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House of 1000 Manga - Thermae Romae

"Thermae Romae is the perfect manga for fans of a) classical history and b) taking baths." Well, who doesn't love both of those?
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The X Button - Fragmentary

This week, we take a look at Bandai Namco's upcoming Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment! Plus Firefly Diary, Under Night In-Birth, and the secrets of an old NES nightmare-maker!
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Pile of Shame - Mermaid's Scar

Rumiko Takahashi's macabre OAV still holds up, and is still creepy, but the dub is really weird sounding.
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 12

M3 the dark metal EPISODE 12 WHAT LINKS TWO PEOPLE
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ANNCast Live at Anime Expo 2014

Live from Anime Expo, it's ANNCast! Justin and Hope are here and a crowd of tens, asking questions and getting answers (and prizes of dubious merit)! Summer season, Expo happenings and more are on the table.
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Brynhildr in the Darkness

The most recent offering from the creator of Elfen Lied strives to capture its predecessor's bloody magic, but even its highly appealing cast cannot carry the series through its many rough parts. As a result, it largely disappoints.
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Mazinger Z Sub.DVD Part 1

Watch it if you want to know what Yoshiyuki Tomino was reacting against when he made Mobile Suit Gundam. Watch it if you want to see the mecha traditions that Hideaki Anno drew on for Neon Genesis Evangelion. Do not watch it if you want to be entertained.
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World Is Still Beautiful Episodes 7 - 12

In the end, The World is Still Beautiful is charming shoujo comfort food.
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Chaika - The Coffin Princess season 1

Despite being steeped a little too much in current romcom humor and character relationship trends, this fantasy series from the creators of Scrapped Princess offers plenty enough merits to keeps its viewers coming back.
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Nobunaga The Fool 13 - 24

Nobunaga the Fool began as a flashy, goofy reimagining of world history that ripped historical figures out of their contexts and played with them. Unfortunately in its second half it begins to take itself far too seriously, and all of the flashy battles and sparkly effects that Satelight throws in cannot make this ending a success.
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Riddle Story of Devil

One girl defends another against all comers in a class full of prospective female assassins? It is a concept full of lots of action and yuri romantic potential, but it never fully capitalizes on that potential despite telling a complete story.
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Friday, July 11

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New Free! Character's 'Spirit Animal' is a Whale Shark

― The members of the Iwatobi Swim Club have gotten tons of merchandise, whether its glasses, stamps, tote bags, or jewelry, featuring each character with a corresponding animal. Haruka has his dolphin, Makoto is an Orca, Rin is a shark, Nagisa is a penguin, and Rei is a butterfly. The Kyoto Animation Shop revealed that the series' newest character, Sosuke Yamazaki, is a whale shark in its latest charm collection. If you aren't familiar with the whale shark, it's a "gentle giant," and the largest surviving fish species. Unlike Rin's toothier animal, the whale shark is "filter-feeding," like a large whale. They're covered in spots, 4.9 ft wide and 31.8 ft long, with over 300 rows of tiny teeth.
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1st Pokémon XY Movie's New TV Spots Introduce Guest Voice Cast

July 19 film stars Sugar Sugar Rune's Marika Matsumoto as Diancie, pro soccer player Atsuto Uchida, idol Shoko Nakagawa The Pokemon Company began streaming three new TV spots for the upcoming Pocket Monster XY: Hakai no Mayu to Diancie (Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction) film on Friday. All three feature the film's ending theme song, "Yoake no Ryūseigun" (Daybreak Meteor Cluster) by girl band SCANDAL. Diancie: I... Can't do anything! Majima: Princess! Satoshi: Diancie!! Narrator: The first Pokémon the Movie XY. Diancie: I won't give up!!
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Nanana's Buried Treasure Series Replaces Illustrator Akaringo

Non also takes over spin-off novel series for illustrator, who is suffering from poor health Enterbrain posted a notice on its website on Friday, announcing that illustrator Akaringo will step down from the duties of providing art for Kazuma Ōtorino's Ryūgajō Nanana no Maizōkin (Nanana's Buried Treasure) light novel series, as well as its spin-off Ikkyū Tensai no Kimete Fuhon'i Meisuiri (The Many Reluctant Inferences That Tensai Ikkyū Makes) due to the illustrator's poor health. In Akaringo's place, Non will take over the duties of illustrator for both series.
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Attack on Titan Novel Illustrated by Last Exile's Range Murata

