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2nd Code Geass Anime Compilation Film Opens on February 10

The official website for the Code Geass project revealed on Saturday that Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch - Handō (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion - The Rebellion Path), the second film in the planned compilation film trilogy for the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 anime series, will open in Japan on February 10. The three films are titled, in ...
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Director Yasuhiro Irie Launches 'Halloween Pajama in Seattle' Anime Kickstarter

Anime director Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Scorching Ping Pong Girls, Code:Breaker) launched the Kickstarter campaign for his "Halloween Pajama in Seattle" anime project on Friday. As previously announced, the project seeks to raise 20 million yen (about US$178,600) by December 5 to fund a 20-minute anime plus opening and ending sequences. The production is expected to finish ...
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Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory Game Gets 1-Shot Manga

The December issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is revealing on Saturday that manga creator Naoki Akamine is launching a one-shot manga adaptation of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game in the magazine. The January issue of V Jump will publish the manga on November 21. Akamine previously worked on the manga adaptation of...
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Summon Night 6: Lost Borders Game's N. American Release Slated for October 31

Publisher Gaijinworks announced on Tuesday that its new North American release date for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Summon Night 6: Lost Borders PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game is slated for October 31. The European release will "follow shortly," but Gaijinworks did not reveal an exact date. The company is currently hosting a prize campaign for the game. Gaijinworks earlier delayed the ga...
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Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel L.A. Premiere Event Tickets Sold Out

Aniplex of America revealed on Wednesday that its U.S. premiere event for Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, the first film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy, has sold out. The premiere event will be held at The Theater At Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on November 3. The venue has a capacity of 1,600. Tomonori Sudou, the film's director, and Noriko Shitaya, who pla...
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Major 2nd TV Anime's Visual Shows Father & Son

The staff on the television anime of Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga revealed the anime's visual on Thursday. The visual shows Goro the protagonist of the original Major manga, with his son Daigo, the protagonist of Major 2nd. The anime will premiere on NHK E-TV in April 2018. Mitsuda launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday in March 2015 as the first new installment in the manga serie...
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Nintendo Explains Why Mini Super Famicom Lacks EarthBound RPG

In an interview with Kadokawa's Famitsu.com website on October 11, Kazuyoshi Nishi of Nintendo's general affairs department explained why the North American SNES Classic Edition console contained the EarthBound (Mother 2) RPG, but the Japanese Classic Mini Super Famicom did not. Nishi said that the list of games included in the Japanese release was intended to balance the genre and character of ev...
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'Hugtto! Precure' Trademark Filed

The Japan Patent Office reported a September 29 filing for a trademark on a "Hugtto! Precure" logo for various goods on Tuesday. The currently airing Precure (Pretty Cure) series, Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode, had its logo filed for trademark protection in October 2016 before it premiered on February 5. The titles for some of the earlier Pretty Cure magical girl anime series were also found throug...
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Netflix to Produce 30 'New' Anime Series for 2018 Release

News website The Verge revealed on Monday that Netflix plans to produce 30 "new" anime series for release in 2018, as part of its US$8 billion budget for developing and producing original television and film content next year. The company aims for 50% original content in its entire library by the end of 2018. The anime arriving on Netflix in 2018 include Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden, BONES'...
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One Piece Manga Has 430 Million Copies in Print Worldwide

Hiroyuki Nakano, editor-in-chief of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, announced at a press event for Shueisha's new 2017 publications on Monday that Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga has more than 430 million copies in print worldwide. The series has 360 million copies in print in Japan and 70 million copies in print outside of Japan. As of April, the manga had 350 million copies in print in Ja...
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Gurazeni Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on October 26

This year's 47th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine is revealing on Thursday that Yūji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi's baseball manga Gurazeni will have an "important announcement" in the magazine's 48th issue on October 26. The manga will feature on the cover of the 48th issue, and the chapter in the issue will have an opening color page. The manga is inspiring a television anime series that is sla...
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Principal Live-Action Film Opens on March 3

The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Ryo Ikuemi's Principal manga revealed on Monday that film will open in Japan on March 3. The site is also streaming a new teaser video that is region-locked to Japan. The cast includes: Yuina Kuroshima as Shima Sumitomo Nozomu Kotaki as Gen Tatebayashi Mahiro Takasugi as Wao Sakurai Rina Kawaei as Haruka Kunishige, Shima's classmate Mitsu...
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Nippon Ichi Opens Teaser Site for New Game

Game developer Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) opened a teaser site for a "new game" on Monday. The site text says more information about the game will be revealed "in a few days." Nippon Ichi Software is celebrating its 25th anniversary over the course of the next year. The official 25th anniversary for the company will be on July 12, 2018. Source: Famitsu.com
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Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mash Kyrielight Game Launches for Free on December 6

