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The Mike Toole Show - Jump-ing Ship

Big changes are coming to the way Shonen Jump gets distributed in the US - but this wouldn't be the first time! Join Mike on a journey through the history of Shonen Jump in America. ― The summer of 2002 was an inflection point for anime and manga in North America. Hamtaro debuted on Cartoon Network in June, positioned as a new kids' favorite, complete with toys at major department stores. Tokyopop we...
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The List - 7 Ho-Ho-Horrible Santas

Get ready for the holidays with seven of the strangest Santas from across anime history. ― The holiday season is upon us, although department stores started blaring Christmas music over the intercom well before Thanksgiving. Whether you're already over the festivities (STRESS! AWKWARD FAMILY GATHERINGS!) or will be up on Christmas morning with bells on, the season is on its way. The holiday is a sha...
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ANNCast - Just Froobin' Over Here

Zac and Jacob return from beyond the grave to catch up on a big pile of Fall 2018 anime, plus Broly, new Fruits Basket, Evangelion on Netflix and live-action Cowboy Bebop! ― ANNCast 340 - The Thing About My Dokes Zac and Jacob return from beyond the grave to chat Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Zombie Land Saga and more Fall 2018 anime, plus Broly, new Fruits Basket, Evangelion on Netflix and live-action ...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Nov 26-Dec 2

Not even Zombie Land Saga can rattle Thunderbolt Fantasy 2's iron grip on the top spot! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that th...
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Interview: Tuxedo Mask Voice Actor Toru Furuya

The legendary voice behind a cast of icons like Mobile Suit Gundam's Amuro Ray and Sailor Moon's Tuxedo Mask chats about his storied career and the popularity of Dragon Ball and Gundam! ― Voice actor Toru Furuya's career is not easy to summarize. For 52 years, Furuya has forged an extensive resume, donning some of the biggest roles in anime to his name. As Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam, Mamoru Chib...
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Gamers! BD/DVD

This romcom mixes relatable nerd relationships and references with cartoonish hijinks to deliver a winning blend of warm fuzzies. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― We talk to other people all the time, but do we really listen? That's a question that never gets directly asked in Gamers, but it certainly forms the backbone of the story's misunderstanding-based humor. Following a group of high school...
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Kingdom Hearts VR Experience Game Debuts on December 25, January 18

VR experience for Hikaru Utada's "Hikari," "Chikai" songs also available on December 25, early 2019 ― The official Japanese PlayStation blog announced on Monday that the "first part" of the Kingdom Hearts VR Experience virtual reality game will be available for free on the PlayStation 4 on December 25, with the second part available on January 18. In addition, Sony's release of the VR experience for ...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 10

"From the time that I read the source material for this episode, this was the part of the story I was most concerned about in adaptation."
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Voice Actor Hiro Shimono to Perform First-Time Lead Role in Live-Action Film Chronos Jaunter

Voice actor Hiro Shimono, who is best known for his roles as Keima Katsuragi in The World God Only Knows, Connie Springer in Attack on Titan, and Kokichi Ōma in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, will perform the lead role in his first live-action film Chronos Jaunter, which is slated to open in theaters in spring 2019. The film is based on a novel by award-winning science fiction writer Shinji Kaji...
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Goblin Slayer ‒ Episode 10

"It's frustrating that the episode's nuggets of interest are buried in so much of what's basically filler."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 10

"This episode takes some extra time to establish our new story arc, reminding us that this is just the beginning of something much bigger."
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The Mike Toole Show - Jump-ing Ship

Big changes are coming to the way Shonen Jump gets distributed in the US - but this wouldn't be the first time! Join Mike on a journey through the history of Shonen Jump in America. ― The summer of 2002 was an inflection point for anime and manga in North America. Hamtaro debuted on Cartoon Network in June, positioned as a new kids' favorite, complete with toys at major department stores. Tokyopop we...
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British Police Develop 'Psycho-Pass' AI to Predict Crimes Before They Happen

In a move straight out of the script of the dystopian sci-fi anime series Psycho-Pass, police in the UK have been developing an artificial intelligence that will predict how likely a person is to commit or be the victim of a violent crime. New Scientist reported on November 26 that the police intend to flag individuals with the system and intervene before crimes happen by offering preemptive couns...
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Space Adventure Cobra Rises from the Grave for 40th Anniversary Event

Cobra Exhibition: From the Graveyard with Love starts on December 26 ― It's a blast from the past as Buichi Terasawa's sci-fi adventure series Space Adventure Cobra is set to take over the Hakaba no Garou gallery in Nakano this month. The "Cobra Exhibition: From the Graveyard with Love" event will commemorate the series' 40th anniversary and will kick off on December 26. The gallery store will have e...
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Radiant ‒ Episode 10

"Wasting this much screen time is a bad idea in general, and doing it this close to the end of the season is even worse."
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Academy Award-Nominated Animator Koji Yamamura Talks Style, Indie Animation in French Program

Animator Koji Yamamura's work is well known among indie animation aficionados and critics. He drew international acclaim for his 10-minute piece Mt. Head (Atamayama) which took home the short film award at Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 2002 and was nominated for an Oscar. The Animation Show of Shows, an annual screening of the year's best selection of animated shorts, has featured...
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IRODUKU: The World in Colors ‒ Episode 10

"With Hitomi and Asagi both able to see their friendship through the storm, we get a clear picture of how much Hitomi has grown over the course of the show."
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Boarding School Juliet ‒ Episode 10

"This episode brings Romio and Juliet's external conflict into sharp relief for the first time since the premiere, and it's a welcome change of pace from the show's usual lackadaisical fare."
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Goblin Slayer Episode 11 to Air on December 22, After Recap Episode This Week

12th & final scheduled episode airs on December 29 ― The 10th Goblin Slayer television anime episode announced this past weekend that a special recap episode, "Bōkensha Kiroku Yōshi" ("Adventurer Sheet" or literally, Adventurers' Journal Sheets), will air on Saturday, December 15. Episode 11 will instead air one week later on December 22, followed by episode 12 on December 29. The December 15 special...
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Kingdom Hearts III Game's Opening Movie Trailer Previews Hikaru Utada's Song

Singer's 20th anniversary marked before PS4, Xbox One game's January 25 launch in Japan, January 29 in the West ― Square Enix began streaming the opening movie trailer for the Kingdom Hearts III game on Monday. The trailer edits footage from the game's opening movie, and it features Hikaru Utada and Skrillex's theme song "Face My Fears" in both English and Japanese. This weekend marks the 20th annive...
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A Certain Magical Index III ‒ Episode 10

"It's not often that an episode about an attempt by saboteurs to bring down a jetliner comes off as low-key compared to the series' normal shenanigans."
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Bloom Into You ‒ Episode 10

"I care about these girls both inside and outside their relationship, and that's what makes Bloom Into You a cut above its peers."
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Nisekoi Manga Gets New Spinoff Chapter

Manga commemorates release of live-action film adaptation on December 21 ― The second 2019 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Naoshi Komi will draw a spinoff chapter for his Nisekoi - False Love manga in the magazine's next issue on December 17. The chapter will have a center color page in the magazine, and will be 23-pages long. The manga will commemorate the rel...
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Zombie Land Saga ‒ Episode 10

"This installment doesn't reach the absurd comedic heights or heartening depths of the show's best moments, but it's still brimming with Zombie Land Saga's perpetually unique twist on idol conventions."

Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us Anime Film Earns US$789,170 in U.S.

Film had 4-day screening in U.S. from November 24 - December 1 ― Box Office Mojo is listing that Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Minna no Monogatari), the 21st film in the Pokémon franchise, earned US$789,170 in the United States from November 24 through December 3. The film had a release through Fathom Events in the United States on November 24, November 26, November 28...
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Netflix Streams English-subtitled Trailer for Baki Anime

Series premieres on Netflix outside of Japan on December 18 ― Netflix began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Sunday for new anime of Keisuke Itagaki's Baki (New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero) manga. The anime will debut on Netflix outside of Japan on December 18. Netflix describes the story: The protagonist, Baki Hanma, trains with an intense focus to become strong enough to...
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Kiratto Pri☆Chan Anime Continues with Season 2 in April 2019

New character also teased in image ― The staff of the Kiratto Pri☆Chan television anime series revealed on Sunday that the anime will continue into its "second season" starting in April 2019. The staff also released a new visual featuring Rinka Aoba, Mirai Momoyama, and Emo Moegi. The staff also revealed a "mysterious silhouette" for a new character, which the staff will reveal more information about...
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Square Enix Lists General 2019 Release Date for Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy! Game

― Square Enix's website for the Jump Festa '19 event is listing the Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch with a general 2019 release. The game's Japanese and English websites still list a "this winter" date for the game, as originally announced. Square Enix describes the game: The rules to this mysterious dungeon are simple… every time you enter, the worl...
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Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine Anime Reveals Character Designs for 5 Main Characters

Yūbi Midorikawa joins cast for series premiering in 2019 ― The official website for the television anime of Akatsuki and Kadokawa's Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine smartphone game revealed the character designs on Sunday for the previously revealed five main characters. The cast members are reprising their roles from the game. The cast includes: Nozomi Nishida as Tsubasa Arihara Reina Kondo as Ryō Shin...

