Main Feed
Archives

  • All
  • Anime
  • Manga
  • Novels
  • Games
  • Music
  • Merch
  • Events
  • Industry
  • People
  • Live-Action
Text-only Compact View
Text-only List View
Text-only Grid View
List View with Images
Grid View with Images
news

Takuya Satō, Yōko Hikasa Join Cast of Altair: A Record of Battles Anime

TV series starring Ayumu Murase premieres on July 7 ― The July issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Thursday character designs and two new cast members for this summer's television anime of Kotono Katō's historical fantasy manga Altair: A Record of Battles (Shōkoku no Altair). Takuya Satō will play Ibrahim, and Yōko Hikasa will play Shara. The anime stars: (Note: character n...
interest

Angels, Tourists Descend on Gabriel Dropout's Setting City

Hamamatsu, Shizuoka is one of the latest cities in Japan to capitalize on its status as an anime setting and pilgrimage site. The city is the setting of Ukami's Gabriel DropOut manga, and the series' television anime adaptation debuted in January. The city is collaborating with the anime to release sightseeing maps that highlight locations in the anime. The collaboration also launched an official ...
news

Chaos;Child PS4, PS Vita Game Heads West in 2017

PQube releases MAGES.' murder mystery game in Europe, N. America ― PQube announced on Thursday that it will release MAGES.' Chaos;Child game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Europe and North America in the third quarter of 2017. The company began streaming a teaser trailer for the release. The game's story is set after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hits Tokyo's Shibuya ward on November 6, 2009,...
news

A-1 Pictures Animates Blend S Manga for Fall Broadcast

TV anime about cafe waitress premieres in October ― The July issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Carat magazine is revealing on Sunday that A-1 Pictures (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend, Ace Attorney, Oreimo 2) is animating the television anime adaptation of Miyuki Nakayama's Blend S four-panel manga. The anime is slated to premiere in October. The manga's story centers on a girl named M...
news

Weekly Shonen Jump Ore Collection Smartphone Game's Franchises Revealed

Dragon Ball, One Piece, Rurouni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakusho, My Hero Academia, To Love-ru, more included ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed some of the franchises on Monday that will feature in the Weekly Shonen Jump Ore Collection (Weekly Shonen Jump My Collection) smartphone game. The franchises include: Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho Wingman Dragon Ball Yu Yu Hakusho Jigoku Sensei Nube Rurouni Kenshin Hos...
daily briefs

Inuyashiki Anime Reveals Visuals for 2 Main Characters

The official website for the upcoming television anime adaptation of Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki manga revealed the character designs for the two main characters Inuyashiki and Shishigami on Tuesday. The site revealed a new visual for the anime on Monday. The television anime series will premiere in October on Fuji TV's Noitamina block. Keiichi Satou (Tiger & Bunny, Gantz:O, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis) ...
news

Staff Replaces Comedian Galigali Galixon's Scene in Live-Action Gintama Film

Comedian was arrested, released earlier this month for driving under the influence ― A public relations official for TV Tokyo revealed on Thursday that the staff of the live-action film adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga is replacing the scene (or scenes) in which comedian Galigali Galixon appears in the film. TV Tokyo is an investor in the film. Galixon was arrested and released on May 12...

Former KAT-TUN Member Koki Tanaka Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Police officer allegedly found marijuana while searching car Tanaka was driving ― Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested singer, actor, and former KAT-TUN member Koki Tanaka in Shibuya on Wednesday for suspicion of marijuana possession. Tanaka denied the suspicion, claiming the marijuana authorities found was not his. According to police, Tanaka was driving a van on a road in the second district of the D...
news

Tsukiuta Stage Play Reveals Cast For 4th, 5th Runs

New plays premiere in October, December respectively ― The official Twitter account of the stage adaptation of the Tsukiuta franchise announced new cast members for the franchise's fourth and fifth stage plays on Thursday. The cast for the Six Gravity group includes: (Note: Images in costume are from a previous version of the musical.) Kentarō Menjō as Hajime Mutsuki Hiroki Nakada as Haru Yayoi Tatsu...
news

Bandai Namco Ent., Drecom Start New Company to Produce Dragon Ball Z, [email protected] Browser Games

New BXD company to also develop distribution platform service for games ― Bandai Namco Entertainment and video game company Drecom announced on Thursday that they have established a new company called BXD that will develop a gaming platform distribution service to release HTML5-based online games. The company will launch its service in spring 2018 with new games for the Dragon Ball Z, Famista, and Th...
news

Nintendo Shares Hit Highest Point Since 2008

Shares close higher than last year's Pokémon Go peak, puts company as top 19 listed company ― The Financial Times newspaper reported on Wednesday that, as of that day, Nintendo Co, Ltd.'s shares in the Japanese market gained 3.2 percent to close at 31,880 yen (about US$285), the company's highest closing level since 2008. The company closed higher than its previous peak on July 20 last year, when Nia...
news

Knights & Magic Anime's Video Reveals New Cast, Songs, July 2 Premiere

Yasuaki Takumi, Kazuyuki Okitsu, Shizuka Itou join cast; fhana, Ayaka Ohashi perform songs ― The official website for the television anime of Hisago Amazake-no's Knight's & Magic light novel series began streaming a second promotional video on Thursday. The video reveals additional cast, staff, and the July 2 premiere date for the anime. The video also reveals and previews the anime's opening theme s...

