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A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion BD+DVD

The Index movie certainly looks good and has all your favorite characters, but for a sprawling franchise like this one, what can an 85-minute film hope to achieve? Theron finds out. ― The world of Academy City is such an expansive, involved franchise that bringing it all together in a single 85-minute move is a tall order. That is exactly where The Miracle of Endymion stumbles. It is so focused on tr...
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The X Button - Disposable Heroes

This week, it’s import time with Dragon Quest, Doraemon, and God Eater! Plus Azure Striker Gunvolt, a new contender for Harvest Moon’s turf, and another old cartoon about video games! ― I mentioned the Power Team last week. It's not a very good cartoon, and it's notable mostly because it gave animated exposure to some video-game characters destined for obscurity. So perhaps I should cover an older c...
review

Valvrave the Liberator Season 2 Blu-Ray

Season two of the controversial Sunrise mecha action show arrives on Bluray, and Theron is here to find out if it manages to entertain, or if it's just here to baffle you. ― Since the beginning the Valvraves have been pitched as “the system that will reveal the truth of the world.” The first season, though, gave little indication that such a statement was anything more than typical colorful hyperbole...
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Unbreakable Machine Doll Give-Away

We're giving away this gorgeous Kotobukiya figure of Yaya! ― Today is the day that FUNimation Entertainment releases Unbreakable Machine-Doll (BD/DVD Combo) in regular and limited editions. To celebrate, FUNimation has decided to let ANN give away this beautiful Kotobukiya figure of Yaya from Unbreakable Machine-Doll (a $99 value). You may have seen Unbreakable Machine-Doll, but both of these comple...
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The Set List - Top 10 Musical Moments of Cowboy Bebop

Hope counts down the best moments where Yoko Kanno brought her A-game to Cowboy Bebop. Plus: your poll results, and vote for your favorite Bebop episodes! ― 3 2 1, Let's Jam! It's time for a Cowboy Bebop themed episode of The Set List. This week, I've ranked my Top 10 Musical Moments from the legendary jazz-and-blues inspired anime, and you can check them out in the video below! (Please note that we...
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Space Dandy Give-Away - Winners

Find out if you won! ― Thank you (again) for entering our contest (again). Winners: Patrick Nakasone, Honolulu, Hi Hiddi Jordan, Bailey, Mi Saul Diaz, Arleta, Ca Watch for our next give-away coming SOON! In the meantime, head over to SpaceDandy.com to find out more about FUNimation's awesome Space Dandy sets.
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Shelf Life - Hellfire and Ice

Lots of new releases this week. Plus, reviews of The Ambition of Oda Nobuna, and Hozuki's Coolheadedness. ― Jump to this week's reviews: Ambition of Oda Nobuna BD, Hozuki's Coolheadedness BD. On Shelves This Week Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Complete Series [Premier Edition] BD NIS America - 288 min - Sub - MSRP $64.99Currently cheapest at: $47.99 Right Stuf Synopsis: New high school student ...
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Eccentric Family Sub.Blu-Ray

This little-seen family adventure about a group of tanuki living in Kyoto has careful writing and beautiful scenery; Nick Creamer thinks it might just be a modern classic. ― In the guidebook accompanying Eccentric Family, series composer Shotaro Suga speaks frankly of the difficulty of condensing an entire book into an anime, and the question of where to even begin telling the story. “There are just ...
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Thursday, March 5

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Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II's Promo Streamed

Video features new Next Forms for each character, previews opening theme ― The official website for Compile Heart's PlayStation 4 game Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II (Shin Jigen Game Neptune VII) began streaming the game's promotion movie on Wednesday. The video introduces the characters in their normal, goddess, and new Next forms. It also features the game's opening theme song "Soutaisei Vision...
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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Gets Special Edition PS4

Game creator Kojima taking name suggestions Metal Gear Solid series creator Hideo Kojima posted pictures of a special edition PlayStation 4 console inspired by Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on Twitter on Thursday. Kojima said in the post that he's taking name suggestions. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is slated to ship for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows P...
review

A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion BD+DVD

The Index movie certainly looks good and has all your favorite characters, but for a sprawling franchise like this one, what can an 85-minute film hope to achieve? Theron finds out. ― The world of Academy City is such an expansive, involved franchise that bringing it all together in a single 85-minute move is a tall order. That is exactly where The Miracle of Endymion stumbles. It is so focused on tr...
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Videos Show Franky, Iva, Boa Hancock, Jinbe in Action

Character descriptions added, Shabondy Archipelago location profiles also posted ― The official website for Bandai Namco Games' upcoming One Piece : Pirate Warriors 3 action game began streaming four new character gameplay videos on Thursday. The videos feature Franky, Iva, Boa Hancock, and Jinbe. The website also added character descriptions for Franky, Iva, Boa Hancock, and Jinbe, as well as a loca...
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3rd Persona 3 Film's 2nd Trailer Previews Theme Song

New key visual featuring Makoto, Ryōji also unveiled for film premiering April 4 ― The official website for the Persona 3 film series updated at midnight on Thursday, and unveiled the second full trailer for Persona 3 the Movie #3 Falling Down on Saturday. The video features the movie's main theme song, "Light in Starless Sky" by Lotus Juice and Yumi Kawamura. Phallos: People really can't live anyway...
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Visual Art's/Key Stream Charlotte Anime's TV Ad

5 years after Angel Beats, new anime follows boys & girls with powers ― The official website for the 2015 television anime Charlotte began streaming a new program announcement commercial on Thursday. Text: Five years after Angel Beats! … Text: The second original animation project penned by Jun Maeda Text: A new home found by a boy. A daily routine begun. Text: A cruel fate simultaneously set in moti...
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One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 Game Adds Caesar, Vergo

New Legend system outlined in 3DS game debuting in Japan this month ― This year's 15th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the characters Caesar Clown and Vergo will appear in the One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 game. The magazine issue also outlines the game's new Legend system — as players clear episodes, their "Legend" gauge goes up. They can then obtain treas...
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Terraformars 3DS Add 4 Original Terraformars Types, George Smiles

Manga artist Kenichi Tachibana drafts sketches for 3 new types in April game ― This year's 15th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Terra Formars: Akaki Hoshi no Gekitō (Fierce Battle on the Crimson Planet) will add four original Terraformars types, including three new ones. Original manga artist Kenichi Tachibana drafted rough s...
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Precure/Whisper of the Heart Voice Actress Youko Honna Is 6 Months Pregnant

Voice of Nagisa Misumi/Cure Black, Angelique's Ange will still attend Precure event ― Voice actress Youko Honna announced on her official blog on Thursday that she is six months pregnant. She expressed her surprise at her expanding stomach and other changes in her body and state of mind. She noted: I feel the baby's movements 24 hours a day (24 Live Another Day debuted on March 4. I dubbed the heroin...
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2015 Pokémon Film's 1st Trailer Previews Hoopa, Primal Reversion Groudon, Kyogre

