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Russian Blogger Jailed for Playing Pokémon Go in Church Released

21-year-old still charged with "enticing religious hatred," trial still pending ― A lawyers' group stated on September 8 that a court in Yekaterinburg, Russia released Russian blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky from pre-trial detention for allegedly playing Pokémon Go inside a church. Sokolovsky was originally ordered to stay in jail until November pending a trial, but filed an appeal against the arrest. Soko...
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Koei Tecmo Reveals La Corda d'Oro Octave Game For Smartphones

1st smartphone game in the series features characters from previous games, slated for 2017 ― Koei Tecmo Games' Ruby Party brand announced a new installment in its La Corda D'Oro game series on September 9 titled La Corda D'Oro Octave. The game is slated for release on smartphones in 2017, and is the first game in the series designed for smartphones. The game's official website began streaming a promo...
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Ryo Orikasa's 'Suijun-Genten' Short Wins Award at Ottawa Int'l Animation Festival

2015 clay-animated short focuses on postwar poet Yoshirō Ishihara ― The Ottawa International Animation Festival announced at an awards ceremony on Saturday that Ryo Orikasa's "Suijun-Genten" ("Datum Point") short won the Award for Best Experimental or Abstract Animation. The festival released a quote from the jury that assigned the award, saying "Loved the texture. The granularity of the sound and me...
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Orange Time-Travelling Manga Gets Anime Sequel Film Written by Creator

November 18 film retells story from Suwa's view, then continues story ― The 13th and final episode of the orange television anime series ended on Monday with an teaser trailer that announced that a theatrical anime film has been green-lit. The title of the film is orange -Mirai- (orange: Future). The film will play for a limited two-week engagement throughout Japan starting on November 18. Voice: Sin...
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Anime Casts Kouichi Yamadera, Rie Tanaka

Voice actors voice main character Kusuo Saiki's grandparents ― This year's 43rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced new cast members on Monday for The Disastrous Life of Saiki K., the television anime adaptation of Shūichi Asō's Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan manga. Kouichi Yamadera (Lupin the Third's Zenigata, Dragon Ball Super's Beerus) will play Kumagorō Saiki, while Rie Tanaka (Mobi...

One-Punch Man TV Anime Gets 2nd Season, Game App

1st 12-episode series premiered in October, is currently airing on Toonami ― The staff and cast for the television anime adaptation of ONE and Yuusuke Murata's One-Punch Man manga announced at the "One Punch Man Fall Festival" event on Sunday that the anime is getting a second season. The staff also announced that the series is getting a smartphone game app next year. Madhouse and director Shingo Nat...
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Digitimes: Foxconn Begins Trial Production on Nintendo NX Game System

The Taiwanese technology news source Digitimes reported on Friday that, according to its industry sources, the Taiwan-based Foxconn Electronics company has started trial production on Nintendo's next-generation platform, codenamed "NX." The sources also said that annual production on the system is estimated at 9.5-10 million units. Nintendo announced in April that it plans to release the game syst...
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Root Letter Mystery Game Gets Special Edition for N. America, Europe

PS4, PS Vita game ships in N. America, Europe this year ― U.K. retailer Rice Digital announced on Friday that it is releasing a special "Pen Pal Edition" of PQube and Kadokawa Games' English release of the √Letter (pronounced "Root Letter") PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game. Rice Digital is releasing the edition in North America and Europe. The Pen Pal Edition contains: The standard version of ...

SILVER LINK Announces Original Anime Project For 10th Anniversary

Studio established in 2007 works on upcoming Magic of Stella, Chaos;Child, Brave Witches anime ― The Japanese anime studio SILVER LINK announced on Sunday that it is producing an original anime project to commemorate the studio's 10th anniversary. The company was established in December 2007 when it became independent from the Frontline company. SILVER LINK held an exhibition event this weekend in To...
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Kiitarō Shōnen no Yōkai Enikki Anime's DVD/BD Listed With Bonus Unaired Episode

Supernatural series of 5-minute shorts premieres on October 5 ― Amazon Japan's listings for both the Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of the television anime of Riichi Kageyama's Kiitarō Shōnen no Yōkai Enikki (Young Kiitarō's Yōkai Visual Diary) manga list that the releases will include all 12 anime episodes plus a bonus 13th episode. The bonus episode is listed as having an original story. The DVD and ...

