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Maria the Virgin Witch BD+DVD

This unusual historical fantasy anime might have gotten lost in the shuffle of bigger titles over time, but it's still one of a kind today. Theron Martin explores just what makes this series special. ― Maria the Virgin Witch is a remarkable series in many respects. It's nearly as raunchy as a high-end fanservice anime – even being assigned a TV-MA rating despite not having any detailed nudity – and y...
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Summer Wars [Hosoda Collection] BD+DVD

The extras are insightful in this new release of Summer Wars, even if the story may not hold up the way it once did. Rebecca Silverman offers her take on Mamoru Hosoda's breakout film. ― Time is the greatest test of any work. Poems written by Heian era women over a thousand years ago are still intimately relatable to modern readers, novels by men in the 19th century still have a lot to say about soci...
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The SAO Movie Ordinal Scale Giveaway

Win tickets to see SAO The Movie in theater, Yuki Kajiura in concert, or other great prizes. ― ©2016 REKI KAWAHARA/PUBLISHED BY KADOKAWA CORPORATION ASCII MEDIA WORKS/SAO MOVIE Project Get ready to LINK START Sword Art Online fans and join Kirito, Asuna, and all of your favorite characters again as they make their big screen debut! With the U.S. premiere of Sword Art Online the Movie on March 1, 201...

Seven Times Monster Musume Almost Became Rated R

Monster Musume is a very, very naughty manga. When you've got a harem interspecies comedy where the girls are half-snake, half-horse or half-slime mould, the sexy permutations are pretty much infinite. Below, we've nominated our seven favourite guilty pleasures from Monster Musume's early chapters. Warning: the following scenes contain acts which some people may find unnatural... 1 – Monster Musu...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Nov 26-Dec 2

Keijo!!!!!!!! shoots up the charts and Sound! Euphonium 2 retakes the top spot in our weekly user rankings! See how your favorite shows performed! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 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 rankings ...
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More Prizes for Monster Musume!

We've added yet another prize to the Monster Musume Favorite Character Contest. Only 6 days left to vote. ― Contest Giveaway Manga Sale 1. Contest Details Vote for your favorite Monster Musume character in this official Monster Musume Popularity Contest! If you have a BookWalker Global account, you'll also be eligible for some AMAZING PRIZES. To participate, fill out the form below. Contest ends Dec...
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Shelf Life - Hana Yori Dango

Paul takes on the frequently frustrating melodrama of the classic shojo series, "Boys over Flowers." Plus, all this week's new releases! ― I can tell we're still a long way away from the heart of winter because I still feel annoyed instead of relieved when the forecast predicts more snow than we actually get. If it's going to snow, let's skip all the inconsequential flurries and get on with it! (Let...
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Prison School BD+DVD

Prison School is a gleefully gross adventure that succeeds by embracing its own smutty soul. Nick Creamer has the details. ― It's hard to say what makes for a “good fanservice show.” After all, some of the things that people seek from fanservice run directly counter to the qualities generally valued in other shows. Gratuitous fanservice tends to ruin an audience's ability to take a story or its chara...

The Monster Girls Want to Play!

The spicy boy-meet-girl-monsters manga comedy Monster Musume has been a hit since it slithered sexily from the mind of artist OKAYADO. You could call it a harem manga, but you've never seen a harem like this one. It starts with a bird-girl, a snake-girl and a horse-girl, and then it gets really strange. All these ladies are flying, clopping and otherwise perambulating to Japan as part of a govern...
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Friday, December 9

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So You Lost to the Final Boss. Now What?

With grand armies scattered, mascot character MIA, and main hero wounded, the heroes of Chain Chronicle are left with one question: what’s next?
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All Out!! ‒ Episode 10

"Gion might still be struggling to find his undying love for rugby, but Ōharano is probably the last person on the team to help with this problem."
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Fūka Anime's TV Ad Previews Love Triangle

Adaptation of manga by Suzuka's Kouji Seo premieres on January 6 ― The official website for the anime of Kouji Seo's Fūka manga began streaming its first television commercial on Friday. The video's narrator teases that the anime is about "a love triangle that starts from music." The anime will hold an advance screening of the first episode and a talk event at Tokyo's Yurakuchō Mullion Annex on Decem...
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Pretty Rhythm Idol Group Prizmmy to Disband Next March

Prism Mates also disbanding after 6-year run ― Prizmmy☆, the four-member dance and vocal unit created for the Pretty Rhythm teleivision anime franchise, announced on their streamed Showroom special on Friday that they will disband at the end of next March. Prizmmy☆'s sister trainee unit Prism☆Mates (pictured below) will also disband at the same time. The members of Prizmmy☆ noted that they were all i...
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One Piece Anime Casts Masashi Ebara, Hiroya Ishimaru

Ebara as Raizo debuts in 768th episode on Sunday; Ishimaru plays Oden ― The official website for the One Piece franchise announced on Friday that voice actor Masashi Ebara (Naruto's Might Guy, Shakugan no Shana's Alastor) will play the character Raizo (pictured below right), and Hiroya Ishimaru (Mazinger Z's Koji, Dancouga's Professor Hazuki) will voice Oden. Raizo will debut in the anime's 768th epi...
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Actor Hiroki Narimiya Retires After Cocaine Use Allegations

Live-action Assassination Classroom, NANA, Ace Attorney actor denies claims ― The agency of 34-year-old actor Hiroki Narimiya announced on Friday that Narimiya is retiring from the entertainment industry. Kodansha's Friday magazine had published an article on December 2 accusing Narimiya of using cocaine and other illegal drugs. Narimiya's agency responded after Kodansha published the article, statin...
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Tozen Ujiie's Seitokai Yakuindomo Manga Gets Theatrical Anime Project

Manga about student council previously inspired 2 TV anime, several OVAs ― The cover of the 2017 combined second and third issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine shown in a listing on Amazon Japan has revealed that Tozen Ujiie's Seitokai Yakuindomo manga is getting a theatrical anime project. The issue itself will go on sale on December 14, and it will reveal more details about the project. The 2...
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Yukari Tamura Stars in Upcoming Untitled TV Anime Project

New project reveals visual, "rin-anime.com" website ― The "rin-anime.com" website opened on Friday to announce that voice actress and singer Yukari Tamura will star in an upcoming television anime project as the character Finis. The website also revealed a visual, but hasn't yet revealed any other information about the project, including a title. The January issue of Tokuma Shoten's Animage magazine,...
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Live-Action Saki Film's 2 Trailers Reveal February 3 Debut

Live-action series based on Ritz Kobayashi's manga premiered on December 4 ― The official website of the live-action project for Ritz Kobayashi's Saki manga began streaming a 60-second and a 30-second trailer on Friday. The trailers revealed that the film will premiere in Japan on February 3. The two videos feature the main cast competing in an inter-school mahjong competition, and also feature the s...
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Live-Action March comes in like a lion Films Cast Shōta Sometani as Harunobu Nikaidō

Sometani had to put on special effects makeup to portray role ― The official website for the two live-action films of Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion (Sangatsu no Lion) manga revealed on Friday that Shōta Sometani (seen below) will play the role of Harunobu Nikaidō in the films. Nikaidō is the self-proclaimed "rival" and "best friend" of protagonist Rei Kiriyama. Sometani had to don special ...
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Leads in One-Week Friends Anime to Voice Roles in Live-Action Version

Yoshitaka Yamaya, Sora Amamiya played characters Yūki Hase, Kaori Fujimiya in 2014 anime ― The official website of the live-action film of Matcha Hazuki's One Week Friends (Isshūkan Friends) manga announced on Friday that Yoshitaka Yamaya (left in picture below) and Sora Amamiya (right) — who voiced the characters Yūki Hase and Kaori Fujimiya respectively in the television anime adaptation of the man...
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Gabriel Dropout Anime's 2nd Promo Previews Opening Theme Song

Main cast perform opening, ending theme songs for January 9 anime ― The official website for the Gabriel Dropout television anime based on Ukami's manga began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Friday. The video previews the main voice cast, and features the anime's opening theme song "Gabriel Drop Kick" by Miyu Tomita, Saori Ōnishi, Naomi Ōzora, and Kana Hanazawa as their characters G...
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Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2017's Series Ranking for Male Readers

Tonegawa, Watashi no Shōnen, Fire Punch top list ― The 2017 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook will announce its lists of the top manga series on Saturday. The top 20 on its list of manga for male readers are: Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa by Tensei Hagiwara, Nobuyuki Fukumoto, Tomoki Miyoshi, and Tomohiro Hashimoto Watashi no Shōnen by Hitomi Takano Fire P...
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Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2017's Series Ranking for Female Readers

Kin no Kuni Mizu no Kuni, Haru no Noroi, My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness top list ― The 2017 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook will announce its lists of the top manga series on Saturday. The top 20 on its list of manga for female readers are: Kin no Kuni Mizu no Kuni by Nao Iwamoto Haru no Noroi by Asuka Konishi My Lesbian Experience With Loneli...
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Kenka Banchō Otome Romance Game Gets TV Anime in Spring 2017

Cast from Spike Chunsoft's PS Vita game reprise roles for anime series of shorts ― Spike Chunsoft opened a website on Thursday to announce that its Kenka Banchō Otome romance simulation game is getting a television anime series of shorts. The anime, titled Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys, will premiere in spring 2017. The show's cast, who are reprising their roles from the game, includes: KENN as...

Thursday, December 8

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Pole Dancers React to Ending Sequence of Yuri!!! on Ice Episode 10

Techniques identified, critiqued ― Yuri!!! on Ice has already won a crowd of admirers — including real figure skaters — for its fluid and well-informed depiction of ice skating. The ending credits sequence of Episode 10 show Yūri Katsuki and Christophe Giacometti pole dancing, which has earned a new round of appreciation from real pole dancers on Twitter. Rinko Nakamura reacted enthusiastic...
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South Park's Ike Watches Naruto on Crunchyroll, Googles Yuri!!! on Ice

The American adult animated series South Park has been referencing Japanese culture and anime for years. The television show parodied the theme song from Studio Ghibli's My Neighbor Totoro in 2010, Kenny transformed into a Japanese princess in 2013, and the series featured a yaoi episode last year. The long-running show's latest anime reference involves the character Ike Broflovski. In the latest ...
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Viz Adds The Children Nowadays Manga Digitally

Kiriko Kubo's 1986 manga launches on December 13 ― Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it will publish the first volume of Kiriko Kubo's The Children Nowadays (Imadoki no Kodomo) manga digitally on December 13. Viz describes the story: Kirita is a typical child of the Eighties, equally worried about homework and nuclear war. His precocious friend Takumi can't figure out why the other kids won't ackno...
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Keijo!!!!!!!! ‒ Episode 10

"Every time you think Keijo has outdone itself with its over-the-top antics, it pulls yet another brazen stunt."

