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Kalafina to Sing Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works' 2nd Season Ending

Aimer previously performed Aldnoah.Zero, Puella Magi Madoka Magica films, The Garden of Sinners/recalled out summer, Fate/Zero themes ― The official website for Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works television anime announced that pop trio Kalafina will perform the second season's ending theme song, "ring your bell." The second season will premiere in April. Kalafina previously performed the first se...
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Kamen Rider #4 Net Movies Starring Mitsuru Matsuoka Planned

Kamen Rider #5, #6 characters also planned ― Actor and Kamen Rider Drive theme song singer Mitsuru Matsuoka (Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate) signed on to star in a series of net movies as the brand new Kamen Rider #4. Matsuoka will also perform the net series' theme song "time." The first of three dVideo Special – Kamen Rider #4 net movies will premiere on the streaming servi...
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World End Economica #2 English Release Delayed

North American visual novel distributor Sekai Project announced on February 19 that the second episode of Spice and Wolf author Isuna Hasekura's visual novel World End Economica will not meet its May release date. The company wrote that seven out of 11 chapters are translated and six are edited. Sekai Project is also still working on the Unity engine port and updating the graphics to 1080p for epi...
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Bloodborne Gameplay Video Reveals Darkbeast Boss

Game will arrive in North America on March 24 ― Gaming news website IGN began streaming a new video revealing the Darkbeast boss in From Software's Bloodborne action role-playing game. The game's PR manager Kitao describes the monster as "an electric beast emerging from giant skeletal remains. It has lightning coursing through its body and bombards the player with erratic and off-speed movements." So...
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2nd New Initial D the Movie's TV Ad Posted

Cast, staff return for 2nd film in reboot film series ― Avex began streaming a television commercial for Shin Gekijōban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō- (New Initial D the Movie Legend 2: Racer), the second film in the new Initial D film trilogy, on Sunday. The ad features the theme song "The Brave (D Version)" by BACKDRAFT SMITHS. Text: Young Magazine's 35th anniversary work Text: Original creator: Shuuich...
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Mimori Tōgo, Miyoshi Karin Gameplay Shown in New Yuki Yuna is a Hero PS Vita Game Promos

Mimori, Miyoshi power up and take on a boss in new videos ― Game publisher FuRyu began streaming a more gameplay videos for Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru: Jukai no Kioku (Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Memory of the Woodland), its PlayStation Vita game based on the anime Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru (Yuki Yuna is a Hero), on Friday. The videos shows Mimori Tōgo and Miyoshi Karin's basic combat mechanics against monst...
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FLOW to Perform Image Song For Live Spectacle Naruto Stage Play

'Hikari Oikakete' (Chasing the Light) to be featured at play premiering this month ― The official website for the Live Spectacle Naruto stage play announced on Sunday that the band FLOW will provide the official image song for the play. The song, titled "Hikari Oikakete" (Chasing the Light,) is being previewed in a video: The website is also hosting a comment video from FLOW about the collaboration: ...
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Persona 3 Game Gets 3rd Stage Play in June

Cast, staff return for Persona 3 the Weird Masquerade ~Bismuth Crystal~ ― The official website for the stage play adaptations of Atlus' Persona 3 video game announced on Sunday that a third play has been green-lit. The third play, titled Persona 3 the Weird Masquerade ~Sōen Kesshō~ (Persona 3 the Weird Masquerade ~Bismuth Crystal~), will premiere on June 4 at the Theater G Rosso venue in Tokyo, retur...
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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Anime's TV Spot Has Narration by Erina

Risa Taneda plays character in April 'cooking battle' anime ― Warner Brothers began streaming the second TV spot for the Shokugeki no Soma television anime on Sunday. The video features rock band Ultratower's opening theme song, "Kibō no Uta" (Song of Hope,) and also has narration by voice actress Risa Taneda as her character Erina. Erina: At this academy, cooking decides everything. A cooking battle...
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Eir Aoi Performs The Heroic Legend of Arslan TV Anime's Ending

"Lapis Lazuli" single ships in Japan on April 22 ― The official website for The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) television anime announced on Sunday that Eir Aoi (Fate/Zero ending theme, Sword Art Online second opening theme) will perform the anime's ending theme song. Aoi will perform the song "Lapis Lazuili," which will be composed and arranged by Yusuke Kato (CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and D...
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The Heroic Legend of Arslan TV Anime's 4th Ad Previews Silvermask

Yuuki Kaji announced to voice character in April anime ― The official website for The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) television anime began streaming a new commercial on Sunday. The ad announces that Yuuki Kaji (Otome Yōkai Zakuro, Attack on Titan) will play the mysterious lord Silvermask. Silvermask: I don't need people who aren't useful to me! Narrator: The Heroic Legend of Arslan. Silverma...

Psycho-Pass Xbox One Game's May 28 Date, Bonus Extras Revealed

Blu-rays with added footage, Xbox One console decal, SmartGlass voices offered ― 5pb., the music and game brand of MAGES., revealed the release date, retail prices, and bonus extras for its Xbox One game inspired by the anime Psycho-Pass. Psycho-Pass: Sentaku Naki Kōfuku (Psycho-Pass: Happiness Without Choice) will ship on May 28 for 7,800 yen (about US$65) for the regular edition, or for 9,800 yen (...

