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Answerman - Categorization Is Death

This week, Justin takes on the old shojo/shonen categories, whether Section23 should still keep doing their own dubs, whether the Japanese will ever get on Spotify, and why anime based on American stuff so rarely shows up here. ― It's Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of summer! I hope you all have something fun planned. I try not to go anywhere this weekend, because everyone inevitably tri...
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Nisekoi: False Love Sub.Blu-Ray 3

Another love interest gets added to the Nisekoi pile, but is it enough to inject some life into this standard harem comedy? ― Anime romantic comedies commonly depend heavily on regular infusions of new characters to sustain and periodically revitalize themselves, and so far the first Nisekoi series has been pretty good about pacing itself on this. In its second quarter the addition of Seishiro shook ...
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ANNCast - The Porn Ultimatum

Founder and owner of FAKKU.net, Jacob Grady, stops by to discuss the one subject we've never broached on ANNCast: porn. FAKKU is going legitimate; we discuss that transition, porn's place in anime fandom and pop culture, and much more. ― ANNCast Episode 226: The Porn Ultimatum Get the Flash Player to see this player. Founder and owner of FAKKU.net, Jacob Grady, stops by to discuss the one subject we...
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House of 1000 Manga - Inuyashiki

An old man becomes a cybernetic killing machine courtesy of the author of Gantz. Just don't get between him and the early bird special. ― Inuyashiki “When I see old men eating beef bowls alone, late at night…lonely old salarymen…I wonder what their joy in life is. Why are they eating alone? Don’t they have families to be with?” I almost read a YA shojo manga for this week, but instead, somehow, I'm ...
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The X Button - Core Conceptions

This month, crowdfunding tales of flashy brawls, undersea dangers, and helpful bats! Plus Nintendo’s new competition, more of The Last Story, and the best video-game gun ever. ― I mentioned Data East's arcade library a while ago. I tried to recall truly amazing Data East games, and I couldn't come up with any besides Boogie Wings. This past week I noticed one more great neglected Data East game. It'...
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D-Frag! BD+DVD

There's rarely a dull moment in this tale of a rogue Game Development Club and the hapless wannabe thug they rope into joining their ranks. ― Some people take their games more seriously than others, be they boardgames, video games, or old-fashioned role-playing. The girls in this particular Game Development Club take it a step further – they live their games, and not just in a LARPing sense. All of t...
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Tales Of The Industry - Getting a Foot in the Door

Justin makes the transition from fan to professional in the only way he could: subtitling Japanese softcore on VHS. ― Welcome to “Tales of the Industry,” a column where we will share stories from real working professionals in the anime business. This week, we return to an autobiographical story by the author. Are you a current or former member of the anime business or convention staff? Do you have a...
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Fantastic Detective Labyrinth Sub.DVD

Fantastic Detective Labyrinth combines a lot of genres in a bid to be an interesting mash-up of mystery and fantasy, but someone during production got lost along the way. ― There are times when the title of the series is just too ambitious for what it turns out to be. Fantastic Detective Labyrinth is one of them. Based on the manga of the same title by Meito Manjo and Seiji Wakayama, the plot limps a...
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Friday, May 22

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Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan ‒ Episode 8

"If you want to see the Literature Club indulge in an old anime standby played perfectly straight, you've come to the right place."
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, May 11-17

Pokemon XY back in top 10 ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV May 17 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 13.8 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi May 15 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 9.4 Doraemon TV Asahi May 15 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 9.1 One Piece Fuji TV May 17 (Sun) 09:30 30 min. 8.6 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV May 17 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 8.3 Detective Conan NTV May 16 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 8.1 Drago...
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E3 Conference Will Stream in Theaters Across the U.S., Canada

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will stream in select theaters in the United States for its second consecutive year. Host and producer Geoff Keighley announced on Thursday that the event is again teaming up with PlayStation and Fathom Events and will stream in more theaters. Tickets are free but sell out quickly, with last year's disappearing in 15 minutes. The event will stream in at least...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, May 10-16

A Link to the Past, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Big Hero 6, Rosario + Vampire, Akame ga Kill!, Nisekoi, Dragonar Academy, Assassination Classroom, Attack on Titan, Naruto The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on May 16. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Shotaro Ishinomori V...
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 18

"Assassination Classroom is usually more creative than this."
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Lance N' Masques TV Anime to Air This Fall

The official website for the Lance N' Masques television anime announced on Friday that the series will premiere this fall on TBS. Lance N' Masques is adapted from Hideaki Koyasu's battle action novel series revolving around Yōtarō Hanafusa, a young man who is part of the last remaining order of knights in the 21st century, "Knights of the World." As he fights as the mysterious Knight Lancer, he m...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ‒ Episode 8

"Watching Bell improve before our eyes is impressive, to say the least."
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Giant Pac-Man Breaks Guinness World Record

Character recreated with 351 college students ― A crowd of 351 people at Tokyo Tower broke the Guinness World Record for Pac-Man Image Made with the Largest Number of People on May 21. The participants were mostly students of the Yamano Beauty College and wore yellow raincoats while standing in Pac-Man's iconic pie-like shape. In order for Guinness's drones to verify completion, the participants had ...
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Classroom Crisis Anime's Ad Reveals Core Cast

Showtaro Morikubo, Sora Amamiya, Ari Ozawa star in original anime premiering July 3 ― The official website for the original television anime Classroom Crisis began streaming a commercial introducing the three main cast members on Saturday. The website also unveiled more staff members and a new key visual. Classroom☆Crisis cast CM by pKjd The cast includes: Showtaro Morikubo as Kaito Sera, a young hot...
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Ayana Taketatsu Stars in Okusama ga Seitokaichō! Anime

Kazuyuki Okitsu co-stars in short anime premiering July 1 ― The official website for the upcoming anime of Yumi Nakata's Okusama ga Seitokaichō! (My Wife Is the Student Council President!) manga opened on Saturday with the cast and key visual. The cast includes: Ayana Taketatsu (Sword Art Online's Leafa, Oreimo's Kirino) as Ui Wakana Kazuyuki Okitsu (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure's Jonathan, Toradora!'s N...
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The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Opening Shown in Original Animation Sketches

