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Shelf Life - A Gluten For Punishment

This week's new releases! Plus, three new reviews, including the tasty Yakitate!! Japan, Place to Place, and the third season of The World God Only Knows. ― We've got three reviews for you this week. I sank my teeth into the delectable Yakitate!! Japan, while Paul tackled Place to Place and the third season of The World God Only Knows. Jump to this week's reviews: Place to Place Complete Collection ...
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Sailor Moon BD+DVD Part Two

The second part of the first season of Sailor Moon is out, but did they manage to fix all those video problems? ― Well, they tried. It is apparent that the video quality has risen from the first disastrous release of Sailor Moon put out by Viz, and the untrained eye will mostly notice that in the Blu-Ray images are a bit clearer and the ghosting is less noticeable with the exceptions of the second an...
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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma GN 5

Food Wars! continues being chock-a-block with cliffhangers and competitions guaranteed to make you reluctant to put the book down once you've started reading. ― KFC and IHOP are not going to cut it when you've finished reading this volume of Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma. From breakfasts to tempt even the least enthusiastic morning eater to fried chicken that will make you wish you could pull it out o...
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The List - 7 Manga for Monster Girl Lovers

First there were catgirls, then maids, then robot girls; presently, we live in the age of the monster girl. Here are seven shining examples of the genre. ― Supernatural romantic comedies have a strong, dedicated fanbase among both male and female readers. Commentary on its quality aside, Twilight was immensely popular and shone a light on a new sub-section of young adult novels. Vampire stories, inc...
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ANNCast - Encyclopedia Brits-Ani-ca

Anime scholars extraordinaire Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements drop by the ANNCast clubhouse to discuss their new book, the monolithic behemoth known as The Anime Encyclopedia: Third Revised Edition. ― ANNCast Episode 221: Encyclopedia Brits-Ani-ca Get the Flash Player to see this player. Anime scholars extraordinaire Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements drop by the ANNCast clubhouse to discuss ...
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Answerman - Endlessly Searching

Justin answers two questions about really long series: is longevity something the creators prefer? And why do they get licensed less? Plus, prospects for some re-releases, and why so much hentai got licensed back in the day. ― What happened? The questions dried up again! Once again this week, I was really desperate for questions. Is it because everybody is on spring break? Anyway, I need your help! ...
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Your Lie in April Episodes 1-22 Streaming

Your Lie in April paints adolescent love and musical performance in exuberant colors, and almost gets away with it, too. ― Your Lie in April is a beautiful show. That should be stated first, both because it's true, and because that's where the show itself begins. The first episode opens with a gorgeous, nearly wordless sequence of a girl chasing a cat through blooming spring flowers. Light piano sets...
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Log Horizon GN 1

Fans of the Log Horizon anime might find story questions answered more quickly in the first volume of this manga adaptation of the light novel. ― Log Horizon, like many a recent franchise, began its life as a series of light novels, in this case by Mamare Touno, before being adapted into both anime and manga. As might reasonably be expected, the difference in the adaptive mediums make each version a ...
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Tuesday, March 31

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Ray, Mami Kawada to Sing To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness 2nd Themes

Anime's 2nd season to premiere with returning cast, staff in July ― The May issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is announcing on Saturday that Ray (To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness, Waiting in the Summer, A Lull in the Sea) and Mami Kawada (Jormungand, A Certain Magical Index, Please Twins!) will perform the To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness 2nd anime's theme songs. Ray performed the first season's ope...

Noragami Supernatural TV Anime Gets 2nd Season

Bones staff, cast return from 1st season based on Adachitoka's manga ― The May issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine is announcing on Monday that a second season of the Noragami television anime has been green-lit. The new season will reunite the staff and cast from the first season based on Adachitoka's manga: Director: Kotaro Tamura Series Composition: Deko Akao Character Design: Toshihiro Ka...
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Yuko Oshima's 1st Voice Role After Leaving AKB48 Is Anpanman Film Heroine

Oshima also singing "Anpanman Taisō" for the film ― The official website of the next film in the Anpanman anime franchise, Soreike! Anpanman: Miija to Mahō no Lamp (Do It! Anpanman: Miija and the Magic Lamp), announced on Tuesday that the film has cast former AKB48 member Yuko Oshima as the movie's heroine and guest character, Miija. This is her first voice-acting role since leaving the AKB48 idol gr...
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Girls & Panzer Voice Actress Ikumi Nakagami Announces Pregnancy

Voice of Yukari in Girls und Panzer, Io Mizusawa in White Album 2 ― Voice actress Ikumi Nakagami announced on her blog on Tuesday that she is currently pregnant. She noted that she was approaching her fourth wedding anniversary, and that she had wanted a child ever since she got married, but she was cast as Yukari Akiyama in Girls und Panzer very soon after her wedding, and chose to prioritize her wo...
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Cool Japan Fund Invests In Kadokawa's Content Creator Development Projects

Allows Kadokawa to expand education projects in Asia, Europe, Australia ― Cool Japan Fund Inc. said on Monday that it will invest up to 450 million yen (about US $3.7 million) in Kadokawa Corporation's projects to develop content creators for anime and manga outside Japan. Kadokawa already operates a school for manga and anime artists in Taiwan, along with a a card game illustration course in a polyt...

Bandai Namco Opens Rights to Pac-Man, '80s Game Properties

Other companies can use IP from Xevious, Galaxian, Druaga, 14 other titles ― Japanese financial news source Nikkei reported on Tuesday that Bandai Namco Games is opening up the rights to 17 of their older video game properties. By making the rights available for use, the company hopes to revive interest in the properties. Bandai Namco is allowing access to the following properties: Pac-Man Xevious Ga...
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The Heroic Legend of Arslan Faces A Colossal Titan in A Train Station Billboard

An interesting billboard has popped up at JR Shinkuku Station in Tokyo. It features the lead character of The Heroic Legend of Arslan, the TV anime adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's manga, based on Yoshiki Tanaka's novels. Behind him are 258,000 soldiers from Lusitania, as well as 138,000 soldiers from Pars. But look even closer and you'll see some more familiar faces: To the left is a Colossal Titan...
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U.K. Writer Jay Basu to Pen Metal Gear Solid Film Script

Basu previously wrote The Dinosaur Project ― The Deadline website reported on Monday that British writer Jay Basu (The Dinosaur Project, Fast Girls) has closed a deai with Sony Pictures to write the planned film of the Metal Gear Solid video game series. Most of the games in the Metal Gear Solid series follow Solid Snake, a special forces operative that slowly becomes involved in a global conspiracy....

