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Another World's Zombie Apocalypse Is Not My Problem! eBook

This flesh-rotting twist on isekai tropes sees its heroine purifying the bodies of the undead—in another world. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― You may think that getting reincarnated as an inanimate object is scraping the bottom of the isekai barrel, but Mizuha would beg to differ. She's been dropped smack dab in the middle of another world's zombie apocalypse, and this high school girl is so n...
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Kaiju Girl Caramelise GN 1

This offbeat romcom stars a girl who sprouts kaiju parts when she's upset, making relationships very awkward indeed. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― No matter who you are, you've probably felt like a monster in your own skin sometimes. Whether that comes from plain old adolescent angst or something much more serious, everyone has those days when you just can't bear to look in the mirror or to be...
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ANNCast - Otter Pops

Zac and Lynzee chime in on an entire ocean of pop cultural artifacts, including Shin Godzilla, Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer, Sailor Moon, and the ending of Sarazanmai! ― ANNCast 350 - Otter Pops Zac and Lynzee chime in on an entire ocean of pop cultural artifacts, including Shin Godzilla, Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer, Sailor Moon, and the ending of Sarazanmai. You can listen to the show on our pla...
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Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens BD/DVD

This off-beat comedic crime thriller takes a little time to get off the ground, but delivers enough entertainment to be memorable in the long run. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― The hitman comedy is perhaps not so obscure a genre as you might think, and Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens, based on the light novel series of the same name, has an interesting approach to it. In some ways it could be framed as...
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Spirited Away's Chinese Screening Earns 195 Million Yuan, Ranks at #1

Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli film's 1st screening in China ranked above Toy Story 4 ― The first theatrical screening of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away anime film in China opened on June 21, and earned 195 million yuan (about 3 billion yen or US$28.36 million) from Friday to Sunday. The movie ranked #1 in China for the weekend, above Toy Story 4, which opened in the same weekend. My...
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To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime Reveals Tomokazu Sugita's Role

― The official website for the television anime of Maybe's To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga announced on Monday that Tomokazu Sugita will play Miles (Cenetaur). Sugita was previously announced to play one of Hank and Cain's Incarnate soldier comrades. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 1 at 11:00 p.m., before airing on MBS on July 2. The Fuji...
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1st 10 Minutes of New Shin Evangelion Film to Screen at Anime Expo, Japan Expo

Also: Franchise gets free app on July 1 ― Toei announced on Monday that it will screen the first 10 minutes and 40 seconds of Studio Khara's new Evangelion film, Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||, on July 6. The Japan Expo event in Paris will screen the video, titled "Shin Evangelion Gekijōban AVANT 1 (Beginning 10 Minutes 40 Seconds 00 Frame) 0706 Version" at a "Yoko Takahashi x Evangelion Stage" prese...
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One-Punch Man Season 2 Anime's Home Video Releases Delayed 2 Months in Japan

1st home video release to include English subtitles, 10-minute OVA ― The official website for the second season of the One-Punch Man anime revealed on Monday that the show's staff are delaying the season's planned Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases by two months. The first release, which was planned for release on August 27 with a new 10-minute original video anime (OVA) titled "#01: Saitama to Sokosoko n...
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Comic Market Confirms Entry Wristbands to Manage Crowds in Smaller Venues in August

Wristbands to cost 500 yen per day ― The organizers of Comic Market (Comiket), Japan's largest event for selling self-published dōjinshi works, revealed on June 18 that they will implement a policy for Comiket 96 this summer where attendees must purchase a wristband for 500 yen (about US$4.60) to be able to attend the event each day. The wristband color will change daily. The organizers urged attende...
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Ride Your Wave Film Wins Best Animation Award at Shanghai Int'l Film Festival

Film by Masaaki Yuasa, Science SARU opened in Japan on June 21 ― The Shanghai International Film Festival's Golden Goblet Awards awarded Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU's Ride Your Wave (Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara) anime film with the Best Animation Film award on Sunday. The judges stated about the film: "An excellent balance of animation, color, and music to tell a surprising and engrossing story fill...
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Space Harrier Game Launches on Switch in Japan Through Sega Ages Project on June 27

― Sega announced on Monday that it will release the Space Harrier game in Japan for the Nintendo Switch as part of its Sega Ages project on June 27. 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 Puy...
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One Piece Spinoff Manga About Koby Lookalike Reaches 'Climax' on July 1

Manga launched last June ― Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website published the 46th chapter of Nakamaru's One Piece Koby ni no Kobiyama: Urifutatsu Nagi no Ōhihō (Kobiyama, Who Looks Like Koby: Two Piece in a Pod) manga on Monday, which reveals that the manga will reach its "climax" in the next chapter on July 1. The manga is a spinoff of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga, and it launched on Shonen Jump+ in J...
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Cells at Work! Anime Wins Chinese Magnolia Awards for Best Storytelling

Anime's 1st season premiered in July 2018, with 2nd season planned ― The Shanghai Television Festival awarded the Cells at Work! television anime with the Best Storytelling Award in the animation category for the festival's Magnolia Awards on June 18. The first television anime aired from July to September last year. Aniplex of America has licensed the series and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it...
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Crunchyroll Expo Hosts Voice Actress Miho Okasaki

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime's Rimuru attends August 30-September 1 event ― Crunchyroll Expo announced on Sunday that it will host voice actress Miho Okasaki. Okasaki first voiced a main character role in the Music Girls anime as the character Miku Nishio in July 2018. She then voiced protagonist Rimuru in the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime, which premiered in October 2018. ...

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Fairy gone Anime's Teaser Video Reveals New Opening for 2nd Half in October

[K]NoW_NAME returns for 2nd opening song "STILL STANDING" ― The official website for P.A. Works' original television anime Fairy gone began streaming a new teaser video for the anime's second half on Monday. The video previews the second half's new opening theme song "STILL STANDING" by [K]NoW_NAME. The anime premiered on April 7, and the second of the anime's two cours (quarters of the year) will pr...
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Midnight Occult Civil Servants Anime Gets 2-Episode OVA

2 episodes stream in Japan on September 25, get BD/DVD release on October 25 ― The official website for Midnight Occult Civil Servants, the television anime of Yōko Tamotsu's Mayonaka no Occult Kōmuin manga, revealed that the anime will get a two-episode original video anime (OVA) that will have an exclusive stream in Japan on Hikari TV on September 25, and will also have a Blu-ray Disc and DVD home ...
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Mitsuki Saiga Joins Cast of Black Clover Anime as Henry

Character to debut in 89th episode on Tuesday ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that voice actor Mitsuki Saiga is joining the cast of the Black Clover anime as Henry Legolant, a member of the Black Bull squad. The character will debut in the anime's 89th episode on Tuesday. The anime premiered in Japan in October 2017. The show was originally listed...
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Uta no Prince-sama♪ Dolce Vita Game Canceled for PS Vita, Moves to Switch

Also: Uta no Prince-sama♪ Repeat LOVE PS Vita game gets Switch version in December ― The official website for Broccoli's Uta no Prince-sama♪ Dolce Vita game for the Uta no Prince-sama franchise revealed on Sunday that the game's development for the PlayStation Vita platform has been canceled, and is now being developed for the Nintendo Switch. In addition, Broccoli announced that Uta no Prince-sama♪ ...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 112

"It's a shame that such an important milestone is attached to the show's least impressive clip show yet."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 314

"It feels like we're getting crumbs of the more interesting storyline while being served heaping helpings of mediocre battles, and I have to admit that it's getting tedious."
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Spider-Man and Golden Kamuy Have a Lot in Common

At first glance, you wouldn't think that Spider-Man and Golden Kamuy have much in common. The former is about a teenage superhero from modern-day New York, while the latter is about treasure hunting and indigenous Ainu culture in Hokkaido. But a recent collaboration between the two franchises is all about the Golden Kamuy characters finding some common ground. The collab illustration shows the Gol...
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Star ☆ Twinkle Precure Anime Film Reveals Title, Poster Visual

