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The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess's Heroes Novel 1 - Damn You, Heroes! Why Won't You Die?

A normal boy is pulled from our world to help the demon lord get some peace from a pesky hero's party in this devilish twist on isekai tropes. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― “Man's inhumanity to man” is a common theme for high school English classes, and all you have to do is glance at a history book to see that people are extraordinarily good at coming up with reasons why other people should b...
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The Ideal Sponger Life GN 2

This steamy isekai adventure continues detailing the thrills and perils of becoming a kept man to the queen in another world. Theron Martin has the details. ― The first volume of this manga adaptation established the story's unique angle on the standard isekai story, where the protagonist is transported to another world specifically to father a child by a queen rather than to perform heroics. As eye-...
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Laid-Back Camp at Otakon 2019

Virtually the entire executive staff of beloved iyashikei series Laid-Back Camp - with an incoming second season - arrived at Otakon 2019 in Washington DC! ― The cold winter air that stings, the warmth of a fire after a long hike, the view of the sunrise in the early morning—The small joys of camping can be experienced anywhere a tent can be set up. Afro, a manga artist from Yamanashi prefecture, set...
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This Week in Games - Planet Pokemon

Heidi's gonna catch 'em all this week with a small mountain of Pokemon game news. ― I had a feeling there wasn't going to be too much news this week. Right now, Japan's smack-dab in the middle of the Obon holiday period, so there's really not much happening there… though we have a few interesting retro-flavored announcements from overseas publishers, which we'll get to in a sec. For now, let's talk a...
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Little Witch Academia: The Nonsensical Witch and the Country of the Fairies Novel

This extra adventure in Akko and friends' academic year is a charming addition to LWA's world, even if it skews a little young and lightweight. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― For many viewers, Akko, the heroine of Little Witch Academia, is either the major draw or the major turn-off; there don't seem to be many opinions that don't lean towards one of these two extremes. Even if you're of the fo...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 20

"It may be a predictable component of Demon Slayer's entire schtick, the way it humanizes the demons right as they're killed off, but those beats still end up being incredibly satisfying."
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Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? ‒ Episode 6

"Unfortunately, weak comedy and unimaginative fanservice diminish what might have been a fun set of diversions into a dispensable installment."
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 6

"The story's basic dialogue and awkward plotting cause Fire Force to stumble when the gorgeous direction isn't at the forefront."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 322

"I've sometimes thought that guilt is the most powerful human emotion, and there certainly do seem to be plenty of characters in Fairy Tail who bear that out."
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The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess's Heroes Novel 1 - Damn You, Heroes! Why Won't You Die?

A normal boy is pulled from our world to help the demon lord get some peace from a pesky hero's party in this devilish twist on isekai tropes. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― “Man's inhumanity to man” is a common theme for high school English classes, and all you have to do is glance at a history book to see that people are extraordinarily good at coming up with reasons why other people should b...
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One Piece Stampede Film Tops 3 Billion Yen in Just 9 Days

Fastest Toei-distributed film to reach milestone since 2000 ― The One Piece Stampede anime film has earned over 3.05 billion yen (about US$28.7 million) as of Saturday, its ninth day in theaters since opening on August 9. It is the fastest Toei-distributed film to reach the three-billion-yen milestone since 2000. The news came during the stage greeting by Mayumi Tanaka and other cast members at a Sun...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Anime Gets 2 New Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan Video Anime

Screenings of "Zange-shitsu," "The Run" start on December 8 ― The official website for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime franchise announced on Sunday that production of two new Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai) original video anime volumes has been green-lit. The "Zange-shitsu" (Confessional Room) and "The Run" volumes will play in nine screenings at six cities in Japan between D...
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A3! Anime's Promo Reveals Winter/Summer 2020 Airing, More Cast, More Staff

Kaori Nazuka joins cast, Masayoshi Ōishi produces opening ― The "A3! Blooming Carnival" debuted a new promotional video for the anime of Liber Entertainment's A3! actor-training smartphone game this weekend. The event announced that the anime will air on television in two halves — "Season Spring & Summer" will run from January to March 2020, and "Season Autumn & Winter" will run from July to Septembe...
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Haikyu!! Anime Gets 2-Episode Original Video Anime for Tokyo Qualifiers

Advance sales offered at Jump Festa before January 22 retail release ― The "Haikyu!! no Hi Zenjitsu-Sai" event announced on Sunday that production on a new Haikyu!! original video anime (OVA) project has been green-lit. The project will cover the Tokyo Qualifiers in two episodes, "Riku VS Kū" (Land Vs. Sky) and "Ball no Michi" (The Path of the Ball). It will feature the volleyball teams from Nekoma H...
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Haikyu!! Anime Season 4 Reveals New Cast Member, January 2020 Debut, Designs

Kazuyuki Okitsu cast as Suguru Daishō ― The "Haikyu!! no Hi Zenjitsu-Sai" event announced on Sunday that the fourth season of the Haikyu!! television anime will premiere in January 2020 in the Super Animeism timeslot on MBS. The event also announced that Kazuyuki Okitsu will play Suguru Daishō. The official website presented the character designs for the new characters from Nekoma and Fukurōdani High...
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Sazae-san Anime Celebrates 50 Years With 3.5-Hour Anime/Live-Action Special

Anime segment to show Sazae's family past, live-action segment to show their future in 20 years ― The landmark family television anime Sazae-san will commemorate its 50th anniversary with a special that will run for three and a half hours on Fuji TV this fall. The special will have both anime and live-action segments featuring the family of the titular housewife character. The anime segment of the sp...

