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The List - 7 Frightening Student Councils

Only the best, brightest, most glamorous, potentially lethal and unbelievably intimidating can get elected to these student councils. ― Student councils are a subject of fascination in Japanese drama. The members are regarded as the best, brightest, most popular, or all of the above. They're idealized as student role models while their U.S. equivalents hold nowhere near the prestige and glamour of t...
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My Neighbor Seki GN 1

We've probably all had a classmate like Seki – the kid who somehow or other manages to goof off the entire class except when the teacher is looking. ― We've probably all had a classmate like Seki – the kid who somehow or other manages to goof off the entire class except when the teacher is looking, the demon of distraction who keeps us from doing our own work because he's just so weird. Rumi Yokoi ha...
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Love Live! School Idol Project Sub.Blu-Ray

They're too kawaii to live but too sugoi to die: Japan's most popular animated idols get the bluray treatment in the US, but did they manage to cast their spell on staff critic Nick Creamer? ― Idols are unstoppable these days. Their economic might is legend, a heavy fist of show sales that crushes all else underfoot. Their shows prompt sequels and then movies, their songs filling theaters and echoing...
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Answerman - Midwinter Blahs

It's a blah midwinter week, and Justin takes questions on whether we need a Criterion Collection for anime, whether companies are abusing Kickstarter, why there's so much Sailor Moon Crystal merchandise, and why Japan doesn't pre-record their voices. ― I don't know about you, but I've had real trouble staying awake and coherent this week. I blame the combination of short days and overcast weather, w...
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House of 1000 Manga - Cat Paradise

Jason adopts a manga all about magical cat familiars in an academy where pets are certainly allowed. If you've never read it, the time is meow. ― Cat Paradise "I've always loved animals, so I put them in my manga a lot.” —Yuji Iwahara There are so many manga about people partnered up with monsters, dragons and so on, you'd think there would be more manga about people partnered up with real-life anim...
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Nisekoi: False Love GN 7

Had this book not come directly after the Romeo and Juliet storyline, it may have made a bigger impact. ― There are many things about Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi: False Love that make it one of the most entertaining harem manga out there...and sadly, not a whole lot of them end up in this volume. That's not to say that it isn't still a good book; the final arc about Chitoge's mother is very strong in its c...
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Sunday, February 1

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Square Enix Hiring Staff for Dragon Quest Title, Updates on Heroes

No official Western release plans announced yet ― Square Enix posted a job opening for planner for an unspecified Dragon Quest game on the Japanese website Workport. The job responsibilities include map design, data creation, and implementing the game's online mode. The Dragon Quest game is described as a consumer title that will "take on a new genre." Dragon Quest X online role-playing game, creator...
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Exec. Producer: 'New, Big Developments Coming For KanColle'

Executive producer and composer for the Kantai Collection (Kancolle) mobile game Michio Okamiya revealed in an interview with DMM News that "big developments for the franchise" will be unveiled this year. He also noted that these big developments will be done as the team also holds events for the franchise, and also does updates to the game. He added that one of the projects might not be done in t...
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Phantasy Star Online 2 Gets Collaboration With Tales of Zestiria

Hairstyles, weapons themed after Sorey, Lailah, Dezel, Rose scheduled for release this spring ― The official Twitter account for Sega's Phantasy Star Online 2 game announced on Sunday that it will be collaborating with Bandai Namco Games' Tales of Zestiria RPG this spring. The items that will be added to the game in the collaboration are hairstyles and weapons themed after Tales of Zestiria's Sorey, ...
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Love Live! The School Idol Movie's Trailer, Story Unveiled

New story of μ's beginning with a single email premieres in June ― Music publisher Lantis began streaming a teaser trailer for the upcoming Love Live! The School Idol Movie film on Sunday. Text: Schools and idols! Text: The youth and school drama woven by nine girls is finally adapted to film! All: Love Live! The School Idol Movie Spoiler (highlight the following white text to read the plot summary o...
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Shirobako Preview Making-of Videos on Blu-rays/DVDs

Aoi's voice actress Juri Kimura meets animators at P.A. Works studio ― Warner Brothers Anime is streaming a preview of the "Shirobako no Shirobako ga Dekiru Made!" ("Up Until the Shirobako of Shirobako is Completed!") specials that are included in the Japanese Blu-ray and DVD releases for the Shirobako anime. In the specials, voice actress Juri Kimura (Aoi) interviews staff members at P.A. Works anim...
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's New Veteran Reward is Cloud Costume

Players who have subscription for 2 or more years can obtain costume of Advent Children version protagonist ― Game developer Square Enix announced at the Game Party Japan 2015 event at the Makuhari Messe venue on Sunday that players who have purchased a subscription for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn with a total of two years (720 days) time will receive a set that allows a player to dress up lik...

The Heroic Legend of Arslan TV Anime's Cast, Staff, Song, Date Unveiled

Yusuke Kobayashi, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Daisuke Namikawa, Natsuki Hanae in April 5 debut ― The official website for The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) television anime began streaming a commercial on Sunday. The commercial reveals the first set of cast members and the April 5 premiere date for the anime. Yusuke Kobayashi as Arslan (from left to right in the pictures) Yoshimasa Hosoya as Daryun Da...
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero PS Vita Game's Promo Shows Characters in Action

Players can collect over 80 events with Hero Club girls to make them stronger in battle in February 26 game ― Game publisher FuRyu began streaming a promotional video for Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru: Jukai no Kioku (Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Memory of the Woodland), its PlayStation Vita game based on the anime Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru (Yuki Yuna is a Hero), on Friday. The video is narrated by Haruka Terui ...
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Media Blasters Casts Brittany Lauda, Devon Talbott in Holy Knight OVA

