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Pile of Shame - The Enemy's The Pirates!

Justin tries to return to an old 90s favorite that has become more famous for its obscure, awful dub.
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Terra Formars GN 1

While Terra Formars presents an interesting science fiction story that plays on our innate dislike of cockroaches (and long-standing jokes about how hard to kill they are), it doesn't present it as well as it might.
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 18

M3 the dark metal EPISODE 18 THE TRUTH OF YOMIJIMA
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Shelf Life - Popular Culture

This week, the challenges of high school, fighting alien menaces, and evil masterminds.
- Gatchaman Crowds
- Terror in Resonance ep. 1-6
- Watamote
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anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day [Collector's Edition] BD+DVD

AnoHana is a story of high emotion. There's a lot of screaming, crying, laughing, and soppy emotional weltering of every flavor. It is tough to digest all of that in 100 minutes. In fact, it's not really recommended.
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Astro Toy - Figma Crystal Bowie

He's translucent, he's evil, he's out to get our man Cobra, and now he's a figma.
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Cardfight!! Vanguard GN 1

Overall, Cardfight!! Vanguard is going to be best enjoyed by those who are familiar with the game or just enjoy card battle games in general. It does make a real effort to be generally appealing, though.
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The List - 7 TV Anime Affected by Japanese Censorship

Sometimes your episode is pulled because the series' creator really doesn't like you.
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Baby Steps Episodes 1-12 Streaming

Baby Steps isn't big on thrilling sports action. It's interested in quieter, less immediate pleasures: the simple pleasures of good characters and good relationships moving slowly but surely in good directions.
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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma GN 1

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma is off to a somewhat uneven start, balancing scrumptious dishes with an obnoxious heroine and some unfortunate choices of fanservice.
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Dr. Slump: The Movies [Films 1-5] Sub.DVD

Random silly adventures, acted out by a silly cast of misfits who live in a silly misfit village and delivered with a lot of surreal nonsense humor and not a whiff of substance or seriousness. In short, Dr. Slump. At long last.
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Wednesday, August 20

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Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, Tales of Xillia 2 Games' Launch Trailers Streamed

Both RPGs from Bandai Namco Games available in N. America on Tuesday Bandai Namco Games began streaming the launch trailers on Tuesday for the North American release of its Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment PlayStation Vita game and its Tales of Xillia 2 PlayStation 3 game. In Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, by exploring the 76 cities in Aincrad, players can pick up new friends and party members for their adventures. Kirito can also deepen his relationship with his partners by hanging out with them in the cities, going out on dates, or holding hands. The game will include characters Asuna (
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New Scout Regiment Members Get Their Uniforms in Latest Attack on Titan Dub Clip

Episodes 14-25 will ship in multiple editions on September 23 ― North American anime distributor FUNimation Entertainment began streaming a new clip from the English dub of Attack on Titan on Tuesday. The clip shows the new Scout Regiment members getting their uniforms; including the signature green cloaks. Episodes 14-25 of the anime will get a standard edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack, a Limited Edition, a Limited Edition Plus, and a Funimation.com-exclusive Collector's Edition on September 23. New cast members

Tuesday, August 19

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North American Anime, Manga Releases, August 17-23

Mayo Chiki! anime; The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Strike Witches: 1937 Fuso Sea Incident manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date A Certain Scientific Railgun Season 2 DVD Part 2Please FUNimation Entertainment US$59.98 August 19 Mayo Chiki! Blu-ray Complete ColectionCite Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 August 19 Mayo Chiki! DVD Complete ColectionAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 August 19 Manga Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Graphic Novel (GN) 2Please Kodansha Comics
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Man With A Decepticon Maserati Is Arrested For Impersonating Police

― A Massachusetts man found himself appearing in front of Quincy District Court after his modified Maserati landed him in hot water with law enforcement. The unnamed owner of the vehicle modified the US$99,698 car to resemble Barricade from Michael Bay's 2007 Transformers film. While we doubt the car had the same transforming abilities to pose a threat to Shia LaBeouf and the Massachusetts populous at large, its color scheme did resemble a police car. The owner was pulled over after a police officer mistook the luxury car for a legitimate police vehicle and took the owner in for impersonating a police officer.
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Girl Friend BETA TV Anime Adds 15 More Cast Members