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O Maidens in Your Savage Season ‒ Episode 7

"Niina's visit to her former director is the part of the show that makes the biggest impression this week."
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WAVE!! Surfing Project's Game to Be a Smartphone App

Anime still in the works; official Nippon Surfing Association song announced ― The "Wave!! 1st Event ~Wonderful Party~" event announced in Ichikawa on Saturday that the upcoming game for Love&Art's surfing-themed project will be a smartphone game. The event also confirmed that the previously planned anime is still in the works, and that the project is making an official promotional song for the Nippo...
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Aikatsu on Parade! TV Anime to Unite Previous Shows' Idols

Anime premieres on October 5 with Rin Aira as new student Raki Kiseki ― The "Best Friends! Special Live ~Thanks OK~" event announced in Yokohama on Saturday that the Aikatsu on Parade! television anme will premiere on Saturday, October 5 at 10:30 a.m. The anime will bring together characters from the previous Aikatsu! anime series. In addition, Rin Aira will play the new lead character Raki Kiseki. R...
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Grandia, Grandia II HD Remasters Launch for PC in September

― GungHo Online Entertainment America announced on Friday that Grandia HD Remaster and Grandia II HD Remaster will launch for PC in September. The Grandia HD Collection Nintendo Switch game, which includes remasters of both Game Arts' Grandia and Grandia II games, launched on Friday. The collection was originally slated to launch for Switch last winter. Game Arts developed the original Grandia game ...
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Oninaki Game's New Gameplay Video Highlights Aisha

PS4/Switch/PC game launches on August 22 in N. America, Europe, Japan ― Square Enix began streaming a new gameplay video on Friday for it and its Tokyo RPG Factory subsidiary's ONINAKI (Japanese title: Oni no Naku Kuni, or "country where the ogre cries") action role-playing game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The video highlights the Daemon character Aisha (voiced by Naomi Ohzo...

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Given ‒ Episode 6

"Given might feel too slow for some audiences, but for those on its same tempo, its melody is developing beautifully."
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French Live-Action City Hunter Film to Open in Japan in November

Nicky Larson film to be titled City Hunter the Movie: Shijō Saikō no Mission in Japan Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon (Nicky Larson and the Cupid's Purfume), the French live-action film of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga, will open in Japan in November. A teaser trailer, featuring the City Hunter anime's theme song "Get Wild" by TM Network, debuted on Saturday to announce the release along wi...

Toonami Premieres Dr. Stone Anime on August 24

Anime debuted in Japan on July 5 ― Adult Swim's Toonami programming block announced on Friday that the television anime of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga will premiere on Toonami on August 24 at 12:00 a.m. EDT (effectively August 25). Toonami will have the following schedule on that day: 11:00 p.m. – Dragon Ball Super 11:30 p.m. – gen:Lock 12:00 a.m. – Dr. Stone 12:30 a.m. – Fire Forc...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II ‒ Episode 6

"This may be one of the more uncomfortable episodes for some viewers."
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Raging Loop Visual Novel Launches for Switch, PS4 in West in October

― PQube announced on Friday that it will release Kemco's Raging Loop (Rei-Jin-G-Lu-P) psychological horror visual novel in Europe on October 18 and in North America on October 22. The game will launch physically and digitally for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. PQube will release a Day One Edition with a 100-page artbook with game illustrations and character information. The game's story begins w...
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Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition PS4, PC Game Heads West on October 17

English trailer streamed ― XSEED Games and Marvelous Europe began streaming on Friday an English trailer for Grasshopper Manufacture's Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition game, which confirms that the game will launch for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in the West on October 17. XSEED Games is publishing the PS4 game in North America, and Marvelous Europe is publishing it in Europe....
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Chibi Maruko-chan Anime's New Opening Music Video Features Momoiro Clover Z

Idol group Momoiro Clover Z appear as anime characters ― The official YouTube channel for idol group Momoiro Clover Z began streaming on Friday an animated music video for their new cover song "Odoru Ponpokorin," which is the new opening theme song for the long-running Chibi Maruko-chan anime series. The music video is a full version of the opening animation and features members of Momoiro Clover Z a...
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Occult Magazine Mu to Run Feature on Director Makoto Shinkai

The monthly magazine Mu, which specializes in information about supernatural phenomena and the occult, will run a feature on Makoto Shinkai and his latest film Weathering With You in its October issue. Weathering With You tells the story of a girl who has the power to change the weather through her prayers. The film makes numerous references to the supernatural, with the male protagonist even gett...
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Promare Anime Film's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Film opened in Japan in May, opens in N. America in September ― GKIDS began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare on Friday. GKIDS and Fathom Events will screen the film in North America on September 17 and 19 at 7:00 p.m. local time. The screening on September 17 will have an English dub, and the screening on September 19 will have English ...
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Crunchyroll Expo Hosts Zombie Land Saga Anime's Cast, Staff

Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn also screen at California convention ― Crunchyroll Expo announced on Friday that it will host four cast and staff members from the Zombie Land Saga anime at this year's convention. Kaede Hondo (voice of Sakura Minamoto), Asami Tano (voice of Saki Nikaidō), composer Yasuharu Takanashi, and MAPPA's CEO and producer Manabu Ohtsuka...
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Business Fish Motion-Capture Anime Series Streams Dance Music Video