Film about Precures meeting UMA opens in Japan on October 19 ― Toei revealed on Monday the title and poster visual for the upcoming anime film for its Star ☆ Twinkle Precure anime series. The film is titled Eiga Star ☆ Twinkle Precure: Hoshi no Uta ni Omoi wo Komete (Star ☆ Twinkle Precure the Movie: Put Your Feelings into the Song of Stars). The film will open in Japan on October 19. The film's stor...
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We Never Learn: BOKUBEN ‒ Episode 12

"This episode serves as yet another reminder that We Never Learn is happy to work purely within its expected genre boundaries, to the detriment of its more distinctive flashes of potential."
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 12

"I think the lack of Nezuko and the focus on Zenitsu's antics have made this arc suffer in comparison to the show's best moments."
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Princess Jellyfish Creator Draws Art for Pirokalpin Single

Song will be the theme of Akiko Higashimura's podcast ― Manga creator Akiko Higashimura drew some spacey art for Pirokalpin's new single Jinsei Keikaku (Life Plan). The four-piece rock band released the music video for the single, their first in nearly a year, on Wednesday. The song will debut as the theme for Higashimura's advice podcast on her website in July. Higashimura also produced the music vi...
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Spider-Man's Tom Holland, Hannibal Buress Gear Up For Shadowbringers in Final Fantasy XIV Ad

Spider-Man actor Tom Holland is hyped about the "Shadowbringers" expansion for Final Fantasy XIV. In an ad posted on the Final Fantasy XIV YouTube channel on Monday, Holland is shown training his body to become a Warrior of Darkness. Comedian and fellow Spider-Man: Homecoming actor Hannibal Buress is there to reveal the shocking truth: you don't need to swing a giant sword to play the game. The ex...
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Tennis Champ Naomi Osaka Claims Prince of Tennis' Ryōma as Her 'Husband'

A tweet by Grand Slam winner and Women's #1 ranked player Naomi Osaka is going viral. Osaka shared her love for one particular anime character on Twitter on Sunday where she called Prince of Tennis protagonist Ryōma Echizen her "husband". My husband lol. pic.twitter.com/t66znEMael— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@Naomi_Osaka_) June 16, 2019 Ryōma is a tennis prodigy in Takeshi Konomi manga and anime series. The...
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Fan Draws One-Punch Man Season 1 Opening with Anpanman Instead

Step aside, One-Punch Man, there's a new bald-headed hero in town. Or rather, an old one. A YouTuber by the name of Teco Malu uploaded their rendition of the One-Punch Man season 1 opening animation, except with characters from the classic children's anime Anpanman. The video is definitive proof that Anpanman can be badass when he puts his mind to it. <(If the video doesn't play, check it out here...
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Another World's Zombie Apocalypse Is Not My Problem! eBook

This flesh-rotting twist on isekai tropes sees its heroine purifying the bodies of the undead—in another world. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― You may think that getting reincarnated as an inanimate object is scraping the bottom of the isekai barrel, but Mizuha would beg to differ. She's been dropped smack dab in the middle of another world's zombie apocalypse, and this high school girl is so n...
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Inio Asano's Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction Manga Resumes on August 26

― This year's 30th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Inio Asano's Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction manga will resume in the magazine's 39th issue on August 26. The manga went on hiatus in February. The series revolves around the strange everyday life of the very ordinary high school girl Kadode Koyama, her friend Ouran Nakagawa, and others in a world where...
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Sadayasu, Makoto Fukami's Ōsama-tachi no Viking Manga Ends in 5 Chapters

Manga about spoiled rich kid, hacker who join forces launched in 2013 ― This year's 30th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Sadayasu and Makoto Fukami's Ōsama-tachi no Viking (Kings' Viking) manga will end in five chapters. If the manga does not take any breaks it should end in the 35th issue on July 29. The cyber action manga revolves around a genius hacker and ...
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Re:Stage! Dream Days Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Idols' Opening Song

In-story middle school idol unit KiRaRe also sings ending for July 7 anime ― The official website for the Re:Stage! Dream Days television anime of Re:Stage!, Monthly Comptiq magazine and Pony Canyon's multimedia project about idol singers in middle school, posted the anime's third promotional video and information about the ending theme song on Sunday. The video previews the anime's opening theme son...
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Zoids Franchise Gets New Manga in August

Manga to take place in the future with new protagonist ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on June 14 that the Zoids franchise is inspiring a new manga that will debut in the magazine in the September issue in August. The new manga will be set in the future, and will feature a new protagonist whose partner is Beast Liger. The magazine also teased that it will r...
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U.S. Fox TV Drama Show Prison Break Gets Manga

Hikosuke Soyama draws story about man freeing brother framed for murder ― An official manga adaptation of the live-action Fox television series Prison Break launched on the online Piccoma service on Sunday. Relative newcomer Hikosuke Soyama is drawing the manga of Season 1 under the supervision of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. The suspense story is set in Fox River State Penitentiary, a max...
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Zoids Wild Anime Ends on June 29

― The official Twitter account for the Zoids Wild anime series announced on Saturday that the anime will end with the next episode, the show's 50th episode, on June 29. Takara Tomy announced the Zoids Wild franchise in February 2018 with a planned anime, manga, model kit line, and Nintendo Switch game. The anime premiered in July 2018. Norihiko Sudo (Kenyū Densetsu Yaiba, ToHeart2, Pocket Monsters: ...
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Chihayafuru Anime Season 3 Recasts Harada, Miyauchi

Kenta Miyake, Yoshino Ohtori replace late Unshō Ishizuka, Toshiko Fujita, respectively ― The voice cast members for the third Chihayafuru anime season announced on Sunday two cast changes, after two previous cast members passed away. Kenta Miyake (My Hero Academia's All Might) replaces Unshō Ishizuka as Dr. Harada, the mentor who teaches the traditional Japanese game of karuta to the main character C...
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Caterpillar Authors End Chōbu no Shinobi Manga

Killing Bites' Murata launched series about samurai who meets woman tied to Oda Nobunaga's death in 2017 ― The July issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine revealed on Saturday that author Shinya Murata and artist Tokisada Hayami will end the Chōbu no Shinobi (Lepidoptela) manga in the magazine's August issue on July 22. The duo launched the manga in Gangan Joker in April 2017. Square Enix rele...
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Hekuto Pascal Band Member [email protected] Passes Away

Band performed theme song for The Case of Hana & Alice anime film ― The official website for guitarist and Hekuto Pascal (Hec and Pascal) band member [email protected] (Yōsuke Miyauchi) announced on Sunday that he passed away on June 20 of acute heart failure. According to the Sports Hochi website, was 37. According to Miyauchi's family's wishes, his funeral will be restricted to close relatives only. The...

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Voice Actor Yuuki Kaji, Voice Actress Ayana Taketatsu Get Married

Voices of Attack on Titan's Eren, K-ON's Azusa vow to keep on acting ― Another voice-acting couple tie the knot! Voice actor Yuuki Kaji and voice actress Ayana Taketatsu announced on Sunday that they registered their marriage on the same day, which is also Taketatsu's 30th birthday. Both said that they are still inexperienced, but will continue to work hard with their fans' support. Taketatsu added t...
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Shoko Nakagawa Performs New Ending Theme for Pokémon Sun & Moon Anime

Hyadain arranges cover of Rica Matsumoto's "Type: Wild" theme song ― Voice actress and singer Shoko Nakagawa announced on Twitter on Sunday that she will perform the new ending theme song "Type: Wild" for the Pokémon Sun & Moon television anime series. Hyadain is arranging the song. The song will debut in the series on July 7. In the below video, Nakagawa and Hyadain discuss the new song. Nakagawa st...
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Tokyo Ghoul Creator Draws Touken Ranbu Musical Book Covers

Tokyo Ghoul manga creator Sui Ishida is busy. After wrapping up Tokyo Ghoul:re he signed on with Broccoli for its Jack Jeanne Nintendo Switch game. Last week his artwork for Miyavi's new album NO SLEEP TILL TOKYO was revealed. Now Ishida's drawn the cover art for the Musical Touken Ranbu playbooks. The books cover the first three stage musicals based on DMM's Touken Ranbu browser game: Touken Ranb...
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Black Butler's Yana Toboso Draws Promare Fan Art

