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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Aug 19-25

91 Days and Love Live Sunshine come surging from behind to leap up the charts! Find out how your favorite shows fared in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these ranking...
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Yowamushi Pedal GN 3

This omnibus volume slows things down a bit from the heady days of the Welcome Race, but its exploration of the cast's emotions proves just as interesting. ― Competitive sports are a divisive pasttime, which is especially strange because they really don't have to be. Very few people are going to get into the sort of burning feud that Red Sox vs Yankees inspires over whether Dairy Queen or Baskin Robi...
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Please tell me! Galko-chan Episodes 1-12 Streaming

Rose Bridges takes a look at this underrated short gag series from earlier in the year and discovers a surprisingly educational (and filthy) anime like nothing else out there. ― When I was in high school, there was one huge girls' bathroom in the main hallway. For some reason, there was no such equivalent for the guys. This place became a sort of social gathering spot for all the girls in school, reg...
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Wednesday, August 31

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Answerman - Why Is Old Anime Still Released In Interlaced Format?

"Interlaced" video should, by all accounts, be a thing of the past - so why does it still occasionally show up on anime DVDs and blurays? Justin gets into the technical details. ― Anonymous asks: Why is it that older shows are still presented in interlaced form on new-release DVDs? They look terrible on a computer. Prior to HD video being a thing, all video was interlaced. All of it. Every show that...
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Zegapain ADP Compilation Film's Trailer, Ad Preview Akino Arai's Theme Song

Tetsuya Kakihara, Haruka Tomatsu, Yuko Kaida, Misaki Kuno join cast of film ― Bandai Visual began streaming a trailer and a television commercial for Zegapain ADP (Zegapain Adaptation), a compilation film of the Zegapain television anime with new footage and characters, on Thursday. The videos preview the new theme song "Hane yo Senaka ni" by Akino Arai. The new characters and their cast members for ...
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Squid Girl's Masahiro Anbe Launches New School Club Manga

Also: Resident Evil/Biohazard: heavenly island manga returns from hiatus ― This year's 40th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion announced on Thursday that Masahiro Anbe (Squid Girl) will begin a new series titled Atsumare! Fushigi Kenkyūbu (Gather! Mystery Research Club) in the 44th issue on September 29. The "girls comedy" series follows a protagonist named Daisuke who cannot decide on a ...
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Saki Mahjong Manga Gets Live-Action Show in December, Film in 2017

Manga has inspired 5 spinoff manga, 3 TV anime ― This year's 18th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine is revealing on Friday that Ritz Kobayashi's Saki manga will get a live-action television series adaptation and a film adaptation. The live-action series will have four episodes and will premiere in late night television in December, while the film will open in the beginning of 2017. The mag...
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Kamen Rider Ex-Aid's Cast, Staff, Theme Song Artist Unveiled

Hiroki Iijima, Toshiki Seto, Matsumoto Ukyo, Ruka Matsuda, more star in new Kamen Rider series ― Toei announced the cast of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, the next installment in its live-action special effects franchise Kamen Rider, on Tuesday. The title is coined from the terms "extreme" and "aid," and the story centers on new heroes who are "doctors x gamers" battling a type of mysterious game virus known as...
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Viz Media to Publish Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Pocket Comics Manga

Pokémon Adventures manga ships September, Pokémon Pocket Comics ships October ― Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it will publish the Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire manga, a continuation of Satoshi Yamamoto and Hidenori Kusaka's Pocket Monsters Special (Pokémon Adventures) manga. The first volume will retail for US$4.99 in September. Viz Media describes the story: Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald fa...
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Shin Godzilla Listed in U.S. Theaters October 11-18

U.S poster also unveiled for film that sold 3.6 million tickets in Japan ― Ticketing service Fandango revealed the poster for Funimation's North American release of the Shin Godzilla movie on Tuesday. The poster reveals an October 11-18 screening run for the film. Theaters have also been listing the same release dates for the film. The film will have IMAX, MX4D, and 4DX screenings. The film has earne...

Whistle! Soccer Anime Gets 'Voice Remake' With New Cast in 2017

Shun Horie, Shinnosuke Tachibana, Ryōsuke Kanemoto, Takuya Eguchi star in new voice cast ― Marvelous announced on Wednesday that the 2002 television anime of Daisuke Higuchi's Whistle! soccer manga is getting a "voice remake" in 2017 to celebrate the anime's 15th anniversary. Marvelous posted a promotional video previewing the 2017 version's new voice cast, as well as the opening theme song "DOUBLE W...

