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STARMYU Sub.Blu-Ray + DVD

Is this under-the-radar idol boy show from last year worth a second look? Nick Creamer explains just what's so special about Starmyu. ― Starmyu offers a fairly unusual premise among musical anime. In a sea of shows focused specifically on idols, Starmyu instead presents a high school and special division focused on musical theater, where a student's ability to dance, sing, and also present a characte...
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Vice & Luna - Here Comes Mr. Goodtimes

He's the rowdiest convention goer the Enchanted Grove Comic-Con has ever seen, and he might be in really big trouble...
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Gangsta. BD+DVD

Gangsta's dark story gets off to an intriguing start before things start to go wrong. Rebecca Silverman digs deeper. ― In ancient Rome, ergastula were pits specifically meant to hold unruly slaves or to punish misbehaving ones. In Gangsta., Ergastulum (the singular form of the word) is a city in an unnamed country that may as well be a pit trap intended to punish the wicked. The world that Worrick, A...
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Shelf Life - Ultra Maniac

Is this forgotten magical girl romcom from the '90s trash or treasure? Find out after the jump, along with a rundown of all this week's anime releases and a very Maison Ikkoku Shelf Obsessed! ― I live on the second floor of an apartment building, so it's always surprising when one of the neighborhood cats appears on my tiny balcony. I'm not sure if it somehow climbs the fire escape ladder or just ju...
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In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 1

Before its anime adaptation airs next season, is this isekai series worth reading? Rebecca Silverman has the answers. ― If you've ever wondered what exactly Konosuba is making fun of rather than mere genre specifics, take a peek at Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World with My Smartphone. That's not to say that this series is precisely the basis for Natsume Akatsuki's parody, but it is certainly closer ...
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Kase-san and Morning Glories GN

Shy Yamada falls for school track star Kase-san in the first volume of this sugary-sweet yuri series. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― In the increasingly diverse world of English-language yuri, Hiromi Takashima's Kase-san and Morning Glories stands out as particularly adorable. While it shares some themes with Milk Morinaga's Secret of the Princess in terms of wondering if having a lesbian relat...
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Thursday, June 29

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Dies Irae Anime Reveals New Visual, October Premiere

Anime is based on Light, Takashi Masada visual novel ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Light's Dies irae adult visual novel revealed a new visual and the October premiere for the anime on Thursday. The site previously streamed a promotional video for the anime in March. The anime's original announcement listed the show with 14 episodes or more. The anime will feature the f...
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1st Laughing Under the Clouds Gaiden Anime Film's Teaser Reveals Cast, December Opening

Toru Ohkawa, Fumiko Orikasa join cast of 1st film in trilogy ― Shochiku began streaming the first teaser video for anime trilogy film adaptation of Kemuri Karakara's Donten ni Warau Gaiden (Laughing Under the Clouds - Side Story) manga on Thursday. The video reveals the first film's title as Donten ni Warau Gaiden - Ketsubetsu, Yamainu no Chikai (Laughing Under the Clouds Gaiden - Parting, The Oath o...
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Live-Action Hyouka Film's Teaser Reveals Theme Song, November Opening

New poster visual also revealed ― The official website for the live-action film of Honobu Yonezawa's mystery novel Hyouka began streaming a teaser video for the film on Thursday. The video reveals and previews the film's theme song "Iolite" by Itowokashi, and also the film's November 3 opening. The site also revealed a new poster visual. Kento Yamazaki (live-action Your Lie in April, Orange) stars in...
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Megadimension Neptunia VIIR VR Game's Video Shows Conversation With Neptune

1st VR game in Neptunia franchise ships on August 24 for PS4 in Japan ― The official Youtube channel of Kadokawa's Dengeki PlayStation magazine began streaming two gameplay videos for Compile Heart's Shin Jigen Neptune VIIR (Megadimension Neptunia Victory II Realize) virtual reality game on Tuesday. The first video shows the player conversing with Neptune for a VR event while the second shows battle ...
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Man Threw Flare at Keyakizaka46 Handshake Event, Arrested for Bringing Knife

No one injured at Saturday event ― A man threw a flare during a handshake event for the Keyakizaka46 idol group on Saturday. While the flare was quickly extinguished and no one was injured, authorities allegedly found that the man had a fruit knife, and Chiba Prefectural Police arrested the suspect for violation of the Swords and Firearms Control Law. The handshake event took place in Chiba's Makuhar...
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Hortensia Saga Smartphone Game's Animated Video Posted

Liden Films animates video with image song by MY FIRST STORY ― Sega began streaming an animated video for its Hortensia Saga smartphone role-playing game on Monday. Liden Films animated the video, and it features the image song "REVIVER" by rock band MY FIRST STORY. Sega released the game for iOS and Android in 2015. The game allows players to field up to five characters in a party comprising differe...

Wednesday, June 28

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Dead or Alive Xtreme Sense Invites Players to Sniff Characters

The Vaqso VR device was first announced in January and promised to offer a even further immersive virtual reality experience by adding smell to video games. Imagine the scent of warm grass while running through a field in The Legend of Zelda or the overwhelming smell of refuse while exploring in Silent Hill. There's a wide array of applications, but why focus on that when players can sniff pantyho...
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Warriors All-Stars Game's Trailer Highlights 'Sestuna Clan'

Games launches in N. America on August 29, Europe on September 1 ― Koei Tecmo Europe began streaming a new trailer for Warriors All-Stars that highlights the characters from the "Sestuna Clan": Kasumi, Honoka, and Marie Rose from the Dead or Alive series, Arnice and Christophorus from the Nights of Azure series, Laegrinna and Millennia from the Deception series, Nobunyaga Oda from Samurai Cats/Nobuny...
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Watch the Entire Final Fantasy XIV Bahamut Projection Mapping Display

Earlier this month, the Final Fantasy franchise's iconic dragon Bahamut appeared in a limited projection mapping display on the the Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel. Visitors could watch the 12-minute display five times per day, but the event has since ended. Other Final Fantasy events are still taking place in Yokohama, but anyone wanting to see the projection mapping in person is out of luc...
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The Dragon Dentist Anime Wins Best Animation at Shanghai TV Festival

ACCA, Chi's Sweet Adventure anime also nominated ― The Magnolia Awards at the Shanghai TV Festival awarded The Dragon Dentist, the feature-length version of the first short from the Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo) project, with the Best Animation award earlier this month. The Acca: 13-Territory Inspection Dept and Chi's Sweet Adventure anime were also among the 10 nominations, alo...
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Man Arrested for Stalking HKT48 Idol Group Member

Man had exhibited behavior reminiscent of a stalker on multiple occasions ― Fukuoka prefectural police arrested a man on Sunday for suspicion of violating the anti-stalker law. The man had allegedly been loitering suspiciously near the Fukuoka city residence of an 18-year-old female HKT48 idol group member. According to the police, the suspect is a 44-year-old man named Yoshio Arata. He resides in ar...
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ANN Readers: Welcome to the Ballroom Is Most Anticipated Summer 2017 Anime

Japanese readers at Charapedia and Kadokawa's eb-i Xpress weighed in on which summer anime series they are looking forward to this year. Those websites' users chose the second season of NEW GAME! and Jigoku Shōjo: Yoi no Togi, but Anime News Network readers eschewed both in favor of Welcome to the Ballroom. The adaptation of Tomo Takeuchi's competitive dancing manga follows feckless high school st...
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Sakura Quest Anime's 2nd Cour Visual, Theme Songs Revealed

Promo video previews new opening ― The official website for P.A. Works' original television anime Sakura Quest revealed a new key visual for the anime's second cour (quarter of a year) on Thursday. The staff also revealed that Toho Animation Records' (K)NoW_NAME project will return from the first cour to perform the new opening song "Lupinus" and new ending song "Baby's Breath." Toho Animation began ...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, June 19-25

