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The List - 7 Reasons Gentlemen Prefer Elves

Every good fantasy series has a few incredible elf ladies on display. Today, Lynzee decides to finally share the elf. ― The term "bombshell" was coined, very appropriately, during World War II to refer to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, and other sex symbols of the era. There aren't any elves in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but there are plenty of wild, voluptuous fantasy women wielding swor...
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Deadman Wonderland GN 7

Deadman Wonderland is a dark, unsettling look into a private prison abusing the system for the whims of the Warden and a few governmental higher ups. ― Ever since 1864, a “wonderland” has been a world where the rules of logic do not apply, a carnival that can be by turns fun and frightening. Deadman Wonderland has been playing with that definition since its first volume, and now in its seventh we beg...
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Answerman - Business Minded

Hey, did you know that we're probably in another anime market bubble right now? Plus, the likelihood of Evangelion TV Blu-rays in the US, how Blu-ray rights are different than DVD, and the difference between licensing and distribution. ― Hey, I have a ton of questions in the Answerman inbox! Thanks to everyone that sent one in. Predictably, many people are talking about the ADV Films website, which ...
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House of 1000 Manga - Otomen

Jason is tickled pink by Aya Kanno's gleeful, playful comedy about taking on gender stereotypes. ― Otomen “A business like this is so great. You can talk to other men about shojo manga like it’s the most natural thing…”\ Handsome, strong, a kendo and judo champion: Asuka Masamune seems like the ideal man. Girls swoon over him and offer him presents and chocolates, but he turns them away; he's polite...
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A Certain Magical Index Give-Away

Win a Tower of Awesome A Certain Magical Index Goods ― FUNimation's A Certain Magical Index – The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion is available now on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (release date 2/17). This is the first and only feature film set in the shared world of A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun. Magic and science collide as unlucky Kamijo, nun-intraining Index, and a few of the...
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The X Button - Toukiden Talk

This week: a chat with the producer of Toukiden Kiwami! Plus tri-Ace, Disgaea, Rodea, Street Fighter, and something that could happen only in the early 1990s. ― I don't think I've talked about The Power Team here, even though it's the sort of odd video-game cultural relic I always enjoy discussing. Well, I'll fix that! I'm talking about The Power Team, a cartoon by-product of the rampant Nintendo ob...
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Happy Marriage!? GN 10

The final volume of Happy Marriage is simultaneously the happiest and the smuttiest. Rejoice! ― It is always a little disconcerting when you realize that how you see the main characters of a series and how the author sees them don't quite line up. In the case of Chiwa and Hokuto of Maki Enjoji's Happy Marriage, that turns out to be the case, at least for me. Enjoji states several times in the book ho...
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Saturday, February 28

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'MechaTsuku' Contest Finalist Videos Preview 5 Potential Mecha Anime

Winning promo video will get anime on Fuji TV ― Smartphone novel production company Every Star began streaming five promotional videos for the finalists in its "Bokutachi no Mitai Mecha Anime o Tsukurou Seisaku Iinkai" ('Let's make the mecha anime we want to see' production committee), or "MechaTsuku" for short, contest on Sunday. The video with the highest play count by March 31 will get an anime ad...
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The Rolling Girls ‒ Episode 8

"Everything just worked, and really sold the fundamental promise Rolling Girls so often makes but only occasionally keeps."
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Aldnoah.Zero ‒ Episode 20

For most of the series the Boy Wonders have been the only characters showing much real brainpower. Beginning with this episode, however, one of the adults finally starts showing some cunning. Despite Inaho and Slaine's superlative mental efforts, that adult could end up being the tipping point of the series' end plot run. That person is, of course, Count Mazuurek, who is the only Vers Knight so fa...
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Yo-Kai Watch Will Promote Tourism in Hawaii With Short Anime

Jibanyan becomes a tourist ambassador ― Hawaii Tourism Japan announced on Friday that it will launch a promotion in collaboration with the kids' anime and game franchise Yo-Kai Watch. The collaboration is planning a Hawaii-original short anime. The promotion, "Aloha! Yo-Kai Watch Rakuen Hawaii ♪ de Geragerapo!!" will launch on March 1 and run for two years with the aim of promoting tourism in Hawaii ...
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GARO THE ANIMATION ‒ Episode 20

"This was our long awaited “turn Octavia into a real character” episode, and it did not disappoint."
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Ushijima the Loan Shark Gets Comedy Spin-Off

4-panel series with SD characters to start March 2 ― The 14th issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Big Comic Spirits announced on Friday that Shohei Manabe's Ushijima the Loan Shark (Yamikin Ushijima-kun) manga will get a comedy spin-off titled Yamikin ♥Ushijima-Kyun on the Yawaraka Spirits website. Yūsuke Matsumoto will pen the four-panel series, which will start March 2. Manabe's original Ushijima the Loa...
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Final Fantasy XV's 1st World Introduction Video Showcases Wildlife

Game demo will ship with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD in March ― Square Enix North America began streaming its "World of Wonder Vol. 1" trailer for Final Fantasy XV on Friday. The video showcases Final Fantasy XV's creatures using the game's real-time graphics engine. The upcoming PlayStation 4/Xbox One action RPG is now in development. Square Enix previously announced some sections of the game will be pl...
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The List - 7 Reasons Gentlemen Prefer Elves

Every good fantasy series has a few incredible elf ladies on display. Today, Lynzee decides to finally share the elf. ― The term "bombshell" was coined, very appropriately, during World War II to refer to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, and other sex symbols of the era. There aren't any elves in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but there are plenty of wild, voluptuous fantasy women wielding swor...
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Deadman Wonderland GN 7

Deadman Wonderland is a dark, unsettling look into a private prison abusing the system for the whims of the Warden and a few governmental higher ups. ― Ever since 1864, a “wonderland” has been a world where the rules of logic do not apply, a carnival that can be by turns fun and frightening. Deadman Wonderland has been playing with that definition since its first volume, and now in its seventh we beg...
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Make Your Hug Pillow Experience More Pleasurable with Rub-Activated Talking

The phrase "pillow talk" has never been so literal until now. Former Kyushu Institute of Technology researcher Koichi Uchimura is launching a crowdfunding campaign for his Ita-Supo, the first talking hug pillow that responds to your caresses. The pillow case, which is being crowdfunded via Makuake, comes with two sensors, conveniently placed inside internal pouches at the breasts and crotch area. ...
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Mitarai - Tantei Mitarai Kiyoshi no Jiken Kiroku Manga Gets Live-Action Drama

Original novel that inspired manga also inspired live-action drama in 2007 ― This year's 14th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine will announce on Thursday that a live-action drama adaptation of Souji Shimada's Mitarai - Tantei Mitarai Kiyoshi no Jiken Kiroku (Mitarai- The Case Records of Detective Kiyoshi Mitarai) manga has been green-lit. The series, titled Tensai Tantei Mitarai ~Nankai Jiken File...
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Nōnai Poison Berry Manga Ends in March

"Accidental love" story launched in 2009, is inspiring live-action film this year ― The official website for Shueisha's Cocohana magazine is listing that Setona Mizushiro's Nōnai Poison Berry (Poison Berry in My Brain) will end in the magazine's May issue, which will ship in Japan on March 28. The announcement also mentions that the issue will reveal more information on the live-action film adapting ...

