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Top Manga Magazines' Circulation Dropped 10%+ in 1 Year

Shonen Sunday dips below 400,000 ― The Japanese Magazine Publishers Association reported on Monday that Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine dipped in circulation below 400,000. The verified average circulation number for the January-March 2015 period stood at 393,417. By contrast, Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine's circulation was 2,422,500 during the same period, and Kodansha's Weekly S...
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Girls und Panzer: Little Army Manga's Sequel Begins in Comic Alive

Sequel takes place a few years after original manga's end, focuses on characters ― The June issue of Media Factory's Comic Alive magazine began serializing Tsuchii's Girls und Panzer: Little Army II sequel manga on Monday. The series takes place a few years after the ending of the first manga. Emi, a girl who had returned to her mother country Germany in order to learn about tanks, once again travels...
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Nintama Rantaro Casts Akio Ohtsuka After Father's Passing

Son succeeds Chikao Ohtsuka in ninja instructor role after father's January passing ― The Nintama Rantaro television anime has cast Akio Ohtsuka as the ninja instructor Denzō Yamada, succeeding his late father Chikao Ohtsuka. Akio Ohtsuka will begin playing the role in the episode "Maigo no Yoshū no Dan" on May 4. Nintama Rantaro premiered in 1993, and it now runs every weekday from 6:10 p.m. to 6:20...
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Coluboccoro Kickstarter Adds Stretch Goal for English Dub

English Santa Company dub also offered as a stretch goal ― The Kickstarter campaign to fund Kenji Studio, director Kenji Itoso's studio, and Awesome Japan's Coluboccoro fantasy anime film added a US$60,000 stretch goal for an English dub on Monday. A second stretch goal, at US$78,000, will add an English dub to Kenji Studio's Santa Company anime. The campaign to release the film on Blu-ray and DVD wi...
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Hi Score Girl's Oshikiri to Start Guranba Manga in Comic Birz

Rensuke Oshikiri to also publish "Hell Fire" fantasy one-shot in Jump Square ― The June issue of Gentosha's Comic Birz magazine is announcing on Thursday that Rensuke Oshikiri (Hi Score Girl, Pupipō!) will begin a new manga series titled Guranba in the magazine's July issue, which will ship on May 30. The preview for the manga (seen right) reads, "Rensuke Oshikiri's pure black passion gushes out! The...

The Guest's Adam Wingard to Helm Warners' Live-Action Death Note

The Lazarus Effect's Jeremy Slater pens new script; Heroes' Masi Oka to produce The Hollywood Reporter entertainment news source is reporting on Monday that Adam Wingard (The Guest, You're Next) has signed on to direct Warner Brothers' planned live-action film of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note manga. Jeremy Slater (2015's Fantastic Four, The Lazarus Effect) wrote a new draft of the scr...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, April 13-19

The Heroic Legend of Arslan back in top 10 ― Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods "Frieza Special Edition" aired on Fuji TV on Friday, April 17 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 7.4% rating. The new Dragon Ball Z film, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' opened in Japan on April 18. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV April 19 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 17.1 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV Apri...
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Shūzō Noguchi Launches Kickstarter to Conclude The Records of Genshu Manga

Campaign to raise US$3,000 for Edo period manga ― Manga creator and anime producer Shūzō Noguchi and Awesome Japan launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the conclusion and translation of Noguchi's The Records of Genshu (Edo Genshū Mitateroku) manga on Monday. The Kickstarter campaign is attempting to raise US$3,000 by May 27. Some of the pledge rewards include a PDF of the manga, a signed hand-dawn...
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Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi's 2nd Promo Features Chiaki Ishikawa Song

10th anniversary PS3/PS4 game ships July 23 in Japan ― Capcom began streaming a second promotional video for its upcoming Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi action game on Monday. The video features the song "Heavenly Blue" by Chiaki Ishikawa (Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings, Sengoku Basara: Judge End). Capcom is releasing the game on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 to celebrate the franchise's 10th anniversary...

Konami Delisted From New York Stock Exchange

Konami Corporation announced on Monday that it has voluntarily delisted its American Depository Shares from the New York Stock Exchange as of April 24. Deregistration from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will go into effect on July 12. The company is maintaining its listings in the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. In addition, the company will continue to distribute ...
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Sailor Moon Crystal Collection Album Offered Overseas

iTunes, other digital service distribution begins May 20 ― The official Sailor Moon Twitter account announced on Monday that the upcoming Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Character Music Collection: Crystal Collection album will be available in more than 120 countries over iTunes and other digital services. Distribution will begin on May 20. The YouTube channel began streaming a digest video for t...