Black Butler manga creator Yana Toboso regularly draws fan art of works she likes. Toboso just revealed a new fan illustration on Twitter on Monday to share her favorite character from Trigger's Promare anime film: Lio Fotia Lio is the main antagonist of the film and is the leader of Mad Burnish. He stars in his own short prequel anime distributed to theatergoers via a code. Toboso is working on m...
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Virtual YouTuber Kagura Mea Recounts Story of Receiving Poop From Hater

The story has a surprising twist ― Virtual YouTubers may be the hottest new thing in Japan, but not everyone loves them. In fact, some people downright hate them. Virtual YouTuber Kagura Mea shared the following story on June 16 about her own interaction with a hater: "I didn't mention this to you guys before, But quite a while ago I received cow dung from a hater. And just a few days ago, I got some...
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MariCar Go-Kart Company Ordered to Pay 50 Million Yen to Nintendo For Intellectual Property Damages

Tokyo District Court had earlier ordered MariCar to pay 10 million yen ― The Intellectual Property High Court released the full text of its interim judgement regarding the Nintendo vs Mari Mobility Development (formerly MariCar) legal dispute. The court ruled in favor of Nintendo, and ordered Mari Mobility Development to pay 50 million yen (US$466,000) to Nintendo. This is a raise from 10 million yen...
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Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 36

"At this point in the story, it feels like things could go in anyone's favor."
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Kaiju Girl Caramelise GN 1

This offbeat romcom stars a girl who sprouts kaiju parts when she's upset, making relationships very awkward indeed. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― No matter who you are, you've probably felt like a monster in your own skin sometimes. Whether that comes from plain old adolescent angst or something much more serious, everyone has those days when you just can't bear to look in the mirror or to be...
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Touhou Ibarakasen: Wild and Horned Hermit Manga Ends

Aya Azuma launched manga based on ZUN's franchise in 2010 ― The 55th issue of Ichijinsha's Febri magazine published the final chapter on June 14 of Aya Azuma's Touhou Ibarakasen: Wild and Horned Hermit manga based on ZUN and Team Shanghai Alice's Touhou Project franchise. The manga centers on Kasen Ibara, a hermit who has an odd and mysterious connection to other characters in Gensōkyō, such as Reimu...
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Shū Fukuda's Dorokei Manga Ends on June 27

Manga about rookie detective who teams up with legendary thief inspired live-action series last year ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Shū Fukuda's Dorokei manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 27. The buddy cop series focuses on Tsutomu Madarame, a newbie detective, and Haruto, a man in his fifties who is known as the legendary ...
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Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle Game Videos Highlight Weapons, Titan Transformation

Game launches in the West for PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC on July 5 ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming three new videos on Thursday to highlight Koei Tecmo Games and Omega Force's Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle game. The videos highlight the Gatling Gun and Thunder Spear weapons, and titan transformations. The game will launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan on July 4, and will then l...
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Anime Expo Hosts Konosuba Novel Illustrator Kurone Mishima

Illustrator to host 2 autograph signings, to attend panel ― The BookWalker retailer announced on Saturday that it will host KONOSUBA novel illustrator Kurone Mishima at this year's Anime Expo event. Mishima will have two autograph sessions at the event, and BookWalker is now accepting online registrations for tickets to the signings. Mishima will also attend the "'EXPLOOOSION!' - Meet the staff behin...
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Anime Expo Hosts Kengan Ashura Anime Screening With Manga Creators

Yabako Sandrovich, Daromeon attend July 4-7 event ― The organizers of Anime Expo announced on Friday that the event will host a "Kengan Ashura Special Screening & Talk Show" featuring Kengan Ashura manga creators Yabako Sandrovich and Daromeon. The panel will also screen some of the anime, although the panel description did not specify what episode(s) it will screen. Sandrovich launched the manga wit...
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Final Fantasy XIV Game Gets Animated TV Ad (Updated)

The Relative Worlds' Yūhei Sakuragi, Okko's Inn's Kitaro Kousaka co-direct ad ― The official YouTube channel for the Final Fantasy XIV MMORPG began streaming an animated television commercial titled "Choose Your Life" for the game on Saturday. Yūhei Sakuragi (The Relative Worlds, Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo) and Kitaro Kousaka (Okko's Inn) directed the commercial, which features Kana Ueda as the ...
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Shinkalion Anime Gets Film This Winter (Updated)

TV anime's final episode airs on June 29 ― The official Twitter account for Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion the Animation, the television anime adaptation of Takara Tomy's Shinkalion toy line, announced on Saturday that the anime is getting its first film project this winter. The television series' next episode on June 29 will reveal more information. The Twitter account also revealed that the tele...

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A Certain Scientific Accelerator Anime's 2 Promo Videos Preview Opening, Ending Themes

Spinoff series premieres on July 12 ― The official website for the television anime of the A Certain Scientific Accelerator (Toaru Majutsu no Index Gaiden: Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator) manga began streaming two promotional videos for the series on Saturday, which preview the show's theme songs. Opening Version Ending Version The anime will premiere on AT-X at 10:00 p.m. on July 12, and it will also r...
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The Helpful Fox Senko-san ‒ Episode 11

"This is a much more melancholic offering than the anime's usual fluffy delights, but it handles the tone shift with grace."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 88

"We're still only getting started with this new arc, but both halves of this episode leave me pretty unsatisfied between the dull filler and the limp first strike on the Midnight Sun."
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Sword Art Online Gets Interactive Exhibit To Celebrate Novel's 10th Anniversary

Details about the interactive exhibit for Sword Art Online's 10th anniversary "Sword Art Online: Ex-Chronicle" were released last week. The exhibit will consist of four areas: "EX-REALITY -Welcome to RATH-", "EX-VIRTUAL THEATER -Dive into AINCRAD-", "EX-CHRONICLE -Birth of the Death Game-", and a merchandise store. The "EX-REALITY -Welcome to RATH-" area is a large gate to connect the real world a...
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Evangelion Gets Samurai Armor Figure Designed by Afro Samurai's Takashi Okazaki

Toy and figure maker Sentinel announced at its 10th anniversary exhibit on Saturday that a samurai-themed Evangelion figure under the tentative name of "RIOBOT All-Purpose Human-Type Battle Weapon First Unit" has been greenlit. Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai, Batman Ninja) is credited for the design. No release date was given. Sentinel's 10th Anniversary exhibit was held on June 15-16. Other new fi...
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Atsushi Kaneko's Search and Destroy Manga Based on Tezuka's Dororo to Have 3 Volumes

Series launched in Tezuka tribute magazine in October ― Manga creator Atsushi Kaneko revealed on his Twitter account on Tuesday that his Search and Destroy manga is planned for 18 chapters for a total of three compiled book volumes. Kaneko also said he is currently working on the beginning of the third volume, and he revealed an illustration. Kaneko launched the series, based on Osamu Tezuka's Dororo...
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Manga Creator Yoriko Hoshi Creates Stickers for Ed Sheeran's No.6 Collaborations Project Album

Award-winning manga creator and artist Yoriko Hoshi returned to collaborate with singer Ed Sheeran for his new album No.6 Collaborations Project. Hoshi previously animated the music video for Sheeran's song "Supermarket Flowers." Artwork from the music video will be included with CD as stickers. The stickers show six cats including Sheeran's cats Calippo and Dorito as well at Hoshi's Nekomura-san ...
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Silver Nina Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Series by Oniyome Diary's Itokatsu launched in 2012 ― This year's 13th issue of Futabasha's Manga Action magazine revealed on Tuesday that Itokatsu's Silver Nina manga will end in three more chapters. The series will not appear in the next issue, but it will continue in the issue that will ship on July 16. Crunchyroll is releasing the manga digitally as it serializes in Japan. The company describes t...
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John Cho Shows Off Spike Spiegel-Like Hair in Recent Selfie