Monday, March 30

Mazinkaiser SKL's Kawagoe Helms Cyborg 009's New 50th Anniversary Anime

Jun Kawagoe also directed Cyborg 009 The Cyborg Soldier TV anime in 2001 ― The official website of the late manga creator Shotaro Ishinomori announced on Tuesday that director Jun Kawagoe is helming a new Cyborg 009 anime project. The project celebrates the 50th anniversary since Ishinomori's original Cyborg 009 manga was first serialized in 1964. The website also revealed a visual for the project. ...
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Aisawa Riku Manga Wins 19th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize's Top Award

A Silent Voice, Chiisana Koi no Monogatari, Sensha Yoshida also win Asahi Shimbun announced the winners for the 19th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize awards on Tuesday. Grand Prize Aisawa Riku Yoiko Hoshi Bungeishunju Riku is a 14-year-old middle school student who can turn on fake tears like a faucet. New Creator Prize A Silent Voice Yoshitoki Ōima Kodansha Young boy Jōya Ishida has the motto of...
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Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road ‒ Episode 24

"Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road never loses sight of what it is, a sports anime with a lot of heart and an uplifting message of friendship and support."

Funimation Licenses Studio Trigger's Ninja Slayer Anime Series

Action series premieres in Japan on Niconico on April 16 ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Monday that it has acquired the streaming and home video rights to Ninja Slayer From Animation, the television anime adaptation of the Ninja Slayer novel series. Funimation will announce the simulcast start date and time at a later date. Funimation describes the story: Ninjas. Karate. Sushi. The dystopian...
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MMA Fighter Ronda Rousey's Always Been A Big Dragon Ball Z Fan

The anime community has been in a bit of a tizzy ever since MMA fighter, Olympian, actress, and author Ronda Rousey showed up to Wrestlemania with The Rock and completely dominated, all while rocking a Dragon Ball Z "It's Over 9000!!" shirt. Especially since there's a large contingent of anime fans who also profess to love professional wrestling. Rousey has been a fan for quite a while, though. Sh...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Baby Steps, I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying 2nd Seasons

I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying will premiere on April 2; Baby Steps 2 on April 5 ― Media service Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will stream Baby Steps 2 and I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying: 2nd Thread television anime. Baby Steps 2 will begin for all users on April 5 at 6 a.m. EDT in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America (Central and...
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Manga Artists Express Admiration for Live-Action Adaptation of Kite

Masamune Shirow, Hiroya Oku and more give their opinions ― Four manga artists and a voice actress — Marina Inoue — have expressed their admiration for the live-action American adaptation of Kite, which opens in Japan on April 11. Hiroya Oku, the creator of the similarly violent Gantz, wrote, "I was more than a little nervous about an original Japanese anime being adapted as a Hollywood film...

Dark Horse to Release Planetes Manga as Omnibus Volumes

Sci-fi series from Vinland Saga creator previously released by Tokyopop ― Dark Horse Comics confirmed with ANN on Monday that it will release Makoto Yukimura's Planetes manga in an omnibus format with all color pages included. The first volume is slated for December 22 for US$19.99. Tokyopop previously licensed and released the series in North America, and Bandai Entertainment released the 2003 anime...
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Yatterman Night ‒ Episode 12

"The series started incredibly strong, but lost momentum as it fell into more well-worn plots and ideas."
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Fukushima Gainax's Anime Museum Opens in April

Visitors to Fukushima Prefecture will soon be able to visit Kuso to Art no Museum - Fukushima Sakura Yugakusha, or the Museum of Fantasy and Art - Fukushima Sakura Yugakusha. The museum, which officially opens April 1, was founded by a subsidiary of animation production house Gainax, which will also be setting up an anime studio at the same site under the name Fukushima Gainax. The goal was to est...
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16th Animator Expo Short is Suda51's 'Tsukikage no Tokio'

Takanobu Mizuno directs story about eight guardians of the solar system ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, announced on Monday that the 16th short will be "Tsukikage no Tokio ~Tokio of the Moon's Shadow~" directed by Takanobu Mizuno at Kamikaze Douga and written by Goichi "Suda51" Suda (Grasshopper Manufacture). Da...
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Shelf Life - A Gluten For Punishment

This week's new releases! Plus, three new reviews, including the tasty Yakitate!! Japan, Place to Place, and the third season of The World God Only Knows. ― We've got three reviews for you this week. I sank my teeth into the delectable Yakitate!! Japan, while Paul tackled Place to Place and the third season of The World God Only Knows. Jump to this week's reviews: Place to Place Complete Collection ...
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Plastic Memories' 1st Episode Previewed in Video

Sora Amamiya, Yasuaki Takumi, Sayuri Yahagi, more star in anime premiering April 4 ― Aniplex began streaming a preview for the first episode of the Plastic Memories anime on Monday. The episode will be titled, "Hajimete no Partner" (First Partner.) Plastic Memories Ep.1 Preview by pKjd Michiru: Hello! I'm Michiru Kinushima from the Terminal Service! Zack: I'm Zack. Nice to meet you. Michiru: It's alm...

Viz's Shonen Jump Adds Yūki Tabata's Black Clover Fantasy Manga to Regular Line-Up

Chapter four will run in next week's issue and Viz will release subsequent chapters quickly to catch up to the Japanese release ― This week's issue of Viz Media's Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine announced on Monday that it will begin serializing Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga beginning in next week's issue. Chapter four will run in next week's issue and Viz will release subsequent chapters quic...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses The Eden of Grisaia, The Labyrinth of Grisaia Anime

Special, TV series based on adult PC game to premiere in April ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it licensed The Labyrinth of Grisaia 60-minute special and The Eden of Grisaia anime series. Sentai Filmworks will release the series "soon" through select digital outlets followed by a home video release. The Labyrinth of Grisaia is a collection of sequels for all of the game's heroines, and al...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Gets SD Spinoff Manga

Yu-Gi-Oh! D Team Zexal's Tomonaga to draw series ― The official website for Shueisha's Saikyo Jump manga magazine announced that an SD (super deformed) manga series for Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V will begin in the May issue on April 3. Akihiro Tomonaga (Yu-Gi-Oh! D Team Zexal) will draw the series, titled Yu-Gi-Oh Arc-V Saikyo Duelist Yūya (Strongest Duelist Yūya). The tagline reads "You can enjoy the Arc-V sto...
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Sailor Moon BD+DVD Part Two

