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Gatchaman Crowds Blu-Ray

There are too many mature ideas without enough mature execution here, leaving only those firmly aligned with its point-of-view with much reason to care as the narrative spins out of control. ― As the plot summary above may indicate, Gatchaman CROWDS is a hard anime to describe plainly and even harder to approach critically. It leaves a sort of impossible impression: bizarre and yet conventional all a...
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Pile of Shame - Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman

Justin revisits what was once considered the finest sentai parody in the land. Does it still hold up? ― Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman It's always a terrifying thing, going back to old shows you loved when you were younger and revisiting them. Many of them, comedies in particular, tend to age very poorly. They connect with us at the time, but humor is just so particular and fickle -- what made y...
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World Trigger GN 1

Right now this is definitely a series to keep an eye on: unique enough to pull you in and well-written with attractive art that will keep you reading. ― There's a real skill to explaining everything about a story's world without just having long, explanatory speeches or panels. Daisuke Ashihara has that down to a science in World Trigger's first volume. While the story itself is fascinating and a jus...
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Astro Toy - Dynamite Action Big Dai-X

It's that special time of year when the leaves turn, the air turns crisp and brisk, and David reviews another extremely obscure and expensive giant robot. ― Dynamite Action Big Dai-X Series: X-Bomber/Star Fleet Maker: Evolution Toy Price: $130 I know that you're all looking at me like I've lost it again. I haven't topped Galvion for obscurity: I'm not sure I'll ever be able to beat reviewing somethi...
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The List - 6 Relaxing Anime About Life on the Farm

Whether your chickens are coming home to roost or you didn't buy the cow because the milk was free, these 6 farm anime will have you more relaxed than a conbine during an unseasonable drought. ― There was a short string of shows focusing on rural farm life and agriculture recently. The shows worked as a natural step from "healing" anime, where the primary function is to provide a tranquil environmen...
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Wednesday, October 1

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Rideback's Kasahara Launches Astro Boy Prequel Manga

Atom The Beginning series to tell story up to birth of Astro Boy ― The November issue of Shogakuan's Monthly Hero's Magazine magazine revealed on Wednesday that Rideback author Tetsuro Kasahara is launching a prequel of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy manga. The temporarily titled Atom The Beginning will premiere in the magazine in the January issue on December 1. Tezuka's son Makoto Tezuka is handling the ...
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All Esper da yo! Manga Gets Live-Action Spinoff Special Next Year

xxxHOLiC's Shōta Sometani again stars in sci-fi comedy ― Kiminori Wakasugi's All Esper dayo! (Minna! Esper Dayo!) science-fiction comedy manga is getting a live-action spinoff television special in spring 2015. The special, temporarily titled "Minna! Esper dayo! Bangaihen ~Esper, Miyako e Iku~" (All Esper dayo! Extra Edition ~Esper, Go to the Capital~), will again star Shōta Sometani (live-action xxx...

Nisekoi Manga Gets 2nd TV Anime Season

Naoshi Komi's school romantic comedy already inspired 2014 TV season, 2 upcoming OVAs ― The wraparound jacket band on Naoshi Komi's 14th Nisekoi: False Love manga volume is announcing on Friday that production on a second television anime season has been green-lit. Future issues of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will publish further information. The manga and the first television anime season...
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Daichi Miura to Perform Ending Theme for Parasyte TV Anime

Adaptation of Hitoshi Iwaaki's sci-fi horror manga premieres on October 8 ― The official website for Kiseijū: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte -the maxim-), the upcoming anime of Hitoshi Iwaaki's science-fiction horror manga Parasyte, announced on Wednesday that singer Daichi Miura will perform the show's ending theme song "It's the Right Time." Miura previously performed the theme song for the 1999 anime ...
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Death Note's Obata, Monogatari's NisiOisin, Rosario + Vampire's Ikeda Make 2 One-Shot Manga Together

"RKD-EK9" & "Nan Made Nara Koroseru?" in Jump Square on November 4 ― The November issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is announcing on Saturday that manga artist Takeshi Obata (Death Note, Bakuman, Hikaru no Go), writer NisiOisin (Monogatari Series, Medaka Box, Katanagatari), and manga creator Akihisa Ikeda (Rosario + Vampire) are collaborating on two manga one-shot stories. Obata and NisiOisin...

Tuesday, September 30

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McDonald's Japan Celebrates Halloween with Yet Another Black Burger

Not to be outdone by Burger King Japan's highly publicized "kuro burger," McDonald's Japan has unveiled their own uniquely-colored burgers. Diners seeking a culinary adventure can now grab a squid ink burger with fried onions and cheese, or a more standard "white" chicken sandwich with Camembert cheese for 370 yen (about US$3.37). Unlike Burger King's version, the McDonald's black burger just has ...
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Rin Hoshizora Takes the Crown in Sega Image Girl Love Live Contest

The votes have been tallied, and Rin Hoshizora has been given the title of Sega Image Girl as part of a Love Live x Sega and AG Square campaign that ran from August 5 to September 16. Kotori and Maki came in second and third place, respectively. Fans who voted were rewarded with special downloadable Love Live wallpaper. #ラブライブ! セガスタッフイメージガール決定戦の最終結果が決定しました! 1位に選ばれたのは「星空 凛」ちゃんです!おめでとうございます!凛ちゃんがセガス...
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Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque Artist Shows Off Sailor Mercury Fan Art

Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque adult dating game and dojin artist Ashito Oyari has posted a pretty large variety of fan art from familiar properties. Most recently, Oyari showed off the Guardian of Water and Intelligence, Sailor Mercury! 亜美ちゃn pic.twitter.com/X5Cfe0FC6R— 大槍葦人 (@oyari) September 30, 2014 Scanning through Oyari's picture posts, you get a pretty good idea of some of the arti...
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NYC's IFC to Screen Ghibli's Princess Kaguya on Friday

Film will screen in Japanese with English subtitles as part of the New York Super Week ― Film distributor GKids will screen Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya at New York City's IFC Center on Friday as part of the New York Super Week. Tickets are currently on sale for the 6:30 p.m. screening. The film will screen in Japanese in English subtitles this week before opening...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, September 28-October 4

Golden Time, One Piece Film Z anime ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Bleach DVD Set 22 (Episodes 304-316)Please Viz Media US$44.82 September 30 Golden Time Blu-ray Collection 1Cite Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 September 30 Golden Time DVD Collection 1AnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$49.98 September 30 Megaman DVD Collection 1Please Eastern Star US$49.95 September 30 ...
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Couples Glasses' Silly Smooching Accessory Costs US$620

The eyeglasses shop blinc vase in Omotesandō, Tokyo will sell the very ridiculous, very expensive "kissing glasses" starting on October 8. The black frame glasses have two sets of temples, so couples can wear the single pair together, albeit awkwardly, as demonstrated an elderly couple who really, really like kissing each other. The eyewear looks a novelty gift, but blinc vase isn't joking around...
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Isuca Action Anime's Main Cast, January Premiere Unveiled

