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Shelf Life - Mitsuboshi Colors

Paul snuggles up with an adorable slice-of-life series about mischievous ragamuffins and breaks down this week's huge slate of new blu-ray releases! ― The good news: Cells at Work is getting a second season! The bad news: the opening theme from the first season has been stuck in my head since I heard the news, and as much as I enjoyed my brain's broken rendition of the lyrics the first three dozen t...
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Plunderer Omnibus 1

This fantasy/sci fi series has some intriguing ideas if you can get past the distracting levels of fanservice. Rebecca Silverman digs into the details of this swashbuckling manga. ― Suu Minazuki's work is perhaps better known for fanservice than anything else, although it wouldn't be fair to label them as nothing but that. Plunderer, although not light on the scantily clad ladies, is much more of a s...
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Bungo Stray Dogs GN 10

As its third season approaches, this volume of the original manga primes fans for the anime's return this spring. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Volume ten of Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's Bungo Stray Dogs picks up right where season two of the anime left off, with the aftermath of the battle against the Guild. The Port Mafia is still out and about doing their thing, but the much smaller A...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Mar 12-18

The top 5 runners are firmly entrenched as we enter the final weeks of the season, but Boogiepop and The Quintessential Quintuplets are not giving up the fight! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that...
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Live Photos from AnimeJapan 2019

We've got live photos from the show floor at AnimeJapan 2019, happening now at Tokyo Big Sight.
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ANNCast - Jaeger Meisters

Zac and returning guest Lynzee Loveridge suck all the life out of P.A. Works' original vampire anime Sirius the Jaeger, wade through the giant catalog of vampire anime and ponder the fleeting nature of Netflix anime. ― ANNCast 346 - Jaeger Meisters Zac and returning guest Lynzee Loveridge suck all the life out of PA Works' original vampire anime Sirius the Jaeger, wade through the giant catalog of v...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride Part 1 BD/DVD LE

This darker take on fantasy romance comes to blu-ray in a special limited edition release packed with extras. Rebecca Silverman breaks down what makes Magus Bride stand apart from the crowd. ― Based on the manga of the same name by Kore Yamazaki, The Ancient Magus' Bride is a story filled with the melancholy of the darker British folktales and lore. It could hardly help being so – the heroine of the ...

Awesome Artists to Watch Out for in Japan Night at NYC!

Four of the top Japanese music acts are coming to New York City. Get ready to jam with friends as you enjoy great Japanese music as part of Japan 2019 presents Japan Night! ― Four of the top Japanese music acts are coming to New York City on May 12, 2019! Get ready to jam with friends as you enjoy great Japanese music as part of Japan 2019 presents Japan Night. It is one event that you shouldn't mis...
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One Piece Stampede Anime Film Casts Yusuke Santamaria, Rino Sashihara, Ryōta Yamasato

Eichiro Oda's theme park attraction character Ann appears in film ― The staff of the One Piece Stampede anime film revealed three guest cast members on Tuesday. Yusuke Santamaria will play Buena Festa, Rino Sashihara will play Ann, and Ryōta Yamasato will play Donald Moderate. Yūsuke Santamaria as Buena Festa Rino Sashihara as Ann Ryōta Yamasato as Donald Moderate Original manga creator Eiichiro Oda ...
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The Morose Mononokean II ‒ Episode 12

"Just about every smaller part of the story this week ties into the bigger questions about Ashiya's dad."
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SCRAP Announces 2nd Fate/Grand Order Escape Room

Players will have to outwit their way from the pyramids of Egypt if they hope to escape! ― SCRAP will introduce a new escape room in the Fate/Grand Order/cite> universe in April. The escape room titled "Fate/Grand Order Puzzle Singularity II: Escape from the Pyramid" will tour seven cities in Japan. The game's key visual shows Master, Mash Kyrielight, Nitocris, and Ozymandias. Tickets are on sale exc...
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Kakafukaka Manga Gets Live-Action Television Series

Aoi Morikawa, Masaki Nakao star in show premiering on April 25 ― Takumi Ishida's Kakafukaka manga is inspiring a live-action television series titled Kakafukaka -Kojirase Otona no Share House- that will premiere on MBS' new "Dorama Tokku" timeslot on April 25. The show will later debut on TV Kanagawa, Chiba TV, and TV Saitama, and also stream on Amazon Prime Video. Ishida provided an illustration and...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 99

"The mystery of the recently-discovered Curse Marks deepens as new threats emerge this week."
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Figure Skater Keiji Tanaka Channels His JoJo Stand on the Ice

Tanaka's World Figure Skating Championship Gala performance used "Diamond is Unbreakable" track ― Japanese figure skater Keiji Tanaka showed off his fancy footwork on the ice to the tune of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's fourth season track "Diamond Is Unbreakable" by M.Fukuda. Tanaka used the song for his World Figure Skating Championship Gala Exhibition performance in Saitama on Sunday. The Men's rank ...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 48

"This series has never shied away from being dark and scary, but the stakes are especially high this time."
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W'z ‒ Episode 12

"W'z devotes about half of this episode to deliver a flashback so clumsy and campy that it almost wraps back around to being enjoyable."
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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Game's Arcade Version Launches in Late April

― Arc System Works announced on Monday that the arcade version of the BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game will launch in late April. In addition, the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC versions of the game will get a major update in mid-May. The update will add Heart Aino from Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX SIX STARS!!!!!!, Naoto Kurogane from BlazBlue Central Fiction, Kuma/Teddie from P...
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My Hero Academia Creator Kōhei Horikoshi Celebrates 2nd Film Announcement

Creator Kōhei Horikoshi shared his excitement for the newest My Hero Academia film with fans on Saturday. Horikoshi drew a commemorative sketch showing what kind of film the cast of characters in My Hero Academia might make if they were given the reins. The image shows Bakugo in the director's chair and Tsuyu Asui handling water effects. In the background, Todoroki, Kyōka Jirō, and one other chara...
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Samurai Showdown Game's PAX East Trailer Reveals June Launch for PS4, Xbox One

Fighting game also debuts for Switch in 2019, for PC later ― Publisher Athlon Games and developer SNK announced on Monday that the new Samurai Showdown (Samurai Spirits) game will launch worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in June, for Nintendo Switch in the fourth quarter of 2019, and for PC later. The game's official YouTube channel also began streaming a PAX East trailer for the game. A demo ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 23

"This is Narancia's chance to start seeing Giorno as leader material, just as Mista did in the White Album fight."
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11 Cosplayers Arrested on Alleged Immigration Violations in Malaysia

The Malaysian Immigration Department (Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia; JIM) arrested multiple cosplayers attending an anime convention at a hotel in the nation's capital of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. JIM reviewed a total of 52 participants suspected of abusing social visit passes and work permits to attend the event, according to immigration director Hamidi Adam. The raid ended with the arrest of 11 vis...
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Shelf Life - Mitsuboshi Colors

Paul snuggles up with an adorable slice-of-life series about mischievous ragamuffins and breaks down this week's huge slate of new blu-ray releases! ― The good news: Cells at Work is getting a second season! The bad news: the opening theme from the first season has been stuck in my head since I heard the news, and as much as I enjoyed my brain's broken rendition of the lyrics the first three dozen t...
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Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Eve Perform Dororo Anime's New Theme Songs

4th promo video previews songs' April 8 debut in show ― The official Twitter account for the second television anime adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's Dororo manga began streaming the fourth promotional video on Monday. The video reveals that Asian Kung-fu Generation will perform the new opening theme song "Dororo," and Eve will perform the new ending theme song "Anya" (Dark Night). Both songs will debut ...
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Plunderer Omnibus 1

This fantasy/sci fi series has some intriguing ideas if you can get past the distracting levels of fanservice. Rebecca Silverman digs into the details of this swashbuckling manga. ― Suu Minazuki's work is perhaps better known for fanservice than anything else, although it wouldn't be fair to label them as nothing but that. Plunderer, although not light on the scantily clad ladies, is much more of a s...
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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Game Adds Final Fantasy XIV's Zenos

Character debuts in arcades on Tuesday, on PS4/PC on April 11 ― Square Enix announced at the "Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2019 in Tokyo" event on Sunday that Zenos yae Galvus from Final Fantasy XIV will join the Dissidia Final Fantasy NT PlayStation 4 and PC game on April 11. The character will debut in the arcade version of the game on Tuesday, March 26. The free version of the game launched last...
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Sengoku Collection Game Ends Service After 8 Years

Smartphone game launched in 2010, inspired anime in 2012 ― Konami's Sengoku Collection social networking game announced on Monday that it is ending service on May 30. Sales of in-game currency also ended with the announcement. The game's story is set in the tumultuous Sengoku period of historical Japan, when military masters circle the figurative throne of Japan's first shogunate. In the game, "God o...
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Shōmetsu Toshi Anime to Have 12 Episodes

― A flyer from Pony Canyon's booth at the AnimeJapan 2019 event on Monday listed the television anime of Wright Flyer Studios' Shōmetsu Toshi (Annihilated City — Where I End and You Begin) smartphone game with 12 episodes. The flyer also lists the English title as After Lost. The show will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 7 at 11:30 p.m., before airing later that evening on BS11. The show will also lat...
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RobiHachi TV Anime to Have 12 Episodes

― A flyer from Pony Canyon's booth at the AnimeJapan 2019 event on Monday listed the original television anime RobiHachi with 12 episodes. The anime will premiere on AbemaTV and AT-X on April 8 at 11:30 p.m., and it will debut later on BS11, Tokyo MX, and MBS. The anime's first two episodes will also premiere in advance at a voice actor talk and screening event at Shinjuku Wald 9 theater on March 29...
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One Piece Anime Enters Reverie Arc

This year's 17th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the One Piece television anime will soon enter the Reverie Arc. The magazine also revealed a visual. The One Piece anime entered the current "Whole Cake Island" arc with the 783rd episode in April 2017. One Piece is getting a new film in the franchise titled One Piece Stampede on August 9 to commemorate the TV...
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Fragtime Yuri Anime Debuts This Year

