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Shining Resonance PS3 Game's Additional Cast Revealed

Hiroshi Kamiya, Hideyuki Tanaka, Unshou Ishizuka join "dragon and musical instrument-playing" RPG ― The official website for the Shining Resonance role-playing game announced additional cast and characters on Monday. The newly announced cast includes: Ginas Aion (Hiroshi Kamiya), a dragon slayer King Albert (Hideyuki Tanaka), pictured top right, and Head Knight Burroughs (Unshou Ishizuka), pictured b...
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Nana Mizuki Scores 20th Top-10 Single

Actress released 30th single with Cross Ange opening theme on October 15 ― Singer and voice actress Nana Mizuki's 30th and most recent single "Kindan no Resistance," which shipped on October 15, sold approximately 40,000 copies to rank at #5 on Oricon's weekly singles chart. The single is Mizuki's 20th single to rank in the top 10 on Oricon's weekly singles chart. The single contains "Kidan no Resist...
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Texas' Oni Con Will Host Naruto Voice Actress Junko Takeuchi

Final Fantasy XIII composer Masashi Hamauzu will also attend event in Galveston on October 31 to November 2 ― Organizers of Texas' Oni Con announced on Monday that Junko Takeuchi, the voice actress behind Naruto Uzamaki, will attend the event. Takeuchi last appeared at Comic-Con International San Diego in July. Besides voicing the popular ninja, Takeuchi's other roles include Gon Freecss in the 1999 ...
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Final Fantasy Composer Nobuo Uematsu's Earthbound Papas to Perform at Kansas' Naka-Con

Concert with World of Warcraft's Jason Hayes to be held November 27 ― Babel Entertainment announced on Monday that composer Nobuo Uematsu and his band Earthbound Papas will perform at the Naka-Kon Winter Concert 2014 on November 29 at Overland Park Convention Center in Kansas. Composer Jason Hayes (World of Warcraft) will also perform with his tribute band Critical Hit. Earthbound Papas' members incl...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, October 6-12

Live-action Jigoku Sensei Nube premieres ― The live action drama of Takeshi Okano and Sho Makura's Jigoku Sensei Nube manga premiered on NTV on Saturday, October 11 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 13.3% rating. The live-action film of Satoru Hiura's women's romance manga Hotaru no Hikari - It's Only Little Light in My Life aired on NTV on Friday, October 10 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 12.2% rating. The live ...
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Japanese Box Office, October 11-12

Live-action Kin Kyori Renai, HappinessCharge Precure! film premiere ― The live-action film of Rin Mikimoto's shōjo manga series Kin Kyori Renai (Close Range Love) opened this weekend at #2. The film stars Tomohisa Yamashita as the tsundere teacher Haruka Sakurai and Nana Komatsu in her debut role as genius high school student Yuni Kururugi. The film ranked #1 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 178...
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Takeshobo's Manga Club Original Magazine to End Wednesday

Nobuyuki Anzai's Anzai Nobuyuki no Meta Nikki manga to move to Manga Life Momo ― The November issue of Takeshobo's four-panel manga magazine Manga Club Original announced that the December issue, which ships on Wednesday, will be the last. Manga creator Nobuyuki Anzai (Flame of Recca, Mar) will announce in the upcoming issue that his Anzai Nobuyuki no Meta Nikki (Nobuyuki Anzai's Meta Diary) manga w...
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Zetsubou-Sensei's Kumeta to End Sekkachi Hakushaku to Jikan Dorobō Manga in 7 Parts

3rd part to begin on October 29 ― This year's 47th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine will announce on Wednesday that Kôji Kumeta (Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Joshiraku, The Eccentric Family character design) will end his Sekkachi Hakushaku to Jikan Dorobō (The Impatient Count & the Time Thief) manga in seven parts. The first part ended in the 46th issue of the magazine, which shipped on Octo...
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Hisako Kanemoto, Takahiro Sakurai Join The Seven Deadly Sins Anime Cast

Kanemoto will play Veronica, while Sakurai will play Griamor ― This year's 47th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is announcing two more cast members for the television anime of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) manga on Wednesday. Hisako Kanemoto will play Veronica and Takahiro Sakurai will play Griamor. The previously announced cast includes: Yuuki Kaji as Meliodas...
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Atelier Shallie to Get Western Release in 2015

Tecmo Koei Europe confirms upcoming game ― Tecmo Koei Europe announced on Monday that it will release Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea in 2015. The game serves as the final chapter in the "Dusk" trilogy, and takes place in a world where the waterbeds are drying up and plant life is dying. Two young alchemists meet in an oasis. Players will be able to play as one of two heroines: Shallie (v...
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Shaman King's Takei Starts New Manga, Ends Ultimo, Jumbor in 2015

New manga inspired by Dash! Yonkurō sports manga begins in Corocoro Aniki in March ― Hiroyuki Takei's manga essay on October 15 in the first issue of Shueisha's Corocoro Aniki revealed that his Ultimo and Jumbor manga series will end sometime in 2015. In addition, Takei will begin a new series in the magazine titled Dash! Yonkurō on March 15, 2015 (pictured below). The magazine hints that Takei will...

