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Vampire Hunter D Give-Away Winners

Check here to find out if you won! ― Our awesome friends at Sentai Filmworks have given us 6 copies of their upcoming release of Vampire Hunter D to give away. For 10,000 years, Count Magnus Lee has walked the night, sustained by an unholy thirst for blood and an unending lust for human women. But when he tastes the sweet nectar running through Doris Lang's veins, the Count knows he has found more t...
review

Tokyo Ravens BD+DVD part 2

This sometimes overly-complicated fantasy action series draws to a close, and it's packed with more magical duels and potentially confusing plot turns than you might think. ― Are you a fan of elaborate magical duels, ones where casters constantly have to throw out their best gimmicks to counter and attack their opponents? Then the second half of this 2013/2014 anime series is worth checking out even ...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of August 19-25

Your weekly rankings are here! Find out which shows soared to new heights and which fell a little in the public esteem. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2015 crop. And this season, at the top of each Daily Streaming Review, we added a little rating widget to let our readers chime in. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the seas...
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Kaze Hikaru GN 23

Emotions are heating up in the 23rd volume of Kaze Hikaru, even if we're not at a fascinating point in history. ― To speak in very generalized terms, there are two basic approaches to writing historical fiction: to loosely base around a famous event or time period or to go into much more detail about that event or era. Taeko Watanabe takes the latter route in her shoujo historical Kaze Hikaru, and as...
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The List - 7 Plucky Kid Detectives

These pint-sized sleuths will solve the murder, unravel the international conspiracy and catch the bad guys, all before it's time for Lunchables. ― Kid detectives are a staple of children's fiction. They're the Robin to Batman, the Scooby Doo gang unraveling the schemes of adults, or the hard-nosed Nancy Drew who can't get away from a good mystery plot. Sometimes they're pint-sized versions of adult...
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Core Scramble GN 1

Core Scramble's first volume offers an interesting BL story in a world that blends science fiction and fantasy. ― We don't see nearly the level of manhwa translated into English as manga, which is a shame. Now that NetComics is back in the physical publishing game, however, there are some new titles appearing on the market, and whether you're a fan of manhwa in general or just looking for a series th...
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ANNCast - What It Feels Like For A Monster Girl

Friend of the show and graphic designer Brady Hartel joins Zac and Hope for a rip-roaring live Q&A session wherein Zac reveals his secret monster girl crush. Also: Rokka, Dragon Ball Super and more! ― ANNCast Episode 236: What It Feels Like for a Monster Girl Get the Flash Player to see this player. Friend of the show and graphic designer Brady Hartel joins Zac and Hope for a rip-roaring live Q&A se...
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Tuesday, September 1

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Non Non Biyori Repeat ‒ Episode 9

"Spurred into action by the promise of money, Natsumi forces everyone to go fishing with her this week."
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Seraph of the End Manga Gets Stage Musical Next February

Post-apocalyptic vampire manga also inspired 2 anime seasons, Jump event anime ― The October issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is announcing on Friday that a stage musical adaptation of the Seraph of the End manga has been green-lit. Seraph of the End The Musical will open next February at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo, and Muck Akazawa is writing and directing. Jump Square will announce the cast...
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Live-Action Nobunaga Concerto Film's Teaser Previews Theme Song

Cast of live-action drama reprise role for January 23 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Ayumi Ishii's Nobunaga Concerto historical manga began streaming a teaser for the film on Tuesday. The teaser previews the film's theme song "Ashioto ~Be Strong" (Footsteps ~Be Strong) by Mr. Children. Text: Tragic news Text: In 1582, Oda Nobunaga dies at Honnōji Saburō: No way, for real? Tex...
daily briefs

Cave Shoot 'Em Up Games Teased for Steam Release

E-commerce and digital publishing company Degica launched a teaser site on Monday, hinting that shoot 'em up titles from game developer Cave's (DoDonPachi Resurrection, Akai Katana) library will come to Steam in winter 2015. Cave's logo is displayed above the Steam logo on the site with the message "Steam can't dodge these bullets. Winter 2015" written beneath the two of them. The website includes...
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Resident Evil Origins Collection Bundle Offered on PS4/Xbox One

HD-remastered Resident Evil & Resident Evil 0 in January retail package ― Capcom announced on Tuesday that it will release Resident Evil Origins Collection, a retail bundle of the HD-remastered Resident Evil and Resident Evil 0 games for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, in North America on January 19, 2016. (Japan and Europe will receive the collection on January 19 and 22, respectively.) Resident Evil 0 ...
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Yamada-kun Team Makes TV Anime of Sekkō Boys Statues-Turned-Idols

Saint Giorgio, Medici, Hermes, Mars aim to be hit idols with rookie female manager ― A television anime adaptation of Sekkō Boys, a new concept where stone statues become idols, has been green-lit for a January 2016 premiere. Below is the "press conference" announcing the anime: Sekkō Boys is a unit of four stone figures — the military saint and group leader Saint Giorgio, history's original celebrit...
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The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST's Ending Song, Premiere Date Unveiled

Yuki Yamada, Natsumi Yamada perform their 1st anime theme song as Dual Flare ― The official website for The Testament of Sister New Devil anime announced on Tuesday that the duo Dual Flare will perform the ending theme song "Temperature" for the second season, The Testament of Sister New Devil Burst. Voice actor Yuki Yamada and voice actress Natsumi Yamada make up the group, and this is their first a...
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Ace Attorney 6 Game Announced

Takeshi Yamazaki directs latest numbered entry with demo at Tokyo Game Show ― Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is announcing Gyakuten Saiban 6, the latest numbered entry in Capcom's Gyakuten Saiban (Phoenix Wright or Ace Attorney) courtroom battle game franchise, on Thursday. The magazine's six-page feature will introduce the Nintendo 3DS game's setting and new characters, and it will also publish ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, August 24-30

One Piece sells 8,716, followed by Naruto stage play, Kuroko's Basketball, IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, Evangelion box ― The Live Spectacle Naruto stage play sold 7,305 copies to land at #3 on the overall DVD chart. The Free! Eternal Summer Special Event Iwatobi/Samezuka Joint Cultural Festival sold 2,066 more copies for a new total of 15,281. It dropped from #2 to #18 in its second week. The June 20...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, August 24-30

Evangelion box sells 22,775, followed by Shirobako, IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, KanColle, SNAFU ― The Oldcodex Live Blu-ray "Capture" 2015 in Budokan concert release sold 5,082 copies to debut at #14 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The Sphere Best live 2015 Mission In Torokko!!!! -Plan B- Live BD landed at #25 with 2,405 copies. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker A...
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Garo: Guren no Tsuki's Cast, Characters, Debut Date, New Visual Unveiled

Romi Park, Akiko Yajima, Daisuke Namikawa, Tomokazu Seki, Kenyuu Horiuchi star ― The official website of the Garo anime revealed on Tuesday that the Garo: Guren no Tsuki (Garo: Crimson Moon) television anime series will star Romi Park, Akiko Yajima, Daisuke Namikawa, Tomokazu Seki, and Kenyuu Horiuchi. Which characters that these voice cast members are playing will be revealed at a later date. The we...
daily briefs