Ibuki Kido, Keisuke Koumoto, M.A.O, Kaori Sadohara star in Osamu Takahashi's story ― The official website for the anime of Osamu Takahashi's Isuca action manga announced on Tuesday the main cast for the upcoming show. The website also announced that the television anime is scheduled to premiere next January. The cast includes Ibuki Kido (Tokyo ESP) as Sakuya Shimazu, Keisuke Koumoto (Tokyo ESP) as S...
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Daily Cosplay - Gurren Lagann's Yoko

Character: Yoko Littner Title: Gurren Lagann Cosplayer: Hezachan Photographer: Benn & Liz Robbins (Robbins Studios) We asked the photographers, "What's your camera setup of choice?" "Benn - Originally we shot with Nikon. we shot primarily with a D70 and a D3000. We now shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II and a 20D. We switched only because we were in need of an upgrade and the Canon 5D literally fell in...
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Crunchyroll Adds Orenchi no Furo Jijo Anime

Series about a merman in a bathtub to premiere October 6 ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will stream the anime of Itokichi's Orenchi no Furo Jijō (The Circumstances in My Home's Bathtub) four-panel manga. The first episode will premiere on October 6 at 12:00 p.m. EDT for premium members and one week later for free members. The stream will be available worldwide o...
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Jump Amusement Park Celebrates Halloween with Kuroko's Basketball

Featuring marshmallows, parfaits and Kenichi Suzumura himself ― The leaves are shriveling, the breeze is getting nippy, and the sweaters are re-emerging from storage: It's that time of year again, and soon enough Halloween will be upon us. Accordingly, Halloween promotions are in the works, including at J-World Tokyo, an amusement park in Ikebukuro that focuses on Shonen Jump series. Beginning on Oct...
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Mamoru Oshii's Garm Wars Trailer Streamed

Film to premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival ― The Tokyo International Film Festival began streaming an official trailer for director Mamoru Oshii's Garm Wars: The Last Druid on Tuesday. The English-language film will premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 25 as part festival's Special Screening Section. Niconico 特別招待作品『GARM WARS The Last Druid』 Trailer The film wil...

Takashi Murakami Produces Animated Music Video for Pharrell Williams Song

Anime-inspired music video from Superflat Monogram producer ― Musician Pharell Williams debuted the anime- and game-inspired music video for his song "It Girl" on Tuesday. Takashi Murakami (Superflat Monogram) produced the video at his Kaikai Kiki company. fantasista utamaro and Mr. directed the video and Sorato Shimizu handled character design and key animation. NAZ and Ogura Atelier were both invol...
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Gatchaman Crowds Blu-Ray

There are too many mature ideas without enough mature execution here, leaving only those firmly aligned with its point-of-view with much reason to care as the narrative spins out of control. ― As the plot summary above may indicate, Gatchaman CROWDS is a hard anime to describe plainly and even harder to approach critically. It leaves a sort of impossible impression: bizarre and yet conventional all a...
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Pile of Shame - Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman

Justin revisits what was once considered the finest sentai parody in the land. Does it still hold up? ― Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman It's always a terrifying thing, going back to old shows you loved when you were younger and revisiting them. Many of them, comedies in particular, tend to age very poorly. They connect with us at the time, but humor is just so particular and fickle -- what made y...
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Kamen Rider/Garo Creators' Sword Gai Manga Gets TV Anime

DLE adapts dark fantasy by Chaos;HEAd writer Toshiki Inoue, Garo helmer Keita Amemiya ― The November issue of Shogakuan's Monthly Hero's Magazine announced that a television anime adaptation of the dark fantasy manga Sword Gai has been green-lit for Spring 2016. The Flash anime studio DLE (Eagle Talon, Thermae Romae) is producing the anime in collaboration with the entertainment content company Field...
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Live-Action Nobunaga Concerto's 1st Episode Previewed in Video

Series adapting Ayumi Hashii's historical manga premieres on October 13 with cast of Shun Oguri, Kou Shibasaki, Gaku Hamada, more ― Fuji TV began streaming a preview for the first episode of the live-action Nobunaga Concerto series on Tuesday. The video features the drama's main theme song, "Ashioto ~Be Strong" (Sound of Footsteps ~Be Strong) by Mr.Children. Shun Oguri plays the main role of Saburō, ...
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Omega Quintet PS4 Game's Nene Previewed in Video Before October Release

Inori Minase stars as shy, gun-loving idol in October 2 idol RPG from Compile Heart ― Compile Heart began streaming a new promotional video for its new PlayStation 4 idol role-playing game *ω*Quintet (Omega Quintet) on Tuesday. The video teases the character Nene before the game's October 2 release. Text: Usually a cowardly warrior? Nene: Wah! Sh-She really is scary... Nene: Huh!? No way, Kana, do so...
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Durarara! Gets Crossover With Hello Kitty

Celty design to be sold as goods at Dengeki Fall Festival in Tokyo this Sunday Hello Kitty is at it again with crossover designs, this time with the anime adaptation of Ryohgo Narita and Suzuhito Yasuda's Durarara! light novel series. Kadokawa previewed the Celty design that will be sold as goods at the Dengeki Fall Festival, which is scheduled to be held in Tokyo's Akihabara district on Sunday. ≪デ...
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Trinity Seven Anime's New Ad Previews Characters

Series starring Yumi Hara, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Rie Kugimiya, more premieres on October 7 ― Avex began streaming a new 30-second commercial for the upcoming television anime adaptation of Kenji Saito and Akinari Nao's Trinity Seven manga on Tuesday. Girl: Please... Save Arata... Grant his wish! Arin: Spin. Levi: The world will be destroyed. Lilith: Then, I will have to kill you... Selina: So you're t...
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To Love-Ru Darkness Manga Gets New Anime DVD

13th volume of Kentaro Yabuki & Saki Hasemi's manga is latest to bundle anime ― The November issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is announcing on Saturday that Kentaro Yabuki and Saki Hasemi's 13th To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga volume will bundle a new anime DVD. Shueisha will limit the bundle to the number of pre-orders it receives. The publisher will provide more information later. The 1...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, September 22-28

One Piece sells 11,820, followed by Kuroko's Basketball, Nozaki-kun, Hanamonogatari, Mogura no Uta ― The Reiji DVD Standard Edition of the live-action adaptation of Mogura no Uta landed at #12 on the overall DVD chart. It sold 3,068 copies. The DVD Special Price Edition of the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film sold 1,153 more copies for a new total of 14,857. In its 13th week, it dropped from #20 to #...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, September 22-28