Re:Zero PS4/Vita Game's Story Details, Screenshots Unveiled

Game will have eight different endings for heroines ― Kadokawa's Famitsu.com website revealed story details and screenshots for 5pb. Games' Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu -Death or Kiss (Re: Life in a different world from zero -Death or Kiss-) adventure game on Tuesday. The game will have an original story, taking place before the royal election at an event called the "Beauty Queen Election."...

ViVid Strike! Anime's 1st Promo Reveals October 1 Debut, Opening Song

Yui Ogura sings "Future Strike" for anime by Lyrical Nanoha creator Masaki Tsuzuki ― The official website of ViVid Strike!, the new television anime by Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha creator and scriptwriter Masaki Tsuzuki, began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Wednesday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Future Strike" by Yui Ogura, and reveals the anime's October 1 pr...

Tuesday, August 30

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Ajin Anime Season 2 Reveals October 7 Premiere, New Visual

The official website for the Ajin anime franchise announced on Friday that the second season of the television anime will premiere on MBS and TBS on October 7, and on BS TBS on October 8. The site also unveiled a new visual for the second season. The groups angela and fripSide are collaborating on the opening theme song for the second season. The anime project adapts Gamon Sakurai's Ajin: Demi-Hum...
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Fullmetal Alchemist Creator Visits Live-Action Sets Before Filming Ends

Hiromu Arakawa draws sketch to mark August 5 visit before shooting ended on August 26 ― The live-action movie of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga ended filming on Friday, August 26, but not before Arakawa herself had a chance to visit the sets on August 5. Principal photography lasted three months — relatively long for Japanese live-action films. The production began filming in Italy in Jun...
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Build Your Own Pokémon Eevee at Build-A-Bear Workshops

The Pokémon-themed Build-A-Bears continue with the introduction of an Eevee option to workshops slated for September 1. Following Pikachu earlier this year, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom will soon be able to Build-A-Eevee, as well. The basic 14-inch Eevee with its Build-A-Bear-exclusive trading card is priced at US$28, with extra add-ons available such as hooded Poké Ball paja...
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Onihei Crime Reports in Edo Historical Novels Get TV Anime

Blood Lad's Shigeyuki Miya directs at Studio M2 for 2017 premiere ― A television anime adaptation of Shōtarō Ikenami's Onihei Crime Reports in Edo (Onihei Hankachō or Onihei, the Devilish Bureau Chief) novel series has been green-lit. The anime will be titled Onihei, and will premiere in 2017. The historical novel series depicts Heizō Hasegawa, who metes justice on wrongdoers and supervises the crack...
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D.Gray-man Hallow ‒ Episode 9

"So much for promises of eternal love."
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Sweetness & Lightning ‒ Episode 9

"While I enjoyed episode 9 immensely, there's no denying that it's about as by-the-books as this series gets."
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Nintendo's New 3DS XL Console is Out of This World

Nintendo announced a new galaxy-themed New 3DS XL on their official Twitter page on August 29. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé introduces the product in a short promotional video below. Out of this world! A New Galaxy Style New Nintendo #3DS XL is coming to stores starting this week for $199.99!https://t.co/v1K471XLBi— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) August 29, 2016 The Gala...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Aug 19-25

91 Days and Love Live Sunshine come surging from behind to leap up the charts! Find out how your favorite shows fared in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these ranking...
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Microsoft's Japanese Kingdom Hearts III Xbox One Page Removed

Microsoft's Japanese Kingdom Hearts III Xbox One game page now leads to an error message saying that the page does not exist. The page cache still shows the original page's listing for Kingdom Hearts III. Microsoft's Japanese Xbox One release schedule still lists Kingdom Hearts III. Kingdom Hearts III is slated for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Epic Games is assisting with the game...
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Hatsune Miku Takes Down Twintails in New Shampoo Ad Featuring Scarlett Johansson

The previously announced commercial for Lux shampoo and conditioner featuring virtual idol Hatsune Miku and Ghost in the Shell star Scarlett Johansson has been posted on the official campaign site and will begin airing on Japanese television on August 31. In the commercial, which is shown below, Miku is inspired by a billboard of Scarlett Johansson with straight, long hair and decides to try taki...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, August 28-September 3

Beelzebub, Doamygar-D, When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace anime; Attack on Titan: Lost Girls manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Beelzebub Part 1 DVDPlease Discotek Media/Eastern Star US$49.95 August 30 Demon Lord Dante DVDCite Discotek Media/Eastern Star US$39.95 August 30 Doamygar-D DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation Entertainment US$14.98 August 30 Eureka ...
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Ishiyama-dera Picture Scrolls Get CG Anime Adaptation

