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Charlotte Anime's Staff, July Premiere Revealed

5 years after Angel Beats, new anime follows boys & girls with powers ― The May issue of Dengeki G's Magazine is announcing on Monday that Jun Maeda's Charlotte anime will premiere this July. The staff includes: Director: Yoshiyuki Asai Character Design: Kanami Sekiguchi Art Director: Kazuki Higashiji Sound Director: Satoki Iida As previously announced, Maeda is providing the original scenario for th...
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Steins;Gate 0 Follow-Up Game & Anime's Teaser Video, Staff Unveiled

Creator Chiyomaru Shikura, designer huke, producer Tatsuya Matsubara reunite ― The teaser video for Steins;Gate 0, the follow-up game and anime to the original Steins;Gate visual novel, began streaming on Saturday. Text: November 2010, in the Beta world line Text: This is the story after Rintaro Okabe was not able to save "her" on July 28. Text: The "him" of this time didn't know that a system called...
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Steins;Gate Creator Unveils New 'Science Visual Novel' Anonymous;Code

Game, about hacker in 2037 Tokyo, is unrelated to science-adventure games ― MAGES. President Chiyomaru Shikura announced a new "science visual novel" titled Anonymous;Code during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday. The game is unrelated to his science-adventure games (Chaos;HEAd, Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes, CHAOS;CHILD). Shikura streamed a teaser video: Text: Name: Chiyo...
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Steins;Gate Creator's Paranormal Science Novel Occultic;Nine Gets Game

Yuuki Kaji, Ayane Sakura, Kaito Ishikawa star in story with art by Rental Magica's Pako ― MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura announced during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday that his "paranormal science" novel series Occultic;Nine is being adapted into a game. Text: Chiyomaru Shikura's newest project Text: The paranormal science novel Text: Don't get so turned on by her! Sh...

Steins;Gate 0 Follow-Up Game & Anime Announced

Chiyomaru Shikura: Zero is not a fan disc, but a "true sequel" ― MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura announced Steins;Gate 0, a follow-up game to the Steins;Gate visual novel, during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday. The game is not a fan disc, but a "true sequel," and will include stories from three of the Steins;Gate novels, as well as from some drama CDs. An anime adaptati...
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5pb.'s 4th Science-Adventure Game Chaos;Child Gets Anime, PS4/PS3/Vita Ports

Psycho-suspense game slated for more platforms on June 25 ― MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura announced during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday that an anime adaptation of his Chaos;Child game has been green-lit. He also announced that the adventure game will come to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita platforms with a Z (18+) age rating on June 25. The game is Sh...
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Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie Manga Ends in April

Manga adaptation of crossover movie launched last August ― The May issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday Super magazine announced on Wednesday that Yutaka Abe and Denjirō Maru's manga adaptation of Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie will end on the magazine's next issue on April 25. Yutaka Abe and Denjirō Maru launched the manga last August. The pair also drew the three-chapter manga adaptation of...
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1980s Risque Comedy Manga Yarukkya Knight Gets Live-Action Film

Nonki Miyasu's high school comedy to play in theaters, stream on Niconico ― A live-action film adaptation of Nonki Miyasu's 1980s Weekly Shonen Jump manga Yarukkya Knight has been green-lit. The film is slated to open select theaters on May 23, and stream on Niconico the same day. Tomoya Nakamura (Aoi Honō) plays the lecherous male lead Gōsuke Makoto, and non-no magazine model Nina Endo plays the fem...
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Sleep Tight My Baby, Cradled in ihe Sky CG Film Plays in Japan

Orine Fukushima, Kikuko Inoue, Atsuko Tanaka, Hiroaki Hirata star in sci-fi anime Sleep Tight My Baby, Cradled in the Sky (Nemure Omoi Ko Sora no Shitone ni), the 3D CG-animated science-fiction film by director Naoya Kurisu and the Japanese independent animation label Hand to Mouse., will play in three limited screenings in Japan on April 12. The official website describes the story of the 50-minut...
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Live-Action Patlabor Film Promotes Toho Cinemas Rewards Card in Video

Shigeo abandons battle to see movie in theaters for free in new campaign ― A commercial for Toho Cinemas' Cine-Mileage rewards card featuring over-dubbed footage from the upcoming The Next Generation Patlabor: Shuto Kessen (Capital City Battle) film began streaming on Friday. Shigeo: All right! Everyone, keep it up! Oh no, we got done in! The arm! Man: Shige, do you know about the Cine-Mileage card? ...
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Persona 3 Manga's End in Next Volume Teased

Manga adapting Atlus' RPG began has been running for over 8 years ― The author's notes in the eighth compiled volume of Shuji Sogabe's Persona 3 manga has a message reading, "The series will complete in the next volume... Probably." The story of the manga revolves around the protagonist Minato Arisato, who transfers to Gekkōkan High School. However, as he heads to his new dormitory, listening to the ...
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Legend of Zelda for Wii U Delayed Until After 2015

