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Parasyte Tribute Manga Will Also Run in Aria Magazine for Women

Series of one-shots from multiple authors also runs in Afternoon ― The November issue of Kodansha's ARIA magazine will begin the Neo Kiseijū (Neo Parasyte) tribute manga series for Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte manga on September 27 with two one-shots by MikiMaki (Para☆Dise) and Miki Rinno (Juon -video side-). The tribute manga series consists of one-shots by various manga artists to promote the upcomin...
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Funimation to Stream One Piece '3D2Y' Anime Special

2-hour "mysterious episode" to premiere Saturday night ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Friday that it will simulcast the "One Piece '3D2Y' Ace no Shi wo Koete! Luffy Nakama to no Chikai" (One Piece '3D2Y' Overcome Ace's Death! The Oath With Luffy's Crewmates) television special. The two-hour special will stream at 12:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday, August 31 (Saturday night). The "mysterious episode" ...
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One Week Friends Gets Stage Play

Manga-based stage play to open in November ― A teaser website opened on Friday announcing a stage play adaptation of Matcha Hazuki's One Week Friends manga. The play will run from November 14 to November 24 at CBGK Shibugeki!! in Shibuya. The story begins with Yūki, a boy who wants to become friends with his classmate and desk neighbor Kaori. However, she gently declines his friendship, saying, “But,...

Ai Tenchi Muyo Brings Back Original Characters

Ryoko, Ayeka, Sasami, Washu, Mihoshi return ― The official website for the new Tenchi Muyo! series, Ai Tenchi Muyo!, updated on Friday with five new character designs, reintroducing the series' classic characters. The returning characters include: Ryoko Ayeka Sasami Washu Mihoshi The website also released a new key visual of Ryoko and Ayeka. In the story, the world is in trouble because Washu is stir...
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Xenoblade Chronicles Offered on New Nintendo 3DS

Game slated for next year ― Nintendo president Satoru Iwata unveiled a remake of Xenoblade Chronicles for Nintendo's newly announced systems, New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL, at the Nintendo Direct presentation on Friday. Iwata stated that Nintendo previously wanted to port the game to Nintendo 3DS, and the increased power of the New Nintendo 3DS made it possible. The game is slated for next...
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New Gargantia OVA's Full Trailer Features New Character

TRUE performs theme song for 2-part OVA ― The official Bandai Visual Youtube channel began streaming the full trailer for the upcoming two-part Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet original video animation (OVA) Suisei no Gargantia -Meguru Kōro, Haruka- on Friday. The trailer features the new character Reema, voiced by Inori Minase, and the theme song "Hajimari no Tsubasa" (First Wing) by TRUE. Note: th...
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Bravely Second Trailer Previews World Map, Turn-Based Combat

Sequel to 2012's Nintendo 3DS game to ship this winter in Japan ― Square Enix began streaming a promotional trailer for Bravely Second, the sequel to the Nintendo 3DS game Bravely Default, on Friday. The trailer announces that the game will ship this winter in Japan. The trailer showcases the world and town maps featured in the game, battle gameplay and music from Supercell's Ryo. Main character desi...

Nintendo Unveils New 3DS Models With More Controls, NFC Support

New, larger models include new shoulder buttons, mirco-SD slot, NFC technology ― Nintendo announced on Friday during its Nintendo Direct video presentation that new Nintendo 3DS models will be available in Japan on October 11. The new 3DS will retail for 16,000 yen (about US$154) and the new 3DS XL will go for 18,800 yen (about US$180). A Western release date was not announced. The new 3DS systems wi...
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Xenoblade Chronicles' Shulk Joins Super Smash Bros. Lineup

2010 Wii RPG's protagonist is latest to join roster ― The official website for the Super Smash Brothers game for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U began streaming a promotional video announcing that Xenoblade Chronicles' Shulk will be a playable character in the upcoming fighting game. Monolith Soft, the video game development company behind Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenosaga games, also created a promotional im...
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The Last -Naruto the Movie-'s Lee, Gaara, Temari, Tenten, Chōji Character Sketches Unveiled

Kishimoto designed new, mature looks for characters for December film ― The combined 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday the character designs for Rock Lee, Gaara, Temari, Tenten, and Chōji Akimichi for the upcoming The Last -Naruto the Movie- film. Gaara's description reads, "His gourd is compact! ...The biggest change is the largeness of his gourd! It's chain...
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Wolf Girl & Black Prince TV Anime's 1st Promo Streamed

TYO Animations romantic comedy series starring Takahiro Sakurai, Kanae Ito premieres in October ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Ayuko Hatta's Wolf Girl & Black Prince (Ōkami Shōjo to Kuro Ōji) manga began streaming the first promotional video for the series on Friday. Sign: I'm a wolf girl! Text: Erika Shinohara (voiced by Kanae Ito) Erika: Isn't it just the best when yo...
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Director: Dog Days" Takes Place 3 Months After 2nd Season

