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Cosplay Gallery: Anime Boston 2019

Peruse some of the colorful and impressive costumes on display from the show floor at this year's Anime Boston. ― IMG resized_img_1490.jpeg IMG resized_img_1492.jpg IMG resized_img_1493.jpeg IMG resized_img_1494.jpeg IMG resized_img_1495.jpeg IMG resized_img_1499.jpeg IMG resized_img_1505.jpg IMG resized_img_1508.jpg IMG resized_img_1513.jpg IMG resized_img_1525.jpg IMG resized_img_1531.jpg IMG resi...
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Shelf Life - Ace Attorney

Paul finds out if this disappointing anime adaptation of Capcom's exciting game series has anything to offer Phoenix Wright fans, plus our full breakdown of all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― Since I'm taking a season off from our Daily Streaming Reviews, I'm starting to fill up my streaming queue with all the shows I've had to either skip or drop halfway through over the last few years. As it ...
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The Mike Toole Show - noitaminA ekiL I

Mike stays up past his bedtime to appreciate Fuji TV's legendary late-night animation block, home to an eclectic array of anime ranging from Psycho-Pass to The Promised Neverland! ― About a month ago, I got to do something I'd been wanting to do since 2006: I got to watch the TV series Hataraki Man nice and legally. Way back around the time of its premiere, I'd taken in a couple of fansubbed episodes...
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So I'm a Spider, So What? Novel 5

The pieces of Okina Baba's mysterious world begin falling into place in this momentous volume. Theron Martin has the details. ― I am writing this review while in the midst of doing episode reviews for the anime adaptation of The Rising of the Shield Hero, so I can't help but be struck by the different ways that the two presentations are handling their world-building and vast difference that creates i...
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The Promised Neverland GN 8

This tense volume finds new ways to circle round to Neverland's original premise, while also embracing some classic shounen tricks and twists. Nick Creamer has the details. ― As I've mentioned repeatedly in these reviews, perhaps the thing most unique to The Promised Neverland as a shonen manga was its instability, and promise of change. Both Emma's cat-and-mouse trials with Isabella and the threat o...
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ANNCast - Bursting the Bubble with Lance Heiskell

Industry veteran and former Funimation Director of Marketing Lance Heiskell takes a magical and occasionally terrifying journey through his storied career during the American anime DVD bubble of the mid-2000s. Strap in! ― ANNCast 349 - Bursting the Bubble with Lance Heiskell Industry veteran and former Funimation Director of Marketing Lance Heiskell takes a magical and occasionally terrifying journe...
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Eighty-Six

This wartime fantasy light novel explores issues of racial prejudice and government conspiracy in surprisingly engrossing ways. Theron Martin has the details. ― This novel is probably going to be most commonly classified as a military science fiction story, but it should be considered at least as much a horror story. While a few true horror elements do creep into the picture in the middle, when a phe...
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Tokyo Ghoul Creator Sui Ishida, Broccoli's Jack Jeanne Project Is 2020 Switch Game

Ishida wrote original concept, designed characters for game about elite all-boys drama school ― Broccoli revealed on Tuesday that its Jack Jeanne collaboration project with Tokyo Ghoul manga creator Sui Isihida is a game that will launch for the Nintendo Switch in 2020. The game will have both visual novel and rhythm game elements, and will center on the theater and a drama school setting. The game's...
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ZEXCS Animates Magical Beast Sherbert Series Based on K-LINE Character

Jewelpet Twinkle's Takashi Yamamoto directs anime ― K-LINE announced on Tuesday that it is producing Magical Beast Sherbert (Mahō Shōjū Sherbert), an anime series based on its Sherbert character. K-LINE opened a Twitter account for the anime on Tuesday, and it is streaming a promotional video which reveals the anime's staff. 「魔法少獣シャーベット」アニメシリーズ制作進行中!新魔法少女シリーズオリジナルのプロモーションビデオ公開!詳しくはこのTwitterアカウントをフォロー...
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Fuji TV Launches Boys-Love Anime Film Label

"Blue Lynx" posts story by Run With the Wind's Shion Miura, Yōko Tanji before unveiling 1st film ― Fuji TV announced on Tuesday that it has founded a new anime label named "Blue Lynx" that will focus on boys-love anime. The label will announce its first anime film, an adaptation of a boys-love manga, on Saturday, April 26. In addition, novelist Shion Miura (The Great Passage, Run With the Wind) and a...
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Luminous Witches Anime Reveals New Cast Members, Character, Video

Ami Aimoto, Mai Narumi, Minako Hosogawa, Sayaka Tsuzuki, Ryō Mamiya star in 2021 anime ― The official website for the Renmei Kūgun Kōkū Mahō Ongakutai Luminous Witches (Allied Air Force Magical Idols Luminous Witches) television anime revealed a new character on Monday. The anime's website also revealed a new promotional video and cast members for the anime earlier this month. The newly revealed char...

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Crunchyroll Adds Simulcast for Wise Man's Grandchild Anime

1st 2 episodes now available, with new episodes on Wednesdays ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it has added the Wise Man's Grandchild anime to its streaming simulcast lineup. The first two episodes are already available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands. Future episodes will debu...
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Io Sakisaka's 'Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare' Romance Manga Gets Anime Film, Live-Action Film

Blue Spring Ride creator's shōjo manga gets May 2020 anime film by A-1 Pictures ― Shueisha announced on Tuesday that Io Sakisaka's Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare manga is inspiring both an anime film and a live-action film adaptation. A-1 Pictures (The [email protected], Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Sword Art Online) is producing the anime film for a May 2020 opening. Takahiro Miki, who also directed the live-ac...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Character Designer Expresses Disappointment in Anime Industry

In the midst of news that animation studio Madhouse worked a production assistant to collapse, members of the anime industry are discussing their thoughts and feelings on social media. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable and Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya character designer Terumi Nishii shared her thoughts in English on Twitter on Monday, going so far as to dissuade anyone hoping...
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Shonen Jump, Shonen Magazine Fuse Into Single 2,264-page, 13cm-wide Issue

I'm not sure this is what they meant when they said Shonen Jump and Shonen Magazine carry some of the biggest manga titles. Publishers Shueisha and Kodansha have merged their magazines for one truly gigantic issue as part of the joint "Shōnen Jumaga Gakuen" project. The commemorative issue includes 2,264 total pages with a 13-cm wide spine. Inside are opening chapters for 44 individual manga serie...
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Fairy gone ‒ Episode 3

"The subject matter might be entirely different, but Fairy Gone is still two for two on delivering completely middle-of-the-road table-setting episodes that don't do much beyond dish out new plot beats."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 103

