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Ushio & Tora TV Anime's July 3 Premiere, Opening Theme Song Announced

Kinniku Shōjo Tai to perform opening theme of TV anime adaptation of supernatural battle manga ― This year's 26th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine will announce on Wednesday that the television anime adaptation of Kazuhiro Fujita's supernatural battle manga Ushio & Tora (Ushio to Tora) will premiere on July 3 at 10:30 p.m. on the Tokyo MX channel. The announcement also notes that t...
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Stella Glow Game's 2 Videos Preview Risette, PoPo Characters

Yoshino Nanjou, Maaya Uchida voice characters in RPG shipping in Japan on June 4 ― Sega began streaming two "Song Magic Concert Movie" videos on Monday for its and Imageepoch's Stella Glow simulation role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS. The videos feature the character PoPo's (played by Maaya Uchida) song "Sabitsuita Kagi" (The Keys That Rusted Together), and Risette's (played by Yoshino Nanjou) s...
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Kenjiro Tsuda Joins Ghost in the Shell Arise's Cast for 2 New Episodes

New episodes airing in June tie series to new Ghost in the Shell movie ― The official website of the Ghost in the Shell: Arise project revealed on Monday that Kenjiro Tsuda (Tiger & Bunny, The Prince of Tennis) will voice the character Pyromania in Ghost in the Shell: Arise Alternative Architecture. The character will appear on the two-part episode titled "Pyrophoric Cult" airing on June 7 and June 1...
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Nobuhiko Okamoto, KENN, More Join High School Star Musical Anime

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Kazuyuki Okitsu, Yūma Uchida also join cast for fall series ― The official Twitter account for this fall's new musical television anime, High School Star Musical, revealed additional cast members on Sunday for the show's "Team Hiiragi." The new cast is as follows: Nobuhiko Okamoto as Rui Tatsumi Yūma Uchida as Eigo Sawatari Kazuyuki Okitsu as Seishirō Inumine KENN as Izumi Torais...
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Miyuki Sawashiro Stars in Wakako-zake TV Anime

Series of 3-minute shorts based on woman who goes to bars alone premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Chie Shinkyū's Wakako-zake manga revealed on Sunday that Miyuki Sawashiro (Hunter × Hunter's Kurapika, Psycho-Pass' Shion, Strike Witches' Perrine-H. Clostermann) will play the lead role of Wakako. The website also revealed that the series of three-minute sho...

Live-Action Death Note Show's Cast Unveiled in Costume

Masataka Kubota, Kento Yamazaki, Mio Yūki star in July live-action TV series ― The cast for this year's live-action Death Note television series debuted in costume on Monday. The cast, which differs from the previous live-action adaptations, includes (from left to right in photograph above): Kento Yamazaki (Kyo, Koi wo Hajimemasu's Nishiki, Another's Koichi) as L Masataka Kubota (live-action Rurouni ...
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Voice Cast Revealed for Yamada-kun & the 7 Witches, Yankee-kun & Megane-chan Crossover Anime Short

Yuuki Ono, Yōko Hikasa, Takuma Terashima, Tomoaki Maeno, Mika Kikuchi star in 1st Yankee-kun & Megane-chan anime ― The official website for the Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches television anime series revealed the voice cast on Sunday for the Yankee-kun to Megane-chan (Yankee-kun and Megane-chan) crossover anime short. The crossover anime will star Yuuki Ono as Daichi Shinagawa, Yōko Hikasa as Hana A...
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TrySail, ClariS Perform Classroom Crisis Anime's Themes

Duo ClariS perform 2nd anime theme song after relaunching with new member ― The official website for the original television anime Classroom Crisis revealed on Saturday that TrySail (pictured at right) will perform the opening theme song "Cobalt," and ClariS (illustration below left) will perform the ending theme song "Anemone." TrySail is a unit comprised of voice actresses Momo Asakura, Shiina Nats...
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Fafner Exodus 2nd Season's Promo Video Reveals October Premiere

Staff confirmed in April series would continue beyond 13 episodes ― The official website for the Fafner Exodus television anime series began streaming a promotional video on Sunday for the second season of the series. The second half of the show will premiere in October on MBS' "Animeism" programming block. The show's staff had confirmed in April that the show would continue beyond 13 episodes, and n...
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Akatsuki no Yona OAD Ship With 19th Manga Volume in September

New anime to adapt 2 bonus chapters from 12th manga volume ― Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Wednesday that the Akatsuki no Yona original anime DVD will ship with the limited edition of the original manga's 19th volume on September 18. The new anime will adapt two bonus chapters from Mizuho Kusanagi's 12th manga volume, titled "On That Back" and "Kija." "On That Back" follows an incide...
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Shiina's 37.5°C no Namida Manga Resumes, Gets Live-Action TV Series

