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Voice Actress Risa Taneda Goes on Hiatus for Medical Treatment

Food Wars/Strike the Blood voice actress is slated to star in upcoming Fall shows ― The official website of voice actor agency Office Osawa announced on Thursday that voice actress Risa Taneda will go on hiatus from voice acting to focus on medical treatment for an unspecified illness. The announcement noted that Taneda had been receiving treatment for some time before the announcement, but since she...
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Makoto Shinkai's 'your name.' Also Tops Paperback Book & Album Charts

RADWIMPS' soundtrack ranked #1; separate child-oriented tie-in book ranked #14 on overall chart Kimi no Na wa. (your name), Makoto Shinkai's original novel that inspired the film of the same name, sold an estimated 74,000 copies during the August 22-28 week to rank #1 on Oricon's weekly bunko (trade paperback) chart. This is the first time the book ranked #1 since its June 18 publication by Kadokaw...
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Bungō Stray Dogs Anime Casts Kaori Nazuka, Tarusuke Shingaki

New characters are based on Gone With the Wind, The Scarlet Letter authors ― The official website for the Bungō Stray Dogs television anime announced two additional cast members for the anime's second season on Wednesday. The new cast members are: Kaori Nazuka (Akame ga Kill's Chelsea and Code Geass's Nunally Lamperouge/Vi Britannia) will voice Margaret M. Special Ability: "Gone With The Wind" Tarusu...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, August 22-28

Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun, Terra Formars, The Seven Deadly Sins, Case Closed, Attack on Titan in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun 8 298,598 300,573 2016/08 Square Enix Izumi Tsubaki 1 1 2 Terra Formars 18 169,068 333,147 2016/08 Shueisha Story: Yū Sasuga / Art: Kenichi Tachibana 2 2 3 The Seven ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, August 22-28

No Man's Sky, The King of Fighters XIV, Sengoku Otome, Sengoku Basara Sanada Yukimura-den, Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- X games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: August 22-28 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Yo-Kai Watch 3 Sushi/Tempura Level 5 July 16 32,460 1,152,838 2PS4 Tales of Berseria Bandai Namco Entertainment August 18 24,057 197,593 3PS4 N...
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Hybrid × Heart Magic Academy Ataraxia Gets Bonus Anime on Blu-ray/DVD, Preview Streamed

1st volume slated for September 30 with "Kunoichi Aine" episode ― The official website for the television anime of Masamune Kuji's light novel series Hybrid×Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia (Masō Gakuen H×H) began streaming a short promotional video for a bonus anime that will bundle with the television anime's first Blu-ray Disc and DVD volume. The bonus series is titled Love Room + and the first episo...

Japan's Opposition Party Investigates 1.2-Billion-Yen Cost of Olympic Handover Ceremony

Ceremony involved Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, various pop culture characters ― The extraordinary session of Japan's National Diet set to convene next month will see Japan's Democratic Party investigate the issue of the 1.2 billion yen (about US$11.62 million) cost of the Olympic handover ceremony conducted in Rio De Janeiro on August 21. The party's investigation will involve a hearing to discuss the ...
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Zegapain ADP Compilation Film's Trailer, Ad Preview Akino Arai's Theme Song

Tetsuya Kakihara, Haruka Tomatsu, Yuko Kaida, Misaki Kuno join cast of film ― Bandai Visual began streaming a trailer and a television commercial for Zegapain ADP (Zegapain Adaptation), a compilation film of the Zegapain television anime with new footage and characters, on Thursday. The videos preview the new theme song "Hane yo Senaka ni" by Akino Arai. The new characters and their cast members for ...
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Squid Girl's Masahiro Anbe Launches New School Club Manga

Also: Resident Evil/Biohazard: heavenly island manga returns from hiatus ― This year's 40th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion announced on Thursday that Masahiro Anbe (Squid Girl) will begin a new series titled Atsumare! Fushigi Kenkyūbu (Gather! Mystery Research Club) in the 44th issue on September 29. The "girls comedy" series follows a protagonist named Daisuke who cannot decide on a ...
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Saki Mahjong Manga Gets Live-Action Show in December, Film in 2017

Manga has inspired 5 spinoff manga, 3 TV anime ― This year's 18th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine is revealing on Friday that Ritz Kobayashi's Saki manga will get a live-action television series adaptation and a film adaptation. The live-action series will have four episodes and will premiere in late night television in December, while the film will open in the beginning of 2017. The mag...
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Kamen Rider Ex-Aid's Cast, Staff, Theme Song Artist Unveiled

Hiroki Iijima, Toshiki Seto, Matsumoto Ukyo, Ruka Matsuda, more star in new Kamen Rider series ― Toei announced the cast of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, the next installment in its live-action special effects franchise Kamen Rider, on Tuesday. The title is coined from the terms "extreme" and "aid," and the story centers on new heroes who are "doctors x gamers" battling a type of mysterious game virus known as...
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Viz Media to Publish Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Pocket Comics Manga

Pokémon Adventures manga ships September, Pokémon Pocket Comics ships October ― Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it will publish the Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire manga, a continuation of Satoshi Yamamoto and Hidenori Kusaka's Pocket Monsters Special (Pokémon Adventures) manga. The first volume will retail for US$4.99 in September. Viz Media describes the story: Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald fa...
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Australian Release List - August 2016

A complete listing of titles released in Australia by Hanabee, Madman Entertainment, Siren Visual, Random House Australia, Universal Sony Home Pictures Australia, Simon and Schuster and other distributors for August 2016 complete with information and links; ― This release list includes not only current and upcoming DVD and Blu-ray titles but manga releases as well. While we endeavour to include every...

