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Please Teacher! DVD

Once upon a time, this romantic comedy about a student in love with his (alien) teacher was an enormous hit. Has time been kind to it? ― The series still commonly-known under its original Japanese name Onegai Teacher is an original anime production from director Yasunori Ide and scenario writer Yousuke Kuroda (Hellsing Ultimate and Mobile Suit Gundam 00, among many other prominent titles). It first a...
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Shelf Life - Woman Power

This week, a timely look at the energetic Michiko & Hatchin, and a dive into the past with Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040. ― Jump to this week's reviews: Michiko & HatchinBubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 On Shelves This Week Atelier, Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky Complete Collection BD, DVD Sentai - Sub - MSRP $59.98|$49.98Currently cheapest at: $34.49 Amazon|$29.20 Rakuten Synopsis: Escha has ...
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Nisekoi: False Love Sub.Blu-Ray 4

The final volume of Nisekoi starts dabbling in drama amdist all the comedy, but is it enough for a satisfying finale? ― The fourth Blu-Ray release for Nisekoi covers episodes 15-20, which constitutes the final quarter of the first series. Unlike the ending of the second season, it actually makes one key progression in the relationship dynamics – i.e., getting Chitoge to admit that she may actually be...
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Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer GN 5-6

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer continues to pick up speed, challenging its characters and upgrading its execution in its triumphant third collection. ― From the first collection to the second, Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer ramped up significantly in storytelling ambition and execution. A narrow story unfolded into an ambitious ensemble one, and compelling themes regarding family, adulthood, and the ...
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Anime Expo 2015 News Roundup: Final Update

If you missed anything from this year's Anime Expo, here's a roundup of everything you may have missed from the con! ― Days Three and Four: July 4-5 Production I.G Makes Show for Fox's Animation Domination High-Def Viz Adds Matsuri Hino's Shuriken & Pleats, Bisco Hatori's Behind the Scenes Manga Sunrise Announces New Gundam Series Crunchyroll to Stream Monster Musume, Million Doll This Summer; The P...
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The List - 7 of the Worst Sore Losers

Some people just don't take defeat very well. These seven folks could use a lesson in being a good sport. ― Losing gracefully and admitting defeat is a skill and some characters, especially villains, aren't particularly good at it. It's never the losers fault that they didn't succeed. Blame is either passed around to the nearest person, or worse, the loser seeks revenge against whomever bested them....
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Monster Musume GN 6

Kimihito is already living with a harpy, a mermaid, a spider woman, a centaur, a slime girl, and a lamia. Could he possibly have room for a dullahan too? And what could possibly go wrong with a grim reaper in the house...? ― If there's one thing that Okayado's Monster Musume is, it's unashamed. There are bare breasts (and nipples) in proliferation, orgasms induced by a variety of thoughts and things,...
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Tuesday, July 7

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Man Making Thousands Selling Fake Love Live Pins Arrested

The girls of μ's would greatly disapprove. 44-year-old Eichiro Wakiyama was arrested on July 6 for illegally selling fake Love Live pins in bulk under copyright violations. Official pin design While normal pins are traditionally made with metal, Wakiyama's pins were made with a cheap plastic. The fake pins were sold at four for 1,280 yen (about US$11), while one real pin costs 600 yen (about US$5)...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 5-11

Atelier Escha & Logy, Noragami, One Week Friends anime; The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Pandora of the Crimson Shell, Twin Star Exorcists manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 July 7 Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky DVDCite Sentai Filmworks US$49.98 July 7 Blood Sha...
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Expelled from Paradise Film Gets Sequel Novel

Novel to ship on September 11 in Japan ― Nitroplus announced on Tuesday that it will publish a novel titled Rakuen Tsuihō 2.0: Rakuen Zangyō -Godspeed You-. The story is a sequel to the Expelled From Paradise (Rakuen Tsuihō) anime film. [Warning: The summary contain spoilers for the film. Please highlight the white space to read.] Three boys and girls who were living in DEVA are bestowed material bod...
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Group Animated Bartkira Trailer Goes Live

Producer Kaitlin Sullivan (Moon Animate Make-Up!) and a team of animators have successfully finished their Akira and The Simpsons mash-up trailer. The video perfectly mirrors the original trailer for Katsuhiro Otomo's film and is based on the parody work Bartkira by Ryan Humphrey and James Harvey. Bartkira the Animated Trailer from Kaitlin Sullivan on Vimeo. And the original: The video description...

Sentai Filmworks Adds Monster Musume Anime

Series based on Okayado's manga premiered today ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the Monster Musume television anime. The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs, and the first episode premiered on Tuesday. Monster Musume adapts OKAYADO's Monster Musume (Monster Musume no Iru Nichijō or Everyday Life w...
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Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages TV Ads Streamed

Film to open July 18 in Japan ― The Pokémon Company Japan began streaming four commercials for the upcoming Pokemon film Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages (Pokémon the Movie XY: Ring no Chōmajin Hoopa) on Tuesday. The all feature the ending theme "Tweedia" by Rei Yasuda. In the first, Hoopa says "Hoopa will summon strong pokémon and win!" It then introduces the legendary pokémon that wil...
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Giant Monster Artist Features Gundam Art in Upcoming Book

Yuji Kaida, an artist renowned as the "Kaiju Artist" for his work on giant monsters, shows his love for Mobile Suits in a brand new artbook. Known as the "Yuji Kaida -Gundam- Art Works", this book will collect carefully chosen works the artist has drawn from the Mobile Suit Gundam series. All of the works have been digitally remastered by Kaida himself. These works will include box art used for va...
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Monster Musume Online Game Coming This Year

Host new monster girl characters in PC game from DMM ― The official website for the Monster Musume (Everyday Life With Monster Girls) television anime announced on Wednesday that an online game based on the series is in the works from DMM Games (KanColle. Tōken Ranbu). The PC game will be available some time in 2015. The announcement coincided with the launch of the first episode of the anime adaptat...

Inafune's Mighty No. 9 Gets Live-Action Film

Movie will debut digitally from Legendary Digital Media, Contradiction Films ― Legendary Digital Media announced on Tuesday that it is collaborating with Contradiction Films to develop a live-action film based on Keiji Inafune's upcoming video game Mighty No. 9. The film is slated to debut on digital platforms. Legendary Digital and Contradiction previously collaborated to adapt Capcom's Dead Rising ...
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Please Teacher! DVD

Once upon a time, this romantic comedy about a student in love with his (alien) teacher was an enormous hit. Has time been kind to it? ― The series still commonly-known under its original Japanese name Onegai Teacher is an original anime production from director Yasunori Ide and scenario writer Yousuke Kuroda (Hellsing Ultimate and Mobile Suit Gundam 00, among many other prominent titles). It first a...
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Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition's Theatrical Run Previewed in Video

All 12 Season 1 episodes plus 3 from upcoming Season 3, starting July 25 ― A promotional video previewed the summer theatrical run of Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo), the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango. The shorts will have a limited two-week engagement in 10 theaters throughout Japan. The screeenings will begin on July...
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The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls 2nd Season's Promo Video Streamed