Haruka Tomatsu, Maaya Uchida, Rie Kugimiya, others join ― The official Twitter account for the Girl Friend (Kari) (Girl Friend BETA) television anime announced a new cast member every day from August 6 through August 20. The full list of new cast members is: Haruka Tomatsu as Nonoka Sasahara Kaori Ishihara as Yuzuko Hazuki Kikuko Inoue as Kanata Amatsu Aoi Yūki as Isuzu Shiranui Yukari Tamura as Koruri Tokitani Minori Chihara as Mahiro Natsume Minako Kotobuki as Saya Kagurazaka Minami Tsuda as Mutsumi Shigino
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Mini Nyanko-Sensei Steals Food From Tiny Spoons in Natsume's Book of Friends Accessories

― Miniature figures of office ladies, magical girls, Sailor Scouts, and others perched carefully atop glasses and mugs have been popular for some time now, but Natsume's Book of Friends has found a way to make this trend even cuter. Starting August 21, select arcades across Japan will offer these adorable keychains featuring a tiny Nyanko-sensei peering over little spoons. Best of all, the Nyankos can be removed, and perched on spoons of your choice, or nestled into food items.
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Lupin III Creator Monkey Punch Draws Live-Action Cast for Upcoming Film

Live-action film set to open on August 30 ― In collaboration with the upcoming live-action adaptation of Lupin III, series creator Monkey Punch provided an illustration of the live-action cast in the Lupin III anime style. The movie stars Shun Oguri as Lupin, Meisa Kuroki as Fujiko Mine, Tetsuji Tamayama as Daisuke Jigen, Gou Ayano as Goemon Ishikawa, and Tadanobu Asano as Detective Kōichi Zenigata. Ryuhei Kitamura is directing the film, and Mataichirō Yamamoto is writing the script. The story will follow Lupin and his partners in crime before they became a gang. They will infiltrate the high security of the Ark of Navarone, a gigantic fortress-like safe, to lay claim to the Crimson Heart of Cleopatra within. It is said that whoever possesses this treasure shall "unite the world."

Fuji TV Makes Jojo's Bizarre Adventure's David Production Its Subsidiary

Former GONZO staffers founded company in 2007 that also animated Ben-To, Level E, Neptunia Fuji TV announced on August 8 that the David Production animation studio became its subsidiary as of August 1. David Production's anime projects will continue, and Fuji TV stated that it also hopes to expand to audiences overseas. The studio has been producing the recent JoJo's Bizarre Adventure television anime series. That series is now adapting Part 3 of Hirohiko Araki's manga, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders. Aside from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure,
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Pizza Hut Japan Launches Their Pizza Cat Campaign, With Lots of Cat Videos

Pizza Hut Japan has opened a website for Pizza Cat, a new campaign that features two things that are universally beloved—pizza and cats. Sadly, they bear no resemblance to the Samurai Pizza Cats, and it looks like they'd rather nap than fight bad guys, but they're at least pretty adorable. If you need to waste some time at work today, the Pizza Cat website is full of cat videos, including videos of these furry employees trying to take orders, make pizza, and deliver food.
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2nd Durarara! TV Anime Gets New Cast Key Visuals

Series set to premiere January 2015 ― The official website for Durarara!!×2 released three new key visuals for the upcoming second season of the Durarara!! series. The key visuals include the new character Aoba Kuronuma as well as returning characters Kururi Orihara, Mairu Orihara, Shinra Kishitani, Celty Sturluson, Erika Karisawa, Walker Yumasaki, Kyohei Kadota, and Saburo Togusa. Miyuki Sawashiro will return to her role as Celty Sturluson and Toshiyuki Toyonaga will reprise his role as Mikado Ryūgamine.

