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The Mike Toole Show - Let's Talk It OVA

Mike takes a tour of obscure OVA releases from the early 90s. Hammerpants not included. ― Twenty years ago, everything had started coming up Tenchi Muyo!. The series actually kicked off in Japan in 1992, but went global in ’94, and just kept on truckin’. There was an OVA series, then another OVA series, then a TV series and more OVA stuff and a movie and another TV series and another movie and anothe...
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Manga Dogs GN 1

Manga Dogs' first volume is, overall, a very funny look at those whose greatest desire/delusion is to be a mangaka. ― If Manga Dogs seems like a bit of a departure for Ema Toyama, that's because it is. Her fourth series to be published in English – TokyoPop published Pixie Pop and Del Rey/Kodansha brought us I am Here and Missions of Love – is a much funnier, more cynical story than her cute romances...
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The List - 7 Anime Characters With Killer Hair

Terrifying tresses! Maniacal manes! Fiendish follicles! Rampaging ringlets! Just try not to wig out. ― Hair has a long (pun intended) history in cultures around the world, and Japan is no exception. Only women in the upper echelons for society were allowed to wear their hair long while poor classes were required to tie up their hair. Boys were given a specific hairstyle to acknowledge their entry in...
review

Attack on Titan Part II BD+DVD

From its understated politics and foreshadowing to its grandiose gore and hairpin twists, the second half of Attack on Titan is tough to process and tougher to discuss. ― The second half of Attack on Titan is a colossal step in a darker direction compared to the first. If there was any doubt in the viewer's mind about the depths of horror and cruelty this story is out to plunge, doubt no more as the ...
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Answerman - Jerkwatch

This week Justin takes on the alarming prevalence of rape in anime, as well as the first season of FREE!, anime on free-to-air TV, and fans being jerks to convention guests. ― Writing this column a little early this week. I'm flying to New York City on Wednesday to attend a friend of mine's live show. And then I am flying back the next morning. I will literally be spending more time in flight than w...
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I Am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland GN 1

If you haven't read other recent English language releases of Alice-based titles, you may find this book more enjoyable, but even if you aren't a collector of all things Alice, this volume is fairly mediocre. ― The arrival of this book on bookstore shelves (physical or virtual) might raise some reasonable questions: Is this part of the Alice in the Country of Hearts juggernaut? Is it related to, perh...
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House of 1000 Manga - The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service

Just in time for Halloween, Shaenon digs up Eiji Otsuka's gruesome tale of those who can speak to the dead. There's no turning back now! ― The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Psychic. Dowsing. Hacking. Embalming. Channeling. Puppet. Each cover of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service advertises the unique skills possessed by each of the five-and-a-half members of its titular startup. Individually th...
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Sunday, October 19

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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Earns US$51,000 in 3 Theaters During N. American Opening Weekend

Film to open in more theaters across N. America over the next few weeks ― Box Office Mojo is estimating that Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya earned an opening weekend gross of US$51,700 in North America. The film opened at the IFC Center in New York City, ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, and TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. It had a per-screen average of US$17,233 — ...
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Lord Marksman and Vanadis

"This show's weird little blend of worldbuilding, character building, solid action, and battle strategy really works for what it's trying to do."
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Wolf Girl & Black Prince ‒ Episodes 1-3

"Wolf Girl and Black Prince is just humorous and self-aware enough to intrigue fans of this genre, even if it's not unique."

Assassination Classroom Anime's Promo Previews Class 3-E's Cast

Hear January show's voice cast as entire class plays a word association game ― The official website for the television anime of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga began streaming a "Rensō Kiyōshitsu" (Association Classroom) promotional video on Monday. To introduce the voice cast for the students in Class 3-E, Koro-sensei starts a word association game to have each student speak up in turn:...

Toonami Runs Dragon Ball Z Kai Ad

Series will premiere on Adult Swim's block on November 8 ― The staff of Adult Swim's Toonami block posted a Dragon Ball Z Kai ad teasing the show's upcoming network premiere. Toonami will replace Bleach with Dragon Ball Z Kai on November 8. Dragon Ball Z Kai (known as just Dragon Ball Kai in Japan) condenses the 1989-1996 Dragon Ball Z anime series to more closely follow Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball ...
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The Fruit of Grisaia

"The Fruit of Grisaia is playing its cards close to the vest, but there's enough to keep you watching."

U.K. Man Sentenced for Prohibited Images of 'Manga' Children

Court decision marks 2nd conviction for Middlesbrough man ― The Teesside Crown Court of Middlesbrough, England convicted 39-year-old Robul Hoque of 10 counts of possessing prohibited images of children. However, the children depicted in the images were all drawings. Hoque is believed to be the first man in the country brought to court solely over manga and anime images. The court sentenced him to nin...
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Celestial Method

"It's going to have to start moving just a little faster within the next one or two episodes if it wants to maintain its precarious balance."

Digital Manga Planning Tezuka Kickstarter Covering 6 Series

Campaign includes The Three-Eyed One, Rainbow Parakeet, Wonder Three, Alabaster ― North American publisher Digital Manga announced on Friday that it is planning a Kickstarter campaign to fund six Osamu Tezuka manga titles for a total of 31 volumes. The main goal includes Tezuka's 13-volume The Three-eyed One and seven-volume Rainbow Parakeet manga. The first stretch goal includes Wonder Three and Ala...
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Ore, Space Dandy Manga Ends on MangaBox App

Adult Swim's Toonami block is now reshowing sci-fi comedy anime ― DeNA's Japanese Manga Box app ended its serialization of Ore Space Dandy (I, Space Dandy) manga by artist Hiroki Katsumata (Gogo no Grey) on Sunday. The manga is based off of the Space Dandy anime, but has original stories not told in the television series. The series' first and only compiled volume will ship on November 6. Sung-woo Pa...
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The Mike Toole Show - Let's Talk It OVA

Mike takes a tour of obscure OVA releases from the early 90s. Hammerpants not included. ― Twenty years ago, everything had started coming up Tenchi Muyo!. The series actually kicked off in Japan in 1992, but went global in ’94, and just kept on truckin’. There was an OVA series, then another OVA series, then a TV series and more OVA stuff and a movie and another TV series and another movie and anothe...
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World Trigger ‒ Episodes 1-3

"By virtue of its source material, World Trigger isn't a bad show, but it's a terrible adaptation"
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Manga Dogs GN 1

Manga Dogs' first volume is, overall, a very funny look at those whose greatest desire/delusion is to be a mangaka. ― If Manga Dogs seems like a bit of a departure for Ema Toyama, that's because it is. Her fourth series to be published in English – TokyoPop published Pixie Pop and Del Rey/Kodansha brought us I am Here and Missions of Love – is a much funnier, more cynical story than her cute romances...