'Shin Godzilla' Movie Listed on Sign at Tokyo Filming Locale

A notice posted at the Kamata bus station in Tokyo revealed that buses will not stop as usual at the station on Sunday morning, due to the filming of a movie titled "Shin Gojira" (New Godzilla). Anime director Hideaki Anno and live-action Attack on Titan film director Shinji Higuchi are currently collaborating on TOHO's upcoming Godzilla film, the first new Japanese one in 12 years. Anno is servin...
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Love Live! Film's Japanese Blu-ray Contains English Subtitles

Bandai Visual is listing the Japanese Blu-ray release of the Love Live! The School Idol Movie film as containing English subtitles for the film. Bandai Visual will release the film on Blu-ray in both limited and regular editions on December 15. The limited edition will cost 9,800 yen (about US$80.99), while the regular edition will cost 6,800 yen (about US$56). The film premiered in Japan on June ...
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Arslan: The Warriors of Legend Gets Limited Edition PS4 System in October

October bundle comes in 2 colors & includes laser-etched HDD bay cover ― Sony unveiled an "Arslan Senki x Musou Limited Edition" PlayStation 4 system on Tuesday. The limited edition variant promotes KOEI Tecmo Games' upcoming Arslan: The Warriors of Legend (Arslan Senki x Musou) action game. The system comes in both jet black and glacier white colors. Both have an Arslan: The Warriors of Legend-theme...

Monday, August 31

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The Idolm@ster Million Live! App's Anime Ad Posted

"Dreaming" CD single to bundle anime video on September 30 ― An anime commercial for the iOS/Android app The Idolm@ster Million Live! debuted last week. The commercial features footage from the 90-second anime promotional video that will be bundled with the "Dreaming" CD single on September 30. 【ニコニコ動画】THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER DREAMERS 01 Dreaming! TV CM (To turn off the scrolling comments, select...
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One Piece's Robin Figure Wears a Sweater, and Not Much Else

Summer's almost over but One Piece's Nico Robin is still lounging by the pool. The Premium Bandai shop will open pre-orders on Friday for its Limited Edition Portrait of Pirates (P.O.P.) Nico Robin Version B.B. (Bathing Beauy) figure. The figure shows Robin in a bikini bottom, low-cut blue sweatshirt, and hair tied back in twintails. The 1/8-scale figure measures 130mm (5in) high and costs 9,288 ...
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3rd Tamayura Film's Candle-Lit Visual Reveals Title, Story Setting

Akogare to open on November 28 after real-life candle festival ― The official website for the Tamayura anime posted a visual (pictured below) for the third film on Monday. The film's title will be Tamayura ~Sotsugyō Shashin~ Dai-3-bu -Akogare- (Tamayura: Graduation Photos Part 3: Adoration). The tagline reads, "Little by little and without us noticing, our everyday lives that we had taken for granted...
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The Anthem of the Heart Anime's Trailer Previews Nogizaka46 Idols' Song

Anohana's Mari Okada pens another song for September 19 film ― The Japanese 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, announced the film's theme song on Monday. The idols of the Nogizaka46 group are contributing their 13th single, "Ima,...
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Jump Square Publishes To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness Heroine Poll Results

The October issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine will include the results of its popularity poll for the heroines of To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness on Friday. Fans of the series voted in multiple categories including: Which character would you want to be your girlfriend (or wife) ? Which character would you want to be in your family (but not as a wife/girlfriend) ? Which character would you wan...
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Regular-Sized New 3DS Heads to N. America Along With Zelda's Hyrule New 3DS XL

Animal Crossing bundle includes 1st non-XL New Nintendo 3DS system in N. America ― Nintendo announced on Monday that it will offer a bundle with a regular-sized, non-XL New Nintendo 3DS system and the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game in North America on September 25. This will be the first time that Nintendo will offer a non-XL New Nintendo 3DS system in North America. Aside from the system ...
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Live-Action Attack on Titan Films' Teaser Promotes N. American Ticket Sales

English-subtitled video goes online with tickets for September-October screenings ― Funimation posted an English-subtitled teaser trailer for the two live-action films based on Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga on Monday. Funimation also announced that tickets are now on sale for both films. The films will play in nearly 300 theaters in the United States and Canada. The first 98-minute film will...
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Pokémon's Misty Figure Makes a Splashy Debut

The promised Cerulean Gym Leader Misty figure debuted at the Premium Bandai shop. Like the earlier Brock figure, Misty is depicted as she appears in the original Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue games. The page opens up with game dialogue overlaid by the games' background theme music. "Hey! Future Champion!" "This gym leader, Misty, is a pro who uses water Pokémon!" "Hey, you!" "Trainers who want to ...
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Xenoblade Chronicles X's 1st 'Survival Guide' Promo Streamed

Wii U game slated to ship in N. America on December 4 ― Nintendo began streaming the first episode of its Xenoblade Chronicles X "survival guide" promotional video series. The video showcases the starting town of New Los Angeles, the BLADE organization, and missions for the upcoming Wii U game. Nintendo plans to release one video a month until the game's release date. The game will launch in North Am...
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Vampire Hunter D Give-Away Winners

Check here to find out if you won! ― Our awesome friends at Sentai Filmworks have given us 6 copies of their upcoming release of Vampire Hunter D to give away. For 10,000 years, Count Magnus Lee has walked the night, sustained by an unholy thirst for blood and an unending lust for human women. But when he tastes the sweet nectar running through Doris Lang's veins, the Count knows he has found more t...
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Nogizaki46 Idol Sayuri Matsumura Wants to be a Voice Actress

Already boasting her voice talents as an idol, Nogizaka46 member Sayuri Matsumura wants to lend her voice to anime. In a recent interview for women's life Japanese news source "Woman Insight", Matsumura expressed her interest in becoming a voice actress. "I'd like to become a voice actress for anime," she said. "But I've realized how difficult it can be. I'm still growing used to the job I have no...
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Beyond the Boundary's English Dub Casts Clint Bickham as Akihito Kanbara

Sentai Filmworks to release series on October 13 ― Sentai Filmworks announced with a video on Tuesday that Clint Bickham will play Akihito Kanbara in its English dub of Beyond the Boundary. Bickham joins Monica Rial as Mitsuki Nase and Adam Gibbs as Hiroomi Nase. Sentai Filmworks will release Beyond the Boundary on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13. The series will also get a limited edition Blu-ray and ...
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Snow White with the Red Hair Anime's 2nd Season Begins in January

1st series currently airing ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Sorata Akiduki's Snow White with the Red Hair (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime) manga announced on Tuesday that the anime's second season will premiere in January. The staff had previously announced plans for the anime to run in two split seasons. The first season premiered in July and Funimation is streaming the series as it ai...
ep. review

Gangsta. ‒ Episode 9

"If the previous few weeks of Gangsta. played to the show's narrative strengths, this one encapsulates its weaknesses."
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Ghost-Like Veggie Mascot Udolla Represents Tachikawa

This veggie-like mascot may look a little ghastly, but he just wants to learn about his home town. Udolla—a relatively new Japanese mascot character for Tachikawa, Japan—is a monster that mutated from "udo", a subterranean vegetable that is grown in a farm in Tachikawa. While his face isn't one you'd want to run into in an alleyway, Udolla is a friendly character that only wants to learn more abou...
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30th Animator Expo Short is 'The Ultraman' Based on Mamoru Uchiyama's Manga

Photo Kano director helms animated short for Ultraman franchise ― The official website for Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo), the weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, announced on Monday that the 30th episode will be "THE ULTRAMAN," directed by Akitoshi Yokoyama (Photo Kano). The short will debut on Friday. The short will be based on the...
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Answerman - Are UK and Australian Anime DVDs & BDs Any Different?

