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Interview: Silent Hill Composer Akira Yamaoka

The world-famous composer behind the music of Silent Hill discusses his long career making scary games scarier, along with his latest, the score for Let It Die. ― Japanese composer Akira Yamaoka, renowned for his work on Silent Hill's soundtrack, attended this year's Granada FicZone. He's also credited for many other video game scores such as Shadows of the Damned, Lollipop Chainsaw, and Killer Is De...
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Gleam GN 1

This princess is more interested in actually ruling and political intrigue than finding a prince in this first volume of Aya Shirosaki's shoujo manga. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Gleam is the second manga release from e-publisher Cross Infinite World (the first being Little Hero), and a totally different bird from their usual fare. Where before all of their series featured ordinary girls bei...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of May 13-19

Nobody expected the titans to be felled by tanuki - The Eccentric Family slides into #1! See how your favorite shows fared in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 2017 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 these ra...
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Murciélago GN 1 & 2

This series brings the gore, sex, and action at full volume, but does it have enough substance to balance out the madness? Rebecca Silverman weighs in. ― Murciélago, which is Spanish for “bat,” is definitely one of the darker stories to come out recently. It follows the gruesome, and occasionally sexy, adventures of Kuroko Koumori, a slightly-reformed mass murderer as she works for the Metropolitan P...
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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest Novel 1

An entire classroom is transported to another world in this isekai series, and its protagonist must go about getting superpowers the hard way. Rebecca Silverman investigates. ― If there's one thing that sets Arifureta apart from its fellow isekai stories, it's that in this case, an entire high school class is transported to another world, not just one lucky young individual. Not only does this make t...
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Thursday, May 25

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Attack on Titan Returns to Joypolis Theme Park This Summer

The Tokyo Joypolis theme park announced on Thursday that it will hold a new Attack on Titan event from July 13 to October 1. The Attack on Titan in Joypolis Season 2 event will feature collaboration attractions, merchandise, and food. The event will again feature a life-size statue of an Attack on Titan character. Tokyo Joypolis is holding a Twitter campaign to reveal the character for this year's...
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Takuya Satō, Yōko Hikasa Join Cast of Altair: A Record of Battles Anime

TV series starring Ayumu Murase premieres on July 7 ― The July issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Thursday character designs and two new cast members for this summer's television anime of Kotono Katō's historical fantasy manga Altair: A Record of Battles (Shōkoku no Altair). Takuya Satō will play Ibrahim, and Yōko Hikasa will play Shara. The anime stars: (Note: character n...
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Angels, Tourists Descend on Gabriel Dropout's Setting City

Hamamatsu, Shizuoka is one of the latest cities in Japan to capitalize on its status as an anime setting and pilgrimage site. The city is the setting of Ukami's Gabriel DropOut manga, and the series' television anime adaptation debuted in January. The city is collaborating with the anime to release sightseeing maps that highlight locations in the anime. The collaboration also launched an official ...
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Chaos;Child PS4, PS Vita Game Heads West in 2017

PQube releases MAGES.' murder mystery game in Europe, N. America ― PQube announced on Thursday that it will release MAGES.' Chaos;Child game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Europe and North America in the third quarter of 2017. The company began streaming a teaser trailer for the release. The game's story is set after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hits Tokyo's Shibuya ward on November 6, 2009,...
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Interview: Silent Hill Composer Akira Yamaoka

The world-famous composer behind the music of Silent Hill discusses his long career making scary games scarier, along with his latest, the score for Let It Die. ― Japanese composer Akira Yamaoka, renowned for his work on Silent Hill's soundtrack, attended this year's Granada FicZone. He's also credited for many other video game scores such as Shadows of the Damned, Lollipop Chainsaw, and Killer Is De...
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A-1 Pictures Animates Blend S Manga for Fall Broadcast

TV anime about cafe waitress premieres in October ― The July issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Carat magazine is revealing on Sunday that A-1 Pictures (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend, Ace Attorney, Oreimo 2) is animating the television anime adaptation of Miyuki Nakayama's Blend S four-panel manga. The anime is slated to premiere in October. The manga's story centers on a girl named M...
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Sakura Quest ‒ Episode 8

"Shiori is an interesting character, but while this arc is clearly set to build her up more, she's not strong enough to carry it on her own yet."
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Re:Creators Shows That in Our World, Even Fictional Heroes Can Be Villains

Just because you're a hero in a fantasy world, that doesn't mean you'd be a hero in ours.
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 8

"For the first time since the premiere's cold open, there's some genuine progression in the overall plot."
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Gleam GN 1

This princess is more interested in actually ruling and political intrigue than finding a prince in this first volume of Aya Shirosaki's shoujo manga. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Gleam is the second manga release from e-publisher Cross Infinite World (the first being Little Hero), and a totally different bird from their usual fare. Where before all of their series featured ordinary girls bei...
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Weekly Shonen Jump Ore Collection Smartphone Game's Franchises Revealed

Dragon Ball, One Piece, Rurouni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakusho, My Hero Academia, To Love-ru, more included ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed some of the franchises on Monday that will feature in the Weekly Shonen Jump Ore Collection (Weekly Shonen Jump My Collection) smartphone game. The franchises include: Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho Wingman Dragon Ball Yu Yu Hakusho Jigoku Sensei Nube Rurouni Kenshin Hos...
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Inuyashiki Anime Reveals Visuals for 2 Main Characters

The official website for the upcoming television anime adaptation of Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki manga revealed the character designs for the two main characters Inuyashiki and Shishigami on Tuesday. The site revealed a new visual for the anime on Monday. The television anime series will premiere in October on Fuji TV's Noitamina block. Keiichi Satou (Tiger & Bunny, Gantz:O, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis) ...
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Staff Replaces Comedian Galigali Galixon's Scene in Live-Action Gintama Film

Comedian was arrested, released earlier this month for driving under the influence ― A public relations official for TV Tokyo revealed on Thursday that the staff of the live-action film adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga is replacing the scene (or scenes) in which comedian Galigali Galixon appears in the film. TV Tokyo is an investor in the film. Galixon was arrested and released on May 12...

Former KAT-TUN Member Koki Tanaka Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Police officer allegedly found marijuana while searching car Tanaka was driving ― Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested singer, actor, and former KAT-TUN member Koki Tanaka in Shibuya on Wednesday for suspicion of marijuana possession. Tanaka denied the suspicion, claiming the marijuana authorities found was not his. According to police, Tanaka was driving a van on a road in the second district of the D...
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Tsukiuta Stage Play Reveals Cast For 4th, 5th Runs

New plays premiere in October, December respectively ― The official Twitter account of the stage adaptation of the Tsukiuta franchise announced new cast members for the franchise's fourth and fifth stage plays on Thursday. The cast for the Six Gravity group includes: (Note: Images in costume are from a previous version of the musical.) Kentarō Menjō as Hajime Mutsuki Hiroki Nakada as Haru Yayoi Tatsu...
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Bandai Namco Ent., Drecom Start New Company to Produce Dragon Ball Z, [email protected] Browser Games

New BXD company to also develop distribution platform service for games ― Bandai Namco Entertainment and video game company Drecom announced on Thursday that they have established a new company called BXD that will develop a gaming platform distribution service to release HTML5-based online games. The company will launch its service in spring 2018 with new games for the Dragon Ball Z, Famista, and Th...
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Nintendo Shares Hit Highest Point Since 2008

Shares close higher than last year's Pokémon Go peak, puts company as top 19 listed company ― The Financial Times newspaper reported on Wednesday that, as of that day, Nintendo Co, Ltd.'s shares in the Japanese market gained 3.2 percent to close at 31,880 yen (about US$285), the company's highest closing level since 2008. The company closed higher than its previous peak on July 20 last year, when Nia...
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Knights & Magic Anime's Video Reveals New Cast, Songs, July 2 Premiere

Yasuaki Takumi, Kazuyuki Okitsu, Shizuka Itou join cast; fhana, Ayaka Ohashi perform songs ― The official website for the television anime of Hisago Amazake-no's Knight's & Magic light novel series began streaming a second promotional video on Thursday. The video reveals additional cast, staff, and the July 2 premiere date for the anime. The video also reveals and previews the anime's opening theme s...