1st Kure-nai Novel Volume in 6 Years Unveiled

Shinkurō is given proposition of arranged marriage with daughter of one of the 13 inner families in 5th installment ― Shueisha announced on Monday that the release of first new volume in Kentarō Katayama's Kure-nai light novel series in approximately six years has been green-lit. The book will be titled Kure-nai ~Yugamisora no Hime~ (Kure-nai ~The Princess of the Warped Sky~). The story begins when S...
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New Cardfight!! Vanguard G Card Game Anime Previewed in Video

Ryotaro Okiayu, Rion Kako, Junichi Yanagita, more join cast for October 26 sequel anime ― TV Tokyo began streaming a promotional video for the upcoming Cardfight!! Vanguard G sequel anime on Sunday. The video features the anime's opening theme song, "Break It!" by Mamoru Miyano. The preview premiered after the final episode of the previous series, Cardfight!! Vanguard: Legion Mate. Chrono: My name is...
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Yoru no Yatterman Project Teased With Website

Last Yatterman project was in 2009 ― Tatsunoko opened a teaser website on Sunday for a Yoru no Yatterman (Yatterman of the Night) project, and lists that production has been green-lit. The website notes that more information will be unveiled on October 27. The copyright for the website reads, "Tatsunoko Pro/Yoru no Yatterman Production Committee 2015." The original Yatterman television series premie...
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Attack on Titan 3DS Game's Updated Chain Edition Previewed in Promo

Online co-op & more stages, missions, voices, fine-tuning in December 4 release ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a new promotional video for the Shingeki no Kyojin ~Jinrui Saigo no Tsubasa~ CHAIN (Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Humanity CHAIN) Nintendo 3DS game on Monday. The video highlights the improvements in the new version: Internet cooperative play, new stages, new missions, new mode, over ...

Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Earns US$51,000 in 3 Theaters During N. American Opening Weekend

Film to open in more theaters across N. America over the next few weeks ― Box Office Mojo is estimating that Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya earned an opening weekend gross of US$51,700 in North America. The film opened at the IFC Center in New York City, ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, and TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. It had a per-screen average of US$17,233 — ...

Assassination Classroom Anime's Promo Previews Class 3-E's Cast

Hear January show's voice cast as entire class plays a word association game ― The official website for the television anime of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga began streaming a "Rensō Kiyōshitsu" (Association Classroom) promotional video on Monday. To introduce the voice cast for the students in Class 3-E, Koro-sensei starts a word association game to have each student speak up in turn:...

Toonami Runs Dragon Ball Z Kai Ad

Series will premiere on Adult Swim's block on November 8 ― The staff of Adult Swim's Toonami block posted a Dragon Ball Z Kai ad teasing the show's upcoming network premiere. Toonami will replace Bleach with Dragon Ball Z Kai on November 8. Dragon Ball Z Kai (known as just Dragon Ball Kai in Japan) condenses the 1989-1996 Dragon Ball Z anime series to more closely follow Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball ...

U.K. Man Sentenced for Prohibited Images of 'Manga' Children

Court decision marks 2nd conviction for Middlesbrough man ― The Teesside Crown Court of Middlesbrough, England convicted 39-year-old Robul Hoque of 10 counts of possessing prohibited images of children. However, the children depicted in the images were all drawings. Hoque is believed to be the first man in the country brought to court solely over manga and anime images. The court sentenced him to nin...

Digital Manga Planning Tezuka Kickstarter Covering 6 Series

Campaign includes The Three-Eyed One, Rainbow Parakeet, Wonder Three, Alabaster ― North American publisher Digital Manga announced on Friday that it is planning a Kickstarter campaign to fund six Osamu Tezuka manga titles for a total of 31 volumes. The main goal includes Tezuka's 13-volume The Three-eyed One and seven-volume Rainbow Parakeet manga. The first stretch goal includes Wonder Three and Ala...
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Ore, Space Dandy Manga Ends on MangaBox App

Adult Swim's Toonami block is now reshowing sci-fi comedy anime ― DeNA's Japanese Manga Box app ended its serialization of Ore Space Dandy (I, Space Dandy) manga by artist Hiroki Katsumata (Gogo no Grey) on Sunday. The manga is based off of the Space Dandy anime, but has original stories not told in the television series. The series' first and only compiled volume will ship on November 6. Sung-woo Pa...

