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Answerman - Regret-tinged Nostalgia

This week, why were 90s dubs so bad? What software gets used by US anime publishers? Why did anime take so long to invade America? And is "Cool Japan" a failure? ― No time for chit-chat this week! I have a plane to NYC to catch! Skyler asks: Why were there so many terrible dubs made in the 80s and 90s? I don't have a problem with dubs or anything but some of the scripting and voice acting in dubs li...
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Raqiya: The New Book of Revelation GN 1 & 2

In the end, Raqiya is an interesting title but not, perhaps, the most accessible. ― Raqiya: The New Book of Revelation, titled after the Hebrew word for “firmament,” is one of those series that simultaneously sounds semi-plausible while still causing you to emit short bursts of laughter at some of its plot points. Based on a somewhat bizarre understanding of Christianity and Gnosticism, it tells the ...
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House of 1000 Manga - Midnight Secretary

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with sexy vampire comics? ― Midnight Secretary It occurred to me that, in honor of Halloween, I should cover a scary manga this week. But in my previous column I took on The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, the most traditionally horrific manga in my To Overanalyze inbox. So for this week I offer Midnight Secretary, a shojo manga about…oh yes…sexy vampire...
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The X Button - Ring of Terror

This week, we have tales of chaos and heroes and imports! Plus marauding bikers, mysterious gibberish, and a whole bunch of scary stories just in time for Halloween! ― This year's Halloween contest brought in a bunch of great entries. No one wrote about my scariest game-related experience, the sixth-stage boss in Super C, so I had a hard time picking a winner. After much deliberation and some confer...
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Bayonetta 2

Not much here is completely new, but the first game was essentially the pinnacle of the genre so who could complain about ten more hours of new looks, new locations, and new armaments? ― More happens in the beginning of Bayonetta 2 than in most other game's whole run. It's almost a cliche, people have been saying that since the first one came around, but there's no more succinct way to put it when th...
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Magical Girl Apocalypse GN 1

If you have the stomach for a lot of splatter and gross fanservice (or grossness and fanservice), Magical Girl Apocalypse's first volume is worth checking out. It revels in its horror. ― What if magical girls started the zombie apocalypse? That's probably not a question you've ever asked yourself, but it appears to have crossed the mind of Kentaro Sato, because essentially that's what Magical Girl Ap...
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Pile of Shame - SOS! Tokyo Metro Explorers: The Next

A forgotten Bandai Visual USA release featuring cel shaded kids exploring Tokyo's underground. ― SOS! Tokyo Metro Explorers: The Next Anime fans who were around back in 2007 might remember a company briefly appearing on the scene known as Bandai Visual USA. If they do remember, it's usually not a fond memory: BVUSA was the first attempt by a major Japanese anime producer to insert themselves into th...
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Friday, October 31

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Happy Halloween, Anime-Style

It's Halloween, and this means lots of fun art and cool drawings from various artists, creators, games, and anime series. Below is a compilation of some of the ones we've seen so far this year. As usual, the entries are arranged alphabetically by title, or the artist's last name. To see any image in a larger size, click on the thumbnail. A Certain Magical Index [Link] Aikatsu! [Link] Gomoku Akats...
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Your lie in April ‒ Episode 4

"Your Lie in April has already given its characters enough depth to enrich anyone who wants an emotionally-fulfilling character piece, and has enough creativity in direction to pop out of its genre boundaries, at least visually."
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The Last -Naruto the Movie- Full Trailer Debuts

Film slated for release December 6 in Japan ― Yahoo Japan began streaming a full trailer for the upcoming The Last -Naruto the Movie- on Friday. The video features the theme song "Hoshi no Utsuwa" (Vessel of a Star) by Sukima Switch. The text at the end reads: "This is Naruto like you've never seen in the movies, until now." Weekly Shonen Jump and Jump J Books describe the story of the movie and its ...
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Final Fantasy Agito+ PS Vita Game Delayed Until Further Notice

Final Fantasy VII G-Bike game also delayed 1 day ― Square Enix announced on Friday that the Final Fantasy Agito+ PlayStation Vita game will be delayed until further notice. The game was originally set for release on January 15. Square Enix cited technical issues as reason for the delay and added they will work on the overall quality of the game as well. The company hopes to announce the new release d...
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 4

"It's the character drama and the thematic meat of expectations vs. reality and the difficulties of working to achieve your dream job that will show if Shirobako is worth the hype."
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Answerman - Regret-tinged Nostalgia

This week, why were 90s dubs so bad? What software gets used by US anime publishers? Why did anime take so long to invade America? And is "Cool Japan" a failure? ― No time for chit-chat this week! I have a plane to NYC to catch! Skyler asks: Why were there so many terrible dubs made in the 80s and 90s? I don't have a problem with dubs or anything but some of the scripting and voice acting in dubs li...
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Fans Vote For Their Favorite Leacherous Male Characters

Charapedia asked 10,000 fans to rank their most favorite, lovably lewd male characters. The survey was conducted between October 23 and 29, with 44.7% of the votes coming from men, 55.3% coming from women, and 78% of the votes coming from those in their teens or 20s. Combined, here were the top 10 best sleazes: Top 10 Favorite Lecherous Male Anime Characters Rank Character SeriesVotes 1 Ryo Saeba ...
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Terraformars 2nd OVA Episode's Trailer Streamed

Second OVA episode to bundle with the manga's 11th volume ― The official website for the OVA adaptation of Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana's Terra Formars manga began streaming a trailer for the second episode on Friday. The second episode will come with the manga's 11th compiled volume, which will ship on November 19. Shōkichi: My best friend died on Mars. Shōkichi: They had antennas and cercus... T...

Anime Mirai Short Death Billiards Gets TV Anime (Update)

Death Parade premieres in 2015 with original creator Yuzuru Tachikawa as director at Madhouse ― A TV anime series of the Anime Mirai short Death Billiards has been green-lit for a 2015 premiere under the title Death Parade. A promotional video announcing the anime is also streaming. Tomoaki Maeno returns as his character the bartender to narrate the video: Text: 2013 Anime Mirai Text: The talked-abou...
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Hiroyuki Sawano Performs Attack on Titan Film's Ending Theme 'YAMANAIAME'

Sawano also performs insert song for Attack on Titan: No Regrets OVA ― Oricon Style is reporting that Hiroyuki Sawano (Aldnoah.Zero theme song performance, Guilty Crown soundtrack) will perform the ending theme song for the upcoming Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen ~Guren no Yumiya~ (Attack on Titan Part I: Crimson Bow and Arrow) film. The title of the song will be "YAMANAIAME" (The Rain That Won't Stop), a...

