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PlayStation VR Trailer Shows Game Lineup

Summer Lesson, Gran Turismo Sport, Ace Combat 7, more shown ― Sony began streaming a video on Tuesday highlighting its game lineup for its PlayStation VR product. The games shown include Farpoint, Summer Lesson: Alison Snow Nanoka no Niwa, Resident Evil 7: biohazard, Gran Turismo Sport, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Starblood Arena, No Heroes Allowed! VR, Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV, Dark Ec...
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Eat-Man's Akihito Yoshitomi Starts New Short Yuri Series

Manga about girls who discover strange machine launched this month ― This year's July issue of Shonengahosha's Young Comic magazine published the first chapter of a new mini-series by Akihito Yoshitomi on June 9. The manga, titled Lily System, is based on merchandise illustrations Yoshitomi did for Village Vanguard's Yuri Exhibition. In the "mechanical girls" story, two high school girls discover a s...
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Fate/Apocrypha TV Anime Airs Last Ad Before July 1 Premiere

"Opening of the Holy Grail War" & EGOIST's opening song teased ― The television anime of TYPE-MOON and Yuichiro Higashide's Fate/Apocrypha novels presented a new themed commercial on Sunday. The "Opening of the Holy Grail War" video is the third and final one of three themed commercials for the anime. (Note: The linked video on the official website is region-locked to Japan.) The ad features EGOIST's...

14 Anime Titles Leave Daisuki Streaming Service This Month

Titles include Gundam Wing, Dunbine, L-Gaim, Gundam 00, Rewrite ― Streaming service Daisuki announced on Monday and Wednesday that 14 titles will leave the service at the end of June. The anime leaving include: (Titles with * are available in U.S. and Canada only on Daisuki.) B-Project -Kodo Ambitious- Rewrite Qualidea Code Aura Battler Dunbine* Heavy Metal L-Gaim* GaoGaiGar: King of the Braves* Mama...
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Kanae Hazuki's Say 'I Love You'. Manga Ends Serialization on July 24

Series about 1st love inspired anime, live-action film ― This year's August issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine revealed on Saturday that Kanae Hazuki's Say "I love you". manga will end in the magazine's September issue on July 24. The September issue will feature the manga on the cover, and the final chapter will include an opening color page. The manga's 17th volume had revealed in October that th...
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School-Live! Manga Goes on Hiatus With Planned Return By End of Year

Manga about girls who survive zombie apocalypse launched in 2012, inspired anime in 2015 ― The August issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine revealed on Saturday that Norimitsu Kaihō and Sadoru Chiba's School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) manga is going on hiatus starting with the magazine's September issue. The manga is planned to return before the end of the year. Kaihō and Chiba launched...
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My Hero Academia 2nd Season Anime Previews New Opening Theme, 2nd Cour in Video

2nd half of new series to cover "Hero Killer Stain" arc. ― The official website for the second season of the My Hero Academia television anime series began streaming a new video on Saturday that previews the show's second cour. The video also previews amazarashi's new opening theme song "Sora ni Utaeba" (If I Sing in the Sky). The video previews the show's "Hero Killer Stain" arc. The new opening the...
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Live-Action Love Concierge Series Gets 2nd Season

1st season of manga-based comedy premiered in December ― The wrap-around jacket band of the sixth compiled volume of Hakase and Ueno's comedy manga Rabuho no Ueno-san (Love Concierge, or "Mr. Ueno of the Love Hotel") announced on Friday that the live-action series adaptation will get a second season. The first season began streaming on the "Fuji TV on Demand" on December 1, and the television broadca...
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Classroom of the Elite Anime's Promo Video Previews ZAQ's Theme Song

Anime based on Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e light novels premieres on July 12 ― The official website for Classroom of the Elite, the television anime adaptation of author Syohgo Kinugasa and illustrator Shunsaku Tomose's Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e (Welcome to the Classroom of the Supreme Ability Doctrine or "Yō Jitsu") light novel series, began streaming the show's p...
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Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime's 3rd Film Reveals Visual, October 14 Premiere

2nd film in 7-part project opened in Japan on Saturday ― The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project revealed on Saturday that the third film in the franchise, subtitled "Junai-hen" (Pure Love Chapter), will open in Japan on October 14. The account also revealed a ...

