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ANNCast - In the Doghouse (ENG)

Kickstarted anime Under the Dog producer Hiroaki Yura, director Masahiro Ando and writer Jiro Ishii stop by to chat up the project! (This version contains only the English translated answers.) ― ANNCast 198 - In the Doghouse (ENGLISH ONLY VERSION) Get the Flash Player to see this player. Kickstarted anime Under the Dog producer Hiroaki Yura (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Steins;Gate) , direc...
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ANNCast - In the Doghouse (ENG + JPN)

Kickstarted anime Under the Dog producer Hiroaki Yura, director Masahiro Ando and writer Jiro Ishii stop by to chat up the project! (This version contains both Japanese language answers and English translation). ― ANNCast 198 - In the Doghouse (ENGLISH + JAPANESE VERSION) Get the Flash Player to see this player. Kickstarted anime Under the Dog producer Hiroaki Yura (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzum...
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The X Button - Tales to Admonish

Todd puts the latest Tales RPG to a turbulent test of typical traits! Plus Pokemon, Terra Battle, Mitchell, and a Street Fighter giveaway! ― The official Street Fighter website recently uploaded a timeline depicting the various forms of Street Fighter IV. It's quite helpful for anyone confused about who's in which game. It's also a merciless tease to me. See how everyone's lined up in the Ultra Stre...
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Nekomonogatari White Sub.Blu-Ray

If you think of the Hanekawa stories as a Nekomonogatari trilogy, then this is the concluding installment. If you aren't a Hanekawa fan going in, you will be coming out. ― Nisioisin and Akiyuki Simbo dip once more into the life of unnaturally even-keeled Tsubasa Hanekawa, continuing the process of enriching and complicating her pointedly unnatural persona. Being the third time the series has put Hane...
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RIGHT TURN ONLY!! - Cooking Nightmare

Rebecca confuses visitors by leaving volumes of Toriko, Eroica, and UQ Holder out when they come to dinner. Hopefully you will be less perplexed by this week's new and upcoming manga! ― I had one of those weeks – you know the ones. The weeks where you can't win for losing, you can't get out of your own way, and your cat freaks out while you're holding him, scratches the hell out of your arm, and you...
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Muramasa: Rebirth / Genroku Legends

The main game doesn't have anything new to offer fans of the original, but veterans willing to double dip will get the best Muramasa's ever been. ― Muramasa always felt like a weekend sort of game: a 2D brawler with some light RPG bits, short and simple, and fun enough for a couple days. Compared to Vanillaware's previous game, Odin Sphere, everything in Muramasa is quick and fluid. Fighting is high ...
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M3 the dark metal Episode 19 - Overlapping Sound of Love 2

Another great episode of M3 the dark metal ― Part 1: Part 2:
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Shelf Life - Clone Wars

This week, a classic magical girl show, as well as some other girls with supernatural powers, including one that defies gravity.
- A Certain Scientific Railgun S pt 1
- Card Captor Sakura
- Senran Kagura
― Shelf Worthy Card Captor Sakura Complete Series BD A Certain Scientific Railgun S Part 1 DVD Mildly Entertaining Booby Show Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash Complete Series BD+DVD Perishable Nothing thi...
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Japan Expo 2nd Impact

A photo gallery and travelogue through the second Japan Expo, held this past weekend in San Mateo, CA. UPDATED 8-26: Sekai Project Panel now available. ― August 22-24, San Mateo Event Center UPDATE 8-26-14: Check out a full report from the Sekai Project panel! Japan Expo's inaugural year was beset by well-publicized growing pains: as SEFA Entertainment's first foray into a conference outside of thei...
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To Love Ru Darkness Sub.Blu-Ray

While partly offering more of the same, the third installment in this harem franchise also dramatically escalates its fan service content, shifts character focus, and takes on darker and more serious tones and character development. ― As the third TV series in the franchise, Darkness adapts the eponymous follow-up manga to the original saucy “alien girlfriend/harem” manga by manga-ka team Saki Hasemi...
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The Mike Toole Show - Test Pilots

Mike ventures in to the wild world of anime pilots (not the flying kind, the TV kind). ― A couple of weeks back at Otakon, we learned about Under the Dog, an interesting new crowdfunded anime project. The producer's weird editorializing aside, I'm intrigued by Under the Dog, not least of which due to the involvement of Masahiro Ando, the best action animation director working at the moment. They're i...
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Arpeggio of Blue Steel GN 1

Arpeggio of Blue Steel's first volume begins an interesting, exciting story of mysterious vessels and warfare on the high seas. ― Of all of the moe-fications of inanimate objects, Arpeggio of Blue Steel's use of female avatars, or “mental models,” for ships makes the most sense. The reason for this is that in several languages, boats are referred to by use of the feminine pronoun, so even if your boa...
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Wednesday, August 27

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The Evil Within English Voice Cast Announced

Anson Mount, Jackie Earle Haley, and Jennifer Carpenter set to voice ― Horror-genre website Dark Horizons reported on Tuesday that Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) will lend their voices to Resident Evil director Shinji Mikami's upcoming survival horror game, The Evil Within (PsychoBreak). Anson Mount will voice the protagnost, Sebastian, Ca...
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Latest Boys-Love Pose Reference Book is Sure to Induce Nosebleeds

Everyone is familiar with those How to Draw Manga reference books that are supposed to teach posing, aesthetic, and the overall basics for drawing in the general manga art style. In Japan there's a whole series of books using human models, a sort of printed version of live-drawing sessions. They're definitely not photo books created under the guise of art reference to titillate readers. Even when ...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, August 18-24

Silver Spoon, Tokyo Ghoul, Terra Formars, xxxHOLiC: Rei, Attack on Titan in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Silver Spoon 12 481,683 609,378 2014/08 Shogakukan Hiromu Arakawa 1 2 2 Tokyo Ghoul 13 279,751 279,751 2014/08 Shueisha Sui Ishida 2 1 3 Terra Formars 10 220,102 220,102 2014/08 Shueisha Story: Yū Sasuga / Art: ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, August 18-24