Funimation Licenses Attack on Titan Anime's 2nd Season

Sequel to premiere in April 2017 in Japan ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed the second anime season based on Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga. Attack on Titan season 2 will premiere in April 2017 in Japan. The new season was initally announced in November 2014, and was originally slated for 2016. Tetsuro Araki, the director of the first anime season, is actin...
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Mr. Osomatsu, your name, Yūichi Nakamura Win Yahoo! Japan's 2016 Search Awards

Other winners include Dean Fujioka, Keyakizaka 46, Pikotarō ― Every year, Yahoo! Japan honors the subjects or people who have racked up the most searches on its search engine (or who have shown the sharpest climb in searches since the previous year) with the Yahoo! Japan Search Awards. In the anime category, Mr. Osomatsu triumphed, despite technically premiering last year. Another anime also topped t...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 485

"Featuring action, intrigue, and a healthy dose of comedy, the second entry in Sasuke's Story: Sunrise embodies Naruto's best qualities."
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, November 28-December 4

Time Bokan 24, Pokémon Sun & Moon, Maho Tsukai Precure! in top 10 ― The live-action drama adaptation of Tsunami Umino's Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu manga aired on TBS on Wednesday, November 29 at 10:23 p.m. and earned a 16.1% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV December 4 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 12.5 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV December 4 (Sun) 18:00 30 ...
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My Hero Academia Spinoff Manga Vigilante Relaunches on Shonen Jump+

3rd chapter premieres on December 17 in Jump+ app ― Next year's combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump is revealing on Monday that Hideyuki Furuhashi and Court Betten's Vigilante -Boku no Hero Academia ILLEGALS- spinoff of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia) manga will relaunch on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ online manga app on December 15. The first and s...
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Experience Porno Graffitti Concert via PlayStation VR This Week

Sony Music Entertainment is partnering with Little Star Media to offer J-rock fans a chance to experience a concert through PlayStation VR this week. The virtual reality (VR) platform Littlstar Japan's PlayStation VR app is offering a Porno Graffitti concert from December 7 to December 14. The app's users can experience a 360-degree panoramic video of the rock band's concert. The Littlstar VR Cine...
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Tales of Berseria Game's Clip Previews English Dub

Preorder bonuses for PS4/Steam game announced ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming on Thursday a series of cutscenes from its upcoming Tales of Berseria PlayStation 4 and PC role-playing game, previewing the English dub. (Note: The below video contains spoilers for a beginning cutscenes from the game.) The official blog for the Tales of game series also announced a 15-minute skit video preord...
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Viz Streams Extended Sailor Moon R: The Movie English Dub Trailer

Tickets on sale for premiere screening in LA, wider release to follow ― Viz Media began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the Sailor Moon R: The Movie (Sailor Moon R Movie: Promise of the Rose) anime film on Thursday. Viz Media and Eleven Arts will host a premiere screening on January 13 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The event will include a Q&A session with the English language s...
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Saint Seiya Get Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Golden Watch

Licensed product company Imperial Enterprises is accepting pre-orders for a limited edition watch commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Saint Seiya series. The watch shows the silhouette of Sagittarius glistening on the face and 12 other Zodiac-inspired warriors engraved in the band links. Each is sold in a commemorative box with a picture of the palace on the front. Only 3,000 of the watches...
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Yuki, Kenshi Yonezu to Perform March comes in like a lion Anime's New Theme Songs

'Sayonara Bystander,' 'Orion' to debut in TV anime in January ― This year's 24th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that the television anime of Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion (Sangatsu no Lion) manga will introduce new theme songs in January. Singer Yuki will perform the opening theme, "Sayonara Bystander" (Goodbye Bystander), while Kenshi Yonezu will perform th...
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Brave Witches ‒ Episode 9

"Naoe has gotten as much attention as anyone in the secondary role throughout the series so far, but this episode marks the first time that she has been the focal point character."
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Yuri!!! on Ice ‒ Episode 10

"This pen-penultimate installment, which consists of one last restful moment before the Grand Prix final, serves as a reflection on the cast's growth over the past in-show year."
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Dragon Quest II Heads West on PS4 in April

Game slated for April 25 in N. America, April 27 in Europe ― Square Enix confirmed on Thursday that it will release Dragon Quest Heroes II (Dragon Quest Heroes II: Futago no Ō to Yogen no Owari) in North America on April 25 and in Europe on April 27. The game will only be available on PlayStation 4. The game shipped for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita on May 27 in Japan. The game a...
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Sony Sells Over 50 Million PS4 Consoles Worldwide

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced on Wednesday that it has sold more than 50 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide as of Tuesday, November 6. Sony specified that these are actual sell-through numbers, as opposed to units shipped. The console is the fastest to reach the milestone of any console under the PlayStation brand. The PlayStation 4 had sold 40 million units as of May. Sony'...
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Tenshi no 3P/Here Comes the Three Angels TV Anime's Summer Debut, Drama CD Tie-In Revealed

Yuko Ono, Yurika Endō, Aoi Koga to also form real-life band & chronicle their journey ― The January 2017 issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko Magazine is reporting on Saturday that the television anime of Sagu Aoyama's Tenshi no 3P! (Here Comes the Three Angels) light novel series will premiere next summer. The magazine is also reporting that the television anime is just one of the three projects in the...
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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Trailer Previews Remixed Theme Song

Tetsuya Nomura illustrates cover for theme song EP ― Square Enix began streaming the "Final Trailer (2016)" for its upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue PlayStation 4 game on Friday. Like previous trailers for the game, it features a new remixed version of Hikaru Utada's original theme song "Hikari" ("Simple and Clean" in the English version). The EP with "Hikari (Ray Of Hope MIX)," ...
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GKids Streams Ghiblies: Episode 2 Clip, Adds 3rd Day of Spirited Away Screenings

Ghiblies short screening with Spirited Away in U.S. on Thursday ― GKIDS and IndieWire began streaming an English-subtitled clip from the Studio Ghibli short film Ghiblies: Episode 2 last week. The short is screening in United States theaters along with the 15th anniversary screenings of Spirited Away. GKIDS announced an additional screening time for the English dub of Spirited Away on December 8 at 7...
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20 Years of Persona in One Gallery

Nothing says Persona like an art exhibit that features prop evokers, fan art from famous manga artists, and a guy in a Teddie suit.
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Maria the Virgin Witch BD+DVD

This unusual historical fantasy anime might have gotten lost in the shuffle of bigger titles over time, but it's still one of a kind today. Theron Martin explores just what makes this series special. ― Maria the Virgin Witch is a remarkable series in many respects. It's nearly as raunchy as a high-end fanservice anime – even being assigned a TV-MA rating despite not having any detailed nudity – and y...
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Nintendo Switch Demoed For 1st Time on The Tonight Show on U.S. TV

Reggie Fils-Aimé, Jimmy Fallon play Zelda: Breath of the Wild — & Shigeru Miyamoto plays Mario on guitar ― The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon hosted Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé to demonstrate the upcoming iOS game Super Mario Run in the United States on Wednesday. However, Fils-Aimé brought two surprises: Mario and Zelda co-creator Shigeru Miyamoto watching from the audience, and a...
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Chō Shōnen Tantei-dan NEO Anime Based on Edogawa Rampo Novels Premieres on January 2

Yoshitaka Amano-designed villain, new visual, additional cast also revealed ― The official website of Chō Shōnen Tantei-dan NEO (The Ultra Boy Detectives Club NEO) — the television anime gag series of shorts that remakes Edogawa Rampo's Shōnen Tantei-dan (The Boy Detectives Club) novels — began streaming a video for the anime on Wednesday. In the video, voice actors Ryohei Kimura and Takuya Eguchi re...

More Details Revealed For 2 Upcoming Bleach Novels

Makoto Matsubara writes novel shipping on December 27 about Rukia, Renji's wedding ― The combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing more details on Monday for the novels that Makoto Matsubara and Ryohgo Narita (Baccano!, Durarara!) are writing for Tite Kubo's Bleach manga. Matsubara is writing the Bleach: WE DO knot ALWAYS LOVE YOU novel, which will center ...
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Tawawa on Monday Net Anime's BD Release Adds 2 Unreleased Episodes

BD will be available at Comiket 91 on December 29, at some retailers on December 31 ― Artist Kiseki Himura announced on Monday that the Blu-ray Disc of the short anime of his Getsuyōbi no Tawawa (Tawawa on Monday) illustrations will include two unreleased episodes, in addition to the 12 planned episodes for the anime. The two episodes will focus on the subordinate and Ai characters. The Blu-ray Disc ...
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Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight Game Reveals March 16 Release in Video

More playable characters revealed for action RPG crossover game for PS4, PS Vita ― Bandai Namco Entertainment unveiled a new trailer for its Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Wednesday during a livestream event on Dengeki Online's YouTube channel. The video reveals the action role-playing game's March 16 release date. The livestream event ...
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Viz Media Hosts Sailor Moon R Screening Event in Los Angeles on January 13

Film to eventually screen in 300 theaters in U.S. in late January ― Viz Media announced on Wednesday that it will host a premiere screening event of the Sailor Moon R: The Movie (Sailor Moon R Movie: Promise of the Rose) anime film on January 13 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. PST. The screening will include a live Q&A session with the Eng...
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Kamen Rider Ryuki Actor Satoshi Matsuda Helps Capture Criminal

Man attempted to take upskirt photos of Matsuda's wife ― Actor Satoshi Matsuda helped assist the capture of a man who had allegedly been attempting to secretly take upskirt photos of Matsuda's wife. According to Kyoto Prefectural Police's Uji station, Matsuda and his wife were shopping at a store in the town of Kumiyama on Wednesday when the man allegedly made his attempt. The 35-year-old man reporte...
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Renai Bōkun/The very lovely tyrant of love Anime Reveals Spring 2017 Debut, Animation by EMT Squared

The wraparound jacket band on the 10th compiled volume of Megane Mihoshi's Renai Bōkun (The very lovely tyrant of love) manga is revealing on Friday that the television anime adaptation of the manga will premiere in spring 2017. The volume is also revealing that EMT Squared (Kumamiko, Nyanko Days) is animating the series, and is also revealing an anime visual. The romantic comedy begins when Guri,...

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Light Novel Series Gets Anime

Yen Press publishes original fantasy light novel series, manga adaptation ― The wraparound jacket band on the fourth volume (pictured at right) of Megumu Aya, Hiro Ainana, and Shri's Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyōsōkyoku) manga series is revealing on Saturday that the franchise is getting an anime adaptation. The manga itself adapts Ainana's light nov...
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SHAFT, Shunji Iwai's 'Fireworks' Anime Film Previewed in 1st Trailer

Akiyuki Simbo serves as chief director for film premiering on August 18 ― The official website for Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka? (Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or from Below?), the anime film adaptation of director Shunji Iwai's 1993 live-action drama of the same name, began streaming the first trailer on Thursday for the film. The film will open in Japan on Augus...
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Food Wars! Gets New Original Anime DVD Bundled With Manga's 25th Volume in July

Members of Council of Ten to appear in new anime ― The combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga is inspiring an original anime DVD (OAD) with a special edition of the manga's 25th volume, which will ship on July 4. The issue also reveals that the OAD will feature the members o...
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Live-Action Blade of the Immortal Film's Still Shows Ichikawa Ebizō XI as Eiku Shizuma

Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki star, Takashi Miike directs April 29 film ― The staff for the live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal "neo period drama" manga unveiled a new still on Thursday showing famed kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizō XI in costume as the character Eiku Shizuma. The staff previously revealed stills from the filming of the movie's climactic action scene last month, and ...

