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ANNCast - Aniplex Machina

Marketing specialist for Aniplex of America EJ Rivera drops by the show to chat all things Aniplex, including some sales numbers, upcoming releases, and those pesky prices people love to fight about. ― ANNCast Episode 223: Aniplex Machina Get the Flash Player to see this player. Marketing specialist for Aniplex of America EJ Rivera drops by the show to chat all things Aniplex, including some sales n...
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Answerman - Subtitle Hues and Cry

Justin takes on the backlash over simulcast subtitle quality. Then, why anime studios change in the second season of a show, what happens when a US publisher gets the rights to release something elsewhere, and more. ― After last week's column was posted, I got some grief on Twitter from a handful of readers, who were incredulous that I had such high praise for the staff that works on simulcast subti...
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Fairy Tail Part 15 BD+DVD

The Grand Magic Games heat up as unscrupulous contenders make the fights more dangerous while ominous powers move behind the scenes. Can Fairy Tail still come out on top? ― Fairy Tail has successfully made the standard shounen tournament arc into something that, if not precisely new, is still interesting even as it maintains the genre standards of increasingly powerful battles and hidden powers. Inde...
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House of 1000 Manga - Kakukaku Shikajika

If you were ever curious what life was like for the woman who created Princess Jellyfish, Jason has the manga for you. ― Kakukaku Shikajika “I want to go back in time and beat up that moron.” —Akiko Higashimura, and many other artists, talking about their younger self Few artists “live the dream” of becoming a professional when they're still a teenager. When I was a kid I dreamed of being a horror a...
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She, The Ultimate Weapon DVD

Rising from the dusty wastes of 2002, the grim embodiment of tragedy porn known as Saikano has returned to DVD. Run for your lives. ― In television writing there's an old adage about manipulating the emotions of your audience; there are various permutations on it, but the most common one is known as “kicking the puppy”. This refers to a hypothetical situation in which a writer, desperate to wring som...
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The X Button - Zest for Life

This week: part two of Global Gamers Day with Godzilla, Tales, and manga stars! Plus Amnesia: Memories, Tokyo Xanadu, and your chance to pick your GameArts favorites! ― GameArts doesn't make much noise these days. GungHo Online Entertainment took over the company years ago, and they seldom bring up the Lunar games, the Grandia series, Thexder, GunGriffon, or any GameArts series other than Ragnarok O...
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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past GN

Straight from your childhood and the pages of Nintendo Power, Manga great Shotaro Ishinomori puts his own spin on the classic Nintendo game. ― Link, that pantsless elven hero of many a video game, is back from the dead pages of Nintendo Power Magazine! For fans of the Nintendo franchise The Legend of Zelda who were either not subscribing to the Nintendo Power Magazine in 1992 or are not familiar with...
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When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace Episodes 1-12 Streaming

Trigger's chuuni-drenched follow-up to Kill la Kill struggles to get out of that hit show's long shadow. ― When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace is many things. Firstly, it's a light novel adaptation, as its lengthy title might indicate. It has the familiar marks of the genre: chuunibiyou characters with insights into how they tick, goofy school antics and a harem for the main male chuuni. Yet...
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Tales Of The Industry - The Mecha Saw Combat

A harrowing story of survival, police, danger, high speeds and car wrecks involving a giant mecha, playing out in real life the streets of Los Angeles! ― Welcome to “Tales of the Industry,” a column where we will share stories from real working professionals in the anime business. This week, we have another anonymous tale contributed by a current or former members of the industry, with details chang...
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Saturday, April 25

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Sengoku Basara vs. Devil May Cry Stage Play Announced

Crossover stage play opens in Tokyo in August ― Japanese video game publisher Capcom announced at Dwango's "Niconico Chō Kaigi 2015" (Niconico Super Conference) event on Saturday in Chiba that it is producing a Sengoku Basara vs. Devil May Cry collaborative stage play. Capcom has also opened a website for the play. In the play, Dante, Lady, Trish, Vergil come across some mysterious historical ruins w...
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1st Sinbad Anime Film's Trailer Unveils Voice Cast

3-part project to star Tomo Muranaka, Momoko Tanabe, Hiroko Yakushimaru ― The official website for Nippon Animation's Sinbad: Sora Tobu Hime to Himitsu no Shima (Sinbad: A Flying Princess and a Secret Island) anime began streaming the film's first trailer on Saturday. The video previews the anime's main voice cast that the website also unveiled on Saturday. The main cast includes: Tomo Muranaka as Si...
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Kakashi's Full Face Finally Revealed For All the World to See

The Naruto art exhibition in Tokyo opened to the public on Saturday, and visitors — who received the free Official Guestbook Shinden Fū no Sho book for attending — were finally able to uncover one of the best-kept secrets from Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto manga: what Copy Ninja Kakashi's face looks like under his mask. ANN attended the exhibition on the first day, and received a copy of the book. So...
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BlazBlue Alter Memory Anime's English Dub Trailer Streamed

Series slated for Blu-ray/DVD pack on June 30 ― Funimation Entertainment began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the BlazBlue Alter Memory television anime on Friday. The series will ship on a DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on June 30. Most of the cast members are reprising their roles from the BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma fighting game. The English dub cast includes: Patrick Seitz as Ragna the Blood...
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PS Vita Saekano -blessing flowers- Game's Video Features Utaha Kasumigaoka

Game about "raising" a heroine for doujin work to ship on April 30 ― The official website for the Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata -blessing flowers- (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend -blessing flowers-) game for the PlayStation Vita began streaming a third test scene video on Thursday. The video focuses on a shower scene with Utaha Kasumigaoka (voiced by Ai Kayano). The game will utilize Live ...
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Digital Manga's Clockwork Apple Kickstarter Reaches Stretch Goal to Publish Brave Dan

Campaign's 2nd stretch goal aims to reprint Tezuka's Barbara ― North American publisher Digital Manga's Clockwork Apple Kickstarter campaign reached its first stretch goal to print Osamu Tezuka's manga Brave Dan on Saturday. The campaign surpassed its first stretch goal of $18,200, with $19,186 total as of press time. This will be the first time the 1962 manga is being published in English. The story...

Friday, April 24

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Hideyoshico's Boys-Love Manga Udagawa-chō de Mattete yo. Gets Live-Action Film

The Prince of Tennis musical's Mario Kuroba, Ryūgi Yokota star in July film ― A live-action film of Hideyoshico's boys-love manga Udagawa-chō de Mattete yo. (I'll Wait in Udagawa-chō.) has been green-lit. The story centers around Momose, a plain, awkward, but earnest high school boy. Momose happens to spot his classmate Yashiro cross-dressing in Tokyo's trendy Shibuya ward. Mario Kuroba, Eiji Kikumar...
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Pacific Rim 2 Film Delayed to August 2017

Universal announced on Thursday that release of its Pacific Rim 2 film has been moved to August 4, 2017. The film studio announced last June that it planned to release the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's live-action Pacific Rim film in 3D and IMAX on April 7, 2017. Del Toro stated in November that the sequel will take place a few years after the events in the original film, and that the world is no...
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DBZ: Resurrection 'F' Film Seen 1 Million Times in 7 Days