Crunchyroll Adds Hina Logic: From Luck & Logic Anime to Summer Lineup

1st episode of latest series in Luck & Logic franchise available now ― Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that is streaming the Hina Logic: From Luck & Logic anime adaptation of Bushiroad's Luck & Logic card game. Crunchyroll premiered the first episode at 12:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday. The series is available for members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, ...
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Yurucamp TV Anime Reveals Main Staff

Yoshiaki Kyougoku makes directorial debut at C-Station for series premiering in winter 2018 ― The August issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine revealed the main staff on Saturday for the television anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga. Yoshiaki Kyougoku (Kuroko's Basketball and Robotics;Notes episode director, Tokyo Ghoul unit director) is directing the serie...
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Haikara-san ga Tōru Anime Films Reveal 4 More Cast Members

Takahiro Sakurai, Kazuya Nakai, Yuuki Kaji, Asami Seto join cast, 1st of 2 films opens on November 11 ― The official website for the anime film adaptations of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga revealed more cast members on Saturday. The cast members include: Takahiro Sakurai as Tōsei Aoe, president of the "Jōdansha" publishing company where Benio works. Kazuya Nakai as Shingo Onijima, Shinobu'...
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My Hero Academia Anime Reveals Gran Torino's Character Design

The official website for the My Hero Academia anime revealed the animation character designs for Gran Torino on Friday. Gran Torino is a veteran who once taught All Might, but does not have much of a record as a professional hero. His Quirk, "Jet," allows him to shoot the air he breathes from his feet. He will make his first appearance in the second season's thirteenth episode, which premieres on ...
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Top-Selling Anime CD Albums: 2017 (First Half)

Yuri!!! on Ice sells 76,441, followed by 3 A3! CDs, Fate/Grand Order OST, your name., Nana Mizuki ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 12, 2016 to June 11, 2017. Rank Estimated Sales in Discs Title Maker Release Date Artist 1 76,441 Oh! SkaTra!!! Yuri!!! on Ice/Original Skate Song Collection AVP 16/12/21 Various Artists 2 74,241 MANKAI☆Kaika Sengen PC 17/2/15 A3ders! 3 73,683 Fate/Grand Or...
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Karada Sagashi Net Anime Casts Kana Asumi, Takuya Eguchi

Horror series to premiere July 31 on Production I.G's Vertical Anime app ― The latest chapter of author Welzard and illustrator Katsutoshi Murase's Karada Sagashi (Body Search) manga revealed the main cast and July 31 premiere date for the net anime adaptation on Friday. The series stars Kana Asumi as Asuka and Takuya Eguchi as Takahiro. The anime will be available on Production I.G's Tate Anime (Ver...
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Aniplex of America Appoints Shu Nishimoto as President

Aniplex of America announced on Friday that Shu Nishimoto was appointed the new company president on June 21. Nishimoto is replacing Hideki 'Henry' Goto, who will take on the role of Head of International Business Development at Aniplex in Tokyo. Nishimoto joined Aniplex as Manager of Sales in 2009. In 2014, he joined Aniplex's California-based subsidiary Aniplex of America as Vice President of Li...
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Top-Selling Anime CD Singles: 2017 (First Half)

Hey! Say! Jump's Time Bokan 24 theme sells 299,849, followed by HKT48's Kamiwaza Wanda song, Uta-Pri Legend Star, The [email protected] Cinderella Girls ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 12, 2016 to June 11, 2017. Rank Estimated Sales in Discs Title Maker Release Date Artist 1 299,849 OVER THE TOP (Time Bokan 24) JST 17/2/22 Hey! Say! Jump 2 267,065 Bagutte Iijan (Kamiwaza Wanda) UM 17/2/15 HK...

Gainax Begins Uru in Blue Anime Film's Production This Month

Production on long-dormant film announced following results of Khara's lawsuit ― Gainax president Hiroyuki Yamaga revealed on Gainax's website on Friday that the studio began production on its long-dormant theatrical anime Uru in Blue (Aoki Uru) this month. Yamaga also apologized for worry caused by the "news of the trial results." A judge at the Tokyo District Court's Tachikawa Branch ordered Gainax...
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In Another World With My Smartphone Anime Posts 2nd Key Visual

The staff of the television anime of Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World With My Smartphone (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni.) light novel series posted a second key visual on Friday. The image shows protagonist Touya Mochizuki apparently taking a selfie with the rest of the main cast. The anime will premiere on July 11. The cast includes: Katsumi Fukuhara as Touya Mochizuki Maaya Uchida as Elze Si...
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Top-Selling Animation DVDs in Japan: 2017 (First Half)

2 One Piece DVDs, 6 Yuri!!! on Ice DVDs, 2 Granblue Fantasy DVDs, 2 Uta-Pri Legend Star DVDs, 2 Ghibli DVDs ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 12, 2016 to June 11, 2017. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Maker Release Date Artist/Category 1 33,393 Minions NUE 16/6/3 Animation 2 27,392 One Piece Film Gold DVD Standard Edition PC 16/12/28 Animation 3 23,544 Yuri!! on Ice 1 DVD AVP 16/12...
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Top-Selling Animation Blu-ray Discs in Japan: 2017 (First Half)

4 Love Live! Sunshine!! BDs, 6 Yuri!! on Ice BDs, 1 Kizumonogatari BD, 3 Uta-Pri Legend Star BDs, 2 Granblue Fantasy BDs ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 12, 2016 to June 11, 2017. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Maker Release Date Artist/Category 1 65,036 Love Live! Sunshine!! 7 (Limited Special Edition) BVS 17/3/24 Animation 2 62,930 The Secret Life of Pets Blu-ray+DVD Set NUE 1...

