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Animalps, MontBlanc Pictures, Nippon Animation Co-Produce Chad & Clark CG-Animated Series

After School Midnighters director's children's books inspired 2D anime in 2016 ― French animation studio Animalps revealed on Monday that it is co-producing a CG-animated series adaptation of Hitoshi Takekiyo's Chad & Clark children's books with Mont Blanc Pictures Co.,Ltd. (After School Midnighters) and Nippon Animation (Chibi Maruko-chan, Rascal the Raccoon). The adventure comedy series will have 2...
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Warriors All-Stars Game's Videos Highlight Lu Bu, Wang Yuanji

Game slated for N. America on August 29, Europe on September 1 ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming three new highlight videos for its Warriors All-Stars (Musou Stars) crossover game on Monday. The trailers highlight the characters Lu Bu and Wang Yuanji from the Dynasty Warriors series. Koei Tecmo America describes the game's story and interaction mechanics: Summoned from a diverse range of worlds an...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, June 19-25

Touken Ranbu Hanamaru event sells 8,301, followed by Starmyu, The Moment You Fall in Love, live-action Yowapeda, ACCA ― Touken Ranbu -Hanamaru- Special Event Hanamaru Biyori! DVD sold 8,301 copies to rank #1 on the overall DVD chart. The live-action Drama Yowamushi Pedal 1-Paku 2-Nichi Honne Tabi ~Sōhoku & Hakogaku Tabi ni Detara Kōnatta Special DVD landed at #18 with 1,968 copies. Teiichi no Kuni ~G...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, June 19-25

Euphonium sells 5,973, followed by Attack on Titan, Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Starmyu, YuiKaori ― YuiKaori Live "Starlight Link" Blu-ray sold 3,393 copies to rank #7 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Sound! Euphonium 2 Vol. 7 5,973 5,973 17/6/21 KYA/Sound! Production Committee Anima...
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Basilisk Manga's Sequel Novel Gets Manga in July

Basilisk - The Ōka Ninja Scrolls manga is set 10 years after original manga's conclusion ― This year's 30th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Tatsuya Shihara will launch a new manga titled Basilisk - Ōka Ninpō-chō (Basilisk - The Ōka Ninja Scrolls) in the 34th issue on July 24. The manga is an adaptation of Masaki Yamada's sequel novels of Masaki Segawa's Basilisk manga. Koda...
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Ookiku Furikabutte/Big Windup Manga Returns From Hiatus in July

Manga was on hiatus for author's maternity leave ― This year's August issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine announced on Saturday that Asa Higuchi's Ookiku Furikabutte (Big Windup!) manga will resume from hiatus as planned in the next issue on July 25. The magazine announced in August that the manga would be on hiatus while Higuchi took maternity leave for her second baby. Higuchi took a similar hia...
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Irresponsible Galaxy Tylor Anime Casts Hina Higuchi, Takuya Eguchi, Ayaka Suwa

Emi Nitta narrates series premiering July 11 ― The official website of Musekinin Galaxy Tylor, the new spinoff television anime based on Hitoshi Yoshioka's Uchū Ichi no Musekinin Otoko (The Most Irresponsible Man in Space) novels, revealed new cast members for the anime on Tuesday. Nogizaka 46 idol group member Hina Higuchi will voice the robot Yamamoto, while Takuya Eguchi will voice the similarly n...
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Nintendo Reveals Classic Mini Super Famicom for Japan

Ships with Star Fox 2, 20 other games on October 5 ― Nintendo announced on Tuesday that the company will release a Classic Mini Super Family Computer (officially abbreviated as Minisufami) in Japan on October 5. The mini version of the '90s-era console will come with two controllers and 21 pre-loaded games, including Star Fox 2, which was created during the Super Famicom/Super Nintendo Entertainment...
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Cells at Work Manga Gets New Spinoff About Cells That Don't Work

Spinoff launches next month in Shonen Sirius ― This year's August issue of Kodansha's Shonen Sirius magazine announced on Monday that it will launch a new spinoff of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! (Hataraku Saibō) manga in the next issue on July 26. The spinoff manga, titled Hatarakanai Saibō (Cells That Don't Work), focuses on the idle daily lives of erythroblasts (immature red blood cells) who don'...
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Anime Expo Hosts Yuri!!! on Ice Creators Mitsurou Kubo, Sayo Yamamoto

Crunchyroll brings director, co-creator to convention ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will bring director Sayo Yamamoto and co-creator Mitsurou Kubo from the Yuri!!! on Ice television anime as guests for the Anime Expo convention. Yamamoto made her directorial debut on Michiko and Hatchin in 2008. She went on to direct the Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine television anime in 2012 and...
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Japan Cuts Film Festival Screens Teiichi no Kuni, Neko Atsume, In This Corner of the World Films