Animated Castlevania Series' Trailer Reveals July Netflix Premiere

Series based on Castlevania III game centers on last Belmont attempting to defeat Dracula ― Netflix began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for its Castlevania animated series based on Konami's game series of the same name. The video reveals that the series will premiere on July 7. The series will follow "the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extin...
news

DIVE!! Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals Cast, July 6 Premiere

Yuuki Kaji, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuichi Nakamura, Kaori Nazuka, Ryota Ohsaka, Kouki Uchiyama, Tomokazu Sugita star ― The official website for the television anime of Eto Mori's youth novel series DIVE!! began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video reveals the anime's cast and July 6 premiere. The voice cast, including the previously announced Yuuki Kaji, features the followin...
news

Anime Expo Hosts Food Wars! Manga Co-Creator Yūto Tsukuda

Los Angeles convention runs July 1-4 ― Los Angeles convention Anime Expo announced on Wednesday that it will host Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga co-creator Yūto Tsukuda as a guest. He will participate in a panel and will have autograph sessions. Tsukuda writes the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga, while artist Shun Saeki draws the art. Chef Yuki Morisaki is credited for cooperation for the mang...
news

Seven Seas Licenses Ultra Kaiju Anthropomorphic Project Manga

1st volume of manga about anthropomorphized Ultraman kaijū slated for next February ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Shun Kazakami and POP's Ultra Kaiju Anthropomorphic Project (Ultra Kaijū Gijinka Keikaku: feat. POP Comic code) manga. It will release the first volume on February 20, 2018. Seven Seas describes the manga: When evil aliens arrive on Earth, seeking ...
interest

May'n Takes on Ultra Street Fighter II Game's Guile in Video

Singer May'n appeared as a special guest on the 64th episode of the Capcom TV! web program on Wednesday. In the video, she plays two matches in the upcoming Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers Nintendo Switch game. May'n plays as Ryu to take on the program's assistant Chocolat Ikeda playing as Blanka around the 26:15 mark. Other people on the program also face off against each other. Fo...
interest

Takuya Eguchi Takes a Turn as Business Shellfish

Popular voice actor Takuya Eguchi took on one of his strangest roles on Friday. Known for voicing characters in Konosuba, My Love Story!, and My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Eguchi's roster remains humanoid. The voice actor can now add "weird shellfish businessman" (businessmollusk?) to his resume. Eguchi joined the cast of "Kaishain" ("Clamployees"), animated shorts that star varieties of shellfis...
news

English-Subtitled Last Exile Anime Moves to Crunchyroll

Funimation continues to stream English-dubbed version ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that the English-subtitled version of Last Exile has left Funimation's streaming service and begun streaming on Crunchyroll as part of the two companies' partnership. The English-dubbed version will continue streaming on Funimation. Funimation describes the anime: Claus Valca and his fiery navigator Lavie are obse...
news

K: Missing Kings Stage Play Casts Carin Isobe, Juri, Keisuke Ueda

Kenichi Suemitsu returning as director, scriptwriter for October stage play ― The official blog for the stage play adaptation of the K: Missing Kings anime film revealed additional cast members on Wednesday. The additional cast includes: Carin Isobe as Anna Kushina Juri as Izumo Kusanagi Keisuke Ueda as Misami Yata Previously announced cast include Yoshihiko Aramaki as Kurō Yatogami, and Yoshihide Sa...
interest

Father Hides Real Nintendo Switch in Son's Cardboard Version

Twitter user Mohikan recently posted some pictures of his creative, game-loving son. The boy had no idea that his father had a huge surprise in store for him. On April 5, Mohikan posted a picture of his son playing "Poop Prince Adventure 2" on his newest homemade PC. Mohikan noted that the PC's display has a "mysterious 29:8 aspect ratio." 息子の自作PCがまた新しくなってました。ディスプレイは29:8という謎のアスペクト比で『うんこおうじのぼうけん2』が...
interest

Yuri on Ice Boys Hang Up Their Skates for Bellhop Uniforms

Yuri and Victor are happy to greet visitors at Ikebukuro Sunshine City's Prince Hotel starting on July 1. Yurio is also there but judging by the character art, it's only because he needs more spending money for tiger shirts and katsudon pirozhkis. The hotel is offering "Concept Rooms" for patrons that feature super-deformed characters decorated throughout the space. Reservation costs also guarante...
news

