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Sengoku Collection Sub.DVD

Sengoku Collection is a series very easy to dismiss on first impression, but its stories have the capacity to pleasantly surprise even those who are not Japanese history buffs, however. ― Sengoku Collection was originally a mobile social networking game created by Konami in 2010 and operated through the Mobage portal. As a result, it should come as no surprise that the anime adaptation has only a thi...
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House of 1000 Manga - Detroit Metal City

Jason attempts a little Krauser control. WARNING: NSFW language. ― Detroit Metal City "They start feeling like prisoners, helpless/Till someone comes along on a mission and yells, bitch!" —Eminem Warning: this is a manga where the main character's power is to say the word "rape" 10 times in one second. Detroit Metal City is the one of the filthiest, most offensive comedy manga ever translated. At le...
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The X Button - Scare Supply

This week: Todd gets into the spirit of the season with a Halloween roundup! Plus Guilty Gear Xrd, Freedom Wars, and a letdown you might’ve seen coming. ― I seldom use this column to celebrate holidays, but this Halloween is different. This week I'll address the vital issue of appropriate games for this time of year, and next week should have the results of our Halloween contest. There's still time ...
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The Evil Within

It's hard to blame Shinji Mikami for going back to the well, especially when everything else, from Gears of War to The Last of Us, has spent the past ten years stripping Resident Evil 4 to its bones. ― The Evil Within introduces its first enemy in a perfect recreation of Resident Evil's iconic zombie reveal, as if it wants to be certain you know it is a Shinji Mikami game. This is a game with a lot o...
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RIGHT TURN ONLY - By Request

Sometimes current debates spill over into manga releases in the strangest ways. Join Rebecca as she checks out new and upcoming volumes of Spell of Desire and Vinland Saga, along with the manga adaptation of this season's most hotly debated anime and several more! ― You never can tell what you'll find when you're unpacking. Sometimes it's horribly melodramatic stories written in middle school (I can...
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Shelf Life - Four Your Eyes Only

This week, a special club for a special aesthetic, grave diggers, and good ol' hijinks.
- Dr. Slump Movies 1-5
- Meganebu
- Sunday without God
― Shelf Worthy Sunday without God Complete + OVA BD Rental Dr. Slump Movies 1-5 DVD Perishable Meganebu Complete Series BD This may sound like an insignificant thing, but a few years ago, I turned off the notification sound on my iPhone for new emails. Leavin...
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ANNCast - Klein Times

Vice President of New Generation Pictures Jonathan Klein returns to the podcast to discuss his two latest projects, the conclusion of Hellsing Ultimate and Bayonetta: Bloody Fate! Plus: stories from the old days, the dub scene in LA and Twitter time! ― ANNCast 203 - Klein Times Get the Flash Player to see this player. Vice President of New Generation Pictures Jonathan Klein returns to the podcast to...
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A Certain Scientific Railgun S DVD

A Certain Scientific Railgun S' first half is much more action-packed than its predecessor and focuses more on Misaka than on the girl group dynamic of the earlier season. ― How much you enjoy this second series (whose “S” subtitle is explained in episode three) may depend on whether you preferred the action-oriented moments of the first season or the humorous slice-of-life aspects. If you are a fan ...
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Friday, October 24

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Psycho-Pass 2 ‒ Episode 3

"Psycho-Pass 2 still has a long way to go to live up to the high expectations set from season one, but the one thing it can't be accused of is repeating itself."
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K's Kenjiro Tsuda Shares Romantic Moments With Tetsuya Kakihara, Takuya Eguchi

Voice actor Kenjiro Tsuda posed in what he called "outrageous" photos with fellow voice actors Tetsuya Kakihara and Takuya Eguchi. Tsuda used his photo book FLOWING to leave an element of mystery to these kissing pictures. FLOWING went on sale in Japan earlier this month, so the pictures are likely a spontaneous PR stunt. But we won't rain too much on the parade and fans don't seem to care. The pi...
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Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? Light Novels Get TV Anime

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Inori Minase star in adaptation of light novels with illustrations by Durarara!'s Suzuhito Yasuda ― Voice actor Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sword Art Online's Kirito, The Idolm@ster's Shota) announced during a new anime project announcement conference held over a Nico Nico live broadcast that a TV anime adaptation of Fujino Ōmori's Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō...
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Flickr User Collects Covers of Weekly Shonen Jump From the Beginning

Flip through the pages of manga history with this museum which collects old Jump scans. ― In Japan, Weekly Shonen Jump is a household name. Having been in publication as a weekly manga magazine for 45 years now, Jump has almost become synonymous with the manga publishing industry. Flicker user Kami Sama Explorer seems to have made it their mission to collect as many images from past issues of the mag...
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Rui Tanabe, Chiaki Takahashi Join Ikki Tousen: Extravaganza Epoch OVA's Cast

Original video anime also starring Yōko Hikasa, Yuiko Tatsumi, more airs in December before February home video release ― The December issue of Wani Books' Comic Gum magazine is announcing on Saturday the cast and staff for the upcoming Ikki Tousen: Extravaganza Epoch original video anime (OVA) project. Joining the cast will be Rui Tanabe as Mitsuyoshi Yagyū, Yōko Hikasa as Benkei Musashibō, Yuiko T...
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Super Smash Brothers for Wii U Unveils 54 New Features, Including Mewtwo

New promo videos for Amiibo figures & Koopaling antagonists ― Nintendo unveiled 54 new features for its upcoming Super Smash Brothers for Wii U game in a Nintendo Direct broadcast on Thursday. The new features include an eight-player option and Mewtwo as a playable character for players in both versions of the game by next spring. The official Nintendo YouTube channel also began streaming a promotion...
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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Nozomi Yamamoto Lead Absolute Duo Anime's Cast

Atsushi Nakayama directs series with series composition by Takamitsu Kouno at 8-Bit for TV anime adapting action light novels ― The December issue of Media Factory's Comic Alive magazine is announcing on Monday the cast and staff of the television anime adaptation of Takumi Hiiragi-Boshi's Absolute Duo light novel series. The cast is as follows: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Tōru Kokonoe Nozomi Yamamoto as...
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Medaka Box Creators Reunite for Manga One-Shot

NisiOisin, Akira Akatsuki pen "Musume Iri-Bako" (Girl in a Box) in November ― This year's 48th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that writer NisiOisin and artist Akira Akatsuki are working together again on a one-shot manga story. "Musume Iri-Bako" (Girl in a Box) will run in the 49th issue with a color opening page on November 1. The 28-page manga will revolve a...

