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Haikara-san ga Tōru Anime Films' Debut Dates, Titles, Staff Revealed

Kazuhiro Furuhashi directs November film, Mitsuko Kase directs 2018 film ― The official website for the anime film adaptation of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga revealed the new debut dates, the titles, and the staff for the two films on Thursday. The first film, titled Gekijōban Haikara-san ga Tōru Zenpen - Benio, Hana no 17-sai, will open in Japan on November 11. The second film is titled ...
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Crunchyroll Adds Gundam Build Fighters, More Dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal streamed ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it has added Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Fighters Try to its catalog. The episodes are available worldwide outside of Asia. In addition, Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it has added the English dubs of both Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal to its catalog. The streams are available in the United State...
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Pac-Man Rickshaw Gobbles Octopus Balls in Osaka This Weekend

Bandai Namco Entertainment's Asobi Motto project announced that its Pac-Man rickshaw will appear in Osaka as the project's fourth part. The Pac-Man rickshaw will be available to ride in the area around Osaka's Tsūtenkaku tower on Saturday and Sunday. The two-meter (about seven-foot) tall Pac-Man rickshaw will chase after takoyaki octopus balls, a famous food of Osaka. People wearing takoyaki hats ...
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Jan-Ken-Pon 4-Panel Manga Earns Guinness Record for Most Strips

Shōji Izumi's Jan-Ken-Pon four-panel manga received the Guinness World Record for "Most strips published for the same yonkoma manga series" at a ceremony on Monday. As of November 24, the manga had published 15,000 strips. Izumi launched the manga in the Asahi Shōgakusei Shimbun newspaper in September 1969. The story centers on the everyday lives of a level-headed older sister named Jan, a lively ...
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New Mazinger Z Anime Film Reveals 1st Visual

The staff of the upcoming theatrical anime film based on Go Nagai's Mazinger Z unveiled the first visual for the film on Thursday. The tagline on the visual reads, "That could become either a god or a demon." The film, tentatively titled Gekijōban Mazinger Z (Mazinger Z The Movie), is commemorating the 45th anniversary of the original Mazinger Z manga and television anime series. Toei Animation is...
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Gundam Statue's Final Days Shown in Time-Lapse Video

It's certainly the end of one specific fan chapter of the life-size Gundam statue. Videographer Darwinfish105 has taken time-lapsed videos of the statue since it rose and Shizuoka in 2010, and continued with its disassembly to transport it to Odaiba, itsdecoratations for Christmas, and shot it in High-Dynamic Range. In short, he's filmed the statue in its various forms for almost a decade. But the...
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Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters Manga Gets Anime Adaptation

Manga by Me & My Brothers creator launched in 2009 ― The cover of the May issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine will announce on Thursday that Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters manga will get an anime adaptation. The magazine had teased an announcement last month. Tokeino launched the series in LaLa in 2009, and Hakusensha published the manga's 13th compiled volume on August 5. Hakusensha will publish ...
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Hinako Note Anime Reveals New Key Visual

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Mitsuki's Hinako Note manga updated on Wednesday with a new key visual with all six characters that have been revealed thus far.' Kadokawa's booth at Anime Japan this March 25-26 will distribute stickers with super-deformed images of the Hinako Note characters. The anime stars (Note: Not all character name romanizations are confirmed.): M...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, March 13-19

Tokyo Ghoul:re, The Seven Deadly Sins, Chihayafuru, Fairy Tail, P to JK in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Tokyo Ghoul:re 10 302,287 302,287 2017/03 Shueisha Sui Ishida 1 1 2 The Seven Deadly Sins 25 205,909 205,909 2017/03 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 2 1 3 Chihayafuru 34 192,622 197,596 2017/03 Kodansha Yuki Suetsugu 3 2 ...
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Detective Conan's Ran & Shinichi Tie the Knot on Marriage Application

It's wedding bells for Detective Conan's Ran Mōri and Shinichi Kudō in a recently released marriage application image. The application's design is drawn by series creator Gosho Aoyama and bundled with the May issue of Shogakukan's CanCam magazine set for release on Thursday. The image depicts Ran in a wedding dress being embraced by Shinichi dressed as the Black Knight. The scenario comes from epi...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, March 13-19

Monster Hunter, Senran Kagura, Accel World vs Sword Art Online, YU-NO, Future Card Buddyfight games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: March 13-19 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DSMonster Hunter XX Capcom March 18 848,467 848,467 40 2PS4 Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash (Including Limited Editions) Marvelous March 16 53,747 53,747 70 3PSVAccel World ...
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Sentai Filmworks to Premiere Anonymous Noise at Anime Boston

