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UQ Holder! GN 9

UQ Holder’s ninth volume makes the most of its prolonged training arc material. Nick Creamer weighs the pros and cons of Ken Akamatsu's latest series. ― UQ Holder has always been an inherently strange shounen property. With its focus on a team of heroes who are all gifted with some form of immortality, the manga has at time had trouble offering compelling opponents for its protagonists. And main char...
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Miss Hokusai BD+DVD

Miss Hokusai demonstrates the power of articulating life as it is lived, presenting a rich portrait of both its historical moment and its charming heroine. ― The great painter Hokusai is one of the most famous and internationally renowned artists in Japanese history. Responsible for works as recognized as The Great Wave off Kanigawa (itself an element of the vastly influential 36 Views of Mount Fuji)...
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Interview: Silent Hill Composer Akira Yamaoka

The world-famous composer behind the music of Silent Hill discusses his long career making scary games scarier, along with his latest, the score for Let It Die. ― Japanese composer Akira Yamaoka, renowned for his work on Silent Hill's soundtrack, attended this year's Granada FicZone. He's also credited for many other video game scores such as Shadows of the Damned, Lollipop Chainsaw, and Killer Is De...
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Gleam GN 1

This princess is more interested in actually ruling and political intrigue than finding a prince in this first volume of Aya Shirosaki's shoujo manga. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Gleam is the second manga release from e-publisher Cross Infinite World (the first being Little Hero), and a totally different bird from their usual fare. Where before all of their series featured ordinary girls bei...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of May 13-19

Nobody expected the titans to be felled by tanuki - The Eccentric Family slides into #1! See how your favorite shows fared in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these ra...
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Murciélago GN 1 & 2

This series brings the gore, sex, and action at full volume, but does it have enough substance to balance out the madness? Rebecca Silverman weighs in. ― Murciélago, which is Spanish for “bat,” is definitely one of the darker stories to come out recently. It follows the gruesome, and occasionally sexy, adventures of Kuroko Koumori, a slightly-reformed mass murderer as she works for the Metropolitan P...
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Sunday, May 28

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Crunchyroll Adds More Catalog Titles, Adds Dragon Ball Super for Europe

RIN - Daughters of Mnemosyne, Gundam Seed, Gundam Seed Destiny among new titles ― Crunchyroll announced on Sunday that it has expanded its territories where fans can watch Dragon Ball Super. The following countries and territories in Europe can now watch the series: The Aland Islands, Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland...
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Former KAT-TUN Member Koki Tanaka, Rock Band INKT Halt Current Industry Work

Tanaka was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of marijuana possession ― Music label Natural Ace issued a statement on Thursday regarding the arrest of singer, actor, and former KAT-TUN member Koki Tanaka. The statement noted that Tanaka and his current rock band INKT will halt all of their scheduled activities, concerts, and industry work from May 25 onward. The band was scheduled to have an event in...

Saturday, May 27

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Minoru Furuya's Wanitokagegisu Manga Gets Live-Action Series in July

Series stars Teppei Arita, Tsubasa Honda, Kento Kaku, Kaito Yoshimura, more ― A live-action television series adaptation of Minoru Furuya's Wanitokagegisu manga has been green-lit. The series will premiere on TBS' "Teppen! Sui-Dora!!" programming block in July, and will air every Wednesday from 11:56 p.m. to 12:26 a.m. Toshio Tsuboi will direct the series, while Izumi Takahashi will pen the script. T...
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Captain Tsubasa Stage Play's Additional Cast, Teaser Visual Revealed

"Super Experience" stage play runs in August-September in Tokyo ― The official website for Super Experience Stage Captain Tsubasa, the stage play adaptation of Yōichi Takahashi's Captain Tsubasa soccer manga, revealed new cast and a new teaser visual for the play on Wednesday. The additional cast includes: Kazuki Watanabe as Ken Wakashimizu Ryū Kiyama as Ryō Ishizaki Keita Ōsone as Kazuo Tachibana Ry...
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Iriko Aoiro's Manga Anthropomorphizes Japan's Prefectures

Iriko Aoiro launched the Japonism 47 comedy manga in 2011 to showcase what makes each of Japan's prefectures unique. The manga anthropomorphizes the 47 prefectures of Japan and highlights regional differences. The fourth compiled book volume, titled Japonism 47 Appare Nippon Minaoshi-hen (Japonism 47 Splendid Japan Review Edition), shipped on Tuesday. The characters who represent Hyogo, Miyagi, Wa...
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Moto Hagio's Poe no Ichizoku Manga Gets All-Female Takarazuka Stage Play

Stage play debuts next January, stars Rio Asumi, Ayase Senna ― The famous all-female musical theater troupe Takarazuka Revue announced on Tuesday that its Flower Troupe will perform a stage play adaptation of Moto Hagio's Poe no Ichizoku (The Poe Clan) manga. The play will run at the Takarazuka Grand Theater on January 1, 2018 to February 5, and then at the Tokyo Takarazuka Theater on February 16, 20...
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Sword Art Online Character Designer Collaborates With Kids' Clothing Brand

Character designer Shingo Adachi (Sword Art Online, Wagnaria!!, Galilei Donna) is collaborating with the Japanese children's clothing brand Betty on a new project. For the first part of the project, Adachi contributed illustrations of characters wearing Betty products. The characters appear on a display at Betty's new store in Harajuku, Tokyo, which opened on May 3. Betty debuted in 2003, and the ...
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Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 8

"This is one of the meatiest episodes to date, fully demonstrating the breadth of its quality characterizations."
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Arakawa: Silver Spoon Manga Will Show Hachiken After Graduation

Manga has been on hiatus since September ― Hiromu Arakawa revealed her plans for her Silver Spoon manga in the 41st issue of Ichijinsha's Febri magazine on April 18. She said that she had planned to depict Hachiken's first year in detail and then rush through the second year and show a shortened third year. After that, the story will show Hachiken and the other characters after graduation, and that s...
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J-World Tokyo Theme Park Marks Reborn! Anime's 10th Anniversary

Namco's J-World Tokyo indoor theme park revealed the details of its new Reborn! event on Thursday. The "Future Edition" event is one part of a three-part celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of the anime of Akira Amano's Katekyo Hitman Reborn! manga. The event will offer merchandise with new "Chibi World" illustrations of the anime's characters. "Chibi World" is the theme park's line of origin...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 22

"This will likely go down as one of the fan favorite showdowns of the sports festival."
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Ayame-kun no Nonbiri Nikushoku Nisshi Live-Action Film's Teaser Reveals Cast

October 7 film stars Mario Kuroba, Rika Adachi, more ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Mai Machi's Ayame-kun no Nonbiri Nikushoku Nisshi (The diary about Ayame's easygoing and aggressive days. or lit. Ayame's Carefree Journal on Meat-Eating) manga began streaming a teaser video for the film on Wednesday. The video reveals the film's cast. The film opens in Japan on October...
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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episode 8

"This is the first time that production problems interfered with the show's ability to be entertaining, resulting in an uncharacteristically dour experience."
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Fans Choose Heiji Hattori as Detective Conan Escape Game's Main Character

Scrap's Real Escape Game revealed the main character and title of its newest Detective Conan attraction on Wednesday. Fans voted for Heiji Hattori (also known as Harley Hartwell in English) to star in "Scotland Yard kara no Dasshutsu" (Escape From Scotland Yard). The attraction's story is set in the newly opened theme park Tōto London City. Attractions like the Tower Bridge Coaster, Buckingham Maz...
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Berserk ‒ Episode 21

"Seeing Berserk run out of everything just when we reach a moment fans have been anticipating for such a long time is unfortunate."
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Fumiko Fumi Launches New Ai to Noroi Manga in July

Manga launches in Shinchosha's yom yom literary magazine ― The 44th issue of Shinchosha's yom yom literary magazine revealed on May 19 that Fumiko Fumi will launch a new manga titled Ai to Noroi (Love and Curses) in the magazine's next issue in July. The magazine teases the manga's story: When news about Boy A circulated back then, I thought I'd destroy the world, and ask for someone's forgiveness. S...
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Sword Oratoria ‒ Episode 7

"For a story that's nominally about her, Aiz is one of the least interesting things in it, even during this week's fight scene."
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Platinum Games Plans to Publish Its Own Titles

