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Liselotte & Witch's Forest GN 1

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

This Netflix-licensed spring season anime is finally available for streaming! Was this mecha adventure worth the wait? Theron Martin takes a look. ― We've seen anime about a person from the present being catapulted into the future to become an ace mecha pilot before (see Buddy Complex, among possibly others), but a person from the past coming to the present instead? That's certainly a new twist. It's...
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UQ Holder! GN 7

As the stakes and strengths of his opponents climb impossibly high, Tota finally finds himself faced with a real challenge in this seventh volume of Ken Akamatsu's action manga. ― UQ Holder has had a rocky journey up until now, and much of that has come down to the manga's awkward fundamental assumptions. Tota lies near the heart of the story's various problems; not only is he actually immortal, but ...
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Selector Spread WIXOSS BD+DVD

This first installment in the WIXOSS franchise comes to a close, with shocking reveals and mixed results. Theron Martin takes a look at what's in the cards for this series going forward. ― Despite its partial name change, this 12 episode series from the Fall 2014 season is a direct follow-up to Selector Infected Wixoss. It assumes and requires full familiarity with Infected for it to make sense, so t...
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Thursday, July 28

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Crunchyroll Hires Former Discovery Digital GM Colin Decker as COO

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

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

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

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

'Mobile Police Patlabor Reboot' Short Anime Announced for October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funimation Reveals Strike Witches Anime Film's English Dub Cast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 27

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Japanese Comic Ranking, July 18-24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fairy Tail Manga Gets 10th Anniversary Art Exhibit in September

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

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

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

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

Big Order Manga by Future Diary's Sakae Esuno Ends

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 26

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Animatrix's Koji Morimoto Directs Commercial for Navigation App

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"While episode 4 still has its share of tender moments, it contains quite a bit more comedy than its predecessors."
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UQ Holder! GN 7

As the stakes and strengths of his opponents climb impossibly high, Tota finally finds himself faced with a real challenge in this seventh volume of Ken Akamatsu's action manga. ― UQ Holder has had a rocky journey up until now, and much of that has come down to the manga's awkward fundamental assumptions. Tota lies near the heart of the story's various problems; not only is he actually immortal, but ...
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New Game! ‒ Episode 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Actor Charlie Hunnam Will Not Appear in Pacific Rim 2 Film

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, July 25

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Death Note Blu-ray Delayed to October 31

Blu-ray will contain complete anime series and Relight films. ― Manga Entertainment has tweeted that its Blu-ray release of the Death Note anime series has been delayed to October 31. According to the Amazon UK listing (which has been updated to the new date), the Blu-ray will contain the series in subbed and dubbed forms. In addition, Amazon describes the Blu-ray as follows: Collected across 6 discs...
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'Best and Worst Manga of 2016' Results - Comic-Con International

Panelists also list most anticipated new releases ― This past Saturday at Comic-Con International, Christopher Butcher (comics writer and retailer), David Brothers (branding manager and comics journalist), Eva Volin (graphic novel reporter/critic and librarian), Brigid Alverson (comics journalist and editor) and Deb Aoki (manga editor and critic) held the annual "Best and Worst Manga" panel. Here ar...

Glitter Force Season 2 Premieres on Netflix on August 26

Death Note, Naruto Shippuden films leave service ― The second season of Saban's Glitter Force, its adapted version of Smile Precure!, will premiere on the Netflix streaming service on August 26. The 20-episode first season of Glitter Force will debut worldwide outside of Asia on Netflix on December 18. World Screen listed the show with a total of 40 episodes of 22 minutes each. The Smile Precure! ani...
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New Compile Heart Game's Title, Logo Revealed

Video game news source Dengeki Online's PlayStation section revealed the title and logo of Compile Heart's new upcoming game, Nep Nep ☆ Connect: Chaos Chanpuru, on Monday. Dengeki PlayStation magazine will reveal more information on Thursday. Idea Factory and Compile Heart opened a countdown website for the game last week. The website has shown a new character silhouette every day, and has two day...
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Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike Anime Also Adapts Soreike Arakita-kun Gag Manga

Theatrical anime adaptation of spinoff manga will have bonus part ― The official website for the upcoming Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike theatrical anime announced on Monday that screenings will include an omake (bonus) part that will adapt Wataru Watanabe's Soreike Arakita-kun four-panel gag manga spinoff of his Yowamushi Pedal manga. Soreike Arakita-kun began in the September 2014 issue of Akita Shote...
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KochiKame Stage Play's Promo Shows Cast in Costume in Real-Life Kameari Area