Long Riders! TV Anime's Last 2 Episodes Delayed Until February

Episodes 11,12 premiere on Japanese TV on February 5; will screen at event on February 4 ― The official website for the Long Riders! television anime announced on Thursday that the anime's last two episodes will be delayed until February. The last episode that will air this year will be episode 10, which will air on December 24. The last two episodes — titled "Night Ride-hen" for episode 11, and "Shi...

Wednesday, December 7

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Six Flags Theme Parks Promote Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Film

Preview of film shown in parks via in-park TV networks until January 1 ― 4K Media announced on Wednesday that it is promoting its upcoming opening of the Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions anime film in North America with a campaign at the Six Flags theme parks. The campaign began on November 19 and will end on January 1. For the duration of the campaign, the Six Flags Great Adventure (New Jersey...
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 35

"Hijirimaru returns to torment the Twin Stars this week, and from the opening of the episode, I was excited to see what he had in store for our heroes."
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Young Animators NPO Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

AEYAC (pronounced "ay-yack"), a non-profit organization (NPO) dedicated to supporting young anime creators, launched a crowdfunding campaign on December 1. The campaign is collecting donations on the JapanGiving fundraising website until December 31. The organization began streaming a video about the crowd-funding campaign on November 29. The campaign is seeking to collect at least 3,000 yen (abou...
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 10

"It might not affect the characters well in-universe, but Nanbaka seems to be at its strongest when it divides up its cast."
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To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness Announces Manga's Nipple Count

The To Love-Ru franchise's female characters are known for exposing their "assets" on the page or on the screen. A true test to determine obsessed fans would involve detailed knowledge of every characters' risqué depictions. The publisher of Saki Hasemi and Kentaro Yabuki's To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga decided to conduct such a test. Shueisha's Jump Square magazine recently held a Supreme Q...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, November 28-December 4

Haikyu!!, One-Punch Man, Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card-hen, World Trigger, Boruto in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Haikyu!! 24 282,363 282,363 2016/12 Shueisha Haruichi Furudate 1 1 2 One-Punch Man 12 245,163 245,163 2016/12 Shueisha Story: ONE / Art: Yuusuke Murata 2 1 3 Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card-hen 1 147,750 14...
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Shunji Iwai's 'Fireworks' Drama Gets Anime Film From SHAFT

Hitoshi Ōne writes scripts, Nobuyuki Takeuchi directs, Akiyuki Simbo is chief director ― Director Shunji Iwai's 1993 live-action drama Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka? (Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?) is inspiring an anime film that will open in Japan on August 18, 2017. Hitoshi Ōne (live-action Bakuman., Moteki) wrote the script for the upcoming film a...
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Sound! Euphonium 2 ‒ Episode 10

"While shows are often described as “greater than the sum of their parts,” Euphonium 2 has had the opposite problem - terrific individual scenes, less than stellar narrative composition."
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The Silver Case PS4 Remaster Ships in April 2017 in N. America, Europe

NIS America announced on Wednesday that it will release the HD remaster for Grasshopper Manufacture's The Silver Case visual novel game on PlayStation 4 on April 18 in North America and April 21 in Europe. The game will have digital, standard physical, and limited edition physical versions. The limited edition includes the game, a collector's box, a 40-page hardcover art book, a 34-track soundtrac...
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BanG Dream! TV Anime's 3rd Trailer Confirms January 21 Premiere

Video features opening theme song "Tokimeki Experience!" by Poppin' Party band ― The official website for the BanG Dream! television anime series began streaming the third trailer on Wednesday. The trailer introduces the opening theme song "Tokimeki Experience!" (Heart-Pounding Experience!) by the Poppin' Party band, and it confirms the anime's January 21 premiere. The anime will premiere on the Abem...
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Minamata City's Anime-Style 'First Love' Podcast Launches 2nd Volume

The city of Minamata, Kumamoto began streaming a new podcast for its "Hatsukoi Project 2016" campaign on November 25. "Minamata Hatsukoi Podcast Toki no Kakehashi" (Minamata First Love Podcast: Suspension Bridge of Time) is the second volume of Minamata's promotional campaign that launched in February. The new podcast volume is a two-part bittersweet "adult love story," and the first part will be ...
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Answerman - Why Is Workplace Romance So Taboo in Anime?

Workplace romances are often treated like an unforgivable offense in many anime - what's up with that? Justin gets into it. ― Jennifer asks: relationship between coworkers is unacceptable even if they are in different departments. In Fune no Amu, we see Nishioka-san and Miyoshi-san in a relationship but they can't be seen together out in public. Why is that? Is it a distraction? I don't see it as a ...
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Girlish Number ‒ Episode 9

"After a pair of episodes spent humanizing the show's very sympathetic secondary characters, the focus at last returned to Girlish Number's two huge idiots."

Japan's Video Game Rankings, November 28-December 4

Final Fantasy XV, Kamen Rider, Digimon Universe games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: November 28-December 4 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4 Final Fantasy XV (Including Limited, Bundled Editions) Square Enix November 29 690,471 690,471 55 23DS Pokémon Sun / Pokémon Moon Pokémon November 18 223,051 2,189,345 99 33DSSuper Mario Maker for Nintendo ...

Dragon Ball Z Kai's Buu Saga to Air on Toonami

Series premieres January 7 along with Dragon Ball Super ― Funimation Entertainment and Adult Swim announced on Wednesday that the Buu Saga of Dragon Ball Z Kai will air on Toonami under the title Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters. The series will premiere at night on Saturday, January 7 at 12:00 a.m. EST (effectively Sunday morning). Funimation listed the English dub cast. Christopher R. Sabat is...

Dragon Ball Super to Premiere on Toonami in January

Funimation's English dub to air beginning on January 7 ― Toei Animation, Funimation Entertainment, and Adult Swim announced on Wednesday that Funimation's English dub of Dragon Ball Super will air on Adult Swim's Toonami block. The first season will premiere on January 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. EST and 11:30 p.m. EST. Funimation also launched an official website and streamed a new dubbed clip: The 26 epis...

Kyoto Animation Posts Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Anime's 1st Video, January 11 Debut Date

Show based on manga by Coolkyoushinja (I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying) ― The official website for the television anime of Coolkyoushinja's Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon or The Dragon Maid of Kobayashi-san) manga updated with the first promotional video on Wednesday. Both the video and the website announced that the anime will premiere on January 11 at 00...
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Yui no Shinobi Ninja Riceball Guys Get Manga

The upcoming card-based smartphone game Yui no Shinobi reimagines popular rice ball flavors as attractive ninja fighting to reclaim their land and serve their lord. Visualworks has revealed more than 12 characters and sub-characters so far, and is now adding a prologue manga to its promotion plans. The manga launched on Tuesday with the first two pages and will continue to update on the website ev...
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Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o Film's Trailer Previews HoneyWorks' Ending Song, Cast Voices

2nd film based on HoneyWorks songs opens on December 17 ― Aniplex began streaming the full trailer for Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o: Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai ( (I wait for the moment you love me. Confession Executive Committee), the second anime film inspired by the HoneyWorks musical group's Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai ~Renai Series~ (Confession Executive Committee ~Love Series~) Vocaloid songs, on Wednesday....

Pokémon Go Developers to Reveal Details on New Pokémon on December 12

Smartphone game partners with Sprint in U.S. ― The staff of the Pokémon Go smartphone game announced on Wednesday that it will reveal details on the first addition of new Pokémon to the game on Monday, December 12. Pokémon Go initially offered 145 Pokémon — all of the original Kanto Pokémon except Ditto, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mew, and Mewtwo. The game added Ditto in November. The staff also anno...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, November 28-December 4

Mars film sells 4,080 + 1,478, followed by B-Project, Kubikiri Cycle, Babymetal at London, Sadako vs. Kayako ― The Live at Wembley Babymetal World Tour 2016 kicks off at the SSE Arena, Wembley concert disc sold 2,215 more copies to add to its total of 41,109. It dropped from #2 to #12 in its second week. Sadako vs. Kayako Premium Edition sold 1,483 copies at #16. Koji Yusa and Takuya Satō's DVD Yusa ...
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Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go ‒ Episode 9

"An undeserving yokai gets one of the season's happiest endings, but the really fascinating part comes from how Madara reacts to it."
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, November 28-December 4

Final Fantasy XV box sells 13,383, followed by Kubikiri Cycle, The [email protected] Million Live! concert, Love Live! Sunshine, Tenchi Muyo! ― The [email protected] Million Live! 3rd Live Tour Believe My [email protected]!! Live Blu-ray 02 @ Sendai sold 7,699 copies to debut at #6 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The [email protected] Station!!! Summer Night Party!!! sold 2,071 copies to debut at #18. The deluxe edition (limited...
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Cyborg009: Call of Justice: Chapter 2 Tempts Our Heroes With Their Greatest Wish

You’ve spent 50 years in a never-aging cyborg body. Now, your latest potential villain offers to return your humanity; all you have to do is walk away.
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Summer Wars [Hosoda Collection] BD+DVD

The extras are insightful in this new release of Summer Wars, even if the story may not hold up the way it once did. Rebecca Silverman offers her take on Mamoru Hosoda's breakout film. ― Time is the greatest test of any work. Poems written by Heian era women over a thousand years ago are still intimately relatable to modern readers, novels by men in the 19th century still have a lot to say about soci...
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Landreaall Anime's Promo Video Introduces Main Character

Anime bundled with 29th volume of manga on February 25 ― Ichijinsha began streaming a promotional video for the original anime of Chika Ogaki's traditional fantasy manga Landreaall on Tuesday. The main character DX Lucafort narrates the video and introduces himself. The manga's 29th volume will have a limited-edition bundle with the original anime disc on February 25. The cast includes: Kenichi Suzum...
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Live-Action Hirunaka no Ryūsei Film's Teaser Highlights Love Triangle

New visual also unveiled for March 24 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Mika Yamamori's Hirunaka no Ryūsei (Daytime Shooting Star) manga began streaming a teaser and unveiled a new visual on Wednesday. The video highlights the love triangle between Suzume, Shishio, and Mamura. The cast includes: From left to right in picture above: Shohei Miura (live-action Gokusen) as Satsuki S...
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Nikkan Sports Newspaper Names Makoto Shinkai as Best Director for 'your name.' Film

Awards ceremony to take place on December 28 ― The Nikkan Sports newspaper will honor Makoto Shinkai with the Best Director award for his film your name. (Kimi no na wa.) in its 29th Nikkan Sports Movie Awards on Sunday. The award ceremony will take place on December 28, the birthdate of actor Yujiro Ishihara, which the awards honor. Shinkai's film has earned 20,006,188,400 yen (about US$175.81 milli...

