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Game Writer: Danganronpa 3 is In Early Development

Game scenario is not written yet Danganronpa game series writer Kodaka Kazutaka told gaming website Polygon that Danganronpa 3 is in the early stages of production. Kazutaka explained that the game's scenario isn't written yet. Danganronpa game producer Yoshinori Terasawa told video game website Siliconera last year that Spike Chunsoft is "absolutely thinking about making a third Danganronpa [game]...
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Seven Seas' Space Dandy Deck-Building Game Meets Goal in Under 6 Hours

US$20,000 stretch goal would upgrade game components ― Seven Seas Entertainment's new games division reached its US$12,000 goal for the Space Dandy: Galactic Deck-Building Game in under six hours on Wednesday. The company launched a KickStarter campaign to fund the game's release. The game's first stretch goal of US$20,000 will upgrade the game with better cardstock and pieces. Funimation and Bandai ...
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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's Online Gameplay Explained in New Video

Metal Gear Online multi-player environment pits teams against one another ― Kojima Production's online community manager Robert Peeler gave insight into Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain game's online tactical gameplay, Metal Gear Online, in a new video on Wednesday. In the video, Peeler explains the different character functions and teamwork shown in the new trailer. Metal Gear Online is a multip...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, February 23-March 1

Saint Young Men, Space Brothers, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, Kyō wa Kaisha Yasumimasu., Hozuki no Reitetsu in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Saint Oniisan (Saint Young Men) 11 386,394 390,165 2015/02 Kodansha Hikaru Nakamura 1 2 2 Uchū Kyōdai (Space Brothers) 25 275,459 278,919 2015/02 Kodansha Chūya Koyama 2 2 3 Gekk...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, February 23-March 1

Dragon Quest Heroes, Yuki Yuna PS Vita game debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: February 23-March 1 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS3 Dragon Quest Heroes: Yamiryū to Sekaiju no Shiro Square Enix February 26 325,446 325,446 2PS3 Dragon Quest Heroes: Yamiryū to Sekaiju no Shiro (Including Bundled Editions) Square Enix February 26 269,303 269,303 88 33DS...
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Viz's Shojo Beat Adds Honey So Sweet, Bloody Mary Manga

Two series to premiere in December, January ― Viz Media's Shojo Beat imprint announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Akaza Samamiya's Bloody Mary and Amu Meguro's Honey So Sweet manga. The first volumes will launch in December and January, respectively. Shojo Beat describes Bloody Mary: "Bloody" Mary, a vampire with a death wish, has spent the past 400 years chasing down a modern-day exorcist nam...

Seven Seas Games Announces Space Dandy Deck-Building Game (Update)

Kickstarter campaign launches to fund the game ― Seven Seas Entertainment's new games division announced on Wednesday that it has the rights to release Space Dandy: Galactic Deck-Building Game. The company launched a KickStarter campaign to fund the game's release. The KickStarter is seeking US$12,000 by April 8. Funimation and Bandai Entertainment are supervising the project. Manga publisher Seven S...
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Theatrhythm Dragon Quest's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Rhythm game to arrive on March 26 ― Video game developer Square Enix revealed a new promotional video for its Nintendo 3DS rhythm game Theatrhythm Dragon Quest on Sunday. The video is a gameplay overview, going over the mechanics of the game while showcasing the soundtrack by composer Koichi Sugiyama. Square Enix streamed the first video in December: Like the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy series, Theatrh...

