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Shelf Life - True Luv

A look at this week's new releases and a new contributor to Shelf Life joins the team. Plus, alien invasions and other uninvited guests!
- Engaged to the Unidentified
- Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
― Jump to this week's reviews: Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Complete Series BD and Engaged to the Unidentified Complete Series BD. On Shelves This Week A-Channel Complete Collection BD Sentai ...
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Onimonogatari Sub.Blu-Ray 4

Shinobu Time brings Monogatari’s focus to Araragi, Mayoi, and Shinobu in a story marked by ominous beginnings and tragic endings. ― Monogatari isn't just one stable show, with a central narrative and single genre you can use to describe it. It is many shows at once, meaning any given “Monogatari fan” can absolutely love one arc and have no interest in the next. One arc will be a slow-burning exorcism...
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The Mike Toole Show - What's Up, Tiger Mask?

Mike gets piledrived AND powerbombed on the mat by an enormous load of wrestling anime. ― Last May, I hopped a bus to New York City, on a mission to explore more Japanese pop culture. I'd previously made similar trips to take in the likes of Tokyo Godfathers and Steamboy and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, so you'd think that this was some sort of anime thing. A brisk few hours later, I was in Manha...
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Citrus GN 1

Seven Seas' latest yuri title might be one of those rare manga that's better the second time you read it. ― Seven Seas continues to be the leading purveyor of yuri manga in English with this latest offering. Where their previous releases by Milk Morinaga or currently out of print titles (such as The Last Uniform) were all more sweet than sexy, Citrus treads some different ground. The story follows Yu...
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The List - Long Lost Anime Twins

Were these anime characters separated at birth? Not quite. ― Were these anime characters separated at birth? Not quite. We're used to seeing certain style characteristics to easily signify which character is the tsundere, the quiet bookworm, the gung-ho fighter, or the sneaky villain. With the huge number of anime, light novels, and manga produced each year, there are bound to be some design overlap...
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A Certain Magical Index II BD+DVD

Although this is the end of A Certain Magical Index II, it does not feel particularly conclusive. Granted, this could be because so many more novels exist after this point, but it does take away from the experience of watching it. ― There has been a trend recently of anime being self-aware. While generally not fully metafictional, the wink and nudge to the audience can waver between being clever and ...
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Answerman - I've Got A Blank Space Baby

Justin just HAS to address Princess Kaguya's Oscar chances. Plus, the weirdness of Japanese names, the lack of Vancouver anime dubs, and what happens to recalled discs. ― Oscar nominations were announced last week, and so I got the usual questions this week about The Tale of Princess Kaguya's chances at taking home Oscar gold. I get these questions every year, so I'm not going to do the whole song a...
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Tuesday, January 27

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Square Enix School of Ragnarok Arcade Game

Mistwalker's Fujisaka designs characters, Monaca's Okabe composes music for 2015 ' tactical 5D action' game ― The February 12 issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is announcing on Thursday that Square Enix will release a completely new arcade game titled School Ragnarok. Square Enix is aiming to release the "next dimension online 1 vs 1 tactical 5D action" arcade game sometime in 2015. Mistwal...
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Capcom Announces Dragon's Dogma Online Game

Online version of 2012 Dragon's Dogma action RPG has new features, including ones from Dark Arisen ― The February 12 issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is announcing on Thursday that Capcom will release Dragon's Dogma Online, an online version of 2012's Dragon's Dogma game. The game will feature with new contents, including the new contents added in 2013's Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen expansi...
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Sailor Moon Fan Draws Cute Yuri Kuma Arashi Crossover Art

Pixiv user じじ山 recently reimagined Sailor Moon characters as characters from Kunihiko Ikuhara 's Yuri Kuma Arashi, and we thought it was too cute not to share. Here are Blue Saphir and Prince Demand drawn as bears, in both their human and bear forms: ユリクマごっこ by じじ山 on pixiv Here are Sailor Saturn and Chibiusa: ユリクマごっこ2 by じじ山 on pixiv じじ山 draws a lot of Sailor Moon fanart, so check out her Pixiv p...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, January 19-25

Live-action Kenshin sold 27,850 + 12,378 + 3,536 + 854 + 731, followed by Eight Ranger 2, Yowapeda play, Haikyu!!, Yowapeda Grande Road ― The limited complete pressing of Kanjani Eight's Eight Ranger 2 sold 39,416 copies to debut at #1 on the overall DVD chart. The regular edition debuted at #11 with 2,814 copies. The regular edition of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends landed at #2 with 27,850 copies...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, January 19-25

Live-action Kenshin sold 19,810 + 14,070 + 12,498 + 1,661, followed by Eight Ranger 2, Free! ES, Haikyu!!, Urusei Yatsura ― The limited complete pressing of Kanjani Eight's Eight Ranger 2 sold 30,916 copies to debut at #1 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The deluxe edition of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends landed at #3 with 19,810 copies, while the regular edition was right below #4 with 14,070 c...
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New Volume of Kodoku no Gourmet Manga Planned After 18-Year Hiatus

Masayuki Kusumi, Jiro Taniguchi's manga about traveling salesman eating local cuisine ― Manga creator Masayuku Kusumi reported in an interview published on Monday that he will publish the second collected volume of his Kodoku no Gourmet (The Solitary Gourmet) manga this year, 18 years after he published the first volume in 1997. The second volume will collect the chapters of the manga that were publi...
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Kodansha Was Japan's Top Publisher in 2014 for 2nd Consecutive Year

Kadokawa jumps to #2 with 109.7% increase in sales after consolidation ― Oricon revealed as a part of its "Annual Market Report" for book sales on January 22 that Kodansha was again Japan's top publisher in 2014, keeping the top spot from 2013. The company's sales increased 1.9% from 2013, with total sales of 101.83 billion yen (about US$859 million). Oricon reported that Kodansha has a 9.9% share of...
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Fushigi Yugi Gets New Manga About Priestess of Byakko

Yuu Watase launches Fushigi Yugi: Byakko Ibun in same universe ― The March issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Yuu Watase, manga creator of Fushigi Yugi and Arata: The Legend, will launch the new Fushigi Yugi: Byakko Ibun (Fushigi Yugi: Curious Tales of the Byakko) manga. The manga will start in the magazine's next issue, which will ship in Japan on February...