Animated Castlevania Series' Trailer Reveals July Netflix Premiere

Series based on Castlevania III game centers on last Belmont attempting to defeat Dracula ― Netflix began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for its Castlevania animated series based on Konami's game series of the same name. The video reveals that the series will premiere on July 7. The series will follow "the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extin...

Wednesday, May 24

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DIVE!! Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals Cast, July 6 Premiere

Yuuki Kaji, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuichi Nakamura, Kaori Nazuka, Ryota Ohsaka, Kouki Uchiyama, Tomokazu Sugita star ― The official website for the television anime of Eto Mori's youth novel series DIVE!! began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video reveals the anime's cast and July 6 premiere. The voice cast, including the previously announced Yuuki Kaji, features the followin...
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Anime Expo Hosts Food Wars! Manga Co-Creator Yūto Tsukuda

Los Angeles convention runs July 1-4 ― Los Angeles convention Anime Expo announced on Wednesday that it will host Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga co-creator Yūto Tsukuda as a guest. He will participate in a panel and will have autograph sessions. Tsukuda writes the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga, while artist Shun Saeki draws the art. Chef Yuki Morisaki is credited for cooperation for the mang...
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Seven Seas Licenses Ultra Kaiju Anthropomorphic Project Manga

1st volume of manga about anthropomorphized Ultraman kaijū slated for next February ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Shun Kazakami and POP's Ultra Kaiju Anthropomorphic Project (Ultra Kaijū Gijinka Keikaku: feat. POP Comic code) manga. It will release the first volume on February 20, 2018. Seven Seas describes the manga: When evil aliens arrive on Earth, seeking ...
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May'n Takes on Ultra Street Fighter II Game's Guile in Video

Singer May'n appeared as a special guest on the 64th episode of the Capcom TV! web program on Wednesday. In the video, she plays two matches in the upcoming Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers Nintendo Switch game. May'n plays as Ryu to take on the program's assistant Chocolat Ikeda playing as Blanka around the 26:15 mark. Other people on the program also face off against each other. Fo...
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Takuya Eguchi Takes a Turn as Business Shellfish

Popular voice actor Takuya Eguchi took on one of his strangest roles on Friday. Known for voicing characters in Konosuba, My Love Story!, and My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Eguchi's roster remains humanoid. The voice actor can now add "weird shellfish businessman" (businessmollusk?) to his resume. Eguchi joined the cast of "Kaishain" ("Clamployees"), animated shorts that star varieties of shellfis...
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English-Subtitled Last Exile Anime Moves to Crunchyroll

Funimation continues to stream English-dubbed version ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that the English-subtitled version of Last Exile has left Funimation's streaming service and begun streaming on Crunchyroll as part of the two companies' partnership. The English-dubbed version will continue streaming on Funimation. Funimation describes the anime: Claus Valca and his fiery navigator Lavie are obse...
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K: Missing Kings Stage Play Casts Carin Isobe, Juri, Keisuke Ueda

Kenichi Suemitsu returning as director, scriptwriter for October stage play ― The official blog for the stage play adaptation of the K: Missing Kings anime film revealed additional cast members on Wednesday. The additional cast includes: Carin Isobe as Anna Kushina Juri as Izumo Kusanagi Keisuke Ueda as Misami Yata Previously announced cast include Yoshihiko Aramaki as Kurō Yatogami, and Yoshihide Sa...
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Father Hides Real Nintendo Switch in Son's Cardboard Version

Twitter user Mohikan recently posted some pictures of his creative, game-loving son. The boy had no idea that his father had a huge surprise in store for him. On April 5, Mohikan posted a picture of his son playing "Poop Prince Adventure 2" on his newest homemade PC. Mohikan noted that the PC's display has a "mysterious 29:8 aspect ratio." 息子の自作PCがまた新しくなってました。ディスプレイは29:8という謎のアスペクト比で『うんこおうじのぼうけん2』が...
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Yuri on Ice Boys Hang Up Their Skates for Bellhop Uniforms

Yuri and Victor are happy to greet visitors at Ikebukuro Sunshine City's Prince Hotel starting on July 1. Yurio is also there but judging by the character art, it's only because he needs more spending money for tiger shirts and katsudon pirozhkis. The hotel is offering "Concept Rooms" for patrons that feature super-deformed characters decorated throughout the space. Reservation costs also guarante...
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Akame ga KILL's Takahiro Teases New Hinowa ga Yuku! Manga's Story

Girl aims to unify war-torn land in series debuting June 24 ― The June issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine revealed story details about Takahiro's new Hinowa ga Yuku! (Hinowa Conquers!) manga on Thursday. The manga will launch with strelka's art in the magazine's July issue on June 24. The story is set in a distant eastern country called Wakoku. Battles for the survival of the fittest ...
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Kickstarter to Allow Projects Directly From Japan Later This Year

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter announced on May 18 that it will allow Kickstarter projects to launch directly from Japan later this year. The platform will announce more details at a later date. Previously, Kickstarter projects by creators from Japan had to required a person or organization outside Japan to act as a middleman for the project. Some anime that had Kickstarter projects include Und...
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Fukushima Gainax's Art Exhibition Honors Whisper of the Heart Director

Anime studio Fukushima Gainax's "fantasy and art" museum Fukushima Sakura Yūgakusha is collaborating with Fukushima Chuo TV to hold the "Kono Otoko ga Ghibli o Sasaeta. Kondō Yoshifumi-ten" (This Man Supported Ghibli. Yoshifumi Kondō Exhibition) exhibit. The exhibition to honor animator Yoshifumi Kondō will run at the museum from June 3 to August 31. Kondō was born in Niigata Prefecture in 1950, a...
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Sega Opens VR Entertainment Center in Tokyo's Akihabara on May 31

"First VR attraction facility in Japan" will be on Club Sega Akihabara Shinkan's 6th floor ― Sega announced on its official Twitter account on Monday that it is launching a virtual-reality entertainment center called "Sega VR Area Akihabara" on the sixth floor of its Club Sega Akihabara Shinkan building on May 31. Sega bills the new facility as the "first VR attraction facility in Japan." 2017年5月31日(...
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Amazon Germany Lists Chaos;Child PS4, Vita Game From PQube

Amazon Germany is listing MAGES.' Chaos;Child game for both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, with PQube listed as the publisher. Both have a listed release date of June 30. The game's story is set after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hits Tokyo's Shibuya ward on November 6, 2009, a black fire spreads and causes mass panic on the day of the earthquake. The sudden disaster that becomes known as t...
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Space Brothers Manga's Serika Fund Supports ALS Research

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease (MND), features in Chūya Koyama's Space Brothers manga. In the lead-up to the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations' global day of recognition for ALS on June 21, the manga and its partners launched the Serika Fund (Serika Kikin Uchū Kyōdai ALS Project). The project's website states that "Ser...
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Multiple Kemono Friends Games Are in the Works, Besides Announced Phone App