Film sold 716,000 tickets for 960 million yen in 1st weekend ― The Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' film sold more than one million tickets in its first seven days at the Japanese box office. The film is the fastest to reach that figure of films released in Japan so far this year. The film sold more than 950,000 tickets to earn approximately 1.29 billion yen (about US$10.9 million) in its first six da...
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Complete Your Kiki Cosplay with Official, Ghibli-Endorsed Broom

Ghibli's high-flying witch Kiki is rarely seen without her big red bow, her black cat Jiji, and of course her #1 mode of transportation: an old-fashioned straw broom. Almost 30 years after the film opened in Japan in 1989, Ghibli's Donguri Kyowakoku store is offering a replica of Kiki's broom. The straw broom won't let you fly, but it could be the final finishing touch for your cosplay and at 3,02...
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Xenoblade Chronicles X Previewed in English Showcase Video

Wii U game with openworld exploration slated for April 29 in Japan ― Nintendo began streaming an English showcase video for Xenoblade Chronicles X during a livestream on Friday. The video introduces the upcoming Wii U game's premise and world. In Xenoblade Chronicles X (Xenoblade X, pronounced Xenoblade Cross, in Japan), the player will join an organization called B.L.A.D.E., where they must explore ...
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J-Stars Victory VS+ Game's English Videos Showcase Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan

Gameplay from fighting game shipping in the West in June ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new English trailer for its fighting game Shonen Jump's J-Stars Victory VS+ on Thursday. The video features Bobobo-bo from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo and Kusuo Saiki from Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan. The PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita game will feature the original Japanese audio trac...
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Renge's Twin-Tails Can't Be Beat in Non Non Biyori Character Poll

Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine's June issue is posting the results of its Non Non Biyori character poll on Monday. After tallying up all the readers' submissions, Renge Miyauchi and her lavender twin-tails were heads above the rest. The magazine's full results are: Renge Miyauchi - 721 votes Komari Koshigaya - 617 votes Hotaru Ichijō - 466 votes Konomi Fujimiya - 426 votes Natsumi Ko...
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Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan ‒ Episode 4

"Valentine's Day is approaching, and Nagato is determined to give Kyon some valentine's chocolate."
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 14

"For a show that thrives on being weird and creative, this storyline is simply too generic in its execution."
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night PS Vita Game's Naoto Promo Streamed

Romi Park voices young detective in June 25 spin-off rhythm game ― Atlus began streaming a new promotional video starring the Persona 4 character Naoto Shirogane (voiced by Romi Park) for its Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita rhythm game on Friday. The video features a remix of the Persona 4 in-game song "Signs Of Love" by Shihoko Hirata. The game will be released in Japan on June 25, and...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc ‒ Episode 16

"Kakyoin is back in business, but this is not one of the stronger Jojo's fights."
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Calbee Contest Offers Life-Size Nana Mizuki Wall Sticker

Voice actress and singer Nana Mizuki has participated in six campaigns with Calbee snack manufacturers, including her own curry flavored potato chips. One collaboration included a a concert ticket lottery that led to one superfan dumping almost 500 pounds of Calbee brand potato chips. Calbee's latest contest featuring Mizuki isn't offering concert tickets; it's a life-size wall sticker of the sin...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, April 12-18

Big Hero 6, 2 Attack on Titan volumes, Black Butler, Monster Musume, Assassination Classroom, Citrus, One Piece, Naruto, Akame ga Kill! The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on April 18. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 2Big Hero 6 #1 Haruki Ueno Yen Press 4 29Attack on Titan #1 Hajime Isayama Kodansha Comics 9...
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Yoshiyuki Tomino Admits Story Problems in Gundam Reconguista

"I'd only get 15 points out of 100" ― Yoshiyuki Tomino's latest anime, Gundam Reconguista in G, has largely met with a hostile reception from fans, including being called "really bad" and hard to follow by former Studio Gainax president Toshio Okada and performing poorly in anime rankings compiled on Nico Nico Douga. In an interview published in the June edition of the manga magazine Gundam Ace, Tomi...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Anime's English Dub Trailer Streamed

Melissa Fahn stars as Neptune in series shipping June 9 ― North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment began streaming an English dub trailer for Hyperdimension Neptunia on Friday. The series will ship on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on June 9 for US$64.98. A limited edition will also ship on US$69.98. People who preorder the series from Funimation's online store will be entered to win one of ...
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Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson's English Beta Previewed in Video, Screenshots

3DS game coming to N. America, Europe in digital, physical formats ― Marvelous Europe previewed an "early English build" for the Nintendo 3DS game Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson (Senra Kagura 2: Shinku) via a trailer and screenshots on Friday. IMG hanzo.png IMG ikaruga-and-yomi.png IMG katsuragi-and-hikage.png IMG katsuragi.png IMG shinku-menu-diagram.png Marvelous Europe also posted a flowchart for n...
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Attack on Titan Posters Will Help You in Natural Disasters

Promotional campaign for disaster protection app ― While Japan may not suffer the ravages of Titan attack, it still has plenty of natural disasters, including floods, tsunami, earthquakes, and fires. To help promote safety in the event of these calamities, Japan's National Association to Assist in Disaster Protection is creating a series of Attack on Titan posters to improve awareness among Japanese ...
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ANNCast - Aniplex Machina

Marketing specialist for Aniplex of America EJ Rivera drops by the show to chat all things Aniplex, including some sales numbers, upcoming releases, and those pesky prices people love to fight about. ― ANNCast Episode 223: Aniplex Machina Get the Flash Player to see this player. Marketing specialist for Aniplex of America EJ Rivera drops by the show to chat all things Aniplex, including some sales n...
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2nd Attack on Titan Compilation Film's Trailer Streamed

Film opens in Japan on June 27 ― Film news website Cinema Today began streaming a full trailer for Shingeki no Kyojin Kōhen ~Jiyū no Tsubasa~ (Attack on Titan Part II: Wings of Freedom), the second compilation film of the television anime, on Saturday. Levi: What is it that you want to do? Text: The film Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen: Guren no Yumiya boasts 300 thousand viewers! Eren: I just want to ente...
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Soul Eater Not! English Dub Cast Unveiled

Bryn Apprill, Alexis Tipton, Lindsay Seidel lead English dub cast for 2014 TV anime ― North American anime distributor FUNimation Entertainment announced the English dub cast for the Soul Eater Not! TV anime series on Thursday. The cast, under ADR director Zach Bolton, assistant ADR director Cris George, and script writer Bonny Clinkenbeard, is: Bryn Apprill as Tsugumi Alexis Tipton as Anya Lindsay S...