Love Live sells 41,243, followed by Hanamonogatari, Ghost in the Shell Arise, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, The irregular at magic high school ― The Infinite Stratos One-Off Festival 2 sold 4,141 copies to debut at #16 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Love Live! 2nd Season 4 (Limited Speci...
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Ace Combat Infinity for PS3 to Offer Area 88 Aircraft

Shin's F-20A & F-5E, Mickey's F-14A, Greg's A-10A, Kim's AV-8B from manga ― Bandai Namco Games will offer aircraft from Kaoru Shintani's classic aerial mercenary manga Area 88 manga in its PlayStation 3 game Ace Combat Infinity from October 3 to October 14. Player who accomplish certain mission criteria during the campaign period will receive the Area 88 aircraft, including Shin Kazama's F-20A and F-...
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Makoto Tateno to End Boys-Love Manga Blue Sheep Reverie

Slated to end in 4 more chapters with 9 volumes total planned ― The November issue of Nihonbungeisha's Karen magazine announced on Tuesday that Makoto Tateno is ending her boys-love manga Blue Sheep Reverie (Aoi Hitsuji no Yume) in four more chapters. Since the manga is not scheduled to run in the next issue, it will end in the July 2015 issue on May 30 if there are no more breaks. (Karen runs every ...
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Bunny Drop's Yumi Unita to Launch Para Para Days Manga

Big Comic Spirits magazine to also run new series by Minami Nikkuni ― This year's November issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Big Comic Spirits magazine announced on Saturday that Bunny Drop's Yumi Unita will launch a new manga series in the next issue on October 27. The series, titled Para Para Days, is a romantic comedy series that follows the story of Yashima, a quiet and indifferent animator who works...
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New Doamaiger D Anime Combines Themes of Kyoto, Sweets, Mecha

Classic-style TV series starring Ryota Murai to premiere in spring 2015 ― The TV Kanagawa (tvk) and KBS Kyoto television stations will air a new anime next spring with the themes of Kyoto, wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets), and giant mecha. The Doamaiger D anime will center around Daijirō Kyōgoku, the 15th generation owner of the Kyoto sweets shop Amashōdō. One day, Daijirō discovers a giant robo...

Monday, September 29

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Pokémon TCG Online App Launches for iPad

App will introduce mobile access to Pokémon TCG Online ― The Official Pokémon Channel posted a promotional video on Monday announcing that the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online will be available for iPad and iPad mini via the App Store or iTunes on September 30. The app contains all of the features of Pokémon Trading Card Game Online, and players can load all of their card collection and progress usin...
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Throwback Sailor Moon Prism Compact Has A Secret Trinket Compartment

In an effort to tap deeper into the collective nostalgia pool of Sailor Moon fans, Bandai is putting out the fourth item in its Sailor Moon Moonlight Memory Series. Like the other items in the series, this Prism compact is designed to look like the original 1992 toy, all the way down to its fake, embedded nail polish bottle. The faux nail polish layer, but not the bottle itself, can be removed to ...
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Chinese Writer Thinks Doraemon Is A Sinister Affront to China

An editorial published by the Chengdu Daily News is claiming that Doraemon, the popular franchise based on the manga by duo Fujiko F. Fujio, and the recent exhibitions in China that showcase it, are merely attempts by Japan to subvert Chinese culture. In the editorial, the writer says that the exhibitions have a "sinister hidden meaning," and that the show's themes of respect and friendship are hy...
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The Sacred Tears TRUE Dōjin JRPG Now Available on Steam

Accel World/Higurashi musician Hiroyuki Oshima, manga artist Takashi Konno contribute to indy game ― Nyu Media released The Sacred Tears TRUE dōjin Japanese role-playing game on Steam on Thursday. The independent game features music composed by Hiroyuki Oshima (Accel World, When They Cry- Higurashi anime) and Shimotsuki Haruka (Atelier Iris) and art by Takashi Konno (Shichinin no Bukiya 1/7 manga). T...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, September 15-21

Final episode of Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo N (neo) drama airs ― The final episode of Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo N (neo), the first live-action drama based on the detective manga Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo (Kindaichi Case Files or The File of Kindaichi) in 13 years, aired on NTV on Saturday, September 20 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 11.1% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Ratin...
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Bladedance of Elementalers ‒ Episode 12

"Bladedance of Elementalers certainly managed to get its act together in the end, but a couple of decent episodes aren't really enough to make up for the rest of the series."
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Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion Orchestral Concert Series Begins in October

Sometimes, there's no better way to experience good music than attending a live performance. For fans who just can't get enough of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion soundtrack, they will have eight opportunities to see a live orchestra perform the score—provided, of course, that they can get themselves to Japan in time. The official Rebellion orchestra concert will tak...
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Japanese Box Office, September 20-21

3rd Rurouni Kenshin film stays at #1 ― Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen), the second of two sequels to the 2012 live-action Rurouni Kenshin film, stayed at #1 in its second weekend. The sequels adapt the Kyoto arc of Nobuhiro Watsuki's original manga, with Takeru Satoh returning as Kenshin Himura and Tatsuya Fujiwara (live-action Death Note) playing the antagon...
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Daily Cosplay - Evangelion's Asuka

Character: Asuka Langley Sohryu Title: Neon Genesis Evangelion Cosplayer: Koneko YourAverageNerd Photographer: Benn & Liz Robbins (Robbins Studios) We asked the photographers, "When did you first get into cosplay photography?" "Benn - Around 2004. My wife and I have been taking photos together since we met in College in 1992 and we really started going to conventions in earnest in 1999/2000 but re...
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Anime Creators to Take Part in Roppongi Based Lecture on Photography and Science

Event to feature Masaaki Yuasa, Kōji Morimoto, and Takagi Masakatsu. ― Progress can only be reached in this world when people decide to look into the future and bring what they see back to the present day. Innovation can only be grasped when humanity tries to make that which seems impossible real. That is one of the the main ideas behind "Photography and Science -Expanding Perceptions Visual Expressi...
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Kamisama Dolls' Yamamura to Launch Oto no Kyōshitsu Manga

Series about students at music college starts October 28 ― The November issue of Takeshobo's Manga Life MOMO magazine announced on Saturday that Hajime Yamamura will launch the Oto no Kyōshitsu (Sound Classroom) manga in the next issue on October 28. The series (pictured to the right in the image) will be about the lives of students at a music college. Yamamura's Ten ni Hibiki manga ended in August. ...
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Yui Makino, Yuki Takao, Shinnosuke Tachibana Join Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo OVA's Cast

Also: ending theme, image song announced ― This year's 44th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is announcing three new cast members for the original video anime (OVA) adaptation of Miki Yoshikawa's Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo manga on Wednesday. The cast includes Yui Makino (Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Angel Beats!) as Meiko Ootsuka, Yuki Takao (Kimi no Iru Machi, Blade & Soul) as Maria Sa...