"An eventful finale to a fun mini-arc, Boruto's latest adventure offers plenty of action, a steady dose of heart, and a sprinkling of laughter."
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Voice Actors Jill Harris, Dallas Reid Announce Engagement

The real-life Asta and Noelle are getting hitched! English dub voice actors Jill Harris and Dallas Reid announced their engagement on social media on April 20. The pair went to a renaissance fair that day before sharing the good news. Went to the Renn Faire with my fiancé today. Did I mention that @FortWorthReid and I are engaged? 'Cause we are. pic.twitter.com/ljjPBRQmIy— Jill Harris (@jillybeann...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 305

"Waiting for reinforcements takes on a whole other meaning when you're Fairy Tail."
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Cosplay Gallery: Anime Boston 2019

Peruse some of the colorful and impressive costumes on display from the show floor at this year's Anime Boston. ― IMG resized_img_1490.jpeg IMG resized_img_1492.jpg IMG resized_img_1493.jpeg IMG resized_img_1494.jpeg IMG resized_img_1495.jpeg IMG resized_img_1499.jpeg IMG resized_img_1505.jpg IMG resized_img_1508.jpg IMG resized_img_1513.jpg IMG resized_img_1525.jpg IMG resized_img_1531.jpg IMG resi...
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Little-Known Monkey Punch Manga From 1975 Reveals Lupin III, Fujiko's Son

After Monkey Punch's passing, fans recall a little-known fact about Lupin III and Fujiko's relationship. ― Monkey Punch's passing last week has prompted fans to celebrate the acclaimed manga artist's life as well as his most famous work: Lupin III. One little-known piece of trivia is that Lupin and Fujiko get married and have a child in a spinoff manga called Lupin Kozō (Lupin the Brat), which Monkey...
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We Never Learn: BOKUBEN ‒ Episode 3

"The themes of this episode do nominally raise the stakes for the story, but the plot is so rigidly boxed into a pattern of character vignettes that it ultimately feels like the series at its most average."
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Shelf Life - Ace Attorney

Paul finds out if this disappointing anime adaptation of Capcom's exciting game series has anything to offer Phoenix Wright fans, plus our full breakdown of all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― Since I'm taking a season off from our Daily Streaming Reviews, I'm starting to fill up my streaming queue with all the shows I've had to either skip or drop halfway through over the last few years. As it ...
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Madhouse Production Assistant Says He Worked 393 Hours in One Month

After being hospitalized due to overwork, assistant joined Black Company trade union. ― On April 5, a Madhouse production assistant joined a trade union and commenced the process of collective bargaining. The anonymous assistant is seeking compensation for unpaid overtime, as well as an apology for the various forms of power harassment he received. Bungei Shunju Online published an interview with the...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 3

"The bones of this plot may not be anything special so far, but Demon Slayer knows how to make every shot and scrap of character count."
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The Mike Toole Show - noitaminA ekiL I

Mike stays up past his bedtime to appreciate Fuji TV's legendary late-night animation block, home to an eclectic array of anime ranging from Psycho-Pass to The Promised Neverland! ― About a month ago, I got to do something I'd been wanting to do since 2006: I got to watch the TV series Hataraki Man nice and legally. Way back around the time of its premiere, I'd taken in a couple of fansubbed episodes...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 27

"By momentarily focusing on the villains, this episode cuts to the heart of what makes Golden Wind stand out compared to its predecessors."
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So I'm a Spider, So What? Novel 5

The pieces of Okina Baba's mysterious world begin falling into place in this momentous volume. Theron Martin has the details. ― I am writing this review while in the midst of doing episode reviews for the anime adaptation of The Rising of the Shield Hero, so I can't help but be struck by the different ways that the two presentations are handling their world-building and vast difference that creates i...
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'Maō-sama, Retry!' TV Anime Reveals Visual, More Cast, Theme Songs

Haruka Tomatsu, Aki Toyosaki, Rina Satou join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kurone Kanzaki's Maō-sama, Retry! (Dark Lord, Retry!) light novel series revealed the second key visual, additional cast, and the theme songs on Monday. The newly announced cast members are: Haruka Tomatsu as Killer Queen Aki Toyosaki as Angel White Rina Satou as Yū Kirino Kaori Ishihara (...

Shueisha Reveals New Circulation Numbers, Demographics for its Manga Magazines

Average print circulation for Weekly Shonen Jump in 2018 was 1.74 million ― Shueisha released its "Media Guide 2019" document on Monday, which gives information about its various magazines to advertisers, including the company's manga magazines. The guide lists print circulation numbers and demographic information for the magazines. The circulation numbers listed below are average numbers for the tim...
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Live-Action Kingdom Film Earns 690 Million Yen in Opening Weekend

Film sells 506,861 tickets in 3 days ― The live-action film of Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga sold 506,861 tickets to earn 690,219,500 yen (about US$6.17 million) in its first three days from Friday through Sunday. The film ranked at #2 for the Saturday-Sunday weekend. Toho is aiming for the film to earn 4 billion yen (about US$35.7 million). Shinsuke Satō (live-action Gantz, Death Note Light up the N...
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Getter Robo Devolution Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

Seven Seas releases manga by Ultraman, Linebarrels of Iron duo in English ― The official Twitter account for manga creators Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi announced on April 12 that their Getter Robo Devolution (Getter Robo Devolution - Uchū Saigo no 3-bunkan) manga will end in two chapters. The May issue of Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shōnen Champion magazine published the manga's 36th chapter o...
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Record of Grancrest: Quartet Conflict Smartphone Game Shuts Down in June

Game launched in English on October 31 ― The official English Facebook page for the Record of Grancrest War: Quartet Conflict smartphone game based on Ryo Mizuno's Record of Grancrest War novel series announced on Friday that the game's English version will end service on June 20. The staff disabled purchases of in-game "Crest Stones" with the announcement. The Japanese website for the game also anno...
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NGT48 Idols Maho Yamaguchi, Rena Hasegawa, Riko Sugahara to Graduate From Group

AKB48 member Yuki Kashiwagi also leaves position in NGT48 ― After the final performance by the NGT48 idol group's "Team NIII" and "Team G" sub-units on Sunday, Team G vice captain Maho Yamaguchi announced that she would graduate from the group. The performance was the first time in 101 days that Yamaguchi performed with the group, since her comments in January on her alleged assault in December. Yama...
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Voice Actor Kiyoshi Kawakubo Passes Away

Gurren Lagann's Guame, D.Gray-man's Kevin Yeegar was 89 ― Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Monday that voice actor Kiyoshi Kawakubo passed away on April 16. He was 89. 81 Produce stated that his family had already held funeral services him. The agency did not mention a cause of death. Some of Kawakubo's more prominent anime roles include Guame in Gurren Lagann, Kevin Yeegar in D.Gray-man, Quincy...
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Bandai Namco Ent. Announces One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!! Smartphone Game

Game is 1st puzzle game in franchise ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Monday that it is developing a new smartphone game in the One Piece franchise titled One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!!. The game is the first puzzle game in the franchise, and will be free to play with optional in-game purchases. The official website for the game features short videos of gameplay. Similar to other puzzle games...

