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The List - 6 Series Starring Aspiring Mangaka

Every once and awhile, an anime series will set its focus on the manga industry and offer a few hints of what it's really like. ― The dream of being a manga artist is a common one in the anime fandom. Semi-active publisher Tokyopop once launched its "Rising Star of Manga" program purely to entice that set of fans wanting to make that dream become a reality. Results varied, with the extra lucky, like...
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Devils and Realist GN 1

While this is certainly not a horrible book, it is a mediocre one, and sometimes that feels more like a crime than if it had been unabashedly awful. ― Despite appearances, Devils and Realist is not based on an otome game. It also is not BL, although you could be forgiven for thinking that it might be – not a single female character is included in the cast, and most of the men are awfully pretty. And ...
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Announcement: Welcome to Daily Streaming Reviews!

Today ANN editorial is launching its newest project: daily reviews of new episodes as they air throughout the week. ― So a little less than a year ago I'd been in long talks with Bamboo Dong about leaving The Stream behind. For those who don't remember, The Stream was an attempt at doing Shelf Life for streaming anime series, ranking them in order from best to worst, dropping shows as they slowly bec...
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Answerman - Terrible People

This week, what's with all the cynical jerks? Are anime fans discriminated against? Also, the layout of an anime company, and where those text-free sequences come from. ― You guys absolutely buried me in great new questions this week. Since ANN participation seems to peak while school is in session, I'm going to make an educated guess and suggest that you're here because your actual homework is in a...
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Red Data Girl DVD

Opens with a strong, short arc and then continues on as if surprised by its own longevity and uncertain what exactly to do about it. ― If all of Red Data Girl was as good as its opening three episodes it would be a serious contender. Those episodes form a mostly self-contained arc, a dreamlike supernatural mystery where magic and menace are insinuated rather than stated, where mood and atmosphere are...
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Interview: Shinji Aramaki

The director of this summer's Appleseed Alpha and Space Pirate Captain Harlock discusses those films, the state of Japanese CG and his early days. ― Shinji Aramaki is a true anime legend. After joining Artmic in the early 80s, the young Aramaki went on to contribute mecha designs for numerous series like Mospaeda and Bubblegum Crisis. He eventually graduating to the director's chair for early oversea...
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ANNCast - In the Doghouse (ENG)

Kickstarted anime Under the Dog producer Hiroaki Yura, director Masahiro Ando and writer Jiro Ishii stop by to chat up the project! (This version contains only the English translated answers.) ― ANNCast 198 - In the Doghouse (ENGLISH ONLY VERSION) Get the Flash Player to see this player. Kickstarted anime Under the Dog producer Hiroaki Yura (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Steins;Gate) , direc...
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ANNCast - In the Doghouse (ENG + JPN)

Kickstarted anime Under the Dog producer Hiroaki Yura, director Masahiro Ando and writer Jiro Ishii stop by to chat up the project! (This version contains both Japanese language answers and English translation). ― ANNCast 198 - In the Doghouse (ENGLISH + JAPANESE VERSION) Get the Flash Player to see this player. Kickstarted anime Under the Dog producer Hiroaki Yura (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzum...
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The X Button - Tales to Admonish

Todd puts the latest Tales RPG to a turbulent test of typical traits! Plus Pokemon, Terra Battle, Mitchell, and a Street Fighter giveaway! ― The official Street Fighter website recently uploaded a timeline depicting the various forms of Street Fighter IV. It's quite helpful for anyone confused about who's in which game. It's also a merciless tease to me. See how everyone's lined up in the Ultra Stre...
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Nekomonogatari White Sub.Blu-Ray

If you think of the Hanekawa stories as a Nekomonogatari trilogy, then this is the concluding installment. If you aren't a Hanekawa fan going in, you will be coming out. ― Nisioisin and Akiyuki Simbo dip once more into the life of unnaturally even-keeled Tsubasa Hanekawa, continuing the process of enriching and complicating her pointedly unnatural persona. Being the third time the series has put Hane...
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Sunday, August 31

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Musical Unit fripSide Gets 1st Solo Arena Concert

Yokohama Arena concert by A Certain Scientific Railgun, Black Bullet theme song performers to be held on March 1, 2015 ― The musical unit fripSide announced on Saturday that it will hold its first solo arena concert on March 1, 2015. Ticket pre-orders for the "fripSide LIVE TOUR 2014-2015 FINAL in YOKOHAMA ARENA" concert will be held from September 19 to 26 for those who purchase the unit's latest al...
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Persona 4 Arena Stage Play's Elizabeth, Naoto Cast

Yuki Asakura, Asami Yoshikawa star in upcoming stage play adaptation of fighting game running from December 19-23 ― The official website for the Persona 4 Arena stage play announced last week that 29-year old actress Asami Yoshikawa (top) and gravure idol Yuki Asakura (bottom) will join the cast of the Persona 4 Arena stage play as Elizabeth and Naoto Shirogane, respectively. The cast will also star:...
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Teekyū Anime About Girls' Tennis Team Gets 4th Season

3rd season of anime adaptation of Roots and Piyo's manga aired last year ― Manga creator Roots announced on Sunday that a fourth season of the anime adaptation of his and artist Piyo's Teekyu tennis manga has been green-lit. The announcement was originally made at the Teekyu High-Fiving Party event on Sunday. Piyo launched the manga in Earth Star Entertainment's Comic Earth Star magazine in early 201...

