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Kuromukuro Episodes 1-13 Streaming

This Netflix-licensed spring season anime is finally available for streaming! Was this mecha adventure worth the wait? Theron Martin takes a look. ― We've seen anime about a person from the present being catapulted into the future to become an ace mecha pilot before (see Buddy Complex, among possibly others), but a person from the past coming to the present instead? That's certainly a new twist. It's...
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UQ Holder! GN 7

As the stakes and strengths of his opponents climb impossibly high, Tota finally finds himself faced with a real challenge in this seventh volume of Ken Akamatsu's action manga. ― UQ Holder has had a rocky journey up until now, and much of that has come down to the manga's awkward fundamental assumptions. Tota lies near the heart of the story's various problems; not only is he actually immortal, but ...
review

Selector Spread WIXOSS BD+DVD

This first installment in the WIXOSS franchise comes to a close, with shocking reveals and mixed results. Theron Martin takes a look at what's in the cards for this series going forward. ― Despite its partial name change, this 12 episode series from the Fall 2014 season is a direct follow-up to Selector Infected Wixoss. It assumes and requires full familiarity with Infected for it to make sense, so t...
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Genshiken: Second Season GN 8

As Genshiken plows further and further into harem romcom territory, Nick Creamer weighs the pros and cons of putting these characters in an increasingly meta situation. ― Genshiken's claim to fame has always been its ability to capture the unvarnished humanity of its otaku heroes. Whether they were heading to a comics festival or arguing about pairings or introducing one of their members to a new hob...
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Thursday, July 28

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ēlDLIVE Anime Reveals 1st Visual, January Premiere

Studio Pierrot animates TV anime of manga by Reborn!'s Akira Amano ― Studio Pierrot opened a website for the television anime adaptation of Akira Amano's ēlDLIVE manga on Thursday. The site revealed the anime's first visual and the anime's January premiere. Viz Media published the first three chapters of the manga in English digitally in September-October 2014 as part of its "Jump Start" initiative, ...

Wednesday, July 27

Regalia Anime Halts Broadcast After Episode 4, Will Restart Airing in September

Staff will adjust schedule of production; home video release delayed by 1 month ― The official website for Infinite's Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars original television anime series announced on Thursday that the anime will cease broadcast and streaming after its fourth episode (airing on Thursday), and will launch again on September 1. (The restart date will vary depending on the station.) The anim...
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Akira Amano's Exhibit Shows New Anime Video Featuring Reborn!, ēlDLIVE

1st Reborn! anime footage since TV anime ended in 2010; video streams on August 4 ― The "Amano Akira Illustrations Exhibition" event is presenting a special collaboration mini anime video of Akira Amano's Reborn! and ēlDLIVE manga starting this week. The video celebrates the event's opening, and it will stream on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ app on August 4. The video features the first anime footage of R...
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Cheer Boys!! ‒ Episode 4

"Production values and visual direction continue to suffer in this episode, but the characters' growing trust and closeness adds depth to the show."
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Oh My Goddess! Creator Fujishima, Cosplayer Otogi Announce Birth of Child

Couple recently announced marriage, pregnancy ― Manga artist Kousuke Fujishima (Oh My Goddess!, You're Under Arrest) tweeted a letter on July 26 apologizing for recent events and announcing the birth of his and cosplayer Nekomu Otogi's child. Apology and birth report I'm sorry to have worried all of you, the fans, with the sudden announcement the other day. I want to once again offer an apology to ha...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, July 18-24

Kingdom, JoJolion, Magi, One Piece, Fairy Tail in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Kingdom 43 408,235 409,223 2016/07 Shueisha Yasuhisa Hara 1 1 2 JoJolion 13 192,033 192,404 2016/07 Shueisha Hirohiko Araki 2 1 3 Magi 30 163,344 307,956 2016/07 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 3 2 4 One Piece 82 146,021 2,159,066 2016/07 Shue...
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Bishonen Idol Magazine Includes Fist of the North Star: Strawberry Flavor Characters

Gag idol group featured alongside B-Project, Tsukiuta, The Idolmaster SideM, more ― The gag idol group from the parody anime Fist of the North Star: Strawberry Flavor made an appearance in the newest issue of the Japanese boys idol magazine MY★STAR vol.6 from Dengeki Girl's Style on Tuesday. The "pure-hearted" idol group, Nanto DE 5 MEN, includes Fist of the North Star characters Shu, Juda, Shin, Re...

Digimon Adventure tri. Films' English Dub Casts Johnny Yong Bosch as T.K., Tara Sands as Kari

Returning cast members for Patamon, Angemon announced; new cast member for Gatomon ― Film distribution company Eleven Arts announced a third round of voice actors for for the English dub of the Digimon Adventure tri. – Chapter 1: Reunion anime film on Wednesday. The cast members are: Johnny Yong Bosch as T.K. Laura Summer as Patamon Dave Mallow as Angemon Tara Sands as Kari Kate Higgins as Gatomon an...
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Time Bokan 24 Anime's Promo Video Reveals Main Cast

Akihisa Wakayama, Akari Kitō star in October anime ― Level-5 unveiled a promotional video and main cast for its and Tatsunoko Productions' upcoming Time Bokan 24 television anime during its "Level-5 Vision 2016 -New Heroes-" presentation on Wednesday. Shigeru Chiba narrates the video. The cast includes: Akihisa Wakayama as Tokio Akari Kitō as Calen Eri Kitamura as Bimajo Hiroaki Hirata as Tsubuyakky ...
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New Inazuma Eleven Anime, Game Revealed

TV anime slated for summer 2017 ― Game developer Level-5 announced Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin, a new game and television anime in its Inazuma Eleven franchise, during its "Level-5 Vision 2016 -New Heroes-" presentation on Wednesday. The company also streamed a short pilot film, animated by OLM and featuring the theme song "Teppen e Dash" by pugcat's. In the story, protagonist Asuto Inamori's socc...
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Kochikame Manga Gets Novel Crossovers With Girls Und Panzer, Cheer Boys!, Mr. Osomatsu

Also Orphen, Haruchika, Nazutoki wa Dinner no Ato de ― Shueisha has announced a new 6-part crossover novel anthology as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of Osamu Akimoto's police comedy manga KochiKame. This Vs. KochiKame: Novelization Anthology will ship on September 17 for 1,600 yen, or about US$15.30. KochiKame, which is short for Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo ("This i...
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Level-5 Unveils Lady Layton Game Starring Professor Layton's Daughter

3DS/Android/iOS puzzle game slated for spring 2017 ― Game developer Level-5 announced during its "Level-5 Vision 2016 -New Heroes-" presentation on Wednesday that the new game in its Professor Layton puzzle game franchise is Lady Layton: Fugō-ō Ariadne no Inbō (Lady Layton: Millionaire King Ariadne's Conspiracy). The game is slated for spring 2017 on Nintendo 3DS, Android, and iOS. Level-5 began stre...
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Answerman - Why Aren't Anime/Manga Sales Numbers Public?