Bulbasaur Planter Sales Halted for Copyright Infringement

Pokémon International sends cease and desist to 3D printer design sales website ― 3D printer design sharing website Shapeways received a cease and desist from Pokémon International on Friday regarding artist Claudia Ng's design for a ceramic planter resembling the Pokémon Bulbasaur. The planter was on sale on the website, but Shapeways removed the listing after receiving the order. According to Ng, Pokémon International is "asking for all the money associated with this model." The original listing did not directly label the design as a Poké
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"No More" Piracy Mascots Get Lottery Prizes

Celebrate an end to movie piracy with Ichiban Kuji ― The anime and movie industry are often prone to piracy. Whether it be for the sake of posting online or reselling, many films have been illegally recorded by individuals pretending to be loyal customers. It was for this sake that the anti-piracy mascots Camera Man and Patrol Lamp Man were created for the "No More Movie Theft" campaign. This month, Ichiban Kuji decided to pay homage to these two hardworking mascots by holding a special goods lottery for them.
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Stand By Me Doraemon 3D CG Film to Open in 21 Countries

Stand By Me Doraemon to be 1st Doraemon movie in 11 of the 21 countries Stand By Me Doraemon, the first 3D CG film starring the anime robot cat Doraemon, will play in 21 more countries and territories after opening in Japan this month. The countries and territories in Asia include South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei*, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos*, Cambodia*, Myanmar*, the Philippines*, and Indonesia. The European release includes Italy*, San Marino*, Vatican City*, Malta*, Monaco*, Switzerland*, and Spain. It will be the first
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Pile of Shame - The Enemy's The Pirates!

Justin tries to return to an old 90s favorite that has become more famous for its obscure, awful dub.
review

Terra Formars GN 1

While Terra Formars presents an interesting science fiction story that plays on our innate dislike of cockroaches (and long-standing jokes about how hard to kill they are), it doesn't present it as well as it might.
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Introducing Clearasil's New Mascot: Kagerou Project's Momo Kisaragi

Animated Momo appears in Tokyo promotional event ― Clearasil, a brand of skincare products owned by Reckitt Benckiser, unveiled a new Japanese mascot: Momo Kisaragi, the peppy idol of Kagerou Project. She appeared in animated form at an event in Tokyo on August 15 formally designating her Clearasil's new "image character." Momo claims to have been "very surprised" at her selection. "I also heard about previous mascots, and they're very impressive senpai [a term used for upperclassmen or higher-ranking colleagues]. It's like a dream, being given such a big role."
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Naegi, Tōgami, Komaeda Return in Danganronpa: Another Episode PS Vita Game

PS Vita game starring Makoto Naegi's sister as the protagonist ships on September 25 ― The September 4 issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is announcing on Thursday that Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc's Makoto Naegi (voiced by Megumi Ogata) and Byakuya Tōgami (Akira Ishida) will return in the upcoming Zettai Zetsubō Shōjo Danganronpa : Another Episode (Absolute Despair Girl Danganronpa: Another Episode) spinoff game. In addition, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair's Nagito Komaeda (also voiced by Megumi Ogata) will also appear.
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M3 The Dark Metal PS Vita Game's 2 TV Spots Preview Gameplay

Action adventure game ships on November 20 with first copies bundled with radio program episode, reversible game jacket Namco Bandai Games began streaming two TV spots for its upcoming M3 the dark metal Mission Memento Mori PlayStation Vita game on Tuesday. Narrator: On a night when stars fall, they hear a song with new possibilities. A dark, zapping story from the view points of eight characters. M3 the dark metal Mission Memento Mori. Narrator: On a night when stars fall, they hear a song with new possibilities. A strange Kuro that appeared suddenly. A dark, zapping story from the view points of eight characters. What is the new possibility and conclusion that will be reached by aligning ways of thinking?
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Haikyu!! Volleyball Anime's 3DS Game's New Promo Previews Characters

