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Sachi's Monstrous Appetite GN 1

Sachi – who wears a human form most of the time and is romantically attracted to Makie as well as attracted to his scent – seems safe, there's still the ever-present danger of her giving into her hunger and consuming him. ― Much like a well-stuffed bento box, there's a lot to unpack in Chomoran's Sachi's Monstrous Appetite. It is at once a supernatural romcom, a monster girl story, a food series, and...
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Uma Musume Pretty Derby Season 2

Season two has ideas about storytelling in sports that it earnestly wants to use its cartoon horse documentary structure to explore. ― The first season of Uma Musume Pretty Derby can take a bit of getting used to with the terms it wants to be engaged on in order to get into, to let yourself have fun with it. Similarly, Season 2 has a bit of its own circumstances that viewers have to understand going ...

A Collab with Real IMPACT: Bershka x EVANGELION

Give your wardrobe a '90s reboot with Bershka's latest mini capsule inspired by a popular Japanese anime ― Give your wardrobe a '90s reboot with Bershka's latest mini capsule inspired by a popular Japanese anime. EVANGELION is a medium-defining franchise. Even 25 years after Shinji first got in the robot, the latest EVANGELION film is finding new records to break in the Japanese box office, and lifel...
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This Week in Games - The Abyss Beckons

Companies that have dealt with Apple and/or Epic – which is roughly 98% of the game industry – are scrambling to make sure these two firms don't accidentally leak stuff while they engage in their courtroom slapfight. Comedy all around! ― Hi again! It's another interesting week of gaming news… though, if I really wanted to, I could probably just write a whole column about the Epic vs. Apple court proc...
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Maison Ikkoku GN 3

Stagnation, wheel-spinning, episodic shenanigans – whatever you choose to call it, every shakeup of the love triangles in volume three of Maison Ikkoku ends up settling right back into the status quo, with little major character development to show for it. ― In every long-running romantic comedy, there's bound to be a volume or two where there's no forward momentum. Stagnation, wheel-spinning, episod...
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BFI Film Classics: Grave of the Fireflies

Alex Dudok de Wit's analysis argues that to see the film as nothing more than an emotionally manipulative weepy is to ignore Takahata's original vision for the piece–that the children's fates were in part a result of selfishness. ― If you ask most anime viewers, Isao Takahata's 1988 World War Two film Grave of the Fireflies is the saddest movie released by Studio Ghibli. While this is largely true – ...
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Demon Slayer Is Now the #1 Film From 2020 Worldwide

The Numbers: Film earned US$474.6 million globally, surpassing China's The Eight Hundred ― The Numbers website updated its list of the highest-earning films worldwide in 2020, and the Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime now stands at #1 with a worldwide tally of US$474.6 million. The film earned the equivalent of US$435 million outside the United States, and US$39.6 million...
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Demon Slayer Console Game Adds Shinobu Kochō as Playable Character

Game slated to launch this year for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Steam ― This year's 23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Shinobu Kochō will join the Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppūtan video game as a playable character. The game will release for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, and Steam this year. The game will feature...
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Pro Gamer Daigo Umehara Diagnosed With COVID-19

Umehara developed fever on May 5, is currently recuperating at home ― Pro gamer Daigo Umehara announced on both his Japanese and English Twitter accounts on Saturday that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Umehara stated that on May 5 he experienced a high fever and fatigue, and so he went to the doctor to get tested for COVID-19. On May 6 his test came back positive. ...
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Persona 5 Game Gets 3rd Stage Play in Osaka, Yokohama in December

2nd stage play ran last October ― The official website for the Persona 5 the Stage stage plays based on Atlus' Persona 5 game franchise revealed on Saturday that a third stage play will run in Osaka and Yokohama in December. The website will reveal more details about the play at a later date. The new play is titled Persona 5 the Stage #3. The second stage play, Persona 5 the Stage #2, ran in Yokohama...
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Sachi's Monstrous Appetite GN 1

Sachi – who wears a human form most of the time and is romantically attracted to Makie as well as attracted to his scent – seems safe, there's still the ever-present danger of her giving into her hunger and consuming him. ― Much like a well-stuffed bento box, there's a lot to unpack in Chomoran's Sachi's Monstrous Appetite. It is at once a supernatural romcom, a monster girl story, a food series, and...
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Demon Slayer's 2nd Stage Play Runs in Tokyo, Osaka in August

2nd play reveals more cast members ― This year's 23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the previously announced second stage play based on Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga will run in Tokyo and Osaka in August. The title of the new stage play is Kimetsu no Yaiba Sono Ni: Kizuna (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the 2nd: Bonds). The play will...
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My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, 3 More Manga Rank on NYT May Bestseller List

― The 27th volume of Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga, the first two volumes of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga, the second and fourth volumes of Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man manga, ninth volume of Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga, and the first volume of Tatsuya Endo's Spy x Family manga ranked on The New York Times' monthly Graphic Books and Manga bestseller l...
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Stand My Heroes Otome Game Gets New Original Video Anime