Thursday, October 30

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Shirogumi Creates Temporarily Titled Etotama TV Anime

Series centers on foolish cat girl trying to become Chinese zodiac member ― Animation studio Shirogumi Inc. (Moyashimon, Antique Bakery, Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki) and Tablier Communications are launching a new television anime series temporarily titled Etotama. Shirogumi is currently streaming the second version of a promotional video for the series. The text in the beginning of video reads: "...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 384

"A few things have been sorely lacking in Naruto Shippūden for the past few weeks: action, fluid animation, giving the side characters something interesting to do, and real progression in the Obito battle.This episode delivers on all of the above."
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Madoka Magica, Black Butler, Aldnoah.Zero All Get Christmas Cakes

Specialty otaku confectioner AniSugar is rolling out their selection of anime-themed Christmas cakes, and there's a wide variety to choose from. Magical girl fans can bite into a delectable cake decorated with Madoka and Homura: (4,815 yen [about US$44.08])) While Black Butler: Book of Circus fans can enjoy a cake featuring Sebastian and Ciel (4,612 yen [about US$42.22]): Or Aldnoah.Zero cakes fea...

Bandai Namco, ADK, Aniplex Establish Anime Consortium Japan Streaming Service

The company will absorb Daisuki streaming service ― Bandai Namco Holding inc., Asatsu-DK inc., and Aniplex inc. announced on Thursday that they will establish a joint company called Anime Consortium Japan, Inc. (ACJ). The company's goal is to develop a new internet streaming platform for overseas markets along with an e-commerce business for official anime content. The platform will deliver simulcast...
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Miniature Pallet Town Diorama from Pokemon Is Pretty Impressive

A steady-handed Pokemon fan has recreated the first generation game's Pallet Town in a tiny diorama the size of a penny. Niconico 【ポケモン】マサラタウンを作ってみた【赤緑】 The finished product measures 2 cm x 1.6 cm. You can watch the making-of in the video above (please refresh if it doesn't appear). The creator A(えー) has made other dioramas before, including Super Mario 64's Bob-omb Battlefield and The Legend of Z...
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Hatsune Miku Song 'Bad End Night' Gets Manga

"Heisei Project" songs also get manga adaptation ― The December issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine announced on Tuesday that the Hatsune Miku song "Bad ∞ End ∞ Night" song will get a manga adaptation in the Zero Sum Online online magazine on December 10. Tsubata Nozaki is drawing the series based on the original song composed by Hitoshizuku-P x Yama△ with illustrations by Suzunosu...
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Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru ‒ Episode 4

"Following the battle scenes of the first three episodes, episode 4 scales things back quite a bit to tell a narrower and more personal tale."
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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Nominated for APSA's Best Animated Film

Princess Kaguya is the only Japanese film nominated ― Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced the nominees for the eighth Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) on Tuesday. Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film. It is competing against China's Frog Kingdom (Quingwa Wangguo), Australia and Germany's Maya the Bee, and South Korea's O...
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Daily Cosplay - Nana's Nana Osaki

Character: Nana Osaki Title: Nana Cosplayer: FahrLightLoki Photographer: Will Neal This week, we're featuring cosplayer FahrLightLoki, who has already dazzled us with Loki cosplay. We asked Fahr: "What inspires you to pick which costumes to do?" "I kinda want to do ALL the Loki costumes, but money holds me back. And mostly I decide to cosplay a characters because I see myself in them, or feel they...
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Fukouka Police Distribute Anti-Yakuza Manga

Contains testimonies from previous yakuza members ― Earlier this week, the Fukuoka Prefectural Police Department published a short manga story as an attempt to discourage citizens from partaking in yakuza gang activities. The manga, titled "I Did Not Expect This To Happen 2" is a sequel to the original which was released last January. The storyline of the manga follows a member of a yakuza clan who, ...
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Neptunia Re;Birth 3 V Century's Opening Movie Streamed

Updated version of Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory to ship December 18 in Japan ― The official Compile Heart Youtube channel began streaming the opening movie for Kami Ji Jigen Game Neptune Re;Birth 3 V Century (roughly translated, Ultra Next Dimension Game Neptunia Re;Birth 3 V Century) on Thursday. Nao performs the opening theme "Rave:tech(^_^)New;world." The PlayStation Vita game is an updated rem...
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Psycho-Pass 2 ‒ Episode 4

"Psycho-Pass 2 is already a wee bit dumber than Psycho-Pass 1, and we should probably just accept that at this point."
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Life-Size Patlabor Now Down for the Count

Crucial part broken by unknown culprit ― A life-size Patlabor Ingram, a mobile suit used by the police forces of the Mobile Police Patlabor series, has been touring Japan this year, visiting sites like Kichijouji, the QVC Marine Field in Chiba and the Lalaport Toyosu shopping mall. But now its progress has been stalled, thanks to someone who apparently climbed onto it on the night of October 28. The ...
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Two-Formula to Perform Isuca Action Anime's Ending Theme

Ayumi Fujimura will play title character in series premiering January ― The December issue of Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Two-Formula will perform the ending theme for the anime of Osamu Takahashi's Isuca action manga. The group previously performed the ending theme "Taiyō to Tsuki no Cross" (The Sun and Moon's Cross) for My mental choices are completely interfering w...
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DENKI-GAI ‒ Episode 5

"Every episode, we get something from the three major corners of the Fanservice Triangle—service for the men, service for the ladies, and satisfying progression of the canon relationships within the series."
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Bump of Chicken to Perform 1st Live-Action Parasyte Film's Ending Song

1st of 2 films based on Hitoshi Iwaaki's manga premieres in Japan on November 29 ― Comic Natalie reported on Thursday that BUMP OF CHICKEN (live-action Gatchaman, Always Zoku San-chōme no Yūhi) will perform the ending theme "Parade" for the first of the two live-action film adaptations of Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte (Kiseiju) science-fiction horror manga. Shota Sometani (live-action xxxHOLiC, All Espe...
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Project Itoh's Harmony Anime Film Previewed in Video

2015 film adapts late novelist's sci-fi story along with Genocidal Organ ― Fuji TV's Noitamina block aired a promotional video for the 2015 anime film of late science fiction author Project Itoh's novel Harmony on Friday. Voice actress Kana Hanazawa narrates the video, as with the other previous teasers. Narrator: Project Itoh, the author who left this world too soon. While predicting that his life w...
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Raqiya: The New Book of Revelation GN 1 & 2