Anime will depict 1st illustration in scrolls showing founding of temple ― The Ishiyama-dera temple in Ōtsu announced that the temple's Ishiyama-dera engi emaki scrolls will get their first CG anime adaptation as part of a "Ishiyama-dera Digital engi emaki Project." The anime will depict the first story in the first scroll (shown below), which illustrates the Hira Myōjin deity appearing before temple...
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Voice Talents Yukari Fukui, Iku Nakahara, Natsuki Hanae Announce Individual Marriages

Yukari Fukui (Gurren Lagann's Nia, Kill La Kill's Sukuyo Mankanshoku, High School of the Dead's Shizuka Marikawa) announced on August 28 that she and Tablier Communications Corporation director Kenji Yamamoto entered their names into the family registry. She added on her blog, "In a relationship of two people it cannot be helped that they are inexperienced as a spouse, but, I think that it is goo...
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Dance with Devils Stage Musical Reveals Additional Cast, Offers 2 Endings

Kōhei Norizuki, Takeshi James Yamada, Ryōsei Tanaka join cast of musical running December 21-27 ― The official website Dance with Devils stage musical announced three additional cast members and two endings for the second musical, Dance with Devils ~Da Capo~, on Monday. The additional cast members include: Kōhei Norizuki as Noel Takeshi James Yamada as Holland Ryōsei Tanaka as Jek Noel and Holland ar...
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God Wars PS4/PS Vita Game's English-Subtitled Trailer Previews Fuyumi Sakamoto's Theme Song

Folklore-based tactical RPG stars Saori Hayami, Tasuku Hatanaka, Kaito Ishikawa, more ― Kadokawa Games began streaming a second trailer for its God Wars ~Toki wo Koete~ (God Wars ~Beyond Time~) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Tuesday. The video introduces the cast and previews the theme song "Toki o Koete" by enka singer Fuyumi Sakamoto. The trailer has English subtitles available with clo...
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Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Adds Keijo! Crossover

The September 15, 2016 issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine is announcing on Thursday that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 will collaborate with Daichi Sorayomi's Keijo!!!!!!!! (Hip Whip Girl) aquatic sports manga for a series of swimsuit costumes. The costumes come on the tail of the Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 VR announcement. The game, which boasts the female cast of the Dead or Alive fighting game franchise rel...
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Capcom's Public Transit Card 3DS Game Reveals Name, Visual

Video game news website Famitsu revealed the title, logo, and key visual for Capcom's upcoming Nintendo 3DS game that will use IC cards, which are used in Japan to pay for public transportation fares. The game is titled Megami Meguri (Goddess Tour). The September 15 issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine will reveal more information on communication with characters in the game and how the IC cards work....
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Re:Zero Game Slated for March 23 for PS4, PS Vita

Platforms revealed for upcoming adventure game ― 5pb. Games' announced on Tuesday that its Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu -Death or Kiss (Re: Life in a different world from zero -Death or Kiss-) game will be an adventure game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The game will ship on March 23 in Japan with a standard edition for 7,500 yen (about US$73), limited edition for 10,500 yen (abou...
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Super Lovers Anime Season 2 Reveals Story, Returning Cast & Staff, Visual

Takuya Satō joins cast as Kaidō brothers' cousin in January anime ― The official website for the television anime of Miyuki Abe's boys-love manga Super Lovers updated on Tuesday with a story introduction, the returning cast and staff, and a new key visual for second season, Super Lovers 2. The first season began with a high school boy named Haru and his mother living overseas. His mother orders him t...
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Yowamushi Pedal GN 3

This omnibus volume slows things down a bit from the heady days of the Welcome Race, but its exploration of the cast's emotions proves just as interesting. ― Competitive sports are a divisive pasttime, which is especially strange because they really don't have to be. Very few people are going to get into the sort of burning feud that Red Sox vs Yankees inspires over whether Dairy Queen or Baskin Robi...
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Berserk ‒ Episode 9

"I'm continuing to enjoy the show much more now than I did at the start, even if I feel more lost than ever before."
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, August 22-28

Mr. Osomatsu sells 17,059, followed by One Piece, Kuroko's Basketball play, Rejet Fes., Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai ― The deluxe edition for the live-action film of Makino's Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai manga sold 1,746 more copies for a new total of 14,737 copies. In its second week, it dropped from #2 to #13. "Symphogear Live 2016" landed at #18 with 1,492 copies. "TV Anime N...