Diablo III Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition, Chaos;Head Dual debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: August 18-24 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yōkai Watch 2 Ganso/Honke Level 5 July 10 77,465 2,289,983 73 2PS4 The Last of Us Remastered Sony Computer Entertainment August 21 30,587 30,587 3 PSV Bullet Girls D3 Publisher August 21 29,690 29,690 4PS...
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Hello Kitty Cosplays As Characters From Hana to Yume Magazine

Hello Kitty isn't the only big name turning 40 this year—Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine is also turning 40. To celebrate the double-birthday, Issue 18 of the magazine featured a 40-page furoku (extra) featuring Hello Kitty cosplaying as various characters from the series featured in the magazine. Featured series include Mizuho Kusanagi's Akatsuki no Yona: Tachibana Higuchi's Anne no Magom...
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Precure Voice Actress Orie Kimoto Has Baby Girl

New baby girl is the voice actress' third child ― Voice actress Orie Kimoto announced on Twitter on Wednesday that she gave birth to her third child, a baby girl. She said the plan is to name her daughter "Saki." Orie Kimoto played Saki Hyuuga/Cure Bloom in Futari wa Precure Splash Star and Precure All Stars movies, Shinobu in Nagasarete Airantou, Mugi Asai in Hitohira and Terima in D. Gray-Man. [Vi...
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Buddy Complex Conclusion Anime's Trailer Streamed

Broadcast slated for September, Blu-ray slated for November ― The official website for Sunrise's Buddy Complex anime began streaming a promotional video and a Blu-ray commercial for the upcoming two-part sequel, Buddy Complex Kanketsu-hen -Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de- (Buddy Complex Finale: In the Future When We Return to Those Skies). The conclusion will air at the end of September. Both parts will s...
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Kodansha Seeks Fan Art From Around the World For Publication in Japan's Fairy Tail 46

Kodansha is reaching out to international fan artists for art pieces to include in volume 46 of the Fairy Tail manga, which means your artwork could be read be published in a Japanese graphic novel. The graphic novel, which will be released in Japan in November and in English a few weeks later in eBook format, will contain two full spreads from around the world, hand-picked by Hiro Mashima with ad...
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Yen Press Adds 2 More Madoka Magica Spinoff Manga

Orica Magica side story, Jeanne d'Arc story slated for spring ― Yen Press confirmed with ANN on Wednesday that it has licensed Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Extra Story and Puella Magi Tart Magica: The Legend of Jeanne d'Arc. The one-volume side story to to Puella Magi Oriko Magica is slated for March 24, 2015, while the first volume of Puella Magi Tart Magica is slated for April 21. The Amazon listing d...
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07-Ghost's Amemiya, Ichihara Start New Manga

"Battle action" manga will begin serialization in September ― This year's September issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum is announcing on Thursday that 07-Ghost authors Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara will begin serialization of a new "battle action" manga titled Bato Rabbits. The series will launch in the magazine's November issue on September 28 with color pages. The series tagline reads ...
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Life-Size Haikyuu Wall Scrolls Make You Part of the Team

Depict actual height of the members of the Karasuno volleyball team. ― Ever want to get in on all of the hard-hitting shonen volleyball action of Haikyu!!? Well, while transferring to Karasuno High School might not be the most feasible of plans, thanks to anime toy and collectable manufacturers at Ensky, you can spend time with your favorite members of the Karasuno volleyball team in any room of your...

Kuroko's Basketball Manga to End

Final chapter to appear in Shonen Jump's next issue ― ANN confirmed that Tadatoshi Fujimaki will end his Kuroko no Basuke (Kuroko's Basketball) manga in this year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump on September 1. (The image pictured is the cover of the 39th issue.) In the beginning of the story, Taiga Kagami has just enrolled into Seirin High School when he meets Tetsuya Kuroko of the sch...
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Daily Cosplay - Corpse Bride's Victor and Emily

Character: Victor Van Dort and Emily Series: Corpse Bride Cosplayer: 23rd Day Cosplay Photographer: Colin Kelly We asked photographer Colin Kelly, "Where's your favorite place you've ever shot photos, cosplay or otherwise?" "Even though I was more of a tourist when I was there, without a doubt it's Ireland. The country is magical, like walking into a fairytale. As soon as I arrived in Ireland, I f...
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Nearly 4,000 Fans Rank the Top Monogatari Characters

NisiOisin's Monogatari series of light novels has spawned 61 episodes and one planned film so far. The book series is supposed to end next month, so what better time than now to ask fans about their favorite character? Akiba Souken held a poll from July 30 to August 20 to find out. Here's what 3,806 fans had to say. Top 20 Monogatari Characters Rank Character Votes 1 Shinobu Oshino 458 2 Hitagi Se...

Hi sCoool! SeHa Girl Anime Previewed in Video

11 voice actresses perform ending themes for October 8 TV anime ― TMS Entertainment began streaming a preview video for its Hi sCoool! SeHa Girl anime on Wednesday. The video features the anime's ending theme, "Blooming!" by voice actresses M.A.O, Minami Takahashi, Shiori Izawa, Manami Tanaka, Yuko Takayama, and Sumire Uesaka. Saturn: What's up with this place? Is this really a school!? Dreamcast: I'...
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Sega's Hero Bank 2 3DS RPG's Teaser Streamed

Funasshi, the unofficial pear-fairy mascot of Funabashi City in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo, will appear in the game ― Sega began streaming a teaser video for its Hero Bank 2 Nintendo 3DS game on Monday. The second "money battle RPG" introduces two versus two battles while the hero Kaito tries to defend Japan from the evil hands of the mysterious "Shichifukujin" (Seven Lucky Gods) group. Narrator: No...
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Yakuza Zero Game Announced For PS3/PS4

Winners for in-game character contest also announced ― Sega announced on Sunday that Ryū ga Gotoku 0: Chikai Basho (Yakuza Zero: The Place of Oaths) will be the next installment in the Yakuza video game series. The game will be published on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The staff also announced the results of the character contest, in which fans submitted pictures of themselves for the chance to ...