The official website for the Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mash Kyrielight PlayStation VR game revealed on Saturday that the game will launch for free on December 6 on the PlayStation Store. The "Fate VR drama" project will allow players to enter the world of Fate/Grand Order and meet with the Servant Mash Kyrielight. Aniplex released the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game in Japan in summer 2015. The g...
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Minori Suzuki Performs Opening Song for Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles Anime

The official Twitter account for voice actress and singer Minori Suzuki (Macross Delta's Freyja Wion) announced on September 30 that she will perform the opening theme song for the television anime of Naru Narumi's Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles) manga. The song will mark Suzuki's solo debut. Kenji Seto (both seasons of The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water) i...
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Ikuto Yamashita's Evangelion Anima Novels With Alternate Ending Get Print Book Release in Japan

Eva Info, the official site for Evangelion-related news and information, revealed on October 5 that Kadokawa will publish Ikuto Yamashita's Evangelion ANIMA 1 and Evangelion ANIMA 2 novels in book form on November 30 in Japan to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the novel series. Yamashita serialized the two novels in Dengeki Hobby Magazine in 2008-2013. The novels offer a "what if" alternate en...
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Game Developer Cave Teases New Project

Game developer Cave (DoDonPachi Resurrection, Akai Katana) announced a new project currently titled "3jus" on Friday. The company opened a teaser website with a visual and introduction by writer Yūri Shibamura (Gunparade March, Touken Ranbu Online). The introduction teases the start of a war born out of the majority's discontent with exploitation from the rich and powerful minority. War begins, th...
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Servamp Manga Has 'Big Announcement' in November

The November issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine revealed on Friday that Strike Tanaka's Servamp manga will have a "big announcement" in the magazine's next issue on November 15. Seven Seas Entertainment publishes the manga in North America, and it describes the manga: When a stray black cat named Kuro crosses Mahiru Shirota's path, the high school freshman's life will never be the sam...
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Hakumei to Mikochi Anime Premieres in January

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Takuto Kashiki's Hakumei to Mikochi: Tiny little life in the woods (Hakumei and Mikochi) manga revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere in January. The manga follows the titular characters Hakumei and Mikochi, two nine-centimeter-tall (about 3.5-inch-tall) dwarf girls who live deep in a forest, making their home in the hollow of a ...
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Funimation Reveals Fall Simuldub Premiere Schedule

Funimation Entertainment announced the premiere dates and times for most of its fall season simuldubs on Thursday. The times are as follows, and each show will premiere at 4:00 p.m. EDT on their respective days: Juni Taisen: Zodiac War: October 18 Garo -Vanishing Line-: October 19 Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond: October 21 King's Game: October 21 Konohana Kitan: October 22 Love Live! Sunshine...
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How to keep a mummy TV Anime Slated for January

The fifth compiled book volume of Kakeru Utsugi's How to keep a mummy (Miira no Kaikata) manga revealed on Thursday that the manga's upcoming television anime adaptation will premiere in January on TBS and BS-TBS. Kaori (Yuyushiki, Bottom Biting Bug 2nd season) is directing the anime at studio 8-bit. Deko Akao (Flying Witch, Noragami, Frame Arms Girl) is handling the series composition, and Takahi...
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Little Busters! Visual Novel's English Release Slated for November 1

The official Twitter account for visual novel publisher Visual Art's revealed on September 21 that its English release of its Little Busters! visual novel is slated for November 1 on Steam. The game will have touch screen support, support for switchable text language between English and Japanese, will be completely HD with 1280x720 resolution, and will support a feature to zoom out for the origina...
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NIS America Apologizes for Ys VIII Localization, Announces Free Patch

NIS America president and CEO Takuro Yamashita issued a statement regarding the localization of the Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Tuesday. In the statement, he apologized for quality that "has not reached an acceptable level," and announced that a new translator and editor are going over the entire localization to create a free patch that will be out by the ...
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Land of the Lustrous Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for the television anime of Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) manga revealed its DVD and Blu-ray Disc home video releases on Saturday. The site is listing six sets of two episodes each for a total of 12 episodes. The first home video release is slated for release in Japan on December 20. The site is streaming a commercial for the home video release. The s...
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King's Game Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website King's Game The Animation, the television anime adaptation of Nobuaki Kanazawa's King's Game (Ō-sama Game) cellphone novel, revealed the details for its DVD and Blu-ray Disc home video releases on Saturday. The website lists six volumes with two episodes each for a total of 12 episodes. The series premiered in Japan on October 5. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs ...
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Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for the anime of Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront manga revealed the DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases for the second anime season, Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond, on Sunday. According to the home video listings, the anime will have 12 episodes. The first of six home video volumes is slated for February 17 in Japan with the first two episodes, audio commentary, c...
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Major 2nd Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on October 18