1st self-published game will be small in scope ― Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba stated in an interview with Japanese games website Gamespark on May 21 that it intends to publish its own games, alongside the planning and development. Inaba stated that the first title that the company plans to publish on its own will be small in scope, but will be "purely platinum-colored," and will deliver on t...
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Kemono Friends' Videos Preview Character Song, Soundtrack CDs

The official YouTube channel for the Kemono Friends television anime began streaming promotional videos for the Japari Café drama and character song album and the anime's original soundtrack CD on Friday. The videos preview many of the tracks on both CDs. The Japari Café drama and character song album will feature five songs, including a special version of the anime's opening theme song "Yōkoso Ja...
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Miyazaki's Return - Part One: The Creation of a Legend

Famed anime film maker Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement. But what does all this mean for the industry and how did Miyazaki become a legend in the first place?
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UQ Holder! GN 9

UQ Holder’s ninth volume makes the most of its prolonged training arc material. Nick Creamer weighs the pros and cons of Ken Akamatsu's latest series. ― UQ Holder has always been an inherently strange shounen property. With its focus on a team of heroes who are all gifted with some form of immortality, the manga has at time had trouble offering compelling opponents for its protagonists. And main char...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Game Adds Tio Plato, Randolph Orlando, Olivert Reise Arnor

Game will ship in Japan on September 28 ― The official website of Nihon Falcom's The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III PlayStation 4 RPG revealed on Thursday that Tio Plato, Randolph Orlando, and Olivert Reise Arnor, all characters from previous games in the franchise, will make appearances in the game. Falcolm also revealed the Japanese voice cast for these characters. Kaori Mizuhashi as Ti...
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Nights of Azure 2 Game Briefly Listed With August 31 Release Date

Retailer Yodobashi briefly listed the PlayStation 4 version of KOEI Tecmo Games and Gust's Knights of Azure 2 (Yoru no Nai Kuni 2 ~Shingetsu no Hanayome~) game with a release date of August 31. The website now lists a general 2017 release timeframe, but a cache of the August 31 listing still exists. Gust originally announced the game with a planned December 22, 2016 release date, but Gust announce...
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Clockwork Planet Anime's New Visual Adds AnchoR

The official website for the anime adaptation of Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana's Clockwork Planet novels revealed a new visual for the anime on Friday. The visual adds the character AnchoR alongside the other characters. The series premiered on April 6. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime with English subtitles as it airs in Japan. Funimation began streaming an English-dubbed version on May 8. Sour...

Phoenix Comicon Staff Ban Prop Weapons Following Man's Arrest

Power Rangers actor Jason David Frank releases statement after armed suspect allegedly enters con with intent to kill him ― Arizona convention Phoenix Comicon announced on Thursday that it has banned all prop weapons for the duration of the convention "as a result of recent events." The announcement contains a detailed list of the kinds of prop weapons banned and the props still allowed. The event is...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, May 15-21

The Seven Deadly Sins, Fairy Tail, One Piece, Major 2nd, Days in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 The Seven Deadly Sins 26 249,485 249,485 2017/05 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 1 1 2 Fairy Tail 61 160,291 160,291 2017/05 Kodansha Hiro Mashima 2 1 3 One Piece 85 120,263 2,283,348 2017/05 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 4 4 Major 2nd 9...
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Perfect World Romance Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Manga centers on reunion, romance between 26-year-old woman, disabled man ― The July issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine revealed on Thursday that Rie Aruga's Perfect World manga will get a live-action film adaptation. The manga centers on 26-year-old Tsugumi Kawana, an employee in an interior design company. When she attends a get-together with employees from a construction firm, she has an unexpected...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, May 15-21

Danganronpa 1•2 Reload PS4 game debuts ― Japan's Game Ranking: May 15-21 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1SwitchMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28 28,781 440,696 23DSMonster Hunter XX Capcom March 18 12,643 1,479,189 63 3SwitchThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Including Limited Editions) Nintendo March 3 10,849 465,631 90 43DSDragon Ball ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, May 15-21

Top 12 anime listed; Pokémon Sun & Moon, Yo-kai Watch, My Hero Academia make list ― The Kaiketsu Zorori: Uchū no Yūsha-tachi movie aired on NHK-E on Saturday, May 20 at 3:55 p.m. and earned a 0.6% rating. Love Live! The School Idol Movie aired on NHK-E on Saturday, May 20 at 12:25 a.m. and earned a 0.3% rating. The live-action drama adaptation of Ryō Ikuemi's Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo manga aired on ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, May 8-14

My Hero Academia stays in top 10 ― The live-action drama adaptation of Ryō Ikuemi's Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo manga aired on TBS on Tuesday, May 9 at 10:00 p.m and earned an 9.9% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV May 14 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 10.8 Doraemon TV Asahi May 12 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 8.0 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi May 12 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 8.0 Dete...
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Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu Anime's Ad Promotes 1st BD/DVD Volume

Anime premieres in July, 1st volume out on July 26 ― The official website of the Katsugeki! Tōken Ranbu (Action Picture! Touken Ranbu) television anime series began streaming a commercial on Saturday for the anime's first Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video volume. The first volume is slated for July 26, and will include the first episode, with limited editions including a CD and a booklet. (Not...
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Monster Hunter XX Game's Switch Version Reveals August 25 Release in Video

Nintendo releases designed Switch console for game, adds multiplayer to 3DS, Switch versions ― Capcom announced on Saturday that its Nintendo Switch port of the Monster Hunter XX (pronounced as "Double Cross") game will ship in Japan on August 25. The package edition retails for 5,800 yen (about US$52) and the download edition retails for 5,546 yen (US$50). The game will have 1080p support for the Sw...
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Blend S Waitress TV Anime's Main Staff, Visual Unveiled

Ryouji Masuyama directs October anime, with writer Go Zappa, character designer Yousuke Okuda ― A-1 Pictures opened a website for its television anime adaptation of Miyuki Nakayama's Blend S four-panel manga on Saturday. The site reveals the anime's main staff and visual. Ryouji Masuyama (Gurren Lagann Parallel Works' "Drill the Heavens with Your XXX!!!" director, The [email protected] episode director) is ...
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Black Butler Gets New Musical Covering Story of Anime Film

5th musical adapts "Luxury Liner" arc, runs from December 2017 through February 2018 ― The official Twitter account of the musical adaptations of Yana Toboso's Black Butler manga announced on Saturday that a fifth musical has been green-lit. The new musical is titled Musical Kuroshitsuji - Tango on the Campania, and will adapt the story of the manga's "Gōka Kyakusen" (luxury liner) arc, which appeare...

Friday, May 26

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KonoSuba PS4/PS Vita Game's Trailer Outlines Plot

Game ships on September 7 in Japan with bonus shooting game for 1st-print editions ― 5pb began streaming a trailer for its Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! -Kono Yokubukai Game ni Shinpan o! game on Friday. The video outlines the game's plot, and shows the different characters that players can pursue a story route for. (Note: The video is region-locked in some countries, including the United Sta...
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Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age PS4 Remaster's Videos Outline Gambit System, Story

Game ships on July 11 in N. America, Europe; on July 13 in Japan, Asia ― Square Enix began streaming two videos for the Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age PlayStation 4 game on Thursday and Friday. The first video is in English, and outlines the game's license board system, which allows players to customize each character's abilities, and the Gambit System, which allows players to automate their charac...
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Annecy Festival Screens French/Japanese Animated Film Mutafukaz

Ankama, Studio 4°C announced project in 2011 ― The staff of Mutafukaz, the upcoming animated film based on Guillaume "Run" Renard's comic series of the same name, announced on Friday that the film is finished and it will screen at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 13. Annecy's official website lists the film as 90 minutes long. French video game and comics publisher Ankama and ...
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Revolutionary Girl Utena ‒ Episodes 8-9

"Questions upon questions flood Utena's universe after this game-changing ninth episode."
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Tubi TV Adds Midori Days, Panda-Z the Robonimation Anime

World Trigger anime also added ― Video streaming service Tubi TV began streaming Midori Days, Panda-Z the Robonimation, and World Trigger. All three titles are available in Japanese with English subtitles. Midori Days follows the story of high school delinquent Seiji Sawamura who is desperate to have a girlfriend. One morning he wakes up to discover that his right hand has become a girl named Midori ...
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Hoshizora no Memoria Visual Novel Kickstarter Meets Initial Goal