In the end, Raqiya is an interesting title but not, perhaps, the most accessible. ― Raqiya: The New Book of Revelation, titled after the Hebrew word for “firmament,” is one of those series that simultaneously sounds semi-plausible while still causing you to emit short bursts of laughter at some of its plot points. Based on a somewhat bizarre understanding of Christianity and Gnosticism, it tells the ...
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Gundam Build Fighters Try ‒ Episode 4

"This episode just didn't have the usual Gundam Build Fighters magic, but I have high hopes for next week."
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House of 1000 Manga - Midnight Secretary

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with sexy vampire comics? ― Midnight Secretary It occurred to me that, in honor of Halloween, I should cover a scary manga this week. But in my previous column I took on The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, the most traditionally horrific manga in my To Overanalyze inbox. So for this week I offer Midnight Secretary, a shojo manga about…oh yes…sexy vampire...
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Riddle Story of Devil's Unaired Survival Game Episode Previewed in Video

Brand new story takes place on an uninhabited island where girls fight to steal Haru ― The official website for the television anime of Yun Kouga and Sunao Minakata's Riddle Story of Devil (Akuma no Riddle) manga began streaming a promotional trailer for the anime's seventh volume which will include the series' 13th episode, a new original video anime (OVA). The story of the original episode takes pl...
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Parasyte -the maxim- ‒ Episode 4

"Overall, Parasyte continues to be a very impressive production, hampered only by its occasionally misplaced or overbearing musical score."
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One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X Video Showcases Team Battles, Anime Opening

Nintendo 3DS fighting game to ship on November 13 ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming the fourth promotional video for its Nintendo 3DS "traditional" fighting game One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X (One Piece: Chō Grand Battle! X) on Thursday. The trailer previews the game's support characters, team special moves and combos, character experience system, online mode, and the original animated opening....

Saint Seiya Soul of Gold Anime Teased for Next Spring

Teaser footage, key visual unveiled at Tamashii Nation 2014 event ― Bandai unveiled a teaser video and a key visual for the Spring 2015 project Saint Seiya -Ōgon Tamashii- (Saint Seiya soul of gold) at the Thursday preview preview for its Tamashii Nations 2014 event. The caption on the visual reads, "Gold Cosmos reborn." News sites Cinema Today and Game Watch are reporting that the project is a new a...

The Last -Naruto the Movie-'s New TV Spot Shows More Characters in Action

Sukima Switch's theme song also previewed in commercial for December movie telling Naruto's "final story" ― A new TV spot for the upcoming The Last -Naruto the Movie- film aired after Thursday's new Naruto Shippuden episode in Japan. The spot features the film's theme song, "Hoshi no Utsuwa" (Vessel of a Star) by Sukima Switch (Silver Spoon, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood). Narrator: Naruto's fina...

Arpeggio of Blue Steel Film DC Film's New Teaser Features nano Theme Song

Trident performs opening theme for January film starring returning cast from TV series ― Flying Dog began streaming a new teaser trailer for the upcoming Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova DC film on Thursday. The video features the song, “Rock on.” by nano., which will serve as the film's main theme song. Text: Embark Text: Into this closed world Text: In order to open up an air hole. In addition, Tr...

Plastic Memories Anime's 1st Promo Hints at Bittersweet Romance

GJ Club's Fujiwara directs "love story born from digital memories" anime ― The official website for the Plastic Memories anime project began streaming the first promotional video for the series on Thursday. Text: Tearing apart memories. That's our job. Text: A love story born from digital memories. Red text: She is frightened. She hopes that these memories of love are fake. Blue text: He wishes. He h...
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Fate's Bardiche Assault from Lyrical Nanoha Replicated Full-Size

Become a mage with your very own Intelligent Device ― No magical girl is quite ready without the right kind of equipment. For certain worlds, that means certain things. For those who belong to the world of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, any mage worth her snuff will have an Intelligent Device. One of the most iconic of these Intelligent Devices is Fate Fate Testarossa's Bardiche Assault. Thanks to the ...
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Meat-Loving Zeushi-kun Gets Second Round of Ads

First series of ads aired from January to March ― The official website for Japan's National Federation of Agricultural Co-operative Associations "Zeushi-kun" animated shorts announced on Wednesday that the series will receive a sequel. The second series will begin airing on the official YouTube channel starting on November 29. "Zeushi-kun" is a character created by ZEN-NOH, Japan's National Federati...
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Prince of Tennis II Gets 3rd OVA Volume in February

Episodes 5 & 6 to feature "The Strongest Pair" & "Betrayal and Bargaining" ― The December issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is announcing on Tuesday that the third volume of the Shin Tennis no Ōji-sama OVA vs. Genius 10 (The Prince of Tennis II) original video anime project will ship on February 20, 2015. The first volume shipped on Blu-ray and DVD on October 28, and the second will ship on D...
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J-Pop Trio Perfume, 'Fumiko's Confession's' Ishida Unveil 'Fastening Days' Anime Short

Zipper maker YKK streams short worldwide in English, Japanese, Spanish, French, Chinese ― Zipper maker YKK unveiled "Fastening Days" — its promotional anime short with the theme of "Little Parts. Big Difference." — on Wednesday. Hiroyasu Ishida, the animator best known for the popular short "Fumiko's Confession," directed this short at Studio Colorido, and the Japanese pop trio Perfume contributed th...
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Blood Blockade Battlefront TV Anime's BONES Staff, Cast Unveiled

Kyousogiga's Rie Matsumoto helms 2015 anime with Cowboy Bebop designer Toshihiro Kawamoto ― The December issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is announcing the staff and cast of the television anime of Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront (Kekkai Sensen) manga on Tuesday. Rie Matsumoto (Kyousogiga, Heartcatch Precure! Hana no Miyako de Fashion Show…Desu ka!?) is directing the anime at th...
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Ketsuekigata-kun! Blood-Type TV Anime Gets 2nd Season

Jun Fukuyama, Yūichi Nakamura, Akira Ishida, Tetsuya Kakihara reprise characters linked to blood types ― Production on the second Ketsuekigata-kun! anime series has been green-lit. The cast of the first Ketsuekigata-kun! television anime, which aired from April to June of 2013, are reprising their roles for Ketsuekigata-kun! 2: Jun Fukuyama as A-Type Yūichi Nakamura as B-Type Akira Ishida as O-Type T...

