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One Week Friends Episodes 1-12 Streaming

What begins as an amnesia-seasoned sort-of romance eventually becomes something far richer: a gentle tale of connection and friendship, of evolving feelings and sweetly ordinary bonding.
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The X Button - Popular Mecha Nicks

Todd digs into the history of games inspired by Gundam, and he likes what he finds! Plus Ace Attorney, Fatal Frame, Gurumin, and a music game that's all about fighting!
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 14

M3 the dark metal - Sounds of Regret
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Knights of Sidonia

While the plot and characters of this 3D CG mecha series may not be especially compelling or fresh, the action, visuals, and setting details are sharp enough to keep viewers coming back.
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Interview: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods with Justin Cook, Chris Sabat, and Sean Schemmel

The longtime English dub director and his leading men from Dragon Ball Z sit down to chat about the new film and their legacy with this historic franchise.
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Pile of Shame - Eiji

Hisashi Eguchi's boxing manga got a short movie treatment back in 1990, but does it hold up?
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Shelf Life - Multiple Choice

This week, lots and lots of lovely ladies, a healthy mix of pretty boys, and even a few animal-folk as well.
- Date A Live
- Karneval
- Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They?
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ANNCast - Justin Time

For the first time in ANNCast history, the co-host becomes the guest! Justin Sevakis talks at length about his business authoring blurays for the R1 anime industry, preparing streaming shows for Hulu and more!
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Kill la Kill [Limited Edition] BD+DVD 1

It's easy to understand what Kill La Kill wants to say in every moment because its ideas are simple, but conveyed in ways never quite seen before, and its healthy splashes of humor grow out of its thematic ideas rather than combating them.
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Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara Complete Series Streaming

If Her Flag Breaks is giggle out loud (if not laugh) funny in places, enjoyably self-referential in others, and just generally an entertaining show to watch. It may not be top-notch, but it is enjoyable
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The Battle Royale Slam Book Fanbook

If you have an interest in literary criticism or film studies, or if you're just really fascinated by the thought behind Battle Royale, The Battle Royale Slam Book is a very interesting read.
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Love Live! School Idol Project Season 2

Love Live! isn't a perfect show, but it is a lot of fun and one of the most enjoyable entries into the idol genre, a position it solidifies with this second season.
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Thursday, July 24

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Sword Art Online Producer Shinichiro Kashiwada to Attend Otakon

Associate producer for Madoka Magica, Oreimo attends August event ― The staff for the Otakon convention announced on Wednesday that Sword Art Online producer Shinichiro Kashiwada will attend the August 8-10 convention in Baltimore. In addition to serving as a chief producer for Sword Art Online, Kashiwada was also an associate producer for other Aniplex titles such as Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Oreimo, World Conquest Zvezda Plot, The irregular at magic high school, and Nanana's Buried Treasure. He previously attended Anime Boston last year.
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Celebrate Sailor Moon Crystal with the First Official Visual Book

― Can't get enough of the new Sailor Moon Crystal anime? Now you can own the very first official visual book from Kodansha, complete with staff and voice actor info, and settings. The book will also include images of Momoiro Clover Z, who performs the opening theme song "Moon Pride," information about goods and music, and a DVD that includes the trailer. The softcover book will be 64 pages long, and is scheduled to be released on August 22. It can be pre-ordered from
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Drift Inside A Jaeger At Legendary's SDCC Booth with Oculus VR

― Those who have always harbored dreams of piloting a giant robot can finally get their chance this weekend at San Diego Comic Con... if virtual reality counts. Legendary Pictures (Booth #3920) teamed up with Guillermo del Toro and Oculus VR to create an immersive virtual reality experience for Pacific Rim called "Drift with the Rift," which allows users to experience the inside of the Jaeger cockpit from a user-controlled point of view, as well as encounter a Kaiju.
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Street Fighter Characters Enjoy the Beach with Udon SDCC Exclusives