Every month we see anime and manga sales charts from Japan, but there's no equivalent in the US - how come we never see sales info anywhere else? Justin gets into it. ― "Oshino Hunter" asks: In Japan exact sales numbers are given for all anime and manga, but in America, we get NO stats on anime sales, and only what has sold better than others for manga. Why is this? Even in Japan, publishers do not ...
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Level-5 Announces New Cross Media Project Megaton-kyū Musashi

Anime, game, Shonen Jump collaboration, toys planned ― Game developer Level-5 announced a new cross media project titled Megaton-kyū Musashi during its "Level-5 Vision 2016 -New Heroes-" presentation on Wednesday. The project includes a television anime, game, collaboration with Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump, toys by Bandai, and an internet anime spinoff titled "After School." The company also stream...
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Genshiken: Second Season Sequel Manga Ends in August

Shimoku Kio's sequel inspired TV anime in 2013 ― The September issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine revealed on Monday that Shimoku Kio's Genshiken: Second Season (Genshiken: Nidaime) sequel manga will end in the magazine's next issue, which Kodansha will publish on August 25. Kodansha Comics publishes the manga in North America, and it describes the story: A new academic year means new mem...
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Billy Bat Manga to End in 3 More Chapters

2nd half of Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki manga's final arc began in June ― This year's 35th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine is announcing on Thursday that Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki's Billy Bat manga will end after three chapters. If the manga runs with no delays, the manga will end on the magazine's 38th issue on August 18. Urasawa and Nagasaki had announced in January that the ma...
review

Kuromukuro Episodes 1-13 Streaming

This Netflix-licensed spring season anime is finally available for streaming! Was this mecha adventure worth the wait? Theron Martin takes a look. ― We've seen anime about a person from the present being catapulted into the future to become an ace mecha pilot before (see Buddy Complex, among possibly others), but a person from the past coming to the present instead? That's certainly a new twist. It's...
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Otome Yōkai Zakuro Supernatural Manga Gets Stage Play in January

Lily Hoshino manga previously inspired TV anime in 2010 ― A stage play adaptation of Lily Hoshino's Otome Yōkai Zakuro manga has been green-lit. It will run at Zenrosai Hall Space Zero in Tokyo from January 18 to January 25, 2017. The play's official website revealed the cast. Kōsuke Asuma as Kei Agemasa Tomohito Wakizaki as Riken Yoshinokazura Kaisei Abe as Ganryū Hanakiri Yūya Asato as Omodaka Sato...
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High Speed! Is 4th Free! Blu-ray to Top Weekly Chart

2nd, 3rd, 6th BD of anime's 1st season previously ranked #1 on overall BD chart ― The Blu-ray Disc release for the High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- anime film sold 14,642 copies in its debut week, and ranked #1 on Oricon's weekly animation and overall Blu-ray Disc chart for the July 18-24 week. The Blu-ray Disc release of the film is the fourth home video release in the Free! anime franchise that ha...

Fairy Tail Manga Gets 10th Anniversary Art Exhibit in September

Exhibit to feature art from entire manga, life-size figures, exclusive merchandise ― This year's 35th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail manga will get an art exhibit to celebrate the manga's 10th anniversary. The exhibit will take place for nine days from September 17 to 25 at Tokyo Skytree Town, and will feature art from the manga's first...
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Live-Action One Week Friends Film's New Visual Reveals More Cast, February 18 Opening

Sairi Itō, Keisuke Okada, and Ryō Iwase join cast ― The official website of the live-action film of Matcha Hazuki's One Week Friends (Isshūkan Friends) manga revealed a new visual for the film on Wednesday. The visual reveals the film's February 18, 2017 opening date, as well as additional cast. The additional cast includes Sairi Itō, Keisuke Okada, and Ryō Iwase in as-yet unspecified roles. Haruna K...
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Pokémon Go Gets 10 Million Downloads in Japan on 1st Day, 75 Million Worldwide

Similarweb: 24% of Android users in Japan have downloaded game The New York Times newspaper reported last Friday that 10 million people downloaded the Pokémon Go game in its first day of release in Japan last Thursday. Web analytics company Similarweb reports that 24% of Android users in Japan have downloaded the game, surpassing the users of Snapchat, WhatsApp, and KakaoTalk in the country. In add...

Tuesday, July 26

Big Order Manga by Future Diary's Sakae Esuno Ends

Manga gets epilogue chapter in August; Yen Press licensed manga ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine published the final chapter of Sakae Esuno's Big Order manga on Tuesday. Esuno will publish an epilogue chapter in the magazine's October issue on August 26. Yen Press licensed the manga, and it describes the story: When Eiji Hoshimiya was asked his heart's desire, the young...

Tokyo ESP Manga by Ga-Rei's Hajime Hasegawa Ends

Manga inspired anime in 2014; Vertical publishes manga in N. America ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine published the final chapter of Hajime Segawa's Tokyo ESP manga on Tuesday. The manga had a total of 76 chapters. Vertical is releasing Tokyo ESP in North America, and it describes the manga's story: Rinka Urushiba's world is turned upside down when she wakes up one day-...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Draws His Characters Playing Pokémon Go

Also: Pokémon Go character designer Yusuke Kozaki posts commemorative art ― Pokémon Go launched in Japan on Friday, allowing Yu-Gi-Oh! manga creator Kazuki Takahashi to join the craze. Takahashi created a three-part piece of art to show his enthusiasm for the game, saying that he's already walked 10 kilometers and has managed to catch a Pikachu. みなさんフォローありがとうございます! コメントもありがとう!楽しく読ませてもらってます! 昨日は10キロ歩い...
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Animatrix's Koji Morimoto Directs Commercial for Navigation App

