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This Week in Games - Speaking in Code

The father of the legendary Konami Code has passed away - plus fighting game news and much more. ― Friends, we have lost an unsung industry legend. Kazuhisa Hashimoto, the man who came up with the Konami Code, has passed at the age of 61. He apparently worked at Konami for many, many years after coming up with the iconic button sequence, but never got much of a spotlight – I bet most folks didn't kno...
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This Week in Anime - Saturday Morning Astro Boy

1963 does 2003 in anime's first foray in television. Osamu Tezuka's vision of the future-past is one hell of a ride. ― Step into the time machine because we're going to a place beyond color and reason. The year is 1963 and Osamu Tezuka's Astroboy is flying through the airwaves. The futuristic vision of 2003 was full of boy robots, fencing sphinges, and furries of course. Let's crank it up to 100,000...
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Magical Girl Raising Project BR

Although this dark magical girl series does a lot of other things at least relatively well, it is ultimately limited by problems with its tone. ― Although this 2016 series is listed primarily as a magical girl series (which it unquestionably is), a more accurate way to describe it might be as a hybrid of magical girl and survival game series, as it has nearly as much in common with a King's Game or D...
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23rd Pokémon Film's Trailer Highlights New Mythical Pokémon Zarude, Okoya Paradise Setting

Zarude joins new character Koko in July 10 film ― The official website for the Pokémon films began streaming a new trailer and teaser trailer on Friday for Gekijōban Pocket Monster Koko, the 23rd anime film in the franchise. The videos preview the film's story and titular character Koko alongside Zarude, the newly revealed Mythical Pokémon for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role...
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24th Detective Conan Film's Trailer Previews Tokyo Jihen Theme Song

Film opens on April 17 ― The official website for the Detective Conan films began streaming a trailer on Friday for Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan (Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet), the franchise's 24th film. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "Eien no Fuzaishōmei" (The Eternal Alibi) by rock band Tokyo Jihen. Band leader Ringo Sheena composed and wrote the lyrics for the so...
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This Week in Games - Speaking in Code

The father of the legendary Konami Code has passed away - plus fighting game news and much more. ― Friends, we have lost an unsung industry legend. Kazuhisa Hashimoto, the man who came up with the Konami Code, has passed at the age of 61. He apparently worked at Konami for many, many years after coming up with the iconic button sequence, but never got much of a spotlight – I bet most folks didn't kno...
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Blade of the Immortal ‒ Episode 20

Ironically, the thing that works the least in this episode is Shira himself, whose effectiveness as a villain has been mixed at best.
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Ojamajo Doremi 20th Anniversary Anime Film Unveils Cast

Aoi Morikawa, Rena Matsui, Kanako Momota star in Majo Minarai o Sagashite ― Toei announced on Friday the main cast members for Majo Minarai o Sagashite (Looking for Witch Apprentices), the brand-new anime film commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Ojamajo Doremi magical girl anime franchise. Aoi Morikawa will play Sora Nagase (seen center in image below), Rena Matsui will play Mire Yoshizuki (rig...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 23-29

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;Surrection, Great Conquest: The Romance of Three Kingdoms anime; Hi Score Girl, Sweat and Soap manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date City Hunter Season 1 Part 1 BDPlease Discotek Media US$59.95 February 25 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;Surrection Steelbook BD/DVDCite Funimation US$39.98 February 25 Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth- Esse...
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BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense. ‒ Episode 8

If an anime with more typical framework and characterizations did what BOFURI is doing, it would be a total slog. But BOFURI is anything but typical.
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Granblue Fantasy: Versus Game Launches on PC on March 13

― XSEED Games announced on Thursday that Cygames and Arc System Works' Granblue Fantasy: Versus fighting game will launch for PC via Steam on March 13 (March 14 in Japan). The Steam version will include graphical customization options; support for gamepads, as well as keyboard and mouse; Japanese and English voice options; and English, Japanese, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish text language ...
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Plunderer ‒ Episode 8

On the surface, Plunderer appears to be a medieval magical fantasy. However, there have been more than a few hints that this isn't strictly the case.
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Director Tsutomu Mizushima Announces Shirobako Film's Completion Three Days Before Release

Film will open in Japan on February 29 ― Tsutomu Mizushima, director of the Shirobako Movie (Gekijō-ban Shirobako) project, announced on Twitter on Wednesday that work on the film is "complete" and thanked the staff for their hard work. The film will open in Japan on February 29. The film's story is set four years after the events of the original Shirobako TV anime. Aoi Miyamori keeps busy dealing wi...
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The case files of Jeweler Richard TV Anime Casts Masaya Matsukaze, Yuuki Kaji

Promo video previews Claremont brothers ― The official website for the television anime of Nanako Tsujimura's Hōsekisho Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei (The case files of Jeweler Richard or literally, The Mystery Appraisals of Mr. Richard the Jeweler) novel series announced two new cast members on Friday. Masaya Matsukaze will play Richard's cousin Jeffrey Claremont, and Yuuki Kaji will play Jeffrey's you...
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Pokémon Sword/Shield Games Reveal New Mythical Pokémon Zarude

Videos preview Dark- and Grass-type Pokémon ― The Pokémon Company announced on Thursday the new Mythical Pokémon Zarude for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role-playing games. The company describes the Dark- and Grass-type Pokémon as "the Rogue Monkey Pokémon" that possesses "a clever mastery of vines." Zarude will be available in the games through normal gameplay. The Pokémon Di...
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Game Designer Hideo Kojima to Receive BAFTA Fellowship