Shin Godzilla Listed in U.S. Theaters on October 11-18

U.S poster also unveiled for film that sold 3.6 million tickets in Japan ― Ticketing service Fandango revealed the poster for Funimation's North American release of the Shin Godzilla movie on Tuesday. The poster reveals an October 11-18 screening run for the film. Theaters have also been listing the same release dates for the film. The film will have IMAX, MX4D, and 4DX screenings. The film has earne...

Whistle! Soccer Anime Gets 'Voice Remake' With New Cast in 2017

Shun Horie, Shinnosuke Tachibana, Ryōsuke Kanemoto, Takuya Eguchi star in new voice cast ― Marvelous announced on Wednesday that the 2002 television anime of Daisuke Higuchi's Whistle! soccer manga is getting a "voice remake" in 2017 to celebrate the anime's 15th anniversary. Marvelous posted a promotional video previewing the 2017 version's new voice cast, as well as the opening theme song "DOUBLE W...

Re:Zero PS4/Vita Game's Story Details, Screenshots Unveiled

Game will have eight different endings for heroines ― Kadokawa's Famitsu.com website revealed story details and screenshots for 5pb. Games' Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu -Death or Kiss (Re: Life in a different world from zero -Death or Kiss-) adventure game on Tuesday. The game will have an original story, taking place before the royal election at an event called the "Beauty Queen Election."...

ViVid Strike! Anime's 1st Promo Reveals October 1 Debut, Opening Song

Yui Ogura sings "Future Strike" for anime by Lyrical Nanoha creator Masaki Tsuzuki ― The official website of ViVid Strike!, the new television anime by Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha creator and scriptwriter Masaki Tsuzuki, began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Wednesday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Future Strike" by Yui Ogura, and reveals the anime's October 1 pr...
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Ajin Anime Season 2 Reveals October 7 Premiere, New Visual

The official website for the Ajin anime franchise announced on Friday that the second season of the television anime will premiere on MBS and TBS on October 7, and on BS TBS on October 8. The site also unveiled a new visual for the second season. The groups angela and fripSide are collaborating on the opening theme song for the second season. The anime project adapts Gamon Sakurai's Ajin: Demi-Hum...
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Fullmetal Alchemist Creator Visits Live-Action Sets Before Filming Ends

Hiromu Arakawa draws sketch to mark August 5 visit before shooting ended on August 26 ― The live-action movie of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga ended filming on Friday, August 26, but not before Arakawa herself had a chance to visit the sets on August 5. Principal photography lasted three months — relatively long for Japanese live-action films. The production began filming in Italy in Jun...
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Onihei Crime Reports in Edo Historical Novels Get TV Anime

Blood Lad's Shigeyuki Miya directs at Studio M2 for 2017 premiere ― A television anime adaptation of Shōtarō Ikenami's Onihei Crime Reports in Edo (Onihei Hankachō or Onihei, the Devilish Bureau Chief) novel series has been green-lit. The anime will be titled Onihei, and will premiere in 2017. The historical novel series depicts Heizō Hasegawa, who metes justice on wrongdoers and supervises the crack...
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Microsoft's Japanese Kingdom Hearts III Xbox One Page Removed

Microsoft's Japanese Kingdom Hearts III Xbox One game page now leads to an error message saying that the page does not exist. The page cache still shows the original page's listing for Kingdom Hearts III. Microsoft's Japanese Xbox One release schedule still lists Kingdom Hearts III. Kingdom Hearts III is slated for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Epic Games is assisting with the game...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, August 28-September 3

Beelzebub, Doamygar-D, When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace anime; Attack on Titan: Lost Girls manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Beelzebub Part 1 DVDPlease Discotek Media/Eastern Star US$49.95 August 30 Demon Lord Dante DVDCite Discotek Media/Eastern Star US$39.95 August 30 Doamygar-D DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation Entertainment US$14.98 August 30 Eureka ...
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Ishiyama-dera Picture Scrolls Get CG Anime Adaptation

Anime will depict 1st illustration in scrolls showing founding of temple ― The Ishiyama-dera temple in Ōtsu announced that the temple's Ishiyama-dera engi emaki scrolls will get their first CG anime adaptation as part of a "Ishiyama-dera Digital engi emaki Project." The anime will depict the first story in the first scroll (shown below), which illustrates the Hira Myōjin deity appearing before temple...
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Dance with Devils Stage Musical Reveals Additional Cast, Offers 2 Endings

