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The List - 7 Anime About Women in Sports

While most sports shows these days are sausagefests, there are still a handful of sports anime about the feminine side of the equation in this classic edition of The List. ― We're approaching the end of Keijo!!!!!!!!, so it seems a perfect time to revisit a classic list about women in sports. Keijo has really taken a twist on these classic approaches, and we've also gotten a multitude of other women...
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Goblin Slayer Novel 1

As a light novel fantasy that isn't based on someone being transported to a game world, Goblin Slayer's first volume is well worth a look. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Goblin Slayer stands alone among other fantasy light novels released in English (with the exception of the now out-of-print Slayers novels) in that it doesn't feature a world entirely based on gaming. Yes, there is mention of “experie...
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ANNCast - What's My Name (Video)

Zac and Jacob spend the entire first video episode of ANNCast talking spoiler-free about Makoto Shinkai's amazing movie, your name., plus Yuri!!! on Ice and much more! ― ANNCast Episode 278: What's My Name Zac and Jacob spend the entire first video episode of ANNCast talking spoiler-free about Makoto Shinkai's amazing movie, Your Name, plus Yuri on Ice and much more! You can listen to the show on ou...
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Maria the Virgin Witch BD+DVD

This unusual historical fantasy anime might have gotten lost in the shuffle of bigger titles over time, but it's still one of a kind today. Theron Martin explores just what makes this series special. ― Maria the Virgin Witch is a remarkable series in many respects. It's nearly as raunchy as a high-end fanservice anime – even being assigned a TV-MA rating despite not having any detailed nudity – and y...
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Summer Wars [Hosoda Collection] BD+DVD

The extras are insightful in this new release of Summer Wars, even if the story may not hold up the way it once did. Rebecca Silverman offers her take on Mamoru Hosoda's breakout film. ― Time is the greatest test of any work. Poems written by Heian era women over a thousand years ago are still intimately relatable to modern readers, novels by men in the 19th century still have a lot to say about soci...
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Sunday, December 11

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Wake Up, Girls! Gets New TV Anime With New Staff, Added Characters in 2017

Director Shin Itagaki at Millepensee replacing Yutaka Yamamoto at Ordet ― The "Wake Up, Girls! Festa 2016 Super Live" event announced on Sunday that production on a new Wake Up, Girls! television anime has been green-lit for broadcast next year. The event showed a teaser trailer with new character designs and a new visual from Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō (Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter or Arc). The teaser ...
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Rock Band Breakerz Performs New Detective Conan Opening Theme

New theme song premieres in episode airing on January 7 ― The Breakerz rock band announced on Friday that they will perform a new opening theme song for the Detective Conan television anime series titled "Ikusen no Meikyū de Ikusen no Nazo wo Toite" (In Thousands of Mazes, Solve Thousands of Mysteries). The new theme song will debut with the episode that will premiere on January 7. The single for the...
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Shinjuku Swan II Live-Action Film Reveals 'Battle' TV Ad, New Poster

Film adapting manga's Yokohama Kingdom arc premieres in Japan on January 21 ― Sony Pictures began streaming a "battle version" television ad on Thursday for Shinjuku Swan II, the sequel to the live-action film of Ken Wakui's Shinjuku Swan manga. Sony Pictures also revealed a new "Shinjuku vs. Yokohama" poster for the film. The film adapts the manga's "Yokohama Kingdom" arc, and is slated for January ...
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Ai Mai Mi Anime's 3rd Season Reveals More Cast, January 3 Debut

Neeko, Sayaka Nakaya, Ayane Sakura, more join cast ― The official website for the third anime season based on Choboraunyopomi's Ai Mai Mi four-panel manga revealed additional cast and the January 3 premiere date for the series on Saturday. The site has also revealed the third season's full title: Ai Mai Mi: Surgical Friends. The five-minute anime series will premiere on January 3 on AT-X at 11:30 p.m...
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Kickstarter Campaign for Nekopara Reveals OVA Format, Launch Date on December 29

Sekai Project had announced planned Kickstarter campaign based on adult visual novel at Anime Expo ― Game developer NEKO WORKs announced on Friday that its planned Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for an anime adaptation of its NEKOPARA adult visual novel will launch on December 29. NEKO WORKs also launched a teaser website for the project, which reveals that the anime project is an OVA. Video game ...
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Celebrate Christmas with Your Favorite Anime at AniSugar

Re:ZERO, Age 12, Fate/stay night and more ― The usual way for Japanese to celebrate Christmas is with a cake and a cute date. The bakery AniSugar, located in Hamamatsu, offers anime fans both of these with Christmas cakes featuring popular anime characters in sexy Santa outfits. 4,780 yen ($41.70) Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World is the most popular cake this year. AniSugar also sells other i...

Saturday, December 10

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Monster Strike The Movie Premieres with Limited-Time Only Prizes

Theaters packed, showings sold out ― Monster Strike The Movie, the theatrical adaptation of the popular smartphone game Monster Strike, premiered on December 10. Fittingly, moviegoers are treated to free prizes that can be used in the game. On opening weekend, moviegoers are given ten Oratama per day for use in the game; afterward, theaters will only give one per day. Moviegoers also get to play on A...
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Kiss Him, Not Me ‒ Episode 10

"Now that the rest of the harem has had a turn in the spotlight, Kiss Him, Not Me shifts the focus to Mutsumi Asuma, the second-least prominent member of the group."
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Season Finale: Haikyu!! 3rd Season ‒ Episode 10

After five exhausting and pulse-pounding sets, Karasuno's finals-qualifying match against Shiratorizawa has finally come to an end. But which team came out victorious?
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable ‒ Episode 37

"Things are a rollercoaster right now for our dear little antagonist, as his luck seems to be spiraling back and forth."
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Shake Hands with KING OF PRISM Characters at Tokyo Karaoke Parlor

KING OF PRISM-themed karaoke sessions also available ― Advances in virtual reality (VR) technology have made it possible to shake the hands of anime characters. The karaoke parlor Karaoke no Tetsujin on Sunshine-dōri, Ikebukuro, which opened on December 9, will give visitors the opportunity to meet and shake hands with Kōji, Hiro, Kazuki and Shin from the anime KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm. Visitors...
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Spirited Away's Subtitled Screenings Ranked #5 at Monday's U.S. Box Office

Film screened in more than 400 theaters in U.S. for 3 days this week ― GKIDS reported on Tuesday that Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away anime film ranked #5 at the United States box office on Monday. GKIDS screened the film on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday this week to commemorate its 15th anniversary. The short film "Ghiblies: Episode 2," which has never been released in North America,...
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Netflix Streams 1st Yo-Kai Watch Anime Film

Netflix is now streaming Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie, the first Yo-kai Watch anime film, with its English dub. Eleven Arts and Fathom Events held a one-day screening in the United States on October 15. Eleven Arts describes the film: In YO-KAI WATCH: THE MOVIE EVENT, Jibanyan, Whisper, and Nate meet a heroic Yo-kai named Hovernyan, and must travel back in time to team up with Nate's adolescent grandfa...
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Pupa's Sayaka Mogi to End Nemureru Mori no Karon Manga

Manga launched in Kodansha's Young Magazine the 3rd in 2014 ― The first 2017 issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine the 3rd announced on Tuesday that Pupa manga creator Sayaka Mogi's Nemureru Mori no Charon (Sleeping Charon) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on January 6. The story of the "sweetie-horror" manga begins when an unnamed character without memories gets lost and arrives at a mansion...
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Arisa's Natsumi Ando Launches Watashi wa Dōka Shiteiru Manga

"Wagashi x fate" suspense story launched on December 1 ― This year's 24th issue of Kodansha's Be-Love magazine launched Natsumi Ando's new manga series Watashi wa Dōka Shiteiru (There's Something Wrong With Us) on December 1. Be-Love describes the series as a "wagashi (traditional Japanese treats) x fate" suspense story. The first chapter featured a color opening page. The manga centers on Nao and Ts...
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Lostorage incited WIXOSS ‒ Episode 10

"This back third of WIXOSS has embodied a weird kind of paradox, where too much is happening and not enough is happening all at once."
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Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 23

"Although Dazai and Kyouka both put in token appearances, it's really all about Atsushi, Akutagawa, and Fitzgerald this time."
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The List - 7 Anime About Women in Sports

