News
Archives

  • All
  • Australia / NZ
  • Anime
  • Manga
  • Novels
  • Games
  • Music
  • Merch
  • Events
  • Industry
  • People
  • Live-Action
Text-only Compact View
Text-only List View
Text-only Grid View
List View with Images
Grid View with Images
news

Rabi Laby Platformer Games Get Bundle Release on PS Vita

Bundle contains all 3 Rabi Laby games, Witch's Cat spinoff ― Kadokawa's Famitsu.com revealed on Tuesday that Silver Star Japan is releasing a game titled Rabi Laby: Puzzle Out Stories for the PlayStation Vita. The game bundles all three Rabi Laby games, as well as the Witch's Cat spinoff game. The PS Vita version will include updated graphics and an easy mode. In the Rabi Laby (Rabbit Labyrinth) plat...
daily briefs

Attack on Titan Manga Has 66 Million Copies in Print

Marketing company CDG revealed on Monday that Hajime Isayama's Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) manga has more than 66 million copies in print. Isayama launched the manga in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009, and Kodansha published the 22nd compiled book volume in Japan on April 7. Kodansha Comics publishes the series in print in English, and it released the 21st volume on April 18. Crunchyroll...
news

Live-Action Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Film's Trailer, New Visual Posted

Film opens August 4 in Japan ― The official website for the live-action film of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable manga posted a trailer and new banner visual on Thursday. The video introduces the characters and the concept of "Stands." The film's title is JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond wa Kudakenai Dai-Ichi-Shō (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chap...
news

Strike Witches Spinoff Novel Series Noble Witches Gets Manga Adaptation

Strike Witches Erica Hartmann 1941 artist to launch series next month ― This year's June issue of Kadokawa's Comp Ace magazine announced on Wednesday that a manga adaptation of the Noble Witches spinoff novel series will launch in the July issue on May 26. The magazine posted a short preview chapter and Tsuchii, the artist for the manga adaptation, posted a preview image on Twitter: 先ほどブレちゃん内でも告知がありま...
news

Japanese Comic Ranking, April 17-23

Kingdom, Magi, Ace of Diamond Act II, Attack on Titan, Case Closed in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Kingdom 46 438,106 438,106 2017/04 Shueisha Yasuhisa Hara 1 1 2 Magi 33 221,579 221,579 2017/04 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 2 1 3 Ace of Diamond Act II 7 155,751 157,358 2017/04 Kodansha Yūji Terajima 3 1 4 Attack on Ti...
news

Anchor Bay to Release Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Film on Home Video, Digital HD

Digital release slated for June 13, home video for June 27 ― Anchor Bay Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it will release the Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions film on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Digital HD. The digital version is slated for June 13 and the Blu-ray Disc and DVD will ship on June 27. The release will include both the English and Japanese audio tracks, as well as four featurett...
news

Orange Manga Gets New Chapter in May

Series that ended in 2015 inspired live-action film, anime ― The June issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Tuesday that Ichigo Takano's Orange manga will get a new chapter in the next issue on May 25. Takano (Yume Miru Taiyō) launched the original shōjo manga in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine in 2012 and moved it to Monthly Action in 2013. The manga ended in August 2015, an...
news

Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 17-23

Fire Emblem Echoes, Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition, Dungeon Travelers 2-2, PaRappa the Rapper games ship ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 17-23 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DSFire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Including Limited Editions) Nintendo April 20 131,668 131,668 23DSPro Yakyū Famista Climax Bandai Namco Entertainment April ...
news

Amazon's Anime Strike Streams Darker Than Black Season 1

Series available with English dub, Japanese with subtitles ― Amazon's Anime Strike streaming platform posted the 26-episode first season of Darker Than Black on Tuesday. The series is available in Japanese with English subtitles and with Funimation Entertainment's English dub. Anime Strike describes the story: A new and deadly breed of covert agents walks the streets. These assassins and spies wield ...
news

Seven Seas Licenses OKAYADO's 'Deadline Summoner' 1-Shot Manga for Digital Release

39-page prototype to 12 Beast available now ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has acquired the digital publishing license for OKAYADO's one-shot manga "Deadline Summoner" ("Shisen no Shōkanshi"). The company released the manga digitally in North America for US$2.99 on Wednesday. Seven Seas describes the story as a "prototype short" to OKAYADO's other series 12 Beast. The story...
news

Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Story Trailer Reveals September Release Date

Game adds Ultron, Sigma, Hulk, Chris Redfield, Thor, Chun Li, more ― PlayStation began streaming a story trailer for Capcom's Marvel vs. CAPCOM Infinite PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC fighting game on Tuesday. The trailer reveals the that the game will ship on September 19. The video also reveals new characters for the game, including Ultron, Sigma (Mega Man X), Strider Hiryu (Strider), Hulk, Chris ...
news

New Fate/Extella Work is in Production

Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star's Nintendo Switch port ships in July ― A special Fate/Extra CCC live-streaming event revealed on Tuesday that a new Fate/EXTELLA work is in production. The staff did not reveal details about the title but said Servant action will be important in the new work. Mafia Kajita served as MC at the event, and voice actors Yui Ogura (voice of Fate/Extra CCC's Passion Lip), Norik...