Mushishi, The Reflection Director Hiroshi Nagahama: 'My Next Project Will Air in N. America First'

Nagahama also stated he would like to continue universe of The Reflection anime ― Anime director Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushishi, Flowers of Evil, Detroit Metal City, The Reflection) stated at the "Hiroshi Nagahama - Past and Future" panel at Sakura-Con on Sunday that his next project will air in North America first. He added that a U.S. company approached him for the project. Nagahama did not give any ot...

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WIT Studio Animates Eve Music Video 'This World to You'

Japanese singer Eve posted the music video of his single "This World to You" (Kimi ni Sekai) on Saturday. The single is from his latest album Otogi that went on sale in Japan on February 6. The video is available with closed caption subtitles in multiple languages including English. Wit Studio is credited for the production of the music video. Nobutaka Yoda (your name.,, Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no T...
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Experience Real-Life Treasure Hunt In Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Exhibit

Exhibit, treasure hunt experience in Tokyo Anime Center runs from April 18 to May 12. ― In the world of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Danmachi for short), adventurers explore the Dungeon in search of treasure. Fans can now experience the treasure hunting lifestyle for themselves at a Danmachi exhibit at the Tokyo Anime Center. As you admire the artwork and materials on display at...
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Japanese Animation Producers Practice Their Pitching Skills In English

Studio Durian pitched a film as Flip Flappers director Kiyotaka Oshiyama's next project ― Five Japanese animation producers held an English-language pitching session in front of international producers and industry professionals during AnimeJapan 2019. The Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO) organized the session with support from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The VIPO...
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Yowamushi Pedal Teams Up With NHK For Para-Cycling Anime Short

7th short highlighting athletes in the Paralympic Games is scheduled to air in late June. ― Japan's national broadcaster NHK revealed on Friday that the seventh part in its "Anime x Para: Who is Your Hero?" animated project will be a collaboration with Wataru Watanabe's cycling-themed manga series Yowamushi Pedal. The theme of the short will be para-cycling. The NHK opened a website for the collabora...
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Magical Sempai Manga Takes 1-Month Break

― This year's 21st issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Monday that AZU's Magical Sempai (Tejina Senpai) manga will take "around" a one-month break. Kodansha will announce the manga's return once preparations are finished on the magazine's official website and Twitter account. The editorial department explained that AZU had previously taken a few breaks in order to raise a child (o...
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Masashi Kishimoto, Akira Ōkubo Launch 'Preview' of New Samurai 8 Manga on April 27 (Updated)

Full manga will be 1st new serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump in Reiwa era ― This year's 21st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the new Samurai 8: Hachimaruden manga by Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto and manga artist Akira Ōkubo will have a "preview version" in the magazine's combined 22nd and 23rd issues on April 27. The preview will be four pages long,...

New Canadian Channel ToonAVision Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal As its 1st Anime

Series originally aired from 2011-2014 ― The new Canadian television channel ToonAVision revealed on Thursday that it will air the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal anime series as the first anime on the channel. The anime will air in HD on weekdays at 4:30 p.m. and on weekends at 9:00 a.m. ToonAVision launched as a free cable TV service in Canada last June. The channel is on channel 749 through Eastlink. The channel ...

AAA Musical Group Lead Vocalist Naoya Urata Arrested on Suspicion of Assaulting Woman

36-year-old vocalist allegedly slapped woman in convenience store ― Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested AAA lead vocalist Naoya Urata (36) on Friday on suspicion of assaulting a 20-year-old woman. According to police, Urata was at a convenience store in Tokyo's Chuo ward around 5:30 a.m. on Friday, when he allegedly approached a woman who was not an acquaintance in the store to say "Do you wanna have ...
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Sekai Project to Release Whirlpool's NEKO-NIN exHeart 3 Visual Novel

Company releases NEKO-NIN exHeart 2 Love +PLUS on Steam on April 26 ― Sekai Project announced on Saturday that it will release Whirlpool's NEKO-NIN exHeart 2 Love +PLUS visual novel on Steam on April 26. The company also revealed that it will release the NEKO-NIN exHeart 3 visual novel (pictured at right) stated it has already translated 50% of the game. The new game will feature three new characters...

Funimation's 30th Anniversary Dragon Ball Z BD Collector's Edition Set Reaches 3,000 Pre-Order Goal

Company to sell 6,000 total copies of set ― Funimation stated at its panel at Anime Boston on Saturday that it has reached the 3,000 pre-orders necessary to produce the 30th anniversary Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray Disc collector's edition set. The company added that it will produce 6,000 copies of the set. The official website for the set lists that there are 2,813 copies remaining as of Saturday evening, ...
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Jitterbug The Forties, Golgo 13's Takao Saito Win Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes

Areyo Hoshikuzu, Little Miss P also win ― The Asahi Shimbun paper announced the winners for the 23rd Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize awards on Sunday. The awards commemorate the contributions of the manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka (Astroboy/Mighty Atom, Kimba the White Lion/Jungle Emperor, Phoenix, Black Jack) by recognizing the manga that best follow his tradition. Grand Prize Jitterbug The Forties (S...

Ryotaro Okiayu Replaces Late Unshō Ishizuka as One Piece's Kizaru/Borsalino

Unshō Ishizuka passed away last August ― The official Twitter account for the One Piece franchise revealed on Sunday that Ryotaro Okiayu is the new voice of the character Kizaru (aka: Borsalino, pictured right in image below) in the One Piece anime after Unshō Ishizuka passed away last August. The character appears in the anime's 881st episode, which aired on Sunday. Okiayu previously also voiced the...

