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Prince of Tennis II Gets 2nd OVA Volume in December

Ōishi & Niō pair up while Yukimura faces Fuwa in episodes 3 & 4 ― The October issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is announcing on Thursday that the second volume of the Shin Tennis no Ōji-sama (The Prince of Tennis II) OVA vs. Genius 10 original video anime project will ship on December 25. The first volume is shipping on Blu-ray and DVD on October 28. The second volume will include episodes 3 ...
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Shizuka Ishigami, Tooru Sakurai Star in Sunrise's Tribe Cool Crew Dancing Anime

'Japan's 1st full-fledged dance anime' to premiere on September 28 ― The official website for Sunrise's Tribe Cool Crew dancing anime announced the series' cast, staff, and story on Monday. The website also confirms that the project is an anime series and will premiere on September 28. The website describes the story: The protagonist Haneru is a middle school student who loves dancing. He can't sit ...
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Sengoku Musou Chronicle 3, Resident Evil, Yakuza 0 More Featured at SCEJA Conference

Bloodborne, Let it Die, Tomorrow Children, Yakuza 0 also shown ― The Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia Press Conference 2014 on Monday presented videos for upcoming video game titles including Koei Tecmo's Sengoku Musou Chronicle 3, Q-Games' The Tomorrow Children, FromSoftware's Bloodborne, Gōichi "Suda 51" Suda and Grasshopper Manufacture's Let It Die, Sega's Yakuza 0, and Koei Tecmo's Dead or ...
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Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force PS4 Game Announced

Game slated for 2015 ― Compile Heart announced its new PlayStation 4 game Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force at the SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday. The game is slated for 2015. The segment from the press conference described the game: This is the story of godly weapons left on earth by their creators. They are known as Furies. Now that the Vile God has awoken. They will have to write a new page...
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Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair Game Unveiled for PS4

Video game publisher D3 unveiled its Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair PlayStation 4 game at the Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia Press Conference 2014 event on Monday. D3 announced plans to bring its Earth Defense Force game franchise to the PS4 last year. In the games, alien bugs have invaded Earth, and it is up to the player to save humanity. The series has sold 32 millio...
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Dragon Quest Metal Slime PS4, Light Pink PS Vita Unveiled

Special edition PS4 celebrates newly-announced Dragon Quest game ― Sony Computer Entertainment announced at its SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that it will release a "Dragon Quest Metal Slime Edition" PlayStation 4 and a light pink and white colored PlayStation Vita. The Metal Slime PS4 is designed to look like it is made out of a defeated metal slime, and also features images of the metal sli...

Daisuki to Stream Aikatsu! TV Anime

Idol card show for girls begins Thursday ― Anime distribution website Daisuki.net confirmed on Monday that it will stream all 50 episodes of the original Aikatsu! television anime series. The first 13 episodes will premiere at 10:00 p.m. EDT on September 4, with a new batch of episodes added every week for the month of September. The episodes will be available for free with English subtitles in the U...

Dark Horse Licenses Fate/Zero Manga by Shinjirō

Manga adapts Gen Urobuchi's light novel series ― North American publisher Dark Horse Comics announced at its industry panel at Kumoricon on Monday that it will release manga artist Shinjirō's Fate/Zero manga. The series is the manga adaptation of Gen Urobuchi and Type-Moon's original Fate/Zero light novel series. The Fate/Zero manga series began serialization in Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine in 2011...
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Danganronpa: Another Episode's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Spinoff game slated for September 25 ― Spike Chunsoft unveiled a second promotional video on Monday at the SCEJA Press Conference for its upcoming Zettai Zetsubō Shōjo Danganronpa : Another Episode (Absolute Despair Girl Danganronpa: Another Episode) spinoff game. The PlayStation Vita game will ship in Japan on September 25. The story takes place between Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganron...

Mobile Suit Gundam Game Unveiled for PS4

Teaser video for 2015 game streamed ― Bandai Namco Games unveiled a teaser trailer at the SCEJA press conference on Monday for a new Mobile Suit Gundam game for PlayStation 4. The game is slated for 2015. Bandai Namco Games' PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita game Gundam Breaker 2 is slated for this winter in Japan. The game will feature over 100 Gunpla models. Gundam Tryage SP for Nintendo 3DS shipp...
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God Eater 2 Rage Burst Unveiled for PS4, PS Vita in Teaser

To have playable demo at Tokyo Game Show ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a teaser video to announce God Eater 2 Rage Burst for the Playstation Vita and Playstation 4 systems on Monday. Bandai Namco announced the game during Sony's SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday, and more details and a playable demo will be available during Tokyo Game Show. God Eater 2 launched in Japan last November on th...
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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Announced For PS4/PS3, Xbox One/Xbox 360, PC

