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Discotek Adds Lupin III: Jigen's Gravestone, Yowapeda, Go Nagai World, Toei's Little Mermaid, Iria

Lupin III: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone to come with English dub ― Discotek announced on Sunday that it has licensed five new titles for North American distribution: Lupin III: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone (Lupin the IIIrd: Jigen Daisuke no Bohyō), Yowamushi Pedal, Iria - Zeiram the Animation, Little Mermaid (Andersen Dōwa - Ningyo Hime), and Go Nagai World (CB Chara Go Nagai World). Discotek also announ...
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Tales of Zestiria Game Promo Shows Off Cut Scenes

PS3 game slated for January 22 in Japan ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming an extended promotional video for Tales of Zestiria PlayStation 3 game on Sunday. Like the earlier promotional video for the game's anime special, the video recounts games from the Tales of franchise. Namco (now known as Bandai Namco Entertainment) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Tales of RPG series. One o...
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Ochibi-san Stop-Motion Short Film Gets Making-Of Video

The IndieGoGo campaign for manga creator Moyoco Anno and director Masashi Kawamura's short film based on Anno's The Diary of Ochibi-san manga updated with a making-of video on Thursday. The campaign is seeking to raise US$3,000 by February 07, 2015. The update notes that the "Spring" part of the short is complete after eight days of shooting. The short film is part of Hideaki Anno's Japan Animator...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Gameplay Videos Pit Goku vs Beerus, Super 17

New Dragon Ball game for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC to ship in Japan on February 5 ― Shueisha's Jump Festa 2015 event premiered three gameplay videos for the upcoming Dragon Ball Xenoverse game. The videos show Super Saiyan God Goku versus Beerus, Beerus versus Whis, and Super Saiyan 4 Goku versus Super 17. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 consoles...
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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Blu-ray/DVD Release Slated For February

Universal Studios Home Entertainment releases first Ghibli film in N. America on February 17 ― Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced it will release Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya in a Blu-ray combo pack on February 17, 2015. Princess Kaguya is the first Studio Ghibli film to be distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment in North America. The offic...
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One Week Friends Manga Slated to End on January 22

The January issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine is announcing on Monday that Matcha Hazuki's Isshukan Friends (One Week Friends) manga will end in the magazine's next issue, which will ship on January 22. The issue will feature the manga on its front cover, and the manga's final chapter, "Mata, Tomodachi ni Natte Kudasai." (Please Be My Friend, Again.), will have a color opening page. Th...
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CyberConnect2 CEO Interviewed on Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

Bandai Namco America visits developer of its fighting game franchise ― Bandai Namco Games America streamed its Tokyo visit to CyberConnect2, the developer of its Narutimate (Ultimate Ninja) fighting game franchise for Naruto. In the video, CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Maruyama discussed his company's plans for the recently announced Naruto Shippūden Narutimate Storm 4 (Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja S...
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One Piece: Episode of Chopper Film's New Edition Teased in Ads

New Year's Eve airing to add epilogue based on previously unanimated manga art ― Two television commercials aired this week and last week for the 2014 special edition of the 2008 film One Piece: Episode of Chopper + Fuyu ni Saku, Kiseki no Sakura. The new edition will add new animated footage to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the One Piece television anime. The new special edition will air on Fu...
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Man With A Mission, Alisa Takigawa Perform The Seven Deadly Sins' New Songs

"Seven Deadly Sins" opening, "Season" ending to debut next year ― The official website for The Seven Deadly Sins television anime confirmed that the rock band MAN WITH A MISSION and singer Alisa Takigawa will perform the anime's second set of opening and ending theme songs, respectively. Man With A Mission's opening theme is simply titled "Seven Deadly Sins" in English, and its CD single will go on s...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven PS3/PS4 Game's Promo Streamed

Hiroshi Kamiya voices manga artist Rohan Kishibe in upcoming game ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming the first promotional video for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game on Sunday. The beginning of the video features narration from character Rohan Kishibe (voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya): Rohan: Well... It doesn't matter if the number of people that know about...
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One Piece Manga Inspires Kabuki Play Next Fall

Ennosuke Ichikawa IV to star as lead ― A traditional Japanese kabuki stage play inspired by Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga was announced at the Jump Festa event on Sunday. Tokyo's Shinbashi Enbujō theater will host the play throughout October and November 2015, and it will star Ennosuke Ichikawa IV (seen right) as the lead. Ichikawa IV commented on the collaboration, saying, "The One Piece manga is s...