Ryō Kawakami pens Kakuzetsu Toshi no Jōō based on Hajime Isayama's manga ― This year's 33rd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is confirming on Wednesday that a new Attack on Titan novel will debut on August 1. The first volume of Ryō Kawakami's two-volume Kakuzetsu Toshi no Jōō (The Queen of the Isolated City) novel will ship on that date with illustrations by Range Murata (Last Exile, Blue Submarine No. 6, Shangri-La). The tagline for the novel is, "Can people really be this cruel…" Kodansha describes the story:
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Toshiki Masuda, Maaya Uchida Join Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo Anime Cast

Ryota Ohsaka, Saori Hayami star in 1st romantic comedy anime DVD on December 17 ― This year's 33rd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Toshiki Masuda and Maaya Uchida are joining the cast of the Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo manga's original anime DVD project. Masuda will play the class vice-president and supernatural phenomenon research club vice-president Toranosuke Miyamura (pictured top left), while Uchida will play the club member Miyabi Itō (bottom left). The first original anime DVD will ship on December 17.
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Disney's Frozen Gets Its Own Limited-Edition PlayStation 4

Elsa & Anna etched onto hard drive bay cover for 42,980 yen ― After topping the Japanese box office for 16 weekends in a row, Disney's Frozen can add one more feat — its very own PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 4 Frozen Limited Edition takes the standard Jet Black console with a 500GB hard drive and adds a Frozen laser-etched hard drive bay cover with the sisters Elsa and Anna. Sony's online store will offer this exclusive edition on July 16 for 42,980 yen (about US$425). [Via Hachima Kikō]
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Vancouver's Anime Revolution to Host Attack on Titan Voice Actress Marina Inoue

Anime convention will run August 22-24 ― Anime Revolution announced on Wednesday that it would host voice actress Marina Inoue at its August 22-24 convention in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is Inoue's first appearance at a convention outside of Japan. Inoue recently starred in the Attack on Titan anime series as Armin Arlelt. She's also starred in Haganai, Date-A-Live, No-Rin, Freezing Vibration, Infinite Stratos 2, Hayate the Combat Butler, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II and many more anime.
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Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Sequels Previewed in 5-Minute Highlight Reel

Takeru Satoh reprises title role in films opening August 1 & September 13 ― The animeanime.jp website began streaming over five minutes of video from this summer's Rurouni Kenshin live-action films on Friday. The "highlight reel special" aims to acquaint filmgoers with the first film in five minutes. The video notes that a March 21, 2013 Internet Research poll found that 87% of potential viewers were looking forward to these sequels. It also notes that the two films have a combined budget of 3 billion yen (about US$30 million). The video features the theme song "Mighty Long Fall" by the band

Thursday, July 10

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Aoi Teshima to Perform Ronia the Robber's Daughter's Theme Song

3D CG series based on Astrid Lindgren's children's book to air in October ― Singer and actress Aoi Teshima will perform the theme song "Haru no Sakebi" (Spring's Shout) for Goro Miyazaki's (Tales from Earthsea, From Up On Poppy Hill) upcoming television anime adaptation of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren's Ronia the Robber's Daughter children's fantasy book. Miyazaki is writing the lyrics, and Hiroko Taniyama is composing the song. Teshima previously performed the theme songs for both of Miyazaki's other works: Tales from Earthsea and
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Sailor Moon Dub Voice Director Writes Tell-All Book

Roland Parliament, the voice director of DiC's original Sailor Moon dub, penned a tell-all book about the process of bringing the English version of the anime to life. Sailor Moon Reflections details Parliament's process of bringing show to life and describing the "attention to detail that went into making the English version of Sailor Moon the standard by which all English translations of foreign animations are judged." The book contains a forward by Sail
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Kiminori Wakasugi's Kappei Manga to End in 3 Chapters

