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The ANN Aftershow - Shinso is My Hero Academia's New Best Boy

Shinso is my son and he must be protected at all costs. ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 91: Shinso is My Hero Academia's New Best Boy Deku talks to All Might about his mysterious dream and learns about the vestiges of the previous holders of One for All. Then, a new training session is underway as Class 1-A squares off in teams of four vs four against Class 1-B! Here to shake things up is ...
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Tamamo-chan's a Fox! GN 1

As it turns out, unlike most of the foxes (and tanuki, for that matter) we see in manga and anime, Tamamo is really bad at transformation. ― Stories about divine beings suddenly seized with the desire to live the high school life are perhaps a bit less common than stories about high schools where everyone is a supernatural creature. Tamamo-chan's a Fox tries to hit the sweet spot in between the two g...
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What Happened to Log Horizon?

As the seasons wear on, Log Horizon's once enrapturing story has become simultaneously messy and boring. Join Ember Reviews as he uncovers what exactly is causing this steady decline in quality. ― Despite its initial success as a sleeper hit way back in 2013, Log Horizon appears to have been on a consistent downward trend in quality ever since the start of season 2, even if I don't think any of its ...
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Yasuke Anime Unveils Japanese Cast With New Teaser

Film actor Jun Soejima plays Yasuke in anime premiering on April 29 ― The staff of LeSean Thomas and MAPPA's Yasuke anime unveiled the Japanese cast, a teaser trailer that previews the Japanese voices, and visuals from the series on Wednesday. The cast includes (Note: Name romanizations not confirmed): Jun Soejima as Yasuke Takehiro Hira as Nobunaga Oda Kiko Tamura as Saki Yoshiko Sakakibara as Yami ...
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My Dress-Up Darling Cosplay Manga Listed With TV Anime

Shinichi Fukuda's manga about popular girl roping loner boy into cosplay hobby launched in 2018 ― Amazon is hosting an image of the front cover of this year's ninth issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine, which reveals that Shinichi Fukuda's My Dress-Up Darling (Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru) manga is inspiring a television anime. The issue will ship on Friday. Square Enix Manga & Books publi...
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NIJISANJI's India Branch Announces "Temporary Suspension" from April 30

Virtual YouTubers Aadya, Noor, Vihaan to retire on same day ― NIJISANJI IN, the India branch of the Virtual YouTuber agency NIJISANJI, announced on its official Twitter account on Tuesday that the group will be suspended from April 30 onwards. In addition, the VTubers Aadya, Noor, and Vihaan will graduate (i.e. retire their activities) on the same day. The NIJISANJI IN group was first announced on No...
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BMW Esports Teams Get "Isekai" Manga

Japanese artist Acky Bright draws 8-chapter "Heroes of Rivalry" manga ― BMW Esports announced last Wednesday that its esports teams are starring together in an "isekai" manga drawn by Japanese artist Acky Bright. United in Rivalry teams Cloud 9, FNATIC, FunPlus Phoenix, G2 Esports, and T1 will be joined by newly announced partner team OG Esports for the Heroes of Rivalry manga, which depicts them as ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 11-17

Laidbackers, Kids on the Slope anime; In Another World With My Smartphone, Call of the Night manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Kids on the Slope BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 April 13 Laidbackers BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$29.98 April 13 Print Manga Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Call of the Night Graphic Novel (GN) 1Please Viz Media US...
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Voice Actors Yasuaki Takumi, Aki Nakajima Announce Their Marriage

Voice actors Yasuaki Takumi and Aki Nakajima announced on their Twitter accounts on Friday that they have gotten married. They thanked fans for their support and vowed to do their best to live a happy family life. 皆様にご報告があります! pic.twitter.com/J5UjrIwCuV— 内匠靖明 (@takumi_yasuaki) April 9, 2021 【ご報告】があります。 pic.twitter.com/BXmMjCl9n3— 中嶋アキ (@aki2win) April 9, 2021 Takumi made his major voice acting deb...
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Fruits Basket the Final ‒ Episode 2

First, we need to delve into just why Shigure is the dog of the Zodiac. “That's An Unwavering Truth” is a deceptively resolute title for an episode about Shigure's messy love-hate relationship with Akito
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The ANN Aftershow - Shinso is My Hero Academia's New Best Boy

Shinso is my son and he must be protected at all costs. ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 91: Shinso is My Hero Academia's New Best Boy Deku talks to All Might about his mysterious dream and learns about the vestiges of the previous holders of One for All. Then, a new training session is underway as Class 1-A squares off in teams of four vs four against Class 1-B! Here to shake things up is ...
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Attack on Titan Finale Leads to Magazine Issue Selling Out & Getting 2nd Printing

Bessatsu Shonen Magazine's May issue ships 2nd print run on April 30 ― The May issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, which published the final chapter of Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga on April 9, will get an "urgent" second printing. The manga's editor reported on Tuesday that the issue is selling out stores one after another. The new print run will begin arriving in bookstores throu...
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When We Shout For Love's Yuka Kitagawa Ends Sekai de Ichiban Itaranu Koi Manga in May

Romance manga about antisocial girl, high class guy launched in October ― Manga creator Yuka Kitagawa revealed on Twitter on Tuesday that Kitagawa's Sekai de Ichiban Itaranu Koi (The Most Immature Love in the World) manga will end with its eighth chapter in the next issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine, which will ship on May 13. Kitagawa launched the manga in Bessatsu Friend on October 13. T...
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Aya Shouoto Works on New Project in Bessatsu Friend Magazine

― The May issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on Tuesday that Aya Shouoto is working on a new "project" with the magazine. The magazine did not confirm if the new project is a manga. Shouoto also ended the Otome no Omocha (A Maiden's Toy) manga (pictured at right) in the magazine's May issue on Tuesday. Shouoto launched the manga in Bessatsu Friend in May 2020. Kodansha published t...
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Koi wo Shiranai Boku-tachi wa Manga Ends in May

Manga by Rainbow Days' Minami Mizuno launched in June 2018 ― The May issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine announced on Tuesday that Minami Mizuno's Koi o Shiranai Boku-tachi wa (We Who Know Nothing of Love) manga will end in the magazine's next issue in May. The manga's 11th compiled book volume will ship this June. The manga began with a one-shot in Bessatsu Margaret in January 2018, befor...
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The Prince's Black Poison's Jun Yuzuki Launches New Manga on May 13

New romance manga is titled Fiance-sama kara Nigerarenai ― The May issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on Tuesday that Jun Yuzuki will launch a new manga titled Fiance-sama kara Nigerarenai (You Can't Run From Your Fiance) in the magazine's next issue on May 13. The manga's story centers on Natsuki, a 16-year-old high school student who becomes betrothed to Rui, a schoolmate and hei...
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Character Designer Akio Watanabe Recovers After COVID-19 Hospitalization