The second part of the first season of Sailor Moon is out, but did they manage to fix all those video problems? ― Well, they tried. It is apparent that the video quality has risen from the first disastrous release of Sailor Moon put out by Viz, and the untrained eye will mostly notice that in the Blu-Ray images are a bit clearer and the ghosting is less noticeable with the exceptions of the second an...
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Disney Streams Polygon Pictures' 2nd Tsum Tsum Short

Super-deformed characters from mobile game and plush toys star in TV shorts ― Disney Japan began streaming the second episode from the Tsum Tsum series of comedy CG anime shorts on Monday. The series draws inspiration from the Line: Tsum Tsum mobile app game that also inspired a popular international line of plush toys. Hiroshi Chida directed the anime with CG supervisor Yoshiki Nakao at Polygon Pict...
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Vocaloid-Inspired Nou Shou Sakuretsu Girl Film Reveals Cast

Hinata Kashiwagi, Seika Taketomi in summer film based on rerulili's song ― The official website for the Nou Shou Sakuretsu Girl (Spinal Fluid Explosion Girl) live-action film announced the film's main cast earlier this month. The website also revealed that the film is slated to premiere this summer. The main cast includes: Hinata Kashiwagi as Hana Ichii Seika Taketomi as Hana Inasawa Moka Kamishirais...
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15 Nogizaka46 Idols Chosen for Joshiraku Stage Play

5 roles triple-cast for June play of manga by Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei's Kumeta & Toradora's Yasu ― An audition between the members of the Nogizaka46 idol group was held on Sunday to decide the casting for the upcoming stage play of Koji Kumeta and Yasu's Joshiraku manga. 15 out of the 39 members were selected for five triple-cast roles by scriptwriter and producer Keita Kawajiri and the fans who at...
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Yamaha Streams Master of Torque Net Anime's 2nd Season

Futuristic motorcycle anime originally launched in March 2013 ― YAMAHA began streaming the second season of the Master of Torque original net anime last Thursday. The video features the ending theme song "Rinne no Perihelion" (Perihelion of the Cycle of Rebirth) by Megumi Nishibayashi. Thec cast stars Hiroshi Kamiya, Atsuko Enomoto, Sanae Kobayashi, Saki Ogasawara, and Yoko Hikasa, among others. The ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, March 16-22

A Letter to Momo film airs ― A Letter to Momo aired on TBS on Sunday, March 22 at 2:59 a.m. and earned a 0.7% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV March 22 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 14.9 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV March 22 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 10.0 Detective Conan NTV March 21 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 9.2 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi March 20 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 9.0 Dorae...
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Spike Chunsoft Teases Fushigi no Chronicle for PS4/Vita in Video

Start of new Fushigi franchise after Mystery Dungeon (Fushigi no Dungeon) games ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a teaser movie for Fushigi no Chronicle: Furikaerimasen Katsu Made wa (Mystery Chronicle: I Won't Look Back Until I Win), the start of a new Fushigi game franchise after its popular Mystery Dungeon (Fushigi no Dungeon) games. The game will debut on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita system...
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Chi's Sweet Home Manga to Resume on April 9

Kanata Konami put series about cat's everyday life on hiatus last July ― This year's 18th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Morning magazine is announcing on Thursday that Kanata Konami is resuming her Chi's Sweet Home manga in the next issue on April 9. The next new weekly chapter will feature a color opening page. The magazine had announced last July that the weekly manga would go on hiatus until this spr...

One Peace Books Adds The Rising of the Shield Hero Fantasy Novel, Manga Series

Aneko Yusagi's Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari online fantasy & Aiya Kyu's manga companion ― One Peace Books confirmed with ANN on Sunday that it is releasing Aneko Yusagi's The Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari) light novel series and Aiya Kyū's manga adaptation in English. One Peace Books plans to release the first novel volume on September 15, the second novel volume on October 20, ...
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Japanese Man Arrested for Uploading Liar Game Manga via Share Program

Japan's Association of Copyright for Computer Software (ACCS) reported last Wednesday that the Chiba Prefectural Police's anti-cybercrime unit arrested a 36-year-old unemployed male suspect in Shinagawa, Tokyo last Tuesday on charges of violating the Copyright Act of Japan. The suspect allegedly used the file-sharing program Share to upload the 197th chapter of Shinobu Kaitani and Shueisha's Liar ...
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19th Detective Conan Film Casts Former Kara Idol Kang Jiyoung

Assassination Classroom actress plays art museum guide in April 18 film ― The official website for the 19th Detective Conan film, Detective Conan: Gōka no Himawari (Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno), announced on Monday that the film has cast Kang Jiyoung, a former member of South Korean pop girl group KARA. She will play a guide in an art museum, the setting of the film. Kang Jiyoung, a huge D...
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Crunchyroll Briefly Tweeted About Streaming Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life Season 3

On its Twitter account on Sunday, the media service Crunchyroll posted that it will stream the third season of the Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life television anime. However, the post does not link to a public press release or announcement, and the post has since been removed. The new season will premiere in July. Tomoko Fujinoki and supercell member Yoshiki Usa's Wooser no Sono Higurashi original 3D s...
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Kodocha Stage Play Casts Sailor Moon's Kotono Mitsuishi, TeniMyu's Ikkei Yamamoto

Evangelion voice actress to play Sana's mom in play opening on August 20 ― The May issue of Shueisha's Ribon magazine is announcing on Friday that the stage play of Miho Obana's Kodocha (Kodomo no Omocha) shojo manga has cast Kotono Mitsuishi (Sailor Moon, Evangelion) and Ikkei Yamamoto (Prince of Tennis musical) for the roles of Sana's mother Misako Kurata and the manager Rei Sagami, respectively. T...