Kōhei Norizuki, Takeshi James Yamada, Ryōsei Tanaka join cast of musical running December 21-27 ― The official website Dance with Devils stage musical announced three additional cast members and two endings for the second musical, Dance with Devils ~Da Capo~, on Monday. The additional cast members include: Kōhei Norizuki as Noel Takeshi James Yamada as Holland Ryōsei Tanaka as Jek Noel and Holland ar...
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God Wars PS4/PS Vita Game's English-Subtitled Trailer Previews Fuyumi Sakamoto's Theme Song

Folklore-based tactical RPG stars Saori Hayami, Tasuku Hatanaka, Kaito Ishikawa, more ― Kadokawa Games began streaming a second trailer for its God Wars ~Toki wo Koete~ (God Wars ~Beyond Time~) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Tuesday. The video introduces the cast and previews the theme song "Toki o Koete" by enka singer Fuyumi Sakamoto. The trailer has English subtitles available with clo...
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Capcom's Public Transit Card 3DS Game Reveals Name, Visual

Video game news website Famitsu revealed the title, logo, and key visual for Capcom's upcoming Nintendo 3DS game that will use IC cards, which are used in Japan to pay for public transportation fares. The game is titled Megami Meguri (Goddess Tour). The September 15 issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine will reveal more information on communication with characters in the game and how the IC cards work....
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Re:Zero Game Slated for March 23 for PS4, PS Vita

Platforms revealed for upcoming adventure game ― 5pb. Games' announced on Tuesday that its Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu -Death or Kiss (Re: Life in a different world from zero -Death or Kiss-) game will be an adventure game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The game will ship on March 23 in Japan with a standard edition for 7,500 yen (about US$73), limited edition for 10,500 yen (abou...
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Super Lovers Anime Season 2 Reveals Story, Returning Cast & Staff, Visual

Takuya Satō joins cast as Kaidō brothers' cousin in January anime ― The official website for the television anime of Miyuki Abe's boys-love manga Super Lovers updated on Tuesday with a story introduction, the returning cast and staff, and a new key visual for second season, Super Lovers 2. The first season began with a high school boy named Haru and his mother living overseas. His mother orders him t...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, August 22-28

Mr. Osomatsu sells 17,059, followed by One Piece, Kuroko's Basketball play, Rejet Fes., Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai ― The deluxe edition for the live-action film of Makino's Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai manga sold 1,746 more copies for a new total of 14,737 copies. In its second week, it dropped from #2 to #13. "Symphogear Live 2016" landed at #18 with 1,492 copies. "TV Anime N...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, August 22-28

Love Live! μ's sells 50,096, followed by The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, Mr. Osomatsu, Symphogear, Re:Zero ― The Love Live! μ's Live Collection Blu-ray Disc sold 50,096 copies to rank #3 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The [email protected] Cinderella Girls 3rd Live Cinderella no Butōkai (Cinderella Ball) -Power of Smile- Blu-ray Box landed at #4 with 21,318 copies. Symphogear Live 2016 landed at #6 wit...

Makoto Shinkai's your name. Ranks #1, Shin Godzilla Drops to #3

Aozora Yell drops from #3 to #5, One Piece Film Gold from #7 to #9 ― Makoto Shinkai's new anime film your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) has earned 1,277,960,000 yen (about US$12.51 million) in three days since opening last Friday. It ranked #1 at the Japanese box office in tickets sold during Saturday and Sunday. The film sold 688,000 tickets over Saturday and Sunday, earning 930 million yen (US$9.1 million...
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Akiba's Beat Game's English-Subtitled Trailer Introduces Asahi

Acquire's PS4/PS Vita RPG slated for fall in Japan, winter in English ― XSEED Games began streaming a character trailer for Acquire's Akiba's Beat PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Monday. The video introduces the character Asahi Tachibana (voiced by Toshiki Masuda), with English text for the game. XSEED Games will release Akiba's Beat this winter in English on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation ...
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Mushi Pro Animates Disaster Readiness Anime for Northeastern Japan

Anime tells true stories of Fudai village, Kamaishi city & emphasize disaster prevention ― The Tohoku Regional Development Association is developing an anime to raise earthquake awareness titled Mirai o Mukete Bōsai o Kangaeru (Considering Disaster Prevention for the Future). The anime will illustrate lessons learned from the March 11, 2011 Tohoku (Northeastern Japan) earthquake and tsunami, and emph...
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Persona 5 Game's Ad Highlights Haruka Tomatsu's Haru Character

Tomatsu voices daughter of restaurant chain head in PS4/PS3 game slated for September 15 in Japan, February 14 in Americas ― Atlus began streaming a television commercial for its upcoming Persona 5 PlayStation 4 game on Tuesday. The video centers on Haru Okumura, the wealthy daughter of the president of a restaurant chain. Haruka Tomatsu voices the character. Atlus previously streamed a video showing...
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One Piece Film Gold Earns 4.8 Billion Yen After 37 Days