Story follows isolated martial artist's attempt to rejoin modern society Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine will announce on Friday that Kiminori Wakasugi (Detroit Metal City) will end his Kappei comedy manga in the next three chapters. Wakasugi began the series in Young Animal's May 2011 issue after Detroit Metal City ended its run in the same magazine. Kappei's fifth compiled volume shipped in Japan on June 27. The plot summary is as follows: Kappei is a martial artist living in a secluded and isolated small island, among many young men training vigorously with their Master to survive the July 1999 apocalypse predicted by Nostradamus — which never came. The Master finally gave up in 2011, disbanded the martial art camp, and sent members back to modern-day Japan. With no knowledge of the modern world, K
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New Bakumatsu Rock Game to Bundle Bonus Anime Episode

PS Vita/PSP game videos introduce "God of Rock" Perry Junior ― Famitsu began streaming a promotional video on Friday announcing Marvelous AQL's PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable game Bakumatsu Rock: Ultra Soul. The game will get an "Ultra Soul Box" limited edition release bundled with an OVA episode titled "Mystery! Onsen de Kaijiken ze yo!!" (Mystery! Myserious event at the Hot Springs!!). In the episode's story, Ryōma and the other go relax at a beautiful hot springs, but a murder case begins at their inn. The victim has the mysterious number "69" written on the back of their leg.
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Captain Harlock's Arcadia Ship Gets the Soul of Chogokin Treatment

Bring back your favorite space pirate memories ― Soul of Chogokin has carved a name for itself with its line of immaculately sculpted mecha figures, from Mazinger Z to the Eva units. Now it's turned its gaze to the iconic 1970s series Captain Harlock and is presenting fans with a replica of the eponymous captain's starship, the Arcadia. The Soul of Chogokin GX-67 Space Pirate Ship Arcadia is 47 centimeters long (or about 1'6.5'') and based primarily off of the version of the Arcadia seen in the 1979 movie
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House of 1000 Manga - Thermae Romae

"Thermae Romae is the perfect manga for fans of a) classical history and b) taking baths." Well, who doesn't love both of those?
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Crunchyroll to Stream Ai Mai Mi, Strange+ 2nd Seasons

Both comedy anime series premiered today Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the second seasons of Ai Mai Mi (Choboraunyopomi Gekijō Dainimaku Ai Mai Mi: Mōsō Catastrophe) and Strange+ (Sin Strange Plus). Ai Mai Mi season two will broadcast on Thursdays starting on July 10 at 2:00 p.m. EDT for premium members and one week later for free members. The stream will be available worldwide outside of Japan. The series, which adapts Choboraunyopomi's four-panel manga, follows girls in a manga club — Ai, Mai, Mī, and Ponoka-
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Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair's 2nd Trailer Features Class Trial Gameplay

Game will ship in North America and Europe in September NIS America began streaming the second official trailer for Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair on Wednesday. The PlayStation Vita game is slated for release in North America on September 2 and in Europe on September 5. It will receive both physical and digital releases. NIS America describes the story: Jabberwock Island -- once a popular tourist destination, this now uninhabited island remains oddly pristine. You and your classmates at the elite Hope's Peak Academy have been brought to this island by your super-cute teacher for a "lovey-dovey, heart-throbbing school trip." Everyone seems to be having fun in the sun...until Monokuma returns to restart his murderous game! Trapped on this island of mutual killing, your only hope of escape rests in solving the island's mysteries. But be warned—sometimes the truth can be its own despair...
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Miyazaki Is Spending All His Free Time At His Favorite Place... Studio Ghibli

― Despite having retired from making full-length feature films, legendary director Hayao Miyazaki just can't stop going to work. According to accomplished Studio Ghibli producer and former president Toshio Suzuki, who's now co-producing the studio's When Marnie Was There, Miyazaki is at the studio every single day. Of course, it's not like Miyazaki doesn't have plenty of other things on his plate—his Nutcracker exhibit opened earlier this year at the Ghibli Museum, and he's
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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Will Be Region-Free

PS3/Xbox 360 game to ship September 30 in N. America Atlus USA announced on Thursday that it will release Persona 4 Arena Ultimax without region locking to North and South America. 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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Crunchyroll Adds Encouragement of Climb Second Season