TV show adapting manga about novice sick day care provider premieres in summer ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Cheese! magazine announced on Saturday that Chika Shiina's 37.5°C no Namida (37.5°C Tears) manga will be adapted into a live-action TV drama in Japan this summer. The series also resumed serialization in the magazine in the same issue with a new chapter. The manga centers around Momoko, a n...
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Aya Suzaki, Asuka Nishi's Radio Program Gets TV Anime Adaptation

2 voice actresses to voice themselves in studio feel. anime debuting in July ― Voice actresses Aya Suzaki (pictured left) and Asuka Nishi (pictured right) announced at an event in Tokyo on Sunday that their "SuzakiNishi" radio program will get a television anime adaptation starting in July. The SuzakiNishi THE ANIMATION anime will air on Tokyo MX TV, TV Kanazawa, and Sun TV. Both voice actresses will...
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Kōtarō Ishidate Resigns as Director of Tesagure! 3 Anime

Ishidate recommends Kuniosa Hirama to direct remainder of series ― Director and scriptwriter Kōtarō Ishidate revealed on his blog on Sunday that he has resigned as the director of the Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono: Spin-off Puru Purun Sharumu to Asobō (Tesagure! 3) television anime series as of May 20. Ishidate said in the blog post that he has no plans to explain the reason as to why he resigned. He added,...

Akira Ishida, Yuko Kaida Join Snow White with the Red Hair Anime's Cast

New key visual, character designs revealed for series premiering in July ― The staff of the television anime adaptation of Sorata Akiduki's Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair) manga revealed a new key visual (pictured below), character designs, and additional cast for the series on Saturday The new cast members include: Akira Ishida as Izana Yuko Kaida as Garack Previously reveal...

KLab Addresses Love Live! App English Translation Complaints in Statement

Players raise concerns that company softened, removed "playful same-sex banter" from game ― KLab America, which is handling the English release of the "Love Live! School Idol Festival" smartphone app, posted a statement on its Facebook page on Saturday regarding the English translation. Specifically, the statement addressed a complaint by players that KLab America has removed some implications of sam...

Sanrio Establishes N. American Branch to Create Large-Scale Films, Animated Works

Company aims to secure funding to create works to compete with Hollywood ― Reito Hatoyama — chief operating officer of Sanrio, Inc. and managing director of Sanrio Company, Ltd. — revealed at an investor and earnings report meeting on Friday that Sanrio will establish an American branch, called Sanrio Pictures Entertainment, in June. The new company will work to secure funding from outside of Japan t...
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Aniplex USA Outlines Imported Fate/stay night: UBW Blu-ray Box II

At its Animazement panel on Saturday, anime distributor Aniplex of America outlined its release of Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] Blu-ray Disc Box II. It will import the box from Japan and release the set in North America on October 7. The set will ship simultaneously in Japan and North America. Preorders will begin in North, Central, and South America on Tuesday. Similar to the first set...

Fate/Grand Order RPG's New Servant Berserker Previewed in TV Ad

Voiced by Kunihiko Yasui, designed by Fate/Prototype mantras/magic circles' PFALZ ― Type-Moon began streaming the sixth of seven weekly commercials for its Fate/Grand Order role-playing game for smartphones on Saturday. The commercial showcases the new Servant Berserker designed by artist PFALZ (Watatsuki Musou, Fate/Prototype command mantras & magic circles) and voiced by Kunihiko Yasui. It also fea...
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Wani Books' Monthly Comic Gum Magazine Suspends Publication

Magazine publishing Ikki Tousen preparing for "new start" ― The July issue of Wani Books' Monthly Comic Gum magazine is revealing on Tuesday that the magazine is suspending publication as of the July issue. The notice states that it is a temporary suspension, and the staff is currently "diligently preparing" for a "new start" for the magazine. The notice also states, "will it be online next!? Or mayb...

xxxHOLiC: Rei Manga Goes on 1-Month Break

Sequel series returned from 9-month hiatus last month ― This year's 26th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine is revealing on Monday that CLAMP's xxxHOLiC: Rei manga will go on a one-month break, and it will return in the 31st issue, which ships on June 29. The series went on hiatus in July 2014 and returned in the magazine's combined 22nd/23rd issue on April 27. After a magazine release delay, ...
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Initial D's Shigeno Launches Sailor Ace Baseball Manga

Manga centers on gyaru with gifted right arm who joins women's baseball club ― This year's 26th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine is revealing on Monday that Initial D manga creator Shuuichi Shigeno is launching a new series called Sailor Ace in the following issue on June 1. The first chapter will include four color pages. The tagline on the announcement reads "Gyaru is [playing] baseball!?" (Note:...
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23rd Animator Expo Short 'Memoirs of amorous gentlemen' Streamed

Short adapts Moyoco Anno's manga about women working in Parisian brothel in early 20th century ― Japan Animator Expo, the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the full 23rd short film "Memoirs of amorous gentlemen" ("Bikachō Shinshi Kaikoroku") on Friday. Warning: The video contains sexual content and may not be safe for work. T...