Monday, January 26

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Singer AKINO with bless4 Releases 1st Album in 8 Years

Aquarion Evol, Amagi Brilliant Park opening themes included in 10th annivesary album ― The official website for singer AKINO announced on Monday that she will release her second album, titled Dicennia, on March 25. It is her first album in eight years since Lost in Time. The title Dicennia — literally "decades" in Latin — symbolizes the 10th anniversary of her solo debut in 2005, and her aspirations ...
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Naruto Shippuden Fan Video Teases Incredible Fight Between Tenten and Neji

Epic Rival, the company behind the popular "Naruto Shippuden: Dreamers Fight" fan film, released the opening sequence for their latest project, "Naruto Shippuden: Dance of War." From the description: "The 4th Great Ninja War is near. Two Hidden Leaf ninja say goodbye to where they grew into ninja, by holding a ceremony to test their own resolve." The full video, which is expected to be between 7-8...
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Ichirō Takahashi Launches Kuroko's Basketball Replace PLUS Manga

Shueisha's free online manga magazine Shonen Jump+ launched the manga adaptation of Sawako Hirabayashi's Kuroko no Basuke -Replace- novel series on Tuesday. Ichirō Takahashi (Volleyball Tsukai Gōda Gō) is drawing the manga, which is titled Kuroko no Basuke Replace PLUS. The first chapter is now available to read. Shueisha will publish the second chapter on February 24. The novels tell the story of...
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Protect Your Cards with Hatsune Miku Trading Card and Tabletop Game Accessories

Ultra PRO has released images for its upcoming line of Vocaloid trading card and tabletop game accessories, which includes standard-size deck protector sleeves, deck boxes, and play mats featuring Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka, and Kagamine Rin and Len. The products will be available in April. [Via ICv2]
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Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road ‒ Episode 15

"We had to wait an extra week for this episode, but it was worth it."
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Anime Japan 2015 to Feature Charity Auction for "Chance to Go 2-D" As Gundam Pilot

Anime studios will include winners in anime illustrations ― This year's Anime Japan, like last year's, will feature a charity auction. The 2014 auction featured autographed posters, scripts and illustrations from anime like Yowamushi Pedal, Gatchaman Crowds and the Puella Magi Madoka Magica film series. This year's auction will include these things, along with the "right to go to the second dimension...
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Saekano -blessing flowers- for PS Vita Slated for April 30

The official website for the PlayStation Vita adventure game based on the Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata) anime announced on Monday that the game is slated for April 30. A limited edition with an original soundtrack CD and a B2-size cloth poster will retail for 8,800 yen (about US$74), a regular edition for 6,800 yen (US$57), and a download edition for 6,0...
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Big Hero 6 Tops Yo-kai Watch for 4th Straight Weekend

Disney's Big Hero 6 topped the Japanese box office for the fourth weekend in a row this past weekend, selling 260,000 tickets for 349.4 million yen (about US$2.950 million). It has now sold a grand total of 5.5 million tickets for a new total of more than 7 billion yen (US$60 millon). Meanwhile, Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan! (Yo-kai Watch the Movie: It's the Secret of Birth, Meow!), whic...
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Band FLOW to Perform at New Jersey's AnimeNEXT Convention

Band recently performed ending theme for Seven Deadly Sins ― AnimeNEXT announced on Monday that the Japanese rock band FLOW will perform at the June 12-14 event in Somerset, New Jersey as a musical guest. The band previously performed at AnimeFest in Texas last year. FLOW has performed themes for Naruto, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Eureka Seven, Eureka Seven AO, and Samurai Flamenco. The gr...
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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Love Live Get Official Credit Cards

There's no reason anime fans should be putting their character goods purchases on a boring old credit card. Especially not if they can whip out a shiny piece of plastic with their favorite anime characters on it. Sumitomo Mitsui is launching an official Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Innocent VISA card, complete with a specially-tailored points program for fans interested in procuring some limited ed...
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Pilaf Gang Cast Records for Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F Film

Shigeru Chiba, Eiko Yamada, Tesshô Genda pose for picture during recording session ― Voice actors Shigeru Chiba and Eiko Yamada wrote on Twitter on Saturday that they recorded their roles of Pilaf and Mai for this year's Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F film. Yamada is pictured with Chiba and Tesshô Genda (voice of Shu) in her tweet. Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Dragon Ball Z: The F in Fukkatsu, or The ...

Two Cosplayers Fined for Fake Weapons Near Canada's G-Anime Convention

18-year-olds' fake weapons seized by police ― Two 18-year-old cosplayers in camouflage fatigues and carrying replica weapons on their way to the G-Anime convention in Gatineau, Quebec were fined CA$270 (about US$217) by police officers on Friday. They were arrested and their weapons confiscated, but were not charged for any criminal activity. The two men, one wearing a mask, parked their car near the...
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Final Fantasy XV Director Would Want a Simultaneous Worldwide Release

Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata said in an interview with Mexican game website LevelUp last Monday that he hopes to release the game simultaneously worldwide. He explained that he wants to give players around the world the same Final Fantasy XV experience. The official German PlayStation Blog listed Final Fantasy XV for 2015, but no release date has been formally announced in any region. [...
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I Am a Hero Manga Gets Osaka-Based Spinoff

Tokyo Yamimushi's Honda will draw side story manga this summer ― This year's fourth issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume announced on Tuesday that Kengo Hanazawa's psychological zombie thriller manga I Am a Hero will get a side story spinoff this summer. Yuuki Honda (Tokyo Yamimushi) will pen the spinoff, titled I am a Hero in Osaka. In the original manga, Hideo is an aspiring manga creator who once st...
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Fox's Animation Domination Spoofs Afro Samurai with Steve Urkel-san

Fox's Animation Domination High-Def had some fun with Family Matters in their latest video, spoofing Afro Samurai and sprinkling in a few nods to the series. Can you spot all the references? Help us start a tally in the forums!
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Designer Reimagines Pokemon as Corporate Logos

San Francisco design agency Pictogram has reimagined several Pokemon as corporate logos, joking that "since the Pokémon Corporate Personhood Act of 2015, as spearheaded by Professor OAK, Pokémon became free to start their own companies, mandating the design of Pokémon brand identities." Here are some of our favorites: Zubat: A mysterious company also under the Team Rocket Holdings umbrella, Zubat ...
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Time of Eve's Yasuhiro Yoshiura Pens Next Animator Expo Short

Power Plant No.33 Short will debut on Friday ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango announced a the 11th animated short, titled Power Plant No.33, on Monday. The full short will premiere on January 30. Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Time of Eve, Patema Inverted) is directing and writing the script, and Studio Rikka and Trigger are ...
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Shelf Life - True Luv

A look at this week's new releases and a new contributor to Shelf Life joins the team. Plus, alien invasions and other uninvited guests!
- Engaged to the Unidentified
- Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
― Jump to this week's reviews: Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Complete Series BD and Engaged to the Unidentified Complete Series BD. On Shelves This Week A-Channel Complete Collection BD Sentai ...