J-Novel Club Licenses Crest of the Stars, Record of Wortenia War, 3 More Light Novel Series

Company also announces print editions for several titles ― J-Novel Club announced on Saturday that it has licensed the following five light novel series: Sai Sumimori and illustrator Ichijirushi's Middle-Aged Businessman Makes a Name for Himself in Another World Thanks to Goddess Power (Arafō Eigyōman, Isekai ni Tatsu! Megami Power de Jinsei Nidome no Nariagari) Ryota Hori and illustrator bob's Recor...
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Tenka Hyakken Sword Girl Media Franchise Get Short Anime Project

Announced on Tenka Hyakken -Zan- RPG app's 2nd anniversary ― The cast of the Tenka Hyakken -Zan- smartphone action role-playing game appeared at an event on Saturday to celebrate the game's second anniversary, and the event ended with an announcement that a short anime adaptation project has launched. The Tenka Hyakken franchise centers around the "Mitsurugi," maidens who are physical incarnations of...
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Series Premiere: Sarazanmai—Episodes 1-2

"Once you get past all the misdirection, fast-scrolling text, and obnoxious double entendres, Sarazanmai is surprisingly straightforward as a magical boy story with sharp edges masked by a fluffy aesthetic."
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Rie Aruga's Perfect World Romance Manga Heads Toward 'Final Stage'

Manga inspired live-action film, live-action series adaptations ― Rie Aruga's posted on Twitter on April 11 that her Perfect World manga is heading toward its "final stage." Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga digitally in English, and describes the story: 26-year-old Tsugumi Kawana reunites with her first crush from high school, Itsuki Ayukawa, at a get-together between an architecture firm and t...
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Legendary Comics, Sunrise Producers Discuss How Live-Action Gundam Film Was Greenlit

Unicorn Gundam cameo in Pacific Rim: Uprising helped pave the way for live-action adaptation talks. ― Legendary Comics Senior Vice President Robert Napton and Sunrise Executive Expert for film production Ken Iyadomi discussed the circumstances in which the live-action Gundam film was greenlit at a talk at a Project Anime industry presentation in Tokyo on March 22. The discussion was mediated by Matt ...
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Major 2nd Baseball Manga Resumes on April 24

Manga went on hiatus in November due to author's health ― This year's 20th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga will resume in the magazine's combined 21st and 22nd issues on April 24. The new chapter will feature a color page. The manga went on hiatus again in November, after just returning from a three-week break. M...
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Filo, Melty Narrate The Rising of the Shield Hero Ad Celebrating 6.2 Million Copies in Print

Light novel and manga series printed 2.2 million copies between February and April this year. ― The Rising of the Shield Hero light novel and manga series is celebrating 6.2 million copies in print with an ad narrated by Filo (voiced by Rina Hidaka) and Melty (voiced by Maaya Uchida). The ad was posted on the KADOKAWAanime YouTube channel on April 10 and promotes the 13th volume of the manga, which w...
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill ‒ Episode 16

"As with all of these extra episodes, your enjoyment will largely hinge on how endeared you were to the cast of Double Decker."

1st New Twelve Kingdoms Novel Story in 6 Years Slated for 4 Volumes in October, November

New work to center on Kingdom of Tai ― Shinchosha's official Twitter account for Fuyumi Ono's The Twelve Kingdoms novel series revealed on Thursday that the newest work in the series will release as four volumes. The first two volumes will ship on October 12, and the last two volumes will ship on November 9. The official website for the novels had announced in December that the new work would ship in...
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Season Premiere: Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episodes 26-27

"These two episodes focus on Osamu Dazai when he was a teenager with the Port Mafia, with an emphasis on his relationship with Chuuya Nakahara."
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The Promised Neverland GN 8

This tense volume finds new ways to circle round to Neverland's original premise, while also embracing some classic shounen tricks and twists. Nick Creamer has the details. ― As I've mentioned repeatedly in these reviews, perhaps the thing most unique to The Promised Neverland as a shonen manga was its instability, and promise of change. Both Emma's cat-and-mouse trials with Isabella and the threat o...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 8-14

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain debuts at #1 Editor's Note: 4Gamer stopped providing a top 20 weekly games sales list starting with the week of March 25-31. ANN will be using Famitsu's weekly games sales list going forward. Famitsu's list is not based on Media Create's data, and therefore may contain different numbers. Japan's Game Ranking: April 8-14 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copi...
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Rascal Does Not Dream of Dreaming Girl the Movie Posts 1st Teaser With Footage

3rd special visual, more advance tickets with bonuses also unveiled ― The official website for Rascal Does Not Dream of Dreaming Girl the Movie (Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yume-Miru Shōjo no Yume wo Minai), the anime film based on Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō light novel series, posted a teaser trailer and the third special visual on Saturday. The teaser, which debuted during the film's streamed "P...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, April 8-14

Natsuzora earns 23.1% rating, The Wind Rises earns 10.1% rating ― The latest episode of the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry aired on NHK on Wednesday, April 10 at 8:00 a.m. and earned a 23.1% rating. Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises anime film aired on NTV on Friday, April 12 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 10.1% rating. Additionally, the Eiga Crayo...
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Right Stuf's License for Cat's Eye Anime Expires

Company released series in 2 season DVD sets in 2014 ― Anime retailer and distributor Right Stuf announced on Tuesday that its license to the Cat's Eye anime has expired. The anime's home video release is going out of print, and Right Stuf is offering the anime at 60% off, although the complete collection set featuring both seasons is no longer available. The Cat's Eye television anime series is base...
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Tooru Nara Joins Mix Anime as Takumi Nishimura

Character is son of Isami Nishimura ― The Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Mitsuru Adachi's Mix baseball manga revealed on Saturday that Tooru Nara will play the character Takumi Nishimura, who is the son of Isami Nishimura. The character will debut in the fourth episode next Saturday. Funimation and Crunchyroll are both streaming the anime as it airs with subtitles. Funimation ...
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Crunchyroll Streams English-Subtitled Trailer for Saga of Tanya the Evil Anime Film

Crunchyroll streams film on May 16 in more than 500 theaters ― Crunchyroll began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Friday for its screening of the Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) anime film. Crunchyroll will screen the film in more than 500 theaters in the United States on May 16 at 7:30 p.m. local time. The English-subtitled screening through Fathom Events will be part of Crunchyroll's C...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game Adds Super Saiyan God Vegeta as DLC

Character joins game in June ― The June issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Super Saiyan God Vegeta will join Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 game as a DLC character in June. Bandai Namco Entertainment released Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in North America and Europe in October 2016, and for the PS4 in Japan in November 2016. The com...
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Goku From Dragon Ball GT Joins Dragon Ball Fighterz Game as DLC in May

― The June issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that the character Goku from the Dragon Ball GT anime will join Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball FighterZ game as a DLC character in May. The new character is part of the game's new "FighterZ Pass 2" season. As with the previous FighterZ Pass, players can purchase the characters individually, or purchase FighterZ Pass 2 for ...
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J-Novel Club Licenses Faraway Paladin, Unwanted Undead Adventurer, Sweet Reincarnation, Marginal Operation, Discommunication Manga