2nd Gundam the Origin Volume's Title, Fall Release Revealed

"Kanashimi no Artesia" to center around Casval & Artesia's separation, MS development ― The first volume of Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin opened in a limited two-week engagement in Japanese theaters on Saturday, and it ended with a teaser of the second volume, "Kanashimi no Artesia" (Sorrowful Artesia). The second volume will play in Japanese theaters this fall. The teaser notes that story moves thre...

Blood Blockade Battlefront Gets New Character, Bump of Chicken Song

Rie Kugimiya revealed as voice actress of mystery girl White for April TV anime ― The April issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is announcing on Wednesday that the Blood Blockade Battlefront anime will include an original character named White. Rie Kugimiya (Fairy Tail, Gintama, Fullmetal Alchemist) will voice the character, who is a mysterious and beautiful girl that appears before Leo. The mag...
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Shishō 2chan Novels Get TV Anime, Live-Action Film, TV Drama

Kamen Rider Gaim actor Mahiro Takasugi plays main character in adaptations of series that began in 2003 ― The Shishō (Master Teacher) series, a series of supernatural novels posted on the internet forum 2channel (2chan) by author Uni is inspiring a live-action film, live-action drama, and TV anime series in 2016 as part of a larger project. The live-action film will be a hybrid of both live-action an...
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Amagi Brilliant Park's 7th Blu-ray/DVD to Include Unaired Episode

Kyoto Animation TV anime's final volume to ship on June 26 ― The seventh Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of Kyoto Animation's Amagi Brilliant Park anime will include a special unaired episode. The release will also include the 13th and final episode that aired on television. The television series' seventh Blu-ray Disc and DVD release is slated to ship in Japan on June 26. The release will also include t...
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Maaya Sakamoto to Perform Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture's Opening Theme

Cornelius, Shintaro Sakamoto contribute to song for anime's TV broadcast ― The official website for the Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture television anime announced on Friday that Maaya Sakamoto (The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled) will perform the series' opening theme song. Composer Cornelius (Appleseed: Ex Machina) will compose and arrange the song "Anata wo...

Friday, February 27

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Stand By Me Doraemon, Rurouni Kenshin Win Japan Academy Prizes

Robot cat's 1st 3D film competed with When Marnie Was There, Giovanni's Island, Conan, Doraemon, Buddha 2 ― Stand By Me Doraemon, the first 3D CG film starring the anime robot cat Doraemon, won the animation category in the 37th Annual Japan Academy Prizes on Friday. The film was competing against Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There, Giovanni's Island, Detective Conan: Dimensional Sniper, and Buddh...
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Idoling!!! Idol Group to Break Up in October

Group formed in 2006, performed Fairy Tail, Katekyo Hitman Reborn! songs ― The Idoling!!! female idol group announced on Friday that they will break up this October. The group's Idoling!!! variety television program will conclude on the Fuji TV network in September. According to sources connected with the group, the decision for the group to break up was made during management meetings that have been...
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Tokyo Ghoul √A ‒ Episode 8

"This is the final calm before the storm, and Tokyo Ghoul spends this time in its signature way: with quiet conversations between complex characters."
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Celebrate 40 Years of Hana to Yume at Namjatown

Kamisama Kiss, nine older manga showcased ― Namco's indoor theme park Namcotown will hold a special collaboration event with manga anthology Hana to Yume from March 7 to April 5 to commemorate the latter's 40th anniversary. Although their recent hit Kamisama Kiss gets pride of place, the event will also spotlight some of Hana to Yume's other noteworthy manga: Patalliro! (1979), Please Save My Earth (...
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The irregular at magic high school: Lost Zero x Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Collaboration Detailed

Smart phone game offers crossover costumes, item ― Square Enix unveiled more details on Friday about the collaboration campaign between the Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Lost Zero smartphone game and the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy Agito games. The collaboration event will run from March 1-8. During this time, monsters from Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will appear in Lost Zero on an exclusive sta...
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 7

"If you're here for the mix of silly and subtle humor, this episode is among the show's best."

Star Trek Actor Leonard Nimoy Passes Away

83-year-old voiced characters in Transformers, Kingdom Hearts ― Leonard Nimoy's wife Susan Bay Nimoy confirmed to The New York Times that the actor passed away this Friday morning. He was 83. The cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy announced that he had the disease last year, and attributed it to his smoking habit, though he quit three decades prior. Nimoy was be...
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Death Parade ‒ Episode 8

Two men enter Quindecim and one of them is a murderer. Nona wants to find out how Decim will handle this. The answer? Air hockey.
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Your lie in April ‒ Episode 19

"With so much to resolve in the series' final episodes, this feels like an unnecessary diversion."
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, February 15-21

Akame ga Kill!, Deadman Wonderland, Gangsta., 2 Black Butler volumes, Attack on Titan, Hatsune Miku: Unofficial Hatsune Mix, World Trigger, Death Note, Assassination Classroom The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on February 21. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 8Akame ga Kill! #1 Story: Takahiro / Art: Tetsuya...
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Rurouni Kenshin's Watsuki Ends Embalming Frankenstein Manga

Series began in 2007 ― This year's April issue of Shueisha 's Jump Square will announce on Wednesday that Nobuhiro Watsuki's Embalming - The Another Tale of Frankenstein will end in the following issue on April 4. Watsuki (Rurouni Kenshin, Buso Renkin) began the series with collaboration from his wife Kaoru Kurosaki in 2007, and Shueisha shipped the 9th compiled volume in December. Watsuki put the se...
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Detective Conan Invites Hungry Diners to His Pop-Up Cafe in Shibuya

