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Universal Studios Japan's Dragon Ball Z Attraction is a Brand New Story

The official website for Universal Studio Japan's Shonen Jump Summer attraction line-up revealed that its Dragon Ball Z attraction will be a 4-D theater experience with a brand new story. The "Dragon Ball Z The Real 4-D at Super World Martial Arts Tournament" feature promises a new fight for Goku, but details will not be revealed until mid-May. The "World Martial Arts Tournament" is a reoccurring ...
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Ginban Kishi Manga By Tramps Like Us' Ogawa Approaches Climax

Also: Ogawa draws Blame! spinoff 1-shot manga ― This year's June issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine is revealing on Tuesday that Yayoi Ogawa's Ginban Kishi (Skating Rink Knight) manga is approaching its climax. The word "climax" written in phonetic katakana often indicates a manga series' final chapter. Ogawa launched the romantic comedy manga in Kiss in September 2012, and Kodansha published the mang...
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Plier Mascot Ultimate Nipako Now Available as GPS Guide

Joins cast of moe teenage girls ― The Japanese toolmaker God Hand has a cute girl mascot for its pliers, the Ultimate Nipper, designed especially for model kits: Ultimate Nipako. With her massive blue twintails, she looks about like what a pair of pliers might look like if they came to life. Nipako fans can now hear her guide them via the GPS app Maplus+. Maplus+ is a navigation service for iOS and A...
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Satoru Hiura's Hotaru no Hikari SP Manga Ends

Original Hotaru no Hikari series inspired 2 live-action TV series, 1 live-action film ― This year's June issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine is revealing on Tuesday that Satoru Hiura's Hotaru no Hikari SP manga will end in the magazine's July issue, which ships on May 25. Hiura launched the series in the magazine in January 2014. Kodansha published the manga's fifth volume (pictured at right) on Januar...

Voice Actor Yoshimasa Hosoya Goes on Hiatus to Treat Throat

Plans to return to work this year ― The staff of voice actor Yoshimasa Hosoya reported on Monday that he is going on hiatus from work to undergo treatment for his throat after a doctor's diagnosis. He plans to return to work before the end of this year. Hosoya's recent roles include Rintarō Kira on Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys, Reiner Braun on Attack on Titan season 2, and Kakeru Tengenji on S...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Anime Reveals Story Synopsis

6th anime series in Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise premieres on May 10 ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed a story synopsis on Monday for the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS television anime series. The city where network systems are developed: Den City. The giant company SOL Technology Co. is based there, and it uses advanced technology that it created to con...

ReLIFE Anime Gets 4-Episode Finale Next March

Most of cast, staff return for new episodes on Blu-ray/DVD ― Production on an arc to conclude the ReLife television anime's story has been green-lit. The four new episodes will go on sale on Blu-ray and DVD next March. (highlight the following white text to read spoilers) [The finale will follow the story after the 13th episode until the end of Arata Kaizaki's ReLIFE experiment.] The arc will feature...
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Resident Evil: heavenly island's Naoki Serizawa Launches New Manga Series on April 28

New series centers on female sports doctor ― The official Twitter account for the Nihon Bungeisha's Weekly Manga Goraku magazine revealed on Thursday that the manga's next issue (issue #2562) on April 28 will launch Naoki Serizawa's new manga series Sports Doctor "MAMA" (Mama wa Sports Doctor). 【次号予告】次号のGW特大合併号の週刊漫画ゴラクは、本誌初登場!巨弾シリーズ新連載!!芹沢直樹が描く「ママはスポーツドクター」が大増の70Pで登場!!!!来週の28日(金)発売のゴラクを、是非ともお楽しみくださいま...
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Live-Action Blade of the Immortal Film Streams 2 'Cannes' TV Ads

Film screens at Cannes Film Festival in May, opens in Japan on Saturday ― Warner Brothers began streaming two new "Cannes" commercials on Friday for the live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal "neo period drama" manga. Both ads preview the film's theme song "Live to Die Another Day ~Sonzai Shōmei~" (Live to Die Another Day ~Proof of Existence~) by Miyavi. The film will premiere in ...
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Code:Realize Anime Reveals TV Format, October Premiere, Cast, Staff, Promo Video

Game cast reprises roles with Saori Hayami joining as progatonist Cardia ― The "Code:Realize Fantastic Party" event in Kawasaki City revealed on Sunday that the previously revealed anime adaptation of Idea Factory and Design Factory's Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ (Code:Realize ~Sōsei no Himegimi) PlayStation Vita game is a television anime series that will premiere in October. The anime's webs...
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2nd Tokyo Ghoul Stage Play Reveals Cast, Staff, July Premiere

Ryo Matsuda replaces Yūki Ogoe to star in new stage play ― The official website for the second Tokyo Ghoul stage play based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga began streaming a commercial on Sunday to reveal some of the cast members in costume. (Note: The first video below can't be viewed the United States, New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea, and Australia.) The stage play stars: Ryo Matsuda as Ken Kane...
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Kamiko Nintendo Switch Game Gets English Release on April 27