Akame ga KILL's Takahiro Teases New Hinowa ga Yuku! Manga's Story

Girl aims to unify war-torn land in series debuting June 24 ― The June issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine revealed story details about Takahiro's new Hinowa ga Yuku! (Hinowa Conquers!) manga on Thursday. The manga will launch with strelka's art in the magazine's July issue on June 24. The story is set in a distant eastern country called Wakoku. Battles for the survival of the fittest ...
daily briefs

Kickstarter to Allow Projects Directly From Japan Later This Year

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter announced on May 18 that it will allow Kickstarter projects to launch directly from Japan later this year. The platform will announce more details at a later date. Previously, Kickstarter projects by creators from Japan had to required a person or organization outside Japan to act as a middleman for the project. Some anime that had Kickstarter projects include Und...
interest

Fukushima Gainax's Art Exhibition Honors Whisper of the Heart Director

Anime studio Fukushima Gainax's "fantasy and art" museum Fukushima Sakura Yūgakusha is collaborating with Fukushima Chuo TV to hold the "Kono Otoko ga Ghibli o Sasaeta. Kondō Yoshifumi-ten" (This Man Supported Ghibli. Yoshifumi Kondō Exhibition) exhibit. The exhibition to honor animator Yoshifumi Kondō will run at the museum from June 3 to August 31. Kondō was born in Niigata Prefecture in 1950, a...
news

Sega Opens VR Entertainment Center in Tokyo's Akihabara on May 31

"First VR attraction facility in Japan" will be on Club Sega Akihabara Shinkan's 6th floor ― Sega announced on its official Twitter account on Monday that it is launching a virtual-reality entertainment center called "Sega VR Area Akihabara" on the sixth floor of its Club Sega Akihabara Shinkan building on May 31. Sega bills the new facility as the "first VR attraction facility in Japan." 2017年5月31日(...
daily briefs

Amazon Germany Lists Chaos;Child PS4, Vita Game From PQube

Amazon Germany is listing MAGES.' Chaos;Child game for both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, with PQube listed as the publisher. Both have a listed release date of June 30. The game's story is set after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hits Tokyo's Shibuya ward on November 6, 2009, a black fire spreads and causes mass panic on the day of the earthquake. The sudden disaster that becomes known as t...
interest

Space Brothers Manga's Serika Fund Supports ALS Research

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease (MND), features in Chūya Koyama's Space Brothers manga. In the lead-up to the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations' global day of recognition for ALS on June 21, the manga and its partners launched the Serika Fund (Serika Kikin Uchū Kyōdai ALS Project). The project's website states that "Ser...
news

Multiple Kemono Friends Games Are in the Works, Besides Announced Phone App

Platforms to be revealed later ― The cast of the Kemono Friends anime revealed during their streamed "9th Kemono Friends Hour" special on Niconico Live on Wednesday that multiple new games are in the works — and not just the previously announced new smartphone game. However, the cast could not reveal which platform or platforms that the other new game projects are targeting. Nexon's original Kemono F...
news

Sailor Moon Musical Reveals Cast for Sailor Starlights, Princess Kakyū

Riona Tatemichi, Meiku Harukawa, Sakii Matsuda, Asami Okamura join cast ― The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise revealed the cast for the Sailor Starlights and Princess Kakyū for the Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Le Mouvement Final- stage musical on Wednesday. Riona Tatemichi (front row left in picture below) will play Sailor Star Maker, Meiku Harukawa (center) will play Sailor Star Fighte...
news

3rd Hetalia Stage Musical Reveals Cast in Costume

Shōji Nakada, Ryōta Obigane, Ryō Yamada join cast for July musical ― The official website for the stage musical adaptations of Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia - Axis Powers manga revealed visuals of all the main cast members in costume for the third musical, titled Hetalia ~in the new world~, on Wednesday. Ryōki Nagae (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Satomi Hakkenden) as Italy Yūsuke Ueda (Ace of Diamond s...
news

CGCG Studio HD Presents Sprin' Pan Let's go forward! Anime at Annecy's MIFA Market

Short centers on 12-year-old girl who admires Peter Pan ― Animation studio CGCG Studio HD will participate in this year's MIFA (Marche international du film d'animation) animation market, which is run by and concurrently with the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The studio will offer its nine-minute anime short "Sprin' Pan Mae e Susumou!" ("Sprin' Pan Let's go forward!") for consideratio...

Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita. Manga Gets TV Anime

Series about college student who meets crossdresser debuts in July ― Hanamaluo's adult romance manga Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita. (There Was a Beast Inside the Skirt.) is getting a television anime adaptation. An official website for the anime opened on Wednesday and began streaming a teaser promotional video. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on July 2, and an uncut 18+ version will stream o...
news

Sengoku Basara Dokugan Spinoff Manga Ends in June

Game franchise spinoff manga by Yasuyuki Nekoi launched in April 2016 ― This year's 12th issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion magazine revealed on Tuesday that Yasuyuki Nekoi's Sengoku Basara Dokugan manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 13. The story takes place in a new century in Japan, where Mogami Yoshiaki rules over a despotic government. A one-eyed man riding motorcycle appears...
news

25th Ward: The Silver Case Sequel Game Gets Remake

Episodic sequel to Suda51's The Silver Case game originally released 2005-2007 ― Grasshopper Manufacture announced during the BitSummit event on Saturday that it will develop a remake of its The 25th Ward: The Silver Case (Silver Jiken: 25-Ku) sequel game. Gōichi Suda (also known as Suda51) stated that the game will be "almost a full remake, including the scenario." Grasshopper Manufacture did not an...
news

Level-5 CEO: Next Inazuma Eleven Soccer Game to Be Developed for Smartphones Also

Also targeting "high-end game machines"; anime premieres in October ― Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino said in an interview with the Nikkei Trendy Net website on Tuesday that his company is planning on developing the Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin game for smartphones alongside "high-end game machines" at the same time. Hino did not state any specific platforms or a release date for the game. The story of In...
news

Live-Action Anthem of the Heart Film's Teaser Highlights Jun Naruse

July 22 film based on anime by anohana creators ― Aniplex began streaming a web teaser trailer for the live-action film based on The Anthem of the Heart (Kokosake or Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da.) anime film on Wednesday. The video highlights protagonist Jun Naruse. (Note: The Youtube video linked above is region-locked to Japan.) The film will open in Japan on July 22. The cast includes: Kento Naka...
news

Atsushi Abe, Yūichi Nakamura Narrate Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō Anime's Teaser Video

Co-stars reprise drama CD roles for July supernatural show ― The official website for the television anime of Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Refined Daily Life at the Supernatural Entity Apartment) light novel series posted a teaser video and key visual on Wednesday. The character Yūshi Inaba (as voiced by Atsushi Abe) and Mizuki Hase (Yūichi Nakamura) narrate the video. The anime wi...
interest

Shinji Gets in the Damn Boat with Eva Fish Grip

Where did you draw the line at ridiculous Evangelion merchandise? Was it the Tomato juice commercials? The Schick campaign where Gendo shed his beard? A NERV bucket? Hideaki Anno's crowning franchise has something for everyone even if that something has nothing to do giant robots. Case in point, the anime is starting its first collaboration with fishing gear. Next month a Unit-01 color-coded DRES...
interest

Yuri!!! on Ice Lottery Brings Plush Skater Prizes

This month's Minna no Kuji ("Lottery for Everybody"), a lottery that everyone can win, is bringing the boys of Yuri! on Ice into winners' hands. Starting on May 28, fans can try their hand at winning a large banner showing Victor, Yuri, and Yurio skating together, stuffed dolls of all three guys, zipper pouches inspired by their skating costumes, hand towels, rubber mascot characters, a wall-scro...
news

Square Enix, Taro Yoko's SINoALICE Smartphone Game Slated for June 6

The official Twitter account for Square Enix's SINoALICE iOS and Android smartphone game announced on Tuesday that the game is slated to launch on June 6. The tweet noted that June 6 is creative director Taro Yoko's birthday, and also "butsumetsu" (an unlucky day associated with the death of Buddha). Pokelabo (Senki Zesshou Symphogear XD Unlimited, Senran no Samurai Kingdom) is developing the game...
news

Kaijū Club Live-Action Series Reveals Cast, New Visual

Kanata Hongou, Ryūsei Yokohama, Masato Yano, Ryo Kato, Shogo Yamaguchi, more star in June series ― The official website for the Kaijū Club Kūsō Tokusatsu Seishunki (Kaijū Club Fictional Special Effects Youth Chronicle) live-action series revealed the main cast and a visual for the show on Monday. The cast, including previously announced star Kanata Hongou (live-action Gantz' Jōichirō Nishi, Attack on...
interest

Anime Ads Ask: Can Laundry Detergent Bring Romance?