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

Love Live! μ's sells 50,096, followed by The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, Mr. Osomatsu, Symphogear, Re:Zero ― The Love Live! μ's Live Collection Blu-ray Disc sold 50,096 copies to rank #3 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The [email protected] Cinderella Girls 3rd Live Cinderella no Butōkai (Cinderella Ball) -Power of Smile- Blu-ray Box landed at #4 with 21,318 copies. Symphogear Live 2016 landed at #6 wit...

Makoto Shinkai's your name. Ranks #1, Shin Godzilla Drops to #3

Aozora Yell drops from #3 to #5, One Piece Film Gold from #7 to #9 ― Makoto Shinkai's new anime film your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) has earned 1,277,960,000 yen (about US$12.51 million) in three days since opening last Friday. It ranked #1 at the Japanese box office in tickets sold during Saturday and Sunday. The film sold 688,000 tickets over Saturday and Sunday, earning 930 million yen (US$9.1 million...
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Akiba's Beat Game's English-Subtitled Trailer Introduces Asahi

Acquire's PS4/PS Vita RPG slated for fall in Japan, winter in English ― XSEED Games began streaming a character trailer for Acquire's Akiba's Beat PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Monday. The video introduces the character Asahi Tachibana (voiced by Toshiki Masuda), with English text for the game. XSEED Games will release Akiba's Beat this winter in English on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation ...
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Mushi Pro Animates Disaster Readiness Anime for Northeastern Japan

Anime tells true stories of Fudai village, Kamaishi city & emphasize disaster prevention ― The Tohoku Regional Development Association is developing an anime to raise earthquake awareness titled Mirai o Mukete Bōsai o Kangaeru (Considering Disaster Prevention for the Future). The anime will illustrate lessons learned from the March 11, 2011 Tohoku (Northeastern Japan) earthquake and tsunami, and emph...
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Persona 5 Game's Ad Highlights Haruka Tomatsu's Haru Character

Tomatsu voices daughter of restaurant chain head in PS4/PS3 game slated for September 15 in Japan, February 14 in Americas ― Atlus began streaming a television commercial for its upcoming Persona 5 PlayStation 4 game on Tuesday. The video centers on Haru Okumura, the wealthy daughter of the president of a restaurant chain. Haruka Tomatsu voices the character. Atlus previously streamed a video showing...
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One Piece Film Gold Earns 4.8 Billion Yen After 37 Days

Film opened on July 23, has since sold 3,582,115 tickets ― As of Sunday, the One Piece Film Gold movie has earned 4,778,856,000 yen (about US$46.02 million) and sold 3,582,115 tickets in the 37 days since its opening on July 23. Toei is projecting that One Piece Film Gold will earn more than 6 billion yen (about US$56 million). Starting on September 3, participating theaters will begin handing out an...
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Makoto Shinkai's 'your name.' Film Tops Box Office With 1.28 Billion Yen in 3 Days

Sold 688,000 tickets during weekend on the way to projected 6 billion yen (US$58.8 million) ― Japanese film journalist Hirō Otaka posted on his Twitter account on Monday that Makoto Shinkai's new your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film has earned 1,277,960,000 yen (about US$12.51 million) in three days since opening last Friday. In addition, the film's official Twitter account noted that the film rank...

Monday, August 29

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Taboo Tattoo ‒ Episode 9

"It's actually kind of a shame to see the script working so hard to pick up the slack this week, because the direction is probably the weakest it has ever been up to this point."
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Glass Mask Manga Gets School Comedy Anime Spinoff in October

Spinoff stars Kana Asumi, Rumi Ookubo, Atsuko Tanaka, Yuuki Kaji, Daisuke Ono ― Tokyo MX announced on Tuesday that a new spinoff television anime based on Suzue Miuchi's Glass no Kamen (Glass Mask) manga has been green-lit. The 3D anime is titled 3-Nen D-Gumi Glass no Kamen (3rd Year Class D Glass Mask), and it re-imagines the manga and its characters in a school gag comedy focused on satirizing mode...
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Mob Psycho 100 ‒ Episode 8

"Even by the lofty standards Mob has already set for itself, this was a barn-burner of a spectacle."
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7-Eleven Turns to Fans to Pick Its Love Live! Sunshine!! Image Girl

Japan's 7-Eleven convenience stores will launch a voting campaign on September 1 to select which Aqours idol will be its official image girl. The winning Love Live! Sunshine!! character will get a new figure designed by series character designer Yūhei Murota and created by figuremaker ALTER. 7-Eleven will announce more details about the figure's release and price later. Voters will get one of 18 o...
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New Game! ‒ Episode 9