Illustrator was hospitalized earlier this month ― Artist Akio Watanabe revealed through the Twitter account of his character and alias Poyoyon Rock on Monday that he has recovered after being hospitalized for becoming infected with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). He has now been discharged from the hospital. Watanabe revealed on April 4 that he had been infected with the disease on April 1, a...
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Omega Anime Casts Kazuhiro Yamaji

Yamaji joins cast as Batutta ― The official website for the television anime of Yukiya Murasaki's How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord light novel series revealed on Tuesday one new cast member for How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω, the second season. Kazuhiro Yamaji joins the show's cast as Batutta, the former leader of the Paladins. The character will debut in the anime in the second episode on April 15. ...
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3rd Gundam: Reconguista in G Compilation Film Opens in Japan on July 22

New visual, teaser video also revealed ― The "Gundam Topics 2021" event in Tokyo on Tuesday announced that Gekijōban Gundam G no Reconguista III: Uchū kara no Isan (The Legacy of Space), the third of five planned compilation films for the Gundam Reconguista in G anime, will open in Japan on July 22. The event also revealed a visual for the third film. The event also revealed a new teaser video or the...
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Marble Knights Game's Studio Trigger Animated Intro Posted

WayForward released game on Apple Arcade last September ― Game developer WayForward began streaming the opening animation for its Marble Knights game on Tuesday. Studio Trigger animated the intro. Naoko Tatsumi of Trigger and Erin Bozon of WayForward produced the animated intro project. Matt Bozon directed the animation, and Dale North composed the music. WayForward released the game on Apple Arcade ...
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2nd Sumikko Gurashi Anime Film Reveals Title, Staff, Story, Teaser Visual, November Release

Durarara!!'s Takahiro Ōmori directs, Violet Evergarden's Reiko Yoshida pens script for sequel film ― The official website for the anime film franchise based on San-X's Sumikko Gurashi characters revealed on Tuesday that the second film in the franchise is titled Eiga Sumikko Gurashi: Aoi Tsukiyo no Mahō no Ko (The Magical Child of the Blue Moonlit Night), and it will open in Japan in November. The si...
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Final Evangelion Film Stays at #1 in 5th Weekend at Japanese Box Office

Monster Hunter stays at #3, Demon Slayer drops to #4, Precure drops to #9 Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the "final" Evangelion film, stayed at #1 in its fifth weekend. The film sold 161,000 tickets over the weekend, and earned 265,203,150 yen (about US$2.42 million) from Friday to Sunday. It has sold a total of 4.84 million tickets and has earned a cumula...
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Ensemble Stars! TV Anime Team Reunites for 5th Anniversary Music Video

Video features "Walk with your smile" acoustic version, characters not seen in TV anime ― Game developer Happy Elements began streaming a fifth anniversary anime promotional video for its Ensemble Stars! franchise on Tuesday. The video features the acoustic version of the franchise's "Walk with your smile" song, with the staff of the franchise's anime adaptation reuniting to produce the video. The vi...

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Live-Action Honey Lemon Soda Film Unveils Behind-the-Scenes Video

Video shows footage of filming for various scenes in July 9 film ― Shochiku began streaming a behind-the-scenes video for the live-action film of Mayu Murata's Honey Lemon Soda manga on Tuesday. The video features comments from the cast, as well as footage of filming for various scenes. The film will open on July 9. Snow Man member Raul (right in image below) plays Kai Miura, a young man with tradema...
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Godzilla Singular Point Debuts on Netflix Outside of Japan in June

Netflix already debuted anime in Japan on March 25 ― Netflix began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the Godzilla Singular Point anime series on Monday. The trailer reveals that Netflix will debut the anime outside of Japan in June. Netflix already debuted the anime in Japan on March 25, and the anime later had its television premiere on Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, BS11 and Sun TV on April 1. Every...
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Kevin Smith Has a Blast with Voice-Commanded Optimus Prime Toy

US$700 Hasbro Transformers toy can respond to 25 voice commands ― Hasbro announced a new Optimus Prime toy at its Hasbro Pulse Fan Fest 2021 livestream on Friday. The 19-inch tall Transformers Optimus Prime Auto-Converting Programmable Advanced Robot is a significant step up in complexity from your regular Transformers toy. It can transform automatically on voice command, among other complex actions....
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Failed Princesses Manga Ends in 6th Volume

6th volume to ship around September ― Manga creator Ajiichi revealed on Twiter last week that her Failed Princesses (Dekisokonai no Himegimi-tachi) manga will end in the sixth compiled book volume around September. Seven Seas licensed the manga, and it describes the story: Fujishiro Nanaki is super cute, super popular, and super annoyed with anyone as plain as her classmate Kurokawa Kanade. When Nana...
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The Spring 2021 Preview Guide - To Your Eternity

Now in ANN's Preview Guide! From the creator of A Silent Voice comes a supernatural drama that's bound to turn on the waterworks. To Your Eternity's premiere follows a boy and one good doggo in an artic wasteland. ― What is this? An omnipotent narrator casts an orb of light to the Earth, watching as this entity copies the shape of a rock and then, many years later, mimics the moss on a rock. When a ...
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Tokyo Revengers Anime Casts Shō Karino, Shunichi Toki

Anime debuted on Saturday ― The official website for the television anime of Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga revealed on Saturday two new cast members. The newly announced cast members are: Shō Karino as Chifuyu Matsuno, vice captain of the Tokyo Manji Gang's First Division Shunichi Toki as Kazutora Hanemiya, a founder of the Tokyo Manji Gang The anime debuted on the MBS channel on April 10. Crunch...
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So I'm a Spider, So What? ‒ Episode 13

She's been working so hard to finally escape those dangerous underground caves, and now… she's free.

Netflix to Stream Live-Action Gundam Film; Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Direct

Brian K. Vaughan to write script for Sunrise, Legendary's movie ― Netflix announced on Twitter on Monday that it will stream Sunrise and Legendary Pictures' live-action Hollywood Gundam film, and that Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) will direct and produce the film. Comic book author Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways) will write the script and serve as an executive prod...
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Moriarty the Patriot ‒ Episode 13

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson want to solve crimes and bring perpetrators to justice, which could have coincided with what the Moriartys want were they not so picky about what constitutes “crime” and “justice.”