Also: Trailer for remastered 1st Resident Evil game ― Capcom announced its new game titled Biohazard: Revelations 2 (Resident Evil: Revelations 2) at the SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday. The main staff of Resident Evil: Revelations will return to develop the new game, and the game will be released for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. The story for the game is comple...
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3 Fan-Made Touhou Project Games Head to PS4 as Digital Titles

Trailer also streamed for project that lets fans make games together with Sony ― Sony announced at its SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that three Touhou Project titles for the PlayStation 4 are in development from Mediascape. The games, titled Fushigi no Gensōkyō (Mysterious Land of Illusion), Touhou Aogami Engi (Touhou Blue God Omen), and Touhou Sky Arena Matsuri (Touhou Sky Arena Festival), a...

Dragon Quest Heroes For PS3/PS4 Announced With Development by Omega Force

Trailer streamed for game being made by Dynasty Warriors development team ― Square Enix announced a new game title titled Dragon Quest Heroes: Yamiryū to Sekai Ki no Shiro (Dragon Quest Heroes: The Darkness Dragon & the Castle of the World Tree) for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The announcement was made at the SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday. The game is scheduled to ship in 2015, and w...

Kappei Yamaguchi, M.A.O Star in Magic Kaito TV Anime Series

Eri Kitamura, Mamoru Miyano also star in A-1 Pictures' Fall anime of Gosho Aoyama's thief ― This year's 40th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing the cast of the new television anime series based on Gosho Aoyama's Magic Kaito manga. Kappei Yamaguchi will play the title magician thief and his Kaito Kuroba alter-ego, after playing the same role in the Detective Conan anime....
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New Ys in Development for PS4, PS Vita Next Year

Nihon Falcom's video shows Adol's party battling in Gillia ― Nihon Falcom announced during Sony's SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that it is developing the latest installment in its Ys role-playing game franchise for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita systems next year. Nihon Falcom presented a video, narrated by Banjou Ginga, that shows Adol's three-member party engaging in a battle at the Geete ar...
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Senran Kagura Heads to PS4 on March 26, as Well as PS Vita

Marvelous offers Senran Kagura Estival Versus -Shōjo-tachi no Sentaku— (Girls' Choice) ― Marvelous announced during Sony's SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that it will release the latest Senran Kagura game, Senran Kagura Estival Versus -Shōjo-tachi no Sentaku- (Girls' Choice), on the PlayStation 4 console on March 26, 2015. The official Japanese PlayStation Twitter account then noted that this ...

Persona 5 Teaser Video Reveals PlayStation 4 Release

Slated for PS4, PS3 in 2015 in Japan ― Atlus announced during Sony's SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that it will offer its Persona 5 role-playing game for the PlayStation 4 console as well as for the PlayStation 3. However, the game is now slated for next year, instead of winter 2014 as initially announced. The news bulletins on the train reads, "Looking over bullying..." and "Died in classroo...

Disgaea 5 Unveiled for PS4 Next Spring

NIS presents more serious entry in RPG franchise ― Nippon Ichi Software announced during Sony's SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that it will offer the latest entry in the Disgaea franchise, Makai Senki Disgaea 5, on the PlayStation 4 console next spring. NIS America had previously confirmed that its parent company had plans to make Disgaea 5 in 2012. Nippon Ichi's series of comedic strategy rol...
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Koei Tecmo Makes New Neo Romance Game for PS Vita

Female-oriented franchise inspired Angelique, Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time, La Corda d'Oro anime ― Koei Tecmo Games announced during Sony's SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that it is making a new title in Neo Romance, its game franchise for female players, for the PS Vita "finally." The franchise has several game lines, including Angelique, Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time, and La Corda d...
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Latest Uta no Prince-sama Game to Debut on PS Vita

Broccoli unveils new installment in franchise that inspired 3 TV anime ― Broccoli announced during Sony's SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that the latest installment in the Uta no Prince-sama game franchise will debut on the PS Vita system. The franchise for female gamers inspired three television anime series. Source: Dengeki
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Luminous Arc Infinity Announced for PS Vita

Marvelous unveils video teasing voice actor Nobuhiko Okamoto, songs as important elements ― Marvelous announced during Sony's SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that Luminous Arc Infinity will debut on the PS Vita system. The trailer features voice actor Nobuhiko Okamoto and teases that songs are important elements in this installment. Marvelous made three Luminous Arc role-playing games for the N...
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Spike Chunsoft Makes New Way of the Samurai for PS Vita

Latest in action-adventure game franchise since 2004's Way of the Samurai 4 ― Sony announced during its SCEJA Press Conference 2014 on Monday that Spike Chunsoft is making a new Way of the Samurai game project for the PS Vita system. The action-adventure game franchise debuted on the PlayStation 2 in 2002, and the last installment, Way of the Samurai 4, shipped for the PlayStation 3 in 2011.

