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Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt GN 1

With gorgeous art and bonus details left out of the anime version, the only thing missing from this Gundam Thunderbolt manga is the soundtrack. Lauren Orsini weighs its pros and cons. ― “To all you music lovers out there—no borders, no war. You're tuned to Thunderbolt Station, the pirate radio of freedom!” There's no shortage of work hazards out in the Thunderbolt Sector, where Federation and Zeon so...
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ANNCast (Video) - Scum As You Are

Zac and Jacob argue about the emotional honesty of Scum's Wish, plus Tanya the Evil, Ghost in the Shell (2017), Crunchyroll's one million subscribers and much more! ― " ANNCast Episode 286 - Scum As You Are Zac and Jacob argue about the emotional honesty of Scum's Wish, plus Tanya the Evil, Ghost in the Shell (2017), Crunchyroll's one million subscribers and much more! You can listen to the show on o...
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God Eater Blu-Ray 2

God Eater's story starts slipping as it moves into its middle third. Rebecca Silverman explains what went wrong. ― Answers always come with a price. Sometimes it's simply learning something you really didn't want to know, other times, it's the destruction of humanity and the entire world. If that seems like an extreme comparison, it's deliberate – the second half of the God Eater anime takes its burn...
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This Week in Games - GameCenter CX

Dustin shares his appreciation of the long-running GameCenter CX series, where retro games great and terrible are put to the test. PLUS: Yakuza reprints, Zelda and more! ― There's no shortage of new games out right now, but it's perhaps a shameful admission that I've been spending more and more time digging into the retro side of things. I picked up a lot of early Nintendo Power volumes not too long ...
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Faraway Paladin Novel 1 - The Boy in the City of the Dead

The Faraway Paladin eschews most of the usual light novel tropes to tell a story with plenty of appeal for fantasy fans. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Fantasy light novels have a deserved reputation for following the tropes of MMORPGs so closely as to feel like game novelizations rather than stand-alone fantasy fiction. With most of them falling under the heading of isekai, or “transportation to a pa...
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I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse Novel 1

The harem genre gets an entertaining parody in this novel about a boy who finds out that he's the last resort of heroines everywhere. ― How many harem titles you have consumed over the course of your anime hobby is likely to determine how funny you find this book. I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse is a straight send-up of the genre, and while it also adheres to a lot of the conventions...
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Sunday, February 19

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Bungo Stray Dogs Anime Gets New Film Project, Stage Play

Kafka Asagiri & Sango Harukawa's "battle action" manga already inspired 2 TV seasons ― The Bungo Stray Dogs franchise's "Mayo(w)i Inu-tachi no Utage Sono Ni" event announced on Sunday that production on a brand-new film project has been green-lit. The event in Yokohama also announced that a stage play adaptation has been green-lit, and details will be made public in the near future. The "battle actio...
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1st Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Film Listed on September 30 by Theater

The advance ticket page for the Toho Cinemas Kinshicho theater in Tokyo lists the first Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel film with an opening date of September 30. As of Sunday, the other theaters in the Toho Cinemas chain only list the film's opening within "2017." The staff of the Fate/stay night franchise announced last March that the film project will be split into three separate films, with the ...
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The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Gekijō TV Anime Reveals Cast, Visual, April 4 Premiere

Donyatsu's Mankyū directs series of 5-minute shorts ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Bandai Namco Entertainment and Kuma-Jet's The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Gekijō (The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Theater) manga revealed the show's cast, key visual, and April 4 premiere date on Sunday. The anime will premiere on April 4 at 9:55 p.m. on Tokyo MX and BS11, and will then a...
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ID-0 Anime Reveals Promo Video, Story, More Cast, Visual, April 9 TV Premiere

Character designs also revealed for original anime series by World Cosplay Summit, Goro Taniguchi ― The official website for ID-0, World Cosplay Summit's original anime project, revealed the anime's television format, additional cast members, character designs, April 9 premiere, story details, and a key visual on Sunday. Bandai Visual also began streaming the show's first promotional video on Sunday....
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Final Fantasy XIV Game's Stormblood Opening Trailer Reveals Samurai Job

Game's 2nd expansion launches in Japan, N. America, Europe on June 20 ― The official YouTube channel for Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV game began streaming a new opening trailer on Saturday for the game's upcoming Stormblood expansion. The trailer reveals the new job Samurai. Square Enix originally revealed the new job at the "Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival" in Frankfurt, Germany on Saturday. The e...
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Crunchyroll Streams The Dragon Dentist 2-Part Anime Outside of N. America

Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it will stream The Dragon Dentist, the feature-length version of the first short from the Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo) project. Crunchyroll is streaming the firs episode of the special now, and it is available to members in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland. Anime Limited is also streaming the an...
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Square Enix Reveals New Screenshots For Final Fantasy VII Remake, Kingdom Hearts III Games

The official Twitter accounts for Square Enix's Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts franchises revealed two new screenshots for the Final Fantasy VII remake game and one new screenshot for the Kingdom Hearts III game on Saturday. Square Enix originally revealed the screenshots at the MAGIC 2017 event in Monaco on Saturday. Looks like Cloud has been spotted in this new #FFVII Remake screenshot Tetsuya...

Saturday, February 18

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sin Nanatsu no Taizai Anime's Promo Video Features Astaroth's Character Song

Series premiering in April to feature 14 character songs ― The official website for 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 a promotional video on Saturday. The video is a music video for Azusa Tadokoro's character Astaroth, Demo...
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Shōjo Manga Expert Uses Statistics to Reveal 'What Girls Truly Want'

Midori Makita can rightfully call himself a manga expert — he's read thousands and thousands of pages of manga over many years. But he works as a statistical analyst and approaches manga from an analytical point of view, collecting data from each series he reads to reveal what it says about the larger manga-reading audience. So far he's mostly focused on erotic manga aimed at a male readershi...
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Doraemon Figure Recreates His 1st Corocoro Comic Cover

Doraemon 1st appeared on the cover of the magazine 40 years ago ― Medicom's Vinyl Collectible Dolls line adding a special throwback Doraemon figure next month. The figure is modeled after the futuristic cat's first appearance on the cover of Corocoro Comic magazine 40 years ago. The figure measures 17cm (6.7in) high and depicts Doraemon singing, albeit poorly. It was the image selected for the cover...
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Love Kome: We Love Rice Original TV Anime Gets Manga

Love Kome ~Rice is beautiful~ manga launches on February 24 with original story ― The official Twitter account for the Love Kome -We Love Rice- original television anime series announced on February 10 that the anime will get a manga adaptation titled Love Kome ~Rice is beautiful~. The manga will have an original story, and will launch on Comic Smart's free manga website Ganma! on February 24. The an...
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Aniplex USA to Screen 3rd Kizumonogatari Film in U.S. Theaters Starting on April 7 (Updated With Video)

Theatergoers will get bonus item while supplies last ― Aniplex of America announced at its panel at Anime Milwaukee on Saturday that it will screen the Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen anime film in theaters in the United States starting on April 7. Azoland Pictures is distributing the film, and the screening will include a bonus giveaway item for viewers while supplies last. Aniplex of America will ...
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 18

"It feels like both Harunobu and Shimada are rubbing off on Rei in a positive way."
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Tokyo Police Team Up with ēlDLIVE to Fight Illegal Employment

ēlDLIVE and Tokyo Metropolitan Organized Crime Measures' 1st Division collaborated on a poster encouraging proper employment of foreigners in Japan. The poster will be put up in areas around Tokyo starting in mid-February. The reminder to focus on legal avenues of employing foreigners comes not long after Prime Minister Shinzō Abe spoke on looser immigration policies as part of his economic reform...
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Seiren ‒ Episode 7

"This episode really felt like two full-fledged teenagers starting a relationship."
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Fuuka ‒ Episode 8

"While this was definitely one of Fuuka's best episodes, the real big news is that this anime is starting to majorly diverge from its source material."
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Tokyo Department Store to Host Hiro Mashima Art Exhibition

Mashima himself to sign autographs ― On March 22, the department store Matsuya Ginza in Tokyo will put on an exhibition of the manga of Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail, Rave Master). The exhibition will include manga rough drafts, full-color illustrations, sketches, and planning documents and give visitors a sense of "the world of Hiro Mashima." Merchandise related to Mashima's works will also be on sale. M...
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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga ‒ Episode 7