Series to continue on July 17 ― Animation studio A-1 Pictures began streaming a video showcasing the key animation drawings behind the opening theme sequence for The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls anime. Noriko Takao composed the storyboard, Toshifumi Akai directed the sequence, and Yuusuke Matsuo helmed the key animation. The video is part of A-1 Pictures' tenth anniversary commemoration. Daisuki strea...
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College Student Working on Hatsune Miku Robot

As a serious upgrade from a body pillow, a Japanese university student has just brought Vocaloid icon Hatsune Miku into our world...sort of. A life-sized robot, designed to look like the synthesized idol singer, has recently been developed in Japan. The robot was created by Takuma Takemoto, a 23-year-old second-year student at Kwansei Gakuin University. With his creation's various features, one is...
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Answerman - Categorization Is Death

This week, Justin takes on the old shojo/shonen categories, whether Section23 should still keep doing their own dubs, whether the Japanese will ever get on Spotify, and why anime based on American stuff so rarely shows up here. ― It's Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of summer! I hope you all have something fun planned. I try not to go anywhere this weekend, because everyone inevitably tri...
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Nisekoi: False Love Sub.Blu-Ray 3

Another love interest gets added to the Nisekoi pile, but is it enough to inject some life into this standard harem comedy? ― Anime romantic comedies commonly depend heavily on regular infusions of new characters to sustain and periodically revitalize themselves, and so far the first Nisekoi series has been pretty good about pacing itself on this. In its second quarter the addition of Seishiro shook ...
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Ninja Slayer From Animation ‒ Episode 6

"Ninja Slayer has pivoted back towards the weird comedy of previous episodes, after a whole episode that failed to use this gag even once." PLUS: a look at the new dub!
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 413

"After twenty long weeks, the anime-original chunin exam arc has come to an abrupt end."
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night's Crossdressing DLC Previewed in Video

Costumes for Yu, Yosuke, Kanji previewed for game shipping on June 25 ― Atlus began streaming a promotional video on Friday that previews the paid "School Festival Women's Clothing + Wakame Set" DLC for the Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita video game in Japan. The set will include outfits for Yu, Yosuke, and Kanji. Yu's outfit is in the style of a female gang leader, Yosuke's outfit is i...
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Ai Kayano Joins School-Live/Gakkō Gurashi! Anime's Cast

Series starring Inori Minase, Ari Ozawa, M.A.O to premiere on July 9 ― The July issue of Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine is revealing on Saturday that Ai Kayano (Say "I love you."'s Mei Tachibana, Girls und Panzer's Saori Takebe) will join the cast of the School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) TV anime as the character Sakura Megumi (nicknamed Megu-nee, pictured top left in image below). The magazine is al...
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Non Non Biyori Repeat Sequel Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

2nd season inspired by Atto's countryside slice-of-life manga to debut in July ― The official website for Non Non Biyori Repeat, the second anime season inspired by Atto's Non Non Biyori manga, began streaming the show's second promotional video on Friday. The text in the beginning of the video reads: Non Non Biyori Original Work: Atto (Serialized in Monthly Comic Alive / Published by Kadokawa) Will ...
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Sōma Saitō, Yōko Hikasa, Aoi Yuki Star in Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers TV Anime

Kenichi Suzumura, Rina Satou, Ai Kakuma, Kouki Uchiyama also star in July anime ― The official Japanese and English websites for the television anime adaptation of Ishio Yamagata's Rokka no Yūsha (Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers) fantasy light novel series revealed the show's cast, character designs, and character descriptions on Friday. The series will star: Sōma Saitō as Adlet Yōko Hikasa as Nache...
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Unlimited Psychic Squad's Manga Gets Sequel With Completely Original Story

New Zettai Karen Children spinoff focused on Andy to have supervision by original creator Shiina ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday S magazine will announce on Saturday that Shinichi Inotsume and Rokurou Ōgaki will launch a new manga, titled Hōrōsha (Wanderer), in the magazine's next issue, which Shogakukan will publish on June 25. The manga is a spinoff of Takashi Shiina's Zettai Karen C...
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Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e Light Novel Inspires Animated TV Ad

Light novel about "inferior" students at prestigious high school ships on May 25 ― Kadokawa began streaming two versions of an animated television ad to promote author Syohgo Kinugasa and illustrator Shunsaku Tomose's Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e (Welcome to the Classroom of the Supreme Ability Doctrine) light novel. Media Factory Bunko J will publish the light novel in Japan on May 2...
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Tokyo Ghoul Stage Play's Cast Shown in Costume

Play of horror manga to play in Tokyo, Kyoto in July ― The official website for the stage play of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga unveiled the cast in costume on Thursday: Yūki Ogoe as Ken Kaneki Aya Tabata as Tōka Kirishima Shōgo Suzuki as Nishiki Nishio Shūto Miyazaki as Hideyoshi Nagachika Yuri Hamada as Rize Kamishiro Mitsu Murata as Uta Tomokazu Yoshida as Renji Yomo Yoshitaka Yamagami as Yamori ...

Goku From Dragon Ball Super Manga Promotion Unveiled

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' manga artist Toyotarō to launch manga on June 20 ― An image of Goku from Toyotarō's manga version of the upcoming Dragon Ball Super television anime series debuted on Thursday. Toyotarō will launch the manga in the extra-large August issue of V Jump on June 20. Dragon Ball manga creator Akira Toriyama is credited with the manga's original story. Toyotarō previously dre...
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Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden's Combat Tutorial Video Streamed

3DS fighting game gets demo version on May 28 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a "combat tutorial" video for its upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden Nintendo 3DS fighting game on Thursday. One of the game's developers, Honda Cheese, narrates the video, which showcases some of the playable and Assist characters in team battles. The video also reveals that the game will get a demo versi...