Viz Media Licenses Shotaro Ishinomori's Link to the Past Manga

The Legend of Zelda comic ran Nintendo Power in early 90's ― Viz Media announced on Monday that it has licensed the Shotaro Ishinomori's The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past manga under its Perfect Square imprint, and will release the one-volume graphic novel in May. Ishinomori (Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider) drew the series in Nintendo Power magazine, and it was later compiled and released in one volum...

Viz's Shonen Jump Adds My Hero Academia

Series will run simultaneously with Japanese release ― This week's issue of Viz Media's Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine announced on Monday that it will begin serializing Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia) manga beginning in next week's issue. The series will run simultaneously with Japan beginning with the February 9 issue. Horikoshi launched the series in Shueisha's Week...
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Onimonogatari Sub.Blu-Ray 4

Shinobu Time brings Monogatari’s focus to Araragi, Mayoi, and Shinobu in a story marked by ominous beginnings and tragic endings. ― Monogatari isn't just one stable show, with a central narrative and single genre you can use to describe it. It is many shows at once, meaning any given “Monogatari fan” can absolutely love one arc and have no interest in the next. One arc will be a slow-burning exorcism...
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Yatterman Night ‒ Episode 3

"Yatterman Night is excellent at tonal shifts, and episode 3 showcased that perfectly."
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Yowamushi Pedal 3DS Game's 3rd Promo Features Narration by Midōsuji

1st copies of January 29 game come with reversible poster, code to download voice actor commentary ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming the third promotional video for its Yowamushi Pedal: Asu e no Kōkaiten (Yowapeda: High Cadence) Nintendo 3DS game on Monday. In the video, Akira Midōsuji introduces the system of the game, all while making snarky comments. When he shows the various mini-games that le...

Is the order a rabbit? Anime Gets 2nd Season

1st season of adaptation of 4-panel manga premiered in Japan last April ― The cover of the March issue Gakken's Megami Magazine is announcing on Friday that a second season of the television anime adaptation of Koi's Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? (Is the order a rabbit?) manga has been green-lit. The magazine will feature interviews with the cast and staff of the anime. In the four-panel manga, the main...

Sailor Moon Crystal Unveils Black Moon's Cast, Designs

Mamoru Miyano, Tsubasa Yonaga, Hiroki Takahashi, Houko Kuwashima join cast ― The official website for the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon anime unveiled the cast and character designs for the Black Moon Clan on Monday. From left to right, Mamoru Miyano plays Prince Demande who seeks the Silver Crystal and Sailor Moon herself. Tsubasa Yonaga plays Saphir, the alchemist who harbors misgivings about his old...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, January 12-18

Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro airs; Danchi Tomoo makes top 10 ― Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro aired on NTV on Friday, January 16 at 9:00 pm and received a 14.5% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV January 18 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 16.5 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV January 18 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 11.1 Detective Conan NTV January 17 (Sat) 18:00 30 min....
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Fushigi Yugi Gets Stage Play Starring Golden Bomber's Kyan

Play to retell Yuu Watase's fantasy manga through Tamahome's eyes in March ― Golden Bomber band member Yutaka Kyan will act in his first starring role in the stage play adaptation of Yuu Watase's Fushigi Yugi manga. The play will run from March 19 to 29 at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Club eX venue. Kyan will play Tamahome, the young man who meets the manga's female lead Miaka after she is transported ...
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Gō Ikeyamada's 'So Cute It Hurts!!' Manga Enters Last Arc

Romance comedy manga licensed by Viz, sells 2.3 million copies ― The 10th volume of Gō Ikeyamada's cross-dressing romance comedy manga So Cute It Hurts!! revealed on Monday that the manga will begin its last arc in its 11th volume. It also notes that the manga series has sold over 2,300,000 copies. The manga's story revolves around twin brother and sister Mitsuru and Megumu Kobayashi who switch place...
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Artist Tsugano Ends Mangaya Manga

Gaki Tsugano ends manga about rival teen manga creators ― Gaku Tsugano ended the Mangaya manga series in the March issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine on Monday. Kadokawa will publish the second and final compiled book volume on March 26. Tsugano began the manga last June, and Kadokawa shipped the first book volume last November. The story begins when second-year high school studen...

Vampire Romantic Comedy Manga Jitsu wa Watashi wa Gets TV Anime

Eiji Masuda's story of boy who cannot keep a secret, but has a crush on vampire girl ― This year's ninth issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine is announcing on Thursday that a television anime adaptation of Eiji Masuda's Jitsu wa Watashi wa ([Actually,] I Am) manga has been green-lit for this year. The romantic comedy centers around Asahi Kuromine, who has a crush on a cute girl nam...

Sunday, January 25

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IA/VT -Colorful- Vocaloid Game Slated for Early Summer

The official website for Marvelous AQL's IA/VT -Colorful- (Ia Visual Tracks Colorful) PlayStation Vita rhythm game confirmed last week that the game will debut early this summer. The game had been first slated for release on July 7 last year, but was pushed back once until July 31, and again until fall 2014, and delayed again to 2015. The game centers around the virtual diva "Ia" and features more...
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Australia's Siren Visual Delays Memories, Nodame Cantabile After Sony Cyber Attack

Australian anime distributor Siren Visual announced on Sunday that it is delaying its release of Katsuhiro Otomo's Memories anthology film and the first Nodame Cantabile television anime series. Siren Visual was unable to correspond with Sony to get needed materials for both releases due to last year's hacking attack on Sony. A Blu-ray Disc release of Memories and a home video release of Nodame Ca...
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CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon ‒ Episode 16

"Cross Ange has mostly played serious throughout its run, but every once in a while it does stick in a comedy break; episode 16 is largely that."
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Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai Anime to Air in July

The official website of Mag Garden reported last week that the television anime series Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai will premiere in July. The anime adapts Hirotaka Akagi's school comedy light novel series of the same name. The orignal novel series' story is set 16 years after the "Law for Public Order and Morals in Healthy Child-Raising" banned coarse language in the ...
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Yuki Midorikawa Draws 1-Shot, Puts Natsume's on 1-Month Break

The March issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine revealed on Saturday that Yuki Midorikawa will publish a one-shot manga in the magazine's May issue, which will be released in Japan on March 26. This will be Midorikawa's first completely original one-shot manga in the ten years since she published "Hoshi mo Mienai" in Lala DX magazine in 2005. (She has published a one-shot manga of Hotarubi no Mori e...