Konami Confirms Silent Hills Cancellation

Other Silent Hill titles still possible ― Game developer Konami confirmed in a press release on Monday that it has cancelled its Silent Hills game project. However, the company stated that it intends to work on other titles in the Silent Hill franchise. The title would have featured game director Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear), acclaimed film director Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, Mimic, B...
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One Piece Gets New Stage Show at Universal Studios Japan this Summer

Theme park extends Cool Japan attractions, adds "Yo-kai Watch The Real" event this summer ― The official website for Eiichiro Oda's One Piece franchise revealed on Monday that Universal Studios Japan will again host a One Piece-themed live show this summer on the theme park's Waterworld stage. Universal Studios Japan has also opened a website for the event, and is streaming a promotional video. The "...
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Oreimo: Kuroneko, The Pet Girl of Sakurasō Manga to End in May

Manga adaptation of Key's Rewrite: Side-B game also ends next month ― The 13th issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Comic magazine will announce on Thursday that three manga will end in the 14th issue on May 30: Sakura Ikeda's Oreimo: Kuroneko (Ore no Kouhai ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai), Hōki Kusano's Sakurasō no Pet na Kanojo (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou), and Sakana Tōjō's Rewrite: Side-B. North America...
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Chaos;Child Game Gets Manga Adaptation

4th science-adventure title gets PS4/PS3/PS Vita port on June 25 ― The June issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Magazine is revealing on Thursday that the magazine will publish a manga version of MAGES and 5pb. Games' Chaos;Child game. Illustrator relucy will draw the manga. The magazine noted that a start date has not been set yet, but the manga will start after MAGES and 5pb. have released the PlayStat...
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Gosho Aoyama Publishes 1st Detective Conan Chapter Since Surgery

Also: manga adaptation of 18th film launches in May ― The combined 22nd/23rd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine will announce on Tuesday that Gosho Aoyama will publish a new chapter of his Detective Conan (Case Closed) manga in the magazine's 24th issue, which Shogakukan will publish on May 13. The release will be the first time Aoyama is publishing a new chapter since he announced i...
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Eiji Karasuyama Ends Lesson of the Evil Manga in June

Manga based on Yūsuke Kishi's dark crime novel launched in 2012 ― The cover of the June issue of Kodansha's good! Afternoon magazine — which Kodansha revealed on Monday — announces that Eiji Karasuyama is ending his manga adaptation of Yūsuke Kishi's Aku no Kyōten (Lesson of the Evil) novel in the July issue. Kodansha will publish the July issue on June 6. The manga's story centers around a Japanese ...
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Shotaro Ishinomori's Kuzuryū Manga Gets Remake

Appleseed XIII's Akira Miyagawa draws manga about medicine seller/assassin ― The June issue of LEED Publishing Co., Ltd.'s Comic Ran magazine announced on Monday that Akira Miyagawa is drawing a manga remake of Shotaro Ishinomori's Baiyaku Kakebachō Kazuryū (Register of Clients of a Medicine Seller: Kazuryū) manga. Miyagawa will launch the manga in the July issue on May 27. The manga follows a man na...
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Yuyake Dandan Anime's New Trailers Show Range Murata's Designs

Kouichi Yamadera plays walking, talking cat in shorts produced for 109 Cinemas movie theaters ― The official website for the Yuyake Dandan series of anime shorts unveiled a new trailer, as well as a celebration comment for the opening of the new Futako-Tamagawa 109 Cinemas complex, on Friday. The trailer features designs by Range Murata and narration by Kouichi Yamadera as his character Kotobuki the ...
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Norman Reedus Comments on Silent Hills' Reported Cancellation

The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus posted his reaction to reports that director Guillermo del Toro said their Silent Hills game project is not going to happen. Super bummed about this was really looking forward to it. Hopefully it'll come back around. Sorry everyone http://t.co/drZJ8tBsSN— norman reedus (@wwwbigbaldhead) April 26, 2015 Photojournalist Matt Hackney had reported that del Toro gave...
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Crayon Shin-chan Spinoff, Enokids' Akureki Manga End Next Month

Fate/Stay Night manga artist, Kotoura-san creator started manga in 1st Monthly Comic Action issue in 2013 ― The June issue of Futabasha's Monthly Comic Action magazine announced on Saturday that Action Kamen, Datto Nishiwaki's spinoff of Yoshito Usui's Crayon Shin-chan manga, will end in the next issue on May 25. In addition, the Akureki manga by Enokids (Kotoura-san) will also end. In the original C...
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Vampire Knight Stage Play Replaces Akatsuki Kain's Actress

Nogizaka46's Yumi Wakatsuki, Root, Akira return to play Yūki, Zero, Kaname in July ― Production company Nelke Planning announced on Friday that its stage play of Matsuri Hino's Vampire Knight manga is returning in July, but with one cast member replaced. Vampire Knight -Revive- will run from July 1 to 5 at the Owl Spot theater in Tokyo's Ikebukuro district. Ayana replaces oni as Akatsuki Kain. Root, ...
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Sugar Soldier Manga to End in 10th Volume

Romantic comedy manga inspired anime adaptation in 2014 ― The 9th volume of Mayu Sakai's Sugar Soldier manga announced on Friday that the manga will end in the next volume. Shueisha plans to publish the 10th volume this summer. The romantic comedy centers around Makoto Kisaragi, a 15-year-old girl whose "special ability" is her persecution complex. She was raised well but in relative obscurity compar...
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Getsuei Gakuen Game Based on Tomokazu Sugita's Novel Gets PC Release

Arc System Works released PS Vita version based on voice actor's novel in 2013 ― NHN PlayArt revealed at the "Niconico Chō Kaigi 2015" event in Chiba on Sunday that it will release a PC version of the Getsuei Gakuen -kou- video game. Arc System Works had released a revamped PlayStation Vita version of the dōjin game in October 2013. The game is based on a novel written by voice actor Tomokazu Sugita ...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime Gets 8 3-Episode Blu-ray/DVD Volumes