Film opened on July 23, has since sold 3,582,115 tickets ― As of Sunday, the One Piece Film Gold movie has earned 4,778,856,000 yen (about US$46.02 million) and sold 3,582,115 tickets in the 37 days since its opening on July 23. Toei is projecting that One Piece Film Gold will earn more than 6 billion yen (about US$56 million). Starting on September 3, participating theaters will begin handing out an...
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Makoto Shinkai's 'your name.' Film Tops Box Office With 1.28 Billion Yen in 3 Days

Sold 688,000 tickets during weekend on the way to projected 6 billion yen (US$58.8 million) ― Japanese film journalist Hirō Otaka posted on his Twitter account on Monday that Makoto Shinkai's new your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film has earned 1,277,960,000 yen (about US$12.51 million) in three days since opening last Friday. In addition, the film's official Twitter account noted that the film rank...
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Glass Mask Manga Gets School Comedy Anime Spinoff in October

Spinoff stars Kana Asumi, Rumi Ookubo, Atsuko Tanaka, Yuuki Kaji, Daisuke Ono ― Tokyo MX announced on Tuesday that a new spinoff television anime based on Suzue Miuchi's Glass no Kamen (Glass Mask) manga has been green-lit. The 3D anime is titled 3-Nen D-Gumi Glass no Kamen (3rd Year Class D Glass Mask), and it re-imagines the manga and its characters in a school gag comedy focused on satirizing mode...
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Kimagure Orange Road's Izumi Matsumoto Bedridden After Illness Relapse

Artist took hiatus for same condition from 1999-2005 ― Manga creator Izumi Matsumoto revealed on his blog on Saturday that he had a relapse of cerebrospinal fluid hypovolemia (depleted cerebrospinal fluid) at the end of April and was bedridden for three months. Matsumoto began hospital treatment for the condition on Monday. Matsumoto said that during the several months of treatment he will not be ans...

Spice and Wolf Author Hasekura to Appear at NYCC

Yen Press announces Spice and Wolf limited edition omnibus novel ― Yen Press announced on Monday that light novel author Isuna Hasekura (Spice and Wolf, World End Economica) will be a guest at this year's New York Comic Con. Yen Press also announced that it will release the 17-volume Spice and Wolf novel series in one tenth anniversary omnibus edition. The numbered edition is slated for October. Amaz...

Twin Star Exorcists Adds Cast for Anime-Original Arc

Yūki Wakai, Hitomi Sasaki play new characters for arc beginning on Wednesday ― The official website for the Twin Star Exorcists anime announced two new characters and cast members for its anime-original "Rettō Ha Ran-hen" (Archipelago Battle for Supremacy Arc), which will begin with this Wednesday's episode 21. The new anime-original characters are: Yūki Wakai as Suzu, a philosopher-like Basara with ...
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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Slated for November 8 in the West

Preorder bonuses for N. America, Europe revealed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Monday that the Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization game will launch on November 8 in North America and Europe. The game will be available physically and digitally for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Europe. In North America, the game will be available physically and digitally on PlayStation 4 and d...
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Puzzle & Dragons X Anime's Streaming Total Reaches 13 Million Views

GungHo Online Entertainment announced on Friday that streams of Studio Pierrot's television anime adaptation of the Puzzle & Dragons X ("Pazudora Cross") Nintendo 3DS puzzle role-playing game have accumulated more than 13 million views as of August 24. The 13 million views consists of 2 million views in Japan and 11 million views from China. Funimation is also streaming the series as it airs with ...
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Stand By Me Doraemon's Ryûichi Yagi's New Film Project With Shirogumi Teased

A job listing on the CG World website lists a new film project by director Ryûichi Yagi with the Shirogumi Inc. animation studio. The job listing hints at the film as a "story of swords and sorcery." The job listings provide positions sought by both Yagi's new film project, and Shirogumi Inc.'s "new content department." The film project is listing positions for character modeling, background model...

Jump Special Anime Festa Event Confirms Screening of Black Clover Anime

The official website for the Jump Special Festa Anime screening event confirmed on Monday that it will screen an anime based on Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga. The event will mark the first time the manga will have an anime adaptation. The event will also feature a "new work video" for Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, as well as an original event anime episode of My Hero Academia. The event will al...
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Free Anime in Australia: 29/August - 4/September

The weekly update of anime available in Australia through free to air and online streaming. ― There are many ways to get your anime fix when digital TV and the internet allow for content to be released at a much greater rate. So, we have decided to start listing what's on week by week, to give you an idea of what you can watch and where. Free to Air AnimeLab On-Air Monday: Victoria from 10:30pm C31. ...
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Shin Godzilla Film Earns 5.3 Billion Yen, Surpasses Evangelion 3.0's Gross

Film has sold 3.6 million tickets ― Anime production studio Khara posted on its official Twitter account on Monday that Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's Shin Godzilla (known as Godzilla: Resurgence in Southeast Asia and other distribution territories) film has earned 5.3 billion yen (about US$51.63 million), and has surpassed the earnings of Anno's previous film, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, ...
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Toonami Asia: No New Details Yet for Dragon Ball Super in English