MB VoiceWorks studio founded with Brittany Lauda, Melanie Ehrlich ― MB VoiceWorks announced on Wednesday that voice actor Brittany Lauda (Queen's Blade Rebellion anime, HuniePop, Heroes of Newerth games) will play Cammot and Devon Talbott (Mission Dawn) will play Plum in Media Blasters' English dub of the Holy Knight original video anime (OVA). The studio previously announced that Daman Mills will pl...
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Princess Kaguya, Adventure Time Shut Out of Annie Awards

Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli's film The Tale of the Princess Kaguya did not win any awards at the 42nd Annual Annie Awards on Saturday. It was nominated in three categories: Best Animated Feature, Directing in an Animated Feature Production for Takahata, and Music in an Animated Feature Production for composer Joe Hisaishi. How to Train Your Dragon 2, along with its director Dean DeBlois and co...
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Funimation Announces Nobunagun English Dub Cast

Kent Williams, Caitlin glass star in historical fantasy anime ― Funimation Entertainment announced the English voice cast for the Nobunagun anime at Ohayocon on Saturday. The company streamed a dubbed preview trailer for the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack release originally slated for May 5, but now listed as coming soon. The cast, under ADR director Christopher Bevins and ADR engineer Kenneth Thompson, incl...

Saturday, January 31

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Sekai Project Licenses Hitomebore, Kokonoe Kokoro Visual Novels

Also licenses Ame no Marginal from Narcissu creator Tomo Kataoka ― English localization group Sekai Project announced at its AOD 2015 panel on Saturday that it licensed the Hitomebore and Kokonoe Kokoro games. In the Hitomebore visual novel, the player interacts with Sachi Usui, a single-eyed high school girl covered in wounds. The circle "FreakilyCharming" released the all-ages title at Comitia 107 ...
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Gargantia Spinoff Manga About Bellows Ends

Series began in Famitsu Comic Clear in June 2013 ― Kadokawa's Famitsu Comic Clear website published the 13th and final chapter of the Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet spinoff manga Suisei no Gargantia: Mizuhana no Bellows (Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet: The Headwaters' Bellows) on Friday. The second of two compiled volumes will ship on March 14. Shū drew the manga based on the story by Oceanus i...
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Danganronpa: Another Episode Spinoff Game Gets Manga Adaptation

Prologue posted for manga about Makoto Naegi's sister ― Kadokawa's web manga site Famitsu Comic Clear published the prologue for a manga adaptation of Spike Chunsoft's Zettai Zetsubō Shōjo Danganronpa: Another Episode (Absolute Despair Girl Danganronpa: Another Episode) spinoff game on Friday. Hajime Tōya (Danganronpa Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei manga) is drawing the series, and it premieres...
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The Rolling Girls ‒ Episode 4

"Rolling Girls has been a pretty loud and aggressive production so far, so it's great to see the show is able to nail these small but honest and emotionally charged moments."
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Yowamushi Pedal Gets Repped in Cycling Magazine

Bicycling magazine gave a shout-out to Yowamushi Pedal in its latest issue, with a hearty recommendation by editor-in-chief Bill Strickland, who wrote that, "I've fortified my passion for cycling this winter with viewings of Yowapeda." You can find the March issue of Bicycling magazine on newsstands now, or check out more content on their website. Thanks to Chad Murphy for the tip!
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Aldnoah.Zero ‒ Episode 16

"The writing doesn't make big strides and continues to neglect some previously-worthy candidates, but at least it is actually making an effort now."
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Shokotan's Autobiographical Cat & Family Essays Get TV Anime

Omakase Mamitasu inspired by Shoko Nakagawa's life with 10 cats ― The autobiographical writings of 29-year-old entertainer Shoko Nakagawa (also known as "Shokotan") are inspiring a year-long series of 10-minute television anime shorts. Omakase Mamitasu (Leave It to Mamitasu) will premiere on the public broadcaster NHK's E Tele channel on March 31 and air every Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. The basis of the sh...
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GARO THE ANIMATION ‒ Episode 16

"While I didn't have fun with this one, it does indicate that GARO is finally wrapping up its episodic interludes and getting back to the story."
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Celebrate Your Favorite μ's Girl's Birthday with the Love Live Birthday Figure Project

Timed for the 5th anniversary of Love Live! School Idol Project and this year's μ's GO→GO! LoveLive! 2015 ~Dream Sensation!~ concert tour, Dengekiya is launching the Love Live! Birthday Figure Project, which will release a new figure of each μ's girl on her birthday, dressed in her costume from "KiRa-KiRa Sensation." The first one up is Kotori Minami. Pre-orders will be accepted until April 5. The...
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Log Horizon 2 ‒ Episode 17

"This week features a direct elaboration of the promise inherent in a show that's interested in actually interrogating the nature of gaming and society."
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Boys Over Flowers' Yoko Kamio to Launch New Series in Shonen Jump+

Kenji Sakaki, Taira Wadachi to also start new manga ― This year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the digital manga magazine Shonen Jump+ will debut three new series. The series' authors are, from left to right in the image: Yoko Kamio (Boys Over Flowers) - no image Taira Wadachi Kenji Sakaki (ǝnígmǝ) Shonen Jump will unveil more details in the next i...
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New Yowapeda Stage Play's Ad, Cast Unveiled

Many returning cast members for play covering the final day of the Inter-High ― Marvelous began streaming a commercial for the stage play Yowamushi Pedal Inter-High-hen The WINNER (Yowapeda Inter-High Arc: The WINNER) on Friday. Yowamushi Pedal Inter-High-hen The WINNER is the sixth in a series of plays based off of Watanabe's manga; the first installment premiered in 2012. The play, which will cover...
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Videos Preview Characters, Collector's Editions