Tokyo Ghoul:re, Berserk, Space Brothers, Magi, Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Tokyo Ghoul:re 11 460,173 463,374 2017/06 Shueisha Sui Ishida 1 2 2 Berserk 39 172,663 172,663 2017/06 Hakusensha Kentarou Miura 2 1 3 Space Brothers 31 147,944 147,944 2017/06 Kodansha Chūya Koyama 3 1 4 M...
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Viz Media Names Chris Butcher Consulting Editor-At-Large

Viz Media has named Christopher Butcher, former manager of Toronto comics bookstore The Beguiling, as consulting editor-at-large. In the new role, Butcher will spend time in North America and Japan to scout acquisitions, new talent, and new publishing projects. In addition to manga, he will also scout for original comics projects from outside Japan. Butcher is leaving his manager position at The B...
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Send Your Letters Across the Mushroom Kingdom with Mario Stamps

Post offices throughout Japan will issue Super Mario themed postage stamps starting on Wednesday. Collectors will want to snap these up; the stamps feature exclusive artwork not seen anywhere else. The stamps are sold in sheets for 820 yen (US$7.30). Additionally, post offices will use a Super Mario-themed processing stamp on letters with the stamps on June 28. Japan Post's online shop is previous...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 13

"If the remainder of the first arc's wrap-up episodes continue in this vein, we're in for a satisfying conclusion."
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Sentai Filmworks Reveals Onigiri English Dub Cast, Clip

Cynthia Martinez, Stephanie Wittels, Juliet Simmons, Brittney Karbowski, more star in series of shorts ― Sentai Filmworks revealed the English dub cast and an English-dubbed clip for the anime adaptation of Cyberstep's massively multiplayer online role-playing game Onigiri on Wednesday. The cast, under directors Kyle Jones and Shannon Reed, includes: Cynthia Martinez as Shizuka Gozen Stephanie Wittel...
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Nintendo Switch Surpasses 1 Million Units Sold in Japan

Kadokawa's video game news website Famitsu reported on Wednesday that the Nintendo Switch has sold more than 1 million units in Japan. As of June 25, 17 weeks since the Switch's March 3 launch, the estimated total is 1,016,473 units. Famitsu also reported the five top-selling Nintendo Switch games and their estimated total Japanese sales as of June 25: Mario Kart Deluxe (launched April 28): 501,61...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 19-25

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, Alliance Alive, God Wars: Future Past games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 19-25 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1NSwARMS Nintendo June 16 28,748 129,400 82 2PS4Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood (Including Limited Editions) Square Enix June 20 28,731 28,731 33DSAlliance Alive FuRyu June 22 26,421 26,421 4PS4Farpoint (...
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Kaito × Ansa Puzzle-Solving Anime Adds New Cast, Brings Back Nazotokine Characters

Natsuko Hara, Emi Nitta, Sora Tokui, Kenichi Suzumura join cast ― The official Twitter account for the Kaito × Ansa "puzzle-solving" (nazo-toki) original television anime revealed four more cast members on Wednesday. Some of the cast members are returning from the Nazotokine anime. The new cast members are: Emi Nitta (Love Live!'s Honoka) as Hinata Takaragawa Kenichi Suzumura (Free! Eternal Summer's ...
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1st 3 The Ancient Magus' Bride Episodes, Children of Ether to Screen in U.S. Theaters

Wit Studio's fall anime, LeSean Thomas' anime short to screen on June 26 ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will screen the first three episodes of The Ancient Magus' Bride in 300 United States theaters on July 26. In addition, the screening will include the premiere and behind-the-scenes look at Crunchyroll and LeSean Thomas' Children of Ether original anime short. The event is the second ...
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One Piece Lottery Could Be 100 Fans' Big Musical Break

The upcoming One Piece Episode of East Blue: Luffy to 4-nin no Nakama no Daibōken special could be the big break for 100 aspiring singers. The One Piece DVD website will take entries to perform the special's theme song alongside frequent One Piece singer Hiroshi Kitadani starting on June 28 until July 5. Staff will chooses 100 singers to perform "We Are! for the new world," the 20th anniversary re...
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Tsuredure Children Anime's 5th Short Promo Video Previews Takeru, Ayaka

English-subtitled promo streamed, more cast added ― The official website for the television anime of Toshiya Wakabayashi's Tsuredure Children (Idle Children) manga began streaming the fifth short promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video features Takeru Gōda (voiced by Tomoaki Maeno) and Ayaka Kamine (voice by Yui Ogura). Takeru is a volleyball player whose serious personality makes him...
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Attack on Titan Anime Offers Survey Corps Certification Test

Japan loves its certification exams. People in Japan can take tests with different levels to receive certification in subjects ranging from the game Go to abacus to English. The official website of the Attack on Titan television anime announced a new test for fans on Monday. Diehard fans will be able to take the "Shingeki no Kyojin Kentei ~Chōsa Heidan Nyūdan Test~" (Attack on Titan Certification:...
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Answerman - How Do You Get Over Anime Burnout?

It can strike when you least expect it: absolute anime burnout! Justin shares his tips for getting out of an otaku slump. ― Michael asks: For about three years, I watched a lot more anime than I ever had before. It was pretty much the only media I was consuming and it wouldn't be uncommon for me to be watching eight to ten shows at the same time. Well, as it happens when you overdo it, I got burned ...
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Granblue Fantasy Anime Gets Unaired 'Extra' Episode in 7th Home Video Volume

7th BD/DVD volume slated for October 25 ― The official Twitter account for Granblue Fantasy the Animation, the television anime of the Granblue Fantasy smartphone role-playing game, revealed on Tuesday that the anime's seventh and final Blu-ray Disc and DVD volume will include an unaired episode titled "EXTRA 2." The volume is slated to ship on October 25. The post showed a picture of Djeeta, the fem...
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Stan Lee, DEEN's The Reflection Anime Reveals New Cast, Visual

Shouto Kashii, Yuko Sanpei, Yōko Hikasa, Tomomichi Nishimura, Kouki Miyata join cast ― The official website for The Reflection anime project revealed additional cast members and a new key visual on Wednesday. The new cast includes: Idol group 9nine members Kanae Yoshii, Hirona Murata, Uki Satake, and Sayaka Nishiwaki as Kana, Hiro, Uki, and Saya. Hiroshi Nagahama, the anime's director, said during an...
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The Seven Deadly Sins PS4 Game Reveals 2 Screenshots

Bandai Namco Entertainment opened a teaser website on Wednesday for its Nanatsu no Taizai: Britannia no Tabibito (The Seven Deadly Sins: The Britannian Traveler) game for PlayStation 4. The website revealed two screenshots for the "deadly sins action" game. The game will be for one or two players. Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins manga is inspiring the game. The manga previously inspired the ...
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STARMYU Sub.Blu-Ray + DVD

Is this under-the-radar idol boy show from last year worth a second look? Nick Creamer explains just what's so special about Starmyu. ― Starmyu offers a fairly unusual premise among musical anime. In a sea of shows focused specifically on idols, Starmyu instead presents a high school and special division focused on musical theater, where a student's ability to dance, sing, and also present a characte...
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DIVE!! is About Shirtless Boys Giving Up Everything to Make Dreams Come True

Watching the first two episodes of DIVE!!, two things become clear: There are lots of shirtless boys in Speedos and the road to the top is very lonely.
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Record of Grancrest War Anime's 1st Promo Reveals Cast, January Premiere

Yūichi Nakamura, Reina Ueda, Satoshi Hino, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, more join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of author Ryo Mizuno and illustrator Miyuu's Record of Grancrest War (Grancrest Senki) light novel series began streaming the first promotional video for the series on Wednesday. The video reveals the main cast members and the anime's January 2018 premiere date. (N...
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Netflix's Live-Action Death Note Film Poster Shows Ryuk

Production finished VFX shots last week, film premieres on August 25 ― Director of Netflix's live-action Death Note film Adam Wingard (The Guest, You're Next) revealed a poster for the film on Twitter on Tuesday. The poster features the Shinigami character Ryuk. Willem Dafoe is voicing the character in the film. Wingard also stated last week that the production has finished the film's visual effects ...