Tuesday, August 26

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Hey! Say! JUMP's Ryōsuke Yamada Stars in Live-Action Assassination Classroom Film

Masaki Suda, Kippei Shiina, Maika Yamamoto also star in film opening in March 2015 ― The staff of the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga announced the main cast for the film on Wednesday. The staff have also opened an official website and Twitter account for the film. Hey! Say! JUMP band member Ryōsuke Yamada (Kindaichi Case Files' Kindaichi) will sta...
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Fox's Animation Domination HD Pays Tribute to Ghibli With New Video

While Fox's Animation Domination High-Def has a long history of skewering anime properties and tropes, like this battle between Naruto and Sasuke, the ultimate anime hero, and super-powered schoolgirls, it's all out of love. And now, in response to Studio Ghibli's announcement that it may dismantle its production department, ADHD has posted a tribute video called "Goodbye, Ghibli." You can check o...
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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Game's Chie, Ken, Labrys Character Promos Streamed

Margaret confirmed as DLC character in N. American release ― Game publisher Atlus USA began streaming three character promotional videos featuring Chie, Ken with Koromaru, and Labrys from its upcoming 2D fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on Tuesday. The company also confirmed that Margaret, the Empress Arcana and Velvet Room attendant from Persona 4, is confirmed as a DLC character for North Amer...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, August 24-30

Watamote, Kinmoza, Kabukimonogatari anime ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie DVD RemasteredPlease Eastern Star US$19.95 August 26 Cybersix DVD Complete SeriesPlease Eastern Star US$39.95 August 26 Family Matters DVD (Adult)Cite Adult Source Media US$24.99 August 26 Fatal Fury DVD Complete OVA SeriesAnimeNewsNetwork Eastern Star US$24.95 Augu...
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Get Your Kicks With New Haikyu!! Sneakers

Haikyu!! fans who were intrigued by the Karasuno High School-inspired sneakers from 2PMWorks can now also show their support for the Aoba Josai High School and Nekoma High School teams as well. The sneakers, made in collaboration with UBIQ, are color coordinated to match the school's team uniforms, and also carry the volleyball teams' crests on the side. The shoes themselves are canvas, with rubbe...
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Scouts Move Out in Latest Attack on Titan Dub Clip

Episodes 14-25 will ship in multiple editions on September 23 ― North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment began streaming a new clip from the English dub of Attack on Titan on Tuesday. The clip shows the new Scout Regiment members getting ready for their new recon mission. Episodes 14-25 of the anime will get a standard edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack, a Limited Edition, a Limited ...
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Hal Anime Film's English Dub Clip Reveals Kurumi and Hal's Past

"Near-future romance" to ship on September 2 ― Funimation Entertainment began streaming a new clip from the English dub of the anime film Hal on Monday. The film ships on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 2. The dub cast includes: Hal: Chris Burnett (Romeo X Juliet's Romeo, Shiki's Toru Muto) Kurumi: Bryn Apprill (Attack on Titan's Christa Renz, Date A Live's Kotori Itsuka, Red Data Girl's Izumiko Suzuhar...
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Papercraft Totoro House is a Labor of Love

House has 1,800 individually cut tiles lining the roof alone. ― When someone has true love for a fandom, it makes them want to do amazing things for it. Niconico Douga user Kurosuke may have just proven himself to be the biggest Studio Ghibli fan on the face of the planet. After two and a half full years of working on his personal project, Kurosuke has posted a video production log of his handmade pa...
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Ryotaro Okiayu, Yūichi Nakamura, Aki Unone Join Fafner: Exodus Anime's Cast

Planned 26-episode series will premiere in January ― The official website for for anime studio XEBEC zwei's upcoming Fafner sequel, Sōkyū no Fafner: Dead Aggressor: Exodus, announced additional cast on Saturday. Ryotaro Okiayu (Toriko, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings 2) will star as Walter Bargest, Yūichi Nakamura (Fairy Tail, Valvrave the Liberator) as Dustin Morgan, and Aki Unone (Tenchi Muyo! War on...
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Mamoru Miyano Voices Character in Cardfight Vanguard Film

Miyano plays Kōji Ibuki in film's anime portion ― An advance screening of Gekijōban Cardfight!! Vanguard (Cardfight!! Vanguard the Movie) opened in Tokyo on Monday, revealing Mamoru Miyano (Free! Iwatobi Swim Club's Rin, Tokyo Ghoul's Tsukiyama) as Kōji Ibuki in the film's animated portion. The film also has a live-action portion. Kōji Ibuki is Kai and Miwa's Cardfight teacher from the manga, but he ...
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Augment Your Gundam Collection with M'Quve's Vase

Ornate pot crafted in Song style ― Are your shelves full of Gundams? Want a new way to indulge your appreciation for the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime series? If so, Bandai has an offer for you: M'Quve's vase. The vase may serve mainly as a device to flesh out M'Quve's aristocratic personality, but it also features in a significant scene in the series and is well-remembered by Gundam fans. Accord...
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Daily Cosplay - League of Legends' Annie

Character: Annie Series: League of Legends Cosplayer: Tehray Photographer: Colin Kelly We asked photographer Colin Kelly, "What's your camera setup of choice?" "My Canon 5D markIII, with its ‘L’ lenses, is such an amazing camera. The 5D really gives me so much flexibility without any stress. Even though I started with a 35mm Nikon film camera, I'm such a Canon supporter now. I also really like to ...