OVA to adapt game's Narumi Seo map story with heroes not seen in TV anime ― The evening session of the "Wishful Spring Party" premium event for the Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth anime announced on Sunday that a new original video anime has been green-lit. The original video anime will adapt the additional Narumi Seo character event map story that launched in the original game in April 2018. As such...
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My Hero Academia Ranks #1 on U.S. Monthly Bookscan April List

Manga takes all top 20 spots with volumes of Chainsaw Man, Demon Slayer, Spy x Family, Jujutsu Kaisen, Tokyo Ghoul on list ― Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 27 ranked at #1 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for April. Manga occupied all 20 spots on the rankings for April: #1 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 27 #2 — Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man volume 4 #3 — Ge...
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Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club TV Anime Gets 2nd Season in 2022

Announced during day 2 of 3rd live concert run ― The second day of the "Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club 3rd Live! School Festival ~Yume no Hajimari~" concerts announced on Sunday that a second Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club anime season has been green-lit for a 2022 broadcast. The first season premiered on the Tokyo MX channel as well as on the Bandai Channel, Line Live, and ...
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Manga Duo Naked Ape Launch New Manga on June 5

Bokura no Sennen to Kimi ga Shinu Made no 30-ka Kan manga is part of larger media project ― The June issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Princess magazine revealed on Thursday that manga creator duo naked ape will launch a new manga titled Bokura no Sennen to Kimi ga Shinu Made no 30-ka Kan (Our Thousand Years and the 30 Days Until You Die) in the magazine's next issue on June 5. The first chapter will h...
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The Brow Beat Perform New Opening Theme for Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens Anime

New theme song debuts on June 20 ― The official website for the two-member band The Brow Beat revealed on Saturday that they will perform the new opening theme song "Harevtai" for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens anime. The anime will debut the new opening theme on June 20. The single for the song will mark the group's major debut. The single will ship on July 7. The anime premiered on TV Tokyo and BS-TV Tokyo i...
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Ai Mai Mi Manga Ends in 11th Volume This Summer

Manga ended serialization on Manga Life Win website on Thursday Ai Mai Mi manga creator Choboraunyopomi posted on Twitter on Friday that she will end the manga in its 11th volume, which will release this summer. Choboraunyopomi added on Twitter that she had consulted a trusted fortune teller about the issue. The fortune teller did a tarot card reading that indicated that ending the manga in its 11t...

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Izumi Miyazono Reveals Title, Story Details for New Manga

Fumin Fukyū de Yume to ka Koi to ka centers on adult content actor ― This year's June issue of Shogakukan's Petit Comic magazine revealed more details on Saturday about the previously revealed new manga that Izumi Miyazono will launch. The manga is titled Fumin Fukyū de Yume to ka Koi to ka (Dreams and Love in Insomnia), and it will launch in the July issue on June 8. The manga's first chapter will h...

Toei Announces New Dragon Ball Super Anime Film for 2022

Original creator Akira Toriyama writes screenplay, designs characters ― Toei Animation officially confirmed on Sunday that it is developing a second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise with a planned release in 2022. Toei Animation Europe had briefly listed a new film in the franchise earlier this week. Original creator Akira Toriyama is in charge of the screenplay and character design. Tor...
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est em Launches New The King's Ear Manga

Omnibus story about bar that trades in secrets launched on Friday ― Manga creator est em launched a new manga titled Ō-sama no Mimi ~Himitsu no Bar e Yōkoso~ (King's Ear) in Shogakukan's Josei Seven magazine on Friday. The manga is an omnibus story that centers on a bar that trades in secrets. The bar's owner is constantly in search of exquisite secrets, and has his customers confide in him. est em r...
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Slow Damage: Clean Dishes Spinoff Game Gets Manga

Spinoff game launched on April 27 ― Hiromasa Okujima (Bad Boys, Happy Home) launched the Slow Damage: Clean Dishes -leveret- manga in the 39th issue of Akita Shoten's Kachi Comi magazine on April 1. The manga is based on the Slow Damage: Clean Dishes spinoff game of Nitro+CHiRAL boys-love game brand's adult game Slow Damage. The free Slow Damage: Clean Dishes browser spinoff game launched for PC on A...
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Naoki Serizawa's Saru Lock Spinoff Manga Saitō Chroncle Approaches Climax

Saitō Chronicle manga launched last November ― The June issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Bull magazine revealed on Thursday that Naoki Serizawa's Saitō Chronicle - Heaven's Crow Fūun Risshi (Saitō Chronicle - Aiming High in Heaven's Crow) spinoff manga is approaching its climax in the magazine's next issue on June 4. The manga is a spinoff of Serizawa's earlier Saru Lock manga, and centers on Sait...
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Children of the Whales Comedy Spinoff Manga Ends in June

Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Manabu! manga launched in April 2018 ― The June issue of Akita Shoten's Mystery Bonita magazine revealed on Thursday that Ebi Umeda's Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Manabu! (The Children of the Whales Study Atop the Sand) spinoff manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 5. The manga is a comedy spinoff of Abi Umeda's Children of the Whales (Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Ut...
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Yajikita Gakuen Dōchūki F Manga Starts Final Arc