Haganai's Hirasaka to Write New Light Novel With HENNEKO's Kantoku

"Regretful love comedy" light novel series slated for March 2015 release ― The official website for Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko and Lululu Bunko light novel imprints announced on Friday Yomi Hirasaka, the author of the Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (Haganai) light novel series, and Kantoku, the illustrator of The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat. light novel series, will team up for a new light novel ...

New Macross TV Anime Project Announced With Singer Auditions

Macross Delta is the 1st new Macross TV anime project since Frontier in 2007 ― The official website for the Macross franchise unveiled a new TV anime project tentatively titled Macross Delta (Delta written as Δ) on Sunday. The project will scout a new singing voice to provide the vocals for a character in the anime with an audition, which can be applied to beginning on December 1. More information a...
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Ryotaro Okiayu Narrates Jigoku Sensei Nube Live-Action Drama

Voice actor Okiayu originally voiced Nube in anime ― Voice actor Ryotaro Okiayu announced on his official Twitter account on Friday that he will narrate the television series adaptation of Takeshi Okano and Sho Makura's Jigoku Sensei Nube manga. Okiayu originally voiced Nube in the original TV anime and OVA. Okiayu mentioned that he believes he will only narrate for one episode. The show's main cast ...
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Remote's Tetsuya Koshiba Ends Love Karma Manga

Manga about unpopular college student launched in May 2013 ― The November issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump Premium magazine is publishing the final chapter of Tetsuya Koshiba's Love Karma manga on Wednesday. The issue also asked readers to please look forward for Koshiba's next work. Koshiba (Remote, Tennen Shōjo Man, Akapoli) launched the manga in the magazine in May 2013. Shueisha plans to publish th...
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Terra Formars Manga Spinoff Oshiete! Michelle-kyokan to End Next Month

Gag manga about Annex 1 crew's training period launched in July ― The November issue of Shueisha's Miracle Jump magazine is announcing on Tuesday that it will publish the final chapter of Yū Sasuga, Kenichi Tachibana, and Ryūsangata Serebi's Terra Formars spinoff manga series Oshiete! Michelle-Kyōkan (Teach Me! Professor Michelle) in the magazine's December issue on November 18. Serebi launched the s...
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Crunchyroll Adds 2 One Piece x Toriko Crossover Specials

Specials featuring casts from both series originally aired in 2011, 2012 ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll on Saturday added two One Piece and Toriko crossover anime specials that originally aired in April 2011 and April 2012. The episodes are currently only available for premium members. The two episodes, labeled as episodes 492 and 542 of One Piece respectively, follow the casts of both seri...

Saturday, October 18

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Mikoto's Coconut Cider Now Available for Mail Order

Tachikawa's A Certain Magical Index vending machines have been a hit with fans, especially those selling Mikoto's Coconut Cider. Now, you don't even have to actually go to Tachikawa to try some for yourself, as they are now available for mail order from Dengeki-ya The coconut cider is being sold in cases of 24, with each case retailing for 2,880 yen (about US$26.95). The items are expected to ship...
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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ‒ Episode 0-2

"If the visual novel is an unpolished diamond coated in three inches of compacted dirt, ufotable has brought out the buffer here."
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Sword Art Online II ‒ Episode 15

"We all have our bad weeks, and I don't really have any worries SAO will dust itself off after this one."
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Asian Art Museum in Seattle Hosts Japanese Artist Mr.'s First Solo US Exhibit

Japanese artist Mr., a Saitama-based pop artist who works with otaku and "kawaii" subculture, is holding his first solo U.S. art show, hosted by Seattle's Asian Art Museum. The exhibit will be at the Tateuchi Galleries from November 22, 2014 to April 5, 2015, with tickets available online or at the door. Mr. is a former protege of Takashi Murakami, who is renowned for the practice and analysis of ...
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Sailor Moon Crystal ‒ Episode 8

"Overall, this episode is a step up, and adequately develops Sailor Moon Crystal's most compelling story thread."
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New Free! Cupcake Mini-Figures Are Deliciously Adorable

Taito Toys' fourth lineup of Free! lottery prizes is just as cute and sweet as the first few, which included the boys sitting on candies, macarons, and chocolate bars. This time, the theme is "Sugar Cake," which involves the boys napping atop tiny cupcakes. Prizes include figures, posters, illustration sets, cloths, pins, and special voice clips. For larger images, check out the Taito Toys blog. [...
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This Week's Doraemon Takes On Politics

Latest gadget: "Portable Diet" ― Once upon a time, American kids would learn about the nuances of the legislative process through the animated musical series Schoolhouse Rock. Japanese kids learned about the subject this week through the perennially popular anime Doraemon. When Nobita's aunt cancels a trip due to the consumption tax increase, Nobita rages against the Diet (Japan's parliament). Luckil...
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Log Horizon 2

"Log Horizon continues to do what it has always done - be a solid, reliable, never-ostentatious slice of animated entertainment."
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Square Enix Unveils Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Expansion

New areas, jobs, classes, race planned for next spring ― Game developer Square Enix announced the first expansion for its Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn massive multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) on Saturday. The Heavensward expansion will debut next spring. Heavensward will move into the Ishgard area and the country's Dragonsong War with Dravinia will be a key plot point. The Wyrmking...
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Bayonetta: Bloody Fate's 1st 9 Minutes Streamed in English

Hellena Taylor returns from video game franchise as shape-shifting witch ― Funimation began streaming an English-dubbed, nine-minute sneak peek for its upcoming release of the Bayonetta: Bloody Fate film on Saturday. The cast includes: Hellena Taylor as Bayonetta Grey DeLisle as Jeanne Yuri Lowenthal as Luka Grant Albrecht as Balder Dave Fennoy as Rodin John Kassir as Enzo Richard Epcar as Narrator F...
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The List - 7 Anime Characters With Killer Hair

Terrifying tresses! Maniacal manes! Fiendish follicles! Rampaging ringlets! Just try not to wig out. ― Hair has a long (pun intended) history in cultures around the world, and Japan is no exception. Only women in the upper echelons for society were allowed to wear their hair long while poor classes were required to tie up their hair. Boys were given a specific hairstyle to acknowledge their entry in...
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Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru Anime Gets PC Game Bundled With Home Video Releases

Fully-voiced visual novel with 10 new scenarios ships with 1st DVD/Blu-ray on December 17 ― The official website for the original TV anime series Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru is listing that the first DVD and Blu-ray volume that will be released in Japan will bundle a PC game with first print copies. The PC game will have scenarios by Takahiro and Osamu Murata, and will be developed by Minato Soft. The ...