Anime about human/fish office workers premiered on July 7 ― TOHO began streaming a music video for the Business Fish motion-capture anime series on Friday. The music video features characters dancing to a remix of Hitoshi Ueki's song Sūdara Bushi. XLII remixed the original song, and DOTARA was in charge of the rap segments. Santa Yamagishi planned and organized the video, while dance performance grou...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 96

"With the elven threat looming large, the true nature of this arc begins to take shape."
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Ryukishi07, Itaru Hinoue's Kaleidoscope of Phantasm Prison Game Reveals Story, November 28 Release

Game centers on 4 trapped girls in deadly test ― The official website for Ryukishi07 (Higurashi: When They Cry series creator) and Itaru Hinoue's (Clannad character designer) new Kaleidoscope of Phantasm Prison (Gensō Rōgoku no Kaleidoscope) game for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch revealed on Friday that the game will ship in Japan on November 28. The game will have standard...
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The Ideal Sponger Life GN 2

This steamy isekai adventure continues detailing the thrills and perils of becoming a kept man to the queen in another world. Theron Martin has the details. ― The first volume of this manga adaptation established the story's unique angle on the standard isekai story, where the protagonist is transported to another world specifically to father a child by a queen rather than to perform heroics. As eye-...
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Senzoku Erisawa, Shunsaku Yano's Try Knights Rugby Manga Ends

Sanga launched in June 2018, inspired anime that premiered in July ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine published the final chapter of Senzoku Erisawa and Shunsaku Yano's Try Knights manga on Friday. The manga's rugby story centers on high school students Akira Kariya and Riku Haruma. One day, the new rugby club member Akira gets advice on running from Riku, who used to be ...
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Pokémon Sword/Shield Games' Video Previews New Battle Features

Games ship on November 15 ― The Pokémon Company began streaming a new trailer for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role-playing games on Friday. The video previews abilities for new Pokémon, new held items, and the new Dynamax battle feature. English Version Japanese Version The games' official website also revealed the Battle Stadium, which will let players around the world battl...
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African Office Worker TV Anime Reveals Additional Cast, Ending Song

Eri Kitamura, Yui Ogura join cast of October series ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Gamu's African Office Worker (Africa no Salaryman) manga revealed additional cast and the ending theme song on Friday. Eri Kitamura will play Shishimura, and Yui Ogura will play Gorimi. Eri Kitamura as Shishimura Yui Ogura as Gorimi Akio Ohtsuka, who plays Lion, will perform the ending th...
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TsukiPro's Live-Action SOARA Film Unveils Stills

Film based on ALIVE SOARA CD series opens on October 4 ― The staff of Let it Be - Kimi ga Kimi Rashiku Yō ni, the live-action film adaptation of the Tsukino Talent Production (TsukiPro) franchise's ALIVE SOARA CD series, revealed stills from the film on Friday.(Note: Click on the images below for more stills from the Anime! Anime! site.) The film will open for a two-week limited screening on October ...
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New Reborn! Stage Play Unveils Character Visuals

Next stage play runs in January 2020 ― The official website for the next stage play adaptation of Akira Amano's Reborn! manga revealed photos of the cast in costume as their characters on Friday. Neeko (Reborn anime's lead voice actress) as Reborn Ryōhei Takenaka as Tsunayoshi Sawada Motohisa Harashima as Hayato Gokudera Ryōsuke Yamamoto as Takeshi Yamamoto Teru Uesugi as Ryōhei Sasagawa KIMERU as La...
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A Destructive God Sits Next to Me Anime Reunites Drama CD Cast

Jun Fukuyama, Takahiro Sakurai, Ryohei Kimura, Tsubasa Yonaga, more return for 2020 TV anime ― The official website for A Destructive God Sits Next to Me, the television anime of Arata Aki's Boku no Tonari ni Ankoku Hakaishin ga Imasu. (There is a Dark God of Destruction Next to Me) manga, revealed on Friday that the anime's cast members are reprising their roles from the manga's 2016 drama CD. The c...
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Kengan Ashura Anime's 2nd Part Debuts on Netflix on October 31

The official website for the anime adaptation of Yabako Sandrovich's Kengan Ashura manga revealed on Friday that the anime's second part, consisting of episodes 13 to 24, will debut on Netflix on October 31. The anime premiered on Netflix globally on July 31. The anime had its world premiere at Anime Expo in July 2018. The manga won a fan voting contest in 2015 to receive the adaptation. Seiji Kis...