Nintendo producer Eiji Aonuma announced in a video message on Friday that The Legend of Zelda game for Nintendo Wii U has been delayed until after 2015. Aonuma apologized for the delay and explained, "In these last three months, as the team has experience firsthand the freedom of exploration that hasn't existed in any Zelda game to date, we have discovered several new possibilities for this game. ...
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Love Live! SunShine!! Project Posts 2nd Teaser Image

Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Magazine posted the second teaser image for the upcoming Love Live! SunShine!! project. The text in the image is the same as the first teaser and reads, "Save me, Love Live!" In the new image, eight more girls join the scene. Previously released image: The image will also run in the May issue of Dengeki G's Magazine on Monday. [Via Otakomu]
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Fairy Tail 'Real Puzzle Game' Opens in Tokyo, Osaka in April

April 25-May 31 event allows players to enter Fairy Tail world ― Game company Taito announced that it will open a "real puzzle game," titled "Fairy Tail Puzzle Quest ~Welcome to Fairy Tail!~," in Tokyo and Osaka on April 25. In the game, the players are members of the Fairy Tail guild, solving requests and progressing the story. Players will meet characters like Natsu, Lucy, Gray, and Erza, solving p...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, March 15-21

2Attack on Titan volumes, Naruto, Monster Musume, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Nisekoi, Seraph of the End, No Game, No Life, Kamisama Kiss, Akame ga Kill! The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on March 21. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1Attack on Titan #15 Hajime Isayama Kodansha Comics 1 22Naruto #69 Masashi Kishimoto V...
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Sayonara UmiharaKawase + PS Vita Game Heads West This Spring

Latest game in platformer series contains original 1994 game ― Video game publisher Agatsuma Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will release Sayonara UmiharaKawase + (Sayonara Umihara Kawase Chirari in Japan) on PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe this spring. The game is an enhanced version of the 2013 Nintendo 3DS game Sayonara Umihara Kawase, which Nintendo released digitally in ...
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Knights of Sidonia Gets 2 One-Shot Spinoff Manga

Yayoi Ogawa, Myako Iwako draw one-shots for Shonen Sirius, Aria ― Yayoi Ogawa (Tramps Like Us, Kimi wa Pet, Ginban Kishi) and will draw a one-shot spinoff manga for Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius. In addition, newcomer Myako Iwako will draw a one-shot spinoff in the June issue of Kodansha's Aria shojo magazine on April 28. Ogawa recommended the series to women,...
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Junji Majima, Shintarou Oohata, Koji Yusa Join Gangsta. Anime Cast

New cast to perform in drama CD ahead of summer anime ― The official Twitter account for the Gangsta. project announced three more cast members for the anime on Friday. The new cast members, who will also perform in the fourth drama CD shipping on April 29, are: Junji Majima as Emilio Benedetto Shintarou Oohata as Gaston Brown Koji Yusa as Domenico Arcangelo Shukou Murase (Dante's Inferno: An Animate...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU 2nd Season's Commercial Aired

More returning cast confirmed for series premiering April 2 ― Japanese television station TBS is airing a 30-second commercial for the Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku sequel anime. The video opening theme song "Harumodoki" (Pseudo-Spring) by Nagi Yanagi. The website also updated on Friday with more additional cast, returning from the first season: Marina Inoue as Yumiko Miura N...
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Naruto's 4th Epilogue Novel Slated For May 1

The official website for Shueisha's Jump J Books label of novels announced on Friday that Konohagakure Hiden, the fourth of six planned Naruto epilogue novels, is scheduled for May 1. The novel will be penned by Shō Hinata (Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan, Bakuman., Hentai Kamen novels). A teaser image for the novel (seen right) was also unveiled. The website also lists that Gaara Hiden will now ship in Ju...
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night PS Vita Game's Chie Promo Streamed

Yui Horie voices kung fu-loving girl in June 25 spin-off rhythm game ― Atlus began streaming a new promotional video starring the Persona 4 character Chie Satonaka for its Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita rhythm game on Friday. The video features a remix of the Persona 4 theme song "Pursuing My True Self" by Shihoko Hirata. Chie: OK, let's do this! Take a look at my Satonaka-style dance ...
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Getbackers' Seimaru Amagi Ends Genji the Death's Friend Manga

Bronze: Zetsuai since 1989's Minami Ozaki launched manga in English & Japanese last May ― DeNA's free Manga Box smartphone and tablet app published the 43rd chapter of Seimaru Amagi and Minami Ozaki's Genji the Death's Friend (Tōkyō Genji Monogatari) manga last Saturday, revealing that Amagi will conclude the manga in the next chapter on March 28. Manga Box describes the story: "People often die arou...

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled TV Ad Previews 3rd Episode

Commercials for 5.1ch Blu-ray release of both seasons of original series also streamed ― The official website for the Code Geass: Akito the Exiled anime project unveiled a new TV commercial for the third episode on Friday. The movie previews some of the scenes from the episode, and also features the anime's opening theme song, "More Than Words" by voice actress and singer Maaya Sakamoto. Lelouch: Gen...
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The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Original Video Anime Bundled With Manga

The ninth limited-edition volume of Puyo's The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan manga will bundle the previously revealed original video anime on October 26. The exclusive original anime Blu-ray Disc will have the same staff and cast as the television anime, and it will run about 25 minutes long. A television anime of the original manga has already been green-lit for 16 episodes. It will premiere...