"Whether you're watching for the video game jokes, the character humor, or the fanservice, New Game feels like it's a little more on point than usual this week."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 754

"The One Piece anime has been stagnating these last few months, and now we're in for a breath of fresh air with new characters, locations, and an overall much more engaged production."
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Code Geass Gets New Figures, Lottery Campaigns for 10th Anniversary

We're a few months away from the upcoming Code Geass 10th anniversary event on on November 27. The series' special 10th anniversary website updated on Thursday to announce the release of the ARTFX J Lelouch CODE BLACK 1st Live Encore! Ver. and the G.E.M. series Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 Zero 10th Anniversary figures and two upcoming lottery campaigns. Note: The official website is cu...
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P.A. Works Continues Gag After Studio is Destroyed in Kuromukuro Episode

P.A. Works' 15th anniversary anime project Kuromukuro got meta in a recent episode where the studio was shown being destroyed. Toyama prefecture is the home of P.A. Works and also the setting of Kuromukuro, so it was only a matter of time before the show's giant robots crossed path with the animators' workplace. The actual studio also doubled down on the gag, putting up a sign saying that large sc...
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Kimagure Orange Road's Izumi Matsumoto Bedridden After Illness Relapse

Artist took hiatus for same condition from 1999-2005 ― Manga creator Izumi Matsumoto revealed on his blog on Saturday that he had a relapse of cerebrospinal fluid hypovolemia (depleted cerebrospinal fluid) at the end of April and was bedridden for three months. Matsumoto began hospital treatment for the condition on Monday. Matsumoto said that during the several months of treatment he will not be ans...
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Answerman - How Much Anime Can REALLY Fit On A Blu-ray?

Some anime come with 13 episodes (or more) crammed on a single bluray disc - is that really enough space to maintain HD picture quality? Justin gets into it. ― Mike (Toole) asks: How much anime will fit on a single Blu-Ray disc? Is a single BD-50 really enough for 13 episodes of subtitled 1080p anime? How much anime can comfortably fit onto a dual layer Blu-ray in full HD? For those who don't know, ...

Spice and Wolf Author Hasekura to Appear at NYCC

Yen Press announces Spice and Wolf limited edition omnibus novel ― Yen Press announced on Monday that light novel author Isuna Hasekura (Spice and Wolf, World End Economica) will be a guest at this year's New York Comic Con. Yen Press also announced that it will release the 17-volume Spice and Wolf novel series in one tenth anniversary omnibus edition. The numbered edition is slated for October. Amaz...

Twin Star Exorcists Adds Cast for Anime-Original Arc

Yūki Wakai, Hitomi Sasaki play new characters for arc beginning on Wednesday ― The official website for the Twin Star Exorcists anime announced two new characters and cast members for its anime-original "Rettō Ha Ran-hen" (Archipelago Battle for Supremacy Arc), which will begin with this Wednesday's episode 21. The new anime-original characters are: Yūki Wakai as Suzu, a philosopher-like Basara with ...
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Japanese Fans Vote for Ghibli Film They Most Want to See in Theaters Again

Interim results were announced for the first "Studio Ghibli General Election" poll, in which Japanese fans were asked to vote for which Studio Ghibli film they most wanted to see in theaters again. The preliminary poll ran from August 13-20 and the top five results, given in no particular order, were Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke...
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The Morose Mononokean ‒ Episode 9

"This episode of The Morose Mononokean is a mix of various moods we've seen earlier in the series, but it introduces some new ideas that make the episode feel original."
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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Slated for November 8 in the West

Preorder bonuses for N. America, Europe revealed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Monday that the Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization game will launch on November 8 in North America and Europe. The game will be available physically and digitally for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Europe. In North America, the game will be available physically and digitally on PlayStation 4 and d...
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 9

"This episode throws new characters at us without fanfare and gives us major plot information with all the finesse of a firehose."
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Please tell me! Galko-chan Episodes 1-12 Streaming

Rose Bridges takes a look at this underrated short gag series from earlier in the year and discovers a surprisingly educational (and filthy) anime like nothing else out there. ― When I was in high school, there was one huge girls' bathroom in the main hallway. For some reason, there was no such equivalent for the guys. This place became a sort of social gathering spot for all the girls in school, reg...
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Puzzle & Dragons X Anime's Streaming Total Reaches 13 Million Views

GungHo Online Entertainment announced on Friday that streams of Studio Pierrot's television anime adaptation of the Puzzle & Dragons X ("Pazudora Cross") Nintendo 3DS puzzle role-playing game have accumulated more than 13 million views as of August 24. The 13 million views consists of 2 million views in Japan and 11 million views from China. Funimation is also streaming the series as it airs with ...
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Stand By Me Doraemon's Ryûichi Yagi's New Film Project With Shirogumi Teased

A job listing on the CG World website lists a new film project by director Ryûichi Yagi with the Shirogumi Inc. animation studio. The job listing hints at the film as a "story of swords and sorcery." The job listings provide positions sought by both Yagi's new film project, and Shirogumi Inc.'s "new content department." The film project is listing positions for character modeling, background model...