Platforms to be revealed later ― The cast of the Kemono Friends anime revealed during their streamed "9th Kemono Friends Hour" special on Niconico Live on Wednesday that multiple new games are in the works — and not just the previously announced new smartphone game. However, the cast could not reveal which platform or platforms that the other new game projects are targeting. Nexon's original Kemono F...
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Sailor Moon Musical Reveals Cast for Sailor Starlights, Princess Kakyū

Riona Tatemichi, Meiku Harukawa, Sakii Matsuda, Asami Okamura join cast ― The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise revealed the cast for the Sailor Starlights and Princess Kakyū for the Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Le Mouvement Final- stage musical on Wednesday. Riona Tatemichi (front row left in picture below) will play Sailor Star Maker, Meiku Harukawa (center) will play Sailor Star Fighte...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of May 13-19

Nobody expected the titans to be felled by tanuki - The Eccentric Family slides into #1! See how your favorite shows fared in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 2017 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 these ra...
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The Royal Tutor ‒ Episodes 7-8

"Compared to Kai's rusty communication skills, Bruno's insecurities are less obvious at first sight."
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3rd Hetalia Stage Musical Reveals Cast in Costume

Shōji Nakada, Ryōta Obigane, Ryō Yamada join cast for July musical ― The official website for the stage musical adaptations of Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia - Axis Powers manga revealed visuals of all the main cast members in costume for the third musical, titled Hetalia ~in the new world~, on Wednesday. Ryōki Nagae (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Satomi Hakkenden) as Italy Yūsuke Ueda (Ace of Diamond s...
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Answerman - Why Do Colors In Blu-ray Re-Releases Of Classic Anime Look Different?

Anime on bluray sometimes looks very different from the way we might remember it - Justin explains how it's a little less scientific than we might think. ― Stanley asks: I have a technical question about Blu-ray transfers, particularly the film to Blu-Ray ones. I've been starting up a Blu-Ray collection recently and was looking at some comparison screenshots from a lot of classic anime titles and fi...
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Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku ‒ Episode 7

"This episode did very little to open up about Reiko's circumstances, but more than enough to open up her heart."
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CGCG Studio HD Presents Sprin' Pan Let's go forward! Anime at Annecy's MIFA Market

Short centers on 12-year-old girl who admires Peter Pan ― Animation studio CGCG Studio HD will participate in this year's MIFA (Marche international du film d'animation) animation market, which is run by and concurrently with the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The studio will offer its nine-minute anime short "Sprin' Pan Mae e Susumou!" ("Sprin' Pan Let's go forward!") for consideratio...
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The Magical Girls You'll Meet in the Upcoming Madoka Magica Game

Upcoming smartphone game Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record is full of magical girls--and most of them are completely new.
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Murciélago GN 1 & 2

This series brings the gore, sex, and action at full volume, but does it have enough substance to balance out the madness? Rebecca Silverman weighs in. ― Murciélago, which is Spanish for “bat,” is definitely one of the darker stories to come out recently. It follows the gruesome, and occasionally sexy, adventures of Kuroko Koumori, a slightly-reformed mass murderer as she works for the Metropolitan P...

Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita. Manga Gets TV Anime

Series about college student who meets crossdresser debuts in July ― Hanamaluo's adult romance manga Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita. (There Was a Beast Inside the Skirt.) is getting a television anime adaptation. An official website for the anime opened on Wednesday and began streaming a teaser promotional video. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on July 2, and an uncut 18+ version will stream o...
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Sengoku Basara Dokugan Spinoff Manga Ends in June

Game franchise spinoff manga by Yasuyuki Nekoi launched in April 2016 ― This year's 12th issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion magazine revealed on Tuesday that Yasuyuki Nekoi's Sengoku Basara Dokugan manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 13. The story takes place in a new century in Japan, where Mogami Yoshiaki rules over a despotic government. A one-eyed man riding motorcycle appears...
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25th Ward: The Silver Case Sequel Game Gets Remake

Episodic sequel to Suda51's The Silver Case game originally released 2005-2007 ― Grasshopper Manufacture announced during the BitSummit event on Saturday that it will develop a remake of its The 25th Ward: The Silver Case (Silver Jiken: 25-Ku) sequel game. Gōichi Suda (also known as Suda51) stated that the game will be "almost a full remake, including the scenario." Grasshopper Manufacture did not an...
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Level-5 CEO: Next Inazuma Eleven Soccer Game to Be Developed for Smartphones Also

Also targeting "high-end game machines"; anime premieres in October ― Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino said in an interview with the Nikkei Trendy Net website on Tuesday that his company is planning on developing the Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin game for smartphones alongside "high-end game machines" at the same time. Hino did not state any specific platforms or a release date for the game. The story of In...
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Live-Action Anthem of the Heart Film's Teaser Highlights Jun Naruse

July 22 film based on anime by anohana creators ― Aniplex began streaming a web teaser trailer for the live-action film based on The Anthem of the Heart (Kokosake or Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da.) anime film on Wednesday. The video highlights protagonist Jun Naruse. (Note: The Youtube video linked above is region-locked to Japan.) The film will open in Japan on July 22. The cast includes: Kento Naka...
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Atsushi Abe, Yūichi Nakamura Narrate Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō Anime's Teaser Video

Co-stars reprise drama CD roles for July supernatural show ― The official website for the television anime of Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Refined Daily Life at the Supernatural Entity Apartment) light novel series posted a teaser video and key visual on Wednesday. The character Yūshi Inaba (as voiced by Atsushi Abe) and Mizuki Hase (Yūichi Nakamura) narrate the video. The anime wi...

Tuesday, May 23

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Shinji Gets in the Damn Boat with Eva Fish Grip

Where did you draw the line at ridiculous Evangelion merchandise? Was it the Tomato juice commercials? The Schick campaign where Gendo shed his beard? A NERV bucket? Hideaki Anno's crowning franchise has something for everyone even if that something has nothing to do giant robots. Case in point, the anime is starting its first collaboration with fishing gear. Next month a Unit-01 color-coded DRES...
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Yuri!!! on Ice Lottery Brings Plush Skater Prizes

This month's Minna no Kuji ("Lottery for Everybody"), a lottery that everyone can win, is bringing the boys of Yuri! on Ice into winners' hands. Starting on May 28, fans can try their hand at winning a large banner showing Victor, Yuri, and Yurio skating together, stuffed dolls of all three guys, zipper pouches inspired by their skating costumes, hand towels, rubber mascot characters, a wall-scro...
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Square Enix, Taro Yoko's SINoALICE Smartphone Game Slated for June 6

The official Twitter account for Square Enix's SINoALICE iOS and Android smartphone game announced on Tuesday that the game is slated to launch on June 6. The tweet noted that June 6 is creative director Taro Yoko's birthday, and also "butsumetsu" (an unlucky day associated with the death of Buddha). Pokelabo (Senki Zesshou Symphogear XD Unlimited, Senran no Samurai Kingdom) is developing the game...
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Kaijū Club Live-Action Series Reveals Cast, New Visual

Kanata Hongou, Ryūsei Yokohama, Masato Yano, Ryo Kato, Shogo Yamaguchi, more star in June series ― The official website for the Kaijū Club Kūsō Tokusatsu Seishunki (Kaijū Club Fictional Special Effects Youth Chronicle) live-action series revealed the main cast and a visual for the show on Monday. The cast, including previously announced star Kanata Hongou (live-action Gantz' Jōichirō Nishi, Attack on...
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Anime Ads Ask: Can Laundry Detergent Bring Romance?

