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Right Stuf Schedules Gundam Build Fighters on Blu-ray/DVD on August 2

With English dub/subtitles ― Anime retailer Right Stuf and its Nozomi Entertainment distribution arm revealed on Wednesday that it will release the 2013 Gundam Build Fighters television anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on August 2. Both the Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases will include the show's 25 episodes with English dubbing and Japanese dubbing with English subtitles. They will also include clean open...
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Sentai Filmworks Adds Chaika the Coffin Princess Season 2

Chaika the Coffin Princess Avenging Battle to be available via digital outlets, home video ― North American anime distributor Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it licensed Chaika the Coffin Princess Avenging Battle, the second anime season based on Ichiro Sasaki's Chaika the Coffin Princess novels. The anime "will be available through select digital outlets, with a home video release to fo...
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Voice Actress Kanako Toujô Gets Married, Aims to Move Overseas

Naruto Shippūden's Karin actress looks to start a family overseas ― Voice actress Kanako Toujô announced on her blog on Saturday that she has gotten married and intends to move overseas. She did not reveal the identity of her husband, but she did reveal that he works at a regular company outside her industry field and that they plan to move overseas thanks to his job. She plans to think of her family...
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Live-Action Film of A Girl at the Bottom of Onna Hierarchy Manga Opens May 28

Story follows girl at the bottom of high school's pecking order who imagines revenge ― The official website of the live-action film adaptation of Shi-ko Suzuki's Onna Hierarchy Teihen Shōjo (a girl at the bottom of Onna Hierarchy, or "A Girl at the Bottom of the Female Hierarchy") manga revealed on Wednesday that the movie will start screening in Tokyo's Cineka Omori on May 28. The film already premi...
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To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness OVA Adapts 54th, 55th Chapter

2nd planned OVA ships with 17th volume on December 2 starring Haruka Tomatsu, Sayuri Yahagi ― The official website of the To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness anime revealed the details on the original video anime (OVA) bundled with the manga's 17th volume on Monday. The OVA will adapt the manga's 54th chapter ("First accident? ~Hajimete no~") and 55th chapter ("I think ~Ippo Mae ni~"). The anime's official...
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New Interpretation Stranger of Sword City PS Vita RPG Revealed for July

New features include new character, classes, mechanics, events ― Japanese game developer Experience Inc. announced during its 10th anniversary celebration event at the Akihabara UDX on Monday that is developing a new version of its Stranger of Sword City (Tsurugi no Machi no Ihōjin) game for the PlayStation Vita titled Shinshaku Tsurugi no Machi no Ihōjin - Kuro no Kyūden (New Interpretation Stranger...
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One Piece Burning Blood Videos Preview Whitebeard, Marco, Joz

PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, PC game out in N. America on May 31, Europe on June 3 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming two character move set videos for its upcoming One Piece Burning Blood PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC, and Xbox One game on Wednesday. The videos preview the move sets for Whitebeard, Marco, and Joz. Confirmed playable characters in the game include: Luffy, Doflaming...
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Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari Anime's Sōta, Poco Character Designs Unveiled

The Animate Times website unveiled two character designs for the television anime adaptation of Nodoka Shinomaru's Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari (The Udon Country's Golden Furball) manga. The designs show Sōta and Poco, the anime's two main characters. Sōta Poco The anime will air this year, and will be 12 episodes long, with each episode running for 30 minutes. The "heartwarming fantasy" manga ta...
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One Piece Burning Blood Videos Preview Sengoku, Smoker

PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, PC game out in N. America on May 31, Europe on June 3 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming two character move set videos for its upcoming One Piece Burning Blood PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC, and Xbox One game on Tuesday. The videos preview the move sets for Sengoku and Smoker. Confirmed playable characters in the game include: Luffy, Doflamingo, Fujitor...
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Fairy Tail's Laxus Dreyar Spinoff Manga Launches

Previous Fairy Tail Gaiden: Rhodonite spinoff ended in March ― Kodansha's "Magazine Pocket" app launched the first chapter of the Fairy Tail Gaiden: Raigō Issen manga on Wednesday. The spinoff manga by Kyōta Shibano focuses on the character Laxus Dreyar from Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail manga. Shibano started the Fairy Tail Gaiden: Rhodonite spinoff manga in "Magazine Pocket" last November, and ended it...
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Zelda: Twilight Princess Manga Creators Tease Overseas Release

The official Facebook account of manga creator duo Akira Himekawa posted previews of their currently running manga The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on April 29 (see gallery below). The duo also posted in English that the compiled book of the manga is slated for June 24. After the book's release, the post notes that "other countries publishing companies will have contracts with a Japanese pub...
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Barakamon Spinoff Anime Handa-kun Reveals New Visual, Designs