Campaign funds limited edition Western release ― Sekai Project's Kickstarter campaign for a limited edition physical Western release of developer Favorite's Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish upon a Shooting Star- visual novel met its initial goal of US$45,000 on Friday. If the project reaches its US$75,000 stretch goal, the Hoshizora no Memoria Eternal Heart fandisk will also get an English translation, and...
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Makoto Kobayashi Draws What's Michael? Manga's Cat for 1st Time in 29 Years

Cat comedy manga What's Michael?'s creator Makoto Kobayashi released a special illustration of the series' title character for the first time in 29 years on Thursday. The illustration features on the front covers of this year's 26th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Morning magazine and Weekly D Morning digital magazine. The illustration is part of manga creator Jōkura Kōji's (also known as Yūji Moritaka...
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Crunchyroll to Add Monster Strike the Movie Anime Streaming

Film streams June 2 ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the Monster Strike the Movie anime film beginning on June 2. The stream will be available worldwide outside of Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. The film opened in December and topped the Japanese box office in its first weekend. The film tells a prequel story before the events of the net anime series. Crunchyroll is ...
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KADO - The Right Answer ‒ Episode 7

"Whenever an alien shows up and starts giving away advanced technology, it's only a matter of time before someone tries to make money off the situation."
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Mamoru & Usagi Hear Wedding Bells for New Petit Chara Figures

Usagi Tsukino's dreams of martial bliss have finally come true thanks to a new Petit Chara figure set from MadHouse. The figures include Usagi in a stunning wedding dress, Mamoru in a snappy tux, and Luna and Artemis wearing flower collars. The figures' design is based on a new illustration creator Naoko Takeuchi drew for Konin Todoke's "Romance Wedding" marriage applications last year. Cards dep...
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Seven Seas Licenses Leiji Matsumoto's Captain Harlock Manga

Classic manga ran from 1977-79 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Leiji Matsumoto's original Space Pirate Captain Harlock manga. The company will release the series in two hardcover omnibus editions under the title Captain Harlock: The Classic Collection. Zack Davisson is translating the series. Seven Seas describes the story: After a mysterious sphere collides with T...
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Henkei Shojo Anime Short Redefines 'Transforming Girl'

DLE began streaming the "one chorus version" of the Henkei Shojo (Transformation Girls) net anime shorts' theme song "Me-Chu-Pa-La" on Friday. The video features animation from the first short, titled "Haru-hen" (Haru Version), which debuted on March 27. The theme song performed by Haru is available for download on the project's official website. The first short (embedded below) has been viewed mo...
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No Game, No Life Film's Visual Shows Returning Characters

Konomi Suzuki returns to perform film's theme song ― The official website for the upcoming No Game, No Life Zero film revealed a new key visual on Friday. The website also revealed that Konomi Suzuki, the opening theme song performer for the television anime, will also perform the film's theme song "There is a Reason." The song will be included on the No Game, No Life "complete album" No Song No Life...
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Clockwork Planet ‒ Episode 8

"Even when a giant robot is laying waste to the city, it still feels like the story is going nowhere."
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Victor's Butt Steals the Spotlight on Yuri!!! on Ice Soundtrack Cover

The Yuri!!! On Ice soundtrack cover art has forgone ice-skating imagery in favor of Victor's well-sculpted backside. Yuri, Yurio, Macchin, and even a bowl of katsudon are also on the cover drawn by series character designer Tadashi Hiramatsu. The album is slated for release on June 28 and includes a TV-size version of the opening theme "History Maker" by Dean Fujioka and illustration from the firs...
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City Hunter Gets Spinoff Manga About Fan Reborn Into Manga's World

Manga to launch in July following conclusion of Angel Heart 2nd Season ― This year's July issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine announced on Thursday that Sokura Nijiki will launch a manga titled Kyō Kara City Hunter in the September issue on July 25. The manga is about a 40-year-old unmarried woman who has been obsessed with City Hunter's Ryō Saeba since high school. One day she is h...
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Women Reveal Their Top Fate/Grand Order Servants

The Fate/Grand Order smartphone game will be in Western players' hands soon enough. The reappearance and familiar franchise faces and new servants will again face off in a quest for the Holy Grail. The new shake-up on the premise has gamers re-evaluating who is there favorite servant. The Anime! Anime! website tried to find out by asking players, specifically female players, who is their favorite ...
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Sagrada Reset ‒ Episode 8

"This three part arc culminates in Kei solving not one, but two different ladies' problems, all without a hint of distress or uncertainty on his part."
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Revolutionary Girl Utena Gets New Manga Chapter in July

Chiho Saito to draw manga for Flowers magazine ― This year's July issue of Shogakukan's Flowers magazine announced on Saturday that a new Revolutionary Girl Utena manga will run in the magazine's September issue on July 28. Original artist Chiho Saito is drawing the new manga. The magazine did not say if the new manga will continue past the September issue. Be-Papas — a group of industry professional...
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Answerman - Is Netflix A Salve For The Anime Business?

Could Netflix's influence solve the many production and salary woes plaguing the anime industry? Justin considers the angles. ― Earl asks: The trailer for the new Castlevania anime came out today and my coworkers and I were remarking on the animation quality. It's an American production (despite what I thought initially), but it got me thinking... Would Netflix-style contracts/production be a way ou...
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Irregular at Magic High School Film's Characters Star as Beans in TV Ads

Gekijōban Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Hoshi o Yobu Shōjo is collaborating with Dentsu's Mameshiba characters to promote the anime film's opening in Japanese theaters on June 17. The irregular at magic high school anime's characters Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba share a last name that is also part of the bean dog character line's name. The collaboration's first television commercial began streaming on Thur...
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Love Tyrant ‒ Episode 8

"Despite being a parody of the whole harem genre, Love Tyrant delivers a surprisingly straight take on the ridiculous battle action and backstory complications of shows like Love Hina and Tenchi Muyo."

Square Enix CEO: Final Fantasy VII Remake, Kingdom Hearts III Launch in Next 3 Years

Games announced in 2015, 2013 ― Square Enix president and CEO Yosuke Matsuda revealed at a financial results briefing session for Square Enix Holdings on May 11 that the Final Fantasy VII remake and Kingdom Hearts III games are slated for release in about the next three years. Commenting on a presentation slide featuring game releases for fiscal year 2017 and the future, Matsuda said, "We plan to lau...
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Anime Expo Hosts Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel Author Fujino Ōmori

Author appears at 1st N. American convention in July ― BookWalker announced on Friday that Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? light novel series author Fujino Ōmori will attend Los Angeles anime convention Anime Expo as its special guest. He will participate in a panel and autograph sessions. The convention appearance will be Ōmori's first in North America. In addition to hosting Ōmori...
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The Titles of Those Re:Creators Songs You Can't Get Out of Your Head

Like many fans of Re:Creators, I have had one nagging question: "What are the names of those awesome vocal-filled background songs?"
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Miss Hokusai BD+DVD

Miss Hokusai demonstrates the power of articulating life as it is lived, presenting a rich portrait of both its historical moment and its charming heroine. ― The great painter Hokusai is one of the most famous and internationally renowned artists in Japanese history. Responsible for works as recognized as The Great Wave off Kanigawa (itself an element of the vastly influential 36 Views of Mount Fuji)...
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Gonzo's 18if TV Anime's Video Shows Dream World

Nobunaga Shimazaki, Takehito Koyasu, Kaori Nazuka star in July anime ― The official website for Koji Morimoto and Gonzo's 18if television anime began streaming the series' first promotional video on Friday. The video previews Haruto's journey in the dream world. Gonzo also began streaming two more six-minute "18 Yume Sekai VR" (18 Dream World VR) 360° videos for mobcast's 18: Kimi to Tsunagaru Puzzle...
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Tekken 7 Game's Opening CInematic, 4th Character Trailer Streamed

PS4, Xbox One, PC game slated for June 2 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the opening cinematic for its upcoming Tekken 7 fighting game on Tuesday. The company also began streaming a fourth character episode trailer on Thursday. The video introduces Raven, Dragunov, Lili, Asuka, Leo, and Yoshimitsu. The first trailer showed Marshall Law, Feng Wei, Bob, Bryan Fury, Devil Jin, Hwoarang, Gig...
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Kodansha Comics Releases Battle Angel Alita Manga Digitally Before Print Release