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Starwing Paradox Game's Tournaments Canceled After Death Threats

Staff had been receiving threats since last week; events were planned for August 17, 24 ― The official website for Square Enix's Starwing Paradox arcade game announced on Thursday that the staff has canceled the game's tournament events that were scheduled for later this month, due to the staff receiving numerous death threats. The announcement noted that the game's management team had been receiving...
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Astra Lost in Space ‒ Episode 7

"With the identity of the traitor still a mystery, the Astra heads to its next pit stop on planet Icriss, which is an anagram of “crisis,” a pretty good indicator of their ensuing experience."
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Game Freak Files Trademark for 'Little Town Hero'

Pokémon game developer Game Freak filed trademarks for "Little Town Hero" in English and Japanese on July 25. The trademarks were made public on Tuesday. Nintendo announced a new role-playing game from Game Freak during a Nintendo Direct presentation in September 2018. The game is tentatively titled "Town" (seen right), and it is slated for release in 2019 on Nintendo Switch. The entirety of the g...
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Gun Gun Pixies Game Launches for Switch, PC on September 6

― PQube and developer Compile Heart announced on Thursday that they will release the Gun Gun Pixies game for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam worldwide on September 6. The Switch version will have both a physical and a digital release. PQube describes the game: Gun Gun Pixies is an exhilarating mix between a third person shooter and 3D platformer where stealth is key! Sneak around the dorm and climb...
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Drowning Love Manga Artist Draws Actor Timothée Chalamet for Hot Summer Nights

Manga artist George Asakura drew his version of Academy Award-nominated actor Timothée Chalamet for a bonus postcard given to attendees who purchase tickets to see the live-action film Hot Summer Nights. The 2017 crime drama opens in Japan on August 16 and the postcards will be handed out beginning on August 24. IMDb describes the film's story: In the summer of 1991, a sheltered teenage boy comes ...
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High School Fleet Anime Film Unveils Key Visual

― The official Twitter account for the High School Fleet anime unveiled a new key visual for the film on Wednesday. The second wave of advance ticket sales will be available on August 31. The tickets will have the illustration from the first visual for the film, as well as an exclusive illustration. People who purchase the ticket will receive a clear file containing the same illustrations. The film ...
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Kyoto Animation Exhibition Displays Art That Avoided Deadly Fire

Materials were housed in a location separate from Studio 1 ― The Tawayamacho district of Matsue city in Shimane prefecture is hosting an exhibition of 70 pieces of original art by Kyoto Animation that avoided the deadly fire at Studio 1 last month. Entry to the exhibition is free and it will run at the Imai Shoten Group Center book store until August 31. The exhibition is located in the STUDIO WONDER...
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How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? ‒ Episode 7

"This week probably has the least ‘educational’ content yet, coming across like a more typical slice-of-life anime with slightly less of that distinctive Dumbbells flavor muscled in."
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Laid-Back Camp at Otakon 2019

Virtually the entire executive staff of beloved iyashikei series Laid-Back Camp - with an incoming second season - arrived at Otakon 2019 in Washington DC! ― The cold winter air that stings, the warmth of a fire after a long hike, the view of the sunrise in the early morning—The small joys of camping can be experienced anywhere a tent can be set up. Afro, a manga artist from Yamanashi prefecture, set...
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Code Vein Game's Weapon Video Previews Halberd

Game launches for PS4, Xbox One, PC on September 27 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe a promotional video for the Code Vein post-apocalyptic role-playing game on Thursday. The video previews the halberd weapon The game will launch in Japan on September 26, and in North America and Europe on September 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. Bandai Namco Entertainment announced in July 2018...
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Oninaki Game's New Gameplay Video Highlights Gavod

PS4/Switch/PC game launches on August 22 in N. America, Europe, Japan ― Square Enix began streaming a new gameplay video on Wednesday for it and its Tokyo RPG Factory subsidiary's ONINAKI (Japanese title: Oni no Naku Kuni, or "country where the ogre cries") action role-playing game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The video highlights the Daemon character Gavod (voiced by Ryotaro...
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JIN's Kagerou Daze No.9 Project Screens in January 2020

Sayuki handles character design Kagerou Project creator JIN revealed on Twitter on Thursday that his new tentatively titled Kagerou Daze No.9 project will screen in January 2020. Sayuki is handling the character design. The account shared a new character visual. The spinoff work will tell a story from an angle never seen before. The story will be set three years later in the series' world. JIN reve...
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Lupin III Documentary Will Air on August 20 in Japan

The documentary Soshite, Lupin Sanze ga Umareta: Inochi o Fukikonda Otokotachi (And So, Lupin the 3rd Was Born: The Men Who Breathed Life Into Him) will air on NHK BS Premium on August 20 as part of the broadcaster's Another Stories: Unmei no Bunkiten (Another Stories: Crossroads of Fate) program. The documentary will bring together interviews with staff and cast from the long-running anime thief'...
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Monster Hunter: Iceborne Game's Videos Preview Glavenus, Seliana

Expansion launches for PS4, Xbox One on September 6 ― Capcom began streaming on Wednesday two videos for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, the new expansion for the Monster Hunter World game. The videos preview the monster Glavenus (Dinovaldo) and the new base Seliana as a Felyne dances around its multiple areas. Glavenus Seliana The expansion will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6 a...
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Hakusensha Contest Seeks Manga Starring African Hero

The winner's work will be serialized on Manga Park, Manga Park W apps ― Japanese publisher Hakusensha's Manga Lab blog for aspiring manga creators is holding two contests for overseas artists. The publisher is accepting applications for “African Sci-Fi Hero Manga Creators” and “Shonen Manga Coliseum” contests. The African Sci-Fi Hero Manga Contest is recruiting artists for a story that will center on...
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Singer Piko Announces Hiatus Due to End-Stage Kidney Disease

Live events cancelled as Piko focuses on treatment ― The official Twitter account for singer Piko announced on Thursday that he is going on hiatus due to end-stage renal disease (kidney failure). Piko had not been feeling well since late March. In May, he started to have abnormal fatigue. His condition did not improve, and after getting an opinion from a specialized hospital, he was hospitalized at t...
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Ushijima the Loan Shark Spinoff Manga About Nikumamushi Resumes

Manga had been on hiatus since April 23 ― Yu Hayato's Yamikin Ushijima-kun Nikumamushi Densetsu (Ushijima the Loan Shark: The Legend of Nikumamushi) spinoff manga resumed on Wednesday with its 51st chapter. The manga had been on hiatus since April 23. The manga launched on Shogakukan's online magazine Yawaraka Spirits in February 2017. The series is a spinoff of Shohei Manabe's Ushijima the Loan Shar...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest?

