Set Sail with One Piece Treasure Cruise Producer Tomoya Yoshizawa

Ahead of ONE PIECE Treasure Cruise's sixth anniversary, Anime News Network was able to talk to Producer Yoshi to discuss his favorite moments from the series and how the game has evolved over the last six years.

The Eminence in Shadow Isekai TV Anime Confirmed

Based on Daisuke Aizawa's light novels about teen's mastermind delusions coming true

New Shaman King Anime Brings Back Motoko Kumai as Joco

Kumai reprises role from 2001 anime

This Week in Anime - Does Vlad Love Scratch That Nostalgia Itch?

It's referential, totally crazy, and stars a lesbian couple that includes a blood donor fanatic and a vampire.

Japan's Weekly Playboy Magazine Features One Piece Cosplayers

Issue commemorates manga's 1,000th published chapter

Takahiro Obata: Creating Musical Tension in The Promised Neverland

The series composer discusses his use of instrumentation to bring a sense of love and fear to the anime series.

This Week in Anime - Crackin' the Shell of Wonder Egg Priority

Easily one of the most dense anime series airing this season, Wonder Egg Priority examines the thorny world inhabited by teen girls, their insecurities and traumas, and the desperate bid to save them all.

The ANN Aftershow - Attack on Titan Episode 70 - Gabi Doesn't Deserve the Hate

Gabi and Falco make their escape from the Paradis Island Eldians and encounter Kaya who brings them to a familiar farm. The people on the farm will test Gabi's idealism of who truly is "good" and "evil."
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A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow GN 5 & 6

Whether you see A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow as a romantic story or not, it does a lovely job of exploring not just the relationship between its two leads but does the same for each of them as individuals as well. ― The fifth volume of A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow is almost entirely devoid of Konatsu's presence. For a series that's built on the growing relationship between two girls, that's a r...
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Healin' Good Precure Streaming

Where the show really succeeds, however, is in truly separating itself from the norms of magical girl series. ― While Healin' Good PreCure is the third Pretty Cure series to become available in English, it is the first to stream as it aired in Japan, albeit starting after the first cour. (Tropical Rouge PreCure, the next in the franchise, will change this by fully simulcasting.) It also had the misfo...
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Ragna Crimson GN 1

The visual excitement and artistic fidelity are both beyond excellent. Every frame a painting, to borrow a well-known phrase. Daiki Kobayashi's line work is so crisp, everything has a level of precision and edge that perfectly fit. ― Ragna Crimson is a strange mixed bag of expected and unexpected in the realm of gritty/dark fantasy tales. In many respects its premise and execution are very familiar. ...
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The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent Novel 2

The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent is still not quite at the level it needs to be truly good, but it's still improving and is a fun read. ― Among the most interesting parts of the second novel in The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent are the changes that author Yuka Tachibana discusses making in her afterword. Like many, if not most, light novels being translated these days, this series began as a...
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Odd Taxi Anime Premieres on April 5

The staff for the Odd Taxi original anime announced on Friday that the anime will premiere on April 5 at 2:00 a.m. JST (effectively, April 6). The staff unveiled a new visual: The staff also revealed that the the anime's original soundtrack will ship on May 19. Director and character designer Baku Kinoshita is drawing the soundtrack's jacket. The soundtrack will also bundle a booklet with liner no...
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Remake Our Life! TV Anime Reveals Cast, Staff

Visual also unveiled for 2021 anime ― The official website for the television anime of author Nachi Kio and illustrator Eretto's Boku-tachi no Remake (Remake Our Life!) light novel series revealed the cast, staff, and a visual on Friday. The cast includes: Masahiro Itou as Kyōya Hashiba Aoi Koga as Aki Shino Aimi as Nanako Kogure Nao Tōyama as Eiko Kawasegawa Haruki Ishiya as Tsurayuki Rokuonji Tomok...
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New Pokémon Legends: Arceus Game, Pokémon Diamond/Pokémon Pearl Remakes Announced for Switch

Pokémon Legends: Arceus launches in early 2022, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl in late 2021 ― The Pokémon Company International announced during its Pokémon Presents livestream presentation on Friday a new game in the series titled Pokémon Legends: Arceus that will launch worldwide for Nintendo Switch in early 2022. The game will feature a more open 3D style reminiscent of the Wild Area in...
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Yo-kai Watch TV Anime Starts New Series With Original Main Leads on April 9

Yo-kai Watch ♪ to feature Keita (Nate), Whisper, Jibanyan, Komasan ― TV Tokyo announced on Friday that Yo-kai Watch ♪, a new series in the Yo-kai Watch television anime, will premiere on April 9 at 6:25 p.m. JST on six stations affiliated with TV Tokyo. New episodes will air on Fridays. The new show will feature unique and returning Yo-kai. The comedy will also center on the original series' main cha...
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RPG Fudōsan 4-Panel Manga About Fantasy Real Estate Agent Gets TV Anime

Mage helps necromancer, pegasus pet owner, others find a place to call home ― A Twitter account opened on Saturday to announce a television anime adaptation of Chiyo Kenmotsu's RPG Fudōsan (RPG Real Estate) manga. Kenmotsu celebrated the news with an illustration: The four-panel manga follows Kotone, a mage who ends up working at a real estate agency in a fantasy world. Kotone helps various clients, ...

Final Evangelion Film Rescheduled to March 8 After 2 COVID-19 Delays

Film was slated to open on June 27, 2020, then January 23, 2021 ― The official Twitter account for the Evangelion franchise announced on Friday that Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the "final" Evangelion film, has been rescheduled to Monday, March 8. The IMAX, MX4D, and 4DX screenings will all start on that day as well. The staff posted two updated trailers t...
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Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion Z Anime Casts Kanon Takao, Marina Inoue

New series based on Takara Tomy's toy line debut's on April 9 ― The official staff for the anime for Takara Tomy's Shinkalion toy line revealed on Friday two new cast members for the new Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion Z television anime. Kanon Takao as Ayu Arata, Shin's older sister who is in her first year of junior high and wants to be a journalist Marina Inoue as Akeno Myōjō, a mysterious woman...
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1st 90 Seconds of Gintama The Final Film Posted, Parodies Dragon Ball Z

Film opened in Japan on January 8 ― Warner Bros. Japan began streaming the first 90 seconds on Friday of Gintama The Final, the new anime film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga. The clip features a parody of Dragon Ball Z, calling the main heroes the "Z Warriors." The film opened at #1 in Japan on January 8 and ended Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train's 12 consecutive weekends ...
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Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Anime's New Episode Previewed in Video

New episode shipped with manga's 10th volume on Friday ― Ichijinsha began streaming a promotional video on Friday for the second original anime disc that shipped with the 10th volume of Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga on Friday. The episode on the disc centers on Naoya (Yuuki Kaji) and Kō (Aoi Yūki). Ichijinsha also posted an 11-minute video to commemorate ...
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Blue Reflection Ray TV Anime's Ad Reveals April 9 Debut

EXiNA performs show's opening theme song ― The official website for Blue Reflection Ray, the television anime adaptation of Gust's Blue Reflection (Blue Reflection - Maboroshi ni Mau Shōjo no Ken) game, began streaming a commercial for the series on Friday. The commercial previews EXiNA's opening theme song "DiViNE." The anime will premiere on April 9 on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS' "Animeism" programming b...
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Manga Market in Japan Hits Record 612.6 Billion Yen in 2020

Print manga market rises for 1st time since at least 2014 ― The All Japan Magazine and Book Publisher's and Editor's Association (AJPEA) revealed on Thusday its report on the manga publishing industry in Japan in 2020. The report revealed that the manga industry earned a record 612.6 billion yen (about US$5.77 billion), up 23% from the 498.0 billion yen in 2019. The number is the highest since the as...
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Seven Seas Adds Light Novels, Manga for The NPCs in This Village Sim Game Must Be Real, The Most Notorious 'Talker' Runs the World's Greatest Clan

Fantasy franchises premiere this summer, fall ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed author Jaki and illustrator fame's The Most Notorious “Talker” Runs the World's Greatest Clan (Saikyō no Shienshoku "Wajusushi" dearu Ore wa Sekai Saikyō Clan wo Shitagaeru) light novel series and Yamorichan's manga adaptation, as well as author Hirukuma and illustrator Namako's The NPCs ...