The official website of the television anime of Satsuki Yoshino's Handa-kun manga unveiled a new visual and character designs for the anime on Monday. Sei Handa Junichi Aizawa Reo Nikaido Akane Tsutsui Yukio Kondo Takao Kawafuji The anime will premiere in July on the TBS, BS-TBS, and other channels. The manga is a spinoff of Yoshino's Barakamon manga. Yen Press has licensed Handa-kun and is releas...
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Crunchyroll Adds Yowamushi Pedal Re:RIDE Compilation Film

1st compilation film premiered in Japan in September 2014 ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it has added Yowamushi Pedal Re:RIDE, the first of two compilation films for the Yowamushi Pedal anime. The film is already available to premium users in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Central and South America including the Caribbean. It will be available to free users next week. Wataru Watana...
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Sayaka Sasaki Sings Ending Theme For Garo: Divine Flame Anime Film

Video featuring theme song, teaser trailer streamed for April 11 film ― The official website for Garo: Divine Flame, the first Garo anime film, announced last Saturday that Sayaka Sasaki will perform the film's ending theme song "HOWLITE." The site began streaming a video for the film previewing the theme song. The site also previously streamed the third teaser trailer for the film on April 11. The 8...
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P.IDL Idols Sing for Toei's Popin Q Anime Film

Dance-themed original anime premieres in Japan in winter ― The official website of the Popin Q anime film announced on Monday that the idol unit P.IDL will perform the opening theme song "Teenage Blues" for the film. Daisuke "DAIS" Miyachi composed the song and also wrote the lyrics. The project had used the song for promotions when Toei Animation announced the project last year. The film will premie...
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Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Break Time Anime Shorts' 4th Episode Features Rem & Ram

Short episodes to stream for a limited time ― The official website for the Re: Life in a different world from zero (Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu) television anime series began streaming the fourth episode of Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Break Time on Tuesday. The spinoff anime short series airs after each episode of the main anime's airing. The episode will be available online until May 17 at 6:00...
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Samurai Warriors Stage Play Unveils Additional Cast in Costume

Keisuke Ueda, Ryutarou Akimoto, Masanari Wada to reprise roles in June 29-July 4 adaptation ― Marvelous is producing a new stage play based on KOEI Tecmo's Sengoku Musou (Samurai Warriors) games from June 29 through July 4 at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo. The new play will follow the "Shikoku Campaign Chapter." The cast will include (note: historical names are written family name first, while voice act...
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Visual Art's/Key's Air Visual Novel Gets PS Vita Port This Summer

Port adds visual novel version of Kanna & Uraha's side story novel ― Japanese video game developer Prototype announced on Saturday that it will port Visual Art's/Key's 2001 visual novel Air to the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV this summer. The new port will add a visual novel adaptation of the spinoff novel "Hatsuzora no Shō" (New Year's Sky Chapter). The story focuses on Kanna and Uraha, and h...
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Level-5 Head Teases More on New Work in 'I' Franchise

Level-5 president and CEO Akihiro Hino posted several tweets on Sunday to offer a little more information on a new "I" product which he first teased in March. The main hint was a picture (right) of a new character. Hino added that the new work will return to the origin of "I" and hence be straightforward and hotblooded. It will not have incarnations or leaps in time, and it will not be a pro leagu...
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Medabots DS/3DS Game Studio Delta Arts Shuts Down

Also developed DS games for Thomas the Steam Engine, Rilakkuma, Mini 4WD ― Delta Arts, the studio behind many of the recent Medabots (Medarot) games since 2010, announced that it ceased all operations at the end of April. The studio did not give the reason for its shutdown or the circumstances that led to it. The studio worked on the main numbered games and other titles in the Medabots/Medarot franch...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 1-7

Gundam Evolve OVA; Shomin Sample, The Heiress and the Chauffeur manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Azumanga Daioh Complete Collection DVD (Sentai Selects)Please Sentai Filmworks US$49.98 May 3 Gasaraki DVD (Anime Elements)Cite Nozomi Entertainment US$39.99 May 3 Gundam Evolve DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Sunrise US$24.99 May 3 A Little Snow Fairy Sugar Complete Collection ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, April 25-May 1

Mr. Osomatsu sells 24,288, followed by Black Butler musical, Gintama, Owarimonogatari, Meiji Tokyo Renka film Musical Black Butler -Chi ni Moeru Lycoris 2015- landed at #11 on the overall DVD chart with 3,796 copies. Takuya Eguchi's Eguchi Takuya no Ore-tachi Datte Iyasare Tai! 2 debuted at #22 with 1,795 copies. The standard edition for the live-action film of the My Love Story!! manga ranked #30 ...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, April 25-May 1

Owarimonogatari sells 21,606, followed by Mr. Osomatsu with 21,331, KonoSuba, SNAFU TOO, Fafner Exodus ― Yui Horie's Horie Yui o Meguru Bōken V ~Nerawareta Gakuensai~ Blu-ray sold 3,229 copies to debut at #15 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The Musical Black Butler -Chi ni Moeru Lycoris 2015- landed at #16 with 2,975 copies. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist...
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2nd Chihayafuru Film Opens at #5, Terraformars at #7

