Japanese Law Office Receives Bomb Threat Following Touhou Project Fans' Trademark Rights Controversy

YouTuber Yuzuha registered trademark of "Yukkuri Chabangeki" to Touhou Project fans' ire

New Urusei Yatsura Anime's 1st Animated Video Unveils More Cast & Staff, October Premiere

Wataru Takagi, Miyuki Sawashiro, Gundam: IBO & 2019 Fruits Basket composer Masaru Yokoyama join david production series

Seven Seas Reveals GL/BL Labels; Licenses The Titan's Bride, More Manga

Girls' Love/Boys' Love labels to include manga, light novel titles

Adult Swim Announces Rick and Morty: The Anime, Ninja Kamui Anime

Both anime to premiere on Adult Swim, HBO Max

The Spring 2022 Manga Guide

Today's manga updates include works from fan-favorite creators like Mushi-shi's Yuki Urushibara and Lychee Light Club's The Music of Marie as well as three familiar birds hitting up Japan. Plus 15 more manga reviews to browse!

This Week in Anime - The Executioner and Her Way Hot Wife

Who knew that the answer to the isekai trend was bringing together a group of murder wives and letting them go hog-wild?

Crunchyroll's Move Back to In-Person Dub Recording Sparks Union Discussion

ANN confirmed with multiple industry sources familiar with Crunchyroll's dubbing procedure that the company is focusing on casting Texas-based talent in its dubs. This season's dub cast list has half as many actors outside the Lone Star State.

This Week in Anime - Dance Dance Danseur for Your Life

Jumpei is just a middle school kid who wants to be cool and manly. Yet, deep inside him is a growing need to dance and not just any dance, ballet. Dive in to anime about being true to yourself and letting your inner self sparkle!

The Algorithmic Rise of Isekai Light Novels

Isekai light novels are here to stay, in part thanks to retailers' own systemic recommendations. Kim Morrissy explains how Amazon and other online stores help push sales.
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Shin Ultraman

Shin Ultraman is a perfectly watchable film—though far from a great one. It's clear that the exceptional amount of creative freedom was given to the creators which brings the film to its highest highs and lowest lows. ― Before we get into this review, I think I need to make one thing absolutely clear: I'm in no way a hardcore Ultraman fan (nor am I a hater). While I know the basics through cultural o...
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The Spring 2022 Manga Guide

Today's manga updates include works from fan-favorite creators like Mushi-shi's Yuki Urushibara and Lychee Light Club's The Music of Marie as well as three familiar birds hitting up Japan. Plus 15 more manga reviews to browse! ― Banner art by catfish Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2022 Manga Guide! You may have seen one of our seasonal Anime Preview Guides, where a team of critics writes up ...

The Newest Manga App of 2022 Is Here! ~ Mangapon: Daily Comic App! ~

Available to download (iOS / Android) for free in over 70 countries including the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and more! ― Available to download (iOS / Android) for free in over 70 countries including the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and more! App launched on April 4th, 2022. WWWave of America Corp. has recently released Mangapon, a free manga reading app containing popular and exciting Jap...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2022, May 6-12

Demon Girl and Heroines are keeping their high momentum from the previous week. Discover which other series are shooting upward in our weekly user rankings! ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based...
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Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Film Gets 4D, IMAX, Dolby Cinema Screenings in Japan

IMAX screenings start on June 11 with 4D screenings starting on June 25 ― Toei Animation announced on Friday that Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise, will screen in IMAX, 4DX, MX4D, and Dolby Cinemas in Japan alongside normal screenings. The film will screen in IMAX starting on June 11, in 4DX and MX4D starting on June 25, and in Dolby Cinemas star...
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Golden Kamuy Manga Wins Japan Cartoonists Association Award

Taizan 5, Takao Saito, more also win awards ― The Japan Cartoonists Association (JCA) announced the winners of the 51st Japan Cartoonists Association Awards on Monday. Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga won the grand prize in the Comic division, and Koji Chiriakuta's Teinei na Kurashi wo Suru Gaki manga won the Cartoon division. Each grand prize includes a gold plaque, medal, and 500,000 yen (about US$...
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Man With a Mission Bassist Kamikaze Boy Goes on Hiatus

Band posts bassist's apology after tabloid site reports on alleged affair ― The official website for the Man With a Mission band announced on Thursday that the band's bassist and background vocalist Kamikaze Boy will go on hiatus from band activity, following a "media report." The Bunshun Online tabloid site had reported on Monday about Kamikaze Boy allegedly stepping into a hotel with a woman on Apr...
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Julietta Suzuki's Meitantei Kо̄ko wa Yūutsu Manga Ends in June