Sony Offers Neptunia VII-Engraved PS4 Consoles

Consoles with Next Purple, Noire, or Shugo Megami HD covers to ship in Japan on April 23 ― Sony Japan is offering PlayStation 4 consoles with limited-edition engraved hard-drive covers of Compile Heart's Shin Jigen Game Neptune VII game. The package comes in three different character editions (Next Purple, Noire, Shugo Megami) and in two different colors (Jet Black, Glacier White) with silver etching...
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fripSide, Steins;Gate's Abo Make Music for Mages.' 1st Browser Game

Hyper Galaxy Fleet real-time sci-fi simulator set on all-girl colonization fleet ― Game company MAGES. opened a website for its first PC browser game, Chō Ginga Sendan (Hyper Galaxy Fleet) on Sunday. In this free-to-play real-time science-fiction simulation game, aliens are invading the earth and goal is to find a new home for humans to live. The players take on the role of the commander of an all-g...
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD PSP/HD Comparison Video Posted

Video previews game's higher-definition graphics ― Square Enix began streaming a PSP/HD comparison video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD PlayStation 4/Xbox One action RPG on Thursday. By using the same scene in the comparison, the video highlights the graphical improvements compared to the PSP version. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is the high-definition PS4/Xbox One port of Square Enix's original Final Fantas...

2nd 'I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying' Season Reveals Song, Title, Premiere Date, Visuals

"Thread 2" to premiere on April 2 with song by Yukari Tamura, Kenichi Suzumura ― The official website for the I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying television anime unveiled the theme song, title, premiere date, key visual, and character designs of the second season. Danna ga Nani o Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2-sure-me (I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying Thread 2) will premiere on TV S...
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Inti Creates Unveils New Gal*Gun Shooting Game for 2015

Players shoot girls with "Pheromone Shots" in high school ― Game maker Inti Creates (Mega Man Zero) announced a new Gal*Gun game at its Inti Creates Fan Festa 2015 event on Saturday. The Xbox 360/PlayStation3 shooting game franchise has players dealing with waves of girls with "Pheromone Shots." Players can also pinpoint the girls' weak spots with "Ecstasy Shots" and other special weapons. The new ga...
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Mega Man Zero Makers Announce Azure Striker Gunvolt Sequel

Inti Creates offers 3DS sequel to collaboration with comcept's Keiji Inafune ― Game maker Inti Creates (Mega Man Zero) announced at its Inti Creates Fan Festa 2015 event on Saturday that a sequel of its Nintendo 3DS download title Azure Striker Gunvolt has been green lit. Inti Creates developed the first game with comcept's Keiji Inafune of Mega Man/Rockman fame. For the sequel, the event unveiled an...
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XBlaze Lost: Memories Visual Novel Heads West This Summer

XBlaze Code: Embryo sequel ships in Japan in April ― Aksys Games announced on Friday that it will release XBlaze Lost: Memories, the sequel to Arc System Works' XBlaze Code: Embryo visual novel, on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita this summer. Aksys describes the story of the "blue memories adventure" game: Play as the enigmatic pink-haired protagonist as she navigates through a weird and wondrous ...
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Live-Action Patlabor's Feature Film Trailer Streamed

The Next Generation -Patlabor- feature to open in Japanese theaters May 1 ― Cinema Today began streaming the trailer for Mamoru Oshii's live-action feature-length The Next Generation -Patlabor- film on Friday. The story involves Section 2 Division 2 tracking down and fighting a terrorist who takes 10 million citizens in Tokyo hostage. Oshii is directing and writing the feature-length film that will o...

'MechaTsuku' Contest Finalist Videos Preview 5 Potential Mecha Anime

Winning promo video will get anime on Fuji TV ― Smartphone novel production company Every Star began streaming five promotional videos for the finalists in its "Bokutachi no Mitai Mecha Anime o Tsukurou Seisaku Iinkai" ('Let's make the mecha anime we want to see' production committee), or "MechaTsuku" for short, contest on Sunday. The video with the highest play count by March 31 will get an anime ad...
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Yo-Kai Watch Will Promote Tourism in Hawaii With Short Anime

Jibanyan becomes a tourist ambassador ― Hawaii Tourism Japan announced on Friday that it will launch a promotion in collaboration with the kids' anime and game franchise Yo-Kai Watch. The collaboration is planning a Hawaii-original short anime. The promotion, "Aloha! Yo-Kai Watch Rakuen Hawaii ♪ de Geragerapo!!" will launch on March 1 and run for two years with the aim of promoting tourism in Hawaii ...
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Ushijima the Loan Shark Gets Comedy Spin-Off