Love Live! TV Anime to Get English Dub

1st season gets new Standard Edition ― NIS America announced on Friday that it will release the first and second seasons of Love Live! School Idol Project with an English dub in North America. The first season will get a new Standard Edition release with dual audio. Release details for the second season will be announced at a later date. The company will also offer the final reprint of its Japanese-o...
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Naruto Commemorative Exhibit Resurrects Series Highlights

New images now available ― The Naruto manga ended last November after running in Weekly Shonen Jump for 15 years. To celebrate the series' long run and look forward to future installments of the franchise, the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo will hold an exhibit on Naruto called Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto Exhibit - Commemorating the End of Serialization. The exhibit's centerpiece is...
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Super Sonico Anime's Full English Dub Cast Revealed

Monica Rial joins as Fuuri Watanuki for series shipping on May 26 ― Sentai Filmworks revealed on Thursday the full cast for its upcoming English dub of SoniAni: Super Sonico the Animation. The full English voice cast includes: Monica Rial as Fuuri Watanuki Joanne Bonasso as Grandma Jay Hickman as Yasu Mark X Laskowski as Kuni John Swasey as Tomi Kira Vincent-Davis as Ouka Maggie Flecknoe as Sayaka Hi...
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Answerman - Subtitle Hues and Cry

Justin takes on the backlash over simulcast subtitle quality. Then, why anime studios change in the second season of a show, what happens when a US publisher gets the rights to release something elsewhere, and more. ― After last week's column was posted, I got some grief on Twitter from a handful of readers, who were incredulous that I had such high praise for the staff that works on simulcast subti...

Love Live! The School Idol Movie's Global Theatrical Release, Trailer Unveiled

Taiwan, HK, Korea, Thailand, USA, Australia, NZ, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia ― The official website for the Love Live! anime announced on Saturday that the Love Live! The School Idol Movie will play in theaters outside Japan starting in August. It will play in the following countries and territories: Taiwan Handler: Top-Insight International Co., Ltd. Cities: Taipei a...
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Fairy Tail Part 15 BD+DVD

The Grand Magic Games heat up as unscrupulous contenders make the fights more dangerous while ominous powers move behind the scenes. Can Fairy Tail still come out on top? ― Fairy Tail has successfully made the standard shounen tournament arc into something that, if not precisely new, is still interesting even as it maintains the genre standards of increasingly powerful battles and hidden powers. Inde...
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Ninja Slayer From Animation ‒ Episode 2

"Nothing is more serious and deadly than excellent manners. Nothing!"
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 409

"It's tiresome to see Sakura squander her screen time reminiscing about characters who have already received more than enough focus."

Dungeon Travelers 2 Game's Western Release to Have 4 Edited Images

PS Vita game to ship in N. America, Europe this summer ― Atlus USA announced on Thursday that its upcoming North American and European release of the Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal (Dungeon Travelers 2 Ōritsu Toshokan to Mamino no Fūin) PS Vita game will have four in-game images with "minor edits" from the original Japanese release. Atlus stated that these edits were made s...
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Hulu Streams Lupin the Third: Jigen's Gravestone Film

Posted with English subtitles before Discotek's planned dubbed/subtitled Blu-ray/DVD ― TMS Entertainment is streaming the anime film Lupin the Third: Jigen's Gravestone (Lupin the IIIrd: Jigen Daisuke no Bohyō) on the American service Hulu with English subtitles. Originally released in June 2014, Lupin III: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone is a spinoff of the 2012 television anime Lupin III: The Woman Call...
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Umineko: When They Cry Episode 8 Manga Ends in August

Kei Natsumi launched 8th episode based on mystery suspense game in 2012 ― The seventh compiled book volume of Kei Natsumi's Umineko When They Cry Episode 8: Twilight of the golden witch manga revealed on Wednesday that the manga will end with its ninth volume. Square Enix will publish both the eighth and ninth volumes on August 22. Natsumi launched the Episode 8 manga in 2012 in Square Enix's Monthly...
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19th Animator Expo Short 'I can Friday by day!' Streamed

Kill la Kill's Sushio directs animation for sci-fi short about aliens ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the full 19th short film "I can Friday by day!" on Friday. Kazuya Tsurumaki (Evangelion Rebuild films) directed and helmed the storyboard for the short, and Hajime Ueda (Q-ko-chan) was in charge ...
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Angel Beats! 1st Beat Game Delayed to June 26

Visual Art's/Key began streaming the updated opening movie for the Angel Beats! 1st Beat PC game on Thursday. The video is the same as the one Visual Art's/Key began streaming earlier this month, but updated to include the game's new June 26 release date. Key had announced in December that the game was slated for May 29. The video also reveals new items bundled with the game's first press limited ...

Super Saiyan God SS Vegeta, Goku Join Dragon Ball Xenoverse Game

3rd round of DLC also includes playable Golden Frieza, Old Kai as teacher ― This year's combined 22nd/23rd of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will announce on Monday that the Super Saiyan God SS forms of Goku and Vegeta as they appear in the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' film will also be playable in the Dragon Ball Xenoverse game as part of the game's third round of DLC. The third round of ...
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Dengeki Hobby Magazine Ceases Publication Next Month, Moves to Digital

Magazine focusing on plastic models, figures, more ran in print for 17+ years ― Kadokawa is announcing in the June issue of its Dengeki Hobby Magazine on Saturday that the magazine will cease publication after the next issue that will ship next month. The magazine will then be "reborn" as a digital version as part of the Dengeki Hobby Web website. The digital version will not only focus on plastic mo...

Assassination Classroom Gets 2nd Anime Season, Sequel Live-Action Film

Assassination Classroom ~Graduation Edition~ film opens in 2016 ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga revealed at a stage event at TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills in Tokyo on Friday that the television anime series is getting a second season and the live-action film will also get a sequel. The live-action film sequel, titled Ansatsu Kyōshitsu ~Sots...
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High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- Film's Staff Unveiled

Amagi Brilliant Park's Takemoto takes over as director for December film ― The official website for the upcoming High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- film announced the main staff on Friday. Yasuhiro Takemoto (Amagi Brilliant Park, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya) will take over as director for the film, while Futoshi Nishiya will return to design the characters from the television series. Nishiya ...
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Studio Colorido's Taifū no Noruda Film Unveils Cast, More Staff, Theme Song Band

Shūhei Nomura, Daichi Kaneko, Kaya Kiyohara lead cast of June 5 anime film ― The official website of Studio Colorido's upcoming Taifū no Noruda (Typhoon Noruda) feature-length anime film unveiled the film's main cast and staff on Friday. The film's main cast is as follows: Shūhei Nomura as Shūichi Azuma, a naive young boy. A long-time baseball player and a close friend to Saijō. Unable to be frank wi...

Long Riders! Cycling Manga Gets Anime

Series about 5 female long-distance cyclists launched in 2012 ― The June issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Rex magazine is revealing on Monday that Taishi Miyake and Longriders' Long Riders! bicycling manga is getting an anime adaptation. The manga follows Ami Kurata, a first year college student with no special qualities. One day she happens to notice someone riding a folding bike, immediately falls in lo...

New Lupin III TV Anime's Promo Previews Characters, Setting

Italian locales previewed for series premiering in Italy in May ― The official website of the new Lupin III TV anime series began streaming the first promotional video for the series on Wednesday. The video introduces the series' main characters, as well as the show's Italian setting. Text: 2015. After 30 years, he returns! Text: The setting is Italy and San Marino. Logo: Lupin III Text: A new histor...

