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Game Review: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

A fanservice-heavy, dungeon-crawling, number-crunching marriage between Etrian Odyssey and Personas 3 and 4. What could possibly go wrong? ― Thrown together across time, the casts of Persona 3 and 4 navigate a very Etrian Odyssey labyrinth with a very Persona set of abilities. Though the series seem at odds with each other--Etrian Odyssey's barely-there story clashes with Persona's sappy melodrama an...
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Astro Toy - Figma Haruka Nanase

Are you ready for the swim boys? David sure is, and figma Haruka is here to help. ― figma Haruka Nanase Maker: Hobby Stock Series: FREE! Price: $50 Finally, it's that “Swimming Anime” I've been hearing so much about! Full disclosure, I really don't know anything about FREE! other than the following: FREE! is Kyoto Animation's popular series about boys swimming for the benefit of fujoshi. It is notab...
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The List - 6 Awesome People of Color in Anime

Anime doesn't always get diversity right, but when it does, the results can be pretty awesome. ― It took three waves of live-action films, but Marvel finally announced its much anticipated Black Panther film adaptation starring Chadwick Boseman. Boseman will be the live-action film franchise's first proper super hero of color, after secondary characters Lt. Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes/War Machine and...
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Answerman - On Activism (and other stuff)

This week, Justin takes on an effort to halt the career of a controversial voice actor. Plus, romaji subtitles, early pre-orders, and the mysterious Animax. ― Wow, I can't believe the country is already getting clobbered by snow. I mean, it's barely halfway through November. This really doesn't bode well for the rest of the winter, does it? I mean, I'm here in the arid desserts of Southern Californi...
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ANNCast - New Super Game Show Bros.

It's Game Show time! So that means we're talkin' videogames with Todd Ciolek, Dave Riley and newcomer to the show Heidi Kemps. We cover: Smash Bros, Dragon Age Inquisition, and most importantly, Virtua Cop 3. ― ANNCast 206 - New Super Game Bros. Get the Flash Player to see this player. It's Game Show time! So that means we're talkin' videogames with Todd Ciolek, Dave Riley and newcomer to the show H...
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Monday, November 24

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4th Animator Expo Short is Akira Honma and Hayato Tanaka's 'Carnage'

Short will follow a one-armed woman in quest for revenge ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, announced on Monday that the 4th short will be titled "Carnage." The video will debut on the website on Friday. Akira Honma (episode animation director on Dennō Coil, assistant animation director on A Letter to Momo) will hel...
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Gundam Reconguista in G's Raraiya Stars in Guide Dog Poster

Every season, the National Federation of All Japan Guide Dog Training Institution puts out a poster in collaboration with an anime property. This fall, the non-profit institution is working with Gundam Reconguista in G to feature Raraiya Monday, along with a labrador retriever puppy appropriately named Amuro. The poster will be posted in 7,000 elementary and junior high schools, as well as a few o...
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Etrian Odyssey V Game Announced

Game announced during an Atlus live stream on Monday ― Atlus announced during a live stream on Monday that the next game in the Etrian Odyssey series, Etrian Odyssey V, is currently in development. A release date or a platform for the game has yet to be announced. The official website for the game also began streaming a teaser trailer. The staff includes Shigeo Komori as director, Yuji Himukai as cha...
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Etrian Odyssey and Mystery Dungeon Crossover Game Announced

Nintendo 3DS game slated for March 5 in Japan ― Atlus and Spike Chunsoft announced during the "Seikaiju no Meikyū Real Time RPG Nicosei" livestream event on Monday that the companies will collaborate to develop Sekaiju to Fushigi no Dungeon, a crossover between the Etrian Odyssey (Seikaiju no Meikyū) and Mystery Dungeon (Fushigi no Dungeon) game series. The Nintendo 3DS game is slated for release on ...
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Pigeon Romance Visual Novel Hatoful Boyfriend Heads to PS4/PS Vita

Game slated for 2nd quarter of 2015 ― Sony's PlayStation Blog announced on Monday that Hato Moa's pigeon dating simulator Hatoful Boyfriend will get a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita release in the second quarter of 2015. In the game, the player is a human female who is seeking to fall in love with a pigeon at a school for gifted birds. The game features portraits of every bird that suggest what t...
ep. review

Gugure! Kokkuri-san ‒ Episode 8

"It's hard not to notice the lack of fast-paced madcap humor here, which is usually the show's strength."
game review

Game Review: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

A fanservice-heavy, dungeon-crawling, number-crunching marriage between Etrian Odyssey and Personas 3 and 4. What could possibly go wrong? ― Thrown together across time, the casts of Persona 3 and 4 navigate a very Etrian Odyssey labyrinth with a very Persona set of abilities. Though the series seem at odds with each other--Etrian Odyssey's barely-there story clashes with Persona's sappy melodrama an...
ep. review

Akame ga KILL! ‒ Episode 21

"I have to wonder what conclusion the series is aiming for at this point, as it is giving no clear indication what it's building towards."
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Taito Makes Idol-Raising Smartphone Game Idol Chronicle

Space Invaders maker's Android/iOS game slated for this winter ― Japanese video game publisher Taito's official Youtube channel began streaming a trailer for the Idol Chronicles idol-raising smartphone game on Wednesday. The game is slated for release for Android and iOS devices this winter. Basic gameplay will be free, but certain aspects of the game will be available for a fee. Those who pre-regist...