Manga debuted in December 2015 ― This year's June issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Mystery Bonita magazine revealed on Thursday that Ryoko Shitou's Yajikita Gakuen Dōchūki F manga has started its final arc. The manga launched in Akita Shoten's Princess Gold magazine in December 2015. After the magazine ended publication, the manga moved to Petit Princess magazine. Akita Shoten published the manga's 10...
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Uma Musume Pretty Derby Season 2

Season two has ideas about storytelling in sports that it earnestly wants to use its cartoon horse documentary structure to explore. ― The first season of Uma Musume Pretty Derby can take a bit of getting used to with the terms it wants to be engaged on in order to get into, to let yourself have fun with it. Similarly, Season 2 has a bit of its own circumstances that viewers have to understand going ...
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Honda's From Sick Planet With Love Manga Ends, Gets Sequel This Winter

Manga's compiled book volume ships on August 16 ― The June issue of Akita Shoten's Mystery Bonita magazine published the final chapter of manga creator Honda's Yameru Hoshi yori Ai o Komete (From Sick Planet With Love, a wordplay on the Japanese title for the James Bond story From Russia with Love) manga on Thursday. The manga's compiled book volume will ship on August 16. The magazine also states th...
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Kimi wo Shinasenai tame no Storia Manga's Side Story in June

Side story manga launched in January ― The June issue of Akita Shoten's Mystery Bonita magazine revealed on Thursday that the side story manga of Toriko Gin's Kimi wo Shinasenai tame no Storia (A Story to Keep You Alive) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 5. Gin launched the side story manga on January 6. The original manga ended last September, and Akita shoten published the manga's...

Overlord Anime Gets 4th TV Season, New Film Project

Cast, staff return for season 4; film project covers 'Holy Kingdom Arc' ― The live special during Saturday's streaming marathon of the Overlord television anime series announced that a fourth television anime season and a brand-new anime film project, covering the Sei Ōkoku-hen (Holy Kingdom Arc), has been green-lit. The returning staff for the new television season includes: Director: Naoyuki Itou S...
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Kakegurui's Homura Kawamoto Launches New Manga in June

Manga centers on killer of people reincarnated from another world ― The June issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine revealed on Saturday that Homura Kawamoto will launch a new manga titled Isekai Tenseisha Koroshi - Cheat Slayer (The Killer of the Reincarnated - Cheat Slayer) in the magazine's next issue on June 9. Kawamoto is writing the story, while Aki Yamaguchi is drawing the art. The ma...

Ken Akamatsu's UQ Holder! Manga Ends in 9 Chapters

Sequel manga to Negima! launched in 2013, inspired 2017 TV anime ― The June issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine revealed on Saturday that Ken Akamatsu's UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2 manga will end in nine chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end in February 2022. The manga's 26th compiled book volume will ship on July 9. UQ Holder! is set in the world of Akamatsu's Negima! ma...
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City Hunter Takarazuka Revue Musical Unveils Visual

― The official website for the all-female Takarazaka Revue unveiled the visual for its stage musical adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga on Friday. The musical, titled Musical City Hunter -Nusumareta XYZ- (Stolen XYZ), will run at Takarazuka Grand Theater from August 6 to September 13 and at Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre from October 1 to November 14. Members of the Takarazuka Revue's Snow Tr...
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Toei Animation Europe Briefly Lists New Dragon Ball Super Movie

― Toei Animation Europe's news website briefly listed a headline to an article, dated May 5, which reads: "Toei Animation Marks Goku Day With Surprise Announcement of New Dragon Ball Super Movie in 2022." The website no longer lists the headline on its news page, and the link posted with the headline currently goes to a 404 page. The headline listing is still available via a Bing cache. "Goku Day" i...

A Collab with Real IMPACT: Bershka x EVANGELION

Give your wardrobe a '90s reboot with Bershka's latest mini capsule inspired by a popular Japanese anime ― Give your wardrobe a '90s reboot with Bershka's latest mini capsule inspired by a popular Japanese anime. EVANGELION is a medium-defining franchise. Even 25 years after Shinji first got in the robot, the latest EVANGELION film is finding new records to break in the Japanese box office, and lifel...

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Jujutsu Kaisen's Kento Nanami, Satoru Gojō Inspire Real-Life Sunglasses

Can you pull off their styles? Jujutsu Kaisen's Kento Nanami and Satoru Gojō are inspiring real-life sunglasses based on what they wear in the series. Bandai Fashion Collection is selling each pair of glasses with a case that includes the Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical College badge and a cleaning cloth featuring art of the respective character. Satoru Gojō: Kento Nanami: Glasses case: The item...
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Fairy Ranmaru ‒ Episode 5

Takara has served as a "supervisor" of sorts for the rest of the fairies. However, there's been plenty of hints that he's not all he's cracked up to be and that the Queen and her assistant don't really trust him.
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Space Walker Recruits Macross Creator Shoji Kawamori to Draw Spacecraft for Coloring Competition

Space Walker, a company which aims to facilitate affordable space travel, has recruited the efforts of Macross creator Shoji Kawamori to draw images of a futuristic spacecraft as part of a coloring competition campaign. The Space Walker Twitter account released three images drawn by Kawamori on Wednesday, or Children's Day in Japan. /🚀 皆さま、沢山の投票とリツイート等を頂きありがとうございました❗️🌏\【結果発表】🎉🔔1位 B案🌟 2位 C案✨3位 A案 ✨...
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This Week in Games - The Abyss Beckons