Manga about young girl detective launched in September 2020 ― This year's 12th issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Friday that Julietta Suzuki's Meitantei Kо̄ko wa Yūutsu (Detective Kо̄ko is Melancholy) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 3. The manga is set during the height of the Showa era, and centers on a little girl named Kōko who is in training to become a d...
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Something's Wrong With Us Manga Gets 2nd Side Story in July

1st "Shinkon-hen: Sakurairo no Renga" side story debuted in December, compiled in 17th volume ― The 17th compiled book volume for Natsumi Ando's Something's Wrong With Us (Watashi-tachi wa Dōka Shiteiru) manga revealed on May 13 that the manga will have a second side story that will launch in the August issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine on July 1. While the main manga ended with the 16th volume, t...
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Shoko Hidaka's Anti-Romance Boys-Love Manga Ends

Seven Seas licensed manga, releases 1st volume in September ― The July issue of Gentosha's Rutile magazine published the final chapter of Shoko Hidaka's Anti-Romance manga on Friday. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga, and will release the first volume on September 20. The company describes the manga: Suou and Ryou have been friends since childhood. The hairstylist and writer have lived toge...
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Fathom Events to Screen Macross Frontier Anime Films in U.S. in June

Fathom Events had screened Macross Plus Movie Edition film in U.S. on December 14 ― Fathom Events announced on Thursday that it will screen the Macross Frontier: The False Songstress (Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime) and Macross Frontier: The Wings of Farewell (Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa) anime films in the United States in June. Macross Frontier: The False Songstress will screen on ...

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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Gekitotsu #34 [rate]
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Ya Boy Kongming! ‒ Episode 8

I am absolutely smitten with the depiction of Eiko and Nanami's relationship, and you're just going to need to put up with it as it sways my opinion of this series for the foreseeable future.
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Dance Dance Danseur ‒ Episode 6

While not as thrilling as its predecessor, this episode deftly handles the Swan Lake fall out and gives Jumpei the space to grow and finally take his first real step as a ballet student.
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Persona Series Character Designer Draws Support Image for Voice Actor Billy Kametz

Atlus West, Shigenori Soejima wished Kametz well in his ongoing treatment for cancer ― The Persona game series' original character designer Shigenori Soejima wished voice actor Billy Kametz well in his ongoing fight against stage IV colon cancer. The official Atlus West Twitter account shared an image of Kametz's character Takuto Maruki from Persona 5 Royal giving a thumbs up with the text "Get Well ...
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Spy×Family Anime Adds 4 English Dub Cast Members for School Students

Caitlin Glass, Dani Chambers, Macy Anne Johnson, Michelle Rojas join cast ― Crunchyroll revealed on Thursday four English cast members for the television anime of Tatsuya Endō's SPY×FAMILY manga. The school students appear in the sixth episode: The new cast members include: Caitlin Glass as Damian Desmond Dani Chambers as Becky Blackbell Macy Anne Johnson as Emile Elman Michelle Rojas as Ewen Egeberg...
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Attack on Titan Pushed Annihilation Director to Rethink Horror Film Men

"That's the nice stuff about other people's good work — it sort of lifts everyone a bit, you know?" ― Director Alex Garland has a new horror film opening this weekend, the provocatively titled Men from indie film favorite A24. The film follows a woman named Harper, played by Jessie Buckley, who travels to the British countryside following a recent trauma (if the surreal trailer is anything to go by, ...
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Netflix Streams New Shaman King Anime's Final Set of Episodes on May 26

Trailer previews new episodes ― Netflix posted a trailer on Thursday for the new television anime of Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga, and it confirms that the fourth and final set of episodes will begin streaming on the service on May 26. The new Shaman King anime premiered in April 2021. Netflix began streaming the anime worldwide in August 2021. The anime ended with 52 episodes. The anime adapte...
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Mari Yamazaki's Olympia Kyklos Manga Resumes, Nears Climax

Manga went on hiatus last August ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Mari Yamazaki's Olympia Kyklos manga will return from hiatus in the magazine's next issue on June 1, and it will near its climax. The manga went on hiatus in August last year so that Yamazaki can do preparatory work on the manga. It was originally announced with a return in winter. C...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Anime's 10th Anniversary Exhibit Opens in Tokyo in August

The JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime's 10th anniversary exhibit will run in Tokyo's Sunshine City from August 10 to September 4. It will then move to Hokkaido, Niigata, Aichi, Osaka, and Fukuoka at later dates. The exhibit will display original new illustrations, behind-the-scenes information from the anime's production, and a special video. In addition, the Tokyo venue will hold an advance opening ...
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Hirano and Kagiura Manga Temporarily Moves to Quarterly Serialization