Thursday, April 23

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Shawn Wasabi's Digital Mash-Up Samples Pikachu, Final Fantasy, Perfume

Shawn Wasabi mashed up a list of his favorite songs and sound effects to create the original track "Marble Soda." Wasabi uses a Midi Fighter by DJ Techtools to assign 153 different sounds used during the song. Among them are "Fushizen Na Girl" by Perfume, "PONPONPON" by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, "Prelude" from Final Fantasy VII, and Pikachu's iconic "Pika!" Wasabi has more tracks on his YouTube channel u...
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Buy a PlayStation Theme for a Chance to Play Games with Sony's Shuhei Yoshida

Sony will send you to E3 to play either with, or against Yoshida ― Sony's PlayStation Heroes ongoing charity campaign is raising money for Make-A-Wish, the USO, and The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The company is donating 90 percent of purchases from PS Heroes PlayStation themes with the added bonus that each purchase can be registered for a chance to play games with Sony president Shuhei Yoshid...
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If Her Flag Breaks Author Touka Takei Begins Gakudan! Music Manga

Anri Sakano to draw series beginning on Saturday ― This year's June issue of Kadokawa's Comp Ace will debut the first chapter of the manga Gakudan! (Orchestra!) by Touka Takei (If Her Flag Breaks) on Saturday. Anri Sakano is providing the art. The story is about a high school girl who is followed by the spirit of Beethoven. She joins the orchestra club with a number of other girls with colorful perso...
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Wake Up, Girls! Manga to Begin in Comp Ace

Also: Masō Gakuen HxH light novel manga adaptation ― This year's June issue of Kadokawa's Comp Ace will announce on Saturday that a new manga series titled Wake Up, Girls! will begin in the July issue on May 26. Kento Kaga will draw the series and Green Leaves is credited as the original creator. The magazine also announced that Riku Ayakawa's manga adaptation of Huji Masamune's light novel series Ma...
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Japan's Iconic School Swimsuits Get a Make-Over

Say goodbye to all that exposed skin ― Japanese school swimsuits, like school uniforms, are familiar to anime fans the world over thanks to their uniformity and winning fans for their sex appeal. But students who actually have to wear them have more mixed reviews, and Footmark, Japan's leading swimsuit designer, is introducing redesigned swimsuits to accommodate complaints. Footmark met in November ...
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Punch Line ‒ Episode 3

"Punch Line will never be as weird as last year's World Conquest Zvezda Plot, but it certainly isn't for lack of effort."
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Miliyah Kato, Kazunobu Mineta Perform Live-Action Piece of Cake Film's Theme

Film based on George Asakura's romance manga to open September 5 ― The official website for the live-action film of George Asakura's Piece of Cake manga updated on Thursday to announce that Miliyah Kato will perform the film's theme song "Piece of Cake -Ai o Sakebou-" (Piece of Cake -Let's Shout Our Love-) with Kazunobu Mineta. The pair co-wrote the lyrics, and Yoshihide Otomo (Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o...
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 3

"It's a fresh, invigorating take on its genre, one that really shows a willingness to try new things."
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Fan Goes Above and Beyond to Create 50m Tall Dancing AR Colossal Titan

He just needed 10-meter wide marker and a remote-control drone ― The niconico streaming service and dedicated fan KamoC really out did themselves this time. Charged with coming up with a way to recreate the formidable Colossal Titan using AR technology, KamoC went to great lengths to make the impossible task possible. He first had to make a marker that would be large enough and readable for AR techno...
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Otakon to Host Director Ei Aoki, Producer Shizuka Kurosaki

Both worked on Aldnoah.Zero ― Baltimore anime convention Otakon announced on Thursday that director Ei Aoki and producer Shizuka Kurosaki will be guests at this year's event. Aniplex of America is arranging their appearance, as they both worked on the anime Aldnoah.Zero. Aoki debuted as a director in 2004, and has since directed anime such as Fate/Zero, Girls Bravo, and Wandering Son. In 2013, he co-...
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The Witch and The Hundred Knight Also Gets PS4 Version

Nippon Ichi Software ships game in Japan on September 25 ― The official website for video game developer Nippon Ichi Software announced on Thursday that its The Witch and The Hundred Knight (Majo to Hyakkihei) PlayStation 3 game will also get a PlayStation 4 version, titled Majo to Hyakkihei: Revival. The game will ship in Japan on September 25. Further details will be revealed in the May issue of De...
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Sumo Wrestlers Welcome Spring With a Frolic Under the Cherry Blossoms

The Japan Sumo Association headed out to Hitachiōmiya in Ibaraki prefecture to welcome spring, race down the hills in cardboard boxes, and chase one another around. The images were tweeted by the association's official account with comments about how moe the wrestlers antics were. The international pros include Brazilian sumo wrestler Kaisei Ichirō, Egyptian wrestler Ōsunaarashi Kintarō, Georgian ...
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Project Itoh Anime Films Slated for October, November, December

Genocidal Organ, Harmony, The Empire of Corpses will open in theaters ― The official website for the anime film adaptations of late author Project Itoh's three novels announced the release months for the films on Thursday. Genocidal Organ will open in theaters this October, Harmony will open in November, and Shisha no Teikoku (The Empire of Corpses) will open in December. Each novel film adaptation w...
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Eiyuu Senki: The World Conquest PS3 Game's English Opening Movie Posted

3 new screenshots of PS3 tactical RPG also unveiled ― Fruitbat Factory began streaming the opening cinematic for the Eiyuu Senki: The World Conquest PlayStation 3 tactical role-playing game from developer TENCO and publisher MAGES.' label 5pb.Games. The video previews the game's characters and nations, and features the game's theme song "Infinite Melody" by Asami Imai. Fruitbat Factoy also unveiled t...
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House of 1000 Manga - Kakukaku Shikajika

If you were ever curious what life was like for the woman who created Princess Jellyfish, Jason has the manga for you. ― Kakukaku Shikajika “I want to go back in time and beat up that moron.” —Akiko Higashimura, and many other artists, talking about their younger self Few artists “live the dream” of becoming a professional when they're still a teenager. When I was a kid I dreamed of being a horror a...
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She, The Ultimate Weapon DVD

Rising from the dusty wastes of 2002, the grim embodiment of tragedy porn known as Saikano has returned to DVD. Run for your lives. ― In television writing there's an old adage about manipulating the emotions of your audience; there are various permutations on it, but the most common one is known as “kicking the puppy”. This refers to a hypothetical situation in which a writer, desperate to wring som...
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Wish Upon the Pleiades ‒ Episode 3

"Wish Upon the Pleiades took several steps forward this week, but it also took some huge steps back."
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Summon Night 5, Class of Heroes 3 PSP Games Head West

Company polls interest in physical copy pre-orders ― The official website for video game publisher Gaijinworks announced on Thursday that in partnership with MonkeyPaw Games, it aims to release PSP games Summon Night 5 and Class of Heroes 3 in North America and Europe. It also announced a poll to gauge interest in a one-time, pre-order only physical copy release, which will include both a digital cod...
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Jun Fukuyama, Toshiyuki Toyonaga Join Snow White with the Red Hair Anime's Cast

Also: eyelis to perform ending theme song for summer fantasy anime ― The June issue of Hakusensha's Lala magazine is announcing on Friday that Jun Fukuyama (Durarara!!'s Shinra) and Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Durarara!!'s Mikado) will join the cast of the television anime adaptation of Sora Akiduki's Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair) manga. Fukuyama will play Prince Raji Shenazard (s...
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Joshiraku Editing Staff Teases New Development This Summer