Haganai's Hirasaka to Write New Light Novel With HENNEKO's Kantoku

"Regretful love comedy" light novel series slated for March 2015 release ― The official website for Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko and Lululu Bunko light novel imprints announced on Friday Yomi Hirasaka, the author of the Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (Haganai) light novel series, and Kantoku, the illustrator of The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat. light novel series, will team up for a new light novel ...

New Macross TV Anime Project Announced With Singer Auditions

Macross Delta is the 1st new Macross TV anime project since Frontier in 2007 ― The official website for the Macross franchise unveiled a new TV anime project tentatively titled Macross Delta (Delta written as Δ) on Sunday. The project will scout a new singing voice to provide the vocals for a character in the anime with an audition, which can be applied to beginning on December 1. More information a...
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Ryotaro Okiayu Narrates Jigoku Sensei Nube Live-Action Drama

Voice actor Okiayu originally voiced Nube in anime ― Voice actor Ryotaro Okiayu announced on his official Twitter account on Friday that he will narrate the television series adaptation of Takeshi Okano and Sho Makura's Jigoku Sensei Nube manga. Okiayu originally voiced Nube in the original TV anime and OVA. Okiayu mentioned that he believes he will only narrate for one episode. The show's main cast ...
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Remote's Tetsuya Koshiba Ends Love Karma Manga

Manga about unpopular college student launched in May 2013 ― The November issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump Premium magazine is publishing the final chapter of Tetsuya Koshiba's Love Karma manga on Wednesday. The issue also asked readers to please look forward for Koshiba's next work. Koshiba (Remote, Tennen Shōjo Man, Akapoli) launched the manga in the magazine in May 2013. Shueisha plans to publish th...
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Terra Formars Manga Spinoff Oshiete! Michelle-kyokan to End Next Month

Gag manga about Annex 1 crew's training period launched in July ― The November issue of Shueisha's Miracle Jump magazine is announcing on Tuesday that it will publish the final chapter of Yū Sasuga, Kenichi Tachibana, and Ryūsangata Serebi's Terra Formars spinoff manga series Oshiete! Michelle-Kyōkan (Teach Me! Professor Michelle) in the magazine's December issue on November 18. Serebi launched the s...
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Crunchyroll Adds 2 One Piece x Toriko Crossover Specials

Specials featuring casts from both series originally aired in 2011, 2012 ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll on Saturday added two One Piece and Toriko crossover anime specials that originally aired in April 2011 and April 2012. The episodes are currently only available for premium members. The two episodes, labeled as episodes 492 and 542 of One Piece respectively, follow the casts of both seri...
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Square Enix Unveils Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Expansion

New areas, jobs, classes, race planned for next spring ― Game developer Square Enix announced the first expansion for its Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn massive multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) on Saturday. The Heavensward expansion will debut next spring. Heavensward will move into the Ishgard area and the country's Dragonsong War with Dravinia will be a key plot point. The Wyrmking...
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Bayonetta: Bloody Fate's 1st 9 Minutes Streamed in English

Hellena Taylor returns from video game franchise as shape-shifting witch ― Funimation began streaming an English-dubbed, nine-minute sneak peek for its upcoming release of the Bayonetta: Bloody Fate film on Saturday. The cast includes: Hellena Taylor as Bayonetta Grey DeLisle as Jeanne Yuri Lowenthal as Luka Grant Albrecht as Balder Dave Fennoy as Rodin John Kassir as Enzo Richard Epcar as Narrator F...
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Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru Anime Gets PC Game Bundled With Home Video Releases

Fully-voiced visual novel with 10 new scenarios ships with 1st DVD/Blu-ray on December 17 ― The official website for the original TV anime series Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru is listing that the first DVD and Blu-ray volume that will be released in Japan will bundle a PC game with first print copies. The PC game will have scenarios by Takahiro and Osamu Murata, and will be developed by Minato Soft. The ...