Yen Press licensed manga spinoff of Sasaki and Miyano, releases 1st volume in October ― The June issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine revealed last week that Shō Harusono's Hirano and Kagiura manga will temporarily move to a quarterly serialization schedule (one new chapter every three months). The magazine will announce when the manga will move back to a monthly serialization schedule at ...
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Shin Ultraman

Shin Ultraman is a perfectly watchable film—though far from a great one. It's clear that the exceptional amount of creative freedom was given to the creators which brings the film to its highest highs and lowest lows. ― Before we get into this review, I think I need to make one thing absolutely clear: I'm in no way a hardcore Ultraman fan (nor am I a hater). While I know the basics through cultural o...
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Gegege no Kitaro Stage Play Reveals Visual of Cast in Costume

Play to run in Tokyo in July-August 2022 ― The official website for the new stage play adaptation of Shigeru Mizuki's GeGeGe no Kitarō manga revealed a new visual of the cast in costume on Wednesday. The stage play will star: (from left to right in image above) Taro Yabe as Konaki-jijii Yūko Asano as Sunakake Baba Takashi Fujii as Nezumi Otoko Yoshihiko Aramaki as Gegege no Kitaro Sumire Uesaka as Ne...
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Uniqlo Announces SPY×FAMILY T-Shirts

Uniqlo Japan announced a new lineup of four SPY×FAMILY T-shirts, which will go on sale in the online and physical stores from June 3. Each shirt costs 1,500 yen (approximately US$11). Particularly noteworthy is the shirt which depicts Anya tucked away in a shirt pocket. This shirt is also inspired by the series' Stella star motif, which indicate whether a student is "Elegant" or "Not Elegant." Hop...
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Deaimon: Recipe for Happiness ‒ Episode 7

Nagomu's very much caught up in her own idea of what it means to be “perfect,” and we seasoned anime viewers know that that's more a recipe for disaster than for anything else.
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The Spring 2022 Manga Guide

Today's manga updates include works from fan-favorite creators like Mushi-shi's Yuki Urushibara and Lychee Light Club's The Music of Marie as well as three familiar birds hitting up Japan. Plus 15 more manga reviews to browse! ― Banner art by catfish Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2022 Manga Guide! You may have seen one of our seasonal Anime Preview Guides, where a team of critics writes up ...
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Coolkyoushinja's Futari Bocchi no Otasā no Hime Manga Ends in 5th Volume

Manga ends around chapter 100 ― The fourth compiled book volume of Coolkyoushinja's Futari Bocchi no Otasā no Hime manga revealed on Wednesday that the manga will end in the fifth volume at around chapter 100. The manga debuted in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine in April 2020. Coolkyoushinja launched a one-shot in 2019 prior to creating the series. Coolkyoushinja launched the Heion Sedai no ida...
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Birdie Wing -Golf Girls' Story- ‒ Episode 7

This is the most focused episode of the series so far, revolving entirely around their golf bout to the death, yet it also contains some of its wildest twists and most flagrant disregard for the tenets of the sport.
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Monster Hunter Rise's Sunbreak Expansion Videos Preview 4 More Weapons

Videos preview Great Sword, Hammer, Insect Glaive, Hunting Horn ― Capcom began streaming four more videos on Wednesday previewing the new weapon moves available in the Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak expansion for the Monster Hunter Rise game. Great Sword Hammer Insect Glaive Hunting Horn The expansion will debut for Switch and PC via Steam on June 30. Players who already own the base Monster Hunter Ri...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero Game's Trailer Previews Characters

Game launches on September 27 in N. America, September 30 in Europe ― NIS America began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for the The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero game. The video previews the characters from Crossbell: The game will launch for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on September 27 in North America and on September 30 in Europe. The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero (The Legend ...
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Heroines Run the Show #7 [rate]
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Skeleton Knight in Another World #7 [rate]
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GKIDS Acquires 'Goodbye, Don Glees!' Anime Film

Film screens subbed/dubbed in N. America this year ― GKIDS announced on Thursday that it has acquired the North American rights to Atsuko Ishizuka and Madhouse's Goodbye, Don Glees original anime film, and it will screen the movie in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub this year. The film opened on February 18. The film is screening at this year's Annecy International Animation Fi...
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Ya Boy Kongming! #8 [rate]

Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens Anime Debuts on Disney XD, Hulu in U.S. in June

June 6 on Disney XD, June 7 on Hulu ― Konami announced on Thursday that it will launch the Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens anime in the U.S. in June 6 on Disney XD and June 7 on Hulu. The seventh main anime series in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise premiered on TV Tokyo and BS-TV Tokyo in April 2020. The anime suspended production after the fifth episode aired in May 2020, but then resumed broadcast in June 2020, and began...
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Miss Shachiku and the Little Baby Ghost #7 [rate]

