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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Novel 1

The isekai genre goes from swords and sorcery to pencils and paper pushing in this story about an economics student summoned to a fantasy world who becomes a very different kind of hero. ― Have you ever wondered why more of those heroes and heroines summoned to other worlds don't put their knowledge of modern life to work? Sure, in some stories the characters don't have that luxury thanks to convenie...
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PC Impressions: Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

The first two Zero escape games finally come to PC, with a new ending for 999 - 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors. Dustin takes these new ports for a spin. ― The Zero Escape games saw an inauspicious start in 2009 with Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors—otherwise known as 999—a mystery slash sci-fi visual novel for the original DS. Coming after a wave of successful adventure game-meets-visual novel hybri...
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Magia the Ninth GN 1 & 2

Magia the Ninth makes a valiant effort to combine classical music and exorcist action, but it stumbles more than succeeds in these poorly paced volumes. Rebecca Silverman explains what went wrong. ― They say that music soothes the savage beast, but rarely is that taken quite so literally as in Ichiya Sazanami's two-volume manga series Magia the Ninth. The premise of the story will be vaguely familiar...
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Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water [Limited Edition] Blu-Ray 3

Things heat up both at the Festa and behind the scenes in the third quarter of The Asterisk War. Rebecca Silverman dives back into this magic high school harem. ― Occasionally, I have to wonder if anyone in this series know what the word “fair” means? Granted, that's likely a purposeful question, since the series follows the grand old tradition of dystopian young adult fiction by pitting teens agains...
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Thursday, March 23

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Akiba'S Trip The Animation ‒ Episode 12

"For the most part, this episode feels like a detour that the series didn't really need to take."
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Viz Media Licenses Boruto TV Anime, Plans Simulcast (Updated)

Series to simulcast on Hulu, also stream on Crunchyroll ― Viz Media announced on Thursday that it has acquired the digital, broadcast, home video, and merchandising rights for the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations television anime series. Viz plans to simulcast the series on Hulu beginning on April 5, with new episodes every Wednesday. Crunchyroll announced that it will also stream the anime this sprin...
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Look Inside Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Kazuki Takahashi's Extravagant Home

A Japanese net user recently posted screenshots of an official video of Yu-Gi-Oh! manga creator Kazuki Takahashi's large and luxurious home. His residence boasts a large Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise collection, science-fiction figure collection, theater room, extensive home video collection, and impressive workspace. The video may be from a DVD that bundled with the eighth issue of Shueisha's Jump Ryū bo...
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Netflix's Live-Action Death Note Film's New Still Revealed (Updated)

Film starring Nat Wolff, Keith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley premieres on August 25 ― Mantan Web debuted a still for Netflix's live-action Death Note film on Thursday, and described the image as a character who "appears to be Ryuk" (voiced by Willem Dafoe) sitting with Light Turner (played by Nat Wolff). However, the character sits in a pose characteristic of L in the original manga, and the outfit mat...
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 49

"It can't completely make up for some of this final arc's biggest missteps, but a healthy dose of wish fulfillment and refreshingly solid production values make TSE's penultimate episode satisfying overall."
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Oshii Calls Hollywood Film the 'Most Gorgeous Ghost in the Shell Yet'

Video also shows director Rupert Sanders', star Scarlett Johansson's comments ― Paramount Pictures' Japanese YouTube channel began streaming an on-set video for the live-action Ghost in the Shell film on Thursday. In the video, Ghost in the Shell anime film director Mamoru Oshii says, "I think there is no doubt that [this live-action film] will become the most gorgeous work made in Ghost in the Shell...
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Bakemonogatari ‒ Episode 10

"Nadeko seems to barely be an active participant in her own suffering."
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sin Nanatsu no Taizai Anime's 2nd Video Previews Opening Song

Seven Mortal Sins TV anime premieres on April 14 ― The official website for the sin Nanatsu no Taizai, the television anime adaptation of Hobby Japan's multimedia project The 7 Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai, not to be confused with the similarly named manga by Nakaba Suzuki) began streaming the series' second promotional video on Thursday. The video previews Mia REGINA's opening theme song "My Sweet...
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Why [Redacted] Had to Die in Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

Iron-Blooded Orphans has killed off more than a few characters in its run, but few have been more shocking--and necessary--than the most recent one.
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Kase-san and Morning Glories Yuri Manga Gets Anime Clip

Takuya Satō directs clip premiering soon on YouTube ― An official website for an anime adaptation of Hiromi Takashima's Kase-san and... Morning Glories (Asagao to Kase-san.) manga launched on Thursday to announce that the yuri series is getting an "animation clip." Asagao to Kase-san. is the title of the first compiled book volume of Takashima's Kase-san and... manga. The clip will be about five minu...
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Manga Entertainment Schedule Changes

Major changes to release schedule through 2017 ― Manga Entertainment posted the following announcement on its website. Some recent unavoidable adjustments within our company involving production have unfortunately affected some release dates, so we have taken necessary steps to ensure the quality of our future titles. This means we have re-evaluated our upcoming schedule, and changed the release date...
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Nana Maru San Batsu TV Anime Gets 12 Episodes, Synopsis, Official English Title

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime adaptation of Iqura Sugimoto's Nana Maru San Batsu (literally, "7 O 3 X" or "7 Right, 3 Wrong") manga will get 12 episodes. The flyer also revealed the anime's official title: "7O3X Fastest Finger First." The anime will premiere on NTV in July. Masaki Ōzora (12-Sai: Chiccha na Mune no Tokimeki) is directi...
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Tsugumomo Anime Gets 12 Episodes

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime of Yoshikazu Hamada's Tsugumomo manga will get 12 episodes. The series will premiere on Animax on April 2 at 11:30 p.m., before airing later that evening on Tokyo MX and BS11. The series will also stream on Abema TV and d Anime Store. Ryōichi Kuraya (episode director and storyboard artist for A Town Where...
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Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters Anime to Air 52 Episodes

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters anime will air 52 episodes. The anime premiered in Japan last October, and aired its 24th episode on March 18. The anime airs on TV Tokyo every Saturday at 7:00 a.m. The anime's website describes the series: Everyone in the world uses smartphone apps. But inside them lurks unknown creature...
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Atom the Beginning Anime Gets 12 Episodes

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime adaptation of Tetsuro Kasahara's Atom the Beginning manga will have 12 episodes. The series will premiere at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 on NHK. The first episode will then stream on Amazon Prime Video in Japan at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 16. The anime will have a stage event on Sunday at AnimeJapa...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria Anime Gets 12 Episodes

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime of Fujino Ōmori and illustrator Kiyotaka Haimura's spinoff light novel series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? Gaiden: Sword Oratoria) will get 12 episodes. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, B...
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Love and Lies TV Anime Premieres in July

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime adaptation of Musawo's Love and Lies (Koi to Uso) manga will premiere in July. Seiki Takuno (Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Poco's Udon World, Sekkō Boys) is working with LIDEN FILMS again as the anime's director. Musawo launched the manga in DeNA's MangaBox app in both English and Japanese in August 2...
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A Centaur's Life Anime Debuts on TV in July

Fumitoshi Oizaki is general director, Naoyuki Kanno directs at Emon ― A flyer from animation brand Haoliners' booth at this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the anime adaptation of Kei Murayama's A Centaur's Life (Centaur no Nayami or A Centaur's Worries) will be a television anime that will air on Tokyo MX from July to September with 12 episodes. Fumitoshi Oizaki (AOKANA: Four ...
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Shin Godzilla Sequel by Hideaki Anno Not Announced

The official Twitter account of Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara clarified an earlier message regarding the next Godzilla work, explaining that Anno did not state that he is working on the sequel to the Shin Godzilla film, and that the message referred to the upcoming Hollywood Godzilla film sequel and Polygon Pictures' Godzilla anime film. The message appeared as a text message at the end the Shin God...
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Sanrio Collaborates With Japan Countdown Music Program for New Short Anime Series