BAFTA Games Awards to honor Death Stranding director on April 2 ― The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced on Thursday that game developer Hideo Kojima will receive the Fellowship at the BAFTA Games Awards on April 2. Regarding the award, Kojima said: Thank you very much for this precious BAFTA Fellowship award. I am very honored, and would like to take this moment to reflect...
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Given Boys-Love Anime Film's Teaser Video Streamed

Boys-love film opens in Japan on May 16 ― The official website for the anime film of Natsuki Kizu's Given manga began streaming a teaser video on Friday. The film will open in Japan on May 16. Fuji TV's new Blue Lynx boys-love anime label is producing the Given film. The television anime focuses on high school students Ritsuka and Mafuyu, but the film focuses on the adult band members Haruki, Akihiko...
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Kakushigoto Anime Casts Maaya Uchida, Emiri Katō, Daisuke Namikawa

Rikako Aida, Shiho Kokido, Yumi Hara also join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kōji Kumeta's Kakushigoto manga revealed six additional cast members on Thursday. The newly revealed characters are all people seen around the neighborhood of the Gotō household. The new cast members are: Maaya Uchida as Ichiko Rokujō Emiri Katō as Nadira Daisuke Namikawa as Mario Rikako ...
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Doraemon, Shimajirō Anime Films Delayed Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus as Japan Asks Schools to Close Until April

Prime minister to ask all elementary, middle, high schools to close through spring break ― The official website for the 2020 Doraemon film Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Kyoryū (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's New Dinosaur) announced on Thursday that the film's theatrical release in Japan has been postponed from March 6 due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease. The announcemen...
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Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto Game's Trailer Previews Momoshiki, Kinshiki

Game ships in the West on April 24 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a trailer for the Switch version of the Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto game on Wednesday. The trailer previews the playable characters Momoshiki and Kinshiki. The game will ship in the West on April 24. The original Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 game arrived on the PS4, Xbox One...
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Anime Tourism Association Cancels 'International Correspondent' Experience Planned for AnimeJapan 2020

AnimeJapan 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID-19 Coronavirus concerns ― Following the cancellation of the AnimeJapan 2020 event, the Anime Tourism Association is cancelling its "international correspondent" experience that was originally planned for AnimeJapan. Overseas anime fans who participated in the program would have gained press privileges at AnimeJapan 2020, among other perks. The Cool Jap...
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One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows Game Posts Launch Trailer

Fighting game for PS4, Xbox One, PC launches in N. America, Europe on Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming the launch trailer for the One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows game on Tuesday. The game will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in North America and Europe on Friday, February 28. The game launched for PS4 and Xbox One in Japan on Thursday, February 27. In the thre...
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Background Art Studio Lagurus to Dissolve in June

Studio founded in 2013, worked on I want to eat your pancreas, Devilman Crybaby ― The official website for anime background art company Studio Lagurus announced on Wednesday that the company will dissolve by June 30 due to "various circumstances." In the announcement, Studio Lagurus representative director Shinichi Uehara stated that the company was in the middle of discussions for work for next year...

AnimeJapan 2020 Event Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Event was scheduled on March 21-24 at Tokyo Big Sight ― The organizers of the AnimeJapan 2020 event announced on Thursday that they have decided to cancel the event due to concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease, and the Japanese government's recent proposal to cancel large-scale events. The event is offering refunds for admission tickets beginning on March 6. AnimeJapan 2020 was...
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Major 2nd Anime's 2nd Series Casts Rie Murakawa, Sumire Uesaka

Murakawa plays pitcher Anita Kabashima, Uesaka plays leadoff hitter Chisato Fujii, Leo Ieiri sings "Answer" opening ― The official Twitter account for the second anime series of Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga revealed two new cast members and the opening theme song artist for the anime on Thursday. The new cast members include: Rie Murakawa as Anita Kabashima, the team's headstrong pitcher...
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Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya Teases Project G.G. in Trailer

Self-published project will be 'climax to Hideki Kamiya superhero trilogy' ― Platinum Games announced a new game project tentatively titled Project G.G. on its Platinum4 teaser website on Wednesday. The company began streaming a teaser trailer. The trailer teases that the project is the "climax to the Hideki Kamiya superhero trilogy." Platinum Games is self-publishing Project G.G., which will be the ...
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Sanrio's Mewkledreamy TV Anime Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Artists, April 5 Premiere

Yūki Ogoe, Kana Ichinose, Kikuko Inoue, Yūki Hirose, Ayumi Mano, Yuka Nukui join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Sanrio's Mewkledreamy character line revealed new cast members, the theme song artists, the anime's April 5 premiere on TV Tokyo and its affiliates on Thursday. The new cast members include: Yūki Ogoe as Haruto Sugiyama, a third-year student whom Yume admires Kana I...
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Ryohgo Narita's Kuroha & Nijisuke 'Season 2' Manga Ends

Narita, Nazuna Hakubai launched season 2 of series in May 2018 ― Kodansha's Magazine Pocket app published the final chapter of Kuroha to Nijisuke: Kuroki Majo no Divertimento (Kuroha & Nijisuke: The Black Witch's Divertimento), the "second season" of Ryohgo Narita and Nazuna Hakubai's Kuroha to Nijisuke manga, on Tuesday. The manga centers on Kuroha Yoitsuji, a girl who has been blessed with incredib...
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New Sakura Wars Anime Premieres on April 3

Videos preview anime's theme songs ― The official website for Shin Sakura Taisen the Animation, the television anime of the Shin Sakura Taisen (Project Sakura Wars in English) game, announced on Wednesday that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 3 at 10:00 p.m. The anime will also air later that night on BS11. The official Twitter account for the Sakura Wars franchise began streaming the ope...