Saturday, August 30

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Crunchyroll Adds Watashi ga Motete Dousunda Manga

Also: "Manga 2.5" of After School of the Earth, Renai Senka -The Special Class of Love-, Tonari-no Kashiwagi-san ― Media service Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it will release Junko's Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (What's The Good of Me Being Popular, or Boys, kiss him instead of me). Crunchyroll users will get to choose the official English title for the manga in a contest in which Kodansha wil...
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Rock Band Glay to Perform New Ace of Diamond TV Anime Opening

Band makes 1st song to be used in anime in 15 years ― Rock band Glay will perform the third opening theme song for the television anime adaptation of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond baseball manga. Glay will release the "Hashire! Mirai" (Run Ahead to the Future!) song as a single on October 15 in both a regular edition CD and a CD and DVD combo pack. Ace of Diamond will use the song as its new opening...
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Crunchyroll to Also Stream One Piece '3D2Y' Anime Special

Stream for 2-hour "mysterious episode" available in U.S., Canada, S. Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will simulcast the "One Piece '3D2Y' Ace no Shi wo Koete! Luffy Nakama to no Chikai" (One Piece '3D2Y' Overcome Ace's Death! The Oath With Luffy's Crewmates) television special. Crunchyroll will stream the special on Au...

A Certain Scientific Railgun Manga's New Arc Delayed Due to Artist's Sudden Illness

Start date for new arc not announced ― Keitarō Ono, the editor of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun) manga, announced on Tuesday that the beginning of the new arc of the manga has been delayed to September due to author Motoi Fuyukawa's sudden illness. The editor apologized for the delay. Motoi Fuyukawa is providing the art and story for the adaptation of Kazuma Kamachi's spi...
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Uwa-Koi Romance Manga Ends in September

Series by Aki Sora author received two live-action film adaptations ― This year's 18th issue of Shonengahosha's Young King magazine announced on Monday that Masahiro Itosugi's Uwa-Koi manga will end in the magazine's 20th issue on September 22. The "tension-filled non-stop triangle love story" follows Yuno and Yukiteru, Yuno's childhood friend who lives with her. They are the official "best couple" o...
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Aldnoah.Zero

"Aldnoah.Zero is hardly doing anything daring with its storytelling, but even if it ultimately fails to be a quality series, it's still quite entertaining." ― Aldnoah.Zero is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Shōnen Hollywood Franchise Gets New Manga Set in Hawaii

Idols travel to Hawaii for side story ― The November issue of Kodansha's ARIA magazine announced that Ikuyo Hashiguchi's original work Shōnen Hollywood will get a new manga beginning in the magazine's November issue on September 27. Hashiguchi will write and Sora Sumeraki will draw the series, titled Shounen Hollywood: Holly Trip for You. The story follows the anime's idols as they travel to Hawaii t...
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Phoenix Wright vs. Professor Layton's English Launch Trailer Streamed

Game was released in physical and digital format on Friday ― Nintendo steamed the launch trailer for the Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney (Layton-kyōju vs. Gyakuten Saiban) Nintendo 3DS crossover game on Thursday. The game was released in physical and digital format on Friday. The game is arrived in Europe March 28. Studio BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, Darker than Black, Wolf's Rain) pro...
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Magimoji Rurumo

"If you have a soft spot for magical girls and perverted boys, and you want to see that formula done right, it just might prove worth your time." ― Magimoji Rurumo is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Korean Live-Action Absolute Boyfriend Drama Coming to DramaFever

Actress Kim Ha Neul is listed as playing the series' lead in the latest adaptation of Yuu Watase's manga ― Absolute Boyfriend manga. The Korean drama is currently in the works. Actress Kim Ha Neul is listed as playing the series' lead. Other cast and staff are not yet announced. DramaFever describes the story: In the Korean version of Absolute Boyfriend, the lead (Kim Ha Neul) is not a teenager, but ...
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Mangetsu Man Reminds Tokyoites to Pick Up Their Trash

Disguised superhero maintains historic Tokyo bridge ― Look! In the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... a full moon? Mangetsu ("Full Moon") Man is the latest superhero to hit Tokyo's streets, but he's not here to fight crime. No, he fights grime. Armed with only a trusty broom, a dust pan and some trash bags, he sweeps away rubbish and campaigns against littering on his website. He seems particula...
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Hozuki no Reitetsu OAD's 'Summer Version' Teaser Streamed

1st OAD and manga bundle slated for February 23 ― The official website for the supernatural television anime Hōzuki no Reitetsu posted a "summer version" teaser video for the upcoming original anime DVD episodes on Saturday. Text: A new OAD (original anime DVD) is currently in production! Hozuki: Everyone enjoying summer, hello. Now then, August is just about over, but is this the time to be thinking...

Yen Press' Light Novel Imprint Adds Log Horizon, No Game No Life, Devil is a Part-timer!

Yen On imprint plans more than 24 books next year after initial success ― North American publisher Yen Press' publishing director Kurt Hassler told Publisher's Weekly that the company's Yen On light novel imprint will release Mamare Touno and Kazuhiro Hara's Log Horizon, Yuu Kamiya's No Game, No Life, Satoshi Wagahara and Oniku's The Devil is a Part-Timer (Hataraku Maou-sama), and Shinobu Wakamiya an...
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Invaders of the Rokujyōma!?

"Anyone looking for a light, entertaining way to kill half an hour each week will find that Invaders of the Rokujyoma!? fits the bill quite nicely." ― Invaders of the Rokujyōma!? is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Daily Cosplay - Beauty and the Beast's Belle

Character: Belle Series/Movie: Beauty and the Beast Cosplayer: Puppetsfalls Photographer: Colin Kelly We asked photographer Colin Kelly, "What tips can you offer cosplayers to get the shots that they want?" "Communication – let photographers know something about the character, especially if he or she has no idea what the cosplay is based on. Be aggressive - get in the photographers faces and let t...
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The List - 6 Series Starring Aspiring Mangaka

Every once and awhile, an anime series will set its focus on the manga industry and offer a few hints of what it's really like. ― The dream of being a manga artist is a common one in the anime fandom. Semi-active publisher Tokyopop once launched its "Rising Star of Manga" program purely to entice that set of fans wanting to make that dream become a reality. Results varied, with the extra lucky, like...
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Devils and Realist GN 1