Can the fluffy feeling of cotton and an alluringly clean scent foster a budding romance? Kao's Fragrance New Beads line of laundry detergents intends to find out in two animated advertisements. In the first ad titled "New Student", Kaori encounters Hanamura on a crowded subway train. The mixing smells of everyone on board is unpleasant but when the shifting train causes Kaori to draw close to Hana...
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Raiden V Side-Shooter Game Listed for PlayStation 4

Online retailer Amazon is listing a PlayStation 4 game titled Raiden V: Director's Cut Limited Edition from UFO Interactive. According to the Amazon page, the release will include a Raiden V Original Soundtrack CD. It is currently listed for release in North American on August 22. Microsoft originally announced plans to release the Raiden V side-shooter for Xbox One in Japan in 2015, but the game ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 21-27

Dimension W, Momokuri anime; Delicious in Dungeon, Descending Stories, Girls' Last Tour, The Royal Tutor manga; your name. novel ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Dimension W BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 May 23 Dimension W Limited Edition BD/DVDCite Funimation Entertainment US$84.98 May 23 Dragon Ball Z Kai The Final Chapters Part 2 BDAnimeNewsNetwork...
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Dress Up Your Drinks With an Extra Frilly Sailor Uniform

In 2015, concerned citizens everywhere found a solution to a nagging problem: bottle perspiration. Well, technically, condensation. It's not that there wasn't already a solution; table coasters have long protected furniture from troublesome rings left my chilled beverages. It's just that this wasn't a cute enough solution. Enter Kitan Club's bottle underwear. Panties be they striped, polka-dots, o...
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Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor ‒ Episode 8

"While this episode is fairly well-done overall, I'm longing for some fresher twists."
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Linked Horizon's New Attack on Titan CD Sells 25,273 in 1st Week

Also: Attack on Titan reports lower game sales ― Linked Horizon's Shingeki no Kiseki album, which includes the group's opening theme song for the second season of Attack on Titan, sold 25,273 copies in its first week to rank at #2 on Oricon's weekly chart. The album shipped in Japan on May 17. The sales number represents the CD-only standard edition, not the limited editions that bundle a DVD or Blu-...
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SukaSuka ‒ Episode 7

"The series has settled into a comfortable genre groove after last week's much-needed turnaround."
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Seven Seas Licenses Fauna and the Dragonewt's Seven Kingdoms Manga

Fantasy manga follows dragon archaeologist, human girl ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Monday that it has licensed Kiyohisa Tanaka's Fauna and the Dragonewt's Seven Kingdoms (Ryuu no Nanakuni to Minashigo no Fana) manga. The first single volume is slated for a print release on January 16, 2018. Seven Seas describes the story: In a fantastical future, humans are no longer the dominant species–...
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 20

"This sprint may have taken some time, but the storytelling kept it interesting and tense."
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Goku Takes on Broly God in Universal Studios Japan Attraction Ad

Osaka's Universal Studios Japan theme park is prepping for an exciting summer filled with Shonen Jump characters and attractions. Jōtaro and Dio, the cast of Gintama and One Piece, and of course Dragon Ball Z's Goku will enthrall visitors with tasty treats and interactive shows. Goku specifically will star in a 3DCG movie as part of the Dragon Ball the Real 4D experience. Earth's toughest fighter ...
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Sakura Wars Co-Writer Unveils PS Vita Game

Red Entertainment's "Our World is Ending" game previewed ― Video game news website Famitsu revealed Red Entertainment's new adventure game Oretachi no Sekai wa Shimatteiru (Our World is Ending) on Tuesday. Sakura Wars co-writer Naoki Morita is on staff for the game along with character designer Eiri Shirai and scenario writer Tarō Achi. Weekly Famitsu magazine will reveal more information on the game...
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Mr. Osomatsu Sextuplets Celebrate Birthday with a Stop-Motion Cake

The sextuplet stars of Mr. Osomatsu are celebrating their birthday this year with a new stop-motion video. The 45-second ad shows a double layer cake, frosted with each character's image color, and decorated with cookies of the brothers' faces. The stop-motion video took approximately 1,000 pictures to complete. The video was created by Tsuneo Goda's dwarf studio, the home of brown monster charact...
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El Shaddai Team Reveals The Lost Child RPG for PS4, PS Vita

Trailer previews game slated to ship in Japan this summer ― Kadokawa Games announced on Tuesday that it will release the "mythical concept" role-playing game The Lost Child for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan this summer. A teaser website opened on Tuesday and began streaming a teaser trailer for the game. The video introduces the game's story and features the character Lucifel. El Shadda...
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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Heads to PS4, Xbox One in Japan, West

Action RPG also launches for PC in Japan this fall ― This week's issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is revealing on Thursday that the Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen game will get new PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC releases in Japan this fall. Capcom also announced that the action role-playing game will get PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases in the West this fall. The announcement marks the fi...
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Grimoire of Zero ‒ Episode 7

"After last episode's downer ending, Grimoire of Zero moves into slightly darker territory this week, though the results are decidedly mixed."
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My Hero Academia Shows Superpowers Aren't Inherently Good or Evil

What would you do if everyone told you that your superpower would make you a great villain?

God Narrates In Another World With My Smartphone Anime's 2nd Promo Video (Updated)

Katsumi Fukuhara, Maaya Uchida, Yui Fukuo star in July TV anime ― The official YouTube channel for the television anime of Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World With My Smartphone (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni.) light novel series began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Tuesday. The character God narrates the video to introduce the story. EXIT TUNES' Line Live account also announced t...
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Deadline: Saw's James Wan to Produce Resident Evil Reboot Film

Mortal Kombat's reboot's Greg Russo to write scripts for 1st reboot ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Monday that James Wan (director for Saw, Furious 7, The Conjuring) will produce the first reboot film for the Resident Evil film franchise. The website also reported that Greg Russo (Mortal Kombat reboot film, Robotech) will write the scripts. German film production company Constantin...

In Another World With My Smartphone Anime Reveals Cast, Theme Song Artists, July 11 Debut (Updated)

Katsumi Fukuhara, Maaya Uchida, Yui Fukuo, Nanami Yamashita, more in cast; AŌP sings opening ― Exit Tunes' Line Live account announced the cast, theme songs, and July 11 premiere for the television anime of Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World With My Smartphone (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni.) light novel series in a live stream on Tuesday: Katsumi Fukuhara as Touya Mochizuki Maaya Uchida as Elze Si...
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Hitorijime My Hero Boys-Love Anime Casts Wataru Hatano, Takayuki Kondou, 3 More

Yūto Adachi, Daiki Yamashita, Seiichirō Yamashita also cast in July anime ― The official website for the television anime of Memeco Arii's Hitorijime My Hero manga announced more of the cast on Tuesday. Wataru Hatano will play Natsuki, a friend of Kōsuke. Takayuki Kondou plays another friend, the detective Hōjō. Yūto Adachi and Daiki Yamashita play Kensuke's classmates Yamabe and Fukushige, respectiv...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, May 15-21

A Silent Voice sells 7,482, followed by Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, live-action Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu, Yowapeda New Generation, Uta-Pri Legend Star ― The live-action adaptation of Rina Yagami's Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu romantic comedy manga series dropped from #3 to #11 in its second week on the overall DVD chart. It added 1,807 copies to its total of 6,166. The limited first pressing of...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, May 15-21

A Silent Voice sells 25,078 + 5,442, followed by Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Sound! Euphonium, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Little Witch Academia ― Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - A Silent Voice Film Blu-ray Limited First Edition 25,078 25,078 17/5/17 KYA/A Silent Voice Film Production Committee Animation 1 1 2 - Touken ...
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Inuyashiki Manga's Last Volume Slated for Late September

October TV anime's new visual also unveiled ― The ninth volume of Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki manga series revealed on Tuesday that the manga's 10th and final compiled book volume is slated for release in late September. The manga will end its serialization in five chapters. The official website of the manga's upcoming television anime adaptation also revealed a new visual for the anime on Monday. Kodans...
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Niantic: 'This Summer Will be Legendary' for Pokémon Go

Niantic Labs' global marketing product lead Archit Bhargava said during his speech at the 21st Annual Webby Awards on May 15 that "this summer will be legendary." The event awarded Pokémon Go with "Best Mobile Game." (Jump to 19:07 in the video below.) While some players were briefly able to acquire Legendary Pokémon in the game before, Niantic removed them to promote "fairness," and then announce...