Detective Conan tops box office for 3rd week, Crayon Shin-chan, I Am A Hero, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Assassination Classroom also rank Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku, the second live-action film of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga, opened last Friday on 294 screens. It sold 193,226 tickets and earned 216,326,200 yen (about US$2.04 million) over Saturday and Sunday to rank #5 in the box office. The film earned about ...
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Period Manga Creator Sakumi Yoshino Passes Away at 57

Creator of Shōnen wa Kōya o Mezasu, Juliet no Tamago manga ― Manga creator Sakumi Yoshino passed away due to an unspecified sickness on April 20. She was 57. Yoshino was born in Osaka on February 19, 1959. She debuted with her "Utsu Yori Sō ga Yoroshii no!" manga in Shueisha's Bouquet magazine in 1980. Following that, she debuted two other manga in Bouquet, including Shōnen wa Kōya o Mezasu (1985-198...

'Mayoi Neko Overrun,' 'Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father!' Novelist Tomohiro Matsu Passes Away at 43

Author also wrote other light novel series, staffed Comiket for years ― Writer and light novel author Tomohiro Matsu passed away suddenly on Monday due to an unspecified sickness. He was 43. The editorial department of Shueisha's DX Bunko label made the announcement on the label's official website on Tuesday. Matsu is perhaps most well known for his Mayoi Neko Overrun! (Stray Cats Overrun!) and Liste...

Experience Unveils Yomi wo Saku Hana RPG for Xbox One

"Hack-and-slash" RPG set in same world as Students of the Round slated for Spring 2017 ― Japanese game developer Experience Inc. announced during its 10th anniversary celebration event in the Akihabara UDX on Monday that it is developing a new game titled Yomi wo Saku Hana (The Flower That is Torn in the Underworld) for the Xbox One. The game is slated for release in Spring 2017 in Japan. Experience ...
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Uppers PS Vita Action Game's Videos Preview Gameplay Mechanics

Brawler game set on island where brawling is entertainment slated for July 14 ― Game developer Marvelous began streaming two gameplay videos on Sunday for its upcoming PlayStation Vita brawler action game Uppers. The first video introduces the "Rise Up: Friendship Upper Rush" feature, and the second video previews the "Pole Action" feature. Marvelous previously streamed gameplay videos in February sh...
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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Game's Commercial Streamed

PS4/PS Vita game ships in Europe, Americas this Fall ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a short commercial on Sunday for the Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game. Bandai Namco Entertainment previously streamed a story trailer for the game on Monday, and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe streamed an English-subtitled version on Friday. Bandai Namco En...
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Naruto Theme Singer Diana Garnet to Perform at Otakon Matsuri

D.C. native also sang Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note TV anime's theme ― The staff of Otakon announced on Monday that Diana Garnet, an American singer who has contributed anime theme songs for Naruto and Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note, will perform at the convention's Otakon Matsuri event on August 11. The convention describes Garnet's journey from America to Japan: Born in Washington D.C., U.S.A., Garnet was h...

Tenchi Muyou Season 4 Reveals Staff, Ending Song, Fall OVA Launch, Visual

AIC returns to animate with ending theme by Serena Kozuki ― The official website for Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki Dai-yon-ki, the fourth "season" in the Tenchi Muyo! original video anime (OVA) projects, unveiled the staff, ending theme song's performer and title, Fall launch, and key visual by original character designer Masaki Kajishima. As a key figure in the franchise, Kajishima is credited as the origin...
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Keiji Inafune's Mighty No. 9 Game Slated for June

Game creator Keiji Inafune announced in Japanese and English on Monday that comcept is releasing its Mighty No. 9 game on June 21 in North America and Asia. It will then release the game on June 24 in the rest of the world. Inafune added that "portable versions for PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS will follow at a later point," and he emphasized that there will be no further delays for the game. ...
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Gintama Manga Has 50 Million Copies in Print in Japan

Shueisha revealed on Monday that Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga has more than 50 million copies in print in Japan. The manga's 64th volume (pictured at right) shipped on Monday. Shueisha released an official app for iOS and Android for the manga on Monday to commemorate the announcement. The app will eventually feature all volumes of the manga available to read for free, and it is adding one new ...
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Yona of the Dawn Manga to Resume on May 20

Manga had been put on hiatus due to Kumamoto earthquakes ― The official Twitter account of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine announced on Sunday that Mizuho Kusanagi will resume her Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona) manga in this year's 12th issue of the magazine on May 20. Kusanagi had put the manga on hiatus following the Kumamoto earthquakes. Hana to Yume's editorial department confirmed that K...
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OZMAFIA!! TV Anime Shorts' Cast, Staff, Visual, July Premiere Revealed