Sunday, March 29

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Maria the Virgin Witch ‒ Episode 12

"In the end, Maria the Virgin Witch stands as a successful and even feminist work of humanism."
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Ayumi Shiina Draws Baby Love One-Shot Sequel Manga in June

Original manga concluded in 1999 ― The May issue of Shueisha's Ribon magazine is announcing on Friday that Ayumi Shiina (A Fairy Tale for You, Dream Medicine) will draw a 32-page one-shot sequel to her Baby Love shōjo manga in the magazine's next issue, which Shueisha will publish on May 1. The manga's title is "Baby Love -10 Years After-." The original manga's story begins when Seara falls in love w...
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Tekken 7 Adds Josie Rizal, Jin, Devil Jin to Roster

Jin available on March 31, then Devil Jin on April 7, followed by Josie Rizal ― Bandai Namco Games unveiled three new characters for its Tekken 7 fighting game on Sunday. Josie Rizal is a new series character, a model and martial artist from the Philippines. Mari Shimazaki (Bayonetta) designed the character. Jin and Devil Jin are returning characters from the series. Bandai Namco Games will add Jin t...
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Aqua+ Website Teases Hakuoro's Mask From Utawarerumono

Japanese game maker Aquaplus posted a "secret" website that teases, "Dig for Next AQ." Repeatedly clicking the rock image on the site will "unearth" the apparent image of Hakuoro's mask from the Utawarerumono game. Aquaplus had announced a sequel to its Utawarerumono game in 2011, but has yet to release it. According to Aquaplus in 2011, the tentatively titled Utawarerumono 2 will take place in th...
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Create the Perfect Beer Head with Takara Tomy's Portable Sonic Foaming Device

Takara Tomy has a huge collection of devices, all made for the sole purpose of creating the perfect pour. There's Sonic Hour, a plate that will generate head under a variety of glasses via sonic vibrations. They also have beer servers, to help get that perfect distinction between clear pours and foam, as well as special steins and can kegs. But none of those are as convenient as Sonic Hour Portabl...
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Gourmet Girl Graffiti ‒ Episode 12

"This final episode plays to the show's strengths, avoids most of its weaknesses, and touches on the ideas that sit at the core of the premise."

Naruto, Boruto, Sarada Unveiled From Naruto Spinoff Manga Mini-Series

Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki takes story to new generation ― The Comic Natalie website posted images of Boruto (Bolt), Sarada (Salad), and Naruto himself from Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki (Naruto Spinoff: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Month), the Naruto spinoff manga mini-series that will launch on April 27. The combined 22nd/23rd is...
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CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon ‒ Episode 25

"As graceless as it may have sometimes been in execution, it accomplishes a lot more, and more effectively, than the bulk of recent anime series have."
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Captain Harlock CG Film's English Dub Clips Streamed

Film heads to release via DVD, Digital HD, and Video on Demand on March 31 ― The distribution company Ketchup Entertainment is streaming two English dub clips and their Japanese language counterparts for its March 31 release of the 3D anime film Space Pirate Captain Harlock via DVD, Digital HD, and Video on Demand. The release (under the title Harlock: Space Pirate) will have both English dubbing and...
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15th Animator Expo Short 'Obake-chan' Streamed

Short consists of comical vignettes starring a ghost girl ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the full 15th short film "Obake-chan" on Friday. Shigeto Koyama (Big Hero 6, Gundam: Reconguista in G) directed the short. Koyama and designer Tsuyoshi Kusano (Valvrave the Liberator, Captain Earth) are cred...
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Cup no Fuchiko Collaborates with Disney for Crossover and Character Figures

Cup no Fuchico, the popular series of perch-on-cup drink companions, is collaborating with Disney at last, offering a line of figures that includes Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and a girl dressed as the above. Each blind box figure will sell for 529 yen in limited quantities at Village Vanguard bookstores. [Via Comic Natalie]
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'PokemonRumbleWorld.com' Domain Registered in U.S.

The website domain "PokemonRumbleWorld.com" was registered in the United States on Wednesday. The website is currently blank. The Australian Classification Board began listing a "Pokemon Rumble World" multi-platform game on its website last week. The board rated the game as PG for "mild violence, online interactivity." The rating lists the publisher as Nintendo Co., Ltd. The Pokemon Company and Ni...

Spear of Longinus Crowdfunding Project Now Accepting International Backers

The "Project to Pierce the Moon With the Spear of Longinus" crowdfunding campaign opened an English page for international backers. Backers not residing in Japan can select rewards in the 5,000 and 50,000 yen tiers, including having your name inscribed on the spear, an Evangelion Unit 01 Set (poster by Ikuto Yamashita, sticker, and blueprint of the lunar payload releasing machine), a Rei Ayanami S...
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Alex Roe, Aimee Teegarden Joins Hollywood's Rings Sequel

Rings is slated to open on November 13 ― Actors Alex Roe and Aimee Teegarden joined the cast of F. Javier Gutierrez's Rings live-action horror film. Roe (The 5th Wave) will play the male lead Holt opposite Miranda Lutz (Somewhere Beautiful, The Fifth Wheel). Teegarden (Friday Night Lights, Aim High television series) is co-starring. The film began shooting in Atlanta this week. Rings is a sequel to T...
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Tokyo Ghoul √A ‒ Episode 12

"Tokyo Ghoul was a deeply flawed, but wholly unique experience, and it went out as strong as it possibly could."
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Durarara!!×2 ‒ Episode 12

"There were so many matryoshka wheels spinning around in this season that the story ultimately seemed to be locked in place."
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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma GN 5

Food Wars! continues being chock-a-block with cliffhangers and competitions guaranteed to make you reluctant to put the book down once you've started reading. ― KFC and IHOP are not going to cut it when you've finished reading this volume of Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma. From breakfasts to tempt even the least enthusiastic morning eater to fried chicken that will make you wish you could pull it out o...
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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 12

"This week on Kuroko's Basketball, get ready to have some feelings."
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Sony Releases Samurai Warriors, Resident Evil PS4 Covers

Engraved covers come as add-ons with PS4 purchase ― Sony Japan announced engraved hard drive covers for the PlayStation 4 Samurai Warriors (Sengoku Musou) and Resident Evil (Biohazard) this month. The covers each come in black with gold etching or white with silver etching. Each cover one can now be purchased as an add-on for 2,000 yen (about US$19) but they must be purchased along with a PS4 body. K...
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Aldnoah.Zero ‒ Episode 24

"There is a better series laying somewhere amongst this content than what we actually got."
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Tom-H@ck, Masayoshi Ōishi Make Ace of Diamond: 2nd Season's Ending Song

Artists reunite after making 1st anime's 1st two opening themes ― The official Twitter account for the Ace of Diamond television anime announced on Sunday that Tom-H@ck and Masayoshi Ōishi are contributing the ending theme song for Daiya no A ~Second Season~ (Ace of Diamond: Second Season). The two are credited for the song "Kimero!!" as the new unit name "OxT" (pronounced "okuto"). Tom-H@ck previous...
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Naomi, Ange Narrate New Cross Ange tr. PS Vita Game TV Spots