This year's 46th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga will have an "important announcement" in the magazine's next issue on October 18. The 47th issue will also feature the manga on the cover, and the chapter in the issue will have a color opening page. Mitsuda launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday in Marc...
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Last [email protected] SideM Blu-ray/DVD to Include 'Special Edition' Episode

After The [email protected] SideM television anime premiered on Saturday, its official website announced the Blu-ray Disc and DVD release, including an unaired "special-edition" episode in the seventh and final volume. Some anime series have used the term "special edition" to designate a compilation episode. The first of the monthly Blu-ray/DVD volumes will ship on December 27, and the last will ship wit...
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Jump Festa '18 Event to Feature Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san Manga

This year's 45th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed the stage event lineup on Saturday for this year's "Jump Festa '18" event. The event will take place at the Makuhari Messe event hall in Chiba on December 16-17. The works that will have a stage presentation include: Mikie Ikemoto, Ukyō Kodachi, and Masashi Kishimoto's Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga Hideaki Sorachi's ...
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HIDIVE Streams Himouto! Umaru-chan R, My Girlfriend is Shobitch Outside U.S.

Anime streaming service HIDIVE announced on Friday that it will stream Himouto! Umaru-chan R and My Girlfriend is Shobitch television anime series in some territories as they air in Japan. Himouto! Umaru-Chan R will premiere for HIDIVE members on October 8 at 11:30 a.m. EDT for the following territories: United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ge...
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Funimation's Hybrid X Heart Home Video Release Delayed to 2018

Funimation Entertainment confirmed with ANN that its home video release for Hybrid×Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia "has been removed from the schedule for 2017." The company did not provide a reason for the delay, but promised to update on a distribution plan for 2018. The release was slated for November 21. The series premiered in July 2016. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. Tha...
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Umimachi Diary Manga to Have 'Important Announcement' on October 28

The November issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine revealed on September 28 that Akimi Yoshida's Umimachi Diary manga series will have an "important announcement" in the magazine's December issue on October 28. The manga's story takes place in Kamakura, and revolves around Yoshino, the middle of three sisters. One morning, after she wakes up in a man's room, her father's obituary is deliv...
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K Anime's Season 2 Confirms Returning Cast

The November issue of Shueisha's Saikyo Jump magazine revealed the returning cast members for the upcoming upcoming second season of the television anime of Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga on Friday. The returning cast includes: Hiroshi Kamiya as Kusuo Saiki Nobunaga Shimazaki as Shun Kaidō Daisuke Ono as Riki Nendō Natsuki Hanae as Reita Toritsuka Satoshi Hino as Kineshi Hairo...
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Crunchyroll Announces Streaming Details for Dies Irae, Recovery of an MMO Junkie Anime

Crunchyroll announced the premiere dates and regions for Recovery of an MMO Junkie and Dies Irae on Thursday. Recovery of an MMO Junkie will premiere for members worldwide outside of Japan and China on Friday, October 6 at 11:00 p.m. EDT. Dies Irae will be available worldwide outside of Asia. It will premiere for members on Friday at 1:05 p.m. EDT. Crunchyroll already premiered the first two episo...
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Funimation to Stream My Hero Academia Season 3

Funimation Entertainment confirmed at its New York Comic Con panel on Thursday that it will continue its My Hero Academia stream with the third season. The new season will cover the forest school trip arc from Kōhei Horikoshi's original manga. The staff will announce more information, including the premiere date, at a later time. The second season premiered in Japanese with English subtitles on C...
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Tekken World Finals to Take Place Outside Japan for 1st Time in November

Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Thursday that its TEKKEN World Tour Finals tournament will take place outside of Japan for the first time in the 20+ year franchise history. The tournament will take place at City View at Metreon in San Francisco, California on November 12, and will feature 16 finalists. Twitch will livestream the tournament. Tekken 7 launched for PlayStation 4, Xbox...
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Naoki Urasawa's New Manga Title Revealed as Mujirushi

This year's 20th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Original magazine revealed on Thursday that Naoki Urasawa's new manga is titled Mujirushi - Le signe des rêves (The Sign of Dreams). As previously announced, the manga will launch in the magazine's next issue on October 20. Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine announced last year that it would debut a new manga by Urasawa in 2017. Urasawa ...
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Kowloon's Gate VR Suzaku Game Launches on October 26

Jetman announced on Wednesday that it will launch its Kowloon's Gate VR Suzaku game on October 26. The game was delayed from its original summer release. The developers instead released a demo for the game on September 6. The game is a virtual-reality project of Zeque's Kowloon's Gate game for the PlayStation. The game will feature stereoscopic sound. Jetman had originally planned to launch the ga...
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Detective Conan Manga Takes 3-Issue Break So Author Can Do Research