World premiere scheduled for April 1 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it will host the world premiere of the Anonymous Noise (Fukumenkei Noise) anime at Anime Boston on April 1. The screening will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, and it will be available for free for the first 1,000 Anime Boston attendees. The company will offer a free gift for attendees and offer a chance to wi...
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T-sensei Anime Casts Nobunaga Shimazaki, Sets April Premiere on New Production I.G App

"Vertical Anime" app to stream short anime ― The wrap-around jacket band for the fifth volume of Takana Yukue's T-sensei comedy manga announced on Thursday that Nobunaga Shimazaki (Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club's Haru, My Love Story!!'s Suna) will voice the title character in the upcoming anime adaptation. The volume also announced that the anime will premiere in April on Production I.G's "Tate Anime" (V...
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Crunchyroll's Japanese Head Steps Down

Co-founder/CEO Kun Gao takes over for Vincent Shortino ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced at a "thank you meeting" in Japan on Friday that co-founder and CEO Kun Gao will take over as representative director of Crunchyroll's Japanese branch, Crunchyroll K.K., on April 1. The current representative director Vincent Shortino will step down on March 31. Crunchyroll issued a statement: At...
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Go Behind-the-Scenes of Ghost in the Shell's Amazing Props

The Ghost in the Shell franchise has inspired real-life technology like "facial hacking", Tachikoma that adapt its personality based on the user, camouflage, and more. The live-action Ghost in the Shell film also pushed technological innovation to bring some of its characters to life. The staff and New Zealand's Weta Workshop took up the challenge using 3D printing to create an endoskeleton. Myth ...
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Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Film Earns Over 2 Billion Yen

Film ranks #10 at Japanese box office in 5th weekend ― The Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale anime has sold 1,439,149 tickets to earn 2,026,861,020 yen (about US$18.2 million) at the Japanese box office as of Monday. The film ranked #10 at the Japanese box office in its fifth weekend. The film opened in Japan on February 18, and sold about 308,376 tickets for 425,762,760 yen (about US$3.76 mi...

Netflix's Live-Action Death Note Film's 1st Trailer Shows Nat Wolff as Light

Film starring Willem Defoe, Keith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley premieres on August 25 ― Netflix began streaming the first trailer for its live-action Death Note film on Wednesday. The video previews Nat Wolff as Light Turner. The film will premiere via streaming on Netflix on August 25. Shall we begin? #DeathNote pic.twitter.com/fEd12Gm32c— Netflix US (@netflix) March 22, 2017 Adam Wingard (The Guest,...
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Battle Girl High School Anime's 1st Video Reveals Cast, Staff

Noriaki Akitaya directs July anime starring game's returning cast ― The official website for COLOPL's Battle Girl High School smartphone role-playing game began streaming the first promotional video for the anime adaptation on Wednesday. The video reveals the main cast, staff, and July premiere. The smartphone game's main cast are reprising their roles for the anime. The cast includes: Aya Suzaki as ...
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Live-Action Gintama Film's On-Set Photos Show Beetle Hunting, More

Shun Oguri, Masaki Suda, Kanna Hashimoto, Masaki Okada shown in costume ― Comic Natalie and other websites posted on-set photographs from the live-action film of the Gintama manga on Wednesday. The photos are from an on-set press visit in Ibaraki Prefecture on August 24 of last year. The photos in Comic Natalie's tweet below show the three main cast members hunting rhinoceros beetles and apparently r...
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O-Parts Hunter's Seishi Kishimoto Launches Mad Chimera World Manga

Battle action series launches in Morning Two magazine on April 22 ― This year's May issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine revealed on Wednesday that Seishi Kishimoto (O-Parts Hunter, Sukedachi Nine) is launching a new manga titled Mad Chimera World in the magazine's June issue, which will ship on April 22. The battle action series will feature a color page in the issue. Kishimoto launched the Suke...
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Made in Abyss TV Anime Premieres in July

Publisher Kadokawa posted an advertisement on Monday for the television anime adaptation of Akihito Tsukushi's Made in Abyss manga at Tokyo's Kokusai Tenjijō station on the Rinkai line before this week's AnimeJapan 2017 event. The advertisement reveals that the series will premiere in July. Masayuki Kojima (Black Bullet, Tibetan Dog) is directing the anime at the studio Kinema Citrus (Scorching Pi...
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Next Godzilla, Evangelion Works Confirmed

Director Hideaki Anno appeared at the first session of the Shin Godzilla vs. Evangelion Symphony on Wednesday, and the event ended with confirmation of the next Godzilla work and the previously revealed next new Evangelion film. Update: Anno himself did not make the announcement, and the announcement did not specifically say Shin Godzilla. The announcement appeared as a text message at the end of ...
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Warau Salesman New Anime's Guest Voice Actors Revealed

Takuya Eguchi, Kana Asumi, Toshihiko Seki, Sōma Saitō, Kouki Miyata, Hideyuki Kanaya star in April anime ― The staff of Warau Salesman NEW, the new television anime adaptation of Fujiko Fujio A's (Motoo Abiko) Warau Salesman (The Laughing Salesman) manga, revealed some of the show's guest voice actors on Wednesday. The guest voice actors include Takuya Eguchi (episode 1), Kana Asumi (episode 1), Tosh...

Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō Supernatural Light Novels Get TV Anime in July

Hinowa Kōzuki's 2003-2009 novels about boy who lives in apartment full of monsters ― The May issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine is revealing on Saturday that a television anime adaptation of Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Refined Daily Life at the Supernatural Entity Apartment) light novel series has been green-lit for a July premiere. The magazine's next issue in Apr...
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No Game, No Life Zero Anime Film Slated for July 15

Publisher Kadokawa posted an advertisement for the No Game, No Life Zero anime film at Tokyo's Kokusai Tenjijō station on the Rinkai line before this week's AnimeJapan 2017 event. The advertisement reveals the film's opening date as July 15. The film will have a stage event at the AnimeJapan 2017 event on Sunday. The film's returning cast includes: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Sora Ai Kayano as Shiro Yō...
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Kyoko Okazaki's River's Edge Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2018

Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World's Isao Yukisada helms film starring Fumi Nikaidō, Ryō Yoshizawa ― A live-action film adaptation of Kyoko Okazaki's River's Edge manga has been green-lit. It will open in Japan in 2018. Fumi Nikaidō (Himizu, Inuyashiki, Wolf Girl & Black Prince) is playing Haruna Wakagusa, and Ryō Yoshizawa (Kamen Rider Fourze, Gintama, Tomodachi Game) is playing Ichirō Yama...
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Shonen Sunday Launches 6 Manga by The World God Only Knows Creator, Others

Takahiro Arai, Michiteru Kusaba, Tamiki Wakaki launch new series in April, May ― This year's 17th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that it is launching six new manga series this spring. The new series' titles, debut dates, and teaser text include: Tenshō no Quadruple by Takahiro Arai (Cirque du Freak) in issue 19 on April 5 "The youth epic where four people's ...
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Igarashi's Bloodstained Game Cancels Wii U Version for Switch

Backers can change to Switch, any other platform, cancel order ― Producer Koji "IGA" Igarashi stated in an update on Tuesday that he has cancelled the Wii U version of his Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night game in favor of the game's Nintendo Switch version. Igarashi explained that the campaign was conducted during the height of the Wii U's popularity, but that the situation has changed after the Swi...
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Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Anime's Video Confirms Summer Debut, TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND Music

MAPPA adapts Homura Kawamoto, Tōru Naomura's gambling manga ― The official website for the television anime of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga began streaming a promotional video on Wednesday. The video confirms the anime's summer premiere. The video also reveals that TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND (Witch Craft Works, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!) will...
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Oscar Will Have You in Palm of Her Hand at Rose of Versailles Trick Art Exhibit

Also: kabe-don with Andre ― Yokohama's Artrick Museum takes a fun and lighthearted approach to art with its trick art: artwork that provides the illusion that it's bursting out of its two-dimensional limitations to engage with the visitor. It's long been a staple of funhouses or art exhibits that don't take themselves too seriously. This year, fans of classic anime will have a reason to check it out,...
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Welcome to the Ballroom Anime's Video Features Unison Square Garden Song

Shimba Tsuchiya, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Ayane Sakura, Toshiyuki Morikawa star in July anime ― The official website for the television anime of Tomo Takeuchi's Welcome to the Ballroom manga began streaming the anime's third promotional video on Wednesday. Just as the first promotional video featured the Unison Square Garden song "Chandelier Waltz," the new video features a collaboration track with Unison S...
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DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon Comedy Anime Film Teased for This Fall

Flash animation series Eagle Talon's crossover with Justice League ― Anime studio DLE Inc. announced on Wednesday that it is producing the DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon anime film, and it is streaming a teaser trailer with English narration for the project. The video outlines the film's story with self-referential jokes, and states that the film will be "in theaters this fall... probably." The film...
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Lupin III's Curry Restaurant Collaboration Offers Fiat 500

The official website for the Curry House CoCo Ichibanya (CoCo Ichi) restaurant chain's collaboration with the Lupin the Third franchise updated on Tuesday. The website revealed a visual of Lupin using a uniform to sneak into CoCo Ichi for his own possibly nefarious purposes. The site also announced a project to give away a real version of the character's Fiat 500. People can use their CoCo Ichi re...
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Miyazawa Kenji no Shotaku Gourmet Manga Gets Live-Action Series