Top-Selling Animation in Japan on Blu-ray Disc/DVD by Series: 2017 (First Half)

Yuri!! on Ice, Love Live! Sunshine!!, Uta-Pri Legend Star, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Granblue Fantasy lead chart ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 12, 2016 to June 11, 2017. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title 1 406,328 Yuri!! on Ice 2 213,028 Love Live! Sunshine!! 3 174,692 Utano☆Princesama Legend Star 4 103,928 Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru 5 89,481 Granblue Fantasy the Animation 6 83,054 One...

Top-Selling Media Franchises in Japan: 2017 (First Half)

One Piece, Yuri!! on Ice, High & Low, The [email protected], Love Live! lead home video/CD/novel/manga sales ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 12, 2016 to June 11, 2017. It includes the raw yen totals of Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, music CDs, novels in print, and manga in print, but not games, film tickets, digital downloads, and other forms of media sales. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title HomeVi...
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Welcome To The Ballroom Anime Reveals 4th Key Visual

The official website for the television anime of Tomo Takeuchi's Welcome to the Ballroom manga revealed the show's fourth key visual on Friday. The anime adapts Tomo Takeuchi's Welcome to the Ballroom manga. The series will premiere on MBS on Saturday, July 8 at 26:08 (effectively Sunday, July 9 at 2:08 a.m.), and will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Gunma TV on July 9. Additionally, Pony Canyon a...
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Food Wars! English Dub to Premiere at Anime Expo

Premiere on June 30 at 6 p.m. ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Friday that its English dub of Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma will premiere at Anime Expo on June 30 at 6:00 p.m. PDT. Attendees of the screening will also receive an exclusive poster. Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's manga Shokugeki No Soma inspired two television anime series. The first anime season of Food Wars! aired for 24 episodes from Ma...
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HIDIVE Streaming Platform Adds GATE Dub, GARO Live-Action Series

GATE dub available starting on June 30 ― Anime streaming service HIDIVE announced on Friday that it will stream the English dub for the GATE anime and the GARO live-action series. The GATE anime is currently available in Japanese with English subtitles in its entirety (24 episodes). The English dub will launch on June 30. The service will add new English-dubbed episodes in installments every Friday a...
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Live-Action Gintama Videos Highlight Main Cast

Gintoki, Shinpachi, Kagura, Katsura, Elizabeth, Tae, Kondo, Okita, Hijikata videos streamed ― Mainichi Shimbun's MAiDiGi TV began streaming a short character video for the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga on Friday. The video highlights Gintoki Sakata, Shinpachi Shimura, and Kagura. The Comic Natalie website began streaming a video highlighting Kotarō Katsura, Elizabeth, and Tae Sh...
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Studio Gokumi's Toji no Miko Anime Reveals 4 More Characters

Original anime project centers on female sword wielders ― The official website for Studo Gokumi's Toji no Miko (The Shrine Maiden Swordwielders) original anime project revealed four more character designs and details on Friday. The new characters are as follows: Maki Shidō, the first seat in the elite guards for the Orikami family. She joined the guard group after becoming the sword fighting champion...
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Berserk Anime Ends With 'The Story Continues' Message

The 24th and final episode of the new Berserk anime premiered on Friday and ended with a "The Story Continues..." message. The staff have not announced a continuation for the anime. The new television anime project premiered in Japan in July 2016, and aired for 12 episodes. The anime's continuation premiered in Japan on April 7. Crunchyroll streamed all 24 episodes as they aired. Funimation is str...
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Hiromu Arakawa's Silver Spoon Manga Returns on July 5

Agricultural series went on hiatus in September ― This year's 31st issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Hiromu Arakawa's Silver Spoon manga will return in the next issue on July 5. The series went on hiatus last September after having just resumed last August. This issue teased that Hachiken and Mikage will finally become a couple. The story will resume i...
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Yen Press Licenses Akame ga KILL Author's Hinowa ga CRUSH! Manga

Takahiro's series debuts in N. America simultaneously with Japan ― North American manga publisher Yen Press announced on Friday that it will publish Takahiro's new Hinowa ga Yuku! (Hinowa Conquers!) manga starting with the first chapter as it debuts in Japan. Yen Press will release the series under the title Hinowa ga CRUSH!, and it will release the first chapter on Monday. The publisher describes th...
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Nights of Azure 2 Game Gets Manga Spinoff in July

Tae Tono draws Yoru no Nai Kuni 2 ~Hibi Hana Sakari~ spinoff ― The August issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine is revealing on Monday that KOEI Tecmo Games and Gust's Nights of Azure 2 (Yoru no Nai Kuni 2 ~Shingetsu no Hanayome~) game will get a spinoff manga titled Yoru no Nai Kuni 2 ~Hibi Hana Sakari~ at "Suiyōbi no Sirius," Monthly Shonen Sirius' online manga label collaboration with...
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Shuuichi Shigeno's New Manga Series Titled MF Ghost

This year's 30th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine is revealing the title of Shuuichi Shigeno's new manga series on Monday. The series is titled MF Ghost. The manga will launch this summer. The series will take place in the 2020s, when self-driving cars are ubiquitous in Japan. The series will feature a genius driver who goes back to Japan after graduating top of his or her class at a racing scho...