4 manga of light novels, Mysterious Girlfriend X creator's early manga offered digitally ― J-Novel Club announced on Friday that it has licensed the following five manga: Mutsumi Okuhashi and Kanata Yanagino's The Faraway Paladin (Saihate no Paladin), Haiji Nakasone and Yū Okano's The Unwanted Undead Adventurer (Nozomanu Fushi no Bōkensha), Nozomu Koryū and Seriko Iida's Sweet Reincarnation (Okashi n...
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Konami Reveals Lineup, May 16 Release for Castlevania Anniversary Collection Game

Collection launches on PS4 with 8 classic games ― The official U.S. PlayStation Blog announced on Thursday that Konami's Castlevania Anniversary Collection game collection will launch on the PlayStation 4 digitally on May 16. Konami additionally revealed the full lineup that will be included in the collection: Castlevania Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge Super Castle...
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MangaGamer to Release Ciconia When They Cry Game

Latest in Ryukishi07, 07th Expansion's When They Cry series launches in Japan this summer ― Ryukishi07 and MangaGamer announced at Sakura Con on Friday that MangaGamer has licensed 07th Expansion's Ciconia When They Cry (Ciconia no Naku koro ni) visual novel. MangaGamer describes the game's story: In Ciconia When They Cry, World War 3 has come and gone, with nuclear winter only narrowly avoided by ne...

Sunrise Announces New Anime Project in Gundam Build Franchise

Latest entry, Gundam Build Divers, premiered in April 2018 ― Sunrise announced at its panel at Sakura-Con on Friday that a new anime project in the Gundam Build franchise after Gundam Build Divers is already in the works. The latest anime in the Gundam Build franchise, Gundam Build Divers, premiered in April 2018, and Crunchyroll and Gundam.info both streamed the series. Funimation then added the ani...

Discotek Licenses Entire City Hunter Anime Franchise Including City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes Film (Updated)

New film opened in Japan on February 8 ― Sunrise announced at its panel at Sakura-Con on Friday that Discotek Media has licensed the original City Hunter anime projects as well as the recent City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes anime film. ANN confirmed with Discotek Media that the company has the license to the following installments in the franchise: City Hunter TV series (51 episodes) City Hunter 2 ...
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Another Racehorse That Inspired Uma Musume Pretty Derby Character Passes Away

The horse girls of Uma Musume Pretty Derby are said to possess the spirits of (and share names with) famed racehorses. Unfortunately, many of those racehorses are advanced in age or have suffered injuries leading to their deaths. Since the anime's premiere last year, Special Week, King Halo, and Vodka have past. This week, another horse was laid to rest. The three-time Japanese champion horse Hish...
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Rita Ora Dances in Rime City in Detective Pikachu Music Video

Singer and actress Rita Ora (Fifty Shades Freed) is not only appearing in the live-action film adaptation of Detective Pikachu but she's also performing the film's theme "Carry On." The music video for the theme song dropped on Thursday and shows Ora in the Rime City Police offices interspersed with scenes of Tim and Pikachu from the film. Other Pokemon heavyhitters also make appearances in the mu...
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Aniplex USA Releases Monogatari Series Second Season Anime on Blu-ray in June

Aniplex of America announced on Friday that it will release the Monogatari Series Second Season anime on Blu-ray Disc for the first time on June 25. The release will include all 28 English-subtitled episodes that include the Nekomonogatari (White), Hanamonogatari, Onimonogatari, Kabukimonogatari, Otorimonogatari, and Koimonogatari anime. The box set will retail for US$269.98. Aniplex of America al...
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The Helpful Fox Senko-san Gets Its Own Cup Udon Campaign

The helpful fox girl Senko-san is being rewarded with her own instant udon cups to celebrate the premiere of The Helpful Fox Senko-san television anime. The staff are holding a Twitter contest and will give away Maruchan Red Kitsune Udon (Azuma) cups and Senko-san chopsticks to lucky participants. In order to win, participants must follow the official Senko-san Twitter account, agree to the terms ...
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Yen Press Adds Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc Manga Simulpub

1st chapter debuts in English on Tuesday ― Yen Press announced on Friday that it will release Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc manga as a digital simulpub. The first chapter will debut on April 23. The first chapter shipped in the magazine's combined 10th and 11th issues on Saturday, the second chapter will ship in the 13th issue on June 5, and the third chapter will ship in t...

Aniplex USA Releases Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Game This Summer

English-subtitled videos preview release in N. America ― Aniplex of America announced at its industry panel at Sakura-Con on Friday that it will release f4samurai's Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story (Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden) smartphone role-playing game in English in the United States and Canada this summer. The company also opened an English website for the ga...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 79

"You know the tournament has truly begun when a fight takes more than a single episode."
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ANNCast - Bursting the Bubble with Lance Heiskell

Industry veteran and former Funimation Director of Marketing Lance Heiskell takes a magical and occasionally terrifying journey through his storied career during the American anime DVD bubble of the mid-2000s. Strap in! ― ANNCast 349 - Bursting the Bubble with Lance Heiskell Industry veteran and former Funimation Director of Marketing Lance Heiskell takes a magical and occasionally terrifying journe...
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Crunchyroll Adds Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin: Advent of the Red Comet TV Recompilation Anime

13-episode series launches on April 28 ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will simulcast Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin: Advent of the Red Comet (Kidō Senshi Gundam: The Origin Zenya - Akai Suisei), the 13-episode television series recompilation of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime. The series will launch on April 28. Crunchyroll describes the story: The tragic story of Char Aznable, the...
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Series Premiere: Wise Man's Grandchild—Episodes 1-2

"I'm concerned that what feels like isekai comfort food right now could just become dull and trope-laden down the line."
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One Piece: World Seeker Game's Video Previews 1st DLC

Zoro DLC debuts in early summer ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed the first DLC episode for the One Piece: World Seeker game on Saturday. The episode, "The Void Mirror Prototype," features Zoro as he investigates a mysterious robotics factory. The episode will be available digitally for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam for US$9.99 or as part of the Season Pass in early summer. Bandai Nam...
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Manga Artist Daisuke Igarashi Shares Inspirations Behind Children of the Sea

Children of the Sea manga artist Daisuke Igarashi attended a talk show at Ueno's National Museum of Nature and Science on Wednesday along with film adaptation director Ayumu Watanabe and marine mammal researcher Yū Tajima. At the talk, Igarashi shared some of his inspirations behind drawing Children of the Sea. Igarashi said that he initially came up with the title for Children of the Sea because ...
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Sega Reveals 10 More Games for 'Sega Genesis Mini' Console

Games include Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Contra: Hard Corps, Streets of Rage 2 ― Sega revealed 10 more games for its Sega Genesis Mini console on Thursday. The newly announced games for the United States version of the console are: Earthworm Jim Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Contra: Hard Corps Streets of Rage 2 Thunder...
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Series Premiere: The Helpful Fox Senko-san—Episodes 1-2

"This iyashikei series has the potential to be the spring season's gentle balm for a harsh world, combating the scourge of overwork with a soft mantra of self-care."
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Manga Answerman - Does Manga Need An Anime Adaptation To Hit In The West?

