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Frieren: Beyond Journey's End GN 3-4

Honestly, the mixture of tragedy and hopeful beauty in this volume overall is enough to get me choked up even writing this. ― Volume 3: The first half of this volume of Frieren is the continuation of the big, interconnected story arc started in the previous volume with the forces of Aura the Guillotine attacking the gateway city to the human territories of the south. It's basically the big action cli...
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This Week in Games - Gee, it's Gundam

The world might not be in a good shape right now, but Gundam and Persona have some neat new announcements. Heidi dives in for a look. ― Ah yes, once again I am tasked with writing about videogames in the shadow of unimaginably awful bullshit happening in the world around us. It's pretty tough, not only because the shadow of terrible things is weighing heavily in your mind, but it also feels extremely...
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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MegaMix+

Hatsune Miku is back, with over 170 songs and customizable outfits. Does the Vocaloid gang still bring the charm in this PC game release? ― With how much a certain blue hedgehog and a would-be reformed Japanese gangster dominate Sega's limelight, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that Sega also plays host to the video game exploits of Hatsune Miku, the famed digital singing platform musicians have use...
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Darkstalkers Blu-ray

The Darkstalkers OVA series gets a new Blu-Ray treatment, but beneath the polished look it’s much the same as it was in the 1990s: nicely animated but too darned serious for its own good. ― Adapting the Darkstalkers games into an animated series is harder than it seems. True, the games are largely plot-free cavalcades of marvelously animated monsters sparring with each other, but therein lies the cha...
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Thermae Romae Novae Streaming

Part of the joy of this series is the realization that people are people no matter where and when they live. How does this second adaptation of Mari Yamazaki's manga bring Roman and Japanese bathing culture together? ― Japanese bathing culture, writes Garrett G. Fagan in his exhaustive 1999 text Bathing in Public in the Roman World, “bear[s] resemblance…to documented Ancient Roman practice.” Since th...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Vampire in the Garden Anime Any Good?

Jacki, James, and Lynzee check out Netflix's newest anime from fan-favorite studio WIT! Can the studio behind Attack on Titan and Ranking of Kings turn out another anime masterpiece? ― Is Vampire in the Garden Anime Any Good? Jacki, James, and Lynzee check out Netflix's newest anime from fan-favorite studio WIT! Can the studio behind Attack on Titan and Ranking of Kings turn out another anime master...
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Cotton Fantasy

Cotton Fantasy serves up a complete course of the “cute-‘em-up” flavor of 2-D shooting game, and it turns out light and breezy yet surprisingly filling. ― The Cotton series is nothing if not a survivor. First appearing in 1991, Cotton introduced the horizontal shooter genre to a cute little witch with a cuter, littler fairy sidekick, and it never wavered from that. The 1990s brought sequels and ports...
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Frieren: Beyond Journey's End GN 3-4

Honestly, the mixture of tragedy and hopeful beauty in this volume overall is enough to get me choked up even writing this. ― Volume 3: The first half of this volume of Frieren is the continuation of the big, interconnected story arc started in the previous volume with the forces of Aura the Guillotine attacking the gateway city to the human territories of the south. It's basically the big action cli...
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Night Head 2041 Anime's Stage Play Reveals Trailer, Cast Visuals

Play runs from July 1-10 in Tokyo ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of Night Head 2041, a new television anime based on the 1992 live-action Night Head drama series, revealed on Friday a trailer, key visuals for both casts, and photos of the cast in costume. The cast includes: Hiroki Ino and Akira Kagimoto as Naoto Kirihara (double cast) Ryūgi Yokota and Natsuki Osaki as Naoya Kiri...
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Ya Boy Kongming! ‒ Episode 9

This is where Ya Boy Kongming! proves it has firmly cashed the check that its first episode wrote, and become a genuinely remarkable music anime entirely on its own terms.
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Voice Actor Reiō Tsuchida Premieres 'Nanamental' Short Anime on May 30

Tsuchida produces, writes, designs characters, provides voice for anime ― Voice actor Reiō Tsuchida (Ensemble Stars' Tsukasa Suou) will begin streaming on May 30 on his Twitter account a short anime titled "Nanamental," which he is co-producing with studio FIREBUG. Tsuchida is the anime's character designer, writer, and sound editor. Yurina Amami will voice the main character Naname Hasumi (pictured ...
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This Week in Games - Gee, it's Gundam