Dialga, Lugia, Black Rayquaza, other legendary Pokemon to participate in film; 'Pikachu & the Pokemon Music Band' short also unveiled ― The Pokemon Company's Japanese branch began streaming the first full trailer for the upcoming Pokémon the Movie XY: Ring no Chōmajin Hoopa film on Thursday: Satoshi: Why are the legendary Pokemon doing this!? Hoopa: Hoopa will do something! Narrator: The battle that ...
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Knights of Sidonia Compilation Film's Theme Song Music Video Previews New Scenes

Angela returns to perform "Ai, Hito Kakera" (A Single Shard of Love) for March 6 film compiling 1st TV series ― King Records began streaming a preview on Thursday of the music video of Angela's "Ai, Hito Kakera" (A Single Shard of Love) song, which will serve as the main theme song for the upcoming Knights of Sidonia compilation film. The music video features new cuts of animation that will be in the...
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Manami Numakura Joins Nisekoi Anime's 2nd Season as Paula

2nd series adapting Naoshi Komi's Shonen Jump manga premieres on April 10 ― This year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Manami Numakura (The iDOLM@STER, Shirobako) will join the cast of the second television anime season of Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi manga as the character Paula McCoy. The magazine also reveals that the anime will premiere in Japan on April 10. T...
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Yamazaru, sana Perform Next Naruto Shippūden Theme Songs

Musician formerly known as LGMonkees Niconico singer perform themes for continuing anime adaptation of Masashi Kishimoto's manga ― This year's 15th issue of Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Yamazaru and sana will perform the new opening and ending theme, respectively, for the ongoing Naruto Shippuden television anime. Yamazaru, a singer formerly known as LGMonkees, will pe...
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Nozomu Sasaki, Nobunaga Shimazaki, AAA Join World Trigger Anime

Toshio Furukawa, Yurie Kobori, more voice Aftokrator characters; AAA makes new opening song ― This year's 15th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing the voice cast for the Aftokrator characters in the World Trigger anime on Monday. The cast members are, from right to left: Nozomu Sasaki as Hainrein Yurie Kobori as Moira Junichi Yanagita as Lamvanein Toshio Furukawa as Enedra N...
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12th Triage X Manga Volume to Bundle Anime Blu-ray

Shoji Sato's assassin manga also inspires TV anime debuting April 8 ― The 10th volume of Shoji Sato's Triage X manga is announcing on Friday that the 12th volume will have a limited-edition bundle with an anime Blu-ray Disc. Yen Press publishes the manga in North America, and it describes the story: Mochizuki General Hospital boasts some of the most well-trained (and well-endowed) nurses in town. But...
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Venus Project Idol Story Gets Summer TV Anime After Vita Game

Ami Himesaki (LinQ), Rui Tanabe, Ruka Nemoto star in tie-in idol-training game ― Software and 3D character studio Galat announced on Thursday that a television anime of its "new-sensation idol story" Venus Project will premiere this July. The multimedia project tells the story of idols living in Japan in the near future. In addition to the tentatively titled Venus Project television anime, there will...

Triage X Anime's Video, More Cast, Staff, Premiere Date, Song Unveiled

Takaya Kuroda, Aya Hisakawa, Naomi Ōzora, Izumi Kitta join anime debuting April 8 ― The official website for the television anime of Shoji Sato's Triage X manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video introduces the show's characters and outlines the premise. Text: There is a secret organization that lives in darkness, who triage the malignant tumors that are the evil...

Wednesday, March 4

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Smell Like Your Favorite Amnesia Boy with Special Perfumes

Plus, special Amnesia t-shirts, cushions, tapestries, and more. ― Cozy Wave is re-releasing their line of Amnesia perfumes, offering gals a chance to smell like their favorite, belt-wearing bad boy. The perfumes are getting a redesign, with new bottles and reversible packages that feature the characters' representative animals and the boys dressed in their special White Day outfits. The clothes are a...
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Gundam Build Fighters Try ‒ Episode 21

"This is the first time we've witnessed Lucas Nemesis' true power."
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Life-Size Godzilla Looms Over Tokyo Hotel & Theater

Godzilla has returned, and he's skulking through the streets of Tokyo. Or rather, just one street, as a life-sized Godzilla head has been set up atop Kabuki-cho's Toho Cinemas Shinjuku. The new cinema complex, which replaces the old Shinjuku Toho Kaikan theater, is scheduled to open in April, and we've got some first-hand photos of what it looks like down below. Photographs by Adrian Lozano Visito...
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20 Years Later, G Gundam Fans Remember Death of Master Asia

Commemorative artwork, cosplay, figures and more ― Master Asia, the Undefeated of the East, is among the manliest, most bombastic characters in a very manly and bombastic anime series — Mobile Fighter G Gundam. Although the series aired two decades ago, Master Asia has apparently left quite an impression on Gundam fans, since on the anniversary of his death — March 3 — Japanese fans commemorated his ...
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Sega, Game Freak Send Press Postcard With March 11 Date

Sega and Game Freak game developers sent a postcard to members of the press with a March 11 date and the image of a running elephant with a peanut fanny pack. The other side shows an elephant's trunk picking up peanuts and a grenade. Nintendo, Creatures Inc., and GAME FREAK filed a trademark for "Phantom Gate" in Japan on December 6. SEGA announced separately that it will reveal an "Anime x SEGA n...

Game Writer: Danganronpa 3 is In Early Development

Game scenario is not written yet Danganronpa game series writer Kodaka Kazutaka told gaming website Polygon that Danganronpa 3 is in the early stages of production. Kazutaka explained that the game's scenario isn't written yet. Danganronpa game producer Yoshinori Terasawa told video game website Siliconera last year that Spike Chunsoft is "absolutely thinking about making a third Danganronpa [game]...
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Parasyte -the maxim- ‒ Episode 21

Whew! Alright, we're back on track. While this episode was still somewhat hampered by this arc's tendency to over-tell to the point of absurdity, and was reflective of other problems of execution and earlier narrative issues besides, it was still a far cry from last week's fiasco. We started off with Hirakawa's last stand, before jumping to Gotou, who ended the stakeout arc by promising to kill S...
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Famitsu Readers Choose Their 30 Favorite Digimon

The premiere for the 15th anniversary Digimon anime is fast approaching and Media Vision's Digimonstory Cybersleuth PS Vita game's release is also on the horizon. Basically, everything is coming up Digimon in the next few weeks and the franchise's fans are pumped. Famitsu magazine asked its readers to chime in on what digital monster is their favorite. The top choice was Omnimon (jp: Omegamon), th...
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KanColle ‒ Episode 9

"The rise and fall of emotional intensity is what this series has been missing on many occasions, and getting it right makes a big difference."
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Seven Seas' Space Dandy Deck-Building Game Meets Goal in Under 6 Hours

US$20,000 stretch goal would upgrade game components ― Seven Seas Entertainment's new games division reached its US$12,000 goal for the Space Dandy: Galactic Deck-Building Game in under six hours on Wednesday. The company launched a KickStarter campaign to fund the game's release. The game's first stretch goal of US$20,000 will upgrade the game with better cardstock and pieces. Funimation and Bandai ...
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Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! ‒ Episode 9

"With just a few episodes left in the series, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! has hit its stride."
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Cosplaying Teddy Bear Line Adds Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, Love Live, Yowapeda