Digital Manga Rainy Cocoa With Bilingual Voices Gets TV Anime

Hiro Shimono, Joel McDonald, Hikaru Midorikawa, Ian Sinclair, Mamoru Miyano, Vic Mignogna, more ― The official website for the Japanese/English digital manga Rainy Cocoa announced on Saturday that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit for next year. The creators describe Rainy Cocoa as one of the world's first digital manga which allows readers to toggle between Japanese and English text a...

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma's New Video, Cast, Theme Performers Unveiled

Natsuki Hanae, Yuuki Ono, Saori Onishi, Takahiro Sakurai join Spring TV anime ― The "Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Super Stage" event at Jump Festa 2015 unveiled a new promotional video, more cast members, and the performers of the opening and ending theme songs for the television anime on Sunday. Narrator: Tōtsuki Culinary Academy. Students who graduate: Under one percent. The palace of cooking that ...

Naruto Shippuden Anime's Next Arc Begins in January

Director had hinted in interview that a new development would start in early 2015 ― A poster at the Jump Festa 2015 event revealed on Sunday that the new arc in the Naruto Shippuden anime will be titled "Naruto no Senaka ~Nakama no Kiseki~" (The Back of Naruto ~The Miracle of Comrades~), and will premiere in January. The poster features characters Naruto, Hinata, Tenten, Neji, Lee, Kiba, Ino, Sakura,...
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Naoki Urasawa Puts Billy Bat Manga on Hiatus Until April

Weekly series had just returned from another hiatus in October ― 2015's combined 4th/5th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine is reporting on Thursday that Naoki Urasawa will put his Billy Bat manga on hiatus until April. Kodansha is compiling the latest published chapters into the manga's 16th volume, which will ship in March. The manga had just returned from a hiatus in October. Urusawa put the ser...

Gintama Gets New TV Anime Series in April

New series based on Hideaki Sorachi's action comedy manga to air on TV Tokyo ― The Gintama event at Jump Festa 2015 announced on Sunday that a new television anime series has been green-lit. The new series will premiere on TV Tokyo and its affiliates in April 2015. Hideaki Sorachi's original Gintama action comedy manga inspired a television anime that premiered in 2006 and continued (with several ext...
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Sword Art Online: Lost Song's New Characters Teased in Ad

More details to be revealed on Monday ― A new commercial for Bandai Namco Games' March 26 PlayStation 3/PS Vita action role-playing game Sword Art Online: Lost Song aired during the final Sword Art Online II episode on Saturday. The commercial feature visuals of the game's original characters and teases, "The gears slowly turn… A brilliant scientist singing of peace in the VR world. The singer's guar...

To Love-Ru Darkness Gets 2nd Season, New PS Vita Dating Sim

To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness 2nd season & True Princess game ― The "To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness Super Stage" event at Jump Festa 2015 announced on Sunday that production on a second television anime season, To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness 2nd, has been green-lit. The event unveiled the new season's key visual and title logo. The new season will reunite the main cast and staff from the first season. ...

2nd Nisekoi Season's New Voice Actress, April Premiere Revealed

Ayane Sakura plays new character Haru Onodera ― The official Twitter account for the Nisekoi manga and anime confirmed on Sunday that the second television anime season will premiere in April. It also announced that voice actress Ayane Sakura will play a new character, Haru Onodera. The staff and cast held a stage event at Jump Festa 2015 on Sunday. TVアニメ2期「ニセコイ:」2015年4月より放送開始です!☆*:.。. (≧▽≦) .。.:*☆ 新...
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Resident Evil Revelations 2's Opening Cinematic Posted

Claire Redfield, Moira Burton featured from PS4/PS3/Xbox One/Xbox 360/PC/Vita game ― Capcom posted the opening cinematic for its Resident Evil Revelations 2 survival horror game on Friday. The video teases that "we see Claire Redfield and Moira Burton abducted by... someone." Capcom will release the game for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. Beginning on February 17 in Nor...
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CUBETYPE's Touhou Project Dōjin Shooter Heads to PS4

Gensō no Rondo joins ZUN, Mediascape's "Play, Doujin" project ― Mediascape officially unveiled the "Play, Doujin" project, which will publish dōjin games (such as fan-made Touhou Project titles) on PlayStation platforms, on Thursday. The company will release games on both the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita in collaboration with Touhou Project creator ZUN. Mediascape announced that CUBETYPE, a circle known...
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Monogatari 'Final Season's' Tsukimonogatari Opening Streamed