K Anime Project Gets Sequel in 2015

Film sequel to 2012 TV series premiered internationally last month ― The official Twitter account for the K anime project announced on Saturday that production on continuation to the franchise has been green-lit for 2015. The announcement does not specify what kind of media the project will be, but the image posted by staff shows character Yashiro, and reads, "Each of their bonds are..." Anime Expo ...
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Hello Project Producer's Laryngeal Cancer Returns

Morning Musume creator announced remission in September ― Hello! Project producer Tsunku sent a fax to the press on Friday stating that his laryngeal cancer has returned. The music producer had announced in September that his cancer was in "complete remission." Tsunku explained in the fax that his pain and difficulty speaking continued after he announced the cancer was in remission. Tsunku continued ...
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Crunchyroll Adds Live-Action Nobunaga Concerto TV Series

Also: more Mushishi: The Next Chapter, Hero live-action show ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the live-action Nobunaga Concerto television series, the second half of the Mushishi: The Next Chapter television anime, and the Hero live-action television series. Crunchyroll began streaming the first episode of the live-action Nobunaga Concerto series at 2:00 a.m. ET on Friday. The te...
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Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax's Epilogue, Character Promos Streamed

Sega also promotes prize lottery for November PS3/PSV game ― Sega began streaming an epilogue video and six character tutorial videos for the anime-based fighting game Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax on Friday. The character videos highlight each playable character's moves and button commands. Atsushi Sasaki narrates the videos as the teacher, and Satomi Akesaka follows instructions as his student. Epi...

Friday, October 17

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1st Steins;Gate IBM Short Streamed with English Subtitles

Anime shorts depict how Cognitive Computing changes life in the future ― IBM Japan's official YouTube channel began streaming an English-subtitled version of "Cooking," first Sōmei Eichi no Cognitive Computing Steins;Gate collaboration video, on Friday. IBM's Mugendai (Infinity) website began hosting the video in Japanese without English subtitles on Wednesday. The popular game Steins;Gate is partner...

Free! Eternal Summer Anime Gets English Dub

Funimation already streaming swimming TV series' 2nd season ― North American anime distributor Funimation announced on Friday that it will make an English dub for the Free! Eternal Summer television anime series. The company said that it plans to announce the dub cast for the the second season of Kyoto Animation's Free - Iwatobi Swim Club anime soon. Funimation also stated that it has approached Crun...
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Fate/hollow ataraxia's 3rd Video Previews Capsule Servant Mini-Game on Vita

Mini-game lets players collect chibi versions of servants from capsules to have them battle ― Kadokawa began streaming the third promotional video for or the upcoming Fate/hollow ataraxia PS Vita game on Friday. The promo previews the "Capsule Servant" mini-game, where players can unlock chibi versions of servants from the series and battle them against each other. The video also features Aimer's op...
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GARO THE ANIMATION ‒ Episode 1-3

"It's a rip-roaring fantasy adventure with a little sprinkled in there for the lower brain, and that's fine."
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Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy XV Director Tabata Previews Both Games in Talk Show Video

50-minute presentation by director Hajime Tabata ― On Friday, Square Enix began streaming an English-subtitled talk show with director Hajime Tabata and marketing manager Akio Ofuji discussing the upcoming games Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XV. The PlayStation 4/Xbox One game Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will include a chance for players to try a "Episode Duscae" demo of Final Fantasy XV. The...
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Terraformars ‒ Episodes 1 - 4

"The show has made serious strides towards becoming a good source of dumb, violent fun, but it's not there yet."

New York Times Manga Best Seller List, October 5-11

Naruto, 2 Attack on Titan volumes, Sword Art Online: Aincrad, Fairy Tail, Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Maximum Ride, Soul Eater, Manga Dogs The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on October 4. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Naruto #67 Masashi Kishimoto Viz Media 1 25Attack on Ti...
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Banjou Ginga to Replace Masahi Hirose in One Piece

Riku Dold III actor was hospitalized in September ― Sponichi Annex reported on Friday that voice actor Banjou Ginga will replace Masashi Hirose as the role of Riku Dold III in One Piece. Ginga will appear in the 666th episode of the series, which airs this Sunday. Hirose was hospitalized in September for an extended stay to treat an unspecified illness. Akio Ohtsuka took over his role of Sakunoshin ...
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Nike's New Basketball Manga Sneaker Collab Is A Total Slam Dunk

With the global popularity of Takehiko Inoue's basketball manga Slam Dunk, it seems natural that one day, he and his characters would find themselves working with Nike on a new pair of Jordans. Prominently featuring protagonist Hanamichi Sakuragi, the two sneakers pay homage to the sports hero with limited-edition designs and manga-paneled shoeboxes. The Air Jordan VI sneakers feature Sakuragi's j...
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Attack on Titan Part II BD+DVD

From its understated politics and foreshadowing to its grandiose gore and hairpin twists, the second half of Attack on Titan is tough to process and tougher to discuss. ― The second half of Attack on Titan is a colossal step in a darker direction compared to the first. If there was any doubt in the viewer's mind about the depths of horror and cruelty this story is out to plunge, doubt no more as the ...
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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Begins Screening Today in NY, LA, Toronto

Isao Takahata's folktale film plays at IFC Center ― Isao Takahata's film The Tale of the Princess Kaguya began screening today at the IFC Center in New York City, ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, and TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. The New York and Los Angeles theaters will offer both the English- and Japanese-dubbed versions. The film will run in these theaters until October 23, and then open in mu...
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Horror Mangaka Junji Ito Collaborates with Pokemon For Spooky Illustrations

Pokemon is making a push to make this year's Halloween eerier than usual, creating a special KowaPoke (kowai Pokemon, or "scary Pokemon") webpage dedicated to the more ghoulish ghost-type Pokemon. The property has also teamed up with Junji Ito, the creator of horror manga like Gyo, Tomie, and Uzumaki, for a series of scary illustrations which feature a more sinister take on the normally cuddly cre...

Sound! Euphonium Novel Anime Adaptation Green-Lit

Music club students struggle to improve under a new adviser in Ayano Takeda's novel ― Japanese publisher Takarajimasha opened an official website on Saturday announcing the anime adaptation of Ayano Takeda's Hibiku! Euphonium Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-bu he Yōkoso (Sound! Euphonium Welcome to Kitauji High School's Musical Instrument Club) novel. More information will be available on December 28. The web...
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Subtle Hoodie Lets You Stealth Cosplay Madoka Magica's Homura

As much as you might want to, you usually can't walk around town or go to work dressed up as your favorite magical girls, even if you work in a pretty lax environment. But with Nijigen Cospa's latest Homura hoodie, now you can channel her battle uniform with just a quick zip. Retailing for 12,960 yen (about US$121) after tax, the jacket is unisex and unzips at the hood so you can wear it flat. It ...
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Behind-the-Scenes Santa Company Kickstarter Aims to Showcase the Animation Production Process

Director hopes that this will help inspire those who wish to enter the field of animation in the future. ― Kickstarter has become an outlet for quite a number of contributions in the anime and Japanese pop culture industries. From video games to full on anime movies, what were once mere dreams have been made reality thanks to fans around the world. One example of such successful crowd-funding is KENJ...
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Live-Action Patlabor's Part 6 Trailer Streamed