Give your stuffed animal menagerie more friends with new Kumamate bears, a line of teddy bear plushes wearing anime-inspired duds. New arrivals include a Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun teddy bear, dressed as a tanuki. It retails for 1,000 yen (about US$8.35), and is expected to ship in April. You can also cuddle up with bears from Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road, sporting either Sohoku High School uniforms...
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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's Online Gameplay Explained in New Video

Metal Gear Online multi-player environment pits teams against one another ― Kojima Production's online community manager Robert Peeler gave insight into Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain game's online tactical gameplay, Metal Gear Online, in a new video on Wednesday. In the video, Peeler explains the different character functions and teamwork shown in the new trailer. Metal Gear Online is a multip...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, February 23-March 1

Saint Young Men, Space Brothers, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, Kyō wa Kaisha Yasumimasu., Hozuki no Reitetsu in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Saint Oniisan (Saint Young Men) 11 386,394 390,165 2015/02 Kodansha Hikaru Nakamura 1 2 2 Uchū Kyōdai (Space Brothers) 25 275,459 278,919 2015/02 Kodansha Chūya Koyama 2 2 3 Gekk...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, February 23-March 1

Dragon Quest Heroes, Yuki Yuna PS Vita game debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: February 23-March 1 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS3 Dragon Quest Heroes: Yamiryū to Sekaiju no Shiro Square Enix February 26 325,446 325,446 2PS3 Dragon Quest Heroes: Yamiryū to Sekaiju no Shiro (Including Bundled Editions) Square Enix February 26 269,303 269,303 88 33DS...
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These As The Gods Will Underwear are Explosive

Akashi was a normal kid that liked soccer until a murderous daruma doll showed up in his classroom and made all the students play a deadly game of Red Light, Green Light. This is the premise of Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Akeji Fujimura's As the Gods Will: The Second Series (Kami-sama no Iu Toori Ni) manga and the latest inspiration for some limited edition men's underwear. This year's 14th issue of Ko...

Viz's Shojo Beat Adds Honey So Sweet, Bloody Mary Manga

Two series to premiere in December, January ― Viz Media's Shojo Beat imprint announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Akaza Samamiya's Bloody Mary and Amu Meguro's Honey So Sweet manga. The first volumes will launch in December and January, respectively. Shojo Beat describes Bloody Mary: "Bloody" Mary, a vampire with a death wish, has spent the past 400 years chasing down a modern-day exorcist nam...

Seven Seas Games Announces Space Dandy Deck-Building Game (Update)

Kickstarter campaign launches to fund the game ― Seven Seas Entertainment's new games division announced on Wednesday that it has the rights to release Space Dandy: Galactic Deck-Building Game. The company launched a KickStarter campaign to fund the game's release. The KickStarter is seeking US$12,000 by April 8. Funimation and Bandai Entertainment are supervising the project. Manga publisher Seven S...
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Theatrhythm Dragon Quest's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Rhythm game to arrive on March 26 ― Video game developer Square Enix revealed a new promotional video for its Nintendo 3DS rhythm game Theatrhythm Dragon Quest on Sunday. The video is a gameplay overview, going over the mechanics of the game while showcasing the soundtrack by composer Koichi Sugiyama. Square Enix streamed the first video in December: Like the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy series, Theatrh...
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The X Button - Disposable Heroes

This week, it’s import time with Dragon Quest, Doraemon, and God Eater! Plus Azure Striker Gunvolt, a new contender for Harvest Moon’s turf, and another old cartoon about video games! ― I mentioned the Power Team last week. It's not a very good cartoon, and it's notable mostly because it gave animated exposure to some video-game characters destined for obscurity. So perhaps I should cover an older c...
review

Valvrave the Liberator Season 2 Blu-Ray

Season two of the controversial Sunrise mecha action show arrives on Bluray, and Theron is here to find out if it manages to entertain, or if it's just here to baffle you. ― Since the beginning the Valvraves have been pitched as “the system that will reveal the truth of the world.” The first season, though, gave little indication that such a statement was anything more than typical colorful hyperbole...
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'Bartkira' Fan Project Heads to Tokyo for a 2-Week Exhibit

"Bartkira," an ambitious and long-running fan project to recreate Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira manga using characters and settings from Matt Groening's The Simpsons, is heading to Tokyo for a two-week exhibit later this month. The exhibit, which features artwork from volume three of Bartkira, is being organized by Black Hook Press and Shinjiro Saito from Gallery Hakusen, and will take place from March ...

Ninja Slayer Anime to Stream in Japan, U.S., Over 20 Other Countries

Series to debut online on April 16, then air in Japan in 2016 ― The official website for Ninja Slayer From Animation, the anime adaptation of the Ninja Slayer novel series, updated on Wednesday, and revealed that the anime will premiere via online streaming. The series will premiere its episodes on the Japanese streaming website Nico Nico on April 16 at 11:00 p.m. JST. The series will then broadcast ...
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Famima Stores Celebrate Hatsune Miku Spring Goods Fair with Limited Edition Goods and Snacks

Beginning March 10, Famima convenience stores across Japan will be launching their Hatsune Miku Spring Goods Fair, featuring special snacks and beverages, as well as limited edition goods. The campaign will include a variety of Miku-packaged sweets, like "Mikkuriman," a play on Lotte's Bikkuriman chocolate and peanut wafers whose trademark characters even got their own manga and anime TV series. I...
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Kuroko's Basketball's New 3DS Gameplay Videos Preview Hayama, Mibuchi

Video shows Hayama and Mibuchi's special moves ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming two new gameplay videos for its upcoming Kuroko no Basuke: Mirai e no Kizuna (Kuroko's Basketball : Ties of the Future) Nintendo 3DS game. The videos show Hayama and Mibuchi's special moves. Bandai Namco Games streamed the game's first promotional video on December 21, and began streaming the second promotional video ...
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Mevius Final Fantasy iOS, Android Game's Footage Unveiled

Smartphone, tablet game scheduled for release in Japan this year ― Square Enix unveiled a 13-second clip of footage from the upcoming Mevius Final Fantasy game on Tuesday at the Game Developers Conference, which is being held in San Francisco till March 6. Yoshinori Kitas will produce the game, and Kazushige Nojima is writing the RPG's story. The two have worked together on various Final Fantasy proj...
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German Ratings Board Lists Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition for PC

The Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK) ratings board in Germany lists Capcom's Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition for release on the PC. CAPCOM will release Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this summer. CAPCOM released the original Devil May Cry 4 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC systems in 2008. [Via Siliconera]
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Kangoku Gakuen/Prison School TV Anime Slated for Summer

Comedy manga about boys in all-girls school has sold 4 million ― The wraparound jacket band on Akira Hiramoto's 16th Kangoku Gakuen (Prison School) manga volume is announcing on Friday that the television anime of the manga will premiere this summer. North American publisher Yen Press has licensed the manga for North America, and it describes the series: Hachimitsu Private Academy was a revered and e...
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Tamagotchi! Tama Tomo Daishū GO! Anime to Premiere in April

5th season in current series to air on Thursday evenings ― TV Tokyo's official website for the Tamagotchi anime franchise announced a new series on Friday. The series, titled Tamagotchi! Tama Tomo Daishū GO!, will premiere on April 2. The series will air on TV Tokyo on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. Bandai launched the Tamagotchi franchise in 1996 and sold about 40 million virtual pets in that first batch. T...