Crowdfunding for Gay Dating Sim Fantastic Boyfriends' English Version Launched

Campaign seeks US$20,000 by June 29 to develop English version of smartphone RPG ― Japanese developer Lifewonders launched an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday to release an English version of the Fantastic Boyfriends: Legends of Midearth (Shōkan Yūsha to F-Kei no Kareshi) smartphone role-playing game. The campaign is seeking to raise US$20,000 by June 29. As of press time the campaign has...
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Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi Gets Resident Evil Crossover Costumes

Also: Capcom streams animated clip from PS4/PS3 game shipping on July 23 ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will announce on Monday that CAPCOM's upcoming Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi action game will offer character costumes based on the Resident Evil series as paid downloadable content. The costumes include Maeda Keiji dressed as Resident Evil 5's Chris Redfield, Kataku...
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Ghibli's When Marnie Was There Previewed in Video Before U.S. Opening on Friday

N. American theater list updated with new showings ― The Slash Film entertainment blog began streaming an exclusive clip from the upcoming English-language theatrical release of Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There film. The clip previews a scene from the film's English dub where Anna (Hailee Steinfeld) arrives at her new summer home and meets Setsu (Grey Griffin) and Kiyomasa Oiwa (John C. Reilly)....

Thursday, May 21

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Crunchyroll to Run Mugi Tanaka's PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team! Comic

Webcomic featuring PARK Harajuku store mascots launches on May 28 ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will serialize artist Mugi Tanaka's original webcomic PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team! on May 28. Crunchyroll will publish new pages of the webcomic every week, along with additional art, character biographies, and other bonus materials. Crunchyroll describes the webcom...
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Japanese Government Holds Conference on TPP's Effects on Comiket

Anime fans divided on issue ― The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement under negotiation among 12 countries around the Pacific Rim, will standardize intellectual property laws. In Japan, this includes reclassifying copyright infringement as a crime that can be prosecuted without the victim's consent. In Japan, it is currently a shinkokuzai, or a crime that can only be prosecuted i...
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Dr. Wheelo, Jackie Chun Join Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden Game as Assists

3DS fighting game to ship in Japan on June 11 ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden Nintendo 3DS game will include Dr. Wheelo and Jackie Chun as Z Assist characters. Dr. Wheelo, antagonist of the Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest film, is a scientist with a cyborg body who experiments in biotechnology. Jack...
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Cardcaptor Sakura Gets Charming Watch, Umbrella

The popular magical girl classic Cardcaptor Sakura has recently served as the inspiration for some new accessories. SuperGroupies, the Japanese fashion site, is set to release two new pieces of apparel stylized with a bright pink color and cute fashion points all too indicative of the manga's aesthetic. The first is an analog charm wristwatch, created in collaboration with designer Feerique Gateau...
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Punch Line ‒ Episode 7

"If episode 6 was the Big Reveal episode then episode 7 is the Big Reveal Part 2."

Boruto -Naruto the Movie- Story Teased

Naruto sequel film to to open in theaters in Japan on August 7 ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will reveal a plot summary for the upcoming film Boruto -Naruto the Movie- on Monday. [Highlight white text to read spoilers] Boruto is the son of the 7th Hokage Naruto who completely rejects his father. Behind this, he has feelings of wanting to surpass Naruto, who is respected as...
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Wish Upon the Pleiades ‒ Episode 7

"Desperately returning to old, tired plotlines this week."
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Sumo Jockeys Join the Japan Racing Association's Latest Campaign

It looks like race horses in Japan are about to get a serious workout on the racetrack. The Japanese Racing Association is collaborating with the Japan Sumo Association to hold a special event: the Japan Sumo Derby. This short promo released on May 17, along with the official site reveal very little about what this strange-sounding event entails. Regardless, the derby is already slated to open on ...
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 7

"Takeo joins a school club so he can use his strength to help them win. Along the way, we get to see what makes the show so special among shojo romances."
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2nd Utawarerumono Game's 1st Trailer Introduces Main Characters

Roles revealed for Inori Minase, Nozomi Yamamoto, Takahiro Sakurai, Takuya Eguchi ― AQUAPLUS began streaming the first trailer for Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen (Utawarerumono: The False Mask), the upcoming second game in the Utawarerumono series, on Thursday. The video introduces the main characters and cast, including returning character Kurou (Tsuyoshi Koyama). The cast includes: Keiji Fujiwara...
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Diabolik Lovers Stage Play Cast Unveiled in Costume

Play based on vampire drama CD/PSP game to run in Tokyo August 26-30 ― The official blog for the Diabolik Lovers stage play unveiled visuals of the cast in costume on Thursday. The cast is: Taiki Yamazaki as Ayato Sakamaki Shōhei Hashimoto as Kanato Sakamaki Katsuhiko Ibuka as Laito Sakamaki Yūya Asato as Shu Sakamaki Shungo Takasaki as Reiji Sakamaki Kazumi Doi as Subaru Sakamaki Ayumi Takamura as Y...
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Papercrafter Makes IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls' Rin From 76 Parts

Papercrafter "S.V." has created an impressive rendition of The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls' Rin Shibuya from 76 tiny pieces of paper. Niconico ペーパークラフト 渋谷凛 You can download the data to print off the pieces yourself and follow S.V.'s instructions (in Japanese). When finished, she measures 27.2 cm or 10.7 inches high. S.V. has also made a complex papercraft version of the Weatherloid Airi. Niconico ...