Kodansha Comics Previews Attack on Titan Anthology Book in Video

256-page hardcover book ships on October 18 ― Kodansha Comics began streaming a video on Friday that previews its upcoming Attack on Titan Anthology graphic novel. The video lists the artists involved in the anthology and previews some of the visuals. The project will consist of a 256-page, full-color hardcover book that is slated to ship on October 18. The book retails for US$29.99. The full book wi...
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Digimon Adventure tri. Anime's 1st Film Gets More Screenings in U.S. Starting on September 29

Film will screen with English dub in 18 U.S. theaters ― Toei Animation and Eleven Arts announced on Saturday that it will host more screenings of the Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 1: Reunion film with an English dub starting on September 29. Theatergoers will receive a limited-edition miniposter created for U.S. audiences. Eleven Arts has posted a list of theaters that will show the film and screen...
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Yen Press Licenses Tsukumizu's Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō Manga

Manga follows 2 girls traveling in Kettenkrad after end of the world ― Manga publisher Yen Press LLC announced on Twitter on Sunday that it has licensed Tsukumizu's Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō (The End Girl Trip) manga. The company didn't provide a release date or format for the series. The manga centers on Chito and Yuri, two women who travel aimlessly in their beloved Kettenkrad vehicle in the endless rui...
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Anly, Ayumikurikamaki to Perform Theme Songs For 'New Series' of Naruto Anime

Anime adapting 3 Naruto novels premieres this winter ― This year's 43rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Anly and Ayumikurikamaki will perform the new theme songs for the "new series" of the Naruto anime franchise. Anly (pictured below) is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from the isolated Ie Island off of Okinawa, and she will perform the opening theme song...
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Is the Order a Rabbit?? Anime's New Special Episode Gets Theatrical Screening in Japan

New episode was announced in May ― The official website for the Is the Order a Rabbit?? television anime series announced on Sunday that the new special anime episode for the series announced in May will get a theatrical screening in Japan. The staff will announce details about the screening in the future on the anime's official website and Twitter account. Tokyo MX began rebroadcasting anime's secon...
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Megami Meguri Public Transit Card 3DS Game's Promo Reveals December 8 Release

New characters & Collector's Package, Complete Edition contents revealed ― The official website of CAPCOM's Megami Meguri (Goddess Tour), the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game that will use IC cards, began streaming a promotional video on Tuesday. The video reveals the game's December 8 release date. The video also introduces a new character named Amaterasu, a "goddess among goddesses" who will accompany pl...
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Missions of Love's Toyama Starts Imōto no o Shigoto wa Jikyū 2000-en Manga

Story of unfortunate girl who becomes fake little sister debuted on September 17 ― Ema Toyama launched the Imōto no o Shigoto wa Jikyū 2000-en (My Little Sister's Hourly Pay Is 2000 Yen) manga in the November issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Family magazine on September 17. The "fake family" four-panel manga centers on a high school girl named Mieko. Lured by high salary, Mieko puts herself forward fo...
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Trickster TV Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Gackt's Opening Song

Gackt also voices character in anime premiering on October 3 ― Bandai Visual began streaming the third promotional video for the Trickster - Edogawa Rampo 'Shōnen Tantei-dan' Yori (Trickster - From Rampo Edogawa's "The Boy Detectives Club") television anime on Saturday. This latest video had debuted during the early premiere showing of the first episode on Friday. It features the opening theme song "...
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Power Rangers Ninja Steel Recasts Yellow Ranger

Nico Greetham replaces Chantz Simpson in new series ― Saban Brands announced earlier this month Nico Greetham will replace Chantz Simpson as Yellow Ranger in Power Rangers Ninja Steel, the 24th season of the Power Rangers franchise, "due to unforeseen circumstances." Greetham confirmed the news on his Twitter account on September 19. I am thrilled to join the new Power Rangers Ninja Steel cast! #yell...

'Rewrite' TV Anime Gets 2nd Season Next January

"Moon Arc/Terra Arc" season announced in current anime's Saturday finale ― The final episode of the current Rewrite television anime ended with an announcement video stating that a second season will premiere next January on Tokyo MX, MBS, BS11, and other channels. The announcement lists the second season as Rewrite 2nd Season Moon-Hen/Terra-Hen (Rewrite 2nd Season Moon Arc/Terra Arc). (The above lin...

KochiKame Manga Gets Collaborations With 11 Shonen Jump Manga This Year

Collaboration manga with My Hero Academia, Food Wars!, Nisekoi, more commemorate Kochikame's finale ― This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on September 17 that 11 Weekly Shonen Jump manga will hold collaborations with Osamu Akimoto's Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo ("Kochikame") police comedy manga, which ended in the same issue. The "Minna no K...
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Sengoku Chōjū Giga Anime Reveals More Cast, Staff, October 8 Premiere

Megumi Hayashibara to narrate series of 5-minute anime shorts ― The official website of the ILCA anime studio's Sengoku Chōjū Giga (Sengoku Wildlife Caricatures) television anime revealed additional cast, staff, and the anime's October 8 premiere on September 13. Additionally, the site announced on Wednesday that voice actress Megumi Hayashibara will narrate the series. The anime's full title is now ...
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Rainy Cocoa Anime's 3rd Season Reveals Title, Cast, Staff, Theme Song Artist

Rainy Cocoa in Hawaii premieres on October 2 ― The official website for the Rainy Cocoa television anime franchise revealed the October 2 premiere date on Friday for Rainy Cocoa in Hawaii, the anime's third season. (The third season was previously listed on the site under the title Rainy Cocoa: Rainy color Waikiki). The anime will premiere on October 2 on Sun TV at 10:27 p.m. and on Tokyo MX at 10:28...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, September 12-18