Gainax Ordered to Pay Studio Khara 100 Million Yen

Gainax allegedly owes royalties to Khara for income on properties that Hideaki Anno worked on ― A judge at the Tokyo District Court's Tachikawa Branch ordered Gainax to pay Studio Khara 100 million yen (about US$899,000) on Friday. Studio Khara filed a lawsuit in December against Gainax regarding a 100 million yen debt that Gainax allegedly owes Khara. It is expected that Gainax will not appeal the d...
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Kosaku Shima Series' Hirokane Draws 2 New Chapters of Hello Hari-nezumi Manga

Hirokane debuted with series in Young Magazine's 1st issue in 1980 ― This year's 30th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine is revealing on Monday that Kenshi Hirokane will publish two new chapters for his Hello Hari-nezumi (Hello Hedgehog) manga in the magazine's 32nd and 33rd issues on July 10 and 15, respectively. Hello Hari-nezumi is Hirokane's debut manga. He launched it in July 1980 in the first e...
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Jump Giga Magazine Ends 'Season' With 4th Issue, Final Chapter of Ichigo 100% Sequel

Magazine began planned 4-issue run on April 28 ― This year's third issue of Shueisha's Jump Giga magazine revealed on Friday that it will end its current "season" with its fourth issue on July 28. The current season launched on April 28, and had a planned four-issue run. The first "season" of the magazine launched in July last year with Shueisha's Shonen Jump NEXT!! magazine changing its name to Jump...
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As The Gods Will Manga Duo Launches New Series in July

Also: Basilisk spinoff novels get manga adaptation in July ― This year's 30th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine is revealing on Monday that writer Muneyuki Kaneshiro and artist Akeji Fujimura, the duo behind the As the Gods Will manga, will launch a new manga titled Gnoshros in the magazine's next issue on July 3. The magazine describes the manga as centering on humans 30,0000 years in the past. A Y...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Fighting Game Adds Trunks

Trunks from "Cell Saga" joins PS4, Xbox One, PC fighting game slated for 2018 ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Trunks is joining the roster of playable characters in Arc System Works' Dragon Ball FighterZ 2D fighting game. The magazine shows that the version of Trunks in the game is specifically the "Future Trunks" that appears in the stor...
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Action Heroine Cheer Fruits Anime Previewed in TV Ad

diomedea's original anime series premieres on July 6 ― The official website for the upcoming original television anime Action Heroine Cheer Fruits began streaming a commercial for the show on Friday. The story is set in the year 20xx during an action heroine warring states period. The action heroine trend had started with a small festival in a certain city. The project created a "local heroine fighte...
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DIVE!! Anime's TV Ad Previews Yūta Hashimoto's Ending Theme

Anime based on Eto Mori's novel debuts on July 6 ― The official website for the television anime of Eto Mori's youth novel series DIVE!! began streaming a 30-second promotional video on Thursday. The video previews solo vocalist Yūta Hashimoto's ending theme song "New World." Both Hashimoto and Qyoto, the band who is performing the opening theme song "Taiyō mo Hitoribocchi" (The Sun Is Also Lonely), ...
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Teekyū Anime's 9th Season Previewed in Video

New season premieres on July 12 ― The official website for the television anime of Piyo and Roots' Teekyū manga began streaming the ninth anime season's promotional video on Friday. The anime will premiere on July 12 on Tokyo MX at 10:40 p.m. before airing later that evening on Sun TV. The anime will then air on AT-X on July 13 at 9:25 p.m. Yui Watanabe will perform the opening theme song "Dream Firs...
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Gonzo's 18if TV Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Teddyloid's Opening Theme

Series premiering on July 7 will have different ending song for each episode ― The official website for Koji Morimoto and Gonzo's 18if television anime began streaming the show's second promotional video on Friday. The video previews Teddyloid's opening theme song "Red Doors feat. Yoshikazu Mera." The website also revealed that each episode of the series will feature a different ending theme song by ...
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Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu Film's Teaser Video, Trailer Streamed

Film set 30 years after previous story opens on December 16 ― The official website for Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu (Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: The Return of the Oni King), the fourth film in the Yo-kai Watch franchise, began streaming a teaser video and a trailer on Friday. In the film's story, there used to be a boy who could control yo-kai with a mysterious watch. However, he became un...
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Asusa Satou Narrates 4th Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki OVA's Latest Promo Video

4th Blu-ray Disc in new series ships on August 30 ― The official website of Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki Dai-4-Ki, the fourth OAV in the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki OVA series, began streaming a fourth promotional video on Saturday. Azusa Satou as Otoka Masaki narrates the video. The video previews the third installment's opening theme song "Kokoro Hanabira" by Haruna Ōshima. The OVA's fourth Blu-ray Disc volume ...
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Saiyuki Reload Blast Anime's 2 TV Ads Preview Granrodeo's Opening Theme

