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ANNCast - Nostalgia Thighs

Friend of the show Brady Hartel joins Zac and Hope for a round of Twitter and live chat questions! Mad Max, Turn A Gundam, Sound! Euphonium and much more! ― ANNCast Episode 227: Nostalgia Thighs Get the Flash Player to see this player. Friend of the show Brady Hartel joins Zac and Hope for a round of Twitter and live chat questions! Mad Max, Turn A Gundam, Sound! Euphonium and much more! You can lis...
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Answerman - Brave Mew World

This week, why people STILL go on about 4Kids even though they haven't been a thing in years, whether anime companies change their mind about releases, where anohana went on Crunchyroll, and just what it takes to blow a successful career in anime. ― It's graduation season! Congratulations to everyone who's checking out of their school for a last time. It's a wonderful feeling, isn't it? When I gradu...
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Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Novel 2

When an infant survives being ingested by a Titan, you know his life isn't going to be an easy one. ― How well do you know Attack on Titan? How much do you like adventure novels with a slight science fiction bent? If the answer to the first is “not very” and the second “a lot,” then you're in luck – Vertical's translation of Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Novel 2: Kuklo Unbound is an exciting read ...
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House of 1000 Manga - Sunny

The acclaimed author of Gogo Monster turns in a highly personal series of vignettes that offer a peek into his life. ― Sunny In my House column on Taiyo Matsumoto's GoGo Monster, I mentioned how the alt-manga master's career has drifted from fantasy to realism, toward work that feels increasingly drawn from life. Best known in the U.S. for Tekkon Kinkreet (also published as Black and White), a sci-f...
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Denki-Gai [Collector's Edition + CD] Sub.Blu-Ray 2+DVD

Denki-Gai isn't quite as clever or as funny as it wants to be in this second high-priced release...though it really does try. ― The second four episodes of Denki-Gai, one of Ponycan's debut US releases, is somewhat less than the first in terms of content. Where the first box set of this slice-of-weird-life show trod some unusual ground in terms of female-oriented fanservice and over the top kookiness...
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The X Button - Score Attacks

This week: arcades, high scores, and the cruel tides of fate! Plus yet more visual novels, even more Guilty Gear, and still more horrors from ancient times! ― On tap this week: old games and how their trends died off. This reminds me that I don't discuss the days of Atari and arcades that often. I was too young to really remember them now, so they're just a dim Nintendo-less prehistory where I might...
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Knights of Sidonia Give Away

We've got 9 copies of Knights of Sidonia to give away, including 3 copies of the collectors' edition. ― Our awesome friends at Section 23 have shared with ANN nine copies of Sentai Filmsworks' upcoming Knight of Sidonia release to give-away to nine ANN readers at random. 3 DVD packs - $59.99 each 3 Blue Ray packs - $69.99 each 3 Collector's Edition DVD/Blu-ray packs - $99.99 each A thousand years aft...
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Freezing Vibration BD+DVD

This edgy, dark fanservice sequel may have gone a little too far into "edgy and dark", but the series' other qualities might just make up for that. ― At its core, the Freezing franchise is essentially a sci-fi version of Claymore flavored with elements from a handful of other franchises and loaded up with fan service on the level of the most explicit titles of the past few years. That impression only...
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Friday, May 29

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ANNCast - Nostalgia Thighs

Friend of the show Brady Hartel joins Zac and Hope for a round of Twitter and live chat questions! Mad Max, Turn A Gundam, Sound! Euphonium and much more! ― ANNCast Episode 227: Nostalgia Thighs Get the Flash Player to see this player. Friend of the show Brady Hartel joins Zac and Hope for a round of Twitter and live chat questions! Mad Max, Turn A Gundam, Sound! Euphonium and much more! You can lis...
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Answerman - Brave Mew World

This week, why people STILL go on about 4Kids even though they haven't been a thing in years, whether anime companies change their mind about releases, where anohana went on Crunchyroll, and just what it takes to blow a successful career in anime. ― It's graduation season! Congratulations to everyone who's checking out of their school for a last time. It's a wonderful feeling, isn't it? When I gradu...
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Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Novel 2

When an infant survives being ingested by a Titan, you know his life isn't going to be an easy one. ― How well do you know Attack on Titan? How much do you like adventure novels with a slight science fiction bent? If the answer to the first is “not very” and the second “a lot,” then you're in luck – Vertical's translation of Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Novel 2: Kuklo Unbound is an exciting read ...
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Senran Kagura Estival Versus Game's 3rd Promo Video Previews New Patch

New characters, stage, costumes, "purupuru finish" moves added to game on Friday ― Marvelous Entertainment began streaming a third promotional video on Friday for its Senran Kagura: Estival Versus: Shōjo-tachi no Sentaku PlayStation 4 and PS Vita game. (Note: the below video contains nudity and may not be safe for work.) The video reveals that Daidōji (voiced by Yuu Awakawa) and Rin (voiced by Suzuko...
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night's Teddie Video Posted

Rhythm action game ships in Japan on June 25, in N. America this fall ― Atlus began streaming a promotional video on Friday profiling the Kuma (Teddie) character (voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi) in the Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita video game. The video features Teddie in his bear and human form and wearing various costumes. The game will debut in Japan on June 25, and first copies will a...
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AnimEigo Launches Otaku no Video Kickstarter on June 2

AnimEigo revealed on its Twitter account on Thursday that its Otaku no Video Kickstarter campaign will launch on June 2 at 10 a.m. EDT. The company also posted a video for the project. The campaign aims to release Gainax's original video anime (OVA) Otaku no Video on Blu-ray Disc for its 25th anniversary. Kickstarter backers would receive the "Otaking Edition," which includes the first "1982 Otaku...
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Luminous Arc Infinity PS Vita Game's 7 Heroine Character Videos Posted

Marvelous Ent. to ship "fantasy simulation RPG" for PS Vita in Japan on August 6 ― Marvelous Entertainment began streaming four new heroine character videos on Friday for its upcoming Luminous Arc Infinity PlayStation Vita video game. The company previously streamed three other heroine character videos last week. Rana (voiced by Ayaka Ohashi) Hisoka (voiced by Ayane Sakura) Kasumi (voiced by Aya Uchi...
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IA/VT -Colorful- PS Vita Rhythm Game Delayed to July 30

Marvelous Entertainment began streaming an updated promotional video on Friday for its upcoming rhythm game for PlayStation Vita IA/VT -Colorful- (Ia Visual Tracks Colorful). The video reveals that the game will ship on July 30. The game had originally been scheduled to ship on July 7. The video also features the game's theme song "Inner Arts" by Jin (Shizen no Teki P) of the Kagerō Project. The g...
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2015 Ghost in the Shell Film's Theatrical Preview Streamed

Film centering on prime minister's assassination premieres in Japan on June 20 ― The official website for the upcoming Kōkaku Kidōtai Shin Gekijō-ban (Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie) film began streaming a theatrical preview for the film on Friday. Kazuchika Kise (Ghost in the Shell: Arise chief director) will serve as chief director at Production I.G., and will also design the characters. Tow Ubu...