In honor of the 19th Detective Conan film, Detective Conan: Gōka no Himawari (Detective Conan: The Hellfire Sunflowers), which opens April 18, the Tower Records Cafe at Shibuya's Tower Records will be transformed into the Detective Conan Cafe. The special Conan cafe will be open from March 28 to May 10, and will include limited edition character goods with original illustrations, as well as Conan-...
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Answerman - Business Minded

Hey, did you know that we're probably in another anime market bubble right now? Plus, the likelihood of Evangelion TV Blu-rays in the US, how Blu-ray rights are different than DVD, and the difference between licensing and distribution. ― Hey, I have a ton of questions in the Answerman inbox! Thanks to everyone that sent one in. Predictably, many people are talking about the ADV Films website, which ...
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 20

"Musani's resident Dostoevsky fangirl richly deserves this place in the sun."
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night PS Vita Game's Protagonist Promo Streamed

Daisuke Namikawa voices calm leader in June 25 spin-off rhythm game ― Atlus began streaming a new promotional video starring the Persona 4 protagonist for its Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita rhythm game on Monday. The video features Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth opening theme "Maze of Life" by Shihoko Hirata and Yumi Kawamura. Yū: I'll do it. Just watch. I'll convey how wonderful i...
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Toshiyuki Morikawa, Chiwa Saito Lead Ninja Slayer Anime's Cast

Sho Hayami, Sora Amamiya, Risa Taneda, Masane Tsukayama, Tessho Genda, Goblin also star in spring anime ― The official website for Ninja Slayer From Animation, the anime adaptation of the Ninja Slayer novel series announced the cast for the series on Friday. Toshiyuki Morikawa as Ninja Slayer Sho Hayami as Fujio Katakura/Dark Ninja Chiwa Saito as Nancy Lee Sora Amamiya as Koki Yamamoto Risa Taneda as...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 401

"It's refreshing to see two taijutsu users go at it, and the animators take no shortcuts, meaning we get to see every kick, punch and defensive maneuver."
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New Initial D the Movie Legend 2 Film's Teaser Streamed

Cast, staff return for 2nd film in reboot film series ― Avex began streaming a teaser trailer on Friday for Shin Gekijōban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō- (New Initial D the Movie Legend 2: Racer), the second film in the new Initial D film trilogy. The trailer features the theme song "The Brave (D Version)" by BACKDRAFT SMITHS. Text: The stage changes to the "mountain pass." Narrator: The second film. The ...
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Attack on Titan Water Cooler Campaign Offers 1/1-Scale Maneuver Gear

Japanese water cooler manufacturer Aqua Clara's Attack on Titan tie-in campaign launched today with more tangible prizes than just good health and well-hydrated skin. The company is offering a clear file of its water cooler carrying "Hydration Corps" members to anyone who purchases a "Dress-Up Server" cooler Attack on Titan panel featuring Eren, Levi, or the Colossal Titan. One person will get the...

Show By Rock!! TV Anime's Promo, Staff, April Premiere Date Unveiled

Takahiro Ikezoe directs adaptation of Sanrio's rhythm game at studio BONES ― The official website for the Show By Rock!! TV anime adaptation of Sanrio's mobile rhythm game of the same name unveiled the first animated promotional video for the series on Friday. Text: A single girl Text: Wandered into another world. Text: Now, fates will collide The website also updated, and unveiled the full staff lis...
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Alas, the Power/Rangers Short Film Is Quickly Disappearing

So far, several million people have gobbled up Adi Shankar and Joseph Kahn's Power/Rangers reimagination of the classic super sentai series, but that number is hitting a plateau. Both Kahn's Vimeo and Shankar's YouTube videos have been pulled, due to a copyright claim from Saban. Shankar released a statement, saying: Today, I was deeply disappointed to learn that Saban Brands decided to attack my ...
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Resident Evil Revelations 2's PS4 Frame Rate, PC Co-op Issues Highlighted

Capcom offering refunds to PC users due to lack of local co-op ― Players have discovered that Capcom's new Resident Evil Revelations 2 survival horror game for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC platforms runs at an unstable frame rate on the PlayStation 4. Digital Foundry released two videos that compares the game's frame rate on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In addition,...
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Dragon Quest Heroes Heads West on PS4 in 2015

Action RPG comes to N. America, Europe as PS4 exclusive ― Sony announced on Wednesday that Square Enix will bring its Dragon Quest Heroes action RPG to North America and Europe in 2015 as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. The company plans to release both physical and digital download editions (via PlayStation Store). Sony describes the game: In Dragon Quest Heroes, the protagonists must rise up against ins...
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Production I.G Unveils More Cast for Miss Hokusai Film

Yutaka Matsushige, Gaku Hamada, more in historical anime about Hokusai's daughter ― Production I.G announced additional cast members for its Miss Hokusai film on Friday. The newly announced actors include Yutaka Matsushige (live-action Kodoku no Gourmet television series, live-action Detective Conan movie), Gaku Hamada (live-action Space Brothers movie), Kengo Kora (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, l...
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Fans Have Already Tracked Down the Real-Life Location of 'Love Live! SunShine!!'

Love Live! fans are in a tizzy of speculation about "Love Live! SunShine!!," a new project revealed on Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Magazine website. While fans have been wondering whether or not it's a new game or a new OVA, or even a spin-off based on the mobile game Love Live! School Idol Festival's "normal" students, others have already tracked down the real-life locale featured in the promo shot. I...
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Namco Bandai Unveils Ray Gigant PS Vita Game

Dungeon RPG with 3 protagonists to ship in Japan this summer ― Bandai Namco Games unveiled the new Ray Gigant PlayStation Vita dungeon role-playing game on Thursday. Experience Inc. (Students of the Round, Demon Gaze) is developing the game with Bandai Namco Games, and the two companies will ship the game this summer in Japan. Bandai Namco Games is also streaming a promotional video for the game. The...

Thursday, February 26

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Plastic Memories' Opening and Ending Themes Revealed

Eri Sasaki to sing opening theme, Asami Imai to sing ending theme for April TV anime ― The official website for the Plastic Memories original TV anime project revealed on Friday that Eri Sasaki will perform the anime's opening theme and Asami Imai will perform the ending theme. The title of the opening theme is "Ring of Fortune," and will be performed by Eri Sasaki (THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no ...
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Perfume's Ayaka Nishikawa Tops Female Idol Singer Ranking

The readers over at Goo Ranking weighed in last month on their favorite female idol singers. The poll takers were split evenly between 250 men and 250 women, but the winner was clearly Ayaka "A-chan" Nishikawa from the girl idol group Perfume. A-chan is the unofficial "center" of Perfume with fellow members Ayano "Nocchi" Oomoto and Yuka "Kashiyuka" Kashino, although the other two members didn't r...