Capcom Sues Koei Tecmo for 980 Million Yen on Patent Infringement

CAPCOM: Dynasty Warriors & Samurai Warriors games infringed on its patents ― Sankei News reported on Tuesday that video game developer CAPCOM sued video game developer KOEI Tecmo for patent infringement. The first oral arguments began on Tuesday. CAPCOM is claiming that KOEI Tecmo infringed on its patents in the Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors series of games. CAPCOM references "new content acq...

Pokkén Tournament Teaser Video Previews Fighting Gameplay

Japanese arcade game to debut in 2015 ― The official Pokémon Youtube channel began streaming a teaser video for the Pokkén Tournament Japanese arcade game on Tuesday. The video features fighting gameplay between Lucario and Machamp. Nintendo announced during the “Monthly Famitsu feat. Pokemon Special” live-streamed program that this action/fighting game will debut Japanese arcades in 2015. Bandai Nam...

Nintendo Announces Pokkén Tournament For Arcades in 2015

Bandai Namco Games collaborates in development for Pokémon fighting game ― Nintendo announced during the “Monthly Famitsu feat. Pokemon Special” live-streamed program that an action/fighting game titled Pokkén Tournament (Pokkén being a pun on the words Pokemon and 'fist') will be released for Japanese arcades in 2015. Bandai Namco Games is collaborating on the development of the project. Two of the ...
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Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace Manga Will End in September

Manga by Chibimaru adapting February film began earlier this year ― The October issue of Kadokawa's Comic Alive magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Chibimaru's Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace (Mōretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace -Akū no Shien- manga will end in the November issue of the magazine, which will ship in Japan on September 27. The manga adapts the Bodacious Space Pirates...
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One Piece '3D2Y' 2-Hour Anime Special's 3 New TV Spots Streamed

Special telling Luffy's story of 2-year gap in between time skip with new villain premieres on Saturday ― Toei Animation began streaming a three TV spots for the "One Piece '3D2Y' Ace no Shi wo Koete! Luffy Nakama to no Chikai" (One Piece '3D2Y' Overcome Ace's Death! The Oath With Luffy's Crewmates) special on Tuesday. All three videos feature the special's theme song, “Next Stage” by AAA (Sands of D...
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Live-Action Lupin III Film's TV Spot is Stolen by Bikini-Clad Girls

New TV spot promotes film starring Shun Oguri premiering August 30 ― A new television commercial for the upcoming live-action Lupin III film began airing in Japan this week. Shun Oguri: This summer is...? Girls: Lupin!! Text: *This is a commercial for the Lupin III movie. Lupin: What? Oh my? Could it be that my commercial was stolen? Girls: Lupin III! Lupin: Oh come on girls, that's low... The story ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, August 18-24

One Piece sells 12,293 + 12,213 + 340 + 340, followed by Haikyu, Ace of Diamond, Kami-Usagi Rope, Yowapeda ― Yukari Tamura's Love Live *Fruits Fruits Cherry* & *Caramel Ribbon* concert DVD sold 1,568 copies to rank #20 on the overall DVD chart. The Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider War feat. Super Sentai film sold 1,193 more copies for a new total of 8,951. In its third week, it dropped from ...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, August 18-24

Frozen sells 35,361 more, followed by Haikyu, Yukari Tamura, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, Engaged to the Unidentified ― Yukari Tamura's Love Live *Fruits Fruits Cherry* & *Caramel Ribbon* concert Blu-ray Disc sold 8,157 copies to rank #6 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Frozen Mov...
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Touhou-Based 'Memories of Phantasm' Episode 4 Apology Video Streamed

Episode slated for September 14 at the Daikyushuu Tohosai 10 event ― Dōjin (self-published) circle Manpaku Jinja began streaming a trailer on Saturday for the fourth episode of its "Gensō Bankakyō ~The Memories of Phantasm~" (Kaleidoscope of Illusions: The Memories of Phantasm) anime project based on the Touhou Project games. The video apologizes for the episode's delay from the originally planned re...

Monday, August 25

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Prince of Tennis Serves Up Some Justice

Prince of Tennis collaborates with Chiba Police Force to help boost . ― 2014 marks the 15th anniversary of Takeshi Konomi's The Prince of Tennis. While the original manga may have ended back in 2008, Ryoma Echizen still remains one of the most popular shonen protagonists in recent times. And while his tennis career may still be his passion, it seems as though Ryoma will be putting in a bit of his tim...
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Tokkō Jimuin Minowa Manga Gets Live-Action Drama Starring EXILE's Matsu

Comedy manga centers on former biker gang leader who becomes law firm clerk ― Kei Ogawa's Tokkō Jimuin Minowa manga is getting a live-action drama adaptation starring EXILE band member Toshio Matsumoto (Matsu). The series, titled Binta! ~Bengoshi Jimuin Minowa ga Ai de Kaiketsushimasu~, will premiere on October 2 on YTV, NTV, and online, and will air on Thursdays. The legal comedy manga revolves arou...
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Gurazeni Baseball Manga to End This Month (Updated)

New series to start next month ― Yūji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi's baseball manga Gurazeni will end in this year's 39th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Morning magazine on Thursday. However, the same issue will announce that a new series titled Gurazeni: Tokyo Dome will start in the magazine's 43rd issue, which ships on September 25. The magazine also revealed that Moritaka and Adachi will pen a special 2...