Naruto Creator Makes New Character for The Last -Naruto the Movie-

"Handsome young man" teased with link to original manga by Masashi Kishimoto ― This year's 48th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is unveiling a new character for The Last -Naruto the Movie- on Monday. Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto personally sketched the design for the "mysterious" character. The magazine teases that this "handsome young man with a well-proportioned face" is ...
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Maria Holic Cross-Dressing Manga to End in November

Minari Endo's 8-year-long romantic comedy inspired 2 TV anime ― The December issue of Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine is announcing on Monday that Minari Endo will end her Maria Holic manga's eight-year run in the following issue on November 27. Media Factory will publish the 14th and final compiled book volume on January 23, 2015. The final volume will have a special commemorative editi...
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Creepy Anime Face Masks Are the Best Costume Idea This Halloween

Come the last day of the month, the streets will be crawling with creepy ghosts and terrifying zombies. But there's one costume idea that's more disturbing than all the rest. 2.5-D Mask gives users free, printable templates (and assembly instructions) for making their own sort-of-anime faces, complete with the large, vacant eyes that will make sure everyone will scuttle away with you in fear. Just...

Thursday, October 23

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Live-Action Assassination Classroom Film Unveils Its 1st Koro-sensei Image

1st look at CG rendering of alien teacher from next March's film ― A handout for the live-action film of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga offers the first look at its Koro-sensei portrayal on Friday. The handout offers a close-up shot of the alien teacher beaming from the entrance of Classroom 3-E, and gives the best look yet at the live-action version's CG rendering of his body and faci...
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Miku Takes a Joy Ride in the Hatsune Miku Racing RC Car

Good Smile Company posted a video of Hatsune Miku taking a joy ride in the new Sandmaster Racing Miku: 2014 Version RC car. The car is expected to ship this December for 27,864 yen (about US$257). An exclusive Miku Nendoroid, with hair blown back in the breeze comes along to drive the car. Just keep in mind that she doesn't actually have any legs. Post by Good Smile Company (ENGLISH). IMG 04_265_1...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 383

"This episode is an example of how close the show can come to balancing things right without quite pulling off anything impressive."
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Bianca, Flora, Jessica, and Yangus Return in Dragon Quest Heroes

Tori Matsuzaka and Mirei Kiritani will voice characters in the game ― The December issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine announced on Tuesday that Bianca (Dragon Quest V), Flora (Dragon Quest V; Nera Briscoletti in English versions), Jessica (Dragon Quest VII) and Yangus (Dragon Quest VII) will appear in Square Enix's Dragon Quest Heroes: Yamiryū to Sekai Ki no Shiro game. Previously confirmed characte...
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Fight Bad Grammar With Magic Knight Rayearth Sword Pens

Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu's magic swords will be available as prizes at Break Prize machines beginning in December. Like CLAMP's Card Captor Sakura series, Magic Knight Rayearth is celebrating a revival this year as part of its 20th anniversary. The miniature version of Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu's Escudo swords double as pens. 【魔法騎士レイアース】魔法騎士レイアースよりプライズ限定グッズが12月より順次登場♪12月はデフォルメラバーBCとマジックソードペン!普段使いも出来き飾ってもおけ...
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 3

"It would be nice if it allowed its characters some genuine conflict and turmoil, and didn't keep sacrificing that on the altar of moe fanservice."
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Production I.G to Screen Giovanni's Island at Chicago Int'l Children's Film Festival

Award-winning historical film will screen on October 28, November 2 ― Production I.G.'s official website has announced that the Giovanni's Island anime film will screen at the 31st Chicago International Children's Film Festival on October 28 and November 2. The film will also screen in Belgium on October 29, and then at the Discovery Film Festival: Scotland's International Film Festival for Young Aud...
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Samurai Warriors 4 PS4, PS3, Vita Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game shipped in North America Tuesday, will be released in Europe on Friday ― The PlayStation channel began streaming the Western launch trailer for Tecmo Koei's Samurai Warriors 4 (Sengoku Musou 4) on Tuesday. Koei Tecmo released the game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita in North America on Tuesday and it will be out in Europe on Friday. The anime, Sengoku Musou SP: Sanada no Shou (Samu...
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Two More Digimonstory Cybersleuth Game Characters Unveiled

Rie Kishibe, Lord Knightmon, protagonist designs revealed ― This year's December issue of V Jump magazine revealed two more characters for Bandai Namco Games' upcoming PlayStation Vita game Digimonstory Cybersleuth on Tuesday. Rie Kishibe is a gentle mannered, serene girl, and Lord Knightmon (Crusadermon) is the absolutely strongest Digimon. Digimonstory Cybersleuth character Kyoko Kuremi, was revea...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, October 13-19

Tokyo Ghoul, Magi, The Seven Deadly Sins, JoJolion, Kingdom in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Tokyo Ghoul 14 289,411 289,411 2014/10 Shueisha Sui Ishida 1 1 2 Magi 23 212,267 212,267 2014/10 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 2 1 3 The Seven Deadly Sins 11 182,169 182,169 2014/10 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 3 1 4 JoJolion 8 156,83...
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Phantasy Star Nova Game Inspires PS Vita, PS TV Variants

Systems to ship in Japan independent of the game on November 27 ― Sony Computer Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it will release limited edition PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV consoles with Fantasy Star Nova designs in Japan. The consoles will not bundle with the game but will ship on the same day, November 27, for 20,980 yen (about US$194) and 11,480 yen (about US$106), respectively. ...
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Seriously Impressive Fullmetal Alchemist Automail, And CNN's Day with a Cosplayer

There are a lot of talented cosplayers and prop-makers in the world, and every now and then, we like to showcase some of the ones that pop up on our radar. The Japanese Twitter community has been pretty excited by the recent efforts of @DarkKnightArmer, a cosplayer who specializes in armor and has made some pretty insane stuff over the years. This time, the talented crafter set to work on Edward E...

New Project Itoh Commercial Confirms Genocidal Organ Anime Film

2015 film will adapt late novelist's sci-fi story ― Noitamina began streaming a commercial on Thursday confirming a 2015 anime film adaptation of late science fiction author Project Itoh's novel Genocidal Organ. The text in the video reads: Project Itoh, who left us all too soon. Born 1974, passed away 2009. What he saw was A world chained by strife and hatred and a program to violently eradicate hum...
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Ken Akamatsu Bemoans Britain's Child Pornography Sentencing

"The days of quietly drawing whatever you like are already over" ― Robul Hoque, a 39-year-old resident of Middlesbrough, England, was recently given a suspended sentence of nine months in prison for possession of child pornography when investigators found "manga" drawings of schoolgirls on his computer. The sentence is suspended so long as Hoque follows the court's guidelines for two years, but manga...
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The irregular at magic high school PS Vita Game Adds Sword Art Online Costumes

Tatsuya can dress as Kirito and Miyuki can dress as Asuna ― Japanese video game news source Dengeki Online announced on Friday that Bandai Namco Games' Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Out of Order (The Irregular at Magic High School: Out of Order) PlayStation Vita game will get a collaboration with Sword Art Online Hollow Fragment that includes two bonus costumes. Tatsuya will be able to wear Kirito's "Bla...
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DENKI-GAI ‒ Episode 4

"Denki-gai continues to balance three sweet romances among coworkers with the far more adult humor intrinsic to the manga they're working to sell."
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Sengoku Collection Sub.DVD