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The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent TV Anime Premieres on April 6

― The official website for the television anime of Yuka Tachibana and Yasuyuki Syuri's The Saint's Magic Power Is Omnipotent (Seijo no Maryoku wa Bannō Desu) light novel series revealed on Friday that the show will premiere on April 6. The show will air on AT-X, Tokyo MX, MBS, and BS11, and will stream on Hikari TV and dTV Channel. Funimation will stream the series as it airs. Shōta Ihata (Girlish N...
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Demon Slayer, Jujutsu Kaisen, Promised Neverland Nominated for Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize

I Want to Hold Aono-kun so Badly I Could Die, Frieren, 4 more nominated ― The Asahi Shimbun paper announced the nine nominees for the 25th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize on Friday. The awards commemorate the contributions of the manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka (Astroboy/Mighty Atom, Kimba the White Lion/Jungle Emperor, Phoenix, Black Jack) by recognizing the manga that best follow his tradition. I Wan...
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'Hige o Soru. Soshite Joshi Kōsei o Hirou.' Anime's Promo Video Previews Opening Theme Song

New visual also revealed for series premiering on April 5 ― The official website for the television anime of author Shimesaba and illustrator booota's Hige o Soru. Soshite Joshi Kōsei o Hirō (I Shave My Beard. Then I Pick Up a High School Girl.) light novels began streaming the show's promotional video on Friday. The video reveals that the show will premiere on April 5 on Tokyo MX, BS11, and AT-X. Th...
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Shiravune to Release Dōkyūsei Visual Novel Remake in English, Chinese

Game series inspired multiple adult, all-ages OVAs, TV anime ― Tokyo-based visual novel localization company Shiravune announced on Friday that it will release DOUKYUUSEI: Classmates (working title), the remake of Elf's Dōkyūsei (Classmates) dating sim game, in English and Chinese. Shiravune plans to release the game in late 2021 as a Johren exclusive. Fanza Games' DiGiNation brand developed the rema...
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Square Enix Reveals 2 Final Fantasy VII Mobile Games

Battle royale-style game launches this year, separate chapter-structured single-player game launches next year ― Square Enix announced on Thursday that it is developing two new mobile games in the Final Fantasy VII franchise: Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier and Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis. Both games will launch for iOS and Android devices. Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier is a battle royale...
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Reveals PS5 Version in June With Extra Episode Featuring Yuffie

PS4 game owners can upgrade to PS5 version for free, can purchase Yuffie episode separately ― Sony revealed during the State of Play livestream event on Thursday that Square Enix is developing a PlayStation 5 version of its Final Fantasy VII Remake game, titled Final Fantasy VIII Remake Intergrade. The game will release worldwide on June 10. Japanese Audio Announcement Trailer Japanese Audio PS5 Feat...

Vocaloid Virtual Idol Hatsune Miku Has Animated Series in Development

Crypton Future Media, Graphic India, Carlin West Agency also collaborate on Webtoons, comics ― Crypton Future Media told the Deadline entertainment news service that it is co-developing an original animated series for its Vocaloid virtual idol Hatsune Miku. Besides the animated series, Crypton Future Media, the entertainment company Graphic India (The Legend of Hanuman, 18 Days), and the brand licens...
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Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away Film Gets 1st Stage Play in 2022

Les Misérables' John Caird writes, directs play starring Kanna Hashimoto, Mone Kamishiraishi ― Toho announced on Friday that Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away anime film is inspiring its first stage play adaptation. Tony and Olivier Award-winning director and the Royal Shakespeare Company's Honorary Associate Director John Caird (Les Misérables, Nicholas Nickleby, Daddy Long Legs) is w...
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Netflix Adds Bakugan: Armored Alliance Anime on March 15

Season premiered in February 2020 ― Netflix announced on Wednesday that it will add the Bakugan: Armored Alliance anime on March 15. The show is the second season of the Bakugan Battle Planet anime, and it premiered on the Canadian television channel Teletoon in February 2020. The show then premiered on Cartoon Network in March 2020, and later premiered in Japan online in April 2020. The new season h...
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Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU ‒ Episode 21

Since what takes place in this episode is pretty straightforward, lend me your patience while I do some Higu-sleuthing.
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Demon Slayer Film Wins Japan Academy Film Prizes' Fan Popularity Award

Mugen Train also nominated for Animation of the Year ― The Japan Academy Film Prize Association for excellence in film revealed on Friday that Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film won a Popularity Award at the 44th annual awards. The 99 All Night Nippon radio program announced the results on Friday morning. The program's listeners submitted 133,456 votes on which work a...
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Heaven's Design Team Launches Official Animal Crossing Island

Galápagos Island's Dodo Code is DA-2943-4856-4983 ― The television anime of Hebi-Zou, Tsuta Suzuki, and Tarako's Heaven's Design Team (Tenchi Sōzō Design-bu) "workplace comedy" manga has launched its own official island on the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch game. The Dodo Code for the island is DA-2943-4856-4983. The theme of the island is the Galápagos Island depicted in the anime, wh...
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Samurai Warriors 5 PS4, Switch, PC Game's Trailer Reveals July 27 Release

Game launches in Japan for PS4, Switch on June 24 ― Koei Tecmo Games began streaming on Thursday a trailer for Samurai Warriors 5 (Sengoku Musō 5), a new installment in its Samurai Warriors series, and the trailer reveals that the game will launch on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in the West and on PC via Steam worldwide on July 27. The Japanese trailer reveals that the game will launch in Ja...
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Crunchyroll Adds Hajime no Ippo, Love Hina Again, Fatal Fury Anime, ROOM CAMP's Special Episode

Also: Hajime no Ippo: Champion Road TV special ― Crunchyroll announced that it is adding the Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting anime, the Hajime no Ippo: Champion Road television special, the Love Hina Again original video anime (OVA), the Fatal Fury OVAs, and Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture. The service has also added "Saunas and Grub and Three-Wheeler Bikes," the ROOM CAMP (Heya Camp) short anime spinoff...
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One Piece's 1st Global Character Popularity Poll Releases Interim Results

Voting is open until February 28 ― The One Piece series announced the interim results of its first global character popularity poll in a livestream on Saturday. The overall top 10 ranking is as follows: Monkey D. Luffy Roronoa Zoro Sanji Trafalgar Law Portgas D. Ace Nico Robin Nami Sabo Boa Hancock Shanks The full rankings, along with the rankings in each major region in the world, can be accessed vi...
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A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow GN 5 & 6

Whether you see A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow as a romantic story or not, it does a lovely job of exploring not just the relationship between its two leads but does the same for each of them as individuals as well. ― The fifth volume of A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow is almost entirely devoid of Konatsu's presence. For a series that's built on the growing relationship between two girls, that's a r...
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Heaven's Design Team ‒ Episode 8