Cast reprises roles from game, Creators in Pack animates series ― The official website of the television anime short of Poni-Pachet's OZMAFIA!! otome game revealed the anime's cast, staff, visual, and July premiere on Monday. The anime's cast, who all reprise their roles from the game, includes: Tarusuke Shingaki as Caramia, a teacher at Oz Academy. A peaceful and good person overall, he's also good ...
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Happy Marriage!? Manga Gets Live-Action Drama Series

Series based on Maki Enjōji's manga premieres on Amazon Prime Video in June ― A live-action drama series adaptation of Maki Enjōji's Happy Marriage!? manga has been green-lit. The drama will star Dean Fujioka (live-action Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai) and Nana Seino (Tokyo Mukokuseki Shōjo), and will premiere exclusively on the Amazon Prime Video service starting near the end of June. Oricon S...

Ajin TV Anime Gets 2nd Season in October

1st season of anime premiered in Japan in January, outside of Japan via Netflix last month ― The wraparound jacket band on the eighth compiled book volume of Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga is revealing on Friday that the manga's television anime adaptation is getting a second season, which will premiere in October. The first season premiered on January 15 and ran for 13 episodes. Netflix str...
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Blue Exorcist Gets New Stage Play This Summer

Ryō Kitamura, Shūto Miyazaki star in new stage play based on Kazue Katō's manga series ― A website opened on Monday to announce that Kazue Katō's Blue Exorcist manga is inspiring an upcoming stage play. The new stage play will be titled "Ao no Exorcist: Kyōto Guren-hen" (Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Crimson Chapter). The play will star Ryō Kitamura (Yowamushi Pedal stage play's Jinpachi Tōdō) as Rin Okumura ...

Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan Manga Gets TV Anime in July

Hiroshi Kamiya, Mitsuo Iwata, Rikako Aikawa, more star in series based on Shūichi Asō's manga ― This year's 23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing next Monday that Shūichi Asō's Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan supernatural comedy manga series will receive an anime adaptation. The anime will premiere in July as a "double broadcast," running in the morning on the Oha-Suta ("Good Morn...
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Writer Nisioisin's Site Launches Countdown Featuring Jun Aikawa Character

The official website of writer NisiOisin is currently hosting a countdown site featuring an image of the character Jun Aikawa, from the writer's Zaregoto and Saikyō novel series. The countdown will end on Thursday, May 5. The countdown earlier showed an illustration of Jun Aikawa with the text "My name is Jun Aikawa." The site currently hosts a different image of the character (shown above), with ...
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My Hero Academia: Battle for All Gameplay Videos Preview Momo, Kyōka

May 19 game features same voice cast as anime, includes side stories for each playable character ― The official website of Bandai Namco Entertainment's My Hero Academia: Battle for All Nintendo 3DS game began streaming two gameplay videos on Sunday for Momo Yaoyorozu and Kyōka Jirō. The video for Momo previews her gameplay mechanics based on her "Creation" quirk, which allows her to produce various o...

3rd Digimon tri. Film's Story Synopsis Revealed

Film slated for Japanese theaters, paid streaming on September 24 ― The Animate Times website revealed the synopsis on Sunday for Digimon Adventure tri. Kokuhaku (Confession), the third movie in the film in the Digimon Adventure tri. anime film series. Note: The following summary contains spoilers from the first two films. In a shocking turn of events, Meikūmon terminates Leomon, and vanishes into th...
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The Heroic Legend of Arslan Manga's 6th Volume Listed With Bundled DVD

6th volume listed with December 9 ship date ― Amazon is listing that a limited edition version of the sixth volume of Yoshiki Tanaka and Hiromu Arakawa's The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) manga will bundle a DVD. Amazon lists that the limited edition of the volume will ship in Japan on December 9 and the set is retailing for 3,480 yen (about US$32). The listing does not state if the DVD will...
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Tōken Ranbu: Hanamaru TV Anime's 2nd Teaser Visual Unveiled

The official website of Tōken Ranbu: Hanamaru, one of two television anime adaptation of DMM's Tōken Ranbu online browser game, unveiled the second teaser visual for the anime on Monday. The visual shows the characters Yasusada Yamatonokami (left) and Kiyomitsu Kashū (right). The anime will premiere in October. Takashi Naoya (Luck & Logic co-director, Selector Infected Wixoss animation director) i...
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Sengoku Basara: Sanada Yukimura-Den Game's 2nd Gameplay Video Streamed

PS4/PS3 game chronicling Sanada Yukimura's life ships in Japan in September ― CAPCOM began streaming the second gameplay video on Sunday for its Sengoku Basara: Sanada Yukimura-Den (Sengoku Basara: The Legend of Sanada Yukimura) game, previewing the gameplay of Sanada Masayuki and Sanada Nobuyuki. Capcom will release the "stylish hero action" game for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Japan this...
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Rock Band Lenny code fiction Performs D.Gray-man Hallow Anime's Opening Theme