Mamoru Miyano, Nana Mizuki, Yui Horie, more return to star in 3rd season of fantasy anime Dog Days director Junji Nishimura is revealing in an interview featured in the October issue of Gakken's Megami Magazine that the story of the third season of Dog Days will take place two to three months after the second season during fall vacation. Shinku and his team will show up every episode, but the regu...
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Outlaw Star's Mitsuru Hongo Directs World Trigger Anime

Toei anime adaptation of Daisuke Ashihara's manga premieres on October 5 ― This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday the main staff for the television anime of Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga. Mitsuru Hongo (Outlaw Star, Immortal Grand Prix second series) is directing the anime at Toei Animation with series composition by Hiroyuki Yoshino (Macross Front...
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Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie Opens in U.S. on Friday

Highest-grossing Naruto film opens in select theaters Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie opens in U.S. theaters on Friday. The 2012 film features a story and character designs personally created by original manga creator Masashi Kishimoto and was the highest-grossing film in the Naruto franchise, making 1.46 billion yen (about US$18.3 million). The Eleven Arts website lists theater and ticket informat...
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Shonen Jump to Launch Hi-Fi Cluster, Sporting Salt Manga

Ippei Gotō & Yūto Kubota's series to debut on September 13 & 22 ― This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Ippei Gotō's Hi-Fi Cluster (pictured center left) and Yūto Kubota's Sporting Salt manga (bottom left) will launch in the magazine in September. Hi-Fi Cluster will debut in the 42nd issue on September 13, while Sporting Salt will debut in the 4...
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Live-Action Clover Film's Teaser Video, Trailer Unveiled

More cast also added for November 1 film adapting Toriko Chiya's romance manga ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Toriko Chiya's Clover manga updated on Thursday, and began streaming a new trailer and teaser video. The official website also announced additional cast members: Natsuna Erena Mizusawa Kento Nagayama Haruka Kinami Yasuko Mitsura Risa Naito Kenji Murakami Taku Su...

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's New Features Trailer Streamed

New bosses, items, episodes, and challenges added for game release ― The official Sony PlayStation channel began streaming a new trailer for Square Enix's upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX PlayStation 3 game on Thursday. The video shows new episodes, bosses, items, and challenges in the game. The game will contain Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix (an updated version of Kingdom Hearts II that Square Eni...
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Onechanbara Z2: Chaos PS4 Game's Opening Video Streamed

Game comes with "strawberry and banana" character costume ― D3 Publisher Inc. began streaming the opening and benefits preview video for its upcoming Onechanbara Z2: Chaos PlayStation 4 game on Tuesday. Customers who preorder the game will receive a special "costume" made of fruit for the characters. The game is rated "Z" in Japan (equivalent to ESRB's Adults Only rating, or 18+ only). The game stars...
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Bandai Namco Introduces Lost Land Adventures Immersive Arcade Game

Bandai Namco Games began streaming a trailer for its Lost Land Adventures "spherical display exotic adventure gun game" on Tuesday. The arcade game lets two players use combat abilities to interact with a 180-degree screen and recover treasures. The game has four selectable stages and utilizes the PIN System so players can save their progress. Bandai Namco Amusement America wrote that the game sho...
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La Corda D'Oro 3 Another Sky Feat. Amane Gakuen Game Promo Streamed

Third installment of spin-off series ships September 25 ― KOEI Tecmo began streaming a trailer on Monday for its otome Kin-iro no Corda 3 Another Sky feat. Amane Gakuen (La Corda D'Oro 3 Another Sky) PlayStation Portable game. The games will take place in alternate timelines where the protagonist, Kanade, becomes a student in one of the rival schools from the original Kin-iro no Corda 3 dating simula...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 Gets Western Release

Game slated for physical, digital release in early 2015 ― Idea Factory announced on Thursday that it will release the PlayStation Vita game Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation (Chō Jijigen Game Neptune Re;Birth 2 Sisters Generation) in North America and Europe. The game will get both a physical and a digital release in early 2015. The game is a remake of the Chōjigen Game Neptune mk...

Hayao Miyazaki to Receive Honorary Award from Oscars' Academy

Award recognizes lifetime achievement in motion pictures ― Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors voted on Tuesday to award director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki with an Honorary Award at the Academy's 6th Annual Governors Awards on November 8. The Governors Awards celebrate lifetime achievements of members of the film industry. The Oscar statuette of the Honor...
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Weekly Shonen Jump to Launch Jūdōs Sports Manga

Shinsuke Kondō's "unprecedented judo manga" to launch on September 8 ― This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Shinsuke Kondō will launch a manga series called Jūdōs (Jūdōzu) in the next issue on September 8. The magazine proclaims that this will be an "unprecedented judo manga." The manga will begin with a 54-page chapter with a color opening pag...