Director, animator imagines a "car that narrows the distance between people" ― Anime director Koji Morimoto created a 30-second commercial for the Japanese smartphone navigation app NAVIelite. The video streamed on Monday. Moritomo referenced the project in an interview with New People. "I would like to have a car that narrows the distance between people," he said. "The cars these days are too fast. ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 24-30

Love Live! The School Idol Movie, When They Cry Rei; The Asterisk War, Immortal Hounds, Queen Emeraldas, Re:Zero, Sweetness and Lightning manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Code Breaker BD/DVD S.A.V.E. EditionPlease Funimation Entertainment US$29.98 July 26 Night Warriors - Darkstalkers' Revenge OVA DVDPlease Discotek Media/Eastern Star US$29.95 July 26 Date A Liv...
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Shakunetsu no Takkyū Musume TV Anime About Girls' Ping Pong Reveals Main Cast

Yumiri Hanamori, Minami Tanaka, Marika Kōno, Yūki Kuwahara, Ayaka Imamura, Hisako Tōjō star ― The staff of the television anime adaptation of Yagura Asano's Shakunetsu no Takkyū Musume (Scorching Ping Pong Girls) manga announced the anime's main cast during a Niconico live broadcast on Tuesday. In addition, the broadcast announced that the main six cast members will perform the anime's theme song "Sh...
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Gabriel Dropout Manga Gets Anime From Himoto! Umaru-chan Staff

Manga about an angel skipping school for a game obsession began in 2013 ― This year's September issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki Daioh magazine announced on Wednesday that Ukami's Gabriel Dropout manga will get a television anime adaptation. The anime will reunite the main staff from summer 2015's Himoto! Umaru-chan anime. Masahiko Ohta is directing the series off series composition by Takashi Aoshima at ...
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Eiichiro Oda Knows What the Final One Piece Panel Will Be

"It's very cool" ― Fuji TV announcer Daijirō Enami appeared at a Tokyo premiere event for One Piece Film Gold on Saturday and shared a tidbit from his recent interview with One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda: when Enami asked if Oda has the manga's final panel already planned out, he received an emphatic "yes." Oda also assured him that "it's very cool." Enami met with Oda in the One Piece creator's firs...
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Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Future Arc ‒ Episode 3

"With no class trial system to give new deaths context, we'll have to log each one away as just another clue in a much longer game."
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World of Final Fantasy Theme Song Video Previews Game Footage

PS4/PS Vita game slated for release in October in N. America, Europe, Japan ― Square Enix began streaming a video preview of the opening theme and some footage from its upcoming World of Final Fantasy PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game. Aoi Mizu (also known as mizuki from her performance of the second Aldnoah.Zero opening theme) performs the opening theme song "Innocent²," composed by Ryo Yamaza...
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Taboo Tattoo ‒ Episode 4

"This week, Taboo Tattoo tries to be an action series, a horror series, a comedy, a drama, and a romance all at once, and the result is honestly kind of a mess."
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Sweetness & Lightning ‒ Episode 4

"While episode 4 still has its share of tender moments, it contains quite a bit more comedy than its predecessors."
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UQ Holder! GN 7

As the stakes and strengths of his opponents climb impossibly high, Tota finally finds himself faced with a real challenge in this seventh volume of Ken Akamatsu's action manga. ― UQ Holder has had a rocky journey up until now, and much of that has come down to the manga's awkward fundamental assumptions. Tota lies near the heart of the story's various problems; not only is he actually immortal, but ...
ep. review

New Game! ‒ Episode 4

"Some formulaic but effective humor, a bit of character development, and a couple moments of fanservice just to make sure the audience is still paying attention."
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Berserk Musou Game Delayed to October 27

Game to ship for PS3/PS4/Vita in Japan, includes PC release in the west ― The official website of KOEI Tecmo Games and Omega Force's Berserk Musou game revealed on Tuesday that the game's release date in Japan has been delayed to October 27. The announcement notes that the game was delayed to further increase the game's quality. The game was originally slated for September 21. KOEI Tecmo Games previo...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, July 18-24

Nobunaga Concerto film sells 5,062 + 4,896, followed by High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-, One Piece, 2nd Yo-kai Watch film, PSO2 anime ― The Special Edition DVD for the live-action film of Ayumi Ishii's Nobunaga Concerto manga sold 5,062 copies to rank #5 on the overall DVD chart. The Standard Edition was #5 with 4,896 copies. The stage play of the Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! anime landed at ...

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

High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- sells 14,642, followed by Macross Delta, Nobunaga Concerto film, Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Maaya Uchida ― The Special Edition Blu-ray for the live-action film of Ayumi Ishii's Nobunaga Concerto manga sold 4,897 copies to rank #6 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The Standard Edition was #16 with 1,929 copies. Maaya Uchida's Uchida Maaya Hello, 1st contact! 2016....
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Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Opening Theme Single Ranks #4 With 47,154 Copies

3rd straight single to rank in top 5; next single slated for August 3 ― "Aozora Jumping Heart" (Blue Sky Jumping Heart), the third single of the Love Live! Sunshine!! franchise's nine-girl idol group Aqours, sold 47,154 copies to rank #4 on Oricon's CD singles chart for the July 18-24 week. The single's title song serves as the opening theme song of the Love Live! Sunshine!! television anime. The sin...
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Titan Comics Licenses Assassin's Creed 4 Manga by Welcome to the N.H.K.'s Oiwa

Manga launched in 2013, ended in 2014 with 2 volumes ― Titan Comics announced during Comic-Con International this past week that it has licensed Takashi Yano and Kendi Oiwa's Assassin's Creed: Awakening (Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag -Kakusei-) manga, an adaptation of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag game. Titan Comics has not revealed a release date for the manga in North America. The manga...

Actor Charlie Hunnam Will Not Appear in Pacific Rim 2 Film

Actor Charlie Hunnam said in an interview with Yahoo! Movies on Monday that he will not appear in Pacific Rim 2, the planned sequel to Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham's 2013 science-fiction robot film. He mentioned that there was an early draft of the script that heavily featured him, but the film's schedule was constricted due to "politics and business surrounding filmmaking." His schedule ...

Nintendo Shares Drop 18% After It Reminds Investors It Did Not Develop Pokémon Go

Company loses US$6.7 billion in market value after minimizing game's impact on its income ― Nintendo's shares on the Japanese stock market dropped by 18 percent on Monday, and is dropping as much as six percent on Tuesday, after Nintendo issued a report last Friday. The report noted that company expected the impact of the Pokémon Go game on its annual net income to be limited, and clarified that it d...