A collector with a region-free bluray player wants to start importing DVDs and blurays from the UK, but what happened to all those UK-produced English dubs? ― Vanessa asks: With the help of my region free blu ray player and easy internet shopping, I am excited to find anime series, not available in the US, come out in the UK or Australian markets. However, what is available overseas isn't much diffe...
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Miyagi Prefecture Produces Cute 5-Minute Anime Short to Advertise Farms

A boy learns to appreciate his vegetables in an animated short/advertisement. Miyagi Co-Op, a Japanese food company aptly based in Miyagi Prefecture, has recently released a five-minute animated short film to promote Megumi Field, its food farming branch. In "The Boy Who Became a Tomato", a young boy who hates eating his tomatoes at dinner wanders into a strange vegetable field where he himself be...
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Himōto! Umaru-chan's 8th Mini Anime Set in Edo Period

Comedy shorts will bundle with DVD/Blu-ray sets ― Toho Animation began streaming the eighth episode of the Himōto! Umaru-chan mini anime series, "Himōto! Umaru-chanS," on Monday. The stream is available for 24 hours. In the short Umaru is a magistrate in the Edo era and Kirie is bringing her an offering. They go visit Ebina because "things like this happen" in historical dramas. Sylphynford appears a...
ep. review

One Piece ‒ Episode 707

"In an ideal world, this episode would have been mostly cut from the story, or at least truncated significantly."
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Classic Review: Paranoia Agent ‒ Episode 8

"This week's Paranoia Agent took a break from being Paranoia Agent for a while, to instead be a very different show."
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Tokyo Ravens BD+DVD part 2

This sometimes overly-complicated fantasy action series draws to a close, and it's packed with more magical duels and potentially confusing plot turns than you might think. ― Are you a fan of elaborate magical duels, ones where casters constantly have to throw out their best gimmicks to counter and attack their opponents? Then the second half of this 2013/2014 anime series is worth checking out even ...
feature

The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of August 19-25

Your weekly rankings are here! Find out which shows soared to new heights and which fell a little in the public esteem. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2015 crop. And this season, at the top of each Daily Streaming Review, we added a little rating widget to let our readers chime in. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the seas...
ep. review

Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 21

"This episode isn't quite as strong as the ones that preceded it, but it's still moving in the right direction for a fulfilling ending."

Production I.G Acquires FLCL Rights For Ventures Such as Anime Remake

Acquired from Gainax ― The anime studio Production I.G announced on Friday that it acquired the rights to the 2000-2001 original video anime FLCL from Gainax, with whom I.G co-produced the anime. It added that it will take advantage of those rights for a "new anime remake" and other ventures. Synch-Point and later Funimation have released the anime in North America. Funimation describes the story: Na...

Linked Horizon to Perform Opening Theme for Attack on Titan: Junior High TV Anime

Spinoff series based on Saki Nakagawa's manga premieres in Japan on October 4 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Saki Nakagawa's Attack on Titan: Junior High (Shingeki! Kyojin Chūgakkō) spinoff manga announced on Monday that Linked Horizon will perform the show's opening theme song "Seishun wa Hanabi no Yō ni" (Youth is Like Fireworks). Linked Horizon will distribute the so...
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Final Fantasy Agito Mobile Game Ends Service in November

Square Enix to announce details on "rebirth" of Agito at Tokyo Game Show ― Square Enix announced on Monday that it is ending service on its Final Fantasy Agito smartphone game on November 30 at 23:59 JST. The company added that "in order to offer a more satisfying game experience," it is shifting its development toward a "rebirth" of Final Fantasy Agito. Square Enix will announce more details on the ...

Rage of Bahamut: Manaria Friends TV Anime Announced for 2016

Anime will adapt "Mysteria Academy" event within Rage of Bahamut social game ― Cygames opened a website on Monday to announce that a new TV anime titled Rage of Bahamut: Manaria Friends will debut in Japan in 2016. Cygames is also streaming a teaser announcement video. Text: Rage of Bahamut Text: TV anime of Mysteria Academy green-lit Text: The school fantasy gem spawned from the in-game event Text: ...
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Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi Game Gets Stage Play Adaptation

Staff from Sengoku Basara vs. Devil May Cry play return for January-February play ― Capcom opened a website on Monday to announce that its Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi action game is getting a stage play adaptation. The stage play is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the franchise. Capcom had released the game on July 23 on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 to also celebrate the 10th anniversary. Th...
daily briefs

Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A TV Anime Premieres on October 6

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Chūgaku Akamatsu and Kobuichi's Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A (Hidan no Aria AA) spinoff manga revealed on Monday that the anime will premiere on AT-X on October 6 at 11:00 p.m., and the series will air on Tuesdays. The series will also air on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, and BS11. Takashi Kawabata (episode director for Puella ...
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Saint Seiya: Soldier's Soul Game's 2nd Short Promo Video, Hagen Gameplay Video Streamed

PS3/PS4/PC fighting game ships in Japan on September 25 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a second short promotional video on Monday for its Saint Seiya: Soldier's Soul PS3/PS4/PC fighting game. Additionally, Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a gameplay video on Thursday for Hagen. The game is slated for a September 25 release in Japan for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Bandai N...
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Live-Action anohana Special's Promo Video Streamed

As the Gods Will's Nijirō Murakami, ToQger's Jun Shison, GTO's Airi Matsui in September 21 special ― The website for the live-action television special of the anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day anime updated on Saturday with a promotional video (Note: the video at the Fuji TV website is region-locked to Japan). The original Spring 2011 television anime followed several childhood friends who try to r...