"This adaptation of the Impure King arc has already been more satisfying and engaging than the original series' conclusion, so I'm excited to see where things go from here."
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Kōji Megumi, Meebu's Acma:Game Manga to End in 22nd Volume (Updated)

Manga launched in 2013, 22nd volume slated for April 17 ― The 21st compiled book volume of manga artist Kōji Megumi and story creator Meebu's Acma:Game manga revealed on Friday that the manga's 22nd volume will be its last. The 22nd volume is slated to ship on April 17. The manga centers around Teruaki Oda, a high school senior gifted in smarts, looks, and money. This seemingly perfect scion of Japan...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt GN 1

With gorgeous art and bonus details left out of the anime version, the only thing missing from this Gundam Thunderbolt manga is the soundtrack. Lauren Orsini weighs its pros and cons. ― “To all you music lovers out there—no borders, no war. You're tuned to Thunderbolt Station, the pirate radio of freedom!” There's no shortage of work hazards out in the Thunderbolt Sector, where Federation and Zeon so...
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Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale's AR Yuna, LiSA Perform at Film Event

A promotional event for the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film featured an augmented reality (AR) performance by the character Yuna on Wednesday. After the talk portion of the event, Yuna appeared via AR technology to perform a medley of three songs from the film: "Ubiquitous dB," "longing," "Break Beat Bark!" Yuna introduced LiSA as a secret guest after finishing her own performance. Yuna...
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Anime Boston to Host Voice Actor Toru Furuya

Convention takes place on March 31-April 2 ― The Anime Boston convention announced on Friday that it will host veteran voice actor Tohru Furuya as a guest at this year's convention. Furuya has lent his voice to a number of iconic roles including Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam, Pegasus Seiya in Saint Seiya, Kyosuke Kasuga in Kimagure Orange Road, Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Kamen in Sailor Moon, Sabo in One ...
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Lionsgate Streams 2 New Power Rangers Film Previews

Live-action film opens on March 24 ― Lionsgate began streaming a one-minute "All-Star Trailer" and a 30-second "Let's Go" television spot for the upcoming Power Rangers film on Friday. Lionsgate posted a teaser trailer in October that featured the song “I Walk The Line” by singer Halsey and hinted at the film's darker tone. Power Rangers Virtual Reality experience artwork offered a closer look at the...
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Your Complete Slayers Anime Guide

Classic anime Slayers has multiple television series, movies, and OVAs so it can be difficult to keep them all straight. But don't worry, we’re here to help.
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Space Battleship Yamato 2022 Anime's 1st 12 Minutes Streamed

1st of 7-part theatrical anime project opens on February 25 ― The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project began streaming the first 12 minutes of the first part on Saturday. The same footage aired during a special earlier in the evening. The anime features the foll...

Love and Lies Manga Gets TV Anime by Yamada-kun & the Seven Witches Team

Boy falls in love in future Japan where love is forbidden by the government ― This year's 12th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine is reporting on Wednesday that a television anime adaptation of Musawo's Love and Lies (Koi to Uso) manga has been green-lit for broadcast this summer. Seiki Takuno (Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Poco's Udon World, Sekkō Boys) is working with LIDEN FILMS again ...
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My Hero Academia Anime's New Character Video Highlights Todoroki, Tokoyami

Yuuki Kaji, Yoshimasa Hosoya reprise roles for 2nd season premiering on March 25 ― TOHO began streaming a new 30-second ad on Saturday for the upcoming second season of the My Hero Academia anime. The video highlights the characters Shōto Todoroki (voiced by Yuuki Kaji) and Fumikage Tokoyami (voiced by Yoshimasa Hosoya). TOHO previously streamed videos for Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugo, Ochaco Urara...
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Irregular at Magic High School Anime Film's New Promo Video Reveals Staff

Risako Yoshida directs June 17 film at studio 8-Bit ― The official website for the Gekijōban Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Hoshi o Yobu Shōjo (The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Calls the Stars) anime film began streaming the film's first full promotional video on Saturday. (Note: The video on the official website is region-blocked to Japan.) The site has also revealed the film's s...
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NIS America Reveals Release Dates for Danganronpa V3, Disgaea 5, Cladun Returns, Operation Abyss, Operation Babel Games

Danganronpa V3 ships on September 26 in N. America, September 29 in Europe ― NIS America announced the release dates during a livestreamed press event on Friday for the following video games: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on September 26 (N. America), September 29 (Europe) Disgaea 5 Complete for Nintendo Switch on May 23 (N. America), May 26 (Europe) Psycho-Pa...

NIS America to Release Ys VIII, Culdecept Revolt, RPG Maker, Tokyo Tattoo Girls, Touhou Kobuto V Games

Company to release 5 games in N. America, Europe ― NIS America announced during a livestreamed press event on Friday that it will release the following video games: Ys Vlll: Lacrimosa of DANA Tokyo Tattoo Girls (Irezumi no Kuni) Culdcept Revolt RPG Maker Fes (RPG Tsu Cool Fes) Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle NISA will release Nihon Falcom's Ys Vlll: Lacrimosa of DANA game on the PlayStation 4, PlayStat...
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All Out!! Stage Play Reveals Rival Characters in Costume

Play to open from May 25-June 4 in Tokyo ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of Shiori Amase's All Out!! manga revealed visuals of six more cast members in costume on Friday. The visuals show characters from Keijo High School and Tōdō Dai Sagami High School, rival schools for the main characters at Jinko High School. Mashū Ishiwatari as Atsushi Miyuki Kazumi Doi as Tadakazu Taira Hir...

Friday, February 17

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Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Aqours Concert Gets Screenings in U.S. Theaters in March

1st concert for 9-member Aqours group takes place in Japan on February 25-26 ― Azoland Pictures announced on Friday that it will host delayed screenings of the "Aqours First LoveLive! ~Step! ZERO to ONE~" concert of Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Aqours group. The event is the first major concert for the nine-girl Aqours group, which will take place on February 25 and 26 at the Yokohama Arena. The U.S. thea...
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Cardcaptor Sakura Fan in Peru Gets Guinness World Record For Largest Collection

The Guinness Book of World Records awarded Sofia Pichihua of Peru with a certificate recognizing her as the owner of the world's largest Cardcaptor Sakura memorabilia on December 11. Pichihua began her collection as a school girl over 17 years ago. Her collection consists of 1,086 items including games, trading cards, action figures, calendars, stickers, comic books, DVDs, and stuffed animals. In ...
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XSEED Games Streams 'Bachelors' Trailer For Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Game

3DS game ships in N. America on February 28 ― XSEED Games began streaming a "Bachelors Trailer" on Friday for its upcoming release of the Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (Bokujō Monogatari: Mitsu no Sato no Taisetsu na Tomodachi) Nintendo 3DS game. The video introduces the characters Wayne, Ford, Hinata, Yuzuki, and Ludus. The company previously streamed a trailer introducing the game's bachelorettes...
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Live-Action Koi ga Heta demo Ikitemasu TV Adaptation Casts Rin Takanashi, Kei Tanaka

Kaho Tsuchimura, Yasushi Fuchikami also star in April TV series ― The staff of the live-action television series adaptation of Akira Fujiwara's Koi ga Heta demo Ikitemasu (I'm Bad at Love But I'm Living) manga announced the main cast on Saturday. The adaptation stars Rin Takanashi as the protagonist Misa Chigasaki, Kei Tanaka as Keisuke Ojima, Kaho Tsuchimura as Misa's roommate Chihiro Enomoto, and Y...
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Magikarp App Splashes Into Smartphones This Spring

A teaser website for the Haneru! Koiking (Splash! Magikarp) smartphone game for iOS and Android devices launched on Thursday. The app inspired by Pokémon's least effective creature is slated to launch this spring. The website features the front cover of an extra February 16 edition of the fictional Pokémon App Newspaper. The headlines read, "Scoop! Mysterious Holes Appear" and "In a peaceful town,...
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'Miffy' Children's Book Creator Dick Bruna Passes Away

Rabbit character was popular in Japan, appeared in TV anime ― Dick Bruna, creator of the children's book character Miffy, passed away on Thursday at 89. The Dutch writer and illustrator died peacefully in his sleep. Bruna began writing the internationally popular rabbit character Miffy (known as Nijntje in Dutch) in 1955. Since then, more than 80 million Miffy books have been sold worldwide, translat...
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Rue de Sèvres Publishes Late Manga Creator Jiro Taniguchi's La Forêt Millénaire Project

