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LA's Comikaze to Host X Japan Leader Yoshiki

Stan Lee's Comikaze convention to run from October 31 to November 2 ― Stan Lee's Comikaze announced that Yoshiki, the 48-year-old leader of the rock band X Japan, will attend the Los Angeles event as a guest of honor. The musician most recently attended New York Comic Con with Stan Lee earlier this month to discuss their collaborations, including the comic series based on Yoshiki, Blood Red Dragon. H...
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Mobile RPG Soul Knight Kickstarter Launches With Disgaea Game Director

Kickstarter campaign to end on November 27 ― Awesome Japan launched a Kickstarter campaign on Friday for the mobile role-playing game Soul Knight. Plantago Games is developing the project and hopes to raise US$60,000 by November 27. The goal of the project is to recreate the "good 'ole JRPG" on a smartphone platform. A turn-based game, Soul Knight will also allow players to play with up to four frien...
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Sukimasuki Manga by Bunny Drop's Unita Gets Live-Action Film

EXILE's Keita Machida, Kokone Sasaki star as couple who meet via a peephole ― A live-action film adaptation of Yumi Unita's Sukimasuki (roughly translated, Peephole Love) manga series has been green-lit. The "unique" coming-of-age story revolves around Heisaku, a male college student who loves to peep into cracks and holes, and Fumio, a woman who lives in a room Heisaku peers into. EXILE group member...
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3 Chaos;Child Gameplay Promos Streamed

Psycho-suspense game slated for December 18 for Xbox One ― Game developer 5pb. Games began streaming three "Mōsō Trigger" gameplay promos on Thursday for its upcoming Xbox One game Chaos;Child, the company's fourth science-adventure game. In the psycho-suspense story, after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hits Tokyo's Shibuya ward on November 6, 2009, a black fire spreads and causes mass panic on the day ...
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Lupin III's Car Planned For Cars 3 Cameo

Cars 3 is currently in production ― Pixar Animation and Walt Disney Animation Studios' John Lasseter gave a speech on Friday on the profound effect director Hayao Miyazaki and Japanese culture had on his life and career. After his speech, Lasseter presented the Tokyo International Film Festival audience with a sneak peek of the upcoming Cars 3 film. The video included a cameo by Lupin the Third's own...
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Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Expansion Adds Dark Knight Job Class

Flying mounts, single-rider airships, and new beast tribes announced Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn producer and director Naoki Yoshida announced at the London Fan Festival on Saturday that the Dark Knight job class will be one of the newly added classes in the Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward expansion. The new class will work effectively as a party tank and wield a two-handed Greatsword and the ...
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Hiromu Shinozuka to Launch New Series After Ending Chibi Devi

Chibi Devi final volume slated for February 2015 ― The December issue of Shogakukan's Ciao shōjo magazine will include the final chapter of Hiromu Shinozuka's Chibi Devi! manga next Saturday. Shogakukan will release 11th and final volume of the manga in February, and Shinozuka will launch a new manga series in Ciao in the magazine's April issue in March. Chibi Devi's story followed Honoka Sawada, a t...
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Princess Jellyfish/Kuragehime Manga Gets 2 Prequel Chapters

Chapters will appear in Kodansha's Kiss magazine in November, December ― The December issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine announced on Saturday that Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime) manga will receive two special spinoff chapters in the magazine's January and February issues, which are slated for release on November 25 and December 25, respectively. The two chapters titled "Kuragehi...
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Live Action Maestro Film's Trailer, Poster Unveiled

Adaptation of Akira Saso's manga about group of musicians opens on January 31 ― Japanese entertainment news site Natalie began streaming a new trailer and posted a new poster image for the live-action film adaptation of Akira Saso's Maestro manga on Friday. The trailer highlights the concert scenes with 800 actors (including extras). The story begins when a group of musicians looking for new work gat...

Shokotan Breaks Bone Making JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Pose, But Continues Tour

Shoko Nakagawa breaks tailbone onstage last Sunday, but goes back on tour this week ― Singer/voice actress Shoko Nakagawa reported on her blog and Twitter account on Saturday that she broke her tailbone (coccyx) while recreating Narancia Ghirga's pose from the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure manga. "Shokotan" was performing a live concert at Nagoya last Sunday when "I broke my tailbone. lol My first every b...
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Shirobako Anime Gets 2 OVA Episodes Bundled with Blu-Ray, DVD Releases

3rd, 7th BD/DVD volumes to each include 1 OVA episode in 2015 ― The official website for P.A. Works' Shirobako anime has revealed that two of the show's Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases will include an OVA episode. The first OVA, titled "Exodus!," will ship on February 25 with the third volume, and the second OVA will ship on June 24 with the seventh volume. The television anime series premiered in Japa...