Sumitomo, Crunchyroll's Parent Chernin Group Announce Strategic Partnership

Sumitomo, Crunchyroll partnered in 2015 to fund anime co-productions ― Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, a subsidiary of the Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corporation, announced a strategic partnership on Wednesday with The Chernin Group, a media company run by former News Corporation executive Peter Chernin. Under this new business partnership, both companies hope to expand into the media and en...
news

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age PS4 Remaster's English Trailer Streamed

Game ships on July 11 in N. America, Europe; July 13 in Japan, Asia ― Square Enix North America began streaming an English-dubbed spring trailer for the Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age PlayStation 4 game on Tuesday. The video previews the remaster's story. The game will ship in North America and Europe on July 11 and in Japan and Asia on July 13. The game will ship with a Collector's and Limited Edi...

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Anime Film to Play in U.S., 15 Other Countries in May

U.K., Ireland, Australia, NZ, 9 Central/South American countries, Thailand, France ― The official website for the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film announced on Wednesday that the film will open in at least 16 countries besides Japan in May. As of April 26, the countries will be the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, nine countries in Central America and South America...
news

Clione no Akari TV Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, July Premiere

Sayuri Matsumura, Shunya Ōhira, Natsuko Hara, more star in anime ― The staff for the television anime of Natural-Rain's illustrated online novel Clione no Akari (Clione's Light) opened a Twitter account and website on Wednesday. The website revealed the anime's staff, cast, and July premiere. The cast includes: Sayuri Matsumura as Minori Amamiya Shunya Ōhira as Takashi Aoi Natsuko Hara as Kyōko Tsuki...
news

Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Posts Teaser Visual, Character Stills

Masataka Kubota, Fumika Shimizu star in July 29 film based on Sui Ishida's manga ― The official website for the live-action film of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga revealed a new teaser visual for the film on Wednesday. The text on the visual reads, "The only entity who knows of the two worlds of humans and ghouls." The site also revealed stills from the film featuring the main cast. The cast is as fo...

Idaho School Votes to Keep Sword Art Online Novel After Student Complaint

Complaint stated that novel allegedly contained "inappropriate language and drawings" ― Jerome Middle School in Idaho voted to retain the Sword Art Online: Aincrad light novel in its library on Monday after a student raised concern about "inappropriate language and drawings" in the novel. The school's English department formally made the complaint. The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) sen...
news

Funimation Reveals Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor Anime's English Dub Cast

Dub premiered on Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. EDT ― Funimation revealed The English dub cast for its simuldub of the Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor anime on Tuesday. The simuldub premiered on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. EDT. The cast includes: Rachael Messer as Sistine Josh Grelle as Glenn Radars Monica Rial as Rumia Morgan Garrett as Celica Ben Phillips as Headmaster Rick Christopher Wehkamp as Halley Q...
news

Chihayafuru Sequel Film Reveals 4 New Cast Members, 2018 Opening

Chihayafuru: Musubi casts Mio Yūki, Hayato Sano, Kaya Kiyohara, Kento Kaku ― The staff for the live-action films of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga revealed the upcoming sequel film's title, new cast members, and 2018 opening on Wednesday. The new film is titled Chihayafuru: Musubi (Chihayafuru: Conclusion). The new cast includes (from left to right): Mio Yūki as Sumire Hanano, a girl who falls in ...
news

Yomawari Horror Game Gets Sequel For PS4, Vita

Game ships in Japan on August 24 ― Video game news website Dengeki Online revealed on Tuesday that Nippon Ichi Software is developing a sequel for its horror game Yomawari. The game, titled Shin Yomawari (Late Night Wandering), is slated for release on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on August 24. In the original game, players take the role of a little girl who uses a single flashlight to...
news

GARNiDELiA, Konomi Suzuki to Perform at Anime Expo

Performing in Anisong World Matsuri event in L.A. convention in July ― The organizers of the Anime Expo convention announced on Tuesday that it will host GARNiDELiA and Konomi Suzuki as part of the convention's Anisong World Matsuri music festival event. They will perform on July 1 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. GARNiDELiA consists of composer Yoshinori Abe (toku) and vocalist Mai Mizuhashi...
news

New Nobunaga's Ambition Game Revealed for Switch, PS4, PC

Nobunaga no Yabō: Taishi announced in Famitsu ― Video game news website Famitsu revealed on Tuesday that a new Nobunaga's Ambition (Nobunaga no Yabō) game is in development for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC. The game is titled Nobunaga no Yabō: Taishi (Nobunaga's Ambition: Aspiration). Famitsu magazine will reveal more information on Thursday. The long-running Nobunaga's Ambition historical ...
news

Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Anime Casts Yūki Wakai

Staff announces student council cast members this week ― The official website for the television anime of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga announced on Tuesday that Yūki Wakai will play the character Itsuki Sumeragi, a first-year student and member of the student council. The staff will reveal the cast for another student council member on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. ...
news

Egglia: Legend of the Redcap Smartphone RPG Gets English Release This Summer

Game from Mother 3, Fantasy Life developer launched this month in Japan ― Game developer Brownies announced on Friday that its smartphone game Egglia: Legend of the Redcap will have an English release for iPhone and Android this summer. The company is also working on an "Episode 2" DLC for the game, which will introduce new eggs and areas to explore. Egglia is an RPG that follows the story of an elf ...