― A flyer from Pony Canyon's booth at the AnimeJapan 2019 event on Monday listed the anime adaptation of Sato's Fragtime manga with a debut this year. The "time-stopping yuri" manga centers on high school student Misuzu Moritani. Misuzu has the power to stop time for three minutes a day. One day, she uses that power to try to peek up the skirt of her classmate, the beautiful Haruka Murakami, but the...
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Re:Stage! Dream Days Anime to Have 12 Episodes

― A flyer from Pony Canyon's booth at the AnimeJapan 2019 event on Monday listed the Re:Stage! Dream Days television anime with 12 episodes. The anime will premiere in July. Shin Katagai (My Sweet Tyrant, Neo Angelique Abyss) is directing the series as Yumeta Company and Graphinica. Motohiro Taniguchi (Yuruyuri San Hai!, My Sweet Tyrant) is designing the characters based on original designs by Tsuba...
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Etorouji Shiono Plans New Work After Übel Blatt Manga

― This year's fourth issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine published the final chapter of Etorouji Shiono's Übel Blatt manga on Monday. The chapter revealed that Shiono is currently preparing a new work, but did not reveal any other details. Übel Blatt's story follows the half-human boy named Koinzell who was sent to battle the Emperor's enemies with the rest of the "Fourteen Lances." B...
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Akiko Higashimura's Tokyo Tarareba Girls Manga Gets 'Season 2' Manga in April

New series to follow young part-time workers at library ― The May issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine revealed on Monday that Akiko Higashimura will launch the Tokyo Tarareba Musume Season 2 manga in the magazine's June issue, which will ship on April 25. The new manga will follow the young part-time workers at the library. Kodansha Comics is releasing the original manga digitally in English under the ...
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Rascal Does Not Dream of Dreaming Girl the Movie Anime Film Reveals New Visual

― The official website for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yume-Miru Shōjo no Yume wo Minai, the anime film based on Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō light novel series, revealed a second special visual for the film on Saturday. Aniplex also confirmed with ANN on Monday that the film's official English title is Rascal Does Not Dream of Dreaming Girl the Movie. The film will open in Japan on June 15. The fi...
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2nd Prince of Tennis Best Games OVA's New Promo Video Streamed

2nd in series of 3 'Best Games' OVAs opens in theaters on April 5 ― Bandai Namco Arts began streaming a new promotional video on Monday for the second episode of the Tennis no Ōjisama BEST GAMES!! original video anime (OVA) project. The second OVA in the series will ship on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on June 25. Prior to the release, the OVA will get a two-week event screening in Japan starting on April 5....
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Strike the Blood III Anime's New Promo Video Streamed

2nd of 5 home video releases ships on Wednesday ― The official website for the Strike the Blood anime franchise began streaming an AnimeJapan 2019 promotional video on Monday for Strike the Blood III, the third Strike the Blood original video anime (OVA) season. The first of five home video releases shipped on December 19, and the second release will ship on Wednesday. The rest of the releases will s...
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Disney Twisted-Wonderland Game App Features Story, Designs by Black Butler Creator

Game centers on school with characters based on Disney villains ― Aniplex announced during the AnimeJapan 2019 event on Saturday that it is collaborating with Walt Disney Japan to produce a new smartphone game titled Disney Twisted-Wonderland, with main concept, scenario, and character designs by Black Butler manga creator Yana Toboso. The game will center around characters inspired by villains from ...
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BEASTARS TV Anime Reveals New Visual, Staff

Series based on Paru Itagaki's manga premieres in October with Netflix screening ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS manga revealed a new visual and the show's staff on Saturday. Shinichi Matsumi (assistant director for Pom Poko, Porco Rosso; episode director for Rurouni Kenshin, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis) is directing the anime at CG anime studio Oran...
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Spike Chunsoft Releases Crystar Game in the West on PS4/PC in August

Also: Suda51 DLC for Fire Pro Wrestling World game also planned ― Spike Chunsoft announced on Friday that it will release Furyu Corporation's Crystar game in the West for the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam on August 27. Spike Chunsoft also announced that it will release the Suda51 downloadable content for the Fire Pro Wrestling World game. Crystar will have an English dub, and will also include the S...
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Frame Arms Girl Anime Film Reveals New Visual, June 29 Opening

Compilation film also adds new footage ― The official website for the Frame Arms Girl: Kyakkyau Fufu na Wonderland anime film revealed a new visual and the film's June 29 opening on Monday. The film will be a compilation film with new added footage. Kotobukiya had originally revealed in March 2018 at the AnimeJapan 2018 event that a sequel project for the anime was in the works. The company streamed ...
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Fire Force Anime Streams New 'Long' Promo Video

1st title in "Super Animeism" block premieres on July 5 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga began streaming the "long" promotional video for the anime on Monday. Kodansha Comics publishes the manga in English, and it describes the story: Terror has paralyzed the clockwork metropolis of Tokyo! Possessed by demons, people have...

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Danbōru Senki/Little Battlers eXperience's Sōkō Musume Bishōjo Spinoff Anime Reveals Title, TV Airing

New visual also revealed for Sōkō Musume Senki anime ― DMM Games announced during the AnimeJapan 2019 event this week that DMM Pictures' planned anime of its Sōkō Musume (Armored Girls) multimedia franchise will be a television anime titled Sōkō Musume Senki. DMM Games revealed a teaser visual for the anime. The anime's story will be based on the story of the rebooted version of the franchise's game ...
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Production I.G Produces Shika no Ō Medical Fantasy Anime as a Film

Based on Moribito/Beast Player Erin author Nahoko Uehashi's novels ― Production I.G announced on Monday that it is animating the planned anime adaptation of Nahoko Uehashi's Shika no Ō (The Deer King) medical fantasy novel series. The project will be an anime film. Kadokawa originally published the novels in two volumes simultaneously in September 2014, and then rereleased the series in four volumes ...
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Megazone 23 Reboot Project Only Remakes Part I & II

AIC held crowdfunding for Megazone 23 SIN remake, Megazone 23 XI sequel, Pretty Sammy sequel ― Anime production company AIC's booth at the AnimeJapan 2019 event revealed a new poster visual for its previously announced Megazone 23 reboot projects this past weekend. The poster reveals that the Megazone 23 SIN project will only remake the Megazone 23 and Megazone 23 Part II original video anime release...
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Discotek Licenses The Twelve Kingdoms, Nagasarete Airantou Anime

Sonic X also gets BD release, all slated for May 28 ― Discotek Media announced on Friday that it has licensed The Twelve Kingdoms and Nagasarete Airantou anime for Blu-ray Disc, and will also release the Sonic X anime on Blu-ray Disc. All three Blu-ray Disc sets are slated for May 28. The Twelve Kingdoms release will have all 45 episodes in 1080p, and will have Japanese audio with English subtitles, ...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 301

"No one exemplifies the Fairy Tail guild's belief in themselves better than Erza Scarlet."
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ENDRO! ‒ Episode 11

"Mao's revisiting how she's come to feel about her non-Demon-Lord life, as we see what kinds of wrenches an anime's impending season finale can throw into that peace."
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 23

"For the battle against Administrator, SAO took a page from Dragon Ball Z's playbook."
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War ‒ Episode 11

"With summer vacation in full swing, the audience is given a glimpse at how three of the show's principal characters are spending their time off."
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You Can Become Attack on Titan Voice Actor Yuuki Kaji's Little Sister

If you're a teenage girl who passes the audition, that is. ― Have you ever wanted to call Yuuki Kaji your "onii-chan"? I won't judge you. In fact, I'm here to tell you that one teenage girl may have her wish granted in the near future. Popular radio program "School of Lock!" opened auditions on Monday for the part of "Yuuki Kaji's little sister" in an original radio drama titled Kimi no koe ga kikita...
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Series Finale: The Price of Smiles ‒ Episode 12

"Unfortunately, The Price of Smiles tripped over all its worst habits to completely faceplant at the finish line."
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Domestic Girlfriend ‒ Episode 11

"The show has suffered tremendously ever since it let two of its three main characters become an official couple."
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Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur 2nd Season Anime Posts New Promo Video

Season premieres on April 4 ― The official website for the second season of the television anime of Square Enix's Operation Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur (Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur) massively multi-player online role-playing game began streaming a second promotional video for the anime on Saturday. The season will premiere on April 4 at 11:00 p.m. on Tokyo MX, before airing later that evening on BS...
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Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka ‒ Episode 11

"The show never seems to try hard enough to work with its themes, like giving us a bite of something but withholding the rest of the meal."
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Sanrio Character My Melody Takes Up New Gig as Radio Show Host

Popular Sanrio character My Melody will start up a radio show called "My Melody's My Melo Therapy" on the Tokyo Smartcast online radio service from April 7. My Melody will play soothing music and listen sympathetically to her listeners' worries. The "soothing" white rabbit was first born in 1975. She lives in the forest of Mariland in England, and will bring the music from her home to her listener...
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Kengan Ashura Anime's Teaser Previews Theme Song

Anime premieres on July 31 ― Netflix began streaming a teaser video for the anime adaptation of Yabako Sandrovich's Kengan Ashura manga on Saturday. The teaser previews the anime's theme song "King & Ashley" by MY FIRST STORY. The show stars: Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Ōma Tokita Chō as Kazuo Yamashita Jouji Nakata as Hideki Nogi Yumi Uchiyama as Kaede Akiyama Hayato Kaneko as Rihito Tetsu Inada as Jun Seki...
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Multiple Voice Actors Cancel Kameha Con Appearances Amid Vic Mignogna Controversy