Paradise of Innocence Manga Removed From Amazon Japan

Manga about man who goes back in time, meets girls in elementary school has 2nd OVA scheduled ― Amazon Japan is no longer listing print editions of Uran's Mujaki no Rakuen (Paradise of Innocence) manga. The website still lists Kindle editions of volumes 2-4, but the listings state that the volumes are currently unavailable for purchase. The manga is still listed for sale on Hakusensha's online store...
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To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness 2nd Anime to Premiere on July 6

The July issue of Gakken's Megami Magazine is revealing on Saturday that To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness 2nd, the second season of the To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness television anime series, will premiere on Tokyo MX TV on July 6 at 12:30 a.m. The new season will reunite the main cast and staff from the first season. Kentaro Yabuki and Saki Hasemi's To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga, a sequel of th...
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Tekken 7 Fighting Game Adds Kazumi to Roster

Hachijō-style karate user will be playable in arcades next Tuesday ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tekken 7 arcade fighting game revealed on Friday that the game will add Kazumi Mishima as a playable character next Tuesday. The website describes Kazumi as using Hachijō-style karate. She also summons a tiger in many of her attacks. Although Kazumi has been mentioned before in t...
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J-Stars Victory VS+ "Mashup" Trailer Shows Shonen Jump Characters in Action

Fighting game slated for June 26 in Europe, June 30 in North America ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a trailer titled "JStars VS Mashup" for its Shonen Jump's J-Stars Victory VS+ fighting game on Thursday. The video introduces some of the playable characters in the game and shows them in action, and also features the game's theme song "Fighting Stars." The PlayStation 3, PlayStati...
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Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden's 2nd Combat Tutorial Video Streamed

15-second TV ad for 3DS fighting game also streamed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the second "combat tutorial" video for its upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden Nintendo 3DS fighting game on Thursday. One of the game's developers, Honda Cheese, narrates the video. The video shows the game's "Counter" system, where players can counter their opponent's special moves with their own. B...
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Live-Action Library Wars Special to Air Before Film Sequel

Tori Matsuzaka, Tao Tsuchiya, Aoi Nakamura join V6's Junichi Okada, Nana Eikura ― A live-action Toshokan Sensō: Book of Memories (Library Wars: Book of Memories) television special will air this fall, just before the live-action film sequel Library Wars: The Last Mission opens in Japan on October 10. While the film sequel will depict the larger war story of the Library Defense Force, the television s...
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Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 Will Not Have Nintendo Costumes in the West

Japanese 3DS version allowed players to unlock costumes based on Link, Zelda ― Gaming website Siliconera confirmed with Koei Tecmo that the European and North American release of its upcoming Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 Nintendo 3DS/PS Vita game will not include the Nintendo-themed costumes in the game's Japanese release. The game's Nintendo 3DS version, released on December 4 in Japan, allowed pla...
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Launch, Grandpa Gohan, Announcer Join Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden Game as Assists

3DS fighting game to ship in Japan on June 11 ― This year's 27th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden Nintendo 3DS game will include Launch, Grandpa Gohan, and the tournament announcer as Z Assist characters. With "Z Assist," Bulma and Chichi (among other characters) will provide support to players via Bulma's inventions from C...

Thursday, May 28

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Kinmoza Tour Fleshes Out Event Details

Details for the upcoming five-day Hello!! Kin-iro Mosaic England tour are finally emerging. Four people will get the chance to travel across England, visiting real sites seen and mentioned in the anime. The tour will begin in London, where participants will visit famous sites like Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye Ferris wheel, and Abbey Road. Big Ben Piccadilly Circus Abbey Road After th...
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Protect Your Bottles' Modesty with Bottle Panties

In the latest example of a solution to a problem no one's been seeking a solution to, the toy company Kitan Club is producing a series of little panties to put on plastic bottles. "We want to dress up these children too." Besides shielding the bottles' underparts, they also protect surfaces from water damage. The bottle panties will be available from capsule vending machines for 200 yen ($1.62). I...
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Squid Girl Teams Up with Splatoon Inkling

Crossover images revealed ― Squid Girl (Shinryaku! Ika Musume), an anime/manga about a squid with poorly-thought-through plans of world domination, is crossing over with Splatoon, a new Nintendo game also about squids in human form (called "Inklings"). Nintendo posted this picture of the two lead characters armed with ink-squirting guns on its Twitter account. Masahiro Anbe, creator of the Squid Girl...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 414

Naruto Shippuden finally returns to its main story after five months of filler!
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Norn9: Var Commons Romance Visual Novel Heads West

PS Vita game slated for fall; physical release coming to N. America ― Aksys Games announced on Tuesday that it will release the romance visual novel Norn9: Var Commons in Europe and North America this fall. The PlayStation Vita game will be available in both regions digitally, and a physical release will also ship in North America. Otomate and Idea Factory released the game Norn9 - Norn + Nonette for...
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Male Hestia Cosplayer Asks, 'Is It Wrong to Pick Up Dudes in a Dungeon?'

Crossplay, whether its women dressing as male characters or men dressing as female characters is nothing new in the world of cosplay. Some do it out of love for the character, or for the comedic effect of seeing what is usually a scantily clad character sporting a beard. Reddit user roberoonska achieved the latter by cosplaying Danmachi's Hestia — blue ribbon and all — at Anime North in Canada. Ro...
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Wish Upon the Pleiades ‒ Episode 8

"Now that Wish Upon the Pleiades has given every main character an episode of her own, hopefully we can move on to the bigger conflict with Minato."
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night Slated For Fall in N. America

Atlus details special edition, launch edition for PS Vita rhythm game ― Atlus USA announced on Thursday that it will release the Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita video game this fall. The company began streaming an English lyric video for the opening theme "Dance!" In addition, Atlus USA detailed its launch edition and "Disco Fever" edition. The standard launch edition of the game will r...

