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review

Tales of Wedding Rings GN 1

Satou gets more than he bargained for when he follows his childhood friend home in this fantasy romance by the author of Dusk Maiden of Amnesia. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― No, this is not a manga spin-off of one of the numerous “Tales of” video games. Even creator Maybe is a little embarrassed about how similar to that franchise his manga's title is, but he assures us that it's merely a sim...
column

The List - 8 Defunct Game Systems

Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo may rule the market now, but many other companies have tried their hand at breaking into the gaming console market. Here are just a few of the more notorious flops. ― Today's gaming scene is dominated by three major console manufacturers: Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. The landscape is a lot different than when I was a kid, plugging away at Super Mario World on the SNES...
review

Thunderbolt Fantasy: The Sword of Life and Death

In advance of a second season, Gen Urobuchi and the master puppeteers at PiLi have delivered a movie recounting the villainous origins of the Screaming Phoenix Killer. Nick Creamer finds out if this series has lost any magic in film form. ― It was a great surprise to learn that Gen Urobuchi, star writer of hits like Madoka Magica and Fate/Zero, would be working on a collaborative series of Taiwanese ...
feature

The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Feb 12-18

It's not so relaxed anymore - Laid-Back Camp leaps up 8 PLACES on the chart to dominate this week in user episode rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how peop...
interview

Interview: Bryce Papenbrook, David Vincent Chat Unlocked

Attack on Titan's Bryce Papenbrook and Kill la Kill's David Vincent sit down for a chat about their new approach to connecting fans and voice actors. ― Fans may recognize veteran voice actors Bryce Papenbrook (Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online) and David Vincent (Fate/Zero, Kill La Kill) from their work in a number of anime and video game series, but the two have a unique off-screen collaboration, as...
review

Revolutionary Girl Utena Blu-Ray 3

The final arc in the Utena saga has arrived on blu-ray, alongside the opulent Adolescence of Utena film. Rebecca Silverman looks back on how this classic concluded. ― With this final arc of the Revolutionary Girl Utena narrative, the story throws all subtlety out the window. That's not strictly a negative in terms of getting the most out of everything the series has built up, because when the visuals...
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Sunday, February 25

ep. review

Citrus ‒ Episode 8

"All the attention to detail and interwoven thematic work makes this the meatiest episode of Citrus yet."
ep. review

BEATLESS ‒ Episode 7

"Arato and Lacia get the only light scene in an episode remarkably dense in both plot turns and new concepts."
ep. review

GARO -Vanishing Line- ‒ Episode 19

"If the final act of GARO ends up feeling like one extended episode broken up into pieces, then this episode functions as the final setup for the series' king-sized climax."
daily briefs

Tonegawa Manga Transfers to Comic Days App

The official website for Kodansha's newly revealed Comic Days manga app and website revealed on February 19 that the Kaiji spinoff manga Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa (Middle Management Chronicle Tonegawa) is switching from Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine to the website, starting on March 5. The manga focuses on the "agonizing daily life of Teiai Group executive Yukio Tonegawa, who gets into conflic...
interest

Pop Team Epic's Stream Spoofs The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's 'Endless Eight' Episodes

The eighth episode of Pop Team Epic will premiere on Sunday at 1:00 a.m. To mark the debut, streaming service Abema TV, which streams new episodes of the series every week, will stream the new episode eight times in a row in an "endless broadcast." Although there is no confirmation on AbemaTV's official website, the move appears to be inspired by the "Endless Eight" episodes from the 2009 The Mela...
ep. review

Killing Bites ‒ Episode 7

"This episode mostly exists to provide a major excuse for fanservice, which has been rather light since the Destroyal started."
interest

Coro Coro Comics Apologizes for Manga's Depiction of Genghis Khan

The editorial staff of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine issued an apology on Friday after a depiction of Mongol Empire founder Genghis Khan in the March issue created a public outcry. Mongolian residents of Japan and the Embassy of Mongolia in Tokyo issued complaints after the magazine's most recent issue shipped on February 15. The issue's installment of Asumi Yoshino's Yarisugi!!! Itazura-...
ep. review

Record of Grancrest War ‒ Episode 8

"Finally we slow to a leisurely pace as we learn about how the romance of yesterday affects the politics of today."
news

DAYS Gaiden Soccer Spinoff Manga Enters Final Arc

Omnibus series focusing on different characters launched in October 2016 ― Tsuyoshi Yasuda and Saori Otoha's DAYS Gaiden spinoff manga entered its final arc on Kodansha's Magazine Pocket website and app on Thursday. Otoha and Yasuda launched the manga in October 2016, and Kodansha published the second volume on August 17. Kodansha will publish the third volume on March 16. The manga is a spinoff of Y...
ep. review

Junji Ito Collection ‒ Episode 8

"This latest episode is a testament to the show's floundering animation, even if the stories contained within do their best to compensate for their visual shortcomings."
review

Tales of Wedding Rings GN 1

Satou gets more than he bargained for when he follows his childhood friend home in this fantasy romance by the author of Dusk Maiden of Amnesia. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― No, this is not a manga spin-off of one of the numerous “Tales of” video games. Even creator Maybe is a little embarrassed about how similar to that franchise his manga's title is, but he assures us that it's merely a sim...
news

Uma Musume Pretty Derby Anime Reveals Cast, Theme Song, Visual

Kōji Okino, Megumi Toyoguchi play trainers, 7 main voice actresses sing theme songs ― The official website for the anime part of Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby project updated on Sunday. It confirmed the cast, as well as revealed the theme songs, the first commercial, and a new visual. The cast stars: Azumi Waki as Special Week Marika Kōno as Silence Suzuka Machico as Tōkai Teiō Ayaka Ohashi as Vod...
daily briefs

Kairi Shomotsuki's Arthur Bright Manga Moves Online

This year's June issue of Tokuma Shoten's Comic Zenon magazine announced on Saturday that Kairi Shimotsuki's Arthur Bright manga will move from Comic Zenon to several online sites. The manga's 10th chapter will premiere first on "pixiv Comic" on April 21, before premiering on Comic Zenon's sister website Comic Zenyon on April 22 with the 10th chapter. New chapters will debut on the second Sunday o...
interest

Sleep Tight With Giant Sexy Daikon Radish by Your Side

Want someone to cuddle in bed without the hassle of dealing with a human significant other? Of course, hug pillows are popular options among anime fans. But how about a more unique alternative? Vaguely anthropomorphic giant daikon radish, anyone? Felissimo's YOU+MORE! brand revealed its new "sexy daikon" hug pillow on Monday. You may never feel lonely again with this huggable 115-centimeter (abou...
interest

Design Festa Gallery: Happy Meow Year

The Design Festa gallery is a permanent exhibition space in Harajuku that is dedicated to showing off the talents of young and upcoming artists in Japan. Although a wide variety of art is showcased at the Design Festa gallery, some artists work in the anime and manga industries or are strongly influenced by anime-style art. Today's article is about cats. Every January, the Design Festa hosts a big...
news

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy Game to Launch for Nintendo Switch

Trilogy of games previously released for PS4, Xbox One, PC ― This year's 13th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Thursday that Bandai Namco Entertainment will release its Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy (Naruto Shippūden: Narutimate Storm Trilogy) game bundle for Nintendo Switch. The release will include many of the past downloadable contents that Bandai Namco Entertainm...
news

UVERworld, Miwa Perform Themes for My Hero Academia Anime's 3rd Season

3rd season premieres on April 7 ― This year's 13th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced the new theme song artists for the upcoming third television anime season based on Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga on Monday. UVERworld (Blue Exorcist, The Heroic Legend of Arslan) will perform the new opening theme song and miwa (Flying Witch, Silver Spoon) will perform the new endin...
news

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Manga Ends, Gets 4-Panel Manga Sequel