Wednesday, October 29

Manga Creator Lalako Kojima's Autograph Session Cancelled Due to Threat

Ninth Life Love author's signing event canceled at Animate Girls Festival 2014 ― The official website for Kodansha's ARIA shōjo magazine announced on Wednesday that manga artist Lalako Kojima's autograph session at Animate Girls Festival 2014 is cancelled due to a threat sent to the ARIA editorial department. Kodansha told the Japanese entertainment news website Otapol that a police investigation in...
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Pokémon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire Adventure Promo Shows Off Updated Graphics

2 TV commercials also streamed ― The Pokémon Company Japan began streaming a Pokémon "adventure" promo showing off the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire's updated graphics, characters, and Mega evolutions on Wednesday. The company is also streaming two television commercials for the updated game release. The new titles will remake the 2003 Game Boy Advance games Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire....
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Japanese Man Arrested For Selling US Dollar Bills with One Piece Characters

Police from the Okayama Prefecture town of Misaki arrested a Nagoya salaryman on October 29 for selling U.S. dollar bills bearing reprinted stickers of various One Piece characters. The 45-year-old suspect, Tomoaki Tanahashi, was charged on suspicion of violating copyright laws. Tanahashi has been allegedly selling the bills on online auction sites. One Piece bills had been sold at least four time...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, October 20-26

Tokyo Ghoul, Magi, Giant Killing, The Seven Deadly Sins, JoJolion in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Tokyo Ghoul 14 186,017 475,428 2014/10 Shueisha Sui Ishida 1 2 2 Magi 23 177,439 389,706 2014/10 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 2 2 3 Giant Killing 33 143,919 143,919 2014/10 Kodansha Story: Masaya Tsunamoto / Art: Tsujitom...

Funimation Dubs Psycho-Pass 2, Laughing Under the Clouds Anime as They Air in Japan

Dubbed episodes start on Funimation's streaming service next month; new episodes added every Saturday ― Funimation announced its plan to stream dubbed versions of Psycho-Pass 2 and Laughing Under the Clouds, while they are still airing in Japan, as part of its FUNimation Broadcast Dubs strategy. The company will stream the dubs exclusively for Funimation subscribers. The first dubbed episode of Laugh...
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Aikatsu Idol Anime Film Calls in a Pizza Hut Order

Pizza Hut Japan has set its sights on the Aikatsu! idol anime franchise for a collaboration that's sure to be delicious. Starting on October 27, participating Pizza Hut locations will send out "double pizza boxes" to tie in with the Aikatsu film that will open in Japan on December 13. The campaign runs through January. Pizza Hut will also sell sets of Aikatsu arcade cards with codes for character...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, October 20-26

The Evil Within, Gundam/Ultraman/Kamen Rider Super Hero Generation games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: October 20-26 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Monster Hunter 4G (Including Bundled Editions) Capcom October 11 172,348 1,945,850 45 2PS3 Jikyō Powerful Pro Yakyū 2014 Konami October 23 81,981 81,981 3PS3 Psycho Break (The Evil Within) Bethesd...
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Final Fantasy Type-0's English-Dubbed 'Enter the Fray' Promo Streamed

Game heads to PS4/XBox One in North America on March 17 ― Square Enix began streaming a new promotional video for the upcoming Final Fantasy Type-0 HD PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game on Wednesday. The English-dubbed "Enter the Fray" video introduces the world of Orience and the war raging within its borders. The end of the promo shows brief scenes from the Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae demo. Squar...
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Chaika - The Coffin Princess Avenging Battle ‒ Episode 4

"It's surprising to see the plot moving this quickly so early in the season, but the change of pace is welcome after a relatively slow start from the first three episodes."
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Japanese Box Office, October 18-19

Kin Kyori Renai live-action film stays at #1 ― The live-action film of Rin Mikimoto's shōjo manga series Kin Kyori Renai (Close Range Love) rose from #2 to #1 in its second weekend. The film stars Tomohisa Yamashita as the tsundere teacher Haruka Sakurai and Nana Komatsu in her debut role as genius high school student Yuni Kururugi. The film also ranked #1 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 123,66...
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Bakemonogatari's NisiOisin Writes 9 Manga One-Shots in 4 Months

Writer to team up with Takeshi Obata, Akihisa Ikeda, Hikaru Nakamura, Mizuki Kawashita, Akira Akatsuki, Aiji Yamakawa, Renjuro Kindaichi, Atsushi Nakayama, Teppei Fukushima ― This year's 49th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will announce on Saturday that writer NisiOisin (Bakemonogatari) will write nine manga one-shots in four months in Weekly Shonen Jump, Jump Square, Young Jump, and Bessatsu...
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Show Your Love For Porco Rosso With Authentic Replica Sunglasses

It's hard to fly high when the sun's in your eyes, but now you can take a style cue from Porco Rosso, the titular hero from the Ghibli movie of the same name. Studio Ghibli and Washin Palette are collaborating to release replica Porco Rosso sunglasses in two models. The "authentic historical reproduction" version aims to recreate the sunglasses true to the 1920-1930s, when the movie is set. The gl...

Godzilla PS3 Game Adds Destoroyah, Super Mechagodzilla, Burning Godzilla

Play as monster to destroy civilization, get bigger ― Bandai Namco Games announced more details on its upcoming Godzilla PlayStation 3 game on Thursday, unveiling Destoroyah, Super Mechagodzilla, and Burning Godzilla. img IMG go6.jpg IMG go1.jpg IMG go7.jpg IMG go2.jpg IMG go8.jpg IMG go3.jpg IMG go9.jpg IMG go4.jpg IMG go10.jpg IMG go5.jpg IMG go11.jpg IMG go12.jpg IMG go13.jpg The new monsters join...
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Takara Tomy Kit Lets Youngsters Learn to Create Manga in Just 14 Days

Learn to draw manga with the help of the pros. ― Children grow up with various mediums of storytelling surrounding their lives. As these stories become a part of their upbringing, some aspire to become storytellers themselves. For some, this dream takes the form of storytelling through manga. Now, thanks to a new toy from the creative minds at Takara Tomy, kids can learn valuable lessons on what its ...
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Ryō Ishiyama's Mitsukubi Condor Manga to End Saturday

Weekly Shonen Jump series began in July ― This year's 49th issue of Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Saturday that Ryō Ishiyama's Mitsukubi Condor manga will end in the magazine's same issue. The magazine will also announce that the series' first, second and third volumes will ship in December, January and February, respectively. Ishiyama began the manga in July. The story follows a ...
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The X Button - Ring of Terror