Final Fantasy XV Gameplay Video, Trailer Streamed

Game's environments, dungeon, monsters shown in videos ― Video game news source IGN began streaming two new videos for Square Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy XV PlayStation 4/Xbox One action RPG. The first video (off an Xbox One console) shows some of the game's rural environments, and how to navigate through them. The second video shows a dungeon that players can travel to, and some of its monster inh...
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD's English Gameplay, Combat Videos Posted

Videos preview game's story, gameplay, combat mechanics ― Square Enix began streaming two new English videos for its upcoming Final Fantasy Type-0 HD PlayStation 4/Xbox One action RPG on Thursday. The first video is a gameplay overview, broadly going over the story and mechanics of the game, and features some of the English voice acting. The end of the video previews the Final Fantasy XV -Episode Dus...
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Kensho Ono, Screen Mode Perform Kuroko's Basketball Teikō Arc Anime Themes

GRANRODEO, OLDCODEX will return for final arc ― This year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will announce on Monday that Kensho Ono will perform the second opening theme "ZERO" and SCREEN mode will perform the second ending theme "Ambivalence" for the third Kuroko's Basketball anime. The themes will cover the Teikō arc. Then, GRANRODEO and OLDCODEX will return to perform the third opening...
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Compile Heart's Neptunia VII Game's Opening Movie Streamed

PS4 game featuring new characters to ship in Japan on April 23 ― Compile Heart began streaming the opening movie on Wednesday for its upcoming Shin Jigen Game Neptune VII (New Dimension Game: Neptunia Victory II) PlayStation 4 game. The opening movie introduces the main characters, including the recently revealed new characters B-sha, K-sha, C-sha, and S-sha. Compile Heart previously teased the new c...
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero PS Vita Game's 2nd Promo Shows Combat Abilities

Yūna Yūki fights monsters large and small in new video ― Game publisher FuRyu began streaming a second promotional video for Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru: Jukai no Kioku (Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Memory of the Woodland), its PlayStation Vita game based on the anime Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru (Yuki Yuna is a Hero), on Thursday. The video shows Yūna Yūki's basic combat mechanics against monsters both large and...

Digital Manga Reaches Kickstarter Goal to Print Tezuka's Alabaster

Company expects to ship both volumes in September ― North American publisher Digital Manga's Kickstarter campaign reached its goal of US$29,200 on Thursday to localize and publish Osamu Tezuka's two-volume revenge suspense manga Alabaster in English. The company expects to ship both volumes in September. The campaign will end on February 27, 2015 at 8:28 p.m. EST. Digital Manga describes the story: ...
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Parasyte -the maxim- ‒ Episode 20

"Suffice it to say, this was not the show I signed up for."
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend ‒ Episode 7

"The most important thing is that we are now four down and one to go when it comes to expanding Aki's harem to its full extent."
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Saekano -blessing flowers- PS Vita Game's 1st Promo Video Streamed

Voice actress Kiyono Yasuno introduces game modes ― Game developer MAGES began streaming the first promotional video for the Saekano -blessing flowers- PlayStation Vita game on Wednesday. The video features narration by the character Megumi Katō (voiced by Kiyono Yasuno) and introduces the different game modes. The game will utilize Live 2D software, which moves the characters with CGI, but retains t...
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Etrian Mystery Dungeon Video Introduces Hexer Class

Class inflicts status ailments on foes ― Atlus USA began streaming a video on Thursday introducing the Hexer class in its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Etrian Mystery Dungeon. The class uses curses to inflict status ailments on enemies. Atlus USA previously announced the Dancer, Landsknecht, Protector, and Runemaster classes. The crossover between Mystery Dungeon game series and Etrian Odyssey series i...
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3rd Death Note The Musical English Song Features Rem

Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!, Wicked) sing as Rem the death god ― The third full English song from Frank Wildhorn's Death Note the Musical, as sung by Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!, Wicked), debuted online. Manolakos is singing as the death god Rem. Although the song is in English and is sung by English actors, there is no word on an English version of the musical at this time. The upcoming stage musi...
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'Love Live! SunShine!!' Project Teased With Image

The official website for Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Magazine unveiled a teaser image labelled "Love Live! SunShine!! Start" on Thursday. The text in the image reads "Save me, Love Live!" An article will run in the April issue of Dengeki G's Magazine on Saturday. Image © 2013 Project Love Live!
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Videos Show Robin, Moriah, Perona, Magellan, Brook in Action

Drum Island, Alabasta, Mock Town, and Skypiea location profiles also posted ― The official website for Bandai Namco Games' upcoming One Piece : Pirate Warriors 3 action game began streaming five new character gameplay videos on Thursday. The videos feature Robin, Moriah, Perona, Magellan, and Brook. The website also added character descriptions for Robin, Moriah, Perona, Magellan, and Brook, as well ...

Funimation Licenses Jinsei - Life Consulting Anime

Full series to stream today ― North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has acquired streaming and home video rights for Jinsei - Life Consulting. The full English-subtitled series will be available streaming for Funimation subscribers at 6:00 p.m. EST on Thursday. The episodes will be the broadcast versions, and Funimation plans to release the final vers...

Aoharu x Kikanjū Survival Games Manga Gets TV Anime

Cross-dressing high school girl, host, and ero-manga artist form a survival games team ― The wrap-around band on the sixth volume of NAOE's Aoharu x Kikanjū (Aoharu x Machinegun) manga will announce on Friday that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit. NAOE began the series as a two-part short and then premiered the full series in Square Enix's GFantasy magazine in January 2013. The manga ...
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Isao Takahata Offers His Thoughts on War, Constitution

Says Grave of the Fireflies shouldn't be considered anti-war film ― While Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies is commonly viewed as an anti-war film, the director himself offered a contrary view in an interview earlier this year with the newspaper Kanagawa Shimbun. Grave of the Fireflies is considered an anti-war film, but while anti-war films are meant to prevent wars and stop them, that movie d...
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House of 1000 Manga - Otomen

Jason is tickled pink by Aya Kanno's gleeful, playful comedy about taking on gender stereotypes. ― Otomen “A business like this is so great. You can talk to other men about shojo manga like it’s the most natural thing…”\ Handsome, strong, a kendo and judo champion: Asuka Masamune seems like the ideal man. Girls swoon over him and offer him presents and chocolates, but he turns them away; he's polite...
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Kotori Koiwai Joins Nisekoi Anime's 2nd Season as Fū

2nd series adapting Naoshi Komi's Shonen Jump manga premieres in April ― This year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Kotori Koiwai (Joshiraku, Mekakucity Actors) will join the cast of the second television anime season of Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi manga. Naoshi Komi's original manga and the anime revolve around Raku Ichijō (Kouki Uchiyama), a normal high school ...