KochiKame, Pokemon specials air ― The live-action drama adaptation of Miyuki Kitagawa's Seisei Suru hodo, Ai Shiteru manga aired on TBS on Tuesday, September 13 at 10:00 p.m. and earned a 7.9% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV September 18 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 10.6 Doraemon TV Asahi September 16 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 8.0 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi September...
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Kyoto Animation's A Silent Voice Anime Film Earns 410 Million Yen in 1st 3 Days

Film sold 300,000 tickets, ranked #2 in opening weekend ― Kyoto Animation's anime film adaptation of Yoshitoki Ōima's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) manga earned more than 410,000,000 yen (about US$4 million) and sold more than 300,000 tickets in its first three days. The film opened on September 17 on 120 screens (Monday was a holiday in Japan). The film earned 283,000,000 yen (about US$2.8 million...
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Haifuri/High School Fleet Anime Gets OVA Project in 2017

12-episode TV anime series originally premiered in April ― The staff of the High School Fleet (Haifuri) television anime series announced at the "High School Fleet presents Yokosuka Sekidōsai" event at the Yokosuka Arts Theatre in Kanagawa prefecture on Saturday that the franchise is getting an original video anime (OVA) project that will debut in 2017. The announcement didn't give any other details ...
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Live-Action March comes in like a lion Films' 1st Still Features Ryunosuke Kamiki as Rei

The official Twitter account for the two live-action films of Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion (Sangatsu no Lion) manga revealed a still from the films on Saturday. The still reveals Ryunosuke Kamiki in costume as Rei Kiriyama. The two films will open in Japan on March 18 and April 22, respectively. Kamiki and director Keishi Ōtomo previously worked together on the live-action Rurouni Kens...
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Digimon Adventure tri. Anime's 4th Film Opens on February 25

The staff for the Digimon Adventure tri. six-part anime film series revealed at a stage greeting event at the Shinjuku Wald 9 theater in Tokyo on Saturday that the fourth film in the project, titled Digimon Adventure tri. Sōshitsu (Loss), will open in Japan on February 25. The third film, Digimon Adventure tri. Kokuhaku (Confession, pictured at right), opened in Japan on Saturday and will screen i...
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Orange Manga Gets 2-Part Spinoff About Future Suwa

Takano to debut spinoff manga in October ― This year's November issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine announced on Saturday that manga artist Ichigo Takano will draw a two-part spinoff of her Orange manga. The spinoff, titled orange -Suwa Hiroto-, will focus on Spoiler, highlight text to read: [Naho and Suwa's lives in the world where Kakeru passed away at age 17.] The first half will run in t...
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Natsume Ono's ACCA Manga Ends in October

Series began in 2013; anime adaptation slated for January ― This year's 10th issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine announced on Saturday that Natsume Ono's ACCA 13-Ku Kansatsu-Ka (ACCA: 13th Ward Observation Department) manga will end in the next issue on October 25. Ono launched the manga series in Monthly Big Gangan magazine in June 2013. Square Enix shipped the fifth compiled volume i...
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Keijo!!!!!!!! Anime's Home Video Releases Get 6 'Bonus Anime'

1st of 6 DVD/BD volumes slated for release on November 23 in Japan ― The official website for the television anime of Daichi Sorayomi's aquatic sports manga Keijo!!!!!!!! (Hip Whip Girl) announced on Wednesday that all six Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video releases for the series will come with a "completely new bonus anime." The announcement didn't state if the six bonus anime will be extra e...
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Hi-sCool! Seha Girls Gets Bonus Episode on Series DVD

"Sports Festival" episode ships on November 3 ― The complete DVD box set of the Hi-sCool! Seha Girls anime will ship in Japan on November 3 and bundle an original anime episode. The episode it titled "Dai-54-Kai Hanpa Jano! Zenryoku de Guu! Yūshō Suru no wa Only You! Subete no Gakkō Gyōji o Kako ni Suru! SeHaGaga Gakuen Taiikusai" (54th "Awesome! As Good As It Gets! Only You Can Achieve Victory! Leav...
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Giant Killing Soccer Manga Goes on Hiatus

42nd compiled book volume ships October 21 ― This year's 43rd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Morning magazine announced on Wednesday that Masaya Tsunamoto and Tsujitomo's Giant Killing soccer manga is going on hiatus. The same issue announced that Nichijou's Keiichi Arawi will be launching a new series titled CITY in the next issue on September 29. Weekly Morning first published Giant Killing in 2007. Th...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, September 11-17

3 One-Punch Man volumes, Monster Musume, 3 Tokyo Ghoul volumes, Haikyu!!, Attack on Titan, Seraph of the End The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on September 17. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1One-Punch Man #8 Story: ONE / Art: Yuusuke Murata Viz Media 2 2 2Monster Musume #9 Okayado Seven Seas Entertainmen...