Hisako Kanemoto Stars in I.G's Maria the Virgin Witch Anime

Code Geass director Taniguchi helms January anime with R.O.D writer Kurata ― The official website for the anime of Masayuki Ishikawa's Maria the Virgin Witch (Junketsu no Maria - Sorcière de gré, pucelle de force) manga opened on Monday and revealed the cast, staf, and January 2015 broadcast premiere date. Hisako Kanemoto as Maria Yōko Hikasa as Artemis Mikako Komatsu as Priapos Kana Hanazawa as Ezek...

Triage X Assassin Manga Gets Anime

Shoji Sato's story of nurses who operate as assassins at night ― A website opened on Monday to announce that an anime adaptation of Shoji Sato's Triage X manga has been green-lit. Yen Press publishes the manga in North America, and it describes the story: Mochizuki General Hospital boasts some of the most well-trained (and well-endowed) nurses in town. But though these ladies spend much of their day ...

Yen Press Licenses Manga Version of Disney's Big Hero 6 Film

Phi-Brain/EXILE manga artist Haruki Ueno adapts movie before it opens ― North American publisher Yen Press announced via Twitter on Sunday that it will publish the manga adaptation of Disney's animated movie Big Hero 6. Artist Haruki Ueno (Phi-Brain: Saigo no Puzzle, EXILE Monogatari) just launched the manga in the September issue of Kodansha's Magazine Special on August 20. According to Disney, this...

anohana/Toradora Main Staff Reunites For 2015 Anime Film

Tatsuyuki Nagai directs, Mari Okada scripts, Masayoshi Tanaka designs at A-1 Pictures ― A brand-new original anime film project from the staff of the anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.) and Toradora! anime was announced at the anohana Natsu Matsuri Final event on Sunday. Tatsuyuki Nagai will direct the film, Mari Okada will handle the script,...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, August 18-24

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth films air ― The television version of Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone aired on NTV on Friday, August 22 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 9.5% rating. The TV version of the director's cut Death (True)^2 version of Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth aired on NTV on Monday, August 18 at 1:59 a.m. and earned a 1.2% rating. K...
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Japanese Box Office, August 23-24

1st new Initial D anime film opens ― Stand By Me Doraemon, the 36th Doraemon film and franchise's first CGI film, stayed at #1 in its third weekend. 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 486,536,293 yen (US$4,674,865) on 3...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, August 17-23

Monster Musume, Deadman Wonderland, 2 Attack on Titan volumes, Attack on Titan Before the Fall, Attack on Titan No Regrets, Fairy Tail, Food Wars!, Dragonar Academy The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on August 23. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Monster Musume #4 Okayado Seven Seas Entertainment 1 23Deadma...

Claymore Manga to Publish 'Grand Finale' in October

Fantasy adventure, about half-human woman who hunts shape-shifting creatures, launched in 2001 ― The October issue of Shuiesha's Jump Square magazine is announcing on Thursday that the "grand finale" of Norihiro Yagi's Claymore manga series will appear in the following issue on October 4. The fantasy adventure manga, which follows a half-human woman who hunts shape-shifting yōma creatures in a mediev...
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Yen Press Also Adds Log Horizon, The Devil is a Part-Timer! Manga Series

Company is also releasing original light novels next year ― North American publisher Yen Press announced via Twitter on Friday that it will also publish the manga adaptations of Mamare Touno and Kazuhiro Hara's Log Horizon and Satoshi Wagahara and Oniku's The Devil is a Part-Timer! (Hataraku Maou-sama!) light novel series. The company did not state which manga adaptations of the series it has license...
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Jun Fukuyama Joins The Seven Deadly Sins Anime's Cast

Fukuyama's character King 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 Jun Fukuyama (Working!!'s Sōta, Hamatora's Birthday) will play the role of King. King: Grizzly Sin, King. Text: Sin of sloth K...
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Isuca Action Anime Slated For 2015 With Director Akira Iwanaga