Magical Warfare English Dub Cast Unveiled

Gabriel Regojo, Allison Sumrall, Sara Ornelas star ― North American anime distributor Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast for Magical Warfare on Thursday. The cast, under director Christopher Ayres, includes: Gabriel Regojo as Takeshi Nanase Allison Sumrall as Mui Aiba Sara Ornelas as Kurumi Isoshima Scott Gibbs as Kazumi Ida Clint Bickham as Gekko Nanase Leraldo Anzaldua as Tsuganashi Ai...
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ANNCast - The Porn Ultimatum

Founder and owner of FAKKU.net, Jacob Grady, stops by to discuss the one subject we've never broached on ANNCast: porn. FAKKU is going legitimate; we discuss that transition, porn's place in anime fandom and pop culture, and much more. ― ANNCast Episode 226: The Porn Ultimatum Get the Flash Player to see this player. Founder and owner of FAKKU.net, Jacob Grady, stops by to discuss the one subject we...
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New Angel Beats! Episode Previewed in Video

Jun Maeda's "Hell's Kitchen" anime to ship in BD set in June ― Aniplex began streaming a third short promotional video on Thursday for the Angel Beats! anime's all-new special episode, "Hell's Kitchen." The episode will feature in the television anime's Blu-ray Box release that is slated to ship in Japan on June 24. The original anime's co-creator Jun Maeda is writing the episode's scenario. The anim...
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The Yokohama BayStars Baseball Team Gets a Bishōnen Make Over

A baseball team from Japan is set to make hearts go doki-doki in a new drawing. Eight members of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars have been re-imagined by mangaka Moyu in shōjo manga style, appearing as a dreamy life-sized group of stylized bishōnen. The top row features, from left to right, players Sho Aranami, Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh, Taiki Sekine, Yasuaki Yamasaki, and Hiroyuki Shirasaki. The bottom row ...
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House of 1000 Manga - Inuyashiki

An old man becomes a cybernetic killing machine courtesy of the author of Gantz. Just don't get between him and the early bird special. ― Inuyashiki “When I see old men eating beef bowls alone, late at night…lonely old salarymen…I wonder what their joy in life is. Why are they eating alone? Don’t they have families to be with?” I almost read a YA shojo manga for this week, but instead, somehow, I'm ...
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Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon Unveiled for 3DS This Year

"Even greater, randomly created dungeons" with Legendary & Mythical Pokémon ― Nintendo announced on Thursday that it will release Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, the next Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game, for the Nintendo 3DS system. It will debut in Japan this fall, in North America this winter, and in Europe next spring. Nintendo describes the latest installment: Players can look forward to even greater...
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Super Robot Wars BX 3DS Game's Promo Streamed

Game's official website will run campaign for more pre-order bonuses ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a promotional movie for its upcoming Super Robot Wars BX Nintendo 3DS game on Wednesday. The video previews the attacks of some of the mecha included in the game. The video also reveals the pre-order bonuses for the game, which includes a download code for a Nintendo 3DS theme. The game's...
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Date A Live PS Vita Game's Promo Previews New Story, Characters

Ayana Sakura voices new character Rio Sonogami for game shipping on July 30 ― The official website of Compile Heart's Date a Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation PS Vita game began streaming a promotional movie for the game on Wednesday. The video previews the story of both Date A Live: Rinne Utopia and Date A Live: Ars Install games. The video also reveals a new "After Story" scenario for the game t...
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Samurai Warriors 4-II Game's Announcement Trailer Streamed

PS3/PS4/Vita/PC action game slated for September 29 in North America ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming an English-subtitled announcement trailer for its upcoming Samurai Warriors 4-II action game on Thursday. The trailer reveals the new character Naomasa Ii (based on the Japanese historical figure Ii Naomasa) and the game's North American release date of September 29. The trailer also previews the...
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Chaos Dragon TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Previews Opening Theme Song

Natsumi Kon to perform opening for series premiering on July 2 ― The official website for the Chaos Dragon television anime project began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Thursday. The video previews Natsumi Kon's (Majestic Prince, One Week Friends) opening theme song "ISOtone." The beginning of the video outlines the anime's story: Our country's name is Nil Kamui. It's a small countr...

Gangsta. TV Anime's 'Promo Video 1.5' Streamed

Series starring Kenjiro Tsuda, Junichi Suwabe to premiere in July ― The official website for the television anime of Kohske's Gangsta. manga began streaming a "1.5" promotional video on Thursday. The show's previously announced cast includes: Kenjiro Tsuda as Nicolas Brown Junichi Suwabe as Worick Arcangelo Mamiko Noto as Alex Benedetto Ami Koshimizu as Constance Raveau Masako Isobe as Joel Raveau Hi...
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Masataka Kubota, Kento Yamazaki Star in Live-Action Death Note TV Series

Actress Mio Yūki to play Near in series premiering in July ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump is revealing the main cast on Monday for this year's Death Note television drama adaptation. The cast, which differs from the previous live-action adaptations, is as follows: Masataka Kubota (live-action Rurouni Kenshin's Akira, Limit's Wataru, Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru's Shinya, ...

Nisekoi: Sequel Anime's 8th Episode to Adapt Magical Girl Spinoff Manga

Magical Pâtissier Kosaki-chan launched in Shonen Jump+ in December ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the upcoming eighth episode of the Nisekoi: sequel television anime series will adapt the spinoff manga Magical Pâtissier Kosaki-chan. Taishi Tsutsui is writing the official spinoff manga based on Naoshi Komi's original Nisekoi - False Love ...
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Sumire Morohoshi Joins Haikyu!! Anime's 2nd Season as Hitoka Yachi

2nd season based on Haruichi Furudate's volleyball manga will premiere in October ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing more information on Monday about the second season of the Haikyu!! television anime series. The second season will premiere in October on MBS, Tokyo MX TV, CBC, BS11, and other television channels. The issue will also reveal a new visual for...

New Cyborg 009 Anime Project Gets Event Screening this Fall

Selected theaters in Japan will reveal poster promoting fall screening on Saturday ― The Cyborg 009 50th anniversary anime project will get an event screening in Japanese theaters this fall. Selected theaters in Japan will reveal a poster promoting the fall event screening on Saturday. These theaters include: Shunjuku Wald9 (Tokyo) Yokohama Burg 13 T-Joy Kyoto Umeda Burg 7 (Osaka) Hiroshima Wald 11 T...