While this is certainly not a horrible book, it is a mediocre one, and sometimes that feels more like a crime than if it had been unabashedly awful. ― Despite appearances, Devils and Realist is not based on an otome game. It also is not BL, although you could be forgiven for thinking that it might be – not a single female character is included in the cast, and most of the men are awfully pretty. And ...
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Fate/stay night TV Anime's 3rd Character Ad Highlights Shirō Emiya

Anime of original game's 'Unlimited Blade Works' route to premiere on October 4 ― A third character ad for ufotable's Fate/stay night television anime began airing on Saturday. The ad focuses on Shirō Emiya, "a boy who seeks to become an Ally of Justice." He is one of the Masters in the Holy Grail War, and his Servant is Saber. The ad features the theme song "ideal white" by Mashiro Ayano. Shirō: The...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

"Stardust Crusaders is a slice of something special. Its blend of sincerity and silliness both fully adopts and plays fast n' loose with the muscle-bound chivalry holding it aloft." ― JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Yukana, Yukari Tamura, Hisako Kanemoto Join Gugure! Kokkuri-san Anime

Kazutomi Yamamoto also joins cast as Yamamoto-kun for October TV anime ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Midori Endō's Gugure! Kokkuri-san manga announced new cast members for the series on Saturday. The new cast members include: Yukana (Wedding Peach, Infinite Stratos) as Tama Hisako Kanemoto (Squid Girl, Sailor Moon Crystal) as Jimeko Kazutomi Yamamoto (Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Bloo...
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Anime Director Toshio Hirata Passes Away

Unico, Pet Shop of Horrors, Barefoot Gen 2 director was 76 ― Anime director Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle, Black Lagoon) stated over Twitter on Wednesday that he heard of fellow director Toshio Hirata's passing on Monday, August 25. He was 76. Katabuchi wrote the following Tweets commenting on his passing: It appears that Toshio Hirata a.k.a. Pon-san passed away on the 25th. I'm so sad that words ...
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4th Persona 4 the Golden Animation Blu-ray/DVD Comes With New Episode

New episode being released on December 10 is alternate Adachi ending ― The official website for the Persona 4 the Golden Animation television anime announced on Saturday that an alternate ending episode titled “Thank you Mr. Accomplice” will be included on the fourth Blu-ray and DVD volume of the series. The volume will be released on December 10. The episode will focus on Adachi, and the website li...
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Live-Action Patlabor's Part 5 Trailer Streamed

Episodes about sniper Kasha, white crocodile mystery to premiere in October ― The animeanime.jp website began streaming a trailer for the fifth part of Mamoru Oshii's live-action The Next Generation -Patlabor- series began streaming on Friday. The project's fifth part will premiere in Japan on October 18 and include episode 8, "Enkyori Sogeki 2000" (Long-range Sniping 2000), and episode 9, "Crocodile...

1st Attack on Titan Compilation Film's Trailer Streamed

Anime to include unaired scene with Eren, Jean in November ― Pony Canyon began streaming a trailer for the Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen ~Guren no Yumiya~ (Attack on Titan Part I: Crimson Bow and Arrow) film on Saturday. The compilation film will open in Japan on November 22. The anime's official website announced that the film will include a new Training Corps scene with Eren and Jean that did not air i...

Friday, August 29

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Ghost in the Shell Arise #4's 1st 9 Minutes Streamed

Final episode about Fire Starter terrorist to open on September 6 ― The official website the for Ghost in the Shell Arise anime project began streaming the first nine minutes of the the fourth installment on Friday. The fourth episode, titled "border:4 Ghost Stands Alone," will open in select theaters in Japan on September 6 and run for two weeks. The story begins amidst demonstrations to protest pri...
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Tokyo Ghoul

"Even with its short run of too-gross-to-defend episodes in Shuu's arc, Tokyo Ghoul has been an enthralling ride for fans of the macabre, filled with great action scenes and nuanced characters." ― Tokyo Ghoul is currently streaming on Funimation.
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Paramount Pictures Project Asks Artists to Reimagine Ninja Turtles As Kappa

Paramount Pictures has asked artists from all over the world to contribute to its Legend of the Yokai project, which features the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as inspired by kappa, water-dwelling yokai often found in Japanese folklore. Here's the copy describing the project: Long before the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles captured the hearts of people around the world, there were the Kappa Yokai, myt...
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Terror in Resonance

"This is a unique, exciting show that will appeal to people who care about our societal trajectory or value animation as an artform." ― Terror in Resonance is currently streaming on Funimation.
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Tokyo ESP

"Tokyo ESP's only significant problem so far is that it sometimes gets just corny enough to detract from its more serious elements." ― Tokyo ESP is currently streaming on Funimation.
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Parasyte Tribute Manga Will Also Run in Aria Magazine for Women

Series of one-shots from multiple authors also runs in Afternoon ― The November issue of Kodansha's ARIA magazine will begin the Neo Kiseijū (Neo Parasyte) tribute manga series for Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte manga on September 27 with two one-shots by MikiMaki (Para☆Dise) and Miki Rinno (Juon -video side-). The tribute manga series consists of one-shots by various manga artists to promote the upcomin...
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Persona 4 the Golden Animation

"Fans of the Persona 4 video games will probably be able to fill in the story's gaps and take more interest in Marie's story, but The Golden is a hard-to-follow, unfulfilling mess for the uninitiated." ― Persona 4 the Golden Animation is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Black Butler: Book of Circus

"Black Butler: Book of Circus doesn't have much to offer those who aren't already enamored with the series, but it's a fun, solid return to form for the show's fans." ― Black Butler: Book of Circus is currently streaming on Funimation.
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Gundam's Tomino Thinks Young Voice Actors All Sound the Same