Saori Hayami sings "Orange Mint" as Yotsugi Ononoki for New Year's Eve anime ― The official website for Tsukimonogatari (Possession Story), the anime of the first story in the "Final Season" of the NisiOisin's Monogatari Series, began streaming the opening animation sequence on Saturday. The video features the opening theme song "Orange Mint" sung by the character Yotsugi Ononoki (as voiced by Saori ...
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Live-Action Prophecy/Yokokuhan Teaser Unveils June 6 Premiere

Toma Ikuta, Erika Toda star in adaptation of Tetsuya Tsutsui's suspense manga ― The official website for the live-action adaptation of Tetsuya Tsutsui's suspense manga Prophecy (Yokokuhan) began streaming the film's teaser trailer on Saturday. The trailer reveals that the film will open on June 6. At the beginning of the video, the Newspaper Man says, "You're misunderstanding. I'm not doing this for ...
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Dragon Quest Heroes 2nd Promo Video Introduces New Villain

Main cast introduced for PS3/PS4 game shipping February 26 ― Square Enix began streaming a second promotional video on Saturday for its upcoming PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game Dragon Quest Heroes: Yamiryū to Sekai Ki no Shiro (Dragon Quest Heroes: The Darkness Dragon & the Castle of the World Tree). The video offers a look at the new antagonist, who introduces himself as Helmut. The video intro...
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Final Fantasy Agito's Jump Fest Trailer Streamed

Smartphone game slated for release in N. America ― Square Enix began streaming a Final Fantasy Agito trailer that is being shown at the Jump Festa event over the weekend. The video is the game's fifth game's fifth trailer, titled "Shingun" (Advance). In the free-to-play Final Fantasy Agito mobile game, players are elite Akademia cadets aiming to become an Agito by completing combat missions and deepe...
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Gets Special Edition PS4

Also: game's Jump Festa trailer streamed ― Square Enix unveiled a special "Suzaku Edition" PlayStation 4 at Jump Festa on Saturday as a tie-in with its upcoming PlayStation 4 game Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. The system will ship on the same day as the game, March 19, and retail for 46,980 yen (about US$393). Pre-orders will open on Monday. The system will include the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD game, a Dual...

Yo-kai Watch to Air in U.S., Europe, Other Regions Globally

Jibanyan and Whisper's names will remained unchanged ― Level-5 president Akihiro Hino announced at the Eiga Yo-kai Watch Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan! event on Saturday that the anime Yo-Kai Watch will be broadcast overseas. Hino specifically mentioned America and Europe, but said there would be other regions. Hino stated that, although many of the Yo-kai's names will be changed, Jibanyan and Whisper's w...

Mushishi: The Next Chapter Gets Film in Early Summer

Special compilation of main manga's last arc "Suzu no Shizuku" ― The Mushishi: The Next Chapter anime's television broadcast ended on Sunday with an announcement that the Mushishi: The Next Chapter's Suzu no Shizuku arc will play in theaters early in Summer 2015. The film will be a special compilation of "Suzu no Shizuku," which was the last two-chapter arc in the main manga series. The anime's websi...
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Blood Blockade Anime's Jump Festa 2015 Promo Unveiled

More characters featured in newest video for April anime from Bones ― Shueisha revealed a new promotional video for the television anime of Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront manga on Saturday at the Jump Festa 2015 event. Text: The city called New York disappered in a single instant. Leonard: This place is bustling, just as usual. A town where uncommon things are commonplace. I want to te...
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Final Fantasy XV English-Dubbed Jump Festa Promo Streamed

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD game to bundle demo for Final Fantasy XV in March ― Square Enix began streaming an English-dubbed version of the Final Fantasy XV game trailer that is being shown at the Jump Festa event over the weekend. The PlayStation 4/Xbox One game Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will include a chance for players to try a "Episode Duscae" demo of Final Fantasy XV. The game will cost 6,800 yen (US...

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma's April Premiere, Designs Unveiled

Exclusive beef stew supervised by manga's consultant also served at Jump Festa ― A wall illustration at Warner's Jump Festa 2015 booth confirmed that the television anime of the Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma manga will premiere in April. The anime's character designs are also on display at Jump Festa, including the debut of Ikumi Mito's designs and the super-deformed designs: 設定画がワーナーブースで見られます!凄い再現度をぜ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc Anime Previewed in Promo

Iggy the dog makes debut in January 9 anime ― Warner Brothers began streaming a promotional video for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc sequel anime on Saturday. The video premiered at the Jump Festa 2015 event. Jotaro: You damn dog! Text: Egypt Arc Jotaro: He's not normal... Text: New friends Jotaro: Hey now, don't struggle too much... You're letting out farts. Jotaro: Hey, ...
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Nekota no Koto ga Ki ni Natte Shikatanai. Manga Gets Event Anime