French publisher releases unfinished work about boy, grandfather this fall ― French publisher Rue de Sèvres confirmed with AnimeLand (a sister publication of ANN) on Friday that late manga creator Jiro Taniguchi had been working on a project titled La Forêt Millénaire (The Millennium Forest) at the time of his death. Taniguchi had been working on the project for Rue de Sèvres, and it was planned for ...
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Story, Theme Song Details Revealed for Saga Prefecture's 'Okaeri' Anime Short

Japan's Saga Prefecture has two promotional anime shorts in the works, "Tadaima" (I'm Home) and "Okaeri" (Welcome Back). Staff revealed more information about the second short, including a key visual and theme song information on Thursday. "Okaeri" follows high school senior Sora who is aiming to be a professional soccer player. Unfortunately, Sora is injured and finds that the path to being a pro...
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Sentai Filmworks Teases English Dub for Chivalry of a Failed Knight

Sentai Filmworks posted a teaser video on Friday, revealing plans to dub the Chivalry of a Failed Knight. The post has the caption the caption "Well, it's official!" and the video shows Sentai Filmworks ADR director Christopher Ayres working on the title. Well, it's official! #chivalryofafailedknight pic.twitter.com/wacjWDJgRB— Sentai Filmworks (@Sentaifilmworks) February 17, 2017 The series premi...
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Scum's Wish ‒ Episode 6

"After three episodes of tempting and torment, Hanabi has started falling to the dark side of the force, finally turned by Darth Minagawa's cruelest wound."
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Everything is Bloody Terrifying with Saya no Uta VR Filter

Before penning Madoka Magica, Gen Urobuchi crafted an erotic horror visual novel for Nitroplus titled Saya no Uta. In the game, protagonist Fuminori Sakisaka barely survives a car accident that claims the life of his parents. When he awakens in the hospital he finds himself unable to correctly process the sensory information around him and instead sees everything as pulsing gore and monsters. This...
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One Piece Anime Casts Kousuke Toriumi as Adult Stelly

Vivi, Shirahoshi return in episode 777 ― The official website for the One Piece franchise announced on Friday that Kousuke Toriumi (Hakuoki's Hajime Saitō, Naruto's Kiba Inuzuka) will play Stelly as an adult. The character, Sabo's adopted younger brother, appeared with Luffy and Ace in previous episodes depicting their childhood. Toriumi will debut as Stelly in the anime's 777th episode, "Reverie e Ō...
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Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada Game's Western Release Slated for May

Trailer streamed for PS4/PC game ― Koei Tecmo America and Koei Tecmo Europe announced on Friday that the Western release of the Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada (Sengoku Musou ~Sanada Maru~) game is slated for May 23 in North America and May 26 in Europe. The game will be available for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam. Those who preorder the game will receive Sanada colors costumes for Kunoichi, Ina,...
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Mr. Osomatsu Butt Mousepads are Finally a Thing That Exists

Japan is no stranger to breast and butt mousepads, although admittedly its usually the female characters that are chosen for this type of merchandise. HobbyJapan announced its changing things up and releasing butt mousepads of all six of the Matsuno brothers. If you've ever wanted to relax your wrist on a Matsuno tush, now is the time. Each one costs 4,800 yen (US$42). Customers are in for a bit ...

Queen's Blade Gets New Anime, Figure Project

Shinya Oosaki designs characters for Queen's Blade Unlimited ― The official website for Queen's Blade opened a website for a new mixed-media project titled Queen's Blade Unlimited on Friday. The project will include a new anime and figure line tied to a new story. Shinya Oosaki (Tokyo Necro) of Unkown Games is redesigning the characters, including those in the visual above, with the theme "coolness a...
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Masamune-kun's Revenge ‒ Episode 7

"This is the obligatory beach episode, since you can't have this many hot girls hanging around in an anime without one of these coming up eventually."
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God Eater Online Game's 2nd Promo Video Previews Gameplay, Opening

Franchise's 1st smartphone MMORPG launched in Japan on Wednesday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the second promotional video on Friday for God Eater Online, the first smartphone game in the God Eater franchise. The video previews gameplay, opening animation by the franchise's frequent collaborating studio ufotable, and the song "Get Your World" by the new Japanese rock band touch my sec...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episodes 494-495

"Naruto Shippūden serves up an extra-large helping of silly this week, with two episodes dedicated to showcasing the show's lighter side."
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Answerman - Do Japanese High School Kids Really Hang Out On The Roof?

In countless anime, the hero and heroine hang out on the roof of their school - do Japanese kids actually do that? ― Chibi Chetsko asks: Are students permitted to eat their lunches and hang out on the roof during breaks or is this an anime-exclusive thing only? We've seen it countless times...but some recent series like Watamote have told us the door to the roof is always locked. Is this true? Also,...
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Gender-Swapped Sōgo Okita Figure Will Whip You Into Shape

MegaHouse's GEM line of figures covers a variety of anime series, but it has specifically released characters from the Gintama anime for the last seven years. To celebrate, the figure line opened the "G.E.M. Gintama Commercialization Election - 7 Year Edition" website in September to select one of four figures for release. Choices included Kagura (Two years later version), Sōgo Okita (gender-swap...
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Sword Art Online Film Ends With 'SAO Will Return' Teaser

The Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film opened in Japan on Saturday, and it ended with a teaser that read "SAO will return." Yen Press is publishing the novels and manga in North America, and describes the series: In the year 2022,​ gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online - a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other - opens its virtual doors.​ Now p...
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ANNCast (Video) - Scum As You Are

Zac and Jacob argue about the emotional honesty of Scum's Wish, plus Tanya the Evil, Ghost in the Shell (2017), Crunchyroll's one million subscribers and much more! ― " ANNCast Episode 286 - Scum As You Are Zac and Jacob argue about the emotional honesty of Scum's Wish, plus Tanya the Evil, Ghost in the Shell (2017), Crunchyroll's one million subscribers and much more! You can listen to the show on o...
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God Eater Blu-Ray 2

God Eater's story starts slipping as it moves into its middle third. Rebecca Silverman explains what went wrong. ― Answers always come with a price. Sometimes it's simply learning something you really didn't want to know, other times, it's the destruction of humanity and the entire world. If that seems like an extreme comparison, it's deliberate – the second half of the God Eater anime takes its burn...
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Wit Studio's Tales of the Rays Opening Video Previews Alexandros' Song

Crossover smartphone RPG slated for this year ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming an opening video for for its upcoming Tales of the Rays smartphone role-playing game on Friday. The video features the opening animation by Wit Studio (Attack on Titan) and Alexandros' opening theme song "New Wall." Bandai Namco Entertainment also began streaming a 30-second television commercial for the game o...
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Atom the Beginning Anime Casts Takahiro Sakurai, Mikako Komatsu

Ayane Sakura, Kengo Kawanishi, Nobuo Tobita, Yoshino Nanjō also join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tetsuro Kasahara's Atom the Beginning manga revealed six more cast members on Friday. The new cast members are: Takahiro Sakurai (Code Geass' Suzaku Kururugi) as Moriya Tsutsumi Mikako Komatsu (Fuuka's Sara Iwami) as Motoko Tsutsumi Ayane Sakura (Love Live!'s Arisa A...
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Final Fantasy XIV's Real Life Escape Game Takes Brains and Teamwork

If you thought facing the mighty dragon Bahamut in Final Fantasy XIV was hard...