Akagi Mahjong Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series in July

Series by Kaiji's Nobuyuki Fukumoto inspired 2005 TV anime series ― The BS and Sky Perfect television stations revealed on Thursday that Nobuyuki Fukumoto's (Kaiji) mahjong gambling manga Akagi will get a live-action television series starting in July. The 10-episode series will premiere on July 17 on the BS Sukapa! station, and will air on Friday nights at 9 p.m. Each episode will be an hour long. H...

Wednesday, May 20

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Live-Action Bakuman Film Teaser Narrated by One Piece's Tanaka

Rurouni Kenshin's Takeru Satoh, Ryunosuke Kamiki star as aspiring manga creators ― The official website for the live-action film of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Bakuman. manga began streaming the film's teaser trailer on Thursday. The trailer includes narration by Mayumi Tanaka, who voices One Piece's Luffy and Dragon Ball Z's Krillin — both characters from famous Weekly Shonen Jump manga. Text: ...
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So Cute It Hurts/Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!! 3DS Opening Previews Original Character

Gō Ikeyamada's shōjo manga inspires August 27 game ― Happinet Games began streaming the opening movie for its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!! Game Demo Kyun-Moe MAX ga Tomaranai (*´ェ'*) (Kobayashi Is So Cute That It's Painful! Heart-squeezing Moe Max Won't be Stopped Even Though It's A Game (*´ェ'*)). The video introduces the main cast, including game-original character E...

Crunchyroll to Stream Kyoto Animation's Amagi Brilliant Park

2014 anime's 1st 6 episodes available on Wednesday 11:00 p.m. EDT for premium users ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it added Kyoto Animation's Amagi Brilliant Park television anime to its catalog. The show's first six episodes will be available at 11:00 p.m. EDT in subtitled format for premium users in the United States and Canada, and will be available to free us...
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SMAP's Takuya Kimura Guest-Stars as Crayon Shin-chan's Entire Family

I'm Home star plays even the dog in his 1st voice-acting roles on anime comedy show ― 42-year-old SMAP band member Takuya Kimura will voice his first guest roles in the long-running family television anime Crayon Shin-chan. The collaboration is a crossover with I'm Home, the revived live-action television series starring the actor who is often nicknamed "Kimutaku." In the story, the faces of Crayon S...
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Love Live's Rin Will Star in Ramen Commercial

Much like a real-life Japanese idol, a member of the fictional idol group μ's from the popular anime Love Live! will star in an actual commercial to be broadcast in Japan. In a collaboration with Acecook, the cheerful and athletic Rin Hoshizora will advertise two flavors of instant ramen, the packaging designed to feature Rin and her bandmates on the lid. The two flavors feature stylized names to...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 272

"Paced well and fraught with (humorous) tension, the conclusion of this storyline pulls off a near-perfect landing."
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Ibaraki Prefecture Continues Its Moe Self Defense Force Mascot Campaign

Last year, Ibaraki prefecture, the home of Oarai city and Girls und Panzer, debuted its moe mascots for the area's Japan Self-Defense Forces' Provincial Cooperation Office. The prefecture is continuing the campaign and revealed its new poster design this month. The mascots include Hibari (Japan Air Self-Defense Force), Nobara (Maritime Self-Defense Force), and Kōme (Japan Ground Self-Defense Force...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, May 11-17

Barakamon, Fairy Tail, Your Lie in April, Assassination Classroom, Tokyo Tarareba-jō in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Barakamon 11 207,220 207,220 2015/05 Square Enix Satsuki Yoshino 1 1 2 Fairy Tail 49 164,870 164,870 2015/05 Kodansha Hiro Mashima 2 1 3 Your Lie in April 11 104,155 104,155 2015/05 Kodansha Naoshi A...
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Kyōkai no Rinne ‒ Episode 7

"It's apparent that Rumiko Takahashi came up with her ideal formula back in the '90s, and she isn't budging from it."
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Chiba Baseball Team's Anime Collaboration Isn't a SNAFU

The Chiba Lotte Marines baseball team and the My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! anime series are pairing up for some original artwork and an event with the series' voice cast. The tie-in is one of a few recent campaigns between the series and businesses in Chiba, which is also the setting for the show. Tickets go on sale today and include three games from June 9-11. The event will host cast membe...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, May 11-17

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster arrives on PS4 ― Japan's Game Ranking: May 11-17 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4 Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Square Enix May 14 15,913 15,913 23DS Puzzles & Dragons: Super Mario Brothers Edition Gung Ho Online Entertainment April 29 13,844 232,683 3PSV Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition Sony Computer Entert...

Voice Actors Takeshi Kusao, Yuka Saitou Get Married

Dragon Ball Z's Trunks, Student Council's Discretion's Chizuru Akaba work for the same production company ― Voice actress Yuka Saitou (28) announced her marriage to voice actor Takeshi Kusao (49) on her blog on Wednesday. Both work for Aoni Production. Saitou describes Kusao as a kind and playful person with a big heart who always takes care of her. She also said her job will not change. Saitou voice...
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Yowamushi Pedal Voice Actors to Compete Against Each Other on Their Own Bicycles (Updated)

Crunchyroll sponsors its own Sohoku High School Bicycle Club racers in California ― The cast of the bicycle racing anime Yowamushi Pedal have made a special announcement. Six members of the cast will be competing with their own bicycles, emulating their bike-riding counterparts in the anime. The Japan Cycle Sports Center is hosting the voice actors in their own teams that line up with their respectiv...