The increased cohesion between the two halves of the episode this week really work to make this feel less disjointed than usual. It's fun, silly, and still informative – what more could we ask for?
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The Caligula Effect 2 PS4, Switch Game Launches in West This Fall

FuRyu's sequel game ships in Japan on June 24 ― NIS America announced on Thursday that it will release FuRyu's The Caligula Effect 2 sequel game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch this fall in North America and Europe. The game will feature Japanese audio with English text. The game is getting a Limited Edition, which includes a hardcover art book, a two-disc soudntrack, a Tatefushi Academy school...
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Great British Bake Off Finalist Makes Lovely Laputa Cake

Winner of The Great New Year's Bake Off 2019, recently expressed his appreciation for Studio Ghibli's Laputa: Castle in the Sky in the most characteristic way possible: by making a lovely cake. ― Steven Carter-Bailey, who was a finalist of series 8 of The Great British Bake Off and the winner of The Great New Year's Bake Off 2019, recently expressed his appreciation for Studio Ghibli's Laputa: Castle...
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Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (Season 2) ‒ Episode 21

The anime has generally been excellent at conveying the weight of its dialogue scenes through clever storyboarding, but this episode had a bit too much "talking heads" for my liking.
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Konomi Suzuki, Aoi Yūki Perform Theme Songs for 'So I'm a Spider, So What?' Anime's 2nd Half

Both theme songs' singles launch on May 7 ― The official website for the television anime of author Okina Baba and illustrator Tsukasa Kiryu's So I'm a Spider, So What? (Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?) novels revealed last week the theme song artists for the series' second cours (quarters of a year). Konomi Suzuki will perform the anime's second opening theme song "Bursty Greedy Spider," and the main charact...
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Wonder Egg Priority ‒ Episode 7

Wonder Egg Priority's most singularly-focused episode to date intently follows Rika on her journey, scrutinizing her through the lenses of her various relationships, and tempting her with some its bleakest material yet.
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Nickelodeon, Hasbro's Entertainment One Produce New Animated Transformers Series

26-episode action-comedy to premiere 1st on Nickelodeon ― Nickelodeon and Hasbro's Entertainment One announced on Thursday that they are producing a new animated Transformers action-comedy series. The series will have 26 episodes. and it will premiere on Nickelodeon in the United States first before airing in other countries. The animated series will follow a new species of Transformers who are tryi...
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Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House Anime Also Streaming on Crunchyroll

New episodes streaming on Wednesdays ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it is streaming Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House, the anime of Aiko Koyama's Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san (Makanai in the Maiko Lodge) manga. The first episode is available on the service, and new episodes will stream on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. EST. The manga's story is set in Kyoto's "hanamachi" geisha quarter. Here, ...
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Kageki Shoujo!! The Curtain Rises TV Anime Streams 1st Teaser

Series about all-female theater school students premieres this year ― The official website for the television anime of Kumiko Saiki's Kageki Shoujo! manga began streaming a teaser promotional video on Thursday: The anime will premiere in 2021. Though the anime's title is Kageki Shoujo!!, its story will come from Kageki Shoujo!! Season Zero. Kazuhiro Yoneda (Yona of the Dawn, Hozuki's Coolheadedness) ...

The Eminence in Shadow Isekai TV Anime Confirmed

Based on Daisuke Aizawa's light novels about teen's mastermind delusions coming true ― The fourth volume of Daisuke Aizawa's The Eminence in Shadow (Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!) light novel series confirmed on Friday that an anime adaptation is in the works. Yen Press licensed both the light novels and their manga adaptation, and it describes the story: Shadowbrokers are those who go unnotic...
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Nokuto Koike Ends Gajū Manga

Manga about monster eating people in Tokyo subway launched in April 2019 ― Kodansha's Comic Days app published the final chapter of Nokuto Koike's Gajū (Hungry Beast) manga on February 12. The manga's story begins when high schoolers and childhood friends Shikuma and Satsuki are riding a subway train, when a monster suddenly appears and begins to brutally eat the passengers. Panic ensues immediately,...
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The [email protected] Manga About Kotori Otonashi Ends on Friday

Manga about franchise's assistant character launched in 2017 ― Kadokawa's BookWalker website is previewing the cover of the April issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine, which lists Mana's Asayake wa Koganeiro The [email protected] (Morning Glow is Golden: The [email protected]) manga as ending in the issue. The issue will ship on Friday. The manga tells the story of Kotori Otonashi, the assistant charac...
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Takatoshi Nakamura Ends Ao no Eins Soccer Manga

Manga by artist of Märchen Mädchen manga launched in 2019 ― Kodansha's Comic Days website published the final chapter of Takatoshi Nakamura's Aoi no Eins (Aoi's One) manga on February 7. The manga centers on Aoi Kamiya, a 20-year-old goalkeeper in a professional soccer club. In his three-year career, he has seen his club go from low-ranking to third-highest. Kamiya is selected as a representative of ...
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Otoppe Children's TV Anime Gets Movie in Fall

Trailer streamed for Gekijо̄ban Otoppe Papa Don't Cry movie musical ― The official YouTube channel of the Otoppe children's anime began streaming on Thursday a trailer that reveals that the series will get a new movie musical titled Gekijо̄ban Otoppe Papa Don't Cry that will open this fall. In the film, the Otoppe Windy will become a "dad" and raise an Otoppe named Lilu who looks just like him. Kurum...
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Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki Manga Ends 2nd Part, Teases Continuation

Manga based on light novels debuted in December 2017 ― This year's March issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine revealed on Monday that the manga adaptation of Yūki Yaku's Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki (Jaku-chara Tomozaki-kun) light novel series has ended its second part. The magazine did not list the manga as continuing in its next issue next month, but the final page of the second part teas...
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Kingdom Hearts Union χ, Dark Road Smartphone Games End Service on May 30

Union χ launched in 2016, Dark Road companion game launched last year ― The official English Twitter accounts for Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts Union χ [Cross] and Kingdom Hearts Dark Road smartphone games announced on Thursday that both games will end service on May 30 at 9:00 p.m. EDT. The story of Kingdom Hearts Union χ [Cross] will conclude in April. Afterward, an offline version of the games will...
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Takahiro Sakurai Joins Cast of Bakuten!! Rhythmic Gymnastics Anime

Anime premieres on Noitamina programming block on April 8 ― The official website for the Bakuten!! (Backflip!!) original television anime revealed on Thursday that Takahiro Sakurai is joining the show's cast as Shūsaku Shida, the coach of the male rhythmic gymnastics club at Ao High. The show will premiere on Fuji-TV's Noitamina programming block on April 8. The anime stars: Shimba Tsuchiya as Shōtar...
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Live-Action Ride or Die Film's Trailer Previews Haruomi Hosono's Theme Song

Film based on Ching Nakamura's Gunjō yuri manga debuts on Netflix worldwide on April 15 ― Netflix began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for Ride or Die (in Japanese Kanojo), its live-action film adaptation of Ching Nakamura's Gunjō yuri drama manga. Netflix also revealed a new visual for the film. The film will be available worldwide simultaneously on Netflix on April 15. The film will star Kiko Miz...
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Oshiete Hokusai! Anime's Trailer Reveals 8 Guest Cast Members

KENN, Junichi Suwabe, Daisuke Ono, more join cast of shorts premiering on March 7 ― The official website for CoMix Wave Films' Oshiete Hokusai!: The Animation (Teach Me, Hokusai!) series of anime shorts began streaming trailer for the anime on Thursday. The site also revealed the show's guest cast members. From left to right in image above: (character names are written family name first) KENN as Ogat...
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Crayon Shin-chan's 1st School Mystery Film's 2nd Trailer Reveals Theme Song

Macaroni Enpitsu perform theme song for 29th film in franchise opening on April 23 ― Toho began streaming a second trailer on Thursday for Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Nazo Meki! Hana no Tenkasu Gakuen (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie - Shrouded in Mystery! The Flowers of Tenkazu Academy), the 29th film in the Crayon Shin-chan franchise. The trailer reveals and previews Macaroni Enpitsu's theme song "Hashirigaki...
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Seven Seas Adds Cotton Valent's Creepy Cat Manga

Full-color series to debut in October ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Cotton Valent's Creepy Cat (Creepy Cat: Neko to Watashi no Kimyō na Seikatsu) webcomic series. The company will release the webcomic as a full-color graphic novel series in print and digitally in single large-trim editions starting in October. Seven Seas describes the series: Flora has just mo...