Sengoku Collection is a series very easy to dismiss on first impression, but its stories have the capacity to pleasantly surprise even those who are not Japanese history buffs, however. ― Sengoku Collection was originally a mobile social networking game created by Konami in 2010 and operated through the Mobage portal. As a result, it should come as no surprise that the anime adaptation has only a thi...
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House of 1000 Manga - Detroit Metal City

Jason attempts a little Krauser control. WARNING: NSFW language. ― Detroit Metal City "They start feeling like prisoners, helpless/Till someone comes along on a mission and yells, bitch!" —Eminem Warning: this is a manga where the main character's power is to say the word "rape" 10 times in one second. Detroit Metal City is the one of the filthiest, most offensive comedy manga ever translated. At le...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Trailer Announces European Release Date, Details

Game to ship February 13 with pre-order bonuses, limited edition ― Bandai Namco Games Europe began streaming a new trailer for its upcoming game Dragon Ball Xenovese on Thursday, introducing the release date and limited edition details. The game will ship in Europe and Australasia on February 13 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The game will also ship for PC via Steam on Febru...
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Super Hero Generation Game's 2nd Promo Previews Events, System

Game uniting Kamen Rider, Gundam, Ultraman characters shipped on Thursday for PS Vita, PS3 ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a second promotional video for its Super Hero Generation simulation role-playing game for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita consoles on Thursday. The video shows the system for the game, including the stages based off of the worlds of the fighter characters, as well as ...

Seiji Kishi, 3rd Madoka Magica Film, Love Live! Win Anime Kobe Awards

Kyoto Animation, angela performance for Knights of Sidonia also win ― The judging committee of the 19th Animation Kobe Awards announced this year's award winners on Thursday. The awards are among the most prestigious industry accolades in Japanese animation and media. Individual Award Seiji Kishi (director) Special Award Kyoto Animation Anime Work Award Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Reb...
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The Last -Naruto the Movie-'s Theme Song CD Focuses on Hinata, Naruto

Artwork also premieres Hinata's full-body character design for December 6 film ― For years, there's been a big question: Who will Naruto end up with romantically? The two main sides of this argument have been Sakura Haruno and Hinata Hyuga. Fortunately for fans of Naruto and Hinata, there may be light at the end of the tunnel. Today, it was announced that Sukima Switch will be performing the theme so...
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Persona Q's English Yukari & Teddie Trailers Streamed

N. American release slated for November 25 ― Atlus USA streamed two more character trailers for its upcoming Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game on Tuesday. The videos introduces Yukari Takeba of Persona 3 and Teddie of Persona 4. 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. Atlus USA a...
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Gugure! Kokkuri-san Manga's Spinoff Series Ends

Single compiled volume of manga that follows Shigaraki will ship in December ― The November issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine ended Gugure! Shigaraki-san —Gugure! Kokkuri-san Shigaraki-ojisan spin-off—, Midori Endō and manga artist Souichirou's spinoff of Endō's Gugure! Kokkuri-san manga, on Wednesday. The same issue also revealed that Square Enix will ship the manga's single compiled volu...
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Gundam U.C. 0096: Rising Sun Manga Revealed

Sequel to Hiyon Katsuragi's Mobile Suit Gundam U.C. 0094: Across the Sky ― The January 2015 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Gundam Ace magazine is announcing on Saturday that a new manga series, tentatively titled Mobile Suit Gundam U.C. 0096: Rising Sun, will launch in the magazine. The manga will serve as a sequel to Hiyon Katsuragi's Mobile Suit Gundam U.C. 0094: Across the Sky manga, which ended last...
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Sound Horizon's New Single Gets Manga in Shonen Ace Magazine

"Vanishing Starlight's" manga marks Sound Horizon's 10th year & magazine's 20th year ― The newest single from Sound Horizon, the musical act led by composer Revo, is inspring a manga that will run in Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine. According to the magazine's December issue (which is shipping on Saturday), the single "Vanishing Starlight" will serve as the story basis for this manga. The spec...
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Someday's Dreamer's Kumichi Yoshizuki to End Magi no Okurimono Manga

"Pure love story" about couple divided by death debuted earlier this year ― Manga artist Kumichi Yoshizuki announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he will end his Magi no Okurimono (The Gift of the Magi) manga in the next issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump Premium magazine. The January issue of the magazine will ship on December 24. The November issue containing the penultimate chapter shipped on Wednesday...

Wednesday, October 22

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Crunchyroll Streams Live-Action Tokusatsu Series Ultraman Mebius

Also schedules Liar Game 2, GTO 2012 specials ― Media service Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it added the live-action tokusatsu (special-effects) series Ultraman Mebius to its library. The series' full catalog is now available for paid and free members in the United States, Canada, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. The series is set 40 years after the 1966 Ultraman...
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Crying Freeman's Ryoichi Ikegami Draws Illustration for Girls und Panzer Spinoff Manga

Ryoichi Ikegami, an artist best known for his work on series like Crying Freeman, Mai the Psychic Girl, and the Spider-Man: manga adaptation, is no stranger to Girls und Panzer. He drew an illustration of Saori Takebe earlier in the year, and it appears he's back for more. Ikegami provided artwork for the wraparound band for the third volume of Girls und Panzer: Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu!, a sp...
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Momochi-san Chi no Ayakashi Ōji Manga Gets Stage Play, Drama CD

Stage play to open early next summer; CD to ship this winter ― The December issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Asuka magazine will announce on Friday that Aya Shouoto's The Demon Prince of Momochi House (Momochi-san Chi no Ayakashi Ōji) manga will receive a stage play adaptation and drama CD. The drama CD is slated for winter, while the stage play is expected to open in early summer next year. The drama CD ...
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Parasyte -the maxim-

"Whether you're here for the meat or the metaphors, Parasyte is a substantive meal, and I'm looking forward to cataloging this journey into its dark heart."
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Domino's Japan Offers Pizza Coupons for 'Kabe Don' Fans

There's one thing readers need to understand before we get into the strangeness that is Domino's Japan's latest coupon promotion. Domino's Japan's image is vastly different than its U.S. counterpart. Domino's Japan is weird but in a completely harmless, off-the-wall sort of way. The company comes up with strange ad campaigns and jokes, like discounts for customers who own parakeets or wear twin-t...
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X Japan's hide Releases 'Last Song' With Vocaloid, 16 Years After Passing Away

"Co Gal" created with Vocaloid technology & hide's voice samples, lyrics, demo reel ― Musician hide, the band X Japan's guitarist who passed away in May 1998, will release a new song in December. The song uses Yamaha's Vocaloid voice synthesis technology to recreate his singing voice, based on lyrics he wrote and a demo he recorded just before he passed away. It took about two years to complete this ...
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Rozen Maiden's Peach-Pit, Heaven's Lost Property's Minazuki Launch New Manga

Theme park story Wandering Wonder World & action fantasy epic Purandora. ― The promotional video and website for the 20th anniversary of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine announced on Wednesday that Peach-Pit and Suu Minazuki will both be launching new manga series in the magazine. The duo Peach-Pit (Rozen Maiden, Shugo Chara!, Zombie-Loan, DearS) will make their "shōnen magazine debut" ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, October 13-19

Chaos Rings III Prequel Trilogy, Amnesia: Later x Crowd Edition debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: October 13-19 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Monster Hunter 4G (Including Bundled Editions) Capcom October 11 327,212 1,773,501 60 23DS Dairan Tou Smash Brothers for Nintendo 3DS (Super Smash Bros.) Nintendo September 13 53,075 1,610,904 81 33DS Yōka...
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Chaika - The Coffin Princess Avenging Battle

"In a medium that's filled to the brim with ambitious story ideas and novel visual styles, there's something to be said for getting the simple things right."

Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd Game's Preorder Trailer Streamed

Game's N. American release slated for November 18 ― Sega America began streaming a preorder trailer for the upcoming Playstation 3 and PS Vita game Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA F 2nd- on Wednesday. It can be preordered at GameStop and those who do will receive the extra character pack, that includes Yowane Haku, Akita Neru, Kasane Teto, and the exclusive Americana module of Miku. The video includes the...
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Sukima Switch Perform Song, Voice-Act in The Last -Naruto the Movie-

Male duo contribute theme & play ninja in 'final' Naruto film, opening in December ― The male duo Sukima Switch are not only performing the theme song for December's The Last -Naruto the Movie-, but also voice-acting ninja characters in it. Members Takuya Ōhashi (leftmost in photo) and Shintarō Tokita (rightmost) entered a Tokyo studio to record their dialogue on October 15. Since this will be the fi...
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More Characters Join MAG's Fight Against Piracy

The "Manga Anime Guardians" project's (MAG) "Join Us, Friends" campaign to fight manga and anime piracy picked up major steam in the last week. The special illustration project is an effort to expand MAG's reach. As more individuals join and share the page, artist Takashi Yoshiike will add an anime character to the illustration. When ANN last posted the image, only Luffy, Naruto, Conan, Kirito, an...
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Dawn of the Arcana's Rei Tōma to End Rokka Melt Manga

"Chilly love triangle" series launched in 2013 ― The December issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Cheese! magazine will announce on Friday that Rei Tōma's manga Rokka Melt - Fiancé wa Yukiotoko (Rokka Melt - Fiancés Are Abominable Snowmen) will end in the magazine's January issue on November 22. Tōma launched the manga in Monthly Cheese! magazine in 2013. Shogakukan shipped the manga's third volume in Aug...
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Trinity Seven

"...wants to be funny and sexy but also have serious undertones, but as of the end of episode 3 it has yet to find a good balance."
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Gundam Build Fighters Try ‒ Episodes 1-3

"At long last, the Gundam franchise is using its 35 years of source material to create a show as passionate and diverse as its fanbase."

Maiden Japan Adds Patlabor: The New Files OVA

DVD and Blu-ray slated for release on February 17, 2015 ― North American anime distributor Section23 Films announced in its February 2014 release slate on Wednesday that Maiden Japan will release the Patlabor The Mobile Police: The New Files OVA. The sixteen-episode series will ship on DVD and Blu-ray in Japanese with English subtitles on February 17, 2015. Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, The Sky C...
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Toshio Okada Rips Apart Gundam Reconguista

"I can't figure out what's going on" ― Toshio Okada, a former Studio Gainax president involved in Gunbuster and Otaku no Video, is now a noteworthy anime scholar. On his video channel, he recently gave quite a tongue-lashing to the latest installment in the long-running Mobile Suit Gundam series, Gundam Reconguista in G, and its creator, Yoshiyuki Tomino. Here's the video (the relevant portion lasts ...

Sentai Filmworks Schedules 1st Space Brothers Blu-ray, DVD

Also: Leviathan ~ The Last Defense to get English dub ― Section 23 Films announced its February release slate on Wednesday and included Sentai Filmworks' first Space Brothers collection on DVD and Blu-ray, which will ship on February 24. The release will include English subtitles and carry a 325-minute run time. Sentai Filmworks announced its license of the series in 2012 and Crunchyroll streamed the...
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The X Button - Scare Supply

This week: Todd gets into the spirit of the season with a Halloween roundup! Plus Guilty Gear Xrd, Freedom Wars, and a letdown you might’ve seen coming. ― I seldom use this column to celebrate holidays, but this Halloween is different. This week I'll address the vital issue of appropriate games for this time of year, and next week should have the results of our Halloween contest. There's still time ...
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The Evil Within

It's hard to blame Shinji Mikami for going back to the well, especially when everything else, from Gears of War to The Last of Us, has spent the past ten years stripping Resident Evil 4 to its bones. ― The Evil Within introduces its first enemy in a perfect recreation of Resident Evil's iconic zombie reveal, as if it wants to be certain you know it is a Shinji Mikami game. This is a game with a lot o...

Ai: Tenchi Muyo! Anime Gets Manga

Series based on currently-running anime to premiere in November ― The December issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius is announcing on Saturday that the new Tenchi Muyo! anime series, Ai: Tenchi Muyo!, will receive a manga adaptation in the magazine starting in the January issue on November 26. The Ai Tenchi Muyo! anime's original creator Masaki Kajishima is credited with the original story, and ...
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Yona of the Dawn

"Seeing Yona go from scared bratty princess to confident warrior will be an interesting journey. That journey needs to step it up, however, and get going in episode four, or attention will start to wane."
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Funasshi Mascot Gets His Own Meat Bun

Funassyi, the strange pear-fairy mascot of Funabashi City, has been doing pretty well for itself. The genderless being has its own manga, it won last year's nationwide mascot contest, and it has an extensive line of merchandise. Now it's a meat bun, dyed a bright yellow, and stuffed with soy-marinated pork, onions, and cabbage. Those interested in popping Funassyi in their mouths can head to Japan...
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Otoko no Isshō Live-Action Film's Trailer Previews JUJU Theme Song

Film about woman who gives up on love before meeting 52-year old man premieres at Tokyo Film Festival before February 14 national premiere ― Website Cinema Cafe began streaming the first trailer for the live-action film adaptation of Keiko Nishi's Otoko no Isshō (A Man's Lifetime) manga on Wednesday. The trailer features the song, "Hold me, Hold you" by JUJU, who wrote the song specifically for the f...
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Monogatari 'Final Season's' Tsukimonogatari Anime Previewed in Video

Hiroshi Kamiya, Saori Hayami reprise roles in story about Yotsugi premiering December 31 in Japan ― Aniplex began streaming a promotional video on Wednesday for Tsukimonogatari (Possession Story), the anime adaptation of the first story in the "Final Season" of NisiOisin's Monogatari Series. Koyomi: Yotsugi Ononoki is a doll, and if you were to put it another way, she is not a human. She has the appe...
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Live-Action Patlabor's 9th Episode Footage Streamed