Yoshiyuki Tomino, the opinionated creator of the Gundam franchise recently lamented the state of anime's voice acting industry in the September issue of Bandai Visual's Beat Magazine. Fresh from casting his upcoming Gundam Reconguista in G anime television series, Tomino said, "All of the young voice actors had been contaminated by currently trendy anime. All of their voices sounded the same to me...
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Locodol

"It really isn't all that great, but somehow it's easy to watch and there are moments of fun in nearly every episode. " ― Locodol is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Argevollen

"It doesn't live up to the sleekness and swiftness of its namesake mech, but neither is it a trundling clunker on its way to the scrapyard." ― Argevollen is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Funimation to Stream One Piece '3D2Y' Anime Special

2-hour "mysterious episode" to premiere Saturday night ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Friday that it will simulcast the "One Piece '3D2Y' Ace no Shi wo Koete! Luffy Nakama to no Chikai" (One Piece '3D2Y' Overcome Ace's Death! The Oath With Luffy's Crewmates) television special. The two-hour special will stream at 12:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday, August 31 (Saturday night). The "mysterious episode" ...
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One Week Friends Gets Stage Play

Manga-based stage play to open in November ― A teaser website opened on Friday announcing a stage play adaptation of Matcha Hazuki's One Week Friends manga. The play will run from November 14 to November 24 at CBGK Shibugeki!! in Shibuya. The story begins with Yūki, a boy who wants to become friends with his classmate and desk neighbor Kaori. However, she gently declines his friendship, saying, “But,...
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Hinata Tops Weekly Shonen Jump's Haikyu!! Character Poll

This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced the winners in the latest Haikyu!! character poll. Despite his short stature, Karasuno's Shoyo Hinata topped the results with 12,720 votes. Both Hinata and Sugawara dethroned "King" Kageyama, who was voted #1 in the magazine's previous poll. Here's the full results: Shoyo Hinata -12,720 votes Kōshi Sugawara - 11,254 votes T...

Ai Tenchi Muyo Brings Back Original Characters

Ryoko, Ayeka, Sasami, Washu, Mihoshi return ― The official website for the new Tenchi Muyo! series, Ai Tenchi Muyo!, updated on Friday with five new character designs, reintroducing the series' classic characters. The returning characters include: Ryoko Ayeka Sasami Washu Mihoshi The website also released a new key visual of Ryoko and Ayeka. In the story, the world is in trouble because Washu is stir...
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Naruto Shippuden

"Naruto really is ending, even if it's taking its sweet time to get there." ― Naruto Shippuden is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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GLASSLIP

"The awkward, drunken, low-stakes chaos is strangely captivating in its own way, but there's not much here to recommend this late in the game." ― GLASSLIP is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Xenoblade Chronicles Offered on New Nintendo 3DS

Game slated for next year ― Nintendo president Satoru Iwata unveiled a remake of Xenoblade Chronicles for Nintendo's newly announced systems, New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL, at the Nintendo Direct presentation on Friday. Iwata stated that Nintendo previously wanted to port the game to Nintendo 3DS, and the increased power of the New Nintendo 3DS made it possible. The game is slated for next...
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While Hello Kitty Isn't A Cat, She's Isn't Not A Cat, Either

With all of the commotion flitting around regarding Hello Kitty—or rather, Kitty White's identity, we're glad plenty of folks have been chasing down Sanrio for some clarification. While Sanrio does insist that Kitty is a little girl, and definitely not a cat, she's at least not a human little girl. Or really, any particular type of little girl. She's simply an anthropomorphization or personif...
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Bakumatsu Rock

"Bakumatsu Rock becomes more bearable over time as you start to realize that it doesn't fit easily into a category." ― Bakumatsu Rock is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Love Stage!!

"Love Stage's first seven episodes set up a romance that looks at its characters as people, not just two guys who are supposed to kiss." ― Love Stage!! is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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New Gargantia OVA's Full Trailer Features New Character

TRUE performs theme song for 2-part OVA ― The official Bandai Visual Youtube channel began streaming the full trailer for the upcoming two-part Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet original video animation (OVA) Suisei no Gargantia -Meguru Kōro, Haruka- on Friday. The trailer features the new character Reema, voiced by Inori Minase, and the theme song "Hajimari no Tsubasa" (First Wing) by TRUE. Note: th...
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Daily Cosplay - Rise of the Guardians' Tooth Fairy

Character: Tooth Fairy Series/Movie: Rise of the Guardians Cosplayer: Kyuu Vixen Photographer: Colin Kelly We asked photographer Colin Kelly, "Everyone has a "dream shoot." If you could go anywhere in the world, with any character ever imagined, what would your dream shoot be?" "I'd like to go back to Paris and then back to Ireland for a week or two each. Both places would make such amazing backdr...
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Free! Eternal Summer

"Free! benefits from expert pacing, top-shelf animation, an upbeat musical score, and relatable character drama that isn't just for the ladies. " ― Free! Eternal Summer is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Announcement: Welcome to Daily Streaming Reviews!

Today ANN editorial is launching its newest project: daily reviews of new episodes as they air throughout the week. ― So a little less than a year ago I'd been in long talks with Bamboo Dong about leaving The Stream behind. For those who don't remember, The Stream was an attempt at doing Shelf Life for streaming anime series, ranking them in order from best to worst, dropping shows as they slowly bec...
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Bravely Second Trailer Previews World Map, Turn-Based Combat

Sequel to 2012's Nintendo 3DS game to ship this winter in Japan ― Square Enix began streaming a promotional trailer for Bravely Second, the sequel to the Nintendo 3DS game Bravely Default, on Friday. The trailer announces that the game will ship this winter in Japan. The trailer showcases the world and town maps featured in the game, battle gameplay and music from Supercell's Ryo. Main character desi...