From its dubious tropes to its collapsing production, Arifureta is hardly the pinnacle of isekai entertainment. Nick and Steve explore what went wrong with this initially anticipated fantasy series. ― From its dubious tropes to its collapsing production, Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest is hardly the pinnacle of isekai entertainment. This week, Nick and Steve explore what went wrong...
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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Game Streams Teaser Videos

Game ships for PS4, Xbox One, PC in early 2020 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Taiwan/Hong Kong began streaming on Thursday two teaser videos for the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot action role-playing game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The videos preview story and battle gameplay. Story Teaser Battle Teaser The game will ship in early 2020. The game will include English and Japanese audio and su...
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Neil Gaiman Comments on His Role in Princess Mononoke's English Adaptation

Confirms that he received the job upon Quentin Tarantino's recommendation ― American Gods and Sandman writer Neil Gaiman is credited with the English adaptation of Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke, but his name was never featured in advertising materials at the time. Gaiman commented on this issue on Twitter on Tuesday, where he describes his involvement in the film as his "biggest secret." My bigge...

Seitokai Yakuindomo Manga's 19th Volume to Bundle New Anime DVD

18th compiled book volume ships with OAD on Friday ― The Comic Buster bookstore in Hodogaya, Yokohama posted a picture on Twitter on Thursday that shows the 18th compiled book volume of Tozen Ujiie's Seitokai Yakuindomo manga and reveals that a limited edition of the 19th volume will bundle an original anime DVD. The volume will ship on September 17, 2020. Hiromitsu Kanazawa is once again directing t...
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This Week in Games - Planet Pokemon

Heidi's gonna catch 'em all this week with a small mountain of Pokemon game news. ― I had a feeling there wasn't going to be too much news this week. Right now, Japan's smack-dab in the middle of the Obon holiday period, so there's really not much happening there… though we have a few interesting retro-flavored announcements from overseas publishers, which we'll get to in a sec. For now, let's talk a...
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Little Witch Academia: The Nonsensical Witch and the Country of the Fairies Novel

This extra adventure in Akko and friends' academic year is a charming addition to LWA's world, even if it skews a little young and lightweight. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― For many viewers, Akko, the heroine of Little Witch Academia, is either the major draw or the major turn-off; there don't seem to be many opinions that don't lean towards one of these two extremes. Even if you're of the fo...
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Young Disease Outburst Boy Anime Reveals 1st Promo Video, Opening Song

Series based on Vocaloid song debuts in October ― The official website for Chūbyō Gekihatsu Boy, the television anime of Vocaloid producer rerulili's "Young disease outburst Boy" ("Chūbyō Gekihatsu Boy") song and Minato Tonami's slice-of-life comedy novel adaptation, revealed the first promotional video and opening theme song on Friday. The video introduces the anime's six main characters. The anime'...
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EX-ARM TV Anime Premieres in Summer 2020

― Manga artist Shinya Komi posted on Twitter on Thursday an image of the cover of the 14th compiled book volume of his EX-ARM manga, which includes a wraparound jacket band that reveals the series' anime will premiere in summer 2020. The 14th volume of the manga will ship on August 19. The manga's crime battle story centers on high school student Akira Natsume. Only his brain is saved when he is inv...
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'Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!' Anime's Character Promo Video Highlights Mavis

Fumiko Uchimura plays aspiring swordswoman Mavis in October anime ― The official website for the anime of FUNA's Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! (Watashi, Nōryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne!) light novel series began streaming a character promotional video on Thursday that highlights the aspiring swordswoman Mavis. The anime will premiere this October, and stars: Azum...
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Cooking Mama Listed With New Cooking Mama: CookStar PS4, Switch Game

― Online retailers Amazon Germany and Koch Media Shop are listing a new game for the Cooking Mama series titled Cooking Mama: CookStar. The game is listed with both PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch versions. Taito released the first Cooking Mama game on Nintendo DS in Japan in 2006. The franchise has since spawned several sequels and spinoff games, such as Babysitting Mama, Gardening Mama, and Camp...
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New Bubble Bobble 4 Friends Switch Game to Launch in West

Game ships in Europe on November 19, in U.S. in 2020 ― ININ Games announced on Wednesday that it will release Taito's Bubble Bobble 4 Friends, a new title in the Bubble Bobble game series, for the Nintendo Switch. The game will launch with both physical and digital versions in Europe on November 19, and it will then ship in the United States in the first quarter of 2020. ININ Games opened a website f...
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'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Anime's Video Previews 'Haruhime Arc'

Video also previews "Mangetsu no Shirabe" insert song by Haruka Chisuga ― The official website for the second season of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? anime began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video previews the anime's new "Haruhime Arc," that will begin in the anime's sixth episode on Friday. It also previews the insert song "Mangetsu no Shi...
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Live-Action Kaiji Final Game Film Streams New Teaser

Film based on gambling manga opens on January 10 ― Toho began streaming a teaser trailer for Kaiji Final Game, the new live-action film inspired by Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji manga. Kaiji Final Game, will open in Japan on January 10, 2020. The film is billed as the "last chapter" of the series, with a completely original story by Fukumoto. The cast includes: (Note: some character n...