The combined 22nd/23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime will have eight monthly Blu-ray Disc/DVD volumes, each with three episodes. The first volume will ship on July 29, and the initial copies will have the first limited-edition original soundtrack CD. The initial copies of the Blu-ray version will also have a "Pop...
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Tekken 7 Adds New Character Gigas, Real Galaga Crossover App

"Gargantuan" arrives on Tuesday, followed by real app of April Fools' joke on Thursday ― Bandai Namco Computer Entertainment producer Katsuhiro Harada introduced a new character for the Tekken 7 fighting game at the Niconico Chōkaigi 2015 event on Sunday. He also unveiled Galaga Tekken, a free smartphone game app that was first teased as an April Fools' Day joke. Harada described the new character Gi...

Hideo Kojima's 'P.T.' Demo Game's Distribution Expires on April 29

Konami's official website announced on Sunday that the distribution period for Hideo Kojima and 7780s Studio's downloadable demo "P.T." (Playable Teaser) will end on April 29. The end of the playable teaser revealed when it was released in August that the upcoming title is actually a new Silent Hill game called Silent Hills, although it has "no direct relation to the main title." The title feature...
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La Corda d'Oro's Yuki Kure To Publish 1-Shot in May

The June issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine announced on Friday that manga creator Yuki Kure will publish a one-shot, titled "Ao Sora Sketch" (Blue Sky Sketch), in the magazine's next issue, which will ship on May 23. The manga will follow a girl named Shiomi who loves drawing and has an unrequited crush. Kure created the manga of Koei's first La Corda D'Oro dating simulation games. She ended the...
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Okusama ga Seito Kaichō! TV Anime to Premiere in July

The June issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex is announcing on Monday that the television anime of Yumi Nakata's Okusama ga Seitokaichō! (My Wife Is the Student Council President!) manga will premiere in July. Studio Seven (Strange+, I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying) will animate the series. Hiroyuki Furukawa (Pocket Monsters XY, Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! animation director) will deb...

Yotsuba&! Manga Gets 1st New Chapter in 8 Months

Kiyohiko Azuma published 1 chapter of comedy manga in 2014 ― The official blog for Kadokawa's Dengeki Daioh magazine revealed on Friday that it will publish a new chapter of Kiyohiko Azuma's Yotsuba&! manga in the magazine's June issue, which ships on Monday. The last time Azuma published a new chapter of the manga was in the October 2014 issue, which shipped on August 27. Azuma published only one ch...
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Fanime to Host Madoka Magica Voice Actress Ai Nonaka

Animator Kazuhiro Soeta to also appear at May 22–25 event in San Jose ― Japanese voice actress Ai Nonaka (Puella Magi Madoka Magica's Kyoko, Another's Yukari) and animator Kazuhiro Soeta (Mekakucity Actors, Cowboy Bebop) will appear at this year's FanimeCon event in San Jose, California. FanimeCon 2015 will take place at the McEnery Convention Center from May 22–25. Nonaka's numerous voice acting rol...
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Shiren the Wanderer 5+ PS Vita Game's Intro Video Posted

Enhanced version of DS game with new dungeons ships in Japan on June 4 ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming an introduction video on Thursday for its Fushigi no Dungeon: Fūrai no Shiren 5+ (Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 5+) PlayStation Vita game. The video describes the game's story: Shiren and Koppa search for a new adventure, and continue their journey. Then one day, they lose their way and find...
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Yuusuke Kozaki's Donyatsu Manga to End in 6th Volume

Surreal manga inspired anime series of shorts in 2013-14 ― The 5th volume of Yuusuke Kozaki's Donyatsu, a surreal manga about animal/snack hybrids in a post-apocalyptic world, announced on Saturday that manga will end in the next volume. The "loosely science-fiction adventure" is set in the summer sometime in the 21st century. Tokyo's Shinjuku ward has become a wasteland, void of all humans due to an...
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Elaiza Ikeda Stars as Heroine in All Esper dayo! Live-Action Film

19-year-old actress, model replaces Kaho as delinquent student Miyuki ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Kiminori Wakasugi's All Esper Dayo! (Minna! Esper Dayo!) science-fiction comedy manga revealed on Saturday that 19-year-old Elaiza Ikeda (High School Debut, Zekkyō Gakkyū) will play the heroine Miyuki Hirano in the film. Kaho (Otomen) previously played the character in the live-acti...
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Keiji Fujiwara, Yui Makino's Characters Revealed for Ushio & Tora TV Anime

Fujiwara to play Shigure, Makino to play Reiko in series premiering in July ― The combined 22nd/23rd issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday magazine will reveal on Tuesday the characters that Keiji Fujiwara and Yui Makino will play in the television anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's supernatural battle manga Ushio & Tora (Ushio to Tora). The official website had previously announced that Fujiwara and Makino we...
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Fate/Grand Order Smartphone Game's 2nd TV Ad Features Rider

Sayori Hayami voices character designed by Mineji Sakamoto ― The official website for the upcoming iOS and Android game Fate/Grand Order began streaming a "Rider edition" television ad on Saturday. The ad reveals a new Rider character designed by Mineji Sakamoto. Saori Hayami will voice the character in the game. The video also features the song "Shikisai" (colors) by Maaya Sakamoto, the voice of Rul...
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Gal*Gun: Double Peace Promotional Video Streamed

PS4/PS Vita game to ship in Japan on August 8 ― The official site for the Gal*Gun series from Inti Creates (Mega Man Zero) began streaming a promotional video for its new game, Gal*Gun: Double Peace, on Friday. The PlayStation 4/PS Vita game will ship in Japan on August 8. The game price varies by edition: PS Vita Retail (Standard): 6,800 yen Retail (Limited Edition): 8,800 yen Download (Standard: 6,...