3rd Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Anime Film Gets N. American Premiere in L.A. on April 17

Film opens in Japan on March 28 ― Aniplex of America announced on Wednesday that it will screen the North American premiere of Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song, the third film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film trilogy, at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on April 17 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will go on sale on Friday at 2:00 p.m. EST. Aniplex describes the story: "I'm determined ...
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2nd Anime Ad for LAVIE VEGA Notebook Computer Debuted

― Personal computer company NEC posted the 30-second version of its anime ad for its new notebook PC, the Lavie Vega last week. The ad's story takes place in a futuristic Shibuya where human labor is no longer necessary thanks to the advancement of artificial intelligence. Instead, creativity is respected. Young people form teams called "clouds" in order to quickly gain fame and fortune. Emphasis is...
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Konami Code Creator Kazuhisa Hashimoto Passes Away

Konami Code first appeared in Gradius NES game in 1986 ― Konami Kukeiha Club member and video game composer Yuji Takenouchi, or TECHNOuchi, revealed on Twitter on Wednesday that Kazuhisa Hashimoto, creator of the Konami Code, passed away on Tuesday. He was 61. Hashimoto was a producer who worked on the NES version of Konami's Gradius game, which launched in 1986. Hashimoto found Gradius too difficult...
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Aikatsu Franchise Reports 10% Increase in Quarterly Sales After Aikatsu on Parade! Debut

Franchise made 900 million yen in sales from October to December 2019 ― Bandai Namco Holdings revealed in its sales data for the third quarter of 2020 that the Aikatsu franchise's sales from October to December 2019 were 900 million yen (approximately US$8.1 million), a roughly 10% increase from sales during the same period in 2018. The numbers correspond with the premiere of the Aikatsu on Parade! t...
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Isekai Quartet 2 ‒ Episode 7

It's school physical day but the episode is more invested in messing with fanservice tropes than delivering an eyeful.
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Comedian Atsushi Tamura Seeks Nezuko Cosplayer

Tamura plans to create video imitating style of Demon Slayer Opening ― Comedian Atsushi Tamura announced on Twitter on Sunday that he is creating a video in the style of the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba opening for his London Boots channel. To that end, he is seeking a cosplayer to play the part of Nezuko in the video. 『募集』ロンブーチャネルにて紅蓮華 鬼滅の刃OPっぽく撮ってみたの動画撮影に参加してくれる禰豆子を探してます!禰豆子コスで写真を送ってください!バストアップと全...
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Aho-Girl Author Hiroyuki Details New Manga

Kanojo mo Kanojo series launches on March 4 ― Manga creator Hiroyuki posted on Twitter on Tuesday a photograph of a page in this year's 13th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine, which previews his previously announced new manga. The manga is titled Kanojo mo Kanojo (She's a Girl Too), and it will launch in the magazine's next issue on March 4. The series will debut with a color opening page an...
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T Anime Casts Konomi Kohara

Episode 7 delayed to this Friday ― The official website for A Certain Scientific Railgun T (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T) anime revealed on Thursday that Konomi Kohara is playing the character Dolly in the series. The anime's seventh episode will run on Friday, February 28, after being delayed from Friday, February 21. The staff had stated that they were delaying the episode because effects of the COVID...
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Seiyū Award, Key, Aikatsu Events Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Voice actress Minori Chihara also delays concerts ― The staff of the 14th Annual Seiyū Awards announced on Wednesday that this year's awards ceremony and a related audition event for new voice actors are canceled due to concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus. The staff decided to cancel the events to protect the health of everyone involved. The awards ceremony was scheduled to be held at Bunka Hōsō ...

Bandai Namco Entertainment, Love Live! Events Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

This week's Perfume, EXILE, Yukari Tamura events also canceled ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it is canceling or changing its sponsored events until March 15 due to concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The affected events include those for Tekken 7, The [email protected], Sword Art Online, Tales of Vesperia, and Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2. The staff of ...

Interspecies Reviewers Anime Added by Gifu Broadcasting TV Station

Anime still running on KBS Kyoto, BS11, AT-X in Japan, but not Tokyo MX, Sun TV ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Amahara and masha's Interspecies Reviewers (Ishuzoku Reviewers) manga announced on Wednesday that the over-the-air Gifu Broadcasting channel will begin airing the anime on Friday, February 28. The channel in Gifu prefecture will air the first episode of the anime'...
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Yukari Tamura Event Forbids Audience Call-and-Response Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

The official website for voice actress Yukari Tamura announced on Tuesday that the voice actor's "Birthday Event 2020" on Thursday will forbid attendees from doing call-and-response (audience responses during specific sections of a song) during Tamura's performance in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Tamura is perhaps best known as the voice of protagonist Nanoha Takama...
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Dengeki PlayStation Magazine to Switch to Irregular Publication Schedule

Last monthly issue will ship on March 28 ― Kadokawa's Dengeki Online website announced on Wednesday that the Dengeki PlayStation magazine will cease regular publication as of the May issue on March 28. The magazine will then move to an irregular publishing schedule as special issues or mooks (magazine books). Dengeki Online articles and the "Dengeki PS Live" streams will still use the Dengeki PlaySta...
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Megumi Ogata: Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Anime Film's Dialogue Recording Is All But Finished

Retakes still left before film opens on June 27 ― Voice actress Megumi Ogata, who voices the main character Shinji Ikari in the Evangelion franchise, said on her Twitter account on Tuesday that the dialogue recording for the Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||) film is all but finished. She added a caveat that production has not yet fully ended as there are still retakes left to do, a...