Netflix to Debut Kuromukuro's 2nd Season in U.S. on October 10

Season includes episodes 14-26 ― The U.S. Netflix website has revealed that it will begin streaming the second season (episodes 14-26) of the Kuromukuro anime series on October 10. The anime's 26th and final episode will premiere in Japan on September 29. Ponycan USA plans to release the series in the United States. Ponycan USA describes Kuromukuro: During the construction of the Kurobe Dam, an ancie...

FunimationNow App to Launch on PS Vita

Funimation Entertainment announced on Friday that it will launch its FunimationNow streaming app on PlayStation Vita. The company also confirmed plans to launch upgraded apps on Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox and PlayStation consoles. In addition, Funimation is building a new website that will stream video on mobile devices regardless of whether or not the user has the FunimationNow app.

Bikini Warriors Anime Gets OVA on December 7

2-episode OVA to bundle with "hyper sexy edition" of some TV anime episodes ― The official website for the Bikini Warriors anime announced that an original video anime (OVA) will ship on December 7 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The release will include two OVA episodes and a "hyper sexy edition" of six of the 12 episodes that aired on TV. The total runtime of the release is 32 minutes. The first episode w...
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DMI's Juné Imprint Licenses Junko's Ōji no Kikan Manga

Kou Yoneda's Twittering Birds Never Fly's 3rd volume ships in February 2017 ― Digital Manga Inc's Juné imprint's Facebook page announced on Monday that it has licensed Junko's Ōji no Kikan (The Prince's Time) manga. Juné gave a tentative release schedule of late spring/summer 2017 for the compiled book volume. Juné also announced that the third volume of Kou Yoneda's Twittering Birds Never Fly is ten...
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WWW.WORKING Anime Streams Character Trailers for Miri, Rui

Anime adapting Working!!/Wagnaria! webcomic spinoff premieres on October 1 ― Aniplex began streaming two new character trailers WWW.WORKING, the television anime of the web comic Web-ban Working!!, on Friday. The videos feature Miri Yanagiba (voiced by Momo Asakura) and Rui Nagata (Ari Ozawa). (Note: The YouTube videos linked are region-locked outside of Japan). The website previously streamed videos...
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Gundam the Origin's Yasuhiko, Monogatari Series' Nisioisin Each End Manga Series

Ten no Ketsumyaku, Zerozaki Kishishiki no Ningen Knock manga both end ― The November issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine published the final chapter of Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's Ten no Ketsumyaku manga and NisiOisin and Chomoran's Zerozaki Kishishiki no Ningen Knock manga on Saturday. Ten no Ketsumyaku is Yasuhiko's third manga on modern history, after Nijiiro no Trotsky and Ōdō no Inu. The manga cente...
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'91 Days' Anime Episode 11 Still Scheduled to Premiere on Friday

The official website for the 91 Days television anime announced on Thursday that one Japanese station, CBC, will delay its broadcast of the anime's 11th episode from Friday, September 23 to Friday, September 30. However, the website emphasized that episode 11 will still air as originally scheduled on Friday, September 23 on the TBS and MBS stations, and it will run as originally scheduled on Satur...
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Fairy Tail Gaiden: Raigō Issen Spinoff Manga is Last in Fairy Tail Gaiden Series

Manga's 3rd and final compiled book volume slated for November 17 ― Kodansha's "Magazine Pocket" manga app published the final chapter of Kyōta Shibano's Fairy Tail Gaiden: Raigō Issen (Fairy Tail Spinoff: Flash of Great Lightning) spinoff of Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail manga on September 14. The manga's end also ended the Fairy Tail Gaiden series of spinoff stories. Fairy Tail Gaiden: Raigō Issen focu...
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Senran Kagura 5th Anniversary Page Features Teaser for 'Continuing Fight' in 2017

The official website of the Senran Kagura franchise teased a new announcement on Friday, with text that mentions, "In 2017, the girls' fight will continue." The series is currently celebrating its fifth anniversary. The site is hosting pictures that look back on previous games in the series. The franchise began with the release of the original Senran Kagura game on the Nintendo 3DS in September 20...
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Girlish Number Anime Previewed in TV Ad

Series based on Wataru Watari, QP:flapper's novel project premieres on October 6 ― The official website for the television anime of Wataru Watari and QP:flapper's Girlish Number novel project began streaming a commercial for the series on Friday. The anime will premiere on TBS on October 6 at 2:28 a.m., and will then premiere Sun TV on October 7 and on BS-TBS on October 8. The show's cast includes: S...
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Hobby Japan's sin Nanatsu no Taizai Anime Casts Yui Ogura, Chiaki Takahashi

TV series centers on beautiful demons representing 7 deadly sins ― The official website for sin Nanatsu no Taizai, the television anime adaptation of Hobby Japan's multimedia project The 7 Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai, not to be confused with the similarly named manga by Nakaba Suzuki), revealed two more cast members on Friday. Yui Ogura (Yurikuma Arashi's Sumika Izumino) as Beelzebub (representing...
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Shūmatsu no Izetta Anime's 5th Promo Video Previews AKINO with bless4's Opening Theme Song