Ninja Slayer Anime to Stream in Japan, U.S., Over 20 Other Countries

Series to debut online on April 16, then air in Japan in 2016 ― The official website for Ninja Slayer From Animation, the anime adaptation of the Ninja Slayer novel series, updated on Wednesday, and revealed that the anime will premiere via online streaming. The series will premiere its episodes on the Japanese streaming website Nico Nico on April 16 at 11:00 p.m. JST. The series will then broadcast ...
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Kuroko's Basketball's New 3DS Gameplay Videos Preview Hayama, Mibuchi

Video shows Hayama and Mibuchi's special moves ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming two new gameplay videos for its upcoming Kuroko no Basuke: Mirai e no Kizuna (Kuroko's Basketball : Ties of the Future) Nintendo 3DS game. The videos show Hayama and Mibuchi's special moves. Bandai Namco Games streamed the game's first promotional video on December 21, and began streaming the second promotional video ...
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Mevius Final Fantasy iOS, Android Game's Footage Unveiled

Smartphone, tablet game scheduled for release in Japan this year ― Square Enix unveiled a 13-second clip of footage from the upcoming Mevius Final Fantasy game on Tuesday at the Game Developers Conference, which is being held in San Francisco till March 6. Yoshinori Kitas will produce the game, and Kazushige Nojima is writing the RPG's story. The two have worked together on various Final Fantasy proj...
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German Ratings Board Lists Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition for PC

The Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK) ratings board in Germany lists Capcom's Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition for release on the PC. CAPCOM will release Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this summer. CAPCOM released the original Devil May Cry 4 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC systems in 2008. [Via Siliconera]
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Kangoku Gakuen/Prison School TV Anime Slated for Summer

Comedy manga about boys in all-girls school has sold 4 million ― The wraparound jacket band on Akira Hiramoto's 16th Kangoku Gakuen (Prison School) manga volume is announcing on Friday that the television anime of the manga will premiere this summer. North American publisher Yen Press has licensed the manga for North America, and it describes the series: Hachimitsu Private Academy was a revered and e...
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Tamagotchi! Tama Tomo Daishū GO! Anime to Premiere in April

5th season in current series to air on Thursday evenings ― TV Tokyo's official website for the Tamagotchi anime franchise announced a new series on Friday. The series, titled Tamagotchi! Tama Tomo Daishū GO!, will premiere on April 2. The series will air on TV Tokyo on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. Bandai launched the Tamagotchi franchise in 1996 and sold about 40 million virtual pets in that first batch. T...

Sony Sells 20.2 Million PS4 Consoles Globally

Console is fastest-selling PlayStation system in Sony's history ― Sony Computer Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it has sold more than 20.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide as of March 1. The company noted that the PS4 is the fastest-selling console in PlayStation hardware history. Sony noted that as of December 2, the PS4 is available in 123 countries and regions worldwide. Sony sold ...

Baseball Manga Major's Sequel Centers on Goro's Son

New chapter is 1st in 5 years for long-running baseball manga ― This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine announced on Wednesday that Takuya Mitsuda will begin the continuation of his long-running Major manga in the magazine's next issue on March 11. The manga, titled Major 2nd, will be the first new installment in the series in five years. The magazine teases the plot: Dai...

Sony to Launch Project Morpheus VR Headset for PS4 in Early 2016

Shuhei Yoshida outlines key changes in new model at GDC event ― Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida announced at this year's Game Developers Conference (GDC) and on the U.S. PlayStation Blog on Tuesday that Sony will launch the Project Morpheus virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4 console in the first half of 2016. Yoshida highlighted the key changes in the...

Tron: Legacy Director Joseph Kosinsky In Talks to Direct Gran Turismo Film

Adaptation of Sony's racing game franchise originally revealed in 2013 The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision Blog reported on Monday that Oblivion and Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is in talks with Sony to direct a film adaptation of the Gran Turismo racing video game franchise. Sony originally revealed the film project in 2013. The Hollywood Reporter noted that Columbia Pictures co-presiden...
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Xseed Streams 2nd Story of Seasons Game Trailer

Retailers list March 31 release date ― Xseed Games began streaming a new trailer for its upcoming release of Natsume's Story of Seasons (Bokujō Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi) 3DS game on Monday. The trailer is titled the "Launch Date Announcement Trailer," but there is no date included in the video. GameStop is listing a March 31 release date. Natsume published the previous games in the franchise...