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' Casts Chris Ayres as Frieza

Funimation plans to release English dub in N. American theaters this summer ― During its Dragon Ball Z 25th anniversary panel at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo on Saturday, Funimation announced that Chris Ayres will return to play Frieza in the English dub of the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' film. Ayres played the character in the Dragon Ball Z Kai edition of the earlier television anime serie...
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Otafest to Host Director Shinichi 'Nabeshin' Watanabe

Convention to run May 15-17 in Calgary, Alberta ― Otafest announced last week it will host director Shinichi Watanabe (also known as Nabeshin) at its May 15-17 convention. The convention will take place at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Nabeshin is known for directing the anime comedies Excel Saga, Nerima Daikon Brothers, and Puni Puni Poemy as well as The Wallflower and Tenchi Muyo! G...
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Final Fantasy IV: The After Years Heads to Steam

Game to be released on May 12 ― Square Enix revealed the opening trailer for the enhanced 3D remake of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years on Thursday. The English version is available on Apple's App Store for iOS, the Square Enix Market, Google Play store for Android devices, and now will head to Stream on May 12. Square Enix originally released Final Fantasy IV: The After Years as a mobile game in Ja...
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Girl Friend BETA Gets PS Vita Game on August 20

New game to feature original story during summer vacation ― The official website for the Girl Friend BETA: Kimi to Sogosu Natsu Yasumi (Girl Friend BETA: The Summer Vacation I'm Spending With You) PlayStation Vita game began streaming a teaser trailer for the game on Friday. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game on August 20. The adventure game will feature an original story that takes pla...
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Zettai Karen Children's The Unlimited Manga Spinoff Ends Next Month

Adaptation of spinoff anime began in 2013 ― The June issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday S magazine is announcing on Sunday that The Unlimited - Hyōbu Kyōsuke, the manga adaptation of the television anime spinoff of Takashi Shiina's Zettai Karen Children manga, will end in the July issue. Shogakukan will ship the July issue on May 25. Sentai Filmworks, which has licensed and released the original ani...

New Character Mitsuki Revealed for Boruto -Naruto the Movie-

Film starring Boruto as protagonist premieres in August ― The Official Guestbook Shinden Fū no Sho book that began being passed out to visitors on Saturday to the Naruto-ten exhibition in Tokyo's Mori Tower revealed a new character for the upcoming Boruto -Naruto the Movie- film named Mitsuki (seen left in the image below.) The character's name literally means "full moon" in the Japanese language. Th...

Dragon Ball's Toriyama, Video Girl Ai's Katsura Collaborate on New Manga

Creators previously worked on Sachie-chan Good!! one-shot, Jiya short manga series ― Earlier this month, Kazuhiko Torishima, the editor of Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, revealed that Toriyama is starting a new manga series in collaboration with fellow manga creator Masakazu Katsura (I''s, Video Girl Ai). Toriyama will provide the story, while Katsura will pen the art. The series will run in Shu...
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Danganronpa 2 Game Gets Stage Play in December

Ryūsei Yokohama leads cast as Hajime Hinata for adaptation of Spike Chunsoft's game ― Theater production company Cornflakes announced on Saturday that a stage play adaptation of the Super Danganronpa 2 ~Sayonara Zetsubo Gakuen~ (Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair) has been green-lit, and that it will be producing the play. The play will be performed from December 3 to 13 at the Zepp Blue Theater Roppongi...
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Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward's Benchmark Trailer, PS4 Bundle Unveiled

Square Enix also streams fake 2D fighting game trailer using game's assets ― The official Youtube channel for the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn massive multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) began streaming the benchmark trailer for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, the first expansion to Final Fantasy XIV, on Friday. The trailer shows how the expansion will look running on a PC with the re...
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Sengoku Basara vs. Devil May Cry Stage Play Announced

Crossover stage play opens in Tokyo in August ― Japanese video game publisher Capcom announced at Dwango's "Niconico Chō Kaigi 2015" (Niconico Super Conference) event on Saturday in Chiba that it is producing a Sengoku Basara vs. Devil May Cry collaborative stage play. Capcom has also opened a website for the play. In the play, Dante, Lady, Trish, and Vergil come across some mysterious historical rui...
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1st Sinbad Anime Film's Trailer Unveils Voice Cast