Naomi claims Ange is wearing her rider suit in video for game releasing on May 28 ― The official website for the the Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryū no Rondo tr. PlayStation Vita game began streaming two new commercials for the game on Friday. The commercials feature narration by Naomi (voiced by Sayuri Hara) and Ange (Nana Mizuki), as well as the anime's first opening theme song, "Kindan no Resistance" (F...
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30-Second The Heroic Legend of Arslan TV Spot Aired Before April Premiere

Series based on Hiromu Arakawa's manga adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka's novels premieres April 5 ― The official website for The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) television anime began streaming a new 30-second commercial on Sunday. The commercial features the anime's opening theme song, "Boku no Kotoba Dewanai Kore wa Boku-tachi no Kotoba" (These Aren't My Words, They're Our Words) by the band UV...
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Ushio & Tora Casts Ai Kayano, Ayahi Takagaki, Kana Hanazawa

Yuuka Nanri, Aki Toyosaki, Keiji Fujiwara, Yui Makino join Maaya Sakamoto, Nana Mizuki, Tasuku Hatanaka, Rikiya Koyama, Mikako Komatsu, Kiyono Yasuno ― The official website for the television anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's supernatural battle manga Ushio & Tora (Ushio to Tora) confirmed more of the voice cast and unveiled the anime visual and character designs on Sunday. A promotional video unveiled the ...
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Aikatsu Idol Franchise Gets New Shōjo Manga in Ciao Magazine

Usagi Mochi draws new series after Bambi Shirayuki stopped due to poor health ― The May issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine is announcing on Friday that manga creator Mochi-Usagi will launch a new Aikatsu series in the next issue on May 1. The shōjo magazine teases Aikatsu Go! Go! Go! will "power up with increased happiness!" The story of the Aikatsu! game and anime franchise begins with Ichigo, who ...
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Bandai Namco's God Eater Games Get New Manga

God Eater anime to premiere this summer ― The May issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki Maoh magazine announced on Friday that manga creator Yogenme will launch a God Eater ~side by side~ manga adaptation of Bandai Namco's God Eater game franchise. The manga will debut in the next issue on April 27. The game is also inspiring an anime that will premiere this summer. Takayuki Hirao (God Eater, The Garden of Sin...
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Ju-on: The Final Film's Teaser Looks Back on Horror Franchise

"Final" film in franchise to open in Japan on June 20 ― The official Japanese website of the Ju-on horror film series began streaming a teaser for the Ju-on: The Final film on March 17. The teaser looks back on the previous films in the series, and notes that it has repeatedly earned first place for Japanese polls for "Scariest Horror Movie Series." The Ju-on: The Final is promoted as the last film i...
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Nodame Cantabile's Ninomiya Draws "Episode 0" One-Shot Manga for Live-Action Film

Manga available for free until March 28 ― The official website of the Gunjōiro no, Toori Michi (An Ultramarine Path) live-action film announced last Saturday that Tomoko Ninomiya (Nodame Cantabile, 87Clockers) drew a 20-page one-shot manga titled "Episode 0" based on the film. The manga わs available for free on Amazon, Rakuten Books, and Mook from March 21 to 27, and is also appearing in pamphlets th...
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Tasuku Hatanaka, Rikiya Koyama Star in Ushio & Tora TV Anime in Summer

Mikako Komatsu, Kiyono Yasuno. Maaya Sakamoto, Nana Mizuki also star ― The cast of the anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's Ushio to Tora (Ushio & Tora) manga was announced on Sunday at the Sunday Fes 2015 event at the Pacifico Yokohama venue. Tasuku Hatanaka will play Ushio, while Rikiya Koyama will play Tora. Mikako Komatsu will play Asako, and Kiyono Yasuno will play Mayuko. In addition, Nana Mizuki and Maa...
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Dog Days Sugar Manga Ends

Spinoff manga of fantasy action franchise launched last October ― The May issue of Kadokawa's Comptiq Ace magazine published the final chapter of Asuka Kanan's Dog Days Sugar manga on Thursday. The manga spinoff of the Dog Days television anime series launched in Comptiq Ace last October. Kadokawa will publish the manga's first and only compiled volume on April 25. Takuya Fujima launched an earlier m...

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YaoiCon to Host Manga Artist Makoto Tateno

A Murmur of the Heart creator to appear at California's September event ― YaoiCon announced on Saturday that it will host manga artist Makoto Tateno at its September 18-20 event in Burlingame, California. The artist previously attended the convention in 2009. Digital Manga released Tateno's A Murmur of the Heart, 9th Sleep, Angelic Runes, A Bloody Kiss Tonight, Blue Sheep Reverie, Happy Boys, Hero He...
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L.A. Theme Park Celebrates Monster Hunter 4U With Gore Magala Roller Coaster, Statue

March 28-August 10 campaign is part of Monster Hunter Caravan Tour ― Capcom is promoting its Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate game with a campaign at the Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park in Los Angeles County, California from March 28 to August 10. The park has re-decorated a train on its giant Goliath roller coaster as the game's flagship Gore Magala monster. The campaign also features special Monster ...

Funimation Licenses The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, Show By Rock!! Anime

Also confirms continued streaming of Assassination Classroom, Fairy Tail, One Piece ― Funimation Entertainment announced at Anime Detour on Saturday that it has acquired the rights to Show By Rock!! and The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan. Streaming times will be announced at a later date. The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan will premiere in Japan on April 3. Funimation describes the story: From ...

Funimation Announces English Dub Casts for Ping Pong, Wanna Be the Strongest in the World

Dub trailer previews Ping Pong cast ― Funimation Entertainment announced the English dub casts for Ping Pong the Animation and Wanna be the Strongest in the World at Anime Detour on Saturday. The Ping Pong cast, under ADR director Christopher Bevins and ADR engineer Alyssa Galindo, includes: Aaron Dismuke as Yutaka Hoshino/Peco Micah Solusod as Makoto Tsukimoto/Smile Mark Stoddard as Jo Koizumi/Butte...
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The Rolling Girls ‒ Episode 12

"Rolling Girls wasn't great, but it deserved a better ending than this."
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Rozen Maiden's Peach-Pit Ends Kugiko-Chan ga Iru! Manga

2nd volume of cute horror series to ship in June ― This year's May issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine will publish the final chapter of manga duo Peach-Pit's Kugiko-Chan ga Iru! manga. The series' second compiled volume will ship on June 5. Peach-Pit debuted a two-part horror story titled Kugiko-san in Nakayoshi in August and September of 2011 before announcing that a full series would begin in D...
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GARO THE ANIMATION ‒ Episode 24

The adult-oriented fantasy action show comes to a close... for now.
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Hatsune Miku Gets New Manga in Ribon Shōjo Magazine

Series to begin May 1 ― The May issue of Shueisha's shōjo magazine Ribon will announce on Friday that a manga starring Hatsune Miku and other Vocaloid characters will premiere in the magazine's June issue on May 1. Yukari Somekawa will draw the series, titled MiraiTune. The characters have appeared in a number of other manga series, including earlier manga in Ribon. Dark Horse Comics published KEI's ...