Kaoru Wada returns to compose music for anime premiering in July ― The official website for D.Gray-man Hallow, the new television anime of Katsura Hoshino's D.Gray-man manga, revealed on Monday that rock band Lenny code fiction will perform the anime's opening theme. The show's Twitter account additionally revealed on Monday that Kaoru Wada (3x3 Eyes, Casshern Sins, Ace Attorney) will return from the...
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Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Break Time Anime Shorts' 3rd Episode Posted

2 short episodes to stream for limited time ― The official website for the Re: Life in a different world from zero (Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu) television anime series began streaming the third episode of Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Break Time on Tuesday. The spinoff anime short series airs after each episode of the main anime's airing. The episode will be available online until May 10 at 6:00 ...
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Shōnen Jump NEXT!! Magazine to Change Names

This year's second issue of Shueisha's Shōnen Jump NEXT!! magazine revealed on Monday that the magazine will undergo a name change. The temporary title for the new name is Jump GIGA and its concept will be "a special edition for evolved newcomers." The magazine will launch with the name change this summer. The magazine will feature completely new serialized works from authors from the main Weekly ...

Naruto Gets New Konoha Shinden Novel

New novel to star Guy, Kakashi, Mirai ― This year's second volume of Shueisha's Shōnen Jump NEXT!! magazine revealed the new Konoha Shinden (Konoha New Legend) Naruto novel project on Monday. The novel will have three protagonists — Guy, Kakashi, and Mirai (the daughter of Asuma and Kurenai) — and will take place at a hot spring. The novel will "tie together Naruto and Boruto," and will be set betwee...
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Cardfight!! Vanguard Link Joker Gets Stage Musical in 2017

Shūta Morishima, Shunya Ōhira, Kento, Suzuko Mimori return for musical debuting next spring ― The official Twitter account for the stage play adaptation of Bushiroad's Cardfight!! Vanguard trading card game and anime announced on Saturday that Cardfight!! Vanguard Link Joker, the third season of the Cardfight!! Vanguard television anime series, will receive a stage musical adaptation in spring 2017. ...
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Live-Action Terraformars Film Screens With English Subtitles in Tokyo

The Toho Cinemas theater in Tokyo's Roppongi Hills is screening the live-action Terraformars film with English subtitles. The film adaptation of Kenichi Tachibana and Yū Sasuga's science-fiction manga opened in Japan on Friday, April 29, during the Golden Week holidays. Takashi Miike (live-action films of Ichi the Killer, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Yatterman, As the Gods Will, Crows Zero, Mogur...

Kimagure Orange Road Kickstarter Funds 5th Omnibus Volume

Next stretch goal to fund 6th omnibus volume set at US$119,900 ― Digital Manga Inc.'s Kickstarter campaign to publish Izumi Matsumoto's romantic comedy manga Kimagure Orange Road reached its fourth stretch goal of US$105,900 on Saturday. This will allow the company to publish a fifth 3-in-1 omnibus volume for the manga. The final omnibus volume will be a stretch goal at US$119,900. The Kickstarter re...
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Zekkyō Gakkyū: Tensei Manga Gets New Short Anime Episode This Month

1st anime episode based on sequel series aired in Japan on Tuesday ― The June issue of Shueisha's Ribon magazine announced on Saturday that a new episode of the anime adaptation of Emi Ishikawa's Zekkyō Gakkyū: Tensei manga will air on Oha-Suta on May 31. The episode will adapt the sixth chapter of the manga, "Akai Fūsen" (Red Balloon). A short anime special based on the manga aired on Oha-Suta varie...
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Tsubasa to Hotaru Anime Gets More Episodes This Month

3-episode series stars returning cast Kanae Itō, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Takahiro Sakurai ― The June issue of Shueisha's Ribon magazine announced on Saturday that the television anime adaptation of Nana Haruta's Tsubasa to Hotaru shojo romantic comedy manga will receive more episodes this month. The new episodes will air on May 10, 17, and 24 as segments within the Oha-Suta ("Good Morning Star") program...
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KAT-TUN Idol Group to Go on Hiatus to 'Recharge'

3-member boy band finishes 10th anniversary dome tour on Sunday ― The three-member boy band KAT-TUN will go on hiatus starting on Sunday to "recharge," and the individual members plan to focus on their solo careers during the hiatus. The group appeared on their final variety TV program on April 28, and they will finish their "KAT-TUN 10TH ANNIVERSARY BEST '10Ks!'" dome tour on Sunday night at the Tok...
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Sega Co-Develops Film Based on Shinobi Game

Marc Platt, Adam Siegel partner with Stories International to produce film based on ninja video game franchise ― The entertainment news website Deadline reported on Friday that Sega will co-develop a film based on its Shinobi video game franchise. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce the film with Stories International, a joint business between Sega and advertising agency Hakuhodo DY Group. Storie...
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NanosizeMir's Runa Mizutani Performs Theme Songs For Rewrite Anime

Anri Kumaki, Aoi Tada to also contribute music to series premiering in July ― The official website for the television anime of the Rewrite visual novel announced on Saturday that Runa Mizutani from the NanosizeMir dōjin music unit will perform the opening and ending theme songs for the anime. The opening theme song is titled "Philosophyz" and the ending theme song is titled "Sasayaka na Hajimari" (A ...

Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet Gets Physical, Digital Release in September in N. America, Europe

NISA offers limited edition with soundtrack, art book, prints, pins, DLC ― Video game and anime licensing company NIS America announced via press release on Saturday that it will release the Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet shoot'em up fighter game for the PlayStation 4 in both a physical and a digital release in North America on September 6 and in Europe on September 9. NISA stated that the release...
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Girls & Panzer Film Earns Over 1.9 Billion Yen

The official blog for the Girls und Panzer anime franchise announced on Monday that the Girls und Panzer film has sold 1,144,720 tickets for a total of 1,912,179,484 yen (about US$17.23 million) as of April 24. The film has been in theaters for 23 weeks. The film opened in Japan last November, and it ranked #38 in the top 39 highest grossing Japanese domestic films of 2015 (tied with Grasshopper)....
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Gundam the Origin MSD: Cucuruz Doan no Shima Manga Launches in May

Junji Ōno draws manga that tells story of Cucuruz Doan from original Gundam series ― The June issue of Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine announced on Tuesday that it will begin serializing a spinoff manga of Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin manga titled Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin MSD: Cucuruz Doan no Shima (Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin MSD: Cucuruz Doan's Island) in the magazine's...
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Live-Action The Little Match Girl Film Unveils Trailer, Poster, Cast

Film about match girl whose matches make delusions into reality opens on May 28 ― The official website of the live-action film adaptation of Sanami Suzuki's The Little Match Girl (Match Shōjo) manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Monday in both 60-second and 30-second versions. The trailers preview the film's cast and story, and also feature Kūsō Iinkai's song "Nijūrasen Kōzō" (Double Heli...
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She and Her Cat Complete Edition Adds New Footage

Blu-ray Disc/DVD ships on May 18 in Japan ― The official website for the She and Her Cat -Everything Flows- series of anime shorts announced on Thursday that the Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of the series will include a "complete edition" with additional footage. The opening sequence will also be expanded to 90 seconds. This edition will also get a one-week theatrical screening at Tokyo's Tollywood t...

K Project Gets New Anime, Stage Play, Dance Performance

Director/designer Shingo Suzuki, studio GoHands return for K Seven Stories ― The "K -Do you know K?" event for the K media project announced on Saturday that production on a new animation project, a new stage play run, and a dance performance has been green-lit. Shingo Suzuki is returning as director and character designer at the studio GoHands for the new K Seven Stories anime. GoRA and GoHands are ...
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Vampire Knight memories Sequel Manga's 1st Volume Ships on June 3

New series will feature Kaname as a child, other stories ― This year's June issue of Hakusensha's AneLaLa magazine (cover pictured at right) revealed on Saturday that the first volume of a Vampire Knight memories manga by Matsuri Hino will ship in Japan on June 3. The issue stated that the manga is a sequel series, and that the first volume will feature Kaname as a child. Warning, the following sente...
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Himitsu - The Top Secret Live-Action Film's 1st Trailer Previews Sia's Theme Song

Film based on Reiko Shimizu's psychological sci-fi manga opens on August 6 ― The official website for the live-action film of Reiko Shimizu's Himitsu - The Top Secret psychological science-fiction manga began streaming the film's first theatrical trailer on Saturday. The video previews Australian singer and songwriter Sia's theme song "Alive." The film opens in Japan on August 6. The mystery manga ta...
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Ultraman Orb Series' Video Previews Hero's Combining Power

Hideo Ishiguro stars as Gai Kurenai in July live-action TV show ― Tsuburaya Productions began streaming a promotional video on Saturday for Ultraman Orb, the new Ultraman live-action television series that will premiere this summer. In the video, Ultraman Orb combines the powers of Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman to transform into his Spacium Zeperion form, Ultraman Taro and Ultraman Mebius to transform i...
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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X's English Video Reveals August 30 Release Date

Game ships for PS4, PS Vita in Americas with bonus pouch ― Sega of America began streaming a promotional video for the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X game on Friday. The video reveals that the game will ship for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in the Americas on August 30. The video previews the PlayStation 4 version of the game with the songs "Love Trial" by 40mP, "Strangers" by Heavenz, and "LOL -...
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Danganronpa Stage Play's Video Previews Cast in Costume