K Anime Project Gets Sequel in 2015

Film sequel to 2012 TV series premiered internationally last month ― The official Twitter account for the K anime project announced on Saturday that production on continuation to the franchise has been green-lit for 2015. The announcement does not specify what kind of media the project will be, but the image posted by staff shows character Yashiro, and reads, "Each of their bonds are..." Anime Expo ...
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Hello Project Producer's Laryngeal Cancer Returns

Morning Musume creator announced remission in September ― Hello! Project producer Tsunku sent a fax to the press on Friday stating that his laryngeal cancer has returned. The music producer had announced in September that his cancer was in "complete remission." Tsunku explained in the fax that his pain and difficulty speaking continued after he announced the cancer was in remission. Tsunku continued ...
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Crunchyroll Adds Live-Action Nobunaga Concerto TV Series

Also: more Mushishi: The Next Chapter, Hero live-action show ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the live-action Nobunaga Concerto television series, the second half of the Mushishi: The Next Chapter television anime, and the Hero live-action television series. Crunchyroll began streaming the first episode of the live-action Nobunaga Concerto series at 2:00 a.m. ET on Friday. The te...
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Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax's Epilogue, Character Promos Streamed

Sega also promotes prize lottery for November PS3/PSV game ― Sega began streaming an epilogue video and six character tutorial videos for the anime-based fighting game Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax on Friday. The character videos highlight each playable character's moves and button commands. Atsushi Sasaki narrates the videos as the teacher, and Satomi Akesaka follows instructions as his student. Epi...
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1st Steins;Gate IBM Short Streamed with English Subtitles

Anime shorts depict how Cognitive Computing changes life in the future ― IBM Japan's official YouTube channel began streaming an English-subtitled version of "Cooking," first Sōmei Eichi no Cognitive Computing Steins;Gate collaboration video, on Friday. IBM's Mugendai (Infinity) website began hosting the video in Japanese without English subtitles on Wednesday. The popular game Steins;Gate is partner...

Free! Eternal Summer Anime Gets English Dub

Funimation already streaming swimming TV series' 2nd season ― North American anime distributor Funimation announced on Friday that it will make an English dub for the Free! Eternal Summer television anime series. The company said that it plans to announce the dub cast for the the second season of Kyoto Animation's Free - Iwatobi Swim Club anime soon. Funimation also stated that it has approached Crun...
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Fate/hollow ataraxia's 3rd Video Previews Capsule Servant Mini-Game on Vita

Mini-game lets players collect chibi versions of servants from capsules to have them battle ― Kadokawa began streaming the third promotional video for or the upcoming Fate/hollow ataraxia PS Vita game on Friday. The promo previews the "Capsule Servant" mini-game, where players can unlock chibi versions of servants from the series and battle them against each other. The video also features Aimer's op...
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Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy XV Director Tabata Previews Both Games in Talk Show Video

50-minute presentation by director Hajime Tabata ― On Friday, Square Enix began streaming an English-subtitled talk show with director Hajime Tabata and marketing manager Akio Ofuji discussing the upcoming games Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XV. The PlayStation 4/Xbox One game Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will include a chance for players to try a "Episode Duscae" demo of Final Fantasy XV. The...

New York Times Manga Best Seller List, October 5-11

Naruto, 2 Attack on Titan volumes, Sword Art Online: Aincrad, Fairy Tail, Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Maximum Ride, Soul Eater, Manga Dogs The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on October 4. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Naruto #67 Masashi Kishimoto Viz Media 1 25Attack on Ti...
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Banjou Ginga to Replace Masahi Hirose in One Piece

Riku Dold III actor was hospitalized in September ― Sponichi Annex reported on Friday that voice actor Banjou Ginga will replace Masashi Hirose as the role of Riku Dold III in One Piece. Ginga will appear in the 666th episode of the series, which airs this Sunday. Hirose was hospitalized in September for an extended stay to treat an unspecified illness. Akio Ohtsuka took over his role of Sakunoshin ...
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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Begins Screening Today in NY, LA, Toronto

Isao Takahata's folktale film plays at IFC Center ― Isao Takahata's film The Tale of the Princess Kaguya began screening today at the IFC Center in New York City, ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, and TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. The New York and Los Angeles theaters will offer both the English- and Japanese-dubbed versions. The film will run in these theaters until October 23, and then open in mu...

Sound! Euphonium Novel Anime Adaptation Green-Lit

Music club students struggle to improve under a new adviser in Ayano Takeda's novel ― Japanese publisher Takarajimasha opened an official website on Saturday announcing the anime adaptation of Ayano Takeda's Hibiku! Euphonium Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-bu he Yōkoso (Sound! Euphonium Welcome to Kitauji High School's Musical Instrument Club) novel. More information will be available on December 28. The web...
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Live-Action Patlabor's Part 6 Trailer Streamed

Episodes about police labor vs. military labor & Izumino's love story premiere November 29 ― Japanese film website Cinema Today began streaming a trailer for the sixth part of Mamoru Oshii's live-action The Next Generation -Patlabor- series on Friday. The project's sixth part will include episode 10, "Bōsō! Akai Labor" (Rampage! Red Labor), and episode 11, "The Long Goodbye." In episode 10, a battle ...
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Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru Anime Gets PS Vita Game

Creator Takahiro, Studio Gokumi supervise FuRyu's February 26 "slice-of-life!? hero club action game" ― Game developer FuRyu announced on Friday that it is currently developing a game based on the original TV anime series Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru (Yuki Yuna is a Hero). Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru: Jukai no Kioku (Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Memory of the Woodland) will be a one-player "slice-of-life!? hero ...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Slated for February 5 in Japan

Multi-platform game also adds Vegito, Super Saiyan 4 to roster ― The December issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is announcing on Tuesday that the Dragon Ball Xenoverse video game will be released in Japan on on February 5, 2015. The magazine is also announcing that Vegito and Super Saiyan 4 will join the game as playable characters. In the game, players take on the role of an original character who...