Drifters Manga by Hellsing's Hirano Has Anime in the Works

Kouta Hirano's action story already inspired 2012 anime short ― The May issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine is announcing on Monday that an anime adaptation of Kouta Hirano's Drifters manga is in the works. The story of the manga centers around Shimazu Toyohisa, the real-life samurai who fought in the pivotal Battle of Sekigahara. In his dying moments, Shimazu is transported to a world ...
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Live-Action Shinjuku Swan Trailer Unveils Insert Song

Movie premieres in Japan on May 30 ― The official website of the live-action film of Ken Wakui's Shinjuku Swan manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Friday. The trailer previews the film's story, as well as the film's insert song "Collide" by UVERworld and theme song "Dive" by Man With a Mission, and notes its May 30 opening date. Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine announced on March 2013 tha...
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Hello!! Kin-iro Mosaic TV Anime's 2nd TV Ad Streamed

School comedy series premieres on April 5 ― The official website for the upcoming Hello!! Kin-iro Mosaic anime series began streaming the second television commercial on Friday. The video previews scenes from the show, and features the opening theme song "Yume-iro Parade" (Dream-Colored Parade) by Rhodanthe*. Narrator and Text: Our sparkly daily life is about to start again! Narrator: The sweet and f...
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Kamen Rider Drive, Nin'ninger Get 1-Hour Crossover Special

Franchises also getting movies this summer ― The official Toei YouTube channel began streaming a promotional video for its upcoming Shuriken Sentai Nin'ninger VS Kamen Rider Drive Haruyasumi Gattai 1-jikan Special (Shuriken Sentai Nin'ninger VS Kamen Rider Drive: 1-Hour Spring Break Combo Special) on Saturday. The special will take over both shows' slots on Sunday. In the special, a yōkai and Roidmud...

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Sōma's 6th TV Ad Promotes April 3 Premiere

J.C. Staff's cooking series based on Yūto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki's manga ― The official website for the Food Wars: Shokugeki no Sōma television anime began streaming the sixth commercial on Friday. The ad features the opening theme "Kibō no Uta" (The Song of Hope) by ULTRATOWER. Narration: In this school, cooking skills determine everything! Narration and Text: The "taste" experience cuisine battle, beg...
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3rd Naruto Epilogue Novel's Title, Story, Cover Unveiled

The official website for Shueisha's Jump J Books label of novels revealed the title, story, and cover illustration (seen right) for Sakura Hiden, the third of six planned Naruto epilogue novels. The novel, penned by Tomohito Ōsaki (Gintama, Black Cat, Nurarihyon no Mago novels), will be titled Naruto - Sakura Hiden: Shiren, Haru Kaze ni Nosete (Naruto - Sakura Hidden Legend - Feelings of Love, Rid...
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Dead or Alive, Ikki Tousen Girls Join Senran Kagura: Estival Versus Roster

Ayane, Sonsaku, Kan-u, Ryofu are playable via paid DLC after launch ― During the live stream for the Japanese launch of its Senran Kagura: Estival Versus: Shōjo-tachi no Sentaku game, Marvelous announced on Thursday that characters from other franchises will join the game's playable roster: Ayane from Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Sonsaku, Kan-u, Ryofu from Ikki Tousen: Extravaganza Epoch These charact...

2003 Astro Boy Anime Gets New DVD Release by Mill Creek Entertainment

Sony previously released the series on five individual volumes in 2009 ― Mill Creek Entertainment will release the 2003 Astro Boy anime series in a 50-episode, complete DVD box set, according to online retailer Amazon's listing. Amazon does not specify which languages are included on the DVDs. It is set to retail for US$14.98 on May 5. Sony previously released the series on five individual volumes in...
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Classroom Crisis Anime's TV Ad Reveals Staff, Premise, July Premiere

Gundam BF director, Saekano writer, Oreimo designer in 'school x work romantic comedy' ― The official website for the original television anime Classroom Crisis began streaming a teaser commercial that announced its main staff and July premiere on Friday: Character Design: Hiro Kanzaki (Oreimo, EUREKA SEVEN AO, Go! Go! 575) Series Script Supervisor, Scripts: Fumiaki Maruto (Saekano: How to Raise a Bo...
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Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions Concert Adds More Tour Dates in N. America, Australia

Concerts previously held in Washington DC, Philadelphia ― The Pokemon Company International announced new locations for its "Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions" concert series on Thursday. The company plans to announce more dates and locations at a later time. The current list of upcoming tour dates is: CityDateLocation Baltimore, MD 5/1/2015 Joseph Meyerhoff Hall New York, NY 6/6/2015 Theater at Madison ...
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Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim, Akiba's Trip Coming to PC This Spring