Arcade-like action game launched in Japan on April 13 ― Nintendo is listing that it will release game publisher and developer Flyhigh Works and indie developer Skipmore's Kamiko game on the Switch in the United States on April 27. The game will cost US$4.99 and will be available on the Nintendo e-Shop. Flyhigh Works began streaming an introduction video for the game on April 12. Nintendo describes th...
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Tsuredure Children Anime Reveals Main Cast, Theme Song Artists

Series of 15-minute shorts premieres in July ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine is revealing the main cast and theme song details on Wednesday for the television anime of Toshiya Wakabayashi's Tsuredure Children (Idle Children) manga. The anime stars: Kaito Ishikawa as Takurō Sugawara Inori Minase as Chizuru Takano Tomoaki Maeno as Takeshi Gōda Yui Ogura a...
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5-Minute Fire Emblem Echoes Game's English Video Outlines Strategic Elements

Remake for 3DS ships in N. America, Europe on May 19 ― Nintendo began streaming a new English-narrated "A Master Class in Strategy" trailer on Saturday for its Fire Emblem Echoes -Shadows of Valentia- Nintendo 3DS game. The video previews the game's strategic elements. The video also outlines what bonuses various Amiibo figures will provide in-game. The game features animated cut scenes by Studio Kha...
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One Piece Reveals Anime Character Designs for Pudding, Big Mom

Toei also streams preview for next week's anime-original musical number ― The official website for the One Piece franchise revealed the anime character designs on Sunday for the characters Charlotte Pudding and Big Mom. Miyuki Sawashiro (Durarara!!'s Celty, 2011 Hunter × Hunter 's Kurapika) will voice the character Charlotte Pudding. Pudding is the 35th daughter of Big Mom, and she is Sanji's arrange...
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"Magic Mirror" in Shibuya Compliments Women Using Voice of Toshiki Masuda

The Japanese company Nissui has put up a "Magic Voice Mirror" in Shibuya as part of a campaign for a new line of soy milk cookies. Women can stand in front of the mirror and hear various compliments about their appearance from seiyu Toshiki Masuda. Directional speakers are used to make it sound like he is, "whispering sweetly into your ear." Toshiki Masuda is the voice of Mikado Sekimura in B-PRO...
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Madoka Magica Characters Transform into Flower Fairies in Lawson Collaboration

Madoka, Mami, Homura, Sakura, Sayaka, and Kyōko from SHAFT's Puella Magi Madoka Magica will be transforming into flower fairies in a collaboration with the Japanese convenience store chain Lawson beginning on April 25. Lawson will be selling a variety of original goods for the campaign, which is a tie-up event for the 3rd Madoka Magica film, Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion. ...
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Castlevania Show's Adi Shankar Says He'd 'Love to Do' an R-Rated Mega Man Film

Producer Adi Shankar is currently working on the upcoming Castlevania animated series for Netflix, but he's also been recently discussing other video game adaptations he'd like to make. Shankar said in an interview with gaming website WWG on April 10 he would "love to do" an R-rated live-action film based on Capcom's Mega Man franchise. The producer also said he would also like to tackle an animat...
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Yuki Yuna Is a Hero Anime's Pachislot Game Video Posted

1st film of 2nd season opened in March, 2nd on April 15 ― Game company Daxel began streaming a promotional video for its pachislot (pachinko-parlor slot machine) based on the Yuki Yuna Is a Hero anime franchise on Monday. Daxel hasn't yet revealed when the machines will launch in pachinko parlors in Japan. The first Yuki Yuna Is a Hero anime's story takes place in the era of the gods, year 300. Yūna ...
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ufotable Animates Opening for BS Fuji's 'Anime Guild' Block

New block airs Anonymous Noise, Kado: The Right Answer, Grimoire of Zero, BanG Dream! anime ― Animation studio ufotable (The Garden of Sinners, Fate/Zero) posted its video opening for BS Fuji's new Anime Guild programming block on April 10. The block runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. BSフジ・新アニメ枠「アニメギルド」―OP映像をufotableにて制作致しました。クレジット付のバージョンをWEB限定で公開致します。 アニメギルド公式アカウント(@animegu...
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Man Forced to Breastfeed Alien Baby in New Manga

Provided with gender-switching device ― Alien abduction stories are a staple of pulp science fiction, complete with variations in which humans raise alien babies. Gender-switching stories are also perennially popular, especially in Japan. The manga Chichi no Jikan by Kuronosuke Shirata, published in book form by Tokuma Shoten on April 20, combines the two themes in a very bizarre way. Chichi no Jikan...
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REC's Q-taro Hanamizawa Starts New Manga in May