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Tag Force Special Announced For PSP

Game uniting 5 Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists also available on PS Vita this winter ― The December issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is announcing on Tuesday that a new Yu-Gi-Oh! game titled Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Tag Force Special will be released this winter in Japan for the PSP. The announcement adds that the game will also be playable on the PS Vita system, and a donwloadable version has been green-lit for s...
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Mermaid Melody Voice Actress Hitomi Terakado Suspends Career

Voice of Hanon's final concert is attended by fellow cast members Asumi Nakata, Mayumi Asano ― Hitomi Terakado (Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch's Hanon) wrote a farewell message on her official blog last month due to her decision to suspend all of her activities in show business indefinitely. She left the message after finishing her final concert, "Last Memory." Terakado had announced her decision ...

The Last -Naruto the Movie-'s Ino, Kiba, Shino Character Sketches Unveiled

Film with character designs, story by original creator opens on December 6 after manga ends ― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday the character designs for Ino Yamanaka, Kiba Inuzuka, and Shino Aburame for the upcoming The Last -Naruto the Movie- film. Ino's description reads, "She became an alluring beauty! ...With her spicy expression, her sexines...

New Digimon Anime's Older Hikari Previewed in Silhouette

Taichi's silhouette was previewed last month ― The December issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is revealing on Tuesday the newest silhouette for a character for the upcoming Digimon Adventure TV anime. The character being previewed is Hikari Yagami, protagonist Taichi's younger sister. The magazine hints that new information about the anime will be revealed in the next issue. The official website fo...
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Recurring Dragon Quest Characters WIll Be Voiced in Dragon Quest Heroes Game

Characters Alena, Kiryl, Maya Mahabala, and Terry confirmed ― Next week's issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announced on Monday that returning characters from the Dragon Quest game franchise will be fully voiced in Square Enix's Dragon Quest Heroes: Yamiryū to Sekai Ki no Shiro game. Confirmed characters include Alena (Dragon Quest IV), Kiryl (Dragon Quest IV), Maya Mahabala (Dragon ...
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Yo-kai Watch Anime Film's Trailer Reveals Time-Traveling Story

Movie to premiere in Japan on December 20 ― Japanese film distributor Toho began streaming a new trailer on Thursday for the upcoming Yo-kai Watch film Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan! (Yo-kai Watch the Movie: It's the Secret of Birth, Meow!). The film will premiere in Japan on December 20. Narrator: The yo-kai watch — a wristwatch that allows the wearer to see yo-kai — has suddenly disappeare...

Deadline Site: Scarlett Johansson Offered Ghost in the Shell Role

Site: Actress offered US$10 million after talks with Margot Robbie fall through ― The entertainment news website Deadline reported on Thursday that DreamWorks has made a US$10 million offer to actress Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers, Lucy, Lost in Translation) to star in the American live-action film of Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell cyber-police manga. The website had reported last month that...
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Final Fantasy Explorers 3DS Game Adds Red Mage, Machinist Job Classes

Odin and Amaterasu appear as summon beasts ― Next week's issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the Final Fantasy Explorers Nintendo 3DS game will have Red Mage and Machinist job classes. The Red Mage utilizes swords and consecutive magic attacks. The Machinist can quickly attack enemies in short bursts. The game's "job system" is influenced by Final Fantasy V. Up...
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Live-Action Tokyo Tribes International Trailer Streamed

Film premiered in Los Angeles on October 4 ― United Kingdom film distributor Eureka Entertainment began streaming the international trailer for Sion Sono's live-action film adaptation of Santa Inoue's Tokyo Tribe 2 (Tokyo Tribes) manga. The trailer is the same as a previously streamed Japanese trailer but includes English subtitles. The story follows the struggles of street gangs in a near-future ver...
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Seishi Kishimoto's Sukedachi 9 Manga Gets Spinoff Stories

