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2nd Utawarerumono TV Anime Slated for October 3

The website for the television anime of the second Utawarerumono game, Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen (Utawarerumono: The False Mask), confirmed on Wednesday that the anime will premiere on TV Tokyo on October 3 at 25:00 (effectively, October 4 at 1:00 a.m.) It will then run on the TV Aichi, MBS, AT-X, and BS11 channels. Last week, the website posted a second trailer featuring Saura's opening th...
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The Prince of Tennis II Gets Fan Disc With Hōkago Picture Drama, Short Anime

December 24 disc with new talk show, new After School picture drama, Animate short anime ― The October issue of Shueisha's Jump Square is announcing on Friday that a fan disc for The Prince of Tennis II original video anime project will ship on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in Japan on Christmas Eve, December 24. The fan disc will include a brand-new talk show special with emcee Naru Kawamoto (Takashi Kawamur...
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Shueisha, Animate, Kodansha, Kadokawa, Shogakukan Launch Joint Venture to Promote Anime, Manga in Asia

New company Japan Manga Alliance will open physical store in Bangkok, Thailand ― Shueisha, ANIMATE, Kodansha, Kadokawa, Shogakukan announced at the Japan Publishers Club on Tuesday that they have launched a joint venture, establishing a company named Japan Manga Alliance (JMA). The new company's goal is to protect the copyrights of its founding companies, to establish a location where fans can procur...
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Live-Action Orange Film Starts Filming & Seeks Extras

Website also asks fans to submit photos of themselves, past & present ― The live-action film of Ichigo Takano's Orange manga has begun shooting in Nagano Prefecture's Matsumoto City on Tuesday, September 1. The staff of the film had announced that filming will take place until early October. Takano's original manga is set in Matsumoto City. The film's staff also revealed a production still featuring ...
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Noragami Aragoto TV Anime's October 3 Premiere Revealed

Series airing in Tokyo MX, MBS, BS Fuji, dTV, UULA, and GYAO! ― The October issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine is revealing on Saturday that Noragami Aragoto, the second television anime season of the Adachitoka's Noragami manga, will premiere on Tokyo MX on October 2 at 1:05 a.m. (effectively the morning of October 3). The anime is also run on MBS on October 3 at 3:10 a.m., and on BS Fuji o...

Male Teen Arrested for Threatening Love Live! Fans on Twitter

15-year-old high school student allegedly posted threats, photo of knife ― Ogikubo Police arrested a 15-year old male first-year high school student from Toyama City on Wednesday on the suspicion of forcible obstruction of business. According to the police, the suspect allegedly posted threatening remarks on Twitter directed at fans of the Love Live! music and anime franchise. The suspect allegedly p...
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Men Denied Bail After Alleged Threats on Pokémon World Championships

2 Iowa men held without bail for 120 days on weapons charges ― Boston Municipal Court Judge Thomas C. Horgan denied 18-year-old Kevin Norton and 27-year-old James Stumbo bail after they appeared at a dangerousness hearing on Tuesday. The judge ordered that the Iowa men be held without bail for the next 120 days after they allegedly threatened violence at the Pokémon World Championships last month. Su...
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2nd Live-Action Attack on Titan Film's Trailer Subtitled in English

Attack on Titan: End of the World's SEKAI NO OWARI theme previewed before September 19 opening ― The official website of the live-action Attack on Titan films began streaming a trailer for the second film, Attack on Titan: End of the World, on Wednesday. Australian film distributor Madman Entertainment also began streaming an English-subtitled version of the same trailer on Wednesday. The trailer pre...
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Tow Ubukata Released Without Indictment on Domestic Violence Charges

Novel/anime writer arrested on August 24 for allegedly hitting wife ― 38-year-old writer Tow Ubukata was released as of Tuesday without indictment on charges of domestic violence against his wife. The Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office chose to release Ubukata, but charges are still pending. Shibuya police arrested Ubukata on August 24 on charges of domestic violence against his wife. Accordin...
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Crunchyroll Adds Ceres, Celestial Legend, Cardcaptor Sakura Film Streaming

― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it has added the Ceres, Celestial Legend (Ayashi no Ceres) TV anime series and the Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie film from Discotek Media. Crunchyroll is offering the Ceres, Celestial Legend TV anime series with Japanese and Dnlgish audio for premium users in the United States and Canada. Crunchyroll will offer eight new episodes of th...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, August 30-September 5

Argevollen, Robot Carnival, Sketchbook ~full color'S~ anime; Komomo Confiserie, Ninja Slayer Kills, One-Punch Man manga ships ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Argevollen Collection 1 DVDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$49.98 September 1 Argevollen Collection 1 BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 September 1 K-ON! Season 1 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$49.98 September 1 My ...
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Asterisk War Anime's 4th Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

Shiena Nishizawa to perform "Brand-new World" for October series ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of author Yuu Miyazaki and illustrator okiura's The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water (Gakusen Toshi Asterisk) light novel series began streaming the show's fourth promotional video on Tuesday. The video features Shiena Nishizawa's opening theme song "Brand-new World."...
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Danganronpa Another Episode Launch Trailer Streamed

Game ships Tuesday in N. America, Friday in Europe ― NIS America began streaming the launch trailer for its Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls PlayStation Vita game on Tuesday. The game ships on Tuesday in North America and on Friday in Europe. NIS America describes the story on the PlayStation Blog: With the horrors from The Biggest, Most Awful, Most Tragic Event in Human History that ...