Is there any truth to the perception that a manga series "needs" an anime adaptation in order to seriously catch on in the west? Deb digs in deep. ― A friend of mine and I had an argument about this and I was hoping you had an opinion on it. Do you think it's true that outside of a few cases, most manga needs an anime adaptation in order to really catch on in the west? Hm. Let me preface my thoughts...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Animation Director Confirms 'Joey Chin' is Inspired By Wrestler Antonio Inoki

There are times in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime when Joey Wheeler sports an unusually pointy chin and a "creepy" smile. This became a meme that even inspired anime fans around the world to Photoshop pointy chins onto other anime characters. One anime fan has recently claimed to receive confirmation from Yu-Gi-Oh! animator and animation director Takahiro Kagami that Joey's chin is inspired by former Japanes...
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 15

"Despite some underlying problems, the show's execution was handled well enough to make for an engaging episode, but the underlying story definitely has some room for improvement."
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Series Premiere: YU-NO—Episodes 1-3

"Maybe like so many of its visual-novel brethren, YU-NO will take off later in its run after everything is finally set up, but a show like this shouldn't make me wish I could time-travel past all that to get to the good stuff."
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Eighty-Six

This wartime fantasy light novel explores issues of racial prejudice and government conspiracy in surprisingly engrossing ways. Theron Martin has the details. ― This novel is probably going to be most commonly classified as a military science fiction story, but it should be considered at least as much a horror story. While a few true horror elements do creep into the picture in the middle, when a phe...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime to Have 26 Episodes

― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga revealed on Friday that the series will air for two cours (quarters of a year) and have 26 episodes. The series premiered on April 6, and Aniplex of America has licensed the anime. The show is streaming on Hulu, Crunchyroll, and FunimationNow. Aniplex of America describes the story: It ...

Sentai Filmworks Announces Dubs for Cutie Honey Universe, Mysteria Friends

Mysteria Friends dub debuts on Sunday ― Sentai Filmworks announced at its panel at Anime Boston on Friday that the Cutie Honey Universe and Mysteria Friends anime are receiving English dubs. Jessica Calvello is reprising her role as Cutie Honey in Cutie Honey Universe, most recent anime project based on Go Nagai's Cutie Honey manga. David Wald is directing the dub. An uncensored, limited-edition rele...
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Samurai Shodown Game Previews New Character Darli Dagger in Character Trailer

Fighting game launches for PS4, Xbox One in the West in June ― SNK began streaming a character video on Thursday for the new character Darli Dagger for its new Samurai Shodown (Samurai Spirits) game. The game will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Japan on June 27, and in the West in June. The Nintendo Switch and PC versions will follow in winter 2019. The arcade version of the game will debut...
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Tokunana TV Anime Casts Yuko Kaida, Ari Ozawa

Original anime premieres this fall ― The official website for the original television anime Keishichō Tokumu-bu Tokushu Kyōaku-han Taisaku-Shitsu Dai-Nana-ka -Tokunana- (Special Crime Investigation Unit Special 7 or literally, Metropolitan Police Department Special Division Heinous Crime Investigation Unit Special 7: Tokunana) revealed two more cast members on Friday. Yuko Kaida as Akane "Samurai" Sh...
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CHiCO with HoneyWorks, Momo Asakura Perform Theme Songs for O Maidens in Your Savage Season Anime

Series premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Mari Okada and Nao Emoto's O Maidens in Your Savage Season (Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo) manga revealed on Friday that CHiCO with HoneyWorks will perform the show's opening theme song, and Momo Asakura will perform the ending theme song. The anime will premiere in July. The show stars: Tomoyo Kurosawa as Hitoh...
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2nd Girls und Panzer das Finale Film's New Trailer Streamed

Film depicting conclusion of battle between Ooarai, BC Freedom opens on June 15 ― Bandai Namco Arts began streaming a new trailer on Friday for the second film in the six-part Girls und Panzer das Finale film series. The film will open in Japan on June 15. The film will depict the finale of the battle between Ooarai Girls Academy and BC Freedom High School, and will also show the battles for Kuromori...

'If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord' Anime Reveals Promo Video, July Premiere, More Cast

New visual, opening theme song information also revealed ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of CHIROLU's If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord (Uchi no Ko no Tame Naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maō mo Taoseru Kamoshirenai.) light novel series began streaming the first promotional video for the anime on Friday. The site also revealed a new key visual, seven new c...
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Shinnosuke Tachibana, Junya Enoki Join Cast of Kochoki: Wakaki Nobunaga Original Anime

Original anime by Studio DEEN premieres in July ― The official website for Studio DEEN's original television anime series Kochoki: Wakaki Nobunaga announced two more cast members on Friday: Shinnosuke Tachibana as Takugen Sōon Junya Enoki as Takigawa Kazumasu The anime will give a "bold interpretation" on historical figure Oda Nobunaga starting with his youth as an early teen. The series will follow ...
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Crunchyroll, Funimation Stream English Dub of Mob Psycho 100 Reigen OVA

Crunchyroll, Funimation to both stream English dub for Mob Psycho 100 both seasons ― Funimation also announced on Twitter on Thursday that it has re-added the first season of Mob Psycho 100 with an English dub, and it has added the Mob Psycho 100 REIGEN: The Miraculous Unknown Psychic OVA with an English dub. Additionally, Funimation said it plans to stream the English dub of Mob Psycho 100 II starti...
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Seven Seas Licenses Honokage's Cosmo Familia Manga

1st volume set for release in March 2020 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed Hanokage's Cosmo Familia manga. The company plans to release the series digitally and in print. The company will release the first volume on March 24, 2020 for US$12.99. The company describes the manga: It's been six years since Amakawa Alice's family disappeared, and the cute but destructiv...
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Virtua Racing Game Releases on Switch in Japan Through Sega Ages Project on April 25

― Sega announced on Friday that it will release the Virtua Racing game for the Nintendo Switch as part of its Sega Ages project on April 25. Sega is reviving its Sega Ages project for Nintendo Switch in Japan, North America, and Europe. The company has already released Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV/Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar, Phantasy Star, Out Run, Gain Ground, Puyo Puyo, and A...
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Young Black Jack Manga Ends in 16th Volume

Prequel to Osamu Tezuka's manga inspired anime in 2015 ― The 15th volume of Yū-Go Ōkuma and Yoshiaki Tabata's Young Black Jack manga announced on Friday that hte manga will end in its 16th volume when it ships this summer. The manga went on hiatus in March 2017 so that the creators could prepare for the manga's next arc, and resumed in February 2018. Akita Shoten's Young Champion magazine teased in F...
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Miru Tights Web Anime's Promo Video Reveals English-subtitled Streaming on YouTube

Series premieres on May 11 ― The official website for the Miru Tights web anime began streaming a promotional video for the show on Friday. The video reveals that the anime will stream on YouTube worldwide outside of Japan with English and Chinese subtitles. The cast (from left to right in image below) stars Yōko Hikasa as Yua Nakabeni, who likes 30 denier tights (sheer); Haruka Tomatsu as Ren Aikawa...