The world might not be in a good shape right now, but Gundam and Persona have some neat new announcements. Heidi dives in for a look. ― Ah yes, once again I am tasked with writing about videogames in the shadow of unimaginably awful bullshit happening in the world around us. It's pretty tough, not only because the shadow of terrible things is weighing heavily in your mind, but it also feels extremely...
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Jun Esaka, Takahide Totsuno Launch New Manga on June 10

New she is beautiful manga is based on Esaka's previous short story ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Jun Esaka and Takahide Totsuno are launching a new manga titled she is beautiful on the Tonari no Young Jump manga website on June 10. Esaka is writing the manga, and Totsuno is drawing the art. The manga is based on Esaka's runner-up winning story "...
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Pokémon Anime's New Video Previews World Championships Arc

New arc serves as climax of latest series ― The official Twitter account for the Pokémon anime franchise began streaming a new trailer on Friday to preview the Pokémon World Championships arc for the latest anime in the franchise. The show is reaching its climax with the arc. #アニポケ 特別映像が到着‼🎆#マスターズトーナメント ついに開幕🎆それぞれの思いがポケモンバトルでぶつかり合います💥#マスターズエイトの頂点は誰だみなさんの予想を教えてください👀アニポケは毎週金曜よる6時55分~テレビ東京系で放送中🌟※一部地域では放...
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Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Film's Ad Highlights Battle Scenes

Film opens in Japan on June 11, Crunchyroll to release film worldwide this summer ― Toei began streaming a "Part 1" 30-second ad on Friday for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise. The film will open in Japan on June 11 after a delay due to the Toei Animation hack in March. The film was originally slated to open in Japan on April 22. The film will sc...
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'Shoot! Goal to the Future' Soccer Anime Reveals Promo Video, New Visual

1st new anime in 28 years in franchise debuts in July with Crunchyroll streaming ― The official website for Shoot! Goal to the Future, the first new anime based on Tsukasa Ooshima's soccer-themed manga Shoot! in 28 years, began streaming the show's promotional video on Friday. The video previews Airi Miyakawa's opening theme song "Aoreido." The site also revealed a new visual for the show. The anime ...
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FuRyu's Trinity Trigger Fantasy Action RPG Launches on September 15

Trailer streamed for game launching for PS4, PS5, Switch ― FuRyu revealed on Thursday that it will release Three Rings' Seitō Jinki Trinity Trigger fantasy action role-playing game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 in Japan on September 15. A demo version is now available. Escaflowne character designer Nobuteru Yuki is designing the "worldview visuals" for the game, and Puzzle & D...
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Nights with a Cat Anime Reveals Cast, Theme Song Artist, August 3 Premiere

Ayahi Takagaki, Satoshi Hino, Atsumi Tanezaki star in anime; Kashitaro Ito performs theme song ― Kadokawa revealed the cast, theme song artist, and August 3 television premiere date for the anime of Kyuryu Z's Nights with a Cat (Yoru wa Neko to Issho) manga on Friday. The cast includes: Ayahi Takagaki as Kyuruga Satoshi Hino as Fuuta Atsumi Tanezaki as Pi-chan The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on A...
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Eminence in Shadow Anime's Latest Video Highlights Alpha

Anime based on Daisuke Aizawa's light novels premieres in October ― Kadokawa began streaming a video for the character Alpha on Friday for the television anime of Daisuke Aizawa's The Eminence in Shadow (Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!) light novel series. Kadokawa also revealed that KDcolle will produce a scale figure of Alpha. The anime is slated to premiere in October, and stars: Seiichirō Ya...
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Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island Film Gets Prequel Manga in Gundam Ace Supplement

Magazine issue with prequel manga ships on June 24 ― The July issue of Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine revealed on Thursday that the magazine will get a supplement titled Cucuruz Doan Ace in its next issue on June 24, focused specifically on the upcoming Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Cucuruz Doan no Shima) anime film. The supplemental issue will contain more than 100 p...
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Tsukumo Asakusa's Dracula Yakin! Manga Adaptation Ends

2nd manga volume based on Satoshi Wagahara's light novels ships on June 22, 3rd volume on July 23 ― The July issue of Kadokawa's Comic Alive magazine published the final chapter of Tsukumo Asakusa's manga adaptation of Satoshi Wagahara's Dracula Yakin! (Night-Shift Dracula) light novel series on Thursday. The manga's second volume will ship on June 22, and the third and final compiled book volume wil...
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Moto Hagio's Poe Clan Manga Debuts New Series

New arc titled "Ao no Pandora" takes place in Munich in 2016 ― Moto Hagio debuted the new manga series in her Poe no Ichizoku (The Poe Clan) manga in the July issue of Shogakukan's Flowers magazine (seen right) on Friday. The new series is the fourth sequel to the main manga, and is titled Poe no Ichizoku: Ao no Pandora (The Poe Clan: Blue Pandora). The new arc is set in Munich, Germany in 2016. The ...