Episodes about sniper Kasha, white crocodile mystery premiered earlier this month ― Footage from the ninth episode of the Mamoru Oshii's live-action The Next Generation -Patlabor- series began streaming on Wednesday. Episode 9 is based on the Patlabor anime's "Chika Meikyū Bukke" (Underground Labyrinth Case) episode. Section 2 Division 2 ventures deep underground to investigate stories about a white ...
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M3 The Dark Metal PS Vita/PS4 Game's Main Promo Streamed

Action-adventure game ships on November 20 with first copies bundled with radio program episode, reversible game jacket ― Namco Bandai Games began streaming the main promotional video for its upcoming M3 The Dark Metal Mission Memento Mori PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 game on Wednesday. The video begins with the following dialogue and text: Akashi: Is it going to end in a place like this...? Ak...
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One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X's Gameplay Previewed in Video

Law & Luffy vs. Donquixote in November 13 3DS fighting game set in New World ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a new gameplay video its Nintendo 3DS "traditional" fighting game One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X (One Piece: Chō Grand Battle! X) on Wednesday. November 13 What do we need for this battle!? Strength, or brains? Faith, or bonds? Who will win the battle, allies or family? Everything is be...
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Vampire Knight Stage Play's Cast Unveiled in Costume

Nogizaka46 idol Yumi Wakatsuki & "boys-style" models Root & Akira star ― The December issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine is unveiling the main cast and visual for the stage play of Matsuri Hino's Vampire Knight manga on Friday. Root, a female model of "boys-style" clothing, will play Zero Kiryū. Nogizaka46 idol group member Yumi Wakatsuki will play Yūki Cross. "Boys-style" model Akira will play Kan...

Animation Director Hiroshi Shimizu Joins 'Urbance' Animation Kickstarter Project

Campaign looking to raise CAD$189,000 for 8-minute pilot ― Conceptual art company Steambot's co-founders Jöel Dos Reis Viegas and Sébastien Larroudé gave more details on the involvement of animation director Hiroshi Shimizu and Franco-Japanese animation studio, Yapiko Animation, in their "Urbance" animation project's Kickstarter campaign on Saturday. Yapiko Animation founder Eddie Mehong collaborated...
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Viz Offers Resident Evil: Marhawa Desire Preview For Halloween ComicFest

Participating shops to offer sampler on October 25 for Halloween ComicFest ― Viz Media announced on Thursday that it will offer a sneak preview of the Resident Evil: Marhawa Desire (Biohazard: Marhawa Desire) manga by Naoki Serizawa (Saru Lock, Samurai Man) as part of this year's Halloween ComicFest. Comic shops celebrate Halloween ComicFest each year by offering fans and visitors a free comic sample...
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Madoka Magica Manga Spinoff Puella Magi Suzune Magica to End

Gan's story about assassin of magical girls to end in November ― The December issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine is announcing on Friday that manga artist Gan will end the Puella Magi Suzune Magica series in the following issue on November 22. Houbunsha will publish the third compiled book volume of this Puella Magi Madoka Magica spinoff on December 12. The story centers around S...
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Animation Director Keiichiro Kimura Launches Short Film Kickstarter Campaign

Speed Racer, Lupin the Third, Cyborg 009 animator will create new Go! Samurai film ― Awesome Japan launched a Kickstarter campaign on Monday for an animated short film by animation director Keiichiro Kimura called "Go! Samurai." Kimura's son confirmed his father's involvement with the project via a Twitter post on Monday. The younger Kimura is directing and editing the work. The short film will consi...
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2nd Steins;Gate IBM Anime Short Posted with English Subtitles

New shorts depict how cognitive computing changes life in the future ― IBM Japan's official YouTube channel began streaming an English-subtitled version of "Navigation," the second Steins;Gate Sōmei Eichi no Cognitive Computing collaboration video, on Wednesday. IBM's Mugendai (Infinity) website is also hosting the video in Japanese without English subtitles. Mamoru Miyano and Asami Imai reprise thei...
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Attack on Titan 3DS Game Rated by Australian Board for Atlus

Shingeki no Kyojin ~Jinrui Saigo no Tsubasa 3DS game shipped in Japan in December ― The Australian Classification Board is currently listing an Attack on Titan "multi platform" game with an MA 15+ rating. The board classified the game on October 21, and the board lists the game's author as Spike Chunsoft and the publisher as Atlus USA Inc. A source at video game developer Spike Chunsoft had told vide...

Tuesday, October 21

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April is Your Lie Manga to Bundle Original Anime DVD

11th manga volume to bundle DVD with TV anime's cast & A-1 Pictures ― Retailers Amazon Japan, Animate/Gamers, and e-hon report that Naoshi Arakawa's 11th April is Your Lie (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) manga volume will bundle an original anime DVD on May 15, 2015. The DVD will have an original story produced with the same quality as the ongoing television anime — specifically, with the same main cast an...
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Senran Kagura Bon Appétit PS Vita Game's Launch Date Trailer Streamed

North American publisher will release the game digitally via the PlayStation Network on November 11 ― XSEED Games began streaming its launch date announcement trailer for the Senran Kagura Bon Appétit (Deka Mori Senran Kagura) rhythm game on Tuesday. The North American publisher will release the game digitally for the PlayStation Vita console via the PlayStation Network on November 11. XSEED Games de...
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Former Kara Member Makes Film Debut in Assassination Classroom

Jigoku Sensei Nube actress plays foreign language teacher Irina Jelavic ― Former Kara idol Kang Jiyoung (Urakara, Koisuru Maison ~Rainbow Rose~) will play the professional assassin and foreign language teacher Irina Jelavic in the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga. The role will mark the first time Jiyong is acting in a film. Jiyong retired from Kara...
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Add Character to Your Undergarments with Yowamushi Pedal Boxer Briefs

While there are days you want to shout your fandom from every rooftop in the city, some days, you just want to be a little more secretive about it. With Gate's Yowamushi Pedal boxer briefs, you can cheer on Sakamichi Onoda or Yasutomo Arakita all day long in the privacy of your pants. Fans of Yuusuke Makishima or Jinpachi Toudou can also pick up some boxer shorts with SD versions of the characters...
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Sailor Moon Lockets, Dolls, Aprons, and Blu-rays, Oh My!