3-part project to star Tomo Muranaka, Momoko Tanabe, Hiroko Yakushimaru ― The official website for Nippon Animation's Sinbad: Sora Tobu Hime to Himitsu no Shima (Sinbad: A Flying Princess and a Secret Island) anime began streaming the film's first trailer on Saturday. The video previews the anime's main voice cast that the website also unveiled on Saturday. The main cast includes: Tomo Muranaka as Si...
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BlazBlue Alter Memory Anime's English Dub Trailer Streamed

Series slated for Blu-ray/DVD pack on June 30 ― Funimation Entertainment began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the BlazBlue Alter Memory television anime on Friday. The series will ship on a DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on June 30. Most of the cast members are reprising their roles from the BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma fighting game. The English dub cast includes: Patrick Seitz as Ragna the Blood...
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PS Vita Saekano -blessing flowers- Game's Video Features Utaha Kasumigaoka

Game about "raising" a heroine for doujin work to ship on April 30 ― The official website for the Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata -blessing flowers- (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend -blessing flowers-) game for the PlayStation Vita began streaming a third test scene video on Thursday. The video focuses on a shower scene with Utaha Kasumigaoka (voiced by Ai Kayano). The game will utilize Live ...
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Digital Manga's Clockwork Apple Kickstarter Reaches Stretch Goal to Publish Brave Dan

Campaign's 2nd stretch goal aims to reprint Tezuka's Barbara ― North American publisher Digital Manga's Clockwork Apple Kickstarter campaign reached its first stretch goal to print Osamu Tezuka's manga Brave Dan on Saturday. The campaign surpassed its first stretch goal of $18,200, with $19,186 total as of press time. This will be the first time the 1962 manga is being published in English. The story...
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Hideyoshico's Boys-Love Manga Udagawa-chō de Mattete yo. Gets Live-Action Film

The Prince of Tennis musical's Mario Kuroba, Ryūgi Yokota star in July film ― A live-action film of Hideyoshico's boys-love manga Udagawa-chō de Mattete yo. (I'll Wait in Udagawa-chō.) has been green-lit. The story centers around Momose, a plain, awkward, but earnest high school boy. Momose happens to spot his classmate Yashiro cross-dressing in Tokyo's trendy Shibuya ward. Mario Kuroba, Eiji Kikumar...
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Pacific Rim 2 Film Delayed to August 2017

Universal announced on Thursday that release of its Pacific Rim 2 film has been moved to August 4, 2017. The film studio announced last June that it planned to release the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's live-action Pacific Rim film in 3D and IMAX on April 7, 2017. Del Toro stated in November that the sequel will take place a few years after the events in the original film, and that the world is no...
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DBZ: Resurrection 'F' Film Seen 1 Million Times in 7 Days

Film sold 716,000 tickets for 960 million yen in 1st weekend ― The Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' film sold more than one million tickets in its first seven days at the Japanese box office. The film is the fastest to reach that figure of films released in Japan so far this year. The film sold more than 950,000 tickets to earn approximately 1.29 billion yen (about US$10.9 million) in its first six da...
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Xenoblade Chronicles X Previewed in English Showcase Video

Wii U game with openworld exploration slated for April 29 in Japan ― Nintendo began streaming an English showcase video for Xenoblade Chronicles X during a livestream on Friday. The video introduces the upcoming Wii U game's premise and world. In Xenoblade Chronicles X (Xenoblade X, pronounced Xenoblade Cross, in Japan), the player will join an organization called B.L.A.D.E., where they must explore ...
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J-Stars Victory VS+ Game's English Videos Showcase Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan

Gameplay from fighting game shipping in the West in June ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new English trailer for its fighting game Shonen Jump's J-Stars Victory VS+ on Thursday. The video features Bobobo-bo from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo and Kusuo Saiki from Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan. The PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita game will feature the original Japanese audio trac...
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night PS Vita Game's Naoto Promo Streamed

Romi Park voices young detective in June 25 spin-off rhythm game ― Atlus began streaming a new promotional video starring the Persona 4 character Naoto Shirogane (voiced by Romi Park) for its Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita rhythm game on Friday. The video features a remix of the Persona 4 in-game song "Signs Of Love" by Shihoko Hirata. The game will be released in Japan on June 25, and...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, April 12-18

Big Hero 6, 2 Attack on Titan volumes, Black Butler, Monster Musume, Assassination Classroom, Citrus, One Piece, Naruto, Akame ga Kill! The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on April 18. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 2Big Hero 6 #1 Haruki Ueno Yen Press 4 29Attack on Titan #1 Hajime Isayama Kodansha Comics 9...

Hyperdimension Neptunia Anime's English Dub Trailer Streamed

Melissa Fahn stars as Neptune in series shipping June 9 ― North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment began streaming an English dub trailer for Hyperdimension Neptunia on Friday. The series will ship on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on June 9 for US$64.98. A limited edition will also ship on US$69.98. People who preorder the series from Funimation's online store will be entered to win one of ...
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Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson's English Beta Previewed in Video, Screenshots

3DS game coming to N. America, Europe in digital, physical formats ― Marvelous Europe previewed an "early English build" for the Nintendo 3DS game Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson (Senra Kagura 2: Shinku) via a trailer and screenshots on Friday. IMG hanzo.png IMG ikaruga-and-yomi.png IMG katsuragi-and-hikage.png IMG katsuragi.png IMG shinku-menu-diagram.png Marvelous Europe also posted a flowchart for n...
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2nd Attack on Titan Compilation Film's Trailer Streamed