Jump Special Anime Festa Event Confirms Screening of Black Clover Anime

The official website for the Jump Special Festa Anime screening event confirmed on Monday that it will screen an anime based on Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga. The event will mark the first time the manga will have an anime adaptation. The event will also feature a "new work video" for Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, as well as an original event anime episode of My Hero Academia. The event will al...
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Shin Godzilla Film Earns 5.3 Billion Yen, Surpasses Evangelion 3.0's Gross

Film has sold 3.6 million tickets ― Anime production studio Khara posted on its official Twitter account on Monday that Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's Shin Godzilla (known as Godzilla: Resurgence in Southeast Asia and other distribution territories) film has earned 5.3 billion yen (about US$51.63 million), and has surpassed the earnings of Anno's previous film, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, ...
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Toonami Asia: No New Details Yet for Dragon Ball Super in English

The official Twitter account for Toonami Asia revealed on Wednesday that it has no new information yet regarding Dragon Ball Super's English version. Toonami Asia had responded in mid-July to fan inquiries about the status of the show, stating that it was "trying to get an update ASAP." Toonami announced in November 2015 that it would run the "English-language world premiere" of Dragon Ball Super ...
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Toei Animation, Koei Tecmo's Gust Brand Collaborate on Original Project

Preview event on September 16 in Tokyo to reveal more details about project launching this fall ― Toei Animation and Koei Tecmo Games' Gust brand (Atelier, Nights of Azure game series) launched a website on Monday to announce they are collaborating on a completely original project. The project is the first collaboration between the two companies, and will launch this fall. The two companies will host...
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Starmyu 2nd OVA's Ad Reveals Musical Parts By Team Ōtori, Team Hiragi

2nd OVA with extra video featuring Kao Kai ships in Japan on September 21 ― The official website of the Starmyu anime series began streaming a commercial for the second of its two-part original video anime (OVA) on Monday. The ad reveals that the second OVA will include the "✩✩Eien✭STAGE✩✩" (by Team Ōtori) and "Caribbean Groove" (by Team Hiragi) musical parts, as well as the special "Sing A Song! Mus...
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9th Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play Reveals 12 Cast Members in Costume

Key visual also revealed for play running in Tokyo, Osaka in September-October ― The staff of the ninth stage play adaptation of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal (Yowapeda) manga, titled Butai Yowamushi Pedal ~Hakone Gakuen Shinsedai, Shidō~ (Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play: Hakone Academy New Generation, Start), revealed visuals of the 12 main cast members in costume on Saturday. Keisuke Higashi as Taku...

The Sacred Blacksmith Manga to End in 2 Chapters

Manga adaptation of Isao Miura's light novel series launched in 2009 ― Artist Kōtarō Yamada posted on his Twitter account on Sunday that his manga adaptation of author Isao Miura's The Sacred Blacksmith light novels will conclude in the next two chapters. If the manga is not delayed, it will end in Monthly Comic Alive's December issue on October 27. The manga's ninth compiled book volume previously n...
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Game's Video Shows Bow & Arrow Gameplay

Game slated for release for Nintendo NX, Wii U in 2017 ― The official Twitter account of Nintendo of Europe began streaming a video on Saturday previewing the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game, the newest installment in its The Legend of Zelda game series. The video shows combat using the bow and different types of arrows. Oh the fun you can have with a bow and arrow. #Zelda https...
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Shonen Jump Magazine Launches 11th 'Gold Future Cup' Contest

5 1-shot manga vie for this year's contest ― Shueisha announced in this year's 39th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine that it is hosting its 11th "Gold Future Cup" contest. The yearly contest usually features between four and seven one-shots by up-and-coming artists. Shueisha will publish the five works nominated this year in consecutive issues of Weekly Shonen Jump starting in the magazine's 40th...
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Wake Up, Girls! Performs Shakunetsu no Takkyū Musume Anime's Ending Theme Song

"Bokura no Frontier" theme song's single CD slated for November 25 ― The official website of the television anime adaptation of Yagura Asano's Shakunetsu no Takkyū Musume (Scorching Ping Pong Girls) manga announced on Sunday that voice actress group Wake Up, Girls! is performing the anime's ending theme song "Bokura no Frontier" (Our Frontier). The song's single CD is slated for release on November 2...