The Twitter account for the editing staff in charge of creator Kôji Kumeta's Kodansha titles teased a new development in the works for Joshiraku this summer. The stage play of the manga was already revealed to run this June in Tokyo. この夏、『じょしらく』に新たな動きがありま……あれ?誰か来たようだ。— くめたん(久米田康治先生担当編集) (@kume_tantou) April 22, 2015 Kumeta (Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei) and Yasu (Toradora novel illustrations) launche...
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Boruto -Naruto the Movie-'s Inojin, Shikadai, Chōchō Designs Unveiled

Film starring new protagonist Boruto to premiere on August 7 in Japan ― This year's combined 22nd and 23rd issue of Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine is revealing the designs for Inojin, Shikadai, and Chōchō for the upcoming Boruto -Naruto the Movie- film on Monday. [Highlight white text to read the character summaries below, which contain spoilers] [The text below Inojin's image reads, "His beautiful ...
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Yukako Yamagishi Joins JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven Game's Roster

Kōichi Hirose, Hol Horse, Polnareff also join lineup for PS4/PS3 game ― This year's combined 22nd and 23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will announce more playable characters on Monday for Bandai Namco Entertainment's upcoming JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven PS3/PS4 fighting game. The new characters include: Yukako Yamagishi from Part IV: Diamond is Unbreakable Kōichi Hiro...
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Ninja Slayer Anime Streamed 1 Million Times From Niconico Alone

The first episode of Studio Trigger's Ninja Slayer from Animation net anime series received more than 1 million views in its first week on the Niconico website. The anime series premiered on the Japanese streaming website Niconico on April 16 at 11:00 p.m. JST. The series is slated to air on television in Japan in 2016. Funimation is streaming the series in the United States, and will also release...
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Shōnen Jump to End Itsuki Furuya's Takujō no Ageha Manga

"High tension ping pong manga" launched in November ― This year's combined 22nd and 23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will publish the final chapter of Itsuki Furuya's Takujō no Ageha: The Table Tennis of Ageha manga on Monday. Shueisha will publish the second compiled volume on May 1 and the third compiled volume on June 4. The final chapter asked fans to look forward to Furuya's ...
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Ichigo Takano's Orange Manga Gets Live-Action Film in December

Shōjo manga about girl who gets letter from her future self debuted in 2013 ― The June issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine will announce on Saturday that Ichigo Takano's Orange shōjo manga is inspiring a live-action film adaptation. The film is slated for a December release in Toho theaters. Crunchyroll publishes the manga in English digitally, and describes the story: "What can I do now to ...

FC2 President, Co-Founder Arrested On Obscenity Charges

Video site allegedly allowed users to share, access obscene content ― NHK News Web reported on Thursday that the Kyoto Prefectural Police's anti-cybercrime unit arrested 39-year old Makoto Adachi — president of the video-sharing company FC2 and the related company Home Page System — and 38-year old Tomon Takahashi — FC2's former president and co-founder — on charges of obscenity on Wednesday. The Kyo...
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Date A Live for PS Vita's Opening Video, July 30 Date Unveiled

Date a Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation game features "Key of Truth" song by sweet ARMS ― The official website of Compile Heart's Date a Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation PS Vita game began streaming the game's opening movie on Wednesday. The video previews the game's characters, and features the song "Key of Truth" by the group sweet ARMS. In addition, the website has confirmed that Compile H...

Ghibli's When Marnie Was There Film Heads to More N. American Theaters

Toronto, Vancouver, California, Philadelphia, Boston, Minneapolis, Denver, Portland, Austin, Phoenix, Quebec, D.C, Salt Lake City, more ― Animated film distribution company GKids announced on Wednesday the list of confirmed theaters that will show the Studio Ghibli film When Marnie Was There over the next two months. The following theaters will open the film on May 22: New York, NY - IFC Center Los A...

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Tōken Ranbu's Kogitsunemaru Gets a Figure, Too

Much of the recent influx of Tōken Ranbu merch has focused squarely on Munechika Mikazuki, the tachi voiced by Kousuke Toriumi. This includes contacts, jewelry, and a Nendoroid by Good Smile Company. Kashū Kiyomitsu also has a Nendoriod coming out soon. Figure maker Max Factory has another Tōken Ranbu figure set for release based on the foxy Kogitsunemaru (Takashi Kondo). A tweet revealing the pro...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 268

"While this episode does a fair job of amusing loyal viewers, it offers little in the way of originality."
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Veteran Voice Actor Kenichi Suzumura's Latest Single Previewed in New MV

Long-time voice actor Kenichi Suzumura is busy this season. He's lending his singing chops to Masato Hijirikawa in Utano☆Princesama Revolutions, voicing the vampire Crowley Eusford in Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, the otaku husband Hajime in I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying: 2nd Thread, and Generation of Miracles' center Atsushi Murasakibara in Kuroko's Basketball. He also has his ...
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Funimation Streams Rainy Cocoa Anime

Series based on voiced manga with Japanese, English tracks ― North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it will stream the anime Rainy Cocoa (Ameiro Cocoa) as it airs in Japan. It is streaming the first three episodes of the anime now, and subsequent episodes will debut on Sundays at 11:30 a.m. The first episode premiered in Japan on April 5. Tomomi Mochizuk...
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Climb Inside the Cockpit of Japan's Other Giant Gundam

The 18-meter-tall (59-foot-tall) Gundam statue on Tokyo's Odaiba island gets all the glory. But did you know there's a version of the MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam standing in Okayama? While only measuring roughly half the height of its anime counterpart at seven-meters tall (23 feet), the Zeta Gundam offers an experience fans can't get over on Odaiba. You can climb inside the cockpit! Aspiring pilots just ...
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Toddler Evangelion Rody Rompers Now Come in More Colors

The slightly sinister line of children's clothing crossing Evangelion and Rody from Premium Bandai just got updated with more colors. The original included Unit 01 and Unit 00 with matching bibs. The new onesies are based on Asuka's Unit 02, Mari's Unit 05, Kaworu's Unit 06, and the Yuru-Shito mascot. Each outfit is selling for 4,212 yen (about U$35.80), and is expected to ship in July. [Via Minn...
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Rozen Maiden's Peach-Pit to Draw Parasyte One-Shot Manga

Story is 8th in monthly series promoting Parasyte -the maxim- TV anime ― The June issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine is announcing on Saturday that manga creator Peach-Pit will draw a one-shot based on Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte manga, titled "Oshiete! Tamiya Ryōko-sensei" (Teach Me! Professor Ryōko Tamiya) for the magazine's July issue. The magazine teases the one-shot: "Will I be eaten or will I...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, April 13-19

Attack on Titan, The Seven Deadly Sins, Case Closed, Chihayafuru, Magi in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Attack on Titan 16 352,615 1,221,309 2015/04 Kodansha Hajime Isayama 1 2 2 The Seven Deadly Sins 14 298,487 298,487 2015/04 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 2 1 3 Case Closed (Detective Conan) 86 270,326 270,326 2015/04 Sho...
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Lord of Magna Gameplay Trailer Unveils June 2 Release Date

3DS game will ship with 28-track CD ― XSeed Games began streaming a gameplay trailer on Wednesay for the Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven (Kinki no Magna) Nintendo 3DS game. The game is slated for physical and digital release on June 2 in North America, and the first-run copies will include a 28-song soundtrack CD. Marvelous Europe also announced on Tuesday that the game is slated for June 4 in Europe an...
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Columbia Sound Treasure Collection Reprints Classic Anime Soundtracks

Teppei, Umi no Triton, Lupin tai Holmes get updated CD releases ― Music label Columbia is launching a series of CD releases compiling background music from classic anime. The Columbia Sound Treasure Series has three upcoming soundtrack releases, starting first with Nippon Animation's 1970s anime Teppei (Ore wa Teppei), based on the manga by Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita no Joe). The soundtrack will be releas...