Vic Mignogna Sues Funimation, Jamie Marchi, Monica Rial, Ronald Toye

Voice actor claims defamation, interference in business, civil conspiracy over sexual harassment investigation ― Voice actor Vic Mignogna filed a lawsuit against the anime distributor Funimation, voice actresses Jamie Marchi and Monica Rial, and Rial's fiancé Ronald Toye (whom the lawsuit alleges is "either a Funimation agent or employee") on Thursday in Tarrant County, Texas. Mignogna claims defamat...
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Violet Evergarden Gets Side Story Anime in September Before January 10 Film

Haruka Fujita directs side-story anime, Taichi Ishidate directs film ― Kyoto Animation announced on Friday that Violet Evergarden the Movie, its film project for the Violet Evergarden anime, will open in Japan on January 10. The studio also revealed a new key visual and teaser trailer for the film. The above video also reveals that a new Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidō Shuki Ningyō (Violet Eve...

Lone Wolf & Cub Manga Creator Kazuo Koike Passes Away

82-year-old prolific storywriter passed away on Wednesday due to pneumonia ― The Twitter account for prolific manga creator Kazuo Koike announced on Friday that he passed away from pneumonia on Wednesday. He was 82. The Twitter post stated that he had already been hospitalized and was under medical care when he passed away. The post thanked everyone who loved Koike and his works throughout his life, ...

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Seven Seas Licenses Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru? & My Father is a Unicorn Manga, SCP Foundation: Iris of the Mirror World Novel

All in print, with the latter two on digital platforms also ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed Yabako Sandrovich and MAAM's body-building comedy manga Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru? (How much heavy dumbbells can you lift?), Monaka Suzuki's comedy manga My Father is a Unicorn (Unicorn Otōsan), and Akira and Sidu's paranormal light novel series SCP Foundation: Iris of the ...
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Statue Sites Picked for One Piece Charity Statues in Kumamoto

Last year, Kumamoto native and One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda gifted the earthquake stricken Kumamoto prefecture 800 million yen (US$8 million). Kumamoto governor Ikuo Kabashima announced in June that the government will commemorate Eiichiro Oda's outreach by placing bronze statues of the Straw Hat Pirates throughout in sightseeing locations. Some of the funding Oda donated went towards creating t...
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My Hero Academia, Bang Dream Promote Shrine's Kanda Festival

The Kanda Myōjin Shrine is an otaku hot spot. The Akihabara-area shrine was recently designated as a pilgrimage site due to its relationship to Steins;Gate and the staff have incorporated anime characters into its promotional materials and merchandise. Both Sword Art Online and Love Live have appeared on artwork to promote the annual Kanda Festival. This year the kids of UA and the rockers of Bang...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 14-20

Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Please Teacher! anime; A Midsummer Night's Dream, Go With the Clouds North by Northwest manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date The Ancient Magus' Bride Part 2 BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 April 16 Dragon Ball Super: Broly BD/DVDCite Funimation Entertainment US$34.98 April 16 Dragon Ball Super: Broly DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Funim...
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Live-Action Natsuzora Show's Anime Opening by Animator Hitomi Kariya, Ghibli Alumni Streamed

The Natsuzora live-action series' animated opening sequence by studio Ghibli alumni Hitomi Tateno and 23-year-old animator Hitomi Kariya began streaming on Tuesday. The 90-second opening includes 2,100 animation frames (sakuga) and depicts the heroine Natsu-san embarking on a "small adventure" with animals. The opening features the song "Yasashii Anoko" (Gentle Girl) by four-person rock band Spitz...
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DeNA Releases Attack on Titan TACTICS Smartphone Game in English (Update)

DeNA launched tactical tower defense game in Japan on Thursday ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that DeNA will release KAYAC's Attack on Titan TACTICS tactical role-playing smartphone game for iOS and Android devices in English this summer. Pre-registration is available in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Crunchyroll Games is partnering with DeNA to market the game in the three countries....
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Otaku Thrifts: California CraigsList Ad Lists 20ft Tall Zaku Gundam

I hope you have high ceilings because you're going to need them to get this Gundam mecha in the house. A Craigslist ad in Santa Ana, California is offering a 20-foot tall fiberglass Zaku statue for US$6,000. The listing went up approximately a week ago. According to the ad, the statue used to be displayed Bandai Namco's offices. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America has a headquarters in Santa Clara,...
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This Week in Anime - What's So Great About Fruits Basket?

Almost 20 years after it was first adapted to anime, this shojo classic got a fresh start with a reboot that's set to recount the entire story. Nick and Micchy share their own perspectives as a newbie and a prior fan respectively. ― Almost 20 years after it was first adapted to anime, the shojo classic Fruits Basket gets a fresh start with a reboot that's set to recount the entire story. This week, ...
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Crunchyroll Adds Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 Anime (Update)

Toonami also debuts series on May 25 ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the second part of the Attack on Titan Season 3 television anime as part of its spring streaming lineup. The series will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Central America, South America, the Caribbean; and in the Nordics and the Nethe...