Key visual for Haikyu!! Quest mini-game also unveiled for September 25 game Bandai Namco Games began streamiing a new promotional video on Tuesday for its Haikyu!! Tsunage! Itadaki no Keshiki!! (Haikyu!! Connect! View from the top!!) game for the Nintendo 3DS. The video introduces the game's many characters, and also unveils the official key visual drawn by Production I.G for the "Haikyu!! Quest" mini-game that will be included with the first copies of the game. The game will allow players to experience the world of Haikyu!!
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Selector Spread Wixoss Sequel TV Anime's Comiket 86 Promo Streamed

Cast, staff return for October sequel to Selector Infected Wixoss ― The official website for Selector Spread Wixoss sequel anime began streaming the first promotional video for the upcoming series on Tuesday. The video premiered at Comic Market 86 over the weekend. In the video, Rūko says to Hitoe, "That's why... I want to see Tama!" The video also lists the staff and cast for the sequel anime. The anime will feature the following returning cast: Ai Kakuma as Rūko Kominato Misaki Kuno as Tama Asami Seto as Iona Urazoe
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, August 11-17

Hōzuki no Reitetsu sells 3,989, followed by The Wind Rises, Kamen Rider, Mekakucity Actors, live-action Rurouni Kenshin ― The Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider War feat. Super Sentai film sold 2,856 more copies for a new total of 7,758. In its second week, it dropped from #5 to #9 on the overall DVD chart. The Collector's Pack edition of the film sold 1,255 more copies for a new total of 4,532. It dropped from #9 to #33. The DVD Special Price Edition of the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film sold 1,767 more copies for a new total of 7,839. In its seventh week, it stayed steady at #20. The Dempagumi.inc Live DVD "World Wide Dempa Tour 2014 in Nippon Budōkan ~Yume de Owaran yo—!~ added 1,089 copies to its total of 12,767. In its third week, it dropped from #25 to #39.
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, August 11-17

Frozen sells 73,985 more, followed by Hōzuki no Reitetsu, Mekakucity Actors, Noragami, Love Live! ― The Love Live! μ's →NEXT Love Live! 2014~Endless Parade~ Blu-ray Disc sold 1,051 more copies for a new total of 36,713. In its fourth week, it ranked #17 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The collector's pack for the Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider War feat. Super Sentai film sold 990 more copies for a new total of 4,920. In its second week, it dropped from #10 to #19. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker
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Taiwanese Live Action Skip Beat Streaming on DramaFever

1st 10 episodes of drama debuted on August 13 ― International video streaming site DramaFever confirmed on August 12 that it will stream the Taiwanese live-action adaptation of Yoshiki Nakamura's romantic comedy manga Skip Beat!. The first ten episodes of the drama began streaming on August 13. The drama premiered in December 2011 in Taiwan and has a total of 23 episodes. DramaFever gives the synopsis: Desperate to capture the heart of her friend, Gong Xi (Ivy Chen) gives up on college to support Bu Puo Shang's (Lee Dong Hae) dream of stardom. Through odd jobs, Gong Xi launches Shang into fame, only to be betrayed. Vowing vengeance, Gong Xi auditions for the biggest talent agency, determined to out-shine her backstabbing friend. Meanwhile, fellow talent Dun He Lian (Choi Si Won) disapproves of Gong Xi's motives, but can't help but fall for her. Revenge never tasted so sweet!
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Live-Action Jigoku Sensei Nube Show's Footage Previewed on TV

NTV program shows off "oni hand," CG monsters for October drama KANJANI 8's Ryūhei Maruyama appeared on NTV's morning program Sukkiri! on Thursday to talk about his role as the title character in the upcoming live-action television series adaptation of Takeshi Okano and Sho Makura's Jigoku Sensei Nube manga. He showed off the make-up job on his character's "oni hand" and introduced drama clips featuring CG monsters. The new series shifts the story's setting from elementary school to high school. The drama series is slated to premiere in October.
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Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends TV Features Preview Kenshin vs. Hiko