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan English Dub Reunites Haruhi Cast

First broadcast dub episode to premiere Friday ― Funimation Entertainment posted the English Broadcast Dub cast for The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on Thursday. The cast members that have been announced thus far are all returning from Bang Zoom! Entertainment's dub of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Michelle Ruff as Nagato Crispin Freeman as Kyon Bridget Hoffman as Asakura Wendee Lee as Haru...
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Gundam Mech Designer Takayuki Yanase Sponsors Project HAL Design Competition

Students in differing branches of HAL College of Technology and Design are currently hard at work for a new project. Under supervision and sponsorship by professional mech designer Takayuki Yanase, teams from the separate Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya schools are designing and animating mechs for use in their new college commercials as part of Project HAL. The three teams—each consisting of 16 members i...
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One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 Trailer Unveils August Release Date

Game headed to Europe, the Middle East, and Australasia on August 28; N. America on August 25 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe announced on Thursday that the One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 game will ship in Europe, the Middle East, and Australasia on August 28. The game will be released in North America on August 25. Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a trailer to accompany the announ...
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Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment's New English Translation Briefly Listed

Bandai Namco Entertainment posted but subsequently removed a statement on Facebook that said the new PlayStation 4 game Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment will have a redone English translation. Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment is a director's cut port of the Sword Art Online Hollow Fragment PlayStation Vita game with enhanced graphics. The PS Vita game launched digitally in North American a...

Chaos Dragon TV Anime Unveils Additional Cast, Nil Kamui Video

Houchu Ohtsuka, Kenji Akabane, Takuya Eguchi, Toru Ohkawa, Kouichi Yamadera, Nozomi Furuki, Haruka Watanabe ― The official website for the Chaos Dragon television anime project announced more cast members on Thursday: Houchu Ohtsuka as the Red Dragon (one of only seven dragons in the world and the guardian diety of Nil Kamui) Kenji Akabane as Fugaku, Ibuki's fellow disciple in kendō Takuya Eguchi as ...
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Are You Alice's Ninomiya Launches Salon de Jack the Ripper Manga

Gatchman Crowds' Kinako designs characters; newcomer Ikuhiro Nao provides art ― The July issue of Kodansha's ARIA magazine announced on Thursday that writer Ai Ninomiya and newcomer artist Ikuhiro Nao will launch a new manga titled Salon de Jack the Ripper in the magazine's August issue on June 27. Kinako (Gatchaman Crowds) is designing the characters. The magazine preview teases the story: One day y...
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House of 1000 Manga - Sunny

The acclaimed author of Gogo Monster turns in a highly personal series of vignettes that offer a peek into his life. ― Sunny In my House column on Taiyo Matsumoto's GoGo Monster, I mentioned how the alt-manga master's career has drifted from fantasy to realism, toward work that feels increasingly drawn from life. Best known in the U.S. for Tekkon Kinkreet (also published as Black and White), a sci-f...

Sword Art Online: Lost Song Game Adds Accel World's Kuroyukihime

Reverberation OVA version of heroine appears in Thursday's major update ― The PlayStation 3/PS Vita game Sword Art Online: Lost Song introduced a major "Kengeki no Sōsha" (Weapons Instrumentalist) update on Thursday, and the update brings the Accel World heroine Kuroyukihime into the game. The game features Kuroyukihime as she appeared with Accel Assault in "EX01: Reverberation," the original video a...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 273

"There isn't a single joke in this episode that doesn't hit its mark."
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Denki-Gai [Collector's Edition + CD] Sub.Blu-Ray 2+DVD

Denki-Gai isn't quite as clever or as funny as it wants to be in this second high-priced release...though it really does try. ― The second four episodes of Denki-Gai, one of Ponycan's debut US releases, is somewhat less than the first in terms of content. Where the first box set of this slice-of-weird-life show trod some unusual ground in terms of female-oriented fanservice and over the top kookiness...
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The Witch and the 100 Knight Revival PS4 Game's Metallica Character Video Streamed

PS4 version of 2013 game to ship in Japan on September 25 ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming a character introduction video on Thursday for the character Metalica from Majo to Hyakkihei: Revival, the PlayStation 4 version of the The Witch and The Hundred Knight (Majo to Hyakkihei) PlayStation 3 game. The game will ship in Japan on September 25. The game takes place in a little forest adjacent to ...
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Square Enix Releases Chaos Rings III in English for Smartphones

4th game in RPG series retails for US$19.99 for iOS, Android devices ― Square Enix and Media. Vision revealed via a video that they have released the Chaos Rings III smartphone game in English for iOS and Android devices. The game retails for US$19.99. Square Enix previously released Chaos Rings for mobile devices in North America in 2010 and PlayStation Vita via the mobile store in 2013. Chaos Rings...

Boruto -Naruto the Movie- Film's Boruto, Sarada, Mitsuki Anime Character Designs Revealed

Sequel film opens in Japan on August 7 ― This year's 27th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing the full anime character designs on Monday for Boruto (pictured center in below image) Sarada (pictured right), and Mitsuki (pictured left) from the Boruto -Naruto the Movie- film. Mitsuki is a new character not featured in the original manga, but he is in the Naruto: The Seventh Hok...

Kouki Uchiyama, Ayane Sakura, Maaya Uchida Star in Charlotte Anime

Takahiro Mizushima, Momo Asakura also star in series premiering in July ― The official website for Jun Maeda's Charlotte anime announced the show's main cast on Thursday. The main cast is as follows: Kouki Uchiyama (Nisekoi's Raku, Infinite Stratos' Ichika) as Yū Otosaka Ayane Sakura (Love Live!'s Arisa, Selector Infected Wixoss's Yuzuki) as Nao Tomori Takahiro Mizushima (Angel Beats! Takamatsu, Code...
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Monster Hunter Spirits Arcade Game's Teaser Video Posted

Trading card game arcade cabinet to hit Japanese arcades on June 25 ― Capcom began streaming a teaser video on Thursday for its upcoming Monster Hunter Spirits arcade game. Capcom revealed the game last September. The arcade machine is used to play a card game themed after CAPCOM's Monster Hunter franchise. Marvelous is developing the game, which will allow players to form a team with monsters to fig...
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World Trigger Manga Takes 1-Week Break

This year's 27th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga will take a one-week break and will return in the 29th issue on June 15. The issue did not provide a reason for the break. The 27th issue is publishing the manga's 104th chapter on Monday. Ashihara took a one-week break in September to treat the nerve roots affected b...

When Marnie Was There Earns US$27,388 in 1st Weekend in U.S.