4-panel series with SD characters to start March 2 ― The 14th issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Big Comic Spirits announced on Friday that Shohei Manabe's Ushijima the Loan Shark (Yamikin Ushijima-kun) manga will get a comedy spin-off titled Yamikin ♥Ushijima-Kyun on the Yawaraka Spirits website. Yūsuke Matsumoto will pen the four-panel series, which will start March 2. Manabe's original Ushijima the Loa...
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Final Fantasy XV's 1st World Introduction Video Showcases Wildlife

Game demo will ship with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD in March ― Square Enix North America began streaming its "World of Wonder Vol. 1" trailer for Final Fantasy XV on Friday. The video showcases Final Fantasy XV's creatures using the game's real-time graphics engine. The upcoming PlayStation 4/Xbox One action RPG is now in development. Square Enix previously announced some sections of the game will be pl...
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Mitarai - Tantei Mitarai Kiyoshi no Jiken Kiroku Manga Gets Live-Action Drama

Original novel that inspired manga also inspired live-action drama in 2007 ― This year's 14th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine will announce on Thursday that a live-action drama adaptation of Souji Shimada's Mitarai - Tantei Mitarai Kiyoshi no Jiken Kiroku (Mitarai- The Case Records of Detective Kiyoshi Mitarai) manga has been green-lit. The series, titled Tensai Tantei Mitarai ~Nankai Jiken File...
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Nōnai Poison Berry Manga Ends in March

"Accidental love" story launched in 2009, is inspiring live-action film this year ― The official website for Shueisha's Cocohana magazine is listing that Setona Mizushiro's Nōnai Poison Berry (Poison Berry in My Brain) will end in the magazine's May issue, which will ship in Japan on March 28. The announcement also mentions that the issue will reveal more information on the live-action film adapting ...

2nd Gundam the Origin Volume's Title, Fall Release Revealed

"Kanashimi no Artesia" to center around Casval & Artesia's separation, MS development ― The first volume of Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin opened in a limited two-week engagement in Japanese theaters on Saturday, and it ended with a teaser of the second volume, "Kanashimi no Artesia" (Sorrowful Artesia). The second volume will play in Japanese theaters this fall. The teaser notes that story moves thre...

Blood Blockade Battlefront Gets New Character, Bump of Chicken Song

Rie Kugimiya revealed as voice actress of mystery girl White for April TV anime ― The April issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is announcing on Wednesday that the Blood Blockade Battlefront anime will include an original character named White. Rie Kugimiya (Fairy Tail, Gintama, Fullmetal Alchemist) will voice the character, who is a mysterious and beautiful girl that appears before Leo. The mag...
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Shishō 2chan Novels Get TV Anime, Live-Action Film, TV Drama

Kamen Rider Gaim actor Mahiro Takasugi plays main character in adaptations of series that began in 2003 ― The Shishō (Master Teacher) series, a series of supernatural novels posted on the internet forum 2channel (2chan) by author Uni is inspiring a live-action film, live-action drama, and TV anime series in 2016 as part of a larger project. The live-action film will be a hybrid of both live-action an...

Amagi Brilliant Park's 7th Blu-ray/DVD to Include Unaired Episode

Kyoto Animation TV anime's final volume to ship on June 26 ― The seventh Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of Kyoto Animation's Amagi Brilliant Park anime will include a special unaired episode. The release will also include the 13th and final episode that aired on television. The television series' seventh Blu-ray Disc and DVD release is slated to ship in Japan on June 26. The release will also include t...
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Maaya Sakamoto to Perform Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture's Opening Theme

Cornelius, Shintaro Sakamoto contribute to song for anime's TV broadcast ― The official website for the Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture television anime announced on Friday that Maaya Sakamoto (The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled) will perform the series' opening theme song. Composer Cornelius (Appleseed: Ex Machina) will compose and arrange the song "Anata wo...
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Stand By Me Doraemon, Rurouni Kenshin Win Japan Academy Prizes

Robot cat's 1st 3D film competed with When Marnie Was There, Giovanni's Island, Conan, Doraemon, Buddha 2 ― Stand By Me Doraemon, the first 3D CG film starring the anime robot cat Doraemon, won the animation category in the 37th Annual Japan Academy Prizes on Friday. The film was competing against Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There, Giovanni's Island, Detective Conan: Dimensional Sniper, and Buddh...
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Idoling!!! Idol Group to Break Up in October

Group formed in 2006, performed Fairy Tail, Katekyo Hitman Reborn! songs ― The Idoling!!! female idol group announced on Friday that they will break up this October. The group's Idoling!!! variety television program will conclude on the Fuji TV network in September. According to sources connected with the group, the decision for the group to break up was made during management meetings that have been...
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The irregular at magic high school: Lost Zero x Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Collaboration Detailed

Smart phone game offers crossover costumes, item ― Square Enix unveiled more details on Friday about the collaboration campaign between the Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Lost Zero smartphone game and the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy Agito games. The collaboration event will run from March 1-8. During this time, monsters from Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will appear in Lost Zero on an exclusive sta...