Funimation Streams Buddy Complex Conclusion Specials

1st half now available for subscribers ― North American distributor Funimation Entertainment announced on Monday that it will stream the two-part conclusion to the Buddy Complex anime, Buddy Complex: Into the Skies of Tomorrow (Buddy Complex Kanketsu-hen -Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de-). The first half is already available streaming for Funimation subscribers and the second half will launch for subscrib...
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World Trigger GN 1

Right now this is definitely a series to keep an eye on: unique enough to pull you in and well-written with attractive art that will keep you reading. ― There's a real skill to explaining everything about a story's world without just having long, explanatory speeches or panels. Daisuke Ashihara has that down to a science in World Trigger's first volume. While the story itself is fascinating and a jus...

Do As Infinity, Root Five to Perform Fairy Tail Anime's New Themes

'Mysterious Magic' & 'Kimi no Mirai' will premiere in October ― This year's 44th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is announcing on Wednesday that the groups Do As Infinity (Inuyasha, Zoids Genesis) and ROOT FIVE (Saint Seiya Omega) will perform the next opening and ending themes for the Fairy Tail anime. Do As Infinity is contributing the opening theme song "Mysterious Magic" and ROOT FIVE...
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Space Dandy Season 2 ‒ Episode 13

"This is a triumphant conclusion to Space Dandy, a celebration of all that has come before, both dramatically and thematically satisfying."

One Piece Spinoff Manga Series to Start in December

New manga about Luffy & Straw Hat Crew in Saikyo Jump ― The November issue of Shueisha's Saikyo Jump magazine is announcing on Saturday that a new One Piece spinoff manga series will start in the magazine's January issue, which will ship on December 5. The manga "eagerly anticipated by the whole world" will revolve around Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates, and Saikyo Jump will also feature articles. Sh...
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Akame ga KILL! ‒ Episode 13

"For the most part the episode fritters away its time on frivolities, although it throws out a few tantalizing suggestions about what might be coming next."
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Omega Quintet PS4 Game's Kanadeko Previewed in Video Before October Release

Moe Toyota stars as energetic, tomboyish idol in October 2 idol RPG from Compile Heart ― Compile Heart began streaming a new promotional video for its new PlayStation 4 idol role-playing game *ω*Quintet (Omega Quintet) on Monday. The video teases the character Kanadeko before the game's October 2 release. Otoha: Whoa, oh my? Um, excuse me, do you know about me, by any chance? Kanadeko: Ah, no no! No ...
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Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu. Anime's 2nd Main Promo Features Maaya Uchida's Opening Theme

Uchida plays Thouars in October 9 series adapting Yume Mizusawa's light novels ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Yume Mizusawa's Ore, Twin Tail ni Narimasu. (I, Will Become a Twin Tail.) light novel series began streaming the second main promotional video for the series on Monday. The video features the anime's opening theme, "Gimme! Revolution." by voice actress Maaya Uchida, who al...
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One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X 3DS Game's New Promos Show Off Shirahoshi, Z, More

Fighting game boasting over 85 characters in New World setting ships on November 13 ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming the third promotional video and second TV commercial for its Nintendo 3DS "traditional" fighting game One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X (One Piece: Chō Grand Battle! X) on Monday. Narrator: Play till you run out of energy with your friends and rivals! The super-exhilarating battle a...
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Kuroko's Basketball Blackmailer Withdraws Appeal

Hirofumi Watanabe accepts 4.5-year prison sentence for threats linked to manga ― On Monday, Hirofumi Watanabe withdrew the appeal of his conviction for sending threats linked to the Kuroko's Basketball manga. The Tokyo District Court had sentenced the 37-year-old former temporary worker from Osaka to four years and six months in prison on August 21. Watanabe had said after his sentencing, "I'm glad t...
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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Plays Dress-Up in New Nintendo 3DS Ad

Singer showcases interchangeable "dress-up plates" to customize New 3DS's exterior ― Nintendo has recruited fashion model and singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to promote the New Nintendo 3DS game system before it launches in Japan on October 11. On a new website, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu introduces the system's interchangeable "Kisekae Plates" (literally, dress-up plates). With these plates, players can customize ...
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Mariya Ise, Marina Inoue, Ryohei Kimura Join The Seven Deadly Sins Cast

Holy Knights Guila, Jericho, Hauser in TV anime premiering October 5 ― This year's 44th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine is announcing more of the Holy Knights' voice cast in the anime of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) manga on Wednesday. Mariya Ise will play Guila, Marina Inoue will play Jericho, and Ryohei Kimura will play Hauser. The cast already includes: Yuuk...
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Mai Kuraki Sings Theme for Detective Conan's 20th Anniversary Special

10 of 30 tracks on singer's November 12 best-of album are Conan themes ― This year's 44th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Mai Kuraki will sing the theme song "Dynamite" for the two-hour anime special commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Detective Conan manga. Meitantei Conan: Edogawa Conan Shissō Jiken ~Chijō Saiaku no Futsukakan~ (Detective Co...
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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya to Open in NYC, LA, Toronto on October 17

Isao Takahata's film won Audience Award at Texas' Fantastic Fest this month ― Film distributor GKids will screen Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya film in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto on October 17. Tickets are currently on sale for the New York City screenings at the IFC Center in both English and Japanese (with English subtitles). Other locations include t...

Sunday, September 28

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Utena/Penguindrum's Ikuhara Casts Yuri Kuma Arashi's Voices

Miho Arakawa, Yoshiko Ikuta, Nozomi Yamane star in January show from SILVER LINK ― The November issue of Gentosha's Monthly Comic Birz magazine is announcing the cast of the Yuri Kuma Arashi (Yuri Bear Storm) anime by director Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Penguindrum, several Sailor Moon television series) on Tuesday. The cast includes: Miho Arakawa as Ginko Yurishiro (in red) Yoshiko ...
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Cho Dengeki Stryker Released on Steam

All-ages version of action visual novel gets Steam release ― MangaGamer released superhero visual novel game Cho Dengeki Stryker on Steam on September 19. Cho Dengeki Stryker is now available as an all ages version for US$34.99. The game features Japanese audio with English interfacing. The adults-only version debuted on MangaGamer's website in March. MangaGamer gives a summary: A brand new super her...
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Showtaro Morikubo Joins 2nd Kamisama Kiss Season's Cast

Also: Hinata Kusunoki & Daiki Yamashita as Mamoru ― New cast members will join the second Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss) anime series, according to an announcement at the "Hana to Yume Anime Festival" on Sunday. Showtaro Morikubo will join as Ōkuni-nushi, Hinata Kusunoki will play Mamoru in his young monkey form, and Daiki Yamashita will play Mamoru in his child form. The event premiered a ne...
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Buddy Complex Manga to End in October

Anime series' 2-part finale is airing in Japan this week ― The November issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine announced on Saturday that the manga adaptation of Sunrise's Buddy Complex anime series will end in the following issue on October 27. Artist Hiroki Ohara launched the series on January 27, and the first compiled volume shipped in Japan on March 27. The story revolves aroun...
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Strike Witches: Aurora no Majo Spinoff Manga to End