New Urusei Yatsura Anime's 1st Animated Video Unveils More Cast & Staff, October Premiere

Wataru Takagi, Miyuki Sawashiro, Gundam: IBO & 2019 Fruits Basket composer Masaru Yokoyama join david production series ― The official website for the new television anime of Rumiko Takahashi's Urusei Yatsura manga posted the anime's first full promotional video with animation footage and first key visual on Thursday. The video announces two more cast members, more staff members, and the October prem...
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Date A Live IV Anime Casts Yumiri Hanamori as Nibelcole

Nibelcole debuts in episode 9 on May 27 ― Kadokawa announced on Thursday that Yumiri Hanamori will join the cast of the Date A Live IV anime as the character Nibelcole. Nibelcole will debut in episode 9, which will premiere on May 27. The anime premiered on the AT-X channel on April 8. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs and is also streaming an English dub. The anime was originally slated...

Crunchyroll Releases Makoto Shinkai's Suzume no Tojimari Film Outside Asia in Early 2023

Crunchyroll screens film in cooperation with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International ― Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Wild Bunch International announced on Thursday that they will release Suzume no Tojimari (literally, Suzume's Door-Locking), Makoto Shinkai's first new film in three years, worldwide except in Asia in early 2023. Crunchyroll will handle North American dist...
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Golgo 13 Manga Gets 2nd Spinoff Manga in July

New spinoff teases "well-known" girl as main lead ― The June issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Zōkan magazine revealed on Tuesday that Takao Saito's long-running Golgo 13 manga will get a new spinoff manga. The magazine did not reveal the title, and only showed a silhouette of the main character. However, the magazine did tease that the character is a girl who is popular and well-known among fans of th...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Sequel Films Cast Yuta Hiraoka as Miles

1st film opens on Friday, second film on June 24 ― The official website for Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen - Fukushūsha Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter - The Avenger Scar) and Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen - Saigo no Rensei (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter - The Last Transmutation), the two live-action sequel films in the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise, revealed on Thursda...

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Compile Heart Reveals Fairy Fencer F Refrain Chord RPG for September Launch

PS5/PS4/Switch tactical RPG revolves around "songstresses" ― Compile Heart announced on Thursday that it is developing a new game in its Fairy Fencer F series. Fairy Fencer F Refrain Chord will launch on September 15 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Switch as part of Compile Heart's new brand Galapagos RPG Evolve. The tactical role-playing game features the return of series characters Fang and T...
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Live-Action Way of the Househusband Film's Clip Shows Tragicomic Consequences of Gossiping

Masa, Yukari showcased from film opening on June 3 ― Sony Pictures began streaming a clip on Thursday from Gokushufudō the Cinema, the live-action film of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga. The clip shows Masa gossiping to Yukari about a relationship (or lack thereof) between Tatsu and Torajirō's sister Koharu, with Yukari getting annoyed at Masa for only talking about Ko...
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Seven Seas Reveals GL/BL Labels; Licenses The Titan's Bride, More Manga

Girls' Love/Boys' Love labels to include manga, light novel titles ― Seven Seas announced on Wednesday new Girls' Love and Boys' Love labels for its books. The company also revealed that it has licensed the The Titan's Bride (BL), There's No Freaking Way I'll Be Your Lover! Unless... (GL) light novel series and manga, Entangled with You: The Garden of 100 Grasses (BL), I'm Kinda Chubby and I'm Your H...
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Estab-Life: Great Escape #10 [rate]

Japanese Law Office Receives Bomb Threat Following Touhou Project Fans' Trademark Rights Controversy

YouTuber Yuzuha registered trademark of "Yukkuri Chabangeki" to Touhou Project fans' ire ― The Mainichi reported on Tuesday that in the early morning of May 16, a person sent a bomb threat to the Kai Intellectual Property Law Office in the Chiba Prefecture city of Sakura. This news followed after YouTuber Yuzuha on May 15 registered the trademark of "Yukkuri Chabangeki," which refers to disembodied h...
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Studio Chizu Films Get Orchestral Concert in August

Performers include Masakatsu Takagi, Hanako Oku, Ann Sally ― The works of Studio Chizu, the production company behind Mamoru Hosoda films like Mirai and BELLE, are inspiring their first orchestral concert in the Tokyo International Forum on August 14 to commemorate the first anniversary of BELLE's release. The concert will feature performances by Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Masakatsu Takagi (Wolf C...
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Chainsaw Man, Kaiju No. 8, Spy×Family, More Manga Nominated for Eisner Awards

Also: Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead ― Comic-Con International announced the nominees for this year's Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards on Wednesday. The following manga were nominated in the Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia category: Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man (translated by Amanda Haley) Naoya Matsumoto's Kaiju No. 8 (translated by Da...
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'Shin Japan Heroes Universe' Project Unveils Amusement Attractions in Bandai Namco Stores

Crossover project assembles Hideaki Anno's Shin Godzilla, Evangelion, Ultraman, Kamen Rider films for events, merch ― The Shin Japan Heroes Universe collaboration project between the Shin Godzilla, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), Shin Ultraman, and Shin Kamen Rider films announced the "Shin Japan Heroes Amusement World" mini-theme park space, which will open ...