Monica Rial, Jason Douglas, Daman Mills, multiple panelists pull out of convention ― Multiple English voice actors announced via social media that they will not appear at the Kameha Con event in Irving, Texas after staff added voice actor Vic Mignogna as a guest. The Dragon Ball-focused convention initially cancelled Mignogna's appearance on February 2 but notified the public on March 22 that the Bro...
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A Certain Magical Index III ‒ Episode 24

"This episode accomplishes something that precious few episodes have managed before: it actually makes sense. "
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Boogiepop and Others ‒ Episode 17

"As the King of Distortion saga lurches toward its end, the story congeals and we start getting more answers."
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Bungo Stray Dogs GN 10

As its third season approaches, this volume of the original manga primes fans for the anime's return this spring. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Volume ten of Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's Bungo Stray Dogs picks up right where season two of the anime left off, with the aftermath of the battle against the Guild. The Port Mafia is still out and about doing their thing, but the much smaller A...
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Dr. Stone Anime Reveals 4 More Cast Members

Gen Sato, Manami Numakura, more join cast as Ishigami villagers ― This year's 17th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed more cast members for the television anime adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga on Monday. Gen Sato as Chrome Manami Numakura as Kohaku Tomoaki Maeno as Kinro Ayumu Murase as Ginro The previously revealed cast includes: Yūsuke Kobayashi as...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Mar 12-18

The top 5 runners are firmly entrenched as we enter the final weeks of the season, but Boogiepop and The Quintessential Quintuplets are not giving up the fight! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that...
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Namu Amida Bu! -Rendai Utena- Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

Series premieres on April 8 ― DMM Pictures began streaming a second promotional video on Sunday for the television anime adaptation of DMM Games' Namu Amida Bu! -Rendai Utena- game. The video previews Masaaki Mizunaka's opening theme song "Amauta" (Heaven Song) as his character Taishakuten. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on April 8, on KBS Kyoto on April 11, and on J:COM on April 12. Th...
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Shōmetsu Toshi Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Series premieres on April 7 ― The official website for the television anime of Wright Flyer Studios' Shōmetsu Toshi (Annihilated City — Where I End and You Begin) smartphone game began streaming the show's second promotional video on Sunday. The show will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 7 at 11:30 p.m., before airing later that evening on BS11. The show will also later air on Yomiuri TV and AT-X. In th...
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Daisuke Ono, Junichi Suwabe, Ayane Sakura Join Cast of Ace of Diamond Act II Anime

New anime premiering on April 2 listed with 52 episodes ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond Act II (Daiya no A Act II) sequel manga revealed three more cast members on Sunday. Daisuke Ono as Masamune Hongō Junichi Suwabe as Enjō Renji Ayane Sakura as Yoshikawa Haruno The official website is also listing that the anime will have nine home video releases. ...
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Strike Witches 501 Butai Hasshinshimasu! Anime Reveals New Promo Video

Anime premieres on April 9 ― The official website for the Strike Witches franchise began streaming a promotional video for the anime adaptation of Makoto Fujibayashi's Strike Witches 501 Butai Hasshinshimasu! (Strike Witches 501st Unit, Taking Off!) manga on Saturday. The series will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 9 from 24:45 to 25:00 (effectively April 10 from 12:45 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.), and it will l...

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Anime Gets New Series on Netflix

"Concluding" anime special for series aired on December 28 ― Netflix announced at its booth at AnimeJapan 2019 on Sunday that it is producing a new anime series for the The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. franchise as a Netflix Original. Hiroaki Sakurai is returning to direct the anime at Egg Firm and J.C. Staff. The first season of anime shorts based on Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (Sai...
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Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasuka? Anime's Video Reveals More Cast, Staff, Summer Premiere

Iori Nomizu, Kaede Hondo, Keisuke Koumoto join anime's cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tomo Hanama's Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasuka? light novel series unveiled a new promotional video and visual for the anime on Sunday. The video reveals new cast members, new staff, and the anime's summer premiere. The new cast members include: Iori Nomizu as Mao ...
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King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars TV Anime's Promo Video Introduces Characters

TV version of project premieres on April 8 ― Avex Pictures began streaming a promotional video on Sunday for the television version of the King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars anime project. The video introduces cast and characters. The project is both a theatrical anime and television anime series. The television anime will have 12 episodes, and the theatrical version will have four parts, each screenin...
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Nana Mizuki Returns for Opening Song of Symphogear TV Anime's Season 5

New visual also unveiled for new season premiering in July ― The official Twitter account for the Symphogear franchise revealed on Saturday that Nana Mizuki will return to perform the opening song for Senki Zesshō Symphogear XV, the upcoming fifth season of the anime. Mizuki performed the opening song of all four seasons so far, and also voices the character Tsubasa Kazanari in the anime. The Twitter...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime's Video Previews LiSA's Opening Song

Anime premieres on April 6 after theatrical screening of 1st 5 episodes in Japan, U.S. on March 29, 31 ― The official website for the anime of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Sunday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Gurenge" (Red Lotus) by LiSA. (Note: The YouTube video on the website is region-locked to Ja...
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ACTORS: Songs Connection TV Anime Reveals Promo Video, Staff, Cast, Fall Premiere

Visual also revealed for series featuring male voice actors singing Vocaloid songs ― A stage presentation at the AnimeJapan 2019 event on Sunday revealed more information for the television anime based on Exit Tunes' ACTORS CD project. The anime, titled ACTORS: Songs Connection, will premiere this fall. The event also revealed a promotional video, visual, cast, and staff. Osamu Yamasaki (Hakuoki seri...
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Animatrix's Koji Morimoto Co-Directs Japanese-Italian Stop-Motion/2D Animation Film Shinku

Francesco Filippi helms Machiken/Sattva's Shinku film which expands his "Red Hands" short ― Bicchū Takahashi Machizukuri Kenkyūsho (Studio Machiken), a new anime studio founded last year in Okayama prefecture, announced on Sunday that it is co-producing a feature film tentatively titled Shinku (Deep Crimson) with Italy's Sattva Films. The project will feature a blend of stop-motion animation and hand...
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Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light Story Gets Live-Action Film Remake With New Cast

Story about father, son who play Final Fantasy XIV together previously inspired live-action miniseries ― Square Enix announced at the "Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2019 in Tokyo" event on Sunday that the Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light (Final Fantasy XIV: Hikari no Otōsan) story is being remade as a live-action film with an all-new cast. The film will open in Japan on June 21 The film will star Kent...
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Fate/Grand Order Shinsei Entaku Ryōiki Camelot 2-Part Film Project Reveals Staff, Cast, 2020 Opening

FLCL Progressive directors Kei Suezawa, Kazuto Arai direct films by Production I.G., Signal.MD ― A stage presentation at the AnimeJapan 2019 event on Sunday revealed that the first film in the two-part Fate/Grand Order Shinsei Entaku Ryōiki Camelot (Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot) film project will debut in 2020. The event also revealed cast members, more staff me...
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Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia Anime's Video Reveals October Premiere

New visual, more staff members also revealed ― The official website for Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia (Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia), the television anime adaptation of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) story, unveiled a new ...

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Infinite Dendrogram Anime's Video Reveals Tomoki Kobayashi as Director

Sōma Saitō, Yuko Ōno, Satoshi Hino, more star in series about VRMMO ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Sakon Kaidō's Infinite Dendrogram light novel series began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Sunday. The video reveals that Tomoki Kobayashi (Utawarerumono, Steins;Gate, Akame ga KILL!) is directing the anime. The cast includes: Sōma Saitō as Ray Starling ...
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'Is the order a rabbit?? Sing For You' OVA's Promo Video Streamed

Staff, story revealed for OVA shipping this fall ― The official website for the Is the order a rabbit?? Sing For You original video anime (OVA) project opened on Saturday to reveal a promotional video and visual. The OVA will ship this fall. Hiroyuki Hashimoto returns to direct the OVA at production doA. Kazuyuki Fudeyasu returns as scriptwriter and Yousuke Okuda returns as character designer. In the...
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Carole & Tuesday Anime Casts Maaya Sakamoto, Hiroki Yasumoto

Singer Alisa is also singing voice for Angela character ― The official website for Carole & Tuesday, the new original anime by supervising director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Kids on the Slope, Terror in Resonance) and anime studio BONES, revealed two additional cast members for the anime on Sunday: Maaya Sakamoto as Crystal Hiroki Yasumoto as Skip In addition, the site revealed that vocalist...
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Naka no Hito Genome [Jikkyōchū] TV Anime's Promo Video Previews Theme Song

New staff also revealed for July anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Osora's Naka no Hito Genome [Jikkyōchū] (Naka no Hito Genome [Now Streaming]) manga began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Sunday. The video reveals and previews Tasuku Hatanaka's song "not GAME (PV version)." The site lists Tasuku Hatanaka for the opening song, and fhana for the end...
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KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! Anime Film's Trailer Highlights Journey to Megumin's Hometown

New visual also unveiled for film ― The AnimeJapan 2019 stage event for the anime of Natsume Akatsuki's KONOSUBA (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! or KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!!) light novel series debuted the full trailer for the Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Kurenai Densetsu (KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! Crimson Legend) film on Sunday. The ...
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Netflix Posts Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya CG Anime's Japanese-Dubbed Video

Masakazu Morita, Takahiro Sakurai, Satomi Satou, more star in series premiering this July ― Netflix Japan began streaming a Japanese-dubbed promotional video for Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya, its CG anime remake of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac) manga, on Saturday. The video has the same footage as the English-dubbed teaser trailer that debuted last December. The anime's ...
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Cop Craft Anime Reveals Teaser Video

Kenjiro Tsuda, Mayu Yoshioka star in Millepensee's buddy police anime ― The official website for Cop Craft, the television anime of Shoji Gatoh's Cop Craft Dragnet Mirage Reloaded light novel series, began streaming a teaser video for the anime on Saturday. The anime will premiere this summer. The anime stars: Kenjiro Tsuda as Kei Matoba Mayu Yoshioka as Tirana Exedirika Shin Itagaki (2016 Berserk, T...
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Anime Film Unveils New Trailer, Visual