Classic manga series available digitally with new translation ― Kodansha Comics announced on Wednesday that its English language release of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita manga will be available digitally on comiXology and Kindle before its print release. Volumes 1-3 are available now in the comiXology Originals line for US$10.99 each or free with comiXology membership. Volumes 4-6 are set for ...
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NISA Streams Opening Movie For Ys VII: Lacrimosa of DANA Game

PS4, PS Vita, PC game arrives in N. America on September 12, in Europe on September 15 ― NIS America began streaming the opening movie on Thursday for its upcoming release of Nihon Falcom's Ys Vlll: Lacrimosa of DANA game. NISA plans to release the game on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Steam in North America on September 12 and in Europe on September 15. The PS4 and PS Vita versions will h...
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Red Entertainment Reveals Our World is Ended PS Vita Game

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash's Eiri Shirai designs characters for adventure game ― Game developer and publisher Red Entertainment revealed the Our World is Ended (Ore-tachi no Sekai wa Owatteiru.) PlayStation Vita game on Thursday. The adventure game is slated for this fall. The company had launched a teaser website for the game last week. The staff has also launched a Twitter account for the game. The...
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Saiyuki Reload Blast Anime Reveals July 5 Premiere, More Cast

Kaho Kouda, Jin Yamanoi join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki Reload Blast manga revealed two more cast members and the show's July 5 premiere date on Friday. The new cast members include: Kaho Kouda as Crown Prince Nataku Jin Yamanoi as Dokugakuji Saiyuki Reload Blast will premiere on July 5 on AT-X at 10:30 p.m., and will then air on Tokyo...
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Battle Girl High School Anime Reveals Visual, Theme Song Artists, July 2 Premiere

18 main cast members perform opening song by kz ― The official website for COLOPL's Battle Girl High School smartphone role-playing game revealed the key visual, theme song artists, and premiere date on Friday for the anime adaptation of the game. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 2 at 24:30 (effectively July 3 at 12:30 a.m.) before airing on Kansai TV at 25:55 (effectively at 1:55...
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KanColle Film Earns 560 Million Yen After March Screenings

Film opened in Japan in November, had 4DX, MX4D screenings in February ― Kadokawa's Famitsu.com website reported on Friday that the Kantai Collection: KanColle anime film earned a total of 560 million yen (about US$5 million) after finishing its March screenings in Japan. The film's Blu-ray Disc and DVD release in Japan is slated for August 30. The limited edition version of the releases will feature...
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Kimi no Koe o Todoketai Anime Film's Teaser Reveals August 25 Opening

Film adds Yuuki Kaji, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Masako Nozawa to cast ― The official website of Kimi no Koe o Todoketai, Madhouse's original anime film project, began streaming a teaser video for the film on Friday. The video reveals the film's August 25 opening in Japan. In addition, the site revealed additional cast for the film. Yuuki Kaji will play the character Daigo Koyurugi, Tatsuhisa Suzuki will play...
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Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles Anime Reveals Key Visual, Main Staff

Asterisk War's Kenji Seto directs series at Studio Gokumi ― The official website for the television anime of Naru Narumi's Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles) manga revealed the show's key visual and main staff on Friday. Kenji Seto (both seasons of The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water) is directing the series at Studio Gokumi (Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Ur...
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Made in Abyss Anime Premieres on July 7

The official website for the television anime of Akihito Tsukushi's Made in Abyss manga revealed on Friday that the series will premiere on July 7. The series will air on AT-X, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting, Saga TV, and BS11. In the story, an enormous pit and cave system called the "Abyss" is the only unexplored place in the world. Strange and wonderful creatures ...
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Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Film Earns 3.35 Billion Yen Worldwide

Film sells 2.75 million tickets worldwide ― The staff of the Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale anime film announced on Friday that the film has earned more than 3.35 billion yen (about US$30.1 million) worldwide, and has sold more than 2,750,000 tickets. The film has earned 2,503,140,460 yen (about US$22.5 million) and sold 1,758,928 tickets in Japan as of Wednesday. The film opened in France...
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DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon Comedy Anime Film Opens in October

Film staff runs auction campaign for rights to use Eagle Talon characters to "increase budget" ― The official website of DLE Inc.'s DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon anime film revealed on Thursday that the film will open in Japan on October 21. In addition, the film's staff is running an auction, supposedly in order to increase the budget for the film to match Hollywood standards. The auction allows p...
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Clione no Akari TV Anime's Promo Video Highlights Minori

Sayuri Matsumura plays character in July anime ― The official website for the television anime of Natural-Rain's illustrated online novel Clione no Akari (Clione's Light) began streaming a promotional video for the series on Friday. The video highlights the character Minori Amamiya. The anime's cast includes: Sayuri Matsumura as Minori Amamiya Shunya Ōhira as Takashi Aoi Natsuko Hara as Kyōko Tsukiha...
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Kids on the Slope Live-Action Film Reveals More Cast Members

Erina Mano, Dean Fujioka, Baijaku Nakamura join 2018 film ― The official blog for the live-action film adaptation of Yuki Kodama's Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) manga revealed additional cast members for the film on Friday. The additional cast includes (from left to right in picture above): Erina Mano as Yurika Fukahori, the mysterious woman whom Sentarō falls in love with at first sight D...
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Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Casts Kabuki Actor Minosuke Bandō as Uta

Film opens on July 29 ― The official website for the live-action film of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga revealed on Friday that kabuki actor Minosuke Bandō will play Uta, a mask maker for ghouls. The previously announced cast includes: Masataka Kubota (live-action Death Note, Mars, Photo Braver 7 television series) as Ken Kaneki Fumika Shimizu as Tōka Kirishima Yuu Aoi (live-action Rurouni Kenshin's ...
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Live-Action Gintama Film Inspires Net Show on July 15

dTV also gets "movie comic" that adapts manga with sound effects, animation ― Docomo's dTV streaming service announced on Friday that the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga is inspiring a live-action net show that will premiere on the service on July 15, one day after the film's opening in Japan. The show will feature the same cast and staff as the film, and will adapt a "popular" st...
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NTR: Netsuzou Trap Anime's 1st Promo Shows Secret Relationship

Anime adaptation of Naoko Kodama's yuri manga premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime of Naoko Kodama's yuri manga NTR: Netsuzou Trap began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Friday. The video shows the secret relationship between Yuma and Hotaru. The series will premiere in July. The anime's official website has the text blurb, "We have a secret we can't tell ...
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Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita. TV Anime Shorts' Cast, Theme Song Artist Revealed

Saki Hazuki performs theme song "secret" for Summer anime ― The official website for the television anime of Hanamaluo's adult romance manga Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita. (There Was a Beast Inside the Skirt.) revealed the anime's cast and theme song artist on Friday. The staff also confirmed that the anime's episodes are each five minutes long. The cast includes: Hotaru Hanakage as Shizuka Komin...

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CAPCOM to Release Monster Hunter XX for Switch

Nintendo 3DS game shipped in Japan on March 18 ― Capcom announced on Friday that it will release a port of its Monster Hunter XX (pronounced as "Double Cross") game for the Nintendo Switch. It did not reveal a release date for the game. The game shipped in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS on March 18. Monster Hunter XX features a new "Style Power-up," which allows players to designate a Hunting Art as an "...