― Today is the first official day of San Diego Comic Con for general attendees, which means buried deep within the throngs of people in the exhibit hall are show exclusives, featuring special figures, comics, t-shirts, and more. For Street Fighter fans, it could mean scoring an illustration of Cammy, Vega, or C. Viper lounging at the beach. Udon (Booth #4529) will have a few Comic Con exclusives on hand, including a special edition of Street Fighter IV - Wages of Sin featuring a C. Viper vs. Dan dust jacket illustrated by James Ghio, with a beach image of C. Viper tucked inside illustrated by Arnold Tsang:
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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Game's Marie Character Promo Streamed

Persona 4 The Golden character available as DLC in PS3 fighting game shipping August 28 in Japan, September 30 in N. America ― Game Publisher Atlus Japan began streaming a character promotional video featuring Persona 4 The Golden's Marie for its upcoming 2D fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on Thursday. Marie will be featured in the game as a playable fighter accessible as DLC. Marie: We were able to meet again... Welcome back. I never forgot. Marie: It's this room's rules, so I can't talk specifics. But... You already noticed, right? That something crazy is starting to happen in this town.

Wednesday, July 23

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Kumamon Helps Promote Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Sequel's Filming Locations

Specialty popcorn buckets will have images of Kumamon at film's iconic locations ― Moviecollection reported on Friday that Kumamon will have a special collaboration with the upcoming live-action Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen film. Specialty popcorn buckets purchased at Aeon Cinema and 109Cinemas will feature images of Kumamon at specific set locations from Kumamoto prefecture. The popcorn bucket includes images of Yamaga city's Yochiyoza Theatre, Uki city's Meiji-era courthouse and Mandakoh - previously Japan's largest coal mine - in Arao city. Kumamon will dress in the likeness of Kenshin at each of the locations.
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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax's Rise, Yukari, Junpei Trailers Streamed

Atlus USA ships fighting game in N. America on September 30 ― Game publisher Atlus USA began streaming character trailers featuring Rise, Yukari, and Junpei on Thursday for its upcoming 2D fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. The story takes place only a few days after the events of Persona 4 Arena, when the town of Inaba is clouded in a shroud of red fog in which time is warped and people disappear. Inaba has almost become like the world inside the television. To add to it all, the members of the Persona 4 team find Mitsuru and Akihiko being crucified on the Midnight Channel. In front of the Inaba students appear Yukari and Junpei, members of the Shadow Worker unit who have come to the rural town in order to save their upperclassmen.
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Kojima and Good Smile Preview Solid Snake Figma

Solid Snake has taken on a new mission, effectively sneaking his way into the figma and Nendoroid lineups ― The Good Smile Company must have been utilizing some pretty impressive stealth skills to keep their latest addition to their figma lineup a secret. As of this week, the masters of all things made from PVC, in association with Max Factory and Kojima Productions, have unveiled their newest figure, which will be infiltrating store shelves and homes soon enough. Presenting the first Metal Gear Solid Solid Snake figma. Kojima previewed the figure through its "Kojima Station" program, in which it shows off all of its latest developments. Afterwards, they began posting about it via Twitter. Good Smile and
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Detective Conan Gets A Real-Life Treasure Hunting Event

Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan, Magic Kaito, and Yaiba characters need your help to track down treasures in Tottori Prefecture, Japan. Three separate events taking place in the prefecture each have their own story incorporating one of Aoyama's characters. Participants are given coded treasure maps that take them to local tourist attractions. Winners get real prizes after solving the mysteries, including prize packs delivered by Conan himself, overnight stays, and even local eats.
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Japanese Comic Ranking, July 14-20

Fairy Tail, Magi, Case Closed, Ace of Diamond, Kingdom in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Fairy Tail 44 237,059 237,059 2014/07 Kodansha Hiro Mashima 1 1 2 Magi 22 195,709 195,709 2014/07 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 2 1 3 Case Closed (Detective Conan) 84 182,207 182,207 2014/07 Shogakukan Gosho Aoyama 3 1 4 Daiya no A (Ace of Diamond) 42 146,726 146,726 2014/07 Kodansha Yūji Terajima 4 1 5 Kingdom 35 145,732 145,732 2014/07 Shueisha
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, July 14-20