Love Live! Sunshine!! Anime's Season 2 Visual Revealed

2nd season premieres this fall ― The official website of the Love Live! Sunshine!! anime revealed the visual for the anime's planned second season on Wednesday. The second season will premiere this fall. The first Love Live! Sunshine!! anime premiered last July. Funimation, Crunchyroll, and Daisuki streamed the series outside of Japan. The Love Live! Sunshine!! project was first announced in February...
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Naoki Urasawa's Pluto Manga Inspires 2nd Stage Play With Performances in U.K., Netherlands, Belgium

Play opens in Tokyo in January ― A second stage play adaptation of Naoki Urasawa's Pluto manga has been green-lit. The play will run at the Bunkamura Theater Cocoon in Tokyo from January 7, 2018 to January 28, 2018. It will then have an international run in February 2018 in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Belgium, before returning to Japan in Osaka's Morinomiya Piloti Hall in late March 2018...
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Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita. Anime's Video Previews Theme Song

Series starring Hotaru Hanakage, Shiori Satsuki debuts on July 2 ― W Comics ZR began streaming a long version of a promotional video for the television anime of Hanamaluo's adult romance manga Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita. (There Was a Beast Inside the Skirt.) on Wednesday. The video previews the anime's theme song "secret" by Saki Hazuki. The story begins when the reserved Shizuka attends a loc...
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The Anthem of the Heart Star Inori Minase Also Appears in Live-Action Version

New trailer for July 22 film posted ― The official Twitter account for the the live-action film based on The Anthem of the Heart (Kokosake or Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da.) anime film revealed on Wednesday that Inori Minase, the voice of the main heroine Jun Naruse in the original anime film, will appear in the live-action film. She will play an extra as a student of Ageha High School. A new web-exc...

Kamen Rider W Tokusatsu Show Gets Sequel Project

Sequel will not be onscreen work; staff, title to be revealed on July 3 ― Toei announced on Wednesday that it is producing a sequel work to its 2009 Kamen Rider W (pronounced "double") series. The announcement emphasizes that the sequel will not be an onscreen work, but did not announce the format of the sequel. Riku Sanjo, a crucial writer on the original series, is credited for the sequel that "wil...
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Live-Action Gintama Film Casts Kouichi Yamadera as Shōyō Yoshida's Voice

Yamadera also voiced character in anime ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga revealed on Wednesday that Kouichi Yamadera will voice the character Shōyō Yoshida in the film. Yamadera also voiced the character in the anime. Yoshida founded the Shoka Sonjuku school and served as a teacher to Gintoki, Katsura, and Takasugi in their childhood before th...

Tuesday, June 27

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Yamakan Tweets Separation From New Wake Up, Girls! Anime

Anime director Yutaka Yamamoto (Wake Up, Girls!, Kannagi), also known as "Yamakan," is known for being vocal and critical. Fellow creators and even the anime industry itself have become targets of his criticism. In his characteristic style, Yamakan did not hesitate to voice disapproval after the "Wonderful Hobby Life for You!! 26" event announced on Friday the guests for a cast and staff announcem...
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Zero Time Dilemma Game's PS4 Trailer Shows Story Segments

Port slated for August 17 in Japan, fall in N. America, Europe ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a promotional video for the Japanese PlayStation 4 port of its Zero Time Dilemma game last week. The video shows some segments of the game's story. The game is slated for release in Japan on August 17, and is slated for this fall in North America and Europe. The game is the third in the Zero Escape game se...
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Series Finale: SukaSuka ‒ Episode 12

"After stumbling into typical genre pitfalls throughout the season, SukaSuka has successfully avoided one of the biggest ones possible."
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Amatsuki Manga Ends With 24th Volume This Winter

Manga about teen stuck in virtual reality Edo inspired 2008 anime ― The 23rd compiled volume of Shinobu Takayama's Amatsuki manga announced on Saturday that the series is planned to end with the 24th volume this winter. The volume made the announcement in a short comic in which two characters have a conversation — when one character gets upset about the ending the other is quick to say it is just the...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, June 25-July 1

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled, Goshogun: The Time Étranger, KanColle, School-Live, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions anime; Beasts of Abigaile, Land of the Lustrous manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Assassination Classroom Season 2, Part 2 BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 June 27 Code Geass: Akito the Exiled OVA Series BD/DVDPlease Funimation Ent...
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Omega Labyrinth Z Gameplay Video Shows 'Awakening' Scenes

Game with "bust" power-ups slated for July 6 in Japan ― D3 Publisher began streaming a gameplay video for its upcoming Omega Labyrinth Z PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Monday. The video shows an "Awakening" scene, where the player uses the magical beast Berona to touch the bodies of the girls to awaken new abilities. The video shows an Awakening scene for Nako and Aina. (Note: The followi...
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Yuri!!! on Ice Pillow Covers Range from PG to PG-13

A new set of Yuri!!! on Ice hugging pillow covers can adapt to the owner's preferences, namely, how much abs they want to ogle at any given time. The four-way covers include a back and front image for each of three main characters. One set of back and front images are more modest, while the other set is slightly more revealing. The images are printed on a main cover and separate cover and sold to...
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Shaft, Shunji Iwai's 'Fireworks' Anime Film's Promo Previews Theme Song by Kenshi Yonezu, Daoko

Iwai to direct music video for Daoko's cover of original drama's theme song ― The Cinema Today website reported on Wednesday that Kenshi Yonezu and female rap singer DAOKO will perform the theme song "Uchiage Hanabi" for Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka? (Fireworks, Should We See It From the Side or the Bottom?), the anime film adaptation of director Shunji Iwai's 1993 live-actio...
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Compile Heart Unveils Death end re;Quest Game For PS4

Corpse Party's Makoto Kedouin writes scenario for new RPG ― Kadokawa's game news website Famitsu.com revealed in a preview of this week's issue of Famistu magazine on Tuesday that Compile Heart will release a new game titled Death end re;Quest. The "game meets reality" RPG is currently in development for the PlayStation 4. The preview page reveals some of the game's staff, including scenario-writer M...
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Digimon Adventrue tri: Determination Film's English-Dubbed Trailer, Clips Streamed

2nd film ships on BD/DVD on August 15 ― Shout! Factory began streaming an English-dubbed trailer, TV Spot, and eight clips for Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 2: Determination, the second Digimon Adventure tri. film, on Tuesday. Trailer: TV Spot: Leomon vs. Ogremon: Call the Digidestined: Mimi The Cheerleader: Ogremon Attacks: Izzy Confronts Mimi: Matt Confronts Tai: Ken Takes Meikuumon: Palmon and G...
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Shonen Jump Celebrates 50th Anniversary by Reprinting Landmark Issues

Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing all kinds of festivities to celebrate its 50th anniversary, including contests and a huge, three-part exhibition. Shueisha is adding an issue reprint campaign as well and the publisher will re-release some of the magazine's most iconic issues. These issues will be released in "packs" of two. The first pack is a reprint of the magazine's first ev...
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Season Finale: Grimoire of Zero ‒ Episode 12

"This was far from a perfect series, but I enjoyed my time with it, and I do hope that I get to spend some more time with these characters again someday."