Muv-Luv Spinoff Novel Schwarzesmarken Gets Anime (Update)

Prequel to Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse in production ― Adult visual novel developer Age announced on its official website on Thursday that the serialized novel Schwarzesmarken has an anime in the works. Hiroki Uchida wrote the novel's scenario and CARNELIAN designed the characters and provided illustrations. Age's Hirohiko Yoshida is credited as the original creator. The novel ran for 41 chapt...
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Unofficial Fried Pikachu Cutlet Looks More Sad Than Delicious

Pokemon bento boxes and designs are nothing new. Fans have come up with all sorts of ways to make their lunch cuter. However, an online market in South Korea is selling Pikachu pork cutlets and the effect is less cute and more sad. The item is appearing at various food stalls in South Korea. The online listing is selling 30 Pikachu-shaped cutlets for 9000 won (about US$8). Would you eat it, or is ...
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Super Robot Wars BX Unveiled With Mecha From 16 Anime

Giant Gorg, Galient, SD Gundam Gaiden, Gundam AGE, Macross 30 join franchise ― Japanese video game news source Famitsu unveiled the newest game in the Super Robot Wars (Super Robot Taisen) crossover franchise on Thursday. The new Nintendo 3DS game, Super Robot Wars BX, has thus far unveiled mecha from 16 robot anime and game titles, including five that are new to the game franchise. The anime are: Au...
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The X Button - Core Conceptions

This month, crowdfunding tales of flashy brawls, undersea dangers, and helpful bats! Plus Nintendo’s new competition, more of The Last Story, and the best video-game gun ever. ― I mentioned Data East's arcade library a while ago. I tried to recall truly amazing Data East games, and I couldn't come up with any besides Boogie Wings. This past week I noticed one more great neglected Data East game. It'...
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Blade & Soul Fantasy MMORPG Heads West This Winter

Korean game inspired 2014 TV anime ― The official website for video game publisher NCSoft announced on Wednesday that the Korean martial arts fantasy MMORPG Blade & Soul is coming to North America and Europe this winter. The company also streamed a promotional video. NCSoft describes the game: Blade & Soul is an action-based martial arts MMORPG set in a fantastical Ancient Eastern world, with a story...
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D-Frag! BD+DVD

There's rarely a dull moment in this tale of a rogue Game Development Club and the hapless wannabe thug they rope into joining their ranks. ― Some people take their games more seriously than others, be they boardgames, video games, or old-fashioned role-playing. The girls in this particular Game Development Club take it a step further – they live their games, and not just in a LARPing sense. All of t...

Steins;Gate Game's Western PS3/Vita Trailer Posted

Metal Upa, Future Gadget Lab badges offered in limited edition on June 5 ― PQube Games began streaming a character trailer for its Western release of the Steins;Gate game for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on Wednesday. PQube Games will release the game in Europe on June 5, although it has not announced a North American date. Rick Digital is offering worldwide an exclusive "Steins;Gate El Psy Kon...
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Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3, Samurai Warriors 4-II Head West

Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 slated for June 24, Samurai Warriors 4-II for October 2 in Europe ― Koei Tecmo Europe confirmed on its official Twitter account on Wednesday that it would be bringing both Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 and Samurai Warriors 4-II to Europe. Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 is the third installment in the series of portable spinoffs of the main Samurai Warriors action video ga...
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Danchigai TV Anime to Have 4 Theme Songs by Cast

Each female main character will have theme song sung by her voice actress ― The July issue of Ichijinsha's Manga 4-Koma Palette magazine is announcing the character theme songs for the television anime of Kazusa Yoneda's Danchigai (Big Difference) four-panel manga on Friday. Each of the four female main characters will have her own theme song in the anime, sung by her respective voice actress. These ...

Gangsta. TV Anime Reveals More Cast, Staff, Theme Song Performers

Hideyuki Umezu, Tomokazu Seki, Sayaka Ohara, more join cast for July anime ― The July issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic @ Bunch magazine is revealing additional cast, staff, and theme song performers for the anime of Kohske's Gangsta. manga on Thursday. The additional cast includes: Hideyuki Umezu as Uranos Corsica Tomokazu Seki as Striker Sayaka Ohara as Beretta Yuuta Kasuya as Colt Yu Shimamura a...

Live-Action Pixels Film's 2nd Trailer Streamed

Trailer shows iconic video game characters in action ― Sony Pictures began streaming the second trailer to Chris Columbus' live-action Pixels film on Tuesday. The film will feature the video game franchises Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders. Several video game companies and license-holders — including Atari, Konami, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Nintendo, Colu...
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New Dynasty Warriors Game by Omega Force Teased

KOEI Tecmo also announces Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 for December ― Koei Tecmo Games announced during its "Romance of the Three Kingdoms 30th Anniversary Announcement" event on Tuesday that its Omega Force team is working on a new installment in the Shin Sangokumusō (Dynasty Warriors) action game franchise. Koei Tecmo also announced a number of other games, including the Sangokushi Sō Sō Den On...
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Chibi Maruko-chan Planetarium Show to Open in Tokyo

Konica Minolta "Tenkū" Planetarium hosting show from July 18 to August 31 ― The Konica Minolta "Tenkū" Planetarium in Tokyo Skytree Town will run a Chibi Maruko-chan planetarium show from July 18 to August 31. The show, titled "Planetarium Chibi Maruko-chan, Hoshi ni Negai wo" (Planetarium Chibi Maruko-chan, Wish Upon a Star), celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Chibi Maruko-chan anime since it fi...

Godzilla's TOHO Sues Over Monster Film Starring Anne Hathaway

Voltage's Colossal film about woman in Tokyo "under attack by Godzilla and a giant robot" ― Japanese film production and distribution company Toho has filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in California federal court against American film production company Voltage Pictures (The Hurt Locker, Dallas Buyers Club) for allegedly infringing on Toho's Godzilla copyright. Toho claims that Voltage Pictures used the God...
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Yotsuba&! Creator Draws Eva's Asuka, Rei for WonderFest 2015

This year's summer Wonder Festival at Makuhari Messe promises to bring boatloads of anime figures and goods to peruse on July 26. Kantai Collection has been popular the last few years while Sega has promoted characters from its games and properties. This year will also mark the 20th anniversary of Hideaki Anno's Neon Genesis Evangelion television series. The iconic mecha anime is getting a new Blu...