Actor John Cho will star in the long-awaited Cowboy Bebop live-action adaptation and has already began his transformation into the space bounty hunter with a new 'do. A recent selfie of the actor shows Cho sporting longer, fluffier hair. Guys, John Cho has the Spike Spiegel hair now and I fucking told you he would be perfect for this role! Dreams do come true. pic.twitter.com/J3Jf7F6Sm9— Kayleigh ...
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Food Wars! Spinoff Manga Shokugeki no Soma: L'étoile Ends

Michiko Itou, Taiki Asatoki's series launched in 2015 ― Michiko Itou and Taiki Asatoki's Shokugeki no Soma: L'étoile manga ended with its 47th chapter on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website and app on Friday. The eighth and final compiled book volume is slated to ship in early October. The series launched with Itou's story and Asatoki's art as a spinoff of Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's original Food Wars...
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ANNCast - Otter Pops

Zac and Lynzee chime in on an entire ocean of pop cultural artifacts, including Shin Godzilla, Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer, Sailor Moon, and the ending of Sarazanmai! ― ANNCast 350 - Otter Pops Zac and Lynzee chime in on an entire ocean of pop cultural artifacts, including Shin Godzilla, Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer, Sailor Moon, and the ending of Sarazanmai. You can listen to the show on our pla...
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Animation Student Shows Off Their Take on Fate/GO: Babylonia Ahead of TV Anime

An animation student's fan-made Fate/Grand Order animation went viral after it was posted on Thursday. Artist Decopon, who identifies as a current student at a private animation school in their Twitter bio, posted the animation on their Twitter and YouTube accounts. Their posts have accumulated over 100,000 retweets on Twitter and over 50,000 views on YouTube. 完成しました!「絶対魔獣戦線バビロニア 牛若丸vs複合神性ゴルゴーン」趣味...
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Cross Infinite World Announces Print Releases for 8 Light Novels

― Cross Infinite World announced on Friday that the following light novels will receive print releases: emeth: Island of Golems Mia and the Forbidden Medicine Report The Eccentric Master and the Fake Lover The Champions of Justice and the Supreme Ruler of Evil The Cursed Princess and the Lucky Knight Little Princess in Fairy Forest Beast † Blood Volume 1 Another World's Zombie Apocalypse Is Not My P...
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Natsume Ono's Lady and Oldman Manga Approaches Climax

Series launched in October 2015 ― The July issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Natsume Ono's Lady and Oldman is approaching its climax. The magazine's next issue will ship on July 19. The story takes place in Los Angeles in the 1960s. A pair known as "Lady and Oldman" wander from street to street, sometimes getting caught in cases and sometimes finding solutions. The se...
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Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens BD/DVD

This off-beat comedic crime thriller takes a little time to get off the ground, but delivers enough entertainment to be memorable in the long run. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― The hitman comedy is perhaps not so obscure a genre as you might think, and Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens, based on the light novel series of the same name, has an interesting approach to it. In some ways it could be framed as...
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Do As Infinity Perform at San Antonio's San Japan

Convention runs from August 30 to September 1 ― Fake Star announced on Friday that it is hosting the band Do as Infinity at this year's San Japan convention. The group will perform an acoustic concert at Lila Cockrell Theater and have appearances at a Q&A panel, autograph session, and Meet & Greet session. Do as Infinity formed in 1999. The group disbanded in 2005 but reunited in 2008. They released ...
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ANN Annual Reader Survey

It's time for our annual reader survey! It's quite long (even though we shortened it this year), but the answers really help us with our direction for the coming year. If you have 2 minutes to spare, please take some time and share your thoughts with us.
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Tamayomi Baseball Manga Gets TV Anime

Story centers on girls who reunite for baseball in high school ― Retailer Rakuten is lisiting the August issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine with the cover revealing that Mountain Pukuichi's Tamayomi manga is getting a television anime. The issue will ship on Monday. The manga's story centers on pitcher Yomi Takeda. In junior high, her baseball club did not get far because it lack...
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Izumi Tsubaki Plans to End Oresama Teacher Manga in 29th Volume

Viz Media releases shōjo series in English ― The 27th volume of Izumi Tsubaki's Oresama Teacher manga revealed on Thursday through Tsubaki's comments in the volume that Tsubaki intends to end the manga in Hana to Yume this year, with the 29th compiled volume being the planned final volume in the series. Tsubaki stressed that these are just plans, and are not definite. The manga's 28th volume will shi...
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Nekopara 3 Game's Switch, PS4 Videos Confirm N. American, European Release on June 27

Game also launches in Japan on June 27 ― CFK began streaming a promotional video on Friday for Neko Works' Nekopara Vol. 3 game. The video confirms that the game will also release in North America and Europe on June 27 for the PlayStation 4 and Switch. (Note: Both videos contain the same footage, but the videos separately confirm the releases for the PlayStation 4 and Switch platforms.) The game will...
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Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light Film's New Clip Streamed

Film opened in Japan on Friday ― The official YouTube channel for distributor Gaga began streaming a new video on Friday for the live-action Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light (Final Fantasy XIV: Hikari no Otōsan) film remake. The video features a clip from the film before showing a trailer. The film opened in Japan on Friday. The film stars Kentarō Sakaguchi as the son Akio, and Kōarō Yoshida as Akio's ...
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Kill la Kill IF Game's Videos Preview Characters Ira Gamagoori, Uzu Sanageyama

PS4/Switch/PC game launches in Japan on July 25, in West on July 26 ― Arc System Works began streaming two character videos on Friday for Kill la Kill IF, the first game based on the Kill la Kill anime. The videos preview the characters Ira Gamagoori and Uzu Sanageyama. Previous videos previewed Ryūko Matoi and Satsuki Kiryūin. Arc System Works will release the game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Sw...
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Business Fish 'Motion Capture Anime' Announced With July 7 Premiere

Anime follows characters with human bodies, fish heads in office environment ― Toho Animation revealed on Friday that a new motion-capture anime series titled Business Fish will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 7 at 24:00 (effectively July 8 at 12:00 a.m.). The anime will also stream on Hulu. The anime features characters with human bodies and fish heads as office workers at an IT firm. The anim...
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Jun Fukuyama, Makoto Furukawa Join Cast of Ahiru no Sora Anime

Basketball anime premieres in October ― The official website for the television anime of Takeshi Hinata's Ahiru no Sora manga revealed two more cast members for the series on Friday. Jun Fukuyama as Tarō Kabachi (left) and Makoto Furukawa as Shingo Katori (right) The anime will premiere in October. The previously revealed cast includes: Yuuki Kaji as Sora Kurumatani Yūma Uchida as Momoharu Hanazono K...
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Evangelion's 'Cruel Angel's Thesis' Gets New Taiko Drum Arrangement in July

On the other hand, there's no 'Fly Me To The Moon' ED on Netflix outside Japan ― Neon Genesis Evangelion is on Netflix now, so it would be understandable if you have the Heisei Anisong Grand Prize-winning opening theme song stuck in your head. So what better time for the song to get a new arrangement? "Cruel Angel's Thesis" will get a Japanese festival-themed arrangement with taiko drums titled "Crue...
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Dr. Stone Anime's Promo Video Previews Burnout Syndromes' Opening Theme Song

Anime screens at AX before premiering on Crunchyroll on July 5 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga began streaming the show's first promotional video on Friday. The video previews Burnout Syndromes' opening theme song "Good Morning World!" The anime will debut on Tokyo MX on July 5 at 10:00 p.m. before airing later that evening ...
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Sōichiro Hoshi, Yoshitaka Yamaya Join Cast of Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life Anime

Both cast play members of rival koto club ― The official website for the television anime of Amyū's Kono Oto Tomare! (Stop This Sound!) manga announced two more cast members for the series on Friday. Both cast members will play members of a rival koto club at the traditional Japanese music festival. Sōichiro Hoshi as Sentarō Miya Yoshitaka Yamaya as Kiyoshi Kasugai (name spelling not confirmed) The a...
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Machikado Mazoku Comedy Anime Reveals 4 More Cast Members, TV Ad