Behind-the-scenes footage features Masaharu Fukuyama as Seijūrō Hiko Fuji TV's Mezamashi TV and NTV's Zip! morning programs each recently aired a feature on Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen), the second of two sequels to the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film. The features include behind-the-scenes footage of Masaharu Fukuyama as Seijūrō Hiko. In the two interview scenes, Fukuyama talks about how the swordfighting scenes were difficult because they were tough on his body. He also mentions that because this was his first time having this experience in his mid-40s, he felt fatigued, and he thought that Kenshin (played by
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 18

M3 the dark metal EPISODE 18 THE TRUTH OF YOMIJIMA

Monday, August 18

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Level-5's Fantasy Life Open-World RPG Coming to U.S., Europe

The Nintendo 3DS game is slated for release in the U.S. on October 24, Europe on September 26 Nintendo's U.K. branch began streaming an overview trailer for the upcoming release of Level-5 Fantasy Life open-world role-playing game on Monday. The Nintendo 3DS game is slated for release in the U.S. on October 24 and in Europe on September 26. The role-playing game allows players to customize their avatar and switch between 12 different job classes to complete crafting and story goals. Nintendo describes the story: Embark on the adventure of your dream life as you craft, cast, fish, mine, battle and explore like never before. With the innovative Life system, your choices don't just upgrade characters—they help shape your journey. Explore a huge fantasy landscape beside surly dark paladins, slick pirate captains, regal princesses, and others who share your taste for the unknown.

Mad Bull 34 Manga Available in English on Renta

Discotek released the original video anime adaptation last year ― The first volume of Kazuo Koike and Noriyoshi Inoue's original Mad Bull 34 manga is available digitally in English via Renta. The volume costs two "tickets" (US$2) to rent or five "tickets" (US$5) to purchase. Renta describes the story: Daizaburo Eddy Ban is a new policeman who's been sent to District 34, an area of Manhattan rampant with crime. His partner is "Mad Bull," a huge, black policeman named Sleepy. Watch as these policemen use unconventional methods to stop the bad guys! It's a thrilling, erotic, stress-relieving comic!
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Guilty Gear X2: Reload Coming to Steam on September 5

Guilty Gear X2: Reload is the first upgraded version of Guilty Gear X2 ― Video game publisher Kiss, Ltd. announced that it and publisher Funbox will release Guilty Gear X2 for PCs via Steam on September 5. When asked about possible mulitplayer ability, Kiss replied, "ARCsys do not officially support Netplay on PC, but of course it can be done...." Guilty Gear X2: Reload is the first upgraded version of Guilty Gear X2. It was released in Japanese arcades in 2003, and later on Xbox in North America in 2004. Subsequent upgrades include
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Shelf Life - Popular Culture

This week, the challenges of high school, fighting alien menaces, and evil masterminds.
- Gatchaman Crowds
- Terror in Resonance ep. 1-6
- Watamote
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Chubby Chocobo Plush Is As Round As He Is Adorable

― The slim, sleek Chocobo that populate the Final Fantasy world may be much better for covering long distances and racing, but as far as cuddling goes, Fat Chocobo might take the cake. Luckily, for those who have been anxiously awaiting the chance to snuggle up next to a chubby bird, Square Enix's Fat Chocobo plush is officially up for pre-order from a variety of retailers. The plush measures 270 mm wide (about 10.6 in) and 430 mm tall (about 16.9 in), and is retailing for 6,800 yen (about US$66.28). It is scheduled to ship in September.
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Waiting in the Summer OVA's Theme Songs Previewed in Video

Ray performs opening "Kisetsu no Shutter," Nagi Yanagi performs ending, "point at infinity" ― NBC Universal's Rondo Robe channel began streaming a video previewing the theme songs for the new Waiting in the Summer original video anime (OVA) on Saturday. The anime video is set to Ray's opening theme, "Kisetsu no Shutter" and Nagi Yanagi's ending theme, "point at infinity." The OVA will come with the Blu-ray Box Complete Edition, and it will also ship by itself on November 27. The OVA's standalone Blu-ray Disc retail for 4,800 yen (about US$47), and the DVD will be 3,800 yen (US$37).