This week, we have tales of chaos and heroes and imports! Plus marauding bikers, mysterious gibberish, and a whole bunch of scary stories just in time for Halloween! ― This year's Halloween contest brought in a bunch of great entries. No one wrote about my scariest game-related experience, the sixth-stage boss in Super C, so I had a hard time picking a winner. After much deliberation and some confer...
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Trinity Seven ‒ Episode 4

"While the series does still retain its points of interest, its continuing troubles with maintaining a smooth flow are deeply concerning."
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Bayonetta 2

Not much here is completely new, but the first game was essentially the pinnacle of the genre so who could complain about ten more hours of new looks, new locations, and new armaments? ― More happens in the beginning of Bayonetta 2 than in most other game's whole run. It's almost a cliche, people have been saying that since the first one came around, but there's no more succinct way to put it when th...
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Yona of the Dawn ‒ Episode 4

"Yona of the Dawn is becoming what shoujo fantasy fans suspected it would be from the start: a really fascinating story with characters who grow with each episode."
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Junichi Suwabe, Mitsuki Saiga, Kazutomi Yamamoto Join Yuri Kuma Arashi Anime's Cast

Anime from Penguindrum's Kunihiko Ikuhara set to premiere in January ― Three more cast members of the Yuri Kuma Arashi's anime have been announced on Tuesday. Kazutomi Yamamoto as Life Beauty (green) Mitsuki Saiga as Life Cool (blue) Junichi Suwabe as Life Sexy (red) Life Beauty's quote reads, "Love Moment! We are currently looking at Yuri as a threat. *Sparkle*," Life Cool's reads, "You have obvious...
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Precure Voice Actress Eri Sendai Announces Marriage

Voice of Milky Rose, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX's Rei, Future Diary's Tsubaki makes announcement day before her birthday ― Voice actress Eri Sendai announced during her own radio program "Eri Sendai's Natural Pancake" on Wednesday that she has gotten married. The announcement was made the day before her birthday. Sendai has voiced such characters as Kurumi Mimino/Milky Rose in Yes! Precure 5 Gogo!, Rei Saotome (Bl...

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Anime's 1st Visual Unveiled

Adaptation of Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's comedy manga is scheduled to premiere next year ― This year's 49th issue of Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine is revealing the first anime visual for the recently-announced anime adaptation of Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's comedy manga Shokugeki no Sōma (Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma) on Monday. The magazine also announces that Shokugeki no Sōma will have a s...
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The Last -Naruto the Movie- Audience to Get Book With New Manga

Creator Masashi Kishimoto pens manga for Official Character Data Book spinoff ― This year's 49th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Saturday that those who see The Last -Naruto the Movie- in theaters will receive a bonus Official Movie Book Naruto Hiden Retsu no Sho. The book is a spinoff of the Naruto: The Official Character Data Book series. The limited-edition officia...

The Last -Naruto the Movie- Casts Jun Fukuyama as New Character

Voice actor to play Toneri Ōtsutsuki, a man with Ōtsutsuki lineage ― This year's 49th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Saturday that Jun Fukuyama is joining the cast of The Last -Naruto the Movie-. Fukuyama will play Toneri Ōtsutsuki, a mysterious man with Ōtsutsuki lineage. The magazine teases that he has a major link to the movie's plot, which has the moon moving per...

Naruto Manga Finale Is 2 Chapters Long, Including a Full-Color Chapter

Shonen Jump to run 44 pages on November 10 ― This year's 49th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Saturday that the "astonishing" finale of Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto manga will be two chapters long in the following issue on November 10. In addition, the second chapter will be in full color. In all, the 50th issue will publish 44 pages. The magazine announced earlier this...

3rd Kuroko's Basketball Season's January Premiere, New Cast Unveiled

Wataru Hatano, Toshiki Masuda, Takahiro Fujiwara to play Rakuzan's Uncrowned Kings ― This year's 49th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Saturday that the third Kuroko's Basketball television anime season will premiere in January 2015 on the MBS, Tokyo MX TV, and BS11 channels. The third season begins with episode "51st Quarter." The magazine also presents a key visual t...
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Power Rangers Super Megaforce 3DS Game's Launch Trailer Posted

Game lets players transform into any of the franchise's Red Rangers ― Bandai Namco Games is streaming the launch trailer for its Power Rangers Super Megaforce Nintendo 3DS game. The game shipped in North America on Tuesday. The side-scrolling action game follows the series' Rangers as they fight an alien invasion sent to take over Earth. The Ranger's supernatural guardian Gosei, gives the group speci...

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Wakana Aoi Joins Assassination Classroom Live-Action Film as Original Character

GJ Club actress plays childhood friend of Nagisa Shiota ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga announced on Tuesday that Wakana Aoi (Aoi Hono, GJ Club, Kamen Rider Kuuga) will join the cast as the original character Ayaka Saitō. Ayaka is the childhood friend of Nagisa Shiota, and attends Kunugigaoka Junior High School as a student of...
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Wasabi Toothpaste Seems Like A Bad Idea

While the American toothpaste industry doesn't have the most sterling of flavor records (Crest currently has a lineup of questionable toothpastes in various dessert-y combinations), Japanese retailer Village Vanguard is aiming to give adventurous teethbrushers an early morning jolt with wasabi toothpaste. Supposedly, not only does it feel like wasabi, but it tastes like it, too, which makes it the...
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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Nominated for APSA's Best Animated Film

Princess Kaguya is the only Japanese film nominated ― Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced the nominees for the eighth Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) on Tuesday. Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film. It is competing against China's Frog Kingdom (Quingwa Wangguo), Australia and Germany's Maya the Bee, and South Korea's O...
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Japan's 'Pepsi Pink Cola' Tastes Like Strawberry Milk

Japan gets all the interesting snack flavors. Nestlé's KitKat chocolates are well known for their Japan-only flavors like grilled potato, cherry blossom, fruit parfait, and more. Soda conglomerate Pepsi also releases unique flavors in Japan on occasion. The company introduced a green-colored "Pepsi Ice Cucumber" drink in 2007 and yogurt-flavored "Pepsi White" in 2012. This year it's all about "Pep...
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Danganronpa Stage Play's Rehearsal Video Streamed

Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web began streaming a rehearsal video for theater production company Cornflakes' Danganronpa The Stage ~Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei~ (Danganronpa The Stage: The Academy of Hope and the High School Student of Despair) stage play on Tuesday. The play opens on Wednesday and will run until November 3 at the main hall of the Nippon Seinenkan in Tokyo. The cast include...