Sayaka Senbongi , Ayaka Suwa, more join series premiering on July 11 ― The official website for the television anime of Izumo Ito's Machikado Mazoku (Street Corner Demon) manga revealed four more cast members for the series on Friday. The new cast members include: Sayaka Senbongi as Anri Sata Ayaka Suwa as Shion Ogura Hitomi Ohwada as Ryōko Yoshida Sayaka Ohara as Seiko Yoshida The site is also strea...
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To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime Reveals Tatsuhisa Suzuki's Role

― The official website for the television anime of Maybe's To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga announced on Friday that Tatsuhisa Suzuki will play Roy (Garm). Suzuki was previously announced to play one of Hank and Cain's Incarnate soldier comrades. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 1 at 11:00 p.m., before airing on MBS on July 2. The Fuji on D...
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Hello World Original Anime Film Gets Manga Adaptation

Manga by Manatsu Suzuki, Yoshihiro Sono launches on July 19 ― The July issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Hello World, the original anime film by director Tomohiko Ito and Graphinica, is inspiring a manga adaptation by Manatsu Suzuki (Lostorage conflated WIXOSS) and Yoshihiro Sono (Tokyo Ghoul, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress art design). The manga will launch with two c...
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Tsuguo Okazaki Launches New Cyborg 009 Manga in July

New manga is titled Cyborg 009 Bgooparts Delete ― The August issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine revealed on Wednesday that Tsuguo Okazaki is launching a new manga based on Shotaro Ishinomori's classic science-fiction hero manga Cyborg 009. The manga is titled Cyborg 009 Bgooparts Delete, and it will launch in the magazine's next issue on July 19. Shotaro Ishinomori's classic Cyborg 009 man...
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Uta no Prince-sama Film's Video Shows Idol Introductions

Film opened in Japan at #6 ― The official website for Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love Kingdom, the anime film in the Uta no Prince-sama franchise, began streaming a a special promotional video for the film on Friday. The video shows the members of the in-story idol groups ST☆RISH, QUARTET NIGHT, and HE★VENS as the members introduce themselves. The video also shows portions of the concert scenes in the f...
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Anime Expo Hosts Anime Director Harume Kosaka, Producer Takeshi Yamanaka

Frontier Works' panel will screen "new episode" for Hyperdimension Neptunia ― Anime Expo announced on Thursday that it will host anime director Harume Kosaka and Arc System Works producer Takeshi Yamanaka. Kosaka will participate in Frontier Works' panel on July 6 at 7:30 p.m. The panel will preview the upcoming anime Keishichō Tokumu-bu Tokushu Kyōaku-han Taisaku-Shitsu Dai-Nana-ka -Tokunana- (Speci...
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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Smartphone Game Launches in English

English trailer posted for smartphone port of 2nd Professor Layton game ― Level 5 released Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box HD for Mobile (Layton Kyōju to Akuma no Hako EXHD for Smartphone), an iOS and Android port of the second Professor Layton game, in English on Thursday. The official YouTube channel for the Professor Layton franchise is streaming a trailer for the game. The game launched i...
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Z/X Code reunion Anime Reveals Cast, Promo Video

Yui Ogura performs opening theme song for show premiering this fall ― An event for the Z/X game franchise on June 16 announced the cast and opening theme information, and also revealed a promotional video for the planned anime based on the Z/X Code reunion manga. The anime will star: Yui Ogura as Azumi Kagamihara Aya Uchida a Rigel Inori Minase as Ena Soranokawa Aina Suzuki as Shuri Kijino Maria Naga...
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Doraemon Gets 1-Hour Special to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

1-hour special will air 3 new episodes ― TV Asahi's official website for the current Doraemon television anime announced on Friday that the anime will have a one-hour special with three new episodes on July 19 to celebrate the anime's 40th anniversary. The first episode is titled "Irogara Doraemon" (Color-Patterned Doraemon). The episode's story begins when Doremon receives a special wax from Dorami ...
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2nd Girls und Panzer das Finale Film's 1st 9 Minutes Streamed

Film opened in Japan on June 15, earned 145 million yen to rank #4 in opening weekend ― Bandai Namco Arts began streaming the first nine minutes of the second film in the six-part Girls und Panzer das Finale film series on Friday. The clip shows the continuation of Ooarai's fight against BC Freedom as they enter bocage territory, and Ooarai uses the similarly-shaped turret of their Char B1 bis tank t...
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1st New Record of Lodoss War Novel in 12 Years Rescheduled to August 1

Cover previewed for novel set 100 years after Parn & Spark's time ― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko label revealed on Thursday that Lodoss-tō Senki: Seiyaku no Hōkan (Record of Lodoss War: The Pledged Diadem), the first new novel for the Record of Lodoss War franchise in 12 years, will ship on August 1. The account also revealed the novel's cover (seen right). The b...
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UNIVRS Plans Kickstarter for Little Witch Academia VR Game

Campaign launches on July 3, with "VR Broom Racing" game planned for April 2020 ― Game developer UNIVRS Inc. announced on Friday that it will launch a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to develop a virtual reality (VR) game based on the Little Witch Academia franchise. The game is tentatively titled Little Witch Academia - VR Broom Racing -. The campaign will launch on July 3 and will run for 45 days...
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Hello World Original Anime Film's 2nd Special Video Reveals More Cast

Takehito Koyasu, Minako Kotobuki, Haruka Fukuhara, Rie Kugimiya join September 20 film ― The official Twitter account for Hello World, the original anime film by director Tomohiko Ito and Graphinica, began streaming the second special video for the film on Friday. The video reveals new cast members for the film. The additional cast members include (Note: Character name romanizations are not official)...

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Astra Lost in Space Anime's Promo Video, Ad Preview Opening Theme

Anime premieres on July 3 with 1-hour special ― The official website for the television anime of Kenta Shinohara's Astra Lost in Space (Kanata no Astra) manga began streaming a new promotional video and commercial for the anime on Friday. The videos both preview the anime's opening song "star*frost" by nonoc, as well as the main cast's voices. The anime will premiere on AT-X at 9:00 p.m on July 3. It...
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Hoshiai no Sora Tennis Anime Casts Yūsuke Kobayashi, Kōhei Amasaki

New "pair visual" revealed for series premiering in October ― The staff of the original television anime Hoshiai no Sora (Star-Crossing Skies) revealed two more cast members and a visual for the series on Friday. Yūsuke Kobayashi will play Nao Tsukinose (left in image below), a boy who exists in his own world, and says things that are surprising to Maki. Kōhei Amasaki will play Taiyō Ishigami (right)...
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Anime Music Video for Ride Your Wave Film's Theme Song Posted

GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE animated with original footage ― Avex began streaming the anime music video for GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE's "Brand New Story" song on Friday. The song is the theme song for Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU's Ride Your Wave (Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara) anime film, which also opened in Japan on Friday. The video contains original animation, and portrays the members of the g...
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Wise Man's Grandchild ‒ Episode 11

"Unless this show can pull a rabbit out of its hat next week, it seems destined to have made the slide from isekai comfort food to isekai mush."
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 24

"This penultimate episode speeds through all the preparations for the next Wave, so it can devote half its runtime to a big plot twist and ensuing fight."
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One Punch Man Season 2 ‒ Episode 10

"After his short stint in the spotlight, our titular hero has once again been sequestered away from the plot, as the war between monsters and heroes continues heating up."
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FF7 Remake Director: Tifa's Redesign Was Necessary

Square-Enix's original Final Fantasy VII game featured cartoonish polygonal versions of its characters with exaggerated features. Cloud's hair tested the forces of gravity almost as much as Tifa's buxom chest. The kickboxing female fighter was well-known for both her combo Limit Break and nearly knocking herself out with a nipple to the face when the airship hit some unexpected turbulence. Since h...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Sato Launches Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Structures Manga

Series inspired by franchise's Official Card Game debuted on Friday ― Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's manga artist Masashi Sato launched the Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Structures manga in the August issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine on Friday. The series is related to the franchise's Official Card Game, which is abbreviated as "OCG." Masahiro Hikokubo launched the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's manga with Sato's illustrations in 2009, and the ...
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The Irregular at Magic High School: Double Seven Manga Ends on July 18