Nintendo Unveils New 3DS Models With More Controls, NFC Support

New, larger models include new shoulder buttons, mirco-SD slot, NFC technology ― Nintendo announced on Friday during its Nintendo Direct video presentation that new Nintendo 3DS models will be available in Japan on October 11. The new 3DS will retail for 16,000 yen (about US$154) and the new 3DS XL will go for 18,800 yen (about US$180). A Western release date was not announced. The new 3DS systems wi...
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Xenoblade Chronicles' Shulk Joins Super Smash Bros. Lineup

2010 Wii RPG's protagonist is latest to join roster ― The official website for the Super Smash Brothers game for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U began streaming a promotional video announcing that Xenoblade Chronicles' Shulk will be a playable character in the upcoming fighting game. Monolith Soft, the video game development company behind Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenosaga games, also created a promotional im...
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The Last -Naruto the Movie-'s Lee, Gaara, Temari, Tenten, Chōji Character Sketches Unveiled

Kishimoto designed new, mature looks for characters for December film ― The combined 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday the character designs for Rock Lee, Gaara, Temari, Tenten, and Chōji Akimichi for the upcoming The Last -Naruto the Movie- film. Gaara's description reads, "His gourd is compact! ...The biggest change is the largeness of his gourd! It's chain...
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Wolf Girl & Black Prince TV Anime's 1st Promo Streamed

TYO Animations romantic comedy series starring Takahiro Sakurai, Kanae Ito premieres in October ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Ayuko Hatta's Wolf Girl & Black Prince (Ōkami Shōjo to Kuro Ōji) manga began streaming the first promotional video for the series on Friday. Sign: I'm a wolf girl! Text: Erika Shinohara (voiced by Kanae Ito) Erika: Isn't it just the best when yo...
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Answerman - Terrible People

This week, what's with all the cynical jerks? Are anime fans discriminated against? Also, the layout of an anime company, and where those text-free sequences come from. ― You guys absolutely buried me in great new questions this week. Since ANN participation seems to peak while school is in session, I'm going to make an educated guess and suggest that you're here because your actual homework is in a...
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Director: Dog Days" Takes Place 3 Months After 2nd Season

Mamoru Miyano, Nana Mizuki, Yui Horie, more return to star in 3rd season of fantasy anime Dog Days director Junji Nishimura is revealing in an interview featured in the October issue of Gakken's Megami Magazine that the story of the third season of Dog Days will take place two to three months after the second season during fall vacation. Shinku and his team will show up every episode, but the regu...
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Outlaw Star's Mitsuru Hongo Directs World Trigger Anime

Toei anime adaptation of Daisuke Ashihara's manga premieres on October 5 ― This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday the main staff for the television anime of Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga. Mitsuru Hongo (Outlaw Star, Immortal Grand Prix second series) is directing the anime at Toei Animation with series composition by Hiroyuki Yoshino (Macross Front...
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Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie Opens in U.S. on Friday

Highest-grossing Naruto film opens in select theaters Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie opens in U.S. theaters on Friday. The 2012 film features a story and character designs personally created by original manga creator Masashi Kishimoto and was the highest-grossing film in the Naruto franchise, making 1.46 billion yen (about US$18.3 million). The Eleven Arts website lists theater and ticket informat...
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Shonen Jump to Launch Hi-Fi Cluster, Sporting Salt Manga

Ippei Gotō & Yūto Kubota's series to debut on September 13 & 22 ― This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Ippei Gotō's Hi-Fi Cluster (pictured center left) and Yūto Kubota's Sporting Salt manga (bottom left) will launch in the magazine in September. Hi-Fi Cluster will debut in the 42nd issue on September 13, while Sporting Salt will debut in the 4...
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Live-Action Clover Film's Teaser Video, Trailer Unveiled

More cast also added for November 1 film adapting Toriko Chiya's romance manga ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Toriko Chiya's Clover manga updated on Thursday, and began streaming a new trailer and teaser video. The official website also announced additional cast members: Natsuna Erena Mizusawa Kento Nagayama Haruka Kinami Yasuko Mitsura Risa Naito Kenji Murakami Taku Su...

Thursday, August 28

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All-Stars Disney CD Features Voice Actor "Princes"

Compilation CD scheduled for November release ― Since February 2012, the Koe-no Ouji-sama ("Princes of Voice") CD series has featured classic Disney songs covered by notable Japanese male voice actors. Now, a fourth CD will be released compiling the best of the series along with a new piece by a new voice actor. Disney Koe-no Ouji-sama All-Stars is slated to include the following songs: "Chim Chim Ch...

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's New Features Trailer Streamed

New bosses, items, episodes, and challenges added for game release ― The official Sony PlayStation channel began streaming a new trailer for Square Enix's upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX PlayStation 3 game on Thursday. The video shows new episodes, bosses, items, and challenges in the game. The game will contain Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix (an updated version of Kingdom Hearts II that Square Eni...
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Osamu Tezuka's Hello Kitty Drawing Isn't So Cute

Pioneering creator Osamu Tezuka's (Mighty Atom/Astro Boy, Jungle Emperor/Kimba the White Lion, Phoenix) daughter Rumiko Tezuka tweeted a unique image by her father that hasn't seen the light of day since 1976 until it was reprinted in the Hello Kitty 30th Anniversary Memorial Book in Japan in 2005. The well-known mascot company Sanrio published the short-lived Lyrica shojo magazine in the 70s, whi...
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Onechanbara Z2: Chaos PS4 Game's Opening Video Streamed

Game comes with "strawberry and banana" character costume ― D3 Publisher Inc. began streaming the opening and benefits preview video for its upcoming Onechanbara Z2: Chaos PlayStation 4 game on Tuesday. Customers who preorder the game will receive a special "costume" made of fruit for the characters. The game is rated "Z" in Japan (equivalent to ESRB's Adults Only rating, or 18+ only). The game stars...
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Bandai Namco Introduces Lost Land Adventures Immersive Arcade Game