Shueisha Confirms Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma TV Anime for 2015

Cooking comedy manga by Yūto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki launched in Shonen Jump in 2012 ― The cover of this year's November issue of Shueisha's Comics News magazine has confirmed that Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's comedy manga Shokugeki no Sōma (Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma) will get a television anime adaptation in 2015. Saeki and Tsukuda launched the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Nove...
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Hideaki Anno Voices His Concerns About the Anime Industry

This year's Tokyo International Film Festival has already brought an assortment of sound bites, from John Lasseter's praise for Miyazaki, to Takeshi Kitano's issues with the Japanese film industry. Director Hideaki Anno had some words about the state of the Japanese entertainment industry as well, at an event honoring his work. Said Anno, "the Japanese animation industry has hit a dead end—it...
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Girls Beat!! Idol Group Put on Hold After Warrant is Issued For Member's Yakuza Husband

Former Morning Musume member Ai Kago's newest idol group Girls Beat!! has hit a snag ― Former Morning Musume member Ai Kago's newest idol group Girls Beat!! has hit a snag. Kago, Ryona Himeno, and Kita Remi's idol activities are on hold after the Tokyo Metropolitan Police issued a warrant for Kago's husband. The warrant alleges Kago's husband is a criminal loanshark and lent 2.5 million yen (about US...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 26-November 1

Cardcaptor Sakura the Movie, Otorimonogatari: Nadeko Medusa, Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Sherlock Hound anime; Barakamon manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Cardcaptor Sakura: The MovieBlu-rayPlease Discotek/Eastern Star US$29.95 October 28 A Certain Magical Index Season 2 Part 1 Blu-ray/DVDCite Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 October 28 Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray Seas...
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Daily Cosplay - Thor's Loki

Character: Loki (multiple versions) Title: Thor, The Avengers, Agent of Asgard Cosplayer: FahrLightLoki Photographer: Will Neal This week, we're featuring cosplayer FahrLightLoki. We asked Fahr: "What inspired you to first start cosplaying as Loki?" "It was his character, his whole personality. AND his look, it was something I saw in my own face that I could maybe pull off." "You've had some wonde...
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Go Nagai's New Manga Series is Devilman Saga

New series is one of six planned in Big Comic magazine ― The official website for Shogakukan's Big Comic, Big Comic Original, and Big Comic Superior magazines announced that manga creator Go Nagai (Mazinger Z, Getter Robo, Cutey Honey) will launch the Devilman Saga manga in Big Comic's first 2015 issue on December 25. Nagai ended his Devilman G manga with Rui Takatō and the last compiled volume shipp...

The Last -Naruto the Movie- to Get Novelization

Novel to ship two days after premiere of the movie ― Jump j Books began listing a novelization of The Last -Naruto the Movie- on Tuesday. The novel, written by Maruo Kyōzuka, is slated to ship on December 8, two days after the release of the movie. Jump j Books describes the story: The moon has begun moving closer to the Earth! As it is, the the moon will crumble and meteorites will rain down on the ...
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Kazuki Katou Slated to Appear in Titanic Musical

Cast also includes other Prince of Tennis veterans, Miyu Irino ― Kazuki Katou (Keigo Atobe in the live-action Prince of Tennis musicals, Kamen Rider Kabuto, Kikyo in Katekyo Hitman Reborn!) is slated to appear in the Japanese production of the Titanic musical. Composed by Maury Yeston and written by Peter Stone, Titanic originally opened on Broadway in 1997. It tells the stories of several different ...
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Yakuza 0's 15-Minute Story Trailer Streamed

Prequel to the Yakuza series will ship on March 12 in Japan ― The official website for Ryu ga Gotoku 0: Chikai no Basho (Yakuza 0: Place of Oath) began streaming a long story trailer for the game on Monday. The trailer takes a closer look into Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima's past during 1980s Japan. Yakuza 0 is a prequel to other games in the Yakuza series, and follows Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima as ...

Funimation Licenses Wanna Be the Strongest in the World Wrestling Anime

Slated for 2015 home video release with English dub ― North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it has acquired the rights for the anime Wanna be the Strongest in the World (Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!). The company plans to release the series on Blu-ray and DVD in 2015 with an English dub. Funimation will begin streaming all 12 episodes with English su...
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Rage of Bahamut Genesis ‒ Episode 4

"There's already some serious momentum here, far more than any of the other fantasy-adventure shows this season."
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Magical Girl Apocalypse GN 1

If you have the stomach for a lot of splatter and gross fanservice (or grossness and fanservice), Magical Girl Apocalypse's first volume is worth checking out. It revels in its horror. ― What if magical girls started the zombie apocalypse? That's probably not a question you've ever asked yourself, but it appears to have crossed the mind of Kentaro Sato, because essentially that's what Magical Girl Ap...
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Pile of Shame - SOS! Tokyo Metro Explorers: The Next

A forgotten Bandai Visual USA release featuring cel shaded kids exploring Tokyo's underground. ― SOS! Tokyo Metro Explorers: The Next Anime fans who were around back in 2007 might remember a company briefly appearing on the scene known as Bandai Visual USA. If they do remember, it's usually not a fond memory: BVUSA was the first attempt by a major Japanese anime producer to insert themselves into th...
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Dragon Quest Metal Slime Edition PS4 Announced With Parody Video

Shoko Nakagawa, Hikaru Midorikawa, Hiroshi Kamiya, more announced as voice cast for February game ― Sony announced the upcoming release of the Dragon Quest Metal Slime Edition PlayStation 4 with a parody video on Tuesday. Text: To celebrate the release of the newest Dragon Quest Text: The release of a Dragon Quest Metal Slime Edition PlayStation 4 has been green-lit! Text: We took a look at the place...