XSEED Games announced on Thursday that it will release Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim and Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed for PC via Steam this spring. The PC edition of Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim will have a new translation, widescreen support, the ability to warp to and from checkpoints, and a new "Catastrophe Mode" where the player is unable to purchase healing items, and any healing items acq...
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Tiger & Bunny's Sakakibara Launches New Haira no SP Manga

Sakikabara serializing new series starting April 14 ― The 177th issue of Kadokawa's Kadokawa Niconico Ace online magazine revealed on Wednesday that Mizuki Sakakibara (Tiger & Bunny) will launch a new manga series titled Haira no SP -Ryūbatsu-chō Chōsa Shikkōbu Dai-3-Ka (Haira no SP -Ryūbatsu Agency Investigation Executives, Division 3) in the magazine's next issue, which Kadokawa and Niconico Video ...
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Attack on Titan, Madoka Magica, Initial D's Online Games to End Service

Browser games will end in May, 3DS game will end in June ― Strategy & Partners announced on Thursday that both the Puella Magi Madoka Magica Online and Shingeki no Kyojin -Hangeki no Tsubasa- Online (Attack on Titan: The Wings of Counterattack Online) browser games will end service on May 28. Puella Magi Madoka Magica Online launched in August 2012. While the game is free to play, items cost money. T...
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Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and The Beast Film Gets Manga

Sentō Jōsai Masurawo's Renji Asai draws Shonen Ace manga of Summer Wars director's latest ― The Boy and The Beast (Bakemono no Ko), the upcoming anime film from director Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children), is inspiring a manga series before the movie opens. The May issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine announced on Thursday that Renji Asai (Se...
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Konami: Kojima Productions' Name Was Changed in Restructuring

Director Kojima still working on Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain ― Konami addressed the recent removal of the Kojima Productions logo from its website over Twitter on Wednesday, stating that the Kojima Productions and other internal companies have had their names changed as part of Konami's restructuring. Director Hideo Kojima and his team are still working on Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain at...
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W Juliet's Emura Ends Idea no Hana Manga in April

"Exotic fantasy" shōjo manga about traveling entertainer launched in 2012 ― The May issue of Hakusensha's Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazine announced on Thursday that Emura will end her Idea no Hana "exotic fantasy" shōjo manga in the magazine's next issue, which Hakusensha will publish on April 25. The manga entered its final story arc last January. The magazine teases: What unbelievable sight was refl...
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Tokyo Ghoul: Jack Spinoff Gets Original Video Anime

Story of how investigators Arima & Fura met over a case in 13th Ward ― The end of the final Tokyo Ghoul √A anime episode announced on Friday that an original video anime (OVA) adaptation of the Tokyo Ghoul: Jack prequel spinoff has been green-lit and is slated for this year. In addition to the OVA this year and a stage play in Tokyo and Kyoto, there is more in the franchise planned. In Tokyo Ghoul: J...
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Wrestler Kazuchika Okada Voices Character Based on Him in World Trigger

Pro wrestler to face off against Yuma in extra segment of episode premiering April 5 ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha 's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that professional wrestler Kazuchika Okada will voice a character in the World Trigger TV anime. The wrestler will play a C-Class Border member that is designed after himself. The character will premiere in the 24th episode on...

Digimon, .hack//SIGN Voice Actress Brianne Brozey Underwent 5-Hour Surgery After Accident

Brozey was injured on the set of NCIS: Los Angeles in March 2011 ― Voice actress Brianne Brozey is having difficulty speaking after undergoing a life-threatening, five-hour surgery to correct an injury that happened on the set of NCIS: Los Angeles in March 2011 where she worked as an assistant location manager. A falling steel grip head from a light stand hit Brozey on her neck, shoulder, and lower b...
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Resurrection 'F' Version Frieza Joins Dragon Ball Xenoverse Game as DLC

Tagoma's scouter, Gohan's jersey also included in 3rd round of DLC ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha 's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the golden version of Frieza that will appear in the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ film will also be playable in the Dragon Ball Xenoverse fighting game as part of the third round of DLC. This form of Frieza is simply known as "...
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High School Star Musical Anime Cast Sings Premise in Video

Natsuki Hanae, Kensho Ono, Arthur Lounsbery, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Tomoaki Maeno, Junichi Suwabe, Daisuke Hirakawa in Fall show ― The official website for this fall's new musical television anime, High School Star Musical (Kōkō Hoshi Kageki), began streaming a promotional video on Thursday. The same video debuted at AnimeJapan 2015 last weekend. In the video, the cast sings the premise of the story in th...

Tokyo Ghoul for PS Vita Adds New Main Lead Designed by Manga Creator

Game features original story created in collaboration with Sui Ishida ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the PS Vita adventure role-playing game Tokyo Ghoul: Masquerader will feature a new protagonist designed by original manga creator Sui Ishida. In addition, Ishida collaborating on the game's original story, which does not appear in the m...
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Generations from Exile Tribe Performs One Piece's New Theme Song

"Hard Knock Days" to begin playing on April 5 ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the all-male group Generations from EXILE Tribe will perform the new opening theme song for the One Piece television anime. The song "Hard Knock Days" will begin playing in the anime on April 5. Generations from EXILE Tribe is a seven-member unit that formed in...