Bandai Namco Games began streaming a trailer for its Lost Land Adventures "spherical display exotic adventure gun game" on Tuesday. The arcade game lets two players use combat abilities to interact with a 180-degree screen and recover treasures. The game has four selectable stages and utilizes the PIN System so players can save their progress. Bandai Namco Amusement America wrote that the game sho...
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La Corda D'Oro 3 Another Sky Feat. Amane Gakuen Game Promo Streamed

Third installment of spin-off series ships September 25 ― KOEI Tecmo began streaming a trailer on Monday for its otome Kin-iro no Corda 3 Another Sky feat. Amane Gakuen (La Corda D'Oro 3 Another Sky) PlayStation Portable game. The games will take place in alternate timelines where the protagonist, Kanade, becomes a student in one of the rival schools from the original Kin-iro no Corda 3 dating simula...
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Zelda and Animal Crossing Race Into Mario Kart 8 As DLCs

Hot on the heels of Mario Kart 8's collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, Nintendo has announced that players can now preorder two more DLC expansion packs, which will include Zelda and Animal Crossing characters and maps. Each expansion pack will include four vehicles and eight courses. The Zelda pack will introduce Link, Tanooki Mario, and Cat Peach; while the Animal Crossing pack will introduce Dry ...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 Gets Western Release

Game slated for physical, digital release in early 2015 ― Idea Factory announced on Thursday that it will release the PlayStation Vita game Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation (Chō Jijigen Game Neptune Re;Birth 2 Sisters Generation) in North America and Europe. The game will get both a physical and a digital release in early 2015. The game is a remake of the Chōjigen Game Neptune mk...

Hayao Miyazaki to Receive Honorary Award from Oscars' Academy

Award recognizes lifetime achievement in motion pictures ― Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors voted on Tuesday to award director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki with an Honorary Award at the Academy's 6th Annual Governors Awards on November 8. The Governors Awards celebrate lifetime achievements of members of the film industry. The Oscar statuette of the Honor...
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Weekly Shonen Jump to Launch Jūdōs Sports Manga

Shinsuke Kondō's "unprecedented judo manga" to launch on September 8 ― This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Shinsuke Kondō will launch a manga series called Jūdōs (Jūdōzu) in the next issue on September 8. The magazine proclaims that this will be an "unprecedented judo manga." The manga will begin with a 54-page chapter with a color opening pag...
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Sanrio Reveals That Hello Kitty is Not a Cat

The world famous ambassador of cuteness is actually a little girl ― This year marks the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty fulfilling a mission of warming hearts all over the world. But while everyone may be celebrating this momentous birthday party, it seems that there are a few misunderstandings that need to be clarified. After 40 years of childrens toys, accessories, anime, and more, Sanrio has clear...

Hunter x Hunter Manga Extends Hiatus at Least 1 More Week

Return date not announced as Yoshihiro Togashi continues recovery from back pain ― This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Yoshihiro Togashi's manga Hunter x Hunter will extend its hiatus. The manga will not return in the magazine's 41st issue as originally scheduled, since Togashi has not fully recovered medically. A return date was not announced...
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One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 Announced for PS4

Pirate Warriors/Kaizoku Musou also slated for PS3, PS Vita ― This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will announce One Piece Kaizoku Musou (One Piece Pirate Warriors 3) for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita on Monday. The game will allow players to go through the One Piece story with improved graphics. A promotional video will debut at Tokyo Game Show in September. Na...

Yukari Tamura, Kenichi Suzumura Star in 'I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying' Anime

Voice actors will perform theme song in character ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Cool Kyōshinsha's four-panel web manga I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying (Danna ga Nani o Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken) opened this Friday and announced that Yukari Tamura (Kill la Kill's Nui) and Kenichi Suzumura (Senyū.'s Foifoi) will star as Kaoru and Hajime, respectively. The two will also ...
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Red Data Girl DVD

Opens with a strong, short arc and then continues on as if surprised by its own longevity and uncertain what exactly to do about it. ― If all of Red Data Girl was as good as its opening three episodes it would be a serious contender. Those episodes form a mostly self-contained arc, a dreamlike supernatural mystery where magic and menace are insinuated rather than stated, where mood and atmosphere are...
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Interview: Shinji Aramaki

The director of this summer's Appleseed Alpha and Space Pirate Captain Harlock discusses those films, the state of Japanese CG and his early days. ― Shinji Aramaki is a true anime legend. After joining Artmic in the early 80s, the young Aramaki went on to contribute mecha designs for numerous series like Mospaeda and Bubblegum Crisis. He eventually graduating to the director's chair for early oversea...
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Daily Cosplay - Batman's Harley Quinn

Character: Harley Quinn Series: Batman and others Cosplayer: Killing Joke Cosplay Photographer: Colin Kelly We asked photographer Colin Kelly, "Do you cosplay yourself? If so, what's been your favorite character to cosplay? "The closest to cosplaying I've been was wearing my Doctor Who 17 plus foot-long scarf. Ever since I was younger I wanted a scarf that looked like the 4th Doctor's, so one day ...
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Over Lord Fantasy RPG Light Novel Has Anime in the Works

Story involves a gamer who decides not to log out after an online game shuts down ― The wraparound jacket band on the seventh volume of Kugane Maruyama's fantasy novel Over Lord is announcing on Saturday that an anime adaptation is in the works. The story begins with Yggdrasil, a popular online game which is quietly shut down one day. However, the protagonist Momonga decides to not log out. Momonga ...
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Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends's 3 New TV Spots Preview Stakes

2nd 2014 Rurouni Kenshin film opens in Japanese theaters September 13 ― The staff of the Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen) film began streaming three new TV spots for the movie on Thursday. 'Ends 1' Commercial Man: The legend ends now! Narrator: Rurouni Kenshin is completed! Don't be late to the talk of the summer! Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kens...
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Free! Eternal Summer Anime Gets Unaired Episode on 7th Blu-ray, DVD

7th volume of swimming anime's 2nd series ships in Japan on March 18, 2015 ― The official website for the Free! Eternal Summer anime announced on Thursday that an unaired, special episode will be included on the seventh Blu-ray and DVD volume of the series, which is scheduled to ship on March 18, 2015. More details about the seventh volume will be updated at a later time. The first episode of the seq...