No Winners Announced for 6th Kyoto Animation Awards

Studio adds "Animation DO Special Award" for 1st time this year ― The official website of the anime studio Kyoto Animation (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star, K-ON!) announced the results of the sixth Kyoto Animation Award program on Friday. However, the studio awarded no grand prizes, no Animation DO Special Award prizes, and no honorable mentions in the manga, scenario, or novel categor...

Yōko Hikasa, Kana Ueda, Ai Kakuma, Chiaki Takahashi Star in Bikini Warriors TV Anime

Series based on Hobby Japan/Megahouse figure line to premiere in July ― The July issue of the Hobby Japan magazine is revealing the main cast and a key visual on Monday for the Bikini Warriors television anime series. The series is based on Hobby Japan and Megahouse's fantasy figure line of the same name. The main cast includes: Yōko Hikasa as Fighter (designed by Cute Devil Girlfriend manga artist H...

Queen's Blade Grimoire Books Get 2-Part OVA Series Starting This Fall

Kinji Yoshimoto returns as chief director for new OVA ― The July issue of the Hobby Japan magazine is revealing on Monday the the Queen's Blade Grimoire books are getting a two-part OVA adaptation starting this fall. The project will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the franchise. The magazine also revealed a key visual, which includes the following characters: Leina (pictured top left) Yōsaru no ...
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Sekai Project Adds Tobari & the Night of the Curious Moon Game

Also: Resette's Prescription, Sacrament Sheep, Memory's Dogma ― Video game and visual novel localization company Sekai Project announced at its FanimeCon panel on Friday that it has licensed the Tobari and the Night of the Curious Moon (Fushigi na Tsuki no Yoru no Tobari), Resette's Prescription ~Book of memory, Swaying steelyard~ (Resette no Shohōsen ~Kioku no Hon to Yureru Tenbin~), Sacrament no J...

City Hunter Manga Gets New Original Anime DVD

XYZ Edition release celebrates 30th anniversary of Tsukasa Hojo's series ― The July issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine is announcing on Monday that Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga is inspiring a new original anime DVD. The "Ryō no Propose" (Ryō's Proposal) DVD will be a special bonus for those who purchase all 12 volumes of City Hunter XYZ Edition. The manga's new version will go ...

Gainax Founder, Evangelion Designer Make TV Anime About Female Free Diver

Hiroyuki Yamaga reunites with Honneamise collaborator Yoshiyuki Sadamoto ― Gainax co-founder Hiroyuki Yamaga (Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honnêamise, This Ugly Yet Beautiful World, Daicon films) revealed at his Uru in Blue panel at FanimeCon on Friday that he is working with character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion, Summer Wars, Wings of Honneamise) on a television anime about a female ...
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Danchigai TV Anime of 5-Minute Shorts Premieres on July 9

The official website for the television anime of Kazusa Yoneda's Danchigai (Big Difference) four-panel manga revealed on Friday that the series will premiere on TV Saitama and KBS Kyoto on July 9 before premiering on TV Kanagawa, Sun TV, and AT-X. Each episode will be five minutes long. The comedy manga follows the everyday lives of five siblings—four sisters and one brother—who share a multi-unit...
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Magi: Sinbad no Bōken's 5th OVA to Ship With 7th Manga Volume on July 15

Japanese publisher Shogakukan is listing that it will ship the limited edition seventh volume of Shinobu Ohtaka's and Yoshifumi Ōtera's spinoff manga Magi: Sinbad no Bōken (Magi: Adventure of Sinbad) with the fifth OVA on July 15. The limited edition with the anime DVD will retail for 3,218 yen (about US$25). The regular edition of the volume without the anime DVD will ship on July 17. The fifth O...
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TAGRO to End Hen Semi/Abnormal Physiology Seminar Manga in June

Comedy about ordinary person surrounded by abnormal people launched in 2006 ― The July issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine announced on Friday that TAGRO will end his Hen Zemi (Abnormal Physiology Seminar) manga in the next issue on June 22. TAGRO announced on Twitter in January that he aimed to end the manga at around chapter 90. The manga will end with chapter 87. In the comedy story, Nanako M...

