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7SEEDS - Part One

Netflix's newest dystopian sci fi series was based on an award-winning manga, but can Studio Gonzo's adaptation live up to the potential of its source? Theron Martin has the answers. ― Netflix has commonly labeled anime titles it licenses as “Original Netflix Productions” even when they have aired on Japanese TV, but occasionally one of its titles actually is made specifically for Netflix. This serie...
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Shelf Life - July 22, 2019

It's a one-two punch of big video game debuts with Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Kill La Kill If. Check out our full breakdown of all this week's other new anime and manga releases! ― Welcome to Shelf Life, covering every week's new releases in anime, manga, and Japanese games! It's a case of "everything old is new again" on the anime front, with the recent Cutie Honey remake and a second OVA collec...
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Secretly, I've Been Suffering About Being Sexless GN

This autobiographical comic about the woes of an author unsatisfied with her sexless marriage may not appeal to all readers, but it offers a unique perspective worth exploring. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― The autobiographical graphic novel seems to have taken off, and English-language releases of them are a nice trend that Yen Press is getting in on with its release of Togame's Secretly, I'v...
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One Piece Episode of Sabo BD+DVD

This TV special earns its place on the shelf of One Piece completionists, but doesn't offer much else for casual fans. Sam Leach has the details. ― The “One Piece: Episode of ______” series, which currently spans both TV specials and theatrical films, can be a frustrating endeavor at times. I can't say with any confidence that these movies are actually for anybody. Theoretically, they're recounts of ...

Kyoto Animation President Hatta Considers Demolishing 1st Studio Building, Building Public Park With Monument

Hatta: Support messages from around the world are "becoming our emotional support" ― Editor's Note: ANN's news team have decided not to publish the name of the suspect accused of arson, in order to focus our reporting on the victims. In addition, while one of the sources for this article gives the name of a victim (whose status is unknown), ANN's news team have chosen not to report on that name. We w...
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The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious Novel 1

This tongue-in-cheek take on isekai tropes for the kind of adventurer who quicksaves every five seconds brings warmth and heart to what could have been a cynical premise. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Of all of the self-aware isekai novels that seem to be the latest trend within the genre, The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious might take the cake. Narrated by the novice goddess Ristarte ...
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Get a Closer Look at the Record-Breaking Kamehameha Event at San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con attendees went above and beyond the previous world record for the largest gathering of a Kamehameha attacks last week. A total of 784 people gathered to perform Goku's iconic battle move and set a new Guinness World Record and crushing the previous number of 250 people. Figure and toy retailer Bluefin released an updated video of the event on Monday. The crowd was lead by Goku ...
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Shōnen Hollywood Launches Crowdfunding for Audio 'Recital' Sequel to TV Anime

Project reunites anime's main cast to read Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 51 sequel stories ― Hollywood Factory launched a Makuake crowdfunding campaign for "sequel recitals to the Shōnen Hollywood TV anime" project. The project seeks to raise 5 million yen (about US$46,200) to fund a recording of the anime's main cast reading all seven stories in the Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 51 storyli...
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Flying Witch Creator Chihiro Ishizuka Will Donate Partial Manga Sales to KyoAni

Manga creator Chihiro Ishizuka wrote on Twitter on July 19 that partial sales from Flying Witch's eighth volume will be donated to Kyoto Animation. Ishizuka clarified that donations will be taken from both physical and digital volume sales. The volume is slated for release in Japan on August 9 in special and regular editions. The special edition includes a drama CD. Ishizuka previously donated sal...
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'Otaku Interests' Politician Tarō Yamada Wins Seat in Japanese House of Councillors

Yamada campaigned for freedom of speech, internet privacy ― Politician and current leader of the "Party to Protect Freedom of Expression" Tarō Yamada won a seat in the Japanese House of Councillors in a decisive victory on Sunday, attracting over 530,000 votes. He was elected as a proportional representation candidate for Japan's current ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Yamada is very popular o...
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Voice Cast Comments on Kyoto Animation Studio Arson

Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara, Yuki Goto leave messages on their blogs ― Following the arson attack on Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 building on July 18, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's voice cast wrote emotional messages on their respective blogs. Aya Hirano, who voices Haruhi, wrote, "Kyoto Animation produced The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star, two very formative works to me. I would no...
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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Game's Video Previews Acidic Glavenus

Expansion launches on September 6 ― The official YouTube channel for Capcom's Monster Hunter franchise began streaming a new gameplay video on Tuesday for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, the upcoming new expansion for the Monster Hunter World game. The video features a battle with the Acidic Glavenus. The expansion will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6. A PC release will follow th...
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This Week in Anime - Dr. Stone Breaks the Mold of Shonen Jump Adventure

Dr. Stone sees its unlikely heroes attempting to rebuild civilization from scratch with the power of science. Andy and Steve analyze the strengths and weaknesses of this unique take on a familiar formula. ― Dr. Stone sees its unlikely heroes attempting to rebuild civilization from scratch with the power of science. This week, Andy and Steve analyze the strengths and weaknesses of this unique take on...
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Persona 5 Royal Game's Video Highlights Futaba Sakura

PS4 game launches in Japan on October 31; in Americas, Europe, Asia in 2020 ― Atlus began streaming an introduction video for the Persona 5 Royal (Persona 5 The Royale in Japan) role-playing game on Tuesday. The video highlights the character Futaba Sakura. The game will launch for PlayStation 4 in Japan on October 31. The game will then launch in the Americas, Europe, and Asia in 2020. The game will...
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7SEEDS - Part One

Netflix's newest dystopian sci fi series was based on an award-winning manga, but can Studio Gonzo's adaptation live up to the potential of its source? Theron Martin has the answers. ― Netflix has commonly labeled anime titles it licenses as “Original Netflix Productions” even when they have aired on Japanese TV, but occasionally one of its titles actually is made specifically for Netflix. This serie...
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Nintendo Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Joy-Con 'Drifting'

Lawsuit alleges Joy-Cons tend to input movement commands without user input ― The law office of Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith filed a class-action lawsuit against Nintendo of America in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington on July 19. The lawsuit alleges that the Joy-Con controllers for the Nintendo Switch platform are defective and have a tendency to "drift," ...
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Pokémon Rumble Rush Smartphone Game Launches for iOS (Update)