Sword Art Online: Lost Song Localized in English for Asia

PS3 version added to Vita version to make it easier to approach other markets ― Bandai Namco Games announced at a press conference before the GameStart Asia event that it is localizing its Sword Art Online: Lost Song game for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita in English for Asia next year. While the company did not announce a release for North America or Europe, producer Yosuke Futami told the SGCafe web...
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Devil and Realist Artist to Resume Shōnen Ōjo Manga

Story about cross-dressing body double of princess has been on hiatus since last April ― Manga artist Utako Yukihiro announced on her official Twitter account on Saturday that her Shōnen Ōjo (Boy Princess) manga in ASCII Media Works' Sylph magazine in the beginning of next year. She noted that more information about the resuming of her serialization will be announced at a later time. She also added t...
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Expelled From Paradise Film's 2nd 'Making Of' Footage Streamed

Writer Gen Urobuchi, director Seiji Mizushima's film project opens November 15 ― The official YouTube channel for scriptwriter Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero), Toei Animation, Nitroplus, and director Seiji Mizushima's (first Fullmetal Alchemist anime, Gundam 00) Expelled From Paradise (Rakuen Tsuihō) film project began streaming a second "film making" video on Saturday. The video ...
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Diomedea Animates Kūsen Madōshi Kōhosei no Kyōkan TV Anime With Director Takayuki Inagaki

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Nozomi Yamamoto, Nao Toyama, more also listed in drama CD adaptation of light novel series ― Publisher Fujimi Shobo opened an official web page for the TV anime adaptation of Yū Moroboshi's Kūsen Madōshi Kōhosei no Kyōkan (Aerial Combat Wizard Candidates' Instructor) light novel series on Saturday, and revealed the staff for the series as well. Takayuki Inagaki (Rosario + Vampir...

2nd Gatchaman Crowds Season Tentatively Titled With Returning Characters

Gatchaman Crowds insight listed for 2015 ― The Mainichi Shimbun paper's Mantan Web site reported on Saturday that the second season of the Gatchaman Crowds anime is tentatively titled Gatchaman Crowds insight. The website also reports that the characters from the first anime season will return for the second season. The anime studio Tatsunoko posted a staff recruitment notice that lists "Gatchaman Cr...
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Doubt/Judge Manga Creator Yoshiki Tonogai to End Manga Series 'Secret'

Manga to end in 3 volumes ― The second volume of Yoshiki Tonogai's manga series Secret announced on Wednesday that the series will end in three volumes. The third volume is slated to ship next April in Japan. Tonogai launched the manga in Monthly Shōnen Gangan in 2013. Yen Press announced in March that it would release the manga digitally and will release the first print volume in January. Yen Press...
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Over Lord Fantasy RPG Light Novels Gets Manga

Manga of Kugane Maruyama's dark fantasy to begin in November ― The December issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comptiq Ace announced on Saturday that Hugin Miyama will launch a manga adaptation of Kugane Maruyama's dark fantasy novels Over Lord in the next issue on November 26. The story begins with Yggdrasil, a popular online game which is quietly shut down one day. However, the protagonist Momonga decide...
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Matsuyama City's Anime Short Sequel Streamed

Sequel to 2013 short features islands west of Matsuyama ― The official website for Matsuyama City's anime short series began streaming the sequel to its 2013 anime short on Thursday. The sequel, titled "Mattsu, Yamma and Moburi - Suigun Otakara to Nazotoki no Shimajima" (Mattsu, Yamma and Moburi - The Naval Treasure and Riddle Island), follows the three main characters from the first short as they ar...
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Show By Rock!! TV Anime's 2nd Band Promo Video Posted

Fictional visual-kei band introduced for 2015 series based on Sanrio mobile game ― A promotional video for ShinganCrimsonZ, one of the bands in the Show By Rock!! television anime, debuted during the anime's Niconico Live program on Friday. The ShinganCrimsonZ are a visual kei band who, like the main characters' band Prismagica, aim to be the top band in the world. Their catch phrase is, "We continue...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, October 12-18

Vampire Knight, Naruto, Fairy Tail, 2 Attack on Titan volumes, Kamisama Kiss, Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma, Happy Marriage?!, Maximum Ride, Unofficial Hatsune Miku Mix The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on October 18. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Vampire Knight #19 Matsuri Hino Viz Media 1 21Naruto #67 ...
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Nisekoi: Yomeiri!? PS Vita Game's 3rd Promo Previews Character Interactions

PlayStation Vita game based on Naoshi Komi's manga to ship November 27 ― Konami began streaming a third promotional video for the Nisekoi: Yomeiri!? PlayStation Vita game inspired by Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi manga on Thursday. The video previews specific character interactions within the game, including choosing responses and character actions. The video also shows gameplay that gives nods to the Metal ...
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Devil Survivor 2: Break Record 3DS Game Promos Streamed

Enhanced version of Devil Survivor 2 DS game to ship January 29 ― The official website for the Devil Survivor 2: Break Record Nintendo 3DS port began streaming three promotional videos for the game on Thursday. The cutscenes show the enhanced version of the game, featuring character voices and updated graphics. The official website lists that characters Daichi, Yamato, Io, and the protagonist have be...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Brynhildr in the Darkness Anime

Sci-fi fantasy series streamed on Crunchyroll ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Friday that it has licensed the anime adaptation of Lynn Okamoto's Byrnhildr in the Darkness (Gokukoku no Brynhildr) manga. The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video. The 13-episode series aired this past spring and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. Sentai Filmworks describes the series:...