Man Arrested in Japan for Releasing Ange Vierge Anime With Chinese Subtitles

26-year-old suspect was allegedly member of Chinese subtitling and distribution group ― The Kyoto Prefectural Police arrested a 26-year-old Chinese man on Thursday on the charge of violating the Copyright Act. Police allege that the man is a member of the group "Jimaku Gumi," who illegally subtitle anime in Chinese and distribute them through file sharing software. According to police, the suspect ha...
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Sagrada Reset Anime's 2 Ads Preview Yui Makino's Opening Theme

Collaboration live-action/anime visual also revealed ― The official website for the television anime of Yutaka Kōno's teen science-fiction/fantasy light novel series Sagrada Reset began streaming two new ads for the anime on Friday. Both ads preview Yui Makino's opening theme song "Reset." 30-second version 15-second version The novel series is also inspiring two live-action films starring Yuina Kuro...
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Sayori Ochiai's Gingitsune Manga Goes on Hiatus

Manga inspired TV anime in 2013 ― The March issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine is announcing on Saturday that Sayori Ochiai will put her Gingitsune manga on hiatus starting from that issue. In the story, Makoto is the heiress to a shrine that was built in honor of Inari. Even though her father manages the shrine, Inari's messenger, Gintarō, suddenly appears in her life marking her as the true su...
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The Royal Tutor Anime's 1st Promo Video Previews Shōgo Sakamoto's Opening Theme

Shinnosuke Tachibana, Daisuke Namikawa join cast for series premiering in April ― The official website for the the television anime adaptation of Higasa Akai's The Royal Tutor (Ōshitsu Kyōshi Heine or Königliche Familie Lehrer) manga began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Friday. The video reveals and previews Shōgo Sakamoto's opening theme song "Shoppoi Namida" (Salty Tears). The sho...
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Genco Postpones Ensemble Stars! TV Anime Series

Anime based on idol-training smartphone game was originally slated to premiere this year ― Genco and Happy Elements announced on Friday that they are postponing Ensemble Stars! The Animation, the planned television anime adaptation of Happy Elements K.K's Ensemble Stars! smartphone game. The anime was planned to premiere this year, but the staff said the anime is now postponed due to "various circums...
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Ultraman Orb Film's Trailer Features Teamup With Ultraman X's Daichi

Film opens in Japan on March 11 ― Anime news website Anime! Anime! began streaming a new trailer for Gekijōban Ultraman Orb - Kizuna no Chikara Okari Shimasu (Ultraman Orb the Movie - I'll Borrow the Power of Bonds), the live-action film of the Ultraman Orb series, on Thursday. The trailer features Gai Kurenai of Ultraman Orb teaming up with Daichi Ōzora of Ultraman X. The film opens in Japan on Marc...
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Room Mate Anime Series Reveals Visual, Staff, April 12 Premiere

5-minute series of shorts is male spinoff of OneRoom anime ― The official Twitter account for the Room Mate television anime series revealed the show's first visual, main staff, and April 12 premiere date on Friday. The series of five-minute shorts will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 12 at 10:40 p.m., and will also air on Sun TV. The show will also stream on Niconico and on AbemaTV. The anime is the "...
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Kamen Rider x Super Sentai: Chō Superhero Taisen Film's Latest Video Features Poppi Pipopapo

2 versions of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid's Hiiro Kagami also appear in teaser for March 25 film ― Toei began streaming a teaser video for the upcoming Kamen Rider x Super Sentai: Chō Superhero Taisen (Ultra Superhero War) film on Wednesday. The video features narration by the character Poppi Pipopapo (Kamen Rider Ex-Aid), and also reveals that there will be two versions of Hiiro Kagami (Kamen Rider Ex-Aid) i...
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Live-Action Ajin Film's Additional Cast Revealed

Gou Ayano plays antagonist Satō for September 30 film ― The staff of the the upcoming live-action film based on Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga announced additional cast for the film on Friday. The additional cast (including previously announced lead actor Takeru Satoh) includes: Takeru Satoh as Kei Nagai (center left) Gou Ayano as Satō (center right), the antagonist and member of an ajin ter...
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Pokémon Go Game's Update With Generation 2 Pokémon Now Available

The official Twitter account for the Pokémon franchise announced on Thursday that the update for the Pokémon Go smartphone game that is releasing 80 new Generation 2 Pokémon for the game is now live. The update includes Pokémon from the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games. In addition to new Pokémon, gender-specific variations are now available in the game. Some evolutions of...
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Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun Anime Premieres This Summer

Manga creator Taku Sakamoto posted an image of the seventh compiled book volume of the Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun (Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun) manga on Twitter on Friday. The wraparound jacket band of the volume reveals that the anime will premiere this summer. Sakamoto published the manga in Shueisha's Miracle Jump magazine in 2014, and then resumed the series in Weekly Young Jump in 2015. Shuei...

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J-Novel Club Licenses In Another World With My Smartphone Novel

1st part now available digitally ― The digital publishing company J-Novel Club announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World With My Smartphone (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni) light novel series. The beginning of the series is now available on J-Novel Club's website, with new installments planned for weekly release. J-Novel Club plans to eventually release the nove...
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K-ON! Tops Poll of Anime With Same-Face Characters

Have you ever been watching anime and suddenly realize all the characters are identical? You are not alone. The Goo Ranking website asked readers about which anime they think depict "all the characters with similar faces." The site conducted the poll from January 1 to January 22 and posted the results on Saturday. The girls of K-ON! topped the list with their different hair and outfits but nearly ...

Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Manga Gets Anime by Garo Team

Story follows students at elite gambling academy ― A television anime adaptation of writer Homura Kawamoto and artist Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga series has been green-lit. A teaser visual (pictured right) accompanies Friday's anime announcement. Yuichiro Hayashi (Garo the Animation, PES: Peace Eco Smile) is directing the anime at MAPPA, and Yasuko Kobayashi (Attack on Titan, ...
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Even Adults Will Want to Ride This Giant Pokémon Lapras Plush

If you've ever dreamed of smooth sailing on the back of a Lapras, the online Pokémon Center shop is about to make your dreams come true. The store is accepting pre-orders for a jumbo sized plush of Lapras measuring 93cm (3.5ft) tall and weighing 2,200 g (5lbs). It's approximately 1/3-scale in height but is unlikely to float. The images suggest a small child could fit on its back but why let that ...
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Blue Reflection Game's Character Trailer Highlights Sanae Nishida

Sayaka Senbongi voices character for upcoming magical girl-themed PS4/PS Vita game ― KOEI Tecmo Games' Gust brand began streaming a character video on Thursday for its upcoming Blue Reflection - Maboroshi ni Mau Shōjo no Ken (Blue Reflection - The Girl's Sword That Dances in Illusion) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game. The video introduces Sanae Nishida (voiced by Sayaka Senbongi). The game wil...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, February 6-12

Pokémon Sun & Moon, Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode in top 10 ― The live-action drama series adaptation of Akiko Higashimura's Tokyo Tarareba Girls (Tokyo Tarareba Musume) manga aired on NTV on Wednesday, February 8 at 10:00 p.m. and earned an 11.4% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV February 12 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 13.1 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV February 12...
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Leiji Matsumoto's Galaxy Express 999, Yamato, Harlock Get Ukiyo-e Prints

Acclaimed manga artist Leiji Matsumoto is inspiring a series of ukiyo-e prints based on his works. The "Leiji Matsumoto Ukiyo-e Collection" will include prints from Galaxy Express 999, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, and Space Battleship Yamato. Living Japanese national treasure Ichibei Iwano created the paper for the prints using traditional techniques, as he previously did for the Ghost in the She...
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Monster Hunter XX 3DS Game's Promo Shows Monster Battles

Game ships in Japan on March 18 ― Capcom began streaming a third promotional video for its upcoming Monster Hunter XX (pronounced as "Double Cross") Nintendo 3DS game on Thursday. The video shows gameplay of battles with new and returning monsters. Monster Hunter XX will feature a new "Style Power-up," which allows players to designate a Hunting Art as an "SP Art," granting benefits to the whole part...

Funimation Announces Gosick English Dub Cast

Apphia Yu, Matt Shipman star; home video slated for May 30 release ― Funimation Entertainment announced its English dub cast for Gosick on Thursday. The cast is as follows: Apphia Yu as Victorique de Blois Matt Shipman as Kazuya Kujo Adam Rowe as Grevil de Blois Kristen McGuire as Cecil Lafitte Erica Mendez as Avril Bradley Morgan Garrett as Sophie David Wald as Albert de Blois Elizabeth Maxwell as C...
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Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Anime Will Air on TV This Fall

The official Twitter account for Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko Magazine revealed on Thursday that the anime adaption of Labo Asai's light novel series Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons (lit: Even So, Sinners Dance with Dragons: Dances with the Dragons) will air on television networks this fall. The Twitter post also announced the series will be getting a manga serialization in...
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'Bathing Boyfriends' Make a Scented Splash in Aromatherapy Manga

TMS Entertainment's line of bishōnen bathing products inspired a manga last fall. Anna Takamura launched the Nyūyoku Kareshi -Hadaka de Aroma Healing- (Bathing Boyfriends: Naked Aroma Healing) series Kadokawa's B's Log Comic magazine on October 31, and the first compiled book volume shipped on February 1. To celebrate the manga, the website Nijimen posted an introduction to Takamura's series on Su...
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Mōryō no Hako Artist Launches Tesso no Ori Manga

Aki Shimizu draws manga adaptation of another novel by Natsuhiko Kyogoku ― This year's March issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge announced on Friday that Aki Shimizu will launch a new manga based on Natsuhiko Kyogoku's Tesso no Ori (Iron Cage of the Mouse) novel in the April issue on March 17. The manga (pictured left in image to the right) will have a 53-page first chapter with some color pages...
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Haikyu!! Orchestra Concert Reveals Character Art, Goods

The official website for the Haikyu!! anime revealed more character art for Haikyu!! Concert 2017 on Monday. Haikyu!! Karasuno Kōkō VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Kōkō characters Tōru Oikawa, Kenma Kozume, Keiji Akaashi, and Kenjirō Shirabu appear as orchestra conductors in the images. The website also unveiled exclusive event merchandise: Tin trading badges (six varieties)278 yen (about US$2) Clear file...