Game launched for Android on May 22 ― The Pokémon Company released the Pokémon Rumble Rush (Pokémon Scramble SP) game worldwide for iOS devices on Tuesday. The Pokémon Company also began streaming a trailer for the game. The game launched for Android on May 22. Ambrella returned from the previous Pokémon Rumble (Pokémon Scramble) games to develop the "exhilarating strike action game." The smartphone ...
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Fruits Basket Anime Reveals New Video, Visual

Series' 2nd cours debuts this month ― The official website for the new anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga revealed a promotional video and visual for the series' second cours (quarter year) on Tuesday. The anime premiered in Japan on April 5, and the show's "Season 1" will have a total of 25 episodes. Funimation and Crunchyroll are streaming the anime as it airs. Funimation has also licens...
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Tencent's TiMi Studio Develops Pokémon Game

China's Tencent conglomerate announced on Monday that its TiMi Studio Group is developing a new game in the Pokémon franchise. The company did not announce further details or a release date for the game. Tencent sells Nintendo's Switch console in China. TiMi Studiio Group's previous works include smartphone games such as Call of Duty Mobile. The Pokémon franchise also has the upcoming Pokémon Mast...

1st Gundam: Reconguista in G Compilation Film Opens in Fall

Japan's 1st preview screening slated for August 24; new visual unveiled for 1st of 5 films ― The official website for the Gundam: Reconguista in G series revealed on Tuesday that Gekijōban Gundam G no Reconguista I: Ike! Core Fighter (Go! Core Fighter), the first of the planned five compilaton films for the anime, will open in Japan this fall. The site also revealed a new visual for the film. The fil...
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Weathering With You Debuts at #1, Tokyo Ghoul S at #7 at Japan's Box Office

Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, The Fable, UtaPri stay in top 10 ― Makoto Shinkai's new film Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) sold 1,159,020 tickets to earn 1,643,809,400 yen (about US$15.22 million) in its first three days. The film sold 830,000 tickets and earned 1.185 billion yen (about US$10.98 million) from Saturday to Sunday. The film earned 28.6% more in its first three days compared to Shinka...
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Studio Pierrot's Hero Mask Anime Gets 2nd Season on Netflix in August

Yu Shimamura joins returning cast, staff in sequel to December 2018 Netflix anime ― The official website for Studio Pierrot's Hero Mask original anime series announced on Tuesday that the anime will have a second season that will debut exclusively on Netflix worldwide on August 23. The site is streaming a promotional video for the new season, and also unveiled a new visual. Hiroyasu Aoki (unit direct...

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Shinkai's Weathering With You Film Gets 2nd Suntory Ad

New ad includes unique version of the film's theme song ― SUNTORY began streaming a new tie-up commercial with Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You film on Monday. The new ad has a unique version of the film's theme "Ai ni Dekiru koto wa Mada Arukai (Is there still anything that love can do?)" by RADWIMPS. Voice actors Kotarō Daigo (Hodaka Morishima) and Nana Mori (Hina Amano) perform the cover. SUNT...
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Weekly Shōnen Champion Manga Mag Commemorates Apollo 11 Moon Landing

On July 20, 1969, mankind made its first trek on the moon. Just five days before the momentous event, Akita Shoten launched its manga magazine Weekly Shonen Champion. The magazine honored the one of the biggest events in history with a celebratory video that includes the publication's logo imprinted on the moon. The video ends with the slogan "50 Years of Damn Hard Work." 週刊少年チャンピオンは、今年創刊50周年。アポロ1...
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BanG Dream! Boys Argonavis Stream 1st Single's Anime MV Short

Argonavis, the boy band borne from Bushiroad's BanG Dream! multimedia franchise, released an anime music video short for their first single "Goal Line" on Saturday. The band includes voice actor Seiji Maeda on bass, actor Shōhei Hashimoto on drums, Masahiro Ito provides the vocals, Shūta Morishima is on keyboard, and Daisuke Hyuga is on guitar. "Goal Line" was released on February 20. The group's ...
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Dragon Star Varnir Game's Steam Release Delayed to October

― Idea Factory International announced on Monday that its PC via Steam release of Compile Heart's Dragon Star Varnir (Ryūsei no Varnir) game has been delayed from September to October. The delay will allow staff to continue to improve optimization. The Steam version of the game will include all gameplay and art content from the original Japanese version of the game. The game will support English, Ja...
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Dragon Ball Super: Broly Film Airs in Canada on Crave Stations on July 31

Film shipped on home video in N. America in April ― The Dragon Ball Super: Broly film will air on the Crave network in Canada on July 31. The film will premiere on Crave 1 at 7:15 p.m. EDT, and then it will air on Crave 4 at 9:15 p.m. EDT, on Crave 3 at 12:45 a.m. EDT (effectively August 1), and on Crave 2 at 4:15 a.m. (effectively August 1). Funimation released the anime film on home video in North ...
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Series Premiere: Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files—Episodes 0-3

"While the cleverness of mixing mystery and action is one of the big draws of this series, its greatest asset might be its sense of humor."
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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Mascots Get Animated Video

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced the 2020 Games' official mascots in March. Two characters created by designer Ryō Taniguchi were chosen by elementary and international school students throughout Japan. The characters are named Miraitowa (blue) and Someity (pink). Miraitowa represents the upcoming Olympics and has the ability to move anywhere instantly. ...
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Shelf Life - July 22, 2019

It's a one-two punch of big video game debuts with Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Kill La Kill If. Check out our full breakdown of all this week's other new anime and manga releases! ― Welcome to Shelf Life, covering every week's new releases in anime, manga, and Japanese games! It's a case of "everything old is new again" on the anime front, with the recent Cutie Honey remake and a second OVA collec...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 116

"As far as stories about heiresses flying the coop for a day of freedom go, episode 116 is fairly par for the course."
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Azur Lane Anime Reveals Visual, October Premiere

Series adapts Shanghai Manjuu, Xiamen Yongshi's smartphone game ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi's Azur Lane smartphone game revealed a visual and the October premiere for the series on Monday. Yui Ishikawa and Mai Nakahara are reprising their roles as Enterprise and Akagi, respectively, in the anime. Tensho (Grisaia, Rewrite, Kinmoza) i...
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Best and Worst Manga of 2019 Results - Comic-Con International