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Ehime Prefecture Creates Pilgrimage Based on A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow Manga

The prefecture of Ehime has created a pilgrimage route based on Makoto Hagino's A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow yuri manga. Hagino hails from Ehime and the manga takes place in a seaside town set in the prefecture. The collaboration is specifically set in the Nagahama area of Ozu city. The collaboration launched on Tuesday and will run until August 19. Visitors can pick up a map of the route at th...
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Oninaki Game's New Gameplay Video Highlights Lucica

PS4/Switch/PC game launches on August 22 in N. America, Europe, Japan ― Square Enix began streaming a new gameplay video on Wednesday for it and its Tokyo RPG Factory subsidiary's ONINAKI (Japanese title: Oni no Naku Kuni, or "country where the ogre cries") action role-playing game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The video highlights the Daemon character Lucica (voiced by Houko ...
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Steel Angel Kurumi Gets New Merch for 20th Anniversary

October will mark the 20th anniversary of the first anime adaptation of Kaishaku's Steel Angel Kurumi manga aired in Japan. The alternate history series takes place in Japan's Taishō era (1912–1926) where one scientist created an advanced humanoid weapon the Steel Angel. His creation falls into the hands of a priest in training and propels him into a dangerous face-off with the Imperial Army. Also...
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Voice Actor Natsuki Hanae Hosts New Manga-Themed Variety Program

BS NTV's new variety program Anoko wa Manga o Yomanai (That Kid Doesn't Read Manga) starring voice actor Natsuki Hanae, TV announcer Misato Ugaki, and comedian Yuki Iwai will premiere on August 30 at 11:00 p.m. Despite the shows title, all three hosts are manga enthusiasts and will interview guests including manga editors. The first program will feature Bakemonogatar manga artist Oh! Great and wri...
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Yuuki Kaji's Agency Vows Legal Measures Against Recent Net Rumors

Agency says rumors are "baseless and defamatory" ― Talent management agency VIMS announced on Saturday that it was prepared to take legal measures regarding rumors about voice actor Yuuki Kaji. The agency stated that the rumors regarding Kaji's past relationships are "baseless and defamatory," an invasion of his privacy, and a violation of his personal rights. The agency has tapped the Gladiator law ...
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Ryotaro Okiayu Leaves Hospital After Successful Gallbladder Surgery

Toriko, Fate/Zero voice actor had surgery last Wednesday ― Voice actor Ryotaro Okiayu posted on his Twitter account on Saturday that he has left the hospital after a successful cholecystectomy (surgical removal of the gallbladder). His surgery took place on August 7. Okiayu added that he is still taking painkillers as of Saturday. Okiayu's many anime roles include the title character in Toriko, Berse...
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Fate/Grand Order Introduces Limited Swimsuit Event with Anime Ad

The popular Fate/Grand Order mobile game launched its limited "Here We Come! Las Vegas Official Bout: Tournament of the Seven Swimsuit Blademasters! event on August 14 with a promotional anime commercial. Like previous ads, the animation was produced by A-1 Pictures. The ad was directed and storyboarded by Yūsuke Maruyama (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works episode director). Yumi Kuroiwa (Hai...
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Crunchyroll to Stream High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World, Ascendance of a Bookworm Anime

Both anime's 1st episodes to premiere at Crunchyroll Expo ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will stream the High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World and Ascendance of a Bookworm television anime this fall as they air in Japan. Both series will be available worldwide except in Asia, and the first episodes of both series will premiere at Crunchyroll Expo this year. Crunchyrol...
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Kabuki-chō Sherlock Anime Premieres on October 11

― The official website for Production I.G's original Kabukichō Sherlock television anime project revealed on Wednesday that the series will premiere on the "Animeism" programming block on TBS and MBS on October 11 late at night at 1:55 a.m. (effectively October 12). The anime will then debut on BS-TBS on October 12 late at night at 1:00 a.m. (effectively October 13). The show's website describes the...
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Dr. Stone ‒ Episode 6

"Senku’s plan to secretly build up and oppose Tsukasa has a great starting point, and I’m looking forward to meeting whatever new characters and challenges it provides."

'Jо̄shi no Asoko wa XL Size!? Futoi Sakippo... Haitteru...!' Adult Romance Manga Gets TV Anime

ComicFesta's newest adult romance series premieres on October 6 ― Itо̄ Kani's Jо̄shi no Asoko wa XL Size!? Futoi Sakippo... Haitteru...! manga is getting a television anime adaptation titled XL Jо̄shi (XL Boss). The anime will premiere on television on Tokyo MX and other networks and also begin streaming on October 6. The story centers on Saki Watase, a female office worker who is running out of mone...
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Kyoto Animation Suspends Annual Awards

KyoAni, Animation DO also reconsider November fan event; online orders delayed ― Kyoto Animation announced on Wednesday that it has temporarily suspended its 11th Kyoto Animation Awards. Staff decided to suspend the awards after discussions in light of the fire at Kyoto Animation's 1st studio building on July 18. For the time being, the studio will no longer accept submissions or inquiries about the ...
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Cop Craft ‒ Episode 5

"We’re now at a point where Tilarna and Kei have completed another battle, but are left with no ongoing leads, so I’m curious where we go from here."
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Answerman - How Much Of The Doujinshi Scene Is Porn?