Sunday, August 30

Ototachibana's Shōnen Maid Manga Gets Anime Adaptation

Story about elementary student working as a maid for his uncle launched in 2008 ― The Twitter account for Kadokawa's B's Log Comic magazine revealed on Monday that Ototachibana's Shōnen Maid manga is getting an anime adaptation. The announcement adds that Kadokawa will reveal more details about the anime in future issues of B's Log Comic. The manga revolves around Chihiro Komiya, an energetic element...
ep. review

God Eater ‒ Episode 6

"A powerful soundtrack and horrific visuals make this week the most alarming installment of God Eater yet."
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Tōken Ranbu's Shokudaikiri Mitsutada Joins Nendoroid Line-Up

Good Smile Company's Orange Rouge line of male character goods is adding a Nendoroid of Shokudaikiri Mitsutada from the popular Tōken Ranbu game. The character joins the already announced Tsurumaru Kuninaga, Kogitsunemaru, Kashu Kiyomitsu, and Mikazuki Munechika Nendoroids. Shokudaikiri comes with three expressions: standard, combat, and concerned. He can either carry his sword sheathed or he can...
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Yoshi's Woolly World Game's English PAX Trailer Streamed

Wii U game ships in N. America on October 16 ― Nintendo began streaming an English PAX trailer on Friday for the Yoshi's Woolly World Wii U game. Nintendo will release the game in North America on October 16. The game shipped in Australia on June 25, in Europe on June 26, and in Japan on July 16. In the game's story, the Magikoopa Kamek turns the Yoshis into yarn and scatters them throughout the worl...
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Durarara!! ×2 The Second Arc ‒ Episode 9

"We're taking a peek deep into Izaya's past, when he was naught but a scraggly pre-teen!"
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Chaos Dragon Game's Raika Gets Nendoroid

Good Smile Company announced earlier this week that a Raika Nendoroid is in the works. The figure is based on a character from the Chaos Dragon: Konton Senso (Chaos Dragon: Chaos War) smartphone game which is turn based on Red Dragon, the "role-playing fiction" story born from the "table talk role-playing game" sessions by five prominent anime, game, and art creators. 商品化発表】先ほどのキャラホビステージでも発表がありまし...
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The Pilot's Love Song Manga Ends Next Month

Takeshi Kojima launched adaptation of light novel series in February 2014 ― The October issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday S magazine revealed on August 25 that Takeshi Kojima will end the manga adaptation of Koroku Inumura's The Pilot's Love Song (Toaru Hikūshi e no Koiuta) light novel series in the magazine's November issue on September 25. Kojima launched the manga in Shonen Sunday S in February ...
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Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers ‒ Episode 9

"No matter how solved the mystery may seem, Rokka has three more episodes to fill and a number of unexplored story rivulets."
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009 Re:Cyborg Manga Ends in September

Adaptation of Kenji Kamiyama's film launched manga in May 2012 ― The September issue of Square Enix's Big Gangan magazine revealed on August 25 that Gatou Asou's manga adaptation of Kenji Kamiyama's 009 Re: Cyborg film will end in the October issue on September 25. Asou (Moribito, Occult Academy character designer) also served as the character designer for the film. Asou had launched the manga in Big...
ep. review

Wagnaria!!3 ‒ Episode 9

"The subtleties of who does and who doesn't know about the various budding relationships at the restaurant make for some solid comedy here."
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Shake Your Booty to the Noragami Dance

Venerate Yato while getting some exercise ― Like any proper god, Yato of Noragami needs a festival to celebrate and worship him. The Geidankyo Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo, will hold such a festival on the weekend of October 3 and 4, where fans of the anime can get Noragami merchandise, play a mystery game, and watch a sneak preview of the show's upcoming second season, Noragami Aragoto. They also get...
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Ryukishi07's Iwaihime PC Horror Game Gets Manga Adaptation

Ryukishi07 writes scripts for manga launching in Big Gangan in September ― The September issue of Square Enix's Big Gangan magazine revealed on August 25 that Ryukishi07's (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) Iwaihime PC horror game is getting a manga adaptation. The manga will start in the October issue of the magazine on September 25. Tomo Tanaka is drawing the manga, and Ryukishi07 himself is writing the m...
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Hatsune Miku Project Diva X Game Unveiled in Video

Game ships for PS Vita in March, PS4 in fall ― Sega unveiled the Hatsune Miku -Project Diva- X PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 game and began streaming a promotional video on Monday. The game will ship for the PlayStation Vita in March 2016, followed by a release for the PlayStation 4 in fall 2016. Niconico 【初音ミク】8周年記念に決意を表してみた【SEGA feat. HATSUNE MIKU Project】 The video features the songs "Kore ka...
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Girls und Panzer Now Has Inflatable Tank Ammo, Ensemble Tank Figure

Panzer vor! Girls und Panzer still has merchandise available for anime fans with an interest in military hardware and giant, lumbering vehicles. Pair-Dot has produced a miniature model of a Panzer IV Ausf. H with Team Anglerfish nestled inside in chibi form. It is 115 millimeters long (or 4½ inches) and costs 4,760 yen (or about $39). You can buy it here. Pair-Dot has also made life-sized inflata...
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Ryohei Kimura, Ryota Ohsaka Join Haikyu!! Second Season's Cast

Spyair returns to perform October anime's opening theme song ― The "Haikyu!! Matsuri!" event announced at the Pacifico Yokohama convention center on Sunday that Ryohei Kimura (The Seven Deadly Sins' Hauser, Irregular at Magic High School's Hanzō) and Ryota Ohsaka (Show By Rock!!'s Kai, Knights of Sidonia's Nagate) are joining the Haikyu!! Second Season's anime's cast. Kimura will play Kōtarō Bokuto, ...
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HaruChika Mystery Novel Series Gets Manga Adaptation

"Wind instrument youth mystery novels" are inspiring TV anime series in January ― The October issue of Kadokawa's Shonen Ace magazine announced on August 26 that Sei Hatsuno's HaruChika "wind instrument youth mystery" novel series is inspiring a manga adaptation in the magazine. The November issue of Shonen Ace will reveal more details about the manga. The original novels revolve around two high scho...
ep. review

Gatchaman Crowds insight ‒ Episode 8

"Gatchaman Crowds stays strong even as its story bums the hell out of me."
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Kaze Hikaru GN 23

Emotions are heating up in the 23rd volume of Kaze Hikaru, even if we're not at a fascinating point in history. ― To speak in very generalized terms, there are two basic approaches to writing historical fiction: to loosely base around a famous event or time period or to go into much more detail about that event or era. Taeko Watanabe takes the latter route in her shoujo historical Kaze Hikaru, and as...

Man Arrested for Allegedly Threatening Voice Actress Online

22-year-old student reportedly threatened to kill Suzuko Mimori ― The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Nakano Station arrested a 22-year-old vocational school student on a charge of forcible obstruction of business. Police apprehended the male resident of Tokyo's Hirakawachō district by August 30 for allegedly threatening to kill a voice actress online. According to police, the suspect admitted...
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Oyasumi Jack the Ripper Manga Gets Stage Play Adaptation

Manga by Are You Alice? writer centers on executioner who finds himself in hell ― The October issue of Kodansha's ARIA magazine revealed on Friday that Ai Ninomiya, Ikuhiro Nao, and Kinako's Oyasumi Jack the Ripper manga is getting a stage play adaptation. Nao draws the manga based on Ninomiya's (Are You Alice) original work, and Kinako (Gatchaman Crowds) drew the original character designs. Kodansha...

Spice and Wolf Manga's Final Arc Starts in 13th Volume

12th volume of Keito Koume's manga adaptation shipped in Japan on Thursday ― The 12th volume of Keito Koume's manga adaptation of Isuna Hasekura's Spice and Wolf (Ōkami to Kōshinryō) light novels revealed on Thursday that the manga series will enter its final arc in the 13th volume. MediaWorks announced the manga adaptation in 2007, and the series debuted in the November issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki M...