Oreshika 2, Atelier Shallie, Gundam Tryage SP debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 14-20 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yōkai Watch 2 Ganso/Honke Level 5 July 10 331,946 1,648,653 73 2PSV Ore no Shikabane o Koete Yuke 2 (Including Limited Editions) Sony Computer Entertainment July 17 93,775 93,775 87 3 PS3 Atelier Shallie: Tasogare no Umi no Renkinjutsushi (Including Limited Editions) Gust July 17 43,744 43,744 43DS Gundam Tryage SP Bandai Namco Games
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Kamigami no Asobi, Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 2000% Will End in August

Original stories also inspired anime series. ― Manga creator Utako Yukihiro announced on her official Twitter account on Wednesday that her manga adaptation of Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 2000% and her friend Moto Sumida's manga adaptation of Kamigami no Asobi will both end in the October issue of ASCII Media Works' Monthly Sylph magazine on August 22. Kamigami no Asobi adapts Nippon Ichi Software and Broccoli's dating simulation game and revolves around heroine Yui Kusanagi, who is ordered by Zeus, a god and the headmaster of a school he created, to teach the meaning of love to young and handsome gods. The reason he has for doing this is to cancel the negative effects of the weakening bond between the world of the divine and the world of the humans.
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Lupin III vs. Detective Conan Film Gets Manga Adaptation

Also: Detective Conan 1st film's manga adaptation ends ― This year's September issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday Super will announce on Friday that Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie will get a manga adaptation starting in the magazine's next issue on August 25. Yutaka Abe and Denjirō Maru, who drew the three-chapter manga adaptation of the Lupin III vs. Detective Conan television special among other Detective Conan spinoffs, will return to draw the movie adaptation. The September issue also published the final chapter of Abe and Maruden's manga
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Durarara!! 3way standoff -alley- Manga Ends Next Month

Manga series tells story of original character from PSP game ― This year's September issue of ASCII Media Works' Monthly Sylph magazine announced on Tuesday that the Durarara!! 3way standoff -alley- manga will end in the magazine's next issue on August 22. The manga adapts the PlayStation Portable game of the same name, which is itself inspired by Ryohgo Narita and Suzuhito Yasuda's Durarara!! light novels and anime. The game debuted in 2010 and received a PlayStation Vita port last month. Izuco Fujiya (Kataribe no List) is drawing the manga, which focuses on the game's original character, Yoshimune Miyoshi (nicknamed "Yoshiyoshi").
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Hello Kitty Dictionary Gets Axed Over Murderous Description

― Reading can be a little scary at first, especially when there are a lot of big words and difficult phrases. But thanks to publisher Harper Collins and Hello Kitty, reading can be much more fun and adorable. That is, unless you want to know what a "necklace" is. Harper Collins recently yanked all their editions of Hello Kitty Dictionary (the product page now directs to a "Page Not Found" message), which claims to be full of "Cupcakes and rainbows, bumblebees and, of course,
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Haikyu!! Volleyball Anime's 3DS Game Trailer Previews Special Edition

Special edition will include a cast DVD and original RPG story Bandai Namco Games streamed a trailer on Tuesday for its Haikyu!! Tsunage! Itadaki no Keshiki!! (Haikyu!! Connect! View from the top!!) game for the Nintendo 3DS. The trailer features the items included with the special edition version of the game, including a DVD with a 40-minute cast talk and a 10-minute "RPG picture drama," six postcards, a booklet with character designs from the RPG story, and a special edition carrying case. The special edition will retail for 7,600 yen (about US$74.96).
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One Week Friends Episodes 1-12 Streaming

What begins as an amnesia-seasoned sort-of romance eventually becomes something far richer: a gentle tale of connection and friendship, of evolving feelings and sweetly ordinary bonding.
column

The X Button - Popular Mecha Nicks

Todd digs into the history of games inspired by Gundam, and he likes what he finds! Plus Ace Attorney, Fatal Frame, Gurumin, and a music game that's all about fighting!
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Luigi's 'Death Stare' Makes It Into Japanese Mario Kart 8 Commercial

― Luigi's competitive dark side was discovered back in May with the release of Mario Kart 8. Dubbed "Luigi's Death Stare," the character achieved meme status after appearing into a multitude of fan videos on YouTube. Nintendo, perhaps intentionally, included Luigi's now signature look in a recent Japanese Mario Kart commercial. One specific fan, "D-Piddy" decided to reinact the scene on cosplayers at Anime Expo earlier this month in a live-action montage.
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 14