Funimation Announces English Dubs for 8 More Simulcast Titles, Brave Witches (Updated)

Seven Mortal Sins, Love Tyrant, WorldEnd, The Royal Tutor, Tsukigakirei, Tsugumomo, Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys, Kado: The Right Answer listed ― Funimation Entertainment updated its simuldub page with eight additional Spring season titles this week. The company is also listing an English dub for Brave Witches that will begin on May 8 at 10:00 p.m. EDT. Crunchyroll already streamed the series ...
news

North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 23-29

One-Punch Man, Fighting Foodons, Ultra Maniac anime ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date The Asterisk War Volume 4 BDPlease Aniplex of America US$74.98 April 25 The Asterisk War Volume 4 Limited Edition BDCite Aniplex of America US$114.98 April 25 Crusher Joe the Movie DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Discotek Media US$24.95 April 25 Dragon Ball Z Kai The Final Chapters Part 1 BDPleas...
news

Danganronpa Staffers Make Zanki Zero RPG for PS4, Vita

New game is a survival RPG ― Video game news website Famitsu revealed on Tuesday that Spike Chunsoft is developing a new "survival RPG" titled Zanki Zero for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The team working on the game previously developed the Danganronpa series, and includes Yoshinori Terasawa and Takayuki Sugawara, among others. The game will tell the story of eight survivors who live in a ruin...
daily briefs

Sentai Filmworks Sets August 22 Release Date for Beyond the Boundary Films

Section 23 Films announced in its August release slate that Sentai Filmworks release of the Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Past and Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Future films is slated for August 22 in one Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack. The release will have an English dub. The Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Past film opened in Japan in March 2015. The film is a compilation film ret...
news

Muv-Luv Alternative Manga Ends on Thursday After 10 Years

Manga based on PC game began in 2007 ― The official blog for Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine announced on Monday that Azusa Maxima and Age's Muv-Luv Alternative manga will end in the June issue on Thursday. The manga launched almost ten years ago in the magazine's October 2007 issue. Kadokawa shipped the 16th compiled volume on October 27. The manga adapts adult game brand Age's visua...
news

Star Wars Manga Returns With Lost Stars Adaptation

LINE app also holds competition to draw Heir to the Jedi, Lords of the Sith manga ― The LINE Manga app revealed on Tuesday that it will release a manga adaptation of Claudia Gray's Lost Stars novel. Yūsaku Komiyama (Avengers: Zombies Assemble, Ixion Saga) is drawing the manga. The series will debut for free in the app on May 4, and a new chapter will debut every other Thursday. This is the time Gray'...
news

The [email protected]'s Kotori Otonashi Gets Spinoff Manga

Tatsuya Takahashi, Mana's manga debuts on May 27 ― The June issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine is revealing on Thursday that Mana will launch the Asayake wa Kogoneiro The [email protected] (Morning Glow is Golden: The [email protected]) manga in the next issue on May 27. Tatsuya Takahashi (The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, Eromanga Sensei) is providing the story. The spinoff manga will center on the c...
news

Power Rangers' Original Megazord Joins Super Robot Wars X-Ω

Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger's Daizyujin added as part of limited-time event ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Super Robot Wars X-Ω smartphone game revealed on Tuesday that it will add the original Daizyujin (known as Megazord and retroactively as Dino Megazord in English) from Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, the series adapted into the first season of Saban's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. ...
news

Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, April 17-23

Haikyu!! stage show sells 10,020, followed by Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, live-action Oboreru Knife, Tenipuri Festa, LiSA ― The Hyper Projection Engeki Haikyu!! "Karasuno, Fukkatsu!" stage show sold 10,020 to rank #3 on the overall DVD chart. The DVD collector's edition for the live-action film of George Asakura's Oboreru Knife manga sold 5,522 copies to rank #5. The DVD standard edition was #48 with 520...
news

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, April 17-23

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru sells 6,987, followed by Euphonium 2, LiSA, live-action Oboreru Knife, Tenipuri Festa ― LiSA's "Live is Smile Always -Never Ending Glory- at Yokohama Arena [the Moon]" concert debuted at #4 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart with 5,201 copies. "Live is Smile Always -Never Ending Glory- at Yokohama Arena [the Sun]" debuted at #5 with 5,014 copies. The Blu-ray collector's edition ...
news

Ali Project, Minori Chihara to Perform at Anime Expo

Performing in Anisong World Matsuri event in L.A. convention in July ― The organizers of the Anime Expo convention announced on Monday that it will host Ali Project and Minori Chihara as part of the convention's Anisong World Matsuri music festival event. They will perform on July 1 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Ali Project is composed of Arika Takarano, who performs the vocals and writes ...
news