Rie Ōuta began manga about girl curious about boy with cat face in Ribon last year ― The February 2015 issue of Shueisha's Ribon magazine is announcing on Saturday that an event anime adaptation of Rie Ōuta's Nekota no Koto ga Ki ni Natte Shikatanai. (I'm So Interested in Nekota That I Can't Help Myself.) manga for girls has been green-lit. The anime will be screened at the Ribon Festa 2015 event. Th...
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Terraformars Jump Festa 2015 Promo Looks Back on Series

Final episode of action series premiered on Friday ― Shueisha is airing a promotional video for the television anime adaptation of Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana's sci-fi Terraformars at this year's Jump Festa event. The video looks back at the anime series, which aired the final episode on Friday. The video begins with a line by Akari: "The flames of over 1.25 million species burn up! Don't underes...

Kickstarter Asks Grisaia Project to Remove Hugging Pillow Rewards

Sekai Project's game campaign reached US$160,000 goal on 1st day ― Sekai Project announced on Friday that Kickstarter requested it to remove reward tiers with hugging pillow (dakimakura) covers from its Grisaia game trilogy crowdfunding campaign. The Kickstarter campaign has hugging pillow covers listed as rewards for pledges of US$420 or more, and the cover is also listed as an add-on for US$110. Th...

Aniplex to Release Imported Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Blu-ray Set

5-disc set to include 13 episodes, ship in Japan, N. America on March 25 ― Aniplex of America announced on Friday that it will import the Fate/stay night (Unlimited Blade Works) - Blu-ray Disc Box I from Japan and release the set in North America on March 25. The set will ship simultaneously in Japan and North America. Preorders also became available in North, Central, and South America on Friday. Th...
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Hatsune Miku to Perform at Lantis Festival in Las Vegas

Virtual idol will perform alongside JAM Project, others at January event ― Lantis Records announced on Friday that virtual singer Hatsune Miku will perform at its 2015 Anisong World Tour - Lantis Festival in Las Vegas on January 16-17. The virtual idol will perform alongside JAM Project (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel MonstersGX), YOUSEI TEIKOKU (Future Diary), Sayaka Sasaki (Cardfight!! Vanguard), Faylan (Tokyo ESP...
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Terraformars 3DS Game's Ad Teases Gold Character

Game based on Yū Sasuga, Kenichi Tachibana's sci-fi manga to ship on April 2 ― The official Youtube channel for FuRyu games began streaming a television commercial for Terraformars: Akaki Hoshi no Gekitō (Fierce Battle on the Crimson Planet), the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game based on Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana's Terraformars manga, on Thursday. The narrator intones that in the game, "total warfare...

Naruto Stage Musical's Cast Unveiled in Costume

Story to cover manga's 1st-27th volumes, include songs, dance, acrobatics ― Character visuals of the stage musical Live Spectacle Naruto's main cast members in costume were unveiled on Saturday. The visuals include images of Kōdai Matsuoka as Naruto, Ryūji Satō as Sasuke, Yui Itō as Sakura, and Kenta Suga as Gaara. Kōdai Matsuoka as Naruto Ryūji Satō as Sasuke Yui Itō as Sakura Kenta Suga as Gaara Th...

Seraph of the End's English-Subtitled Trailer, Split-Season Plans, More Cast Unveiled

Nobuhiko Okamoto, Kaito Ishikawa, Yuka Iguchi, Hiroyuki Sawano join anime debuting in April ― NBCUniversal Entertainment began streaming the official trailer for the Seraph of the End television anime with English subtitles on Friday. The trailer reveals that the anime will run in two split cours (quarters of the year) next year: from April to June and then from October to December. The anime's offic...

The Last: Naruto The Movie to Play in U.S. Theaters

In NYC, Boston, Houston, Dallas, L.A., S.D., S.F., Seattle, other cities starting February 20 ― North American anime distributor Viz Media announced on Friday that it is collaborating with film distributor Eleven Arts to release The Last: Naruto The Movie in theaters in the United States. The English-subtitled theatrical run will begin on February 20, and it will "initially screen in 20 major U.S. ci...

Monster Musume Lets Fans Submit Original Character Designs, Comics

Selected fanart will run in Monthly Comic Ryū ― The official website for Okayado's Monster Musume manga series began accepting four-panel comics and color illustrations for the Monster Musume world on Friday. The entries may include original characters. The illustrations and comics will be displayed on the official site and select works will be published in the May issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Co...