Kanata Hongou, Rei Okamoto, Yuichi Nakamura star in June play ― The official website of the Danganronpa The Stage 2016 ~Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei~ (Danganronpa The Stage: The Academy of Hope and the High School Student of Despair) stage play began streaming its second "spot" video on Friday. The video previews the play's main characters in costume. The website also added two new character ...
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Black Rose Valkyrie Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

PS4 game about team battling chimeras ships in Japan on June 30 ― Compile Heart's official website for Black Rose Valkyrie (Kuro Bara Valkyrie) began streaming the PlayStation 4 game's second main promotional video on Thursday. Suzuko Mimori narrates the video as her character Ai Yakumo and introduces the main characters, premise, and gameplay. The website also began streaming a battle combo play dig...
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4th Flying Witch Petit Short Features Akane's Birthday Party

Special version' of 1st 2 short episodes to ship as extras on 1st DVD/BD release on June 22 ― The official website for the television anime of Chihiro Ishizuka's Flying Witch manga began streaming the fourth Flying Witch Petit short anime episode on Friday. In the episode, Makoto and Chinatsu are celebrating Makoto's elder sister's birthday. However, her sister Akane is out traveling the world again....
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GARNiDELiA to Perform at J-Pop Summit Festival in San Francisco

Event takes place at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on July 22-24 ― The organizers of the J-Pop Summit Festival announced on Wednesday that music group GARNiDELiA will perform at the event. GARNiDELiA is comprised of Mai Mizuhashi (Maria) and Yoshinori Abe (Toku). The duo first worked together on "Color," the opening theme song of the Freezing anime, although they had not yet made the Garnidelia ...

Suspect Admits to Murder of Actress, Voice Actress Sian Blake

Final Fantasy XIV actress' partner was arrested in Ghana in January ― BBC News reported on Friday that Arthur Simpson-Kent, the 48-year-old partner of actress and voice actress Sian Blake, has admitted to killing Blake and their two children. Simpson-Kent's lawyer said the jury would be told of his admission at his trial in October. Simpson-Kent has not yet entered a formal plea, but is expected to e...
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AnimeNEXT to Host Black Lagoon Manga Creator Rei Hiroe, Singer-Songwriter ZAQ

Convention takes place in Atlantic City on June 10-12 ― New Jersey-based anime convention AnimeNEXT announced on Wednesday and Thursday that it will host manga creator Rei Hiroe at its 2016 convention as a guest of honor, and it will host singer-songwriter ZAQ as a musical guest. Hiroe is best known for his Black Lagoon action manga, which tells the story of a four-man team of mercenaries who operate...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, April 17-23

Tokyo Ghoul, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, The Irregular at Magic High School, A Silent Voice, The Devil is a Part-Timer, Spice and Wolf, One-Punch Man, Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, Noragami The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on April 16. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Tokyo Ghoul #6 ...
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Tsutomu Nihei May Show Preview of Blame! Anime Film During Comic Con Int'l Appearance

Blame!, Knights of Sidonia creator attends July 21-24 convention ― Kodansha Comics began streaming a video on Thursday featuring manga writer and artist Tsutomu Nihei. In the video, Nihei mentions that he would like to show a sneak peek of the upcoming anime film adaptation of his Blame! manga during his appearance at Comic Con International in July. Polygon Pictures will animate the film project. Ni...
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2016 Godzilla: Resurgence Film's 1st 3D Pre-Production Model Exhibited

Mahiro Maeda created image based on Hideaki Anno's design ― Toho unveiled a 3D pre-production model of the title monster of Godzilla: Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) at the Niconico Chokaigi event in Chiba on Friday. The model does not have the monster's finalized color scheme. The image was designed by Mahiro Maeda based on a concept design by chief director Hideaki Anno. Takayuki Takeya built the model ...
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Complete Haruhi Suzumiya Soundtrack Announced With Teaser for More in 2016

The cast of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya anime series recorded new audio to advertise the upcoming Haruhi Suzumiya compilation album on Lantis Channel's YouTube channel. In the recording, which began streaming this Saturday, Aya Hirano (Haruhi) gushes about the SOS Brigade's "YouTube debut" and says, "We're planning to do lots of other fun stuff as the SOS Brigade this year, so make sure to c...
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The [email protected]: Platinum Stars' Gameplay Video Previews 'Happy!' Song

3 free PS4 themes, new The [email protected] Platinum [email protected] CD series also revealed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a gameplay video on Friday for The [email protected]: Platinum Stars PlayStation 4 game that previews the song "Happy!" The commemorate the upcoming game, Bandai Namco Entertainment is releasing three free PS4 themes. The first theme will be available on May 6, the second one in early J...
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DoDonPachi: DaiFukkatsu Game Gets PC Release via Steam