PS4/Xbox One game to ship in Japan, N. America, Europe in March ― Square Enix began streaming Ace, Queen, and Nine character videos for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game Final Fantasy Type 0 HD on Friday. The videos highlight the characters with gameplay clips including story and battle scenes. Ace Queen Nine The United Kingdom branch of Square Enix also began streaming two promotional videos that ...
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Minna de Spelunker Z PS4 Game's Trailer Streamed

Free-to-play download game slated for March 19 ― Square Enix began streaming a trailer for its upcoming PlayStation 4 game Minna de Spelunker Z, which it announced at the Tōkaigi 2015 event on Saturday. The game will debut on March 19 as a free-to-play game with in-game purchases. The game is the latest title in the action franchise Spelunker that dates back to the Famicom days in 1983. The video dem...
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The List - 7 Frightening Student Councils

Only the best, brightest, most glamorous, potentially lethal and unbelievably intimidating can get elected to these student councils. ― Student councils are a subject of fascination in Japanese drama. The members are regarded as the best, brightest, most popular, or all of the above. They're idealized as student role models while their U.S. equivalents hold nowhere near the prestige and glamour of t...
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My Neighbor Seki GN 1

We've probably all had a classmate like Seki – the kid who somehow or other manages to goof off the entire class except when the teacher is looking. ― We've probably all had a classmate like Seki – the kid who somehow or other manages to goof off the entire class except when the teacher is looking, the demon of distraction who keeps us from doing our own work because he's just so weird. Rumi Yokoi ha...
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Jam Out to this All-Male Rock Cover of Love Live's "No Brand Girls"

This rock cover of "No Brand Girls" from Love Live is everything we've ever wanted from a Love Live cover, and frankly, we're a little sad we didn't find it sooner. It features vocals by indie artist KOOL, guitars by Vocaloid music producer and guitarist Ponde Ouji and Diekyosaku guitarist Saigorahen, bass by Baby Doll Symphony leader Tissue Hime, drums by Vocaloid musician SHiN and keyboards by V...
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New Love Live! Anime Film's June 13 Date, New Best Album Unveiled

The official Twitter account for the Love Live! staff announced on Saturday that Love Live! The School Idol Movie will open on Saturday, June 13. The official website will provide more details on Sunday. The account and website also announced that the μ's Best Album Best Live! Collection II will go on sale on May 27. It will contain three CDs with 38 tracks from "Bokura wa Ima no Naka de" to BiBi'...
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Itaru Hinoue's Holy Breaker Game Unveils Trailer, Voice Cast

Nana Inoue, Eriko Nakamura, Noriaki Sugiyama star in visual novel with illustrations by Key Visual Arts arist ― The official website for illustrator Itaru Hinoue's (Kanon, Air, Clannad, Little Busters!) Holy Breaker! -The Witch Betrayed Blue Moon Wicca- game began streaming a promotional video on Friday. The video commemorates the game's release to the public after its limited release at Comic Market...
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Live-Action Cutie Honey Actress Eriko Satoh Announces Marriage, Pregnancy

Actress also played Kaho in Train Man television series, voiced Junrei in Saint Seiya OVA ― 33-year old Japanese actress Eriko Satoh announced on Saturday that she has married a 45-year old man outside of the show business industry, and that she is pregnant. She noted that she received an engagement ring from her then-boyfriend a year and a half ago, and that both her and her husband wanted a child v...
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Chibi Devil!'s Shinozuka Launches Puri Puri Chii-chan!! Manga

Series following girl who meets underground-dweller, alien to begin in Ciao next month ― The March issue of Shogakukan's Ciao shōjo magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Hiromu Shinozuka will begin a new series titled Puri Puri Chii-chan!! - Hajikeru Lovely Days in the magazine's April issue, which will be published in Japan on March 3. The magazine lists that the story will revolve around a girl na...
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'Snow Fairy Story' Official Video Promotes Snow Miku 2015's February Concert

Concert in Hokkaido to be held at Zepp Sapporo on February 7, 8 ― Crypton Future Media began streaming an official music video featuring the song "Snow Fairy Story" performed by virtual idol Hatsune Miku. The video stars Miku's Snow Miku 2015 variant, features illustrations by Tama, and the song has lyrics, composition, and arrangement by 40mP. "Snow Fairy Story" is the official theme song of the Sno...
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Precure All Stars: Haru no Carnival's Film's Dance Video Shows 40 Precures

Animation studio Toei unveiled a dance video clip from the upcoming Eiga Precure All Stars: Haru no Carnival film on Saturday. The clip shows the forty Precure warriors from the past anime series, as well as the upcoming series Go! Princess Precure. The song featured in the video is "Ima Koko Kara" (From Here on Out.) Like the six previous Precure All Stars films, the film features the characters ...

Japanese Blu-ray Market Marked 5th Year of Growth

Frozen was highest selling animation disc; animation was 34.8% of total disc market ― Oricon's Annual Video Release Market Report, which surveys the Japanese home video market for the past year (from December 30, 2013 to December 28, 2014), reported that the Blu-ray market was in its fifth consecutive year of growth. The Blu-ray market was worth a total of 123.67 billion yen (around $1.04 billion, 13...
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Square Enix Unveils Minna de Spelunker Z for PS4

March 19 free-to-play download offers 6-player online play, support pets ― Square Enix announced its PlayStation 4 download title Minna de Spelunker Z at the Tōkaigi 2015 event on Saturday. It will debut on March 19 as a free-to-play game with in-game purchases. The game is the latest title in the action franchise Spelunker that dates back to the Famicom days in 1983. Square Enix presented a video th...
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Snuggle Up to Slightly Risque Pillow Covers of K's Male Cast

Ever wanted to get closer to the handsome men from the K anime? Online retailer Kotobukiya Direct is here to grant your wishes. For the price of 4,860 yen (about US$41) a piece, you too can have a Dream Cushion Cover of your favorite character, with each side having a different illustration. Mikoto Suoh Misaki Yata According to Kotobukiya, "the covers are pleasantly smooth and soft to the touch. W...