Viz Media's Coppelion Dub Casts Erica Lindbeck, Cassandra Lee Morris, Shelby Lindley

Sci-fi action series to premiere on Neon Alley and Hulu on Thursday ― Viz Media announced the English dub cast for its Neon Alley and home video release of Coppelion on Monday. The entire science-fiction action series will premiere dubbed on Neon Alley and Hulu on Thursday. The cast includes: Erica Lindbeck as Ibara Naruse Cassandra Lee Morris as Aoi Fukasaku Shelby Lindley as Taeko Nomura Max Mittel...
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Showtaro Morikubo Performs Garo Anime's New Ending Song

STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION [R.O.N] composes song debuting in January ― Music publisher Lantis announced on Monday that voice actor and musician Showtaro Morikubo is performing the new ending theme song for the ongoing Garo: Honoo no Kokuin television anime. The new theme song, as yet untitled, will begin airing in January. The musician and former Oldcodex member STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION [R.O.N] composed th...
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5pb.'s Kadenz Game's "Magic Side" Promo Streamed

The game will be released for PS Vita in Japan on December 11 ― 5pb. began streaming the "magic side" promotional video for its Kadenz fermata//Akkord:fortissimo adventure game for the PlayStation Vita on Friday. The video introduces the game's magic-using characters and cast. The adventure game being developed by both 5pb. and La'cryma (True Tears PC game, Sora o Tobu, Mittsu no Hōhō) will tell the ...

Sunday, November 23

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Zipang/Silent Service's Kawaguchi to Launch Aircraft Carrier Manga

Kūbo Ibuki to center around Japan's largest defense vessel ― This year's 23rd issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine is announcing more information on the latest manga series by Kaiji Kawaguchi (Eagle, Zipang, The Silent Service) on Tuesday. Kawaguchi is launching Kūbo Ibuki (Aircraft Carrier Ibuki) in collaboration with journalist Osamu Eya in the following issue on December 10. The magazine tease...
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Wolf Girl & Black Prince ‒ Episode 8

"This episode gives viewers only a brief chance to catch their breath before plowing ahead to the new love-rival-of-the-day formula."
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Saki Episode of Side A Blu-ray Box to Add New Anime Short

Short adapts comic story about Kuro's birthday for March 18 box ― The official website for the Saki anime franchise announced on Friday that Pony Canyon will release a Blu-ray Disc box of the 2012 high school mahjong anime Saki Episode of Side A . The box will ship with the first 12-episode run, as well as the four special episodes, on March 18, 2015. The box will also feature a new "short original a...
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Ling Tosite Sigure Performs Psycho-Pass Film's Theme Song

Band provided themes for both Psycho-Pass anime seasons ― The band Ling Tosite Sigure is performing the theme song for upcoming Psycho-Pass anime film. The band announced on Friday that their new song "Who What Who What" will be the film's theme song. Ling Tosite Sigure is a three-piece band that includes singer and guitarist Toru "TK" Kitajima, singer and bassist Miyoko "345" Nakamura, and drummer M...
ep. review

CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon ‒ Episode 8

"The late stages of this episode mark a major shift by making a dramatic leap forward in the plot."

Chinese Naruto Online Game's Latest Trailer Streamed

Pain, new characters shown in latest video ― The website for the official Chinese online Naruto game began streaming a new trailer last week. The trailer introduces previously unseen new characters and Pain from the anime and manga series. Namco Bandai Games announced its Naruto Online collaboration with China's Tencent Games and Naruto Ultimate games' CyberConnect2 last year. Tencent is also collabo...
ep. review

World Trigger ‒ Episode 7

"This episode continues World Trigger's main problem of lingering on what should be brief exposition segments for so long that not much happens through the entire episode."
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Americana Dawn PC RPG Set in Colonial America Launches New Kickstarter

Project signs on Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow composer Soshiro Hokkai ― Bit Bonton's English- and Japanese-language PC role-playing game, Americana Dawn, launched a new Kickstarter campaign and a Steam Greenlight drive on Saturday. The RPG is set in Colonial America and brings together staff members from the United States and Japan. Bit Bonton describes the story: Americana Dawn is a role playing game...
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Granrodeo's GraP & RodeO Anime's 3rd Episode Streamed

GraP teaches RodeO guitar ― Music production company Lantis began streaming the third episode of the GraP & RodeO original anime inspired by the musical duo Granrodeo (Kuroko's Basketball opening themes) on Wednesday. In this episode, GraP asks RodeO if he plays any instruments, and RodeO responds that his instrument is his voice. GraP makes fun of him and afterwards starts to teach him guitar. The a...
ep. review

The Fruit of Grisaia ‒ Episode 8

"The Fruit of Grisaia has had some rocky moments, but this episode isn't one of them."
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Garo Gets 2 New Manga Series

Hells Angels' Sin'Ichi Hiromoto to pen Garo the Bible ― The January issue of Wani Books' Monthly Comic Gum magazine is announcing on Wednesday that it will launch two more manga inspired by the live-action and anime franchise Garo. The magazine will launch Garo the Bible by Sin'Ichi Hiromoto (Hells Angels, STONe, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi) and Garo -Makai no Hana- by Shizuku Ichigono (Ichigo no H...
ep. review

