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Otakon 2018 Cosplay Gallery Part II

Feast your eyes on another batch of incredible costumes from this weekend's Otakon 2018 in Washington, DC! ― IMG 1.jpg IMG 2.jpg IMG 3.jpg IMG 4.jpg IMG 5.jpg IMG 6.jpg IMG 7.jpg IMG 8.jpg IMG 9.jpg IMG 10.jpg IMG 11.jpg IMG 12.jpg IMG 13.jpg IMG 14.jpg IMG 15.jpg IMG 16.jpg IMG 17.jpg IMG 18.jpg IMG 19.jpg IMG 20.jpg IMG 21.jpg IMG 22.jpg IMG 23.jpg IMG 24.jpg IMG 25.jpg IMG 26.jpg
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The Voynich Hotel GN 1

With nods to the Eagles' classic "Hotel California" and a healthy dose of strangeness, The Voynich Hotel promises a stay you won't soon forget. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Seven Seas' use of a paraphrased line from the Eagles' 1977 song “Hotel California” on the back copy of The Voynich Hotel's first volume really does prepare you for what's going on inside. The song's last line is “You can ...
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The List - 7 More Deadly Games of Survival

Can't get enough of battle royale tournaments where only the strongest and wittiest survive a gruesome demise? Here are seven more survival game anime to scratch that itch! ― There are few quicker ways to ramp up tension between a group of strangers than throwing them headfirst into a battle of kill or be killed. There are tons of manga centered on the topic, for example Yen Press' release of Though...
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Otakon 2018 Cosplay Gallery: Part I

Here's the first of our galleries of fun cosplay photos from this weekend's Otakon 2018 in Washington DC. ― IMG 12.jpg IMG 1.jpg IMG 2.jpg IMG 3.jpg IMG 4.jpg IMG 5.jpg IMG 6.jpg IMG 7.jpg IMG 8.jpg IMG 9.jpg IMG 10.jpg IMG 11.jpg IMG 25.jpg IMG 26.jpg IMG 27.jpg IMG 28.jpg IMG 29.jpg IMG 30.jpg IMG 31.jpg IMG 32.jpg IMG 33.jpg IMG 34.jpg IMG 35.jpg IMG 36.jpg IMG 24.jpg IMG 13.jpg IMG 14.jpg IMG 15...
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Black Torch GN 1

Cat spirits and ninja combine in this action series that blends fantasy with science fiction and folklore. Rebecca Silverman weighs the highs and lows of this pulse-pounding genre mashup. ― Life very rarely works out precisely as you've planned it, even if your plans aren't much beyond “wake up and go to school.” That's what high schooler Jiro Azuma is about to learn the hard way when he rescues an i...
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Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction GN 1

Inio Asano knocks it out of the park with another hilarious yet heartbreaking story that balances absurd ideas with emotional power. Nick Creamer has the details. ― Three quarters of the way through Inio Asano's latest work, there's a two page spread capturing one intimate moment. Having just sent her best friend Kadode off on a misguided quest to hook up with her crush, co-heroine Ontan finds hersel...
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Encouragement of Climb Made Me Climb a Japanese Mountain

Sometimes anime can inspire us to do incredible things! Tokyo correspondent Kim Morrissy watched the charming short anime Encouragement of Climb and wound up on the side of a Japanese mountain. ― Before watching Encouragement of Climb (otherwise known as Yama no Susume), I'd never climbed a mountain. Well, that's kind of inaccurate - I climbed a mountain once when I was a kid, but that was a rather u...
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Tuesday, August 14

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Natsume's Book of Friends Film Adds Comedy Duo 'Viking' to Guest Cast

Duo plays yōkai who have business with Natsume in September 29 film ― The official website for Gekijōban Natsume Yūjinchō ~Utsusemi ni Musubu~ (Natsume's Book of Friends the Movie: Tied to the Temporal World), the anime film of Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, revealed on Tuesday that the film has cast Viking comedy duo members Eiji Kotōge and Mizuki Nishimura as...

Monday, August 13

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Mirai Climbs to #6, My Hero Academia Film Drops to #7

Kamen Rider/Sentai double feature drops to #8, Pokémon to #9 ― Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's new Mirai no Mirai (Mirai) anime film rose from #7 to #6 in its fourth weekend. The film earned 154,220,000 yen (about US$1.39 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has now earned a cumulative total of 2,010,528,300 yen (about US$18.15 million). The film opened in 456 theaters on July 20 in Japan. It so...
ep. review

One Piece ‒ Episode 849

"This really feels like the anime staff going above and beyond to make something that feels just a little bigger than the source material, and I believe they have succeeded wonderfully."
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Newton and the Apple Tree Visual Novel Debuts on Wednesday

Sol Press announced on August 7 that it will release Laplacian's bishōjo visual novel Newton and the Apple Tree (Newton to Ringo no Ki) on Steam on Wednesday, August 15. MiKandi Japan and Sol Press ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for the game from December to January. The campaign raised US$88,095 out of its initial goal of US$31,200. Newton and the Apple Tree debuted for Windows in Japan in...
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In New Book, Ghibli's Suzuki Reveals Isao Takahata as Notoriously Difficult Director

Claims character designer and animation director Yoshifumi Kondō death was due to Takahata's work expectations ― Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki revealed another side of his long-time work partner and director Isao Takahata. The book, The Ghibli Textbook #19: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Ghibli no Kyōkasho 19 Kaguya-hime no Monogatari), delves into the production of Takahata's last film and ...
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Sekai Project Lays Off Marketing Staff

CEO Christopher Ling comments that layoffs are due to restructuring ― Sekai Project brand manager Frances Delgado revealed on social media that her "entire office" at Sekai project was laid off on Monday. Studio Élan lead Josh Kaplan also tweeted to say he is no longer employed at Sekai Project. Sekai Project CEO Christopher Ling posted an official statement on the company's website on Monday, confir...
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Holmes of Kyoto ‒ Episode 6

"Even as light mysteries go, this episode of Holmes of Kyoto feels like it was just phoning it in."
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Sankarea's Mitsuru Hattori to Launch New Manga

Kaijū-iro no Shima to debut in September ― The September issue of Shueisha's Monthly Dragon Age magazine revealed on August 9 that Mitsuru Hattori will launch a new manga in the fifth volume of sister magazine Bessatsu Dragon Age on September 25. The manga is tentatively titled Kaijū-iro no Shima ("Monster-Colored Island or "Scheelite-Colored Island"). The manga will feature in the issue's front cove...
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Hanebado! ‒ Episode 7

"The ‘sports’ part of this sports anime is finally getting to shine, which helps the show's strong points stand out against all the other content that could be charitably described as less enjoyable."
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Idol Group Nogizaka46's Animated Computer Ad Streams

Evangelion's Yoshiyuki Sadamoto designed characters ― The Mouse computer store's anime ad starring the Nogizaka46 idol group with character design's by Evangelion's Yoshiyuki Sadamoto began streaming on August 8. LIDEN FILMS animated the ad and it first appeared during the Mirai Seiki Jipang documentary on TV Tokyo the same day. The ad is based on a previous live-action commercial. Sadamoto previousl...
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Future GPX Cyber Formula Gets New 'Official, Authorized' Dōjin Game

Project YNP released racing game supporting VR on Friday ― The dōjin group Project YNP released on Friday at Comic Market 94 an "official, authorized" dōjin game for PC titled Shin Seiki GPX Cyber Formula SIN VIER (Future GPX Cyber Formula SIN VIER) based on the Future GPX Cyber Formula anime, specifically the Future GPX Cyber Formula Sin OVA. The game supports VR on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Each ve...
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Planet With ‒ Episode 6

"This showdown between Soya and Takashi would have felt worthy of a season finale if it didn't come at the story's halfway point."
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First Nation Teen Keeps Language Alive by Dubbing Sailor Moon

Westin Sutherland is hoping to inspire youngsters to learn indigenous languages by creating dubs of some of his favorite animated series, including Spongebob Square Pants, The Proud Family, and Sailor Moon. Sutherland is from Peguis First Nation in Manitoba and began learning the Anishinaabemowin and Cree languages four years ago. While studying, Sutherland noticed the lack of television programmi...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 56

"What this arc lacks in scope, it aims to make up for in small character moments and an affirmation of 1-A's growth and companionship."
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Everyone's Getting Married Creator Izumi Miyazono Launches New Series