Naruto Spinoff Manga Mini-Series to Begin on April 27

Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki takes story to new generation ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the spinoff manga mini-series Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki (Naruto Spinoff: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Month) will start on April 27. The combined 22nd/23rd issue of Weekly Shon...
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Video Shows Shanks in Action

Game shipped in Japan for PS3, PS4, PS Vita on Thursday ― The official website of Bandai Namco Games' One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 action game began streaming a character gameplay video for Shanks on Thursday, showing the character in action. Bandai Namco Games previously revealed character gameplay videos for Crocodile, Enel, Roronoa Zoro, Mihawk, Smoker, Buggy the Clown, Tashigi, Ace, Chopper, Sabo...
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XBlaze Lost: Memories Visual Novel's Video Introduces Cast, Story

Ayumi Fujimura, Iori Nomizu, Nao Toyama star in PS3/Vita release from Arc System Works, Aksys ― The official website for XBlaze Lost: Memories, the sequel to Arc System Works' XBlaze Code: Embryo visual novel, began streaming the second promotional video on Thursday. The video teases, "When the 'girls' guided by fate meet … a new 'story' is set in the motion." The video introduces the protagonist Wat...
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Uran's Paradise of Innocence Manga Gets New Anime DVD

DVD bundled with 8th Mujaki no Rakuen manga volume ― A leaflet in Uran's seventh Mujaki no Rakuen (Paradise of Innocence) manga volume is announcing on Friday that the manga's eighth limited-edition volume will bundle a new original anime DVD (OAD). Hakusensha will publish the eighth volume on August 28. Takashi Nishikawa (Strange+, Sin Strange Plus) is directing the anime, and Softgarage is collabor...
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Date A Live for PS Vita Previewed in Promo Video

Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation combines PS3 games Rinnne Utopia, Ars Install ― The official website for the PS Vita game Date A Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation began streaming the promotional video that debuted at AnimeJapan 2015 this past weekend. The video introduces the paradise world of Eden and the Irregular race that sprang into being in the digital world. This new edition combines the tw...
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A-1 Pictures Animates Tansa Quest Smartphone Game's Promo, Ad

Maaya Uchida sings game's theme song in commercial ― The official website of the Aniplex Mobile's upcoming Tansa Quest smartphone role-playing game began streaming a promotional video and a 30-second commercial for the game on Tuesday. A-1 Pictures animated both videos, and they feature Maaya Uchida (who plays the role of Mayu in the game) performing the game's theme song "Susume! Joshi Yūsha-bu" (Ad...

Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker Fate System Trailer Streamed

Game will ship in North America on May 5 ― Atlus USA began streaming a new trailer for its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker on Wednesday. The trailer introduces the "fate system" that allows the player to strengthen characters through different choices. Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker (Devil Survivor 2 Break Record in Japan) is a port of the Nintendo DS game Devil Survivor 2...

The Testament of Sister New Devil 2nd Season's Promo Video Posted

2nd season based on Tetsuto Uesu's light novel series to premiere in October ― Kadokawa began streaming the first promotional video on Wednesday for The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST, the second season of The Testament of Sister New Devil television anime series. The second season will premiere in October. The "rather risque battle action" story centers around Basara Tōjō, a first-year high sch...

Sony Pictures Acquire Live-Action Robotech Film Rights

Producers, writer of 300 involved as rights move from Warner Bros. ― The entertainment trade news source Variety reported on Wednesday that Sony Pictures has acquired the live-action film rights to the Robotech property, and "views the project as a potential film franchise." The Deadline website reported in February that the "Hollywood Gang" producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton (300, The Immortal...
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Crunchyroll Adds Koichi Sakamoto's Live-Action 009-1 Film

Site also adds Power Office Girls 2013, Onna Nobunaga, Ordinary Miracles, Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced that it added Koichi Sakamoto's live-action 009-1: The End of the Beginning film, the Power Office Girls 2013, Onna Nobunaga, and Ordinary Miracles drama series, and the Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse paranormal live-action series. 009...
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The Heroic Legend of Arslan TV Anime's 8th Ad Previews Battle

Series based on Hiromu Arakawa's manga to premiere April 5 ― The official website for The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) television anime began streaming the eighth commercial on Sunday. The commercial features the anime's opening theme song, "Boku no Kotoba Dewanai Kore wa Boku-tachi no Kotoba" (These Aren't My Words, They're Our Words) by the band UVERworld and previews some of the upcoming...