Manga follows Night on the Galactic Railroad author sharing food with family ― Santa Uonome's Miyazawa Kenji no Shotaku (Kenji Miyazawa's Dining Table) manga is inspiring a live-action series in June. The drama will premiere on WOWOW Prime in June and will air on Saturdays at 10:00 p.m. Ryohei Suzuki is playing the role of Kenji Miyazawa. Osamu Minorikawa is directing the series and Natsuko Ikeda is ...
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Teases 'Facial Hacking' Project in Video

The official Japanese website for the live-action Ghost in the Shell film began streaming a mysterious "Facial Hacking" teaser on Tuesday. The video previews a project that will use leading projection mapping technology and mark a first experiment for the film industry. In Masamune Shirow's original Ghost in the Shell manga and its anime adaptations, characters undergo cyberization to change their...
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Nintendo Wins Patent Lawsuit Over 3D Technology in 3DS

Inventor Seijiro Tomita filed suit in 2011, won case in 2013 ― The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found in favor of Nintendo Co Ltd on Friday in a patent lawsuit filed by Tomita Technologies regarding technology used in the Nintendo 3DS system. Former Sony Corporation employee and inventor Seijiro Tomita sued Nintendo and its U.S. branch in 2011, claiming Nintendo infringed on...
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Atlus Plans New Title Announcement Live Stream for March 26

Atlus announced that it will hold a live stream entitled "New Title Announcement Special Spring 2017" on March 26 at 6:00 a.m. EDT via NicoNico and Fresh. The event will introduce Atlus' new titles that are slated to launch later this year. A highlight of the stream will be the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, which Atlus revealed on Tuesday as a full remake of the ...
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Ads Show Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Hair in Everyday Situations

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links game launched for iOS and Android devices in Japan on November 17, and as of Friday, it has been downloaded more than 33,330,000 times. The game's official website began streaming two "Fighting?" promotional videos on Friday. In the first video, a teacher interrogates high school students who think only about Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. The principal shows up and surprises them ...
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TOKU to Air Ultraman 80 With English Subtitles

Olympusat, Inc.'s television channel TOKU announced that it will air the original Ultraman 80 series beginning on March 27. TOKU confirmed with ANN that the series will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The Screener website lists that the show will air two new episodes every Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT. The live-action show, produced by Tsuburaya Productions and directed b...
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Netflix to Stream Selection of Classic Voltron Episodes

Staff of new series select episodes for streaming ― Netflix will stream 12 episodes of the original Voltron series under the title Voltron 84 on Friday. The episodes will be selected and presented by staff members of Dreamworks and Netflix's Voltron: Legendary Defender series. World Events Productions, Ltd. (WEP) and the late Peter O'Keefe adapted the first 1984-1985 Voltron television series from tw...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 19-25

Attack on Titan: Junior High, Girls Und Panzer This is the Real Anzio Battle anime; Clockwork Planet, Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Attack on Titan: Junior High Limited Edition BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$84.98 March 21 Attack on Titan: Junior High BD/DVDCite Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 March 21 BlazB...
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Photo Feature: Brave Witches, Idolish 7 Pop-Up Stores in Osaka

The Namco store in Osaka is just around the corner from the main street of the city's famed Den Den Town area (Osaka's equivalent of Akihabara). The store's first floor plays host to a rotating series of pop-up stores for anime and other franchises, usually having one or two at a time. The first floor also features an an area where fans can participate in multiple Ichiban Kuji lotteries. The upper...

Funimation Reveals 5 Code Geass: Akito the Exiled English Dub Cast Members

Micah Solusod, Jeannie Tirado, more star ― Funimation Entertainment announced five members of its English dub cast for Code Geass: Akito the Exiled on Monday and Tuesday. The revealed cast members are as follows: Micah Solusod as Akito Hyuga Jeannie Tirado as Leila Malcal Ricco Fajardo as Ryo Sayama Aaron Dismuke as Yukiya Naruse Elizabeth Maxwell as Ayano Kosaka Funimation will release the series on...
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Toukiden 2 Game's N. American Launch Trailer Streamed

New trailer showcases PS4 game ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming a new trailer for Toukinden 2 on Tuesday to correspond with its release of the game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC in North America. The trailer showcases a scene where the game's characters use their different weapons and abilities to defeat an enemy. The game will ship in Europe on March 24 for the same gaming platform...
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Sentai Filmworks to Release Gatchaman Fighter on DVD