Funimation to Stream Kamisama Kiss 2, Tokyo Ghoul √A, Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 50

One Piece, Fairy Tail, Yona of the Dawn, Garo the Animation to also return ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Friday that it will stream the Kamisama Kiss 2 (Kamisama Hajimemashita), Tokyo Ghoul √A, and Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 50 sequel anime. In addition, it will continue to stream One Piece, Fairy Tail, Yona of the Dawn, and Garo the Animation. Kamisama Kiss 2 will premiere on Janua...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed PS Vita Game Heads to N. America, Europe

Franchise's 1st action game slated for spring 2015 ― Idea Factory International announced on Friday that it will bring the PlayStation Vita game Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (Chōjigen Action Neptune U) to North America and Europe in spring 2015. The company also released a battle gameplay trailer. Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed debuted in Japan in August as the franchise's...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, December 7-13

Naruto, 2 Attack on Titan volumes, Black Butler, Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma, No Game, No Life, Assassination Classroom, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Millennium Snow The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on December 13. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1Naruto #68 Masashi Kish...
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Kamisama Kiss Stage Musical Cast Unveiled in Silhouette

Onikiri, Kotetsu, Narukami, more cast in March play in Tokyo ― A photograph of the cast — in silhouette — from the Kamisama Kiss stage musical debuted on Friday. The photograph shows the four main cast members: Saki Terashima as Nanami Ren Yagami as Tomoe Keisuke Minami as Kurama Shōta Takasaki as Mizuki A clearer official photograph will debut in January. More cast members were alos announced: Mao ...
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Sword Art Online Light Novels Have More Than 16.7 Million Copies in Print Worldwide

Sales numbers include Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea, Thailand, America, Canada, Great Britain ― The Dengeki Bunko editorial department announced on the Sword Art Online anime's Twitter account on Friday that the original light novel series has more than 16,700,000 copies in print worldwide. The number includes sales in Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea, Thailand, America, Canada, and Great Britain. Dengeki B...
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Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Promo Streamed

PS4, Xbox One, PC game slated for 2015 from Bandai Namco, CyberConnect2 ― Shueisha's V Jump magazine began streaming a promotional video for Bandai Namco Games' fighting game Naruto Shippūden Narutimate Storm 4 (Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4) on Friday. Bandai Namco Games will ship the latest game that CyberConnect2 developed next year. The company announced on Sunday that it will release ...
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Date A Live Rinnne Utopia Heads to PS Vita Next Summer

New characters, new scenarios added to original PS3 game ― Compile Heart revealed on Friday that it will release a PS Vita version of its Date A Live Rinnne Utopia game next summer. According to the teaser video, the PS Vita version will feature new characters and new scenarios, particularly to tell what happens after the original game's story and show a new Eden. The March issue of Dragon Magazine w...
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3rd Dog Days Season's 4th Character TV Ad Features Sharu

Season to premiere on January 10 with Nana Mizuki's opening song "No Limit" ― The official website for Dog Days'' (Dog Days Double Dash), the third anime season based on the original work by Masaki Tsuzuki (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha), began streaming the fourth character introduction commercial on Friday. The video introduces the new character Sharu. The commercial proclaims, "The three heroes are ...
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2nd Aldnoah.Zero Season's 2nd TV Ad English-Subtitled

Streaming begins January 10 with opening song by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki ― Aniplex of America began streaming a second television commercial for the second season of the Aldnoah.Zero television anime on Thursday. The video features the opening theme "&Z" by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki, and notes that the anime will begin streaming on January 10, 2015 Eir Aoi will perform the ending theme song "Gene...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Anime's Egypt Arc Slated for January 9

The January issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine is announcing on Friday that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc will premiere on January 9 at 24:30 (effectively January 10, at 12:30 a.m.). The series cast will return for the new arc, including: Daisuke Ono as Jotaro Kujo Unshou Ishizuka as Joseph Joestar Kenta Miyake as Mohammed Abdul Daisuke Hirakawa as Noriaki Kakyoin Fum...