October finale for story about Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen ― The November issue of Nyantype magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Shin Kyōgoku's Strike Witches: Aurora no Majo spinoff manga will end in the following issue on October 30. The series launched in September of last year, and Kadokawa Shoten published the first compiled volume on September 9 of this year. The story follows the lead character...
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Akame ga KILL! Anime's 2nd Half Promoted in TV Ad

12th, 13th Akame ga KILL! Gekijō shorts also streamed ― The official website for the Akame ga Kill television anime began streaming the television commercial for the second cours (quarter of a year) of the series on Monday. The video features the opening theme song "Liar Mask" for the second cours by Rika Mayama. (The 13th episode just aired this weekend.) The website is also streaming the 12th and 1...
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Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 49 ‒ Episode 13

"It's an appropriate ending, given this show's larger themes... a fine conclusion to a surprisingly great little show."
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Korean Live-Action Liar Game's Cast Announced

Kim So Eun, Shin Sung Rok, Lee Sang Yoon star in new adaptation in October ― Korean actors Shin Sung Rok, Lee Sang Yoon, and Kim So Eun will star in the Korean live-action television adaptation of Shinobu Kaitani's Liar Game manga in October. The series will run on tvN for 12 episodes. Yoo Yong Jae is writing, and PD Kim Hong Seon is directing the series. Kim So Eun stars as friendly and innocent col...

Crunchyroll Manga Adds The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer, Kippo to Catalog

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer's full catalog available now ― Media service Crunchyroll announced on Sunday that it added Satoshi Mizukami's The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer and Hiroshi Tanaka's Kippo manga series. The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer's catalog is available now in all territories except Japan, South Korea, Lebanon, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Switzerland, Algeria, and Morocco. The back cata...
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Astro Toy - Dynamite Action Big Dai-X

It's that special time of year when the leaves turn, the air turns crisp and brisk, and David reviews another extremely obscure and expensive giant robot. ― Dynamite Action Big Dai-X Series: X-Bomber/Star Fleet Maker: Evolution Toy Price: $130 I know that you're all looking at me like I've lost it again. I haven't topped Galvion for obscurity: I'm not sure I'll ever be able to beat reviewing somethi...
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Barakamon ‒ Episode 12

"A fine goodbye to a lovely show, and it reminded me of all the reasons I've enjoyed this series. I'm gonna miss you, Barakamon."
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Your lie in April Manga's Spring Finale, Anime's 3rd Trailer Unveiled

3rd key visual revealed for series with publicity led by Nodame Cantabile's Mongoose ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Naoshi Arakawa's Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (April is Your Lie) manga began streaming the third trailer on Sunday. The Nodame Cantabile anime's Mongoose makes a special appearance at the beginning of the trailer as the leader of the Kimi Uso cheering squad. T...
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The Seven Deadly Sins' Promo Video, Attack on Titan Crossover Art Unveiled

Shinjuku Station to display life-size Diane looking over Shingeki no Kyojin's wall ― The official website for the television anime of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) manga began streaming a trailer on Sunday. The video features FLOW and GRANRODEO's ending theme song "7-seven-" and Ikimono-gakari's opening theme "Netsujō no Spectrum" (Spectrum of Passion). The Seven Deadly Si...

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works' 2 1-Hour Specials, Ad Unveiled

Hiroshi Kamiya joins cast, new key visual revealed for series premiering October 4 ― Aniplex announced at the premiere screening of episode one of the Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works animethat the anime's first two episodes, episodes zero and one, will be one hour in length each. Episode zero, "Prologue," will premiere on October 4, and will focus on Rin Tohsaka and her Servant Archer. Episode...
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Setona Mizushiro's Nōnai Poison Berry Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Yōko Maki, Yūki Furukawa, Hidetoshi Nishijima star in 2015 film ― Setona Mizushiro's Nōnai Poison Berry (Poison Berry In My Brain) will get a live-action film adaptation in 2015. Yuichi Sato will direct the film. Yōko Maki (pictured in image, left) will star as the lead character Ichiko Sakurai, Yūki Furukawa will star as her love interest Saotome, and Sonha will star as the editor Ochi. The followin...
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Hawaii Int'l Film Fest to Host Thermae Romae II's U.S. Premiere

Also: Ghibli documentary, Lupin III, Tokyo Tribe, Crows: Explode ― The 34th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) will screen the U.S. premiere of Thermae Romae II, the second live-action film inspired by Mari Yamazaki's historical comedy manga, on November 1. HIFF describes the story: As the film begins, Lucius is commissioned to build a new bathhouse for gladiators at the Roman colosseum...

Saturday, September 27

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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax's English Tutorials, Margaret Video, Unboxing Streamed

Ships in N. America for PS3, Xbox One on September 30 ― Game publisher Atlus USA began streaming four English tutorial videos for its upcoming 2D fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on Thursday. The trailers introduce players to game mechanics such as basic controls narrated by Teddie, basic moves narrated by Rise Kujikawa, new systems narrated by Fuuka Yamagishi, and advance techniques narrated by...
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Houston's Anime Matsuri to Host Studio Trigger, Director Yoh Yoshinari

Studio to preview Little Witch Academia 2 at April 2015 event ― The Anime Matsuri convention will host Studio Trigger and director Yoh Yoshinari at the April 3-5, 2015 event in Houston. The studio is aiming to screen a preview of the Little Witch Academia 2 anime. Studio Trigger ended its successful Kickstarter campaign for Little Witch Academia 2 in August 2013. The campaign accumulated US$625,518 i...

Funimation Offers Soul Eater Not! Anime on Home Video

English dub to be included in Summer 2015 release ― North American anime distributor Funimation confirmed on Saturday that it plans to release the Soul Eater Not! anime on home video next summer. Funimation will offer an English dub track with the anime. Soul Eater Not! centers on the newest class at Death Weapon Meister Academy. As Tsugumi Harudori (voiced by Haruka Chisuga) enters the gates to Shin...
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Sword Art Online II ‒ Episode 13

"Once again, Sword Art Online's worst tendencies have made it its own worst enemy."
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Magimoji Rurumo ‒ Episode 12

"If the series was going to ignore its most important plot element, it should have at least left us with a funny and memorable exit."
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2nd Yowapeda/Yowamushi Pedal Season Previewed in Video

Grande Road season debuts October 6 ― On Saturday, the official Toho Animation YouTube channel began streaming a preview video of Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road, the second Yowapeda (Yowamushi Pedal) anime season which will premiere on October 6. The video features the opening theme titled "Determination" performed by LASTGASP. In the beginning of the video, protagonist Sakamichi speaks the line, "Today...
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Invaders of the Rokujyōma!? ‒ Episode 12

"While this isn't the conclusion I'd expected, it's at least a pleasant way to say farewell to the series."
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Crunchyroll to Stream Grisaia, Cross Ange, Tribal Cool Crew

The Fruit of Grisaia premieres this Sunday, Cross Ange & Tribal Cool Crew next Sunday ― Media service Crunchyroll announced at its Anime Weekend Atlanta panel on Saturday that it will stream the Fall anime series The Fruit of Grisaia, Cross Ange Rondo of Angel and Dragon, and Tribe Cool Crew. The Fruit of Grisaia (Le Fruit de La Grisaia or Grisaia no Kajitsu) will premiere on Sunday, September 28 at ...