Jump Force Game Reveals Full DLC Character Lineup

Hunter x Hunter, Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, My Hero Academia characters join game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced the full DLC character lineup for the Jump Force crossover fighting game on Thursday. The newly announced characters are Hunter x Hunter's Biscuit Krueger, Dragon Ball Z's Majin Buu, Naruto's Madara Uchiha, One Piece's Trafalgar D. Water Law, Bleach's Hitsuga...
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Tencent Gets Approval to Sell Nintendo Switch in China

Government approved release of Switch with trial version of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe game ― The Reuters news agency and The Wallstreet Journal newspaper reported on Thursday that China's Tencent conglomerate has earned key approval to begin selling the Nintendo Switch console in China. The Chinese province of Guangdong, where Tencent is registered, gave approval to the company on Thursday to re...
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Tubi TV Streams One-Punch Man Anime, 3 Naruto Films in Canada

Site to also simulcast One-Punch Man season 2 in Canada ― Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it has entered a content deal with the Tubi TV streaming service. As part of the deal, Tubi TV is now streaming the Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel, and Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom anime films. Tubi TV is also stre...
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Cop Craft Anime Casts Fumiko Orikasa, Kenji Hamada, Ryousuke Takahashi

Mai Nakahara, Marina Inoue, Satoshi Tsuruoka also cast in summer series ― The official website for Cop Craft, the television anime of Shoji Gatoh's Cop Craft Dragnet Mirage Reloaded light novel series, revealed additional cast members and character visuals on Thursday. The newly announced cast members are: Fumiko Orikasa as Cecil Epps Kenji Hamada as Jack Roth Ryousuke Takahashi as Tony Mcbee Mai Nak...
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Hakata Mentai! Pirikarako-chan TV Anime Shorts Previewed in Video

Anime based on Fukuoka's Hakata ward premieres in July ― The official website for Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting's Hakata Mentai! Pirikarako-chan anime shorts began streaming a short video for the show on Thursday. The anime will debut on Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting in July. The anime is inspired by the products of Fukuoka city's historic Hakata ward. The anime will center on a walleye pollock roe (mentaiko...

Funimation Reveals Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection Anime Film's English Dub Cast

Film screens in U.S., Canada in May ― Funimation Films is currently listing the English dub cast for the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection (Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch) sequel anime film: Johnny Yong Bosch as Lelouch vi Britannia Kate Higgins as C.C. Yuri Lowenthal as Suzaku Kururugi Christopher R. Sabat as Bitool Elizabeth Maxwell as Shamna Gabe Kunda as Qujappat Jared GIlmore as Shalio K...
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Death End Re;quest Game Launches for Steam on May 16

― Idea Factory International announced on Tuesday that Compile Heart's Death end re;Quest game will launch for PC via Steam on May 16. The release will include all of the original content from the Japanese version of the game, as well as English, Japanese, and traditional Chinese subtitles. The Steam release will allow players to obtain the free and paid DLC from the PlayStation 4 version, except fo...
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Dragon Star Varnir Game's Battle System Trailer Reveals June Release in N. America, Europe

Game launches on PS4 in N. America on June 11, in Europe on June 14 ― Idea Factory International began streaming a battle system trailer on Wednesday for Compile Heart's Dragon Star Varnir (Ryūsei no Varnir) PlayStation 4 game. The video reveals the game's North American release on June 11. The company will release the game in Europe on June 14. Idea Factory International previously noted that it has...
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XFlag, Tatsunoko's Pandora to Akubi Crossover Anime Film's 1st 6 Minutes Streamed

Film opened in Japan on April 5 ― XFLAG began streaming the first six minutes of it and Tatsunoko Production's new anime crossover film Pandora to Akubi (Pandora and Yawn) on Thursday. The film opened at the EJ Anime Theater Shinjuku in Tokyo on April 5, and then opened in four other theaters in Japan on April 12. The film stars Yui Ogura as Pandora and Sally Amaki as Akubi. The cast for the first ha...
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Tsuburaya Productions Reveals Ultraman Taiga Series Premiering on July 6

Show's protagonist is son of Ultraman Taro who can transform into 3 heroes ― Tsuburaya Productions announced on Thursday that its new series in the Ultraman franchise is titled Ultraman Taiga. The series will premiere on TV Tokyo on July 6 at 9:00 a.m. The new show is the seventh consecutive "New Generation Heroes" series in the Ultraman franchise. Tsuburaya Productions describes the new series: Alie...
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Caravan Stories Game's PS4 Version Gets N. American Release in July (Update)

Free-to-play exploration game previously launched for smartphones, PC ― Game developer Aiming announced on Thursday that its PlayStation 4 version of its Caravan Stories game will launch in North America in July. A teaser website for the North American release will open within the next few days. The game officially launched in Japan and Asia on Thursday. The official PlayStation YouTube channel also ...
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Ingress Anime Gets New Composer for Global Release

Anime debuts on Netflix outside of Japan on April 30 ― The White Bear public relations agency confirmed with ANN on April 10 that American composer Jacob Yoffee (LeBron James' Best Shot series, Disney Channel's Andi Mack series, MTV's Finding Carter series) has composed a new soundtrack for the global release of the Ingress anime based on Niantic's AR game. Hidehiro Kawai (The Relative Worlds, Phanto...
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Crunchyroll, VRV Re-add 1st Seasons of My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, Overlord Anime

Sites had removed 1st seasons of My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan in February ― The Crunchyroll and VRV streaming services have re-added the first seasons of the My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, and Overlord anime to their catalogs. Crunchyroll had stopped streaming the first seasons of the Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia anime in February, but the shows' respective second and third seasons w...
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2nd Live-Action Saint Young Men Season's Teaser Video Reveals June 1 Premiere

New poster visual also revealed ― The official website for the live-action series adaptations of Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men (Saint Oniisan) manga began streaming a teaser trailer on Thursday for the show's second season. The staff also revealed a poster for the second season. Similar to the release of the first season, the second season will stream online and will also screen in theaters. The ...
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Cardfight!! Vanguard: High School Arc Cont. Anime's Promo Video Reveals May 11 Premiere

Another new season to premiere around April 2020 ― Bushiroad revealed a new promotional video for the Cardfight!! Vanguard: High School Arc Cont. anime in a livestreamed presentation on Thursday. The video features the opening theme song "Invincible Fighter" by Raise A Suilen. Raise A Suilen are the third live band from Bushiroad's BanG Dream! franchise, and they will perform the opening and ending t...
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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Game's Arcade Version Launches on April 25

― Arc System Works announced on Thursday that the arcade version of the BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game will launch on April 25. The original PlayStation 4 and Switch game shipped in Japan and Asia in May 2018. Arc System Works America released the game with an English dub in North America in June 2018, and PQube released the game in Europe later that same month. The game also lau...
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Seven Seas Licenses World's End Harem: Fantasia, Destiny Lovers, Saki the Succubus Hungers Tonight Manga

Under Ghost Ship imprint for mature readers ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed LINK and SAVAN's fantasy spinoff manga World's End Harem: Fantasia (Shūmatsu no Harem: Fantasia), Kazutaka and Kai Tomohiro's thriller manga Destiny Lovers (Desu-Raba), and Mikokuni Homare and studioHIP-CATs' romance manga Saki the Succubus Hungers Tonight (Saki-chan wa Konya mo Peko Pek...
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