Netflix Debuts Little Witch Academia TV Anime's 1st 13 Episodes on June 30

Anime premiered in Japan in January, runs for 25 episodes ― Media news website IGN revealed on Monday that Netflix will debut the first 13 episodes of the Little Witch Academia television anime outside Japan on June 30. The show is slated for 25 episodes, but Netflix did not announce the debut date for the rest of the series' episodes. The television anime premiered on January 8 on Tokyo MX, BS11, an...
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Sanrio Boys Anime's Promo Video Reveals January Premiere

Takuya Eguchi, Sōma Saitō, Jun Oosuka, Hiroyuki Kagura, Yūma Uchida star in anime ― The official website for Sanrio's Sanrio Danshi (Sanrio Boys) anime began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video reveals the anime's January 2018 premiere, and shows how the previously shown key visual was "filmed" on location. The website features the tagline "What's wrong with boys?" The a...

Monday, May 22

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Mary and the Witch's Flower Anime Film Casts Ryunosuke Kamiki

Kamiki works with director Yonebayashi for 2nd time in July 8 film ― The official Twitter account for Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi's upcoming Mary and the Witch's Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) anime film revealed on Tuesday that the film has cast Ryunosuke Kamiki (The Secret World of Arrietty's Sho, your name.'s Taki) as Peter. This is the second time Kamiki will work with director Yonebayas...
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Voice Actress Saeko Zōgō Marries, Reveals Wedding Photos

Voice actress Saeko Zōgō revealed on Twitter that she married and had a wedding reception on Sunday. She did not reveal the identity of her husband. Zōgō said she was deeply moved by everyone who offered their blessings on her wedding day. She said she was nervous during her wedding, but she now feels relief after having gone through the ceremony. Zōgō posted pictures of herself and the wedding gu...
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Universal Studios Japan Details This Summer's Shonen Jump Attractions

Osaka's Universal Studios Japan theme park unveiled all the details of this year's Universal Jump Summer attractions. This year's Shonen Jump collaboration will feature One Piece, Dragon Ball, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and Gintama and run from June 30 to October 1. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Universal Studios Japan's first One Piece Premier Show. More than one million people have atte...

Atto's Non Non Biyori Manga Gets 'New Anime Project'

Countryside story inspired 2 TV anime seasons, 2 original anime DVDs ― The wraparound jacket band on Atto's 11th Non Non Biyori manga volume revealed on Tuesday that production on a new anime has been green-lit. The announcement did not reveal the anime's format. The manga takes place in the countryside, where the nearest bookstore is 20 minutes away by bicycle, a certain "Ju_p" magazine comes out on...
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Tales of the Abyss Stage Play's Character Visuals Unveiled

Play to run at fan event at June 2 ― The official website for the "Tales of Festival" event revealed the cast and character visuals for Tales of the Stage, a stage play based on Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales of the Abyss PlayStation 2 and Nintendo 3DS game, on Friday. The cast is as follows: Kota Iwaki as Luke Fon Fabre Sena from The Hoopers as Tear Grants Shunichi Takahashi as Jade Curtiss Chih...
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Akira's Katsuhiro Otomo Tribute Book Gets Exhibition

The OTOMO: A Global Tribute to the Mind Behind Akira book was released simultaneously in France and Japan in January and in North America in March. The book, which honors Katsuhiro Otomo's win at France's Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2015, contains 80 contributions from the creator's contemporaries. That artwork will go on display at the "Tribute to Otomo Exhibition" in Shibuya on Ju...
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World's Largest Manga Library Planned at Former Tokushima Grade School

Proposed library to have 300,000 books, digital lending ― Electronic book company Media Do president Yasushi Fujita (43) is cooperating with his home town of Naka, Tokushima to open a manga library on the site of a former grade school. The library will have more than 300,000 manga books, making it the world's largest manga library, larger than the Kyoto International Manga Museum. The project is plan...
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Kemono Friends Opening Theme Certified Gold

Single debuted in February ― The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) announced on Monday that the Kemono Friends opening theme song "Yōkoso Japali Park e" (Welcome to Japali Park) has been downloaded more than 100,000 times, earning the single a gold certification. The single launched on February 8. Eight members of the main cast — Serval, Fennec, Common Raccoon, and the five PPP idols — p...
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A3! Ikemen Game Gets New Ad on Stations' Big Screens

The "ikemen-raising" mobile game A3! found success both as a game proper and due to its theme song CDs. Boasting over three million downloads, the game's promotion is taking the next step with videos scheduled to air on big screens outside of some of Japan's major train stations. A new promotional video will air on the Hit Vision screens outside Tokyo's Shibuya station and Osaka's Ebisu station on...
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Tekken 7's 3rd Character Trailer Shows Kuma, Josie Rizal, More

Story trailer, Rage Arts collection also streamed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a third character episode trailer for its upcoming Tekken 7 fighting game on Monday. The video introduces Kuma, Josie Rizal, Ling Xiaoyu, Claudio Serafino, Paul Phoenix, Panda, and Shaheen. The first trailer showed Marshall Law, Feng Wei, Bob, Bryan Fury, Devil Jin, Hwoarang, Gigas, and Katarina Alv...
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120 'Painful' Cars Will Converge on Motor Park in Maibara

Japan's itasha cars run the gambit from official to horrific. Some have even crossed the ocean, with recent sightings in Miami. Whatever the flavor, itasha cars are usually a rare occurrence. This weekend, a meeting of itasha drivers and their beloved vehicles will coverage on the Okuibuki Motor Park in Maibara, Shiga as part of the ARC Championship IV. The free event is open to viewing and anyone...
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Seven Seas Licenses Giant Spider & Me Manga

Post-apocalyptic story about girl & spider slated for February ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Monday that it has licensed Kikori Morino's Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale (Owari Nochi, Asanagi Gurashi) manga. The first volume is slated for February 20. Seven Seas describes the story: A young girl named Nagi and a giant spider make an unusual pair in this post-apocalyptic story, but...
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Sentai Filmworks Sets September 5 Release Date for Tamako Love Story Film

Section23 Films announced in its September release slate that Sentai Filmworks' release of the Tamako Love Story film is slated for September 5 in one Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack. The release will have an English dub. It describes the film: While everyone else is excited about high school finally coming to an end, Tamako has a sad realization: getting older means losing touch with friends as ...
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Maiden Japan to Release Good Witch of the West Anime

BD/DVD slated for September 5 ― Section 23 Films announced in its September release slate on Monday that Maiden Japan will release the Good Witch of the West (Nishi no Yoki Majo - Astraea Testament) anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The English-subtitled release is slated for September 5. Maiden Japan describes the story: Firiel's life has always been a little unusual… after all, how many girls are rais...