Anime about witch fighting army to premiere on October 1 ― The official website for the upcoming original anime Shūmatsu no Izetta (Izetta of the End) began streaming the show's fifth promotional video on Friday. The video previews AKINO with bless4's opening theme song "Cross the Line." The official site had streamed a commercial last week that also previewed the song. The series will premiere on Oc...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Season 5's TV Ad Previews Sasanomaly's Theme Song

New anime based on Yuki Midorikawa's manga premieres on October 4 ― The official website for Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go, the fifth television anime season inspired by Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, began streaming a commercial for the anime on Wednesday. The video previews Sasanomaly's opening theme song "Takarabako" (Treasure Chest). The anime will premiere on Octob...
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Paramount's Live-Action Rings Film Delayed to February 2017

Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Thursday that Paramount Pictures is delaying the release of its Rings live-action horror film to February 3, 2017. The film was previously slated for a release on October 28 after several previous delays. Paramount Pictures describes the story: A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterio...
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Gakuen Handsome TV Anime Streams 1st Promo Video

Series with double cast premieres on October 3 ― The official YouTube channel for the television anime adaptation of Tohoku Penet's Gakuen Handsome PC game began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Thursday. The series will premiere on October 3 at 25:00 (effectively October 4 at 1:00 a.m.) on Tokyo MX and BS Fuji. Niconico's official "Gakuen Handsome Channel" will also stream each episo...
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Hitsuji no Ki Manga About Former Convicts Living in Town Gets Live-Action Film

Film slated for 2018 stars Ryo Nishikido, Fumino Kimura, Kazuki Kitamura, Yuka, more ― A live-action film adaptation of Tatsuhiko Yamagami and Mikio Igarashi's Hitsuji no Ki (The Sheep's Tree) manga has been green-lit. The film will open in Japan in 2018. Ryo Nishikido will star in the lead role as Hajime Tsukisue, a kind-hearted public servant who is one of the few who know about the government proj...
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Masamune-kun's Revenge Anime's Staff, Visual, January Premiere Revealed

Mirai Minato directs, Silver Link animates comedy about boy aiming to get revenge on girl who bullied him ― The official website of the television anime of Hazuki Takeoka and Tiv's Masamune-kun's Revenge (Masamune-kun no Revenge) manga revealed the main staff, visual, and January premiere date of the anime on Friday. The anime will premiere in January on the Tokyo MX, AT-X, and BS Fuji channels. Mira...
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Makoto Shinkai's 'your name.' Anime Film Earns 10 Billion Yen in 28 Days

Film is 1st non-Ghibli, non-Miyazaki anime film to earn 10 billion yen ― Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film has earned more than 10 billion yen (about US$98 million) as of Thursday, after 28 days in Japanese theaters. The film has also sold more than 7.7 million tickets as of Wednesday, and ranked at #1 for its first four weeks in theaters. The film is the first anime film since ...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Dream Festival! Idol Anime

Site also adds Looking Up At The Half-Moon, Pita-Ten, Ninja Nonsense to catalog ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the anime adaptation of Dream Festival! — the all-male "2.5D idol project" from several Bandai Namco Group companies. The stream will begin on Friday, September 23 at 9:00 a.m. EDT, with the second episode premiering on October 7. The anime will be available worldwid...
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Crunchyroll Adds Digimon Adventure tri. Anime's Part 3 on Friday

Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming Digimon Adventure tri. Kokuhaku (Confession), the third movie in the Digimon Adventure tri. anime film series, on Friday at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The site had previously stated in August that it would premiere the film in October. The anime will be available for premium users in the following territories: the United States, Canada, South Afri...

Rumiko Takahashi's RIN-NE Manga Gets 3rd Anime Season in Spring 2017

New season will again air on NHK-E TV ― This year's 44th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on September 28 that Rumiko Takahashi's RIN-NE (Kyōkai no Rinne) manga is getting a third television anime season that will premiere in spring 2017. The issue also reveals a key visual for the new season, and features comments from voice actress Marina Inoue (Sakura) and voice act...

New Power Rangers Film Casts Bill Hader as Alpha 5

Saturday Night Live/Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs/Trainwreck actor lends voice to March 24 film ― The official Twitter account of the new Power Rangers film announced on Thursday that Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, South Park, Inside Out, Trainwreck) will play Alpha 5, the team's assistant robot in the original television series. The film's official Instagram ...
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Crying Freeman's Ikegami, Fist of the North Star's Buronson Start New Series

Manga series titled BEGIN launches on October 14 ― This year's 20th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine is announcing on Friday that Ryoichi Ikegami (Crying Freeman) and Buronson (Fist of the North Star) will launch a new manga series, titled BEGIN in the 21st issue shipping on October 14. Ikegami will illustrate the manga, and Buronson will write the story under the name Sho Fumimura. ...
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Hi Score Girl's Oshikiri Begins Yōkai Massage Manga With Artist Ichirō Imigi

Manga began in Young Champion Retsu on Tuesday ― The October issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion Retsu magazine premiered a new manga titled Yōkai Massage, a collaboration by Rensuke Oshikiri (Hi Score Girl) and his pupil Ichirō Imigi, on Tuesday. Oshikiri is in charge of the story, and Imigi is providing the artwork. The story is about Atsuko Jyūyama (Note: name romanization not confirmed), who h...