Tsugumomo's Opening Song Artists Band Ja Naimon! Also Voice Guest Roles

Guest stars in episode 8 on May 21 ― The official website for the television anime of Yoshikazu Hamada's Tsugumomo manga announced on Tuesday that the music group Band Ja Naimon! will voice guest roles in the anime's eighth episode. That episode, "Ano Hi no Kagami-ke: Mote-Mote Fragrance," will premiere on May 21. The group also performs the anime's opening theme song "METAMORISER," which will go on ...
news

Mysterious Girlfriend X's Riichi Ueshiba Launches New Manga in May

Ōkumo-chan Flashback follows boy who sees visions of his mother's high school past ― The June issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine revealed on Tuesday that Riichi Ueshiba will launch a new manga titled Ōkumo-chan Flashback in the magazine's next issue on May 25. The manga will have four color pages and will appear on the magazine's front cover. The manga will center on first-year high school studen...
news

Annecy Festival Screens A Silent Voice, In This Corner of the World, Lu over the wall

Blame, Ancien and the Magic Tablet, Rudolf the Black Cat, Mazinger Z footage screens out of competition ― The Annecy International Animation Film Festival announced the official selection of films that will be screened in and out of competition during the event. Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi), Sunao Katabuchi and MAPPA's In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no K...
news

Hana ni Somu Manga Wins 21st Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize's Top Award

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū, Yomawari Neko, KochiKame's Osamu Akimoto also win ― The Asahi Shimbun newspaper announced the winners for the 21st Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize awards on Tuesday. Grand Prize Hana ni Somu Fusako Kuramochi Shueisha The story centers on Kano Sogabe, a girl who, through archery, met her best friend Haruta. When Haruta loses his family in a tragic accident that also cla...
news

Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film's Visual Shows Edward, Alphonse

Fan event with anime & live-action casts scheduled for July 12 ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga posted a new visual for the film on Tuesday. The film's official website has an expanded version of the visual, showing Edward and Alphonse overlooking a town. In addition, a Fullmetal Alchemist fan event will take place on July 12, the a...
news

New Jersey's AnimeNEXT to Host ReLIFE's Tomochi Kosaka, Junko Yamanaka, Reina Ueda

Director, animator, voice actress to attend June 9-11 event ― The official Twitter account for New Jersey-based anime convention AnimeNext announced on Wednesday that it will host director Tomochi Kosaka, animator and character designer Junko Yamanaka, and voice actress Reina Ueda at its 2017 convention. Kosaka directed the television anime adaptation of Yayoiso's ReLIFE manga after previously servin...

'your name.' Anime Film Tops US$4 Million in N. America

3rd weekend earnings estimated at US$336,855 ― The Box Office Mojo website updated its box office estimates for the your name. anime film up through April 23. The film earned about US$336,855 at 168 theaters in the United States and Canada over the weekend of April 21-23, and ranked #24. In total, the film has earned an estimated US$4,074,629 in the United States and Canada after three weeks in theat...
news

2nd Live-Action March comes in like a lion Film Opens at #4

Free! -Timeless Medley- Kizuna film opens at #10 Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter (Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter), the 21st Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime film, fell from #1 to #2 in terms of tickets sold its second weekend at the Japanese box office, after Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast film opened at #1. The film sold 580,000 tickets in its second weekend for a b...
news

Live-Action Ajin Film's Teaser Trailer Streamed

Film starring Takeru Satoh opens September 30 ― The official website for the upcoming live-action film based on Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga began streaming a teaser trailer on Tuesday. The video highlights the characters the characters and action scenes. The film is slated to open in Japan on September 30. The cast includes: Takeru Satoh as Kei Nagai (center left) Gou Ayano as Satō (cente...
daily briefs

TOKU to Air Ultraman Nexus Live-Action Series With English Subtitles

Olympusat, Inc.'s television channel TOKU announced on Monday that it will air the Ultraman Nexus live-action television series from May 9 to June 2. The show will air in Japanese with English subtitles on weekdays beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT. TOKU describes the series: This 37-episode Japanese television series follows the story of a powerful warrior whose main mission is to protect mankind from d...
daily briefs

Dangun Feveron Arcade Game Launches for PS4 on April 28

Game developer M2 began streaming a promotional video for its PlayStation 4 port of Cave's 1998 arcade game Dangun Feveron on Tuesday. The video reveals that the game is slated for digital release in Japan on April 28. The disco-themed space shooter is for one or two players. It has not previously been released on home consoles. [Via Gematsu]
daily briefs

German PlayStation Teaser Lists Bandai Namco's Code Vein for PS4

The official German YouTube account for Sony's PlayStation consoles listed Bandai Namco Entertainment's upcoming Code Vein role-playing game for the PlayStation 4 on the teaser trailer it posted on Monday. Bandai Namco Entertainment previously streamed the same teaser, but did not announce the platform. The game is slated for release in 2018. Bandai Namco Entertainment describes the game: Bare You...
daily briefs

Pani Poni Manga Gets 'Revival' With Special Edition Chapter

This year's fifth issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan published a special edition chapter for Hekiru Hikawa's Pani Poni manga on Tuesday. The "revival" chapter commemorates the Pani Poni Dash! anime's Blu-ray Disc box set, which ships in Japan on Wednesday. Hikawa published the original manga in Square Enix's Monthly G-Fantasy from 2000 to 2011. In 2005, the anime studios GANSIS and SHAFT pr...
news