New Kanojo ga Bikini Armor ni Kigaetara manga centers on wife with secret ― This year's June issue of Shonengahosha's Monthly Young King Ours GH magazine announced on Monday that Q-taro Hanamizawa will start a new manga titled Kanojo ga Bikini Armor ni Kigaetara (If She Changes Into Bikini Armor) in next month's issue on May 16. The July issue will feature the manga on its front cover, and the first ...
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Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Gets Collaboration with Tenkaippin Ramen Chain, More

Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail is getting collaborations with Tenkaippin ramen, the restaurant Sweets Paradise, and the internet cafe Jijyuu Kuukan to celebrate the new anime film Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, which opens in theaters in Japan on May 6. At Tenkaippin ramen, fans will be able to eat "Special Collaboration Donburi" out of bowls with an illustration of a half-dragon Natsu on them. The ramen chai...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Characters Show Off Their Worldwide 'Image Girl' Dress

The Love Live! Sunshine!! "World Image Girl Election" poll held late last year paired each character with a corresponding country to make each a PR ambassador for different "regions" of the world. The highest combination of votes for each idol and region determined which member became the ambassador for each location. The Love Live franchise staff revealed the characters dressed in traditional or ...
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Toriko's Shimabukuro Publishes New 1-Shot in Grand Jump Magazine This Fall

This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro will publish a new one-shot manga in Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine this fall. Shimabukuro is publishing the 19-page "Chingiri" one-shot manga (pictured at right) in the same combined issue on Monday. He also recently published a different 29-page one-shot gag manga...
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Ryohgo Narita's New Bleach Novel Reveals Title, Digital Serialization Starting on April 28

Novel focusing on Shūhei Hisagi launches on Jump+, official Bleach app ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing the title on Monday for Ryohgo Narita's (Baccano!, Durarara!) new Bleach novel based on Tite Kubo's manga. The novel is titled Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World, and it will launch on both the Shonen Jump+ app and the official Bleach ...
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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory Game Reveals 2 New Characters

PS4/Vita game featuring 320+ Digimon ships in Japan this year, in early 2018 in West ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed two new female characters on Thursday for its Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game. The game will feature the new character Erika Mishima and the returning character Fei. Erika is "is a genius hacker who has the special power to li...
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Bandai Namco Ent. Reveals Weekly Shonen Jump Ore Collection Smartphone Game

Battle card game launches in Japan this summer ― This year's June issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Friday that Weekly Shonen Jump and Bandai Namco Entertainment are launching a smartphone game titled Weekly Shonen Jump Ore Collection (Weekly Shonen Jump My Collection) this summer. Bandai Namco Entertainment has also opened a website for the game. In the card battle game, players collec...

Fullmetal Alchemist, One Piece Voice Actor Ed Blaylock Passes Away

Voice actor for King Bradley, Sengoku was 64 ― Dallas, Texas-based radio station WRR 101 revealed on Thursday that voice actor and radio host Ed Blaylock (Thomas Edwin Blaylock, Jr.) passed away on Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 64. As a voice actor, Blaylock played the role of Fuhrer King Bradley in both the Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood television anime seri...
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More Do You Like Your Mom? Light Novel Campaigns Ahead of Mother's Day

"Personalized" voice clips, an online RPG, and a mini-museum ― Dachima Inaka's light novel Do You Like Your Mom? Her Normal Attack is Two Attacks at Full Power has sold very well and has inspired several unique promotional campaigns. With the second volume hitting store shelves on April 20 and Mother's Day approaching on May 14, its publisher, Fujimi Shobo, is unleashing more treats for readers yearn...
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Marvelous Establishes Company With Focus on Senran Kagura

Producer Kenichirō Takaki helms Honey∞Parade Games ― Game, anime, and stage production company Marvelous announced on Friday that it will establish a subsidiary company under the name Honey∞Parade Games on May 9. The new company's main focus will be the production and promotion of the Senran Kagura series, but it also aims to create "next generation" IP. Senran Kagura series producer Kenichirō Takaki...
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Saga Prefecture's 4 Anime Shorts Now Streaming With English Subtitles

Saga Prefecture's four anime shorts created to promote the area's tourism are now streaming with English subtitles. "Okaeri" ("Welcome Back") follows high school senior Sora who is aiming to be a professional soccer player. Unfortunately, Sora is injured and finds that the path to being a pro in Tokyo is now closed to him. He decides to find a new path in Saga Prefecture's Karatsu city. Kappei Yam...
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NieR: Automata Sells More Than 500,000 Copies In Japan & Asia

The official NieR Twitter account revealed on Friday that the PlayStation 4 version of NieR: Automata has sold more than 500,000 physical and digital copies in Japan and Asia. According to Media Create's most recent Japanese sales chart, more than 300,000 physical versions of the game have been shipped in Japan alone. Square Enix announced on April 4 that the the game's physical and digital versio...
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Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness Manga's Life-Size Lala Figure Completed

Shueisha's Jump Square first announced that Lala Satalin Deviluke will get her own life-size figure last month to mark the manga's end. To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga writer Saki Hasemi has since stated that Darkness is "not the final chapter" of To Love-Ru but the figure's creation marched forward none the less. Now completed, Lala will only go home with 10 lucky buyers. She's priced at 2,8...
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AR Game Maker Sues Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Legal Response to Pokémon Go