This past weekend at Comic-Con International, Deb Aoki (manga editor and critic), Zac Bertschy (Anime News Network's editorial manager), Chris Butcher (comics writer and retailer) Megan Peters (comics journalist), and Rob McMonigal (comics site admin, review) held the annual "Best and Worst Manga" panel. Here are their picks for 2019: Best New Manga for Kids/Teens Eden's Zero by Hiro Mashima, publ...
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Secretly, I've Been Suffering About Being Sexless GN

This autobiographical comic about the woes of an author unsatisfied with her sexless marriage may not appeal to all readers, but it offers a unique perspective worth exploring. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― The autobiographical graphic novel seems to have taken off, and English-language releases of them are a nice trend that Yen Press is getting in on with its release of Togame's Secretly, I'v...
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Akira Toriyama's Original Characters Kane, Galena Join Jump Force Game

More DLC characters launch in August ― The Jump Force fighting game added Kane and Galena as playable characters in a free update on Monday. Dragon Ball manga creator Akira Toriyama designed the original characters. Bandai Namco Entertainment America also began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for Kane. Previous DLC characters include Yu-Gi-Oh!'s Seto Kaiba, My Hero Academia's All Might, and Hu...
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Digimon Survive Game's Opening Video Streamed

PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC launches in 2020 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming the opening movie for the Digimon Survive role-playing game on Monday. The video introduces the story and main characters and includes English subtitles. The game will ship in 2020 after a delay. The game was previously slated to launch in the West for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 20...
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22/7 Idol Project's TV Anime Premieres in January 2020

Teaser video, visual also revealed ― The official website for the television anime of the 22/7 idol project revealed a teaser video, visual, and the January 2020 premiere on Monday. ティザーPVを公開しました。https://t.co/p5WRDBhMxXTVアニメ「22/7」は2020年1月より放送開始。放送をお楽しみに。https://t.co/fkg3e6gkF6#ナナニジ pic.twitter.com/3sAK8a4P1d— TVアニメ「22/7」公式 (@227anime) July 22, 2019 A music video for the group's fourth single, "Nanimo...
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Young Disease Outburst Boy Anime Unveils Main Cast, More Staff, Manga, October Debut

Chinatsu Akasaki, Daiki Yamashita, Shugo Nakamura, Hideaki Kabumoto, Junya Enoki, Rikuya Yasuda star ― The official website and Twitter account for Chūbyō Gekihatsu Boy, the television anime of Vocaloid producer rerulili's "Young disease outburst Boy" ("Chūbyō Gekihatsu Boy") song and Minato Tonami's slice-of-life comedy novel adaptation, opened on Monday. Both the site and Twitter account unveiled t...

Monica Rial, Ronald Toye, Jamie Marchi Also File Motions to Dismiss Vic Mignogna's Lawsuit

Both motions cite Texas' TCPA to claim free speech, argues that Mignogna has no proof of claims ― Voice actress Monica Rial, her fiancé Ronald Toye, and voice actress Jamie Marchi all filed an anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) motion to dismiss voice actor Vic Mignogna's lawsuit against them on Friday. Rial and Toye jointly filed one motion, and Marchi filed a separate motio...
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Good Smile Company, NextNinja Develop Touhou LostWord Smartphone RPG

Good Smile Company, NextNinja previously teased project earlier this month ― Good Smile Company and NextNinja announced last Friday that they are developing the Touhou LostWord smartphone RPG based on ZUN's Touhou franchise. The game is officially licensed but not canon to the Touhou universe (ZUN freely allows the development of derivative Touhou works). The game is currently slated to launch only i...
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Mashiro Ayano Performs at Anime Weekend Atlanta Convention

MANA, LM.C, Starmarie, Myth & Roid, Brian the Sun, i☆Ris to also perform at October 31-November 3 event ― Sony Music announced last Thursday that singer Mashiro Ayano will attend the Anime Weekend Atlanta convention. Ayano will perform at the convention. Ayano debuted in 2014 with her single "ideal white," which served as the opening theme song for the first season of the Fate/stay night: Unlimited B...
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Streaming Service AsianCrush Adds Fusé, The Princess and the Pilot Films

Jungle Emperor Leo, Virtua Fighter, Twilight of the Cockroaches, Area 88 also added by either AsianCrush, Midnight Pulp ― Digital Media Rights' streaming services AsianCrush and Midnight Pulp announced last Friday the new anime they are adding for the month of July. New anime for AsianCrush include: Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress, The Princess and the Pilot, and Jungle Emperor Leo (1997 film). All three...
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Yūsuke Murata Publishes New 1-Shot in Shonen Jump With Author Korosuke Inu

― This year's 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that artist Yūsuke Murata (One-Punch Man, Eyeshield 21) will publish a new one-shot in the magazine's 35th issue on July 29. Korosuke Inu (Ultimate Janken) is credited for the manga's story. The one-shot is titled "Kagaku to Mahō no Kakutōka-tachi" (The Science and Magic Hand-to-Hand Fighters). The one-shot is the ...
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Shinkai's Weathering With You Film Earns 1.64 Billion Yen in 1st 3 Days

Film had 28.6% higher 3-day opening compared to your name. ― Makoto Shinkai's new film Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) sold 1,159,020 tickets to earn 1,643,809,400 yen (about US$15.22 million) in its first three days. The film opened in 359 theaters and 448 screens in Japan last Friday, July 19. The film earned 28.6% more in its first three days compared to Shinkai's previous your name. film, which...

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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 16

"Uo's rebellious years reflect a more classic anime struggle compared to the Somas' woes, but its nuanced attention to detail and heartfelt execution is what makes this familiar tale of a girl gone bad still feel special."
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Series Premiere: Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?—Episodes 1-2

"The comedy is hit-or-miss so far, but it's definitely been hitting more often than the average isekai."
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 16

"It's been weeks since Nezuko has done anything of significance, and her absence has left Tanjiro all alone as the beleaguered bastion of maturity in the cast."
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Series Premiere: Dr. Stone—Episodes 1-3

"Science is fun! If that simple phrase means something special to you, then Dr. Stone is right up your alley."
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Psycho-Pass Exhibit Provides Comprehensive Overview of Series So Far

A recent Psycho-Pass exhibit in the Tokyo Anime Center is the first large-scale exhibit for the series since the release of the three Sinners of the System movies in Japan. It provided a comprehensive overview of the first two TV anime seasons, the 2015 film, and the 2019 film trilogy in the lead up to the upcoming third TV anime season, and contains rough and key animation, art boards, scripts, c...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 894