Yukiyo Fujii Joins 2015 Lupin III Cast as Rebecca

New character will appear in 1st episode ― Voice Actress Yukiyo Fujii will play the new character Rebecca Rossellini in the first new television anime series in three decades to star Lupin III. Rebecca is the young president of a conglomerate based in the Republic of San Marino, the story's setting. She has also worked as a model and an actress, and has become an international "gossip queen" due to r...

Sony Will Offer New PS Vita Colors in Japan; 1 New Color in N. America

New colors include Aqua Blue, Glacier White, and Neon Orange; Aqua Blue coming to U.S. ― The official Japanese Playstation blog revealed on Tuesday that Sony will release three new PlayStation Vita colors: Neon Orange, Glacier White, and Aqua Blue. Sony will release these new models in Japan on September 17 for 18,980 (about US$156.86) yen each. The official U.S. PlayStation blog also revealed that S...

MangaGamer Offers Kindred Spirits Uncensored on Steam

A Kiss For The Petals -Remembering How We Met all-ages game also launching later this month ― Visual novel localization and publishing company MangaGamer announced on Tuesday that it will release Liar Soft's Kindred Spirits on the Roof (Okujō no Yurirei-san) yuri game on PC via Steam with uncensored adult content. MangaGamer describes the game: Kokonotsuboshi Girls' Academy of Commerce, a school buil...
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ComiXology Adds Kodansha Manga, Viz's Shonen Jump

More than 350 titles from Kodansha Comics, digital manga magazine from Viz Media ― The digital reading platform ComiXology announced on Monday that it will add Viz Media's digital manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. In addition, ComiXology announced on Tuesday that it has added more than 350 manga titles from Kodansha Comics, and will add more over the next few months. Weekly Shonen Jump is already av...
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American Diana Garnet Sings Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note Anime's Theme

Also sang Naruto Shippūden ending theme "Spinning World" this year ― Kodansha announced on Tuesday that American singer Diana Garnet will perform the theme song "Nankai! Mystery" (Tough to Solve! Mystery) for the television anime Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note (Detective Team Kazs' Case Notes). Garnet previously sang the "Spinning World" ending theme song for the Naruto Shippūden television anime earlier ...
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Ace Attorney 6 Also in Development for the West

Latest in courtroom battle game franchise slated for 3DS ― Capcom announced on Tuesday that the recently revealed Gyakuten Saiban 6 game "is also in development for the West." The company will have more information of the Nintendo 3DS release, tentatively titled Ace Attorney 6, "soon." The latest numbered entry in CAPCOM's Gyakuten Saiban (Phoenix Wright or Ace Attorney) courtroom battle game franchi...
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Concrete Revolutio's 2nd Promo Video Unveils ZAQ Song, Debut Date

Fullmetal Alchemist team's superhero TV anime premieres on October 4 ― The official website for the Concrete Revolutio Chōjin Gensō (Concrete Revolutio - Superhero Fantasy) television anime series began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Tuesday. The video previews ZAQ's opening theme song "Katararezu Tomo" and announces that the anime will premiere on October 4 on the Tokyo MX, Sun TV...
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Seraph of the End Manga Gets Stage Musical Next February

Post-apocalyptic vampire manga also inspired 2 anime seasons, Jump event anime ― The October issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is announcing on Friday that a stage musical adaptation of the Seraph of the End manga has been green-lit. Seraph of the End The Musical will open next February at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo, and Muck Akazawa is writing and directing. Jump Square will announce the cast...
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Live-Action Nobunaga Concerto Film's Teaser Previews Theme Song

Cast of live-action drama reprise role for January 23 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Ayumi Ishii's Nobunaga Concerto historical manga began streaming a teaser for the film on Tuesday. The teaser previews the film's theme song "Ashioto ~Be Strong" (Footsteps ~Be Strong) by Mr. Children. Text: Tragic news Text: In 1582, Oda Nobunaga dies at Honnōji Saburō: No way, for real? Tex...
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Cave Shoot 'Em Up Games Teased for Steam Release