Episodes about police labor vs. military labor & Izumino's love story premiere November 29 ― Japanese film website Cinema Today began streaming a trailer for the sixth part of Mamoru Oshii's live-action The Next Generation -Patlabor- series on Friday. The project's sixth part will include episode 10, "Bōsō! Akai Labor" (Rampage! Red Labor), and episode 11, "The Long Goodbye." In episode 10, a battle ...
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Psycho-Pass 2 ‒ Episodes 1-2

The MWBSP is after a ghost. At least, he might as well be a ghost. There's a new drug on the market called LACOUSE that can supposedly alter a person's hue and this "living ghost," an unknown man who's never been caught on the citywide cymatic scans and works exclusively through elaborate holograms, has been using it to protect criminals for unknown reasons. This is especially weird because the d...
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Answerman - Jerkwatch

This week Justin takes on the alarming prevalence of rape in anime, as well as the first season of FREE!, anime on free-to-air TV, and fans being jerks to convention guests. ― Writing this column a little early this week. I'm flying to New York City on Wednesday to attend a friend of mine's live show. And then I am flying back the next morning. I will literally be spending more time in flight than w...
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Your lie in April ‒ Episodes 1-2

"It's a musical romance with enough of a mix between reality and fantasy to keep it both believable and emotionally resonant."
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Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru Anime Gets PS Vita Game

Creator Takahiro, Studio Gokumi supervise FuRyu's February 26 "slice-of-life!? hero club action game" ― Game developer FuRyu announced on Friday that it is currently developing a game based on the original TV anime series Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru (Yuki Yuna is a Hero). Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru: Jukai no Kioku (Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Memory of the Woodland) will be a one-player "slice-of-life!? hero ...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Slated for February 5 in Japan

Multi-platform game also adds Vegito, Super Saiyan 4 to roster ― The December issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is announcing on Tuesday that the Dragon Ball Xenoverse video game will be released in Japan on on February 5, 2015. The magazine is also announcing that Vegito and Super Saiyan 4 will join the game as playable characters. In the game, players take on the role of an original character who...

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Tag Force Special Announced For PSP

Game uniting 5 Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists also available on PS Vita this winter ― The December issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is announcing on Tuesday that a new Yu-Gi-Oh! game titled Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Tag Force Special will be released this winter in Japan for the PSP. The announcement adds that the game will also be playable on the PS Vita system, and a donwloadable version has been green-lit for s...
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Mermaid Melody Voice Actress Hitomi Terakado Suspends Career

Voice of Hanon's final concert is attended by fellow cast members Asumi Nakata, Mayumi Asano ― Hitomi Terakado (Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch's Hanon) wrote a farewell message on her official blog last month due to her decision to suspend all of her activities in show business indefinitely. She left the message after finishing her final concert, "Last Memory." Terakado had announced her decision ...

The Last -Naruto the Movie-'s Ino, Kiba, Shino Character Sketches Unveiled

Film with character designs, story by original creator opens on December 6 after manga ends ― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday the character designs for Ino Yamanaka, Kiba Inuzuka, and Shino Aburame for the upcoming The Last -Naruto the Movie- film. Ino's description reads, "She became an alluring beauty! ...With her spicy expression, her sexines...

New Digimon Anime's Older Hikari Previewed in Silhouette

Taichi's silhouette was previewed last month ― The December issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is revealing on Tuesday the newest silhouette for a character for the upcoming Digimon Adventure TV anime. The character being previewed is Hikari Yagami, protagonist Taichi's younger sister. The magazine hints that new information about the anime will be revealed in the next issue. The official website fo...
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Recurring Dragon Quest Characters WIll Be Voiced in Dragon Quest Heroes Game

Characters Alena, Kiryl, Maya Mahabala, and Terry confirmed ― Next week's issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announced on Monday that returning characters from the Dragon Quest game franchise will be fully voiced in Square Enix's Dragon Quest Heroes: Yamiryū to Sekai Ki no Shiro game. Confirmed characters include Alena (Dragon Quest IV), Kiryl (Dragon Quest IV), Maya Mahabala (Dragon ...
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Yo-kai Watch Anime Film's Trailer Reveals Time-Traveling Story

Movie to premiere in Japan on December 20 ― Japanese film distributor Toho began streaming a new trailer on Thursday for the upcoming Yo-kai Watch film Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan! (Yo-kai Watch the Movie: It's the Secret of Birth, Meow!). The film will premiere in Japan on December 20. Narrator: The yo-kai watch — a wristwatch that allows the wearer to see yo-kai — has suddenly disappeare...

Deadline Site: Scarlett Johansson Offered Ghost in the Shell Role

Site: Actress offered US$10 million after talks with Margot Robbie fall through ― The entertainment news website Deadline reported on Thursday that DreamWorks has made a US$10 million offer to actress Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers, Lucy, Lost in Translation) to star in the American live-action film of Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell cyber-police manga. The website had reported last month that...

Thursday, October 16

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Luffy, Naruto, Conan, Kirito, Eren Join Forces to Fight Piracy

The "Manga Anime Guardians" project (MAG), a joint effort between Japan's Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA), and the Delaware-based Tokyo Otaku Mode, launched its "Join Us, Friends" campaign in an effort to fight anime and manga piracy. The special illustration project is an effort to expand MAG's reach. As more individuals join and share the page, artist Takashi Yoshiike will add a...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 382

"It isn't skippable per se, and it's not boring, but it reeks of being an unimportant episode from start to finish."
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Final Fantasy Explorers 3DS Game Adds Red Mage, Machinist Job Classes

Odin and Amaterasu appear as summon beasts ― Next week's issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the Final Fantasy Explorers Nintendo 3DS game will have Red Mage and Machinist job classes. The Red Mage utilizes swords and consecutive magic attacks. The Machinist can quickly attack enemies in short bursts. The game's "job system" is influenced by Final Fantasy V. Up...
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Hatsune Miku Lottery Prizes Include Bizarre Vocaloid Be@rbricks

The Happy Kuji autumn character goods lottery started earlier this month and it includes a variety of Hatune Miku prizes. Most of items are the typical stuff: an exclusive figure, keychains, phone charms, and knapsacks. One special prize is collaboration with Medicom's Be@rbrick figures, a decision whose success is going to depend on the viewer's opinion of "cute." There are a total of six Vocaloi...
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Shirobako ‒ Episodes 1-2

"Shirobako is legitimately like nothing else out there, and as long as it keeps looking and sounding good, that novelty should be enough to make up for its lack of realism."
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Live-Action Tokyo Tribes International Trailer Streamed

Film premiered in Los Angeles on October 4 ― United Kingdom film distributor Eureka Entertainment began streaming the international trailer for Sion Sono's live-action film adaptation of Santa Inoue's Tokyo Tribe 2 (Tokyo Tribes) manga. The trailer is the same as a previously streamed Japanese trailer but includes English subtitles. The story follows the struggles of street gangs in a near-future ver...
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Kamen Rider Gaim DVD Release Edits Out Batman Gotham City Reference