While most sports shows these days are sausagefests, there are still a handful of sports anime about the feminine side of the equation in this classic edition of The List. ― We're approaching the end of Keijo!!!!!!!!, so it seems a perfect time to revisit a classic list about women in sports. Keijo has really taken a twist on these classic approaches, and we've also gotten a multitude of other women...
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SaGa Scarlet Grace Game's 3rd Trailer, Web Ad Streamed

Square Enix's RPG arrives on PS Vita in Japan on December 15 ― Square Enix began streaming a new trailer and web advertisement on Thursday for its upcoming SaGa Scarlet Grace PlayStation Vita role-playing game, which releases in Japan on December 15. The trailer showcases some gameplay, while the web ad highlights the history of the SaGa series. Square Enix previously streamed two trailers for the ga...
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Drifters ‒ Episode 10

"This is one of the better “cooldown” episodes the show has had so far."
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Monster Strike the Movie is an 80s Kids Adventure Film, But With Dragons

When you think of Monster Strike, you probably don’t think of classic 80s films like Goonies, E.T., and Stand By Me. But after watching this film, you will.
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Goblin Slayer Novel 1

As a light novel fantasy that isn't based on someone being transported to a game world, Goblin Slayer's first volume is well worth a look. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Goblin Slayer stands alone among other fantasy light novels released in English (with the exception of the now out-of-print Slayers novels) in that it doesn't feature a world entirely based on gaming. Yes, there is mention of “experie...
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Super Mario Run Mobile Game's Trailer Reveals Playable Luigi, Toad, Yoshi

Live-action web ad also streamed for game available on iOS on December 15 ― Nintendo began streaming a gameplay trailer on Wednesday for its upcoming Super Mario Run mobile platformer game, revealing unlockable playable characters including Luigi, Yoshi, and Toad. Players can unlock Luigi and Yoshi through the Kingdom Builder mode and unlock Toad as a My Nintendo reward. The trailer also introduces g...
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Lenny code fiction, Natsume Mito Perform New Themes for Puzzle & Dragons X Anime

Both new themes premiere in January ― The official website for the Puzzle & Dragons X television anime series announced on Saturday that rock band Lenny code fiction will perform the anime's new opening theme song "Colors," and Natsume Mito will perform the anime's new ending theme song "Puzzle." The new theme songs will premiere in January. Lenny code fiction previously performed the opening theme s...

Visual Art's/Key Announces Jun Maeda's Summer Pockets PC Game

Na-Ga, Tsubasu Izumi, Yūnon Nagayama design characters; Yū Niijima, Kai, Hasama write scenario ― Visual Art's/Key (Kanon, AIR, Clannad) unveiled its Summer Pockets Windows PC game with an official website on Thursday. The visual contains the text "That dazzling brightness was the only thing I didn't forget." Jun Maeda (Kanon, AIR, Clannad, Angel Beats!) is credited with the original concept. Na-Ga (A...
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Kids on the Slope's Kodama Ends Tsukikage Baby Manga in 9th Volume

Final volume ships in early summer 2017 ― The eighth compiled volume of Yuki Kodama's Tsukikage Baby (Moonlight Baby) manga revealed on Friday that the series will end in the ninth volume, which ships in the early summer of 2017. Yuki Kodama launched the manga in the January 2013 issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers manga magazine in November 2012. The omnibus series is set in a small provincial tow...
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New Tekken 7 Video Reveals Kuma, Panda as Playable Characters

New online tournament mode also announced for game arriving on PS4, Xbox One, PC in early 2017 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a trailer on Saturday to announce the new characters Kuma and Panda for the Tekken 7 fighting game. The Twitter account for the game also announced on Saturday that the game is getting a new Online Tournament mode that allows players to fight against othe...

Bandai Namco Ent. Posts Statement on Scene Change in Tales of Berseria's Localization

Company says scene change is only alteration in localization of PS4, PC game ― The official Facebook page for the Tales of video game series posted a statement on Friday regarding a change Bandai Namco Entertainment has made in a scene in the upcoming English version of Tales of Berseria. Bandai Namco Entertainment had posted a nine-minute English-dubbed trailer on Thursday that included the changed ...
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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Anime's New Character Video Highlights Ryuji

Kazuya Nakai reprises role for sequel series premiering on January 6 ― The official website for the Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga (Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujō Ō-hen) sequel anime began streaming a promotional video and a commercial on Saturday highlighting character Ryuji Suguro. (Note: the videos on the official website are region-locked to Japan.) The anime will adapt the "Kyoto Impure King Arc" that st...
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Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Kamen Rider Ghost Crossover Film's Trailer Features Kamen Rider Team

Latest film in Movie Taisen series features 5 Kamen Riders teaming up ― Toei began streaming a new trailer on December 2 for Kamen Rider Heisei Generations: Dr. Pacman vs. Ex-Aid & Ghost with Legend Rider, the new Kamen Rider film in Toei's Movie Taisen (Movie War) series of crossover films. The film shows the team of Kamen Riders united against the "Pacman" virus. The film opened in Japan on Saturda...

Friday, December 9

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Power Rangers Ninja Steel Show Previewed in 1st Trailer

24th season of Power Rangers franchise premieres in January ― The Den of Geek news website began streaming a trailer on Friday for Power Rangers Ninja Steel, the 24th season of the Power Rangers franchise. The cast for the upcoming series includes: Will Shewfelt as Red Ranger Chrystiane Lopes as Pink Ranger Zoe Robins as White Ranger Peter Sudarso as Blue Ranger Nico Greetham as Yellow Ranger (replac...
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Hana-Kimi Manga Gets Smartphone Game

Players take on role of heroine to romance boys in iOS/Android game ― Smartphone app developer Voltage is developing a smartphone game adaptation of Hisaya Nakajo's Hana-Kimi manga titled Hana Zakari no Kimi-tachi e ~Boys love you~. The app will be available in both iOS and Android devices. In the romance game, players take on the role of the heroine disguised as a boy in an all-boys school. They wil...
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Reikenzan 2nd Anime Season's Promo Video Reveals January 8 Debut

Tsubasa Yonaga, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Eriko Nakamura, Daichi Hayashi reprise roles for new season ― Studio Deen posted the first full promotional video for the second season of the Reikenzan television anime on Friday. The video reveals that the season, titled Reikenzan: Eichi e no Shikaku (Sacred Sword Mountain: Qualification for Wisdom), will premiere on AT-X on January 8 at 12:00 a.m. The series will ...
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Yo-kai Watch Characters Lose Their Smartphone App Popularity Poll to 3 Trillion Yen

The iOS and Android smartphone puzzle game Yōkai Watch Puni Puni opened a popularity poll on November 9 to commemorate the first anniversary of its launch. The game closed the poll and announced the results on Monday, but the promotional campaign may not have created as much cause for celebration as it had hoped. The poll pitted the app's Yōkai Watch characters against "other" objects, concepts, a...
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Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike Spinoff Enters New Arc Focusing on Machimiya

Previous arc focused on Kyoto Fushimi's Kōtarō Ishigaki ― Next year's January issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Champion announced on Tuesday that Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike spinoff manga will enter a new arc in the next issue on January 6, 2017. The arc will focus on Eikichi Machimiya, the "Fighting Dog of Kure" and student of Hiroshima Kureminami Technical School. The Yowamu...
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Market Research Reports Idol Otaku Annual Expenses at US$700

Yano Research Institute released its 2016 otaku market report on December 7. The report published the results of an online survey about individuals' annual otaku expenses. According to the report, idol otaku spent 79,783 yen (about US$700) each in the past year, which was the highest yearly fandom expenses reported among the top 20 types of otaku. That number is down about 16% from the previous ye...