Seven Seas Licenses Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Manga

Volume 1 slated for February 2018 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga. It will release the manga's first compiled book volume on February 6, 2018. Seven Seas describes the manga: In the wake of a space-wide civil war instigated by Saga–the Gemini Gold Saint–a new team of Saints comes together with the goal of protecting ...
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Hajimete no Gal Anime Casts Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Kenji Akabane, Minoru Shiraishi

Romantic comedy series premieres in July ― The July issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine revealed more cast members for the television anime of Meguru Ueno's Hajimete no Gal (First-Time Gal) manga on Friday. The new cast includes Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Shinpei Sakamoto (left in picture below), Kenji Akabane as Keigo Ishida (center), and Minoru Shiraishi as Minoru Kobayakawa (right). The ani...
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Re:Zero Novel Illustrator Gets 1st Artbook

If you're still hankering for more Re:Zero or are an avid fan of the light novel's artwork, illustrator Shinichirou Otsuka will get his first artbook on September 23. The Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Shinichirou Otsuka Art Works Re:BOX contains all the pictures of your favorite girl, whether its Emilia or Rem. Additionally, as if customers needed more to sweeten the deal, the set not ...
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JoJo's Araki Maintains Vampire Status in Poll of Unaging Celebrities

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure creator Hirohiko Araki has enjoyed another claim to fame outside of his popular, long-running manga series. The 56-year-old is known to be a snappy dresser and some speculate suspiciously youthful for his age. Microsoft's How Old Do I Look? website placed him at approximately 27-years-old in 2015, and fans have jokingly dated his existence as far back as 3,000 BC. Accordin...
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Pikachu Continue to Multiply in This Year's Yokohama Parade

The Pikachu population in Yokohama is growing out of control in the annual Yokohama parade. Last year's march of 1,000 Pikachu will be outdone this year as organizers promise at least 1,500 of the iconic rodent when the event kicks off on August 9. This year's event is titled "Pikachū Dake janai Pikachū Tairyō Hassei-chū!" (Not Only Pikachu, but a Lot of Pikachu-chu!) and will culminate on August ...
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat ‒ Episode 7

"Iori seems to see Aki as the kind of competition that can drive his team, but can Aki keep Blessing Software together for another project?"
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Monster Strike Gets New 5-Episode Idol Spinoff Anime Special

Mon-Soni! D'Artagnan no Idol Sengen debuts June 14 with many staffers from Lucifer special ― The smartphone game Monster Strike is inspiring a five-episode original anime special titled Mon-Soni! D'Artagnan no Idol Sengen (Monster Sonic! D'Artagnan's Idol Declaration) this summer. The new anime will begin streaming on the YouTube service at 7:00 p.m. (6:00 a.m. EDT) on June 14. The story of Mon-Soni!...
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Yūri, Victor Reach Out for Yuri!!! on Ice's New Scale Figures

Chara-Ani's Toy'sworks brand revealed designs for its second wave of Yuri!!! on Ice scale figures on Wednesday. The Yūri Katsuki and Victor Nikiforov figures are slated to go on sale around fall 2017. In the special illustrations, Yūri and Victor look like they are reaching out to each other and are about to hold hands. The studio MAPPA, which animated the Yuri!!! on Ice television anime, provide...
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Tsukigakirei ‒ Episode 7

"I continue to be impressed by the variety of ways Tsuki ga Kirei explores the smaller foibles of adolescent romance."
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Madoka Magica's Gekidan Inu Curry Illustrates New Utena Album

A combination of two giant magical franchises has lead to one very distinct album cover. Gekidan Inu Curry, the mind behind Madoka Magica's symbolic labyrinths unleashed their unique aesthetic for the Revolutionary Girl Utena Barbara Waisei-ko Mokushiroku: Arsenothelus Zettai Fukkatsu Hikari to Orpheus Zettai Meifu Yami compilation CD. The album collects all of composer J.A. Caesar's equally symbo...
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Pokémon Magikarp Jump Game Launches for iOS, Android Devices

Free-to-play with in-app purchases in multiple languages ― The Pokémon Company released the Pokémon Magikarp Jump smartphone game for iOS and Android devices on Tuesday. The official Pokémon YouTube channels began streaming promotional videos for the game in English and Japanese. In the game, players raise and train Magikarp to jump as high as possible. Players can compete to become League Champion. ...
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Attack on Titan Returns to Joypolis Theme Park This Summer

The Tokyo Joypolis theme park announced on Thursday that it will hold a new Attack on Titan event from July 13 to October 1. The Attack on Titan in Joypolis Season 2 event will feature collaboration attractions, merchandise, and food. The event will again feature a life-size statue of an Attack on Titan character. Tokyo Joypolis is holding a Twitter campaign to reveal the character for this year's...
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Takuya Satō, Yōko Hikasa Join Cast of Altair: A Record of Battles Anime

TV series starring Ayumu Murase premieres on July 7 ― The July issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Thursday character designs and two new cast members for this summer's television anime of Kotono Katō's historical fantasy manga Altair: A Record of Battles (Shōkoku no Altair). Takuya Satō will play Ibrahim, and Yōko Hikasa will play Shara. The anime stars: (Note: character n...
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Angels, Tourists Descend on Gabriel Dropout's Setting City

Hamamatsu, Shizuoka is one of the latest cities in Japan to capitalize on its status as an anime setting and pilgrimage site. The city is the setting of Ukami's Gabriel DropOut manga, and the series' television anime adaptation debuted in January. The city is collaborating with the anime to release sightseeing maps that highlight locations in the anime. The collaboration also launched an official ...
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Chaos;Child PS4, PS Vita Game Heads West in 2017

PQube releases MAGES.' murder mystery game in Europe, N. America ― PQube announced on Thursday that it will release MAGES.' Chaos;Child game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Europe and North America in the third quarter of 2017. The company began streaming a teaser trailer for the release. The game's story is set after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hits Tokyo's Shibuya ward on November 6, 2009,...
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Interview: Silent Hill Composer Akira Yamaoka

The world-famous composer behind the music of Silent Hill discusses his long career making scary games scarier, along with his latest, the score for Let It Die. ― Japanese composer Akira Yamaoka, renowned for his work on Silent Hill's soundtrack, attended this year's Granada FicZone. He's also credited for many other video game scores such as Shadows of the Damned, Lollipop Chainsaw, and Killer Is De...
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A-1 Pictures Animates Blend S Manga for Fall Broadcast

TV anime about cafe waitress premieres in October ― The July issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Carat magazine is revealing on Sunday that A-1 Pictures (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend, Ace Attorney, Oreimo 2) is animating the television anime adaptation of Miyuki Nakayama's Blend S four-panel manga. The anime is slated to premiere in October. The manga's story centers on a girl named M...
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Sakura Quest ‒ Episode 8

"Shiori is an interesting character, but while this arc is clearly set to build her up more, she's not strong enough to carry it on her own yet."
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Re:Creators Shows That in Our World, Even Fictional Heroes Can Be Villains

Just because you're a hero in a fantasy world, that doesn't mean you'd be a hero in ours.
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 8

"For the first time since the premiere's cold open, there's some genuine progression in the overall plot."
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Gleam GN 1

This princess is more interested in actually ruling and political intrigue than finding a prince in this first volume of Aya Shirosaki's shoujo manga. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Gleam is the second manga release from e-publisher Cross Infinite World (the first being Little Hero), and a totally different bird from their usual fare. Where before all of their series featured ordinary girls bei...
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Weekly Shonen Jump Ore Collection Smartphone Game's Franchises Revealed

Dragon Ball, One Piece, Rurouni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakusho, My Hero Academia, To Love-ru, more included ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed some of the franchises on Monday that will feature in the Weekly Shonen Jump Ore Collection (Weekly Shonen Jump My Collection) smartphone game. The franchises include: Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho Wingman Dragon Ball Yu Yu Hakusho Jigoku Sensei Nube Rurouni Kenshin Hos...
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Inuyashiki Anime Reveals Visuals for 2 Main Characters

The official website for the upcoming television anime adaptation of Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki manga revealed the character designs for the two main characters Inuyashiki and Shishigami on Tuesday. The site revealed a new visual for the anime on Monday. The television anime series will premiere in October on Fuji TV's Noitamina block. Keiichi Satou (Tiger & Bunny, Gantz:O, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis) ...
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Staff Replaces Comedian Galigali Galixon's Scene in Live-Action Gintama Film

Comedian was arrested, released earlier this month for driving under the influence ― A public relations official for TV Tokyo revealed on Thursday that the staff of the live-action film adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga is replacing the scene (or scenes) in which comedian Galigali Galixon appears in the film. TV Tokyo is an investor in the film. Galixon was arrested and released on May 12...

Former KAT-TUN Member Koki Tanaka Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Police officer allegedly found marijuana while searching car Tanaka was driving ― Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested singer, actor, and former KAT-TUN member Koki Tanaka in Shibuya on Wednesday for suspicion of marijuana possession. Tanaka denied the suspicion, claiming the marijuana authorities found was not his. According to police, Tanaka was driving a van on a road in the second district of the D...
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Tsukiuta Stage Play Reveals Cast For 4th, 5th Runs

New plays premiere in October, December respectively ― The official Twitter account of the stage adaptation of the Tsukiuta franchise announced new cast members for the franchise's fourth and fifth stage plays on Thursday. The cast for the Six Gravity group includes: (Note: Images in costume are from a previous version of the musical.) Kentarō Menjō as Hajime Mutsuki Hiroki Nakada as Haru Yayoi Tatsu...
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Bandai Namco Ent., Drecom Start New Company to Produce Dragon Ball Z, [email protected] Browser Games

New BXD company to also develop distribution platform service for games ― Bandai Namco Entertainment and video game company Drecom announced on Thursday that they have established a new company called BXD that will develop a gaming platform distribution service to release HTML5-based online games. The company will launch its service in spring 2018 with new games for the Dragon Ball Z, Famista, and Th...