Ads focus on characters Genjo, Saitaisai for anime premiering on July 5 ― The official YouTube channel for the television anime adaptation of Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki Reload Blast manga began streaming two commercials on Friday. Both ads preview GRANRODEO's opening theme song "move on! Ibara Michi." Genjo Sanzo Version Saitaisai Version Saiyuki Reload Blast will premiere on July 5 on AT-X at 10:30 p...
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New Game!! Anime's Video Previews fourfolium's Opening Song

2nd season of anime premieres on July 11 ― The official website for the television anime of Shōtarō Tokunō's New Game! manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime's second season (titled New Game!!, with an additional exclamation mark) on Friday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "STEP by STEP UP↑↑↑↑" by the group fourfolium, composed of the four main voice actresses Yūki ...
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Land of the Lustrous TV Anime's Teaser Video Previews CG Animation

Anime based on Haruki Ichikawa manga premieres October ― The official website for the the television anime of Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) manga began streaming a teaser promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video previews the show's CG animation. The series will premiere in October. Takahiko Kyōgoku (Love Live! School idol project, GATE) is directing the anime at ...

Gundam Twilight AXIS Net Anime's 1st Episode Streamed With English Subtitles

6-episode series of shorts stars Risa Shimizu, Shuuhei Sakaguchi, Daisuke Ono ― The Gundam.info portal site began streaming the first English-subtitled episode on Friday for the net anime adaptation of Ark Performance and Koujirou Nakamura's Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight AXIS novel. The anime will have six episodes — five three-minute episodes, and the final eight-minute episode. The first episode debu...
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Captain Tsubasa Stage Play Videos Streamed

"Super Experience" stage play runs in August-September in Tokyo ― The official website for Super Experience Stage Captain Tsubasa, the stage play adaptation of Yōichi Takahashi's Captain Tsubasa soccer manga, revealed six character videos highlighting different cast members on Thursday: Kōki as Hiroshi Jitō Kazumi Doi as Makoto Sōda Kazuki Watanabe as Ken Wakashimizu Shūto Washio as Jun Misugi Yūho M...
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Crunchyroll Adds Eureka Seven, Soul Eater, Attack on Titan: Junior High Anime

Casshern Sins, Doamayger-D also stream ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added the following anime to its catalog: Eureka Seven (available in the U.S. and Canada) Soul Eater (available in the U.S. and Canada) Attack on Titan: Junior High (available in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, and South Africa) Casshern Sins (available in the U.S. and Canada) Doamayger-D (available in the U.S., C...
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Anime Expo to Host Production I.G's Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Kazuto Nakazawa, Rui Kuroki

President, character designer, producer to attend July convention ― The organizers of the Anime Expo convention announced on Thursday that the event will host Production I.G president and CEO Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, director and character designer Kazuto Nakazawa, and producer Rui Kuroki. They will appear at the Production I.G panel on Saturday and the FLCL 2 & 3 panel on Sunday. Ishikawa graduated colle...
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Studio Trigger to Announce New Titles at Anime Expo (Updated)

Little Witch Academia director Yoh Yoshinari to attend ― Studio Trigger announced on its official Twitter account on Thursday that it will reveal "multiple" new titles at the Anime Expo convention this year. It will host a panel on July 2 to make the announcements. The Twitter account also mentioned that Yoh Yoshinari (Little Witch Academia director and character designer) will be appearing at the In...
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Anime Network Online to Cease Streaming on August 20

The Anime Network announced on Thursday that its Anime Network Online (ANO) streaming service will shut down on August 20 at 12:59 a.m. EDT (August 19 at 11:59 PM CDT). ANO transferred its assets to the new streaming service HIDIVE, which launched its beta version on Tuesday. Yearly ANO subscribers can receive a subscription credit at HIDIVE. HIDIVE currently offers an ad-supported free membership...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, June 12-18

Pokémon Sun & Moon in top 10 ― The live-action drama adaptation of Ryō Ikuemi's Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo manga aired on TBS on Tuesday, June 13 at 10:00 p.m and earned a 10.1% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV June 18 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 11.2 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV June 18 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 7.4 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi June 16 (Fri) 19:30 24 min....
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Motoka Murakami Launches Patreon for English Translation of His JIN Manga

Medical time-travel manga inspired multiple live-action films, Takarazuka play ― Manga creator Motoka Murakami opened a Patreon account last Friday to fund an English translation of his historical medical manga JIN. Murakami posted the first two chapters for free and additional chapters will be uploaded weekly for patrons contributing US$5 per month or more. The third chapter launched on Thursday. Pa...
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Summer Lesson: Allison Snow Trailer Shows Summertime Japanese Lessons