Animation studio ARMS animates TV anime with Afilia Saga theme song ― The staff list for the anime adaptation of Osamu Takahashi's Isuca action manga was revealed on Sunday. The anime is scheduled to air in 2015. Akira Iwanaga (Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee) will direct the anime at ARMS (Himawari!!, Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny) with series composition by Masashi Suzuki (Kanokon: The Girl Who Cried Fox, T...
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Musical Unit fripSide Gets 1st Solo Arena Concert

Yokohama Arena concert by A Certain Scientific Railgun, Black Bullet theme song performers to be held on March 1, 2015 ― The musical unit fripSide announced on Saturday that it will hold its first solo arena concert on March 1, 2015. Ticket pre-orders for the "fripSide LIVE TOUR 2014-2015 FINAL in YOKOHAMA ARENA" concert will be held from September 19 to 26 for those who purchase the unit's latest al...
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Persona 4 Arena Stage Play's Elizabeth, Naoto Cast

Yuki Asakura, Asami Yoshikawa star in upcoming stage play adaptation of fighting game running from December 19-23 ― The official website for the Persona 4 Arena stage play announced last week that 29-year old actress Asami Yoshikawa (top) and gravure idol Yuki Asakura (bottom) will join the cast of the Persona 4 Arena stage play as Elizabeth and Naoto Shirogane, respectively. The cast will also star:...
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Teekyū Anime About Girls' Tennis Team Gets 4th Season

3rd season of anime adaptation of Roots and Piyo's manga aired last year ― Manga creator Roots announced on Sunday that a fourth season of the anime adaptation of his and artist Piyo's Teekyu tennis manga has been green-lit. The announcement was originally made at the Teekyu High-Fiving Party event on Sunday. Piyo launched the manga in Earth Star Entertainment's Comic Earth Star magazine in early 201...
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Crunchyroll Adds Watashi ga Motete Dousunda Manga

Also: "Manga 2.5" of After School of the Earth, Renai Senka -The Special Class of Love-, Tonari-no Kashiwagi-san ― Media service Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it will release Junko's Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (What's The Good of Me Being Popular, or Boys, kiss him instead of me). Crunchyroll users will get to choose the official English title for the manga in a contest in which Kodansha wil...
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Rock Band Glay to Perform New Ace of Diamond TV Anime Opening

Band makes 1st song to be used in anime in 15 years ― Rock band Glay will perform the third opening theme song for the television anime adaptation of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond baseball manga. Glay will release the "Hashire! Mirai" (Run Ahead to the Future!) song as a single on October 15 in both a regular edition CD and a CD and DVD combo pack. Ace of Diamond will use the song as its new opening...
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Crunchyroll to Also Stream One Piece '3D2Y' Anime Special

Stream for 2-hour "mysterious episode" available in U.S., Canada, S. Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll 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. Crunchyroll will stream the special on Au...

A Certain Scientific Railgun Manga's New Arc Delayed Due to Artist's Sudden Illness

Start date for new arc not announced ― Keitarō Ono, the editor of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun) manga, announced on Tuesday that the beginning of the new arc of the manga has been delayed to September due to author Motoi Fuyukawa's sudden illness. The editor apologized for the delay. Motoi Fuyukawa is providing the art and story for the adaptation of Kazuma Kamachi's spi...
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Uwa-Koi Romance Manga Ends in September

Series by Aki Sora author received two live-action film adaptations ― This year's 18th issue of Shonengahosha's Young King magazine announced on Monday that Masahiro Itosugi's Uwa-Koi manga will end in the magazine's 20th issue on September 22. The "tension-filled non-stop triangle love story" follows Yuno and Yukiteru, Yuno's childhood friend who lives with her. They are the official "best couple" o...
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Shōnen Hollywood Franchise Gets New Manga Set in Hawaii

Idols travel to Hawaii for side story ― The November issue of Kodansha's ARIA magazine announced that Ikuyo Hashiguchi's original work Shōnen Hollywood will get a new manga beginning in the magazine's November issue on September 27. Hashiguchi will write and Sora Sumeraki will draw the series, titled Shounen Hollywood: Holly Trip for You. The story follows the anime's idols as they travel to Hawaii t...
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Phoenix Wright vs. Professor Layton's English Launch Trailer Streamed

Game was released in physical and digital format on Friday ― Nintendo steamed the launch trailer for the Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney (Layton-kyōju vs. Gyakuten Saiban) Nintendo 3DS crossover game on Thursday. The game was released in physical and digital format on Friday. The game is arrived in Europe March 28. Studio BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, Darker than Black, Wolf's Rain) pro...
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Korean Live-Action Absolute Boyfriend Drama Coming to DramaFever