New season to premiere on July 17 ― The official website for The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls anime began streaming the latest promotional video for the second season on Tuesday. The same video debuted during the streamed Niconico Live program Idolm@ster Tokuban: Tanabata no Yoru ni Kagayaku Hoshi ni Negai o! (The Idolm@ster Special: Wish Upon a Star Twinkling in the Tanabata Night) earlier in the day...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, June 29-July 5

Uta-Pri Revolutions sells 18,120, followed by Fushigi Yuugi stage play, Edge of Tomorrow, live-action Princess Jellyfish, Kuroko's Basketball ― The Fushigi Yuugi stage play sold 5,023 copies to rank #7 on the overall DVD chart. The June 2015 DVD release of All You Need Is Kill (Edge of Tomorrow) rose from #13 to #11 in its fifth week. It sold 2,509 more copies for a new total of 17,641. The live-acti...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, June 29-July 5

Uta-Pri Revolutions sells 31,157, followed by Arpeggio: DC, Saekano, Code Geass: Akito, Kan Colle ― The limited first pressing deluxe edition of the live-action Maestro! film's Blu-ray & DVD set sold 1,837 copies to debut at #18 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The live-action Princess Jellyfish film sold 1,573 copies to land at #21. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Make...
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1st Five Star Stories Manga Volume in 9 Years Delayed Until August 10

Artist and manga creator Mamoru Nagano's official website revealed on Tuesday that the 13th volume of his Five Star Stories manga — the first new one in about nine years —has been delayed to August 10. The volume was originally scheduled for a July release. The volume was also delayed from last fall. Amazon Japan had begun accepting pre-orders in May for a June 10 release, but Monthly Newtype post...

Saber Marionette 'Re:Anime Project' Launches

Company headed by original creator Hiroshi Negishi is in charge of new project ― The official website of the company Animation Innovation Content (AIC) Project revealed on Tuesday that the company has licensed the rights to the Saber Marionette work by Hiroshi Negishi and Satoru Akahori, and that a Saber "re:anime project" is launching. Negishi is listed as the company's representative director. Negi...

Soul Eater's Atsushi Ohkubo Starts En En no Shōbōtai Manga

"Sci-fi firefighting battle" manga debuting in magazine's 43rd issue ― The 32nd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Atsushi Ohkubo (Soul Eater) will launch a new manga tentatively titled En En no Shōbōtai (Fire Brigade of Flames) in the magazine's 43rd issue. The magazine teases: An unexplainable phenomenon of people bursting into flames assails humanity. Put yo...
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Hayate the Combat Butler's Kenjirou Hata Launches New Manga

More details about new monthly manga will be revealed in August ― This year's 32nd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that manga creator Kenjirou Hata (Hayate the Combat Butler) will launch a new monthly manga series in the magazine's 40th issue, which Shogakukan will publish on September 2. Hata is currently writing the manga. Weekly Shonen Sunday will ann...

Owarimonogatari TV Anime Series Confirmed for October

A "Monogatari Series Final Season" novel by NisiOisin ― A display from the Shosen Book Tower book store in Tokyo has revealed that NisiOisin's three-volume Owarimonogatari novel will be adapted into a television anime. The display also reveals the anime's October premiere date. 終物語 2015年10月よりTVアニメ化決定!!!! 書泉ブックタワーより pic.twitter.com/CGiPJq5HQX— マウノウ@7/7 ガハラ祭 (@maunou777) July 7, 2015 Animator Hiroki K...

Monday, July 6

Singer Minami Kuribayashi Reveals That She Has a Son

Rumbling Hearts' lead voice actress also wrote & performed anime theme songs ― Singer-songwriter and voice actress Minami Kuribayashi revealed on her official blog on Tuesday that she has a son. In a handwritten letter, she writes that, "For a long time, I've talked about this to people around me. But we couldn't get our opinions to agree, so I couldn't tell anyone until now. […] When the child was b...
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Titans Invade Kyushu Landmarks in Japanese Museum Exhibit

Kyushu may need to deploy some Survey Corps forces to combat Oita Prefecture's upcoming museum attraction. Titans looming over Saga Prefecture The Oita Prefectural Museum of Art is set to feature the "Attack on Titan Exhibition: Wall Oita": a new exhibit that places the monstrous Titans from Attack on Titan against various cultural settings on the island of Kyushu. The choice to present the exhibi...
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Love Live From The Dead with New Tombstone

Even from the grave, fans can show their support for μ's. 仕事終了!作業場の展示墓石処分する前にちょっと痛墓石的なの造って(彫って)みたw ちょっとの間作業場の前に展示しとこぉかな♪彫面に白入れてますw pic.twitter.com/kArNaEHtDU— ひで (@t_hide3) July 4, 2015 Twitter user Hide has recently tweeted about a strange new tombstone at their workplace. Etched onto stone is the fictional idol group μ's from the anime Love Live. The girls of μ's look all to happy bunched toget...

Love Live Film's New Single Sets Franchise Record in 1st-Week Sales

Sells 82,000 & also ties franchise's highest weekly sales ranking, #2 ― "Angelic Angel"/"Hello, Hoshi o Kazoete," the July 1 CD single with two insert songs from Love Live! The School Idol Movie, sold about 82,000 copies in its first week of sales. It ranked #2 on Oricon's singles ranking chart for the June 29-July 5 week. It has topped the franchise record for the single with the most copies sold in...
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Shelf Life - Woman Power

This week, a timely look at the energetic Michiko & Hatchin, and a dive into the past with Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040. ― Jump to this week's reviews: Michiko & HatchinBubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 On Shelves This Week Atelier, Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky Complete Collection BD, DVD Sentai - Sub - MSRP $59.98|$49.98Currently cheapest at: $34.49 Amazon|$29.20 Rakuten Synopsis: Escha has ...
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Bandai Posts Awesome English Ad for New Astray Red Frame Gunpla

The official Gundam channel posted an ad for its Real Grade 1:144-scale Gundam Astray Red Frame model. The ad blends CG elements to bring the model to life in a stunning array of sword-based combat. The Gundam Astray Red Frame mobile suit appears in the Gundam SEED Astray manga and is piloted by the protagonist, Lowe Guele. The unpainted model kit is scheduled for release in September for 2700 yen...

Viz's Shonen Jump to Add Hirakata's Best Blue Manga

1st 3 chapters of swimming manga to be previewed in English ― Viz Media's digital magazine Weekly Shonen Jump announced on Monday that it will premiere the first chapter of Masahiro Hirakata's Best Blue swimming manga on July 13 as part of its "Jump Start" initiative. The series will begin in Shueisha's Japanese Shonen Jump on the same day. The Japanese magazine teases: Swim through the center of you...
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100 Men Pick The Best Live-Action Manga Adaptations

Fans announced their opinions loud and clear on which manga and anime series they never want to see jump from 2D to 3D. Series like Slam Dunk, One Piece, and Evangelion were the three top choices. However, live-action adaptations of manga series, especially as TV dramas and films, are very common. Just this year anohana, Bakuman, Attack on Titan, Patlabor, My Neighbor Seki, Death Note, My Love Sto...
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Saint Seiya's Kurumada Begins Semi-Autobiographical Manga

Also: new chapter for Saint Seiya: Next Dimension - The Myth of Hades ― This year's 32nd issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion will announce on Thursday that Masami Kurumada (Saint Seiya) will begin a new manga series in the 33rd issue on July 16. The work will be titled Ai no Jidai (Ichigoe Ichie) (Indigo Period: Once in a Lifetime). The story will be semi-autobiographical fiction. In addit...
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Japan's Kuratas Giant Robot Accepts U.S. Duel Challenge

Suidobashi Heavy Industry's million-dollar Kuratas robot was officially challenged to a giant robot duel by the U.S.-based MegaBots. MegaBots issued the challenge with a video on June 30 with the message, "SUIDOBASHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES! MegaBots, Inc. challenges you to a duel! You have a giant robot, we have a giant robot - we have a duty to the science fiction lovers of this world to fight them to ...