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RWBY: Ice Queendom Anime Reveals More Cast, July 3 Japan Premiere

Masumi Asano returns as Glynda Goodwitch ― The official Japanese website for RWBY: Ice Queendom (RWBY: Hyōsetsu Teikoku), the new television anime for Rooster Teeth's RWBY franchise, revealed on Friday that Masumi Asano will reprise her role as Glynda Goodwitch (seen below) in the anime, and that the anime will premiere in Japan on July 3 on Tokyo MX and BS11, and on July 5 on MBS. Kathleen Zuelch pr...
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Spriggan Anime's Trailer Reveals Cast, Staff, Theme Songs, 6-Episode Format

Saori Hayami, Takayuki Sugo, Mitsuho Kambe join cast; each episode of anime runs for 45 minutes ― The official website for David Production's new anime series based on Hiroshi Takashige and Ryōji Minagawa's Spriggan (Striker) manga unveiled on Friday more cast, staff, the theme song artists, and the anime's six-episode format, with each episode having a 45-minute runtime. The site unveiled a new trai...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Gekitotsu #35 [rate]
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Shin Shinchō Kōki Manga Gets Live-Action TV Show

King & Prince's Ren Nagase stars as Nobunaga in July drama ― Shinobu Kaitani's Shin Shinchō Kōki - Nobunaga-kun to Watashi (The New Official History of Nobunaga - Nobunaga and Me) manga is inspiring a live-action television drama titled Shin Shinchō Kōki ~ Classmate wa Sengoku Bujо̄ (The New Official History of Nobunaga - My Classmates are Warring States Period Military Commanders). Ren Nagase of ido...
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Tezuka's Dororo Manga Gets Japanese-S. Korean Vertical Comic Remake

Manga launches simultaneously in Japan, S. Korea in December, with global plans later ― Japanese distributor Media Do, Tezuka Production, and South Korean comic company Copic Communications announced on Thursday that the companies are producing a Japanese-South Korean vertical-scrolling webcomic remake of Osamu Tezuka's classic Dororo manga. The manga will serialize simultaneously in Japan and South ...
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Mujirushi Shimazaki Launches New Elio to Denki Ningyō Manga on June 3

Mori Kuroi draws short mini-series adventure manga set in steampunk near-future ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Mujirushi Shimazaki and Mori Kuroi will launch a new mini-series manga titled Elio to Denki Ningyō (Elio and the Electric Doll) in the Tonari no Young Jump manga website on June 3. Shimazaki will pen the manga, and Kuroi will draw the art...
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Kindaichi Case Files 30th Anniversary Manga Bundles NFT

The first compiled volume of Fumiya Sato and Seimaru Amagi's Kindachi Case Files 30th manga shipped on Monday with an added bonus for those who purchase the limited edition: a 30th anniversary exclusive "NFT" card, which comes with a gift code to redeem a full-color booklet titled Kindaichi NFT no Jikenbo (Kindachi NFT Case Files). The limited-edition "Legend Mystery People & Famous Scene 3D Card"...
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The Dawn of the Witch #7 [rate]
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Ascendent Animation Reveals English Dub Cast for Everything for Demon King Evelogia Anime

Ciarán Strange, Patrick M Seymour lead cast ― Ascendent Animation announced the English dub cast for its dub of the ComicFesta Anime of Kajiwara's isekai fantasy boys-love manga Everything for Demon King Evelogia (Maō Evelogia ni Mi o Sasage yo or Reincarnated Into Demon King Evelogia's World) on Tuesday. The cast includes: Ciarán Strange as Evelogia Patrick M Seymour as Gozu/Young Gozu Elsie Loveloc...