Sunday, August 28

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HoneyWorks, TrySail Perform Opening Song for Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o: Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai Film

Film based on HoneyWorks songs also gets Momo Asakura insert song ― The official website of Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o: Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai (I wait for the moment that you love me. Confession Executive Committee), the second anime film inspired by the HoneyWorks musical group's Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai ~Renai Series~ (Confession Executive Committee ~Love Series~) Vocaloid songs, revealed on Sunday th...
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Final Fantasy XV 33-Minute Gameplay Video Previews Japanese Dialogue

Game slated for PS4, Xbox One on November 29 after a delay ― Square Enix began streaming 33 minutes of gameplay from its Final Fantasy XV PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game on Sunday. The video features some of the same gameplay segments as the previously streamed English video, but with Japanese text and dialogue. The game is slated for release on November 29 after a delay. The game will have a Deluxe ...
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Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- ‒ Episode 22

"This episode introduces a curious complication that may help explain how this arc could cover the remaining three episodes of the season."

Makoto Shinkai's your name. Film Earns Approximately 770 Million Yen in 2 Days

About 590,000 tickets sold in 1st 2 days; film predicted to earn 6 billion yen ― Makoto Shinkai's new your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film earned approximately 770,000,000 yen (about US$7.5 million) and sold approximately 590,000 tickets in its first two days on Friday and Saturday. The film earned about 348 million yen (US$3.41 million) on Friday, and about 422 million yen (US$4.13 million) on Sat...
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Orange ‒ Episode 9

"The group is almost all on the same page now, but that doesn't make handling adolescent romance any easier."
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Mr. Osomatsu Ichigeruge Plush Announced, Includes Attached Laptop

The online anime shop ACOS announced an "Ichigeruge" plush from the recent anime Mr. Osomatsu. It is priced at 1,900 yen, or about US$19, without tax and will be released on December 15. 【#おそ松さん】イチゲルゲのぬいぐるみキーホルダーが登場!立体で再現された姿はゲルゲファン必須アイテム!予約開始です♪https://t.co/WdrSB8KiPs pic.twitter.com/BAqVmEmMxR— アニメイトコスチューム館ACOS (@ACOS_animate) August 24, 2016 The purple, fluffy plush includes a mini attached cl...
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DAYS ‒ Episode 9

"Without the show's one fantastic character in the spotlight, there's not much left to care about."
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Love Live! Sunshine!! ‒ Episode 9

"Overall, this is a delightful, cute, and moving episode."
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Food Wars! The Second Plate ‒ Episode 9

"While we do miss out on most of the food prep, which is a shame, the ending more than makes up for it with Soma's impressive chutzpah."
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Premium Bandai Offers Huggable Pokémon PC Cushions Featuring Eevee, Pikachu

Premium Bandai has announced huggable Eevee PC cushions as part of their new Pokémon-themed PC cushion line. Reservations opened on August 25 and will run until October 31, and the items will be shipped in November. The PC cushions have two detachable parts: an Eevee stuffed animal and an arm rest pillow. Both are made of polyester. The arm rest pillow has a keyboard design on it, with original i...
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Smite Foes in Style with Space Sheriff Gavan's Laser Blade

Gavan Dynamic! ― If you've been itching to vanquish evil lately but just don't have a cool enough weapon for it, never fear: Tamashii Lab, which fashions collectible items from Bandai properties, has developed the laser blade from the iconic 1980s action show Space Sheriff Gavan. Kenji Ohba, the actor who portrayed Gavan, is summoned to test out the sword. He is very impressed, especially with its s...
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Naval City of Yokosuka Uses High School Fleet to Draw Tourists

Models efforts after Ōarai's success with Girls und Panzer ― The popular spring 2016 anime High School Fleet is set in Yokosuka, a Tokyo suburb with an American naval base and Japanese naval port and training facilities. To capitalize on being showcased in the anime, the city is promoting its connections to the show and attracting tourists interested in cute high school girls and the military. High S...
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New Macross Game App Is a Rhythm Game Slated for Next Spring

Songstresses from franchise's 34-year history teased ― A television commercial debuted on Sunday, and it revealed more details on DeNA's new smartphone game app based on the Macross anime franchise. Uta Macross Sma-Pho De-Culture (Song Macross Smartphone De-Culture) is a rhythm game launching next spring. The commercial says that songstresses from throughout the history of the Macross franchise will ...
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Japanese Readers Choose Shonen Jump's Worst Heroines