Sony Sells 20.2 Million PS4 Consoles Globally

Console is fastest-selling PlayStation system in Sony's history ― Sony Computer Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it has sold more than 20.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide as of March 1. The company noted that the PS4 is the fastest-selling console in PlayStation hardware history. Sony noted that as of December 2, the PS4 is available in 123 countries and regions worldwide. Sony sold ...
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Add a Splash to Your Wardrobe with Free! Jackets Designed by Oldcodex's Yorke

The Lantis shop is releasing some fabulous new duds inspired by the boys of Free!. The colorful jackets, of which there are five varieties, were designed by OLDCODEX's YORKE. The band provided the opening theme songs for both Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club and the second season, Free! Eternal Summer. The jackets are selling for 10,800 yen (about US$90) each, and will be on sale March 6. Those who buy a...

Baseball Manga Major's Sequel Centers on Goro's Son

New chapter is 1st in 5 years for long-running baseball manga ― This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine announced on Wednesday that Takuya Mitsuda will begin the continuation of his long-running Major manga in the magazine's next issue on March 11. The manga, titled Major 2nd, will be the first new installment in the series in five years. The magazine teases the plot: Dai...

Tuesday, March 3

Sony to Launch Project Morpheus VR Headset for PS4 in Early 2016

Shuhei Yoshida outlines key changes in new model at GDC event ― Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida announced at this year's Game Developers Conference (GDC) and on the U.S. PlayStation Blog on Tuesday that Sony will launch the Project Morpheus virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4 console in the first half of 2016. Yoshida highlighted the key changes in the...
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MangaGamer Celebrates Women's History Month with Industry Interview Series

March is Women's History Month, and MangaGamer is celebrating by talking with some of the women who work in the eroge business, including the many creators and developers who work in the industry. The first installment was posted just yesterday on the MangaGamer blog, and talks with some of the members of their localization team. In the interview, the women give some pretty open and fascinating in...

Tron: Legacy Director Joseph Kosinsky In Talks to Direct Gran Turismo Film

Adaptation of Sony's racing game franchise originally revealed in 2013 The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision Blog reported on Monday that Oblivion and Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is in talks with Sony to direct a film adaptation of the Gran Turismo racing video game franchise. Sony originally revealed the film project in 2013. The Hollywood Reporter noted that Columbia Pictures co-presiden...
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Xseed Streams 2nd Story of Seasons Game Trailer

Retailers list March 31 release date ― Xseed Games began streaming a new trailer for its upcoming release of Natsume's Story of Seasons (Bokujō Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi) 3DS game on Monday. The trailer is titled the "Launch Date Announcement Trailer," but there is no date included in the video. GameStop is listing a March 31 release date. Natsume published the previous games in the franchise...
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Get a Closer Look at the New Super Sailor Moon S.H. Figuarts

Sailor Moon Crystal miniature fake food displays set for stores, too ― Bandai first previewed its upcoming Super Sailor Moon S.H. Figuarts at Wonder Festival last month. The super heroine is now available for preorder in her powered up costume, and bundles the Spiral Heart Moon Rod and Holy Grail accessories. The figures will ship in July. Bandai already released original Sailor Moon, as well as Mer...
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Unbreakable Machine Doll Give-Away

We're giving away this gorgeous Kotobukiya figure of Yaya! ― Today is the day that FUNimation Entertainment releases Unbreakable Machine-Doll (BD/DVD Combo) in regular and limited editions. To celebrate, FUNimation has decided to let ANN give away this beautiful Kotobukiya figure of Yaya from Unbreakable Machine-Doll (a $99 value). You may have seen Unbreakable Machine-Doll, but both of these comple...

MGSV: Phantom Pain Launches Worldwide on September 1

Kojima describes game as "final Metal Gear Solid" in IGN video since removed ― An IGN video (since removed) revealed that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is slated for worldwide release on September 1. Kojima Productions had planned to reveal the announcement tomorrow. MGSVizzle by projectbeastpree3leak Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima appears in the video and states that the game will be ...
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The Set List - Top 10 Musical Moments of Cowboy Bebop

Hope counts down the best moments where Yoko Kanno brought her A-game to Cowboy Bebop. Plus: your poll results, and vote for your favorite Bebop episodes! ― 3 2 1, Let's Jam! It's time for a Cowboy Bebop themed episode of The Set List. This week, I've ranked my Top 10 Musical Moments from the legendary jazz-and-blues inspired anime, and you can check them out in the video below! (Please note that we...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 1-7

Yakitate!! Japan, Unbreakable Machine-Doll, Space Dandy, Outbreak Company, Chronicles of the Going Home Club anime ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Chronicles of the Going Home Club Blu-ray Complete Series Premium EditionPlease NIS America US$64.99 March 3 Gurren Lagann Blu-ray 5Cite Aniplex of America US$59.98 March 3 Midnight Strike Force DVD (Adult)AnimeNewsNetwork...
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Over 100 Common Electronics Get a Girly Makeover in Aniplex's New Mobile RPG

Aniplex's Bancho Works mobile game company is turning over 100 everyday electronic appliances into cute girls in its Kaden Shojo (lit. Home Appliance Girl) game this summer. The game play looks similar to the popular Puzzle & Dragons mobile game but stars, of course, anthropomorphic electronics. The cast so far includes: Rena Ueda as Ichika (An easy to get along with DSLR camera) Rie Murakawa as ...
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Beelzebub: Bangai-hen Spinoff Manga Ends in March

Spinoff launched last May after original manga ended ― This year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Tuesday that Ryūhei Tamura is ending the spinoff of his Beelzebub manga, Beelzebub: Bangai-hen (Beelzebub: Extra Edition), in this year's first issue of Jump Next magazine on March 13. The original manga's story began with delinquent and first-year high school student T...
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Take Your Volleyball Game into the Kitchen with Haikyu!! Aprons

Haikyu!! may be about volleyball, but it gives plenty of love to food, be it team dinners or the characters' favorite meals. That's why it's extra appropriate that fans can now suit up with Haikyu!! aprons, inspired by the uniforms of the Karasuno High volleyball team. Each apron costs 3,218 yen (about US$26.90) after tax, and can be purchased in-store or online from Bunkyodo Hobby & Animega. [Via...