Sentai Filmworks Offers New Dub for 1985 Vampire Hunter D Anime

Streamline Pictures previously dubbed the OVA ― Sentai Filmworks confirmed with ANN that it will release the 1985 original video animation (OVA) Vampire Hunter D with a new English dub. Section 23 Films announced in its August release slate on Tuesday that the OVA is slated for Blu-ray and DVD on August 25. Streamline Pictures previously dubbed the OVA into English. Urban Vision also released the OVA...
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Kyōkai no Rinne ‒ Episode 3

"While Rinne and Sakura continue to traverse the worlds of the living and the dead, other elements of the plot that inhabit these liminal spaces become more pronounced."
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 13-19

Future Card Buddyfight game debuts ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 13-19 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Girls Mode 3 KiraKira ☆ Coordi Nintendo April 16 55,179 55,179 2PS4 Dying Light Warner Entertainment Japan April 16 25,530 25,530 85 33DS Future Card Buddyfight: Yūjō no Bakunetsu Fight FuRyu April 16 16,630 16,630 4PSV Minecraft: PlayStation...

All You Need Is Kill, In Clothes Called Fat, Master Keaton, One-Punch Man, Showa: A History of Japan, Wolf Children Nominated for Eisner Awards

Massive: Gay Erotic Manga also nominated for Best Anthology ― The 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards panel of judges announced its nominees for the best works in the comic book industry on Wednesday. Five manga titles are vying for the Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award: All You Need Is Kill Storyboard: Ryōsuke Takeuchi / Original creator: Hiroshi Sakurazaka / Original Charact...
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Hestia's String Crosses Over into Hayate the Combat Butler

Kenjirou Hata is getting in on the #例の紐 (That String) trend based on Hestia's outfit from Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? The title page for this week's chapter of Hayate the Combat Butler in Weekly Shonen Sunday featured Hinagiku Katsura in the trending outfit. 畑センセーなにやってんすかwww pic.twitter.com/e3LKpZCZde— 謎の七面鳥㌠【アドセンスクリックお願い】 (@7mencho) April 21, 2015 Hestia and her notorious co...
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Kyo Kara Maoh! Stage Play Cast Unveiled

Play will premiere on October 1 ― The official website for the upcoming Kyo kara Maoh! stage play, titled Kyo kara Maoh!: Maō Saikōrin (I'm Demon King From Today On!: Second Advent of the Demon King), announced the main cast on Wednesday. The cast includes: Seiya as Yuri Shibuya Kentarō Kanesaki as Gwendal Yūta Higuchi as Wolfram Gaku Shindō as Josak Yoshikazu Kotani as Günter Taiishi Sugie as Rick S...
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Sony Teases PS4, PS Vita Spring/Summer Lineup in Video

1st footage of Falcom's Tokyo Xanadu, Taiko no Tatsujin: V Version ― Sony Computer Entertainment Japan launched a new web portal on Tuesday, and it hosts a video highlighting the games slated for release on the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita platforms this spring and summer. The video includes the first footage of the Tokyo Xanadu and Taiko no Tatsujin: V Version (Taiko: Drum Master V Version) PS Vita gam...
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The X Button - Zest for Life

This week: part two of Global Gamers Day with Godzilla, Tales, and manga stars! Plus Amnesia: Memories, Tokyo Xanadu, and your chance to pick your GameArts favorites! ― GameArts doesn't make much noise these days. GungHo Online Entertainment took over the company years ago, and they seldom bring up the Lunar games, the Grandia series, Thexder, GunGriffon, or any GameArts series other than Ragnarok O...
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Sound! Euphonium ‒ Episode 3

"Unless the band can pull together, there will be no concert appearances for them."
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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past GN

Straight from your childhood and the pages of Nintendo Power, Manga great Shotaro Ishinomori puts his own spin on the classic Nintendo game. ― Link, that pantsless elven hero of many a video game, is back from the dead pages of Nintendo Power Magazine! For fans of the Nintendo franchise The Legend of Zelda who were either not subscribing to the Nintendo Power Magazine in 1992 or are not familiar with...
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Mikagura School Suite ‒ Episode 3

"A series like this is like a shark: it needs to keep moving if it wants to stay alive."
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J-Stars Victory VS+ Game's New Videos Showcase One Piece, Saint Seiya, Yu Yu Hakusho

Gameplay from fighting game shipping in the West in June ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming two English "battle stars" trailer for its fighting game Shonen Jump's J-Stars Victory VS+ on Wednesday. The video features the characters from One Piece, Saint Seiya, and Yu Yu Hakusho. The PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita game will feature the original Japanese audio track ...
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Isao Takahata's Gauche the Cellist Listed on Blu-ray/DVD in Japan With English Subtitles

Walt Disney Japan announced on Monday that it will release four films from Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki — two animators who would eventually co-found Studio Ghibli — on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on July 17. Retailers list one of the films, Takahata's 1972 film Gauche the Cellist (Serohiki no Gauche), with Japanese, English, and French subtitles under the Ghibli ga Ippai Collection label. This film ...
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Panda! Go, Panda! Blu-ray/DVD Listed in Japan With English Dub, Subtitles

Walt Disney Japan announced on Monday that it will release four films from Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki — two animators who would eventually co-found Studio Ghibli — on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on July 17. Retailers list one of the films, 1972's Panda! Go, Panda! (Panda Kopanda), with dubbing and subtitles in both Japanese and English under the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka Library label. Pioneer Entertai...
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Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold Streamed Over 2 Million Times in 10 Days

The Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold anime series has been streamed over 2 million times in the 10 days between its April 11 debut and April 20. It has been streaming in 222 countries and territories globally. The anime is streaming in Japan on Daisuki, Hulu Japan, and other services. It is also streaming in 13 languages on Daisuki, Crunchyroll, YouTube, iQiyi (China), Hulu (North America), and other maj...
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ATASHIn'CHI Family Comedy Manga Gets New TV Anime in October

30-minute weekly anime with returning voice cast, new stories by creator Eiko Kera ― The comedy television anime ATASHIn'CHI is getting a new series that will premiere this October. Shin ATASHIn'CHI (New ATASHIn'CHI) will run on the Animax channel, and the original ATASHIn'CHI manga's creator Eiko Kera is writing brand new stories for it. The official website and Twitter account for ATASHIn'CHI poste...
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One Piece's Ace Stars in 3rd Stop-Motion 'Cry heart' Short

New short recreates famous scene from Eiichiro Oda 's manga ― Banpresto began streaming a stop-motion animated video for its "One Piece Cry heart ~children's dream~” line of crane game prize figures on Monday. The short recreates the famous scene of [Highlight white text to read spoilers] Ace's death from Eiichiro Oda's manga and anime: Unlike most figures, Banpresto's "Cry heart" figures is delibera...
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Atelier Rorona's 3DS Remake Previewed in Promo Video

Game slated for June 4 in Japan ― The official website for Koei Tecmo's upcoming Nintendo 3DS remake of Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland began streaming a new promotional video on Wednesday. The Nintendo 3DS remake was originally slated for a March 26 release, but was delayed when publisher KOEI Tecmo wanted more time to improve the game's quality. Nintendo first announced the remake last Nove...