Kodansha USA Licenses Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū Manga

Also licenses Katsuhira Otomo tribute art book ― Kodansha Comics announced on Friday that it has licensed Haruko Kumota's Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū manga under the title Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju. The company will release the first volume in May 2017. The Rakugo Kyokai Association will supervise localization. In addition, Kodansha Comics announced that it will publish OTOMO: A...
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ReLIFE Live-Action Film Reveals Lead Actor in Costume as 27-Year-Old Man, 17-Year-Old Student

Taishi Nakagawa to portray main character's young/old versions ― The official website for the live-action film of Yayoiso's ReLIFE manga unveiled a visual on Thursday, revealing the 18-year-old actor Taishi Nakagawa as both the 17-year-old (pictured right) and 27-year-old (pictured left) versions of the protagonist Arata Kaizaki. The manga's story revolves around Arata Kaizaki, an unemployed, single ...
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Chaos;Child Anime's 1st Episode Airs as 1-Hour Special

The official website of the anime adaptation of 5pb. Games and MAGES.' science adventure game Chaos;Child revealed that the first episode will air as a one-hour special. The anime will premiere on AT-X on January 11 at 11:30 p.m. The anime's main cast members are returning from the game. Masato Jinbo (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!, Shomin Sample, Nozo × Kimi) is directing the anime and is a...
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Evangelion's Anno Criticizes In This Corner of the World's Heroine

Nikkei Business Online published an interview with In This Corner of the World anime film director Sunao Katabuchi (Black Lagoon, Mai Mai Miracle) on Friday. At the end of the interview, which took place in Tokyo on November 30, Katabuchi mentions that he met Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno the day before. Katabuchi asked Anno if he had seen In This Corner of the World, and Anno repli...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, November 27-December 3

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, 2 One-Punch Man volumes, 3 Tokyo Ghoul volumes, Dragons Rioting, 2 Black Butler volumes, Fairy Tail ― Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Legendary Edition #1 Akira Himekawa Viz Media 5 25One-Punch Man #9 Story: ONE / Art: Yuusuke Murata Viz Media 5 32Tokyo Ghoul #1 Sui Ishida Viz Media 74 4-Dragons ...
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Gravity Rush 2 Trailer Previews Gameplay, Studio Khara's Prequel Anime

Game slated for January after delay ― PlayStation Japan began streaming an introduction video for the upcoming cite>Gravity Rush 2 PlayStation 4 on Friday. The video previews gameplay, including the different gravity modes, side missions, and online play. The video also shows a preview image of Gravity Rush The Animation ~ Overture ~, the prequel "special animation" by Studio Khara (Evangelion) films...

Mob Psycho 100's English Dub Stars Kyle McCarley, Chris Niosi

Bang! Zoom's dub to premiere on Funimation on Sunday ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Friday that Bang Zoom! Entertainment will provide the English dub for Mob Psycho 100. The main cast includes: Kyle McCarley as Shigeo Chris Niosi as Reigen Max Mittelman as Ritsu Michael Sorich as Ekubo Erik Kimerer as Hanazawa The series will premiere on the FunimationNow streaming service on Sunday, Decembe...
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Tenshi no 3P/Here Comes the Three Angels TV Anime Unveils New Key Visual

The official website of the television anime of Sagu Aoyama's Tenshi no 3P (Here Comes the Three Angels) light novel series unveiled a new key visual on Friday. The "loli pop comedy" light novel series follows Kyō Mekui, a high school student who tends to skip school due to a trauma in his past. Kyō secretly creates songs using vocal song synthesis software as his hobby. Three girls who just enter...
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Hayao Miyazaki Calls AI CG Animation Presentation 'An Insult to Life Itself'

On November 13, Hayao Miyazaki starred in a special about his upcoming CG animation film Kemushi no Boro on NHK titled Owaranai Hito - Miyazaki Hayao (The Man Who Is Not Done: Hayao Miyazaki). The 50 minute documentary included a scene where Miyazaki and former Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki attend a presentation by CGI team at Dwango Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. The presentation is led by D...
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Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic Film Casts Atsuko Tanaka, Jouji Nakata

New characters include Francis, Alexis Midford ― The official website of Kuroshitsuji: Book of the Atlantic (Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic), the upcoming Black Butler anime film, revealed additional new cast members on Saturday. The new cast members include: Atsuko Tanaka (Ghost in the Shell's Motoko Kusanagi) as Francis Midford Jouji Nakata (Hellsing's Alucard) as Alexis Midford The website als...
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Marginal#4 Idol TV Anime Reveals New Key Visual, January 12 Premiere

Opening theme album cover also unveiled ― The official website for Marginal#4 Kiss Kara Tsukuru Big Bang, the television anime adaptation of Rejet and Idea Factory's Marginal#4 franchise, revealed on Saturday that the show will premiere on January 12 at 11:30 p.m. on Tokyo MX. It will also run on the Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, AT-X, and BS11 channels. The website revealed a new key visual. The website also p...
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Flip Flappers ‒ Episodes 9-10

"We're finally getting all the concrete answers the show has been holding back from us since it began—but your mileage will definitely vary on how those answers make you feel."
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Pokémon Go Partners with Starbucks in U.S.

The official Pokémon website announced on Thursday that Starbucks will be a partner for the Pokémon Go smartphone app. About 7,800 U.S. Starbucks stores will become PokéStops and Gyms for a limited time beginning on Thursday. Starbucks will also offer a Pokémon Go Frappucino. The staff of the app previously revealed that Sprint will be the game's first partner in the United States, similar to the ...

Funimation Lists Theater Locations for One Piece Film Gold

New English trailer streamed ― Funimation opened a theater locator on its official website for the One Piece Film Gold on Friday, and posted a new trailer for the English dub: Funimation will release the film in theaters in the United States and Canada from January 10-17. The screenings will be English-dubbed. The cast — under ADR director Joel McDonald, ADR scriptwriter Clint Bickham, and ADR engine...
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Kanaban Graphics Makes Inazuma Delivery Short Anime Project

Usavich/Petit Eva animates slapstick shorts about delivery service ― Bushiroad announced a new series of anime shorts titled Inazuma Delivery (Lightning Delivery) on Friday. Kanaban Graphics, the computer animation studio best known for the Usavich cult comedy television series and the Petit Eva - [email protected] shorts, is producing the the animation. The show will air every other week on Japanese...
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ANNCast - What's My Name (Video)

Zac and Jacob spend the entire first video episode of ANNCast talking spoiler-free about Makoto Shinkai's amazing movie, your name., plus Yuri!!! on Ice and much more! ― ANNCast Episode 278: What's My Name Zac and Jacob spend the entire first video episode of ANNCast talking spoiler-free about Makoto Shinkai's amazing movie, Your Name, plus Yuri on Ice and much more! You can listen to the show on ou...
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Megami Meguri 3DS Game's Opening Movie, Tutorial Video Streamed

Nintendo 3DS games using IC cards shipped on Thursday ― The official website for CAPCOM's Megami Meguri (Goddess Tour), the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game that will use IC cards, began streaming the game's anime opening movie and a tutorial video on Wednesday. The opening movie features the game's theme song "Megami Meguri" by Ayasa Itō. The tutorial video shows instructions on how to purchase the game, ...
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Seiren Original Anime Casts Takuya Eguchi

My Love Story!! voice actor plays Shōichi's friend Tatsuya ― The official website for Kisai Takayama's original anime series Seiren revealed on Friday that Takuya Eguchi (My Love Story!!'s Takeo, Re:ZERO's Julius) will play Tatsuya Araki. The website also revealed Tatsuya's character design, details of the anime's radio program, and information about its Comic Market items. Takuya Eguchi as Tatsuya A...
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Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic Film Casts Seiichirō Yamashita, Kaito Ishikawa

New characters include Edward Midford, Rian Stoker ― The January 2017 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Newtype magazine revealed two new cast members on Saturday for Kuroshitsuji: Book of the Atlantic (Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic), the upcoming Black Butler anime film. The new cast members include: Seiichirō Yamashita (Orange's Kakeru Naruse) as Edward Midford Kaito Ishikawa (One-Punch Man's Genos)...
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So You Lost to the Final Boss. Now What?