The official Twitter account for Toonami Asia revealed on Wednesday that it has no new information yet regarding Dragon Ball Super's English version. Toonami Asia had responded in mid-July to fan inquiries about the status of the show, stating that it was "trying to get an update ASAP." Toonami announced in November 2015 that it would run the "English-language world premiere" of Dragon Ball Super ...
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Toei Animation, Koei Tecmo's Gust Brand Collaborate on Original Project

Preview event on September 16 in Tokyo to reveal more details about project launching this fall ― Toei Animation and Koei Tecmo Games' Gust brand (Atelier, Nights of Azure game series) launched a website on Monday to announce they are collaborating on a completely original project. The project is the first collaboration between the two companies, and will launch this fall. The two companies will host...
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Starmyu 2nd OVA's Ad Reveals Musical Parts By Team Ōtori, Team Hiragi

2nd OVA with extra video featuring Kao Kai ships in Japan on September 21 ― The official website of the Starmyu anime series began streaming a commercial for the second of its two-part original video anime (OVA) on Monday. The ad reveals that the second OVA will include the "✩✩Eien✭STAGE✩✩" (by Team Ōtori) and "Caribbean Groove" (by Team Hiragi) musical parts, as well as the special "Sing A Song! Mus...
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9th Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play Reveals 12 Cast Members in Costume

Key visual also revealed for play running in Tokyo, Osaka in September-October ― The staff of the ninth stage play adaptation of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal (Yowapeda) manga, titled Butai Yowamushi Pedal ~Hakone Gakuen Shinsedai, Shidō~ (Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play: Hakone Academy New Generation, Start), revealed visuals of the 12 main cast members in costume on Saturday. Keisuke Higashi as Taku...

The Sacred Blacksmith Manga to End in 2 Chapters

Manga adaptation of Isao Miura's light novel series launched in 2009 ― Artist Kōtarō Yamada posted on his Twitter account on Sunday that his manga adaptation of author Isao Miura's The Sacred Blacksmith light novels will conclude in the next two chapters. If the manga is not delayed, it will end in Monthly Comic Alive's December issue on October 27. The manga's ninth compiled book volume previously n...
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Game's Video Shows Bow & Arrow Gameplay

Game slated for release for Nintendo NX, Wii U in 2017 ― The official Twitter account of Nintendo of Europe began streaming a video on Saturday previewing the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game, the newest installment in its The Legend of Zelda game series. The video shows combat using the bow and different types of arrows. Oh the fun you can have with a bow and arrow. #Zelda https...
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Shonen Jump Magazine Launches 11th 'Gold Future Cup' Contest

5 1-shot manga vie for this year's contest ― Shueisha announced in this year's 39th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine that it is hosting its 11th "Gold Future Cup" contest. The yearly contest usually features between four and seven one-shots by up-and-coming artists. Shueisha will publish the five works nominated this year in consecutive issues of Weekly Shonen Jump starting in the magazine's 40th...
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Wake Up, Girls! Performs Shakunetsu no Takkyū Musume Anime's Ending Theme Song

"Bokura no Frontier" theme song's single CD slated for November 25 ― The official website of the television anime adaptation of Yagura Asano's Shakunetsu no Takkyū Musume (Scorching Ping Pong Girls) manga announced on Sunday that voice actress group Wake Up, Girls! is performing the anime's ending theme song "Bokura no Frontier" (Our Frontier). The song's single CD is slated for release on November 2...
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HoneyWorks, TrySail Perform Opening Song for Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o: Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai Film

Film based on HoneyWorks songs also gets Momo Asakura insert song ― The official website of Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o: Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai (I wait for the moment that you love me. Confession Executive Committee), the second anime film inspired by the HoneyWorks musical group's Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai ~Renai Series~ (Confession Executive Committee ~Love Series~) Vocaloid songs, revealed on Sunday th...
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Final Fantasy XV 33-Minute Gameplay Video Previews Japanese Dialogue

Game slated for PS4, Xbox One on November 29 after a delay ― Square Enix began streaming 33 minutes of gameplay from its Final Fantasy XV PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game on Sunday. The video features some of the same gameplay segments as the previously streamed English video, but with Japanese text and dialogue. The game is slated for release on November 29 after a delay. The game will have a Deluxe ...

Makoto Shinkai's your name. Film Earns Approximately 770 Million Yen in 2 Days

About 590,000 tickets sold in 1st 2 days; film predicted to earn 6 billion yen ― Makoto Shinkai's new your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film earned approximately 770,000,000 yen (about US$7.5 million) and sold approximately 590,000 tickets in its first two days on Friday and Saturday. The film earned about 348 million yen (US$3.41 million) on Friday, and about 422 million yen (US$4.13 million) on Sat...
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New Macross Game App Is a Rhythm Game Slated for Next Spring

Songstresses from franchise's 34-year history teased ― A television commercial debuted on Sunday, and it revealed more details on DeNA's new smartphone game app based on the Macross anime franchise. Uta Macross Sma-Pho De-Culture (Song Macross Smartphone De-Culture) is a rhythm game launching next spring. The commercial says that songstresses from throughout the history of the Macross franchise will ...
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Natsuki Hanae Performs New Ending Theme For The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Anime Starting in October