Nintendo Shares Hit Highest Point Since 2008

Shares close higher than last year's Pokémon Go peak, puts company as top 19 listed company ― The Financial Times newspaper reported on Wednesday that, as of that day, Nintendo Co, Ltd.'s shares in the Japanese market gained 3.2 percent to close at 31,880 yen (about US$285), the company's highest closing level since 2008. The company closed higher than its previous peak on July 20 last year, when Nia...
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Knights & Magic Anime's Video Reveals New Cast, Songs, July 2 Premiere

Yasuaki Takumi, Kazuyuki Okitsu, Shizuka Itou join cast; fhana, Ayaka Ohashi perform songs ― The official website for the television anime of Hisago Amazake-no's Knight's & Magic light novel series began streaming a second promotional video on Thursday. The video reveals additional cast, staff, and the July 2 premiere date for the anime. The video also reveals and previews the anime's opening theme s...

Animated Castlevania Series' Trailer Reveals July Netflix Premiere

Series based on Castlevania III game centers on last Belmont attempting to defeat Dracula ― Netflix began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for its Castlevania animated series based on Konami's game series of the same name. The video reveals that the series will premiere on July 7. The series will follow "the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extin...

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DIVE!! Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals Cast, July 6 Premiere

Yuuki Kaji, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuichi Nakamura, Kaori Nazuka, Ryota Ohsaka, Kouki Uchiyama, Tomokazu Sugita star ― The official website for the television anime of Eto Mori's youth novel series DIVE!! began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video reveals the anime's cast and July 6 premiere. The voice cast, including the previously announced Yuuki Kaji, features the followin...
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Anime Expo Hosts Food Wars! Manga Co-Creator Yūto Tsukuda

Los Angeles convention runs July 1-4 ― Los Angeles convention Anime Expo announced on Wednesday that it will host Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga co-creator Yūto Tsukuda as a guest. He will participate in a panel and will have autograph sessions. Tsukuda writes the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga, while artist Shun Saeki draws the art. Chef Yuki Morisaki is credited for cooperation for the mang...
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Seven Seas Licenses Ultra Kaiju Anthropomorphic Project Manga

1st volume of manga about anthropomorphized Ultraman kaijū slated for next February ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Shun Kazakami and POP's Ultra Kaiju Anthropomorphic Project (Ultra Kaijū Gijinka Keikaku: feat. POP Comic code) manga. It will release the first volume on February 20, 2018. Seven Seas describes the manga: When evil aliens arrive on Earth, seeking ...
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May'n Takes on Ultra Street Fighter II Game's Guile in Video

Singer May'n appeared as a special guest on the 64th episode of the Capcom TV! web program on Wednesday. In the video, she plays two matches in the upcoming Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers Nintendo Switch game. May'n plays as Ryu to take on the program's assistant Chocolat Ikeda playing as Blanka around the 26:15 mark. Other people on the program also face off against each other. Fo...
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Takuya Eguchi Takes a Turn as Business Shellfish

Popular voice actor Takuya Eguchi took on one of his strangest roles on Friday. Known for voicing characters in Konosuba, My Love Story!, and My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Eguchi's roster remains humanoid. The voice actor can now add "weird shellfish businessman" (businessmollusk?) to his resume. Eguchi joined the cast of "Kaishain" ("Clamployees"), animated shorts that star varieties of shellfis...

English-Subtitled Last Exile Anime Moves to Crunchyroll

Funimation continues to stream English-dubbed version ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that the English-subtitled version of Last Exile has left Funimation's streaming service and begun streaming on Crunchyroll as part of the two companies' partnership. The English-dubbed version will continue streaming on Funimation. Funimation describes the anime: Claus Valca and his fiery navigator Lavie are obse...
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K: Missing Kings Stage Play Casts Carin Isobe, Juri, Keisuke Ueda

Kenichi Suemitsu returning as director, scriptwriter for October stage play ― The official blog for the stage play adaptation of the K: Missing Kings anime film revealed additional cast members on Wednesday. The additional cast includes: Carin Isobe as Anna Kushina Juri as Izumo Kusanagi Keisuke Ueda as Misami Yata Previously announced cast include Yoshihiko Aramaki as Kurō Yatogami, and Yoshihide Sa...
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Father Hides Real Nintendo Switch in Son's Cardboard Version

Twitter user Mohikan recently posted some pictures of his creative, game-loving son. The boy had no idea that his father had a huge surprise in store for him. On April 5, Mohikan posted a picture of his son playing "Poop Prince Adventure 2" on his newest homemade PC. Mohikan noted that the PC's display has a "mysterious 29:8 aspect ratio." 息子の自作PCがまた新しくなってました。ディスプレイは29:8という謎のアスペクト比で『うんこおうじのぼうけん2』が...
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Yuri on Ice Boys Hang Up Their Skates for Bellhop Uniforms

Yuri and Victor are happy to greet visitors at Ikebukuro Sunshine City's Prince Hotel starting on July 1. Yurio is also there but judging by the character art, it's only because he needs more spending money for tiger shirts and katsudon pirozhkis. The hotel is offering "Concept Rooms" for patrons that feature super-deformed characters decorated throughout the space. Reservation costs also guarante...
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Akame ga KILL's Takahiro Teases New Hinowa ga Yuku! Manga's Story

Girl aims to unify war-torn land in series debuting June 24 ― The June issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine revealed story details about Takahiro's new Hinowa ga Yuku! (Hinowa Conquers!) manga on Thursday. The manga will launch with strelka's art in the magazine's July issue on June 24. The story is set in a distant eastern country called Wakoku. Battles for the survival of the fittest ...
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Kickstarter to Allow Projects Directly From Japan Later This Year

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter announced on May 18 that it will allow Kickstarter projects to launch directly from Japan later this year. The platform will announce more details at a later date. Previously, Kickstarter projects by creators from Japan had to required a person or organization outside Japan to act as a middleman for the project. Some anime that had Kickstarter projects include Und...
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Fukushima Gainax's Art Exhibition Honors Whisper of the Heart Director

Anime studio Fukushima Gainax's "fantasy and art" museum Fukushima Sakura Yūgakusha is collaborating with Fukushima Chuo TV to hold the "Kono Otoko ga Ghibli o Sasaeta. Kondō Yoshifumi-ten" (This Man Supported Ghibli. Yoshifumi Kondō Exhibition) exhibit. The exhibition to honor animator Yoshifumi Kondō will run at the museum from June 3 to August 31. Kondō was born in Niigata Prefecture in 1950, a...
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Sega Opens VR Entertainment Center in Tokyo's Akihabara on May 31

"First VR attraction facility in Japan" will be on Club Sega Akihabara Shinkan's 6th floor ― Sega announced on its official Twitter account on Monday that it is launching a virtual-reality entertainment center called "Sega VR Area Akihabara" on the sixth floor of its Club Sega Akihabara Shinkan building on May 31. Sega bills the new facility as the "first VR attraction facility in Japan." 2017年5月31日(...
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Amazon Germany Lists Chaos;Child PS4, Vita Game From PQube

Amazon Germany is listing MAGES.' Chaos;Child game for both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, with PQube listed as the publisher. Both have a listed release date of June 30. The game's story is set after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hits Tokyo's Shibuya ward on November 6, 2009, a black fire spreads and causes mass panic on the day of the earthquake. The sudden disaster that becomes known as t...
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Space Brothers Manga's Serika Fund Supports ALS Research

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease (MND), features in Chūya Koyama's Space Brothers manga. In the lead-up to the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations' global day of recognition for ALS on June 21, the manga and its partners launched the Serika Fund (Serika Kikin Uchū Kyōdai ALS Project). The project's website states that "Ser...
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Multiple Kemono Friends Games Are in the Works, Besides Announced Phone App