Series adapting novels' 12th volume launched in Octover 2016 ― The July issue of Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy magazine revealed on Tuesday that Tsuna Kitaumi's Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Double Seven-hen (The Irregular at Magic High School: Double Seven) manga will end in the next issue on July 18. Majiko's Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Raihōsha-hen (The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc) manga...
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Kana-Boon Bassist Yūma Meshida Will Take a Hiatus for Mental Health Issues

Band will continue activities while bassist recovers ― The rock band KANA-BOON underwent a crisis this month when bassist Yūma Meshida disappeared for approximately 10 days. The band cancelled their "KANA-BOON no OSHI-MEEN!!" live event in Tokyo while authorities looked into Meshida's disappearance. Fortunately, Meshida was found unharmed but he won't be returning to band activities immediately. The ...
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French Art School Gobelins Partners With Netflix to Promote Diversity in Japanese Animation Industry

Claire Matz is first grantee of Netflix Animation Fellowship ― The France-based Gobelins School of Visual Arts announced a partnership with Netflix on June 12 to promote diversity and equal opportunity within animation. The Netflix Animation Fellowship will allow a Gobelins graduate to work directly with animation experts in Japan each year to develop Netflix-original animated productions. "We want t...
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Funimation Adds Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple Anime Film

English dub launches on FunimationNow on Friday ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming an English dub of the Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple anime film on FunimationNow on Friday. Crunchyroll began streaming the film with English subtitles in September. The company screened the film in the United States and Canada in May 2018 as part of its Anime Movie Night series. Crunchyroll ...
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This Week in Anime - Aggretsuko's Second Season is Less Fiery than the First

Aggretsuko returns to Netflix with more workplace madness, misbegotten romance, and millennial ennui, but this second season takes on a more gloomy tone than the first. Micchy and Andy discuss the parts of Retsuko's journey they liked and the moments that rubbed them the wrong way. ― Aggretsuko returns to Netflix with more workplace madness, misbegotten romance, and millennial ennui, but this second...
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Madhouse's Abusive Practices Haven't Changed, Says Animator

In April, animation studio Madhouse made the news when a production assistant joined a trade union, demanding to be paid for hundreds of hours of unpaid overtime. The production assistant spoke to journalists about the exploitative practices he experienced at Madhouse, including working up to 393 hours in one month. According to freelance animator Mizue Ogawa, things haven't changed in the months ...
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Tales of Arise Game's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Takuya Satō, Shino Shimoji star in game as Alphen, Shionne ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming and English-subtitled trailer for the Tales of Arise role-playing game on Thursday. The original version of the video debuted at the "Tales of Festival 2019" event on Saturday. The video introduces the main characters Alphen and Shionne. The game's website describes the two main characters:...
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Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories Game Heads West in 2020

Granzella's game gets English release for PS4, Switch, PC ― NIS America announced on Thursday that it will release the Disaster Report: Summer Memories (Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4 Plus -Summer Memories-) game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in the West in early 2020. The company began streaming a "First Impact" trailer for the release. The limited-edition PS4 and Switch versions of the game w...
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Devil May Cry Game Launches on Switch on June 24 (Update)

Nintendo is listing the previously revealed Switch release of Capcom's Devil May Cry game as launching on June 24 in the United States. The game will launch in Japan on June 27. Devil May Cry debuted for PlayStation 2 in 2001. A collection including the game series' first three titles launched for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2012. Capcom then released the Devil May Cry HD Collection set for the ...
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Masaaki Yuasa's Ride Your Wave Anime Film Clip Shows Date Scene

Film opens in Japan on Friday ― Media news website Natalie began streaming a clip from Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU's Ride Your Wave (Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara) anime film on Thursday. The clip shows Hinako and Minato cooking and eating together on a Christmas date. The film will open in Japan on June 21. The anime is nominated for the Best Animation award in the Shanghai International Film Festiva...
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Amnesia, Amnesia: Later×Crowd Games' Switch Versions Previewed in Opening Videos

Switch ports launch in Japan in September, October ― Idea Factory began streaming the opening movies on Friday for its Otomate brand's Amnesia and Amnesia: Later×Crowd games for Nintendo Switch. Amnesia will launch on September 12, and Amnesia: Later×Crowd will launch on October 3. Amnesia Amnesia Later Amnesia Crowd Idea Factory originally released the Amnesia PlayStation Portable game in Japan in 2...
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Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Anime Gets 2nd Season

1st season premiered on April 4 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Masaki Ando's Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki (Yatogame-chan Observation Diary) four-panel manga announced on Thursday after the airing of the show's 12th and final episode that the series is getting a second season. The first season premiered on April 4. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs, and it desc...
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Astral Chain Switch Game's 10-Minute Action Video Streamed

Platinum Games develops title for August 30 release ― Nintendo began streaming a 10-minute action introduction video on Thursday for Platinum Games' Astral Chain game. The game will launch for Nintendo Switch on August 30. Nintendo describes the game: "As part of a police special forces unit in a multi-cultural futuristic city, players work together with a humanoid special weapon, Legion, in a synerg...
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Wasteful Days of High School Girl Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Series premieres on July 5 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Bino's Wasteful Days of High School Girl (Joshi Kōsei no Mudazukai) manga began streaming the show's second promotional video and a television ad on Thursday. The anime will premiere on AT-X, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and BS11 on July 5. The show stars: Chinatsu Akasaki as Nozomu Tanaka (Baka) Haruka...
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Hiroki Miyashita, Takeshi Natsuhara Launch New Manga in July

Ninkyō Tensei manga centers on yakuza who reincarnates as fantasy world princess ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine revealed on Wednesday that artist Hiroki Miyashita and writer Takeshi Natsuhara will collaborate on a new manga titled Ninkyō Tensei (Chivalrous Reincarnation) that will start in the magazine's combined August-September issue on July 19. Natsuhara is credited with the o...
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A Sister's All You Need Manga Ends in July

Manga adaptation of Yomi Hirasaka's light novel series launched in 2015 ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine revealed on Wednesday that Imōto Sae Ireba Ii. @comic, Edo's manga adaptation of Yomi Hirasaka's A Sister's All You Need (Imōto Sae Ireba Ii.) light novel series, will end in the magazine's combined August-September issue on July 19. Yen Press licensed the novel series under the...
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Anitomo's Modomu Akagawara Launches New Manga on July 5

Love Me Pom Poko will center on tanuki heroine living together with handsome twins ― This year's 14th issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Thursday that Modomu Akagawara will launch a new manga titled Love Me Pom Poko in the magazine's next issue on July 5. The manga will center on a heroine who is also a tanuki, who lives together with handsome twins. Akagawara published a one-sho...
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'Trace' Manga Approaches Climax

― Manga creator Kei Koga revealed on Wednesday that the Trace: Kasōken Hōi Kenkyūin no Tsuisō (Trace: Recollections of a Forensic Researcher) manga is "approaching its climax" with the manga's seventh volume, which shipped on Thursday. The manga is a crime suspense story set in a forensic laboratory where researchers work to uncover clues from small details. The manga's story begins when Nonna Sawag...
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The Alliance Alive HD Remastered Game Releases on PS4, Switch in October

PC version slated for winter ― The official website for The Alliance Alive HD Remastered, FuRyu's HD remastered version of the Alliance Alive game, revealed on Thursday that the game will debut on October 10 for the PlayStation 4 and Switch, with the PC version slated for this winter. FuRyu originally released the game in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS in June 2017. Atlus USA released the game in North A...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 10-16

Doraemon: Story of Seasons Switch game debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 10-16 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwDoraemon: Story of Seasons Bandai Namco Entertainment June 13 42,230 42,230 2NSwSuper Smash Brothers Ultimate Nintendo December 7, 2018 10,058 3,121,997 3NSwMinecraft Nintendo June 21, 2018 8,334 815,819 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, June 10-16