Hunter x Hunter Manga Extends Hiatus at Least 1 More Week

Return date not announced as Yoshihiro Togashi continues recovery from back pain ― This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Yoshihiro Togashi's manga Hunter x Hunter will extend its hiatus. The manga will not return in the magazine's 41st issue as originally scheduled, since Togashi has not fully recovered medically. A return date was not announced...
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One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 Announced for PS4

Pirate Warriors/Kaizoku Musou also slated for PS3, PS Vita ― This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will announce One Piece Kaizoku Musou (One Piece Pirate Warriors 3) for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita on Monday. The game will allow players to go through the One Piece story with improved graphics. A promotional video will debut at Tokyo Game Show in September. Na...

Yukari Tamura, Kenichi Suzumura Star in 'I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying' Anime

Voice actors will perform theme song in character ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Cool Kyōshinsha's four-panel web manga I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying (Danna ga Nani o Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken) opened this Friday and announced that Yukari Tamura (Kill la Kill's Nui) and Kenichi Suzumura (Senyū.'s Foifoi) will star as Kaoru and Hajime, respectively. The two will also ...
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Over Lord Fantasy RPG Light Novel Has Anime in the Works

Story involves a gamer who decides not to log out after an online game shuts down ― The wraparound jacket band on the seventh volume of Kugane Maruyama's fantasy novel Over Lord is announcing on Saturday that an anime adaptation is in the works. The story begins with Yggdrasil, a popular online game which is quietly shut down one day. However, the protagonist Momonga decides to not log out. Momonga ...
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Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends's 3 New TV Spots Preview Stakes

2nd 2014 Rurouni Kenshin film opens in Japanese theaters September 13 ― The staff of the Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen) film began streaming three new TV spots for the movie on Thursday. 'Ends 1' Commercial Man: The legend ends now! Narrator: Rurouni Kenshin is completed! Don't be late to the talk of the summer! Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kens...
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Free! Eternal Summer Anime Gets Unaired Episode on 7th Blu-ray, DVD

7th volume of swimming anime's 2nd series ships in Japan on March 18, 2015 ― The official website for the Free! Eternal Summer anime announced on Thursday that an unaired, special episode will be included on the seventh Blu-ray and DVD volume of the series, which is scheduled to ship on March 18, 2015. More details about the seventh volume will be updated at a later time. The first episode of the seq...

Seraph of the end by The Legend of the Legendary Heroes' Kagami Gets TV Anime

Jump Square manga by creator trio began in 2012 ― The editorial department of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine announced on Thursday that a TV anime adaptation of novelist Takaya Kagami (The Legend of the Legendary Heroes, A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives), manga creator Daisuke Furuya, and manga artist Yamato Yamamoto's (Kure-nai) Seraph of the end (Owari no Seraph) manga has been green-lit. The staff ...
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Yo-kai Watch Film's Trailer Teases Origin of Magical Watch

Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan! premieres in Japan on December 20 ― Media Factory began streaming the first trailer on Wednesday for the upcoming Yo-kai Watch film, Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan! (Yo-kai Watch the Movie: It's the Secret of Birth, Meow!). Narrator: All of the mysterious happenings in the world are done by yōkai. The yōkai watch is a device that allows one to see those...
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Digital Manga's Project-H Imprint Adds 9 New Adult Manga Series

North American publisher Digital Manga's Project-H adult imprint announced on Tuesday (note: links are not safe for work) that it added nine new series by publisher Kill Time Communication. The company scheduled the following series for print and digital release: Girl Play (Onnanoko Yūgi ~TSF Catalog~) by Taniguchi-san on March 25, 2015 Milliard: Slave Story (Milliard ―Reijō Go Hōshi Monogatari―) ...
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Texas' Fantastic Fest to Host U.S. Premiere of Princess Kaguya

September 18-25 event in Austin to also screen Sion Sono's Tokyo Tribe film ― Film distributor GKids announced on Wednesday that Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya film will have its United States premiere at Texas' Fantastic Fest film event. The event will be held on September 18-25 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. The film's North American premiere will be...

Patema Inverted English Dub Clips Streamed

Dubbed film set for limited release on August 29 in New York ― New dub clips from Yasuhiro Yoshiura's Patema Inverted were posted on Monday. The film is set to premiere on limited release at New York City's IFC Center on Friday. The dub cast includes: Michael Sinterniklaas as Age Cassandra Lee Morris as Patema Bill Lader as G Richard Epcar as Izamura Stephanie Sheh as Kaho Chris Niosi as Lagos Robbie...
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The Evil Within English Voice Cast Announced

Anson Mount, Jackie Earle Haley, and Jennifer Carpenter set to voice ― Horror-genre website Dark Horizons reported on Tuesday that Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) will lend their voices to Resident Evil director Shinji Mikami's upcoming survival horror game, The Evil Within (PsychoBreak). Anson Mount will voice the protagnost, Sebastian, Ca...