Star Trek Actor Leonard Nimoy Passes Away

83-year-old voiced characters in Transformers, Kingdom Hearts ― Leonard Nimoy's wife Susan Bay Nimoy confirmed to The New York Times that the actor passed away this Friday morning. He was 83. The cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy announced that he had the disease last year, and attributed it to his smoking habit, though he quit three decades prior. Nimoy was be...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, February 15-21

Akame ga Kill!, Deadman Wonderland, Gangsta., 2 Black Butler volumes, Attack on Titan, Hatsune Miku: Unofficial Hatsune Mix, World Trigger, Death Note, Assassination Classroom The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on February 21. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 8Akame ga Kill! #1 Story: Takahiro / Art: Tetsuya...
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Rurouni Kenshin's Watsuki Ends Embalming Frankenstein Manga

Series began in 2007 ― This year's April issue of Shueisha 's Jump Square will announce on Wednesday that Nobuhiro Watsuki's Embalming - The Another Tale of Frankenstein will end in the following issue on April 4. Watsuki (Rurouni Kenshin, Buso Renkin) began the series with collaboration from his wife Kaoru Kurosaki in 2007, and Shueisha shipped the 9th compiled volume in December. Watsuki put the se...
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night PS Vita Game's Protagonist Promo Streamed

Daisuke Namikawa voices calm leader in June 25 spin-off rhythm game ― Atlus began streaming a new promotional video starring the Persona 4 protagonist for its Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita rhythm game on Monday. The video features Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth opening theme "Maze of Life" by Shihoko Hirata and Yumi Kawamura. Yū: I'll do it. Just watch. I'll convey how wonderful i...
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Toshiyuki Morikawa, Chiwa Saito Lead Ninja Slayer Anime's Cast

Sho Hayami, Sora Amamiya, Risa Taneda, Masane Tsukayama, Tessho Genda, Goblin also star in spring anime ― The official website for Ninja Slayer From Animation, the anime adaptation of the Ninja Slayer novel series announced the cast for the series on Friday. Toshiyuki Morikawa as Ninja Slayer Sho Hayami as Fujio Katakura/Dark Ninja Chiwa Saito as Nancy Lee Sora Amamiya as Koki Yamamoto Risa Taneda as...
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New Initial D the Movie Legend 2 Film's Teaser Streamed

Cast, staff return for 2nd film in reboot film series ― Avex began streaming a teaser trailer on Friday for Shin Gekijōban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō- (New Initial D the Movie Legend 2: Racer), the second film in the new Initial D film trilogy. The trailer features the theme song "The Brave (D Version)" by BACKDRAFT SMITHS. Text: The stage changes to the "mountain pass." Narrator: The second film. The ...

Show By Rock!! TV Anime's Promo, Staff, April Premiere Date Unveiled

Takahiro Ikezoe directs adaptation of Sanrio's rhythm game at studio BONES ― The official website for the Show By Rock!! TV anime adaptation of Sanrio's mobile rhythm game of the same name unveiled the first animated promotional video for the series on Friday. Text: A single girl Text: Wandered into another world. Text: Now, fates will collide The website also updated, and unveiled the full staff lis...
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Resident Evil Revelations 2's PS4 Frame Rate, PC Co-op Issues Highlighted

Capcom offering refunds to PC users due to lack of local co-op ― Players have discovered that Capcom's new Resident Evil Revelations 2 survival horror game for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC platforms runs at an unstable frame rate on the PlayStation 4. Digital Foundry released two videos that compares the game's frame rate on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In addition,...
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Dragon Quest Heroes Heads West on PS4 in 2015

Action RPG comes to N. America, Europe as PS4 exclusive ― Sony announced on Wednesday that Square Enix will bring its Dragon Quest Heroes action RPG to North America and Europe in 2015 as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. The company plans to release both physical and digital download editions (via PlayStation Store). Sony describes the game: In Dragon Quest Heroes, the protagonists must rise up against ins...
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Production I.G Unveils More Cast for Miss Hokusai Film

Yutaka Matsushige, Gaku Hamada, more in historical anime about Hokusai's daughter ― Production I.G announced additional cast members for its Miss Hokusai film on Friday. The newly announced actors include Yutaka Matsushige (live-action Kodoku no Gourmet television series, live-action Detective Conan movie), Gaku Hamada (live-action Space Brothers movie), Kengo Kora (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, l...
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Namco Bandai Unveils Ray Gigant PS Vita Game

Dungeon RPG with 3 protagonists to ship in Japan this summer ― Bandai Namco Games unveiled the new Ray Gigant PlayStation Vita dungeon role-playing game on Thursday. Experience Inc. (Students of the Round, Demon Gaze) is developing the game with Bandai Namco Games, and the two companies will ship the game this summer in Japan. Bandai Namco Games is also streaming a promotional video for the game. The...
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Plastic Memories' Opening and Ending Themes Revealed

Eri Sasaki to sing opening theme, Asami Imai to sing ending theme for April TV anime ― The official website for the Plastic Memories original TV anime project revealed on Friday that Eri Sasaki will perform the anime's opening theme and Asami Imai will perform the ending theme. The title of the opening theme is "Ring of Fortune," and will be performed by Eri Sasaki (THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no ...