Virtual reality software launched on Thursday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a second promotional video for Summer Lesson: Allison Snow, its new installment in the Summer Lesson virtual reality game series, on Thursday. In the video, Alison speaks in heavily accented Japanese. In addition to the main game, the video previews four upcoming additional content releases: "Porch Internationa...
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Otakon Hosts Toshio Furukawa, Shino Kakinuma, Katsuyuki Sumizawa, Hideyuki Tomioka

Voice actors, scriptwriter, producer to attend D.C. convention this August 11-13 ― The staff of the Otakon convention announced on Wednesday that it will host voice actors Toshio Furukawa and Shino Kakinuma. The staff also announced that this year's event will host scriptwriter and novelist Katsuyuki Sumizawa and Sunrise senior managing director Hideyuki Tomioka. Toshio Furukawa began his prolific vo...
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Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film's Still Shows Kureo Mado, Quinque

Yo Oizumi plays Kureo Mado for film premiering at Anime Expo ― The official Twitter account for the live-action Tokyo Ghoul film released a new still from the film on Thursday. The image shows Yo Oizumi as Kureo Mado with a quinque, an anti-ghoul weapon. The film will premiere on July 3 at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, July 7 in Berlin, and July 10 at the Marunouchi Piccadilly theater in Chiyoda, Japan ...
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Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] Fighting Game Promo Shows New Characters, Modes

Port of arcade game ships July 20 in Japan ― Arc System Works began streaming a promotional video for the home version of Ecole Software and French-Bread's Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] arcade fighting game on Thursday. The video highlights the updates for the home edition, including new characters Enkidu and Wagner, refined character abilities, and new "chronicle," tutorial, and mission modes Th...
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Dynasty Warriors 9 PS4 Game's Trailer Shows Open World

Upcoming game adds new attacks, characters, actions ― Koei Tecmo began streaming a trailer for its upcoming PlayStation 4 game Dynasty Warriors 9 (Shin Sangoku Musou 8) on Thursday. The video shows scenes from the game's world and "one versus thousands" gameplay. Koei Tecmo America and Koei Tecmo Europe will release the game in the West. Koei Tecmo America describes the game: In Dynasty Warriors 9, p...
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7O3X: Fastest Finger First Anime Casts Tomoaki Maeno, M.A.O, Ayane Sakura

Anime based on Iqura Sugimoto's quiz club manga premieres on July 4 ― Toei began streaming a quiz video on Tuesday for 7O3X Fastest Finger First, the television anime adaptation of Iqura Sugimoto's Nana Maru San Batsu (literally, "7 O 3 X" or "7 Right, 3 Wrong") manga. The video reveals the character Kunimitsu Ōkura, and the voice actor for the character asks if viewers can guess his identity. A sepa...
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Yūta Hashimoto Performs DIVE!! Anime's Ending Theme Song

Anime based on Eto Mori's novel debuts on July 6 ― The official website for the television anime of Eto Mori's youth novel series DIVE!! revealed on Thursday that solo vocalist Yūta Hashimoto will perform the ending theme song "New World." A new television commercial previewing the song is premiering on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block on Thursday. The 22-year-old singer from Sendai, Miyagi debu...
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Yurucamp Camping TV Anime Premieres in Winter 2018

Japanese retailer Rakuten is listing the cover of the August issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine, which reveals that the television anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga will premiere in winter 2018. The issue also reveals the anime's staff, and the manga features on the cover. The issue will ship on Saturday. The "slow outdoor manga" follows two young wo...

The Rising of the Shield Hero Fantasy Novels Get Anime

Anime's 1st promo video debuts at Anime Expo on July 1 ― The Twitter account of the Osada, Shizuoka branch of the Yoshimi Books store posted a picture on Thursday that reveals an anime adaptation of Aneko Yusagi's The Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari) fantasy light novel series has been green-lit. The image shows promotional flyers from MF Books, the light novel label of Kadokawa...
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Kaito × Ansa Puzzle-Solving Anime's 4th Promo Video Reveals Daisuke Ono as Yū

Series starring Kazuki Katou, Takahiro Sakurai premieres on July 12 ― The official website for the Kaito × Ansa "puzzle-solving" (nazo-toki) original television anime began streaming the show's fourth promotional video on Thursday. The video previews SuG's ending theme song "Agaku." The video reveals that Daisuke Ono (Black Butler's Sebastian, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable's Jōtarō...
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Sylph Manga Magazine Ceases Publication, New 'Pixiv Sylph' Online Magazine Launches This Summer

Magazine launched in 2006, serialized manga adaptations of otome games ― The August issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Sylph magazine (cover pictured at right) announced on Thursday that the magazine will cease publication as of the September issue, which will go on sale on July 22. Kadokawa plans to launch the "Pixiv Sylph" free online manga magazine sometime this summer. The new free online magazine will ...
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SEGA Launches 'Forever Collection' of Classic Games on iOS, Android