Crunchyroll Announces English Dubs for Super Cub, Blue Reflection Ray Anime

Company reveals Funimation titles coming to service in June ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming English dubs for the Super Cub and Blue Reflection Ray anime on June 7. The company will stream all 12 episodes of the television anime of Tone Koken's Super Cub novels with an English dub. The dub cast includes: Jackie Lastra as Koguma Dawn M. Bennett as Reiko Jason Charles Mi...
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Promare's Inferno Volcano Margherita Megamax Pizza Turns Real

Select HUB pubs sell pizzas, hot dogs, drinks for film's 3rd anniversary ― The Inferno Volcano Margherita Megamax Pizza depicted in Trigger and XFLAG's Promare anime film is coming to British-style pubs in Japan. The HUB chain will serve the iconic pizzas in select stores in Akihabara, Sendai, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka from May 28 to June 30. Other menu items include an Inferno Volcano Hot Dog and d...
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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MegaMix+

Hatsune Miku is back, with over 170 songs and customizable outfits. Does the Vocaloid gang still bring the charm in this PC game release? ― With how much a certain blue hedgehog and a would-be reformed Japanese gangster dominate Sega's limelight, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that Sega also plays host to the video game exploits of Hatsune Miku, the famed digital singing platform musicians have use...
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Darkstalkers Blu-ray

The Darkstalkers OVA series gets a new Blu-Ray treatment, but beneath the polished look it’s much the same as it was in the 1990s: nicely animated but too darned serious for its own good. ― Adapting the Darkstalkers games into an animated series is harder than it seems. True, the games are largely plot-free cavalcades of marvelously animated monsters sparring with each other, but therein lies the cha...
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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Mega Mix Game Gets PC Version

VIP Bundle adds 72 songs, in-game cosmetics unlocks ― Sega announced on Thursday that it has released its Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix+ game on PC via Steam. The game launched digitally for Nintendo Switch in the West in May 2020. The game celebrates the series' 10th anniversary, and it launched in February 2020 in Japan. The game features an Arcade Mode with traditional button controls and a M...
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Inu-Oh Anime Film Opens in U.S. Theaters on August 12

Film opens in Japan on Saturday ― GKIDS announced on Thursday that it will begin screening Inu-Oh, Masaaki Yuasa's musical anime feature film of Hideo Furukawa's Heike Monogatari: Inu-Oh no Maki (Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh) novel, in U.S. theaters on August 12. GKIDS has licensed the film, and it describes the film's story: Inu-Oh is born with unique physical characteristics, and the horrified adults...
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Birdie Wing -Golf Girls' Story- ‒ Episode 8

Birdie Wing just delivered all of the dramatic sea changes of a nail-biting season finale, yet it still has at least a month's worth of golf hijinks left for us. Have we only finished the prologue?
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Kadokawa Games Divests Part of Its Business to New Company Dragami Games

President/CEO Yoshimi Yasuda retires from position, establishes Dragami Games ― Kadokawa Games announced on Thursday that it is divesting part of its business to a new company Dragami Games. Kadokawa Games' president and CEO Yoshimi Yasuda and company director Satoshi Fuyuno established Dragami Games on May 13. Yasuda will retire from his position in June after 14 years at the company. He will contin...
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Yoshihiro Togashi Is Already Twitter's 2nd Most-Followed Manga Artist

Togashi created account on Tuesday to tease Hunter x Hunter's return ― Less than 72 hours after creating a Twitter account to tease the return of his Hunter X Hunter manga, Yoshihiro Togashi has gained over two million followers. He is second now only to My Hero Academia's Kohei Horikoshi (2.1 million followers). とりあえずあと4話。(@Un4v5s8bgsVk9Xp)May 24 Togashi hinted that the manga would return from its c...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R Game's Trailer Reveals 4 New Characters, September Release

Game gets early access demo on PS4, PS5 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new trailer on Thursday for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R, a new version of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle fighting game, and it reveals that the game will launch for PC via Steam on September 1 and for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch on Sept...
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Armed Girl's Machiavellism Manga Ends in June

Series debuted in March 2014 ― This year's June isue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine revealed on Thursday that Karuna Kanzaki and Yūya Kurokami's Armed Girl's Machiavellism manga is ending in the magazine's next issue in June. Kanzaki began the series based on Kurokami's story in Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine in March 2014. Kadokawa shipped the 12th compiled book volume in Septembe...
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Deaimon: Recipe for Happiness ‒ Episode 8

Maybe I'm missing something or just being an unreasonable pain-in-the-ass about this, but I'm having trouble seeing how Nagomu and Kanoko broke up over a “misunderstanding.”
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Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Game Gets Switch Version