Can the fluffy feeling of cotton and an alluringly clean scent foster a budding romance? Kao's Fragrance New Beads line of laundry detergents intends to find out in two animated advertisements. In the first ad titled "New Student", Kaori encounters Hanamura on a crowded subway train. The mixing smells of everyone on board is unpleasant but when the shifting train causes Kaori to draw close to Hana...
daily briefs

Raiden V Side-Shooter Game Listed for PlayStation 4

Online retailer Amazon is listing a PlayStation 4 game titled Raiden V: Director's Cut Limited Edition from UFO Interactive. According to the Amazon page, the release will include a Raiden V Original Soundtrack CD. It is currently listed for release in North American on August 22. Microsoft originally announced plans to release the Raiden V side-shooter for Xbox One in Japan in 2015, but the game ...
news

North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 21-27

Dimension W, Momokuri anime; Delicious in Dungeon, Descending Stories, Girls' Last Tour, The Royal Tutor manga; your name. novel ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Dimension W BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 May 23 Dimension W Limited Edition BD/DVDCite Funimation Entertainment US$84.98 May 23 Dragon Ball Z Kai The Final Chapters Part 2 BDAnimeNewsNetwork...
interest

Dress Up Your Drinks With an Extra Frilly Sailor Uniform

In 2015, concerned citizens everywhere found a solution to a nagging problem: bottle perspiration. Well, technically, condensation. It's not that there wasn't already a solution; table coasters have long protected furniture from troublesome rings left my chilled beverages. It's just that this wasn't a cute enough solution. Enter Kitan Club's bottle underwear. Panties be they striped, polka-dots, o...
news

Linked Horizon's New Attack on Titan CD Sells 25,273 in 1st Week

Also: Attack on Titan reports lower game sales ― Linked Horizon's Shingeki no Kiseki album, which includes the group's opening theme song for the second season of Attack on Titan, sold 25,273 copies in its first week to rank at #2 on Oricon's weekly chart. The album shipped in Japan on May 17. The sales number represents the CD-only standard edition, not the limited editions that bundle a DVD or Blu-...
news

Seven Seas Licenses Fauna and the Dragonewt's Seven Kingdoms Manga

Fantasy manga follows dragon archaeologist, human girl ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Monday that it has licensed Kiyohisa Tanaka's Fauna and the Dragonewt's Seven Kingdoms (Ryuu no Nanakuni to Minashigo no Fana) manga. The first single volume is slated for a print release on January 16, 2018. Seven Seas describes the story: In a fantastical future, humans are no longer the dominant species–...
interest

Goku Takes on Broly God in Universal Studios Japan Attraction Ad

Osaka's Universal Studios Japan theme park is prepping for an exciting summer filled with Shonen Jump characters and attractions. Jōtaro and Dio, the cast of Gintama and One Piece, and of course Dragon Ball Z's Goku will enthrall visitors with tasty treats and interactive shows. Goku specifically will star in a 3DCG movie as part of the Dragon Ball the Real 4D experience. Earth's toughest fighter ...
news

Sakura Wars Co-Writer Unveils PS Vita Game

Red Entertainment's "Our World is Ending" game previewed ― Video game news website Famitsu revealed Red Entertainment's new adventure game Oretachi no Sekai wa Shimatteiru (Our World is Ending) on Tuesday. Sakura Wars co-writer Naoki Morita is on staff for the game along with character designer Eiri Shirai and scenario writer Tarō Achi. Weekly Famitsu magazine will reveal more information on the game...
interest

Mr. Osomatsu Sextuplets Celebrate Birthday with a Stop-Motion Cake

The sextuplet stars of Mr. Osomatsu are celebrating their birthday this year with a new stop-motion video. The 45-second ad shows a double layer cake, frosted with each character's image color, and decorated with cookies of the brothers' faces. The stop-motion video took approximately 1,000 pictures to complete. The video was created by Tsuneo Goda's dwarf studio, the home of brown monster charact...
news

El Shaddai Team Reveals The Lost Child RPG for PS4, PS Vita

Trailer previews game slated to ship in Japan this summer ― Kadokawa Games announced on Tuesday that it will release the "mythical concept" role-playing game The Lost Child for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan this summer. A teaser website opened on Tuesday and began streaming a teaser trailer for the game. The video introduces the game's story and features the character Lucifel. El Shadda...
news

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Heads to PS4, Xbox One in Japan, West

Action RPG also launches for PC in Japan this fall ― This week's issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is revealing on Thursday that the Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen game will get new PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC releases in Japan this fall. Capcom also announced that the action role-playing game will get PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases in the West this fall. The announcement marks the fi...

God Narrates In Another World With My Smartphone Anime's 2nd Promo Video (Updated)

Katsumi Fukuhara, Maaya Uchida, Yui Fukuo star in July TV anime ― The official YouTube channel for the television anime of Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World With My Smartphone (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni.) light novel series began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Tuesday. The character God narrates the video to introduce the story. EXIT TUNES' Line Live account also announced t...
news

Deadline: Saw's James Wan to Produce Resident Evil Reboot Film

Mortal Kombat's reboot's Greg Russo to write scripts for 1st reboot ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Monday that James Wan (director for Saw, Furious 7, The Conjuring) will produce the first reboot film for the Resident Evil film franchise. The website also reported that Greg Russo (Mortal Kombat reboot film, Robotech) will write the scripts. German film production company Constantin...