New visual for September play shows entire cast ― The official website of the stage play adaptation of Osamu Akimoto's Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo ("Kochikame") police comedy manga unveiled a promotional video and new visual for the play last Friday. The video features the cast in costume in the real-life Kameari area in Tokyo as they sing the song "Oideyo Kameari" from the tele...
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Viz Media to Preview The Promised Neverland Manga in Shonen Jump

Manga launches same day in Japan ― This week's issue of Viz Media's English digital edition of Weekly Shonen Jump announced on Monday that the next issue will publish the first chapter of Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland) manga as part of its "Jump Start" initiative on August 1. Author Shirai (Ashley Gate no Yukue) and illustrator Demizu will launch the ma...
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Kojima Productions' Mascot Ludens Gets Nendoroid, Figure, Video

Face behind the character's mask identified ― As game developer Hideo Kojima's new company gears up for its first game, its mascot character Ludens has been waving the "Kojima Productions" flag far and wide. Now, he's traveling to Good Smile Company's figma and Nendoroid figure lines. Kojima tweeted these photographs of the figure prototypes last week. The Figma is a 1/12-scale figure. The Kojima Pr...
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Answerman - Why Don't More Anime Discs Come With Digital Downloads?

Funimation's recent release of Psycho-Pass: The Movie came with a code for a digital version of the film; why don't more anime releases do that? Justin gets into it. ― Joe asks: I recently got the Psycho-Pass Movie on Blu-Ray and instantly noticed something strange on the box - it came with a digital copy of the movie. I've been getting digital copies with most Blu-Rays of Hollywood movies and even ...
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Macross Delta Scramble PS Vita Game's Ad Previews Gameplay

October 20 release date revealed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming television commercials for Macross Delta Scramble, its PlayStation Vita game based on the ongoing Macross Delta anime, on Monday. Hayate and Freyja narrate both the 30- and 15-second versions of the commercial, which previews gameplay footage. The game will ship on October 20 in Japan. The commercial teases "exhilarating fl...
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The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance ‒ Episode 4

"The Heroic Legend of Arslan improved this week by indulging in a rare fun detour."
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Selector Spread WIXOSS BD+DVD

This first installment in the WIXOSS franchise comes to a close, with shocking reveals and mixed results. Theron Martin takes a look at what's in the cards for this series going forward. ― Despite its partial name change, this 12 episode series from the Fall 2014 season is a direct follow-up to Selector Infected Wixoss. It assumes and requires full familiarity with Infected for it to make sense, so t...
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Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Despair Arc ‒ Episode 2

"Danganronpa always likes to prove that you can even pick the lowest-hanging fruit in a creative way."
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Kyo Kara Maoh! Fantasy Manga Ends

21st volume ships on October 26; manga side story set after main story debuts this fall ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Asuka magazine published the final chapter of Tomo Takabayashi and Temari Matsumoto's Kyo Kara Maoh! manga on Saturday. The manga's 21st and final compiled book volume is slated to ship on October 26. The manga will have a side story set after the manga's main story this fall. T...
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Toukiden: Mononofu Smartphone Game Revealed

Free-to-play "hunting action" game slated for 2016 ― Koei Tecmo games opened a website on Monday for a new iOS and Android smartphone game titled Toukiden: Mononofu, part of its Toukiden series. The site labels the game as a free-to-play "hunting action" game. Purchasing in-game items will cost money. The game is slated for release this year. Koei Tecmo's upcoming Toukiden 2 action game will ship on ...

Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki Reload Blast Manga Gets Anime

Saiyuki franchise gets 2-day event in Chiba in January ― Ichijinsha launched a website on Monday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki manga, and the site revealed that her Saiyuki Reload Blast manga is getting an anime adaptation. The site is also streaming a 20th anniversary project video, which also reveals the anime. The official website for Ichijinsha's Comic Zero Sum ...
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One Piece Film Gold Earns 1.1 Billion Yen in Opening Weekend

Film's opening-day earnings beats Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare film ― Toei revealed on Monday that the One Piece Film Gold movie earned 1,155,771,000 yen (about US$10.87 million) in its opening weekend, and sold 820,830 tickets over 743 screens, topping the Japanese box office ranking. The film earned 675,176,000 yen (about US$6.35 million) and sold 478,528 tickets on its opening day last S...