Sentai Filmworks Adds Love and Lies Anime

Series to stream on Anime Strike in U.S. ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the television anime of Musawo's Love and Lies (Koi to Uso) manga for the summer simulcast season. The series will stream on Amazon's Anime Strike platform in the United States and on unspecified digital outlets in "certain other countries." Sentai Filmworks is also planning a home video release. The...
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Season Finale: Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 25

"Overall, this season was not as satisfying for me as the previous two, and a lot of that has to do with a major character reshuffling."
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Gintama Creator Draws Special Illustration for Magazine Bonus Booklet

This year's special oversized 15th issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine will bundle the "Gintama x Margaret Combined Extra Issue Rare Book" on July 5. The cover of the 52-page booklet reveals that the theme involves characters partaking in festival revelry related to the upcoming film. Gintama manga creator Hideaki Sorachi is providing a special illustration of Yorozuya members in shōjo manga sty...

Crunchyroll to Stream A Centaur's Life, Classroom of the Elite, Restaurant to Another World, Saiyuki Reload Blast Anime

Also streams Japanese dub of RWBY ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will stream the following anime for the summer simulcast season: A Centaur's Life, launching worldwide outside of Asia on July 9 at 10:30 a.m. EDT Classroom of the Elite, launching worldwide outside of Asia on July 12 at 12:00 p.m. EDT Restaurant to Another World, launching worldwide outside of Asi...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Hitorijime My Hero Boys-Love Anime

Anime Strike to simulcast series in U.S. ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the television anime of Memeco Arii's Hitorijime My Hero boys-love manga for the summer simulcast season. The series will stream on Amazon's Anime Strike platform in the United States and on unspecified digital outlets in "certain other countries." Sentai Filmworks is also planning a home video relea...
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Asagaya Anime Street, An Alternative to Akihabara?

When it comes to anime hot spots in Tokyo, Akihabara and Ikebukuro would be at the top of most fans’ lists. But these meccas of anime fandom are not in the center of where anime is actually made and produced. The majority of anime studios in Tokyo are based west of Shinjuku in quieter suburban areas such as Nerima, Musashino, and Suginami. While these areas do get some anime-related tourism becaus...

New Owarimonogatari TV Anime is Two-Day Special

Adaptation of 3rd novel in NisiOisin's series premieres on August 12-13 ― A promotional video screening event streamed on Niconico Live revealed on Tuesday that the television anime adaptation of the third novel in the NisiOisin's Owarimonogatari novels series will be a two-day special, which will premiere on August 12 and August 13. The video streamed during the event previews the characters and sto...
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'The File of Young Kindaichi Returns' Manga Resumes With New Story Arc on July 5

Manga collaborates with Keio Railway, Toei Subway for anniversary project ― This year's 30th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Seimaru Amagi and Fumiya Sato's Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo R (The File of Young Kindaichi Returns) manga will resume as planned on July 5 for a new storyline titled "Kindaichi Fumi Yūkai Satsujin Jiken" (The Fumi Kindaichi Abduction a...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Princess Principal for Summer Simulcast

TV series to stream on Anime Strike in U.S. ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the Princess Principal original television anime series for the summer simulcast season. The anime will stream in the United States on Amazon's Anime Strike platform and in "certain other countries through select digital outlets." The company is also planning a home video release. The anime will p...
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Animalps, MontBlanc Pictures, Nippon Animation Co-Produce Chad & Clark CG-Animated Series

After School Midnighters director's children's books inspired 2D anime in 2016 ― French animation studio Animalps revealed on Monday that it is co-producing a CG-animated series adaptation of Hitoshi Takekiyo's Chad & Clark children's books with Mont Blanc Pictures Co.,Ltd. (After School Midnighters) and Nippon Animation (Chibi Maruko-chan, Rascal the Raccoon). The adventure comedy series will have 2...
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Vice & Luna - Here Comes Mr. Goodtimes

He's the rowdiest convention goer the Enchanted Grove Comic-Con has ever seen, and he might be in really big trouble...
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Let's Breakdown The First Episode of Gundam: Twilight Axis

Mobile Suit Gundam: Twilight Axis is here. But while the first episode is short, it is also crammed full of references to past UC Gundam anime.
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Gangsta. BD+DVD

Gangsta's dark story gets off to an intriguing start before things start to go wrong. Rebecca Silverman digs deeper. ― In ancient Rome, ergastula were pits specifically meant to hold unruly slaves or to punish misbehaving ones. In Gangsta., Ergastulum (the singular form of the word) is a city in an unnamed country that may as well be a pit trap intended to punish the wicked. The world that Worrick, A...
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Warriors All-Stars Game's Videos Highlight Lu Bu, Wang Yuanji

Game slated for N. America on August 29, Europe on September 1 ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming three new highlight videos for its Warriors All-Stars (Musou Stars) crossover game on Monday. The trailers highlight the characters Lu Bu and Wang Yuanji from the Dynasty Warriors series. Koei Tecmo America describes the game's story and interaction mechanics: Summoned from a diverse range of worlds an...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, June 19-25

Touken Ranbu Hanamaru event sells 8,301, followed by Starmyu, The Moment You Fall in Love, live-action Yowapeda, ACCA ― Touken Ranbu -Hanamaru- Special Event Hanamaru Biyori! DVD sold 8,301 copies to rank #1 on the overall DVD chart. The live-action Drama Yowamushi Pedal 1-Paku 2-Nichi Honne Tabi ~Sōhoku & Hakogaku Tabi ni Detara Kōnatta Special DVD landed at #18 with 1,968 copies. Teiichi no Kuni ~G...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, June 19-25

Euphonium sells 5,973, followed by Attack on Titan, Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Starmyu, YuiKaori ― YuiKaori Live "Starlight Link" Blu-ray sold 3,393 copies to rank #7 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Sound! Euphonium 2 Vol. 7 5,973 5,973 17/6/21 KYA/Sound! Production Committee Anima...
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Basilisk Manga's Sequel Novel Gets Manga in July

Basilisk - The Ōka Ninja Scrolls manga is set 10 years after original manga's conclusion ― This year's 30th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Tatsuya Shihara will launch a new manga titled Basilisk - Ōka Ninpō-chō (Basilisk - The Ōka Ninja Scrolls) in the 34th issue on July 24. The manga is an adaptation of Masaki Yamada's sequel novels of Masaki Segawa's Basilisk manga. Koda...
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Ookiku Furikabutte/Big Windup Manga Returns From Hiatus in July

Manga was on hiatus for author's maternity leave ― This year's August issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine announced on Saturday that Asa Higuchi's Ookiku Furikabutte (Big Windup!) manga will resume from hiatus as planned in the next issue on July 25. The magazine announced in August that the manga would be on hiatus while Higuchi took maternity leave for her second baby. Higuchi took a similar hia...
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Irresponsible Galaxy Tylor Anime Casts Hina Higuchi, Takuya Eguchi, Ayaka Suwa

Emi Nitta narrates series premiering July 11 ― The official website of Musekinin Galaxy Tylor, the new spinoff television anime based on Hitoshi Yoshioka's Uchū Ichi no Musekinin Otoko (The Most Irresponsible Man in Space) novels, revealed new cast members for the anime on Tuesday. Nogizaka 46 idol group member Hina Higuchi will voice the robot Yamamoto, while Takuya Eguchi will voice the similarly n...
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Nintendo Reveals Classic Mini Super Famicom for Japan

Ships with Star Fox 2, 20 other games on October 5 ― Nintendo announced on Tuesday that the company will release a Classic Mini Super Family Computer (officially abbreviated as Minisufami) in Japan on October 5. The mini version of the '90s-era console will come with two controllers and 21 pre-loaded games, including Star Fox 2, which was created during the Super Famicom/Super Nintendo Entertainment...
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Cells at Work Manga Gets New Spinoff About Cells That Don't Work

Spinoff launches next month in Shonen Sirius ― This year's August issue of Kodansha's Shonen Sirius magazine announced on Monday that it will launch a new spinoff of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! (Hataraku Saibō) manga in the next issue on July 26. The spinoff manga, titled Hatarakanai Saibō (Cells That Don't Work), focuses on the idle daily lives of erythroblasts (immature red blood cells) who don'...
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Anime Expo Hosts Yuri!!! on Ice Creators Mitsurou Kubo, Sayo Yamamoto

Crunchyroll brings director, co-creator to convention ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will bring director Sayo Yamamoto and co-creator Mitsurou Kubo from the Yuri!!! on Ice television anime as guests for the Anime Expo convention. Yamamoto made her directorial debut on Michiko and Hatchin in 2008. She went on to direct the Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine television anime in 2012 and...