2nd Diabolik Lovers Season's Cast, Staff, Title, Fall Premiere Unveiled

Takahiro Sakurai, Ryohei Kimura, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Daisuke Kishio join cast as Mukami vampire brothers ― The official Twitter account for the Diabolik Lovers anime announced on Wednesday that the second season will premiere this fall under the title Diabolik Lovers More, Blood. Diabolik Lovers More, Blood is also the title of the fan disc follow-up to the first PSP game from Otomate (Idea Factory, Re...

New Xenoblade Chronicles X Game Trailer Previews Story

Wii U game shipping next week in Japan, 2015 for NA, Europe, Australia ― The official website for Monolith Soft's upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles X (Xenoblade X in Japan) Wii U action role-playing game began streaming the game's story trailer on Wednesday. The video previews scenes from the game's story and cinematics. In Xenoblade Chronicles X, the player will join an organization called BLADE, where ...
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Playism Brings Japanese Indie Games to the West for PS3, PS4, Vita

TorqueL, Prismatic Solid slated for 2015 ― Indie game digital distribution platform Playism announced on its website on Tuesday that it will begin publishing Japanese indie games in North America and Europe for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita platforms. Playism already publishes indie games in Japan on the same platforms, and also publishes Japanese indie games in English on the PC. Pla...
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Live-Action Lupin III Film's Trailer English-Subtitled

Australia's Madman Ent. offers film on DVD/Blu-ray on June 24 ― Australian distributor Madman Entertainment began streaming the full trailer for the 2014 live-action Lupin III movie with English subtitles. The same trailer debuted in Japan last June. Madman Entertainment describes the movie: Interpol Inspector Zenigata begins a world-wide hunt for the infamous thief Arsène Lupin III, who, with his ca...

Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast Trailer English-Subtitled

Film about boy trained by supernatural creature opens on July 11 in Japan ― Australian anime distributor Madman Entertainment began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for Mamoru Hosoda's upcoming The Boy and the Beast film on Wednesday. The distributor says that the film is "coming soon to cinemas." The film's official Japanese website previously began streaming the trailer, as well as a 30-secon...
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Ghibli's Ocean Waves Blu-ray Listed in Japan With English Subtitles

Walt Disney Japan lists the July 17 release of Tomomi Mochizuki and Studio Ghibli's television special Ocean Waves (Umi ga Kikoeru) on Blu-ray Disc. Retailers list the Blu-ray Disc with Japanese and English subtitles under the Ghibli ga Ippai Collection label. Optimum Releasing released the special on DVD in the United Kingdom in 2010, and Madman Entertainment released it on DVD in Australia later...

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Scarlett Johansson: Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Begins Filming in Early 2016

Actress Scarlett Johansson gave an update on Dreamworks' live-action Ghost in the Shell film during the press event for next month's Avengers: Age of Ultron. She told the Collider website, "It will be shooting the beginning of next year, so I think we start production January or February and it's me and Rupert [Sanders]; and that's all I know." The anime studio Production I.G pitched the rights fo...
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Katawa Shoujo English Eroge Gets Japanese Physical Version

Katawa Shoujo, the English-language eroge developed by a staff of volunteers from 4chan's /a/ board, is getting a Japanese-language physical version. The project originally started based on a doujin by RAITA with an omake page with a focus on girls with varying medical conditions. The image was posted in 2007 and the group of volunteers labored on the project until the final chapter was released i...

Boruto -Naruto the Movie- Teaser English-Subtitled

Yuko Sanpei voices Boruto in new sequel premiering on August 7 ― Australian anime distributor Madman Entertainment began streaming the teaser trailer for the Boruto -Naruto the Movie- anime with English subtitles on Tuesday. The trailer features narration by Houchu Ohtsuka, the voice of Jiraiya. Yuko Sanpei will play Boruto (pictured top left in image below) and Kokoro Kikuchi will play Sarada (pictu...
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Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold 3DS RPG Trailer Previews Classic Mode

Mode allows customizable parties as original DS game did ― Atlus USA posted a trailer for the Classic Mode in the Nintendo 3DS role-playing game Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight (Shin Sekai-ju no Meikyū 2: Fafnir no Kishi). This mode allows players to create their own custom characters for their party, just as the original Etrian Odyssey II game for Nintendo DS did. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold:...
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Yoshino Nanjou Uses Polar Bear Animal Therapy to Battle Stress in Cough Drop Commercial

Cough drops are one of many over-the-counter remedies to make battling the common cold more tolerable. Halls went out on a limb in its latest advertisement, combining animal therapy, polar bears, and voice actress Yoshino Nanjou. The commercial recounts how therapy animals like dogs and cats (and apparently polar bears) are used to deal with stress. It then introduces voice actress Yoshino Nanjou ...
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Beyond the Boundary Film's Theme Song's Full Music Video Streamed

The full theme song for the Gekijō-ban Kyōkai no Kanata -I'll Be Here- Mirai-hen film sequel to Kyoto Animation's Beyond the Boundary supernatural anime series began streaming on Tuesday. Minori Chihara, who voices Mitsuki Nase, returns to sing "Aitakatta Sora" (I Wanted to Meet the Sky). The television anime premiered in Japan in 2013, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime into several countries as ...
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One Week Friends' Hazuki Launches Boku ga Boku de Aru Tame ni Manga in Fall

One Week Friends manga previously adapted into TV anime ― The May issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine will reveal on Wednesday that Matcha Hazuki (One Week Friends) will launch a new manga series titled Boku ga Boku de Aru Tame ni (For Me to Remain Myself) in the magazine this fall. The magazine teases the plot: Can I even say in a few words what kind of person I am? Growing up and becoming ...
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Santa Company's Kenji Studio Streams English-Subtitled Coluboccoro Clip

Kickstarter funded DVD/Blu-ray release ― KENJI STUDIO, director Kenji Itoso's studio, released a three-minute, English-subtitled clip from its short anime film Coluboccoro on Monday to celebrate the success of its Kickstarter campaign to release the film on Blu-ray and DVD with English subtitles. As of press time, the campaign has earned US$38,077 with 10 days remaining. The first stretch goal, at US...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 19-25

Unlimited Psychic Squad anime; Kagerou Daze, Let's Dance a Waltz, Puella Magi Tart Magica, So, I Can't Play H manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Devil Survivor 2 The Animation Blu-ray Complete CollectionPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 April 21 Freezing Vibration DVD/Blu-ray Complete SetCite Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 April 21 Freezing Vibration DVD/Blu-ray...
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Sailor Moon Crystal Character Song Album's Mars & Venus Duet Previewed

The official Sailor Moon Crystal Instagram account uploaded a preview for the Sailor Mars and Sailor Venuss' duet "Star on Stars" track from the upcoming "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Character Music Collection: Crystal Collection" album on Monday. Voice actors Rina Satou and Shizuka Itou perform the song with lyrics and arrangement by Akiko Kosaka. 「美少女戦士セーラームーンCrystal」キャラクター音楽集CrystalColl...
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Hakuoki Visual Novel Debuts on iOS, Android in US, Canada

Downloadable otome game includes new bonus chapter ― Japan-based digital content company Gloczus announced on Monday that it has released the otome visual novel Hakuoki on iOS and Android devices in the United States and Canada. This release will have a new chapter titled "Tea Ceremony," which includes six new characters and new Japanese audio recording. The port was previously released in Europe on ...