Voice Actress Shannon Burgess Found Dead After Reported Missing in November

Husband charged with murder of Cardfight! Vanguard actress ― CTV News Calgary reported on Sunday that Calgary police had found the remains of actress and voice actress Shannon Burgess (née Madill) on Friday, July 3. Shannon had been reported missing since November 2014. Police located her body in the home she shared with her husband, Joshua Burgess, in Calgary, Alberta in Canada. Joshua is in custody...
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Yakyūbu Aruaru Book About Baseball Club Life Gets Anime Shorts

3 shorts based on reporter Kikuchi-Senshu's writings with manga art by Tetsurō Kuromatsu Yakyūbu Aruaru, a 2011 book about life in a baseball club, is being adapted into a series of television anime shorts this week. The book is based on the sports reports of Kikuchi-Senshu (Kikuchi Player, the penname of Yakyū Kozō magazine editor Takahiro Kikuchi), and it describes what often happens in a typical...
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Sailor Moon Crystal ‒ Episode 25

"Hands down, this is one of the best episodes Sailor Moon Crystal has given us, in either season."
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Osomatsu-kun Manga Gets 3rd TV Anime Series After 27 Years

New series starring Takahiro Sakurai to follow mischievious sextuplets after they became adults ― Studio Pierrot opened a website on Monday to reveal that Fujio Akatsuka's (Akko-chan, Tensai Bakabon, Hennako-chan) Osomatsu-kun gag manga is getting a third television anime series. The new series, titled Osomatsu-san, will be the first television anime in 27 years, and it follow the characters after th...
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Nisekoi: False Love Sub.Blu-Ray 4

The final volume of Nisekoi starts dabbling in drama amdist all the comedy, but is it enough for a satisfying finale? ― The fourth Blu-Ray release for Nisekoi covers episodes 15-20, which constitutes the final quarter of the first series. Unlike the ending of the second season, it actually makes one key progression in the relationship dynamics – i.e., getting Chitoge to admit that she may actually be...
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Love Live! Film Falls to 2nd Place to Avengers in 4th Weekend

Film has now sold 1 million+ tickets, earned 1.4 billion+ yen Love Live! The School Idol Movie ranked at #2 during the July 4-5 weekend — the film's fourth weekend at the Japanese box office — in terms of tickets sold. Avengers: Age of Ultron opened in Japan on July 4, and the film topped the box office for tickets sold. Love Live! The School Idol Movie has now sold more than 1 million tickets, and...

Uta no Prince-sama Anime's 4th Season Confirmed

3rd season of anime based on Broccoli's dating sim game ended last month ― The official website for the Uta no Prince-sama television anime franchise confirmed on Monday that the anime is getting a fourth season. The final episode of Utano☆Princesama Revolutions, the third Uta no Prince-sama television anime season, ended last month with the messages "To Be Continued…" and "See You Next Season." Uta ...
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Noragami Aragoto Anime Adds Takanori Hoshino, Hisako Tojo to Cast

Hoshino to play Kugaha, Tojo to play Aiha for sequel series premiering this fall ― The official website for Noragami Aragoto, the second television anime season of the Noragami manga, announced on Monday that Hisako Tojo and Takanori Hoshino will join the cast as Aiha and Kugaha, respectively. The website also revealed designs for the two characters. The series will premiere this fall, and it will ad...
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Food Wars TV Anime Adds Junichi Suwabe, Saori Goto, Asami Seto to Cast

Suwabe to play Akira, Goto to play Nao, Seto to play Miyoko in cooking battle series ― The official website for the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma television anime series revealed more cast on Monday for the series. The new cast includes: Junichi Suwabe as Akira Hayama Saori Goto as Nao Sadasuka Asami Seto as Miyoko Hōjō The official website has not yet added designs for the three new characters. J.C. ...

Snow White with the Red Hair Anime to Have 2 Split Seasons

2nd season to premiere in 2016 ― The staff of the television anime adaptation of Sorata Akiduki's Snow White with the Red Hair (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime) manga revealed at the first episode's pre-screening and talk show event on Saturday that the anime will have two seasons. The staff plan to air the second season in 2016. Voice actors Saori Hayami (Shirayuki), Ryota Ohsaka (Zen), Yuichiro Umehara (...
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NisiOisin's Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku Novel to Get Manga Adaptation

Manga adaptation by Yō Asami will launch on August 6 ― The August issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine announced on Monday that Yō Asami (MAOYU manga) will launch a manga adaptation of NisiOisin's (Bakemonogatari, Medaka Box) e-book novel Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku (The Notebook of Kyōko Okitegami) in the magazine's next issue, which Kodansha will publish on August 6. The manga will have a co...
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Story Details Revealed for Kuroko's Basketball's 'It's The Best Present' OVA

Limited edition BD/DVD bundling extra episode slated for December 24 ― This year's 32nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed the story details for the "Saikō no Present Desu" (It's the Best Present) "75.5th Quarter" OVA episode of the Kuroko's Basketball television anime on Monday. A few weeks after the Winter Cup, the five players of the Generation of Miracles as well as Kuroko h...
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Ikebukuro Honors Durarara!! with Vending Machines

Ikebukuro, a district in Tokyo that serves as the setting for the anime series Durarara!!, is honoring that series by installing Durarara!!-themed vending machines. They sell lemon-flavored "Durarara!! x2 Flavor[ed] Water" for 160 yen ($1.30) apiece, and both the machines and the drinks they vend are decorated with various Durarara!! characters. The marketing concept for the vending machines is "W...

Sunday, July 5

Shonen Jump Launches New Sports Manga Series in 33rd Issue

Masahiro Hirakata's Best Blue swimming competition manga to launch on July 13 ― This year's 32nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that manga creator Masahiro Hirakata (Shinmai Fukei Kiruko-san) will launch a new sports manga series titled Best Blue in the magazine's next issue, which Shueisha will publish on July 13. Hirakata previously published a one-shot manga wi...
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New Panasonic Robot Will Help You with Heavy Lifting

Aids weak or elderly laborers ― Panasonic's powered suit development venture, ActiveLink, has developed a robotic device, the Assist Suit AWN-03, that is designed to help with heavy lifting. It is strapped onto the torso and detects the body's movements with motion sensors. A small but powerful motor, gears made with carbon fiber and resin almost as strong as aluminum, and an actuator unit together ...
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Ju-on: The Final Film Stars Creep Out Japanese Comedy Duo

Comedian Shin'ichirō Ozawa dons ghost makeup ― Shin'ichirō Ozawa, half of the Japanese comedy duo known as Pistachio Ozawa, paid his respects to the horror film Ju-on: The Final by appearing in a press conference in his underwear and covered in white makeup. The duo is known for rolling their eyes back like the ghosts of Ju-on, and Ozawa has been said to resemble Toshio, the ghost boy. Kai Kobayashi...
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Upcoming Symposium Looks at Anime from Psychological Point of View

Director Sunao Katabuchi involved ― A symposium examining anime from a psychological perspective, Anime no Shinrigaku ("Anime Psychology"), will be held on July 26 at Sapporo's Hokusei Gakuen University, with a follow-up on October 4 at Tokyo's Nihon University. Organized by Masao Yokota, a clinical psychologist and anime scholar at Nihon University, it will include Sunao Katabuchi (the director of B...