Funimation Adds Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Bleach, More Anime from Viz

Also: Accel World, Infini-T Force, K, Mazinger Z: Infinity, Vampire Knight ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will add the following anime series and movies from Viz Media to its catalog in the United States and Canada on April 15: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Parts 1-3 (Funimation lists that it will stream episodes 1-48 of the series.) Bleach (Funimation will stream Episodes 1-109 in the U.S. and ...
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Tamamo-chan's a Fox! GN 1

As it turns out, unlike most of the foxes (and tanuki, for that matter) we see in manga and anime, Tamamo is really bad at transformation. ― Stories about divine beings suddenly seized with the desire to live the high school life are perhaps a bit less common than stories about high schools where everyone is a supernatural creature. Tamamo-chan's a Fox tries to hit the sweet spot in between the two g...

Crunchyroll Streams Gloomy the Naughty Grizzly Anime, Announces More Dubs for Spring Anime

Dubs for Tokyo Revengers, To Your Eternity, I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, So I'm a Spider, So What? Part 2 ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it is streaming the Gloomy the Naughty Grizzly (Itazura Guma no Gloomy) television anime based on Chack Mori's Gloomy Bear character on Monday in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Mi...
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Singer Aimer, Director Ryo-timo Unveil Night World Anime Project

Aimer performs theme song for project's 1st "night" premiering on Friday ― An official Twitter account opened on Monday to announce Aimer and Ryo-timo's original short anime project Night World (Yoru no Kuni) which will premiere on Aimer's official YouTube channel on April 16 at 11:00 p.m. JST (10:00 a.m. EDT). Ryo-timo is directing the project, and Aimer is in charge of the theme song "Trill" for th...
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Manga Entertainment Rebranding as Funimation in U.K and Ireland

All the merged company's anime will be available under one umbrella ― Manga Entertainment and Funimation have announced that Manga is officially rebranding as Funimation in the UK and Ireland. According to the announcment, from April 19, "the Manga website and social media channels in the UK and Ireland will start to evolve. Gradually, Manga Entertainment will merge with Funimation across Facebook, T...
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Toronto Japanese Film Festival to Screen Kono Sekai no Tanoshimikata: Secret Story Film Online

Also: Kyou Kara Ore Wa!!, The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese, Yowamushi Pedal live-action films ― The Toronto Japanese Film Festival (TJFF) announced on Facebook on April 1 that it will screen online Kono Sekai no Tanoshimikata: Secret Story Film (How to Enjoy This World: Secret Story Film), the anime film based on HoneyWorks' virtual idol duo LIPxLIP, as well as the following films from June 5-27: ...
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Yukemuri Sniper Reiwaban Manga Launches on May 6

Yūhō Hijikata, Tadashi Matsumori's launch new manga about elite hitman ― The May issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Bull magazine revealed on April 5 that Yūhō Hijikata and Tadashi Matsumori's Yukemuri Sniper (Steam Sniper) suspense manga will have a new serialization titled Yukemuri Sniper Reiwaban (Steam Sniper Reiwa Version) that will launch in the magazine's next issue on May 6. The manga will s...
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Mikase Hayashi Ends Marriage Purple Manga in 6th Volume

Manga about grade school rivals reuniting in high school launched in July 2018 ― The fifth compiled book volume of Mikase Hayashi's Marriage Purple manga revealed on April 5 that the manga will end with its sixth volume this summer. The manga centers on Rin, who gets into her dream high school, and there has an unexpected reunion with her elementary school classmate Yukichi. They never got along, and...
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Laid-Back Camp PS4, Switch Game Reveals Title, Fall Release

Limited version of Yurucamp Have a Nice Day! game to include Rin, scooter toy ― MAGES revealed on Monday that the Yurucamp Have a Nice Day! game based on Afro's Laid-Back Camp (Yurucamp) manga will launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch this fall. The "gentle camping adventure" game will have normal, limited, and download editions. The limited edition will include a Choro-Q pullback car toy of ...
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Netflix Adds Bakugan: Geogan Rising Anime on April 15

Anime season premiered on Canadian television channel Teletoon on January 24 ― The official YouTube channel for the Bakugan franchise streamed a trailer on Monday announcing that Netflix will add the Bakugan: Geogan Rising anime on April 15. Spin Master describes Bakugan: Geogan Rising: Bakugan: Geogan Rising sees hero Dragonoid return as the Awesome Brawlers remain in a deep slumber, healing from th...
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Demon Slayer Anime Film Earns 39.6 Billion Yen in Japan

Film sells 28.69 million tickets after 26 weeks at box office ― The Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film has sold a total of 28.69 million tickets for 39.6 billion yen (about US$361.8 million) in Japan as of Sunday. After 12 consecutive weeks at #1 in the box office in Japan, Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train dropped to #2 during the January 9-10 ...
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Shiro Moriya Resumes Soloist in a Cage Manga After 2-Year Hiatus

Manga went on hiatus in March 2019 due to Moriya's "sudden illness" ― Shiro Moriya resumed their Soloist in a Cage (Ori no Naka no Soloist) manga on Monday with the 11th chapter, two years after putting the manga on hiatus in March 2019. The manga will continue to update weekly every Monday. As of press time, the English version of the 11th chapter is not yet out on Shueisha's Manga Plus site. Shueis...

Tubi TV Adds Millennium Actress, Liz and the Blue Bird, 11 More Anime Films

Service will also add Sunao Katabuchi's In This Corner of the World film next year ― Streaming service Tubi TV announced on April 7 that it has entered into a content deal with Shout! Factory to bring anime titles to the streaming service starting on April 8. Tubi TV added the following anime films to its catalog: Satoshi Kon's Millennium Actress Naoko Yamada's Liz and the Blue Bird Hiroyasu Ishida a...
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Toronto Comic Arts Festival's Virtual Event Hosts Manga Creator Kabi Nagata

Nagata's latest work titled Meisо̄ Senshi Nagata Kabi: Gourmet de Go! launched on February 19 ― The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) announced on Twitter on Tuesday that it will host manga creator Kabi Nagata as a guest at its virtual event. Nagata's latest work titled Meisо̄ Senshi Nagata Kabi: Gourmet de Go! (Straying Warrior Kabi Nagata: Go Gourmet!) launched on February 19. Seven Seas Entertain...