Viz Media Adds Girls Bravo, Ratman Manga Digitally

Also: Calling You, Someday's Dreamers: Spellbound ― North American manga and anime publisher Viz Media announced on Wednesday that it will debut four manga titles digitally under its Viz Select imprint: Girls Bravo, Ratman, Calling You, and Someday's Dreamers: Spellbound. Tokyopop previously published all four series in North America. The first volume of Mario Kaneda's Girls Bravo will launch on Marc...
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Seven Seas Opens Tabletop Games Imprint

First game based on an anime property will be announced tomorrow ― Manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it is launching a new tabletop games imprint, Seven Seas Games. The division will include trading card games, strategy board games, and miniature-based games with an "anime aesthetic." The company will fund games with Kickstarter in order to gauge interest. Seven Seas ...
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Weaver, Mimi Meme Mimi Perform Yamada-kun & the Seven Witches Anime Theme Songs (Update)

Series will premiere on April 12 ― The official website for for the upcoming television anime Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo) announced on Monday that WEAVER will perform the opening theme "Kuchizuke Diamond" and Mimi Meme Mimi will perform the ending theme "CANDY MAGIC." WEAVER (pictured right) is a piano band consisting of Shōta Okuno (Bass & Chorus), Yūji Sugimoto (P...
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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Trailer Shows Combat

Trailer showcases combat, story elements in April 10 New Nintendo 3DS game ― Nintendo began streaming a new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 3D game on Monday. The trailer shows the combat and some story elements from the game. The Nintendo World Report TV channel on Youtube also streamed a video, comparing the original Wii version and New 3DS version of the game, in February. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D...
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The World God Only Knows' Wakaki Starts Pastry Shop Manga

Nanoha Yōgashiten no Ii Shigoto to launch on April 8 ― This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that The World God Only Knows manga creator Tamiki Wakaki will launch a new manga series in the magazine's 19th issue, which will ship on April 8. The new mange is titled Nanoha Yōgashiten no Ii Shigoto (A Great Job at Nanoha Western Sweets Shop). The ...
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Double-Casted Akito Hayama For Kodocha Stage Play Announced

Tsuyoshi, Natsumi, various classmates also cast for August play ― The official website for the upcoming stage play adaptation of Miho Obana's shōjo manga Kodocha - Sana's Stage (Kodomo no Omocha) announced on Tuesday that the role of Akito Hayama will be double-cast. The role will be played by both 12-year-old Yuga Aizawa (seen left in the images above) and 13-year old Rihito Itagaki (seen right). T...
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Kanon Wakeshima Performs Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Anime's Ending

Yuka Iguchi performs "Hey World" opening for anime premiering in April ― Kanon Wakeshima (Vampire Knight, Selector Infected Wixoss) will perform the ending theme song for the television anime adaptation of Fujino Ōmori's Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) light novel series. Wakeshima's theme song, "RIGHT LIGHT RISE" will be ...
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Knights of Sidonia Compilation Film Clips Review Story

Digest videos look at world, Kunato, love story for March 6 film ― Websites Mantan Web and AnimeAnime.jp began streaming two scenes from the upcoming Knights of Sidonia compilation film on Wednesday. The clips review the same scene from the television anime. King Records is also hosting three new digest videos for the film: World Part Super-Sadistic Character Kunato Part Ultimate Love Story Part The ...
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4th Teekyū Season, Takamiya Nasuno Desu! Slated for April 6 With New Studio

The official websites for fourth Teekyū television anime season and the television anime spinoff Takamiya Nasuno Desu! announced on Tuesday that both will premiere on April 6 on the Tokyo MX station. The fourth Teekyū season will premiere at 25:05 (effectively 1:05 a.m. on April 7), while Takamiya Nasuno Desu! will premiere at 25:08. The websites had announced in December that the animation produc...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, February 23-March 1

CG Doraemon sells 12,146 more, followed by 2014 Godzilla, Black Butler musical, live-action Hot Road, Otomate Party ― Gareth Edwards and Legendary Pictures' 2014 Godzilla film sold 11,483 copies to debut at #8 on the overall DVD chart. Musical Kuroshitsuji -Chi ni Moeru Licorice- landed at #9 with 7,168 copies. The live-action Hot Road film sold 5,507 more copies for a new total of 43,256. It dropped...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 23-March 1

2014 Godzilla sells 17,658 + 6,397 + 5,250, followed by SAO II, Shirobako, Hyōka, Nanoha StrikerS box ― The regular edition of Gareth Edwards and Legendary Pictures' 2014 Godzilla film sold 17,658 copies to debut at #4 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The 3D & 2D Blu-ray edition sold another 6,397 copies at #14, and the complete limited-number pressing with a bundled S.H. Monster Arts Godzilla 2014...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, February 16-22

Hot Road sells 37,749, followed by CG Doraemon, Haikyu!!, live-action Lupin III, Free! ES, Yowapeda Grande Road ― The live-action Hot Road film sold 37,749 copies to rank #2 on the overall DVD chart. The standard edition of the live-action Lupin the Third film sold 4,065 copies to debut at #9, while the collector's edition was #18 with 2,420 copies. The Nobunaga no Chef 2 DVD Box landed at #19 with 2...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 16-22

CG Doraemon sells 12,251 + 8,661, followed by Hot Road, Free! ES, Haikyu!!, Yuruyuri Nachu Yachumi! ― The live-action Hot Road film sold 14,000 copies to top the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The collector's edition of the live-action Lupin the Third film sold 2,903 copies to debut at #12, while the standard edition was #16 with 2,035 copies. The Nobunaga no Chef 2 Blu-ray Box landed at #18 with 1,625 ...
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Bump of Chicken to Perform Last Live-Action Parasyte Film's Ending Song

CD single also includes Blood Blockade Battlefront theme ― The official website for the band BUMP OF CHICKEN announced on Tuesday that they will perform the ending theme "Colony" for the second and last live-action film of Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte (Kiseiju) science-fiction horror manga. BUMP OF CHICKEN also performed "Parade," the ending theme to the first Parasyte movie. The group will release a d...
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Porno Graffitti to Perform 2015 Detective Conan Film's Song

"Oh! Rival" signifies Detective Conan & phantom thief Kaitō Kid in April 18 film ― The rock band Porno Graffitti is contributing their song "Oh! Rival" as the theme song of Meitantei Conan: Gōka no Himawari (Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno), the 19th Detective Conan film which opens on April 18. The band created the new song specifically for the film. The "rival" in the title is in the French ...
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Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!! Manga Gets 3DS Game

"Petite love adventure" game with original scenario, new character to ship this year ― This year's seventh issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine will reveal on Thursday that Gō Ikeyamada's Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!! (Kobayashi Is So Cute That It's Painful!) manga is getting a Nintendo 3DS game. The "passionate love adventure" and "petit love adventure" game will ship in Japan this year. Ike...
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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Slated for PS4 in May in the West

Square Enix announced the release dates for the PlayStation 4 version of the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster game in the West on Monday. It will release the game on May 12 in North America, and on May 14 in Japan. The game comes bundled with a desktop calendar featuring art from Yoshitaka Amano as a pre-order exclusive item. The PS4 edition of the games allows players to transfer save files betwee...

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Gundam: The Origin I Earns 5.7 Million Yen Per Screen

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin I Blue-Eyed Casval opened in 13 theaters throughout Japan on Saturday, and it sold 56,397 tickets for 73,726,200 yen (about US$616,000) in two days. That gives the film a per-screen average of 5,671,246 yen (US$47,400), the highest of any film in Japan this weekend. It was #7 in total earnings at the weekend box office. Source: Narinari.com
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Kamisama Kiss 2 ‒ Episode 8

"This week's installment of Kamisama Kiss managed to get almost everything perfect."

Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F Film's Trailer Previews Frieza's New Form

Story, theme songs previewed for film opening April 18 in 2D, 3D, IMAX ― The official website for the Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Dragon Ball Z: The F in Fukkatsu, or The Resurrected F) anime film began streaming a trailer for the film on Sunday. The trailer previews the film's story, and also features Maximum the Hormone's battle song "F," as well as Momoiro Clover Z's theme song "Z no Chikai" ('T...
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Anime Japan 2015 Goes Traditional with Official Character Goods

Also: Fate/stay night x God Eater, UtaPri x Nozaki-kun crossovers ― Anime Japan 2015 will go traditional with its official character goods, offering attendees a taste of Japan's classic ceramic styles with anime characters or anime-inspired designs included. These cup and saucer sets have motifs inspired by Archer and Saber of Fate/stay night. They are fired in the style of Shikoku's Ōtani pottery an...
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Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road ‒ Episode 20

"While some reiteration works to strengthen the show's themes, other times it's just tiring."
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Hawaii's Kawaii Kon Adds Voice Actor Tohru Furuya, Artist Range Murata

Event planned for March 27-29 in Honolulu ― Hawaii anime convention Kawaii Kon announced on Monday that voice actor Tohru Furuya and artist Range Murata are joining the guest roster for the March 27-29 event in Honolulu. Furuya has lent his voice to a number of iconic roles including Amura Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam, Pegasus Seiya in Saint Seiya, Kyosuke Kasuga in Kimagure Orange Road, Yamcha in Drag...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse's English Launch Trailer Streamed

PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One/PC game shipped last week in West ― Bandai Namco Games Europe began streaming the English launch trailer for the Dragon Ball Xenoverse fighting game on Friday. The trailer shows the game's cast, customization features, and battles. Dragon Ball Xenoverse shipped for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 consoles in Japan on February 5 and debuted as the #1 ...
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Sakura-Con Will Host Singer Kanako Itou, Wit Studio's Otomi Deai, Katsuhiko Kitada, Arifumi Imai

Sakura-Con will take place at the Washington State Convention Center from April 3-5 ― Sakura-Con announced this week that it will host singer Kanako Itou and Wit Studio staff members Otomi Deai, Katsuhiko Kitada and Arifumi Imai in Seattle in April. Kanako Itou regularly performs themes for Nitroplus games and anime adaptations. Her works include theme songs for Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes, Chaos;HEA...
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Yatterman Night ‒ Episode 8

"This week's Yatterman Night was almost as silly as the last."
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Wake Up, Girls! Spinoff Manga About I-1 Club to End

Rival idol group stars in U.G.E's manga ― This year's April issue of Gakken's Megumi Magazine announced on Saturday that the U.G.E's Little Challenger: Wake Up, Girls! -side I-1club- spinoff manga will end in the following issue on March 30. U.G.E. writes the manga starring I-1 Club, the rivals to the title Wake Up, Girls! idol group. Gakkan shipped the first compiled volume in September. The origina...
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Space Dandy Give-Away - Winners

Find out if you won! ― Thank you (again) for entering our contest (again). Winners: Patrick Nakasone, Honolulu, Hi Hiddi Jordan, Bailey, Mi Saul Diaz, Arleta, Ca Watch for our next give-away coming SOON! In the meantime, head over to SpaceDandy.com to find out more about FUNimation's awesome Space Dandy sets.
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Digimonstory Cybersleuth Gameplay Previewed in Video

PS Vita game ships March 12 in Japan ― Japanese video game news source Famitsu streamed a gameplay demonstration for the upcoming PlayStation Vita game Digimonstory Cybersleuth. Below are two segments, followed by the full two-hour presentation. The game's story will follow either a female or male protagonist, depending on the player's choice. When strange phenomena begin occurring, the protagonist b...
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Battle Your Way Over to Lawson for Special KanColle Collaboration Goods

Hot on the heels of KanColle's Pizza Hut campaign, the ship girl anime will be collaborating with convenience store chain Lawson for a new campaign, featuring special goods, contests, and more. From March 3 to 16, customers who buy a bottle of Yunker energy drink will get one of four limited edition posters. There will also be a points lottery from March 17 to April 13 for customers who make quali...

Yen Press Licenses Horimiya, Rose Guns Days Season One, Final Fantasy Type-0 Side Story

Manga slated for later this year ― Yen Press announced on Sunday that it has licensed the Horimiya, Rose Guns Days Season One, and Final Fantasy Type-0 Side Story: The Reaper of the Icy Blade manga. The first volume of Daisuke Hagiwara's Horimiya is slated for October. Hagiwara launched the manga in Monthly G Fantasy in 2011 as a spinoff to HERO's Hori-san to Miyamura-kun four-panel school comedy man...

Lance n' Masques Anime's Main Cast Unveiled

Daiki Yamashita, Ari Ozawa, Manami Numakura, Suzuko Mimori star ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Hideaki Koyasu's light novel series Lance N' Masques announced the main cast on Tuesday. The cast includes: Daiki Yamashita (Yowamushi Pedal's Onoda) as Yōtarō Hanafusa Ari Ozawa (The Rolling Girls' Nozomi) as Makio Kidōin Manami Numakura (The IDOLM@STER's Hibiki) as Yoriko Sudo Suzuko ...
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Fairy Tail's Hiro Mashima Draws 24's Jack Bauer

24: Live Another Day, the 12-episode sequel to 24 that aired in the US last year, is coming to Blu-ray and DVD in Japan on March 4. To celebrate the occasion, Fairy Tail mangaka Hiro Mashima has contributed an illustration of Jack Bauer (played, of course, by Kiefer Sutherland), and it's pretty awesome: For reference, here's one of the many shots of Bauer pointing a gun. Source: 24 Japan Official ...
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Shelf Life - Hellfire and Ice

Lots of new releases this week. Plus, reviews of The Ambition of Oda Nobuna, and Hozuki's Coolheadedness. ― Jump to this week's reviews: Ambition of Oda Nobuna BD, Hozuki's Coolheadedness BD. On Shelves This Week Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Complete Series [Premier Edition] BD NIS America - 288 min - Sub - MSRP $64.99Currently cheapest at: $47.99 Right Stuf Synopsis: New high school student ...
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Eccentric Family Sub.Blu-Ray

This little-seen family adventure about a group of tanuki living in Kyoto has careful writing and beautiful scenery; Nick Creamer thinks it might just be a modern classic. ― In the guidebook accompanying Eccentric Family, series composer Shotaro Suga speaks frankly of the difficulty of condensing an entire book into an anime, and the question of where to even begin telling the story. “There are just ...