AKB48 Spawns NGT48 Sister Idol Group in Niigata

Auditions begin in March for 5th group in Japan & 7th group worldwide ― The female idol group AKB48 will spawn NGT48, a new sister group based in Niigata Prefecture. A video at the evening session of the "AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 1035 2015" event made the annoucement at Tokyo Dome City Hall on Sunday. Auditions for the first generation of NGT48 members will begin in March. A new theater will ...
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Maria the Virgin Witch ‒ Episode 3

"One of the most intriguing and sophisticated shows this season."
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Mirei Kiritani Stars in Film of Shojo Manga Heroine Shikkaku

Momoko Kōda's romantic comedy about girl who believe she must marry her childhood friend ― A live-action film adaptation of Momoko Kōda's shōjo manga Heroine Shikkaku (No Longer the Heroine) has been green-lit. The romantic comedy center around Hatori Matsuzaki, a high school girl who firmly believes that she has to marry her childhood friend someday. The manga ran in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret mag...
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Descendants of Darkness to Launch 'Big Project' in 2015

The March 1 issue of Hakusensha's The Hana to Yume magazine announced on Saturday that a "big project" for Yoko Matsushita's supernatural horror manga Descendants of Darkness (Yami no Matsuei) will launch in 2015. Matsushita serialized the main Descendants of Darkness manga in Hana to Yume from 1994 to 2002. There was an eight-year gap between the 11th Descendants of Darkness book volume and the 1...
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Gourmet Girl Graffiti ‒ Episode 3

"The series continues to take a very sensuous approach to the act of eating, but it's less obnoxious in execution this week."
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Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger Cast Will Attend Lexington Convention

American Power Ranger cast, Ultraman cast will also attend Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger cast members Takumi Hashimoto, Reiko Chiba, and Yūta Mochizuki will attend the Lexington Comic & Toy Convention on March 13-15 at the Heritage Hall at the Lexington Convention Center in Kentucky. Hashimoto starred as Boi/Tiger Ranger, Chiba starred as Mei/Ptera Ranger, and Mochizuki starred as Geki/Tyranno Ranger. Sa...
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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 3

"Episode three complicates everything, and shows us that good and evil are never as simple as they seem."
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Japan Society in NY to Hold N. American Premiere of Tezuka's Completed Legend of the Forest Film

Completed animated film premiered at Hiroshima Film Festival last year ― The Japan Society in New York City will host the North American premiere of Osamu Tezuka's completed Legend of the Forest (MoriI no Densetsu) film on February 21. The world premiere of Osamu Tezuka's Legend of the Forest: Part 2 screened at the Hiroshima International Animation Film Festival last August. Tezuka's eldest son, Mak...

Inafune Updates on Mighty No. 9 Progress in New Year's Video

Team is currently working on porting, promoting video game ― Keiji Inafune announced in a new video that Comcept's Mighy No. 9 multi-platform video game is "pretty much" finished. The staff is now working on porting and promoting the game. Inafune (Megaman) and his company raised more than US$3.5 million in its crowdfunding campaign for the game in October 2013. The side-scrolling adventure will be r...
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Toukiden: Kiwami Game's 'Infinite Mission' Trailer Streamed

Game heads to PS4, PS Vita on March 31 ― KOEI Tecmo American began streaming its Toukiden: Kiwami game's "Infinite Mission" Trailer on Sunday. The new game mode will let players battle an infinite number of Oni. KOEI Tecmo America will release the game on March 31 for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. The hunting action game will be available in packaged and digital versions. The company notes that the game...
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Gundam the Origin Gets 4-Panel Comedy Manga Spinoff & 24th Volume

Hybrid Four-Panel's Kazuya Tani draws Char & Casval gag comedy ― The March issue of Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine is announcing on Monday that Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin manga is inspiring a four-panel comedy manga spinoff. Kazuya Tani is launching the "original slapstick gag" comedy Char to Casval (Char and Casval) in the next issue on February 26. Char Aznable was the main ...
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The Mike Toole Show - What's Up, Tiger Mask?

Mike gets piledrived AND powerbombed on the mat by an enormous load of wrestling anime. ― Last May, I hopped a bus to New York City, on a mission to explore more Japanese pop culture. I'd previously made similar trips to take in the likes of Tokyo Godfathers and Steamboy and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, so you'd think that this was some sort of anime thing. A brisk few hours later, I was in Manha...
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Citrus GN 1

Seven Seas' latest yuri title might be one of those rare manga that's better the second time you read it. ― Seven Seas continues to be the leading purveyor of yuri manga in English with this latest offering. Where their previous releases by Milk Morinaga or currently out of print titles (such as The Last Uniform) were all more sweet than sexy, Citrus treads some different ground. The story follows Yu...
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Free!'s Haruka Gets A Super Deformed Bathtime Figure

Free!'s Haruka loves being in the water, even if it's just a bathtub. It makes it extra appropriate that Groove Garage's latest entry in their "bath defo" (bath deformed) line of character goods includes Haru lounging in a tub with his spirit animal, a dolphin. The figure measures 9.5 cm (~3.7") and is priced at 3,980 yen (about US$33.80). It is expected to ship later this year. The other "bath de...
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This Year's Sapporo Snow Festival Will Include A Love Live Sculpture

The annual Sapporo Snow Festival (English), which takes place this year between February 5 to 11, will include a Love Live! snow sculpture. The sculpture will be located at the Odori site in Nishi 9-chome, Citizen's Square, and will feature Honoka, Kotori, and Umi. It will be illuminated every night until 10:00 p.m. JST. In addition to the snow sculpture, there will also be a booth with special go...
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Evangelion & Resident Evil's Universal Studios Attractions Previewed in Videos

Vistors can scan themselves for custom 3D Evangelion figures; Hyde makes opening remarks ― The Mainichi Shimbun paper's MaiDiGi service previewed Universal Studios Japan's Evangelion and Resident Evil attractions that just opened this weekend. The "Evangelion the Real 4D" collaboration is the first “4D” project for the Evangelion anime franchise. The attraction runs in the Universal Studio Cinema 4D ...
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Stay Warm with a USB-Powered, Inflatable Hug Pillow Heated to Human Body Temperature

The problem with traditional hug pillows is they just can't mimic the warmth of a human body. But now, with a new USB-powered hug pillow from Thanko's Raremono shop, you can enjoy the feeling of cozying up to a perfectly-heated, just-slightly-under-body-temperature 36 °C warm body. And, because it's inflatable, it's also very light (740 g [~1.6 lbs]), for all those times you need to roll it up for...
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Ballet du canard Manga About Same-Sex Couple Features Ballet BGM

Background music plays during reading on digital manga website ― Manga creator Omi Kohara began serializing a new manga series titled Ahiru no Ballet (Ballet du canard, lit. Ballet of the Duck) on Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha's free manga website "Comic Ruelle" on Sunday. The manga revolves around a female same-sex couple who begin taking free ballet lessons after realizing they were lacking exercise. Class...
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Hataraku Maou-sama! High School! Spin-Off Manga Ends Next Month