Kino's Journey Novels Get 1st Manga Adaptation Next Month

Novel series launched in 2000; inspired anime, spinoff manga ― This year's March issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge announced on Friday that Iruka Shiomiya will launch the first manga adaptation of Keiichi Sigsawa's Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World (Kino's Journey) light novel series in the April issue on March 17. The March issue published a five-page preview chapter. Sigsawa is listed as the...
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CHAOS;CHILD ‒ Episode 6

"Sadly, having to wait a few extra hours didn't mean we were in for anything special in this rather mixed bag of an episode."
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AT-X President: AI May Replace Humans in Anime Production

Keisuke Iwata, president of Japan's anime television network AT-X, spoke at Tokyo's Digital Hollywood University last Thursday about a possible transition to using artificial intelligence (AI) in anime. With decades of experience in the industry, Iwata said, "It is fully conceivable that anime production processes may be completely replaced by AI." Iwata has served as a producer for many hit anime...
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat's Video Previews Luna Haruna Song

2nd season based on Fumiaki Maruto's light novels premieres on April 13 ― The official website for the anime of Fumiaki Maruto's Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata light novel series began streaming a new television commercial on Friday for Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata♭ (Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata Flat), the anime's second season. The website also announced that Luna Haruna will perform the opening th...

Sony Ends PlayStation Now Service for PS Vita, PS TV, Other Devices

PS4, Windows PC support remains after other service ends in August ― The official PlayStation website announced on Thursday that Sony Interactive Entertainment will end PlayStation Now service for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Vita TV, Sony Bravia televisions, and Sony Blu-ray Disc players in Japan on August 15. The official PlayStation Blog also announced that service will end for PlayStation 3 and ...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid ‒ Episode 6

"Even when it isn't in perfect form, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid still manages to turn in an episode with both laughs and moments of profound sweetness."
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Bakemonogatari ‒ Episode 5

"Beginning in the fifth episode, Araragi and Senjougahara's strange relationship represents the fundamental hope of the Monogatari franchise."
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This Week in Games - GameCenter CX

Dustin shares his appreciation of the long-running GameCenter CX series, where retro games great and terrible are put to the test. PLUS: Yakuza reprints, Zelda and more! ― There's no shortage of new games out right now, but it's perhaps a shameful admission that I've been spending more and more time digging into the retro side of things. I picked up a lot of early Nintendo Power volumes not too long ...
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 44

"This is the exact kind of episode I've been waiting for, as the show barrels towards its conclusion."
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Shirow Miwa Ends RWBY Manga, Works Toward Resuming Dogs

Adaptation of animated web series launched in November 2015 ― Shirow Miwa is ending his manga adaptation of the RWBY web animated series in the March issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine on Saturday. Shirow plans to work toward resuming his Dogs manga series. The magazine had revealed in December that the manga would enter its "climax" in the February issue on January 19. The original RWBY web ani...
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Faraway Paladin Novel 1 - The Boy in the City of the Dead

The Faraway Paladin eschews most of the usual light novel tropes to tell a story with plenty of appeal for fantasy fans. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Fantasy light novels have a deserved reputation for following the tropes of MMORPGs so closely as to feel like game novelizations rather than stand-alone fantasy fiction. With most of them falling under the heading of isekai, or “transportation to a pa...
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Why Kemono Friends is Exploding in Japan

Have you heard of the newest craze in Japan? It's called Kemono Friends.
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Square Enix, NieR's Taro Yoko Reveal SINoALICE Smartphone Game

iOS/Android game about female story characters slated for spring ― A teaser website opened on Thursday to announce that Square Enix is producing the SINoALICE iOS and Android smartphone game with freelance developer Taro Yoko (Drakengard series, NieR) as creative director. Pokelabo (Senki Zesshou Symphogear XD Unlimited, Senran no Samurai Kingdom) is developing the game. Square Enix began streaming a...
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Kazutoshi Soyama's Dangerous Jii-san Ja Gag Manga Ends

Manga inspired TV anime in 2012 ― The March issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine published the final chapter of Kazutoshi Soyama's Dangerous Jii-san Ja children's gag manga on Wednesday. Soyama's "nonsense gag comedy" manga revolves around the relationship between a grandfather and his grandchild. Soyama launched the manga in 2010 as a sequel to his Zettai Zetsumei Dangerous Jii-san manga....
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New Future Card Buddyfight Anime Reveals Title, April 1 Premiere

New anime features Demon Lord Battsu, new character Kanata Ōzora ― The March issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed new details on the new Future Card Buddyfight television anime on Wednesday. The title of the new anime is Future Card Buddyfight Battsu, and it will premiere on April 1 at 8:00 a.m. on TV Aichi and on TV Tokyo networks nationwide. The anime will feature a new characte...
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Aksys Games to Release Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 Game For Consoles in North America

Answer, Baiken join as new playable characters for game available this spring in Japanese arcades ― Aksys Games announced on Wednesday that it will release Arc System Works' Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 game in North America this year. Aksys Games will offer the game on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The game will be available as both a physical and digital standalone release and a digital game update...
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Akindo Sei Little Peso Smartphone Game Gets TV Anime

Anime about prince of money-making planet earning money premieres on April 3 ― The SoWhat game development company announced on Thursday that its upcoming Akindo Sei Little Peso smartphone game will get a television anime adaptation. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 3 at 9:55 p.m., and will also stream online. Each episode will be five minutes long. The anime's official website is streami...
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100% Pascal-sensei Anime Premieres on April 15

The March issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Wednesday that the television anime adaptation of Yūji Nagai's gag comedy manga 100% Pascal-sensei will premiere on MBS and TBS on April 15 at 6:30 a.m. While MBS and TBS previously announced that 100% Pascal-sensei will air alongside the television anime adaptation of Hiromu Shinozuka's Puri Puri Chii-chan!! manga, the magazine...
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2017 Duel Masters Anime Premieres on April 2

The March issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Wednesday that the next anime installment in the Duel Masters franchise — simply titled Duel Masters — will premiere on April 2 at 8:30 a.m. on TV Tokyo networks nationwide. The website began streaming a trailer for the new series last month. The video introduces the new protagonist, Joe Kirifuda, [Highlight white text to read s...
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Nintendo's Splatoon 2 Game Gets Manga

Sankichi Hinodeya draws 1-shot that reveals future serialization ― The March issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine published a pamphlet on Wednesday that features a one-shot manga adaptation of Nintendo's upcoming Splatoon 2 Nintendo Switch game. Sankichi Hinodeya drew the manga. At the end of the one-shot, it notes that serialization will begin "soon." The entire pamphlet with the one-shot...
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Ghibli's Ocean Waves Listed for BD/DVD Release on April 18

Gkids opened film on December 28, some theaters still screening ― Amazon is listing a Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video release of Studio Ghibli's Ocean Waves film for April 18. The release contains Japanese audio with English subtitles. GKids opened the film at the IFC Center in New York on December 28, and it lists 54 theaters that have screened or will screen the film in North America. The film earn...

Amalgam of Distortion, Demon's Plan Manga End in Shonen Jump on Monday

Viz Media previewed both series in English as part of Jump Start initiative ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is publishing the final chapters on Monday for Ryo Ishiyama's Amalgam of Distortion (Ibitsu no Amalgam) manga and Yoshimichi Okamoto's Demon's Plan manga. Shueisha will publish the second volume of Amalgam of Distortion in April, and will publish the third vol...