Vampire Holmes Original Creator Sena Yoshinobu Voices Lead in TV Anime

Nobunaga Shimazaki, Ayahi Takagaki also play characters in anime premiering April 4 ― The official website for the TV anime adaptation of Cucuri's escape game app Vampire Holmes announced the cast for the series on Thursday: Director, producer, singer-songwriter, and original creator of the game Yoshinobu Sena as Holmes Nobunaga Shimazaki (Free! Eternal Summer, Glasslip) as Hudson Ayahi Takagaki (Spe...
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Rest Your Wrists On A Life-Sized Lovely x Cation Bosom Mousepad

Super Sonico already has her own "life-sized" 3D mousepad, but not all oppai are built the same. Pink Pineapple, the eroge studio behind the OVA adaptation of Hibiki Works' Lovely x Cation visual novel, tweeted a few photos of their latest character good—a mousepad featuring character Aya Inubosaki, whose appeal apparently resides in her "modest" breasts. The character is clothed, but the pic...
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PS4 Gets Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest Crossover Cover Plate in Japan

Sony only making 100 copies of cover plate ― Sony is holding a contest from February 24 to April 26, with the opportunity to win a special PlayStation 4 cover plate that features art from both the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series. The cover plate's design features a Slime (a traditional monster from the Dragon Quest series), and a Moogle (a recurring race in the Final Fantasy series). The contes...
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The Seven Deadly Sins' 2nd New Spinoff Manga by Creator Posted

Stories about young Hendrickson, Gilthunder as protagonists available until May 10 ― The Japanese version of DeNA's free Manga Box smartphone and tablet app added Nakaba Suzuki's two spin-off manga of his original manga The Seven Deadly Sins on Tuesday. The first spinoff manga, titled Naku na, Tomo yo (Don't Cry, My Friend), is about Hendrickson and Dreyfus' younger years. The second spinoff manga, t...

Wednesday, February 25

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Japan's Video Game Rankings, February 16-22

God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, Hakuōki Zuisōroku Omokage Hana games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: February 16-22 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PSV God Eater 2: Rage Burst Bandai Namco Games February 19 234,180 234,180 23DS The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo February 14 72,181 302,246...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, February 16-22

The Seven Deadly Sins, Terraformars, JoJolion, A Bride's Story, Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 The Seven Deadly Sins 13 442,492 442,726 2015/02 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 1 1 2 Terraformars 12 311,755 311,755 2015/02 Shueisha Story: Yū Sasuga / Art: Kenichi Tachibana 2 1 3 JoJolion 9 209,995 20...
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Natsume Ono's Futagashira Manga Gets Live-Action Drama

Death Note's Kenichi Matsuyama stars in series about Edo-era thieves ― Natsume Ono's Futagashira manga will get a live-action drama adaptation on the WOWOW channel starting in June. The show will air on Saturdays at 10:00 p.m. The story is set in the Edo period and centers around two men who have left their thieving ring, the "Akame Gang," to strike out on their own journey. Kenichi Matsuyama (live-a...

Corpse Party Horror Game Franchise Gets Live-Action Film

AKB48's Rina Ikoma stars in film about students trapped in school ― Team GrisGris' Corpse Party horror game franchise is getting a live-action film adaptation this summer starring Nogizaka46 and AKB48 member Rina Ikoma. Ikoma will star in the film as third-year high school student Naomi Nakashima. The role will mark Ikoma's first starring role. Ryōsuke Ikeoka from the male acting group D-BOYS and Pop...
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Check Out Joseph Kahn and Adi Shankar's Incredible Power/Rangers Short Film While You Still Can

Lots of folks probably have nostalgic memories of the Power Rangers, whether it's the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from the 90s or one of the many Power Rangers iterations that have been filmed over the past couple of decades. Whatever it may be, though, one doesn't easily forget the time they've spent watching the masked heroes and their fight for justice. That's why it's so cool to see a darker,...
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A Certain Magical Index Give-Away

Win a Tower of Awesome A Certain Magical Index Goods ― FUNimation's A Certain Magical Index – The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion is available now on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (release date 2/17). This is the first and only feature film set in the shared world of A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun. Magic and science collide as unlucky Kamijo, nun-intraining Index, and a few of the...
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Dance Along to The Shuriken Sentai Nin'ninger Ending Theme

The first episode of Toei's Shuriken Sentai Nin'ninger, the company's latest Super Sentai special-effects series aired last week. The ending credits roll to the "Nan ja Mon ja! Ninja Matsuri!" theme song by Daiki Ise. The singer also choreographed a dance to the track and invites viewers to follow along in an instructional video. It makes for a good workout too! Shuriken Sentai Nin'ninger marks th...
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KanColle ‒ Episode 8

"There are a few standard-issue swimsuit jokes in this one, but KanColle ultimately doesn't spend much time on its bikini-clad battleships."
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Gundam Build Fighters Try ‒ Episode 20

"This week picked up with the second part of Sekai and Junya's mirror match."
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Shinji and Kaworu Revisit Primary School for Kids Clothing Collaboration

Japanese kids clothing store StompStamp and children's fashion brand GeeWhiz are collaborating with the Evangelion Tokyo store to create a line of children's clothing. Modeling the designs are the familiar faces of Shinji and Kaworu, only a wee bit (we'll say about eight years) younger. The clothing line includes Unit 01 sweat pants. While the pants look like denim, they're actually made from a cl...
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California's Anison USA Festival Welcomes Singer, Voice Actress Halko Momoi

Organizers of California's first Anison USA festival announced that they will host Japanese voice actress and singer Halko Momoi during their March 13-14 event. As a voice actress, Momoi is credited in over 30 animated titles including Ai Yori Aoshi, the anime adaptation of Tales of the Abyss and Steins;Gate. As a musical artist, Momoi teamed up with guitarist Masaya Koike forming the band Under17...