Monday, July 25

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D.Gray-man Hallow ‒ Episode 4

"Where episodes 1-3 covered an average of 6.3 manga chapters per episode, we're down to 4 chapters this week, resulting in enough time to let the nicely crafted symmetries sink in."
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Mob Psycho 100 ‒ Episode 3

"This episode was a cutting exploration of peer pressure and adolescent anxiety that did tremendous work in further establishing Mob as an excellent protagonist."
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The Morose Mononokean ‒ Episode 4

"It's good to see The Morose Mononokean proving it's more than a one-trick pony."
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 4

"If Tales of Zestiria the X hadn't hooked you fully before, this is the episode that cements it as a fantasy worth paying attention to."
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film's Cyborg Designs Unveiled

Lord of the Rings' Weta Workshop shows models at Comic-Con ― Design studio Weta Workshop (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, I, Robot, King Kong) showed off some of its physical effects at its Comic-Con International booth this past weekend. Among its displays was a first look at some of the cyborgs for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell live-action film. IGN shared a video of the display: Weta Workshop pro...
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'Best and Worst Manga of 2016' Results - Comic-Con International

Panelists also list most anticipated new releases ― This past Saturday at Comic-Con International, Christopher Butcher (comics writer and retailer), David Brothers (branding manager and comics journalist), Eva Volin (graphic novel reporter/critic and librarian), Brigid Alverson (comics journalist and editor) and Deb Aoki (manga editor and critic) held the annual "Best and Worst Manga" panel. Here ar...

Glitter Force Season 2 Premieres on Netflix on August 26

Death Note, Naruto Shippuden films leave service ― The second season of Saban's Glitter Force, its adapted version of Smile Precure!, will premiere on the Netflix streaming service on August 26. The 20-episode first season of Glitter Force will debut worldwide outside of Asia on Netflix on December 18. World Screen listed the show with a total of 40 episodes of 22 minutes each. The Smile Precure! ani...
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New Compile Heart Game's Title, Logo Revealed

Video game news source Dengeki Online's PlayStation section revealed the title and logo of Compile Heart's new upcoming game, Nep Nep ☆ Connect: Chaos Chanpuru, on Monday. Dengeki PlayStation magazine will reveal more information on Thursday. Idea Factory and Compile Heart opened a countdown website for the game last week. The website has shown a new character silhouette every day, and has two day...
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Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike Anime Also Adapts Soreike Arakita-kun Gag Manga

Theatrical anime adaptation of spinoff manga will have bonus part ― The official website for the upcoming Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike theatrical anime announced on Monday that screenings will include an omake (bonus) part that will adapt Wataru Watanabe's Soreike Arakita-kun four-panel gag manga spinoff of his Yowamushi Pedal manga. Soreike Arakita-kun began in the September 2014 issue of Akita Shote...
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KochiKame Stage Play's Promo Shows Cast in Costume in Real-Life Kameari Area

New visual for September play shows entire cast ― The official website of the stage play adaptation of Osamu Akimoto's Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo ("Kochikame") police comedy manga unveiled a promotional video and new visual for the play last Friday. The video features the cast in costume in the real-life Kameari area in Tokyo as they sing the song "Oideyo Kameari" from the tele...
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Viz Media to Preview The Promised Neverland Manga in Shonen Jump

Manga launches same day in Japan ― This week's issue of Viz Media's English digital edition of Weekly Shonen Jump announced on Monday that the next issue will publish the first chapter of Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland) manga as part of its "Jump Start" initiative on August 1. Author Shirai (Ashley Gate no Yukue) and illustrator Demizu will launch the ma...
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Kojima Productions' Mascot Ludens Gets Nendoroid, Figure, Video

Face behind the character's mask identified ― As game developer Hideo Kojima's new company gears up for its first game, its mascot character Ludens has been waving the "Kojima Productions" flag far and wide. Now, he's traveling to Good Smile Company's figma and Nendoroid figure lines. Kojima tweeted these photographs of the figure prototypes last week. The Figma is a 1/12-scale figure. The Kojima Pr...
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Answerman - Why Don't More Anime Discs Come With Digital Downloads?

Funimation's recent release of Psycho-Pass: The Movie came with a code for a digital version of the film; why don't more anime releases do that? Justin gets into it. ― Joe asks: I recently got the Psycho-Pass Movie on Blu-Ray and instantly noticed something strange on the box - it came with a digital copy of the movie. I've been getting digital copies with most Blu-Rays of Hollywood movies and even ...
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Macross Delta Scramble PS Vita Game's Ad Previews Gameplay

October 20 release date revealed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming television commercials for Macross Delta Scramble, its PlayStation Vita game based on the ongoing Macross Delta anime, on Monday. Hayate and Freyja narrate both the 30- and 15-second versions of the commercial, which previews gameplay footage. The game will ship on October 20 in Japan. The commercial teases "exhilarating fl...
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The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance ‒ Episode 4

"The Heroic Legend of Arslan improved this week by indulging in a rare fun detour."
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Selector Spread WIXOSS BD+DVD

This first installment in the WIXOSS franchise comes to a close, with shocking reveals and mixed results. Theron Martin takes a look at what's in the cards for this series going forward. ― Despite its partial name change, this 12 episode series from the Fall 2014 season is a direct follow-up to Selector Infected Wixoss. It assumes and requires full familiarity with Infected for it to make sense, so t...
ep. review

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Despair Arc ‒ Episode 2

"Danganronpa always likes to prove that you can even pick the lowest-hanging fruit in a creative way."
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Kyo Kara Maoh! Fantasy Manga Ends

21st volume ships on October 26; manga side story set after main story debuts this fall ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Asuka magazine published the final chapter of Tomo Takabayashi and Temari Matsumoto's Kyo Kara Maoh! manga on Saturday. The manga's 21st and final compiled book volume is slated to ship on October 26. The manga will have a side story set after the manga's main story this fall. T...
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Toukiden: Mononofu Smartphone Game Revealed

Free-to-play "hunting action" game slated for 2016 ― Koei Tecmo games opened a website on Monday for a new iOS and Android smartphone game titled Toukiden: Mononofu, part of its Toukiden series. The site labels the game as a free-to-play "hunting action" game. Purchasing in-game items will cost money. The game is slated for release this year. Koei Tecmo's upcoming Toukiden 2 action game will ship on ...

Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki Reload Blast Manga Gets Anime

Saiyuki franchise gets 2-day event in Chiba in January ― Ichijinsha launched a website on Monday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki manga, and the site revealed that her Saiyuki Reload Blast manga is getting an anime adaptation. The site is also streaming a 20th anniversary project video, which also reveals the anime. The official website for Ichijinsha's Comic Zero Sum ...
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One Piece Film Gold Earns 1.1 Billion Yen in Opening Weekend

Film's opening-day earnings beats Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare film ― Toei revealed on Monday that the One Piece Film Gold movie earned 1,155,771,000 yen (about US$10.87 million) in its opening weekend, and sold 820,830 tickets over 743 screens, topping the Japanese box office ranking. The film earned 675,176,000 yen (about US$6.35 million) and sold 478,528 tickets on its opening day last S...

Mononofu Manga Ends in Shonen Jump, 3 New Series to Launch

New series by E-ROBOT, Iron Knight authors launch next month ― This year's 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump published the final chapter of Haruto Ikezawa's Mononofu manga on Monday. The magazine notes that the manga's fourth volume will ship on August 4, and the fifth volume will ship on September 2. The "hot-blooded youth shogi manga" follows an impractical boy named Shinobu who accidenta...
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MX4D Kagerou Daze-in a day's- Short Film's Trailer Reveals November Premiere

Illustrator Sidu to helm 1st film made specifically for MX4D ― The official website for the Kagerou Daze -in a day's- short film released a 30-second teaser video on Saturday. The video revealed new animation clips, and announced that the movie will premiere in November. The video also revealed that the videos in the franchise have reached over 100 million views, and the various printed works in the ...
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Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o Film's 1st Teaser Video Streamed

2nd film based on HoneyWorks songs opens on December 17 ― Aniplex began streaming the first teaser video on Saturday for Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o. ~Kouhaku Jikkō Iinkai~ (I wait for the moment you love me. Confession Executive Committee), the second anime film inspired by the HoneyWorks musical group's Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai ~Renai Series~ (Confession Executive Committee ~Love Series~) Vocaloid son...
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Otakon Hosts Under the Dog Staff, ALL OFF Rock Band

Jirō Ishii, Koji Morimoto, Muneki Ogasawara to show anime; ALL OFF to perform concert ― Maryland anime convention Otakon announced on Saturday that it will host scriptwriter Jirō Ishii, producer Koji Morimoto, and Kinema Citrus president Muneki Ogasawara from the Under the Dog anime project, as well as rock band ALL OFF. Creative Intelligent Arts (CIA), the original producer of Under the Dog, announc...
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Gakuen Handsome TV Anime to Feature Double Cast

OVA, game casts to both reprise roles for series premiering in October ― The official website for the Gakuen Handsome television anime announced on Sunday that there will be two casts for the show's premiere in October. The OVA's cast and the original game's cast will be reprising their roles for two separate audio tracks. The show will air on Tokyo MX, and the main audio track will feature the anime...
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Tales of Berseria Game's New Ad Highlights Eleanor

PS4/PS3 game slated for August 18 in Japan, early 2017 in N. America/Europe ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a commercial for its upcoming Tales of Berseria role-playing game on Sunday. The video centers on the character Eleanor, voiced by Ami Koshimizu. Bandai Namco Entertainment previously streamed videos for Laphicet, Rokuro, and Magilou. The game's main cast includes: Rina Satou as Ve...
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New Twin Angel Break TV Anime's Promo, Character Visuals Unveiled

Anime's cast, more information to be announced at event on October 2 ― The staff of the upcoming new television anime in the Twin Angel franchise opened a website on Sunday, revealing the anime's title as Twin Angel Break. The site began streaming a promotional video for the anime that looks back on the history of the original Twin Angel pachislo games. The anime celebrates the franchise's 10th anniv...

Sunday, July 24

Keijo!!!!!!!! TV Anime's Promo Reveals October Premiere

Promo video shown with both Japanese, English narration ― The official website of the upcoming television anime adaptation of Daichi Sorayomi's Keijo!!!!!!!! (Hip Whip Girl) aquatic sports manga began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Sunday. The video has two versions, with one narrated in Japanese, and the other narrated in English. The videos reveal the anime's October premiere. T...
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Monster Strike Game App Gets Anime Film in December

Shinpei Ezaki directing, Yoichi Kato returns from net anime, Taku Kishimoto pens script ― Social networking service mixi announced on Monday that an anime film adaptation of its Monster Strike game has been green-lit. Monster Strike The Movie will open in Japan on December 10. Warner Bros. Japan is streaming a teaser for the film, revealing the character Lucifer. Update: Warner Bros. Japan has remove...
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Rock Out One Piece-Style With Brook's Shark Guitar

Made by Shimamura Music with Gotoh hardware ― With his curly hair, snazzy suit and fashionable glasses, Brook is easily one of the coolest members of the Straw Hat Pirates in One Piece. His awesome shark guitar tops it all off, though. Now fans who yearn to bust out "Welcome to the Jungle" on a piscine guitar might get a chance to do so, as Shimamura Music has made a replica of Brook's guitar for th...
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Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- ‒ Episode 17

"As much as I love what the series has been doing lately, it's about time for Subaru to catch a break."

Pokémon Go Game Reveals Team Leaders

Niantic considers adding breeding, acknowledges gym-poaching issues ― Niantic CEO John Hanke revealed the leaders of the three teams in its Pokémon Go game during the company's panel at Comic-Con International on Sunday: Until now, the leaders were only teased in silhouettes in the game. Hanke also said that his company has been considering adding breeding to the game, but emphasized that this featur...
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Orange ‒ Episode 4

"While Naho passes her days in an insecure daydream, her potential high school life is passing her by."
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Idolish 7 Music Video, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Opening Animators Launch Seminar Series

Premieres in Sapporo on July 30 ― Kamikaze Douga, an animation studio with 25 members, is launching a seminar series on the animation process. Focusing on the music video for Idolish 7's "Restart Pointer," the seminars will explain character expressions and animation details, include behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and give the animators a chance to reminisce. The seminars are free and will be held at s...
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DAYS ‒ Episode 4

"This story does a better job than most of portraying a world where everyone actually is against the main character, at least at first."
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Viz Media Joins Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as Corporate Member