M3 the dark metal - Sounds of Regret
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Haikyu! Team 'Hijacks' Multiple Websites

Team gears up for big national tournament ― The Karasuno High volleyball squad (of Haikyu!!) has begun the Inter-High tournament, pitting its skills against those of volleyball squads from all around Japan. To psyche themselves up for the daunting task, its members have hijacked the various websites associated with their show. Shōyō has taken over the anime's official site. Tobio appeared on Mainichi Broadcasting Service's page. (He has since been replaced.) Kōshi adorns the margins of
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.moe Domains Now Available for All Fans

― Interlink Co., a Japanese Internet service provider, opened general registration for anyone coveting a ".moe" internet domain on Tuesday. Registration costs 1,944 yen (about US$19). Interlink polled visitors at Paris' Japan Expo earlier this month to gauge interest in the .moe internet domains. The response was overwhelming. So far, video game developer AQUAPLUS, the makers of Utawarerumono, To Heart, and White Album, registered their website. Others include
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Ninja War Sakura, Kakashi Join Naruto SUN Storm Revolution Game

PS3/360/PC game ships in September with event anime ― This year's 35th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Sakura Haruno (Hyakukō no In version) and Kakashi Hatake (Great Ninja War version) will join the roster of Namco Bandai Games' Naruto Shippūden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (Narutimate Storm Revolution) fighting game. The game will feature new gameplay mechanics, including the Combination Ultimate Jutsu attacks that allow players to combine powers to create more powerful techniques. The game will also feature more than 100 playable characters from both the

2014 Naruto Movie Titled 'The Last,' Slated for December 6

Manga creator Masashi Kishimoto conceives, designs, supervises 1st film in 2 years ― This year's 35th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday the title and opening date of the next Naruto film. The Last -Naruto the Movie- will open on December 6. It will be the first Naruto film in two years, and it is part of the larger "Naruto Shin Jidai Kaimaku Project" (Naruto's New Era Opening Project) marking the 15th anniversary of the original manga. Manga creator Masashi Kishimoto is credited with the original story, character designs, and chief story supervisor of the film. In particular, he is drawing new designs for the title character in the movie. The magazine notes for one set of designs, titled "Ramen Ichiraku": "Nar
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Kyō wa Kaisha Yasumimasu. Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series

Haruka Ayase stars in love story about office worker in her 30s Mari Fujimura's Kyō wa Kaisha Yasumimasu. manga will get a live-action television adaptation starring Haruka Ayase (Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror, Hotaru no Hikari, Socrates in Love) in October. The love story follows Hanae Aoishi, an office worker in her 30s who has never had a boyfriend. Hanae then starts dating a 21-year-old university student named Yūto Tanokura. Shigeki Kaneko (Honey & Clover, Summer Nude) is handling the scripts, and Hiroko Hazeyama is producing the series.
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Chi's Sweet Home, Pac-Man, Space Invader Decals Featured in MacBook Air Ad

― Apple's latest MacBook Air television ad has some familiar cameos. The commercial quickly runs through various decals on the back of the laptop, but if you look closely, you can spot Chi from Chi's Sweet Home, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Sanrio's one-and-only Hello Kitty mascot. The company has two versions of its laptop featured on its website, the 11-inch for US$899 and the 13-inch for US$999. Update: New video added.

Frozen Home Video Tops Evangelion, Spirited Away's All-Time Records With 1.5 Million in Japan

1st title to sell 1 million Blu-rays or DVDs in 1 week in Japan since 2002's Spirited Away ― Disney's Frozen film sold 1,553,505 "MovieNEX" Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo sets in its first week, surpassing the previous Blu-ray Disc record holder, Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance, which sold 357,000 copies in its first week. According to the market survey firm Oricon, the movie also already topped Evangelion: 2.22's cumulative total of 465,000 copies to date. Frozen is the first title to sell one million copies — DVDs or Blu-ray Discs — in its first week in Japan in 12 years.