In Another World With My Smartphone Anime Reveals Cast, Theme Song Artists, July 11 Debut (Updated)

Katsumi Fukuhara, Maaya Uchida, Yui Fukuo, Nanami Yamashita, more in cast; AŌP sings opening ― Exit Tunes' Line Live account announced the cast, theme songs, and July 11 premiere for the television anime of Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World With My Smartphone (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni.) light novel series in a live stream on Tuesday: Katsumi Fukuhara as Touya Mochizuki Maaya Uchida as Elze Si...
news

Hitorijime My Hero Boys-Love Anime Casts Wataru Hatano, Takayuki Kondou, 3 More

Yūto Adachi, Daiki Yamashita, Seiichirō Yamashita also cast in July anime ― The official website for the television anime of Memeco Arii's Hitorijime My Hero manga announced more of the cast on Tuesday. Wataru Hatano will play Natsuki, a friend of Kōsuke. Takayuki Kondou plays another friend, the detective Hōjō. Yūto Adachi and Daiki Yamashita play Kensuke's classmates Yamabe and Fukushige, respectiv...
news

Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, May 15-21

A Silent Voice sells 7,482, followed by Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, live-action Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu, Yowapeda New Generation, Uta-Pri Legend Star ― The live-action adaptation of Rina Yagami's Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu romantic comedy manga series dropped from #3 to #11 in its second week on the overall DVD chart. It added 1,807 copies to its total of 6,166. The limited first pressing of...
news

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, May 15-21

A Silent Voice sells 25,078 + 5,442, followed by Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Sound! Euphonium, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Little Witch Academia ― Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - A Silent Voice Film Blu-ray Limited First Edition 25,078 25,078 17/5/17 KYA/A Silent Voice Film Production Committee Animation 1 1 2 - Touken ...
news

Inuyashiki Manga's Last Volume Slated for Late September

October TV anime's new visual also unveiled ― The ninth volume of Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki manga series revealed on Tuesday that the manga's 10th and final compiled book volume is slated for release in late September. The manga will end its serialization in five chapters. The official website of the manga's upcoming television anime adaptation also revealed a new visual for the anime on Monday. Kodans...
daily briefs

Niantic: 'This Summer Will be Legendary' for Pokémon Go

Niantic Labs' global marketing product lead Archit Bhargava said during his speech at the 21st Annual Webby Awards on May 15 that "this summer will be legendary." The event awarded Pokémon Go with "Best Mobile Game." (Jump to 19:07 in the video below.) While some players were briefly able to acquire Legendary Pokémon in the game before, Niantic removed them to promote "fairness," and then announce...

Netflix Debuts Little Witch Academia TV Anime's 1st 13 Episodes on June 30

Anime premiered in Japan in January, runs for 25 episodes ― Media news website IGN revealed on Monday that Netflix will debut the first 13 episodes of the Little Witch Academia television anime outside Japan on June 30. The show is slated for 25 episodes, but Netflix did not announce the debut date for the rest of the series' episodes. The television anime premiered on January 8 on Tokyo MX, BS11, an...
news

Sanrio Boys Anime's Promo Video Reveals January Premiere

Takuya Eguchi, Sōma Saitō, Jun Oosuka, Hiroyuki Kagura, Yūma Uchida star in anime ― The official website for Sanrio's Sanrio Danshi (Sanrio Boys) anime began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video reveals the anime's January 2018 premiere, and shows how the previously shown key visual was "filmed" on location. The website features the tagline "What's wrong with boys?" The a...
news

Mary and the Witch's Flower Anime Film Casts Ryunosuke Kamiki

Kamiki works with director Yonebayashi for 2nd time in July 8 film ― The official Twitter account for Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi's upcoming Mary and the Witch's Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) anime film revealed on Tuesday that the film has cast Ryunosuke Kamiki (The Secret World of Arrietty's Sho, your name.'s Taki) as Peter. This is the second time Kamiki will work with director Yonebayas...
interest

Voice Actress Saeko Zōgō Marries, Reveals Wedding Photos

Voice actress Saeko Zōgō revealed on Twitter that she married and had a wedding reception on Sunday. She did not reveal the identity of her husband. Zōgō said she was deeply moved by everyone who offered their blessings on her wedding day. She said she was nervous during her wedding, but she now feels relief after having gone through the ceremony. Zōgō posted pictures of herself and the wedding gu...
interest

Universal Studios Japan Details This Summer's Shonen Jump Attractions

Osaka's Universal Studios Japan theme park unveiled all the details of this year's Universal Jump Summer attractions. This year's Shonen Jump collaboration will feature One Piece, Dragon Ball, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and Gintama and run from June 30 to October 1. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Universal Studios Japan's first One Piece Premier Show. More than one million people have atte...