E-commerce and digital publishing company Degica launched a teaser site on Monday, hinting that shoot 'em up titles from game developer Cave's (DoDonPachi Resurrection, Akai Katana) library will come to Steam in winter 2015. Cave's logo is displayed above the Steam logo on the site with the message "Steam can't dodge these bullets. Winter 2015" written beneath the two of them. The website includes...
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Resident Evil Origins Collection Bundle Offered on PS4/Xbox One

HD-remastered Resident Evil & Resident Evil 0 in January retail package ― Capcom announced on Tuesday that it will release Resident Evil Origins Collection, a retail bundle of the HD-remastered Resident Evil and Resident Evil 0 games for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, in North America on January 19, 2016. (Japan and Europe will receive the collection on January 19 and 22, respectively.) Resident Evil 0 ...
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Yamada-kun Team Makes TV Anime of Sekkō Boys Statues-Turned-Idols

Saint Giorgio, Medici, Hermes, Mars aim to be hit idols with rookie female manager ― A television anime adaptation of Sekkō Boys, a new concept where stone statues become idols, has been green-lit for a January 2016 premiere. Below is the "press conference" announcing the anime: Sekkō Boys is a unit of four stone figures — the military saint and group leader Saint Giorgio, history's original celebrit...
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The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST's Ending Song, Premiere Date Unveiled

Yuki Yamada, Natsumi Yamada perform their 1st anime theme song as Dual Flare ― The official website for The Testament of Sister New Devil anime announced on Tuesday that the duo Dual Flare will perform the ending theme song "Temperature" for the second season, The Testament of Sister New Devil Burst. Voice actor Yuki Yamada and voice actress Natsumi Yamada make up the group, and this is their first a...
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Ace Attorney 6 Game Announced

Takeshi Yamazaki directs latest numbered entry with demo at Tokyo Game Show ― Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is announcing Gyakuten Saiban 6, the latest numbered entry in Capcom's Gyakuten Saiban (Phoenix Wright or Ace Attorney) courtroom battle game franchise, on Thursday. The magazine's six-page feature will introduce the Nintendo 3DS game's setting and new characters, and it will also publish ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, August 24-30

One Piece sells 8,716, followed by Naruto stage play, Kuroko's Basketball, IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, Evangelion box ― The Live Spectacle Naruto stage play sold 7,305 copies to land at #3 on the overall DVD chart. The Free! Eternal Summer Special Event Iwatobi/Samezuka Joint Cultural Festival sold 2,066 more copies for a new total of 15,281. It dropped from #2 to #18 in its second week. The June 20...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, August 24-30

Evangelion box sells 22,775, followed by Shirobako, IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, KanColle, SNAFU ― The Oldcodex Live Blu-ray "Capture" 2015 in Budokan concert release sold 5,082 copies to debut at #14 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The Sphere Best live 2015 Mission In Torokko!!!! -Plan B- Live BD landed at #25 with 2,405 copies. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker A...
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Garo: Guren no Tsuki's Cast, Characters, Debut Date, New Visual Unveiled

Romi Park, Akiko Yajima, Daisuke Namikawa, Tomokazu Seki, Kenyuu Horiuchi star ― The official website of the Garo anime revealed on Tuesday that the Garo: Guren no Tsuki (Garo: Crimson Moon) television anime series will star Romi Park, Akiko Yajima, Daisuke Namikawa, Tomokazu Seki, and Kenyuu Horiuchi. Which characters that these voice cast members are playing will be revealed at a later date. The we...
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'Shin Godzilla' Movie Listed on Sign at Tokyo Filming Locale

A notice posted at the Kamata bus station in Tokyo revealed that buses will not stop as usual at the station on Sunday morning, due to the filming of a movie titled "Shin Gojira" (New Godzilla). Anime director Hideaki Anno and live-action Attack on Titan film director Shinji Higuchi are currently collaborating on TOHO's upcoming Godzilla film, the first new Japanese one in 12 years. Anno is servin...
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Love Live! Film's Japanese Blu-ray Contains English Subtitles

Bandai Visual is listing the Japanese Blu-ray release of the Love Live! The School Idol Movie film as containing English subtitles for the film. Bandai Visual will release the film on Blu-ray in both limited and regular editions on December 15. The limited edition will cost 9,800 yen (about US$80.99), while the regular edition will cost 6,800 yen (about US$56). The film premiered in Japan on June ...
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Arslan: The Warriors of Legend Gets Limited Edition PS4 System in October

October bundle comes in 2 colors & includes laser-etched HDD bay cover ― Sony unveiled an "Arslan Senki x Musou Limited Edition" PlayStation 4 system on Tuesday. The limited edition variant promotes KOEI Tecmo Games' upcoming Arslan: The Warriors of Legend (Arslan Senki x Musou) action game. The system comes in both jet black and glacier white colors. Both have an Arslan: The Warriors of Legend-theme...
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The Idolm@ster Million Live! App's Anime Ad Posted