U.S. game company Candy Lab sued the county of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday over an ordinance that requires virtual and location-based augmented reality games to have a permit in order to operate in Milwaukee County Parks. Candy Lab is challenging the ordinance on the basis that it violates its First Amendment right to free speech. The county adopted the ordinance in January in response to the p...
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Bookwalker Global to Release The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress Light Novel

Digital reading platform plans more English translations of light novels ― BookWalker Global, Kadokawa's English-language digital reading platform, announced on Friday that it will release the first volume of the light novel series The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress (Tatakau Panya to Kikaiji kake no Kanbanmusume) in English in June. The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress is the platform...
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Silent Möbius Creator Kia Asamiya Draws Visual for Maya Okamoto's Fictitious '90s Anime

Voice actress Maya Okamoto (Emma Sheen in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Orihime in Sakura Wars, Harumi in The Irresponsible Captain Tylor) recorded a CD for a classic '90s anime that never actually existed, and the key visual, drawn by Silent Möbius creator Kiya Asamiya, has just been released. The fictional anime is titled Raijin Hakkei -ZANAM- Femme Fatale Unmei no Onna, or "Thunder God Series 8 -ZAN...
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Viz Media Licenses Splatoon Manga

Also announces new Studio Ghibli picture books, Hello Kitty & Friends coloring book ― North American publisher Viz Media announced during its C2E2 panel on Friday that it has licensed Sankichi Hinodeya's Splatoon manga and plans to release the first volume in late 2017. In addition, the company announced that it will release The Art of My Little Pony: The Movie book in August, The Hello Kitty & Frien...
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Tamio Boy to Kuruwase Girl Live-Action Film's Trailer Reveals September Opening

Live-action Bakuman.'s Hitoshi Ōne directs film ― The official website for Tamio Boy to Kuruwase Girl, the live-action film adaptation of Chokkaku Shibuya's Okuda Tamio ni Naritai Boy - Deau Otoko Subete Kuruwaseru Girl (The Boy Who Wished to Be Tamio Okuda - The Girl Who Drove All the Men She Met Crazy) manga, began streaming a trailer and teaser video for the film on Thursday. Both videos reveal th...
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Robbery Suspect Description Evokes Detective Conan Villain

A recent theft in Fukuoka has police on the look out for a man with long hair and a black hat. The description has internet gumshoes wondering if they already know the culprit, none other than Detective Conan's Gin. The Black Organization officer is one of Conan's most ruthless opponents and the internet is abuzz that the character is the one behind the robbery. On Monday, the suspect and his two ...

Sentai Filmworks Reveals Himōto! Umaru-chan's English Dub Cast

Video clip previews English dub with Umaru, Taihei's voice actors ― Sentai Filmworks revealed the full English dub cast and a new English dub clip for Himoto! Umaru-chan on Friday. The new clip showcases previously announced cast members Emily Neves and Adam Noble performing their respective roles as Umaru and Taihei. The rest of the main English cast is as follows: Sara Ornelas as Nana Ebina Jad Sax...
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Kodansha Comics to Publish Battle Angel Alita, Full-Color Attack on Titan: No Regrets Manga

Color pages previewed for Attack on Titan: No Regrets ― Kodansha Comics announced during its presentation at C2E2 on Friday that it will release Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita manga in hardcover 2-in-1 omnibus volumes beginning this holiday season. In addition, the company announced that it will release a full-color, hardcover, large-size edition of the Attack on Titan: No Regrets manga this fal...

Seven Seas Licenses To Love Ru, To Love Ru Darkness Manga

1st volumes slated for October ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed the To Love Ru (To Love-Ru -Trouble-) and To Love Ru Darkness (To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness) manga. The company plans to release the series concurrently, with To Love Ru as 2-in-1 omnibus volumes and To Love Ru Darkness as single volumes. The first volumes are slated for October 24 and October 31, resp...
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Manga Explores What It Would Be Like If Your Mom Was Your Age

Son, mother both 10 years old ― Chances are you probably know or have known kids who've acted wiser or more mature than their years, whether through being bossy or nurturing. But what if your mom was actually your age? How would that affect your childhood? That's the intriguing question Rei Neyuki asks in the webcomic Okaasan (10-sai) to Boku. ("My (10-Year-Old) Mom and Me."), now newly published in ...
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Blade Dance of Elementalers' Artist Draws Isekai Meikyū de Harem o Manga

Shachi Sogano launched original novel on "Shōsetsuka ni Narō!" website in 2011 ― The May issue of Kadokawa's Shonen Ace magazine revealed last month that Issei Hyōju will launch a manga adaptation of Shachi Sogano's Isekai Meikyū de Harem o (A Harem in the Fantasy World Dungeon) light novel series in the magazine's next issue on April 26. The original novel series centers on high school student Michi...
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Exile Election PS4/Vita Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