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Australian Senator Calls For Review of Anime Depicting 'Child Exploitation'

Senator Stirling Griff calls out Eromanga Sensei for 'disturbing themes' ― South Australian senator Stirling Griff is calling for a review of all anime and manga currently accessible in Australia, expressing concerns about media depicting "child exploitation." In a speech to the Australian parliament on Wednesday, he highlighted anime and manga depicting "wide-eyed children, usually in school uniform...
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Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna Film Opens at #6

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku film stays at #4, 2nd Gundam: Reconguista in G film at #1 in mini-theaters ― The live-action film of Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga stayed at #4 in its third weekend. The film earned 101,419,300 yen (about US$920,500) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 960,143,750 yen (about US$8.71 million). The fil...
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Infinite Dendrogram Anime Resumes on Thursday After Delay Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus

Episode 7 delayed from last Thursday ― The official website and Twitter account for the Infinite Dendrogram anime announced on Tuesday that the anime's seventh episode will run on Thursday, February 27 after being delayed last week on February 20. The staff had stated that they were delaying the episode due to effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak as well as production issues. The first episod...

Live-Action The Promised Neverland Film Casts Keiko Kitagawa, Naomi Watanabe

Film opens on December 18 starring Minami Hamabe, Jyo Kairi, Rihito Itagaki ― The staff of the live-action film of Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland manga announced on Wednesday that actress Keiko Kitagawa (right in image below, live-action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon's Sailor Mars, Paradise Kiss) will play Isabella ("Mama"), while comedian Naomi Watanabe (left, live-action KANNA...
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Aokana - Four Rhythms Across the Blue Game Heads West on PS4, Switch This Summer

Visual novel's announcement trailer streamed ― PQube announced on Tuesday that it and video game localization company NekoNyan will release sprite's Aokana - Four Rhythm Across the Blue (Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm) game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in the West this summer. PQube began streaming an announcement trailer: PQube describes the game: The story of Aokana plays in a world where sci...
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Rock Band WANIMA Cancels 2 Events After COVID-19 Coronavirus Patient Attends Concert

Dentsu HQ staff telecommute, SNK postpones eSports events due to virus ― The official website for rock band WANIMA (One Piece Stampede anime film's theme song) reported on Tuesday that a COVID-19 coronavirus patient from Kumamoto attended their concert in Fukouka on February 8. The website stated that the live venue was not the source of infection. The band has cancelled two of its upcoming concert e...
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Reddit's 2020 Anime Awards Crowns Sarazanmai, Hugtto Precure, Attack on Titan

― Reddit's popular anime discussion board /r/anime organizes its own awards featuring both a jury panel and a popular vote and a livestream to announce the results. The project is relatively new but has seen considerable growth since its debut in 2018, jumping from 300 viewers to over 1,0000. While the awards are new, /r/anime certainly is not; the sub-Reddit thread boasts 1.3 million subscribers. R...
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Hey! Riki Creator Releases Essay Manga About Life as an Orphan

― Artist Kouichi Nagata found success in his long-running action manga Hey! Riki, a story about delinquents at an impoverished high school that fight their way to supremacy. The 31-volume series is a spin-off of Hiroshi Takahashi's prolific Crows and Worst series, also about gangs of kids fighting to rule the campus. Before he became an artist, Nagata faced his own unique survival struggles. In his ...
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Saudi Arabia's Manga Productions, Toei Animation Finish The Journey Film

Film premieres at Cannes Film Festival in May ― Saudi Arabian media company Manga Productions revealed on Monday that it and Toei Animation have finished their animated collaboration film The Journey. The company also announced that it has signed theatrical distribution deals for the movie with VOX Cinemas in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and with Toei's distribution company T-Joy i...
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Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia ‒ Episode 18

When the Babylonia anime was announced, I had one scene that I could not wait to see. It's finally here, and it blows my lofty expectations clear out of the stratosphere.
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In/Spectre ‒ Episode 7

While the stakes are escalated, this episode doesn't really cover much new philosophical ground.
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This Week in Anime - Saturday Morning Astro Boy

1963 does 2003 in anime's first foray in television. Osamu Tezuka's vision of the future-past is one hell of a ride. ― Step into the time machine because we're going to a place beyond color and reason. The year is 1963 and Osamu Tezuka's Astroboy is flying through the airwaves. The futuristic vision of 2003 was full of boy robots, fencing sphinges, and furries of course. Let's crank it up to 100,000...
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Tokyo Godfathers Anime Film's Trailer Previews New English Dub

4K restoration screens in U.S. on March 9, 11 ― GKIDS began streaming a trailer on Tuesday for its new English dub of Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers film. The English dub cast includes: Jon Avner as Gin Victoria Grace as Miyuki Shakina Nayfack as Hana Kate Bornstein as Mother Crispin Freeman as Miyuki's Father David Manis as Old Man Jamieson Price as Oota Kirk Thornton as Yasuo GKIDS describes the fi...
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'Shachō, Battle no Jikan Desu!' Anime Reveals Visual, April 5 Premiere

Shun Horie, Kana Ichinose, Azumi Waki more star in anime about dungeoneering company ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of the smartphone strategy role-playing game Shachō, Battle no Jikan Desu! (President, It's Time for Battle!) revealed a key visual and April 5 premiere for the anime on Wednesday. The anime will premiere on AT-X on April 5 at 11:30 p.m., before debuting late...
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Magical Girl Raising Project BR

Although this dark magical girl series does a lot of other things at least relatively well, it is ultimately limited by problems with its tone. ― Although this 2016 series is listed primarily as a magical girl series (which it unquestionably is), a more accurate way to describe it might be as a hybrid of magical girl and survival game series, as it has nearly as much in common with a King's Game or D...
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Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time Anime Reveals Cast, Staff

Hiro Shimono, Yui Ninomiya, Ayana Taketatsu, Hibiku Yamamura, Akari Uehara, Sayaka Senbongi join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Daisuke Hiyama's Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time (Peter Grill to Kenja no Jikan) manga opened on Tuesday and revealed the anime's main cast and staff. The cast includes: Hiro Shimono as Peter Grill Yui Ninomiya as Luvelia Sanctos Ay...