Atto's Non Non Biyori Manga Gets 'New Anime Project'

Countryside story inspired 2 TV anime seasons, 2 original anime DVDs ― The wraparound jacket band on Atto's 11th Non Non Biyori manga volume revealed on Tuesday that production on a new anime has been green-lit. The announcement did not reveal the anime's format. The manga takes place in the countryside, where the nearest bookstore is 20 minutes away by bicycle, a certain "Ju_p" magazine comes out on...
news

Tales of the Abyss Stage Play's Character Visuals Unveiled

Play to run at fan event at June 2 ― The official website for the "Tales of Festival" event revealed the cast and character visuals for Tales of the Stage, a stage play based on Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales of the Abyss PlayStation 2 and Nintendo 3DS game, on Friday. The cast is as follows: Kota Iwaki as Luke Fon Fabre Sena from The Hoopers as Tear Grants Shunichi Takahashi as Jade Curtiss Chih...
interest

Akira's Katsuhiro Otomo Tribute Book Gets Exhibition

The OTOMO: A Global Tribute to the Mind Behind Akira book was released simultaneously in France and Japan in January and in North America in March. The book, which honors Katsuhiro Otomo's win at France's Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2015, contains 80 contributions from the creator's contemporaries. That artwork will go on display at the "Tribute to Otomo Exhibition" in Shibuya on Ju...
news

World's Largest Manga Library Planned at Former Tokushima Grade School

Proposed library to have 300,000 books, digital lending ― Electronic book company Media Do president Yasushi Fujita (43) is cooperating with his home town of Naka, Tokushima to open a manga library on the site of a former grade school. The library will have more than 300,000 manga books, making it the world's largest manga library, larger than the Kyoto International Manga Museum. The project is plan...
news

Kemono Friends Opening Theme Certified Gold

Single debuted in February ― The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) announced on Monday that the Kemono Friends opening theme song "Yōkoso Japali Park e" (Welcome to Japali Park) has been downloaded more than 100,000 times, earning the single a gold certification. The single launched on February 8. Eight members of the main cast — Serval, Fennec, Common Raccoon, and the five PPP idols — p...
interest

A3! Ikemen Game Gets New Ad on Stations' Big Screens

The "ikemen-raising" mobile game A3! found success both as a game proper and due to its theme song CDs. Boasting over three million downloads, the game's promotion is taking the next step with videos scheduled to air on big screens outside of some of Japan's major train stations. A new promotional video will air on the Hit Vision screens outside Tokyo's Shibuya station and Osaka's Ebisu station on...
news

Tekken 7's 3rd Character Trailer Shows Kuma, Josie Rizal, More

Story trailer, Rage Arts collection also streamed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a third character episode trailer for its upcoming Tekken 7 fighting game on Monday. The video introduces Kuma, Josie Rizal, Ling Xiaoyu, Claudio Serafino, Paul Phoenix, Panda, and Shaheen. The first trailer showed Marshall Law, Feng Wei, Bob, Bryan Fury, Devil Jin, Hwoarang, Gigas, and Katarina Alv...
interest

120 'Painful' Cars Will Converge on Motor Park in Maibara

Japan's itasha cars run the gambit from official to horrific. Some have even crossed the ocean, with recent sightings in Miami. Whatever the flavor, itasha cars are usually a rare occurrence. This weekend, a meeting of itasha drivers and their beloved vehicles will coverage on the Okuibuki Motor Park in Maibara, Shiga as part of the ARC Championship IV. The free event is open to viewing and anyone...
news

Seven Seas Licenses Giant Spider & Me Manga

Post-apocalyptic story about girl & spider slated for February ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Monday that it has licensed Kikori Morino's Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale (Owari Nochi, Asanagi Gurashi) manga. The first volume is slated for February 20. Seven Seas describes the story: A young girl named Nagi and a giant spider make an unusual pair in this post-apocalyptic story, but...
daily briefs

Sentai Filmworks Sets September 5 Release Date for Tamako Love Story Film

Section23 Films announced in its September release slate that Sentai Filmworks' release of the Tamako Love Story film is slated for September 5 in one Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack. The release will have an English dub. It describes the film: While everyone else is excited about high school finally coming to an end, Tamako has a sad realization: getting older means losing touch with friends as ...
news

Maiden Japan to Release Good Witch of the West Anime

BD/DVD slated for September 5 ― Section 23 Films announced in its September release slate on Monday that Maiden Japan will release the Good Witch of the West (Nishi no Yoki Majo - Astraea Testament) anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The English-subtitled release is slated for September 5. Maiden Japan describes the story: Firiel's life has always been a little unusual… after all, how many girls are rais...