Rabbit & Bear Studios had considered "new generation Nintendo console" for game ― 505 Games confirmed on Wednesday that Rabbit & Bear Studios' Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (Hyaku Eiyūden) role-playing game will get a Nintendo Switch version. The Switch edition will launch alongside versions on other platforms. The company had previously considered whether it would release the game on Switch or a...
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Zannen na Ikimono no Jiten Anime Film Casts Comedians Oniyakko Tsubaki, Tsukasa Saitō, Kōsei

Comedians play Zannen Trio platypuses who appear in film's Australia segment ― The official website for the new film in Fanworks' anime adaptation of the Zannen na Ikimono Jiten (Humorous & Adorable Evolutionary Creatures or literally, Encyclopedia of Pitiful Creatures) book series announced on Wednesday that comedians Oniyakko Tsubaki (center in image below), Tsukasa Saitō (right), and Kōsei (left) ...

Speed Racer Gets New Live-Action Series at Apple by J.J. Abrams

Hiram Martinez, Ron Fitzgerald serve as showrunners, co-writers ― Entertainment news websites Variety and The Hollywood Reporter reported on Wednesday that the Speed Racer (Mach Go Go Go) anime is getting a live-action series at Apple by J.J. Abrams (Star Wars, Star Trek). According to the sources, Hiram Martinez (Snowpiercer, Get Shorty) is serving as showrunner and co-writing the series with Ron Fi...
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Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san Manga Goes on Hiatus in June

Manga about cook in Kyoto geisha lodge launched in 2016, inspired 2021 anime ― This year's 26th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Aiko Koyama's Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san (Makanai in the Maiko Lodge) manga will go on hiatus beginning with the magazine's next issue on June 1. The magazine will announce the manga's continuation at a later date. The manga's...
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Detective Conan: Zero's Tea Time Manga Ends '1st Part'

6th volume ships on June 17 ― This year's 26th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine published the final chapter of the first part of Takahiro Arai's Detective Conan: Zero's Tea Time (Meitantei Conan: Zero no Tea Time) spinoff manga on Wednesday. The manga's sixth volume will ship on June 17. The magazine noted that Arai is preparing for a new serialization. Arai launched the manga in W...
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Live-Action My Broken Mariko Film Unveils Teaser Video, Posters

Mei Nagano stars in fall film ― The staff for the live-action film adaptation Waka Hirako's My Broken Mariko manga revealed two teaser posters and a teaser trailer for the film on Wednesday. Mei Nagano (top left in image above) stars as protagonist Shiino. The film will open this fall. Yuki Tanada is directing the film after penning the script with Kōsuke Mukai. The other cast members include: Nao (t...
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SPY×FAMILY Café Includes Anya's Apology Omurice

Collab with Shibuya Modi's Chugai Grace Cafe will run from June 2 to 19 ― Like many a popular anime, SPY×FAMILY has inspired a collaboration café with some quirky dish choices. A sneak peak at the menu of Chugai Grace Cafe's upcoming SPY×FAMILY promotion reveals some clever story references, including omurice with the word "Sorry" on it—a reference to Anya's fumbling attempts at apology to Damian in ...
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Manga Creator Koko Natsuki Passes Away

Yaruna yo Yaruna yo Zettai Yaruna yo Kotori-chan creator passed on April 18 ― This year's July issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Wednesday that manga creator Koko Natsuki (Coco Natsuki) passed away on April 18. Natsuki launched the Yaruna yo Yaruna yo Zettai Yaruna yo Kotori-chan manga (pictured right) in Monthly Action in 2018, and ended it in 2020. She debuted the Usotsuki wa...
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Industry Reacts to Anime Supremacy! Live-Action Film

Japanese animation industry members, from directors to animators, shared their impressions. ― Staff for the live-action adaptation of Mizuki Tsujimura's Anime Supremacy! (Haken Anime!) novel held a special animation industry preview screening on May 10. Approximately 200 people from the Japanese animation industry, from directors to animators, attended the screening and have shared their impressions ...
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Yomawari: Lost in the Dark Game Heads West for Switch, PS4, PC

Trailer streamed for 3rd Yomawari game ― NIS America announced on Wednesday that it will release Yomawari 3, a new game in Nippon Ichi Software's Yomawari horror series, in the West for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in fall 2022. The company streamed an announcement trailer: The game will get a limited edition that includes a soundtrack, pin set, art card collection, and collector'...
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Thermae Romae Novae Streaming