Taboo Tattoo Manga to End With 13th Volume

12-episode anime adaptation ended this week ― The 12th compiled volume of Shinjirō's Taboo Tattoo manga is announcing on Friday that the 13th volume will be the last. Shinjirō launched the manga in Comic Alive magazine from Kadokawa's Media Factory imprint in November 2009. Yen Press will publish the fourth volume in North America in October, and it describes the story: By all accounts, middle school...

Gainax's Princess Maker 2 Game Gets Steam Release

Gainax, CFK plan Steam releases for all Princess Maker games ― Gainax and Korean game publishing company CFK announced on Thursday that they will release Princess Maker 2: Refine, the 2004 Windows remake of Gainax's 1993 Princess Maker 2 game, on PC via Steam this fall. Dengeki Online shared screenshots of the game in English, but did not reveal regions for the game's release. The Steam version of Pr...

Knight's & Magic Light Novel Series Gets TV Anime

Manga adaptation illustrator draws commemorative image ― The wrap-around jacket band on the first volume of the manga adaptation of Hisago Amazake-no's Knight's & Magic light novel series will announce on Saturday that the series has a television anime adaptation in the works. Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine previously revealed that the volume would have a big announcement. The manga artist Takuj...

Danganronpa 3 Anime Concludes With Hope Arc Finale on September 29

Hope Arc serves as story's "perfect ending" ― The Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Despair Arc anime ended on Thursday with an announcement that Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibōgamine Gakuen: Kibō Hen (Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Hope Arc) will air on Thursday, September 29 at 23:30 p.m. on TV Tokyo. The Kibō Hen (Hope Arc) will serve as the "perfect ending" of ...
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Funimation Previews Death Parade English Dub in Video

Funimation will release series in standard, limited edition BD/DVD combo packs on November 29 ― Funimation began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the Death Parade television anime on Tuesday. The video previews scenes from the anime, and teases Funimation's limited edition release for the anime. Funimation will release the series on a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack. While the video does not l...
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The Great Wall Actress Jing Tian Joins Cast For Pacific Rim 2 Film

Production on sequel film begins in November in Australia ― The entertainment industry magazine Variety reported on Wednesday that actress Jing Tian (The Great Wall, Police Story: Lockdown, Kong: Skull Island) has joined the cast of Pacific Rim 2, the planned sequel to Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham's 2013 science-fiction robot film. The film will debut in theaters on February 23, 2018. Produc...
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Berserk and the Band of the Hawk Game Streams Serpico Gameplay Video

Griffith gets Femto form for game arriving in N. America on February 21, in Europe on February 24 ― Koei Tecmo Games began streaming a gameplay video on Wednesday for Omega Force's Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (Berserk Musou) game that highlights the character Serpico. The game's official website also revealed on Wednesday that Griffith will have a Femto form in the game that players can play as....

Pokémon Go No Longer Top-Grossing App in U.S. iPhone Store

Game held ranking for 74 consecutive days ― Mobile app data analysis organization Sensor Tower reported on Tuesday that Pokémon Go is no longer the highest-grossing app in the United States iPhone store, with Supercell's Clash Royale taking its place. Analytics company Slice Intelligence reported earlier this month that the number of paying players in the United States peaked on July 15 and has since...
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'In This Corner of the World' Historical Anime Film's New Poster Visual Unveiled

The official website for the anime film In This Corner of the World unveiled a new poster visual for the film on Thursday. The poster contains the text, "1945. Kure, Hiroshima. I live here." The film is based on Fumiyo Kono's To All The Corners Of The World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) manga. The award-winning manga follows a bride named Suzu Urano as she moves to her new life in Kure City on the c...
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Wild Bunch & Studio Ghibli's The Red Turtle Film Posts U.S. Trailer

Film opens in N. America on January 20, opened in Japan last Saturday ― IMDb began streaming the U.S. trailer for Michael Dudok de Wit and Studio Ghibli's animated film The Red Turtle (La Tortue rouge) on Wednesday. Entertainment news website Deadline describes the film: The dialogue-free picture centers on a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds. When he builds a...
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Lostorage incited WIXOSS TV Anime's Ad Notes October 7 Premiere

LRIG, nini launch manga adaptation in Ultra Jump magazine ― The staff for the WIXOSS trading card game franchise debuted a commercial for this fall's Lostorage incited WIXOSS television anime on Wednesday. The commercial notes that the anime will premiere on BS11 on October 7 at 0:30 (effectively, October 8 at 12:30 a.m.), followed by the Tokyo MX, Sun TV, and KBS Kyoto channels. This year's October ...
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Fukumenkei Noise Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on October 5