Mamoru Oshii Supervises Opening Movie for Phantom of Kill Smartphone Game

Strategy drama RPG app coming this fall in Japan ― Fuji & gumi Games, a collaboration between Fuji Startup Ventures and gumi, opened pre-registration for its first smartphone game Phantom of Kill on Monday. The game will feature an animated opening movie supervised by Ghost in the Shell director Mamoru Oshii. The strategy drama RPG, which is slated for this fall, will follow mysterious girls who carr...
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Ikki Tousen: Extravaganza Epoch OVA's 1st Promo Streamed

Yui Sakakibara sings OVA's theme song, "Endless Fighter" ― The official website for the Ikki Tousen anime franchise is streaming the first promotional video for the upcoming Ikki Tousen: Extravaganza Epoch original video anime. The video features the song "Endless Fighter" by Yui Sakakibara. The promotional video for the new OVA debuted at the Comic Market 86 event that was held last weekend. The cas...
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Princess Resurrection Creator Mitsunaga Will End Nakuaden Manga

Series about a divine being and a high school boy launched in 2012 ― The October issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Yasunori Mitsunaga's Nakuaden (NaQaden) manga will end in the following issue on September 26. The series launched in 2012 and the fifth compiled volume shipped in June. The story takes place in a world where ancient Japanese gods are becomi...
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Hatsune Miku Shares the New Miku Expo LA & NY Theme Song with the World

A new theme song for "Hatsune Miku Expo 2014 in Los Angeles & New York" has been released, and it's pretty catchy. Titled "Share the World," the song is in English, and features music and lyrics by BIGHEAD. The LA stop will feature two live concerts at the Nokia Theatre on October 11 and 12, while the New York City stop will feature two concerts at the Hammerstein Ballroom on October 17 and 18. Ne...
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2nd Sailor Moon Stage Musical Footage Shown in Digest Video

Live show opened in Tokyo on Thursday ― The official Sailor Moon YouTube channel began streaming a digest video on Sunday from the opening night of the stage musical Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Petite Étrangère. The video features clips from the live show. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Petite Étrangère is the second musical based on Naoko Takeuchi's original manga. The cast includes: Satomi Ōkubo as Us...
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Kono Danshi, Sekka ni Nayandemasu. OVA's 2nd Promo Streamed

Next installment in Kono Danshi series slated for winter ― The official website for Kono Danshi, Sekka ni Nayandemasu. (This Boy Is Worrying About Turning to Stone), the latest installment in the Kono Danshi (This Boy) series of projects, began streaming a second promotional video on Monday. The original video DVD is scheduled to ship in Japan this winter. The text in the trailer reads: The progressi...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Creator Araki Takes Part in the Ice Bucket Challenge

The "Ice Bucket Challenge" is still making it way across Japan, and over the weekend, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure creator Hirohiko Araki also took part in the campaign to raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). For anyone interested in making a charitable donation, please check out the ALS Association website. [Via Shonen Jump Twitter]
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Kousuke Toriumi, Hiroshi Iwasaki Join Donten ni Warau Anime's Cast

Takahiro Fujiwara, Hiroshi Iwasaki, others also added ― The official website for the upcoming anime adaptation of Kemuri Karakara's manga Donten ni Warau announced new cast members for the show on Monday. The newly announced cast members include: Kousuke Toriumi (Yowamushi Pedal, Naruto) as Sōsei Abeno Yuuki Fujiwara (Majestic Prince) as Mutsuki Ashiya Takahiro Fujiwara (Berserk: The Golden Age Arc m...
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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Game's Anime Opening Streamed

Expansion of 2012's Persona 4 Arena to ship on August 28 in Japan, N. America on September 30 ― Game Publisher Atlus Japan began streaming the opening anime cut scene for its upcoming 2D fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on Monday. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, the PlayStation 3 port of an arcade game, will ship in Japan on August 28 as Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultrasuplex Hold and Atlus will ship the ga...
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Daily Cosplay - The Legend of Korra's Toph Beifong

Character: Toph Beifong Series: The Legend of Korra Cosplayer: Kyuu Vixen Photographer: Colin Kelly We asked photographer Colin Kelly, "When did you first get into cosplay photography?" "To be precise, I first started taking photos of cosplayers on April 20, 2013. I was thinking about going to Starfest but wasn't sure until I talked about it with a model I had previously shot. At the time, I had n...
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2014 Rurouni Kenshin FIlms' Promo Boasts High Reviews

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends opens in Japanese theaters September 13 ― The staff of the Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen) and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen) films began streaming a "Bridge" promotional video on Monday. The promotional video connects the two films together. Takeru Satoh: Please experience the moment this fi...
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Alice in Borderland Original Video Anime's 1st Promo Previews Suspense

Dragon Crisis! director Hideki Tachibana directs anime at Silverlink, Connect ― Shogakukan began streaming a promotional video on Monday for the original video animation (OVA) volume that will come bundled with limited edition copies of the 12th compiled volume of Haro Aso's survival suspense manga Alice in Borderland (Imawa no Kuni no Arisu). Ryōhei: Borderland...? Saori: That's the name of the plac...
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Flower in a Storm's Takagi Starts Itsuka no Haru Manga

Story of high school girl Yui with shōwa era classmate ― The October issue of Hakusensha's Bessatsu Hana to Yume (Betsuhana) magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Flower in a Storm's creator Shigeyoshi Takagi will begin serializing a new manga titled Itsuka no Haru (Some Day's Spring) in the magazine's November issue, which will be released on September 26. The magazine describes the manga as a "yo...
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Ikki Tousen's Latest Work Is An Original Video Anime

Chaos;Head's Yui Sakakibara to perform theme song for new adaptation of Yuji Shiozaki's action manga ― The October issue of Wani Books' Comic Gum magazine is announcing on Tuesday that the new Ikki Tousen project that was announced earlier this year is a second original video anime (OVA). The promotional video for the new OVA debuted at the Comic Market 86 event that was held last weekend. The magaz...
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Orenchi no Furo Jijō's New Promo Introduces New Cast