Crunchyroll Manga Adds Princess Jellyfish, Takahashi-san Is Listening, Scum's Wish, Sweetness and Lightning, The Morose Mononokean

Some manga to launch Sunday; some slated for July 15 ― Crunchyroll announced at its manga panel at Anime Expo on Sunday that it will add the Princess Jellyfish, Takahashi-san Is Listening, Scum's Wish, Sweetness and Lightning, and The Morose Mononokean manga to its web distribution service. Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish manga inspired a 2010 television anime series that Funimation released i...

Yen Press Licenses My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected, How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend, Baccano!, More

Another Episode S, Taboo-Tattoo, Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade, Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet, Sword Art Online: Mother's Rosario, Aoharu x Machinegun, Corpse Princess, Sekirei ― Yen Press announced at its Anime Expo panel on Sunday that it has licensed the following manga and will release them in print. Maomichi Io's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected Satsuki Yoshino's Handa-kun...
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Hajime Isayama Draws Attack on Titan Voice Actors as In-Series Characters

Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama is actually pretty new to the manga and anime scene, with the runaway hit franchise being his only notable work out of just three total published properties. The giant-people-eating-regular-sized-people anime and manga series has been met with wide praise and has over 40 million copies in print. But being a fresh new kid bursting onto the scene has earned Isa...
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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 25

"Here at the finale, everything comes down to one last standoff between Kuroko and Akashi."
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Toriko Manga Takes 1-Week Break Due to Author's Sudden Illness

A notice from the editorial department published in the 32nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Monday revealed that Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro's Toriko manga did not appear in the issue due to the author's sudden illness. The editorial department apologized to readers who were looking forward to reading the new chapter. Additionally, the editorial department noted that the postcard in...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 14

"With 200 servings necessary to pass the egg breakfast challenge that began last week, all of the main characters are relying on their own specialties and good luck skills to get them through."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 700

The 700th episode (!) of One Piece takes its first steps into the story of Law, Doflamingo and Corazon.
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World Trigger: Borderless Mission PS Vita Game Ships on September 17

This year's 32nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the World Trigger: Borderless Mission PS Vita game on September 17. The game will retail for 5,690 yen (about US$46). Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed the game's first promotional video last month. The setting of the game will be Mikado City, centering on the head...

Prison School Anime's Hana TV Ad Posted

Kana Hanazawa plays student council secretary in series premiering on July 10 ― The official website for the television anime of Akira Hiramoto's Prison School manga began streaming a "underground student council Hana (secretary)" TV ad on Sunday. The ad features the opening theme song "Ai no Prison" (Prison of Love) by Kangoku Danshi. The website previously streamed ads for Meiko (underground studen...
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Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer GN 5-6

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer continues to pick up speed, challenging its characters and upgrading its execution in its triumphant third collection. ― From the first collection to the second, Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer ramped up significantly in storytelling ambition and execution. A narrow story unfolded into an ambitious ensemble one, and compelling themes regarding family, adulthood, and the ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven Game Adds Lisa Lisa, Pet Shop

Atsuko Tanaka voices Part II's Lisa Lisa in 25-character lineup ― This year's 32nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Lisa Lisa and Pet Shop will appear in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven PS3/PS4 fighting game. Atsuko Tanaka will play Lisa Lisa from Part II: Battle Tendency. Pet Shop is from from Part III: Stardust Crusaders. The game's second pro...

Boruto -Naruto the Movie- Reveals More Cast

Hidenori Takahashi replaces Ikue Ohtani as Konohamaru; film will feature Chunin Exams ― This year's 32nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing more cast members on Monday for the Boruto -Naruto the Movie- film. The new cast is as follows: Chie Nakamura as Sakura Uchiha Satoshi Hino as Sai Yoichi Masukawa as Rock Lee Hidenori Takahashi as Konohamaru Sarutobi Nana Mizuki as Hinat...
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Nao Maita's Age 12 Manga Gets Live-Action, New Anime DVDs

1st live-action DVD to debut in August after new OVA premiered on Friday ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine announced on Friday Nao Maita's shōjo manga 12-Sai. (Age 12) will receive two live-action DVD adaptations. The "Hanabi-hen" (Hanabi Edition) episode will bundle with the September issue on August 3, and the "Yui-hen" (Yui Edition) episode will bundle with the December issue as par...

MangaGamer to Release Umineko Visual Novel on Steam

Also: Himawari: The Sunflower, A Kiss For The Petals -Remembering How We Met ― Video game localization and publishing company MangaGamer announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Saturday that it will release Ryukishi07/07th Expansion's mystery suspense dōjin game Umineko - When They Cry visual novel on Steam. The Umineko - When They Cry release will have an updated translation with cooperation from Wi...

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled's 5th Episode Delayed to February

Also: new TV ad posted for 4th episode's premiere on Saturday ― The official website for the the Code Geass: Akito the Exiled anime project announced on Saturday that the fifth and final episode will open in Japan on February 6, 2016. The episode, "Itoshiki Mono-tachi e" (To the Beloved), was originally slated to premiere in Japan this fall. The series was slated for four episodes, but Sunrise produc...
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To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness: True Princess PS Vita Game Ships on November 5

Story, limited-edition bonuses revealed for dating sim game ― The August issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine revealed on Saturday that the To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness: True Princess PlayStation Vita game will ship on November 5. In the game's story, Rito loses his memories because of "a certain happening." He doesn't remember anything after meeting Lala, and the game's story will involve the vari...

Gakkō Gurashi!/School-Live! Anime's Opening Streamed

Sentai Filmworks licensed series about girls who survive zombie attack ― The official website for the School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) television anime began streaming the opening animation on Saturday. The video features the opening theme song "Friend Shitai" (I Want to Be Friends) performed by the four main cast members under the group name Gakuen Seikatsubu (Academy Life Club). The anime is based on ...
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Prison School Anime's Meiko TV Ad Posted

Akira Hiramoto's 'hellish prison life' story premieres on July 10 ― The official website for the television anime of Akira Hiramoto's Prison School manga began streaming a "underground student council Meiko (vice president)" TV ad on Saturday. The ad features the opening theme song "Ai no Prison" (Prison of Love) by Kangoku Danshi. Meiko: Don't speak without my permission. You all do know, right? If ...