Chihayafuru Anime Gets English Dub

Section 23 Films announced in its September release slate on Monday that Sentai Filmworks will release Chihayafuru with an English dub. The first season will ship on September 12 on dual-language Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack. The combo pack will include art cards, two karuta cards, character cards, a booklet, and a glossary. The anime adapts Yuki Suetsugu's ongoing manga seri...
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Business Woman Evaluates Her Life in Marui Retail Store's Anime Ads

The retail-store company Marui Group is promoting its mission of "happiness" by creating a promotional net anime series titled "Neko ga Kureta Marui Shiawase" (The Round Happiness a Cat Gave), which follows a businesswoman trying to keep it all together. Protagonist Mari Hirakura joined the workforce almost 10 years ago. Even though she talks to her friends about things like jobs, marriage, age, a...
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Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden Listed as 2017 TV Anime (Updated)

Composer and lyricist management company MiracleBus posted on May 1 that Evan Call is handling the music and Takahiro Ikeda is the music director for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden anime. The anime is listed on both their pages as a 2017 television anime. Kyoto Animation announced an anime project based on author Kana Akatsuki and illustrator Akiko Takase's Violet Evergarden novel in May 2016...
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Atom The Beginning ‒ Episode 6

"Fun as this show can be, I'm really starting to want a more obvious plot from it."

20-Year Veteran Anime Technical Director Reports 100,000-Yen Monthly Salary

Taiki Nishimura says he must work on 2 projects simultaneously ― Anime technical director Taiki Nishimura reported on his Twitter account on Monday that his monthly income is 100,000 yen (about US$900) for each anime that he works on. Nishimura noted that he has been working in the anime industry for 20 years. Nishimura said that he needs at least 150,000 yen (US$1,350) to 200,000 yen (US$1,800) in i...
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Grape the Penguin Finally Embraced by His One True Love

Grape-kun, the lovestruck elderly penguin at Tobu Zoo finally was finally embraced by his love, the Humboldt penguin from the Kemono Friends anime series. Well, sort of. Grape-kun has pined for a character cut-out in his enclosure for almost a month, going so far as to show mating displays. The character's voice actress Ikuko Chikuta visited the zoo on May 20 and stopped by Grape-kun's home to sho...
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2nd Tokyo Ghoul Stage Play's Video Previews Cast in Costume

Ryo Matsuda stars in play opening in June ― The official website for the second Tokyo Ghoul stage play based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga began streaming the play's second commercial on Monday. The video previews the cast performing in costume. (Note: The first video below can't be viewed the United States, New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea, and Australia.) The site previously streamed the first ...
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Answerman - What Are Those Radio Exercises Kids Do In Japan?

You see it all the time in anime - the radio plays simple instructions and folks gather to do some basic calisthenics. Is that really a thing in Japan? ― Matt asks: Anime often depict radio calisthenics as something geared toward children or older people, but everyone always appears aware of what it is. Are radio calisthenics as ubiquitous as they appear? And what made them so popular? Radio Taisou,...
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Kowloon's Gate Game Gets VR Project for PlayStation VR

Kowloon's Gate VR Suzaku slated to launch this summer ― Zeque's Kowloon's Gate game for PlayStation is getting a virtual-reality project for PlayStation VR. Jetman and Sony Music Entertainment opened an official website for the project, titled Kowloon's Gate VR Suzaku, and Jetman began streaming a teaser video on Sunday. The project will feature stereoscopic sound and is slated to launch in Japan thi...
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Alice & Zoroku ‒ Episode 7

"Although episode 6 largely shoved the show's more otherworldly elements to the side, the latest installment does a satisfying job of blending the two different sides of this series."
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Live-Action Peach Girl Film Opens at #3 in Japanese Box Office

Detective Conan stays at #2, Teiichi no Kuni falls to #8 Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter (Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter), the 21st Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime film, stayed at #2 at the Japanese box office in its sixth weekend, below Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast film (which is on its fifth week at #1). The film has earned a total of 6.1 billion yen (about US$5...
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The New Food Wars! Special Episode is Deliciously Fun

The new Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma extra episode is full of food, fan service, and includes a super funny short.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 789

"The return of Jimbei, the whale-shark fishman and former member of the Seven Warlords, is so exciting that it's naturally going to dominate my enthusiasm for the whole episode."
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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest Novel 1

An entire classroom is transported to another world in this isekai series, and its protagonist must go about getting superpowers the hard way. Rebecca Silverman investigates. ― If there's one thing that sets Arifureta apart from its fellow isekai stories, it's that in this case, an entire high school class is transported to another world, not just one lucky young individual. Not only does this make t...
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Hakubo no Chronicle Manga Ends Serialization on May 29

11th volume slated for June 30 ― This year's 25th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Masami Yuuki's (Birdy the Mighty, Mobile Police Patlabor) Hakubo no Chronicle manga series will end on May 29. The magazine's 11th and final compiled book volume is slated for June 30. The manga's 10th volume previously noted in February that the manga will will end on the...
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Ice Blade's Tsutomu Takahashi Turns 'NeuN 9' 1-Shot into Full Series

Manga set in 1940 centers on boy who carries Hitler's DNA ― This year's 25th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine launched the first chapter of Tsutomu Takahashi's new NeuN 9 manga series on Monday. Takahashi will publish the manga once a month in the weekly magazine. He developed the series from his original one-shot that he published in Weekly Young Magazine on January 19. The manga takes plac...
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Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Anime Reveals New Key Visual

The official website for the television anime of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga revealed a new key visual and the show's broadcast channels on Monday. The 12-episode series will premiere in July and air on Tokyo MX and MBS. Yuichiro Hayashi (Garo the Animation, PES: Peace Eco Smile) is directing the anime at MAPPA, and Yasuko Kobayashi (Attack on Titan, Gar...
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Live-Action Gintama Film Unveils On-Set Photos of Yuuya Yagira, Ryo Yoshizawa

Film opens on July 14 ― The staff of the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga unveiled two new photographs from the set on Monday. The photos depict Yuuya Yagira and Ryo Yoshizawa as their characters Toshiro Hijikata and Sougo Okita, respectively. The film will open in Japan on July 14. Yūichi Fukuda (live-action HK/Hentai Kamen, Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store) is directing the...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game's Switch Version Gets Release in N. America, Europe This Fall

4th DLC pack also gets Western release in June ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe both announced on Monday that they will release the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 video game for the Nintendo Switch console. Both companies will release the game in their respective regions this fall. The July issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Bandai Namco E...
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Onsen Yōsei Hakone-chan's Daisuke Yui Launches New Manga in June

Yumizuka Iroha wa Tejun ga Daiji! manga centers on seemingly perfect girl ― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Daisuke Yui will launch a new manga titled Yumizuka Iroha wa Tejun ga Daiji! (The Process is Important for Iroha Yumizuka) in the Shonen Jump+ app on June 13. The manga will be an "archery girl comedy" centering around a girl who at f...
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Kaasan - Mom's Life Manga to End in June

Saibara will launch new work about "mother who has moved on" in October ― The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper announced on Monday that Rieko Saibara's Mainichi Kāsan (Kaasan - Mom's Life) manga will end in the newspaper's June 26 issue, and the manga's 14th and final volume is slated for September. Saibara will launch a new manga in the newspaper in October. When asked why she is ending the manga, Saibara...
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Resident Evil's Constantin Film to Produce Hollywood Monster Hunter Film

Company plans to market film to distributors in late 2017 to early 2018 ― Martin Moszkowicz, chairman of the board at German film production company Constantin Film, confirmed with entertainment news magazine Variety on Sunday that it is producing the Hollywood live-action film adaptation of Capcom's Monster Hunter action game franchise. Moszkowicz also told Variety that Constantin Film plans to "bri...
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New Game!! Anime Season 2 Reveals 4 New Cast Members

Arisa Suzuki, Hitomi Ohwada, Manaka Iwami, Kaori Nazuka join cast of July anime ― The official website for the television anime of Shōtarō Tokunō's New Game! manga revealed four new cast members for the anime's second season (titled New Game!!, with an additional exclamation mark) on Monday. The new cast members include: Arisa Suzuki as Momiji Mochizuki Hitomi Ohwada as Tsubame Narumi Manaka Iwami as...
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Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Casts Kai Ogasawara as Hide

Film opens on July 29 ― The official website for the live-action film of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga revealed on Monday that Kai Ogasawara (seen below) will play Hideyoshi "Hide" Nagachika, Ken's best friend. The previously announced cast includes: Masataka Kubota (live-action Death Note, Mars, Photo Braver 7 television series) as Ken Kaneki Fumika Shimizu as Tōka Kirishima Yuu Aoi (live-action Ru...