Unexpected "winner" ― Heroines in shōnen manga tend to be nice girls, sometimes with combat abilities, who usually end up falling in love with the hero. Like any protagonists, they're supposed to be likeable and relatable... but sometimes we get characters who are anything but: lazy, brutal, arrogant, incompetent, and/or selfish. To designate the worst heroines in Weekly Shonen Jump's history, the ed...
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Natsuki Hanae Performs New Ending Theme For The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Anime Starting in October

Voice actor, singer performs current opening theme ― This year's 39th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that The Disastrous Life of Saiki K., the television anime adaptation of Shūichi Asō's Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan manga, will get a new ending theme song titled "Kokoro" (Heart) for its late-night broadcast by Natsuki Hanae starting in October. The song's single will sh...
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Kuroko's Basketball Extra Game Film's Title Revealed

Tadatoshi Fujimaki writes "original episode" for film opening in spring 2017 ― This year's 39th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing the title of the anime film adaptation of Tadatoshi Fujimaki's Kuroko no Basuke Extra Game on Monday. The film is titled Gekijōban Kuroko no Basuke Last Game (Kuroko's Basketball The Movie: Last Game). The magazine also revealed a second teaser v...
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Rewrite ‒ Episode 9

"For all the serious matters being explained, the episode still finds room for some fun."
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Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama Fantasy RPG App Gets Anime Shorts & TV Anime

Kenichi Suzumura, Ayumu Murase, Showtaro Morikubo, Sōichirō Hoshi, Mamoru Miyano, Daiki Yamashita voice princes ― The Summer Festival 2016 event for GCREST's Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama (The Kingdom of Dreams and the 100 Sleeping Princes or "Yume-100" for short) smartphone puzzle role-playing game announced on Sunday that two major anime adaptation projects are launching. A series of a...
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Handa-kun ‒ Episode 8

"While this episode is amusing from time to time, it doesn't reach the heights of humor that I was hoping it would."
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Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Despair Arc ‒ Episode 7

"The Benadryl Blood Flood has finally come crashing down on the Despair Arc, continuing this prequel's inevitable plunge into hell."

Girls & Panzer Anime Gets 'Final Chapter' Sequel

Announced with promo video at "Girls & Panzer Heartful Tank Carnival II" on Sunday ― The "Girls & Panzer Heartful Tank Carnival II" event announced on Sunday that production on a Girls & Panzer anime sequel titled Girls & Panzer Saishūshō (Girls & Panzer: The Final Chapter) has been green-lit. The promotional video that made the announcement featured the following screenshots: The cast of Anglerfish ...

Makoto Shinkai's your name. Film Gets Release in 85 Countries, Regions

Latest film by 5 Centimeters per Second, The Garden of Words director opened in Japan on Friday ― The staff of Makoto Shinkai's new your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film announced at a stage greeting event in Tokyo on Sunday that the film will be distributed in 85 countries and regions. Anime Expo hosted the film's world premiere on July 3 in Los Angeles. Shinkai attended the screening. The film ope...
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Mr. Osomatsu Stage Play Reveals Cast in Costume for Iyami, Chibita, Totoko, Hatabō

Mitsu Murata, Kimeru, more join cast for play running in Tokyo, Osaka in September-October ― The official website for the Osomatsu-san on STAGE ~SIX MEN'S SHOW TIME~ stage play adaptation of the Mr. Osomatsu anime series revealed four more cast members in costume on Saturday. Mitsu Murata as Iyami Kimeru as Chibita Ran Sakai as Totoko Yūya Hara as Hatabō The play's staff had released pictures of the ...
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Final Fantasy XV Spinoff Game Justice Monsters Five Arrives on iOS/Android on August 30

The staff of the Final Fantasy XV game announced during a "Final Fantasy XV powered by Dengeki PS Premium Event" livestream event on Sunday that the Justice Monsters Five smartphone spinoff pinball game will arrive in Japan, America, and Europe on iOS and Android on August 30. The game's official English Twitter account had stated in June that the game would arrive on iOS and Android at the end of...
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Persona 5 Game's New 'Short Movie' Shows Protagonist at Public Bath

Long soak helps protagonist increase stats in RPG shipping in Japan on September 15 ― Atlus' official YouTube channel began streaming a new "short movie" video on Saturday for the upcoming Persona 5 game, featuring the protagonist at a public bath. In the video, the protagonist is in the public bath and thinking that maybe it's because there are few customers today, but the water is lukewarm. He then...
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