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Sekai Project to Release G-senjou no Maou, Chrono Clock, Root Double PC Games

Also: Narcissu remake project; WORLD END ECONOMiCA 2 to be released this month ― Video game localizer and publisher Sekai Project revealed at its panel at Anime Expo on Saturday that it will release the following games: AKABEi SOFT2's G-senjou no Maou - The Devil on G-String, Purple Software's Chrono Clock, and Regista/Yeti's Root Double: Before Crime * After Days: Xtend Edition. The company addition...
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Glass Mask Story-Within-a-Story to be Revived on Stage

Play tells tale of Italian lady pirate ― A theatrical adaptation of Onna Kaizoku Bianca ("Pirate Woman Bianca"), a play performed in the manga and anime Glass Mask, will be staged from September 9 to 13 at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo in Shibuya. The cast includes Fūka Yuzuki as Bianca Castagni (the lead role played in the manga by Maya), Masakazu Nemoto as Silver, Keisuke Kaminaga as Lorenzo, and Moto...
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3rd Sailor Moon Musical Reveals Death Busters Cast in Costume

Stage musical opens in Tokyo in September ― The third new Sailor Moon musical unveiled the roles and costume photos for some of its Death Busters cast on Friday. The cast members were already revealed, and their roles are: Yuki Kaon and Kei Ōgi, two former Takarazuka Revue members who played male roles, as Professor Tomoe and Kaolinite, respectively. The members of Witches 5: Ayaka Ida as Mimete, Say...
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Evangelion Sports Car to Go on Display in Tokyo Gallery

Owner chosen by lottery in May ― Akio Mitsuoka, president of Mitsuoka Motors, announced on Wednesday that his company's Orochi sports car designed to resemble Neon Genesis Evangelion's Unit-01 will go on display for one week beginning on July 27 at the Mitsuoka Gallery Azabu in Tokyo "so that everyone can enjoy it." It will be exhibited with Evangelion illustrations and figures. The Evangelion Orochi...

Kodansha Comics Adds Princess Jellyfish, Real Account, Magatsuki Manga

Also: Noragami switches to monthly release; Fairy Tail gets omnibus release ― Kodansha Comics announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Saturday that it will release Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime) manga, Shizumu Watanabe and Okusho's Real Account manga, and Hoshino Taguchi's Magatsuki manga. Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish manga inspired a 2010 television anime series that Funimat...
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Studio 4°C Launches Japanese Crowdfunding Website

The back of Studio 4°C's Red Ash flyer at Anime Expo announced on Saturday that Studio 4°C is launching a Japanese crowdfunding platform. The platform's website is now live. The studio is using the platform to help fund its Red Ash -Magicicada- anime film, which is also being funded in an English-language Kickstarter in conjunction with a game Kickstarter from Keiji Inafune and Comcept. The compan...
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Shimoneta Anime Promo Videos Accompany Premiere

A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist series premiered on Saturday ― King Records began streaming three promotional videos for SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist (Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai) on Sunday. In the videos, Ayame gives Tanukichi a three-question "entrance exam," and each question is a dirty joke. Al...
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Moomin Theme Park to Open in Japan in 2017

Saitama location incorporates lake, forests ― Metsa, a theme park based on the Moomin franchise, is scheduled to open in Japan in 2017. After several years of searching, a suitable location has been found: Lake Miyazawa, which is located in a relatively undeveloped corner of Hannō, in Saitama Prefecture northwest of Tokyo. The park will be built on 187 km² (about 72 square miles) purchased from Seibu...

Comcept, Studio 4°C Unveil 'Red Ash' Game, Anime Kickstarter Projects

2 Kickstarters to run seperately ― Comcept founder Keiji Inafune (Mega Man) and Studio 4°C founder Eiko Tanaka unveiled the companies' joint project "Red Ash" at their panel at Anime Expo on Saturday. The project is in two parts—an anime film from Studio 4°C and a action-adventure RPG from Comcept—and both are being funded with Kickstarter. Red Ash: The Indelible Legend (Red Ash: Kiganjō KalKanon no ...
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Comiket 88 Catalog Cover Drawn by Area 88's Kaoru Shintani

The staff of Comiket landed the perfect artist to draw the catalog cover for the event's 88th iteration. Kaoru Shintani, the creator of the Area 88 fighter pilot manga drew the cover featured on the physical and digital catalog. The DVD-ROM catalog features the manga's Mickey Simon in his fighter jet. Shintani is also participating in the dōjin circles "Hachijūhachiya" (the term for the 88th day ...

Crunchyroll to Stream Monster Musume, Million Doll This Summer; The Perfect Insider in October (Update)

Also: Symphogear GX, Teekyu 5, Gatchaman Crowds insight, Non Non Biyori repeat, subtitled Yu-Gi-Oh! GX ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Saturday that it will stream Monster Musume, Million Doll, To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness 2nd, Symphogear GX, Teekyu 5, Gatchaman Crowds insight, and Non Non Biyori repeat as they air in Japan this summer. In addition, i...

Sunrise Announces New Gundam Series

Details slated for July 14 on teaser website ― Sunrise confirmed at its Anime Expo panel on Saturday that it is working on a new Gundam series. The company will announce details on its teaser website on July 14 at 11:00 p.m. EDT (July 15 at 12:00 p.m. JST). The announcement will have simultaneous English interpretation. Recap footage will have subtitles in English, French, Korean, Traditional Chinese...

Viz Adds Matsuri Hino's Shuriken & Pleats, Bisco Hatori's Behind the Scenes Manga

Shojo Beat to publish new series by Vampire Knight, Ouran authors in 2016 ― Viz Media announced at its Shojo Beat panel at Anime Expo on Saturday that the imprint will release the Shuriken and Pleats (Shuriken to Pleats) manga by Vampire Knight author Matsuri Hino, as well as the Behind the Scenes (Urakata!!) manga by Ouran High School Host Club author Bisco Hatori. Shuriken and Pleats revolves aroun...

Production I.G USA Works on Show for Fox's Animation Domination High-Def (Updated)

Title not yet revealed at Anime Expo panel ― The animation studio Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, Blood, Psycho-Pass) announced during its Anime Expo panel on Saturday that Production I.G USA is working on a show for Fox's Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD) programming block. I.G has not revealed the show's title, but it will be promoted by Fox. The ADHD block has aired numerous parod...
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Make Your Summer Sparkle with Love Live! Fireworks

Lawson, a Japanese convenience store chain, is capitalizing on a summer tradition and offering a Love Live! School idol project fireworks set. It comes with three bookmarks and uses illustrations from the smartphone app Love Live! School idol festival showing the girls in summer kimono. There are nine different bookmarks to collect in total (one for each character). Unfortunately for anyone dreami...
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Anime Expo 2015 News Roundup: Final Update

If you missed anything from this year's Anime Expo, here's a roundup of everything you may have missed from the con! ― Days Three and Four: July 4-5 Production I.G Makes Show for Fox's Animation Domination High-Def Viz Adds Matsuri Hino's Shuriken & Pleats, Bisco Hatori's Behind the Scenes Manga Sunrise Announces New Gundam Series Crunchyroll to Stream Monster Musume, Million Doll This Summer; The P...
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Ninja Slayer From Animation ‒ Episode 12

"Why have a show with a story and characters when you can just parade the bodacious heroine across the screen again and again?"
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The List - 7 of the Worst Sore Losers