Voice Actress Sayuri Yahagi Gets Married

Actress in Hayate, Seitokai Yakuindomo, Bakuman marries man outside the industry ― Voice actress Sayuri Yahagi announced on her agency I'm Enterprise's website on Saturday that she registered her marriage. Her husband is a man who works in a company outside the voice-acting industry. Yahagi made her voice-acting debut as the title character Karin Maaka in the Karin television anime. Among dozens of o...
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3 More Blood Blockade Battlefront Voice Roles Unveiled

Mamoru Miyano as Doug Hammer, Keiji Fujiwara as Deldro Brody, Hikaru Midorikawa as Zed O'Brien ― The March issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is announcing three more character roles in the television anime of Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront manga on Wednesday. Mamoru Miyano will play Doug Hammer, Keiji Fujiwara will play Deldro Brody, and Hikaru Midorikawa will play Zed O'Brien. ...
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2nd Attack on Titan Compilation Film's Teaser Shows Female Titan

Jiyū no Tsubasa to open on June 27 with returning cast, staff ― The offical website for the Attack on Titan anime began streaming a teaser trailer for Shingeki no Kyojin Kōhen ~Jiyū no Tsubasa~ (Attack on Titan Part II: Wings of Freedom), the second compilation film of the television anime, on Saturday. The teaser highlights the Female Titan and introduces the scenario and main staff members. Armin: ...
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Get Ready For Gigantor Toys Later This Year

Mezco Toys recently announced that they've acquired the rights to produce collectibles based on Gigantor, so hopefully we'll get to see some fun figures and vinyls soon. The new products are expected to hit retails shelves in Q3 2015. In the meantime, we can fondly remember this nearly-60-foot-tall Gigantor statue that was erected back in 2009 (cover image). [Via ICv2]

Friday, January 30

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Shinjuku Swan Film's Teaser, Man With a Mission & UVERworld Songs Unveiled

Visual also unveiled for Ken Wakui's story helmed by Tokyo Tribes's Shion Sono ― The live-action film of Ken Wakui's Shinjuku Swan manga unveiled a teaser trailer, the tie-in songs, and a visual on Friday. The teaser features the theme song "Dive" by the band Man With a Mission. The manga follows Tatsuhiko Shiratori, a 19-year-old with no money or job in the (in)famous Kabukichō red-light district of...

2nd Arpeggio of Blue Steel Film's Trailer, New Characters, Date Unveiled

Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Cadenza to open on October 3 ― The official website for the Arpeggio of Blue Steel anime franchise began streaming a trailer for the second Arpeggio of Blue Steel film, Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Cadenza, on Saturday. The trailer introduces five female characters and cast members and announces that the film will open on October 3. Text: The morals of the fog a...
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Hetalia Fans Can Get Valentine's Day Chocolates from Prussia Actor Atsushi Kousaka

Valentine's Day in Japan is typically celebrated by women giving chocolates to men, but this year, Hetalia fans have the chance to experience the opposite, and from a voice actor, too. To celebrate the upcoming launch of Hetalia The World Twinkle and the July 24 release date of the opening theme sung by Daisuke Namikawa's (Italy), Animate AKIBA Culture's ZONE is holding a special Valentine's Day e...
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New Anime Project's Site Opens Under Pony Canyon's Name

A teaser website for a new anime project opened with a countdown that will end on Friday, February 6 at 6:00 p.m. (4:00 a.m. EST). The tagline reads, "The restoration of the world … begins." The website's domain name is registered under Pony Canyon's name. The front page's HTML source includes a meta tag for the description, "When the countdown reaches '0,' the world shall know the truth." Another...
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Tokyo Ghoul √A ‒ Episode 4

"It's weird to say that an episode packed with violent showdowns is more "transition stage" than climax, but that's definitely the case here."
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Eating Solo at the Pokemon Cafe is Less Lonely with Pikachu By Your Side

Diners have been flocking to Shibuya's Pokemon Cafe - Ω Ruby & α Sapphire, which will be open until its new date of March 15. With that limited time window, though, comes long lines, with customers often waiting several hours for the chance to bite down on adorable Pikachu-shaped foods. Inside, the cafe is filled with Pokemon-themed decor, complete with plush Pikachus spinning beats and peering ou...
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Horror Manga Artist Draws Annabelle Pictures for Japanese Theater

While the horror movie Annabelle was released in North America last year, it doesn't come out in Japan until February 28. In anticipation of its release, noted horror manga artist Nori Ochazuke drew these illustrations of the titular doll. They will be exhibited in Shinjuku Piccadilly, a Tokyo movie theater, in February 26. Ochazuke is a manga artist known for creating chilling short stories like ...
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Lupin III VS Detective Conan The Movie Streamed on Hulu

2013 crossover features showdown between title characters ― Hulu began streaming the 2013 crossover movie Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie on Friday. The film's production company, TMS Entertainment, posted the film on Hulu. The story pins Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan against Monkey Punch's Lupin III, who is accused of stealing a diamond. The events of the movie take place after the 2009 TV ...
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 3

"The content of this episode isn't much more objectionable than anything that's come before, but I can understand why it was delayed by a week in light of current events."
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Your lie in April ‒ Episode 15

"Weaves together two characters' ongoing stories by showing the similarities in their dilemmas, despite their differences at first."