Ai ni Nante Oborenai centers on new hire with sleazy but talented boss ― The September issue of Shogakukan's Petit Comic magazine revealed last Wednesday that Izumi Miyazono will launch a new manga titled Ai ni Nante Oborenai (I Will Not Succumb to Love) in the magazine's next issue on September 7. The manga will feature in the issue's front cover, and will have a color opening page, with a 40-page f...
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Otakon 2018 Cosplay Gallery Part II

Feast your eyes on another batch of incredible costumes from this weekend's Otakon 2018 in Washington, DC! ― IMG 1.jpg IMG 2.jpg IMG 3.jpg IMG 4.jpg IMG 5.jpg IMG 6.jpg IMG 7.jpg IMG 8.jpg IMG 9.jpg IMG 10.jpg IMG 11.jpg IMG 12.jpg IMG 13.jpg IMG 14.jpg IMG 15.jpg IMG 16.jpg IMG 17.jpg IMG 18.jpg IMG 19.jpg IMG 20.jpg IMG 21.jpg IMG 22.jpg IMG 23.jpg IMG 24.jpg IMG 25.jpg IMG 26.jpg
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Asobi Asobase -workshop of fun- ‒ Episode 6

"Asobi Asobase continues to be one of the funniest anime comedies I've ever seen, but its attempt to push every boundary can occasionally leave you squirming."
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Lucky Star Shrine's Iconic Torii Gate Collapses

Washinomiya Shrine, the Tokyo area's oldest shrine and a real-life backdrop for the Lucky Star anime series, faced an unfortunate loss on Sunday. The shrine's torii gate collapsed at around 10:40 a.m. on Sunday, crushing the trunk of a car passing underneath it. The gate was about six meters tall (about 19.5ft) and included a wooden piece that ran along the top. The wood was protected by a rainpro...
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Hiroshi Takahashi's Jank Runk Family Manga Resumes on August 28

Manga ended 1st part, began hiatus in February ― This year's 17th issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion magazine announced on Friday that Hiroshi Takashi's Jank Runk Family manga will return in the magazine's next issue on August 28. Takashi ended the manga's "first part" on February 27, and it went on hiatus immediately afterward. The manga is a crossover with the OREN'S manga, which artist Yanse K...
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Angels of Death ‒ Episode 6

"This is the bloodiest and most grim episode of Angels of Death yet."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 41

"This episode offers little victories to balance out the plot's increasingly dire stakes, as the show's world becomes more clouded with political strife."
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Grand Blue Dreaming's Camera App Filter Lets Fans Become Cakey

The Grand Blue Dreaming anime is collaborating with the BeautyPlus camera app. The app is now letting users transform themselves into Aina "Cakey" Yoshiwara as she appeared in the anime's fourth episode. The episode features a beauty pageant, and Cakey becomes a key character as she wears a blond wig and extremely heavy makeup. Voice actress Kana Asumi, who plays Aina in the anime, already experim...

Otakon's Attendance Rises by More Than 4,000 in 2018

Otakorp Inc. announced on Monday that the total number of attendees for this year's Otakon event was 29,293. The number includes those who purchased badges as well as staff, dealers, artists, industry, contractors, guests, and press. The total number of paid registrants was 26,590. The total attendance was up over 4,000 from last year's total of 24,894. Otakon 2017 took place from August 10-12 at ...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 359

"This arc has consistently brought out the best in each character and forced them to set aside personal differences to discover new strength."

New Manga Publishing Company Denpa Launches, Licenses Kaiji, Inside Mari, More

Works by Hiroyuki Asada, panpanya, Asumiko Nakamura, Range Murata also licensed ― Ed Chavez, former Vertical marketing director and most recently vice president of FAKKU, announced a new North American manga publishing company named Denpa at Otakon on Saturday. The company plans to release manga from a variety of genres beginning with the following titles: Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Gambling Apocalypse Kaij...
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Tokyo One Piece Tower Theme Park Gets Immersive Theater Experience

The Tokyo One Piece Tower theme park is getting an immersive theater experience titled "Toki no Hako ga Aku Toki" (When the Time Box Opens). A special website will open to reveal more details about the experience on August 17. In immersive theater, audience members occupy the same performance space as the show's cast and actively participate in the performance. Performers interact with audience me...
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Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw Manga Gets 2nd Series in September

Rei Mikamoto's original manga ran from 2009-2017, inspired live-action film ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Comic Beam magazine revealed on Friday that Rei Mikamoto will launch a second Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw manga series titled Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw refresh (seen left in image below) in the magazine's next issue on September 12. The original manga centers around Geeko Nokomura, who is i...
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Answerman - Are Dub Crew Members Taking Over Voice Actors' Jobs?

Oftentimes in the credits of an English dub, you'll see the same name in a couple different slots - maybe director, producer, and also the lead actor. Is the crew invading the booth? Justin explains. ― Tess asked: Looking at the dub credits on various anime, I noticed that a voice actor (who is often a lead) may also be credited as a producer. Because they're a producer on a series' (or an episode's...
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Holmes of Kyoto Anime Casts Sayaka Ohara as Yoshie Takiyama

Ohara debuts as Rikyū's young-looking mother on Monday ― The official Twitter account for Holmes of Kyoto, the television anime of Mai Mochizuki's Holmes at Kyoto Teramachi Sanjō (Kyōto Teramachi Sanjō no Holmes) mystery novel series, announced on Monday that Sayaka Ohara will play Yoshie Takiyama, Rikyū's mother and a friend of Seiji. Though young-looking, she is actually 40 years old. Seiji's love ...
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Asobi Asobase Anime Casts Toshiyuki Morikawa as Olivia's Brother

TV series premiered on July 8 ― The official website of the television anime of Rin Suzukawa's Asobi Asobase (Play and Let Play) manga revealed on Friday that Toshiyuki Morikawa is playing Olivia's older brother. The site did not reveal an episode for the character's debut. The anime premiered on July 8. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan. The manga's seventh compiled book volume ...
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Angolmois Anime Casts Akira Ishida as Antokutei

Character designs for Tatsu, Sana also revealed ― The official website for Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion, the television anime of Nanahiko Takagi's Angolmois: Genkō Kassen-ki manga, revealed on Monday that Akira Ishida will play Antokutei. The character will debut in the anime's sixth episode on Tuesday. Akira Ishida as Antokutei The website also revealed designs for the characters Tatsu and S...
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Boarding School Juliet TV Anime Casts Hiroshi Kamiya

Series premieres in October ― The official website for the television anime of Yōsuke Kaneda's school romantic comedy manga series Kishuku Gakkō no Juliet (Boarding School Juliet) revealed on Monday that Hiroshi Kamiya will play Scott Fold. Hiroshi Kamiya as Scott Fold The series will premiere in October on the MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS in the Animeism programming block. It will also stream exclusively on...
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New Rurouni Kenshin Stage Play Unveils Visual

The official website for the new stage play of Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga revealed a new visual for the play's handbills on Saturday. The play will run in Tokyo from October 11 to November 7, and then in Osaka from November 15 to 24. Watsuki first launched his 28-volume Rurouni Kenshin manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1994. The manga has more than 60 million copies ...
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Anime Film Previews Action Scenes in Clips

Previewed with both original key frames, finished cut ― The official Twitter account for the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes film posted four clips from the film on Sunday. The clips show short segments of action scenes from the film with both the raw key frames and the finished cut. <ボンズ発! 劇場版 #ヒロアカ 線撮×本編ムービー①が来た!>絶賛公開中『僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE 〜2人の英雄(ヒーロー)〜』バトルアクションシーンから、ヤングオールマイト変身!!更なる興奮が待つ完成版の迫力は映画館で体...
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Nana Mizuki Returns to Sing Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Detonation Film's Theme Song

2nd film in 2-part project opens in Japan on October 19 ― The official Twitter account of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Detonation anime film announced on Saturday that Nana Mizuki will perform the film's theme song "NEVER SURRENDER." The song's CD single will ship on October 24 as the singer's 38th single. Mizuki also performed the insert song "Invisible Heat" and the ending theme song "Destiny's ...
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Kaiji Kawaguchi, Shinji Makari Launch New Manga

Yugo, Zipang creators collaborate for Sagara ~S no Dōsotai~ manga ― This year's combined 36th and 37th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine launched a new manga titled Sagara ~S no Dōsotai~ (Sagara ~The S Allotrope~) by manga creators Kaiji Kawaguchi and Shinji Makari on August 9. Makari is credited for the original work, and Kawaguchi is drawing the art. Makari is the author of the Yugo manga series...
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Trinity Seven's Kenji Saito, Chako Abeno Launch Witch Order Modern Fantasy Manga in September