Babylon Anime's English Dub Cast Revealed

Anime will release on BD, digitally on May 11 ― Sentai Filmworks revealed the English dub cast for the television anime of Mado Nozaki's Babylon novels on Friday. The anime will release on Blu-ray Disc and digitally on May 11. The company also streamed a trailer for the dub. The English dub cast includes: David Matranga as Seizaki Maggie Flecknoe as Magase Scott Gibbs as Kujiin Heath Morrow as Fumio ...
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Godzilla vs. Kong Earns US$13.4 Million in 2nd U.S. Weekend

Film now has new worldwide total of US$357.8 million ― Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment's Godzilla vs. Kong film earned US$13.4 million in its second weekend in the United States box office. The film's weekend revenue dropped off 58% in its second weekend, with a US$4,438 per-screen average across 3,084 theaters. The film earned US$48.5 million in its first five days in the U.S. The film has ...
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Osamu Tezuka Characters Get Team Phoenix Crossover Manga by Spanish Artist Kenny Ruiz

New "space spectacle" manga launches in May ― The May issue of Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shonen Champion magazine revealed on Monday that Spanish artist Kenny Ruiz (Telémaco, Dos Espadas) will launch a new manga in collaboration with Tezuka Productions based on various characters of Osamu Tezuka's manga. The manga is titled Team Phoenix and it will launch in the magazine's June issue on May 12. Ruiz po...
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Final Evangelion Film Breaks Franchise's Box Office Record Globally

Film sold 4.84 million tickets for 7.42 billion yen in Japan alone Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the "final" Evangelion film, has earned 7.42 billion yen (about US$67.7 million) and sold 4.84 million tickets as of Sunday, its 35th day in the Japanese box office. The film had just earned 7 billion yen (about US$63.7 million) as of last Wednesday. In its th...

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Live-Action Homunculus Film Debuts Globally on Netflix on April 22

Film by Ichi the Killer creator, Ju-On director opened in theaters on April 2 ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Hideo Yamamoto's Homunculus manga anounced on Monday that the film will debut on Netflix worldwide on April 22. The film began playing in Japanese theaters on April 2. Gou Ayano (seen in poster art right) plays the film's protagonist Susumu Nakoshi. The other cast m...
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Wagnaria!!'s Karino Takatsu, When A Magician's Pupil Smiles' Chisaki Kanai Each Launch New Manga

Takatsu's new comedy manga will launch on May 12 ― The May issue of Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine revealed on Monday that it will launch four new manga, including new series by Chisaki Kanai and Karino Takatsu. Takatsu's new manga is titled Owl Night (romanization not confirmed, left in image below). The comedy manga features the tagline, "everyone has a secret at night." The manga wil...
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Otomate Reveals New Sōkaitenki, Radiant Tale Games

Also: Hakuōki Shinkai Reimeiroku remake, Amnesia World port for Switch ― Idea Factory's Otomate brand revealed two new games during its "Dessert de Otomate " fan event on Sunday. It also revealed a Shinkai remake of its Hakuōki Remeiroku game, and a Switch port of its Amnesia World game. The new Sōkaitenki (Chronicle of the Blue Water and Sky) game/stage play project is a new multimedia collaboration...
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Kaitei Manga From 2001 Nights' Yukinobu Hoshino Enters New Arc Heading Toward Climax

Manga about voyages of Zheng He launched in 2018 ― This year's 8th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine revealed on Saturday that Yukinobu Hoshino's Kaitei (Ocean Adventurer Kaitei) manga is entering a new arc that will head toward the manga's "climax." The manga tells of the "life and death" voyages of Ming Dynasty Chinese explorer Zheng He. The first chapter features a trip to Japan. Hoshino la...
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Live-Action Ride or Die Film's Clip Streamed

Film based on Ching Nakamura's Gunjō yuri manga debuts on Netflix worldwide on April 15 ― Netflix began streaming a clip on Sunday for Ride or Die (in Japanese Kanojo), its live-action film of Ching Nakamura's Gunjō yuri drama manga. The clip features Rei and Nanae in a roadside restaurant while on the run. The film will be available worldwide simultaneously on Netflix on April 15. The film will star...
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Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro's Build King Manga Ends

Manga by Toriko author launched in November ― This year's 19th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapter on Monday of Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro's Build King manga. The manga's second volume will ship on June 4, and the third volume will ship on September 3. The third volume will include content that did not appear in the magazine. Viz Media and Manga Plus are both publi...
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Aimi Voice-Acts, Sings Ending Theme for How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Anime

Aimi plays Carla Vargas, Inori Minase sings opening in summer anime ― The official website for the television anime of Dojyomaru's How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Genjitsushugi Yūsha no Ōkoku Saikenki) light novel series announced on Sunday that Aimi is joining the cast and singing the ending theme song. Aimi voices Carla Vargas, the daughter of General Castor Vargas and a close friend of Lis...
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Kindaichi Case Files' Seimaru Amagi, Holiday Love's Eriza Kusakabe Launch New Manga

"Love suspense" manga runs in weekly women's magazine ― Manga creator duo Tadashi Agi revealed on Twitter on Wednesday that Seimaru Amagi and illustrator Eriza Kusakabe have launched a new manga titled Shinu Hodo Aishite (I Love You to Death) in Kobunsha's Josei Jishin weekly women's magazine. The 2,951st issue of the magazine with the first chapter shipped on Tuesday. The "love suspense" manga cente...
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Live-Action Hakuōki Show Reveals Lead Actor, Staff, 10-Episode Run

Touken Ranbu musicals' Tsubasa Sakiyama stars as Shinsengumi warrior Hijikata Toshizō ― The "Dessert de Otomate" fan event debuted a 15-second early teaser trailer (restricted to Japan only) for the live-action series of Otomate's Hakuōki otome game franchise on Sunday. The teaser reveals the series' lead cast member and the main staff, as well as its 10-episode run on the premium WOWOW Prime televis...
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Chainsaw Man, My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer Rank on NYT April Bestseller List

― The first volume each of Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man manga and Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga, and the first two volumes of Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga ranked on The New York Times' monthly Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list released in early April. The first volume of Chainsaw Man ranked at #8, the first volume of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ranke...
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Chainsaw Man Ranks #1 on U.S. Monthly Bookscan March List

19 manga volumes including My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, Attack on Titan, Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun, The Promised Neverland, Haikyu!!, Spy x Family, Jujutsu Kaisen rank in top 20 ― Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man volume 1 ranked at #1 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for March. This month's list featured 19 manga volumes, including: #1 — Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man volume 1 #2 —...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, March 29-April 4

Monster Hunter Rise tops chart for a 2nd consecutive week ― Japan's Game Ranking: March 29-April 4 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwMonster Hunter Rise Capcom March 26 277,604 1,579,736 2NSwSuper Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Nintendo February 12 27,833 620,516 3NSwMomotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! Konami November 19, 2020 16,289 2,088,585 4NSw...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, March 29-April 4

Howl's Moving Castle earns 14.0% rating, My Hero Academia earns 3.4% ― Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Howl's Moving Castle anime film aired on NTV on Friday, April 2 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned a 14.0% rating. A rebroadcast of an episode of the Kodoku no Gourmet Season 5 live-action series based on Masayuki Kusumi and Jiro Taniguchi's Solitary Gourmet manga aired on TV Tokyo on Sunday, April 4 at...