New Yu-Gi-Oh! TV Anime Reveals Title, Plot Details

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS features transforming protagonist, VR duels ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing more details and a new visual on Monday for the upcoming sixth anime in the Yu-Gi-Oh! television anime franchise. The new series is titled Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, and it will feature VR duels. The new anime will feature characters using leading-edge technology to crea...
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Kenshi Yonezu, Little Glee Monster Perform My Hero Academia 2nd Anime Season's Theme Songs

New series premieres in Japan on March 25 ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Kenshi Yonezu and Little Glee Monster will perform the theme songs for the second anime season of My Hero Academia. Yonezu will perform the opening theme song "Peace Sign," and Little Glee Monster will perform the ending theme song. Yonezu released Vocaloid music u...

Funimation to Release 1st Half of Gosick Anime on BD/DVD in May With Dub

Bandai Entertainment licensed 2011 anime but did not release it ― Funimation announced on Wednesday that it will release the Gosick anime on a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack. The "Part 1" release, which contains the first 12 episodes, will ship on May 30. The release will have both Japanese and English audio. Funimation teased the announcement on Tuesday. Bandai Entertainment had licensed the anime ...
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Ryo Ikuemi's Principal Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2018

Yuina Kuroshima, Nozomu Kotaki star in film ― A live-action film adaptation of Ryo Ikuemi's Principal manga has been green-lit and is slated for release in 2018. Yuina Kuroshima (live-action Strobe Edge, Sagrada Reset, left in picture below) will play protagonist Shima Sumitomo, while Johnny's West member Nozomu Kotaki will play Gen Tatebayashi. Tetsuo Shinohara will direct the film, with a script by...

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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka Shows Off Rap Skills in Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag App Video

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is a prolific voice actor who has played characters such as Yowamushi Pedal's Hajime Aoyagi, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma's Sōma Yukihira, and ēlDLIVE's Dr. Ravu. He has also contributed his singing voice to perform themes with fellow cast members for anime including Super Lovers, DAYS, and Kiss Him, Not Me. Matsuoka recently got another chance to showcase his musical talents a...
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KONOSUBA! 2 ‒ Episode 6

"While there may have been individual funnier moments so far this season, episode 6 delivers laughs with enough frequency to keep things satisfyingly rolling along."
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Shueisha 'Buried' in Prince of Tennis Valentine Chocolate From Fans

The annual Prince of Tennis Valentine's Day character popularity contest is a huge undertaking leaving the Jump Square magazine offices in an avalanche of confectionery boxes and some poor sap having to count them all. The response is huge with fans sending chocolates to their favorite character in hopes of earning him the crown. The contest took a break in 2015 but has since been reinstated. Last...
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Hetalia Gets 3rd Stage Musical in July

Previous stage musical ran in Tokyo, Osaka in November ― The staff of the stage musical adaptation of Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia - Axis Powers manga announced on Tuesday that a third stage musical adaptation is slated for this July. The musical's tentative title is Musical Hetalia, with an as-yet-unrevealed subtitle. It will run at the NHK Osaka Hall in Osaka, and at Theatre 1010 in Tokyo. The first ...
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Funimation Licenses Live-Action Black Butler Film for May Release

Film gets BD/DVD combo pack with English, Japanese audio ― Funimation announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the live-action film adaptation Yana Toboso's Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) manga. The film will get a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack release on May 2 with both English audio and Japanese audio with English subtitles. The film's English dub cast will include several voice actors from Funim...
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Crowd Goes Wild During Idolm@ster SideM Anime Announcement

The IDOLM@STER SideM 2nd Stage ~Origin@l Stars~ concerts took over Makuhari Messe on February 11 and 12, featuring songs from the mobile game's in-universe idol groups. The voice actors that make up DRAMATIC STARS, High×Joker, Cafe Parade, Altessimo and more performed to a huge crowd. Ticket holders knew they were in for great musical performances, but they were even more surprised when staff anno...
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Koisuru Shirokuma 'Petite' Theatrical Anime Debuts in March

Anime starring Natsuki Hanae, Yuichiro Umehara to play before trailers in movie screenings ― The staff of the anime adaptation of Koromo's Koisuru Shirokuma (Polar Bear in Love) manga revealed on Wednesday that the "petite anime" will screen in about 50 theaters in Japan. Theaters will show the anime before trailers in movie screenings beginning on March 4. The staff also unveiled a new visual for th...
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Yamato 2202 Plane Takes Flight This Month

The Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime project's first film premieres on February 25 and Japan's Skymark Airlines new collaboration plane will set sail for the skies on the same day. The Yamato Jet features the film's main characters Susumu Kodai and Yuki Mori on one side of the aircraft and the ...

SoftCel Pictures Relaunches With New Adult Anime

Section23 label to release The Patients of Dr. Maro, more adult anime ― Section23 Films announced on Tuesday that it is relaunching the Softcel Pictures adult anime label in June. It has announced its first release as a Blu-ray Disc release The Patients of Dr. Maro (Maro no Kanja wa Gatenkei). Retailer RightStuf is listing a June 13 release date. The label aims to release adult anime on Blu-ray Disc ...
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 20

"An episode like this one, upping the ante and shifting the focus considerably, showed that Nanbaka still has some tricks up its sleeve."
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Japanese Comic Ranking, February 6-12

Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 One Piece 84 546,021 2,046,469 2017/02 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 2 2 My Hero Academia 12 151,543 335,087 2017/02 Shueisha Kohei Horikoshi 2 2 3 Yowamushi Pedal 49 87,730 87,730 2017/02 Akita Shoten Wataru Watanabe 3 1 4 Erased 9 68,829 147,029 2017/02 Kadokawa Kei Sanbe 3 2 5 Platinum End 5 65...
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'Cup Noodle Headgear' Becomes a Reality in Final Fantasy XV DLC

Nissin Foods has added another bonus to its already impressive "Cup Noodle FINAL FANTASY BOSS COLLECTION Boss Character Package" collaboration. The company already wowed fans with a lottery bonus prize, "Ichigeki Hisshoku! Ultima Weapon Fork," a 60cm (2ft) long fork supervised by the Final Fantasy 30th anniversary team. Customers who pre-order the the Cup Noodle set will also get a DLC code for "C...
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Sentai Filmworks Prepares Dub for School-Live! Anime

Sentai Filmworks revealed with a video on Wednesday that it plans to dub the School-Live! anime. According to the video, the company is holding auditions "today." Oh hey, we found the shovel and a lot more! #ItsOfficial pic.twitter.com/3bkOqohJLS— Sentai Filmworks (@Sentaifilmworks) February 15, 2017 The series premiered in July 2015 and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. The anime is ba...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil Anime to Air Recap Instead of Episode 7 This Week

The official website for the television anime of Carlo Zen's Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) light novel series announced last Friday that "Episode 6.5 Senkyō Hōkoku" (War Report) will air this Friday. The episode will be a "summary looking back at the story thus far." Kadokawa's Monthly Newtype magazine had reported earlier last Friday that Episode 7 "Fjord no Kōbō" (The Battle of the Fjord) ...
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Akiba'S Trip The Animation ‒ Episode 7

"I'm glad that Akiba's Trip isn't wallowing in fanservice, but it could actually stand to include more than we've seen in the past couple weeks."
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, February 6-12

Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 Professional, Nioh, Cyber Dimension Neptune: 4 Goddesses Online games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: February 13-19 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DSDragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 Professional Square Enix February 9 122,051 122,051 2PS4 Nioh Koei Tecmo Games February 9 75,477 75,477 90 3PS4 Cyber Dimension Neptune: 4 ...
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Prince of Tennis' Tezuka, Fuji Release 1st Duet CD Single in 9 Years

The official website for the Prince of Tennis franchise announced that the "Tatoeba Ima..." (Now, For Example...) duet single will debut on March 1. The CD will feature character songs performed by Kunimitsu Tezuka (Ryotaro Okiayu) and Shusuke Fuji (Yuki Kaida). This single marks the first time in nine years that the duo are performing a duet single. Tezuka and Fuji's last single, "Koko de Bokura ...
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CLAMP-Designed Kabukibu! Anime Reveals Cast With Video

Taichi Ichikawa, Yuichiro Umehara, Ryota Ohsaka star in April TV anime ― TBS revealed six main cast members for the television anime of Yuuri Eda's Kabukibu! light novel series on Wednesday. Kadokawa began streaming a video on Wednesday that introduces the main cast members and their characters. The revealed cast members are: Taichi Ichikawa as Kurogo Kurusu Yuichiro Umehara as Tonbo Murase Ryota Ohs...
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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. ‒ Episode 6

"It's about time for the big in-show reveal to put all this intricate buildup to some dramatic use."
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P.A. Works' Sakura Quest Promo Video Reveals April 5 Premiere