Voice actor, singer performs current opening theme ― This year's 39th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that The Disastrous Life of Saiki K., the television anime adaptation of Shūichi Asō's Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan manga, will get a new ending theme song titled "Kokoro" (Heart) for its late-night broadcast by Natsuki Hanae starting in October. The song's single will sh...
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Kuroko's Basketball Extra Game Film's Title Revealed

Tadatoshi Fujimaki writes "original episode" for film opening in spring 2017 ― This year's 39th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing the title of the anime film adaptation of Tadatoshi Fujimaki's Kuroko no Basuke Extra Game on Monday. The film is titled Gekijōban Kuroko no Basuke Last Game (Kuroko's Basketball The Movie: Last Game). The magazine also revealed a second teaser v...
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Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama Fantasy RPG App Gets Anime Shorts & TV Anime

Kenichi Suzumura, Ayumu Murase, Showtaro Morikubo, Sōichirō Hoshi, Mamoru Miyano, Daiki Yamashita voice princes ― The Summer Festival 2016 event for GCREST's Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama (The Kingdom of Dreams and the 100 Sleeping Princes or "Yume-100" for short) smartphone puzzle role-playing game announced on Sunday that two major anime adaptation projects are launching. A series of a...

Girls & Panzer Anime Gets 'Final Chapter' Sequel

Announced with promo video at "Girls & Panzer Heartful Tank Carnival II" on Sunday ― The "Girls & Panzer Heartful Tank Carnival II" event announced on Sunday that production on a Girls & Panzer anime sequel titled Girls & Panzer Saishūshō (Girls & Panzer: The Final Chapter) has been green-lit. The promotional video that made the announcement featured the following screenshots: The cast of Anglerfish ...

Makoto Shinkai's your name. Film Gets Release in 85 Countries, Regions

Latest film by 5 Centimeters per Second, The Garden of Words director opened in Japan on Friday ― The staff of Makoto Shinkai's new your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film announced at a stage greeting event in Tokyo on Sunday that the film will be distributed in 85 countries and regions. Anime Expo hosted the film's world premiere on July 3 in Los Angeles. Shinkai attended the screening. The film ope...
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Mr. Osomatsu Stage Play Reveals Cast in Costume for Iyami, Chibita, Totoko, Hatabō

Mitsu Murata, Kimeru, more join cast for play running in Tokyo, Osaka in September-October ― The official website for the Osomatsu-san on STAGE ~SIX MEN'S SHOW TIME~ stage play adaptation of the Mr. Osomatsu anime series revealed four more cast members in costume on Saturday. Mitsu Murata as Iyami Kimeru as Chibita Ran Sakai as Totoko Yūya Hara as Hatabō The play's staff had released pictures of the ...
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Final Fantasy XV Spinoff Game Justice Monsters Five Arrives on iOS/Android on August 30

The staff of the Final Fantasy XV game announced during a "Final Fantasy XV powered by Dengeki PS Premium Event" livestream event on Sunday that the Justice Monsters Five smartphone spinoff pinball game will arrive in Japan, America, and Europe on iOS and Android on August 30. The game's official English Twitter account had stated in June that the game would arrive on iOS and Android at the end of...
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Persona 5 Game's New 'Short Movie' Shows Protagonist at Public Bath

Long soak helps protagonist increase stats in RPG shipping in Japan on September 15 ― Atlus' official YouTube channel began streaming a new "short movie" video on Saturday for the upcoming Persona 5 game, featuring the protagonist at a public bath. In the video, the protagonist is in the public bath and thinking that maybe it's because there are few customers today, but the water is lukewarm. He then...
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SCREEN mode Performs Bungō Stray Dogs Anime's New Opening Theme

Band streams music video for new song debuting with anime's 2nd half in October ― The official website for the band SCREEN mode announced on Saturday that the duo will perform the opening theme song "Reason Living" for the second half of the television anime adaptation of Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's Bungō Stray Dogs manga. SCREEN mode previously performed theme songs for the Food Wars! The Sec...

Berserk Musou Game's Latest Gameplay Videos Highlight Casca, Judeau

Wyald added as playable character for game shipping in Japan on October 27 ― Koei Tecmo Games began streaming two new gameplay videos on Saturday for its Berserk Musou game that highlight the playable characters Casca and Judeau. The site previously streamed gameplay videos for Guts and Griffith earlier this month. The game's official site also announced on Friday that the character Wyald is joining ...
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Square Enix Reveals Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival Arcade Game

Rhythm-action arcade game launches in Japan on September 27 ― Square Enix opened a website on Saturday to announce the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival arcade game. The game will launch in Japanese arcades on September 27. Square Enix is streaming an announcement trailer for the game. Square Enix had teased a possible arcade version of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy in February. The first Final...
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Final Fantasy Type-0's Ace Joins Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade Game