With grand armies scattered, mascot character MIA, and main hero wounded, the heroes of Chain Chronicle are left with one question: what’s next?
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All Out!! ‒ Episode 10

"Gion might still be struggling to find his undying love for rugby, but Ōharano is probably the last person on the team to help with this problem."
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Fūka Anime's TV Ad Previews Love Triangle

Adaptation of manga by Suzuka's Kouji Seo premieres on January 6 ― The official website for the anime of Kouji Seo's Fūka manga began streaming its first television commercial on Friday. The video's narrator teases that the anime is about "a love triangle that starts from music." The anime will hold an advance screening of the first episode and a talk event at Tokyo's Yurakuchō Mullion Annex on Decem...
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Pretty Rhythm Idol Group Prizmmy to Disband Next March

Prism Mates also disbanding after 6-year run ― Prizmmy☆, the four-member dance and vocal unit created for the Pretty Rhythm teleivision anime franchise, announced on their streamed Showroom special on Friday that they will disband at the end of next March. Prizmmy☆'s sister trainee unit Prism☆Mates (pictured below) will also disband at the same time. The members of Prizmmy☆ noted that they were all i...
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One Piece Anime Casts Masashi Ebara, Hiroya Ishimaru

Ebara as Raizo debuts in 768th episode on Sunday; Ishimaru plays Oden ― The official website for the One Piece franchise announced on Friday that voice actor Masashi Ebara (Naruto's Might Guy, Shakugan no Shana's Alastor) will play the character Raizo (pictured below right), and Hiroya Ishimaru (Mazinger Z's Koji, Dancouga's Professor Hazuki) will voice Oden. Raizo will debut in the anime's 768th epi...

Actor Hiroki Narimiya Retires After Cocaine Use Allegations

Live-action Assassination Classroom, NANA, Ace Attorney actor denies claims ― The agency of 34-year-old actor Hiroki Narimiya announced on Friday that Narimiya is retiring from the entertainment industry. Kodansha's Friday magazine had published an article on December 2 accusing Narimiya of using cocaine and other illegal drugs. Narimiya's agency responded after Kodansha published the article, statin...
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Tozen Ujiie's Seitokai Yakuindomo Manga Gets Theatrical Anime Project

Manga about student council previously inspired 2 TV anime, several OVAs ― The cover of the 2017 combined second and third issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine shown in a listing on Amazon Japan has revealed that Tozen Ujiie's Seitokai Yakuindomo manga is getting a theatrical anime project. The issue itself will go on sale on December 14, and it will reveal more details about the project. The 2...
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Yukari Tamura Stars in Upcoming Untitled TV Anime Project

New project reveals visual, "rin-anime.com" website ― The "rin-anime.com" website opened on Friday to announce that voice actress and singer Yukari Tamura will star in an upcoming television anime project as the character Finis. The website also revealed a visual, but hasn't yet revealed any other information about the project, including a title. The January issue of Tokuma Shoten's Animage magazine,...
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Live-Action Saki Film's 2 Trailers Reveal February 3 Debut

Live-action series based on Ritz Kobayashi's manga premiered on December 4 ― The official website of the live-action project for Ritz Kobayashi's Saki manga began streaming a 60-second and a 30-second trailer on Friday. The trailers revealed that the film will premiere in Japan on February 3. The two videos feature the main cast competing in an inter-school mahjong competition, and also feature the s...
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Live-Action March comes in like a lion Films Cast Shōta Sometani as Harunobu Nikaidō

Sometani had to put on special effects makeup to portray role ― The official website for the two live-action films of Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion (Sangatsu no Lion) manga revealed on Friday that Shōta Sometani (seen below) will play the role of Harunobu Nikaidō in the films. Nikaidō is the self-proclaimed "rival" and "best friend" of protagonist Rei Kiriyama. Sometani had to don special ...
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Leads in One-Week Friends Anime to Voice Roles in Live-Action Version

Yoshitaka Yamaya, Sora Amamiya played characters Yūki Hase, Kaori Fujimiya in 2014 anime ― The official website of the live-action film of Matcha Hazuki's One Week Friends (Isshūkan Friends) manga announced on Friday that Yoshitaka Yamaya (left in picture below) and Sora Amamiya (right) — who voiced the characters Yūki Hase and Kaori Fujimiya respectively in the television anime adaptation of the man...
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Gabriel Dropout Anime's 2nd Promo Previews Opening Theme Song

Main cast perform opening, ending theme songs for January 9 anime ― The official website for the Gabriel Dropout television anime based on Ukami's manga began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Friday. The video previews the main voice cast, and features the anime's opening theme song "Gabriel Drop Kick" by Miyu Tomita, Saori Ōnishi, Naomi Ōzora, and Kana Hanazawa as their characters G...
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Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2017's Series Ranking for Male Readers

Tonegawa, Watashi no Shōnen, Fire Punch top list ― The 2017 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook will announce its lists of the top manga series on Saturday. The top 20 on its list of manga for male readers are: Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa by Tensei Hagiwara, Nobuyuki Fukumoto, Tomoki Miyoshi, and Tomohiro Hashimoto Watashi no Shōnen by Hitomi Takano Fire P...
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Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2017's Series Ranking for Female Readers

Kin no Kuni Mizu no Kuni, Haru no Noroi, My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness top list ― The 2017 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook will announce its lists of the top manga series on Saturday. The top 20 on its list of manga for female readers are: Kin no Kuni Mizu no Kuni by Nao Iwamoto Haru no Noroi by Asuka Konishi My Lesbian Experience With Loneli...
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Kenka Banchō Otome Romance Game Gets TV Anime in Spring 2017

Cast from Spike Chunsoft's PS Vita game reprise roles for anime series of shorts ― Spike Chunsoft opened a website on Thursday to announce that its Kenka Banchō Otome romance simulation game is getting a television anime series of shorts. The anime, titled Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys, will premiere in spring 2017. The show's cast, who are reprising their roles from the game, includes: KENN as...

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Pole Dancers React to Ending Sequence of Yuri!!! on Ice Episode 10

Techniques identified, critiqued ― Yuri!!! on Ice has already won a crowd of admirers — including real figure skaters — for its fluid and well-informed depiction of ice skating. The ending credits sequence of Episode 10 show Yūri Katsuki and Christophe Giacometti pole dancing, which has earned a new round of appreciation from real pole dancers on Twitter. Rinko Nakamura reacted enthusiastic...
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South Park's Ike Watches Naruto on Crunchyroll, Googles Yuri!!! on Ice

The American adult animated series South Park has been referencing Japanese culture and anime for years. The television show parodied the theme song from Studio Ghibli's My Neighbor Totoro in 2010, Kenny transformed into a Japanese princess in 2013, and the series featured a yaoi episode last year. The long-running show's latest anime reference involves the character Ike Broflovski. In the latest ...
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Viz Adds The Children Nowadays Manga Digitally

Kiriko Kubo's 1986 manga launches on December 13 ― Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it will publish the first volume of Kiriko Kubo's The Children Nowadays (Imadoki no Kodomo) manga digitally on December 13. Viz describes the story: Kirita is a typical child of the Eighties, equally worried about homework and nuclear war. His precocious friend Takumi can't figure out why the other kids won't ackno...
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Keijo!!!!!!!! ‒ Episode 10

"Every time you think Keijo has outdone itself with its over-the-top antics, it pulls yet another brazen stunt."

Funimation Licenses Attack on Titan Anime's 2nd Season

Sequel to premiere in April 2017 in Japan ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed the second anime season based on Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga. Attack on Titan season 2 will premiere in April 2017 in Japan. The new season was initally announced in November 2014, and was originally slated for 2016. Tetsuro Araki, the director of the first anime season, is actin...
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Mr. Osomatsu, your name, Yūichi Nakamura Win Yahoo! Japan's 2016 Search Awards

Other winners include Dean Fujioka, Keyakizaka 46, Pikotarō ― Every year, Yahoo! Japan honors the subjects or people who have racked up the most searches on its search engine (or who have shown the sharpest climb in searches since the previous year) with the Yahoo! Japan Search Awards. In the anime category, Mr. Osomatsu triumphed, despite technically premiering last year. Another anime also topped t...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 485

"Featuring action, intrigue, and a healthy dose of comedy, the second entry in Sasuke's Story: Sunrise embodies Naruto's best qualities."
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, November 28-December 4

Time Bokan 24, Pokémon Sun & Moon, Maho Tsukai Precure! in top 10 ― The live-action drama adaptation of Tsunami Umino's Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu manga aired on TBS on Wednesday, November 29 at 10:23 p.m. and earned a 16.1% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV December 4 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 12.5 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV December 4 (Sun) 18:00 30 ...
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My Hero Academia Spinoff Manga Vigilante Relaunches on Shonen Jump+