Celestial Method ‒ Episode 8

"Celestial Method has upped its pace, and while there's still plenty of slice-of-life moments this time, there's also more of a feeling that everything has a purpose."
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Garo Gets 3 New Live-Action Films & Show, New TV Anime & Film, Stage Musical

Ryūga, Bikū, Raiga get films & Garo anime gets 2nd season & film ― The Kinrō Kanshasai 2015 event announced several new projects in the Garo franchise on Sunday, including three live-action movies, a new live-action television series, a second anime season, an anime movie, and a stage musical. Garo -Gold Storm- Shō, a new series with Ryūga Dōgai as the lead character, will debut as a theatrical film ...
ep. review

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ‒ Episode 7

"It's so thrilling that it's almost too much to stomach during a single viewing."
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Astro Toy - Figma Haruka Nanase

Are you ready for the swim boys? David sure is, and figma Haruka is here to help. ― figma Haruka Nanase Maker: Hobby Stock Series: FREE! Price: $50 Finally, it's that “Swimming Anime” I've been hearing so much about! Full disclosure, I really don't know anything about FREE! other than the following: FREE! is Kyoto Animation's popular series about boys swimming for the benefit of fujoshi. It is notab...

Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! Anime Previewed With English Subtitles

Anime of Nihei's 1st manga to air within 2nd Knights of Sidonia season's episode 8 ― Kings Records began streaming an English-subtitled promotional video for Blame! Tanmatsu Ikō Toshi (Blame! The Anicent Terminal City), the anime of Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! manga, on Sunday. The video first debuted at the Knights of Sidonia television anime premium event at Tokyo Dome City's Prism Hall earlier in the d...
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Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine Promo Video English-Subtitled

2nd Knights of Sidonia anime season to premiere next April ― Kings Records began streaming an English-subtitled promotional video for Sidonia no Kishi: Dai-kyū Wakusei Seneki (Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine), the second Knights of Sidonia anime season, on Sunday. The video first debuted at the Knights of Sidonia television anime premium event at Tokyo Dome City earlier in the day. The sec...
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Please Save My Earth Sequel Manga Ends, But New Sequel Is Set for March

Boku wa Chikyū to Utau continues Saki Hiwatari's story of Rin & the others ― Saki Hiwatari is ending her Please Save My Earth manga sequel Boku o Tsutsumu Tsuki no Hikari (Embraced by the Moonlight) in the January 2015 issue of Hakusensha's Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazine on Wednesday. However, she announced in the same issue that she will launch a new series called Boku wa Chikyū to Utau (I Sing With...
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Poll Ranks Top CLAMP Manga Among Young Japanese Working Women

Cardcaptor Sakura, Rayearth, xxxHolic come out on top ― The four manga creators known as CLAMP are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their pro debut. The editors of the website MyNavi Woman asked 248 readers — all working women between 22 and 34 — about their favorite CLAMP manga this month. Here are the results! 1 Card Captor Sakura 29.4% 2 Magic Knight Rayearth 26.2% 3 xxxHolic 5.2% 4 X (X/1999) ...

Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! 2015's Series Ranking

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, SAO, No Game, No Life, A Certain Magical Index lead list ― The 2015 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (This Light Novel Is Amazing!) guidebook reported its list of the top light novel series on Friday. This is the second year in a row that My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU topped the list. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Sword Art Online No Game, No Life A...
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Tales of Zestiria Character Videos Introduce Sergei, Symonne, and Lunarre

Bandai Namco Games also streams gameplay videos ― Bandai Namco Games' official YouTube channel is streaming character videos for Sergei, Symonne and Lunarre from its Tales of Zestiria role-playing game. Sergei (voiced by Hideyuki Hori) Symonne (voiced by Hiromi Igarashi) is a mysterious Seraph who treats Sorey with cold-hearted cynicism. Lunarre (voiced by Takehito Koyasu) is a cold-blooded assassin ...

Saturday, November 22

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Persona Q Launch Trailer Streamed

3DS game featuring Persona 3 & 4 characters to ship on Tuesday's ― Atlus USA streamed a launch trailer for its upcoming Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 3DS game on Thursday. The game itself will ship in North America on Tuesday. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will be available in in "The Wild Cards" premium edition and standard edition. The premium edition includes Tarot Card Set #2(Arcanas XI...
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Maria the Virgin Witch Exhibition Manga to End in December

Sequel to Moyashimon creator's Junketsu no Maria manga began in July; original manga gets TV anime in January ― The 49th issue of Kodansha's Good! Afternoon magazine announced on November 7 that Masayuki Ishikawa's Junketsu no Maria Exhibition (Maria the Virgin Witch Exhibition) manga will end in the magazine's 50th issue, which will ship in Japan on December 6. In addition, Kodansha is listing that ...
ep. review

Lord Marksman and Vanadis ‒ Episode 8

"The battle strategies here are clever and easy to follow, but an animated game of Risk does not a compelling series make."
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Bladestorm: Nightmare Video Unveils March Release in the West

Dynasty Warriors studio's PS4/Xbox One/PS3 strategy game will have 2 gameplay modes ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming an announcement trailer for Omega Force's Bladestorm: Nightmare on Wednesday. The game will ship in North America on March 3 and in Europe on March 6 for the PlayStation 4, XBox One, and will be available digitally for the PlayStation 3 on the same day for each region. The strategy...
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Iori Nomizu, Seiko Yoshida, Others Join The Testament of Sister New Devil Anime Cast