Also publishes guide to creating manga book clubs ― The manga and anime publisher Viz Media has joined the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) as a corporate member. The CBLDF is a non-profit organization dedicated to countering efforts to censor comic books or restrict public access to them. It writes letters of support in book challenges, combats restrictive legislation, and sponsors lectures and...
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Rewrite ‒ Episode 4

"The transition to stories focusing on each individual girl has begun, and Shizuru is up first."
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Genshiken: Second Season GN 8

As Genshiken plows further and further into harem romcom territory, Nick Creamer weighs the pros and cons of putting these characters in an increasingly meta situation. ― Genshiken's claim to fame has always been its ability to capture the unvarnished humanity of its otaku heroes. Whether they were heading to a comics festival or arguing about pairings or introducing one of their members to a new hob...
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Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Future Arc - Episodes 1-2

"Its production values may be less than exciting, but D3 starts off just as engrossing as its predecessors, at a much faster pace."
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Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV CG Film's Global Trailer Highlights Story

Film gets N. American theatrical release on August 19, digital release on August 30 ― Sony's PlayStation Blog posted a global trailer on Saturday for Square Enix's feature-length CG film Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. The trailer features the English voice cast. The film will open in select theaters in North America on August 19, followed by a digital release on August 30 through various streaming an...
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List of Countries Revealed That Will Screen One Piece Film Gold

Anime Consortium Japan's (ACJ) ANIME NOW! news website listed on Sunday the 33 confirmed countries that will screen the One Piece Film Gold anime movie. The film's staff revealed the list via a press release handed out at the film's premiere event in Japan on Saturday. The list includes: Andorra Australia Austria Belgium Canada China England France Germany Hong Kong (confirmed for a July 28 premie...

Tokyopop to Release 2-Part Beauty and the Beast Manga

Manga with original art from Japan adapts live-action film version set to debut on March 17 ― Tokyopop founder Stu Levy announced at the "Tokyopop Relaunch" panel at Comic Con International in San Diego on Saturday that Tokyopop will release a new two-part manga adaptation of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast film starring Emma Watson. The film will debut in the United States on March 17. Tok...

Knights of Sidonia's Creator, Director Discuss Possible 3rd Season

Co-director Hiroyuki Seshita: "I'll definitely get to it" ― Knights of Sidonia manga creator Tsutomu Nihei and Knights of Sidonia anime co-director Hiroyuki Seshita discussed the possibility of a third season of the Knights of Sidonia television anime series at the "Spotlight on Tsutomu Nihei" panel at Comic Con International in San Diego on Saturday. When asked if Knights of Sidonia was getting a th...
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BLAME! Anime Film to be Netflix Original

Original manga creator Tsutomu Nihei receives Comic Con International Inkpot award ― Kodansha Comics revealed on Sunday that the upcoming anime film adaptation Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! manga will be a Netflix Original film. The film will premiere in 2017. The film's official site had streamed a trailer on Saturday. Nihei and film director Hiroyuki Seshita were in attendance at the "Spotlight on Tsutomu...
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Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy CG Film's Digital Release Set For August 30, Physical Release in October

The staff of Square Enix's feature-length CG film Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV revealed at Comic Con International in San Diego on Saturday that the film will launch on various streaming and digital download outlets on August 30. The film's Blu-ray Disc and DVD release is set for October 4. However, those who pre-ordered the Deluxe Edition or Ultimate Collector's Edition of the Final Fantasy XV g...

Saturday, July 23

BLAME! Anime Film's English-subtitled Teaser Video Previews All-new Story

Original author Tsutomu Nihei writes, designs characters for film debuting in 2017 ― The official website for the upcoming anime film adaptation Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! manga began streaming the film's first teaser promotional video on Saturday. The video features English subtitles, and reveals the film's 2017 premiere. Hiroyuki Seshita (Ajin director, co-director of Knights of Sidonia) will direct th...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! ‒ Episode 4

"It's a delicate balance between using μ's as a source of inspiration versus just a narrative crutch, and we can't be entirely surprised that Sunshine!! is having a hard time letting go of its safety net."
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Food Wars! The Second Plate ‒ Episode 4

"Subaru's culinary style is hardly the kind of cooking most of the Totsuki students are here for."
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Handa-kun ‒ Episode 3

"At this point, Handa-kun seems to have found a good balance of personalities within its main cast."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable ‒ Episode 17

"This is a modest episode, but the show is clearly gearing up for something very significant on the horizon."
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Cocktail Prince Mobile Game Gets Animated Music Video

Also: additional cast and characters released ― Cocktail Prince, the upcoming smartphone game that revolves around a cast of attractive young male bartenders who all represent cocktails, has now released its theme song and animated music video. The song, "Making Love!!," features Cocktail Prince's main characters: Tom Collins (Takashi Kondo), Salty Dog (Junya Enoki), Tequila Sunrise (Nobunaga Shimaza...

Kodansha Comics to Release Deluxe Edition of Ghost in the Shell Manga

New release to feature right-to-left format with Japanese sound effects for 1st time ― Kodansha Comics announced at Comic Con International in San Diego on Saturday that it will release a deluxe edition of Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell 1.5, and Ghost in the Shell 2 manga in 2017, coinciding with the release of the Ghost in the Shell live-action film, which opens on March 31...
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T.M.Revolution Stars as Thinly Veiled Version of Himself on B-Project: Kodō Ambitious

Episode aired July 24 ― Takanori Nishikawa (T.M.Revolution), the executive producer of the male pop idol series B-Project: Kodō Ambitious, starred in Episode 4 of the anime this Sunday as the character Takanori Nishiyama. Nishikawa has starred in anime before — including historical figures Ōkubo Toshimichi in Ryo and Sakai Tadatsugu in Sengoku Basara: Judge End — but he is primarily known f...
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91 Days ‒ Episode 3

"Like Avilio's revenge, this show looks like a slow but oh-so-satisfying burn."
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Alderamin on the Sky ‒ Episode 3

"This whole episode is pretty much the Ikta Show."
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Digimon Tamers' Digivice Returns After 15 Years

Corresponding card game also revived ― About 15 years after the culmination of the third Digimon series, Digimon Tamers, that series' Digivice, the D-Power (or D-Ark in Japan), will make a comeback. The D-Power will be available in two varieties: Takato's and Rika's (Ruki's). They will include new Digimon: Megidramon, Sakuyamon's miko mode, and Kuzuhamon's miko mode. When "certain conditions are met...
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Thunderbolt Fantasy ‒ Episode 3

"Thunderbolt Fantasy continues to be an exquisitely executed pile of clichés."
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Amanchu! ‒ Episode 3

"After an emotionally resonant first half, the latter part of episode 3 is almost like an instructional video for first-time divers, with humorous commentary courtesy of Pikari."