Fairy Tail Manga, Anime Run Same Story Within Same Week

Manga bonus chapter to become March 28 anime episode ― This year's 17th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine shipped on Wednesday with an extra Fairy Tail chapter, titled Fairy Tail of the Dead Meeeeeeeeen, along with the main manga chapter. This extra story will also be the March 28 episode of the Fairy Tail anime, resulting in the manga and anime running the same story within the same week. ...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, March 16-22

Tokyo Ghoul:re, Fairy Tail, Ace of Diamond, Ahiru no Sora, Skip Beat! in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Tokyo Ghoul:re 2 434,675 434,675 2015/03 Shueisha Sui Ishida 1 1 2 Fairy Tail 48 255,062 255,062 2015/03 Kodansha Hiro Mashima 2 1 3 Daiya no A (Ace of Diamond) 46 186,887 186,887 2015/03 Kodansha Yuji Terajima 3 1...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, March 16-22

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: March 16-22 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4 Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (Including Bundled Editions) Square Enix March 19 92,094 92,094 2PS3 Resident Evil Revelations 2 Capcom March 19 73,373 73,373 3PS4 Battlefield Hardline Electronic Arts March 19 68,823 68,...

Seven Seas Licenses A Certain Scientific Accelerator Manga

Spinoff about Accelerator began in 2013 ― North American manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the manga A Certain Scientific Accelerator (Toaru Majutsu no Index Gaiden: Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator). The first volume is slated for October and the second is slated for January 2016. Arata Yamaji began the spinoff series about the A Certain Magical Index ch...
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Otomen's Aya Kanno to Visit Toronto Comics Arts Festival

Requiem of the Rose King author makes her first N. American appearance ― Viz Media announced on Wednesday that Aya Kanno (Otomen, Requiem of the Rose King) will appear as a guest at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) for an interview, panel, and book signing. This will be the manga artist's first North American appearance. Akita Shoten's Yuri Yamamoto, Kanno's editor, will also appear at the even...

KanColle Television Anime Gets Sequel

Final episode airs with announcement ― The final episode of the KanColle television anime aired on Tokyo MX on Thursday and announced that the series will get a sequel. The announcement does not specify whether the sequel will be a new television anime, film, or some other kind of work. The show premiered on January 7 and Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan. Source: Moca News

Sentai Filmworks Announces Nobunaga The Fool's English Dub Cast

Scott Gibbs, Juliet Simmons, Mike Yager, Greg Ayres, David Wald star ― Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast for the television anime Nobunaga The Fool anime on Wednesday. The cast, under director Chris Ayers, includes: Scott Gibbs as Nobunaga Oda Juliet Simmons as Joan Kaguya d'Arc Mike Yager as Akechi Mitsuhide Greg Ayres as Toyotomi Hideyoshi David Wald as Leonardo Da Vinci Luci Christia...
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Konami Hires Staff For New Metal Gear As Kojima Station Goes on Hiatus

March 26 broadcast of Kojima Station was cancelled ― Following last week's reports that Metal Gear Solid series creator Hideo Kojima is leaving Konami after completing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami issued a notice on both their Japanese and English websites stating that it is currently hiring new staff to lead the development of a new Metal Gear title. The English statement reads: “Kon...
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Maaya Sakamoto, Cornelius to Perform New Ghost in the Shell Film's Theme Song

Design for new character Pyromania for TV series also unveiled ― The official website for the Ghost in the Shell franchise announced on Friday that Maaya Sakamoto and Cornelius will perform the main theme song for the upcoming Kōkaku Kidōtai Shin Gekijō-ban (Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie) film. The song will be titled "Mada Ugoku" (It Still Moves.) Cornelius will also compose and arrange the song...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU 2nd Season's New Promotional Video Previews Drama

Nagi Yanagi, Saori Hayami, Nao Toyama perform theme songs for anime premiering ― The official website for the Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku sequel anime began streaming a new promotional video on Sunday. The video previews some of the upcoming drama and the announced opening theme song "Harumodoki" (Pseudo-Spring) by Nagi Yanagi. Oregairu S2 AnimeJapan PV by pKjd Text: His tw...
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Disgaea 5 PS4 Game Previewed in 16-Minute Gameplay Video

Video previews games mechanics, story, character creation for game shipping Thursday in Japan ― Japanese game website 4Gamer began streaming a 16-minute gameplay video of Nippon Ichi Software's upcoming Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance PlayStation 4 strategy role-playing game on Wednesday. The video outlines the game's mechanics and character creation process, as well as some of the game's story. Bef...
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Discotek Delays Castle of Cagliostro Blu-ray release

According to online retailer Amazon's listing, North American anime distributor Discotek Media has delayed its Blu-ray release of Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro until June 23. The release was previously slated to ship on April 28. Online retailer Right Stuf is offering a Collector's Edition of the Blu-ray. The Right Stuf website also lists a June 23 release date. Discotek Media delayed the DV...
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The Labyrinth of Grisaia ~Sanctuary Fellows~ Manga Ends

Single volume to ship April 20; The Eden of Grisaia manga to begin soon ― Akita Shoten's online magazine Champion Cross published the conclusion of Shū Hirose's The Labyrinth of Grisaia ~Sanctuary Fellows~ manga on March 17. The comic also reveals that Akita Shoten will publish the manga's single compiled book volume on April 20, and The Eden of Grisaia (Grisaia no Rakuen) manga sequel will launch in...
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Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition Adds Vergil, Lady, Trish as Playable Characters

Capcom streams Xbox One, PS4 announcement trailer ― Capcom video game director Hideaki Itsuno announced new details for this summer's Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition PlayStation 4 an Xbox One game release on Monday. The game will add three new playable characters: Vergil, Lady, and Trish. Vergil was added as a playable character in DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition as part of the Vergil's Bloody...