Hellsing Ultimate Finale Will Not Air on Toonami

Hellsing OVA broadcast will end on November 8 ― Adult Swim's Toonami block announced via its official Tumblr account on Friday that it cannot air all 10 episodes of Hellsing Ultimate as previously planned. The staff apologized and said that fans would have to "finish the story where you can find it." Toonami began airing the OVA at night on September 13. Hellsing VI will run on October 26, Hellsing V...

Inuyasha: The Final Act to Run on Toonami

Series to premiere on November 15 with TV-MA rating ― Cartoon Network's sister network Toonami announced on Friday that it will run Inuyasha: The Final Act starting on November 15 at 2:00 a.m. EST. The Toonami staff stated that they will edit the show to a TV-MA rating, but do not anticipate making many edits. Inuyasha: The Final Act had originally been streamed with English subtitles on ShonenSunday...
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OKAMOTO'S to Perform Durarara!!×2 Opening Theme

Sequel series will premiere in January ― The official Twitter account for the Durarara!!×2 Shō anime announced on Friday that the band OKAMOTO'S will contribute their new song "Headhunt" as the show's opening theme. The band previously performed theme songs for Naruto Shippuden, Naruto Shippūden: The Burning Chūnin Exam! Naruto vs. Konohamaru!!, and Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals. Joining...

'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Light Novels Get TV Anime

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Inori Minase star in anime of novels with art by Durarara!'s Suzuhito Yasuda ― Voice actor Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sword Art Online's Kirito, The Idolm@ster's Shota) announced during a new anime project unveiling held over a Nico Nico Live broadcast that a television anime adaptation of Fujino Ōmori's Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? (Is It Wrong to Try to...
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Rui Tanabe, Chiaki Takahashi Join Ikki Tousen: Extravaganza Epoch OVA's Cast

Original video anime also starring Yōko Hikasa, Yuiko Tatsumi, more airs in December before February home video release ― The December issue of Wani Books' Comic Gum magazine is announcing on Saturday the cast and staff for the upcoming Ikki Tousen: Extravaganza Epoch original video anime (OVA) project. Joining the cast will be Rui Tanabe as Mitsuyoshi Yagyū, Yōko Hikasa as Benkei Musashibō, Yuiko T...
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Super Smash Brothers for Wii U Unveils 54 New Features, Including Mewtwo

New promo videos for Amiibo figures & Koopaling antagonists ― Nintendo unveiled 54 new features for its upcoming Super Smash Brothers for Wii U game in a Nintendo Direct broadcast on Thursday. The new features include an eight-player option and Mewtwo as a playable character for players in both versions of the game by next spring. The official Nintendo YouTube channel also began streaming a promotion...
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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Nozomi Yamamoto Lead Absolute Duo Anime's Cast

Atsushi Nakayama directs series with series composition by Takamitsu Kouno at 8-Bit for TV anime adapting action light novels ― The December issue of Media Factory's Comic Alive magazine is announcing on Monday the cast and staff of the television anime adaptation of Takumi Hiiragi-Boshi's Absolute Duo light novel series. The cast is as follows: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Tōru Kokonoe Nozomi Yamamoto as...
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Medaka Box Creators Reunite for Manga One-Shot

NisiOisin, Akira Akatsuki pen "Musume Iri-Bako" (Girl in a Box) in November ― This year's 48th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that writer NisiOisin and artist Akira Akatsuki are working together again on a one-shot manga story. "Musume Iri-Bako" (Girl in a Box) will run in the 49th issue with a color opening page on November 1. The 28-page manga will revolve a...

Naruto Creator Makes New Character for The Last -Naruto the Movie-

"Handsome young man" teased with link to original manga by Masashi Kishimoto ― This year's 48th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is unveiling a new character for The Last -Naruto the Movie- on Monday. Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto personally sketched the design for the "mysterious" character. The magazine teases that this "handsome young man with a well-proportioned face" is ...
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Maria Holic Cross-Dressing Manga to End in November

Minari Endo's 8-year-long romantic comedy inspired 2 TV anime ― The December issue of Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine is announcing on Monday that Minari Endo will end her Maria Holic manga's eight-year run in the following issue on November 27. Media Factory will publish the 14th and final compiled book volume on January 23, 2015. The final volume will have a special commemorative editi...
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Live-Action Assassination Classroom Film Unveils Its 1st Koro-sensei Image

1st look at CG rendering of alien teacher from next March's film ― A handout for the live-action film of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga offers the first look at its Koro-sensei portrayal on Friday. The handout offers a close-up shot of the alien teacher beaming from the entrance of Classroom 3-E, and gives the best look yet at the live-action version's CG rendering of his body and faci...
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Bianca, Flora, Jessica, and Yangus Return in Dragon Quest Heroes