Shūichi Asō launches 4-panel manga sequel on March 5 ― This year's 13th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapter on Shūichi Asō's Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan manga on Monday. The issue also stated that the manga's fifth anniversary "isn't over," and that Asō is launching a four-panel sequel manga in Weekly Shonen Jump's 14th issue on March 5. Asō launched the manga serie...
daily briefs

Black Clover Manga Has 5.5 Million Copies in Print

The wraparound jacket band on newly printed volumes of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga in bookstores in Japan reveal that the manga now has 5.5 million copies in print. The manga's 14th volume had revealed in December that the manga had 4.8 million copies in print. Tabata launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in February 2015, and Shueisha will publish the 15th volume on March 2. Viz Media is ...
news

My Wife is the Student Council President Manga to End in 13th Volume

Manga inspired 2 TV anime series ― The 12th volume of Yumi Nakata's Oku-sama ga Seitokai-chō! (My Wife is the Student Council President) manga is revealing on Tuesday that the manga will end in the next volume. Nakata had put the manga on hiatus in November, and the series is returning in the April issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Rex magazine on Tuesday. The "erotic comedy" manga follows a student counci...
daily briefs

Kotomi Aoki's 'Niji, Lean on Me' Manga Has 'Offer' for Screen Adaptation

The official website for Shogakukan's Cheese! magazine revealed on Saturday that Shogakukan has received an offer (or offers) to create a "screen adaptation" of Kotomi Aoki's Niji, Amaete yo. (Niji, Lean on Me.) manga. Aoki launched the manga in Cheese! in July. Shogakukan published the first volume on October 26 and will publish the second volume on Monday. The story follows three members of the ...
news

Yukari Tamura Performs Ending Theme for Lost Song Anime

Original series premieres on Netflix on March 31, on Japanese TV on April 7 ― The official website for the original television anime project Lost Song announced on Sunday that Yuki Tamura is performing the show's ending theme song "Tears Echo." The single for Tamura's ending theme, as well as the single for Konomi Suzuki's opening theme song "Utaeba Soko ni Kimi ga Iru Kara" (If I Sing, You Will Be T...
interest

Made in Abyss, My Hero Academia Win Big at Crunchyroll's Anime Awards

Crunchyroll's second Anime Awards show took over the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday night where the industry's voice actors mingled with content creators and even NFL athletes. Star Wars Show host Anthony Carboni and Geek and Sundry co-host and voice actress Erika Ishii MCed the event with award presenters like Green Bay Packers' Mike Daniels and English dub actors Caitlin Glass, Steph...

Chihayafuru TV Anime Gets 3rd Season in 2019

New series will air on NTV's AnichU programming block ― A voice actor stage presentation at the "Chihayafuru in Awara Week" event on Sunday announced that Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga is getting a third television anime season. The anime will premiere in 2019 on NTV's late-night AnichU programming block and on other channels. The three main cast members will return for the third season: Asami Se...
news

Digimon Adventure tri. Our Future Anime Film's Ending Theme Artists Revealed

DigiDestined, Digimon Singers, Ayumi Miyazaki, AiM to perform "Butter-Fly" song featuring Kouji Wada's singing voice ― The official website for the Digimon Adventure tri. anime film project announced the ending theme song information on Sunday for Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 6: Our Future (Digimon Adventure tri. Bokura no Mirai), sixth and final film in the series. The ending theme will be the fr...

Saturday, February 24

news

Toei Reveals Kamen Rider Build, Kaitō Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger Films

2 films open together in Japan on August 4 ― Toei revealed the Gekijōban Kamen Rider Build (temporary title) and Kaitō Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger en film films on Sunday with a teaser video. The films will open together on August 4. Toei also revealed a teaser poster for the films. The tagline on the Kamen Rider Build film part of the poster reads, "Now, why don't we begin the fi...
interest

2018 Doraemon Film Song's Live-Action Music Video Streamed

Gen Hoshino's official website began streaming a music video for his song "Doraemon" on Monday. The song is the theme song for the upcoming Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Takarajima anime film. The video promotes the release of the song's single CD, Hoshino's 11th, that will ship on February 28. In addition, the video previews the "ViVi Video" DVD that will bundle with the first limited-edition copies. ...
interest

Sanrio's Yuri!!! on Ice Characters Get 2nd Cutesy Cafe

Sanrio has rolled out at least two rounds of merchandise based on the figure-skating boys of Yuri!!! on Ice. Now the dwarf-sized versions are taking their triple axels to lunch at the Yuri!! on Ice × Sanrio characters Cafe at Tokyo's Shinjuku Box restaurant. This is the merchandise's second cafe collaboration, and this time the focus is on a mature, chic black theme. The menu is updated this time ...
interest

Henjo's Twitter Lets Users Automatically Generate 4-Panel Manga

The official Twitter account for Yoshiru Konogi's Henjo ~Hen na Joshi Kōsei Amaguri Senko~ (Weird Girl: Strange Female High School Student Senko Amaguri) manga is back at it again with a novel automated tweet function. In November, the account held the "manga industry's first" automated digital autograph session. Now, the account is offering automatically generated four-panel manga. In Konogi's an...
interest

Discover Your Kemono Friend-sona at Non Hoi Zoo in Toyohashi

While the Tobu Zoo is preparing for its Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple event, the Non Hoi Zoo and Botanical Park in Toyohashi is sticking with Kemono Friends, introducing favorite animal pals new and old starting on March 17. The park previously held a popular Kemono Friends collaboration last year during the series' height where zoos across Japan took part in live streams and night tours. Non Hoi P...
interest

After the Rain Lets Visitors Tour Akira's Date Spots in Yokohama

The television anime adaptation of Jun Mayuzuki's Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (Love is Like After the Rain) manga is collaborating with the city of Yokohama, Kanagawa for the "Akira's Yokohama Date Spot Tour Campaign." The campaign will run from March 1 to 30. The collaboration encourages visitors to Yokohama to travel to nine locations that Akira might visit for a date. Wit Studio provided special ...
ep. review

How to keep a mummy ‒ Episode 7

"The fourth character is finally introduced, along with his adorable problem-solving new pet."
column

The List - 8 Defunct Game Systems

Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo may rule the market now, but many other companies have tried their hand at breaking into the gaming console market. Here are just a few of the more notorious flops. ― Today's gaming scene is dominated by three major console manufacturers: Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. The landscape is a lot different than when I was a kid, plugging away at Super Mario World on the SNES...
ep. review

After the Rain ‒ Episode 7

"After weeks of being pushed around by the high school girl who claims to be in love with him, Kondo seems to have finally reached a breaking point."
review

Thunderbolt Fantasy: The Sword of Life and Death

In advance of a second season, Gen Urobuchi and the master puppeteers at PiLi have delivered a movie recounting the villainous origins of the Screaming Phoenix Killer. Nick Creamer finds out if this series has lost any magic in film form. ― It was a great surprise to learn that Gen Urobuchi, star writer of hits like Madoka Magica and Fate/Zero, would be working on a collaborative series of Taiwanese ...

Final Fantasy XV to Have 4 More DLC Episodes Releasing in 2018-2019

Game's physical shipment plus download sales are at "about" 7 million ― In interviews with the Japanese gaming news websites Famitsu and 4Gamer on Friday, the staff of Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV game revealed more details about the game's new content in 2018 and beyond. Game director Hajime Tabata stated that Square Enix will release four more DLC episodes for the game. He told 4Gamer that Square...
news

JAST USA Reveals 'JAST BLUE' Imprint for Boys-Love Games

Imprint's 1st title is Nitro+CHiRAL's sweet pool adult visual novel ― English-language Japanese video game publisher JAST USA announced on Friday that it has established a new JAST BLUE imprint to translate and release boys-love games in the Western market. The company opened a website, as well as Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook accounts for the new imprint. The imprint's first title is Nitro+CHiRAL's ...
news

Doreiku Anime Adds 15 Cast Members

Showtaro Morikubo, Ayumu Murase, Kazuyuki Okitsu, more join series premiering in April ― The official website for Doreiku The Animation, the television anime adaptation of Shinichi Okada and Hiroto Ōishi's Doreiku: Boku to 23-nin no Dorei (Slave District: 23 Slaves and Me) manga, revealed 15 more cast members for the series on Saturday. The site also revealed character designs for five of those chara...