Companies that have dealt with Apple and/or Epic – which is roughly 98% of the game industry – are scrambling to make sure these two firms don't accidentally leak stuff while they engage in their courtroom slapfight. Comedy all around! ― Hi again! It's another interesting week of gaming news… though, if I really wanted to, I could probably just write a whole column about the Epic vs. Apple court proc...
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Maison Ikkoku GN 3

Stagnation, wheel-spinning, episodic shenanigans – whatever you choose to call it, every shakeup of the love triangles in volume three of Maison Ikkoku ends up settling right back into the status quo, with little major character development to show for it. ― In every long-running romantic comedy, there's bound to be a volume or two where there's no forward momentum. Stagnation, wheel-spinning, episod...
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Takako Shimura's Beautiful Everyday Manga Ends After Delay Due to Author's Illness

Manga's 3rd, final volume ships around summer ― This year's June issue of Shodensha's Feel Young magazine published the final chapter of Takako Shimura's Beautiful Everyday manga on Saturday. Shodensha will publish the manga's third and final compiled book volume around summer. The manga was scheduled to end in the March issue on February 8, but the March issue instead announced the manga would end i...
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Gucci, Crunchyroll Team Up For Luxury Bananya Apparel

Prices range from US$450 for a brooch to US$1,250 for a hooded sweatshirt ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it has partnered with the luxury fashion brand Gucci to produce a collection of apparel items based on the Bananya anime series. The collection includes sweatshirts and T-shirts, accessories, and sneakers. The items are available through the Gucci website, ranging in price from US$450 for ...
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Omega ‒ Episode 5

It's mostly simple pleasures all the way down with this one, but that's hardly a bad thing. This is honestly the ideal balance of fights, fun, and fanservice that ultimately won me over with this series.
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Megumi Toda to Miss [email protected] Event Due to Muscle Pain, Lower Back Spinal Nerve Pain

Voice of Ayumu Maihama would have difficulty performing while standing ― The official website for The [email protected] franchise announced on Friday that Megumi Toda, who plays Ayumu Maihama, will not appear at THE [email protected] MILLION LIVE! 7thLIVE [email protected] FLYER!!! Reburn event on May 23 due to myofascial pain syndrome, or muscle pain, and lower back spinal nerve pain. This makes it difficult for her to perfor...
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Sega Announces Yakuza Spinoff Lost Judgment Sequel Game

Judgment sequel launches worldwide for PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One on September 24 ― Sega announced during a livestream on Friday the new game Lost Judgment (Lost Judgment: Sabakarezaru Kioku), a sequel of the Yakuza spinoff game Judgment (Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon). Sega will launch the game worldwide for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 24. The co...
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade Game's Final Trailer Previews Episode INTERmission, New Minigame

Game launches for PS5 on June 10 ― Square Enix began streaming the final trailer in English and Japanese for its upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade game for PlayStation 5 on Friday. The video previews FF7R EPISODE INTERmission, the new episode featuring Yuffie, and it also reveals the Fort Condor minigame. English Japanese The trailer notes that the game will be available on PS5 for at leas...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War OVA's Promo Video Teases Swimsuit Episode, More (Updated)

Manga's 22nd volume bundles 3-episode OVA on May 19 ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga began streaming the newest promotional video for the upcoming three-episode original video anime (OVA) on Friday. Select the image below to play the video on Twitter: The manga's 22nd compiled book ...
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Japan Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency Until May 31

Aichi, Fukuoka prefectures added to state of emergency ― Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared on Friday that the current new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo prefectures is being extended until the end of May, and that Aichi and Fukuoka prefectures will also be under a state of emergency starting May 12. The extended state of emergency wil...
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Banana Fish Stage Play Reveals 7 Cast Members in Costume

The official website for the two-part stage play production based on Akimi Yoshida's Banana Fish manga revealed new visuals for seven of the cast members on Friday. The visuals show the cast members in costume. The cast members include (starting with top row, from left to right): Asahi Uchida as Max Lobo Yuki Saotome as Frederick Arthur Hiroki Sana as Lee Yut Lung Taizo Shiina as Sin Su Rin Masano...
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Grand Blue Dreaming Manga Goes on 1-Month Hiatus Due to Creator's Hospitalization

Manga returns next month after creator recovers ― The June issue of Kodansha's Good! Afternoon magazine revealed on Friday that Kenji Inoue and Kimitake Yoshioka's Grand Blue Dreaming comedy manga will go on hiatus and will return in June, due to one of the creators being hospitalized for a sudden emergency. The announcement notes that the creator is recovering, but did not mention which of the manga...