Seven Seas Adds The Testament of Sister New Devil, My Monster Secret Manga

First volumes planned for January, February 2016 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Kashiwa Miyako's The Testament of Sister New Devil (Shinmai Maō no Testament) and Eiji Masuda's My Monster Secret (Jitsu wa Watashi wa) manga. Miyako launched the manga adaptation of Tetsuto Uesu's (Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero) light novel series in Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace maga...
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Compile Heart Announces MeiQ no Chika ni Shisu PS Vita Game

Game developer Compile Heart's countdown website and this week's issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine are revealing the company's latest game title is MeiQ no Chika ni Shisu: A Maze to Eradicate Them All and includes the tagline, "MeiQ's door will open soon!" The game is part of Compile Heart's Makai Ichibankan brand, The brand also includes the upcoming Makai Shin Trillion PlayStation Vita role-...
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Bandai Namco, Experience Collaborating on Ray Gigant Game

Atsushi Abe, Wataru Hatano, Yoshino Nanjou star in dungeon RPG Dengeki PlayStation Magazine is announcing on Thursday that Bandai Namco Games and Experience, Inc. (Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, Demon Gaze) are collaborating on a new dungeon-crawling role-playing game titled Ray Gigant. The PlayStation Vita game is slated for summer and stars three heroes. Atsushi Abe will play Ichiya Amakaze, ...
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Street Fighter V Charlie Nash Reveal Trailer Streamed

Bison character also teased; online beta program announced ― Capcom began streaming a new trailer for their upcoming Street Fighter V fighting game on Tuesday. The trailer unveils Charlie Nash as a playable character, and shows his new appearance and new special moves. The end of the video also hints at Bison (Vega in Japan), who also appeared in the previous game Street Fighter IV, will join the gam...
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The Testament of Sister New Devil ‒ Episode 8

"While slightly more explicit than previous episodes, this is in no way the fanservice fest that the title implies."
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Kinoshita to End Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok Manga

Mystery manga first launched in 1999; inspired an anime in 2003 ― The March issue of Mag Garden's online manga magazine Beat's announced that Sakura Kinoshita's Matantei Loki Ragnarok ~Shin Sekai no Kamigami~ (Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok: The Gods of the New World) will end in the magazine's next issue on March 25. The occult mystery story follows the Norse god Loki after he is exiled to the mor...
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Rurouni Kenshin, Parasyte, Tokyo Tribes Nominated for 9th Asian Film Awards

Hot Road's Hiroomi Tosaka also nominated ― The Asian Film Awards Academy (AFA Academy) announced the nominees for the ninth Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Takeru Satoh is nominated for Best Actor for his role as Kenshin Himura in Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen) live-action film. He is competing against Fan Liao (Black Coal, Thin Ice), Ryo Kase (...
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Funassyi Goes Red for Gundam the Origin's Char Aznable

The normally yellow mascot takes on Char's signature red. ― Funassyi, the pear-shaped mascot (and unlikely recording artist) of Tokyo suburb Funabashi, has traded in his yellow color for a bright red, in honor of Char "The Red Comet" Aznable. The mascot appeared alongside voice actress Megumi Han (Artesia Som Deikun) and Char at a press conference on February 24 for Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, a ...
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Animation Veteran Claims That Industry Newcomers Only Make 120 Yen An Hour

Contemporary veteran begs to differ. ― In a recent attempt to draw awareness to an injustice in the animation industry, veteran animator Sachiko Kamimura (City Hunter, Doraemon movies) posted on her blog about what she claims to be the starting pay for a newcomer in the field. After having watched "numerous young animators fresh out of school suddenly be thrust into a job where they can't even eat," ...
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Yona of the Dawn ‒ Episode 20

"This week on Yona: SVU, Yona and Yun plan to infiltrate a human trafficking ring that specializes in selling beautiful young women across the border to the Kingdom of Kai."
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The X Button - Toukiden Talk

This week: a chat with the producer of Toukiden Kiwami! Plus tri-Ace, Disgaea, Rodea, Street Fighter, and something that could happen only in the early 1990s. ― I don't think I've talked about The Power Team here, even though it's the sort of odd video-game cultural relic I always enjoy discussing. Well, I'll fix that! I'm talking about The Power Team, a cartoon by-product of the rampant Nintendo ob...
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Happy Marriage!? GN 10

The final volume of Happy Marriage is simultaneously the happiest and the smuttiest. Rejoice! ― It is always a little disconcerting when you realize that how you see the main characters of a series and how the author sees them don't quite line up. In the case of Chiwa and Hokuto of Maki Enjoji's Happy Marriage, that turns out to be the case, at least for me. Enjoji states several times in the book ho...
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Crowd-Funding Anime Chuya-den Unveils 2nd Trailer

Video introduces main character voiced by Yu Kobayashi ― An official website for the crowd-funding anime project Chuya-den ~To regain the missing sun~ (Noon & Night Legend ~To regain the missing sun~) opened on Friday with a second promotional video, introducing the main character Shu (Yu Kobayashi). Yoshiyuki Kaneko (no relation to the voice actor of the same name)- also known as YOSHIKO- is helming...
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Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara Manga's 1st Part Ends, 2nd Part Scheduled For April

Second part of Nagian's romantic comedy manga begins on April 25 ― The April issue of Kodansha's Shonen Sirius magazine will publish the ending to the first part of Nagian's Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara manga on Thursday. The magazine also lists that the second part will begin in the magazine's June issue, which will be published on April 25. The manga is based on Touka Takei's Kanojo ga Flag o Orarert...
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House of the sun. Spin-off Manga Ends in March

Original Taiyo no Ie manga ended in January, won 38th Kodansha Awards' shojo category ― The April issue of Kodansha 's Dessert magazine is announcing that the final chapter of Taamo's spin-off of her original Taiyō no Ie manga will be published in the May issue on March 24. The manga will have a color opening page, and it will also be featured on the issue's cover. The first part of the of the spin-o...
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Yoshiyuki Tomino Shares His Appreciation for The Wind Rises

Feels connection through aviation engineer father ― An old interview with anime director Yoshiyuki Tomino recently came to light again, and it's from a rather unlikely place. In September 2013, Tomino (Mobile Suit Gundam) held an interview with Tetsuya Ishikawa, head of the SPring-8 Center , which studies synchrotron radiation at the Japanese research institute RIKEN. The interview focused on Tomino'...
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Orange Manga Has Over 1 Million Copies in Print