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FanimeCon Goes Virtual for its 2021 Event

Also: Anime Milwaukee creates virtual con space in Minecraft ― The staff of Northern California's FanimeCon announced on Sunday that FanimeCon 2021 will be a virtual event. The physical event was slated to take place on May 28-31, after the 2020 event was deferred to 2021. Tickets rolled over from FanimeCon 2020 will be valid for FanimeCon 2021 and FanimeCon 2022. The staff have not yet announced reg...
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Street Fighter V Game Streams Gameplay Video for DLC Character Dan Hibiki

Character launched on Monday ― The official YouTube channel for Capcom's Street Fighter V: Champion Edition game streamed a gameplay video for the DLC character Dan Hibiki on Monday. The character launched in the game on Monday as part of the Season 5 Pass. The company delayed the release of the DLC character to February 2021 due to development delays caused by the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ...

New Shaman King Anime Brings Back Motoko Kumai as Joco

Kumai reprises role from 2001 anime ― The official website for the new television anime of Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga revealed on Thursday that Motoko Kumai will reprise her role in the new anime as Joco (Chocolove) McDonell, a shaman from America who aspires to be the #1 comedian in the world. Previously announced cast members include: Yōko Hikasa as Yoh Asakura Katsuyuki Konishi as Amidamar...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 165

All throughout this episode, I kept wondering, “if this is the big confrontation against a Dark Triad member, where the hell is Nero?” Looks like the final scene of the episode answered that question.
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7-Eleven Releases 2nd Anime Ad with Character Designs By Kimi ni Todoke Creator

Natsuki Hanae, Takuya Eguchi voice male friends in youth-themed ad ― 7-Eleven released its second animated ad featuring character designs by Kimi ni Todoke creator Karuho Shiina on Monday. The ad, which is titled "Winter Day, At the Street Corner," features voice performances by Natsuki Hanae and Takuya Eguchi. 7-Eleven released the video on its YouTube channel, embedded below: Hanae plays the third ...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 ‒ Episode 7

Of all the previous episodes' cliffhangers, only one is resolved on-screen. All the others are either resolved off-screen, aren't addressed, or turned into a new conflict altogether—which is more than a little bit of a letdown.
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Neptunia Virtual Stars Game's Video Previews Opening Movie

Game launches for PS4, PC in West in March ― Idea Factory International began streaming the opening movie of Compile Heart's Neptunia Virtual Stars (VVVtunia) game on Wednesday. The game will launch on PlayStation 4 physically and digitally in North America on March 2, and in Europe on March 5. The PC version will be available via Steam on March 29. The game launched in Japan on August 6 last year. T...
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NieR Replicant Remaster's Opening Cinematic Streamed

Game launches for PS4, Xbox One, PC on April 22 in Japan, April 23 outside Japan ― Square Enix began streaming on Wednesday the opening cinematic "attract movie" for NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139..., the remastered version of Cavia and Square Enix's NieR Replicant game. English Japanese The game will launch for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on April 22 in Japan and April 23 outside...
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Evangelion Lipstick Ad Releases Key Animation Frames

In November last year, Evangelion pilot-turned-model Rei Ayanami appeared in an animated ad for Japanese makeup brand KATE. On Friday, the ad campaign released the key animation frames drawn by the ad's animator Mai Yoneyama (Kill la Kill, Promare, Kiznaiver). Yoneyama commented: "When producing this ad, it was difficult to maintain the balance between preserving the character of Rei Ayanami and d...
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Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table ‒ Episode 7

I recognize that I'm very likely being directly influenced by having read the novels available in English, but even without that, it still seems likely that others will find the Elias/Leonardo fight underbaked when compared to other aspects of this episode.
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Healin' Good Precure Streaming

Where the show really succeeds, however, is in truly separating itself from the norms of magical girl series. ― While Healin' Good PreCure is the third Pretty Cure series to become available in English, it is the first to stream as it aired in Japan, albeit starting after the first cour. (Tropical Rouge PreCure, the next in the franchise, will change this by fully simulcasting.) It also had the misfo...

Crunchyroll Adds Tales of Symphonia, Tetsujin 28: Morning Moon of Midday, Like the Clouds, Like the Wind Anime to Catalog

Also: Sanrio's Nutcracker Fantasy stop-motion film ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it is adding the following anime to its catalog on Wednesday. Tales of Symphonia: The Animation Tetsujin 28: Morning Moon of Midday Like the Clouds, Like the Wind Nutcracker Fantasy Crunchyroll will begin streaming Tales of Symphonia: The Animation on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. EST in the U.S. and Canada. The com...

Tubi TV Adds Dr. Slump, Saint Seiya: Hades, One Piece, Toriko, Slam Dunk, More Anime

Also: GeGeGe no Kitaro, Saint Seiya: Saintia Sho, One Piece specials ― Streaming service Tubi TV announced on Wednesday that it is adding seven television anime series and six television specials from Toei Animation, including the English-subtitled Dr. Slump and Saint Seiya: Hades anime. The service will add the following anime series: Dr. Slump Saint Seiya: Hades One Piece Toriko GeGeGe no Kitaro Sl...
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Void Terrarium++ Game Heads West for PS5 in May

Announcement trailer streamed for updated game ― NIS America announced on Wednesday that it will release Nippon Ichi Software's void tRrLM();++ //Void Terrarium++ game for PlayStation 5 on May 18 in North America, May 21 in Europe, and May 25 in Oceania. The company streamed an announcement trailer: The updated version of the void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium (void tRrLM(); //void teRraLiuM) PlayStation...
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Go Nagai's UFO Robot Grandizer Anime Gets New Action Game

French publisher Microids to launch game for consoles, PC ― French publisher Microids (formerly Anuman Interactive) and Dynamic Planning announced on Thursday that they are collaborating on an action game based on the UFO Robot Grendizer anime for game consoles and PC. The companies will announce the game's release date, specific consoles, and title at a later date. Go Nagai, creator of the original ...
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Mushishi Manga Gets New Short in Afternoon Magazine

Chapter will be 1st new manga content since 2013 for franchise ― The official website for Kodansha's Afternoon magazine revealed on Thursday that Yuki Urushibara will publish a new "special short" for the Mushishi manga in the magazine's May issue on March 25. The short is titled "Chikakeru Kage" (The Shadow That Soars Through Land). Mushishi ran in the Afternoon Season Zōkan manga from 1999 through ...
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Demon Slayer Film Listed With Oscar-Qualifying Run in Theater Near Miami Starting Friday

Listed at Landmark Theatres in Coral Gables ― TBS-affiliated Japan News Network service reported on Tuesday that the Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film will have a limited seven-day Oscar-qualifying theatrical run in Miami that will begin this Friday. The Landmark Theatres chain's Merrick Park location in Coral Gables near Miami listed the film as starting to play on ...