Tori Matsuzaka and Mirei Kiritani will voice characters in the game ― The December issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine announced on Tuesday that Bianca (Dragon Quest V), Flora (Dragon Quest V; Nera Briscoletti in English versions), Jessica (Dragon Quest VII) and Yangus (Dragon Quest VII) will appear in Square Enix's Dragon Quest Heroes: Yamiryū to Sekai Ki no Shiro game. Previously confirmed characte...
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Production I.G to Screen Giovanni's Island at Chicago Int'l Children's Film Festival

Award-winning historical film will screen on October 28, November 2 ― Production I.G.'s official website has announced that the Giovanni's Island anime film will screen at the 31st Chicago International Children's Film Festival on October 28 and November 2. The film will also screen in Belgium on October 29, and then at the Discovery Film Festival: Scotland's International Film Festival for Young Aud...
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Samurai Warriors 4 PS4, PS3, Vita Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game shipped in North America Tuesday, will be released in Europe on Friday ― The PlayStation channel began streaming the Western launch trailer for Tecmo Koei's Samurai Warriors 4 (Sengoku Musou 4) on Tuesday. Koei Tecmo released the game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita in North America on Tuesday and it will be out in Europe on Friday. The anime, Sengoku Musou SP: Sanada no Shou (Samu...
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Two More Digimonstory Cybersleuth Game Characters Unveiled

Rie Kishibe, Lord Knightmon, protagonist designs revealed ― This year's December issue of V Jump magazine revealed two more characters for Bandai Namco Games' upcoming PlayStation Vita game Digimonstory Cybersleuth on Tuesday. Rie Kishibe is a gentle mannered, serene girl, and Lord Knightmon (Crusadermon) is the absolutely strongest Digimon. Digimonstory Cybersleuth character Kyoko Kuremi, was revea...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, October 13-19

Tokyo Ghoul, Magi, The Seven Deadly Sins, JoJolion, Kingdom in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Tokyo Ghoul 14 289,411 289,411 2014/10 Shueisha Sui Ishida 1 1 2 Magi 23 212,267 212,267 2014/10 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 2 1 3 The Seven Deadly Sins 11 182,169 182,169 2014/10 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 3 1 4 JoJolion 8 156,83...
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Phantasy Star Nova Game Inspires PS Vita, PS TV Variants

Systems to ship in Japan independent of the game on November 27 ― Sony Computer Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it will release limited edition PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV consoles with Fantasy Star Nova designs in Japan. The consoles will not bundle with the game but will ship on the same day, November 27, for 20,980 yen (about US$194) and 11,480 yen (about US$106), respectively. ...

New Project Itoh Commercial Confirms Genocidal Organ Anime Film

2015 film will adapt late novelist's sci-fi story ― Noitamina began streaming a commercial on Thursday confirming a 2015 anime film adaptation of late science fiction author Project Itoh's novel Genocidal Organ. The text in the video reads: Project Itoh, who left us all too soon. Born 1974, passed away 2009. What he saw was A world chained by strife and hatred and a program to violently eradicate hum...
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The irregular at magic high school PS Vita Game Adds Sword Art Online Costumes

Tatsuya can dress as Kirito and Miyuki can dress as Asuna ― Japanese video game news source Dengeki Online announced on Friday that Bandai Namco Games' Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Out of Order (The Irregular at Magic High School: Out of Order) PlayStation Vita game will get a collaboration with Sword Art Online Hollow Fragment that includes two bonus costumes. Tatsuya will be able to wear Kirito's "Bla...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Trailer Announces European Release Date, Details

Game to ship February 13 with pre-order bonuses, limited edition ― Bandai Namco Games Europe began streaming a new trailer for its upcoming game Dragon Ball Xenovese on Thursday, introducing the release date and limited edition details. The game will ship in Europe and Australasia on February 13 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The game will also ship for PC via Steam on Febru...
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Super Hero Generation Game's 2nd Promo Previews Events, System

Game uniting Kamen Rider, Gundam, Ultraman characters shipped on Thursday for PS Vita, PS3 ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a second promotional video for its Super Hero Generation simulation role-playing game for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita consoles on Thursday. The video shows the system for the game, including the stages based off of the worlds of the fighter characters, as well as ...

Seiji Kishi, 3rd Madoka Magica Film, Love Live! Win Anime Kobe Awards

Kyoto Animation, angela performance for Knights of Sidonia also win ― The judging committee of the 19th Animation Kobe Awards announced this year's award winners on Thursday. The awards are among the most prestigious industry accolades in Japanese animation and media. Individual Award Seiji Kishi (director) Special Award Kyoto Animation Anime Work Award Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Reb...
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Persona Q's English Yukari & Teddie Trailers Streamed

N. American release slated for November 25 ― Atlus USA streamed two more character trailers for its upcoming Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game on Tuesday. The videos introduces Yukari Takeba of Persona 3 and Teddie of Persona 4. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth shipped in Japan for Nintendo 3DS on June 5. The game is slated for release on November 25 in North America. Atlus USA a...
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Gugure! Kokkuri-san Manga's Spinoff Series Ends