Series premieres as segment of Japan Countdown show this year ― A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the Japan Countdown music program and Sanrio are collaborating on a new short anime series. The show will debut this year as a segment of the Japan Countdown program at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. Japan Countdown airs on TV Osaka, TV Tokyo, TV Hokkaido, TV Aichi, TV Setou...
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Hajimete no Gal TV Anime Gets 10 Episodes, OVA

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime of Meguru Ueno's Hajimete no Gal (First-Time Gal) manga will get 10 episodes and one OVA. The anime will premiere in July. The series will have a stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 Saturday, and main cast member Nagaku will attend the event. The anime's main cast includes Shintarō Asanuma as Junichi Hashiba, ...
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Grimoire of Zero TV Anime Gets 12 Episodes

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime of Kakeru Kobashiri's Zero Kara Hajimeru Mahō no Sho (Grimoire of Zero) light novels will have 12 episodes. The anime will premiere on AT-X on April 10 at 11:30 p.m., and will then air later that evening on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, BS Fuji, and KBS Kyoto. The show will then air on tvk on April 11. The anime will...
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Gintama Anime to Air Reruns With New Opening, Ending Songs Starting in April

This year's 17th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that, starting on April 2, the Gintama. anime will begin airing rerun episodes with the title Yorinuke Gintama-san (similar to the title of rerun of the show that aired from April 2010 to 2011, titled Yorinuki Gintama-san). The rerun will have new opening and ending songs, and will feature comments by the cast ...
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Gakuen Babysitters Anime Will Air on TV in Q1 2018

Anime based on Hari Tokeino manga will have 12 episodes ― A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the anime adaptation of Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters manga will be a television anime that will premiere in the first quarter of 2018 on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Animax. The anime's timeslot will be announced at a later date, but will be "around midnight." The anime will ...

Mizuki Kawashita Launches Ichigo 100% Sequel Manga in April

Original manga ran from 2002-2005, inspired 2005 TV anime ― This year's 17th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that manga creator Mizuki Kawashita is launching a sequel to her Ichigo 100% (Strawberry 100%) manga titled Ichigo 100% East Side Story in Shueisha's Jump Giga magazine on April 28. The manga centers on middle school student Junpei Manaka and his relation...
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Vatican Miracle Examiner TV Anime Gets 12 Episodes, OVA

A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime adaptation Rin Fujiki's Vatican Miracle Examiner (Vatican Kiseki Chōsakan) mystery novel series will have 12 episodes and one OVA. The anime will premiere this summer. Yoshitomo Yonetani (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Brave King GaoGaiGar) is directing the anime at J.C. Staff (The Disastrous Life of Saiki...

Naruto Shippūden Anime's Ending on 500th Episode Confirmed

Last episode will air tonight ― The official Twitter account of the Naruto Shippūden anime confirmed on Wednesday that the anime will end with tonight's episode. Beginning with the original Naruto anime, the anime has been airing since October 2002. The anime The Snack World will begin airing in the show's 7:25 p.m. time slot on TV Tokyo starting on April 13. The final episode is also the finale for ...

Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond TV Anime Premieres in October

Anime will have 12 episodes, will "reproduce the comic more faithfully" ― A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond (Kekkai Sensen & Beyond), the second anime season based on Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront manga, will premiere on MBS, Tokyo MX, and BS11 in October. The anime will have 12 episodes. The text on the flyer ...
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6th Natsume's Book of Friends Anime Has 11 Episodes, 2 OVAs

Series premieres on April 11 ― A flyer from this year's AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku, the planned sixth anime in the franchise based on Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, will premiere on April 11. The anime will have 11 episodes and 2 OVA episodes titled "Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni" and "Nyanko-sensei to Hajimete no Otsukai." Th...
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Zatch Bell's Makoto Raiku Abruptly Ends Vector Ball Manga

School fantasy series began last year ― This year's 16th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine published the final chapter of Makoto Raiku's Vector Ball on Wednesday. Raiku explained on his blog that it has ended due to his own "weakness." The manga was not polling well, and his editor proposed a new story development, but Raiku found it too unpleasant to write. In the month between the story me...
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Funimation Reveals More Code Geass: Akito the Exiled English Dub Cast Members

Alex Organ, Jad Saxton, Joel McDonald star in dub ― Funimation Entertainment announced three cast members for its English dub cast for Code Geass: Akito the Exiled on Wednesday. The revealed cast members are as follows: Alex Organ as Shin Hyuga Jad Saxton as Jean Rowe Joel McDonald as Ashley Ashra Funimation previously revealed five dub cast members on Monday and Tuesday: Micah Solusod as Akito Hyuga...
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Haikara-san ga Tōru Anime Films' Debut Dates, Titles, Staff Revealed

Kazuhiro Furuhashi directs November film, Mitsuko Kase directs 2018 film ― The official website for the anime film adaptation of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga revealed the new debut dates, the titles, and the staff for the two films on Thursday. The first film, titled Gekijōban Haikara-san ga Tōru Zenpen - Benio, Hana no 17-sai, will open in Japan on November 11. The second film is titled ...
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Crunchyroll Adds Gundam Build Fighters, More Dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal streamed ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it has added Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Fighters Try to its catalog. The episodes are available worldwide outside of Asia. In addition, Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it has added the English dubs of both Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal to its catalog. The streams are available in the United State...
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Pac-Man Rickshaw Gobbles Octopus Balls in Osaka This Weekend

Bandai Namco Entertainment's Asobi Motto project announced that its Pac-Man rickshaw will appear in Osaka as the project's fourth part. The Pac-Man rickshaw will be available to ride in the area around Osaka's Tsūtenkaku tower on Saturday and Sunday. The two-meter (about seven-foot) tall Pac-Man rickshaw will chase after takoyaki octopus balls, a famous food of Osaka. People wearing takoyaki hats ...

Wednesday, March 22

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Jan-Ken-Pon 4-Panel Manga Earns Guinness Record for Most Strips

Shōji Izumi's Jan-Ken-Pon four-panel manga received the Guinness World Record for "Most strips published for the same yonkoma manga series" at a ceremony on Monday. As of November 24, the manga had published 15,000 strips. Izumi launched the manga in the Asahi Shōgakusei Shimbun newspaper in September 1969. The story centers on the everyday lives of a level-headed older sister named Jan, a lively ...
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New Mazinger Z Anime Film Reveals 1st Visual

The staff of the upcoming theatrical anime film based on Go Nagai's Mazinger Z unveiled the first visual for the film on Thursday. The tagline on the visual reads, "That could become either a god or a demon." The film, tentatively titled Gekijōban Mazinger Z (Mazinger Z The Movie), is commemorating the 45th anniversary of the original Mazinger Z manga and television anime series. Toei Animation is...
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Gundam Statue's Final Days Shown in Time-Lapse Video

It's certainly the end of one specific fan chapter of the life-size Gundam statue. Videographer Darwinfish105 has taken time-lapsed videos of the statue since it rose and Shizuoka in 2010, and continued with its disassembly to transport it to Odaiba, itsdecoratations for Christmas, and shot it in High-Dynamic Range. In short, he's filmed the statue in its various forms for almost a decade. But the...
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Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters Manga Gets Anime Adaptation

Manga by Me & My Brothers creator launched in 2009 ― The cover of the May issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine will announce on Thursday that Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters manga will get an anime adaptation. The magazine had teased an announcement last month. Tokeino launched the series in LaLa in 2009, and Hakusensha published the manga's 13th compiled volume on August 5. Hakusensha will publish ...
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Hinako Note Anime Reveals New Key Visual