Games free to download with ads, purchasable for no ads ― SEGA launched its "SEGA Forever" collection on Wednesday. The collection ports games from SEGA consoles on iOS and Android platforms for mobile devices. The collection launched with Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star II, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon, and Altered Beast. Sega plans to add more games every month. All games are free to download but ar...
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Princess Jellyfish Manga Approaches Climax

Manga resumes on Saturday after hiatus since January 2016 ― The August issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine is revealing on Saturday that Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime) manga is in its "climax arc." The issue also states that the manga is heading toward its ending. The manga will also resume in the same issue on Saturday, after a hiatus since January 2016. The manga revealed in 2015...
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Warriors All-Stars Game's Videos Highlight Plachta, Sophie, Tokitsugu

Game slated for N. America on August 29, for Europe on September 1 ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming three new highlight videos for its Warriors All-Stars (Musou Stars) crossover game on Wednesday. The trailers highlight the characters Plachta (Atelier series), Sophie (Atelier series), and Tokitsugu (Toukiden series). Koei Tecmo America describes the game's story and interaction mechanics: Summone...
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Medical Manga Kōnodori Gets 2nd Live-Action Series in October

Cast returns for series about obstetrician based on Yū Suzunoki manga ― This year's 30th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that the live-action television series adaptation of Yū Suzunoki's Kōnodori (The Stork) manga is getting a sequel series. The series will premiere on TBS in October. The returning cast includes Gou Ayano as Sakura Kōnotori, Mayu Matsuoka as Kae Shimoya, Yō...

Anime Expo Hosts U.S. Premiere Screening of Lupin III Italian Game Special

Also: Voice acttress Charlet Chung, voice actor Jonny Cruz to have autograph sessions during convention ― TMS Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it will hold a screening of the Lupin III Italian Game special at Anime Expo on July 3. The screening of this latest Lupin III special will be the anime's United States premiere. TMS Entertainment will give out free T-shirts with art by Hisao Yokobori...

Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul Anime's New Theme Song Artists Revealed

THE BEAT GARDEN, DAOKO perform new theme songs debuting on July 7 ― The official website for the Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul television anime, the sequel to 2014's Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, revealed the anime's new opening and ending theme song artists on Thursday. Both songs will debut in the anime on July 7 for its second cour (quarter of a year). THE BEAT GARDEN will perform the anime's new openi...

Berserk Manga Goes Back on Hiatus Until Winter

Manga had returned from most recent hiatus in March ― This year's 13th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine is revealing on Friday that Kentarou Miura's Berserk manga is going back on hiatus until "around winter." The issue on Friday will feature a new chapter. Miura had resumed the manga in the seventh issue of Young Animal, which shipped on March 24. The manga had been running on a monthly s...
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My Hero Academia Anime Reveals New Opening Theme Artist, Cast for Gran Torino

amazarashi performs new opening theme song, ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that amazarashi will perform the new opening theme song "Sora ni Utaeba" (If I Sing in the Sky) for the second season of the My Hero Academia television anime series. The band previously performed theme songs for Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace and Tokyo Ghoul √A. The iss...

One Piece Anime Gets 'Episode of East Blue' Special on August 26

2-hour special features redrawn anime of East Blue arc, anime of chapter covers ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the One Piece anime is getting a two-hour special titled One Piece Episode of East Blue: Luffy to 4-nin no Nakama no Daibōken (Luffy and His 4 Crewmates' Big Adventure). The special will air on August 26 at 9:00 p.m. The issue i...
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Black Clover Manga Takes 1-Week Break Due to Author's Hospitalization

This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga is taking a break from the magazine's 31st issue on July 3. In the comments section of the 30th issue, Tabata explains that he was hospitalized due to asthma and is taking the time to recover. Tabata began the series in Weekly Shonen Jump in February 2015. Viz Media publish...

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime Gets 3rd Season This Fall

New season follows battle against Council of Ten ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime is getting a third season that will premiere this fall. The issue reveals that the anime is titled: Shokugeki no Sōma: San no Sara (Food Wars! The Third Plate). The new anime will follow the battle against the Council of...
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Animator: Yowamushi Pedal Anime Gets 4th Season

Yowamushi Pedal New Generation 3rd season premiered in January ― Animator Hiroyuki Horiuchi revealed on his Twitter account on Wednesday that he is "scheduled to work on the fourth season [of Yowamushi Pedal]." A fourth season has not been officially announced. Horiuchi has worked as an animator and prop designer for all three seasons of the anime. Yowamushi Pedal New Generation, the series' third se...
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Love Rice Anime Gets Stage Play Adaptation

Anime premiered on April 5 with Crunchyroll stream ― The official Twitter account for the Love Rice (Love Kome -We Love Rice-) original television anime revealed on Wednesday that a stage-play adaptation has been green-lit. The series premiered on April 5. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan. The anime project anthropomorphizes rice (kome in Japanese) into schoolboys. At the Kokur...
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Level 5 Launches Layton's Mystery Journey Game's Global Puzzle Game