This year's 45th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine announced on Wednesday that Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga will be on hiatus in issues 46 through 48 so the author can do research. The manga will return in the 49th issue on November 1. The manga series centers on Conan Edogawa, the alias of detective Shinichi Kudo, whose body shrunk after being poisoned at the beginning o...
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Amazon's Anime Strike Announces Fall Simulcast Lineup

Amazon's Anime Strike streaming platform announced on Tuesday a list of anime titles it will simulcast this fall. Most of the titles have already been revealed, but the list also includes premiere dates. Just Because! - October 5 Girls' Last Tour - October 6 Yuki Yuna is A Hero - The Washio Sumi Chapter- / -Hero Chapter- - October 6 Land of the Lustrous - October 7 Himouto! Umaruchan R - October 8...
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Anime Reveals Designs for Akiho, Yuna

The official website for the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card anime revealed the character designs for Akiho Shinomoto and Yuna D. Kaito on Saturday. Minori Suzuki as Akiho, a new friend of Sakura's who has transferred from Hong Kong. She has lived abroad for a long time in France, Germany, and so on. Her favorite stuffed animal is named Momo. Natsuki Hanae as Yuna, who takes care of Akiho. He is goo...
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Retailer Lists Manga Time Kirara Miracle Magazine With Final Issue in October

Japanese online retailer 7net is listing the December issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Miracle! magazine as its last issue. The issue is slated for October 16. The magazine's official website, in its preview text for the December issue, doesn't list the issue as the final one. The magazine launched in March 2011, and is the fifth in Houbunsha's Kirara magazines. The magazine's sister Kirara ...
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One Piece Grand Cruise PlayStation VR Game Launches in 2018

This year's 44th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's previously announced One Piece Grand Cruise VR game for the PlayStation VR will launch in Japan in 2018. In the VR project, players will join the Straw Hat crew as a pirate-in-training on a certain voyage on the Thousand Sunny. Players will be able to interact with the members of ...
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HIDIVE Streams UQ Holder! Anime Outside of U.S.

HIDIVE announced on Friday that it has licensed the television anime of Ken Akamatsu's UQ Holder! (UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2) manga for streaming in international territories. The anime will stream during this fall's simulcast season on HIDIVE in the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Central America, South America, Spain, and Portugal. Anime Str...
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Dengeki Bunko Editor Miki: 'A Certain Project' 2018 is Not Just Index

Dengeki Bunko editor Kazuma Miki teased at the "Dengeki Bunko Aki no Saiten 2017" (Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival 2017) event in Tokyo on Sunday that the announced "A Certain Project 2018" (2018-Nen To Aru Project) is "not just Index." A portal site and Twitter account for the project both launched on Sunday. Miki announced at the panel as part of the project that a third television anime season ba...
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Lostorage incited WIXOSS -missing link- OVA Project's Announcement Video Streamed

Warner Bros. began streaming an announcement video on Saturday for the Lostorage conflated WIXOSS -missing link- original video anime (OVA) project. The video shows footage from the previous works in the WIXOSS franchise. The "WXSP GORGEOUS SET" item will bundle the OVA on December 14. The Lostorage conflated WIXOSS anime project will be a television anime series that will premiere in 2018. The to...
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Digimon Adventure tri. 6th Anime Film Reveals Title, Early Summer 2018 Debut

A stage event to commemorate the debut of Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 5: Coexistence (Digimon Adventure tri. Kyōsei) — the fifth anime film in the Digimon Adventure tri. anime film project — revealed on Saturday that the sixth and final film will debut in Japan in early summer 2018. The film's subtitle will be "Bokura no Mirai" (Our Future). Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 5: Coexistence start...
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School Girl/Zombie Hunter PS4 Game Ships on November 17 in N. America

Aksys Games announced on Friday that it North American release of the School Girl/Zombie Hunter PlayStation 4 game is slated for November 17. The game will be available physically and digitally. Aksys Games describes the game's story: Set in the Onechanbara universe and taking place at the prestigious “Kirisaku High School” (known for its balanced curriculum of sports and academics), this is a sto...
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God Eater, Tales of Zestiria Composer Gō Shiina Leaves Bandai Namco