The Eminence in Shadow Isekai Light Novels Listed With Anime

Yen Press releases Daisuke Aizawa's novels, manga about manipulative info dealer ― The official Twitter account for the Tsutaya shop chain's Wing Town Okazaki branch posted a photo to promote the new releases from Daisuke Aizawa's The Eminence in Shadow (Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!) franchise on Monday, and the official Twitter account for the Animate chain's Kōfu branch also posted a simila...
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Crunchyroll Adds Space Warrior Baldios, Hells, Sister Princess: Re Pure Anime to Catalog

Juspion tokusatsu show also added ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it has added the Space Warrior Baldios television anime, the Hells and Sister Princess: Re Pure anime, and the Megabeast Investigator Juspion tokusatsu show. Discotek Media is the publisher for all four additions. All four titles are available in the United States and Canada, and Sister Princess Re Pure is also available in the...

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Seven Seas Licenses 2 Manga of 'Shōsetsuka ni Narō' Isekai Fantasy Novels

'Chillin' in Another World with Level 2 Super Cheat Powers' & 'I Got Caught Up In a Hero Summons, but the Other World was at Peace!' ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the Chillin' in Another World with Level 2 Super Cheat Powers and I Got Caught Up In a Hero Summons, but the Other World was at Peace! manga. Seven Seas will release the first volume of Akine Itomachi'...
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Seven Deadly Sins Sequel Manga Gets Simultaneous English Release

1st 5 chapters of Four Knights of the Apocalypse manga already available ― Kodansha Comics announced on Tuesday that it is offering an English digital release of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse (Mokushiroku no Yon-kishi) sequel manga simultaneously with Japan, with the first five chapters already available through Bookwalker, comiXology, Kindle, and Crunchyroll. ...
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Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU ‒ Episode 20

This episode hones in on Satoko's continuing isolation from Rika, her attempts to course correct, and ultimately opening up the door that will lead to Rika's torturous loop.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 963

For one, seeing young Whitebeard and crew is a real treat. Pops is, as always, a balm for weary souls such as mine.
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Otherside Picnic ‒ Episode 8

Different people fear different things." That's a wisdom espoused this week on Otherside Picnic as our characters contend with a more curious, even cuddly kind of cryptid compared to the colloquial creepypastas confronted previously.
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Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town ‒ Episode 8

Even amongst all its hotel hijinx and treant trifles, LasDan still decides to make time for other kinds of stock shenanigans, such as opening with that most hallowed of romance-comedy institutions: The fake dating plot.
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 21-27

KONOSUBA season 2, Food Wars! The Fourth Plate anime; Cells At Work! Baby, ID: INVADED #Brake-Broken manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Acrobunch BDPlease Discotek Media US$39.95 February 23 Bananya and the Curious Bunch BDCite Discotek Media US$24.95 February 23 Brave 10 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Discotek Media US$39.95 February 23 Fairy Tail: Final Season Part 26 BD/DV...
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Back Arrow ‒ Episode 7

The Granedger continues towards the Wall and has nearly arrived at its destination. However, its approach creates new sources of tension.
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Light Novel Author Saginomiya Misaki Announces Health-Related Hiatus

Sankaku no Kyori wa Kagiri Nai Zero ranked #8 in Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! 2019 ― Light novel author Saginomiya Misaki (Sankaku no Kyori wa Kagiri Nai Zero, Hiyori-chan no Onegai wa Zettai) announced on Twitter on Saturday that he will be taking a temporary hiatus from writing between one to several months long due to health reasons. He wrote that he had recently been pushing himself too hard with w...
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Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki ‒ Episode 7

This episode is a bit oddly arranged. The election itself ends anticlimactically halfway through the episode, and the rest of it is concerned with the aftermath.
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Shonen Jump's Naruto: Ninja Arena Art Contest

Draw the Naruto gang playing games and you could win a huge Japanime Games game package. ― Japanime Games is bringing Shonen Jump's Naruto: Ninja Arena, complete set to North America. To celebrate this awesome game coming to our shores, we're running an art contest! Create your interpretation of the Naruto gang playing a board game. Any game you want, it could be Naruto Ninja: Arena, it could be Go,...
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Ragna Crimson GN 1

The visual excitement and artistic fidelity are both beyond excellent. Every frame a painting, to borrow a well-known phrase. Daiki Kobayashi's line work is so crisp, everything has a level of precision and edge that perfectly fit. ― Ragna Crimson is a strange mixed bag of expected and unexpected in the realm of gritty/dark fantasy tales. In many respects its premise and execution are very familiar. ...
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Laid-Back Camp Season 2 ‒ Episode 7

After last week's dance with danger, Laid-Back Camp settles back into its usual tempo of exploratory coziness with Rin and Nadeshiko's parallel solo camping adventures.
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Attack on Titan The Final Season ‒ Episode 11

It speaks to the raw power of Isayama's storytelling that this confrontation between Kaya and Gabi works so damned well, so long as you can accept the broader and more humanistic interpretation of what is happening here.
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PlayStation 5 Gets Next-Generation VR System

System will not launch in 2021 ― Sony announced on Tuesday that it will release a next-generation virtual reality system for the PlayStation 5. The company stated that, compared to the original PS VR for PlayStation 4, its new next-generation VR system will enhance resolution, field of view, tracking, and input. The headset will connect to the PS5 with a single cord. The system will also feature a ne...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S Anime's 1st Promo Video Unveils Cast, Staff

Tatsuya Ishihara directs 2nd season premiering in July ― The official website for the television anime of Coolkyoushinja's Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid manga unveiled the cast, staff, and first promotional video for the show's second season, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S. Tomomi Mineuchi will voice the new character Ilulu. The returning cast includes: Mutsumi Tamura as Kobayashi Yūki Kuwahara as Toh...
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Tropical-Rouge! Precure Anime Film Short Streams Trailer

Short screens with Healin' Good Precure film on March 20 ― The official YouTube channel for the Precure franchise began streaming a trailer for "Eiga Tropical-Rouge! Precure Petit Tobikome! Collabo▽Dance Party!" (Tropical-Rouge! Precure the Movie: Petit Dive! Collaboration▽Dance Party!), the Tropical-Rouge! Precure short, on Tuesday. The short will start screening with the Eiga Healin' Good ♥ Precure...
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Burning Kabaddi TV Anime Casts Top-Tier Souwa High School Team

Hiroki Yasumoto, Kenichi Suzumura, Taku Yashiro, Osamu Uchida, Junichi Yanagita join sports anime ― The official website for the television anime of Hajime Musashino's Burning Kabaddi (Shakunetsu Kabaddi) sports manga announced five cast members for the Souwa High School team, who are among the top four teams in Tokyo's Kantō region, on Tuesday: Hiroki Yasumoto as Ayumu Rokugen, the third-year studen...

Daft Punk Electronic Music Duo Break Up After 28 Years

Duo's Discovery album featured INTERSTELLA 5555 anime with Leiji Matsumoto ― Electronic music duo Daft Punk announced their break-up in a video titled "Epilogue" on their YouTube channel on Monday. The duo, consisting of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter from France, have been producing together under the collective name Daft Punk since 1993. They released four studio albums and two li...