Judge Eyes PS4 Game's English Title, Summer 2019 Release Revealed

Release to feature dual audio tracks, dual subtitle sets ― Sega revealed on Saturday that it will release Ryu ga Gotoku Studio's Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon (Judge Eyes: The Will of the Death Reaper) PlayStation 4 game in English under the title Judgement in North America and Europe in summer 2019. The game will also have an English dub, and Sega is streaming a trailer that features the dub. Greg...
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NIS America to Release Lapis x Labyrinth Game in English

Action RPG launched for PS4, Switch in Japan on November 29 ― NIS America announced on Saturday that it will release Nippon Ichi Software's Lapis・Re・Abyss action role-playing game in English under the title Lapis x Labyrinth. NIS America will release the game for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in 2019. The company did not specify the release territories. The release will have Japanese audio an...
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NISA Reveals Danganronpa Trilogy Game Collection for PS4

Game collecting Danganronpa 1•2 Reload, Danganronpa V3 launches on March 29 in N. America ― NIS America revealed on Saturday that it will release a Danganronpa Trilogy game collection for PlayStation 4. The game will launch on March 26 in North America, on March 29 in Europe, and on April 5 in Australia and New Zealand. The physical collection will include the Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Dangan...
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Tales of Crestoria Smartphone Game Gets English Release

Game to launch in 2019 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment opened a Twitter account on Saturday to reveal that it will release the Tales of Crestoria smartphone game in English. The Twitter account is also streaming a video. The game will launch in English in 2019, and is also slated to launch in Japan in 2019. Get ready for the English version of TALES OF CRESTORIA!In this new installment of the Tales of s...
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ASCA, ReoNa Perform New Theme Songs for Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime

Both songs to premiere in show on January 12 ― The official website for the Sword Art Online: Alicization television anime series revealed on Sunday that ASCA will perform the show's new opening theme song "Resister," and ReoNA will perform the new ending theme song "Forget-me-not." Both theme songs will premiere in the episode that will air on January 12. ASCA previously performed the second ending ...

Netflix Debuts CG Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya Anime's English-Dubbed Teaser

Pegasus Meteor Fist previewed before remake's summer 2019 launch ― Netflix debuted an English-dubbed teaser trailer for Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya, its CG anime remake of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac) manga, at CCXP2018 at São Paulo, Brazil this weekend. Netflix Japan is streaming the same English-dubbed teaser, which previews the Pegasus Saint's iconic Pegasus Meteor ...
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O/A's Keiji Watarai Ends Piyoko to Makai-chō no Hime-sama Manga

Gag manga follows everyday lives of young women who live in supernatural town ― The January 2019 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comp Ace magazine published the final chapter on November 26 of Keiji Watarai's Piyoko to Makaicho no Hime-sama manga. Watarai said in the author comments for the magazine, "it's time to say goodbye to Hime-sama and her friends for now, but I hope I can meet with them again som...
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One Piece Voted Most Representative Manga of Heisei Era

ready ― One Piece has been voted the most representative manga of the Heisei Era, according to users of the Japanese e-book vendor Book Live! The Heisei era is the current period according to the traditional Japanese calendar, which is based on the reign period of the emperor. The Heisei period started on 8 January 1989, the day after the death of the Showa Emperor Hirohito, and is likely to end on 3...
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Kazuki Yamamoto Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for New Godhand Teru Manga

Original medical manga ran from 2001-2011, inspired live-action series ― Manga creator Kazuki Yamamoto launched a Campfire campaign on November 23 to fund a "new era project" manga for his Godhand Teru manga. Yamamoto stated the new project will have a new shape and will not be tied to his previous Godhand Teru manga. The project aims to raise 4 million yen (about US$35,482), and has 39 days left. As...
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New York Times Lists A Place Further Than the Universe in Top 10 International Shows of 2018

The New York Times posted an article titled "The Best TV Shows of 2018" on their online news website on Monday. Authors James Poniewozik, Mike Hale, and Margaret Lyons listed their top picks under three categories: Best Show, Best International, and Best New Show. The TV anime series A Place Further Than the Universe was listed eighth under the Best International category. Television critic Mike H...
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Masaru Miyazaki Launches New Tezuka Biographical Manga With Girls und Panzer Artist

Takeshi Nogami draws story about people who produced Astro Boy anime ― The first 2019 issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine announced on Thursday that Takeshi Nogami (Girls und Panzer: Ribon no Musha) will launch the TV Anime Sōsaku Hika ~Tezuka Osamu to Anime o Tsukutta Wakamono-tachi~ (The Untold Story of the Creation of TV Anime: Osamu Tezuka and the Young People Who Created Anim...
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Shueisha Will Not Count Valentine's Day Chocolates from Prince of Tennis Fans in 2019

It has been an annual tradition for Prince of Tennis fans to send Valentine's Day chocolates addressed to their favorite characters to Shueisha's monthly Jump Square magazine, which publishes the ongoing New Prince of Tennis manga. The chocolates are counted as votes towards the annual Prince of Tennis character popularity poll, which has resulted in thousands of chocolates circulating Shueisha on...
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Studio Troyca Will Animate IDOLiSH 7 Group Re:vale's Music Video

Bandai Namco Entertainment's popular IDOLiSH 7 idol mobile game and multimedia franchise will soon premiere four new animated music videos for its idol groups IDOLiSH 7, Trigger, Re:vale, and ŹOOĻ. Studio ufotable is handling the ŹOOĻ video and the game's staff announced on Wednesday that Troyca will animate Re:vale's music video. Troyca is the animation studio behind the IDOLiSH7 anime series. Th...
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Sengoku Otome Manga Heads Toward Climax

― The January issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine revealed on November 27 that Hachiman and Rio Nanamomo's Hyakka Ryōran Sengoku Otome -Karakuri Sōdō-hen- manga is approaching its climax. The manga launched in July. The manga is based on Heiwa's Sengoku Otome pachinko game. The original 2008 game re-imagines Japan's tumultuous sengoku jidai (Era of Warring States) with all of th...
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Danganronpa Attraction in Namja Town Lets You Hold Your Own Class Trial

To celebrate the eighth anniversary of the Danganronpa mystery game series, the Namja Town theme park in Ikebukuro has opened a limited-time Danganronpa attraction where visitors can participate in their own class trial. Called "The Real Class Trial," the attraction is a logic-based detective game based on the characters and setting of Danganronpa V3. The attraction works like this: everyone in a ...
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The List - 7 Ho-Ho-Horrible Santas

Get ready for the holidays with seven of the strangest Santas from across anime history. ― The holiday season is upon us, although department stores started blaring Christmas music over the intercom well before Thanksgiving. Whether you're already over the festivities (STRESS! AWKWARD FAMILY GATHERINGS!) or will be up on Christmas morning with bells on, the season is on its way. The holiday is a sha...
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Sayaka Mogi to Self-Publish Finale of Red Riding Hood's Wolf Apprentice Manga

Pupa creator's manga is getting digital English release ― Manga artist Sayaka Mogi announced in the January 2019 issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shonen Magazine on Friday that she will self-publish the rest of her Red Riding Hood's Wolf Apprentice (Akazukin no Ōkami Deshi) manga. She will reveal more information on her Twitter account in the future. The same issue published the end of the "first part" o...
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Real Account Manga Heads to Climax

― The first 2019 issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Shizumu Watanabe and Okusho's Real Account manga is approaching its climax. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga digitally in English and it describes the manga: Like many of his peers, Ataru Kashiwagi has found himself addicted to the newest social networking service, Real Account. But one day, Ataru and almos...
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Scorching Ping Pong Girls Manga to End in Tonari no Young Jump in February

Yagura Asano's Shakunetsu no Takkyū Musume manga inspired fall 2016 anime ― The 28th chapter of Yagura Asano's Shakunetsu no Takkyū Musume (Scorching Ping Pong Girls) manga announced on Friday that the manga will end on Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump web magazine in the next chapter on February 1. Asano added on Twitter that the next compiled book volume will ship in March. Asano is uncertain about ...
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Megalobox Anime's English Dub Previewed in Video Before Saturday Premiere on Toonami

Show airs at midnight tonight ― Toonami began streaming a preview for the English dub of the original anime series Megalobox on Monday. The English dub will premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami block on Saturday, December 8 at midnight (effectively December 9). The 13-episode anime premiered on TBS on April 5, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. The show's home video releases in Japan will f...
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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Game's Video Highlights F/A-18F Aircraft

Game slated for PS4/Xbox One on January 18, on PC via Steam on February 1 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new video on Friday for its Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown game. The video highlights the F/A-18F aircraft. Previous videos highlighted the F-15C and Typhoon aircraft. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game on January 18, 2019 (January 17 in Japan) for PlayStation 4 ...