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Mitsuki's Hinako Note manga updated on Wednesday with a new key visual with all six characters that have been revealed thus far.' Kadokawa's booth at Anime Japan this March 25-26 will distribute stickers with super-deformed images of the Hinako Note characters. The anime stars (Note: Not all character name romanizations are confirmed.): M...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, March 13-19

Tokyo Ghoul:re, The Seven Deadly Sins, Chihayafuru, Fairy Tail, P to JK in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Tokyo Ghoul:re 10 302,287 302,287 2017/03 Shueisha Sui Ishida 1 1 2 The Seven Deadly Sins 25 205,909 205,909 2017/03 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 2 1 3 Chihayafuru 34 192,622 197,596 2017/03 Kodansha Yuki Suetsugu 3 2 ...
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Detective Conan's Ran & Shinichi Tie the Knot on Marriage Application

It's wedding bells for Detective Conan's Ran Mōri and Shinichi Kudō in a recently released marriage application image. The application's design is drawn by series creator Gosho Aoyama and bundled with the May issue of Shogakukan's CanCam magazine set for release on Thursday. The image depicts Ran in a wedding dress being embraced by Shinichi dressed as the Black Knight. The scenario comes from epi...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, March 13-19

Monster Hunter, Senran Kagura, Accel World vs Sword Art Online, YU-NO, Future Card Buddyfight games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: March 13-19 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DSMonster Hunter XX Capcom March 18 848,467 848,467 40 2PS4 Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash (Including Limited Editions) Marvelous March 16 53,747 53,747 70 3PSVAccel World ...
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Season Finale: Nanbaka ‒ Episode 25

"It became obvious as Nanbaka ran down its episode count that it wouldn't be able to tie up all its loose ends, but I never expected it to leave all of them hanging."
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Sentai Filmworks to Premiere Anonymous Noise at Anime Boston

World premiere scheduled for April 1 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it will host the world premiere of the Anonymous Noise (Fukumenkei Noise) anime at Anime Boston on April 1. The screening will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, and it will be available for free for the first 1,000 Anime Boston attendees. The company will offer a free gift for attendees and offer a chance to wi...
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Hand Shakers ‒ Episode 11

"I have absolutely no idea how the show plans to end, but if this week is any indication, it's going to be just as much of a debacle going out as it was coming in."
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T-sensei Anime Casts Nobunaga Shimazaki, Sets April Premiere on New Production I.G App

"Vertical Anime" app to stream short anime ― The wrap-around jacket band for the fifth volume of Takana Yukue's T-sensei comedy manga announced on Thursday that Nobunaga Shimazaki (Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club's Haru, My Love Story!!'s Suna) will voice the title character in the upcoming anime adaptation. The volume also announced that the anime will premiere in April on Production I.G's "Tate Anime" (V...

Crunchyroll's Japanese Head Steps Down

Co-founder/CEO Kun Gao takes over for Vincent Shortino ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced at a "thank you meeting" in Japan on Friday that co-founder and CEO Kun Gao will take over as representative director of Crunchyroll's Japanese branch, Crunchyroll K.K., on April 1. The current representative director Vincent Shortino will step down on March 31. Crunchyroll issued a statement: At...
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Go Behind-the-Scenes of Ghost in the Shell's Amazing Props

The Ghost in the Shell franchise has inspired real-life technology like "facial hacking", Tachikoma that adapt its personality based on the user, camouflage, and more. The live-action Ghost in the Shell film also pushed technological innovation to bring some of its characters to life. The staff and New Zealand's Weta Workshop took up the challenge using 3D printing to create an endoskeleton. Myth ...
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Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Film Earns Over 2 Billion Yen

Film ranks #10 at Japanese box office in 5th weekend ― The Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale anime has sold 1,439,149 tickets to earn 2,026,861,020 yen (about US$18.2 million) at the Japanese box office as of Monday. The film ranked #10 at the Japanese box office in its fifth weekend. The film opened in Japan on February 18, and sold about 308,376 tickets for 425,762,760 yen (about US$3.76 mi...
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Answerman - Do Japanese Fans Care What's Popular Overseas?

How much do Japanese fans care about what Western fans love? Justin gets into it. ― Will asks: Do Japanese citizens pay much attention to the trends, adaptations and popularity of their media exports or is this just a particular case where they are out of the loop? Do they talk about how anime, manga, tokusatsu, etc do overseas at all? Japanese consumers generally don't care very much what goes on i...
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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. ‒ Episode 11

"With only one episode left, I hope we'll have the time to resolve all these dangling threads."

Netflix's Live-Action Death Note Film's 1st Trailer Shows Nat Wolff as Light

Film starring Willem Defoe, Keith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley premieres on August 25 ― Netflix began streaming the first trailer for its live-action Death Note film on Wednesday. The video previews Nat Wolff as Light Turner. The film will premiere via streaming on Netflix on August 25. Shall we begin? #DeathNote pic.twitter.com/fEd12Gm32c— Netflix US (@netflix) March 22, 2017 Adam Wingard (The Guest,...
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Battle Girl High School Anime's 1st Video Reveals Cast, Staff

Noriaki Akitaya directs July anime starring game's returning cast ― The official website for COLOPL's Battle Girl High School smartphone role-playing game began streaming the first promotional video for the anime adaptation on Wednesday. The video reveals the main cast, staff, and July premiere. The smartphone game's main cast are reprising their roles for the anime. The cast includes: Aya Suzaki as ...
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Hayao Miyazaki Documentary London Screening on April 10

Double-bill will include Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki ― There will be a free London screening of two live-action Japanese documentaries by NHK on Monday April 10. One of the documentaries will be Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki. The screening will be at the Curzon Bloomsbury cinema in the Brunswick Centre, near Russell Square station. Tickets can be booked at the above link. The double-bill will...
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Live-Action Gintama Film's On-Set Photos Show Beetle Hunting, More

Shun Oguri, Masaki Suda, Kanna Hashimoto, Masaki Okada shown in costume ― Comic Natalie and other websites posted on-set photographs from the live-action film of the Gintama manga on Wednesday. The photos are from an on-set press visit in Ibaraki Prefecture on August 24 of last year. The photos in Comic Natalie's tweet below show the three main cast members hunting rhinoceros beetles and apparently r...
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We Saw the First Live-Action March comes in like a lion Film

And it's like the anime... only even more depressing.
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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Novel 1

The isekai genre goes from swords and sorcery to pencils and paper pushing in this story about an economics student summoned to a fantasy world who becomes a very different kind of hero. ― Have you ever wondered why more of those heroes and heroines summoned to other worlds don't put their knowledge of modern life to work? Sure, in some stories the characters don't have that luxury thanks to convenie...
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O-Parts Hunter's Seishi Kishimoto Launches Mad Chimera World Manga

Battle action series launches in Morning Two magazine on April 22 ― This year's May issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine revealed on Wednesday that Seishi Kishimoto (O-Parts Hunter, Sukedachi Nine) is launching a new manga titled Mad Chimera World in the magazine's June issue, which will ship on April 22. The battle action series will feature a color page in the issue. Kishimoto launched the Suke...
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Made in Abyss TV Anime Premieres in July

Publisher Kadokawa posted an advertisement on Monday for the television anime adaptation of Akihito Tsukushi's Made in Abyss manga at Tokyo's Kokusai Tenjijō station on the Rinkai line before this week's AnimeJapan 2017 event. The advertisement reveals that the series will premiere in July. Masayuki Kojima (Black Bullet, Tibetan Dog) is directing the anime at the studio Kinema Citrus (Scorching Pi...
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Beyond the Boundary Film Double-Pack Delayed to October

Animatsu schedules double-pack for October 2 ― Animatsu has confirmed in a twitter thread that its double-pack release of the Beyond the Boundary films - Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Past and Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Future (pictured) - has been delayed to October 2. Animatsu posted the following on twitter: We're very sorry that the details of this release haven't been communicated r...
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Next Godzilla, Evangelion Works Confirmed

Director Hideaki Anno appeared at the first session of the Shin Godzilla vs. Evangelion Symphony on Wednesday, and the event ended with confirmation of the next Godzilla work and the previously revealed next new Evangelion film. Update: Anno himself did not make the announcement, and the announcement did not specifically say Shin Godzilla. The announcement appeared as a text message at the end of ...
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Warau Salesman New Anime's Guest Voice Actors Revealed

Takuya Eguchi, Kana Asumi, Toshihiko Seki, Sōma Saitō, Kouki Miyata, Hideyuki Kanaya star in April anime ― The staff of Warau Salesman NEW, the new television anime adaptation of Fujiko Fujio A's (Motoo Abiko) Warau Salesman (The Laughing Salesman) manga, revealed some of the show's guest voice actors on Wednesday. The guest voice actors include Takuya Eguchi (episode 1), Kana Asumi (episode 1), Tosh...

Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō Supernatural Light Novels Get TV Anime in July

Hinowa Kōzuki's 2003-2009 novels about boy who lives in apartment full of monsters ― The May issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine is revealing on Saturday that a television anime adaptation of Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Refined Daily Life at the Supernatural Entity Apartment) light novel series has been green-lit for a July premiere. The magazine's next issue in Apr...
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No Game, No Life Zero Anime Film Slated for July 15

Publisher Kadokawa posted an advertisement for the No Game, No Life Zero anime film at Tokyo's Kokusai Tenjijō station on the Rinkai line before this week's AnimeJapan 2017 event. The advertisement reveals the film's opening date as July 15. The film will have a stage event at the AnimeJapan 2017 event on Sunday. The film's returning cast includes: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Sora Ai Kayano as Shiro Yō...
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Kyoko Okazaki's River's Edge Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2018

Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World's Isao Yukisada helms film starring Fumi Nikaidō, Ryō Yoshizawa ― A live-action film adaptation of Kyoko Okazaki's River's Edge manga has been green-lit. It will open in Japan in 2018. Fumi Nikaidō (Himizu, Inuyashiki, Wolf Girl & Black Prince) is playing Haruna Wakagusa, and Ryō Yoshizawa (Kamen Rider Fourze, Gintama, Tomodachi Game) is playing Ichirō Yama...
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Shonen Sunday Launches 6 Manga by The World God Only Knows Creator, Others

Takahiro Arai, Michiteru Kusaba, Tamiki Wakaki launch new series in April, May ― This year's 17th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that it is launching six new manga series this spring. The new series' titles, debut dates, and teaser text include: Tenshō no Quadruple by Takahiro Arai (Cirque du Freak) in issue 19 on April 5 "The youth epic where four people's ...

Igarashi's Bloodstained Game Cancels Wii U Version for Switch

Backers can change to Switch, any other platform, cancel order ― Producer Koji "IGA" Igarashi stated in an update on Tuesday that he has cancelled the Wii U version of his Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night game in favor of the game's Nintendo Switch version. Igarashi explained that the campaign was conducted during the height of the Wii U's popularity, but that the situation has changed after the Swi...
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Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Anime's Video Confirms Summer Debut, TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND Music

MAPPA adapts Homura Kawamoto, Tōru Naomura's gambling manga ― The official website for the television anime of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga began streaming a promotional video on Wednesday. The video confirms the anime's summer premiere. The video also reveals that TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND (Witch Craft Works, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!) will...
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Oscar Will Have You in Palm of Her Hand at Rose of Versailles Trick Art Exhibit

Also: kabe-don with Andre ― Yokohama's Artrick Museum takes a fun and lighthearted approach to art with its trick art: artwork that provides the illusion that it's bursting out of its two-dimensional limitations to engage with the visitor. It's long been a staple of funhouses or art exhibits that don't take themselves too seriously. This year, fans of classic anime will have a reason to check it out,...

Welcome to the Ballroom Anime's Video Features Unison Square Garden Song

Shimba Tsuchiya, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Ayane Sakura, Toshiyuki Morikawa star in July anime ― The official website for the television anime of Tomo Takeuchi's Welcome to the Ballroom manga began streaming the anime's third promotional video on Wednesday. Just as the first promotional video featured the Unison Square Garden song "Chandelier Waltz," the new video features a collaboration track with Unison S...
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DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon Comedy Anime Film Teased for This Fall

Flash animation series Eagle Talon's crossover with Justice League ― Anime studio DLE Inc. announced on Wednesday that it is producing the DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon anime film, and it is streaming a teaser trailer with English narration for the project. The video outlines the film's story with self-referential jokes, and states that the film will be "in theaters this fall... probably." The film...
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Lupin III's Curry Restaurant Collaboration Offers Fiat 500

The official website for the Curry House CoCo Ichibanya (CoCo Ichi) restaurant chain's collaboration with the Lupin the Third franchise updated on Tuesday. The website revealed a visual of Lupin using a uniform to sneak into CoCo Ichi for his own possibly nefarious purposes. The site also announced a project to give away a real version of the character's Fiat 500. People can use their CoCo Ichi re...
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Miyazawa Kenji no Shotaku Gourmet Manga Gets Live-Action Series

Manga follows Night on the Galactic Railroad author sharing food with family ― Santa Uonome's Miyazawa Kenji no Shotaku (Kenji Miyazawa's Dining Table) manga is inspiring a live-action series in June. The drama will premiere on WOWOW Prime in June and will air on Saturdays at 10:00 p.m. Ryohei Suzuki is playing the role of Kenji Miyazawa. Osamu Minorikawa is directing the series and Natsuko Ikeda is ...
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Teases 'Facial Hacking' Project in Video

The official Japanese website for the live-action Ghost in the Shell film began streaming a mysterious "Facial Hacking" teaser on Tuesday. The video previews a project that will use leading projection mapping technology and mark a first experiment for the film industry. In Masamune Shirow's original Ghost in the Shell manga and its anime adaptations, characters undergo cyberization to change their...
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Nintendo Wins Patent Lawsuit Over 3D Technology in 3DS

Inventor Seijiro Tomita filed suit in 2011, won case in 2013 ― The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found in favor of Nintendo Co Ltd on Friday in a patent lawsuit filed by Tomita Technologies regarding technology used in the Nintendo 3DS system. Former Sony Corporation employee and inventor Seijiro Tomita sued Nintendo and its U.S. branch in 2011, claiming Nintendo infringed on...

Tuesday, March 21

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Atlus Plans New Title Announcement Live Stream for March 26

Atlus announced that it will hold a live stream entitled "New Title Announcement Special Spring 2017" on March 26 at 6:00 a.m. EDT via NicoNico and Fresh. The event will introduce Atlus' new titles that are slated to launch later this year. A highlight of the stream will be the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, which Atlus revealed on Tuesday as a full remake of the ...
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Ads Show Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Hair in Everyday Situations

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links game launched for iOS and Android devices in Japan on November 17, and as of Friday, it has been downloaded more than 33,330,000 times. The game's official website began streaming two "Fighting?" promotional videos on Friday. In the first video, a teacher interrogates high school students who think only about Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. The principal shows up and surprises them ...
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TOKU to Air Ultraman 80 With English Subtitles

Olympusat, Inc.'s television channel TOKU announced that it will air the original Ultraman 80 series beginning on March 27. TOKU confirmed with ANN that the series will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The Screener website lists that the show will air two new episodes every Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT. The live-action show, produced by Tsuburaya Productions and directed b...
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Netflix to Stream Selection of Classic Voltron Episodes (Updated)

Staff of new series select episodes for streaming ― Netflix will stream 12 episodes of the original Voltron series under the title Voltron 84 on Friday. The episodes will be selected and presented by staff members of Dreamworks and Netflix's Voltron: Legendary Defender series. World Events Productions, Ltd. (WEP) and the late Peter O'Keefe adapted the first 1984-1985 Voltron television series from tw...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 19-25

Attack on Titan: Junior High, Girls Und Panzer This is the Real Anzio Battle anime; Clockwork Planet, Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Attack on Titan: Junior High Limited Edition BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$84.98 March 21 Attack on Titan: Junior High BD/DVDCite Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 March 21 BlazB...
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Photo Feature: Brave Witches, Idolish 7 Pop-Up Stores in Osaka

The Namco store in Osaka is just around the corner from the main street of the city's famed Den Den Town area (Osaka's equivalent of Akihabara). The store's first floor plays host to a rotating series of pop-up stores for anime and other franchises, usually having one or two at a time. The first floor also features an an area where fans can participate in multiple Ichiban Kuji lotteries. The upper...