Platforms to be revealed later ― The cast of the Kemono Friends anime revealed during their streamed "9th Kemono Friends Hour" special on Niconico Live on Wednesday that multiple new games are in the works — and not just the previously announced new smartphone game. However, the cast could not reveal which platform or platforms that the other new game projects are targeting. Nexon's original Kemono F...
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Sailor Moon Musical Reveals Cast for Sailor Starlights, Princess Kakyū

Riona Tatemichi, Meiku Harukawa, Sakii Matsuda, Asami Okamura join cast ― The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise revealed the cast for the Sailor Starlights and Princess Kakyū for the Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Le Mouvement Final- stage musical on Wednesday. Riona Tatemichi (front row left in picture below) will play Sailor Star Maker, Meiku Harukawa (center) will play Sailor Star Fighte...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of May 13-19

Nobody expected the titans to be felled by tanuki - The Eccentric Family slides into #1! See how your favorite shows fared in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these ra...
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The Royal Tutor ‒ Episodes 7-8

"Compared to Kai's rusty communication skills, Bruno's insecurities are less obvious at first sight."
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3rd Hetalia Stage Musical Reveals Cast in Costume

Shōji Nakada, Ryōta Obigane, Ryō Yamada join cast for July musical ― The official website for the stage musical adaptations of Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia - Axis Powers manga revealed visuals of all the main cast members in costume for the third musical, titled Hetalia ~in the new world~, on Wednesday. Ryōki Nagae (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Satomi Hakkenden) as Italy Yūsuke Ueda (Ace of Diamond s...
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Answerman - Why Do Colors In Blu-ray Re-Releases Of Classic Anime Look Different?

Anime on bluray sometimes looks very different from the way we might remember it - Justin explains how it's a little less scientific than we might think. ― Stanley asks: I have a technical question about Blu-ray transfers, particularly the film to Blu-Ray ones. I've been starting up a Blu-Ray collection recently and was looking at some comparison screenshots from a lot of classic anime titles and fi...
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Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku ‒ Episode 7

"This episode did very little to open up about Reiko's circumstances, but more than enough to open up her heart."
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CGCG Studio HD Presents Sprin' Pan Let's go forward! Anime at Annecy's MIFA Market

Short centers on 12-year-old girl who admires Peter Pan ― Animation studio CGCG Studio HD will participate in this year's MIFA (Marche international du film d'animation) animation market, which is run by and concurrently with the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The studio will offer its nine-minute anime short "Sprin' Pan Mae e Susumou!" ("Sprin' Pan Let's go forward!") for consideratio...
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The Magical Girls You'll Meet in the Upcoming Madoka Magica Game

Upcoming smartphone game Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record is full of magical girls--and most of them are completely new.
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Murciélago GN 1 & 2

This series brings the gore, sex, and action at full volume, but does it have enough substance to balance out the madness? Rebecca Silverman weighs in. ― Murciélago, which is Spanish for “bat,” is definitely one of the darker stories to come out recently. It follows the gruesome, and occasionally sexy, adventures of Kuroko Koumori, a slightly-reformed mass murderer as she works for the Metropolitan P...

Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita. Manga Gets TV Anime

Series about college student who meets crossdresser debuts in July ― Hanamaluo's adult romance manga Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita. (There Was a Beast Inside the Skirt.) is getting a television anime adaptation. An official website for the anime opened on Wednesday and began streaming a teaser promotional video. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on July 2, and an uncut 18+ version will stream o...
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Sengoku Basara Dokugan Spinoff Manga Ends in June

Game franchise spinoff manga by Yasuyuki Nekoi launched in April 2016 ― This year's 12th issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion magazine revealed on Tuesday that Yasuyuki Nekoi's Sengoku Basara Dokugan manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 13. The story takes place in a new century in Japan, where Mogami Yoshiaki rules over a despotic government. A one-eyed man riding motorcycle appears...
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25th Ward: The Silver Case Sequel Game Gets Remake

Episodic sequel to Suda51's The Silver Case game originally released 2005-2007 ― Grasshopper Manufacture announced during the BitSummit event on Saturday that it will develop a remake of its The 25th Ward: The Silver Case (Silver Jiken: 25-Ku) sequel game. Gōichi Suda (also known as Suda51) stated that the game will be "almost a full remake, including the scenario." Grasshopper Manufacture did not an...
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Level-5 CEO: Next Inazuma Eleven Soccer Game to Be Developed for Smartphones Also

Also targeting "high-end game machines"; anime premieres in October ― Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino said in an interview with the Nikkei Trendy Net website on Tuesday that his company is planning on developing the Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin game for smartphones alongside "high-end game machines" at the same time. Hino did not state any specific platforms or a release date for the game. The story of In...
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Live-Action Anthem of the Heart Film's Teaser Highlights Jun Naruse

July 22 film based on anime by anohana creators ― Aniplex began streaming a web teaser trailer for the live-action film based on The Anthem of the Heart (Kokosake or Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da.) anime film on Wednesday. The video highlights protagonist Jun Naruse. (Note: The Youtube video linked above is region-locked to Japan.) The film will open in Japan on July 22. The cast includes: Kento Naka...
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Atsushi Abe, Yūichi Nakamura Narrate Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō Anime's Teaser Video

Co-stars reprise drama CD roles for July supernatural show ― The official website for the television anime of Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Refined Daily Life at the Supernatural Entity Apartment) light novel series posted a teaser video and key visual on Wednesday. The character Yūshi Inaba (as voiced by Atsushi Abe) and Mizuki Hase (Yūichi Nakamura) narrate the video. The anime wi...

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Shinji Gets in the Damn Boat with Eva Fish Grip

Where did you draw the line at ridiculous Evangelion merchandise? Was it the Tomato juice commercials? The Schick campaign where Gendo shed his beard? A NERV bucket? Hideaki Anno's crowning franchise has something for everyone even if that something has nothing to do giant robots. Case in point, the anime is starting its first collaboration with fishing gear. Next month a Unit-01 color-coded DRES...
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Yuri!!! on Ice Lottery Brings Plush Skater Prizes

This month's Minna no Kuji ("Lottery for Everybody"), a lottery that everyone can win, is bringing the boys of Yuri! on Ice into winners' hands. Starting on May 28, fans can try their hand at winning a large banner showing Victor, Yuri, and Yurio skating together, stuffed dolls of all three guys, zipper pouches inspired by their skating costumes, hand towels, rubber mascot characters, a wall-scro...
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Square Enix, Taro Yoko's SINoALICE Smartphone Game Slated for June 6

The official Twitter account for Square Enix's SINoALICE iOS and Android smartphone game announced on Tuesday that the game is slated to launch on June 6. The tweet noted that June 6 is creative director Taro Yoko's birthday, and also "butsumetsu" (an unlucky day associated with the death of Buddha). Pokelabo (Senki Zesshou Symphogear XD Unlimited, Senran no Samurai Kingdom) is developing the game...
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Kaijū Club Live-Action Series Reveals Cast, New Visual

Kanata Hongou, Ryūsei Yokohama, Masato Yano, Ryo Kato, Shogo Yamaguchi, more star in June series ― The official website for the Kaijū Club Kūsō Tokusatsu Seishunki (Kaijū Club Fictional Special Effects Youth Chronicle) live-action series revealed the main cast and a visual for the show on Monday. The cast, including previously announced star Kanata Hongou (live-action Gantz' Jōichirō Nishi, Attack on...
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Anime Ads Ask: Can Laundry Detergent Bring Romance?