Crowdfunding Campaign Seeks to Expand Animator Dorms

Project's US$15,000 goal would establish more housing for low-income animation staff ― NPO Animator Supporters founder Jun Sugawara launched an IndieGoGo campaign to expand dormitory housing for low-income animators on Friday. The campaign seeks to raise US$15,000 to grow the size of the program, which was established last year through a successfully-funded campaign. The project's goal is to expand t...
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Ultraman/ Linebarrels of Iron Manga Creators Shimizu, Shimoguchi to Attend Comic-Con Int'l

Viz to release Ultraman manga in N. America ― Viz Media announced during its FanimeCon panel on Friday that Ultraman manga creators Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi will attend this year's Comic-Con International. The convention will take place July 9-12 at the San Diego Convention Center. Viz Media announced in February that it will ship the first volume of the Ultraman manga in August. Viz de...

Japan's Animation TV Ranking, May 11-17

Pokemon XY back in top 10 ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV May 17 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 13.8 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi May 15 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 9.4 Doraemon TV Asahi May 15 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 9.1 One Piece Fuji TV May 17 (Sun) 09:30 30 min. 8.6 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV May 17 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 8.3 Detective Conan NTV May 16 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 8.1 Drago...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, May 10-16

A Link to the Past, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Big Hero 6, Rosario + Vampire, Akame ga Kill!, Nisekoi, Dragonar Academy, Assassination Classroom, Attack on Titan, Naruto The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on May 16. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Shotaro Ishinomori V...
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Lance N' Masques TV Anime to Air This Fall

The official website for the Lance N' Masques television anime announced on Friday that the series will premiere this fall on TBS. Lance N' Masques is adapted from Hideaki Koyasu's battle action novel series revolving around Yōtarō Hanafusa, a young man who is part of the last remaining order of knights in the 21st century, "Knights of the World." As he fights as the mysterious Knight Lancer, he m...
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Classroom Crisis Anime's Ad Reveals Core Cast

Showtaro Morikubo, Sora Amamiya, Ari Ozawa star in original anime premiering July 3 ― The official website for the original television anime Classroom Crisis began streaming a commercial introducing the three main cast members on Saturday. The website also unveiled more staff members and a new key visual. Classroom☆Crisis cast CM by pKjd The cast includes: Showtaro Morikubo as Kaito Sera, a young hot...
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Ayana Taketatsu Stars in Okusama ga Seitokaichō! Anime

Kazuyuki Okitsu co-stars in short anime premiering July 1 ― The official website for the upcoming anime of Yumi Nakata's Okusama ga Seitokaichō! (My Wife Is the Student Council President!) manga opened on Saturday with the cast and key visual. The cast includes: Ayana Taketatsu (Sword Art Online's Leafa, Oreimo's Kirino) as Ui Wakana Kazuyuki Okitsu (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure's Jonathan, Toradora!'s N...
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The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Opening Shown in Original Animation Sketches

Series to continue on July 17 ― Animation studio A-1 Pictures began streaming a video showcasing the key animation drawings behind the opening theme sequence for The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls anime. Noriko Takao composed the storyboard, Toshifumi Akai directed the sequence, and Yuusuke Matsuo helmed the key animation. The video is part of A-1 Pictures' tenth anniversary commemoration. Daisuki strea...

Persona 4: Dancing All Night's Crossdressing DLC Previewed in Video

Costumes for Yu, Yosuke, Kanji previewed for game shipping on June 25 ― Atlus began streaming a promotional video on Friday that previews the paid "School Festival Women's Clothing + Wakame Set" DLC for the Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita video game in Japan. The set will include outfits for Yu, Yosuke, and Kanji. Yu's outfit is in the style of a female gang leader, Yosuke's outfit is i...
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Ai Kayano Joins School-Live/Gakkō Gurashi! Anime's Cast

Series starring Inori Minase, Ari Ozawa, M.A.O to premiere on July 9 ― The July issue of Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine is revealing on Saturday that Ai Kayano (Say "I love you."'s Mei Tachibana, Girls und Panzer's Saori Takebe) will join the cast of the School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) TV anime as the character Sakura Megumi (nicknamed Megu-nee, pictured top left in image below). The magazine is al...

Non Non Biyori Repeat Sequel Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

2nd season inspired by Atto's countryside slice-of-life manga to debut in July ― The official website for Non Non Biyori Repeat, the second anime season inspired by Atto's Non Non Biyori manga, began streaming the show's second promotional video on Friday. The text in the beginning of the video reads: Non Non Biyori Original Work: Atto (Serialized in Monthly Comic Alive / Published by Kadokawa) Will ...
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Sōma Saitō, Yōko Hikasa, Aoi Yuki Star in Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers TV Anime

Kenichi Suzumura, Rina Satou, Ai Kakuma, Kouki Uchiyama also star in July anime ― The official Japanese and English websites for the television anime adaptation of Ishio Yamagata's Rokka no Yūsha (Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers) fantasy light novel series revealed the show's cast, character designs, and character descriptions on Friday. The series will star: Sōma Saitō as Adlet Yōko Hikasa as Nache...
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Unlimited Psychic Squad's Manga Gets Sequel With Completely Original Story