Bandai's latest barrage of Sailor Moon merch includes "beauty gummies" Sailor Moon keeps rolling down the endless merchandise train. This time we musical lockets, more Pullip dolls, aprons, gummy candy, and the latest specs on the second Sailor Moon Crystal Blu-ray. Let's dig in! Bandai is re-releasing another classic Sailor Moon toy for fans both new and old. The "Starry Sky Music Box" (Hoshizora ...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU's Watari to Write New Light Novel Series

"Anti-hero, superpowers, and category error" are keywords for upcoming story ― The official website for Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko and Lululu Bunko light novel imprints announced on Friday that Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) author Wataru Watari and illustrator saitom will team up for a new light novel slated for release next spring. Gagaga and Lululu...
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Kuroko's Basketball Characters Promote Real-Life Winter Cup

The characters in Kuroko's Basketball spend a lot of time working towards the Winter Cup, a national high school basketball tournament held every winter in Tokyo. Only the top eight teams from the Interhigh can participate, making it prestigious, as well as extraordinarily competitive. Now the boys are lending their experience and expertise to the real JX-ENEOS Winter Cup 2014, also known as the 4...
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Shining Resonance PS3 Game's Extended Promo Introduces Characters

"Dragon and musical instrument-playing RPG" slated for December 11 in Japan ― Sega's official YouTube channel began streaming an extended version of the promotional video for its upcoming Shining Resonance PS3 Game on Monday. The video adds an introduction for Hiroshi Kamiya's character Jenas Aion. The text in the video reads: Once, the dragons that competed for supremacy of the Earth disappeared In ...

Log Horizon English Dub Cast Announced

1st DVD/Blu-ray to ship November 25 ― Sentai Filmworks announced its English dub cast for Log Horizon on Tuesday. Kyle Colby Jones will direct the cast including: Mike Yager as Shiroe Andrew Love as Naotsugu Jad Saxton as Akatsuki Maggie Flecknoe as Marielle Shelley Calene-Black as Henrietta Jovan Jackson as Nyanta Hilary Haag as Serara Houston Hayes as Shoryu Ty Mahany as Smash Greg Ayres as Tohya L...
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Captain Kirk Knows His Sailor Guardians

It all started when Supernatural actors Misha Collins and Osric Chau posted images of themselves about to participate in Kayak Touring's Endure 4 Kindness 2014 fundraiser. Chau dressed up as Sailor Jupiter for the event on Sunday at Fraser River in British Columbia. .@Osricchau and I are getting in the kayak now. Donate if you dare.... https://t.co/fHxs6HOPP7 pic.twitter.com/sKbs8APQnq— Misha Coll...
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Keep Warm in a Prince of Tennis Hanten Coat

Want to stay warm, all while showing off the cool stylings of the Prince of Tennis heroes? Fans attending this year's Jump Festa 2015, which will actually be held December 20-21, 2014, will have the chance to buy one of three Prince of Tennis hanten, each with a slightly ridiculous illustration of Keigo Atobe, Kuranosuke Shiraishi, or Seiichi Yukimura hanging out with predatory creatures. Hanten a...

North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 19-25

A Letter to Momo, Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, Sunday Without God anime; No Game, No Life, Witchcraft Works manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Bayonetta: Bloody Fate DVD/Blu-rayPlease Funimation Entertainment US$34.98 October 21 Kill La Kill Blu-ray 2Cite Aniplex of America US$49.98 October 21 Kill La Kill DVD 2AnimeNewsNetwork Aniplex of America US$39.98 October 21 Ki...
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Ayumi Fujimura Joins Magi: Adventure of Sinbad Anime Spin-off's 3rd Episode

Actress will play Pipirika in OVA's Imuchakk arc ― The official website for Shogakukan's web comic site "Ura Sunday" announced that Ayumi Fujimura (Hunter x Hunter's Neferpitō, Squid Girl's Eiko Aizawa) will join the cast of the Magi: Adventure of Sinbad original video anime's third episode. The story will enter the Imuchakk arc and Fujimura will play Pipirika: The DVD bundle with the special edition...
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Super Smash Bros. Announcer Tries His Very Best At the Pokemon Theme Song

Nintendo fans may not be familiar with the name Xander Mobus, but they probably know his voice when they hear it. He's the announcer for Super Smash Bros. For Nintendeo 3DS and WiiU, as well as a few other voice roles, but his talents apparently don't just end there. A fan asked him to please sing the Pokemon theme song, and he obliged. While the song is prefaced with a cheery, "This is gonna suck...
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Bandai Makes Zaku II Inspired Cakes For Christmas

What better way to spend the holiday than with an army of Zaku Cakes? ― In the Mobile Suit Gundam world, the MS-06F Zaku II is one of the most mass produced Mobile Suits around. Its iconic cyclops-like look has become part of Gundam culture altogether. While their ranks contain countless casualties, their never ending numbers are the stuff of nightmares. Still, who knew that they could become somethi...
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'Camp Pokémon' iOS App Offers Pokémon-Themed Games for Younger Players

Minigames where players identify pokémon, decorate photos ― The Official Pokémon Company International YouTube channel began streaming a video on Tuesday announcing its "Camp Pokémon" application, which is now available for iOS devices. The app is available in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian. The free app is designed for children ages six through eight and will include several minigames...
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Phantasy Star Online 2 Adds Yuruyuri Costumes

Costumes based on Namori's manga to debut in late November ― The official Twitter account for Sega's Phantasy Star Online 2 game unveiled the Yuruyuri Nachu Yachumi! (a deliberate misspelling of "natsu yasumi," or "summer vacation") collaboration costumes on Tuesday. The costumes will be available in late November. 【『PSO2放送局』第25回放送中!】11月下旬配信「世壊の刻、禍津の刻」Part1。新スクラッチ「ゆったりレクリエーション」では、「ゆるゆり」とのコラボが実現!「アッカリ...
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RIGHT TURN ONLY - By Request

Sometimes current debates spill over into manga releases in the strangest ways. Join Rebecca as she checks out new and upcoming volumes of Spell of Desire and Vinland Saga, along with the manga adaptation of this season's most hotly debated anime and several more! ― You never can tell what you'll find when you're unpacking. Sometimes it's horribly melodramatic stories written in middle school (I can...
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Rage of Bahamut Genesis ‒ Episodes 1-3

"This is easily the most "gateway drug" series of the season, if not the whole year."
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Expelled From Paradise Film's 2nd Trailer Previews Elisa's Theme Song

Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Minami Takayama, Tohru Furuya, more join cast for November 15 film ― A second trailer for Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero), Toei Animation, Nitroplus, and director Seiji Mizushima's (first Fullmetal Alchemist anime, Gundam 00) Expelled From Paradise (Rakuen Tsuihō) film project began streaming on Tuesday. The video features the film's theme son...
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Kousuke Toriumi Joins Gugure! Kokkuri-san Cast

Series adapting Midori Endō's comedy manga premiered earlier this month ― The November issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine is announcing that Kousuke Toriumi (Sailor Moon Crystal's Nephrite, Pretear's Hayate) will join the cast of the television anime adaptation of Midori Endō's Gugure! Kokkuri-san manga. Toriumi's role will be a Tengu who loves jokes. The anime also stars: Ryou Hirohashi (W...
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2nd Kamisama Kiss Anime's 1st Promo Previews New Characters

Mamoru, Kirihito, parts of Tomoe's past sampled in video promoting 2nd season of adaptation of Julietta Suzuki's manga ― Pony Canyon began streaming the first promotional video for the second Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss) anime series adapting Julietta Suzuki's manga on Tuesday. Demon: So you're the guys who have been messing around these parts lately... Tomoe and Akuraō. Let's have a fight,...
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Imageepoch Unveils Stella Glow Strategy RPG for 3DS

Story revolves around song magic & witches ― Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is unveiling the newest project from Imageepoch (Time and Eternity, Luminous Arc, 7th Dragon 2020) on Thursday. The title of the game will be Stella Glow, and it will be a simulation RPG that takes place in a world of swords and magic. The game will focus on witches who control "song magic," which has the power to change...