Int'l Manga Award Winner I Kill Giants Gets Hollywood Live-Action Film

Oscar-winning short film director Anders Walter attached ― Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura's International Manga Award-winning graphic novel I Kill Giants will get a live-action film adaptation with Oscar award-winning short film director Anders Walter (Helium). Treehouse Pictures and Chris Columbus (Pixels, Harry Potter films) will produce the film and Kelly will write the adaptation for the screen. ...

Senran Kagura Costume Trailer Brings the Bounce to Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

16 costumes from anime, game series now available ― The official Dead or Alive channel began streaming a trailer for the Senran Kagura DLC costume bundles for Dead or Alive 5: Last Round. The pack includes 16 costumes from the Senran Kagura game and anime series and is now available for download in Japan. The costume packs will be available for purchase individually, or with a costume pass. The costu...
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Ao Oni ver.2.0 Sequel Film's Teaser Streamed

Taishi Nakagawa stars in sequel horror film opening in Japan on July 4 Famitsu began streaming the first teaser trailer on Tuesday for Ao Oni ver.2.0, the sequel to the film adaptation of the free online horror game Ao Oni (Blue Demon). The sequel film will open in Japan on July 4. The film's staff also released a new poster visual for the film, featuring the monster Fuwatty. The story and setting ...

Death Parade Final Episode's Long Preview Streamed

Last episode to air in Japan on Friday ― Production company VAP began streaming a "long version" of a preview for the final episode of the Death Parade television anime on Tuesday. The 12th and final episode will air in Japan on Friday. Funimation is streaming the series as it airs, and the company describes the story: There is a place after death that's neither heaven nor hell. A bar that serves you...

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' Film's New Trailer Features Z Warriors

Z warriors fight 1,000-person Frieza army in film opening on April 18 Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web began streaming a new trailer on Tuesday for the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F) film. The new trailer features the special moves of the Z warriors, including Master Roshi's Kamehameha, Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon, and Krillin's Destructo Disc. The trailer also featur...
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Amazon Listing Spirited Away, The Cat Returns Blu-ray Releases in N. America

Online retailer Amazon is listing Blu-ray releases for Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away and The Cat Returns films in North America. The listings do not include release dates. Ghibli released Spirited Away on Blu-ray in Japan for the first time in July. Studio Canal and Madman Entertainment released released The Cat Returns overseas in the U.K. and Australia last year. Thanks to WTK for the news tips
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Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata: Report on Live-Action Zelda Series is Incorrect

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata told Time that the rumors of a live-action Legend of Zelda series are not accurate. He told Time, "As of now, I have nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films, but I can at least confirm that the article in question is not based on correct information.” The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Netflix and Nintendo were...

Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki Manga Planned for 10 Volumes

Kodansha USA publishing sci-fi manga in North America on August 25 ― Manga creator Hiroya Oku (Gantz, HEN) recently posted on his Twitter account that his Inuyashiki manga will run for 10 volumes. He also stated that he was drawing the manga at great cost, and estimates that each volume would have to sell 190,000 copies for him to turn a profit, but that he would continue to draw it. Kodansha Comics ...
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1st Haikyu!! Compilation Film's Promo Video Teases New Material

Haikyu!! Owari to Hajimari to open on July 3 ― The official website for the Haikyu!! television anime began streaming a promotional video for the first compilation film, Gekijō-ban Haikyu!! Owari to Hajimari (Haikyu!! the Movie: Ending and Beginning), on Tuesday. The video features the television anime's theme song "Imagination" by Spyair, and it teases that the film will have some new story material...

North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 22-28

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Student Council's Discretion anime; Karneval, Log Horizon, Big Hero 6, The Devil is a Part-Timer manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Armitage III DVD Complete Saga Anime Classics EditionPlease Funimation Entertainment US$29.98 March 24 Bokurano DVD Complete TV Series CollectionPlease Discotek Media/Eastern Star US$49.95 March...
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Alice in Borderland Manga Enters Final Arc

Manga moves from Shonen Sunday S to Weekly Shonen Sunday ― Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday S announced on Wednesday that Haro Asō's Alice in Borderland (Imawa no Kuni no Alice) manga is entering its last arc. The magazine also announced that the series will be transferred from Shonen Sunday S to Weekly Shonen Sunday beginning with the 19th issue on April 8. The manga revolves around Ryōhei Arisu (p...
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Gunslinger Stratos Anime's Commercials Preview Opening, Ending Themes

Aniplex of America to stream anime on Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Daisuki services as it airs ― The official Aniplex YouTube channel began streaming two commercials for the Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation television anime on Saturday. The videos feature the opening song "vanilla sky" by Mashiro Ayano and GARNiDELiA's ending theme song "Mirai." Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation CM (Openi...