Ibuki Kido, Natsuki Hanae, Kenjiro Tsuda, Yoshihisa Kawahara, Yuichiro Umehara join for October 6 anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Itokichi's Orenchi no Furo Jijō (The Circumstances in My Home's Bathtub) manga began streaming a new promotional video for the upcoming series on Monday. Narrator: There's a handsome merman living in my house's bath tub! A bath anime tha...
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Stand By Me Doraemon 3D CG Film's Making-Of Video Unveiled

Film in celebration of Fujiko Fujio's 80th anniversary opened on August 8 ― The official website for Stand By Me Doraemon, the first 3D CG film starring the anime robot cat Doraemon, streamed a making-of video for the film this month. The video shows the process in which the CG animation was rendered. Stand By Me Doraemon opened in Japanese theaters on August 8. The manga creator duo Fujiko Fujio (Hi...
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Excel Saga's Rikudou Ends Kantan Kiss Manga Next Month

"Erotic spectacle" started last year in Young Comic magazine ― The September issue of Shonengahosha's Young Comic magazine announced this month that manga creator Koushi Rikudou (Excel Saga) will end his Kantan Kiss (Easy Kiss) manga in the following issue on September 10. The "erotic spectacle" launched last year, and the first compiled volume shipped in April. The manga revolved around a boy who me...
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Tatsuhisa Suzuki Joins The Seven Deadly Sins Anime's Cast

Suzuki's character Ban previewed in TV spot for October anime ― The official website for the television anime of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) manga began streaming a new TV commercial for the series on Sunday. The video reveals that voice actor Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Free!'s Makoto, My Little Monster's Haru) will play the role of Ban. Ban: Fox Sin, Ban! Text: Sin of greed Ban:...

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Japanese Box Office, August 16-17

Live-action Hot Road film premieres ― Stand By Me Doraemon, the 36th Doraemon film and franchise's first CGI film, stayed at #1 in its second week. Satoshi Tsumabuki, who previously played 30-year-old Nobita in a series of live-action Toyota car commercials, also plays Nobita as a young man in the film. The film also ranked #1 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 701,482,264 yen (US$6,728,814) on 31...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, August 11-17

The File of Young Kindaichi Returns, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Yōkai Watch, HappinessCharge Precure! in top 10 ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV August 17 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 14.3 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV August 17 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 9.6 Detective Conan NTV August 16 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 8.9 One Piece Fuji TV August 17 (Sun) 09:30 30 min. 8.0 The File of Young Kin...
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NISA Streams 2nd Fairy Fencer F Game Trailer

NISA to release Fairy Fencer F on September 16 ― NIS America began streaming a second trailer for its North American release of Compile Heart's turn-based role-playing game Fairy Fencer F on Friday. The trailer previews some of the game's English voice acting during battle sequences. NIS America describes the story: Long ago, a dreadful war was fought between the Goddess and the Vile God. Because the...
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Crunchyroll Manga Adds Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou, The Legend of Onikirimaru

Catalog & simul-published chapters to start next week ― Media service Crunchyroll announced on Sunday that it will release Ruri Miyahara's Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou (The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior) and Kei Kusunoki's The Legend of Onikirimaru manga series. Crunchyroll describes Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou's story: When Usa-kun's parents move for work, he begins living on his own. H...
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Latest Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play Cast Photographed in Costume

Shōkichi, Shingo, Noboyuki actors return in play of Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike spinoff manga ― The official website for the Yowamushi Pedal stage plays posted photos of the cast in costume. Yowamushi Pedal Hakone Gakuen-hen ~Yajū Kakusei~ (Yosamushi Pedal Hakone Academy Chapter: The Beast on the Road) will run in Osaka's Theater Brava! from October 23 to October 26 and Tokyo's Roppongi Blue Theater...

Power Rangers: Dino Charge Cast Revealed at Power Morphicon 4

New cast will star in Saban adaptation of Jūden Sentai Kyōryūger next year ― The new cast for Saban's upcoming Power Rangers: Dino Charge television series was announced at the Saban Brand's Panel at the Power Morphicon 4 event in Pasadena, California on Saturday. The cast includes (pictured in suits): Brennan Mejia as Red Ranger Yoshi Sudarso as Blue Ranger Camille Hyde as Pink Ranger Michael Taber ...

Sekai Project to Offer Clannad Visual Novel's Full-Voice Edition on Steam

Game inspired an anime movie and two television anime series ― North American visual novel distributor Sekai Project announced at its Japan Expo USA panel on Saturday that it will release the Visual Arts' Key game Clannad with full voices via Steam. The game inspired an anime movie and two television anime series. The series follows delinquent high school student Tomoya Okazaki, who one day meets a s...

Silver Link Makes Yuri Kuma Arashi TV Anime by Utena/Penguindrum's Ikuhara

Etsuko Sumimoto adapts designs by Hanjuku-Joshi manga's Akiko Morishima ― The teaser website for the Yuri Kuma Arashi (Yuri Bear Storm) anime by director Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Penguindrum, several Sailor Moon television series) opened on Monday. The website confirms that Ikuhara is directing the anime for television, and Etsuko Sumimoto (animation director on Puella Magi Madoka ...