MGSV: Phantom Pain Launches Worldwide on September 1

Kojima describes game as "final Metal Gear Solid" in IGN video since removed ― An IGN video (since removed) revealed that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is slated for worldwide release on September 1. Kojima Productions had planned to reveal the announcement tomorrow. MGSVizzle by projectbeastpree3leak Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima appears in the video and states that the game will be ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 1-7

Yakitate!! Japan, Unbreakable Machine-Doll, Space Dandy, Outbreak Company, Chronicles of the Going Home Club anime ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Chronicles of the Going Home Club Blu-ray Complete Series Premium EditionPlease NIS America US$64.99 March 3 Gurren Lagann Blu-ray 5Cite Aniplex of America US$59.98 March 3 Midnight Strike Force DVD (Adult)AnimeNewsNetwork...
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Beelzebub: Bangai-hen Spinoff Manga Ends in March

Spinoff launched last May after original manga ended ― This year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Jump Next magazine announced on Tuesday that Ryūhei Tamura is ending the spinoff of his Beelzebub manga, Beelzebub: Bangai-hen (Beelzebub: Extra Edition), in the magazine's next issue on March 13. The original manga's story began with delinquent and first-year high school student Tatsumi Oga. Tatsumi attends a...

Viz Media Adds Girls Bravo, Ratman Manga Digitally

Also: Calling You, Someday's Dreamers: Spellbound ― North American manga and anime publisher Viz Media announced on Wednesday that it will debut four manga titles digitally under its Viz Select imprint: Girls Bravo, Ratman, Calling You, and Someday's Dreamers: Spellbound. Tokyopop previously published all four series in North America. The first volume of Mario Kaneda's Girls Bravo will launch on Marc...
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Seven Seas Opens Tabletop Games Imprint

First game based on an anime property will be announced tomorrow ― Manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it is launching a new tabletop games imprint, Seven Seas Games. The division will include trading card games, strategy board games, and miniature-based games with an "anime aesthetic." The company will fund games with Kickstarter in order to gauge interest. Seven Seas ...
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Weaver, Mimi Meme Mimi Perform Yamada-kun & the Seven Witches Anime Theme Songs (Update)

Series will premiere on April 12 ― The official website for for the upcoming television anime Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo) announced on Monday that WEAVER will perform the opening theme "Kuchizuke Diamond" and Mimi Meme Mimi will perform the ending theme "CANDY MAGIC." WEAVER (pictured right) is a piano band consisting of Shōta Okuno (Bass & Chorus), Yūji Sugimoto (P...
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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Trailer Shows Combat

Trailer showcases combat, story elements in April 10 New Nintendo 3DS game ― Nintendo began streaming a new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 3D game on Monday. The trailer shows the combat and some story elements from the game. The Nintendo World Report TV channel on Youtube also streamed a video, comparing the original Wii version and New 3DS version of the game, in February. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D...
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The World God Only Knows' Wakaki Starts Pastry Shop Manga

Nanoha Yōgashiten no Ii Shigoto to launch on April 8 ― This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that The World God Only Knows manga creator Tamiki Wakaki will launch a new manga series in the magazine's 19th issue, which will ship on April 8. The new mange is titled Nanoha Yōgashiten no Ii Shigoto (A Great Job at Nanoha Western Sweets Shop). The ...
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Double-Casted Akito Hayama For Kodocha Stage Play Announced

Tsuyoshi, Natsumi, various classmates also cast for August play ― The official website for the upcoming stage play adaptation of Miho Obana's shōjo manga Kodocha - Sana's Stage (Kodomo no Omocha) announced on Tuesday that the role of Akito Hayama will be double-cast. The role will be played by both 12-year-old Yuga Aizawa (seen left in the images above) and 13-year old Rihito Itagaki (seen right). T...
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Kanon Wakeshima Performs Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Anime's Ending