1979 series previously edited into Eagle Riders ― Section 23 Films announced in its July release slate on Tuesday that Sentai FIlmworks will release the Gatchaman Fighter (Kagaku Ninja-Tai Gatchaman F) anime on DVD on July 4. The DVD will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The 1979-1980 series is the third Gatchaman television anime, and it has not previously been released in North America uncut....
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Doctor Strange Manga Adaptation Ends

Series runs on MangaBox app, had original prequel ― The sixteenth chapter of Haruichi's manga adaptation of Marvel's Doctor Strange film announced on Wednesday that the final chapter will launch on DeNA's free MangaBox app on March 29. The series launched on Manga Box app on November 30. Mangabox also ran a series of bonus Doctor Strange four-panel manga alongside the main manga. Before the launch of...
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Prince of Tennis CD Art Mosaic Debuts in Shibuya Station

The official website for The Prince of Tennis anime announced on Monday that a giant mosaic Ryōma mosaic is being displayed at the Tokyu Toyoko Line Shibuya Station Super Board for one week ending on March 26. The mosaic's image is made of The Prince of Tennis CD jacket art. The art features music CD jacket art from a total of 395 titles chosen in a fan poll that included 800 songs. The mosaic and...
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Precure Dream Stars! Film Opens at #5, but Kuroko's Basketball Earns More

Kamiyama's Ancien and the Magic Tablet opens at #9, live-action March comes in like a lion at #7 ― The Eiga Precure Dream Stars! (Precure The Movie: Dream Stars!) anime film ranked #5 in attendance in its first weekend. It sold 135,000 tickets for 158 million yen (about US$1.4 million). The film is the 22nd and latest in the Precure All Stars film series. It featured 12 Precure from 2015's Go! Prince...
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Re:Creators Anime's 2nd Commercial Previews Ending Theme

Anime about fictional characters entering the real world premieres April 8 ― The official website for the Re:Creators original television anime project began streaming the anime's second commercial on Sunday. The video previews Mashiro Ayano's ending theme song "NewLook." (Note: the video on the website is region-locked to Japan.) The anime will have a total of 22 main episodes, and three special pro...
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Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X 3DS Game's Video Highlights Mechanics

Game ships with 3,300 cards in Japan on April 27 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a promotional video on Tuesday for its Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X game for the Nintendo 3DS. The video previews the game's modes, mechanics, and features. The card battle adventure game is the latest in the Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission series, and it will ship in Japan on April 27. Both t...

3DS Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology Remake Features New Scenario

Atlus to ship remake of Radiant Historia game in Japan on June 29 ― Atlus launched a teaser website on Tuesday that for a new Radiant Historia title. This week's issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is revealing on Thursday that the role-playing game, titled Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology, will be a full remake of the original Radiant Historia game. The game will include new scenario and ...
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Square Enix Reveals Seiken Densetsu Collection for Nintendo Switch

Video previews set of 1st 3 Mana games shipping in Japan on June 1 ― Square Enix announced on Tuesday that it will release the first three games in its Seiken Densetsu (Mana) series on the Nintendo Switch as Seiken Densetsu Collection. Both the physical and digital versions will retail for 4,800 yen (US$42). The game set will ship in Japan on June 1. The official Twitter account of the series streame...
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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory Game Heads West in 2018

Video streamed for PS4/PS Vita game featuring 320+ Digimon ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe announced on Tuesday that its Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game will ship in the West in early 2018. The release will feature the original Japanese dub and English and German subtitles. The game will be available physically and digitally for the PlayStatio...
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Kase-san Yuri Manga's Poster Lists Animators

The yuri manga event Yuriten 2017 revealed a poster for Hiromi Takashima's Kase-san and... yuri manga series on Saturday. The poster credits Takuya Satō (Girls Beyond the Wasteland, Say "I love you.") as director, and Kyuta Sakai (Steins;Gate, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-) for "sakuga," which can mean 'animator" in the context of animation production. While the poster's credits and the...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, March 13-19

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru sells 5,597, followed by Haikyu!!, live-action Museum, Euphonium 2, Assassination Classroom anime film ― The live-action film of Ryōsuke Tomoe's Museum (Museum - The Serial Killer is Laughing in the Rain) manga sold 1,514 copies to rank #13 on the overall DVD chart. The stage musical Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon -Amour Eternal- sold 1,451 copies to land at #16. The stage adaptat...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, March 13-19

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru sells 6,897, followed by Euphonium 2, Haikyu!!, Suzuko Mimori, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid ― Suzuko Mimori's Mimori Suzuko Live Tour 2016 "Grand Review" Final at Nippon Budokan Blu-ray sold 4,024 copies to rank #8 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Nana Mizuki Live Park x MTV Unplugged: Nana Mizuki sold 1,374 more copies for a new total of 14,769. It fell from #3 to #19 in its...
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Kirakira Precure a la Mode Anime Gets Film in October