"It might be too early to be making any bold statements about the Wano arc as a whole, but as of episode three, I'm ready to say that the anime adaptation has been a universal improvement on its source material."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 318

"We've still got a season's worth of episodes to fill, so the question becomes how much weight is going to be given to each plot point that lies ahead."
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Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Film Reveals End Credits Illustrations By Hollywood CG Art Director Sei Nakashima

The Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution film's official website and Twitter account revealed a selection of the end credits illustrations by Sei Nakashima, who was worked on art direction and character designs for numerous Hollywood films, including the Harry Potter series, A Bug's Life, and others. Nakashima's beautiful illustrations portray Ash, Pikachu, Brock, and Misty in a new and refreshing way. ハ...
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One Piece Episode of Sabo BD+DVD

This TV special earns its place on the shelf of One Piece completionists, but doesn't offer much else for casual fans. Sam Leach has the details. ― The “One Piece: Episode of ______” series, which currently spans both TV specials and theatrical films, can be a frustrating endeavor at times. I can't say with any confidence that these movies are actually for anybody. Theoretically, they're recounts of ...
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Boichi's One Piece 'Cover' Chapter is 1st in Ongoing 'Cover Comic Project'

― This year's 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the previously announced chapter of One Piece by artist Boichi (Dr. Stone, Origin, Sun-Ken Rock) is the first in a new project for One Piece titled "Cover Comic Project." Through the project, various manga creators will "cover" a chapter of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga. Boichi's one-shot is titled "Roronoa Z...
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Kawada's Hinomaru Sumō Manga Ends

Manga inspired 24-episode anime series last year ― This year's 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump published the final chapter of Kawada's Hinomaru Sumo manga on Monday. The manga's 27th volume will ship in October, and the 28th and final volume will ship in December. Kawada thanked all his fans and readers for five years of serialization in his author comments in the magazine. The previous i...

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage's Matt Owens to Pen Script for Hollywood One Piece Project

Writer has also worked on The Defenders ― This year's 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Matt Owens (Agents of Shield, The Defenders, Luke Cage) is penning the script for the live-action Hollywood television series adaptation of the Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga. Owens provided a statement for the project (translated from Japanese): One Piece is my absolute ...

Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Anime's New Promo, 10th Anniversary Ad Streamed

ReoNa's 10th anniversary theme song featured in August interactive event's ad ― The "Sword Art Online 10th Anniversary Special" presented the first full promotional video and key visual for the Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld anime on the AbemaTV streaming service on Sunday evening. 【PV公開!】『ソードアート・オンライン アリシゼーション War of Underworld』の第1弾PVが公開となりました!第3クールは2019年10月より放送開始!#sao_anime #SAO1...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, July 8-14

God Eater 3 game's Switch version debuts at #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 8-14 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwSuper Mario Maker 2 Nintendo June 28 54,720 334,077 2NSwGod Eater 3 Bandai Namco Entertainment July 11 20,960 20,960 3NSwYo-kai Watch 4: Bokura wa Onaji Sora o Miageteiru Level 5 June 20 12,287 222,791 4NSwJikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū Konami June 27 11,374...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, July 8-14

Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai film earns 9.9% rating ― The latest episode of the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry aired on NHK on Saturday, July 13 at 8:00 a.m. and earned a 20.7% rating. Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai film aired on NTV on Friday, July 12 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 9.9% rating. The first half of the Soreike! Anpanman Kagayake! Kurun to Inochi no Hoshi film aired...

Yu-Gi-Oh! Franchise Gets New Anime Series in 2020 for 20th Anniversary

New series to "change the history of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime" ― Konami revealed during a livestream on Sunday at the Jump Victory Carnival 2019 event that the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise will get a new television anime series that will premiere in 2020. The new anime will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the anime franchise. The below video recaps the six previous anime in the franchise, and announces the new...
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ARP Backstage Pass TV Anime Reveals Theme Song Info, Delay to January 2020

Series was originally slated to premiere this year; more information to be announced on July 28 ― The official Twitter account for ARP Backstage Pass, the television anime adaptation of the ARP (nominally an abbreviation for Artists Republic Production) dance vocal group, announced on Saturday that the anime will now air in January 2020. The anime was originally slated to air this year. The Twitter a...
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Monogatari Series Illustrator VOFAN to Attend Anime NYC

VOFAN to host panels, workshops, signings at November 15-17 event ― Kodansha Comics and Vertical announced at their panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Saturday that Vertical, EVA Air, and Anime NYC will host illustrator VOFAN at the Anime NYC event. VOFAN will host panels, workshops, and autograph sessions at the event. Additionally, Vertical will feature a gallery of VOFAN's work at the ...
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Tokyopop Licenses Kaili Sorano's Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond Manga, 3 Boys-Love Manga

Gorō Kanbe's Dirty Darling, more licensed ― Tokyopop announced four new manga licenses, including three boys-love manga licenses, at its panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Saturday. Title: Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond Author: Kaili Sorano Summary: [Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond] follows the mysterious adventures of two high schoolers, Yamagishi and Sendo, who accidentally find themselv...
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KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! Anime Film's 2nd Trailer Streamed

Theme song music video also streamed for film opening on August 30 ― The official website for Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Kurenai Densetsu (KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! Crimson Legend), the anime film based on Natsume Akatsuki's KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! light novel series, began streaming the film's second trailer on Sunday. Columbia Music als...

Kyoto Animation President Hatta Considers Demolishing 1st Studio Building, Building Public Park With Monument

Hatta: Support messages from around the world are "becoming our emotional support" ― Editor's Note: ANN's news team have decided not to publish the name of the suspect accused of arson, in order to focus our reporting on the victims. In addition, while one of the sources for this article gives the name of a victim (whose status is unknown), ANN's news team have chosen not to report on that name. We w...
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Sound & Fury Anime Film Debuts on Netflix Worldwide This Fall

Junpei Mizusaki, Michael Arias, Koji Morimoto, more work on film based on Sturgill Simpson's songs ― Netflix revealed at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Saturday that it will stream the previously listed Sound & Fury anime film worldwide this fall. SOUND & FURYTHE ALBUM AND NETFLIX FILM BY STURGILL SIMPSONCOMING THIS FALL #sturgillsimpson #Netflix pic.twitter.com/Q04FTUe9af— SOUND & FURY (@Soun...