Friday, February 23

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Masamune-kun's Revenge Manga Gets New Original Anime Disc

Manga inspired TV anime in winter 2017 ― The April issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine is revealing on Tuesday that Hazuki Takeoka and Tiv's Masamune-kun's Revenge (Masamune-kun no Revenge) manga will get an original anime disc. The magazine's next issue in March will reveal more details about the anime. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the manga in North America, and it describes t...
news

Detective Pikachu 3DS Game's English Trailer Streamed

Mimikyu to appear in game's Western release ― Nintendo of America and Nintendo UK began streaming a trailer for the Western release of the Detective Pikachu Nintendo 3DS game on Thursday. The video shows the game's various Pokémon characters, including Mimikyu, a Pokémon that had not yet been announced when the game launched in Japan. The two videos are the same excepting some text changes. America: ...
news

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Game's Trailer Introduces More Federation Characters

Game ships in Japan for PS4 on March 21, for Switch in summer ― Sega began streaming a new character introduction trailer on Friday for Valkyria Chronicles 4: Eastern Front, the fourth installment in its Valkyria Chronicles game series. The video introduces a second round of Federation characters. The game is slated for the PlayStation 4 on March 21 in Japan, and on the Nintendo Switch in summer in J...
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Khara, Dwango Establish Company to Fund Indie Games

Hideaki Anno, Nobuo Kawakami serve as board members ― Animation studio Khara and telecommunications company Dwango announced on Friday that they jointly established a new game company named βακα (vaka) on February 15. The goal of the company is to support the development of indie games and to promote media related to these games inside and outside Japan. The game company has begun recruiting editors,...

Harukana Receive Beach Volleyball Anime Casts Atsumi Tanezaki, Rie Suegara

Toshiyuki Kubooka, C2C make anime about cousins who play volleyball together ― The official website for the anime of Nyoijizai's Harukana Receive manga revealed two more voice cast members on Saturday: Atsumi Tanezaki as Kurea (Claire) Thomas, a second-year student in the same high school as Haruka and the others, and Emiri's twin. She does not care about the small details. Ever since they were littl...
news

Persona 3, Persona 5 Dancing Game Videos Preview Aigis, Makoto

PS4/Vita games slated for May 24 ― Atlus began streaming promotional videos for its upcoming Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5 Dancing Star Night games on Friday. The videos preview two characters, Aigis from Persona 3 and Makoto Niijima from Persona 5. Both games will launch on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on May 24. Atlus will release both games separately but will also offe...
daily briefs

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Manga Has 1.2 Million Copies in Print

This year's April issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine announced Saturday that Coolkyoushinja's Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid manga has 1.2 million copies in print. Coolkyoushinja began the ongoing series in the inaugural issue of Monthly Action magazine in May 2013. Futabasha published the manga's sixth compiled book volume on July 14. Seven Seas Entertainment published the fifth volume in...
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Mononoke Manga Begins Final Arc

Manga follows original anime's "Bakeneko" arc ― This year's April issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine announced on Saturday that Yaeko Ninagawa's Mononoke manga will begin its final arc in the next issue on March 24. The manga is titled Mononoke: Bakeneko. The 2007 Mononoke anime is the spinoff of the Ayakashi - Samurai Horror Tales anime. Specifically, it follows the medicine selle...
interest

Takuya Eguchi's Pokemon Doodle Confuses Official Eevee Account

Pokemon's Eevee has a ton of evolution variants, a total of eight, and each is themed on a different elemental type. Despite this, Eevee doesn't have its own Mega Evolution yet. What would the creature look like? Some kind of conglomeration of all the elements combined? An all-powerful Legendary Pokemon? Voice actor and infamous doodler Takuya Eguchi decided to draw what he thinks Eevee would look...
ep. review

Death March to The Parallel World Rhapsody ‒ Episode 7

"This episode's material isn't so much bad as it is awkward and boring, which is unfortunately the most common complaint for Death March even in its best episodes."
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Gengoroh Tagame Launches Bokura no Shikisai Manga on March 24

Tagame's My Brother's Husband gets special chapter ― The April issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Saturday that Gengoroh Tagame will launch his new series Bokura no Shikisai (Our Color) manga in the magazine's May issue, which will ship on March 24. The magazine describes the manga: "I love men. There's nothing strange about that, or it shouldn't be..." Running away from a "norm...
interest

Sailor Moon Suits Up for Summer in Fresh Bikini Line

While Sapporo is an icy anime spectacle, the Sailor Guardians are ready to heat things up for summer. The Sailor Moon x ISETAN special goods collaboration of fashion accessories is adding swimsuits to its line-up. Sailor Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Chibi Moon, Uranus, and Neptune are all inspiring their own color-coded bikinis courtesy of the brand Pameo Pose. Other items include a bejew...
daily briefs

Queen's Blade Unlimited OVA's 1st Episode Ships on July 13

The staff for the Queen's Blade Unlimited anime announced on Friday that the first episode, "Elina no Tabidachi" (Beginning of Elina's Journey), will ship on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on July 13 in Japan. First printings will come with an 80-page original novel version of the story written by Eiji Okita, as well as package art by Shinya Ōsaki. In the story, beautiful warrior Elina (Kaori Mizuhashi) fig...
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Real Girl Manga Gets Special Chapter in March

Anime adaptation premieres in April ― This year's April issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine announced on Saturday that Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga will get a special chapter in the May issue on March 24. The chapter will follow the series' three main couples — highlight white text to read spoilers Tsuttsun and Iroha, Takanashi and Ishino, and Ayado and Itō — as they meet once again. The...
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Fate April Fool's Day Joke Becomes Idol Nero Figure

Aquamarine unveiled a Fate 1/7-scale "Idol Emperor/Nero" figure on Wednesday. The figure captures Nero in a different role as a top idol instead of a Saber-class Servant. The idol version of Nero debuted in 2015 as part of Type-Moon's "TMitter 2015" April Fool's Day gag. She is the leading idol at the fictional Imperial Roma Productions talent agency. The idol Nero illustration released for the j...
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Bisco Hatori's Behind the Scenes!! Manga Enters Final Arc

Manga by Ouran High School Host Club creator launched in 2014 ― The April issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine revealed on Saturday that Bisco Hatori's Behind the Scenes (Urakata!!) manga has entered its final arc. Viz Media is publishing the manga in English, and it describes the story: Ranmaru Kurisu comes from a family of hardy, rough-and-tumble fisher folk, and he sticks out at home like a delicat...
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A Sister's All You Need Event Hints at Drinking with the Cast

A Sister's All You Need brought booze and questionable romantic interests to the table when it aired last season. Some fans turned their noses up at the series while others forked out tons of cash to try out all its alcoholic offerings. The latter will have a special event to look forward to, where the series' drinks will go hand in hand with a chance to see its staff and cast. The "OA Sae Sumeba ...
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Doreiku Anime Casts Katsuyuki Konishi as Ataru

Survival game series premieres in April ― The April issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed one additional cast member on Saturday for Doreiku The Animation, the television anime adaptation of Shinichi Okada and Hiroto Ōishi's Doreiku: Boku to 23-nin no Dorei (Slave District: 23 Slaves and Me) manga. Katsuyuki Konishi (Gurren Lagann's Kamina, The Seven Deadly Sins' Dreyfus) is joining t...
feature

The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Feb 12-18

It's not so relaxed anymore - Laid-Back Camp leaps up 8 PLACES on the chart to dominate this week in user episode rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how peop...