Akame ga Kill Manga to Start Last Arc in 12th Volume

Dark action fantasy manga's 12th volume to ship next spring ― Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro's 11th Akame ga Kill manga volume is announcing on Monday that the manga will start its final arc in the next volume. The 12th volume will ship next summer. The dark action fantasy manga inspired an ongoing television anime. The anime premiered in July, and Sentai Filmworks licensed the series in North America....
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Duo moumoon Performs Assassination Classroom's Ending Song

Visual of Class 3-E assembled unveiled before January 9 premiere ― 2015's combined fourth and fifth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the music duo Moumoon will perform the ending theme song "Hello, shooting-star" for the Assassination Classroom television anime. The single will go on sale in February. The duo's vocalist/lyricist Yuka and guitarist/composer ...
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Nihon Falcom Launches New 'Evolution' Project Tied to Legend of Heroes

Next step after Zero no Kiseki, Ao no Kiseki received PS Vita remakes ― The official Twitter account of the game company Nihon Falcom teased on Friday: "Zero no Kiseki, Ao no Kiseki, and now… a new project launches in the Evolution Series! We plan to unveil more details soon." A website opened for the project with the following tagline, "A new project launches in the Evolution Series. Evolution, flig...
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Umimachi Diary Live-Action Film's Teaser Streamed

Story of 3 sisters who meet half-sister after father's death premieres in Japan on June 13 ― Cinema Today began streaming a teaser trailer on Thursday for the live-action film adaptation of Akimi Yoshida's Umimachi Diary (Seaside Town Diary) manga. Text: Second daughter - Yoshino Text: Third daughter - Chika Yoshino: My father died, and my younger half-sister came to Kamakura. Text: Fourth daughter -...

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled's 3rd Episode Previewed in Video

Yukana reprises role as C.C. in original video anime with May 2 premiere screening ― The official website for the Code Geass: Akito the Exiled anime project unveiled the trailer for the third episode on Friday. The video features the anime's opening theme song, "More Than Words" by voice actress and singer Maaya Sakamoto. Suzaku: Year 2017 in the Imperial Calendar. The Holy Britannia Empire invaded t...

New Evangelion Anime Footage Debuts in 7th Animator Expo Short

Video by Evangelion team apparently set after Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the full seventh short titled "until You come to me." on Friday. The short features previously unseen new Evangelion footage, apparently set after the story of the third new Evangelion...

Haikyu!! Volleyball TV Anime Gets Sequel

1st 25-episode season ended in September ― The combined fourth and fifth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that production on a sequel to the Haikyu!! television anime has been green-lit. Production I.G's anime adaptation of Haruichi Furudate's volleyball manga premiered in April. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series for North American digital and home video ...

Gate: Jiei-tai Ka no Chi ni te, Kaku Tatakaeri Military-Fantasy Novels Get TV Anime

Story of Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers traveling to alternate world began as web novel ― A television anime adaptation of Takumi Yanai's Gate: Jiei-tai Ka no Chi ni te, Kaku Tatakaeri (Gate: The Self-Defense Forces Fight Like This in Another Land) light novel series has been green-lit. The website for the anime made the announcement with a promotional video: Text: A super-scaled "Other-World x...
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JoJo's, Yu-Gi-Oh, Attack on Titan, Pokemon More Offered on Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day will take place nationwide on Saturday, May 2, 2015 ― Next year's Free Comic Book Day selection will include manga from publishers Viz Media, Kodansha Comics, and Udon Books. Viz Media will offer the a sampler that includes JoJo's Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki and Yu-Gi-Oh! by Kazuki Takahashi as well as a separate Pokemon sampler from its Perfect Square imprint. Udon Books ...
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3rd Live-Action Kenshin Film Wins Audience Award at Australia's Japanese Film Festival

Other top picks include Thermae Romae II, Giovanni's Island, Tamako Market film Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen) live-action film by director Keishi Ōtomo won the first ever Audience Award at the Japanese Film Festival in Australia. Festival attendees in Sydney and Melbourne cast 8,500 total votes during the festival runs from November 13-23 and November 27 ...
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Air Master's Shibata Starts Yōkai Banchō Manga

Series by 81diver creator to begin in January ― 2015's second issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine will announce on Monday that Yokusaru Shibata (Air Master, 81diver) will begin a new series in the fourth issue on January 27. The series will be titled Yōkai Banchō. The magazine also announced two other new titles. Yukari Nekota will begin a manga adaptation of Keigo Higashino's novel Tenkū no Hachi, ...
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JAST USA Adds Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque to Steam Greenlight

All ages version on Steam Greenlight, adult version available for preorder ― North American publisher JAST USA added the all-ages Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque: Editio Acturi visual novel to Steam's Greenlight on Wednesday. On Steam Greenlight, if enough people vote to say that they would buy the game if it were available on Steam, then JAST USA would make the game available on the PC. JAST...

Nobunaga the Fool Anime Gets English Dub

She, The Ultimate Weapon, Saiyuki, DD Fist of the North Star, others slated for April release ― Section 23 Films announced its April 2015 release slate on Thursday and listed the first Nobunaga the Fool DVD and Blu-ray sets with an English dub. The series will ship on April 28. The release slate also includes She, The Ultimate Weapon and Saiyuki on DVD, Devil Survivor 2 on Blu-ray, and DD Fist of the...