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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 15

"As Tohru and the boys casually return to their status quo, the show's attention shifts instead to a different trio."
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Series Premiere: Given—Episodes 1-2

"Given emerges as one of the season's most emotionally resonant offerings, thanks to its aesthetic musicality and strong chemistry between its central guitar boys."
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Series Premiere: Granbelm—Episodes 1-3

"This is the kind of show that makes me want to see how far its ambitions can go."
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P.A. Works Releases Video of Aspiring Animator's Daily Life in Training School

Training school opened in April 2018. ― P.A. Works released a video on Tuesday showing a day in the life of an aspiring animator at the studio's training school in Nanto in the Toyama prefecture. The young animator, whose name is Yōsuke Hiramatsu, is shown commuting to the school, drawing in-between animation frames as homework, and attending lectures held by P.A. Works animators Tsukasa Miyazaki and...
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Season Premiere: A Certain Scientific Accelerator—Episodes 1-2

"Much like A Certain Scientific Railgun, Accelerator used its first episode's encounter with a random opponent as a setup to quickly get the protagonist into the heat of the action."
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Kodansha USA Announces 4 New Shōjo Manga Licenses, Release of Volumes 39-48 of Initial D Manga

Volumes 39-48 of Initial D available digitally now ― Kodansha Comics announced at its panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Saturday that it has released volumes 39 through 48 of Shuuichi Shigeno's Initial D manga digitally in English today. Kodansha is also hosting other Initial D-related events at the convention. ComiXology and Kodansha Comics released volumes 1-38 of the manga in April. T...
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Series Premiere: O Maidens in Your Savage Season—Episodes 1-3

"With the pastel colors working to create a vague sense of nostalgia, there's a lot to enjoy here, even if the memories the subject matter stirs up aren't necessarily from the best times."
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Johnny & Associates Talent Agency Denies Pressuring TV Stations to Reduce Coverage on Former SMAP Members

Agency received warning from Fair Trading Commission about potentially violating Antimonopoly Act ― Talent agency Johnny & Associates posted a notice on its website on Wednesday denying that it had been pressuring TV stations to reduce coverage on three former members of the popular boy band SMAP. The notice indicated that the agency had received a warning from the Fair Trading Commission for violati...
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Anime Detour's Convention Communication Head Arrested for Sexual Assault

11 year convention alumni Stephen Gifford Jr. currently released on bail ― Content Warning: the article below includes a graphic description of an alleged sexual assault. Anime Detour's former head of convention communications Stephen Gifford Jr. was arrested on suspicion of third degree criminal sex conduct by Minneapolis Police on June 9. Gifford Jr. posted bail and was released from custody on Jun...
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The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious Novel 1

This tongue-in-cheek take on isekai tropes for the kind of adventurer who quicksaves every five seconds brings warmth and heart to what could have been a cynical premise. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Of all of the self-aware isekai novels that seem to be the latest trend within the genre, The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious might take the cake. Narrated by the novice goddess Ristarte ...

Kyoto Animation President Hatta Considers Demolishing 1st Studio Building, Building Public Park With Monument

Hatta: Support messages from around the world are "becoming our emotional support" ― Editor's Note: ANN's news team have decided not to publish the name of the suspect accused of arson, in order to focus our reporting on the victims. In addition, while one of the sources for this article gives the name of a victim (whose status is unknown), ANN's news team have chosen not to report on that name. We w...
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'It will be breakfast at Tiffany some day' Manga Ends in August

Hirochi Maki's manga inspired live-action series in October 2015 ― The September issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic Bunch magazine announced on Saturday that Hirochi Maki's Itsuka Tiffany de Chōshoku o (It will be breakfast at Tiffany some day.) manga will end in the magazine's next issue in August. The magazine's 13th volume had teased in December that the manga's story was approaching its climax. ...
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Akiko Higashimura's Tokyo Tarareba Girls Manga, Junji Ito's 'Frankenstein' Short Win Eisner Awards

Akira Toriyama, Naoki Urasawa not among those inducted into Hall of Fame this year ― The 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards revealed its winners at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Saturday, and Akiko Higashimura's Tokyo Tarareba Girls manga won this year's Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award. Steven LeCroy translates the manga. The manga competed against Nie Jun's My Beij...
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One Piece Gakuen Spinoff Manga Launches in Saikyō Jump Magazine

Sōhei Kōji draws comedy manga about Straw Hat Crew in academic setting ― The September issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine announced on Saturday that Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga is getting a new spinoff manga titled One Piece Gakuen (One Piece Academy) that will launch in Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine starting in the magazine's September issue on August 2. Sōhei Kōji, who has drawn one-shot mang...
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The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! Manga Ends Serialization on August 2

Kazuki, Kogetaokoge launched manga based on Shirow Shiratori's novels in 2015 ― This year's 15th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine announced on Friday that Kazuki and Kogetaokoge's Ryuoh no Oshigoto! manga will end in the magazine's next issue on August 2. The manga's 10th and final volume will ship on August 9. The manga adapts Shirow Shiratori's The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! light novel...
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Spriggan, Until Death Do Us Part's Hiroshi Takashige Ends 'RDB' Manga

Dark fantasy manga launched in November 2016 ― This year's 15th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine announced on Friday that writer Hiroshi Takashige (Spriggan, Until Death Do Us Part) and artist Jun Rokumoto will end their RDB (Red Data Book) manga in the magazine's next issue on August 2. The duo launched the manga in Young Gangan in November 2016. Square Enix published the manga's third c...
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Wataru Mitogawa Launches Ganbared Sisters Manga in September

Manga about warrior nuns who hunt down supernatural beings ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Friday that Wataru Mitogawa will launch a new manga titled Ganbared Sisters in the magazine's next issue on September 19. The manga is set in a world where, beginning with vampires, the supernatural world has been exposed to the public. Dorothy, a member of the Red Sist...
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Natsume Ono's Lady and Oldman Manga Ends in August

Series launched in October 2015 ― The August issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Friday that Natsume Ono's Lady and Oldman will end in the magazine's September issue on August 19. The July issue had teased in June that the manga was approaching its climax. The story takes place in Los Angeles in the 1960s. A pair known as "Lady and Oldman" wander from street to street, sometimes getti...
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One Piece TV Anime's Episodes on July 28, August 4 to Have Original Story Tying into New Film

One Piece Stampede film opens in Japan on August 9 ― The September issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine announced on Saturday that the episodes of the One Piece television anime that will air on July 28 and August 4 will tie into the new One Piece Stampede film. In the story of the episodes, Luffy and the Straw Hat Crew are attacked by the bounty hunter Seedle and his guild. To escape the bounty hunte...