Manga Artist Naoki Serizawa to Work on Game, Anime Character Design Next Year

Manga creator Naoki Serizawa revealed on Twitter on Monday that he will design characters for a game and anime next year. He did not share details on either the game or anime. In addition, Serizawa revealed that he is aiming to start a new shonen manga series and a one-shot manga this year. Serizawa will launch a new manga titled Sports Doctor "MAMA" (Mama wa Sports Doctor) in Nihon Bungeisha's We...
news

Yutaka Yamamoto's 'Twilight' Anime Project Meets Crowdfunding Goal

Wake Up, Girls! director's new anime slated for 2018 ― The Campfire crowdfunding campaign for Yutaka Yamamoto's Hakubo (Twilight) original anime project met its goal of 15 million yen (about US$137,000) on Tuesday. The campaign will end on April 29, the anime is slated to open in theaters in 2018. Yamamoto himself is credited with the original work, script, direction and sound direction. Sunao Chikao...
news

MF Bunko J Imprint's Novel Gets New TV Anime Project

Publisher to reveal title on May 1 ― The official blog of Kadokawa's MF Bunko J Editorial Department revealed on Monday that a work that the MF Bunko J imprint publishes will receive a television anime adaptation. The publisher will reveal the name of the title for the "next generation" project on May 1 at 12:00 p.m. Bunko J Editorial Department is holding a Twitter campaign for the anime project unt...
news

Tsukasa Hojo's Angel Heart Manga Ends in May

Series related to City Hunter debuted in 2001 ― The June issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine announced on Tuesday that Tsukasa Hojo's Angel Heart 2nd Season manga will end in the next issue on May 25. The announcement image includes the messages "Angel Heart, conclusion" and "Thank you, City Hunter." The issue also announced the first part of a project to commemorate the end of the ...
news

Nui Nui Hinobori San Kyōdai Net Anime Shorts' TV Ad Streamed

Takuya Eguchi, Kōtarō Nishiyama, Yūki Yonai star in series debuting on Wednesday ― The goods company SunRise (not related to the anime studio of the same name) began streaming a television commercial on Monday for the net anime series of shorts based on its "Nui Nui Hinobori San Kyōdai" plush and goods line. The video introduces the three brothers who run the plush shop Nui Nui in the anime titled Nu...
daily briefs

Nippon Ichi Software Streams 360° Video For New Horror Title

Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) opened a teaser website and began streaming a 360° promotional video for a new horror title on Monday. The live-action video shows the approach to a shrine at night. NIS opened a separate teaser website earlier this month that streamed live-action videos of a dark room. The video game developer opened another separate teaser website in March and revealed the Hakoniwa Com...
daily briefs

Retailers List Berserk Novel By Anime Scriptwriter Makoto Fukami

Retailers Amazon Japan, Rakuten, and Gamers are all listing that Kentarou Miura's Berserk manga will get a novel that will ship on June 23 titled Berserk: Honō Ryū no Kishi (Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight). The retailers list Makoto Fukami and Miura as the authors. Fukami is the series composition writer for the new Berserk series that premiered last year, as well as the continuation that premie...
news

Gengoroh Tagame Ends My Brother's Husband Manga in May

Pantheon Books to debut manga in English in June ― The June issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine is revealing on Tuesday that Gengoroh Tagame is ending his My Brother's Husband (Otōto no Otto) manga in the magazine's next issue on May 25. The chapter will have a color opening page. Pantheon Books is releasing the manga in two-in-one omnibus volumes, and it describes the story: My Brother's Hu...
news

Air Master's Yokusaru Shibata Launches Kai Tenwan Manga in May

Shibata's Yōkai Banchō manga ends on Tuesday ― This year's 10th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine (cover seen right) is revealing on Tuesday that Yokusaru Shibata will launch a new manga titled Kai Tenwan (title romanization not official) in the magazine's next issue on May 9. The manga will have a color opening page, and will feature on the issue's front cover. The manga's first chapter will be 3...
news

Hotaru Odagiri Ends The Betrayal Knows My Name Manga, Starts New Work This Summer

Manga ended on Monday, 13th volume slated for May 24 ― Hotaru Odagiri ended her The Betrayal Knows My Name manga in the June issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Asuka magazine on Monday. The magazine notes that Odagiri will launch a new work "around" this summer. The 13th and final compiled book volume of The Betrayal Knows My Name is slated for May 24. Yen Press has released six omnibus volumes of the manga...