Part of the joy of this series is the realization that people are people no matter where and when they live. How does this second adaptation of Mari Yamazaki's manga bring Roman and Japanese bathing culture together? ― Japanese bathing culture, writes Garrett G. Fagan in his exhaustive 1999 text Bathing in Public in the Roman World, “bear[s] resemblance…to documented Ancient Roman practice.” Since th...
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The Masterful Cat Is Depressed Again Today Manga Gets TV Anime in 2023

Manga has 900,000 copies in circulation ― This year's July issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine announced on Thursday that Hitsuji Yamada's The Masterful Cat Is Depressed Again Today (Dekiru Neko wa Kyō mo Yūutsu) manga is getting a television anime in 2023. An official website and Twitter account opened for the anime. Yamada shared an illustration to commemorate the anime's announcemen...
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Lycoris Recoil Anime Highlights Takina Inoue in 2nd Character Video

Shion Wakayama plays reserved, serious Takina in anime about café ― The official website for director Shingo Adachi's original television anime Lycoris Recoil posted the anime's second character promotional video on Wednesday. The video introduces the new café staff member Takina Inoue: The story is set in "Lyco-Reco" (Riko-Riko) a Japanese-style cafe in the old downtown area of Tokyo. The cafe takes...
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Phantom of the Idol Anime Reveals Trailer, Additional Cast, Theme Songs, July 1 Premiere

Video previews ZINGS' theme song ― The official website for the television anime of Hijiki Isoflavone's Phantom of the Idol (Kami Kuzu Idol) manga revealed on Wednesday a promotional video, visual, additional cast, theme songs, and July 1 premiere. The video previews the opening theme song "Let's ZING!" by the ZINGS idol unit, composed of cast members Fumiya Imai (Yuuya) and Shun Horie (Kazuki). The ...
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Smile of the Arsnotoria Magic Academy RPG From Nitroplus Gets TV Anime

Manga, novelization also announced with Liden Film anime on premiering July 6 ― A live-streamed special for the Nitroplus smartphone role-playing game Smile of the Arsnotoria (Warau Arsnotoria) announced on Wednesday that the game is inspiring a television anime. The Warau Arsnotoria Sun—! anime will premiere on the Tokyo MX and BS NTV channels on July 6. The game revolves around the teachers and gir...
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One Piece Film Red Video Shows Marine, World Government Character Designs

Film opens in Japan on August 6 ― The official YouTube channel for the upcoming One Piece Film Red anime film posted a new video on Wednesday showing the film's character designs for the Marine and World Government characters. The film will open in Japan on August 6. The film will center on a new character named Uta (seen right), Shanks' daughter. Goro Taniguchi (Code Geass, One Piece: Defeat The Pir...
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Nōmin Kanren no Skill Bakka Agetetara Nazeka Tsuyoku Natta. Anime's Teaser Reveals Cast, Staff, October Premiere

Junya Enoki, Minami Tanaka, Rumi Okubo, Ayaka Suwa star in anime by studio A-CAT ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Shobonnu's Nōmin Kanren no Skill Bakka Agetetara Nazeka Tsuyoku Natta. (I've Somehow Gotten Stronger When I Improved My Farm-Related Skills.) light novel series unveiled a teaser trailer and visual for the anime on Wednesday. The teaser reveals the anime's mai...

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Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island Film's Clip Show Gopp, M'Quve Negotiating

M'Quve threatens destruction of Earth's cities if Gopp continues Gibraltar attack in June 3 film ― Bandai Namco Filmworks unveiled a new clip from the Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Cucuruz Doan no Shima) anime film on Wednesday. The clip shows Federation commander Gopp conversing via transmission with Zeon colonel M'Quve, with M'Quve telling Gopp to stop the upcoming ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 22-28

Somali and the Forest Spirit, Skate-Leading Stars anime; Phantom of the Idol, The Weakest Contestant of All Space and Time manga ship ― The weekly North American Anime, Manga Releases article will be off for the week of May 29-June 4, and will be back the next week. Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Black Clover Season 4 BD/DVDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$54.98 May 24 Bla...
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Howl's Moving Castle's Lovable Errand Dog Becomes Life-Sized Home Decor

The decoration would look perfect in any Ghibli lover's house. ― Heen, the lethargic errand dog from Howl's Moving Castle which communicates primarily through wheezing, is getting a life-sized ornament to blend in with any Ghibli lover's house. Studio Ghibli's Donguri Kyōwakoku (Acorn Republic) online store will open pre-orders on May 28. The item will cost 44,000 yen (approximately US$344), and is e...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Vampire in the Garden Anime Any Good?