The Rising of The Shield Hero Anime Unveils More Cast, January 9 Debut, Half-Year Length, 2nd Promo

Sarah Emi Bridcutt, Yutaka Nakano, Hiroki Yasumoto join cast ― The YouTube Live special for the television anime of Aneko Yusagi's The Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari) fantasy light novel series unveiled additional cast members, the January 9 premiere date along with the series' half-year length, the second promotional video, and a new key visual on Saturday. The new promotional...
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HIDIVE's Full Library Now Available on VRV Streaming Service

― Ellation's VRV bundle streaming service confirmed with ANN on Friday that the full library for the HIDIVE streaming service is now available on VRV. The content includes current simulcast series such as Bloom Into You (English dub), Gakuen Basara: Samurai High School, The Girl in Twilight, and Release the Spyce (English dub). VRV started adding HIDIVE's content on November 3, and had originally pl...
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'It will be breakfast at Tiffany some day' Manga's Story Approaches Climax

Hirochi Maki's manga inspired live-action series in October 2015 ― The wraparound jacket band on the 13th volume of Hirochi Maki's Itsuka Tiffany de Chōshoku o (It will be breakfast at Tiffany some day.) manga revealed on Friday that the manga's story is approaching its climax. The original manga follows Mariko and her friends as they go to different restaurants for breakfast. Mariko is a 28-year-old...
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'You Don't Know Gunma Yet' Manga Ends in 11th Volume

Manga inspired series of anime shorts in April ― The 10th volume of Hiroto Ida's Omae wa Mada Gunma o Shiranai (You Don't Know Gunma Yet) manga revealed on Friday that the manga will end in its next volume in summer 2019. Ida launched the manga in Shinchosha's online manga site Kurage Bunch in October 2013. The comedy manga centers on Nori Kamitsuki, who moves from Chiba Prefecture to a fictionalized...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Anime Reveals 7 More Cast Members

Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Ken Narita, more join cast as assassin group after Trish ― The official Twitter account for the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure anime franchise announced seven more cast members on Saturday for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind (JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken: Ōgon no Kaze or Vento Aureo) anime. The new characters are part of an assassin team that are after Trish. Shinshū...

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Nakayoshi Includes Memorial Card for Manga Creator Yu Asagiri

The January 2019 issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine released on Saturday included a memorial card for the recently passed manga creator You Asagiri (Yu Asagiri). Asagiri died on October 27 after battling severe pneumonia. She was 62 years old. Asagiri serialized many works within Nakayoshi's pages during her 42 years as a manga creator. The magazine's memorial card features artwork from her Na...

New Ghost in the Shell 3DCG Anime Project to Premiere on Netflix in 2020 (Updated)

Visual revealed for Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki's Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 ― Netflix's sci-fi focused Twitter account announced on Friday that the new Ghost in the Shell anime is titled Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. The anime will premiere on Netflix in 2020. The post shared a visual, pictured below, and confirmed that Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki are directing. Netflix also revealed that...
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Hajimete Koi o Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi Live-Action Series Reveals 3 More Cast Members

Ai Yoshikawa, Reina Kurosaki, Konatsu Katō join cast ― The official website for the live-action television series adaptation of Aki Mochida's Hajimete Koi o Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi manga revealed three more cast members on Tuesday. The cast members, from left to right in the image below, are: Reina Kurosaki as Sakura Tajima, Mika's friend Ai Yoshikawa as Mika Eto, a high school student who goes to p...
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Death Note Artist Takeshi Obata Holds 1st Exhibition

Manga artist Takeshi Obata will hold his first ever exhibition to commemorate 30 years in the industry. The Death Note artist's work will go on display at the 3331 Arts Chiyoda gallery in Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo next summer. The exhibition will run from July 13, 2019 to August 12, 2019. Obata made his manga debut in 1989 with the work CYBORG Jii-chan G (Cyborg G-chan) in Shuiesha's Weekly Shonen...
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Japanese Government Aims to Impose Penalties for Downloading Illegal Books

New regulations would impose fines, prison time for paying for pirated media ― Japan's Agency of Cultural Affairs revealed on Friday that it plans to instate a penalty for anyone who downloads manga, magazines, novels, essays, and photographs from the internet with the knowledge that they have been uploaded illegally. Under the proposed revisions, the penalty can be up to two years prison time or up ...
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 22

"Banana Fish's character writing is still a huge step up from last week, but its pulpy plot and exploitative framing choices keep threatening to undermine the show's higher peaks."
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ANNCast - Just Froobin' Over Here

Zac and Jacob return from beyond the grave to catch up on a big pile of Fall 2018 anime, plus Broly, new Fruits Basket, Evangelion on Netflix and live-action Cowboy Bebop! ― ANNCast 340 - The Thing About My Dokes Zac and Jacob return from beyond the grave to chat Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Zombie Land Saga and more Fall 2018 anime, plus Broly, new Fruits Basket, Evangelion on Netflix and live-action ...
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London Detective Mysteria Game's Trailer Reveals December 18 Release

PS Vita, PC game features Victorian English ― XSEED Games began streaming a trailer for its release of Karin Entertainment's London Detective Mysteria (Eikoku Tantei Mysteria: The Crown) romance adventure visual novel on Friday. The video reveals that the game will launch for PlayStation Vita on December 18. The company announced in June that it would release the game for PS Vita and Windows PC in fa...
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Pet Food Dispenser Plays Steins;Gate's 'Tutturu' Catchphrase

An automatic pet food dispenser which plays the "Tutturu" catchphrase from the Steins;Gate anime and video game series has become viral on Twitter after a Twitter user posted a video of their cat eating from it. 中国で買った自動餌やり機、なぜかまゆしぃのトゥットゥルーが流れる、、、 pic.twitter.com/Hs0P1KxBHg— にふうち (@benkyou_youday) December 3, 2018 The twitter user @benkyou_youday claimed that they bought the dispenser in China. It...
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Katamari Damacy Reroll Switch, PC Game's Launch Trailers Streamed

HD version of its Katamari Damacy launched on Friday ― Nintendo and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming launch trailers on Friday for Katamari Damacy Reroll (Katamari Damacy Encore in Japan), an HD version of its Katamari Damacy game. The game launched for Nintendo Switch and PC on Friday. Bandai Namco Entertainment America describes the game: The King of All Cosmos has knocked out all ...
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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episode 9

"We've gotten some interesting insights into the events that led to this crazy clown war, but at the further expense of the story's clarity and focus."
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Weekly Shonen Jump Offers New Year Cards From Its Artists

Also: ufotable, voice actors plan cards for fans ― In Japan, friends, family, and work associates often exchange nengajo, or New Year's greeting cards. The cultural tradition is has changed a bit over the years with many celebrities and artists also sharing their own artwork on social media as a gift to their fans. There are less physical cards sent out than the past, but on average each Japanese cit...
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Hiroshi Takahashi's 'Worst' Manga Gets Spinoff

Manga side story focuses on Guriko ― The first 2019 issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion announced on Thursday that Hiroshi Takahashi's Worst manga will get a new spinoff manga beginning in the seventh issue on January 17. The manga is titled Worst Gaiden: Guriko (Worst Side Story: Guriko), and Ryūta Suzuki is drawing the series. Guriko is a character from the original manga. Takahashi bega...
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Gungrave VR, Gungrave VR U.N Games' Launch Trailers Streamed

PS VR games launched in Europe on Friday ― Marvelous Games began streaming launch trailers for the Gungrave VR "cinematic action shooting game" and the Gungrave VR U.N standalone second episode for the game on Friday. Marvelous USA subsidiary XSEED Games released Korean video game publisher Blueside and Korean developer Iggymob's Gungrave VR game for PlayStation VR in Europe on Friday. The digital ve...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Nov 26-Dec 2

Not even Zombie Land Saga can rattle Thunderbolt Fantasy 2's iron grip on the top spot! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that th...
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Tekken Player Wins World Championship, Hasn't Told Parents He Went Overseas

Sneaking out of your room at night is maybe a 5/10 on the delinquent scale but what about sneaking out of the country? Tekken player Hyun ho Jung (a.k.a Rangchu) did just that when he competed in the Tekken World Tour tournament finals in Amsterdam last weekend. The Panda player apparently left home in South Korea to make the trip to the finals without telling his parents. It's all good though, si...
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Kankaku Piero Returns for Black Clover Anime's New Opening Song

New song to debut in January ― The official website for the Black Clover anime announced on Friday that Kankaku Piero will perform the anime's sixth opening theme song "Rakugaki Page" (Scribble Page). The song will debut as the new opening in January. The four-man band previously performed the anime's first opening song "Haruka Mirai." The show was originally listed with 51 episodes, but it continued...

Viz's Shonen Jump Switches to Free Simultaneous Publication (Updated)

New US$1.99/month membership plan announced for back catalog ― Viz Media announced on Friday that its digital English Shonen Jump version of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will offer free chapters of manga the same day that they debut in the Japanese version of the magazine beginning on December 17. Hisashi Sasaki, former editor-in-chief of the Japanese magazine who has worked with the Englis...
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Manga Answerman - Why Do Some Shojo Publishers Use The Same Spine Design For Every Series?