Can the fluffy feeling of cotton and an alluringly clean scent foster a budding romance? Kao's Fragrance New Beads line of laundry detergents intends to find out in two animated advertisements. In the first ad titled "New Student", Kaori encounters Hanamura on a crowded subway train. The mixing smells of everyone on board is unpleasant but when the shifting train causes Kaori to draw close to Hana...
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Raiden V Side-Shooter Game Listed for PlayStation 4

Online retailer Amazon is listing a PlayStation 4 game titled Raiden V: Director's Cut Limited Edition from UFO Interactive. According to the Amazon page, the release will include a Raiden V Original Soundtrack CD. It is currently listed for release in North American on August 22. Microsoft originally announced plans to release the Raiden V side-shooter for Xbox One in Japan in 2015, but the game ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 21-27

Dimension W, Momokuri anime; Delicious in Dungeon, Descending Stories, Girls' Last Tour, The Royal Tutor manga; your name. novel ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Dimension W BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 May 23 Dimension W Limited Edition BD/DVDCite Funimation Entertainment US$84.98 May 23 Dragon Ball Z Kai The Final Chapters Part 2 BDAnimeNewsNetwork...
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Dress Up Your Drinks With an Extra Frilly Sailor Uniform

In 2015, concerned citizens everywhere found a solution to a nagging problem: bottle perspiration. Well, technically, condensation. It's not that there wasn't already a solution; table coasters have long protected furniture from troublesome rings left my chilled beverages. It's just that this wasn't a cute enough solution. Enter Kitan Club's bottle underwear. Panties be they striped, polka-dots, o...
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Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor ‒ Episode 8

"While this episode is fairly well-done overall, I'm longing for some fresher twists."
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Linked Horizon's New Attack on Titan CD Sells 25,273 in 1st Week

Also: Attack on Titan reports lower game sales ― Linked Horizon's Shingeki no Kiseki album, which includes the group's opening theme song for the second season of Attack on Titan, sold 25,273 copies in its first week to rank at #2 on Oricon's weekly chart. The album shipped in Japan on May 17. The sales number represents the CD-only standard edition, not the limited editions that bundle a DVD or Blu-...
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SukaSuka ‒ Episode 7

"The series has settled into a comfortable genre groove after last week's much-needed turnaround."
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Seven Seas Licenses Fauna and the Dragonewt's Seven Kingdoms Manga

Fantasy manga follows dragon archaeologist, human girl ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Monday that it has licensed Kiyohisa Tanaka's Fauna and the Dragonewt's Seven Kingdoms (Ryuu no Nanakuni to Minashigo no Fana) manga. The first single volume is slated for a print release on January 16, 2018. Seven Seas describes the story: In a fantastical future, humans are no longer the dominant species–...
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 20

"This sprint may have taken some time, but the storytelling kept it interesting and tense."
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Goku Takes on Broly God in Universal Studios Japan Attraction Ad

Osaka's Universal Studios Japan theme park is prepping for an exciting summer filled with Shonen Jump characters and attractions. Jōtaro and Dio, the cast of Gintama and One Piece, and of course Dragon Ball Z's Goku will enthrall visitors with tasty treats and interactive shows. Goku specifically will star in a 3DCG movie as part of the Dragon Ball the Real 4D experience. Earth's toughest fighter ...
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Sakura Wars Co-Writer Unveils PS Vita Game

Red Entertainment's "Our World is Ending" game previewed ― Video game news website Famitsu revealed Red Entertainment's new adventure game Oretachi no Sekai wa Shimatteiru (Our World is Ending) on Tuesday. Sakura Wars co-writer Naoki Morita is on staff for the game along with character designer Eiri Shirai and scenario writer Tarō Achi. Weekly Famitsu magazine will reveal more information on the game...
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Mr. Osomatsu Sextuplets Celebrate Birthday with a Stop-Motion Cake

The sextuplet stars of Mr. Osomatsu are celebrating their birthday this year with a new stop-motion video. The 45-second ad shows a double layer cake, frosted with each character's image color, and decorated with cookies of the brothers' faces. The stop-motion video took approximately 1,000 pictures to complete. The video was created by Tsuneo Goda's dwarf studio, the home of brown monster charact...
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El Shaddai Team Reveals The Lost Child RPG for PS4, PS Vita

Trailer previews game slated to ship in Japan this summer ― Kadokawa Games announced on Tuesday that it will release the "mythical concept" role-playing game The Lost Child for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan this summer. A teaser website opened on Tuesday and began streaming a teaser trailer for the game. The video introduces the game's story and features the character Lucifel. El Shadda...
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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Heads to PS4, Xbox One in Japan, West

Action RPG also launches for PC in Japan this fall ― This week's issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is revealing on Thursday that the Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen game will get new PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC releases in Japan this fall. Capcom also announced that the action role-playing game will get PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases in the West this fall. The announcement marks the fi...
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Grimoire of Zero ‒ Episode 7

"After last episode's downer ending, Grimoire of Zero moves into slightly darker territory this week, though the results are decidedly mixed."
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My Hero Academia Shows Superpowers Aren't Inherently Good or Evil

What would you do if everyone told you that your superpower would make you a great villain?

God Narrates In Another World With My Smartphone Anime's 2nd Promo Video (Updated)

Katsumi Fukuhara, Maaya Uchida, Yui Fukuo star in July TV anime ― The official YouTube channel for the television anime of Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World With My Smartphone (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni.) light novel series began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Tuesday. The character God narrates the video to introduce the story. EXIT TUNES' Line Live account also announced t...
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Deadline: Saw's James Wan to Produce Resident Evil Reboot Film

Mortal Kombat's reboot's Greg Russo to write scripts for 1st reboot ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Monday that James Wan (director for Saw, Furious 7, The Conjuring) will produce the first reboot film for the Resident Evil film franchise. The website also reported that Greg Russo (Mortal Kombat reboot film, Robotech) will write the scripts. German film production company Constantin...

In Another World With My Smartphone Anime Reveals Cast, Theme Song Artists, July 11 Debut (Updated)

Katsumi Fukuhara, Maaya Uchida, Yui Fukuo, Nanami Yamashita, more in cast; AŌP sings opening ― Exit Tunes' Line Live account announced the cast, theme songs, and July 11 premiere for the television anime of Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World With My Smartphone (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni.) light novel series in a live stream on Tuesday: Katsumi Fukuhara as Touya Mochizuki Maaya Uchida as Elze Si...
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Hitorijime My Hero Boys-Love Anime Casts Wataru Hatano, Takayuki Kondou, 3 More

Yūto Adachi, Daiki Yamashita, Seiichirō Yamashita also cast in July anime ― The official website for the television anime of Memeco Arii's Hitorijime My Hero manga announced more of the cast on Tuesday. Wataru Hatano will play Natsuki, a friend of Kōsuke. Takayuki Kondou plays another friend, the detective Hōjō. Yūto Adachi and Daiki Yamashita play Kensuke's classmates Yamabe and Fukushige, respectiv...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, May 15-21

A Silent Voice sells 7,482, followed by Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, live-action Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu, Yowapeda New Generation, Uta-Pri Legend Star ― The live-action adaptation of Rina Yagami's Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu romantic comedy manga series dropped from #3 to #11 in its second week on the overall DVD chart. It added 1,807 copies to its total of 6,166. The limited first pressing of...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, May 15-21

A Silent Voice sells 25,078 + 5,442, followed by Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Sound! Euphonium, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Little Witch Academia ― Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - A Silent Voice Film Blu-ray Limited First Edition 25,078 25,078 17/5/17 KYA/A Silent Voice Film Production Committee Animation 1 1 2 - Touken ...
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Inuyashiki Manga's Last Volume Slated for Late September

October TV anime's new visual also unveiled ― The ninth volume of Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki manga series revealed on Tuesday that the manga's 10th and final compiled book volume is slated for release in late September. The manga will end its serialization in five chapters. The official website of the manga's upcoming television anime adaptation also revealed a new visual for the anime on Monday. Kodans...
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Niantic: 'This Summer Will be Legendary' for Pokémon Go

Niantic Labs' global marketing product lead Archit Bhargava said during his speech at the 21st Annual Webby Awards on May 15 that "this summer will be legendary." The event awarded Pokémon Go with "Best Mobile Game." (Jump to 19:07 in the video below.) While some players were briefly able to acquire Legendary Pokémon in the game before, Niantic removed them to promote "fairness," and then announce...

Netflix Debuts Little Witch Academia TV Anime's 1st 13 Episodes on June 30

Anime premiered in Japan in January, runs for 25 episodes ― Media news website IGN revealed on Monday that Netflix will debut the first 13 episodes of the Little Witch Academia television anime outside Japan on June 30. The show is slated for 25 episodes, but Netflix did not announce the debut date for the rest of the series' episodes. The television anime premiered on January 8 on Tokyo MX, BS11, an...
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Sanrio Boys Anime's Promo Video Reveals January Premiere

Takuya Eguchi, Sōma Saitō, Jun Oosuka, Hiroyuki Kagura, Yūma Uchida star in anime ― The official website for Sanrio's Sanrio Danshi (Sanrio Boys) anime began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video reveals the anime's January 2018 premiere, and shows how the previously shown key visual was "filmed" on location. The website features the tagline "What's wrong with boys?" The a...
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