Film opens in Japan on June 27 ― Film news website Cinema Today began streaming a full trailer for Shingeki no Kyojin Kōhen ~Jiyū no Tsubasa~ (Attack on Titan Part II: Wings of Freedom), the second compilation film of the television anime, on Saturday. Levi: What is it that you want to do? Text: The film Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen: Guren no Yumiya boasts 300 thousand viewers! Eren: I just want to ente...
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Soul Eater Not! English Dub Cast Unveiled

Bryn Apprill, Alexis Tipton, Lindsay Seidel lead English dub cast for 2014 TV anime ― North American anime distributor FUNimation Entertainment announced the English dub cast for the Soul Eater Not! TV anime series on Thursday. The cast, under ADR director Zach Bolton, assistant ADR director Cris George, and script writer Bonny Clinkenbeard, is: Bryn Apprill as Tsugumi Alexis Tipton as Anya Lindsay S...

Love Live! TV Anime to Get English Dub

1st season gets new Standard Edition ― NIS America announced on Friday that it will release the first and second seasons of Love Live! School Idol Project with an English dub in North America. The first season will get a new Standard Edition release with dual audio. Release details for the second season will be announced at a later date. The company will also offer the final reprint of its Japanese-o...
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Super Sonico Anime's Full English Dub Cast Revealed

Monica Rial joins as Fuuri Watanuki for series shipping on May 26 ― Sentai Filmworks revealed on Thursday the full cast for its upcoming English dub of SoniAni: Super Sonico the Animation. The full English voice cast includes: Monica Rial as Fuuri Watanuki Joanne Bonasso as Grandma Jay Hickman as Yasu Mark X Laskowski as Kuni John Swasey as Tomi Kira Vincent-Davis as Ouka Maggie Flecknoe as Sayaka Hi...

Love Live! The School Idol Movie's Global Theatrical Release, Trailer Unveiled

Taiwan, HK, Korea, Thailand, USA, Australia, NZ, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia ― The official website for the Love Live! anime announced on Saturday that the Love Live! The School Idol Movie will play in theaters outside Japan starting in August. It will play in the following countries and territories: Taiwan Handler: Top-Insight International Co., Ltd. Cities: Taipei a...

Dungeon Travelers 2 Game's Western Release to Have 4 Edited Images

PS Vita game to ship in N. America, Europe this summer ― Atlus USA announced on Thursday that its upcoming North American and European release of the Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal (Dungeon Travelers 2 Ōritsu Toshokan to Mamino no Fūin) PS Vita game will have four in-game images with "minor edits" from the original Japanese release. Atlus stated that these edits were made s...
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Hulu Streams Lupin the Third: Jigen's Gravestone Film

Posted with English subtitles before Discotek's planned dubbed/subtitled Blu-ray/DVD ― TMS Entertainment is streaming the anime film Lupin the Third: Jigen's Gravestone (Lupin the IIIrd: Jigen Daisuke no Bohyō) on the American service Hulu with English subtitles. Originally released in June 2014, Lupin III: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone is a spinoff of the 2012 television anime Lupin III: The Woman Call...
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Umineko: When They Cry Episode 8 Manga Ends in August

Kei Natsumi launched 8th episode based on mystery suspense game in 2012 ― The seventh compiled book volume of Kei Natsumi's Umineko When They Cry Episode 8: Twilight of the golden witch manga revealed on Wednesday that the manga will end with its ninth volume. Square Enix will publish both the eighth and ninth volumes on August 22. Natsumi launched the Episode 8 manga in 2012 in Square Enix's Monthly...
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19th Animator Expo Short 'I can Friday by day!' Streamed

Kill la Kill's Sushio directs animation for sci-fi short about aliens ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the full 19th short film "I can Friday by day!" on Friday. Kazuya Tsurumaki (Evangelion Rebuild films) directed and helmed the storyboard for the short, and Hajime Ueda (Q-ko-chan) was in charge ...
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Angel Beats! 1st Beat Game Delayed to June 26

Visual Art's/Key began streaming the updated opening movie for the Angel Beats! 1st Beat PC game on Thursday. The video is the same as the one Visual Art's/Key began streaming earlier this month, but updated to include the game's new June 26 release date. Key had announced in December that the game was slated for May 29. The video also reveals new items bundled with the game's first press limited ...

Super Saiyan God SS Vegeta, Goku Join Dragon Ball Xenoverse Game

3rd round of DLC also includes playable Golden Frieza, Old Kai as teacher ― This year's combined 22nd/23rd of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will announce on Monday that the Super Saiyan God SS forms of Goku and Vegeta as they appear in the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' film will also be playable in the Dragon Ball Xenoverse game as part of the game's third round of DLC. The third round of ...
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Dengeki Hobby Magazine Ceases Publication Next Month, Moves to Digital

Magazine focusing on plastic models, figures, more ran in print for 17+ years ― Kadokawa is announcing in the June issue of its Dengeki Hobby Magazine on Saturday that the magazine will cease publication after the next issue that will ship next month. The magazine will then be "reborn" as a digital version as part of the Dengeki Hobby Web website. The digital version will not only focus on plastic mo...