Kaori Sadohara will perform ending theme ― The official website for the the anime adaptation of anime adaptation of the Shinmai Maō no Testament (The Testament of Sister New Devil) light novel series by Tetsuto Uesu (Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero) announced the anime's additional cast on Friday. In addition, the website announced that Kaori Sadohara will perform the ending theme "Still Sis." She will al...
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Haruka Tomatsu, Yukari Tamura, Yui Horie Join Absolute Duo Cast

Natsuki Hanae, Yoshihisa Kawahara also join cast for series premiering January 4 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Takumi Hiiragi-Boshi's Absolute Duo light novel series announced additional cast members and the broadcast date on Friday. The series will premiere on January 4 on AT-X. The new cast includes: Haruka Tomatsu as Imari Nagakura Yukari Tamura as Rito Tsukimi Yui ...
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Senran Kagura: Estival Versus Casts Kikuko Inoue, More

Minami Tsuda, Sora Tokui, Shiori Izawa, Reiko Suzuki join cast of PS4/PS Vita game ― Enterbrain's Famitsu website revealed the voice cast for the Senran Kagura: Estival Versus -Shōjo-tachi no Sentaku- game's five new playable characters on Friday. The revealed cast members are: Kikuko Inoue as Ryōki Ryōki is Ryōbi and Ryōna's older sister. She died in a past battle against yōma, but she is reborn for...
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Sword Art Online II ‒ Episode 20

"Though this episode wasn't a standout by any means, it was still a consistent and reasonably entertaining ride."
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Yowamushi Pedal 3DS Game's 2nd Promo Introduces Gameplay Modes

Game ships on January 29 ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming the second promotional video for its upcoming Yowamushi Pedal: Asu e no Kōkaiten (Yowapeda: High Cadence) Nintendo 3DS game on Wednesday. The video shows the different modes of gameplay, including Adventure, Mini Game, and Race parts. The game will feature new rivals for the characters to face, and will be full-voiced with an original stor...
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Welcome to the NHK's Oiwa to Launch Aka to Ao no Ehrenberg Manga

Series to launch in Comic Gum in December ― The January issue of Wani Books' Comic Gum magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Kendi Oiwa will begin a new series tentatively titled Aka to Ao no Ehrenberg (Red and Blue Ehrenberg) in the February issue on December 26. The tagline in the ad (pictured in image, right) reads "Snow White of the Garden of Eden (Virgin Paradise)." Oiwa ended Tsurumi Entangl...
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KenIchi Manga's Shun Matsuena to Launch Tokiwa Kitareri Series

Creator also releasing 3 one-shots after KenIchi manga's end in September ― This year's 52nd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple creator Shun Matsuena will launch the Tokiwa Kitareri manga series in the next issue. The first chapter will have color front cover and opening pages in the magazine's first 2015 issue when it go...
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Tokyo Ghoul's 2nd Season Slated to Premiere on January 8

This year's 52nd issue of Shueisha's Young Jump will announce on Thursday that the second anime season based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga will premiere on January 8 on Tokyo MX. Whereas Ishida was credited with creating the original manga for the first season, Ishida is now also credited with the original story concept for the second season. The first season and manga's story is set in Tokyo,...
ep. review

Log Horizon 2 ‒ Episode 8

"Though I'd hoped for more of an aesthetically dramatic finale, the episode definitely succeeded in pulling all of this narrative's pieces together."
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The List - 6 Awesome People of Color in Anime

Anime doesn't always get diversity right, but when it does, the results can be pretty awesome. ― It took three waves of live-action films, but Marvel finally announced its much anticipated Black Panther film adaptation starring Chadwick Boseman. Boseman will be the live-action film franchise's first proper super hero of color, after secondary characters Lt. Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes/War Machine and...
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Chaika - The Coffin Princess Manga Ends in Shonen Ace

Adaptation of Ichiro Sasaki's novels by Shinta Sakayama began in 2011 ― The January 2015 issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Shonen Ace magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Shinta Sakayama's manga adaptation of Ichiro Sasaki's Hitsugi no Chaika (Chaika - The Coffin Princess) light novels will end in the February issue of the magazine, which will ship next month. Hitsugi no Chaika's story centers around To...
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Masanobu Takashima, Seishirō Katō Join Live-Action Assassination Classroom Cast

L change the WorLd, Ninja Kids!!! actors play Takaoka, Itona in March film ― The official website for the live-action film of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga announced on Saturday that Masanobu Takashima (L change the WorLd's Daisuke Matoba, Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue's Takuya Yūki) will play Takaoka (pictured right), and Seishirō Katō (Ninja Kids!!!'s Rantaro, Friends: Mononoke Shima no...
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Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Ueda, Ami Koshimizu Join Gangsta. Anime's Cast

Tetsu Inada also joins for adaptation of Kohske's manga ― The January 2015 issue of Shinchosha's Comic@Bunch magazine announced on Friday additional cast for the anime adaptation of adaptation of Kohske's Gangsta. manga. The new cast is as follows: Takahiro Sakurai as Marco Adriano Kana Ueda as Loretta Cristiano Amodio Ami Koshimizu as Constance Raveau Tetsu Inada as Galahad Woeho Both the anime and...
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Persona Q Game Gets 2 Manga Series This Winter

3DS game with Persona 3, Persona 4 heroes to ship in N. America on Tuesday ― The January issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game is inspiring two manga series. The series are slated to launch in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine and Monthly Shōnen Sirius this winter. ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Maoh magaz...