Game released in Japanese arcades in 2008 with versions on iOS, Android, Xbox 360 ― Publisher Degica Games revealed on its website on Thursday that it will publish Cave's DoDonPachi: DaiFukkatsu arcade shooter on the PC via Steam. The company did not provide a release date for the game. The game allows players to choose between different fighters and clear levels using a variety of weapons, bombs, sh...
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2nd Queen's Blade: Grimoire OVA's Story, Title, Cast Revealed

New OVA shipping this summer stars Saori Goto, Manami Tanaka, Shizuka Itou, Saori Ōnishi ― The June issue of the Hobby Japan magazine revealed the cast members and title of the second episode of the Queen's Blade: Grimoire video anime on Monday. The cast includes: Saori Ōnishi as Darkuser Alicia in Wonderland Saori Goto as Tiina Manami Tanaka as Kaguya Shizuka Itou as Liliana The episode will be titl...
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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Game's English Story Trailer Streamed

PS4/PS Vita game ships in Europe, Americas this fall ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming an English-subtitled story trailer on Friday for the Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game. Bandai Namco Entertainment streamed the same trailer without subtitles on Monday. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game in the Americas and Europe in fall. ...
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One Piece Anime Casts Tesshô Genda as Kaido

Genda debuts in episode 739 on Sunday ― The official website of the One Piece anime announced on Friday that Tesshô Genda (One-Punch Man's Metal Knight, Joker Game's Colonel Mutō, Sengoku Basara franchise's Takeda Shingen) has been cast as Kaido. Genda will debut as the character in the show's 739th episode on Sunday. Genda previously voiced Bear King in the One Piece: Nejimaki Shima no Bōken film in...
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Your Lie in April Live-Action Film Unveils Visual, Additional Cast

Rei Dan, Yuka Itaya, Masahiro Komoto, Hirotaro Honda join September 10 film ― The official website of the live-action film adaptation of Naoshi Arakawa's Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) manga unveiled a new visual and additional cast for the film on Thursday. The visual recreates the cover of the manga's first volume, featuring Kento Yamazaki (left) as Kōsei Arima, and Suzu Hirose (right)...
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Live-Action Chihayafuru Films Get Sequel

2nd film opened in Japan on Friday ― The staff of the two live-action film adaptations of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga announced on Friday that a sequel has been green-lit. The staff made the announcement at a stage greeting event for the second film Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku (Chihayafuru: Lower Phrase), which opened in Japan on Friday. TOHO additionally began streaming a digest video on Friday t...

Cutie Honey -Tears- Live-Action Film's Teaser Reveals October Debut

Mariya Nishiuchi stars in new live-action adaptation of Go Nagai manga ― The official website of Cutie Honey -Tears-, the new live-action film adaptation of Go Nagai's Cutie Honey manga, began streaming a teaser for the film on Thursday. The teaser reveals the film's October 1 opening date. Mariya Nishiuchi (live-action Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo, Switch Girl) will star in the film. Asai Takeshi (Gh...
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NBCUniversal Concludes US$3.8 Billion Deal to Acquire DreamWorks Animation

The Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday that NBCUniversal has concluded a US$3.8 billion deal to acquire DreamWorks Animation. According to the report, Comcast Corp., the parent company of NBCUniversal, will pay US$41 to DreamWorks shareholders for each share of DreamWorks stock. The transaction is expected to be completed in full later this year. DreamWorks Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg w...
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Super Robot Wars X-Ω Adds Baikanfu From Anime of Gobots Predecessor Machine Robo

Game will also add Shining Gundam, Getter Dragon on May 1 ― The official website of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Super Robot Wars X-Ω smartphone game revealed on Thursday that it will add Baikanfu from Machine Robo: Revenge of Chronos, the Shining Gundam from Mobile Fighter G Gundam, and Getter Dragon from Getter Robo G to the game on May 1. The Machine Robo: Revenge of Chronos television anime aired...
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Crunchyroll Adds Mazinger Edition Z Anime to Catalog

Retelling of Go Nagai's Mazinger Z story premiered in 2009 ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact! anime to its catalog. The series is available to users in the United States and Canada. The entire series is available to premium users, while only the first 13 episodes are available to free users, with the next 13 episodes available next week. Crunchyroll ...
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Ajin Manga Bundles 2nd Anime DVD in 9th Volume

OAD depicting everyday lives of characters debuts on October 7 ― The official website of the Ajin anime project announced on Thursday that the ninth volume of Gamon Sakurai's Ajin: Demi-Human manga will have a limited edition that will bundle an original anime DVD on October 7. The OAD will have two stories titled "Kei, Kō, Tosaki, Shimomura in Kakurega no Ryokan" and "Satō and Tanaka in Himitsu no A...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, April 4-10

Live-action Omukae desu. drama airs ― The live-action television drama adaptation of Meca Tanaka's Omukae desu. manga aired on NTV on Saturday, April 23 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 10.3% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV April 24 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 12.0 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi April 22 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 10.2 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV April 24 (Sun) 1...

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