Yuka Iguchi performs "Hey World" opening for anime premiering in April ― Kanon Wakeshima (Vampire Knight, Selector Infected Wixoss) will perform the ending theme song for the television anime adaptation of Fujino Ōmori's Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) light novel series. Wakeshima's theme song, "RIGHT LIGHT RISE" will be ...
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Knights of Sidonia Compilation Film Clips Review Story

Digest videos look at world, Kunato, love story for March 6 film ― Websites Mantan Web and AnimeAnime.jp began streaming two scenes from the upcoming Knights of Sidonia compilation film on Wednesday. The clips review the same scene from the television anime. King Records is also hosting three new digest videos for the film: World Part Super-Sadistic Character Kunato Part Ultimate Love Story Part The ...
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4th Teekyū Season, Takamiya Nasuno Desu! Slated for April 6 With New Studio

The official websites for fourth Teekyū television anime season and the television anime spinoff Takamiya Nasuno Desu! announced on Tuesday that both will premiere on April 6 on the Tokyo MX station. The fourth Teekyū season will premiere at 25:05 (effectively 1:05 a.m. on April 7), while Takamiya Nasuno Desu! will premiere at 25:08. The websites had announced in December that the animation produc...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, February 23-March 1

CG Doraemon sells 12,146 more, followed by 2014 Godzilla, Black Butler musical, live-action Hot Road, Otomate Party ― Gareth Edwards and Legendary Pictures' 2014 Godzilla film sold 11,483 copies to debut at #8 on the overall DVD chart. Musical Kuroshitsuji -Chi ni Moeru Licorice- landed at #9 with 7,168 copies. The live-action Hot Road film sold 5,507 more copies for a new total of 43,256. It dropped...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 23-March 1

2014 Godzilla sells 17,658 + 6,397 + 5,250, followed by SAO II, Shirobako, Hyōka, Nanoha StrikerS box ― The regular edition of Gareth Edwards and Legendary Pictures' 2014 Godzilla film sold 17,658 copies to debut at #4 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The 3D & 2D Blu-ray edition sold another 6,397 copies at #14, and the complete limited-number pressing with a bundled S.H. Monster Arts Godzilla 2014...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, February 16-22

Hot Road sells 37,749, followed by CG Doraemon, Haikyu!!, live-action Lupin III, Free! ES, Yowapeda Grande Road ― The live-action Hot Road film sold 37,749 copies to rank #2 on the overall DVD chart. The standard edition of the live-action Lupin the Third film sold 4,065 copies to debut at #9, while the collector's edition was #18 with 2,420 copies. The Nobunaga no Chef 2 DVD Box landed at #19 with 2...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 16-22

CG Doraemon sells 12,251 + 8,661, followed by Hot Road, Free! ES, Haikyu!!, Yuruyuri Nachu Yachumi! ― The live-action Hot Road film sold 14,000 copies to top the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The collector's edition of the live-action Lupin the Third film sold 2,903 copies to debut at #12, while the standard edition was #16 with 2,035 copies. The Nobunaga no Chef 2 Blu-ray Box landed at #18 with 1,625 ...
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Bump of Chicken to Perform Last Live-Action Parasyte Film's Ending Song

CD single also includes Blood Blockade Battlefront theme ― The official website for the band BUMP OF CHICKEN announced on Tuesday that they will perform the ending theme "Colony" for the second and last live-action film of Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte (Kiseiju) science-fiction horror manga. BUMP OF CHICKEN also performed "Parade," the ending theme to the first Parasyte movie. The group will release a d...
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Porno Graffitti to Perform 2015 Detective Conan Film's Song

"Oh! Rival" signifies Detective Conan & phantom thief Kaitō Kid in April 18 film ― The rock band Porno Graffitti is contributing their song "Oh! Rival" as the theme song of Meitantei Conan: Gōka no Himawari (Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno), the 19th Detective Conan film which opens on April 18. The band created the new song specifically for the film. The "rival" in the title is in the French ...
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Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!! Manga Gets 3DS Game