Composer Gō Shiina announced on Friday that he has retired from Bandai Namco Entertainment as of Friday. Shiina said that the past 20 years working for the company have been enjoyable, and that he is looking forward to a fresh start. Shiina's works with Bandai Namco have included God Eater, Tales of Zestiria, and The [email protected]. He has also composed music for anime such as Dimension W, Kyousogiga,...
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Juni Taisen, Food Wars! The Third Plate Anime Premiere on October 3 on Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll announced on Friday that its simulcast of Juni Taisen: Zodiac War will premiere on October 3 at 11:30 a.m. EDT, and will be available worldwide outside of Asia. Crunchyroll also confirmed with ANN that its simulcast of Food Wars! The Third Plate will premiere on October 3 and it will be exclusive to Crunchyroll. Juni Taisen: Zodiac War adapts of writer Nisioisin (Monogatari Series, Med...
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Nintendo Shuts Down Wii Shop Channel for Wii Console in January 2019 (Updated)

Nintendo announced on Friday that its Wii Shop Channel for the Nintendo Wii console will shut down on January 31, 2019 at 2:59 p.m. JST. Users will no longer be able to add Wii Points beginning on March 27, 2018 at 4:59 a.m. JST. Users will still be able to download titles that have already been purchased and move games from the Wii to the Wii U, but these services will also be shut down in the fu...
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Is the Order a Rabbit?? Anime's Special Episode Unveils New Visual

The official Twitter account for the Manga Time Kirara magazine posted a new visual for 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??) anime — on September 18. The episode will begin screening in 40 theaters in Japan on November 11. The episode's theatrical screening was slated to premiere this spring, but it...
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No Heroes Allowed! VR Game Slated for October in N. America, Europe

The official North American and European PlayStation Twitter accounts announced on September 19 that Sony's release of Acquire's No Heroes Allowed! VR (V Yūsha no Kuse ni Namaiki da R) PlayStation 4 virtual reality game will launch in North America and Europe on October 17. The game is slated for October 14 in Japan. The game is the latest entry in Acquire's What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord?...
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Futari H's 'Big News' is Limited Edition With Bonus Manga

This year's 19th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine announced on Friday that the 72nd and 73rd compiled volumes of Aki Katsu's Futari H (Manga Sutra) manga will get a joint limited edition release. The limited edition will include a full-color art book and an original "volume 72.5" manga The magazine had promised "big news" for the manga in this issue. Friday's issue also noted that the "...
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Macross/Aquarion's Shoji Kawamori, Satelight to Reveal New TV Anime's Title, Cast in October

The official Twitter account for director Shoji Kawamori and anime studio Satelight's new project unveiled a new visual on Wednesday. The staff will hold a "New Project Briefing" at the nicofarre event hall in Tokyo's Roppongi district on October 17 to reveal the work's title and the main cast, who will be in attendance at the event. Kawamori is credited as the original creator, chief director, an...
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Cider Girl Performs New Ending Theme for Fox Spirit Matchmaker

The official website for rock band Cider Girl announced on Monday that Cider Girl's new song "Fourside Moonside" will be the ending theme song for the next season of the Fox Spirit Matchmaker animated series. The next season, the "moon red arc," will begin airing in Japan on Tokyo MX on September 30. The show is a Chinese-animated adaptation of the Chinese webcomic 狐妖小红娘 by Xiao Xin, serialized by...
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Toei Files Trademarks for 'Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger,' 'Kaitō Sentai Lupinranger'

Toei filed an application on September 11 to trademark "Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger" (Police Sentai Patrolranger) and "Kaitō Sentai Lupinranger" (Phantom Thief Sentai Lupinranger). Toei has not yet officially announced the 42nd entry in its long-running Super Sentai Series. The 41st Super Sentai Series show, Uchū Sentai Kyūranger, premiered on February 12, after Toei filed a trademark for the title...
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Dynamic Chord Anime Reveals Character Visuals for apple-polisher Rock Band

The official Twitter account for the anime of the honeybee black label's Dynamic Chord otome project revealed a new visual for its in-universe group apple-polisher on Monday. The rock band centers on the guitarist UK and has been performing not just in Japan, but globally. The members mix dance numbers and rock, and are currently popular among middle and high schoolers. The project follows the mus...
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A Certain Magical Index Season 3 Briefly Listed by Animax Show's Website

Animax's Aniculbu! (Anime Culture Club) variety program posted a preview of its October 1 episode with A Certain Magical Index producer Kohei Kawase and editor/producer Kazuma Miki as guests. The preview's description briefly listed the following: A Certain Magical Index Season 3's Broadcast Green-Lit! A Certain Magical Index, captivating many fans since season 1 began airing in 2008 and season 2 ...
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My Hero Academia Manga Takes 1-Week Break Due to Author's Sudden Illness

This year's 43rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine didn't publish a new chapter of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga on Monday as planned due to Horikoshi's sudden illness. While Shueisha printed the issue with a notice that the manga would appear in the issue, the mistake was due to the magazine already being printed before corrections could be made. Horikoshi previously took...
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Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 2 Anime Premieres on Toonami on October 7