Resident Evil Films' Producer Plans Reboot Film

Paul W.S. Anderson directed 6 films in live-action movie franchise since 2002 ― Martin Moszkowicz, chairman of the board at German film production company Constantin Film, confirmed with entertainment news magazine Variety on Sunday that it is developing a reboot film for the Resident Evil film franchise. Constantin Film produced all six films in the Paul W.S. Anderson-directed Resident Evil franchis...
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Vertical to Release Your Lie in April Light Novel in July

The Voices of a Distant Star manga slated for early 2018, Flowers of Evil gets omnibus re-release ― Vertical announced during its panel at Anime Central on Sunday that it has licensed Yui Tokiumi's Shōsetsu Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso - 6-nin no Etude (Novel Your Lie in April - Six People's Etude) light novel. The novel is a prequel to the story of the manga and anime, centering on the story of manga pro...

Sunday, May 21

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91 Days Anime's Unaired 13th Episode Trailer Shows Young Vanettis

"Day 13" episode contains 3 stories focusing on time periods before, during anime's story ― Shochiku began streaming a trailer on Sunday for "Day 13," an unaired episode for the 91 Days anime that will be included in the seventh volume of the anime's Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video release in Japan. The video shows a young Nero, Fio, Frate, and Vanno. The "Day 13" episode will contain three stories. ...
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The [email protected] Million Live! Theater Days Smartphone Game Surpasses 1 Million Pre-Registered Players

Bandai Namco Entertainment launches smartphone game this year ― The official Twitter account for the The [email protected] Million Live! Theater Days smartphone game revealed on Thursday that the game has received 1 million pre-registered users. The game's staff will host a live-stream event on Niconico on May 30 to thank fans for reaching the milestone. Bandai Namco Entertainment began accepting pre-regist...
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The Eccentric Family 2 ‒ Episode 7

"This episode's finale found the show at its most somber and intimate."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 91

"The main bulk of this episode comes from cycling once more through some of the other universes to get an update on where they're at in the recruitment process."
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Attack on Titan Planetarium Show's Trailer Streamed

20-minute planetarium show screens at 2 Tokyo locations until October ― Konica Minolta Planetarium began streaming a trailer on May 10 for Shingeki no Kyojin In the Dome -Heishi-tachi no Hoshizora- (Attack on Titan In the Dome -The Soldiers' Starlit Sky-), the planetarium show based on the Attack on Titan franchise. The show is screening at the Konica Minolta Planetarium "Tenkū" in Oshiage, Tokyo fro...
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'B-Project' Stage Play Reveals Cast in Costume for Thrive, KiLLER KiNG Groups

Stage play debuts in July in Tokyo ― The official website for "B-Project on Stage Over the Wave!," the stage play adaptation of the B-Project franchise, revealed visuals on Friday for cast members in costume for the groups Thrive and KiLLER KiNG. The cast for Thrive includes (from left to right): Yūta Kishimoto as Goshi Kaneshiro Reo Mitani as Yuta Ashu Tom Fujita as Kento Aizome The cast for KiLLER ...
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Iwaihime: Matsuri Game's Opening Movie Streamed

PS4/Vita port of Ryukishi07's PC game ships on July 20 in Japan ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming the opening movie on Thursday for Iwaihime: Matsuri, its PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita port of DMMGames and Ryukishi07's Iwaihime PC horror game. The video previews Chinatsu Akasaki's opening theme song "Hōri Uta." The game will ship in Japan on July 20. The port contains a new prologue that wi...
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Granblue Fantasy the Animation ‒ Episode 8

"I hope we get more of these goofier stories going forward, because they help to make the series feel more like its own tale and less like a series of game checkpoints."
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Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 7

"This episode feels like it's setting the stage for the next few even while carrying forward its plot and action."
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Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine Smartphone Game Inspires Net Anime Shorts

Akatsuki, Kadokawa's baseball club smartphone game launches in June ― The official website of Akatsuki and Kadokawa's Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine smartphone game began streaming two episodes of the Katato THE Animation animated shorts this week. The shorts adapt the four-panel Hachi Nai Gaiden: Senryoku Gai! Katato-chan spinoff manga that is serialized on the website. Pop Team Epic manga creator Bk...
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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episode 7

"Much like Nina, every high makes me harder to please, and I'm always ready for the next climax."
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The Five Attack on Titan Episodes You May Have Missed

Did you know that, in the three year gap between season one and two of Attack on Titan, five special episodes were released on DVD?
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 33

"After two months of nonstop suspense and action, not to mention a veritable parade of twists and reveals, we finally get a genuine breather episode."
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Mazinger Z Interval Peace, Mazinger Z Alter Ignition Manga Launch

Takahiro Ozawa, Yu Kinutani work on 2 new manga series ― The June issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine launched the Mazinger Z Interval Peace manga series on Friday. Takahiro Ozawa (Tokyo Toy Box, Giga Tokyo Toy Box) is in charge of the manga's scenario, Kaoru Osada (Gunparade March Another Princess) is drawing the manga, and Go Nagai is credited with the original work. The manga is a spinoff w...
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Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 Game's 2nd Promo Video Previews Job Classes

Atlus, Spike Chunsoft game ships for 3DS in Japan on August 31 ― Atlus began streaming the second promotional video on Saturday for it and Spike Chunsoft's Sekaiju to Fushigi no Dungeon 2 (Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2) Nintendo 3DS game. The video introduces the town of Ovelfei, where adventurers gather to start their travels. The video also introduces some of the job classes and the new sub-class system...
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Action Heroine Cheer Fruits Anime Reveals Promo Video, July 6 Premiere, Theme Song Artists

8 main voice cast members perform both opening, ending theme songs ― The official website for the upcoming original television anime Action Heroine Cheer Fruits began streaming the show's first promotional video on Sunday. The video introduces the show's characters, and reveals that the anime will premiere on TBS on July 6 late at night at 2:28 a.m. (effectively on July 7), and it will then air on BS...

Inuyashiki Anime's Writer, Character Designer Revealed

Hiroya Oku's manga confirmed to end serialization in 5 chapters ― This year's 12th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine is revealing the writer and character designer on Tuesday for the television anime adaptation of Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki manga. The issue is also revealing that the manga will end its serialization in five chapters. Oku planned to end the manga in 10 volumes, and the manga's ninth v...
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Gosei Sentai Dairanger Actor Tatsuya Nōmi Passes Away

47-year-old actor played Tengensei Daigo in 1993-1994 series ― Kōichi Nōmi, the older brother of Gosei Sentai Dairanger actor Tatsuya Nōmi (real name: Takashi Nōmi), revealed on Saturday that Tatsuya passed away on Thursday. Chōdenshi Bioman actress Michiko Makino also confirmed his death on her blog on Sunday. He was 47. Nōmi played the role of Tengensei Daigo (Daigo of the Heavenly Illusion Star) /...