Whether for copyright reasons or otherwise, Toei is pretty sure that Kamen Rider Gaim's Zawame City is definitely, positively not Gotham City. Not even a little bit. In the volume 9 DVD release, which contains episode 33 of the series, a map of Zawame City that closely resembles Gotham City has been replaced with an entirely new map. Here's the original shot from the series: And flipped to its sid...
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Seishi Kishimoto's Sukedachi 9 Manga Gets Spinoff Stories

O-Parts Hunter author launched series about police that assist with revenge this week ― Seishi Kishimoto launched his Sukedachi Nine (Assist Nine) manga in Square Enix's free online web magazine Gangan Online and Monthly Shonen Gangan on Thursday along with the announcement that the series will get two side-stories. Monthly Shonen Gangan will publish a chapter that follows Kōta Kiyodera (pictured le...
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67-Year-Old Man Makes 2-Meter Gundam Hyaku Shiki For His Grandkids

If you happen to pass through Kakogawa, Hyōgo Prefecture the next time you're in Japan, you may find yourself staring at a 2-meter tall Gundam Hyaku Shiki, decorated in glossy paint and towering over the average human. The over-sized model is the project of Kenichi Okada, a 67-year-old former Japanese National Railways technician who originally purchased a model Gunpla kit to build with his two gr...
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DENKI-GAI ‒ Episodes 1 - 3

“Contributing to society is fun!” That there's a rewarding joy that comes from working minimum wage has been a subtle message to otaku apparent in many recent anime hits like Wagnaria!! and The Devil Is A Part-Timer. Denki-gai no Honya-san puts a tantalizing fandom twist on this message, telling the story of the Umanohone (literally: “Horse Bone”) bookstore in the electronics district. Here, empl...
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Assassination Classroom Gets 3DS Game

Players create a character, join class 3-E in killing Koro-Sensei ― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will announce on Monday that Bandai Namco games will adapt Yūsei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga into a Nintendo 3DS game titled Assassination Classroom: Kuro-Sensei Dai Houimou (Assassination Classroom Koro-Sensei Great Besiegement). In the "comical assassin action" game...
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Parasyte's Migi Gets Its Sound Effects From A Beatboxing Teenage Girl

Talented voice actress Aya Hirano may lend her voice to Parasyte -the maxim-'s lovable alien parasite Migi, but the creature's sound effects as he squiggles and squirms around? That's the handiwork of 17-year-old Rinka, a beatboxer who's been making a name for herself with her technique and sick human-made beats. In addition to endorsement deals and commercial appearances, Rinka is also the winner...
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Assassination Classroom Anime's Full Class 3-E Cast Announced

TV anime to debut in January after 2nd event anime, before live-action film ― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday the cast for the entirety of Class 3-E in the television anime of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga: Nobuhiko Okamoto as Karuma Akabane Ryota Ohsaka as Yūma Isogai Ryo Naitou as Taiga Okajima Minami Tanaka as Hinata Okano Say...

Outbreak Company's Oikawa to Direct My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU 2nd Season at Studio feel.

Yuichi Tanaka also joins staff as character designer ― Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko opened a Gagaganbaru 2015 project campaign page on Friday and announced the main staff and cast for the upcoming second anime season based on Wataru Watari's Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) light novel series. Kei Oikawa (Outbreak Company, Minami-ke Okaeri) will replace A...
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Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai School Comedy Novels Get Anime

Students rise against council president in country that bans dirty jokes ― Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko imprint opened a special site for its Gagaganbaru 2015 project campaign on Friday, and the site announced that an anime adaptation of Hirotaka Akagi's Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai (A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist) school comedy light novel ser...
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I Am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland GN 1

If you haven't read other recent English language releases of Alice-based titles, you may find this book more enjoyable, but even if you aren't a collector of all things Alice, this volume is fairly mediocre. ― The arrival of this book on bookstore shelves (physical or virtual) might raise some reasonable questions: Is this part of the Alice in the Country of Hearts juggernaut? Is it related to, perh...
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House of 1000 Manga - The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service

Just in time for Halloween, Shaenon digs up Eiji Otsuka's gruesome tale of those who can speak to the dead. There's no turning back now! ― The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Psychic. Dowsing. Hacking. Embalming. Channeling. Puppet. Each cover of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service advertises the unique skills possessed by each of the five-and-a-half members of its titular startup. Individually th...
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Kuroko's Basketball Gets New Nintendo 3DS Game

Bandai Namco to develop 3DS "miraculous basketball action game" based on Tadatoshi Fujimaki's manga ― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Bandai Namco Games is offering Kuroko no Basket: Mirai e no Kizuna (Kuroko's Basketball: Ties to the Future), a new "miraculous basketball action game" for the Nintendo 3DS system, based on Tadatoshi Fujimak...
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10,000 Anime Fans Also Pick Most Handsome Male Voice Actors

After fans weighed in on the most attractive voice actresses, Charapedia also asked 10,000 fans which voice actors they thought were the most handsome. Interestingly, the top three voice actors have one thing in common: they're all 30 or older! Top 10 Most Attractive Voice Actors Rank Actor RolesVotes 1 Mamoru Miyano Light Yagami, Masaomi Kida, Setsuna F. Seiei2075 2Tatsuhisa SuzukiMakoto Tachiban...
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Durarara! Gets New Manga in GFantasy Magazine

Awakusu family, Mikado's underclassman involved in story of new manga with art by Aogiri ― The November issue of Square Enix's GFantasy magazine is announcing on Saturday that a new manga inspired by Ryohgo Narita's Durarara! light novel series will begin in the magazine's December issue, which will ship on November 18. The manga will be drawn by Aogiri. The magazine features a preview for the story ...
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Gundam Breaker 2 Game's Short Promotional Video Streamed

Players can create their own mobile suits from 100+ plastic model kits' parts in December PS3, PS Vita game ― Namco Bandai Games began streaming a promotional video for its upcoming Gundam Breaker 2 video game for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on Thursday. The video features the song "Silent Trigger" by Back-On. In the game, players can create their own Gundam mobile suit from the parts of over ...
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Five Manga Characters Join Japan's National Baseball Team for PR Campaign

The Baseball Federation of Japan recently recruited five manga characters to the "Samurai Japan" national team roster—Takao Taniguchi from Captain, Tatsuya Uesugi from Touch, Gorō Shigeno from Major, Ren Mihashi from Big Windup, and Eijun Sawamura from Ace of Diamond. These honorary team members will be part of a PR campaign that includes posters, bookmarks, and baseball cards. Fans can snag ...
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Hanayamata PS Vita Rhythm Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Rhythm game will fully-voiced adventure mode ships in Japan on November 13 ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a second promotional video on Thursday for its Hanayamata Yosakoi LIVE! PlayStation Vita game. The video features the game's main theme song, "Yorokobi Synchronicity" (Joy Synchronicity) performed by the five main voice actresses. The video introduces the game's adventure mode, in which cho...
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Mushibugyō Manga Gets 3rd Video Anime Set in High School