Single compiled volume of manga that follows Shigaraki will ship in December ― The November issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine ended Gugure! Shigaraki-san —Gugure! Kokkuri-san Shigaraki-ojisan spin-off—, Midori Endō and manga artist Souichirou's spinoff of Endō's Gugure! Kokkuri-san manga, on Wednesday. The same issue also revealed that Square Enix will ship the manga's single compiled volu...
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Gundam U.C. 0096: Rising Sun Manga Revealed

Sequel to Hiyon Katsuragi's Mobile Suit Gundam U.C. 0094: Across the Sky ― The January 2015 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Gundam Ace magazine is announcing on Saturday that a new manga series, tentatively titled Mobile Suit Gundam U.C. 0096: Rising Sun, will launch in the magazine. The manga will serve as a sequel to Hiyon Katsuragi's Mobile Suit Gundam U.C. 0094: Across the Sky manga, which ended last...
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Sound Horizon's New Single Gets Manga in Shonen Ace Magazine

"Vanishing Starlight's" manga marks Sound Horizon's 10th year & magazine's 20th year ― The newest single from Sound Horizon, the musical act led by composer Revo, is inspring a manga that will run in Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine. According to the magazine's December issue (which is shipping on Saturday), the single "Vanishing Starlight" will serve as the story basis for this manga. The spec...
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Someday's Dreamer's Kumichi Yoshizuki to End Magi no Okurimono Manga

"Pure love story" about couple divided by death debuted earlier this year ― Manga artist Kumichi Yoshizuki announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he will end his Magi no Okurimono (The Gift of the Magi) manga in the next issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump Premium magazine. The January issue of the magazine will ship on December 24. The November issue containing the penultimate chapter shipped on Wednesday...
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Crunchyroll Streams Live-Action Tokusatsu Series Ultraman Mebius

Also schedules Liar Game 2, GTO 2012 specials ― Media service Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it added the live-action tokusatsu (special-effects) series Ultraman Mebius to its library. The series' full catalog is now available for paid and free members in the United States, Canada, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. The series is set 40 years after the 1966 Ultraman...
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Momochi-san Chi no Ayakashi Ōji Manga Gets Stage Play, Drama CD

Stage play to open early next summer; CD to ship this winter ― The December issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Asuka magazine will announce on Friday that Aya Shouoto's The Demon Prince of Momochi House (Momochi-san Chi no Ayakashi Ōji) manga will receive a stage play adaptation and drama CD. The drama CD is slated for winter, while the stage play is expected to open in early summer next year. The drama CD ...
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X Japan's hide Releases 'Last Song' With Vocaloid, 16 Years After Passing Away

"Co Gal" created with Vocaloid technology & hide's voice samples, lyrics, demo reel ― Musician hide, the band X Japan's guitarist who passed away in May 1998, will release a new song in December. The song uses Yamaha's Vocaloid voice synthesis technology to recreate his singing voice, based on lyrics he wrote and a demo he recorded just before he passed away. It took about two years to complete this ...
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Rozen Maiden's Peach-Pit, Heaven's Lost Property's Minazuki Launch New Manga

Theme park story Wandering Wonder World & action fantasy epic Purandora. ― The promotional video and website for the 20th anniversary of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine announced on Wednesday that Peach-Pit and Suu Minazuki will both be launching new manga series in the magazine. The duo Peach-Pit (Rozen Maiden, Shugo Chara!, Zombie-Loan, DearS) will make their "shōnen magazine debut" ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, October 13-19

Chaos Rings III Prequel Trilogy, Amnesia: Later x Crowd Edition debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: October 13-19 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Monster Hunter 4G (Including Bundled Editions) Capcom October 11 327,212 1,773,501 60 23DS Dairan Tou Smash Brothers for Nintendo 3DS (Super Smash Bros.) Nintendo September 13 53,075 1,610,904 81 33DS Yōka...

Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd Game's Preorder Trailer Streamed

Game's N. American release slated for November 18 ― Sega America began streaming a preorder trailer for the upcoming Playstation 3 and PS Vita game Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA F 2nd- on Wednesday. It can be preordered at GameStop and those who do will receive the extra character pack, that includes Yowane Haku, Akita Neru, Kasane Teto, and the exclusive Americana module of Miku. The video includes the...
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Sukima Switch Perform Song, Voice-Act in The Last -Naruto the Movie-

Male duo contribute theme & play ninja in 'final' Naruto film, opening in December ― The male duo Sukima Switch are not only performing the theme song for December's The Last -Naruto the Movie-, but also voice-acting ninja characters in it. Members Takuya Ōhashi (leftmost in photo) and Shintarō Tokita (rightmost) entered a Tokyo studio to record their dialogue on October 15. Since this will be the fi...
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Dawn of the Arcana's Rei Tōma to End Rokka Melt Manga

"Chilly love triangle" series launched in 2013 ― The December issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Cheese! magazine will announce on Friday that Rei Tōma's manga Rokka Melt - Fiancé wa Yukiotoko (Rokka Melt - Fiancés Are Abominable Snowmen) will end in the magazine's January issue on November 22. Tōma launched the manga in Monthly Cheese! magazine in 2013. Shogakukan shipped the manga's third volume in Aug...