Japanese Comic Ranking, August 18-24

Silver Spoon, Tokyo Ghoul, Terra Formars, xxxHOLiC: Rei, Attack on Titan in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Silver Spoon 12 481,683 609,378 2014/08 Shogakukan Hiromu Arakawa 1 2 2 Tokyo Ghoul 13 279,751 279,751 2014/08 Shueisha Sui Ishida 2 1 3 Terra Formars 10 220,102 220,102 2014/08 Shueisha Story: Yū Sasuga / Art: ...

Japan's Video Game Rankings, August 18-24

Diablo III Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition, Chaos;Head Dual debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: August 18-24 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yōkai Watch 2 Ganso/Honke Level 5 July 10 77,465 2,289,983 73 2PS4 The Last of Us Remastered Sony Computer Entertainment August 21 30,587 30,587 3 PSV Bullet Girls D3 Publisher August 21 29,690 29,690 4PS...
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Precure Voice Actress Orie Kimoto Has Baby Girl

New baby girl is the voice actress' third child ― Voice actress Orie Kimoto announced on Twitter on Wednesday that she gave birth to her third child, a baby girl. She said the plan is to name her daughter "Saki." Orie Kimoto played Saki Hyuuga/Cure Bloom in Futari wa Precure Splash Star and Precure All Stars movies, Shinobu in Nagasarete Airantou, Mugi Asai in Hitohira and Terima in D. Gray-Man. [Vi...
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Buddy Complex Conclusion Anime's Trailer Streamed

Broadcast slated for September, Blu-ray slated for November ― The official website for Sunrise's Buddy Complex anime began streaming a promotional video and a Blu-ray commercial for the upcoming two-part sequel, Buddy Complex Kanketsu-hen -Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de- (Buddy Complex Finale: In the Future When We Return to Those Skies). The conclusion will air at the end of September. Both parts will s...

Yen Press Adds 2 More Madoka Magica Spinoff Manga

Orica Magica side story, Jeanne d'Arc story slated for spring ― Yen Press confirmed with ANN on Wednesday that it has licensed Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Extra Story and Puella Magi Tart Magica: The Legend of Jeanne d'Arc. The one-volume side story to to Puella Magi Oriko Magica is slated for March 24, 2015, while the first volume of Puella Magi Tart Magica is slated for April 21. The Amazon listing d...
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07-Ghost's Amemiya, Ichihara Start New Manga

"Battle action" manga will begin serialization in September ― This year's September issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum is announcing on Thursday that 07-Ghost authors Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara will begin serialization of a new "battle action" manga titled Bato Rabbits. The series will launch in the magazine's November issue on September 28 with color pages. The series tagline reads ...

Kuroko's Basketball Manga to End

Final chapter to appear in Shonen Jump's next issue ― ANN confirmed that Tadatoshi Fujimaki will end his Kuroko no Basuke (Kuroko's Basketball) manga in this year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump on September 1. (The image pictured is the cover of the 39th issue.) In the beginning of the story, Taiga Kagami has just enrolled into Seirin High School when he meets Tetsuya Kuroko of the sch...

Hi sCoool! SeHa Girl Anime Previewed in Video

11 voice actresses perform ending themes for October 8 TV anime ― TMS Entertainment began streaming a preview video for its Hi sCoool! SeHa Girl anime on Wednesday. The video features the anime's ending theme, "Blooming!" by voice actresses M.A.O, Minami Takahashi, Shiori Izawa, Manami Tanaka, Yuko Takayama, and Sumire Uesaka. Saturn: What's up with this place? Is this really a school!? Dreamcast: I'...
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Sega's Hero Bank 2 3DS RPG's Teaser Streamed

Funasshi, the unofficial pear-fairy mascot of Funabashi City in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo, will appear in the game ― Sega began streaming a teaser video for its Hero Bank 2 Nintendo 3DS game on Monday. The second "money battle RPG" introduces two versus two battles while the hero Kaito tries to defend Japan from the evil hands of the mysterious "Shichifukujin" (Seven Lucky Gods) group. Narrator: No...
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Yakuza Zero Game Announced For PS3/PS4

Winners for in-game character contest also announced ― Sega announced on Sunday that Ryū ga Gotoku 0: Chikai Basho (Yakuza Zero: The Place of Oaths) will be the next installment in the Yakuza video game series. The game will be published on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The staff also announced the results of the character contest, in which fans submitted pictures of themselves for the chance to ...
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Hey! Say! JUMP's Ryōsuke Yamada Stars in Live-Action Assassination Classroom Film