Musician Kenichi Kurosawa Passes Away at 48

Hunter X Hunter/Saiyuki theme song contributor had been suffering from brain tumor ― The official website of musician Kenichi Kurosawa announced on Wednesday that Kurosawa passed away on Monday, December 5 at 3:52 a.m. due to a brain tumor. He was 48. He had been hospitalized due to the condition. His family will hold a private funeral service. His website will announce a memorial service for fans at...
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Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Pays Homage to 1978 Farewell Film in New Art

The official website of the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project revealed a new visual and ticket pre-order bonus on Wednesday. Ticket pre-orders will begin on December 17. While supplies last, those who purchase tickets will receive a B2-size poster and tickets with art that serves ...
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Trinity Seven Film's New Cast, Story, Title, Visual, February 25 Opening Revealed

Rina Hidaka, Nobunaga Shimazaki, M.A.O, Yoshino Nanjō cast in film ― The official website for the upcoming anime film of Kenji Saito and Akinari Nao's Trinity Seven - The Seven Magicians manga revealed the film's new cast members, story, full title, new visual, and February 25 opening on Wednesday. The film is titled Gekijōban Trinity Seven - Yūkyū Toshokan to Renkinjutsu Shōjo (Trinity Seven the Mov...
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Live-Action HaruChika Film's Trailer Highlights Haruta, Chika's Relationship

Kanna Hashimoto, Shori Sato play leads in March 4 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Sei Hatsuno's HaruChika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru "concert band youth mystery" novel series began streaming a trailer for the film on Wednesday. The trailer shows the relationship between Haruta and Chika, and shows Haruta collapsing during ensemble practice. Rev. from DVL idol group membe...
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The SAO Movie Ordinal Scale Giveaway

Win tickets to see SAO The Movie in theater, Yuki Kajiura in concert, or other great prizes. ― ©2016 REKI KAWAHARA/PUBLISHED BY KADOKAWA CORPORATION ASCII MEDIA WORKS/SAO MOVIE Project Get ready to LINK START Sword Art Online fans and join Kirito, Asuna, and all of your favorite characters again as they make their big screen debut! With the U.S. premiere of Sword Art Online the Movie on March 1, 201...

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PA Works Makes Sakura Quest Anime About Girls Reviving Rustic Town

Ayaka Nanase, Reina Ueda, Chika Anzai, Chiemi Tanaka, Mikako Komatsu star in original April show on tourism industry ― Anime studio P.A. Works announced a new original television anime titled Sakura Quest on Wednesday. The anime will premiere in April. The anime's official website describes the anime as the third in P.A. Works' "working" series about people and their jobs, after Hanasaku Iroha and Sh...

Seven Times Monster Musume Almost Became Rated R

Monster Musume is a very, very naughty manga. When you've got a harem interspecies comedy where the girls are half-snake, half-horse or half-slime mould, the sexy permutations are pretty much infinite. Below, we've nominated our seven favourite guilty pleasures from Monster Musume's early chapters. Warning: the following scenes contain acts which some people may find unnatural... 1 – Monster Musu...
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Attack on Titan Manga Gets Stage Play Next Summer

"'That battle' will appear in way no one has seen before" in 1st stage play adaptation of manga ― The wraparound jacket band on Hajime Isayama's 21st Attack on Titan manga volume is revealing on Friday that the manga will receive a stage play adaptation next summer. The announcement promises that the Titans, soldiers, and "that battle" will appear in a way no one has seen before. This is the first st...
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Attack on Titan Anime Season 2 Premieres in April

The wraparound jacket band on Hajime Isayama's 21st Attack on Titan manga volume is revealing on Friday that the anime adaptation's second season will premiere in April. The second season, which was initially announced in November 2014, was originally planned for 2016. The first 25-episode season aired from April-September 2013. Both Funimation and Crunchyroll streamed the first season as it aired...
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Japan's Moomin Theme Park Opening Pushed Back to 2019

The Moomin theme park in Japan, originally scheduled to open next year, is pushed back to 2019. Titled "Metsä," the theme park will open in spring 2019 at Lake Miyazawa, which is located in a relatively undeveloped corner of Hannō, in Saitama Prefecture northwest of Tokyo. It will be divided into two zones: a free "Metsä Village" with nature activities and lakefront restaurants and shops, and a "M...
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March comes in like a lion Tops Da Vinci Magazine's Rankings for 2nd Year

One Piece, KochiKame, Attack on Titan, Assassination Classroom also rank ― The January 2017 issue of Kadokawa Media Factory's book and manga news magazine Da Vinci unveiled its 17th annual "Book of the Year" list on Tuesday. The rankings are not based solely on sales. Instead, a group of 5117 voters including book reviewers, writers, and bookstore employees selected this year's lists. The magazine's ...
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Trickster ‒ Episode 10

"Hanasaki's unsurprising abduction/adoption by Twenty Faces is followed by an equally by-the-book mental torture session."
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Charmander Joins Build-A-Bear's Online Exclusive Line-Up

Build-A-Bear is continuing its line-up of Pokémon pals to dress-up and take home. The company announced that original starter Charmander is now available as an online-exclusive option. The stuffed fiery friend is US$61.00 and includes recorded Charmander sounds, a Great Ball hoodie, Lucario hoodie, and a Build-A-Bear Workshop exclusive Pokémon TCG card. Charmander joins previously released Pikach...
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Live-Action Gin to Kin Television Series Announces Additional Cast Members

Lily Franky, Sports Makita, Asami Usuda, Jun Murakami join cast ― The official website for the 12-episode live-action television adaptation of Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Gin to Kin (Silver and Gold) manga announced four new cast members on Tuesday. The website also announced that the series will premiere on January 7 on TV Tokyo, though the episodes will stream earlier on Amazon Prime starting on January 1....
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Persona 5 English Dub Trailer Introduces Futaba Sakura

Game ships on April 4 with English dub, downloadable Japanese track ― Altus USA began streaming an English-dubbed trailer featuring the character Futaba Sakura from its upcoming Persona 5 PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 game on Tuesday. Atlus also streamed a video featuring Futaba's voice actress Erica Lindbeck discussing the role with PR manager John Hardin. Previous English dub trailers introduced ...
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Shueisha Offers 'Jump VR' Mook About VR Tech

Mook also contains instructional manga, columns, 22-year-old Kochikame chapter featuring VR ― Shueisha will offer a new mook (magazine-style book) on December 16 titled "Jump VR." The mook will focus on VR technology and head-mounted displays such as the PlayStation VR, HTC Viva, and Oculus Rift/Touch, and will feature over 40 titles that use the technology. It will also feature instructional manga a...
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Dear Boys Overtime Epilogue Manga Ends in January

Manga began in February after conclusion of long-running sports manga ― The January 2017 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine announced on Tuesday that Hiroki Yagami's Dear Boys Overtime manga will end in the next issue on January 6. The final chapter will include color pages. Yagami launched the manga in February as a sequel to the long-running Dear Boys manga. Kodansha shipped the second com...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 4-10

Bikini Warriors, Eat-Man, Ninja Slayer, Seiyu's Life!, Show By Rock!! anime; Fairy Tail: Twin Dragons of Sabertooth manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Bikini Warriors BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$29.98 December 6 Black Jack The Movie BDCite Discotek Media/Eastern Star US$24.95 December 6 Eat-Man DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Discotek Media/Eastern Star US$44.95 ...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Nov 26-Dec 2

Keijo!!!!!!!! shoots up the charts and Sound! Euphonium 2 retakes the top spot in our weekly user rankings! See how your favorite shows performed! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 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 rankings ...
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Gainax Animation Studio Operating Out of 45-Year-Old Condo

Gainax, the studio behind Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gunbuster, Nadia - The Secret of Blue Water, and Kare Kano, has downsized not only in animation output but also in office space. The company relocated to the "Hattori Building" in Musashino, Tokyo around October. Unlike its previous office space in Mitaka, Tokyo, the new location is actually a 45-year-old housing complex. According to a private cr...
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Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale Film Opens in U.S. on March 9

Eleven Arts to distribute film with English subtitles ― Aniplex of America announced on Tuesday that the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film will open in United States theaters on March 9, 2017. Eleven Arts is distributing the film. Screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles. Theater locations and times will be announced at a later date. Prior to the wide release, Aniplex of America...
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Studio Trigger to Animate Indivisible Game's Opening Sequence

Yoh Yoshinari to direct, Titmouse to storyboard sequence for Lab Zero/505 Games' RPG ― 505 Games and Lab Zero announced on Tuesday that anime studio Trigger will animate the opening sequence for the game Indivisible. Yoh Yoshinari (Little Witch Academia) is directing the sequence and North American animation studio Titmouse (Metalocalypse, Venture Bros.) is providing the storyboards. Production on th...
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Konami Puts a Cap on Castlevania Unreal Engine Fan Remake

2016 has not been a good year for fan games. YouTuber and developer Dejawolfs is the latest to receive a cease and desist from a video game company, in this case it was Konami putting an end to their Unreal Engine remake of Castlevania. Dejawolfs had put in over a year into the game before receiving the letter last month and completed the first level back in April. The project was aptly titled Cas...
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Toshio Maeda to Appear in Portland, Autograph Urotsukidoji Manga to Benefit CBLDF

Fakku joins CBLDF as corporate member ― Hentai publisher Fakku and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) announced last week that manga creator Toshio Maeda will appear in Portland, Oregon on Thursday, December 8 for a Q&A session. The event will take place from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Floating World Comics and will coincide with Fakku's release of Maeda's Urotsukidoji (Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Over...
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Gainax Posts Apology After Khara's Lawsuit

Gainax president Yamaga comments on company's goals ― Gainax president Hiroyuki Yamaga posted an apology to the Gainax website regarding the news from December 2. The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper reported on that day that Studio Khara has filed a lawsuit against Gainax. Yamaga apologized to all involved parties for causing concern. He stated that the company undergoing restructuring, but the plan is to...

Fate/Grand Order TV Anime Special's 1st Promo Video Reveals New Year's Eve Premiere

Airs & streams at 10:00 p.m. on December 31 with theme by Maaya Sakamoto ― The live-streamed "Fate/Grand Order Caldea Station Vol. 4 Pre-Seventh Singularity Special" program debuted a promotional video for the Fate/Grand Order: First Order- television special on Tuesday. The program and the promotional video announced that the feature-length special will premiere on December 31 at 10:00 p.m. It will ...
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Bungo Stray Dogs' Most Powerful Tale is Its Prequel

Bungo Stray Dogs has tons of action and comedy, but the second season takes the drama to a new level with a personal and powerful prequel tale.
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Live-Action Bouncer TV Series Casts Kinari Hirano, Yoonhak Jung

10-episode series incorporates original story, premieres on April 14 ― The official website for the live-action television adaptation of Makoto Mizuta's Bouncer manga announced the main cast and staff on Tuesday. The 10-episode series will incorporate original story elements and premiere on BS SKY PerfecTV! on April 14. The series stars: Kinari Hirano (Prince of Tennis musicals' Akira) as protagonist...
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Cyborg 009 Call of Justice Special Promo Shows Battle With Emperor

Director Koudai Kakimoto edited video for 3-part anime film project ― The official website of Cyborg 009 Call of Justice, Toho Animation's new 3D CG anime project based on Shotaro Ishinomori's classic science-fiction hero manga Cyborg 009, began streaming a special promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video shows the cyborgs in battle with the Emperor, and features the film's theme song "A...