Blood Lad's 1st Dub Clip Streamed

Clip features Bryce Papenbrook as Staz Viz Media began streaming its first English-dubbed clip of the anime Blood Lad on Friday. The clip features Staz in battle in the first episode. The Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo-pack will ship on September 2 and include all 10 episodes and the OVA. The package will also include a 96-page color booklet, chipboard art box, art gallery, dub outtakes, convention chalk art video, and a clean opening and closing. Viz Media describes the story: Werewolves, zombies, and even the Abominable Snowman fight day and night for the title of Territory Boss. The vampire Staz, however, finds the whole thing to be a serious pain. He spends his time watching anime, playing video games, and daydreaming about going to the Human World. That all changes when he meets Fuyumi, a human girl who instantly win's Staz's heart, and who then loses her life to a man-eating plant.
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Mandarake Shoplifter Finally Turns Himself In

― The Mandarake shoplifting saga that has kept Japanese netizens on the hook since August 4 has finally drawn to a close. A man from Chiba Prefecture turned himself in on August 18, and is currently under arrest on suspicion of theft. The incident grabbed the attention of the public when Mandarake threatened to publish a photo of an alleged shoplifter on their website, as captured by security camera footage, unless he turned himself in within a week. The man in question supposedly walked away with a wind-up

Sentai Filmworks Adds The Ambition of Oda Nobuna

Series streamed on Crunchyroll in 2012 Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed the television anime series The Ambition of Oda Nobuna. The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video. The story, based on Mikage Kasuga's light novels, follows a modern-day high school boy named Yoshiharu Sagara who is transported to Japan's Sengoku Jidai (Era of the Warring States) — except the well-known warriors of the era are female. Oda Nobuna, a cute girl who happens to be a warlord, nicknames Yoshiharu "Monkey" and takes him under her wing.
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Ghibli's Tale of the Princess Kaguya Gets English Teaser Trailer

Film starring Chloë Grace Moretz to open October 17 GKids released an English teaser trailer on Monday for its release of Studio Ghibli's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. The film is slated for release in North America on October 17. Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, The 5th Wave) will star as the title character. The cast will also include James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is based on the famous Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter), which centers on a princess named Kaguya who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant. The film
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Live-Action Jigoku Sensei Nube Shifts Setting to High School

Original manga took place in elementary school ― The live-action television series adaptation of Takeshi Okano and Sho Makura's Jigoku Sensei Nube manga will shift the setting from elementary school to high school. The series is slated to premiere in October The cast includes: Ryūhei Maruyama (Wild 7, Strawberry Night) as Meisuke "Nuubee" Nueno Mirei Kiritani (live-action Arakawa Under the Bridge, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney) as Ritsuko Takahashi Mokomichi Hayami (Gokusen 2, Zettai Kareshi - Kanzen Muketsu no Koibito Robot
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Locodol Anime Hosts Uogokoro-kun Dance Contest

Grand prize winners to dance on stage with the cast of Locodol ― Ever wonder what it would be like to get your five seconds of fame? Got the skills to be a great pop idol, but just haven't found a way to make your debut? Well, the producers of Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Locodol Yattemita have come up with a fun and interactive way to begin your career as an idol with the "Everybody Dance, Everybody Sing, Uogokoro-kun Song Dance Contest." In order to find individuals who can really step it up and take the stage, this contest is being used to find three talented contestants to join the cast of

P.A. Work's Shirobako TV Anime's 1st Promo Streamed

Series will get manga in Monthly Dengeki Daioh magazine on September 27 ― The official website for P.A. Work's original Shirobako television anime revealed its cast member's roles on Friday. A promotional video is also streaming at the Warner booth at Comiket. Text: It started from a promise over donuts Girls: Don-don donuts! Donuts, let's go! Girl: We give all our dreams and hopes to anime! It was supposed to be a story where everything went perfectly well, but... Text: It was supposed to be a story about girls who dedicated their life to animation...
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anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day [Collector's Edition] BD+DVD

AnoHana is a story of high emotion. There's a lot of screaming, crying, laughing, and soppy emotional weltering of every flavor. It is tough to digest all of that in 100 minutes. In fact, it's not really recommended.