Maiden Japan Adds Patlabor: The New Files OVA

DVD and Blu-ray slated for release on February 17, 2015 ― North American anime distributor Section23 Films announced in its February 2014 release slate on Wednesday that Maiden Japan will release the Patlabor The Mobile Police: The New Files OVA. The sixteen-episode series will ship on DVD and Blu-ray in Japanese with English subtitles on February 17, 2015. Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, The Sky C...

Sentai Filmworks Schedules 1st Space Brothers Blu-ray, DVD

Also: Leviathan ~ The Last Defense to get English dub ― Section 23 Films announced its February release slate on Wednesday and included Sentai Filmworks' first Space Brothers collection on DVD and Blu-ray, which will ship on February 24. The release will include English subtitles and carry a 325-minute run time. Sentai Filmworks announced its license of the series in 2012 and Crunchyroll streamed the...

Ai: Tenchi Muyo! Anime Gets Manga

Series based on currently-running anime to premiere in November ― The December issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius is announcing on Saturday that the new Tenchi Muyo! anime series, Ai: Tenchi Muyo!, will receive a manga adaptation in the magazine starting in the January issue on November 26. The Ai Tenchi Muyo! anime's original creator Masaki Kajishima is credited with the original story, and ...
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Otoko no Isshō Live-Action Film's Trailer Previews JUJU Theme Song

Film about woman who gives up on love before meeting 52-year old man premieres at Tokyo Film Festival before February 14 national premiere ― Website Cinema Cafe began streaming the first trailer for the live-action film adaptation of Keiko Nishi's Otoko no Isshō (A Man's Lifetime) manga on Wednesday. The trailer features the song, "Hold me, Hold you" by JUJU, who wrote the song specifically for the f...
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Monogatari 'Final Season's' Tsukimonogatari Anime Previewed in Video

Hiroshi Kamiya, Saori Hayami reprise roles in story about Yotsugi premiering December 31 in Japan ― Aniplex began streaming a promotional video on Wednesday for Tsukimonogatari (Possession Story), the anime adaptation of the first story in the "Final Season" of NisiOisin's Monogatari Series. Koyomi: Yotsugi Ononoki is a doll, and if you were to put it another way, she is not a human. She has the appe...
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Live-Action Patlabor's 9th Episode Footage Streamed

Episodes about sniper Kasha, white crocodile mystery premiered earlier this month ― Footage from the ninth episode of the Mamoru Oshii's live-action The Next Generation -Patlabor- series began streaming on Wednesday. Episode 9 is based on the Patlabor anime's "Chika Meikyū Bukke" (Underground Labyrinth Case) episode. Section 2 Division 2 ventures deep underground to investigate stories about a white ...
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M3 The Dark Metal PS Vita/PS4 Game's Main Promo Streamed

Action-adventure game ships on November 20 with first copies bundled with radio program episode, reversible game jacket ― Namco Bandai Games began streaming the main promotional video for its upcoming M3 The Dark Metal Mission Memento Mori PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 game on Wednesday. The video begins with the following dialogue and text: Akashi: Is it going to end in a place like this...? Ak...
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One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X's Gameplay Previewed in Video

Law & Luffy vs. Donquixote in November 13 3DS fighting game set in New World ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a new gameplay video its Nintendo 3DS "traditional" fighting game One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X (One Piece: Chō Grand Battle! X) on Wednesday. November 13 What do we need for this battle!? Strength, or brains? Faith, or bonds? Who will win the battle, allies or family? Everything is be...
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Vampire Knight Stage Play's Cast Unveiled in Costume

Nogizaka46 idol Yumi Wakatsuki & "boys-style" models Root & Akira star ― The December issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine is unveiling the main cast and visual for the stage play of Matsuri Hino's Vampire Knight manga on Friday. Root, a female model of "boys-style" clothing, will play Zero Kiryū. Nogizaka46 idol group member Yumi Wakatsuki will play Yūki Cross. "Boys-style" model Akira will play Kan...