Fist of the Blue Sky Regenesis Anime Reveals Promo Video, Visuals (Updated)

Series premieres on April 2 on Amazon Prime, on April 9 on TV ― The official website for Fist of the Blue Sky Regenesis, the new television anime of Buronson, Nobuhiko Horie, and Tetsuo Hara's Souten no Ken (Fist of the Blue Sky) manga, revealed a promotional video, key visual, and character visuals on Friday. The video previews the opening theme song "Sōten no Hate ni" (To the Ends of the Blue Sky) ...
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Answerman - How Do Blu-Ray Subtitles Work?

They seem a lot more complex than regular DVD subtitles - how exactly do they get subtitles on bluray discs? Justin has the shockingly complex answer. ― John asked: What are the technical differences between creating subtitles for DVDs and Blu-ry Discs? And were HD-DVDs any better or worse? Subtitles are a pain in the ass. No other part of making a DVD or Blu-ray is as complicated, error-prone, or a...
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Before Making Pop Team Epic's 'Hellshake Yano,' AC-bu Started Meme With Music Video

If you've seen Pop Team Epic, chances are you have opinions about the anime's bizarre "Bob Team Epic" segments. Production team AC-bu makes and stars in the segments. AC-bu's Shunsuke Itakura and Toru Adachi play Popuko and Pipimi in "Bob Team Epic." But before the anime made fans around the world scratch their heads, AC-bu animated the equally unique "Galo Sengen" music video for the hip-hop grou...
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Fumikiri Jikan Anime Reveals Additional Cast, Theme Song Artist, Key Visual (Updated)

Yuri Komagata joins cast, performs opening song; Kazuki Matsunaga, Yasuhiro Mamiya, more also join cast ― The April issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed more cast members and the theme song singer for the television anime of Yoshimi Satō's Fumikiri Jikan (Railroad Crossing Time) manga on Saturday. The additional cast includes: (Note: Character name romanizations are not official.) Ch...
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FuRyu's Caligula Overdose PS4 Game Reveals Promo Video, New Cast

Remake of original PS Vita game ships in Japan on May 17 ― A livestream revealed a promotional video, two new cast members, and the theme song for Caligula Overdose, the PlayStation 4 remake of FuRyu's The Caligula Effect PlayStation Vita game, on Friday. Chiharu Sawashiro, who voices the game's protagonist, narrates the video. The video previews the remake's theme song "Cradle" performed by the in-g...
daily briefs

Fist of the Blue Sky Anime Premieres on April 2 on Amazon Prime

The April issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine revealed on Saturday that Fist of the Blue Sky Regenesis, the new television anime of Buronson, Nobuhiko Horie, and Tetsuo Hara's Souten no Ken (Fist of the Blue Sky) manga, will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in Japan on April 2 at 12:30 a.m. (effectively April 3 morning). The anime will then premiere on April 9 at 12:30 a.m. (effect...

Crunchyroll Anime Awards Predictions, Guests, and More!

To celebrate the upcoming Anime Awards, Crunchyroll is excited to announce its partnership with Twitch to exclusively livestream the awards ceremony, live from Hollywood. ― To celebrate the Anime Awards, Crunchyroll is excited to announce its partnership with Twitch to exclusively livestream the awards ceremony, live from Hollywood at at 6:00PM PST on Saturday, February 24th. Follow Crunchyroll's Tw...
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Caligula TV Anime Reveals Promo Video, Visuals, Staff

Jun'ichi Wada directs April series at Satelight ― A livestream revealed a teaser promotional video, two key visuals, and staff for the television anime adaptation of FuRyu's The Caligula Effect game on Friday. The video previews the song "Distorted † Happiness (Anime Re:Arrange Ver.)" performed by Reina Ueda. FuRyu's Takuya Yamanaka is credited with the original concept. Jun'ichi Wada (WorldEnd, The ...
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Osamu Eya, Kaiji Kawaguchi's Kūbo Ibuki Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Award-winning series centering on aircraft carrier debuted in 2014 ― This year's fifth issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine revealed on Saturday that Osamu Eya and Kaiji Kawaguchi's Kūbo Ibuki manga will get a live-action film adaptation in 2019. The magazine's next issue will reveal the film's director and cast on March 10. In the manga's story, the state of world affairs is changing at a dizzyi...
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Cö shu Nie Performs Tokyo Ghoul:re Anime's Opening Theme Song

TV series premieres on April 3 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul:re manga revealed on Friday that the three-member band Cö shu Nie will perform the opening theme song "asphyxia" for the series. Ishida chose the band and named the song himself. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 3 starting at 11:00 p.m. before airing later that evening on ...
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Sae Okamoto's Mecha-Ude Short Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Narasaki's Background Music

Romi Park, Kaito Ishikawa, more join cast ― The official YouTube channel for Sae Okamoto's Mecha-Ude short anime project began streaming a second promotional video on Friday. The video previews NARASAKI's (Paradise Kiss, Penguindrum, Expelled from Paradise) background music. The anime stars: Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Hikaru Amatsuga, with Tomokazu Sugita as Arma Yu Shimamura as Aki Murasame, with Kaito I...
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Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Game's English Launch Trailer Streamed (Updated)

PS4, Xbox One, PC game launched on Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming two launch trailers on Thursday and Friday for the Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. The game launched in the West on Friday. The game launched in Japan on February 8. LiSA performs the game's theme song "Thrill, Risk, Heartless." Dimps developed the game. Th...
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FuRyu's Pastel Memories Smartphone Game Gets TV Anime

"Otaku girls RPG" launched in mid-October ― FuRyu announced during a livestream event on Friday that its Pastel Memories smartphone game is getting a television anime adaptation. The "otaku girls" role-playing game takes place "a little bit in the future in 20XX." Akihabara, which was once called "the otaku holy land," is now in decline after otaku culture itself has declined. Players take on the rol...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game's DLC Pack Video Previews Goku's Ultra Instinct Form

Jiren, Android 17, Fu also join playable character roster in DLC pack launching on February 28 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a new video on Friday for its Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 game. The video previews the game's new DLC pack. The DLC pack will contain new playable characters, including Goku (Ultra Instinct), Jiren, Android 17 (from Dragon Ball Super), and Fu. Fu is a mysterio...
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Kalafina 10th Anniversary Film's Trailer Previews Concerts, Interviews

Documentary film celebrating singing group's 10th anniversary screens in theaters on March 30-April 12 ― The official website for the Kalafina 10th Anniversary Film ~Yume ga Tsunagu Kagayaki no Harmony~ documentary film began streaming a trailer for the film on Friday. The video shows some clips from Kalafina's concerts and some interview clips. The film celebrates the singing group Kalafina's 10th a...
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Crunchyroll Adds Yamada's First Time: B Gata H Kei, Panty & Stocking Anime

Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added the Yamada's First Time: B Gata H Kei and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt anime. Yamada's First Time: B Gata H Kei is available for users in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The 12-episode anime premiered in 2010. Funimation licensed and released the anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in 2012, and re-released it in...
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Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- Game's Trailer Previews Gameplay

PC game launched via Steam on Friday ― Entertainment company Enterbrain began streaming a trailer titled "Now, wake up" for the Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- game on Thursday. The video previews the gameplay. The game launched for PC via Steam on Friday. New characters that Kikiyama created 16 years ago will appear in the game. The official website describes the game: In its original form, RPG Maker darli...
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Tsutomu Nihei's APOSIMZ Manga Has 250,000 Copies in Print

An editor for Kodansha's Shonen Sirius magazine wrote in a column at the Akiba Blog website on Thursday that Tsutomu Nihei's APOSIMZ manga has 250,000 copies in print. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga digitally via Kindle and ComiXology, and it describes the story: A land of endless icy expanses, ancient ruins that fill abysses that know no end, and the looming shadow of the Empire. In this ...
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The [email protected]: Shiny Colors Game Adds Alstroemeria Idol Unit