Series about mountain climbing premieres today Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream Encouragement of Climb Second Season (Yama no Susume Second Season). The first episode will premiere for premium members at 1:00 p.m. EDT and for free members next week. Future episodes will stream on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. The stream will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Demark, Iceland, Netherlands, Turkey, Latin America (Central and South America including Caribbean), Spain, Portugal, France and DOM/TOM, Belgium,Andorra, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany,Austria, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Italy, Romania, the Middle East, and North Africa.
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Sentai Filmworks Adds Samurai Jam -Bakumatsu Rock- Anime

Otome game-based series about Samurai-era rockers is streaming on Crunchyroll Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed Samurai Jam -Bakumatsu Rock-. The series began streaming on Crunchyroll last Wednesday. The story is set in the Bakumatsu era, at the end of the shoguns' rule over Japan in the middle of the 19th century. The Tokugawa shogunate use the brainwashing "Heaven's Songs" by the top idols in Shinsengumi to subjugate the country and its people. In this Japan, writing or singing any songs besides the "Heaven's Songs" is a capital offense. Ryōma Sakamoto and the other rockers rise up and change the world with rock 'n' roll for freedom and justice.
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Hamatora Mooncakes Capture the Taste of Summer

Only 5,000 boxes to be produced. ― The second season of Hamatora, titled Re:Hamatora is one of the many anime that has started up this summer season. Of course, while you're watching your summer anime, odds are you are bound to get the munchies for something sweet. Well, you'll be happy to know that the creators of Hamatora, in collaboration with Yokohama Mooncakes, have come up with the perfect treat to settle your cravings. Of course the taste is not the only thing that will make these orange peel flavored mooncakes highly desirable. These collaborative treats go on sale starting July 9, after which they will be available for one week only, ending on July 15. That's not all, these mooncakes will only be on sale in Yokohama's Minato Mirai 21 district, where they will be available at 18 different stores, including the popular
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Metagross Mega Evolution Debuts in Pokémon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire 3DS Games

Elite Four champion Steven uses Mega Brooch to Mega Evolve his Pokémon in November 21 game ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Coro Coro Comic magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Metagross will receive a Mega Evolution form in the upcoming Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire video games for the Nintendo 3DS. Elite Four Champion Daigo (Steven) Mega Evolves his Metagross using a Mega Brooch. The new titles will remake the 2003 Game Boy Advance games Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire. The games are slated to ship on November 28 in Europe and November 21 in Japan, North America, and Australia.
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2015 Doraemon Film is Nobita no Space Heroes Uchū Eiyū-ki

Doraemon's group turn into space heroes to fight monsters for upcoming film ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Coro Coro Comic magazine is announcing on Tuesday that the title of the 2015 Doraemon feature film will be titled Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes Uchū Eiyū-ki (Doraemon: Nobita's Space Hero Record of Space Heroes). The film will feature Doraemon, Nobita, Shzuka, Gian, and Suneo as heroes in space that fight against monsters. Doraemon has the power of a super punch, Nobita can use a cat's cradle move, the bath-loving Shizuka can control water, Gian has super strength, and Suneo has a drill on his arm.

South Korean One Piece Exhibition Cancelled Due to Japanese Flag Art

War Museum respecting activists during Japanese occupation finds flag inappropriate ― Seoul, South Korea's War Museum announced on Thursday that it has cancelled a planned exhibition centered around Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga has been cancelled due to protests of the Japanese flag appearing in art being displayed, among other reasons. The exhibit was scheduled to be held at the museum from Saturday 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 the country, the staff decided to cancel the event. According to the organizers, within the materials they were shown before permitting the event, there were no images of the Japanese flag. After hearing many opinions, the staff decided it would not be appropriate to hold the event.
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Japan Expo USA to Host Director/Designer Shinji Aramaki