The Newest Manga App of 2022 Is Here! ~ Mangapon: Daily Comic App! ~

Available to download (iOS / Android) for free in over 70 countries including the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and more! ― Available to download (iOS / Android) for free in over 70 countries including the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and more! App launched on April 4th, 2022. WWWave of America Corp. has recently released Mangapon, a free manga reading app containing popular and exciting Jap...
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AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative Sequel Game's Trailer Previews Characters

Game launches in N. America on June 24 ― The official YouTube channel for PlayStation began streaming on Wednesday an English trailer for AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative, the sequel game to Kōtarō Uchikoshi's AI: The Somnium Files. The video previews the game's characters. The game will still launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Windows 10 and Steam in North Amer...
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Yosuga no Sora Anime Gets Marathon Stream on May 23 to Commemorate Kiss Day

Romance anime adaptation of adult bishōjo computer game debuted in 2010 ― In Japan, May 23 designates Kiss Day in memory of the first ever release of a Japanese movie that included a kiss scene (May 23, 1946). To commemorate this auspicious date, Abema will stream all 12 episodes of the Yosuga no Sora romance anime on its Anime Live2 Channel. The marathon stream will be held three times throughout th...
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The Caligula Effect 2 Game Gets PC Version on June 22

2 trailers streamed ― historia announced on Wednesday that FuRyu's The Caligula Effect 2 sequel game will get a release on PC via Steam worldwide on June 22 (June 23 in Japan). A new "Retro Tatefushi Uniform" costume will be available at the PC version's launch. The costume will also come to the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch versions at a later date. The game launched for Nintendo Switch and Play...
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Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World Anime Reveals Theme Songs

Shiori Mikami performs opening, plays Roxanne in series ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Shachi Sogano's Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World (Isekai Meikyū de Harem o) manga revealed the opening and ending theme songs on Wednesday. Shiori Mikami, who plays Roxanne in the series, will perform the opening theme song "Oath." The ending theme song will be titled "Shinshi no ...
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Voice Actress Maaya Uchida Returns After COVID-19 Recovery

Uchida was diagnosed on May 8 ― Talent management agency I'm Enterprise announced on Tuesday that voice actress Maaya Uchida is returning to work after recovering from COVID-19. Uchida expressed on Twitter that she was happy to be back in good health and that her break was tough. Uchida was diagnosed with COVID-19 on May 8. "Uchida Maaya to Ohanashi Shimasen?," the radio program that Uchida hosts, ca...
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Healer Girl ‒ Episode 7

The cast has undeniable vocal talent that each song is written to complement, and it turns out adding some solid guitar and percussion behind it all makes for a damn good slice of anisong.
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Love to Lie Angle's merryhachi Launches Zenbu Kimi no Sei da Manga on June 17

New "yuri cosplay comedy battle" series to run in Ultra Jump magazine ― The official website for Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Merryhachi will launch a new manga titled Zenbu Kimi no Sei da (It's All Your Fault) in the magazine's July issue on June 17. The manga's first chapter will have an opening color page. Ultra Jump describes the manga as a "yuri cosplay comedy battle"...
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Deaimon #7 [rate]

Anime Central 2022 to Require Masks in Certain Areas, Events

Masks required at guest/panelist events, dances, exhibit hall ― The staff for the Anime Central (ACen) event confirmed on Wednesday which areas and events would require masks at this year's event: All guest and panelist events Dances Exhibit Hall Artist Alley Gaming and Entertainment Hall Staff will be enforcing masks in these areas. The convention is still strongly recommending that its attendees we...
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Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 3 ‒ Episode 32

Appropriately enough as the story of Bookworm has moved into the Spring, a major component of the plot for this episode is babies!