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Director Helms Drifters Anime

Hellsing Ultimate scriptwriter, character designer also join staff for anime based on Kouta Hirano's manga ― The October issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine revealed the main staff on Saturday for the anime adaptation of Kouta Hirano's Drifters manga. Kenichi Suzuki (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders series director) is directing the anime. Hideyuki ...
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Xenoblade Chronicles X Wii U Game Gets Special Edition in N. America

Special edition shipping on December 4 includes USB, soundtrack, artbook ― Nintendo of America announced at its panel at PAX Prime on Saturday that it will release a special edition of Xenoblade Chronicles X Wii U game. The special edition will include the game, a custom USB drive, a soundtrack, and an artbook. The special edition retails for US$89.99. The standard edition and the special edition bot...
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Square Enix to Announce Final Fantasy XV Release Date in March

During a livestreamed Active Time Report panel at PAX Prime on Saturday, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata confirmed that Square Enix will release Final Fantasy XV in 2016. He added that Square Enix will host a special event in March 2016 where the company will announce the release date of the game. Final Fantasy XV will launch simultaneously worldwide. The panel also revealed more concept a...
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Recording Studio Tavac Closes Original Location After 4 Decades

Studio in Shinjuku worked on One Piece, Evangelion, Dragon Ball Z, Utena, Sailor Moon, more ― Voice actress Megumi Hayashibara revealed on her blog on Friday that recording studio Tavac Studio (Toei Audio Visual Art Center) is shutting down its original location in Shinjuku, Tokyo after more than 40 years. Hayashibara noted in her post that "it seems as though the reason is because of a problem with ...
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Libre Teases Live-Action Adaptation of Suzuki Tanaka's His Favorite Boys-love Manga

Manga about attractive high school student falling in love with clumsy schoolmate launched in 2008 ― Libre Publishing posted a message on its Twitter account on Friday teasing a possible live-action adaptation for Suzuki Tanaka's Aitsu no Daihonmei (His Favorite) manga. The Twitter post states, "that legendary manga from which the 'clumsy uke' genre was born, it's finally getting a live-action adapta...
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Atsushi Suzumi's Tokyo Ravens Manga Goes on Hiatus

Manga adaptation of Kouhei Azano's light novel series launched in 2010 ― The October issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace announced on Wednesday that Atsushi Suzumi's Tokyo Ravens manga will go on hiatus starting in the next issue. The manga adapts Kouhei Azano's Tokyo Ravens light novel series. The original school supernatural fantasy light novel series centers around Harutora, a boy from a branch...

Manga Creator, Lyricist Hinako Konno Passes Away

Di Gi Charat Theater: Leave it to Piyoko! author also wrote theme song lyrics for Otomate visual novels ― The website for the Sports Nippon newspaper reported on Saturday that manga creator, illustrator, and lyricist Hinako Konno passed away on August 18 from an acute heart disease. The article did not mention her age. Konno debuted in 1997 as a manga creator under the penname "Hina." Under that name...
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Owari no Seraph PS Vita Game Ships this Winter

This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the Owari no Seraph: Unmei no Hajimari (Seraph of the End: Beginning of Destiny) PlayStation Vita game will ship in Japan this winter. In the "dramatic tactics battle" game, the player's decisions throughout the game will change the ending. Players level up their bonds with comrades on the battlefield by r...

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Persona's Labyrs Gets Super-Deformed for Parfom Figure

The fighting mechanical maiden from Persona 4 Arena stands tough and proud even as a chibi. The recent Parfom series of chibi action figures is now introducing Labrys, the fifth generation anti-shadow suppression weapon, to its ranks with her own figure. Developed by Phat Company and figure design circle Ryunryuntei's Toona Kanshi, the figure comes with a variety of parts. Along with her signatur...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon's Hestia Figure Poses Cutely

The energetic Boob-String Goddess and head of the Hestia Familia floats adorably as a brand new figure from Good Smile Company. Hestia, the female protagonist of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, is being presented as a display figure created by figure manufacturer Max Factory. Standing more than six inches, this figure comes with exchangeable parts for two different poses. While...
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Charlotte ‒ Episode 9

"My mouth was hanging open with confusion and horror, in a good way. Going forward, Charlotte will be re-evaluated in light of this twist."
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Yamato 2199, Moyashimon, Aoi Honō Win Seiun Awards

Late Maoyu/Brigadoon artist Keinojou Mizutama, novel by Taiyo Fujii, The Martian also win ― The 54th Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai or Japan SF Con/Comecon) announced the winners of the 46th Seiun Awards at Yonago City on Saturday. The Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Odyssey of the Celestial Ark (Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune) film, the Moyashimon manga, and the live-...
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SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist ‒ Episode 9

"While the ribald language powering the show may eventually get old, it has yet to do so, and the artistic quality and storytelling advancement remain consistent."
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Yuruyuri Season 3's Info Unveiled With Performance With Megadeth's Marty Friedman

Voice actresses perform with heavy metal guitarist before October 5 premiere ― The website for the third Yuruyuri television anime season, Yuruyuri San Hai!, updated on Saturday with a new visual, broadcast premiere information, and details on the theme songs and character songs. The anime will premiere on TV Tokyo on Monday, October 5 at 2:05 a.m. It will then premiere on TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co....
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Incredibly Hard Resident Evil Survival Game Announces Current Winners

The notoriously difficult Japanese theme park survival game has recently announced its current "survivors", and they are not many. The winners of Universal Studios Japan's "Resident Evil: The Escape" virtual reality game has only a handful of winners after 55 days of competition. Of the staggering 24,000 original participants in the game, only eight of them have survived the zombie onslaught until...
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Kodansha Comics Adds Fairy Tail Ice Trail, Noragami: Stray Stories Manga

Company to release 2nd Fairy Tail: Masters Edition volume collecting volumes 6-10 ― North American manga publisher Kodansha Comics announced at its panel at the WakuWaku+NYC event on Saturday that it has licensed Hiro Mashima and Yuusuke Shirato's Fairy Tail Ice Trail (Tale of Fairy Tail: Ice Trail) manga and Adachitoka's Noragami: Stray Stories (Noragami: Shuishu) manga. Fairy Tail: Ice Trail center...
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Anikore Hosts HDCAM Remastered Screening of Akira in November, December

Kaneda's voice acdtor Mitsuo Iwata will attend screenings in Tokyo, Kawaguchi ― The Japanese website Anikore has revealed that it will host screenings of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira anime film on November 21-22 and December 5 in Tokyo and in Kawaguchi. The film will be presented in a 4K resolution transfer from an HDCAM remaster, and with 5.1 channel audio. Mitsuo Iwata, who voiced Kaneda in the film, wi...
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Endless Waltz Altron Gundam, The Origin Gouf Get Figures

Premium Bandai opened pre-orders this week for Master Grade Endless Waltz XXXG-01S2 Altron Gundam and High Grade YMS-07A-0 Prototype Gouf from Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin. Altron Gundam will ship in October and Gouf will ship in November. Hajime Katoki redesigned Chang Wufei's mecha for the three-part original video anime. The 1/100-scale figure recreates the Gundam's Dragon Fangs and its Twin...
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Doraemon Kids Grow Up Fast in Grand Theft Auto Fan Parody