Final Fantasy XV Gameplay Video, Trailer Streamed

Game's environments, dungeon, monsters shown in videos ― Video game news source IGN began streaming two new videos for Square Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy XV PlayStation 4/Xbox One action RPG. The first video (off an Xbox One console) shows some of the game's rural environments, and how to navigate through them. The second video shows a dungeon that players can travel to, and some of its monster inh...
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD's English Gameplay, Combat Videos Posted

Videos preview game's story, gameplay, combat mechanics ― Square Enix began streaming two new English videos for its upcoming Final Fantasy Type-0 HD PlayStation 4/Xbox One action RPG on Thursday. The first video is a gameplay overview, broadly going over the story and mechanics of the game, and features some of the English voice acting. The end of the video previews the Final Fantasy XV -Episode Dus...
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Kensho Ono, Screen Mode Perform Kuroko's Basketball Teikō Arc Anime Themes

GRANRODEO, OLDCODEX will return for final arc ― This year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will announce on Monday that Kensho Ono will perform the second opening theme "ZERO" and SCREEN mode will perform the second ending theme "Ambivalence" for the third Kuroko's Basketball anime. The themes will cover the Teikō arc. Then, GRANRODEO and OLDCODEX will return to perform the third opening...
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Compile Heart's Neptunia VII Game's Opening Movie Streamed

PS4 game featuring new characters to ship in Japan on April 23 ― Compile Heart began streaming the opening movie on Wednesday for its upcoming Shin Jigen Game Neptune VII (New Dimension Game: Neptunia Victory II) PlayStation 4 game. The opening movie introduces the main characters, including the recently revealed new characters B-sha, K-sha, C-sha, and S-sha. Compile Heart previously teased the new c...
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero PS Vita Game's 2nd Promo Shows Combat Abilities

Yūna Yūki fights monsters large and small in new video ― Game publisher FuRyu began streaming a second promotional video for Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru: Jukai no Kioku (Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Memory of the Woodland), its PlayStation Vita game based on the anime Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru (Yuki Yuna is a Hero), on Thursday. The video shows Yūna Yūki's basic combat mechanics against monsters both large and...

Digital Manga Reaches Kickstarter Goal to Print Tezuka's Alabaster

Company expects to ship both volumes in September ― North American publisher Digital Manga's Kickstarter campaign reached its goal of US$29,200 on Thursday to localize and publish Osamu Tezuka's two-volume revenge suspense manga Alabaster in English. The company expects to ship both volumes in September. The campaign will end on February 27, 2015 at 8:28 p.m. EST. Digital Manga describes the story: ...
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Saekano -blessing flowers- PS Vita Game's 1st Promo Video Streamed

Voice actress Kiyono Yasuno introduces game modes ― Game developer MAGES began streaming the first promotional video for the Saekano -blessing flowers- PlayStation Vita game on Wednesday. The video features narration by the character Megumi Katō (voiced by Kiyono Yasuno) and introduces the different game modes. The game will utilize Live 2D software, which moves the characters with CGI, but retains t...
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Etrian Mystery Dungeon Video Introduces Hexer Class

Class inflicts status ailments on foes ― Atlus USA began streaming a video on Thursday introducing the Hexer class in its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Etrian Mystery Dungeon. The class uses curses to inflict status ailments on enemies. Atlus USA previously announced the Dancer, Landsknecht, Protector, and Runemaster classes. The crossover between Mystery Dungeon game series and Etrian Odyssey series i...
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3rd Death Note The Musical English Song Features Rem

Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!, Wicked) sing as Rem the death god ― The third full English song from Frank Wildhorn's Death Note the Musical, as sung by Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!, Wicked), debuted online. Manolakos is singing as the death god Rem. Although the song is in English and is sung by English actors, there is no word on an English version of the musical at this time. The upcoming stage musi...
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'Love Live! SunShine!!' Project Teased With Image

The official website for Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Magazine unveiled a teaser image labelled "Love Live! SunShine!! Start" on Thursday. The text in the image reads "Save me, Love Live!" An article will run in the April issue of Dengeki G's Magazine on Saturday. Image © 2013 Project Love Live!
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Videos Show Robin, Moriah, Perona, Magellan, Brook in Action

Drum Island, Alabasta, Mock Town, and Skypiea location profiles also posted ― The official website for Bandai Namco Games' upcoming One Piece : Pirate Warriors 3 action game began streaming five new character gameplay videos on Thursday. The videos feature Robin, Moriah, Perona, Magellan, and Brook. The website also added character descriptions for Robin, Moriah, Perona, Magellan, and Brook, as well ...

Funimation Licenses Jinsei - Life Consulting Anime

Full series to stream today ― North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has acquired streaming and home video rights for Jinsei - Life Consulting. The full English-subtitled series will be available streaming for Funimation subscribers at 6:00 p.m. EST on Thursday. The episodes will be the broadcast versions, and Funimation plans to release the final vers...