Film with returning cast, staff opens in fall 2019 ― The official Twitter account for Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata fine, the upcoming Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend film, began streaming a trailer for the film on Saturday. The film's website also revealed a new visual for the film. 劇場版「冴えない彼女の育てかた Fine」2019年秋公開!🌸CloverWorks描き下ろしキービジュアル!🌸新規カットあり!予告編映像を公開!🌸4月6日(土)より第二弾特典付き前売券が発売開始!https://t...
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Yui Horie Joins Cast of 'How much heavy dumbbells can you lift?' Anime

"Body-building comedy" premieres in July ― A stage presentation at the AnimeJapan 2019 event on Sunday revealed a new cast member for the television anime adaptation of Yabako Sandrovich and MAAM's How much heavy dumbbells can you lift? (Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? or How Many Kilograms Can You Lift in Dumbbells?) manga. Yui Horie as Satomi Tachibana The anime will premiere in July. The previously anno...
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Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia Anime Reveals Character Visual for Ritsuka Fujimaru

― The official Twitter account for Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia, the television anime adaptation of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) story, revealed the character visual for Ritsuka Fujimaru on Saturday. Nobunaga Shimazaki as Ritsuka Fujimaru T...
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No Guns Life TV Anime Unveils Promo Video, Visual

Kenji Kawai composes music for anime based on Tasuku Karasuma's manga ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tasuku Karasuma's No Guns Life manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Sunday. The site also revealed a visual for the anime, and also revealed that Kenji Kawai (Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) is composing the anime's music. Naoyu...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets ‒ Episode 11

"The series has put itself in a good position for the season finale, and now all that's left is to make the most of that potential."
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Girly Air Force ‒ Episode 11

"The show's never been bad or anything, but this is the most confident and truly unique it's felt all season, which at least somewhat vindicates all the setup it took to get us here."
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Attack on Titan Directors Say Friendship Will Be Key Theme in Season 3 Part 2

Attack on Titan chief director Tetsuro Araki and director Masashi Koizuka said in the April 2019 issue of Animedia that friendship will be a key theme in the second part of the Attack on Titan Season 3 television anime. In particular, viewers should watch out for the interactions between Eren and Armin, and Levi and Erwin. "When you think about it, Attack on Titan is a story that overflows with fr...
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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episode 22

"I'm bothered by the show's puzzling adaptive changes, which have only become more obtuse over time."
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My Roommate is a Cat ‒ Episode 11

"There's a surprisingly heartfelt and complex core to this series that goes beyond the warm fuzzies of cute cat antics to create something more meaningful."
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Yuri Fair 2019 Caps Off Heisei Era with Largest Artist Representation Yet

This year's Yuri Fair expanded from its low-key exhibit last year into a five-city tour throughout Japan. It also features the work of 31 artists, which is one more than last year. Artists from a wide range of media were represented this year, including from films and games, making it a fitting cap for the Heisei era, which will end this year. This year's event's key visual features art by Bloom I...
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Kemurikusa ‒ Episode 11

"After weeks of moving forward, Kemurikusa's penultimate episode stops to look back at where it all started, but with the same warmth for its characters and striking aesthetic choices that have defined its journey."
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The Promised Neverland ‒ Episode 11

"An absolute firebomb of an episode, chock full of drama and suspense and moments that make you just want to punch the air in excitement."
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Veteran Animators Discuss Positives, Negatives of Digital Anime Production

Digitizing the process increases efficiency, but digital animators could be getting exploited. ― The Tokyo Anime Award Festival held a symposium on March 10 to discuss the impact that digitization will have on the Japanese anime industry. The discussion was held between veteran animator Toshiyuki Inoue (Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms, Ghost in the Shell key animation), Kiyotaka Oshiyama (Fl...
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Isekai Cheat Magician Anime's 1st Promo Video Streamed

Series stars Kōhei Amasaki, Rie Takahashi ― The official website for the television anime of Takeru Uchida's Isekai Cheat Magician (Fantasy World Cheat Magician) novel series began streaming the show's first promotional video on Saturday. The cast includes Kōhei Amasaki as Taichi Nishimura (left in image below), and Rie Takahashi as Rin Azuma (right). Daisuke Tsukushi (episode director on Croisée in ...
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Crunchyroll Streams Persona 5: Stars and Ours Anime Special

50-minute special aired in Japan on Saturday ― Crunchyroll began streaming the 50-minute PERSONA 5 the Animation: Stars and Ours anime special on Saturday. The episode aired in Japan on Saturday. The 26-episode television anime series based on Atlus' Persona 5 role-playing game premiered on April 7 and aired through September. Aniplex of America streamed the series on Crunchyroll and Hulu as it aired...
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O Maidens in Your Savage Season Anime's Promo Video Streamed

Series premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Mari Okada and Nao Emoto's O Maidens in Your Savage Season (Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo) manga began streaming the show's first promotional video on Saturday. The anime will premiere in July. The show stars: (from left to right in above image) Tomoyo Kurosawa as Hitoha Hongō Chika Anzai as Niina Sugawara Shimb...
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3rd Starmyu Anime Season's Promo Video Reveals July 1 Premiere

New season to feature first appearance of new Kao Kai ― The official website for the Starmyu anime began streaming a promotional video on Saturday for the show's third season. The video reveals that the third season will premiere on Tokyo MX on July 1 at 10:00 p.m. before airing later that evening on BS11, KBS Kyoto, and Sun TV. The site is also streaming a "introduction promo video" for the third se...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TV Anime's 3rd Season Previewed in Video

Anime is based on Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected novels ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel series began streaming a promotional video on Saturday for the show's third season. The novels previously inspired two ani...
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Human Lost Anime Film's Teaser Video Reveals Mamoru Miyano as Protagonist

Funimation to screen film by Afro Samurai's Fuminori Kizaki this fall ― Toho Animation began streaming a teaser trailer on Saturday for the Human Lost 3D CG anime film. The video reveals that Mamoru Miyano will star in the film as Yozo Oba. The "new sci-fi, cyberpunk film project" is an adaptation of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human novel. Funimation will screen the film in theaters in the United States...

Atlus Reveals Persona 5 The Royal Project With PS4 Listing

Also: Anime adaptation's 12th home video release to include unaired episode about Valentine's Day ― Atlus revealed a new project in the Persona 5 franchise on Saturday titled Persona 5 The Royal. The below video features the PlayStation logo, and the official website for the project lists the PlayStation 4. Atlus will reveal more information for the project at an event on April 24. Atlus also reveale...
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Hanebad's Shinpei Ezaki Directs Woodpecker Detective's Office Anime at Liden Films

Audition winners Rikiya Hayashi, Hayato Furusawa star in spring 2020 anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kei Ii's Woodpecker Detective's Office (Kitsutsuki Tantei-Dokoro) mystery novel revealed the show's staff and cast on Saturday. The anime will star Kenjiro Tsuda, Rikiya Hayashi, and Hayato Furusawa. Hayashi and Furusawa won the second audition round for male voice ...
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Businessmen in Africa Manga's 'New Project' is TV Anime

Anime is listed as "Project #1" for Gamu's manga ― Kadokawa revealed in a live-action video on Saturday that the previously teased new project for Gamu's Africa no Salaryman (Businessmen in Africa) manga is a television anime adaptation. The anime is listed as "Project #1" for the manga. Kadokawa had teased the project with the visual below featuring voice actors Akio Ohtsuka, Kenjiro Tsuda, and Hiro...
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A Certain Scientific Accelerator Anime's New Promo Video Reveals Yurika Kubo as Estelle Rosenthal

New visual revealed for series premiering in July ― A stage event for the Toaru Project announced on Saturday that Yurika Kubo is joining the cast of the television anime adaptation of the A Certain Scientific Accelerator (Toaru Majutsu no Index Gaiden: Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator) manga as Estelle Rosenthal. The event also revealed a new promo video different from the one posted earlier on Saturday....
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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest Anime's Video Reveals More Cast, Staff

Yumiri Hanamori, Yōko Hikasa, Tetsuya Kakihara, Ai Kakuma, Minoru Shiraishi join cast of July anime ― The official website for the television anime of Ryo Shirakome's Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest (Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō) light novel series began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Saturday. The video reveals additional cast and staff for the anime. The new ...
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'We Never Learn' Anime Unveils New Video, Visual

Anime premieres on April 6 ― The official website for the television anime of Taishi Tsutsui's We Never Learn (Boku-tachi wa Benkyō ga Dekinai) manga began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Saturday. The site also revealed a new visual for the anime. (Note: The video on the website is region-locked to Japan. A region version is embedded below.) Previously revealed cast members includ...
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Miyuhan Joins Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine Anime as Theme Song Singer, Cast Member

Miyuhan performs opening song "Etude," plays Shiho Noumi character in April anime ― The official website for the television anime of Akatsuki and Kadokawa's Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine smartphone game revealed on Saturday that that Miyuhan will perform the anime's opening theme song "Etude," and that she will also voice the character Shiho Noumi (seen below), the student council president. The show...
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Toei's Ojamajo Doremi Magical Girl Anime Gets Comedy Net Anime Shorts

1st of 26 Flash episodes with original anime's designer starts streaming now ― Toei Animation announced at its "Ojamajo Doremi 20th Anniversary Magical Stage" event at AnimeJapan 2019 on Saturday that it is presenting Flash comedy anime shorts titled Ojamajo Doremi: Owarai Gekijō. The first of 26 episodes is streaming at Toei Animation's YouTube channel now, and the second will start streaming on Apr...
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Toei Confirms Ojamajo Doremi Team's Majo Minarai o Sagashite Magical Girl Anime Film

Director Junichi Sato, writer Midori Kuriyama, designer Yoshihiko Umakoshi reunite for 2020 film ― Toei Animation confirmed during its "Ojamajo Doremi 20th Anniversary Magical Stage" event at AnimeJapan 2019 on Saturday that the film that it teased earlier is an all-new film titled Majo Minarai o Sagashite (Searching for Witch Apprentices). The film will be handled by main staff members from the Ojam...
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Ten Count Anime's Teaser Video Reveals 2020 TV Premiere

Manga series about secretary who attends counseling sessions ran from 2013-2017 ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Rihito Takarai's Ten Count boys-love manga began streaming a teaser video for the anime on Saturday. The video reveals that the anime will be a television anime that will premiere in 2020. The site also revealed a new visual. In the story, Shirotani Tadaomi, secretary of ...
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Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Prisma Phantasm Anime's Promo Video Reveals June 14 Debut

OVA to screen in theaters before shipping on home video ― Kadokawa began streaming a promotional video on Saturday for the Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Prisma Phantasm original video anime. The video reveals the OVA's June 14 premiere in theaters. The OVA will ship on Blu-ray Disc and DVD at a later date. The returning staff include Shin Oonuma as director at SILVER LINK., scriptwriters Hazuki Min...