NIS's adventure game ships in Japan on April 27 ― The official website for Nippon Ichi Software's Tsuihō Senkyo (Exile Election) adventure game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita began streaming the second promotional video on Friday. In the video, Alice introduces the three rules of the "Exile Election" death game. The website began streaming the first promotional video in February and "exile im...
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Bungo Stray Dogs OVA Casts Masakazu Morita as Shōsaku Katsura

Blu-ray Disc ships with original manga's 13th volume on August 4 ― The official Twitter account for the Bungo Stray Dogs anime franchise revealed on Friday that it has cast Masakazu Morita as the new character Shōsaku Katsura (pictured below). The character will appear in the original anime that Kadokawa will publish on Blu-ray Disc as a bundle with the 13th volume of Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa...
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Escha Chron OVA Reveals Main Character Designs

2-episode anime stars Chika Anzai, Kiyono Yasuno ― The official website for the two-episode original video anime adaptation of Avex Pictures' DIVE II Entertainment music label's "Escha Chron" stage recital project revealed character designs and descriptions for four characters on Friday. The cast includes (Note: Name romanizations are not official.): Chika Anzai as Escha, a beautiful girl with a myst...
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Wataru Hatano Performs Hitorijime My Hero TV Anime's Opening Song

Series adapting Memeco Arii's boys-love spinoff manga premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Memeco Arii's Hitorijime My Hero manga revealed on Friday that Wataru Hatano will perform the opening theme song "Heart Signal" for the series. Genki Hikota composed and arranged the rap song, and shigeo provided the lyrics. Hatano and Hikota previously worked together...
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Store: Kemono Friends Gets Stage Musical, New Game

"New screen project" for franchise previously announced ― The Akihabara-based store Busō Shōten posted an image of the wraparound jacket band on the Kemono Friends Official Guide Book 2 book on Friday. The band reveals that the Kemono Friends franchise is getting a stage musical and a new game. The guide book also reaffirms that a "new screen project" has been green-lit for the franchise. The book wi...

Daichi Sorayomi Ends Keijo!!!!!!!! Aquatic Sports Manga

Manga inspired 12-episode anime series in October ― This year's combined 22nd and 23rd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine will publish the final chapter of Daichi Sorayomi's Keijo!!!!!!!! aquatic sports manga on Wednesday. The manga's 16th volume will ship in May, the 17th volume will ship in June, and the 18th volume will ship in July. Sorayomi launched the manga in Weekly Shonen S...
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Polka Dots Performs Theme Song For Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Anime Film

Hiro Mashima serves as executive producer for film opening on May 6 ― The official website for the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film announced on Friday that the two-member unit Polka Dots (pictured right) is performing the film's theme song "What You Are." The duo is composed of i☆Ris member Himika Akaneya and Mimi Meme MIMI member Yuki Takao. Polka Dots previously performed an insert song for the T...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film's 2nd Trailer Streamed With English Subtitles

Film starting Ryōsuke Yamada opens in Japan on December 1 ― Warner Bros. Japan began streaming an English subtitled version of the second trailer for the live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga on Friday. The trailer shows young Edward and Alphonse's attempt to bring their mother back to life with alchemy, and then previews action scenes with the brothers as adults. Warner Bros...
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7O3X: Fastest Finger First Anime's Quiz Videos Reveal Takuma Nagatsuka as Akira Sonohara

Anime based on Iqura Sugimoto's quiz club manga premieres in July ― Toei began streaming a quiz video on Tuesday for 7O3X Fastest Finger First, the television anime adaptation of Iqura Sugimoto's Nana Maru San Batsu (literally, "7 O 3 X" or "7 Right, 3 Wrong") manga. The video reveals the character Akira Sonohara, and the voice actor for the character asks if viewers can guess his identity. A separat...

Kohske's Gangsta. Manga Resumes on May 20

Series had been on hiatus since November 2015 due to author's poor health ― The official website of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic @ Bunch magazine revealed on Friday that Kohske's Gangsta. manga will resume in the magazine's July issue, which will ship on May 20. Additionally, from May 15-28, all 42 chapters of the manga released so far will be available to read for free on the website. The magazine had...
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The Relative Worlds Original CG Anime's Trailer Shows Parallel World Characters

2-part anime debuts on Hulu Japan on April 28, May 5 ― The official website for Hulu Japan and Craftar's original two-part "smart CG animation" project Soutai Sekai (The Relative Worlds) began streaming a trailer for the project on Friday. The video shows the characters and their alternate world counterparts interacting with each other, and also previews REOL's opening theme song "VIP KID." REOL are ...
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Haré+Guu's Kindaichi to End Liar x Liar Manga in 3 Chapters

Manga about stepbrother unknowingly falling in love with stepsister launched in 2010 ― The June issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine is revealing on Monday that Renjuro Kindaichi's Liar x Liar manga will end in three chapters. The magazine's April issue previously noted in February that the manga would end in four chapters, but the manga took a one-month break in the May issue. If there are no delays...
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BlazBlue CentralFiction Game Comes to Steam on April 26