Funimation announced on Saturday that Toonami's planned airing of the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans will premiere on October 7. Toonami had previously announced in July that the anime would debut in October. Funimation announced in July that it has licensed both seasons of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, and it will release each season in two sets starting lat...
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Final Fantasy XV Game to Continue Development With New Content Into 2018

Square Enix announced at Tokyo Game Show 2017 on Saturday that it will continue to "enhance the story" of its Final Fantasy XV game with new content into next year. The game had held a survey in May-June asking fans what kind of content they would like to be added to the game, including story content, more playable characters, and upgrades. Square Enix also outlined the game's upcoming enhancement...
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Dies Irae Anime to Have 12 TV Episodes, 6 Online Episodes

The official website for the Dies Irae anime project revealed on Saturday that the anime will consist of 12 television episodes and six online streamed episodes, for a total of 18 episodes. Crunchyroll will stream the series worldwide outside of Asia, and Funimation will stream an English dub. The series will premiere late at night on Friday, October 6 at 1:05 a.m. (effectively Saturday morning) o...
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Gakuen Babysitters Anime Premieres in January

The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters manga announced on Friday that the anime will premiere in January. A flyer at AnimeJapan 2017 in March had stated that the series would premiere in the first quarter of 2018. The series will air on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Animax. Shūsei Morishita is directing the anime at animation studio Brains Base....
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Little Witch Academia TV Anime Listed as '1st' in Website URL

The official website for the Little Witch Academia television anime series, previously http://tv.littlewitchacademia.jp, now redirects to a new URL http://littlewitchacademia.jp/tv1st/. Though the new URL contains the designation "1st," no sequels for the television series have been announced. The television anime premiered on January 8 on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Kansai TV. Netflix streamed the series...
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Success Teases New Umihara Kawase Game for Nintendo Switch

Game developer Success teased the latest work in a series for Nintendo Switch at its Tokyo Game Show booth on Friday. The character silhouette on the poster appears to be the title character from the Umihara Kawase platform game series. The original Umihara Kawase game shipped for the Super Famicom in Japan in 1994. The Umihara Kawase Shun game shipped for PlayStation in Japan in 1997. The most re...
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NieR: Automata Game's Worldwide Digital Sales, Shipments Exceed 2 Million

Square Enix revealed during the Tokyo Game Show event on Thursday that its NieR: Automata game has sold and shipped a combined number of over 2 million copies worldwide. The number counts both physical shipments and digital sales. As of May 29, the game had sold over 1.5 million physical and digital copies. The game shipped for the PlayStation 4 in Japan on February 23, followed by North America o...
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Square Enix Recruits Scenario Writers for New NieR-Related Work

Also: stage play, stage musical based on Nier: Automata announced ― Square Enix revealed on Tuesday that it is recruiting scenario and planning staff members for a new work related to the NieR series. The position will entail writing sub-quest stories and planning for the main story, NPC writing and design, and writing for item descriptions and in-game text. Relatedly, an official Twitter account for...
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Dragon Ball Z Bucchigiri Match Smartphone Browser Game Unveiled With Teaser Video (Updated)

Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a teaser for a new smartphone game titled Dragon Ball Z Bucchigiri Match on Thursday. Bandai Namco Entertainment describes the game as taking advantage of HTML5 technology, and that it "will involve one's surroundings to bring a new style of playing." Bandai Namco Entertainment and video game company Drecom founded game company BXD in May to develop a gam...
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Steins;Gate Elite Game Teased as 'Full Animation Adventure'

Video game news website Famitsu posted a teaser for a feature on the upcoming Steins;Gate Elite game that will run in this Thursday's issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine. In its teaser, Famitsu describes Steins;Gate Elite as a "Full Animation Adventure," and posted two screenshots from the Steins;Gate anime adaptation with visual novel captions. Steins;Gate Elite is a major update of the original Ste...
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Elegant Yokai Apartment Life Anime's New Visual Features Naomi Chiaki

The official website for the television anime of Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life) light novel series unveiled a new visual for the anime's second cour on Tuesday. The visual shows Toshihiko Seki's character Naomi Chiaki. The second cour will start in October. The anime premiered in Japan on Tokyo MX and Yomiuri TV on July 3, and on BS11 on July 4 as par...
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European Raings Board Lists Final Fantasy IX With PS4 Release

The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) ratings board has issued a rating for a PlayStation 4 release of Square Enix's Final Fantasy IX game. Square Enix most recently re-released Final Fantasy IX on iOS and Android devices in February 2016, and on PC via Steam in April 2016. Square Enix describes the game: Zidane and the Tantalus Theater Troupe have kidnapped Princess Garnet, the heir of Alexand...
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Japanese Government Moves Forward With Plans to Relax Visa Restrictions for Foreign Animators