Yoshimasa Hosoya Replaced in Ensemble Stars Franchise, Not Replaced in Starmyu, Strike the Blood Anime

Tomoaki Maeno replaces Hosoya in Ensemble Stars app starting on May 31 ― The official Twitter account for Happy Elements K.K's Ensemble Stars! multimedia franchise announced on Sunday that Tomoaki Maeno is replacing Yoshimasa Hosoya to voice the character Hokuto Hidaka. Happy Elements K.K's will replace Hosoya's voice recording with Maeno's in the Ensemble Stars! app starting on May 31. Additionally,...
news

Code:Realize Visual Novel Gets Stage Musical

Original PS Vita visual novel shipped in Japan in November 2014, in the U.S. in October 2015 ― The "Code:Realize Fantastic Party" event in Kawasaki City revealed on Sunday that Idea Factory and Design Factory's Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ (Code:Realize ~Sōsei no Himegimi) PlayStation Vita game is getting a stage musical adaptation. The musical's staff have launched an official website and a T...
news

Hakuōki Shinkai PS4 Game's Promo Video Introduces Characters, Story

PS4 port of Hakuōki Shinkai games ships on July 13 ― Idea Factory began streaming a promotional video on Monday for its Hakuōki Shinkai: Fūkaden PlayStation 4 game. The video introduces the game's characters and previews some scenes from the game's story. The video also previews Aika Yoshioka's theme song "Isshin: Chi no Hate Made." The game ships in Japan on July 13. The game is a port of Idea Facto...
daily briefs

Eromanga Sensei Novels Have 1 Million Copies in Print

The official Twitter account of Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko light novel imprint revealed on Saturday that Tsukasa Fushimi's Eromanga Sensei light novels have one million copies in print. The "new sibling romantic comedy" revolves around Masamune Izumi, a light novel author in high school. Masamune's little sister is Sagiri, a shut-in girl who hasn't left her room for an entire year. She even forces h...
news

Touken Ranbu Gets 4th Stage Musical in Fall

2nd "Shinken Ranbu Sai" event also confirmed for Tokyo, Osaka, Saitama in December ― The official Twitter account of the Touken Ranbu stage musicals revealed on Sunday that a fourth stage musical has been green-lit. The franchise will also get its second "Shinken Ranbu Sai" live event. The musical will run from November 2017 to January 2018, and will have performances in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. The ...
news

Kemono Friends Stage Play Debuts in June With Anime Cast

Dōbutsu Biscuit, PPP units reprise roles from anime, adds Hotaru Nomoto as Okapi ― The staff of the stage play adaptation of Nexon and Mine Yoshizaki's Kemono Friends franchise revealed on Monday that the play will run at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Club eX in Tokyo from June 14 to 18. Hiroki Murakami is directing the play and penning the script. The cast of the Dōbutsu Biscuit (Serval, Fennec, Raccoo...

Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film's Earns US$900,000 in 4th Weekend

Domestic gross estimated at US$39 million ― The Box Office Mojo film news website has estimated that Paramount Pictures' live-action Ghost in the Shell film earned US$900,000 at the United States box office in its fourth weekend of Friday-Sunday. The film has an estimated total gross of US$39,131,504 in the United States, and ranked #19 for the weekend. The fourth weekend gross is about a 63.5% drop ...
news

Kemono Friends' New Game Arrives This Summer as Smartphone App

Anime-themed game is first in "Project G" game relaunch plans ― Bushiroad announced on Monday that its brand-new Kemono Friends game will debut on its Bushimo smartphone service this summer. Unlike the first game that was in development simultaneously with the anime and released before the anime, the new game will be themed around the anime. Bushiroad stated that the new game is the first in the fran...
news

Live-Action Gintama Film's Trailer Shows How Gintoki, Shinpachi Meet

Film opens July 14 in Japan ― The official website for the live-action film of the Gintama manga began streaming a new web trailer for the film on Monday. The trailer depicts how Gintoki and Shinpachi meet. The site also revealed a new poster for the film. The film will open in Japan on July 14. Fukuda (live-action HK/Hentai Kamen, Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store) is directing the film, as wel...
news

Ginban Kishi Manga By Tramps Like Us' Ogawa Approaches Climax

Also: Ogawa draws Blame! spinoff 1-shot manga ― This year's June issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine is revealing on Tuesday that Yayoi Ogawa's Ginban Kishi (Skating Rink Knight) manga is approaching its climax. The word "climax" written in phonetic katakana often indicates a manga series' final chapter. Ogawa launched the romantic comedy manga in Kiss in September 2012, and Kodansha published the mang...
news

Satoru Hiura's Hotaru no Hikari SP Manga Ends

Original Hotaru no Hikari series inspired 2 live-action TV series, 1 live-action film ― This year's June issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine is revealing on Tuesday that Satoru Hiura's Hotaru no Hikari SP manga will end in the magazine's July issue, which ships on May 25. Hiura launched the series in the magazine in January 2014. Kodansha published the manga's fifth volume (pictured at right) on Januar...

Voice Actor Yoshimasa Hosoya Goes on Hiatus to Treat Throat

Plans to return to work this year ― The staff of voice actor Yoshimasa Hosoya reported on Monday that he is going on hiatus from work to undergo treatment for his throat after a doctor's diagnosis. He plans to return to work before the end of this year. Hosoya's current roles include Rintarō Kira on Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys, Reiner Braun on Attack on Titan season 2, Fumikage Tokoyami on My...

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Anime Reveals Story Synopsis

6th anime series in Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise premieres on May 10 ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed a story synopsis on Monday for the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS television anime series. The city where network systems are developed: Den City. The giant company SOL Technology Co. is based there, and it uses advanced technology that it created to con...