Publisher H2 Interactive revealed on Thursday that it will release Arc System Works' BlazBlue: CentralFiction fighting game on the PC via Steam on April 26. The release will include the game's original soundtrack and a digital "Memorial Book." The game originally debuted in Japanese arcades in November 2015, and the game launched in Japan for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 on October 6. Aksys...
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Augmented Reality Girls Trinary App's 2nd Promo Video Highlights Features

App debuted on April 13 with anime ― The official website for Toei Animation and Gust's Augmented Reality Girls Trinary (Kakuchō Shōjo-Kei Trinary) "anime cross-link role-playing game" smartphone collaboration project's app began streaming a second promotional video for the project on Thursday. The video highlights the app's features, including communicating with the characters, story events, battles...
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Live-Action [email protected] Show Teases 1st Episode in Video

Series premieres in South Korea on April 28, will stream on Amazon Prime Video ― The official YouTube account for the live-action THE [email protected] Dream television series began streaming a teaser for the show's first episode on Thursday. The official website for the series revealed on March 3 that the [email protected] Dream series will begin airing in South Korea on April 28. The show will air on the S...
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ZUN Announces 16th Game in Touhou Project Series

Touhou: Hidden Star in Four Seasons debuts at Summer Comiket in August ― Japanese dōjin developer ZUN (founder and sole member of the Team Shanghai Alice dōjin game developer circle) revealed on Thursday that he is developing the 16th main installment in the Touhou Project series of "bullet hell" (danmaku) shooters, titled Touhou: Hidden Star in Four Seasons (Tōhō Tenkūshō). He added he hopes to have...
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In/Spectre Manga Ends, But Sequel Announced for June

Manga by Chasiba Katase based on Kyo Shirodaira's novel launched in 2015 ― This year's third issue of Kodansha's Shōnen Magazine R published the final chapter of Kyo Shirodaira and Chasiba Katase's manga In/Spectre (Kyokō Suiri or Invented Interface) manga on Thursday. A sequel series to the manga will begin in the magazine's next issue on June 20. The first chapter of the sequel will be a short stor...
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Crunchyroll Adds The Devil is a Part-Timer!, Blood Blockade Battlefront Anime

Junjō Romantica 3 also added ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added The Devil is a Part-Timer!, Blood Blockade Battlefront, and Junjō Romantica 3 anime series to its catalog. The Devil is a Part-Timer! is available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The anime premiered in 2013. Funimation streamed the series as...
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Boys Figure Skating Manga Anthology Sells Out at Launch

Sayo Yamamoto and MAPPA's hit anime series Yuri on Ice has made an impression outside of its female fanbase, resonating with professional figure skaters and the ice skating world as a whole. The popularity it's brought to the sport can be summed up as immense. An immediate example is the "Yuri!!! on Ice ~Figure Skate o 100-Bai Tanoshimu Shūchū Kōgi~" event with figure-skating choreographer Kenji M...
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Gundam the Origin Anime's Loum Arc Debuts on September 2

Episode 5 will double theater count, screening run compared to previous episodes ― Sunrise announced on Friday that "Clash at Loum," the fifth episode of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime and the first in the anime's "Loum Arc," will open in Japan on September 2 in 35 theaters — more than double the previous four episodes' 15 theaters. The episode's screenings will also be extended to four wee...
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Detective Conan Solves Monster-Killing Case in Monster Hunter XX

CAPCOM released details and a preview video for Monster Hunter XX 3DS video game's collaboration with the Detective Conan anime on Tuesday. The collaborative bonus quest is titled "Kodai-rin no Doku Kaichō Satsujin Jiken (Monster Hunter XX-hen)" (The murder case of venomous monsters in the ancient forest (Monster Hunter XX Chapter)). The upcoming DLC quest will unlock armor to transform the player...
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Katsuhiro Otomo Unveils Cutaway Painting Inspired by Bruegel's Tower of Babel

Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Steamboy, Memories) is a big fan of Dutch Renaissance painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. This interest became clear on April 13, when he unveiled the project he's been working on lately, a recreation of Bruegel's painting The (Little) Tower of Babel with a portion cut away to reveal the interior, at an event at Tokyo's DNP Ginza Building. Bruegel's painting (one of two of th...
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Akiba's Beat Game's Story Trailer Shows 'Delusions'

PS4/PS Vita ships this May in N. America, Europe ― XSEED Games began streaming a story trailer for its PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game Akiba's Beat on Thursday. The trailer introduced the game's concept of traveling between reality and "delusions." The game is slated for release on May 16 in North America. PQube will publish the game in Europe on May 19. The game shipped in Japan for PlayStat...
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TOKU to Air Ultraman Neos Live-Action Series With English Subtitles