"Dreaming" CD single to bundle anime video on September 30 ― An anime commercial for the iOS/Android app The Idolm@ster Million Live! debuted last week. The commercial features footage from the 90-second anime promotional video that will be bundled with the "Dreaming" CD single on September 30. 【ニコニコ動画】THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER DREAMERS 01 Dreaming! TV CM (To turn off the scrolling comments, select...
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3rd Tamayura Film's Candle-Lit Visual Reveals Title, Story Setting

Akogare to open on November 28 after real-life candle festival ― The official website for the Tamayura anime posted a visual (pictured below) for the third film on Monday. The film's title will be Tamayura ~Sotsugyō Shashin~ Dai-3-bu -Akogare- (Tamayura: Graduation Photos Part 3: Adoration). The tagline reads, "Little by little and without us noticing, our everyday lives that we had taken for granted...
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The Anthem of the Heart Anime's Trailer Previews Nogizaka46 Idols' Song

Anohana's Mari Okada pens another song for September 19 film ― The Japanese website for The Anthem of the Heart (Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da. or Kokosake), the original anime film from the anohana (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.) and Toradora! anime staff, announced the film's theme song on Monday. The idols of the Nogizaka46 group are contributing their 13th single, "Ima,...
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Regular-Sized New 3DS Heads to N. America Along With Zelda's Hyrule New 3DS XL

Animal Crossing bundle includes 1st non-XL New Nintendo 3DS system in N. America ― Nintendo announced on Monday that it will offer a bundle with a regular-sized, non-XL New Nintendo 3DS system and the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game in North America on September 25. This will be the first time that Nintendo will offer a non-XL New Nintendo 3DS system in North America. Aside from the system ...
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Live-Action Attack on Titan Films' Teaser Promotes N. American Ticket Sales

English-subtitled video goes online with tickets for September-October screenings ― Funimation posted an English-subtitled teaser trailer for the two live-action films based on Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga on Monday. Funimation also announced that tickets are now on sale for both films. The films will play in nearly 300 theaters in the United States and Canada. The first 98-minute film will...
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Xenoblade Chronicles X's 1st 'Survival Guide' Promo Streamed

Wii U game slated to ship in N. America on December 4 ― Nintendo began streaming the first episode of its Xenoblade Chronicles X "survival guide" promotional video series. The video showcases the starting town of New Los Angeles, the BLADE organization, and missions for the upcoming Wii U game. Nintendo plans to release one video a month until the game's release date. The game will launch in North Am...
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Beyond the Boundary's English Dub Casts Clint Bickham as Akihito Kanbara

Sentai Filmworks to release series on October 13 ― Sentai Filmworks announced with a video on Tuesday that Clint Bickham will play Akihito Kanbara in its English dub of Beyond the Boundary. Bickham joins Monica Rial as Mitsuki Nase and Adam Gibbs as Hiroomi Nase. Sentai Filmworks will release Beyond the Boundary on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13. The series will also get a limited edition Blu-ray and ...

Snow White with the Red Hair Anime's 2nd Season Begins in January

1st series currently airing ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Sorata Akiduki's Snow White with the Red Hair (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime) manga announced on Tuesday that the anime's second season will premiere in January. The staff had previously announced plans for the anime to run in two split seasons. The first season premiered in July and Funimation is streaming the series as it ai...
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30th Animator Expo Short is 'The Ultraman' Based on Mamoru Uchiyama's Manga

Photo Kano director helms animated short for Ultraman franchise ― The official website for Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo), the weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, announced on Monday that the 30th episode will be "THE ULTRAMAN," directed by Akitoshi Yokoyama (Photo Kano). The short will debut on Friday. The short will be based on the...
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Himōto! Umaru-chan's 8th Mini Anime Set in Edo Period

Comedy shorts will bundle with DVD/Blu-ray sets ― Toho Animation began streaming the eighth episode of the Himōto! Umaru-chan mini anime series, "Himōto! Umaru-chanS," on Monday. The stream is available for 24 hours. In the short Umaru is a magistrate in the Edo era and Kirie is bringing her an offering. They go visit Ebina because "things like this happen" in historical dramas. Sylphynford appears a...

Production I.G Acquires FLCL Rights For Ventures Such as Anime Remake

Acquired from Gainax ― The anime studio Production I.G announced on Friday that it acquired the rights to the 2000-2001 original video anime FLCL from Gainax, with whom I.G co-produced the anime. It added that it will take advantage of those rights for a "new anime remake" and other ventures. Synch-Point and later Funimation have released the anime in North America. Funimation describes the story: Na...