Demon Slayer Film Passes Spirited Away as #1 All-Time Japanese Film Worldwide

Film has earned equivalent of US$399.18 million in Asia alone ― The Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film has sold a total of 27.45 million tickets and earned a cumulative total of 37,776,680,150 yen (about US$359.7 million) in Japan. The film also ranked at #3 in South Korea over the previous weekend, and has earned a cumulative total of 7,308,202,280 South Korean won (...
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Touken Ranbu Game's English Version Confirmed as Not Launching Yet

― The official English Twitter account for Nitroplus and DMM Games' Touken Ranbu Online game confirmed on Monday that the game's English release is not launching yet. The staff will announce the finalized launch date at a later time. Some websites reported that the game would launch on Tuesday, but the finalized official announcement of the English launch had not listed a date. Game platform Johren ...

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J-Novel Club Licenses Culinary Chronicles of the Court Flower Novel Series

Ascendance of a Bookworm: Fanbook also licensed; more titles announced for print ― J-Novel Club announced on Tuesday that it has licensed two new titles: the Culinary Chronicles of the Court Flower light novel series by Miri Mikawa and Kasumi Nagi, and Ascendance of a Bookworm: Official Fanbook for Miya Kazuki's light novel series. Ascendance of a Bookworm: Official Fanbook will be available in both ...
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Seven Seas Licenses LGBT+ Manga Boy Meets Maria

Manga by Kimio Alive's late author PEYO explores LGBT+ relationship ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Monday that it has licensed PEYO's Boy Meets Maria manga, and it will release the manga's one volume both digitally and in print in October. Seven Seas Entertainment describes the manga: Taiga dreams of becoming an actor, so the first thing he does upon entering high school is join the drama cl...
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Live-Action Liar x Liar Film Opens at #2 in Tickets Sold, But #3's Demon Slayer Earned More Yen

Detective Conan: The Scarlet Alibi down to #4; Poupelle, Gintama hang on at #9, #10 ― The live-action film of Renjuro Kindaichi's Liar x Liar manga ranked at #2 (in number of tickets sold) in its opening weekend. The film sold 109,000 tickets and earned 144,973,600 yen (about US$1.38 million) over the weekend. It earned 205,898,980 yen (about US$1.96 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film opened on...
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Kemono Jihen ‒ Episode 7

I'm sure we're all left with the same very important question after this week's episode of Kemono Jihen: what the hell is Inari having Nobimaru do that he instantly recognizes an artificial insemination syringe?
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Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Aqours Idols Get Live-Action Promo Video Featuring Cast

New "We Are Challengers" project also includes CD set, magazine serialization ― The official Twitter account for the Love Live! franchise announced on Monday that Love Live! Sunshine!!'s idol group Aqours will get its first live-action promotional video featuring the group's real-life cast as part of a new project titled "We Are Challengers." The project will also feature a CD set as part of the newl...
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Godzilla Singular Point Anime Reveals Opening Song Artists, March 25 Netflix Japan Debut

BiSH performs opening song "in case..." for 13-episode anime ― The official website for the Godzilla Singular Point anime series revealed the anime's opening theme song artist, new visual (inspired by Showa-era Godzilla movie posters), and premiere date on Tuesday. The idol group BiSH performs the anime's opening theme song "in case..." The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, BS11 and Sun TV ...
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So I'm a Spider, So What? ‒ Episode 7

Even if I wasn't already enamored with this franchise from the novels, episode 7 would have hooked me deeply.
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Weekly Shonen Jump Warns Against Pirated Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Print Copies

Weekly Shonen Jump's official Twitter account posted a warning about pirated versions of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga last Thursday. The tweet included instructions on how to distinguish between pirated print versions and legitimate copies. 【注意】コミックス『鬼滅の刃』紙の海賊版について pic.twitter.com/rAzhj1CfsO— 少年ジャンプ編集部 (@jump_henshubu) February 18, 2021 In particular, the tweet highlight...
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Horimiya ‒ Episode 7

It's really nice to see a story where it's just a piece of the whole thing. It's another step that the characters are taking, and I like that it isn't made into a huge Event.
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Demon Slayer Gets Happy Meal Stickers in McDonald's Japan

McDonald's Japan's official Twitter account announced last Friday that characters from the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba series will be featured in the next Happy Meal. 3/5(金)からの #ハッピーセット に新登場するのは、みんな大好きなあのキャラクター…👀✨分かった方、いますか❓https://t.co/G5Gh6g1U1m pic.twitter.com/L7FQ7w6qAK— マクドナルド (@McDonaldsJapan) February 19, 2021 In addition to the usual toy, each Happy Meal order will now come with a set o...
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World Trigger Season 2 ‒ Episode 6

It's been well established by now that Chika's ungodly amount of trion makes her a force to be reckoned with through pure firepower, but “Strong Will” opens with a good 5 minutes of her effortlessly toppling buildings with the most innocent smile you ever did see.
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EX-ARM ‒ Episode 7

A man looks up from his laptop screen. Across the living room sits a woman, lounging on the couch, scrolling on her phone and looking thoroughly unimpressed.
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Kodansha Comics Licenses 'Girlfriend, Girlfriend,' Nina the Starry Bride, More Manga

Also: The Honey-blood Beauty & Her Vampire, And Yet, You Are So Sweet ― Kodansha Comics announced on Monday four new manga titles that will debut digitally in April. The following titles will debut over consecutive Tuesdays in April: Title: Girlfriend, Girlfriend (Kanojo mo Kanojo) Author: Hiroyuki Debut Date: April 6 Synopsis: Naoya just got a girlfriend, the gorgeous Saki-chan, and though their int...
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The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent Novel 2

The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent is still not quite at the level it needs to be truly good, but it's still improving and is a fun read. ― Among the most interesting parts of the second novel in The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent are the changes that author Yuka Tachibana discusses making in her afterword. Like many, if not most, light novels being translated these days, this series began as a...
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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon ‒ Episode 20

Hold your horses, everyone, and stop the presses, because this is the week that Yashahime has finally seen fit to grace us with an episode that is kind-of okay! Ain't that just somethin'?
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Reddit Anime Awards Crown Chihayafuru 3, Re:Zero Season 2 as Anime of the Year

Jury voted for Chihayafuru, while Re:Zero took the public vote ― While Crunchyroll announced the results of its annual Anime Awards, the /r/anime community also held its annual Anime Awards livestream over the weekend. The subreddit's award ceremony featured both a jury panel and a popular vote across various genres and categories. This year, the jury winner for overall best anime was Chihayafuru 3, ...
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Sk8 the Infinity ‒ Episode 7

Okay, we had a lot of fun at the beach last week, but even then Sk8 the Infinity was sure to remind us that there were some issues brewing for our boarding boys.
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Shonen Jump Dips Below 1.5 Million in Print Circulation

Circulation reportedly fell to 1,475,000 from 1,516,818 in previous quarter ― The Japan Magazine Publishers Association (JMPA) revealed on Friday that print circulation of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine fell to 1,475,000 during the period of October to December 2020. The JMPA had reported the magazine's print circulation at 1,516,818 for July through September 2020. The magazine's print circu...
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation ‒ Episode 7

Actually, calling the episode “predictable” may not be fair. A more accurate statement might be that the episode follows progressions wholly natural and logical for what it is and what it has shown before, including in its use of humor.
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The Promised Neverland Game App Launches in Spring

4 players cooperate in online escape game ― CyberAgent announced on Monday that the game app for The Promised Neverland series will launch for iOS and Android devices this spring with the title Yakusoku no Neverland ~Kariniwa Kara no Dassо̄ (The Promised Neverland: Escape from the Hunting Grounds). The company opened an official website for the game. The game will be an online escape game, in which f...