Voice Actress Noriko Shitaya Gets Married

Shitaya plays Fate's Sakura Matō ― Voice actress Noriko Shitaya announced on her blog this Wednesday that she has married a man outside the industry. She describes her partner as someone who is the straight man to her scatterbrain, and also as someone warm and reliable. With her marriage, she says, she hopes to grow as a person and as an actress. Shitaya's anime roles include Sakura Matō in the Fate ...
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Anime Fans Rank the 'Must See' Anime Pilgrimage Sites

The real-world locales seen in popular anime series inspire fans to trek through Japan to reach their favorite "Holy Land." The Washinomiya Shrine in Lucky Star might be best known for hundreds of thousands of visitors it gets on New Year and through out the year. Recent sites of otaku adoration include Chichibu, the setting for the romantic drama anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, and Oarai, wh...
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Voice Actress Saori Hayami to Sing Snow White with the Red Hair's Opening

Hayami also stars as Snow White ― Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Japan opened an official website on Tuesday for voice actress Saori Hayami, announcing that her debut single as a solo artist, "Yasashii Kibou" (Kind Hope), will be the opening theme for the upcoming anime Akagami no Shirayukihime (Snow White With the Red Hair). Hayami previously performed theme songs for other anime, including Tsuk...
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When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace Episodes 1-12 Streaming

Trigger's chuuni-drenched follow-up to Kill la Kill struggles to get out of that hit show's long shadow. ― When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace is many things. Firstly, it's a light novel adaptation, as its lengthy title might indicate. It has the familiar marks of the genre: chuunibiyou characters with insights into how they tick, goofy school antics and a harem for the main male chuuni. Yet...
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Tales Of The Industry - The Mecha Saw Combat

A harrowing story of survival, police, danger, high speeds and car wrecks involving a giant mecha, playing out in real life the streets of Los Angeles! ― Welcome to “Tales of the Industry,” a column where we will share stories from real working professionals in the anime business. This week, we have another anonymous tale contributed by a current or former members of the industry, with details chang...
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Ice Blade's Takahashi Launches Zankyō Manga in May

New manga will be creator's 1st Shogakukan series ― This year's 10th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine will announce on Friday that manga creator Tsutomu Takahashi (Tetsuwan Girl, Skyhigh, Bakuon Rettō) will launch a new series titled Zankyō (Resonance) in the magazine's 11th issue, which Shogakukan will publish on May 8. The manga will have a color opening page, and it will also ador...
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Oda's Psychic Detective Yakumo Manga Goes on Indefinite Hiatus

Artist Suzuka Oda takes maternity leave starting this month ― The June issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Asuka magazine will announce on Friday that Suzuka Oda's Psychic Detective Yakumo manga will go on an indefinite hiatus beginning this month due to the artist going on maternity leave. In the announcement, Oda writes that she will continue to check the her health constantly so that she can get back to w...
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Wizardry Online Game Adds Hestia's String in Collaboration Event

Also: Support item for adventurers to be revealed next week ― The online RPG Wizardry Online announced on Tuesday that it will be collaborating with the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka?) television anime. Beginning on Tuesday after maintenance ends, Hestia's string will be available as an accessory that is available for play...
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Compile Heart Teases Fairy Fencer F for PS4 in Video

Yoshitaka Amano, Nobuo Uematsu, Toshiki Inoue, Neptunia team reunite after earlier PS3 game ― The official website for Compile Heart's Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force game for PlayStation 4 began streaming a teaser video for the game on Tuesday. The video confirms the returning staff from the original Fairy Fencer F PS3 game. Compile Heart announced Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force at the SCEJA Pr...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, April 13-19

Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! sells 3,553, followed by Yowapeda, CG Doraemon, Assassination Classroom film song, Psycho-Pass 2 ― "Koro-sensa-tions," the theme song for the live-action Assassination Classroom film by the group "Sensa-tions," sold 1,275 more copies for a new total of 126,110. In its fifth week, it dropped from #9 to #23 on the overall DVD chart. Kenichi Suzumura Live Tour 2014 Ves...

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

Yuki Yuna is a Hero sells 6,422, followed by Psycho-Pass 2, Yowapeda, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, Akame ga KILL! ― Kenichi Suzumura Live Tour 2014 Vessel sold 752 copies to debut at #24 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 - Yuki Yuna is a Hero 5 6,422 6,422 15/4/15 PC Animation 1 1 ...
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Moomin's Snufkin Voice Actor Hiroyuki Nishimoto Passes Away

Veteran stage actor also worked on Japanese dubs of animated Disney movies ― Actor Hiroyuki Nishimoto passed away on Sunday, April 19, due to aortic dissection. He was 88 years old. He is survived by his wife, Akiko. A wake will be held on April 26, and services will be held on April 27. Nishimoto began as a stage actor, joining acting troupes such as Bungakuza and co-founding the Gekidan Kumo group ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, April 6-12

Live-action Kin Kyori Renai sells 6,148 + 2,722, followe by Assassination Classroom film song, CG Doraemon, Bakumatsu Rock musical, When Marnie Was There ― The deluxe edition for the live-action film of Rin Mikimoto's Kin Kyori Renai manga debuted at #2 on the overall DVD chart. It sold 6,418 copies. The regular edition was #5 with 2,722 copies. "Koro-sensa-tions," the theme song for the live-action ...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, April 6-12

Fafner Exodus sells 5,818, followed by Kin Kyori Renai, Sailor Moon Crystal, Kamen Rider Drive & Black ― The deluxe edition for the live-action film of Rin Mikimoto's Kin Kyori Renai manga debuted at #6 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. It sold 5,641 copies. The regular edition was #23 with 872 copies. Kamen Rider Drive Blu-ray Collection 1 landed at #11 with 2,030 copies, followed by Kamren Rider B...
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Lovely Muco! Manga by Kemono to Chat's Mizushina Gets New TV Anime

Takayuki Mizushina's manga about dog & glass-blower already inspired TV shorts ― The seventh compiled volume of Takayuki Mizushina's Itoshi no Muco (Lovely Muco!) manga is announcing on Thursday that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit for this fall. The manga depicts the life of the pet dog Muco and his owner Komatsu, who lives in his glass-making workshop in the mountains. The manga al...
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Comic High! Magazine to End in May

Most series transferring to Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine ― The May issue of Futabasha's Comic High! magazine is announcing on Wednesday that the magazine's June issue, which will ship on May 22, will be its last. Azure Konno's Shiritsu Hakanai Gakuen (No Pants, No Problem), Sawaka Yamana's Shōnen Shōjo Rare Card, Idumi Kirihara's Saboten no Musume, and Sato Yoshimi's Dysmatopia manga series wi...
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