12-episode series premieres May 1 ― Olympusat, Inc.'s television channel TOKU announced on Thursday that it will air the Ultraman Neos live-action series with English subtitles for the first time in the United States. TOKU plans to air all 12 episodes between May 1 and May 16. The episodes will air on weekdays at 7:00 p.m. EDT, a timeslot currently filled by Ultraman 80. TOKU also previously aired Ul...
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SuperGroupies Unveils Cardcaptor Sakura Kimono Set

CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura is getting a themed kimono set complete with an obi clip, three different types of sandals, and three different iPhone cases. All of the items can be purchased on the otaku clothing site Super Groupies. Super Groupies will be accepting reservations until April 30. The kimono and obi clips will be delivered at the beginning of June, and the sandals and iPhone cases will b...
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King of Prism: Pride the Hero Film's Teaser Previews New Edel Rose Performers

Film premieres June 10 in Japan ― The official website for King of Prism: PRIDE the HERO, the new anime film that follows the Pretty Rhythm spinoff film KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm, began streaming a theatrical teaser for the film on Friday. The video features the song "Vivi°C Heart Session!" by the new members of Edel Rose, and introduces Edel Rose's new and returning members. The film will premie...
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Live-Action Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Stills Show Jōsuke, Kōichi

Stills shot at set for Nijimura brothers' house revealed ― The staff of the live-action film of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable manga revealed two new stills from the film on Thursday. The first still depicts Kento Yamazaki (Jōsuke Higashikata) and Ryunosuke Kamiki (Kōichi Hirose) on Toho's set for the Nijimura brothers' house, in a scene where Jōsuke is attacked by ...
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Air Master Creator Shibata's Yōkai Banchō Manga Listed as Ending on April 25

Manga to have "important announcement" alongside final chapter ― Amazon Japan's listing for this year's 10th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine reveals that the issue will contain the 30-page final chapter of Yokusaru Shibata's Yōkai Banchō manga. The description also repeats the previous issue's statement that there will be an "important announcement" regarding the series. The issue will ship in ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, April 10-16

Live-action Hito wa Mita Me ga 100 Percent drama adaptation airs ― The Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare anime film aired on NTV on Friday, April 14 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 10.6% rating. The live-action drama series adaptation of Hiromi Ōkubo's Hito wa Mita Me ga 100 Percent manga aired on Fuji TV on Thursday, April 13 at 10:00 p.m. and earned a 9.5% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Aver...
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Japanese AI App Features Robot That Can Communicate Like a "Real Girlfriend"

The Japanese smartphone application and artificial intelligence engine SELF, which features a highly-detailed female robot named Ai Furuse, has just added upgraded conversation functionality, promising, "communication close to that of a real girlfriend or partner." The application attempts to model natural human expressions using new animation techniques. The robot character, Ai, can react to diff...
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3rd Hetalia Stage Musical's Title, Cast Revealed

Gaku Takamoto joins cast as Prussia for July musical ― The official website for the stage musical adaptations of Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia - Axis Powers manga announced the third musical's title and cast on Thursday. The musical is titled Hetalia ~in the new world~. Gaku Takamoto, pictured below, is joining the cast as Prussia. The cast members returning from the second musical are as follows: Ryōki...
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Fantasista Stella's Michiteru Kusaba Launches Manga About Fisheries Science Club

Ocean romance manga launched on Wednesday ― This year's 21st issue of Shogakukan's Shounen Sunday magazine published the first chapter of a new manga series by Fantasista Stella creator Michiteru Kusaba on Wednesday. The series is titled Daiku no Hatō (The Ninth Wave). The story revolves around Minato Ebihara, a modern high school boy from the city, who sets out for the city of Isahaya in Nagasaki f...
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Atlus Marketer Registers New 'Persona' Domain Names

Game business marketing solutions firm Ryu's Office, which has handled marketing for the Persona series and other Atlus games, registered the following domain names on April 4: P5AG.jp Persona8.jp Persona9.jp Persona10.jp In addition, the company registered P5R.jp on April 11 and the following domain names on April 18: P5D.jp P5U.jp P3D.jp Persona-Dance.jp PQ2.jp Atlus' Persona 5 game for PlayStat...
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Fans Can Manifest Quirks, Fight Villains at My Hero Academia Event in July

A My Hero Academia interactive puzzle-solving event called "Heroes Dead End Program" will open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya beginning on July 29. Fans will be able to solve various puzzles and ciphers as students at the Hero Academy, manifest Quirks, and fight Villains. The event will run at the Hulic Hall in Asakusabashi, Tokyo, at 2 PM and 5PM on Saturday, July 29 and 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 4:30 ...