HIDIVE Apologizes After Posting Twitter Meme About Texas Winter Storm

Company states it did not intend to "belittle the situation" ― Texas-based anime streaming service HIDIVE posted an apology on Twitter on Friday for an internet meme it shared on Twitter on Thursday referencing the Akame ga Kill anime and the winter storm disaster in Texas. The apology clarified that the company and its staff have faced the situation first-hand being situated in Texas and did not int...
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Jujutsu Kaisen ‒ Episode 19

I hope I'm not repeating myself too much when I say just how impressive it is that we've gotten five whole episodes of what is essentially an extended battle sequence, and I'm still not getting bored or impatient.
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Funimation to Stream How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Omega Anime's English Dub

Funimation also streams Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle anime's dub ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will stream the English dub for How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω, the second season of the the television anime of Yukiya Murasaki's How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord light novel series, as part of the spring 2021 anime season. Funimation also announced that it will begin streaming the Englis...
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The Promised Neverland Season 2 ‒ Episode 6

“Episode 6” brings us into the territory of the manga that I already considered to be built on shaky ground.
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Love Live! Superstar!! Anime Premieres in July

New idol group Liella's 1st single debuts digitally on February 28 ― The official Twitter account for the Love Live! franchise announced on Monday that Love Live! Superstar!!, the franchise's new television anime, will premiere on the public broadcaster NHK's E-tele channel in July. The account also revealed that "Liella," the new idol group that will star in the anime, will debut their first single ...
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Longtime Otakon Staffer Chuck Shandry Passes Away

GoFundMe campaign launched for his final expenses ― A GoFundMe campaign launched on Sunday for a memorial fund of longtime Otakon staffer Charles A. "Chuck" Shandry, who recently passed away. He was 67. According to the GoFundMe campaign, Shandry attended the first Otakon in 1994, and he first volunteered for the event in 1996. He preserved items of the convention's history that are now displayed at ...
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Rainbow's Masasumi Kakizaki Ends Spy no Tsuma Manga in Next Chapter

Manga adapts last year's NHK live-action historical drama film ― The March issue of Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine revealed last Friday that Masasumi Kakizaki's manga adaptation of the Spy no Tsuma (The Spy's Wife) live-action television movie will end with its eighth chapter in the magazine's next issue on March 18. The manga's second and final compiled book volume will also ship on the same day. T...
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Planet Ladder's Yuri Narushima Ends Genjū Bunsho Manga in 10th Volume

Sci-fi manga about far future, disaster-ravaged Earth launched in 1996 ― Manga creator Yuri Narushima posted a photo on their Twitter account on February 18 showing the cover of the ninth compiled book volume of their Genjū Bunsho (Records of the Primal Beast) manga. The volume's wraparound jacket band revealed that the manga will end with the 10th volume. The science-fiction manga is set in the far ...

Tokyo Mew Mew New Anime Unveils Main Staff, 2022 TV Premiere

Yumeta Company, Graphinica animate magical girl franchise's return ― The live-streamed "Tokyo Mew Mew New Anime News & Cast Unit Unveiling Online Event '1st MEW▽ting'" announced on Monday the main staff and 2022 broadcast premiere for Tokyo Mew Mew New, the all-new anime of Reiko Yoshida and Mia Ikumi's Tokyo Mew Mew manga. The event also unveiled a new teaser visual: Takahiro Natori (Aria the Crepus...
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Fist of the North Star's Buronson Launches New Manga in May

Too Beat manga centers on Kabukicho pair who solve cases ― The March issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Zōkan magazine revealed on February 17 that manga creators Buronson and Nozaki Hanaichi will launch a new manga titled Too Beat in the magazine's next issue on May 17. The manga will have a color opening page, and the first chapter will have 48 pages. Buronson is credited for the original work, and Ha...
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Omega Anime Reveals Theme Song Artists, Visual, April 8 Debut

Funimation streams English-subtitled video for anime ― The official website for the television anime of Yukiya Murasaki's How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord light novel series revealed the theme song artists and the April 8 debut on Monday for the second season, How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω. Additionally, Funimation is streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the anime, and the show's official webs...
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Shikaruneko Character Inspires Mini-Anime This Spring

wwwaap's mascot cat character scolding readers for mistakes has inspired merchandise, manga ― The official Twitter account for manga creator agency wwwaap's Shikaruneko (Angry Cat) character announced on January 5 that the character is inspiring a mini-anime. The anime will premiere this spring on TV Tokyo. The anime will have 30-second mini-episodes. The character is notable for scolding readers for...
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WIT Studio Streams 3rd Concept Trailer for Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song- TV Anime

Re:ZERO creator Tappei Nagatsuki, scriptwriter Eiji Umehara pen April anime ― The official Twitter account for WIT Studio's original television anime Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song- began streaming the third concept trailer on Friday: オリジナルテレビアニメ「Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-」CONCEPT TRAILER #3<私>が人を愛するとき next ▷ 2021.2.26https://t.co/y75XMH8ffE#ヴィヴィ pic.twitter.com/Pkie6Ug5dM— 「Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-」(ヴィ...
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VTuber Kaede Higuchi Sings I'm Standing on a Million Lives 2nd Season's Opening Song

2nd season of anime premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime of Naoki Yamakawa and Akinari Nao's I'm Standing on a Million Lives (100-Man no Inochi no Ue ni Ore wa Tatteiru) manga revealed last Friday that VTuber Kaede Higuchi will perform the opening theme song for the anime's second season. The second season will premiere in July. The first season premiered in October 2020....
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Cat Manga 'Ore, Tsushima' Gets TV Anime This Summer Starring Akio Ohtsuka, Mayumi Tanaka

Fanworks, Space Neko Company produce anime ― Shogakukan announced on Monday that Opūnokyōdai's Ore, Tsushima cat manga is getting a television anime that will premiere this summer. The anime will star Akio Ohtsuka (One Piece's Blackbeard, Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex's Batou) as the cat Tsushima (first visual below) and Mayumi Tanaka (One Piece's Luffy) as the elderly female character named...

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Seven Seas Licenses 'Do You Like Big Girls?' Manga

1st volume of Gorō Aizome's manga about guy surrounded by athletic women launches in September ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Sunday that it has licensed Gorō Aizome's Do You Like Big Girls? (Ōkii Onnanoko wa Daisuki Desu ka?) manga and will release the first volume digitally and in print under its Ghost Ship mature label in September. Seven Seas describes the manga: Tachibana Souta jumps fr...

In the Land of Leadale VR Isekai Story Gets Anime

Ceez, Tenmaso's story about girl who wakes up in VR game set 200 years later ― Kadokawa announced on Monday that Ceez and Tenmaso's In the Land of Leadale (Leadale no Daichi nite) light novel series is inspiring an anime adaptation. The announcement did not specify the format or the debut date for the anime. Both novel series illustrator Tenmaso and manga adaptation artist Dashio Tsukimi drew illustr...
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Dropkick on my Devil!! X Anime Confirms Kushiro Episode

Anime's 3rd season aimed to collaborate with 4 cities ― The official website for the city of Kushiro in Hokkaido prefecture confirmed its collaboration with Dropkick on my Devil!! X, the third season of the anime adaptations of Yukiwo's Dropkick on My Devil! (Jashin-chan Dropkick) manga, on Friday. The anime will have an episode set in the city, as well as merchandise. The collaboration with the city...
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Santa Inoue Launches Zange Manga on March 9

"Psycho suspense" manga to run in Young Champion magazine ― This year's sixth issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion magazine revealed on Monday that Santa Inoue will launch a new manga titled Zange in the magazine's seventh issue on March 9. The "psycho suspense" manga will follow a very normal family embroiled in "overwhelming" violence. Inoue launched the Santa no LA Life 50-sai no Mangaka ga Kazo...
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Legal Egg Manga Ends on March 9

Homura Kawamoto, Yasoko Momen launched manga about legal apprentice in April 2020 ― The official website for Kodansha's Evening magazine revealed on Monday that Homura Kawamoto and Yasoko Momen's Legal Egg manga will end in the magazine's sixth issue on March 9. The manga's third and final volume will ship on April 23. Kawamoto and Momen launched the manga in Evening in April 2020. The magazine had t...
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Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu Joins My Hero One's Justice 2 Game as 4th DLC Character

Character launches this winter ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the character Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu will join Bandai Namco Entertainment's My Hero One's Justice 2 video game as the game's fourth DLC character. The character is releasing this winter. The game launched for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in March 2020....