Edens Zero Anime Releases on Netflix Outside Japan this Fall

Adaptation of Hiro Mashima's manga premiered on Saturday in Japan ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Hiro Mashima's Edens Zero manga confirmed on Saturday that the anime will be available on Netflix outside of Japan this fall. The anime premiered on NTV and other channels on Saturday, April 10 at 24:55 (effectively, April 11 at 12:55 a.m.). In Japan, the show premiered streami...

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My Hero Academia Anime's 5th Season Debuts on Toonami on May 8

Funimation began streaming show's English dub on Saturday ― Funimation announced on Saturday that Adult Swim's Toonami programming block will start airing the fifth season of the My Hero Academia anime on May 8. The season premiered in Japan on March 27. Funimation and Crunchyroll are both streaming the anime with English subtitles. Funimation began streaming the season's English dub on Saturday. The...
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The Spring 2021 Preview Guide - 86

The people of San Magnolia think the war is being fought with autonomous weapons. It's far worse than they thought in 86.

Also make sure to catch all of today's Preview Guide updates: Tokyo Revengers, Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro, I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years, Shadows House, Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART! & Pretty Boy Detective Club!
― What is this? The Republic of San Magnolia has ...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 91

Last we left Deku, he'd just woken up with his right arm glowing with a pulsing light, his room a mess, and a mysterious feeling that something inside him had changed. That's right: Our boy's finally hitting puberty. They grow up so fast.
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What Happened to Log Horizon?

As the seasons wear on, Log Horizon's once enrapturing story has become simultaneously messy and boring. Join Ember Reviews as he uncovers what exactly is causing this steady decline in quality. ― Despite its initial success as a sleeper hit way back in 2013, Log Horizon appears to have been on a consistent downward trend in quality ever since the start of season 2, even if I don't think any of its ...
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Ougyo Kawagishi's Noroken no Hime no Overkill Novels Get Manga in August

Novels about blacksmith, woman with cursed sword launched last year ― The official Twitter account for Shogakukan's Yawaraka Spirits website revealed on Thursday that Ougyo Kawagishi's Noroken no Hime no Overkill: Tokkuni Life wa Rei nanoni (Overkill of the Princess' Cursed Sword: Even though Life Was Already at Zero) novel series is getting a manga adaptation that will start around August. The Twitt...
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King of Fighters XV Game Reveals Trailers for Mai Shiranui, King

Ami Koshimizu voices character Mai Shiranui, Harumi Ikoma voices character King ― SNK began streaming a trailer on Thursday for its The King of Fighters XV game highlighting the character Mai Shiranui (voiced by Ami Koshimizu). The company also streamed a trailer on April 1 highlighting the character King (voiced by Harumi Ikoma). The King of Fighters XV will launch in 2021. The game's initial roster...
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Disgaea RPG Smartphone Game Launches in English on April 12

Game to launch worldwide except in some Asian countries ― Hong Kong-based Boltrend Games announced on Friday that it will launch Nippon Ichi Software's Makai Senki Disgaea RPG smartphone game in English for iOS and Android on April 12. The company is releasing the game worldwide except in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, and South Korea. Boltrend Games de...
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Viz Media Releases Blue Box Manga in English (Updated)

Coming-of-age love story will launch in English on April 11 ― Shonen Jump's official Twitter account revealed on Friday that Viz Media's official website will launch Kōji Miura's Blue Box (Ao no Hako) manga in English on April 11. Shonen Jump describes the manga: A badminton guy falls for a basketball girl. Do these sports-crossed lovers have a chance? The manga will launch in this year's 19th issue ...
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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Game Reveals 3rd DLC Characters

Xiao Junguang, Pepe, Taichi Nakanishi join game this spring ― The English Twitter account for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions game revealed on Thursday that the game's third set of DLC characters includes midfielder Xiao Junguang, forward Pepe, and goalkeeper Taichi Nakanishi. The characters will arrive this spring. The first three DLC characters were midfielder St...
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Ayahi Takagaki Joins Cast of Tropical-Rouge! Precure Anime

New character Elda to appear in 7th episode on Sunday ― Toei Animation revealed on Saturday that it has cast Ayahi Takagaki as Elda in the Tropical-Rouge! Precure anime. The character will debut in the show's seventh episode on Sunday. The show premiered in Japan on February 28. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs. Tropical-Rouge! Precure has a theme of "the sea" and "makeup." The show will...

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Studio 4°C's Gyokō no Nikuko-san Film Reveals 6 More Cast Members

Ikuji Nakamura, Riho Yoshioka, Matsuko Deluxe, more join cast of film opening on June 11 ― The official website for Studio 4°C's anime film of Kanako Nishi's Gyokō no Nikuko-chan (Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor) novel announced six cast members for the show on Saturday. Ikuji Nakamura as Sassan (top left), the manager of the yakiniku restaurant where Nikuko works Riho Yoshioka as Miu (top right), a clo...
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The Spring 2021 Preview Guide - Blue Reflection Ray

The new magical girl series follows Ruka, who wants nothing more than to figure out how to talk to people. Once she joins her new school, she gets pulled into a magical world with her dormmate Hiori. ― What is this? Optimistic Hiori can't turn away anyone in need. Awkward Ruka can't seem to make friends, even when she tries. But these two do have one thing in common: they're both magical girls calle...
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Banana Fish Stage Play Reveals 7 Cast Members

Asahi Uchida, Yuki Saotome, more join cast for play running on June 10-20 ― The official website for the two-part stage play based on Akimi Yoshida's Banana Fish manga revealed on Friday seven new cast members for the first part, titled Banana Fish: The Stage Zenpen. The newly announced cast includes (starting with top row, from left to right): Asahi Uchida as Max Lobo Yuki Saotome as Frederick Arthu...