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Anime Film's 2nd Teaser Video Streamed

Final film in tetralogy opens in Japan in June 2020 ― The official website for the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise began streaming the second teaser video on Saturday for Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), Studio Khara's new Evangelion film. The film will open in theaters in Japan in June 2020. Studio Khara debuted the first 10 minutes and 40 seconds of the film on July 6. The Ja...
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Hajime Yamamura Launches Shikkoku no Ziggy Manga in September

Post-apocalyptic manga about 2 women consumed with revenge ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Friday that Hajime Yamamura will launch a new manga titled Shikkoku no Ziggy (Jet Black Ziggy) in the magazine's October issue on September 19. The manga will be set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun with violence, fear, and killing. The story begins when two women co...
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Series Premiere: Astra Lost in Space—Episodes 1-3

"Anyone in the mood for space thrills and colorful dorks learning about the value of teamwork should strap in and prepare to get lost in space."
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Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga Manga About Samurai Reincarnated as Dogs Gets TV Anime

Una Megurogawa's manga runs in Monthly Comic Zenon ― The wraparound jacket band on Una Megurogawa's sixth Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga (Oda Shinamon Nobunaga) manga volume announced on Saturday that a television anime adaptation of the manga has been green-lit. In the "one-of-a-kind samurai-general-reincarnated-as-a-canine comedy," Nobunaga perishes at Honnōji as in history, and reincarnates in modern-day J...
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Season Premiere: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II—Episodes 1-2

"With its blend of slick action, character relationships, and a world that's just ambiguous enough to wonder at what could be going on behind the scenes, this second season is off to a good start."
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Cross Infinite World Licenses Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Novels

√After launches on September 30, √Before in early 2020 ― Cross Infinite World announced on Friday that it has licensed Sōki Tsukishima and Tora Tsukishima's Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- light novel series based on Yeti and Regista's game of the same name. The company will release Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- √After digitally worldwide on September 30, followed by Root Double -Be...
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Hi-Score Girl Anime Heads to EVO 2019 in Las Vegas

The anime about being an arcade kid in the 90s is heading to the world's largest fighting game event. Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl is heading to EVO 2019 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on August 2-4. The story of the "90s arcade romantic comedy" series begins in 1991, during the heyday of the 2D fighting game boom. The anime is a perfect fit for the event that represents the largest and longest-...
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Fire Emblem: Three Houses Switch Game's Video Previews Officers Academy

Game launches on July 26 ― Nintendo UK began streaming a trailer for Intelligent Systems and Koei Tecmo Games' Fire Emblem: Three Houses Nintendo Switch game on Friday. The video previews the Officers Academy. The game will launch on July 26 after a delay from spring. The Seasons of Warfare Edition of the game will bundle an artbook, sound selection CD, steelbook case, and calendar. Nintendo first an...
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Yama no Susume Holds 4th Mountain Day Event with BBQ

The Japanese government added the national holiday Mountain Day in 2016. The August 11 holiday encourages people to explore their local mountains, which are abundant in Japan. The anime series Encouragement of Climb (Yama no Susume) has held a fan event on Mountain Day for the last four years. This year the staff are hosting a "barbecue party" on August 7 at the Tokyo AKIHABARA Gamers Main Store. ...

Fire Force TV Anime Debuts on Toonami on July 27

Broadcast, streaming of series' 3rd episode delayed in Japan today ― Adult Swim's Toonami programming block announced on Friday that the anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga will premiere on Toonami on July 27 at 12:00 a.m. EDT (effectively July 28). The anime's official website announced on Friday that the planned airing and streaming of the show's third episode, which was ...
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Russo Brothers' AGBO Studios Develops Adaptation of Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets Anime

Avengers: Endgame did not confirm their role in project ― Directors Joe and Anthony Russo (Avengers: Endgame) announced at their panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday that their AGBO Studios is developing an adaptation of the Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets) television anime series. The Russos added that they could not say if they will direct the project, nor could they say if the project will be ...
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Fan-Made Firefox Extension Changes JoJo Part 5 Stands to Original Names

Due to murky music copyright issues, the Stand names in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime series are usually translated with substitute names. The JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind season continues this trend. Giorno Giovanna's Stand Gold Experience, a reference to a Prince album, becomes Golden Wind. Other Stand name substitutions include Sticky Fingers (a Rolling Stones album) as Zipper Man...

34th Victim of Kyoto Animation Fire Passes Away

Male victim was receiving treatment in hospital after Thursday's blaze ― Kyoto Prefectural Police announced on Friday that one more male victim of Thursday's fire at Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio building has passed away. He was being treated for his injuries at a hospital. The death toll of the blaze caused by suspected arson now stands at 34 people. On Thursday at around 10:30 a.m. JST, a devastatin...
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Animation Studios, Fans Share Messages of Hope After Kyoto Animation Studio Arson

A horrible arson attack at Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 building on Thursday has left the studio's fans, families, and Japan reeling in what is the worst mass murder in Japan's post-World War II history. The attack killed 33 people and injured 35 others. Since the attack, support has come in from across the globe as fan have looked to bolster spirits with messages and images of support. Tim Cook, CE...
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Assassins Pride Anime Reveals Video, More Cast, October Premiere

Ayane Sakura, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Tatsuhisa Suzuki join cast of EMT Squared's fantasy ― The official website for the television anime of Kei Amagi's Assassins Pride light novel series revealed a teaser video, additional cast, and the October premiere for the series on Friday. The anime will premiere in October on Tokyo MX, BS NTV, and AT-X. The newly announced cast members include: (Note: character n...
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Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Anime's Sequel Reveals Title, Crowdfunding Campaign

Crowdfunding aims to improve quality of Grisaia: Phantom Trigger the Animation Stargazer ― The official website for the anime adaptation of its Grisaia: Phantom Trigger game revealed on Friday that the title of the sequel anime will be Grisaia: Phantom Trigger the Animation Stargazer. Staff revealed a key visual and poster visual for the sequel. The visual features returning characters Rena, Maki, an...