Re:Zero Anime's Video Reveals 2nd TV Anime Season

Re:Zero Hyōketsu no Kizuna OVA's promo video also posted ― The official website for the Re:Zero anime revealed on Saturday that the anime will have a second television anime season. The website for the second season is streaming a video for the anime, and also revealed the visual and returning cast members. The site is also streaming a promotional video for the upcoming Re:Zero Hyōketsu no Kizuna ori...
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'If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord' Anime's Video Reveals Main Staff

In Another World With My Smartphone's Takeyuki Yanase directs anime at Maho Film ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of CHIROLU's If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord (Uchi no Ko no Tame Naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maō mo Taoseru Kamoshirenai.) light novel series began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Saturday. The video reveals the anime's main...

Funimation, bilibili Establish Partnership for Joint Anime Licensing

Both companies will jointly license anime for United States, China ― American anime publisher Funimation and Chinese streaming platform bilibili jointly announced a new partnership to acquire anime licenses during AnimeJapan 2019 on Saturday. The new partnership will see both companies jointly acquiring licenses "over the next few years," and will include IP rights for broadcast television, video-on-...
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Re:Stage! Dream Days Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals July Premiere

Series centers on idol singers in middle school ― The official website for the Re:Stage! Dream Days television anime of Re:Stage!, Monthly Comptiq magazine and Pony Canyon's multimedia project about idol singers in middle school, began streaming the show's promotional video on Saturday. The video reveals that the anime will premiere in July. The cast members returning from previous installments in th...

Cells at Work! Anime Gets 2nd Season

1st season premiered in July ― The official Twitter account for the Cells at Work! anime announced on Saturday that the anime will get a second season. The staff will reveal more details about the new season at a later date. The first television anime aired from July to September. Aniplex of America has licensed the series and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. A new anime episode aired in ...
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Kabukichō Sherlock Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals Opening Song, October Premiere

EGO-WRAPPIN' performs opening song "CAPTURE" for anime ― The official website for Production I.G's original Kabukichō Sherlock television anime project began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Saturday. The video reveals and previews the anime's opening theme song "CAPTURE" by EGO-WRAPPIN', and also reveals the anime's October premiere. The previously announced cast members include: K...
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Granbelm Original Anime Reveals Promo Video, Visual, More Cast, July Premiere

Yōko Hikasa, Yurika Kubo join cast ― The official website for the Granbelm original anime series began streaming the show's promotional video on Saturday. The site also revealed a new visual, more cast, and July premiere in the "Animeism" programming block on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS. The new cast includes: Yōko Hikasa as Anna Fugo Yurika Kubo as Nene Rin The previously revealed cast includes: Miyuri Shi...
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Machikado Mazoku Anime Reveals Main Staff

Cromartie High School's Hiroaki Sakurai directs anime at J.C. Staff ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Izumo Ito's Machikado Mazoku (Street Corner Demon) manga revealed the anime's main staff on Saturday. The staff also announced that the anime's main characters Yūko Yoshida and Momo Chiyoda will receive 1/7 scale figures. Hiroaki Sakurai (Cromartie High School, Maid Sama!,...
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Blackfox Anime's 3rd Promo Video Reveals New Cast, Staff, Theme Song (Updated)

fripSide performs "BLACKFOX" theme song for fall theatrical project ― Update: The original version of this article mentioned that the anime is a television anime project that will also have theatrical screenings, but the anime will be only a theatrical anime project. ANN apologizes for the error. The official website for Studio 3Hz's original theatrical anime project Blackfox began streaming a third ...
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Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files Anime Unveils New Video, New Cast Member

Daisuke Hirakawa plays Melvin Waynes in July anime ― The official website for Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note, the anime adaptation of Makoto Sanda's Lord El-Melloi II-sei no Jikenbo (The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II) mystery novel spinoff series for Type-Moon's Fate franchise, began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Saturday. (Note: The video on the webs...
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Sound! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale Anime Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Film opens on April 19 ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Sound! Euphonium franchise began streaming a trailer on Friday for Gekijōban Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale (Sound! Euphonium The Movie: Oath's Finale), the second of two planned new films in the franchise. The video previews the film's theme song "Blast!" by TRUE. The movie will open in Japan on April 19. The cast members new t...

Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden Anime Unveils New Teaser Video, Visual

SHAFT produces anime, with cast from game reprising roles ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story (Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden) smartphone role-playing game unveiled a new teaser video, a new visual, and some of the staff for the anime on Saturday. The site also revealed the anime's cast, who are all retur...
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Goblin Slayer Anime Gets New Episode 'Goblin's Crown'

New episode to screen in theaters ― The official website for the anime based on Kumo Kagyu's Goblin Slayer light novel series announced on Saturday that the anime is getting a new episode that will screen in theaters. The episode is titled Goblin Slayer: Goblin's Crown, and it will feature returning staff and cast. The television anime series premiered in Japan on October 6, and Crunchyroll streamed ...

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My Hero Academia Manga Gets 2nd Anime Film in Winter

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes film debuted in August 2018 ― The AnimeJapan 2019 stage event for the anime of Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga announced on Saturday that a new anime film will premiere in Japan this winter. As with the previous My Hero Academia: Two Heroes film, Horikoshi will have overall supervision of the film, and will handle the original character designs. My Hero Academia:...
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Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei Anime Film Opens in January 2020

Anime's 2 compilation films opened in Japan in January ― The official website for the Made in Abyss anime revealed a new visual and the January 2020 opening date in Japan for Gekijōban Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei (Made in Abyss the Movie: Dawn of the Deep Soul), the new anime film in the franchise. The 13-episode television anime series based on Akihito Tsukushi's Made in Abyss manga pre...
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Wasteful Days of High School Girl Anime's Promo Video Reveals More Cast, July Premiere

M.A.O., Satomi Satou, Kazuyuki Okitsu join cast ― A stage presentation at the AnimeJapan 2019 event revealed on Saturday that the television anime adaptation of Bino's Wasteful Days of High School Girl (Joshi Kōsei no Mudazukai) manga will premiere in July. The event also revealed a promotional video, new visual, and three more cast members. The new cast includes: M.A.O as Majo Satomi Satou as Lily K...
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Toei Animation Teases Ojamajo Doremi Team's 2020 Magical Girl Film

Director Junichi Sato, writer Midori Kuriyama, designer Yoshihiko Umakoshi return for new project ― The Ojamajo Doremi section of Toei Animation's AnimeJapan 2019 booth displayed a poster on Saturday that teased a new animation project for a 2020 screening. The poster's text states, "Wanted: Witch Apprentices." The poster also lists Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon, Aria, Princess Tutu), the director of the...
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Live Photos from AnimeJapan 2019

We've got live photos from the show floor at AnimeJapan 2019, happening now at Tokyo Big Sight.
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Movic Reveals number24 Original Rugby TV Anime

Shigeru Kimiya directs anime at PRA ― Movic announced on Saturday that it is producing the original television anime number24. YukiKana, who is providing the original character designs, illustrated a teaser visual for the anime. The anime's college rugby story centers on Natsusa Yuzuki, who expects to be an ace on the rugby team when he enrolls in college. However, he is no longer able to play rugby ...
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Netflix's Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya CG Anime Debuts Worldwide on July 19

― Netflix revealed during its stage event at AnimeJapan 2019 on Saturday that it will debut Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya, its anime remake of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac) manga, on July 19 worldwide. The anime's first 12-episode season will feature the story from the Galaxian Wars to Silver Saints arcs of the manga. Netflix describes the anime's story: Knights of the Z...
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'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Anime's 2nd Season Teaser Video Reveals New Cast, July Premiere

Akeno Watanabe, Wakana Kowaka, Ayumi Mano, KENN, Ryota Ohsaka, Haruka Chisuga join cast ― The stage event for the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? anime at the AnimeJapan 2019 event revealed a new teaser video and visual for the anime's second season on Saturday. The video reveals the new cast members and the July premiere for the second season. The second season is titled Dungeon ni...

Netflix Adds Evangelion Anime Worldwide on June 21

Anime has remained out of print in N. America since ADV Films shut down in 2009 ― Netflix announced during its stage event at AnimeJapan 2019 on Saturday that it will debut Hideaki Anno and Gainax's Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime on its service on June 21 worldwide. While Netflix's original announcement last November stated that the service will also add the Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death &...
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Woodpecker Detective's Office Novel Gets Spring 2020 TV Anime

Real-life scholars Takuboku Ishikawa, Kyōsuke Kindaichi investigate haunting ― The Kimikoe Project announced at the AnimeJapan 2019 event on Saturday that a television anime adaptation of Kei Ii's Woodpecker Detective's Office (Kitsutsuki Tantei-Dokoro) mystery novel has been green-lit for spring 2020. The novel's story is set in 1909 during Japan's Meiji era, and centers on fictional versions of rea...

'Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?' Anime's New Video Reveals More Cast, Staff, July Premiere

Anime's new visual also unveiled ― The official website for the television anime of writer Dachima Inaka and illustrator Pochi Iida's Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (Tsūjō Kōgeki ga Zentai Kōgeki de Ni-kai Kōgeki no Okā-san wa Suki desuka?) light novel series unveiled a new promotional video, as well as more cast, the musical composer, and the anime's July premiere on Satu...
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Blackfox Anime Revealed as Theatrical Project Debuting This Fall (Updated)

― Update: The original version of this article mentioned that the anime is a television anime project that will also have theatrical screenings, but the anime will be only a theatrical anime project. ANN apologizes for the error. Infinite's booth at the AnimeJapan 2019 event revealed on Saturday that Studio 3Hz's original anime Blackfox will be a theatrical anime project that will premiere this fall...
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Stand My Heroes Anime Premieres in October

― Coly's booth at the AnimeJapan 2019 event revealed on Saturday that Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth, the television anime of the Stand My Heroes smartphone game, will premiere in October. All cast members are returning from the game. Hideyo Yamamoto (Strike the Blood, The Prince of Tennis II OVA vs. Genius 10, Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth-) is directing the anime at M.S.C, with Sayaka Harada ...
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To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime Reveals Teaser Video

Katsuyuki Konishi, Ai Kakuma star in July series at MAPPA ― The official website for the television anime of Maybe's To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga began streaming a teaser video for the anime on Saturday. The anime will premiere in July on Tokyo MX, MBS, and BS11. The previously revealed cast includes: Katsuyuki Konishi as Hank Ai Kakuma as Nancy Schaal Banc...
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Somali to Mori no Kamisama Fantasy Manga Gets TV Anime in Fall (Updated)

Inori Minase, Daisuke Ono star in Satelight's anime ― An official teaser website launched on Saturday to announce that Yako Gureishi's Somali to Mori no Kamisama (Somali and the Forest Spirit) manga is inspiring a television anime this fall. Inori Minase will play Somali, and Daisuke Ono will play Golem in the anime. Staff will hold auditions for original guest characters for the anime. Kenji Yasuda ...
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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Film's 'No Clue' Promo Video Streamed

Film opens in U.S., Japan on May 10 ― Ryan Reynolds' YouTube channel began streaming a "No Clue" promotional video for Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.' live-action Pokémon: Detective Pikachu film on Friday. The video previews more of the interactions between Reynolds' character Pikachu and Justice Smith's character Tim. The film is slated to debut in the United States on May 10, and it will ...
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Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Anime's 1st 5 Minutes Streamd

Anime opened in theaters in Japan on March 15 ― Frontwing began streaming the first five minutes of the anime adaptation of its Grisaia: Phantom Trigger game on Friday. The anime opened on March 15 at Tokyo's EJ Anime Theater Shinjuku and at four other theaters in Japan. The screenings will be 90 minutes in length. The anime's first two episodes were originally slated to debut simultaneously in 2018,...
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Get a Sneak Peek of Kono Oto Tomare! Anime's Theme Songs

Voice actor, singer, and time-traveler Shouta Aoi and fellow voice actor Yūma Uchida signed on to perform the theme songs for Kono Oto Tomare! television anime. The music-centric series is set to premiere next month but you can get an early listen to both songs right now. Both artists released teaser music videos for their respective tracks, "Tone" and "Speechess" this week. "Tone" is Aoi's 10th s...
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Judgment Game's Western Release Removes Pierre Taki's Role

Disney suspends Frozen home video sales, replaces Taki's role as Olaf ― Sega announced on Friday that it will change the character model and Japanese voice for the character Kyohei Hamura in the Western release of Ryu ga Gotoku Studio's Judgment (Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon) PlayStation 4 game. Sega has temporarily removed screenshots and trailers featuring Hamura from all its official channels, ...
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BookLive! E-Book Service Publishes Top 100 Boys-Love Manga List

The e-book publisher BookLive! held a questionnaire for its readers to gauge which boys-love manga they consider the highest recommended and should never be removed from the service. The company published a list of 100 boys-love works based on the results. The choices are considered easy for beginners of the genre to get into and worth revisiting again and again. You can check out the full list in...
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ANN Readers Pick 20 Anime That Need Remakes

Last week, readers of the Nijimen website picked the 10 anime series they most want to see remade. The number one pick was Ouran High School Host Club, followed by Reborn!, Gakuen Alice, and Kodocha. We decided to see what Anime News Network's readers thought and while you'll see a few similarities with Nijimen's readers, ANN's readers added a few more action shows to the mix. It looks like the lo...
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Afro Samurai Director Fuminori Kizaki Reveals Human Lost Film

Funimation to screen adaptation of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human novel this fall ― Afro Samurai director Fuminori Kizaki announced at Funimation's panel at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) on Friday that his "new sci-fi, cyberpunk film project" is an adaptation of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human novel. The 3D film is titled Human Lost, and Funimation will screen the film in theaters in the Uni...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 75

"Between Solid, Kirsch, and Langris, we've got a concurrent stream of crappy brothers stinking up the Royal Knights exams."
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Kengan Ashura Anime Reveals Premiere Date, More Cast Roles

Underground fighting show debuts only on Netflix on July 31 ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Yabako Sandrovich's Kengan Ashura manga revealed the July 31 premiere and more roles for previously revealed cast members on Saturday. The newly announced roles are: Yasuyuki Kase as Takeshi Wakatsuki Ryuuzo Hasuike as Sen Hatsumi Yoshiyuki Shimozuma as Aki Saitō, Hiroshi Matsui Takehiro Has...
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ANNCast - Jaeger Meisters

Zac and returning guest Lynzee Loveridge suck all the life out of P.A. Works' original vampire anime Sirius the Jaeger, wade through the giant catalog of vampire anime and ponder the fleeting nature of Netflix anime. ― ANNCast 346 - Jaeger Meisters Zac and returning guest Lynzee Loveridge suck all the life out of PA Works' original vampire anime Sirius the Jaeger, wade through the giant catalog of v...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō's Ittan-momen Finds New Life as Fundoshi

Fundoshi (traditional men's underwear) has its enthusiasts among men and women alike. Good Smile Company saw fans' desires after its April Fool's joke post in 2015 and created a variety of fundoshi for its Nendoroid line. Of course, these are much too small for actual humans. We would need something much longer, like Kitaro's cloth friend Ittan-momen (Rollo Cloth). Bandai's Fashion Collection webs...

The Island of Giant Insects Video Anime's Promo Video Streamed

Crunchyroll to stream OVA bundling with manga in June ― The official website for the video anime of Yasutaka Fujimi, RED ICE and Shu Hirose's The Island of Giant Insects (Kyochū Rettō) manga began streaming a promotional video on Friday. Anime producer Tatsuya Ishiguro stated in a video in February that the upcoming OVA is only the "prologue to the full anime project," and that there are "still many ...

A Certain Scientific Accelerator Anime Reveals TV Ad, Staff, July Premiere

Nobuharu Kamanaka directs series at J.C. Staff ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of the A Certain Scientific Accelerator (Toaru Majutsu no Index Gaiden: Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator) manga revealed a television commercial, the main staff, the theme song artists, and a July premiere on Saturday. The series will premiere on AT-X, Tokyo MX, MBS, and BS11 in July. Nobuharu Kamanak...
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Answerman - Why Are Most Manga Published in Black and White?

American comics are (mostly) published in color - but virtually all manga is published exclusively in black and white. What's the reason for the difference? Deb gets into it. ― Why are most manga published in black and white and not color, like American comics? The simple answer is that it's simply cheaper, faster, and easier to publish comics in black and white than it is to print in color. When yo...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride Part 1 BD/DVD LE

This darker take on fantasy romance comes to blu-ray in a special limited edition release packed with extras. Rebecca Silverman breaks down what makes Magus Bride stand apart from the crowd. ― Based on the manga of the same name by Kore Yamazaki, The Ancient Magus' Bride is a story filled with the melancholy of the darker British folktales and lore. It could hardly help being so – the heroine of the ...
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New Bem Monster Anime's 2nd Teaser Reveals More Cast, Musicians, Summer Premiere

Maaya Uchida, Kenji Nomura, Maaya Sakamoto cast in 50th anniversary project ― The official website for the new BEM anime in the Yōkai Ningen Bem (Humanoid Monster Bem) franchise began streaming the second teaser promotional video on Saturday. The website and the video announced additional cast members, additional staff members, and the summer premiere of the anime. The newly announced cast members ar...

Awesome Artists to Watch Out for in Japan Night at NYC!

Four of the top Japanese music acts are coming to New York City. Get ready to jam with friends as you enjoy great Japanese music as part of Japan 2019 presents Japan Night! ― Four of the top Japanese music acts are coming to New York City on May 12, 2019! Get ready to jam with friends as you enjoy great Japanese music as part of Japan 2019 presents Japan Night. It is one event that you shouldn't mis...
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Yutaka Yamamoto's Hakubo Anime Unveils New Visual, Theme Song Artist

Azuma Hitomi performs theme song "Tooku" for anime ― The official website for director Yutaka Yamamoto's original anime project Hakubo (Twilight) revealed a new visual for the anime on Friday. The site also revealed on Wednesday that Azuma Hitomi will perform the film's theme song "Tooku" (Far). The anime was previously slated for 2018 before being delayed to 2019. The anime will now open at Porepore...
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Mairimashita! Iruma-kun TV Anime Reveals Main Cast

Ayumu Murase, Ryohei Kimura, Ayaka Asai star in school fantasy in October ― NHK revealed the cast for the television anime of Osamu Nishi's Mairimashita! Iruma-kun manga on Friday: 【その1】アニメ「魔入りました!入間くん」PR動画を公開!音声アリ、音楽アリです!「新情報」もありますので、ぜひ“動画の最後まで”ご覧ください!!……魔入りましたか? pic.twitter.com/8NooHV0ecm— NHKアニメ (@nhk_animeworld) March 22, 2019 Ayumu Murase as Iruma Suzuki Ryohei Kimura as Asmodeus Alice Ayaka Asa...
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Nippon Ichi Software Launches Countdown Site for New Work

― Nippon Ichi Software opened a countdown website for a new work on Friday. The countdown will end on March 28 at 2:00 a.m. EDT. Nippon Ichi Software recently shipped the Lapis x Labyrinth (Lapis・Re・Abyss) action role-playing game for the PlayStation 4 and Switch last November. NIS America will release the game for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in North America on May 28, in Europe on May 31...
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Astra Lost in Space TV Anime Unveils Main Cast, July Premiere

Yoshimasa Hosoya, Inori Minase cast in sci-fi story by Sket Dance's Kenta Shinohara ― The official website for the television anime of Kenta Shinohara's Astra Lost in Space (Kanata no Astra) manga began streaming the first promotional video on Friday. The website and video announced the first cast members and July premiere of the anime. The first cast members announced are: Yoshimasa Hosoya as Kanata...