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Shonen Jump Celebrates 50th Anniversary, App Release With International Manga Contest

Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Thursday that it is holding the Jump's Universal Manga Contest. The contest celebrates both the 50th anniversary of the magazine and the launch of the Jump Paint manga-drawing app. The contest is open to anyone in the world. However, entrants must submit their manga in English, Spanish, French, Korean, Russian, Chinese (simplified), or Chinese (t...
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Real-Life Yasaburō Rescued From The Eccentric Family Shrine Well

Tanuki are not just folkloric creatures but also the real raccoon dogs who roam the forests of Japan. (Although the official English version of Pom Poko and other sources refer to tanuki as "raccoons," they are a completely different from the North American mammal, which can also be found in Japan.) One wily little tanuki recently got a chance to show its true colors at a setting from The Eccentri...
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Japan Cuts Film Festival Screens Teiichi no Kuni, Neko Atsume, In This Corner of the World Films

NYC screenings slated for July ― The Japan Society's Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film event in New York City will screen the Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High (Teiichi no Kuni), Neko Atsume House (Neko Atsume no Ie), and In This Corner of the World films this July. All three screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The In This Corner of the World screening is sold out, and the wa...
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Vegeta Brings the Family for This Year's Refrigerator Campaign

Toshiba's Vegeta refrigerator brand is teaming up again with one of Dragon Ball Z's toughest fighters for nutritious campaigns packed with vitamins. Starting on July 3, the company will launch its "Summer Vegetable Recipe Great Recruitment Campaign" and its "Retweet Campaign." Both include prizes sure to please vegetarian cooks. To enter, contestants must follow the official Twitter or Instagram a...
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Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology 3DS Game's Promo Previews Full Opening Theme

Yoko Shimomura composes, Haruka Shimotsuki performs theme song ― Atlus began streaming the a promotional video with the full opening theme for its upcoming Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology Nintendo 3DS game on Sunday. Yoko Shimomura composed the opening theme "Rakka Ryūsei," performed by singer Haruka Shimotsuki. The video previews the roster of characters in the game. Atlus previously streamed ch...
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Kizumonogatari VR Experience Launches for Free on July 12

The official Twitter account for the Monogatari anime series announced on Monday that the Kizumonogatari VR projection mapping video experience will launch in Japan on July 12, coinciding with the release of the third Kizumonogatari anime film's DVD and Blu-ray Disc. It will be available on the PlayStation store for free. Kayac, Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia (SIEJA), and Aniplex are p...
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Rumiko Takahashi Celebrates Idol Group NGT48's 1st Anniversary

In 2015, the AKB48 sister idol group NGT48 launched in Niigata prefecture followed by stage performances in their own theater on January 10, 2016. The group celebrated the first anniversary of their stage performances with a special performance on January 10 and a concert on January 20. Manga juggernaut Rumiko Takahashi's Lum Invader is evidently a fan. Takahashi drew Lum for the cover of the Blu-...
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New Shonen Ashibe Manga About Main Characters in High School Launches in July

Shōnen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan anime is ongoing ― This year's August issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine announced on Saturday that a new Shonen Ashibe manga series will launch in the next issue on July 25. Original creator Hiromi Morishita is writing the story and Shōhei, an artist known for boys-love manga, will provide the art. Morishita posted a preview image on Twitter. The new manga,...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Vatican Miracle Examiner, Streams on Anime Strike in U.S.

Series to also stream in other countries on unspecified platforms ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed the television anime of Rin Fujiki's Vatican Miracle Examiner (Vatican Kiseki Chōsakan) mystery novel series for the summer simulcast season. The anime will stream in the United States on Amazon's Anime Strike platform and in "certain other countries through select digital out...
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The Bears' School, Tinny Anime Films Reveal Trailer, Poster, Cast, Staff

Rikako Aida, Yumiko Kobayashi star in films opening on August 25 ― The official websites for the anime films of the Kuma no Gakkō (The Bears' School) and Tinny - Fūsen Inu Monogatari (Tinny - Balloon Dog Story) picture books revealed a trailer and poster visual, as well as the main cast, staff, and story for the films on Monday. The websites for the films, titled Eiga Kuma no Gakkō: Patissier Jackie ...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 96

"This episode is the calm before the storm, letting us stretch our legs before the tournament kicks into high gear."

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Made in Abyss Anime for Summer Simulcast

Anime Strike to stream show in U.S. ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed the television anime of Akihito Tsukushi's Made in Abyss manga for the summer simulcast season. The anime will stream in the United States on Amazon's Anime Strike platform and in "certain other countries through select digital outlets." Sentai Filmworks is also planning a home video release. The series wi...

Nintendo Reveals SNES Classic Edition With 21 Games, Including Star Fox 2

Previously unreleased game included on mini console ― Nintendo of America and Europe announced on Monday that the company will release a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) Classic Edition on September 29. The mini version of the 90's-era console will come with two controllers and 21 pre-loaded games, including Star Fox 2, which was created during the SNES era but never released. In addition t...
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Zoo Ends 1st Kemono Friends Campaign, but Grape-kun & Humboldt Are Forever

Kemono Friends' popular collaboration with Tobu Zoo has come to a close. The character panels put up throughout the park were removed on Sunday but one visitor noticed that the Humboldt penguin cut-out was still in the penguin enclosure. Readers invested in the saga of Grape-kun, the zoo's 20-year-old male Humboldt penguin, and his new found love for the Kemono Friends' Humboldt penguin counterpar...
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Season Finale: Alice & Zoroku ‒ Episode 12

"Alice & Zoroku closes out the season with a touching but relatively anticlimactic finale."
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Symphogear AXZ Anime's 3-Minute Promo Previews Nana Mizuki's Opening Song

4th Symphogear anime to premiere in July ― The official website for Senki Zesshō Symphogear AXZ (pronounced "axis"), the upcoming fourth Senki Zesshō Symphogear anime series, began streaming a promotional video on Monday. The video previews Nana Mizuki's opening theme song "TESTAMENT." The show will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 1 at 25:00 (effectively July 2 at 1:00 a.m.), and it will also a...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Battle Girl High School, Plans HIDIVE Simulcast

Series premieres in July ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed the anime adaptation of colopl's Battle Girl High School smartphone role-playing game. The series will stream as a simulcast exclusively on HIDIVE beginning in July. The anime will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 2 at 24:30 (effectively July 3 at 12:30 a.m.) before airing on Kansai TV at 25:55 (effecti...
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Idol Ririka Sutō to Graduate NMB48 After Announcing Marriage Plans

The Sankei Sports newspaper reported on Thursday that NMB48 idol group member Ririka Sutō will graduate from the group after announcing on Saturday that she plans to marry. The 20-year-old announced in Tokyo on Wednesday that she will graduate from NMB48. A timeframe for her graduation is undecided. Sutō apologized for causing trouble for her fellow idols by announcing her marriage plans at the 9t...
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Season Finale: The Eccentric Family 2 ‒ Episode 12

"If a tanuki's life is measured in trouble caused and fun experienced, then this episode was a success by all accounts."
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Answerman - Why Do Some Anime Change Studios Between Seasons?