Film opened on 2 screens on Friday, will expand to more cities in coming weeks ― Box Office Mojo is reporting that Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie) film earned US$27,388 in its opening weekend in the U.S. from May 22-24. The film opened in the IFC Center in New York and the Landmark Nuart in Los Angeles on May 22, but screenings will expand to more cities in the coming weeks. ...
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Shonen Jump+ Publishes Final Chapter of Gakkyu Hotei Manga

Shueisha publishing manga's 2nd, 3rd volumes in July, August ― Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ digital magazine published the conclusion of Nobuaki Enoki and Takeshi Obata's Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgement manga on Wednesday. Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine previously ended its publication of the manga earlier this month, but noted that Shonen Jump+ would publish the end of the manga in May. Viz Media ...
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Vocaloid-Inspired Nou Shou Sakuretsu Girl Film's Trailer Streamed

Film will premiere in Japan on July 25 ― The official website of the Nou Shou Sakuretsu Girl (Spinal Fluid Explosion Girl) live-action film began streaming a trailer for the film on Wednesday. The trailer previews the movie's story and reveals that the film will open on July 25 in Japan. The official website announced the film's main cast in March. The main cast includes: Hinata Kashiwagi as Hana Ich...

Deadline: Paramount Acquires Rights to Live-Action Beyblade Film

Gozilla's Mary Parent to produce film based on Takara Tomy's toy franchise ― The entertainment news website Deadline reported on Wednesday that Paramount Pictures has acquired rights to create a live-action film based on the Beyblade franchise. Mary Parent (Pacific Rim, 2014 Godzilla) is set to produce the film with her company Disruption Entertainment. Takara Tomy's Beyblade line of toys inspired a ...
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Gekijigen Tag Blanc + Neptunia VS Zombie Gundan Game's Promo Shows Heroines in Action

PS Vita game to include 4-player co-op mode ― Compile Heart began streaming a promotional video of its upcoming Gekijigen Tag Blanc + Neptunia VS Zombie Gundan (Super-Dimensional Tag Blanc + Neptunia VS Zombie Corps) PlayStation Vita action game on Wednesday. The game shows the heroines Blanc and Neptune in action, and previews the game's four-player co-op mode. The game's main pairing is a result of...
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Sengoku Basara Series Gets 10th Anniversary PS4 Variant

Bundle comes in 2 colors; includes laser-etched HDD bay cover, theme for PS4 Dynamic Menu ― Sony unveiled a "Sengoku Basara 10th Anniversary Edition" PlayStation 4 console on Thursday. The limited edition variant celebrates the franchise's 10th anniversary. The console will ship on the same day as CAPCOM's upcoming Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi action game (though the game will not be bundled with the co...
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Cosplayer Posts Gakuen Handsome Pics with Lethal Chin Included

From the infamous and weirdly designed boy's love visual novel Gakuen Handsome, Mitsurugi Sakuya—the pretty boy with a lethal chin—is brought to life by cosplayer Saeki, shown here in these photos posted on Twitter. 【コス】美剣先輩お誕生日おめでとうございます!!大好きです!!ライラライラライ!!!!!!アニメ化も楽しみにしています!!こしあん最高!!!! #美剣咲夜生誕祭 pic.twitter.com/TGmu6HfgE6— サエキ@31/TDC (@saekid__) May 26, 2015 The tweet was posted on May 27 with the...

Wednesday, May 27

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Tokyo Tribe Manga's TV Series Rights Licensed

Santa Inoue's manga already inspired TV anime by Madhouse, live-action film by Shion Sono ― Manga creator Santa Inoue confirmed on his Twitter account on Wednesday that producer Patrick S. Cunningham (Starlet, The Room) and screenwriter Darryl Wharton-Rigby (Homicide: Life on the Street, Obon) licensed the rights to adapt his Tokyo Tribes (Tokyo Tribe 2) manga as a television series. Santa Inoue publ...
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Anime Studios' Success Calculated Based on 10 Years of Disc Sales

Director Hideaki Anno made news yesterday when he remarked in an interview that the current anime market in Japan wasn't sustainable, possibly collapsing as soon as five years from now. How much merit this idea has is up for debate, but there is some measurable data fans can look to for an idea of how the market is doing. Hundreds of anime series are currently being produced each year with varying...
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Tonari no Seki-kun, Rumi's Phenomenon School Comedies Get Live-Action Show

Takuma Morishige's My Neighbor Seki manga also inspired 2014 TV anime ― A live-action television adaptation of two school comedy manga, Takuma Morishige's My Neighbor Seki (Tonari no Seki-kun) and Katsunori Hara's Rumi's Phenomenon (Rumi-chan no Jishō), has been green-lit. The adaptation will premiere on the MBS and TBS stations' late-night timeslots in July. Each of the eight 30-minute episodes in t...
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Former AKB48 Idol Atsuko Maeda Stars in Dokonjo Gaeru Show

Death Note's Kenichi Matsuyama, Crows Explode's Ryo Katsuji also in manga-based July comedy ― Former AKB48 idol group member Atsuko Maeda will play the heroine Kyōko in the first live-action television series based on Yasumi Yoshizawa's popular gag comedy manga Dokonjo Gaeru. Kenichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Gantz, Nana, Detroit Metal City, Usagi Drop, Kamui Gaiden) plays the main lead Hiroshi. The or...
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Range Murata Draws Creamy Mami for Anime Business Magazine

Popular illustrator and character designer Range Murata lent his talents to the anime industry magazine Anime Busience for its Spring 2015 Vol. 7 issue. Murata drew Akemi Takada's magical girl Creamy Mami for the cover. The issue goes on sale on May 28. In the past, Anime Busience has featured cover art by Neon Genesis Evangelion's Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Akira's Katsuhiro Otomo, and Oh My Goddess's K...
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Wake-Up Girls! Cast Cheer On Sendai Baseball Team

In collaboration with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles baseball team, cast members of the idol anime Wake Up, Girls! recently helped out the Eagles at Rakuten Kobo Stadium on May 19. All seven voice actors of the titular idol group were in attendance, including Mayu Yoshioka, Airi Eino, Minami Tanaka, Yoshino Aoyama, Nanami Yamashita, Kaya Okuno, and Miyu Okamoto. The fact that the anime takes pla...
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 8

"This episode brings a new dimension to Suna and Takeo's friendship."
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Japanese Comic Ranking, May 18-24

Terra Formars, Fairy Tail, Hozuki no Reitetsu, Historie, Barakamon in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Terra Formars 13 345,293 345,293 2015/05 Shueisha Story: Yū Sasuga / Art: Kenichi Tachibana 1 1 2 Fairy Tail 49 149,299 314,169 2015/05 Kodansha Hiro Mashima 2 2 3 Hozuki no Reitetsu 18 107,645 107,645 2015/05 Kodansh...
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Kyōkai no Rinne ‒ Episode 8

"As usual, a series of happy accidents wrap up the plot for a lively half hour with a few good laughs."
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, May 18-24