Saito, Abeno previously collaborated on Trinity Seven: Liese Chronicle spinoff manga ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine revealed on Thursday that Kenji Saito and Chako Abeno will launch a new manga titled Witch Order in the magazine's next issue on September 7. The magazine teases the story as a modern fantasy centering on a "master who pierces through justice, and an ill...
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Comic Market Ties All-Time One-Day Attendee Record

210,000 attendees on 3rd day of event ― The Comic Market 94 (Comiket 94) event, Japan's largest event for selling self-published dōjinshi works, drew about 210,000 attendees on its third day at Tokyo Big Sight on Sunday. It tied the all-time one-day attendee record, last reached on Comic Market 93's third day. Across all three days of the Comiket 94 event, there were about 530,000 attendees. Comiket ...
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Meiji Tokyo Renka TV Anime Reveals January 2019 Premiere, Visual

Akitaro Daichi directs anime based on romance visual novel at TMS Entertainment ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Broccoli's Meiji Tokyo Renka romance visual novel revealed the anime's January 2019 premiere and teaser visual on Monday. Akitarō Daichi (Kamisama Kiss, Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) is directing the television anime at TMS Entertainment, and Junko Yamanaka (Kam...
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Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment Gets Standalone PC Release on August 21

Game originally launched on Steam as pre-order bonus ― Bandai Namco announced on Sunday during a livestream on Dengeki Online's YouTube channel that its Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment game will launch on PC via Steam as a standalone release on August 21. Bandai Namco offered a Steam copy of Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment on March 23 to those who pre-ordered Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet ...

Sunday, August 12

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Patlabor EZY Anime Project Launches Website, Social Media Accounts

The staff of the Patlabor EZY anime series opened a new website, Twitter, and Instagram account on Friday. The Japan Anniversary Association officially recognized August 10 as Patlabor Day. Genco representative director Taro Maki (Patlabor the Mobile Police, Nodame Cantabile, Millennium Actress) previously confirmed that he is producing the Patlabor EZY anime series. The Patlabor franchise's origi...
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Den-noh Coil Book Publishes Anime's Never-Before-Seen Production Materials

Advance sales of the Den-noh Coil Archives book of materials from the Den-noh Coil anime will be available at Comic Market 94 (Comiket). The Anime Style booth will sell the book at the event, which is being held at Tokyo Big Sight from August 10-12. Original manga creator Mitsuo Iso directed the anime that premiered in 2007 and won an Excellence Prize in the animation division of the Agency for Cu...
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Live-Action Antiquarian Bookshop Biblia's Case Files Film Casts Ryō Narita

Narita plays Shioriko's colleague, part of story's love triangle ― The official website for the live-action film of En Mikami's Antiquarian Bookshop Biblia's Case Files (Biblia Kosho-dō no Jiken Techō) novel series revealed on Friday that Ryō Narita will join the film's cast as the character Inagaki. The character is Shioriko's colleague who runs a retail website specializing in manga. Inagaki, Shior...
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Twitter Criticizes Variety Show's Male Entertainers for Rude Behavior at Sailor Moon Café

The episode of NTV's Hirunandesu! variety program that aired on Wednesday featured a segment in which four male entertainers visited a limited-time Sailor Moon café. The cafe is running at Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando in Shibuya, Tokyo until August 19. The performers who visited the café for the program were comedy duo Audrey members Masayasu Wakabayashi and Toshiaki Kasuga, comedy duo Heisei Nobushi Ko...
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Twitter Account Takes On Figure Maker After Alleged Poor Business Practices

A person claiming to be figure designer Kōji Ihara opened a new Twitter account on Monday for people or businesses who have been affected by figure maker Be-full's alleged actions. Ihara designed a figure of Encouragement of Climb's Hinata and Aoi for Be-full but is now discussing possible legal action against the company. 【拡散希望】フィギュア企画請負の伊原と申します。ヤマノススメ「雪村あおい」「倉上ひなた」の材質をPVCからアクリル系樹脂に変更をメーカーである㈱びーふ...
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PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 19

"Though a decent chunk of the episode is set on an island vacation, it functions more as setup for all the plot that picks up steam this week."
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Bullet Girls Phantasia Game's Video Highlights Characters, Features

PS4/PS Vita game shipped in Japan, Asia on Thursday ― H2 Interactive began streaming a new English-subtitled promotional video for D3 Publisher's Bullet Girls Phantasia PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Thursday. The video introduces the game's characters and features. The character Merrina Iris (voiced by Nozomi Yamamoto) appears as a virtual YouTuber to host the video. The game is the newe...
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Kyoto Animation Shows Tsurune, Free! Anime Key Frames at Comiket

Anime studio Kyoto Animation wasn't selling any merchandise at this summer's Comic Market (Comiket) 94 event, but they were holding a key animation exhibit at their booth. They revealed frames for the upcoming TV anime Tsurune, which will air in October, as well as for episode 6 of Free! Dive to the Future, which has yet to air. Tsurune is adapted from an "archery youth story" novel. Minato played...
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My Love Story!! Gets Side Story Chapter in September

Manga ended in 2016; inspired 2015 TV anime, live-action film ― The September issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine revealed on Friday that Kazune Kawahara and Aruko's romantic comedy shōjo manga series My Love Story!! (Ore Monogatari!!) manga will get a side story chapter in the magazine's next issue on September 13. The new chapter will have a color opening page and will have 60 pages. The...

Discotek Streams Hells Anime Film's English Dub Trailers

English dub by Team Four Star, Sound Cadence Studios ― The official Twitter account of Discotek Media began streaming a new trailer on Sunday for Yoshiki Yamakawa and Madhouse's 2008 Hells anime film adaptation of Sin'Ichi Hiromoto's Hells Angels manga. The video previews the English dub from Team Four Star and Sound Cadence Studios. Hells is coming to Blu-ray this year with a brand new dub from @tea...
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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs ‒ Episode 5

"Overall, this episode readily meets its fanservice quota while retaining emotional sincerity. For a largely plotless harem romcom, could you ask for much more?"

Discotek Licenses Giant Robo, Kimagure Orange Road, Galaxy Express 999, More

Also: Bobobo-bo Bobo-bo, Lupin III, Psycho Armor Govarian, Space Warrior Baldios, Voltes V, God Mars, Area 88 ― Discotek Media announced at its Otakon panel on Sunday that it has licensed the Giant Robo and Area 88 OVAs and the Lupin the 3rd: Blood Seal of the Eternal Mermaid anime movie. The company also licensed the Kimagure Orange Road, Galaxy Express 999, Psycho Armor Govarian, Bobobo-bo Bobo-bo,...
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Grand Blue Dreaming ‒ Episode 5

"I'm not saying I want Grand Blue Dreaming to be less crass, or willfully dumb, or absurd. I just expect the show to be better at doing all that."
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Happy Sugar Life ‒ Episode 5

"Happy Sugar Life was originally promoted with nods to being a yuri series. That element finally comes into play directly in episode 5, but not in the way you might expect."
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The Voynich Hotel GN 1

With nods to the Eagles' classic "Hotel California" and a healthy dose of strangeness, The Voynich Hotel promises a stay you won't soon forget. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Seven Seas' use of a paraphrased line from the Eagles' 1977 song “Hotel California” on the back copy of The Voynich Hotel's first volume really does prepare you for what's going on inside. The song's last line is “You can ...

AIC Plans Crowdfunding for El Hazard Sequel Project

Campaign aims to fund 5-minute pilot to prove viability of full anime project ― Anime production company AIC is showing a preview page for a new Campfire crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for a five-minute pilot film for the El Hazard - The Magnificent World franchise. If funded, the pilot will be for a possible new anime project titled El-Hazard: The Dual World. The campaign has not yet launched,...