Masaki Suda, Kippei Shiina, Maika Yamamoto also star in film opening in March 2015 ― The staff of the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga announced the main cast for the film on Wednesday. The staff have also opened an official website and Twitter account for the film. Hey! Say! JUMP band member Ryōsuke Yamada (Kindaichi Case Files' Kindaichi) will sta...
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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Game's Chie, Ken, Labrys Character Promos Streamed

Margaret confirmed as DLC character in N. American release ― Game publisher Atlus USA began streaming three character promotional videos featuring Chie, Ken with Koromaru, and Labrys from its upcoming 2D fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on Tuesday. The company also confirmed that Margaret, the Empress Arcana and Velvet Room attendant from Persona 4, is confirmed as a DLC character for North Amer...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, August 24-30

Watamote, Kinmoza, Kabukimonogatari anime ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie DVD RemasteredPlease Eastern Star US$19.95 August 26 Cybersix DVD Complete SeriesPlease Eastern Star US$39.95 August 26 Family Matters DVD (Adult)Cite Adult Source Media US$24.99 August 26 Fatal Fury DVD Complete OVA SeriesAnimeNewsNetwork Eastern Star US$24.95 Augu...
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Scouts Move Out in Latest Attack on Titan Dub Clip

Episodes 14-25 will ship in multiple editions on September 23 ― North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment began streaming a new clip from the English dub of Attack on Titan on Tuesday. The clip shows the new Scout Regiment members getting ready for their new recon mission. Episodes 14-25 of the anime will get a standard edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack, a Limited Edition, a Limited ...
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Hal Anime Film's English Dub Clip Reveals Kurumi and Hal's Past

"Near-future romance" to ship on September 2 ― Funimation Entertainment began streaming a new clip from the English dub of the anime film Hal on Monday. The film ships on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 2. The dub cast includes: Hal: Chris Burnett (Romeo X Juliet's Romeo, Shiki's Toru Muto) Kurumi: Bryn Apprill (Attack on Titan's Christa Renz, Date A Live's Kotori Itsuka, Red Data Girl's Izumiko Suzuhar...
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Ryotaro Okiayu, Yūichi Nakamura, Aki Unone Join Fafner: Exodus Anime's Cast

Planned 26-episode series will premiere in January ― The official website for for anime studio XEBEC zwei's upcoming Fafner sequel, Sōkyū no Fafner: Dead Aggressor: Exodus, announced additional cast on Saturday. Ryotaro Okiayu (Toriko, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings 2) will star as Walter Bargest, Yūichi Nakamura (Fairy Tail, Valvrave the Liberator) as Dustin Morgan, and Aki Unone (Tenchi Muyo! War on...
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Mamoru Miyano Voices Character in Cardfight Vanguard Film

Miyano plays Kōji Ibuki in film's anime portion ― An advance screening of Gekijōban Cardfight!! Vanguard (Cardfight!! Vanguard the Movie) opened in Tokyo on Monday, revealing Mamoru Miyano (Free! Iwatobi Swim Club's Rin, Tokyo Ghoul's Tsukiyama) as Kōji Ibuki in the film's animated portion. The film also has a live-action portion. Kōji Ibuki is Kai and Miwa's Cardfight teacher from the manga, but he ...

Capcom Sues Koei Tecmo for 980 Million Yen on Patent Infringement

CAPCOM: Dynasty Warriors & Samurai Warriors games infringed on its patents ― Sankei News reported on Tuesday that video game developer CAPCOM sued video game developer KOEI Tecmo for patent infringement. The first oral arguments began on Tuesday. CAPCOM is claiming that KOEI Tecmo infringed on its patents in the Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors series of games. CAPCOM references "new content acq...

Pokkén Tournament Teaser Video Previews Fighting Gameplay

Japanese arcade game to debut in 2015 ― The official Pokémon Youtube channel began streaming a teaser video for the Pokkén Tournament Japanese arcade game on Tuesday. The video features fighting gameplay between Lucario and Machamp. Nintendo announced during the “Monthly Famitsu feat. Pokemon Special” live-streamed program that this action/fighting game will debut Japanese arcades in 2015. Bandai Nam...