The Witcher 3 launches in Japan ― Japan's Game Ranking: May 18-24 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Spike Chunsoft May 21 67,385 67,385 2PSV Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition Sony Computer Entertainment March 19 11,898 167,176 90 33DS Puzzles & Dragons: Super Mario Brothers Edition Gung Ho Online Entertainment April 29...
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Sanrio Announces Hello Kitty's 1st Ever North American Live Shows

Sanrio's arguably most recognizable mascot character is hitting the road and heading to North America. Hello Kitty will appear in her first ever series of live stage performances in the U.S. and Canada as part of her Hello Kitty's Supercute Friendship Festival. She's bringing her buddies Dear Daniel, My Melody, Badtz-Maru, Keroppi, Chococat, and Purin with her for the events. Entertainment will in...
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Weekly ASCII Magazine Ends Print Run, Goes Digital

Computer magazine also serializes comics ― Kadokawa's Weekly ASCII computer magazine published its final print issue on Tuesday. The next issue will be available for download on June 2. In addition to computer and game news, the magazine has serialized manga, including Nawoki Karasawa's short gag manga Dennou-Nawo-San. The magazine also publishes four-panel comics online under its ShūAsu Comic imprin...
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Sailor Moon Crystal's 9th Blu-ray Volume Cover Art Revealed

Coming to stores on June 10 is the ninth Blu-ray volume of the Sailor Moon Crystal series. It includes episodes 17 and 18 with commentary by Sailor Jupiter's voice actress Ami Koshimizu, Sailor Venus' voice actress Shizuka Itou, and director Munehisa Sakai. The special edition bundles a 24-page booklet, the Mars Star Power Transformation Pen charm, and a special box with a Luna-inspired color sche...
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Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained Kickstarter Adds Stretch Goal for Wii U Release

Castlevania producer's game already slated for Xbox One, PS4, PC ― The Kickstarter fundraising campaign for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the new game by former Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi, added a new stretch goal of US$3,000,000 on Tuesday for a Wii U port. The creators were already aiming to release the game on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Texas-based Armature Studio (Batman: Arkha...
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Color Images for Mamoru Miyano's Yowamushi Pedal Film Character Unveiled

The official website for the Gekijōban Yowamushi Pedal (Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie) film posted color images of Shin Yoshimoto, the film-original character played by Mamoru Miyano, on Thursday. The official website describes the new character: A third-year student of Kumamoto Daiichi High School, who possesses a cheerful yet aggressive personality. He was not able to participate in the Inter High ...
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Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 Trailer Reveals N. American Release Date

Game slated for June 24 in Europe, June 30 in N. America ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming an announcement trailer on for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3, setting the North American release date for June 30. The game is also slated for release in Europe on June 24. Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 is the third installment in the series of portable spinoffs of...

Sword Art Online Hollow Fragment, Lost Song Get PS4 Editions With Western Release (Update)

Lost Song PS Vita edition also headed to N. America, Europe, Australia ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a video on Tuesday announcing PlayStation 4 versions of Sword Art Online Hollow Fragment and Sword Art Online Lost Song. The PlayStation 4 edition of Sword Art Online Hollow Fragment, Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment will be a director's cut with remastered graphics. In addition, Ba...

Tatsunoko Develops New Speed Racer Series

New licensing program seeks to reintroduce the property ― The global art licensing magazine Total Licensing reported in its summer issue that Tatsunoko Production is developing a new Speed Racer (Mach Go Go Go) series with a "modern audience" in mind. In addition, the company is planning a new licensing program to reintroduce the property. The magazine also states that high definition episodes will b...
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The X Button - Score Attacks

This week: arcades, high scores, and the cruel tides of fate! Plus yet more visual novels, even more Guilty Gear, and still more horrors from ancient times! ― On tap this week: old games and how their trends died off. This reminds me that I don't discuss the days of Atari and arcades that often. I was too young to really remember them now, so they're just a dim Nintendo-less prehistory where I might...
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Mikagura School Suite ‒ Episode 8

"After all of Eruna's grand speeches about wanting to surround herself with cute girls, it might be fun to see how poorly she handles having two people actually fight for her attention."
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Princess Jellyfish's Higashimura Draws One-Shot Manga About Food & Handsome Detective

The July issue of Shueisha's Cocohana magazine is announcing on Thursday that Akiko Higashimura (Princess Jellyfish/Kuragehime, Kakukaku Shikajika) will publish a one-shot manga, titled "Bishoku Tantei" (Gourmet Detective). The manga will run in color in the magazine's next issue, which Shueisha will publish on June 27. The magazine teases: The entire story begins and ends with food?! The handsome...
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Sound! Euphonium ‒ Episode 8

"Big loves, small loves, unrequited loves, and even self-love were all on display this week, as the members of the orchestra club chose who would join them at the upcoming Agata Festival."
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Moto Hagio to End Sci-Fi Manga Away in June

Story, about children left behind in global collapse, began in 2013 ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine is announcing on Thursday that Moto Hagio will end her science fiction manga Away in the magazine's next issue, which Shogakukan will publish on June 27. The manga adapts the short story "Omeshi" by late science fiction author Sakyo Komatsu, and begins on the morning of March ...
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Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Video Unveils Summer PS4 Release

Overdrive edition improves graphics with new skills, secret routes, items, more ― MAGES./5pb. announced on Wednesday that it will release the Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds game for the PlayStation 4 this summer. The new Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive edition will be available in the PS Store in Japan, North America, and Europe. In addition to upgraded graphics, the video above highlights...
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night's Lawson Costumes Previewed in Video

Convenience store outfits for Kanami, Nanaka, Yu previewed for June 25 game ― HMV Japan began streaming a promotional video that previews the Lawson-themed character costumes for Kanami, Nanako, and Yu in the Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita video game on Wednesday. The costume is based on the blue and white uniforms of Lawson convenience store employees in Japan. The costume is availabl...
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Aikatsu! Music Award: Minna de Shō o MoraimaSHOW! Anime Film Unveiled

Idol anime franchise's second film opening in Japan on August 22 ― Bandai Namco Pictures announced a new film in the Aikatsu! idol anime franchise titled Aikatsu! Music Award: Minna de Shō o Moraima SHOW!. The film will open in Japanese theaters on August 22. The official Aikatsu! YouTube channel began streaming a teaser video for the movie. In the film, an Aikatsu! All-Star awards ceremony will take...
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Square Enix Brings Final Fantasy Agito to Windows 10

Windows 10 port of free-to-play smartphone game coming later this year ― Square Enix announced at Microsoft's "De:code 2015" event on Wednesday that it will bring the Final Fantasy Agito smartphone game to Windows 10 later this year. In the free-to-play Final Fantasy Agito mobile game, players are elite Akademia cadets aiming to become an Agito by completing combat missions and deepening their friend...