Saudi Arabia's Manga Productions, Toei to Open The Journey Film in Japan on June 25

Poster visual unveiled ― A new official website opened on Thursday for Saudi Arabian media company Manga Productions and Toei Animation's animated collaboration film The Journey (Journey: Taiko Arabia Hantо̄ de no Kiseki to Tatakai no Monogatari, or Journey: A Tale of Miracles and Battles on the Ancient Arabian Peninsula), and it reveals that the anime will premiere in Japan on June 25. The staff als...
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Evangelion Staff Builds 1/45 Miniature Scale Recreation of Film's Setting

Model was created to assist with film's production ― Khara's work diary Twitter account posted photos of a 1/45 miniature scale recreation of the settlement portrayed in Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||). The model was created in order to assist with the film's production, particularly to make it easier to portray the setting with suitable camera angles. #シン・エヴァ...
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The Spring 2021 Preview Guide - The World Ends With You

Thursday's first Preview Guide update is the anime adaptation of Square Enix's The World Ends With You! Neku has died but doesn't remember what happened. He joins the Reaper's Game in The Underground, a contest for the dead where he fights to be brought back to life because…losers are erased from existence. ― What is this? Neku has died but doesn't remember what happened. He joins the Reaper's Game ...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Gargoyle of Yoshinaga House

Anime premiered in April 2006 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Friday that it has acquired distribution rights to the Gargoyle of Yoshinaga House (Yoshinaga-san'chi no Gargoyle) anime. Sentai Filmworks describes the story: Yoshinaga just won the local lottery! Instead of a fabulous getaway or a lifetime supply of her favorite food, she is awarded a stone gargoyle. But things get interesting when she d...
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Penguidrum Crowdfunding Campaign Meets Goal in 3 Minutes

Campaign supports Re:cycle of Penguindrum 10th anniversary compilation film project ― The crowdfunding campaign for support for the Re:cycle of Penguindrum compilation film project, commemorating the 10th anniversary of director Kunihiko Ikuhara's Mawaru Penguindrum anime, started on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on the Ubugoe website, and it met its goal of 10 million yen (about US$90,000) in 150 seconds or...
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Upcoming Godzilla Works, Milestones Battle it Out in Online Godzilla Fes Extra Show

4-hour livestream on May 22 to feature talk shows on Godzilla Singular Point, Godzilla vs. Kong, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah 30th anniversary ― The Godzilla franchise will hold its first "Godzilla Fes: Extra Show" event as a livestream on May 22. The four-hour livestream will feature three talk shows, described as a "three-way battle." They will focus on the following works: BONES and Orange's Godzill...

Way of the Househusband Anime Confirms 2nd Part

Anime debuted globally on Netflix on Thursday ― A special live program for the anime series of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga confirmed on Friday that the anime will get an upcoming Part 2. The anime debuted globally on Netflix on Thursday with five episodes. As previously announced, Shizuka Itou plays Miku, Tatsu's wife. Kazuyuki Okitsu plays Masa, Tatsu's former gang...

ALI Band Drummer's Arrest Was For Alleged Bank Refund Scam

Kahadio allegedly received cash from ATMs from victims as part of scam ― Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department arrested Kahadio (real name Kadio Shirai), the drummer of the band ALI, on April 4 on alleged special fraud charges. According to investigators, Kahadio received cash from ATMs as part of a scam operation. In recent years, Japanese police have been investigating a rash of "refund scams." In t...
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Deadly Premonition 2 Game Gets PC Release on Steam This Year

Game launched physically, digitally for Switch worldwide on July 10 ― Rising Stars Games' parent company Thunderful Group revealed in its 2020 annual report on Tuesday that Rising Star Games, Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro, and Toybox's Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise game will get a release for PC via Steam this year. The game is the sequel to the the Deadly Premonition game. The game launche...
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Riku wa Yowakunai Picture Book About Dogs Gets Anime Film

Masatsugu Arakawa directs fall film about 5-year-old child, a greyhound pup, other dogs ― The picture book Riku wa Yowakunai by actor/author Shinobu Sakagami and illustrator Kunihiro Kawashima (also known as Cookie! of comedy duo Yasei Bakudan) is inspiring an anime film that will open this fall. Based on Sakagami's own life, the story follows the carefree daily lives of a 5-year-old and a puppy name...
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Yuuho Ashibe's Crystal Dragon Manga Nears Climax

Historical fantasy manga by Bride of Deimos author launched in 1981 ― Manga creator Yuuho Ashibe revealed in an interview in the May issue of Akita Shoten's Mystery Bonita magazine on Tuesday that Ashibe's Crystal Dragon manga is nearing its climax. The historical fantasy manga is set on the island of Erin (present-day Ireland), and centers on a young girl named Arianrhod. She is known in her village...
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The Tale of the Outcasts Manga Ends on April 14

Makoto Hoshino launched manga in 2019; Seven Seas releases 1st volume in June ― This year's 19th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Makoto Hoshino's The Tale of the Outcasts (Nokemono-tachi no Yoru) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on April 14. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the manga, and it describes the story: Wisteria is an orphan girl...
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Witchcraft Works Manga Enters Final Arc

Ryū Mizunagi's romantic comedy manga launched in 2010, inspired 2014 TV anime ― The May issue of Kodansha's good! Afternoon magazine revealed on Wednesday that Ryū Mizunagi's Witchcraft Works manga is entering its final arc. Vertical is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story: Honoka Takamiya is an average student. Ayaka Kagari, his classmate who sits next to him in class, on the o...
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'Are You Lost?' Manga Enters Climax

Manga about 4 girls stuck on desert island launched in 2017, inspired 2019 TV anime ― The eighth compiled book volume of Kentarō Okamoto and Riri Sagara's Are You Lost? (Sōnan desuka?) manga revealed on Tuesday that the manga has entered its climax. The manga's ninth volume will ship this fall. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga digitally in English, and it describes the manga's first volume: Bec...
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Cestvs: The Roman Fighter TV Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Ending Theme

Sarasa Kadowaki performs ending theme for series premiering on April 14 ― The official website for Cestvs: The Roman Fighter, the television anime of Shizuya Wazarai's Kentō Ankoku Den Cestvs and Kendo Shitō Den Cestvs manga, began streaming the show's second promotional video on Friday. The video previews singer-songwriter Sarasa Kadowaki's ending theme song "Kirei da" (You're Beautiful). The series...
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'So I'm a Spider, So What?' Anime Casts Kenjiro Tsuda, Toshiyuki Morikawa

Tsuda plays Merazophis, Morikawa plays Potimas in ongoing series ― The official website for the television anime of author Okina Baba and illustrator Tsukasa Kiryu's So I'm a Spider, So What? (Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?) novels revealed two new cast members on Friday. The newly announced cast includes: Kenjiro Tsuda as Merazophis, commander of the fourth demon army Toshiyuki Morikawa as Potimas Harrifena...
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NEO: The World Ends With You Game's New Trailer Reveals July 27 Release on PS4, Switch

Game launches on Epic Games Store this summer ― Square Enix announced on Monday that it will release NEO: The World Ends with You (Shin Subarashii Kono Sekai), a new sequel game to The World Ends with You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game, on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in English and Japanese on July 27. The game will launch for PC on the Epic Games Store this summer. The video...
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Getter Robo Arc Anime's 2nd Video Announces Cast, More Staff, July Debut

Yūma Uchida, Arihiro Mukaino star; Jam Project perform opening theme ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Getter Robo Arc, the last manga in the iconic Getter Robo super robot manga series by Ken Ishikawa, revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere in July. The site also revealed the main cast, more staff members, a promotional video, and a key visual. The below video fe...
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George Asakura's Dance Dance Danseur Manga Gets TV Anime

Manga about young man fascinated with ballet launched in 2015 ― Shogakukan announced on Friday that George Asakura's Dance Dance Danseur manga is getting a television anime adaptation. The project marks the first time a manga by Asakura is getting an anime. The manga centers on Junpei Murao, who was fascinated with ballet as a child, but in his second year of middle school, his father passed away and...