Aoharu x Kikanjū Survival Games Manga Gets TV Anime

Cross-dressing high school girl, host, and ero-manga artist form a survival games team ― The wrap-around band on the sixth volume of NAOE's Aoharu x Kikanjū (Aoharu x Machinegun) manga will announce on Friday that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit. NAOE began the series as a two-part short and then premiered the full series in Square Enix's GFantasy magazine in January 2013. The manga ...
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Kotori Koiwai Joins Nisekoi Anime's 2nd Season as Fū

2nd series adapting Naoshi Komi's Shonen Jump manga premieres in April ― This year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Kotori Koiwai (Joshiraku, Mekakucity Actors) will join the cast of the second television anime season of Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi manga. Naoshi Komi's original manga and the anime revolve around Raku Ichijō (Kouki Uchiyama), a normal high school ...

Vampire Holmes Original Creator Sena Yoshinobu Voices Lead in TV Anime

Nobunaga Shimazaki, Ayahi Takagaki also play characters in anime premiering April 4 ― The official website for the TV anime adaptation of Cucuri's escape game app Vampire Holmes announced the cast for the series on Thursday: Director, producer, singer-songwriter, and original creator of the game Yoshinobu Sena as Holmes Nobunaga Shimazaki (Free! Eternal Summer, Glasslip) as Hudson Ayahi Takagaki (Spe...
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PS4 Gets Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest Crossover Cover Plate in Japan

Sony only making 100 copies of cover plate ― Sony is holding a contest from February 24 to April 26, with the opportunity to win a special PlayStation 4 cover plate that features art from both the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series. The cover plate's design features a Slime (a traditional monster from the Dragon Quest series), and a Moogle (a recurring race in the Final Fantasy series). The contes...
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The Seven Deadly Sins' 2nd New Spinoff Manga by Creator Posted

Stories about young Hendrickson, Gilthunder as protagonists available until May 10 ― The Japanese version of DeNA's free Manga Box smartphone and tablet app added Nakaba Suzuki's two spin-off manga of his original manga The Seven Deadly Sins on Tuesday. The first spinoff manga, titled Naku na, Tomo yo (Don't Cry, My Friend), is about Hendrickson and Dreyfus' younger years. The second spinoff manga, t...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, February 16-22

God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, Hakuōki Zuisōroku Omokage Hana games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: February 16-22 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PSV God Eater 2: Rage Burst Bandai Namco Games February 19 234,180 234,180 23DS The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo February 14 72,181 302,246...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, February 16-22

The Seven Deadly Sins, Terraformars, JoJolion, A Bride's Story, Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 The Seven Deadly Sins 13 442,492 442,726 2015/02 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 1 1 2 Terraformars 12 311,755 311,755 2015/02 Shueisha Story: Yū Sasuga / Art: Kenichi Tachibana 2 1 3 JoJolion 9 209,995 20...
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Natsume Ono's Futagashira Manga Gets Live-Action Drama

Death Note's Kenichi Matsuyama stars in series about Edo-era thieves ― Natsume Ono's Futagashira manga will get a live-action drama adaptation on the WOWOW channel starting in June. The show will air on Saturdays at 10:00 p.m. The story is set in the Edo period and centers around two men who have left their thieving ring, the "Akame Gang," to strike out on their own journey. Kenichi Matsuyama (live-a...

Corpse Party Horror Game Franchise Gets Live-Action Film

AKB48's Rina Ikoma stars in film about students trapped in school ― Team GrisGris' Corpse Party horror game franchise is getting a live-action film adaptation this summer starring Nogizaka46 and AKB48 member Rina Ikoma. Ikoma will star in the film as third-year high school student Naomi Nakashima. The role will mark Ikoma's first starring role. Ryōsuke Ikeoka from the male acting group D-BOYS and Pop...
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California's Anison USA Festival Welcomes Singer, Voice Actress Halko Momoi

Organizers of California's first Anison USA festival announced that they will host Japanese voice actress and singer Halko Momoi during their March 13-14 event. As a voice actress, Momoi is credited in over 30 animated titles including Ai Yori Aoshi, the anime adaptation of Tales of the Abyss and Steins;Gate. As a musical artist, Momoi teamed up with guitarist Masaya Koike forming the band Under17...

Seven Seas Adds The Testament of Sister New Devil, My Monster Secret Manga

First volumes planned for January, February 2016 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Kashiwa Miyako's The Testament of Sister New Devil (Shinmai Maō no Testament) and Eiji Masuda's My Monster Secret (Jitsu wa Watashi wa) manga. Miyako launched the manga adaptation of Tetsuto Uesu's (Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero) light novel series in Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace maga...
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Compile Heart Announces MeiQ no Chika ni Shisu PS Vita Game

Game developer Compile Heart's countdown website and this week's issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine are revealing the company's latest game title is MeiQ no Chika ni Shisu: A Maze to Eradicate Them All and includes the tagline, "MeiQ's door will open soon!" The game is part of Compile Heart's Makai Ichibankan brand, The brand also includes the upcoming Makai Shin Trillion PlayStation Vita role-...
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Bandai Namco, Experience Collaborating on Ray Gigant Game