Gurren Lagann Stage Play's Cast Photographed in Costume

Play will run in Tokyo's Zenrōsai Hall Space Zero theater from October 22 to 26 ― The official website for the "Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann -Engeki-hen-" stage play posted pictures of the cast members in costume on Friday. The adaptation of Gainax's Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann anime series will run in Tokyo's Zenrōsai Hall Space Zero theater from October 22 to 26. The cast includes (from left to right)...
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Ushijima the Loan Shark's Manabe Pens One-Shot in Morning

2nd live-action adaptation of Ushijima the Loan Shark premiered earlier this year ― This year's 47th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine is announcing on Thursday that Ushijima the Loan Shark creator Shohei Manabe will pen a new one-shot in the magazine's next issue, which is scheduled to be released in Japan on October 30. The one-shot, titled Shopping Mall, revolves around the seemingly real lives...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, September 29-October 5

One Piece sells 2,092 + 1,091, followed by Naruto, Kuroko's Basketball, Kenshin, Itazura na Kiss ― The DVD Special Price Edition of the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film sold 902 more copies for a new total of 15759. In its 14th week, it rose from #38 to #26 on the overall DVD chart. Itazura na Kiss 2 ~Love in Okinawa debuted at #27 with 864 copies. Comedian Tekken's Parapara Manga Sakuhin-shū Dai-ni-...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, September 29-October 5

Lyrical Nanoha box sells 7,930, followed by Love Live, Hanamonogatari, The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior, Saikin, Imōto no Yōsu ga Chotto Okashiin Da Ga. ― The live-action film of the Saikin, Imōto no Yōsu ga Chotto Okashiin Da Ga. manga sold 1,393 copies of the Director's Cut to debut at #13 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Relea...
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Tokyo Yamimushi Crime Manga Gets Sequel Film in 2015

Yuuki Honda's story of salaryman dragged into Tokyo's dark underworld ― This year's 21st issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine is announcing on Friday that a film adaptation of Yuuki Honda's seinen manga Tokyo Yamimushi -2nd Scenario- Pandora has been green-lit. The film will open next year. The magazine will reveal more details about the film in the future. The story of the sequel manga revolv...

Monogatari Series' 1st 'Final Season' Anime to Air on December 31

All 4 Tsukimonogatari episodes to run on TV, niconico on New Year's Eve ― A handout revealed that the anime of Tsukimonogatari, the first story in the "Final Season" of NisiOisin's Monogatari Series, will air on December 31. All four episodes of Tsukimonogatari will begin running at 10:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve on the Tokyo MX TV station, the BS11 channel, and the niconico service. Aniplex will then ...

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Expelled From Paradise 'Making Of' Footage Streamed

Writer Gen Urobuchi, director Seiji Mizushima's film project opens November 15 ― The official YouTube channel for scriptwriter Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero), Toei Animation, Nitroplus, and director Seiji Mizushima's (first Fullmetal Alchemist anime, Gundam 00) Expelled From Paradise (Rakuen Tsuihō) film project began streaming its first "film making" video on Tuesday. The video ...
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Shining Resonance PS3 Game's Additional Cast Revealed

Hiroshi Kamiya, Hideyuki Tanaka, Unshou Ishizuka join "dragon and musical instrument-playing" RPG ― The official website for the Shining Resonance role-playing game announced additional cast and characters on Monday. The newly announced cast includes: Ginas Aion (Hiroshi Kamiya), a dragon slayer King Albert (Hideyuki Tanaka), pictured top right, and Head Knight Burroughs (Unshou Ishizuka), pictured b...

Nana Mizuki Scores 20th Top-10 Single

Actress released 30th single with Cross Ange opening theme on October 15 ― Singer and voice actress Nana Mizuki's 30th and most recent single "Kindan no Resistance," which shipped on October 15, sold approximately 40,000 copies to rank at #5 on Oricon's weekly singles chart. The single is Mizuki's 20th single to rank in the top 10 on Oricon's weekly singles chart. The single contains "Kidan no Resist...
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Texas' Oni Con Will Host Naruto Voice Actress Junko Takeuchi

Final Fantasy XIII composer Masashi Hamauzu will also attend event in Galveston on October 31 to November 2 ― Organizers of Texas' Oni Con announced on Monday that Junko Takeuchi, the voice actress behind Naruto Uzamaki, will attend the event. Takeuchi last appeared at Comic-Con International San Diego in July. Besides voicing the popular ninja, Takeuchi's other roles include Gon Freecss in the 1999 ...
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Final Fantasy Composer Nobuo Uematsu's Earthbound Papas to Perform at Kansas' Naka-Con

Concert with World of Warcraft's Jason Hayes to be held November 27 ― Babel Entertainment announced on Monday that composer Nobuo Uematsu and his band Earthbound Papas will perform at the Naka-Kon Winter Concert 2014 on November 29 at Overland Park Convention Center in Kansas. Composer Jason Hayes (World of Warcraft) will also perform with his tribute band Critical Hit. Earthbound Papas' members incl...
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When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace ‒ Episodes 1 - 3

"Each episode is an unrelenting barrage of clever, self-aware jokes that embrace the tropes of the genre even as the show pokes fun at them."
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, October 6-12

Live-action Jigoku Sensei Nube premieres ― The live action drama of Takeshi Okano and Sho Makura's Jigoku Sensei Nube manga premiered on NTV on Saturday, October 11 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 13.3% rating. The live-action film of Satoru Hiura's women's romance manga Hotaru no Hikari - It's Only Little Light in My Life aired on NTV on Friday, October 10 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 12.2% rating. The live ...
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Shelf Life - Four Your Eyes Only

This week, a special club for a special aesthetic, grave diggers, and good ol' hijinks.
- Dr. Slump Movies 1-5
- Meganebu
- Sunday without God
― Shelf Worthy Sunday without God Complete + OVA BD Rental Dr. Slump Movies 1-5 DVD Perishable Meganebu Complete Series BD This may sound like an insignificant thing, but a few years ago, I turned off the notification sound on my iPhone for new emails. Leavin...
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Death Note Mangaka Takeshi Obata Sketches Ryuk and L

Takeshi Obata, the talented artist behind series like Death Note, Bakuman, and the All You Need is Kill manga adaptation, was in New York last weekend for New York Comic Con 2014, as well as an appearance at Kinokuniya. Viz Media recently uploaded video footage of Obata sketching Ryuk and L on two autograph boards, and the process is fascinating. Take a look.
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Japanese Box Office, October 11-12