NYC screenings slated for July ― The Japan Society's Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film event in New York City will screen the Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High (Teiichi no Kuni), Neko Atsume House (Neko Atsume no Ie), and In This Corner of the World films this July. All three screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The In This Corner of the World screening is sold out, and the wa...
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Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology 3DS Game's Promo Previews Full Opening Theme

Yoko Shimomura composes, Haruka Shimotsuki performs theme song ― Atlus began streaming the a promotional video with the full opening theme for its upcoming Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology Nintendo 3DS game on Sunday. Yoko Shimomura composed the opening theme "Rakka Ryūsei," performed by singer Haruka Shimotsuki. The video previews the roster of characters in the game. Atlus previously streamed ch...
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Kizumonogatari VR Experience Launches for Free on July 12

The official Twitter account for the Monogatari anime series announced on Monday that the Kizumonogatari VR projection mapping video experience will launch in Japan on July 12, coinciding with the release of the third Kizumonogatari anime film's DVD and Blu-ray Disc. It will be available on the PlayStation store for free. Kayac, Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia (SIEJA), and Aniplex are p...
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New Shonen Ashibe Manga About Main Characters in High School Launches in July

Shōnen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan anime is ongoing ― This year's August issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine announced on Saturday that a new Shonen Ashibe manga series will launch in the next issue on July 25. Original creator Hiromi Morishita is writing the story and Shōhei, an artist known for boys-love manga, will provide the art. Morishita posted a preview image on Twitter. The new manga,...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Vatican Miracle Examiner, Streams on Anime Strike in U.S.

Series to also stream in other countries on unspecified platforms ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed the television anime of Rin Fujiki's Vatican Miracle Examiner (Vatican Kiseki Chōsakan) mystery novel series for the summer simulcast season. The anime will stream in the United States on Amazon's Anime Strike platform and in "certain other countries through select digital out...
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The Bears' School, Tinny Anime Films Reveal Trailer, Poster, Cast, Staff

Rikako Aida, Yumiko Kobayashi star in films opening on August 25 ― The official websites for the anime films of the Kuma no Gakkō (The Bears' School) and Tinny - Fūsen Inu Monogatari (Tinny - Balloon Dog Story) picture books revealed a trailer and poster visual, as well as the main cast, staff, and story for the films on Monday. The websites for the films, titled Eiga Kuma no Gakkō: Patissier Jackie ...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Made in Abyss Anime for Summer Simulcast

Anime Strike to stream show in U.S. ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed the television anime of Akihito Tsukushi's Made in Abyss manga for the summer simulcast season. The anime will stream in the United States on Amazon's Anime Strike platform and in "certain other countries through select digital outlets." Sentai Filmworks is also planning a home video release. The series wi...

Nintendo Reveals SNES Classic Edition With 21 Games, Including Star Fox 2

Previously unreleased game included on mini console ― Nintendo of America and Europe announced on Monday that the company will release a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) Classic Edition on September 29. The mini version of the 90's-era console will come with two controllers and 21 pre-loaded games, including Star Fox 2, which was created during the SNES era but never released. In addition t...
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Symphogear AXZ Anime's 3-Minute Promo Previews Nana Mizuki's Opening Song

4th Symphogear anime to premiere in July ― The official website for Senki Zesshō Symphogear AXZ (pronounced "axis"), the upcoming fourth Senki Zesshō Symphogear anime series, began streaming a promotional video on Monday. The video previews Nana Mizuki's opening theme song "TESTAMENT." The show will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 1 at 25:00 (effectively July 2 at 1:00 a.m.), and it will also a...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Battle Girl High School, Plans HIDIVE Simulcast

Series premieres in July ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed the anime adaptation of colopl's Battle Girl High School smartphone role-playing game. The series will stream as a simulcast exclusively on HIDIVE beginning in July. The anime will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 2 at 24:30 (effectively July 3 at 12:30 a.m.) before airing on Kansai TV at 25:55 (effecti...
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King of Prism: Pride the Hero Anime Film Earns 200 Million Yen

Film opened on June 10 at 56 theaters in Japan Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web news website reported on Monday that the King of Prism: PRIDE the HERO anime film has earned about 236 million yen (about US$2.12 million) at the box office as of Sunday. The film has sold about 143,000 tickets at 56 theaters in Japan since opening on June 10. The film sold 47,000 tickets to earn 82 million yen (about US$7...
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2nd Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Film Opens at #8

Irregular at magic high school falls to #6 ― The second film of the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project, titled Hasshin-hen (Departure Chapter), debuted at #8 at the Japanese box office during its opening weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The film screened in 20 theaters over the weekend...
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Vanishing Starlight Manga Based on Sound Horizon Single Ends '1st Part'

The August issue of Kadokawa's Shōnen Ace magazine published the final chapter in the "first part" of Ako Arisaka's (Kado - The Right Answer character designer) Vanishing Starlight manga on Monday. The issue didn't clarify if or when the next part will start. The manga's second compiled volume will ship on July 26. The manga is based on musical act Sound Horizon's single of the same name, and comm...
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Tokyo Ghoul Live-Action Film Previewed in 2 More Trailers, Still of Kōtarō Amon