Seven Deadly Sins Casts Maaya Sakamoto as Merlin

Actress currently voicing Eto in Tokyo Ghoul √A ― The official website for The Seven Deadly Sins anime series announced last week that voice actress Maaya Sakamoto is joining the cast as Merlin, the Sin of Gluttony. The prolific voice actress is also currently starring in Tokyo Ghoul √A as Eto. Her other recent roles include Shinobu Oshino in Tsukimonogatari, Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler: Book of...
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Steins;Gate's Shikura to Announce New Project on March 28

Game publisher 5pb. (Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes) reported at its "Migi mo Hidari mo Game da yo! 5pb. Matsuri 2015" (Games Left and Right! 5pb Festival 2015) event on Sunday that MAGES. and 5pb. representative director Chiyomaru Shikura will announce his new project on March 28. Shikura will livestream the announcement through his Twitcasting channel. The exact time of the livestream will be annou...
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1st Parasyte Film Reviewed in Digest Video

2nd, final film premieres in Japanese theaters on April 25 ― Film distributor Toho began streaming a digest video of the first film adapting Hitoshi Iwaaki's science-fiction manga Parasyte on Monday. The film originally premiered in Japan last November. The first of two films by director Takashi Yamazaki (live-action Space Battleship Yamato, Always: Sunset on Third Street) opened in Japan on November...
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Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes Promo Previews Story

Masachika Ichimura, Arisa Mizuki, Yuuji Tanaka, Marina Inoue, Mamiko Noto join cast for March film ― The official website for the 46th Doraemon film Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes (Doraemon: Nobita's Space Heroes) began streaming a promotional video for the film on Sunday. The video features the theme song for the film, "360°" by miwa. In the video, Doraemon and Director Burger try to set up a dram...
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The Eden of Grisaia, The Labyrinth of Grisaia Anime Begin With 60-Minute Special

April anime adapting visual novels previewed in TV spot ― A TV spot for The Eden of Grisaia and The Labyrinth of Grisaia TV anime series began airing in Japan this week. The video features The Eden of Grisaia anime's opening theme song, "Setsuna no Kajitsu" (Fruit of a Moment) by Maon Kurosaki. Text: Understand? I'm the god who picks you up. I am God. Got it? Text: Hey, Yuji. The meaning of life is s...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, February 16-22

The Wind Rises airs; The Seven Deadly Sins ranks ― Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises aired on NTV on Friday, February 20 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 19.5% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV February 22 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 14.9 Detective Conan NTV February 21 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 10.6 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV February 22 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. ...
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Kuroko's Basketball's New 3DS Gameplay Videos Show Special Moves

Videos show character-specific special moves for March 26 game ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming eight new gameplay videos for its upcoming Kuroko no Basuke: Mirai e no Kizuna (Kuroko's Basketball : Ties of the Future) Nintendo 3DS game. The videos show Imayoshi, Akashi, Kagami, Takao, Tsuchida, Izuki, Kasamatsu, and Fukui's special moves. Bandai Namco Games streamed the game's first promotional v...
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Denpa Kyōshi Anime Casts SKE48 Idol Rena Matsui as Suzune

Rena Matsui debuts as voice actress for heroine of April anime ― This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that SKE48 idol group member Rena Matsui has been cast in the role of Suzune Kagami in the television anime of Takeshi Azuma's Denpa Kyōshi - He Is an Ultimate Teacher manga. This is her first voice-acting role. Matsui commented on the role, ...
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3's 5th Promo Video Previews More Characters, Locales

New playable characters, locations from March 26 game ― The official website of Bandai Namco Games' upcoming One Piece : Pirate Warriors 3 action game began streaming the game's fifth promotional video on Monday. The video teases the story and locations in the game (including Thriller Bark. Shabondy Archipelago, Impel Down, and Marineford locations). It also shows Whitebeard, Marco, Jozu, Iva, Jinbe,...
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Rumiko Takahashi's Rin-ne Anime Casts Ryohei Kimura, Tetsuya Kakihara

Sora Tokui, Aya Suzaki, Tesshô Genda also in April anime ― This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing additional cast members for the television anime of Rumiko Takahashi 's Kyōkai no Rinne (RIN-NE of the Boundary or RIN-NE) manga on Wednesday. The additional cast members include: Ryohei Kimura as Tsubasa Jūmonji Tetsuya Kakihara as Masato Sora Tokui as Miho Ay...

Ace of Diamond TV Anime Gets 2nd Season in April

2013 baseball anime to continue ― This year's 14th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is announcing a second season for the 2013 television anime Ace of Diamond on Wednesday. It is titled Daiya no A ~Second Season~ (Ace of Diamond ~Second Season~). The magazine also previews an uncolored key visual for the new season. The new season will premiere on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, ...

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3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Tengoku Arc 2nd Promo Shows Mecha Line-Up

2nd game in the two-part conclusion to the Super Robot Taisen Z series ships on April 2 ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a second promotional video for its upcoming PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita game Dai-3-ji Super Robot Taisen Z Tengoku-hen (3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Tengoku Arc). The 14-minute video shows the huge mecha line-up in action. The game is the second in the two-part conclusion to ...
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Sword Art Online: Lost Song Game's 5th TV Ad Previews Seven, Rain

2 new characters previewed from March 26 game ― The official website for Bandai Namco Games' Sword Art Online: Lost Song PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita game began streaming the pair of television commercials for the game on Tuesday. The "Rain" ad features the song "Yoru no Niji o Koete" (Over the Night Rainbow) by Luna Haruna, while the "Seven" ad features the song ”Cynthia no Hikari" (Cynthia's ...
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Singer Kano, Cast Perform Hōkago no Pleiades Anime's Theme Songs

The series will premiere on Japanese television stations this spring ― The official website for the Hōkago no Pleiades television anime announced series' theme song artists on Friday. Female vocalist Kano will perform the opening theme, "Stella-rium" and the series' five lead voice actresses Natsumi Takamori, Ayuru Ōhashi, Kanako Tateno, Yui Makino, and Saki Fujita will perform the ending theme "Koko...
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Durarara!!×2 ‒ Episode 8

"The Giant Plot Hammer came crashing down, and Durarara!! has my full attention and respect as a narrative again."

My Little Monster Listed on DVD/Blu-ray From NIS America

Subtitled Complete Series Premium Edition DVD/Blu-ray combo listed for spring ― Issue 1 of Right Stuf's 2015 Anime Catalog lists the My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun) television anime in an English-subtitled DVD/Blu-ray Combo release for this spring. According to the catalog, the Complete Series Premium Edition will ship in a collectible box with a premium art book for US$59.49 from NIS Amer...
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Gundam's Char Edges Out Amuro On Who Girls Would Rather Marry

Buzz+ News asked 200 women who they'd rather marry—Gundam's Char Aznable or Amuro Ray. The results were pretty close, but in the end, Char beat Amuro by a slim margin, capturing 53% of the votes. It's good news for Char, especially considering his origin story, Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin just premiered yesterday worldwide. What do you think? Team Char or Team Amuro? Let us know in the foru...
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Maria the Virgin Witch ‒ Episode 8

"The show hasn't made a misstep yet, and I trust it to stick the landing."
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Gourmet Girl Graffiti ‒ Episode 8

"This week's episode holds the dubious honor of being one of the most forgettable things I've watched this year."