O-Parts Hunter author launched series about police that assist with revenge this week ― Seishi Kishimoto launched his Sukedachi Nine (Assist Nine) manga in Square Enix's free online web magazine Gangan Online and Monthly Shonen Gangan on Thursday along with the announcement that the series will get two side-stories. Monthly Shonen Gangan will publish a chapter that follows Kōta Kiyodera (pictured le...
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Assassination Classroom Gets 3DS Game

Players create a character, join class 3-E in killing Koro-Sensei ― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will announce on Monday that Bandai Namco games will adapt Yūsei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga into a Nintendo 3DS game titled Assassination Classroom: Kuro-Sensei Dai Houimou (Assassination Classroom Koro-Sensei Great Besiegement). In the "comical assassin action" game...
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Assassination Classroom Anime's Full Class 3-E Cast Announced

TV anime to debut in January after 2nd event anime, before live-action film ― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday the cast for the entirety of Class 3-E in the television anime of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga: Nobuhiko Okamoto as Karuma Akabane Ryota Ohsaka as Yūma Isogai Ryo Naitou as Taiga Okajima Minami Tanaka as Hinata Okano Say...

Outbreak Company's Oikawa to Direct My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU 2nd Season at Studio feel.

Yuichi Tanaka also joins staff as character designer ― Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko opened a Gagaganbaru 2015 project campaign page on Friday and announced the main staff and cast for the upcoming second anime season based on Wataru Watari's Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) light novel series. Kei Oikawa (Outbreak Company, Minami-ke Okaeri) will replace A...
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Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai School Comedy Novels Get Anime

Students rise against council president in country that bans dirty jokes ― Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko imprint opened a special site for its Gagaganbaru 2015 project campaign on Friday, and the site announced that an anime adaptation of Hirotaka Akagi's Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai (A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist) school comedy light novel ser...
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Kuroko's Basketball Gets New Nintendo 3DS Game

Bandai Namco to develop 3DS "miraculous basketball action game" based on Tadatoshi Fujimaki's manga ― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Bandai Namco Games is offering Kuroko no Basket: Mirai e no Kizuna (Kuroko's Basketball: Ties to the Future), a new "miraculous basketball action game" for the Nintendo 3DS system, based on Tadatoshi Fujimak...
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Durarara! Gets New Manga in GFantasy Magazine

Awakusu family, Mikado's underclassman involved in story of new manga with art by Aogiri ― The November issue of Square Enix's GFantasy magazine is announcing on Saturday that a new manga inspired by Ryohgo Narita's Durarara! light novel series will begin in the magazine's December issue, which will ship on November 18. The manga will be drawn by Aogiri. The magazine features a preview for the story ...
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Gundam Breaker 2 Game's Short Promotional Video Streamed

Players can create their own mobile suits from 100+ plastic model kits' parts in December PS3, PS Vita game ― Namco Bandai Games began streaming a promotional video for its upcoming Gundam Breaker 2 video game for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on Thursday. The video features the song "Silent Trigger" by Back-On. In the game, players can create their own Gundam mobile suit from the parts of over ...
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Hanayamata PS Vita Rhythm Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Rhythm game will fully-voiced adventure mode ships in Japan on November 13 ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a second promotional video on Thursday for its Hanayamata Yosakoi LIVE! PlayStation Vita game. The video features the game's main theme song, "Yorokobi Synchronicity" (Joy Synchronicity) performed by the five main voice actresses. The video introduces the game's adventure mode, in which cho...
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Mushibugyō Manga Gets 3rd Video Anime Set in High School

The team enjoys school life in January 16 bundle with Hiroshi Fukuda's 17th manga volume ― The wraparound jacket band on Hiroshi Fukuda's 16th Jōjū Senjin!! Mushibugyō manga volume is announcing on Friday that the next volume will bundle the third Mushibugyō original video anime (OVA). The 3rd OVA volume will ship on January 16, 2015. The advertisement teases that the new volume will have a school st...
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Persona Q Game's English Trailers Profile Ken, Naoto

Game is slated for release on November 25 in North America ― Atlus USA streamed two English character trailers for Persona 3's Ken Amada and Persona 4's Naoto Shirogane for its upcoming Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game on Wednesday: 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. The pr...
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Shunji Iwai Teases The Case of Hana & Alice Anime Prequel in Trailer

Yuu Aoi, Anne Suzuki voice girls who meet during "world's smallest murder case" ― The official website for Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken (The Case of Hana & Alice), Shunji Iwai's animated prequel to his 2004 coming-of-age film Hana & Alice, began streaming a teaser trailer on Thursday. Hana: Well, what's your name? Text: The strongest transfer student ever, Alice Alice: My name is Tetsuko Arisugawa. H...
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The Evil Within Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game shipped in North America, Europe on Tuesday ― Game developer Bethesda Softworks began streaming the launch trailer for Shinji Mikami's The Evil Within (Psycho Break) survival-horror game on Tuesday. The story follows a detective named Sebastian and his partner as they head to the scene of a ghastly mass killing. Sebastian then witnesses the other police officers get killed off one by one, and wh...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, October 6-12