New York Times Manga Best Seller List, January 18-24

Akame ga Kill!, 2 Black Butler volumes, Attack on Titan, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Sword Art Online: Progressive, Sword Art Online: Aincrad, Noragami, Assassination Classroom, Hatsune Miku: Unofficial Hatsune Mix The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on January 24. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 - Akame ga...
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 16

"This episode takes serious aim at authors who demand excessive control over the anime-making process, to the point where you wonder which real-life one angered its creators."
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11th Animator Expo Short Power Plant No.33 Streamed

Time of Eve's Yasuhiro Yoshiura helmed short animated at Studio Rikka, Trigger ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the full 11th short film Power Plant No.33 on Friday. Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Time of Eve, Patema Inverted) directed and wrote the script, and Studio Rikka and Trigger are animated the short....
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 397

"If anything, this filler arc is more proof that no one is ever really gone in the world of Naruto."
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Celebrate Your Extensive Yowapeda Knowledge With Tie-In Aptitude Test Goods

Test company Nippan's Yowamushi Pedal aptitude test is perfect for those who want to show off their in-depth knowledge about the series. Even if you don't pass, though, you can commemorate the occasion with special tie-in goods, including Yowapeda-themed happi, pillows, stationery sets, lucky charms, clear files, tapestries, pennants, and more. The items will be available for purchase on the day o...
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Death Parade ‒ Episode 4

A reality TV star and a depressed otaku go head-to-head in Quindecim's very own life-or-death arcade, and the results are a real knockout.
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The irregular at magic high school Game Collaborates With Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Agito

In-game costume is based on Final Fantasy games ― The Nicosei live broadcast "Lost Zero News Channel" revealed on Thursday that Square Enix's Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Lost Zero smartphone game will collaborate with the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy Agito games. The collaboration will launch this spring and include illustrated "costume cards" that will allow players to dress Lost Zero cha...

Sword Art Online Lost Song's Gameplay Video, PS4 Prospects Unveiled

Game will feature 20-30 hours of gameplay; character-specific episodes Sword Art Online Lost Song producer Yosuke Futami and theme song performer Eir Aoi appeared at Taiwan's Taipei Game Show on January 28 to talk about the game. In an interview with Dengeki Online, Futami said he would like to try a PlayStation 4 release, in addition to the previously planned PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita rel...
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The Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls ‒ Episode 4

"Episode four is leisurely paced, as Mio, Uzuki, and Rin are charged by the producer with making a PR video, and it works really well."
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Free! Eternal Summer Gets 8 Dumpling-Shaped Face Cushions

Big cushions with adorable faces to retail for 4,000 yen a piece ― Anime goods company Ensky announced on Friday that it will release Free! Eternal Summer “Big Omanjū Cushions” themed after the anime's characters in Japan. The cushions are called “omanjū” due to their similarity to Japanese dumpling-like sweets of the same name. The first round of cushions will ship in April, and are themed after the...
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Love Live! School Idol Project Sub.Blu-Ray

They're too kawaii to live but too sugoi to die: Japan's most popular animated idols get the bluray treatment in the US, but did they manage to cast their spell on staff critic Nick Creamer? ― Idols are unstoppable these days. Their economic might is legend, a heavy fist of show sales that crushes all else underfoot. Their shows prompt sequels and then movies, their songs filling theaters and echoing...
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Answerman - Midwinter Blahs

It's a blah midwinter week, and Justin takes questions on whether we need a Criterion Collection for anime, whether companies are abusing Kickstarter, why there's so much Sailor Moon Crystal merchandise, and why Japan doesn't pre-record their voices. ― I don't know about you, but I've had real trouble staying awake and coherent this week. I blame the combination of short days and overcast weather, w...

Last Gargantia OVA's Trailer Teases Ledo's Story Finale

Kousuke Toriumi, Takahiro Sakurai join cast in 2nd half debuting on April 4 ― The official website for the Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet anime unveiled the theatrical teaser trailer and visual for the second and final volume of the original video animation (OVA) Suisei no Gargantia: Meguru Kōro, Haruka on Saturday. The trailer features the new character Reema, voiced by Inori Minase. It also note...
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend ‒ Episode 3

Tomoya can't come up with a good idea for his dating sim; is the show similarly struggling with finding the plot?
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Delayed 3rd Assassination Classroom Episode Rescheduled for Friday (Update 2)

The official Twitter account for the Assassination Classroom television anime announced on Friday that the delayed third episode will air on Fuji TV at 25:20 on Friday night (effectively 1:20 a.m. on Saturday in Japan or 11:20 a.m. on Friday EST). However, the account cautioned that the schedule is subject to change. The third Assassination Classroom episode was delayed last week due to "various c...
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Attack on Titan's Universal Studios Attraction Previewed in Video

Clone-oid figures, replica props shown from "Attack on Titan The Real" ― The Mainichi Shimbun paper's MaiDiGi service previewed Universal Studios Japan's Attack on Titan attraction that just opened last weekend in a new video. The "Attack on Titan The Real" collaboration recreates the world of Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga and anime. The attraction features a full-size, 15-meter (about 49-fo...
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Knights of Sidonia Compilation Film's Trailer Previews New Scenes, angela's Song

Film to open on March 6 before 2nd TV season premieres in April ― The official website for the Knights of Sidonia compilation film began streaming a new trailer on Friday. The video previews some of the new scenes that do not appear in the original television anime series and features angela's theme song "Sidonia." Text: Praised in 50 countries across the world Text: A thousand years since the destru...
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Plastic Memories Anime's 2nd Video Introduces Characters