50 puzzles will appear in 10 countries; 1st puzzle debuted on Tuesday in Tokyo ― Level 5 announced on Tuesday that it is collaborating with "Real Escape Game" maker Scrap to launch a global promotion campaign for the Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy game titled "LAYTON'S MYSTERY JOURNEY: REAL WORLD PUZZLE SOLVING." The campaign challenges fans to solve 50 puzzles t...
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Shinji Aramaki Directs Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars CG-Animated Film

Film has 1-night screening in U.S. on August 21 ― Fathom Events revealed on Tuesday that Shinji Aramaki is directing Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars, the new CG-animated sequel to the 1997 film Starship Troopers. Aramaki previously directed the 2012 CG-animated film Starship Troopers: Invasion, which he worked on with screenwriter Flint Dille at Sola Digital Arts. Ed Neumeier, the screenwriter for...
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Shueisha Releases Assassination Classroom VR PC Game

Players play as Class 3-E member and shoot, cut down balloons for high score ― Publisher Shueisha and game developer Alpha Code released the Assassination Classroom VR Balloon Challenge Time game on PC via Steam on June 16. An HTC Vive VR headset is required to play. The virtual reality game casts players as a member of Class 3-E. Players attempt to shoot or cut down as many of the balloons that Koro...
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Root Letter Mystery Visual Novel Gets PC Release This Year

Game with designs by LovePlus' Tarō Minoboshi shipped in the west last year ― Kadokawa Games opened a Steam page for its √Letter (pronounced "Root Letter") mystery visual novel game, revealing that it will release the game on the PC sometime this year. The game shipped in June 2016 in Japan for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Rice Digital and PQube released the game in Europe last October, an...
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Daruma Matsuura's Kasane Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Kodansha USA publishes manga about ugly girl with special lipstick ― The author notes at the end of the 11th compiled volume (pictured at right) Daruma Matsuura's Kasane manga are revealing on Friday that the manga is getting a live-action film adaptation. Kodansha Comics began releasing the manga digitally in English on May 30. The company describes the story: Kasane's face is so hideous, you couldn...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, June 12-18

Barakamon, MIX, Magi, My Hero Academia, Magi: Adventure of Sinbad in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Barakamon 15 146,821 148,011 2017/06 Square Enix Satsuki Yoshino 1 1 2 MIX 11 141,421 166,161 2017/06 Shogakukan Mitsuru Adachi 2 2 3 Magi 34 120,860 120,860 2017/06 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 3 1 4 My Hero Academia 14 ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 12-18

ARMS launches at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 12-18 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1NSwARMS Nintendo June 17 100,652 100,652 2NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28 16,822 522,091 70 3NSwThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Including Limited Editions) Nintendo March 3 10,200 504,726 93 43DSMonster Hunter XX Capcom March 18 8,638 1,521,453...
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HIDIVE Streaming Platform Adds School-Live, Chivalry of a Failed Knight English Dubs

New anime streaming service HIDIVE announced on Wednesday that it will stream the English dubs for the School-Live and Chivalry of a Failed Knight anime. Both series are currently available in Japanese with English subtitles in their entirety, and the service will add English-dubbed episodes in installments. The first two episodes of School-Live! are now available and new episodes will launch on T...
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Anime Expo to Host Bandai Namco Producers Yasuhiro Fukaya, Yusuke Tomizawa

Master modeler "Meijin" Kawaguchi, visual novel writer/director Keika Hanada also announced as guests ― The staff of Anime Expo announced on Monday that the convention will host Bandai Namco Entertainment producers Yasuhiro Fukaya and Yusuke Tomizawa as guests. Both guests will participate in a panel, and will have autograph sessions. Fukawa joined Namco in 1999 as an Assistant Game Planner. He worke...

Anohana English Dub to Premiere at Anime Expo

Also: English dub casts for Persona 5, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Boruto: Naruto the Movie to appear at convention ― Aniplex of America announced on Wednesday that its English dub of anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day will premiere at Anime Expo. The screening will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 2. ADR director Patrick Seitz and most of the main English dub cast — Griffin Burns (Jintan), Xan...
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Mistwalker Details 'Terra World' Franchise With Terra Battle 2, Terra Wars

2 iOS/Android/PC games detailed, Terra Battle 2 trailer streamed Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi's game studio Mistwalker formally announced its Terra Battle 2 and Terra Wars games for iOS, Android, and PC on Wednesday. Sakaguchi introduced the two games as part of his new "Terra World" franchise, which will have a similar numbering system to Final Fantasy. "Each installment of the 'Terra'...
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Tsuredure Children Anime's 4th Short Promo Video Previews New Cast

Seiichirō Yamashita, Akari Kitō, Daisuke Ono, Maaya Uchida join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Toshiya Wakabayashi's Tsuredure Children (Idle Children) manga began streaming the fourth short promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video features the second-year high school classmates Chiaki Uchimura (voiced by Seiichirō Yamashita) and Kana Iijima (voiced by Akari Ki...

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