Tokyopop Announces Love x Love Romance Imprint

Comics industry news source ICv2 reported on Tuesday that North American manga and graphic novel publisher Tokyopop is launching the new romance imprint Love x Love. The imprint will have new and existing works that include shojo, josei, yaoi, and yuri works with "an age range of 13+ to 18+." The imprint will focus on short works, including one-shots, short stories, and series of up to several vol...

Crunchyroll Unveils 7 'Crunchyroll Originals' Works Including Tower of God, Noblesse, God of High School

Telecom Animation Film produces Tower of God, MAPPA produces God of High School, Production I.G produces Noblesse ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday its first slate of "Crunchyroll Originals" works that the company is producing. The currently airing In/Spectre anime is also a "Crunchyroll Originals" product. Crunchyroll confirmed that three of the other seven works announced are being produced at Jap...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Anime's Remaining Episodes to Premiere on April 25

April 11 special, April 18 digest lead into final Alicization episodes ― The official website for the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime announced on Tuesday that the second cours (quarter year) of Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld, the anime's second half, will premiere on April 25. It will premiere on that date at 24:00 (effectively, April 26 at midnight) on the Tokyo MX, Tochigi T...
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Tsugumomo Anime Season 2's 2nd Promo Video Unveils More Cast, April 5 Debut

Kaede Yuasa, Sora Tokui join Tsugu Tsugumomo cast ― The official website for the Tsugumomo television anime posted the second promotional video and second key visual for Tsugu Tsugumomo, the series' second season, on Tuesday. The video announces more cast members and the April 5 premiere for the season, and it also previews AŌP's opening theme song "Kaze Fukeba Tsukiyo no Hate ni" (When the Wind Blow...

Netflix Partners With CLAMP & Kindaichi, Gundam Thunderbolt, Goth, Mardock Scramble, Thermae Romae Creators for New Anime

CLAMP, Shin Kibayashi, Yasuo Ohtagaki, Otsuichi, Tow Ubukata, Mari Yamazaki to expand anime lineup ― The streaming service Netflix announced on Tuesday that it is forming partnerships with six Japanese creators to expand its anime lineup. The streaming service is partnering with the manga creator group CLAMP (X, Cardcaptor Sakura), manga creator Shin Kibayashi (The File of Young Kindaichi, The Drops ...
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Show By Rock!! Fes A Live Smartphone Game Reveals Videos, Spring Launch

Videos preview gameplay, animation & reveal DOKONJOFINGER, REIJINGSIGNAL bands ― The staff of Square Enix's new smartphone rhythm game, Show By Rock!! Fes A Live, revealed on Sunday that the game will launch for iOS and Android devices in spring 2020. The Show By Rock!! franchise's official YouTube channel began streaming two videos. The promotional introduction video previews the bands, gameplay, an...
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Tokyo Karan Koron Group Breaks Up in June

Band performed Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma's 1st ending song ― The official website of the Tokyo Karan Koron band announced on Friday that the band will break up on June 17. The group stated that all five members feel like they have done all they can as a group, and the time has finally come to part ways. Tokyo Karan Koron is composed of vocalist and guitarist Ichirō, keyboardist and vocalist Sensei...

28th Power Rangers Season to Use Ryūsoulger Footage

New series will premiere in 2021 ― The official Twitter account for the Power Rangers franchise began streaming a trailer for the second season of Power Rangers Beast Morphers on Saturday. The ending of the trailer features footage of "season 28" of the Power Rangers franchise, which features footage from the Kishiryū Sentai Ryūsoulger series. The new series will premiere in 2021. Here's the extended...

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A Certain Scientific Railgun T Anime Resumes on Friday After Delay Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus

Episode 7 delayed from last Friday ― The official website and Twitter account for A Certain Scientific Railgun T (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T) anime announced on Tuesday that the anime's seventh episode will run on Friday, February 28, after being delayed from Friday, February 21. The staff had stated that they were delaying the episode because effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus situation had affected...
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Darwin's Game ‒ Episode 7

It's time to accept that like its brethren King's Game, 90% of the time Darwin's Game looks like potato.
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New Unicorm Gundam Gunpla Can 'Transform' By Itself

RX-78-2 Gundam made with 'Gundarium' alloy also announced ― Bandai Spirits announced on Friday that it will release a Unicorn Gundam gunpla model called "Auto-Trans Model RX-0 Unicorn Gundam" as part of the Gundam series' 40th anniversary. The gunpla is equipped with a mechanism that will allow it to transform by itself. Bandai Spirits also announced that it will release a 1/144 scale model of the RX...
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Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop Film Reveals More Cast, Song Artists, Visual

Hiroshi Kamiya, Maaya Sakamoto join cast; never young beach, Taeko Onuki perform theme songs ― The official website for Flying Dog's original anime film Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop (Cider no Yō ni Kotoba ga Wakiagaru) unveiled two new cast members, the theme song artists, and a new visual by character designer Yukiko Aikei for the film on Tuesday. Hiroshi Kamiya and Maaya Sakamoto will join the fil...
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Yomiuri Land to Open Summer Wars Experience Park This Spring

Collaboration with anime film director Mamoru Hosoda's works to run from March 20 to June 7 ― The Tokyo theme park Yomiuri Land will host an area dedicated to anime film director Mamoru Hosoda's works from March 20 to June 7. The collaboration, which is called "Summer Wars Experience Park in Yomiuri Land," celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Summer Wars film. The Summer Wars Experience Park will h...
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Smile Down the Runway ‒ Episode 7