Netflix's Spriggan Anime Unveils More Staff, New Visual

Netflix debuts anime worldwide this year ― The official website for David Production's new anime series based on Hiroshi Takashige and Ryōji Minagawa's Spriggan (Striker) manga revealed a new visual and more staff members for the anime on Friday. The new staff include: Assistant Director: Shōhei Miyake Production Design: JNTHED CG Director: Norihito Ishii Color Design: Osamu Mikasa Art Director: Yūji...
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Mamoru Hosoda's Belle Film Adds 4 Cast Members

Ryo Narita, Shōta Sometani, Tina Tamashiro, Rira Ikuta play protagonist Suzu's schoolmates ― The official website for Mamoru Hosoda and his Studio Chizu's new Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally "The Dragon and the Freckled Princess") anime film revealed more cast members for the film on Friday. All the new characters are fellow schoolmates of protagonist Suzu/Belle. Ryo Narita plays Shinobu Hi...

Netflix Reveals Sailor Moon Eternal Films' English Dub Trailer, Cast

Crystal cast returns for films streaming worldwide on June 3 ― Netflix unveiled a new English-dubbed trailer and the English dub cast for the two-part Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie (Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal) anime film project on Thursday. The English dub cast return from the previous dubs of the Sailor Moon Crystal anime, and include: Stephanie Sheh as Usagi Tsukino/Sailor...
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Golden Kamuy Manga Enters Climax

Manga's 277th chapter debuted on Thursday ― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Young Jump magazine announced on Wednesday Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga has entered its climax. The manga's 277th chapter debuted on Thursday. Viz Media is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the first volume: In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto sc...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses 6 Princess Principal: Crown Handler Sequel Films

Sentai to stream 1st film in spring ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed the six-part Princess Principal: Crown Handler sequel film series in the Unites States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Nordic countries, Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal. The company will stream the first film in select outlets in sprin...
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Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood ‒ Episode 6

Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood is a deeply silly cartoon about murderous shapeshifters and nefarious government agents that wage war in an alternate history Japan that is filled with monsters, spies, mad scientists, and some kind of science-fantasy super chemical/stone/thing that hasn't been all that well explained.
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Full Dive ‒ Episode 5

This week we see how Yuki might be too-easily swayed by appearances into bad deals of all stripes, such as him getting fleeced by an item shop.
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Super Cub ‒ Episode 5

Episode 5 delivers what a lot of viewers probably wanted last time: a peek into Reiko's summer vacation. It also drops viewers directly into her perspective, offering a refreshing episode that, as the kids say, positively slaps.
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King of Fighters XV Game Reveals Trailer for Ryo Sakazaki, Robert Garcia

Daiki Takakura, Go Shinomiya voice characters in game slated for this year ― SNK began streaming a trailer for its The King of Fighters XV game to highlight the characters Ryo Sakazaki (voiced by Daiki Takakura) and Robert Garcia (voiced by Go Shinomiya) on Wednesday. The King of Fighters XV will launch in 2021. The game's initial roster includes: Shun'Ei, Meitenkun, Benimaru Nikaido, Iori, Joe Higas...
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The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent ‒ Episode 5

Aira's had even less say in her life's new trajectory than Sei, having been summoned and summarily whisked away to live out the isekai dream…only to almost certainly begun to hear rumors about not actually being the Saint.
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Nintendo Appoints Illumination Founder/CEO Chris Meledandri as Outside Director

Meledandri is co-producing Illumination's Super Mario Bros. film ― Nintendo announced on Thursday in its financial report for the fiscal year ending on March 31 that it will appoint Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri as an outside director on June 29. Meledandri is co-producing Illumination's animated film adaptation of the Super Mario Bros. game franchise with Super Mario Bros. creator Sh...
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BFI Film Classics: Grave of the Fireflies

Alex Dudok de Wit's analysis argues that to see the film as nothing more than an emotionally manipulative weepy is to ignore Takahata's original vision for the piece–that the children's fates were in part a result of selfishness. ― If you ask most anime viewers, Isao Takahata's 1988 World War Two film Grave of the Fireflies is the saddest movie released by Studio Ghibli. While this is largely true – ...
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Sunrise Animates Scarlet Nexus Game's Opening Footage

Video features The Oral Cigarettes' opening song ― Bandai Namco Entertainment posted the opening animation for the Scarlet Nexus role-playing game on Thursday. The video features animation from Sunrise and the song "Dream In Drive" by rock band The Oral Cigarettes. The Scarlet Nexus game will launch on June 25 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. The game will...
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Pokémon's 24th Anime Season Pokémon Master Journeys Premieres This Summer

Netflix streamed Pokémon Journeys series' final episodes on March 5 ― The Pokémon Company International announced on Thursday that it will premiere the 24th season of the Pokémon franchise's anime titled Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series "as early as summer" in select markets, with more premieres coming to additional markets this year. The Pokémon Company describes the new season: It's a big, big w...
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Square Enix, Sega, Bandai Namco, XSEED Games/Marvelous USA, More to Participate at E3 2021

"Reimagined" virtual event will run from June 12-15 ― The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced on Thursday that Square Enix, Sega, Bandai Namco Entertainment, XSEED Games/Marvelous USA, Inc., Gearbox Entertainment, Freedom Games, Devious Eye Entertainment, Turtle Beach, Verizon, and Binge.com will participate in this year's E3 gaming event. The ESA confirmed that the E3 gaming event for...
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Love Live! Superstar!! Anime Streams 1st Teaser Video