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Sōma TV Anime Briefly Listed by Bookstore

Cooking comedy manga by Yūto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki launched in Shonen Jump in 2012 ― The main Gofuku branch of the Yajimaya bookstore chain briefly reported on Twitter on Tuesday that a television anime adaptation of Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's comedy manga Shokugeki no Sōma (Food Wars: Shokugeki no Sōma) has been green-lit for next year. The post has since been removed. Saeki and Tsukuda launched t...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, October 20-26

Crows Explode sells 11,361 + 4,345, followed by Ace of Diamond, The irregular at magic high school, Hanamonogatari, SAO II ― The standard edition for the live-action film Crows Explode landed at #2 on the overall DVD chart with 11,361 copies, while the premium edition was #20 with 4,345 copies. The standard edition for the second live-action film based on the Ushijima the Loan Shark manga debuted at ...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, October 20-26

Hanamonogatari sells 29,421, followed by SAO II, The Idolm@ster, Is the order a rabbit?, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure The Idolm@ster M@sters of Idol World!! 2014 "Perfect Box!" debuted at #4 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart by selling 13,122 copies. The standard edition of the live-action film Crows Explode landed at #15 with 3,367 copies, while the premium edition was #20 with 2,742 copies. Granrodeo...
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Saikano's Shin Takahashi to Launch Hatsukoi Honya Manga

Series about a boy who regularly visits a bookstore to begin in December ― The December issue of Hakusensha's Melody magazine announced on Tuesday that manga creator Shin Takahashi (Saikano) will launch a new series in the February issue on December 28. The series, titled Hatsukoi Honya. (First Love Bookshop.), is set several years after Takahashi's previous Ano Shōtengai no, Honya no, Chiisana Oku-s...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, October 13-19

Haikyu!! sells 8,352, followed by Free! ES, Silver Spoon, Yowapeda, Blue Spring Ride ― The special edition for the live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Silver Spoon manga debuted at #8 on the overall DVD chart by selling 2,826 copies. The regular edition was #26 with 1,096 copies. Pacific Rim sold 1,821 more copies for a new total of 19,049. In its sixth week, dropped from #17 to #18. The live-action...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, October 13-19

Free! ES sells 10,767, followed by Haikyu!!, Psycho-Pass box, Sailor Moon Crystal, The Idolm@ster Movie ― The special edition for the live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Silver Spoon manga debuted at #10 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart by selling 3,037 copies. The ninth volume of the Kamen Rider Gaim series landed at #20 with 1,085 copies. The Sailor Zombie Blu-ray Box with members of AKB48 was #3...

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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Grosses US$143,432 After Its 2nd Weekend

Film played in 20 N. American theaters after 3-theater opening weekend ― Box Office Mojo is estimating that Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya earned a second weekend gross of US$65,052 in North America, bringing an overall total of US$143,432. The film expanded into 20 theaters after opening at the IFC Center in New York City, ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, and TIF...

Sega to Release Valkyria Chronicles Tactical RPG on PC

Original PS3 game that inspired TV anime shipped in 2008 ― Sega announced on Monday that it is releasing its Valkyria Chronicles PlayStation 3 tactical role-playing game on the PC. Sega did not provide any more details about the release date or price. The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) board had rated Valkyria Chronicles at PEGI16 for personal computers on October 16. Sega released the original...
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Live-Action Nobunaga Concerto's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Series adapting Ayumi Hashii's historical manga premiered on October 13 ― Fuji TV began streaming an English-subtitled preview for the live-action Nobunaga Concerto series on Monday. The video features the drama's main theme song, "Ashioto ~Be Strong" (Sound of Footsteps ~Be Strong) by Mr.Children. The trailer includes the same content as the previous video streamed last month. Shun Oguri (Lupin III,...
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Latest Trailer for Fan-Made Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope Live-Action Web Series Looks Pretty Good

The folks at Robot Underdog uploaded a new trailer for their fan-made, non-profit, live-action Dragon Ball Z web series pilot, and it looks pretty neat. The project, Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope, aims to adapt "The History of Trunks." Here are the first two trailers and the behind-the-scenes videos they cut, including one for the Indiegogo campaign they ran earlier in the year: Be sure to check th...
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Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road ‒ Episode 4

"Rather than acting as a sleepy lull between races, this in-between episode resolved old tensions while kindling new ones."
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, October 13-19

Nobunaga Concerto, Kyō wa Kaisha Yasumimasu. dramas air ― The Himitsu no Akko-chan anime film aired on NTV on Friday, October 17 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 9.3% rating. The live-action drama adaptation of Nobunaga Concerto aired on Fuji TV on Monday, October 13 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 15.8% rating. The live-action drama of Kyō wa Kaisha Yasumimasu. aired on NTV on Wednesday, October 15 10:00 p.m. an...
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OK Go Heads to Japan for Their Latest Music Video

Rock band OK Go has made plenty of memorable music videos in the past, including their viral dance routine for "A Million Ways" and their famous treadmill routine for "Here It Goes Again". They've done it again, this time heading to Chiba Prefecture to enlist the help of hundreds of umbrella-toting dancers. The video also features the bandmembers riding Honda UNI-CUBs, a "personal mobility device"...
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Gurren Lagann Stage Play Gets Sequel Next September

1st stage play ran this month, covered only part of the story ― The "Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann -Engeki-hen-" stage play announced in its official program that a new play telling the rest of the anime's story will begin next September. The play also ended with a recording of Nia announcing the new sequel. [The plot description below contains spoilers for the anime and stage play. Highlight text to re...
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When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace ‒ Episode 4

"It remains high quality entertainment, and its cast becomes more likable with each passing episode."
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Hello Kitty Drops the Beats with Headphone Collaboration

Move over, Dre. Hello Kitty is in the house now, rocking two types of Beats headphones for her 40th birthday. The special edition headphones will be available in the Solo² Blue model ($249.95) and Urbeats ($149.95), the latter of which will come in a cute collector's pouch. Those eager to see the new headphones in person can check them out at LA's Hello Kitty Con, taking place at the Geffen Contem...

Hi-Fi Cluster Joins Viz's Shonen Jump as Weekly Series

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma also joins lineup ― Viz Media added Ippei Goto's science-fiction crime manga series Hi-Fi Cluster to the line-up of its Weekly Shonen Jump online magazine in this week's issue. The series first debuted in the English Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in September as part of Viz's "Jump Start" initiative. Viz ran the first three chapters of the series and several others, and the...
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Tales of Zestiria PS3 Game Gets Manga Adaptation in Early 2015

Manga artist Shiramine to draw series ― The December issue of Monthly Comic Zero Sum magazine announced on Tuesday that manga artist Shiramine will pen a Tales of Zestiria manga adaptation for the magazine starting in early 2015. The PlayStation 3 game will ship on January 22 in Japan. Namco Bandai Studio's Daigo Okumura designed the character Alisha, while Kousuke Fujishima designed Sorey. Mutsumi ...
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Plan Way, Way Ahead with Sailor Moon Valentine's Day Chocolates

It feels too early to be writing about Christmas, and downright blasphemous to be writing about Valentine's Day. Nevertheless, Sailor Moon Valentine's Day chocolates have been announced, and despite their early arrival, they might be worth pre-ordering, because they look delightful. Part of the ARTism CHOCO series, this "~Story of Moonlight~" chocolate set features vibrant (and of course, edible) ...
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Fujiko F. Fujio Characters' Wii U, 3DS Game 2nd Promo Features Mini-Games, Special Figure