3rd chapter premieres on December 17 in Jump+ app ― Next year's combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump is revealing on Monday that Hideyuki Furuhashi and Court Betten's Vigilante -Boku no Hero Academia ILLEGALS- spinoff of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia) manga will relaunch on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ online manga app on December 15. The first and s...
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Experience Porno Graffitti Concert via PlayStation VR This Week

Sony Music Entertainment is partnering with Little Star Media to offer J-rock fans a chance to experience a concert through PlayStation VR this week. The virtual reality (VR) platform Littlstar Japan's PlayStation VR app is offering a Porno Graffitti concert from December 7 to December 14. The app's users can experience a 360-degree panoramic video of the rock band's concert. The Littlstar VR Cine...
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Tales of Berseria Game's Clip Previews English Dub

Preorder bonuses for PS4/Steam game announced ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming on Thursday a series of cutscenes from its upcoming Tales of Berseria PlayStation 4 and PC role-playing game, previewing the English dub. (Note: The below video contains spoilers for a beginning cutscenes from the game.) The official blog for the Tales of game series also announced a 15-minute skit video preord...
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Viz Streams Extended Sailor Moon R: The Movie English Dub Trailer

Tickets on sale for premiere screening in LA, wider release to follow ― Viz Media began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the Sailor Moon R: The Movie (Sailor Moon R Movie: Promise of the Rose) anime film on Thursday. Viz Media and Eleven Arts will host a premiere screening on January 13 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The event will include a Q&A session with the English language s...
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Saint Seiya Get Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Golden Watch

Licensed product company Imperial Enterprises is accepting pre-orders for a limited edition watch commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Saint Seiya series. The watch shows the silhouette of Sagittarius glistening on the face and 12 other Zodiac-inspired warriors engraved in the band links. Each is sold in a commemorative box with a picture of the palace on the front. Only 3,000 of the watches...
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Yuki, Kenshi Yonezu to Perform March comes in like a lion Anime's New Theme Songs

'Sayonara Bystander,' 'Orion' to debut in TV anime in January ― This year's 24th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that the television anime of Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion (Sangatsu no Lion) manga will introduce new theme songs in January. Singer Yuki will perform the opening theme, "Sayonara Bystander" (Goodbye Bystander), while Kenshi Yonezu will perform th...
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Brave Witches ‒ Episode 9

"Naoe has gotten as much attention as anyone in the secondary role throughout the series so far, but this episode marks the first time that she has been the focal point character."
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Yuri!!! on Ice ‒ Episode 10

"This pen-penultimate installment, which consists of one last restful moment before the Grand Prix final, serves as a reflection on the cast's growth over the past in-show year."
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Dragon Quest II Heads West on PS4 in April

Game slated for April 25 in N. America, April 27 in Europe ― Square Enix confirmed on Thursday that it will release Dragon Quest Heroes II (Dragon Quest Heroes II: Futago no Ō to Yogen no Owari) in North America on April 25 and in Europe on April 27. The game will only be available on PlayStation 4. The game shipped for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita on May 27 in Japan. The game a...
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Sony Sells Over 50 Million PS4 Consoles Worldwide

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced on Wednesday that it has sold more than 50 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide as of Tuesday, November 6. Sony specified that these are actual sell-through numbers, as opposed to units shipped. The console is the fastest to reach the milestone of any console under the PlayStation brand. The PlayStation 4 had sold 40 million units as of May. Sony'...
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Tenshi no 3P/Here Comes the Three Angels TV Anime's Summer Debut, Drama CD Tie-In Revealed

Yuko Ono, Yurika Endō, Aoi Koga to also form real-life band & chronicle their journey ― The January 2017 issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko Magazine is reporting on Saturday that the television anime of Sagu Aoyama's Tenshi no 3P! (Here Comes the Three Angels) light novel series will premiere next summer. The magazine is also reporting that the television anime is just one of the three projects in the...
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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Trailer Previews Remixed Theme Song

Tetsuya Nomura illustrates cover for theme song EP ― Square Enix began streaming the "Final Trailer (2016)" for its upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue PlayStation 4 game on Friday. Like previous trailers for the game, it features a new remixed version of Hikaru Utada's original theme song "Hikari" ("Simple and Clean" in the English version). The EP with "Hikari (Ray Of Hope MIX)," ...
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GKids Streams Ghiblies: Episode 2 Clip, Adds 3rd Day of Spirited Away Screenings

Ghiblies short screening with Spirited Away in U.S. on Thursday ― GKIDS and IndieWire began streaming an English-subtitled clip from the Studio Ghibli short film Ghiblies: Episode 2 last week. The short is screening in United States theaters along with the 15th anniversary screenings of Spirited Away. GKIDS announced an additional screening time for the English dub of Spirited Away on December 8 at 7...
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20 Years of Persona in One Gallery

Nothing says Persona like an art exhibit that features prop evokers, fan art from famous manga artists, and a guy in a Teddie suit.
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Maria the Virgin Witch BD+DVD

This unusual historical fantasy anime might have gotten lost in the shuffle of bigger titles over time, but it's still one of a kind today. Theron Martin explores just what makes this series special. ― Maria the Virgin Witch is a remarkable series in many respects. It's nearly as raunchy as a high-end fanservice anime – even being assigned a TV-MA rating despite not having any detailed nudity – and y...
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Nintendo Switch Demoed For 1st Time on The Tonight Show on U.S. TV

Reggie Fils-Aimé, Jimmy Fallon play Zelda: Breath of the Wild — & Shigeru Miyamoto plays Mario on guitar ― The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon hosted Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé to demonstrate the upcoming iOS game Super Mario Run in the United States on Wednesday. However, Fils-Aimé brought two surprises: Mario and Zelda co-creator Shigeru Miyamoto watching from the audience, and a...
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Chō Shōnen Tantei-dan NEO Anime Based on Edogawa Rampo Novels Premieres on January 2

Yoshitaka Amano-designed villain, new visual, additional cast also revealed ― The official website of Chō Shōnen Tantei-dan NEO (The Ultra Boy Detectives Club NEO) — the television anime gag series of shorts that remakes Edogawa Rampo's Shōnen Tantei-dan (The Boy Detectives Club) novels — began streaming a video for the anime on Wednesday. In the video, voice actors Ryohei Kimura and Takuya Eguchi re...

More Details Revealed For 2 Upcoming Bleach Novels

Makoto Matsubara writes novel shipping on December 27 about Rukia, Renji's wedding ― The combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing more details on Monday for the novels that Makoto Matsubara and Ryohgo Narita (Baccano!, Durarara!) are writing for Tite Kubo's Bleach manga. Matsubara is writing the Bleach: WE DO knot ALWAYS LOVE YOU novel, which will center ...
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Tawawa on Monday Net Anime's BD Release Adds 2 Unreleased Episodes

BD will be available at Comiket 91 on December 29, at some retailers on December 31 ― Artist Kiseki Himura announced on Monday that the Blu-ray Disc of the short anime of his Getsuyōbi no Tawawa (Tawawa on Monday) illustrations will include two unreleased episodes, in addition to the 12 planned episodes for the anime. The two episodes will focus on the subordinate and Ai characters. The Blu-ray Disc ...
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Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight Game Reveals March 16 Release in Video

More playable characters revealed for action RPG crossover game for PS4, PS Vita ― Bandai Namco Entertainment unveiled a new trailer for its Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Wednesday during a livestream event on Dengeki Online's YouTube channel. The video reveals the action role-playing game's March 16 release date. The livestream event ...
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Viz Media Hosts Sailor Moon R Screening Event in Los Angeles on January 13

Film to eventually screen in 300 theaters in U.S. in late January ― Viz Media announced on Wednesday that it will host a premiere screening event of the Sailor Moon R: The Movie (Sailor Moon R Movie: Promise of the Rose) anime film on January 13 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. PST. The screening will include a live Q&A session with the Eng...
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Kamen Rider Ryuki Actor Satoshi Matsuda Helps Capture Criminal

Man attempted to take upskirt photos of Matsuda's wife ― Actor Satoshi Matsuda helped assist the capture of a man who had allegedly been attempting to secretly take upskirt photos of Matsuda's wife. According to Kyoto Prefectural Police's Uji station, Matsuda and his wife were shopping at a store in the town of Kumiyama on Wednesday when the man allegedly made his attempt. The 35-year-old man reporte...
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Renai Bōkun/The very lovely tyrant of love Anime Reveals Spring 2017 Debut, Animation by EMT Squared

The wraparound jacket band on the 10th compiled volume of Megane Mihoshi's Renai Bōkun (The very lovely tyrant of love) manga is revealing on Friday that the television anime adaptation of the manga will premiere in spring 2017. The volume is also revealing that EMT Squared (Kumamiko, Nyanko Days) is animating the series, and is also revealing an anime visual. The romantic comedy begins when Guri,...