Chiyuki and Ikuto might be opposite sides of the same coin, but their dream to play in the fashion big leagues means they have to exemplify perfection at all times.
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Detective Conan Novel About Akai Family Debuts in Newspaper

Novel arc serializes in newspaper in advance of book release ― The official Twitter account for Yomiuri Chūkōsei Shimbun, a newspaper for junior high and high school students, revealed on Thursday that the Meitantei Conan Akai Family Selection Hiiro no Collection (Detective Conan: Akai Family Selection - Scarlet Collection) novel will make its serial debut in the newspaper on February 28. The novel i...
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2020 Crayon Shin-chan Anime Film Reveals Theme Song, Trailer

Rekishi performs theme song for 28th film in series ― The staff of Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Gekitotsu! Rakuga Kingdom to Hobo Yonin no Yūsha (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Roughly ............................................Four Heroes), the 28th film in the series, announced on Tuesday that musician Takafumi Ikeda's "solo unit" Rekishi will perform the film's theme song "Giga Ai...
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ID: INVADED ‒ Episode 9

This week finds Narihisago trapped in a world of “if only” when he dives into the mysterious Kiki Asukai's ID Well while already inside Momoki's own ID Well.
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 145

After formulating a plan that involves messing with the prison's water supply and sneaking onto an outgoing ship, the gang hits a couple of snags.
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2020 Toei Manga Matsuri Omnibus Film Reveals Kamen Rider Den-O Segment's Title

April 24 omnibus film also incudes Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendō, Recycle Zoo, Butt Detective segments ― The official website for the new installment of the Toei Manga Matsuri omnibus film series revival revealed on Sunday that the Kamen Rider Den-O film segment will be titled Kamen Rider Den-O: Pretty Den-O Tōjō! (Masked Rider Den-O: Pretty Den-O Appears!). The website also revealed two more film segm...
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22/7 ‒ Episode 7

Whoever was in charge of Jun's breakdown deserves extra commendations, especially for allowing Jun's face to twist and contort in a surprisingly realistic way.
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The [email protected] Voice Actress Misa Kayama Announces Marriage

― Voice actress Misa Kayama, who is best known for playing Tamami Wakiyama in The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, announced her recent marriage in a blog post on Saturday. She wrote that she married an "ordinary person" (someone not in the entertainment industry) who is "sensitive, shy, and nervous, the exact opposite of me." She also wrote that she plans to "push forward" and go one step further in bo...

Funimation Adds Gurren Lagann, Cells at Work!, March comes in like a lion, More Anime

Also: Charlotte, Eromanga Sensei, DAKAICHI Anime ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will begin streaming the following anime from Aniplex on Tuesday. Gurren Lagann Cells at Work! March comes in like a lion Charlotte Eromanga Sensei DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-​ The Gurren Lagann, Cells at Work!, March comes in like a lion, and Charlotte anime will stream in Engli...
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story ‒ Episode 8

“You Definitely Shouldn't Respond” once again sees the show challenging itself to sustain a full half-hour with little more than mood and crumbs of exposition
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22/7 Voice Actress Mizuha Kuraoka Goes on Hiatus Due to Health

Fellow idol Urara Takatsuji also began hiatus this month ― The official website for the 22/7 idol project announced on Monday that group member Mizuha Kuraoka is going on hiatus due to health problems. The project's staff will make an announcement when Kuraoka is able to return to work. She plays Miyako Kōno in the project's anime. The announcement stated that Kuraoka has had several recurrences of p...
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Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A Manga Resumes After 7 Years

Spinoff series inspired TV anime in 2012 ― This year's third issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan announced on Tuesday that Ritz Kobayashi and Aguri Igarashi's Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A spinoff manga will resume in the next issue on March 25. The manga will continue the story from the sixth compiled book volume that shipped in August 2013. The first new chapter will have color opening pa...
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Voice Actress Chiaki Takahashi Leaves Hospital After Appendicitis

The [email protected] voice actress hospitalized since last Tuesday ― Voice actress Chiaki Takahashi revealed on her Twitter account on Monday that she has been discharged after hopitalization due to acute appendicitis. She thanked her followers for their concern and encouragement. Takahashi revealed last Tuesday that she would return to work this week. She explained that she suffered from severe stomach pa...
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Kojima Productions Cancels GDC Attendance Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

SIE, Facebook announced withdrawal on Thursday ― Kojima Productions announced on Monday that it has canceled its appearance at this year's Game Developer's Conference (GDC) due to COVID-19 coronavirus concerns. The company's full statement reads: Kojima Productions has made the difficult decision to cancel our participation at the 2020 Game Developers Conference due to increasing concerns related to ...
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Aniplex.exe's English Video Previews 1st 2 Novel Games for 2020 (Update)

Aniplex of America releases ATRI: My Dear Moments, Adabana Odd Tales in N. America ― Aniplex of America confirmed on Monday that it will release the first two works in Aniplex's new "novel game" brand Aniplex.exe in North America. The company began streaming an English version of the promotional video for Aniplex.exe's first two games, ATRI: My Dear Moments and Adabana Itan (Adabana Odd Tales). The v...
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Live-Action Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" Series Unveils Additional Cast

Series premieres on May 15 ― The official website for the live-action series of Natsuya Semikawa's Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" light novel series revealed more cast members for the show on Sunday. The new cast includes: (Top row, left to right in image above) Jin Shirasu as Nikolaus, a palace guard in the capital Yutaka Kobayashi as Hans, a palace guard who is entranced by the food at Nobu Akane Hotta as H...