Big West, Studio Nue, Harmony Gold Agree to Global Distribution of Macross, Robotech

Big West also agrees not to oppose live-action Robotech film ― Big West, Studio Nue, and Harmony Gold USA announced on Friday that the companies agreed to allow the immediate distribution of most Macross television sequels and films. The agreement signed on March 1 also confirms that Big West "will not oppose the Japanese release of an anticipated upcoming live-action Robotech film." Big West will no...
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Shizumu Watanabe's Tricks Dedicated to Witches Manga Ends

Kodansha ships 3rd volume on April 16, 4th volume on June 17 ― Shizumu Watanabe Majō no Sasageru Trick (Tricks Dedicated to Witches) manga ended in this year's 19th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine on Wednesday. The last chapter is titled "Majo ni Sasageru Torikku." Kodansha will ship the third compiled book volume on April 16, and the fourth volume on June 17. The manga launched in August ...

Manga With Biggest 1st Printings from Kodansha, Shogakukan, Shueisha: 2020-2021

Attack on Titan, Detective Conan, One Piece top respective publisher's lists ― The May issue of The Tsukuru Shuppan's Tsukuru magazine published a chart on Wednesday listing the top 15 manga volumes for three major publishers — Kodansha, Shogakukan, and Shueisha — in the last 12 months based on first printings. The chart reflects the first print runs from volumes released between April 2020 through M...
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New York's Philippe Labaune Gallery Holds Katsuhiro Otomo Tribute Exhibition

29 international artists draw Akira homage illustrations for April 8 - May 8 exhibit ― The Philippe Labaune Gallery in New York will hold a tribute exhibition for the acclaimed manga artist Katsuhiro Otomo from April 8 to May 8. The exhibition showcases original artwork by Otomo, as well as illustrations by 29 international artists in homage to the seminal cyberpunk manga Akira. The Good for Health -...
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Funimation Streams My Hero Academia Season 5 Anime's English Dub on April 10

5th season premiered on March 27 ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming the English dub for the fifth season of the My Hero Academia anime on Saturday. The fifth season of the My Hero Academia anime premiered in Japan on March 27. Funimation and Crunchyroll are both streaming the anime. The anime's first 13-episode season premiered in April 2016. The 25-episode second season ...
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4th Girls & Panzer das Finale Film's Teaser Streamed

3rd film also unveils promo video, visuals to promote hit run ― The official website for the six-part Girls und Panzer das Finale film series began streaming a teaser trailer for the fourth film in production on Thursday. The website also unveiled a promotional video and visual for the series' third film, as well as character and tank visuals for Yoko and T-26, to promote the third film's ongoing run...
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Kazuyuki Takeda's Peleliu: Guernica of Paradise Manga Gets Anime, Spinoff Manga

Manga centering on Battle of Peleliu in 1944 also ended on Friday ― This year's eighth issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that Kazuyoshi Takeda's Peleliu: Guernica of Paradise (Peleliu: Rakuen no Guernica) manga is getting an anime adaptation, as well as a spinoff manga. Takeda launched the manga in Young Animal in 2016 with story cooperation by historian Masao Hiratsuka. ...
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Masaaki Yuasa's Japan Sinks Anime Competes at Annecy Again This Year

10-episode series debuted on Netflix worldwide last July ― The Annecy International Animation Film Festival announced on March 29 that the first episode in Science SARU and Masaaki Yuasa's anime series of Sakyo Komatsu's Japan Sinks (Nihon Chinbotsu) science-fiction novel is screening in competition at this year's event in the TV Films category. The anime had also been selected to compete in the TV F...

The World Ends With You Anime Replaces Opening Song After ALI Band Drummer's Arrest

ALI's "TEENAGE CITY RIOT" song was slated for TWEWY anime, premiering tomorrow ― The official website for The World Ends with You the Animation (Subarashiki Kono Sekai The Animation), the anime of Square Enix's The World Ends with You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game, announced on Thursday that the anime will change its opening theme song. Sony Music Labels reported on the same day t...
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GKIDS' Earwig and the Witch Release Is Same as Version in Japanese Theaters

Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo of Ghibili's 1st CG feature shipped on Tuesday ― GKIDS confirmed on Wednesday that its home video release of Studio Ghibli's first CG feature Earwig and the Witch is identical to the version planned for Japanese theatrical screenings. GKIDS explained that the Japanese theatrical version added new footage compared to the version slated for last year's Festival de Cannes, but has...

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Kentarō Hiyama's First Pregnancy Manga About Pregnant Man Gets Netflix Live-Action Show in 2022

Takumi Saitō, Juri Ueno star ― Netflix and TV Tokyo announced on Thursday that they are producing a live-action series adaptation of Eri Sakai's Hiyama Kentarō no Ninshin (Kentarō Hiyama's First Pregnancy) manga that will debut worldwide in 2022. Takumi Saitō (left in image below) will star as titular protagonist Kentarō Hiyama, while Juri Ueno (right) will star as Kentarō's partner Aki Seto. The man...
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Ōsama Ranking Fantasy Anime's Teaser Reveals Cast, Staff

Minami Hinata, Ayumu Murase star in WIT Studio anime premiering on noitaminA in October ― The official website for the television anime of Sōsuke Tōka's Ōsama Ranking (King Ranking) manga began streaming a teaser trailer for the anime on Thursday. The teaser reveals the anime's cast and staff. Minami Hinata will play the protagonist Bojji. Ayumu Murase will play Kage, a shadow that becomes Bojji's fr...
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Crunchyroll Streams Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S Shorts

Net anime shorts debuted on Wednesday prior to 2nd season's July airing ― Crunchyroll added the first episode of the Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S Short Animation Series (Mini Dora) anime shorts in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS on Wednesday. The short anime also debuted on Kyoto Animation's YouTube channel on Wednesday prior to the J...
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Live-Action Kakegurui Sequel Film Recasts Taishi Nakagawa as New Original Character