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Light Novel Series Gets Anime

Yen Press publishes original fantasy light novel series, manga adaptation ― The wraparound jacket band on the fourth volume (pictured at right) of Megumu Aya, Hiro Ainana, and Shri's Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyōsōkyoku) manga series is revealing on Saturday that the franchise is getting an anime adaptation. The manga itself adapts Ainana's light nov...
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SHAFT, Shunji Iwai's 'Fireworks' Anime Film Previewed in 1st Trailer

Akiyuki Simbo serves as chief director for film premiering on August 18 ― The official website for Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka? (Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or from Below?), the anime film adaptation of director Shunji Iwai's 1993 live-action drama of the same name, began streaming the first trailer on Thursday for the film. The film will open in Japan on Augus...
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Food Wars! Gets New Original Anime DVD Bundled With Manga's 25th Volume in July

Members of Council of Ten to appear in new anime ― The combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga is inspiring an original anime DVD (OAD) with a special edition of the manga's 25th volume, which will ship on July 4. The issue also reveals that the OAD will feature the members o...
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Live-Action Blade of the Immortal Film's Still Shows Ichikawa Ebizō XI as Eiku Shizuma

Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki star, Takashi Miike directs April 29 film ― The staff for the live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal "neo period drama" manga unveiled a new still on Thursday showing famed kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizō XI in costume as the character Eiku Shizuma. The staff previously revealed stills from the filming of the movie's climactic action scene last month, and ...

Long Riders! TV Anime's Last 2 Episodes Delayed Until February

Episodes 11,12 premiere on Japanese TV on February 5; will screen at event on February 4 ― The official website for the Long Riders! television anime announced on Thursday that the anime's last two episodes will be delayed until February. The last episode that will air this year will be episode 10, which will air on December 24. The last two episodes — titled "Night Ride-hen" for episode 11, and "Shi...

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Six Flags Theme Parks Promote Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Film

Preview of film shown in parks via in-park TV networks until January 1 ― 4K Media announced on Wednesday that it is promoting its upcoming opening of the Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions anime film in North America with a campaign at the Six Flags theme parks. The campaign began on November 19 and will end on January 1. For the duration of the campaign, the Six Flags Great Adventure (New Jersey...
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 35

"Hijirimaru returns to torment the Twin Stars this week, and from the opening of the episode, I was excited to see what he had in store for our heroes."
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Young Animators NPO Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

AEYAC (pronounced "ay-yack"), a non-profit organization (NPO) dedicated to supporting young anime creators, launched a crowdfunding campaign on December 1. The campaign is collecting donations on the JapanGiving fundraising website until December 31. The organization began streaming a video about the crowd-funding campaign on November 29. The campaign is seeking to collect at least 3,000 yen (abou...
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 10

"It might not affect the characters well in-universe, but Nanbaka seems to be at its strongest when it divides up its cast."
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To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness Announces Manga's Nipple Count

The To Love-Ru franchise's female characters are known for exposing their "assets" on the page or on the screen. A true test to determine obsessed fans would involve detailed knowledge of every characters' risqué depictions. The publisher of Saki Hasemi and Kentaro Yabuki's To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga decided to conduct such a test. Shueisha's Jump Square magazine recently held a Supreme Q...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, November 28-December 4

Haikyu!!, One-Punch Man, Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card-hen, World Trigger, Boruto in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Haikyu!! 24 282,363 282,363 2016/12 Shueisha Haruichi Furudate 1 1 2 One-Punch Man 12 245,163 245,163 2016/12 Shueisha Story: ONE / Art: Yuusuke Murata 2 1 3 Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card-hen 1 147,750 14...
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Shunji Iwai's 'Fireworks' Drama Gets Anime Film From SHAFT

Hitoshi Ōne writes scripts, Nobuyuki Takeuchi directs, Akiyuki Simbo is chief director ― Director Shunji Iwai's 1993 live-action drama Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka? (Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?) is inspiring an anime film that will open in Japan on August 18, 2017. Hitoshi Ōne (live-action Bakuman., Moteki) wrote the script for the upcoming film a...
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Sound! Euphonium 2 ‒ Episode 10

"While shows are often described as “greater than the sum of their parts,” Euphonium 2 has had the opposite problem - terrific individual scenes, less than stellar narrative composition."
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The Silver Case PS4 Remaster Ships in April 2017 in N. America, Europe

NIS America announced on Wednesday that it will release the HD remaster for Grasshopper Manufacture's The Silver Case visual novel game on PlayStation 4 on April 18 in North America and April 21 in Europe. The game will have digital, standard physical, and limited edition physical versions. The limited edition includes the game, a collector's box, a 40-page hardcover art book, a 34-track soundtrac...
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BanG Dream! TV Anime's 3rd Trailer Confirms January 21 Premiere

Video features opening theme song "Tokimeki Experience!" by Poppin' Party band ― The official website for the BanG Dream! television anime series began streaming the third trailer on Wednesday. The trailer introduces the opening theme song "Tokimeki Experience!" (Heart-Pounding Experience!) by the Poppin' Party band, and it confirms the anime's January 21 premiere. The anime will premiere on the Abem...
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Minamata City's Anime-Style 'First Love' Podcast Launches 2nd Volume

The city of Minamata, Kumamoto began streaming a new podcast for its "Hatsukoi Project 2016" campaign on November 25. "Minamata Hatsukoi Podcast Toki no Kakehashi" (Minamata First Love Podcast: Suspension Bridge of Time) is the second volume of Minamata's promotional campaign that launched in February. The new podcast volume is a two-part bittersweet "adult love story," and the first part will be ...
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Answerman - Why Is Workplace Romance So Taboo in Anime?

Workplace romances are often treated like an unforgivable offense in many anime - what's up with that? Justin gets into it. ― Jennifer asks: relationship between coworkers is unacceptable even if they are in different departments. In Fune no Amu, we see Nishioka-san and Miyoshi-san in a relationship but they can't be seen together out in public. Why is that? Is it a distraction? I don't see it as a ...
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Girlish Number ‒ Episode 9

"After a pair of episodes spent humanizing the show's very sympathetic secondary characters, the focus at last returned to Girlish Number's two huge idiots."

Japan's Video Game Rankings, November 28-December 4

Final Fantasy XV, Kamen Rider, Digimon Universe games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: November 28-December 4 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4 Final Fantasy XV (Including Limited, Bundled Editions) Square Enix November 29 690,471 690,471 55 23DS Pokémon Sun / Pokémon Moon Pokémon November 18 223,051 2,189,345 99 33DSSuper Mario Maker for Nintendo ...

Dragon Ball Z Kai's Buu Saga to Air on Toonami

Series premieres January 7 along with Dragon Ball Super ― Funimation Entertainment and Adult Swim announced on Wednesday that the Buu Saga of Dragon Ball Z Kai will air on Toonami under the title Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters. The series will premiere at night on Saturday, January 7 at 12:00 a.m. EST (effectively Sunday morning). Funimation listed the English dub cast. Christopher R. Sabat is...

Dragon Ball Super to Premiere on Toonami in January

Funimation's English dub to air beginning on January 7 ― Toei Animation, Funimation Entertainment, and Adult Swim announced on Wednesday that Funimation's English dub of Dragon Ball Super will air on Adult Swim's Toonami block. The first season will premiere on January 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. EST and 11:30 p.m. EST. Funimation also launched an official website and streamed a new dubbed clip: The 26 epis...