Assassination Classroom Gets 2nd Anime Season, Sequel Live-Action Film

Assassination Classroom ~Graduation Edition~ film opens in 2016 ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga revealed at a stage event at TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills in Tokyo on Friday that the television anime series is getting a second season and the live-action film will also get a sequel. The live-action film sequel, titled Ansatsu Kyōshitsu ~Sots...
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High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- Film's Staff Unveiled

Amagi Brilliant Park's Takemoto takes over as director for December film ― The official website for the upcoming High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- film announced the main staff on Friday. Yasuhiro Takemoto (Amagi Brilliant Park, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya) will take over as director for the film, while Futoshi Nishiya will return to design the characters from the television series. Nishiya ...
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Studio Colorido's Taifū no Noruda Film Unveils Cast, More Staff, Theme Song Band

Shūhei Nomura, Daichi Kaneko, Kaya Kiyohara lead cast of June 5 anime film ― The official website of Studio Colorido's upcoming Taifū no Noruda (Typhoon Noruda) feature-length anime film unveiled the film's main cast and staff on Friday. The film's main cast is as follows: Shūhei Nomura as Shūichi Azuma, a naive young boy. A long-time baseball player and a close friend to Saijō. Unable to be frank wi...

Long Riders! Cycling Manga Gets Anime

Series about 5 female long-distance cyclists launched in 2012 ― The June issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Rex magazine is revealing on Monday that Taishi Miyake and Longriders' Long Riders! bicycling manga is getting an anime adaptation. The manga follows Ami Kurata, a first year college student with no special qualities. One day she happens to notice someone riding a folding bike, immediately falls in lo...

New Lupin III TV Anime's Promo Previews Characters, Setting

Italian locales previewed for series premiering in Italy in May ― The official website of the new Lupin III TV anime series began streaming the first promotional video for the series on Wednesday. The video introduces the series' main characters, as well as the show's Italian setting. Text: 2015. After 30 years, he returns! Text: The setting is Italy and San Marino. Logo: Lupin III Text: A new histor...
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If Her Flag Breaks Author Touka Takei Begins Gakudan! Music Manga

Anri Sakano to draw series beginning on Saturday ― This year's June issue of Kadokawa's Comp Ace will debut the first chapter of the manga Gakudan! (Orchestra!) by Touka Takei (If Her Flag Breaks) on Saturday. Anri Sakano is providing the art. The story is about a high school girl who is followed by the spirit of Beethoven. She joins the orchestra club with a number of other girls with colorful perso...
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Wake Up, Girls! Manga to Begin in Comp Ace

Also: Masō Gakuen HxH light novel manga adaptation ― This year's June issue of Kadokawa's Comp Ace will announce on Saturday that a new manga series titled Wake Up, Girls! will begin in the July issue on May 26. Kento Kaga will draw the series and Green Leaves is credited as the original creator. The magazine also announced that Riku Ayakawa's manga adaptation of Huji Masamune's light novel series Ma...
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Miliyah Kato, Kazunobu Mineta Perform Live-Action Piece of Cake Film's Theme

Film based on George Asakura's romance manga to open September 5 ― The official website for the live-action film of George Asakura's Piece of Cake manga updated on Thursday to announce that Miliyah Kato will perform the film's theme song "Piece of Cake -Ai o Sakebou-" (Piece of Cake -Let's Shout Our Love-) with Kazunobu Mineta. The pair co-wrote the lyrics, and Yoshihide Otomo (Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o...
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Otakon to Host Director Ei Aoki, Producer Shizuka Kurosaki

Both worked on Aldnoah.Zero ― Baltimore anime convention Otakon announced on Thursday that director Ei Aoki and producer Shizuka Kurosaki will be guests at this year's event. Aniplex of America is arranging their appearance, as they both worked on the anime Aldnoah.Zero. Aoki debuted as a director in 2004, and has since directed anime such as Fate/Zero, Girls Bravo, and Wandering Son. In 2013, he co-...
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The Witch and The Hundred Knight Also Gets PS4 Version

Nippon Ichi Software ships game in Japan on September 25 ― The official website for video game developer Nippon Ichi Software announced on Thursday that its The Witch and The Hundred Knight (Majo to Hyakkihei) PlayStation 3 game will also get a PlayStation 4 version, titled Majo to Hyakkihei: Revival. The game will ship in Japan on September 25. Further details will be revealed in the May issue of De...
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Project Itoh Anime Films Slated for October, November, December

Genocidal Organ, Harmony, The Empire of Corpses will open in theaters ― The official website for the anime film adaptations of late author Project Itoh's three novels announced the release months for the films on Thursday. Genocidal Organ will open in theaters this October, Harmony will open in November, and Shisha no Teikoku (The Empire of Corpses) will open in December. Each novel film adaptation w...
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Eiyuu Senki: The World Conquest PS3 Game's English Opening Movie Posted

3 new screenshots of PS3 tactical RPG also unveiled ― Fruitbat Factory began streaming the opening cinematic for the Eiyuu Senki: The World Conquest PlayStation 3 tactical role-playing game from developer TENCO and publisher MAGES.' label 5pb.Games. The video previews the game's characters and nations, and features the game's theme song "Infinite Melody" by Asami Imai. Fruitbat Factoy also unveiled t...
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Summon Night 5, Class of Heroes 3 PSP Games Head West