Kalafina to Sing Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works' 2nd Season Ending

Kalafina previously performed Aldnoah.Zero, Puella Magi Madoka Magica films, The Garden of Sinners/recalled out summer, Fate/Zero themes ― The official website for Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works television anime announced that pop trio Kalafina will perform the second season's ending theme song, "ring your bell." The second season will premiere in April. Kalafina previously performed the first...
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CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon ‒ Episode 21

"The title for episode 21 is “The One Left Behind,” and as things turn out, it is a fitting one for multiple reasons."
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Cuddle Up With A Terraformars Cockroach Plush

Terraformars is getting a lottery goods campaign, and one of the big prizes fans can win is a plush Terraformar, a humanoid cockroach that lives on Mars. Whether or not its cute is in the eyes of the beholder, perhaps, but it's certainly unique. Other lottery prizes are a little more standard, and include a tapestry, a jumbo two-sided cushion, towels, glasses, mascot straps, bandanas, and masking ...
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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 8

"What Izuki does when all eyes are on him will clinch the game between Kaijo and Seirin."
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Log Horizon 2 ‒ Episode 21

"A low-key episode this week, tying up loose ends from the finished arc and setting out new threads for some future ones."
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Kamen Rider #4 Net Movies Starring Mitsuru Matsuoka Planned

Kamen Rider #5, #6 characters also planned ― Actor and Kamen Rider Drive theme song singer Mitsuru Matsuoka (Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate) signed on to star in a series of net movies as the brand new Kamen Rider #4. Matsuoka will also perform the net series' theme song "time." The first of three dVideo Special – Kamen Rider #4 net movies will premiere on the streaming servi...
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World End Economica #2 English Release Delayed

North American visual novel distributor Sekai Project announced on February 19 that the second episode of Spice and Wolf author Isuna Hasekura's visual novel World End Economica will not meet its May release date. The company wrote that seven out of 11 chapters are translated and six are edited. Sekai Project is also still working on the Unity engine port and updating the graphics to 1080p for epi...
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Girls & Panzer Tank Vase is Appropriately Elegant

Some of the gals from Girls und Panzer would tell you that tanks can be pretty cute. And what better way to gussy one up than to use it as a vase? Made using traditional Kasama-yaki pottery techniques, heralding from Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, the tank is a reference to a scene with series protagonist Hana Isuzu, who is highly skilled in ikebana, or Japanese flower arrangement. Only 100 were made...
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Bloodborne Gameplay Video Reveals Darkbeast Boss

Game will arrive in North America on March 24 ― Gaming news website IGN began streaming a new video revealing the Darkbeast boss in From Software's Bloodborne action role-playing game. The game's PR manager Kitao describes the monster as "an electric beast emerging from giant skeletal remains. It has lightning coursing through its body and bombards the player with erratic and off-speed movements." So...
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2nd New Initial D the Movie's TV Ad Posted

Cast, staff return for 2nd film in reboot film series ― Avex began streaming a television commercial for Shin Gekijōban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō- (New Initial D the Movie Legend 2: Racer), the second film in the new Initial D film trilogy, on Sunday. The ad features the theme song "The Brave (D Version)" by BACKDRAFT SMITHS. Text: Young Magazine's 35th anniversary work Text: Original creator: Shuuich...
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Mimori Tōgo, Miyoshi Karin Gameplay Shown in New Yuki Yuna is a Hero PS Vita Game Promos

Mimori, Miyoshi power up and take on a boss in new videos ― Game publisher FuRyu began streaming a more gameplay videos for Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru: Jukai no Kioku (Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Memory of the Woodland), its PlayStation Vita game based on the anime Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru (Yuki Yuna is a Hero), on Friday. The videos shows Mimori Tōgo and Miyoshi Karin's basic combat mechanics against monst...
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FLOW to Perform Image Song For Live Spectacle Naruto Stage Play

'Hikari Oikakete' (Chasing the Light) to be featured at play premiering this month ― The official website for the Live Spectacle Naruto stage play announced on Sunday that the band FLOW will provide the official image song for the play. The song, titled "Hikari Oikakete" (Chasing the Light,) is being previewed in a video: The website is also hosting a comment video from FLOW about the collaboration: ...
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Persona 3 Game Gets 3rd Stage Play in June

Cast, staff return for Persona 3 the Weird Masquerade ~Bismuth Crystal~ ― The official website for the stage play adaptations of Atlus' Persona 3 video game announced on Sunday that a third play has been green-lit. The third play, titled Persona 3 the Weird Masquerade ~Sōen Kesshō~ (Persona 3 the Weird Masquerade ~Bismuth Crystal~), will premiere on June 4 at the Theater G Rosso venue in Tokyo, retur...
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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Anime's TV Spot Has Narration by Erina

Risa Taneda plays character in April 'cooking battle' anime ― Warner Brothers began streaming the second TV spot for the Shokugeki no Soma television anime on Sunday. The video features rock band Ultratower's opening theme song, "Kibō no Uta" (Song of Hope,) and also has narration by voice actress Risa Taneda as her character Erina. Erina: At this academy, cooking decides everything. A cooking battle...
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Eir Aoi Performs The Heroic Legend of Arslan TV Anime's Ending

"Lapis Lazuli" single ships in Japan on April 22 ― The official website for The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) television anime announced on Sunday that Eir Aoi (Fate/Zero ending theme, Sword Art Online second opening theme) will perform the anime's ending theme song. Aoi will perform the song "Lapis Lazuili," which will be composed and arranged by Yusuke Kato (CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and D...
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The Heroic Legend of Arslan TV Anime's 4th Ad Previews Silvermask

Yuuki Kaji announced to voice character in April anime ― The official website for The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) television anime began streaming a new commercial on Sunday. The ad announces that Yuuki Kaji (Otome Yōkai Zakuro, Attack on Titan) will play the mysterious lord Silvermask. Silvermask: I don't need people who aren't useful to me! Narrator: The Heroic Legend of Arslan. Silverma...

Psycho-Pass Xbox One Game's May 28 Date, Bonus Extras Revealed

Blu-rays with added footage, Xbox One console decal, SmartGlass voices offered ― 5pb., the music and game brand of MAGES., revealed the release date, retail prices, and bonus extras for its Xbox One game inspired by the anime Psycho-Pass. Psycho-Pass: Sentaku Naki Kōfuku (Psycho-Pass: Happiness Without Choice) will ship on May 28 for 7,800 yen (about US$65) for the regular edition, or for 9,800 yen (...

Sony Offers Neptunia VII-Engraved PS4 Consoles

Consoles with Next Purple, Noire, or Shugo Megami HD covers to ship in Japan on April 23 ― Sony Japan is offering PlayStation 4 consoles with limited-edition engraved hard-drive covers of Compile Heart's Shin Jigen Game Neptune VII game. The package comes in three different character editions (Next Purple, Noire, Shugo Megami) and in two different colors (Jet Black, Glacier White) with silver etching...
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fripSide, Steins;Gate's Abo Make Music for Mages.' 1st Browser Game

Hyper Galaxy Fleet real-time sci-fi simulator set on all-girl colonization fleet ― Game company MAGES. opened a website for its first PC browser game, Chō Ginga Sendan (Hyper Galaxy Fleet) on Sunday. In this free-to-play real-time science-fiction simulation game, aliens are invading the earth and goal is to find a new home for humans to live. The players take on the role of the commander of an all-g...
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