Film premieres at Anime Expo on July 3 before Japanese wide screening on July 29 ― Distributor Shochiku began streaming 60- and 30-second trailers on Monday for the the live-action Tokyo Ghoul film. Both videos feature the theme song "Banka" by RADWIMPS band songwriter and guitarist Yōjirō Noda, under the name illion. The staff also revealed a new still from the film on Monday featuring EXILE's Nobuy...
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Nora, Princess, and Stray Cat Anime Premieres on July 12, Will Have 12 Episodes

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Harukaze's Nora, Princess, and Stray Cat. (Nora to Ōjo to Noraneko Heart) adult visual novel revealed on Monday that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on July 12 at 10:45 p.m. The anime will have a total of 12 episodes, with each episode being five minutes long. The anime will also air on Sun TV, and will stream online in Japan. The sit...
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Snack World Nintendo 3DS Game Delayed to August 10

Game's smartphone versions also delayed to 2018 ― Level 5 announced on Monday that it is delaying the release date of its The Snack World - Trejarers Nintendo 3DS/Android/iOS game to August 10 for the Nintendo 3DS version. The official website for the game is also now listing a 2018 release date for the iOS/Android version. The 3DS version of the game was previously slated for July 13 and the smartph...
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Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins Manga Gets PS4 Action Game

"Deadly sins action" game titled Nanatsu no Taizai: Britannia no Tabibito ― This year's 30th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins manga is inspiring a video game for the PlayStation 4 titled Nanatsu no Taizai: Britannia no Tabibito (The Seven Deadly Sins: The Britannian Traveler). Bandai Namco Entertainment is developing the "...
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Tokyo Ravens Manga Ends Serialization in July

Adaptation of Kouhei Azano's light novels began in 2010 ― The August issue of Kadokawa's Shōnen Ace magazine revealed on Monday that Atsushi Suzumi will end the Tokyo Ravens manga in the magazine's next issue in July. The manga's 14th volume previously revealed in March that the 15th volume would be the last. The manga adapts Kouhei Azano's Tokyo Ravens light novel series. The original school superna...
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Phantasy Star Online 2 Episode 0 Manga Ends in July

Manga launched in February, centers on Arks member meeting a girl hunting down Dark Falz ― The August issue of Kadokawa's Shōnen Ace magazine revealed on Monday that Kiyu Kibako will end the Phantasy Star Online 2 Episode 0 manga in the magazine's next issue in July. The manga's one compiled volume will ship on July 26. The manga's story begins with Arks member Melphonshina investigating a planet, an...
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Kiss×sis Creator Ditama Launches New Manga in Shonen Sirius

Shōgakusei wa Mama demo Ii desu ka? centers on man who meets mother reincarnated as grade schooler ― The August issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Monday that manga creator Bow Ditama is launching a new manga in the magazine titled Shōgakusei wa Mama demo Ii desu ka? (Is it Alright if the Grade School Student is my Mother?). The manga centers on a man having love problems ...
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Hajimete no Gal Manga's 5th Volume Listed With Original Anime on Blu-ray

5th volume listed with December release ― Amazon is listing a limited edition of the fifth compiled book volume of Meguru Ueno's Hajimete no Gal (First-Time Gal) manga with an original anime on Blu-ray Disc. The description states that the anime will have the same cast and staff as the upcoming television anime adaptation, and the story will focus on the school cultural festival. The volume is listed...
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Princess Principal Anime's Ad Highlights Main Characters

Spy anime set in alternate-history 19th century London premieres on July 9 ― The official website for the Princess Principal original television anime series began streaming a commercial for the anime on Monday. The video previews the show's five main female characters. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, and Sun TV on July 9, on BS11 on July 11, and on AT-X on July 14. The previously ann...
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Uta no Prince-sama♪ Shining Live Smartphone Rhythm Game Gets Global Release

Site updated with English, Traditional Chinese versions ― Game developer KLab (Love Live! School idol festival) updated its website for its Uta no Prince-sama♪ Shining Live smartphone game last Friday, adding both an English and Traditional Chinese version of the site. The site revealed that it is developing a global version of the game. Broccoli also posted a new music video for the franchise. The s...
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One Piece 'Episode of East Blue' Special's Visual Unveiled

Screenshots from 2-hour August 26 special also shown ― The official website of the One Piece franchise revealed a visual and screenshots on Monday for the One Piece Episode of East Blue: Luffy to 4-nin no Nakama no Daibōken (Luffy and His 4 Crewmates' Big Adventure) two-hour television special. The visual features Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and Sanji. IMG onepiece02.jpg IMG onepiece03.jpg IMG onepiece...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime's Season 3 Visual Unveiled