Tuesday, July 22

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Section23 Films Adds Jewel BEM Hunter Lime Anime

3-part game-based OVA once released by Media Blasters in 2001 ― North American anime distributor Section23 Films confirmed in its November 2014 release slate on Tuesday that it will release the Jewel BEM Hunter Lime original video anime project. Section23 Films will release the entire three-episode series on one DVD with English dubbing and subititles on November 4. The 1996-1997 anime adapts Silence's adult computer game of the same name. Sentai Filmworks describes the story: The Magic Spheres are incredibly dangerous and powerful magical artifacts, capable of absorbing negative emotions and transforming everyday objects into monstrous BEMS (bug eyed monsters). So when a demon manages to scatter six of them through the gate between the World of Magic and Earth, someone's got to get them back. Unfortunately, that job falls to master of disguise (and fan servicey costumes) Lime, the sometimes monstrous and generally lecherous monster hunter Bass and their ooey-gooey shape-shifting slime companion Poogie, none of whom are probably the best choices for a task of such monumental importance and urgency.
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Itazura na Kiss Gets Live-Action Sequel Special in September

Honoka Miki, Yūki Furukawa return in 3-hour special about honeymoon in Okinawa Kaoru Tada's classic unfinished shōjo manga Itazura Na Kiss is getting a sequel television drama special on September 12. The Itazura Na Kiss 2 ~Love in Okinawa special is a sequel to last year's Itazura Na Kiss ~Love in Tokyo television drama series. The special will again star model and actress Honoka Miki (Suzuki-sensei, Maria Watches Over Us) as Kotoko and Yūki Furukawa (High School Debut, Rich Man, Poor Woman) as Naoki. The story will follow Naoki and Kotoko on their honeymoon in Okinawa. Former
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 20-26

Appleseed Alpha, The Devil is a Part-Timer!, Hetalia The Beautiful World, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, The Severing Crime Edge anime; In Clothes Called Fat manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Appleseed Alpha Blu-rayPlease Columbia US$30.99 July 22 Appleseed Alpha DVDCite Columbia US$26.99 July 22 The Devil is a Part-Timer! DVD/Blu-ray Complete Series Limited EditionAnimeNewsNetwork FUNimation Entertainment US$69.98 July 22 The Devil is a Part-Timer! DVD/Blu-ray Complete Series Please FUNimation Entertainment US$64.98 July 22 Hetalia The Beautiful World DVD Set Limited Edition

Dragon Ball Z 2015 Film's 1st Teaser Streamed

Dragon Ball Z animation director Tadayoshi Yamamuro will direct the new movie ― The teaser for the 2015 Dragon Ball Z film is now streaming. The footage premiered on Fuji TV's morning program Mezamashi TV on Tuesday. The new anime film project was announced in the September issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine. Dragon Ball manga creator Akira Toriyama is personally credited with the original concept, screenplay and character designs of the new movie "that the entire universe eagerly awaits!!" The movie will open during the Golden Week string of holidays next spring, and a recent flyer
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Free's Aiichiro Also Has a Spirit Animal — A Duck

― Rin's silver-haired kouhai is getting some time in the spotlight. Kyoto Animation revealed Aiichiro's duck spirit animal in its latest charm collection. The company confirmed it was a duck in the Free! Eternal Summer official guide book, but the charm collection is the first official artwork featuring the two. The company previously revealed Sosuke Yamazaki's animal is a whale shark. The series' other new character, Momotarō Mikoshiba, is referred to in the series as "The Sea of Japan's Sea Otter," but there isn't any official art yet.
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The World of Narue, Pacific Rim Win Seiun Awards

Guillermo del Toro's live-action film beats Gargantia, Psycho-Pass, Patema Inverted, Yamato 2199 ― The 53rd Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai or Japan SF Con/NUTS-CON) announced on Saturday the winners of the 45th Seiun Awards. Hollywood's live-action Pacific Rim film and Tomohiro Marukawa's manga The World of Narue (Narue no Sekai) both won awards. Pacific Rim is currently in talks with Japanese studios for a 13-episode animated series. A live-action film sequel is also in development. Marukawa's alien romantic-comedy ended in 2012. The manga follows the life of Narue, a schoolgirl on Earth who is actually an alien with super powers. Marukawa launched the manga in Monthly