Friday, November 21

Attack on Titan TV Anime Gets 2nd Season in 2016

2nd compilation film to open in Japan on June 27, 2015 ― A stage greeting event to celebrate the opening day of the Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen ~Guren no Yumiya~ (Attack on Titan Part I: Crimson Bow and Arrow) film announced on Saturday that the television anime will get a second season in 2016. The event also announced that the second anime compilation film, Shingeki no Kyojin Kōhen ~Jiyū no Tsubasa~ ...

1st Gundam: The Origin Episode's 2nd Trailer Streamed

Video previews Char's origin story starring Mayumi Tanaka, Megumi Han ― The official website for the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime began streaming the second 90-second trailer on Saturday. The trailer debuted on the free Gundam Channel application for iOS and Android devices. Gundam The Origin PV3 by pKjd The website also announced the main cast on Friday: Mayumi Tanaka as Casval Rem Deikun (Y...
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One Piece x Hello Kitty Collaboration Heads to Europe

Sanrio GmbH is teaming up with Toei Animation Europe for a collaboration that involves Hello Kitty and her old friend Chopper from One Piece. A preview image for the upcoming product line shows Chopper dressed up as Kitty, with Kitty wearing Chopper's pink hat. If the image looks a little familiar, it's because this isn't the first time that Sanrio has worked with One Piece. A 2011 merchandising c...
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Yen Press Adds Kingdom Hearts Light Novel Series

Also: Yen Press confirms SAO: Girls Ops, Madoka Magica: Rebellion ― Yen Press confirmed with ANN that it will release Tomoco Kanemaki's Kingdom Hearts light novel series in one omnibus volume through its Yen On imprint. The volume will ship on March 24, 2015 for US$16. Kanemaki wrote the two-volume light novel series with art by Shiro Amano, creator of the manga adaptations of the original Kingdom He...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Live-Action Mischievous Kiss 2 Season

Also debuting this week: the live-action series Time Taxi ― The media service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it stream Mischievous Kiss 2 ~Love in Tokyo~, the second season of the latest live-action adaptation of Kaoru Tada's classic unfinished shōjo manga Itazura na Kiss. The weekly streams will start on Monday, November 24 at 3:00 p.m. EST in the United States, Canada, and Latin America (Cent...
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Psycho-Pass 2 ‒ Episode 7

"Contains a story decision so poor that it basically dooms the rest of the season to wholesale incongruity with everything that came before it."

Discotek Adds Rayearth TV, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas, Descendants of Darkness, IGPX, Lupin III: Bank of Liberty

North American anime distributor Discotek Media announced on Friday that it will release the Magic Knight Rayearth television anime, the Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas original video anime, the Descendants of Darkness television anime, the IGPX television series, and the Lupin III: Bank of Liberty (Lupin III: From Russia With Love) television special next year. The 1994-1995 Magic Knight Rayearth an...
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GARO THE ANIMATION ‒ Episode 8

"This is easily the most fun GARO's ever been."
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Rumi Ookubo, Yoshimasa Hosoya Join Death Parade Anime Cast

Tomoaki Maeno, Asami Seto to reprise roles from original Death Billiards short ― The official website for Death Parade, the upcoming television anime based on the Anime Mirai short Death Billiards, Broadcaster NTV has updated on Friday with the main cast. The following cast members will reprise their roles from the original short film: Tomoaki Maeno (Akatsuki no Yona, Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live) as D...
ep. review

Terraformars ‒ Episode 9

"It's a good thing the script has more or less been able to keep up, because the animation sure hasn't."
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Bid For the Chance to Enjoy A Private Dinner with Yoshiki

Musician and songwriter Yoshiki is once again giving one deep-pocketed fan the chance to enjoy a private dinner with him. All the recipient has to do is win a charity auction, which is already at $13,000, with 19 days to go. The winner (and a guest) will have 90 minutes to dine and chat with Yoshiki in either Los Angeles or Tokyo, depending on the preferences of the bidder. The proceeds of the cha...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, November 9-15

2 Attack on Titan volumes, Nisekoi, Bleach, Fairy Tail, No Game, No Life, All You Need is Kill, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Black Butler, UQ Holder The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on November 15. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1Attack on Titan #14 Hajime Isayama Kodansha Comics 2 28Nisekoi: False Love ...
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Chinese Girl Wins Award For Essay Comparing Gundam SEED to Sino-Japanese Relations

Appeals for the "eternal peace" seen at the end of the series ― The Gundam franchise has always been one to engage its viewers in deep thought on a number of topics such as environmentalism, religious radicalism, and of course, war. One college student from China decided to make the jump and take these thoughts to a new level, comparing Gundam SEED to the current state of Sino-Japanese relations. Yao...
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PreCure All Stars: Spring Carnival Movie's Teaser Features Song and Dance

New PreCure All Stars movie slated for March 14 ― Th official website for the Precure All Stars film series began streaming a trailer on Thursday for Eiga PreCure All Stars: Haru no Carnival (Precure All Stars the Movie: Spring Carnival), the next film in the series. Like the six previous Precure All Stars films, the film will feature the characters from all Precure television series. In the story, t...
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Project Itoh Film Project's New Promo Streamed