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Season 1, Hunter x Hunter Seasons 1-3 Leave Netflix U.S. on March 7 (Updated)

Anime premiered in 2012, 2011 respectively ― Netflix U.S. is currently listing that season 1 of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure television anime and seasons 1-3 of the Hunter x Hunter anime are leaving Netflix on March 7. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure premiered in Japan in October 2012. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released Parts 1 and 2 of the series on DVD with an English dub in September 2015. Netflix ...
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Guilty Gear Character to Appear in Samurai Shodown Game's 3rd Season Pass

DLC character Cham Cham releases on March 16 ― SNK announced on Sunday during the Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable that its Samurai Shodown (Samurai Spirits) fighting game will feature a character from the Guilty Gear franchise as the fourth DLC character in its 3rd Season Pass. The company also announced that the game will release the DLC character Cham Cham with its 3rd Season Pass on Marc...
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King of Fighters XV Game Reveals Trailer for Chizuru Kagura

Latest installment in SNK's fighting game franchise to launch this year ― SNK Corporation revealed during the "Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable" event on Sunday the members of the "Team Sacred Treasures" for its The King of Fighters XV game. The members include Kyo Kusanagi, Iori Yagami, and Chizuru Kagura. The King of Fighters XV will launch in 2021. The game's initial roster includes: Shun...
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Tekken 7 Reveals New Female DLC Character for Release in Early Spring

Character features motif of Polish prime minister ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed during the "Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable" event on Sunday that it is adding a new DLC character to its Tekken 7 game with a motif of a female Polish prime minister. The company will reveal a full trailer for the character "soon," but streamed a short teaser during the event. The character will arrive ...
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ARIKA Reveals Fighting Ex Layer: Another Dash Switch Game for 2021

Company reveals trailer for new game with new "Ex-Action" system ― Video game developer ARIKA revealed during the "Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable" event on Sunday that it is developing the Fighting Ex Layer: Another Dash fighting game for Nintendo Switch. The game is slated to release this year. ARIKA also streamed a trailer for the game. ARIKA will reveal more information about the game a...
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I-NO Joins Guilty Gear -Strive- Game as Final Initial Roster Character

Game launches for April 6 on PS4, PS5, PC ― Arc System Works revealed during the "Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable" event on Sunday that the 15th and final initial roster character in its Guilty Gear -Strive- fighting game is I-NO. The publisher also revealed a trailer for the character during the event. Arc System Works will launch Guilty Gear -Strive- on April 6, 2021 for the Deluxe and Ul...
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Aria the Crepuscolo Film's New Video Previews Kiyono Yasuno's Ending Theme

Film celebrating anime franchise's 15th anniversary opens on March 5 ― Singer Kiyono Yasuno posted a special promo video on Saturday for Aria the Crepuscolo, the new theatrical anime film project celebrating the Aria anime's 15th anniversary. Yasuno is performing the opening theme song "Felicità" and the ending theme song "echoes," the latter of which is previewed in the above video. Yasuno is also p...
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Mewkledreamy Mix! Sequel Anime Reveals New Character, Visual, April Debut

Sequel to series based on Sanrio's character line introduces new character Chia-chan ― The official Twitter account for the television anime based on Sanrio's Mewkledreamy character line revealed on Sunday that the show's new season, titled Mewkledreamy Mix!, will premiere in April. The Twitter account also revealed a new visual for the show as well as a new character, Chia-chan. The first season pre...
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Seven Seas Adds Time Stop Hero, Level 1 Demon Lord and One Room Hero Manga

Time Stop Hero fantasy series from author of Princess Resurrection launches in English in September ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Saturday that it has licensed Yasunori Mitsunaga's Time Stop Hero (Jikan Teishi Yūsha: Yomei 3-ka no Settei Ja Sekai wo Sukū ni wa Mijikasugiru) manga and Toufu's Level 1 Demon Lord and One Room Hero (LV1 Maō to One Room Yūsha) manga. Seven Seas describes Time St...
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Healin' Good Precure Film's Trailer Previews Rie Kitagawa, Machico's Songs

Original forms also previewed for film opening on March 20 ― The official YouTube channel for the Precure franchise began streaming a video on Sunday for Eiga Healin' Good ♥ Precure Yume no Machi de Kyun! tto GoGo!, Toei Animation's upcoming 18th anime film for the Precure franchise. The video previews Rie Kitagawa's song "Grace Flowers" and Machico's song "Yakusoku" (Promise). The video also preview...
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Toei Posts 'Baton Passing' Video Ahead of Tropical-Rouge! Precure Premiere

TV ad also streamed for new series premiering on February 28 ― Toei Animation posted a "A Message for Passing the Baton from Cure Grace to Cure Summer" video on Sunday. Toei Animation has been posting similar videos in the past before a new Precure series premiered. In the above video, Cure Grace from the Healin' Good Precure series thanks everyone for their support over the last year, and introduces...

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Sankaku Head Draws 3-Chapter Mini Manga

Final volume of author's Made in Hikkomuse manga shipped last month ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Sankaku Head will draw a three-chapter manga titled Ore no Yome no Yome no Ore (My Wife's Wife's Me) starting in the magazine's 13th issue on February 25. Sankaku Head's Made in Hikkomuse (or Maid in Hikkomuse) manga debuted in Weekly Young Ju...
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Yui Kuroe's Project Scard: Kemono-tachi no Seigi Manga Ends

Compiled volume to ship on March 5 ― The March issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge published the final chapter on Wednesday of Yui Kuroe's Project Scard: Kemono-tachi no Seigi (The Justice of Beasts) manga. Kuroe launched the manga in Shonen Magazine Edge on September 17. Kodansha will publish the manga's one compiled volume on March 5. Kuroe previously drew four manga for GoHands' K franchise: ...
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Kenshiro Sakamoto Launches Yūcha to Maō Manga

"Adoration comedy" manga follows little girl adventurer, strongest Demon King ― Manga creator Kenshiro Sakamoto revealed on Pixiv Fanbox on February 15 that he launched a new manga titled Yūcha to Maō (The Brave and the Demon King) on GOTcorporation's Comic MeDu website on Friday. The "adoration comedy" manga follows a little girl hero and the strongest Demon King. The Demon King has defeated every w...
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Jiro Ando Ends Shiroi Kyotō Manga in March

Manga based on novel about career surgeon launched in 2018 ― The April issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic Bunch magazine revealed on Saturday that Jiro Ando's Shiroi Kyotō (The White Tower) manga will end in the magazine's May issue. Ando launched the manga in the same magazine in October 2018. Shinchosha published the manga's third volume in January 2020. The manga adapts Toyoko Yamasaki's 1965 nov...
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