Anime Sols Launches Streaming Campaigns for Dororo, Gordian

Each campaign set at US$2,700 Anime Sols launched crowdfunding campaigns to stream Osamu Tezuka's Dororo and Tatsunoko Production's Gordian, The Warrior (Toshi Gordian) robot anime on Sunday. The first 13-episodes each have a goal of US$2,700 each and both series have the first three episodes currently streaming on the website. Dororo is a 26-episode black-and-white anime series produced in 1969. Tezuka Productions describes the story: The setting is the middle of the Muromachi Period, during the 1470s after the Wars of Onin and Bunmei. The story begins in the Noto Peninsula of the Hokuriku District. The main character (Hyakkimaru), who lacks as much as 48 body parts, obtains a fake body and eliminates 48 monsters that were made from his body to retrieve his missing body parts.
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Sailor Moon's Perfume Gets Crystal Version

Blue bottle evokes Princess Serenity's kingdom ― The luxurious Sailor Moon perfume in Bandai's Miracle Romance cosmetic line is getting a variation themed after the new Sailor Moon Crystal anime. Taking its cues from Sailor Moon's alter ego's moon kingdom, Silver Millennium, it has a silver and light blue bottle. Eau de Toilette Sailor Moon Crystal will be included in the CreerBeaute line. Its price (5,400 yen, or $53) and the actual perfume inside are identical to the original Sailor Moon brand. It goes on sale in December, but preorders are being taken at
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Naruto Voice Actress Junko Takeuchi Will Attend Comic-Con Int'l

Comic-Con International will be held at the San Diego Convention Center on July 24-27 Viz Media announced on Monday that Junko Takeuchi, the voice actress behind Naruto Uzamaki, will attend the Comic-Con International San Diego event. Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution game producer Daisuke Koumoto will also be in attendance. Takeuchi last appeared at Comic-Con in 2011 as part of the U.S. premiere of Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds. Besides voicing the popular ninja, Takeuchi's other roles include Gon Freecss in the 1999 version of
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Wandering Son's Shimura to Launch Koiiji Manga in August

New manga series will launch in Kiss magazine. ― The September issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine is announcing on Friday that manga creator Takako Shimura will launch a new manga series Koiiji (Love Appetite) in the following issue on August 25. The story follows a girl named Mame, whose family runs a public bath. She has held on to feelings of unrequited love for her childhood friend for ten years. The title is a pun on "Kuiiji," a word for gluttony. Shimura ended her Wandering Son (Hōrō Musuko
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Knights of Sidonia

While the plot and characters of this 3D CG mecha series may not be especially compelling or fresh, the action, visuals, and setting details are sharp enough to keep viewers coming back.
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Interview: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods with Justin Cook, Chris Sabat, and Sean Schemmel

The longtime English dub director and his leading men from Dragon Ball Z sit down to chat about the new film and their legacy with this historic franchise.

Dragon Ball Z's 2015 Film Previewed on Mezamashi TV

Creator Akira Toriyama conceives, scripts, designs film opening next spring in Japan Fuji TV's morning program Mezamashi TV previewed new images for the 2015 Dragon Ball Z film on Tuesday. The images included a logo, Goku becoming a Super Saiyan, and an appearance by Shenlong. No further details were announced in the teaser. The new anime film project was announced in the September issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine. Dragon Ball manga creator Akira Toriyama is personally credited with the original concept, screenplay and character designs of the new movie "that the entire universe eagerly awaits!!" The movie will open during the Golden Week string of holidays next spring, and a recent flyer
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Pile of Shame - Eiji

Hisashi Eguchi's boxing manga got a short movie treatment back in 1990, but does it hold up?

What does Sailor Moon mean to you? - Winners!

Congratulations to all our winners! ― The Grand Prize Winner will be announced Tuesday, July 22! The original contest called for 5 winners. Grand Prize, First Place, Second Place and Most Creative to be chosen by the Sailor Moon licensors (Viz Media and Toei) and one Audience Favorite to be chosen by the ANN audience. In addition, because there have been so many amazing entries, we have decided to give away 3 Honorable Mentions. These winners will receive their choice of the Sailor Moon DVD Box Set or Combo Pack when they are released in November.