New Zettai Karen Children spinoff focused on Andy to have supervision by original creator Shiina ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday S magazine will announce on Saturday that Shinichi Inotsume and Rokurou Ōgaki will launch a new manga, titled Hōrōsha (Wanderer), in the magazine's next issue, which Shogakukan will publish on June 25. The manga is a spinoff of Takashi Shiina's Zettai Karen C...
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Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e Light Novel Inspires Animated TV Ad

Light novel about "inferior" students at prestigious high school ships on May 25 ― Kadokawa began streaming two versions of an animated television ad to promote author Syohgo Kinugasa and illustrator Shunsaku Tomose's Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e (Welcome to the Classroom of the Supreme Ability Doctrine) light novel. Media Factory Bunko J will publish the light novel in Japan on May 2...
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Tokyo Ghoul Stage Play's Cast Shown in Costume

Play of horror manga to play in Tokyo, Kyoto in July ― The official website for the stage play of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga unveiled the cast in costume on Thursday: Yūki Ogoe as Ken Kaneki Aya Tabata as Tōka Kirishima Shōgo Suzuki as Nishiki Nishio Shūto Miyazaki as Hideyoshi Nagachika Yuri Hamada as Rize Kamishiro Mitsu Murata as Uta Tomokazu Yoshida as Renji Yomo Yoshitaka Yamagami as Yamori ...

Goku From Dragon Ball Super Manga Promotion Unveiled

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' manga artist Toyotarō to launch manga on June 20 ― An image of Goku from Toyotarō's manga version of the upcoming Dragon Ball Super television anime series debuted on Thursday. Toyotarō will launch the manga in the extra-large August issue of V Jump on June 20. Dragon Ball manga creator Akira Toriyama is credited with the manga's original story. Toyotarō previously dre...
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Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden's Combat Tutorial Video Streamed

3DS fighting game gets demo version on May 28 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a "combat tutorial" video for its upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden Nintendo 3DS fighting game on Thursday. One of the game's developers, Honda Cheese, narrates the video, which showcases some of the playable and Assist characters in team battles. The video also reveals that the game will get a demo versi...

Crowdfunding for Gay Dating Sim Fantastic Boyfriends' English Version Launched

Campaign seeks US$20,000 by June 29 to develop English version of smartphone RPG ― Japanese developer Lifewonders launched an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday to release an English version of the Fantastic Boyfriends: Legends of Midearth (Shōkan Yūsha to F-Kei no Kareshi) smartphone role-playing game. The campaign is seeking to raise US$20,000 by June 29. As of press time the campaign has...
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Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi Gets Resident Evil Crossover Costumes

Also: Capcom streams animated clip from PS4/PS3 game shipping on July 23 ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will announce on Monday that CAPCOM's upcoming Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi action game will offer character costumes based on the Resident Evil series as paid downloadable content. The costumes include Maeda Keiji dressed as Resident Evil 5's Chris Redfield, Kataku...
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Ghibli's When Marnie Was There Previewed in Video Before U.S. Opening on Friday

N. American theater list updated with new showings ― The Slash Film entertainment blog began streaming an exclusive clip from the upcoming English-language theatrical release of Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There film. The clip previews a scene from the film's English dub where Anna (Hailee Steinfeld) arrives at her new summer home and meets Setsu (Grey Griffin) and Kiyomasa Oiwa (John C. Reilly)....
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Crunchyroll to Run Mugi Tanaka's PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team! Comic

Webcomic featuring PARK Harajuku store mascots launches on May 28 ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will serialize artist Mugi Tanaka's original webcomic PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team! on May 28. Crunchyroll will publish new pages of the webcomic every week, along with additional art, character biographies, and other bonus materials. Crunchyroll describes the webcom...
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Dr. Wheelo, Jackie Chun Join Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden Game as Assists

3DS fighting game to ship in Japan on June 11 ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden Nintendo 3DS game will include Dr. Wheelo and Jackie Chun as Z Assist characters. Dr. Wheelo, antagonist of the Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest film, is a scientist with a cyborg body who experiments in biotechnology. Jack...