Justin gets into some of the many reasons why an anime might jump to a different production studio between seasons. ― Jun asks: I noticed that sometimes a show with multiple seasons have different studios working on them. For instance, the first season of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is produced by studio Brain's Base while the second season was handled by studio feel. Why does this happen sometime...
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Atom The Beginning ‒ Episode 10

"The honeymoon is definitely over for Umataro and Hiroshi as the robo-wres tournament comes to its conclusion."
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Shelf Life - Ultra Maniac

Is this forgotten magical girl romcom from the '90s trash or treasure? Find out after the jump, along with a rundown of all this week's anime releases and a very Maison Ikkoku Shelf Obsessed! ― I live on the second floor of an apartment building, so it's always surprising when one of the neighborhood cats appears on my tiny balcony. I'm not sure if it somehow climbs the fire escape ladder or just ju...
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In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 1

Before its anime adaptation airs next season, is this isekai series worth reading? Rebecca Silverman has the answers. ― If you've ever wondered what exactly Konosuba is making fun of rather than mere genre specifics, take a peek at Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World with My Smartphone. That's not to say that this series is precisely the basis for Natsume Akatsuki's parody, but it is certainly closer ...
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Two Girls Cheat on Their Boyfriends with Each Other In NTR: Netsuzou Trap

We saw the first two episodes of upcoming anime NTR: Netsuzou Trap and it is every bit the emotional train wreck you’d expect.
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King of Prism: Pride the Hero Anime Film Earns 200 Million Yen

Film opened on June 10 at 56 theaters in Japan Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web news website reported on Monday that the King of Prism: PRIDE the HERO anime film has earned about 236 million yen (about US$2.12 million) at the box office as of Sunday. The film has sold about 143,000 tickets at 56 theaters in Japan since opening on June 10. The film sold 47,000 tickets to earn 82 million yen (about US$7...
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2nd Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Film Opens at #8

Irregular at magic high school falls to #6 ― The second film of the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project, titled Hasshin-hen (Departure Chapter), debuted at #8 at the Japanese box office during its opening weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The film screened in 20 theaters over the weekend...
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Vanishing Starlight Manga Based on Sound Horizon Single Ends '1st Part'

The August issue of Kadokawa's Shōnen Ace magazine published the final chapter in the "first part" of Ako Arisaka's (Kado - The Right Answer character designer) Vanishing Starlight manga on Monday. The issue didn't clarify if or when the next part will start. The manga's second compiled volume will ship on July 26. The manga is based on musical act Sound Horizon's single of the same name, and comm...
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Tokyo Ghoul Live-Action Film Previewed in 2 More Trailers, Still of Kōtarō Amon

Film premieres at Anime Expo on July 3 before Japanese wide screening on July 29 ― Distributor Shochiku began streaming 60- and 30-second trailers on Monday for the the live-action Tokyo Ghoul film. Both videos feature the theme song "Banka" by RADWIMPS band songwriter and guitarist Yōjirō Noda, under the name illion. The staff also revealed a new still from the film on Monday featuring EXILE's Nobuy...
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Nora, Princess, and Stray Cat Anime Premieres on July 12, Will Have 12 Episodes

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Harukaze's Nora, Princess, and Stray Cat. (Nora to Ōjo to Noraneko Heart) adult visual novel revealed on Monday that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on July 12 at 10:45 p.m. The anime will have a total of 12 episodes, with each episode being five minutes long. The anime will also air on Sun TV, and will stream online in Japan. The sit...
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Snack World Nintendo 3DS Game Delayed to August 10

Game's smartphone versions also delayed to 2018 ― Level 5 announced on Monday that it is delaying the release date of its The Snack World - Trejarers Nintendo 3DS/Android/iOS game to August 10 for the Nintendo 3DS version. The official website for the game is also now listing a 2018 release date for the iOS/Android version. The 3DS version of the game was previously slated for July 13 and the smartph...

Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins Manga Gets PS4 Action Game

"Deadly sins action" game titled Nanatsu no Taizai: Britannia no Tabibito ― This year's 30th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins manga is inspiring a video game for the PlayStation 4 titled Nanatsu no Taizai: Britannia no Tabibito (The Seven Deadly Sins: The Britannian Traveler). Bandai Namco Entertainment is developing the "...
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Tokyo Ravens Manga Ends Serialization in July

Adaptation of Kouhei Azano's light novels began in 2010 ― The August issue of Kadokawa's Shōnen Ace magazine revealed on Monday that Atsushi Suzumi will end the Tokyo Ravens manga in the magazine's next issue in July. The manga's 14th volume previously revealed in March that the 15th volume would be the last. The manga adapts Kouhei Azano's Tokyo Ravens light novel series. The original school superna...
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Phantasy Star Online 2 Episode 0 Manga Ends in July

Manga launched in February, centers on Arks member meeting a girl hunting down Dark Falz ― The August issue of Kadokawa's Shōnen Ace magazine revealed on Monday that Kiyu Kibako will end the Phantasy Star Online 2 Episode 0 manga in the magazine's next issue in July. The manga's one compiled volume will ship on July 26. The manga's story begins with Arks member Melphonshina investigating a planet, an...
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Kiss×sis Creator Ditama Launches New Manga in Shonen Sirius

Shōgakusei wa Mama demo Ii desu ka? centers on man who meets mother reincarnated as grade schooler ― The August issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Monday that manga creator Bow Ditama is launching a new manga in the magazine titled Shōgakusei wa Mama demo Ii desu ka? (Is it Alright if the Grade School Student is my Mother?). The manga centers on a man having love problems ...
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Hajimete no Gal Manga's 5th Volume Listed With Original Anime on Blu-ray

5th volume listed with December release ― Amazon is listing a limited edition of the fifth compiled book volume of Meguru Ueno's Hajimete no Gal (First-Time Gal) manga with an original anime on Blu-ray Disc. The description states that the anime will have the same cast and staff as the upcoming television anime adaptation, and the story will focus on the school cultural festival. The volume is listed...
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Princess Principal Anime's Ad Highlights Main Characters

Spy anime set in alternate-history 19th century London premieres on July 9 ― The official website for the Princess Principal original television anime series began streaming a commercial for the anime on Monday. The video previews the show's five main female characters. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, and Sun TV on July 9, on BS11 on July 11, and on AT-X on July 14. The previously ann...
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Uta no Prince-sama♪ Shining Live Smartphone Rhythm Game Gets Global Release

Site updated with English, Traditional Chinese versions ― Game developer KLab (Love Live! School idol festival) updated its website for its Uta no Prince-sama♪ Shining Live smartphone game last Friday, adding both an English and Traditional Chinese version of the site. The site revealed that it is developing a global version of the game. Broccoli also posted a new music video for the franchise. The s...
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One Piece 'Episode of East Blue' Special's Visual Unveiled

Screenshots from 2-hour August 26 special also shown ― The official website of the One Piece franchise revealed a visual and screenshots on Monday for the One Piece Episode of East Blue: Luffy to 4-nin no Nakama no Daibōken (Luffy and His 4 Crewmates' Big Adventure) two-hour television special. The visual features Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and Sanji. IMG onepiece02.jpg IMG onepiece03.jpg IMG onepiece...