Anime premieres in July ― The official YouTube channel for the Love Live! franchise began streaming the first teaser promotional video for Love Live! Superstar!!, the franchise's new television anime on Thursday. The video first premiered during an online event to commemorate the debut single of the project's Liella idol group early in the day. The anime will premiere on the public broadcaster NHK's ...
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Demon Slayer Anime Film Earns 39.88 Billion Yen in Japan

Film sells 28.87 million tickets after 29 weeks at box office ― The Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film has sold a total of 28.87 million tickets for 39.88 billion yen (about US$364.9 million) in Japan as of Wednesday. That is an increase of less than 100 million yen (US$900,000) compared to the previous week. Almost all major cinema chains in Japan have closed their t...
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Moriarty the Patriot Anime Casts Kenji Nojima

Nojima voices Charles Augustus Milverton ― The official website for the television anime of Ryōsuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi's Moriarty the Patriot (Yūkoku no Moriarty) manga confirmed on Wednesday that Kenji Nojima joins the cast as Charles Augustus Milverton. The character already appeared in the show's latest episode on Sunday. The anime's second half premiereed on Tokyo MX on April 4 at 10:30 ...
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Final Evangelion Film Is Now Hideaki Anno's Highest-Earning Film With 8.28 Billion Yen

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 surpasses Shin Godzilla's 8.25 billion yen Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the "final" Evangelion film, has sold 5,423,475 tickets for 8,282,298,700 yen (about US$75.72 million) as of Wednesday, its 59th day in the Japanese box office. The film has surpassed the 8.25 billion yen (about US$75.40 million) earnings of 2016's Shin Godzilla t...
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Nintendo Announces Game Builder Garage for Switch

June 11 title allows players to learn basics of game programming ― Nintendo announced a new software titled Game Builder Garage on Wednesday. The title will launch for the Switch on June 11. The software allows players to learn the basic concepts of game programming, using creatures called Nodons to create associations between inputs, actions, objects, and more. The game will support up to eight play...

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Amanchu! Manga Ends on May 10

Manga entered final arc last September ― The official Twitter account for Mag Garden's Magcomi website revealed on Wednesday that Kozue Amano's Amanchu! manga will end on May 10. Amano previously revealed that the manga's 17th volume will be the final volume. The volume will ship on November 10. The manga entered its final arc in September 2020. Crunchyroll streams the manga's anime adaptation, and i...

Crunchyroll Adds The Law of Ueki Anime to Catalog

Anime begins streaming on Wednesday ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will begin streaming The Law of Ueki anime on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. EDT in the U.S. and Canada. The company describes the story: The fate of the world rests on Ueki, an average junior high student. Average until he gains the power to change trash into trees. Granted to him by the enigmatic Mr K., Ueki's strange power fo...

DLE Reveals Yoshimaho: Yoshi Yoshi Magic Original Anime

Anime centers on protagonist transported to parallel world in 5-year-old body at day care center ― DLE announced on Wednesday that it, ABC Frontier, marketing company Mash, and production company helo.inc (Watanuki-san Chi to, Watanuki-san Chi no) are producing an original anime project titled Yoshimaho: Yoshi Yoshi Magic. In the anime, the protagonist is overworked and always exhausted by daily life...
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Odd Taxi ‒ Episode 5

Seriously, it's hard work both writing and directing something like this. You have to ensure that all of these subplots line up in logical ways, while also compelling the audience to stick with the long journey towards payoff.
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Crunchyroll Games to Release Mitrasphere RPG for iOS, Android

Trailer streamed for social co-op fantasy mobile game ― Crunchyroll Games announced on Wednesday that it will is release the social co-op fantasy RPG mobile game Mitrasphere for iOS and Android devices in partnership with original game developer Bank of Innovation, Inc. and live-ops manager JetSynthesys. Crunchyroll began streaming an announcement trailer: Crunchyroll Games will release the game in t...
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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind's Ohmu Inspires Earrings, Rings

Accessory series also includes Möwe-inspired necklaces and earrings ― Despite their uncanny appearance and capacity for large-scale destruction and violence, the Ohmu from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind are compassionate and intelligent creatures. Now, the Ghibli-themed fashion brand GBL has released earrings and rings inspired by these magnificent beings. This pair of accessories are part of GBL...
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MARS RED ‒ Episode 5

Twists and backstabs abound in this fifth episode of MARS RED, which feels more like a late-season acceleration than a light midseason jaunt.
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Cutie and the Beast Manga Ends with 4th Volume

Manga launched in January 2019 ― pixiv's "Palcy" manga app revealed that Yuhi Azumi's Cutie and the Beast (Pujo to Yajū: JK ga Akyuyaku Wrestler ni Koi Shita Hanashi) manga will end with the fourth compiled book volume. Seven Seas licensed the manga, and it describes the story: Unlike her friends who are into pretty boys, Momoka has a crush on a giant professional wrestler named Kuga who plays a vill...