No Game, No Life Anime Gets English Dub

Special edition combo pack slated for July 28 ― Section 23 Films unveiled its July release slate on Tuesday, announcing that Sentai Filmworks will release No Game, No Life with an English dub in addition to the Japanese audio. The series will ship on July 28 in DVD and Blu-ray for US$59.98 and US$69.98, respectively. A special edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will also ship for US$129.98. Crunchyroll s...

Cast, Staff, Premiere Date Announced for Over Lord Fantasy RPG TV Anime

Naoyuki Itou will direct TV anime at studio MADHOUSE this summer ― Media Factory began streaming the first promotional video for the upcoming Over Lord fantasy role-playing anime series on Sunday. The video reveals the anime's cast, staff, and summer premiere. Albedo: Now then, everyone, perform the ritual of loyalty for our king, Lord Momonga! Shalltear: Shalltear Bloodfallen, the guardian of the fi...
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Kamikaze Douga's 2009 Anime Short Amanatsu Streamed

15-minute short previously screened at film festivals ― The Kamikaze Douga (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure openings) studio began streaming its 2009 original short anime short Amanatsu last week. Toshihisa Yokoshima directed the short. The project title comes from the name of a robot that a scientist creates in this near-future science-fiction story. The scientist, Sōichi Makimura, also developed the Amon ...
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Makoto Shinkai's Voices of a Distant Star Anime Gets Stage Play

Mikako Komatsu, Passpo idol Ai Negishi, Yuichi Umehara star in April stage reading x play ― The theatrical group Team Catmint announced on Monday that they are holding a stage play adaptation of Voices of a Distant Star, the 2002 anime by Makoto Shinkai (The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters per Second, Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, The Garden of Words). The "stage rea...

Live-Action Assassination Classroom Audience was 90% Female, 58% Teen

Film tops box office with 411 million yen ― The live-action film of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga opened this past weekend at #1 at the Japanese box office. It sold 350,900 tickets at 313 theaters for a two-day total of 410,788,100 yen (about US$3.44 million). The ratio of male to female in the audience was 1 to 9. 35.5% were 16 to 19 years old, and 22.4% were 13 to 15 years old. 14.3%...

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Promo Video Outlines Story

16-episode TV anime of Haruhi Suzumiya spinoff to premiere on April 3 ― The official website for the television anime of The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan (Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu) manga began streaming a promotional video on Tuesday. Kyon: This is the story of Yuki Nagato, a normal and slightly shy girl. Original Creator: Nagaru Tanigawa. Original Illustrations: Noizi Ito. Manga Art: Puyo....
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Nar Doma TV Anime's 1st Promo Previews Flash Animation

Gaming commentator Max voices lead for May anime adapting comedy manga ― Kachidoki Studio began streaming the first promotional video on Sunday for Nar Doma, the anime of Kometokaite Meter's Narudoma manga. Narrator: Hagito is a disappointing hot guy who is completely narcissistic. Wherever and whenever, his mirror is his best friend. Around him are lots of unique friends: The super, super, super mas...
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Gegege no Kitarō's Shigeru Mizuki Ends Autobiographical Manga Watashi no Hibi

Drawn & Quarterly to publish Mizuki's other manga in May & November ― Manga creator Shigeru Mizuki is ending his Watashi no Hibi (My Everyday) autobiographical manga in this year's seventh issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine on Wednesday. In the visual essay manga series, Mizuki tells of his peaceful childhood, his experience in World War II, his poor life afterward, and his foray into kamishiba...
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2nd AnimeJapan Event Attracts 120,000 Across 3 Days

3rd convention to return to Tokyo Big Sight March 25-27, 2016 ― The second AnimeJapan event at the Tokyo Big Sight complex drew 121,540 people over the weekend. The event ran from Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22. The number exceeds last year's attendance of 110,000 visitors. This year included a business-only day. About 2,500 visitors were business-related, including from overseas. A total of 65...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, March 16-22

Assassination Classroom song sells 108,827, followed by When Marnie Was There, Haikyu!!, Free! ES, ToQger vs Kyoryuger ― "Koro-sensa-tions," the theme song for the live-action Assassination Classroom film by the group "Sensa-tions," sold 108,827 copies to debut at #1 on the overall DVD chart. The Ressha Sentai ToQger vs Kyoryuger The Movie Collector's Pack sold 2,445 copies to land at #26. The regula...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, March 16-22

Free! ES sells 11,347, followed by Haikyu!!, When Marnie Was There, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, Attack on Titan compilation film ― The Ressha Sentai ToQger vs Kyoryuger The Movie Collector's Pack sold 1,820 copies to debut at #30 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 - Beauty and the Beast Diamond C...
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Seraph of the End Anime's 2nd Promo Video English-Subtitled

Supernatural action series will premiere on April 4 ― The second promotional video for the Seraph of the End television anime began streaming in Japanese and with English subtitles on Tuesday. The manga by novelist Takaya Kagami (The Legend of the Legendary Heroes, A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives), manga creator Daisuke Furuya, and manga artist Yamato Yamamoto takes place in a world where an unknown vi...

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