The official Twitter account of the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime revealed the third season's visual on Monday. The visual features Sōma Yukihira, Erina Nakiri, Azami Nakiri (Erina's father), Eishi Tsukasa (Council of Ten first seat), and Rindō Kobayashi (Council of Ten second seat). The new season is titled Shokugeki no Sōma: San no Sara (Food Wars! The Third Plate). The anime will premiere ...
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Live-Action Ajin Film's Trailer Previews The Oral Cigarettes' Theme Song

Film opens in Japan on September 30 ― The official website for the upcoming Ajin live-action film based on Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Monday. The video reveals and previews the film's theme song "BLACK MEMORY" by The Oral Cigarettes (Noragami Aragoto, Sagrada Reset). The site is also streaming a second teaser video. The film is slated to open in ...
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Is the Order a Rabbit?? Anime's Special Episode Reveals November 11 Debut, Staff

TV anime's director, designer, composer return at different studio; 2 CDs ship in fall ― The staff at the "Manga Time Kirara Festa" event revealed on Sunday that Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?? ~Dear My Sister~, the new special episode for the anime Is the order a rabbit?? (Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka??), will begin screening in 40 theaters in Japan on November 11. On the same day, the episode's theme song...
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Little Witch Academia PS4 Game's 2nd Ad Reveals November 30 Launch, Trigger's Anime Footage, Bonus Game

Madō Senshi Guransharion game, drama CD offered as bonuses ― The second teaser commercial for Little Witch Academia: Toki no Mahō to Nana Fushigi (Little Witch Academia: The Magic of Time and the Seven Wonders), a game based on the Little Witch Academia anime, debuted on Monday. The commercial announces that the game will ship on November 30, and it confirms that the anime studio Trigger is producing...
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5th Digimon Adventure tri Anime Film's Promo Video Teases Battle

Kyōsei is 5th of 6 planned films opening September 30 ― The official website for the Digimon Adventure tri. film project began streaming the first full promotional video for Digimon Adventure tri. Kyōsei (Union or Symbiosis), the fifth film in the series, on Monday. (Note: The Youtube video in the link above is region-locked to Japan.) (Highlight the following white text to read spoilers) [The countd...
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DIVE!! Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, More Cast

Rina Hidaka, Katsuyuki Konishi, Wataru Hatano join cast for series premiering on July 6 ― The official website for the television anime of Eto Mori's youth novel series DIVE!! began streaming the show's second promotional video on Sunday. The video previews the band Qyoto's opening theme song "Taiyō mo Hitoribocchi" (The Sun Is Also Lonely), and solo vocalist Yūta Hashimoto's ending theme song "New W...

Houbunsha Reveals Kirara Fantasy Smartphone RPG

iOS, Android game stars characters from manga running in various Manga Time Kirara magazines ― Houbunsha revealed at the "Manga Time Kirara Festa" event on Sunday that it is releasing a smartphone role-playing game titled Kirara Fantasy. The official website for the game also began streaming a trailer on Sunday. (Note: the video on the official website is region-locked to Japan.) The "Manga Time Kira...
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Yurucamp Anime Reveals Main Cast, 1st Visual

Yumiri Hanamori, Nao Tōyama star in series premiering in winter 2018 ― The official website for the television anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga revealed the show's main cast and visual on Sunday. The tagline on the below image reads, "I'm glad it's a clear day." (Click on image to see full size version.) The anime stars Yumiri Hanamori as Nadeshiko Kagamihara and Nao Tōyam...
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Blend S TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals Main Cast

Azumi Waki, Akari Kitō, Anzu Haruno star in series premiering in October ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Miyuki Nakayama's Blend S four-panel manga began streaming the show's first promotional video on Sunday. The video reveals the show's main cast. (Note: the video at the official website is region-locked to Japan.) The anime stars: Azumi Waki as Maika Sakuranomiya. Bec...

Welcome to the Ballroom Anime Gets Amazon Prime-Only Streaming Inside, Outside Japan

Series premieres in Japan on Amazon Prime Video on July 7 ― The official website for the television anime of Tomo Takeuchi's Welcome to the Ballroom manga revealed on Friday that the anime will stream only on Amazon Prime Video inside and outside of Japan. In Japan, the first episode will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on July 7 at 24:00 (effectively July 8 at 12:00 a.m.), a full day before the anime...
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Futari H Manga Gets Gag Spinoff Series About Akira

Futari H Gaiden Sei no Dendōshi Akira manga by Monkey Chop launched on Friday ― This year's 13th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine launched a gag spinoff manga on Friday of Aki Katsu's Futari H (Manga Sutra) manga titled Futari H Gaiden Sei no Dendōshi Akira (Manga Sutra Side Story: Akira, The Evangelist of Sex). Monkey Chop is drawing the manga focusing on the character Akira, with supervi...
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Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection PC Game's Trailer Posted