The wrap-around jacket band around the fourth compiled volume of Ichigo Takano's Orange manga announced on Sunday that the manga has over one million copies in print. Crunchyroll describes the story of the series: "What can I do now to prevent a future without Kakeru?" In the spring of my second year of high school, I received a letter from "myself", ten years in the future. It urged the 16-year-o...
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Celestial Method Manga Goes on Hiatus Due to Author's Health

New chapter was scheduled for February 27 issue of Dengeki Daioh magazine ― The April issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Daioh magazine is announcing on Friday that Yuka Namisaki's manga adaptation of the Sora no Method (Celestial Method) television anime series will go on a one-month hiatus due a decline in the author's health. Chapter six was scheduled to be published in the April issue, but will ...
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Assassination Classroom Blu-ray/DVDs to Bundle Event Anime

Koro-Sensei meets Karasuma in "episode 0" ― The official website for the Assassination Classroom anime is listing "episode 0" among the extras for the first Blu-ray and DVD limited editions. The episode, "Deai no Jikan" (Meeting Time), covers the meeting between Koro-Sensei and Karasuma. The episode first premiered as a Jump Special Anime Fest event anime last November. The website began streaming a ...
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Inou Battle Within Everyday Life Manga Ends on Thursday

Manga adapts light novel that also inspired anime from Studio Trigger ― This year's April issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comp Ace will publish the final chapter of Kōsuke Kurose's manga adaptation of Kota Nozomi's Inō-Battle wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de (When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace or Inou Battle Within Everyday Life) light novel series on Thursday. Kurose launched the manga in September, ...
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Maon Kurosaki, Yoshino Nanjou Return to Perform The Eden of Grisaia Anime's Themes

The Fruit of Grisaia anime sequel scheduled to premiere in April instead of March ― The staff of the upcoming The Eden of Grisaia (Grisaia no Rakuen) sequel anime announced on Wednesday that Maon Kurosaki and Yoshino Nanjou will return from The Fruit of Grisaia to perform the opening and ending theme songs, respectively. Kurosaki will perform the opening theme, "Setsuna no Kajitsu" (The Fruit of a Mo...

Seraph of the End Anime's Additional Cast, Theme Songs, Air Date Announced

Aoi Yuki, Kenichi Suzumura join cast as Krul, Crowly ― The official website for the television anime Seraph of the End announced the premiere date, theme song titles, and two more cast members on Wednesday. The site also unveiled a new key visual (right). Aoi Yuki is joining the cast as Krul Tepes, "a queen who rules Sanguinem, the city of vampire. She is the Third Progenitor and holds extraordinary ...
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Durarara!!×2 Shō Gets Episode 4.5 Episode in Theaters

"My Heart is in the Pattern of a Hot Pot" episode adapts short story from creator Narita, premieres on May 30 ― The official website for the Durarara!!×2 Shō sequel anime announced on Wednesday that the series will have an "Episode 4.5" premiere in Japanese theaters on Saturday, May 30. The episode, titled "Watashi no Kokoro wa Nabe Moyō" (My Heart is in the Pattern of a Hot Pot), adapts Ryohgo Narit...

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Anime Mirai 2015 Casts, Stories Unveiled

4 entries to screen at Tokyo Anime Award Festival on March 22 ― The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) updated with details on its Anime Mirai 2015 projects, including cast and story details. "Aki no Kanade" (Aki's Music-Playing) follows Aki Miyagawa (played by Rina Satou), who moved to Tokyo to pursue her dream to be a taiko drummer, but had a hard time balancing her strict training regimen wi...
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Shiro Amano Ends Kingdom Hearts II Manga in May

Illustrator launched adaptation of Tetsuya Nomura's RPG in 2006 ― Illustrator Shiro Amano posted on Twitter on Tuesday that his Kingdom Hearts II manga will end in the 10th volume. Amano added that he will end the manga in its serialized form in the issue that will ship in May. The June issue of Square Enix's Shonen Gangan magazine where Kingdom Hearts II is published will ship on May 12. Amano had l...
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Compile Heart's Makai Shin Trillion PS Vita Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Role-playing game slated for release in Japan on May 21 ― Compile Heart began streaming a new promotional video for its Makai Shin Trillion PlayStation Vita role-playing game on Monday. The video also announces more pre-order benefits. The more customers that preorder the game before April 28 the better the benefits will become. Masahiro Yamamoto (Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten) is directing the ga...
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Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! ‒ Episode 8

"The laugh factor here is nowhere near what it's been in past episodes."
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Yurikuma Arashi ‒ Episode 8

"Can Kureha's love stand up to this?"
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Sega Will Announce New 'Anime x SEGA' Project at AnimeJapan 2015

Game developer Sega will host an "Anime x SEGA new project announcement" at the AnimeJapan 2015 convention on March 21. The description notes that Nanamori-chu Goraku-bu, the voice actress group from the Yuruyuri television anime, will be in attendance. "Nanamori-Chu Goraku-bu" (Nanamori Middle School Amusement Club) is composed of Minami Tsuda, Rumi Ookubo, Shiori Mikami, and Yuka Ōtsubo. The con...
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Marvelous Streams IA/VT -Colorful- Vocaloid Game's 'Inner Arts' Video

Rhythm game now slated for June 25 ― Marvelous AQL began streaming a new game play video for its IA/VT -Colorful- (Ia Visual Tracks Colorful) PlayStation Vita rhythm game on Tuesday. The video features Jin's "Inner Arts" track. The game centers around the virtual diva "Ia" and features more than 60 songs from popular Vocaloid music composers. It also includes original animated music videos for some s...
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Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope Live-Action Fan Pilot Recreates The History of Trunks

The Robot Underdog team released the pilot for their Dragon Ball Z web series Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope on Tuesday. The live-action series is based on the Dragon Ball Z Special 2: The History of Trunks and chronicles Trunks and Gohan's battles against Andriod 17 and 18 after Goku and the other Z Fighters are killed. The pilot is directed by Donnie McMillin and written by Derek Padula (Dragon Ba...

North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 22-28

Space Brothers, Flame of Recca, Violence Jack, Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising- anime; Seraphim: 266613336 Wings manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date .Hack//Sign DVD Complete SeriesPlease Funimation Entertainment US$39.98 February 24 Diabolik Lovers Blu-ray Complete SeriesPlease Sentai Filmworks US$39.98 February 24 Flame of Recca DVD Complete CollectionPlease D...