Nintendo Announces Pokkén Tournament For Arcades in 2015

Bandai Namco Games collaborates in development for Pokémon fighting game ― Nintendo announced during the “Monthly Famitsu feat. Pokemon Special” live-streamed program that an action/fighting game titled Pokkén Tournament (Pokkén being a pun on the words Pokemon and 'fist') will be released for Japanese arcades in 2015. Bandai Namco Games is collaborating on the development of the project. Two of the ...
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Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace Manga Will End in September

Manga by Chibimaru adapting February film began earlier this year ― The October issue of Kadokawa's Comic Alive magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Chibimaru's Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace (Mōretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace -Akū no Shien- manga will end in the November issue of the magazine, which will ship in Japan on September 27. The manga adapts the Bodacious Space Pirates...
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One Piece '3D2Y' 2-Hour Anime Special's 3 New TV Spots Streamed

Special telling Luffy's story of 2-year gap in between time skip with new villain premieres on Saturday ― Toei Animation began streaming a three TV spots for the "One Piece '3D2Y' Ace no Shi wo Koete! Luffy Nakama to no Chikai" (One Piece '3D2Y' Overcome Ace's Death! The Oath With Luffy's Crewmates) special on Tuesday. All three videos feature the special's theme song, “Next Stage” by AAA (Sands of D...
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Live-Action Lupin III Film's TV Spot is Stolen by Bikini-Clad Girls

New TV spot promotes film starring Shun Oguri premiering August 30 ― A new television commercial for the upcoming live-action Lupin III film began airing in Japan this week. Shun Oguri: This summer is...? Girls: Lupin!! Text: *This is a commercial for the Lupin III movie. Lupin: What? Oh my? Could it be that my commercial was stolen? Girls: Lupin III! Lupin: Oh come on girls, that's low... The story ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, August 18-24

One Piece sells 12,293 + 12,213 + 340 + 340, followed by Haikyu, Ace of Diamond, Kami-Usagi Rope, Yowapeda ― Yukari Tamura's Love Live *Fruits Fruits Cherry* & *Caramel Ribbon* concert DVD sold 1,568 copies to rank #20 on the overall DVD chart. The Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider War feat. Super Sentai film sold 1,193 more copies for a new total of 8,951. In its third week, it dropped from ...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, August 18-24

Frozen sells 35,361 more, followed by Haikyu, Yukari Tamura, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, Engaged to the Unidentified ― Yukari Tamura's Love Live *Fruits Fruits Cherry* & *Caramel Ribbon* concert Blu-ray Disc sold 8,157 copies to rank #6 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Frozen Mov...
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Touhou-Based 'Memories of Phantasm' Episode 4 Apology Video Streamed

Episode slated for September 14 at the Daikyushuu Tohosai 10 event ― Dōjin (self-published) circle Manpaku Jinja began streaming a trailer on Saturday for the fourth episode of its "Gensō Bankakyō ~The Memories of Phantasm~" (Kaleidoscope of Illusions: The Memories of Phantasm) anime project based on the Touhou Project games. The video apologizes for the episode's delay from the originally planned re...
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Tokkō Jimuin Minowa Manga Gets Live-Action Drama Starring EXILE's Matsu

Comedy manga centers on former biker gang leader who becomes law firm clerk ― Kei Ogawa's Tokkō Jimuin Minowa manga is getting a live-action drama adaptation starring EXILE band member Toshio Matsumoto (Matsu). The series, titled Binta! ~Bengoshi Jimuin Minowa ga Ai de Kaiketsushimasu~, will premiere on October 2 on YTV, NTV, and online, and will air on Thursdays. The legal comedy manga revolves arou...
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Gurazeni Baseball Manga to End This Month (Updated)

New series to start next month ― Yūji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi's baseball manga Gurazeni will end in this year's 39th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Morning magazine on Thursday. However, the same issue will announce that a new series titled Gurazeni: Tokyo Dome will start in the magazine's 43rd issue, which ships on September 25. The magazine also revealed that Moritaka and Adachi will pen a special 2...

Mamoru Oshii Supervises Opening Movie for Phantom of Kill Smartphone Game

Strategy drama RPG app coming this fall in Japan ― Fuji & gumi Games, a collaboration between Fuji Startup Ventures and gumi, opened pre-registration for its first smartphone game Phantom of Kill on Monday. The game will feature an animated opening movie supervised by Ghost in the Shell director Mamoru Oshii. The strategy drama RPG, which is slated for this fall, will follow mysterious girls who carr...
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Ikki Tousen: Extravaganza Epoch OVA's 1st Promo Streamed

Yui Sakakibara sings OVA's theme song, "Endless Fighter" ― The official website for the Ikki Tousen anime franchise is streaming the first promotional video for the upcoming Ikki Tousen: Extravaganza Epoch original video anime. The video features the song "Endless Fighter" by Yui Sakakibara. The promotional video for the new OVA debuted at the Comic Market 86 event that was held last weekend. The cas...
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Princess Resurrection Creator Mitsunaga Will End Nakuaden Manga