"Petite love adventure" game with original scenario, new character to ship this year ― This year's seventh issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine will reveal on Thursday that Gō Ikeyamada's Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!! (Kobayashi Is So Cute That It's Painful!) manga is getting a Nintendo 3DS game. The "passionate love adventure" and "petit love adventure" game will ship in Japan this year. Ike...
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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Slated for PS4 in May in the West

Square Enix announced the release dates for the PlayStation 4 version of the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster game in the West on Monday. It will release the game on May 12 in North America, and on May 14 in Japan. The game comes bundled with a desktop calendar featuring art from Yoshitaka Amano as a pre-order exclusive item. The PS4 edition of the games allows players to transfer save files betwee...
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Gundam: The Origin I Earns 5.7 Million Yen Per Screen

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin I Blue-Eyed Casval opened in 13 theaters throughout Japan on Saturday, and it sold 56,397 tickets for 73,726,200 yen (about US$616,000) in two days. That gives the film a per-screen average of 5,671,246 yen (US$47,400), the highest of any film in Japan this weekend. It was #7 in total earnings at the weekend box office. Source: Narinari.com

Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F Film's Trailer Previews Frieza's New Form

Story, theme songs previewed for film opening April 18 in 2D, 3D, IMAX ― The official website for the Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Dragon Ball Z: The F in Fukkatsu, or The Resurrected F) anime film began streaming a trailer for the film on Sunday. The trailer previews the film's story, and also features Maximum the Hormone's battle song "F," as well as Momoiro Clover Z's theme song "Z no Chikai" ('T...
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Hawaii's Kawaii Kon Adds Voice Actor Tohru Furuya, Artist Range Murata

Event planned for March 27-29 in Honolulu ― Hawaii anime convention Kawaii Kon announced on Monday that voice actor Tohru Furuya and artist Range Murata are joining the guest roster for the March 27-29 event in Honolulu. Furuya has lent his voice to a number of iconic roles including Amura Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam, Pegasus Seiya in Saint Seiya, Kyosuke Kasuga in Kimagure Orange Road, Yamcha in Drag...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse's English Launch Trailer Streamed

PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One/PC game shipped last week in West ― Bandai Namco Games Europe began streaming the English launch trailer for the Dragon Ball Xenoverse fighting game on Friday. The trailer shows the game's cast, customization features, and battles. Dragon Ball Xenoverse shipped for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 consoles in Japan on February 5 and debuted as the #1 ...
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Sakura-Con Will Host Singer Kanako Itou, Wit Studio's Otomi Deai, Katsuhiko Kitada, Arifumi Imai

Sakura-Con will take place at the Washington State Convention Center from April 3-5 ― Sakura-Con announced this week that it will host singer Kanako Itou and Wit Studio staff members Otomi Deai, Katsuhiko Kitada and Arifumi Imai in Seattle in April. Kanako Itou regularly performs themes for Nitroplus games and anime adaptations. Her works include theme songs for Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes, Chaos;HEA...
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Wake Up, Girls! Spinoff Manga About I-1 Club to End

Rival idol group stars in U.G.E's manga ― This year's April issue of Gakken's Megumi Magazine announced on Saturday that the U.G.E's Little Challenger: Wake Up, Girls! -side I-1club- spinoff manga will end in the following issue on March 30. U.G.E. writes the manga starring I-1 Club, the rivals to the title Wake Up, Girls! idol group. Gakkan shipped the first compiled volume in September. The origina...
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Digimonstory Cybersleuth Gameplay Previewed in Video

PS Vita game ships March 12 in Japan ― Japanese video game news source Famitsu streamed a gameplay demonstration for the upcoming PlayStation Vita game Digimonstory Cybersleuth. Below are two segments, followed by the full two-hour presentation. The game's story will follow either a female or male protagonist, depending on the player's choice. When strange phenomena begin occurring, the protagonist b...