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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime's Season 3 Visual Unveiled

The official Twitter account of the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime revealed the third season's visual on Monday. The visual features Sōma Yukihira, Erina Nakiri, Azami Nakiri (Erina's father), Eishi Tsukasa (Council of Ten first seat), and Rindō Kobayashi (Council of Ten second seat). The new season is titled Shokugeki no Sōma: San no Sara (Food Wars! The Third Plate). The anime will premiere ...
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Live-Action Ajin Film's Trailer Previews The Oral Cigarettes' Theme Song

Film opens in Japan on September 30 ― The official website for the upcoming Ajin live-action film based on Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Monday. The video reveals and previews the film's theme song "BLACK MEMORY" by The Oral Cigarettes (Noragami Aragoto, Sagrada Reset). The site is also streaming a second teaser video. The film is slated to open in ...
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Magic Knight Rayearth's Hikaru Inspires Cosmetics

CLAMP's Magic Knight Rayearth celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014 and has had an ongoing merchandise campaign to celebrate, albeit smaller than its cousin Cardcaptor Sakura. Premium Bandai is rolling out the latest in that campaign with themed make-up, similar to its previous Sailor Moon cosmetics. The Magic Knight Rayearth Face Powder and Rouge takes design cues from protagonist Hikaru. The ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 794

"Judge's eyebrows are the most exciting thing to happen to me in weeks."
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Fujoshi Choose 'Top' Characters in Boys-Love Manga Quiz

Fujoshi have a new way to boast about their knowledge of boys-love manga. The digital book rental website Renta! launched a new "Boys-Love Test" on Tuesday. The project "of boys-love lovers by boys-love lovers for boys-love lovers" is a continuation of the website's series of boys-love tests. The new quiz shows takers two pictures of main characters from boys-love manga and asks "Which is the seme...
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Is the Order a Rabbit?? Anime's Special Episode Reveals November 11 Debut, Staff

TV anime's director, designer, composer return at different studio; 2 CDs ship in fall ― The staff at the "Manga Time Kirara Festa" event revealed on Sunday that Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?? ~Dear My Sister~, the new special episode for the anime Is the order a rabbit?? (Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka??), will begin screening in 40 theaters in Japan on November 11. On the same day, the episode's theme song...
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Kemono Friends Zoo Collab Adds Night Tours

The successful Kemono Friends and zoo collaborations are adding limited time night tours to give a visitors a new experience with nocturnal animals. The Misaki Park in Osaka will be the first location to offer night tours starting on July 6. During the collaboration period, 19 Kemono Friends character panels will be put up throughout the park and two original characters, the Bottle-nose Dolphin an...
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Little Witch Academia PS4 Game's 2nd Ad Reveals November 30 Launch, Trigger's Anime Footage, Bonus Game

Madō Senshi Guransharion game, drama CD offered as bonuses ― The second teaser commercial for Little Witch Academia: Toki no Mahō to Nana Fushigi (Little Witch Academia: The Magic of Time and the Seven Wonders), a game based on the Little Witch Academia anime, debuted on Monday. The commercial announces that the game will ship on November 30, and it confirms that the anime studio Trigger is producing...
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5th Digimon Adventure tri Anime Film's Promo Video Teases Battle

Kyōsei is 5th of 6 planned films opening September 30 ― The official website for the Digimon Adventure tri. film project began streaming the first full promotional video for Digimon Adventure tri. Kyōsei (Union or Symbiosis), the fifth film in the series, on Monday. (Note: The Youtube video in the link above is region-locked to Japan.) (Highlight the following white text to read spoilers) [The countd...
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Season Finale: Eromanga Sensei ‒ Episode 12

"It's a nicely understated ending for a story that clearly isn't actually over."
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Season Finale: Granblue Fantasy the Animation ‒ Episode 13

"GBF wasn't the best show, but it had its own charm."
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What Happens When a Centaur Becomes a Normal Schoolgirl?

We found out at the premiere screening of upcoming summer anime A Centaur’s Life.
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Kase-san and Morning Glories GN

Shy Yamada falls for school track star Kase-san in the first volume of this sugary-sweet yuri series. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― In the increasingly diverse world of English-language yuri, Hiromi Takashima's Kase-san and Morning Glories stands out as particularly adorable. While it shares some themes with Milk Morinaga's Secret of the Princess in terms of wondering if having a lesbian relat...
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DIVE!! Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, More Cast

Rina Hidaka, Katsuyuki Konishi, Wataru Hatano join cast for series premiering on July 6 ― The official website for the television anime of Eto Mori's youth novel series DIVE!! began streaming the show's second promotional video on Sunday. The video previews the band Qyoto's opening theme song "Taiyō mo Hitoribocchi" (The Sun Is Also Lonely), and solo vocalist Yūta Hashimoto's ending theme song "New W...

Houbunsha Reveals Kirara Fantasy Smartphone RPG

iOS, Android game stars characters from manga running in various Manga Time Kirara magazines ― Houbunsha revealed at the "Manga Time Kirara Festa" event on Sunday that it is releasing a smartphone role-playing game titled Kirara Fantasy. The official website for the game also began streaming a trailer on Sunday. (Note: the video on the official website is region-locked to Japan.) The "Manga Time Kira...
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Yurucamp Anime Reveals Main Cast, 1st Visual

Yumiri Hanamori, Nao Tōyama star in series premiering in winter 2018 ― The official website for the television anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga revealed the show's main cast and visual on Sunday. The tagline on the below image reads, "I'm glad it's a clear day." (Click on image to see full size version.) The anime stars Yumiri Hanamori as Nadeshiko Kagamihara and Nao Tōyam...
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Blend S TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals Main Cast

Azumi Waki, Akari Kitō, Anzu Haruno star in series premiering in October ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Miyuki Nakayama's Blend S four-panel manga began streaming the show's first promotional video on Sunday. The video reveals the show's main cast. (Note: the video at the official website is region-locked to Japan.) The anime stars: Azumi Waki as Maika Sakuranomiya. Bec...

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Welcome to the Ballroom Anime Gets Amazon Prime-Only Streaming Inside, Outside Japan

Series premieres in Japan on Amazon Prime Video on July 7 ― The official website for the television anime of Tomo Takeuchi's Welcome to the Ballroom manga revealed on Friday that the anime will stream only on Amazon Prime Video inside and outside of Japan. In Japan, the first episode will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on July 7 at 24:00 (effectively July 8 at 12:00 a.m.), a full day before the anime...
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Touken Ranbu Smartphone Game Reveals 2 More Characters in Kiwame State

The Touken Ranbu smartphone game revealed visuals for the upgraded Kiwame state of two more characters on Monday. Fudō Yukimitsu Shinano Tōshirō The game's official Twitter account previously teased silhouettes of the characters in the Kiwame state. The Touken Ranbu -Online- browser game announced last week that new characters and new Kiwame forms will debut in both the smartphone and browser vers...
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Futari H Manga Gets Gag Spinoff Series About Akira

Futari H Gaiden Sei no Dendōshi Akira manga by Monkey Chop launched on Friday ― This year's 13th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine launched a gag spinoff manga on Friday of Aki Katsu's Futari H (Manga Sutra) manga titled Futari H Gaiden Sei no Dendōshi Akira (Manga Sutra Side Story: Akira, The Evangelist of Sex). Monkey Chop is drawing the manga focusing on the character Akira, with supervi...
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Anime Voice Actors Play Rejuvenated Elders in Wi-Fi Router Promo Video

Seeking to reel in Japan's aging population as well as its youth, Premier Mobile is collaborating with anime voice actors Wataru Hatano (My Hero Academia's Hitoshi Shinso, Fairy Tail's Gajeel Redfox), Mayu Yoshioka (Wake Up, Girls!'s Mayu Shimada, Hundred's Sakura Kirishima), and Kōtarō Nishiyama (Sagrada Reset's Hitsuchi-kun, Haikyu!!'s Kazuhito Narita) for a promotional campaign. The company beg...
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Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection PC Game's Trailer Posted

XSEED to release Nihon Falcom game for PC this summer ― XSEED Games began streaming its E3 2017 trailer for the Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection (Zwei II Plus) game on Monday. The company plans to release the game on PC this summer. XSEED Games describes the game's story as follows: When the haughty vampire princess Alwen du Moonbria saves the life of brash, treasure-hunting pilot Ragna Valentine in exc...
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Create a Chain of Memories With Kingdom Hearts Jewelry

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the release of the original Kingdom Hearts video game. As part of the anniversary celebration, K. Uno's character jewelry and accessory brand U-Treasure is offering a line of Kingdom Hearts jewelry. The line features an engagement ring, wedding bands, and six necklaces. U-Treasure unveiled multiple versions of each item. Here is the line-up: Solitaire Ring ...
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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin PS4/PC Game's Trailer Posted