Shinkai's 'your name.' Anime Film Earns 20 Billion Yen, Expands to IMAX in January

Film has sold 15,391,716 tickets after 102 days in theaters in Japan ― Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no na wa.) anime film has earned 20,006,188,400 yen (about US$175.81 million) and sold 15,391,716 tickets as of Tuesday, after 102 days in Japanese theaters. The film will get IMAX screenings in Japan for two weeks starting on January 13. The list of theaters that will screen the film in IMAX will...

Yuri!!! on Ice Anime Casts Pro Skater Nobunari Oda as Himself

Oda will commentate Grand Prix Final in episode 11 on December 14 ― The official website for the Yuri!!! on Ice television anime announced on Tuesday that it has cast professional skater Nobunari Oda (right in picture below) as himself. He will appear on December 14 in the show's 11th episode, where he will commentate the short program of the Grand Prix Final competition alongside the character Hisas...

Sega Plans Altered Beast, Streets of Rage Adaptations on Film, TV in U.S.

Shinobi, Golden Axe, Virtua Fighter, The House of the Dead, Crazy Taxi projects also planned ― Entertainment news magazine Variety reported on Monday that Stories International — the joint venture of Sega Group and Hakuhodo DY Group for film and television projects — has partnered with production company Circle of Confusion to adapt Sega's Altered Beast and Streets of Rage game franchises. Stories In...

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Children's Puppet Show Ganko-Chan Gets TV Anime

Keiko Nemoto, Yumiko Kobayashi star in series of comedy shorts ― NHK opened an official website for a series of television anime shorts based on its long-running educational puppet program Zawazawa Mori no Ganko-chan (Ganko-chan of Rustling Forest) on Monday. The anime series, titled Gan Gan Ganko-chan, celebrates the franchise's 20th anniversary. The anime will premiere on BS Premium on December 19 ...
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Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale Anime Film Casts Sayaka Kanda

Also: live-action Space Brothers' Yoshio Inoue, live-action Death Note's Takeshi Kaga ― The official website for the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film announced three new characters and cast members on Tuesday. The newly announced roles are: Sayaka Kanda (Gamba: Gamba to Nakama-tachi's Shioji) as AR idol Yuna Yoshio Inoue (live-action Space Brothers' Kenji Makabe) as mysterious young swordsm...
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Support Kumamoto Earthquake Relief with One Piece Merchandise

Donations accepted as "hometown taxes" ― Over seven months after the earthquakes that devastated Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu this year, the area is still rebuilding. As Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece, is from there, he is pitching in to help with a campaign using One Piece artwork. The campaign, which also includes One Piece-themed trains and stamp scavenger hunts, involves donating money ...
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Alita: Battle Angel Film Casts Machete Kills Actor Marko Zaror

Machete Kills sequel film's Zaror plays Ajakutty ― The film news website Screen Anarchy reported on Sunday that Marko Zaror (Machete Kills) is joining the cast of Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga. Zaror will play Ajakutty, a Motorball player who also appears in the original manga. The film will star Rosa Sa...
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Saori Yuki to Perform Onihei Historical Anime's Theme Song

New visual, titles of all 13 episodes revealed ― The staff of Onihei, the television anime adaptation of Shōtarō Ikenami's Onihei Crime Reports in Edo (Onihei Hankachō or Onihei, the Devilish Bureau Chief) novel series, announced on Monday that singer Saori Yuki (Kasumin) will perform the anime's theme song "Soshite... Ikinasai" (And... You Must Live). Toyohisa Araki is handling the lyrics, Kōhei Tan...
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Pokémon Bring Wedded Bliss for One Couple

Two big Pokéfans tied the knot on Saturday with enough Pokémon memorabilia to make any collector smile. One attendee shared images for the bride and groom's centerpieces and themed artwork on Twitter, and the photos have since been retweeted over 48,000 times and liked 64,000 times. Small terrariums with Pokémon in their natural habitats were at the tables. Guests were greeted by pixel artwork of ...
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Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 Professional Trailer Previews Game's World

Game based on Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 3DS ships on February 9 ― Square Enix began streaming its second "image video" for the Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 Professional Nintendo 3DS game on Monday. The video previews that game's world as the protagonist enters a new area. The game is based on the earlier Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 game, but will contain a new and original story that will feat...
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More Prizes for Monster Musume!

We've added yet another prize to the Monster Musume Favorite Character Contest. Only 6 days left to vote. ― Contest Giveaway Manga Sale 1. Contest Details Vote for your favorite Monster Musume character in this official Monster Musume Popularity Contest! If you have a BookWalker Global account, you'll also be eligible for some AMAZING PRIZES. To participate, fill out the form below. Contest ends Dec...
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Cup Noodles Continues Its Final Fantasy XV In-Game Campaign in Weird Ad

In September, Square Enix revealed that Nissin Cup Noodles would appear in Final Fantasy XV, going so far as adding a noodle-themed side quest. Fans were somewhat incredulous as to the results. Nothing says Final Fantasy like a Cup of Noodle billboard next to a trailer in the desert. pic.twitter.com/m5Hdszbl9E— NickMeteorain (@NickMeteorain) November 30, 2016 Final Fantasy XV real for having that ...
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Persona 5 English Trailers Introduce Supporting Characters

Digital pre-orders available now with bonuses for game shipping on April 4 ― Atlus USA began streaming three trailers introducing supporting Confidant characters for its upcoming Persona 5 game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 on Monday. Players can develop bonds with these Confidants in order to unlock skill bonuses and special services. Munehisa Iwai, proprietor of the airsoft gun shop Untouchab...
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Answerman - Do Streaming Numbers Count?

What role does streaming play in giving back to your favorite anime creators? ― Cody asks: I was wondering how much does viewer count matter on streaming services like crunchyroll if at all? They've recently added some older shows, like A Certain Scientific Railgun, that I've already watched and I honestly tend not to rewatch shows very often unless showing them to friends. However I do want to supp...
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Celebrate New Cardcaptor Sakura Manga with Wand, Cards, Clow Book and More

The Cardcaptor Sakura manga, which debuted 20 years ago, is returning to store shelves with a new story arc, the Clear Card arc. To celebrate the occasion, toymaker Takara Tomy is unveiling a bevy of Cardcaptor Sakura goods to rekindle those childhood memories and hopefully attract some new fans. Sakura's iconic Sealing Wand has been recreated 52 cm (20 inches) long. It comes with five Sakura Card...

Live-Action Gintama Film Posters Reveal Main Cast in Costume

Shun Oguri's Gintoki, Masaki Suda's Shinpachi, Kanna Hashimoto's Kagura shown ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga revealed posters showing the main three cast members in costume on Monday. The posters reveal that the film is slated to open in summer 2017 in Japan. Shun Oguri as Gintoki Sakata, the protagonist who runs the Yorozuya shop Masaki Sud...
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Ultraman Ginga S, Ultraman X Films Get U.S. Theatrical Screenings

William Winckler Productions dubbed films for January 8 premiere ― William Winckler Productions announced on Monday that it will screen Ultraman Ginga S The Movie and Ultraman X The Movie with English dubs in United States theaters. Screenings will begin on January 8, 2017. Theaters that will screen the film include the Chicago Music Box Theatre, Cleveland Cinemas, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, North...
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First "Superhuman Sports Games" Held in Tokyo

Blast energy from your hands with the power of virtual reality ― The Superhuman Sports Society has been developing sports that use machinery and advanced technology to transcend the physical limitations of the human body and go in new directions in sports. Their efforts were on display on November 23 at the first Superhuman Sports Games, held in Tokyo Tower Media Studio. The first sport we see in the...

Funimation Premieres Alderamin on the Sky English Dub, Announces Cast

Joel McDonald, Caitlin Glass, more star ― Funimation Entertainment premiered the first two episodes of its English dub of Alderamin on the Sky on Saturday. The dub cast includes: Joel McDonald as Ikta Solork Caitlin Glass as Yatorishino Igsem Megan Shipman as Princess Chamille Austin Tindle as Torway Remeon Shawn Gann as Matthew Tedtrich Leah Clark as Haroma Becker Clifford Chapin as Kusa From the fi...

Princess Mononoke to Screen in U.S. Theaters With 'On Your Mark' Short

Subtitled, dubbed screenings slated for January 5 & 9 ― GKIDS and Fathom Events announced on Monday that they will screen Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke film in United States theaters for the film's 20th anniversary. The Ghibli-animated music video "On Your Mark," which has not previously been released in North America, will screen alongside the film. Princess Mononoke will screen with English sub...

KonoSuba Season 2 Reveals New Key Visual, Supporting Cast Designs

Anime to premiere on January 11 ― The official website for Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! 2 (KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!! 2), the second anime adaptation of Natsume Akatsuki's Konosuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! light novel series, updated with a new key visual for the main cast and additional visuals for the supporting cast on Friday. The main visual, fea...
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Shelf Life - Hana Yori Dango

Paul takes on the frequently frustrating melodrama of the classic shojo series, "Boys over Flowers." Plus, all this week's new releases! ― I can tell we're still a long way away from the heart of winter because I still feel annoyed instead of relieved when the forecast predicts more snow than we actually get. If it's going to snow, let's skip all the inconsequential flurries and get on with it! (Let...
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Prison School BD+DVD

Prison School is a gleefully gross adventure that succeeds by embracing its own smutty soul. Nick Creamer has the details. ― It's hard to say what makes for a “good fanservice show.” After all, some of the things that people seek from fanservice run directly counter to the qualities generally valued in other shows. Gratuitous fanservice tends to ruin an audience's ability to take a story or its chara...
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Pop in Q Teaches Life Lessons Through a Cute, Magical World

Magic girl anime are plentiful, but what sets new film Pop in Q apart from the rest is the way it explores learning not to run away from your problems.
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Media Blasters Reveals More English Dub Cast for World War Blue Anime

Chris Niosi, Amanda Lee, Mike Pollock join cast ― North American anime licensor Media Blasters revealed five more cast members on Wednesday for the English dub of the World War Blue (Aoi Sekai no Chūshin de) anime series. The newly revealed cast members include: Chris Niosi as Zelik Amanda Lee as Fai Mike Pollock as Marcus Mike Pollock as Guligi Kyle Hebert as Narrator Kira Buckland as Karvey Brittan...
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One-Punch Man Ranks #3 on U.S. Monthly Bookscan November List

My Hero Academia, Zelda, Tokyo Ghoul, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure also rank on top 20 list ― The ninth volume of ONE and Yuusuke Murata's One-Punch Man manga ranked at #3 on the Nielsen BookScan's Top 20 list for November. Additionally, the first volume of Akira Himekawa's The Legend Of Zelda: Legendary Edition manga ranked at #7. The sixth volume of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga also ranked ...
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Frontwing's Sharin no Kuni Kickstarter Campaign Reaches Goal

Stretch goals include PS Vita port, full fandisc localization ― Visual novel developer Frontwing's current Kickstarter campaign met its initial US$80,000 goal on Friday to localize and release AKABEi SOFT2's visual novel Sharin no Kuni ~The Girl Among the Sunflowers~ (Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shōjo) for Windows PC. As of press time, the project has earned US$81,785. Frontwing launched the campaign...
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Prince of Tennis' Takeshi Konomi Publishes 1-Shot in Shonen Jump on December 12

The first 2017 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that Takeshi Konomi (The Prince of Tennis) will publish a one-shot manga in the magazine's combined second and third issue, which will ship on December 12. The title of the one-shot is "Zutsuke!! Yokohama Ōka Kōkō XXxX-bu" (Head-Butt!! Yokohama Ōka High School XXxX Club). The manga will have 47 pages and will includ...
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Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Extended Gameplay Trailer Reveals Captain America, Morrigan

PS4, Xbox One, PC fighting game is latest in Capcom's Vs. crossover fighting game series ― Capcom began streaming an extended character trailer for its Marvel vs. CAPCOM Infinite PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC fighting game on Sunday. The extended trailer is a longer version of the first character trailer, debuting Captain America and Morrigan Aensland alongside Mega Man X, Ryu, Captain Marvel, and ...
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The Seven Deadly Sins Manga Goes on Hiatus Until January 18

Suzuki hospitalized due to surgery, side stories to run in the meantime starting on Wednesday ― The first 2017 issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Nakaba Suzuki is putting his The Seven Deadly Sins manga on hiatus until the magazine's seventh 2017 issue on January 18. The hiatus is due to Suzuki being hospitalized after undergoing a medical procedure. The magazi...