Jacki, James, and Lynzee check out Netflix's newest anime from fan-favorite studio WIT! Can the studio behind Attack on Titan and Ranking of Kings turn out another anime masterpiece? ― Is Vampire in the Garden Anime Any Good? Jacki, James, and Lynzee check out Netflix's newest anime from fan-favorite studio WIT! Can the studio behind Attack on Titan and Ranking of Kings turn out another anime master...
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Vanguard Princess PC Game Gets Smartphone Version

Takahiro Yonemura's Beast Code manga launches in English on November 14 ― eigoMANGA revealed on Tuesday that it is developing a mobile version of illustrator Tomoaki Sugeno's (Suge9) Vanguard Princess 2D fighting game for PC. The company also announced that it will launch its English release of Takahiro Yonemura's Beast Code manga, based on Yonemura's light novel series of the same name, on November ...
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Healer Girl ‒ Episode 8

I feel safe saying Reimi has been the MVP carrying this show, but what I didn't expect is this is easily Healer Girl's best written episode so far.
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Sony PlayStation Employees File New Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Lawsuit Following Previous Dismissal

U.S. District Court of North California had dismissed initial complaint in February ― Former IT security analyst at PlayStation Emma Majo filed a new class action complaint against Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) on Friday accusing the company of sexual harassment and discrimination. The United States District Court of North California had dismissed the initial complaint in February. Majo's lawy...
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Chinese Virtual YouTuber Porin Returns From Hiatus With Recount of Human Trafficking

VTuber says she was kidnapped by strange men and isolated in a remote village for 6 months ― A Chinese Virtual YouTuber named Bǎilǐn Porin returned from an impromptu six-month hiatus on Saturday with a grim story alleging that she was a victim of human trafficking. In a video update, she claimed that when she was walking home one day, she was approached by strange men claiming to be the police. When ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1018

The big bombastic punches are flying, and if you aren't buckled up folks you better strap in cause there's a lot of screen-shaking hits.
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Cotton Fantasy

Cotton Fantasy serves up a complete course of the “cute-‘em-up” flavor of 2-D shooting game, and it turns out light and breezy yet surprisingly filling. ― The Cotton series is nothing if not a survivor. First appearing in 1991, Cotton introduced the horizontal shooter genre to a cute little witch with a cuter, littler fairy sidekick, and it never wavered from that. The 1990s brought sequels and ports...
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Spriggan's Ryōji Minagawa Launches New Manga in June

Hellhound manga centers on young mercenary encountering battlefield "demon" ― The July issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine revealed on Wednesday that Ryōji Minagawa will launch a new manga titled Hellhound in the magazine's next issue on June 24. The manga will have a color opening page. The manga centers on Shō, a young man who becomes a mercenary for the sake of his family. When he meets a "demo...
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Kaginado #19 [rate]
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You Can Now Buy the Outfits in Birdie Wing's ED

Bandai Fashion Collection teams up with real-life golf apparel brand Jack Bunny!! ― Bandai Fashion Collection is teaming up with golf apparel brand Jack Bunny!! to recreate the outfits depicted in the Birdie Wing -Golf Girls' Story- anime's ending sequence, embedded below: The lineup includes Eve and Aoi Amawashi's shirts, hats, skirts, and shorts. Fans can enjoy their own outing on the golf course w...
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Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 3 ‒ Episode 33

As baby Dirk's fate is revealed, its time for Main's revolutionary aspirations to turn the tide for children like Dirk and herself.

Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous Manga Returns from Hiatus in June

Manga went on hiatus in December 2020 ― The July issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine announced on Wednesday that Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) manga is returning from its hiatus in the magazine's next issue on June 24. The manga went on hiatus in December 2020. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story: In a world inhabited by crystalli...
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Tomodachi Game #8 [rate]

Yoshihiro Togashi Teases Hunter x Hunter Manga's Return (Updated)

Manga has been on hiatus since November 2018 ― Yoshihiro Togashi created a Twitter account and teased on Tuesday that his Hunter x Hunter manga would return from its current hiatus. He posted a picture with a manuscript with the number "6" and stated that there were four more chapters "for now." Togashi commented in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine that he has finished the rough drafts for 10 c...
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I'm Quitting Heroing #8 [rate]
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Battery Manga Ends