Yuruyuri OVA's Preview Video Reveals Summer BBQ Story

Yuruyuri Nachu Yachumi! to open in 5 theaters in November ― Pony Canyon began streaming a preview video for the upcoming original video animation Yuruyuri Nachu Yachumi! (a deliberate misspelling of "natsu yasumi," or "summer vacation") on Saturday. The OVA will open in five theaters in Japan on November 29. Akari: Akari! Yahoo! It's me, Akari Akaza. For this year's summer vacation, we went to a camp...

Aniplex USA Adds Sword Art Online: Extra Edition, Silver Spoon 2 on Home Video

Aniplex will release both sets in December ― Aniplex of America announced at its Anime Weekend Atlanta panel on Saturday that it will release Sword Art Online: Extra Edition and the second season of Silver Spoon on home video. Aniplex will release Sword Art Online: Extra Edition on Blu-ray and DVD on December 23. The set will include the original Japanese audio track with English subtitles and an Eng...
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Watch Hacks! Mangaka Tetsuya Imai Draw in Wacom's Live Painting

Wacom, a company that makes digital drawing tablets, has added a new video with mangaka Tetsuya Imai (Hacks!, Alice to Zōroku) to its "Drawing with Wacom" series. In the video, the artist is using a Cintiq 24HD touch tablet. The other artists in the series include Kantai Collection artist Oguchi, Vocaloid artist Yori, Haruhi Suzumiya and Shana illustrator Noizi Ito, So-Ra-No-Wo-To and Hana-Saku Ir...

PlayStation Home Service Shutters in North America, Europe in March

Social gaming service launched on PS3 in 2008 ― Sony announced on Friday that it will close its PlayStation Home social service on the PS3 console in March. Service will end on March 31, 2015 in North America and Europe. The company will stop publishing new content for the service on November 12, but content will be downloadable for users in the U.S. and Canada until December 3. The PlayStation Home ...

Fate/Stay night TV Anime's 7th Ad Highlights Kirei Kotomine

Anime of original game's 'Unlimited Blade Works' route to premiere on October 4 ― The seventh character television ad for ufotable's Fate/stay night television anime began airing on Saturday. The ad focuses on Kirei Kotomine, as voiced by Jouji Nakata — with an appearance by Gilgamesh. The ad features the theme song "ideal white" by Mashiro Ayano. Text: The Holy Grail War that revolves around fate. K...
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The List - 6 Relaxing Anime About Life on the Farm

Whether your chickens are coming home to roost or you didn't buy the cow because the milk was free, these 6 farm anime will have you more relaxed than a conbine during an unseasonable drought. ― There was a short string of shows focusing on rural farm life and agriculture recently. The shows worked as a natural step from "healing" anime, where the primary function is to provide a tranquil environmen...
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Persona 4 the Golden Animation ‒ Episode 12

"Episode 12 acts as the conclusion to a very inconsistent series, plagued with serious narrative flaws throughout its run."
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Girl Friend BETA's Hayashi, IS's okiura Make Plastic Memories Anime

"Story of meetings and partings" by Morita-san wa Mukuchi director, Infinite Stratos character designer ― The November issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki G's magazine is announcing on Tuesday that creator Naotaka Hayashi (director of Girl Friend BETA, Morita-san wa Mukuchi) and original character designer okiura (Infinite Stratos) are making a new original animation project called Plastic Memories. It will ...
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Shonen Hollywood Gets 2nd Anime Season in January

Announced after 13th episode on Saturday ― The 13th episode of the Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 49- television anime ended on Saturday with an announcement that the second season, Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 50-, will premiere next January. The anime is inspired by Ikuyo Hashiguchi's mixed-media project Shounen Hollywood and is produced by anime studio ZEXCS (Diabolik Lovers, Cuticle Det...
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Japanese Women Vote For Their Favorite Yokai Anime

With Halloween just over a month away, and the premiere of the live-action Jigoku Sensei Nube TV adaptation set for October, Japanese website My Navi Woman polled its readers about their favorite yokai anime and manga series—series that feature Japanese folk monsters and other supernatural creatures. Here are the results: Gegege no Kitaro (31.5%) Yuyu Hakusho (19.5%) Inuyasha (15.0%) Jigoku S...
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Madan no Ō to Vanadis TV Anime's 3 New TV Spots Aired

Series starring Haruka Tomatsu, Kaito Ishikawa, Hitomi Harada, more premieres on October 4 ― The official website for the Madan no Ō to Vanadis anime series began streaming three new TV spots for the anime on Wednesday. All three videos features the anime's opening theme song, “Ginsen no Kaze” (Wind of the Silver Flash) by Konomi Suzuki (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, Watamote): Tigre: The young feudal lord...
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From the New World's Oikawa Launches Absolute Duo Spinoff Manga

Comic Alive mag launches 3 other manga next month ― The November issue of Kadokawa's Comic Alive magazine announced on Saturday that it will launch four new manga series in the December issue on October 27. The new manga include a spinoff of Takumi Hiiragi-Boshi and character designer Yū Asaba's Absolute Duo light novel series. Tōru Oikawa (From the New World) will draw the four-panel comedy manga, w...
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Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow's 2nd Episode Previewed in Video

Goddess of the Aegean Sea premieres in Japan on January 10 ― Kadokawa began streaming the first promotional video on Saturday for Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow Vol. 2 - Aegean Umi no Megami (Goddess of the Aegean Sea), the second episode in the Strike Witches original video anime (OVA) project. Text: The second of three short stories in the hugely popular anime series!! Narrator: There were...
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Photo Feature: Nan Desu Kan 2014

Last weekend, Denver's Nan Desu Kan 2014 kicked off with freezing rain on Friday. Not letting the chill outside slow them down, con staff had to move lines inside. On Saturday, the Colorado weather flipped to a much more comfortable mid 70s, allowing the dealers room line to snake around to the back of the hotel like normal. Attendance sold out around 11am on Saturday, reaching the 7,500 attendee ...
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Hyrule Warriors Launch Trailer Streamed

Hyrule Warriors available now in N. America for Wii U ― Nintendo began streaming the North American launch trailer for Hyrule Warriors (Zelda Musō) on Friday. The game shipped on Friday for the Wii U in North America. Those who pre-ordered the game in North America at selected retailers received a free DLC costume pack such as Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, or Ocarina of Time. The game shipped in ...
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Bakumatsu Rock Stage Play Cast Shown in Costume

The musical will run in Tokyo's Ginga Theater from December 24-29 ― The official website for Chō Kageki Bakumatsu Rock (Ultra Musical Bakumatsu Rock), the stage musical adaptation of Marvelous AQL's Bakumatsu Rock PlayStation Portable game, released photos of play's cast in costume last week. Niconico 超歌劇『幕末Rock』【アニメ最速先行版】15秒TV CM The cast members include: Shinji Rachi (Black Butler musical's Eric) ...