The team enjoys school life in January 16 bundle with Hiroshi Fukuda's 17th manga volume ― The wraparound jacket band on Hiroshi Fukuda's 16th Jōjū Senjin!! Mushibugyō manga volume is announcing on Friday that the next volume will bundle the third Mushibugyō original video anime (OVA). The 3rd OVA volume will ship on January 16, 2015. The advertisement teases that the new volume will have a school st...
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Attack on Titan's Official 1/1-Scale 3D Maneuver Gear Can Be Yours — For US$1,000

10-kg/22-pound plastic/aluminium replica comes with blades next January ― Movic has finally opened pre-orders for the much-anticipated official, 1/1-scale 3D maneuver gear replica from Attack on Titan. Order now, and it can be yours in late January— for 99,800 yen plus tax. That's a total of 107,784 yen or about US$1,000. What that stack of bills gets you is a 10-kilogram (22-pound) recreation of th...
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Persona Q Game's English Trailers Profile Ken, Naoto

Game is slated for release on November 25 in North America ― Atlus USA streamed two English character trailers for Persona 3's Ken Amada and Persona 4's Naoto Shirogane for its upcoming Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game on Wednesday: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth shipped in Japan for Nintendo 3DS on June 5. The game is slated for release on November 25 in North America. The pr...

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Shunji Iwai Teases The Case of Hana & Alice Anime Prequel in Trailer

Yuu Aoi, Anne Suzuki voice girls who meet during "world's smallest murder case" ― The official website for Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken (The Case of Hana & Alice), Shunji Iwai's animated prequel to his 2004 coming-of-age film Hana & Alice, began streaming a teaser trailer on Thursday. Hana: Well, what's your name? Text: The strongest transfer student ever, Alice Alice: My name is Tetsuko Arisugawa. H...
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Anime Figures Holding Card Captor Sakura's Wand Makes For An Amazing Meme

MOVIC's Eternal Masterpiece line is adding miniature versions of its die-cast metal Card Captor Sakura wands to its line of goods. The anime property already got a full-size die-cast wand (also by MOVIC), new figures and dolls, lottery prizes, bags, corresponding charms, and reprinted cards. What do you do with a 15 cm (roughly 6 inch) wand? The manager of Shibuya Parco's anime store decided that ...
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The Evil Within Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game shipped in North America, Europe on Tuesday ― Game developer Bethesda Softworks began streaming the launch trailer for Shinji Mikami's The Evil Within (Psycho Break) survival-horror game on Tuesday. The story follows a detective named Sebastian and his partner as they head to the scene of a ghastly mass killing. Sebastian then witnesses the other police officers get killed off one by one, and wh...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, October 6-12

Haikyu!!, Assassination Classroom, Kuroko no Basuke, Bleach, Yowamushi Pedal in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Haikyu!! 13 214,214 561,424 2014/10 Shueisha Haruichi Furudate 1 2 2 Assassination Classroom 11 152,764 437,990 2014/10 Shueisha Yusei Matsui 2 2 3 Kuroko no Basuke 29 149,799 450,019 2014/10 Shueisha Tadato...
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Attack on Titan Voice Actress Responds to Creator Calling Armin a Girl

The confusion continues as members of the anime and manga industry join in the discussion. ― The November issue of Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine has caused the internet to fall into mass chaos. During a special Q&A editorial with Attack on Titan's creator Hajime Isayama was asked, "Out of all the women in the 104th, who is Mikasa closest to?" to which he responded, "Armin." Since then, his answer has beco...
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Hello Kitty Goes High End With A $260 Steiff Plush

High-end German plush company Steiff is honoring Hello Kitty's 40th birthday by giving the personified cat her own stuffed collectible... and her own mini-teddy bear. Retailing for $260, Hello Kitty is made with soft mohair and embroidered accents, while her teddy pear pal is made of a soft, velvety boa. Kitty is 9 inches tall and has a movable head. The plush comes packaged inside a Steiff Paperb...
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Shunji Iwai Makes Anime Prequel to His Hana & Alice Schoolgirl Film

Yuu Aoi, Anne Suzuki reprise roles in All About Lily Chou-Chou helmer's 1st anime feature ― 51-year-old film director Shunji Iwai (All About Lily Chou-Chou, Swallowtail Butterfly) is directing his first feature-length animated film. Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken (The Case of Hana & Alice) will tell the story of how the two female high school leads in Iwai's Hana & Alice film met. Iwai conceived, wrote...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, October 6-12

Monster Hunter 4G, New Nintendo 3DS debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: October 6-12 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Monster Hunter 4G (Including Bundled Editions) Capcom October 11 1,446,289 1,446,289 23DS Dairan Tou Smash Brothers for Nintendo 3DS (Super Smash Bros.) Nintendo September 13 76,392 1,557,829 81 33DS Yōkai Watch 2 Ganso/Honke Level 5 ...
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Senran Kagura Original Anime to Bundle With Estival Versus Special Edition

PS4, PS Vita game slated for March 26 ― Japanese game developer Marvelous announced on its official website Friday that the Senran Kagura: Estival Versus game's Nyuu Nyuu DX Pack Premium will include a 30-minute original animation titled Senran Kagura: Estival Versus – Festival Eve Full of Swimsuits. The game will ship for PlayStation 4 as well as PlayStation Vita in Japan on March 26, 2015, but the ...
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10,000 Anime Fans Pick The Most Attractive Female Voice Actresses

Charapedia asked 10,000 fans which voice actresses they thought were the prettiest. Popular voice actress and anisong singer Kana Hanazawa topped the vote, followed by relative newcomer and star of Akame ga Kill, Sora Amamiya. The site also asked participants who the most handsome male voice actor is, so check back for those results soon! Top 10 Most Attractive Voice Actresses Rank Actress RolesVo...
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Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord Launch Trailer Streamed

Series shipped in N. America on Tuesday; slated to ship in Europe on November 7 ― Atlus USA began streaming a launch trailer for for its PlayStation 3 game Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord on Tuesday to accompany the North American release of the game. The game is slated to ship in Europe on November 7. Atlus will ship the combination strategy RPG and visual novel story-telling game with its o...
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Saint Seiya's Kurumada to Draw Raimei no Zaji Sequel

Series gets revival after more than 20 years ― Manga creator Masami Kurumada (Saint Seiya) will continue his Raimei no Zaji manga with a new sequel titled Raimei no Zaji Tokubetsu-hen ~Haruka Kanata~ (Raimei no Zaji Special Chapter ~Far Beyond~). The new work will launch with the first issue of Akita Shoten's new free web manga magazine, Champion Cross, on October 21. Raimei no Zaji originally appear...
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Monogatari Veterans Promote NisiOisin's 1st e-Book in Anime Ad