Animation Director Hiroshi Shimizu Joins 'Urbance' Animation Kickstarter Project

Campaign looking to raise CAD$189,000 for 8-minute pilot ― Conceptual art company Steambot's co-founders Jöel Dos Reis Viegas and Sébastien Larroudé gave more details on the involvement of animation director Hiroshi Shimizu and Franco-Japanese animation studio, Yapiko Animation, in their "Urbance" animation project's Kickstarter campaign on Saturday. Yapiko Animation founder Eddie Mehong collaborated...
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Viz Offers Resident Evil: Marhawa Desire Preview For Halloween ComicFest

Participating shops to offer sampler on October 25 for Halloween ComicFest ― Viz Media announced on Thursday that it will offer a sneak preview of the Resident Evil: Marhawa Desire (Biohazard: Marhawa Desire) manga by Naoki Serizawa (Saru Lock, Samurai Man) as part of this year's Halloween ComicFest. Comic shops celebrate Halloween ComicFest each year by offering fans and visitors a free comic sample...
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Madoka Magica Manga Spinoff Puella Magi Suzune Magica to End

Gan's story about assassin of magical girls to end in November ― The December issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine is announcing on Friday that manga artist Gan will end the Puella Magi Suzune Magica series in the following issue on November 22. Houbunsha will publish the third compiled book volume of this Puella Magi Madoka Magica spinoff on December 12. The story centers around S...
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Animation Director Keiichiro Kimura Launches Short Film Kickstarter Campaign

Speed Racer, Lupin the Third, Cyborg 009 animator will create new Go! Samurai film ― Awesome Japan launched a Kickstarter campaign on Monday for an animated short film by animation director Keiichiro Kimura called "Go! Samurai." Kimura's son confirmed his father's involvement with the project via a Twitter post on Monday. The younger Kimura is directing and editing the work. The short film will consi...
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2nd Steins;Gate IBM Anime Short Posted with English Subtitles

New shorts depict how cognitive computing changes life in the future ― IBM Japan's official YouTube channel began streaming an English-subtitled version of "Navigation," the second Steins;Gate Sōmei Eichi no Cognitive Computing collaboration video, on Wednesday. IBM's Mugendai (Infinity) website is also hosting the video in Japanese without English subtitles. Mamoru Miyano and Asami Imai reprise thei...
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Attack on Titan 3DS Game Rated by Australian Board for Atlus

Shingeki no Kyojin ~Jinrui Saigo no Tsubasa 3DS game shipped in Japan in December ― The Australian Classification Board is currently listing an Attack on Titan "multi platform" game with an MA 15+ rating. The board classified the game on October 21, and the board lists the game's author as Spike Chunsoft and the publisher as Atlus USA Inc. A source at video game developer Spike Chunsoft had told vide...
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April is Your Lie Manga to Bundle Original Anime DVD

11th manga volume to bundle DVD with TV anime's cast & A-1 Pictures ― Retailers Amazon Japan, Animate/Gamers, and e-hon report that Naoshi Arakawa's 11th April is Your Lie (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) manga volume will bundle an original anime DVD on May 15, 2015. The DVD will have an original story produced with the same quality as the ongoing television anime — specifically, with the same main cast an...
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Senran Kagura Bon Appétit PS Vita Game's Launch Date Trailer Streamed

North American publisher will release the game digitally via the PlayStation Network on November 11 ― XSEED Games began streaming its launch date announcement trailer for the Senran Kagura Bon Appétit (Deka Mori Senran Kagura) rhythm game on Tuesday. The North American publisher will release the game digitally for the PlayStation Vita console via the PlayStation Network on November 11. XSEED Games de...
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Former Kara Member Makes Film Debut in Assassination Classroom

Jigoku Sensei Nube actress plays foreign language teacher Irina Jelavic ― Former Kara idol Kang Jiyoung (Urakara, Koisuru Maison ~Rainbow Rose~) will play the professional assassin and foreign language teacher Irina Jelavic in the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga. The role will mark the first time Jiyong is acting in a film. Jiyong retired from Kara...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU's Watari to Write New Light Novel Series

"Anti-hero, superpowers, and category error" are keywords for upcoming story ― The official website for Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko and Lululu Bunko light novel imprints announced on Friday that Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) author Wataru Watari and illustrator saitom will team up for a new light novel slated for release next spring. Gagaga and Lululu...
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Shining Resonance PS3 Game's Extended Promo Introduces Characters

"Dragon and musical instrument-playing RPG" slated for December 11 in Japan ― Sega's official YouTube channel began streaming an extended version of the promotional video for its upcoming Shining Resonance PS3 Game on Monday. The video adds an introduction for Hiroshi Kamiya's character Jenas Aion. The text in the video reads: Once, the dragons that competed for supremacy of the Earth disappeared In ...

Log Horizon English Dub Cast Announced

1st DVD/Blu-ray to ship November 25 ― Sentai Filmworks announced its English dub cast for Log Horizon on Tuesday. Kyle Colby Jones will direct the cast including: Mike Yager as Shiroe Andrew Love as Naotsugu Jad Saxton as Akatsuki Maggie Flecknoe as Marielle Shelley Calene-Black as Henrietta Jovan Jackson as Nyanta Hilary Haag as Serara Houston Hayes as Shoryu Ty Mahany as Smash Greg Ayres as Tohya L...