Nintendo's Shares Double Since Pokémon Go's Launch, Company Doesn't Change Financial Forecast

Nintendo stated its "consolidated business results is limited" regarding the success of the app ― The Reuters news service reported on Tuesday that, as of Tuesday, Nintendo Co, Ltd.'s shares in the Japanese market have doubled since the launch of the Pokémon Go game in the United States on July 6, with a current market capitalization of 4.5 trillion yen (US$42.5 billion). Nintendo had the biggest dai...
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Aikatsu Stars! First Appeal Nintendo 3DS Game's Promo Shows Games Features

Aikatsu Stars! My Special Appeal game slated for winter with original story, new features ― The official website of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Aikatsu Stars! First Appeal, the Nintendo 3DS game based on the Aikatsu Stars! television anime, began streaming a promotional video for the game on Wednesday. The video highlights the game's features, and reveals more details on the Aikatsu Stars! My Specia...

Media Blasters to Release Yami to Bōshi to Hon no Tabibito on Blu-ray Disc

Release will feature no blurring; current DVD owners will be able to upgrade to BD ― North American anime distributor Media Blasters announced on Tuesday that it will release the Yami to Bōshi to Hon no Tabibito (Yamibou) anime on Blu-ray Disc, although it did not provide a release date. Media Blasters released the anime on DVD on March 31, but the release contained the censorship blurring present in...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Season 5 Unveils New Visual, October Premiere

The fifth television anime season of Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go, unveiled a new character visual on Saturday. The visual features Takashi Natsume and Nyanko-sensei. The anime's official website also announced that the anime will premiere in October. An Animate collaboration cafe will be held this fall. The cafe will run in Kyoto from...

Sega Reveals Sonic Mania, New 3D Sonic Game For 2017

Completely new "Project Sonic 2017" game for PS4, Xbox One, PC, NX ships in holiday 2017 ― Sega announced at the "Sonic 25th Anniversary Party" at Comic Con International in San Diego on Friday that it is releasing a new Sonic the Hedgehog game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, NX, and PC in holiday 2017. The game's temporary title is "Project Sonic 2017." Sega had announced last month at a 25th anniv...
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Crunchyroll Adds 2 Series of Re:Zero Anime Shorts

Super-deformed spinoff airs after each new episode of main anime ― Crunchyroll announced that it added all eleven episodes of the Re:ZERO ~Starting Break Time From Zero~ shorts at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday. The company also announced that it will add all five of the Re:PETIT ~Starting Life in Another World from PETIT~ shorts, starting next Friday at 11:00 a.m. ET. Crunchyroll will then stream a new epis...
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Shigeru Mizuki's Showa 1953-1989: A History of Japan Wins Eisner Award

Drawn & Quarterly anthology that includes work by Yoshihiro Tatsumi also wins award ― The 2016 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony announced this year's winners on Friday at Comic Con International in San Diego. Shigeru Mizuki's Showa 1953-1989: A History of Japan (Volume 4 of Showa: A History of Showa Japan) won this year's Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award. Drawn & Quart...
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All Out!! Rugby Anime Casts Kōdai Sakai, Daiki Kobayashi, Daiki Hamano

22 character visuals unveiled for October TV anime ― Kōdai Sakai (Pupa's Yuuhei, The Lost Village's Mitsumune), Daiki Kobayashi (Nanbaka's Nico, Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage's Ōchū), and Daiki Hamano (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans's Dante, Prince of Stride: Alternative's HIsato) have joined the cast of the television anime of Shiori Amase's All Out!! rugby manga. The anime also unve...

One Piece Film Gold to Screen in 33 Countries Including U.S., Canada

Countries also include Singapore, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia ― Anime Consortium Japan's (ACJ) ANIME NOW! news website reported on Saturday that the One Piece Film Gold anime movie will screen in 33 countries, including the United States, Canada, Singapore, China, and South Korea. The announcement was made at the film's Japanese premiere event on Saturday. The film previously held its wor...
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Shout! Factory's 30th Anniversary Release of Transformers: The Movie Features 4K Transfer

Shout! Factory announced at its panel at Comic Con International on Friday that it will release a 30th anniversary steelbook limited edition for Transformers: The Movie. The company will also release the film on standard edition Blu-ray Disc and DVD. All three editions are slated for September 13. Shout! Factory is creating a remaster of the film for the release, which includes a new 4K transfer o...

Friday, July 22

Funimation Reveals Details, Territories For Shin Godzilla License

Company's license extends to North, Central, South America & Caribbean ― Funimation Entertainment announced more details on Friday for its license of TOHO's Godzilla: Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) film. The company has licensed the theatrical, home entertainment, video on demand, and broadcast rights for the film, and its license covers North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. F...
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37th Doraemon Film's 1st Trailer Previews Antarctic Story

Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi opens in spring 2017 ― The official website for the next year's Doraemon film began streaming the first trailer on Friday. The video previews the Antarctic story of Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi (Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Nankyoku Kachi Kochi Daibōken). The beginning of the trailer introduces ...
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Nintendo Unveils Miniature NES With 30 Classic Games, Streams Preview Video

Hits stores in November ― The 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) dominated the video game industry in the late 1980s, an era that is fondly remembered by Nintendo fans as the company's high-water mark. It was also the time when many of Nintendo's most cherished franchises began. While nostalgic gamers face steep hurdles when trying to play NES games today, such as cartridge issues and the diff...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, July 11-17

One Piece: Heart of Gold, Yo-Kai Watch specials air ― The Soreike! Anpanman: Mija to Mahō no Lamp film aired on NTVon Friday, July 15 at 10:55 a.m. and earned a 2.5% rating. The Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages film aired along with the Pikachu to Pokémon Ongakutai film on TV Tokyo on July 14 at 6:00 p.m. and earned a 2.1% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating ...
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Robot Studios Creates Animated Short for Nagoya Railroad

The Nagoya Railroad Co. released a short animated promotional video meant to embody the railroad's slogan, “Connecting Hearts, Carrying You to Tomorrow” this week. Titled, “To the Place Where Important People Wait, Carrying Important Feelings,” the video features the song, "Kono Machi" (This Town), which Japanese folk singer Kazumasa Oda (Hikawa Maru Monogatari, The Snow Queen) wrote for the Nago...