Rie Murakawa, Yukiyo Fujii, Tsubasa Yonaga Join Log Horizon 2nd Season's Cast

2nd TV anime adapting Mamare Touno's light novels premieres on October 4 NHK's official blog updated on Monday, and announced that the second season of the Log Horizon anime will premiere on October 4 at 5:30 p.m. JST on its E-Tele channel. The staff also announced new cast members for the show: Rie Murakawa as Lizé Yukiyo Fujii as Tetra Tsubasa Yonaga as Kinjō In addition, the blog post is listing that Yun*chi will return from the first series to perform the second season's ending theme song, "Wonderful Wonder World*."
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Anzu Futaba Joins IDOLM@STER One For All PS3 Game as DLC

Also: Extra scenarios with original songs for all idols to be released on August 26 Bandai Namco Games announced on Saturday that The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls character Anzu Futaba will appear in its IDOLM@STER One For All PlayStation 3 game as part of the fourth batch of downloadable contents. Hiromi Igarashi will once again provide Anzu's voice, and the idol will come bundled with the song "Anzu no Uta" (Anzu's Song) from the character's 2012 CD single. The idol will appear as a rival at festivals that the player competes in.

'Shocking New Pokémon Project' To Be Announced on August 26

Live-streamed program to star The Pokemon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara, voice talents Nobuhiko Okamoto, Aoi Yūki Nintendo opened a teaser website for a “shocking (as in 'astounding') new project” for the Pokémon franchise on Monday. The project will be unveiled on a Niconico live stream on August 26 at 10 p.m. JST. The program will be titled “Monthly Famitsu feat. Pokémon Special.” Guests that will attend the live-streamed announcement conference will be president of The Pokemon Company Tsunekazu Ishihara, voice actor Nobuhiko Okamoto (A Certain Magical Index II's Accelerator,
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Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends' 2nd Film Poster Features All Characters

Masaharu Fukuyama debuts in costume as his character Seijūrō Hiko ― The first poster for Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen), the second of two live-action Rurouni Kenshin sequel films, debuted on Monday. The poster features a large amount of characters that will appear in the film, and also shows the first photo of Masaharu Fukuyama as his character Seijūrō Hiko. Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen), the first of two live-action Rurouni Kenshin sequel films, opened nationwide in Japan earlier this month. In three days, it
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, August 4-10

Pokémon XY, Yōkai Watch, Dragon Ball Z Kai in top 10 Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo N (neo), the first live-action drama based on the detective manga Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo (Kindaichi Case Files or The File of Kindaichi) in 13 years, aired on NTV on Saturday, August 8 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 10.2% rating. The second half of the live-action Beck film aired on NTV on Monday, August 4 at 1:59 a.m. and earned a 1.9% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV
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Japanese Box Office, August 4-10

Stand By Me Doraemon, Space Brothers #0 open Stand By Me Doraemon, the 36th Doraemon film and franchise's first CGI film, opened this weekend at #1. Satoshi Tsumabuki, who previously played 30-year-old Nobita in a series of live-action Toyota car commercials, also plays Nobita as a young man in the film. The film also ranked #1 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 767,022,575 yen (US$7,491,226) on 319 screens over the weekend for a new total of 987,967,360 yen (US$9,645,110). Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, August 3-9

Rosario + Vampire Season II, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, 2 Attack on Titan volumes, Fairy Tail, Black Butler, Dragonar Academy, Food Wars!, Naruto, Bleach The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on August 9. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Rosario + Vampire Season II #13 Akihisa Ikeda Viz Media 1 210 Attack on Titan: No Regrets #1 Story: Gan Sunaaku / Original creator: Hajime Isayama / Art: Hikaru Suruga Kodansha Comics 7 35 Attack on Titan #1 Hajime Isayama Kodansha Comics 61 4-Fairy Tail #40 Hiro Mashima Kodansha Comics
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