Series about a divine being and a high school boy launched in 2012 ― The October issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Yasunori Mitsunaga's Nakuaden (NaQaden) manga will end in the following issue on September 26. The series launched in 2012 and the fifth compiled volume shipped in June. The story takes place in a world where ancient Japanese gods are becomi...
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2nd Sailor Moon Stage Musical Footage Shown in Digest Video

Live show opened in Tokyo on Thursday ― The official Sailor Moon YouTube channel began streaming a digest video on Sunday from the opening night of the stage musical Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Petite Étrangère. The video features clips from the live show. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Petite Étrangère is the second musical based on Naoko Takeuchi's original manga. The cast includes: Satomi Ōkubo as Us...
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Kono Danshi, Sekka ni Nayandemasu. OVA's 2nd Promo Streamed

Next installment in Kono Danshi series slated for winter ― The official website for Kono Danshi, Sekka ni Nayandemasu. (This Boy Is Worrying About Turning to Stone), the latest installment in the Kono Danshi (This Boy) series of projects, began streaming a second promotional video on Monday. The original video DVD is scheduled to ship in Japan this winter. The text in the trailer reads: The progressi...
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Kousuke Toriumi, Hiroshi Iwasaki Join Donten ni Warau Anime's Cast

Takahiro Fujiwara, Hiroshi Iwasaki, others also added ― The official website for the upcoming anime adaptation of Kemuri Karakara's manga Donten ni Warau announced new cast members for the show on Monday. The newly announced cast members include: Kousuke Toriumi (Yowamushi Pedal, Naruto) as Sōsei Abeno Yuuki Fujiwara (Majestic Prince) as Mutsuki Ashiya Takahiro Fujiwara (Berserk: The Golden Age Arc m...
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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Game's Anime Opening Streamed

Expansion of 2012's Persona 4 Arena to ship on August 28 in Japan, N. America on September 30 ― Game Publisher Atlus Japan began streaming the opening anime cut scene for its upcoming 2D fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on Monday. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, the PlayStation 3 port of an arcade game, will ship in Japan on August 28 as Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultrasuplex Hold and Atlus will ship the ga...
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2014 Rurouni Kenshin FIlms' Promo Boasts High Reviews

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends opens in Japanese theaters September 13 ― The staff of the Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen) and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen) films began streaming a "Bridge" promotional video on Monday. The promotional video connects the two films together. Takeru Satoh: Please experience the moment this fi...
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Alice in Borderland Original Video Anime's 1st Promo Previews Suspense

Dragon Crisis! director Hideki Tachibana directs anime at Silverlink, Connect ― Shogakukan began streaming a promotional video on Monday for the original video animation (OVA) volume that will come bundled with limited edition copies of the 12th compiled volume of Haro Aso's survival suspense manga Alice in Borderland (Imawa no Kuni no Arisu). Ryōhei: Borderland...? Saori: That's the name of the plac...
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Flower in a Storm's Takagi Starts Itsuka no Haru Manga

Story of high school girl Yui with shōwa era classmate ― The October issue of Hakusensha's Bessatsu Hana to Yume (Betsuhana) magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Flower in a Storm's creator Shigeyoshi Takagi will begin serializing a new manga titled Itsuka no Haru (Some Day's Spring) in the magazine's November issue, which will be released on September 26. The magazine describes the manga as a "yo...
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Ikki Tousen's Latest Work Is An Original Video Anime

Chaos;Head's Yui Sakakibara to perform theme song for new adaptation of Yuji Shiozaki's action manga ― The October issue of Wani Books' Comic Gum magazine is announcing on Tuesday that the new Ikki Tousen project that was announced earlier this year is a second original video anime (OVA). The promotional video for the new OVA debuted at the Comic Market 86 event that was held last weekend. The magaz...
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Orenchi no Furo Jijō's New Promo Introduces New Cast

Ibuki Kido, Natsuki Hanae, Kenjiro Tsuda, Yoshihisa Kawahara, Yuichiro Umehara join for October 6 anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Itokichi's Orenchi no Furo Jijō (The Circumstances in My Home's Bathtub) manga began streaming a new promotional video for the upcoming series on Monday. Narrator: There's a handsome merman living in my house's bath tub! A bath anime tha...
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Stand By Me Doraemon 3D CG Film's Making-Of Video Unveiled

Film in celebration of Fujiko Fujio's 80th anniversary opened on August 8 ― The official website for Stand By Me Doraemon, the first 3D CG film starring the anime robot cat Doraemon, streamed a making-of video for the film this month. The video shows the process in which the CG animation was rendered. Stand By Me Doraemon opened in Japanese theaters on August 8. The manga creator duo Fujiko Fujio (Hi...
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Excel Saga's Rikudou Ends Kantan Kiss Manga Next Month