Funimation to Stream Assassination Classroom Anime

Series to premiere on January 9 ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will stream the anime of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga as it airs in Japan. The first episode will premiere on Friday, January 9 at 1:00 p.m. EST and subsequent episodes will premiere on Fridays at 12:20 EST. Funimation began streaming a subtitled announcement video: Viz Media published the first v...
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Nihon Falcom Unveils Tokyo Xanadu RPG for 2015

"Urban legend action RPG" will follow two high schoolers in modern Tokyo ― Game developer Nihon Falcom (Eiyū Densetsu, Ys) opened a teaser site on Thursday for a new project titled Tokyo Xanadu. The the "urban legend action RPG in a modern setting" will be the company's first title for 2015. The story will follow high schoolers Kō and Asuka in modern day Tokyo and the spirit world labyrinth "Xanadu."...
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Funimation Adds Home Video Rights for Nobunagun

Series slated for Blu-ray/DVD release in summer 2015 ― Funimation Entertainment revealed in its ANN ad skin on Thursday that it has acquired the home video rights for Nobunagun, and later clarified that the rights include both Blu-ray and DVD. The company plans to release the series in summer 2015. Nobunagun is based on Masata Hisa's original "stylish action" manga and opens with high school girl Shi...
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KanColle Anime Listed With 6 50-Minute Blu-ray/DVD Volumes

The official website for the upcoming Kantai Collection -Kan Colle- anime updated on Friday with details on the Blu-ray and DVD releases. There are six planned volumes, with the sixth set listed as the finale. Amazon Japan's listings for the sets give each a 50-minute run time. The first limited edition Blu-ray and DVD will include newly recorded disc navigation voice, a "classified blueprints" in...

Sentai Filmworks Adds Hayate the Combat Butler: Can't Take My Eyes Off You

Anime-original story premiered in 2012 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed Hayate the Combat Butler: Can't Take My Eyes Off You. The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan in 2012. Crunchyroll is also streaming the first Hayate the Combat Butler! television anime (2007-2008) and its Hayate the Com...
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Project Itoh's Harmony Promo Previews Animation

Takahiro Sakurai narrates video for Takashi Nakamura and Michael Arias' film at STUDIO 4℃ ― The official website for the films of Project Itoh's novels began streaming a promotional video for Harmony. Takahiro Sakurai narrates the video, which first debuted during this week's episode of Psycho-Pass 2 in Fuji TV's Noitamina block. Text: From Project Itoh's Harmony Takahiro Sakurai: Project Itoh left a...
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Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A Anime Announcement Promo Streamed

1st novelization of manga also slated for January 23 ― Media Factory began streaming the announcement promotional video for the television anime of Chūgaku Akamatsu and Kobuichi's Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A (Hidan no Aria AA) manga on Thursday. The trailer also announces that first novelization of the Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A (Hidan no Aria AA) manga will ship on January 23. The story revol...
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Manga Artist Akiko Higashimura to Appear in Princess Jellyfish Film

Higashimura also gives opinions on film adapting her own manga scheduled to premiere December 27 ― Manga author Akiko Higashimura will appear in the live-action film adaptation of her Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime) manga. Higashimura will appear during the "fashion show" scene as a VIP with the main characters. When commenting on the film, she noted, "The sets, the mood, the cast... There's absolute...
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Tokyo Ghoul √A Anime's TV Spot Aired

Natsuki Hanae returns as Ken for 2nd season inspired by Sui Ishida's original manga ― A TV spot for the second season of the Tokyo Ghoul anime series began streaming on Thursday. Ken: I'll find the one-eyed king... Ken: I'll kill him... I don't want my precious people to be taken from me...! That's why I have to become strong...! Text: A different Tokyo Ghoul made by original creator Sui Ishida and d...
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Tales of Zestiria Anime Special's New Promo Looks Back at Past Tales of Games

Promo for December 30 special telling the beginning of Sorey, Mikleo, Alisha's journey also features new animation ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming an extended promotional video for Tales of Zestiria: Dōshi no Yoake (Tales of Zestiria: Dawn of the Fon Master), the anime special inspired by its upcoming upcoming Tales of Zestiria PlayStation 3 game on Thursday. Text: Everything started fro...
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Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A Adaptation is TV Anime