Guilty Gear XRD -REVELATOR- Fighting Game Unveiled

Arc System Works to hold location tests with new character Johnny in June ― Japanese game developer Arc System Works announced Guilty Gear XRD -REVELATOR-, a new installment in its Guilty Gear 2D fighting game franchise, on Wednesday. The game is a sequel to the earlier Guilty Gear XRD -SIGN- game. Arc System Works will hold a location test for the game at the Sega Akihabara Building 1 in Tokyo, Sega...

Prison School Anime's Cast, Staff, Songs, Video, Designs Unveiled

Hiroshi Kamiya, Katsuyuki Konishi star in school jailbreak comedy from J.C. Staff, Tsutomu Mizushima ― The staff for the television anime of Akira Hiramoto's Kangoku Gakuen (Prison School) manga unveiled the cast, main staff, theme songs, and July premiere of the anime on a live-streamed event in Niconico on Wednesday. The event also streamed the anime's first promotional video. Narrator: Hachimitsu ...

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Japan Racing Association's Sumo Jockey Game Launches

The Japanese Racing Association (JRA) launched its Japan Sumo Derby in the form of a free-to-play browser game. The game allows players to create their own sumo jockey, either by uploading a picture of themselves or choosing from the different hairstyles. The horse braving the weight to bring you to victory sports a traditional sumo top-knot. The game will then introduce players to its mechanics b...
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GRANRODEO Concert Demands Swimwear Dress Code for Female Attendees

With an upcoming anniversary concert taking place in late October of this year, J-rock band GRANRODEO has issued an odd and unsettling dress code for any female fans in their premium seats. For the GRANRODEO Live 2015 G10 Rock Show, any girl situated there must adhere to wearing two-piece swimsuits or bikinis; the band has also encouraged these fans to wear parkas over their revealing swimwear sho...

New Lupin III Show to Launch with Lupin's Wedding to New Beauty

Lupin's gang gathers at ceremony of female conglomerate head with a secret ― This year's Lupin III, the first full-fledged television anime to star the legendary thief character in three decades, unveiled a new character on Wednesday. Rebecca Rossellini is a business owner with beauty to match even Lupin III's mainstay heroine, Fujiko Mine. In the first episode of the new series, an invitation to Lu...
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Knights of Sidonia Give Away

We've got 9 copies of Knights of Sidonia to give away, including 3 copies of the collectors' edition. ― Our awesome friends at Section 23 have shared with ANN nine copies of Sentai Filmsworks' upcoming Knight of Sidonia release to give-away to nine ANN readers at random. 3 DVD packs - $59.99 each 3 Blue Ray packs - $69.99 each 3 Collector's Edition DVD/Blu-ray packs - $99.99 each A thousand years aft...
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Singer Anna Yano to Perform at A-Kon

Yano provided themes for Magica Wars, Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C3 ― Media service Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that singer and model Anna Yano will attend the A-Kon convention in Dallas, Texas. Yano, who will attend the convention as Crunchyroll's special guest, will perform a mini-concert, as well as host a panel and autograph session. Crunchyroll members will have acc...
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Square Never Intended Final Fantasy To Be 'Final'

Original game's team just needed a catchy title ― There are many theories on how Square-Enix's Final Fantasy franchise got its name. Despite the implications in its title, the series has extended well beyond one game. Final Fantasy XV is heading to PlayStation 4, with mini-franchises based on Final Fantasy IV VII, X, and XII further pushing the total number. Fans speculated the title was based on the...
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Sekai no Owari to Perform Theme Songs for Live-Action Attack on Titan Films

Rock band collaborates with western producers for English songs ― Japanese news source Comic Natalie announced on Wednesday that SEKAI NO OWARI are performing the theme songs for the upcoming live-action Attack on Titan films. The first film's theme song "Anti-Hero" and the second film's theme song "SOS" will both be entirely in English. American producer Dan the Automator (Gorillaz) collaborated wit...
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Director Hideaki Anno Laments Over Anime's 'Decline'

Acclaimed anime director Hideaki Anno has revealed his growing concern over the current state of Japanese animation in a recent interview with Russian news agency RIA Novosti . In this interview, he makes the bold statement that anime is "losing its spark," and after it has run out, will likely give rise to something newer. His fear stems from his opinion on today's system of anime production. He...
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Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' English Teaser Unveils August 4-12 Theatrical Run

Theater times, locations to be announced ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that its limited theatrical run of the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' film will be from August 4-12. Theater locations and times have not yet been announced. The company also began streaming a teaser trailer: Chris Ayres is returning to play Frieza in the English dub. He previously played the character in the Dr...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 24-30

InuYasha: The Final Act, Super Sonico the Animation anime; A Silent Voice manga; Attack on Titan: Kuklo Unbound novel ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Darker Than Black Season 1 Blu-ray Complete Set Premium EditionPlease Funimation Entertainment US$99.98 May 26 InuYasha: The Final Act Blu-ray Complete SeriesCite Viz Media US$54.97 May 26 InuYasha: The Final Act DVD Complet...
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Kaden Shōjo Game Adds SHARP, King Jim Electronics Girls

Bancho Works' Kaden Shōjo (lit. Home Appliance Girl) launched for Android and iOS devices on May 8 and quickly reached 500,000 downloads by May 19. The SHARP and King Jim electronics companies evidently saw a perfect marketing campaign. Both companies have girl versions of their real products in the game until June 14. They include: Harumi, a King Jim label-maker voiced by Eri Inagawa. Merumo, a K...
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Otakon to Host Garo Director Hayashi, Character Designer Takei

Takei also wrote Shaman King, Ultimo manga ― Maryland anime convention Otakon announced on Tuesday that manga artist and character designer Hiroyuki Takei and director Yuichiro Hayashi will be guests at this year's event. Takei's manga works include Shaman King and Ultimo, both of which have been published in English by Viz Media. He also worked on Garo The Animation by assisting in character designs...

Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers Promo Introduces Story Premise

A fake hides among 7 heroes chosen to save the world in July anime ― Pony Canyon began streaming a new promotional video for the television anime adaptation of Ishio Yamagata's Rokka no Yūsha (Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers) fantasy light novel series on Tuesday. Adlet: My name is Adlet Meyer, the strongest man in the world! Narrator and text: Legend speaks. Text: Evil spirits steering towards dest...
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Freezing Vibration BD+DVD

This edgy, dark fanservice sequel may have gone a little too far into "edgy and dark", but the series' other qualities might just make up for that. ― At its core, the Freezing franchise is essentially a sci-fi version of Claymore flavored with elements from a handful of other franchises and loaded up with fan service on the level of the most explicit titles of the past few years. That impression only...
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Ninomiya, Katagiri End Are You Alice? Manga in June

Manga about young man who stumbles into Wonderland launched in 2009 ― The July issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine is announcig on Thursday that Ai Ninomiya and Ikumi Katagiri are ending their Are You Alice? manga in the magazine's next issue, which Ichijinsha will publish on June 27. The last chapter will have a color opening page. Yen Press publishes the manga in North America, an...
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Toei Files 'Kamen Rider Ghost' Trademark

Toei filed a trademark for "Kamen Rider Ghost" in Japan on April 28, and the filing was made public on Tuesday. The first television series that launched the live-action special effects franchise Kamen Rider premiered in 1971, and the current series, Kamen Rider Drive, premiered last October. [Via The Tokusatsu Network]
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Heaven's Memo Pad's Sugii, Tiv End Komori Quintet! Manga on Wednesday

Manga about girls who form a high school band launched in 2013 ― The July issue of ASCII Media Works' Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Hikaru Sugii and Tiv are ending their Komori Quintet! manga in the same magazine issue. The manga's story begins when Chika enters high school and seeks to join the folk music club, only to find that it has been dissolved. At a loss...
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Sengoku Koihime ~Otome Kenran Sengoku Emaki~ Versus! Manga Ends on Wednesday

Manga about reimagined female Japanese sengoku warlords originally launched last June ― The July issue of ASCII Media Works' Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Kashi is ending his Sengoku Koihime ~Otome Kenran Sengoku Emaki~ Versus! manga in the same magazine issue. The manga is based on BaseSon's 2013 Sengoku Koihime ~Otome Kenran Sengoku Emaki~ "historical adventur...
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CAPCOM Confirms Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster for 2016

Slated for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC ― CAPCOM confirmed on Tuesday that it will release an HD-remastered update of its Resident Evil Zero (Biohazard Zero in Japan) survival horror game. The game is slated for an early 2016 release for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. CAPCOM originally released the game on the Nintendo Gamecube platform in 2002. The game's story is...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, May 18-24

Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! sells 3,703, followed by Ace of Diamond, Yowapeda Grande Road, live-action As the Gods Will, Kuroko's Basketball ― The regular edition of Takashi Miike's live-action film of the As the Gods Will manga sold 1,412 copies to debut at #19 on the overall DVD chart. The special edition sold 850 copies at #29. The live-action film of Toriko Chiya's Clover manga sold 668 mo...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, May 18-24

Yuki Yuna is a Hero sells 7,626, followed by Q Transformers, Yowapeda Grande Road, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, Trinity Seven ― The special edition of Takashi Miike's live-action film of the As the Gods Will manga sold 880 copies to debut at #25 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 1 ...

Live-Action Ore Monogatari!!/My Love Story!! Film's Cast, Staff, Date Unveiled

Ryohei Suzuki, Mei Nagano, Kentarō Sakaguchi photographed in costume ― The official website of the upcoming live-action film of Kazune Kawahara and Aruko's My Love Story!! (Ore Monogatari!!) shōjo romantic comedy manga unveiled the film's main cast, staff, and October 31 premiere date on Tuesday. The film casts: Ryohei Suzuki (Gatchaman) as Takeo Gōda (center in photograph above) Mei Nagano (Rurouni ...
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New Yowapeda/Yowamushi Pedal Film Casts Mamoru Miyano

Miyano voicing Kumamoto Daiichi High School's ace in franchise's 1st original feature ― This year's 26th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine is unveiling a new character for the Gekijōban Yowamushi Pedal (Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie) film on Thursday. The character's name is Shin Yoshimoto, and he is described as the ace of Kumamoto Daiichi High School. Mamoru Miyano (Free! - Iwato...
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Final Naruto Epilogue Novel's Date, Akatsuki Story Unveiled

Sasuke meets boy whose family was killed by Akatsuki in July 3 novel ― The Japanese branch of online retailer Amazon is listing Akatsuki Hiden, the sixth and final of the Naruto epilogue novels, for release on July 3. Shin Towada (Tokyo Ghoul novels) is writing the novel, and a teaser image for the novel (seen right) was also unveiled. The retailer also lists the synopsis for the novel: A boy Sasuke ...

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Vegeta Versus Vegetables in New Cup Noodle Commercial

From the iconic anime franchise Dragon Ball Z, Prince Vegeta of Planet Vegeta can now be seen destroying an onslaught of giant vegetables to fix himself a quick meal in a new advertisement for Cup Noodle. The commercial show off a new flavor, Cup Noodle Vegeta. It is made with crispy cabbage and a variety of vegetables prepared within a pot-au-feu and bacon broth to bring out the flavor in the veg...
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AntiMagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon" Anime's Main Staff Unveiled

Tomoyuki Kawamura helms anime adaptation of action fantasy light novel series ― The July issue of Kadokawa's Comic Alive magazine is unveiling the main staff for the upcoming anime of Tōki Yanagimi's AntiMagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon" (Tai-Madō Gakuen 35 Shiken Shōtai) light novel series on Wednesday. The anime's main staff includes: Director: Tomoyuki Kawamura (Kamigami no Asobi) Series Compo...
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Animelo Summer Live Concert's New Theme Song Features Over 15 Singers

Animelo Summer Live, Japan's largest live concert event devoted to anime songs, released this year's event theme song with a star-studded music video. The song "Hajimare, THE GATE!!" is sung by i☆Ris, angela, Yuka Iguchi, Asami Imai, Aya Uchida, Maaya Uchida, Kensho Ono, GRANRODEO, Maon Kurosaki, Natsumi Kon, ZAQ, Konomi Suzuki, TRUSTRICK, Pile, Luna Haruna, Milky Holmes, Yuikaori (Kaori Ishihara ...
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Blood Blockade Battlefront ‒ Episode 8

Zapp's master has arrived to teach him a lesson in hard knocks, and we take a listen to Funimation's new broadcast dub!
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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma 3DS Game's Teaser Streamed

FuRyu develops battle adventure game slated for this winter ― The official website of FuRyu's upcoming Shokugeki no Soma: Yūjō to Kizuna no Hitosara (Shokugeki no Soma: The Dish of Friendship and Bonds) Nintendo 3DS game began streaming the game's teaser commercial on Sunday. Text: The well-known anime Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma... Text: ...will open a feast on the Nintendo 3DS soon! Text: All youn...
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Suehiro Maruo, Hiroaki Samura to Participate in Exhibit on Japanese Eroticism

