larger project to...
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2nd Kuroko's Basketball Compilation Film Unveils Visuals

Visuals feature painted backgrounds by OLDCODEX member YORKE ― The staff of the Kuroko's Basketball film trilogy unveiled new visuals for Winter Cup Sōshū-hen ~Namida no Saki e~ (Winter Cup Compilation ~Beyond the Tears~), the second film in the trilogy, on Monday. Like the visuals for the first film, these new visuals feature backgrounds painted by OLDCODEX member and painter Yorke. The visuals port...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Kaiju Girls Anime

1st episode premieres worldwide outside Asia on Tuesday, 6:00 a.m. EDT ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will stream the Kaijū Girls ~Ultra Kaijū Gijinka Keikaku~ series of anime shorts as it airs in Japan. The first episode will stream worldwide outside of Asia on Tuesday, September 27 at 6:00 a.m. EDT. Crunchyroll describes the anime: Humanity's battle of many yea...
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Super Sailor Moon's Kaleidomoon Scope Joins Proplica Line

Super Sailor Moon's Kaleidomoon Scope from Sailor Moon SuperS is getting the high-end Proplica treatment from Bandai. Sailor Moon fans can now practice their twirling while yelling "Moon Gorgeous Meditation" with the seventh item in the toy line. The item is available pre-order starting on September 30 and will ship in March. Each wand is 13,000 yen (US$129) and has both functioning lights and so...
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Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 Gets Full-Voice Remake for PS Vita

Game ships with Harukanaru Toki no Naka De 3: Izayoiki Aizōban on February 23 ― Koei Tecmo Games will release a full-voice remake of the Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 PlayStation 2 game for PlayStation Vita. The release will include the Harukanaru Toki no Naka De 3: Izayoiki Aizōban fan disc remake, and the set is slated to ship on February 23, 2017. The Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 Ultimate set will ...
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Season Finale: Mob Psycho 100 ‒ Episode 12

"I'm going to miss Mob and his friends, and I hope we see them again soon."
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Survey Asks Fans Which Showa-Era Anime They Want to Reboot

Both the Hollywood and the Japanese film industry have released their fair shares of remake films this summer. From Ghostbusters to Shin Godzilla, both sides of the Pacific have been able to fill their nostalgia quota by re-experiencing old favorites. In light of this trend, the animeanime.jp website asked its readers which Showa-era (1926-1989) anime they would want a studio to remake. Their sur...
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Season Finale: The Morose Mononokean ‒ Episode 13

"With this finale, The Morose Mononokean pulled a heartwarming ending from two previous episodes of sadness."

Monday, September 26

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Tokyo Police Join Forces With Final Fantasy to End Traffic Accidents

Square Enix is set to release the World of Final Fantasy PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on October 27. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police decided to utilize the game's release for a collaborative campaign to promote traffic safety. The traffic division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police made a poster that aims to put an end to traffic accidents. The poster's title reads, "Traffic Accident 'Final...
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Monster Hunter Stories Game's Ads Preview Story, Partner Monsters

1st RPG in franchise ships on 3DS in Japan on October 8 ― Camcom began streaming two commercials for its upcoming Monster Hunter Stories Nintendo 3DS role-playing game on Monday. The first ad previews the game's adventure story while the second focuses on "otomon," or monsters that can be the player's partner in battle. The game will ship in Japan on October 8. The package version will retail for 5,8...
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Sentai Filmworks Adds Uta no Prince-sama Legend Star Anime

4th anime season premieres October 1 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed Utano☆Princesama Legend Star (Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE Legend Star), the fourth season of the Uta no Prince-sama anime. The company plans to release the series digitally and home video. Sentai Filmworks has also licensed the first three seasons and has released the first two on home video. Niconico st...
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Shin Godzilla to Screen in Canada on October 12, 19, 24

Funimation Entertainment announced on Monday that Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's Shin Godzilla film will open in Canadian theaters on October 12, October 19, and October 24. Funimation will host two premieres in Los Angeles on October 3 and in New York on October 5 (one day before New York Comic Con 2016.) The film will then screen with English subtitles in over 440 theaters in the United State...
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March comes in like a lion's Ryūnosuke Kamiki Appears at Shōgi Tournament

Gets ranked as amateur ― March comes in like a lion revolves around the traditional Japanese chess-like game of shōgi, so it's not surprising that Ryūnosuke Kamiki, who plays Rei in the upcoming live-action film adaptation of the manga, appeared at J:COM-Hai, an annual shōgi tournament for kids. "I'd like to introduce many more people to shōgi through my involvement with March comes in like a lion," ...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Nyanbo! Anime

Series stars cat version of "Danbo" character from Yotsuba&! ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will stream Nyanbo! television anime as it airs in Japan. The first episode will stream worldwide outside of Asia on Monday, September 26 at 6:15 p.m. In Japan, the anime will air on NHK-E TV on Tuesdays at 6:40 a.m. and at 5:20 p.m. as part of a "mini anime" corner program. Each episode will be fiv...
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Japanese FLCL Blu-ray to Offer English Subtitles