Game featuring over 60 Fujiko F. Fujio characters ships November 20 ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming the second promotional video for the Fujiko F Fujio Characters Daishūgō! SF Dotabata Party!! (Fujiko F Fujio Characters Big Gathering! Slightly Strange Slapstick Party!!) Nintendo 3DS and Wii U game on Monday. The video previews playable characters and mini-games within the game. The game will be ...
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Madoka Magica Kyubey Meat Bun Is Terrifying

Lawson is selling meat buns modeled after Madoka Magica's Kyubey, and they are a sight to behold. Filled with mapo tofu, these Chinese-style steamed buns have vacant red eyes and an innocent-yet-completely-sinister smile, ready to eat your soul. The buns will be on sale starting November 4. Each one will be selling for 165 yen (about US$1.53) after tax. Source: Hachima Kikou via Narinari
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Mushishi: The Next Chapter ‒ Episode 12

"This is not the kind of episode that would, say, draw someone into the show if it was the first one they ever saw."
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Final Fantasy Explorers Starting Area, Crystal Drive Trailers Streamed

Special attack system previewed in new video ― Square Enix began streaming two new trailers for the upcoming Final Fantasy Explorers game for Nintendo 3DS on Monday. The "foundation" trailer shows the basic mechanics of the game and the starting town of Libertus, where players can obtain quests, buy items and more. Players can also gather material for other items within the game's world. The second t...
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Lord Marksman and Vanadis ‒ Episode 4

"The combination of complex feudal fantasy warfare with some truly ludicrous boob physics and fanservice setups continues to make Lord Marksman and Vanadis a bizarre experience."
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Akame ga KILL! ‒ Episode 17

Akame ga Kill turns in an eventful episode that heralds what might come next.
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The Seven Deadly Sins Anime Casts Yurie Kobori, Tomoyuki Shimura

Megumi Han, Cho, Atsushi Ono, Nobuyuki Hiyama play Weird Fangs ― This year's 48th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is announcing more cast members for the television anime of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) manga on Wednesday. Yurie Kobori will play Cenette, and Tomoyuki Shimura will play Cenette's father Dana-sensei. In addition, Megumi Han will play Friesia, Cho...
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Wolf Girl & Black Prince ‒ Episode 4

"Triumphs over similar series in that it doesn't portray the girl as a victim of a dominating force, or present the false narrative that a good woman can turn a jerk into a nice guy."
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Pokémon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire Promo Reveals Mega Diancie

GameStop will offer Diancie for Pokémon X/Y on October 27 ― The Pokémon Company International began streaming a Pokémon game trailer introducing Diancie and Mega Diancie on Monday. Players will be able to obtain Diancie in Pokémon X or Pokémon Y at GameStop on October 27. They can then transfer Diancie to the upcoming Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire games to Mega evolve. The new titles...
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Gugure! Kokkuri-san ‒ Episode 4

"Even when at its weakest, it provides plenty of laughs, and it particularly shines in the second segment."
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Live-Action Patlabor Feature Film's Footage Unveiled

The Next Generation -Patlabor- feature to open during Golden Week in 2015 ― Special footage from Mamoru Oshii's live-action feature-length The Next Generation -Patlabor- film was presented at the Tokyo International Film Festival this past weekend. The story involves Section 2 Division 2 tracking down and fighting a terrorist who takes 10 million citizens in Tokyo hostage. The footage features a pitc...
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Yoru no Yatterman's Story, January TV Premiere Revealed

Tatsunoko animates 12-episode series following Doronbo trio ― More information about the Yoru no Yatterman (Yatterman of the Night) project was unveiled on Monday. The project will be a television anime series that will premiere in January on Tokyo MX TV and other channels. Tatsunoko is producing the anime in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Time Bokan franchise. The series will have 12 30-...
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Kujakuoh ~Sengoku Tensei~ Manga Promoted With Anime Video

Tatsuhisa Suzuki stars as exorcist sent to Sengoku era in Makoto Ogino's latest series ― Publisher Leed unveiled an anime video online and in bookstores to promote Monday's release of Makoto Ogino's second Kujakuoh ~Sengoku Tensei~ manga volume. Tatsuhisa Suzuki plays the title character, Picciolina plays Asura, Seiko Yoshida plays Nobunaga, Keiji Fujiwara plays Hideyoshi, and Masakazu Nishida plays ...

Ghibli to Give 'On Your Mark' Disc to Miyazaki BD/DVD Box Buyers

Anime short pulled from July release after musician Aska's drug arrest ― Studio Ghibli announced on Monday that it will distribute a bonus disc with the anime short "On Your Mark" for free, to buyers of the Miyazaki Hayao Kantoku Sakuhin-shū (The Collected Works of Director Hayao Miyazaki) Blu-ray Disc and DVD boxes. Walt Disney Studios Japan had planned to include "On Your Mark," the music video of ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, October 6-12

L DK sells 3,243 + 1,338, followed by THE IDOLM@STER Movie, Mekakucity Actors, Tamako Love Story, Saiyuki musical ― The deluxe edition for the live-action film of the L DK manga debuted at #9 on the overall DVD chart with 3,243 copies. The regular edition was #24 with 1,338 copies. Pacific Rim sold 1,683 more copies in its sixth week, and it ranked #17. The Saiyuki Kagekiden -God Child- stage musical...
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You Higuri to Begin New Gakuen Heaven Boys-Love Manga

Manga to launch in Magazine BExBOY in November ― You Higuri wrote on her blog on October 14 that she will pen a manga adaption of SPRAY's Gakuen Heaven 2 ~Double Scramble!~ game in the December issue of of Libre Publishing's Magazine BExBOY magazine. The December issue will hit store shelves on November 7. The magazine announced in its November issue earlier this month that Higuri would create the m...

Seraph of the End Anime Casts Miyu Irino, Kensho Ono, Yūichi Nakamura

Attack on Titan staffers make anime of dark fantasy manga with vampires ― The official website and Twitter account for the television anime of the Seraph of the End (Owari no Seraph) manga opened — in Japanese and English — on Monday with a new key visual, the three main cast members. Miyu Irino, Kensho Ono, and Yūichi Nakamura will play Yūichirō Hyakuya, Mikaela Hyakuya, and Guren (Glen) Ichinose, r...
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