Original anime follows young women helping to revive small town's tourism ― The official website for P.A. Works' new original television anime Sakura Quest began streaming a new promotional video on Wednesday. The video reveals that the anime will premiere on April 5 on Tokyo MX, ABC, and AT-X. It will also air on BS11 and Tulip TV. Anime studio P.A. Works announced the anime in December. The studio ...
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Hand Shakers ‒ Episode 6

"When the episode isn't throwing lame CG fire or preposterous Giant Arms at the screen, it's attempting to squeeze some sympathy out of Lily's lust for her brother."
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RIN-NE Anime's 3rd Season Casts Miyuki Sawashiro, Megumi Hayashibara

New key visual also revealed for anime premiering on April 8 ― NHK announced two new cast members on Wednesday for the third television anime season inspired by Rumiko Takahashi's RIN-NE (Kyōkai no Rinne) manga. Miyuki Sawashiro (Sword Art Online II's Sinon, Natsume's Book of Friends's Jun) will play the character Anematsuri Annette Hitomi, the "lady in the shopping mall." Megumi Hayashibara (Detecti...
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Pokémon Go Game Launches 80+ Generation 2 Pokémon This Week

2 new Berries, genders, Evolution items, more clothes also debut ― Niantic announced on Wednesday that it will release more than 80 new Generation 2 Pokémon for its Pokémon Go smartphone game this week. Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, and other Pokémon from the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games will debut in the game. The official Pokémon Go YouTube channel began streaming a v...
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These Stands Really Put the "Bizarre" in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

If you thought a purple man popping out of someones back while screaming "ora, ora, ora" was odd, you ain't seen nothin' yet.
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I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse Novel 1

The harem genre gets an entertaining parody in this novel about a boy who finds out that he's the last resort of heroines everywhere. ― How many harem titles you have consumed over the course of your anime hobby is likely to determine how funny you find this book. I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse is a straight send-up of the genre, and while it also adheres to a lot of the conventions...
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Radwimps' New Video Previews 'your name.' Film's English Songs

Shinkai's anime opens in N. America with English songs on April 7 ― RADWIMPS' official YouTube channel began streaming a trailer for its "Kimi no Na wa. English edition" single on Wednesday. The video previews the English versions of four of RADWIMPS' songs for Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film: "Dream lantern," "Zenzenzense," "Sparkle," and"Nandemonaiya." The group's new single will ship on Feb...

Shaman King Creator: Turned Down New Anime Plans Because Original Cast, Music Could Not Be Used

Still hopes for another opportunity Shaman King manga creator Hiroyuki Takei commented on Twitter on Tuesday that he turned down plans to make a new Shaman King anime because it could not use the original anime's voice cast and music. He added that he still hopes for another opportunity. じつを言うと本格的なところまで再アニメ化の話はありましたが…前作の声優さんや楽曲が使用できないとのことで、お断りさせていただきました。またチャンスがあるといいですね https://t.co/gk4i5TsFEi— 武井宏之...
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Live-Action Blade of the Immortal Film Cast Compared to Manga in Photos

Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki star in director Takashi Miike's April 29 film ― The staff for the live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal "neo period drama" manga revealed a new image on Wednesday, comparing the cast of the film to their manga counterparts. Top row, left to right: Kagehisa Anotsu (Sōta Fukushi) Rin Asano (Hana Sugisaki) Bottom row, left to right: Shira (Hayato Ichiha...
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Funimation Teases Gosick Anime Announcement

North American anime distributor Funimation teased that it will make an announcement by posting an image from the Gosick anime on its Twitter account on Tuesday. Bandai Entertainment had licensed the anime in July 2011, before announcing that it would discontinue new releases in January the following year. The anime adapted Kazuki Sakuraba's mystery novel series, in which Kazuya Kujo studies abroa...
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AnimeJapan to Offer 8-Part Anime Business Course This Year

Also: gallery of 2016's best anime collaborations ― This year's AnimeJapan, an anime industry convention held in late March at Tokyo Big Sight, will offer something valuable for anyone interested in the commercial side of anime: an anime business course featuring lecturers with lengthy experience in the industry. "Anime Business University" is split into eight parts over two days (March 23 and 24): H...

NTR: Netsuzou Trap Yuri TV Anime Unveils Staff, New Visual

Creators in Pack animates Naoko Kodama's manga ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Naoko Kodama's yuri manga NTR: Netsuzou Trap revealed the anime's staff and a new visual on Wednesday. Hisayoshi Hirasawa (OZMAFIA!!, Kiitaro's yokai picture diary, Miss Bernard said.) is credited as chief director for the anime at Creators in Pack. WORDS in STEREO (Kiitaro's yokai picture diary)...
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Funimation Schedules Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club Season 1 on BD/DVD in July

Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will release the Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club anime season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in July. Crunchyroll had announced in July that it will release the anime's first season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD with an English dub. Last September, Crunchyroll and Funimation announced a partnership that includes cross-streaming opportunities, Broadcast Dub production, and home...

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Gold Lupin the Third Stamp Marks Manga's 50th Anniversary

Monkey Punch's launched the Lupin the Third manga in Weekly Manga Action magazine in 1967. Various promotions, including the release of a special mook (magazine book), are celebrating the series' 50th anniversary. The department store Isetan announced its latest contribution to the celebration on Wednesday. Isetan's limited-edition Frame Kitte stamp set includes a gold plate shaped like a postage...
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Hajimete no Gal Anime's Website Opens, Reveals Visual

More information hinted on February 25 ― The staff of the television anime of Meguru Ueno's Hajimete no Gal (First-Time Gal) manga launched the anime's official website, which reveals the anime's first visual. The text beside the visual on the site reads, "You wanna see the anime version of me? Not happening, we're leaving that for later." The site also hints that the May issue of Kadokawa's Monthly ...
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Valentine's Day Greetings — Anime Style 2017

Valentine's Day has come again, and women throughout Japan are giving chocolate to men in their lives. However, recent trends are allowing for more Japanese people to enjoy chocolate confections today. Sometimes friends give each other chocolate on this day of love in Japan, and favored teachers may even receive sweet gifts. As always, the world of Japanese pop culture is also sending Valentine's ...
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Masaaki Yuasa's Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta Anime Film Reveals Poster Visual

Video shows art director Hiroshi Ohno creating backgrounds ― The official website for director Masaaki Yuasa's upcoming Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta (Lu over the wall or "Song of Lu who Informs the Dawn") anime film updated with a new poster visual on Tuesday. The visual depicts a meeting between Kai and the mermaid Lu. The tagline reads "Your 'I like you' will change me." Toho also began streaming a vide...
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Viz's SuBLime Adds A Strange and Mystifying Story, 2 Other Boys-Love Titles

Jackass!, Am I In Love or Just Hungry? slated for release this year ― Viz Media's SuBLime boys-love imprint announced on Tuesday that it has licensed Tsuta Suzuki's A Strange and Mystifying Story (Konoyo Ibun), Scarlet Beriko's Jackass!, and Akane Abe's Am I In Love or Just Hungry? (Suki Kirai wa Iwanai yo). All are slated for release this year, though Am I In Love or Just Hungry? will be digital-onl...
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Doraemon 'Anywhere Door' VR Experience Video Previews Antarctic Adventure

Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a promotional video on Friday for the upcoming Doraemon "Dokodemo Door" (Anywhere Door) virtual reality experience. The experience is the latest installment in the company's Project i Can project, which debuted in Odaiba's DiverCity Tokyo Plaza in April. The Tokyo Solamachi shopping and entertainment complex is collaborating with Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no ...
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Live-Action JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Film's Visuals Show Okuyasu, Keichō

The official website for the live-action film of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable manga posted visuals showing Keichō Nijimura and Okuyasu Nijimura on Wednesday. The website previously revealed visuals showing Kento Yamazaki as protagonist Jōsuke Higashikata, Ryunosuke Kamiki as Kōichi Hirose, and Nana Komatsu as Yukako Yamagishi. The film's title is JoJo's Bizarre...
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Attack on Titan 3DS Escape Game's Trailer Shows Character Bonds

Koei Tecmo's adventure game ships on March 30 in Japan ― KOEI Tecmo's Ruby Party team began streaming a second trailer for Shingeki no Kyojin: Shichi Kara no Dasshutsu (Attack on Titan: Escape From the Brink of Death), its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game based Attack on Titan, on Monday. The video shows gameplay and previews the game's original story, where players can see "unexpected sides" to the charac...
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Augmented Reality Idol Unit Holds Debut Concerts This Week

Virtual idol Hatsune Miku has become a household name in the world of Japanese pop culture. However, Miku may need to make way for some new "2.5-dimensional" idols on the block. The Yuke's augmented-reality idol group AR performers are holding their first major live performances at Tokyo's Differ Ariake arena on February 14 and February 15. The Animate Times website recently attended a special adv...
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat Anime Reveals New Key Visual

The official website for the anime of Fumiaki Maruto's Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata light novel series posted a new key visual for Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata♭ (Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata Flat), the anime's second season, on Tuesday. The visual shows Utaha Kasumigaoka, Megumi Katō, and Eriri Spencer Sawamura. The anime will premiere on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block in April. The retu...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 12-18

Comet Lucifer, The Mystic Archives of Dantalian, Persona 5 the Animation -The Day Breakers- anime; Secret of the Princess manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Busou Shinki BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 February 14 Comet Lucifer BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 February 14 Comet Lucifer DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$49.98 February 14 The Mystic Archive...