Psycho-Pass Xbox One Game Titled Sentaku Naki Kōfuku

'Happiness Without Choice' game to be featured at Microsoft's Tokyo Game Show booth next month ― MAGES. game brand 5pb. opened a teaser site on Saturday for the Xbox One game inspired by the anime Psycho-Pass. The website unveils the game's title and logo, with the game's title being Psycho-Pass: Sentaku Naki Kōfuku (Psycho-Pass: Happiness Without Choice). The game will be featured at Microsoft's boo...
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No-Rin Petit Spin-Off Manga Ends in Big Gangan

Final volume of comedy spin-off with art by Cotoji to ship in Japan on the same day the series ends ― This year's ninth issue of Square Enix's Big Gangan magazine is publishing the final chapter of Shiratori Shirow and Cotoji (Asahi Ojō-sama to Kashima-kun)'s No-Rin Petit manga on Monday. The second and final compiled volume of the series (cover seen left) is also scheduled to be shipped in Japan on ...
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Emiri Katō, Kaori Fukuhara Perform Inou Battle Within Everyday Life Anime's Ending Theme

Haruka Yamazaki, Saori Hayami, Risa Taneda, Nanami Yamashita perform opening theme for October anime ― The staff of the TV anime adaptation of Kota Nozomi's Inou Battle Within Everyday Life (Inō-Battle wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de/Inou-Battle in the Usually Daze) light novel series announced on Saturday that Kaori Fukuhara (Lucky Star's Tsukasa) and Emiri Kato (Lucky Star's Kagami) will perform the endi...
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Glass Mask's Miuchi: Manga is Moving Along Toward End

Miuchi also mentions progress on resuming serialization for long-running series ― Glass Mask (Glass no Kamen) creator Suzue Miuchi revealed in an interview published in Wednesday's October issue of Kadokawa's Entermix magazine that she is moving closer to the ending of the manga. When asked about when the manga will resume serialization and when the ending of the manga will come, Miuchi replied: Litt...
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Marvelous AQL's Forbidden Magna Promo Introduces More Characters

Release for the Nintendo 3DS on October 2 ― Marvelous AQL began streaming Kinki no Magna's (Forbidden Magna) character promo video on Thursday. The video shows character traits and gameplay. The Rune Factory game staff is developing the title with creator and producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto. The story begins with an encounter with a spirit of the dead who lost her memories. The game's main character Luc...
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Wakako Zake Manga Gets Live-Action TV Show

Series about 26-year-old who enjoys herself at bars alone ― The wrap-around jacket for the third compiled volume Chie Shinkyu's Wakako Zake manga announced on Wednesday that the series will get a live-action drama adaptation. More details of the drama adaptation will be revealed in future issues of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon, where the manga serializes. The gourmet manga follows 26-year old ...

A Letter To Momo U.S. Theatrical Schedule Announced

Award-winning film to play in select theaters from August to December ― A Production I.G. USA representative announced on Monday the U.S. premiere dates for Hiroyuki Okiura's film A Letter To Momo in select theaters. The film premiered in Japan in April 2012, screened in Hollywood for one week in November 2013, and opened in New York City's IFC Center on July 23. The film will screen in the following...
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Taiwanese Live-Action Absolute Boyfriend Drama Coming to DramaFever

Series premiered in 2012 with Fahrenheit's Jiro Wang ― International video streaming site DramaFever will stream the Taiwanese live-action adaptation of Yuu Watase's romantic comedy manga Absolute Boyfriend. The series premiered in 2012 in Taiwan and has a total of 20 episodes. It stars Gu Hye Sun and Jiro Wang of the band Fahrenheit. DramaFever describes the story: When Xiao Fei (Gu Hye Sun) orders ...

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1st Gundam's Rin Iogi Writes Reconguista in G's Ending Song Lyrics

Yuugo Kanno to compose with Daisuke Hasegawa performing ― The official website for the Gundam G no Reconguista (Gundam Reconguista in G) anime announced the details of the anime's ending theme song on Wednesday. Director Yoshiyuki Tomino will write the lyrics under his pen name Rin Iogi (Mobile Suit Gundam, Turn A Gundam), Yuugo Kanno (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Psycho Pass) will c...
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Konami Posts 22-Minute Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain Gameplay Video

Multi-player features previewed from multi-platform release ― Konami began streaming its 22-minute Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain gameplay video from the Gamescom 2014 event on Friday. The video gives a first look at the game's multiplayer features. Metal Gear Solid V consists of two separate games: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Metal Gear Solid V: Grou...
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Colorado's Nan Desu Kan Will Host Animator, Director Hiroyuki Hashimoto

Nan Desu Kan will be held at the Marriott DTC in Denver, Colorado on September 12-14 ― The organizers of Denver's Nan Desu Kan convention announced that the convention will host animator and director Hiroyuki Hashimoto. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. He worked as an episode director on Heaven's Lost Property, Angel Beats!, Tiger & Bunny, and Devil Survivor 2 The Animation before debuting as a...
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This Month's Ichiban Kuji Has Insufficient Direction

Sketches, signed DVDs, memo pads, and more ― Ichiban Kuji, the Japanese lottery that features anime-themed prizes, is offering prizes this month related to Insufficient Direction, a manga by Moyoco Anno, Hideaki Anno's wife. This week's prize is a calendar for the months of September to November. It features scenes from Rompers and Kantoku-kun's bizarre life. The prize expires on August 24. Next week...
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KENN, Kentarou Itou Join Baby Steps Cast

New characters to appear in next episode ― The official Twitter account for the Baby Steps television anime announced on Tuesday that Kentarou Itou and KENN will join the anime's cast. KENN will play Yoshiaki Ide, a tennis player from Saitama, and Itou will play Takayuki Okada, a tennis player who made it to the top four at the All-Japan Junior Indoor Selectionals in his second year of high school. B...
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Fuji TV Finally Starts Promoting Odaiba New World in English

Fuji TV's Odaiba New World is hoping to lure in more English-speaking tourists this summer, with new English-language promo videos and web info. In contrast, previous year's promo videos were not narrated, and were only scantily subtitled. It seems they should've planned this a little sooner, though—the summer event is only open until August 31, so Tokyo-bound visitors interested in checking ...