The official website for Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine is listing that the animated adaptation of Chūgaku Akamatsu and Kobuichi's Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A (Hidan no Aria AA) manga will be a television anime series. Media Factory had teased in July that there will be two new announcements for the "AA Project" this winter. The story revolves around Akari Mamiya, a first-year E-rank stude...
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Samurai Warriors/Sengoku Musou TV Anime's Promo Previews Yukimura in Action

Takeshi Kusao plays younger Sanada brother in January anime ― The official website for the television anime of Koei Tecmo Games' Samurai Warriors (Sengoku Musou) game franchise began streaming on Wednesday Yukinari: I show you the spirit of the Sanada, here and now! Nobuyuki: I will join the Tokugawa in order to protect the Sanada clan. Yukinari: I will hold my pride, and fight alongside Mitsunari. N...
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Live-Action Sukimasuki Film's 1st Trailer Streamed

Adaptation of manga by Bunny Drop's Yumi Unita to open on February 7 ― AMG Entertainment began streaming a trailer for the live-action film adaptation of Yumi Unita's Sukimasuki (roughly translated, Peephole Love) manga series on Wednesday. The film's staff has also revealed a theatrical poster. The "unique" coming-of-age story revolves around Heisaku, a male college student who loves to peep into cr...
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Sibling Comedy Manga Ane Log Gets 3rd OVA

2nd OVA ships with 6th volume of Kenji Taguchi's manga on Thursday ― The wrap-around jacket band on the sixth volume of Kenji Taguchi's comedy manga Ane Log - Moyako Nee-san no Tomaranai Monologue (Sister's Log - Moyako's Monologue That Won't Stop) announced on Thursday that the series' third original video anime (OVA) will ship with the manga's seventh volume. The third OVA will be titled "Watashi ...
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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Earns US$528,307 After 9th Weekend

Film ranked #21 in highest grossing anime films in North America ― Box Office Mojo is estimating that Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya earned a ninth weekend gross of US$18,694 in North America, bringing an overall total of US$528,307. The film is ranked at #49 for the weekend, ranked #21 in the highest grossing anime films, and #26 in highest grossing opening weekend...

Doraemon, Kenshin, Thermae Romae II Rank in 2014's Top 5 Japanese Films

Lupin III vs. Conan, Ghibli's Marnie, Pokémon make top 10; Frozen tops Western films in Japan ― Bunka Tsūshinsha reported on the top 10 Japanese films of 2014, based on estimated box office returns in Japan as of December: Rank Film Distributor Estimated Box Office 1 The Eternal Zero Toho 8.76 billion yen US$73.8 million 2 Stand By Me Doraemon Toho 8.38 billion yen US$70.6 million 3 Rurouni Kenshin: ...
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Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A Spinoff Manga Gets Anime

Media Factory had teased 2 announcements for the AA Project this winter ― The first 2015 issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine is confirming on Friday that an anime adaptation of Chūgaku Akamatsu and Kobuichi's Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A (Hidan no Aria AA) manga has been green-lit. Media Factory had teased in July that there will be two new announcements for the "AA Project" this winter. T...
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Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, Disgaea 5, The Awakened Fate Ultimatum Western Releases Scheduled

The Awakened Fate Ultimatum slated for March; Operation Abyss, Disgaea 5 slated for spring and fall 2015 ― NIS America announced its release plans for Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (Tokyo Shin Seiroku: Operation Abyss), Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, and The Awakened Fate Ultimatum (Kamisama to Unmei Kakumei no Cross Thesis) games. The company will release Experience, Inc. and CyberFront's Ope...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, December 8-14

Attack on Titan, Blue Spring Ride, MIX, Kuroko's Basketball in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Attack on Titan 15 1,010,545 1,011,559 2014/12 Kodansha Hajime Isayama 1 1 2 Blue Spring Ride 12 346,272 346,272 2014/12 Shueisha Io Sakisaka 2 1 3 MIX 6 189,387 189,387 2014/12 Shogakukan Mitsuru Adachi 3 1 4 Attack on Tita...

Steins;Gate Game Also Heading to iOS in the West

English translation may be different from JAST USA's PC release ― Publisher 5pb. confirmed on Twitter on Tuesday that the Steins;Gate scientific adventure visual novel will also be released on iOS devices in the West. The iOS version will be released after the PQube's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita releases. Company representative Geraint Evans told video game news website Siliconera that PQube w...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, December 8-14

3rd Yōkai Watch 2, Grand Theft Auto V, Shining Resonance games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: December 8-14 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yōkai Watch 2 Shin'uchi Level 5 December 13 1,244,171 1,244,171 23DS Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Pokémon November 21 152,384 1,950,481 3PS4 Grand Theft Auto V (Including Bundled Editions) Take-Two Int...

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