One-Punch Man Anime Season 2 Unveils Teaser, JAM Project's Return, April Premiere

Returning cast members also confirmed ― The One-Punch Man [Maji] School Festival event debuted a teaser for the second anime season based on ONE and Yuusuke Murata's One Punch Man manga on Sunday. The teaser announced that the new season will premiere next April. The event also confirmed that the group JAM Project is once again performing the opening theme song, and it unveiled a new teaser visual of...
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Fushigi Yūgi Stage Musical Sequel's Cast Photographed in Costume

Musical to open October 13-21 in Japan ― Amipro's website for its upcoming "Fushigi Yûgi -Ao no Shō- (Fushigi Yûgi -Blue Chapter-)" stage musical, the sequel to the 2016 stage musical adaptation of Yuu Watase's Fushigi Yûgi manga, posted photographs of the cast in costume. Some of the cast members are returning from the previous musical. Reina Tanaka as Miaka Yūki (returning) Ryō Hirano as Tamahome (...
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Comic Market to Use Smaller Venue for Record 4 Days for 2019 Events

Japan's largest dōjinshi event works around 2020 Olympic construction ― Comic Market, Japan's largest event for selling self-published dōjinshi works, will expand from three days to a record four days in both summer 2019 and winter 2019. It will run from August 9 to August 12 next summer, and then from December 28 to December 31. It will be the first time since Comic Market started in 1975 that the e...
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Bungaku Shojo Live-Action Series Casts Aoi Morikawa, Yuu Shirota

Sonar Pocket, Special Favorite Music perform songs for September series ― The official website for the live-action series adaptation of Mayaka Nakano's Bungaku Shojo (Literature Virgin) manga revealed the series' two lead cast members and the theme song on Tuesday. Aoi Morikawa (right in picture below) will play Kanoko Tsukishiro, while Yuu Shirota (left) will play Saku Kagaya. Sonar Pocket will perf...
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Live-Action Kyō Kara Ore wa!! Reveals Yumi Wakatsuki, Reiya Masaki in Costume

Live-action series adapts Hiroyuki Nishimori's manga ― The official website for the live-action television series of Hiroyuki Nishimori's Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! gag comedy manga revealed new cast visuals for the show on Wednesday. The visuals feature Nogizaka46's Yumi Wakatsuki and Reiya Masaki as their characters Akemi Kawasaki and Naoya Sagawa, respectively. Nogizaka46's Yumi Wakatsuki as Akemi Kawasak...
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Shirō Yoshida's Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Manga adaptation of Wit Studio's original anime launched in May 2016 ― The September issue of Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Garden magazine revealed on Saturday that Shirō Yoshida's manga adaptation of the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress anime series will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end in November. The "steampunk survival action" story takes place on the island country H...

Saturday, August 11

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Harukana Receive ‒ Episode 6

"Suspense, heartfelt emotion, and humor combined this week to give us the best that Harukana Receive has to offer."
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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Browser/Smartphone Game's New Visual Reveals Fall Release

Game previously slated for summer ― The official website for Kotetsujō no Kabaneri -Ran- Hajimaru Michiato (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress -Revolt- Beginning Tracks), DMM Games' PC browser/smartphone game for the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress franchise, unveiled a new visual, and fall release date for the game on Saturday. The game was previously slated for this summer. The site is also streaming a vi...
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Chio's School Road ‒ Episode 6

"This episode has just enough going for it to keep the ball rolling, but a dedicated comedy needs to keep throwing fresh ideas into the mix if it's going to hold up for a full season."
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Stage Play Reveals 2 Cast Visuals

Keyakizaka46 members star in play debuting in Tokyo on August 24 ― The official Twitter account for the stage play adaptation of the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden smartphone role-playing game revealed two new visuals of cast members in costume as their characters on Saturday. Memi Kakizaki as Iroha Tamaki Akari Nibu as Madoka Kaname The cast members are all members of the Keyakizaka4...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime to Premiere in L.A. on September 15

Hour-long 1st episode to premiere same day in Japan ― Aniplex of America announced at Otakon on Saturday that the United States premiere of the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime will take place at the Montalban Theatre in Los Angeles on September 15. The hour-long first episode will have a premiere event in Japan on the same day. The series will also have premiere events in Australia, France, Germa...
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Funimation Schedules Angel Links DVD for November 6

Funimation Entertainment announced at its Otakon panel on Saturday that it will release the complete Angel Links series on DVD and digital on November 6. The company had announced its license for the Outlaw Star spinoff series in 2013. Other November home video releases from Funimation include Kino's Journey -the Beautiful World-, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, A Sister's All You Need., Blood Blockade B...
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Good Smile Company Offers Cells at Work!'s White Blood Cell Nendoroid, Teases Platelet

Good Smile Company revealed on Tuesday that the Cells at Work! anime's Platelet will get a Nendoroid figure. However, fans will have to wait for the rest of the details of the release. In the meantime, fans can buy the anime's White Blood Cell Nendoroid. The figure went on sale for pre-order on Tuesday, and the pre-order period will remain open until September 5. The White Blood Cell figure inclu...
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Kalafina's Wakana Launches Solo Career, Tour

Tour launches September 24 in Tokyo, Japan ― Wakana Ootaki of singing unit Kalafina announced on Saturday during the "Kalifina 'Wakana'・Ryu Masaki Symphony Concert with Orchestra di Roma Italia" event at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall that she will launch her solo career with a solo concert tour starting on September 24 in Tokyo, Japan at the EX Theater. The official Line blog for Kalafina listed ...
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 6

"While the first five episodes gave us plenty of reason to care about these characters and the mysteries surrounding them, this week really made me feel like I know them now."
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Chūgaku Hijiri Nikki Live-Action Series Reveals Additional Cast Members

Yui Natsukawa, Keita Machida, Yō Yoshida, more join cast of October series ― The official website for the live-action series adaptation of Junko Kawakami's Chūgaku Hijiri Nikki (Middle School Hijiri Diary) manga revealed more cast members for the series on Thursday. The cast members, including the previously announced Kasumi Arimura, are as follows (Note: Character name romanizations are not official...
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Lupin the Third: Part 5's Title Thief Narrates Ocean's 8 Heist Film's Promo Video

The Lupin the Third: Part 5 anime is collaborating with Japan's release of the Ocean's 8 film. Kanichi Kurita, voice of the anime's main character, narrates a promotional video for the film that debuted on Thursday. In the video, Lupin summarizes the heist plot and describes the film's highlights as the thieves work to infiltrate the Met Gala. Lupin adds remarks such as that the film's title chara...

Netflix to Stream Hi Score Girl Anime in December

Series premiered in Japan on July 13 ― Warner Bros. Anime announced at its Hi Score Girl anime premiere Otakon panel on Saturday that the television anime adaptation of Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl manga will stream on Netflix in December 2018. The show premiered in Japan on July 13. Yoshiki Yamakawa (Hells, Kill Me Baby, Little Busters!) is directing the anime at J.C. Staff. Tatsuhiko Urahata (H...
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord ‒ Episode 6

"Shera remains so pleasantly good-natured through the weirdness of this show's premise that it's hard to dislike her."
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Biannual Running of the Otaku Returns to Comic Market 94

Throwing safety concerns aside, otaku sprint out of Tokyo's Kokusai-Tenjijō Station twice yearly after arriving on the first train of the day to Tokyo Big Sight. As anime and manga enthusiasts aim to be first in line at Comic Market (Comiket, Comike, Comi), the Biannual Running of the Otaku (not an official name) has become a spectacle outside the convention center's nearby train station. Amateur ...
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The List - 7 More Deadly Games of Survival

Can't get enough of battle royale tournaments where only the strongest and wittiest survive a gruesome demise? Here are seven more survival game anime to scratch that itch! ― There are few quicker ways to ramp up tension between a group of strangers than throwing them headfirst into a battle of kill or be killed. There are tons of manga centered on the topic, for example Yen Press' release of Though...
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GKIDS Streams Clip From 'Night is Short, Walk On Girl' Anime Film

Film screens with English subtitles in U.S. on August 21-22 ― GKIDS began streaming a clip from The Night is Short, Walk On Girl anime film on Thursday. GKIDS and Fathom Events will screen the film with English subtitles on August 21 and 22. GKIDS will also host a limited theatrical release independent of Fathom Events starting on August 22. All screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles. ...
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d Anime Store's 4th Shirobako Anime Ad Discusses Production

Wireless provider Docomo's d Anime Store (Docomo Anime Store) streaming service began streaming Aoi Miyamori and Ai Kunogi versions of its "production" Shirobako anime ad on Tuesday. The video is the fourth in the service's collaboration with the anime. In the video, the Musashino Animation team discusses the production of the d Anime Story commercial and the roles everyone will fill. Ema is in ch...
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Battle Angel Alita Manga Creator Reacts to Live-Action Film's Eyes, Scenery

The official Japanese website for Alita: Battle Angel, Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga, posted comments from James Cameron and from Kishiro himself. Kishiro provided his thoughts on the film's newest trailer that debuted in July. Kishiro said, "In the beginning, I was surprised because [Alita's] eyes are big. But when I saw what scenes there...