Funimation Reveals 5 Code Geass: Akito the Exiled English Dub Cast Members

Micah Solusod, Jeannie Tirado, more star ― Funimation Entertainment announced five members of its English dub cast for Code Geass: Akito the Exiled on Monday and Tuesday. The revealed cast members are as follows: Micah Solusod as Akito Hyuga Jeannie Tirado as Leila Malcal Ricco Fajardo as Ryo Sayama Aaron Dismuke as Yukiya Naruse Elizabeth Maxwell as Ayano Kosaka Funimation will release the series on...
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Toukiden 2 Game's N. American Launch Trailer Streamed

New trailer showcases PS4 game ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming a new trailer for Toukinden 2 on Tuesday to correspond with its release of the game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC in North America. The trailer showcases a scene where the game's characters use their different weapons and abilities to defeat an enemy. The game will ship in Europe on March 24 for the same gaming platform...
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Sentai Filmworks to Release Gatchaman Fighter on DVD

1979 series previously edited into Eagle Riders ― Section 23 Films announced in its July release slate on Tuesday that Sentai FIlmworks will release the Gatchaman Fighter (Kagaku Ninja-Tai Gatchaman F) anime on DVD on July 4. The DVD will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The 1979-1980 series is the third Gatchaman television anime, and it has not previously been released in North America uncut....
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Doctor Strange Manga Adaptation Ends

Series runs on MangaBox app, had original prequel ― The sixteenth chapter of Haruichi's manga adaptation of Marvel's Doctor Strange film announced on Wednesday that the final chapter will launch on DeNA's free MangaBox app on March 29. The series launched on Manga Box app on November 30. Mangabox also ran a series of bonus Doctor Strange four-panel manga alongside the main manga. Before the launch of...
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Prince of Tennis CD Art Mosaic Debuts in Shibuya Station

The official website for The Prince of Tennis anime announced on Monday that a giant mosaic Ryōma mosaic is being displayed at the Tokyu Toyoko Line Shibuya Station Super Board for one week ending on March 26. The mosaic's image is made of The Prince of Tennis CD jacket art. The art features music CD jacket art from a total of 395 titles chosen in a fan poll that included 800 songs. The mosaic and...
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Precure Dream Stars! Film Opens at #5, but Kuroko's Basketball Earns More

Kamiyama's Ancien and the Magic Tablet opens at #9, live-action March comes in like a lion at #7 ― The Eiga Precure Dream Stars! (Precure The Movie: Dream Stars!) anime film ranked #5 in attendance in its first weekend. It sold 135,000 tickets for 158 million yen (about US$1.4 million). The film is the 22nd and latest in the Precure All Stars film series. It featured 12 Precure from 2015's Go! Prince...
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PC Impressions: Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

The first two Zero escape games finally come to PC, with a new ending for 999 - 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors. Dustin takes these new ports for a spin. ― The Zero Escape games saw an inauspicious start in 2009 with Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors—otherwise known as 999—a mystery slash sci-fi visual novel for the original DS. Coming after a wave of successful adventure game-meets-visual novel hybri...
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Re:Creators Anime's 2nd Commercial Previews Ending Theme

Anime about fictional characters entering the real world premieres April 8 ― The official website for the Re:Creators original television anime project began streaming the anime's second commercial on Sunday. The video previews Mashiro Ayano's ending theme song "NewLook." (Note: the video on the website is region-locked to Japan.) The anime will have a total of 22 main episodes, and three special pro...
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Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X 3DS Game's Video Highlights Mechanics

Game ships with 3,300 cards in Japan on April 27 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a promotional video on Tuesday for its Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X game for the Nintendo 3DS. The video previews the game's modes, mechanics, and features. The card battle adventure game is the latest in the Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission series, and it will ship in Japan on April 27. Both t...
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ONIHEI ‒ Episode 11

"At long last, Heizo's wife Hisae is finally getting her own story, which delves into her past to show her strength when faced with a difficult situation."

3DS Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology Remake Features New Scenario

Atlus to ship remake of Radiant Historia game in Japan on June 29 ― Atlus launched a teaser website on Tuesday that for a new Radiant Historia title. This week's issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is revealing on Thursday that the role-playing game, titled Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology, will be a full remake of the original Radiant Historia game. The game will include new scenario and ...
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 11

"While one story of these three satisfactorily concludes where we left off last time, the other two left me wanting a meal with a bit more substance."
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The Sword Art Online Movie in 4D Really Needs Seat Belts

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale was released as a normal film in Japan, but last week it got the “4D” treatment complete with rumbling seats, fog machines, and smell-o-vision.
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Magia the Ninth GN 1 & 2

Magia the Ninth makes a valiant effort to combine classical music and exorcist action, but it stumbles more than succeeds in these poorly paced volumes. Rebecca Silverman explains what went wrong. ― They say that music soothes the savage beast, but rarely is that taken quite so literally as in Ichiya Sazanami's two-volume manga series Magia the Ninth. The premise of the story will be vaguely familiar...
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Gabriel DropOut ‒ Episode 11

"While it's always been clear that Satania isn't as evil as she thinks, this story features her at her most selfless."
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Square Enix Reveals Seiken Densetsu Collection for Nintendo Switch

Video previews set of 1st 3 Mana games shipping in Japan on June 1 ― Square Enix announced on Tuesday that it will release the first three games in its Seiken Densetsu (Mana) series on the Nintendo Switch as Seiken Densetsu Collection. Both the physical and digital versions will retail for 4,800 yen (US$42). The game set will ship in Japan on June 1. The official Twitter account of the series streame...
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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory Game Heads West in 2018

Video streamed for PS4/PS Vita game featuring 320+ Digimon ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe announced on Tuesday that its Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game will ship in the West in early 2018. The release will feature the original Japanese dub and English and German subtitles. The game will be available physically and digitally for the PlayStatio...
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Kase-san Yuri Manga's Poster Lists Animators

The yuri manga event Yuriten 2017 revealed a poster for Hiromi Takashima's Kase-san and... yuri manga series on Saturday. The poster credits Takuya Satō (Girls Beyond the Wasteland, Say "I love you.") as director, and Kyuta Sakai (Steins;Gate, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-) for "sakuga," which can mean 'animator" in the context of animation production. While the poster's credits and the...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, March 13-19

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru sells 5,597, followed by Haikyu!!, live-action Museum, Euphonium 2, Assassination Classroom anime film ― The live-action film of Ryōsuke Tomoe's Museum (Museum - The Serial Killer is Laughing in the Rain) manga sold 1,514 copies to rank #13 on the overall DVD chart. The stage musical Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon -Amour Eternal- sold 1,451 copies to land at #16. The stage adaptat...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, March 13-19

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru sells 6,897, followed by Euphonium 2, Haikyu!!, Suzuko Mimori, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid ― Suzuko Mimori's Mimori Suzuko Live Tour 2016 "Grand Review" Final at Nippon Budokan Blu-ray sold 4,024 copies to rank #8 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Nana Mizuki Live Park x MTV Unplugged: Nana Mizuki sold 1,374 more copies for a new total of 14,769. It fell from #3 to #19 in its...
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Kirakira Precure a la Mode Anime Gets Film in October

14th Precure anime premiered on February 5 ― Toei began streaming a special video on Tuesday that reveals that the Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode anime will get an anime film in October. The anime, which is the 14th entry in the Precure animated series, premiered on February 5 at 8:30 a.m. on the ABC and TV Asahi channels and their affiliates. The show's theme is a crossover of colorful sweets with coo...
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The King of Fighters' Chinese CG Series Slated for This Summer With Japanese Voices

Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV's special effects team works on 20-episode series ― SNK announced that the planned animated adaptation of The King of Fighters fighting game franchise will premiere this summer under the title The King of Fighters: Destiny. SNK is streaming a trailer for the show. The video shows iconic scenes from early in The King of Fighters and Fatal Fury series' shared story, includi...