2015 film project adapts late novelist's sci-fi stories Genocidal Organ,Harmony ― Noitamina began streaming a new commercial on Thursday for the 2015 anime film project based on late science fiction author Project Itoh's novels Genocidal Organ and Harmony. Narrator: He said, "Stories continue to exist by feeding off of someone." Consequently, he left his story behind. He left his Project behind. What...
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Your lie in April ‒ Episode 7

"This is a highly distinctive chapter of Your Lie in April due to the inventive camera-work."
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Disgaea 5's 1st Promo Previews Anime Opening

PS4 RPG to ship on March 26 ― PlayStation Japan began streaming the first promotional trailer on Thursday for its upcoming the PlayStation 4 game Makai Senki Disgaea 5, the newest installment in the Disgaea strategy RPG video game series. The trailer showcases the game's main characters and previews some new gameplay. The video features the game's main theme song, "Kill Real" by Mamoru Miyano. The te...
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DENKI-GAI ‒ Episode 8

"Rather than going for an introspective coming-of-age vignette, Denki-gai plays it all raunchy and rude."
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Answerman - On Activism (and other stuff)

This week, Justin takes on an effort to halt the career of a controversial voice actor. Plus, romaji subtitles, early pre-orders, and the mysterious Animax. ― Wow, I can't believe the country is already getting clobbered by snow. I mean, it's barely halfway through November. This really doesn't bode well for the rest of the winter, does it? I mean, I'm here in the arid desserts of Southern Californi...
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ANNCast - New Super Game Show Bros.

It's Game Show time! So that means we're talkin' videogames with Todd Ciolek, Dave Riley and newcomer to the show Heidi Kemps. We cover: Smash Bros, Dragon Age Inquisition, and most importantly, Virtua Cop 3. ― ANNCast 206 - New Super Game Bros. Get the Flash Player to see this player. It's Game Show time! So that means we're talkin' videogames with Todd Ciolek, Dave Riley and newcomer to the show H...
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Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru ‒ Episode 7

"Veteran anime fans have seen this kind of content innumerable times before, somehow it is done just a little better here."
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Nagoya Store's Lanky Mannequin Gets Naruto Makeover

The Meitetsu Department Store in Nagoya, Japan has a distinctive mannequin outside its men's department. Nana-chan is a popular meeting spot because she's easy to spot in the shopping district —she's 20 feet tall. The staff change her outfits monthly, but recently she's wearing an orange jumpsuit that fans of a certain ninja will recognize. 変化完了!11月25日(火)まで変化してるので、名古屋にお越しの際は、名鉄百貨店メンズ館前ナナちゃん人形を見に来て...
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Yoshitaka Yamaya, Ayane Sakura, Inori Minase, More Star in Miritari Comedy Anime

Misaki Suzuki, Ayano Terasaki, Nao Toyama also star in anime slated for January ― The January 2015 issue of Ichijinsha's 4-koma Palette magazine is announcing on Saturday the cast of the anime adaptation of Mamo Williams' Miritari! manga, and also notes that the anime will premiere in January 2015. The cast will star: Nao Toyama as Liutenant Lutgalnikov Misaki Suzuki as Captain Aria Ayane Sakura as S...
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Attack on Titan Film's New Umaibo Snack Promo Stars Armin

Eren, Mikasa, Jean also appear in promo for campaign at Namco arcades ― Namco began streaming a second promotional video on Friday for the crossover between its line of Umaibo puffed corn snacks and the upcoming Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen ~Guren no Yumiya~ (Attack on Titan Part I: Crimson Bow and Arrow) film: Armin: D-De-Delicious... Deliciousssss!! Eren: Armin... Armin: Eren!! Eren: You were the one ...
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3rd Magi: Adventure of Sinbad Episode Previewed in Video

Keiji Fujiwara, Ayumi Fujimura play Hinahoho, Pipirika in OVA shipping on December 18 ― Shogakukan began streaming a promotional video for Magi: Adventure of Sinbad original video anime's third episode on Friday. The video is narrated by voice actor Kazuya Nakai (One Piece, Gintama). Narrator: Magi: Adventure of Sinbad. The boy crosses the ocean to a new stage. Sinbad: There's still stuff out there! ...
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Durarara!!×2 Anime's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Series will stream in North America on Crunchyroll, Aniplex Channel, and Hulu in January ― Aniplex of America began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the Durarara!!×2 television anime series on Wednesday. The company announced yesterday that it is offering the series and it will stream in North America on the Aniplex Channel, Hulu, and Crunchyroll. Durarara!!×2 adapts Ryohgo Narita's origina...
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64-y.o. Singer Shows That Enka Is Still Cool With A Cover of the Evangelion Theme

Enka, a musical genre that takes its roots and inspirations from 19th century Japanese traditional music but was reinvigorated in the 1960s, has a bad rap amongst the younger generation for being out-of-date and a little cheesy. That's not to say it's disappeared—enka artists continue to place on Oricon charts every so often, and it's even experienced a bit of a resurgence with the hipster cr...
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Tennis Star Kei Nishikori Gets Fan Art by Prince of Tennis Creator

Kei Nishikori is one of the hottest players in tennis this year. He is the first player from Japan in history to make it to the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings and ranked fifth behind the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. He's also the first Asian male player to reach a Grand Slam singles final. Besides distinguishing himself among some of the best tennis players in the world, Nishiko...