Actress Kim Ha Neul is listed as playing the series' lead in the latest adaptation of Yuu Watase's manga ― Absolute Boyfriend manga. The Korean drama is currently in the works. Actress Kim Ha Neul is listed as playing the series' lead. Other cast and staff are not yet announced. DramaFever describes the story: In the Korean version of Absolute Boyfriend, the lead (Kim Ha Neul) is not a teenager, but ...
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Hozuki no Reitetsu OAD's 'Summer Version' Teaser Streamed

1st OAD and manga bundle slated for February 23 ― The official website for the supernatural television anime Hōzuki no Reitetsu posted a "summer version" teaser video for the upcoming original anime DVD episodes on Saturday. Text: A new OAD (original anime DVD) is currently in production! Hozuki: Everyone enjoying summer, hello. Now then, August is just about over, but is this the time to be thinking...

Yen Press' Light Novel Imprint Adds Log Horizon, No Game No Life, Devil is a Part-timer!

Yen On imprint plans more than 24 books next year after initial success ― North American publisher Yen Press' publishing director Kurt Hassler told Publisher's Weekly that the company's Yen On light novel imprint will release Mamare Touno and Kazuhiro Hara's Log Horizon, Yuu Kamiya's No Game, No Life, Satoshi Wagahara and Oniku's The Devil is a Part-Timer (Hataraku Maou-sama), and Shinobu Wakamiya an...
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Fate/stay night TV Anime's 3rd Character Ad Highlights Shirō Emiya

Anime of original game's 'Unlimited Blade Works' route to premiere on October 4 ― A third character ad for ufotable's Fate/stay night television anime began airing on Saturday. The ad focuses on Shirō Emiya, "a boy who seeks to become an Ally of Justice." He is one of the Masters in the Holy Grail War, and his Servant is Saber. The ad features the theme song "ideal white" by Mashiro Ayano. Shirō: The...
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Yukana, Yukari Tamura, Hisako Kanemoto Join Gugure! Kokkuri-san Anime

Kazutomi Yamamoto also joins cast as Yamamoto-kun for October TV anime ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Midori Endō's Gugure! Kokkuri-san manga announced new cast members for the series on Saturday. The new cast members include: Yukana (Wedding Peach, Infinite Stratos) as Tama Hisako Kanemoto (Squid Girl, Sailor Moon Crystal) as Jimeko Kazutomi Yamamoto (Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Bloo...
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Anime Director Toshio Hirata Passes Away

Unico, Pet Shop of Horrors, Barefoot Gen 2 director was 76 ― Anime director Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle, Black Lagoon) stated over Twitter on Wednesday that he heard of fellow director Toshio Hirata's passing on Monday, August 25. He was 76. Katabuchi wrote the following Tweets commenting on his passing: It appears that Toshio Hirata a.k.a. Pon-san passed away on the 25th. I'm so sad that words ...
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4th Persona 4 the Golden Animation Blu-ray/DVD Comes With New Episode

New episode being released on December 10 is alternate Adachi ending ― The official website for the Persona 4 the Golden Animation television anime announced on Saturday that an alternate ending episode titled “Thank you Mr. Accomplice” will be included on the fourth Blu-ray and DVD volume of the series. The volume will be released on December 10. The episode will focus on Adachi, and the website li...
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Live-Action Patlabor's Part 5 Trailer Streamed

Episodes about sniper Kasha, white crocodile mystery to premiere in October ― The animeanime.jp website began streaming a trailer for the fifth part of Mamoru Oshii's live-action The Next Generation -Patlabor- series began streaming on Friday. The project's fifth part will premiere in Japan on October 18 and include episode 8, "Enkyori Sogeki 2000" (Long-range Sniping 2000), and episode 9, "Crocodile...

1st Attack on Titan Compilation Film's Trailer Streamed

Anime to include unaired scene with Eren, Jean in November ― Pony Canyon began streaming a trailer for the Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen ~Guren no Yumiya~ (Attack on Titan Part I: Crimson Bow and Arrow) film on Saturday. The compilation film will open in Japan on November 22. The anime's official website announced that the film will include a new Training Corps scene with Eren and Jean that did not air i...
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Ghost in the Shell Arise #4's 1st 9 Minutes Streamed

Final episode about Fire Starter terrorist to open on September 6 ― The official website the for Ghost in the Shell Arise anime project began streaming the first nine minutes of the the fourth installment on Friday. The fourth episode, titled "border:4 Ghost Stands Alone," will open in select theaters in Japan on September 6 and run for two weeks. The story begins amidst demonstrations to protest pri...
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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...

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...