Linked Horizon to Perform Opening Theme for Attack on Titan: Junior High TV Anime

Spinoff series based on Saki Nakagawa's manga premieres in Japan on October 4 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Saki Nakagawa's Attack on Titan: Junior High (Shingeki! Kyojin Chūgakkō) spinoff manga announced on Monday that Linked Horizon will perform the show's opening theme song "Seishun wa Hanabi no Yō ni" (Youth is Like Fireworks). Linked Horizon will distribute the so...
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Final Fantasy Agito Mobile Game Ends Service in November

Square Enix to announce details on "rebirth" of Agito at Tokyo Game Show ― Square Enix announced on Monday that it is ending service on its Final Fantasy Agito smartphone game on November 30 at 23:59 JST. The company added that "in order to offer a more satisfying game experience," it is shifting its development toward a "rebirth" of Final Fantasy Agito. Square Enix will announce more details on the ...

Rage of Bahamut: Manaria Friends TV Anime Announced for 2016

Anime will adapt "Mysteria Academy" event within Rage of Bahamut social game ― Cygames opened a website on Monday to announce that a new TV anime titled Rage of Bahamut: Manaria Friends will debut in Japan in 2016. Cygames is also streaming a teaser announcement video. Text: Rage of Bahamut Text: TV anime of Mysteria Academy green-lit Text: The school fantasy gem spawned from the in-game event Text: ...
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Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi Game Gets Stage Play Adaptation

Staff from Sengoku Basara vs. Devil May Cry play return for January-February play ― Capcom opened a website on Monday to announce that its Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi action game is getting a stage play adaptation. The stage play is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the franchise. Capcom had released the game on July 23 on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 to also celebrate the 10th anniversary. Th...
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Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A TV Anime Premieres on October 6

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Chūgaku Akamatsu and Kobuichi's Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A (Hidan no Aria AA) spinoff manga revealed on Monday that the anime will premiere on AT-X on October 6 at 11:00 p.m., and the series will air on Tuesdays. The series will also air on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, and BS11. Takashi Kawabata (episode director for Puella ...
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Saint Seiya: Soldier's Soul Game's 2nd Short Promo Video, Hagen Gameplay Video Streamed

PS3/PS4/PC fighting game ships in Japan on September 25 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a second short promotional video on Monday for its Saint Seiya: Soldier's Soul PS3/PS4/PC fighting game. Additionally, Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a gameplay video on Thursday for Hagen. The game is slated for a September 25 release in Japan for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Bandai N...
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Live-Action anohana Special's Promo Video Streamed

As the Gods Will's Nijirō Murakami, ToQger's Jun Shison, GTO's Airi Matsui in September 21 special ― The website for the live-action television special of the anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day anime updated on Saturday with a promotional video (Note: the video at the Fuji TV website is region-locked to Japan). The original Spring 2011 television anime followed several childhood friends who try to r...

Ototachibana's Shōnen Maid Manga Gets Anime Adaptation

Story about elementary student working as a maid for his uncle launched in 2008 ― The Twitter account for Kadokawa's B's Log Comic magazine revealed on Monday that Ototachibana's Shōnen Maid manga is getting an anime adaptation. The announcement adds that Kadokawa will reveal more details about the anime in future issues of B's Log Comic. The manga revolves around Chihiro Komiya, an energetic element...
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Yoshi's Woolly World Game's English PAX Trailer Streamed

Wii U game ships in N. America on October 16 ― Nintendo began streaming an English PAX trailer on Friday for the Yoshi's Woolly World Wii U game. Nintendo will release the game in North America on October 16. The game shipped in Australia on June 25, in Europe on June 26, and in Japan on July 16. In the game's story, the Magikoopa Kamek turns the Yoshis into yarn and scatters them throughout the worl...
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The Pilot's Love Song Manga Ends Next Month

Takeshi Kojima launched adaptation of light novel series in February 2014 ― The October issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday S magazine revealed on August 25 that Takeshi Kojima will end the manga adaptation of Koroku Inumura's The Pilot's Love Song (Toaru Hikūshi e no Koiuta) light novel series in the magazine's November issue on September 25. Kojima launched the manga in Shonen Sunday S in February ...
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009 Re:Cyborg Manga Ends in September

Adaptation of Kenji Kamiyama's film launched manga in May 2012 ― The September issue of Square Enix's Big Gangan magazine revealed on August 25 that Gatou Asou's manga adaptation of Kenji Kamiyama's 009 Re: Cyborg film will end in the October issue on September 25. Asou (Moribito, Occult Academy character designer) also served as the character designer for the film. Asou had launched the manga in Big...
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Ryukishi07's Iwaihime PC Horror Game Gets Manga Adaptation

Ryukishi07 writes scripts for manga launching in Big Gangan in September ― The September issue of Square Enix's Big Gangan magazine revealed on August 25 that Ryukishi07's (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) Iwaihime PC horror game is getting a manga adaptation. The manga will start in the October issue of the magazine on September 25. Tomo Tanaka is drawing the manga, and Ryukishi07 himself is writing the m...
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Hatsune Miku Project Diva X Game Unveiled in Video