Doraemon also more canine than usual ― The cast of Doraemon get themselves into all sorts of trouble in their many wacky adventures, but they haven't quite gotten this bad. This fan art was uploaded by EN Aaa onto Weibo, a Chinese microblogging service, and Pixiv. It's the result of combining the artist's favorite game, Grand Theft Auto V, and anime, Doraemon, with gleeful disregard of their drastica...
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Persona 3 Films' New Visual, Finale Event, Blu-ray/DVD Info Unveiled

Winter of Rebirth finale to open January 23 with director Tomohisa Taguchi ― The official website for the Persona 3 film series updated at midnight on Sunday, and it unveiled the newest key visual and advance ticket details for Persona 3 the Movie #4 Winter of Rebirth. It also announced a finale event after the last film opens in Japan, and it detailed the Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases for the third ...
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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Game's English PAX Trailer Streamed

Nintendo 3DS game ships in N. America on September 25 ― Nintendo began streaming an English PAX trailer on Friday for the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer 3DS game. Nintendo will release the game in North America on September 25. The Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Dōbutsu no Mori: Happy Home Designer) game shipped in Japan on July 30. Nintendo released a limited-edition New Nintendo 3DS XL...
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The List - 7 Plucky Kid Detectives

These pint-sized sleuths will solve the murder, unravel the international conspiracy and catch the bad guys, all before it's time for Lunchables. ― Kid detectives are a staple of children's fiction. They're the Robin to Batman, the Scooby Doo gang unraveling the schemes of adults, or the hard-nosed Nancy Drew who can't get away from a good mystery plot. Sometimes they're pint-sized versions of adult...
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Core Scramble GN 1

Core Scramble's first volume offers an interesting BL story in a world that blends science fiction and fantasy. ― We don't see nearly the level of manhwa translated into English as manga, which is a shame. Now that NetComics is back in the physical publishing game, however, there are some new titles appearing on the market, and whether you're a fan of manhwa in general or just looking for a series th...
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Overlord Chibi Character Anime's 4th Episode Streamed

3-minute '2 Victims' episode to stream for 2 weeks only ― Media Factory began streaming the third episode of the Overlord anime's Pure Pure Purea Desu chibi character anime shorts on Friday. The three-minute "Two Victims" episode will stream for two weeks (until September 10). The comedy anime shorts feature super-deformed characters and air after the AT-X network's broadcast of each episode of the t...
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Chaos Dragon ‒ Episode 9

"Perhaps the simplest and most sanely paced entry in the entire show, but that still can't save it from being the worst episode yet."
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Transformers: Devastation Gameplay Video Highlights Sideswipe

Single-player game for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC ships on October 6 ― The official Facebook page for Activision and Platinum Games' Transformers Devastation game began streaming a gameplay video for the game on Friday highlighting Sideswipe. Check out this Sideswipe gameplay footage from Transformers: Devastation.Posted by Transformers Game on Friday, August 28, 2015 The Facebook page had post...
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Classroom Crisis Anime's 3rd DVD/BD Bundles Unaired 'Episode 5.5'

Fumiaki Maruto pens "another episode 5" shipping on home video on December 23 ― The official website for the Classroom Crisis television anime series revealed on Saturday that the show's third Blu-ray Disc and DVD volumes will include an unaired "episode 5.5" when they ship on December 23. Episode 5.5 will be "another episode 5" scripted by series composition writer and Saekano original creator Fumia...
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Live-Action anohana Special's Promo Video Streamed

As the Gods Will's Nijirō Murakami, ToQger's Jun Shison, GTO's Airi Matsui in September 21 special ― The website for the live-action television special of the anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day anime updated on Saturday with a promotional video. The original Spring 2011 television anime followed several childhood friends who try to reconnect in high school, after drifting apart due to a tragedy five...
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Eir Aoi Cancels Animelo Summer Concert Performance Due to Sudden Illness

Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online singer was scheduled to perform on Saturday ― Sony Music announced on Saturday that singer Eir Aoi has cancelled her planned performance on Saturday for the "Animelo Summer Live 2015 -THE GATE-" concert due to a sudden illness. The announcement states that after having a medical examination, a doctor told her that she needed rest. The announcement apologized to fans who ha...

Dimension W TV Anime's Main Cast, January Premiere Revealed

Daisuke Ono, Reina Ueda, Akira Ishida, Kimiko Saito, Eri Suzuki star in adaptation of Yuji Iwahara's manga ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yuji Iwahara's Dimension W manga announced the show's main cast on Saturday. The main cast is as follows: Daisuke Ono as Kyōma Mabuchi Reina Ueda as Mira Yurisaki Akira Ishida as Albert Schuman Kimiko Saito as Marie Eri Suzuki as Eliz...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven Game Adds Part III's Dio, Vanilla Ice

Part III Dio to fight as both vampire/Stand user in PS4/PS3 fighting game shipping this year ― This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will announce on Monday that Dio Brando from Part III and Vanilla Ice (referred to as Cool Ice in the recent anime) from Part III are joining the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 fighting game. Dio's Par...
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Haikyu!! Second Season Anime's Main Visual, Broadcast Times Revealed

This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will reveal the main visual for the Haikyu!! Second Season television anime series on Monday. The sequel series will premiere in October. The magazine is also revealing the broadcast channels and times for the series, although it doesn't mention a specific premiere date for each channel. MBS on Saturdays at 2:58 a.m. CBC on Saturdays...
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Japanese Pop Group fhána, Voice Actress Unit Kato*Fuku to Attend Anime Weekend Atlanta

Voice actresses Emiri Katō, Kaori Fukuhara to perform mini concert at September convention ― Lantis announced on Tuesday that Japanese pop group fhana will perform for the first time in the U.S. during Anime Weekend Atlanta. They will hold their performance at the Cobb Galleria Centre on September 26. fhana will also participate in the convention's opening ceremonies on September 25, and will also ha...
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Adekan Manga Gets Stage Play Adaptation

Tsukiji Nao's series follows umbrella maker, policeman who get caught up in bizarre crimes ― The wraparound band on the ninth volume of Tsukiji Nao's Adekan manga revealed on August 25 that the manga is getting a stage play adaptation next year. CLIE is producing the play, which will run at the Theater Sun Mall in Tokyo from March 30-April 3. Yō Hosaka is directing the play and writing its script. Na...
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Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Game's English Opening Video Streamed

PS3/PS Vita fighting game gets N. American/European release on October 6 ― Sega America began streaming an English opening video on Friday for its upcoming release of the Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita fighting game. Sega plans to release the game in North America and Europe on October 6. The game's Western release will have a "special launch edition" with a soundtr...
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Horror Manga Artist Suehiro Maruo Draws Kinniku Shōjo Tai Album Cover

Award-winning horror manga artist Suehiro Maruo has teamed up with Japanese rock band Kinniku Shōjo Tai for the cover illustration for the album "Omake no Ichinichi (Tatakai no Hibi)." The 13-track CD goes on sale on October 7 and includes the opening theme for Ushio & Tora, "Mazeru na Kiken." The cover artwork is an illustration Maruo originally drew for the Kinniku Shōjo Tai lead singer Kenji Ōt...