Sentai Filmworks Announces Diabolik Lovers II Dub Cast, Streams Clip

Main cast members return, joined by Adam Gibbs, Bryson Baugus, Andrew Love, Greg Ayres, more ― Sentai Filmworks announced the cast and began streaming a clip for the English dub of the Diabolik Lovers II: More,Blood (Diabolik Lovers More, Blood) sequel anime on Tuesday. The clip previews protagonist Yui Komori and the four Mukami brothers. The main cast members for Yui and the Sakamaki brothers are r...
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Akiba's Beat PS Vita Game Delayed to April 27

Game developer Acquire announced on Tuesday that it has delayed the PlayStation Vita release date of Akiba's Beat from March 16 to April 27 in order to improve the quality. The company apologized and thanked customers for their understanding and patronage. The game shipped in Japan for PlayStation 4 on December 15 after a delay from fall 2016. XSEED Games plans to release the game with English and...
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Makoto Shinkai Credits Korean Studios for Role in Producing Japanese Anime

Anime director Makoto Shinkai (your name., 5 Centimeters Per Second, The Garden of Words) visited South Korea on Wednesday. He appeared on a television news program on the SBS network on Thursday and held a press conference in Seoul on Saturday. During his visit, Shinkai explained the importance of South Korean studios to Japanese anime. On the program, the anime director responded to a question a...

Funimation Acquires Home Video Rights for Seven Deadly Sins

Anime streams on Netflix ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the first season of The Seven Deadly Sins for home video and plans to release it this year in the United States and Canada. The first television anime of the manga premiered in Japan in October 2014, and ended with 24 episodes. A four-episode television anime special titled The Seven Deadly Sins -Signs of Ho...
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High School Fleet Anime's 2-Part OVA Ships on May 24

OVA's 1st part airs on March 31 ― The official website for the High School Fleet (Haifuri) television anime announced on Tuesday that the series' original video anime (OVA) is slated for May 24 on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Online retailer Amazon is listing the release as 48 minutes long. The OVA itself will have two parts, and the release will include a main disc and bonus disc. The limited edition ...

CDJapan: Avex Pictures Restricts Overseas BD, DVD, CD Shipments

Yuri!!! on Ice, other titles no longer shipping outside Japan as of Wednesday ― Online retailer CDJapan announced on December 14 that Avex Pictures is restricting exports of its Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and CD titles. The company publishes anime such as Yuri!!! on Ice and Mr. Osomatsu. The majority of titles that Avex Pictures publishes will become unavailable for shipment outside Japan on Wednesday at 4:0...
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Accel World VS Sword Art Online Game Adds Anime Film's Yuna

PS4/PS Vita crossover game ships in Japan on March 16, in West this summer ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game revealed on Tuesday that first-print copies in Japan will include Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale's Yuna as a playable character. First-print copies of the game in Japan will also...
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 6

"I'm getting incredibly spoiled by watching races start and finish in the same episode, especially in a show known for its interminable InterHigh."
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Renai Bōkun/The very lovely tyrant of love Anime's Visual, Main Cast, Staff Revealed

Yoshino Aoyama, Kensho Ono, Manami Numakura star in April anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Megane Mihoshi's Renai Bōkun (The very lovely tyrant of love) manga revealed a new key visual, main cast, and staff on Tuesday. The five main cast members are: Yoshino Aoyama as Guri Kensho Ono as Seiji Aino Manami Numakura as Akane Hiyama Yūki Nagano as Yuzu Kichōgasaki Yumi ...
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Gabriel DropOut ‒ Episode 6

"Satania once again takes center stage in Gabriel DropOut's latest offering."
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Why Goku is Worse Than the Villains in Dragon Ball Super

Sure, Frieza blew up planets but even he never threatened entire universes with destruction.
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Exclusive: ComiXology Unlimited Subscription Service Adds Harlequin Romance Manga

15-page preview of A Man For All Seasonings posted ― Digital reading platform Comixology announced on Tuesday that it has added Harlequin Romance manga titles to its Comixology Unlimited subscription service. The following 20 titles are available: A Man For All Seasonings by Day Leclaire and Towa Isezaki A Mistake In Identity by Sandra Field and Wataru Yasutake A Question Of Honor by Lindsay Mckenna ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, February 6-12

Mr. Osomatsu stage show sells 13,680, followed by Uta-Pri Legend Star, The Seven Deadly Sins, Naruto, Yui Ogura ― Mr. Osomatsu on Stage ~Six Men's Show Time~ sold 13,680 copies to rank #1 on the overall DVD chart. Clip! Smap! Complete Singles sold 2,319 more copies to add to its total of 259,857. It dropped from #3 to #11 in its seventh week on the overall DVD chart, six weeks after the idol group di...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 6-12

Uta-Pri Legend Star sells 23,937, followed by Yui Ogura, Gintama', Kamen Rider Amazons, Yuri!!! on Ice ― Yui Ogura's Ogura Yui Live High-Touch Summer Blu-ray sold 3,588 copies to rank #4 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Kamen Rider Amazons Blu-ray Collection landed at #6 with 3,234 copies. Aya Uchida Hello! My Music -Colors- Roads to Nippon Budōkan concert disc was #21 with 877 copies. Clip! Smap! ...
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Sagrada Reset Teen Fantasy Novels' New Manga Launches Before Anime

Tatsu Nohana draws, original author Yutaka Kōno supervises, pens script for manga adapting 1st novel ― Kadokawa confirmed last week that a new manga adaptation of Yutaka Kōno's Sagrada Reset teen science-fiction/fantasy light novel series has been green-lit. Tatsu Nohana is drawing the manga, while Kōno himself is supervising the manga and writing the script. The manga's "chapter 0" is already availa...
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21st Detective Conan Film Gets Valentine's Day Video

21st anime film in franchise opens on April 15 ― The official website for Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter (Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter), the 21st Detective Conan anime film, began streaming a special "Koiuta Movie ~Kami no Ku~" (Love Song Movie Part I) video for Valentine's Day on Tuesday. The video shows a conversation between Ran and Kazuha about Shinichi. The site previously s...
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In This Corner of the World Anime Film to Open in 23 Countries

U.S. screenings slated for September ― Sunao Katabuchi's In This Corner of the World anime film will screen in 23 countries and territories around the world. The film is already slated for a premiere in Mexico on March 3 with Katabuchi and lead actress Rena Nounen in attendance, following by Spanish-subtitled and dubbed screenings. The film will also screen in Argentina, Chile, and other South Americ...
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Okada's Sundome, Very Private Lesson Manga Get New Live-Action Films This Year

2 new Sundome films open in April, Kyōkasho ni Nai! in early summer ― New live-action film adaptations of Kazuto Okada's Sundome and Kyōkasho ni Nai! manga have been green-lit. Both will receive two new films. The new Sundome films, titled Sundome New and Sundome New 2, star Nagisa Odajima. The first film will screen in a limited engagement on April 22, 25, and 27 at the Shibua HUMAX Cinema in Tokyo....
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In This Corner of the World Earns 2 Billion Yen, 'your name.' Falls to #6

In This Corner of the World has been in box office top 10 for 14 consecutive weeks ― Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film dropped from #4 to #6 in the Japanese box office for the February 11-12 weekend. The film briefly returned to the #1 spot three weeks ago after nine weeks off the top spot. The film is on its 25th weekend in Japan. The film started screening with English subtitl...
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