Game ships for PS Vita in March, PS4 in fall ― Sega unveiled the Hatsune Miku -Project Diva- X PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 game and began streaming a promotional video on Monday. The game will ship for the PlayStation Vita in March 2016, followed by a release for the PlayStation 4 in fall 2016. Niconico 【初音ミク】8周年記念に決意を表してみた【SEGA feat. HATSUNE MIKU Project】 The video features the songs "Kore ka...
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Ryohei Kimura, Ryota Ohsaka Join Haikyu!! Second Season's Cast

Spyair returns to perform October anime's opening theme song ― The "Haikyu!! Matsuri!" event announced at the Pacifico Yokohama convention center on Sunday that Ryohei Kimura (The Seven Deadly Sins' Hauser, Irregular at Magic High School's Hanzō) and Ryota Ohsaka (Show By Rock!!'s Kai, Knights of Sidonia's Nagate) are joining the Haikyu!! Second Season's anime's cast. Kimura will play Kōtarō Bokuto, ...
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HaruChika Mystery Novel Series Gets Manga Adaptation

"Wind instrument youth mystery novels" are inspiring TV anime series in January ― The October issue of Kadokawa's Shonen Ace magazine announced on August 26 that Sei Hatsuno's HaruChika "wind instrument youth mystery" novel series is inspiring a manga adaptation in the magazine. The November issue of Shonen Ace will reveal more details about the manga. The original novels revolve around two high scho...

Man Arrested for Allegedly Threatening Voice Actress Online

22-year-old student reportedly threatened to kill Suzuko Mimori ― The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Nakano Station arrested a 22-year-old vocational school student on a charge of forcible obstruction of business. Police apprehended the male resident of Tokyo's Hirakawachō district by August 30 for allegedly threatening to kill a voice actress online. According to police, the suspect admitted...
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Oyasumi Jack the Ripper Manga Gets Stage Play Adaptation

Manga by Are You Alice? writer centers on executioner who finds himself in hell ― The October issue of Kodansha's ARIA magazine revealed on Friday that Ai Ninomiya, Ikuhiro Nao, and Kinako's Oyasumi Jack the Ripper manga is getting a stage play adaptation. Nao draws the manga based on Ninomiya's (Are You Alice) original work, and Kinako (Gatchaman Crowds) drew the original character designs. Kodansha...

Spice and Wolf Manga's Final Arc Starts in 13th Volume

12th volume of Keito Koume's manga adaptation shipped in Japan on Thursday ― The 12th volume of Keito Koume's manga adaptation of Isuna Hasekura's Spice and Wolf (Ōkami to Kōshinryō) light novels revealed on Thursday that the manga series will enter its final arc in the 13th volume. MediaWorks announced the manga adaptation in 2007, and the series debuted in the November issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki M...

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Director Helms Drifters Anime

Hellsing Ultimate scriptwriter, character designer also join staff for anime based on Kouta Hirano's manga ― The October issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine revealed the main staff on Saturday for the anime adaptation of Kouta Hirano's Drifters manga. Kenichi Suzuki (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders series director) is directing the anime. Hideyuki ...
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Xenoblade Chronicles X Wii U Game Gets Special Edition in N. America

Special edition shipping on December 4 includes USB, soundtrack, artbook ― Nintendo of America announced at its panel at PAX Prime on Saturday that it will release a special edition of Xenoblade Chronicles X Wii U game. The special edition will include the game, a custom USB drive, a soundtrack, and an artbook. The special edition retails for US$89.99. The standard edition and the special edition bot...
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Square Enix to Announce Final Fantasy XV Release Date in March

During a livestreamed Active Time Report panel at PAX Prime on Saturday, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata confirmed that Square Enix will release Final Fantasy XV in 2016. He added that Square Enix will host a special event in March 2016 where the company will announce the release date of the game. Final Fantasy XV will launch simultaneously worldwide. The panel also revealed more concept a...
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Recording Studio Tavac Closes Original Location After 4 Decades

Studio in Shinjuku worked on One Piece, Evangelion, Dragon Ball Z, Utena, Sailor Moon, more ― Voice actress Megumi Hayashibara revealed on her blog on Friday that recording studio Tavac Studio (Toei Audio Visual Art Center) is shutting down its original location in Shinjuku, Tokyo after more than 40 years. Hayashibara noted in her post that "it seems as though the reason is because of a problem with ...
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Libre Teases Live-Action Adaptation of Suzuki Tanaka's His Favorite Boys-love Manga

Manga about attractive high school student falling in love with clumsy schoolmate launched in 2008 ― Libre Publishing posted a message on its Twitter account on Friday teasing a possible live-action adaptation for Suzuki Tanaka's Aitsu no Daihonmei (His Favorite) manga. The Twitter post states, "that legendary manga from which the 'clumsy uke' genre was born, it's finally getting a live-action adapta...
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Atsushi Suzumi's Tokyo Ravens Manga Goes on Hiatus

Manga adaptation of Kouhei Azano's light novel series launched in 2010 ― The October issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace announced on Wednesday that Atsushi Suzumi's Tokyo Ravens manga will go on hiatus starting in the next issue. The manga adapts Kouhei Azano's Tokyo Ravens light novel series. The original school supernatural fantasy light novel series centers around Harutora, a boy from a branch...