Atsushi Abe, Wataru Hatano, Yoshino Nanjou star in dungeon RPG Dengeki PlayStation Magazine is announcing on Thursday that Bandai Namco Games and Experience, Inc. (Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, Demon Gaze) are collaborating on a new dungeon-crawling role-playing game titled Ray Gigant. The PlayStation Vita game is slated for summer and stars three heroes. Atsushi Abe will play Ichiya Amakaze, ...
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Street Fighter V Charlie Nash Reveal Trailer Streamed

Bison character also teased; online beta program announced ― Capcom began streaming a new trailer for their upcoming Street Fighter V fighting game on Tuesday. The trailer unveils Charlie Nash as a playable character, and shows his new appearance and new special moves. The end of the video also hints at Bison (Vega in Japan), who also appeared in the previous game Street Fighter IV, will join the gam...
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Kinoshita to End Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok Manga

Mystery manga first launched in 1999; inspired an anime in 2003 ― The March issue of Mag Garden's online manga magazine Beat's announced that Sakura Kinoshita's Matantei Loki Ragnarok ~Shin Sekai no Kamigami~ (Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok: The Gods of the New World) will end in the magazine's next issue on March 25. The occult mystery story follows the Norse god Loki after he is exiled to the mor...
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Rurouni Kenshin, Parasyte, Tokyo Tribes Nominated for 9th Asian Film Awards

Hot Road's Hiroomi Tosaka also nominated ― The Asian Film Awards Academy (AFA Academy) announced the nominees for the ninth Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Takeru Satoh is nominated for Best Actor for his role as Kenshin Himura in Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen) live-action film. He is competing against Fan Liao (Black Coal, Thin Ice), Ryo Kase (...
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Crowd-Funding Anime Chuya-den Unveils 2nd Trailer

Video introduces main character voiced by Yu Kobayashi ― An official website for the crowd-funding anime project Chuya-den ~To regain the missing sun~ (Noon & Night Legend ~To regain the missing sun~) opened on Friday with a second promotional video, introducing the main character Shu (Yu Kobayashi). Yoshiyuki Kaneko (no relation to the voice actor of the same name)- also known as YOSHIKO- is helming...
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Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara Manga's 1st Part Ends, 2nd Part Scheduled For April

Second part of Nagian's romantic comedy manga begins on April 25 ― The April issue of Kodansha's Shonen Sirius magazine will publish the ending to the first part of Nagian's Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara manga on Thursday. The magazine also lists that the second part will begin in the magazine's June issue, which will be published on April 25. The manga is based on Touka Takei's Kanojo ga Flag o Orarert...
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House of the sun. Spin-off Manga Ends in March

Original Taiyo no Ie manga ended in January, won 38th Kodansha Awards' shojo category ― The April issue of Kodansha 's Dessert magazine is announcing that the final chapter of Taamo's spin-off of her original Taiyō no Ie manga will be published in the May issue on March 24. The manga will have a color opening page, and it will also be featured on the issue's cover. The first part of the of the spin-o...
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Orange Manga Has Over 1 Million Copies in Print

The wrap-around jacket band around the fourth compiled volume of Ichigo Takano's Orange manga announced on Sunday that the manga has over one million copies in print. Crunchyroll describes the story of the series: "What can I do now to prevent a future without Kakeru?" In the spring of my second year of high school, I received a letter from "myself", ten years in the future. It urged the 16-year-o...
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Celestial Method Manga Goes on Hiatus Due to Author's Health

New chapter was scheduled for February 27 issue of Dengeki Daioh magazine ― The April issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Daioh magazine is announcing on Friday that Yuka Namisaki's manga adaptation of the Sora no Method (Celestial Method) television anime series will go on a one-month hiatus due a decline in the author's health. Chapter six was scheduled to be published in the April issue, but will ...
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Assassination Classroom Blu-ray/DVDs to Bundle Event Anime

Koro-Sensei meets Karasuma in "episode 0" ― The official website for the Assassination Classroom anime is listing "episode 0" among the extras for the first Blu-ray and DVD limited editions. The episode, "Deai no Jikan" (Meeting Time), covers the meeting between Koro-Sensei and Karasuma. The episode first premiered as a Jump Special Anime Fest event anime last November. The website began streaming a ...
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Inou Battle Within Everyday Life Manga Ends on Thursday

Manga adapts light novel that also inspired anime from Studio Trigger ― This year's April issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comp Ace will publish the final chapter of Kōsuke Kurose's manga adaptation of Kota Nozomi's Inō-Battle wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de (When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace or Inou Battle Within Everyday Life) light novel series on Thursday. Kurose launched the manga in September, ...
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Maon Kurosaki, Yoshino Nanjou Return to Perform The Eden of Grisaia Anime's Themes

The Fruit of Grisaia anime sequel scheduled to premiere in April instead of March ― The staff of the upcoming The Eden of Grisaia (Grisaia no Rakuen) sequel anime announced on Wednesday that Maon Kurosaki and Yoshino Nanjou will return from The Fruit of Grisaia to perform the opening and ending theme songs, respectively. Kurosaki will perform the opening theme, "Setsuna no Kajitsu" (The Fruit of a Mo...