Japan Expo Second Impact to be held in San Mateo, California August 22-24 ― Organizers of the American incarnation of the Japan Expo convention announced that prolific mechanical designer Captain Harlock film director Shinji Aramaki will attend as a Guest of Honor. Aramaki worked as a desginer for many popular franchises including Transformers, Genesis Climber Mospeada (adapted into Robotech), Bubblegum Crisis, Gasaraki, s-CRY-ed, Witch Hunter Robin, Wolf's Rain, Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War, and
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Voice Actor Masakazu Morita to Attend K: Missing Kings' L.A. Screening

U.S. theaters & showtimes listed with Canadian release planned for late September ― Film distribution company Eleven Arts announced that the upcoming animated film K: Missing Kings will debut theatrically in the United States on July 18 at L.A.'s Downtown Independent theater. The screening will include a Q&A session with the film's voice actor Masakazu Morita (Yukari Mishakuji) and producer Gou Nakanishi (Flowers of Evil, Fafner, Knights of Sidonia). Eleven Arts plans to screen the film in over 45 theaters across the U.S. starting on July 18. The company also

Anime Mirai Announces Projects for 2015

Makoto Tezuka, Youhei Suzuki, Ken'ichi Ishikura, Yumiko Suda to direct next year's shorts ― The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) announced its choices for the Anime Mirai 2015 program on Tuesday. Applications were accepted from May 30 to June 27. The selected projects include: "Aki no Kanade" (Aki's Music-Playing) Director: Youhei Suzuki (The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat.) Producer: Yuji Matsukura (Witch Craft Works, Selector Infected Wixoss) Animation Production Producer: Atsushi Fujishiro (The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat.,
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Super Hero Generation Game Unites Ultraman, Kamen Rider, Gundam Characters

SD Gundam G Generation's Tom Create develops RPG shipping on October 23 ― This week's issue of Kadokawa's Famitsu magazine announced on Thursday that Bandai Namco Games is developing the Super Hero Generation simulation role-playing game for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita consoles. The game will unite characters from the Kamen Rider, Ultraman, and Gundam franchises. Tom Create, the studio that has handled the SD Gundam G Generation game series for more than 16 years, is developing the new game. In the game, players will control three players (one from each of the three franchises) to oppose a "great evil" whose plan is to destroy the world.

Ryohgo Narita's Stealth Symphony Manga Ends Next Week

Manga with Yōichi Amano also running simultaneously in English in Viz's Weekly Shonen Jump ― This year's 33rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will publish the last chapter of Ryohgo Narita (Durarara!!, Baccano!) and artist Yōichi Amano's (Over Time) Stealth Symphony manga on Monday. The "sensational fantasy" series launched in the magazine on February 24. Viz Media's English Weekly Shonen Jump is publishing the manga digitally. The story follows Jig, a young boy who embarks on a magical journey to rid himself of an unfortunate curse.

Wednesday, July 9

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Last Emperor/Honneamise Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto Diagnosed With Cancer

Yellow Magic Orchestra co-founder to halt performances to treat mesopharyngeal carcinoma ― 62-year-old world-renowned composer Ryuichi Sakamoto is completely suspending his musical performances, so he can devote himself to the treatment of mesopharyngeal carcinoma in New York. His record company Avex made the announcement on Thursday. The New York resident began feeling something unusual in his throat and underwent an examination in early June. He was diagnosed with mesopharyngeal carcinoma in early July. The pharynx runs from the nasal passage to the esophagus, and it conducts both food and air.
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 6-12

Flowers of Evil, Sasami-san@Ganbaranai anime ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Flowers of Evil Blu-ray Complete CollectionPlease Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 July 8 Flowers of Evil DVD Complete CollectionPlease Sentai Filmworks US$49.98 July 8 Naruto Shippūden DVD Set 19Please Viz Media US$44.82 July 8 Sasami-san@Ganbaranai DVD Complete CollectionPlease Sentai Filmworks US$49.98 July 8 Manga Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date 07-Ghost Graphic Novel (GN) 11
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Newest Vocaloid Voiced by Actress Kou Shibasaki