Inferno Cop Voice Actor Junichi Goto Passes Away in Motorcycle Accident at 40

Goto played Inferno Cop's title role, roles in Ninja Slayer, SSSS.Gridman ― Voice actor Junichi Goto was riding on a motorcycle when it collided with the left side wall of the Shuto Expressway's Haneda Route in Tokyo's Ōta Ward at about 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 24. He was rushed unconscious to a hospital, but was pronounced dead due to head injuries. He was 40. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police's Ex...
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Crunchyroll Expands One Piece Streaming to Europe, Middle East, North Africa

Simulcast episodes available in English-speaking Europe, MENA, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe ― Crunchyroll announced on Sunday that it has made its stream of the One Piece anime available to Europe and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The simulcast episodes of the anime are available to free users in English-speaking Europe, Spain, Portugal, Italian speaking Europe, and the Middle Ea...
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40th Nihon SF Taishō Awards Honor Late Authors Hideo Azuma, Taku Mayumura

Issui Ogawa, Dempow Torishima both won Grand Prize ― The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of Japan (SFWJ) announced on Monday that it has posthumously awarded late science fiction authors Hideo Azuma and Taku Mayumura with the Meritorious Service Award in its 40th Nihon SF Taishō Awards. Azuma passed away on October 13 last year, and Mayumura passed away on November 3. Issui Ogawa and Dempow Torishi...

Netflix Unveils Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege Show's Trailer, Cast

Polygon Pictures animates 6-episode series with 2 more teased ― Netflix unveiled a new trailer and cast list for the upcoming Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege animated series on Saturday. Polygon Pictures is animating the series, and Rooster Teeth is producing. The series of six 22-minute episodes will debut on Netflix this year, and Netflix is teasing two more series, including Transfo...

07th Expansion Party 7 Event Delayed to November

Celebration of games by Higurashi: When They Cry/Umineko When They Cry circle was slated for May 6 ― Doujin game circle 07th Expansion announced on Sunday that its "07th Expansion Party 7" event will be postponed to November 8 "in light of the current state of affairs," without citing a specific reason. The event was originally planned to take place on May 6. The event celebrates 07th Expansion and d...
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Interspecies Reviewers ‒ Episode 7

As unsettling as some of that content can be, it's still quite creative in its development within a fantasy setting.

Sonic the Hedgehog Film Tops US$200 Million Worldwide

Film has earned an estimated US$106 million domestically, US$96.5 million overseas ― Entertainment news magazine Variety and the Box Office Mojo website reported on Sunday that Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog film earned the estimated equivalent of US$38.3 million from overseas markets over the weekend, with the total foreign gross of the film standing at an estimated US$96.5 million. With the...
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Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! ‒ Episode 8

Our heroes are ready for the big premiere of their Robot Club short - but Tsubame's famous parents are lurking right around the corner in yet another fantastic episode.
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neco's Ore no Yubi de Midarero. Adult Manga Gets TV Anime

Newest ComicFesta anime stars Wataru Komada, Yuri Yamaoka, Takuma Nagatsuka ― An official website launched on Sunday to announce that neco's Ore no Yubi de Midarero. ~Heiten-go no Salon, Ijiwaru ni Jirasarete~ adult manga is inspiring an anime adaptation that will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 5 at 25:00 (effectively April 6 at 1:00 a.m.). The anime's title is Ore no Yubi de Midarero. ~Heiten-go Fura...

Kadokawa, Kodansha, Shueisha, Shogakukan Reach Settlement With Cloudflare

American company agrees to stop caching pirated content on its servers ― Shuppan Kōhō Center announced on Thursday that Japanese publishers Kadokawa, Kodansha, Shueisha, and Shogakukan reached a settlement with American web security company Cloudflare in June 2019. Cloudflare agreed to stop caching content on its Japanese servers from specified piracy websites if the Tokyo District Court deems that t...
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New Mashin Eiyūden Wataru Anime Project Reveals Cast, April 10 Premiere

Project also gets digital novel, magazine content ― A livestream presentation revealed on Sunday the main cast and April 10 premiere for "Mashin Eiyūden Wataru Shichi Tamashii no Ryūjinmaru" (Seven-Souled Ryūjinmaru), anime studio Sunrise and Bandai Spirits' Tamashii Nations toy brand's new project in the Mashin Eiyūden Wataru franchise. The anime will have a total of nine episodes divided between tw...

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Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun ‒ Episode 7

Narratively, the story was all over the place, stringing together romantic intrigue with new worldbuilding and the introduction of a rumor that concludes the episode at a very awkward moment.
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Shirobako Promotes Real-Life Anime Industry Job Fairs

'Waku Work 2021', 'Waku Work 2021: Creative Jobs' job fairs to be held on March 3, 4 ― The upcoming Shirobako film has announced that it is collaborating with the real-life anime industry job fairs "Waku Work 2021" and "Waku Work 2021: Creative Jobs," which will be held on March 3 and 4 respectively. The film has released a key visual for the collaboration showing characters Aoi Miyamori and Ema Yasu...
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Haikyu!! To The Top ‒ Episode 7

All of it really comes down to Kageyama's own confusion and conflict over what it means to be a good teammate.
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 82

If you're gonna make music, you need instruments. And if you've got instruments, you need somebody to play them.
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Fate/Stay Night Teams Up With Kobe Tourism Bureau

1st visual shows Saber standing near Kobe's iconic red bridge ― Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song, the third film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film trilogy, will be collaborating with the Kobe Tourism Bureau. The fictional city of Fuyuki is inspired by several landmarks in Kobe. The anime launched a collaboration website on Friday. The first released visual shows Saber standing...
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Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it ‒ Episode 9