Natsuzora's latest episode earns 21.7% rating ― The latest episode of the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry aired on NHK on Tuesday, June 11 at 8:00 a.m. and earned a 21.7% rating. The latest episode of the live-action series adaptation of Tomohiro Yokomaku and Taishi Mori's Radiation House medical drama manga aired on Fuji TV on Monday, June 10 at 9:00 p.m. and...
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Tsukasa Hojo's Angel Sign Film Casts Nao Matsushita, Dean Fujioka

City Hunter creator directs 1st live-action film ― The official website for Angel Sign, City Hunter manga creator Tsukasa Hojo's debut live-action film, revealed a teaser video for the film on Thursday. The video reveals the film's main cast, and the site also describes the film's story. The film centers around cellist Aika (Nao Matsushita) and pianist Takaya (Dean Fujioka). Musicians and lovers, the...
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Midnight Diner/Shinya Shokudo Manga Gets New Live-Action Season on Netflix Worldwide

5th live-action series based on Yarō Abe's manga debuts this fall ― Netflix announced on Thursday that Yarō Abe's Shinya Shokudō (The Midnight Diner or La Cantine de Minuit) manga is inspiring a new live-action season from Netflix that will debut on Netflix worldwide this fall. The series is the fifth live-action series for the manga. Kaoru Kobayashi returns to reprise his role as Master. Jōji Matsuo...
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Dragon Star Varnir Game's Steam Release Slated for September

― Idea Factory International revealed on Wednesday that its PC release via Steam for Compile Heart's Dragon Star Varnir (Ryūsei no Varnir) game is slated for September. The game will support English, Japanese, and Traditional Chinese subtitles. Idea Factory International released the game for the PlayStation 4 in North America on June 11, and in Europe on June 14. Idea Factory International previous...
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Spike Chunsoft Brings AI: The Somnium Files, Crystar Staff to Anime Expo

Kōtarō Uchikoshi, Yūsuke Kozaki, Fuyuki Hayashi, RIUCHI, vTuber A-set to attend event ― Spike Chunsoft announced on Wednesday that it will bring writer and game developer Kōtarō Uchikoshi, artists Yūsuke Kozaki and RIUCHI, game developer Fuyuki Hayashi, and virtual YouTuber A-set to Anime Expo. Uchikoshi and Kozaki are working together on Spike Chunsoft's AI: The Somnium Files game. The game will deb...
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Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! Anime Gets 3rd Season in October

Anime based on Chinese web comic reunites cast, staff from 1st, 2nd season ― Animation studio Fanworks (Aggretsuko, Hagane Orchestra) announced on Wednesday that it is producing a third season for the Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! (There's No Cure for My Brother Being Around Me!) television anime. Tencent will begin streaming the series in China in August. The anime will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX...
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To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime Reveals Saori Hayami's Role

― The official website for the television anime of Maybe's To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga announced on Tuesday that Saori Hayami will play Beatrice (Siren). Hayami was previously announced to play one of Hank and Cain's Incarnate soldier comrades. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 1 at 11:00 p.m., before airing on MBS on July 2. The Fuji o...
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Voice Actress Aimi Tanaka Hospitalized for Surgery, Returns to Work After Recovery

Umaru-chan's voice explains absence from social media for past 2 weeks ― Voice actress Aimi Tanaka revealed on Wednesday that she was hospitalized and underwent an unspecified surgery sometime in the past two weeks, but that she has fully recovered and has returned to work. She described her hospitalization as a "hellish time." She revealed the hospitalization on her Twitter and Instagram accounts to...
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Top-Selling Animation DVDs in Japan: 2019 (First Half)

Live-action Gintama 2 sells 22,876 + 19,839 + 8,784, followed by Game Center CX, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, live-action Uirabu. film, Blazing Transfer Student Reborn ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 10, 2018 to June 9, 2019. Game Center CX (Retro Game Master) DVD-Box 15 sold 23,041 copies to rank #26 on the overall DVD chart. The DVD Premium Edition (first release) for the live-action G...
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Stand My Heroes Anime Posts Theater Ad, New Visual

Anime for smartphone game premieres in October ― The official website for Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth, the television anime of the Stand My Heroes smartphone game, began streaming the theater ad for the anime on Thursday. (The commercial first played in Tokyo's Shinjuku Piccadilly theater and Osaka's Namba Parks Cinema.) The site also unveiled a new visual. Previously announced cast members inclu...
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ACCA 13 Original Video Anime Reveals Story Timeframe & Intro, Visual, October Stage Debut

Cast, staff reunite for story set 1 year after TV anime's events ― The official website for ACCA 13-Ku Kansatsu-Ka Regards (ACCA 13-Territory Inspection Department Regards) the "new original video anime & musical stage reading" for Natsume Ono's ACCA 13-Territory Inspection Department manga, revealed its story introduction and timeframe, visual, cast, staff, and the October debut of the stage reading...

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Top-Selling Animation Blu-ray Discs in Japan: 2019 (First Half)

[email protected] SideM concerts sell 25,372 + 21,727 + 21,207, followed by Idolish7, Gundam NT, live-action Gintama 2 film, Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 10, 2018 to June 9, 2019. Idolish7 1st Live "Road to Infinity" Blu-ray Box -Limited Edition- ranked #7 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart with 53,770 copies. The Blu-ray Premium Edition (first release) of the ...
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Top-Selling Animation in Japan on Blu-ray Disc/DVD by Series: 2019 (First Half)

[email protected] SideM, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Sword Art Online: Alicization, Love Live! Sunshine!!, Zombie Land Saga lead chart ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 10, 2018 to June 9, 2019. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title 1 70,867 The [email protected] SideM 2 64,259 Dragon Ball Super: Broly 3 64,107 Sword Art Online: Alicization 4 63,306 Love Live! Sunshine!! 5 63,233 Zombie Land Saga 6 59,9...
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 8

"This New Year's chapter is among the few stories in Fruits Basket that suited the previous director Akitaro Daichi's wacky-yet-heartwarming sitcom style better."
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NHK Hosts Attack on Titan Book Club TV Program

The NHK BS Premium television station hosts a program titled Series Fuka Yomi Dokushokai (Reading Too Much Into the Series Book Club) where a roundtable of writers and celebrities dive into a series and discuss their conclusions. On July 3, the show will focus on Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga. Show participants include manga creator Hideki Arai, actress Anne Suzuki, literary critic Shiger...
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Inakunare, Gunjō Manga's Main Story Ends on July 18

Manga will have 1 more chapter after main story ends ― The July issue of Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine revealed on Tuesday that Ai Uzuki's manga adaptation of Yutaka Kōno's Inakunare, Gunjō (Fragile Light of Pistol Star) novel will end its main story in the magazine's next issue on July 18. The manga will have one more chapter after the main story, after which it will end. The novel's story is set...
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US$2.77 Million Replica of Princess Knight's Crown Goes on Display

A dazzling exhibition is heading to Tokyo's Ginza district this weekend. The "World's Only Jewelry Art Exhibition" will imagine the works of Osamu Tezuka, Riyoko Ikeda, Rumiko Takahashi, and more as 80 glittering works of jeweled art. Perhaps the brightest piece in the collection is "Sapphire's Princess Crown," a recreation of the crown worn by the main character in Osamu Tezuka's Princess Knight ...
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Fuyumi Soryo's Cesare Manga Gets Stage Play in April 2020

Akinori Nakagawa stars in play of manga centering on Cesare Borgia ― Kodansha revealed on June 14 that Fuyumi Soryo's CESARE - Il Creatore che ha distrutto historical manga is inspiring a stage play that will debut at Meijiza Theater in Tokyo in April 2020, with Akinori Nakagawa as a lead cast member. Yūna Koyama is directing the play, Kōichi Ogita is penning the script, and Ken Shima is composing th...
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YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world. ‒ Episode 12

"I'm just glad this new storyline is making good use of the baton it was handed."
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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Game's Video Previews New Features

Expansion launches for PS4, Xbox One on September 6 ― The official YouTube channel for the Monster Hunter franchise began streaming a new video for the Monster Hunter: World game's Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion on Tuesday. The video previews the new setting, monsters, weapons, and other features of the expansion. The expansion will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6. A PC...
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Isekai Quartet ‒ Episode 11