― This year's 20th issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine announced on Tuesday that Ryoko Fukuyama's Fukumenkei Noise manga will "once again" have an "important announcement" in the next issue on October 5. The manga's upcoming chapter will receive color pages in the 21st issue. The magazine announced in April that the series will receive a television anime adaptation. The manga tells a romance...
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RIN-NE Manga Has 'Super Important News' on September 28

This year's 43rd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine announced on Wednesday that Rumiko Takahashi's RIN-NE (Kyōkai no Rinne) manga will have "super important news" in the next issue on September 28. The magazine previously announced that the manga would have "important announcements" before both the first and second seasons of the television anime were announced. The RIN-NE 2 telev...
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Visual Art's/Key's Harmonia Kinetic Novel's Trailer Reveals English Release on Friday

Kinetic novel gets English release first on Steam before Japanese release ― Visual Art's/Key began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for its Harmonia kinetic novel PC game on Tuesday. The video describes the plot and introduces the story's main characters. Visual Art's/Key will release the game on the PC via Steam on Friday, September 23, after being delayed from its previous spring release wind...
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Yuri!!! on Ice Anime's Opening Theme Revealed, Previewed in New Video

Dean Fujioka performs opening theme "History Maker" for anime premiering on October 6 ― The official website for the Yuri!!! on Ice television anime series began streaming a new video for the anime on Thursday. The video reveals and previews the anime's opening theme song "History Maker" by Dean Fujioka. The series will premiere on October 6 at 2:21 a.m. on TV Asahi, and will also air on BS Asahi. Th...
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James Cameron's Alita: Battle Angel Film Casts Deadpool's Ed Skrein

The Hollywood Reporter: Skrein plays cyborg villain Zapan who possesses "Damascus blade" ― Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Wednesday that James Cameron's Alita: Battle Angel, the live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga, has signed on actor Ed Skrein (The Transporter Refueled, Deadpool). According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Skrein will play a...
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Cartoon Network's Toonami Block Pushed Back by Half Hour Starting on October 1

The official Facebook page of Cartoon Network's Toonami programming block announced on Thursday that the block will start at midnight on Saturdays, beginning on October 1. The block will run until 3:30 a.m. The Toonami block has been starting at 11:30 p.m., but the overall Adult Swim programming will be pushed back from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on October 1. [Via ToonamiFaithful.com]

New Power Rangers Film's Zords Teased in New Posters

Film slated for March 2017 ― The official Instagram account for the new Power Rangers film unveiled new character posters on Wednesday. Each poster features one of the Rangers along with a glimpse of his or her respective Zord. R.J. Cyler as the Blue Ranger Billy Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger Kimberly Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger Zack Becky Gomez as the Yellow Ranger Trini Dacre Montgomery as the Re...
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2 More Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Teasers Feature Beat Takeshi as Aramaki

Scarlett Johansson also appears as Major from March 31 film ― Paramount Pictures began streaming two more teaser clips for the live-action Ghost in the Shell film. The first clip shows character Daisuke Aramaki (Beat Takeshi) firing a revolver, while the second clip shows the Major (Scarlett Johansson) arriving at a room with people who appear to be connected to each other by wire. Paramount Pictures...
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Hybrid × Heart Magic Academy Ataraxia TV Anime Ends With 'To Be Continued'

The 12th and final episode of the Hybrid × Heart Magic Academy Ataraxia television anime aired on Tuesday, and it ended with the text "To be continued." The first and second Blu-ray Disc/DVD volumes in Japan will both bundle a bonus anime as part of a series titled Love Room +. The first episode is titled "Kunoichi Aine: Yamiuchi Mokushiroku" (Kunoichi Aine: Surprise Attack Apocalypse), and will b...

Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film Teased in 3 Videos With Scarlett Johansson

1st official videos of actress in March 31 film ― Paramount Pictures began streaming three teaser clips for the live-action Ghost in the Shell film on Wednesday, showing different scenes from the film. The first video shows an apparent android in geisha attire. The second video shows the Major (Scarlett Johansson) in a room, reminiscent of an early scene in the 1995 anime film. The third shows the Ma...

Sakurada Reset Teen Fantasy Light Novels Get TV Anime, 2 Live-Action Films

Spring 2017 projects about town where half the people have special powers ― A television anime adaptation and a live-action film adaptation of Yutaka Kōno's teen science-fiction/fantasy light novel series Sakurada Reset have been green-lit. The live-action project will have two parts which will open in Japan within two months next spring, with the television anime airing during the same timeframe. Th...
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Bungo Stray Dogs Anime Casts Ami Koshimizu

Character based on real-life Japanese author Kōyō Ozaki ― The official website for the Bungo Stray Dogs television anime announced on Wednesday that Ami Koshimizu (School Rumble's Tenma Tsukamato, Code Geass's Kallen Stadtfeld) will play the character Kōyō Ozaki. Ozaki's special ability is "Konjiki Yasha" or "Gold Yasha," the title of a book by real-life author Kōyō Ozaki. Previously revealed new cha...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, September 12-18

Tokyo Ghoul:re, KochiKame, The Ancient Magus' Bride, Tokyo Tarareba Musume, Handa-kun in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Tokyo Ghoul:re 8 319,808 319,808 2016/09 Shueisha Sui Ishida 1 1 2 Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo 200 Special 40th Anniversary Edition 207,024 207,024 2016/09 Shueisha Osamu Akimo...
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3rd Digimon Adventure tri. Anime Film's Saturday Opening Promoted in TV Ad

Film opens in Japan with BD/DVD offered during screenings ― Toei Animation began streaming a television commercial for Digimon Adventure tri. Kokuhaku (Confession), the third movie in the Digimon Adventure tri. anime film series, on Wednesday. The ad promotes the opening of the film in Japanese theaters this Saturday. The general release of the film's Blu-ray Disc and DVD are both slated for November...