XSEED to release Nihon Falcom game for PC this summer ― XSEED Games began streaming its E3 2017 trailer for the Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection (Zwei II Plus) game on Monday. The company plans to release the game on PC this summer. XSEED Games describes the game's story as follows: When the haughty vampire princess Alwen du Moonbria saves the life of brash, treasure-hunting pilot Ragna Valentine in exc...
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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin PS4/PC Game's Trailer Posted

XSEED to release Edelweiss' side-scrolling action platformer in 2018 ― XSEED Games began streaming its E3 2017 trailer for the Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin game on Monday. The company plans to release the game for the PlayStation 4 and PC in 2018. XSEED Games describes the game's story as follows: Players take on the role of Sakuna, a proud yet lonely harvest goddess who is banished to a dangerous island...
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PlayStation VR Trailer Shows Game Lineup

Summer Lesson, Gran Turismo Sport, Ace Combat 7, more shown ― Sony began streaming a video on Tuesday highlighting its game lineup for its PlayStation VR product. The games shown include Farpoint, Summer Lesson: Alison Snow Nanoka no Niwa, Resident Evil 7: biohazard, Gran Turismo Sport, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Starblood Arena, No Heroes Allowed! VR, Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV, Dark Ec...
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Eat-Man's Akihito Yoshitomi Starts New Short Yuri Series

Manga about girls who discover strange machine launched this month ― This year's July issue of Shonengahosha's Young Comic magazine published the first chapter of a new mini-series by Akihito Yoshitomi on June 9. The manga, titled Lily System, is based on merchandise illustrations Yoshitomi did for Village Vanguard's Yuri Exhibition. In the "mechanical girls" story, two high school girls discover a s...
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Fate/Apocrypha TV Anime Airs Last Ad Before July 1 Premiere

"Opening of the Holy Grail War" & EGOIST's opening song teased ― The television anime of TYPE-MOON and Yuichiro Higashide's Fate/Apocrypha novels presented a new themed commercial on Sunday. The "Opening of the Holy Grail War" video is the third and final one of three themed commercials for the anime. (Note: The linked video on the official website is region-locked to Japan.) The ad features EGOIST's...

14 Anime Titles Leave Daisuki Streaming Service This Month

Titles include Gundam Wing, Dunbine, L-Gaim, Gundam 00, Rewrite ― Streaming service Daisuki announced on Monday and Wednesday that 14 titles will leave the service at the end of June. The anime leaving include: (Titles with * are available in U.S. and Canada only on Daisuki.) B-Project -Kodo Ambitious- Rewrite Qualidea Code Aura Battler Dunbine* Heavy Metal L-Gaim* GaoGaiGar: King of the Braves* Mama...
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Kanae Hazuki's Say 'I Love You'. Manga Ends Serialization on July 24

Series about 1st love inspired anime, live-action film ― This year's August issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine revealed on Saturday that Kanae Hazuki's Say "I love you". manga will end in the magazine's September issue on July 24. The September issue will feature the manga on the cover, and the final chapter will include an opening color page. The manga's 17th volume had revealed in October that th...

School-Live! Manga Goes on Hiatus With Planned Return By End of Year

Manga about girls who survive zombie apocalypse launched in 2012, inspired anime in 2015 ― The August issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine revealed on Saturday that Norimitsu Kaihō and Sadoru Chiba's School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) manga is going on hiatus starting with the magazine's September issue. The manga is planned to return before the end of the year. Kaihō and Chiba launched...

My Hero Academia 2nd Season Anime Previews New Opening Theme, 2nd Cour in Video

2nd half of new series to cover "Hero Killer Stain" arc. ― The official website for the second season of the My Hero Academia television anime series began streaming a new video on Saturday that previews the show's second cour. The video also previews amazarashi's new opening theme song "Sora ni Utaeba" (If I Sing in the Sky). The video previews the show's "Hero Killer Stain" arc. The new opening the...
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Live-Action Love Concierge Series Gets 2nd Season

1st season of manga-based comedy premiered in December ― The wrap-around jacket band of the sixth compiled volume of Hakase and Ueno's comedy manga Rabuho no Ueno-san (Love Concierge, or "Mr. Ueno of the Love Hotel") announced on Friday that the live-action series adaptation will get a second season. The first season began streaming on the "Fuji TV on Demand" on December 1, and the television broadca...
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Classroom of the Elite Anime's Promo Video Previews ZAQ's Theme Song (Updated)

Anime based on Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e light novels premieres on July 12 ― The official website for Classroom of the Elite, the television anime adaptation of author Syohgo Kinugasa and illustrator Shunsaku Tomose's Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e (Welcome to the Classroom of the Supreme Ability Doctrine or "Yō Jitsu") light novel series, began streaming the show's p...
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Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime's 3rd Film Reveals Visual, October 14 Premiere

2nd film in 7-part project opened in Japan on Saturday ― The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project revealed on Saturday that the third film in the franchise, subtitled "Junai-hen" (Pure Love Chapter), will open in Japan on October 14. The account also revealed a ...