Billy Bat Manga Resumes on April 2

Kodansha published 16th volume of Naoki Urasawa's manga on Monday ― This year's 17th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine announced on Thursday that Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki will resume their Billy Bat thriller manga in the magazine's next issue, which Kodansha will publish on April 2. The manga's story is set in 1949, when Japanese-American comic book artist Kevin Yamagata is drawing the p...
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Charlotte Anime's Staff, July Premiere Revealed

5 years after Angel Beats, new anime follows boys & girls with powers ― The May issue of Dengeki G's Magazine is announcing on Monday that Jun Maeda's Charlotte anime will premiere this July. The staff includes: Director: Yoshiyuki Asai Character Design: Kanami Sekiguchi Art Director: Kazuki Higashiji Sound Director: Satoki Iida As previously announced, Maeda is providing the original scenario for th...
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The Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls ‒ Episode 11

“Alignment” is actually a major theme this week as Cinderella Girls pairs off its last aspiring idols and the combination couldn't be more mismatched."
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The List - 7 Manga for Monster Girl Lovers

First there were catgirls, then maids, then robot girls; presently, we live in the age of the monster girl. Here are seven shining examples of the genre. ― Supernatural romantic comedies have a strong, dedicated fanbase among both male and female readers. Commentary on its quality aside, Twilight was immensely popular and shone a light on a new sub-section of young adult novels. Vampire stories, inc...
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Log Horizon 2 ‒ Episode 25

"And Log Horizon comes to an end. Temporarily, I hope. Pretty please?"

Steins;Gate 0 Follow-Up Game & Anime's Teaser Video, Staff Unveiled

Creator Chiyomaru Shikura, designer huke, producer Tatsuya Matsubara reunite ― The teaser video for Steins;Gate 0, the follow-up game and anime to the original Steins;Gate visual novel, began streaming on Saturday. Text: November 2010, in the Beta world line Text: This is the story after Rintaro Okabe was not able to save "her" on July 28. Text: The "him" of this time didn't know that a system called...
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 24

"The final episode of Aerial Girls was delivered, the wrap party is over, and Shirobako ends with them. Or so it seems."

Steins;Gate Creator Unveils New 'Science Visual Novel' Anonymous;Code

Game, about hacker in 2037 Tokyo, is unrelated to science-adventure games ― MAGES. President Chiyomaru Shikura announced a new "science visual novel" titled Anonymous;Code during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday. The game is unrelated to his science-adventure games (Chaos;HEAd, Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes, CHAOS;CHILD). Shikura streamed a teaser video: Text: Name: Chiyo...
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 11

"By introducing a character who can fight Koro Sensei on equal terms, the show forces itself to stop fooling around."
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Steins;Gate Creator's Paranormal Science Novel Occultic;Nine Gets Game

Yuuki Kaji, Ayane Sakura, Kaito Ishikawa star in story with art by Rental Magica's Pako ― MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura announced during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday that his "paranormal science" novel series Occultic;Nine is being adapted into a game. Text: Chiyomaru Shikura's newest project Text: The paranormal science novel Text: Don't get so turned on by her! Sh...

Steins;Gate 0 Follow-Up Game & Anime Announced

Chiyomaru Shikura: Zero is not a fan disc, but a "true sequel" ― MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura announced Steins;Gate 0, a follow-up game to the Steins;Gate visual novel, during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday. The game is not a fan disc, but a "true sequel," and will include stories from three of the Steins;Gate novels, as well as from some drama CDs. An anime adaptati...

5pb.'s 4th Science-Adventure Game Chaos;Child Gets Anime, PS4/PS3/Vita Ports

Psycho-suspense game slated for more platforms on June 25 ― MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura announced during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday that an anime adaptation of his Chaos;Child game has been green-lit. He also announced that the adventure game will come to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita platforms with a Z (18+) age rating on June 25. The game is Sh...
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Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie Manga Ends in April

Manga adaptation of crossover movie launched last August ― The May issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday Super magazine announced on Wednesday that Yutaka Abe and Denjirō Maru's manga adaptation of Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie will end on the magazine's next issue on April 25. Yutaka Abe and Denjirō Maru launched the manga last August. The pair also drew the three-chapter manga adaptation of...
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1980s Risque Comedy Manga Yarukkya Knight Gets Live-Action Film

Nonki Miyasu's high school comedy to play in theaters, stream on Niconico ― A live-action film adaptation of Nonki Miyasu's 1980s Weekly Shonen Jump manga Yarukkya Knight has been green-lit. The film is slated to open select theaters on May 23, and stream on Niconico the same day. Tomoya Nakamura (Aoi Honō) plays the lecherous male lead Gōsuke Makoto, and non-no magazine model Nina Endo plays the fem...
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Sleep Tight My Baby, Cradled in the Sky CG Film Plays in Japan

Orine Fukushima, Kikuko Inoue, Atsuko Tanaka, Hiroaki Hirata star in sci-fi anime Sleep Tight My Baby, Cradled in the Sky (Nemure Omoi Ko Sora no Shitone ni), the 3D CG-animated science-fiction film by director Naoya Kurisu and the Japanese independent animation label Hand to Mouse., will play in three limited screenings in Japan on April 12. The official website describes the story of the 50-minut...
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Live-Action Patlabor Film Promotes Toho Cinemas Rewards Card in Video

Shigeo abandons battle to see movie in theaters for free in new campaign ― A commercial for Toho Cinemas' Cine-Mileage rewards card featuring over-dubbed footage from the upcoming The Next Generation Patlabor: Shuto Kessen (Capital City Battle) film began streaming on Friday. Shigeo: All right! Everyone, keep it up! Oh no, we got done in! The arm! Man: Shige, do you know about the Cine-Mileage card? ...