'your name.' Anime Film Earns 19.9 Billion Yen, Surpasses Howl's Moving Castle

In This Corner of the World rises to #4, 3rd Kuroko's Basketball compilation film opens at #9 ― Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no na wa.) anime film has earned 19,957,000,000 yen (about US$175.8 million) as of Sunday, surpassing the 19.6 billion yen earnings of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle anime film. The film has also sold 15,352,600 tickets as of Sunday, 101 days after...
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New Gintama Anime Reveals Returning Staff, Visual

Chizuru Miyawaki returns to direct new anime series premiering on January 9 ― The official website of the new television anime for Gintama listed the anime's returning staff and unveiled a new visual on Monday. Chizuru Miyawaki returns from the fourth Gintama television anime to direct the new series, and Shinji Takeuchi returns to design the characters, but also serves as the chief animation directo...
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Swimy Performs New Naruto Shippūden Ending Theme

4-member rock band previously performed ending theme for 4th Gintama anime ― TV Tokyo's official website for the Naruto Shippūden anime series announced on Monday that Swimy will perform the anime's new ending theme song "Zetsuzetsu." The theme song will debut in the anime in January. The band wrote the song specifically for the show, and vocalist and guitarist Takumi is a fan of the series. Swimy pr...

Sunday, December 4

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Idol Incidents Anime Reveals January 8 Premiere, Crunchyroll Streaming in America & Europe

MAGES' anime features idol Diet members working to make Japanese citizens smile ― The official website for MAGES' Idol Incidents (Idol Jihen) television anime series lists Crunchyroll as streaming the anime in Europe and America. bilibili is listed as streaming the anime in Asia. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and Tochigi TV on January 8, and will also air on the BS Fuji, Sun TV, and Gunma TV ch...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 36

"This has been the most highly anticipated episode of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans yet—at least if you're a fan of Gunpla."
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Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto Game Expansion Previewed in 2nd Promo Video

Video highlights gameplay, character fighting styles ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a video on Sunday previewing Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto, Bandai Namco Entertainment's upcoming expansion for the Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 game. The video showcases some gameplay and the fighting styles of five characters, including Boruto Uzumaki, Naruto Uzuma...
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Kuroko's Basketball Last Game Film's Teaser Video Highlights Jabberwock

Hikaru Midorikawa, Tetsu Inada play 2 players from Jabberwock in March 18 film ― The official website for Gekijōban Kuroko no Basuke Last Game (Kuroko's Basketball The Movie: Last Game), the anime film adaptation of Tadatoshi Fujimaki's Kuroko no Basuke Extra Game sequel manga, began streaming a teaser for the film on Monday. The video highlights the Jabberwock team from America. The site previously ...
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Food Wars! Event Anime's Promo Video Previews Hot Springs Trip

Anime ships in Japan on May 2 with manga's 24th volume ― The official website for the anime project of Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga began streaming a promotional video for the manga's Jump Special Anime Festa event anime on Sunday. The video reveals the story, with Megumi inviting everyone who passed their stagiaire on a trip to a hot spring resort. The website als...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 767

"This is one of the best episodes of One Piece in a long time, possibly the best since I've started these episode reviews."

L.A. Film Critics Association Names Shinkai's 'your name.' as Best Animated Film

Red Turtle is runner-up for award that Spirited Away, Princess Kaguya won in previous years ― The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) awarded Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no na wa.) anime film with its Best Animated Film award on Sunday. Michael Dudok de Wit and Studio Ghibli's The Red Turtle is the runner-up for the award. Issey Ogata is also the runner-up for the Best Supporting Actor...
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Hirune Hime Film Casts Wataru Takagi as Sado

Takagi plays old friend of Kokone's father who has known her since childhood ― The official website of Hirune Hime ~Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari~ (Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me), the new anime film by director Kenji Kamiyama, announced on Sunday that Wataru Takagi will play the character Sado, an old friend of Kokone's father Momotarō Morikawa. Sado has known Kokone since her childh...
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Occultic;Nine ‒ Episode 9

"This episode as a whole was the most exciting that Occultic;Nine has managed to be since episode seven."
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Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Gameplay Trailer Features 1st 4 Characters in Action

Ryu, Mega Man X, Captain Marvel, Iron Man shown in trailer for newest installment in Vs. fighting game series ― Capcom began streaming a character trailer for its Marvel vs. CAPCOM Infinite PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC fighting game on Sunday. The trailer shows the characters Ryu, Mega Man X, Captain Marvel, and Iron Man in action, and also shows the Power Stone (which enables stronger attacks) an...
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Haikyu!! 3rd Season ‒ Episode 9

"Haikyu's third season has managed to be one of the most engrossing shows this fall. I'll be both relieved and depressed when it comes to an end."
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My Hero Academia Event Anime's Promo Reveals New Villain

Anime ships in Japan on April 4 on DVD with manga's 13th volume ― The official website for the anime project of Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga began streaming a promotional video for the manga's Jump Special Anime Festa event anime on Sunday. The video features the anime's unknown villain. The website also revealed a key visual for the anime. The anime debuted at the Jump Special Anime Fest...
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Poco's Udon World ‒ Episode 9

"Although things end on a relatively happy note, we're left with the impression that rough times are ahead for Souta and his adoptive son."
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Magical Girl Raising Project ‒ Episode 10

"The show's strongest antagonist is back in the game, and the writing has managed to recapture that vital feeling of unpredictability."
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 8

"Kyouko is a bad news femme fatale that Rei is utterly unequipped to deal with."

Shinkai's Your Name Film Opens in China at #1 With US$41 Million

Topped Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ― Makoto Shinkai's your name anime film ranked #1 at the box office in China this past weekend with the equivalent of US$41 million. The film had sold 30 million yuan (about 450 million yen or US$4.4 million) in pre-sale tickets as of Friday. The film then opened in as many as 7,000 theaters in China on Friday, and sold 2.77 million tickets for 70 millio...
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Izetta: The Last Witch ‒ Episode 10

"Now that we're over the hump of some more questionable plot points, the story is back in better form."
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WWW.WAGNARIA!! ‒ Episode 10

"With two of the couples in WWW.Wagnaria already dating, the spotlight was bound to fall on Shindou and Kamakura sooner or later."
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Idol Incidents Anime's Promo Video Introduces Tsunku-Produced Opening Song

Idol become politicians to "make Japan smile" again in January TV anime ― The official website for MAGES' Idol Incidents (Idol Jihen) television anime series began streaming a new promotional video on Sunday. The video introduces the opening theme song "Utae! Ai no Kōyaku" (Sing! Pledge of Love) from prolific musical producer Tsunku, and the anime's idols proclaim that they "want to make Japan smile!...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 69

"The show really seems to want to deflate expectations, and remind you that it's a cartoon first and foremost."
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ēlDLIVE Anime's 2nd Video Previews Alfakyun & The Super Ball's Songs

Reborn! creator Akira Amano's sci-fi anime premieres in January ― The official website for the television anime of Akira Amano's ēlDLIVE manga began streaming the anime's second official promotional video on Sunday. The video premiered at the Jump Special Anime Festa 2016 event this past week. It features the opening theme song "Our sympathy" by singer Alfakyun and the ending theme song "Kimi no Koe ...
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 9

This week's ClassicaLoid finally answers the question, "How would Beethoven react to today's music?"

TsukiPro Talent Agency Gets TV Anime About 4 of Its Musical Groups

TsukiPro the Animation to follow SolidS, Quell, Soara, Growth ― The Tsukino Talent Production agency announced at its "TsukiPro Festival - Winter" event's evening session on Sunday that it is launching its own anime adaptation titled TsukiPro the Animation. The music anime will follow the daily lives and associated drama of four of TsukiPro's very unique groups — SolidS, Quell, SOARA, and Growth. Sol...
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Kiss Him, Not Me ‒ Episode 9

"After being used as background dressing for the bulk of series, Shinomiya Hayato finally gets his own episode."
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The orange Film Showcases the Story's True Hero

Which would you chose, the love of your life or your best friend's life?
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Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 22

"Ranpo's story this week is a mystery geek's showdown dream, as he faces off against the man he named himself after, Edgar Allen Poe."
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'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria' TV Anime Slated for April

The online December lineup for SB Creative's GA Bunko imprint reports that the television anime Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? Gaiden: Sword Oratoria) will premiere next April. The television anime adapts the spinoff light novel series of the same name from author Fujino Ōmori and illustrator Kiyotaka Hai...
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Musician Hirofumi Asamoto Passes Away

53-year-old composed, arranged theme songs for Major, Bucky - The Incredible Kid, Gambler Densetsu Tetsuya anime ― The wife of musician and musical producer Hirofumi Asamoto announced on Saturday that Asamoto passed away on November 30. He was 53. Asamoto hit his head in a bicycling accident in September 2014, and had been in a coma since then. His wife launched the "AID for Asamoto" Facebook page pr...