At the island, we get some classic anime beach trip tropes with a sciency twist.
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Senku Needs Your Ingenuity in Dr. Stone Escape Room

Escape rooms by SCRAP will commence from February 21 ― Dr. Stone's escape room is opening in Tokyo on February 21. The concept behind the escape room is very true to the themes of the anime and manga series itself: Senku is trapped inside a stone cave, and he needs your ingenuity to break everyone out. Not only will participants solve puzzles, they will also get to be involved in science experiments....
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If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die ‒ Episode 7

At this stage in the story, it only makes me burn more with the question of exactly why Maina fandom is all Eripiyo has in her life.
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Ghibli Museum Closes on February 25-March 17 Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Square Enix scales back Final Fantasy XI, XIV presence at PAX East ― The Ghibli Museum announced on Saturday that it will be closed from February 25 to March 17 due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus disease. The museum noted that the metropolis of Tokyo issued a policy statement about postponing or canceling events until mid-March, as these next three weeks are a critical period for containin...

New Tokyo Mew Mew Project Teased With Countdown Site

Countdown for magical girl franchise ends on April 2 ― A website opened on Saturday, February 22 at 22:22:22 with a countdown to tease a new project for the Tokyo Mew Mew franchise. Some Japanese people unofficially celebrate February 22 as "Cat Day" due to the wordplay between the Japanese terms for "2" (ni) and "meow" or "mew" (nyan). The countdown will end on April 2 at 22:22:22 Japan Time (9:22:2...
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Cuvie's Erzsebet Manga Ends

Historical fiction manga about Hungarian independence launched in 2017 ― Kodansha's Comic Days manga website published the final chapter on Friday of Cuvie's Erzsebet manga. Cuvie had launched the manga in Kodansha's Nemesis magazine in April 2017, but moved the manga to the Comic Days website after Nemesis ceased publication in August 2018. Kodansha published the manga's second volume on June 7. The...
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Smokin' Parade Manga by Deadman Wonderland Duo Enters Final Arc

"Steampunk action" manga launched in 2015; Yen Press publishes series in English ― The Twitter account for the Animate retail chain store in Takatasuki city in Osaka prefecture posted a picture on Saturday of the eighth volume of Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou's Smokin' Parade manga, which reveals that the manga has entered its final arc with the volume. The volume ships officially on February 25. ...
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Kindaichi Case Files Gaiden Spinoff Manga Ends Within Next Month

Manga centering on thoughts of criminals launched in July 2017 ― Tetsuya Fujikawa, an editor for Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine, stated on Twitter on Wednesday that Shinpei Funatsu will end the Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo Gaiden: Hannin-tachi no Jikenbo (Kindaichi Case Files Spinoff: Criminal Case Files) spinoff manga within the next month. Funatsu launched the manga in July 2017 on Kodansha's Mag...
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Voice Actor Hisashi Katsuta Passes Away

Voice of Astro Boy's Dr. Ochanomizu was 92 ― The Asahi Shinbun newspaper reported on Saturday that voice actor Hisashi Katsuta passed away on Friday of senility. He was 92. Katsuta is perhaps best known as the voice of Dr. Ochanomizu in the Astro Boy anime series. He reprised the role in the 1980 and 2003 versions of the anime, as well as in the Astro Boy: Hero of Space and Astro Boy: Shinsen-gumi fi...
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Golden Japanesque Manga by Kare First Love's Kaho Miyasaka Approaches Climax

Manga about young woman in Meiji era Yokohama launched in October 2018 ― The April issue of Shogakukan's Cheese! magazine announced on Saturday that Kaho Miyasaka's Golden Japanesque: Yokohama Karen-tan manga is nearing its climax. Miyasaka launched the manga in Cheese! in its December 2018 issue, after ending the Akai Ito spinoff manga 1/100,000 in the October 2018 issue of the magazine. Shogakukan ...
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Ryota Ohsaka, Yumi Kakazu Join Cast of Healin' Good Precure Anime

Voice actors play Hinata's older siblings ― Toei Animation announced two more cast members on Saturday for Healin' Good Precure, the 17th and newest Precure (Pretty Cure) television anime series. Ryota Ohsaka as Yōta Hiramitsu, Hinata's older brother Yumi Kakazu as Mei Hiramatsu, Hinata's older sister The anime premiered on ABC and TV Asahi on February 2 at 8:30 a.m. (the same timeslot as the previou...
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Dorohedoro Anime Casts Shigeru Chiba as Chidaruma

Anime premiered on January 12 ― The official website for the television anime of Q Hayashida's Dorohedoro manga revealed on Saturday that Shigeru Chiba is joining the show's cast as Chidaruma. The anime premiered in Japan on January 12. The anime streams in Japan on Netflix, and Netflix premiered the show before its premiere on Japanese television. The anime will have 12 television episodes plus six ...
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Lovesick Ellie Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Fujimomo launched manga in July 2015, with English digital release by Kodansha Comics ― The April issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine announced on Saturday that Fujimomo's Lovesick Ellie (Koi Wazurai no Ellie) manga will end in three chapters. The manga will not appear in the magazine's May issue, and will resume in the June issue on April 24. If the manga does not take any other breaks it should en...
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Hiroshi Takahashi Starts '3rd Part' of Jank Runk Family Manga Around April

Hiroshi Takahashi's crossover with OREN'S manga launched in 2016 ― Manga creator Hiroshi Takahashi posted on Twitter on Tuesday that his Jank Runk Family manga will start its "third part" around April. The manga is a crossover with the OREN'S manga, which artist Yanse Kazu and Takahashi launched in September 2015 in Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Young Champion magazine. The OREN'S manga is set in the after...
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