VOFan illustrated Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku & Yui Horie narrates SHAFT ad ― The Kodansha Box imprint is streaming an anime commercial with Monogatari Series ties to promote the first e-book novel from Monogatari author NisiOisin, Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku (The Notebook of Kyoko Okitegami). Yui Horie: When a neck is tilted, please call a detective. A very quick but forgetful detective. Okitegami K...
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Square Enix Offers Card Battle RPG Million Arthur on 3DS

Free-to-play game to debut on October 22 in Japan ― Square Enix announced on Wednesday that the online card battle role-playing game Kaku-San-Sei Million Arthur will debut on the Nintendo 3DS system on October 22 in Japan. While the game will be free-to-play, items within the game can be purchased. The new version will take advantage of the 3DS system's features such as the dual screens. The first K...
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Fujiko F Fujio Museum Welcomes Its 1.5 Millionth Visitor

Doraemon's creator continues to inspire and move many fans across the world. ― Fujiko Fujio's masterpiece Doraemon has touched many lives. Despite being a children's manga, the substance of it is exceedingly deep sometimes, and its simplicity contains wisdom beyond the years of its target audience. Doraemon has become an international sensation and one of the most influential manga series of all time...
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Life-Size Patlabor Ingram Sets Up Shop Outside A Tokyo Shopping Mall

Videographer darwinfish recently posted a time-lapse video of a life-size Patlabor AV-98 Ingram robot being set up outside Tokyo's Lalaport Toyosu shopping mall. The life-size model is one of two created at the cost of several tens of millions of yen (several hundred thousand US dollars) for the live-action The Next Generation -Patlabor- project. The Ingram has been making its way around Japan thi...
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Working!!/Wagnaria!! Manga to End on November 7

Final compiled volume of manga that has 3rd anime adaptation in the works ships on Christmas Day ― This year's 21st issue of Young Gangan magazine is announcing on Friday that the final chapter of Karino Takatsu's Working!! manga will be published in the next issue, which will be released on November 7. The final chapter will have center color pages within the magazine. The magazine had previously an...
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Hong Kong Protesters See Parallels with Attack on Titan

"Maybe we're Eren and Mikasa" ― Since September 26, a vast encampment of protesters, predominantly students, have demonstrated in the streets of Central, Hong Kong's financial district. Given the People's Republic of China's record of impatience with protests, the protesters have adopted a siege mentality, even going so far as to erect bamboo barriers to protect themselves and carrying umbrellas to s...
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Black Butler: Book of Murder Original Video Anime Previewed in TV Spot

Cast, staff returns for OVAs premiering on October 25, November 15 ― Aniplex began streaming a TV spot for the Black Butler: Book of Murder original video anime (OVA) on Wednesday. The video features some footage from the Black Butler: Book of Circus TV anime. Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder CM by pKjd Charles: We're known as the "Double Charles." Sebastian: Teacher... I leave the young master in your h...

New Steins;Gate Anime Shorts Promote IBM's Next-Generation Computing

Original shorts depict how Cognitive Computing changes life in the future ― The popular game Steins;Gate is collaborating with IBM's next-generation computer research initiative "Cognitive Computing" on a series of original anime shorts. IBM's Mugendai (Infinity) website is hosting the first Sōmei Eichi no Cognitive Computing video, "Cooking": Text on sign: Future Gadget Laboratory Mayuri: Tutturu! H...

Okane ga Nai/No Money Yaoi Manga to End in December

Manga by Hitoyo Shinozaki, Tohru Kousaka inspired 4-episode OVA in 2007 ― The November issue of Gentosha Comics' Lynx magazine announced last Thursday that Hitoyo Shinozaki and Tohru Kousaka's Okane ga Nai yaoi manga will end in the January issue on December 9. Shinozaki launched the original light novel series with illustrations by Kousaka in 1999. In 2002, Kousaka began illustrating a manga adaptat...
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Suehiro Maruo Ends 1st Part of Tomino no Jigoku Manga

2nd part slated for early spring next year ― The November issue of Monthly Comic Beam magazine published the final chapter of the first part of Suehiro Maruo's Tomino no Jigoku (Tomino's Hell) manga on Friday. The second part will start in early spring next year. Maruo launched the series in February and retailers list that the first compiled volume will ship on November 25. The manga centers on a se...

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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Screenings Expand Across the North America

Over 30 theaters to screen film from October to December ― Film distributor GKids announced more screenings for its release of Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli's The Tale of The Princess Kaguya film. The film played at New York City's IFC Center on October 3 and will screen there again as well as at the Arclight Hollywood theater in Los Angeles and the TIFF Bell Lightbox theater in Toronto, starting t...
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Stock Your Kitchen With 35th Anniversary Gundam Lottery Prizes

Banpresto is helping Mobile Suit Gundam celebrate its 35th anniversary with a whole slate of fun Ichiban Kuji lottery goods. In addition to some neat figures, it looks like some lucky winners might be able to update their kitchenwares, too. A prize: 22.5 cm (8.8") Gundam figure with special pedestal B prize: 20 cm (7.87") Char Aznable figure with stand C prize: 30 cm (11.8") Haro handwarmer D priz...

Aldnoah.Zero 2nd Season Casts Daisuke Hirakawa

Series to return January 2015 ― Aldnoah.Zero's official twitter account announced on Tuesday Daisuke Hirakawa (Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders) will play the character Harklight in the series' second season slated to air in January 2015. Harklight is a new character recently revealed behind Slaine Troyard in a new key visual. Hirakawa joins first season's cast ...
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Get Ready for New Year's Now by Pre-Ordering a Sumptuous Pokeball Feast

It may feel a little too early to start planning for the end of the year, but not if you want to reserve a traditional Japanese New Year osechi feast, packaged in a Pokeball juubako. Packaged meal company Kenkosansai's two-tiered Pokeball is packed with delectable bites, many of which are traditional foods with symbolic meanings. Layer 1: chicken vegetable rolls salmon sashimi rose pineapple stars...
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THR: SoftBank Acquires DramaFever

International video streaming site is the latest in list of acquisitions ― Japanese telecommunications conglomerate SoftBank announced on Tuesday that it will acquire international video streaming site DramaFever through SoftBank Internet and Media, Inc. (SIMI). The details of the deal have not yet been disclosed. DramaFever streams over 700 titles from 12 countries, including Korean dramas, Latin Am...
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JoJo's Kakyoin Makes His Paris Fashion Debut

Avant garde Japanese designer Junya Watanabe and Japanese high-fashion brand Comme des Garçons surprised audiences in Paris when one particular male model came out sporting a familiar hairstyle. The clothes were inspired by traditional British cuts and textiles but the wig looks strikingly similar to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's own Kakyoin. Intentional or not, this is hardly the first time Hirohiko...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 12-18

Hanasaku Iroha the Movie, Meganebu! anime; Ajin, Magical Girl Apocalypse manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Black Butler Season 2 DVD/Blu-ray Complete Set: Anime ClassicsPlease Funimation Entertainment US$39.98 October 14 Fate/Stay Night Blu-ray Complete CollectionCite Sentai Filmworks US$99.98 October 14 Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home Blu-ray Premium EditionAnim...
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Attack on Titan Tribute Game Pits Players Against One Another

Chinese doujin developer Feng Lee started working on his Attack on Titan tribute game over a year ago. The multi-faceted game is starting to look pretty nice, too. The game uses super-deformed 3D characters from the franchise to hook, swing, and of course, attack Titans. Players can team up with friends to take on player-controlled Titans in a territory capture mode, time battle one another on obs...