Discotek Releases Black Rock Shooter, City Hunter 2, Mahoraba, Lupin III: Return of Pycal Anime on July 27

Also: Fighting General Daimos ― Discotek Media announced on Tuesday that it will release the Black Rock Shooter, City Hunter 2, Mahoraba ~Heartful days, and Lupin III: Return of Pycal anime on Blu-ray Disc on July 27. The company will also release the Fighting General Daimos anime on standard definition Blu-ray Disc on the same day. Discotek will release the Black Rock Shooter television anime series...
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To Your Eternity ‒ Episode 4

March's confusion and sadness allows us to also reflect on just how much she and Parona have lost, and give the girls a new goal to fight for, even as Hayase demeans and imprisons them. If you have any aspirations towards writing good fantasy or science-fiction, then take notes: This is how you get the job done.
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Gamescom On-Site Event Canceled, Digital Event Runs in August

Free, all-digital event runs from August 23-27 ― The German Games Industry Association announced on Wednesday that it has canceled the on-site portion of this year's Gamescom video game trade fair, and is instead running a free, all-digital event. The reason for cancelation is that too many companies are unable to participate in physical events due to the "still difficult development." The organizers...
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Utawarerumono Zan 2 Game's Video Highlights New Features

Game ships for PS4, PS5 in Japan on July 22 ― The official website for Aquaplus' Utawarerumono Zan 2 sequel game began streaming a new promotional video for the game on Wednesday. The video highlights the game's new features, including new characters and systems. Aquaplus announced the new game on March 30. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in Japan on July 22. Aquaplus relea...
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Full Results Revealed for One Piece's 1st Global Character Popularity Poll

Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Sanji, Trafalgar Law, and Nico Robin top the poll ― The One Piece series announced the full results of its first global character popularity poll in a livestream on Wednesday. The overall top six is as follows: Monkey D. Luffy Roronoa Zoro Nami Sanji Trafalgar Law Nico Robin The full results show regional diversity. X Drake, a character considered to be of Turkish design, ranked 41...
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Battle Game in 5 Seconds Anime's Teaser Unveils Cast, Staff, July 12 Debut

Ayumu Murase, Aimi, Mayumi Shintani star in anime by SynergySP, Vega Entertainment ― The official website for Battle Game in 5 Seconds, the television anime of Saizō Harawata and Miyakokasiwa's Deatte 5-byō de Battle (Battle in 5 seconds after meeting.) manga, opened on Wednesday and posted a teaser promotional video and a key visual. Both the site and the teaser reveal the main cast, main staff, the...
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Japan Considers Extending COVID-19 State of Emergency

Also: Event restrictions extended until June ― The Japanese national government is leaning toward extending the current new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) state of emergency in four prefectures, after the Osaka prefectural government reported it would ask for an extension. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is consulting with cabinet officials and experts on Wednesday, and could arrive at a decision withi...

Made in Abyss Anime Gets 2nd TV Anime Season, Action RPG in 2022

New season titled Made in Abyss: Retsujitsu no Ōgonkyō; Spike Chunsoft develops PS4/Switch/PC game ― The official website for the anime of Akihito Tsukushi's Made in Abyss manga revealed on Wednesday that the anime will have a second television season in 2022 titled Made in Abyss: Retsujitsu no Ōgonkyō (Made in Abyss: The Sun Blazes Upon the Golden City). Spike Chunsoft is also developing a new 3D ac...
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News Tips Policy Update

ANN is changing the way we credit our news tippers in order to prioritize their privacy. Below is our new policy for news tip submissions and crediting those who send us news tips: If we receive a public tip from a social media account or from our forums, we will credit the username of the person with the news tip, unless otherwise specified in the communication. If we receive a private news tip v...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 2-8

GATE, Emma anime; Bofuri, Undead Unluck manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Bleach Set 10 BDPlease Viz Media US$54.97 May 4 Busty Maids DVD (adult)Cite Adult Source Media US$29.95 May 4 Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 1 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Nozomi Entertainment US$49.99 May 4 GATE BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 May 4 Pokémon Sun & Moon Ultra Legends The First Al...
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Tokyo Revengers ‒ Episode 4

After young Naoto accidentally interrupts a moment between Takemichi and his old (young?) flame, our protagonist ends up accidentally jumping back to the future, and we get caught up on some of the actual mechanics of this whole thing.
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Higehiro ‒ Episode 5

It's a testament to the consistently impressive depth and care that Higehiro displays with its writing, considering how well the episode ends up working, when the show's strengths absolutely do not lie in its visuals.

Nintendo Looks into More Animated Works

Nintendo looking at possible works beyond Mario franchise ― President of Nintendo Shuntaro Furukawa told Fast Company in an interview posted on Thursday that Nintendo is looking into more animated works beyond Illumination's animated film adaptation of the Super Mario Bros. game franchise. Furukawa stated that "Animation, in general, is something that we are looking into, and not just this [Mario] fr...
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Fruits Basket the Final ‒ Episode 5

It's a new school year for the Fruits Basket the Final cast, and some characters have changed more than others. Momiji seems to have had a growth spurt overnight, and his newly mature physical appearance is only the half of it.
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Battle of Tokyo 'Mixed Reality' Project's Streams The Rampage from Exile Tribe's Music Video