Bandai Namco Ent. also streams video for L'Antica unit ― The official website for the The [email protected]: Shiny Colors browser game for smartphones revealed a new three-girl idol unit for the game named Alstroemeria on Wednesday. The unit's tagline is "Flowers in full bloom, our theory of happiness." The Alstroemeria members and their respective voice actresses include: Honoka Kuroki as Amano Ōsaki, a se...
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Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms Game's Gameplay Trailer Streamed

Game ships in March for PS Vita with PC version this spring ― Idea Factory International began streaming a gameplay trailer on Thursday for the Hakuōki: Edo Blossoms (Hakuōki Shinkai: Hana no Shō) PlayStation Vita game. The video previews the game's new characters and mechanics. Idea Factory International will release the game on March 13 in North America, and on March 16 in Europe. The game will als...
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Starwing Paradox Arcade Game's 6-Minute Gameplay Video Posted

Sunrise animates Square Enix's game slated for fall release ― Square Enix began streaming a gameplay video on Thursday for its Starwing Paradox (Hoshi to Tsubasa no Paradox) game. The shows six minutes of gameplay. Sunrise is handling the animation in the game. The voice cast includes Mikako Komatsu as Hikari, Ryoko Shiraishi as Nagi, and Ayaka Suwa as Reika. The "high-speed mecha combat game" is sla...
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Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Anime Debuts in 2019

The official Twitter account for Toei Animation revealed on Thursday that its anime adaptation of Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga will debut in 2019. Toei Animation is producing the anime. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga, and it describes the story: In the wake of a space-wide civil war instigated by Saga–the Gemini Gold Saint–a new team of Saints comes together with the...

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Bijin ga Kon Katsu Shite Mitara Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2019

Mei Kurokawa stars in film about woman in her 30s trying to get married ― A live-action film adaptation of Arako Toaru's Bijin ga Kon Katsu Shite Mitara (When a beautiful woman tries joining marriage hunting.) manga has been green-lit for 2019. Mei Kurokawa will play the lead part. Akiko Ōku is directing the film, while Jirō from comedy duo Sissonne will pen the script. Toaru based the slapstick roma...
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Laid-Back Camp ‒ Episode 8

"Combined with a slight dip in character animation quality, this episode's low narrative ambition puts it a step below what I've come to expect from the series."
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, February 12-18

Hugtto! Precure, Time Bokan, Pokémon Sun & Moon in top 10 ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV February 18 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 11.7 Doraemon TV Asahi February 16 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 9.0 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi February 16 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 8.9 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV February 18 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 8.9 Detective Conan NTV February 17 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 7...
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Futari H Manga Has 27 Million Copies in Print in Japan, 2.5 Million Overseas

This year's fifth issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that that Aki Katsu's Futari H (Manga Sutra) manga has 27 million copies in print in Japan (including digital sales), and 2.5 million copies in print overseas. As of December 2016, the series had 26 million copies in print. Young Animal announced in September that the manga would have "big news" that month — the news ...
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Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Anime's Ad Reveals Opening Theme by sumika

Anime premieres in April on Noitamina ― The official website for the television anime adaptation Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) announced on Thursday that four-man band sumika will perform the anime's opening theme song "Fiction." Aniplex began streaming a commercial previewing the song. (Note: The video linked is region-locked to Japan.) Yoshimasa Hiraike (Wagn...
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Jump Inside the Tales of Wedding Rings Manga at AnimeJapan

Maybe's Tales of Wedding Rings (Kekkon Yubiwa Monogatari) manga virtual reality experience is heading to this year's AnimeJapan event. The Square Enix booth at Tokyo Big Sight will host the VR experience, along with plenty of other merchandise, on March 25-26. The VR experience converts the beginning of the fantasy romantic comedy manga into a digital comic where the heroine, Hime, is a fully 3D m...
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Crunchyroll Adds Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card Film, Clear Card Prologue

Film, episode previously screened in U.S. theaters ― Crunchroll announced on Thursday that it has added Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card and Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue - Sakura and the Two Bears to its streaming catalog. The Sealed Card is available in the United States and Canada, while Sakura and the Two Bears is available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Austral...
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Maerchen Maedchen ‒ Episode 7

"I hope the plot continues to develop in compelling ways, because smart use of folklore can only carry this story so far if it plans to throw logic out the window."
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Real-Life Inspiration for HanaIro Inn Will Close Its Doors

After 1,300 years, Shidekaku Inn is closing up shop ― P.A. Works' Hanasaku Iroha - Blossoms for Tomorrow was the first in its "working" series about people and their jobs, followed later by Shirobako and Sakura Quest. The story, written by Mari Okada, follows Ohana Matsumae as she goes to live with her hard-nosed grandmother Taisho-era (1920s) hot springs inn. The inn is faces competition from other ...
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Mitsudomoe's Norio Sakurai Starts Boku no Kokoro no Yabai Yatsu Manga

Manga about unpopular student hiding murderous intent launches March 8 ― This year's 12th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on February 15 that Norio Sakurai will launch a new manga titled Boku no Kokoro no Yabai Yatsu (The Bad Part of My Heart) in the magazine's 15th issue on March 8. The magazine describes the manga as a "fearsome psycho-thriller" centering on "the da...
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Violet Evergarden ‒ Episode 7

"The combination of stellar voice acting, music, and direction made this one of Violet Evergarden's best episodes yet."
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Live-Action Marmalade Boy Film's Trailer Previews GReeeeN's Theme Song

Film adds 4 cast members ― The official website of the live-action film of Wataru Yoshizumi's Marmalade Boy manga posted a new visual and a trailer on Friday. The trailer previews GReeeeN's theme song "Koi" (Love). The staff also announced four additional cast members: Kisetsu Fujiwara as Satoshi Miwa, Yū's upperclassman Yasufumi Terawaki as Yoshimitsu Miwa, Satoshi's father Niina Endō as Arimi Szuki...
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This Week in Anime - Is the Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film Any Good?

Warner Bros. live-action FMA movie has finally arrived on Netflix to surprisingly little fanfare. We discover why this particular project didn't get the U.S. theatrical attention of its peers. ― Warner Bros. live-action FMA film has finally arrived on Netflix to surprisingly little fanfare. This week in anime, Nick and Jacob discover why this particular project didn't get the U.S. theatrical attentio...
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Kraken Releasing Licenses Garo Special: Beast of the Demon Night

BD slated for June 26 ― Section23 Films announced in its June release slate on Thursday that its Kraken Releasing label will release Garo Special: Beast of the Demon Night (Garo Special Byakuya no Majū) on Blu-ray Disc on June 26. The Blu-ray will be in Japanese with English subtitles. Kraken Releasing describes the story: A soul-stealing plant, a nightmare forest and ancient master Horror are just a...
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Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment Gets PC Release as Fatal Bullet Pre-Order Bonus

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet launches on Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Thursday that those who pre-order Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet for PC via Steam before the Western release date on Friday, February 23 will receive a Steam copy of Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment on March 23. Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment is a PlayStation 4 director's cut port of the Swor...