Adult Swim Announces Rick and Morty: The Anime, Ninja Kamui Anime

Both anime to premiere on Adult Swim, HBO Max ― Adult Swim announced on Wednesday that it has greenlit two new anime series: Rick and Morty: The Anime and Ninja Kamui. Both series will premiere on Adult Swim and HBO Max. Takashi Sano (Tower of God) will direct the ten-episode Rick and Morty: The Anime series at Telecom Animation Film (Lupin III, Shenmue the Animation). He previously directed the "Ric...
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Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie ‒ Episode 6

Episode 6, “With Fireworks Comes Summer's End,” is a send-off of sorts, wrapping up our three-episode summer vacation arc with everyone's favorite: a Japanese festival, complete with fireworks!
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RPG Real Estate #7 [rate]
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The Rising of The Shield Hero Season 2 #7 [rate]
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A Couple of Cuckoos ‒ Episode 4

This week's episode throws a wrench into the larger “will Nagi and Erika get married or not?” plot that's kinda got me a little excited.
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The Greatest Demon Lord is Reborn as a Typical Nobody #7 [rate]
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One Piece ‒ Episodes 1016-1017

I can only say that the battle on the roof of Onigashima is perhaps the MOST Wano of all Wano thus far.
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Lycoris Recoil Anime Profiles Irrepressible Chisato in 1st Character Video

Chika Anzai stars in July anime about café from Sword Art Online/Wagnaria!! designer Shingo Adachi ― The official website for director Shingo Adachi's original television anime Lycoris Recoil posted the anime's first character promotional video on Wednesday. The video introduces the cafe staff member Chisato Nishikigi: The always smiling Chisato lives for the present moment. She is sentimental and ea...
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Orient Anime's 2nd Part Introduces Uesugi Bushi Warriors in Video

"Awajishima Gekitō-hen" arc premieres in July ― The staff for the television anime of Shinobu Ohtaka's Orient manga posted an "Uesugi Bushi-dan" (Uesugi Bushi or Uesugi's Warriors) promotional video and the third main visual of Musashi and Michiru for the anime's second cours (quarter of a year) on Wednesday. The video features the first footage from the anime's next part and introduces the members o...
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Komi Can't Communicate #16 [rate]
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Kenshi Yonezu Tops Weekly Downloads in Japan With Record 10th Single, Shin Ultraman's 'M87'

Single downloaded 37,250 times in 1st 3 days ― Kenshi Yonezu's "M87" has been downloaded 37,250 times in the first three days since it debuted digitally on May 12, and it ranked #1 on Oricon's weekly digital single ranking for the May 9-15 week. It is Yonezu's 10th single to rank #1 — more than any other performing act in Japan. The song is the theme song for Studio Khara's new Shin Ultraman (New Ult...

Netflix Lays Off 150 Employees, Mostly in the U.S.

The Hollywood Reporter: 70 roles eliminated in animation division ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Tuesday that Netflix is laying off about 150 employees, mostly based in the United States. Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter added that the layoffs affect about two percent of the company's workforce, and that Netflix is also changing its animation division with 70 roles ...

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Birdie Wing -Golf Girls' Story- #7 [rate]
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Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Anime Season 2's English-Subtitled Clip Shows Takashi in Combat

Season debuts on Netflix worldwide on Monday ― Netflix began streaming an English-subtitled clip for the second season of the Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 anime on Wednesday. The video highlights the post-human character Takashi in a hand-to-hand combat scene. The second season will premiere worlwide on Netflix on Monday. Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki are again directing the project at Production...
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Shinta Harekawa's Sempai! Danjite Koi de wa! BL Manga Gets Live-Action Show

Office romantic comedy stars Kamen Rider franchise's Toshiki Seto, Shūichirō Naitō ― MBS announced on Wednesday that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of Shinta Harekawa's Sempai! Danjite Koi de wa! (Sempai! Anything But Romance) boys-love manga. The series will have eight episodes, and will star Toshiki Seto (left in image below, Kamen Rider Ex-Aid) as Yūki Kaneda, and Shūichirō Naitō ...
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Live-Action Doronjo Show Casts Elaiza Ikeda as Yatterman Villainess

Show centering on iconic antagonist premieres this fall ― The official website for Tatsunoko Pro Sōritsu 60-shūnen Kinen WOWOW Original Drama Doronjo (Tatsunoko Production 60th Anniversary WOWOW Original Drama Doronjo), WOWOW's live-action television show centering on the Yatterman villain Doronjo, revealed on Wednesday that Elaiza Ikeda (live-action All Esper Dayo!, Sadako, Komi Can't Communicate) w...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 15-21

Belle, SSSS.DYNAZENON anime; Colorless, Crazy Food Truck manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Belle BDPlease GKIDS US$26.98 May 17 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 12 BDCite Viz Media US$44.98 May 17 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 12 DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Viz Media US$39.99 May 17 Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot BDPlease Ani...
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My Boyfriend in Orange Manga Creator Draws Birthday Illustration of Live-Action Film Actor