Mononofu Manga Ends in Shonen Jump, 3 New Series to Launch

New series by E-ROBOT, Iron Knight authors launch next month ― This year's 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump published the final chapter of Haruto Ikezawa's Mononofu manga on Monday. The magazine notes that the manga's fourth volume will ship on August 4, and the fifth volume will ship on September 2. The "hot-blooded youth shogi manga" follows an impractical boy named Shinobu who accidenta...
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MX4D Kagerou Daze-in a day's- Short Film's Trailer Reveals November Premiere

Illustrator Sidu to helm 1st film made specifically for MX4D ― The official website for the Kagerou Daze -in a day's- short film released a 30-second teaser video on Saturday. The video revealed new animation clips, and announced that the movie will premiere in November. The video also revealed that the videos in the franchise have reached over 100 million views, and the various printed works in the ...
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Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o Film's 1st Teaser Video Streamed

2nd film based on HoneyWorks songs opens on December 17 ― Aniplex began streaming the first teaser video on Saturday for Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o. ~Kouhaku Jikkō Iinkai~ (I wait for the moment you love me. Confession Executive Committee), the second anime film inspired by the HoneyWorks musical group's Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai ~Renai Series~ (Confession Executive Committee ~Love Series~) Vocaloid son...
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Otakon Hosts Under the Dog Staff, ALL OFF Rock Band

Jirō Ishii, Koji Morimoto, Muneki Ogasawara to show anime; ALL OFF to perform concert ― Maryland anime convention Otakon announced on Saturday that it will host scriptwriter Jirō Ishii, producer Koji Morimoto, and Kinema Citrus president Muneki Ogasawara from the Under the Dog anime project, as well as rock band ALL OFF. Creative Intelligent Arts (CIA), the original producer of Under the Dog, announc...
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Gakuen Handsome TV Anime to Feature Double Cast

OVA, game casts to both reprise roles for series premiering in October ― The official website for the Gakuen Handsome television anime announced on Sunday that there will be two casts for the show's premiere in October. The OVA's cast and the original game's cast will be reprising their roles for two separate audio tracks. The show will air on Tokyo MX, and the main audio track will feature the anime...
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Tales of Berseria Game's New Ad Highlights Eleanor

PS4/PS3 game slated for August 18 in Japan, early 2017 in N. America/Europe ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a commercial for its upcoming Tales of Berseria role-playing game on Sunday. The video centers on the character Eleanor, voiced by Ami Koshimizu. Bandai Namco Entertainment previously streamed videos for Laphicet, Rokuro, and Magilou. The game's main cast includes: Rina Satou as Ve...
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New Twin Angel Break TV Anime's Promo, Character Visuals Unveiled

Anime's cast, more information to be announced at event on October 2 ― The staff of the upcoming new television anime in the Twin Angel franchise opened a website on Sunday, revealing the anime's title as Twin Angel Break. The site began streaming a promotional video for the anime that looks back on the history of the original Twin Angel pachislo games. The anime celebrates the franchise's 10th anniv...

Keijo!!!!!!!! TV Anime's Promo Reveals October Premiere

Promo video shown with both Japanese, English narration ― The official website of the upcoming television anime adaptation of Daichi Sorayomi's Keijo!!!!!!!! (Hip Whip Girl) aquatic sports manga began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Sunday. The video has two versions, with one narrated in Japanese, and the other narrated in English. The videos reveal the anime's October premiere. T...
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Monster Strike Game App Gets Anime Film in December

Shinpei Ezaki directing, Yoichi Kato returns from net anime, Taku Kishimoto pens script ― Social networking service mixi announced on Monday that an anime film adaptation of its Monster Strike game has been green-lit. Monster Strike The Movie will open in Japan on December 10. Warner Bros. Japan is streaming a teaser for the film, revealing the character Lucifer. Update: Warner Bros. Japan has remove...
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Rock Out One Piece-Style With Brook's Shark Guitar

Made by Shimamura Music with Gotoh hardware ― With his curly hair, snazzy suit and fashionable glasses, Brook is easily one of the coolest members of the Straw Hat Pirates in One Piece. His awesome shark guitar tops it all off, though. Now fans who yearn to bust out "Welcome to the Jungle" on a piscine guitar might get a chance to do so, as Shimamura Music has made a replica of Brook's guitar for th...
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Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- ‒ Episode 17

"As much as I love what the series has been doing lately, it's about time for Subaru to catch a break."

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Pokémon Go Game Reveals Team Leaders

Niantic considers adding breeding, acknowledges gym-poaching issues ― Niantic CEO John Hanke revealed the leaders of the three teams in its Pokémon Go game during the company's panel at Comic-Con International on Sunday: Until now, the leaders were only teased in silhouettes in the game. Hanke also said that his company has been considering adding breeding to the game, but emphasized that this featur...
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Arslan and Yona of the Dawn Released Monday

Also second live-action Attack on Titan film, standard Blu-ray Tokyo Ghoul √A, compiled Blast of Tempest ― On Monday July 25, Universal Pictures will release the first volume of The Heroic Legend of Arslan as a Collector's Edition (in both DVD and Blu-ray editions), with an 80-page book, a map of Arslan's world, a board game and art and character cards. The Heroic Legend of Arslan, is based on a mang...
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Orange ‒ Episode 4