Power Rangers Alumni Return in Super Megaforce TV Finale

Finale to air on Saturday with Jason David Frank & other veterans ― IGN began streaming a trailer on Monday for the Power Rangers Super Megaforce finale, which will air on Nickelodeon on Saturday, November 22 at 12:00 p.m. ET. The trailer depicts veteran rangers returning to fight, including Jason David Frank as Tommy Oliver, the original Green Ranger. Power Rangers Super Megaforce is Saban's newest ...

Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Manga to End Next Summer

Osamu Takahashi to end adaptation of game in 18th volume ― The 17th volume of Osamu Takahashi's Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project (Shin Seiki Evangelion: Ikari Shinji Ikusei Keikaku) manga is announcing on Saturday that the series will end in the next volume next summer. The original Shin Seiki Evangelion: Ikari Shinji Ikusei Keikaku game has the player "raising" Shinji Ikari,...
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Final Fantasy Type-0's New English Trailer Debuts, Before It Plays in Theaters

"We Have Arrived" trailer to play in U.S. before "the season's biggest blockbuster films" ― Square Enix began streaming a new "We Have Arrived" extended cinema trailer for the upcoming Final Fantasy Type-0 HD PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game on Friday. (The game's director Hajime Tabata debuted the trailer earlier on a Square Enix Presents episode.) A shorter version of this English-dubbed trailer wil...

Gundam The Origin Casts Mayumi Tanaka as Casval/Young Char

Megumi Han, Shuuichi Ikeda, Jin Urayama also star in February 28 screenings ― The official website for the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime announced the main cast on Friday: Mayumi Tanaka as Casval Rem Deikun (Young Char Aznable) Megumi Han as Artesia Som Deikun (Young Sayla Mass) Jin Urayama as Degwin Sodo Zabi , Banjou Ginga as Gihren Zabi, Shinshū Fuji as Sasuro Zabi Kenta Miyake as Dozle Zab...

Vampire Knight Manga Gets New Chapter in February

Also: More stage play cast revealed in costume ― The January issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine is announcing on Saturday that Matsuri Hino will draw an all-new chapter of her Vampire Knight manga in the March 2015 issue of LaLaDX on February 10. The "Vampire Knight Special Edition" chapter will be 40 pages long. The issue is also revealing more cast of the Night Class in costume for the stage play ...

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Battle of the Planets/Gatchaman Gets Reboot by Beyblade Team

Corus to launch action remake in Fall 2017 with Japanese, global partners ― Canadian media company Corus Entertainment announced on Thursday that it is remaking Gatchaman, the classic science-fiction hero anime franchise known in English as Battle of the Planets, with the Beyblade team. It plans to launch the reboot in Fall of 2017. Colin Bohm, Vice President and Head of Corus Kids, outlined the pla...

Khara's Japan Animator Expo Posts TeddyLoid Music Video

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt contributor's video about being "attacked and ravished by many girls" ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the full third short titled "ME!ME!ME!" on Friday. The music video features the musician Teddyloid (Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt) and rapper daoko. The offici...
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Sentai Filmworks Announces Infinite Stratos 2's English Dub Cast

Josh Grelle, Monica Rial return from 1st season to star in follow-up ― Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast for the television anime Infinite Stratos 2 anime on Wednesday. The cast, under director Matt Greenfield, includes: Josh Grelle as Ichika Orimura Monica Rial as Houki Shinonono Shannon Emerick as Charlotte Dunois Tiffany Grant as Laura Bodewig Brittney Karbowski as Cecilia Alcott Hil...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 387

"Equal parts riveting and tedious, it's a clumsy concoction of the progress we've been waiting for wedged in between more flashbacks."
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Celebrate the Final Volume of the Evangelion Manga With Canvas Sneakers

SuperGroupies, the purveyor of a wide assortment of otaku fashion accessories, is teaming up with the Evangelion store to celebrate the release of the fourteenth and last volume of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's Neon Genesis Evangelion manga with a pair of very cool canvas sneakers. The hi-top sneakers feature a red and black color scheme, and canvas uppers that feature panels from Sadamoto's manga. The sho...

Digital Manga's Tezuka Kickstarter Fails to Meet US$380,000 Goal

Company raised 7% of its overall goal ― North American publisher Digital Manga's Kickstarter campaign to publish Osamu Tezuka's 13-volume The Three-eyed One and seven-volume Rainbow Parakeet manga failed to meet its US$380,000 goal on Thursday. The company raised US$26,971, or approximately 7% of its total. The campaign had additional stretch goals to publish Wonder Three, Alabaster, Vampires, and Bi...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, November 10-16

My Love Story!!, Naruto, Ane no Kekkon, Ajin - Demi-Human, L DK in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 My Love Story!! 7 140,419 140,419 2014/11 Shueisha Art: Aruko / Story: Kazune Kawahara 1 1 2 Naruto 71 135,052 761,470 2014/11 Shueisha Masashi Kishimoto 1 3 3 Ane no Kekkon 8 107,672 109,165 2014/11 Shogakukan Keiko Nis...
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 7

"If Shirobako continues in this direction, it could prove itself to be something not just entertaining and thoughtful, but truly original and great."
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Somebody Recreated the Entirety of Tokyo Disneyland in Minecraft