Yen Press Licenses Horimiya, Rose Guns Days Season One, Final Fantasy Type-0 Side Story

Manga slated for later this year ― Yen Press announced on Sunday that it has licensed the Horimiya, Rose Guns Days Season One, and Final Fantasy Type-0 Side Story: The Reaper of the Icy Blade manga. The first volume of Daisuke Hagiwara's Horimiya is slated for October. Hagiwara launched the manga in Monthly G Fantasy in 2011 as a spinoff to HERO's Hori-san to Miyamura-kun four-panel school comedy man...

Lance n' Masques Anime's Main Cast Unveiled

Daiki Yamashita, Ari Ozawa, Manami Numakura, Suzuko Mimori star ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Hideaki Koyasu's light novel series Lance N' Masques announced the main cast on Tuesday. The cast includes: Daiki Yamashita (Yowamushi Pedal's Onoda) as Yōtarō Hanafusa Ari Ozawa (The Rolling Girls' Nozomi) as Makio Kidōin Manami Numakura (The IDOLM@STER's Hibiki) as Yoriko Sudo Suzuko ...

Seven Deadly Sins Casts Maaya Sakamoto as Merlin

Actress currently voicing Eto in Tokyo Ghoul √A ― The official website for The Seven Deadly Sins anime series announced last week that voice actress Maaya Sakamoto is joining the cast as Merlin, the Sin of Gluttony. The prolific voice actress is also currently starring in Tokyo Ghoul √A as Eto. Her other recent roles include Shinobu Oshino in Tsukimonogatari, Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler: Book of...
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Steins;Gate's Shikura to Announce New Project on March 28

Game publisher 5pb. (Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes) reported at its "Migi mo Hidari mo Game da yo! 5pb. Matsuri 2015" (Games Left and Right! 5pb Festival 2015) event on Sunday that MAGES. and 5pb. representative director Chiyomaru Shikura will announce his new project on March 28. Shikura will livestream the announcement through his Twitcasting channel. The exact time of the livestream will be annou...
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1st Parasyte Film Reviewed in Digest Video

2nd, final film premieres in Japanese theaters on April 25 ― Film distributor Toho began streaming a digest video of the first film adapting Hitoshi Iwaaki's science-fiction manga Parasyte on Monday. The film originally premiered in Japan last November. The first of two films by director Takashi Yamazaki (live-action Space Battleship Yamato, Always: Sunset on Third Street) opened in Japan on November...
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Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes Promo Previews Story

Masachika Ichimura, Arisa Mizuki, Yuuji Tanaka, Marina Inoue, Mamiko Noto join cast for March film ― The official website for the 46th Doraemon film Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes (Doraemon: Nobita's Space Heroes) began streaming a promotional video for the film on Sunday. The video features the theme song for the film, "360°" by miwa. In the video, Doraemon and Director Burger try to set up a dram...
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The Eden of Grisaia, The Labyrinth of Grisaia Anime Begin With 60-Minute Special

April anime adapting visual novels previewed in TV spot ― A TV spot for The Eden of Grisaia and The Labyrinth of Grisaia TV anime series began airing in Japan this week. The video features The Eden of Grisaia anime's opening theme song, "Setsuna no Kajitsu" (Fruit of a Moment) by Maon Kurosaki. Text: Understand? I'm the god who picks you up. I am God. Got it? Text: Hey, Yuji. The meaning of life is s...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, February 16-22

The Wind Rises airs; The Seven Deadly Sins ranks ― Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises aired on NTV on Friday, February 20 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 19.5% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV February 22 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 14.9 Detective Conan NTV February 21 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 10.6 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV February 22 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. ...
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Kuroko's Basketball's New 3DS Gameplay Videos Show Special Moves