Seraph of the End Anime's Additional Cast, Theme Songs, Air Date Announced

Aoi Yuki, Kenichi Suzumura join cast as Krul, Crowly ― The official website for the television anime Seraph of the End announced the premiere date, theme song titles, and two more cast members on Wednesday. The site also unveiled a new key visual (right). Aoi Yuki is joining the cast as Krul Tepes, "a queen who rules Sanguinem, the city of vampire. She is the Third Progenitor and holds extraordinary ...
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Durarara!!×2 Shō Gets Episode 4.5 Episode in Theaters

"My Heart is in the Pattern of a Hot Pot" episode adapts short story from creator Narita, premieres on May 30 ― The official website for the Durarara!!×2 Shō sequel anime announced on Wednesday that the series will have an "Episode 4.5" premiere in Japanese theaters on Saturday, May 30. The episode, titled "Watashi no Kokoro wa Nabe Moyō" (My Heart is in the Pattern of a Hot Pot), adapts Ryohgo Narit...

Anime Mirai 2015 Casts, Stories Unveiled

4 entries to screen at Tokyo Anime Award Festival on March 22 ― The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) updated with details on its Anime Mirai 2015 projects, including cast and story details. "Aki no Kanade" (Aki's Music-Playing) follows Aki Miyagawa (played by Rina Satou), who moved to Tokyo to pursue her dream to be a taiko drummer, but had a hard time balancing her strict training regimen wi...
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Shiro Amano Ends Kingdom Hearts II Manga in May

Illustrator launched adaptation of Tetsuya Nomura's RPG in 2006 ― Illustrator Shiro Amano posted on Twitter on Tuesday that his Kingdom Hearts II manga will end in the 10th volume. Amano added that he will end the manga in its serialized form in the issue that will ship in May. The June issue of Square Enix's Shonen Gangan magazine where Kingdom Hearts II is published will ship on May 12. Amano had l...
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Compile Heart's Makai Shin Trillion PS Vita Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Role-playing game slated for release in Japan on May 21 ― Compile Heart began streaming a new promotional video for its Makai Shin Trillion PlayStation Vita role-playing game on Monday. The video also announces more pre-order benefits. The more customers that preorder the game before April 28 the better the benefits will become. Masahiro Yamamoto (Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten) is directing the ga...
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Sega Will Announce New 'Anime x SEGA' Project at AnimeJapan 2015

Game developer Sega will host an "Anime x SEGA new project announcement" at the AnimeJapan 2015 convention on March 21. The description notes that Nanamori-chu Goraku-bu, the voice actress group from the Yuruyuri television anime, will be in attendance. "Nanamori-Chu Goraku-bu" (Nanamori Middle School Amusement Club) is composed of Minami Tsuda, Rumi Ookubo, Shiori Mikami, and Yuka Ōtsubo. The con...
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Marvelous Streams IA/VT -Colorful- Vocaloid Game's 'Inner Arts' Video

Rhythm game now slated for June 25 ― Marvelous AQL began streaming a new game play video for its IA/VT -Colorful- (Ia Visual Tracks Colorful) PlayStation Vita rhythm game on Tuesday. The video features Jin's "Inner Arts" track. The game centers around the virtual diva "Ia" and features more than 60 songs from popular Vocaloid music composers. It also includes original animated music videos for some s...

North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 22-28

Space Brothers, Flame of Recca, Violence Jack, Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising- anime; Seraphim: 266613336 Wings manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date .Hack//Sign DVD Complete SeriesPlease Funimation Entertainment US$39.98 February 24 Diabolik Lovers Blu-ray Complete SeriesPlease Sentai Filmworks US$39.98 February 24 Flame of Recca DVD Complete CollectionPlease D...

Magical Warfare Anime Gets English Dub

Hisashi Suzuki's modern magic action story to get BD, DVD release in June ― Section 23 Films announced its June 2015 release slate on Tuesday and listed the Magical Warfare DVD and Blu-ray sets with an English dub. The series will ship on June 30. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. In this modern magic action story, Takeshi Nanase is an ordinary high school boy who has a somewhat dark past....
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The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Anime to Premiere April 3

The official website for the anime The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan announced on Monday that the anime will premiere the night of April 3 (morning of April 4) on Tokyo MX at 1:40 a.m. The voice cast is returning from the original Haruhi Suzumiya anime. The staff includes: Planning: Takeshi Yasuda Director: Jun'ichi Wada Series Composition: Touko Machida Character Design: Ikuko Ito Art Directo...
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Kotoura-san Manga Will End With 7th Volume

Enokids started new Magical Girl Paracel manga on Thursday ― Online retailer Manga Oh added a listing for the seventh and final volume of Enokids' Kotoura-san comedy manga on Tuesday. Micro Magazine's website Manga Goccha (Manga Got a Chance) confirms that the final chapter will premiere on March 26. The seventh volume will ship on April 22, and a limited edition will include a book-shaped photo stan...

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