Aniplex USA to Stream Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Anime's English Dub Exclusively on Hulu

Dub starring Johnny Yong Bosch, Christine Marie Cabanos, Kira Buckland premiered at Sakura-Con in April ― Aniplex of America announced at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it plans to stream the English dub for the Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga anime exclusively on Hulu. Aniplex of America had premiered the English dub at Sakura-Con last month. The dub stars Johnny Yong Bosch as Yukio Okumura, ...
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Aniplex USA Launches Campaign For Fate/Grand Order Smartphone Game

Aniplex's smartphone game launches in U.S., Canada this summer ― Aniplex of America announced a "Master Recruitment Campaign" at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday for Aniplex's planned release of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game. The campaign is a Facebook campaign for North American players of the game, and it launched on Saturday. The more likes the Facebook page gets, the more bonuses pla...

Saturday, May 20

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DIVE!! TV Anime to Stream Exclusively on Amazon Prime Video

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Eto Mori's youth novel series DIVE!! revealed on Wednesday that the anime will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in Japan and foreign countries. The anime will premiere on Fuji TV's Noitamina block in July, and Amazon has an exclusivity deal with Fuji TV's Noitamina shows. Kaoru Suzuki (Pupipō!, episode director for Hellsing TV, Ba...
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Ojisan and Marshmallow Manga Creator Draws 1-Shot About AKB48 Members

This year's 11th issue of Futabasha's Manga Action magazine published a one-shot manga by Rekomaru Otoi on Tuesday featuring AKB48 idol group members Yuki Kashiwagi and Mayu Watanabe. The manga features Otoi himself interviewing Kashiwagi and Watanabe, and the idols talking about their plans to be idols even 10 years from now. In the end, Kashiwagi and Watanabe promise to give Otoi another intervi...
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Eromanga Sensei ‒ Episode 7

"If there's nothing here for the people that aren't watching for the self-insert value, you at least have to admire the masterful execution of it for those who are."
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Mini-Unit AZALEA's 2nd Single Gets Preview Video

The Love Live! Sunshine!! sub-idol group AZALEA is going sweet pink for their new single "GALAXY HidE and SeeK" which also includes the track "INNOCENT BIRD". Lantis is hosting a preview of the single that is slated for release on May 31. "GALAXY HidE and SeeK" is AZALEA's second single. It includes both tracks, two off-vocal versions, and a drama track titled "Numazu Sweets❤Hunting". AZALEA is co...
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Aniplex USA to Stream The Moment You Fall in Love Anime Film on Crunchyroll (Updated With Video)

2nd film in HoneyWorks' Confession Executive Committee series premieres June 6 ― Aniplex of America announced at its industry panel at Anime Central on Saturday that its The Moment You Fall In Love (Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o: Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai) film will stream on Crunchyroll on June 6. The Moment You Fall In Love is the second anime film inspired by the HoneyWorks musical group's Kokuhaku Jikk...

Aniplex USA Reveals Home Video Release Plans For Blue Exorcist, Occultic;Nine, WWW.WAGNARIA!! Anime

Occultic;Nine to include English dub ― Aniplex of America revealed the home video release plans for the Blue Exorcist, Occultic;Nine, and WWW.WAGNARIA!! anime series at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday. The first Blue Exorcist television anime series premiered in 2011. Aniplex of America is releasing the complete 25-episode series plus the Blue Exorcist: Kuro Runs Away From Home OVA episode an...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 21

"This isn't a heart-pounding, exciting episode, but it continues the show's fun elaborations on the B-tier characters to a really effective degree."
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Cheer Fruits Original TV Anime Gets Manga in June

Azuse draws manga about girls becoming "local heroines" ― This year's sixth issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion Retsu magazine revealed on Tuesday that the upcoming original television anime Action Heroine Cheer Fruits will get a manga adaptation in the magazine's next issue on June 20. Azuse (Valkyrie Drive Siren -Breakout-) will draw the manga, and it will have a color opening page. The anime wi...
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Sword Oratoria ‒ Episode 6

"Here at the halfway point of the series, Aiz at last takes center stage."
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Sekai Project Reveals 'Maiden Voyage' Brand for Otome, Boys-Love Games

1st title in new brand is The Bell Chimes for Gold adult game ― Video game and manga publisher Sekai Project announced at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it is launching a new brand titled "Maiden Voyage" to publish otome and boys-love games. The first game the company plans to release under the new brand label is Japanese developer Otsusun Club's The Bell Chimes for Gold (Kane no Tame ni...
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New Nintendo 2DS XL Slime Console Oozes into Stores on July 29

The Dragon Quest franchise is celebrating its 30th anniversary. This means tons of tie-in merchandise featuring the series' iconic slime monster, not only to mark the achievement but also to hop on the upcoming release of Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete (Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time). The game is slated to ship for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, and the Nintendo Switc...
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Berserk ‒ Episode 20

"If I'd stumbled upon this episode out of context, I'd probably have lasted no longer than a few minutes."
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Voice Actresses Revealed for Yasushi Akimoto-Produced Idol Unit 22/7

8-member group has both anime idol characters, real world counterparts ― Sony Music Records and Aniplex announced the cast members for 22/7, the new "dimension-crossing" idol group that AKB48 founder and producer Yasushi Akimoto is producing, over the past week. The cast members, their characters, and the characters' designers are as follows: Chiharu Hokaze as Reika Satō, 17 years old. She is the stu...
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A Newbie's Guide to the Cyberpunk World of BLAME!

With new anime film BLAME! hitting Netflix today, you might be wondering what exactly BLAME! is. Don’t worry. We’re here to help.
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Inti Creates Releases Mighty Gunvolt Burst, Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack For Switch

Mighty Gunvolt Burst also gets 3DS release in June ― Inti Creates announced on Friday that it will release the Mighty Gunvolt Burst and Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack games for the Nintendo Switch console. Mighty Gunvolt Burst will also be available for Nintendo 3DS. Mighty Gunvolt Burst English Version Mighty Gunvolt Burst Japanese Version Inti Creates describes the Mighty Gunvolt Burst 2-D act...

Fairy Tail Manga Ends Serialization in 10 Chapters

Manga will end with 63rd compiled volume ― This year's 25th issue of Kodansha's Weekly SHonen Magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail manga will end in 10 chapters, including the chapter Kodansha will publish on Wednesday. The 61st compiled book volume of the manga revealed on Wednesday that Mashima will end the series in two more volumes, or in the 63rd volume. Mashima also...
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Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter's 3rd Anime Film Previewed in Video

New key visual also revealed for film premiering on July 8 ― Pony Canyon began streaming a promotional video on Saturday for the Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter) theatrical anime project's third and final film, titled Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō: Yakusoku (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter: Promise). The video previews S...
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Digimon Adventure tri. Stage Play Reveals Main Cast, Visual, Story

Stage play centers on 8 DigiDestined taking camping trip on August 1 ― The official website for the Digimon Adventure tri. ~8-gatsu Tsuitachi no Bōken~ (Digimon Adventure tri.: The Adventure on August 1) stage play adaptation revealed the show's visual, main cast, story, and ticketing information on Saturday. The play stars (first row left to right then second row left to right in image above): Gaku ...
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Gamers! TV Anime Reveals Main Cast, Theme Song Artists

Key visual, broadcast stations also revealed for series premiering in July ― The official website for the television anime of Sekina Aoi and illustrator Saboten's Gamers! light novel series revealed the show's main cast, theme song artists, new key visual, and broadcast stations on Saturday. The anime stars: Megumi Han as Keita Amano Hisako Kanemoto as Karen Tendo Manaka Iwami as Chiaki Hoshinomori R...
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