Kyoto Animation President States in Interview That All Materials, Computers Were Destroyed in Fire

Sentai Filmworks, Animate both start fundraising campaigns ― In an interview for the mass media on Friday, Kyoto Animation president Hideaki Hatta stated that all of the past animation materials and computers housed in Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio building were destroyed in Thursday's fire in the building. Hatta told the media, "The [monetary] amount of the damage? Extreme. I don't know the full deta...
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Val x Love Anime Reveals Main Cast

Yūya Hirose, Kaede Hondo, Ai Kakuma, Rina Hidaka star in series premiering in October ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Ryousuke Asakura's Val x Love (Ikusa x Koi) manga revealed the show's four main cast members on Friday. Yūya Hirose as Takuma Akutsu Kaede Hondo as Natsuki Saotome Ai Kakuma as Itsuyo Saotome Rina Hidaka as Mutsumi Saotome The anime will premiere on AT-X,...
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Masami Kurumada Launches New Fūma no Kojirō Manga in August

1st new manga in Fūma no Kojirō franchise since 2006 ― The September issue of of Akita Shoten's Champion RED magazine revealed on Friday that Masami Kurumada (Saint Seiya) will launch a new manga based on his Fūma no Kojirō manga series titled Fūma no Kojirō: Jo no Maki (Prelude Chapter) in the magazine's next issue on August 19. The manga will have a color opening page and will feature on the issue'...
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Funimation Reveals My Hero Academia Season 4's English-Dubbed Trailer

Anime premieres on October 12 with Funimation stream ― Funimation revealed an English-dubbed trailer for the fourth anime season based on Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga at its Comic-Con International: San Diego panel on Thursday. IGN is exclusively streaming the trailer. The anime will premiere on October 12, and will air on YTV and NTV on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. Funimation screened the Engl...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Last Survivor Arcade Game's Video Reveals Delay to Winter

Video also previews "battle royale" game's playable characters ― Bandai Namco Amusement began streaming a promotional video on Friday for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Last Survivor, a new arcade game based on the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. The video previews the game's playable characters, and reveals that the game's delayed winter 2019 release date. The game was originally slated to release this s...
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Drawn & Quarterly to Release Compilation of Kuniko Tsurita Manga

The Sky is Blue with a Single Cloud book slated for spring 2020 release ― Drawn & Quarterly announced at its Comic-Con International: San Diego panel on Thursday that it will release the book The Sky is Blue with a Single Cloud, a collection of manga by Kuniko Tsurita, with translations by Ryan Holmberg. The book is slated to ship in spring 2020. Drawn & Quarterly described the book: The Sky is Blue ...

Fire Force Anime Halts Friday's Planned Airing, Streaming of 3rd Episode

Also: Sound! Euphonium collaboration with Keihan delayed, new Free! film trailer screening cancelled ― The official website for the Fire Force anime announced on Friday that it has halted the planned airing and streaming of the show's third episode, which was planned to air late at night on Friday (effectively early Saturday morning). The website stated it will reveal more information about the futur...
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Netflix Lists Enter the Anime Documentary Film for August 5 Debut

Documentary features appearances by Kozo Morishita, Yoko Takahashi, Shinji Aramaki, Kenji Kamiyama ― Netflix is listing a new documentary film about anime titled Enter the Anime that will debut on August 5. The documentary lists appearances by Kozo Morishita (Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya executive producer), Yoko Takahashi (Neon Genesis Evangelion opening song), and Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kam...
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High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World TV Anime's Video Reveals Theme Song Artists, October Premiere

More staff also revealed for TV anime by project No.9 ― Editors Note: Happinet Pictures has removed the video and has not uploaded a new version. ANN's original article is below. Happinet Pictures began streaming a new promotional video for the television anime adaptation of Riku Misora and Sacraneco's High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World (Chōjin-Kokoseitachi wa Isekai demo Yoyu d...
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No Guns Life Anime's Video Reveals Cast, Theme Song Artist, October Premiere

Junichi Suwabe, Manami Numakura, Daiki Yamashita star; Kenichi Asai performs opening song ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tasuku Karasuma's No Guns Life manga began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals the anime's cast and October premiere date, and also reveals and previews the anime's opening theme song "Motor City" by Kenichi As...

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Film Opens in Japan in June 2020

New teaser also debuted in theaters on Friday, will be available online later ― The official website for the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise announced on Friday that Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), Studio Khara's new Evangelion film, will open in theaters in Japan in June 2020. A new teaser video also debuted on the same day in Japanese theaters, but the announcement noted tha...
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Arte Manga About Female Renaissance Painter Gets TV Anime

Mikako Komatsu, Katsuyuki Konishi star in anime ― Tokuma Shoten revealed on Friday that Kei Ohkubo's Arte manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation. Mikako Komatsu stars as the titular protagonist and aspiring painter Arte, and Katsuyuki Konishi plays Leo, the painter who takes in Arte as his apprentice. Ohkubo drew an illustration to celebrate the announcement. Media Do offers the manga digit...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 92

"This episode's greatest moment is its fantastic climactic action scene in the final quarter."
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 14

"Mysterious connections abound as Furuba's plot thickens at the tail end of this beautifully exhausting episode."
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Life-Size Jet-Powered Nausicaä Glider Soars Over Wisconsin

The life-size Möwe (Mehve in English) jet-assisted glider from Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind has been in the works over a decade. The craft took flight to the amazement of Wisconsin natives and aviation enthusiasts on Wednesday. The glider's pilot, Tokyo University of the Arts associate professor Kazuhiko Hachiya, brought his glider to the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 event to...
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Former Soccer Star Karina Maruyama Gets Baki-Style Make Over

Following the previous transformation by comedy duo Downtown, Baki artist manga artist Keisuke Itagaki drew soccer star and television personality Karina Maruyama in his signature style. The art is part of Itagaki's ongoing "Entertainer Baki Project". The project includes Itagaki's renditions of the comedy duo Downtown, "Reaction Monster" Tetsurō Degawa, and now Karina Maruyama. The celebrities ar...
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Pokémon Masters Smartphone Game's Trailer Previews 3-on-3 Battles

DeNA's iOS/Android game launches this summer ― The Pokémon Company began streaming a promotional video for DeNA's Pokémon Masters smartphone game on Thursday. The video three-versus-three battles, co-op battles, and the Pokémon Masters League tournament. The game is slated to launch for iOS and Android devices this summer. The game lets players "battle alongside your favorite Pokémon Trainers from th...
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Bungo Stray Dogs Collaborates With Iwate Prefecture's Kenji Miyazawa Fairytale Village

Pure and strong, Bungo Stray Dog's version of poet Kenji Miyazawa depicts him as a trusting farm boy able to harness superhuman strength. The real Miyazawa wasn't superhuman but the Iwate prefecture native cemented his reputation in literature by crafting timeless children's literature like Night on the Galactic Railroad and Gauche the Cellist. He also loved his hometown and founded the Rasu Farm...