Friday, August 28

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Prison School ‒ Episode 8

"If Prison School didn't try so hard to be so solemn, it wouldn't be half as entertaining."
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GATE ‒ Episode 9

"If the theme of episode 8 was overt politics then the theme of episode 9 is covert politics. Well, that and fan service of varying kinds."
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Classroom Crisis ‒ Episode 9

"Today's Classroom Crisis is called “Joyless Victory,” and it doesn't take much sleuthing to unravel that title."
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Black Lady Takes Over Sailor Moon Crystal's 12th Blu-ray Cover

Chibi-Usa's evil alter-ego, Black Lady, is featured on the cover of the 12th Blu-ray volume of the Sailor Moon Crystal series. Set for release on September 9, it includes episodes 23 and 24 with commentary by voice actresses Hisako Kanemoto (Sailor Mercury), Rina Satou (Sailor Mars), Ami Koshimizu (Sailor Jupiter), and Shizuka Itou (Sailor Venus), as well as and director Munehisa Sakai. The speci...
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Death Note (Drama) ‒ Episode 8

"Death Note leaves us on a delicious cliffhanger after easily its best episode so far."
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Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace Episode Delayed 1 Week

Fuji TV's Noitamina anime block announced on Thursday that Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace did not run this week due to a scheduling conflict with a sports program. The ninth episode will air next Thursday night, September 3 (Friday morning, September 4) with its start time pushed back 10 minutes to 1:05 a.m. Funimation Entertainment will also stream the ninth episode next week. [Via Otakomu]
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 21

"Once the tasting begins, we get back into the meat of the show – people reacting to amazing dishes while the skills and techniques of the cooks are expounded upon."
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Ushio & Tora ‒ Episode 9

"This is a battle anime turned emotional and cerebral, and I look forward to the next leg of the journey."
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Madoka Magica Girls Cross Over with Phantom of the Kill RPG

From August 28 to September 21, Puella Magi Madoka Magica will be crossing over with the hit smartphone RPG Phantom of the Kill. Some Madoka Magica witches have trespassed into the realm of Phantom of the Kill, and it's up to the magical girls to follow them, link up with their sisters in arms, and wipe the witches out. The above commercial is also available with Homura and Kyubey speaking (below)...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, August 16-22

2 Tokyo Ghoul volumes, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Monster Musume, Naruto, Citrus, Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma, My Hero Academia, One Piece, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on August 22. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Tokyo Ghoul #2 Sui Ishida Viz Media ...
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Kickstarter Launched for Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs Video Game

Project seeks US$75,000 for 3DS/computer game based on 80's anime ― Team Saber Rider launched a Kickstarter campaign on Friday for its multi-platform video game based on the 1987 anime series Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs. The project is seeking to earn US$75,000 by October 5 in order to fund 16-bit action game for Nintendo 3DS, Windows, Mac, and Linux. If funded, the game will be released in Eur...
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Metal Gear Solid V Commercials Feature Stealth Wedding

Also: Big Boss coffee ― With the release date of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain drawing near (September 1), fans are anxious to learn the Metal Gear Solid series' greatest remaining mystery: how Big Boss became a villain. A new Japanese commercial shows a family who's taken their appreciation of the landmark franchise very far. The bride explains that over 28 years (which, not coincidentally, ...
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Boruto: Naruto the Movie US Theater List Updated

Screenings added in Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina ― Film distributor Eleven Arts updated its list of US theaters that will screen the Boruto -Naruto the Movie- film. The full list is: State City Theater AL Burmingham The Edge 12 AZ Tempe Harkins Theatres - Valley Art CA Anaheim Starlight Cinema City CA Bakersfield Valley Plaza 16 CA Starlight Cinema City Starlight ...
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A Corpse is Buried Under Sakurako's Feet TV Anime Premieres on October 7

The official website for the television anime adaptation of author Shiori Ōta and illustrator Tetsuo's mystery light novel series A Corpse is Buried Under Sakurako's Feet (Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru) revealed on Friday that the series will premiere on October 7 on Tokyo MX. The series will also air on TV Saitama, Chiba TV, tvk, Hokkaido Broadcasting, Gifu Broadcasting, Mie ...
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ANNCast - What It Feels Like For A Monster Girl

Friend of the show and graphic designer Brady Hartel joins Zac and Hope for a rip-roaring live Q&A session wherein Zac reveals his secret monster girl crush. Also: Rokka, Dragon Ball Super and more! ― ANNCast Episode 236: What It Feels Like for a Monster Girl Get the Flash Player to see this player. Friend of the show and graphic designer Brady Hartel joins Zac and Hope for a rip-roaring live Q&A se...
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Love Live, Idolm@ster Perform Together at Animelo 2015

Two of anime's largest idol franchises joined together for a special performances at Animelo Summer Live 2015 on Friday. The cast of Love Live! and The Idolm@ster performed fan-favorite songs Wonderful Rush, ~Kiramekira~, No brand girls, and Go My Way!! Animelo Summer Live 2015-THE GATE-初日、μ'sはアイドルマスターさんとコラボをさせていただきました! ありがとうございました!!! #lovelive #anisama pic.twitter.com/ri6APuKy2a— ラブライブ!公式 (@LoveL...
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Viewster Adds 10 Sentai Filmworks Shows Streaming

Internet streaming service Viewster announced on Thursday that it will add several anime series licensed by Sentai Filmworks. The following series will be available in the United States and Canada: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei! Fate/stay Night Highschool of the Dead K-On! K-ON! Season 2 Log Horizon No Game No Life Triage X Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls i...
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Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni- PS Vita Game's Teaser Streamed

'Aggressive enormous breasts hyper battle' game stars Aya Suzaki, Kanae Ito ― Marvelous began streaming a teaser promotional video for its upcoming PlayStation Vita game Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni- on Friday. The video features the song "Blood Drive" by Hitomi Harada, as well as clips from the Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid- anime. The game will ship in Japan on December 10 for 6,980 yen (about US$56) for th...
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Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Smartphone Game's 5 System Videos Streamed

Videos preview stages, battles, customizing, raid boss battles, Coliseum for September game ― Square Enix began streaming five system videos on Thursday for the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ iOS and Android game. Square Enix is releasing the game in Japan in September. Those who pre-register will get a free smartphone wallpaper. Stages Battle Customizing Raid Boss Battle Coliseum Square Enix confirmed a...
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Answerman - Will Anime Ever Come To My Country (Legally)?