Right Stuf, Eleven Arts Partner for Home Video Distribution

Haikara-San, Laughing Under the Clouds: Gaiden will be 1st 2 releases ― Retailer Right Stuf and theatrical distribution company Eleven Arts Anime Studio announced at Right Stuf's Otakon panel on Saturday that Right Stuf will be the exclusive home video distributor for Eleven Arts anime home video releases. The first two titles that will be released under the partnership will be Laughing Under The Clo...
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Otakon 2018 Cosplay Gallery: Part I

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Black Torch GN 1

Cat spirits and ninja combine in this action series that blends fantasy with science fiction and folklore. Rebecca Silverman weighs the highs and lows of this pulse-pounding genre mashup. ― Life very rarely works out precisely as you've planned it, even if your plans aren't much beyond “wake up and go to school.” That's what high schooler Jiro Azuma is about to learn the hard way when he rescues an i...
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Fist of the Blue Sky Regenesis Anime's 2nd Season Debuts October 1

Teaser video, new visual, season 1 digest also posted ― The official website for Fist of the Blue Sky Regenesis — the new television anime of Buronson, Nobuhiko Horie, and Tetsuo Hara's Souten no Ken (Fist of the Blue Sky) manga — revealed a new video, visual and the October 1 debut date for the anime's second season on Saturday. The video below shows a digest video summarizing the events of the firs...
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Variable Barricade Game Replaces Yuichiro Umehara With Kousuke Toriumi in Cast

Umehara will slowly return to work after hospitalization ― Game publisher Idea Factory announced on Wednesday that it is replacing Yuichiro Umehara with Kousuke Toriumi in the role of Ichiya Mitsumori for its upcoming PlayStation Vita game Variable Barricade. The staff had announced the casting in November. Talent management company Arts Vision reported in May that Umehara was hospitalized after bein...
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Azure Reflections Touhou Project Game Launches for Nintendo Switch on August 30

Shooter game launched in West for PS4 on May 15 ― Sony publishing label Unties Games announced on Wednesday that Souvenir Circ.'s Azure Reflections Touhou Project "bullet hell" (danmaku) shooter game will launch for Nintendo Switch in the West on August 30 for US$24.99. The company began streaming a Switch launch trailer that shows characters and gameplay last week . Unties Games describes the game: ...
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Kodansha Stops Publishing Nemesis Manga Magazine

Hiroaki Samura's Die Wergelder moves to Shonen Sirius, some titles move online ― Kodansha is stopping the publication of its Nemesis manga magazine after the 41st issue, which shipped on Thursday. The announcement came in the same issue. Kodansha launched the magazine in 2010 as a spinoff from its Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine. Nemesis has published such manga as Hiroaki Samura's Die Wergelder, Yasu...
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MangaGamer to Release The Expression Amrilato Yuri Visual Novel

Fxxx Me Royally!, Farther than the Blue Sky!, Beat Angel Escalayer R adult games also slated ― MangaGamer announced during its panel at Otakon on Friday that it will release The Expression Amrilato, Fxxx Me Royally! - Horny Magical Princess, Farther than the Blue Sky!, and Beat Angel Escalayer R visual novels. The Expression Amrilato is for all ages, while the rest of the games are adult games. Manga...

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Cells at Work BLACK Spinoff Manga Ends 1st Part

2nd part begins on October 11 ― This year's combined 36th and 37th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine published the end of the first part of Shigemitsu Harada and Issei Hatsuyoshi's Hataraku Saibō BLACK (Cells at Work BLACK) spinoff manga on Thursday. The manga's second part will launch on October 11. The manga is set inside the body of someone who drinks too much, smokes, and has high stress and c...
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Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! Games' Trailer Highlights Team Rocket, Mega Evolutions

Games slated for November 16 ― The Pokémon Company began streaming a new trailer for its Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch games on Thursday. The trailer shows the anime's Team Rocket, the Vermilion City location, and Mega Evolutions. The games are set in the Kanto region of the first Pokémon games, and are specifically based on 1998's Pokémon Yellow: Special P...
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Harvey Awards Creates New 'Best Manga' Category, Nominates 5 Manga

My Brother's Husband, My Hero Academia, more nominated for new category ― The Harvey Awards, which honors outstanding work in comics and sequential art, revealed its its list of nominations for this year's awards on Thursday. This year's awards include a new "Best Manga" category, along with five other new categories. The first nominees for "Best Manga" include: My Brother's Husband (Otōto no Otto) b...
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One Piece Anime Recasts Gold Roger With Masane Tsukayama

Tsukayama to voice Gold Roger in One Piece's next episode on August 12 ― The official website for Eiiichiro Oda's One Piece revealed on Friday that Masane Tsukayama will voice the One Piece anime character Gold Roger, after Gold Roger's previous voice actor Chikao Ohtsuka passed away in January 2015. Tsukayama is voicing Gold Roger in the 849th episode of the anime, which will air on August 12. Tsuka...
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Black Clover: Quartet Knights Game's Videos Preview Vetto, Charmy

Open beta test to run August 17-20 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming on new character trailers on Tuesday and Friday for its Black Clover: Quartet Knights game for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam. The videos preview the playable characters Vetto and Charmy. Vetto Charmy Bandai Namco Entertainment America also announced on Wednesday that it will run an open beta test on PS4, starting...
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Today's Cerberus Creator Reveals Source of Pen Name

"It's off-putting for a woman to draw boys' manga, don't you think?" ― Today's Cerberus manga creator Ato Sakurai revealed in now deleted tweets that she previously worked under a more gender-ambiguous pen name, but it wasn't her own decision. Sakurai wrote on Twitter on Sunday that when she debuted as a manga artist, her editor at the time told her use a gender neutral pen name. She said she'll neve...
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Beatless Anime Reveals Visual for 'Final' 4 Episodes

The official website for the television anime of Satoshi Hase and redjuice's Beatless novel revealed the main visual for the four-episode Beatless Final Stage anime on Friday. The Beatless anime has been on hiatus since the "climactic" episode 20 debuted on June 29, and Beatless Final Stage will debut in September. Since premiering on January 12 in the "Animeism" programming block, the television ...
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The Pop Team Epic Card Game is Friggin' Impossible

Relive some of Popuko and Pipimi's funniest moments, as well as some brand new ones, with the self-proclaimed "Crappy Card Game." The game includes 54 cards featuring bits from the original show, one "crappy" instruction manual, and promises to be contain anywhere "between 7-80% crappy content". Within the deck are four cards drawn by a "certain illustrator" from a "certain card game." The game a...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 68

"Cho-Cho's love woes and self-image issues continue to throw a wrench in the gang's latest mission."
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Free! -Dive to the Future- ‒ Episode 5

"After weeks of emotional turbulence, Free! Dive to the Future has gone back to its roots with a sports story."

Aniplex USA to Release Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Blu-Ray Disc Box Sets in November

Also: complete The Irregular at Magic High School BD on October 16 ― Aniplex of America announced at its Otakon panel on Friday that it will rerelease the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood television anime in two Blu-ray Disc box sets on November 20, 2018. The first Blu-ray Disc box set will contain episodes 1-30, and the second box set will contain episodes 31-64. Each set will also include two origi...
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Steins;Gate 0 ‒ Episode 17

"While far from perfect, this is the most “Steins;Gate” that S;G0 has been in a good long while."
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Anime NYC to Host Aimer for Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Event

Aimer to perform on November 17 ― Aniplex of America and the Anime NYC convention announced at Aniplex's Otakon panel on Friday that this year's Anime NYC will host Japanese music artist Aimer as part of a "Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Special Event Featuring Aimer" on November 17. Aimer will perform a live concert at the end of the event. The two-hour event, focusing on the Fate/stay night: Heaven...
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Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion ‒ Episode 5

"What Angolmois needs to do now is to build on this fresh start and get itself back up into genuinely thrilling territory."
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Manga Answerman - Do Foreign Manga Sales Matter to North American Publishers?