Seraph of the end by The Legend of the Legendary Heroes' Kagami Gets TV Anime

Jump Square manga by creator trio began in 2012 ― The editorial department of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine announced on Thursday that a TV anime adaptation of novelist Takaya Kagami (The Legend of the Legendary Heroes, A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives), manga creator Daisuke Furuya, and manga artist Yamato Yamamoto's (Kure-nai) Seraph of the end (Owari no Seraph) manga has been green-lit. The staff ...
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Yo-kai Watch Film's Trailer Teases Origin of Magical Watch

Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan! premieres in Japan on December 20 ― Media Factory began streaming the first trailer on Wednesday for the upcoming Yo-kai Watch film, Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan! (Yo-kai Watch the Movie: It's the Secret of Birth, Meow!). Narrator: All of the mysterious happenings in the world are done by yōkai. The yōkai watch is a device that allows one to see those...
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Digital Manga's Project-H Imprint Adds 9 New Adult Manga Series

North American publisher Digital Manga's Project-H adult imprint announced on Tuesday (note: links are not safe for work) that it added nine new series by publisher Kill Time Communication. The company scheduled the following series for print and digital release: Girl Play (Onnanoko Yūgi ~TSF Catalog~) by Taniguchi-san on March 25, 2015 Milliard: Slave Story (Milliard ―Reijō Go Hōshi Monogatari―) ...
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Texas' Fantastic Fest to Host U.S. Premiere of Princess Kaguya

September 18-25 event in Austin to also screen Sion Sono's Tokyo Tribe film ― Film distributor GKids announced on Wednesday that Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya film will have its United States premiere at Texas' Fantastic Fest film event. The event will be held on September 18-25 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. The film's North American premiere will be...

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Patema Inverted English Dub Clips Streamed

Dubbed film set for limited release on August 29 in New York ― New dub clips from Yasuhiro Yoshiura's Patema Inverted were posted on Monday. The film is set to premiere on limited release at New York City's IFC Center on Friday. The dub cast includes: Michael Sinterniklaas as Age Cassandra Lee Morris as Patema Bill Lader as G Richard Epcar as Izamura Stephanie Sheh as Kaho Chris Niosi as Lagos Robbie...
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The Evil Within English Voice Cast Announced

Anson Mount, Jackie Earle Haley, and Jennifer Carpenter set to voice ― Horror-genre website Dark Horizons reported on Tuesday that Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) will lend their voices to Resident Evil director Shinji Mikami's upcoming survival horror game, The Evil Within (PsychoBreak). Anson Mount will voice the protagnost, Sebastian, Ca...
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Latest Boys-Love Pose Reference Book is Sure to Induce Nosebleeds

Everyone is familiar with those How to Draw Manga reference books that are supposed to teach posing, aesthetic, and the overall basics for drawing in the general manga art style. In Japan there's a whole series of books using human models, a sort of printed version of live-drawing sessions. They're definitely not photo books created under the guise of art reference to titillate readers. Even when ...

Japanese Comic Ranking, August 18-24

Silver Spoon, Tokyo Ghoul, Terra Formars, xxxHOLiC: Rei, Attack on Titan in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Silver Spoon 12 481,683 609,378 2014/08 Shogakukan Hiromu Arakawa 1 2 2 Tokyo Ghoul 13 279,751 279,751 2014/08 Shueisha Sui Ishida 2 1 3 Terra Formars 10 220,102 220,102 2014/08 Shueisha Story: Yū Sasuga / Art: ...

Japan's Video Game Rankings, August 18-24

Diablo III Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition, Chaos;Head Dual debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: August 18-24 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yōkai Watch 2 Ganso/Honke Level 5 July 10 77,465 2,289,983 73 2PS4 The Last of Us Remastered Sony Computer Entertainment August 21 30,587 30,587 3 PSV Bullet Girls D3 Publisher August 21 29,690 29,690 4PS...
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Hello Kitty Cosplays As Characters From Hana to Yume Magazine

Hello Kitty isn't the only big name turning 40 this year—Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine is also turning 40. To celebrate the double-birthday, Issue 18 of the magazine featured a 40-page furoku (extra) featuring Hello Kitty cosplaying as various characters from the series featured in the magazine. Featured series include Mizuho Kusanagi's Akatsuki no Yona: Tachibana Higuchi's Anne no Magom...
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Precure Voice Actress Orie Kimoto Has Baby Girl

New baby girl is the voice actress' third child ― Voice actress Orie Kimoto announced on Twitter on Wednesday that she gave birth to her third child, a baby girl. She said the plan is to name her daughter "Saki." Orie Kimoto played Saki Hyuuga/Cure Bloom in Futari wa Precure Splash Star and Precure All Stars movies, Shinobu in Nagasarete Airantou, Mugi Asai in Hitohira and Terima in D. Gray-Man. [Vi...
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Buddy Complex Conclusion Anime's Trailer Streamed

Broadcast slated for September, Blu-ray slated for November ― The official website for Sunrise's Buddy Complex anime began streaming a promotional video and a Blu-ray commercial for the upcoming two-part sequel, Buddy Complex Kanketsu-hen -Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de- (Buddy Complex Finale: In the Future When We Return to Those Skies). The conclusion will air at the end of September. Both parts will s...
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Kodansha Seeks Fan Art From Around the World For Publication in Japan's Fairy Tail 46

Kodansha is reaching out to international fan artists for art pieces to include in volume 46 of the Fairy Tail manga, which means your artwork could be read be published in a Japanese graphic novel. The graphic novel, which will be released in Japan in November and in English a few weeks later in eBook format, will contain two full spreads from around the world, hand-picked by Hiro Mashima with ad...