Spine design can make browsing the shojo manga shelves in Japan a little tricky for non-native speakers - Deb calls in book designer extraordinaire Fawn Lau for expert commentary! ― When looking at manga in Japan, I've noticed how lots of shoujo tankobon manga have their titles and spines in the same font and format, making for a super uniform look where it's hard for anything to stand out, especial...
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Yen Press Licenses Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! Novels

Spinoff series about Megumin launches in June ― Yen Press announced on Friday that it has licensed the Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! spinoff novel series. The first book is slated for release on June 18, 2019. Kadokawa published the first novel in the spinoff series in June 2014, and the third volume shipped in May 2015. Original author Natsume Akatsuki wrote the story and Kasumi M...
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Interview: Tuxedo Mask Voice Actor Toru Furuya

The legendary voice behind a cast of icons like Mobile Suit Gundam's Amuro Ray and Sailor Moon's Tuxedo Mask chats about his storied career and the popularity of Dragon Ball and Gundam! ― Voice actor Toru Furuya's career is not easy to summarize. For 52 years, Furuya has forged an extensive resume, donning some of the biggest roles in anime to his name. As Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam, Mamoru Chib...
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Love Live! Arcade Game Bug Causes Major 'Wardrobe Malfunction' (NSFW)

Game is temporarily suspended while developers work out the kinks ― A bug in the Love Live! School Idol Festival: After School Activity Next Stage arcade game renders the characters nude. Players have also complained of server issues and about characters sometimes appearing headless. Although the bugs did not appear to affect every game machine, the problems have been widespread enough to become vira...
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The Promised Neverland Anime's 5th Ad Previews Ending Theme

Series premieres on January 10 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland) manga began streaming the show's fifth television commercial on Thursday. The video previews Cö shu Nie's ending theme song "Zettai Zetsumei" (Stalemate). アニメ #約ネバ 新CM公開先ほど #ノイタミナ 内で放映したCM第5弾がコチラ💡https://t.co/0KB3eV5K4UCö s...
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Crunchyroll Streams Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Anime

Series premieres on Monday ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the anime of Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga. The series will debut on December 10, and new episodes will stream every Monday. The anime will be available for members in North America, Central America and South America including the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe, and the Middle Ea...
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Knight in the Area's Kaya Tsukiyama Prepares New Manga

Tsukiyama seeks regular assistant for series ― The editorial department of Kodansha's Young Magazine announced on its Twitter account on Friday that Kaya Tsukiyama (The Knight in the Area) is preparing a new manga series and seeking a regular assistant. Application information is available on the magazine's official website. People who wish to apply for the position must be able to commute and be bet...
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Gamers! BD/DVD

This romcom mixes relatable nerd relationships and references with cartoonish hijinks to deliver a winning blend of warm fuzzies. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― We talk to other people all the time, but do we really listen? That's a question that never gets directly asked in Gamers, but it certainly forms the backbone of the story's misunderstanding-based humor. Following a group of high school...

'Papa Datte, Shitai' Boys-Love Manga Gets TV Anime

January anime centers on relationship between male housekeeper and single father ― Tokyo MX and ComicFesta announced on Friday that Serina Seo's Papa Datte, Shitai manga is inspiring a television anime series. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 6. A "complete edition" will stream on ComicFesta's Anime Zone website. ComicFesta began streaming a teaser promotional video for the series. The ...
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Robotics;Notes DaSH Game's 1st Character Video Highlights Kaito Yashio

Game launches for PS4, Switch in Japan on January 31 ― 5pb. began streaming a first "Robotics;Notes ELITE to DaSH from Tanegashima" video on Friday for Robotics;Notes DaSH, the sequel game to MAGES.' Robotics;Notes visual novel. The video, a first in a series, highlights the game's protagonist Kaito Yashio (voiced by Ryohei Kimura). The sequel story will center around the former members of the Robot ...
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Yo-Kai Watch 3 Game's European Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launched in Europe on Friday, will launch in U.S. on February 8 ― Nintendo UK began streaming a launch trailer on Friday for Level 5's Yo-kai Watch 3 game. The game launched for Nintendo 3DS in Europe on Friday, and will launch in the United States on February 8, 2019. Yo-kai Watch 3 launched in Japan in two versions — Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi and Yo-kai Watch 3: Tempura — in July 2016. Level 5 lat...
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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Smartphone Port Game Launches

Port of 2nd game in series launched on Wednesday ― Level 5 began streaming a commercial on Thursday for Layton Kyōju to Akuma no Hako EXHD for Smartphone, an iOS and Android port of the second Professor Layton game. The game launched in Japan on Wednesday, and is on sale for 960 yen (about US$8.50) until March 4. The game's normal retail price is 1,200 yen (about US$10.60). The second Professor Layto...
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Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition Game Previewed in System Introduction Trailer

PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC game ships on January 11 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a system introduction trailer on Friday for the Japanese version of the Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (titled Tales of Vesperia Remaster in Japan) game. The game is a remastered version of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales of Vesperia role-playing game. The game will include both English and Japanese...
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Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition Game Launches on Steam

New version includes DLC from Dynasty Warriors 7, Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends ― Koei Tecmo America released the Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition game on PC via Steam on Thursday. The game retails for US$19.99. The company describes the game: DYNASTY WARRIORS 7: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition's rich story transports gamers to the heart of the Three Kingdoms; enabling the...
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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Game's 2 New Videos Highlight Aircraft Types

Game slated for PS4/Xbox One on January 18, on PC via Steam on February 1 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming two new videos on Thursday for its Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown game. The videos highlight the F-15C and Typhoon aircraft. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game on January 18, 2019 (January 17 in Japan) for PlayStation 4 (with PlayStation VR support) and Xbox One, a...
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Aki Sora's Itosugi Ends Iinari Manga

Manga about relationship between student, council president with dark secret launched in 2016 ― The January 2019 issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Shonen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that Masahiro Itosugi will end the Iinari manga in the magazine's next issue on January 4. The manga centers on the beautiful and intelligent student council president Misa Arisugawa. When the student Hatano disc...
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Dragon Age Magazine Relaunches Online Manga Channel

Dora Dora Sharp# site launched on Friday ― The January 2019 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine revealed on Friday that Kadokawa has relaunched its "Dragon Dragon Age" online web manga site under the name "Dora Dora Sharp#" on Friday. The site is under the Nico Nico Seiga manga site. The site currently has 12 manga, which includes Amahara and masha's Interspecies Reviewers (Ishuzoku Revie...
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Bandai Namco Establishes Research Institute for Entertainment via AI, Other New Tech

New institute described as "spinoff" of Bandai Namco Group R&D department ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on November 26 that it will establish a new wholly-owned research institute called the "Bandai Namco Research Institute" on April 1. Bandai Namco Entertainment describes the institute as a "spinoff" of the R&D department of its Bandai Namco Studios subsidiary company. The new institute wil...
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Hime-chan's Ribbon Creator Ends Hinakosan no Wakeari na Hibi Manga

Manga about 36-year-old grandmother runs in Ane Kei Petit Comic magazine ― The January 2019 issue of Shogakukan's Ane Kei Petit Comic magazine revealed on Wednesday that Megumi Mizusawa will end her Hinakosan no Wakeari na Hibi manga in the magazine's March 2019 issue on February 5. The manga's story centers on the everyday life of Hinako Ichinoki, a 36-year-old grandmother. Shogakukan published the ...
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Sound! Euphonium Series Gets 2 New Novels About Kumiko's 3rd Year

"Hibike! Euphonium - Kitauji Suisōgaku-bu, Ketsui no Saishū Gakushō" novels slated for April, May ― Author Ayano Takeda announced on Thursday that she is penning two new novels for her Sound! Euphonium novel series. The two novels, collectively titled Hibike! Euphonium - Kitauji Suisōgaku-bu, Ketsui no Saishū Gakushō (Sound! Euphonium - The Kitauji Concert Band's Decisive Final Movement), are slated ...
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Strike the Blood III Anime's Video Previews Ending Theme Song

Risa Taneda performs ending song "Love Stoic" for OVA with 1st volume slated for December 19 ― The official website for the Strike the Blood anime franchise began streaming a promotional video and commercial on Friday for the first volume of Strike the Blood III, the third Strike the Blood original video anime (OVA) season. Both videos preview the OVA's ending theme song "Love Stoic" by Risa Taneda. ...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Manga to Bundle Original Anime DVD

DVD bundled with 11th volume slated for March 29 ― The official website for the television anime of author Fuse and artist Mitz Vah's That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken or Regarding Reincarnated to Slime) light novel series revealed on Friday that the 11th compiled book volume of Taiki Kawakami's manga adaptation of the novels will bundle an original anime DVD whe...
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Trinity Seven's Kenji Saito Ends Rednight Eve Manga

Saito, Kouzi Yokoyama launched supernatural manga in October 2014 ― The January 2019 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine published the last chapter of Kenji Saito and Kouzi Yokoyama's Rednight Eve manga on Friday. The manga's ninth volume will ship in February. The manga's story begins when Hana Akanegasaki is attacked by a giant shark while vacationing by the seaside. She becomes involve...
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Shun Oguri Plays Novelist Osamu Dazai in No Longer Human Biographical Film

Film is titled after Dazai's famous novel, tells biographical fiction story centering on author & 3 women ― Director Mika Ninagawa revealed on December 3 that she is directing a new film based on the life of the famous Japanese author Osamu Dazai titled after the author's most well-known novel, No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku). Shun Oguri (seen below) will star in the film as Dazai. Filming began in...
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New Live-Action LDK Film's Poster Visual Unveiled

― The official website for LDK Hitotsu Yane no Shita, "Suki" ga Futatsu (Two Loves Under One Roof), the new live-action film adaptation of Ayu Watanabe's LDK shōjo manga, revealed a new poster visual for the film on Friday. Mone Kamishiraishi plays heroine Aoi Nishimori in the film, while Yōsuke Sugino plays Shūsei Kugayama. New to the story is Reien Kugayama, Shūsei's cousin, played by Ryūsei Yokoh...