Nakagawa plays landowner Uchijima in April 29 film after playing treasurer Kaede Manyūda in series ― The staff of Kakegurui: Zettai Zetsumei Russian Roulette (Kakegurui: Last Resort Russian Roulette), the sequel live-action film based on Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga, announced on Thursday that Taishi Nakagawa will return in the film as a new original charact...
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Large-Scale Nezuko Figurine Fits Inside Tanjiro's Box

For US$3,000, you can take Nezuko home with you. ― Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba heroine Nezuko is inspiring a large-scale figure, which comes with a box resembling what Tanjiro uses to carry Nezuko throughout the series. The box is capable of opening and closing, allowing the owner to safely tuck Nezuko inside. The 44-centimeter figure will go on sale in Japan in January next year, costing 399,300 ...
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Ii ne Hikaru Genji-kun Live-Action Series Gets Sequel

Ii ne! Hikaru Genji-kun 2 premieres on June 7 ― NHK annoucned on Tuesday that the live-action series of est em's Ii ne! Hikaru Genji-kun manga will get a sequel titled Ii ne! Hikaru Genji-kun 2 that will premiere on June 7. est em illustrated a picture to commemorate the announcement: The returning cast includes: Yudai Chiba as Hikaru Genji (pictured below left) Sairi Itō as Saori Fujiwara (pictured ...
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Bandai Namco Announces Pac-Man 99 Online Multiplayer Game for Nintendo Switch

Game launches free to Nintendo Switch Online members on Wednesday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Tuesday that it is launching a new online multiplayer game titled Pac-Man 99 on Nintendo Switch for free digitally and exclusively to Nintendo Switch Online members on Wednesday. The company began streaming an announcement trailer: Arika is developing the game, in which 99 players compe...

Media Blasters to Release Girl's High, Doomed Megalopolis, Grenadier, Ramen Fighter Miki, More Anime on BD

Also: Mazinkaiser, Ten Tokyo Warriors, Nana Seven of Seven ― John Sirabella, CEO of Media Blasters, revealed in an interview posted on Otaku USA Magazine on Monday that Media Blasters has acquired the following anime licenses and will release the series on Blu-ray Disc. Girl's High Doomed Megalopolis Grenadier Ramen Fighter Miki Mazinkaiser SKL Ten Tokyo Warriors Nana Seven of Seven Sirabella stated ...
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Anime-inspired Pro Wrestler Jushin "Thunder" Liger Inducted Into 2020 WWE Hall of Fame

"I am excited. I have goosebumps all over me. And this is the first time I've been so nervous to speak," the wrestler remarked in his emotional acceptance speech. ― Jushin "Thunder" Liger, a Japanese professional wrestler whose persona is based on the Jushin Liger anime series, has been formally inducted the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020 during the professional wrestling promotion's induction ceremo...
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Hey! Say! Jump Member Keito Okamoto Leaves Group

Okamoto to remain with Johnny's as an actor ― Talent agency Johnny's & Associates announced on Monday that Keito Okamoto will leave the Hey! Say! Jump boy band on April 11 to become an actor. Okamoto will remain with Johnny's as an actor. Okamoto studied abroad for two years at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, starting in September 2018. While abroad, he realized he wanted to pursue...
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The Vampire Dies in No Time Anime Reveals 3 Cast Members

Mutsumi Tamura, Natsumi Hioka, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka join cast of October anime ― The official website for the television anime of Itaru Bonnoki's Kyūketsuki wa Sugu Shinu (The Vampire Dies in No Time) manga revealed on Thursday three new cast members. The newly announced cast includes (pictured above from left to right): Mutsumi Tamura as John, an armadillo who is Dralc's familiar Natsumi Hioka as Hin...
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WAVE!! ~Naminori Boys~ Surfing Game App Ends Service

Smartphone game launched on March 1 after anime's release ― The official Twitter account for the WAVE!! ~Naminori Boys~ smartphone game app, which is part of Love&Art's surfing-themed project WAVE!!, announced on Tuesday that it has ended service. The developers decided to terminate the service after concluding that it would be difficult to provide services to satisfy future customers, even after ren...
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Jump Force Game's DLC Trailer Reveals Giorno's April 13 Launch

Character Pass 2 grants early access to Jojo's Bizarre Adventure DLC character on Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Wednesday that it will add the DLC character Giorno Giovanna from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind to the Jump Force crossover fighting game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on April 13. Character Pass 2 will grant early access to the char...
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45th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards' Nominees Announced

Frieren, Fire Force, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Defying Kurosaki-kun, A Condition Called Love, I Want to Hold Aono-kun so Badly I Could Die, Sweat and Soap among nominees ― Japanese publisher Kodansha announced the 13 nominees in three categories for its 45th annual Manga Awards on Wednesday. Kodansha will announce the winner for each category on May 13. Best Shōnen Manga Fire Force Ats...
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Haru's Curse Manga Gets Live-Action Show Starring Hikaru Takahashi

Kodansha Comics publishes Asuka Konishi's manga about relationship formed from grief ― TV Tokyo announced on Wednesday that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of Asuka Konishi's Haru's Curse (Haru no Noroi) manga, with Hikaru Takahashi (seen below) as protagonist Natsumi Tachibana. Masayuki Ochiai is directing the series and is also penning the scripts. The series will air as the second ...
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Final Evangelion Film Tops 7 Billion Yen After 30 Days

Film opened on March 8, sets franchise record ― Studio Khara announced on Twitter on Wednesday that Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the "final" Evangelion film, has earned 7 billion yen (about US$63.7 million) as of Wednesday, 30 days after its Japan opening. Over the previous weekend, the film sold 196,321 tickets over the weekend and earned 320,547,250 yen ...
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Sailor Moon Ice Show Postponed by Another Year to June 2022

Show starring Evgenia Medvedeva was originally slated for June 2020 ― The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise announced on Wednesday that Prism on Ice, the franchise's upcoming ice show, will be postponed by yet another year. The production has now scheduled a run from June 3 to June 5, 2022. The ice show was originally slated to run in June 2020, but was already delayed by one year to Jun...
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Singer Masayoshi Ōishi's 1-Month Hiatus for Vocal Cord Polyp Surgery Delayed to This Month

Ōishi planned to have surgery a year ago, but delayed it due to COVID-19 state of emergency ― The official website for singer Masayoshi Ōishi announced on Tuesday that Ōishi will undergo vocal cord polyp removal surgery, and he will take a one-month break from singing and some speaking activities beginning in late April. Ōishi had announced the surgery and one-month hiatus last April, but delayed the...
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