Boruto -Naruto the Movie- Story Teased

Naruto sequel film to to open in theaters in Japan on August 7 ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will reveal a plot summary for the upcoming film Boruto -Naruto the Movie- on Monday. [Highlight white text to read spoilers] Boruto is the son of the 7th Hokage Naruto who completely rejects his father. Behind this, he has feelings of wanting to surpass Naruto, who is respected as...
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2nd Utawarerumono Game's 1st Trailer Introduces Main Characters

Roles revealed for Inori Minase, Nozomi Yamamoto, Takahiro Sakurai, Takuya Eguchi ― AQUAPLUS began streaming the first trailer for Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen (Utawarerumono: The False Mask), the upcoming second game in the Utawarerumono series, on Thursday. The video introduces the main characters and cast, including returning character Kurou (Tsuyoshi Koyama). The cast includes: Keiji Fujiwara...
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Diabolik Lovers Stage Play Cast Unveiled in Costume

Play based on vampire drama CD/PSP game to run in Tokyo August 26-30 ― The official blog for the Diabolik Lovers stage play unveiled visuals of the cast in costume on Thursday. The cast is: Taiki Yamazaki as Ayato Sakamaki Shōhei Hashimoto as Kanato Sakamaki Katsuhiko Ibuka as Laito Sakamaki Yūya Asato as Shu Sakamaki Shungo Takasaki as Reiji Sakamaki Kazumi Doi as Subaru Sakamaki Ayumi Takamura as Y...

Magical Warfare English Dub Cast Unveiled

Gabriel Regojo, Allison Sumrall, Sara Ornelas star ― North American anime distributor Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast for Magical Warfare on Thursday. The cast, under director Christopher Ayres, includes: Gabriel Regojo as Takeshi Nanase Allison Sumrall as Mui Aiba Sara Ornelas as Kurumi Isoshima Scott Gibbs as Kazumi Ida Clint Bickham as Gekko Nanase Leraldo Anzaldua as Tsuganashi Ai...
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New Angel Beats! Episode Previewed in Video

Jun Maeda's "Hell's Kitchen" anime to ship in BD set in June ― Aniplex began streaming a third short promotional video on Thursday for the Angel Beats! anime's all-new special episode, "Hell's Kitchen." The episode will feature in the television anime's Blu-ray Box release that is slated to ship in Japan on June 24. The original anime's co-creator Jun Maeda is writing the episode's scenario. The anim...
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Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon Unveiled for 3DS This Year

"Even greater, randomly created dungeons" with Legendary & Mythical Pokémon ― Nintendo announced on Thursday that it will release Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, the next Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game, for the Nintendo 3DS system. It will debut in Japan this fall, in North America this winter, and in Europe next spring. Nintendo describes the latest installment: Players can look forward to even greater...
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Super Robot Wars BX 3DS Game's Promo Streamed

Game's official website will run campaign for more pre-order bonuses ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a promotional movie for its upcoming Super Robot Wars BX Nintendo 3DS game on Wednesday. The video previews the attacks of some of the mecha included in the game. The video also reveals the pre-order bonuses for the game, which includes a download code for a Nintendo 3DS theme. The game's...
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Date A Live PS Vita Game's Promo Previews New Story, Characters

Ayana Sakura voices new character Rio Sonogami for game shipping on July 30 ― The official website of Compile Heart's Date a Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation PS Vita game began streaming a promotional movie for the game on Wednesday. The video previews the story of both Date A Live: Rinne Utopia and Date A Live: Ars Install games. The video also reveals a new "After Story" scenario for the game t...
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Samurai Warriors 4-II Game's Announcement Trailer Streamed

PS3/PS4/Vita/PC action game slated for September 29 in North America ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming an English-subtitled announcement trailer for its upcoming Samurai Warriors 4-II action game on Thursday. The trailer reveals the new character Naomasa Ii (based on the Japanese historical figure Ii Naomasa) and the game's North American release date of September 29. The trailer also previews the...
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Chaos Dragon TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Previews Opening Theme Song

Natsumi Kon to perform opening for series premiering on July 2 ― The official website for the Chaos Dragon television anime project began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Thursday. The video previews Natsumi Kon's (Majestic Prince, One Week Friends) opening theme song "ISOtone." The beginning of the video outlines the anime's story: Our country's name is Nil Kamui. It's a small countr...

Gangsta. TV Anime's 'Promo Video 1.5' Streamed

Series starring Kenjiro Tsuda, Junichi Suwabe to premiere in July ― The official website for the television anime of Kohske's Gangsta. manga began streaming a "1.5" promotional video on Thursday. The show's previously announced cast includes: Kenjiro Tsuda as Nicolas Brown Junichi Suwabe as Worick Arcangelo Mamiko Noto as Alex Benedetto Ami Koshimizu as Constance Raveau Masako Isobe as Joel Raveau Hi...
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Masataka Kubota, Kento Yamazaki Star in Live-Action Death Note TV Series

Actress Mio Yūki to play Near in series premiering in July ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump is revealing the main cast on Monday for this year's Death Note television drama adaptation. The cast, which differs from the previous live-action adaptations, is as follows: Masataka Kubota (live-action Rurouni Kenshin's Akira, Limit's Wataru, Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru's Shinya, ...