Persona 5 Protagonist Joker to Join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighting Game

Joker will be 1st of 5 DLC characters ― The Game Awards 2018 event revealed on Thursday that Persona 5 protagonist Joker will join the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crossover fighting game. Japanese Version English Version The game will ship for Nintendo Switch on Friday. The game will include all previous playable characters and support eight-player battles. New characters include Animal Crossing: New ...
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Monster Hunter: World, Dragon Ball FighterZ Games Win at The Game Awards 2018

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission wins Best VR/AR Game ― The Game Awards 2018 announced on Thursday that Capcom's Monster Hunter: World game won Best Role Playing Game, and Arc System Works and Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball FighterZ game won Best Fighting Game. Additionally, SIE Japan Studio's ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission game won Best VR/AR Game. Monster Hunter: World was also nominated for Game of th...
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Devil May Cry 5 Game's Trailer Reveals Xbox One Demo

"Subhuman" in-game song's vocals also replaced ― The Game Awards 2018 event revealed a new trailer for Capcom's Devil May Cry 5 action game on Thursday. The video reveals that the game will get an Xbox One exclusive demo that will be available beginning on Friday, December 7 until January 6. In addition, Capcom also revealed on Thursday that it has replaced the vocalist for "Subhuman," one of the gam...

Team Ninja Develops Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Game for Switch

Game slated for Switch in 2019 ― The Game Awards 2018 event revealed on Thursday that developer Team Ninja is developing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, a new game in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance game series. The game is slated to release on the Nintendo Switch in 2019. Nintendo describes the game: The MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE series returns for the first time in 10 years—with a new acti...
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Live-Action Hollywood Alita: Battle Angel Film's Clip Shows Alita Fighting Cyborgs

Film of GUNNM manga opens in U.S. on February 14 ― The Game Awards 2018 event revealed a new clip for Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga, on Thursday. The clip shows Alita fighting cyborgs. The film will open in the United States on February 14, 2019, after being delayed twice previously from July 20, 2018 an...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, November 26-December 2

Dragon Ball Super rerun special airs ― The live-action television series of Hiroyuki Nishimori's Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! gag comedy manga aired on NTV on Sunday, December 2 at 10:30 p.m. and earned a 9.4% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV December 2 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 15.2 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV December 2 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 10.9 Detective Conan NTV Dec...
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Ginga ~The Last Wars~ Manga Ends on December 7

Sequel of Ginga Nagareboshi Gin manga about Akita dog launched in 2015 ― The 2,641st issue of Nihonbungeisha's Weekly Manga Goraku magazine published the final chapter of Yoshihiro Takahashi's Ginga ~The Last Wars~ manga on Friday. The series debuted in the magazine in 2015, and Nihonbungeisha also published the 20th compiled book volume on Friday. Takahashi's original Ginga Nagareboshi Gin manga ran...
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The Caligula Effect: Overdose Game's Video Previews Imaginary Chain System

Game launches for Switch, PS4, PC in West in March ― NIS America began streaming a new promotional video for the The Caligula Effect: Overdose game on Thursday. The video previews the game's Imaginary Chain system. The game will ship for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in North America on March 12, and in Europe on March 15. NIS America describes the game: Mobius. An idyllic world th...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 61

"The parts that are good are over too quickly, and too often the show just compensates with annoyingly loud emptiness."
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English Power Rangers Comic Includes 1st Chikyu Sentai Fiveman-Based Story

Boom! Studios' Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers comic went where the North American tokusatsu series has never gone before. The comic book publisher's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Year Two Deluxe Edition comic book includes a story starring a sentai team based on Chikyu Sentai Fiveman. The live-action tokusatsu show premiered in Japan in 1990, but unlike other entries in the Ranger franchise, it was ...
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Interviews With Monster Girls Gets Spinoff Manga About Yoko, Zashiko

Kae Hashimoto, Hajime Honda work on spinoff launching in January ― The January 2019 issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine the 3rd magazine announced on Thursday that Petosu's Interviews With Monster Girls (Demi-chan wa Kataritai) will get a spinoff manga titled Occult-chan wa Katarenai (Can't Talk With Occult Girls) starting in the next issue on January 5. Kae Hashimoto is writing the manga's story, Haj...
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My Hero Academia Creator Kōhei Horikoshi 'Dekus' the Hall with Boughs of Holly

The latest volume of the My Hero Academia manga was released in Japan on December 4 and creator Kōhei Horikoshi celebrated the release by getting into the holiday spirit. Horikoshi posted a drawing showing his superheroes recast as quintessential Christmas objects with Deku filling the role as the tree and Fumikage Tokoyami cooked up for the feast. 僕のヒーローアカデミア21巻!本日12/4発売でした!表紙が燃えてます!よろしくおねがいします! ...
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Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai ‒ Episode 10

"For maybe the first time in Bunny Girl Senpai, the snark factor has been minimized in an effort to resolve Nodoka's arc in a suitable fashion, giving us the best episode of the series to date."
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Detective Conan Singer Mai Kuraki to Guest Star in January School Trip Special

Kuraki to also perform new song for Detective Conan special ― Singer Mai Kuraki will make her voice acting debut playing herself in the Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime's "Kurenai no Shūgaku Ryokō-hen" (Crimson School Trip) specials. She is also writing and performing the theme song "Kimi to Koi no Mama de Owarenai Itsumo Yume no Mama Jairarenai." As of last year, Kuraki had performed 21 theme son...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re ‒ Episode 21

"This season remains moored in a pattern of narrative successes being undermined by failures of execution, unable to escape the weight of its condensed runtime."
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God Eater 3 Game's TV Ad Streamed

Game launches in Japan on December 13, in West on February 8 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a television commercial for the God Eater 3 game on Sunday. The video previews the theme song "stereo future" by BiSH. The game will debut in Japan on December 13 for PlayStation 4. The game will feature the new character Yūgo Pennywort (voiced by Tomokazu Seki). Anime studio ufotable is returnin...
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Twitter Japan Crowns Hypnosis Mic Most Popular Voice Actor Account

It even beat Shouta Aoi...! ― The most popular voice actor account on Twitter Japan represents a group of fictional rappers. Of course, those 12 characters are voiced by real people, and there's no doubt that the rap battle project "Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle-" is exploding in popularity with multiple manga tie-ins, a planned mobile game, and successful live events. The official Twitter accoun...
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Manga Tops Amazon Japan's Best-Selling Kindle Book Ranking for 2018

Best-selling physical manga also listed ― Amazon Japan posted the rankings for its top products based on sales data between November 13, 2017 and October 31, 2018. Manga made up 18 of the top 20 spots on the Kindle books list, and in all cases it was not individual volumes that ranked, but purchases of the entire series at once. The top 20 Kindle book titles are: Attack on Titan manga (27 volumes) De...
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After School Midnighters CG Anime Gets Riddle Game App

Characters Kunstrijk, Goth return in app that launched on Wednesday ― The After School Midnighters full-CG anime inspired the Nazonazo Midnighters smartphone riddle app that launched for iOS and Android devices on Wednesday. Like the anime, the free app features the main characters Kunstrijk and Goth. In the riddle game, players answer a question by selecting from four multiple-choice answers. Player...
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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Will Feature Hayao Miyazaki Exhibit

Temporary exhibit will be the first major exhibition of Miyazaki's works in the United States. ― The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is slated to open next year, will open with a temporary exhibit featuring the works of acclaimed anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, presented in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. Kerry Brougher, the Museum's director, said that this will be "the first major exhibi...
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Collar X Malice Stage Play About Kei Okazaki Announces Main Cast

Shōta Takasaki stars in play opening next May ― The official website for Collar X Malice -Okazaki Kei-hen- (Kei Okazaki Edition), the stage play centered on the character Kei Okazaki from Idea Factory's Collar X Malice visual novel, announced the main cast on Thursday. Shōta Takasaki as Kei Okazaki Arisa Deguchi as the heroine Ichika Hoshino Shō Tomita as Aiji Yanagi The play will run at Tokyo's Thea...
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Senran Kagura Producer: 'We've Stopped Putting in Sexual Content with No Narrative Reason'

Takaki mentions increased international scrutiny due to Tokyo 2020 Olympics ― Senran Kagura series producer Kenichiro Takaki was featured in an interview with pop culture website Akiba-Souken on Saturday. He shared his thoughts on the sexual depictions in the currently airing Senran Kagura Shinovi Master TV anime series, which he has been writing scripts for. Takaki said that across all the Senran Ka...
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This Week in Anime - Is That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Worth Watching?