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Anime Reveals New Duelist Character Designs

Duelists Gō Onizuka, Aoi Zaizen debut in May anime ― The staff of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, the upcoming sixth anime in the Yu-Gi-Oh! television anime franchise, revealed the designs of two new duelist characters for the anime on Tuesday. Gō Onizuka (left) goes by the handle Go Onizuka (Go鬼塚) in the VR space, and regards himself as a rival to Playmaker/Yūsaku. Aoi Zaizen (right) goes by the handle of Blue An...

Sword Art Online Film Earns Over 600 Million Yen Outside Japan

Sold 700,000 tickets overseas, made US$1.35 million in 1st N. American weekend ― The Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale anime has sold over 700,000 tickets for the equivalent of more than 600 million yen (about US$5.32 million) in foreign box office ticket sales outside Japan. The film surpassed US$1.35 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend in North American theaters. The film also op...
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Sword Art Online Film Strip Gets US$1,300 Auction Bid

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale is enjoying box office success in Japan, having sold over one million tickets and earning over 1 billion yen (about US$8.8 million). The North American opening weekend this month pulled an additional US$1.35 million. Moviegoers in Japan also get the added bonus of a cut of film, and as is traditional, some are being sold at auction and reaching exorbitant prices. On...

In Another World With My Smartphone Light Novels Get Summer TV Anime

Takeyuki Yanase directs at Production Reed ― A television anime adaptation of Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World With My Smartphone (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni) light novel series has been green-lit. It will premiere this summer. Takeyuki Yanase (Himegoto, Onsen Yōsei Hakone-chan) is directing the anime at Production Reed. Natsuko Takahashi (My Love Story!) is supervising and writing the series ...
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Hand Shakers Anime Gets Unaired Episode With New Character

Noriaki Sugiyama voices Koichi in episode included in July 26's "Hand Shakers EX" extra disc ― The official website for GoHands, Frontier Works, and Kadokawa's original television anime series Hand Shakers revealed on Tuesday that a "Hand Shakers EX" extra disc will contain an unaired 13th episode on July 26. The "Go ago Go" episode will be a prequel story focusing on Koyori and Makihara's past. The ...
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63-Year-Old Goth Loli Sachiko Squares Off Against Players in Mobile Game

63-year-old enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi, known for "last boss" level stage costumes, donned what she dubbed her most embarrassing outfit yet to promote the Gothic wa Mahō Otome (The Magical Maiden is Gothic) mobile shooting game. The next stage of the collaboration started on Friday with Kobayashi's in-game version taking on players. The collaboration is giving players who log in between March 1...
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Nana Maru San Batsu Anime Reveals 2 More Cast Members With Quiz Videos

Takuya Satō, Kaito Ishikawa join cast ― Toei streamed four quiz videos this month, revealing two new cast members for the television anime adaptation of Iqura Sugimoto's Nana Maru San Batsu (literally, "7 O 3 X" or "7 Right, 3 Wrong") manga. Toei first streamed a "question" video for each character with only the voice, and later streamed "answer" videos revealing the names of the voice actors. The ne...
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Tsugumomo Anime Gets Racy 2-Sided Flyer at AnimeJapan

The official website for the television anime of Yoshikazu Hamada's Tsugumomo manga revealed on Friday that the series will release a possibly unprecedented fukurotoji flyer at AnimeJapan on March 25 and March 26. In a modern context, printed fukurotoji items typically consist of a double-leaved page sealed at the opening so that readers must break the seal to see the inside. The front of the flye...

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Zero Escape: Nonary Games Trailer Previews New 999 Visuals, Voices

PS4/PS Vita/PC game double pack slated for March 24 ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a promotional video for Zero Escape: The Nonary Games, its double pack of Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999) and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, on Thursday. The video previews some of the updated visuals and new Japanese voices for 999. Aksys Games streamed a video introducing the new feature...
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Teaches English to New High Schoolers

Starting this April, eccentric teenager and fellow student Haruhi Suzumiya will help teach English to new high school students in Japan. The new revised edition of World Trek English Communication I, which is available for first-year students for the upcoming school year starting on April 1, features a reading section based on The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The reading, titled "Haruhi, an Amaz...
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Yowamushi Pedal Casts Jun Fukuyama as Komari Kishigami

Character previewed in video ― The official website for the Yowamushi Pedal New Generation anime announced on Tuesday that Jun Fukuyama will voice Komari Kishigami, a new first year at Kyoto Fushimi High School. Toho Animation previewed the character with a video: The series premiered in Japan on January 9. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan. The series is listed with 25 episodes...

Power Rangers Film Includes 1st Big-Screen LGBT Superhero

Film also has lead character on autism spectrum ― Lionsgate's upcoming Power Rangers film will include an LGBT protagonist, marking the first time a big-budget Hollywood movie has included an LGBT superhero. The film also includes a character on the autism spectrum. (Note: The following contains minor spoilers for the Power Rangers film.) In a scene in the second act, one character asks Trini (the Ye...
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Free! Birthday Merchandise Returns in 2017

In 2015, the Kyoto Animation Shop began its successful Free! birthday merchandise line. The original launch items included each of the series' male characters with a flower motif on wall scrolls, cushion covers, placards, a rubber strap set, and button pins. The company did it again the following year for the "Fresh! Fruit!" birthday line that depicted the characters with macron desserts. The pop...
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Resident Evil: Vendetta CG Film Opens in U.S., Canadian Theaters on June 19

Film to premiere in Japan on May 27 ― Fathom Events, Park Circus, and Sony Pictures Announced on Monday that the upcoming Resident Evil: Vendetta CG-animated film will open in theaters in the United States and Canada on June 19 for one night only. Tickets in Canada will go on sale on March 24 and tickets in the United States will go on sale on March 31. The film, based on CAPCOM's Resident Evil (Bioh...

Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Spot Teases Kuze

Michael Pitt plays villain in film slated for March 31 ― Paramount Pictures began streaming a new teaser for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell live-action film on Monday. The teaser shows the villain, who introduces himself as Kuze and announces his vendetta against the Hanka Corporation. Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) plays the villain, initially reported as the Laughing Man. The Collider website rep...
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Detective Conan Appears on Cover of Sho-Comi Magazine

This year's eighth issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine features a familiar face on the cover. The titular character of Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga appears on the cover in front of with the lead characters from Onimiya-sensei no Kiss ni wa Sakaraenai (My lover is sweet Demon) by Kayoru. The issue is also bundling clear files and a special collaboration booklet with artwork by the magaz...
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'Hacker's Memory' Trademark Filed Under Bandai Namco in Europe

A trademark for "Hacker's Memory" was filed in Europe under Bandai Namco Entertainment on Monday. Shueisha's V-Jump magazine announced on Tuesday that Bandai Namco Entertainment is developing a Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The game is related to the Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth game that shipped in Japan in 2015. [Via Gematsu]
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MAGES' 'B-Project' Fictional Male Idol Project Gets Stage Play