Manga Creator, Lyricist Hinako Konno Passes Away

Di Gi Charat Theater: Leave it to Piyoko! author also wrote theme song lyrics for Otomate visual novels ― The website for the Sports Nippon newspaper reported on Saturday that manga creator, illustrator, and lyricist Hinako Konno passed away on August 18 from an acute heart disease. The article did not mention her age. Konno debuted in 1997 as a manga creator under the penname "Hina." Under that name...
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Owari no Seraph PS Vita Game Ships this Winter

This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the Owari no Seraph: Unmei no Hajimari (Seraph of the End: Beginning of Destiny) PlayStation Vita game will ship in Japan this winter. In the "dramatic tactics battle" game, the player's decisions throughout the game will change the ending. Players level up their bonds with comrades on the battlefield by r...
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Yamato 2199, Moyashimon, Aoi Honō Win Seiun Awards

Late Maoyu/Brigadoon artist Keinojou Mizutama, novel by Taiyo Fujii, The Martian also win ― The 54th Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai or Japan SF Con/Comecon) announced the winners of the 46th Seiun Awards at Yonago City on Saturday. The Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Odyssey of the Celestial Ark (Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune) film, the Moyashimon manga, and the live-...
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Yuruyuri Season 3's Info Unveiled With Performance With Megadeth's Marty Friedman

Voice actresses perform with heavy metal guitarist before October 5 premiere ― The website for the third Yuruyuri television anime season, Yuruyuri San Hai!, updated on Saturday with a new visual, broadcast premiere information, and details on the theme songs and character songs. The anime will premiere on TV Tokyo on Monday, October 5 at 2:05 a.m. It will then premiere on TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co....
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Kodansha Comics Adds Fairy Tail Ice Trail, Noragami: Stray Stories Manga

Company to release 2nd Fairy Tail: Masters Edition volume collecting volumes 6-10 ― North American manga publisher Kodansha Comics announced at its panel at the WakuWaku+NYC event on Saturday that it has licensed Hiro Mashima and Yuusuke Shirato's Fairy Tail Ice Trail (Tale of Fairy Tail: Ice Trail) manga and Adachitoka's Noragami: Stray Stories (Noragami: Shuishu) manga. Fairy Tail: Ice Trail center...
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Anikore Hosts HDCAM Remastered Screening of Akira in November, December

Kaneda's voice acdtor Mitsuo Iwata will attend screenings in Tokyo, Kawaguchi ― The Japanese website Anikore has revealed that it will host screenings of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira anime film on November 21-22 and December 5 in Tokyo and in Kawaguchi. The film will be presented in a 4K resolution transfer from an HDCAM remaster, and with 5.1 channel audio. Mitsuo Iwata, who voiced Kaneda in the film, wi...
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Persona 3 Films' New Visual, Finale Event, Blu-ray/DVD Info Unveiled

Winter of Rebirth finale to open January 23 with director Tomohisa Taguchi ― The official website for the Persona 3 film series updated at midnight on Sunday, and it unveiled the newest key visual and advance ticket details for Persona 3 the Movie #4 Winter of Rebirth. It also announced a finale event after the last film opens in Japan, and it detailed the Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases for the third ...
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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Game's English PAX Trailer Streamed

Nintendo 3DS game ships in N. America on September 25 ― Nintendo began streaming an English PAX trailer on Friday for the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer 3DS game. Nintendo will release the game in North America on September 25. The Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Dōbutsu no Mori: Happy Home Designer) game shipped in Japan on July 30. Nintendo released a limited-edition New Nintendo 3DS XL...
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Overlord Chibi Character Anime's 4th Episode Streamed

3-minute '2 Victims' episode to stream for 2 weeks only ― Media Factory began streaming the third episode of the Overlord anime's Pure Pure Purea Desu chibi character anime shorts on Friday. The three-minute "Two Victims" episode will stream for two weeks (until September 10). The comedy anime shorts feature super-deformed characters and air after the AT-X network's broadcast of each episode of the t...
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Transformers: Devastation Gameplay Video Highlights Sideswipe

Single-player game for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC ships on October 6 ― The official Facebook page for Activision and Platinum Games' Transformers Devastation game began streaming a gameplay video for the game on Friday highlighting Sideswipe. Check out this Sideswipe gameplay footage from Transformers: Devastation.Posted by Transformers Game on Friday, August 28, 2015 The Facebook page had post...
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Classroom Crisis Anime's 3rd DVD/BD Bundles Unaired 'Episode 5.5'