XSEED to release Edelweiss' side-scrolling action platformer in 2018 ― XSEED Games began streaming its E3 2017 trailer for the Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin game on Monday. The company plans to release the game for the PlayStation 4 and PC in 2018. XSEED Games describes the game's story as follows: Players take on the role of Sakuna, a proud yet lonely harvest goddess who is banished to a dangerous island...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 26

"This was not the most eventful episode and probably could have benefited from being sped up."
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Tokyo Ghoul's Real-World Anteiku Cafe Offers Coffee, Sandwiches, No Human Flesh

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to eat at Tokyo Ghoul's Anteiku cafe? Fans of the series in Tokyo will be able to stop by a real-world version of the cafe on the grounds of JR Shibuya Station from July 1 to July 31. The cafe will promote the live-action Tokyo Ghoul film, which will premiere on July 3 at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, July 7 in Berlin, and July 10 at the Marunouchi Piccadi...
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Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 12

"It's the ideas behind what's going on that power this series more than anything else, and in the last two-thirds of the episode, those ideas are in full bloom."
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PlayStation VR Trailer Shows Game Lineup

Summer Lesson, Gran Turismo Sport, Ace Combat 7, more shown ― Sony began streaming a video on Tuesday highlighting its game lineup for its PlayStation VR product. The games shown include Farpoint, Summer Lesson: Alison Snow Nanoka no Niwa, Resident Evil 7: biohazard, Gran Turismo Sport, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Starblood Arena, No Heroes Allowed! VR, Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV, Dark Ec...
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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episode 12

"It looks like Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul is zooming toward an explosive mid-show climax."
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Kemono Friends Bus Tour Expands to a Caravan

The upcoming Kemono Friends bus tour has reached such high demand that Sankei Tours is adding an additional bus. The "Japari Bus Tour Gunma Chihō Yuki" tour on July 29 will take participants will visit Gunma Safari Park to explore, go on a nature walk, and attend a talk with cast members Yuka Ozaki (voice of Serval), Kana Motomiya (Fennec), Saki Ono (Common Raccoon), Ruka Nemoto (Emperor Penguin),...
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Sword Oratoria ‒ Episode 11

"Hopefully next week will bring us answers and not a “read the novels, kids!” final episode, because a strong ending could at least make things feel more worthwhile."
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Eat-Man's Akihito Yoshitomi Starts New Short Yuri Series

Manga about girls who discover strange machine launched this month ― This year's July issue of Shonengahosha's Young Comic magazine published the first chapter of a new mini-series by Akihito Yoshitomi on June 9. The manga, titled Lily System, is based on merchandise illustrations Yoshitomi did for Village Vanguard's Yuri Exhibition. In the "mechanical girls" story, two high school girls discover a s...
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Season Finale: Berserk ‒ Episode 24

"Even if this last episode ended on a slightly higher note than what we'd seen in recent weeks, my overwhelming impression is still that Berserk deserves so much better."
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Fate/Apocrypha TV Anime Airs Last Ad Before July 1 Premiere

"Opening of the Holy Grail War" & EGOIST's opening song teased ― The television anime of TYPE-MOON and Yuichiro Higashide's Fate/Apocrypha novels presented a new themed commercial on Sunday. The "Opening of the Holy Grail War" video is the third and final one of three themed commercials for the anime. (Note: The linked video on the official website is region-locked to Japan.) The ad features EGOIST's...
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KADO - The Right Answer ‒ Episode 11

"Given how much this series has focused on exchanging ideas instead of resorting to violence, I'm curious to see how it will handle a battle between its main characters."

14 Anime Titles Leave Daisuki Streaming Service This Month

Titles include Gundam Wing, Dunbine, L-Gaim, Gundam 00, Rewrite ― Streaming service Daisuki announced on Monday and Wednesday that 14 titles will leave the service at the end of June. The anime leaving include: (Titles with * are available in U.S. and Canada only on Daisuki.) B-Project -Kodo Ambitious- Rewrite Qualidea Code Aura Battler Dunbine* Heavy Metal L-Gaim* GaoGaiGar: King of the Braves* Mama...
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6 Ways Eromanga Sensei Teaches You to Be a Better Writer

Hidden within the rom-com story of Eromanga Sensei are some great writing tips for aspiring writers.
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Kanae Hazuki's Say 'I Love You'. Manga Ends Serialization on July 24

Series about 1st love inspired anime, live-action film ― This year's August issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine revealed on Saturday that Kanae Hazuki's Say "I love you". manga will end in the magazine's September issue on July 24. The September issue will feature the manga on the cover, and the final chapter will include an opening color page. The manga's 17th volume had revealed in October that th...

School-Live! Manga Goes on Hiatus With Planned Return By End of Year

Manga about girls who survive zombie apocalypse launched in 2012, inspired anime in 2015 ― The August issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine revealed on Saturday that Norimitsu Kaihō and Sadoru Chiba's School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) manga is going on hiatus starting with the magazine's September issue. The manga is planned to return before the end of the year. Kaihō and Chiba launched...

My Hero Academia 2nd Season Anime Previews New Opening Theme, 2nd Cour in Video

2nd half of new series to cover "Hero Killer Stain" arc. ― The official website for the second season of the My Hero Academia television anime series began streaming a new video on Saturday that previews the show's second cour. The video also previews amazarashi's new opening theme song "Sora ni Utaeba" (If I Sing in the Sky). The video previews the show's "Hero Killer Stain" arc. The new opening the...
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Live-Action Love Concierge Series Gets 2nd Season

1st season of manga-based comedy premiered in December ― The wrap-around jacket band of the sixth compiled volume of Hakase and Ueno's comedy manga Rabuho no Ueno-san (Love Concierge, or "Mr. Ueno of the Love Hotel") announced on Friday that the live-action series adaptation will get a second season. The first season began streaming on the "Fuji TV on Demand" on December 1, and the television broadca...
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Classroom of the Elite Anime's Promo Video Previews ZAQ's Theme Song (Updated)

Anime based on Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e light novels premieres on July 12 ― The official website for Classroom of the Elite, the television anime adaptation of author Syohgo Kinugasa and illustrator Shunsaku Tomose's Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e (Welcome to the Classroom of the Supreme Ability Doctrine or "Yō Jitsu") light novel series, began streaming the show's p...
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Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime's 3rd Film Reveals Visual, October 14 Premiere

2nd film in 7-part project opened in Japan on Saturday ― The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project revealed on Saturday that the third film in the franchise, subtitled "Junai-hen" (Pure Love Chapter), will open in Japan on October 14. The account also revealed a ...

Crunchyroll Adds Hina Logic: From Luck & Logic Anime to Summer Lineup

1st episode of latest series in Luck & Logic franchise available now ― Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that is streaming the Hina Logic: From Luck & Logic anime adaptation of Bushiroad's Luck & Logic card game. Crunchyroll premiered the first episode at 12:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday. The series is available for members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, ...
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Yurucamp TV Anime Reveals Main Staff

Yoshiaki Kyougoku makes directorial debut at C-Station for series premiering in winter 2018 ― The August issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine revealed the main staff on Saturday for the television anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga. Yoshiaki Kyougoku (Kuroko's Basketball and Robotics;Notes episode director, Tokyo Ghoul unit director) is directing the serie...
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Haikara-san ga Tōru Anime Films Reveal 4 More Cast Members

Takahiro Sakurai, Kazuya Nakai, Yuuki Kaji, Asami Seto join cast, 1st of 2 films opens on November 11 ― The official website for the anime film adaptations of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga revealed more cast members on Saturday. The cast members include: Takahiro Sakurai as Tōsei Aoe, president of the "Jōdansha" publishing company where Benio works. Kazuya Nakai as Shingo Onijima, Shinobu'...
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