Nisekoi: Sequel Anime's 8th Episode to Adapt Magical Girl Spinoff Manga

Magical Pâtissier Kosaki-chan launched in Shonen Jump+ in December ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the upcoming eighth episode of the Nisekoi: sequel television anime series will adapt the spinoff manga Magical Pâtissier Kosaki-chan. Taishi Tsutsui is writing the official spinoff manga based on Naoshi Komi's original Nisekoi - False Love ...
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Sumire Morohoshi Joins Haikyu!! Anime's 2nd Season as Hitoka Yachi

2nd season based on Haruichi Furudate's volleyball manga will premiere in October ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing more information on Monday about the second season of the Haikyu!! television anime series. The second season will premiere in October on MBS, Tokyo MX TV, CBC, BS11, and other television channels. The issue will also reveal a new visual for...

New Cyborg 009 Anime Project Gets Event Screening this Fall

Selected theaters in Japan will reveal poster promoting fall screening on Saturday ― The Cyborg 009 50th anniversary anime project will get an event screening in Japanese theaters this fall. Selected theaters in Japan will reveal a poster promoting the fall event screening on Saturday. These theaters include: Shunjuku Wald9 (Tokyo) Yokohama Burg 13 T-Joy Kyoto Umeda Burg 7 (Osaka) Hiroshima Wald 11 T...

Akagi Mahjong Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series in July

Series by Kaiji's Nobuyuki Fukumoto inspired 2005 TV anime series ― The BS and Sky Perfect television stations revealed on Thursday that Nobuyuki Fukumoto's (Kaiji) mahjong gambling manga Akagi will get a live-action television series starting in July. The 10-episode series will premiere on July 17 on the BS Sukapa! station, and will air on Friday nights at 9 p.m. Each episode will be an hour long. H...
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Live-Action Bakuman Film Teaser Narrated by One Piece's Tanaka

Rurouni Kenshin's Takeru Satoh, Ryunosuke Kamiki star as aspiring manga creators ― The official website for the live-action film of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Bakuman. manga began streaming the film's teaser trailer on Thursday. The trailer includes narration by Mayumi Tanaka, who voices One Piece's Luffy and Dragon Ball Z's Krillin — both characters from famous Weekly Shonen Jump manga. Text: ...
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So Cute It Hurts/Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!! 3DS Opening Previews Original Character

Gō Ikeyamada's shōjo manga inspires August 27 game ― Happinet Games began streaming the opening movie for its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!! Game Demo Kyun-Moe MAX ga Tomaranai (*´ェ'*) (Kobayashi Is So Cute That It's Painful! Heart-squeezing Moe Max Won't be Stopped Even Though It's A Game (*´ェ'*)). The video introduces the main cast, including game-original character E...

Crunchyroll to Stream Kyoto Animation's Amagi Brilliant Park

2014 anime's 1st 6 episodes available on Wednesday 11:00 p.m. EDT for premium users ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it added Kyoto Animation's Amagi Brilliant Park television anime to its catalog. The show's first six episodes will be available at 11:00 p.m. EDT in subtitled format for premium users in the United States and Canada, and will be available to free us...
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SMAP's Takuya Kimura Guest-Stars as Crayon Shin-chan's Entire Family

I'm Home star plays even the dog in his 1st voice-acting roles on anime comedy show ― 42-year-old SMAP band member Takuya Kimura will voice his first guest roles in the long-running family television anime Crayon Shin-chan. The collaboration is a crossover with I'm Home, the revived live-action television series starring the actor who is often nicknamed "Kimutaku." In the story, the faces of Crayon S...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, May 11-17

Barakamon, Fairy Tail, Your Lie in April, Assassination Classroom, Tokyo Tarareba-jō in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Barakamon 11 207,220 207,220 2015/05 Square Enix Satsuki Yoshino 1 1 2 Fairy Tail 49 164,870 164,870 2015/05 Kodansha Hiro Mashima 2 1 3 Your Lie in April 11 104,155 104,155 2015/05 Kodansha Naoshi A...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, May 11-17

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster arrives on PS4 ― Japan's Game Ranking: May 11-17 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4 Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Square Enix May 14 15,913 15,913 23DS Puzzles & Dragons: Super Mario Brothers Edition Gung Ho Online Entertainment April 29 13,844 232,683 3PSV Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition Sony Computer Entert...

Voice Actors Takeshi Kusao, Yuka Saitou Get Married

Dragon Ball Z's Trunks, Student Council's Discretion's Chizuru Akaba work for the same production company ― Voice actress Yuka Saitou (28) announced her marriage to voice actor Takeshi Kusao (49) on her blog on Wednesday. Both work for Aoni Production. Saitou describes Kusao as a kind and playful person with a big heart who always takes care of her. She also said her job will not change. Saitou voice...