Persona 3 Manga's End in Next Volume Teased

Manga adapting Atlus' RPG began has been running for over 8 years ― The author's notes in the eighth compiled volume of Shuji Sogabe's Persona 3 manga has a message reading, "The series will complete in the next volume... Probably." The story of the manga revolves around the protagonist Minato Arisato, who transfers to Gekkōkan High School. However, as he heads to his new dormitory, listening to the ...

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Hit the Pool with a Black Butler Bikini

Hot Topic, ever the increasing supplier for all sorts of anime-themed apparel and accessories, is apparently selling Black Butler bikinis. The Black Butler two-piece is inspired by Ciel Phantomhive, and carries a retail price of $24.50 for the top and bottom separately. And although this "sailor swim" bikini isn't actually Sailor Moon, it comes pretty close. It, too, retails for $24.50 each for th...
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Assassination Classroom's Koro-Sensei Hangs Out in Tokyo With His Own VW Beetle

Koro-sensei and the rest of the Assassination Classroom characters hung out at Shibuya's Tower Records store to celebrate the March 27 release of the first Blu-Ray and DVD of the anime series. He was accompanied by Mai Fuchigami (Nagisa Shiota), as well as cosplayers dressed as Irina Jelavić/Bitch-sensei, Nagisa Shiota, and Karma Akabane. A video monitor at Tower Records will be playing a differen...
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Ace of Diamond Mizuno Sports Glasses Sell Out in 15 Minutes

Sportswear and sporting equipment company Mizuno started accepting pre-orders today for official Ace of Diamond sports glasses, modeled after those worn by catcher and captain Miyuki Kazuya. Each pair retailed for 7,600 yen (about US$63.80) before tax, with an estimated delivery date of late April. Soon after the reservation period opened, they Tweeted that the glasses had sold out in just 15 minu...
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Legend of Zelda for Wii U Delayed Until After 2015

Nintendo producer Eiji Aonuma announced in a video message on Friday that The Legend of Zelda game for Nintendo Wii U has been delayed until after 2015. Aonuma apologized for the delay and explained, "In these last three months, as the team has experience firsthand the freedom of exploration that hasn't existed in any Zelda game to date, we have discovered several new possibilities for this game. ...
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Love Live! SunShine!! Project Posts 2nd Teaser Image

Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Magazine posted the second teaser image for the upcoming Love Live! SunShine!! project. The text in the image is the same as the first teaser and reads, "Save me, Love Live!" In the new image, eight more girls join the scene. Previously released image: The image will also run in the May issue of Dengeki G's Magazine on Monday. [Via Otakomu]
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ANNCast - Encyclopedia Brits-Ani-ca

Anime scholars extraordinaire Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements drop by the ANNCast clubhouse to discuss their new book, the monolithic behemoth known as The Anime Encyclopedia: Third Revised Edition. ― ANNCast Episode 221: Encyclopedia Brits-Ani-ca Get the Flash Player to see this player. Anime scholars extraordinaire Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements drop by the ANNCast clubhouse to discuss ...
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Fairy Tail 'Real Puzzle Game' Opens in Tokyo, Osaka in April

April 25-May 31 event allows players to enter Fairy Tail world ― Game company Taito announced that it will open a "real puzzle game," titled "Fairy Tail Puzzle Quest ~Welcome to Fairy Tail!~," in Tokyo and Osaka on April 25. In the game, the players are members of the Fairy Tail guild, solving requests and progressing the story. Players will meet characters like Natsu, Lucy, Gray, and Erza, solving p...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, March 15-21

2Attack on Titan volumes, Naruto, Monster Musume, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Nisekoi, Seraph of the End, No Game, No Life, Kamisama Kiss, Akame ga Kill! The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on March 21. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1Attack on Titan #15 Hajime Isayama Kodansha Comics 1 22Naruto #69 Masashi Kishimoto V...
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Death Parade ‒ Episode 12

Everybody get your hands up, it's the final episode of Death Parade!
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Ultraman Monsters Get Their Own Tourism TV Show

Three baddies to leisurely visit Japanese sights ― It's finally time for the monsters of Ultraman to shine. Fuji TV recognized the popularity of the show's evil-doers among fans and greenlit Ultra Kaijū Sanpo (Ultra Monster Walk) to start at 12 AM on May 23 on Fuji TV One Sports/Variety. The show will run for 12 episodes to be aired monthly and stars the comedy trio Tokyo-03 as Alien Zarab (Satoshi I...
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Sayonara UmiharaKawase + PS Vita Game Heads West This Spring

Latest game in platformer series contains original 1994 game ― Video game publisher Agatsuma Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will release Sayonara UmiharaKawase + (Sayonara Umihara Kawase Chirari in Japan) on PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe this spring. The game is an enhanced version of the 2013 Nintendo 3DS game Sayonara Umihara Kawase, which Nintendo released digitally in ...
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Knights of Sidonia Gets 2 One-Shot Spinoff Manga

Yayoi Ogawa, Myako Iwako draw one-shots for Shonen Sirius, Aria ― Yayoi Ogawa (Tramps Like Us, Kimi wa Pet, Ginban Kishi) and will draw a one-shot spinoff manga for Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius. In addition, newcomer Myako Iwako will draw a one-shot spinoff in the June issue of Kodansha's Aria shojo magazine on April 28. Ogawa recommended the series to women,...
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Junji Majima, Shintarou Oohata, Koji Yusa Join Gangsta. Anime Cast

New cast to perform in drama CD ahead of summer anime ― The official Twitter account for the Gangsta. project announced three more cast members for the anime on Friday. The new cast members, who will also perform in the fourth drama CD shipping on April 29, are: Junji Majima as Emilio Benedetto Shintarou Oohata as Gaston Brown Koji Yusa as Domenico Arcangelo Shukou Murase (Dante's Inferno: An Animate...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 405

"Tenten's mini arc comes to a close this week, and although the episode adheres to many of the same conventions as the previous two arcs, it features its own distinctive twists."
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU 2nd Season's Commercial Aired

More returning cast confirmed for series premiering April 2 ― Japanese television station TBS is airing a 30-second commercial for the Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku sequel anime. The video opening theme song "Harumodoki" (Pseudo-Spring) by Nagi Yanagi. The website also updated on Friday with more additional cast, returning from the first season: Marina Inoue as Yumiko Miura N...
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Answerman - Endlessly Searching