Original Red Ranger Austin St. John in Talks to Return for Dino Charge

Power Rangers: Dino Charge will premiere on Nickelodeon next year ― Actor Austin St. John (Power Ranger's Jason/Red Ranger) is in talks with Saban to return for the upcoming Power Rangers: Dino Charge television series. St. John made the announcement at the Original Rangers panel at the Power Morphicon 4 event in Pasadena, California. He did not say in what capacity he would appear in the series. Pow...
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Encouragement of Climb Encourages Fans to Climb with Custom Hiking Outfits

Dress up like anime's cast ― If the 2013 anime Yama no Susume has piqued an interest in hoofing it up jagged mountain peaks, Ishii Sports Group is here for you. The Japanese sporting gear firm announced on August 20 that it is developing a line of hiking gear based on the looks sported by the girls of the anime. The exact details haven't been confirmed yet, and it will take some time — one item ...

Kamen Rider Drive Revealed on Magazine Cover

'Kamen Rider Drive' was filed in Japan by Toei on April 17 ― The cover of the second volume of Shogakukan's Kamen Rider EX magazine revealed the next Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider Drive, and the series' logo. The cover was revealed early on Amazon. The issue will be released on September 1 and include details on the final episode of the Kamen Rider Gaim series as well as staff and cast interviews. A trade...
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Gundam Breaker 2 PS3, PSVita Game's Teaser Video Streamed

Game is slated for release during the Winter 2015 season ― Namco Bandai Games began streaming a teaser video for its upcoming Gundam Breaker 2 video game for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on Friday. The game is slated for release during the Winter 2015 season. The first Gundam Breaker game was released for PS Vita and PS3 last year. In that game, players battle in robots in multiple scales on "b...

Hellsing Ultimate OVA Joins Adult Swim's Toonami Block

1st episode will premiere on September 13 at 3:00 a.m. ET/PT ― Funimation announced on Saturday that the Hellsing Ultimate original video anime will begin running on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block on September 13 at 3:00 a.m. ET/PT. The series is taking over Black Lagoon's time slot. Funimation describes the story: The rogue vampire Alucard is the Hellsing Organization's deadliest instrument ...
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Fate/stay night TV Anime's 2nd Character Ad Highlights Archer

New anime will follow the original game's 'Unlimited Blade Works' route premiere on October 4 ― A second character ad for ufotable's Fate/stay night television anime began airing on Saturday. The ad focuses on Archer, one of the summoned servants in the Holy Grail War. He is commanded by Rin Tohsaka. The ad features the theme song "ideal white" by Mashiro Ayano. The new anime will follow the original...
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Me and the Devil Blues' Hiramoto to Draw Parasyte 1-Shot

1st in monthly series to promote Fall anime based on Hitoshi Iwaaki's sci-fi horror manga ― The October issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine is announcing on Monday that manga creator Akira Hiramoto will collaborate with Parasyte (Kiseijū) creator Hitoshi Iwaaki to draw a one-shot based on the Parasyte story. The one-shot will be the first in a monthly series of original "Neo Kiseijū" (Neo Parasyt...

Wizards of the Coast to Cancel Kaijudo TCG

U.S. trading card game inspired by Duel Masters ― Wizards of the Coast announced that it will no longer produce the paper version of its Kaijudo trading card game in the United States. Kaijudo is the company's second attempt to introduce the Duel Masters franchise in the United States. The company will still release the "Vortex" playing set this month, and the November "Eye of the Storm" will still b...

2nd Seitokai Yakuindomo Season Gets OVA in October

Blu-ray, DVD slated for October 22 ― Amazon Japan is listing Blu-ray Disc and DVD original video anime (OVA) releases of Seitokai Yakuindomo*, the second Seitokai Yakuindomo anime. Both the Blu-ray Disc and DVD versions will ship with a drama CD and special booklet on October 22. Amazon Japan is also listing a Blu-ray Disc box set for the first season of Seitokai Yakuindomo. The set will bundle a new...
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Jingi Irie, Arisa Sato, Others Join Strobe Edge Film

Yūki Yamada, Yuina Kuroshima join Sōta Fukushi, Kasumi Arimura in March film of shōjo manga ― Yūki Yamada, Arisa Satō, Jingi Irie and Yuina Kuroshima were announced as additional cast members in the live-action Strobe Edge film this month. Yūki Yamada will play Takumi Andō, Arisa Satō will play Mayuka Korenaga, Jingi Irie will play Daiki Korenaga and Yuina Kuroshima will play Mao Sugimoto, respectiv...
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Kamen Teacher Black Manga to End in 3 Chapters

GTO's Tohru Fujisawa launched sequel manga last year ― This year's 39th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine is revealing on August 28 that Tohru Fujisawa's Kamen Teacher Black manga will end in three more chapters. The manga is taking a break for issues 40 and 41, and will return in the 42nd issue on September 18. If the manga does not take a break after that, it will end in the 44th issue on Oct...

Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru Original TV Anime's Promo Video Posted

Haruka Terui, Yumi Uchiyama, Suzuko Mimori star in series permiering in October ― Pony Canyon began streaming the first promotional video on Saturday for the upcoming original TV anime series Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru. In the video, Yūki Yūna introduces herself as a hero in middle school and also introduces the members of the Hero Club: the president Fu Inubozaki, the president's younger sister Itsuk...

Gundam Build Fighters Try's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Sequel TV anime starring Kazumi Togashi, Yui Makino to premiere on October 8 ― The official GundamInfo YouTube channel began streaming a promotional video for the Gundam Build Fighters Try television anime series on Friday. The video includes Chinese, English, Japanese, and Korean subtitles. The anime will premiere on TV Tokyo and affiliated networks at 6:00 p.m. on October 8. The anime will star: Ka...
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Daisuke Ono to Perform Gugure! Kokkuri-san's Opening Song

Atsushi Suemitsu to perform ending theme for October TV anime ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Midori Endō's Gugure! Kokkuri-san manga announced on Friday that Daisuke Ono will perform the opening theme song "Welcome!! DISCO Kemokemoke" as Kokkuri-san. Takahiro Sakurai and Jouji Nakata will contribute spoken lines to the song as their characters Inugami and Shigaraki. Kenichi Maeyam...
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