ReLIFE Anime Gets 4-Episode Finale Next March

Most of cast, staff return for new episodes on Blu-ray/DVD ― Production on an arc to conclude the ReLife television anime's story has been green-lit. The four new episodes will go on sale on Blu-ray and DVD next March. (highlight the following white text to read spoilers) [The finale will follow the story after the 13th episode until the end of Arata Kaizaki's ReLIFE experiment.] The arc will feature...
news

Resident Evil: heavenly island's Naoki Serizawa Launches New Manga Series on April 28

New series centers on female sports doctor ― The official Twitter account for the Nihon Bungeisha's Weekly Manga Goraku magazine revealed on Thursday that the manga's next issue (issue #2562) on April 28 will launch Naoki Serizawa's new manga series Sports Doctor "MAMA" (Mama wa Sports Doctor). 【次号予告】次号のGW特大合併号の週刊漫画ゴラクは、本誌初登場!巨弾シリーズ新連載!!芹沢直樹が描く「ママはスポーツドクター」が大増の70Pで登場!!!!来週の28日(金)発売のゴラクを、是非ともお楽しみくださいま...
news

Live-Action Blade of the Immortal Film Streams 2 'Cannes' TV Ads

Film screens at Cannes Film Festival in May, opens in Japan on Saturday ― Warner Brothers began streaming two new "Cannes" commercials on Friday for the live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal "neo period drama" manga. Both ads preview the film's theme song "Live to Die Another Day ~Sonzai Shōmei~" (Live to Die Another Day ~Proof of Existence~) by Miyavi. The film will premiere in ...
news

Code:Realize Anime Reveals TV Format, October Premiere, Cast, Staff, Promo Video

Game cast reprises roles with Saori Hayami joining as progatonist Cardia ― The "Code:Realize Fantastic Party" event in Kawasaki City revealed on Sunday that the previously revealed anime adaptation of Idea Factory and Design Factory's Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ (Code:Realize ~Sōsei no Himegimi) PlayStation Vita game is a television anime series that will premiere in October. The anime's webs...
news

2nd Tokyo Ghoul Stage Play Reveals Cast, Staff, July Premiere

Ryo Matsuda replaces Yūki Ogoe to star in new stage play ― The official website for the second Tokyo Ghoul stage play based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga began streaming a commercial on Sunday to reveal some of the cast members in costume. (Note: The first video below can't be viewed the United States, New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea, and Australia.) The stage play stars: Ryo Matsuda as Ken Kane...
news

Kamiko Nintendo Switch Game Gets English Release on April 27

Arcade-like action game launched in Japan on April 13 ― Nintendo is listing that it will release game publisher and developer Flyhigh Works and indie developer Skipmore's Kamiko game on the Switch in the United States on April 27. The game will cost US$4.99 and will be available on the Nintendo e-Shop. Flyhigh Works began streaming an introduction video for the game on April 12. Nintendo describes th...
news

Tsuredure Children Anime Reveals Main Cast, Theme Song Artists

Series of 15-minute shorts premieres in July ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine is revealing the main cast and theme song details on Wednesday for the television anime of Toshiya Wakabayashi's Tsuredure Children (Idle Children) manga. The anime stars: Kaito Ishikawa as Takurō Sugawara Inori Minase as Chizuru Takano Tomoaki Maeno as Takeshi Gōda Yui Ogura a...
news

5-Minute Fire Emblem Echoes Game's English Video Outlines Strategic Elements

Remake for 3DS ships in N. America, Europe on May 19 ― Nintendo began streaming a new English-narrated "A Master Class in Strategy" trailer on Saturday for its Fire Emblem Echoes -Shadows of Valentia- Nintendo 3DS game. The video previews the game's strategic elements. The video also outlines what bonuses various Amiibo figures will provide in-game. The game features animated cut scenes by Studio Kha...
news

One Piece Reveals Anime Character Designs for Pudding, Big Mom

Toei also streams preview for next week's anime-original musical number ― The official website for the One Piece franchise revealed the anime character designs on Sunday for the characters Charlotte Pudding and Big Mom. Miyuki Sawashiro (Durarara!!'s Celty, 2011 Hunter × Hunter 's Kurapika) will voice the character Charlotte Pudding. Pudding is the 35th daughter of Big Mom, and she is Sanji's arrange...
news

Yuki Yuna Is a Hero Anime's Pachislot Game Video Posted

1st film of 2nd season opened in March, 2nd on April 15 ― Game company Daxel began streaming a promotional video for its pachislot (pachinko-parlor slot machine) based on the Yuki Yuna Is a Hero anime franchise on Monday. Daxel hasn't yet revealed when the machines will launch in pachinko parlors in Japan. The first Yuki Yuna Is a Hero anime's story takes place in the era of the gods, year 300. Yūna ...
news

ufotable Animates Opening for BS Fuji's 'Anime Guild' Block

New block airs Anonymous Noise, Kado: The Right Answer, Grimoire of Zero, BanG Dream! anime ― Animation studio ufotable (The Garden of Sinners, Fate/Zero) posted its video opening for BS Fuji's new Anime Guild programming block on April 10. The block runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. BSフジ・新アニメ枠「アニメギルド」―OP映像をufotableにて制作致しました。クレジット付のバージョンをWEB限定で公開致します。 アニメギルド公式アカウント(@animegu...
news