Adapter Promises to Connect PS3/4 Controllers to Wii/Wii U Remotes

Slated for release on November 30 ― Japanese game product manufacturer Cyber Gadget is offering on Amazon Japan an adapter that connects Sony's DualShock 3 and 4 controllers (as well as Cyber Gadget's own PlayStation 3-compatible controllers) to Wii Remotes. Cyber Gadget says that players can use the resulting combination on both Wii and Wii U games. Along with PS3/4 controllers, the adapter can be ...
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Sazae-san Celebrates 45th Anniversary With Musical Episode

1-hour October special also has stories about Tama the cat, Japan's space center ― The long-running Sazae-san anime is celebrating its 45th anniversary with a one-hour special that features a musical episode on October 5. The musical is one of five mini episodes in "Sazae-san Utatte Odotte Rocket made! Hōsō Kaishi kara Kyō de Pittari 45-nen Special" (Sazae-san: Singing and Dancing to the Rocket! 45-Y...
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Akio Ohtsuka Takes Over Masashi Hirose's Role in Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete Anime

Ohtsuka now voices the butler Sakunoshin Honjō in the show ― The official website for the Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete (À la recherche du futur perdu or Searching for the Lost Future) television anime announced on Thursday that Akio Ohtsuka will take over Masashi Hirose's role of Sakunoshin Honjō in the show. The website referenced Hirose's extended hospitalization for an unspecified illness as the ...

Friday, September 26

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Godzilla PS3 Game's TGS Update of 2nd Video Reveals Jet Jaguar

Robot joins Godzilla, Mecha Godzilla, Ghidorah, Mothra, Legendary's Godzilla ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming the Tokyo Game Show version of the second promotional video for its PlayStation 3 game Godzilla on Friday. The video is essentialy the same as the version that debuted last month — except for the last five seconds that reveal the robot Jet Jaguar: The narrator intones: Can humanity contro...
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Bandai Shows Off the Psycho-Pass Dominator Proplica With Demo Videos

Bandai has posted videos showcasing the Psycho-Pass Dominator from its Proplica line, and it looks perfect for both collectors and cosplay enthusiasts. Not only does it have working lights that mimic the Dominator's function from the anime, it even features voiceover from actual Dominator voice actress Noriko Hidaka.. The demo videos show the gun being activated, registering the user (Shinya or Ak...
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Saban Brands Is Looking For The Next Best Animation Idea

Saban Brands, the acquisition and licensing company that distributes Power Rangers and Digimon Fusion in the US, is launching their first "Show Us Your Shorts" contest for up-and-coming animators. The top 10 shorts will be subject to a public vote, with the winner receiving $5,000 and a development deal with Saban Brands. The contest runs until October 24. The contest is open to residents of the U...
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Tokyo ESP ‒ Episode 12

"Tokyo ESP started with strong potential but suffered during the latter half in large part because of pacing and execution issues, and the finale is little different."
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Kikuko Inoue Celebrates Her 17th Birthday Again

Oi, oi! ― Kikuko Inoue (Belldandy in Oh My Goddess!, Kasumi in Ranma 1/2, Lust in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) turned 17 on September 25. For the 34th time. ... In actuality, it's her 50th birthday, but Inoue has established a reputation for claiming to be 17 anyway. It's gotten to the point that she is considered the founder of her own religion, 17-saikyou ("age 17ism"), with fellow voice actre...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, September 14-20

Noragami, 3 Attack on Titan volumes, Monster Musume, Terra Formars, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Black Butler, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, The Seven Deadly Sins The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on September 20. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 7Noragami: Stray God #1 Adachitoka Kodansha Comics 2 26Attack on Titan #1 H...
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Official Life-Size Pikachu Plush Weighs More Than 13 Pounds

Pokemon and lifestyle/clothing company BEAMS are collaborating to release an official 1:1 scale Pikachu, which is meant to replicate the electric rodent's appearance from the original Pokemon Red & Green games (released in the US as Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue). If he looks a little hefty, it's because he is. The overstuffed plush measures 0.4 m in height (~15.7"), and weighs 7 kg (~13.2 lb). Whi...
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Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax's TV Spots Streamed

PS3/Vita game to ship on November 13 ― The official website for Sega and ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax anime-based fighting game began streaming two TV spots on Friday. The commercials feature the main playable cast. The game is a PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita port of Sega's arcade fighting game that features characters from ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko light novel titles....
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Funimation Wants To Know Once And For All Whether Dogs or Cats Are Better

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is coming out on October 7, so to celebrate the release, the folks at Funimation are holding a battle of their own—the eternal fight over which furry critter reigns supreme: cats or dogs. They're calling it "Waggin' Ball Z: Battle of Pets," and voting is simple. Simply Tweet or Instagram using the hashtag #DragonDogZ or #DragonCat Z, and let your voice be heard. ...
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D.back up Anime's Teaser Streamed

Pony Canyon's Anime Adaptation Prize winner to debut 2015 ― Pony Canyon began streaming a teaser trailer for the original D.back up anime project on Friday. Vocaloid composer chukka provided the image song. Text: The mission bestowed by software with its own will. That is... to restore the world. Text: Inside the box of knowledge. When the will exceeds the mission, a new world will come alive. Masash...
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Fate/Stay night TV Anime's Bonus Ad Highlights Taiga

Anime of original game's 'Unlimited Blade Works' route to premiere on October 4 ― A bonus character ad for ufotable's Fate/stay night television anime began streaming on Saturday. The ad focuses on Taiga Fujimura, as voiced by Miki Itou. The ad features the theme song "ideal white" by Mashiro Ayano. In the ad, Shirō asks Taiga why, given her lineage, she's eating at his house every day like a freeloa...
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Le Fruit de la Grisaia Anime's Commercial Previews Theme Song

Takahiro Sakurai, Hiroko Taguchi, Kaori Mizuhashi, more star in anime series premiering on October 5 ― Japanese television station Tokyo MX aired a 15-second commercial for the anime adaptation of the Le Fruit de La Grisaia (Grisaia no Kajitsu) adult PC game on Friday. The commercial features the theme song "Rakuen no Tsubasa" (Wings of Paradise) by Maon Kurosaki. The series will star: Takahiro Sakur...
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Latest 'Which Anime Do You Want To See As Live-Action' Offers Surprising Answers