This unusually titled series puts a gooey new spin on the world of isekai fantasy. Nick and Andy debate whether or not its unique quirks are enough to set it apart in a crowded genre. ― That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime puts a gooey new spin on isekai fantasy. This week, Nick and Andy debate whether or not its unique quirks are enough to set it apart in a crowded genre. Disclaimer: The views a...
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Hoshin Engi Musical Reveals Shin Kōhyō, Bukichi, Chū-ō Visuals

Play starring Shōhei Hashimoto as Taikōbō runs in Tokyo in January ― The official website for the stage musical adaptation of Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi manga revealed character visuals for Shin Kōhyō, Bukichi, and Chū-ō on Thursday. Shunya Ōhira as Shin Kōhyō Kōsuke Miyamoto as Bukichi Yūsuke Seto as Chū-ō Other cast members, with previously unveiled visuals, include: Shōhei Hashimoto as Taikōbō Ryū...

Mirai Anime Film Receives Golden Globes Nomination

Mamoru Hosoda's newest anime nominated in Best Motion Picture – Animated category ― The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominees for the 76th Annual Golden Globes on Thursday, and Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai anime film is nominated in the Best Motion Picture – Animated category. The other films nominated in the category are Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Spide...
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Mega Miracle Force Smartphone Game Featuring Compile Heart Characters Previewed in Video

Game launches in Japan in January ― Compile Heart began streaming the first promotional video on Thursday for Idea Factory, NTT Plala, Zoo, and Axell's Mega Miracle Force smartphone game. The game will launch in late January. Pre-registration is available now. The game is a battle simulation RPG where players can create a party of characters to command on the battlefield. Most of the characters who a...
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Alicia's Diet Quest Manga Ends in January

Kodansha Comics began publishing manga digitally in English in November ― The January issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shonen Magazine revealed on Friday that it will publish the final chapter of Aoi Fujiwara's Alicia's Diet Quest (Alicia-san no Diet Quest) manga in the February issue on January 9. Kodansha Comics began publishing the manga digitally in English on November 13, and it describes the story:...
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Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai TV Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals January 13 Premiere

More fighter planes also revealed ― The official website for director Tsutomu Mizushima and scriptwriter Michiko Yokote's original television anime project Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai (Kotobuki - The Wasteland Squadron) revealed the second promotional video, January 13 premiere, and more fighter plane designs on Thursday. The video features ZAQ's opening theme song "Sora no Ne" (Sound of the Sky). The a...
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Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition DX Switch Game Previewed in Video

Game launches in Japan on December 27 ― Koei Tecmo Games began streaming a promotional video on Thursday for Shin Sangoku Musō 7 with Mōshōden (Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition DX), a new version of the Dynasty Warriors 8 (Shin Sangoku Musō 7) game for the Nintendo Switch. The game will ship in Japan on December 27. The game will include all released downloadable content for the ga...
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Nier:Automata Game's Worldwide Digital Sales, Shipments Exceed 3.5 Million

― The official Twitter account for Square Enix's NieR: Automata game revealed on Wednesday that the game has sold and shipped a combined total of more than 3.5 million copies worldwide. The number includes both physical shipments and digital sales. The number had surpassed 3 million copies in June. The game shipped for the PlayStation 4 in Japan on February 23, 2017, followed by North America on Mar...
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Nintendo, Cygames' Dragalia Lost RPG App Earns US$50 Million Since Launch

Game earned US$16 million in 1st 2 weeks of service ― Mobile app data analysis organization Sensor Tower reported on Tuesday that Nintendo and Cygames' new action RPG smartphone game Dragalia Lost has earned $50 million since it launched on September 27 in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and the United States. By comparison, in the same time period after launch Fire Emblem Heroes earned US$75.8 mill...
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The Last Remnant Remastered Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launches in Japan, Europe, N. America on Thursday ― Square Enix began streaming a launch trailer on Thursday for its The Last Remnant Remastered game. The game launched digitally for PlayStation 4 in Japan, Europe, and North America on Thursday. The game is available through the PlayStation Store for 3,980 yen (about US$36). The game is a remaster of The Last Remnant role-playing game, which deb...
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Mrs. Green Apple Perform Ending Theme for Live-Action I''s Series

13-episode series premieres on December 21 ― The staff for the live-action series adaptation of Masakazu Katsura's I''s manga revealed on Thursday that Mrs. Green Apple will perform the ending theme song "Coffee" for the series. The band's third album Ensemble with the song will ship in April. The show's cast includes: Amane Okayama (live-action Lychee Light Club's Jacob) as Ichitaka Seto Sei Shirai...
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Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists Game's Video Previews Town Building

Game ships in Japan on January 31, in the West in March ― Gust began streaming a promotional video for its Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World game on Thursday. The video previews the game's town building and adventuring elements. The game will ship for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch in Japan on January 31 after a delay from December 13. The game will shi...
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Dragon Quest Builders 2 Game's Video Highlights Mechanics

Demo out now for PS4/Switch game ― Square Enix began streaming a promotional video on Thursday for its Dragon Quest Builders 2: Hakaigami Shidō to Karappo no Shima (Dragon Quest Builders 2: God of Destruction Malroth and the Empty Island) game. The video highlights the game's mechanics. The video also reveals that a demo for the game is now available for both the PlayStation 4 and Switch. The game wi...

New Fruits Basket Anime's 1st English-Subtitled Trailer Previews Manaka Iwami as Tohru

4 character designs also revealed for series premiering in 2019 with Funimation streaming ― Funimation began streaming the first trailer on Thursday for the new television anime adaptation for Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga. The video previews Manaka Iwami as Tohru. The video is region free. The anime will air in Japan on TV Tokyo in 2019, and Funimation will stream the anime on FunimationNow. ...
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Dororo TV Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals More Cast, January 7 Premiere

Anime to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video inside, outside of Japan ― The official website for the second television anime adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's Dororo manga began streaming the second promotional video for the series on Thursday. The video reveals that the show will premiere on TV Tokyo on January 7 at 11:00 p.m., before later airing on BS11 and Jidaieki Senmon Channel. The show will s...
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Ultraman Franchise Gets Compilation Series in January

Series compiles famous parts in franchise from Ultraman Ginga to Ultraman R/B ― TV Tokyo revealed a new series on Thursday for the Ultrman franchise titled Ultraman New Generation Chronicle. The series will premiere on January 5, and will show famous episodes and parts from series and films in the franchise from the 2013 Ultraman Ginga series to the latest Ultraman R/B series. Miina Tominaga will aga...
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go! go! vanillas Band Perform New Ending Theme for GeGeGe no Kitaro Anime

New song debuts in anime in January ― The official website for the new GeGeGe no Kitaro anime revealed on Thursday that the band go! go! vanillas will perform the anime's new ending theme song "No.999." The new song will debut in the anime in January. The anime entered a new arc on October 7 titled "Seiyō Yōkai-hen" (Western Yōkai Arc). The arc centers on the Western yōkai world's treasure, the "Ring...
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Hunter x Hunter Greed Adventure Smartphone Game Launches in Japan

― Bandai Namco Entertainment released Hunter x Hunter Greed Adventure, the new smartphone game based on Yoshihiro Togashi's Hunter x Hunter manga, in Japan on Wednesday. The 3D action role-playing game is free to play, with in-game purchases available. The game takes place after the manga's "Greed Island" arc, after Gon and his friends have cleared Greed Island, and after the evolution of the main l...
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Mix Baseball Anime Reveals Staff, Visual, April 2019 Premiere

Noriko Hidaka reprises role as Minami Asakura ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Mitsuru Adachi's Mix baseball manga revealed the anime's staff and April 2019 premiere on Thursday. The anime will air on NTV and YTV on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. (the timeslot that Ace Attorney Season 2 is airing in now). The site also revealed a teaser visual. Odahiro Watanabe (Soul Buster, Toky...
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Judge Eyes PS4 Game's Commercials Preview Gameplay, Story

"Legal suspense work" PS4 game slated for December 13 ― Yakuza Studios began streaming two commercials for its Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon (Judge Eyes: The Will of the Death Reaper) PlayStation 4 game on Monday. The first video focuses on gameplay elements while the second focuses on story drama. Game Edition: Drama Edition: The "legal suspense work" game will launch in Japan, South Korea, and Ch...
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Tohru Furuya Narrates Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo Anime Film

Original film opens in Japan on January 25 ― The official website for Craftar Studios Inc.'s original anime film Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo (Even if the World Will End Tomorrow) revealed on Thursday that Tohru Furuya (Gundam's Amuro Ray, Sailor Moon's Tuxedo Mask) will narrate the beginning of the film. Previously revealed cast members include: Yuuki Kaji as Shin Hazama Maaya Uchida as Kotori Iz...
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'How clumsy you are, Miss Ueno' Anime Premieres on January 6