― Actress and singer Kou Shibasaki is lending her chops to YAMAHA's newest Vocaloid, Galaco. The actress has appeared in Battle Royale, Dororo, and Ōoku: The Inner Chambers. The live-action actress started expanding her repertoire as a singer and has since performed themes for the live-action Future Diary TV show, the Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Uchū Kaitakushi film, and the upcoming Detective Conan: Ijigen no Sniper film. Galaco was designed by artist Jiro Tomioka and has two different voice libraries, "Galaco RED" and "Galaco BLUE." Each have varying depth and range.
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 30-July 6

Akiba's Trip 2 debuts at #17 ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 30-July 6 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PSV Freedom Wars Sony Computer Entertainment June 26 43,160 232,048 56 23DS Yōkai Watch Level 5 July 11 28,933 1,176,134 85 3 3DS Taiko no Tatsujin: Don to Katsu no Jikū Daibōken Bandai Namco Games June 26 24,412 77,508 4Wii U Mario Kart 8 Nintendo May 29 19,386 512,223 80 5PS4 Watch Dogs Ubisoft June 26 12,783 76,378 6PS3
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Fans From 94 Countries Vote For Their Most Anticipated Summer Anime Series

― We've taken enjoyment in the past from alerting readers to increasingly niche polls, like favorite blonde-haired, twin-tail anime heroines, but this recent poll, conducted by Tokyo Otaku Mode, is much more straightforward. In it, they asked readers to pick their most anticipated Summer 2014 anime series. Top 10 Overall Most Anticipated Summer 2014 Anime Sword Art Online II Free! Eternal Summer Psycho-Pass New Edit Black Butler: Book of Circus Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!
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Japanese Comic Ranking, June 30-July 6

Kuroko's Basketball, Assassination Classroom, Blue Exorcist, Black Butler, Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Kuroko no Basuke (Kuroko's Basketball) 28 320,990 320,990 2014/07 Shueisha Tadatoshi Fujimaki 1 1 2 Assassination Classroom 10 303,405 303,405 2014/07 Shueisha Yusei Matsui 2 1 3 Blue Exorcist 13 219,781 219,781 2014/07 Shueisha Kazue Katō 3 1 4 Black Butler 19 190,968 413,163 2014/06 Square Enix Yana Toboso 1 2 5 Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma 8
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Tomomi Itano to Perform at San Francisco's J-Pop Summit

Former AKB48 member makes American debut ― Japanese pop idol Tomomi Itano will make her American debut at San Francisco's J-Pop Summit Festival on July 19 and 20 as the festival's Guest of Honor. Itano will be promoting her first solo full-length album SxWxAxG, which ships in Japan on July 2. She will perform a free concert July 19 at 7:50 p.m. on the downtown Union Square Stage. She will also perform July 20 at 11 a.m. on the Pagoda Main Stage in Japantown. 50 VIP Pass holders will attend a meet and greet with Itano at the
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Test Your Rose of Versailles Knowledge With an Official Trivia Exam

― Think you know Rose of Versailles? Well, now you can prove it with the second official Rose of Versailles test, which will be held on November 30 in Tokyo, Osaka, Sendai, and Fukuoka. Fans can choose from three different levels of difficulty, ranging from basic trivia about the manga and anime, to more in-depth questions about French history before and during the French Revolution. Luckily, there's also an official study guide, so test-takers won't be left blindly scouring their high school history books for hints. The guide is selling for 1,512 yen (about US$14.84) after tax, and also includes 40 sample test questions. However, those wanting more of a head start can also head over to the official
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Sailor Moon Musical's Trailer Streamed

Sailor Moon: La Reconquista DVD shipped in Japan on Wednesday ― The official Sailor Moon website began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for the DVD release of the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: La Reconquista stage musical. The DVD shipped in Japan on Wednesday for 7,800 yen (about US$77) and includes the two-hour musical, one-hour of behind-the-scenes footage, and a 28-page color booklet. The first all-female revival musical debuted in September. The story recounts of the battles between the Sailor Senshi and the Dark Kingdom that seeks the Silver Crystal.
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Crunchyroll Streams Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2wei! Anime

1st episode of second season now available Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will stream the second season of the Prisma Illya television anime, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!, as it airs in Japan. The first episode premiered for premium members on Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. EDT and will premiere for free members one week later. The stream will be available in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, and Latin America (Central and South America including the Caribbean).