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Attack on Titan Characters Come to Life at 7-Eleven

Full-size Eren, Levi statues offered as lottery prizes ― Characters from one of the most popular anime in recent years are getting a special treatment as part of a 7-Eleven campaign happening across Japan. The convenience store chain is set to hold a special Attack on Titan campaign starting May 22. This campaign will be headlined by two life-sized figures of two of the main protagonists, the titan/...
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Mikagura School Suite ‒ Episode 7

"The episode drags along lazily as it stretches a minute or two of content into ten."
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Sound! Euphonium ‒ Episode 7

"The characters ended this week all shifted slightly, more secure in some friendships and more committed to some choices."

Japanese Theaters to Show Anime Films, Stage Plays With English Subtitles

Dragon Ball Z Resurrection 'F' to premiere subtitled in Japan ― Japanese entertainment company T-Joy announced on Tuesday that it is launching a program titled "YOKOSO! EIGAKAN!" which will allow visitors to view Japanese theatrical films with English subtitles. The first film in the program is Dragon Ball Z Resurrection 'F'. The film will run with English subtitles in Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 theater...
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Kyoto Animation's Shop Throws Nagisa a Birthday Party With New Merchandise

Kyoto Animation's official shop is planning a birthday party for Free! Eternal Summer's Nagisa. The energetic kohai is celebrating on August 1 and KyoAni plans to ship off some exclusive merchandise for him. The items include a wall scroll (1,620 yen/US$13), cushion cover (3,240 yen/US$27), a hanging sign (2,160 yen/US$18), and a rubber strap set (1,080 yen/US$9). The rubber strap comes with a sp...
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Mobile Game Developer Cygames Starts Working on Console Games

Rage of Bahamut creator opens new studio in Osaka ― The official website for game developer Cygames announced on Tuesday that it has opened a new Osaka-based studio that will work on console games. The studio will focus on developing high-end games for Sony PlayStation 4 and is currently recruiting employees. Cygames has developed mobile games such as Rage of Bahamut (Shingeki no Bahamut), The IDOLM@...
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Rie Murakawa Tries Her Very Best to Dance to Etotama's Opening Theme

Voice actress Rie Murakawa took the stage to dance along to Etotama's opening theme "Retry Rendezvous." Murakawa recorded the opening theme and also stars in the series as Nyaatan. The character is based on the Cat from the Chinese Zodiac story and Murakawa's dance moves (and ear headband) make reference to this in the video. Niconico 【りえしょん】「リトライ☆ランデヴー」を踊ってみた 【公式】 Etotama's story revolves around ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 17-23

PUCHIM@S anime; Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Sword Art Online: Girls Ops, A Certain Magical Index, Trinity Seven manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date .hack//Roots DVD Complete SeriesPlease Funimation Entertainment US$39.98 May 19 Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 DVD Complete Series - Anime ClassicsPlease Funimation Entertainment US$39.98 May 19 Ninj...

Hamatora Anime Gets English Dub

Also: Persona 4 The Animation coming on collector's edition rerelease ― Section 23 Films announced in its September release slate that the Hamatora anime will get an English dub. Sentai Filmworks will release the series on Blu-ray and DVD on September 22. Sentai Filmworks will also release Argevollen part one, The Comic Artist and His Assistants, and Sabagebu! Survival Game Club on Blu-ray and DVD wi...
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night Plans Collaboration With Denon Headphones

The Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita video game takes elements from the popular Persona franchise and adds a twist of music. While the previous character's glasses design inspired real-life eye wear, the upcoming game is already getting its own collaboration with headphones from Denon. The headphones will debut on June 25, the same day that Atlus will release the game in Japan. While ...
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Maiden Japan Adds Patlabor WXIII Film

DVD, Blu-ray to ship September 8 ― Section 23 Films announced in its September release slate that it will release the Patlabor WXIII film on DVD and Blu-ray on September 8. The releases will have English dub. The film is the third film in the Patlabor series, and opened in theaters in Japan in 2003. Geneon Entertainment Inc. previously released the film on DVD with an English dub in 2003. Section 23 ...
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Margaret, Teddie Join Persona 4: Dancing All Night Rhythm Game

DLCs added for PS Vita game shipping June 25 in Japan ― This year's June 4 issue of Famitsu Magazine will announce on Thursday that Margaret and Teddie (Kuma) will join the upcoming PlayStation Vita rhythm game Persona 4 Dancing All Night. Sayaka Ohara and Kappei Yamaguchi are reprising their roles as the characters. In addition, the magazine will offer details on free and paid DLCs with extra songs ...
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Seven Seas Licenses Tomodachi x Monster Manga

"Utra-violent, dark parody" to ship in February ― North American publisher Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the "ultra-violent, dark parody" manga series Tomodachi x Monster (Friend x Monster) by Yoshihiko Inui. The company plans to release the series in three volumes, the first of which will ship on February 23, 2016. Seven Seas describes the story: In a small mount...
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Otakon to Host Aldnoah.Zero Producer Toshiyuki Nagano

Studio Troyca co-founder appearing at July 24-26 convention in Baltimore ― Maryland anime convention Otakon announced on Tuesday that Aldnoah.Zero producer Toshiyuki Nagano will be a guest at this year's event. Nagano is appearing courtesy of Aniplex of America. Nagano also worked on Inari Kon Kon and Tenchi Muyo War on Geminar. In 2013 he helped found studio Troyca, where he serves as president and ...
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Ninja Dance Along to the Shuriken Sentai Nin'ninger Ending Theme

Toei's Shuriken Sentai Nin'ninger, the company's latest Super Sentai special-effects series premiered in February. The ending credits roll to the "Nan ja Mon ja! Ninja Matsuri!" theme song by Daiki Ise. Given the Super Sentai show's theme, it was only a matter of time before costumed ninja danced along to the song. The video is part of a collaboration that started in March that asks viewers to upl...
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Kazuya Yoshii, Good Morning America to Perform Theme Songs For Dragon Ball Super

1st Dragon Ball TV anime since 1997 to premiere this July ― The official website for the upcoming Dragon Ball Super television anime announced the theme song artists on Tuesday. Kazuya Yoshii will perform the opening theme "Chōzetsu☆Dynamic" (Excellent Dynamic) and rock band Good Morning America will perform the ending theme "Hello Hello Hello." This will be Yoshii's first time performing an anime op...