Some people just don't take defeat very well. These seven folks could use a lesson in being a good sport. ― Losing gracefully and admitting defeat is a skill and some characters, especially villains, aren't particularly good at it. It's never the losers fault that they didn't succeed. Blame is either passed around to the nearest person, or worse, the loser seeks revenge against whomever bested them....
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Snow White With the Red Hair's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

Katsuyuki Konishi joins the cast as Sakaki, Raji's retainer ― Warner Brothers Japan began streaming the second promotional video for the television anime of Sorata Akiduki's Snow White with the Red Hair (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime) manga on Saturday. The video previews the opening theme song "Yasashi Kibō" (Kind Hope) by the anime's lead voice actress, Saori Hayami. Raji: Mirror, mirror... Who is the ...
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Monster Musume GN 6

Kimihito is already living with a harpy, a mermaid, a spider woman, a centaur, a slime girl, and a lamia. Could he possibly have room for a dullahan too? And what could possibly go wrong with a grim reaper in the house...? ― If there's one thing that Okayado's Monster Musume is, it's unashamed. There are bare breasts (and nipples) in proliferation, orgasms induced by a variety of thoughts and things,...

Funimation Reveals Dub Cast for One Piece Season 7

Matthew Mercer, Justin Cook, Lydia Mackay, Bruce Carey, more join cast for Sabaody Archipelago arc ― Funimation revealed more dub cast at its Anime Expo panel on Friday for the seventh season of the One Piece anime, which starts the show's Sabaody Archipelago arc. The additional cast is as follows: The Supernovas: Trafalgar Law - Matthew Mercer Eustass Kid - Justin Cook X Drake - D.C. Douglas Scratch...
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Rock Band Back-On to Perform at Otakon Matsuri Street Festival

Outdoor festival to be held day before July 24-26 convention ― Maryland convention Otakon announced on Friday that rock band Back-On will perform at the Otakon Matsuri on July 23. The Otakon Matsuri is an outdoor street festival held at West Shore Park in Baltimore's Inner Harbor the day before the convention. The four-member band has performed theme songs for anime such as Air Gear, Eyeshield 21, Fa...
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Daisuki Announces Streaming Details for Concrete Revolutio, Anime Consortium Japan to Co-produce

Anime Consortium Japan (ACJ) confirmed via press release on Friday that the Daisuki streaming service will stream the Concrete Revolutio television anime "worldwide" as it airs in Japan. The official English website for the series currently states that the series will "tentatively stream on Daisuki.net and other sites." The company also announced that it will co-produce the series. ACJ is also co-...
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Bandai Namco Streams Saint Seiya Soldiers' Soul English-Subtitled Trailer

PS3/PS4/PC game set to ship on September 25 in Japan/Europe, fall in N. America ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming an English-subtitled Japan Expo trailer for the upcoming Saint Seiya: Soldiers' Soul PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4/PC fighting game on Friday. The video confirms a September 25 release date for Europe. Bandai Namco Entertainment America streamed the same trailer at Anime E...
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Daisuki Confirms The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls 2nd Half Streaming

Anime Consortium Japan (ACJ) announced via a press release on Friday that the Daisuki service will stream the second cour of The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls anime as it airs in Japan. The first episode will premiere on the site July 17 at 11:30 a.m. EDT. The series will be available streaming worldwide except in Japan and China, and subtitles will be available in English, Korean, and traditional C...

Dimension W Anime's Announcement Video Reveals Staff, TV Format

Bunny Drop/Oreshura's Kanta Kamei directs 2016 series at Studio 3Hz, Orange ― Funimation began streaming an announcement video on Saturday for the anime adaptation of Yuji Iwahara's Dimension W manga. The video reveals that the adaptation will be a television anime series, and it also previews animation and dialogue. The description on the video notes that the series will get a simultaneous worldwide...
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Daisuki to Stream Everyday Life with Monster Girls Anime in Asia, Central America, Latin America

Anime Consortium Japan Inc. announced on Friday that it will stream the Everyday Life with Monster Girls (Monster Musume) anime with English subtitles in Central America, some Latin American countries, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines on its Daisuki streaming service. Daisuki is the first international streaming service to announce the anime. The series will premiere on July 8 i...

Funimation Offers Unaired Free! Eternal Summer Episode

Series also gets Premium Edition with art book, cards, towel, decals, discount on OVA ― North American anime distributor Funimation confirmed at its Anime Expo panel on Friday that it has the rights to the unaired Free! Eternal Summer episode. The company will release the original video anime episode next year, and it will offer a discount to those who buy the Premium Edition of the television serie...

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Viz Announces Print Plans for Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Manga

Next Yu-Gi-Oh! card to Shonen Jump subscribers also revealed ― Viz Media announced at its Shonen Jump panel at Anime Expo on Friday that it will release Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring (Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki) manga in print. The company plans to release the manga in winter 2016. The manga will end in its 10th chapter in Shueisha...
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SHAFT Opens 'Madogatari' Exhibit to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

The SHAFT animation studio is launching a special exhibition to celebrate the studio's 40th anniversary. Starting on November 27, the "Madogatari" exhibit will open in Tokyo and run for about a week before moving to Osaka on December 22 and then Sapporo on February 2. The exhibit is hosting an scroll-through gallery on the website combining sketches from the Madoka Magica and Monogatari series. Th...

Dimension W Manga by Darker Than Black/King of Thorn's Iwahara Gets Anime

Funimation is part of committee for near-future sci-fi action anime ― North American anime distributor Funimation announced at its Anime Expo panel on Friday that an anime is adapting the Dimension W manga by Darker Than Black character designer and King of Thorn manga creator Yuji Iwahara. Funimation said that it is "part of the committee of the anime" and screened a preview video. In the story, hum...
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Music Video Previews Rin Hoshizora Voice Actress Riho Iida's Debut Album

Voice actress and singer Riho Iida is previewing her upcoming debut album "rippi-rippi" in a new music video. The full-length video features the album's track "Hajimaritai Canon." The 11-track CD goes on sale on July 29 in three editions. Limited Edition A includes the CD and a Blu-ray with the above music video and a making-of feature, a photo book, and a concert ticket application. Limited Editi...
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Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan ‒ Episode 14

"Things returned more or less to normal this week for a slower outing of Yuki-chan."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 418

"Luckily, this week's venture into Flashback Land is material we haven't already seen before."

Funimation to Stream Venus Project: Climax Anime

Also acknowledges streaming of Chaos Dragon this summer ― North American anime distributor Funimation announced at its Anime Expo panel on Friday that it will stream the Venus Project: Climax anime series as it airs in Japan. Funimation also acknowledged that it will stream the Chaos Dragon television anime series, after its website briefly listed the anime. Venus Project tells the story of idols liv...
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Kinoko Collection Mushroom Girl Game Closes Shop

Server taken down on July 1 ― After a mere few months, the cute mushroom girls of Kinoko Collection have hung up their caps. According to an announcement posted on the game staff's official Twitter feed, Kinoko Collection's server was taken down on July 1 due to "financial difficulties" at Cmix, the game's developer. The staff deeply apologized for letting down those who had been awaiting improvement...