New "Conflict of the Gods" event also announced ― Square Enix announced on Saturday at the "Dissidia Summer Festival" event in Chiba that the Final Fantasy Type-0 character Ace will join the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade game as a playable character. His Type will be Shoot. Square Enix also announced the "Conflict of the Gods" update, which will feature players aligning with either the god Spiritus (...
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Square Enix Reveals Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia Smartphone Game

Newest game in Dissidia series arrives this year for iOS, Android ― Square Enix opened a website on Saturday to announce the Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia smartphone game. Square Enix is also streaming a teaser trailer for the game. The game's current character roster includes: Warrior of Light (Final Fantasy), Firion (Final Fantasy II), Onion Knight (Final Fantasy III), Cecil Harvey (Final Fant...
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Tiger Mask W Wrestling Anime Reveals Voice Cast's Roles, October Premiere

Taku Yashiro cast as protagonist Tiger Mask, Yuichiro Umehara cast as Tiger the Dark ― The staff of Toei Animation's new Tiger Mask W (pronounced "Double") anime based on Ikki Kajiwara and Naoki Tsuji's Tiger Mask manga revealed the roles for each of the previously announced cast members during TV Asahi's "Roppongi Hills Natsu Matsuri Summer Station" event on August 17. The official website has been ...
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Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet's Latest English Trailer Reveals Yukari as Playable Character

PS4 game ships in N. America on September 6, in Europe on September 9 ― NIS America's official YouTube channel began streaming a new trailer on Friday for the Touhou Gensou Rondo: Bullet Ballet PlayStation 4 game that reveals that Yukari is a playable character in the game. The video also features Yukari's theme song "Necrofantasia." NISA had conducted a character poll in May that allowed players to ...
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MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death PS Vita Game's 2nd English Story Trailer Streamed

Compile Heart's dungeon-crawling game ships in N. America on September 13, in Europe on September 16 ― Idea Factory International began streaming the second English story trailer on Friday for its upcoming release of Compile Heart's MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death (MeiQ no Chika ni Shisu) PlayStation Vita game. Idea Factory International previously streamed the first story trailer and opening movie earlier ...
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Gust's Nights of Azure Game Gets Sequel For PS4, PS Vita on December 22

Production I.G's Jun'ichi Fujisaku supervises story for sequel RPG ― Koei Tecmo Games' Gust brand revealed on Thursday that its Nights of Azure (Yoru no Nai Kuni) game is getting a sequel titled Yoru no Nai Kuni 2~Shingetsu no Hanayome~ (The Country Without a Night 2: The New Moon's Bride). The game will ship for both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on December 22. The game will feature a new ...
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Live-Action Adaptation of The Star of Guidance Novels Not Announced

Kadokawa Haruki Jimusho's official website for Issui Ogawa's Michibiki no Hoshi (Star of Guidance) science-fiction novel series announced on Thursday that an anime project was in development, but did not announce a live-action adaptation. The image that announced the adaptation (pictured above) stated that an "anime project is in development" and added that "a screen adaptation project is in devel...

Zaregoto OVA's 1st Trailer Previews Cast

Yuuki Kaji, Aoi Yuki, more star in 8-part OVA debuting on October 26 ― The official website for the Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregoto Tsukai (Decapitation Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Prankster) OVA project, based on the first novel in NisiOisin's Zaregoto novel series, began streaming the first trailer for the anime on Saturday. (Note: The linked video is region-locked to Japan.) OVA「クビキリサイ...
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Robot, Imagica Make Live-Action/CG Project 'Luna'

8K/HDR project retells Princess Kaguya story in modern Japanese high school ― The anime studio Robot and video post-production company Imagica announced on Saturday that they have partnered to produce a next-generation media project titled "Luna." The project combines live-action and CG images to create a modern retelling of the classic Japanese tale of Princess Kaguya. Production of the 17-minute pr...
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Sayaka Senbongi, Katsuyuki Konishi Join Magic-kyun Renaissance Anime Cast

Also: Akio Ohtsuka, Tarusuke Shingaki, Daisuke Hirakawa, Junko Minagawa, Yukari Tamura ― The official website for the Magic-kyun Renaissance multimedia project announced additional cast members for the television anime on Saturday. The new cast members are: Sayaka Senbongi (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress's Mumei) as Kohana Aigasaki (protagonist) Katsuyuki Konishi (Gurren Lagann's Kamina) as Chieri Tōd...

Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 2 Reveals 2nd Promo Video, Theme Song Artists, New Cast

Character, mech designs also revealed for sequel premiering on October 2 ― The Gundam.info portal revealed more information on Saturday about the second season of the Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans anime, including the sequel show's theme song artists, new cast members, and new character and mech designs. Additionally, the site began streaming a second promotional video for the series on Sa...
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One Piece Film Gold's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Franchise's latest anime film premieres in Australia on September 3 ― Australian distribution company Madman Entertainment began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for One Piece Film Gold on Friday. The film will premiere in Australia on September 3 at Madman Anime Festival. The anime's official Japanese website began streaming the same trailer with no subtitles in May. The video previews the fil...
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Tōken Ranbu: Hanamaru TV Anime Adds 7 Additional Cast Members