Inō Battle with Everyday Life Anime's Cast, Staff Announced

Series will premiere in October ― The official website for the anime of Kota Nozomi's Inō Battle with Everyday Life (Inō-Battle wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de/Inou-Battle in the Usually Daze) light novel series announced on Thursday the cast and staff for the series. Studio Trigger announced at Anime Expo that the series would premiere in October. The cast includes: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Blue Exorcist) as July Andou. He has the power of "dark and dark," which allows him to create black flames using the heat from an ordinary hot water bottle.
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HaNaYaMaTa Teams Up With Fiat, Enoshima Electric Railway

Hanayamata, a summer series about five girls who start a yosakoi dance team, is already getting some commercial tie-ins. The series will also be collaborating with the Enoshima Electric Railway, with special Hanayamata cars appearing in August, as well as a special exhibit at the Enoden House gift shop, which typically stocks goods and merchandise related to the railway. The Enoshima Electric Railway will also be holding a special stamp rally in September. Those who manage to collect all stamps along the railway at five different stations will receive a special
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Free! Eternal Summer Use Sydney for Ending Theme Inspiration

― While fans of the Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club anime have always had reason to visit Iwami, the town that provides the setting for the series, globe-trotting enthusiasts might have to head to Sydney, Australia, for their next Holy Pilgrimage. Free!ESのED聖地、3ヶ所特定!! 友達とその友達が見つけて教えてくれた。 うん、これはやばい、行きたい。 撮影場所はシドニー!! pic.twitter.com/5GbxSUBOuz— θ汰は新作ウミユリ海底譚 (@si_ta_aaaaa)
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Crunchyroll Adds Love Stage!! Anime

Boys-love series about an otaku and an actor premieres Wednesday, July 9 ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will stream the anime of Eiki Eiki and Taishi Zaou's Love Stage!! boys-love manga. The series will premiere for premium members on Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. EDT, and free members will be able to watch episodes one week later. The stream will be available in North America, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, and Latin America (Central and South America including the Caribbean). Australia, New Zealand, Bahrain, Cyprus, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian, Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Holy See (Vatican City State), Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Monaco, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Algeria, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Western Sahara.
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Musical Group ALTIMA to Perform at Otakon

m.o.v.e's MOTSU, fripSide's SAT, Maon heard on Shakugan no Shana, Accel World, Strike the Blood ― Otakon announced on Wednesday that the three-member musical group ALTIMA will perform at the August 8-10 convention in Baltimore. The band will hold a concert on Friday, August 8. The group, formed in 2011, consists of former m.o.v.e member MOTSU as the rapper, fripSide's Satoshi Yaginuma (SAT) as the sound producer and synthesizer player, and Maon Kurosaki (MAON) as the main vocalist. ALTIMA released their debut single, "I'll Believe," in December 2011 as the first ending theme to the anime series
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The X Button - Fragmentary

This week, we take a look at Bandai Namco's upcoming Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment! Plus Firefly Diary, Under Night In-Birth, and the secrets of an old NES nightmare-maker!
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Law of Ueki's Fukuchi Starts Psyche Mata Shite mo Manga

Story following boy who gains psychic powers after seeing childhood friend in danger is running in Shonen Sunday The Law of Ueki creator Tsubasa Fukuchi began serializing a new manga series titled Psyche Mata Shite mo (Once Again, A Psyche) in this year's 32nd issue Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine on Wednesday. The manga revolves around Saike (pronounced the same as "Psyche"), a male middle school student without dreams or motivation. Within his normal everyday life, the only one who dotes on him is his female childhood friend, Mikan. However, one day, after seeing Mikan in extreme danger, he gains psychic powers that surpass human knowledge.