Kyoto Animation Posts Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Anime's 1st Video, January 11 Debut Date

Show based on manga by Coolkyoushinja (I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying) ― The official website for the television anime of Coolkyoushinja's Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon or The Dragon Maid of Kobayashi-san) manga updated with the first promotional video on Wednesday. Both the video and the website announced that the anime will premiere on January 11 at 00...
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Yui no Shinobi Ninja Riceball Guys Get Manga

The upcoming card-based smartphone game Yui no Shinobi reimagines popular rice ball flavors as attractive ninja fighting to reclaim their land and serve their lord. Visualworks has revealed more than 12 characters and sub-characters so far, and is now adding a prologue manga to its promotion plans. The manga launched on Tuesday with the first two pages and will continue to update on the website ev...
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Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o Film's Trailer Previews HoneyWorks' Ending Song, Cast Voices

2nd film based on HoneyWorks songs opens on December 17 ― Aniplex began streaming the full trailer for Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o: Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai ( (I wait for the moment you love me. Confession Executive Committee), the second anime film inspired by the HoneyWorks musical group's Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai ~Renai Series~ (Confession Executive Committee ~Love Series~) Vocaloid songs, on Wednesday....

Pokémon Go Developers to Reveal Details on New Pokémon on December 12

Smartphone game partners with Sprint in U.S. ― The staff of the Pokémon Go smartphone game announced on Wednesday that it will reveal details on the first addition of new Pokémon to the game on Monday, December 12. Pokémon Go initially offered 145 Pokémon — all of the original Kanto Pokémon except Ditto, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mew, and Mewtwo. The game added Ditto in November. The staff also anno...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, November 28-December 4

Mars film sells 4,080 + 1,478, followed by B-Project, Kubikiri Cycle, Babymetal at London, Sadako vs. Kayako ― The Live at Wembley Babymetal World Tour 2016 kicks off at the SSE Arena, Wembley concert disc sold 2,215 more copies to add to its total of 41,109. It dropped from #2 to #12 in its second week. Sadako vs. Kayako Premium Edition sold 1,483 copies at #16. Koji Yusa and Takuya Satō's DVD Yusa ...
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Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go ‒ Episode 9

"An undeserving yokai gets one of the season's happiest endings, but the really fascinating part comes from how Madara reacts to it."
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, November 28-December 4

Final Fantasy XV box sells 13,383, followed by Kubikiri Cycle, The [email protected] Million Live! concert, Love Live! Sunshine, Tenchi Muyo! ― The [email protected] Million Live! 3rd Live Tour Believe My [email protected]!! Live Blu-ray 02 @ Sendai sold 7,699 copies to debut at #6 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The [email protected] Station!!! Summer Night Party!!! sold 2,071 copies to debut at #18. The deluxe edition (limited...
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Cyborg009: Call of Justice: Chapter 2 Tempts Our Heroes With Their Greatest Wish

You’ve spent 50 years in a never-aging cyborg body. Now, your latest potential villain offers to return your humanity; all you have to do is walk away.
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Summer Wars [Hosoda Collection] BD+DVD

The extras are insightful in this new release of Summer Wars, even if the story may not hold up the way it once did. Rebecca Silverman offers her take on Mamoru Hosoda's breakout film. ― Time is the greatest test of any work. Poems written by Heian era women over a thousand years ago are still intimately relatable to modern readers, novels by men in the 19th century still have a lot to say about soci...
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Landreaall Anime's Promo Video Introduces Main Character

Anime bundled with 29th volume of manga on February 25 ― Ichijinsha began streaming a promotional video for the original anime of Chika Ogaki's traditional fantasy manga Landreaall on Tuesday. The main character DX Lucafort narrates the video and introduces himself. The manga's 29th volume will have a limited-edition bundle with the original anime disc on February 25. The cast includes: Kenichi Suzum...
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Live-Action Hirunaka no Ryūsei Film's Teaser Highlights Love Triangle

New visual also unveiled for March 24 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Mika Yamamori's Hirunaka no Ryūsei (Daytime Shooting Star) manga began streaming a teaser and unveiled a new visual on Wednesday. The video highlights the love triangle between Suzume, Shishio, and Mamura. The cast includes: From left to right in picture above: Shohei Miura (live-action Gokusen) as Satsuki S...
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Nikkan Sports Newspaper Names Makoto Shinkai as Best Director for 'your name.' Film

Awards ceremony to take place on December 28 ― The Nikkan Sports newspaper will honor Makoto Shinkai with the Best Director award for his film your name. (Kimi no na wa.) in its 29th Nikkan Sports Movie Awards on Sunday. The award ceremony will take place on December 28, the birthdate of actor Yujiro Ishihara, which the awards honor. Shinkai's film has earned 20,006,188,400 yen (about US$175.81 milli...

Musician Kenichi Kurosawa Passes Away at 48

Hunter X Hunter/Saiyuki theme song contributor had been suffering from brain tumor ― The official website of musician Kenichi Kurosawa announced on Wednesday that Kurosawa passed away on Monday, December 5 at 3:52 a.m. due to a brain tumor. He was 48. He had been hospitalized due to the condition. His family will hold a private funeral service. His website will announce a memorial service for fans at...
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Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Pays Homage to 1978 Farewell Film in New Art

The official website of the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project revealed a new visual and ticket pre-order bonus on Wednesday. Ticket pre-orders will begin on December 17. While supplies last, those who purchase tickets will receive a B2-size poster and tickets with art that serves ...
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Trinity Seven Film's New Cast, Story, Title, Visual, February 25 Opening Revealed

Rina Hidaka, Nobunaga Shimazaki, M.A.O, Yoshino Nanjō cast in film ― The official website for the upcoming anime film of Kenji Saito and Akinari Nao's Trinity Seven - The Seven Magicians manga revealed the film's new cast members, story, full title, new visual, and February 25 opening on Wednesday. The film is titled Gekijōban Trinity Seven - Yūkyū Toshokan to Renkinjutsu Shōjo (Trinity Seven the Mov...
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Live-Action HaruChika Film's Trailer Highlights Haruta, Chika's Relationship

Kanna Hashimoto, Shori Sato play leads in March 4 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Sei Hatsuno's HaruChika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru "concert band youth mystery" novel series began streaming a trailer for the film on Wednesday. The trailer shows the relationship between Haruta and Chika, and shows Haruta collapsing during ensemble practice. Rev. from DVL idol group membe...

Tuesday, December 6

PA Works Makes Sakura Quest Anime About Girls Reviving Rustic Town

Ayaka Nanase, Reina Ueda, Chika Anzai, Chiemi Tanaka, Mikako Komatsu star in original April show on tourism industry ― Anime studio P.A. Works announced a new original television anime titled Sakura Quest on Wednesday. The anime will premiere in April. The anime's official website describes the anime as the third in P.A. Works' "working" series about people and their jobs, after Hanasaku Iroha and Sh...
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Attack on Titan Manga Gets Stage Play Next Summer

"'That battle' will appear in way no one has seen before" in 1st stage play adaptation of manga ― The wraparound jacket band on Hajime Isayama's 21st Attack on Titan manga volume is revealing on Friday that the manga will receive a stage play adaptation next summer. The announcement promises that the Titans, soldiers, and "that battle" will appear in a way no one has seen before. This is the first st...
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Attack on Titan Anime Season 2 Premieres in April

The wraparound jacket band on Hajime Isayama's 21st Attack on Titan manga volume is revealing on Friday that the anime adaptation's second season will premiere in April. The second season, which was initially announced in November 2014, was originally planned for 2016. The first 25-episode season aired from April-September 2013. Both Funimation and Crunchyroll streamed the first season as it aired...
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Japan's Moomin Theme Park Opening Pushed Back to 2019

The Moomin theme park in Japan, originally scheduled to open next year, is pushed back to 2019. Titled "Metsä," the theme park will open in spring 2019 at Lake Miyazawa, which is located in a relatively undeveloped corner of Hannō, in Saitama Prefecture northwest of Tokyo. It will be divided into two zones: a free "Metsä Village" with nature activities and lakefront restaurants and shops, and a "M...
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March comes in like a lion Tops Da Vinci Magazine's Rankings for 2nd Year