New York Times Manga Best Seller List, June 21-27

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Tokyo Ghoul, Naruto, Attack on Titan, Deadman Wonderland, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Seraph of the End, Noragami, Assassination Classroom, Big Hero 6 The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on June 27. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Mobile Suit Gundam: Th...

Right Stuf/Nozomi Ent. Add Big Windup! Season 2, Tamayura: Hitose, Umi Monogatari Anime

Also: A Town Where You Live, Pita Ten anime ― Anime retailer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and producer Nozomi Entertainment announced at their panel at Anime Expo on Friday that they will release the following titles: Tamayura - Hitotose, Umi Monogatari, Big Windup! Season 2 (Ookiku Furikabutte ~Natsu no Taikai-hen~), Pita Ten, and A Town Where You Live. Nozomi Entertainment will release the Tama...

Right Stuf/Sunrise to Release Original Gundam TV Anime on Blu-ray Disc

Also: Zeta Gundam, Gundam ZZ, Victory Gundam, After War Gundam X, Turn A Gundam film collection ― Anime retailer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Friday that it and Sunrise will release the original Mobile Suit Gundam television anime series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc this fall. The companies also revealed that they will release Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Mobile Sui...

Right Stuf/Nozomi Ent. to Release Revolutionary Girl Utena on Blu-ray Disc

Release will be 1st BD release from Nozomi Entertainment ― Anime retailer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and producer Nozomi Entertainment announced at their panel at Anime Expo on Friday that they will release the Revolutionary Girl Utena television anime series on Blu-ray Disc. The release will be Nozomi Entertainment's first Blu-ray Disc release. The release also marks the first time Revolutiona...

Toei Screens 1st 3 World Trigger Episodes with English Dub

Another company has not licensed the dub that Toei itself commissioned ― The Toei Animation booth at Anime Expo is screening the first three episodes of the World Trigger television anime with an English dub this week. Representatives of the studio emphasized with ANN that another company has not licensed the anime's dub. Rather, Toei Animation itself commissioned the English dub of the first six to ...

Crunchyroll to Stream My Wife is the Student Council President Anime

Uncensored version to air for premium members after the censored version ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the anime My Wife is the Student Council President (Okusama ga Seito Kaichō!) as it airs in Japan this summer. The first episode will stream at 6:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, and future episodes will stream on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. EDT. The stream will be available worldwide outsi...

Aksys Games Announces 3rd Game in Zero Escape Series

Puzzle adventure game slated for summer 2016 release ― North American video game distributor Aksys Games and creator Kōtarō Uchikoshi announced at their Anime Expo panel on Friday that it will release a third game in the Zero Escape game series. The game, tentatively titled Zero Escape 3, is slated for a summer 2016 release on Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Kōtarō Uchikoshi (Punchline), the direc...

Countdown Site Teases Next Gundam Project

A teaser site, g-tekketsu.com, opened on Friday with a countdown, a silhouette of a mecha, and the message "Next G Coming Soon." The countdown will end on July 15 at 12:00 p.m. JST (July 14 at 11:00 p.m. EDT). Sunrise's official Gundam website reported on the site's opening. [Via Yaraon!]
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Japanese Women Rank Their Favorite Romantic Gestures

Japanese women have chimed in on just what makes their hearts go doki-doki. According to a rather unorthodox survey, a group of 600 Japanese women were asked the question "Hypothetically, which romantic gesture would you have your lover do?". The survey was conducted by Dio Chemicals, Ltd, who also discovered that women would much rather have a man at their side to guide any intrusive insects out ...
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Overlord Promo Videos Preview 1st Episode

Series about a player ruling over NPCs in a closed MMORPG to premiere July 7 ― Media Factory began streaming a pair of promotional videos for the anime Overlord on Friday. The video preview the anime's first episode "End and Beginning" and the opening theme "Clattanoia" by OxT The "normal version" of the video features Overlord's protagonist Momonga (Satoshi Hino) narrating the state of his world ins...
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Pokkén Tournament Fighting Game Adds Charizard, Weavile

Arcade launch date set for July 16 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming Pokkén Tournament videos on Friday introducing Charizard (Lizardon) and Weavile (Manyula) as playable characters in the fighting game. The game's official website also announced that the game will debut in Japanese arcades on July 16. The playable pokémon thus far include Lucario, Machamp, Gardevoir, Suicune, Gengar, and ...
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Yūma Uchida, Yu Kobayashi Join Classroom Crisis Anime Cast

Series premiered in Japan; will premiere on Hulu, Crunchyroll, Viewster, Daisuki, Aniplex Channel ― The official website for the Classroom Crisis anime announced two more cast members on Saturday. Yūma Uchida as Nagisa Kiryu,a third-year transfer student and new chief of the patents development division. He is the younger brother of Kazuhisa and Yūji. Yu Kobayashi as Angelina, a member of the account...
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Seven Seas Licenses Angel Beats!: Heaven's Door Manga

1st volume of prequel series slated for February ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed the manga Angel Beats!: Heaven's Door. The first volume is slated to ship on February 9, 2016. The manga is a prequel to the anime series, and follows the formation of the Afterlife Battlefront. The story adapts the Angel Beats!: Track Zero light novel. Yuriko Asami began the ongoing s...

Viz Media Reveals Sailor Moon S Dub Cast

Erica Mendez, Lauren Landa, Christine Marie Cabanos added to cast ― Viz Media announced new English dub cast members for the Sailor Moon S anime series at its Sailor Moon panel at Anime Expo on Friday. The new cast members are: Erica Mendez as Haruka Tenoh / Sailor Uranus Lauren Landa as Michiru Kaioh / Sailor Neptune Christine Marie Cabanos as Hotaru Tomoe / Sailor Saturn Keith Silverstein as Profes...

D. Gray-man Manga Relaunches in New Jump Square Crown Magazine

Blood Blockade Battlefront manga also returns ― This year's August issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine announced on Saturday that a new quarterly magazine, titled Jump Square Crown will launch on July 17. The new magazine will publish Katsura Hoshino's D.Gray-man and Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront Back 2 Back. Shueisha ended its Jump SQ. 19 magazine in February with plans to launc...
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Eva Collabs with Game Developer for Matchmaking Real-Escape Event

Defend Neo Tokyo-3 from an Angel attack ― Evacon—a Japanese convention for die-hard Neon Genesis Evangelion fans—is teaming up with Japanese game developer RealD Game for a rather interesting get-together event. Known as "Escape from Neo-Tokyo 3," this upcoming event will be held in Shiodome in Tokyo. In this scenario, Neo-Tokyo 3 is under attack by an Angel, and it's up to Shinji and Rei to defend i...
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Crunchyroll Adds Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life: Phantasmagoric Arc Anime

3rd season of series about mysterious mascot character premieres in Japan on Friday ― Media distribution site Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life: Phantasmagoric Arc (Wooser no Sono Higurashi Mugen-hen), the third anime adaptation of Yoshiki Usa and Tomoko Fujinoki's Wooser no Sono Higurashi (Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life) manga. The site will stream the seri...
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San Diego Comic Con to Stay In Place Through 2018

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced on Thursday that the Comic-Con International convention will stay in San Diego until at least 2018. The convention's location contract was set to expire next year. The decision to extend that contract an additional two years comes despite the fact that convention organizers had been considering moving to a larger location in Southern California such as Lo...