14th Precure anime premiered on February 5 ― Toei began streaming a special video on Tuesday that reveals that the Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode anime will get an anime film in October. The anime, which is the 14th entry in the Precure animated series, premiered on February 5 at 8:30 a.m. on the ABC and TV Asahi channels and their affiliates. The show's theme is a crossover of colorful sweets with coo...
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The King of Fighters' Chinese CG Series Slated for This Summer With Japanese Voices

Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV's special effects team works on 20-episode series ― SNK announced that the planned animated adaptation of The King of Fighters fighting game franchise will premiere this summer under the title The King of Fighters: Destiny. SNK is streaming a trailer for the show. The video shows iconic scenes from early in The King of Fighters and Fatal Fury series' shared story, includi...

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Anime Reveals New Duelist Character Designs

Duelists Gō Onizuka, Aoi Zaizen debut in May anime ― The staff of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, the upcoming sixth anime in the Yu-Gi-Oh! television anime franchise, revealed the designs of two new duelist characters for the anime on Tuesday. Gō Onizuka (left) goes by the handle Go Onizuka (Go鬼塚) in the VR space, and regards himself as a rival to Playmaker/Yūsaku. Aoi Zaizen (right) goes by the handle of Blue An...

Sword Art Online Film Earns Over 600 Million Yen Outside Japan

Sold 700,000 tickets overseas, made US$1.35 million in 1st N. American weekend ― The Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale anime has sold over 700,000 tickets for the equivalent of more than 600 million yen (about US$5.32 million) in foreign box office ticket sales outside Japan. The film surpassed US$1.35 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend in North American theaters. The film also op...
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Sword Art Online Film Strip Gets US$1,300 Auction Bid

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale is enjoying box office success in Japan, having sold over one million tickets and earning over 1 billion yen (about US$8.8 million). The North American opening weekend this month pulled an additional US$1.35 million. Moviegoers in Japan also get the added bonus of a cut of film, and as is traditional, some are being sold at auction and reaching exorbitant prices. On...

In Another World With My Smartphone Light Novels Get Summer TV Anime

Takeyuki Yanase directs at Production Reed ― A television anime adaptation of Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World With My Smartphone (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni) light novel series has been green-lit. It will premiere this summer. Takeyuki Yanase (Himegoto, Onsen Yōsei Hakone-chan) is directing the anime at Production Reed. Natsuko Takahashi (My Love Story!) is supervising and writing the series ...
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Hand Shakers Anime Gets Unaired Episode With New Character

Noriaki Sugiyama voices Koichi in episode included in July 26's "Hand Shakers EX" extra disc ― The official website for GoHands, Frontier Works, and Kadokawa's original television anime series Hand Shakers revealed on Tuesday that a "Hand Shakers EX" extra disc will contain an unaired 13th episode on July 26. The "Go ago Go" episode will be a prequel story focusing on Koyori and Makihara's past. The ...
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63-Year-Old Goth Loli Sachiko Squares Off Against Players in Mobile Game

63-year-old enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi, known for "last boss" level stage costumes, donned what she dubbed her most embarrassing outfit yet to promote the Gothic wa Mahō Otome (The Magical Maiden is Gothic) mobile shooting game. The next stage of the collaboration started on Friday with Kobayashi's in-game version taking on players. The collaboration is giving players who log in between March 1...
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Nana Maru San Batsu Anime Reveals 2 More Cast Members With Quiz Videos

Takuya Satō, Kaito Ishikawa join cast ― Toei streamed four quiz videos this month, revealing two new cast members for the television anime adaptation of Iqura Sugimoto's Nana Maru San Batsu (literally, "7 O 3 X" or "7 Right, 3 Wrong") manga. Toei first streamed a "question" video for each character with only the voice, and later streamed "answer" videos revealing the names of the voice actors. The ne...
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Tsugumomo Anime Gets Racy 2-Sided Flyer at AnimeJapan

The official website for the television anime of Yoshikazu Hamada's Tsugumomo manga revealed on Friday that the series will release a possibly unprecedented fukurotoji flyer at AnimeJapan on March 25 and March 26. In a modern context, printed fukurotoji items typically consist of a double-leaved page sealed at the opening so that readers must break the seal to see the inside. The front of the flye...
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Zero Escape: Nonary Games Trailer Previews New 999 Visuals, Voices

PS4/PS Vita/PC game double pack slated for March 24 ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a promotional video for Zero Escape: The Nonary Games, its double pack of Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999) and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, on Thursday. The video previews some of the updated visuals and new Japanese voices for 999. Aksys Games streamed a video introducing the new feature...
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Teaches English to New High Schoolers

Starting this April, eccentric teenager and fellow student Haruhi Suzumiya will help teach English to new high school students in Japan. The new revised edition of World Trek English Communication I, which is available for first-year students for the upcoming school year starting on April 1, features a reading section based on The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The reading, titled "Haruhi, an Amaz...
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Yowamushi Pedal Casts Jun Fukuyama as Komari Kishigami

Character previewed in video ― The official website for the Yowamushi Pedal New Generation anime announced on Tuesday that Jun Fukuyama will voice Komari Kishigami, a new first year at Kyoto Fushimi High School. Toho Animation previewed the character with a video: The series premiered in Japan on January 9. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan. The series is listed with 25 episodes...