Muv-Luv Spinoff Novel Schwarzesmarken Gets Anime (Update)

Prequel to Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse in production ― Adult visual novel developer Age announced on its official website on Thursday that the serialized novel Schwarzesmarken has an anime in the works. Hiroki Uchida wrote the novel's scenario and CARNELIAN designed the characters and provided illustrations. Age's Hirohiko Yoshida is credited as the original creator. The novel ran for 41 chapt...
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Super Robot Wars BX Unveiled With Mecha From 16 Anime

Giant Gorg, Galient, SD Gundam Gaiden, Gundam AGE, Macross 30 join franchise ― Japanese video game news source Famitsu unveiled the newest game in the Super Robot Wars (Super Robot Taisen) crossover franchise on Thursday. The new Nintendo 3DS game, Super Robot Wars BX, has thus far unveiled mecha from 16 robot anime and game titles, including five that are new to the game franchise. The anime are: Au...
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Blade & Soul Fantasy MMORPG Heads West This Winter

Korean game inspired 2014 TV anime ― The official website for video game publisher NCSoft announced on Wednesday that the Korean martial arts fantasy MMORPG Blade & Soul is coming to North America and Europe this winter. The company also streamed a promotional video. NCSoft describes the game: Blade & Soul is an action-based martial arts MMORPG set in a fantastical Ancient Eastern world, with a story...

Steins;Gate Game's Western PS3/Vita Trailer Posted

Metal Upa, Future Gadget Lab badges offered in limited edition on June 5 ― PQube Games began streaming a character trailer for its Western release of the Steins;Gate game for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on Wednesday. PQube Games will release the game in Europe on June 5, although it has not announced a North American date. Rick Digital is offering worldwide an exclusive "Steins;Gate El Psy Kon...
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Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3, Samurai Warriors 4-II Head West

Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 slated for June 24, Samurai Warriors 4-II for October 2 in Europe ― Koei Tecmo Europe confirmed on its official Twitter account on Wednesday that it would be bringing both Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 and Samurai Warriors 4-II to Europe. Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 is the third installment in the series of portable spinoffs of the main Samurai Warriors action video ga...
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Danchigai TV Anime to Have 4 Theme Songs by Cast

Each female main character will have theme song sung by her voice actress ― The July issue of Ichijinsha's Manga 4-Koma Palette magazine is announcing the character theme songs for the television anime of Kazusa Yoneda's Danchigai (Big Difference) four-panel manga on Friday. Each of the four female main characters will have her own theme song in the anime, sung by her respective voice actress. These ...

Gangsta. TV Anime Reveals More Cast, Staff, Theme Song Performers

Hideyuki Umezu, Tomokazu Seki, Sayaka Ohara, more join cast for July anime ― The July issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic @ Bunch magazine is revealing additional cast, staff, and theme song performers for the anime of Kohske's Gangsta. manga on Thursday. The additional cast includes: Hideyuki Umezu as Uranos Corsica Tomokazu Seki as Striker Sayaka Ohara as Beretta Yuuta Kasuya as Colt Yu Shimamura a...

Live-Action Pixels Film's 2nd Trailer Streamed

Trailer shows iconic video game characters in action ― Sony Pictures began streaming the second trailer to Chris Columbus' live-action Pixels film on Tuesday. The film will feature the video game franchises Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders. Several video game companies and license-holders — including Atari, Konami, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Nintendo, Colu...
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New Dynasty Warriors Game by Omega Force Teased

KOEI Tecmo also announces Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 for December ― Koei Tecmo Games announced during its "Romance of the Three Kingdoms 30th Anniversary Announcement" event on Tuesday that its Omega Force team is working on a new installment in the Shin Sangokumusō (Dynasty Warriors) action game franchise. Koei Tecmo also announced a number of other games, including the Sangokushi Sō Sō Den On...
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Chibi Maruko-chan Planetarium Show to Open in Tokyo

Konica Minolta "Tenkū" Planetarium hosting show from July 18 to August 31 ― The Konica Minolta "Tenkū" Planetarium in Tokyo Skytree Town will run a Chibi Maruko-chan planetarium show from July 18 to August 31. The show, titled "Planetarium Chibi Maruko-chan, Hoshi ni Negai wo" (Planetarium Chibi Maruko-chan, Wish Upon a Star), celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Chibi Maruko-chan anime since it fi...

Godzilla's TOHO Sues Over Monster Film Starring Anne Hathaway

Voltage's Colossal film about woman in Tokyo "under attack by Godzilla and a giant robot" ― Japanese film production and distribution company Toho has filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in California federal court against American film production company Voltage Pictures (The Hurt Locker, Dallas Buyers Club) for allegedly infringing on Toho's Godzilla copyright. Toho claims that Voltage Pictures used the God...

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