Over 700,000 attendees visited Comiket this year, the mecca of self-published comics. But how much of it is Adults Only? ― Jake asked: Comiket has become an institution of anime and manga nerd culture over the last several decades. But at a recent convention panel I attended, it was mentioned that is often overlooked or hidden in most media representations is the vast amount of 18+ erotic adult douj...
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K-ON! Publisher Manga Time Kirara Releases Message in Support of Kyoto Animation

K-ON! publisher Manga Time Kirara released a message in support of Kyoto Animation on Twitter last Friday. It features an illustration by K-ON! manga artist Kakifly. 私たちはこれからも、京都アニメーションならびに同社の作品を変わらず応援して参ります。 pic.twitter.com/F3r8mP2qwq— まんがタイムきらら編集部 (@mangatimekirara) August 9, 2019 The message reads: "Regarding the arson incident that happened at Kyoto Animation, we pray for the souls of the depa...
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Dr. Stone Anime's New Promo Video Previews Village Arc

New arc in anime starts on Friday ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga began streaming on Wednesday a promotional video that previews the "Village" Arc. The anime will enter the arc on Friday. The anime debuted on July 5. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs, and Funimation is streaming a simuldub of the anime. Shinya I...

JETRO Releases Report on Anime Content in U.K., France

U.K. focuses on children demographic, but 40% of adults in France are anime consumers ― The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) released its report on the Japanese content market in the United Kingdom and France in March. The report noted that anime-related content forms the majority of the Japanese screen content present in the market for both countries. The report highlighted the demographic ...

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One Piece Stampede Opens at #1, Weathering With You Drops to #3

Dragon Quest: Your Story drops to #7, Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution to #9 ― The One Piece Stampede anime film ranked at #1 in its opening weekend. The film sold 1,254,372 tickets from Friday to Monday, and earned 1,646,321,500 yen (about US$15.64 million) over the same period (Monday was a holiday in Japan). The film earned 8.4% more and sold 15.3% more tickets over its first four days than One Piece...
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Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Manga Ranks #4 on U.S. Monthly Bookscan July List

Berserk, My Hero Academia, Komi Can't Communicate, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes also rank ― Akira Himekawa's The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess manga volume 5 ranked at #4 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for July. This month's list featured 14 manga volumes, including: #4 — Akira Himekawa's The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess volume 5 #5 — Kentarou Miura's Berserk Deluxe vol...
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Bang! Dream Girls Reimagined by Pop Team Epic Creator

Bkub Okawa's Pop Team Epic is known for its outlandish humor and gags but its simple style also easily lends itself to character design redraws. Okawa drew the Transformers character Bumblebee after watching the live-action film, proving that even robots fit in the world of Popuko and Pipimi. The latest characters to get the Okawa makeover are the cast of Bushiroad's BanG Dream! franchise. The cas...
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Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha/Bravo Switch Games Ship in West in Early 2020

Game collections' trailer streamed ― NIS America announced on Tuesday that it will release City Connection's Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha and Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo game collections for the Nintendo Switch in the West in early 2020. The collections consist of six games each from developer Psikyo, and Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha will launch first. NIS America also began streaming an announcement t...
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Oninaki Game's New Gameplay Video Highlights Izana

PS4/Switch/PC game launches on August 22 in N. America, Europe, Japan ― Square Enix began streaming a new gameplay video on Tuesday for it and its Tokyo RPG Factory subsidiary's ONINAKI (Japanese title: Oni no Naku Kuni, or "country where the ogre cries") action role-playing game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The video highlights the Daemon character Izana (voiced by Megumi To...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, August 11-17

All Out!, Hanebado! anime; Yuri Life, Star Blazers 2199 manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Akiba's Trip: The Animation Essentials BDPlease Funimation US$29.98 August 13 All Out! Complete Series BDCite Funimation US$69.98 August 13 Big Boob Babes 2 DVD (adult)AnimeNewsNetwork Adult Source Media US$24.99 August 13 Hanebado! BDPlease Funimation US$64.98 August 13 Hin...
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Godzilla Gemstone Video Audition Project Winner Launches Web Series

The winner of Toho Co., LTD. and AlphaBoat's video audition project GEMSTONE's first audition call is a short titled Kaiju Ningyō Gojiban (Kaiju Doll Gojiban) by the puppet theater group Atelier Koganemushi. The audition call centered on "Godzilla" as a theme. The winning short has inspired a web series, which will stream on 5pm Fridays (JST) on Godzilla's official YouTube channel "Toho Tokusatsu ...
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Spirit Hunter: NG Horror Game Launches on October 10

― Aksys Games announced on Tuesday that it will release Experience's Spirit Hunter: NG (Volume II) game in the West for the PlayStation 4, Switch, PlayStation Vita, and PC on October 10. The game will have a physical release on the PS4 and Switch, and digital downloads only for the PS Vita and PC versions. Aksys Games describes Spirit Hunter: NG (Volume II): NG is the second entry in the new Spirit ...
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Kase-san and Morning Glories Anime Reveals English Dub Cast, Trailer