Power Rangers Film Includes 1st Big-Screen LGBT Superhero

Film also has lead character on autism spectrum ― Lionsgate's upcoming Power Rangers film will include an LGBT protagonist, marking the first time a big-budget Hollywood movie has included an LGBT superhero. The film also includes a character on the autism spectrum. (Note: The following contains minor spoilers for the Power Rangers film.) In a scene in the second act, one character asks Trini (the Ye...
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Free! Birthday Merchandise Returns in 2017

In 2015, the Kyoto Animation Shop began its successful Free! birthday merchandise line. The original launch items included each of the series' male characters with a flower motif on wall scrolls, cushion covers, placards, a rubber strap set, and button pins. The company did it again the following year for the "Fresh! Fruit!" birthday line that depicted the characters with macron desserts. The pop...
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Resident Evil: Vendetta CG Film Opens in U.S., Canadian Theaters on June 19

Film to premiere in Japan on May 27 ― Fathom Events, Park Circus, and Sony Pictures Announced on Monday that the upcoming Resident Evil: Vendetta CG-animated film will open in theaters in the United States and Canada on June 19 for one night only. Tickets in Canada will go on sale on March 24 and tickets in the United States will go on sale on March 31. The film, based on CAPCOM's Resident Evil (Bioh...

Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Spot Teases Kuze

Michael Pitt plays villain in film slated for March 31 ― Paramount Pictures began streaming a new teaser for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell live-action film on Monday. The teaser shows the villain, who introduces himself as Kuze and announces his vendetta against the Hanka Corporation. Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) plays the villain, initially reported as the Laughing Man. The Collider website rep...
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Detective Conan Appears on Cover of Sho-Comi Magazine

This year's eighth issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine features a familiar face on the cover. The titular character of Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga appears on the cover in front of with the lead characters from Onimiya-sensei no Kiss ni wa Sakaraenai (My lover is sweet Demon) by Kayoru. The issue is also bundling clear files and a special collaboration booklet with artwork by the magaz...
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'Hacker's Memory' Trademark Filed Under Bandai Namco in Europe

A trademark for "Hacker's Memory" was filed in Europe under Bandai Namco Entertainment on Monday. Shueisha's V-Jump magazine announced on Tuesday that Bandai Namco Entertainment is developing a Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The game is related to the Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth game that shipped in Japan in 2015. [Via Gematsu]
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MAGES' 'B-Project' Fictional Male Idol Project Gets Stage Play

Toman, Tom Fujita, Ryō Taguchi, Shunya Ōhira star ― The staff of B-Project, MAGES' fictional male idol project featuring character designs by Devils and Realist creator Utako Yukihiro, announced on Sunday that the project is getting a stage play adaptation. An official website for the stage play, titled "B-Project on Stage Over the Wave!," launched and revealed four main cast members on Sunday. Toman...
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Mana Game Series' Video Shows Seiken Densetsu 3 on Nintendo Switch

Franchise's official Twitter post appears to feature 1995 RPG ― The official Twitter account for Square Enix's Seiken Densetsu (Mana) role-playing game series posted a 10-second video on Monday that appears to show the Seiken Densetsu 3 game being played on the Nintendo Switch. Square Enix has not announced a release of the game for the Nintendo Switch. #聖剣伝説 pic.twitter.com/uXD0hey02H— 聖剣伝説 -公式- (@S...
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Shūzō Oshimi's Inside Mari Manga Gets Live-Action Series

Elaiza Ikeda, Ryō Yoshizawa star in series streaming on March 31 ― Shūzō Oshimi's Boku wa Mari no Naka (Inside Mari) manga is getting a live-action series adaptation. Elaiza Ikeda (live-action Wolf Girl & Black Prince, All Esper Dayo!) is playing Mari Yoshizaki, and Ryō Yoshizawa (live-action Ao Haru Ride, Gintama) is playing Isao Komori. Yuri Nakamura (live-action Maestro, Mori no Asagao) is playing...
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Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu Live-Action Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Tao Tsuchiya, Ryōta Katayose, Yudai Chiba star in June 30 film ― The official website of the live-action film adaptation of Rina Yagami's Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Thursday. The video previews the film's theme song "Sora" by GENERATIONS. The site is also streaming a 30-second version of the trailer. The film opens in Japan on June 30. The manga is...
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Daisuke Ono Joins Cast of 21st Detective Conan Film