Anonymous Noise, Grimoire of Zero, Spirit of The Sun Anime Get English Dubs

Kabukibu!, Bang Dream! get subtitle-only releases ― Section23 Films announced in its June release slate on Thursday that Sentai Filmworks will release Anonymous Noise and Grimoire of Zero with English dubs. Anonymous Noise will ship on Blu-ray Disc on June 5 and Grimoire of Zero will get a Blu-ray Disc and limited edition release on June 26. In addition, the release slate announced that Maiden Japan'...
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Kemono Friends' Former Studio Offers Free Training for Aspiring Voice Actors

Yaoyorozu, the former studio of the Kemono Friends anime, will offer free courses to aspiring voice actors. The studio is planning its next series Kemurikusa so perhaps some of its inaugural voice actress students could have a shot at starring in the show? The Yaoyorozu Voice Lab (or Voice Lab for short) will host a an audition for high school and college students with sound director Yukio Nagasak...
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Aksys Games, Story of Seasons Designer Wada Reveal Little Dragons Café PS4/Switch Game

Game follows twins that raise dragon, run café ― Video game localization company Aksys Games announced a new game from designer Yasuhiro Wada (Bokujō Monogatari/Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons, Birthdays the Beginning) on Thursday. The game is titled Little Dragons Café, and is slated for late summer 2018. Aksys Games describes the story: The story opens with a twin brother and sister learning to cook ...
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Giant Kirby Plush Comes with His Own Tasty Treats

We've seen Kirby small enough to put in a jar but this might be the biggest commercially available Kirby yet. The plush is so large, Premium Bandai is even sending his own food with him in case he needs a snack. The "Manpuku Kirby & Manjū Set" ships one 60cm tall (about 23.5in) Kirby with a six pack of manjū (a dessert made of sticky rice flour and filled with red bean paste). The manjū mirror th...
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Exclusive: Vampire Hunter D Comic Switches Artists

Brandon Easton continues to write for comic, TV pilot ― California-based production studio Unified Pictures has informed ANN that Ryan Benjamin (Ultimate Spiderman, Batman Re-Animated) is taking over as artist and colorist on its Vampire Hunter D: Message from Mars comic book series, and Richard Friend is providing the inks. Benjamin and Friend are replacing the previous artist Michael Broussard begi...
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Interview: Bryce Papenbrook, David Vincent Chat Unlocked

Attack on Titan's Bryce Papenbrook and Kill la Kill's David Vincent sit down for a chat about their new approach to connecting fans and voice actors. ― Fans may recognize veteran voice actors Bryce Papenbrook (Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online) and David Vincent (Fate/Zero, Kill La Kill) from their work in a number of anime and video game series, but the two have a unique off-screen collaboration, as...
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Shōjo Goes Glam at Gucci Fashion Show

Gucci's Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collection debuted at Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday. The show unveiled both men's and women's designs, but a certain look caught the attention of anime fans. The knit sweater on one male model featured the head and shoulders of a girl who looks like she came off the pages of a shōjo manga. The character was complete with the iconic sparkling eyes of shōjo heroines. ...
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Soul Calibur VI Game's Videos Preview Ivy, Zasalamel

Game ships for PS4, Xbox One, PC in 2018 ― Bandai Namco Entertainament America began streaming two new character videos for the Soul Calibur VI game on Thursday. The videos preview the characters Ivy and Zasalamel. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in 2018 in Japan, Europe, and North America. The Soul Calibur series began with the Soul Blade game in 1995. The 3D fig...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 46

"The Byakuya Gang saga heads toward its endgame as the heroes catch wind of their enemy's true intentions."
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2018 Soreike! Anpanman Film Casts Anne Watanabe, UN-JASH

Film centering on new character Kurun opens on June 30 ― The official website for Soreike! Anpanman Kagayake! Kurun to Inochi no Hoshi (Let's go! Anpanman: Shine! Kurun and the Star of Life), the Anpanman franchise's 30th anime film, revealed on Thursday that actress and model Anne Watanabe (also known as Anne) and comedy duo UN-JASH will guest star in the film. Watanabe will play the protagonist Kur...
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Overlord II ‒ Episode 7

"With the artistic effort remaining stable, lots of potentially interesting characters, and several meaty story threads in play, the series is humming along quite merrily at this point."
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Crunchyroll Streams Spiritpact -Bond of the Underworld- Chinese-Animated Series

Series' 2nd season previewed in videos before Saturday premiere ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will stream Spiritpact -Bond of the Underworld-, the second season of the Spiritpact Chinese-animated series. The series will be available worldwide outside Asia, and it will debut on February 24 at 9:00 a.m. EST. Crunchyroll describes the story: Tanmoku Ki is an exorcist with the responsibili...
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A Place Further Than the Universe ‒ Episode 8

"Forget all the dangers of Antarctica, seasickness might just be the thing that ends our heroines' journey."
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Revolutionary Girl Utena Blu-Ray 3

The final arc in the Utena saga has arrived on blu-ray, alongside the opulent Adolescence of Utena film. Rebecca Silverman looks back on how this classic concluded. ― With this final arc of the Revolutionary Girl Utena narrative, the story throws all subtlety out the window. That's not strictly a negative in terms of getting the most out of everything the series has built up, because when the visuals...
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Kakuriyo Yadomeshi Anime Casts Kazuhiko Inoue, Reina Ueda

Series about college student working at spirit inn debuts in April ― The official website for the television anime of writer Midori Yūma and illustrator Laruha's Kakuriyo Yadomeshi (Afterlife Inn Cooking) light novel revealed two more cast members on Thursday. Kazuhiko Inoue (Mr. Osomatsu's Matsuzō Matsuno, Naruto's Kakashi Hatake) will play Shirō Tsubaki, Aoi's grandfather. Reina Ueda (ReLIFE's An O...

Banana Fish Anime Reveals Cast, More Staff, 1st Promo Video, Modern-Day Setting

2-cour series premieres in July on Noitamina programming block, to adapt entire manga ― The staff of the television anime adaptation of Akimi Yoshida's Banana Fish manga announced the main cast and debuted the first promotional video during a livestream presentation on Thursday. The video reveals that the anime will premiere on Fuji TV's late-night anime programming block in July, and will stream ins...
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Ayumi Komura Starts Kare Cafe Manga About Cafe Run by Middle-Aged Men (Updated)

Manga launches in The Margaret magazine on Saturday ― This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine revealed on Tuesday that Ayumi Komura will launch a new manga titled Kare Cafe (Guy Cafe) in the April issue of Maragaret's sister magazine The Margaret on Saturday. The first chapter will have 26 pages. The manga will center on a cafe staffed by middle-aged men. Komura launched her currently...
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Tezuka Mix Magazine Lists More Japanese Manga Creators

Gengoroh Tagame, Enokids, Kubukurin, Kotobuki Shiriagari, more join magazine ― The official website of Tezuka Productions' upcoming Tezuka Mix magazine revealed more Japanese manga creators who will publish a work in the magazine. The newly revealed creators include: Gengoroh Tagame (My Brother's Husband) Kotobuki Shiriagari (Sukiyaki Western Django, Ano Hi kara no Manga) Radio Wada (Neko mo, Onda-ke...
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Death end re;Quest Game's Special Behind-the-Scenes Video Teases 8 New Games by Compile Heart

Developer teases 5 new RPGs, 1 new app in addition to Eshigami no Kizuna ― Japanese video game developer Compile Heart handed out tissue packs in Akihabara on Thursday that feature a QR code that leads to a website streaming a special video for the company's Death end re;Quest role-playing game. The video below features a trailer, then behind-the-scenes footage for the game. Compile Heart president N...
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Log Horizon: Nyanta's Fortune Recipe Manga's 6th Volume Listed as Last

Series centers on Nyanta serving good food to players trapped in Elder Tale ― The official website of Kadokawa's Enterbrain brand is listing the sixth volume of Souchu's Log Horizon: Nyanta's Fortune Recipe (Log Horizon: Nyanta Hanchō Shiawase no Recipe) manga as the last. The manga is listed with a March 31 release date. The manga centers on the character Nyanta, who uses his subclass as a chef to s...
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Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Anime's 3rd Visual Unveiled

The staff of the anime adaptation of Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga revealed the third key visual for the anime on Thursday. Toei Animation is producing the anime. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga, and it describes the story: In the wake of a space-wide civil war instigated by Saga–the Gemini Gold Saint–a new team of Saints comes together with the goal of protecting thei...
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Free! Take Your Marks Anime Film's English-Subtitled Theatrical Trailer Posted

Funimation releases film in U.S. for 1-day screening on March 14 ― Funimation began streaming a theatrical trailer on Sunday for the Free! Take Your Marks anime film's upcoming U.S. theatrical release on March 14. Funimation is streaming a region-free version of the same video on Facebook: The film opened in Japan in October 2017. The film is a sequel to the Free! -Timeless Medley- compilation films....
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Hiragana Danshi Theatrical Project is Anime With Screening on March 16