Crunchyroll Adds Hina Logic: From Luck & Logic Anime to Summer Lineup

1st episode of latest series in Luck & Logic franchise available now ― Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that is streaming the Hina Logic: From Luck & Logic anime adaptation of Bushiroad's Luck & Logic card game. Crunchyroll premiered the first episode at 12:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday. The series is available for members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, ...
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Yurucamp TV Anime Reveals Main Staff

Yoshiaki Kyougoku makes directorial debut at C-Station for series premiering in winter 2018 ― The August issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine revealed the main staff on Saturday for the television anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga. Yoshiaki Kyougoku (Kuroko's Basketball and Robotics;Notes episode director, Tokyo Ghoul unit director) is directing the serie...
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Haikara-san ga Tōru Anime Films Reveal 4 More Cast Members

Takahiro Sakurai, Kazuya Nakai, Yuuki Kaji, Asami Seto join cast, 1st of 2 films opens on November 11 ― The official website for the anime film adaptations of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga revealed more cast members on Saturday. The cast members include: Takahiro Sakurai as Tōsei Aoe, president of the "Jōdansha" publishing company where Benio works. Kazuya Nakai as Shingo Onijima, Shinobu'...
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My Hero Academia Anime Reveals Gran Torino's Character Design

The official website for the My Hero Academia anime revealed the animation character designs for Gran Torino on Friday. Gran Torino is a veteran who once taught All Might, but does not have much of a record as a professional hero. His Quirk, "Jet," allows him to shoot the air he breathes from his feet. He will make his first appearance in the second season's thirteenth episode, which premieres on ...
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Top-Selling Anime CD Albums: 2017 (First Half)

Yuri!!! on Ice sells 76,441, followed by 3 A3! CDs, Fate/Grand Order OST, your name., Nana Mizuki ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 12, 2016 to June 11, 2017. Rank Estimated Sales in Discs Title Maker Release Date Artist 1 76,441 Oh! SkaTra!!! Yuri!!! on Ice/Original Skate Song Collection AVP 16/12/21 Various Artists 2 74,241 MANKAI☆Kaika Sengen PC 17/2/15 A3ders! 3 73,683 Fate/Grand Or...
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Karada Sagashi Net Anime Casts Kana Asumi, Takuya Eguchi

Horror series to premiere July 31 on Production I.G's Vertical Anime app ― The latest chapter of author Welzard and illustrator Katsutoshi Murase's Karada Sagashi (Body Search) manga revealed the main cast and July 31 premiere date for the net anime adaptation on Friday. The series stars Kana Asumi as Asuka and Takuya Eguchi as Takahiro. The anime will be available on Production I.G's Tate Anime (Ver...
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Aniplex of America Appoints Shu Nishimoto as President

Aniplex of America announced on Friday that Shu Nishimoto was appointed the new company president on June 21. Nishimoto is replacing Hideki 'Henry' Goto, who will take on the role of Head of International Business Development at Aniplex in Tokyo. Nishimoto joined Aniplex as Manager of Sales in 2009. In 2014, he joined Aniplex's California-based subsidiary Aniplex of America as Vice President of Li...
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Top-Selling Anime CD Singles: 2017 (First Half)

Hey! Say! Jump's Time Bokan 24 theme sells 299,849, followed by HKT48's Kamiwaza Wanda song, Uta-Pri Legend Star, The [email protected] Cinderella Girls ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 12, 2016 to June 11, 2017. Rank Estimated Sales in Discs Title Maker Release Date Artist 1 299,849 OVER THE TOP (Time Bokan 24) JST 17/2/22 Hey! Say! Jump 2 267,065 Bagutte Iijan (Kamiwaza Wanda) UM 17/2/15 HK...

Gainax Begins Uru in Blue Anime Film's Production This Month

Production on long-dormant film announced following results of Khara's lawsuit ― Gainax president Hiroyuki Yamaga revealed on Gainax's website on Friday that the studio began production on its long-dormant theatrical anime Uru in Blue (Aoki Uru) this month. Yamaga also apologized for worry caused by the "news of the trial results." A judge at the Tokyo District Court's Tachikawa Branch ordered Gainax...
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In Another World With My Smartphone Anime Posts 2nd Key Visual

The staff of the television anime of Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World With My Smartphone (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni.) light novel series posted a second key visual on Friday. The image shows protagonist Touya Mochizuki apparently taking a selfie with the rest of the main cast. The anime will premiere on July 11. The cast includes: Katsumi Fukuhara as Touya Mochizuki Maaya Uchida as Elze Si...
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Top-Selling Animation DVDs in Japan: 2017 (First Half)