King Amusement Creative announced on Monday that it will release a Blu-ray Disc box set for FLCL with English subtitles. The Blu-ray Disc set will ship on November 23 for 9,599 yen (about US$96) including tax. The release will also include a second disc with special features that will not have English subtitles. These features include music videos for songs by the pillows, promotional videos, a no...
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Nyanko Days 4-Panel Manga Gets TV Anime

Series about a shy girl and her cats debuted in 2014 ― Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Cune magazine announced on Tuesday that Tarabagani's Nyanko Days manga will get a television anime adaptation. An official Twitter account for the series also opened on Tuesday. The four-panel manga follows a shy girl named Tomoko who comes home from school and is greeted by her three (personified) cats. Tarabagani began ...
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'Miss Bernard said.' Bookworm Gag Anime's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Shōjo Fractal performs theme song for series premiering October 6 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Yūki Shikawa's Miss Bernard said. (Bernard-jō Iwaku.) manga began streaming a promotional video on Monday. The video previews the theme song "Love! Library!" by Shōjo Fractal, a duo consisting of Miya Amamiya and Risa Yuzuki. 【PV公開】2016年10月よりテレ玉、tvk、KBS京都、サンテレビ、AT-Xにて放送予定のアニメ『バ...
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Prince of Tennis II's Ryō Shishido Character Gets 2nd CD After 10 Years

Hyōtei Academy's Ryō Shishido's long-awaited second solo character album for The Prince of Tennis II is almost here. It's been about 10 years since Shishido's last solo album Zero came out on February 8, 2006. This new album, I'll be right here, becomes available on September 28. In excitement for the new release, Toshiyuki Kusuda, the voice of Shishido, commented on Twitter on September 21, "the...

Shinkai's your name. is Japan's Highest-Grossing Film for 2016

3rd Ushijima the Loan Shark film opens at #4 for weekend box office ― Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film sold 637,000 tickets on 296 screens for 860 million yen (about US$8.57 million) over the September 24-25 weekend to maintain its #1 ranking for its fifth time. In total, the film has sold 8,500,000 tickets for 11.1 billion yen (about US$111 million) as of September 25. The fil...
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Answerman - Why Are Anime Series So Short These Days?

It seems like anime series used to run longer - 26 to 52 episodes, rather than the nonstop drip of 12- and 13-episode shows we get now. Why did things change? Justin gets into it. ― Mathias asks: Looking back at the past decades, it seems that less anime shows were made, but that they ran for a longer time, often going over fifty or even a hundred episodes. What made producers switch to the current ...

Zaregoto OVA's 2nd Trailer Previews Sangatsu no Phantasia's Theme Song

1st of 8 planned OVAs ships on October 26 ― The official website for Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregoto Tsukai (Decapitation Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Prankster), the OVA project based on the first volume in NisiOisin's Zaregoto novel series, began streaming the second trailer for the anime on Monday. (Note: The linked video is region-locked to Japan.) The video previews Sangatsu no Phanta...
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Takara Tomy Opens Teaser Website for New Zoids Project

Takara Tomy opened a new website on Monday that teases, "a new ZOIDS project has started!" and the phrase "coming soon." The image features the Lion-type Zoid Shield Liger and the image of a male soldier. Tomy launched the Zoids science-fiction mecha franchise as a model kit line in 1983. Michiro Ueyama drew a 14-volume manga series for the franchise in 1999-2001 that Viz Media released in English...
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Mob Psycho 100 Manga Inspires Smartphone Puzzle App

App features same cast as anime series ― Shogakukan began streaming a commercial on Monday for the Mob Psycho 100 Psychic Puzzle smartphone puzzle game, which launched for iOS and Android devices on Monday. The game is free to play, but in-game items cost extra. In the game, players work to connect at least three same-color blocks and erase them. As players erase blocks, a skill gauge rises, and once...
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Azure Striker Gunvolt OVA's English-subtitled Promo Video Reveals Returning Cast

Kaito Ishikawa, Megu Sakuragawa, Ayumu Murase, Masashi Yukita star in anime slated for winter ― Game developer Inti Creates began streaming an English-subtitled promotional video on Monday for the anime adaptation of its Azure Striker Gunvolt (Armed Blue Gunvolt in Japan) Nintendo 3DS game. The video reveals that Ippō Yamada (Mega Man Zero, Mighty No.9) and Ryo Kawakami (Mega Man ZX) are composing th...
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Pharmaceutical Company Creates Anthropomorphisized Eye Drop Anime to Teach Ocular Health

Eri Kitamura, Yōko Hikasa, Mamiko Noto, Emiri Katō, more cast members join 4 episode project ― Japanese company Santen Pharmaceuticals is running a new information campaign in Japan to teach people about how the human eye works, and how eyedrops can help maintain it. Of course, they've judged that the easiest way to make this understandable is by using anthropomorphized anime versions of eyedrop acti...
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Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare by Chrono Crusade's Moriyama, Drakengard Director Yokō Gets Stage Play