REC's Q-taro Hanamizawa Starts New Manga in May

New Kanojo ga Bikini Armor ni Kigaetara manga centers on wife with secret ― This year's June issue of Shonengahosha's Monthly Young King Ours GH magazine announced on Monday that Q-taro Hanamizawa will start a new manga titled Kanojo ga Bikini Armor ni Kigaetara (If She Changes Into Bikini Armor) in next month's issue on May 16. The July issue will feature the manga on its front cover, and the first ...
daily briefs

Toriko's Shimabukuro Publishes New 1-Shot in Grand Jump Magazine This Fall

This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro will publish a new one-shot manga in Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine this fall. Shimabukuro is publishing the 19-page "Chingiri" one-shot manga (pictured at right) in the same combined issue on Monday. He also recently published a different 29-page one-shot gag manga...

Ryohgo Narita's New Bleach Novel Reveals Title, Digital Serialization Starting on April 28

Novel focusing on Shūhei Hisagi launches on Jump+, official Bleach app ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing the title on Monday for Ryohgo Narita's (Baccano!, Durarara!) new Bleach novel based on Tite Kubo's manga. The novel is titled Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World, and it will launch on both the Shonen Jump+ app and the official Bleach ...
news

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory Game Reveals 2 New Characters

PS4/Vita game featuring 320+ Digimon ships in Japan this year, in early 2018 in West ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed two new female characters on Thursday for its Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game. The game will feature the new character Erika Mishima and the returning character Fei. Erika is "is a genius hacker who has the special power to li...
news

Bandai Namco Ent. Reveals Weekly Shonen Jump Ore Collection Smartphone Game

Battle card game launches in Japan this summer ― This year's June issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Friday that Weekly Shonen Jump and Bandai Namco Entertainment are launching a smartphone game titled Weekly Shonen Jump Ore Collection (Weekly Shonen Jump My Collection) this summer. Bandai Namco Entertainment has also opened a website for the game. In the card battle game, players collec...

Fullmetal Alchemist, One Piece Voice Actor Ed Blaylock Passes Away

Voice actor for King Bradley, Sengoku was 64 ― Dallas, Texas-based radio station WRR 101 revealed on Thursday that voice actor and radio host Ed Blaylock (Thomas Edwin Blaylock, Jr.) passed away on Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 64. As a voice actor, Blaylock played the role of Fuhrer King Bradley in both the Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood television anime seri...
news

Marvelous Establishes Company With Focus on Senran Kagura

Producer Kenichirō Takaki helms Honey∞Parade Games ― Game, anime, and stage production company Marvelous announced on Friday that it will establish a subsidiary company under the name Honey∞Parade Games on May 9. The new company's main focus will be the production and promotion of the Senran Kagura series, but it also aims to create "next generation" IP. Senran Kagura series producer Kenichirō Takaki...
news

NieR: Automata Sells More Than 500,000 Copies In Japan & Asia

The official NieR Twitter account revealed on Friday that the PlayStation 4 version of NieR: Automata has sold more than 500,000 physical and digital copies in Japan and Asia. According to Media Create's most recent Japanese sales chart, more than 300,000 physical versions of the game have been shipped in Japan alone. Square Enix announced on April 4 that the the game's physical and digital versio...
daily briefs

AR Game Maker Sues Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Legal Response to Pokémon Go

U.S. game company Candy Lab sued the county of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday over an ordinance that requires virtual and location-based augmented reality games to have a permit in order to operate in Milwaukee County Parks. Candy Lab is challenging the ordinance on the basis that it violates its First Amendment right to free speech. The county adopted the ordinance in January in response to the p...
news

Bookwalker Global to Release The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress Light Novel

Digital reading platform plans more English translations of light novels ― BookWalker Global, Kadokawa's English-language digital reading platform, announced on Friday that it will release the first volume of the light novel series The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress (Tatakau Panya to Kikaiji kake no Kanbanmusume) in English in June. The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress is the platform...
news

Viz Media Licenses Splatoon Manga

Also announces new Studio Ghibli picture books, Hello Kitty & Friends coloring book ― North American publisher Viz Media announced during its C2E2 panel on Friday that it has licensed Sankichi Hinodeya's Splatoon manga and plans to release the first volume in late 2017. In addition, the company announced that it will release The Art of My Little Pony: The Movie book in August, The Hello Kitty & Frien...
news

Tamio Boy to Kuruwase Girl Live-Action Film's Trailer Reveals September Opening

Live-action Bakuman.'s Hitoshi Ōne directs film ― The official website for Tamio Boy to Kuruwase Girl, the live-action film adaptation of Chokkaku Shibuya's Okuda Tamio ni Naritai Boy - Deau Otoko Subete Kuruwaseru Girl (The Boy Who Wished to Be Tamio Okuda - The Girl Who Drove All the Men She Met Crazy) manga, began streaming a trailer and teaser video for the film on Thursday. Both videos reveal th...

For all articles, see the archives