2 One Piece DVDs, 6 Yuri!!! on Ice DVDs, 2 Granblue Fantasy DVDs, 2 Uta-Pri Legend Star DVDs, 2 Ghibli DVDs ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 12, 2016 to June 11, 2017. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Maker Release Date Artist/Category 1 33,393 Minions NUE 16/6/3 Animation 2 27,392 One Piece Film Gold DVD Standard Edition PC 16/12/28 Animation 3 23,544 Yuri!! on Ice 1 DVD AVP 16/12...
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Top-Selling Animation Blu-ray Discs in Japan: 2017 (First Half)

4 Love Live! Sunshine!! BDs, 6 Yuri!! on Ice BDs, 1 Kizumonogatari BD, 3 Uta-Pri Legend Star BDs, 2 Granblue Fantasy BDs ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 12, 2016 to June 11, 2017. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Maker Release Date Artist/Category 1 65,036 Love Live! Sunshine!! 7 (Limited Special Edition) BVS 17/3/24 Animation 2 62,930 The Secret Life of Pets Blu-ray+DVD Set NUE 1...

Top-Selling Animation in Japan on Blu-ray Disc/DVD by Series: 2017 (First Half)

Yuri!! on Ice, Love Live! Sunshine!!, Uta-Pri Legend Star, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Granblue Fantasy lead chart ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 12, 2016 to June 11, 2017. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title 1 406,328 Yuri!! on Ice 2 213,028 Love Live! Sunshine!! 3 174,692 Utano☆Princesama Legend Star 4 103,928 Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru 5 89,481 Granblue Fantasy the Animation 6 83,054 One...

Top-Selling Media Franchises in Japan: 2017 (First Half)

One Piece, Yuri!! on Ice, High & Low, The [email protected], Love Live! lead home video/CD/novel/manga sales ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 12, 2016 to June 11, 2017. It includes the raw yen totals of Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, music CDs, novels in print, and manga in print, but not games, film tickets, digital downloads, and other forms of media sales. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title HomeVi...
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Welcome To The Ballroom Anime Reveals 4th Key Visual

The official website for the television anime of Tomo Takeuchi's Welcome to the Ballroom manga revealed the show's fourth key visual on Friday. The anime adapts Tomo Takeuchi's Welcome to the Ballroom manga. The series will premiere on MBS on Saturday, July 8 at 26:08 (effectively Sunday, July 9 at 2:08 a.m.), and will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Gunma TV on July 9. Additionally, Pony Canyon a...

Food Wars! English Dub to Premiere at Anime Expo

Premiere on June 30 at 6 p.m. ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Friday that its English dub of Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma will premiere at Anime Expo on June 30 at 6:00 p.m. PDT. Attendees of the screening will also receive an exclusive poster. Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's manga Shokugeki No Soma inspired two television anime series. The first anime season of Food Wars! aired for 24 episodes from Ma...
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HIDIVE Streaming Platform Adds GATE Dub, GARO Live-Action Series

GATE dub available starting on June 30 ― Anime streaming service HIDIVE announced on Friday that it will stream the English dub for the GATE anime and the GARO live-action series. The GATE anime is currently available in Japanese with English subtitles in its entirety (24 episodes). The English dub will launch on June 30. The service will add new English-dubbed episodes in installments every Friday a...
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Live-Action Gintama Videos Highlight Main Cast

Gintoki, Shinpachi, Kagura, Katsura, Elizabeth, Tae, Kondo, Okita, Hijikata videos streamed ― Mainichi Shimbun's MAiDiGi TV began streaming a short character video for the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga on Friday. The video highlights Gintoki Sakata, Shinpachi Shimura, and Kagura. The Comic Natalie website began streaming a video highlighting Kotarō Katsura, Elizabeth, and Tae Sh...
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Studio Gokumi's Toji no Miko Anime Reveals 4 More Characters

Original anime project centers on female sword wielders ― The official website for Studo Gokumi's Toji no Miko (The Shrine Maiden Swordwielders) original anime project revealed four more character designs and details on Friday. The new characters are as follows: Maki Shidō, the first seat in the elite guards for the Orikami family. She joined the guard group after becoming the sword fighting champion...
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Berserk Anime Ends With 'The Story Continues' Message

The 24th and final episode of the new Berserk anime premiered on Friday and ended with a "The Story Continues..." message. The staff have not announced a continuation for the anime. The new television anime project premiered in Japan in July 2016, and aired for 12 episodes. The anime's continuation premiered in Japan on April 7. Crunchyroll streamed all 24 episodes as they aired. Funimation is str...
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Hiromu Arakawa's Silver Spoon Manga Returns on July 5

Agricultural series went on hiatus in September ― This year's 31st issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Hiromu Arakawa's Silver Spoon manga will return in the next issue on July 5. The series went on hiatus last September after having just resumed last August. This issue teased that Hachiken and Mikage will finally become a couple. The story will resume i...
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Yen Press Licenses Akame ga KILL Author's Hinowa ga CRUSH! Manga