Play based on "dark battlefield action" manga about students with powers in battlefield debuts December ― A stage play adaptation of manga creator Daisuke Moriyama and game director Tarō Yokō's Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare (Thou Shalt Not Die) manga has been green-lit. The play's title will be Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare Rei (Thou Shalt Not Die Zero), and it will run at Shinjukumura Live in Tokyo from...
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Hell Girl Anime Gets Stage Play in November

Franchise has inspired 3 TV anime, 3 manga, live-action series ― A stage play adaptation of the Hell Girl (Jigoku Shōjo) anime and manga franchise has been green-lit. The play will run at Shibuya's CBGK theater in Tokyo from November 9 to 13. Stories in the franchise usually begin with bullied or tormented people accessing the Hell Correspondence website, allowing them to submit a request to eliminat...
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Tokyo Int'l Film Festival Screens Genocidal Organ, Gantz:O, In the Corner of this World Films

Also: your name., Shin Godzilla, Chain Chronicle, Itazura na Kiss, Cyborg 009 Call of Justice, more ― The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) announced its lineup on Monday for the 29th official festival. This year's festival will be held from October 25 through November 3 at Roppongi Hills, EX Theater Roppongi, and other venues in Tokyo. The following films will screen out of competition in the...
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Battery Anime Passes Baton to The Great Passage in Ad

The Great Passage will premiere in Battery's previous noitamina timeslot on October 13 ― The official Youtube channel of Fuji TV's noitamina programming block began streaming a video on Monday that features both the Battery and The Great Passage anime. The video is labelled as a "baton passing" video, which begins with scenes from the Battery anime before zooming out to reveal that it is a television...
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RIN-NE Anime's 3rd Season Visual Shows Anematsuri Annette Hitomi

The staff of the television anime adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi's RIN-NE (Kyōkai no Rinne) manga revealed a new visual for the anime's third season on Monday. The visual reveals the character Anematsuri Annette Hitomi, the "lady in the shopping mall." The third season will premiere in spring 2017. The RIN-NE 2 television anime series premiered in Japan on April 9. The anime's official website not...
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Assassination Classroom Compilation Film's Visual Shows Nagisa, Karma 7 Years Later

The official website of the anime project of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom (Ansastsu Kyōshitsu) manga unveiled a new visual on Monday for the Gekijōban Ansatsu Kyōshitsu: 365-Nichi no Jikan (Assassination Classroom The Movie: 365 Days) compilation film. The visual shows Nagisa and Karma seven years after the events of the story. The site also revealed the pre-order bonuses for the film, w...
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Kenji Kamiyama Teases Ghost in the Shell News

Anime director Kenji Kamiyama teased news of a new Ghost in the Shell in his official Twitter account on September 19. @jackal27 I want to report a new in the near future may. Can looking forward to it?— 神山健治:Kenji Kamiyama (@kixyuubann) September 19, 2016 He posted the above Tweet in response to a fan inquiring about a possible third season of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex televisio...
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Say "I Choose You" to Your Betrothed with Pikachu Bridal Jewelry

Shinjuku clothing store sells Pokémon rings, other goods ― Since Pokémon has been around for 20 years, its fanbase has grown up. Some of them have even gotten married, or are thinking about doing so. If your loved one shares your enthusiasm for Pocket Monsters, why not seal your relationship with jewelry of the beloved critters? The clothing store Alta in Shinjuku, Tokyo, is selling a range of Pokém...
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Season Finale: Love Live! Sunshine!! ‒ Episode 13

"It's been a long journey for Aqours, but in the end, they were able to find that "shine" they were looking for."
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Empire of Corpses and Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun Released Monday

Also, second volumes of Akame Ga Kill and Assassination Classroom ― On Monday September 26, Anime Limited will release the feature film Empire of Corpses on DVD, and as a Blu-ray/DVD Steelbook Edition. The film adapts the zombie steampunk novel of the same name by the acclaimed late author Project Itoh. Funimation has described the story: From the studio that produced Attack on Titan comes a captivat...
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Series Finale: Orange ‒ Episode 13

"Overall, while this finale didn't do much to address the show's consistent failings, it succeeded in selling its own emotional peaks on the back of its consistently excellent character writing."
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Listen to Kyubey, Magical Girls on Madoka Magica Headphones

Japanese electronics company Denon began accepting preorders on Friday for headphones inspired by the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime films. The wireless, noise-cancelling headphones include Bluetooth capabilities. These special-edition AH-GC20 headphones feature original guidance recordings from the anime's main characters. The recordings from Kyubey, Madoka, Homura, Sayaka, Kyōko, and Mami incl...
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Season Finale: Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 13

"Tales of Zestiria the X manages to end its season with the same finality of a good last chapter when you know the author's working on a sequel."
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Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors Game's Latest Trailer Highlights Mizuki

PS Vita game arrives on October 11 in N. America, on September 23 in Europe ― NIS America began streaming a trailer on Friday for its upcoming Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors PlayStation Vita game, highlighting the character Mizuki Kurushima. NIS America previously streamed trailers for Shinoa Akizuki, Lily Arisugawa, Kuroe Ise, Yurine Kazato, and Tsukasa Yaegashi. NIS America will release the game on...
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