Isekai Quartet Anime's Promo Video, 2 Ads Streamed

Crossover anime to have 12 episodes ― Kadokawa began streaming a promotional video and two commercials on Friday for the Isekai Quartet crossover anime project. The anime will premiere on April 9 at 24:30 (effectively April 10 at 12:30 a.m.) on Tokyo MX, before later airing on MBS, BS11, AT-X, and TV Aichi. The show will stream in Japan on AbemaTV. The show's website is listing the anime with 12 epis...
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Dr. Stone Anime's 2 Teaser Videos Streamed

TMS Entertainment produces series premiering in July ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga began streaming two new teaser videos for the anime on Friday. The videos preview Yuki Kanesaka's song "Chemical Boys." Shinya Iino (storyboards, episode director on Hanebad!, Revue Starlight, Made in Abyss) is directing the anime at TMS Ent...
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Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san Manga Ends in 4th Volume

Manga inspired TV anime in October ― The Pixiv Comic website revealed on Friday that the fourth and final volume of Honda's Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-san (Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san) manga will ship in Japan on March 28. Pixiv Comic published the manga's 24th chapter on Friday. Honda launched the manga on the Pixiv Comic website in August 2015. Kadokawa brand company Media Factory published the th...
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AI: The Somnium Files Game's Trailer Reveals July Release

Zero Escape's Kōtarō Uchikoshi directs new PS4/Switch/PC game ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a new trailer for Kōtarō Uchikoshi's new game AI: The Somnium Files on Thursday. The video reveals the game's worldwide July 25 release for the PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC via Steam. Spike Chunsoft also revealed the game's "Special Agent Edition," which will include an acrylic stand, original box art, an ...
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Cencoroll Connect Film Screening Unveils New Promo Video

June 29 screening includes 1st Cencoroll short, Cencoroll 2 sequel ― The official website for Cencoroll Connect, a special joint screening of director Atsuya Uki's first Cencoroll film short and Cencoroll 2 sequel, began streaming a new promotional video on Friday. (Note: The trailer video in the website is region-locked to Japan. A region-free version is embedded below.) The Cencoroll Connect screen...
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Live-Action Kūbo Ibuki Film's New Trailer, Visual Unveiled

Film based on Osamu Eya, Kaiji Kawaguchi's manga opens on May 24 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Osamu Eya and Kaiji Kawaguchi's Kūbo Ibuki (Aircraft Carrier Ibuki) manga began streaming a new trailer for the film on Friday. The site also revealed a new visual for the film. The film will open in Japan on May 24. Setsurō Wakamatsu is directing the film. Kazunori Itō (Patl...
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7SEEDS Anime Unveils Teaser Video, More Cast

8 more cast members for Summer A Team join June anime ― Netflix began streaming a new teaser video for the anime of Yumi Tamura's 7SEEDS manga on Friday. The anime's website also revealed new cast members for the Summer A Team, and revealed that Amatsuki will perform the shows opening theme song "Ark." The new cast members include: Kensho Ono as Ango Takahiro Sakurai as Ryō Haruka Chisuga as Koruri Y...
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Tannishō o Hiraku Religious Anime Film Reveals More Cast, Staff Members

Yoshimasa Hosoya, Rina Honnizumi, Mitsuhiro Ichiki, more join cast ― The official website for the anime film of Kentetsu Takamori's Buddhist book Tannishō o Hiraku (Opening the Tannishō) revealed additional cast members and staff for the film on Friday. The new cast members include: Yoshimasa Hosoya as Sōken, Yuien's childhood friend Rina Honnizumi as Asa Mitsuhiro Ichiki as Gonpachi, Asa's brother S...
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A Certain Magical Index: Imaginary Fest Game's Video Previews Theme Song

Maon Kurosaki sings "JUNCTION"; AnimeJapan visitors can interact with characters on giant touch screens ― Square Enix began streaming a promotional video for A Certain Magical Index: Imaginary Fest (Toaru Majutsu no Index: Imaginary Fest), the new smartphone game based on A Certain Magical Index franchise, on Friday. The video previews the game's theme song "JUNCTION" by Maon Kurosaki. Square Enix an...
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Japan Night Event in NYC Hosts Hyde, Wagakki Band

Misia, PuffyAmiYumi also perform at May 12 concert ― The Japan Foundation is hosting HYDE, Wagakki Band, Misia, and PuffyAmiYumi as part of its Japan Night concert, which will take place at the PlayStation Theater and at the Sony Hall in New York on May 12. HYDE contributed to the soundtracks of DNA², Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Fullmetal Alchemist, Great Teacher Onizuka, Mobile Suit Gundam 00...

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Azur Lane: Crosswave PS4 Game Ships in Japan on August 29

New playable characters, pre-order bonuses, limited edition, retailer bonuses also revealed ― The official website for Azur Lane: Crosswave, Felistella's PlayStation 4 action game based on Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi's Azur Lane smartphone game, revealed the game's August 29 release date in Japan on Friday. Those who pre-order the game will receive a download code for the playable character Ne...
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Oreimo's Hiroyuki Kanbe Directs TV Anime of Suu Minazuki's Plunderer Manga

RErideD's Geek Toys produces anime originally announced last year ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Suu Minazuki's Plunderer manga revealed on Friday that the anime will be a television anime series. The site also revealed a visual and the show's main staff. Hiroyuki Kanbe (Oreimo both seasons, Gonna be the Twin-Tail!!) is directing the series at studio Geek Toys (RErideD). Masashi S...
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Azur Lane Anime's Teaser Video Reveals Yui Ishikawa, Mai Nakahara

New visual showing Enterprise, Akagi also unveiled ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi's Azur Lane smartphone game began streaming a new teaser video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals that Yui Ishikawa and Mai Nakahara are reprising their roles as Enterprise and Akagi respectively in the anime. The site also revealed a new visual s...
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Thunderbolt Fantasy Gets New Video Work Centered on Lang Wu Yao

New 'Seiyū Genka' is set in land of Xi-You, explores Lang Wu Yao's past ― The official website for the Thunderbolt Fantasy franchise revealed on Friday that the puppet-show series will receive a new "video work" this year titled Thunderbolt Fantasy - Seiyū Genka. The new work will be set in the land of Xi-You (Seiyū), and will center on the character Lang Wu Yao (Rōfu Yō in Japanese) and his past. Th...
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For Whom The Alchemist Exists Film's Teaser, Visual Reveal June 14 Opening

Inori Minase stars in film based on smartphone game ― The website for For Whom The Alchemist Exists, the theatrical film adaptation of The Alchemist Code (Ta ga Tame no Alchemist or For Whom the Alchemist) smartphone game, began streaming a teaser video for the film on Friday. The teaser reveals the film's June 14 opening date. The site also unveiled a new visual for the film. Inori Minase will play ...
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Arc System Works Releases World End Syndrome Game in N. America on May 2

― Arc System Works announced on Thursday that it will release its World End Syndrome game in North America for the PlayStation 4 and Switch on May 2. PQube will also release the game in Europe for the PS4 and Switch on June 14. The game will feature Japanese audio and English text. Arc System Works describes the game: WES is a romantic adventure game from the collaboration of Arc System Works and TO...
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MBS Anime Festival Holds Send-Off to Heisei Era With Live Performances

On Sunday, television broadcasting company Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS) said goodbye to the Heisei era in its early MBS Anime Festival. The event, called "MBS Anime Historia: Heisei," featured voice actors and music groups associated with over a dozen iconic anime series from the Heisei era holding live performances and acting out lines. The festival was not preserved as a DVD or livestreame...
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Haruhisa Nakata's Levius Sci-fi Boxing Manga Gets Anime Series This Winter

Polygon Pictures produces 3DCG anime for Netflix ― Netflix announced on Friday that it is producing a 3D CG anime series adaptation of Haruhisa Nakata's science-fiction boxing manga Levius. The anime will premiere worldwide this winter, and Netflix is streaming a teaser promotional video: Hiroyuki Seshita (Ajin, Blame!, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters) is credited as chief director for the anime, wh...
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High Score Manga Artist Chinami Tsuyama Says Cigarettes Now Banned in Ribon

High Score manga artist Chinami Tsuyama wrote on Twitter on March 15 that there will no longer be any scenes in her manga where characters hold cigarettes due to tightening restrictions in the shojo magazine Ribon. In the same tweet, she also mentioned that three years ago she had been told not to make any cigarettes she drew emit smoke, and even then she was taken aback by how tight the restricti...
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 11

"The episode does just enough right to keep it from being the series' low point, but Shield Hero is still mostly failing to capitalize on all its potential."
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Dynamic Chord Smartphone Game Ends Service on April 18

Franchise's Dynamic Chord Jam&Join!!!! app launched in September ― The official website for the Dynamic Chord franchise's Dynamic Chord Jam&Join!!!! smartphone app announced on Wednesday that the app will end service on April 18. The app's staff said in the announcement that management support from the developer and service updates had become difficult, so the decision was made to end service. Unrele...
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Run with the Wind ‒ Episode 22