1st TV Anime Show Starring Lupin III in 3 Decades to Launch in Italy

Lupin animator Tomonaga, Moyashimon director Yano, Tiger & Bunny writer Takahashi at Telecom Animation Film ― The production of a new Lupin III anime series was announced at the ongoing MIPCOM event in Cannes, France on Tuesday. It will be the first full-fledged Lupin III television anime series to star the legendary thief character since 1984-85's Lupin III Part III ended three decades ago. (Sayo Y...
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KanColle Crossplayer Is the Best-Dressed at this Half-Marathon

If you've been to any recreational running events in your lifetime, you know that they're a great place to show off your personal style, whether it's tutus, turkey hats, crazy tights, or Santa outfits. For those who love KanColle, it can also be a good place to channel your inner Shimakaze. This year's Maizuru Kanko Half Marathon faced some bad weather, but it certainly didn't deter one man from t...
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Walkure Romanze's Manga Adaptation Ends

No. Gomesu launched manga based on adult PC game in 2012 ― This year's 22nd issue of Comic Valkyrie Web Edition published the final chapter of No. Gomesu's manga adaptation of Ricotta's adult PC game Walkure Romanze (Walkure Romanze Shōjo Kishi Monogatari) bishōjo game series on Friday. The magazine also announced that the second compiled volume is slated to ship in November. The original visual nov...
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SKE48's Jurina Matsui Cosplayed As Evangelion's Mari For A Handshake Event

SKE48 and AKB48 idol Jurina Matsui recently attended a handshake event in Nagoya dressed as Mari Makinami from Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance. According to Matsui's post on SKE48's official blog, she was encouraged by SKE48 co-members Yuka Nakanishi and Airi Furukawa. Added Matsui, "I hope to do it again in the future." [Via Minna no Eva-Fan]
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The Irregular at Magic High School PS Vita Game Casts Yōko Hikasa

Game of light novel to ship in Japan on December 25 ― The 576th issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki PlayStation is announcing on Thursday that Yōko Hikasa is joining the cast in the upcoming Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Out of Order (The Irregular at Magic High School: Out of Order) PlayStation Vita game as Angelina Kudō Shields. The magazine is also reporting that Suzune Ichihara (Mai Nakahara), Azusa Nakajō (...

Funimation Adds Yona of the Dawn Fantasy Anime

Streaming to begin October 21 ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it has acquired streaming and home video rights for Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona). The show will begin streaming on Funimation's website on October 21. Crunchyroll is already streaming the series as it airs in Japan. Funimation describes the story: Upon her sixteenth birthday, the cheerful Princess Yona intended ...
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Pokémon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire Promo Reveals Mega Latios, Latias

Mega Pidgeot & Beedril, Mirage Spots, PokéNav, demo also previewed ― The Pokémon Company International began streaming a new trailer introducing Mega Latios, Latias, Pidgeot, and Beedril for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS games Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire on Tuesday. As with the original games, Latios will be available in Omega Ruby and Latias will be available in Alpha Sapphire. Players...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, September 28-October 4

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Fairy Tail, 3 Attack on Titan volumes, Noragami, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Monster Musume, Soul Eater, Sword Art Online: Aincrad The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on October 4. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin #7 Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Vertical ...
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Durarara!!×2 Promo Video Adds Shizuo Footage

1st part premieres next January, followed by 2 more in Summer 2015, Winter 2016 ― The official website for the Durarara!!×2 Shō anime began streaming a "renewed" promotional trailer on Tuesday. A similar trailer was shown at the Dengeki Bunko Aki no Saiten (Dengeki Bunko Fall Festival) event on October 5, but the new promotional trailer adds more footage of Shizuo, Masaomi, and others, where the orig...
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Atelier Escha & Logy Plus Announced for PS Vita

Enhanced version of PS3 game to ship January 22 in Japan ― The 576th issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki PlayStation magazine is announcing on Thursday that Atelier Escha & Logy Plus (Escha & Logy no Atelier: Tasogare no Sora no Renkinjutsushi Plus), an enhanced version of the Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky role-playing game for PlayStation 3, will ship for the PlayStation Vita in Japan on...
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Free's Makoto Serves Coffee In Latest Lawson Campaign

Appears on blanket, cushion ― Good news for any fans of Makoto Tachibana who happen to be caffeine junkies: Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club's gentle giant is the focus of a new campaign by the Japanese convenience store chain Lawson. It promotes Lawson's coffee, MACHI café, and uses Ponta, Lawson's points system. Lawson customers get one Ponta point for each cup of MACHI café they buy. Ten points will get ...
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Twin Angel: Twinkle Paradise Anime's Original Episode's Promo Streamed

Tomoko Kaneda, Mai Nakahara, Tomokazu Sugita join cast for January DVD/Blu-ray ― Kadokawa began streaming a promotional video for the Kaitō Tenshi Twin Angel: Kyun Kyun Tokimeki Paradise!! (Twin Angel: Twinkle Paradise) original video anime (OVA) on Tuesday. The video features the OVA's ending theme song, "Equal Dream" by voice actresses Tomoko Kaneda and Rie Kugimiya. Haruka: The Blu-ray and DVD rel...
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Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara Anime's Original Episode Previewed in Video

Sōta and girls have risque Christmas party at the Quest Dorm in episode bundled with 11th novel shipping in December ― Flying Dog began streaming three minutes of the original anime DVD that will come with the limited edition 11th volume of Touka Takei's Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara (If Her Flag Breaks) light novels on Tuesday. The segment previews the king's game that takes place at the Quest Dorm Chr...
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Hybrid Child Boys-Love Anime's New TV Spot Promotes Home Video Release

Nobuhiko Okamoto, Yuuki Ono star in original video anime with 1st volume releasing October 29 ― The official website for the anime of Shungiku Nakamura's Hybrid Child boys-love manga began streaming a new TV spot promoting the anime's home release on Tuesday. The video features Annabel's theme song, "syncretism." Text: The form of a person that grows while reflecting the love of its owner... "Hybrid ...
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Newest Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment TV Spot Boasts 400K Copies Sold

TV spot also advertises PS3, PS Vita game Sword Art Online -Lost Song- ― Bandai Namco Games began airing a TV spot commemorating over 400 thousand copies sold of its Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment PS Vita game on Tuesday. The number represents the number of copies sold worldwide as of September. The spot also hints at the upcoming release of the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita game Sword Art Online -Los...
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