Manga series are adapted just as much, if not more often, into live-action drama series or films. A recent poll asked fans specifically what manga from Shonen Jump's "Golden Age" they thought would be the most difficult to give the live-action treatment. Dragon Ball was the #1 choice (and correct if we can trust Dragonball Z: Evolution as a barometer). Charapedia asked 10,000 fans which anime they...
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Terra Formers Promo Video Previews Annex 1 Story

Sci-fi series premieres today ― The official website for the television anime of Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana's Terraformars manga began streaming a promotional video previewing the Annex 1 story arc, which the anime is adapting from the manga. The anime premiered on September 26 at 24:30 JST (effectively, September 27 at 12:30 a.m.) and Crunchyroll will stream the series as it airs, beginning at ...
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Terror in Resonance ‒ Episode 11

Shinichiro Watanabe's rumination on terrorism and Japanese nationalism comes to a close, but does it go out with a bang or a whimper?
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Learn English with Kagerou Daze

Navigate your way through the English language with the help of the Mekakushi Dan ― Learning a new language is tough. You could even think of it sort of as a new stage in life. While it may not be as difficult a stage as learning how to control your own supernatural powers, it still helps to have someone who knows more than you do to show you the ropes. In order to help you on your way to English pro...
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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Comes to Mac via Steam, App Store

Action game currently discounted to US$5 ― The Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance game was released for Mac computers via Steam and the Mac App Store on Thursday. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 console game is the first in the Metal Gear franchise made available for Mac computers. TransGaming Inc. ported the game in collaboration with Konami. Kojima Productions (the company overseen by Metal Gear Solid c...
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Garo TV Anime's Extended 2nd Promo Unveiled

Hironobu Kageyama, Takaya Hashi, Mayu Udono, more join cast for adaptation of tokusatsu drama ― The official website for the Garo: Honoo no Kokuin (Garo: Seal of Flames) anime based on the Garo Project tokusatsu drama program began streaming an extended version of the second promotional video on Friday. Narrator: The greed of humans, as well as karma. Where there is karma, the gate will open, and a p...
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Toshiba's Double Circle Anime's Final Episode Streamed

Japanese electronics corporation Toshiba began streaming the sixth and final episode of its Double Circle net anime series on Thursday. The episode is titled "Double Circle." Toshiba collaborated with the city of Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture to create the series. The meaning of the title Double Circle is a reference to the infinity symbol and the community that "evolves infinitely by the energy...
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World Trigger Anime's Promo Previews Characters

Series starring Yuichi Nakamura, Yuuki Kaji, Rie Kugimiya premieres on October 5 ― Toei Animation began streaming a new promotional video for the television anime adaptation of Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga on Friday. Narrator: The super-popular science-fiction manga in Weekly Shonen Jump is finally adapted to anime! Osamu: Trigger, on! Words on screen: Trigger, on!, other-world, asteroid, T...

Binan Kōkō Chikyū Bōei-bu Love! Anime With High School Boys Unveiled

TV anime with 5 handsome boys & pink creature to premiere in January ― Production on the original television anime Binan Kōkō Chikyū Bōei-bu Love! (Handsome High School Earth Defense Club Love!) has been green-lit for a January 2015 premiere. The anime's official website opened with a key visual of five high school boys and "a mysterious pink creature," while the logo features an apparent symbol for ...
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Dog Days Suger Manga Series to Launch in October

Asuka Kanan draws shorts with light & serious elements before 3rd anime season's January debut ― The November issue of Kadokawa's Comptiq Ace magazine is annnouncing on Friday that writer Masaki Tsuzuki and artist Asuka Kanan are launching the Dog Days Suger manga in the next issue on October 25. The magazine teases that the manga's short stories will weave both light and serious elements. Dog Days''...
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Hen Semi's Tagro, Joshiraku's Yasu Collaborate on Manga Series

Also in Comic Rex: Usuko-san, Soul Gadget Radiant, Ōsama Game: Shūkyoku, Steins;Gate: Aishi Mizu no Babel creators ― The November issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine is announcing on Saturday that Hen Semi (Abnormal Physiology Seminar) manga creator Tagro and Joshiraku manga artist Yasu are collaborating on a new manga series. The "slice-of-life science-fiction comedy" will launch in the...
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Live-Action Franchise Garo Gets Manga Series

Ninja Slayer/Shin Mazinger Zero artist Yūki Yogo draws based on Keita Amemiya's story ― The November issue of Wani Books' Comic Gum magazine is announcing on Friday that Tohokushinsha Film Corporation's live-action special effects franchise Garo is inspiring a manga series in the next issue on October 25. Yūki Yogo (Ninja Slayer, Shin Mazinger Zero vs. Ankoku Daishougun, Wolf Guy) is drawing the mang...
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Subaru & Gainax's Hōkago no Pleiades Anime Gets Manga

Fantasista Doll designer Anmi starts manga on October 27 in Comic Rex magazine ― The November issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine is announcing on Saturday that a manga adaptation of Subaru and Gainax's Hōkago no Pleiades anime will launch in the following issue on October 27. Fantasista Doll characer designer Anmi is drawing the manga series based on the franchise from the car maker and...
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Persona Q Game's English Trailers Profile Yukiko and Shinjiro

Atlus will release 3DS game in North America on November 25 ― Atlus USA streamed two character trailers for its upcoming Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game. The videos introduces Yukiko Amagi of Persona 4 and Shinjiro Aragaki of Persona 3. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth shipped in Japan for Nintendo 3DS on June 5. The game is slated for release on November 25 in North America. T...
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Animatrix's Koji Morimoto Creates Promo Video for Mono Band

15-second video promotes post progressive metal band's 2 upcoming albums ― Anime director Koji Morimoto (The Animatrix, Memories, Genius Party) has created a 15-second promotional video for the Japanese post progressive metal band Mono. The band is releasing two new albums titled Rays of Darkness and The Last Dawn this fall. Morimoto requested and started the project after listening to the band's son...

One Piece Anime Casts Tohru Furuya in Pivotal Role

Spoiler character to make voiced debut in this Sunday's episode ― Editor's Note: The following article contains spoilers for upcoming episodes of the One Piece anime. The staff of the One Piece television anime series announced on Friday that Tohru Furuya (Mobile Suit Gundam's Amuro Ray, Sailor Moon's Tuxedo Mask) will play the adult version of Sabo in the show. The character will make his full debut...

Texas Library Denies Request to Remove Vampire Knight Manga

Library director, local citizens defend 75 titles from minister's petition ― During a September 9 meeting, the city council of Cleveland, Texas did not act on a local minister's petition to remove 75 books he described as "demonic," including the Vampire Knight manga, from a library. Reverend Phillip Missick of the King of Saints Tabernacle Church had sent a petition last month to complain that Vampi...
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