Let's say there's a manga artist whose work is a huge smash hit in, say, Finland, but not a single volume of their work has been published in America. Do American publishers take that success into account? Deb gets into it. ― It's well known that not all manga are smash hits in the US, but when a previously "unknown" manga starts doing well in another country, shouldn't that catch other countries pu...
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Leafeon Trainer is the Final Character to Join Eevee Character Design Project

Project Eevee is a special spin-off merchandise campaign dedicated to Pokémon's most evolved monster. Merchandiser MOVIC is helping support the venture by enlisting popular illustrators to draw trainer companions for the different evolutions, and the first round debuted in late April, followed by three more in June. Artists Yumenōchi, Dan Ichikawa, Kuraen Mori, Mengo Yokoyari, Nachi Aono, Nakahara...
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Lupin the Third: Part 5 ‒ Episode 18

"This episode manages to cycle through all of Lupin's major relationships, reflected through a minor home crisis that shakes everything up."
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Readers Pick the Best Boys-Love Manga for Beginners

Anime website Nijimen held a questionnaire to discover what boys-love manga are best for beginners. Readers were asked to comment with the choices and site administrators then tallied the comments and "likes" on each comment to rank the recommendations. According to Nijimen readers, the boys-love manga best suited to new readers are: The World's Greatest First Love: The Case of Ritsu Onodera by Sh...
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Dark Horse Licenses Shinji Kajio, Kenji Tsuruta's Emanon Manga

Series about girl with 3 billion years of memories slated for May 2019 ― Dark Horse Comics announced at its Otakon panel on Friday that it has licensed Shinji Kajio and Kenji Tsuruta's Emanon manga series and plans to release the first volume, Emanon Vol. 1: Memories of Emanon, in May 2019. Dana Lewis (Wandering Island) is translating the series. The manga is based on Kajio's Emanon prose stories, wh...
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Today's Menu for the Emiya Family ‒ Episode 8

"With not a Shinji in sight, Rin and Sakura being happy together is gomoku fried rice for the soul to me."
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Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction GN 1

Inio Asano knocks it out of the park with another hilarious yet heartbreaking story that balances absurd ideas with emotional power. Nick Creamer has the details. ― Three quarters of the way through Inio Asano's latest work, there's a two page spread capturing one intimate moment. Having just sent her best friend Kadode off on a misguided quest to hook up with her crush, co-heroine Ontan finds hersel...
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Seven Heavenly Virtues Anime's English Dub Cast Revealed

Kira Vincent-Davis, Rachael Messer, Brittney Karbowski, Maggie Flecknoe, Avery Smithhart star ― Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast for The Seven Heavenly Virtues at its Otakon panel on Friday. The cast includes: Kucky Long as Michael Kira Vincent-Davis as Uriel Courtney Lamelo as Raphael Rachael Messer as Sandalphon Brittney Karbowski as Metatron Maggie Flecknoe as Gabriel Avery Smithhar...
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Encouragement of Climb Made Me Climb a Japanese Mountain

Sometimes anime can inspire us to do incredible things! Tokyo correspondent Kim Morrissy watched the charming short anime Encouragement of Climb and wound up on the side of a Japanese mountain. ― Before watching Encouragement of Climb (otherwise known as Yama no Susume), I'd never climbed a mountain. Well, that's kind of inaccurate - I climbed a mountain once when I was a kid, but that was a rather u...
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Sentai Filmworks to Dub Girls' Last Tour, Land of the Lustrous, Mitsuboshi Colors, Just Because! Anime

Sentai Filmworks announced at Otakon on Friday that it will release English dubs for the following titles: Girls' Last Tour Land of the Lustrous Mitsuboshi Colors Just Because! Girls' Last Tour, Land of the Lustrous, and Just Because! all streamed on Amazon's now defunct streaming platform Anime Strike as they aired during the fall 2017 season. Mitsuboshi Colors premiered in January and streamed o...
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GKIDS Releases Mirai Anime Film in U.S. Theaters on November 30

Screenings feature both Japanese version, English dub ― GKIDS announced on Friday that it will theatrically release Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's Mirai no Mirai (Mirai) anime film in the United States on November 30. The theatrical release will include both the original Japanese and an English dub of the anime. U.K. anime distributor Anime Limited will debut the film in theaters on November 2 and ...
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Studio Ponoc's Modest Heroes Anime Anthology Film's Trailers Streamed

3-part film opens in Japan on August 24 ― The official website for Studio Ponoc's three-part anime anthology film Modest Heroes (Chiisana Eiyū: Kani to Tamago to Tōmei Ningen) revealed a trailer for each short on Friday. The video below combines all three trailers. The website also began streaming two teaser videos for the shorts in July. Studio Ponoc describes the shorts as "tales of modest heroes o...
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6th Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Film's Teaser Video Streamed

Anime opens in Japan on November 2 ― The official website for the Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 (Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi or Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project revealed a teaser video for the sixth film in the series, "Kaisei-hen" (Resurrection Chapter), on Friday. The film will open in 35 theaters in Japan on November 2. As with the p...
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Release the Spyce Original Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Series premieres on October 6 ― The official website for the original anime series Release the Spyce revealed the second promotional video and October 6 premiere on Friday. The anime will premiere on MBS on October 6 at 26:38 (effectively October 7 at 2:38 a.m.). The series will then debut on Tokyo MX on October 7 at 11:30 p.m. and on BS11 at 25:00 (effectively October 8 at 1:00 a.m.). The cast inclu...

Iya na Kao Sare Nagara Opantsu Misete Moraitai Video Anime Gets 2nd Season

1st 24-minute anime "season" gets release at Comiket before retail release at Tora no Ana ― (Note: The visuals in this article may be not safe for work.) The official Twitter account for the video anime of Shimahara's doujin project Iya na Kao Sare Nagara Opantsu Misete Moraitai (I Want You To Make a Disgusted Face and Show Me Your Underwear) announced on Friday that a second anime "season" has been ...
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Kiss Made, Ato 1-Byō Romance Manga Gets Net Anime

Meshi Numa. anime also gets new version with "more sexiness" ― The official Twitter account for Production I.G's Anime Beans app announced on Friday that an anime adaptation of Sui Sōda's Kiss Made, Ato 1-Byō. (A Second Away From a Kiss.) manga debuted on the app on the same day. The first eight episodes are available for free. The anime is produced in "Tate Anime" (Vertical Anime) format. The accoun...
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Voice Actress Chinatsu Akasaki Announces Marriage

Voice actress Chinatsu Akasaki announced on her Twitter account on Friday that she was married. She made the announcement on her birthday. She stated that she will continue to move forward in both her job and her private life in her own way. Akasaki has voiced roles in such anime as Sacred Seven (Nanami Akasaki), Kill Me Baby (Yasuna Oribe), Senki Zesshō Symphogear (Yumi Itaba), Bodacious Space Pi...
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Boogiepop and Others TV Anime Premieres in January

The official website for the television anime of author Kouhei Kadono and illustrator Kouji Ogata's Boogiepop and Others (Boogiepop wa Warawanai) light novel revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere in January 2019. The new anime will feature a different voice cast from the previous 2000 television anime. Aoi Yūki will voice Tōka Miyashita/Boogiepop, while Saori Onishi as Nagi Kirima. Shing...
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Merc Storia Anime Reveals Staff, Cast, Opening Song Artist

Mutsumi Tamura, Inori Minase star in anime by Encourage Films ― The official website for Merc Storia -Mukiryoku no Shōnen to Bin no Naka no Shōjo- (Merc Storia: The Apathetic Boy and the Girl in a Bottle), the television anime of Happy Elements' Merc Storia -Yujutsushi to Suzu no Shirabe~ smartphone role-playing game, revealed the staff, cast, and opening theme song artist for the anime on Friday. Th...
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Kemono Friends Director Tatsuki's Kemurikusa Anime Unveils More Staff, January Premiere

Amazon Prime Video streams new TV anime from Yaoyorozu animation group ― The official website of Kemurikusa, the new television anime by Tatsuki and Yaoyorozu, the former director and studio of the Kemono Friends anime, revealed a new visual and the anime's January premiere date on Friday. The anime will air on BS Fuji and other channels, and Amazon Prime Video will "exclusively" offer the early stre...
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Vinland Saga TV Anime Premieres in 2019

Manga creator Makoto Yukimura posted a photo of his 21st Vinland Saga manga volume on Twitter on Friday. The photo reveals the 2019 premiere for the manga's television anime adaptation. The 21st volume ships on August 23 in Japan. Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, The Ancient Magus' Bride) is animating the anime. The anime will air on television and stream exclusively on ...

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Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight Anime Posts 2nd Video, Opening Song Artist

Mai Fuchigami performs opening song for October anime ― The official website for the anime of Mikage Kasuga's Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc to Renkin no Kishi (Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight) novel series began streaming the second promotional video for the anime on Friday. The site also revealed the anime's opening theme song artist. Mai Fuchigami will perform the anime's as-yet untitled ope...
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Akanesasu Shōjo Anime's Video Highlights Alternate World Premise

Tomoyo Kurosawa, Lynn, Nao Toyama, Ami Koshimizu, Marina Inoue star in October anime ― The official website for Animax's original television anime Akanesasu Shōjo (Girl Glowing Red) began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video highlights the main characters in an alternate world, and reveals a new character with an identical appearance to the main character Asuka Tsuchimiya....
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Bakumatsu TV Anime's 2nd Video Reveals More Staff, October Debut, Opening Song

MIKOTO performs theme for sci-fi action-adventure based on romance game app ― The official website for Bakumatsu, the television anime of FuRyu's Renai Bakumatsu Kareshi smartphone game, began streaming the second promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals the anime's additional staff members and October premiere on TBS and BS-TBS. It also reveals and previews the opening theme song...

Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime Gets 1-Hour World Premiere in 7 Countries

Japan, U.S., Australia, France, Germany, Russia, S. Korea host premiere events ― The official website for the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime announced on Friday that the anime will have a world premiere event in seven countries: Japan, the United States, Australia, France, Germany, Russia, and South Korea. The premiere will show the anime's first episode, which is a one-hour-long special. The si...
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Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan Nightlife Comedy Gets New TV Anime in January

Show about woman exploring city nightlife will have different all-star staff, cast on each episode ― A new television anime adaptation of Yukari Takinami's Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan four-panel comedy manga has been green-lit. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, AT-X, and other channels in January 2019. The anime will be made in an omnibus format, with each episode having a different director, character de...
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Rei, Asuka VAs Confirmed, Angel-Themed Villain Revealed for Shinkalion's Giant Eva Episode

The kids' mecha anime Shinkalion's Eva extravaganza will include voice actresses Megumi Hayashibara and Yuko Miyamura as Rei and Asuka. The fan-favorite characters were confirmed to appear in the episode earlier this week, but it wasn't yet known if they'd have speaking roles. The characters appeared in the next episode preview with voice over by Misato voice actress Kotono Mitsuishi. Shinkalion's...
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Shōmetsu Toshi Anime's Teaser Reveals More Cast, Staff, Kenji Kawai's Music

Blood Lad's Shigeyuki Miya directs suspense TV anime at Madhouse ― The official website for the television anime of Wright Flyer Studios' Shōmetsu Toshi (Annihilated City — Where I End and You Begin) smartphone game posted a teaser video and third teaser visual on Friday. The website and the video reveal additional cast and staff members. The newly announced cast members include: Makoto Takahashi as ...
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Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Manga Gets 2nd Live-Action Season, Film

Both premiere in spring 2019 ― An event held at the Kaguraza venue in Tokyo on Thursday to celebrate the Blu-ray Disc and DVD box release of the live-action Kakegurui series announced on Thursday the franchise is getting a second live-action season and a live-action film. The second season will premiere on MBS and TBS' Dramaism time slot in spring 2019. The film will also premiere in spring 2019. The...

A Certain Magical Index Season 3's Trailer Previews Maon Kurosaki's Song

Cast, staff return for October anime ― The official website for A Certain Magical Index III, the third television anime season based on Kazuma Kamachi's A Certain Magical Index light novel series, began streaming the Comic Market 94 promotional video on Friday. The video previews Maon Kurosaki's opening theme song "Gravitation": Voice cast members Atsushi Abe, Yuka Iguchi, and Rina Satou will join De...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 44

"This show is simultaneously too much and too little. It's full of ideas that don't fit together, and huge emotions that are just big enough to seem completely empty."
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, July 30-August 5

GeGeGe no Kitarō, Oshiri Tantei in top 10 ― The Gibo to Musume no Blues live-action series adaptation aired on Tuesday, July 31 at 10:00 p.m. an earned an 12.2% rating. The Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni (In This Corner of the World) live-action series adaptation aired on TBS on Sunday, August 5 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 9.2% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji T...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game's Trailer Previews Flag Battles

Game launches August 30 in Japan, August 31 in Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a trailer for its Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game on Thursday. The video previews the game's flag capture battles. The game will launch in Japan for PlayStation 4 on August 30. The game will then launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in the Americas...
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Crunchyroll Adds Disgaea, Princess Jellyfish, Eden of the East Anime

Eden of the East includes 2 sequel films ― Crunchyroll added the Disgaea, Princess Jellyfish, Eden of the East, Eden of the East: The King of Eden, and Eden of the East: Paradise Lost anime to its catalog on Wednesday. Disgaea and Princess Jellyfish are available in the United States and Canada. The Eden of the East series and the two films are available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, ...

Sonic the Hedgehog Film Casts Ben Schwartz as Sonic

Film opens in November 2019 ― Actor Ben Schwartz (DuckTales, Parks and Recreation) confirmed on Thursday that he is voicing the title character in Paramount Pictures' upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog film. The live-action/CGI hybrid film is slated to open on November 15, 2019. James Marsden (Westworld, X-Men) and Tika Sumpter will star in the film, and Jim Carrey (The Truman Show, Ace Ventura: Pet Detecti...
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SAO Alternative, Darling in the Franxx Top 2018 Newtype Intermediate Results

Kadokawa's Monthly Newtype magazine announced the preliminary results of the Newtype Anime Awards 2017-2018 on Thursday. Readers of the magazine and other anime fans are voting for their favorite works among those released between October 2017 and September 2018. The voting deadline is August 27. Best Work (TV Broadcast) Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online Darling in the Franxx The Legend...
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2nd Laws of the Universe Film Gets Simultaneous Japan/U.S. Release

Religious film opens on October 12 ― The official website for Uchū no Hō: Reimei-hen (The Laws of the Universe: Part 1), the new anime film sequel to the The Laws of the Universe Part 0 (UFO Gakuen no Himitsu) religious anime film, announced on Thursday that the film will premiere in North America on October 12, the same day it will premiere in Japan. The staff also posted a trailer. The film will be...
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SHAFT Cancels Madoka Game's Planned Swimsuit Comiket Merchandise

The SHAFT animation studio issued an apology on Thursday, one day ahead of this summer's Comic Market 94 event, to announce that it will not sell Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica game characters swimsuit merchandise as originally planned. The company was notified that the swimsuit designs closely resembled real swimsuits sold by fashion brand PAMEO POSE. SHAFT states that that PAMEO POSE's ...
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Persona 3, Persona 5 Dancing Games Ship on December 4 in the West

Games previously slated for early 2019 ― Atlus USA announced on Thursday that it will release Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe on December 4 instead of early 2019 as previously announced. The company also revealed plans to release both games, along with a digital download for Persona 4: Dancing All N...
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August 10 Declared Patlabor Day in Japan

Iconic character designer Akemi Takada announced on her blog on Thursday that the Japan Anniversary Association officially recognized August 10 as Patlabor Day. Takada is the original character designer for the Patlabor sci-fi series. She also designed characters for Magical Angel Creamy Mami, Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Kimagure Orange Road, and Fancy Lala. She remained involved with the Patla...
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This Week in Anime - Is Flavors of Youth Worth Watching?

Flavors of Youth blends Makoto Shinkai's aesthetic with the work of talented Chinese artists and storytellers. Micchy and Steve offer their take on the Netflix debut of this film about change and nostalgia. ― Flavors of Youth blends Makoto Shinkai's aesthetic with the work of talented Chinese artists and storytellers. This week, Micchy and Steve offer their take on the Netflix debut of this film abou...
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Pastel Memories Anime's Key Visual Unveiled

The official website for the television anime of FuRyu's Pastel Memories smartphone game unveiled a key visual for the anime. The "otaku girls" role-playing game takes place "a little bit in the future in 20XX." Akihabara, which was once called "the otaku holy land," is now in decline after otaku culture itself has declined. Players take on the role of a manager of one of the few remaining "otaku ...
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Artist Hiroko Yokoyama Discusses Sexism in Japan's '90s Game Industry

Artist Hiroko Yokoyama (SNK's Ikari Warriors, Crystalis, Guerrilla War games) posted on Twitter last week about sexist discrimination she witnessed in Japan's video game industry at around the time of the introduction of 3D techniques. She described various anecdotes that demonstrate a frustrating trend that many women in Japan continue to face today. Yokoyama explained that when 3D gaming was beg...