The Japanese government is moving forward with plans to relax visa status regulations for foreigners seeking to get jobs in Japan after graduating from Japanese colleges or vocational schools in fields such as animation, design, or cooking. In March, the government established the "Cool Japan Talent Raising Investigation Commission" to open communication with experts and industry professionals ab...
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'Sekirei 365' Manga Begins Regular Serialization

This year's 19th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine announced on Friday that Sakurako Gokurakuin's Sekirei: Kanojo no Inai 365-Hi no Koto (Regarding 365 Days Without a Girlfriend) manga will begin serializing regularly in the 20th issue on October 6. Gokurakuin began the manga in Young Gangan on May 2 but only two chapters have been published so far. (Square Enix publishes Young Gangan t...
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Sentai Filmworks to Phase Out DVDs by 2019

Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it will gradually phase out DVDs from its product lineup by 2019. However, the company will offer DVD releases for second or third seasons of titles that it has already released on DVD. The company will release older titles on DVD that have no existing Blu-ray Disc materials. Sentai Filmworks will design future premium box sets to house Blu-ray Discs only....
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New Blue Exorcist Stage Play Reveals 2nd Key Visual

The official website for Ao no Exorcist: Shimane Illuminati-hen, the new stage play adaptation of Kazue Katō's Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist) manga, revealed the play's second key visual on Friday. The website revealed the first key visual and 14 character visuals in August. The play will adapt the Illuminati arc from the 10th to 15th volumes of Katō's original manga. The leader of the Illuminati,...
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Dynamic Chord Anime Reveals Visual for Liar-S Band

The official website for the anime of the honeybee black label's Dynamic Chord otome project revealed a new visual for its in-universe group Liar-S on Monday. Liar-S is a newcomer rock band that made its major debut three years after its formation. The band is also performing the show's second ending theme song "Diamond Eyes." The project follows the musical careers and personal lives of several b...
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Boruto Franchise Gets 4th Novel in November

This year's 41st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on September 11 that the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga and anime franchise is getting a fourth novel that will ship in November. The novel will be a novelization of the "school trip" arc. The first novel in the series shipped on May 2, the second novel shipped on July 4, and the third novel (seen right) shipped on Se...
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Minami Mizuno's Koi wo Shiranai Boku-tachi wa Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on October 13

The October issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine revealed on September 13 that Minami Mizuno's Koi o Shiranai Boku-tachi wa (We Who Know Nothing of Love) manga will have an "important announcement" in the magazine's next issue on October 13. The manga centers on Eiji and Naohiko, two first-year high school students who have been friends since middle school. Naohiko has been in a long-dis...
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Square Enix Launches Countdown Site for New Smartphone Game

Square Enix opened a website for a new game project for iOS and Android devices last Friday. The site features a countdown that ends on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. JST, as well as a scrolling gallery of weapons from various other game franchises, with accompanying quotes. Seen below is the Virtuous Contract from NieR: Automata. Other weapons shown include the Ice Sword and Left Hand Sword from Romancin...
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Director Tabata: Final Fantasy XV 'Achieves' 6.5 Million Units Worldwide

Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata revealed during an interview with GameSpot on Saturday that Final Fantasy XV has "achieved over 6.5 million units" worldwide. Tabata didn't specify if the number is combined digital sales and shipments (as with previous milestone announcements for the game) or another metric. Tabata also stated that he has seen Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the W...
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Himōto! Umaru-chan Manga Has 3 Million Copies in Print

The official Twitter account for Sankaku Head's Himōto! Umaru-chan manga revealed on Thursday that the series' compiled book volumes have a total of 3 million copies in print in Japan. The manga's 11th compiled volume will ship on Tuesday. Sankaku Head launched the manga in Weekly Young Jump in 2013 (after running an earlier two-chapter Himōto! Umaru-chan! version in Miracle Jump in 2012). The man...
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Fate/Apocrypha Anime Gets Episode 12.5 Recap

The official website for the Fate/Apocrypha anime announced on Sunday that the anime will get an "episode 12.5" that will serve as a recap episode to tie together the anime's first and second cours. The episode will premiere on September 23. The anime will have a total of 25 episodes. The series premiered on July 1, and began its exclusive stream on Netflix on July 3. The show will premiere on Net...
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Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō Anime Reveals New Visual

The official website for the Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō (Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter) television anime series revealed a new key visual on Saturday. The tagline on the below image reads, "Everyone as one. A new chapter starts." The anime will premiere in Japan at night on Monday, October 9 at 2:05 a.m. (effectively Tuesday morning) on TV Tokyo. The show will also air on Sendai Broadcasting and AT-X ...
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Fate/Grand Order App Hits 10 Million Downloads in Japan