Film starring Snow Man idol group member Hikaru Iwamoto opens in Japan on July 18 ― My Boyfriend in Orange (Moekare wa Orange-iro) manga creator Non Tamashima drew an original illustration to commemorate the birthdays of actor Hikaru Iwamoto and the character he plays in the live-action film adaptation, the firefighter Kyōsuke. Kyōsuke celebrates his birthday on May 15, while Iwamoto's is on May 17. ...
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Monster Hunter Rise's Sunbreak Expansion Videos Preview Weapons

Videos preview new weapon moves for Heavy Bowgun, Switch Axe, Sword & Shield ― Capcom began streaming videos on Monday previewing the new weapon moves available in the Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak expansion for the Monster Hunter Rise game. Heavy Bowgun Switch Axe Sword & Shield The expansion will debut for Switch and PC via Steam on June 30. Players who already own the base Monster Hunter Rise game...
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Fire Force Celebrates Manga Ending With Foldable Newspaper Ad Spelling 'Hope'

34th volume shipped on Tuesday ― Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force manga shipped its 34th and final volume on Tuesday. To commemorate the occasion, the Yomiuri Shimbun published a full-page ad depicting the main characters surrounded with flames. The text asks "Hope or despair?" along with instructions on how to fold the page. When folded, the fire spells out the Japanese characters for "hope." The series ...
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PlayStation Plus Announces Launch Titles, Includes Bloodborne, Death Stranding, Demon's Souls, More

Service includes Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, Resident Evil, 55 more games ― Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced on Monday that its updated PlayStation Plus service will include Japanese-produced games such as Bloodborne, Death Stranding, Demon's Souls, Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm ...
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Voice Actress Kana Asumi Announces Birth of 1st Child

Voice of Hidamari Sketch's Yuno remarried in 2021 ― Voice actress Kana Asumi (Yuno from Hidamari Sketch, Komari Koshigaya from Non Non Biyori, Hinata Karaue from Encouragement of Climb) announced on her Twitter account on Tuesday that she has given birth to her first child. みなさまへ👶🏻 pic.twitter.com/n1yHYkmAkt— 阿澄佳奈 (@0812asumikana) May 17, 2022 The child is from her second marriage. Asumi announced he...
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Spirited Away Stage Play Cancels Some Fukuoka Shows Due to COVID-19

Actress Kanna Hashimoto tests positive for COVID-19 ― Several performances of the first stage play adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away anime film have been canceled because lead actress Kanna Hashimoto (pictured on left poster below) has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Hashimoto had throat issues on Tuesday, and tested positive on a PCR test. Her symptoms are mild. Performanc...
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Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari Anime Reveals Promo Video, Cast, Staff

Visual unveiled ― An official website and Twitter account opened for the television anime adaptation of Onigunsō's Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari manga on Wednesday, and it revealed a promotional video, visual, cast, and staff. The cast includes: Takeo Ōtsuka as Hyōma Kunato Yūki Takada as Botan Nagatsuki Ryuichi Kimura (Kemono Friends 2, Aikatsu!) is directing the series at BN Pictures. Keiichirō ...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game Adds DLC Character Dyspo This Summer

Dyspo will be part of new DLC pack ― The Dragon Ball series' official website announced on Saturday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 game will add the character Dyspo from Dragon Ball Super as part of the new DLC pack this summer. Goku (Ultra Instinct -Sign-) will also launch as DLC this summer. The previous "Legendary Pack 2" DLC includes Jiren (Full Power), Gogeta (from Dra...
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Luminous Witches Anime Reveals Theme Songs

Cast perform theme songs, launching on August 24 ― Kadokawa revealed on Tuesday the opening and ending theme songs for the Renmei Kūgun Kōkū Mahō Ongakutai Luminous Witches (Allied Air Force Magical Idols Luminous Witches) television anime series. The cast will perform the opening theme song "WONDERFUL WORLD," and the ending theme song "Watashi to Minna no Uta" (My and Everyone's Song). Both singles ...
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Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth Anime Adds 5 More Cast Members

Tsuguo Mogami, Yoshihito Sasaki, Madoka Shiga, Toru Ohkawa, Toshiharu Nakanishi join cast ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Aquaplus' Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth (Utawarerumono: Futari no Hakuoro) game revealed five new cast members on Tuesday. The newly announced cast includes (from left to right in image above): Tsuguo Mogami as Soyankekur Yoshihito Sasaki as Ozen Madoka S...
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Hypnosis Mic: Before the Battle - Dawn of Divisions Manga Ends on June 17

Manga launched in January 2021 ― The June issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge revealed on Tuesday that Yūichirō Momose and Rui Karasuzuki's Hypnosis Mic: Before the Battle - Dawn of Divisions manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 17. Momose and Karasuzuki launched the manga in Shonen Magazine Edge in January 2021. Kodansha published the manga's second compiled book volume on April ...
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Rintaro Koike, Masayuki Taguchi's Black Joke Manga Goes on Hiatus