Suehiro Maruo (Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show, The Laughing Vampire) and Hiroaki Samura (Blade of the Immortal, Ohikkoshi) will participate in "Gensō Tanbi — Gendai Art ni Okeru Japanese Eroticism" ("The Aesthetics of Illusion — Japanese Eroticism in Modern Art"), an art exhibit at the Bunkamura Gallery in Shibuya, Tokyo from June 17 to 28. Both artists are renowned for their ero-guro s...
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Live-Action Corpse Party Film's Trailer, Poster Unveiled

AKB48's Rina Ikoma stars in August 1 film about students trapped in school ― The trailer and poster for the first live-action film of the Corpse Party horror game franchise debuted on Tuesday. Both the original Corpse Party horror game from Team GrisGris and the movie follow a group of high school students trapped in their high school after their last culture festival. The site of their school was on...
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Himōto! Umaru-chan TV Anime Casts Kenji Nojima

Nojima cast in July anime about the secret lazy home life of a perfect little sister ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine will confirm on Thursday that the television anime adaptation of Sankaku Head's Himōto! Umaru-chan manga has cast Kenji Nojima (Psycho-Pass' Ginoza, Time of Eve's Masaki) as Taihei Doma, the brother of Umaru Doma. The information previously revealed in...
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Digimon GEM Figure Line Adds Sora, Piyomon, Joe Kido, Gomamon

On the heels of last week's announcement of the Digikore! DATA 1 mini-figures, the GEM line of high-quality figures revealed plans to add Sora Takenouchi with Piyomon and Joe Kido with Gomamon. The figure series already includes Mimi Tachikawa with Palmon and Kōshirō "Izzy" Izumi with Tentomon. The Sora figure comes with replacement parts so buyers can change her facial expression from smiling to...
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24th Animator Expo Short Is 'Rapid Rouge'

Daisuke Onizuka, Mahiro Maeda's short to debut Friday ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, revealed on Monday that the 24th short will be "Rapid Rouge" ("Shinsoku no Rouge"). Animator Expo describes the story: An era where wars over oil have given way to wars over water. The sub-countries of Yatsushima, a land blessed...
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Sumire Uesaka Performs Ending Theme for Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai Anime

"A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist" anime debuts in July ― Singer and voice actress Sumire Uesaka's website announced on Sunday that her upcoming sixth single "Inner Urge" will be the ending theme for the anime Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai (A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist) . Uesaka is also playing Oboro Tsukimigusa...
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Crowdfunding Underway for Light-Up Hikaru Skirt

9% of target reached ― A crowdfunding project is underway for the "wearable special effects" skirt project, "Hikaru Skirt" (Shining Skirt) on Makuake. The skirt comes with an LED light that turns the "zettai ryōiki" (i.e. the "absolute territory" between where a girl's skirt ends and her stockings begin) into "komorebi ryōiki,"or "territory where sunshine filters through the trees." Hikaru Skirt's cr...

New Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax Game Coming This Summer

Arcade fighter adds The Devil is a Part-Timer!'s Emilia ― Dengeki Online announced on Monday that a second Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax game, temporarily titled Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax New Work, is in development and is slated to launch this summer in Japanese arcades. The new game will add The Devil is a Part-Timer!'s Emi Yūsa (The Hero Emilia) as a playable character. Sadao Maō (Satan), from...

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Alternate World Comedy Light Novels Get TV Anime

Natsume Akatsuki's story of shut-in transported to another world with a goddess ― Kadokawa's Sneaker Bunko imprint announced that a television anime adaptation of Natsume Akatsuki's Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! (Give Blessings to This Wonderful World!) light novel series has been green-lit. Takaomi Kanasaki (Tokyo Ravens, Is This a Zombie?) is directing at Studio Deen. Makoto Uezu (Is This a...
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches ‒ Episode 7

"The characters need to stop a disaster before it happens, and the show needs to take a new storyline from beginning to end in just one episode."
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 8

"This episode resolved a lot of plotlines, but created even more mysteries."

Himegoto 4-Panel Cross-Dressing Manga to End in June

Norio Tsukudani's manga inspired 2014 TV anime series ― The July issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Rex magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Norio Tsukudani's Himegoto four-panel manga will end in the August issue on June 27. The story follows Hime Arikawa, a boy who is being chased down by scary people. However, he is rescued from danger by the girls in his school's student council. The student council ...

Ushio & Tora TV Anime's July 3 Premiere, Opening Theme Song Announced

Kinniku Shōjo Tai to perform opening theme of TV anime adaptation of supernatural battle manga ― This year's 26th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine will announce on Wednesday that the television anime adaptation of Kazuhiro Fujita's supernatural battle manga Ushio & Tora (Ushio to Tora) will premiere on July 3 at 10:30 p.m. on the Tokyo MX channel. The announcement also notes that t...
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Stella Glow Game's 2 Videos Preview Risette, PoPo Characters

Yoshino Nanjou, Maaya Uchida voice characters in RPG shipping in Japan on June 4 ― Sega began streaming two "Song Magic Concert Movie" videos on Monday for its and Imageepoch's Stella Glow simulation role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS. The videos feature the character PoPo's (played by Maaya Uchida) song "Sabitsuita Kagi" (The Keys That Rusted Together), and Risette's (played by Yoshino Nanjou) s...
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Kenjiro Tsuda Joins Ghost in the Shell Arise's Cast for 2 New Episodes

New episodes airing in June tie series to new Ghost in the Shell movie ― The official website of the Ghost in the Shell: Arise project revealed on Monday that Kenjiro Tsuda (Tiger & Bunny, The Prince of Tennis) will voice the character Pyromania in Ghost in the Shell: Arise Alternative Architecture. The character will appear on the two-part episode titled "Pyrophoric Cult" airing on June 7 and June 1...

Nobuhiko Okamoto, KENN, More Join High School Star Musical Anime

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Kazuyuki Okitsu, Yūma Uchida also join cast for fall series ― The official Twitter account for this fall's new musical television anime, High School Star Musical, revealed additional cast members on Sunday for the show's "Team Hiiragi." The new cast is as follows: Nobuhiko Okamoto as Rui Tatsumi Yūma Uchida as Eigo Sawatari Kazuyuki Okitsu as Seishirō Inumine KENN as Izumi Torais...
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Miyuki Sawashiro Stars in Wakako-zake TV Anime

Series of 3-minute shorts based on woman who goes to bars alone premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Chie Shinkyū's Wakako-zake manga revealed on Sunday that Miyuki Sawashiro (Hunter × Hunter's Kurapika, Psycho-Pass' Shion, Strike Witches' Perrine-H. Clostermann) will play the lead role of Wakako. The website also revealed that the series of three-minute sho...
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