Funimation Reveals Returning English Dub Cast for Attack on Titan

Season 2's dub premieres Saturday ― Funimation Entertainment announced its English dub cast for Attack on Titan season 2 on Thursday, confirming the following returning cast members: Bryce Papenbrook as Eren Josh Grelle as Armin Trina Nishimura as Mikasa Matthew Mercer as Levi Ashly Burch as Sasha Clifford Chapin as Conny Bryn Apprill as Christa J Michael Tatum as Erwin Jessica Calvello as Hange Jaso...
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Kodansha USA to Publish DAYS, Tsuredure Children Manga Digitally

Both 1st volumes slated for April 25 ― Kodansha Advanced Media announced on Tuesday that it will release Tsuyoshi Yasuda's DAYS and Toshiya Wakabayashi's Tsuredure Children manga as digital-first titles on April 25. Kodansha Comics previously confirmed that it plans to complete all digital-first titles, and the titles can potentially receive print releases in the future. Yasuda launched the DAYS socc...
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Seven Seas Licenses Monster Girl Doctor Light Novel Series

1st volume available in print, digitally on December 19. ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed Orikō Yoshino's Monster Girl Doctor (Monster Musume no Oisha-san) light novel series. The first single volume is slated for December 19 in both print and digital formats. Seven Seas describes the story, which is "endorsed by OKAYADO," the author of the Monster Musume manga: I...
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Nintendo's Lawsuit Against Real-Life Mario Kart Company Goes to Court

Nintendo's lawsuit against the Shinagawa-based company MariCar had its first oral proceedings at the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday, April 18. Nintendo is seeking damages of 10,000,000 yen (about USD $92,000) against the company, which rents out go-carts and Mario costumes and gives customers a chance to experience real-life Mario Kart on the streets of Tokyo. Nintendo is claiming that MariCar's ...
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'your name.,' Shin Godzilla, In This Corner of The World Film Producers Win Fujimoto Awards

Makoto Shinkai, Genki Kawamura, Akihiro Yamauchi, Yoshihiro Sato, Masao Maruyama, Taro Maki honored ― Japan's Eiga Engeki Bunka Kyōkai (Film Theater Culture Association) announced the winners of its 36th annual Fujimoto Awards on Thursday. The your name. film's staff, including director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura, received this year's general award. In addition, producers Akihiro Yama...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Anime Casts Takahiro Sakurai, Subaru Kimura

Also: Chiharu Sawashiro, Daiki Hamano, Yuki Nakashima, more ― The staff of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS television anime revealed additional cast members and character visuals for the anime on Friday. The cast includes (Note: The readings for some of the characters' kanji names aren't confirmed.): Shōya Ishige as Yūsaku Fujiki Takahiro Sakurai as mysterious creature Subaru Kimura as Shōichi Kusanagi Chiharu ...

Ange Vierge Trading Card Game Stops Development

TCG launched in 2013, inspired TV anime last year ― The official website for the Ange Vierge trading card game revealed on Thursday that Kadokawa is stopping development of the game this month. Kadokawa said in the announcement that it is stopping development of new releases for the trading card game as well as products related to the game. The related products will be the "Shiten ni Mau Otome-tachi"...
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Live-Action Asahinagu Film Reveals New Visual, Premiere Date

Film starring Nanase Nishino opens on September 22 ― The official website of the live-action film adaptation of Ai Kozaki's Asahinagu sports manga revealed the film's first poster visual on Thursday. The visual features lead actress Nanase Nishino as protagonist Asahi Tōjima with the catchphrase "Can even I become strong?" The website also revealed that the film will open in Japan on September 22. Th...
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Live-Action Double Mints Film's Video Shows 2 Mitsuos' Relationship

Shunsuke Tanaka, Yasushi Fuchikami star in film opening on June 3 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Asumiko Nakamura's Double Mints boys-love manga began streaming a new promotional video on Thursday. The video introduces the story and two main characters and features comments from director Eiji Ueda. The film's staff previously released the video to crowdfunding backers. ...
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Bandai Namco Ent. Reveals Code Vein Role-Playing Game

"Dramatic exploration action RPG" launches in 2018 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment opened a website on Thursday to reveal the Code Vein "dramatic exploration action RPG." The game is slated for 2018, but Bandai Namco Entertainment hasn't yet revealed the game's platform(s) or price. Bandai Namco Entertainment has also launched a Twitter account for the game. Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe also reveal...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Anime Premieres on May 10

This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS television anime series will premiere in Japan on May 10 on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. The anime will air on Wednesdays at 6:25 p.m. A new program titled Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Hour will also air on BS Japan starting on May 12, and will air on Fridays at 5:00 p.m. on the st...
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New One Piece Magazine to Serialize Novel About Ace

Magazine launching in July celebrates 20th anniversary of original manga series ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Eiichiro Oda's One Piece franchise is getting a novel titled One Piece Novel "A". The novel will center on Ace's past, and will be serialized in the upcoming One Piece Magazine, a new magazine being published t...
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Miyuki Sawashiro Joins One Piece Anime's Cast as Pudding

Mami Koyama listed as voice of Big Mom ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Miyuki Sawashiro (Durarara!!'s Celty, 2011 Hunter × Hunter 's Kurapika) will play the character Charlotte Pudding in the One Piece television anime series. Pudding is the 35th daughter of Big Mom, and she is Sanji's arranged fiancée. The issue is also...

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