A writer from Iran wants to know if there's even a slight chance the anime industry will legally come to his country with physical releases and streaming options. ― Vahid asks: I'm from Iran, and I always read your answers on ANN. (Access to ANN is denied in Iran and i have to use proxy software to visit.) My country doesn't allow us to buy or sell anime and manga (because of Islamic issues, you kno...
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7th Dragon III code:VFD Game Videos Introduce Fortuner, Samurai Job Classes

Final work in 7th Dragon series ships in Japan on October 15 for 3DS ― Sega began streaming two introduction videos on Friday for the Fortuner and Samurai job classes for 7th Dragon III code:VFD, the latest entry in the 7th Dragon role-playing game series. Players chose from three different "styles" for their character: Atlantis, Tokyo, or Eden. Additionally, the game features 40 voice actors and act...
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Sayonara Sorcier Stage Musical Announced for March

Hozumi's original manga tells story of van Gogh brothers ― A stage musical adaptation of Hozumi's Sayonara Sorcier manga has been green-lit. The musical is set to open in Tokyo in March next year. The project also opened an official website. Daisuke Nishida will direct the production, and Shuhei Kamimura (Student Council's Discretion) will compose the music. The cast and further details on the musica...
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Japan Animator Expo Streams Yasuhiro Yoshiura's 'Bureau of Proto Society' Short

Time of Eve director wrote, planned, directed sci-fi short ― The official website for Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo), the weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the 29th short "Bureau of Proto Society" on Friday. (Note: The video contains some violence and gore and might not be safe for work.) Animator Expo describes the...
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Summon Night 5 Game's English Gameplay Video Streamed

Pre-order only physical version's contents also shown ― Video game publisher Gaijinworks began streaming an English trailer on Thursday for its upcoming English release of the Summon Night 5 tactical role-playing game. The video also confirms the game's fall release window. Gaijinworks will release the game digitally on the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita (via the system's built-in PSP emul...
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Kyoto Animation's Myriad Colors Phantom World Anime Casts Sumire Uesaka

Haruhi/Chunibyo's Tatsuya Ishihara helms anime with designs by Chunibyo's Kazumi Ikeda ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's anime of Sōichirō Hatano's Myriad Colors Phantom World (Musaigen no Phantom World) novel opened on Friday. The website confirms that Sumire Uesaka will voice the character Mai Kawakami (pictured right). It also notes that Tatsuya Ishihara (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumi...

The Pokémon Company Sues Organizers of Pokémon-Themed Party for Copyright Infringement

Company claims Seattle event's poster, promotion, activities infringed on copyrighted content ― The Pokémon Company International (TPCi) filed a lawsuit against two Seattle residents on Wednesday, claiming that the Pokémon-themed party they were organizing allegedly infringed upon TPCi's copyright. Seattle residents Ramar Larking Jones and Zach Shore attempted to organize the "5th Annual Unofficial P...
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Studio Deen Posts Animated Music Video for Waanabi.jk Manga

Studio Deen posted an animated music video on Friday for its four-panel manga Waanabi.jk. The animation studio posted the video to commemorate the announcement of a third work based on the manga. The music video was the first adaptation project. The project's concept was created by tomoya takahashi (Dennō Coil assistant director), who also directed and produced the music video. "Super animator" Te...
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Arslan: The Warriors of Legend Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Video shows Mardān Rush, Charge Shift, Skill Cards mechanics ― The official website of KOEI Tecmo Games' upcoming Arslan: The Warriors of Legend (Arslan Senki x Musou) action game began streaming the game's second promo video on Friday. The video previews the game's mechanics and features. The video shows the Mardān Rush feature in action. The mechanic allows players to lead a troop of soldiers and d...

Exercise Anime Ani Tore! EX Premieres in Japan on October 12

New series follows 5 budding idols through their exercise routines ― Earth Star Entertainment and animation studio Rising Force have opened a website for the Ani Tore! EX (Anime de Training! EX or Training Through Anime! EX) television anime series. The series will premiere on Tokyo MX TV, Sun TV, and Niconico on October 12. The anime follows five young women who are aiming to become idols as they do...
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Austin's Fantastic Fest to Show Belladonna Anime Film, Assassination Classroom Live-Action Film

Film festival also screening Takashi Miike's Yakuza Apocalypse ― The Fantastic Fest film festival announced its second wave of film screenings on Wednesday. The festival will screen the live-action Assassination Classroom film, Eiichi Yamamoto's 1973 experimental anime film Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Belladonna), and Takashi Miike's Yakuza Apocalypse live-action film. The live-action Assassi...
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Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai Live-Action Film Announced for February 27

Kento Nakajima, Nana Komatsu, Yudai Chiba star in adaptation of Makino's romantic comedy manga ― A live-action film adaptation of Makino's Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai (I'm Not Just Going to Do What Kurosaki-kun Says) manga has been green-lit. The film will open in Japan on February 27. The film's cast includes: Kento Nakajima (live-action Silver Spoon) as Haruto Kurosaki Nana Komatsu (liv...
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YUZU Member Yujin Kitagawa Performs One Piece Kabuki Play's Theme Song

Lead actor Ichikawa Ennosuke IV personally asked Kitagawa to perform song ― Yujin Kitagawa, member of musical group YUZU, will perform the theme song for the previously announced kabuki play based on Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga. The play's staff will reveal more details about the theme song in the future. The play's lead actor Ichikawa Ennosuke IV is close friends with Kitagawa, and asked him pers...
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night Game's English-Dubbed Nanako, Margaret Video Streamed

Karen Strassman voices Nanako, Marisha Ray voices Margaret ― Atlus USA began streaming two character videos for its upcoming Persona 4: Dancing All Night PS Vita game on Thursday. The videos preview the English dub for the characters Nanako (voiced by Karen Strassman) and Margaret (Marisha Ray). Atlus previously streamed the Japanese version of the Nanako video in February, and the Japanese version o...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, August 17-23

One Piece Episode of Sabo special airs ― Studio Ghibli's Only Yesterday aired on NTV on Friday, August 21 at 9:00 p.m. an earned a 9.3% rating. Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie aired on TV Tokyo on Sunday, August 23 at 2:35 a.m. and earned a 0.9% rating. The live-action Death Note drama series aired on NTV on Sunday, August 23 at 10:30 p.m. and earned an 11.4% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Av...
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Vertical Comics Adds Maybe's The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Manga

1st volume of "hard-boiled dark fantasy" manga ships in 2016 ― Vertical Comics confirmed with Anime News Network on Thursday that it has licensed Maybe's The Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga for release in 2016. Vertical marketing director Ed Chavez stated, "We're excited to bring over this new fantasy manga series from MAYBE over to fans next year." Amazon lists the ...
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PlayStation Cat Mascots Cross Over with Danganronpa, Shiren the Wanderer

Toro Inoue and Kuro, the white and black cat mascots for the PlayStation consoles in Japan, have wandered into some unusual territory — the dark world of Danganronpa and the fantasy take on feudal Japan of Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer. Nao Horiguchi, the cats' original character designer, also drew these illustrations of Toro and Koro imitating Danganronpa's Monomi and Monokuma... .....
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Woolly Yoshi Amiibo Gets Super-Size Version

The cuddly, wool Yoshi Amiibos introduced for the upcoming Yoshi's Woolly World Wii U game this fall is getting a big brother. Set for release on December 10, the giant knitted Yoshi is 4,000 yen (US$33) and yes, he's still a functional Amiibo. So far the giant Yoshi is only shown in green. The mini knitted versions also come in pink and blue. They're slated for release around the same time as Yo...
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