Yen Press Adds 2 More Madoka Magica Spinoff Manga

Orica Magica side story, Jeanne d'Arc story slated for spring ― Yen Press confirmed with ANN on Wednesday that it has licensed Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Extra Story and Puella Magi Tart Magica: The Legend of Jeanne d'Arc. The one-volume side story to to Puella Magi Oriko Magica is slated for March 24, 2015, while the first volume of Puella Magi Tart Magica is slated for April 21. The Amazon listing d...
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07-Ghost's Amemiya, Ichihara Start New Manga

"Battle action" manga will begin serialization in September ― This year's September issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum is announcing on Thursday that 07-Ghost authors Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara will begin serialization of a new "battle action" manga titled Bato Rabbits. The series will launch in the magazine's November issue on September 28 with color pages. The series tagline reads ...
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ANNCast - In the Doghouse (ENG)

Kickstarted anime Under the Dog producer Hiroaki Yura, director Masahiro Ando and writer Jiro Ishii stop by to chat up the project! (This version contains only the English translated answers.) ― ANNCast 198 - In the Doghouse (ENGLISH ONLY VERSION) Get the Flash Player to see this player. Kickstarted anime Under the Dog producer Hiroaki Yura (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Steins;Gate) , direc...
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ANNCast - In the Doghouse (ENG + JPN)

Kickstarted anime Under the Dog producer Hiroaki Yura, director Masahiro Ando and writer Jiro Ishii stop by to chat up the project! (This version contains both Japanese language answers and English translation). ― ANNCast 198 - In the Doghouse (ENGLISH + JAPANESE VERSION) Get the Flash Player to see this player. Kickstarted anime Under the Dog producer Hiroaki Yura (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzum...
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Life-Size Haikyuu Wall Scrolls Make You Part of the Team

Depict actual height of the members of the Karasuno volleyball team. ― Ever want to get in on all of the hard-hitting shonen volleyball action of Haikyu!!? Well, while transferring to Karasuno High School might not be the most feasible of plans, thanks to anime toy and collectable manufacturers at Ensky, you can spend time with your favorite members of the Karasuno volleyball team in any room of your...

Kuroko's Basketball Manga to End

Final chapter to appear in Shonen Jump's next issue ― ANN confirmed that Tadatoshi Fujimaki will end his Kuroko no Basuke (Kuroko's Basketball) manga in this year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump on September 1. (The image pictured is the cover of the 39th issue.) In the beginning of the story, Taiga Kagami has just enrolled into Seirin High School when he meets Tetsuya Kuroko of the sch...
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The X Button - Tales to Admonish

Todd puts the latest Tales RPG to a turbulent test of typical traits! Plus Pokemon, Terra Battle, Mitchell, and a Street Fighter giveaway! ― The official Street Fighter website recently uploaded a timeline depicting the various forms of Street Fighter IV. It's quite helpful for anyone confused about who's in which game. It's also a merciless tease to me. See how everyone's lined up in the Ultra Stre...
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Nekomonogatari White Sub.Blu-Ray

If you think of the Hanekawa stories as a Nekomonogatari trilogy, then this is the concluding installment. If you aren't a Hanekawa fan going in, you will be coming out. ― Nisioisin and Akiyuki Simbo dip once more into the life of unnaturally even-keeled Tsubasa Hanekawa, continuing the process of enriching and complicating her pointedly unnatural persona. Being the third time the series has put Hane...
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Daily Cosplay - Corpse Bride's Victor and Emily

Character: Victor Van Dort and Emily Series: Corpse Bride Cosplayer: 23rd Day Cosplay Photographer: Colin Kelly We asked photographer Colin Kelly, "Where's your favorite place you've ever shot photos, cosplay or otherwise?" "Even though I was more of a tourist when I was there, without a doubt it's Ireland. The country is magical, like walking into a fairytale. As soon as I arrived in Ireland, I f...
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Nearly 4,000 Fans Rank the Top Monogatari Characters

NisiOisin's Monogatari series of light novels has spawned 61 episodes and one planned film so far. The book series is supposed to end next month, so what better time than now to ask fans about their favorite character? Akiba Souken held a poll from July 30 to August 20 to find out. Here's what 3,806 fans had to say. Top 20 Monogatari Characters Rank Character Votes 1 Shinobu Oshino 458 2 Hitagi Se...

Hi sCoool! SeHa Girl Anime Previewed in Video

11 voice actresses perform ending themes for October 8 TV anime ― TMS Entertainment began streaming a preview video for its Hi sCoool! SeHa Girl anime on Wednesday. The video features the anime's ending theme, "Blooming!" by voice actresses M.A.O, Minami Takahashi, Shiori Izawa, Manami Tanaka, Yuko Takayama, and Sumire Uesaka. Saturn: What's up with this place? Is this really a school!? Dreamcast: I'...
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Sega's Hero Bank 2 3DS RPG's Teaser Streamed

Funasshi, the unofficial pear-fairy mascot of Funabashi City in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo, will appear in the game ― Sega began streaming a teaser video for its Hero Bank 2 Nintendo 3DS game on Monday. The second "money battle RPG" introduces two versus two battles while the hero Kaito tries to defend Japan from the evil hands of the mysterious "Shichifukujin" (Seven Lucky Gods) group. Narrator: No...
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Yakuza Zero Game Announced For PS3/PS4

Winners for in-game character contest also announced ― Sega announced on Sunday that Ryū ga Gotoku 0: Chikai Basho (Yakuza Zero: The Place of Oaths) will be the next installment in the Yakuza video game series. The game will be published on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The staff also announced the results of the character contest, in which fans submitted pictures of themselves for the chance to ...
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