Delight Works announced at a stage event at the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair on Sunday that its Fate/Grand Order game has reached more than 10 million downloads in Japan. To celebrate, Delight Works is hosting a campaign for the game. In addition, players will receive 30 Saint Quartz if a Twitter post gets 100,000 retweets between now and September 24 at 6:00 p.m. As of press time the post...
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Girls' Last Tour Anime Reveals 2 New Visuals

The official Twitter account for the television anime of Tsukumizu's Girls' Last Tour (Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō) manga revealed two new visuals on Friday. The anime will premiere on the AT-X, Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and BS11 channels on October 6. It will also run on TV Aichi on October 7, and on TVQ on October 9. Yen Press licensed the original manga and is releasing it in English. The company d...
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D3 Publisher Opens Teaser Site for New Title

D3 Publisher opened a teaser website on Tuesday. The site has the text "New title coming soon," and a countdown that ends on September 19. Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia will hold its conference on September 19, before the Tokyo Game Show event, which takes place on September 21 to 24. D3 Publisher opened a previous teaser countdown site earlier this month for a fake Tokimeki Mecha Orc ...
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Mazinger Z / Infinity Anime Film Unveils Poster Visual

The official website for the upcoming Mazinger Z anime film unveiled a new visual for the film on Thursday. The text in the visual reads, "When the world ends, the demon appears." The film will open in Japan on January 13, 2018. The film will have a world premiere outside Japan, before the Japanese premiere. Some footage from the film debuted at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in ...
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English Version of Digimon Links Smartphone Game Listed on Google Play

A Google Play page is listing an English-language release of the Digimon Links smartphone game from Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is available for preregistration, though no official announcement has been made. The smartphone game allows players to build a farm to raise Digimon for three-on-three battles. The game launched for iOS and Android devices in March 2016 in Japan, where the title ...
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Sword Art Online Anime Film's Rental DVD Confirms Upcoming 'New Work'

The rental DVD version of the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film debuted on Tuesday with a new intro text screen added before film starts. The new text confirms that the film's post-credits scene is a teaser trailer for an upcoming "new work." The original theatrical version of the film already included the teaser after the ending credits, but it did not have this new intro text screen. Th...
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Eleven Arts Reveals U.S. Screening Locations for A Silent Voice

Eleven Arts Anime Studio revealed a list of 51 United States theaters that will screen A Silent Voice this October. The locations and dates are available on Eleven Arts' website. All screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles and will begin as early as October 20, though exact screening dates vary by theater. Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation's anime film is based on Yoshitoki Oima's man...
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Saki Mahjong Manga Teased With 'Important Announcement'

The cover to this year's 19th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine is teasing an "important announcement" for the Saki manga inside the issue. In the same issue, Ritz Kobayashi is resuming the manga series on Friday after a two-month hiatus. Yen Press is publishing the original Saki manga in North America digitally, and it released the 11th volume on August 29. Yen Press describes the seri...
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Final Fantasy XV Sells 1 Million Physical Copies in Japan

Kadokawa's Dengeki Online website revealed last week that Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV game has sold an estimated 1,000,712 copies in Japan as of September 3. The number does not include digital download purchases. Final Fantasy XV went on sale worldwide for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last November. Square Enix is developing a Windows PC version of Final Fantasy XV, as well as a smartphone a...
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Jūni Taisen TV Anime Posts New Visual

The official website for Jūni Taisen, the television anime adaptation of writer Nisioisin (Monogatari Series, Medaka Box) and illustrator Hikaru Nakamura's (Saint Young Men, Arakawa Under the Bridge) light novel, Jūni Taisen: Zodiac Warriors unveiled a new visual for the anime on Tuesday. Naoto Hosoda (The Devil is a Part-Timer!, Shuffle!) is directing the series at Graphinica (Chain Chronicle: Th...
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Ys VIII Game's PC Release Delayed

NIS America announced on Monday that its PC release of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana will be delayed in order to enhance the quality. The company has not yet revealed a new release date. The PC version was previously slated for September 12. The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions are still slated for September 12 in North America and September 15 in Europe. NISA describes the story: Ys retur...
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Dynamic Chord Anime Reveals Character Visuals for Kyohso Rock Band

The official website for the anime of the honeybee black label's Dynamic Chord otome project revealed full character visuals for its in-universe group Kyohso on Monday. Kyohso is a veteran rock band (formed a decade ago and made its major debut five years ago) centering around the vocalist Yorito. Showtaro Morikubo as Yorito Kisaka (Vocals) Shinnosuke Tachibana as Tokiharu Hanabusa (Guitar) Kaito ...

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