MAN WITH A MISSION performs insert song for anime ― The staff of the the theatrical adaptation of NTV and Tabot, Inc.'s Hiragana Danshi: Itsura no Koe smartphone game revealed on Thursday that the adaptation will be an anime titled Gekijōban Hiragana Danshi ~Jo~ (Hiragana Danshi the Movie: Prelude) that will have a theatrical premiere screening event at the Toho Cinemas Shinjuku on March 16. The staf...
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Live-Action Misumisō Film's Trailer Previews Takako Tate Theme Song

Bullying horror film opens in Japan on April 7 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Rensuke Oshikiri's Misumisō horror manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Thursday. The trailer previews the film's theme song "Michinori" (Distance) by Takako Tate. The film's cast includes: Anna Yamada as lead character Haruka Nozaki Hiroya Shimizu as Mitsuru Aiba, Haruka's classmat...
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The Piano Forest TV Anime Premieres April 8

The official website for the television anime of Makoto Isshiki's Piano no Mori (The Piano Forest) manga revealed on Wednesday that the anime will premiere on NHK on April 8 at 12:10 a.m. (effectively April 9 morning). Gaku Nakatani (Madagascar 3 CG supervisor) is directing the anime at Fukushima Gainax. Aki Itami (Flowers of Evil, Mushishi, Rainbow Days) and Mika Abe (Danchi Tomoo) are in charge ...
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Kamen Rider Amazons Gets 1-Shot Manga by Taboo Tattoo's Shinjirō

This year's 12th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that Shinjirō (Fate/Zero, Taboo Tattoo) will draw a one-shot manga based on the Kamen Rider Amazons franchise in the magazine's next issue on March 1. The manga is titled "Kamen Rider Amazons Gaiden - Hotarubi." Yasuko Kobayashi, the screenwriter of both Kamen Rider Amazons seasons, is supervising the manga. The one-shot is...
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Ys Origin RPG Gets Xbox One Release this Spring

Nihon Falcom originally released PC game in 2006, XSEED released game in English in 2012 ― DotEmu revealed on Wednesday that it will release Nihon Falcom's Ys Origin game on the Xbox One this spring. DotEmu is streaming a teaser trailer for the game. Nihon Falcom originally released the game in Japan on PC in 2006. XSEED Games released the original game on PC via Steam in English in 2012. DotEmu rele...
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Detroit Metal City's Wakasugi to Launch New Manga in April

Manga creator looks to hire assistants for new serialization ― Kiminori Wakasugi revealed on his Twitter account on Wednesday that he is launching a new manga in April. He noted that he is hiring assistants for the new manga serialization. Wakasugi ended his Detroit Metal City manga in 2010, and Viz Media published the manga in North America. The manga inspired both a live-action movie and an origina...
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Actor Ren Osugi Passes Away at 66

Actor appeared in numerous Takeshi Kitano, Takashi Miike films; starred in Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light series ― The official website of the Zacco talent agency announced on Wednesday that Actor Ren Osugi passed away on Wednesday morning due to acute heart failure. He was 66. His family will hold a private funeral service. Osugi was born in Tokushima prefecture on September 27, 1951. From 1974 to 1...
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Uchiko's Father and Son Manga Ends on March 12

Crunchyroll simulpubs comedy about former gangster father with toddler son ― The March issue of Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine revealed on February 10 that Uchiko's Father and Son (Chichi to Ko) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on March 12. The manga will have a color opening page. Crunchyroll publishes chapters of the manga as they debut in Japan, and it describes the manga:...
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Anata no Shikihime Kyōdōtan Game Streams 4 Character Videos

Game ships on March 8 for PS4, Vita, Switch ― Nippon Ichi Software is streaming four character videos and a second promotional video for its Anata no Shikihime Kyōdōtan (Your Four Princess Knight Teaching Story) tactical RPG. The character videos showcase the game's four main princess characters: "friendly dragon princess" Alpana, "noble rose princess" Monomaria, "arrogant witch princess" Veronica, a...

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Get the 1st Look at 4D Sailor Moon in USJ Attraction Ad

The "Sailor Moon: The Miracle 4D" attraction got its first ad on Monday revealing the Sailor Guardian's three dimensional look and introducing the villain, which appears to be Morga. Jadeite sends the monster gather human energy at the Osa-P jewelry store in the anime series' very first episode. Visitors can buy their own magical weapons, including a replica of Sailor Moon's Cutie Moon Rod that gl...
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Real Girl Romantic Comedy Anime Reveals Main Cast

April josei show casts Teppei Uenishi, Yū Serizawa, Shouta Aoi, Takuma Terashima, Minami Tsuda, Reina Ueda ― An event for the television anime based on Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga revealed the anime's main cast members on Thursday. The cast includes: Teppei Uenishi as Hikaru "Tsuttsun" Tsutsui, an unsociable otaku high school boy who loves virtual reality Yū Serizawa as Iroha Igarashi, a...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 20

"This week ultimately proves to be one of Asta's most shining moments yet."
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A3! Male Actor-Raising Game Gets Stage Play, Reveals Cast

Stage play runs in June-July, with returning run in October-November ― Liber Entertainment's A3! male actor-raising smartphone game is inspiring a stage play adaptation titled Mankai Stage A3! ~Spring & Summer 2018~). The play will run at The Galaxy Theater in Tokyo from June 28 to July 8, at the Kyoto Gekijō from July 13 to 16, and again at The Galaxy Theater from October 26 to November 4. The cast ...
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Shin chan's Dad Fights Body Odor in Collaboration Manga

Serial mooner Shinnosuke "Shin-chan" Nohara isn't a character associated with great personal hygiene. He's a rough and tumble kid who's more interested in trouble than jumping the bathtub. Meanwhile, his dad Hiroshi is a typical salaryman riding the bustling, cramped train to work each day. Like his son, Hiroshi also the subject of a reoccurring gag: he has horrible foot odor. Not any longer! Hiro...
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Learn to Play Volleyball at the Haikyu!! Exhibition

Plenty of anime and manga get exhibits where visitors can see artwork and production materials up close and pick-up some exclusive merchandise, but few will teach you a skill while you're there. The Haikyu!! exhibition in Sendai wants fans to not only appreciate the hard work of the series' staff, but the athleticism of the characters. Starting in April, fans of the volleyball series can check out...
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Space Battleship Tiramisu Anime's 1st Promo Reveals Cast, Staff, April Premiere

Kaito Ishikawa, Takahiro Sakurai star in Gonzo's comedy anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Satoshi Miyakawa and artist Kei Itō's Uchū Senkan Tiramisu (Space Battleship Tiramisu) updated on Thursday with the first promotional video, new key visual, main staff, cast, and April premiere. The cast is as follows: Kaito Ishikawa as Subaru Ichinose Takahiro Sakurai as Isuzu ...
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Shimajirō Film Casts Inori Minase, Idols From AKB48, SKE48, NGT48

1st full-length film in children's anime franchise opens on March 9 ― The staff of the Eiga Shimajirō: Mahō no Shima no Daibōken (Shimajirō the Movie: Great Adventure on Magic Island), the first full-length film for Benesse Corporation's Shimajirō anime franchise, announced more cast for the film last week. The additional cast includes AKB48's Yui Hiwatashi (upper left in image above), SKE48's Natsuk...
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Cardcaptor Sakura Heads to Chiyoda for Sakura-Filled Festival

Chiyoda City will turn pink with sakura, both the floral and Cardcaptor kind. The area holds a yearly festival from late March to early April along its Chidori-ga-fuchi, a moat near the Imperial Palace flanked by a 700 m-long pedestrian path and home to 260 cherry blossom trees. The festival allows viewing into the night where the trees are lit-up to create a pink, floral tunnel. Approximately one...
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With One Push, Hatch Your Own Fate/GO Servant