― The official website for the television anime of tugeneko's Ueno-san wa Bukiyō (How clumsy you are, Miss Ueno) manga revealed on Thursday that the anime will premiere on January 6. The anime will premiere on BS11 on January 6 at 24:30 (effectively January 7 at 12:30 a.m.), before later airing on Tokyo MX and J:COM TV. The anime will stream in Japan on Docomo Anime Store, AbemaTV, and niconico. Tom...
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Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire Smartphone Game Earns US$30 Million in November

Game has grossed US$485 million since June 2017 launch ― Mobile app data analysis organization Sensor Tower reported on Monday that Square Enix and MZ's Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire smartphone game earned US$30 million worldwide in November, and has earned a cumulative total of US$485 million since launching in June 2017. Players in the United States accounted for 42% of the gross total for Novembe...
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Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ Game's February Release Revealed

PS4/Vita game's limited edition contents also revealed ― Aksys Games announced on Tuesday that its release of the Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ game is slated for February 14 on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Aksys Games also revealed that it will release a limited edition for the game (seen below) The limited edition will contain acrylic figurines of the characters and eight character...
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Risa Aizawa Joins Cast of The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 'Conclusion' Anime

Dempagumi.inc member voices Aiko Mikami again in 55-minute special on December 28 ― The staff of the "concluding" anime for Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan) manga revealed on Monday that Dempagumi.inc member Risa Aizawa will voice the character Aiko Mikami in the special. Aizawa previously performed theme songs for both The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. anime seaso...
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Kono Oto Tomare Anime Reveals Teaser Visual

― The official website for the television anime of Amyū's Kono Oto Tomare! (Stop This Sound!) manga revealed a teaser visual for the anime on Tuesday. The anime will premiere in April 2019. Ryōma Mizuno is serving as the series director at Platinum Vision (Saiyuki Reload Blast, Servamp, Devils' Line). Ayumu Hisao (Devils' Line, Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the...
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film Opens in Top 10 in Mexico

Film opened in Mexico on November 30, earned Mex$6.8 million in opening weekend ― The My Hero Academia: Two Heroes anime film earned Mex$6.8 million (about US$330,600) and ranked #8 in its opening weekend in Mexico. The film opened in Mexico on November 30. Funimation and TOHO hosted a world premiere of the film with English subtitles at Anime Expo on July 5, and the English dub version of the film h...
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Metroid Prime: Trilogy Game Compilation Listed for Switch

― Swedish retailer Inet is listing a release of Metroid Prime: Trilogy for the Nintendo Switch, with a February 15 release date. The listing noted that it is a mockup, and that the release will be revealed at The Game Awards ceremony on Thursday. Metroid Prime: Trilogy is a compilation of Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, three games from the Metroid Prime fran...
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Boku no Hatsukoi o Kimi ni Sasagu Live-Action Series Reveals More Cast

Hio Miyazawa, Kanta Satō, Kazuya Kojima, Katsuhisa Namase join January 19 series ― The staff for the new live-action series adaptation of Kotomi Aoki's Boku no Hatsukoi o Kimi ni Sasagu (I Give My First Love to You) manga revealed additional cast members for the series on Thursday. The additional cast includes: Hio Miyazawa as Kō Suzuya, Takuma's rival in love Kanta Satō as Ritsu Suzuya, Kō's younger...
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Johannes Roberts Directs, Writes Live-Action Resident Evil Reboot Film

Consantin Film produces reboot film for horror game franchise ― The entertainment industry news website Variety reported on Wednesday that German film production company Constantin Film has hired Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) to direct and write the first reboot film for the Resident Evil film franchise. Variety stated the film is expected to start production next year with a new cast. A previous...
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The Promised Neverland Gets New Novel Spinoff

Novel about Isabella, Krone ships in January ― Shueisha's Jump j Books label revealed on Monday that Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland) manga will get a new novel titled Yakusoku no Neverland: Mama-tachi no Tsuisōkyoku (The Promised Neverland: Moms' Song of Remembrance). Nanao is penning the novel, and it is slated to ship on January 4. The manga focuses on...
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Detective Conan Manga Tops Da Vinci Ranking

Oya-san to Boku, One Piece, Haikyu!!, Chihayafuru also rank ― The January 2019 issue of Kadokawa Media Factory's book and manga news magazine Da Vinci unveiled its 18th annual "Book of the Year" list on Thursday. The rankings are not based solely on sales. Instead, a group of 4,275 voters including book reviewers, writers, and bookstore employees selected this year's lists. To be eligible, a manga ha...

Itai no wa Iya nano de Bōgyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu. Novels Get Anime

Story about girl playing invulnerable character in MMO began in 2016 ― Kadokawa announced on Thursday that Yuumikan's Itai no wa Iya nano de Bōgyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu. (All points are divided to VIT because a painful one isn't liked., literally "I Think I'd Like to Max Out All My Points on VIT Since I Don't Like to be in Pain") light novel series is inspiring an anime adaptation. The...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate Game Slated for Spring 2019

Yuka Iguchi performs game's theme song "Treasure" ― The official website for 5pb.'s Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game revealed the game's spring 2019 release date on Monday. The website also revealed that Yuka Iguchi will perform the game's theme song "Treasure." The regular version of the game will cost 7,800 yen (about US$69)....

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2nd Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Brings Back Kai Ogasawara as Hide

Returning cast member appears in new visual ― The official website for the live-action films of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga announced on Thursday that the tentatively titled Tokyo Ghoul 2 film is bringing back Kai Ogasawara as Hideyoshi "Hide" Nagachika. The new film will open in Japanese theaters next summer. Masataka Kubota (center in image below) is returning as Ken Kaneki, but Maika Yamamoto (...
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Kakegurui Anime's 2nd Season Video Reveals More Cast, Ending Song Info, January 8 Debut

Romi Park cast as anime original character Rei "Batsubami" ― The official website for Kakegurui××, the second anime season based on Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui manga, began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Thursday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Kono Yubi Tomare" by JUNNA, and also reveals the anime's January 8 premiere. The video reveals Romi Pa...
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Shin-ei Partners With India's Green Gold for More Ninja Hattori Anime

New episodes have been airing in India since 2012 ― TV Asia reported on Tuesday that Japan's TV Asahi and its anime production subsidiary Shin-ei Animation are partnering with Indian studio Green Gold Animation to produce new episodes of the Ninja Hattori (Ninja Hattori-kun) anime. Shin-ei Animation producer Yuichi Nagata commented that collaboration will be between Shin-ei's creative content and Gre...
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Senryū Shōjo Manga Gets Spring 2019 TV Anime With Kana Hanazawa

Masato Jinbo, CONNECT adapt Masakuni Igarashi manga about girl who can only speak in senryū poems ― Kodansha announced on Thursday that Masakuni Igarashi's Senryū Shōjo (Senryū Girl) manga will get a television anime adaptation that will premiere next spring. Kana Hanazawa will star in the anime as protagonist Nanako Yukishiro. The first 2019 issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Wed...
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Senryū Shōjo Manga Has Important Announcement on December 12

― The first 2019 issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Masakuni Igarashi's Senryū Shōjo (Senryū Girl) manga will have an important announcement in the magazine's next issue on December 12. The Twitter account "@senryu_anime" was registered in November, but it currently has no public content. The manga centers on Nanako Yukishiro and Eiji Busujima. Nanako is a girl who...
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Radiation House Manga's Live-Action TV Series Confirmed

― The first 2019 issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine confirmed the live-action television series adaptation of Tomohiro Yokomaku and Taishi Mori's Radiation House manga on Wednesday. Amazon Japan previously listed the magazine with the cover showing the announcement. This year's 24th issue of the magazine had teased in November that the manga would have an "important announcement" in the issue o...
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Death end re;Quest Game's 2nd Battle System Promo Video Streamed

PS4 game ships in N. America on February 19, in Europe on February 22 ― Idea Factory International began streaming the second battle system promotional video for Compile Heart's Death end re;Quest PlayStation 4 game on Wednesday. The game will ship in North America on February 19, and in Europe on February 22. Idea Factory International describes the story: Arata Mizunashi, a video game programmer, r...
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Pop Team Epic Is Yahoo!'s Most Searched Anime of 2018

Voice actress Yumiko Kobayashi, video game Monster Hunter World also take top spots ― Bkub Okawa's Pop Team Epic managed to confound, entertain, and surprise viewers each week, earning its spot as Yahoo! Japan's most searched anime series of 2018. Popuko and Pipimi's anti-comedy was announced as one of the top three searched series along with Darling in the Franxx and The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival o...
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Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Scarlet Game's 1st Promo Video Streamed

March 20 game features Misaki from Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation ― The official website for the Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Scarlet game began streaming the first promotional video for the game on Wednesday. The new version of the Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 game will launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on March 20. The game will feature the character Misaki from the PC version of the Dead or Al...
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Voice Actor Mamoru Miyano Becomes Presenter on Morning TV Program