Spin-off of The Devil is a Part-Timer! light novel series began in 2012 ― The March issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Daioh magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Kurone Mishima's Hataraku Maou-sama! High School! (The Devil is a Part-Timer! High School!) spin-off manga will end in the next issue, which will be released on February 27. The manga is a spin-off of Satoshi Wagahara's original light nov...
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Kill Me Baby's Kaduho Starts New Manga Next Month

New series in Dengeki Daioh G takes place in a tearoom ― The 17th issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Daioh G magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Kaduho (Kill Me Baby) will begin a new series in the magazine's next issue, which will be released on February 27. The preview for the series hints that the manga will take place in a tearoom. Kaduho began his Kill Me Baby manga in 2008 in Hobunsha's Man...
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Food Blogger Makes Lunchtime Fun with Dog-shaped Fried Chicken

If you've been on the internet long enough, you'll know that some people have a lot of time on their hands when it comes to creating beautiful lunches. Just Google "bento art" and you'll see a treasure trove of intricate lunches, portraying everything from woodland creatures, to famous paintings, to anime characters. Japanese food blogger @hinami11 has been dazzling the Twittersphere with a new fo...

Prison School Manga Goes on Hiatus Due to Author Getting Flu

Akira Hiramoto's school comedy manga now has 4 million copies in print ― This year's ninth issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine is revealing on Monday that Akira Hiramoto's Kangoku Gakuen (Prison School) manga will not appear in the issue because of the author's poor health. In addition to the announcement, Hiramoto's characters exclaim "He has influenza!?" and "For real…!?". Hiramoto apologized, and a...
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Yoshikazu Amami Launches Battle Spirits Burning Soul Manga in February

5-page prologue from Bōkoku no Siegfried (Das Nibelungenlied) manga creator ― Manga creator Yoshikazu Amami announced on Thursday that he will draw the five-page prologue for his new Battle Spirits Burning Soul series in the March issue of Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine. The issue will go on sale on February 6. Sunrise announced the seventh Battle Spirits anime in December, and revealed that Sket Da...

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Toei Posts 'Baton Passing' Video Ahead of Go! Princess Precure Premiere

Also: Megumi Han posts thank you messages after final HappinessCharge Precure! episode airs ― Toei Animation posted a "A Message for Passing the Baton from Cure Lovely to Cure Flora" video on Saturday. The video features Aino Megumi, the main character of Happiness Charge Pretty Cure! whose alter ego is Cure Lovely. Cure Lovely thanks everyone for supporting her until now, and then she introduces Har...
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Shimajirō Kids' Anime Gets 3rd Theatrical Film

Tiger character saves his sister in film opening March 13 ― Shimajirō, the tiger cub character from Benesse's Kodomo Challenge educational line for preschoolers and its television anime spinoffs, will star in a third theatrical animated film, Shimajirō to Ōkiina Ki (Shimajirō and the Big Tree). The film will open in theaters on March 13. The website is streaming a trailer that features the theme song...
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Taboo-Tattoo's French Publisher: Anime Will Air in 2015

Shinjirō's battle action manga centers on boy with supernatural tattoo ― The Facebook page for Doki-Doki, the manga imprint of French publisher Bamboo Édition, reported on Friday that the anime adaptation of Shinjirō's Taboo-Tattoo manga will air in Japan this year. The manga's publisher in France also teased that it may know more details about the anime that have yet to be announced. The wraparound ...
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Durarara!!×2 ‒ Episode 3

"There's still a lot of magic and menace in this source material, but the animated series itself seems to be running on autopilot in a way that the first season never did."
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Non Non Biyori Anime Staff, nano.RIPE Band Return for 2nd Season

The March issue of Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine is announcing on Tuesday that the first Non Non Biyori anime season's staff and the rock band nano.RIPE are returning for the second season, Non Non Biyori Repeat. The band will once again contribute a song for the new season's opening theme. The staff includes: Director: Shinya Kawamo Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida Script: Reiko Y...
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New Yamato 2199 Film's Blu-ray to Have English Subtitles

Bandai Visual lists the May 27 Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases of Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Star-Voyaging Ark), last month's brand-new Yamato 2199 (Star Blazers 2199) film. Both the DVD and Blu-ray releases will include 38 minutes of bonus video extras (opening day stage greeting, special, teaser trailer, full trailer, commercials, promotional vide...
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Aldnoah.Zero ‒ Episode 15

"Inaho has been the whip-smart Mr. Battlefield Tactics golden boy all series, but it looks like he now has an intellectual as well as mecha combat and love interest rival, for Slaine may have actually one-upped him in this episode."
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La Corda d'Oro's Yuki Kure to End Yūsei no Fool Manga

Keiko Ishihara to also end fantasy manga Strange Dragon in Lala magazine ― The March issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine announced on Saturday that manga creator Yuki Kure will end her Yūsei no Fool (Planetary Fool) series in the next issue on February 24. The "school diary of a false queen" follows Sena, a girl who enrolled in a training school to become the queen as a substitute for her missing twi...
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Strange+'s Seven to Animate Okusama ga Seitokaichō!

The March issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex is announcing on Tuesday that studio Seven (Strange+, I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying) will animate the anime of Yumi Nakata's Okusama ga Seitokaichō! (My Wife Is the Student Council President!) manga. Hiroyuki Furukawa (Pocket Monsters XY, Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! animation director) will debut as a director with the anime. Dream Crea...
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The Rolling Girls ‒ Episode 3

After the exciting but largely self-contained theatrics of the first two episodes, it was something of an open question as to what Rolling Girls would actually be about. This third episode seemed to partially answer that question, as our titular girls rolled on into the Tokyo sub-country of Comima, where the Best Thunderoad and her Knights of the Twin Towers maintain the peace. Thunderoad apparen...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc ‒ Episode 3

"JJBA at its most self-aware and fun-loving, and I hope it's not the last we'll see of the silly side of Part III."
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Samurai PS3 Game Ukiyo no Shishi's Opening Movie Streamed

Spike Chunsoft's game starring Sakamoto Ryōma will ship on Thursday in Japan ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming the opening movie for its upcoming PlayStation 3 game Ukiyo no Shishi (Patriot of Ukiyo) on Thursday. The game is slated to ship on January 29. The game is a "what-if" story starring historical figure Sakamoto Ryōma, who has lost his memories. The player can choose one of six voices for the c...
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GARO THE ANIMATION ‒ Episode 15

"An entertaining episode, full of dumb jokes and camaraderie and a giant flaming bear."
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Clock Tower's Kōno, Ju-On's Shimizu Launch NightCry Kickstarter for PC Release