Chihayafuru Anime Gets English Dub

Section 23 Films announced in its September release slate on Monday that Sentai Filmworks will release Chihayafuru with an English dub. The first season will ship on September 12 on dual-language Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack. The combo pack will include art cards, two karuta cards, character cards, a booklet, and a glossary. The anime adapts Yuki Suetsugu's ongoing manga seri...
interest

Business Woman Evaluates Her Life in Marui Retail Store's Anime Ads

The retail-store company Marui Group is promoting its mission of "happiness" by creating a promotional net anime series titled "Neko ga Kureta Marui Shiawase" (The Round Happiness a Cat Gave), which follows a businesswoman trying to keep it all together. Protagonist Mari Hirakura joined the workforce almost 10 years ago. Even though she talks to her friends about things like jobs, marriage, age, a...
daily briefs

Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden Listed as 2017 TV Anime (Updated)

Composer and lyricist management company MiracleBus posted on May 1 that Evan Call is handling the music and Takahiro Ikeda is the music director for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden anime. The anime is listed on both their pages as a 2017 television anime. Kyoto Animation announced an anime project based on author Kana Akatsuki and illustrator Akiko Takase's Violet Evergarden novel in May 2016...

20-Year Veteran Anime Technical Director Reports 100,000-Yen Monthly Salary

Taiki Nishimura says he must work on 2 projects simultaneously ― Anime technical director Taiki Nishimura reported on his Twitter account on Monday that his monthly income is 100,000 yen (about US$900) for each anime that he works on. Nishimura noted that he has been working in the anime industry for 20 years. Nishimura said that he needs at least 150,000 yen (US$1,350) to 200,000 yen (US$1,800) in i...
interest

Grape the Penguin Finally Embraced by His One True Love

Grape-kun, the lovestruck elderly penguin at Tobu Zoo finally was finally embraced by his love, the Humboldt penguin from the Kemono Friends anime series. Well, sort of. Grape-kun has pined for a character cut-out in his enclosure for almost a month, going so far as to show mating displays. The character's voice actress Ikuko Chikuta visited the zoo on May 20 and stopped by Grape-kun's home to sho...
news

2nd Tokyo Ghoul Stage Play's Video Previews Cast in Costume

Ryo Matsuda stars in play opening in June ― The official website for the second Tokyo Ghoul stage play based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga began streaming the play's second commercial on Monday. The video previews the cast performing in costume. (Note: The first video below can't be viewed the United States, New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea, and Australia.) The site previously streamed the first ...
news

Kowloon's Gate Game Gets VR Project for PlayStation VR

Kowloon's Gate VR Suzaku slated to launch this summer ― Zeque's Kowloon's Gate game for PlayStation is getting a virtual-reality project for PlayStation VR. Jetman and Sony Music Entertainment opened an official website for the project, titled Kowloon's Gate VR Suzaku, and Jetman began streaming a teaser video on Sunday. The project will feature stereoscopic sound and is slated to launch in Japan thi...
news

Live-Action Peach Girl Film Opens at #3 in Japanese Box Office

Detective Conan stays at #2, Teiichi no Kuni falls to #8 Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter (Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter), the 21st Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime film, stayed at #2 at the Japanese box office in its sixth weekend, below Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast film (which is on its fifth week at #1). The film has earned a total of 6.1 billion yen (about US$5...
news

Hakubo no Chronicle Manga Ends Serialization on May 29

11th volume slated for June 30 ― This year's 25th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Masami Yuuki's (Birdy the Mighty, Mobile Police Patlabor) Hakubo no Chronicle manga series will end on May 29. The magazine's 11th and final compiled book volume is slated for June 30. The manga's 10th volume previously noted in February that the manga will will end on the...
news

Ice Blade's Tsutomu Takahashi Turns 'NeuN 9' 1-Shot into Full Series

Manga set in 1940 centers on boy who carries Hitler's DNA ― This year's 25th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine launched the first chapter of Tsutomu Takahashi's new NeuN 9 manga series on Monday. Takahashi will publish the manga once a month in the weekly magazine. He developed the series from his original one-shot that he published in Weekly Young Magazine on January 19. The manga takes plac...
news

Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Anime Reveals New Key Visual

The official website for the television anime of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga revealed a new key visual and the show's broadcast channels on Monday. The 12-episode series will premiere in July and air on Tokyo MX and MBS. Yuichiro Hayashi (Garo the Animation, PES: Peace Eco Smile) is directing the anime at MAPPA, and Yasuko Kobayashi (Attack on Titan, Gar...
news

Live-Action Gintama Film Unveils On-Set Photos of Yuuya Yagira, Ryo Yoshizawa

Film opens on July 14 ― The staff of the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga unveiled two new photographs from the set on Monday. The photos depict Yuuya Yagira and Ryo Yoshizawa as their characters Toshiro Hijikata and Sougo Okita, respectively. The film will open in Japan on July 14. Yūichi Fukuda (live-action HK/Hentai Kamen, Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store) is directing the...
news

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game's Switch Version Gets Release in N. America, Europe This Fall

4th DLC pack also gets Western release in June ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe both announced on Monday that they will release the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 video game for the Nintendo Switch console. Both companies will release the game in their respective regions this fall. The July issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Bandai Namco E...

For all articles, see the archives