Sharin no Kuni Visual Novel Localization Kickstarter Suspended, Restart Planned

Project was 39% funded with 8 days remaining ― AKABEi SOFT2, Frontwing, and Tokyo Otaku Mode's Kickstarter campaign to localize AKABEi SOFT2's visual novel Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shōjo updated on Friday to announce the cancellation of the project and plans to launch a new campaign. The project earned US$55,165 from 675 backers, but was only 39% funded with eight days remaining. The staff explain...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, July 10-16

2 One-Punch Man volumes, 3 Tokyo Ghoul volumes, 2 Orange volumes, Bleach, Haikyu!!, Assassination Classroom The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on July 16. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 8One-Punch Man #1 Story: ONE / Art: Yuusuke Murata Viz Media 46 2 1One-Punch Man #7 Story: ONE / Art: Yuusuke Murata Viz ...
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Mobius Final Fantasy Smartphone RPG Teaser Shows Gameplay Footage

Western release slated for August 3 ― Square Enix UK began streaming a teaser trailer showing gameplay footage from Mobius Final Fantasy smartphone role-playing game on Friday. The game's Western release is slated for August 3. Square Enix describes the game: Created by an all-star development team including producer Yoshinori Kitase and writer Kazushige Nojima – known for their work on the acclaimed...

Cutie Honey -Tears- Live-Action Film's Trailer Shows Action Scenes, Battle Suit

Poster, visual, theme song also revealed ― The official website of Cutie Honey -Tears-, the new live-action film adaptation of Go Nagai's Cutie Honey manga, began streaming a new trailer on Friday. The video previews the theme song "BELIEVE" by lead actress Mariya Nishiuchi. The staff also revealed a new poster for the film and a photograph of Nishiuchi's character in the new battle suit. Nishiuchi (...

Digimon Adventure tri. Films' English Dub Announces More Returning Cast, Robbie Daymond as Joe

R. Martin Klein, Philece Sampler, Anna Garduno, Mari Devon return; Doug Erholtz voices Nishijima ― Film distribution company Eleven Arts announced a second round of voice actors for for the English dub of the Digimon Adventure tri. – Chapter 1: Reunion anime film on Wednesday. The cast members are: Robbie Daymond as Joe R. Martin Klein as Gomamon Philece Sampler as Mimi Anna Garduno as Palmon Mari De...
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Answerman - Is California The Otaku Promised Land?

Say like you want to move to Japan to wallow around in awesome anime and manga swag all day, but can't afford it - is California the next best thing? ― James asks: I've noticed that the state of California has a lot of Anime Stores and other shops (like Little Tokyo) for Anime. Would California be the ideal place to live in and have access to acquiring physical Anime, Manga, and other related mercha...
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Japanese Anime Fans Vote on 'Best Character to Attend Festival With Wearing Yukata'

Anime! Anime! poll covers both male and female characters ― In Japan, summertime is the season for festivals and fireworks displays, and yukata, casual summer kimono, are frequently worn as part of the festivities. With that in mind, Japanese website Anime! Anime! decided it was the perfect time to poll their readers on which character they would most like to attend a festival with while wearing yuka...
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Battery the Animation ‒ Episode 2

"Slowly, Takumi is opening himself up to truly enjoying his calling as an athlete."
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Berserk Creator Miura Wrote Plot For Anime-Original 3rd Episode

Episode featured anime-original apostle design based on apostle from manga's 14th volume ― This year's 15th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that Berserk manga creator Kentarou Miura wrote the original plan for the third episode of the new Berserk television anime series. The third episode featured an anime-original plot. The episode premiered in Japan on July 15. Miura ...
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Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Film Gets 4DX Screenings in Fall

Film opened on April 23, has earned over 800 million yen (about US$7.5 million) ― The official website of the Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions anime film announced on Friday that theaters in Japan will begin screening the film in 4DX and MX4D this fall. With the 4DX or MX4D systems, certain theaters have motion seats that move in sync with certain action sequences onscreen. Similarly, effects s...

Netflix, DreamWorks' Voltron Reimagining Gets 2nd Season in Late 2016

2nd season will premiere exclusively on Netflix ― The staff of Netflix and Dreamworks' Voltron: Legendary Defender animated series reimagining of the 1980s Voltron series confirmed on Thursday that the show will get a second season in late 2016 that will stream exclusively on Netflix. The show's executive producers Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, as well as writer Tim Hedrick announced the ...
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Fate/Extella Game's 2nd Ad Reveals Iskandar

New poll asks fans which Servant should Nero face off against ― Marvelous Inc. began streaming the second television commercial on Thursday for the Fate/Extella action game for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4. The game reveals that Iskandar (voiced by Akio Ohtsuka) will join the game as a playable character. Note: The below video can't be viewed in Australia, New Zealand, or the U.S. The game's of...
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Mobile Suit Gundam Film Trilogy Available With Subtitles for Free Streaming Until September

Gundam.info site streams movie trilogy with English subtitles until September 21 ― The official Gundam.info portal site announced on Thursday that the Mobile Suit Gundam - The Movie Trilogy is available to stream for free starting on July 22 at 12:00 p.m. JST (11:00 a.m. EDT) until September 21 at 12:00 p.m. JST. The films are available with English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), and K...

Adult Swim's Toonami to Air JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Anime Starting in October

TV broadcast will start with show's Part 1 ― Jason DeMarco, Vice President and Creative Director, On-Air for Adult Swim, confirmed on Twitter on Thursday that the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure television anime series will premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block starting in October. DeMarco also added that the airing will start with the show's Part 1. Viz Media had announced at Anime Expo earlie...
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Toei Reveals Tiger Mask W Anime's Promo Video, Staff, Fall Premiere

New visuals for 2 Tiger Mask characters unveiled ― Toei Animation opened a website for its upcoming Tiger Mask television anime on Friday, revealing the anime's title as Tiger Mask W (pronounced "Double"). The company began streaming a promotional video, showing the two Tiger Mask characters in the anime, and revealing the anime's staff and fall premiere on TV Asahi. The video reveals a new story des...
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