Sony, Capcom Reveal More Details For Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Fighting Game

PS4, Xbox One, PC game features Infinity Stones that influence battle's outcome ― Sony and Capcom both posted blog posts on Saturday revealing more details about the Marvel vs. CAPCOM Infinite fighting game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. Capcom originally announced the game at Sony's keynote for the PlayStation Experience 2016 event on Saturday. The game will feature single-player Arc...
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Yo-kai Watch Franchise Gets 4th Film in Winter 2017

3rd film featuring anime, live-action segments opens in Japan on December 17 ― The staff of the Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Sora Tobu Kujira to Double no Sekai no Daibōken da Nyan! (Yo-kai Watch The Movie: The Flying Whale and the Grand Adventure of the Double Worlds, Meow!) film announced at a stage greeting event in Tokyo on Sunday that a fourth film in the Yo-kai Watch franchise will open in Japan in winte...
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Ys Origin RPG Gets New Release on PS4, PS Vita on February 21

Nihon Falcom originally released PC game in 2006, XSEED released game in English in 2012 ― Sony announced at its PlayStation Experience 2016 event on Saturday that DotEmu is releasing the Ys Origin classic role-playing game on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Nihon Falcom originally released the game in Japan on PC in 2006. XSEED Games released the original game on PC via Steam in English in 2...
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PSX Event Streams Trailers For Nioh, Gravity Rush 2, Resident Evil 7, Last Guardian, Ace Combat 7, Street Fighter V Games

Also: videos streamed for Death Stranding, King of Fighters XIV, PaRappa the Rapper ― Sony revealed new trailers at the PlayStation Experience 2016 event on Saturday for the following video games: Nioh, Gravity Rush 2, Resident Evil 7 biohazard, The Last Guardian, Ace Combat 7, Street Fighter V, King of Fighters XIV, and PaRappa the Rapper. Nioh Koei Tecmo Games' "dark warring-states action RPG" laun...
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NieR:Automata Game's PSX Trailer Reveals March 7 N. American Release Date

PS4 game's limited edition bonuses also revealed ― Sony revealed a new trailer for Platinum Games' NieR:Automata PlayStation 4 game at the PlayStation Experience 2016 event on Saturday. The trailer reveals the game's March 7 release date in North America. Square Enix UK is also streaming the same trailer, which reveals the game's March 10 release in Europe. Sony's PlayStation Blog also revealed infor...

The Monster Girls Want to Play!

The spicy boy-meet-girl-monsters manga comedy Monster Musume has been a hit since it slithered sexily from the mind of artist OKAYADO. You could call it a harem manga, but you've never seen a harem like this one. It starts with a bird-girl, a snake-girl and a horse-girl, and then it gets really strange. All these ladies are flying, clopping and otherwise perambulating to Japan as part of a govern...

Saturday, December 3

My Hero Academia Anime Previews 2nd Season in 1st Promo Video

Trailer previews U.A. Sports Festival arc ― The official website for the My Hero Academia anime series began streaming the first promotional video on Sunday for the anime's second season. The anime had announced a second season in June. The new season will cover the U.A. Sports Festival arc of Kohei Horikoshi's original manga. The anime's first season of 13 episodes premiered on the MBS /TBS channel ...
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Persona 5 Game's English Story Trailer Streamed

Digital pre-orders available now with bonuses for game shipping on April 4 ― Atlus USA began streaming a new English story trailer on Saturday for the Persona 5 PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 game. The digital version of the game is available for pre-order now, and those who pre-order the game get a dynamic theme and three avatars. Digital pre-orders also include the "Izanagi & Izanagi Picaro Set" D...
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Sega Announces Western Release of Yakuza Kiwami, Yakuza 6 Games

Yakuza Kiwami ships in summer 2017, Yakuza 6 ships in early 2018 ― Sega announced on Saturday that it is releasing both the Yakuza Kiwami (Ryū ga Gotoku Kiwami) and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (Ryū ga Gotoku 6: Inochi no Uta) games in the West on PlayStation 4. Yakuza Kiwami is a full remake of the original Yakuza (Ryū ga Gotoku) game, and features completely recreated graphics to run on the PS4 in 10...
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NISA Announces Western Release of Danganronpa V3 Game in 2017

PS4, PS Vita game gets physical, digital releases ― NIS America (NISA) announced on Saturday that it will release the Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony ( New Danganronpa V3: Minna no Koroshiai Shin Gakki) video game on the PlayStation 4 and Playstation Vita in North America and Europe in 2017. NISA will release the game physically and digitally for both consoles, and will also release a limited edition...
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Themed Sake Warms Up Inuyasha, Kinnikuman Fans This Winter

Anime-themed sake lets fans drink in their favorite shows, including Moyashimon, AnoHana, Urusei Yatsura, and Lucky Star. This winter, thirsty otaku will be able to get a taste of two manga and anime: Inuyasha and Kinnikuman. Niigata Prefecture's Fujinoi sake brewing company has already offered Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, and Ranma 1/2 sake inspired by Niigata native Rumiko Takahashi's manga. ...
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Kana-Boon, Uru Perform Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans Anime's New Theme Songs

"Fighter," "Freesia" to debut in TV anime in January ― The Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans anime's "Tekkadan Rally" event announced on Saturday that the anime will introduce new themes songs in January. The four-member rock band Kana-Boon is contributing the new opening theme song "Fighter," while singer Uru is contributing the new ending theme song "Freesia." Uru will release a new single w...
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One Piece Film Gold's Limited Edition Includes Real Treasure Chest

The official website for One Piece Film Gold announced details of the anime's home video releases on Thursday. For the ultimate unpirated home-video experience of this year's box-office hit, fans can purchase the anime film and hide it with the rest of their booty in an exclusive treasure chest. The One Piece Film Gold Blu-ray Golden Limited Edition box set includes a special treasure chest with ...
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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom RPG's Latest Trailer Reveals 2017 Release

Level-5 returns to Ghibli-inspired worlds ― Sony's Saturday keynote for the PlayStation Experience 2016 event debuted a new trailer for Bandai Namco Entertainment and Level-5's upcoming Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PlayStation 4 role-playing game. The trailer confirms that the game will debut next year. Level-5 head Akihiro Hino, artist Yoshiyuki Momose (The Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Only Yes...
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CNN Article Spotlights Japanese Dating Sims for Women

With the recent success of games like Tōken Ranbu and Idolish 7, the female market is increasingly in the Japanese pop cultural spotlight. CNN, too, has recently written an article surveying the rise in popularity of reverse harem games and putting them in the context of Japan's sagging birth rates and a society-wide aversion to sexual intercourse. Gangsters in Love The article profiles women like...

Sony Reveals Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Game for 2017 (Updated)

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 also comes to PS4 on Saturday ― Sony's Saturday keynote for the PlayStation Experience 2016 event revealed that Capcom will offer its Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite game next year. The event debuted a teaser video that featured Capcom's Ryu and Mega Man X, as well as Marvel's Iron Man and Captain Marvel. Capcom will preview gameplay footage during the Capcom Cup tournament fo...
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Shinkai's your name. Film Poised to Top China's Weekend Box Office

Earns 30 million yuan in pre-sales, 70 million yuan on 1st day ― Makoto Shinkai's your name anime film is poised to rank #1 at this weekend's box office in China, after high ticket pre-sales and a substantial opening day. According to Chinese media, the film sold 30 million yuan (about 450 million yen or US$4.4 million) in pre-sale tickets as of Friday. The film opened in as many as 7,000 theaters in...
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Monster Strike The Movie Anime's 1st 10 Minutes Streamed

Battle & Adventure trailers, last English net anime episode also posted ― The official YouTube channel for the Monster Strike franchise posted the first 10 minutes from the Monster Strike The Movie anime film on Saturday. The film's Battle and Adventure trailers, as well as the final net anime episode in English, also debuted this past week. The film will open in Japan on December 10. The cast includ...
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Toei Unveils Kado: The Right Answer TV CG Anime's 'Trailer 01.1' & April Premiere

Studio's 1st CG show follows humanity's encounter with mysterious entities ― At its Kado: The Right Answer/Expelled from Paradise booth at Tokyo Comic Con on Friday, Toei Animation revealed "Trailer 01.1" for its original anime project Kado: The Right Answer. On Saturday, Toei confirmed that the anime will premiere next April. The trailer is an updated version of the trailer Toei debuted this past su...
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Why You Should Watch the Shadows in Occultic;Nine

Taking place mostly at night in an urban environment, shadows are prominent in Occultic;Nine’s art style. They are also a key clue to the overall mystery.
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Gonzo, Koji Morimoto Launch Tentatively Titled '18 Anime' TV Anime Series in 2017

Morimoto also produces VR video for multimedia project ― The staff of the "Art of 18" stage event at Tokyo Comic Con announced on Saturday that director Koji Morimoto (Magnetic Rose, Extra, Beyond) and Gonzo are working on a television anime series tentatively titled 18 Anime that will air on Tokyo MX and BS Fuji in 2017. Morimoto is credited as chief supervisor on the anime. Morimoto also directed a...
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Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories Anime Gets 4th Season in January

New series features 13 different actors playing storyteller lead ― TV Tokyo's official website for the Yami Shibai (Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories) horror anime series of shorts has revealed that the anime is getting a fourth season that will premiere in January. The season will feature 13 different people (including actors, stage actors, and voice actors) playing the old man who is the storytel...
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Hikaru Midorikawa, Tetsu Inada Join Cast of Kuroko's Basketball Last Game Anime Film

New key visual also revealed for film opening on March 18 ― The official website for Gekijōban Kuroko no Basuke Last Game (Kuroko's Basketball The Movie: Last Game), the anime film adaptation of Tadatoshi Fujimaki's Kuroko no Basuke Extra Game sequel manga, revealed two new cast members for the film on Saturday. Hikaru Midorikawa as Nash Gold Jr., point guard for Jabberwock Tetsu Inada as Jason Silve...
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Chain Chronicle Anime Project Streams Trailer for 2nd Film

2nd of 3 films adapting Sega's smartphone game opens in Japan on January 14 ― The official website for the Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari (Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas), the theatrical and television anime adaptation of Sega's Chain Chronicle smartphone game, began streaming a trailer for the theatrical project's second film on Friday. The film project is split into three films, wi...
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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Anime Streams Character Videos For Renzo, Konekomaru

Koji Yusa, Yuuki Kaji reprise roles for anime premiering on January 6 ― The official website for the Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga (Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujō Ō-hen) sequel anime began streaming two promotional video and a commercial highlighting characters Renzo Shima and Konekomaru Miwa on Friday. (Note: the videos on the official website are region-locked to Japan.) The anime will adapt the "Kyoto Imp...

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Yen Press Licenses More Kingdom Hearts Light Novel Series

Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep novels get omnibus release ― Yen Press announced on its Twitter account on Friday that it has licensed the Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep novels. Tomoco Kanemaki wrote both the four-volume Kingdom Hearts II and three-volume Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days novel series, with origina...
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Drifters ‒ Episode 9

"The disjointed pacing of the season's first half has given way to something much more assured, as the different pieces of the Drifters puzzle fall into place one by one."
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Twelve More Ninja Rice Balls Revealed

Salmon, tuna, Spam, and more ― The upcoming card-based smartphone game Yui no Shinobi reimagines popular rice ball flavors as ninja fighting to reclaim their land and serve their lord. While four character designs had been revealed earlier in November, twelve more have been unveiled since then, creating quite the cast of tasty young men. Masunosuke Sakenobe represents salmon and is described as an ov...
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Gundam the Origin Anime's Loum Arc Previewed in 2 English-subtitled Videos

1st of 2-volume arc opens in fall 2017 ― The Gundam.info portal site began streaming two English-subtitled videos on Friday for the Loum Arc of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime. The new arc will start next fall with volume 5, "Clash at Loum," and will end in 2018 with volume 6, "Rise of the Red Comet." Drama Version Mecha Version Both videos originally screened during the theatrical screening...