"Love story born from digital memories" to premiere in April ― The official website for the Plastic Memories anime project began streaming the second promotional video on Friday. The video introduces the main characters, cast, and staff. Text: Tsukasa Mizugaki Text: Just graduated from high school and is a new member of the workforce starting this spring Text: That workplace is SA Corp.'s terminal se...
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BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend Game Also Gets PS Vita Release

Expansion gets new scenario based on BlazBlue: Remix Heart spinoff manga ― Video game developer Arc System Works revealed on Thursday that its BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend expansion game will get a downloadable version for the PlayStation Vita. Arc System Works will ship the game on April 23 in Japan for the PS4, PS3, and Xbox One. The company will release the PS Vita downloadable version at the ...
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Azito × Tatsunoko Legends Game Coming to Xbox One

Base defense strategy game lets players use Tatsunoko anime characters ― Game developer Hamster began streaming a teaser video in September for an upcoming Xbox One game tentatively titled Azito × Tatsunoko Legends. Tatsunoko Productions is collaborating with Hamster on the game, and the video includes clips from several Tatsunoko anime such as Gatchaman, Yatterman, Casshan, and Speed Racer. The game...

Baseball Manga Major to Resume After 5-Year Hiatus

Takuya Mitsuda to continue manga in March after 78 volumes, 53 million copies ― Takuya Mitsuda will continue his long-running Major manga series on Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in March. This will be the first new chapter in the manga in the five years since it ended in 2010. Mitsuda first serialized Major in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine from 1994 until 2010. The story beg...
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Square Enix Teases Arcade-Related Project With Final Fantasy Reference

Sqaure Enix unveiled a new website on Friday for an as-yet unannounced new title. The website contains a graphic with the "white glove" menu cursor common to most games in Square Enix's Final Fantasy series. The cursor points to the text, "Coming! JAEPO 2015." The company is offering 30 passes to a stage event that will announce the new project on February 14. JAEPO, or the Japan Amusement Expo, i...

Team Aims to Pierce Moon With Evangelion's Spear of Longinus

Project to raise 100 million yen to plant 24-cm spear on moon ― Hakuto, Japan's first civilian team that aims to send an unmanned lunar expedition, announced that it is providing technical assistance to the "Project to Pierce the Moon With the Spear of Longinus" on Friday. The "Project to Pierce the Moon With the Spear of Longinus Committee" unveiled its plans as part of the 20th anniversary of the N...
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5th Milky Holmes TD Episode Delayed Due to "Circumstances'

The official website for the Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD television anime announced on Friday that the fifth episode, "Carol no Minoshirokin" (Carol's Ransom), has been delayed from its planned broadcast on Saturday, January 31. The website explained that the delay was "due to circumstances." The first episode of the anime will rerun instead on Saturday. The third episode of Assassination Classr...
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Musical Duo Yuzu Animated for Crayon Shin-chan's New Ending

Duo perform "Ola!!" for 2015 film set in Mexico & appear in TV anime's ending ― The musical duo Yuzu are contributing their new song "Ola!!" as the theme song of Eiga Crayon Shin-chan: Ora no Hikkoshi Monogatari ~Saboten Daishūgeki (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: My Story About Moving ~The Great Cactus Attack~), the film opening on April 18. In addition, the Crayon Shin-chan television anime will begin ...

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Kūsen Madōshi Kōhosei no Kyōkan Anime Teases Iori Nomizu's Song, Reveals Delay

"D.O.B" opening song teased before series premiere, delayed from April to July ― The official website for the television anime of Yū Moroboshi's Kūsen Madōshi Kōhosei no Kyōkan (Aerial Combat Wizard Candidates' Instructor) light novel series began streaming a teaser video on Friday. The video previews the opening theme song "D.O.B" sung by voice actress and singer Iori Nomizu. It also announces that ...
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Noitamina Anime Block Announces Results From 'Best Theme Song' Poll

Fuji TV's Noitamina anime block announced the winning track list from its best theme song poll on Thursday. Fans were able to pick their top 10 favorite anime theme songs from the block's 10 year history in December. The winners are included on the upcoming multi-album "Noitamina FAN BEST" collection. The track list includes: Honey and Clover Opening "Dramatic" by YUKI Honey and Clover II Opening ...
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Muhyo & Roji's Yoshiyuki Nishi Draws Haikyu!!

Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation creator Yoshiyuki Nishi "hijacked" the official Shonen Jump+ app's Twitter account again, this time with Haikyu!! art. #ツイマンコラボ 祝!ハイキュー映画化/西 pic.twitter.com/qpThW7WqEW— 少年ジャンプ+ (@shonenjump_plus) January 29, 2015 The hijacking is to promote the upcoming Haikyu!! compilation film and the release of Nishi's Mamono Kanteishi Babiro manga.
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 4th Promo Showcases Main Characters

Video features characters' unique abilities, customization options ― Bandai Namco Games released the fourth promo for its upcoming fighting game Dragon Ball Xenoverse on Wednesday. The video showcases playable characters, including Goku, Piccolo, Trunks, Vegeta, Gohan, Tien Shinhan, and Yamcha. Players can also choose to play as one of the show's villains, including Frieza, Cell, Majin Boo, and Andro...
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Nintendo Schedules 'Project Giant Robot' for Wii U in U.S.