Fumiaki Maruto pens "another episode 5" shipping on home video on December 23 ― The official website for the Classroom Crisis television anime series revealed on Saturday that the show's third Blu-ray Disc and DVD volumes will include an unaired "episode 5.5" when they ship on December 23. Episode 5.5 will be "another episode 5" scripted by series composition writer and Saekano original creator Fumia...
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Live-Action anohana Special's Promo Video Streamed

As the Gods Will's Nijirō Murakami, ToQger's Jun Shison, GTO's Airi Matsui in September 21 special ― The website for the live-action television special of the anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day anime updated on Saturday with a promotional video. The original Spring 2011 television anime followed several childhood friends who try to reconnect in high school, after drifting apart due to a tragedy five...
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Eir Aoi Cancels Animelo Summer Concert Performance Due to Sudden Illness

Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online singer was scheduled to perform on Saturday ― Sony Music announced on Saturday that singer Eir Aoi has cancelled her planned performance on Saturday for the "Animelo Summer Live 2015 -THE GATE-" concert due to a sudden illness. The announcement states that after having a medical examination, a doctor told her that she needed rest. The announcement apologized to fans who ha...

Dimension W TV Anime's Main Cast, January Premiere Revealed

Daisuke Ono, Reina Ueda, Akira Ishida, Kimiko Saito, Eri Suzuki star in adaptation of Yuji Iwahara's manga ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yuji Iwahara's Dimension W manga announced the show's main cast on Saturday. The main cast is as follows: Daisuke Ono as Kyōma Mabuchi Reina Ueda as Mira Yurisaki Akira Ishida as Albert Schuman Kimiko Saito as Marie Eri Suzuki as Eliz...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven Game Adds Part III's Dio, Vanilla Ice

Part III Dio to fight as both vampire/Stand user in PS4/PS3 fighting game shipping this year ― This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will announce on Monday that Dio Brando from Part III and Vanilla Ice (referred to as Cool Ice in the recent anime) from Part III are joining the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 fighting game. Dio's Par...
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Haikyu!! Second Season Anime's Main Visual, Broadcast Times Revealed

This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will reveal the main visual for the Haikyu!! Second Season television anime series on Monday. The sequel series will premiere in October. The magazine is also revealing the broadcast channels and times for the series, although it doesn't mention a specific premiere date for each channel. MBS on Saturdays at 2:58 a.m. CBC on Saturdays...
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Japanese Pop Group fhána, Voice Actress Unit Kato*Fuku to Attend Anime Weekend Atlanta

Voice actresses Emiri Katō, Kaori Fukuhara to perform mini concert at September convention ― Lantis announced on Tuesday that Japanese pop group fhana will perform for the first time in the U.S. during Anime Weekend Atlanta. They will hold their performance at the Cobb Galleria Centre on September 26. fhana will also participate in the convention's opening ceremonies on September 25, and will also ha...
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Adekan Manga Gets Stage Play Adaptation

Tsukiji Nao's series follows umbrella maker, policeman who get caught up in bizarre crimes ― The wraparound band on the ninth volume of Tsukiji Nao's Adekan manga revealed on August 25 that the manga is getting a stage play adaptation next year. CLIE is producing the play, which will run at the Theater Sun Mall in Tokyo from March 30-April 3. Yō Hosaka is directing the play and writing its script. Na...
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Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Game's English Opening Video Streamed

PS3/PS Vita fighting game gets N. American/European release on October 6 ― Sega America began streaming an English opening video on Friday for its upcoming release of the Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita fighting game. Sega plans to release the game in North America and Europe on October 6. The game's Western release will have a "special launch edition" with a soundtr...
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Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace Episode Delayed 1 Week

Fuji TV's Noitamina anime block announced on Thursday that Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace did not run this week due to a scheduling conflict with a sports program. The ninth episode will air next Thursday night, September 3 (Friday morning, September 4) with its start time pushed back 10 minutes to 1:05 a.m. Funimation Entertainment will also stream the ninth episode next week. [Via Otakomu]
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, August 16-22

2 Tokyo Ghoul volumes, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Monster Musume, Naruto, Citrus, Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma, My Hero Academia, One Piece, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on August 22. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Tokyo Ghoul #2 Sui Ishida Viz Media ...
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Kickstarter Launched for Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs Video Game

Project seeks US$75,000 for 3DS/computer game based on 80's anime ― Team Saber Rider launched a Kickstarter campaign on Friday for its multi-platform video game based on the 1987 anime series Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs. The project is seeking to earn US$75,000 by October 5 in order to fund 16-bit action game for Nintendo 3DS, Windows, Mac, and Linux. If funded, the game will be released in Eur...

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