This isn't how Fate/Grand Order gacha usually works, but something tells me that won't stop players from snatching these servants up. Good Smile Company announced the first wave of its Fate/Grand Order Piyokuru gacha figures, six in total, each nestled in its own little egg. The figures appear first as eggs but contain a spring that, when the right area is pressed, cause the characters to pop out...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, February 12-18

Chihayafuru, The Seven Deadly Sins, A Bride's Story, Hunter x Hunter, MIX in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Chihayafuru 37 164,620 165,200 2018/02 Kodansha Yuki Suetsugu 1 1 2 The Seven Deadly Sins 30 153,749 153,749 2018/02 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 2 1 3 A Bride's Story 10 152,562 152,562 2018/02 Kadokawa Kaoru Mori 3...
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Atelier Lydie & Suelle Gameplay Video Shows Alchemy Exam

Game ships for PS4, Switch, PC in West in March ― KOEI Tecmo America and Koei Tecmo Europe began streaming a video for the upcoming their release of Gust's Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (Lydie to Suelle no Atelier ~Fushigi no Kaiga no Renkinjutsushi~) game on Wednesday. The video shows Lydie and Suelle taking an alchemy promotion test. Koei Tecmo America will rel...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, February 12-18

Secret of Mana 2, Bayonetta games debut on Switch ― Japan's Game Ranking: February 12-18 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Monster Hunter World (Including Limited, Bundled Editions) Capcom January 26 85,322 1,836,291 82 2PS4Secret of Mana 2 Square Enix February 15 36,042 36,042 20 3NSwSplatoon 2 (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo November 21, ...

Paramount's Sonic the Hedgehog Film Dated for November 15, 2019

Jeff Fowler directs film with live action, CGI The Hollywood Reporter reported on Tuesday that Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog film is scheduled for November 15, 2019. The website also notes that the film will use "a mix of live action and CGI to bring the character to life." Jeff Fowler is making is directorial debut with the film. Tim Miller (Deadpool) and Toby Ascher are executive produci...
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Shining Resonance Refrain Game Heads West This Summer

PS4/Switch/Xbox One/PC remaster of Shining Resonance previewed in video ― Sega of America announced on Wednesday that Shining Resonance Refrain, the PlayStation 4 remaster of Sega's Shining Resonance game, will launch for PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in the West this summer. The company also began streaming a promotional video for the announcement. The Western release will have du...
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Answerman - Are Streaming Revenues Improving The Lives Of Animators?

Wow! Hundreds of millions of dollars are flowing into the anime industry thanks to streaming! Is any of that money going to the people who actually make anime? Justin gets into it. ― Custom Gundam asked: With ANN recently reporting that Crunchyroll royalties to the Japanese industry exceed US $100 million and also the huge amount recieved from global companies like Netflix and Amazon and also the va...
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BTOOOM! Gets Spinoff Manga, Ouroboros' Yūya Kanzaki Starts New Series (Update)

Junya Inoue's main series ends, spinoff debuts in March ― The April issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic @Bunch magazine revealed on Wednesday that Junya Inoue's Btooom! manga is inspiring a spinoff, titled Btooom! U-18, that will debut in the next issue in March. In addition, Yūya Kanzaki (Ouroboros, Impossibility Defense) is drawing the series that will debut its prologue chapter in the next issue. ...
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Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Anime Reveals More Roles, Songs, Premiere Dates

Series premieres on April 5 after delay ― The official website for the anime of Labo Asai's Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons (literally, "Even So, Sinners Dance with Dragons: Dances with the Dragons") light novel series revealed the roles for nine previously announced cast members, theme songs, and the April premiere dates for the series on Wednesday. The anime will premiere ...
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Dagashi Kashi Creator Already Drafted Manga's Finale

Kotoyama: Not much longer left to finishing series ― Manga creator Kotoyama reported in the author's note for his 10th Dagashi Kashi manga volume on Friday that he has already done the layout for the manga's finale. He added that there is not much longer left to finishing the manga. Funimation describes the story: Kokonotsu “Coconuts” Shikada dreams of becoming a famous manga artist. The only problem...
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Blood Blockade Battlefront Back 2 Back Manga to Bundle New Anime DVD

Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond team tells stories about Zapp, Chain on July 4 ― The online retailers Amazon and Mangaoh list Yasuhiro Nightow's fifth Blood Blockade Battlefront Back 2 Back manga volume in a bundle with a new Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond anime DVD on July 4. Production will be limited to the number of pre-orders received, and the deadline to pre-order is April 23. The DVD ...
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In This Corner of the World, Kemono Friends Win Tokyo Anime Award Festival's Top Prizes

Kinoko Nasu, Tatsuki, Takahiro Kishida, Nobutaka Yoda, Yuki Kajiura, Yuri!!! on Ice also win ― The Tokyo Anime Award Festival revealed more of this year's winners on Wednesday. Theatrical Animation Division In This Corner of the World Television Animation Division Kemono Friends Anime Fan Award Yuri!!! on Ice Best Script/Original Work Kinoko Nasu Best Director Tatsuki Best Animator Takahiro Kishida B...
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Singing Unit Kalafina to Continue After Producer Yuki Kajiura's Departure

Space Craft Produce agency: Concerts, 10th anniversary film's plans moving forward ― Media news source Oricon News reported on Wednesday that the three-member female singing unit Kalafina will continue working under the Space Craft Produce talent agency, even after the departure of their founder and producer Yuki Kajiura from the same agency. Space Craft Produce commented to Oricon News that the grou...
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Super Robot Wars X Game's 2nd Video Previews Jam Project Theme Song

Mecha, characters, game systems previewed for March 29 PS4/Vita game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the second promotional video for its Super Robot Taisen X (Super Robot Wars X) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Monday. The video previews the mecha and characters of the game, the original characters, the game systems, and story scenes. It also previews the game's theme song "H...
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Impossibility Defense, Hitsuji no Ki Films Stay in Top 10 at Japanese Box Office

Kamen Rider, Tokimeki Restaurant films rank on mini-theater top 5 ― The live-action film of Yūya Kanzaki and Arata Miyatsuki's Funōhan (Impossibility Defense) manga fell from #3 to #4 in its third weekend in the Japanese box office. The film earned 51,751,100 yen (about US$480,200) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 579,172,800 yen (about US$5.37 million). The film sold 93,00...

Anime Music Composer Yuki Kajiura Leaves Agency After 25 Years

On Kalafina: "Won't be the same as before" ― Musician and composer Yuki Kajiura confirmed on Wednesday that she has left the Space Craft Produce talent agency. She announced the resulting closure of her fan club FictionJunction Club. She also announced the "Yuki Kajiura Live vol#14" concerts which will take place at the Maihama Ampitheater in Chiba on June 30, July 1, and July 15, as well as at the N...
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PriPara All Idol Perfect Stage Switch Game's Trailer Teases Original Story

Game ships March 22 in Japan ― Takara Tomy A.R.T.S began streaming a trailer for its PriPara All Idol Perfect Stage game for the Nintendo Switch last week. The trailer shows the game's original character creation, live performances, and story mode. The game will have a new original story starring the player's original character and an anime story that summarizes the events of the anime. The game will...
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Arizona's Saboten Con to Host Singer Akira

Live performance, fashion show appearance scheduled ― Arizona anime convention Saboten Con announced on Saturday that it will host singer Akira at its 2018 event. Akira will hold a live concert and autograph sessions, be a guest model in the J-fashion show, and participate in a tea party. Akira is the female lead singer for the visual kei band DISACODE and an accomplished fashion model. She debuted a...
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Saori Hayami, Daisuke Namikawa Join Creatures Family Days Animation's Cast

Hayami, Namikawa play genetically modified siblings in April show ― The official Twitter account for the Taiwanese-Japanese animation adaptation of Yanai's Jikken-hin Kazoku: Creatures Family Days manga revealed more cast members on Wednesday. The staff also revealed a new visual for the show. The new cast members include: (Note: Character name spellings are not official) Saori Hayami as Ashise, 16 y...
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