Nintendo plans Star Fox, Legend of Zelda, Devil's Third U.S. releases ― Nintendo released its nine-month earnings report on Thursday, which revealed the company's localization plans for 2015. The report includes Nintendo's tentatively titled "Project Giant Robot" for the Wii U, which is slated for release in Japan this year and in the United States in the first half of 2015. Shigeru Miyamoto introduc...
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Newest Trailer Goes Behind the Scenes of Momoiro Clover Z Vs. KISS Music Video

The official YouTube channel for girl idol group Momoiro Clover Z (Sailor Moon Crystal, Bodacious Space Pirates) added a new trailer that goes behind the scenes of their "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina" music video with American rock band KISS. The video shows the groups meeting for the first time. Frontman Paul Stanley (who measures 6' feet tall) comments on how "little" the girl band members are (th...
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NIS America Streams The Awakened Fate Ultimatum Story, Character Promos

Trailers introduce Ariael, Jupiel ― NIS American began streaming a second promotional video and character videos for its release of Nippon Ichi's The Awakened Fate Ultimatum (Kamisama to Unmei Kakumei no Cross Thesis) PlayStation 3 game on Thursday. NIS America will release it in North America on March 17 and in Europe on March 20. NIS America describes the story: Several years after a certain revolu...
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Jojo Creator Draws Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Composer Giorno-Style for CD Cover

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure creator Hirohiko Araki drew the album cover for musician and composer Akira Senju's "Main Themes" collection, which includes a variety of themes written over the past 30 years for TV shows like the 2012 revival of Iron Chef, Ryusei Wagon, and several NHK series. Fans of Araki's work have been quick to note that Senju's pose is reminiscent of Giorno Giovanni from Jojo's Biz...
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Game Adds Rob Lucci as Playable Character

Blackbeard, Sir Crocodile, Daz Bones, Wiper, Enel, Jesus Burgess, Bellamy, "Tin-Plate" Wapol will also be in game ― This year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will announce on Monday that the upcoming game One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 will add Rob Lucci as a playable character. The advertisement also teases Blackbeard, Sir Crocodile, Daz Bones, Wiper, Enel, Jesus Burgess, Bellamy, and "T...
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Akira's Katsuhiro Otomo Wins Angoulême's Top Prize

Otomo is 1st Japanese artist to win award ― The 42nd annual Angoulême International Comics Festival awarded Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Steamboy, Short Peace) awarded the Grand Prix award for lifetime achievement. Otomo is the first Japanese manga artist to win the award. The other nominees for the award were Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta) and Belgian comic artist Hermann (Jeremiah) Katsuhiro Otom...
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Hatsune Miku and Shiteyanyo Goods Make Their Way to Arcades

Taito's Hatsune Miku x Shiteyanyo prize campaign is giving arcade-goers two chances to nab bizarre merchandise featuring Miku and her strange leggy pal. The campaign features two sets of merchandise. The mini-figurines are currently available in arcades throughout Japan, with the Miku x Shiteyanyo plush keychains to follow in March. Shiteyanyo originated in 2010 when pivix user Ryūsei drew a parod...
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1st Tamayura Film's Trailer Previews Maaya Sakamoto's Song

Last 3 films to open in August 2015, November 2015, February 2016, followed by "graduation ceremonies" ― The official website for the Tamayura franchise unveiled the trailer for the first of four films that will complete the story. The trailer debuts the theme song "Kore Kara" (From Now On) written and sung by Maaya Sakamoto. Fū: Next spring, we will graduate. Text: Tamayura last arc. 1st of 4 parts....
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Prince of Tennis Creator Commentates for NHK at All Australian Open

Provides commentary for Japan's Kei Nishikori's third round match. ― With the Australian Open on its way to wrapping up, tennis fans are gripping their seats with excitement. During times like these, it is the duty of all good sports programs to bring commentary that can convey just that sort of excitement. This past week, NHK's headliner sports news program Saturday Sports did just that by inviting ...
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House of 1000 Manga - Cat Paradise

Jason adopts a manga all about magical cat familiars in an academy where pets are certainly allowed. If you've never read it, the time is meow. ― Cat Paradise "I've always loved animals, so I put them in my manga a lot.” —Yuji Iwahara There are so many manga about people partnered up with monsters, dragons and so on, you'd think there would be more manga about people partnered up with real-life anim...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Game's 'History-Changing' Antagonist Unveiled

"One behind the curtains changing history" in February 5 PS4/PS3/Xbox One/Xbox 360/PC game ― This year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is unveiling on Monday the "one behind the curtains changing history" in the Dragon Ball Xenoverse game. The new character Domigura appears in the shadows of two other antagonists, Mira and Towa, but his objective and true identity remain wrappe...
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Nisekoi: False Love GN 7

Had this book not come directly after the Romeo and Juliet storyline, it may have made a bigger impact. ― There are many things about Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi: False Love that make it one of the most entertaining harem manga out there...and sadly, not a whole lot of them end up in this volume. That's not to say that it isn't still a good book; the final arc about Chitoge's mother is very strong in its c...
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Heidi, Girl of the Alps Draws Japanese Tourists to Switzerland

Early Takahata anime's influence remains strong 40 years later ― Heidi, an 1880 novel by Swiss author Johanna Spyri, is one of the classics of children's literature. Its portrayal of innocent youth, pristine mountain landscapes, and simple pastoral life have appealed to people of all generations, both genders, and many nations and languages. Its reception in Japan, however, is particularly strong. To...