Funimation Announces Ninja Slayer Broadcast Dub Cast

Christopher R. Sabat to star as title character ― Funimation Entertainment announced the main cast for its English Broadcast dub of Studio Trigger's Ninja Slayer on Tuesday. The cast, under ADR Director Tyler Walker and ADR Engineers Patrick Morphy and Kyle Phillips, includes: Christopher R. Sabat as Fujikido Kenji/Ninja Slayer Bill Jenkins as Laomoto Khan Chris Ryan as Darkninja Kent Williams as Nar...
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Tales Of The Industry - Getting a Foot in the Door

Justin makes the transition from fan to professional in the only way he could: subtitling Japanese softcore on VHS. ― Welcome to “Tales of the Industry,” a column where we will share stories from real working professionals in the anime business. This week, we return to an autobiographical story by the author. Are you a current or former member of the anime business or convention staff? Do you have a...
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Fantastic Detective Labyrinth Sub.DVD

Fantastic Detective Labyrinth combines a lot of genres in a bid to be an interesting mash-up of mystery and fantasy, but someone during production got lost along the way. ― There are times when the title of the series is just too ambitious for what it turns out to be. Fantastic Detective Labyrinth is one of them. Based on the manga of the same title by Meito Manjo and Seiji Wakayama, the plot limps a...
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Harold George Meij Named CEO of Takara Tomy

Meij will replace curent CEO/representative director Kantaro Tomiyama ― Japanese toy and game company Takara Tomy announced on Tuesday that it had offered the position of representative director and chief executive officer to Harold George Meij. He will officially be inaugurated to his new position by the board of directors at a scheduled general meeting of stockholders in June 24. He will replace cu...
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Deathless Manga by Excel Saga's Rikudou to Enter Last Arc

Manga about student possessed by time-feeding monster originally launched in 2010 ― The June issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Ours GH magazine announced on Saturday that Koushi Rikudou's Deathless dark comedy manga is entering its last arc in the same issue. The manga centers around Mizuki, a normal female university student who is murdered one night. However, a monster named Suzakuwho feeds on th...
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New Super Robot Wars 3DS Game Teased in Famitsu

This week's issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is unveiling a new game in Bandai Namco Entertainment's Super Robot Wars crossover franchise on Thursday. The magazine has teased a visual showing the silhouettes of some of the robots included in the game. The magazine will have a six-page feature on the new game that includes an overview of the anime series joining the game, screenshots of...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, May 11-17

Kamen Rider Drive & Gaim sells 2,461, followed by Donten ni Warau play, live-action Clover, Kamen RiderxSuper Sentai, Naruto Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Drive & Gaim Movie Taisen Full Throttle (Blu-ray+DVD) debuted at #9 on the overall DVD chart with 2,461 copies. The Chōeiyūsai Kamen RiderxSuper Sentai Live & Show 2015 was #18 with 1,387 copies. The stage play version of Donten ni Warau sold 1,807 c...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, May 11-17

Idolm@ster concert sells 13,153, followed by Saekano, Kamen Rider Drive & Gaim, Sailor Moon, Gundam the Origin ― The Idolm@ster 9th Anniversary We Are M@sterpiece!! Blu-ray "Perfect Box" sold 13,153 copies to land at #2 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Drive & Gaim Movie Taisen Full Throttle (Blu-ray+DVD) debuted at #8 with 2,768 copies. Kamen Rider Kabuto Blu-ray Box 3 wa...
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Übel Blatt's Shiono to Launch New Winged Mermaids Manga

Manga about flying boats & nations at war begins in June ― The July issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine announced on Saturday that Etorouji Shiono will launch a new manga series tentatively titled Winged Mermaids in the magazine's next issue, which Shonengahosha will publish on June 16. The first chapter will have 30 pages with a color opening page, and the manga will also adorn the iss...
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IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Single Ranks #3 on Weekly Chart

CD is highest ranking single in anime franchise ― "THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 08 GOIN'!!!" CD single ranked #3 on Japanese Oricon singles charts for the May 11-17 week, selling 26,000 copies since its release last Wednesday. The CD contains the songs "GOIN'!!!" and "Yūbae Present" sung by CINDERELLA PROJECT (the unit name for The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls characters), as well...
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Ghost in the Shell Spinoff Manga Rojikomanga to End

Characters from manga featured in Kōkaku Kidōtai Nyumon Arise mini program ― The June issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine is reporting on Wednesday that Masayuki Yamamoto will end his Rojikomanga in the magazine's July issue, which Kodansha will publish on June 20. Yamamoto notes that it will be the first time in 15 years that he will not be drawing a serialized manga series. Yamamoto (Gatapi...
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Kaiji's Fukumoto to Collaborate on Spinoff Manga Starring Tonegawa

Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji One Poker-Hen sequel manga still running ― This year's June issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine will announce on Wednesday that Kaiji creator Nobuyuki Fukumoto will collaborate on a spinoff manga starring the Kaiji character Yukio Tonegawa. Tensei Hagiwara is writing the series, titled Chūkan Kanshiroku Tonegawa (Middle Management Chronicle Tonegawa), and Tomohiro Hashim...
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Joshiraku Gets New Manga One-Shot in July, Blu-ray Box in August

The Twitter account for manga creator Kôji Kumeta's Kodansha editing staff confirmed on Monday that Bessatsu Shonen Magazine will publish a new Joshiraku manga one-shot on July 9. The account and Comic Natalie website also notes that the Joshiraku television anime will get a Blu-ray Box with two new manga chapters on August 12. The original manga series' artist Yasu is illustrating the Blu-ray set...
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