GKIDS Confirms Perfect Blue Film's U.S. Theatrical Release

Film to screen on September 6 with subtitles, September 10 in English ― GKIDS confirmed on Thursday that it has acquired the theatrical distribution rights for Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue film and will screen it in about 500 theaters in the United States in collaboration with Fathom Events. Screenings in Japanese with English subtitles will be held on Thursday, September 6 and screenings with the Engl...
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Ms. vampire who lives in my neighborhood. Anime's 1st Video Unveils More Cast, Staff

Rina Hidaka, Aya Uchida play Akari Amano's classmates in fall comedy ― The official website for the anime of Amatou's Ms. vampire who lives in my neighborhood. (Tonari no Kyūketsuki-san) manga began streaming its first promotional video on Friday. The video reveals two new cast members and additional staff members. The newly announced cast members play Akari Amano's classmates: Rina Hidaka as Sakuya ...
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As Miss Beelzebub Likes Anime Reveals Character Videos, Visual

Sangatsu no PHANTASIA performs fall series' opening theme song ― The official website for the television anime of matoba's As Miss Beelzebub Likes (Beelzebub-jō no Okinimesu Mama.) manga revealed two mini character promotional videos, the second key visual, and the theme song artists on Friday. The promotional videos preview the characters Beelzebub and Murin. (Note: The videos on the official websit...
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Production I.G Makes Shinjuku-ku Kabuki-chō Anime About Nightlife in Fictionalized Tokyo District

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU's Ai Yoshimura directs show teased with both suspense, comedy ― Anime studio Production I.G announced on Friday that it is launching an original television anime project set in "Shinjuku-ku Kabuki-chō" (Shinjuku Ward's Kabuki-chō District), tentatively titled "Kabuki-chō no Yatsu" (The Denizens of Kabuki-chō). The setting is a fictionalized version of Tokyo's real-life K...
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Voice Actors Atsuko Enomoto, Mark Ishii Announce Divorce

Voice actors Atsuko Enomoto and Mark Ishii posted a joint message on both of their Twitter accounts on Thursday to announce their divorce. In the message, Enomoto and Ishii stated that their visions for the future gradually changed while living together. They said that the decision was painful but decided it would be best if they "walk separate paths" going forward. Enomoto and Ishii noted that th...
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Robot Girls NEO Net Anime Reveals Promo Video, Visual

Series debuts on Animax on PlayStation service on August 18 ― The official website for Dynamic Planning and Toei Animation's Robot Girls NEO net anime shorts revealed a new promotional video and visual on Thursday. The first episode of the anime will premiere exclusively on Animax's "Animax on PlayStation" streaming service on August 18 at 12:00 p.m. The first and second episode will stream together ...
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Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san Anime Reveals Visual, Cast, Songs, October Premiere

Yuko Sanpei, Eri Kitamura, Kimiko Saitō, Shizuka Itou, more join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Honda's Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san (Skeleton Bookstore Employee Honda) manga revealed a visual, additional cast, the theme songs, and an October premiere on Thursday. The new cast members are: Yuko Sanpei as Kamibukuro (Paper Bag) Eri Kitamura as Hōtai (Bandage) Kimiko ...
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Endro~! Anime's 1st Character Video Reveals Voice Actress Hikaru Akao

Studio Gokumi animates winter 2019's "everyday fantasy" anime; manga launches today ― The official website for Studio Gokumi's original Winter 2019 television anime Endro~! began streaming its first character promotional video on Thursday. The video reveals that Hikaru Akao is voicing one of the main characters, Yūsha (Yūria Sharudetto). Yūsha's name is a wordplay on the Japanese word for "brave." Th...
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Girly Air Force Anime Announces Cast, Winter 2019 Premiere

Ryota Ohsaka, Yūka Morishima star in Satelight anime ― The official website for Satelight's television anime of Kōji Natsumi's Girly Air Force light novel series posted the main cast and the winter 2019 television premiere on Thursday. The cast stars: Ryota Ohsaka as Kei Narutani Yūka Morishima as Gripen The two cast members will appear at the Dengeki Bunko 25th Anniversary Fall Dengeki Festival with...
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P.A. Works' Iroduku Sekai no Ashita kara. Anime Lists More Cast, Song Artists, Composer, Amazon Streaming in 2nd Video

Haruka to Miyuki, Nagi Yanagi perform themes; Kana Ichinose, Nao Toyama, more join cast ― The official website for P.A. Works' Iroduku Sekai no Ashita kara. (so many colors in the future what a wonderful world, or lit. From the Color-Changing World's Tomorrow) anime project began streaming the second promotional video on Thursday. The video lists additional cast members, the theme song artists, and t...

The Rising of The Shield Hero Anime Unveils Main Cast, Staff

Kaito Ishikawa, Asami Seto star ― The official website for the television anime of Aneko Yusagi's The Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari) fantasy light novel series opened on Thursday and unveiled the main cast, main staff, and a teaser visual. Kaito Ishikawa as Naofumi Iwatani, the Shield Hero Asami Seto as Raphtalia, a demi-human Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Ren Amaki, the Sword Hero M...
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Gakuen Basara Anime Unveils More of Cast & Staff, Opening Song Artists

New visual also unveiled for October anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Gakuen Basara, a high school spinoff project based on Capcom's Sengoku Basara game franchise, revealed a new visual for the anime on Thursday. The staff also revealed more cast and staff members, as well as the opening theme song artists for the anime. The new cast members include: Ami Koshimizu a...

Kyoto Animation's Tsurune Archery Anime Reveals More of Cast & Staff in 2nd Video

Shintarō Asanuma, Kensho Ono join cast in October anime ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's television anime of Kotoko Ayano's Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu (Tsurune: Kazemai High School's Archery Club) novel revealed additional cast and staff members, a new promotional video, and a visual for the anime on Thursday. The anime will premiere on the NHK-General channel in October. The new cast...
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Jingai-san no Yome Anime Reveals New Cast Member, October Premiere

Yusuke Shirai cast in anime shorts about 16-year-old boy who marries mysterious lifeform ― The staff for the television anime of artist Akiwo Yasaka and author Yu Aikawa's Jingai-san no Yome (Non-Human Creature Wife) manga revealed a new cast member, the premiere date, and a new visual for the anime on Thursday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on October 2 at 1:00 a.m. (effectively October 3 morn...
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Circlet Princess Web RPG's 2019 TV Anime Confirmed

Juri Nagatsuma, Saki Nakajima, Hitomi Nabatame, Kaori Mizuhashi, Mai Goto star ― A website opened on Thursday to confirm that a television anime adaptation of DMM Games' Circlet Princess web role-playing game has been green-lit for next year. The anime's cast includes: Juri Nagatsuma as Yūka Sasaki Saki Nakajima as Miyuki Kasahara Hitomi Nabatame as Reina Kuroda Kaori Mizuhashi as Ayumu Aizawa Mai Go...
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[ALEXANDROS] Rock Band Launches U.S. Tour

Band performed theme song for live-action Bleach film ― Japanese rock band [ALEXANDROS] announced on Thursday that they are launching a tour in the United States in October. The bands will perform in the following venues: October 14 - Canton Hall, Dallas, TX October 15 - Scout Bar, Houston, TX October 17 - Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK October 22 - U Street Music Hall, Washington D.C. October 2...
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Megadimension Neptunia VIIR Gets PC Release This Fall

Virtual reality version of Megadimension Neptunia VII launched in the West in May for PS4 ― Idea Factory International announced on Wednesday that it will release the Megadimension Neptunia VIIR (Shin Jigen Neptune VIIR) game this fall. The game will be compatible with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift virtual reality devices, but the game will not require them. The game is the first VR game in the Neptune/Ne...
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Strike the Blood III Video Anime Unveils New Visual

The staff of Strike the Blood III, the third Strike the Blood original video anime (OVA) season, revealed a new visual for the anime on Thursday. The visual shows main characters Kojō Akatsuki (center), Yukina Himeragi (left), and Asagi Aiba (right). The Warner Brothers Japan booth at this weekend's Comic Market 94 will hand out paper fans with this key visual. The booth will also sell a set with ...
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The Morose Mononokean Anime's 2nd Season Casts Hiro Shimono, Koji Yusa

Shimono, Yusa play influencers in yōkai world ― The staff for the second television anime season of Kiri Wazawa's The Morose Mononokean (Fukigen na Mononokean) manga revealed two new cast members on Thursday. Hiro Shimono and Koji Yusa will play the new characters Shihō and Gyōsei, respectively. The new characters are two of three influential individuals in the world of the yōkai. Itsuro Kawasaki (Ma...
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Live-Action Real Girl Film Streams 11 Short Clips

6-second clips preview film opening September 14 in Japan ― Warner Bros. Japan began streaming 11 six-second ads for the live-action film adaptation of Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga on Wednesday. Each video focuses on a different aspect of the film — such as different characters or situations. Gross But Cute Edition 1 Gross But Cute Edition 2 Popular Otaku Edition Back Hug Edition Sumie Ay...
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