Hyrule Warriors Wii U Game Adds Ocarina of Time's Sheik, Ruto, Darunia

Warriors game that gathers together The Legend of Zelda characters ships August 24 in Japan, September 26 in N. America KOEI Tecmo Games announced on Tuesday that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time characters Sheik, Princess Ruto, and Darunia will join the roster for its Zelda Musō (Hyrule Warriors) Wii U video game. More details about the characters will be unveiled in the August 7 issue of Kadokawa's magazine Famitsu, which is scheduled to be released in Japan on Thursday. The game is slated to ship on September 26 in North America and August 14 in Japan. The game will

S. Korean Court: Cancelled One Piece Exhibition Can Be Held

Court rules that images similar to Rising Sun flag in manga are not reasons enough to cancel ― The Seoul Western District Court ruled on Thursday that an exhibition for Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga can be held, despite being cancelled by the War Memorial of Korea. The War Memorial museum in Seoul had cancelled the exhibition on July 9, just three days before it would have opened. The exhibit was scheduled to be held at the museum from July 12 until September 4, and mannequins of the characters and other pieces were planned to be displayed. Due to some opinions that the facility is a place of mourning for the activists that fought to gain independence from Japan when it occupied Korea, the staff decided to cancel the event. The museum had cited complaints that some images in the manga were reminiscent of Japan's Rising Sun flag.
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, July 14-20

Haikyu!! sells 12,515, followed by Yowapeda play, The Wind Rises, Ace of Diamond, Totoro ― The stage play of Yoshimushi Pedal's Interhigh arc (The Second Order) sold 11,346 copies to debut at #4 on the overall DVD chart. Ushijima the Loan Shark d Video powered by BeeTV Special landed at #36 with 1,314 copies. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Haikyu!! Vol. 1 DVD 12,515 12,515 14/7/16 TOH Animation 1 1 2 1 The Wind Rises 6,460 104,569 14/6/18 WDS Animation

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, July 14-20

Frozen sells record 1,514,256+32,249, followed by Haikyu!!, Spirited Away, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, Engaged to the Unidentified, Saki ― Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Frozen MovieNEX 1,514,256 1,514,256 14/7/16 WDS Animation 1 1 2 - Frozen MovieNEX Plus 3D (Limited Online Pre-Order Release) 39,249 39,249 14/7/16 WDS Animation 2 1 3 - Haikyu!! Vol. 1 Blu-ray 12,196 12,196 14/7/16 TOH Animation 3 1 4 - Spirited Away 9,560 9,560 14/7/16 WDS Animation 4 1 5 - Tangled MovieNEX 6,812 6,812 14/7/16 WDS
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, July 7-13

The Wind Rises sells 6,758 more, followed by Initial D, Hozuki no Reitetsu, Mekaku City Actors, Saiyuki Gaiden ― The fourth installment of the Legend of the Galactic Heroes stage play production sold 1,601 copies to debut at #18 on the overall DVD chart. Game Center CX Arino no Chōsen in Budōkan sold 1,501 more copies for a new total of 11,205. It dropped from #3 to #20 in its second week. The musical Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon -La Reconquista- sold 1,152 copies to debut at #28. The DVD-Box for the live-action television adaptation of the Dr. DMAT manga was #30 with 1,071 copies. The first volume of
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Monthly Ikki Magazine Announces New Magazine Launching This Winter

Tenten Hosokawa, Tanato, Totempole, Yūta Nishio featured after Ikki ends publication ― The September issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Ikki magazine is announcing on Friday that Shogakukan will launch a new magazine this coming winter — although the announcement qualified that the launch will be in 2015. The November issue of Monthly Ikki will announce more details on September 25 — the same day that Monthly Ikki suspends publication after 14 years. The announcement adds that the new magazine will run works by such creators as Tanato, Totempole, Yūta Nishio, and
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Brothers Conflict Gets 2 Original Video Anime Volumes

Christmas, Valentine stories with Gero, main voice cast performing themes ― The official website for the Brothers Conflict television anime series announced on Tuesday that two original video anime (OVA) volumes have been green-lit for this year and next year. The volumes will have the themes of Christmas and Valentine's Day, and the staff and cast will return for them. Gero will return to perform the opening, and ASAHINA Bros.+JULI — the group formed by the main voice cast — will also return for the ending. However, they will perform new songs for the OVAs.
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