Udon Entertainment Releases 1st Volume of The Rose of Versailles Manga in December

Publisher also announces Street Fighter, Capcom, Mega Man art books ― Udon Entertainment revealed at its panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday that it will release the first volume of Riyoko Ikeda's The Rose of Versailles manga in December. The remaining four volumes are slated to ship three or four months apart. Udon Entertainment exclusively provided ANN with the cover art for all five volumes o...
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Date A Live Ren Dystopia Game Delayed to 2020

― Compile Heart announced on Thursday that Date A Live Ren Dystopia, the new PlayStation 4 game based on Koushi Tachibana's Date A Live light novel series, has been delayed from summer 2019 to a general 2020 release. The company cited "various circumstances" as causing the delay. The game's story begins on a normal night, when Shido dreams of a voice calling out from within a deep darkness. When he ...
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Fans Annihilate Kamehameha World Record at San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con attendees went above and beyond the previous world record for the largest gathering of a Kamehameha attacks on Wednesday. A total of 786 people gathered to perform Goku's iconic battle move and set a new Guinness World Record and crushing the previous number of 250 people. Ladies & Gentlemen, the official Guinness World Record attempt for the WORLD'S LARGEST KAMEHAMEHA, lead by...
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Sega Reveals Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Game

Switch, PS4, Xbox One version launches on October 29; Steam release set for winter 2019 ― Sega revealed on Monday that it is developing Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD (Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball), a new version of the Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz Wii game. The company will release the game on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 29, and on the PC via Steam in winter 2019. S...
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This Week in Anime - Vinland Saga is the Must-Watch Epic of the Season

This viking epic combines its grounded historical fiction premise with pulse-pounding fantastical action in a stunning production by Studio Wit. Micchy and Steve discuss the themes and thrills of the series so far. ― Vinland Saga combines its grounded historical fiction premise with pulse-pounding fantastical action in a stunning production by Studio Wit. Micchy and Steve discuss the themes and thri...
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Studio Orange's Rainy Anime Ad Gets Limited Theatrical Run Paired With Shinkai's Weathering With You

Director Toshimasa Ishii and Studio Orange's anime ad for Japanese retail company Marui Group will get a limited theatrical run. The short "Soba e" will premiere in front of Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You anime film when it opens on July 19. The ad reunites Ishii and character designer Ayako Hata, who served as assistant director and animation director on the Oscar-nominated anime film Mirai...
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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim PS4 Game's Video Reveals November 28 Launch

Limited edition bundles model kit, book, DLC set ― Atlus began streaming the third promotional video for Vanillaware's 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim PlayStation 4 game on Thursday. The video reveals that Atlus will release the game on November 28. People who pre-order the game will receive a code to download an art book. The Premium Box limited edition of the game will bundle a papercraft model kit, 132-pa...
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Series Premiere: How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?—Episodes 1-3

"The main appeal of the show is its informative and instructional exercise video format, strung together with some decent humor and the loosest of plots."
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Black Lagoon Gets Spinoff Manga About Sawyer

Spinoff manga by Tatsuhiko Ida debuts in September alongside main manga's return from hiatus ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Friday that Rei Hiroe's Black Lagoon manga will have its first spinoff manga by Tatsuhiko Ida titled Black Lagoon: Sōji-ya Sawyer - Kaitai! Gore Gore Musume (Black Lagoon: Sawyer the Cleaner - Dismemberment! Gore Gore Girl) starting on ...
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Cardfight!! Vanguard Gets New Anime Series Debuting on August 24

Series centers on Card Capital manager Shinemon Nitta in high school ― Bushiroad announced during a livestream on Thursday that a new anime titled Cardfight!! Vanguard: Shinemon-hen will premiere on TV Aichi and TV Tokyo on August 24 at 8:00 a.m. The anime will debut later that day on BS TV Tokyo, Niigata Sogo Television Inc., Hiroshima Home TV, and Shizuoka Asahi TV. The series will also stream on A...
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Satsujin Muzai, Black Knight Parade Manga End Magazine Serialization, Move Online (Updated)

Satsujin Muzai moves to Tonari no Young Jump, Black Night Parade moves to Ultra Jump ― This year's 33rd issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Jun Kumagai and Hiroshi Ueda's Satsujin Muzai (Murder Innocence) manga, as well as Hikaru Nakamura's Black Night Parade manga, both ended their magazine serializations in the same issue. Satsujin Muzai will continue on Shueisha's Ton...
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Magical Girl Site Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Manga launched in 2013, inspired TV anime in spring 2018 ― Kentarō Satō announced on Twitter on Sunday that he will end the Magical Girl Site (Mahō Shōjo Site) manga in three chapters, including the chapter that released in the 33rd issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine on Thursday. If there are no delays, the manga will end on August 1. Satō previously stated last November that the...
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My Next Life as a Villainess Anime Premieres on TV in 2020

J-Novel Club releases novels about girl who suddenly inhabits role of doomed otome game antagonist ― Ichijinsha's official website for the anime adaptation of Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka's My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta...) light novel series revealed on Thursday that the anime will premiere in 20...

Fire Department: 33 People Confirmed Dead in Kyoto Animation Fire (Updated)

41-year-old man apprehended for suspected arson; 35 reported injured ― This is a developing story. ANN will update this article and will post follow-up articles as more credible and accurate information about the situation surfaces. Japan's national news agency NHK reported on Thursday at 9:21 p.m. that, according to the Kyoto Fire Department, 33 people are confirmed to have died in the fire that eng...
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