Toman, Tom Fujita, Ryō Taguchi, Shunya Ōhira star ― The staff of B-Project, MAGES' fictional male idol project featuring character designs by Devils and Realist creator Utako Yukihiro, announced on Sunday that the project is getting a stage play adaptation. An official website for the stage play, titled "B-Project on Stage Over the Wave!," launched and revealed four main cast members on Sunday. Toman...
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Answerman - Quick Answers Part 1

Justin answers a bunch of short questions on the Gintama dub, anime movie distribution, Japanese greetings and much more! ― A few years ago, Answerman changed up its format a little bit, and we started giving each question its own column several times a week, rather than answering a bunch of questions once a week. The new format's been great -- old questions are easier to find, and I can give new on...
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Napping Princess aka Ancien and the Magic Tablet UK Cinema Release This Summer

Kenji Kamiyama film will be screened in UK and Ireland cinemas ― Anime Limited has announced that it will screen Kenji Kamiyama's Napping Princess, aka Ancien and the Magic Tablet (Hirune Hime ~Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari~), in UK and Ireland cinemas in summer 2017. The screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles. Previously, the film's staff announced that the film will open in 40 coun...
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Mana Game Series' Video Shows Seiken Densetsu 3 on Nintendo Switch

Franchise's official Twitter post appears to feature 1995 RPG ― The official Twitter account for Square Enix's Seiken Densetsu (Mana) role-playing game series posted a 10-second video on Monday that appears to show the Seiken Densetsu 3 game being played on the Nintendo Switch. Square Enix has not announced a release of the game for the Nintendo Switch. #聖剣伝説 pic.twitter.com/uXD0hey02H— 聖剣伝説 -公式- (@S...
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The Voices of RIN-NE Talk About the New Characters and Ongoing Romance in Season 3

RIN-NE is coming back and the voice actors had a lot to say about the new season.
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Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water [Limited Edition] Blu-Ray 3

Things heat up both at the Festa and behind the scenes in the third quarter of The Asterisk War. Rebecca Silverman dives back into this magic high school harem. ― Occasionally, I have to wonder if anyone in this series know what the word “fair” means? Granted, that's likely a purposeful question, since the series follows the grand old tradition of dystopian young adult fiction by pitting teens agains...
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Shūzō Oshimi's Inside Mari Manga Gets Live-Action Series

Elaiza Ikeda, Ryō Yoshizawa star in series streaming on March 31 ― Shūzō Oshimi's Boku wa Mari no Naka (Inside Mari) manga is getting a live-action series adaptation. Elaiza Ikeda (live-action Wolf Girl & Black Prince, All Esper Dayo!) is playing Mari Yoshizaki, and Ryō Yoshizawa (live-action Ao Haru Ride, Gintama) is playing Isao Komori. Yuri Nakamura (live-action Maestro, Mori no Asagao) is playing...
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In This Corner of The World UK Cinema Trailer

Sunao Katabuchi period drama will be released in UK and Irish cinemas at end of June ― Manga Entertainment has released the above trailer for the film In This Corner of the World. It will be released by Manga Entertainment in UK and Irish cinemas on Wednesday June 28, with further cinema screenings from Friday June 30. The animated wartime drama is written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Mi...
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Heavy Object and Snow White With The Red Hair Released Monday

Also, Manga Entertainment releases of 1995 Ghost in the Shell film and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society ― On Monday March 20, Funimation will release the first part of Heavy Object as a Blu-ray. Funimation has described the story: In the future, warfare has been revolutionized by the invention of mechanical weapons called “Objects.” These Objects are overwhelmingly powerfu...
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Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu Live-Action Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Tao Tsuchiya, Ryōta Katayose, Yudai Chiba star in June 30 film ― The official website of the live-action film adaptation of Rina Yagami's Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Thursday. The video previews the film's theme song "Sora" by GENERATIONS. The site is also streaming a 30-second version of the trailer. The film opens in Japan on June 30. The manga is...
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Daisuke Ono Joins Cast of 21st Detective Conan Film

Ono plays Muga Iori in character's anime debut ― This year's 17th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Daisuke Ono is joining the cast of Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter (Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter), the 21st Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime film. He plays the character Muga Iori in the film. Muga is a butler to Momiji's family. T...
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The Royal Tutor Anime Casts Takuya Eguchi as Rosenberg

TV series starring Keisuke Ueda as tutor to 4 princes premieres on April 4 ― The official website for the the television anime adaptation of Higasa Akai's The Royal Tutor (Ōshitsu Kyōshi Heine or Königliche Familie Lehrer) manga announced on Friday that Takuya Eguchi (91 Days' Nero Vanetti, Haikyu!! Second Season's Yūji Terushima) will play Rosenberg, a mysterious count. The anime will premiere on TV...
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New Sailor Moon Musical Opens in Japan This Fall

Mirai replaces Karin Takahashi in Sailor Saturn role ― The official website of the Sailor Moon franchise announced on Monday that the next production in the Sailor Moon stage musicals will debut this fall at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo venue. The new cast for the Inner Guardians that debuted in last year's Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Amour Eternal- musical return for this new musical. Kaede as Makoto ...
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Scum's Wish Live-Action & Anime Cast Members Guest Star in Each Others' Series

Dori Sakurada appears in anime while Chika Anzai appears in live-action series ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Mengo Yokoyari's Scum's Wish (Kuzu no Honkai) manga announced on Friday that Dori Sakurada and Chika Anzai will have guest starring roles in the live-action adaptation of the manga and the anime. Sakurada (seen right), who plays Mugi Awaya in the live-action sho...

Anime Video Market in Japan Sees 15.8% Decrease in 2016

Anime home video market follows general home video market trend ― The Japan Video Software Association (JVA) released its 12-month statistical report on March 14 on video software sales in Japan from January to December 2016. The report stated that anime DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, including rentals, amounted to 54.420 billion yen (about US$483.6 million), a 15.8% decrease from last year. Sales and r...
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film Streams 4 More TV Spots

2 Japanese clips also posted for March 31 film ― Paramount Pictures began streaming four new television spots for the upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell film on Friday. Paramount Pictures also streamed two short Japanese clips for the film on Friday. Dreamworks and Paramount are co-financing and co-producing the film. Paramount Pictures is the film's new distributor, after Dreamworks ended its d...
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Gintama Anime Teases 'Important Announcement' Next Week

The 327th episode of the Gintama. television anime series revealed on Sunday that the next episode will have an important announcement. The next episode airs on March 26. In addition, the episode also noted that "The Battle on Rakuyo Arc that took us into a late night slot, and even into outer space, is nearing its end!" The fifth Gintama. television anime season premiered on January 9. Crunchyrol...
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Latino Review: Hollywood Yamato/Star Blazers Film Hires Writer

Skydance Media plans film as Christopher McQuarrie's next after Mission: Impossible ― In an interview with media news website Latino-Review on Saturday, Skydance Media CEO David Ellison revealed that the live-action Hollywood film adaptation of the Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato) anime has hired on screenwriter Zach Dean (Deadfall) to pen the film's script. He also confirmed that director Chri...
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Examu to Launch Crowdfunding Campaign for Arcana Heart 3 Love Max Six Stars!!!!!! Fighting Game

Newest installment in fighting game series arrived in arcades in December 2014 ― Game developer Examu revealed on Saturday that it will launch a crowdfunding campaign to release its Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX SIX STARS!!!!!! arcade fighting game on PC with an English localization. If the campaign is successful, the company will consider development of a new character and making a collected edition of th...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 327

"The Battle on Rakuyo heads toward its conclusion with a look at Oboro's past."
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Gamers! Anime's TV Format, Staff Revealed

Manabu Okamoto directs anime of Sekina Aoi novel series at Pine Jam ― The May issue of Kadokawa's Dragon Magazine revealed on Saturday that the anime adaptation of Sekina Aoi and illustrator Saboten's Gamers! light novel series will be a television anime. The issue also revealed the anime's main staff. Manabu Okamoto (The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- storyboar...
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Yuuki Kaji Revisits His Bananya Role in New Commercials

Popular voice actor Yuuki Kaji got in touch with his feline side last year as the lead in Bananya. The anime is about exactly what it sounds like: cats that live in bananas. The short anime series about the fruity felines tied into what was an already established merchandise line. Kaji reunited with his kitty counterpart in the first ad to promote a talk show event with the voice actor that will b...
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Live-Action Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu TV Series, Film Get VR Videos

The live-action television adaptation of Rina Yagami's Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu (My Big Brother Loves Me So Much It's a Problem) manga is getting virtual reality (VR) videos. The videos will allow viewers to experience heart-stopping kiss and hug scenes with the series' main characters from the point of view of Setoka. The VR videos will feature scenes from the television drama and stream a...
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 23

"I knew it was too good to be true. Sometimes I hate being right."
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 48

"By now you probably know better than to read an episode review before you've watched the episode, but today's discussion is just so darn spoileriffic that I want to stress this again."
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Interviews with Monster Girls ‒ Episode 11

"Can focusing too much on a single goal be a bad thing, even if a person's intentions are good?"