Videos show character-specific special moves for March 26 game ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming eight new gameplay videos for its upcoming Kuroko no Basuke: Mirai e no Kizuna (Kuroko's Basketball : Ties of the Future) Nintendo 3DS game. The videos show Imayoshi, Akashi, Kagami, Takao, Tsuchida, Izuki, Kasamatsu, and Fukui's special moves. Bandai Namco Games streamed the game's first promotional v...
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Denpa Kyōshi Anime Casts SKE48 Idol Rena Matsui as Suzune

Rena Matsui debuts as voice actress for heroine of April anime ― This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that SKE48 idol group member Rena Matsui has been cast in the role of Suzune Kagami in the television anime of Takeshi Azuma's Denpa Kyōshi - He Is an Ultimate Teacher manga. This is her first voice-acting role. Matsui commented on the role, ...
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3's 5th Promo Video Previews More Characters, Locales

New playable characters, locations from March 26 game ― The official website of Bandai Namco Games' upcoming One Piece : Pirate Warriors 3 action game began streaming the game's fifth promotional video on Monday. The video teases the story and locations in the game (including Thriller Bark. Shabondy Archipelago, Impel Down, and Marineford locations). It also shows Whitebeard, Marco, Jozu, Iva, Jinbe,...
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Rumiko Takahashi's Rin-ne Anime Casts Ryohei Kimura, Tetsuya Kakihara

Sora Tokui, Aya Suzaki, Tesshô Genda also in April anime ― This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing additional cast members for the television anime of Rumiko Takahashi 's Kyōkai no Rinne (RIN-NE of the Boundary or RIN-NE) manga on Wednesday. The additional cast members include: Ryohei Kimura as Tsubasa Jūmonji Tetsuya Kakihara as Masato Sora Tokui as Miho Ay...

Ace of Diamond TV Anime Gets 2nd Season in April

2013 baseball anime to continue ― This year's 14th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is announcing a second season for the 2013 television anime Ace of Diamond on Wednesday. It is titled Daiya no A ~Second Season~ (Ace of Diamond ~Second Season~). The magazine also previews an uncolored key visual for the new season. The new season will premiere on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, ...
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3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Tengoku Arc 2nd Promo Shows Mecha Line-Up

2nd game in the two-part conclusion to the Super Robot Taisen Z series ships on April 2 ― Bandai Namco Games began streaming a second promotional video for its upcoming PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita game Dai-3-ji Super Robot Taisen Z Tengoku-hen (3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Tengoku Arc). The 14-minute video shows the huge mecha line-up in action. The game is the second in the two-part conclusion to ...
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Sword Art Online: Lost Song Game's 5th TV Ad Previews Seven, Rain

2 new characters previewed from March 26 game ― The official website for Bandai Namco Games' Sword Art Online: Lost Song PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita game began streaming the pair of television commercials for the game on Tuesday. The "Rain" ad features the song "Yoru no Niji o Koete" (Over the Night Rainbow) by Luna Haruna, while the "Seven" ad features the song ”Cynthia no Hikari" (Cynthia's ...
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Singer Kano, Cast Perform Hōkago no Pleiades Anime's Theme Songs

The series will premiere on Japanese television stations this spring ― The official website for the Hōkago no Pleiades television anime announced series' theme song artists on Friday. Female vocalist Kano will perform the opening theme, "Stella-rium" and the series' five lead voice actresses Natsumi Takamori, Ayuru Ōhashi, Kanako Tateno, Yui Makino, and Saki Fujita will perform the ending theme "Koko...

My Little Monster Listed on DVD/Blu-ray From NIS America

Subtitled Complete Series Premium Edition DVD/Blu-ray combo listed for spring ― Issue 1 of Right Stuf's 2015 Anime Catalog lists the My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun) television anime in an English-subtitled DVD/Blu-ray Combo release for this spring. According to the catalog, the Complete Series Premium Edition will ship in a collectible box with a premium art book for US$59.49 from NIS Amer...

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

Kalafina 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...
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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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