Website: Gus Van Sant to Direct Warners' Live-Action Death Note

Good Will Hunting director replaces Iron Man 3's Black in adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata's manga ― Website The Tracking Board is reporting that American director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) will direct Warner Brothers' planned live-action film adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note manga. Iron Man 3 director Shane Black had said in an interview last year that he was still connected to the project, but The Tracking Board lists that Van Sant has replaced him. The website is also reporting that Vertigo's Roy Lee (The Lake House, Shutter) and
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Mami Koyama Voices Martron in Tales of Zestiria PS3 Game

Bandai Namco Games also unveils "map actions," "real map battle" systems for newest installment in the Tales of franchise ― This year's 33rd issue of Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Mami Koyama (Dr. Slump's Arale, Mobile Suit Gundam's Kycilia) will play a character named Martron in Tales of Zestiria, Bandai Namco Games' newest installment in the Tales of series for the PlayStation 3. The character is a female knight known as the "Blue Valkyrie," and is the teacher of Aleesha who taught her all of the fighting techniques she knows. Martron will play a large role in the fate of the Highland Kingdom.

Mecha-Naruto Character to Also Appear in the Anime

Original manga's Masashi Kishimoto designs mecha for Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution ― This year's 33rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Mecha-Naruto — the new character that will appear in the Naruto Shippūden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution game — will also appear in the anime itself. The magazine teases that the anime will reveal the true identity of this mecha that is a spitting image of Naruto himself. The playable character has three modes: the normal "Mecha-Naruto," which can then evolve into a "Kyūbi Mode," and then a "Kyūbi Mode (Mecha Kurama Version)." Each time the mecha evolves, it gets stronger.
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Nana Komatsu to Play Live-Action Bakuman Film's Heroine Azuki

Kawaki actress joins Kenshin's Takeru Satoh & Ryunosuke Kamiki in 2015 film ― This year's 33rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that up-and-coming actress Nana Komatsu will play the heroine Miho Azuki in the live-action film of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Bakuman. manga. Komatsu made her debut as a fashion model, and has since appeared in commercials and music videos. She already played the heroine Kanako in the Kawaki film which opened last month. Takeru Satoh (Kamen Rider Den-O, Beck,
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Assassination Classroom Anime to Air Late Friday Nights in January

Anime of Yusei Matsui's manga to air on Fuji TV ― This year's 33rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the Assassination Classroom anime will premiere next January. The anime of Yusei Matsui's manga will run on Fuji TV late night every Friday. A commercial commemorating the anime adaptation will debut on the anime's official home page in the near future. Weekly Shonen Jump is unveiling a new visual of the anime's characters at Fuji TV's headquarters on Tokyo's Odaiba island — including powerful teacher Koro-sensei as the headquarters' iconic globe.
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Life-Size Gundam Statue to Move By 2019

Creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, Luna Sea/X Japan guitarist Sugizo unveil "Gundam Global Challenge" ― The "Gundam Global Challenge" press conference announced plans to make the 18-meter-tall (59-foot-tall) Gundam statue on Tokyo's Odaiba island move in the year 2019. The project, first revealed as "Real G Next Project" in March, will mark the upcoming 40th anniversary of the first Mobile Suit Gundam anime series. Gundam franchise creator Yoshiyuki Tomino and rock guitarist (and Gundam fan) Sugizo of Luna Sea and X Japan fame attended the press conference.
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Devilman vs. Hades Manga Ends This Week

Manga launched in 2012 to mark Devilman's 40th anniversary ― "Team Moon" ended its Devilman vs. Hades (Devilman tai Yami no Teiō) manga series in the August issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine on Wednesday. As the name implies, the series pit Devilman against the Emperor of Darkness — an antagonist in another classic Nagai manga, Great Mazinger. The story launched in 2012 to mark the 40th anniversary of Go Nagai's original Devilman series, and Kodansha published the second compiled book volume in Japan in January.
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Crunchyroll Manga Adds GTO: Paradise Lost, Japan Sinks

Tohru Fujisawa started GTO spinoff manga in Japan in April ― Media distribution company Crunchyroll announced at its Anime Expo panel on Saturday that it will digitally release the GTO: Paradise Lost manga by Tohru Fujisawa in late August. Crunchyroll also added Takao Saito's manga adaptation of Sakyo Komatsu's Japan Sinks (Nihon Chinbotsu) novel. The GTO spinoff launched in Kodansha's Young Magazine on April 14. Crunchyroll will offer the manga's prior chapters and also simultaneously release the latest chapters as they come out in Japan.
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