Sunday, March 19

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Descending Stories: Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū ‒ Episode 11

"In its penultimate episode, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu takes all of the shinigami talk in a surprisingly literal direction."
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Attack on Titan's Levi Gets Bearbrick Figure With 7-Eleven Cards

MediCom Toy is offering Attack on Titan's Levi as a Bearbrick figure bundling with nanaco cards. Nanaco cards are prepaid money cards available for use at 7-Eleven stores in Japan. This is the first time that Levi will be available as a Bearbrick figure. Three varieties of cards will be available featuring Mikasa and Eren, Eren and Levi, and Levi and Jean. Wit Studio, the anime studio that produc...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 780

"The show's been feeling a little extra stretched lately, so I'm counting on this break to benefit the upcoming canon arc for the best."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 82

"The exhibition match before the Tournament of Power may be over, but the story isn't ready to call it quits just yet."
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Blue Giant Supreme Jazz Manga Ad Offers Cassette Tapes

Shinichi Ishizuka's Blue Giant Supreme manga is marking the release of its first compiled book volume and the 100th anniversary of jazz music with a peel-off ad offering cassette tapes. Fans who pass by can take a tape from the ad in Tokyo's JR Shinjuku Station from March 16 to March 20. The tapes feature two songs. They are based on a parting gift that Blue Giant Supreme main character Dai Miyamo...
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Manga Creator Aoi Michiyuki Posts Manga About OCD Diagnosis

Apollo ni Sayonara manga creator Aoi Michiyuki posted a four-page manga on her Twitter page on Thursday. The manga focuses on the time when she failed as a first grader to understand why one plus one equals two and was told she has obsessive-compulsive disorder. The creator noted that the manga is sort of a gag comedy, but it brings up painful feelings at the same time. In the manga, Michiyuki rec...
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Photo Feature: Nippombashi Street Festa 2017

Osaka's biggest anime event isn't a convention, trade show, or dōjinshi event. Instead, Osaka is famous for the Nipponbashi Street Festa, a three-hour cosplay parade in the city's Den Den Town area (the equivalent of Akihabara in Tokyo) that takes place in mid-March. The main street in Den Den Town is blocked to traffic, and thousands of cosplayers pose on the streetside for fans. The whole event ...

2017 Free! Anime Films Reveal Cast, Staff, Story Premise

Main cast, staff from 2 TV anime, High Speed! prequel return ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Free! franchise announced the cast and staff for Free! -Timeless Medley- Kizuna (Bonds) and Free! -Timeless Medley- Yakusoku (Promise), this year's two compilation films with new footage. It also revealed more on the story premise for Free! -Take Your Marks-, the new sequel film opening this fall...
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 23

"After all the silliness of past episodes, everything comes down to this two-part finale."
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Fuuka ‒ Episode 11

"Rather than Yuu and Fuuka's romance, the show's main priority seems to have been the story of Koyuki's pining and rejection."
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When Animal Crossing Meets Gambling

What if all the items you ever needed to live a luxurious life were available for free? But, what if you were only able to get said items by opening capsule toys at random?
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Scum's Wish ‒ Episode 10

"Mugi kicks off episode ten with the realization that he's made a huge mistake."

Free! Anime Franchise Gets 2 Compilation Films, New Theatrical Anime This Year

Both compilation films will include new footage, new project will be sequel ― An event on Sunday in Tokyo for the High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- anime film announced that Kyoto Animation's Free! franchise is getting two anime compilation films as well as an all-new theatrical anime project. The Free! Timeless Medley Kizuna (Bonds) compilation film will open on April 22, and the Free! Timeless Medl...

Re:Creators Original Anime Reveals 3rd Promo Video, More Cast

Series to have 22 episodes, 3 special programs ― The official website for the Re:Creators original television anime project began streaming the anime's third promotional video on Sunday. The video previews the show's opening theme song "gravityWall" by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]: Tielle & Gemie. (Note: the video on the website is region-locked to Japan.) The site is also streaming a second commercial, which...
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Girls & Panzer Anime's 6-Film Finale Starts December 9

Immersive 4DX & MX4D screenings, concerts for 2015 film also planned ― The Ōarai Spring Festival: Kairaku Festa 2017 announced on Sunday that the first of six episodes in the Girls und Panzer das Finale anime project will open in 59 Japanese theaters on December 9. The accompany teaser visual features the Anglerfish team in winter, and its tagline proclaims that the story is reaching its "conclusion ...
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Renovated Train Station Offers Ultimate 'Kabe-Don' Photo Op

"Kabe-don", the act of "trapping" a person against a wall using one's arms, has more or less become a romance manga cliche. The dramatic staple has never completely faded, appearing in pizza commercials and anime photo ops. The city of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka prefecture are having a little fun with concept while also encouraging tourists to disembark at its Ogura Station. The station was recently re...

Sōryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku no Yoru ni... Anime's TV Ad Previews ISAO's Theme Song

Anime shorts about woman in relationship with priest premieres on April 2 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Reon Maomi's Sōryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku no Yoru ni... (On a Lustful Night Mingling with a Priest...) adult manga began streaming a television ad for the series on Friday. The video reveals and previews ISAO's theme song "meaning of life." TVアニメ「僧侶と交わる色欲の夜に…」...
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Clockwork Planet Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews fripSide's Opening Theme

Series about amateur tinkerer, female automaton premieres on April 6 ― TBS' official website for the television anime adaptation of Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana's Clockwork Planet novels began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Saturday. The video previews fripSide's opening theme song "clockwork planet." The series will premiere on TBS on April 6 at 25:58 (effectively April 7 at 1:58...
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Dead or Alive 5LR's Gets Guilty Gear, BlazBlue Costumes

The official channel for the Dead or Alive 5 Last Round fighting game began streaming a trailer showing its collaboration costumes with Arc System Works on Tuesday. Koei Tecmo Games is selling 16 different Guilty Gear and BlazBlue costumes, individually or in a set. People who have Season Pass 6 (PlayStation 4) or New Costume Pass 6 (Xbox One) will receive the new costumes, plus the previously rel...
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Bandai Namco Ent. Reveals Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory PS4, PS Vita Game

Game features new protagonist, more than 320 Digimon ― This year's May issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Bandai Namco Entertainment is developing a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game titled Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory. The game is slated for this year. Like the first Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth game, Digimon Story Cybersleuth Hacker's Memory will be ...
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Man-gatarō's Manga Art Features on Men's Underwear

Avant-garde gag manga creator Man-gatarō's art debuted on two types of men's underwear in the Shinchō Online Shop on Friday. The Yukari underwear features the character Yukari that appears in Man-gatarō's Tsumi to Batsu manga adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment novel. The character is based on Yukari Nakase, the head of Shinchōsha's publishing department. The Rainbow Babā (old...
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