"Erotic spectacle" started last year in Young Comic magazine ― The September issue of Shonengahosha's Young Comic magazine announced this month that manga creator Koushi Rikudou (Excel Saga) will end his Kantan Kiss (Easy Kiss) manga in the following issue on September 10. The "erotic spectacle" launched last year, and the first compiled volume shipped in April. The manga revolved around a boy who me...
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Tatsuhisa Suzuki Joins The Seven Deadly Sins Anime's Cast

Suzuki's character Ban previewed in TV spot for October anime ― The official website for the television anime of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) manga began streaming a new TV commercial for the series on Sunday. The video reveals that voice actor Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Free!'s Makoto, My Little Monster's Haru) will play the role of Ban. Ban: Fox Sin, Ban! Text: Sin of greed Ban:...
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Japanese Box Office, August 16-17

Live-action Hot Road film premieres ― Stand By Me Doraemon, the 36th Doraemon film and franchise's first CGI film, stayed at #1 in its second week. Satoshi Tsumabuki, who previously played 30-year-old Nobita in a series of live-action Toyota car commercials, also plays Nobita as a young man in the film. The film also ranked #1 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 701,482,264 yen (US$6,728,814) on 31...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, August 11-17

The File of Young Kindaichi Returns, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Yōkai Watch, HappinessCharge Precure! in top 10 ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV August 17 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 14.3 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV August 17 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 9.6 Detective Conan NTV August 16 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 8.9 One Piece Fuji TV August 17 (Sun) 09:30 30 min. 8.0 The File of Young Kin...
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NISA Streams 2nd Fairy Fencer F Game Trailer

NISA to release Fairy Fencer F on September 16 ― NIS America began streaming a second trailer for its North American release of Compile Heart's turn-based role-playing game Fairy Fencer F on Friday. The trailer previews some of the game's English voice acting during battle sequences. NIS America describes the story: Long ago, a dreadful war was fought between the Goddess and the Vile God. Because the...
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Crunchyroll Manga Adds Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou, The Legend of Onikirimaru

Catalog & simul-published chapters to start next week ― Media service Crunchyroll announced on Sunday that it will release Ruri Miyahara's Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou (The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior) and Kei Kusunoki's The Legend of Onikirimaru manga series. Crunchyroll describes Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou's story: When Usa-kun's parents move for work, he begins living on his own. H...
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Latest Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play Cast Photographed in Costume

Shōkichi, Shingo, Noboyuki actors return in play of Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike spinoff manga ― The official website for the Yowamushi Pedal stage plays posted photos of the cast in costume. Yowamushi Pedal Hakone Gakuen-hen ~Yajū Kakusei~ (Yosamushi Pedal Hakone Academy Chapter: The Beast on the Road) will run in Osaka's Theater Brava! from October 23 to October 26 and Tokyo's Roppongi Blue Theater...

Power Rangers: Dino Charge Cast Revealed at Power Morphicon 4

New cast will star in Saban adaptation of Jūden Sentai Kyōryūger next year ― The new cast for Saban's upcoming Power Rangers: Dino Charge television series was announced at the Saban Brand's Panel at the Power Morphicon 4 event in Pasadena, California on Saturday. The cast includes (pictured in suits): Brennan Mejia as Red Ranger Yoshi Sudarso as Blue Ranger Camille Hyde as Pink Ranger Michael Taber ...

Sekai Project to Offer Clannad Visual Novel's Full-Voice Edition on Steam

Game inspired an anime movie and two television anime series ― North American visual novel distributor Sekai Project announced at its Japan Expo USA panel on Saturday that it will release the Visual Arts' Key game Clannad with full voices via Steam. The game inspired an anime movie and two television anime series. The series follows delinquent high school student Tomoya Okazaki, who one day meets a s...

Silver Link Makes Yuri Kuma Arashi TV Anime by Utena/Penguindrum's Ikuhara

Etsuko Sumimoto adapts designs by Hanjuku-Joshi manga's Akiko Morishima ― The teaser website for the Yuri Kuma Arashi (Yuri Bear Storm) anime by director Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Penguindrum, several Sailor Moon television series) opened on Monday. The website confirms that Ikuhara is directing the anime for television, and Etsuko Sumimoto (animation director on Puella Magi Madoka ...

Psycho-Pass Xbox One Game Titled Sentaku Naki Kōfuku

'Happiness Without Choice' game to be featured at Microsoft's Tokyo Game Show booth next month ― MAGES. game brand 5pb. opened a teaser site on Saturday for the Xbox One game inspired by the anime Psycho-Pass. The website unveils the game's title and logo, with the game's title being Psycho-Pass: Sentaku Naki Kōfuku (Psycho-Pass: Happiness Without Choice). The game will be featured at Microsoft's boo...