Short film previews horror game initially announced as "Project Scissors" ― Game developer Hifumi Kōno (Clock Tower, Steel Battalion, Infinite Space) and film director Takashi Shimizu (Ju-on/The Grudge movie franchise, Kiki's Delivery Service) and launched a KickStarter on Saturday to bring their upcoming horror game NightCry to PC and "possibly other platforms." The game is already slated for PlaySt...
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Alice in the Country of Hearts Stage Play Cast Unveiled in Costume

Musical opens February 4-11 in Tokyo ― The official blog for stage musical adaptation of QuinRose's Alice in the Country of Hearts (Heart no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~) game unveiled the main cast in costume on Friday. The musical will run from February 4 to February 11 in Tokyo. The cast includes: Kiyo Matsumoto (Amnesia the musical) as Alice Liddell Yū Yoshioka (Prince of Tennis the Mus...
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Itaru Hinoue's Holy Breaker Game Gets Sequel

Visual novel that debuted at Comiket 87 to ship on February 27 ― The official website for illustrator Itaru Hinoue's (Kanon, Air, Clannad, Little Busters!) Holy Breaker! -The Witch Betrayed Blue Moon Wicca- game announced on Friday that a sequel is in the works. The website also announced that regular sales of the original PC game will begin on February 27. The game's preorder period opened on Friday...
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The List - Long Lost Anime Twins

Were these anime characters separated at birth? Not quite. ― Were these anime characters separated at birth? Not quite. We're used to seeing certain style characteristics to easily signify which character is the tsundere, the quiet bookworm, the gung-ho fighter, or the sneaky villain. With the huge number of anime, light novels, and manga produced each year, there are bound to be some design overlap...
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Log Horizon 2 ‒ Episode 16

"There's no escaping the fact that when Log Horizon focuses on the younger team, things tend to drag."
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10th Animator Expo Short 'Yamadeloid' Streamed

Trigun: Badlands Rumble's Masahiro Emoto co-directs short at Graphinica, Inc. ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the full 10th short titled "Yamadeloid" on Friday. Takashi Horiuchi (Boku wa Ō-sama) and Masahiro Emoto (Trigun: Badlands Rumble assistant animation director) directed the short with supe...
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Akagami no Shirayuki-hime Manga Has 'Important Announcement' Next Month

The March issue of Hakusensha's Lala magazine announced on Saturday that an "important announcement" regarding Sorata Akiduki's Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Red-Haired Snow White) will be made in the magazine's next issue, which will be published next month. The manga will be featured on the cover of the issue, and will have color pages. The story of the shojo manga revolves around Shirayuki, a bea...
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Taiyō no Ie Manga Ends, Spin-Off Starts in Next Issue

Manga began in 2010, won 38th Kodansha Awards' shojo category ― The March issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine published the final chapter of Taamo's Taiyō no Ie manga on Saturday. The end of the chapter features a notice that announces that a spin-off of the manga will begin serializing in the next issue, and the first part of the spin-off will focus on the character Sugimoto, also known as "Radical...

Ling Tosite SIGURE Remove 'Knife' From Psycho-Pass Film Theme Lyrics in TV Performance

Original lyrics of "Who What Who What" song also contained reference to blood ― Band Ling Tosite SIGURE announced on their official Twitter account that they changed the lyrics of their "Who What Who What" song during their performance on the "Music Station" television program after being requested to do so by the program's staff. The lines "Chi darake no jiyū ga" (Freedom covered in blood) and "Moro...
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Animator Lists New Gegege no Kitarō TV Project

In work he has done since 2012, digital artist Kei Yoshida lists himself as a character animator for a Gegege no Kitarō television project on his LinkedIn profile. The project is listed above his most recent work on the Majin Bone anime series. Shigeru Mizuki's supernatural manga Kitaro (GeGeGe no Kitarō) began in 1959 under the name Hakaba Kitarō. The stories center on an inhuman boy who straddle...
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Rei Tōma's New Manga Series is 'Bride of the Water God'

This year's March issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Cheese! magazine is announcing on Saturday that Rei Tōma's new manga will be titled Suijin no Hanayome (Bride of the Water God). The manga has the same basic premise of Mi-Kyung Yun's Bride of the Water God manhwa: a young girl who is chosen by a village as a sacrifice to the water god who causes calamity in their village when angered. Dark Horse Co...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 Slated for Steam on January 28

Idea Factory International announced on Wednesday that it will release Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 for PC via Steam on January 28. The company will offer the game for US$14.99 for the first week of its launch. Idea Factory has also planned Steam releases for Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 and Fairy Fencer F.
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Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds PS Vita Game Heads to PC

E-commerce and digital publishing company Degica released MAGES' Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds PlayStation Vita game on PC via Steam on Friday. The game launched on PS Vita in North America on August 5. It is also available on Xbox Live Arcade. 5pb./MAGES describes the game: A mysterious man known as the Phantom has awakened and hatches a plan to unseal his dark powers. By giving ancient weapons...
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Dragon Age, Young Ace Editors Get Into Fake Fight on Twitter

Result: face-off between magazines' characters ― It all started pleasantly enough, when the official Twitter account of the manga magazine Dragon Age noted that it had some fresh new titles coming up in February and March and the official account of Young Ace, another manga magazine, commented that it, too, had fresh new titles coming up. From there it escalated to insults, teasing, and some decidedl...

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Mexican Apparel Company Offers Sweet Dragon Ball Z Sneakers

Mexican clothing company Heredia Clothing has been promoting their line-up of Dragonball Z sneakers for a few months now, but fans heading to Expo TNT on January 31-February 1 in Guadalajara can also get their kicks autographed by the original Mexican voice actors for Goku and Vegeta, Mario Castañeda and Rene Garcia. The sneakers are selling for 400 pesos a pair (about US$27), and come in three va...
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Shonen Jump Theme Park Offers Prince of Tennis Valentine's Day Chocolates

Valentine's Day in Japan is celebrated by women giving chocolates to men. If the man in your life happens to be your favorite Prince of Tennis character, though, you can mark the occasion by just buying chocolate with his face on it. Shonen Jump's theme park, J-World Tokyo, will be selling official Prince of Tennis Valentine's Day chocolates from February 1 to 15. There will be 11 chocolates avail...