Manga ends on July 23 ― The July issue of Kadokawa's Asuka magazine revealed on Tuesday that Chikage Yuniwa's manga adaptation of Atsuko Asano's Battery novels will end in the magazine's September issue on July 23. The magazine had revealed in January that the manga was going on a hiatus and that Yuniwa was working on the manga's final chapter. Asano's novels revolve around Takumi Harada, a young man...
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Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger's Ryota Ozawa to Attend Power Morphicon 2022 Event

Event will take place from August 26-28 at Pasadena Convention Center in California ― The staff of Power Morphicon announced on Monday that actor Ryota Ozawa (Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger) will travel from Japan to attend the event as a guest. The seventh iteration of the event will take place from August 26-28 at the Pasadena Convention Center in California. Ryota Ozawa portrayed Gokai Red (Captain Marve...
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Shin Ikki Tousen #2 [rate]
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Bump of Chicken's Music Video for 25th Detective Conan Film's Theme Song Streamed

"Chronostasis" video features clips from the film ― Toho's official YouTube channel began streaming a music video for the band Bump of Chicken's theme song "Chronostasis" for Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween (Meitantei Conan: Halloween no Hanayome), the 25th anime film in the Detective Conan franchise, on Friday. The video features clips from the film and may contain spoilers for the film. The...
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Asaka Performs 2nd Opening Theme Song for Summer Time Rendering Anime

New opening to debut in July ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Yasuki Tanaka's Summer Time Rendering suspense manga announced on Tuesday that Asaka will perform the show's second opening theme song "Natsuyume Noisy" (A Noisy Summer Dream). The new theme song will debut with the show's second cours (quarter of a year) in July. The anime premiered on April 14 on the Tokyo MX and BS11 chan...
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SSSS.Gridman Spinoff Manga Gridman Dogma Ends

Hazumu Sazuka launched manga in April 2021 ― Shinchosha's Kurage Bunch website published the final chapter of Hazumu Sazuka's Gridman Dogma manga on April 26. The manga centers on man named Vise, who yearns to be a hero, but is never chosen. He meets a girl who is able to transform into a form of Gridman. The two dub themselves Hyper Agents, and journey in the computer world. They seek out those who ...
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Shin Ultraman Stays at #1, 1st Fullmetal Alchemist Live-Action Sequel Opens at #9

The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie opens at #2, Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween drops to #3 ― Studio Khara's new Shin Ultraman (New Ultraman) film remained at #1 for its second weekend. The film sold 312,000 tickets over the weekend, and earned 486,095,500 yen (about US$3.80 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has sold a total of 1.34 million tickets and has earned a total of 2,034...
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Love and Heart's Chitose Kaido Launches New Manga in June

Aka no Tachi centers on kendo rivalry between indomitable girl, childhood friend ― The July issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine revealed on Tuesday that Chitose Kaido will launch a new manga titled Aka no Tachi (seen center right in image below) in the magazine's next issue on June 24. The manga will have a color opening page, with the first chapter being 50 pages long. The manga centers on Akane, a ...
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Kana Akatsuki's Shunka Shūtō Daikōsha Novels Get Manga in July

Nappa Komatsuda draws manga adaptation of novel series by Violet Evergarden author ― The July issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine revealed on Tuesday that Kana Akatsuki's Shunka Shūtō Daikōsha Haru no Mai (Four Seasons' Proxy Spring Dance) novel series is inspiring a manga adaptation by Nappa Komatsuda. The manga will launch in the magazine's September issue on July 23, with the first chapter being 5...
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Live-Action Way of the Househusband Film's Clip Shows Adults in Cavalry Battle

Clip from June 3 film shows grownups fighting in daycare center ― Sony Pictures began streaming a clip on Tuesday from Gokushufudō the Cinema, the live-action film of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga. The clip shows the adults in their childrens' day care center's Sports Day somehow conducting a cavalry battle, with the wives on top. The film will open on June 3. The cas...
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'When Will Ayumu Make His Move?' Anime's Video Reveals July 7 Premiere

Video also previews Kana Hanazawa's opening song "Kakehiki wa Poker Face" ― The official website for the television anime of Sōichirō Yamamoto's When Will Ayumu Make His Move? (Sore Demo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru) manga unveiled a new visual and promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Kakehiki wa Poker Face" (The Tactic Is a Poker Face) by Kana Hanazaw...
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