Magical Warfare Anime Gets English Dub

Hisashi Suzuki's modern magic action story to get BD, DVD release in June ― Section 23 Films announced its June 2015 release slate on Tuesday and listed the Magical Warfare DVD and Blu-ray sets with an English dub. The series will ship on June 30. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. In this modern magic action story, Takeshi Nanase is an ordinary high school boy who has a somewhat dark past....
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Readers Rank Over-Played Shojo Manga Tropes

Every anime genre comes with certain situations that happen so often, readers barely bat an eye at it anymore. The harem anime protagonist's parents are on an overseas business trip. The shonen battle series' main character is able to access a new powered up ability while facing a seemingly impossible enemy. The character in a sports manga is able to pull off that slam dunk once he remembers every...
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The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Anime to Premiere April 3

The official website for the anime The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan announced on Monday that the anime will premiere the night of April 3 (morning of April 4) on Tokyo MX at 1:40 a.m. The voice cast is returning from the original Haruhi Suzumiya anime. The staff includes: Planning: Takeshi Yasuda Director: Jun'ichi Wada Series Composition: Touko Machida Character Design: Ikuko Ito Art Directo...
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Kotoura-san Manga Will End With 7th Volume

Enokids started new Magical Girl Paracel manga on Thursday ― Online retailer Manga Oh added a listing for the seventh and final volume of Enokids' Kotoura-san comedy manga on Tuesday. Micro Magazine's website Manga Goccha (Manga Got a Chance) confirms that the final chapter will premiere on March 26. The seventh volume will ship on April 22, and a limited edition will include a book-shaped photo stan...
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Protect Your Nintendo 3DS XL With Mikudayo's Face

Mikudayo, the Nendoroid-shaped Hatsune Miku mascot created by Good Smile Company, has volunteered her head to be a New Nintendo 3DS XL case. The Mikudayo deluxe stuffed pouch will be released by Sega on May 28, and includes a plush pouch in which to store the device, as well as a "Otoro Button" screen cleaner, a reference to a Hatsune Miku Project Mirai 2 promo video in which Mikudayo and singer J...
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Life-Size Patlabor Ingram Watched Over the Tokyo Marathon

Plenty of onlookers crowded Tokyo's streets to cheer on this year's runners of the Tokyo Marathon, but none were more prominent than a life-size Patlabor AV-98 Ingram, which has been making its way around the country from baseball games to shopping malls. 東京マラソン警備開始!? pic.twitter.com/cFkDwVAEul— TNGパトレイバー (@TNGpatlabor) February 22, 2015 ハッシュタグつけ忘れにつき、デッキアップの様子を再レポ。 デッキアップ時は先頭ランナー未通過。デッキアップ後、コーラス隊...
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Sound Horizon's Album Inspires Manga by Tactics' Kinoshita

Elysion ~Rakuen Gensou Monogatari Kumikyoku~ album came out in 2005 ― This year's April issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Asuka announced on Tuesday that Sakura Kinoshita (The Mythical Detective LOKI, Tactics) will draw a manga based on Sound Horizon's album Elysion ~Rakuen Gensou Monogatari Kumikyoku~ (Elysion ~Paradise Illusion Tale Suite~). A preview of the series will debut in the May issue on March 24...
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Digimonstory Cybersleuth Game's Main Promo Streamed Before March Release

Player must find clues to retrieve his/her own physical back from the digital world in March 12 release ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming the main promotional video for its upcoming Digimonstory Cybersleuth PlayStation Vita game on Tuesday. The video is narrated by Maaya Sakamoto as her character Kyōko Kuremi, a detective who encounters the player. The video describes the plot and system of the ga...

The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, KanColle CDs Reach #4, #6 on Weekly Oricon

The Idolm@ster single sold 47,000, KanColle single sold 28,000 ― The "THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 01 Star!!" CD reached the number four slot on the Japanese Oricon weekly charts, selling 47,000 copies since its release on February 18. The CD contains the songs "Star!!", sung by CINDERELLA PROJECT (the unit name for The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls characters), "Onegai! Cinderella...
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The Sacred Blacksmith Manga Adaptation to End in 10th Volume

Adaptation of fantasy light novel series that inspired anime began in 2009 ― The final page of the ninth compiled volume of Kōtarō Yamada's manga adaptation of Isao Miura's The Sacred Blacksmith light novel series lists that the manga will end in the tenth volume. The ninth volume was published in Japan on Monday. Seven Seas describes the story of the manga: Like her father and grandfather before her...

Kazuya Nakai, Shiro Saito, Shokotan Join 2015 Dragon Ball Z Film's Cast

Actors, idol play Tagoma, Sorbet, Oracle Fish characters; Returning cast also unveiled for April 18 film ― The official website for the new 2015 Dragon Ball Z film Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Dragon Ball Z: The F in Fukkatsu, or The Resurrected F) revealed the cast for the film on Monday: Masako Nozawa as Son Goku, a Saiyan raised on Earth who has protected it from many strong opponents. The strong...
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Blood-C: The Last Mind Stage Play Reveals Main Cast

High Kick Angels' Kanon Miyahara to star as Saya in July production ― The official website for Blood-C: The Last Mind, this year's Blood-C stage play adaptation, revealed the play's main cast on Tuesday. The main cast is as follows: Kanon Miyahara (High Kick Angels film) as Saya Kisaragi Keisuke Minami (K stage play's Reishi Munakata) as Fumito Nanahara Eiji Takigawa (Yowamushi Pedal stage play's Jui...

Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru Mystery Light Novels Get Anime

Series set in Hokkaido follows beautiful woman who loves bones ― Author Shiori Ōta and illustrator Tetsuo's mystery light novel series Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (A Corpse is Buried Under Sakurako's Feet) is getting an anime adaptation. A teaser website for the series notes that planning is underway for the adaptation, but the website does not specify what type of anime it wil...
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Gamers Retail Website Lists Milky Holmes Movie Project

Delayed Milky Holmes TD 5th episode had also teased "Milky Movie" on Saturday ― The Japanese retail website Gamers' listing for the April issue of Monthly Bushiroad magazine includes an image sample (pictured at right) for an original "bromide" (publicity image) extra that Gamers will bundle with the issue that says "Milky Holmes movie adaptation planning start!!" The April issue will ship in Japan o...
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