Morgan Berry, Bryn Apprill star in OVA's dub ― Sentai Filmworks revealed a trailer and cast for the English dub of the original video anime of Hiromi Takashima's Kase-san and Morning Glories (Asagao to Kase-san.) manga on Tuesday. The English dub cast includes: Morgan Berry as Tomoka Kase Bryn Apprill as Yui Yamada Apphia Yu as Mikawa Shelley Calene-Black as Yamada's Mother Luci Christian as Teacher ...
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Doraemon: Story of Seasons Game Launches in West on October 11

― The official Twitter account for Bandai Namco Entertainment UK announced on Tuesday that the Doraemon: Story of Seasons (Doraemon: Nobita no Bokujō Monogatari) game will launch for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam in the West on October 11. Doraemon: Story of Seasons will also launch in Southeast Asia this fall. The game launched in Japan on Nintendo Switch on June 13. Bandai Namco Entertainment, ...
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Boruto Writer Ukyō Kodachi Shares Support For LGBTQ Representation in Fiction

'I decide whether my characters are straight or gay or so on even when that's not the main theme of the story.' ― Boruto writer Ukyō Kodachi shared his support for LGBTQ representation in fiction on Twitter on Saturday. He argued that LGBTQ characters ought to exist in fiction even when that aspect of their identities is not a plot point, and revealed that in his own stories he regularly decides on t...
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Root Letter: Last Answer Game Streams English Gameplay Trailer

Switch/PS4 game ships in N. America on September 3, Europe on August 30 ― PQube began streaming on Tuesday an English gameplay trailer for Kadokawa Games' Root Letter: Last Answer game for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Root Letter: Last Answer will launch for the Switch and PS4 in Europe on August 30 and in North America on September 3. The Day-One Edition will include a 100-page artbook in ...
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This Week in Anime - Given Unites Fans' Love of Music and Romance

Given's thoughtful and soulful take on boys-love has critics and fans alike cheering for an encore. Micchy and Andy discuss the characters and conflicts of this band-driven drama. ― Given's thoughtful and soulful take on boys-love has critics and fans alike cheering for an encore. This week, Micchy and Andy discuss the characters and conflicts of this band-driven drama. Disclaimer: The views and opi...
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Chinese Kizuna Ai Fans Revolt Amid Rumors that the Original Voice Actress is Being Phased Out

Bilibili channel loses almost 100,000 subscribers in a week ― Virtual YouTuber Kizuna Ai's subscriber count on the Chinese streaming website Bilibili has been taking a dive since August 6, when two videos posted on Kizuna Ai's YouTube channel showed the character with an "ahegao", an expression of sexual arousal often depicted in pornographic manga. In the comments of these videos, fans have called t...
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Promare Anime Film Tops 1 Billion Yen

Film opened in Japan in May, opens in N. America in September ― The official Twitter account for Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare revealed on Tuesday that the film has earned more than 1 billion yen (about US$9.4 million). The staff is preparing a "thank you plan" to show gratitude to fans. The film opened in 200 theaters in Japan on May 24, and ranked at #8 in its opening weeke...
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Happinet Trademarks 'Brigandine: Lunasia Senki'

― Entertainment product wholesaler Happinet filed a trademark for "Brigandine: Lunasia Senki" (Lunasian War Chronicles) on July 31. The trademark was made public on Tuesday. The original Brigandine turn-based strategy game debuted for the PlayStation in 1998. Hearty Robin developed the game. Atlus published the game in the United States. The game's Brigandine: Grand Edition remake debuted in 2000 bu...
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Koei Tecmo Trademarks 5 'Musō' Titles

― Game developer Koei Tecmo Games filed trademarks for "Isekai Musō" (Other World Warriors), "Gakuen Musō" (Academy Warriors), "Tensei Musō" (Reincarnation Warriors), "Musō Play" (Warriors Play), and "Musō Mode" (Warriors Mode) on July 30. The trademarks were made public on Tuesday. Musō is the series title for Koei Tecmo Games' series of hack-and-slash action games, which is titled Warriors in the ...
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ID: INVADED Anime Reveals 1st Trailer, Main Cast, Staff

Kenjiro Tsuda stars as Sakaido in 2020 anime project ― The official website for the original anime project ID: INVADED revealed the first trailer, main cast and staff, and a key visual on Tuesday. The video previews the character Sakaido investigating the death of a mysterious girl known as "Kaeru-chan." Kenjiro Tsuda (One Punch Man's Atomic Samurai, Attack on Titan's Hannes, Free! - Iwatobi Swim Clu...
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Violet Evergarden Gaiden Side Story Anime's Trailer Reveals Cast

Minako Kotobuki, Aoi Yūki play new characters in September 6 theatrical anime ― The official website for Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll (Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidō Shuki Ningyō), a side story to the Violet Evergarden anime, began streaming a trailer for the anime on Tuesday. The video reveals the anime's cast and previews the anime's theme song "Amy" by Minori Chih...
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'Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!' Anime's Character Promo Video Highlights Reina

Sora Tokui plays E-rank hunter Reina in October anime ― The official website for the anime of FUNA's Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! (Watashi, Nōryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne!) light novel series began streaming a character promotional video on Tuesday that highlights the E-rank hunter Reina. The anime will premiere this October, and stars: Azumi Waki as Mile / Mis...
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