Ono plays Muga Iori in character's anime debut ― This year's 17th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Daisuke Ono is joining the cast of Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter (Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter), the 21st Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime film. He plays the character Muga Iori in the film. Muga is a butler to Momiji's family. T...
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The Royal Tutor Anime Casts Takuya Eguchi as Rosenberg

TV series starring Keisuke Ueda as tutor to 4 princes premieres on April 4 ― The official website for the the television anime adaptation of Higasa Akai's The Royal Tutor (Ōshitsu Kyōshi Heine or Königliche Familie Lehrer) manga announced on Friday that Takuya Eguchi (91 Days' Nero Vanetti, Haikyu!! Second Season's Yūji Terushima) will play Rosenberg, a mysterious count. The anime will premiere on TV...
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New Sailor Moon Musical Opens in Japan This Fall

Mirai replaces Karin Takahashi in Sailor Saturn role ― The official website of the Sailor Moon franchise announced on Monday that the next production in the Sailor Moon stage musicals will debut this fall at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo venue. The new cast for the Inner Guardians that debuted in last year's Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Amour Eternal- musical return for this new musical. Kaede as Makoto ...
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Scum's Wish Live-Action & Anime Cast Members Guest Star in Each Others' Series

Dori Sakurada appears in anime while Chika Anzai appears in live-action series ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Mengo Yokoyari's Scum's Wish (Kuzu no Honkai) manga announced on Friday that Dori Sakurada and Chika Anzai will have guest starring roles in the live-action adaptation of the manga and the anime. Sakurada (seen right), who plays Mugi Awaya in the live-action sho...

Anime Video Market in Japan Sees 15.8% Decrease in 2016

Anime home video market follows general home video market trend ― The Japan Video Software Association (JVA) released its 12-month statistical report on March 14 on video software sales in Japan from January to December 2016. The report stated that anime DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, including rentals, amounted to 54.420 billion yen (about US$483.6 million), a 15.8% decrease from last year. Sales and r...
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film Streams 4 More TV Spots

2 Japanese clips also posted for March 31 film ― Paramount Pictures began streaming four new television spots for the upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell film on Friday. Paramount Pictures also streamed two short Japanese clips for the film on Friday. Dreamworks and Paramount are co-financing and co-producing the film. Paramount Pictures is the film's new distributor, after Dreamworks ended its d...
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Gintama Anime Teases 'Important Announcement' Next Week

The 327th episode of the Gintama. television anime series revealed on Sunday that the next episode will have an important announcement. The next episode airs on March 26. In addition, the episode also noted that "The Battle on Rakuyo Arc that took us into a late night slot, and even into outer space, is nearing its end!" The fifth Gintama. television anime season premiered on January 9. Crunchyrol...
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Latino Review: Hollywood Yamato/Star Blazers Film Hires Writer

Skydance Media plans film as Christopher McQuarrie's next after Mission: Impossible ― In an interview with media news website Latino-Review on Saturday, Skydance Media CEO David Ellison revealed that the live-action Hollywood film adaptation of the Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato) anime has hired on screenwriter Zach Dean (Deadfall) to pen the film's script. He also confirmed that director Chri...
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Examu to Launch Crowdfunding Campaign for Arcana Heart 3 Love Max Six Stars!!!!!! Fighting Game

Newest installment in fighting game series arrived in arcades in December 2014 ― Game developer Examu revealed on Saturday that it will launch a crowdfunding campaign to release its Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX SIX STARS!!!!!! arcade fighting game on PC with an English localization. If the campaign is successful, the company will consider development of a new character and making a collected edition of th...
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Gamers! Anime's TV Format, Staff Revealed

Manabu Okamoto directs anime of Sekina Aoi novel series at Pine Jam ― The May issue of Kadokawa's Dragon Magazine revealed on Saturday that the anime adaptation of Sekina Aoi and illustrator Saboten's Gamers! light novel series will be a television anime. The issue also revealed the anime's main staff. Manabu Okamoto (The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- storyboar...
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Yuuki Kaji Revisits His Bananya Role in New Commercials

Popular voice actor Yuuki Kaji got in touch with his feline side last year as the lead in Bananya. The anime is about exactly what it sounds like: cats that live in bananas. The short anime series about the fruity felines tied into what was an already established merchandise line. Kaji reunited with his kitty counterpart in the first ad to promote a talk show event with the voice actor that will b...

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