"This episode features the formal addition of a few other characters who only got cameos last time."
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Producer: Western Audience Influenced Tales of Arise

Microsoft revealed Tales of Arise, the latest installment in the Tales of franchise, at E3 earlier this month. The game's staff includes producer Yusuke Tomizawa (God Eater) as head of the game's development team. Tomizawa discussed some of what the game has in store for players in an interview with Gamereactor's Sam Bishop, including that the Western audience had a major influence in the final pr...
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Kazuto Okada's Very Private Lesson Manga Gets New Live-Action Films in July

Ayaka Morikawa, Ryōma Baba return for 5th, 6th films in series ― Akita Shoten announced on Tuesday that it is producing two new live-action film adaptations of Kazuto Okada's Kyōkasho ni Nai! manga that will both open at the Shibuya HUMAX Cinema in Tokyo on July 27. The films are titled Kyōkasho ni Nai! 5 and Kyōkasho ni Nai! 6. The films star former AKB48 member Ayaka Morikawa as Aya Shirakaba, and ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, June 16-22

Sailor Moon Sailor Stars, Modest Heroes anime; Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World!, Monster and the Beast manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Basquash BDPlease Maiden Japan US$89.98 June 18 Buddy Complex Essentials BDCite Funimation US$29.98 June 18 Daimidaler Prince vs. Penguin Empire Essentials BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$29.98 June 18 Love Tyran...
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Shibuya Passes Halloween Drinking Ordinance

Shibuya officials passed a bill on June 19 that will ban public drinking in the area on Halloween and New Year's Eve. The ban prohibits drinking alcohol in the streets, parks, and areas around Shibuya station. Public officials also banned activities like climbing street lights and making loud noises using audio equipment. The bill came as a response to last year's Halloween party where police char...
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NekoNyan Launches Kickstarter for Aokana Game, Reaches Goal

Campaign funds physical release of English/Chinese localization for sprite visual novel ― Video game localization company NekoNyan launch a Kickstarter campaign for the physical release of its English and Chinese release of sprite's Aokana visual novel on Tuesday. The campaign has already surpassed its 10,000-euro (US$11,230 goal). As of press time, the campaign has raised 28,218 euros (US$31,585). T...
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This Week in Anime - Kakegurui's Second Season *Intensifies*

Kakegurui returned to Netflix this week with even more high-stakes gambling, political commentary, and lesbian thirst. Nick and Steve discuss the best and worst arcs of this engrossing and surreal thriller. ― Kakegurui returned to Netflix this week with even more high-stakes gambling, political commentary, and lesbian thirst. This week, Nick and Steve discuss the best and worst arcs of this engrossi...
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Higurashi: When They Cry Gets Stage Play Adaptation in July

Play has 2 versions with different stories, casts ― Theater troupe Shingidan Mumei Classics announced on Saturday that it is producing a stage play adaptation of 07th Expansion and Ryukishi07's Higurashi: When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) visual novel. The play will run at the Lazona Kawasaki Plazasol theater in Kanagawa from July 24 to 28. The stage play will have two versions, subtitled "Ry...
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Carbonated Drink 'Match' Inspires School Romance Parody Anime Commercial

Otsuka Foods' drink "MATCH" sells itself as a refreshing beverage full of vitamins and minerals for teens. The drink is further pushing its appeal to the young adult demographic in a "youthful school anime" titled Mōsō Match Gakuen (lit. Delusion Match School) that premiered on YouTube on May 20. The anime stars comedian Sōichi Nakaoka and King&Prince idol Sho Hirano. The video is made up of short...
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Answerman - Do Arranged Marriages Still Happen In Japan?

Birthrates on the decline! Marriages getting rarer by the minute! Are parents still formally arranging their kids' future spouses? Justin has the answer. ― Jacob asked: I was recently watching the second season of Aggretsuko, which dives into the world of marriage and the different viewpoints on the subject. I was surprised to see such a diverse views from the young, middle-aged, and older generatio...
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Anime Tamago 2019 Shorts Debut on TV on June 24

― Yomiuri TV announced on Tuesday that it will air the Anime Tamago 2019 project's shorts. The channel will air Wit Studio's Hello We Go! on June 24, Keica and Griot Groove's Tatakae! Space Attendant Aoi on July 1, Nippon Animation's Chuck Shimezō on July 1, and Flying Ship Studio's Captain Bal on July 8. The shorts screened at Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas in Tokyo on March 9. As in previous years, the a...
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Crunchyroll's Simulcast of Dr. Stone Anime Debuts on July 5

― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that its simulcast of the television anime adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga will debut on July 5. Crunchyroll will screen the first episode at Anime Expo on July 4 at 12:00 p.m. Funimation will stream a simuldub of the anime. The anime will debut in Japan on Tokyo MX on July 5 at 10:00 p.m. before airing later that evening on KBS Kyoto, ...
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Isekai Cheat Magician Anime Casts Hiro Shimono, Yōko Hikasa

2nd promo video previews fantasy series premiering on July 10 ― The official website for the television anime of Takeru Uchida's Isekai Cheat Magician (Fantasy World Cheat Magician) novel series revealed two additional cast members and character designs on Wednesday. Hiro Shimono will play Kasim, and Yōko Hikasa will play Grami. (Note: Character name romanizations are not confirmed.) Hiro Shimono as ...
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Zannen na Ikimono no Jiten Gets More New Episodes With Pop Team Epic Director

8 new episodes air on NHK from July 29 to August 7 ― Anime studio Fanworks announced on Wednesday that it will produce eight new episodes for the television anime adaptation of the Zannen na Ikimono Jiten (Humorous & Adorable Evolutionary Creatures or literally, Encyclopedia of Pitiful Creatures) book series. The episodes will debut on E-Tele (NHK Educational TV), NHK's primarily educational channel,...
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French Artist Jérôme Alquié Launches New Captain Harlock Manga

Captain Harlock - Memoires de L'Arcadia focuses on Harlock's conflict with Rafflesia, Mazons ― Akita Shoten launched a new manga based on Leiji Matsumoto's Captain Harlock manga titled Captain Harlock - Arcadia no Kioku (Captain Harlock - Memoires de L'Arcadia or Captain Harlock - Memories of the Arcadia) on its Manga Cross website on Tuesday. French artist Jérôme Alquié is credited for the art, whil...
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Übel Blatt's Etorouji Shiono Ends Punipuni to Sarasara Manga in July

Manga about boy & girl hobby modelers launched in 2017 ― The official Twitter account for Shonengahosha's Young King Ours GH magazine revealed on Monday that Etorouji Shiono's Punipuni to Sarasara (Squishy and Silky) manga will end in the magazine's September issue on July 16. The manga's story begins when high school student Takumi Sarashina takes over her recently departed grandmother's model store...
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Anime Expo Hosts Falcom Head Toshihiro Kondo, MAPPA Staff, Lord El-Melloi Premiere

Crunchyroll holds MAPPA panel with Zombie Land Saga, To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts guests ― Anime Expo announced on Tuesday that it will host Nihon Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo as a guest, and it will also hold the U.S. premiere for the first two episodes of the Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note anime. Crunchyroll announced that it will host a "Crunchyroll x MAPPA" panel ...
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Ni no Kuni Film Streams Character Trailers for Yū, Haru, Kotona

Film opens in Japan on August 23 ― The official website for Warner Bros. Japan and Level 5's Ni no Kuni anime film began streaming three trailers on Wednesday for the characters Yū, Haru, and Kotona. Yū Haru Kotona The website already posted trailers for the characters Yoki, Gabaras, and Danpa on Saturday: Yoki Gabaras Danpa The film will open in Japan on August 23. The film stars: Kento Yamazaki as ...
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Dragon Quest: Your Story CG Anime Film's Trailer Previews Story

New visual, iconic theme performed by Tokyo Symphony Orchestra teased for August 2 film ― The official website for Dragon Quest Your Story, the Dragon Quest game franchise's first 3D CG anime film, unveiled a new trailer and visual for the film on Wednesday. The video previews the film's story, and also features the iconic Dragon Quest theme music performed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestr...
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