Haikyu!!, Assassination Classroom, Kuroko no Basuke, Bleach, Yowamushi Pedal in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Haikyu!! 13 214,214 561,424 2014/10 Shueisha Haruichi Furudate 1 2 2 Assassination Classroom 11 152,764 437,990 2014/10 Shueisha Yusei Matsui 2 2 3 Kuroko no Basuke 29 149,799 450,019 2014/10 Shueisha Tadato...
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Shunji Iwai Makes Anime Prequel to His Hana & Alice Schoolgirl Film

Yuu Aoi, Anne Suzuki reprise roles in All About Lily Chou-Chou helmer's 1st anime feature ― 51-year-old film director Shunji Iwai (All About Lily Chou-Chou, Swallowtail Butterfly) is directing his first feature-length animated film. Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken (The Case of Hana & Alice) will tell the story of how the two female high school leads in Iwai's Hana & Alice film met. Iwai conceived, wrote...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, October 6-12

Monster Hunter 4G, New Nintendo 3DS debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: October 6-12 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Monster Hunter 4G (Including Bundled Editions) Capcom October 11 1,446,289 1,446,289 23DS Dairan Tou Smash Brothers for Nintendo 3DS (Super Smash Bros.) Nintendo September 13 76,392 1,557,829 81 33DS Yōkai Watch 2 Ganso/Honke Level 5 ...
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Senran Kagura Original Anime to Bundle With Estival Versus Special Edition

PS4, PS Vita game slated for March 26 ― Japanese game developer Marvelous announced on its official website Friday that the Senran Kagura: Estival Versus game's Nyuu Nyuu DX Pack Premium will include a 30-minute original animation titled Senran Kagura: Estival Versus – Festival Eve Full of Swimsuits. The game will ship for PlayStation 4 as well as PlayStation Vita in Japan on March 26, 2015, but the ...
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Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord Launch Trailer Streamed

Series shipped in N. America on Tuesday; slated to ship in Europe on November 7 ― Atlus USA began streaming a launch trailer for for its PlayStation 3 game Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord on Tuesday to accompany the North American release of the game. The game is slated to ship in Europe on November 7. Atlus will ship the combination strategy RPG and visual novel story-telling game with its o...
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Saint Seiya's Kurumada to Draw Raimei no Zaji Sequel

Series gets revival after more than 20 years ― Manga creator Masami Kurumada (Saint Seiya) will continue his Raimei no Zaji manga with a new sequel titled Raimei no Zaji Tokubetsu-hen ~Haruka Kanata~ (Raimei no Zaji Special Chapter ~Far Beyond~). The new work will launch with the first issue of Akita Shoten's new free web manga magazine, Champion Cross, on October 21. Raimei no Zaji originally appear...
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Monogatari Veterans Promote NisiOisin's 1st e-Book in Anime Ad

VOFan illustrated Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku & Yui Horie narrates SHAFT ad ― The Kodansha Box imprint is streaming an anime commercial with Monogatari Series ties to promote the first e-book novel from Monogatari author NisiOisin, Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku (The Notebook of Kyoko Okitegami). Yui Horie: When a neck is tilted, please call a detective. A very quick but forgetful detective. Okitegami K...
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Square Enix Offers Card Battle RPG Million Arthur on 3DS

Free-to-play game to debut on October 22 in Japan ― Square Enix announced on Wednesday that the online card battle role-playing game Kaku-San-Sei Million Arthur will debut on the Nintendo 3DS system on October 22 in Japan. While the game will be free-to-play, items within the game can be purchased. The new version will take advantage of the 3DS system's features such as the dual screens. The first K...
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Working!!/Wagnaria!! Manga to End on November 7

Final compiled volume of manga that has 3rd anime adaptation in the works ships on Christmas Day ― This year's 21st issue of Young Gangan magazine is announcing on Friday that the final chapter of Karino Takatsu's Working!! manga will be published in the next issue, which will be released on November 7. The final chapter will have center color pages within the magazine. The magazine had previously an...
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Black Butler: Book of Murder Original Video Anime Previewed in TV Spot

Cast, staff returns for OVAs premiering on October 25, November 15 ― Aniplex began streaming a TV spot for the Black Butler: Book of Murder original video anime (OVA) on Wednesday. The video features some footage from the Black Butler: Book of Circus TV anime. Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder CM by pKjd Charles: We're known as the "Double Charles." Sebastian: Teacher... I leave the young master in your h...