Voice actor Mamoru Miyano, who is best known for his roles as Rintaro Okabe (Steins;Gate), Light Yagami (Death Note), and Tamaki Suou (Ouran High School Host Club), became the "monthly entertainment presenter" in the morning Japanese television show Mezamashi Terebi (lit. "Wake Up TV"). The program airs on Monday to Fridays at 4:55 am. Miyano's first appearance in the program was on December 4, an...
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Otter Media Lays Off 10% of Staff in Restructuring

Crunchyroll parent company Ellation reportedly unaffected by layoffs ― AT&T's digital media company Otter Media, the holding company that operates Crunchyroll and VRV's parent company Ellation, laid off about 10% of its staff as part of a company reorganization on Wednesday. Otter Media employs about 1,400 people, so the layoffs will affect about 140 full-time employees and contractors. Variety repor...
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Run with the Wind ‒ Episode 10

"This episode shows just how dramatically Kakeru has changed since joining the track team."
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Japanese Comic Ranking, November 26-December 2

Drifters, Saint Young Men, Grand Blue Dreaming, Black Lagoon, Splatoon in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Drifters 6 173,960 173,960 2018/11 Shonengahosha Kouta Hirano 1 1 2 Saint Young Men 16 89,287 216,108 2018/11 Kodansha Hikaru Nakamura 2 2 3 Grand Blue Dreaming 12 61,306 162,794 2018/11 Kodansha Story: Kenji Inou...
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Dragon Ball Space Pod 'Crash Lands' in Tokyo

Both Japan and the U.S. are preparing for Dragon Ball's return to theaters this winter. Goku soared over Manhattan during Macy's 92nd Thanksgiving Day Parade and publisher Shuiesha is ranking some of the Super Saiyan's best battles according to fan votes. One invader appears to have crash landed in the Toyosu district of Koto, Tokyo ahead of the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film opening in Japan on De...
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Fate/Extella Link Game's PS Vita Version Is Digital-Only in West

― Marvelous Games confirmed on Tuesday that its Western release of Marvelous and Type-Moon's Fate/Extella Link game will be digital-only for the PlayStation Vita through the PlayStation Store. The company also confirmed that the game is slated for release for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in the first quarter of 2019. XSEED Games, a subsidiary of Marvelous, annou...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, November 26-December 2

Persona Q2 game debuts at #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: November 26-December 2 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1NSw Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! (Including Bundled Editions) Pokémon November 16 94,753 918,459 75 23DSPersona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Atlus November 29 79,747 79,747 3NSwSuper Mario Party Nintendo October 5 49,829...
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Mannaka no Rikkun Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, January 9 Premiere

Akiko Seki directs anime starring Yurina Watanabe ― The January issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine announced the staff, cast, and premiere date for the anime of Masahiro Totsuka's Mannaka no Rikkun (Rikkun in the Middle) manga on Thursday. The magazine's website posted a color visual of the characters. The anime will air as part of TV Tokyo's KinderTV variety program beginning on January 9. The cas...
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Original Eva English Cast Petition to Re-Dub Series for Netflix

Netflix announced some of its biggest anime news last week when the streaming service revealed that it will begin streaming Hideaki Anno and Gainax's Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime, as well as the Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth and Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion films. Neon Genesis Evangelion is considered a landmark anime production and the television series ha...
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Etrian Odyssey Nexus Game's Video Highlights Mapping

3DS game ships on February 5 in N. America, Europe ― Atlus USA began streaming a trailer for Etrian Odyssey Nexus on Wednesday. The video focuses on the mapping mechanic that is central to the franchise. The Nintendo 3DS game is slated for February 5 in North America and Europe. The game's launch edition will include an outer box, art book, and pin featuring the innkeeper Vivian. The game introduces ...
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Mob Psycho 100 II Anime's Episode 1 to Screen in U.S. Theaters

Crunchyroll, Fathom Events collaborate on screenings ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it is teaming with Fathom Events for more installments in its Crunchyroll Movie Night theatrical event series in 2019. The first event for their collaboration will be a theatrical premiere of the first episode of Mob Psycho 100 II, along with the Mob Psycho 100 REIGEN The Miraculous Unknown Psychic anime an...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Reveals Visual, January 12 Premiere

Manga-inspired anime stars Aoi Koga, Makoto Furukawa ― The official website for the television anime of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai - Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga revealed the second key visual and the January 12 premiere for the series on Wednesday. Character designer Yuuko Yahiro illustrated the visual. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, Gunma TV, To...
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Answerman - What's With The Multiple Versions of Kiki's Delivery Service?

Justin tells the story behind Disney's original VHS & Laserdisc dub of Kiki's Delivery Service, starring Kirsten Dunst and featuring two original songs! ― Fred asked: I recently was at a second hand shop, and came across an old VHS tape of Kiki's Delivery Service, I guess from when it was first released by Disney. I already had the movie on Blu-ray but it seemed like a collectable, and it was only 5...
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Tatsunoko's The Price of Smiles TV Anime Reveals Ad, January 4 Premiere

Mecha series celebrates Tatsunoko Productions' 55th anniversary ― The official website for Egao no Daika (The Price of Smiles), Tatsunoko Productions' original television anime to mark its 55th anniversary, revealed a new commercial and the series' January 4 premiere on Wednesday. The video features Chiho feat. majiko's opening theme song "Egao no Kanata" (Beyond the Smiles). The series will premiere...

Shinichiro Watanabe, BONES' Original Carole & Tuesday Anime Reveals New Character, Composers

Jen Wood, Maisa Tsuno, Benny Sings, Lido compose songs ― The official website for Carole & Tuesday, the new original anime by supervising director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Kids on the Slope, Terror in Resonance) and anime studio BONES, revealed the new character Angela and composers for the anime on Wednesday. Angela Birthday: April 1, Martian Year 33 (16 years old) Place of birth: Alba Cit...
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Director Tatsuki's Kemurikusa Anime Premieres on January 9

― The official Twitter account for director Tatsuki's Kemurikusa television anime revealed on Wednesday that the series will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 9 at 10:30 p.m. The series will also begin airing later that night on Sun TV, Tochigi TV, BS Fuji, Hokkaido Bunka Hōsō, Chiba TV, and Mie TV. Amazon Prime Video will debut its "exclusive" early streams of the anime on the same day at 10:15 p.m. ...
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Dagashi Kashi's Kotoyama Draws New 1-Shot Manga on December 26

― The first 2019 issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that manga creator Kotoyama will publish a new one-shot manga titled "Itookashi" in the magazine's combined fourth and fifth issue on December 26. The announcement shows a character that appears similar to the character Hajime Owari from Kotoyama's Dagashi Kashi manga, and teases, "Dagashi Kashi's Kotoyama ret...
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Original Streampunk Anime Kurayukaba Launches Crowdfunding

Aims to fund 30-second promo video, VR anime ― Shigeyoshi Tsukahara and Twiflo launched a Makuake crowdfunding campaign for their original anime project Kurayukaba on Wednesday. The campaign seeks to raise 2,500,000 yen (about US$22,100) to fund a new 30-second promotional video that doubles as a pilot film for the project, with a stretch goal to create a 1-minute video if the campaign reaches 4,000,...

MYTH&ROID Return for Saga of Tanya the Evil Film's Theme Song

Group previously performed TV anime's opening song ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki's Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) novel series revealed on Wednesday that MYTH&ROID will return to perform the upcoming anime film's theme song. The group previously performed the opening theme song "JINGO JUNGLE" for the television anime. The site had streamed a ...
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The Flowers of Evil Live-Action Film Unveils Cast, Fall 2019 Debut

Marie Iitoyo, Kentaro Ito, Tina Tamashiro, Shiori Akita star in film by Noboru Iguchi, Mari Okada ― The official website for the live-action film of Shūzō Oshimi's manga The Flowers of Evil (Aku no Hana) revealed the film's cast and fall 2019 opening on Wednesday. The cast (from left to right in the photographs below) includes: Marie Iitoyo as Aya Tokiwa, a girl that Takao interacts with in high scho...
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Live-Action Gintama 2 Film's Behind-the-Scenes Video Shows Action Scene

Film opened on August 17, 3rd highest-grossing Japanese live-action film of 2018 The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper's MAiDiGiTV YouTube channel began streaming a behind-the-scenes video on Wednesday for Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni Koso Aru (The Law is Surely There to be Broken), the second live-action film based on Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga. The video shows the filming and choreography of ...
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Kakegurui Anime's 2nd Season Casts Akira Ishida

Ishida plays new character Rin Obami in season premiering in January ― The official Twitter account for Kakegurui××, the second anime season based on Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui manga, revealed on Tuesday that Akira Ishida will voice the new character Rin Obami. \新キャスト発表!⑩/#賭ケグルイ 第2章新キャラクター、尾喰凜は… #石田彰 さんに決定! pic.twitter.com/x4Dui8RTnj— TVアニメ「賭ケグルイ××」公式 (@kakegurui_anime) December 5, ...
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