"While Naho passes her days in an insecure daydream, her potential high school life is passing her by."
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Idolish 7 Music Video, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Opening Animators Launch Seminar Series

Premieres in Sapporo on July 30 ― Kamikaze Douga, an animation studio with 25 members, is launching a seminar series on the animation process. Focusing on the music video for Idolish 7's "Restart Pointer," the seminars will explain character expressions and animation details, include behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and give the animators a chance to reminisce. The seminars are free and will be held at s...
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DAYS ‒ Episode 4

"This story does a better job than most of portraying a world where everyone actually is against the main character, at least at first."
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Viz Media Joins Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as Corporate Member

Also publishes guide to creating manga book clubs ― The manga and anime publisher Viz Media has joined the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) as a corporate member. The CBLDF is a non-profit organization dedicated to countering efforts to censor comic books or restrict public access to them. It writes letters of support in book challenges, combats restrictive legislation, and sponsors lectures and...
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Rewrite ‒ Episode 4

"The transition to stories focusing on each individual girl has begun, and Shizuru is up first."
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Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Future Arc - Episodes 1-2

"Its production values may be less than exciting, but D3 starts off just as engrossing as its predecessors, at a much faster pace."
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Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV CG Film's Global Trailer Highlights Story

Film gets N. American theatrical release on August 19, digital release on August 30 ― Sony's PlayStation Blog posted a global trailer on Saturday for Square Enix's feature-length CG film Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. The trailer features the English voice cast. The film will open in select theaters in North America on August 19, followed by a digital release on August 30 through various streaming an...
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List of Countries Revealed That Will Screen One Piece Film Gold

Anime Consortium Japan's (ACJ) ANIME NOW! news website listed on Sunday the 33 confirmed countries that will screen the One Piece Film Gold anime movie. The film's staff revealed the list via a press release handed out at the film's premiere event in Japan on Saturday. The list includes: Andorra Australia Austria Belgium Canada China England France Germany Hong Kong (confirmed for a July 28 premie...

Tokyopop to Release 2-Part Beauty and the Beast Manga

Manga with original art from Japan adapts live-action film version set to debut on March 17 ― Tokyopop founder Stu Levy announced at the "Tokyopop Relaunch" panel at Comic Con International in San Diego on Saturday that Tokyopop will release a new two-part manga adaptation of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast film starring Emma Watson. The film will debut in the United States on March 17. Tok...

Knights of Sidonia's Creator, Director Discuss Possible 3rd Season

Co-director Hiroyuki Seshita: "I'll definitely get to it" ― Knights of Sidonia manga creator Tsutomu Nihei and Knights of Sidonia anime co-director Hiroyuki Seshita discussed the possibility of a third season of the Knights of Sidonia television anime series at the "Spotlight on Tsutomu Nihei" panel at Comic Con International in San Diego on Saturday. When asked if Knights of Sidonia was getting a th...
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BLAME! Anime Film to be Netflix Original

Original manga creator Tsutomu Nihei receives Comic Con International Inkpot award ― Kodansha Comics revealed on Sunday that the upcoming anime film adaptation Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! manga will be a Netflix Original film. The film will premiere in 2017. The film's official site had streamed a trailer on Saturday. Nihei and film director Hiroyuki Seshita were in attendance at the "Spotlight on Tsutomu...
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Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy CG Film's Digital Release Set For August 30, Physical Release in October

The staff of Square Enix's feature-length CG film Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV revealed at Comic Con International in San Diego on Saturday that the film will launch on various streaming and digital download outlets on August 30. The film's Blu-ray Disc and DVD release is set for October 4. However, those who pre-ordered the Deluxe Edition or Ultimate Collector's Edition of the Final Fantasy XV g...

BLAME! Anime Film's English-subtitled Teaser Video Previews All-new Story

Original author Tsutomu Nihei writes, designs characters for film debuting in 2017 ― The official website for the upcoming anime film adaptation Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! manga began streaming the film's first teaser promotional video on Saturday. The video features English subtitles, and reveals the film's 2017 premiere. Hiroyuki Seshita (Ajin director, co-director of Knights of Sidonia) will direct th...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! ‒ Episode 4

"It's a delicate balance between using μ's as a source of inspiration versus just a narrative crutch, and we can't be entirely surprised that Sunshine!! is having a hard time letting go of its safety net."
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Food Wars! The Second Plate ‒ Episode 4

"Subaru's culinary style is hardly the kind of cooking most of the Totsuki students are here for."
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Handa-kun ‒ Episode 3

"At this point, Handa-kun seems to have found a good balance of personalities within its main cast."
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