New Steins;Gate Anime Shorts Promote IBM's Next-Generation Computing

Original shorts depict how Cognitive Computing changes life in the future ― The popular game Steins;Gate is collaborating with IBM's next-generation computer research initiative "Cognitive Computing" on a series of original anime shorts. IBM's Mugendai (Infinity) website is hosting the first Sōmei Eichi no Cognitive Computing video, "Cooking": Text on sign: Future Gadget Laboratory Mayuri: Tutturu! H...

Okane ga Nai/No Money Yaoi Manga to End in December

Manga by Hitoyo Shinozaki, Tohru Kousaka inspired 4-episode OVA in 2007 ― The November issue of Gentosha Comics' Lynx magazine announced last Thursday that Hitoyo Shinozaki and Tohru Kousaka's Okane ga Nai yaoi manga will end in the January issue on December 9. Shinozaki launched the original light novel series with illustrations by Kousaka in 1999. In 2002, Kousaka began illustrating a manga adaptat...
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Suehiro Maruo Ends 1st Part of Tomino no Jigoku Manga

2nd part slated for early spring next year ― The November issue of Monthly Comic Beam magazine published the final chapter of the first part of Suehiro Maruo's Tomino no Jigoku (Tomino's Hell) manga on Friday. The second part will start in early spring next year. Maruo launched the series in February and retailers list that the first compiled volume will ship on November 25. The manga centers on a se...

Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Screenings Expand Across the North America

Over 30 theaters to screen film from October to December ― Film distributor GKids announced more screenings for its release of Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli's The Tale of The Princess Kaguya film. The film played at New York City's IFC Center on October 3 and will screen there again as well as at the Arclight Hollywood theater in Los Angeles and the TIFF Bell Lightbox theater in Toronto, starting t...

Aldnoah.Zero 2nd Season Casts Daisuke Hirakawa

Series to return January 2015 ― Aldnoah.Zero's official twitter account announced on Tuesday Daisuke Hirakawa (Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders) will play the character Harklight in the series' second season slated to air in January 2015. Harklight is a new character recently revealed behind Slaine Troyard in a new key visual. Hirakawa joins first season's cast ...
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THR: SoftBank Acquires DramaFever

International video streaming site is the latest in list of acquisitions ― Japanese telecommunications conglomerate SoftBank announced on Tuesday that it will acquire international video streaming site DramaFever through SoftBank Internet and Media, Inc. (SIMI). The details of the deal have not yet been disclosed. DramaFever streams over 700 titles from 12 countries, including Korean dramas, Latin Am...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 12-18

Hanasaku Iroha the Movie, Meganebu! anime; Ajin, Magical Girl Apocalypse manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Black Butler Season 2 DVD/Blu-ray Complete Set: Anime ClassicsPlease Funimation Entertainment US$39.98 October 14 Fate/Stay Night Blu-ray Complete CollectionCite Sentai Filmworks US$99.98 October 14 Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home Blu-ray Premium EditionAnim...

1st TV Anime Show Starring Lupin III in 3 Decades to Launch in Italy

Lupin animator Tomonaga, Moyashimon director Yano, Tiger & Bunny writer Takahashi at Telecom Animation Film ― The production of a new Lupin III anime series was announced at the ongoing MIPCOM event in Cannes, France on Tuesday. It will be the first full-fledged Lupin III television anime series to star the legendary thief character since 1984-85's Lupin III Part III ended three decades ago. (Sayo Y...
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Walkure Romanze's Manga Adaptation Ends

No. Gomesu launched manga based on adult PC game in 2012 ― This year's 22nd issue of Comic Valkyrie Web Edition published the final chapter of No. Gomesu's manga adaptation of Ricotta's adult PC game Walkure Romanze (Walkure Romanze Shōjo Kishi Monogatari) bishōjo game series on Friday. The magazine also announced that the second compiled volume is slated to ship in November. The original visual nov...
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The Irregular at Magic High School PS Vita Game Casts Yōko Hikasa

Game of light novel to ship in Japan on December 25 ― The 576th issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki PlayStation magazine is announcing on Thursday that Yōko Hikasa is joining the cast in the upcoming Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Out of Order (The Irregular at Magic High School: Out of Order) PlayStation Vita game as Angelina Kudō Shields. The magazine is also reporting that Suzune Ichihara (Mai Nakahara), Azusa...

Funimation Adds Yona of the Dawn Fantasy Anime

Streaming to begin October 21 ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it has acquired streaming and home video rights for Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona). The show will begin streaming on Funimation's website on October 21. Crunchyroll is already streaming the series as it airs in Japan. Funimation describes the story: Upon her sixteenth birthday, the cheerful Princess Yona intended ...