Discotek Licenses Crusher Joe Anime Film, OVA Series

Gundam the Origin's Yoshikazu Yasuhiko directed 1983 film, Dirty Pair's Toshifumi Takizawa directed 2-episode OVA series ― Discotek Media announced on Friday that it has licensed Crusher Joe The Movie and Crusher Joe: The OVA's. The company plans to release the film in early 2017 on DVD. The company said it also plans to release the film on Blu-ray Disc "at some point in the future." Discotek Media d...
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Lostorage incited WIXOSS ‒ Episode 9

"While the overall shape of this current incarnation of the Selector game is still a little muddy, things are coming into sharper focus."
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Grave of the Fireflies Tops Poll of Anime's Most Miserable Endings

The Goo Ranking website asked readers which anime has the most "miserable bad ending" for its characters. The site conducted the poll from November 14 to November 16 and published the results on Friday. The #1 anime on the list comes as no surprise to most classic anime fans. Grave of the Fireflies follows 14-year-old Seita and his four-year-old sister Setsuko in the final days of World War II in ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable ‒ Episode 36

"JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a show that's mastered being both passive entertainment and the kind of show that glues your eyes to the screen."
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Sword Art Online Heroines Sparkle for Mobile Game Christmas Event

The girls of Sword Art Online are getting into the holiday spirit for a limited time event in the Sword Art Online: Code Register mobile game. Each of the female characters will appear in the special outfit until December 25. The outfits range from Santa-inspired to a glittering snow bride. Asuna Yuki Sinon Suguha Annette Players can participate in the event for a chance to get a six star Annette ...
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All Out!! ‒ Episode 9

"Jinko might not yet have scored their first victory, but they won their opponents and adviser's respect."
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Crunchyroll Adds More Catalog Titles From Funimation, Nozomi

Media distribution service Crunchyroll added eight titles from Nozomi Entertainment and five titles from Funimation Entertainment to its catalog this week. From Nozomi Entertainment, Please Teacher! and Please Twins! launched on Tuesday, and the Magic User's Club! TV anime and Magic User's Club! OAV launched on Wednesday. All of the above titles are available in the United States and Canada with b...
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Resident Evil Classifieds: Security Zombies Wanted for Live-Action Film Premiere

If those part-time retail and fast-food gigs aren't enough to make ends meet, becoming a zombie could be the answer. The part-time job news service An has a listing seeking security guard zombies for the world premiere of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The listing is searching for two zombies to act as security at the live-action film's world premiere red carpet event at Tokyo's Roppongi Hills ...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, November 20-26

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, 2 Tokyo Ghoul volumes, 2 Black Butler volumes, 2 One-Punch Man volumes, Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, Blue Exorcist, Assassination Classroom ― Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Legendary Edition #1 Akira Himekawa Viz Media 4 25Tokyo Ghoul #1 Sui Ishida Viz Media 73 3-Black Butl...
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Seiren Original Anime Unveils 1st Promo Video, Omnibus Format

Theme songs, January air dates, male cast members also revealed ― The official website for Kisai Takayama's original anime series Seiren updated with the first promotional video, story details, theme song performers, air dates, promotional manga, and male cast members on Friday. Like Amagami SS, the anime is an omnibus work that will consist of four-episode arcs focusing on each of the main heroines....
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A Silent Voice Film Earns 2.2 Billion Yen, Sells 1.7 Million Tickets

More Japanese theaters to begin screenings this month ― Kyoto Animation's anime film of Yoshitoki Ōima's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) manga has sold about 1.7 million tickets after its eleventh weekend for 2.2 billion yen (about US$19.34 million) as of Wednesday. An additional 17 theaters will begin screening the film on December 3, with more to come throughout December and January. The film has s...

Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast for One Piece Film Gold

Keith Silverstein plays Tesoro for film opening in U.S./Canadian theaters next month ― Funimation Entertainment announced the English dub cast for One Piece Film Gold on Thursday. The company also began streaming an English-dubbed trailer. The cast — under ADR director Joel McDonald, ADR scriptwriter Clint Bickham, and ADR engineer Matt Grounds — includes: Colleen Clinkenbeard as Luffy Christopher R....
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Answerman - Why Are Compilation Films Made?

It's a movie that edits together footage from a TV show you've already seen - what's the purpose of "Compilation Films" like Gurren Lagann's? Justin explains. ― Ryan asks: Why are compilation films of anime series in Japan so popular and why are they rarely licensed in the US? I just don't get it. Compilation films of TV anime have been made since at least the 1970s. They once filled an important ne...
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Skip Beat! Anime's Dub Teaser Previews English Opening Theme (Updated)

Kickstarter-funded English dub to have four dubbed songs ― Pied Piper, Inc. began streaming a short teaser on Thursday for its Kickstarter-funded English dub of Skip Beat!, including the English version of the opening theme song "Dream Star," performed by Mela Lee and Cristina Vee. The video features Caitlin Glass, the voice of the protagonist Kyoko Mogami. The staff recorded English versions of the ...
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Keijo!!!!!!!! ‒ Episode 9

"Just when you think Keijo has maxed out on preposterousness, it comes up with something even more outlandish."
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Evangelion Creator Talks the Future of the Franchise

Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno on his studio, philosophy, and the future of his most famous series.
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 484

"After a month-long trip to the past, Naruto Shippūden returns to the current timeline in the first episode of Sasuke's Story: Sunrise."
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Pokémon Go, Rez Infinite, Street Fighter V Win at The Game Awards

Game developer Hideo Kojima honored with 2016 Industry Icon Award ― The Game Awards 2016 announced its list of winners at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Thursday, honoring the year's best video games. The winners include Niantic's Pokémon Go, Enhance Games' Rez Infinite, Capcom's Street Fighter V, and Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Pokémon Go won the categories of Best Fami...
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Piacevole! My Italian Cooking Anime's 1st Promo Video Streamed

Anime based on Atsuko Watanabe's cooking manga premieres on January 11 ― The official website for Piace: Watashi no Italian (Piacevole! My Italian Cooking), the anime adaptation of Atsuko Watanabe's Piacevole! manga, began streaming the anime's first full promotional video on Friday. (Note: the first video below can't be viewed in the U.S., Mexico, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.) The site p...
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Musou Stars Game's 1st Full Promo Video Reveals March 2 Release Date

Game adds characters from Toukiden, Dynasty Warriors, Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time ― The official website for Koei Tecmo Games and its Omega Force subsidiary's Musou Stars PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game began streaming the first full promotional video on Friday. The video reveals the game's March 2 release date in Japan, and the first-edition bonus of a download code for a Kasumi costum...
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Danganronpa 2.5 Video Anime's Introduction Video Streamed

Anime ships on Blu-ray Disc with limited editions of New Danganronpa V3 game on January 12 ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming an introduction video on Friday for the all-new original anime Super Danganronpa 2.5 Kamaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaisha (Super Danganronpa 2.5: Nagito Komaeda and the Destroyer of the World). The anime is being bundled on Blu-ray Disc with limited editions of the New Danganronp...

New Power Rangers Film Reveals Alpha 5 Character Concept Art

Bill Hader provides character's voice in March 24 film ― Game news website IGN revealed the concept art for the character Alpha 5 for the upcoming Power Rangers film on Wednesday. Bill Hader will provide the character's voice. In the original series, Alpha 5 assisted both Zordon and the Power Rangers. Lionsgate previously streamed a trailer for the film in October. The trailer features the song “I Wa...
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Lupin the IIIrd Chikemuri no Ishikawa Goemon Anime Film Reveals Trailer, Poster Visual

Takeshi Koike directs film opening on February 4 ― The official website for the Lupin the IIIrd Chikemuri no Ishikawa Goemon (Lupin the Third: Goemon Ishikawa's Spray of Blood) anime film began streaming a trailer for the film on Friday. The film's staff also revealed a new poster visual on Friday. The film will open in Japan on February 4. The new film will feature a returning staff from the Lupin t...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film Reveals December 2017 Release, Mustang's Costume (Updated)

The staff of the live-action film based on Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga announced at Tokyo Comic Con on Friday that the film will premiere in Japan in December 2017. The Warner Bros. Japan booth at Tokyo Comic Con is additionally displaying Roy Mustang's costume (pictured below) worn in the actual film by actor Dean Fujioka (live-action Happy Marriage!?). Fumihiko Sori (live-action P...
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ACCA TV Anime Premieres on January 10

The official website for the television anime of Natsume Ono's ACCA 13-Ku Kansatsu-Ka (ACCA: 13th Ward Observation Department) manga revealed the anime's premiere date on Friday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 10 at 11:00 p.m., followed by Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and TV Setouchi at January 11 at 12:00 a.m., 12:30 a.m., and 2:10 a.m., respectively. The anime will also begin airing on BS1...
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ReLIFE Live-Action Film Casts Yudai Chiba as Ryō Yoake

Takeshi Furusawa directs April 2017 film based on Yayoiso's manga ― The official website for the live-action film of Yayoiso's ReLIFE manga announced on Friday that Yudai Chiba (The File of Young Kindaichi Returns: The File of Inspector Akechi) will play Ryō Yoake. Yoake is a staff member in the ReLIFE research institute, and the one who made an offer to protagonist Arata Kaizaki to rehabilitate his ...
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Cyborg 009 Call of Justice Anime Previews 2nd, 3rd Films in Videos

1st film currently screening alongside 2nd film, 3rd film opens on December 9 ― The official website of Cyborg 009 Call of Justice, Toho Animation's new 3D CG anime project based on Shotaro Ishinomori's classic science-fiction hero manga Cyborg 009, began streaming two "next episode previews" for the second and third films on Friday. Both videos preview the story of their respective films. The anime ...

Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding Trailer Reveals Mads Mikkelsen as Cast Member

Trailer also features 3D CG likeness of film director Guillermo del Toro ― Game developer Hideo Kojima unveiled a new trailer for his upcoming Death Stranding game during the Game Awards event in Los Angeles on Thursday. The trailer reveals that Mads Mikkelsen has joined the game's cast, and a character featuring his likeness appears in the trailer. A character based on the appearance of film directo...

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Trailer Shows Environments (Updated)

Trailer also hints at story for 2017 Wii U/Switch game ― Nintendo unveiled a new trailer on Thursday for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, its upcoming newest installment in its The Legend of Zelda game series. The trailer shows the various environments in the game, with hints of the game's larger plot. The trailer has an English and Japanese version, differing only in the game's title card lo...

Naruto Shippūden Arc For Adaptations of 3 Novels Continues Through February

Sasuke's Story arc already premiered on Thursday, Shikamaru, Konoha arcs in January, February ― The second compiled book volume of Ukyō Kodachi and Mikie Ikemoto's Boruto manga revealed on Friday the premiere date for the rest of the arcs of the Naruto Shippūden anime that will adapt three epilogue novels in the Naruto franchise. The first part, which adapts Shin Towasa's Naruto: Sasuke's Story - Sun...
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