Manga will end in next chapter ― This year's sixth issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion Retsu magazine revealed on Tuesday that Rintaro Koike and Masayuki Taguchi's Black Joke manga is going on an indefinite hiatus. The magazine will announce the manga's return at a later date. The magazine also revealed that the manga will end in its next chapter when it returns. The magazine's fifth issue last mo...
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Final Fantasy XV Game Sells 10 Million Copies Worldwide

― Square Enix announced on Tuesday that its Final Fantasy XV game has sold 10 million copies worldwide, including digital copies of the game. The number also includes sales on all platforms. Final Fantasy XV went on sale worldwide for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November 2016. The game received a Royal Edition for the PS4 and Xbox One in March 2018. The new release includes the previously rele...
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Promare Anime Film Celebrates 1 Million Tickets Sold, 3rd Anniversary With New Screenings This Month

Film to screen in 11 theaters in Japan starting on May 27 ― The official website for Trigger and XFLAG's Promare anime film revealed on Tuesday that the film will celebrate its third anniversary and having sold 1 million tickets by having a new run in 11 theaters in Japan starting on May 27. The film will also stream for free on XFLAG's YouTube channel during the "Promare 3rd Anniversary Online Party...
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Touken Ranbu Warriors Game Gets PC Release in English

Game will launch in English for Switch, PC via Steam on May 24 ― A listing on Steam confirmed on Tuesday that Koei Tecmo Games and DMM Games' Touken Ranbu Warriors game will launch for PC via Steam in English on May 24. The game was previously only slated for an English release on the Nintendo Switch. The Steam release will also feature text and subtitles in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, a...
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Inu-Oh Film's Clip Features Titular Character Running Through Town Streets

Masaaki Yuasa's musical anime film opens in Japan on May 28 ― The official website for Inu-Oh, Masaaki Yuasa's musical anime feature film of Hideo Furukawa's Heike Monogatari: Inu-Oh no Maki (Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh) novel, began streaming a clip from the film on Tuesday. The first half of the below video features a clip of the titular lead character running through the streets of a town, and the ...
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Shin Ultraman Film Opens at #1, 25th Detective Conan Film Drops to #2

30th Crayon Shin-chan film drops to #4, live-action Radiation House to #8, Free! to #10; Bubble debuts at #9 ― Studio Khara's new Shin Ultraman (New Ultraman) film debuted at #1 in its first weekend. The film sold 641,802 tickets to earn 993,410,050 yen (about US$7.68 million) in its first three days. The film sold 191,302 tickets to earn 290,102,400 yen (about US$2.24 million) on its first day on Fr...

Japan to Allow Limited Tourist Entry From U.S., Australia, Thailand, Singapore

Limited tourism activity to serve as "trial" for possible full reopening of country in June ― The Japanese government announced on Tuesday that it will begin to accept tourists from the United States, Australia, Thailand, and Singapore later this month. Tourists will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with three shots, and must only travel in fixed group tour packages so governments can ea...
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Makoto Shinkai's Suzume no Tojimari Film Also Gets Novelization

Shinkai pens novelization slated to ship on August 24 ahead of film's November 11 opening ― The official website for Makoto Shinkai's first new film in three years, Suzume no Tojimari (literally, Suzume's Door-Locking), announced on Tuesday that the film will have a novelization that will ship on August 24. As with many of his previous films, Shinkai himself will pen the novelization. Yen Press relea...
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Gackt Slowly Recovers From Sickness, Aims to Return This Year

Singer still suffers from immunodeficiency, autoimmune condition, other side effects ― Talent management agency Glab Entertainment announced on the official website for musician and singer Gackt (Gakuto Ōshiro) on Monday that Gackt is steadily recovering physically and is aiming to slowly return to some entertainment industry activity within the year. Glab Entertainment made the announcement with Gac...
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Tsutomu Takahashi's Tenmasō no Sanshimai Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Film opens on October 28 ― Toei announced that it is producing a live-action film adaptation of Tsutomu Takahashi's Tenmasō no Sanshimai - Sky High (The Three Tenmasō Sisters - Sky High) manga. The film will open in Japan on October 28, and will star: Non as Tamae Yuko Oshima as Nozomi Mugi Kadowaki as Kanae Ryuhei Kitamura, the director for the previous Sky High live-action series and film, returns ...

Wakame Konbu's The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious Manga Gets TV Anime in July

The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! staff returns for anime by same manga creator ― Square Enix announced on Tuesday that Wakame Konbu's The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious (Saikin Yatotta Maid ga Ayashii) manga is inspiring a television anime that will premiere on 24 stations in Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and TV Asahi's network in July. ABC is streaming a teaser promotional video for ...
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