2 lead cast members to perform anime's opening theme song ― The official website for Tōken Ranbu: Hanamaru TV anime updated its key visual and cast list on Friday with seven additional characters. The website also announced that Mitsuhiro Ichiki and Toshiki Masuda, who voice Yamatonokami Yasusada and Kashū Kiyomitsu, respectively, will perform the anime's opening theme song. The newly announced cast ...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, August 14-20

2 Tokyo Ghoul volumes, 2 Attack on Titan volumes, 2 One-Punch Man volumes, Haikyu!!, Assassination Classroom, One Piece, My Hero Academia The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on August 20. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Tokyo Ghoul #8 Sui Ishida Viz Media 1 2 1Tokyo Ghoul #1 Sui Ishida Viz Media 59 37Attack...
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Magical Girl Raising Project Anime Casts Yōko Hikasa, Inori Minase, More

Asuka Nishi, Risae and Satsumi Matsuda also join cast of October "survival action" anime ― The official website for the television anime of Asari Endō's Mahō Shōjo Ikusei Keikaku (Magical Girl Raising Project) "survival action" light novel series announced five additional cast members on Thursday. The new cast members are: Yōko Hikasa as Ruler Inori Minase as Swim Swim Risae Matsuda as Minael, Yunael...

SHAFT's Zaregoto OVA Reveals Cast, Staff, Theme Songs

Yuuki Kaji, Aoi Yuki star; Sangatsu no Phantasia, Kalafina perform theme songs ― The official website for the Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregoto Tsukai (Decapitation Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Prankster) OVA project, based on the first novel in NisiOisin's Zaregoto novel series, announced the staff, cast, and theme songs on Saturday. The cast includes: Yuuki Kaji as Boku Aoi Yuki as Tomo Yu...
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Working/Wagnaria's New TV Anime Reveals Additional Cast, October Premiere

Momo Asakura, Ari Ozawa, Hiro Shimono, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Kousuke Toriumi join cast ― The official website for WWW.WORKING, the television anime of the web comic Web-ban Working!!, updated with a new key visual and additional cast and staff members on Friday. The website also announced that the series will premiere in October on Tokyo MX and other channels. The first episode will get an advanced scree...
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Futagashira Live-Action Drama's 2nd Season Previews Actress Nanao in 7 Costumes

Nanao plays Okon, wife of former Akame Gang boss, in show premiering on September 17 ― The official website for the live-action series of Natsume Ono's Futagashira manga revealed a visual on Tuesday of actress Nanao (One Piece Film Gold) in seven different costumes for her character Okon for the second season of the series. Okon is the wife of Tatsugorō, the former boss of the Akame Gang. She maintai...
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Working/Wagnaria's New TV Anime Streams Videos for Hana, Sayuri

Anime adaptation of web comic spinoff stars Haruka Tomatsu, Yōko Hikasa, more ― The official website for WWW.WORKING, the television anime of the web comic Web-ban Working!!, began streaming two new trailers, each introducing a different character, on Friday. The first video focuses on Hana Miyakoshi (Haruka Tomatsu) and the second video focuses on Sayuri Muranushi (Yōko Hikasa). (Note: The YouTube v...
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Pacific Media Expo Hosts Animators Masashi Kudo, Mamoru Yokota

California convention takes place November 11-13 ― The staff for the Pasadena convention Pacific Media Expo announced over the past week that it will host animator and character designers Masashi Kudo and Mamoru Yokota as guests of honor. Kudo made his debut as character designer on the Bleach anime, where he adapted original author Tite Kubo's designs for animation. He has also done design work for ...
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Cygames Announces Project Awakening Game for 'High-End Consumers'

Company also reveals Lost Order smartphone game with staff members Yasumi Matsuno, Akihiko Yoshida ― Cygames (Granblue Fantasy) announced a new game titled Project Awakening at its Cygames Next 2016 event last Sunday. Cygames revealed the game as a "completely new title intended for high-end consumers." The company didn't specify what platform(s) the new game will be for. Cygames is streaming a trail...
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Musical Group ALTIMA Announces Hiatus

Vocalist MAON, former m.o.v.e rapper MOTSU, fripSide producer SAT aim to recharge ― The three-member music unit ALTIMA announced on Friday that they are going on hiatus. The members made the announcement on the first day of the "Animelo Summer Live 2016 -Toki-" concert event at the Saitama Super Arena. They explained that they are "going into a recharging phase to become even bigger." The group forme...

Evangelion's Studio Turns 'Dragon Dentist' Short Into Its 1st TV Special

Animator Expo's 1st short inspires 2-part February special from Khara ― The official website for Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo), the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, revealed on Friday that the project's first short "The Dragon Dentist" is inspiring a feature-length version that will air next February on the NHK BS Prem...
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Dream Festival! Idol Anime's Promo Video Reveals TV Broadcast, October 7 Premiere

Sōma Ishihara, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Masaki Ōta, more star in anime of "2.5D" idol project ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Dream Festival! — the all-male "2.5D idol project" from several Bandai Namco Group companies — began streaming the first promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals that the anime will also get a television broadcast (the anime was originally ann...

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