One Piece, KochiKame, Attack on Titan, Assassination Classroom also rank ― The January 2017 issue of Kadokawa Media Factory's book and manga news magazine Da Vinci unveiled its 17th annual "Book of the Year" list on Tuesday. The rankings are not based solely on sales. Instead, a group of 5117 voters including book reviewers, writers, and bookstore employees selected this year's lists. The magazine's ...
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Trickster ‒ Episode 10

"Hanasaki's unsurprising abduction/adoption by Twenty Faces is followed by an equally by-the-book mental torture session."
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Charmander Joins Build-A-Bear's Online Exclusive Line-Up

Build-A-Bear is continuing its line-up of Pokémon pals to dress-up and take home. The company announced that original starter Charmander is now available as an online-exclusive option. The stuffed fiery friend is US$61.00 and includes recorded Charmander sounds, a Great Ball hoodie, Lucario hoodie, and a Build-A-Bear Workshop exclusive Pokémon TCG card. Charmander joins previously released Pikach...
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Live-Action Gin to Kin Television Series Announces Additional Cast Members

Lily Franky, Sports Makita, Asami Usuda, Jun Murakami join cast ― The official website for the 12-episode live-action television adaptation of Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Gin to Kin (Silver and Gold) manga announced four new cast members on Tuesday. The website also announced that the series will premiere on January 7 on TV Tokyo, though the episodes will stream earlier on Amazon Prime starting on January 1....
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Persona 5 English Dub Trailer Introduces Futaba Sakura

Game ships on April 4 with English dub, downloadable Japanese track ― Altus USA began streaming an English-dubbed trailer featuring the character Futaba Sakura from its upcoming Persona 5 PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 game on Tuesday. Atlus also streamed a video featuring Futaba's voice actress Erica Lindbeck discussing the role with PR manager John Hardin. Previous English dub trailers introduced ...
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Shueisha Offers 'Jump VR' Mook About VR Tech

Mook also contains instructional manga, columns, 22-year-old Kochikame chapter featuring VR ― Shueisha will offer a new mook (magazine-style book) on December 16 titled "Jump VR." The mook will focus on VR technology and head-mounted displays such as the PlayStation VR, HTC Viva, and Oculus Rift/Touch, and will feature over 40 titles that use the technology. It will also feature instructional manga a...
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Dear Boys Overtime Epilogue Manga Ends in January

Manga began in February after conclusion of long-running sports manga ― The January 2017 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine announced on Tuesday that Hiroki Yagami's Dear Boys Overtime manga will end in the next issue on January 6. The final chapter will include color pages. Yagami launched the manga in February as a sequel to the long-running Dear Boys manga. Kodansha shipped the second com...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 4-10

Bikini Warriors, Eat-Man, Ninja Slayer, Seiyu's Life!, Show By Rock!! anime; Fairy Tail: Twin Dragons of Sabertooth manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Bikini Warriors BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$29.98 December 6 Black Jack The Movie BDCite Discotek Media/Eastern Star US$24.95 December 6 Eat-Man DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Discotek Media/Eastern Star US$44.95 ...
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Gainax Animation Studio Operating Out of 45-Year-Old Condo

Gainax, the studio behind Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gunbuster, Nadia - The Secret of Blue Water, and Kare Kano, has downsized not only in animation output but also in office space. The company relocated to the "Hattori Building" in Musashino, Tokyo around October. Unlike its previous office space in Mitaka, Tokyo, the new location is actually a 45-year-old housing complex. According to a private cr...
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Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale Film Opens in U.S. on March 9

Eleven Arts to distribute film with English subtitles ― Aniplex of America announced on Tuesday that the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film will open in United States theaters on March 9, 2017. Eleven Arts is distributing the film. Screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles. Theater locations and times will be announced at a later date. Prior to the wide release, Aniplex of America...
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Studio Trigger to Animate Indivisible Game's Opening Sequence

Yoh Yoshinari to direct, Titmouse to storyboard sequence for Lab Zero/505 Games' RPG ― 505 Games and Lab Zero announced on Tuesday that anime studio Trigger will animate the opening sequence for the game Indivisible. Yoh Yoshinari (Little Witch Academia) is directing the sequence and North American animation studio Titmouse (Metalocalypse, Venture Bros.) is providing the storyboards. Production on th...
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Konami Puts a Cap on Castlevania Unreal Engine Fan Remake

2016 has not been a good year for fan games. YouTuber and developer Dejawolfs is the latest to receive a cease and desist from a video game company, in this case it was Konami putting an end to their Unreal Engine remake of Castlevania. Dejawolfs had put in over a year into the game before receiving the letter last month and completed the first level back in April. The project was aptly titled Cas...
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Toshio Maeda to Appear in Portland, Autograph Urotsukidoji Manga to Benefit CBLDF

Fakku joins CBLDF as corporate member ― Hentai publisher Fakku and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) announced last week that manga creator Toshio Maeda will appear in Portland, Oregon on Thursday, December 8 for a Q&A session. The event will take place from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Floating World Comics and will coincide with Fakku's release of Maeda's Urotsukidoji (Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Over...
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Gainax Posts Apology After Khara's Lawsuit

Gainax president Yamaga comments on company's goals ― Gainax president Hiroyuki Yamaga posted an apology to the Gainax website regarding the news from December 2. The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper reported on that day that Studio Khara has filed a lawsuit against Gainax. Yamaga apologized to all involved parties for causing concern. He stated that the company undergoing restructuring, but the plan is to...

Fate/Grand Order TV Anime Special's 1st Promo Video Reveals New Year's Eve Premiere

Airs & streams at 10:00 p.m. on December 31 with theme by Maaya Sakamoto ― The live-streamed "Fate/Grand Order Caldea Station Vol. 4 Pre-Seventh Singularity Special" program debuted a promotional video for the Fate/Grand Order: First Order- television special on Tuesday. The program and the promotional video announced that the feature-length special will premiere on December 31 at 10:00 p.m. It will ...
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Bungo Stray Dogs' Most Powerful Tale is Its Prequel

Bungo Stray Dogs has tons of action and comedy, but the second season takes the drama to a new level with a personal and powerful prequel tale.
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Live-Action Bouncer TV Series Casts Kinari Hirano, Yoonhak Jung

10-episode series incorporates original story, premieres on April 14 ― The official website for the live-action television adaptation of Makoto Mizuta's Bouncer manga announced the main cast and staff on Tuesday. The 10-episode series will incorporate original story elements and premiere on BS SKY PerfecTV! on April 14. The series stars: Kinari Hirano (Prince of Tennis musicals' Akira) as protagonist...
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Cyborg 009 Call of Justice Special Promo Shows Battle With Emperor

Director Koudai Kakimoto edited video for 3-part anime film project ― The official website of Cyborg 009 Call of Justice, Toho Animation's new 3D CG anime project based on Shotaro Ishinomori's classic science-fiction hero manga Cyborg 009, began streaming a special promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video shows the cyborgs in battle with the Emperor, and features the film's theme song "A...

Shinkai's 'your name.' Anime Film Earns 20 Billion Yen, Expands to IMAX in January

Film has sold 15,391,716 tickets after 102 days in theaters in Japan ― Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no na wa.) anime film has earned 20,006,188,400 yen (about US$175.81 million) and sold 15,391,716 tickets as of Tuesday, after 102 days in Japanese theaters. The film will get IMAX screenings in Japan for two weeks starting on January 13. The list of theaters that will screen the film in IMAX will...

Yuri!!! on Ice Anime Casts Pro Skater Nobunari Oda as Himself

Oda will commentate Grand Prix Final in episode 11 on December 14 ― The official website for the Yuri!!! on Ice television anime announced on Tuesday that it has cast professional skater Nobunari Oda (right in picture below) as himself. He will appear on December 14 in the show's 11th episode, where he will commentate the short program of the Grand Prix Final competition alongside the character Hisas...

Sega Plans Altered Beast, Streets of Rage Adaptations on Film, TV in U.S.

Shinobi, Golden Axe, Virtua Fighter, The House of the Dead, Crazy Taxi projects also planned ― Entertainment news magazine Variety reported on Monday that Stories International — the joint venture of Sega Group and Hakuhodo DY Group for film and television projects — has partnered with production company Circle of Confusion to adapt Sega's Altered Beast and Streets of Rage game franchises. Stories In...
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