We've seen some cool Minecraft creations over the years, including scenes from Spirited Away and Attack on Titan, and this one is no exception. Disney-lover ぷんすけ has painstakingly recreated every nook and cranny of Tokyo Disneyland, including parking garages, and the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, and even the insides of several rides (watch the video below to see a tour of Winnie the Pooh's Hunny Hunt, ...
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Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle Smartphone Game Previewed in Trailer

Smartphone fighting game is slated for this winter ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a trailer for the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle smartphone fighting game on Thursday. The game lets players fight against many iconic Dragon Ball Z characters while traversing a world map. Those who pre-register for the game will obtain Trunks as a playable character. The game is slated for release this wi...
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Watch the PG RX-0 Unicorn Gundam Kit Assemble Itself In This Ad

In a recent advertisement for the Perfect Grade 1:60 scale RX-0 Unicorn Gundam, the model virtually assembles itself, then transforms to show off its Destroy and Unchained modes. The finished model is fully poseable and comes with a handful of fun features, including the ability to transform without reassembly, and an LED system that makes it look like the Psycho-Frame is glowing. It also comes wi...
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Alice in the Country of Hearts Stage Play Announces Main Cast

Actors unveiled for Alice, Blood, Elliot, Vivaldi, Gowland ― The official website for the stage musical adaptation of QuinRose's Alice in the Country of Hearts (Heart no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~) game announced the main cast on Thursday. The musical will run from February 4 to February 11 in Tokyo. The cast includes: Kiyo Matsumoto (Amnesia the musical) as Alice Liddell Yū Yoshioka (Pri...
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Fuchiko is Ready to Do Battle in Kantai Collection Crossover

The popular drink buddy "Fuchiko no Cup" is getting a battleship makeover courtesy of Kantai Collection -Kan Colle-. The six cute figures are ready to hop into any beverage and take claim victory like only an anthropomorphic battleship can! Kadokawa is releasing the six-figure collection that includes “Sitting Akagi,” “Lemon and Kaga,” “Fubuki Holding On,” “Propped-Up Kongo,” “Hanging Shimakaze,”...
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Mobile RPG Soul Knight Kickstarter Reaches Goal

Game with Disgaea game director added Hiroshi Kato as background designer ― Awesome Japan's Kickstarter campaign for Plantago Games' mobile role-playing game Soul Knight reached its goal of US$60,000 on Thursday. The goal of the project is to recreate the "good 'ole JRPG" on a smartphone platform. A turn-based game, Soul Knight will also allow players to play with up to four friends. The game feature...

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Anime Short English-Dubbed

Pokémon undergo Mega Evolution, Primal Reversion in Hoenn region from November 21 games ― The Pokemon Company streamed the English dub of the "Mega Special Animation" short inspired by the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire games on Thursday. The short features Pokémon undergoing the newly discovered Mega Evolution and Primal Reversion in the Hoenn region. Daiki Tomiyasu (episodes of Pocke...
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12-Minute Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- Promo Shows Playable Characters, Multiple Modes

PS3/PS4 fighting game to ship on December 4 ― Arc System Works began streaming a new 12-minute store promotional video for its Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game on Thursday. The video previews the game's multiple modes, including challange, mission, training and others. The online matchmaking mode will allow PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 owners battle against each other. A...
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Godzilla PS3 Game's 3rd Promo Video Previews Rival Battles

King Ghidorah, Biollante, Mothra, Mecha Godzilla, Jet Jaguar, Hedorah, Destoroyah, more in December 18 game ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming the third promotional trailer for the PlayStation 3 game Godzilla on Thursday. The video previews many of Godzilla's iconic fights against monsters from the franchise. The narrator notes that the game commemorates the 60th anniversary of the titular monster....

Ghost in the Shell Online Shooter Game Previewed in Trailer

Nexon Korea's "hacking FPS" originally slated for early 2014 ― Nexon Korea began streaming a trailer for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell: First Connection Online game on Wednesday during the G-STAR 2014 game exhibition. The trailer features the game's first-person shooter gameplay and previews mechanics found within the game. Players can choose from multiple attributes: Speed, which increases a chara...
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'Gum Kare!' Handsome Chewing Gum Boyfriends Want You to Bite Them

Kazuya Nakai, Yuuki Kaji, Kenichi Suzumura, more voice Lotte's brands of gum ― Sources like Sankei Biz reported in September that Japanese youths have begun distancing themselves from chewing gum. Since 2004 at its peak with sales of 188.1 billion yen (about US$1.586 billion), the gum market in Japan has increasingly fallen, with sales being cut by two-thirds as of 2013. The companies blame the use o...
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Dawn of the Arcana's Rei Tōma Launches New Series in February

Series centering on wife of a God to run in Shogakukan's Cheese magzine ― The January issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Cheese! magazine is announcing on Saturday that Rei Tōma will launch a new series in the magazine's April 2015 issue in February. The manga will feature the wife of a God as the protagonist. Tōma will end her Rokka Melt - Fiancé wa Yukiotoko (Rokka Melt - Fiancés Are Abominable Snowmen...
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Studio Ghibli Documentary's Trailer English-Subtitled

The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness to open in NYC on November 28, & be sold via download on December 9 ― North American distributor GKids will begin playing the Studio Ghibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness (Yume to Kyōki no Ōkoku) on November 28 in New York City. It also began streaming an English-subtitled trailer: GKids will release the film via digital download on December 9, and on DVD ...
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