"Kakeru and King's narratives compare and contrast beautifully to make both stories stronger, culminating in a vivid visual portrayal of what a runner's high feels like."
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YouTube Manga Toshokan Z Service Trials Auto-Translate Options Worldwide

Ken Akamatsu asks English fans to give feedback on Love Hina videos. ― In December 2018, the free manga service Manga Toshokan Z launched a YouTube channel to make its featured titles more accessible. The legal service mainly focuses on distributing completed and/or out-of-print titles, and all YouTube ad revenue will go to the creators. The service is currently experimenting in distributing manga in...
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Shō Shibamoto Holds Kickstarter for More English Flower Knight Dakini Manga Chapters

Campaign launched on March 9, reached goal in 3 days ― Manga artist Shō Shibamoto launched a crowdfunding campaign on March 9 to fund the production of chapters 7 to 9 of his self-published web manga series Flower Knight Dakini. The campaign has surpassed its goal of US$3,168 and earned US$3,800 (converted from yen). Shibamoto announced last week that the campaign reached its goal in its first three ...
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Rider Time Kamen Rider Shinobi Net Series Reveals Video, Visual, Cast

Asuka Hanamura, Takuma Zaiki, Masashi Ebara, Nobuo Kyō join cast of Kamen Rider Zi-O spinoff ― The official website for the Toei Tokusatsu Fan Club app revealed additional cast, a visual, and a promotional video on Sunday for Rider Time Kamen Rider Shinobi, a spinoff series of the Kamen Rider franchise's latest installment Kamen Rider Zi-O. (Note: the video is region-locked to Japan.) The newly annou...
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Charapedia: Here's The Most Anticipated Anime for Spring 2019

Choose your top 5 in ANN's poll! ― The orphans of The Promised Neverland are about to get some much deserved respite as the winter 2019 season heads to a close. We've made a lot of friends over the last three months, including the noble psychic Mob, the determined Emma, and a whole lot of female fighter pilots. The spring season is rapidly approaching and ready to bombard anime fans with new adventur...
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This Week in Anime - Did That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Peak Too Early?

This isekai fantasy captured fans' hearts in its first half, but did its first season go out with more of a whimper than a bang? Nick and Andy dissect the disappointment of this series' concluding arc. ― That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime captured fans' hearts in its first half, but did its first season go out with more of a whimper than a bang? This week, Nick and Andy dissect the disappointme...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 17-23

Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us, Hakumei and Mikochi anime; Gleipnir, Angels of Death Episode.0 manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Burst Angel Complete Series Essentials BDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$29.98 March 19 Damepri Anime Caravan Complete Collection BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 March 19 Dies Irae BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation Entertainment US$...
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The Legend of Zelda Joins Crypt of the NecroDancer in Cadence of Hyrule Rhythm Action-Adventure Game

Nintendo announced during the Nindies Showcase Spring 2019 livestream on Wednesday that the Vancouver-based Brace Yourself Games indie game studio will be collaborating with The Legend of Zelda series to create Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Switch. The crossover game will merge the rhythm-based combat of Crypt of the NecroDancer with the...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, March 4-10

One Piece sells 1,154,805 more, followed by Promised Neverland, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, Blood Blockade Battlefront Back 2 Back, Jujutsu Kaisen ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Sales Est. Total Sales Release Date Publisher Author HighestRank Weeks on List 1 One Piece 92 1,154,805 1,386,360 2019/03 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 2 2 The Promised Neverland 13 270,697 273,123 2019/03 Shueisha Original Story:...
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eigoManga Publishes First Squad Manga in Fall

Enka Sugihara's manga based on story from Russian creators Misha Sprits, Aljosha Klimov ― Publisher EigoManga announced on Tuesday that it will publish Enka Sugihara's First Squad - The Moment of Truth manga this fall. EigoManga describes the manga: The story is set in the opening days of World War II on the Eastern Front and centers around a Soviet teenager who possesses supernatural abilities to co...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Switch Game Heads West in Summer

Game launches in Japan on April 25 ― Konami Digital Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will release the Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Nintendo Switch game in the West this summer. The game will launch digitally in Japan on April 25. The game shares a title with the previous Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist game. Konami released the Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist card duel s...
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Yakuza 5 Launches for PS4 in Japan on June 20

― Sega announced on Thursday that it will release the PlayStation 4 version of its Yakuza 5 game in Japan on June 20. Yakuza 5 originally shipped in Japan for the PlayStation 3 in December 2012. Sega released the game in the West in 2015. Sega describes the game: Yakuza 5 continues the epic story of Kazuma Kiryu alongside four other protagonists, following their struggles and conflicts in the seedy ...
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Re:Zero Anime's 2nd OVA Project Slated to Debut in Theaters This Fall

― The official website for the Re:Zero anime revealed on Thursday that the planned theatrical screenings of the second original video anime (OVA) episode for the franchise are slated to debut this fall. The website also revealed a teaser visual for the OVA. The episode will be titled "Hyōketsu no Kizuna" (Frozen Bonds), and will adapt the meeting between Emilia and Pack. The original Re: Zero Kara H...
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Japanese Anime TV Ranking, March 11-17

Detective Conan rises to 2nd place above Chibi Maruko-chan ― The latest episode of Trace: Kasōken no Otoko (Trace: The Forensic Researcher Man), the live-action television series adaptation of Kei Koga's Trace: Kasōken Hōi Kenkyūin no Tsuisō manga, aired on Fuji TV on Monday, March 11 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 10.6% rating. Additionally, the Kaiketsu Zorori Da-Da-Da-Daibōken! animated film aired on N...
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Theater List Revealed for U.S. Screenings of Trinity Seven: Heavens Library & Crimson Lord Anime Film

Film opens in U.S. on March 29 with advanced screening in Cerritos, CA on March 28 ― Avex Pictures and Social Rewards Releasing revealed the theater list last week for its U.S. screening of the Trinity Seven: Heavens Library & Crimson Lord anime film starting on March 29. The film will also have an advanced screening at the Harkins Theatres Cerritos 16 in Cerritos, California on March 28. The film is...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, March 11-17

One Piece World Seeker debuts at #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: March 11-17 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Tom Clancy's The Division 2 (Including Limited Editions) Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft March 12 63,817 63,817 2PS4One Piece World Seeker Bandai Namco Entertainment March 14 51,039 51,039 3PS4Devil May Cry 5 Capcom March 8 33,149 149,350 4NSwSuper Smash Brothers U...
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Shōmetsu Toshi Anime Casts Tesshō Genda, Kenjiro Tsuda

Madhouse suspense show premieres on April 7 after April 1 advance screening ― The official website for the television anime of Wright Flyer Studios' Shōmetsu Toshi (Annihilated City — Where I End and You Begin) smartphone game revealed two new cast members and character visuals for the series on Thursday. Tessho Genda as Kaibara, the detective agency's head whose current whereabouts is unknown Kenjir...
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Okazu-kun Manga Gets Live-Action Film This Summer

Main cast from live-action series reprise roles with Rina Aizawa, Yoji Tanaka joining cast ― The official website for the live-action series adaptation of Otokuni's Kōkoku Gaisha, Danshi Ryō no Okazu-kun (Okazu-kun in the Ad Agency's Men's Dorm) manga revealed on Tuesday that the manga will also get a live-action film adaptation this summer with the same main cast as the series. The series also aired...
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Live-Action Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Special Casts Yuria Kizaki

Kizaki plays transfer student Noa Ogawa in April 5 special ― The official Twitter account for the live-action television series of Naru Narumi's Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles (Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san) manga revealed on Wednesday that Yuria Kizaki has joined the cast of the upcoming Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san 2019 Haru SP (Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Spring 2019 Special) television special. Kiz...
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Sega Reveals New PS4 Yakuza Game With Ichiban Kasuga as Protagonist

Sega also holds auditions for female role described as "main character level" ― Sega announced on Wednesday that it is developing a new PlayStation 4 game in the Yakuza (Ryū ga Gotoku) series with the character Ichiban Kasuga as the new protagonist. The production is also accepting applications to audition for a female character who will be Kasuga's friend throughout the game. Sega describes the char...
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Hi Score Girl Anime Gets 2nd Season in October

Cast, staff return, but with new character modeling director ― The official website for the anime of Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl manga announced on Thursday that production on a second season titled Hi Score Girl II has been green-lit for an October television premiere. The announcement was first made earlier in the day at the "Hi Score Girl Round 13-15 Screening & Cast Talk Show" in Tokyo. The ...
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Ni no Kuni Film Casts Serishun, Haruka Minase After Audition

Film based on Level 5's game opens this summer ― The official Twitter account for Warner Bros. Japan and Level 5's Ni no Kuni anime film announced on March 14 that Serishun and Haruka Minase will join the film's cast as the winners of the film's voice actor audition. The film will be the pair's voice acting debut. The film will debut this summer. As previously revealed, the film stars actor Kento Yam...

Adult Swim Re-Airs Episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization After Error

Episode glitched during broadcast on March 16; re-airing scheduled for March 23 ― Adult Swim's Toonami block announced on Tuesday that it will re-air the sixth episode of the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime on Saturday, March 23 at 12:30 a.m., after its airing of the episode on March 16 had an error during airing, with the video supposedly being frozen. The block will air the seventh and eighth e...
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Super Peace Busters Creative Team Unveil Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo Original Anime Film

Film by director Tatsuyuki Nagai, writer Mari Okada, artist Masayoshi Tanaka opens on October 11 ― The Super Peace Busters creative team — consisting of director Tatsuyuki Nagai, writer and director Mari Okada, and artist Masayoshi Tanaka — announced their new original anime film project, titled Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo (Her Blue Sky), on Thursday. The anime will screen in all Toho Cinemas in Jap...
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