Justin answers two questions about really long series: is longevity something the creators prefer? And why do they get licensed less? Plus, prospects for some re-releases, and why so much hentai got licensed back in the day. ― What happened? The questions dried up again! Once again this week, I was really desperate for questions. Is it because everybody is on spring break? Anyway, I need your help! ...
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Your Lie in April Episodes 1-22 Streaming

Your Lie in April paints adolescent love and musical performance in exuberant colors, and almost gets away with it, too. ― Your Lie in April is a beautiful show. That should be stated first, both because it's true, and because that's where the show itself begins. The first episode opens with a gorgeous, nearly wordless sequence of a girl chasing a cat through blooming spring flowers. Light piano sets...
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Log Horizon GN 1

Fans of the Log Horizon anime might find story questions answered more quickly in the first volume of this manga adaptation of the light novel. ― Log Horizon, like many a recent franchise, began its life as a series of light novels, in this case by Mamare Touno, before being adapted into both anime and manga. As might reasonably be expected, the difference in the adaptive mediums make each version a ...
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Naruto's 4th Epilogue Novel Slated For May 1

The official website for Shueisha's Jump J Books label of novels announced on Friday that Konohagakure Hiden, the fourth of six planned Naruto epilogue novels, is scheduled for May 1. The novel will be penned by Shō Hinata (Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan, Bakuman., Hentai Kamen novels). A teaser image for the novel (seen right) was also unveiled. The website also lists that Gaara Hiden will now ship in Ju...
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend ‒ Episodes 11 & 12

"What these episodes don't do is give the series a sense of finality, either in a thematic or a storytelling sense."
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night PS Vita Game's Chie Promo Streamed

Yui Horie voices kung fu-loving girl in June 25 spin-off rhythm game ― Atlus began streaming a new promotional video starring the Persona 4 character Chie Satonaka for its Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita rhythm game on Friday. The video features a remix of the Persona 4 theme song "Pursuing My True Self" by Shihoko Hirata. Chie: OK, let's do this! Take a look at my Satonaka-style dance ...
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Getbackers' Seimaru Amagi Ends Genji the Death's Friend Manga

Bronze: Zetsuai since 1989's Minami Ozaki launched manga in English & Japanese last May ― DeNA's free Manga Box smartphone and tablet app published the 43rd chapter of Seimaru Amagi and Minami Ozaki's Genji the Death's Friend (Tōkyō Genji Monogatari) manga last Saturday, revealing that Amagi will conclude the manga in the next chapter on March 28. Manga Box describes the story: "People often die arou...

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled TV Ad Previews 3rd Episode

Commercials for 5.1ch Blu-ray release of both seasons of original series also streamed ― The official website for the Code Geass: Akito the Exiled anime project unveiled a new TV commercial for the third episode on Friday. The movie previews some of the scenes from the episode, and also features the anime's opening theme song, "More Than Words" by voice actress and singer Maaya Sakamoto. Lelouch: Gen...
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The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Original Video Anime Bundled With Manga

The ninth limited-edition volume of Puyo's The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan manga will bundle the previously revealed original video anime on October 26. The exclusive original anime Blu-ray Disc will have the same staff and cast as the television anime, and it will run about 25 minutes long. A television anime of the original manga has already been green-lit for 16 episodes. It will premiere...

Drifters Manga by Hellsing's Hirano Has Anime in the Works

Kouta Hirano's action story already inspired 2012 anime short ― The May issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine is announcing on Monday that an anime adaptation of Kouta Hirano's Drifters manga is in the works. The story of the manga centers around Shimazu Toyohisa, the real-life samurai who fought in the pivotal Battle of Sekigahara. In his dying moments, Shimazu is transported to a world ...
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Live-Action Shinjuku Swan Trailer Unveils Insert Song

Movie premieres in Japan on May 30 ― The official website of the live-action film of Ken Wakui's Shinjuku Swan manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Friday. The trailer previews the film's story, as well as the film's insert song "Collide" by UVERworld and theme song "Dive" by Man With a Mission, and notes its May 30 opening date. Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine announced on March 2013 tha...
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Hello!! Kin-iro Mosaic TV Anime's 2nd TV Ad Streamed

School comedy series premieres on April 5 ― The official website for the upcoming Hello!! Kin-iro Mosaic anime series began streaming the second television commercial on Friday. The video previews scenes from the show, and features the opening theme song "Yume-iro Parade" (Dream-Colored Parade) by Rhodanthe*. Narrator and Text: Our sparkly daily life is about to start again! Narrator: The sweet and f...
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Kamen Rider Drive, Nin'ninger Get 1-Hour Crossover Special

Franchises also getting movies this summer ― The official Toei YouTube channel began streaming a promotional video for its upcoming Shuriken Sentai Nin'ninger VS Kamen Rider Drive Haruyasumi Gattai 1-jikan Special (Shuriken Sentai Nin'ninger VS Kamen Rider Drive: 1-Hour Spring Break Combo Special) on Saturday. The special will take over both shows' slots on Sunday. In the special, a yōkai and Roidmud...

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Sōma's 6th TV Ad Promotes April 3 Premiere

J.C. Staff's cooking series based on Yūto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki's manga ― The official website for the Food Wars: Shokugeki no Sōma television anime began streaming the sixth commercial on Friday. The ad features the opening theme "Kibō no Uta" (The Song of Hope) by ULTRATOWER. Narration: In this school, cooking skills determine everything! Narration and Text: The "taste" experience cuisine battle, beg...
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3rd Naruto Epilogue Novel's Title, Story, Cover Unveiled

The official website for Shueisha's Jump J Books label of novels revealed the title, story, and cover illustration (seen right) for Sakura Hiden, the third of six planned Naruto epilogue novels. The novel, penned by Tomohito Ōsaki (Gintama, Black Cat, Nurarihyon no Mago novels), will be titled Naruto - Sakura Hiden: Shiren, Haru Kaze ni Nosete (Naruto - Sakura Hidden Legend - Feelings of Love, Rid...
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Dead or Alive, Ikki Tousen Girls Join Senran Kagura: Estival Versus Roster

Ayane, Sonsaku, Kan-u, Ryofu are playable via paid DLC after launch ― During the live stream for the Japanese launch of its Senran Kagura: Estival Versus: Shōjo-tachi no Sentaku game, Marvelous announced on Thursday that characters from other franchises will join the game's playable roster: Ayane from Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Sonsaku, Kan-u, Ryofu from Ikki Tousen: Extravaganza Epoch These charact...
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