Takahiro's series debuts in N. America simultaneously with Japan ― North American manga publisher Yen Press announced on Friday that it will publish Takahiro's new Hinowa ga Yuku! (Hinowa Conquers!) manga starting with the first chapter as it debuts in Japan. Yen Press will release the series under the title Hinowa ga CRUSH!, and it will release the first chapter on Monday. The publisher describes th...
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Nights of Azure 2 Game Gets Manga Spinoff in July

Tae Tono draws Yoru no Nai Kuni 2 ~Hibi Hana Sakari~ spinoff ― The August issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine is revealing on Monday that KOEI Tecmo Games and Gust's Nights of Azure 2 (Yoru no Nai Kuni 2 ~Shingetsu no Hanayome~) game will get a spinoff manga titled Yoru no Nai Kuni 2 ~Hibi Hana Sakari~ at "Suiyōbi no Sirius," Monthly Shonen Sirius' online manga label collaboration with...
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Shuuichi Shigeno's New Manga Series Titled MF Ghost

This year's 30th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine is revealing the title of Shuuichi Shigeno's new manga series on Monday. The series is titled MF Ghost. The manga will launch this summer. The series will take place in the 2020s, when self-driving cars are ubiquitous in Japan. The series will feature a genius driver who goes back to Japan after graduating top of his or her class at a racing scho...

Gainax Ordered to Pay Studio Khara 100 Million Yen

Gainax allegedly owes royalties to Khara for income on properties that Hideaki Anno worked on ― A judge at the Tokyo District Court's Tachikawa Branch ordered Gainax to pay Studio Khara 100 million yen (about US$899,000) on Friday. Studio Khara filed a lawsuit in December against Gainax regarding a 100 million yen debt that Gainax allegedly owes Khara. It is expected that Gainax will not appeal the d...
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Kosaku Shima Series' Hirokane Draws 2 New Chapters of Hello Hari-nezumi Manga

Hirokane debuted with series in Young Magazine's 1st issue in 1980 ― This year's 30th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine is revealing on Monday that Kenshi Hirokane will publish two new chapters for his Hello Hari-nezumi (Hello Hedgehog) manga in the magazine's 32nd and 33rd issues on July 10 and 15, respectively. Hello Hari-nezumi is Hirokane's debut manga. He launched it in July 1980 in the first e...
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Jump Giga Magazine Ends 'Season' With 4th Issue, Final Chapter of Ichigo 100% Sequel

Magazine began planned 4-issue run on April 28 ― This year's third issue of Shueisha's Jump Giga magazine revealed on Friday that it will end its current "season" with its fourth issue on July 28. The current season launched on April 28, and had a planned four-issue run. The first "season" of the magazine launched in July last year with Shueisha's Shonen Jump NEXT!! magazine changing its name to Jump...
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As The Gods Will Manga Duo Launches New Series in July

Also: Basilisk spinoff novels get manga adaptation in July ― This year's 30th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine is revealing on Monday that writer Muneyuki Kaneshiro and artist Akeji Fujimura, the duo behind the As the Gods Will manga, will launch a new manga titled Gnoshros in the magazine's next issue on July 3. The magazine describes the manga as centering on humans 30,0000 years in the past. A Y...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Fighting Game Adds Trunks

Trunks from "Cell Saga" joins PS4, Xbox One, PC fighting game slated for 2018 ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Trunks is joining the roster of playable characters in Arc System Works' Dragon Ball FighterZ 2D fighting game. The magazine shows that the version of Trunks in the game is specifically the "Future Trunks" that appears in the stor...
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Action Heroine Cheer Fruits Anime Previewed in TV Ad

diomedea's original anime series premieres on July 6 ― The official website for the upcoming original television anime Action Heroine Cheer Fruits began streaming a commercial for the show on Friday. The story is set in the year 20xx during an action heroine warring states period. The action heroine trend had started with a small festival in a certain city. The project created a "local heroine fighte...
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DIVE!! Anime's TV Ad Previews Yūta Hashimoto's Ending Theme

Anime based on Eto Mori's novel debuts on July 6 ― The official website for the television anime of Eto Mori's youth novel series DIVE!! began streaming a 30-second promotional video on Thursday. The video previews solo vocalist Yūta Hashimoto's ending theme song "New World." Both Hashimoto and Qyoto, the band who is performing the opening theme song "Taiyō mo Hitoribocchi" (The Sun Is Also Lonely), ...
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Teekyū Anime's 9th Season Previewed in Video

New season premieres on July 12 ― The official website for the television anime of Piyo and Roots' Teekyū manga began streaming the ninth anime season's promotional video on Friday. The anime will premiere on July 12 on Tokyo MX at 10:40 p.m. before airing later that evening on Sun TV. The anime will then air on AT-X on July 13 at 9:25 p.m. Yui Watanabe will perform the opening theme song "Dream Firs...

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