Live-action Kin Kyori Renai, HappinessCharge Precure! film premiere ― The live-action film of Rin Mikimoto's shōjo manga series Kin Kyori Renai (Close Range Love) opened this weekend at #2. The film stars Tomohisa Yamashita as the tsundere teacher Haruka Sakurai and Nana Komatsu in her debut role as genius high school student Yuni Kururugi. The film ranked #1 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 178...
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Takeshobo's Manga Club Original Magazine to End Wednesday

Nobuyuki Anzai's Anzai Nobuyuki no Meta Nikki manga to move to Manga Life Momo ― The November issue of Takeshobo's four-panel manga magazine Manga Club Original announced that the December issue, which ships on Wednesday, will be the last. Manga creator Nobuyuki Anzai (Flame of Recca, Mar) will announce in the upcoming issue that his Anzai Nobuyuki no Meta Nikki (Nobuyuki Anzai's Meta Diary) manga w...
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Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road

"We're on season two of the sports anime with plenty of heart, friendship, and suspenseful two-kilometer race legs that drag on, Dragonball Z-like, for episodes at a time."
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ANNCast - Klein Times

Vice President of New Generation Pictures Jonathan Klein returns to the podcast to discuss his two latest projects, the conclusion of Hellsing Ultimate and Bayonetta: Bloody Fate! Plus: stories from the old days, the dub scene in LA and Twitter time! ― ANNCast 203 - Klein Times Get the Flash Player to see this player. Vice President of New Generation Pictures Jonathan Klein returns to the podcast to...
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Zetsubou-Sensei's Kumeta to End Sekkachi Hakushaku to Jikan Dorobō Manga in 7 Parts

3rd part to begin on October 29 ― This year's 47th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine will announce on Wednesday that Kôji Kumeta (Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Joshiraku, The Eccentric Family character design) will end his Sekkachi Hakushaku to Jikan Dorobō (The Impatient Count & the Time Thief) manga in seven parts. The first part ended in the 46th issue of the magazine, which shipped on Octo...
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Gugure! Kokkuri-san ‒ Episodes 1-3

"Comedy fans will adore this series, and there's a little something extra for fans of all things kawaii and bishōnen as well."
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Japanese Bakery Starts Selling the Best Part of Melon Bread - Just the Top

Just as the best part of a muffin is the crown, the best part of melon bread (or melonpan) is totally the crunchy cookie skin, the texture of which gives melon bread its name. Yamazaki Baking knows this too, which is why they recently introduced a product that's just the melonpan skin. And, as an extra selling point, it also has half the calories of a regular melonpan. メロンパンの皮だけ売っていた!夢のような商品だ、つい買っ...
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Akame ga KILL! ‒ Episode 16

"Enjoyable but hardly amazing and flies by without seeming to accomplish much."
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Hisako Kanemoto, Takahiro Sakurai Join The Seven Deadly Sins Anime Cast

Kanemoto will play Veronica, while Sakurai will play Griamor ― This year's 47th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is announcing two more cast members for the television anime of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) manga on Wednesday. Hisako Kanemoto will play Veronica and Takahiro Sakurai will play Griamor. The previously announced cast includes: Yuuki Kaji as Meliodas...
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The Simpsons Halloween Episode Pays Tribute to Popular Anime

The Simpsons had some fun last night in their "Treehouse of Horror XXV" Halloween episode, imagining a world where multiple incarnations of the Simpsons family has been created by an evil marketing entity. Amongst them was a tribute to some popular anime titles, including Attack on Titan, Naruto, Pokemon, Bleach, One Piece, and Spirited Away. The episode went on to pay homage to Adventure Time, Ar...
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Atelier Shallie to Get Western Release in 2015

Tecmo Koei Europe confirms upcoming game ― Tecmo Koei Europe announced on Monday that it will release Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea in 2015. The game serves as the final chapter in the "Dusk" trilogy, and takes place in a world where the waterbeds are drying up and plant life is dying. Two young alchemists meet in an oasis. Players will be able to play as one of two heroines: Shallie (v...
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A Certain Scientific Railgun S DVD

A Certain Scientific Railgun S' first half is much more action-packed than its predecessor and focuses more on Misaka than on the girl group dynamic of the earlier season. ― How much you enjoy this second series (whose “S” subtitle is explained in episode three) may depend on whether you preferred the action-oriented moments of the first season or the humorous slice-of-life aspects. If you are a fan ...
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Mushishi: The Next Chapter ‒ Episode 11

"This episode was a beautiful and intensely rewarding surprise even by the high standards set by the series, especially if you really like Ginko and want to learn more about him."
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CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon

"Cross Ange is an edgy, somewhat trashy, often in-your-face viewing experience, the kind of series which actively strives for attention and is willing to risk offending some potential viewers to do so."
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Shaman King's Takei Starts New Manga, Ends Ultimo, Jumbor in 2015

New manga inspired by Dash! Yonkurō sports manga begins in Corocoro Aniki in March ― Hiroyuki Takei's manga essay on October 15 in the first issue of Shueisha's Corocoro Aniki revealed that his Ultimo and Jumbor manga series will end sometime in 2015. In addition, Takei will begin a new series in the magazine titled Dash! Yonkurō on March 15, 2015 (pictured below). The magazine hints that Takei will...

1st Kure-nai Novel Volume in 6 Years Unveiled

Shinkurō is given proposition of arranged marriage with daughter of one of the 13 inner families in 5th installment ― Shueisha announced on Monday that the release of first new volume in Kentarō Katayama's Kure-nai light novel series in approximately six years has been green-lit. The book will be titled Kure-nai ~Yugamisora no Hime~ (Kure-nai ~The Princess of the Warped Sky~). The story begins when S...
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New Cardfight!! Vanguard G Card Game Anime Previewed in Video

Ryotaro Okiayu, Rion Kako, Junichi Yanagita, more join cast for October 26 sequel anime ― TV Tokyo began streaming a promotional video for the upcoming Cardfight!! Vanguard G sequel anime on Sunday. The video features the anime's opening theme song, "Break It!" by Mamoru Miyano. The preview premiered after the final episode of the previous series, Cardfight!! Vanguard: Legion Mate. Chrono: My name is...
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Yoru no Yatterman Project Teased With Website

Last Yatterman project was in 2009 ― Tatsunoko opened a teaser website on Sunday for a Yoru no Yatterman (Yatterman of the Night) project, and lists that production has been green-lit. The website notes that more information will be unveiled on October 27. The copyright for the website reads, "Tatsunoko Pro/Yoru no Yatterman Production Committee 2015." The original Yatterman television series premie...
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Attack on Titan 3DS Game's Updated Chain Edition Previewed in Promo

Online co-op & more stages, missions, voices, fine-tuning in December 4 release ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a new promotional video for the Shingeki no Kyojin ~Jinrui Saigo no Tsubasa~ CHAIN (Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Humanity CHAIN) Nintendo 3DS game on Monday. The video highlights the improvements in the new version: Internet cooperative play, new stages, new missions, new mode, over ...
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