Naruto Stage Musical Unveils Orochimaru, Jiraiya in Costume

Kabuto Yakushi also unveiled before general ticket sales launch on Sunday ― The stage musical Live Spectacle Naruto unveiled more character visuals for the supporting cast members in costume on Saturday: Hiro Yūmi as Orochimaru Yoshiaki Umegaki as Jiraiya Tatsunari Kimura as Kabuto Yakushi The previously unveiled cast members include: Kōdai Matsuoka as Naruto Ryūji Satō as Sasuke Yui Itō as Sakura Ke...
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Crunchyroll Adds Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Side:P4 Manga

Crossover RPG's manga about Persona 4's protagonist to debut on Sunday ― Media service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will begin releasing the Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Side:P4 manga by Mizunomoto on Sunday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. EST. The manga will be available worldwide except in Japan, Lebanon, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Algeria, and Morocco. The manga...
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Etrian Mystery Dungeon Video Introduces Protector Class

Crossover game slated for April 7 in N. America ― Atlus USA began streaming a video on Friday introducing the Protector class in its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Etrian Mystery Dungeon. The class uses its "high DEF stats and tower shield to create an immovable object" that absorbs damaging attacks from their enemies. Atlus USA previously streamed a short video detailing game's Landsknecht class. The cr...
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Tokyo Ghoul √A ‒ Episode 3

"This episode is all character development and chemistry, so much of it that I could only cover about half of the interactions and subtle changes packed into the twenty-minute span."
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, January 11-17

Finder, One Piece, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Attack on Titan, Hatsune Miku: Unofficial Hatsune Mix, The Seven Deadly Sins, Kingdom Hearts II, Nisekoi, Assassination Classroom, Naruto The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on January 17. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 - Finder #7 Ayano Yamane Digital Manga P...

Toonami Loses an Hour of Programming

IGPX, Samurai Jack go on hiatus; no new Attack on Titan this week ― The official Tumblr for Adult Swim's Toonami block announced on Friday that the block will lose one half hour of programming this Saturday, and one hour of programming starting next Saturday. This Saturday, January 24, the block will run from 11:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. EST and will not air a new episode of Attack on Titan. On Saturday, ...
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Your lie in April ‒ Episode 14

"The episode did a lot to merge Kaori and Tsubaki's stories, so it didn't feel like the resolution to last episode's cliffhanger was neglected in favor of someone else's story."
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Star Wars: Battle Pod Arcade Game Previewed in Video

Arcade game similar to Japanese Gundam game launches today ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a preview video on Thursday to accompany the launch of the Star Wars: Battle Pod arcade game. The video previews the "Hoth" stage from The Empire Strikes Back and the game-original "Vader's Revenge" stage. The first-person pilot game shares hardware similarities with the developer's earlier Mobile Suit Gun...
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The Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls ‒ Episode 3

"Have you ever danced on stage? If so, you will immediately recognize the emotions that Uzuki, Mio, and Rin experience as they prepare for their first live performance."
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Beauty Company Launches Facial Cosmetics Line For Cosplayers

Liberta, a company that specializes in beauty and skincare products, is launching a line of cosplayer-targeted facial cosmetics called COSCOS. Aimed specifically at cosplayers, the line-up currently includes four items: HD foundation, setting powder, lip concealer, and makeup remover. The foundation comes in two shades: F1, a slightly pink-tinted shade which is recommended for female characters, a...

Voice Actor Rome Elliot Passes Away

Anime roles included Gravitation's Eiri, Genshiken's Kugayama ― ANN has confirmed that voice actor James Ward, also known as Rome Elliot, passed away on Thursday. Fellow voice actor Bill Rogers announced Ward's passing on his Facebook page and explained that Ward had been suffering from a tumor on his spinal cord. Ward played several roles in anime under the pseudonym Rome Elliot, including Mitsunori...
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Lychee Light Club's Usamaru Furuya Draws Portraits for Hire

Also: Shintaro Kago, Suehiro Maruo ― Pocopoco, a Japanese manga reading website, is offering manga fans a valuable opportunity to have their portraits drawn by professional artists. The site's supervisor, Usamaru Furuya (Lychee Light Club, Genkaku Picasso), is offering his services, along with Shintaro Kago (Punctures, Super Conductive Brains Parataxis), Kana Ohtsuki (an illustrator who specializes i...
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Death Parade ‒ Episode 3

A heartfelt game reveals a secret past and a tragic present for two childhood friends who may just have to mark it zero in the Quindecim bowling alley.
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Crunchyroll Launches Original Content Line With Hiroyuki Takahashi's HYPERSONIC music club

Webcomic will be exclusive to Crunchyroll; more new content to follow ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that is is launching a "Crunchyroll Originals" line for original content made in collaboration with Japanese creators. The line will span multiple types of media. The first installment in the line will be a full color webcomic HYPERSONIC music club by artist Hiroyuki Taka...
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God Eater 2: Rage Burst's 2nd Trailer Adds English Subtitles

PS Vita, PS4 game slated for February 19 in Japan ― Bandai Namco Games Asia began streaming an English-subtitled version of the second trailer for God Eater 2: Rage Burst on Friday. The original trailer streamed in December. The game will serve as the final chapter of God Eater 2. The game will include new features, such as a new scenario, a new weapon called a "Valiant Scythe," as well as a new acti...
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Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls Blu-rays to Include Games

9 volumes confirmed for monthly release in Japan ― The official website for The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls announced details on the anime's first Blu-ray and DVD sets on Saturday. In addition to a regular DVD and limited edition Blu-ray and DVD, the website is offering an "Idolm@ster Gravure for You! Pack" version, which will include the PlayStation 3 game Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Gravure for Yo...
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Trailer Explains Battle System

Comparison video shows PSP vs. HD graphics ― Square Enix North America began streaming a "Combat Special" and "Comparison Video" for its upcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game Final Fantasy Type 0 HD on Thursday. The combat video offers a detailed description of the battle system, including gameplay clips. The comparison video juxtaposes the graphics from the original PlayStation Portable version w...