Video features "CALL OF JUSTICE" theme song for group's avatar Rowdy Shogun ― The YouTube channel for LDH Japan's Battle of Tokyo "mixed reality entertainment" project began streaming on Tuesday a music video for The Rampage from Exile Tribe's "CALL OF JUSTICE," which is the theme song for the group's avatar Rowdy Shogun. Hiroaki Higashi (Ghost in the Shell The Movie Virtual Reality Diver) directed t...
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"Isekai Museum" Featuring Re:Zero, Overlord, Konosuba, Saga of Tanya the Evil Releases PV

Exhibit opens in Kadokawa Culture Museum from July 17 to September 26 ― An "Isekai Museum" exhibition featuring storyboards, key animation, and artwork from the Re:Zero, Overlord, KONOSUBA, and The Saga of Tanya the Evil anime series will open in the Kadokawa Culture Museum from July 17 to September 26. The Kadokawa Anime YouTube account released a promotional video on Saturday highlighting the main ...
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Megalobox 2: Nomad ‒ Episode 5

As the present-day and flashback sequences weave in and out, we learn what happened to Joe, Nanbu, the children, and the gym, and why it only took five years for everything to fall apart completely.
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Seven Knights Revolution Game's 2nd Teaser Previews Heroes

Netmarble's game launches this year ― The official YouTube channel for Netmarble's Seven Knights Revolution game began streaming the second teaser video last Wednesday. The video previews the heroes. The game will launch this year. Netmarble's Seven Knights smartphone RPG inspired the television anime Seven Knights Revolution: Eiyū no Keishōsha (The Hero's Successor) that premiered on April 4. Kazuya...
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Combatants Will Be Dispatched! ‒ Episode 5

In last week's cliffhanger, Snow discovered that Six and Alice were spies. What makes this revelation all the more devastating is that it comes immediately after her decision to side with them over her own self-interests.
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Yen Press Announces Yen Audio Imprint with 5 Novel Audiobooks

Sword Art Online, Overlord, The Miracles of the Namiya General Store, The Saga of Tanya the Evil ― Yen Press announced Yen Audio, its new imprint for audiobooks, on Tuesday. The company is partnering with Hachette Audio to produce, sell, and distribute digital audiobooks for select titles. Yen Press revealed five novel series titles that will receive audiobooks this year as well as a release schedule...
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Touhou Project's 18th Game Releases on Steam

― Japanese dōjin developer ZUN (founder and sole member of the Team Shanghai Alice dōjin game developer circle) and Mediascape released Touhou Kōryūdō: Unconnected Marketeers, the 18th main game in the Touhou Project game series, on Monday. The game is only available in Japanese. ZUN released the game's demo at the "Hakurei Jinja Reitaisai" event on March 21. The game's main characters include Reimu...
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So I'm a Spider, So What? ‒ Episode 16

It's here that we also get the tasty tidbit that D, herself, has not reincarnated. Her identity remains a secret, though I'm thirsty to get more details on that!
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The World Ends with You the Animation ‒ Episode 4

Rather than the misanthrope we met in episode 1, this Neku sorely misses Shiki, and desperately wishes she was alive. However, Shiki served as Neku's entry fee, and just like him, remains in limbo in the stylish streets of Shibuya.
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Konami Will Not Present at E3 2021

Company will make announcements on "number of key projects" over next few months ― Konami announced on Twitter on Saturday that it will not present at the virtual event set to take place for E3 this year. The company reassured fans that it is in "deep development on a number of key projects" and that it will make announcements over the next few months. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) con...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 972

The battle between Oden and Kaido is a visual spectacle of an entirely different breed in an arc that has been nothing but eye candy from the get go.
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FanimeCon's 2021 Virtual Event Hosts Voice Actor Hikaru Midorikawa

Virtual convention will take place on May 28-30 ― The official website of Northern California's FanimeCon announced on April 29 that voice actor Hikaru Midorikawa will attend the convention's 2021 virtual event, making his "first American appearance in 20 years." The event is hosting an online giveaway of 150 foil print posters signed by Midorikawa. The virtual convention will take place on May 28-30...

Sentai Filmworks Sells Out of Legend of the Galactic Heroes Box Set Release

Release was limited to 1,000 copies ― Sentai Filmworks has sold out of its limited-edition premium box sets of the original anime adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novels The Legend of the Galactic Heroes. The company had stated on Twitter on Saturday that there were only 15 sets left of the product. The product page now shows that the set is out of print. The company released the s...
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Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast for 'Combatants Will Be Dispatched!' Anime

Company began streaming dubbed version starring Monica Rial, Brendan Blaber on Sunday ― Funimation revealed the English dub cast for the television anime adaptation of Natsume Akatsuki's Combatants Will Be Dispatched! (Sentōin, Hakenshimasu!) light novel series on Saturday. The company began streaming the first episode of the dub on Sunday. The cast includes: Monica Rial as Alice Brendan Blaber as Ag...
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Kia Asamiya Draws New Compiler Manga This Fall

Original Compiler manga inspired 2 OVA adaptations ― The official Twitter account for Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine revealed last Friday that Kia Asamiya is drawing a new story for his Compiler manga, and it will debut in the magazine this fall. The announcement does not mention whether the new story will be a one-shot or a new serialization. The magazine teases the manga as the "return of...
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