Company polls interest in physical copy pre-orders ― The official website for video game publisher Gaijinworks announced on Thursday that in partnership with MonkeyPaw Games, it aims to release PSP games Summon Night 5 and Class of Heroes 3 in North America and Europe. It also announced a poll to gauge interest in a one-time, pre-order only physical copy release, which will include both a digital cod...
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Jun Fukuyama, Toshiyuki Toyonaga Join Snow White with the Red Hair Anime's Cast

Also: eyelis to perform ending theme song for summer fantasy anime ― The June issue of Hakusensha's Lala magazine is announcing on Friday that Jun Fukuyama (Durarara!!'s Shinra) and Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Durarara!!'s Mikado) will join the cast of the television anime adaptation of Sora Akiduki's Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair) manga. Fukuyama will play Prince Raji Shenazard (s...
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Joshiraku Editing Staff Teases New Development This Summer

The Twitter account for the editing staff in charge of creator Kôji Kumeta's Kodansha titles teased a new development in the works for Joshiraku this summer. The stage play of the manga was already revealed to run this June in Tokyo. この夏、『じょしらく』に新たな動きがありま……あれ?誰か来たようだ。— くめたん(久米田康治先生担当編集) (@kume_tantou) April 22, 2015 Kumeta (Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei) and Yasu (Toradora novel illustrations) launche...
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Boruto -Naruto the Movie-'s Inojin, Shikadai, Chōchō Designs Unveiled

Film starring new protagonist Boruto to premiere on August 7 in Japan ― This year's combined 22nd and 23rd issue of Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine is revealing the designs for Inojin, Shikadai, and Chōchō for the upcoming Boruto -Naruto the Movie- film on Monday. [Highlight white text to read the character summaries below, which contain spoilers] [The text below Inojin's image reads, "His beautiful ...
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Yukako Yamagishi Joins JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven Game's Roster

Kōichi Hirose, Hol Horse, Polnareff also join lineup for PS4/PS3 game ― This year's combined 22nd and 23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will announce more playable characters on Monday for Bandai Namco Entertainment's upcoming JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven PS3/PS4 fighting game. The new characters include: Yukako Yamagishi from Part IV: Diamond is Unbreakable Kōichi Hiro...
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Ninja Slayer Anime Streamed 1 Million Times From Niconico Alone

The first episode of Studio Trigger's Ninja Slayer from Animation net anime series received more than 1 million views in its first week on the Niconico website. The anime series premiered on the Japanese streaming website Niconico on April 16 at 11:00 p.m. JST. The series is slated to air on television in Japan in 2016. Funimation is streaming the series in the United States, and will also release...
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Shōnen Jump to End Itsuki Furuya's Takujō no Ageha Manga

"High tension ping pong manga" launched in November ― This year's combined 22nd and 23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will publish the final chapter of Itsuki Furuya's Takujō no Ageha: The Table Tennis of Ageha manga on Monday. Shueisha will publish the second compiled volume on May 1 and the third compiled volume on June 4. The final chapter asked fans to look forward to Furuya's ...
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Ichigo Takano's Orange Manga Gets Live-Action Film in December

Shōjo manga about girl who gets letter from her future self debuted in 2013 ― The June issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine will announce on Saturday that Ichigo Takano's Orange shōjo manga is inspiring a live-action film adaptation. The film is slated for a December release in Toho theaters. Crunchyroll publishes the manga in English digitally, and describes the story: "What can I do now to ...

FC2 President, Co-Founder Arrested On Obscenity Charges

Video site allegedly allowed users to share, access obscene content ― NHK News Web reported on Thursday that the Kyoto Prefectural Police's anti-cybercrime unit arrested 39-year old Makoto Adachi — president of the video-sharing company FC2 and the related company Home Page System — and 38-year old Tomon Takahashi — FC2's former president and co-founder — on charges of obscenity on Wednesday. The Kyo...
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Date A Live for PS Vita's Opening Video, July 30 Date Unveiled

Date a Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation game features "Key of Truth" song by sweet ARMS ― The official website of Compile Heart's Date a Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation PS Vita game began streaming the game's opening movie on Wednesday. The video previews the game's characters, and features the song "Key of Truth" by the group sweet ARMS. In addition, the website has confirmed that Compile H...

Ghibli's When Marnie Was There Film Heads to More N. American Theaters

Toronto, Vancouver, California, Philadelphia, Boston, Minneapolis, Denver, Portland, Austin, Phoenix, Quebec, D.C, Salt Lake City, more ― Animated film distribution company GKids announced on Wednesday the list of confirmed theaters that will show the Studio Ghibli film When Marnie Was There over the next two months. The following theaters will open the film on May 22: New York, NY - IFC Center Los A...
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Funimation Streams Rainy Cocoa Anime

Series based on voiced manga with Japanese, English tracks ― North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it will stream the anime Rainy Cocoa (Ameiro Cocoa) as it airs in Japan. It is streaming the first three episodes of the anime now, and subsequent episodes will debut on Sundays at 11:30 a.m. The first episode premiered in Japan on April 5. Tomomi Mochizuk...

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