Rumiko Takahashi's Rin-ne TV Anime Streams 1st Promo

Previews Kaito Ishikawa as title lead in April anime ― The official website for the television anime of Rumiko Takahashi's Kyōkai no Rinne (RIN-NE of the Boundary or RIN-NE) manga began streaming the first promotional video on Friday. Narrator & Text: Urusei Yatsura. Ranma 1/2. Inuyasha. Rumiko Takahashi's works which are beloved throughout the world. Narrator & Text: Here is Rumic World's latest wor...
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A Certain Magical Index II BD+DVD

Although this is the end of A Certain Magical Index II, it does not feel particularly conclusive. Granted, this could be because so many more novels exist after this point, but it does take away from the experience of watching it. ― There has been a trend recently of anime being self-aware. While generally not fully metafictional, the wink and nudge to the audience can waver between being clever and ...
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Answerman - I've Got A Blank Space Baby

Justin just HAS to address Princess Kaguya's Oscar chances. Plus, the weirdness of Japanese names, the lack of Vancouver anime dubs, and what happens to recalled discs. ― Oscar nominations were announced last week, and so I got the usual questions this week about The Tale of Princess Kaguya's chances at taking home Oscar gold. I get these questions every year, so I'm not going to do the whole song a...
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Erementar Gerad: Flag of Bluesky Manga's New Chapter Delayed Again

Next chapter of Elemental Gelade spin-off was listed initially to premiere in December ― The Comic Avarus free manga website updated on January 17, and posted a notice that the next chapter of Mayumi Azuma's Erementar Gerad: Ao no Senki (Erementar Gerad: Flag of Bluesky) manga will be published on March 17. The new chapter was first scheduled to be published on December 17, but was announced to be de...
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Senran Kagura: Estival Versus Game's 1st 17 Minutes Shown in Video

PS4/PSV game ships in Japan on March 25 ― Website Famitsu began streaming a gameplay video of the first 17 minutes of the upcoming Senran Kagura: Estival Versus: Shōjo-tachi no Sentaku PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Friday. In the prologue, sisters Ryōbi and Ryōna visit their deceased sister's grave, only to find that she might be alive. After chasing a person who they think might be thei...
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 15

"This episode didn't come together as well as others, but it's fun for viewers eager to learn more about the animation business and how collaborative it is."
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2nd New Sailor Moon Musical's Digest Video Promotes DVD

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Petite Étrangère DVD ships on January 28 with video, audio extras ― The official Sailor Moon YouTube channel began streaming a new video digest from the musical Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Petite Étrangère. The video promotes the Japanese DVD release of the musical. The DVD of the musical is scheduled to ship in Japan on January 28 for the price of 7,800 yen (about US$70)....
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3rd Assassination Classroom Episode Delayed (Updated)

The official Twitter account for the Assassination Classroom TV anime announced on Friday that the Fuji TV broadcast of the third episode has been delayed due to "various circumstances." The announcement also notes that future updates about the broadcast of the anime will be posted on the anime's official website. Two Japanese men — Kenji Gotō and Haruna Yukawa — were captured by the terrorist gro...
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Suicune, Gardevoir, Pikachu Join Pokkén Tournament Game's Roster

Previously-announced fighters for 2015 arcade game include Lucario, Machamp ― The staff of the Pokkén Tournament (Pokkén being a pun on the words Pokémon and 'fist') Japanese arcade game announced during the "Famitsu feat. January Issue" Nico Nico live program on Friday that Pokemon Suicune, Sirknight (Gardevoir), and Pikachu will join the roster of the fighting game. Previously-announced fighters in...

Girls & Panzer Blu-ray Bundled With Brad Pitt's Fury in Japan

Bundle includes 2 special segments, Girls und Panzer promo video ― The Japanese branch of Amazon lists a bonus Girls und Panzer Blu-ray Disc bundled with the Japanese Blu-ray release of the World War II film Fury. The bundle is an Amazon.co.jp exclusive, and it will contain a special promotional video for the upcoming Girls und Panzer movie, as well as two special segments entitled "M4 Sherman in Gir...
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Japanese Manga Book Market Rises to Record 282 Billion Yen

US$2.3792 billion or 4% higher than 2013; market grows for 2nd straight year ― Oricon presented its "Annual Market Report" for book sales in 2014 on Friday. The reports covers book sales in Japan from December 30, 2013 to December 28, 2014. While the entire book market slumped, the market for compiled manga book volumes rose to 281.51 billion yen (about US$2.3792 billion). That is 104.0% of the 2013 ...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Game's 3rd Battle Image Video, TV Ad Posted

Gotenks, Super Buu, Vegeta, more characters shown from February multi-platform release ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming the second "battle image" video for the upcoming Dragon Ball Xenoverse game on Thursday. The video features Gotenks fighting Super Buu, Android 18 fighting Vegeta, and Vegeta fighting Goku. A new 15-second television commercial also began streaming. (The video below ends with th...

Hi-Fi Cluster Sci-Fi Crime Manga to End in Shonen Jump

Ippei Goto's series also runs in Viz's English Shonen Jump after "Jump Start" ― Ippei Goto is ending his science-fiction crime manga Hi-Fi Cluster in this year's ninth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Monday. Shueisha will publish the second compiled book volume in March, followed by the third volume in April. Goto launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in Japan in September, and ...
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Live-Action Dead Rising: Watchtower Film's Trailer Streamed

Movie based on Capcom's zombie survival-horror game to stream on Crackle on March 27 ― The live-action feature film Dead Rising: Watchtower's Facebook and Youtube pages began streaming the film's first teaser trailer on Thursday. The film, based on CAPCOM's zombie survival-horror game Dead Rising, will debut on March 27 on Sony's Crackle streaming service, as well as on other streaming services, DVD,...

Kyoto Animation Unveils Sound! Euphonium Cast With New Video

Tomoyo Kurosawa, Ayaka Asai, Moe Toyota, Chika Anzai in April high school music anime ― The official website for the Sound! Euphonium television anime unveiled a new promo video for the series. The video is a longer version of a previously revealed video, and it shows the cast and staff of the television anime at the studio Kyoto Animation, as well as confirming the anime's April premiere date. The c...
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Nippon Animation Makes Sinbad Adventure Film for July

Movie inspired by Arabian Nights marks anime studio's 40th anniversary ― The anime studio Nippon Animation confirmed on Friday that it is making the adventure anime film Sinbad: Sora Tobu Hime to Himitsu no Shima (Sinbad: The Flying Princess and the Secret Island) to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The family film is opening in Japan in July, and Nippon Animation and Shirogumi are collaborating on pl...
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2nd Baby Steps Season Casts Hiroshi Kamiya, Megumi Han

25-episode sequel introduces Alex O'Brien, Marcia O'Brien at a Florida academy ― NHK revealed on Friday that Hiroshi Kamiya will play the character of Alex O'Brien in the upcoming second season of the Baby Steps television anime. Also, Megumi Han will voice the character Marcia O'Brien (pictured below). The Baby Steps television anime is an adaptation of Hikaru Katsuki's manga of the same name, which...

Rumiko Takahashi's Rin-ne Anime Casts Kaito Ishikawa, Marina Inoue

Hitomi Nabatame, Satsuki Yukino, Kappei Yamaguchi also star ― The official website for the television anime of Rumiko Takahashi's Kyōkai no Rinne (RIN-NE of the Boundary or RIN-NE) manga announced the voice cast on Friday. The website is also playing a promotional video previewing the cast. Kaito Ishikawa as title lead Rinne Rokudō Marina Inoue as heroine Sakura Mamiya Hitomi Nabatame as the black ca...
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