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Heads West This Summer

14 playable characters, 23 support characters in PS3/Vita fighting game ― Sega announced on Thursday that it will release Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax in North America and Europe on PlayStation 3 and PS Vita this summer. The trailer above boasts that the English version has 14 playable characters and 23 support characters — the same as in the Japanese version. "Developed by Ecole and French Bread i...
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The Testament of Sister New Devil ‒ Episode 4

"As of this week, I can say with authority that watching The Testament of Sister New Devil is more fun than shoveling out after a blizzard."
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Violinist Lindsey Stirling Covers Hatsune Miku's "Senbonzakura"

Classically trained violinist and electro-pop artist Lindsey Stirling released a cover of Kurousa-P and Hatsune Miku's "Senbonzakura" on Tuesday. "Senbonzakura" has enjoyed immense popularity since its original upload to Nico Nico Douga, receiving more than 4.3 million views in less than a year. The song has since rocketed to the tops of the karaoke charts, inspired a novel, and featured in a Toyo...
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Square Enix's School of Ragnarok Game Teaser Trailer Streamed

Natsuki Hanae, Nao Toyama, Fumihiko Tachiki voice characters in online action arcade game ― Square Enix began streaming the first trailer for its upcoming School of Ragnarok arcade game on Thursday. The song featured in the trailer is performed by Yoko Takahashi (Shakugan no Shana, Cross Ange, Neon Genesis Evangelion). Narrator: The world is in its Warring Academies period. The ten academies called "...
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Tecmo Koei's Deception IV Gets Expanded Version, New Protagonist

PS4 version slated for Japanese release on March 26 ― Koei Tecmo's Deception IV: Blood Ties (Kagero: Dark Side Princess) is getting an upgraded PlayStation 4 version with additional protagonists in March. Kagero: Mō 1-ri no Princess (Kagero: One More Princess) is slated for release in Japan on March 26. The game adds new protagonist Virgilie. Millennia (Kagero: Deception II), Reina (Deception III: Da...
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Dragon's Dogma Online Game Previewed in Trailer

Capcom plans to begin service in online version of 2012 game with added features sometime this year ― The official website for Capcom's Dragon's Dogma Online game began streaming the first trailer for the game on Thursday. Text: In a new world that connects hearts together Text: Stand up alongside your comrades Text: Fight together Text: Help each other Speech bubble: Hello~ Speech bubble: What are y...
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Solar-Powered Bellhops and Android Staff Employed at Japanese Hotel

The Henn-na Hotel (Strange Hote)l at Huis Ten Bosch theme park near Nagasaki is hiring some unique employees starting in July. The "smart hotel" is teaming up with Kokoro, the makers behind the "Actroid" android, Aldebaran Robotics, and SoftBank to hire three uniformed reception androids, four service and porter androids, an industrial arm robot to manage the coat room, and cleaning robots. Kokoro...
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Naruto Manga's Final Volume Has 'Secret' on Wrap-Around Band

This year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump is listing on Monday that the 72nd and final volume of Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto manga will have a "secret" written on the wrap-around band attached to the volume. The 72nd volume is shipping in Japan on February 4.
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One Piece Manga Takes 1-Week Break

This year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga will not be included in the magazine's next issue. The manga will return in the 12th issue, which will be released on February 16.

Shonen Jump to Launch 4 Manga, Including Detective Story by Psyren's Iwashiro

Kagamigami, Black Clover by Hungry Joker's Tabata, Kaizō Ningen Rogy, Ultra Battle Satellite ― This year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the manga will launch four new series over the next four weeks. Toshiaki Iwashiro (Psyren) will start Kagamigami (Mirror God, center left) in the 11th issue on February 9. In the story, the "famous detective(!?)" M...

Assassination Classroom Anime Casts Saki Fujita, Megumi Ogata

Actresses to play assault robot Ritsu, transfer student Itona Horibe ― This year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that voice actresses Saki Fujita and Megumi Ogata are joining the cast of the Assassination Classroom anime. Fujita will play Ritsu, the "Autonomously Thinking Fixed Artillery" assault robot, while Ogata will play Itona Horibe, the transfer st...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven Gameplay Videos Posted

Joseph, Caesar, Diego, Josuke, more characters shown in videos ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming three gameplay videos of their upcoming fighting game JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven on Thursday. The videos are tutorials on the game's mechanics, and guides on how to fight certain characters. http://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=l-Kin2fVVI0&u=/watch%3Fv%3DWCxUVUZ-6NE%26feature%3Dem-up...
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Shonen Jump Ends Sports Medicine Manga Sporting Salt

2nd, 3rd volumes of Yūto Kubota's series to ship in April, June ― Yūto Kubota is ending the Sporting Salt manga in this year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Monday. Shueisha will publish the second compiled book volume in April, followed by the third one with exclusive added material in June. The story of Sporting Salt centers on Hiroyuki Shioya, a high school student who is...
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Videos Show Mihawk, Smoker, More in Action

Buggy the Clown, Tashigi gameplay also streamed, Nami and Usopp added to action game ― The official website for Bandai Namco Games' upcoming One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 action game began streaming four new character gameplay videos on Thursday. The videos feature Mihawk, Smoker, Buggy the Clown, and Tashigi. Also, the website added character descriptions for Nami, Usopp, Smoker, Tashigi, Mihawk, and...
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Onnanoko tte. Shōjo Advice Manga Gets TV Anime Shorts

Kanahei's series explains matters regarding girls' bodies, minds with experts ― The March issue of Shueisha's Ribon magazine is announcing on Tuesday that a television anime of Kanahei's shōjo manga Onnanoko tte. (About Girls) has been green-lit. The shorts will premiere in February and run every Thursday in the children's variety program OhaStu (Good Morning Studio). The manga is about the many worr...
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Etrian Mystery Dungeon Video Introduces Runemaster Class

Crossover game slated for April 7 in N. America ― Atlus USA began streaming a video on Wednesday introducing the Runemaster class in its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Etrian Mystery Dungeon. The class uses its elemental magic to defeat enemies. Atlus USA previously streamed a short videos detailing game's Landsknecht and Protector classes. The crossover between Etrian Mystery Dungeon is set for release ...
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