Hikaru Utada Announces Birth of Baby Boy, Work on New Album

Album to be singer/songwriter's 1st studio release in 6 years ― Singer Hikaru Utada announced on her official website on Friday that she gave birth to a boy. In addition, she announced that she began work on a new album during her pregnancy. She is still working on the album and plans to release additional information when she can. It has been six years since Utada's last studio album release. She ha...
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Prison School Anime's Mari TV Ad Posted

Akira Hiramoto's 'hellish prison life' story premieres on July 10 ― The official website for the television anime of Akira Hiramoto's Prison School manga began streaming a "underground student council Mari (president)" TV ad on Friday. The ad features the opening theme song "Ai no Prison" (Prison of Love) by Kangoku Danshi. Mari: Underground student council 20th president. People call me Mari the cro...
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Kouichi Yamadera to Voice Corazon in One Piece Anime

Character to debut in July 5 episode ― The official website for the One Piece anime announced on Thursday that Kouichi Yamadera will play Corazon, Donquixote Doflamingo's younger brother and Trafalgar Law's savior. Yamadera will make his debut as Corazon, who appears in the show's new opening animation, in the episode premiering on July 5. Yamadera has voiced roles in more than 200 anime, including N...
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Voltage Streams Boys Over Flowers Romance App's Opening Movie

"Romance drama app" available now on iOS/Android ― The official website of Voltage's Hana Yori Dango - F4 to First Kiss (Boys Over Flowers - First Kiss With the F4) "romance drama app" began streaming the game's opening movie on Thursday. The video previews the game's characters from Yoko Kamio's Boys Over Flowers manga. Text: Eitoku Academy, where celebrities go to school. Text: The people who rule ...
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One Piece Manga #78 Gets 3.8-Million Print Run

Japanese publisher Shueisha has produced 3.8 million copies for the first printing of the 78th volume of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece pirate manga. Shueisha shipped the volume in Japan on Friday. The 77th volume also received a 3.8-million print run when it shipped in April. The 75th volume of the manga, which shipped last September, was the 12th consecutive volume of the manga to get a print run of f...

CyberConnect2 Working on 3 Games for New Generation Consoles (Updated)

CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama told Kadokawa's Famitsu magazine in March that the company had three unannounced titles it is developing in commemoration of the company's 20th anniversary. CyberConnect2 had posted a recruitment ad in Famitsu and on its website (pictured at right) featuring keywords for the three games. Matsuyama clarified with Famitsu which keywords were for which titles: Titl...
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The Anthem of the Heart Film's 3rd TV Ad Streamed

Film by AnoHana staff about girl whose voice was sealed away opens in Japan on September 19 ― The official website for The Anthem of the Heart (Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da. or Kokosake), the original anime film from the anohana (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.) and Toradora! anime staff, posted a 15-second version and a 30-second version of the third television ad for the f...
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Sunrise Reveals Classicaloid Comedy TV Anime for 2016

Gintama's Fujita directs slapstick music series about robot-like famous composers ― Sunrise and NHK have announced that they will produce the Classicaloid television anime series. The series will premiere on NHK's E-TV station in 2016. Yoichi Fujita (Gintama anime franchise) is directing the anime at Sunrise. Makoto Tsuchibayashi (Sengoku Basara franchise) is serving as original character designer. N...

Digital Manga Inc. Announces DMG Payment Restructuring, Updated Release Schedule

Also: 8 new Project-H licenses ― Digital Manga Publishing announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Thursday that it is restructuring its Digital Manga Guild to pay localizers upfront as freelancers. The previous system was a revenue share, in which workers were paid based on the success of the manga they were assigned. The Digital Manga Guild allows translators, editors, and letterers with no experien...

Aniplex USA's Fate/stay night: UBW Trailer Previews Dub

Aniplex releases 1st season on Blu-ray/DVD on August 25 ― Aniplex of America began streaming a trailer on Thursday for its Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works home video release. The trailer previews the English dub starring Bryce Papenbrook as Shirou Emiya, Mela Lee as Rin Tohsaka, and Kari Wahlgren as Saber. The previously announced English dub cast, under ADR director and script writer Tony Oli...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Wakaba Girl Anime

Sentai Filmworks licensed the series based on 4-panel manga ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the anime Wakaba Girl as it airs in Japan this summer. The stream times have not yet been announced. The stream will be available in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Sentai Filmworks announced on T...

Aniplex USA Offers English Dub for Your Lie in April, Subtitled Tsukimonogatari BD Release

Patrick Seitz to direct Your Lie in April's dub; Bang Zoom! holds open auditions ― Aniplex of America announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Thursday that it will release an English dub of Your Lie in April with ADR director Patrick Seitz. Bang Zoom! Entertainment is holding open auditions for the dub at Anime Expo. Bang Zoom! Entertainment is also hosting open auditions for Aldnoah.Zero this weeken...
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JAST USA Adds SoniComi, Flowers PC Games

Company reveals release months for Shiny Days, Raidy III, Seinarukana ― JAST USA announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Thursday that it has licensed Innocent Grey's Flowers -Spring Arc and Nitroplus' Communication With Sonico (SoniComi) games. Innocent Grey's (Kara no Shoujo series) Flowers -Spring Arc PC game is a mystery story that takes place at an all-girls boarding school in the middle of a fo...

Digimonstory Cybersleuth Heads West in 2016

New info on Tales of Zestiria, Sword Art Online games also detailed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced at its Anime Expo panel on Thursday that it will release the Digimonstory Cybersleuth PlayStation 4/PlayStation Vita game in North and South America in 2016. The company also announced new details for its releases of the Tales of Zestiria game (including a PC version of Tales of Symhponi...
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Tokyopop Plans Manga Publishing Relaunch, More Projects

Tokyopop announced at its Anime Expo panel on Thursday that it is planning to begin publishing manga again in 2016. The company is seeking to license "hidden gems that are not yet noticed" from small or independent publishers. In addition, Tokyopop plans to publish art books and collectors editions, and will consider light novels. The company is also looking to get into film and television product...

Vertical Adds Attack on Titan: Lost Girls Novel, Nichijō, FukuFuku: Kitten Tales Manga

Sushi Chef Sukiyabashi Jiro book by acclaimed chef Jiro Ono also licensed ― North American manga publisher Vertical announced at Anime Expo on Thursday that it has licensed the following books: Sushi Chef Sukiyabashi Jiro (Sukiyabashi Jirō Jun o Nigiru), the Nichijō and FukuFuku: Kitten Tales (Fuku Fuku Nya~n Koneko da Nyan) manga, and the Attack on Titan: Lost Girls novel spinoff. Sushi Chef Sukiyab...

Concrete Revolutio Anime's 1st English-subtitled Promo Video Introduces Cast

Daisuki to "tentatively" stream October series ― Bandai Visual began streaming the first promotional video on Friday for the Concrete Revolutio Chōjin Gensō (Concrete Revolutio - Superhero Fantasy) television anime series. The staff have also opened an English website, and Daisuki is streaming an English-subtitled version of the trailer. The video introduces the main cast from the Superhuman Bureau: ...
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