Japan's Video Game Rankings, September 12-18

Persona 5 debuts at #1, #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: September 12-18 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4 Persona 5 (Including Limited, Bundled Editions) Atlus September 15 264,793 264,793 2PS3 Persona 5 (Including Limited Editions) Atlus September 15 72,974 72,974 3PS4Winning Eleven 2017 Konami September 15 66,037 66,037 4PS3 Winning Eleven 2017 Kon...

Sentai Filmworks Adds 13 Anime Films on Steam

Ninja Scroll, Grave of the Fireflies, more available for rental, purchase ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it has added 13 anime films streaming on the Steam platform. All the films launched on Wednesday and are US$3.99 to rent or US$12.99 to buy. The available films are: Ninja Scroll Grave of the Fireflies Short Peace Children Who Chase Lost Voices Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Work...

Discotek Licenses Eat-Man, Cosmo Warrior Zero, Gun Frontier Anime, Galaxy Railways OVA

School Days Blu-ray, Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road DVD scheduled ― Discotek Media announced on Facebook on Wednesday that it has licensed the Eat-Man, Eat-Man '98, Cosmo Warrior Zero, Gun Frontier and The Galaxy Railways: A Letter from the Abandoned Planet anime. In addition, Discotek announced that it will release School Days on Blu-ray Disc on December 6 and the Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road sequel ani...

Prisma Illya Series Has Film in the Works

Announcement follows Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA 3rei!! finale ― The 12th and final episode of Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA 3rei!! ended on Thursday with an announcement that a PRISMA ILLYA film is in production. The official Twitter account posted a teaser visual. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!! is the fourth television anime based on Hiroshi Hiroyama's Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya mang...
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Dragon Ball Fusions RPG Heads to N. America on December 13, to Europe in February

Trailer streamed with English subtitles ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced with a trailer on Wednesday that it will release its Dragon Ball Fusions Nintendo 3DS game in North America on December 13 and in Europe in February 2016. The game shipped in Japan on August 4. IMG avatar-3-.bmp IMG battle-ex-fusion-gohan-and-trunks-1-.bmp IMG battle-ex-fusion-gohan-and-trunks-4-.bmp IMG broly-ss-1-.bmp IM...
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Atelier Firis RPG's Animated Opening Previewed

2nd Mysterious game in Atelier franchise to debut on November 2 in Japan ― Gust posted the animated opening sequence for its Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey role-playing game on Wednesday. Koei Tecmo America describes the game: The second part in the Mysterious trilogy, Atelier Firis, follows the journey of a young alchemist through an exciting and colorful world. While Firis ...
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Akiba's Beat Slated on December 15 for PS4, Undated for Vita in Japan

Both versions previously slated for Winter in Japan ― The official website for the Akiba's Beat role-playing game announced on Wednesday that the game will debut on the PlayStation 4 on December 15. However, the website also announced that the PS Vita version's scheduled Winter 2016 release has been changed. The PS Vita version no longer has a release date window, and staff apologized for the trouble...

Berserk Manga Goes on Hiatus Until Early 2017

Manga had just returned as monthly series in June ― This year's 19th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine is announcing on Friday that Kentarou Miura's Berserk manga will go on hiatus until early 2017. The manga had just returned as a monthly series in June from an earlier hiatus. The manga follows Guts, a superhumanly strong warrior who wields a large sword, as he wanders a dark medieval worl...
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ēlDLIVE Space Police TV Anime Previews Cast, Action Scenes in Promo Video

Ayumu Murase, Saori Hayami star in Winter anime from Reborn creator ― The official website for the television anime of Akira Amano's ēlDLIVE manga began streaming a promotional video on Wednesday. Viz Media published the first three chapters of the manga in English digitally in September-October 2014 as part of its "Jump Start" initiative, and it describes the manga as follows: "Mumbling" Chuta Kokon...
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ACCA TV Anime Reveals Additional Cast, Character Visuals

Aoi Yūki, Atsuko Tanaka, Taku Yashiro, Hiroki Gotou, Yōji Ueda, Tomoaki Maeno cast in January anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Natsume Ono's ACCA 13-Ku Kansatsu-Ka (ACCA: 13th Ward Observation Department) manga revealed additional cast for the anime on Wednesday. The additional cast includes (Note: Character name romanizations not official): Aoi Yūki as Rotta Atsuko...

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