North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 19-25

A Letter to Momo, Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, Sunday Without God anime; No Game, No Life, Witchcraft Works manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Bayonetta: Bloody Fate DVD/Blu-rayPlease Funimation Entertainment US$34.98 October 21 Kill La Kill Blu-ray 2Cite Aniplex of America US$49.98 October 21 Kill La Kill DVD 2AnimeNewsNetwork Aniplex of America US$39.98 October 21 Ki...
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Ayumi Fujimura Joins Magi: Adventure of Sinbad Anime Spin-off's 3rd Episode

Actress will play Pipirika in OVA's Imuchakk arc ― The official website for Shogakukan's web comic site "Ura Sunday" announced that Ayumi Fujimura (Hunter x Hunter's Neferpitō, Squid Girl's Eiko Aizawa) will join the cast of the Magi: Adventure of Sinbad original video anime's third episode. The story will enter the Imuchakk arc and Fujimura will play Pipirika: The DVD bundle with the special edition...
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'Camp Pokémon' iOS App Offers Pokémon-Themed Games for Younger Players

Minigames where players identify pokémon, decorate photos ― The Official Pokémon Company International YouTube channel began streaming a video on Tuesday announcing its "Camp Pokémon" application, which is now available for iOS devices. The app is available in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian. The free app is designed for children ages six through eight and will include several minigames...
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Phantasy Star Online 2 Adds Yuruyuri Costumes

Costumes based on Namori's manga to debut in late November ― The official Twitter account for Sega's Phantasy Star Online 2 game unveiled the Yuruyuri Nachu Yachumi! (a deliberate misspelling of "natsu yasumi," or "summer vacation") collaboration costumes on Tuesday. The costumes will be available in late November. 【『PSO2放送局』第25回放送中!】11月下旬配信「世壊の刻、禍津の刻」Part1。新スクラッチ「ゆったりレクリエーション」では、「ゆるゆり」とのコラボが実現!「アッカリ...
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Expelled From Paradise Film's 2nd Trailer Previews Elisa's Theme Song

Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Minami Takayama, Tohru Furuya, more join cast for November 15 film ― A second trailer for Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero), Toei Animation, Nitroplus, and director Seiji Mizushima's (first Fullmetal Alchemist anime, Gundam 00) Expelled From Paradise (Rakuen Tsuihō) film project began streaming on Tuesday. The video features the film's theme son...
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Kousuke Toriumi Joins Gugure! Kokkuri-san Cast

Series adapting Midori Endō's comedy manga premiered earlier this month ― The November issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine is announcing that Kousuke Toriumi (Sailor Moon Crystal's Nephrite, Pretear's Hayate) will join the cast of the television anime adaptation of Midori Endō's Gugure! Kokkuri-san manga. Toriumi's role will be a Tengu who loves jokes. The anime also stars: Ryou Hirohashi (W...
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2nd Kamisama Kiss Anime's 1st Promo Previews New Characters

Mamoru, Kirihito, parts of Tomoe's past sampled in video promoting 2nd season of adaptation of Julietta Suzuki's manga ― Pony Canyon began streaming the first promotional video for the second Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss) anime series adapting Julietta Suzuki's manga on Tuesday. Demon: So you're the guys who have been messing around these parts lately... Tomoe and Akuraō. Let's have a fight,...
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Imageepoch Unveils Stella Glow Strategy RPG for 3DS

Story revolves around song magic & witches ― Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is unveiling the newest project from Imageepoch (Time and Eternity, Luminous Arc, 7th Dragon 2020) on Thursday. The title of the game will be Stella Glow, and it will be a simulation RPG that takes place in a world of swords and magic. The game will focus on witches who control "song magic," which has the power to change...

Gurren Lagann Stage Play's Cast Photographed in Costume

Play will run in Tokyo's Zenrōsai Hall Space Zero theater from October 22 to 26 ― The official website for the "Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann -Engeki-hen-" stage play posted pictures of the cast members in costume on Friday. The adaptation of Gainax's Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann anime series will run in Tokyo's Zenrōsai Hall Space Zero theater from October 22 to 26. The cast includes (from left to right)...
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Ushijima the Loan Shark's Manabe Pens One-Shot in Morning

2nd live-action adaptation of Ushijima the Loan Shark premiered earlier this year ― This year's 47th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine is announcing on Thursday that Ushijima the Loan Shark creator Shohei Manabe will pen a new one-shot in the magazine's next issue, which is scheduled to be released in Japan on October 30. The one-shot, titled Shopping Mall, revolves around the seemingly real lives...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, September 29-October 5

One Piece sells 2,092 + 1,091, followed by Naruto, Kuroko's Basketball, Kenshin, Itazura na Kiss ― The DVD Special Price Edition of the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film sold 902 more copies for a new total of 15759. In its 14th week, it rose from #38 to #26 on the overall DVD chart. Itazura na Kiss 2 ~Love in Okinawa debuted at #27 with 864 copies. Comedian Tekken's Parapara Manga Sakuhin-shū Dai-ni-...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, September 29-October 5

Lyrical Nanoha box sells 7,930, followed by Love Live, Hanamonogatari, The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior, Saikin, Imōto no Yōsu ga Chotto Okashiin Da Ga. ― The live-action film of the Saikin, Imōto no Yōsu ga Chotto Okashiin Da Ga. manga sold 1,393 copies of the Director's Cut to debut at #13 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Relea...